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1. Died 1 February: A pioneer in Black television, this television personality hosted the dance program "Soul Train" for decades, but he died by his own hand. Who was he?
2. Died February 2: Best known at the movies in the 1930s for portraying a creature sewn together from cadavers, what actor acknowledged, "The monster was the best friend I ever had"?
3. Died 3 February: Before he played Grandpa Munster on TV, he worked in vaudeville and Broadway, but not before reportedly earning a Ph.D.! Who was this multi-talented man that also ran for governor of New York?
4. Died 4 February: He directed Johnny Weissmuller in his first "Tarzan" film (1932), became involved in politics, and died by his own hand in the early 1940s. Who was this figure from classic Hollywood?
5. Died 6 February: The late Dr. Karl Haas was renowned for his daily radio program on classical music, popular among both musicians and amateur listeners alike. What was the name of this program?
6. Died 7 February: Who got his kicks on Route 66 and also played a doctor in the TV drama "Emergency!" from 1972 to 1977?
7. Died 8 February: Which "Playboy" model and actress married a billionaire and, upon his death, fought with his family for years over the estate, and also had her weight gains and losses recorded in the tabloids?
8. Died 10 February: What comic actor got his start in commercials ("Know what I mean, Vern?") and went on to star in "Ernest" movies and voice a slinky canine in Disney-Pixar motion pictures?
9. Died 11 February: What tubby actor played the white-suited, southern-fried Boss Hogg in the "Dukes of Hazzard" (1979-1983), even though he was really from Buffalo, New York?
10. Died 12 February: Who co-starred with James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) as a troubled teenager named Plato?
11. Died 13 February: Who played Dr. Richard Kimble, accused of murdering his wife, in the enormously popular 1960s U.S. television show "The Fugitive"?
12. Died 15 February: This versatile entertainer belted out "I Got Rhythm" as an ingenue in the Broadway musical "Girl Crazy" (1931) and belted Milton Berle on the head as a harridan in the epic comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963). For whom was everything coming up roses (until her death in 1984)?
13. Died 16 February: One of the enemies of the warrior princess Xena of the eponymous TV series (1995-2001) was Ares, the God of War. What hunky actor played this deity just a few years before he was to prove mortal after all?
14. Died 17 February: A silent film actress named Dorothy Gibson briefly capitalized on her fame as a survivor of what ship's sinking?
15. Died 19 February: Which frumpy actress played the lovable but completely clueless maiden aunt in a campy series about a wealthy playboy with a young ward and a super-secret bat-identity?
16. Died 20 February: This man was replaced as the beleaguered husband on the series "Bewitched", but he'll always be Darrin to me. Who was he?
17. Died 21 February: A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, what actor is best known for playing Inspector Morse for more than 15 years on UK television (and on PBS in the USA)?
18. Died 22 February: Although he did not originate the character of Bugs Bunny, this animator drew the fellow and created some of his friends and directed a number of their shorts. He also directed the TV special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1966). Who was he?
19. Died 23 February: What English-born comic actor made the transition from silent to sound with his rather obese partner in numerous comedy shorts in the 1920s and 30s?
20. Died 24 February: On TV he played a deputy sheriff and a landlord. On film he was a reluctant astronaut and a member of the Apple Dumpling Gang. Who was he?
21. Died 25 February: Best known for playing bespectacled Ralphie's eccentric father in "A Christmas Story" (1983), what celebrity also played Murphy Brown's father in the eponymous CBS sitcom?
22. Died 26 February: What departed actress was best known for playing Miss Brahms in "Are You Being Served?" and Pauline Fowler in "EastEnders", both staples of UK television (that also have aired on PBS in the United States)?
23. Died 27 February: "Won't you be my neighbor?" sang this PBS icon, who made every child watching his television show feel special. Who was this host, puppeteer, and child psychologist?
24. Died February 28: What buxom actress went from Cinemascope movies like "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" to TV commercials selling bras for "us full-figured gals"?
25. Died 29 February: The youngest and only British member of the Monkees, America's manufactured TV answer to the Beatles, was also an actor on television and the stage for many years, even as a child. He leapt off this mortal plane in a leap year; who was he?
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