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Thread Starter 
Post here, or face the consequences. Devin, might want to leave these people to their fakegrief in here.
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There we go.
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Some recognizable character actors we lost over the holidays.

Michael Vale

Vincent Schiavelli

Patrick Cranshaw

Some others celebs who died over the past week (from Who's Alive and Who's Dead):

Saturday, 24 December
James Austin Jr., pop singer (The Platters), of lung cancer, 68.

Tuesday, 20 December
Billy Hughes, actor ("Ole Rex"), cause not reported, 57.

Sunday, 25 December Roland Galvan, TV weathercaster (Houston), of liver problems, 48.
Clint Sampson, NFL football player (Denver Broncos), in an auto accident, 44.
Charles Socarides, psychiatrist, of heart failure, 83.
Roy Stuart, actor (Corporal Boyle on "Gomer Pyle USMC"), cause not reported, 70.

Monday, 26 December
Bud Blake, cartoonist ("Tiger"), 87.
John Diebold, businessman and writer ("Automation"), of esophagus cancer, 79.

Tuesday, 27 December
John Druze, college football player (Fordham), of natural causes, 91.

Wednesday, 28 December
Richard De Angelis, actor (Col. Forester on "The Wire"), of congestive heart failure, 73.

Friday, 30 December
Candy Barr, stripper, of pneumonia, 70.
Rona Jaffe, writer ("The Best of Everything"), of cancer, 74.

Saturday, 31 December
Harry "Flash" Clarke, NFL football player (Chicago Bears), of Alzheimer's disease, 89.
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Originally Posted by moovyphreak
Friday, 30 December
Candy Barr, stripper, of pneumonia, 70.
Wow. That had to be one hell of a show...

See, my mom always tells us not to go around naked in winter.
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Can we have one of these for canceled TV shows and networks in the TV forum?
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He is sorely missed already

"So what you're saying, is that it's bad to want to be by yourself"-Vincent Schiavelli:"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

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Richard De Angelis is dead? What's the point of even getting out of bed anymore?
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Throw Lou Rawls onto the pile

Lou Rawls age:72
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Originally Posted by Anderson
Rawls was scheduled to perform at the local arts center in my hometown a week before Thanksgiving and I had tickets, but a few days prior to the event, his management called and cancelled as he was admitted to the hospital. They had rescheduled his show for this month, but a few weeks later, as his health worsened, his entire touring schedule was cancelled. I'd heard he was sick. I just didn't realize how sick he was.

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Here's the weekly dead celebrity roundup:

Tuesday, 28 December 2005
Barry Cowsill, singer (The Cowsills), 51. He was believed to have died in hurricane Katrina on 29 August; his body was recovered on 28 December.

Wednesday, 29 December
Chuck Zink, aka "Skipper Chuck," children's TV host (Miami), of complications from a series of strokes, 79.

Thursday, 30 December
Rod Dedeaux, college baseball coach (Southern California), 91. (NOTE: The obituary wording was unclear about whether he died on 30 December or 6 January).
Ken Mosdell, NHL hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), 83.

Friday, 31 December
Enrico Di Giuseppe, operatic tenor, of cancer, 73.
Bobby Stevens, major leaguer (Philadelphia Phillies), 98.

Saturday, 1 January 2006
Paul Linblad, major leaguer (Oakland A's), of Alzheimer's disease, 64.
Charles Porter, U.S. Congressman (D-OR, 1957-61), of complications of Alzheimer's disease, 86.
Neil Strawser, radio news announcer (CBS), of a heart attack, 78.

Monday, 3 January
Raul Davila, actor (Hector Santos on "All My Children"), of a heart attack, 74.
Bobby Estes, rodeo performer, of heart disease, 85.
Ofelia Fox, singer (Cuban), of cancer and complications of diabetes, 82.

Wednesday, 5 January
Ernani Bernardi, Los Angeles city councilman (1961-93), of apparent heart failure, 94

Thursday, 6 January
Simon Shanks, NFL football player Arizona Cardinals), shot in a home invasion, 34.

Friday, 7 January
Lou Rawls, singer ("You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"), of cancer, 72.

Saturday, 8 January
Jack Mabley, news columnist (Chicago), 90.
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Shelley Winters died early this morning at age 85:
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Thread Starter 
Tentacles 1, Shelley Winters 0
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She was in both "Alfie" and "Purple People Eater."

Well, it struck me as funny. Fuck you.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Wilson Pickett, the soul pioneer best known for the fiery hits "Mustang Sally" and "In The Midnight Hour," died of a heart attack Thursday in a Reston, Virginia, hospital, according to his management company. He was 64.

Chris Tuthill of the management company Talent Source said Pickett had been suffering from health problems for the past year. Pickett lived in Ashburn, Virginia.

"He did his part. It was a great ride, a great trip. I loved him and I'm sure he was well-loved, and I just hope that he's given his props," Michael Wilson Pickett, the singer's son, told WRC-TV in Washington after his death.

