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post #51 of 7421
Thread Starter 
Uncle Owen has farmed his last moisture.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movi....ap/index.html
post #52 of 7421
What does Phil Brown and Bruce Spence have in common? ROTS.
post #53 of 7421
RIP Andreas Katsulas. G'Kar on TV's 'Babylon 5', and in movies he was the one armed man in 'The Fugitive' and the bad guy in 'Someone to Watch Over Me'. Kinda a cool character actor. Apparently died of lung cancer, aged 59.
post #54 of 7421
I saw this yesterday, he was a great actor. Of course he also played Ambassor Tomalok - shifty Romulan type in Next Generaton.

But as G'kar he truly rocked.
post #55 of 7421
I agree, he was a great actor. And he was another one of those 'hey, it's THAT guy' actors that you would recognize whenever he showed up, kinda like Vincent Schiavelli. He had a unique look about him that seemed to lend itself well to being cast as a bad guy, though by all accounts he was a very nice man. He did truly come into his own as G'Kar, though.
post #56 of 7421
Just ran across this on another board and couldn't believe it. He was the best thing on B5.
post #57 of 7421
RIP Richard Bright

"Al Neri: Our friend and associate Hyman Roth is in the news. The High Court of Israel turned down his request to live there as a returning Jew. He landed in Buenos Aires last night offering a "gift" of a million dollars if they'd let him stay. They said no. His passport's been invalidated, except for his return trip to the States. " - Godfather Part 2
post #58 of 7421
He was a good background figure in the GODFATHER films. Off the top of my head I think only him, Pacino, Keaton, and Shire are in all 3 films. Sofia Coppolla was sort of in all of them.
post #59 of 7421
http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/news/ap/2...040284000.html

Just heard the news. It's really sad. He was great as the silent yet deadly bodyguard.
post #60 of 7421
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth
RIP Andreas Katsulas. G'Kar on TV's 'Babylon 5', and in movies he was the one armed man in 'The Fugitive' and the bad guy in 'Someone to Watch Over Me'. Kinda a cool character actor. Apparently died of lung cancer, aged 59.
Wow! That's some cool makeup. I never watched Babylon 5, but I remember Katsulas for his roles in The Fugitive and the TV movie The Death of the Incredible Hulk.

Here he is sans makeup:
post #61 of 7421
I'm still mourning the loss of the Dunkin Donuts guy.
post #62 of 7421
Fare thee well, Incredible Mr. Limpet.


http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/...rtainment=true
post #63 of 7421
Darren McGavin, the father in A Christmas Story, died today. He was 84. Bad week to be old.
post #64 of 7421
Actually, McGavin was 83 at the time of his death. I had no idea he was older than Knotts though.



R.I.P.
post #65 of 7421
Here are some more recent photos of McGavin. They were taken at the 20th Anniversary Celebration/Screening of A Christmas Story in November 2003 in Newport Beach, CA.



There are more photos of various cast members here.

He hadn't been working regularly since 1999, though he made an uncredited cameo appearance as a reporter in the pilot episode of ABC's now-cancelled series remake of The Night Stalker.
post #66 of 7421
I loved Don Knotts's work and am sad to hear he's gone. But, damn, I'm in shock about Darren McGavin. The Night Stalker knocked me on my ass when I was a kid, and really just because of him, his performance as Kolchak. It was like Bogart's less cool younger brother, more prone to take chances, not as lucky but who naturally stumbles on more truths. There was nothing like Kolchak before and nothing like it since, despite the obvious homages.

I met him once and was blown away. He was so humble and laughed when I told him how The Night Stalker affected me, how great it was. Like a lot of actors, his more serious work was more memorable to him than a short-lived TV show. Anyway, he was an incredible actor, great in everything he was in. His passing leaves a gaping hole in the movie industry. He will be missed. RIP.
post #67 of 7421
My grandpa died today. He's not famous, but he's going up there in good company.
post #68 of 7421
What YT wrote expresses my sentiments about McGavin and his portrayal of Kolchak.

