- The Washington Times - Monday, April 9, 2007

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Edward Mallory, who portrayed angst-ridden Dr. Bill Horton on the NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” for 14 years, died April 4 after a long illness. He was 76.

Mr. Mallory, of Salisbury, Pa., appeared on the soap opera from 1966 to 1980. He played an underdog surgeon who pined for and eventually married his brother’s wife after years of keeping secret that he had fathered her son.

In 2002, Mr. Mallory told the Frostburg State University alumni magazine that he loved Shakespeare but jumped at the chance to work in television and movies, including the feature films “The Birdman of Alcatraz” in 1962 and “Diamond Head” in 1963.

He also directed several daytime serials and wrote, directed and produced documentaries for the History Channel and A&E.;

Mr. Mallory, who was born in Cumberland, joined the Frostburg State faculty as artist in residence in 2004. There, he taught writing, acting and directing, and oversaw student-made documentary films.

John Frazier, 71, veteran firefighter

BALTIMORE (AP) — John “Jack” Frazier, the city’s senior firefighter who had more than 50 years of experience at the city fire department, died of a heart attack April 6 at St. Joseph Medical Center, the department said. He was 71.

In 1957, Mr. Frazier became a firefighter, like his father, Jack, who later became chief. The son rose through the ranks and was named safety officer in 1977, then was promoted to battalion chief in 1978. He was bureau commander of the Fire Prevention Bureau when he retired in 1995.

He became the department’s legislative liaison in 1972 and held that position until retiring. Afterward, he continued as a contract employee, representing the department’s interests in Annapolis.

Chief Kevin Cartwright said Mr. Frazier walked by the firehouse near his home nearly every day. He would always look inside to check the watch desk status board and, even at the age of 10, Chief Cartwright said, he was closing the doors and guarding the station while firefighters were in action.

Mr. Frazier worked in the city’s Bureau of Water Supply and transferred to the fire department in 1954 when Engine Company 15 got short-handed. In his first year of service, he responded with his father to the nine-alarm fire and collapse of the Tru-Fit Clothing store in the 500 block of East Baltimore Street. Six firefighters died and several were injured when the three-story brick building collapsed.

Calvin Lockhart, 72, actor

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Calvin Lockhart, a Bahamian-born actor who won acclaim for his roles as underworld figures in 1970s “blaxploitation” films, died March 29 of complications from a stroke. He was 72.

The youngest of eight children, Mr. Lockhart moved to New York as a teenager to study engineering but quickly found his calling in the theater.

His first big-screen role was in the 1967 film “Joanna,” about an interracial romance in London. He was later praised for his portrayal of an unscrupulous preacher in the 1970 Ossie Davis-directed “Cotton Comes to Harlem.”

Mr. Lockhart also played a disc jockey turned sleuth in the 1972 film “Melinda,” and the gangster character Biggie Smalls in “Let’s Do It Again” in 1975.

Mr. Lockhart appeared on the TV series “Dynasty” and had roles in Hollywood hits such as “Coming to America,” starring Eddie Murphy, in 1988.

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