Pickett -- known as the "Wicked Pickett" -- became a star with his soulful hits in the 1960s. "In the Midnight Hour" made the top 25 on the Billboard pop charts in 1965, and "Mustang Sally" did the same the following year.

"A fellow Detroiter, Wilson Pickett was one of the greatest soul singers of all time," Aretha Franklin said in a statement. "He will absolutely be missed. I am thankful that I got the chance to speak to him not too long ago."
Pickett was defined by his raspy voice and passionate delivery. But the Alabama-born Pickett got his start singing gospel music in church.

After moving to Detroit, Michigan, as a teen, he joined the group the Falcons, which scored the hit "I Found a Love" with Pickett on lead vocals in 1962.

He went solo a year later, and would soon find his greatest success.

Sensuous soul

In 1965, he linked with legendary soul producer Jerry Wexler at the equally legendary soul label Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and recorded one of his greatest hits, "In the Midnight Hour," for Atlantic Records.

A string of hits followed, including "634-5789," "Funky Broadway" and "Mustang Sally." His sensuous soul was in sharp contrast to the genteel soul songs of his Detroit counterparts at Motown Records.

Indeed, Pickett even remade "Hey Jude" (with Duane Allman on guitar) and "Sugar Sugar" in his own style. The latter sounds like a completely different song from the Archies' bubble-gum classic: bolder, gutsier, with a sensuousness that didn't exist in the original.

Roger Friedman, a journalist and friend who featured Pickett in his 2002 documentary on soul greats, "Only the Strong Survive," said Pickett was "really Atlantic's answer to James Brown."

"He wrote his own songs ... he was very, very musically adept, and look at his contribution -- look how many songs of his songs have been covered," Friedman told The Associated Press on Thursday.

As Pickett entered a new decade, he had less success on the charts, but still had a few more hits, including the song "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You."

"Like all these great legends of R&B, when disco came in, it really impacted their careers," Friedman said. "[But] what Americans don't realize is they have all continued to be incredibly popular in Europe -- every summer, touring Europe to incredible crowds."

Tough times

Still, Pickett suffered through some tough times. In 1991, he was arrested for allegedly yelling death threats while driving a car over the mayor's front lawn in Englewood, New Jersey, and less than a year later was charged with assaulting his girlfriend.

In 1993, he was convicted of drunken driving and sentenced to a year in jail and five years' probation after hitting an 86-year-old man with his car. In 1987, he was given two years' probation and fined $1,000 for carrying a loaded shotgun in his car.

Besides his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1991, he was also given the Pioneer award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation two years later. He also cast a long shadow and served as a role model in "The Commitments" in 1991, without appearing in the film.

"If I wasn't in show business I don't know what I would have been -- a wanderer or something, you know?" he said in a 2001 interview. "But God blessed me with the talent and the chance. I knocked on enough doors, and this is what I can give myself credit for."

Friedman said he had just spoken to Pickett last week and that he seemed optimistic he would be able to put recent health troubles aside and perform again.

"We had just a great talk," he said. "He really wanted to get back to business."
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Shit. Chris Penn just about an hour ago:
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A sad day for Chris Penns everywhere. But mainly the dead one.
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Wow. Seems young to go.

Am I cynical for suspecting drugs were involved?
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Originally Posted by Overlord
Wow. Seems young to go.

Am I cynical for suspecting drugs were involved?
Not really, but who knows? Could've been anything. Whatever it was it's still too bloody young to go.*

*Any connection between these remarks and me approaching 40 too fucking fast are purely coincidental.
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Probably drugs or something having to do with corpulence.
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His brother will blame the Bush Adminstration for the stress that led to his untimely demise.....
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Originally Posted by Ade Brooks
*Any connection between these remarks and me approaching 40 too fucking fast are purely coincidental.
Had the same thoughts, too. In this day and age, 43 is pretty frickin' young. RIP, Chris Penn.
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That's really sad for him to die so young, no matter what the cause might be.
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Pat Morita is dead now too, obviously not able to deal with a world without Chris Penn and i fear for all the 'karate kid' thread titles that will pop up.
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That article brought to you by two fucking months ago.
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Originally Posted by Werbal_Kint
That article brought to you by two fucking months ago.
Yeah, but it still hurts.
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Seriously? Fuck. Sorry. He's still dead though, right?
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Originally Posted by Andrew Clarke
Seriously? Fuck. Sorry. He's still dead though, right?
Along with Generalismo Francisco Franco.
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Coretta Scott King, wife of slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has died at 78:
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When did the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr die????

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You're not long for this world.
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Coretta Scott King? What films were she in?
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It's called the Dead Celebrities thread. Not movie stars, so this works.

