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Title: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on June 27, 2009, 06:20:21 PM
This thread has been created to keep news of celebrity passings all in one place. Rather than create a new thread for each of them, we'll just post all that news here. Obviously, news of celebrities who have died who were co-stars or production members for a Clint Eastwood movie can be posted in the Eastwood News Forum.

Sometimes celebrities pass during the year without anyone posting the news here. There is a page here which keeps track of those who have left us:

http://www.imdb.com/DiedInYear?year=2009


** The existing threads for Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett will be left open for discussion/memories **
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on June 28, 2009, 08:44:12 AM
Not a BIG celebrity but this is a little weird. I just saw him on The Tonight Show just a few days ago!


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Police: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead at home
AP

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TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa police say Billy Mays, the television pitchman known for his boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean, has died. He was 50.

Authorities say Mays was pronounced dead Sunday morning after being found by his wife at home. There were no signs of a break-in, and investigators do not suspect foul play. The coroner's office expects to have an autopsy done by Monday afternoon.

Mays' wife, Deborah Mays, says the family doesn't expect to make any public statements and asked for privacy.

Mays was also featured on the reality TV show "Pitchmen" on the Discovery Channel, which followed Mays and Anthony Sullivan in their marketing jobs.

Discovery Channel spokeswoman Elizabeth Hillman released a statement Sunday extending sympathy to the Mays family.

"Everyone that knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, generosity and warmth," Hillman's statement said. "Billy was a pioneer in his field and helped many people fulfill their dreams. He will be greatly missed as a loyal and compassionate friend."
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on July 01, 2009, 11:44:12 AM
Another great has left us...

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-karl-malden2-2009jul02,0,5658128.story

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Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden dies at 97


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By Dennis McLellan
12:17 PM PDT, July 1, 2009


Karl Malden, one of Hollywood's strongest and most versatile supporting actors, who won an Oscar playing his Broadway-originated role as Mitch in "A Streetcar Named Desire," died today. He was 97.

Malden starred in the 1970s TV series "The Streets of San Francisco" and was the longtime American Express traveler's-check spokesman, warning travelers to not leave home without it. He died of natural causes at his home in Brentwood, said his daughter Mila Doerner.

With his unglamorous mug -- he broke his bulbous nose twice playing sports as a teenager -- the former Indiana steel-mill worker realized early on the course his acting career would take.

"I was so incredibly lucky," Malden once told The Times. "I knew I wasn't a leading man. Take a look at this face." But, he vowed as a young man, he wasn't going to let his looks hamper his ambition to succeed as an actor.

In a movie career that flourished in the 1950s and '60s, Malden played a variety of roles in more than 50 films, including the sympathetic priest in "On the Waterfront," the resentful husband in "Baby Doll," the warden in "Birdman of Alcatraz," the outlaw-turned-sheriff in "One-Eyed Jacks," the pioneer patriarch in "How the West Was Won," Madame Rose's suitor in "Gypsy," the card dealerin "The Cincinnati Kid" and Gen. Omar Bradley in "Patton."

His varied performances established Malden, former Times film critic Charles Champlin once wrote, "as an Everyman, but one whose range moved easily up and down the levels of society and the IQ scale, from heroes to heavies and ordinary, decent guys just trying to get along."

Malden was a longtime holdout to television until he agreed to play Lt. Mike Stone on the ABC police drama "The Streets of San Francisco," with Michael Douglas. The series, which ran from 1972 to 1977, earned Malden four consecutive Emmy nominations as lead actor in a drama series.

When he finally won his sole Emmy, it was for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or special, as a man who begins to suspect that his daughter was murdered by her husband in the fact-based 1984 miniseries "Fatal Vision."

Malden also starred in "Skag," a short-lived 1980 NBC dramatic series in which he played a Serbian family man and union foreman at a Pittsburgh steel mill.

But for all his movie and television roles, it was primarily the series of American Express traveler's-check commercials Malden made between 1973 and 1994 that gave him his greatest public recognition. (Even Johnny Carson, complete with fake proboscis, dark suit and short-brimmed fedora, spoofed Malden's sober-faced commercials on "The Tonight Show.")

"After 50 years of doing all those other things in the business, wherever I go, the one thing people will say to me is, 'Don't leave home without it,' " Malden said in 1989. "What am I going to say? It's kind of frustrating in a way, but at the same time, American Express has been very good to me, and it's given me independence. I don't have to jump at anything and everything that comes my way."

He was born Mladen Sekulovich in Chicago on March 22, 1912, the son of an immigrant mother from the nation that later became Czechoslovakia and a Serbian father, who delivered milk for 38 years.

Malden spoke little English until after his family moved from their Serbian enclave in Chicago to the steel-mill community of Gary, Ind., when he was 5.

Malden's father was a theater lover who staged Serbian plays in the church and in Serbian patriotic organizations in Gary. As a teenager, Malden played heavies -- usually Turks, complete with a big, black mustache -- in his father's productions.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on July 01, 2009, 12:48:47 PM
Wow.. sad news.. but he had a good run..

I remember him well from Streets.. and always thought he was fantastic in Streetcar..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 01, 2009, 01:12:52 PM
That is sad.  I realy liked him.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: El bueno on July 01, 2009, 09:34:53 PM
A great actor that will be missed :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on July 02, 2009, 08:19:13 PM
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theampersand/archive/2008/03/02/guitarist-jeff-healy-dies-at-41.aspx


I did not know that the blues guitarist Jeff Healey passed on several months ago. This guy was amazing. He was the guitar player in Roadhouse. I saw him live at  Dallas Alley back in 89 or 90. He was a hell of a player and his music will be missed.

Check out his playing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoBHag7ykh4
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 02, 2009, 09:23:54 PM
Mollie Sugden 86.   Those of you who remember Are You Being Served will know what a fantastic comedy actress she was.  Her timing was impecable.

Pictured with the cast of Are You Being Served Mollie is on the left.  Standing beside Mollie is Wendy Richards who passed away a few months ago.

(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45999000/jpg/_45999817_servedknickers.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on July 02, 2009, 11:12:53 PM
R.I.P Mollie.. a great comic actress....
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Conan on July 03, 2009, 08:19:20 AM
Another great has left us...

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-karl-malden2-2009jul02,0,5658128.story


RIP Karl Malden

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Clint Van Wallach on July 03, 2009, 08:24:55 AM
Mollie Sugden 86.   Those of you who remember Are You Being Served will know what a fantastic comedy actress she was.  Her timing was impecable.

I always liked that show. I would watch it on PBS on Saturday nights. It was interesting that we were watching it here in the U.S.  about 15 years after it was filmed.  It wasn't as hilarious (at least to me) as Monty Python, Benny Hill, or Fawlty Towers, but after I got familiar with the characters, I thought it was quite funny.  Mrs. Slocum's  references to her cat were always hysterical, along with the responses from her coworkers. ::)

R.I.P. Molly and Wendy. Thanks for the laughs! O0
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on July 03, 2009, 10:41:09 AM
Many years after the show had finished I was in San Francisco and was shocked to find out the show was a bit of a cult favorite..   :o
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on July 06, 2009, 01:39:58 PM
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, dead at 93 (http://Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, deat at 93)

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Robert McNamara, ex-defense secretary, dies
updated 11:27 a.m. EDT, Mon July 6, 2009

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Robert McNamara meets with President Kennedy in the Oval Office in 1963.

(CNN) -- Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, a key architect of the U.S. war in Vietnam under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, has died at age 93, according to his family.

 McNamara was a member of Kennedy's inner circle during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, when the United States and the Soviet Union stood on the brink of nuclear war.

But he became a public lightning rod for his management of the war in Vietnam, overseeing the U.S. military commitment there as it grew from fewer than 1,000 advisers to more than half a million troops.

Though the increasingly unpopular conflict was sometimes dubbed "McNamara's War," he later said both administrations were "terribly wrong" to have pursued military action beyond 1963.

"External military force cannot reconstruct a failed state, and Vietnam, during much of that period, was a failed state politically," he told CNN in a 1996 interview for the "Cold War" documentary series. "We didn't recognize it as such."

A native of San Francisco, McNamara studied economics at the University of California and earned a master's degree in business from Harvard. He was a staff officer in the Army Air Corps during World War II, when he studied the results of American bombing raids on Germany and Japan in search of ways to improve their accuracy and efficiency.

After the war, he joined the Ford Motor Company and became its president in November 1960 -- the first person to lead the company from outside its founding family. A month later, the newly elected Kennedy asked him to become secretary of defense, making him one of the "whiz kids" who joined the young president's administration.

In October 1962, after the discovery of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba, McNamara was one of Kennedy's top advisers in the standoff that followed. The United States imposed a naval "quarantine" on Cuba, a Soviet ally, and prepared for possible airstrikes or an invasion. The Soviets withdrew the missiles in exchange for a U.S. guarantee not to invade Cuba, a step that allowed Soviet premier Nikita Kruschev to present the pullback as a success to his own people.

In the 2003 documentary "The Fog of War," McNamara told filmmaker Errol Morris that the experience taught American policymakers to "put ourselves inside their skin and look at us through their eyes." But he added, "In the end, we lucked out. It was luck that prevented nuclear war."

McNamara is credited with using the management techniques he mastered as a corporate executive to streamline the Pentagon, computerizing and smoothing out much of the U.S. military's vast purchasing and personnel system. And in Vietnam, he attempted to use those techniques to measure the progress of the war.

Metrics such as use of "body counts" and scientific solutions such as using the herbicide Agent Orange to defoliate jungles in which communist guerrillas hid became trademarks of the conflict. McNamara made several trips to South Vietnam to study the situation firsthand.

He, Johnson and other U.S. officials portrayed the war as a necessary battle in the Cold War, a proxy struggle to prevent communism from taking control of all of Southeast Asia. But while they saw the conflict as another front in the standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union, which backed communist North Vietnam, McNamara acknowledged later that they underestimated Vietnamese nationalism and opposition to the U.S.-backed government in Saigon.

"The conflict within South Vietnam itself had all of the characteristics of a civil war, and we didn't look upon it as largely a civil war, and we weren't measuring our progress as one would have in what was largely a civil war," he told CNN.

Casualties mounted, as did domestic opposition to the war. In 1965, a Quaker anti-war protester, Norman Morrison, set himself on fire outside McNamara's office window. In 1967, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched on the Pentagon, which was ringed with troops.

By November 1967, McNamara told Johnson that there was "no reasonable way" to end the war quickly, and that the United States needed to reduce its forces in Vietnam and turn the fighting over to the American-backed government in Saigon. By the end of that month, Johnson announced he was replacing McNamara at the Pentagon and moving him to the World Bank. But by March 1968, Johnson had reached virtually the same conclusion as McNamara. He issued a call for peace talks and announced he would not seek re-election.

After leaving the Pentagon in early 1968, McNamara spent 12 years leading the World Bank. He said little publicly about Vietnam until the publication of a 1995 memoir, "In Retrospect."

"You don't know what I know about how inflammatory my words can appear," he told Morris. "A lot of people misunderstand the war, misunderstand me. A lot of people think I'm a son of a b*[email protected]"
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 06, 2009, 03:59:12 PM
Joe Bowman, Sharpshooter, R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/06/us/06bowman.html

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July 6, 2009
Joe Bowman, Sharpshooter, Dies at 84
By WILLIAM GRIMES

It is not easy to whip out a pistol and split a playing card edgewise at 30 paces. Joe Bowman did it routinely, and he had a few more tricks up his elaborately embroidered western sleeve.

“I remember him throwing a washer up in the air, firing a pistol, and saying, ‘I shot right through it,’ ” said Dan Pastorini, a former quarterback for the Houston Oilers and a longtime friend of Mr. Bowman. “I laughed and said, ‘Sure, Joe.’ So he wrapped a piece of tape over the hole in the washer, threw it in the air and fired again. The tape was gone.”

Joe Bowman, known as the Straight Shooter and the Master of Triggernometry, died June 29 in Junction, Tex., where he had stopped for the night after putting on a fast-draw and sharpshooting exhibition for the Single Action Shooting Society’s annual convention near Albuquerque. He was 84 and lived in Houston.

The cause was a heart attack, his wife, Betty Reid-Bowman, said.

At gun shows and rodeos all over the country, Mr. Bowman dazzled audiences with his fancy gunplay and sharpshooting with pistol and rifle. In one of his more elaborate stunts, he put two lighted candles on either side of an ax blade, balanced a .22-caliber bullet on the blade and then split the bullet with a rifle shot. The two pieces of the bullet extinguished the candle flames.

Mr. Bowman’s way with a gun made him famous. In the United States, he trained television and film actors to draw a gun at lightning speed and twirl a six-shooter with authority. In “Lonesome Dove,” Robert Duvall hefted the heavy Walker revolver once used by the Texas Rangers thanks to lessons from Mr. Bowman.

The rest of this obit is worth a read. I don't know if Bowman ever crossed paths with Clint, but it wouldn't be surprising.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Conan on July 07, 2009, 08:28:52 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/07/07/mcnair.ap/index.html

RIP Steve McNair

I'm still in shock over the circumstances of his death.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on July 07, 2009, 02:30:10 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/07/07/mcnair.ap/index.html

RIP Steve McNair

I'm still in shock over the circumstances of his death.

I am as well Conan.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 17, 2009, 04:51:06 PM
Walter Cronkite, R.I.P. ...  :'(

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/us/18cronkite.html

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Walter Cronkite, who pioneered and then mastered the role of television news anchorman with such plain-spoken grace that he was called the most trusted man in America, died Friday, his family said. He was 92.

From 1962 to 1981, Mr. Cronkite was a nightly presence in American homes and always a reassuring one, guiding viewers through national triumphs and tragedies alike, from moonwalks to war, in an era when network news was central to many people’s lives.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 20, 2009, 02:49:16 AM
 Frank McCourt, ‘Angela’s Ashes’ Author, Dies at 78 ............R.I.P

 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/books/20mccourt.html?_r=1&hp

 
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By WILLIAM GRIMES
Published: July 19, 2009
Frank McCourt, a former New York City schoolteacher who turned his miserable childhood in Limerick, Ireland, into a phenomenally popular, Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, “Angela’s Ashes,” died in Manhattan on Sunday. He was 78 and lived in Manhattan and Roxbury, Conn.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 20, 2009, 09:29:52 PM
Henry Allingham dies at 113.   Since June he has been the oldest man in the world and the last remaining surviving founder member of the RAF.  Also the last surviving witness to the Battle of Jutland.   Born when Queen Victoria was on the throne he saw amzing changes in his long life.

Rest in Peace Henry.

LINK (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5856015/Worlds-oldest-man-Henry-Allingham-dies.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 20, 2009, 09:31:07 PM
Walter Cronkite was well known all over the world and his passing is sad.    May he rest in Peace.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 20, 2009, 09:33:20 PM
 RIP Frank McCourt.   

Angela's Ashes was a book that made a great impression on me when I read it about 10 years ago.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 25, 2009, 03:57:11 AM
Harry Patch the last surviving soldier of the First World War in the trenches died this morning July 25th at 8.50.     He was 111.  
Last week Henry Allingham the oldest man in the world, also a veteran of the First World War died aged 113.

Harry's book The Last Fighting Tommy makes very serious reading.  He was an amazing man and only a few weeks ago was at a school talking to the children about the war and his life.


Rest in peace Harry.


Link (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6954937.stm)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 25, 2009, 07:30:15 AM
Wow, I wonder if Harry and Henry knew each other! R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 26, 2009, 05:30:25 AM
Wow, I wonder if Harry and Henry knew each other! R.I.P.

Yes they did KC

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/07/18/article-1200516-04E049400000044D-13_468x501.jpg)


Taken in 2006.     Left to right,   Harry Patch, Bill Stone and Henry Allingham.    They are all gone now


LINK (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1200516/After-113-remarkable-years-Henry-Allingham-worlds-oldest-man-passes-history.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 26, 2009, 09:28:48 AM
They don't look a day over 100! :D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 28, 2009, 04:32:13 PM
Taken in 2006.     Left to right,   Harry Patch, Bill Stone and Henry Allingham.    They are all gone now

 It was in front of 10 Dawning Street.    I am sorry that MR Henry does not have to take advantage of the world record of longevity. R.I.P
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 28, 2009, 04:43:34 PM
  And another big lost , Merce Cunningham, Dance Visionary, Dies .    R.I.P

  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/arts/dance/28cunningham.html?_r=1

 
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By ALASTAIR MACAULAY
Published: July 27, 2009

Merce Cunningham, the revolutionary American choreographer, died Sunday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 90.

His death was announced by the Cunningham Dance Foundation.

Over a career of nearly seven decades, Mr. Cunningham went on posing “But” and “What if?” questions, making people rethink the essence of dance and choreography. He went on doing so almost to the last.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 30, 2009, 06:29:29 AM
RIP Merce Cunningham.    That is sad news.   I listened to a radio progam about him a couple of days ago.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 01, 2009, 06:52:16 PM
 I am so sorry again....."  George Russell, Composer Whose Theories Sent Jazz in a New Direction, Dies at 86 "     R.I.P

 http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=40173

 
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SOURCE: The New York Times - Jazz

 George Russell, a jazz composer, educator and musician whose theories led the way to radical changes in jazz in the 1950s and ’60s, died on Monday in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. He was 86 and lived in Boston.
The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, said his wife, Alice.

Though he largely operated behind the scenes and was never well known to the general public, Mr. Russell was a major figure in one of the most important developments in post-World War II jazz: the emergence of modal jazz, the first major harmonic change in the music after bebop.

Bebop, the modern style pioneered by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and others, had introduced a new level of harmonic sophistication, based on rapidly moving cycles of dense and sometimes dissonant chords. Modal jazz, as popularized by Miles Davis and John Coltrane, sought to give musicians more freedom and to simplify the harmonic playing field by, in essence, replacing chords with scales as the primary basis for improvisation.


 http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=3978
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on August 02, 2009, 02:03:39 PM
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Billy Lee Riley 1933-2009

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Another Sun Records recording  legend passes on...

Although he never atained the status of Elvis or Jerry Lee.. Billy was a major talent and a true pioneer of Rock n Roll...  Also  big influence on many artists, I was lucky enough to see him perform live many times and he always deliverd..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Conan on August 06, 2009, 01:37:37 PM
RIP John Hughes

I grew up on his movies, many of which helped define a generation.  I love The Breakfast Club, and may have seen it more than any other non-Eastwood flick.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/08/06/obit.john.hughes/index.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on August 06, 2009, 01:48:00 PM
Home Alone......love those films so much  :'(

Aug 5th : 25th anniversary Richard Burton
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 06, 2009, 03:43:58 PM
RIP John Hughes

I grew up on his movies, many of which helped define a generation.  I love The Breakfast Club, and may have seen it more than any other non-Eastwood flick.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/08/06/obit.john.hughes/index.html

Gee ... he was only 59!

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Hughes died of a heart attack while taking a morning walk in Manhattan, according to the statement.


:o
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 06, 2009, 09:49:34 PM
RIP John Hughes,  He was far too young to leave us.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on August 07, 2009, 06:21:21 AM
Yeah, I saw Conan's post yesterday and was quite shocked. It is an unfortunate loss to his family and the film community. I love Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on August 07, 2009, 09:51:19 PM
I grew up in the 80's and I think what would movies have been like in that decade without John Hughes and the 1980's would have suffered big time. Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and National Lampoon's Vacation(John wrote the screenplay) are some of my all time favorite films. I am saddened.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 07, 2009, 10:33:17 PM
Here's a link to the New York Times obit for John Hughes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/movies/07hughesobit.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on August 15, 2009, 02:24:53 AM
R.I.P Les Paul    1915-2009
 
(http://www.fromthevaultradio.org/home/wp-content/images/FTV133_Les%20Paul/les%20paul.jpg)

Legendary guitarist Les Paul passed away at White Plains hospital NY.

An absolute musical legend.... A great jazz guitarist, a pioneer of multi track recording, Godfather of the electric guitar.
All rock guitarists owe him an enormous debt..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 15, 2009, 06:52:37 AM
Here's a link to the New York Times obit for Les Paul ... R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/14/arts/music/14paul.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on August 16, 2009, 12:34:02 AM
Thanks for posting that KC.   :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 19, 2009, 05:03:44 AM
 " German opera singer Behrens dies in Japan, she was 72 ! "     

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/german-opera-singer-behrens-dies-in-tokyo

   
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TOKYO —
German soprano Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest Wagnerian performers of her generation, has died while traveling in Japan. She was 72.

Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, said in an email to opera officials that Behrens felt unwell while traveling to a festival near Tokyo. She went to a Tokyo hospital, where she died of an apparent aneurism on Tuesday.

Friend’s email was shared with The Associated Press by Jack Mastroianni, director of IMG Artists.

Her funeral was planned in Vienna.

Organizers for Behrens’ visit in Japan said she was in this country to teach lessons in the hot springs resort town of Kusatsu, north of Tokyo, from Aug 21-29. The lessons were being sponsored by the Kanshinetsu Music Association.

The organizers refused to comment further.

A website for the Kusatsu Summer Music Festival said Behrens’ performances had been canceled, but gave no further details. It said she was to perform on Aug 20.

Behrens was among the finest actors on the opera stage during a professional career that spanned more than three decades. She made her professional stage debut in Freiburg as the Countess in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” in 1971 and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Giorgetta in Puccini’s “Il Tabarro” in 1976.

One of her breakthrough roles came the following year, when she sang the title role in Strauss’ “Salome” at the Salzburg Festival in Austria.

She sang 171 performances at the Met, where she appeared until 1999. Her breakthrough there was as Leonore in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” under conductor Karl Boehm in 1980, and she was most acclaimed in the late 1980s and early 1990s for her portrayal of Bruennhilde in the Otto Schenk production of the Ring Cycle, the Met’s first televised staging of Wagner’s tetralogy.

“She is the finest Bruennhilde of the post-Birgit Nilsson era,” Associated Press critic Mike Silverman wrote in 1989. “Though she lacks the overpowering vocal resources of a great Wagnerian soprano, she makes up for that with dramatic intensity as she changes before our eyes from a frisky young Valkyrie to a passionate and then betrayed lover, and finally to a compassionate woman whose sacrifice returns the ring to its rightful owners, the Rhinemaidens.”

A dramatic soprano, her Met career include Elettra in Mozart’s “Idomeneo,” Isolde in Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” Senta in “Die Fliegende Hollander,” Donna Anna in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Santuzza in Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana,” the title roles in Strauss’ “Elektra” and `Salome,” and Puccini’s “Tosca,” and Marie in Berg’s “Wozzeck.”

She recorded Isolde in Munich in 1981 with conductor Leonard Bernstein and received praise for her Bruennhilde with conductor Georg Solti at the Bayreuth Festival in 1983. Her “Tosca” at the Met, opposite Placido Domingo’s Cavaradossi, is preserved on video along with her Met Ring Cycle.

She was injured during the final scene of Wagner’s “Goetterdaemmerung” at the Met on April 28, 1990, when Valhalla collapsed prematurely and an overhead of foam rubber landed on her. Behrens walked off the stage under her own power and was taken to Roosevelt Hospital.

She missed subsequent performances because of the injury, and later sued the Met, according to a 1995 article in The New York Law Journal.

According to Behren’s official website, she was born in the north German town of Varel-Oldenburg. Her parents were both doctors and she and her five siblings studied piano and violin as children. It said she earned a law degree from the University of Freiburg, where she was also a member of the student choir.

She received Germany’s Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of the Merit Cross), Bavaria’s Bayerischer Verdienstorden and was honored by both the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Vienna State Opera.



                                     (http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/7041/hbehrens.png)


 That's big lost , I am so sorry !    R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 13, 2009, 02:15:42 PM
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"M*A*S*H" TV show writer Larry Gelbart dead at 81

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Writer Larry Gelbart, who developed the hit television show "M*A*S*H" that uncovered a rich wellspring of comedy and pathos in war, died of cancer on Friday at age 81.

Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSTRE58A68V20090912)

RIP Mr. Gelbart.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 13, 2009, 10:05:51 PM
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Australian explorer Mike Leyland dies age 68

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Mike Leyland, one half of iconic Australian exploration team The Leyland Brothers, has passed away aged 68.

The Leyland brothers rose to fame as pioneering Australian explorers and documentary film-makers, and were best known for their popular Channel Nine television show, Ask the Leyland Brothers.

Ask the Leyland Brothers ran on Australian television from 1976 until 1984.

Live News (http://livenews.com.au/feature/australian-explorer-mike-leyland-dies-age-68/2009/9/14/219364)

Always remember watching The Leyland Brothers on TV every Saturday night as a kid.

Sad News.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 14, 2009, 04:30:49 PM
Just heard the sad news that Patrick Swayze has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-mew-patrick-swayze15-2009sep15,1,927951.story

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on September 14, 2009, 05:05:16 PM

Always remember watching The Leyland Brothers on TV every Saturday night as a kid.

Same here.

R.I.P. Mike, Patrick and Larry
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on September 14, 2009, 07:07:31 PM
Just heard the sad news that Patrick Swayze has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-mew-patrick-swayze15-2009sep15,1,927951.story

R.I.P.

Unfortunately this news isn't surprising but it's still sad to hear nonetheless. He fought it longer then most ever could and I hope in this last year he was able to live life to the fullest and spend as much time with loved ones as he could.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on September 14, 2009, 10:07:12 PM
(http://www.cinemovies.fr/images/data/photos/G19441835596698.jpg)

So sad news heard on the radio last night ...

R.I.P Patrick
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 14, 2009, 11:13:45 PM
(http://livenews.com.au/feature/australian-explorer-mike-leyland-dies-age-68/2009/9/14/219364)

Always remember watching The Leyland Brothers on TV every Saturday night


This is sad news.  I loved their programs.  I remember sending in a request about Emus but they didn't use it.  They made each program so interesting.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 14, 2009, 11:24:21 PM
R.I.P.  Patrick.    Far too young.

I often watch Dirty Dancing as I loved his amazing dancing, Ghost too.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 15, 2009, 12:30:50 AM
TV Chef Krith Floyd has died.   He has been suffering from cancer but died from a heart attack,
I rmember his show and how he cooked with wine.  He was quite a high profile guy.  Last night on channel 4 TV there was a program about him  Keith meets Keith


Link. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1213559/BREAKING-NEWS-Keith-Floyd-dies-heart-attack-aged-65.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Aline on September 15, 2009, 05:08:56 AM
Just heard the sad news that Patrick Swayze has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-mew-patrick-swayze15-2009sep15,1,927951.story

R.I.P.

Hard to believe it...Rest in peace, Patrick :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 15, 2009, 03:21:21 PM
 R.I.P....

                (http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/2605/swayzed.jpg)

 http://www.3news.co.nz/Home/Story/tabid/209/articleID/121216/cat/41/Default.aspx
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 15, 2009, 05:19:19 PM
Here's a link to the Patrick Swayze obit in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/15/movies/15swayze.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on September 16, 2009, 12:08:57 PM
I watched that interview Lin.. then woke up next morning to the sad news..

Still... looks like he went out on a good un.  One last slap up meal, a coupla bottles of wine and a dozen smokes... O0
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on September 16, 2009, 06:28:00 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/16/obit.henry.gibson/index.html

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Actor Henry Gibson dead at 73, spokesman says

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN)  -- Actor Henry Gibson, who played roles ranging from loopy poets to vengeful Illinois Nazis and cranky judges during a 40-year film and television career, has died at age 73, his representatives said Wednesday.

(http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/16/obit.henry.gibson/art.henry.gibson.gi.jpg)

Gibson was a regular on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," where he was known for popping up to read short, humorous poems during the show's 1968-71 run.

He was a frequent guest star on television shows from the 1970s through the mid-2000s, with a recurring role as a judge on ABC's "Boston Legal" as late as 2008.

His movie roles included turns in two of director Robert Altman's 1970s films, "Nashville" and "The Long Goodbye," and as the neo-Nazi leader pursuing John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd in "The Blues Brothers."

No details of his death were immediately available, said Peter Gross, a spokesman Talentworks LA, which represented Gibson.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: D'Ambrosia on September 16, 2009, 07:48:00 PM
Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary dead at 72

(http://www.voanews.com/english/images/Mary-now_solo_album_150.jpg)

RIP (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090917/ap_on_en_mu/us_obit_mary_travers)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 17, 2009, 12:52:32 AM
Mary Travers was one of my favourites as she had a great voice and looked hippy-like as I used to.  RIP Mary.


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 17, 2009, 12:52:52 AM
I well remember Henry Gibson in 'Laugh In' and thought it one of the funniest USA shows we got on Aussie tv.   He always made me laugh.  RIP Henry.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 17, 2009, 04:15:23 AM
   " Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”    I listened this song repeatedly.  R.I.P Mary .   Also R.I.P Henry .   :(

   http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/arts/music/17travers.html?hp
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on September 17, 2009, 04:35:26 AM
My mother and father played a lot of Peter, Paul and Mary while I was growing up.
Rest in peace Mary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1eIXIRfu1s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1eIXIRfu1s)
Give this beautiful song a listening to.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 18, 2009, 07:06:23 AM
Thanks I did listen to the song and I was left covered in goosebumps.   The only other person who could do that to me was John Denver.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 25, 2009, 04:03:26 PM
Lin, I moved your post about Troy Kennedy-Martin up to Eastwood News (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=8042.msg142783#msg142783) (with a new title), because of the Kelly's Heroes connection (Kennedy-Martin, a screenwriter, penned the script for Kelly's Heroes shortly after his big breakthrough, the script for The Italian Job. He died this month at the age of 77.)

I'll repeat here the link Lin posted to a career summary on the BBC site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A17526008

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 21, 2009, 09:05:02 PM
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AUSTRALIAN television great Don Lane has passed away in Sydney.
The American-born Lane, best known for his work on the hugely successful Don Lane Show, had recently battled Alzheimer's Disease and is believed to have died at an Eastern suburbs care facility.


http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,28383,26245573-5013560,00.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on October 21, 2009, 09:22:11 PM
I always watched his show with Bert.

R.I.P. Don
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on October 22, 2009, 05:41:14 PM
An era has ended :

Dr No is dead......Wiseman was last surviving 60s Bond villain  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 22, 2009, 05:49:06 PM
An era has ended :

Dr No is dead......Wiseman was last surviving 60s Bond villain  :'(
That would be Joseph Wiseman. He was 91.

R.I.P.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-joseph-wiseman21-2009oct21,0,5479879.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 24, 2009, 08:45:35 AM
RIP  Joseph Wiseman.   He was wonderful as Dr. No.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 24, 2009, 11:22:47 AM
Here's a man whose name is not well-known (not to me at least) but who did a lot of good for all humanity: Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, orthopedist and inventor of a non-surgical cure for clubfoot.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/health/research/24ponseti.html

May he, too, rest in peace.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 18, 2009, 02:06:12 AM
Edward Woodward died this week agaed 79 .    Rest in peace.

His movie The Wicker Man was well know, however he made some fantastic tv series.


(http://i.static-locatetv.com/images/person/45/11683_edward_woodward.jpg)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8362367.stm      Link
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on November 24, 2009, 04:50:09 AM
Sad to hear of Edward Woodwood's passing..

The Wickerman's one of those movies once seen, never forgotten.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 04, 2009, 01:42:32 PM
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Richard Todd, dashing actor and real-life hero on D-Day, dies age 90

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Near the end of his life Richard Todd, the actor who has died aged 90, was asked what it meant to be British. “To me,” he said, “it means fairness, good sense, decency, kindness, politeness.”

To that list he might have added heroism, and a certain understatement. Todd, the star who embodied all those virtues, may be best known now for his performance in The Dam Busters and a series of other war films in which matinee idol good looks and a stiff upper lip helped to defeat the Nazis.


timesonline (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article6944971.ece)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 05, 2009, 08:18:27 AM
He was the perfect actor to play the English man in uniform.    I enjoyed his movies.   RIP Richard.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 17, 2009, 08:03:43 PM
Jennifer Jones, five-time Oscar nominee, died today at the age of 90.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/18/movies/18jones.html

(http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/sc/posters/web/Picture19.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on December 18, 2009, 01:56:34 AM
Thats sad.. she was gorgeous..and a great actress...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 18, 2009, 03:36:48 AM
 Very sad news....  Rest in peace, Jennifer.  :'(

                    (http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/7479/aaajennifer.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 18, 2009, 09:05:57 AM
(http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTEditImages/Images/JenniferJones.jpg)

That is so sad she was so lovely.

Rest In Peace Jennifer.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on December 20, 2009, 01:51:52 AM
Film writer Dan O'Bannon died a few days ago. He's most notable for writing the first Alien movie.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091218/en_nm/us_obannon_1

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0639321/

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on December 20, 2009, 12:54:30 PM
Brittany Murphy died today at age 32. :(

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni1320994/ (http://www.imdb.com/news/ni1320994/)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: -satu- on December 21, 2009, 12:32:16 AM
 :'( She was so young.. Sad news. RIP Brittany.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 21, 2009, 12:47:20 AM
She was far too young.  It is so sad. Rest in peace Brittany.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 13, 2010, 06:41:13 AM
Eric Rohmer, the great French film director, died on Monday at the age of 89.

The Times obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/movies/12rohmer.html

And an appraisal from Times critic A.O. Scott:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/13/movies/13rohmer.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 14, 2010, 01:38:36 AM
I read this on Tuesday in one of the papers and I remembered seeing one of his movies,  The Lady and the Duke  I was a bit surprised by it.

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on January 15, 2010, 03:37:27 AM
The most independant Film Director, I like his films very much,  beautiful and intimistic ones ...
I loved "Perceval Le Gallois", seen on screen when I was 15 ... in 1978, with my French teacher and friends ... the beginning for me to my long passion for Middle Ages stories, Chevaliers De La Table Ronde (Knights Of The Round Table)

(http://expositions.bnf.fr/arthur/images/3/145.jpg)
RIP Monsieur Rohmer
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 16, 2010, 05:50:37 PM

 R.I.P.   Rest in peace Mr. ROHMER. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 21, 2010, 08:27:38 PM
Robert B. Parker, R.I.P. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/books/20parker.html)

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 22, 2010, 06:43:10 AM
A prolific writer.   

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 23, 2010, 05:42:30 PM
 " Actress Jean Simmons dies in California "

 " British actress Jean Simmons, who starred opposite Laurence Olivier in "Hamlet" during a career spanning 60 years, has died in California, Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday.

 http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20100123/tts-uk-simmons-ca02f96.html

 
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Simmons, who was 80 and had lung cancer, died at her home in Santa Monica on Friday night, it quoted her agent Judy Page as saying.

Born in London, Simmons started acting in films as a teenager and later moved to the United States to star in movies such as the 1955 musical "Guys and Dolls" with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, and Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" with Kirk Douglas in 1960.

Simmons won a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for playing Ophelia in "Hamlet" in 1948 and a best actress nomination for her role in "The Happy Ending" -- a 1969 film directed by her second husband Richard Brooks.

Her marriage to Brooks ended in divorce in 1977. She married Brooks in 1960, months after divorcing actor Stewart Granger.

"As a 14-year-old dance student she was plucked from her school to play Margaret Lockwood's precocious sister in 'Give Us the Moon' (1944)," according to a biography of the actress on IMDb.COM movies website.

Simmons "made a comeback to films in 1995 in 'How to Make an American Quilt' co-starring Winona Ryder and Anne Bancroft, and most recently played the elderly Sophie in the English version of Hayao Miyazaki's 'Hauru no ugoku shiro'," a 2004 animated film, according to IMDb.COM.

Simmons is survived by her two daughters, Tracy Granger and Kate Brooks, Los Angeles Times said. She lived in Santa Monica with her pets, a dog and two cats, according to IMDb.COM.

