RICHARD HUNTER CROSS JR.
Virginia Game Director
Richard Hunter Cross Jr., 71, a former executive director of the Virginia game commission, died Oct. 29 in a Richmond hospital. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. Cross was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and Virginia Tech and a veteran of World War II. A wildlife biologist, he worked for 45 years with the Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries, now the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. He was executive director of the commission for six years before retiring in 1987.
Craig Russell, 42, the star of the 1977 film "Outrageous," which was hailed by critics as an insightful tale of the gay underworld in which a schizophrenic girl moves in with a struggling female impersonator, died Oct. 30 at a hospital in Toronto. He had AIDS.
An internationally known female impersonator and actor, Mr. Russell became a box office success with "Outrageous," a low-budget, semi-autobiographical film in which he performed many of his impersonations, especially of his idol, Mae West, for whom he once worked as a secretary. In 1986, he did "Too Outrageous," a sequel to his film hit.
Herbert Brodkin, 77, a television producer who worked on such noted series as "Playhouse 90" and "The Defenders" and who also produced many specials on topics ranging from Nazism to the death penalty, died of an aneurysm Oct. 29 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
With John Houseman and Fred Coe, Mr. Brodkin was one of the trio of producers who crafted the final years of "Playhouse 90." With Reginald Rose, he created and produced the highly acclaimed series, "The Defenders," which appeared from 1961 to 1965. The series won more than two dozen Emmy awards.