Electrichead: Sorry to hear about your Grandpa.
post #69 of 7421

You know they always say they die in 3's

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While he's not as well-known as the prolific Joe Raposo, Bruce Hart, who passed away last Tuesday of lung cancer, also left his musical mark on Sesame Street. Hart and his wife were one of the first writers hired for the children's program when it debuted in 1969. Bruce, along with writer Jon Stone, wrote the lyrics to the theme song. Folks who are around my age and older, however, might remember another contribution of Hart's. He penned the lyrics for the popular album and TV special "Free To Be You And Me" which featured celebrities such as Mel Brooks, Shel Silverstein, Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, and many others. My sister and I listened to that album all the time when we were kids. We used an antiquated device called a "record player."

Source: http://www.tvsquad.com/2006/02/27/se...st-dead-at-68/
post #70 of 7421
Looks like that truck finally got him.
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LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Dennis Weaver, the slow-witted deputy Chester Goode in the TV classic western "Gunsmoke" and the New Mexico deputy solving New York crime in "McCloud," has died. The actor was 81.

Weaver died of complications from cancer Friday at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, his publicist Julian Myers said.
post #71 of 7421
How random is it that a man known for writing songs for Sesame Street dies over the weekend in addition to the deaths of 3 superb character actors who all have first names starting with the letter '"D"?
post #72 of 7421
You know, I posted in the Darren McGavin RIP thread, because I completely forgot about this one...

I throw myself onto the mercy of the court.
post #73 of 7421
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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson
Dennis Weaver, now being chased by the big rusty truck in the sky...
post #74 of 7421
sorry about your grandad Electric.
post #75 of 7421
Artful Dodger unable to dodge death:
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Jack Wild, the actor who played the Artful Dodger in the 1968 film Oliver!, has died.The 53-year-old lost his battle with cancer last night.
And of course, he'll forever be Jimmy, the magical-flute-toting boy on H.R. Puffnstuff.
post #76 of 7421
Jack Wild.....

Wow...that's really depressing. Between him and Don Knotts, that's a lot of childhood memories now tinged with sadness.
post #77 of 7421

And then there were 4...

Jackson 5 drummer Johnny Jackson was found stabbed to death in his home Wednesday.
post #78 of 7421
Kirby Puckett

One of the most likeable athletes ever, and who knows how much longer he could have played if it wasn't for the eye problems he developed.

This depresses the hell out of me.
post #79 of 7421
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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson
Kirby Puckett

One of the most likeable athletes ever, and who knows how much longer he could have played if it wasn't for the eye problems he developed.

This depresses the hell out of me.
Well, wasn't there all that awful PR stuff that emerged after his retirement? He didn't seem that squeaky clean and likeable by the time he got into the Hall of Fame.
post #80 of 7421
Dana Reeve, wife of late actor Christopher Reeve

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A lifelong nonsmoker, Dana Reeve revealed she had the disease in August, less than a year after her husband's death. She died Monday night.

"We are all just so sad," foundation President Kathy Lewis said.
Lewis said that she had visited Reeve on Friday and that she was "strong and gracious and courageous." (Watch how Dana Reeve's work inspired admiration -- 1:52)

Reeve was the chairwoman of the foundation, which funds research for new treatments for spinal cord injuries and works to improve the quality of life for people suffering from paralysis.

Her husband died in October 2004 at age 52 after falling into a coma. He had been paralyzed since a horseback riding accident in 1995.
Reeve was admired for the support and love she showed for her husband and for her assistance in his care.

She also was an actress and singer.

In January, she sang at the retirement ceremony for Mark Messier's New York Rangers jersey at Madison Square Garden.

"She sang beautifully. She looked lovely," said Kathie Lee Gifford, who interviewed Reeve at the event. "She was wearing a wig, of course. She had been through chemo and radiation. She was very thin, which you would expect for somebody going through what she was going through."

