Milestones: Jun. 15, 1987

DIED. Will Sampson, 53, stolid, 6-ft. 7-in. full-blooded Creek Indian actor, painter and rodeo bull rider, best known for his 1975 debut role as the silent Chief Bromden in the film One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest; of kidney failure following a successful heart-and-lung transplant; in Houston.


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