Better in this thread than starting a whole new one for no reason.
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I still wouldn't consider her a celebrity. An important figure, but...fuck it. I'm just disappointed because I saw new posts in here and was hoping for a good celebrity OD or something....
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Someone new will come soon enough. Hang in there.
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Farewell Grandpa

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Wow. I thought Al Lewis had passed away already. It's kind of odd that he outlived Fred Gwynne. Wasn't he like 15 years older than Fred?

Goodnight Grandpa...R.I.P. you old bloodsucker.
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Man, I thought he was a whole lot older than 83.

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Well, it turns out he was a little bit older. CNN said he was 83, whereas every other source (including IMDb) says he was 95.
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Yeah. My guess would've been closer to 95. He sure looked a lot older than 83 in that pic.
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Well, this morning I got an email from the "Who's Alive and Who's Dead" mailing list about his death and it says 82 and that reports of him being 95 were not true. CNN updated their obit in the wee hours this morning to include this:

The actor was widely reported to have been born in 1910, but his son Ted Lewis said Saturday that his father was born in 1923.
Damn, this is confusing!
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CC said he was 95. At this point, I'm wonderering if anyone ever knew how old he really was.
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Vampire's ages are often the subject of dispute.

RIP The guy that played the judge in USED CARS.
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They're gonna need a bigger hearse.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Peter Benchley, whose novel "Jaws" terrorized millions of swimmers even as the author himself became an advocate for the conservation of sharks, has died at age 65, his widow said Sunday.

Wendy Benchley, married to the author for 41 years, said he died Saturday night at their home in Princeton, New Jersey. The cause of death, she said, was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive and a fatal scarring of the lungs.
What gets lost in the hoopla around Spielberg's adaptation is that Jaws is a fairly ordinary, at times downright awful book.
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Peter Benchley Sleeps With The Fishes
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His Wikipedia biography didn't seem to have a whole lot of info, so...

Thanks to Benchley's 1974 novel, and Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie of the same name a year later, the simple act of ocean swimming became synonymous with fatal horror, of still water followed by ominous, pumping music, then teeth and blood and panic.

"Spielberg certainly made the most superb movie; Peter was very pleased," Wendy Benchley told The Associated Press.

"But Peter kept telling people the book was fiction, it was a novel, and that he no more took responsibility for the fear of sharks than ["Godfather" author] Mario Puzo took responsibility for the Mafia."

Benchley, the grandson of humorist Robert Benchley and son of author Nathaniel Benchley, was born in New York City in 1940.

He attended the elite Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, then graduated from Harvard University in 1961.

He worked at The Washington Post and Newsweek and spent two years as a speechwriter for President Johnson, writing some "difficult" speeches about the Vietnam War, Wendy Benchley said.

The author's interest in sharks was lifelong, beginning with childhood visits to Nantucket Island in Massachusetts and heightening in the mid-1960s when he read about a fisherman catching a 4,550-pound great white shark off Long Island, the setting for his novel.

"I thought to myself, 'What would happen if one of those came around and wouldn't go away?"' he recalled. Benchley didn't start the novel until 1971 because he was too busy working with his day jobs.

"There was no particular influence. My idea was to tell my first novel as a sort of long story ... just to see if I could do it. I had been a freelance writer since I was 16, and I sold things to various magazines and newspapers whenever I could."

Proudest achievement

While Peter Benchley co-wrote the screenplay for "Jaws," and authored several other novels, including "The Deep" and "The Island," Wendy Benchley said he was especially proud of his conservation work.

He served on the national council of Environmental Defense, hosted numerous television wildlife programs, gave speeches around the world and wrote articles for National Geographic and other publications.

"He cared very much about sharks. He spent most of his life trying to explain to people that if you are in the ocean, you're in the shark's territory, so it behooves you to take precautions," Wendy Benchley said.

The author did not abide by the mayhem his book evoked. In fact, he was quite at ease around sharks, his widow said. She recalled a trip to Guadeloupe, Mexico, last year for their 40th wedding anniversary, when the two went into the water in a special cage.

"They put bait in the water and sharks swim around and play games," she said. "We were thrilled, excited. We'd been around sharks for so long."
Besides his wife, Peter Benchley is survived by three children and five grandchildren. A small family service will take place next week in Princeton, Wendy Benchley said.
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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson
They're gonna need a bigger hearse.

What gets lost in the hoopla around Spielberg's adaptation is that Jaws is a fairly ordinary, at times downright awful book.
Although that's hard to argue with, without his book we'd have missed out on one of the best movies ever made.

Without Jaws there could probably be no Meg.

As for Meg, Nick, I hope you guys are thinking of a dedication or at least a mention to Mr. Benchley. He deserves it.
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I just saw this pic of him on the BBC site. He looks more like 105!

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No love for Akira Ifukube? RIP great composer of Gojira. 02.08.2006
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Another one of the greats has gone away. George Jefferson's white neighbor Tom is dead.

The man was a pioneer in giving pale faces hope that they could satisfy the sisters.
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