Gifford said she was surprised by the news because Reeve had seemed so healthy that night. (Watch how nonsmoking women face a lung cancer risk -- 3:34)

"I was absolutely stunned because she told me that day that the tumor was shrinking and she was the picture of optimism that night," Gifford said.

Kate Michelman, a member of the foundation's board, remembered Reeve as "a great spirit."

"The country suffers because Dana, on a personal level, was one of the most remarkable people I've ever known," Michelman said.

She said Reeve's health had seemed to improve, giving friends and loved ones hope that she might recover from the cancer.

"She was improving. You know her own spirit and her own determination to overcome this plague made us feel she could do it," Michelman said.

"She just recently learned that she was failing and right up [till] the end, I have to tell you, Dana was convinced she was going to overcome this."

Michelman said Reeve's death is "a dreadful loss" but that the foundation will "move forward with Christopher and Dana's vision."

Dana and Christopher Reeve married in 1992 after a five-year relationship.

The actor was famous for his role as Superman in a trilogy of movies in the late 1970s and 1980s. He continued to act and direct films after his accident.

Christopher Reeve became a crusader to help find therapies and treatments for paralysis and was an outspoken supporter of stem-cell research. Dana Reeve was credited with carrying on his work through the foundation.

"After Christopher's death, Dana was determined to preserve the important work and the legacy of hope that became his life's mission," Lewis said in a statement. "Even in our grief, the foundation must pick up and continue to go forward with this mission.

"At the same time, we commit ourselves to ensuring that the light of grace, courage and hopefulness that Dana embodied continues to shine bright -- bringing comfort and hope to people living with paralysis and their families and caregivers."

She is survived by the couple's son, Will, 13; her father; two sisters; and two stepchildren, according to the foundation's statement.
Damn! I cannot imagine what it's like to lose both of your parents in less than 2 years, much less having to grow up with a father who is physically immobile.

My thoughts go out to the Reeve family, and most especially, young Will Reeve.
post #81 of 7421
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Originally Posted by moovyphreak
Damn! I cannot imagine what it's like to lose both of your parents in less than 2 years
Now they should stick the Reeves kid in an escape pod and blast him into outer space. Just to make it more thematically satisfying.
post #82 of 7421
Filmmaker Gordon Parks Dies at 93 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: March 7, 2006


NEW YORK (AP) -- Gordon Parks, who captured the struggles and triumphs of black America as a photographer for Life magazine and then became Hollywood's first major black director with ''The Learning Tree'' and the hit ''Shaft,'' died Tuesday, a family member said. He was 93.

Parks, who also wrote fiction and was an accomplished composer, died in New York, his nephew, Charles Parks, said in a telephone interview from Lawrence, Kan.

''Nothing came easy,'' Parks wrote in his autobiography. ''I was just born with a need to explore every tool shop of my mind, and with long searching and hard work. I became devoted to my restlessness.''

He covered everything from fashion to politics to sports during his 20 years at Life, from 1948 to 1968.

But as a photographer, he was perhaps best known for his gritty photo essays on the grinding effects of poverty in the United States and abroad and on the spirit of the civil rights movement.

''Those special problems spawned by poverty and crime touched me more, and I dug into them with more enthusiasm,'' he said. ''Working at them again revealed the superiority of the camera to explore the dilemmas they posed.''

In 1961, his photographs in Life of a poor, ailing Brazilian boy named Flavio da Silva brought donations that saved the boy and purchased a new home for him and his family.

''The Learning Tree'' was Parks' first film, in 1969. It was based on his 1963 autobiographical novel of the same name, in which the young hero grapples with fear and racism as well as first love and schoolboy triumphs. Parks wrote the score as well directed.

In 1989, ''The Learning Tree'' was among the first 25 American movies to be placed on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The registry is intended to highlight films of particular cultural, historical or aesthetic importance.

The detective drama ''Shaft,'' which came out in 1971 and starred Richard Roundtree, was a major hit and spawned a series of black-oriented films. Parks himself directed a sequel, ''Shaft's Big Score,'' in 1972.