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

Rest in peace Simmons . :(


     (http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/1706/jeansimmons.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: D'Ambrosia on January 23, 2010, 07:00:47 PM
Robert B. Parker, R.I.P. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/books/20parker.html)

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Loved reading the Spenser novels in high school...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 23, 2010, 07:03:50 PM
He was still writing 'em until recently ... I picked one up at the drugstore last year that was published in 2006. He was a good writer ... for a Red Sox fan. ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: D'Ambrosia on January 23, 2010, 07:14:39 PM
He was a good writer ... for a Red Sox fan. ;)


 ;D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: D'Ambrosia on January 23, 2010, 07:14:57 PM
Teddy Pendergrass  RIP...

(http://www.rcmmusic.com/images/Teddy-Pendergrass-Joy-391323.jpg)

Thousands mourn Teddy Pendergrass (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/82520817.html?cmpid=15585797)

I really liked If You Don't Know Me By Now.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 24, 2010, 03:46:12 AM
Sad news about Jean Simmons.   I liked her very much.

Also Teddy  Pendergrass.

My they both Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on January 24, 2010, 05:19:51 AM
Yeh.. very sad. I liked Jean Simmons.. and Teddy was a great singer.. Both sadly missed.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 28, 2010, 12:06:22 PM
J D Salinger author of Catcher In The Rye died today at 91.  His book was first published in 1951.

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 28, 2010, 01:05:14 PM
The big loss......R.I.P

Yahoo News link (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100128/ap_on_en_ot/us_obit_salinger;_ylt=Aij0TLIXeLtAOtLC6feiDVKs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNlMDNrYWxrBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMTI4L3VzX29iaXRfc2FsaW5nZXIEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwMyBHBvcwM2BHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3J5BHNsawNqZHNhbGluZ2Vy)

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'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer Hillel Italie, Ap National Writer   – Thu Jan 28, 6:44 pm ET

NEW YORK – J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son, actor Matt Salinger, said in a statement from Salinger's longtime literary representative, Harold Ober Associates, Inc. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in a small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.


(http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/240/13495459.jpg) (http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Franny-and-Zooey-JD-Salinger-Lotte-Jacobi/photo//100128/480/eb4cc7403cfc47b98c03a67039962be3//s:/ap/20100128/ap_on_en_ot/us_obit_salinger)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on January 28, 2010, 04:54:52 PM
I love Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.   R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: El bueno on January 28, 2010, 07:04:13 PM
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Ruben Kruger - Rugby Player
South Africa


(http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww283/FalsusFalsus/kruger.gif)

Full name Ruben Jacobus Kruger
Born March 30, 1970, Vrede
Died January 27, 2010 (aged 39 years 303 days)
Major teams South Africa
Position Flanker
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 224 lb


Former South Africa flanker Ruben Kruger has passed away following a long battle with brain cancer.

Ruben Kruger played for the South Africa national rugby union team between 1993 and 1999. In 1995, he played in the Rugby World Cup. During this tournament, he made 5 starts, and scored 1 try, in the controversial semi-final against the France national rugby union team. Years later, he admitted that the try was not legitimate. He also played in the 1999 World Cup.

At club level, Ruben Kruger represented his South African province in the Currie Cup for the Blue Bulls (former team of Northern Transvaal).

In 1995 Ruben Kruger was named South African Rugby Football Union's player of the year.

Grant Roberts played the part of Ruben Kruger in Invictus


Source 1 (http://www.scrum.com/southafrica/rugby/player/11660.html)
Source 2 (http://www.jacarandafm.com/kagiso/content/en/jacaranda/jacaranda-news?oid=544649&sn=Detail&pid=6182&Ruben-Kruger-has-died)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 28, 2010, 09:45:19 PM
Higashimori, thanks for posting the link to the AP obituary of J.D. Salinger. I hope you don't mind that I edited your post to shorten the link by making it a "titled" link. I also added a brief quote from the beginning of the article, and I removed the link to the satirical newspaper The Onion, which I thought was inappropriate under the circumstances.  If you want to re-post it in "The Endless, Pointless Thread," feel free to do so.

#1 Malpaso Fan, thanks for posting the sad news about Ruben Kruger. However, we require links to all stories posted here, and we also require quoted material to be formatted as such, that is, within [ quote] [ /quote] tags (without the space after the opening brackets). PM me if you need any help on this.

RIP, J.D. Salinger and Ruben Kruger.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: El bueno on January 28, 2010, 10:12:02 PM
Irrelevant
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 29, 2010, 04:32:31 AM
Tedious or no, that is the rule (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=3322.0) that we ask everyone to follow.

Please use separate quotes if you are copying and pasting from separate sources, and make it clear which text belongs to which link. There's no need to make a titled link unless the URL is very long.

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90% of obituary/news posts are generally the same.
There's no reason to link to/quote from more than one source unless you want to take that trouble.

As far as I know, text is just as much copyright as images are, and that is why we ask people to post only brief excerpts from articles or even just a link. Beyond copyright issues, it is only common courtesy to credit the source—courtesy to the author of the material you are quoting, and courtesy to the reader, who may want to know whose words they are reading and find the rest of the material at the source.

As for posting images, all images are copyright also and credit should be given to the photographer/rights holder whenever possible. However, direct linking to the low-resolution images on most Internet sites, as long as the site allows it (some don't), shouldn't be an occasion for a copyright infringement suit. If it were, half the Internet would have to be shut down.

Thanks again for posting this particular news item, which wouldn't have been out of place in the "Eastwood News" forum because of the Invictus connection.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on January 29, 2010, 08:58:14 AM
Catcher In The Rye  was my favorite book as a kid and I recently bought it for my son... Looking forward to re re-reading it.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 02, 2010, 05:43:17 AM
Ruben Kruger, so young.  This is such a cruel illness.    Rest in Peace.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 06, 2010, 01:51:19 PM
http://www.imdb.com/DiedInYear?year=2010

I always go through this page every few weeks, as there is always someone well known, but not a huge name in Hollywood that passes away, but doesn't get mentioned here in the press, or if it does in such a tiny blurb you can easily miss it. I always get a little shock when I see a name that I recognise but didn't know they had left us.

Pernell Roberts passed away on January 24.

I was never a huge Bonanza fan but watched Trapper John MD in the early 80's as a kid. He was the last surviving member of the Cartwright Clan.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 07, 2010, 12:40:47 PM
on Saturday Johnny Dankworth died.  His wife Jazz singer Cleo Laine announced it at a concert she was performing in with their children.  

He was one of my favourite jazz performers.    His music will live on.

Rest in Peace.

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Admin/BkFill/Default_image_group/2010/2/7/1265549707690/dankworth-001.jpg)
 Johnny with Cleo Laine

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/7181566/Johnny-Dankworths-wife-Cleo-Laine-performs-hours-after-his-death.html



Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on February 07, 2010, 10:45:51 PM
Thats sad... He seemed to be on tv all the time when I was growing up.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 08, 2010, 05:19:39 AM
 Very sad news, another big one was gone !  Rest in peace.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 12, 2010, 04:36:39 AM
  Very sad news and very shocking !  I have liked very much of his work of the beginning.  Rest in peace.

 " Alexander McQueen, Designer, Is Dead at 40 "

 By ERIC WILSON and CATHY HORYN

 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/fashion/12mcqueen.html?scp=5&sq=alexander%20macqueen&st=cse
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on February 13, 2010, 05:42:50 AM
Frisbee inventor Walter Fredrick Morrison dies aged 90 (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7024909.ece).

I'm not sure how much of a celebrity he is, but no one's not thrown a frisbee around in their life.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on February 13, 2010, 06:52:59 AM
 :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 13, 2010, 10:25:43 AM
Charlie Wilson, the fun-loving Texas congressman portrayed onscreen by Tom Hanks in 2007's affable international-intrigue flick Charlie Wilson's War, passed away on Wednesday. He was 76.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/us/politics/11wilson.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 19, 2010, 10:42:42 PM
http://www.imdb.com/DiedInYear?year=2010

I always go through this page every few weeks, as there is always someone well known, but not a huge name in Hollywood that passes away, but doesn't get mentioned here in the press, or if it does in such a tiny blurb you can easily miss it. I always get a little shock when I see a name that I recognise but didn't know they had left us.

Looks like they've stopped that page altogether now for some reason. I always found it so helpful.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 20, 2010, 12:07:19 AM
Lionel Jeffries died yesterday.   He was a British actor and also directed the movie The Railway Children.  He was also known for playing Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.   he was 83.

Rest in peace.

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/02/19/article-0-085F5C5E000005DC-26_468x335.jpg)



Link.     http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8524335.stm
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on February 20, 2010, 01:07:43 AM
Wow.. thats sad, I hadn't heard.

Loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a kid..and the Railway Children.

R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 20, 2010, 01:22:46 AM
Looks like they've stopped that page altogether now for some reason. I always found it so helpful.

Try this link ...

http://us.imdb.com/search/name?death_date=2010
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 20, 2010, 02:38:01 AM
Try this link ...

http://us.imdb.com/search/name?death_date=2010

Yeah, I did see that, but it only has 30 names on each page. The old link gave you the date and the just the persons name which you could click on. It was one continous page for the whole year.

The way it is now is so much more time consuming.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 20, 2010, 09:53:29 AM
Well, you can sort it by death date. Click the column twice, and you'll get the most recently deceased people first.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 20, 2010, 01:05:06 PM
Ahh, thanks. That is a lot better.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on February 25, 2010, 07:31:05 PM
Actor Andrew Koenig, who had a recurring role on the 80's TV show Growing Pains, had been missing the past few days in Vancouver. News just broke that they have found his body. Andrews dad is Walter Koenig best known as Chekov from the original Star Trek series cast.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/02/25/bc-body-found-koenig.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 07, 2010, 05:15:33 AM
 " Boggy Creek is dies at 71 , he was a screenwriter for the 1983 film "Sudden Impact," starring Clint Eastwood. "    R.I.P.

   http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100307/ap_on_en_mo/us_obit_pierce_3

   
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DOVER, Tenn. – Charles B. Pierce, an independent filmmaker whose inexpensively made documentary-style drama "The Legend of Boggy Creek" influenced the hit film "The Blair Witch Project" decades later, has died at age 71.

Pierce, who grew up in Arkansas and made his films mostly in that state, died Friday at a Dover nursing home, according to Wayne Anglin of Anglin Funeral Home at Dover. A cause of death could not be obtained.

Pierce was born in Hammond, Ind., but moved to southwest Arkansas with his family as a child, according to a daughter, Amanda "Amy" Squitiero. He grew up in Hampton, Ark., and as an adult lived in nearby Texarkana, where he ran an advertising agency. But it was his 1972 low-budget movie that gained him fame.
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 07, 2010, 09:09:06 AM
That headline should read:

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'Boggy Creek' filmmaker Pierce dies in Tenn. at 71

The quote ...

Quote
He was also a screenwriter for the 1983 film "Sudden Impact," starring Clint Eastwood.

... comes from the very end of the article.

Quotation marks, " ", mean that the words enclosed in them are a direct quote from the article. Please try to follow this convention. It would be better, however, to enclose the headline and all parts of the article that are being "pasted" in here in one or more sets of [ quote] [ /quote] tags.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on March 10, 2010, 01:05:03 PM
Former child star and Lost Boys actor, Corey Haim, died today.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/10/corey.haim.obit/index.html?hpt=T2

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'Lost Boys' star Corey Haim dies at 38
From Alan Duke, CNN
March 10, 2010 2:31 p.m. EST


Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Former 1980s teen movie actor and heartthrob Corey Haim died early Wednesday, authorities said.

Haim, 38, was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, where he was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. PT (5:15 a.m. ET), said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The hospital is a mile from Haim's apartment.

A 911 call came in just before 1 a.m. PT (4 a.m. ET), said police Sgt. William Mann.

Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Albarran said earlier that Haim's death appeared to be accidental and may have been due to an overdose.

But "the cause of death at this time is unknown," Mann said. "He had flulike symptoms before the incident. His mother was giving him various over-the-counter medications."

Haim's agent, Mark Heaslip, also told CNN's sister network HLN, "We do not think this is a drug overdose. Corey was actually going very clean in his life."

Haim had struggled with drug abuse in recent years, but Heaslip said he was attempting to wage a comeback and had signed several contracts, including one for a reality show.

Haim was not feeling well Tuesday night and was running a low-grade fever, he said. The actor went into his mother's bedroom and asked her to lie down by him, Heaslip said. He told his mother he was having trouble breathing, and his mother told him to roll on his side, he said. He began to feel better, but at midnight he woke his mother by walking around the bedroom and then collapsed.

Asked if news of Haim's death comes as a surprise, Heaslip said, "100 percent." He said the death could have come as a reaction to medication Haim was taking as part of his sobriety program.

The actor was under the care of his doctor, who visited him Tuesday night, as well as an addictionologist, Heaslip said. An addictionologist is a doctor who specializes in treating addictions.

Haim's mother's condition was "horrible," he told HLN. "She's a wreck."

The coroner's office has taken possession of Haim's body, MacWillie said.

The actor's most famous role was in the 1987 movie "The Lost Boys" in which he appeared with his frequent co-star, Corey Feldman.

In later years, the two friends -- who appeared in eight movies together -- both struggled with drug abuse and went their separate ways. They reunited for a reality show, "The Two Coreys," in 2007, but A&E Network canceled the program after slightly more than a year.

Did you ever meet Corey Haim? Share your photos, story

In a 2007 interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Haim and Feldman both discussed their battle with drugs. Feldman told King that he had gotten clean, but it took Haim a while longer.

Haim called himself "a chronic relapser for the rest of my life."

"I think I have an addiction to pretty much everything," he said. "I mean, I have to be very careful with myself as far as that goes, which is why I have a support group around me consistently."

He told King that he also had lost more than 150 pounds while getting sober.

"I didn't like looking in the mirror anymore," Haim said. "I couldn't do it ... See, I hit about, my peak, about 302 [pounds]. ... And now I'm back to 150."

In 2008, Feldman told People magazine that he would no longer speak to Haim until his former co-star got sober. In a clip from "The Two Coreys," Feldman and his wife, along with two other former teen stars, called on Haim in an effort to get him to admit he needed help, the magazine said.

The meeting followed an incident in which Haim -- scheduled to film a cameo appearance in a direct-to-DVD sequel to "The Lost Boys" -- appeared on the set "clearly under the influence," People reported.

"I don't feel that he's a safe person to have around my wife and child at the moment, for a multitude of reasons," Feldman told People. Haim told the magazine in the August 2008 story that he was currently sober and said, "I will always love Corey Feldman, but I lost 105 percent respect for him and his wife."

Christopher Ameruoso, a photographer who lives in the Oakwood Apartments complex, said Wednesday that Haim had been his neighbor for at least a year. He said he last saw Haim two days ago getting into a taxi.

"He looked good," he said. "He's putting on a lot of weight."

He said Haim sometimes could be seen wandering around the complex, "looking for companionship, looking for friends."

Haim was born December 23, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, according to a biography on his Web site. He made his first television appearance in 1982 on the Canadian series "The Edison Twins." His first film role was in 1984, when he appeared in the American movie "First Born."

Haim also won rave reviews for his title role in the 1986 film "Lucas." Film critic Roger Ebert said of him at the time, "If he continues to act this well, he will never become a half-forgotten child star, but will continue to grow into an important actor."

Following "The Lost Boys," both Haim and Feldman appeared in "License to Drive" and "Dream a Little Dream."
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on March 14, 2010, 06:05:14 PM
Actor Peter Graves was found dead in his home today:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/03/actor-peter-graves-found-dead-at-his-home-in-pacific-palisades.html

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Actor Peter Graves found dead at his home in Pacific Palisades
March 14, 2010 |  5:08 pm

Lanow.graves Actor Peter Graves was found dead Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, according to law enforcement sources. Graves, who stared in "Mission: Impossible," "Airplane!" and Billy Wilder's "Stalag 17"--apparently died of natural causes, the sources said.

Graves was 83, according to a biography on the website IMDB.com.

In a Times story late last year, Graves said he initially turned down the role for "Airplane!" because he thought it was in poor taste--until actors Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Nielsen signed on to the cast. "They say you are supposed to stretch as an actor, so let's go stretch it," he told The Times' Susan King.

--Andrew Blankstein and Cara Mia DiMassa
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 15, 2010, 03:49:47 AM
RIP Peter Graves. 

(http://msnbcmedia2.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/g-100314-cvr-graves-6p.widec.jpg)

I liked him in Mission Impossible.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 17, 2010, 02:15:41 AM

I liked him in Mission Impossible.

 Me, too.... sad news again.  R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 17, 2010, 05:58:44 AM
Wow, Andrew Koenig, Corey Haim & Peter Graves, God Bless & RIP.

I didn't even make the connection between Star Trek alumni Walter Koenig and his son Andrew.  I watched The Two Corey's (guilty pleasure) and was sad at how Haim just didn't seem like he was going to get better.  Peter Graves was a class act.  Aside from Mission: Impossible and Airplane! I enjoyed his hosting A&E's Biography.

So sad.  Not long after Andrew Koenig's suicide, Marie Osmond's son Michael also suffered the same tragedy.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on March 19, 2010, 01:39:37 AM
Fess Parker, the unforgettable Davy Crockett, died yesterday, he was 85.

I remember how happy I was, waiting for his adventures, in front of my black and white tv when I was young ! And the song that I can still sing ...(in French of course !)

RIP Mr Parker ...

(http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-eu/dims3/INTL/resize/200x200/quality/90/http://popeater.origin.aol.fr/pure_feed_images/382316-fess-parker-dans-david-crockett-200x200-2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 19, 2010, 02:09:16 AM
So Sylvie, how do you say "Killed him a b'ar when he was only three" in French? :D

R.I.P., Fess Parker. Here's a link to the New York Times obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/arts/television/19parker.html

After reading this paragraph ...

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Disney had been searching for a quintessential American type to play the rough-hewn hero of the Alamo and had considered established stars like Glenn Ford, Sterling Hayden and Ronald Reagan before deciding against them. When someone suggested James Arness, Disney went to see “Them!,” a well-regarded 1954 science-fiction movie in which Mr. Arness — who later went on to TV stardom on “Gunsmoke” — had a major role. Mr. Parker had a small but visible part in the film, and when Disney saw him — rugged-looking and well over 6 feet tall — he was said to have exclaimed, “There’s our Davy Crockett!”

... I was reminded of Leone's search for someone to play the rough-hewn anti-hero of the Mexican border town, and found myself thinking it's a good thing Disney didn't go to see Revenge of the Creature instead of Them! ... Clint might have sold coonskin caps to America's youth for a few years and then gone on to become a real estate developer instead of a movie star.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: D'Ambrosia on March 19, 2010, 02:26:37 AM
This guy was huge, Huge, in the fifties.  What Jack Lord and Tom Selleck was to Hawaii and Don Johnson was to Miami this guy was to the Smoky Mountains.  I have my mom’s old piano sheet music to Davy Crockett.  

Doesn’t ole Fess have a Horny Toad reference in Old Yeller reminiscent to Josey Wales?

RIP…  
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on March 19, 2010, 02:30:58 AM
So Sylvie, how do you say "Killed him a b'ar when he was only three" in French? :D


 ;D Here is a link with the translation, lyrics ! http://www.generiques-tv.com/davy-crockett.html (http://www.generiques-tv.com/davy-crockett.html) but it's not the original version we could listen to on tv at that time ...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 19, 2010, 06:25:30 AM
Hmm ...

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Y'avait un homme qui s'appelait Davy
Il était né dans le Tennessee
Si courageux que quand il était p'tit
Il tua un ours du premier coup d'fusil

Davy, Davy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a jamais peur

Catchy!  ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 19, 2010, 02:26:15 PM
Sad news.   I too loved Davy Crockett.  I was a little in love with Fess Parker when I was a teenager.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 20, 2010, 04:48:07 AM
 Another sad news....., I loved this song..." Davy, Davy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a jamais peur " ....  R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on March 24, 2010, 09:37:58 PM
Actor Robert Culp passed away today. (http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/24/obit.robert.culp/index.html?hpt=P1) He was in the "Rawhide" episode Incident at the Top of the World.

Also for those that don't know Dennis Hopper has been battling prostate cancer for quite awhile now. Well it seems that he's taken a huge turn for the worse. He weighs almost 100 pounds now and is close to passing.  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100325/ap_on_en_mo/us_people_dennis_hopper;_ylt=Annv5fKSUWWS1JS8lATrEUCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTJzZ3A3YWhkBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMzI1L3VzX3Blb3BsZV9kZW5uaXNfaG9wcGVyBGNwb3MDOQRwb3MDNgRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDZGl2b3JjZWF0dG9y)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on March 24, 2010, 11:21:41 PM
Actor Robert Culp passed away today. (http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/24/obit.robert.culp/index.html?hpt=P1) He was in the "Rawhide" episode Incident at the Top of the World.

Also for those that don't know Dennis Hopper has been battling prostate cancer for quite awhile now. Well it seems that he's taken a huge turn for the worse. He weighs almost 100 pounds now and is close to passing.  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100325/ap_on_en_mo/us_people_dennis_hopper;_ylt=Annv5fKSUWWS1JS8lATrEUCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTJzZ3A3YWhkBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMzI1L3VzX3Blb3BsZV9kZW5uaXNfaG9wcGVyBGNwb3MDOQRwb3MDNgRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDZGl2b3JjZWF0dG9y)

I had not heard that about Dennis. His role in Easy Rider was greatness!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on March 25, 2010, 03:12:33 PM
Sad news about Robert Culp.. I thought   I Spy was a great show... Culp was always the best dressed man on tv.

I also remember enjoying him in the tv movie Outrage 1973

(http://cdn3.ioffer.com/img/item/116/836/549/J7AAV5XtSDQxlAZ.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 25, 2010, 07:32:55 PM
 
Actor Robert Culp passed away today. (http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/24/obit.robert.culp/index.html?hpt=P1) He was in the "Rawhide" episode Incident at the Top of the World.

 R.I.P  Robert Culp.


Also for those that don't know Dennis Hopper has been battling prostate cancer for quite awhile now. Well it seems that he's taken a huge turn for the worse. He weighs almost 100 pounds now and is close to passing.  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100325/ap_on_en_mo/us_people_dennis_hopper;_ylt=Annv5fKSUWWS1JS8lATrEUCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTJzZ3A3YWhkBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMzI1L3VzX3Blb3BsZV9kZW5uaXNfaG9wcGVyBGNwb3MDOQRwb3MDNgRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDZGl2b3JjZWF0dG9y)

 Terrible sad news, though I knew it since a while.  He is a painter, also.   Courage, Dennis !  :(

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 02, 2010, 09:46:48 PM
Quote
Charlie's an Angel Now: John Forsythe Dies at 92


http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1977623,00.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on April 03, 2010, 12:39:15 AM
R.I.P., John Forsythe. From the above Time obit:

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Something in Forsythe's uncomplicated manliness appealed to Alfred Hitchcock; maybe Hitch saw him as a domesticated Cary Grant, or Jimmy Stewart with better posture.

;D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on April 03, 2010, 12:54:15 AM
Here's the New York Times obituary for Forsythe:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/arts/television/03forsythe.html

While looking that one up, I spotted another interesting one: H. Edward Roberts (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/business/03roberts.html), whom some consider the father of the PC, has died at the relatively young age of 68. Imagine if there had been a World Wide Web back when his Altair 8800 microcomputer was released in 1975 (and we were all around then) ... we might have been posting on the Clint Eastwood Web Board about brand-new films like The Eiger Sanction and The Outlaw Josey Wales on something that looked like this:

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/04/03/business/03roberts_CA0/03roberts_CA0-articleInline.jpg)

Of course ... we probably wouldn't have been posting much ...  ;)

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Programming the Altair was an extremely tedious process. The user toggled the switches to positions corresponding to an 8080 microprocessor instruction or opcode in binary, then used an 'enter' switch to load the code into the machine's memory, and then repeated this step until all the opcodes of a presumably complete and correct program were in place. When the machine first shipped the switches and lights were the only interface, and all one could do with the machine was make programs to make the lights blink.

(from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altair_8800))

R.I.P., Ed Roberts.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 04, 2010, 07:05:46 AM
  (http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/6919/ajohnforythe.jpg)

  R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 10, 2010, 09:22:14 PM
You may not recognize the name and he only ever made one film.

Meinhardt Raabe (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0704638/) has passed away.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on April 10, 2010, 09:37:52 PM
Yes, I heard about that one on the radio today. Here's the link to the New York Times obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/10/movies/10raabe.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on April 11, 2010, 04:25:15 AM
Dixie Carter passed away at age 70.  She was one of the stars of the sitcom Designing Women.

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/tv-news.en.ap.org/tv-news.en.ap.org-20100411-us_obit_dixie_carter
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 11, 2010, 05:42:35 AM
Wow.  So sad.  RIP Dixie Carter.

Dixie Carter passed away at age 70.  She was one of the stars of the sitcom Designing Women.

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/tv-news.en.ap.org/tv-news.en.ap.org-20100411-us_obit_dixie_carter
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 28, 2010, 07:03:36 PM
 Furio Scarpelli

 " Italian screenwriter dies at 90 "

   
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The Oscar-nominated screenwriter Furio Scarpelli, who co-wrote some of the best post-war Italian comedies and the spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, starring Clint Eastwood died yesterday.


He was 90. Scarpelli received two Oscar nominations for best screenwriting in the 1960s. He received another nomination for Il Postino ("The Postman") in 1996.

    AP

   http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/italian-screenwriter-dies-at-90-1957307.html

   R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 03, 2010, 07:42:12 PM
Lynn Redgrave, R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/arts/04redgrave.html

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Lynn Redgrave, who as an actress upheld the tradition of her theatrically royal family on stage and on screen and as a playwright wrote about her family with probing affection and equally probing anguish, died on Sunday at her home in Kent, Conn. She was 67.

Her brother Corin died just last month, and of course her niece, Vanessa Redgrave's daughter Natasha Richardson, was killed in a skiing accident about a year ago.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 04, 2010, 01:08:19 AM
RIP Lynn.   Very sad news.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 05, 2010, 10:12:15 PM
Eternal rest for Lynn Redgrave...(I just realized her name has grave in it and it seems a little eerie...)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 09, 2010, 11:42:41 PM
Sad news beaking this morning.  Lena Horne has died at the age of 92.   She broke down barriers when she sang with a white band.  I loved her voice and one of my favourites was Stormy Weather. As a jazz fan she was high on my lists of greats.

(http://images.smh.com.au/2010/05/10/1430797/lena420-420x0.jpg)


RIP Lena.


Link.
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=10600537

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 10, 2010, 07:30:56 AM
I loved Lena Horne...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 10, 2010, 06:25:54 PM
Here's a link to the New York Times obit (by Aljean Harmetz) of Lena Horne. It's a good read.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/10/arts/music/10horne.html

Nice Bogart story ... this happened back in 1941:

Quote
Since blacks were not allowed to live in Hollywood, “Felix Young, a white man, signed for the house as if he was going to rent it,” Ms. Horne said. “When the neighbors found out, Humphrey Bogart, who lived right across the street from me, raised hell with them for passing around a petition to get rid of me.” Bogart, she said, “sent word over to the house that if anybody bothered me, please let him know.”

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: D'Ambrosia on May 10, 2010, 07:57:23 PM
Man,  she was great!  RIP Lena...  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 11, 2010, 03:33:17 PM
Erica Blasberg, a 25-year-old beautiful LPGA player, died Sunday in Las Vegas. Her death is being investigated...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 11, 2010, 06:52:54 PM
Here is a link for the Erica Blasberg story:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/lpga/2010-05-10-obit-erica-blasberg_N.htm
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 11, 2010, 11:06:21 PM
Frank Frazetta, the legendary fantasy artist, has died at the age of 82. Here's a link to the New York Times obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/11/arts/artsspecial/11frazetta.html

Quote
Frank Frazetta, an illustrator of comic books, movie posters and paperback book covers whose visions of musclebound men fighting with swords and axes to defend scantily dressed women helped define fantasy heroes like Conan, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82.

Frazetta has only one connection with Eastwood, as far as I know, but it's such a powerful one that I was tempted to post this in the Eastwood News forum.

(http://www.americanartarchives.com/frazetta_gauntelet77.jpg)

Aside from that ... our own Conan owes him a debt of gratitude ...

(http://www.comicsbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/frank_frazetta_thebarbarian.jpg)

The above picture is from a blog post on the Comics Beat website (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2010/05/10/frank-frazetta-rip/) that's worth reading ... the first comment on the post is by Frazetta's granddaughter.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 12, 2010, 12:26:20 AM
RIP Frank Frazetta.

The Gauntlet poster he drew is IMO one of the best posters for this movie.


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on May 16, 2010, 05:16:06 PM
One of my childhood heros passed on this morning. :'(
Keep on rocking Ronnie James Dio!  >:D

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jA6HT4q0zJZ0g1f80auXnU5vacJQD9FO6D100
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 16, 2010, 09:51:38 PM
One of my childhood heros passed on this morning. :'(
Keep on rocking Ronnie James Dio!  >:D

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jA6HT4q0zJZ0g1f80auXnU5vacJQD9FO6D100

Doesn't it seem like they'll live forever, our idols? Sorry for your loss.

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on May 17, 2010, 05:57:17 AM
He-Man was in essence a Conan wannabe first time around but then they introduced the sci fi elements in He-Man........RIP Frazetta

5th anniversary Riddlers death , Frank Gorshin......
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 18, 2010, 08:46:00 AM

  (http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/9003/dio1972.jpg)

   R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 18, 2010, 08:49:14 AM
 " Jazz pianist, composer Hank Jones dies at 91 in NY "

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100517/ap_on_en_mu/us_obit_jones_12
           
   By ULA ILNYTZKY

   
Quote
NEW YORK – Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones, whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91.

Jones, who won a Grammy lifetime achievement award last year and received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in 2008, died Sunday night at a New York hospital after a brief illness, Jean-Pierre Leduc said.

A tireless musician who performed his blend of swing and bebop until the end, Jones came from a family of jazz musicians who included brothers Thad, a trumpeter, composer and arranger, and Elvin, a drummer known for the polyrhythmic beat that propelled John Coltrane's classic quartet.

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on May 18, 2010, 09:18:54 PM
  (http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/9003/dio1972.jpg)

   R.I.P.

Thank you for the pic Higgy! I will get a six pack on Fraiday night and listen to some Dio vinyl and give him my proper farewell. I grew up listening to Dio.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on May 28, 2010, 03:55:06 PM
'Diff'rent Strokes' actor Gary Coleman dies at 42 (http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/28/obit.gary.coleman/index.html?hpt=C1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 29, 2010, 01:28:53 AM
That is sad news.  I loved 'Diff'rent Strokes' .    It was so funny and his "Whatchoo talkin bout?"  always made me laugh.   He was far too young.

RIP Gary
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on May 29, 2010, 01:52:38 AM
"Arnold et Willy" was so great, and fun too !

RIP Gary, so young to die ...(http://27.img.v4.skyrock.net/27c/nostalgie-tv/pics/163786952_small.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 29, 2010, 07:02:11 AM
RIP Mr. Coleman.   :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 29, 2010, 09:55:39 AM

 42 is too early to die! We loved " Diff'rent Strokes " a lot ! Rest in peace, Gary !   :(
 
 

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 29, 2010, 09:58:15 AM
 
 " 'Quincy' actor Eddie Garrett dies "   Appeared on 'Ironside,' 'The Odd Couple'

   http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3if3584cb6d538b8e1844e411ac2fdbdb5

   By Mike Barnes

   
Quote
Garrett also played a bartender in the 1977 Diane Keaton film "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" and a cop on Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" (1971).

   R.I.P

   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on May 29, 2010, 11:23:46 AM
I just found out that Dennis Hopper has died at the age of 74.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20337801,00.html (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20337801,00.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 29, 2010, 12:13:42 PM
Not unexpected about Hopper, but sad, all the same. The Times noted it in a blog post, but they don't have the obituary up yet.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 29, 2010, 02:23:49 PM
RIP, Dennis Hopper.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on May 29, 2010, 02:43:19 PM
R.I.P.
(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Pppc--avFKuRZM:http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/photo/dennis_hopper.jpg)
Dennis Hopper.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 29, 2010, 02:58:24 PM
I was only thinking last week, I wonder how he was getting on after hearing he was close to passing several weeks ago.

Sad News. Geat actor in so many weird and wonderful performances through the years.

RIP Dennis.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 29, 2010, 07:40:29 PM

What a sad news !   Rest in peace, Dennis Hopper !   :(

 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/movies/30hopper.html?hp


          (http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/9779/20960dennishopperandpet.jpg)

     
          (http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/4793/dennishopperportraitb2e.jpg)

           Salue artiste !
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 29, 2010, 09:41:54 PM
Here's a link to Dennis Hopper's obituary in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/movies/30hopper.html

It mentions that Hopper had a small part in one Clint Eastwood film, Hang 'Em High.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 30, 2010, 01:24:36 AM
I really liked Dennis Hopper.  It is sad to hear of his death.

RIP Dennis.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on May 30, 2010, 10:56:36 AM
So sad to learn that news today ...

I remember him as the photographer in "Apocalypse Now", and young man in "Giant" with James Dean,  and of course in the "cultissime" "Easy Rider".

RIP Mr Hopper.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 31, 2010, 07:20:29 PM
Wow, RIP Mr. Garrett and Mr. Hopper.  Dennis Hopper had a small role in Gunfight At The O.K. Corral but he was very good in it. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 01, 2010, 10:09:28 AM
 " Louise Bourgeois, Influential Sculptor, Dies at 98 "

    By HOLLAND COTTER

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/arts/design/01bourgeois.html?src=mv&ref=arts

   
Quote
Louise Bourgeois, the French-born American artist who gained fame only late in a long career, when her psychologically charged abstract sculptures, drawings and prints had a galvanizing effect on the work of younger artists, particularly women, died on Monday in Manhattan, where she lived. She was 98.


      (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/5690/kumo.jpg)

      R.I.P

   
   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 04, 2010, 12:34:42 AM
Quote
Rue McClanahan, 'Golden Girl' Blanche, dies in NY

Associated Press (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jomPbiKI79aNlvmiXDv0oQz2PCDQD9G44HLO0)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 04, 2010, 03:35:33 AM
 
  Sad news again !  She was a nice and a funny actress.... R.I.P

  (http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/7366/ruemcclanahan.jpg)

  http://www.popeater.com/2010/06/03/rue-mcclanahan-dead/
 
 
http://www.google.co.jp/imgres?imgurl=http://image3.examiner.com/images/blog/replicate/EXID28732/images/rue_mcclanahan.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.examiner.com/x-28732-Generation-X-Examiner~y2010m6d3-Golden-Girls-star-Rue-McClanahan-has-died&usg=__IE_QveSbb4_sKMg3MUooPzWmmhY=&h=400&w=300&sz=31&hl=ja&start=20&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=YJ152VLmrKLmEM:&tbnh=124&tbnw=93&prev=/images%3Fq%3DRue%2BMcClanh
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on June 04, 2010, 06:49:26 AM
Higgy, please post pictures from their original source, where possible, or at least tell us where you found them.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 04, 2010, 07:04:21 AM
I was sad to learn Rue McClanahan had died.    She was so funny in The Golden Girls.  The whole show was funny and I loved watching it.  She was such a flirt in the series always going on dates.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 14, 2010, 04:47:23 AM
Jimmy Dean passed away yesterday   :(

Jimmy Dean (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/2010/06/14/2010-06-14_jimmy_dean_sausage_king_and_country_music_star_dies_at_81.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 14, 2010, 04:50:41 AM
Marvin Isley, bassist for the Isley Brothers, passed away a week earlier, on June 6. :(

Marvin Isley (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/08/arts/music/08isley.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on June 14, 2010, 02:23:03 PM
I'll always remember Jimmy Dean for this (http://www.junkfoodblog.com/2006/07/jimmy-dean-chocolate-chip-pancakes.html):

(http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/8711/jimmydean.th.jpg) (http://img819.imageshack.us/i/jimmydean.jpg/)

And for when Jon Stewart first mentioned the product: (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-19-2006/intro---pancakes---sausage-on-a-stick)

(http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/4792/ds1113401stwv6.th.jpg) (http://img823.imageshack.us/i/ds1113401stwv6.jpg/)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: dak on June 14, 2010, 06:17:52 PM
RIP Gary Coleman
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 30, 2010, 05:27:29 AM
 " Director, "Rebel" actor Corey Allen dies at 75 "

  http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100629/people_nm/us_allen_1

    By Mike Barnes

    
Quote
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Corey Allen, who fatally challenged James Dean to a "chicken race" in the 1955 film classic "Rebel Without a Cause" before embarking on a career as a prolific TV director, died of natural causes in Hollywood on Sunday, two days before his 76th birthday.

