DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Iron Eyes Cody (aged 94)
-Italian-American actor (The Paleface)
Iron Eyes Cody (born Espera Oscar de Corti, April 3, 1904 – January 4, 1999) was an Italian-American actor. He portrayed Native Americans in Hollywoodfilms, famously as Chief Iron Eyes in Bob Hope’s The Paleface (1948). He also played a Native American shedding a tear about litter in one of the country’s most well-known television public service announcements, “Keep America Beautiful”. Living in Hollywood, he began to insist, even in his private life, that he was Native American, over time claiming membership in several different tribes. In 1996, Cody’s half-sister said that he was of Italian ancestry, but he denied it. After his death, it was revealed that he was of Sicilian parentage, and not Native American at all.
DEATH: Cody died of mesothelioma on January 4, 1999, at age 94.