Entertainment world has lost its two veteran actors. Actress Juanita Moore, who is popular for her role in "Imitation of Life", passed away on Wednesday, January 1. Her grandson, actor Kirk Kelleykahn told The Associated Press that Moore collapsed and passed away at her home in Los Angeles. According to Kelleykahn, she was 99.
Moore received an Oscar nomination for her appearance in 1959's "Imitation of Life". The pioneering actress played Lana Turner's best friend in the Douglas Sirk-directed movie. In addition to the drama, Moore's other credits included "The Girl Can't Help It", "The Singing Nun", "Paternity", "The Kid" and TV series "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", "Adam-12", "Judging Amy" and "ER". She is survived by Kelleykahn and two nephews.
A few days before Moore's passing, actor Joseph Ruskin who is known for his appearance in "The Magnificent Seven" among others, passed away at a hospital in Santa Monica, California. SAG-AFTRA announced the sad news on Tuesday, December 31, saying that the actor died of natural causes on Saturday. He was 89.
"Joe was the epitome of the actor who takes care of all the other actors while keeping one foot firmly planted on the stage or the set. He gave so much for so long it's hard to believe he's gone," the president of SAG-AFTRA Ken Howard said, as quoted by CNN.
Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Ruskin whose real name was Joseph Schlafman, attended the navy before starting his career as a stage actor. He took part in 25 films and 124 TV shows throughout his career. His credits included "Prizzi's Honor", "Indecent Proposal" and "Smokin' Aces". He also took part in TV series such as "Twilight Zone" and "Alias".