With the May 29 death of his longtime friend Dennis Hopper, Allen was briefly the last surviving member of the "Rebel" main cast. He played Buzz Gunderson, one of the pic's antagonistic tough guys in a leather jacket.

Allen turned to directing in 1969, and collected an Emmy Award for a 1983 episode of "Hill Street Blues" after being nominated for another series episode two years earlier. In all, he shot about 80 TV episodes and 20 TV movies.


  For die of natural, he was still young and two days before his birthday.....too sad !  R.I.P   :(


  (http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/9304/rebelwithoutacause.jpg)

  http://bit.ly/aPoKp2
    
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on June 30, 2010, 10:02:34 AM
I was just thinking of him yesterday as I put a film still featuring Corey up for sale on e bay..

Sad news... I loved Rebel when I was a kid....
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 30, 2010, 11:00:40 PM
I too loved Rebel Without A Cause (still do)  

Sorry to learn another actor/director has gone.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 05, 2010, 09:47:19 AM
 
 " Actor Hutchings dies at 71 "

   http://www.hollywood.com/news/Actor_Hutchings_dies_at_71/6978726

   By WENN.com

   
Quote
The star passed away on Thursday (01Jul10) after battling a suspected viral infection.

Hutchings trained at Britain's famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and began his career on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), later winning a Laurence Olivier Award in 1982 for his role in popular musical Poppy.

He moved on to movie roles, appearing on the big screen opposite Clint Eastwood in 1990's White Hunter, Black Heart, as well as enjoying turns in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, Topsy-Turvy, Clockwise with John Cleese and The Affair of the Necklace alongside Hilary Swank.



    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10494592.stm


    R.I.P


     

   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 06, 2010, 01:22:02 AM
RIP Geoffrey.

He was an eclectic actor and I enjoyed many of his rolls.  A real 'old school' actor.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on July 06, 2010, 09:29:36 AM
R.I.P  Geoffrey Hutchings :(
(http://www.comedy.co.uk/images/library/people/180x200/b/benidorm_mel.jpg)

Benidorm won't be the same without you. ... :(


http://www.comedy.co.uk/images/library/people/180x200/b/benidorm_mel.jpg
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on July 09, 2010, 12:08:34 AM
He was great as Sid James....
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on July 09, 2010, 11:55:28 AM
He was great as Sid James....

Gant, I loved Cor Blimey! :)

I understand he also played Sid James on Stage.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 11, 2010, 12:15:37 PM
R.I.P., Bob Sheppard, voice of the New York Yankees for more than fifty years.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/sports/baseball/12sheppard.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/07/12/sports/12sheppardcnd_337-span/12sheppardcnd_337-span-articleLarge.jpg)

Quote
From the last days of DiMaggio through the primes of Mantle, Berra, Jackson and Jeter, Sheppard’s precise, resonant, even Olympian elocution — he was sometimes called the Voice of God — greeted Yankee fans with the words, “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Yankee Stadium.”

“The Yankees and Bob Sheppard were a marriage made in heaven,” said his son Paul Sheppard, a 71-year-old financial adviser. “I know St. Peter will now recruit him. If you’re lucky enough to go to heaven, you’ll be greeted by a voice, saying, ‘Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to heaven!’ ”

In an era of blaring stadium music, of public-address announcers styling themselves as entertainers and cheerleaders, Sheppard, a man with a passion for poetry and Shakespeare, shunned hyperbole.

“A public-address announcer should be clear, concise, correct,” he said. “He should not be colorful, cute or comic.”
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on July 13, 2010, 02:11:22 AM
R.I.P. Harvey Pekar.

Quote
Harvey Pekar, whose autobiographical comic book series "American Splendor" portrayed his life with bone-dry honesty and wit, was found dead at home early Monday, authorities said. He was 70.

Quote
Pekar never drew himself but depended on collaborations with artists, most notably his friend R. Crumb, who helped illustrate the first issue of the ironically titled "American Splendor," published in 1976. It was made into an acclaimed 2003 film starring Paul Giamatti. The most recent "American Splendor" was released in 2008.

Pekar's quirky commentary developed a following and his insights and humor were often a bit on the dark side.

  Comic book writer Harvey Pekar dies at 70 in Ohio (http://www.neworleans.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=432863&Itemid=1387)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 13, 2010, 08:09:43 AM
 One other big loss for Yanks....  R.I.P. " The Boss " George Steinbrenner.

  Yankees' Steinbrenner dies at 80

   ESPN.com news services

   http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=5375561

  
Quote
NEW YORK -- George Steinbrenner, who rebuilt the New York Yankees into a sports empire with a mix of bluster and big bucks that polarized fans all across America, died Tuesday. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday July 4.

Steinbrenner had a heart attack, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., and died at about 6:30 a.m. ET, according to multiple reports.


"It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80," the Steinbrenner family said in a statement.

"He was an incredible and charitable man. First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family -- his beloved wife, Joan; his sisters, Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm, his children, Hank, Jennifer Jessica and Hal; and all of his grandchildren.

"He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again."

The Steinbrenner family said that funeral arrangements will be private, however details about an additional public service will be announced at a later date.

His death was the second in three days to rock the Yankees. Bob Sheppard, the team's revered public address announcer from 1951-07, died Sunday at 99.

For more than 30 years, Steinbrenner lived up to his billing as "the Boss," a nickname he earned and clearly enjoyed as he ruled with an iron fist.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 13, 2010, 09:57:08 AM
I can't believe Steinbrenner is gone.

KC, my sympathies.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 13, 2010, 02:01:42 PM
Thanks, though he'd been ill and "not himself" for so long that I'm not exactly grief-stricken. How odd that he went right after Sheppard, though ... it's almost as if he was waiting for someone worthy of announcing his arrival in Heaven to be there ahead of him.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 15, 2010, 06:29:18 AM
 ‘ Vonetta McGee dies at 65; film actress during 1970s blaxploitation era ’

  http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-vonetta-mcgee-20100715,0,6730780.story?track=rss

  By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times July 15, 2010


  
Quote
Her big-screen heyday included roles in 'Blacula,' 'Hammer' and 'Shaft in Africa.' She later appeared with Clint Eastwood in 'The Eiger Sanction.' In the '80s, she had numerous TV credits

  Rest in peace, Vonetta McGee.

  I add 2 articles about her;

    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=60604

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/16/movies/16mcgee.html

   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 15, 2010, 01:06:11 PM
I've always thought Vonetta McGee was very good in The Eiger Sanction (I have seen Blacula as well).
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 17, 2010, 12:41:21 PM
I've always thought Vonetta McGee was very good in The Eiger Sanction (I have seen Blacula as well).



Christopher, how was her performance in Blacula?

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 17, 2010, 12:50:55 PM
I actually hadn't realized it was the same person in The Eiger Sanction that's in Blacula. She had the lead female role in it, I believe, and I remember liking the film pretty well over all.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 17, 2010, 04:54:49 PM
 
 
Quote
Elliott Kastner, film producer: born New York City 20 January 1930 died London 30 June 2010.

 
Quote
Elliott Kastner: Film producer best known for his adaptations of novels by MacLean and Chandler

By Tom Vallance

  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/elliott-kastner-film-producer-best-known-for-his-adaptations-of-novels-by-maclean-and-chandler-2028723.html

 
Quote
Kastner's biggest hit of all was the first of three films he made from Alistair MacLean stories, Where Eagles Dare (1968), a Second World War adventure with Burton and Eastwood leading a group of commandos on a mission to rescue an American general being held captive by Nazis in a castle in the Bavarian Alps. The film had its genesis in a request from Burton that Kastner find him a popular subject in which he could play a "real hero" to please his children, who were tired of seeing him in heavy drama. Kastner then approached MacLean, who wrote the original script in six weeks, later turning it into a novel. Brian G Hutton directed, but famed action man Yakima Canutt directed the team of stuntmen in the action sequences, causing Eastwood to suggest the film be re-titled Where Doubles Dare. Kastner's later films by MacLean, When Eight Bells Toll (1971) and Breakheart Pass (1975), did not have equal success, though the latter, starring Charles Bronson, was a gripping and inventive Western, set mainly on a train.

 R.I.P.

 
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 21, 2010, 12:01:50 AM
He may not be a celebrity but I believe David Warren deserves a mention in this thread. You may not recognise the name but you'll know of his invention.

www.theaustralian.com.au (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/black-box-inventor-david-warren-dies-at-85/story-e6frg95x-1225895120709)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 21, 2010, 12:45:19 AM
He may not be a celebrity but I believe David Warren deserves a mention in this thread. You may not recognise the name but you'll know of his invention.

www.theaustralian.com.au (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/black-box-inventor-david-warren-dies-at-85/story-e6frg95x-1225895120709)

A clever man the world of aviation owes him a great deal.   RIP David.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on July 21, 2010, 01:30:21 AM
(http://static1.purepeople.com/articles/5/29/93/5/@/204774-bernard-giraudeau-lors-de-la-23e-637x0-2.jpg)
Last year at the Molière Awards Ceremony  (Theatre) ...

http://static1.purepeople.com/articles/5/29/93/5/@/204774-bernard-giraudeau-lors-de-la-23e-637x0-2.jpg

Bernard Giraudeau, actor, writer, died on Saturday the 17th, after a long fight with cancer : he was only 63.

I like him very much, his wonderful smile, his deep blue eyes, the parts he played in films and theatre plays ...
R.I.P Monsieur Giraudeau, you will always stay in French people minds as a real Gentleman, an eternal "Jeune Premier".

(http://arras-france.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/bernard_giraudeau.jpg)
http://arras-france.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/bernard_giraudeau.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Giraudeau
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 22, 2010, 03:40:58 AM
Only just read about this.

Actor James Gammon dies at age 70.

I thought he was great in Silverado and Major League.

He had a real great voice.

usatoday (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2010/07/actor-james-gammon-dies-at-age-70/1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 23, 2010, 12:25:33 AM
As I said, I loved James Gammon in Silverado and the one line that I always love to hear him say in that gruff fantastic voice of his was,

Quote
I think there's just a couple o' guys up there and this @#!hole is one of them!


RIP James.  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on July 24, 2010, 02:37:12 PM
RIP  Alex Higgins :'(

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/07/24/article-1297383-00DBD54000000190-258_468x286.jpg)

A SNOOKER LEGEND WHO LIVED UP TO HIS NICKNAME

Twice world champion, in 1972 and 1982, he earned millions in the years when snooker was a British national obsession.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1297383/Alex-Higgins-dies-aged-61-long-battle-throat-cancer.html

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 25, 2010, 11:45:07 PM
RIP Alex.

He was larger than life on the snooker scene.   More seemed to happen to him than any other snooker player.   It is so sad as he was only 61.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on August 02, 2010, 11:49:18 AM
http://www.imdb.com/news/ni3595944/

Another death in the world of Bond.....3rd this yr I think  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 09, 2010, 02:43:20 AM
Actress Patricia Neal has passed away.

I saw her in so many great films with some big names, John Wayne, Gary Cooper. It will be Hud that I'll forever remember her in.

Just a brilliant performance.

RIP Patricia.  :'(


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/movies/09neal.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on August 09, 2010, 07:01:29 AM
Actress Patricia Neal has passed away.

I saw her in so many great films with some big names, John Wayne, Gary Cooper. It will be Hud that I'll forever remember her in.

Just a brilliant performance.

RIP Patricia.  :'(


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/movies/09neal.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

I came here to post that, but you beat me to it.  

RIP.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118022739.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Rn11bqmxQbA/Sf05FWdzlZI/AAAAAAAABSs/LMXAArj4v2E/s1600/fountainhead.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 10, 2010, 07:08:01 AM
I liked Patricia Neal and I was sad to read of her passing.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 10, 2010, 08:22:09 AM
Wow, a hell of a life!  One tough woman!  RIP Patricia  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 10, 2010, 05:59:09 PM
That New York Times obit makes gripping reading. As Brian said, a hell of a life.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 12, 2010, 06:02:46 PM
That New York Times obit makes gripping reading. As Brian said, a hell of a life.

R.I.P.

I agree, too.   Rest in peace, Patricia. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 05, 2010, 03:57:21 PM
Quote
ELO star Mike Edwards dies in freak hay bale accident


Herald Sun (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/elo-star-mike-edwards-dies-in-freak-hay-bale-accident/story-e6frf7jx-1225914564718)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 05, 2010, 05:22:38 PM
^ :o :o :o

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The Telegraph said Edwards was driving down the A381 highway when the circular hay bale careened down a slope in a field beside the road, flipped over a hedge and went airborne into traffic, landing on the roof of his van.

Never heard of him, but that's beyond freaky! R.I.P.!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 05, 2010, 07:48:15 PM
I have heard of him and your are right KC what an awful accident.

RIP Mike.

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/09/05/article-1309256-02C46E6A0000044D-483_308x401.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 12, 2010, 06:41:02 PM
Kevin McCarthy, R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/13/movies/13mccarthy.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/09/13/arts/mccarthy-obit/mccarthy-obit-popup.jpg)

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Kevin McCarthy, the suave, square-jawed actor who earned accolades in stage and screen productions of “Death of a Salesman” but will always be best known as the star of the 1956 science fiction movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” died Saturday at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. . He was 96.

(Need I add that the 1956 (original) Invasion of the Body Snatchers was directed by Don Siegel?)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 13, 2010, 05:23:58 AM
RIP Kevin McCarthy.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 19, 2010, 12:39:35 AM
I only just found out about the passing of Harold Gould on September 11, 2010.

I'll always remember him as Kid Twist in The Sting.

RIP Harold. :(


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/arts/14gould.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 19, 2010, 08:34:05 AM
I only just found out about the passing of Harold Gould on September 11, 2010.

I'll always remember him as Kid Twist in The Sting.

RIP Harold. :(

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/arts/14gould.html

Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky paid tribute to his colleagues Kevin McCarthy (who was a character actor in later years) and Harold Gould in this New York Times op-ed piece:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/17/opinion/17tobolowsky.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 19, 2010, 05:56:38 PM
 " James Bacon, columnist to the stars, dies at 96 "

 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100919/ap_en_mo/us_obit_james_bacon

 By CHRISTOPHER WEBER

 
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LOS ANGELES – 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.

Bacon died in his sleep of congestive heart failure at his Northridge home, according to family friend Stan Rosenfield.

As a reporter for the AP for 23 years and later as columnist for the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Bacon had a knack for befriending A-list celebrities. He palled around with John Wayne, shared whisky with Frank Sinatra, was a confidant of Marilyn Monroe and met eight U.S. presidents.
Quote
"Jim always made you feel like ... he was a pal looking to hang out," Clint Eastwood once said of Bacon.
R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 23, 2010, 01:04:39 AM
The original crocodile hunter Malcolm Douglas, has been killed in a car accident.

Sydney Morning Herald (http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/deaths-of-douglas-irwin-leave-big-hole-20100923-15o3r.html)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 23, 2010, 01:34:08 AM
Sad news for his family and animal conservation.  He was an amazing man.
RIP Mal.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 24, 2010, 04:50:39 AM
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Eddie Fisher, one of the most popular singers of the 1950s who made headlines with marriages to — and divorces from — some of the most famous Hollywood starlets of that era, has died. He was 82.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-eddie-fisher-20100924,0,7087169.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 24, 2010, 06:27:17 AM
I used to like Eddie Fisher.  I remember his marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabrth Taylor. 

RIP Eddie.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 24, 2010, 02:44:48 PM
I only just found out about the passing of Harold Gould on September 11, 2010.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/arts/14gould.html

I was saddened by his death--He's one of the few celebrities whose homes I've been in. I visited him and his wife on the  Pacific Palisades way back in 1990. I went with an alumni group from my alma mater--He went to the same university that I did, different years. They were gracious hosts. (They had a pool--I can't remember if I took a dip in it.)

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 24, 2010, 05:52:23 PM
 R.I.P Eddie Fisher 

 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/09/24/arts/music/AP-US-Obit-Eddie-Fisher.html?_r=1&ref=arts
 
 Oh My Papa [1954]
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y04seHfYLAA&feature=related
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 28, 2010, 06:54:39 PM
" Segway company owner dies in fall "

 http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-death-by-segway-20100928,0,3655171.story

 
Quote
British businessman Jimi Heselden, who bought the company last year, dies in a fall off a cliff on his West Yorkshire estate, apparently while riding a Segway.

 R.I.P
 

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 28, 2010, 06:57:52 PM
 " Gloria Stuart, an Actress Rediscovered Late, Dies at 100 "

 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/movies/28stuart.html

 By ALJEAN HARMETZ and ROBERT BERKVIST

 
Quote
Gloria Stuart, a glamorous blond actress during Hollywood’s golden age who was largely forgotten until she made a memorable comeback in her 80s in the 1997 epic “Titanic,” died on Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 100.

 R.I.P




Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Conan on September 29, 2010, 06:31:50 PM
RIP Greg Giraldo

I always enjoyed his comedy on stand-up specials and roasts, and whenever he would get a bit part in something.

http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/r-i-p-greg-giraldo/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 29, 2010, 06:47:29 PM
Arthur Penn ... R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/movies/30penn.html?_r=1&hpw

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/09/30/arts/30pennspan-cnd/30pennspan-cnd-articleLarge.jpg)

From the obit by Dave Kehr:

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Arthur Penn, the stage, television and motion picture director whose revolutionary treatment of sex and violence in the 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde” transformed the American film industry, died on Tuesday night at his home in Manhattan, the day after he turned 88.

The cause was congestive heart failure, his son, Matthew, said.

A pioneering director of live television drama in the 1950s and a Broadway powerhouse in the 1960s, Mr. Penn developed an intimate, spontaneous and physically oriented method of directing actors that allowed their work to register across a range of mediums.

In 1957 he directed William Gibson’s television play “The Miracle Worker” for the CBS series “Playhouse 90” and earned Emmy nominations for himself, his writer and his star, Teresa Wright. In 1959 he restaged “The Miracle Worker” for Broadway and won Tony Awards for himself, his writer and his star, Anne Bancroft. And in 1962 he directed the film version of the Gibson text, capturing the best actress Oscar for Bancroft, the best supporting actress Oscar for her co-star, Patty Duke, and nominations for writing and directing.

Mr. Penn’s direction may have also changed American history. He advised Senator John F. Kennedy during his watershed television debates with Richard M. Nixon in 1960 (and directed the broadcast of the third debate). Mr. Penn’s instructions to Kennedy — to look directly into the camera and keep his responses brief and pithy — helped give Kennedy an aura of confidence and calm that created a vivid contrast to Nixon, his more experienced but less telegenic Republican rival.

But it was as a film director that Mr. Penn left his mark on American culture, most indelibly with “Bonnie and Clyde.”
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on September 30, 2010, 04:10:08 AM
Hollywood star Tony Curtis has died at his Nevada home after suffering a cardiac arrest, aged 85.

(http://blog.veryfinebooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/curtis232.jpg)

R.I.P. :(

http://blog.veryfinebooks.com/2009/01/04/tony-curtis-book-signing-event-signing-copies-american-prince/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 30, 2010, 05:29:42 AM
Another Hollywood great.   I loved his movies and his TV program The Persuaders with Roger Moore.

Rest in Peace Tony.

(http://bondambitions.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/The_Persuaders.jpg)

Link    http://bondambitions.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/The_Persuaders.jpg
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Aline on September 30, 2010, 06:09:47 AM
Sad news. Rest in Peace, Tony :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on September 30, 2010, 07:29:00 AM
Loved The Persuaders as a kid... and Sweet Smell of Success will always be one of my all time favorite movies..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on September 30, 2010, 07:48:33 AM
What a sad news ...

I liked this film very much as a child, "Trapeze", often shown on TV at Christmas time ...(http://www.catman.ca/images/t%20pics/trapeze1956.jpg)

And The Persuaders, every Saturday afternoon, like a "must" ...

Last time I watched a film with him - it was at least the tenth time - it was last year, in "The Vikings"  (http://factoidz.com/images/user/vikingscastborgnine.jpg)

RIP Monsieur Curtis.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 30, 2010, 11:20:47 AM
Here's a link to the New York Times obituary of Curtis, again by Dave Kehr:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/01/movies/01curtis.html?_r=1&hp

It's a interesting read, as Times obituaries usually are. Here's the beginning:

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Tony Curtis, a classically handsome movie star who earned an Oscar nomination as an escaped convict in Stanley Kramer’s 1958 movie “The Defiant Ones,” but whose public preferred him in comic roles in films like “Some Like It Hot” (1959) and “The Great Race” (1965), died Wednesday of cardiac arrest in his Las Vegas area home. He was 85.

His death was confirmed by the Clark County coroner, The Associated Press reported.

As a performer, Mr. Curtis drew first and foremost on his startlingly good looks. With his dark, curly hair, worn in a sculptural style later imitated by Elvis Presley, and plucked eyebrows framing pale blue eyes and wide, full lips, Mr. Curtis embodied a new kind of feminized male beauty that came into vogue in the early 1950s. A vigorous heterosexual in his widely publicized (not least by himself) private life, he was often cast in roles that drew on a perceived ambiguity: his full-drag impersonation of a female jazz musician in “Some Like It Hot”; a slave who attracts the interest of a Roman senator (Laurence Olivier) in Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” (1960); a man attracted to a mysterious blond (Debbie Reynolds) who turns out to be the reincarnation of his male best friend in Vincente Minnelli’s “Goodbye Charlie” (1964).

But behind the pretty-boy looks could be found a dramatically potent combination of naked ambition and deep vulnerability, both likely products of his Dickensian childhood in the Bronx. Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, to Helen and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Emanuel operated a tailor shop in a poor neighborhood, and the family occupied cramped quarters behind the store, the parents in one room and little Bernard sharing another with his two brothers, Julius and Robert. Helen Schwartz suffered from schizophrenia and frequently beat the three boys. (Robert was later found to have the same disease.)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on October 01, 2010, 06:21:50 AM
R.I.P. Tony Curtis

(http://lungfull.org/budget/hot.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 01, 2010, 06:04:11 PM
I liked Eddie Fisher in Butterfield 8 with Elizabeth Taylor, and I just loved Tony Curtis in general. They lived quite long lives--I hope they had fun. I shall miss them.

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on October 01, 2010, 06:12:29 PM
  R.I.P. Tony Curtis

  (http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01135/hot-380_1135409a.jpg)
   http://bit.ly/cyJWJG




Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 03, 2010, 02:47:55 AM
Quote
Stephen J. Cannell, the prolific television writer and producer who co-created "The Rockford Files" and "The A-Team" and later became a bestselling novelist, has died. He was 69.

Cannell died Thursday evening of complications associated with melanoma at his home in Pasadena, his family said.


LA Times (http://mobile.latimes.com/wap/news/text.jsp?sid=294&nid=23674303&cid=16677&scid=1854&ith=4&title=Top+Stories)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 04, 2010, 11:04:28 AM
The New York TImes had a couple of nice follow-up articles on Tony Curtis (the second one compares him to Arthur Penn):

An Appraisal: Marvelous Invention of Movie Make-Believe (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/movies/02curtis.html)

How Arthur Penn Undid Tony Curtis (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/03/weekinreview/03dave.html)

They're by, respectively, A.O. Scott and Dave Kehr.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 05, 2010, 12:46:23 AM
Norman Wisdom has died at 95

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/10/05/norman-wisdom-dead-at-95-tributes-flood-in-115875-22609743/


(http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/01_03/wisdomold1501_468x716.jpg)

He was a slapstick comedian, made many movies and had a really pleasant singing voice. 

He made so many people around the world laugh.

RIP Norman.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lucky Punk on October 05, 2010, 12:52:12 AM
Hi Lin

Good old Norman. He made me laugh alot when I was a bairn. I found some of his films a bit mawkish as I got older but he was such a warm presence I could forgive the sentimentality and remember he was making movies for families in a less complicated era. A superb physical comedian and, as I remember a pretty good singer.

He was apparently the most popular comedy actor in  Albania where he was known as Pitkin (the usual name of his character).

LP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on October 05, 2010, 05:33:47 AM
I loved his films as a kid and was lucky enough to see him perform live about 15 years ago..
He was still going strong in his 80's.. throwing himself about and playing every instrument in the band..

Great performer... it is sad he's not with us any longer,  even tho he lived a long life.. it's a little piece of my childhood gone..

RIP Norman.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on October 05, 2010, 06:45:00 AM
I'm sad to hear about the passing today of Sir Norman Wisdom. :'(

He was a fantastic slapstick comedian.. I enjoyed watching his films on TV when I was younger, I loved 'Trouble in Store', the film in which he sang Don't Laugh At Me ('cause I'm A Fool)"

Gant, I'm glad you got to see him live and I also feel the same way as you, a little piece of my childhood has now gone.

R.I.P. Sir Norman.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 07, 2010, 06:12:40 AM
When Elvis Met Tony Curtis (http://www.elvis.com/news/full_story.asp?id=2491)

(http://www.elvis.com/news/images/Image/TonyCurtis.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on October 10, 2010, 12:54:25 PM
 King Solomon is dies..... R.I.P.

 " Solomon Burke, Soul Singer, Dies at 70 "

 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 
 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/10/10/arts/AP-EU-Obit-Solomon-Burke.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Solomon%20Burke&st=cse

 
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Solomon Burke, the larger-than-life "King of Rock and Soul" who was revered as one of music's greatest vocalists but never reached the level of fame of those he influenced, died early Sunday at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. He was 70.

Born to the sound of music in an upstairs room of a Philadelphia church, Burke was acknowledged as one of the greatest soul singers of the 1960s, but his popularity never matched that of contemporaries like James Brown or Marvin Gaye.

Two of Burke's best-known songs reached a wider audience when they were featured in hit movies.

He wrote "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" in 1964 and it was later featured in the Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi movie "The Blues Brothers." The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett also recorded it.

A bare-chested Patrick Swayze danced seductively with Jennifer Grey to Burke's "Cry To Me" in one of the most memorable scenes from the movie "Dirty Dancing."

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 11, 2010, 08:08:20 AM
Dame Joan Sutherland has died aged 83.

She was born in Sydney Australia and sang all over the world.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11517053

I saw her singing in The Merry Widow in the Sydney Opera House about 35 years ago.  She was fantastic in the role and brought real humour to the part.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 11, 2010, 10:23:58 AM
She, like Maria Callas, was a celebrated interpreter of Bellini's Norma.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ2L_B7VOWs

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on October 16, 2010, 06:01:54 PM
Barbara Billingsley has passed away at age 94. She was of course best known for Leave it to Beaver. And who could ever forget her small role in Airplane? ;D

http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/leave-it-to-beaver-barbara-billinglsey-died-18768/ (http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/leave-it-to-beaver-barbara-billinglsey-died-18768/)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 16, 2010, 06:23:45 PM
R.I.P., Simon MacCorkindale.

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/10/16/arts/MACCORKINDALE-obit/MACCORKINDALE-obit-popup.jpg)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/16/arts/television/16maccorkindale.html

Quote
Simon MacCorkindale, the dashing British actor who turned heads in the star-studded 1978 film “Death on the Nile”  and went on to play villains and charming Englishmen on numerous television shows in Britain and the United States, died on Thursday in London. He was 58.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Aline on October 17, 2010, 06:11:53 AM
I remember him in the tv series Manimal too. Handsome actor.
Rest in Peace, Simon :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 19, 2010, 04:23:24 PM
Tom Bosley passed away! RIP

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/tv-news.en.reuters.com/tv-news.en.reuters.com-20101019-us_tombosley
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 19, 2010, 04:34:53 PM
Simon MacCorkindale was drop-dead gorgeous! And he was only 58! It seems like just yesterday...

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 20, 2010, 12:20:38 AM
I remember Tom in Happy Days.   He was perfect as the father.  Happy Days was a brilliant series and besides the other things he did I think he will be best remembered for that role.

RIP Tom
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on October 20, 2010, 06:10:36 AM
I'll also always remember Tom Bosley as David the Gnome.

(http://x02.xanga.com/312e4b6167c35259080874/z197708075.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on October 20, 2010, 04:45:46 PM
I remember Tom in Happy Days.   

I'll also always remember Tom Bosley as David the Gnome.


I guess I remember Tom for his fine comedy acting in Happy Days and for his narration on That's Hollywood.

That's Hollywood was the tv show which got me hooked on movies. The show had Clips, interviews and behind-the-scenes glimpses of films from the 20th Century Fox library. It was great seeing all this movie magic on TV once a week. It captured my imagination and helped me appreciate just how much work goes into making a motion picture.

R.I.P. Tom. :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Brendan on October 21, 2010, 04:28:50 PM
Tom Bosley passed away! RIP

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/tv-news.en.reuters.com/tv-news.en.reuters.com-20101019-us_tombosley

Ehhhhh, Mr. C!

Sad news. One of the best TV fathers out there.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on October 26, 2010, 10:35:38 AM
Paul the octopus, who shot to fame predicting the results of World Cup football matches in South Africa, has passed away. :(

(http://news.sky.com/sky-news/content/StaticFile/jpg/2010/Jul/Week2/15664005.jpg)

Aw, that`s sad. Rest in peace Paul.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Paul-The-World-Cup-Octopus-Dies-Peacefully-In-His-Tank-At-Oberhausen-Sea-Life-Centre-In-Germany/Article/201010415774144

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: dane with no name on October 26, 2010, 11:01:35 AM
nah. Paul is fine and well atm. That dead octopus was just a decoy to avoid suspicion...
In fact, he tells me to say Hi to you all  8)
 

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Don't worry KC.
There'll be only one more big story about Paul, and then no one is going to hear about him again...
(http://gamedesignconcepts.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/snidelywhiplash.png?w=293&h=400)

NO ONE DARE ASK ME WHAT MY PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE SUPERBOWL IS!!!! 


I am fairly sure that the... uh... Cleveland Brown?!? ...is going to win the Superbowl
okay. I apparently have a lot of work ahead of me *sigh*  :D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 26, 2010, 08:51:46 PM
Funny you should "mention" Snidely Whiplash, Dane ... Alexander Anderson, the unsung creator of Rocky, Bullwinkle and the rest of the gang, just passed away.

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2027264,00.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/26/arts/television/26anderson.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/10/26/arts/ANDERSON2-obit/ANDERSON2-obit-popup.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 26, 2010, 09:03:39 PM
RIP Alexander.

I loved Rocky and Bullwinkle.     

I notice from the obituary Alexander died in Carmel.  It is sad to know he died suffering from Alzheimer's.  That disease often seems to hit the most talented of people.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: dane with no name on October 27, 2010, 09:57:52 AM
That's a shame.
I grew quite fond of the quirky kind of humor in Rocky and Bullwinkle

RIP Alexander Anderson
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: El bueno on October 28, 2010, 04:04:23 PM
Actor who played Danno on 'Hawaii Five-O' dies

(http://collection2000.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/hawaii-five-o-macarthur-1.jpg?w=253&h=300)

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LOS ANGELES - Stage and screen actor James MacArthur, who played "Danno" in the original version of television's "Hawaii Five-O," died Thursday at age 72.

MacArthur's agent, Richard Lewis, said the actor died in Florida of "natural causes," but no direct cause was specified.

In a career that spanned more than four decades, MacArthur was most recognized for his role as detective Danny "Danno" Williams on "Hawaii Five-O," which aired from 1968 to 1980. Episodes often ended with detective Steve McGarrett, the lead character, uttering what became a pop culture catch phrase: "Book 'em, Danno."




SOURCE : http://omg.yahoo.com/news/actor-who-played-danno-on-hawaii-five-o-dies/49715
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 28, 2010, 11:42:08 PM
RIP James.

I used to enjoy Hawaii Five-O.  I have watched re-runs of it recently and still liked it.  I found it less dated than some of the old cop shows and thought Danno was some guy.  Sad news.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 28, 2010, 11:44:43 PM
Let's not forget his role in Hang 'Em High!

RIP James. :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on October 29, 2010, 01:45:41 AM
Let's not forget his role in Hang 'Em High!


He had a memorable role as The Preacher in Hang 'Em High.  I remember James MacArthur best of all for playing Fritz Robinson in Walt Disney's Swiss Family Robinson.

(http://imagecache6.allposters.com/LRG/8/814/LRQI000Z.jpg)

R.I.P. James.  :(

http://www.filmbug.com/db/30316
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 29, 2010, 02:55:25 AM
Wow, that is sad news.  RIP Mr. McArthur!

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_gh_eCkJ_eJ8/SMFMh9PP_EI/AAAAAAAAAE4/ddOhcPQluYU/s400/James+Macarthur+now.jpg)(http://www.collegenews.com/uploads/macarthur_article.jpg)
(http://media.monstersandcritics.com/articles2/1594882/article_images/hawaiifiveo_1.jpg)(http://sharing.myfoxdetroit.com/sharewttg//photo/2010/10/28/JamesMacArthur-Danno_20101028144956_320_240.JPG)
(http://www.foxnews.com/static/managed/img/Entertainment/2010/Danno_397x224.jpg)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on October 31, 2010, 06:09:06 PM
(http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af323/TWOMULES/11.jpg?t=1285199511)

R.I.P. Marshal Jed Cooper  :'( :'(

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 31, 2010, 09:23:27 PM
(http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af323/TWOMULES/11.jpg?t=1285199511)

R.I.P. Marshal Jed Cooper  :'( :'(



Hey 2M you've given us a smile in a sad thread. Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 06, 2010, 10:05:00 PM
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Jill Clayburgh, a two-time Academy Award nominee for best actress, who was best known for her realistic, emotionally searing portrayals in the late-1970s films "An Unmarried Woman" and "Starting Over," died Nov. 5 at her home in Lakeville, Conn. She was 66 and had battled leukemia for 21 years.

Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/05/AR2010110508152.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on November 08, 2010, 07:32:32 PM
 
I am sorry to hear sad news of Jill Clayburgh.   She played with Donald Sutherland in a TV show "Dirty Sexy Money".  I just talked about it after having met Sutherland.  Sutherland will be very sad and discouraged!  :(  R.I.P Jill

 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/11/05/entertainment/main7028059.shtml?tag=pop

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on November 11, 2010, 07:47:54 PM
" Dino De Laurentiis, Prolific Film Producer, Dies at 91 "

 By DAVE KEHR

 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/movies/12delaurentiis.html?ref=movies

 
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Dino De Laurentiis, the high-flying Italian film producer and entrepreneur whose movies ranged from some of Federico Fellini’s earliest works to “Serpico,” “Death Wish” and the 1976 remake of “King Kong,” died on Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91.