He also published books of poetry and wrote musical compositions including ''Martin,'' a ballet about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
post #83 of 7421
93 years old? Damn, I can dig that!

HBO made a great documentary about Parks in 2000 titled Half Past Autumn that aired during Black History Month.

If you'd like to read more about it, click here.
post #84 of 7421
Parks was one of the most accomplished men of the century. He was a truly great man. In addition to "Half Past Autumn" (both the doc and the brilliant exhibition catalog book that was published with the "Half Past Autumn" touring exhibit), check out "Voices in the Mirror" and "A Choice of Weapons," a pair of autobiographies that are just as great as "Learning Tree."

Another must-read is the essay Parks wrote for LIFE magazine on the occasion of the death of his friend Malcolm X, an amazing article.
post #85 of 7421
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LENOX, Massachusetts (AP) -- Maureen Stapleton, the Oscar-winning character actress whose subtle vulnerability and down-to-earth toughness earned her dramatic and comedic roles on stage, screen, and television, died Monday. She was 80.

Stapleton, a longtime smoker who had been living in Lenox, died from chronic pulmonary disease, said her son, Daniel Allentuck.

Stapleton, whose unremarkable, matronly appearance belied her star personality and talent, won an Academy Award in 1981 for her supporting role as anarchist-writer Emma Goldman in Warren Beatty's "Reds," about a left-wing American journalist who journeys to Russia to cover the Bolshevik Revolution.

To prepare for the role, Stapleton said she tried reading Goldman's autobiography, but soon chucked it out of boredom.

"There are many roads to good acting," Stapleton, known for her straightforwardness, said in her 1995 autobiography, "Hell of a Life." "I've been asked repeatedly what the 'key' to acting is, and as far as I'm concerned, the main thing is to keep the audience awake."

Stapleton was nominated several times for a supporting actress Oscar, including for her first film role in 1958's "Lonelyhearts"; "Airport" in 1970; and Woody Allen's "Interiors" in 1978.

Her other film credits include the 1963 musical "Bye Bye Birdie" opposite Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke, "Johnny Dangerously," "Cocoon," "The Money Pit" and "Addicted to Love."

In television, she earned an Emmy for "Among the Paths to Eden" in 1967. She was nominated for "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" in 1975; "The Gathering" in 1977; and "Miss Rose White" in 1992.

Brought up in a strict Irish Catholic family with an alcoholic father, Stapleton left home in Troy, New York, right after high school. With $100 to her name, she came to New York and began studying at the Herbert Berghof Acting School and later at the Actors Studio, which turned out the likes of Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Julia Roberts.

Stapleton soon made her Broadway debut in Burgess Meredith's 1946 production of "The Playboy of the Western World."

At age 24, she became a success as Serafina Delle Rose in Tennessee Williams' Broadway hit "The Rose Tattoo," and won a Tony Award. She appeared in numerous other stage productions, including Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" and Neil Simon's "The Gingerbread Lady," for which she won her second Tony in 1971.

She starred opposite Laurence Olivier in Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Stapleton's friendship with Williams was well-known and he wrote three plays for her, but she never appeared in any of them.

Along the way, she led a chaotic personal life, which her autobiography candidly described as including two failed marriages, numerous affairs, years of alcohol abuse and erratic parenting for her two children.

She often said auditioning was hard for her, but that it was just a part of acting, a job "that pays."

"When I was first in New York there was a girl who wanted to play 'St. Joan' to the point where it was scary. ... I thought 'Don't ever want anything that bad,' " she recalled. "Just take what you get and like it while you do it, and forget it."

Cast throughout her career in supporting roles, Stapleton was content not playing a lead character, Allentuck said.

"I don't think she ever had unrealistic aspirations about her career," he said.

