BIRTHS Country star Clint Black, 39, and actress wife Lisa Hartman Black (Out of Nowhere), 44, greeted their first child, 7-pound 14-ounce Lily Pearl Black, May 8, in L.A.
WEDDINGS Bob Newhart, matchmaker? His former costars Suzanne Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show), 64, and Tom Poston (Newhart), 79, wed May 11 in New York City. This is the third marriage for both; Pleshette was briefly married to teen dream Troy Donahue in the ’60s.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Flag on the play: NBC and the WWF put the XFL out of its Nielsen misery May 10, announcing that the football league had folded. The WWF blamed high costs.
COURTS On May 14, L.A. prosecutors said they wouldn’t file charges against Robert Downey Jr., 36, for his April drug arrest, deferring the matter to the state corrections department. Downey faces tighter parole conditions. In a statement, the actor’s lawyers said the decision allows him ”to continue to fight this disease.” Downey will appear in an Indio, Calif., court May 24 to answer drug-possession charges stemming from another arrest last November.
I think he doesn’t love you. On May 9, aging teen idol David Cassidy, 51, sued Arista Records and its parent, BMG Music Group, claiming it broke a 1971 agreement to release no more than four of his ”greatest hits” discs. Cassidy says that seven have been released. He seeks $1 million in damages. An Arista spokeswoman had no comment.
DEATHS Playwright-actor Jason Miller, 62, of a heart attack, May 13, in Scranton, Pa. In 1973 he won the Pulitzer Prize for writing That Championship Season and was Oscar-nominated the next year for playing a conflicted priest in The Exorcist. Actor Jason Patric (Your Friends & Neighbors) is one of his four children.
Indian novelist R.K. Narayan (The Guide), 94, of complications from internal bleeding, May 13, in Chennai, India.
Cardiganed crooner Perry Como, 88, one of America’s most popular entertainers in the post-WWII era and a standard-bearer of easygoing old-school style, of undisclosed causes, May 12, in Jupiter Beach, Fla. Como had scores of Top 40 hits, including ”Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)” and ”Round and Round” in the ’50s, and won a Grammy as best male vocalist in ’58. He also was a TV staple for decades: His eponymous variety show ran from 1948 to 1963, and his Christmas specials were a holiday tradition through the early ’80s. Singer Vic Damone, 72, remembers his friend as ”the personification of what every man would like to achieve in this world…confident and truthful. He was just beautiful.”
Actress Deborah Walley, 57, who took original Gidget Sandra Dee’s place in the sequel Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961), of lung cancer, May 10, in Sedona, Ariz.
Emmy-winning writer Terry Ryan, 78, who penned episodes of The Phil Silvers Show and Car 54, Where Are You?, of congestive heart failure, May 5, in New York City.