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/11/11/movies/11delaurentiis/11delaurentiis-articleInline.jpg)

 R.I.P  Mr. De Laurentis
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on November 28, 2010, 07:22:25 PM
R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen ...  :'(

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12262403
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on November 28, 2010, 07:27:32 PM
I just saw some mention of this elsewhere and was looking for a news story! :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 28, 2010, 07:34:48 PM
Sad news indeed. :(

The one thing that always comes to my mind when I hear his name mentioned isn't any of his films he made but his appearance in the TV Series MASH.

The episode The Ringbanger is one of my favorites. They way they were confusing him, always changing the tent he was staying in and Frank Burns coming in and asking to feel his leg. Doesn't matter how many times I see it, it's a riot.

RIP Leslie.  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 28, 2010, 09:16:38 PM
So sad Leslie Nielsen was a brilliant comedy actor.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on November 28, 2010, 09:29:11 PM
Here's the New York Times obit for Leslie Nielsen:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/nyregion/29nielsen.html

As the article reminds us, Nielsen's career began with dramatic roles, and before he changed course 180° with 1980's Airplane, his best-known role may have been as the earnest hero of the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.

Here's a couple of excerpts:

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In keeping with his adopted comic persona, when Mr. Nielsen in 1993 published an autobiography, “Naked Truth,” it was one that cheerfully, blatantly fabricated events in his life.

They included two Academy Awards, an affair with Elizabeth Taylor and a stay at a rehabilitation center, battling dopey-joke addiction.

In real life he was nominated twice for Emmy Awards, in 1982 as outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for “Police Squad!” and in 1988 as outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for an episode of “Day by Day,” an NBC sitcom about yuppies and day care.

Off screen, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor, in 2002.

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In a 1988 interview with The New York Times, Leslie Nielsen discussed his career-rejuvenating transition to comedy, a development that he had recently described as “too good to be true.”

“It’s been dawning on me slowly that for the past 35 years I have been cast against type,” he said, “and I’m finally getting to do what I really wanted to do.”
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on November 29, 2010, 01:29:29 AM
R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen. :'(

He will be sadly missed. :(

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on November 29, 2010, 06:01:10 AM
I get home, turn on the computer, and see this sad news.

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

That's my policy. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4ui_eQF4oE)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on November 29, 2010, 06:30:38 AM
Thanks for finding that, Doug.

"You killed five actors! Good ones!" ;D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Aline on November 29, 2010, 06:56:55 AM
I get home, turn on the computer, and see this sad news.

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

That's my policy. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4ui_eQF4oE)

Oh no... :'(
Thank you for the laughs, Mr. Nielsen.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on November 29, 2010, 05:19:45 PM
I get home, turn on the computer, and see this sad news.

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

That's my policy. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4ui_eQF4oE)
I love that one Doug!
Leslie will be missed.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on November 29, 2010, 07:50:29 PM

 R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen .   :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 01, 2010, 03:18:11 AM
Star Wars fans will be saddened to hear of the passing of Director Irvin Kershner. Kershner directed The Empire Strikes Back, which some critics label the best sequel ever made.


http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/movies/news/n43040.htm
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 01, 2010, 05:16:50 AM
I don't think this has been mentioned yet, but Leslie Nielsen was in an episode of Rawhide.

Incident Below the Brazos (1959) … Eli Becker  Leslie Nielsen/IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000558/)

For those interested here's more to read about him:  Leslie Nielsen/Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Nielsen)

A truly good actor with great comedic timing.  RIP, sir.  :'(

Also, RIP to all those recently departed.  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 01, 2010, 07:36:15 AM
Star Wars fans will be saddened to hear of the passing of Director Irvin Kershner. Kershner directed The Empire Strikes Back, which some critics label the best sequel ever made.

http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/movies/news/n43040.htm

Also, Kershner was the director originally hired to direct Dirty Harry (back when Frank Sinatra was supposed to play the lead).

Here's a link to the New York Times obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/movies/30kershner.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 01, 2010, 07:38:47 AM
Star Wars fans will be saddened to hear of the passing of Director Irvin Kershner. Kershner directed The Empire Strikes Back, which some critics label the best sequel ever made.


http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/movies/news/n43040.htm

RIP Mr. Kershner.

Although, I'd argue director Nicholas Meyer's "Wrath Of Khan" is right up there, too  O0  Both are great movie sequels.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 01, 2010, 07:37:16 PM
I thought Superman II was an excellent sequel. I think the Matrix series and the Bourne movies were great as well.

RIP all of the great people by which we've had the pleasure of being entertained...

LCat. :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 03, 2010, 07:09:29 PM
Further tributes to Leslie Nielsen in the New York Times. One features a clip from the original Naked Gun that's even funny (perhaps funnier, if that's possible) with the dialogue dubbed into Italian:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/a-patriotic-farewell-to-leslie-nielsen/

The other is a thoughtful essay on Nielsen's career and its meaning in popular culture, by chief Times film critic A.O. Scott:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/movies/05scott.html

It includes a couple of pictures showing Nielsen in his original, leading-man persona:

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/12/05/arts/SCOTT-3/SCOTT-3-popup.jpg)

Somehow, in hindsight, he looks funny to me in that picture, too! ;)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on December 04, 2010, 05:48:09 AM
One of the most significant tributes comes from David Zucker:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/airplane-naked-gun-s-david-49908

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At least audiences had heard of the first three, but this guy -- it was true, when it came time to select an actor to play Dr. Rumack, my brother Jerry, Jim Abrahams and I remembered: "This one guy, he's been in hundreds of television shows, and I think he played the captain of the Poseidon. What's his name … ?" Our research revealed that the actor's name was Leslie Nielsen. Jim, Jerry and I were thrilled when he agreed to meet, not because he was "funny" but because of his long résumé of serious films and TV. To us, he was hysterical. The long list of straight dramatic acting roles demonstrated to us that he would be perfect. When we watched those movies, we laughed.

At our first meeting, he mentioned proudly that he had done an episode of M*A*S*H*.

We assured him we wouldn't count this brief comedy experience against him. But when he read the Airplane! script, he "got" its unconventional nature and offbeat style. We heard later that he told his agent, "Take whatever they offer; I'd pay them to do this." 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 04, 2010, 09:06:09 AM
^ Thanks for posting that, Doug. I liked this, at the end:

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Leslie was grateful for everything in his life (most especially his wife Barbaree), almost as though he didn't feel he deserved any of it. Maybe that's why he was so happy.

And maybe that's why he was so good at making everyone else happy.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 05, 2010, 06:25:39 AM
I thought Superman II was an excellent sequel. I think the Matrix series and the Bourne movies were great as well.

RIP all of the great people by which we've had the pleasure of being entertained...

LCat. :)

Rocky II was very good, too.  What made Nicholas Meyer's "The Wrath Of Khan" so great is that it made up for a completely horrible, tedious, boring start and came back with a bang!  What made Irvin Kershner's "The Empire Strikes Back" so great is that it continued on from a great start and left off with an awesome cliff-hanger, something that's taken for granted these days.  More often than not you hear yourself saying, "Oh yeah, there'll be a sequel..."   

To stay on topic I just looked up Mr. Kershner on IMDB and sad to say I'm not very familiar with his work.  I don't remember liking Never Say Never Again or Robocop 2 when I saw them but would like to see Eyes Of Laura Mars.  I remember the ads for this on tv way back when but haven't seen the film.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 07, 2010, 12:26:58 AM
I just heard on the news that American born Aussie Actor Gus Mercurio has passed away. I tried Google news but they had no matches for the search. I have a link to wikipedia.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus_Mercurio

EDIT: found an article at the Sydney Morning Herald.

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/people/actor-gus-mercurio-dies-aged-82-20101207-18oa7.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 07, 2010, 04:32:46 AM
Prior to the pummeling the Jets took from the Patriots last night, I heard sad news that NFL legend Don Meredith passed away.

(http://www2.tbo.com/exposure/ar/659/372/2010/12/06/84961_1206meredith.jpg)

Don Meredith, Howard Cosell & Frank Gifford

You can read more here: Don Meredith/Boston.com (http://www.boston.com/sports/football/articles/2010/12/07/don_meredith_at_72_had_a_ball_as_quarterback_in_broadcast_booth/)

Man, he loved to belt out a tune every once in a while.  I remember seeing a clip of him singing 'I Was The One' during one broadcast and someone was attempting to get his mike and he said, "Waitaminute! I'm singing!"  I thought it was cool because it was one of Elvis' lesser known ballads from the 1950s.

Seemed like a hell of a friendly person.  So sad.  RIP, guy  :-[

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e1/Joseph_Don_Meredith.jpg/200px-Joseph_Don_Meredith.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 07, 2010, 07:29:44 PM
I think I just read that Elizabeth Edwards died. RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 07, 2010, 07:46:13 PM
I heard just this morning that her illness had entered the terminal stage. Unfortunately, you are correct; she died today at the age of 61.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/us/08edwards.html

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A Political Life Filled With Cruel Reversals
By ROBERT D. McFADDEN

Elizabeth Edwards, who as the wife of former Senator John Edwards gave America an intimate look at a candidate’s marriage by sharing his quest for the 2008 presidential nomination as she struggled with incurable cancer and, secretly, with his infidelity, died Tuesday morning at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 61.

Her family confirmed the death, saying Mrs. Edwards was surrounded by relatives when she died. A family friend said Mr. Edwards was present. On Monday, two family friends said that Mrs. Edwards’s cancer had spread to her liver and that doctors had advised against further medical treatment.

Mrs. Edwards posted a Facebook message to friends on Monday, saying, “I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces — my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope.” She added: “The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that.”

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 08, 2010, 01:48:44 PM
I was sorry to learn of Elizabeth Edwards passing.  She was in the news a few times in the UK over the years and her passing was reported in our morning news.  She was so young  61 is nothing these days.

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 15, 2010, 04:53:03 AM
To stay on topic I just looked up Mr. Kershner on IMDB and sad to say I'm not very familiar with his work.  I don't remember liking Never Say Never Again or Robocop 2 when I saw them but would like to see Eyes Of Laura Mars.  I remember the ads for this on tv way back when but haven't seen the film.

I recently watched Eyes Of Laura Mars.... didn't like it.  
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 15, 2010, 05:25:11 AM
I only learned of this recently.  Mr. Nielsen may not be a major celebrity, but it's sad news nonetheless.  For the longest time I could never make sense of "Softly, As I Leave You".  I mean, I understand the concept and the so-called story behind it (I've read that this is questionable) but for Elvis to speak all the way through until harmonizing at the very end with Sherrill was confusing.  Elvis was a singer.  A great one at that.  Why, then, perform this song this way?  The recording was nominated for a grammy.  Wouldn't that have been a kick in the head had it won?!  Elvis talks and gets nominated!  Weird, but that's just me.  Elvis also had Nielsen double with him on It's Now Or Never/O Sole Mio, which I also thought was strange.  He just couldn't hit the high notes like he used to and needed help.  'Nuff said.  No disrespect to Mr. Nielsen as an artist, he was indeed an incredible vocalist.  It's too bad these two didn't record more as a duet.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Nielsen.       Sherrill Nielsen (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=sherrill-nielsen-shaun&pid=147109961)         ElvisNews.com (http://www.elvisnews.com/news.aspx/sherrillsean-nielsen-passed-away/13030)

Sherrill with his wife, Brenda

(http://www.sherrillandbrenda.com/1-Sherrill_Brenda_Edge2.jpg)

A typical 1970s concert outfit

(http://homepage.eircom.net/~kevkennedy/sherrill%20nielson.jpg)

Sherrill and The King

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_MdlVZtUthMo/TQPdGRJCoOI/AAAAAAAAANk/VCYiGcHNtXI/s320/Sherrill_Nielsen_Elvis_Presley.jpg)


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 16, 2010, 06:06:24 PM
Blake Edwards died yesterday aged 88.   I think perhaps he will be most remembered for Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Pink Panther movies.

RIP Blake.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/blake-edwards-the-clown-prince-of-comedy-dies-aged-88-2162645.html

(http://www.ruggedelegantliving.com/a/images/julie.andrews.blake.edwards.jpg)

With his wife Julie Andrews

http://www.ruggedelegantliving.com/a/images/julie.andrews.blake.edwards.jpg
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 16, 2010, 08:45:54 PM
Here's a link to the New York Times obit for Blake Edwards:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/movies/17edwards.html

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A lifelong depressive, Mr. Edwards told The New York Times in 2001 that at one point his depression was so bad that he became “seriously suicidal.” After deciding that shooting himself would be too messy and drowning too uncertain, he decided to slit his wrists on the beach at Malibu while looking at the ocean. But while he was holding a two-sided razor, his Great Dane started licking his ear, and his retriever, eager for a game of fetch, dropped a ball in his lap. Trying to get the dog to go away, Mr. Edwards threw the ball, dropped the razor and dislocated his shoulder. “So I think to myself,” he said, “this just isn’t a day to commit suicide.” Trying to retrieve the razor, he stepped on it and ended up in the emergency room.

 ;D

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 16, 2010, 09:12:04 PM
There is one Blake Edwards-Eastwood connection: Edwards wrote the original screenplay for City Heat. Can't resist quoting this rather long passage from Richard Schickel's Clint Eastwood (p. 395-396):

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Before [City Heat] was finished—before it was started—it became the playground for much trickier Hollywood rituals. Indeed, it developed into something like a paradigmatic conflict between someone trying to conduct business as usual, Hollywood style, and someone fully intending to do business as usual, Eastwood style. The script, under another title, had been submitted to Warners by its writer, Blake Edwards, who intended to direct it as well. It was a period piece, set in Kansas City in 1933, during the waning days of Prohibition, and it featured a bantering relationship between private eye Mike Murphy and police detective Lieutenant Speer, who had once been partners on the force but were now on the outs. The freelance investigator is a raffish sort, the cop more dour and often obliged to rescue his pal from the potentially deadly consequences of his insouciance. It had something of the air of those quick, tough little movies Warner Bros. used to make about once a month in the thirties, which Clint had always enjoyed.

When the studio passed it on to him, however, he passed on it—too talky. There the matter might have rested, except that "Blake was kind of a bad boy," says Clint. He sent the script to Sondra Locke, proposing that she again play the part of an heiress in difficulty. She—as Edwards surely expected she would—mentioned the offer to Clint and asked him why he hadn't liked the script. He replied that he hadn't entirely hated it and, rereading it, began to see self-satirizing possibilities in what he calls "the Pat O'Brien part," a sort of superego in a snap brim, imagining Burt Reynolds—then doing rather disheveled sequels to his Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run successes—as the piece's Cagneyish id, the high-stepping Murphy, and giving Sondra a chance at a colorfully comedic part.

So it was done—handshakes all around—and then immediately undone. It turned out that Edwards had been using Locke to get to Clint. He announced that he had actually—well, er—promised the part to his daughter. This precipitated a small Eastwoodian explosion. There was also talk at some point of using Edwards's wife, Julie Andrews, in the role of Murphy's secretary. This brought outraged yelps from Reynolds. He had just worked with her, under Edwards's direction, in The Man Who Loved Women, and was not eager to repeat the experience. Clint, predictably dismayed by these shenanigans, threatened to withdraw.

A project-saving compromise was reached when all parties agreed not to employ any loved ones in the picture, but, needless to say, Clint remained wary. This was to be a back-lot picture—as thirties crime stories had always been—and now Edwards was insisting that a house be rented for him in Bel-Air so he did not have to make the long daily commute from his house in Malibu to the Warners and Universal lots where he would be working. The need for a car and driver was also mentioned. What was not being mentioned were certain rewrites that Edwards had promised Clint, who was aware, as well, that Reynolds was growing increasingly skittish with the situation. Of Edwards, Clint said to a studio executive, "This guy is just on a different planet."

Actually he was just on Planet Hollywood. Edwards had been around town since the forties, when he began his career as an actor, had gone on to large success in television (Peter Gunn) and features (Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther and its sequels, 10) and obviously knew all its ropes. Indeed, he had recently made a vicious, hilarious satire on Hollywood, S.O.B. He should have known better. Certainly he should have known his leading man's reputation better.

Clint had had enough. "I'll tell you what," he said, "why don't we do this some other time, on some other script down the line that we both like?"

Warner Bros., however, decided to persist. The studio liked this attractive star pairing in a picture they were confident could be a hot Christmas release. So they fired Edwards. And turned the project over to Clint, though both Malpaso and Reynolds's company, Deliverance, would eventually share production credit. That and Clint's billing ahead of him were all right with Reynolds—"He's taller than I am," he wisecracked.

In the finished film, Edwards is credited as "Sam O. Brown" (think about the initials for a second). The other credited screenwriter is Joseph Stinson, who had done the script for Sudden Impact.

(http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/2474/chedwardscredit.jpg)
Screencap from City Heat, slightly cropped.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on December 17, 2010, 02:53:52 AM
R.I.P. Sherrill Nielsen :(

R.I.P. Blake Edwards :(

Thank you Mr. Edwards, for the The Pink Panther films. ;D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 17, 2010, 03:06:50 AM
There is one Blake Edwards-Eastwood connection: Edwards wrote the original screenplay for City Heat. Can't resist quoting this rather long passage from Richard Schickel's Clint Eastwood (p. 395-396):

In the finished film, Edwards is credited as "Sam O. Brown" (think about the initials for a second). The other credited screenwriter is Joseph Stinson, who had done the script for Sudden Impact.

(http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/2474/chedwardscredit.jpg)
Screencap from City Heat, slightly cropped.

Wow, thanks for posting that, KC.  It's unfortunate we're left with the product that eventually became City Heat.  It's one of my least favorite Eastwood films, even with Reynolds co-starring.  I can only imagine what Blake Edward's version would've been like had he directed.

RIP Mr. Edwards  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 18, 2010, 07:08:56 PM

 R.I.P. MR. Blake Edwards.  :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on December 26, 2010, 07:15:15 PM
RIP Teena Marie....just heard she just passed. Soo sad.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 30, 2010, 08:41:39 AM
Myrna Smith, member of The Sweet Inspirations and backup singer for Elvis, passed away recently.  Myrna Smith (http://www.classicpopicons.com/myrna-smith-obituary/)

In this photo with The Sweet Inspirations, Myrna is on the far right.

(http://www.kalamu.com/bol/wp-content/content/images/sweet%20inspirations.jpg)

Myrna with Elvis.

(http://www.elvisinfonet.com/image-files/MyrnaElvis.jpg)

I received the following via email, being a member of Elvis Insiders but I don't have a link:

Remembering Myrna Smith

We regret to inform you of the passing of Myrna Smith on Christmas Eve. Myrna was a singer and song-writer, and a member of the group Sweet Inspirations, who recorded and performed with Elvis from 1969-1977. She also sang back-up for other stars including Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: dane with no name on January 03, 2011, 09:35:41 AM
Pete Postlethwaite has passed away

(http://culturechat.merseyblogs.co.uk/petepostlethwaite.jpg)

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/cultural-capital/2011/01/actor-dies-british-pete

Ever since I first saw him in In the name of the father, this actor has made a deep impression in me.
Usual Suspects cemented that impression for good.
Even when I saw him in crappy movies he alwats shone bright.
Seeing him for the last time as a sick old dying man in Inception is now just plain scary... 

RIP Pete. You shall be missed.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 03, 2011, 11:14:58 AM
RIP Pete.

One of his movies Brassed Off in which he played the band leader was brilliant.   He will be remembered for so many different roles.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12108117
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on January 03, 2011, 01:52:33 PM
Great actor, too young... very sad.
R.I.P Pete.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 03, 2011, 03:01:18 PM
Bill Erwin passed away last week. The name may not be familar but his face will be. He appeared in over 200 movies and tv series. I'll always remember him as the old man in an episode of Seinfeld.

I only thought of him a few weeks ago when I watched Home Alone and Planes, Trains and Automobiles again in which he made brief appearances in.

EDIT: According to IMDB he made an appearance in an episode of Rawhide too.

– Incident of the New Start (1961) … Parker (as William Erwin)



http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0259984/

(http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsE/5362.gif)

RIP Bill. :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 03, 2011, 06:00:51 PM
Another great lost, a big comedian !  63 years old was still young to die. R.I.P Pete.       Also... R.I.P Bill.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on January 03, 2011, 08:38:00 PM
I loved Anne Francis in Honey West. RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on January 03, 2011, 08:41:42 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110103/ap_on_en_mo/us_obit_francis

Sorry, I forgot to paste Anne Francis' obituary...

She looked great for her age.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 03, 2011, 08:43:56 PM
Thanks, LCat. I hadn't heard about Anne Francis.

Here's a link it the obituary in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/04/arts/04francis.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 04, 2011, 04:08:26 AM
RIP Anne

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Jaffe on January 10, 2011, 12:00:44 PM
Director Peter Yates has died at the age of 81 (or 82 depending on the source).  :-\
His most famous creation was of course the crime classic Bullitt, but he made numerous other memorable films such as Murphy's War and The Friends of Eddie Coyle.
(http://www.empireonline.com/images/image_index/150x180/47599.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on January 10, 2011, 12:28:18 PM
I was just going to post about Yates's death. Here's the IMDb article: http://www.imdb.com/news/ni6772986/ (http://www.imdb.com/news/ni6772986/)

I love his movie Breaking Away.

(http://thisdistractedglobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/Breaking%20Away%20poster%201.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 10, 2011, 06:50:44 PM

 R.I.P  MR. Peter Yates.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 11, 2011, 06:46:58 AM
I heard this news yesterday evening on the radio and was sad to learn of his passing.

I love Bullitt

RIP Peter.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on January 13, 2011, 10:20:58 PM
Former co-star of Touched by an Angel, John Dye, died at the age of 47! :(

http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/john-dye-touched-by-an-angel-star-dies-at-47--2105 (http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/john-dye-touched-by-an-angel-star-dies-at-47--2105)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 13, 2011, 10:30:20 PM
I don't know this actor, but 47 is obviously way too young.

I must say that if it weren't so sad, the first sentence of that obit would have made me raise an eyebrow in appreciation of the double irony:

Quote
John Dye, best known as the angel of death Andrew on "Touched By an Angel," has died.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on January 14, 2011, 07:46:46 AM
Yeah, I watched Touched by an Angel for most of its run. That's the only thing I believe I ever saw him in. I saw a headline that one of the stars of the show had died, and wasn't expecting it to be him!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 14, 2011, 07:58:20 AM
I don't know this actor, but 47 is obviously way too young.

I agree with you KC.  47 is far too young.  So very sad.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 16, 2011, 05:09:29 AM
This morning the news told of two sad deaths.

Susannah York the lovely actress well know for her roles in both British and Hollywood movies.
She was 72 and died of cancer.
(http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2011/01/16/PH2011011601061.jpg)

RIP Susannah
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 16, 2011, 05:12:46 AM
The second was Nat Lofthouse.   All football fans will know of him.  He was one of the highest goal scorers and football was his life for many, many years.

He was 85.

(http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/article82899.ece/ALTERNATES/gallery-large/football+fa+cup+final+1958.jpg)

RIP Nat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on January 16, 2011, 05:34:10 AM
Sad news about Susannah York..  I remember seeing Gold at the cinema as a kid
 and thinking she was gorgeous..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on January 16, 2011, 01:37:41 PM
I know people who are in their 70's and they are so lively, so sprite. It doesn't seem that Susannah York should be gone. (I guess I'm getting old!)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 16, 2011, 03:08:21 PM
A sad day for Aussie Music.   :'(

Quote
Cold Chisel drummer Steve Prestwich dies from brain tumour


Daily Telegraph (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/cold-chisel-drummer-steve-prestwich-dies-from-brain-tumour/story-e6frewyr-1225989226346)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 16, 2011, 07:42:08 PM
 
 (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/01/15/article-1347558-00D3437C00000190-441_468x332.jpg)

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1347558/Susannah-York-dies-aged-72-cancer-battle.html

 R.I.P Susannah.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 16, 2011, 09:12:00 PM
A sad day for Aussie Music.   :'(
 

Daily Telegraph (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/cold-chisel-drummer-steve-prestwich-dies-from-brain-tumour/story-e6frewyr-1225989226346)

That is very sad.  I liked Cold Chisel.

RIP Steve.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 31, 2011, 04:44:13 AM
" Soprano star Dame Margaret Price who achieved overnight fame in Mozart opera dies at 69 "

By Mail On Sunday Reporter

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1351844/Soprano-star-Dame-Margaret-Price-achieved-overnight-fame-Mozart-opera-dies-69.html?ITO=1490
 
I once saw Mrs Margaret Price in "Noces de Figaro" to the Opera Bastille, she was so wonderful!!   R.I.P  :(

     (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/01/30/article-0-040F06B60000044D-813_224x350.jpg)
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 31, 2011, 05:04:23 AM
 Another big lost...R.I.P MR John Barry  :(

 " Bond composer John Barry dies aged 77 "

 Composer John Barry, famous for his work on Born Free, Out of Africa and the James Bond films, has died in New York of a heart attack aged 77.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12321610

                    (http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/51028000/jpg/_51028138_barry2_bodypa.jpg)

                    (http://www.mattmonro.org.uk/sheet/BornFree_sheetmcover.jpg)
                   
                    http://bit.ly/fMK6Yw

                    Very nice story, Written by Joy Adamson, one of my favorite movies with wonderful music!!  :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 31, 2011, 05:07:23 AM
RIP John Barry.  His music was wonderful and 'fitted' the movies.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on January 31, 2011, 12:02:48 PM
R.I.P. John Barry. :'(

Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry wrote some great film scores including "Born Free", "You Only Live Twice" and "Goldfinger". :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 07, 2011, 08:28:17 PM
 "Geldof pays tribute to Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore"  He was 58.   R.I.P

Former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof has joined colleagues, fans, and music critics, to pay tribute to renowned rock guitarist Gary Moore who died in a hotel room while on holiday in Spain.

Moore, 58, originally from Belfast, was a former member of the legendary Irish group Thin Lizzy.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12380704

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12382274
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 08, 2011, 02:52:32 AM
RIP Gary.

He was far too young to leave us.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 28, 2011, 08:35:50 PM
 " French actress Annie Girardot dies " 

 
Quote
PARIS (AFP) – French actress Annie Girardot, who performed in over 100 films from the 1950s on, died in Paris on Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer's, her family said. She was 79 years old.

 
Quote
Born in Paris on October 25, 1931, Girardot trained as a nurse before becoming a stage actress. Jean Cocteau said she had "the most beautiful post-war dramatic temperament."

  http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110228/ennew_afp/entertainmentfrancefilm

  Rest in peace, Annie.   :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 28, 2011, 11:37:42 PM
Actress Jane Russell has passed away aged 89.

news.sky.com (http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Showbiz-News/Gentlemen-Prefer-Blondes-Star-Actress-Jane-Russell-Dies-Aged-89/Article/201103115943050?lpos=Showbiz_News_Carousel_Region_4&lid=ARTICLE_15943050_Gentlemen_Prefer_Blondes_Star_Actress_Jane_Russell_Dies_Aged_89)

(http://news.sky.com/sky-news/content/StaticFile/jpg/2011/Mar/Week1/15943045.jpg) (http://news.sky.com/sky-news/content/StaticFile/jpg/2011/Mar/Week1/15943049.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 01, 2011, 12:11:09 AM
One of the first of the Hollywood glamour girls.   Sad news indeed.

RIP Jane.

(http://www.vintageculture.net/images/jane-russell.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on March 01, 2011, 12:29:35 AM
RIP Jane. :(

(http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/7686/p4110007.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 01, 2011, 07:07:47 AM
RIP Jane Russell :'(

Here are some rare photos of Jane Russell with Elvis in the 1950s.  Also pictured are Lou Costello and Ferlin Husky

(http://www.elvisnachrichten.de/uploader/files/31/JaneRussell.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_65wVG6Fngi0/So7cc5u_6HI/AAAAAAAACFA/qQpd-57AVvQ/s400/Elvis-JaneRussell-LouCostello.jpg)(http://www.elvisnachrichten.de/uploader/files/31/JaneRussell-FerlinHusky.jpg)(http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=494613503268&id=259a7730dc8b1c0924b6613bd6a11b78)

(http://www.elvis-collectors.com/candid-central/elvisandjane.jpg)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 01, 2011, 10:02:55 PM
I was just perusing Wikipedia on Jane Russell and learned she was married 3 times, of which 2 of those marriages lasted 25 years!  Incredible!  How many people can say that?!

Jane Russell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Russell)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2673/3718664349_ab420c5609.jpg)

(http://myvintagephotos.com/images/Jane%20Russell%20Montana%20Belle.jpg)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_etZlHBa-qS0/TB_jF4MtsII/AAAAAAAAXEI/4cSoMy3Xo2o/s1600/JaneRussell.jpg)

(http://www.hurrelleditions.com/gallery/russell_41.jpg)
 
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wUJGOWr6Ueg/TQpn3zl8JjI/AAAAAAAAAqY/SxGPUgEwEQI/s1600/jane-russell-2393499392_c2f1b745df_b-400x500.jpg)(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_96uP6vDZMT8/Sk5lWNzunQI/AAAAAAAABhs/ndC1_d1coKU/s400/JANE+RUSSELL2.jpg)


(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01837/jane-russell-4_out_1837408i.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on March 04, 2011, 07:39:16 PM
RIP

Annie Girardot (The Witches)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/movies/02girardot.html?_r=1&ref=movies (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/movies/02girardot.html?_r=1&ref=movies)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 04, 2011, 08:55:12 PM
RIP

Annie Girardot (The Witches)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/movies/02girardot.html?_r=1&ref=movies (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/movies/02girardot.html?_r=1&ref=movies)

If you had eyes for something else than Jane Russell's ... face, you might have seen that Higashimori already posted that one. ;)

" French actress Annie Girardot dies " 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110228/ennew_afp/entertainmentfrancefilm

  Rest in peace, Annie.   :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on March 05, 2011, 02:23:23 AM
Yes and never rely on the search engine of this site.  :-\
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 05, 2011, 09:35:59 AM
It's OK, it was interesting to read the Times obit for her, which I'd somehow missed.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 06, 2011, 05:34:50 AM
RIP Annie   :'(

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-1whIYbLOqpE/TWzFLChzkbI/AAAAAAAACKI/Y8QLgZoiFZc/s400/annie_girardot1_article-1488860.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 08, 2011, 03:33:30 AM
RIP Annie.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 16, 2011, 06:57:05 PM

 " Legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello dies at 82 " R.I.P Mr. Morello.

 By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, Associated Press

 http://yhoo.it/eGiUXk

 
Quote
TRENTON, N.J. – Legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello, whose virtuosity and command of odd time signatures made him an integral part of the Dave Brubeck Quartet on such classic recordings as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," has died at age 82.

Family members said Morello died Saturday at his home in northern New Jersey. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Brubeck said the loss of his friend "came as a complete shock to me."

"Many people consider the rhythm section of (bassist) Eugene Wright and Joe Morello in my quartet as being one of the most consistent, swinging rhythm sections in jazz," Brubeck said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press. "Drummers worldwide remember Joe as one of the greatest drummers we have known."

 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2011/03/mondays-art-notes-61.html

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 16, 2011, 07:06:57 PM
I noticed his obit in the New York Times a few days ago. Here it is:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/arts/music/joe-morello-drummer-with-dave-brubeck-quartet-dies-at-82.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 17, 2011, 02:55:30 AM
Joe was a real legend.   His drumming amazing.

RIP Joe
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 17, 2011, 08:17:18 AM
British actor Michael Gough has passed away.  

Screen Rant (http://screenrant.com/michael-gough-dies-obituary-schrad-106358/)

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gough)

(http://www.comixandfilm.com/Batman/pics/alfred2.jpg)
(http://www.sheeplaughs.com/scrooge/michael_gough.jpg)(http://www.spookytoms.com/TR-MichaelGough.JPG)

RIP, sir.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on March 17, 2011, 09:58:29 PM
I've been incommunicado for a while, so, if it weren't for this Obituary Thread, I wouldn't know who died. (Maybe it's better when I don't know.)

RIP "Alfred", Jane, Annie, and Joe Morello...

I can't believe that I'm saying this in another century, let alone another millenium, but I was around when Take Five was out and popular, and all the jazz musicians who were my neighbors would go to each other's apartments to practice, and I could hear the beautiful music live! It was FANTASTIC!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on March 18, 2011, 08:15:24 AM
That is sad... Joe Morello was an amazing, one of a kind musician..
A true original

(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTLaxC2GQr4ePtogqk0BUI38rdr-So5TNXTftW10DR77Y4-3-ER)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 18, 2011, 09:15:20 AM
RIP Michael Gough

I remember him as Alfred in Batman and Robin.  He was the epitome of an English butler.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 19, 2011, 12:57:07 PM
Shadows legend Jet Harris dies from throat cancer, aged 71

Quote
Jet Harris, the original bass guitarist with The Shadows, has died from throat cancer, aged 71. Harris, who received an MBE for services to music last year, joined Cliff Richard’s backing group in 1959. They were then known as The Drifters, but Harris suggested they change their name to The Shadows.
He died in the early hours of yesterday at his partner Janet Hemingway’s home in Winchester, his agent, Peter Stockton, said.


Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1367783/Jet-Harris-The-Shadows-dies-aged-71.html?ito=feeds-newsxml)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on March 19, 2011, 09:33:18 PM
RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 19, 2011, 09:46:11 PM
R.I.P. Knut ... the superstar polar bear passed away at age four. Far too young to go.   :'(

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,752006,00.html

http://www.livescience.com/13326-knut-polar-bear-dies-berlin-zoo.html

(http://i.livescience.com/images/i/15463/i02/knut-debut.jpg?1300591343)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on March 19, 2011, 09:52:50 PM
RIP, KNUT. You were adorable!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on March 19, 2011, 09:58:11 PM
 :'( RIP Knut.  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 20, 2011, 08:40:33 PM

 What a sad news, poor Knut!!  :'( :'(   I hope you meet Thomas in heaven and find happiness both.   Rest in peace, adorable Knut... :'(
 
 http://www.knut.net/
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 20, 2011, 11:57:15 PM
RIP Knut.

Far too young to leave us.  Such a sweet little polar bear.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 23, 2011, 06:24:39 AM
Elizabeth Taylor, R.I.P.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/hollywood-icon-elizabeth-taylor-dies-79/story?id=12894882

(http://i.usatoday.net/communitymanager/_photos/on-deadline/2011/03/23/Taylorx-wide-community.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on March 23, 2011, 06:53:19 AM
Elizabeth Taylor, R.I.P.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/hollywood-icon-elizabeth-taylor-dies-79/story?id=12894882

(http://i.usatoday.net/communitymanager/_photos/on-deadline/2011/03/23/Taylorx-wide-community.jpg)

We lose another icon.  RIP.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 23, 2011, 06:55:22 AM
Wow, RIP Elizabeth.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on March 23, 2011, 10:18:24 AM
Elisabeth Taylor was a great actress, so many beautiful and unforgettable movies in her career ... And I've often admired her for her involvment in AIDS fight (Amfar)...

Last time I saw her, it was in "Giant", during Christmas holidays, with my daughter Colette who discovered this master of piece for the first time ...

R.I.P Mademoiselle Taylor.



(http://drx.typepad.com/psychotherapyblog/images/2007/04/07/taylor_dean.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 23, 2011, 11:05:36 AM
The image of her in Cleopatra reminds me of the video for MJ's "Remember The Time".  She called him the "True King of Pop, Rock & Soul"......but what did she know, anyway?  Regardless, RIP to an incredible woman.  God bless Elizabeth Taylor.

