Celebrity news for the week of Oct. 23, 1998

By Dave Karger and Shawna Malcom
Updated October 23, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Engaged After a two-year courtship, fellow Scream-ers Courteney Cox, 34, and David Arquette, 27, announced they’ll marry, though no date has been set. It will be the first marriage for both.

Weddings ABC News president David Westin, 46, and Children’s Television Workshop marketing and communications executive vice president Sherrie Rollins, 40, were married, Oct. 10, in Nantucket, Mass. It’s his third marriage, her second.

Deaths Actor Richard Denning, 84, of cardiac arrest, Oct. 11, in Escondido, Calif. Denning appeared in such movies as 1957’s An Affair to Remember and 1959’s Some Like It Hot before landing his final role, as Gov. Philip Grey, on TV’s Hawaii Five-O, from 1968 to 1980…. TV producer Joseph Cates, 74, of complications from leukemia, Oct. 10, in New York City. In 1955, Cates helped create one of the first TV game shows, The 64,000 Dollar Question, and produced numerous specials for such stars as Johnny Cash, Steve Martin, and David Copperfield. The two-time Emmy winner cast Art Carney in The Honeymooners and also designed the show’s main set. Cates was the father of actress Phoebe Cates and the brother of veteran Academy Awards telecast director Gilbert Cates…. Western star Bob ”Tex” Allen, 92, of cancer and a collapsed lung, Oct. 9, in Oyster Bay, N.Y. Though he appeared in numerous movies in the ’30s and ’40s, including 1937’s The Awful Truth (opposite Cary Grant), he was best known for his ”Bob Allen Ranger” film series in the ’30s, which included The Unknown Ranger and Rio Grande Ranger…. Film critic Bruce Williamson, 71, of bladder cancer, Oct. 6, in New York City. Known for his graceful and witty critiques, Williamson reviewed movies during the early 1960s for TIME and then for Playboy from 1968 to 1998…. Character actor Stephen Pearlman, 63, of cancer, Sept. 30, in New York City. A founding member of Chicago’s famed Second City comedy troupe, Pearlman starred in the original Broadway productions of Barefoot in the Park and Six Degrees of Separation before appearing on such TV shows as Seinfeld and Law & Order. Pearlman’s most recent role was as a Hasidic rabbi in the independent film Pi…. Songwriter Charlie Foxx, 64, of leukemia, Sept. 18, in Mobile, Ala. Foxx and his sister, Inez, toured as a duo in the ’60s and had a string of hits, including ”Mockingbird,” which James Taylor and Carly Simon covered in 1974.

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