Celebrity news for the week of June 20, 1997
ARRESTS Actor Michael Rapaport, 27, for aggravated harassment, May 18, in New York City. Rapaport (Mighty Aphrodite) was arrested after his ex-girlfriend, Ransom actress Lili Taylor, 30, filed a police report May 17 claiming that Rapaport had phoned her repeatedly and banged on her apartment window. Rapaport’s lawyer declined to comment. A court date is set for June 25 in New York City Criminal Court.
RECOVERING Friends‘ Matthew Perry, 27, from an addiction to painkillers. According to a statement, Perry ”voluntarily checked himself in to a treatment center to address the early stages of a chemical dependency.” The actor, whose recent weight loss sparked speculation about his health, is expected to be on the Friends set when production begins Aug. 11.
DEATHS Veteran TV announcer George Fenneman, 77, of respiratory failure, May 29, in L.A. Fenneman was best known as Groucho Marx’s sidekick on the ’50s game show You Bet Your Life…. Author J. Anthony Lukas, 64, of suicide by strangulation, June 5, in New York City. A longtime New York Times reporter, Lukas won a Pulitzer in 1968 for The Two Worlds of Linda Fitzpatrick, about the murder of a Connecticut teenager, and again in 1986 for Common Ground, about school busing. His book, Big Trouble, will be published by Simon & Schuster this fall…. Bass guitarist Ronnie Lane, 51, of complications from multiple sclerosis, June 4, in Trinidad, Colo. In 1965, Lane cofounded the British mod-rock band Small Faces, which became the Faces, featuring Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. The group, whose biggest U.S. hit was 1967’s ”Itchycoo Park,” influenced current Brit bands like Oasis and Blur…. TV personality Dennis James, 79, of lung cancer, June 3, in Palm Springs, Calif. James hosted several TV game shows, including The New Price Is Right from 1972 to ’74 and Name That Tune from 1974 to ’75…. Actor Walter Gotell, 72, from cancer, May 5, in London. Gotell played Soviet general Alexis Gogol in several James Bond films, including The Spy Who Loved Me and Octopussy. Says Roger Moore, ”Beneath a rugged exterior lurked a very nice man.”