(http://vintagegal.tumblr.com/photo/1280/230191202/1/tumblr_ksgfjewKGN1qa70ey)

(http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7100000/Remember-the-time-michael-jackson-7135489-391-670.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on March 23, 2011, 11:46:22 AM
R.I.P. Dame Elizabeth Taylor

(http://media.entertainment.sky.com/image/unscaled/2011/03/23/Cleopatra.jpg)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 23, 2011, 01:22:02 PM
R.I.P. Dame Elizabeth Taylor

Another one of the greats from that golden era of actress's that I was talking about recently.  :'(




Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 23, 2011, 08:09:01 PM
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Elizabeth Taylor, the actress who dazzled generations of moviegoers with her stunning beauty and whose name was synonymous with Hollywood glamour, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 79.

http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na


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   http://bit.ly/hw7zMh



    
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      http://www.fanpop.com/spots/elizabeth-taylor/images/6349969/title/elizabeth-taylor-richard-burton-photo

      R.I.P........ :'(

    
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 23, 2011, 08:15:00 PM
Here is the actual link to the New York Times obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/movies/elizabeth-taylor-obituary.html

It's a good read. It ends like this ...

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Married or single, sick or healthy, on screen or off, Ms. Taylor never lost her appetite for experience. Late in life, when she had one of many offers to write her memoirs, she refused, saying with characteristic panache, “Hell no, I’m still living my memoirs.”

You'll find a video tribute and a slideshow at the same URL.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 23, 2011, 08:18:21 PM

And another big lost ....

Blues pianist Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins was one of the last old-school bluesmen and oldest Grammy winner.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42202217/ns/today-entertainment/

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 R.I.P MR. Pinetop.   :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 23, 2011, 08:39:17 PM
I was going to post the Times obit for Pinetop Perkins, who appeared in Eastwood's Piano Blues, but I thought I'd wait until everyone had had a chance to react to Elizabeth Taylor's death. Anyway, here it is:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/arts/music/pinetop-perkins-delta-boogie-woogie-master-dies-at-97.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 24, 2011, 02:25:04 AM
So sad to hear of the loss of Elizabeth Taylor.   What a life she had. 

RIP Elizabeth.

(http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/01_02/taylor120108_468x561.jpg)

One of my favourite photographs of Elizabeth with Burton.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 24, 2011, 02:29:12 AM
RIP Pinetop.

One of the greats.  He played with Muddy Waters what a double act.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on March 24, 2011, 01:49:51 PM
Whenever I hear the name Elizabeth Taylor, the movie I always think of is Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sNLWbESyRMo/TVQ85xorEoI/AAAAAAAASXQ/iuvtDgk-7xc/s1600/whos_afraid_of_virginia_woolf_in_love_en_amour.jpg)
Definitely not the glamour girl in this one! I was watching a clip of it yesterday and realized how much I'd like to see it again. I also fondly remember Taylor from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on March 24, 2011, 07:52:37 PM
I didn't know Pinetop, at least I'm not aware, but RIP.

I can't believe Elizabeth Taylor is gone. It doesn't seem possible. I guess my favorite movies of hers are A Place in the Sun, Butterfield 8, and The Taming of the Shrew.

Long Live Liz!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 27, 2011, 07:10:50 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na


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   http://bit.ly/hw7zMh



   
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      http://www.fanpop.com/spots/elizabeth-taylor/images/6349969/title/elizabeth-taylor-richard-burton-photo

      R.I.P........ :'(

     

 " Clint Eastwood Remembers Liz Taylor "   

 Taylor Was Outsized Presence In Petite Frame

 http://www.ksbw.com/r/27300871/detail.html

 This is the hommage for Liz from Mr. Eastwood so it's better to put here, I think........

 
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LOS ANGELES -- Clint Eastwood spoke to KSBW Action News 8 about iconic actress and friend Elizabeth Taylor's death at 79 on Wednesday.

"I was a fan of Elizabeth's since I was kid and saw her with Montgomery Clift," Eastwood said.

He said he first met Taylor in the 1960s, when he was filming "Where Eagles Dare," in Austria with Richard Burton.

"She was with us on set the whole production. We became good friends," he said. "She was a guy's girl.

Eastwood remembered Taylor as "one of the guys," but also beautiful and feminine.

"She was feminine with an edge … a great lady," Eastwood said.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 27, 2011, 08:32:43 PM
^Nice find, Higashimori. :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on March 28, 2011, 07:53:03 PM
Farley Granger, star of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and Rope, has died at age 85.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/strangers-a-train-star-farley-171994 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/strangers-a-train-star-farley-171994)

(http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2011/03/farley-granger-2011-a-p.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on March 28, 2011, 11:47:09 PM
Thats sad also.. I liked Granger in Nick Ray's
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They Live By Night 1946

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and also thought he was great in Strangers..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 29, 2011, 01:59:36 AM
RIP Farley.

Strangers on a Trian was a great movie.     I must look out for They Live By Night.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 29, 2011, 07:47:51 PM

 R.I.P Farley Granger.   :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 29, 2011, 09:30:01 PM
Elizabeth Taylor's ex-double mourns her passing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/nyregion/29liz.html

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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 31, 2011, 10:40:49 AM
Eddie Stobart is not a celebrity as such but his trucks are a famous sight on the roads of UK and Europe.

It is a trucking empire that grows and grows.

My husband Gary is one of the 2000 or so drivers in the UK. 

Eddie was only 56 and died from heart problems.   His father who started the business is around 80. 

RIP Eddie.

(http://www.stobartshop.co.uk/ShowGalleryImage.php?Image_Id=38&Size=1)   I think there will be a few people who will recognise these trucks.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/mar/31/edward-stobart-dies-eddie-stobart

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 07, 2011, 11:18:29 PM
RIP, Eddie Stobart!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 09, 2011, 12:01:26 PM
Director Sidney Lumet has passed away.

So many great films in his career. 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict and many others.



http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-sidney-lumet-20110410,0,7115943.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on April 09, 2011, 03:53:54 PM
Director Sidney Lumet has passed away.

So many great films in his career. 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict and many others.



http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-sidney-lumet-20110410,0,7115943.story

RIP Sidney Lumet.  Such a great and prolific director.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 09, 2011, 04:54:24 PM

R.I.P.... Mr. Sidney Lumet.   :(

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/movies/sidney-lumet-director-of-american-classics-dies-at-86.html?_r=1&ref=sidneylumet
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lucky Punk on April 10, 2011, 02:15:16 AM
Sad to hear of Sidney's death, especially since he was still working up until recently - Before The Devil Knows Your Dead was 2007 and a fine movie.

I would like to have seen Clint work with him in the 60s or 70s. Sidney really brought out the best work in many actors ( Sean Connery was excellent in The Hill, The Offence and The Anderson Tapes, performance heights he rarely rose to again ).
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 10, 2011, 04:54:47 AM
Wow, RIP Mr. Lumet.  Man, I loved Serpico!  Whenever I grow my winter beard I think of Pacino in that movie.  He starts out young, fresh-faced and clean-shaven and by mid-movie is sporting a hell of a beard. 

(http://content.internetvideoarchive.com/content/photos/038/00160504_.jpg)(http://blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks/files/2010/03/Serpico.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 10, 2011, 09:07:39 PM
R.I.P.  Sidney Lumet.   He will be sadly missed.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 19, 2011, 08:53:51 PM
RIP Grete Waitz, multiple marathon champ!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grete_Waitz
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on April 19, 2011, 11:28:29 PM
Thanks, LCat. I was going to post the Times obituary link. She was an inspiration to a lot of people, including me in my marathoning days.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/sports/othersports/20waitz.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/04/20/sports/20waitz-inline1/20waitz-inline1-popup.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 20, 2011, 03:34:58 AM
She was so young.  Cancer is so cruel no matter who it hits.

RIP Grete
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 20, 2011, 07:05:25 PM

 R.I.P.  Great Champion!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 20, 2011, 07:32:13 PM
Cancer is cruel. It took my mother when she was 59. It spared my cousin, though--She got cancer at 16, but she's 61 or 62 now.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on April 20, 2011, 07:36:58 PM
A couple of additional tributes to Grete from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/sports/20vecsey.html

http://marathon.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/tell-us-your-grete-waitz-memories/?src=mv

On her friendship with Fred Lebow:

http://marathon.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/waitz-and-lebow-a-friendship-for-the-ages/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 20, 2011, 07:42:10 PM
Thanks for those links, KC.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 21, 2011, 03:32:31 AM
Cancer is cruel. It took my mother when she was 59. It spared my cousin, though--She got cancer at 16, but she's 61 or 62 now.

So true.  My mom as well.  She was just 3 days shy of her 64th birthday when she left us a little over 4 years ago.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 21, 2011, 01:16:36 PM
Writer Arthur Marx (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0555585/), son of Groucho, Trevor Bannister (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0052415/), best known for his role in the British 1970's comedy series, Are You Being Served and actor Michael Sarrazin (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0765546/) all passed away in the past week.

RIP.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 21, 2011, 02:54:35 PM
I loved Trevor Bannister as Mr Lucas in Are You Being Served

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/16/1302913550588/Trevor-Bannister-007.jpg)

Trevor on the right with 'Miss Brahms' and Captain Peacock'  (their characters in AYBS)  All three are dead now.   I don't think there are any of the cast alive now.

RIP Trevor.


It has been a sad week all round.

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 21, 2011, 08:02:06 PM
As far as I know Frank Thornton (Captain Peacock) is still alive, Lin.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 22, 2011, 10:58:10 AM
As far as I know Frank Thornton (Captain Peacock) is still alive, Lin.

Yes you are right SK,   I didn't mean to kill him off.   :-[

I have only one excuse and that is when Trevor's death was announced the person the on radio said he was the last remaining actor from AYBS.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on April 25, 2011, 10:34:48 PM
I was so deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of John Sullivan on Easter Saturday. :'(

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The brilliant creator of comedy classics Citizen Smith, Just Good Friends and, of course, Only Fools And Horses, John Sullivan was Britain’s foremost writer of mainstream comedy. From Citizen Smith in 1977 to last year’s Rock And Chips (the prequel to Only Fools And Horses), he consistently produced engaging and heart-warming entertainment.

Indeed, Mark Freeland, BBC’s Head of Comedy, called John ‘The Dickens of Our Day’.


(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/04/25/article-1380237-0BC13FD300000578-402_634x414.jpg)

John Sullivan, the creator of Only Fools and Horses, stands next to Del Boy's famous three-wheel motor.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1380237/John-Sullivan-Only-Fools-creater-dies-Genius-shames-todays-charmless-comics.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 26, 2011, 07:20:16 AM
I too was sad to learn the news of John Sullivan's death.

Just Good Friends was a funny series many years ago and he kept on writing right up to date with Rock and Chips.   Probably he was best known for Only Fools and Horses.   The Green Green Grass was a spin off from that series too with Boyce as the star, just another of John's brilliant comedy programs.

RIP John.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on April 26, 2011, 01:06:33 PM
Yeah, it was very sad to hear of Johns death.. I was also very upset to hear of Liz Sladens untimely passing recently..

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Liz was best known to most people from her work in Dr Who.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 28, 2011, 05:12:21 AM
Elmer Lynn Hauldren has passed away.  I can't remember the last time I didn't see one of his commercials when I was watching tv.

Elmer Hauldren/Chicago Tribune (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-04-27/features/ct-met-hauldren-obit-20110427_1_empire-man-jingle-empire-carpets)

(http://chicagoist.com/attachments/chicagoist_chuck/2011_4_27_hauldren.jpg)
(http://www.chicagoist.com/attachments/chicagoist_thales/2006_04_askempire.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 02, 2011, 12:25:25 AM
Sad news this morning Henry Cooper the boxer has died.   I remember him knocking down Muhammed Ali then Cassis Clay.   He was a popular man.

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/other-sport/boxing/boxing_muhammed_ali_leads_tributes_to_henry_cooper_1_3340652

(http://www.solarnavigator.net/sport/sport_images/henry_cooper.jpg)


Rest In Peace Henry.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on May 02, 2011, 02:33:38 AM
Just heard this news Lin.. Very sad. I can't remember a time when Henry wasn't around.. A real gent.

..and he did knock Cassius Clay on his ass.....  ;)

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RIP 'Enry.. a true British sporting legend.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 03, 2011, 09:46:49 PM
So true.  My mom as well.  She was just 3 days shy of her 64th birthday when she left us a little over 4 years ago.

My mom has been dead a long time now, but I still miss her. I can imagine how you feel when the passing of your mom is still relatively recent.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 04, 2011, 02:30:07 AM
Cancer is cruel. It took my mother when she was 59. It spared my cousin, though--She got cancer at 16, but she's 61 or 62 now.

So true.  My mom as well.  She was just 3 days shy of her 64th birthday when she left us a little over 4 years ago.

My mom has been dead a long time now, but I still miss her. I can imagine how you feel when the passing of your mom is still relatively recent.

It was my Dad who died from cancer just 6 weeks after diagnosis. 

We never really recover from the loss of our parents and continue to miss them for the rest of our lives.  My parents died within 3 months of each other in 2001 and early 2002 but it still seems like yesterday and I still have things I want to say to them. 

This is a little off topic, but then again our families are celebrities to us.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 04, 2011, 04:26:58 AM
My mom has been dead a long time now, but I still miss her. I can imagine how you feel when the passing of your mom is still relatively recent.

Thanks, LCat.  The first year especially, and to top it off our first born came along within that first year and at times I was saddened at the reminder she was gone before his birth.  That first month she came to me in a dream after a weekend of intense physical labor.  No words were spoken, she just came over to me and hugged me and it was the best feeling in the world.  I'm getting choked up now just relaying the story again here.  I truly feel she knew how exhausted I was and came to me in my dream to comfort me.  It was fantastic to say the least.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 04, 2011, 09:43:00 AM
Thanks, LCat.  The first year especially, and to top it off our first born came along within that first year and at times I was saddened at the reminder she was gone before his birth.  That first month she came to me in a dream after a weekend of intense physical labor.  No words were spoken, she just came over to me and hugged me and it was the best feeling in the world.  I'm getting choked up now just relaying the story again here.  I truly feel she knew how exhausted I was and came to me in my dream to comfort me.  It was fantastic to say the least.

Hi, Brian.

(You were in labor? Then I guess you are not really Brian-- ;D)  I, too have had dreams in which the dead have appeared and somehow comforted me! It's a great feeling.

My mom was a celebrity--She was a champion marathon swimmer who got a key to the city eons ago. I still have left the crumbling newspaper article that she even had her photo in. Too bad my mom didn't cut out the date and name of the paper as well. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 04, 2011, 11:05:34 AM
Hi, Brian.

(You were in labor? Then I guess you are not really Brian-- ;D)  I, too have had dreams in which the dead have appeared and somehow comforted me! It's a great feeling.

My mom was a celebrity--She was a champion marathon swimmer who got a key to the city eons ago. I still have left the crumbling newspaper article that she even had her photo in. Too bad my mom didn't cut out the date and name of the paper as well. 

Oh, I guess I should've said 'manual' labor instead of 'physical'?  What happened was later the same month my mom passed, there was a fire at my wife's brother's home.  He got out okay but unfortunately lost a dog and a cat.  The main structure had to come down but the two additions needed to be stripped or else they would've had to come down as well and he wanted to prevent that.  So, for the better part of two days I was tearing out walls and ceilings; pulling out nails and staples, removing insulation and everything else you can think of.  It was very tiring but there was a lot of us and we successful.  He's since had the main structure rebuilt and the two additions redone and it looks better than before.

That's very interesting about your mom.  At least you have the newspaper.  I'm wondering if, before there's any more potential damage, there's a way to preserve it?  You've probably already thought of that, though, right?  It is unfortunate about the date and name of the paper.  Still, memories are priceless and we have those.  Even when the occasional negative memory resurfaces I don't mind and don't dwell, just happy to even have the memory because it's better than not having it at all.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 05, 2011, 12:42:11 AM
Jackie Cooper has passed away aged 88.

A child star of the 1930's. Most of us will probably best remember him as Perry White from the Christopher Reeve Superman films of the 1970's and 80's. He also directed many episodes of the television series MASH

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-jackie-cooper-20110505-3,0,2190249.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 05, 2011, 07:57:14 AM
RIP  Jackie Cooper.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 07, 2011, 12:46:33 AM
Former golfer Seve Ballesteros has passed away.

Full report in little bill's Golf Thread.

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=4889.msg187363#msg187363
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 08, 2011, 06:56:02 AM

He was really Great Champion!!  R.I.P Seve...  :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 08, 2011, 11:07:44 PM
John Walker founder member of the Walker Brothers has died.   He was only 67    I think I remember Make It Easy On Yourself most of all their songs.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/09/john-walker-walker-brothers-dies

http://www.johnwalkerinternational.com/

RIP John.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 14, 2011, 08:37:20 PM
Oh, I guess I should've said 'manual' labor instead of 'physical'?  What happened was later the same month my mom passed, there was a fire at my wife's brother's home.  He got out okay but unfortunately lost a dog and a cat.  The main structure had to come down but the two additions needed to be stripped or else they would've had to come down as well and he wanted to prevent that.  So, for the better part of two days I was tearing out walls and ceilings; pulling out nails and staples, removing insulation and everything else you can think of.  It was very tiring but there was a lot of us and we successful.  He's since had the main structure rebuilt and the two additions redone and it looks better than before.

That's very interesting about your mom.  At least you have the newspaper.  I'm wondering if, before there's any more potential damage, there's a way to preserve it?  You've probably already thought of that, though, right?  It is unfortunate about the date and name of the paper.  Still, memories are priceless and we have those.  Even when the occasional negative memory resurfaces I don't mind and don't dwell, just happy to even have the memory because it's better than not having it at all.

Sorry about the cat and the dog. I'm glad your wife's brother got out okay.

Yes, I do have memories of my mom, and that's a blessing.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 16, 2011, 04:24:12 AM
Murray Handwerker, 89,  of Nathan's Famous, RIP.

http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2011/05/15/2011-05-15_nathans_famous_hot_dog_entrepreneur_murray_handwerker_loved_coney_island_dead_at.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 21, 2011, 11:04:00 AM
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Australian acting legend Bill Hunter dies from cancer at 71

Quote
Hunter's acting career has spanned more than 50 years and 100 film and television productions, with roles in iconic Australian films including Strictly Ballroom and Gallipoli.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/acting-legend-bill-hunter-dies-at-71/story-e6frg6nf-1226060326621
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on May 21, 2011, 03:59:13 PM
Yesterday professional wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage died. He had a heart attack while driving and then was in an accident. I remember watching him wrestle when I was a kid!

http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/20/randy-savage-car-accident-macho-man-dead-dies-died-killed-wwe-wrestler-florida/ (http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/20/randy-savage-car-accident-macho-man-dead-dies-died-killed-wwe-wrestler-florida/)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 27, 2011, 10:26:33 PM
Jeff Conaway has passed away:  Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-jeff-conaway-20110528,0,3866721.story)

(http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2011-05/61914783.jpg)

(http://veracitystew.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Jeff-Conaway_Grease.jpg)(http://hitdawall.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/jeffconaway.jpg)(http://www.isnnews.net/zocalo/images/jeff-conaway.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 27, 2011, 10:40:48 PM
Never heard of him. Oh well ... R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on May 28, 2011, 08:53:43 AM
I only remember him in "Grease" where he plays the "bad boy" Kenickie, (surely the second picture with the sunglasses Brian Cooper) , and on this picture, near Olivia Newton John.

(http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2011-05/61947866.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on May 28, 2011, 09:07:01 AM
Grease and the sitcom Taxi are what he's best remembered for.

(http://epguides.com/Taxi/cast.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 29, 2011, 04:10:48 AM
RIP Jeff.

I remember him in Grease and Taxi too.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 30, 2011, 12:14:36 AM
Australian actor Jon Blake has died. I can't find any reports on the net yet but it was just on the news on the TV.

In December 1986 Jon was driving home after the last day of shooting the film The Lighthorsemen when he was involved in a car accident which left him in a vegetated state ever since. He died today of pneumonia. He was 53.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0086605/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Phantomstranger on June 03, 2011, 05:49:25 PM
"Gunsmoke" and "How The West Was Won" star James Arness has passed on. He was 88

http://jamesarness.com/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on June 03, 2011, 06:06:06 PM
"Gunsmoke" and "How The West Was Won" star James Arness has passed on. He was 88

http://jamesarness.com/

Just heard about James Arness on the radio. Here's a link to the New York Times obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/04/arts/television/james-arness-marshal-on-gunsmoke-dies-at-88.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/06/03/arts/arness1/arness1-articleLarge.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 04, 2011, 12:41:31 AM
I loved Gunsmoke.  Matt Dillon was a hero of mine and I loved Chester from the series too.


(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41383000/jpg/_41383286_gunsmoke_ap.jpg)


RIP James.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 04, 2011, 12:48:43 AM
Miriam Karlin a wonderful British comedy actress.  Best known for her part in the TV series The Rag Trade.  She played a union rep and was forever blowing her whistle and shouting "Everybody out" when the management didn't please her.   There were a number of stars from that series who went on to become household names.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13639043

(http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/j/Miriam%20Karlin.jpg)


RIP Miriam
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on June 04, 2011, 03:48:26 AM
R.I.P. James Arness :(

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 06, 2011, 05:46:35 AM
RIP, sir.   :-\

(http://www.posters.ws/images/342400/james_arness.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on June 06, 2011, 11:46:14 PM
R.I.P. James Arness :(



R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/04/arts/television/james-arness-marshal-on-gunsmoke-dies-at-88.html

To be honest I had no idea he was still alive.  But he was 88.  I loved Gunsmoke growing up.  I used to watch it all the time.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 08, 2011, 05:52:08 PM

 R.I.P. James Arness
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 08, 2011, 06:55:04 PM
" Spanish writer, activist Jorge Semprun dies aged 87 "

 http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110607/en_afp/spainliteraturesemprun

 
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PARIS (AFP) – Spanish writer, left-wing activist and former culture minister Jorge Semprun died in Paris on Tuesday aged 87, his grandson Thomas Landman said.

Semprun, who went into exile in France with his family after the Spanish Civil War, died "very peacefully" at home, Landman said.

Semprun was born on December 10, 1923, in Madrid, the son of a leading politician and the grandson of a former prime minister.

Living most of his life in France, where his family eventually settled after the Republicans were driven out of Madrid in 1937, Semprun adopted French as his working language.

 
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He also wrote for the cinema and contributed major screenplays for Alain Resnais, with "La Guerre est Finie" (The War is Over) and "Stavisky", and for Costa Gavras, with the classic political dramas "Z" and "L'Aveu" (The Confession).

All but "Stavisky" starred Yves Montand, about whom Semprun later wrote an acclaimed biography.

 R.I.P. MR. Semprun

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 10, 2011, 06:30:02 AM
Leonard B. Stern, creator of Mad Libs, has passed away

Leonard B. Stern (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/10/arts/television/leonard-b-stern-creator-of-mad-libs-dies-at-88.html)

(http://media.avclub.com/images/articles/article/57314/_53336034_53333947_jpg_627x325_crop_upscale_q85.jpg)

(http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/madlibs.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 19, 2011, 06:58:39 PM
" Clarence Clemons, Springsteen’s Soulful Sideman, Dies at 69 "

 By BEN SISARIO

 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/arts/music/clarence-clemons-e-street-band-saxophonist-dies-at-69.html?_r=1&nl=nyregion&emc=ura1

 
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Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, whose jovial onstage manner, soul-rooted style and brotherly relationship with Mr. Springsteen made him one of rock’s most beloved sidemen, died on Saturday at a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69.

The cause was complications of a stroke he suffered last Sunday at his home in Singer Island, Fla., a spokeswoman for Mr. Springsteen said.

In a statement released Saturday night, Mr. Springsteen called Mr. Clemons “my great friend, my partner.”

“With Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music,” he added. “His life, his memory and his love will live on in that story and in our band.”   

  (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/06/19/obituaries/19Clemons1/19Clemons1-popup.jpg)

   R.I.P. Clarence
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 20, 2011, 12:52:02 AM
I was stunned to open the paper and see that story. I had heard nothing on the news or in the papers about his stroke last week.

The headline in today's paper was a little misleading too.

"Springsteen loses his sax appeal"

Reading that I thought Clarence had quit the band after all these years, but reading the story and my chin just hit the paper. Totally shocked.

RIP Clarence. Thanks for the music and memories. I love the live version of Tenth Ave Freeze out but will be a little down now whenever I hear Springsteen sing, "And the big man joined the band."
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 20, 2011, 04:32:08 AM
RIP Clarence

I heard it yesterday on the news. I was shocked and saddened
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on June 20, 2011, 10:30:52 PM
For someone who spent most of his life handling poisonous snakes, Bill Haast certainly lived to a ripe old age!

Bill Haast, a Man Charmed by Snakes, Dies at 100 (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/us/18haast.html)

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/06/18/us/18haast2_cnd/18haast2_cnd-articleInline.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on June 24, 2011, 10:48:29 AM
Just heard it on the radio ... Peter Falk has passed away at 83.

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-peter-falk-obit,0,7288457.story

(http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/data/1055/peterfalk1.jpg)

R.I.P.  (And special condolences to Christopher.)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on June 24, 2011, 11:03:42 AM
I just saw it online. :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on June 24, 2011, 11:58:12 AM
(http://images.buddytv.com/articles/peterfalkclumb.jpg)

R.I.P. Peter Falk :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 24, 2011, 12:05:34 PM
 
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Peter Falk, Rumpled and Crafty Actor on ‘Columbo,’ Dies at 83

 http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

 Good-bye Columbo........ :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Aline on June 24, 2011, 12:34:38 PM
I'm sorry too.

I'm a bit afraid of making jokes on the board and this thread is really not appropriate for them but KC's comment was too much so blame her for that.

(And special condolences to Christopher.)

 :D


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 24, 2011, 01:15:26 PM
RIP Columbo.  :'(

A great actor. Will never be forgotten.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on June 24, 2011, 02:18:02 PM

 http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

 Good-bye Columbo........ :'(

Here is the direct link to the Times obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/arts/television/peter-falk-columbo-actor-dies-at-83.html

Things I did not know about Peter Falk:

Quote
Mr. Falk had a glass eye, resulting from an operation to remove a cancerous tumor when he was 3 years old.

Quote
Peter Michael Falk was born in Manhattan on Sept. 16, 1927, and lived for a time in the Bronx, near Yankee Stadium, but grew up mostly in Ossining, N.Y, where his father owned a clothing store and where, in spite of his missing eye, he was a high school athlete. In one story he liked to tell, after being called out at third base during a baseball game, he removed his eye and handed it to the umpire.

“You’ll do better with this,” he said.

Quote
He returned to the stage as well, as Stalin, the title role, in Paddy Chayefsky’s “Passion of Joseph D,” which earned him solid reviews in spite of the show’s brief run (14 performances). Mr. Falk played Stalin “with brilliant unsmiling ferocity,” Howard Taubman wrote in his largely positive review in The Times.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on June 24, 2011, 02:21:02 PM
Things I did not know about Peter Falk:

Quote
Mr. Falk had a glass eye, resulting from an operation to remove a cancerous tumor when he was 3 years old.


Quote
Peter Michael Falk was born in Manhattan on Sept. 16, 1927, and lived for a time in the Bronx, near Yankee Stadium, but grew up mostly in Ossining, N.Y, where his father owned a clothing store and where, in spite of his missing eye, he was a high school athlete. In one story he liked to tell, after being called out at third base during a baseball game, he removed his eye and handed it to the umpire.

“You’ll do better with this,” he said
;D Yeah, he wasn't cross-eyed or anything.

(http://ology.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/post-image/columbo-falk6.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 24, 2011, 03:26:08 PM
I heard about Peter;s passing on the news tonight.  

I loved him in Columbo.  There was something about him that you couldn't help but like.

RIP Peter.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NIe95DRw0Gk/TbgRubr-0xI/AAAAAAAAJVY/2rJ8wcdtdfw/s1600/Columbo-Peter-Falk.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on June 25, 2011, 01:32:39 AM
(http://info.sfr.fr/myimg3.img?f=data/ftpeurop1newsput/601911_4e04ecc4edfa6.jpg&w=420&h=)

RIP Mr Falk
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on June 25, 2011, 05:11:00 AM
R.I.P. Mr. Falk.

I love him as Columbo, but I also love him in a lot of other films.  Wings of Desire is a great one where he plays himself--with a twist.

(http://panathinaeos.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/peter20wings20cap20e20cont203h.jpg?w=418&h=304)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on June 25, 2011, 11:49:35 AM
Is anyone else besides me able to remember Peter Falk in a bit part from "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World?

RIP, Peter Falk.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on July 05, 2011, 05:57:10 AM
Wow, rest in peace and glod bless Mr. Clemons and Mr. Falk.  :-[
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 05, 2011, 08:53:40 PM
Otto von Hapsburg is dead at the age of 98. His father was the last emperor of Austria-Hungary.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/world/europe/05hapsburg.html

Here he is in 1936, in the uniform of a captain of the Tyrolean rifleman's regiment.

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/07/05/world/habsberg-1/habsberg-1-popup.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 07, 2011, 03:52:09 PM
98 years is a long time to live. I don't know if I'd like to live that long.

I might have mentioned--I can't remember his name, so, I'll call him Lou-- before, who lived to be nearly 104. He climbed the subway steps here in NYC until he was 101.  He had 2 girlfriends, one, a young thing at 75. The other was 86. At 102, he started using a walker, reluctantly. He had all of his faculties.

My grandmother, at 93, was tired of living--Eating liquified food was too much effort. Also, because of going blind around that time and living in a nursing home, she was disoriented, unable to walk and bedridden.

I guess if I could get around like "Lou", then I'd still want to be here.

I say all this to say,

Rest in peace, Otto.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 10, 2011, 06:20:15 PM
" French choreographer Roland Petit dies "

 The Associated Press

 http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/07/10/petit-obit.html

 
Quote
Acclaimed choreographer Roland Petit, whose creations dazzled stages from Paris to Hollywood and inspired dancers, writers and designers has died in Geneva, aged 87.

The Paris National Opera announced Petit's death Sunday after getting word from his wife, Zizi Jeanmaire, a ballerina turned music hall performer who collaborated with her husband.

France's Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand paid tribute to him, deeming Petit "one of the major choreographers of the 20th Century."

Petit is credited with creating more than 100 ballets.

Mitterrand also noted Petit's works brought together designers like Yves Saint-Laurent for costumes, Picasso for decor and writer and poet Jacques Prevert.

  (http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/arts/photos/2011/07/10/li-petit-nuryev2-3424476.jpg)

  R.I.P Monsieur Roland Petit  :'(

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 10, 2011, 06:29:27 PM
Hmm, I thought someone would have posted about Betty Ford by now ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/us/politics/betty-ford-dies.html

Quote
Betty Ford, Former First Lady, Dies at 93
By ENID NEMY

Betty Ford, the outspoken and much-admired wife of President Gerald R. Ford who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in the nation, died Friday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 93.

Her death was confirmed by Chris Chase, Mrs. Ford’s biographer.

The news of her death at Eisenhower Medical Center brought statements of condolence from President Obama, former Presidents George Bush, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, and Nancy Reagan, the former first lady.

“She was Jerry Ford’s strength through some very difficult days in our country’s history,” Mrs. Reagan said, “and I admired her courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of us.”

Few first ladies have been as popular as Betty Ford, and it was her frankness and lack of pretense that made her so. She spoke often in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, endorsed legalized abortion, discussed premarital sex and revealed that she intended to share a bed with her husband in the White House.

When her husband’s voice failed him the morning after he was defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1976, it was she who read the official concession statement with smiling grace. And when Mr. Ford died in December 2006, it was Mrs. Ford who announced his death. The six days of national mourning returned her to a spotlight she had tried to avoid in her later years, living in Rancho Mirage, Calif., a golf community southeast of Palm Springs, and tending to her clinic there, the Betty Ford Center.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on July 10, 2011, 07:36:25 PM
Hmm, I thought someone would have posted about Betty Ford by now ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/us/politics/betty-ford-dies.html

R.I.P.

Oh yes, I happened to learn of this Saturday morning.  RIP Betty Ford.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 10, 2011, 07:58:58 PM
RIP  Betty Ford.   A remarkable lady.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 14, 2011, 11:33:24 PM
Sherwood Schwartz passed away this week. He was 94. TV writer probably best known as the creator of the tv series Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/13/local/la-me-sherwood-schwartz-20110713
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 15, 2011, 01:16:33 AM
I used to watch Gilligan's Island, I thought it a bit silly but fun.  The Brady Bunch was OK if you liked the clean-cut-wealthy-American-family comedies, and I did back then.  I notice he also wrote for Bob Hope, that was a long career.

RIP Sherwood.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 17, 2011, 05:52:03 PM
British actress Googie Withers passed away in Sydney over the weekend. She was 94.

SMH (http://www.smh.com.au/national/obituaries/best-british-bad-girl-with-a-haughty-sexuality-20110716-1hjjh.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 17, 2011, 11:53:28 PM
(http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2011/07/16/8648150/apietroFistful2.jpg)

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Chilean singer/actor Antonio Prieto passed away from heart failure July 14, 2011, at the age of 85 in Santiago, Chile and will be buried in Vina del Mar, Chile, July 16. During his 50-year career Prieto recorded over 1000 songs, acted in more than 33 films and had the first variety television show in South America. As an actor, he is best known internationally for the role of Don Miguel Rojo, the eldest of the bandit brothers in Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars with Clint Eastwood. Considered by music critics as an icon of the Latin Bolero genre, his biggest international hit was “La Novia” (“The Wedding”).


http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/7/prweb8648150.htm
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 18, 2011, 12:22:02 AM
Wow, I had no idea he was a singer! Too bad they didn't do a musical remake of Fistful while there was still time!

R.I.P., Antonio.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 18, 2011, 02:21:45 AM
British actress Googie Withers passed away in Sydney over the weekend. She was 94.

SMH (http://www.smh.com.au/national/obituaries/best-british-bad-girl-with-a-haughty-sexuality-20110716-1hjjh.html)


I remember seeing her on stage in Melbourne in An Ideal Husband,   Googie was a very attractive woman.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/googie-withers-actress-who-found-success-on-stage-and-screen-over-nine-decades-2315365.html

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01947/googie_1947967b.jpg)

Googie with her Aussie husband John McCallum.  They were married 62 years.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 18, 2011, 02:24:12 AM
RIP Antonio.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: GreenEyes on July 18, 2011, 06:00:21 AM
Wow, I had no idea he was a singer! Too bad they didn't do a musical remake of Fistful while there was still time!

Could you imagine!?  :D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 21, 2011, 06:54:59 PM
Otto von Hapsburg is dead at the age of 98. His father was the last emperor of Austria-Hungary.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/world/europe/05hapsburg.html

Here he is in 1936, in the uniform of a captain of the Tyrolean rifleman's regiment.

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/07/05/world/habsberg-1/habsberg-1-popup.jpg)

R.I.P.


^^  Funeral of Otto von Hapsburg, the last prince of the House of Hapsburg.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2015994/End-Royal-dynasty-Otto-von-Habsburg-laid-rest--heart-buried-crypt-85-miles-away-different-country.html?ITO=1490


 (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/07/18/article-2015994-0CDBB62100000578-356_964x689.jpg)

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 21, 2011, 07:04:03 PM
I don't get why they call him the "last prince of the house of Habsburg" ... from the Times obit quoted above:

Quote
Otto, who stopped appearing in public after the death of his wife, Regina, last year, is survived by his younger brother, Felix, as well as 7 children, 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Aline on July 21, 2011, 07:28:46 PM
Young Otto reminds me of my late father ???

