DEAD: Sheb Wooley

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Sheb Wooley (aged 82)
Actor (The Outlaw Josey Wales, Hee-Haw)
Singer (The Purple People Eater)

Shelby Fredrick “Sheb” Wooley (April 10, 1921 – September 16, 2003) was a character actor and singer, best known for his 1958 novelty song “The Purple People Eater.” He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller, in the film High Noon; played Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales; and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television series Rawhide.

Wooley is also credited as the voice actor who produced the Wilhelm scream sound effect.

DEATH: Wooley was diagnosed with leukemia in 1996, which forced him to retire from public performing in 1999. After seven years of battling the illness, he died at the age of 82 at the Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 16, 2003. He was entombed in Hendersonville Memory Gardens in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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