Beside Allentuck, Stapleton is survived by a daughter, Katharine Bambery, of Lenox and a brother, Jack Stapleton, of Troy, New York.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movi....stapleton.ap/
post #86 of 7421
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Honky-tonk star Buck Owens, who sold more than 16 million albums and popularized country entertainment on television as host of "Hee Haw," died on Saturday at age 76.

Owens, who helped spread the twangy "Bakersfield sound" as an antidote to Nashville's slick country music, died of heart failure at his home, said his keyboard player Jim Shaw. The night before, he had performed his usual twice-weekly concert at his entertainment complex, Buck Owens' Crystal Palace.

"He was one of the true innovators," Shaw said. "He did it his own way, an outside gunslinger type who used his own band and made music in Hollywood rather than Nashville. That free spirit made him important to a lot of people."

Owens honed his craft in the rowdy bars of Bakersfield, a gritty oil and farming town about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. He played it loud and kept it simple, performing tunes that were more escapist than the hard-life tales of his Bakersfield colleague Merle Haggard.

Owens scored his first top-10 hit in 1960 with "Under Your Spell Again." Between 1963 and 1967, at a time when mainstream country music was flirting with complex arrangements, Owens enjoyed 15 No. 1 hits, including "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "Together Again."

"In Nashville, they were producing things with softer, more syrupy sounds," Owens told biographer Nicholas Dawidoff in the book "In the Country of Country. "I'm one of those turn-on-the-damn-thing-and-here-we-go folks."
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/news...archived=False
post #87 of 7421
I was just watching "The N Word" and it focused primarily on Richard Pryor when he was just getting started and I forgot for a minute he had died. What was his last best movie, I haven't watched any of his films in a long time and doubt I ever saw that many. need to check some out. I just remember see no evil hear no evil and his stand up comedy
post #88 of 7421
So long Gene Pitney,
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4878926.stm

I really thought he was older than 65.
post #89 of 7421

Earl Woods Dies (Tiger Woods' father)

Just heard the news.

Tiger's father did a lot for his career and Earl's legacy will live through one of the greatest golfers to come in our time.

Story
post #90 of 7421
He will be missed. Is his Mother Yoko Ono still alive?
post #91 of 7421
Sad news. I hope he had at least one crack at Tiger’s wife before he passed.
post #92 of 7421
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Originally Posted by Master Chuin
He will be missed. Is his Mother Yoko Ono still alive?
BURN!
post #93 of 7421
Poor Earl for I knew you but a short moment. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Oh wait this isn't about that dude with the Karma list?? My bad.
post #94 of 7421
I didn't know Jason Thompson was a golf fan.

Golf bores me to tears. That doesn't mean I'm happy that a famous golfer's father died. Honestly, I just don't really care that much. It all seems so faraway, so disconnected. I know what it's like to lose a father, but I don't know what it's like to be a professional golfer. So in one way I can relate, but I'm not really upset by this news.

I did like that golf movie with Kevin Costner and Don Johnson, though; and I was pretty sad when those two people were tied to the anchor of their own boat and subsequently drowned, but this news really hasn't affected me yet.
post #95 of 7421
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Originally Posted by almostsexy
I didn't know Jason Thompson was a golf fan.
I leave it on almost every Sunday when football season is off and when there's not a decent baseball game on TV. I've kept up with it more and more as the years have passed and I was pretty surprised at how quickly I picked up on how much I liked watching this on TV.

The concept is worse than NASCAR in many ways, but I just can't help it.
post #96 of 7421
post #97 of 7421
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Originally Posted by Shane
You're right.
post #98 of 7421
Why do they have to be dead?
post #99 of 7421
Mess with the bull, you get the horns.
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BURBANK, Calif. - Paul Gleason, who played the go-to bad guy in "Trading Places" and the angry high school principal in "The Breakfast Club," has died. He was 67.

Gleason died at a local hospital Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos, said his wife, Susan Gleason.
Mr. Johnson and Mr. Johnson were unavailable for comment.
post #100 of 7421
He was 67? Wow!

R.I.P.
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