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/07/05/world/habsberg-1/habsberg-1-popup.jpg) (http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh205/raissa_2008/Vitalino-1.jpg) 

Sorry the off-topic
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 22, 2011, 12:36:57 AM
I always knew you were a Princess, Aline! ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on July 22, 2011, 05:42:28 AM
Could you imagine!?  :D

"La-la-la-LA-la-la-laaaaa... stop making FUN of my muuuuule"  ;D

Seriously, RIP Antonio Prieto!  :-\
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 23, 2011, 10:20:52 AM
Amy Winehouse dead at 27.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2018020/Amy-Winehouse-dead--Found-dead-London-flat.html


I was listening to an interveiw with Tony Bennett yesterday when he praised her amazing voice and ability to sing some brilliant jazz numbers.  She is on the latest Bennett album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ7J_KQDUUg   At about 2.25 mins.

Be at peace now Amy.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 23, 2011, 11:16:00 AM
I don't get why they call him the "last prince of the house of Habsburg" ... from the Times obit quoted above:


^^

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_von_Habsburg

 
Quote
Otto von Habsburg (20 November 1912 – 4 July 2011),also known by his royal name as Archduke Otto of Austria, was the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary from 1916 until the dissolution of the empire in 1918, a realm which comprised modern-day Austria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and parts of Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. He remained the Crown Prince of Hungary until 1921. He was the head of the House of Habsburg and the Sovereign of the Order of the Golden Fleece between 1922 and 2007,and at the same time, the Habsburg pretender to the former thrones.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Habsburg

 
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On November 11, 1918, with his empire collapsing around him, the last Habsburg ruler, Charles I (who also reigned as Charles IV of Hungary) issued a proclamation recognizing Austria's right to determine the future of the state and renouncing any role in state affairs. Two days later, he issued a separate proclamation for Hungary. Even though he did not officially abdicate, this is considered the end of the Habsburg dynasty. In 1919, the new republican Austrian government subsequently passed a law banishing the Habsburgs from Austrian territory until they renounced all intentions of regaining the throne and accepted the status of private citizens. Charles made several attempts to regain the throne of Hungary, and in 1921 the Hungarian government passed a law which revoked Charles' rights and dethroned the Habsburgs.

The Habsburgs did not formally abandon all hope of returning to power until Otto von Habsburg, Emperor Charles' eldest son, renounced all claims to the throne.


 Habsburg Law

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habsburg_Law
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 23, 2011, 11:20:04 AM
Amy Winehouse dead at 27.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2018020/Amy-Winehouse-dead--Found-dead-London-flat.html



 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14262237

 It is too bad and stupid to die of alcoholism at 27 years old.. too young to.....!!!  :(    She has great talent with very nice voice.....

 Rest in peace, Amy   :(


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Aline on July 23, 2011, 11:24:38 AM
Amy Winehouse dead at 27.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2018020/Amy-Winehouse-dead--Found-dead-London-flat.html


I was listening to an interveiw with Tony Bennett yesterday when he praised her amazing voice and ability to sing some brilliant jazz numbers.  She is on the latest Bennett album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ7J_KQDUUg   At about 2.25 mins.

Be at peace now Amy.

I couldn't believe when I read this. I thought Amy was getting better and taking care of herself!!!
27 years old, gorgeous and incredibly talented.

What a terrible, sad news.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on July 23, 2011, 05:47:47 PM
Rest in Peace Amy Winehouse!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHddkSxHEEY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHddkSxHEEY)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on July 25, 2011, 07:19:59 AM
I've been away all weekend and this was a real shock.. such a talent, gone.

This really is very sad news..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on August 03, 2011, 04:53:19 PM
Bubba Smith, a former NFL player and actor, has died at age 66.

http://www.foxsportswest.com/08/03/11/Bubba-Smith-NFL-star-and-Police-Academy-/landing.html?blockID=543930&feedID=3707&gt1=39002 (http://www.foxsportswest.com/08/03/11/Bubba-Smith-NFL-star-and-Police-Academy-/landing.html?blockID=543930&feedID=3707&gt1=39002)

He played for the Baltimore Colts, and as an actor he is best known for his role as Hightower in the Police Academy series of movies.

(http://popdose.com/wp-content/uploads/hightower.PNG)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 04, 2011, 10:20:10 AM
RIP  Bubba Smith.

The Police Academy movies were so funny.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on August 07, 2011, 11:11:01 AM
RIP, Hugh Carey, former governor of NYS.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 07, 2011, 01:27:04 PM
^ He's credited with rescuing the state from bankruptcy during the financial crisis of the 1970s.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/nyregion/hugh-carey-who-led-fiscal-rescue-of-new-york-city-dead-at-92.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 07, 2011, 04:32:50 PM
Quote
War heroine Nancy Wake dies

Australia's most decorated World War II servicewoman Nancy Wake has died.

Wake, known as the White Mouse, died on Sunday in a hospital in London, where she had lived since 2001. She was 98.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/war-heroine-nancy-wake-dies-20110808-1ii2j.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 07, 2011, 07:42:05 PM
Such a brave woman.

RIP Nancy.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 12, 2011, 08:12:38 PM
I didn't hear about the death of Francesco Quinn, son of Anthony until I was looking at the recent deaths page at imdb. Francesco was only 48 and is probably best remembered as Rhah from Platoon.



http://www.newsday.com/long-island/obituaries/francesco-quinn-48-actor-dies-1.3084005
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on August 12, 2011, 08:15:13 PM
Francesco was only 48 and is probably best remembered as Rhah from Platoon.

I just watched that film last night ... freaky.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 12, 2011, 08:17:44 PM
And another one from last month. G D Spradlin passed away aged 90.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/26/local/la-me-g-d-spradlin-20110726
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 23, 2011, 06:06:31 AM
Jerry Leiber has passed away: Rock Hit Maker Jerry Leiber Dies At 78 (http://www.wsbtv.com/nationalnews/28946614/detail.html)

With Mike Stoller (left) in 1992.

(http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site200/2011/0822/20110822__Obit%20Jerry%20Leiber_Rose.jpg)

Leiber, far right, with Stoller & Presley in 1957.

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/08/23/arts/music/LEIBER1-obit/LEIBER1-obit-articleLarge.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 23, 2011, 06:39:46 AM
A friend of mine is a close relative of Mike Stoller. She felt this like "a death in the family."

Here is the Times obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/arts/music/jerry-leiber-rock-n-roll-lyricist-dies-at-78.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on August 23, 2011, 10:21:09 AM
When you look at the list of great songs they composed it's incredible..

Very sad he's gone

R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on August 23, 2011, 12:12:19 PM
Rest in Peace, Nick Ashford!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 24, 2011, 07:01:34 PM
A couple of appreciations of Jerry Leiber from the New York Times:

Lawrence Downes (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/opinion/an-american-songbook-from-jerry-leiber.html)

Stephen Holden (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/arts/music/jerry-leiber-rock-n-roll-hero-an-appraisal.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 24, 2011, 11:53:55 PM
A couple of appreciations of Jerry Leiber from the New York Times:

Lawrence Downes (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/opinion/an-american-songbook-from-jerry-leiber.html)

Stephen Holden (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/arts/music/jerry-leiber-rock-n-roll-hero-an-appraisal.html)

Very interesting to read, thank you.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 25, 2011, 05:28:01 AM
Rest in Peace, Nick Ashford!

Amen!  Nick Ashford (http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/obituaries/article_a2dd3af1-3f61-5c6c-a866-9eadf3b26c0a.html)

(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR6kOqD6Dcq_Whi4SxIiWyfHoUFm80QFex4eTV6qFSMFMLF0Lfz) (http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTSBAFjynw6wNKMrKAn8yk3tBctAi-WgtVRmPb3b7nN6nWYq0LxNg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 25, 2011, 06:23:50 AM

 From Billboard;

 http://www.billboard.com/news/jerry-leiber-of-hit-songwriting-team-dies-1005324432.story#/news/jerry-leiber-of-hit-songwriting-team-dies-1005324432.story

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 27, 2011, 12:06:12 PM
John Howard Davies passed away last week, he was 72. The name may not be familar with a lot of people but I grew up watching a lot of those British comedy series in the 1970's/80's and his name would always pop up on the end credits as producer. What I didn't know was, that he started out as an actor. He very first role as Oliver Twist.

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/08/24/arts/DAVIES1-obit/DAVIES1-obit-articleInline.jpg)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/arts/television/john-howard-davies-tv-comedy-producer-dies-at-72.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 27, 2011, 02:50:06 PM
RIP John.

He was well known for the British comedy movies and a program was on the radio today that told us about him being a child star.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 02, 2011, 08:38:27 PM
This is a slide show of sports stars who died this year so far:

http://www.wpix.com/sports/sns-2011-sports-deaths-pictures,0,6100899.photogallery
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 07, 2011, 04:46:53 PM
" Eve Brent, Played Jane in Tarzan Movies, Dies at 81 "

 By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK

 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/movies/eve-brent-played-jane-in-tarzan-movies-dies-at-81.html?_r=1

 
Quote
Eve Brent, a veteran character actress whose most recognizable role was Jane to Gordon Scott’s Tarzan, died on Aug. 27 in Sun Valley, Calif. She was 81.

Her death was confirmed by a representative of Pacifica Hospital of the Valley.

Ms. Brent rebooted the character of Jane, Tarzan’s civilized love interest, in the 1958 films “Tarzan and the Trappers” and “Tarzan’s Fight for Life,” after Jane was left out of the two previous Tarzan movies. She said she took the part to please her son, who was around 6 at the time. But although it raised her profile, she later concluded that it had been a disastrous career move.

“I really couldn’t get work as an actress because of Jane,” Ms. Brent told a Tarzan fan site in 2007. “You get stereotyped, at least in the business at that time.”

 
Quote
She spent the next 10 years or so acting in theater and playing bit parts in movies like the comedy “A Guide for the Married Man” (1967), in which her character was Blowsy Blonde, and the Clint Eastwood action movie “Coogan’s Bluff” (1968), in which she played a prostitute.

   (http://www.vanityfair.com/dam/culture/2008/10/cuar05_ashe0810.jpg)

   http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/10/ashe200810#gotopage3

 R.I.P. Jane
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 08, 2011, 02:27:29 AM
^ Higashimori had originally posted the above item in the Eastwood News section because Ms. Brent had a brief role in Coogan's Bluff (see last quote), but in this case, the Moderators didn't think that was enough Eastwood content to warrant a separate thread up there, so we moved it here.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 11, 2011, 01:29:36 AM
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Charles S. Dubin, whose career as a daring director in television’s early years stalled after he refused to answer questions before Congress about Communist involvement, then robustly rebounded as he went on to direct more episodes of “M*A*S*H” than anyone else, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.


nytimes (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/arts/television/charles-s-dubin-television-director-is-dead-at-92.html)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 11, 2011, 10:43:41 AM
RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 12, 2011, 05:38:19 PM
Andy Whitfield died at 39. RIP, Andy.


http://tv.yahoo.com/news/spartacus-star-whitfield-dies-lymphoma-39-004301065.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 12, 2011, 06:40:07 PM
Andy Whitfield died at 39. RIP, Andy.


http://tv.yahoo.com/news/spartacus-star-whitfield-dies-lymphoma-39-004301065.html

 R.I.P.   Too young.....so sad !
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 12, 2011, 06:47:51 PM
 " Oscar Winner Cliff Robertson Dies in N.Y. at 88 "

 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/09/10/us/AP-US-Obit-Robertson.html?_r=1&emc=na

 
Quote
NEW YORK (AP) — President John F. Kennedy had just one critique when he saw photos of the actor set to play him in a World War II drama.

The year was 1963 and actor Cliff Robertson looked convincing in his costume for "PT-109," the first film to portray a sitting president. Kennedy had favored Robertson for the role, but one detail was off.

Robertson's hair was parted on the wrong side.

The actor dutifully trained his locks to part on the left and won praise for a role he'd remain proud of throughout his life.

Robertson, who went on to win an Oscar for his portrayal of a mentally disabled man in "Charly", died of natural causes Saturday afternoon in Stony Brook, a day after his 88th birthday, according to Evelyn Christel, his secretary of 53 years.

Robertson never elevated into the top ranks of leading men, but he remained a popular actor from the mid-1950s into the following century. His later roles included kindly Uncle Ben in the "Spider-Man" movies.

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/09/11/obituaries/11robertson1/11robertson1-articleInline.jpg)

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 20, 2011, 05:08:20 AM

 " Longtime film studio chief John Calley dies at 81 "

 Associated Press

 http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/movies/article_af91f8c1-3566-5d0b-b641-c726fba33210.html

 
Quote
John Calley, who ran three Hollywood studios that made such hits as "The Exorcist" and "Spider-Man," died Tuesday. He was 81.

Calley died at his home in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness, Sony Pictures Entertainment said.

Among the other varied and influential films produced under his tenure as a studio head were "All the President's Men," "Dirty Harry," "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Da Vinci Code."

 
Quote
After working his way up through the ranks in the network's early years, he eventually moved to Warner Bros. in 1969, a groundbreaking time for cinema. Over the years he worked with top directors including Stanley Kubrick, Clint Eastwood and Sydney Pollack.

At the Academy Awards in 2009, Calley received the honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, with the academy praising him for his "intellectual rigor, sophisticated artistic sensibilities and calm, understated manner." He was called one of the most trusted and admired figures in Hollywood.


  (http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/52/f52f0ee5-13b5-5a73-b33c-53fb2a84e8a1/4e77ca88a6492.preview-300.jpg)

   R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 23, 2011, 12:54:01 AM
I read in the paper a few days ago that Frances Bay had passed away. The name wasn't familar but I just checked her page at imdb and as soon as I saw the picture I remembered her from a couple of Seinfeld episodes as Mrs. Choate. Fans of the show will never forget Jerry stealing her rye bread and running away.

She only started acting in the late 1970's but appeared in many tv shows.

(http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/hash/3f/8f/3f8f146b6f73371ec3389cba51dd4ccf.jpg)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0062844/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 03, 2011, 06:55:54 PM
Don Lapre 10/02/11: CBS News/Celebrity Circuit (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20114700-10391698.html)

(http://www.edkoon.org/sitefiles/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/donald-lapre-tv-pitchman.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on October 05, 2011, 08:11:15 PM

 http://www.apple.com/

 http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/


 " Steve Jobs, Apple’s Visionary, Dies at 56 "

 By JOHN MARKOFF

 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/business/steve-jobs-of-apple-dies-at-56.html?hp

 
Quote
Steven P. Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age, died Wednesday. He was 56.


 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/10/06/blogs/06bits_blog/06bits_blog-articleLarge.jpg)

 R.I.P. MR Jobs.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 05, 2011, 08:23:13 PM
Thanks, Higashimori. I was coming in here to post that one, if no one else had. Even though I'm not a user of his products, I have to say he was truly a visionary.

iR.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 06, 2011, 05:24:01 AM
Yes he was a visionary KC. I don't use his products either but many, many people do so he will be sadly missed. It is not so long ago that he gave an interview saying he was stepping down because of ill health. He was far too young. 

RIP Steve.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 07, 2011, 08:48:29 PM
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_296h/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2011/10/07/Obituaries/Images/cilento010_1318019041.jpg)

Quote
Diane Cilento, the dusky-voiced stage and film actress whose forthright sensuality was best displayed as the wench Molly in “Tom Jones” and who endured a tempestuous marriage to actor Sean Connery, died Oct. 6 in Queensland, Australia. She was 79.

Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/diane-cilento-oscar-nominated-actress-dies-at-79/2011/10/07/gIQAIoZjTL_story.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 07, 2011, 09:21:23 PM
I meant to post this earlier ... Charles Napier, the character actor, who was a favorite of Jonathan Demme, passed away on Wednesday.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/movies/charles-napier-actor-who-played-strong-men-dies.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/10/07/obituaries/charlesnapier1/charlesnapier1-popup.jpg)

Quote
But with his formidable jaw, gruff demeanor and growling bass voice, Mr. Napier was typically cast in rugged parts. He played Tucker McElroy, the irate frontman for the country band the Good Ole Boys, in “The Blues Brothers” (1980); Murdock, the villain in “Rambo: First Blood Part II” (1985); and Lt. Bill Boyle, who is murdered by Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991).

He appeared on television shows like “The Rockford Files,” “B. J. and the Bear” and, more recently, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He provided voices for “The Simpsons,” “The Critic” and other animated series. His most high-profile role was the contemplative Judge Garnett in “Philadelphia” (1993).

“I always felt I played myself or some kind of version of myself,” he told The Bakersfield Californian last March. “If you think about it, old actors probably don’t even have a self.”

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 08, 2011, 01:43:39 AM
George Baker the English actor who played in many movies but best remembered as Inspector Wexford in the television series of Ruth Rendall's books.
 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/oct/08/george-baker-inspector-wexford-dies?newsfeed=true

RIP George.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 08, 2011, 01:44:48 AM
RIP Diane.  Always remembered for that deep voice.


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 08, 2011, 01:46:40 AM
I remember Charles Napier in the Rockford Files.

RIP Charles.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 16, 2011, 04:38:48 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/from_the_marbles/post/Dan-Wheldon-killed-in-horrible-IndyCar-crash-at-?urn=nascar-wp4538

RIP, Dan Wheldon!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on October 19, 2011, 07:38:58 AM
R.I.P. Dan Wheldon :'(

Dan Wheldon, who was killed in a multiple pile-up in the Las Vegas Indy 300 on October 16 aged 33, was one of the most successful British drivers in motorsport. He was also one of my favourite drivers and twice a winner of the famous Indianapolis 500. Dan was an exceptionally gifted driver and will be sadly missed in the world of motorsport. :(

I was deeply shocked and saddened by this horrifying sad news. :'(

(http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af323/TWOMULES/spr7.jpg?t=1318964209)

condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 21, 2011, 03:44:40 AM
RIP Ms. Cilento and Misters Jobs, Napier, Baker and Wheldon.  I recently read Mr. Jobs officially resigned on August 24 and that date stands out because that's when my Nina Marie was born.

God bless them all.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 08, 2011, 12:26:18 AM
Quote
Joe Frazier, the relentless slugger who became the heavyweight champion of the world and earned boxing immortality with three epic battles against Muhammad Ali, has died aged 67.

"Smokin' Joe" Frazier, who was the first boxer to beat Ali, died in Philadelphia on Monday (local time) a month after being diagnosed with liver cancer.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-08/boxing-great-frazier-dead-at-67/3652854/?site=melbourne

(http://boxingmemories.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/ali_vs-frazier_fight_of_the_century_n.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on November 08, 2011, 02:16:36 AM
R.I.P Joe. One of my heroes when I was a kid and truly one of the greats..

(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSSuQ6-pfLpQV6VA7QN5gA2T6q5rj2j-OB7htVMwf4_E46ogz14)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on November 08, 2011, 02:38:21 AM
RIP Joe.  :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on November 08, 2011, 06:39:13 AM
RIP Smokin' Joe.

It's been a long time since I've watched them, but those three fights with Ali are pretty amazing.  I should watch them again.  I was always an Ali guy, but you have to admit, the two of them were pretty evenly matched up, and Joe was able to give Ali all he could handle.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 09, 2011, 04:03:20 AM
RIP Joe.

I think the only man who 'hurt' Ali.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on December 06, 2011, 10:46:39 AM
Winner in F1's closest finish dies aged 71

(http://img.skysports.com/11/12/660x350/Peter-Gethin_2687597.jpg)
Close finish: Peter Gethin (second from left) wins the 1971 Italian Grand Prix

Gethin is best known for his only Formula One victory at the 1971 Italian Grand Prix in what is arguably the closest finish in the sport's history.

R.I.P Peter Gethin :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on December 06, 2011, 10:54:23 AM
Brazil legend Socrates dies. :(

(http://i.eurosport.com/2011/12/04/787851-13430714-317-238.jpg)

Brazil's 1982 World Cup captain Socrates, the 'Golden Heel' renowned as one of the great playmakers of his generation, died in hospital on Sunday of septic shock at the age of 57.

The tall full-bearded playmaker captained Brazil in the 1982 World Cup in Spain and was a member of the squad in 1986 in Mexico. The 1982 Brazilian team became widely known as the best not to win a World Cup.

R.I.P Socrates :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 07, 2011, 10:19:49 PM
Quote
'Drift Away' Singer Dobie Gray Dead at 71

Source: Rolling Stone (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/drift-away-singer-dobie-gray-dead-at-71-20111207)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/82/Dobie_Gray_-_DA.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 08, 2011, 01:13:07 AM
Harry Morgan has passed away aged 96.

Quote
Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series “M*A*S*H,” died on Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles.


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/arts/television/harry-morgan-mash-and-dragnet-actor-dies-at-96.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 08, 2011, 03:39:07 AM
Harry Morgan has passed away aged 96.


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/arts/television/harry-morgan-mash-and-dragnet-actor-dies-at-96.html

Wow, God bless him.  And Dobie Gray.  R.I.P. sirs. 

My dad used to watch Dragnet and that's when I first came across Harry Morgan.  He was great in M*A*S*H.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 08, 2011, 05:25:33 PM
RIP Harry Morgan.

He was great in M*A*S*H.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on December 08, 2011, 06:26:40 PM
RIP Harry Morgan. I loved the character of COL. Potter.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 08, 2011, 10:10:12 PM
It's funny but when I think of Harry Morgan, it isn't MASH that comes to my mind straight away but two of his films, The Ox Bow Incident and The Glenn Miller Story. He was good in MASH but I always preferred McClean Stevenson as Henry Blake as the camp's C.O.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on December 09, 2011, 12:20:49 PM
Morgan was just always so cool in Dragnet! I've also always liked him in Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 09, 2011, 06:02:18 PM
Quote
Barbara Orbison, widow of the rock singer Roy Orbison, who managed his career in the 1980s and worked to keep his legacy alive, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday. She was 60.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, said a family spokeswoman, Sarah McMullen. Ms. Orbison died on the 23rd anniversary of her husband’s death.

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/12/08/arts/orbison-obit-1/orbison-obit-1-articleInline.jpg)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/arts/music/barbara-orbison-widow-of-singer-roy-orbison-dies-at-60.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 09, 2011, 08:33:19 PM
Jerry Robinson, Co-Creator of The Joker & Robin Has Died  :(

http://whatculture.com/comics/jerry-robinson-co-creator-of-the-joker-robin-has-died.php

RIP, Joker

 
 

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 10, 2011, 04:36:04 PM
I am sorry to learn of the death of Barbara Orbison.

She was too young.

RIP Barbara.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 11, 2011, 08:33:45 PM
Wow, God bless him.  And Dobie Gray.  R.I.P. sirs.  

My dad used to watch Dragnet and that's when I first came across Harry Morgan.  He was great in M*A*S*H.

(http://s11.allstarpics.net/images/orig/1/4/14e3mofdj5vh1hej.jpg)(http://actors.pick2web.com/pics/342882/mash.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on December 11, 2011, 09:47:01 PM
Harry Morgan has passed away aged 96.


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/arts/television/harry-morgan-mash-and-dragnet-actor-dies-at-96.html

RIP Harry. :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 12, 2011, 04:42:14 AM
RIP Harry. :'(

Believe it or not, Mr. Morgan also co-starred with Elvis.  To hear him talk about the experience, listen here: Elvis Presley Appreciation Thread (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=5407.msg199931#msg199931)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 12, 2011, 07:32:07 AM
Believe it or not, Harry Morgan also once worked on a film with Clint Eastwood. Does anyone know which one?
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 12, 2011, 09:29:56 AM
Believe it or not, Harry Morgan also once worked on a film with Clint Eastwood. Does anyone know which one?

My guess was Tarantula but I'm wrong.  I know what it is but I had to look it up so I won't give it away.  :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on December 12, 2011, 10:42:28 AM
My guess was Tarantula but I'm wrong.  I know what it is but I had to look it up so I won't give it away.  :)

I knew without looking it up because I have the film on DVD. ^-^
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 12, 2011, 08:00:45 PM

 R.I.P Harry.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 13, 2011, 06:22:07 AM
I knew without looking it up because I have the film on DVD. ^-^

Touché, KC.  8)  If I were still collecting I'm sure I'd have it as well.  ;)

Come on now, somebody's gotta have the answer!  What movie did Harry Morgan work on with Eastwood?  Any takers?!  :D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 13, 2011, 07:05:20 AM
It's actually TwoMules who has the film on DVD ... I didn't even know you could get it on DVD.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 13, 2011, 08:00:04 AM
It's actually TwoMules who has the film on DVD ... I didn't even know you could get it on DVD.

I responded too quickly!  Sorry about that KC & 2M! 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on December 13, 2011, 10:54:53 AM
I've no idea.. and havn't checked.. Gotta be an early one.  Is it the Travelling Saleslady movie ..? Or Tarantula..?
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on December 13, 2011, 11:11:18 AM
I've no idea.. and havn't checked.. Gotta be an early one.  Is it the Travelling Saleslady movie ..? Or Tarantula..?

No but it is an early one, Gant. :)

It's actually TwoMules who has the film on DVD ... I didn't even know you could get it on DVD.

KC, I have it in my Classic Clint Eastwood collection. :)

(http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af323/TWOMULES/DSCI1501.jpg?t=1323799567)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 14, 2011, 04:26:49 AM
No but it is an early one, Gant. :)

KC, I have it in my Classic Clint Eastwood collection. :)

(http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af323/TWOMULES/DSCI1501.jpg?t=1323799567)

Very cool, 2M.  Very interesting (shameless, even) how studios take obscure movies that happen to have minor appearances from yesteryear that are major stars today and splash their name above the title.  A common practice but very misleading.  I've seen Eastwood's appearances in Revenge of the Creature and Away All Boats.  I used to have them on dvd and would like to see Star In The Dust.  It would be nice to have all of Eastwood's minor appearance in one set.  I'm not sure if that's possible because I can't recall if they're all from the same studio.  There's a handful I haven't seen yet.  

So, to stay on topic, once again a tip of the hat to Mr. Harry Morgan.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 18, 2011, 10:45:06 AM
^ The above DVD is part of a collection for Eastwood "completists," sold in the UK and Australia by an Italian firm, DeAgostini. No reason to berate the studio for the placement of Eastwood's name on the packaging.

We've had a couple of threads about it here on the Board, most recently here:  http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=7997.0
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 18, 2011, 10:52:10 AM
Vaclav Havel, the Czech dissident playwright and political leader, has died. The New York Times calls him:

Quote
... the writer and dissident whose eloquent dissections of Communist rule helped to destroy it in revolutions that brought down the Berlin Wall and swept Havel himself into power.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/world/europe/vaclav-havel-dissident-playwright-who-led-czechoslovakia-dead-at-75.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 18, 2011, 12:54:39 PM
^ The above DVD is part of a collection for Eastwood "completists," sold in the UK and Australia by an Italian firm, DeAgostini.

Unfortunately those early films weren't part of the collection sold in Australia. :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 18, 2011, 05:11:03 PM
Vaclav Havel, the Czech dissident playwright and political leader, has died. The New York Times calls him:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/world/europe/vaclav-havel-dissident-playwright-who-led-czechoslovakia-dead-at-75.html

R.I.P.

 R.I.P. MR. Vaclav Havel.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on December 18, 2011, 05:29:02 PM
TCM Remembers pays tribute to the many people we lost this year who were connected to the cinema.  Len Lesser is mentioned at the 1:47 mark with a clip from The Outlaw Josey Wales.

TCM Remembers "Before You Go" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ZOlXXwhe0)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 18, 2011, 05:48:10 PM
TCM Remembers pays tribute to the many people we lost this year who were connected to the cinema.  Len Lesser is mentioned at the 1:47 mark with a clip from The Outlaw Josey Wales.

TCM Remembers "Before You Go" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ZOlXXwhe0)

¨¨:...  and Bill McKinney was there too,¨¨:........
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on December 19, 2011, 05:49:59 AM
¨¨:...  and Bill McKinney was there too,¨¨:........

You're right.  At 3:53, and there's another quick clip from OJW.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 22, 2011, 05:32:26 AM
^ The above DVD is part of a collection for Eastwood "completists," sold in the UK and Australia by an Italian firm, DeAgostini. No reason to berate the studio for the placement of Eastwood's name on the packaging.

We've had a couple of threads about it here on the Board, most recently here:  http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=7997.0

I've seen many a title released on dvd (and vhs) with actors that are major stars today that had only minor parts in them, with their names in larger, bolder print than the movie title (more often than not above the title), misleading the potential buyer not in the know into believing said actor played a major role whereas in truth it was minimal.  That's what I call shameless.  So, whomever is responsible for marketing is to be blamed.  On the other side of the same token, I can see it as a smart business move.  There are many films like this out there with movie stars of today that had minor roles that completists would love to have.  A perfect example of informing them of this is the dvd packaging for Away All Boats.  Clint's name isn't splashed across the top and above the title, but rather he is mentioned on the back cover as this being one of his earliest appearances.  Very respectful.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 22, 2011, 05:36:42 AM
R.I.P. Eva Ekvall

The Boston Globe (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2011/12/20/eva_ekvall_ex_miss_venezuela_shared_fight_with_cancer_at_28/)

(http://noticias.eluniversal.com/2001/04/21/21312a1.jpg)

(http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/img/2011/04/Nue/missVenezuelaNota.jpg)

(http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.994125.1324342004!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_485/image.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 22, 2011, 07:44:26 AM
Jed, have you got a link that would explain who this person is? ???
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 22, 2011, 08:14:19 AM
Jed, have you got a link that would explain who this person is? ???

A thousand pardons.  She was Miss Venezuela 2000.  I've updated my post - thanks!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on December 22, 2011, 12:04:59 PM
Very cool, 2M.  It would be nice to have all of Eastwood's minor appearance in one set.

Thanks, Jed. :)

Revenge of the Creature
, Tarantula, Francis in the Navy, Lady Godiva, Star in the Dust and Never Say Goodbye are all in this UK collection.


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on December 22, 2011, 12:13:50 PM
R.I.P. Eva Ekvall

So sad and so young.  :(

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 22, 2011, 01:11:10 PM
Thanks, Jed. :)

Revenge of the Creature
, Tarantula, Francis in the Navy, Lady Godiva, Star in the Dust and Never Say Goodbye are all in this UK collection.


Hey man, would you mind forwarding me a copy and some details such as a website link for this info?  It's probably not available in the U.S. but I'd like to read up on it where it is available.  Thanks!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 22, 2011, 05:18:25 PM
I've seen many a title released on dvd (and vhs) with actors that are major stars today that had only minor parts in them, with their names in larger, bolder print than the movie title (more often than not above the title), misleading the potential buyer not in the know into believing said actor played a major role whereas in truth it was minimal.  That's what I call shameless.  So, whomever is responsible for marketing is to be blamed.  On the other side of the same token, I can see it as a smart business move.  There are many films like this out there with movie stars of today that had minor roles that completists would love to have.  A perfect example of informing them of this is the dvd packaging for Away All Boats.  Clint's name isn't splashed across the top and above the title, but rather he is mentioned on the back cover as this being one of his earliest appearances.  Very respectful.

Ha, I just looked up Star In The Dust on IMDB and Eastwood is 'uncredited'.  "The Clint Eastwood Collection" indeed!  Yes, very shameful.  Not that I wouldn't get it if I were collecting, mind you, but shameful nonetheless.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on December 22, 2011, 05:30:01 PM
Hey man, would you mind forwarding me a copy and some details such as a website link for this info?  It's probably not available in the U.S. but I'd like to read up on it where it is available.  Thanks!

http://www.deagostini.com.au/eastwood/index.php
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 22, 2011, 08:26:22 PM
http://www.deagostini.com.au/eastwood/index.php

Mucho gracias!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 22, 2011, 08:35:35 PM
http://www.deagostini.com.au/eastwood/index.php

And it has never been available in the U.S. Here's a quote from TwoMules (one of Mr. Mules' first posts here) about how great it was to have a chance to get the early films:

Hi,  The Schofield Kid, I am a new member called TWOMULES from England.  It's great to see you have started getting the DeAgostini magazine and DVD/ The Classic Clint Eastwood Collection. My wife got me every issue in the UK,a total of 50 issues plus two special editions. Most of the films I had on Vhs but what I enjoyed about this collection was the fact that it included most of Clint's early bit part roles. The Revenge of the Creature,Tarantula,Francis in the navy,Lady Godiva,Star in the Dust and Never Say Goodbye are all part of the uk collection. The 2 Special Editions are The Man From Malpaso and Piano Blues. The magazines are also a joy to read and give you some great information on each film. The uk collection started with Dirty Harry and ended with the film Never Say Goodbye.     take care     TWOMULES

Eastwood is uncredited in most of his early films. I think the only exceptions are Francis in the Navy, The First Traveling Saleslady and Lafayette Escadrille, and of course he is actually billed third in Ambush at Cimarron Pass. In all of his uncredited roles, his screen time ranges from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.

But we're going way off topic here; any further discussion about Clint's movies should probably be carried on in one of the "non-off-topic" forums! ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 28, 2011, 08:26:39 AM
Back to topic.

R.I.P. Cheetah!

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/cheetah-chimpanzee-in-tarzan-movies-has-died/

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/12/28/arts/cheetah/cheetah-articleInline.jpg)
Associated Press  Cheetah the chimpanzee with Maureen O’Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller in a scene from the 1932 film “Tarzan the Ape Man.”

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December 28, 2011, 9:53 am
Cheetah, Chimpanzee in ‘Tarzan’ Movies, Has Died
By DAVE ITZKOFF

Cheetah, a chimpanzee who was one of the most famous animal stars of the 1930s and appeared with Johnny Weissmuller in such Depression-era adventure films as “Tarzan the Ape Man” and “Tarzan and His Mate,” has died, The Tampa Tribune reported. Debbie Cobb, the outreach director at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Fla., where Cheetah lived, told The Tribune that Cheetah was about 80 years old and died of kidney failure on Saturday.

In the Tarzan film series, whose golden age spanned 1932 to 1948, Cheetah was said to have appeared in the films made between 1932 and 1934, as a comic and sympathetic animal sidekick whose intelligence sometimes seemed to rival that of his human co-stars, Weissmuller (who played the titular jungle lord) and Maureen O’Sullivan (who portrayed his civilized love interest, Jane).

Ms. Cobb told The Tribune that the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary received Cheetah from Weissmuller’s Ocala estate around 1960. Of the 15 chimpanzees kept at the sanctuary, Cheetah, she said, was the most famous and an outgoing ape with a gentle personality, who had long outlived the 35 to 45 years that chimpanzees typically survive in captivity.

“He was very compassionate,” Ms. Cobb said. “He could tell if I was having a good day or a bad day. He was always trying to get me to laugh if he thought I was having a bad day. He was very in tune to human feelings.”

She said Cheetah was soothed by Christian music and also enjoyed fingerpainting and football, though she was unsure if the chimpanzee had any favorite teams.

“I couldn’t ask him that,” Ms. Cobb told The Tribune. “I’m not a chimp psychic.”

In a post on her Twitter account, Mia Farrow, who is O’Sullivan’s daughter, wrote: “Cheetah the chimp in Tarzan movies died this week at 80. My mom, who played Jane, invariably referred to Cheetah as ‘that bastard.’ ”
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on December 28, 2011, 08:31:45 AM
Oh, wow, I wouldn't have guessed the chimp from those movies had still been alive!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 28, 2011, 08:34:25 AM
Back to topic.

R.I.P. Cheetah!

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/cheetah-chimpanzee-in-tarzan-movies-has-died/

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/12/28/arts/cheetah/cheetah-articleInline.jpg)
Associated Press  Cheetah the chimpanzee with Maureen O’Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller in a scene from the 1932 film “Tarzan the Ape Man.”


R.I.P. Cheetah

(http://mocoloco.com/art/archives/nyc_bananas_mar_05.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 28, 2011, 12:34:20 PM

 R.I.P. Cheetah !!    :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 28, 2011, 07:25:47 PM
Say it isn't so! No, not Cheetah!

RIP, Cheetah...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 02, 2012, 10:50:06 PM
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Bob Anderson, an Olympic swordsman who staged fights for films including the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings series, has died at the age of 89.

(http://images.smh.com.au/2012/01/03/2870558/SWTESBBehindScenesAW-420x0.jpg)

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/force-flickers-out-20120103-1piwt.html

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 02, 2012, 11:07:52 PM
Say it isn't so! No, not Cheetah!

RIP, Cheetah...

Apparently, there are questions in some quarters as to whether the recently deceased chimpanzee could actually be the same as the one who once swung through the vines with Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/cheetah-chimpanzee-in-tarzan-movies-has-died/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/us/sanctuary-claims-recently-deceased-chimp-was-in-tarzan.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/01/01/us/SUB-CHEETAH/SUB-CHEETAH-articleLarge.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 20, 2012, 12:30:14 PM
(http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2010-03/etta-james_52891196.jpg)

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Etta James, the earthy blues and R&B singer whose anguished vocals convinced generations of listeners that she would rather go blind than see her love leave, then communicated her joy upon finding that love at last, died Friday morning, said her son, Donto James. She was 73.

She died of complications from leukemia at a hospital in Riverside, said Dr. Elaine James, her personal physician.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-etta-james-20120121,0,1608543.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on January 20, 2012, 02:11:31 PM
Rest In Peace Etta.. A truly enormous talent.
I'm gonna open a bottle o' red and only play Etta James records all night..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 20, 2012, 08:24:48 PM
Etta James was portrayed by Beyoncé Knowles in the 2008 movie Cadillac Records. I haven't seen it, but perhaps it was that performance that led to Eastwood's recent remark that Beyoncé "could become a new Sarah Vaughan or the next Ella Fitzgerald."
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 20, 2012, 08:38:57 PM

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx_AhWeFcOU&feature=related

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/arts/music/etta-james-singer-dies-at-73.html?_r=1&emc=na


 Rest In Peace Etta.  :(
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 21, 2012, 06:54:43 PM
R.I.P., Senator!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/us/disbelief-still-as-florida-reacts-to-burning-of-3500-year-old-tree.html

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LONGWOOD, Fla. — Back, way back, before King Tut was born and Alexander the Great roamed his empire, the Senator sprouted in a swamp here in central Florida, one of thousands of its kind.

So on Monday, when word got out that the huge, 3,500-year-old bald cypress had burned and collapsed, people from the area who thought that nothing — not hurricanes, not loggers, not disease — could fell the Senator, sank into disbelief. In a state known for its sprawl and its zeal for pouring concrete, the Senator stood as a testament to nature and ancient history. It was one of the oldest trees in the country and, at 118 feet, one of the tallest east of the Mississippi.


1920s:
(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/01/21/us/TREE-5/TREE-5-popup.jpg)

2012:
(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/01/21/us/TREE-1/TREE-1-articleLarge-v2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 24, 2012, 07:47:58 PM

 What a pity!  An unbelievable and sad story!  What a disappointing loss!  >:(

 Rest in Peace Senator.   :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 24, 2012, 07:57:49 PM
 
 " Famed Greek Director Theo Angelopoulos Killed During Movie Filming "

 Voice of America
 
 http://goo.gl/Cp2tP

 
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Award-winning Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos died Tuesday after being hit by a motorcycle while filming scenes on his latest movie.

Angelopoulos was rushed to an Athens hospital where he died hours later of head injuries. He was 76 years old. The motorcyclist was an off-duty policeman.

Angelopoulos was Greece's most honored contemporary director, winning numerous awards at European film festivals.

He is best known for his 1998 film, Eternity and a Day, which won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

At the time of his death, he was directing The Other Sea, a film about the impact of Greece's economic crisis on its citizens.

 The great loss......Rest in Peace MR. Angelopoulos.  :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 26, 2012, 02:09:53 PM
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James Farentino, a tall, dark and dashing actor who in his nearly 100 roles on stage, screen and television often defied the stereotype of the leading man, even though he fit the picture, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 73.

As a Navy officer in the 1980 science-fiction film “The Final Countdown,” Mr. Farentino stood beside Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen on the deck of a modern aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Nimitz, as it passed through a time warp to Pearl Harbor, hours before the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941. They had to decide whether to use the full power of their supercarrier to destroy the Japanese fleet or allow history to take its course.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/movies/james-farentino-dashing-leading-man-dies-at-73.html

The Final Countdown is a favorite of mine.

RIP James.  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 26, 2012, 09:08:05 PM
Today's Times also published the obit of another well-known actor ... Nicol Williamson. He actually passed away on December 16, but the news of his death was just released.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/theater/nicol-williamson-a-mercurial-actor-is-dead-at-75.html

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Nicol Williamson, a Scottish-born actor whose large, renegade talent made him a controversial Hamlet, an eccentric Macbeth, an angry, high-strung Vanya and, on the screen, a cocaine-sniffing Sherlock Holmes — and whose querulous temperament could make his antics as commanding as his performances — died on Dec. 16 in Amsterdam, where he had lived for more than 20 years. He was 75.

R.I.P., Nicol.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 26, 2012, 10:25:18 PM
I only saw that film Nicol Williamsom was in where he played Sherlock Holmes recently and all I kept thinking to myself was the poor guy probably went through life with everyone calling him Nicole.

RIP Nicol.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 01, 2012, 08:50:41 PM

 " Don Cornelius, ‘Soul Train’ Creator, Is Dead at 75 "

  By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/arts/music/don-cornelius-soul-train-creator-is-dead-at-75.html?_r=1&hp

 
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Don Cornelius, the smooth-voiced television host who brought black music and culture into America’s living rooms when he created the dance show “Soul Train,” was found dead at his home in Los Angeles early Wednesday in what appeared to be a suicide, the authorities said. He was 75.


   (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/02/02/obituaries/02cornelius/02cornelius-popup.jpg)

    R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on February 01, 2012, 10:55:50 PM
As they used to say in old English: Would it were untrue!

I'll see you around, Don Cornelius,  and quoting you, "you can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey!... And as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Cornelius
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 02, 2012, 11:42:28 PM
I only just found out that Ian Abercrombie passed away on January 26. The name may not be familar but he's probably best remembered as Elaine's boss, Mr. Pitt in Seinfeld. I myself tried to eat a Snickers bar with a knife and fork back in the day. :D

(http://thetwist03.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/ian-abercrombie-mr-pitt-candy-bar1.jpg?w=595)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000718/

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 03, 2012, 07:49:36 PM
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Ben Gazzara, an intense actor whose long career included playing Brick in the original “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway, roles in influential films by John Cassavetes and work with several generations of top Hollywood directors, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 81.



http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/movies/ben-gazzara-actor-of-stage-and-screen-dies-at-81.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on February 04, 2012, 06:12:52 AM



http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/movies/ben-gazzara-actor-of-stage-and-screen-dies-at-81.html

Oh, crap, I just saw that on the internet.  I like Ben Gazzara a lot.  Road House was playing on AMC (what's new!) a couple days ago and caught a bit of it, but I really like him in so many of those great movies from the 70s.  He and Peter Falk were always great together.  And of course as Jacky Treehorn in The Big Lebowski... :)

R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on February 04, 2012, 05:25:42 PM
I can't believe Ben Gazzara was 81--That much time can't have elapsed!

RIP, Ben.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 05, 2012, 03:48:42 AM
RIP Ben Gazzara.

You are right about the time rushing by LCat.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on February 05, 2012, 04:07:38 AM
This is sad to hear.I always enjoyed him as an actor. Killing of a Chinese Bookie springs to mind.

R.I.P Ben
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 05, 2012, 10:22:12 AM
I saw Gazarra in his last Broadway appearance, in Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing, in 2006. An actor who had a small part in that is a friend of mine, and two years ago, the cast had a reunion get-together in a restaurant near the theater. I went with my friend, and so I actually got to meet Ben and his charming German wife, Elke.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on February 11, 2012, 06:30:24 PM
Whitney Houston dies at age 48 (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/whitney_houston_dead_at_publicist_YJwyUBgNEVEZm03QwKryMN)

It's sad the way her life spiraled out of control.  R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 11, 2012, 06:40:50 PM
That is very, very sad. R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 11, 2012, 09:02:08 PM

So sad........Rest in Peace, Whitney.  :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Southern cat on February 11, 2012, 10:10:50 PM
That's shocking news. R.I.P. Whitney.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on February 12, 2012, 02:21:50 AM
So sad news this morning ... Rest in peace Whitney ...

Her beautiful song was chosen by my Love and I for our wedding at Church in 1994 : "I will Always Love You"
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on February 12, 2012, 02:23:14 AM
I hadn't heard this very shocking news.

R.I.P  Whitney.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 12, 2012, 04:48:56 AM
I too was shocked when the news came over the radio this morning.

RIP Whitney you will be sadly missed.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 15, 2012, 05:23:13 PM

 " Irish actor David Kelly dies aged 82 "

 
Quote
Kelly also played a vicar in The Italian Job
Irish stage and screen actor David Kelly, known for films such as Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has died aged 82.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17020494

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 15, 2012, 10:00:31 PM
Irish actor David Kelly dies aged 82

I always remember him from the British TV show, Robin's Nest where he played a one armed dishwasher and of course his stint as O'Reilly in Fawlty Towers was a riot. "I love a woman with spirit" he said to Sybil, then she belted him with an umbrella. Classic stuff. ;D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 16, 2012, 06:27:37 AM
RIP David.

I remember him in Robin's Nest too. He played a great part and yes I do remember him in Fawlty Towers too. He had such a hang dog expression.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on February 16, 2012, 11:42:01 AM
These were my thoughts on Whitney Houston's death:

Over this past weekend, we learned of the loss of Whitney Houston, another great artist, from what looks to be a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol. Her death, along with those of Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, and countless others before them, should serve as a cautionary tale to those of us who seek refuge in drugs and alcohol to cope with the challenges and sorrows of today's world. Whether it be food, sex, drugs, or alcohol, sadness and emptiness cannot be solved by the use of man's poisons. Rather than resolving the emptiness and sorrow within our souls, they create a whole new problem, and leave nothing but devastation and destruction in their wake. For those who seek to use drugs or alcohol to quell the loneliness or emptiness of the human soul, I urge them to reconsider. I urge them to turn to God, seek help in the comfort of friends and trained professionals, and believe in their capacity for growth, healing, and change. Life will always beat us down, but we can always make the choice to get back up. On this day, let's remember the beautiful life that was Whitney Houston's, but let's also learn the lesson that the loss of her life has taught. Let us all seek comfort in God, and the love of friends and family, rather than man's poisons. These are the only things that have ever worked to heal suffering, and they are the only things that ever can. Let's believe in ourselves, rather than ceding our power and control to disease and addiction.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 16, 2012, 10:17:39 PM
^
Well said, AKA23. I've turned to alcohol in the past when nothing was going right and it doesn't help any and like you said just creates new problems.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on February 16, 2012, 10:50:12 PM
I'm part Cherokee; alcohol was passed down with cigarettes. Both have hurt my family, because they don't really help anyone cope. They have even caused death.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on February 19, 2012, 09:41:16 PM
I cannot believe Gary Carter is gone. RIP

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/17/gary-carter-dead-hall-of-famer-remembered_n_1285879.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on February 20, 2012, 08:50:10 PM
Clarence Dart, 91, Tuskegee Airman

http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/tuskegee-1290512-fighter-wwii.html

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on February 20, 2012, 08:51:02 PM
I'm still processing that Whitney Houston died....
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 26, 2012, 08:18:17 PM

 " 'Spider-Man' Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka Dies at 73 "

 She won an Academy Award for "Bram Stoker's Dracula" and a Grammy for the cover design of Miles Davis' "Tutu" album.

 1/28/2012 by THR Staff

 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fash-track/eiko-ishioka-death-obituary-285471

 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumbnail_570x321/2011/11/spider-man-turn-off-dark-648x365.jpg)

 
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Oscar-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka, who made costumes for Broadway actors, Olympians and big stars like Jennifer Lopez, died in Tokyo at 73.

  I am so sorry...R.I.P. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on February 26, 2012, 08:26:54 PM
I know a woman who is 91, and still getting around. I know a man who was walking around until he was 102--He died at 103. So, when I say Eiko Ishioka, 73, was young, I'm coming from that perspective. RIP.

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 29, 2012, 12:56:01 AM
I was so sad to hear of the death of Louisiana Red.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/feb/27/louisiana-red

I loved his music. He played with so many great Blues and Jazz artists. Drifitin is one of my favourite albums.

RIP.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on February 29, 2012, 01:26:24 PM
I just heard that Davy Jones from the Monkees has passed. That's sad, I was a big fan of their tv series when
I was a kid. Jones was only 66... too young.

R.I.P Davy
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on February 29, 2012, 01:44:29 PM
RIP, Louisiana Red.

Davy Jones? Noooooooo! Now I know I'm getting old!

His Website doesn't even have his passing on it--It's talking about concert dates! How sad!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/monkees-singer-davy-jones-dead-at-66-20120229


LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 29, 2012, 08:28:28 PM
I just heard that Davy Jones from the Monkees has passed. That's sad, I was a big fan of their tv series when
I was a kid. Jones was only 66... too young.

R.I.P Davy

 So sad......He was my generation!!  :(     R.I.P Davy.

 http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/29/10540912-monkees-star-davy-jones-dies-at-66

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on March 01, 2012, 07:17:38 AM
R.I.P. Davy Jones.

I also loved the show when I was kid, and I remember catching a bunch of episodes again on MTV.  Coincidentally I already had their TV series in my Netflix queue.  In a couple of weeks I should get to it, and I've been really looking forward to watching it again.  It's too bad it'll be with the knowledge that Davy has passed on.  He was way too young.

Daydream Believer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehJNw-T3gpo)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 01, 2012, 11:26:39 AM
R.I.P Davy.

I just had to play Daydream Believer and boy did that bring back some memories. I liked all their music but that one was a real favourite. I really liked the Monkees. He was far too young at 66.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on March 01, 2012, 11:52:26 AM
I just heard a nice quote from Davy about the Monkees

We were a fabricated band that grew into a real band"

I kinda liked that, they came up with some great pop tunes and their tv series was pleasingly surreal.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on March 10, 2012, 05:19:45 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2112939/Trammps-singer-Jimmy-Ellis-dead-Disco-Inferno-singer-dies-74.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Jimmy Ellis of the Trammps and Disco Inferno died.

RIP, Jimmy!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 10, 2012, 10:58:00 PM
RIP Jimmy.

His music was so cool.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 10, 2012, 11:03:54 PM

 R.I.P Jimmy.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: dane with no name on March 12, 2012, 11:37:59 AM
French master artist  Jean (Moebius) Giraud has passed away  after a long battle with cancer, 73 years old.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/10/2860422/french-artist-moebius-dead-at-73

Some of his stunning artwork

(http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/8428/lesyeuxduchat01.jpg)

(http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/3931/lesyeuxduchat02.jpg)

(http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/5205/arzach.jpg)

He's mostly known in the US. for his work on Marvel Comics (The Silver Surfer) and one of the first western anti heroes; Lt. Blueberry
 
(http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ld6fjl3GAs1qf0aafo1_500.jpg)

Giraud draws a awesome Blueberry  drawing (faster than I could write this post I might add)   ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31eMG8MoXD8
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on March 12, 2012, 07:52:43 PM
RIP, Giraud!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 22, 2012, 06:45:30 PM

 '' 'It's a Small World' Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86 ''

  3/5/2012 by Sophie A. Schillaci
 
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robert-sherman-death-disney-a-small-world-songwriter-297013

 
Quote
He and his brother penned many tunes for Disney, including songs from “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Songwriter Robert Sherman, best known for penning the infectious Disney tunes “It’s a Small World After All” and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," died Monday, March 5 in London.

R.I.P. Mr. Sherman...a little late.....
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 25, 2012, 06:31:27 PM

" Italian author Antonio Tabucchi dies at 68 "

 http://news.monstersandcritics.com/europe/news/article_1695542.php/Italian-author-Antonio-Tabucchi-dies-at-68

 
Quote
Rome - Italian author and Portuguese language scholar Antonio Tabucchi, who was tipped several times as a possible Nobel literature prize winner, died Sunday in Lisbon, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported. He was 68.

 
Quote
Born in Pisa on September 23, 1943, Tabucchi was best known for his 1994 novel Sostiene Pereira (Periera Maintains), which has been widely translated and adapted to film.

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 05, 2012, 07:36:53 PM

 " Ferdinand A. Porsche, Designer of 911, Leaves a Legacy Beyond Sports Cars "

 By PHIL PATTON

 http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/ferdinand-a-porsche-designer-of-911-leaves-a-legacy-beyond-sports-cars/

 
Quote
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who conceived one of the world’s most recognizable sports cars, died Thursday in Salzburg, Austria, at age 76. The cause of death was not disclosed by Porsche, which issued a statement on Thursday, but he was known to have been ill in recent months.

  (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/04/05/automobiles/wheels-porschedies/wheels-porschedies-blog480.jpg)

  R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 05, 2012, 08:31:18 PM
76 is not so very old to die anymore. Oh, well.

RIP, Porsche!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 08, 2012, 02:59:42 PM
RIP, Mike Wallace:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57411053/cbs-iconic-newsman-mike-wallace-dead-at-93/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 13, 2012, 08:34:11 PM
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Luke Askew, a character actor perhaps best remembered as the wayward stranger who brings Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper to a hippie commune in the 1969 motorcycle odyssey “Easy Rider,” died on March 29 at his home in Lake Oswego, Ore. He was 80.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/13/movies/luke-askew-character-actor-is-dead-at-80.html

I'll always remember him as the hard nosed guard in Cool Hand Luke.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 15, 2012, 02:05:58 PM
(http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2012/04/15/1226327/104810-murray-rose.jpg)


Australian Olympic champion swimmer Murray Rose has passed away.

Quote
The dual Olympian will be remembered for his historic display at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, where he won three gold medals. He went on to win gold, silver and a bronze at the 1960 Rome Olympics.


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/olympic-swimming-legend-murray-rose-dies-after-cancer-fight/story-e6frf9if-1226327271068
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 15, 2012, 04:07:53 PM
RIP, Luke and Murray!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 17, 2012, 07:34:00 AM
RIP Murray Rose. 

I remember his swimming days.

I was interested to see that Dawn Fraser spoke about him.  They were both heroes of mine when I was young.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on April 18, 2012, 02:29:40 PM
Dick Clark died today at age 82. http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/18/11270165-dick-clark-dead-at-82?lite/ (http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/18/11270165-dick-clark-dead-at-82?lite/)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on April 18, 2012, 03:37:49 PM
Dick Clark died today at age 82. http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/18/11270165-dick-clark-dead-at-82?lite/ (http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/18/11270165-dick-clark-dead-at-82?lite/)

It's amazing how long his career spanned.  R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 18, 2012, 09:22:18 PM
He was great!

RIP, Dick Clark.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on April 18, 2012, 10:16:31 PM
RIP Dick Clark

I met Dick once at a recording of American Bandstand... A lovely guy, very friendly, answered my questions about
some of the greats that had appeared on his show over the years. Sad to hear of his passing, one of those people
You thought would go on forever..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 19, 2012, 01:16:40 AM
Quote
Greg Ham found dead in house


Quote
Men at Work flautist Greg Ham has been found dead in a house in Melbourne’s inner north.

Police were called to the house in Canning Street, North Carlton, soon after midday and are trying to determine the cause of the man's death.

The body was found by a friend after he went to the house to check on the man's welfare and there was no answer at the door. He then returned with another friend and found the body in the front of the house.

http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/greg-ham-found-dead-in-house-20120419-1x93x.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 19, 2012, 05:53:36 AM
RIP Dick Clark, that is sad news indeed.

Also Greg Ham. Another musician leaves us.

RIP Greg.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on April 19, 2012, 03:29:02 PM
And another musician passed away, Levon Helm of The Band.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-levon-helm-20120420,0,2779003.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 19, 2012, 04:18:53 PM
Another one too many.  His drumming was amazing.

RIP Levon.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 19, 2012, 07:04:38 PM
So sad.

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 19, 2012, 07:09:45 PM

 R.I.P Dick Clark and Levon.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on April 19, 2012, 10:42:44 PM
R.I.P Levon. An amazing musician and singer. A drumming hero of mine.
Watched The Last Waltz again last night.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 20, 2012, 02:10:42 AM
Aged 91 Bert Weedon has died.

He was an amazing guitarist.  Lots of people learned  to play from his books.

Here 's a link to his Guitar Boogie Shuffle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fZr14KeS6Q

RIP Bert.

http://news.uk.msn.com/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=161140443
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on April 20, 2012, 05:54:38 AM
I just saw that Jonathan Frid, the guy who played Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows, died a few days ago at 87. I've never seen the show but remember it coming on Sci-Fi channel several years back. And certainly it's getting more attention in the media now with the new movie set to come out in a few weeks (Frid has a cameo in it too).

http://theclicker.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/19/11287058-jonathan-frid-who-played-barnabas-collins-in-dark-shadows-show-dead-at-87?chromedomain=todayentertainment (http://theclicker.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/19/11287058-jonathan-frid-who-played-barnabas-collins-in-dark-shadows-show-dead-at-87?chromedomain=todayentertainment)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on April 20, 2012, 06:58:33 AM
Sad news about Bert Lin.. Your right, just about every rock guitarist in the UK owes Bert a debt, probably started
off with one of his books as well.

R.I.P Bert, another superb musician lost to us..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 20, 2012, 05:19:08 PM
I just saw that Jonathan Frid, the guy who played Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows, died a few days ago at 87. I've never seen the show but remember it coming on Sci-Fi channel several years back. And certainly it's getting more attention in the media now with the new movie set to come out in a few weeks (Frid has a cameo in it too).

http://theclicker.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/19/11287058-jonathan-frid-who-played-barnabas-collins-in-dark-shadows-show-dead-at-87?chromedomain=todayentertainment (http://theclicker.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/19/11287058-jonathan-frid-who-played-barnabas-collins-in-dark-shadows-show-dead-at-87?chromedomain=todayentertainment)

Barnabas can't be dead--Vampires don't die!

(RIP, Jonathan Frid!)

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 02, 2012, 05:54:14 PM

 " Norwegian swimming champion Alexander Dale Oen dies "      Alex was only 26!!    :(

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17908737

 Kosuke Kitajima murmured " tears did not stop and fallen into sorrow".........I  am very very surprised of sudden death of Alex who was my good friend and my good rival..."
 At the sudden death of the biggest rival of the London Olympic Games.   " I am not yet believed, I looked forward that I can fight with him by the Olympic Games..."  Kosuke Kitajima comment.....

 The death of the extreme sport man is not avoided?   May have been suffering from great burden on his heart.  That's really terrible!!  He was only 26!! :'(

 Rest in peace Alex........ :'(


    (http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2012/05/02/jpeg/G20120502003164240_thum.jpg)   (http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2012/05/02/jpeg/G20120502003164220_thum.jpg)


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 02, 2012, 07:18:39 PM
http://www.wpix.com/news/ktla-junior-seau-shooting,0,644068.story

Junior Seau, a linebacker, took his own life.

I hope he is now at rest.

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 04, 2012, 07:29:01 PM

 " Beastie Boys Co-Founder Adam Yauch Dead at 47 "

 By Rolling Stone

 http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beastie-boys-co-founder-adam-yauch-dead-at-48-20120504

 
Quote
Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.


  Rest in peace, Adam.....
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on May 06, 2012, 09:25:37 AM
Sad news, I hadn't heard he was ill.. I was at the infamous Beastie Boys/Run DMC show in Londons Brixton back
in the mid 80's .. Definitely a show never to be forgotten, they made some really influential records too..

R.I.P  Adam
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 08, 2012, 07:12:11 PM
RIP, Maurice Sendak: I hope you made it to the land Where the Wild Things Are--Forgive me if I wrote the title wrong.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-sendak-appreciation-20120509,0,6404290.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 08, 2012, 07:12:53 PM

 " Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83 "

 By MARGALIT FOX

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html

 
Quote
Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/05/07/arts/artsspecial/05072012SENDAK-SS-slide-VXY1/05072012SENDAK-SS-slide-VXY1-thumbWide.jpg) 

 R.I.P. Mr. Sendak.

 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2012/05/08/Style/Images/s5087.jpg?uuid=NpIDtpkQEeGs5Ajbv4Lf3A)

  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/arts-post/post/maurice-sendak-on-stephen-colbert-literatures-favorite-grump/2012/01/25/gIQAkSN7PQ_blog.html

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 15, 2012, 06:56:09 PM

 " Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies at 70; bassist for Booker T. & the MG's

 By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

 http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-donald-duck-dunn-obit-20120515,0,7418288.story?track=rss

 
Quote
"In Europe they'd ask me, 'What's it like to play with a black man?' I never knew what to say; we didn't think that way — we just played," Dunn said. "We got the soul sound by blending our country and blues influences. I grew up with the Grand Ole Opry. When we mixed that feel with the blues, we got something new."

 
Quote
It wasn't unusual for Dunn's bass lines to lead the way when the MG's went to record. His sinuous, pulsing notes set a foreboding tone in their hit rendition of "Hang 'Em High," the theme from the 1968 western starring Clint Eastwood. His funky, hopping rhythmic melody line is featured at the start of the MG's' 1967 hit "Hip Hug-Her." And Dunn nimbly doubled Cropper's signature guitar lead on the propulsive "Time Is Tight," adding low-end muscle to the song's insistent groove.

 (http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2012-05/69940050.jpg)

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 16, 2012, 04:24:06 AM
Booker T was a group I loved.  RIP Donald.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 17, 2012, 10:01:30 AM
The death has been announced today of Donna Summer.    She was only 63.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/9272977/Donna-Summer-queen-of-disco-dies-age-63-after-cancer-battle.html

RIP Donna
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Post by: KC on May 18, 2012, 08:36:46 PM
The greatest Lieder singer of the twentieth century has passed away at the age of 86: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/arts/music/dietrich-fischer-dieskau-german-baritone-dies-at-86.html

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Of the many tributes he received over the decades, perhaps none was more heartfelt than that of the British music critic John Amis:

“Providence gives to some singers a beautiful voice, to some musical artistry, to some (let us face it) neither, but to Fischer-Dieskau Providence has given both. The result is a miracle, and that is just about all there is to be said about it.”

Mr. Amis continued, “Having used a few superlatives and described the program, there is nothing else to do but write ‘finis,’ go home, and thank one’s stars for having had the good luck to be present.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyxMMg6bxrg

May you rest in peace!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 19, 2012, 02:04:02 PM
Donna Summer? This is getting too close to home.

I remember being in a discotheque inside of Macy's Herald Square, dancing to her music and that of the Village People! It can't be true, not yet!

Wake up, sleeping beauty!

(RIP, DS!)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 19, 2012, 03:30:35 PM
I don't even know who Donna Summer is ... was.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 20, 2012, 05:30:13 PM

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ROBIN Gibb, whose soaring vocals formed part of the unique Bee Gees sound, has died at the age of 62, leaving Barry as the sole surviving member from the band of brothers.

"The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," said a family statement.


The Australian (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/soaring-vocals-of-bee-gees-robin-gibb-dies-aged-62/story-e6frg8n6-1226361992760)
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Post by: LCat on May 20, 2012, 06:30:54 PM
And then there was Barry (Gibb)!

This is so sad, watching my idols pass....

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 20, 2012, 07:48:57 PM
 
 R.I.P. Dancing Queen, Donna.

 And.....

 
The greatest Lieder singer of the twentieth century has passed away at the age of 86: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/arts/music/dietrich-fischer-dieskau-german-baritone-dies-at-86.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyxMMg6bxrg

May you rest in peace!


 I loved to listen his Die Winterreise of Franz Schubert. His soft voice was incredibly beautiful!! I was very touched and impressed.....

 R.I.P. MR. Fischer-Dieskau.   :(


 And.....another big loss.........He seemed to lose the fight with cancer.  :(

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/arts/music/robin-gibb-62-member-of-the-bee-gees-dies-at-62.html?_r=1&hp

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 Rest in peace, Robin..... :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on May 21, 2012, 02:29:02 AM
Donna Summer a few days ago, Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees last night, my youth on Disco dance floors every Saturday night, full of the memories of these great singers ...
 
R.I.P Donna and Robin
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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 22, 2012, 08:23:55 PM
Eugene Polley has died. He was the inventor of a device he called the "next most important" invention since the flush toiled, "almost as important as sex.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/business/eugene-t-polley-inventor-of-the-wireless-tv-remote-dies-at-96.html

Apparently, he also invented that even more useful device, the mute button:

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/05/23/business/POLLEY2-obit/POLLEY2-obit-popup.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 28, 2012, 06:13:46 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/boxing--death-finally-catches-up-to-the-elusive-former-world-champ-johnny-tapia-20120528.html

RIP, Johnny Tapia. I think you had a difficult life, so I hope you are no longer haunted by tragedy.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 30, 2012, 07:38:52 PM

 " Doc Watson, Blind Guitar Wizard Who Influenced Generations, Dies at 89 "

 By WILLIAM GRIMES

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/arts/music/doc-watson-folk-musician-dies-at-89.html?emc=na

 
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Doc Watson, the guitarist and folk singer whose flat-picking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists, died on Tuesday in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 89.

 R.I.P.  Mr. Doc.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 30, 2012, 08:05:16 PM

  Japanese film director and screenwriter,  Kaneto Shindo dies at 100!!

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaneto_Shindo#A

 
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Kaneto Shindo, April 22, 1912 – May 29, 2012 was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, film producer, and author. He directed 48 films and wrote 238 scripts.  His best known films as a director include Children of Hiroshima, The Naked Island, Onibaba, Kuroneko and A Last Note. His scripts have been filmed by such directors as Kon Ichikawa, Keisuke Kino$#!ta, Fumio Kamei and Tadashi Imai.

Shindo made several films about Hiroshima and the atomic bomb. Like his early mentor Kenji Mizoguchi, many of his works feature strong female characters.

 He was 99 when he produced the last movie, " Postcard " last year.  The words that he said at his 100's  birthday party just one month ago.   " Arigatou  so$#!te Sayounara!! " ( Thanks and Good- Bye!! ).......

  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/postcard-film-review-276920

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 " Arigatou & Sayounara", Mr. Shindo.   :(
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Post by: LCat on May 31, 2012, 09:20:13 PM
Ditto, and RIP.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on June 06, 2012, 07:51:08 AM
 :( Ray Bradbury has died at 91: http://io9.com/5916175/rip-ray-bradbury-author-of-fahrenheit-451-and-the-martian-chronicles (http://io9.com/5916175/rip-ray-bradbury-author-of-fahrenheit-451-and-the-martian-chronicles)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 06, 2012, 08:29:47 AM
R I P Ray.

(http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2011/11/30/1226210/288871-ray-bradbury.jpg)

He has left such a legacy of books, plays and short stories.

Something Wicked This Way Comes is a favourite of mine. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on June 06, 2012, 09:42:16 AM
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a favourite of mine. 
Mine too--really love that novel. Fahrenheit 451 is another favorite.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 08, 2012, 11:01:25 PM
Richard Dawson passed away on June 2. He is best known for his role of Cpl. Peter Newkirk in the TV series Hogan's Heroes.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0206241/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 09, 2012, 03:48:30 AM
RIP Richard.

Hogan's Heroes was a great series.  I loved watching it.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on June 10, 2012, 07:13:58 PM
This is so odd to me: I heard years ago that Richard Dawson had died--I don't remember where I got that info. Now I hear he really has died.

RIP for real, Richard!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 13, 2012, 05:18:44 PM

 "Gone With the Wind" actress Ann Rutherford dies "

 By ROBERT JABLON | Associated Press

 http://movies.yahoo.com/news/gone-wind-actress-ann-rutherford-dies-143957178.html

 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ann Rutherford, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in "Gone With the Wind," has died. She was 94.

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 R.I.P. Ann
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on June 14, 2012, 08:25:58 AM
RIP, Ann Rutherford!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 20, 2012, 04:05:25 PM
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Victor Spinetti, Favorite in Beatles Films, Dies at 82

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Victor Spinetti, who was an established British film star in 1963 when he agreed to make a movie with a pop group called the Beatles and who became famous ever after as the only person besides the four Beatles to appear in all of their movies — “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Help!” and “Magical Mystery Tour” — died on Tuesday in London. He was 82.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/movies/victor-spinetti-dies-at-82-actor-in-all-3-beatles-films.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 20, 2012, 11:46:02 PM
RIP Victor.

I remember seeing him in "Under Milk Wood" with Richard Burton and l Elizabeth Taylor.  He was a fantastic actor.  He will be sadly missed.
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 25, 2012, 09:06:54 PM

 " LeRoy Neiman Dies at 91; Artist of Bold Life and Bright Canvases "

 By WILLIAM GRIMES

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/arts/leroy-neiman-prolific-painter-of-sports-dies-at-91.html?_r=1&hp

 
Quote
LeRoy Neiman, whose brilliantly colored, impressionistic sketches of sporting events and the international high life made him one of the most popular artists in the United States, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 91.

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/06/21/arts/NIEMAN2-obit/NIEMAN2-obit-popup.jpg)

  R.I.P. Mr. Neiman.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 25, 2012, 09:17:44 PM

 " Lonesome George, last member of species of Galápagos giant tortoise, dies "

 
Quote
Galápagos National Park announces the death of conservation icon believed to have been about 100 years old

 Reuters

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/24/lonesome-george-galapagos-tortoise-dies

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"His life cycle came to an end."

 Rest in peace, Lonesome George.... :'(
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Post by: KC on June 25, 2012, 09:33:58 PM
I meant to post this a couple of days ago ... One of America's most influential film critics has died.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/movies/andrew-sarris-film-critic-dies-at-83.html

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Andrew Sarris, one of the nation’s most influential film critics and a champion of auteur theory, which holds that a director’s voice is central to great filmmaking, died on Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan. He was 83.

R.I.P., Andrew Sarris.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 25, 2012, 11:59:22 PM
R.I.P., Andrew Sarris..

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/movies/andrew-sarris-critic-who-promoted-auteur-theory-of-film-dies-at-83/2012/06/20/gJQA7foNrV_story.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on June 27, 2012, 06:59:29 AM
 " Nora Ephron dies aged 71 "

 
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Oscar-nominated director, screenwriter and producer behind films including When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle

 Ben Quinn and Dominic Rushe

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/jun/27/nora-ephron-dies

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 Very sad news...She made many unforgettable movies.... :(

 Rest in peace, Nora....


 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/27/movies/nora-ephron-essayist-screenwriter-and-director-dies-at-71.html?_r=1&hp
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 27, 2012, 03:37:11 PM
R.I.P. Nora.

She will be sadly missed.  She worked a lot with Meryl Streep.  I think the last movie together was Julie and Julia.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on June 27, 2012, 08:31:48 PM
Front page news in the Times (and an excellent obituary). Thanks for posting the link, Higashimori.

Very sad news, indeed. R.I.P., Nora Ephron.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 28, 2012, 08:41:07 AM
Woman's Hour in the UK played part of an interview from 1999 when Jenni Murray spoke to Nora.  It was so nice to hear her voice.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01k2bvd   If anyone is interested to hear the interview. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on June 28, 2012, 07:47:26 PM
Two nice features about Ephron in today's Times:

Gail Collins: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/opinion/nora-ephron-the-best-mailgirl-ever.html

Alessandra Stanley: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/fashion/nora-ephrons-hollywood-ending.html

Plus, Clyde Haberman has this on his "City Room" blog: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/remembering-nora-ephron-a-reporter-at-heart/

Haberman quotes Pete Hamill, who worked alongside Haberman and Ephron at the New York Post in the 1960s:

Quote
“I remember her typing hard on a story, so deep into it that she could have been alone in the growly crowd,” Mr. Hamill recalled. He added, “She never wrote down to anybody. She didn’t think her task was to make the audience dumber, while reading or sitting in a movie house. She certainly did not add a single sentence to the long dismal history of human lousiness.”
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 03, 2012, 07:23:11 AM
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America’s sheriff Andy Griffith dead at 86

Actor Andy Griffith, who won the hearts of 1960s TV viewers with his role as gentle Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” then returned as a 1980s country lawyer in “Matlock,” died Tuesday at 86. The news was confirmed to North Carolina television station WITN by Bill Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina and a Griffith friend.

