While studying in Milan, Tozzi made the vocal transition to bass.
Nominated for a Tony for the 1979 musical "The Most Happy Fella," Tozzi also acted occasionally on television after moving to Malibu in the 1970s.
From 1991 to 2006, he taught at Indiana University's school of music.
Harry Redmond Jr.
Special-effects artist and producer
Harry Redmond Jr., 101, a special-effects artist and producer who had worked in film and television since the 1920s, died May 23 at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced.
The son of pioneering special-effects man Harry Redmond Sr., the younger Redmond was born Oct. 15, 1909, and moved with his family from New York to California in 1926.
Among his film credits are "The Last Days of Pompeii," "King Kong," " Lost Horizon," "Only Angels Have Wings," "The Outlaw," "The Woman in the Window" and "A Night in Casablanca."
In television, he did special effects for "The Outer Limits" and "Sea Hunt," among other series.
Redmond, who served stateside with the Army making training films during World War II, married production designer and illustrator Dorothea Holt in 1940. His wife died in 2009.
Biographer of novelist Willa Cather
James Woodress, 94, an English professor who wrote two biographies of novelist Willa Cather, died in his sleep May 19 at his home in the Mt. San Antonio Gardens senior community in Pomona, said Margaret Anne O'Connor, a longtime friend.
Woodress wrote "Willa Cather: Her Life and Art" in 1970 and "Willa Cather: a Literary Life" in 1987. A New York Times review called the latter book "the most cogent, balanced biography of Cather to date." Woodress also wrote biographies of poet and politician Joel Barlow and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Booth Tarkington, among others.
Woodress was born July 7, 1916, in Webster Groves, Mo. He earned a bachelor's degree in English at Amherst College in 1938, a master's at New York University in 1943 while working for United Press International and a doctorate at Duke University in 1950. He also served in the Army during World War II.
Beginning in the mid-1950s, Woodress taught at San Fernando Valley State College, which is now Cal State Northridge. In 1966, he moved to UC Davis. He also taught at Grinnell College and Butler University earlier in his career. He retired in 1987.
Mark Dantzler, program director for the Challengers Boys & Girls Club, a youth outreach organization based in South Los Angeles and founded by his father, Lou Dantzler, died May 24 at a North Hills hospice. He was 48 and had lung cancer.
-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports