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James Bacon is an American author and journalist who has also worked as a actor in film and television. After leaving the Associated Press in 1966, he wrote briefly for the Hollywood Reporter and then for 17 years for The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. He continues to write, and has published a weekly column in Beverly Hills magazine since 1996. Although a columnist by trade, Bacon appeared in numerous films, generally in walk-on cameos. For example, Bacon was the only actor to appear in all five films in the Planet of the Apes series. He portrayed an ape in each of the films with the exception of Escape from the Planet of the Apes, in which he played a human, General Faulkner.

Bacon penned three books in the 1970s and 1980s. The first book, Hollywood is a Four Letter Town, was published in 1977; its sequel, Made in Hollywood, in 1978. Of significance in these books were his close friendships with, among others, Jackie Gleason, Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, and Desi Arnaz. Bacon also discusses his brief affair with Marilyn Monroe. Bacon also wrote a biography on Jackie Gleason, which was published in 1985, titled, How Sweet It Is: The Jackie Gleason Story.

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LAist - News from LA, 2010-09-19 02:00:40
Photo by T. Diddy via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A protest that included a march from the Rampart division LAPD station to Macarthur Park over the police shooting death of a day laborer has ended peacefully. RIP to longtime Hollywood journalist James Bacon, 96. Actress Lindsay Lohan ...

James Bacon, columnist to the stars, dies at 96 (AP)
Yahoo Entertainment, 2010-09-19 01:03:32
AP - James Bacon, who began his career at The Associated Press in the 1940s and spent six decades chronicling Hollywood's biggest stars as a reporter, author and syndicated columnist, died Saturday. He was 96.

Columnist James Bacon dies at 96
Variety, 2010-09-18 21:50:43
Obituary: Reporter was a longtime fixture in Hollywood -- Bacon died in his sleep of heart failure at his home in Northridge.

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