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It's sad to get up to this news. :(  http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/03/12543460-americas-sheriff-andy-griffith-dead-at-86?lite (http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/03/12543460-americas-sheriff-andy-griffith-dead-at-86?lite)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 03, 2012, 03:59:27 PM
R.I.P. Andy.

He will be sadly missed.  I loved Matlock and The Andy Griffith Show.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 03, 2012, 04:02:32 PM
I guess Sheriff Andy was sort of the polar opposite of Dirty Harry! ;D

R.I.P., Andy Griffith.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 03, 2012, 07:29:39 PM
I guess Sheriff Andy was sort of the polar opposite of Dirty Harry! ;D
;D Yeah, the whole not carrying a gun thing sorta does that.

I've listened to some of Griffith's stand-up routines where he'd tell stories or would summarize stories like Shakespeare plays--there's a lot of good stuff on youtube.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 04, 2012, 03:16:47 AM
Eric Sykes died this morning.  He was one on the funniest men in British comedy.   Perhaps the picture below will remind some people of the silent TV film The Plank.   I saw it in Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney, after quite serious surgery and it hurt I was laughing so much.

R.I.P.  Eric.  You'll be up there with the other wonderful comedians who have gone before.

(http://www.starstills.com/product_images/q/634/ss2455076_-_photograph_of_eric_sykes_as_smaller_workman_from_the_plank_available_in_4_sizes_framed_or_unframed_buy_now_at_starstills__17472_zoom.jpg)

A short sequence from The Plank.  There were no words just music and whistling.   The YouTube is not the best but you can get a flavour of the film.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Tc8JfZ08mE

http://www.itv.com/news/update/2012-07-04/comedy-star-sykes-dies-after-short-illness/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 04, 2012, 10:05:39 AM
Thanks for the links, Lin. I edited your post to insert a shorter link to the YouTube.

R.I.P., Eric Sykes.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on July 04, 2012, 10:10:12 AM
I watched "Matlock" all the time growing up. It was a really great show. Rest in Peace, Andy Griffith! Thanks for the memories! :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 04, 2012, 12:00:31 PM
Yeah, I can remember watching Matlock during part of its original run. I'd like to catch an episode here again.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 04, 2012, 01:18:26 PM
Thanks for the links, Lin. I edited your post to insert a shorter link to the YouTube.

R.I.P., Eric Sykes.

Thanks KC I should have done that.  :-[
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 06, 2012, 09:39:38 PM
RIP, Andy Griffith.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 08, 2012, 02:44:17 PM
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Ernest Borgnine, Oscar winner, has died at 95

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Ernest Borgnine, who created an array of memorable characters over the years and won the best actor Oscar for his role in 1955's "Marty," has died. Borgnine was 95.

His longtime spokesman, Harry Flynn, said that Borgnine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his family by his side.

As the cruel, vicious Sgt. Fatso Judson in 1953's "From Here to Eternity," the sweet, lonely butcher in 1955's "Marty" and the carefree con artist in the 1962-66 ABC comedy series "McHale's Navy," Borgnine was among the most recognizable faces on both the big and small screens.



http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-ernest-borgnine-oscar-winner-has-died-at-95-20120708,0,1736052.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 08, 2012, 02:49:36 PM
That's sad about Borgnine too. He was in a lot of movies and TV though, that's for certain.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on July 08, 2012, 03:00:47 PM
Sad... but he had a great run.. loved hin in From Here To Eternity..
R.I.P Ernie...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 08, 2012, 03:13:25 PM
No, no! Not Ernest Borgnine!

RIP, EB!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 08, 2012, 09:43:24 PM
RIP Ernest.

He was in so many films and on TV and we still see re-runs of McHale's Navy now and then.  He played some very memorable parts.  I thought Marty and From Here To Eternity two of his best movies.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on July 08, 2012, 10:54:32 PM
and not forgetting his voice work in Spongebob Squarepants  :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 08, 2012, 11:18:48 PM
and not forgetting his voice work in Spongebob Squarepants  :)

Oh Yes I did forget that.  You like Spongebob don't you.

He really did work until the end.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 09, 2012, 12:03:49 AM
One of the radio announcers here always talks to an announcer from the USA each weekday and he tells little stories that you normally wouldn't hear about on the news. This American announcer said that even when Ernest Borgnine was in his 80's he would drive this bus around the country and just stop at little towns and talk to the people. I don't know how true that is but it seems like the thing a nice guy like Mr. Borgnine would do.

RIP Ernest Borgnine. :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: mike siegel on July 09, 2012, 03:15:33 AM
One of my favorite persons ever. His vitality will live on beyond his 95 year long stay on this planet. I was priviledged to enjoy his presence and creative input and I will never forget him. His opions regarding life, the human condition (and our beloved film making of course) deeply impressed me as did his many powerful and memorable performances, incl. THE WILD BUNCH, my favorite film. He left this world on my birthday, I'd have to celebrate 50 more to reach his age. Right now I wish we had more people like him, on-screen as well as off-screen. 

R.I.P. Ernie !

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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on July 09, 2012, 02:00:25 PM
I loved watching McHales' Navy with my brother when we were kids.  God bless him, he lived such a long life.  I read (of course) that Ernest Borgnine met Elvis Presley once, probably around 1956.  Presley told him how much he liked Marty.  Too bad there wasn't a photo taken of that meeting...

R.I.P. Mr. Borgnine.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 12, 2012, 05:57:11 PM

 Very sad.....Big loss, R.I.P. Mr. Ernest Borgnine.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 13, 2012, 03:16:51 PM

 " Oscar-Winning Producer Richard D. Zanuck Dies at 77 "

 by Gregg Kilday , Duane Byrge

 
Quote
Zanuck's many films ranged from "The Sting" and "Jaws" to "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Alice in Wonderland."

 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/producer-richard-d-zanuck-dead-349085

 
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Richard D. Zanuck, whose distinguished producing career included the best picture Oscar winners The Sting and Driving Miss Daisy, the blockbuster Jaws and such well-regarded films as The Verdict and Cocoon, died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 77.

More recently, Zanuck produced Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.

Regarded as one of the more progressive producers in Hollywood, Zanuck was partnered with his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck, in the Zanuck Co.

 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2012/07/richard_zanuck_headshot.jpg)

 He produced True Crime with Eastwood.  R.I.P. Mr. Zanuck.

 http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/07/13/arts/13reuters-usa-richardzanuck.html?hp
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 13, 2012, 06:17:11 PM
Sage Stallone, son of Sylvester, has died at 36. http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=743048 (http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=743048)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 13, 2012, 06:26:23 PM
That is a shock. Only 36. Way way too young.

RIP Sage. :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 13, 2012, 07:02:21 PM
RIP Sage Stallone
RIP Richard Zanuck
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 16, 2012, 12:02:01 AM
Another from Hollywood's Golden Age has gone. Never forgotten and always remembered onscreen.  :'(

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Celeste Holm, the versatile actress who achieved fame on Broadway in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's hit musical "Oklahoma!" in 1943 and five years later won an Oscar for best supporting actress in the landmark movie-drama "Gentleman's Agreement," died Sunday. She was 95.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-celeste-holm-20120716,0,3066494.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 16, 2012, 01:36:57 AM
RIP, Celeste Holm.

There was a rather disturbing article about her in the Times about a year ago:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/nyregion/love-and-inheritance-celeste-holms-family-feud.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 16, 2012, 07:35:22 AM
That was an extremely disturbing article. I hope Celeste Holm is resting in peace now...

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 16, 2012, 05:21:44 PM
RIP, Kitty Wells.

You can listen to her music on youtube.com
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 17, 2012, 07:44:52 PM

 R.I.P. Celeste Holm.

  R.I.P. Kitty.

  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/arts/music/kitty-wells-country-singer-dies-at-92.html?_r=1

  (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/07/17/arts/obit-Wells1/obit-Wells1-popup.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 20, 2012, 10:18:08 AM
RIP, Sylvia Woods: Southern Food Restauranteuse, dies at 86 of Alzheimer's?

Decades ago I frequented her restaurant, but I stopped going when the food was more hot red pepper flakes than anything else--I think the pepper burned a hole in my gut...

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 20, 2012, 06:33:40 PM
Here's a link to the New York Times obit for Sylvia Woods:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/dining/sylvia-woods-soul-food-restaurateur-is-dead-at-86.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 24, 2012, 04:13:08 PM
Sherman Hemsley, star of The Jeffersons, has died at age 74. http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=745636 (http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=745636)

(http://entimg.s-msn.com/i/240/jeffersons_240.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 24, 2012, 08:11:24 PM
Sally Ride, R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/science/space/sally-ride-trailblazing-astronaut-dies-at-61.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/07/24/science/24ride1/24ride1-articleLarge.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 25, 2012, 07:46:47 AM
Sally Ride--Wasn't she kind of young?

Sherman Hemsley--I was just thinking of him the other day...

RIP, SR and SH.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 26, 2012, 08:42:03 PM

 R.I.P. Sally Ride.


 " Leading German actress Susanne Lothar dies at 51"

 
Quote
Susanne Lothar, one of Germany's best-known film actresses with roles in such international hits as The Reader and The White Ribbon, has died aged 51.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18996146

 R.I.P. Susanne.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 27, 2012, 12:31:31 AM
Quote
DARRYL Cotton, the lead singer and founding member of '60s and '70s band Zoot, died early today in a Melbourne hospital.


(http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2012/07/27/1226436/446587-darryl-cotton.jpg)
Darryl Cotton in 1979. News Limited
 
Quote
He was 62 and had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer. Shortly before his falling ill he had been enthusiastically planning a Zoot reunion tour for later this year. The band played together for the first time in 40 years last November on a cruise shipe off Florida. Zoot guitarist Rick Springfield, who found fame in the US after the band broke up and has lived there since, said today that Cotton "was lead singer of the best band I was ever in".

Herald Sun (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/singer-actor-darryl-cotton-loses-battle-with-cancer/story-e6frf7jo-1226436887194)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 27, 2012, 08:00:40 AM
50's and 60's is not very old...

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 27, 2012, 04:57:50 PM
RIP Darryl.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 29, 2012, 08:39:36 PM
Chad Everett passed away on July 24.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/arts/television/chad-everett-dies-at-75-televisions-dashing-dr-gannon.html

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 30, 2012, 02:30:25 AM
RIP Chad.

I will admit to having a real crush on him in the 1970s.   :-[
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 30, 2012, 05:12:42 PM
R. G. Armstrong has passed away. He was 95. I can't find any reports from the main newspapers though.

http://studiocity.patch.com/articles/studio-city-actor-r-g-armstrong-dies
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 30, 2012, 08:12:33 PM
Nooooooo! Not Chad Everett! Heartthrob to heartbreak!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on July 31, 2012, 01:42:03 PM
RIP  Mr Armstrong. 

I think I remember him in a Bonanza and a few other TV movies.


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 01, 2012, 11:29:28 AM
(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/08/01/books/VIDAL/VIDAL-articleInline.jpg)

Quote
Gore Vidal, the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization, died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, where he moved in 2003, after years of living in Ravello, Italy. He was 86.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/books/gore-vidal-elegant-writer-dies-at-86.html?pagewanted=all
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on August 01, 2012, 08:57:06 PM
RIP, Gore Vidal.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 02, 2012, 02:04:45 PM
RIP Gore Vidal.

Such a prolific writer.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 04, 2012, 09:32:12 PM

 Japanese actress Keiko Tsushima who was in Akira Kurosawa's " Seven Samurai " (1952) died 1 August.  She was 86.
And Isuzu Yamada who worked with Kurosawa died on July 9 in Tokyo. She was 95.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/movies/isuzu-yamada-actress-who-worked-with-kurosawa-dies-at-95.html

 R.I.P. Mme Keiko Tsushima.
 R.I.P. Mme Isuzu Yamada.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 05, 2012, 03:40:27 PM
(http://www.trbimg.com/img-501a136b/turbine/me.0801.finnegan.obit.jpg-20120801/600)

John Finnegan who costarred in several Columbo episodes among many other roles has passed away aged 85. Baseball fans may remember him from his role in The Natural.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/02/local/la-me-passings-20120802

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 05, 2012, 10:26:39 PM
RIP John Finnegan.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 05, 2012, 10:32:06 PM
Geoffrey Hughes who stared in Coronation Street, Heartbeat, Keeping Up Appearances and many other UK TV dramas and comedies has died aged 68.

He often played the loveable rouge.  Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances was one of his best.

(http://i.huffpost.com/gen/706093/thumbs/a-GEOFFREY-HUGHES-640x468.jpg?4)


http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jul/28/geoffrey-hughes-dies-aged-68
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on August 06, 2012, 12:33:57 PM
It was sad reading of his death Lin.. He also provided Paul McCartney's  voice for the film Yellow Submarine..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on August 07, 2012, 09:20:07 AM
Japanese actress Keiko Tsushima who was in Akira Kurosawa's " Seven Samurai " (1952) died 1 August.  She was 86.
And Isuzu Yamada who worked with Kurosawa died on July 9 in Tokyo. She was 95.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/movies/isuzu-yamada-actress-who-worked-with-kurosawa-dies-at-95.html

 R.I.P. Mme Keiko Tsushima.
 R.I.P. Mme Isuzu Yamada.




I saw Seven Samurai  when I was a kid, but not in 1952. My father took me. That was some movie!

RIP, Mmes Tsushima and Yamada.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: dane with no name on August 07, 2012, 10:12:44 AM
Quote
Japanese actress Keiko Tsushima who was in Akira Kurosawa's " Seven Samurai " (1952) died 1 August.  She was 86.
And Isuzu Yamada who worked with Kurosawa died on July 9 in Tokyo. She was 95.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/movies/isuzu-yamada-actress-who-worked-with-kurosawa-dies-at-95.html

 R.I.P. Mme Keiko Tsushima.
 R.I.P. Mme Isuzu Yamada.

Considering how male dominated japanese movies seem to be (from an outsiders viewpiont), it's amazing that she managed to stay such a strong and imposing figure and had such an impressive career.
Truly a talented actress
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 07, 2012, 02:25:38 PM
Quote
Marvin Hamlisch, Film and Stage Maestro, Dies at 68

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/08/07/theater/07hamlisch3/07hamlisch3-articleInline.jpg)
 

Marvin Hamlisch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who imbued his movie and Broadway scores with pizazz and panache and often found his songs in the upper reaches of the pop charts, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 68 and lived in New York.





http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/arts/music/marvin-hamlisch-composer-dies-at-68.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 07, 2012, 03:07:15 PM
I was sad to hear this news today.  He was still young.

RIP Marvin
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 07, 2012, 03:15:10 PM
I was also saddened to read Robert Hughes had died. 
He was an art critic who wrote in many papers and magazines. He also wrote the best selling book The Fatal Shore.
Born in Australia Robert finally moved to New York.
RIP Robert.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2184861/Robert-Hughes-Australian-art-critic-author-The-Fatal-Shore-dies-aged-74-long-illness.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on August 08, 2012, 05:30:56 AM
I was also saddened to read Robert Hughes had died. 
He was an art critic who wrote in many papers and magazines. He also wrote the best selling book The Fatal Shore.
Born in Australia Robert finally moved to New York.
RIP Robert.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2184861/Robert-Hughes-Australian-art-critic-author-The-Fatal-Shore-dies-aged-74-long-illness.html

My mom gave me The Fatal Shore to read a long time ago, but I didn't have a chance to read it. RIP, Robert Hughes.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 10, 2012, 09:10:16 PM
 " ET and Alien special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi dies "

 
Quote
Renowned Italian special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi, who created ET the Extra Terrestrial, has died aged 86 after a long illness.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19219081

 (http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/62194000/jpg/_62194336_015671679.jpg)

 R.I.P. Maestro Rambaldi.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 11, 2012, 08:22:38 AM
Professor Sir Bernard  Lovell  has died at 98.  

Sir Bernard Lovell founded Jodrell Bank Observatory.   When I was at college he was a real hero of mine. Such am amazing man with so much knowledge.  How I wish I could have met him.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2184949/Sir-Bernard-Lovell-founded-Jodrell-Bank-Observatory-dies-aged-98.html

RIP Sir Bernard.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 14, 2012, 05:07:12 PM

 " Cosmopolitan, Helen Gurley Brown, Who Gave ‘Single Girl’ a Life in Full, Dies at 90

 By MARGALIT FOX
 
 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/business/media/helen-gurley-brown-who-gave-cosmopolitan-its-purr-is-dead-at-90.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

 
Quote
Helen Gurley Brown, who as the author of “Sex and the Single Girl” shocked early-1960s America with the news that unmarried women not only had sex but thoroughly enjoyed it — and who as the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine spent the next three decades telling those women precisely how to enjoy it even more — died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 90, though parts of her were considerably younger.

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/08/13/obituaries/13brown_span/13brown_span-articleLarge.jpg)

 R.I.P. Mme Gurley Brown.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on August 14, 2012, 10:35:26 PM
" Cosmopolitan, Helen Gurley Brown, Who Gave ‘Single Girl’ a Life in Full, Dies at 90

 By MARGALIT FOX
 
 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/business/media/helen-gurley-brown-who-gave-cosmopolitan-its-purr-is-dead-at-90.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

 
 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/08/13/obituaries/13brown_span/13brown_span-articleLarge.jpg)

 R.I.P. Mme Gurley Brown.

I'm not familiar with her work, but from that article, it sounds to me like she was part of the problem rather than the solution to many of the ills that plague our society. The cavalier attitude towards sexuality that she seemed to promote through her work doesn't sound to me like a good thing. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 15, 2012, 07:48:12 AM
RIP Helen.

She wrote one of the most successful book, "Sex and The Single Girl"  and edited Cosmopolitan for over 30 years.  In the 1960's she may have been controversial but by the end of the 70s nearly all of her comments in her book were considered normal.   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 15, 2012, 08:09:12 AM
I feel like a rep. for The Sweathogs...

Us Cooper kids sure got a kick out of Welcome Back, Kotter back in the day.  Happy Days, The Donny & Marie Show, etc.

Actor Ron Palillo Dies (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/14/158772045/actor-ron-palillo-dies-he-was-horshack-on-welcome-back-kotter?ft=1&f=103943429)

The guy on the right is doing his best Elvis impression!

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=4529816794104886&id=5c7a035559eb7e818de08fcb9f4e2519)

I don't believe anybody posted about Robert Hegyes.  Surprising that Cheetah's passing got recognition, but not Mr. Hegyes.

Late, but here it is:  Robert Hegyes Dies At 60 (http://cnsnews.com/news/article/robert-hegyes-dies-60-played-epstein-welcome-back-kotter)

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=4718584882069642&id=e16b7691c9795f6126638c1dbb41ddf8)

Rest in peace, sirs.

(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=138266479005&id=981e805c3deefa035ba15a49156cb978&index=sf&url=http%3a%2f%2fmedia.ksee24.com%2fimages%2f340*264%2fhorshack.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 15, 2012, 10:15:24 AM
Rest In Peace both of you guys. You made me laugh many times over.

I loved Welcome Back Kotter and Happy Days.  Even my Dad wouldn't miss Happy Days if he could help it. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 15, 2012, 11:26:11 PM
I don't believe anybody posted about Robert Hegyes.  Surprising that Cheetah's passing got recognition, but not Mr. Hegyes.

It's the same with a lot of celebrities though. I may not know their name and if someone asked me what Robert Hegyes was best remembered for, for a million dollars, I couldn't answer them. If they showed me a picture, then I'd recognise him.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 16, 2012, 05:35:54 AM
It's the same with a lot of celebrities though. I may not know their name and if someone asked me what Robert Hegyes was best remembered for, for a million dollars, I couldn't answer them. If they showed me a picture, then I'd recognise him.

Just pointing out my surprise that a monkey's passing (albeit celebrity) got recognition over Mr. Hegyes.  I reckon we can't keep track of all celebrities, though and some are bound to fall through the cracks.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 16, 2012, 06:38:00 AM
I never heard of about half the people who are memorialized in here, and their pictures don't help.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 16, 2012, 06:39:51 AM
I never heard of about half the people who are memorialized in here, and their pictures don't help.

Still, just an observation is all.

To keep on topic, Elvis Presley died today.  Oh, 35 years ago....but still....

...and this is what he looked like 56 years ago...in 1956.  8)

(http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/pictures/img/elvis/50s/elvis_wink.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 16, 2012, 06:44:41 AM
Well, no more birthdays for him, then.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 16, 2012, 06:46:05 AM
Well, no more birthdays for him, then.

You wouldn't know that if you're ever in Memphis on January 8....   :D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on August 19, 2012, 08:15:17 PM
I''m posting this late, but better late than never:

RIP, Elizabeth Catlett, Sculptor:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/arts/design/elizabeth-catlett-sculptor-with-eye-on-social-issues-dies-at-96.html?_r=1

RIP to the 2 Sweathogs....(I'm really getting up there in age!) They were all dreamboats in their way...

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: davytriumph on August 20, 2012, 12:08:31 AM
Tragic news,

Tony Scott RIP

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=4788111821898362&id=66f515569fc9a252cf623fda53bb6745)

http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/film-maker-scott-bridge-death-043330943.html (http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/film-maker-scott-bridge-death-043330943.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 20, 2012, 12:25:00 AM
^ I just head that on the radio. Shocking and sad.

Here's another story, from the New York Times:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/director-tony-scott-jumps-to-his-death-from-los-angeles-bridge/

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 20, 2012, 12:41:38 AM
That is a shock. Just read it here and then heard it on the tv.

RIP Tony Scott.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 20, 2012, 06:19:25 AM

 Very tragic...... :(

 R.I.P. Tony Scott.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 20, 2012, 10:41:01 AM

 " San Francisco singer Scott McKenzie dies at 73 "

 Musician whose San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) was Summer of Love anthem dies in Los Angeles

 By James Meikle

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/aug/20/scott-mckenzie-dies-san-francisco?newsfeed=true

 (http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/8/20/1345455374443/Scott-McKenzie-with-the-M-010.jpg)
 R.I.P. Scott.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bch1_Ep5M1s
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 22, 2012, 06:17:07 AM
RIP Scott.
Being a hippy his song has always been an anthem to our group.


RIP Tony Scott.

Such dreadful news.  I only heard about it last night when I got home.  So very sad.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 24, 2012, 05:05:05 PM
(http://media.washtimes.com/media/community/viewpoint/entry/2012/08/23/pyllis-diller_s640x427.jpg?73b8e21685896c3f2859310aaa5adb253919b641)

Phyllis Diller passed away through the week aged 95.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/entertainment-news-and-reviews/2012/aug/23/phyllis-diller-trail-blazer-barrier-breaker-multi-/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: dane with no name on August 25, 2012, 01:24:06 PM
R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02304/Neil-Armstrong_2304781b.jpg)
The man every boy wanted to be.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-neil-armstrong-article-20120825,0,130019.story

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/bios/neilabio.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 25, 2012, 04:32:53 PM

 http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/neil-armstrong-man-moon-dead/story?id=12325140#.UDle_KCKKSo

 (http://a.abcnews.com/images/Travel/ht_neil_armstrong_jm_110421_wg.jpg)

 I saw on live from NASA in a bank of Tokyo that moment!!  8)

 R.I.P. MR.Armstrong..... :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 26, 2012, 04:09:45 AM
RIP Phyllis.  She gave me many laughs. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 26, 2012, 04:13:07 AM
RIP Neil Armstrong.

I saw the news last night.  He was a hero to many, many people.  It feels as if a part of history has gone with his passing.  Of course it will never be forgotten, but while he was alive it felt so much more than just an amazing achievement.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 26, 2012, 05:09:36 AM
Neil Armstrong's name will never be forgotten or his crew of Apollo 11. I wasn't born when on that July day in 1969, one of the greatest achievements in the history of the human race took place.

Godspeed Neil Armstrong.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 26, 2012, 02:55:47 PM
(http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1144137.1345862450!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/count25f-1-web.jpg)

Quote
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who taught innumerable children to count over the years as the voice of one of Sesame Street’s most popular characters, died Thursday in his Cape Cod home. He was 78.
 
Nelson succumbed after a long battle with emphysema, the L.A. Times reported.
 
Best known as the voice of Count von Count - the vampire with an unquenchable thirst for rattling off numbers - Nelson honed his skills under the tutelage of Bill Baird, the legendary puppeteer behind the marionettes in 1965’s “The Sound of Music.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/jerry-nelson-voice-count-von-count-sesame-street-dead-age-78-article-1.1144138
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on August 26, 2012, 03:44:22 PM
Kind of a side point, but both Neil Armstrong and Phyllis Diller are from an area of Ohio not far from where I live. I remember going to the Armstrong museum years ago in his hometown of Wapakoneta.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 01, 2012, 09:09:42 PM

 " Hal David, Songwriter, Is Dead at 91 "

 By ROB HOERBURGER

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/arts/music/hal-david-oscar-and-grammy-winning-songwriter-is-dead-at-91.html?_r=2&hp

 
Quote
Hal David, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning lyricist who in the 1960s and ’70s gave pop music vernacular the questions “What’s It All About?,” “What’s New, Pussycat?,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “What Do You Get When You Fall in Love?,” died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/09/02/arts/02david1/02david1-popup.jpg)

 R.I.P. Mr. David.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 02, 2012, 05:44:27 AM
RIP Hal

Just reading the titles of his songs takes you straight to the movie.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 02, 2012, 07:12:59 PM
RIP, Sun Myung Moon!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on September 03, 2012, 04:05:40 PM
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at 54. I read just within the last few weeks about him being in the hospital.

http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=754989 (http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=754989)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 03, 2012, 04:30:57 PM
54 is still quite young. Amazing.

RIP, Michael Clarke Duncan.

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-54-214440462.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 03, 2012, 05:33:52 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/starship-guitarist-mark-abrahamian-dies-46-231907293.html

Oh, no, not someone from Starship!

RIP, Mark Abrahamian!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 04, 2012, 03:14:04 AM
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Max Bygraves, one of the household names of British entertainment for more than 50 years, has died at the age of 89.

The star, whose catch phrase was  ‘I wanna tell you a story...’, died at his daughter’s home in Australia after battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Bygraves, who enjoyed enormous success as a singer, comedian, film star and quiz show host, emigrated to Australia from Bournemouth  four years ago, hoping the warmer climate would help his wife Blossom overcome her health problems.


Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2196740/Max-Bygraves-dead-Veteran-entertainer-dies-aged-89-battle-Alzheimers.html?ito=feeds-newsxml)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on September 04, 2012, 12:13:10 PM
Max never seemed to be off tv in England when I was growing up... R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 04, 2012, 02:29:41 PM
My parents always liked Max.  I did too, I thought he was funny and had a good voice.

RIP Max.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 04, 2012, 08:16:13 PM

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/green-mile-actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-at-54-following-july-13-heart-attack/2012/09/03/4dd65b4e-f644-11e1-a93b-7185e3f88849_story.html
 
 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2012/09/03/Style/Images/duncan003.jpg)

 Rest in peace Michael Clarke....

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on September 05, 2012, 09:04:56 AM
54 is still quite young. Amazing.

RIP, Michael Clarke Duncan.

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/actor-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-54-214440462.html

This is very sad. From the reports I've read, Duncan seemed to be a genuinely nice and caring guy who had a lot to offer. It's really sad that he's gone. Unfortunately, I think this provides yet another example of why it is so dangerous, and so deadly, to be more than 100 pounds overweight as he was. He was apparently trying to get healthier, and had recently become vegetarian. It's really sad that the changes he made came too late to help. A heart attack took him away too soon, at age 54. I hope his unfortunate passing serves as a wake-up call to all of those people who are severely overweight to make changes in their lives. This is what happens when you don't take care of yourself

I wish his family and friends peace as they process their tremendous loss. Michael Clarke Duncan seemed like one of the good ones.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 05, 2012, 05:54:17 PM
On the other hand, Alfred Hitchcock lived to be 80.

RIP, Michael Clarke Duncan.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on September 05, 2012, 07:40:26 PM
Yeah, Duncan may have been overweight, but he'd pumped a lot of iron at some point in time too--he was huge!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 07, 2012, 09:27:28 AM
Jim Fixx, fahion models and others who are thin also just drop dead of heart attacks. It's not just overweight people who die...

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 09, 2012, 02:24:24 PM
(http://images.brisbanetimes.com.au/2012/09/09/3621504/art-353-ValerieRonTaylor-300x0.jpg)


Quote
Ron Taylor, the Australian marine conservation pioneer who helped film some of the heart-stopping, iconic underwater footage in the movie Jaws, has died. He was 78.
 
Wildlife conservationists led the tributes for Taylor, who died at a private hospital in Sydney on Sunday.
 
He had battled myeloid leukaemia for two years, the ABC reported.

Brisbane Times (http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/conservation/shark-expert-ron-taylor-dies-in-sydney-20120909-25mb8.html)


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 09, 2012, 07:43:44 PM
I must be getting old when I'm thinking that 78 is not so old...

RIP, Ron Taylor.

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 09, 2012, 09:01:12 PM
RIP Ron. 

His work with sharks and other marine life was so well know all over the world. More important than his footage in Jaws.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on September 13, 2012, 06:38:03 AM
Lance LeGault died Monday, September 10, 2012 (http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/news/lance_legault_died_on_monday_september_10_2012.shtml)

From Wikipedia:

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LeGault's first three feature films he starred in were three Elvis Presley movies, Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) in which he was a stunt double for Elvis Presley, Kissin' Cousins (1964), and Viva Las Vegas (1964). He also appeared in Elvis Presley's groundbreaking 1968 NBC television special Elvis (also known as Elvis' 68 Comeback Special), where he sat at the side of the stage playing a tambourine.

Lance & Elvis in Girls! Girls! Girls!, 1962.  Hal Blaine, playing drums, was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the state I currently reside in.   Mr. LeGault and I were both born in Illinois.  He in Chicago and I in Rushville.

(http://www.biwa.ne.jp/~presley/jpg2/LanceLeGault-2.jpg)

Kissin' Cousins, 1964 - Lance LeGault as Jody Tatum (left)

(http://www.elvisblog.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Kissin-Cousins-Lance-LeGault-as-Jody-Tatum.jpg)

Kissin Cousins, 1964 - Lance LeGault Playing Josh Morgan (right)

(http://www.elvisblog.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Kissin-Cousins-Lance-LeGault-Playing-Josh-Morgan.jpg)

A behind the scenes shot of Lance with Elvis, probably on the set of Double Trouble in 1967.

(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=I.5058424268130463&pid=15.1)

On the legendary 1968 "Comeback" Special for NBC, Lance was featured in numerous scenes.  As you can see, tambourine wasn’t the only instrument LeGault played but like Elvis did for many of his movies, I believe Lance was using his guitar as a prop.  *Note: one of the photos from the 4 below is from Kissin' Cousins, where LeGault played a carnival barker (Lance in stripes w/hat, Elvis' back is the the camera wearing a red jacket).

(http://www.biwa.ne.jp/~presley/jpg2/LanceLeGault-4.jpg)
(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=I.4773573417633122&pid=15.1)
(http://tommcmahon.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515db069e20148c6b4cfdf970c-800wi)

There's an interesting Elvis/Eastwood connection here:  Interview with Lance LeGault (http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/lance_legault_interview.shtml)

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I did about a dozen movies with Elvis. Roustabout was not the first. By the time we did Roustabout, Elvis used to come see me in the nightclubs. The first time he came to see me, he was doing Wild In The Country, and he brought Tuesday Weld. I had a nightclub and a really good blues band and Elvis was a big blues fan. I had this nightclub 'The Cross Bow'. There was a rear entrance with stairs to a private balcony. And I could send food that way, too. He brought Tuesday and his group which of course all had dates.

And they all could sit up there and no one would bother them.

Clint Eastwood would come out to see me there.

It was a good club. And to have Elvis come out to see me there many times did not hurt. Elvis was very complimentary and generous. I did the original version of Hound Dog, One Night Of Sin, Kansas City and he liked all that. And then once word got out, that Elvis was coming to see Lance LeGault, you couldn't get a seat in that damn club.

So it was good.


I was also surprised to learn he played a Klingon in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Emissary in 1989.

(http://images.wikia.com/memoryalpha/en/images/a/a1/K%27Temoc.jpg)

Rest In Peace, sir.

(http://blog.voicebank.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/lance_legault_blog2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 20, 2012, 07:44:28 PM
RIP!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 26, 2012, 07:11:48 PM
(http://images.smh.com.au/2012/09/27/3667809/dh_williams2-20120927055904740826-620x349.jpg)

Quote
Moon River crooner Andy Williams dies aged 84

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Andy Williams, who has died aged 84, was one of the last great American crooners and had huge hits in the 1960s and 1970s with smooth renditions of such songbook standards as Can't Help Falling In Love and Days Of Wine And Roses; in a career spanning more than half a century he recorded 18 gold albums and hosted his own popular television show.
 
Williams died after a year-long battle with bladder cancer.


http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/moon-river-crooner-andy-williams-dies-aged-84-20120927-26m31.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 26, 2012, 08:14:35 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/arts/music/andy-williams-crooner-of-moon-river-dies-at-84.html?pagewanted=all

So sad!! :'(

Rest in peace, Andy......
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on September 27, 2012, 04:27:02 AM
Definitely a different take on a classic... ("Ah, you using the whole fist, doc?"  "Ever serve time?")

(http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=5055370471474620&id=d54849ccd04afe5ef31908b2dd056ace)

Rest In Peace, Mr. Williams.  He discovered The Osmonds.

(http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2012/news/120227/andy-williams-320.jpg)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on September 27, 2012, 08:06:33 AM
Well we'll forgive him for discovering the Osmonds...

But sad to hear of his passing. Ive been watching some of the duets from his tv series with the likes of
Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash and Tony Newley.... he really was a very talented singer..

R.I.P Andy Williams
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on September 27, 2012, 08:40:52 AM
Well we'll forgive him for discovering the Osmonds...

But sad to hear of his passing. Ive been watching some of the duets from his tv series with the likes of
Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash and Tony Newley.... he really was a very talented singer..

As a kid I enjoyed Yo Yo and Down By The Lazy River.  Also, theirs and The Jackson 5's cartoon shows.  If their stage attire looks familiar it's because they sought out Bill Belew, tailor to The King.

The Osmonds performing Yo Yo on The Flip Wilson Show 9/16/71 (http://www.jackedupmedia.com/mediadetails.php?key=4895634652fb5066ebd3&title=The+Osmonds+-+Yo+Yo)

(http://www.spirit-of-rock.com/les%20goupes/T/The%20Osmonds%20Brothers/Down%20by%20the%20Lazy%20River%20(Single)/Down%20by%20the%20Lazy%20River%20(Single).jpg)

I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of his work airing on television again very soon.  A fitting tribute would be nice.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 27, 2012, 02:48:47 PM
RIP Mr Williams. He was such a laid back singer.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 27, 2012, 09:19:43 PM
I loved Andy Williams--He was such a large part of my childhood music experience!

RIP!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 04, 2012, 02:41:39 PM
Quote
Herbert Lom, Frustrated Boss of Inspector Clouseau, Dies at 95

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/09/28/obituaries/28lom/28lom-articleLarge.jpg)

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/arts/herbert-lom-frustrated-boss-of-inspector-clouseau-dies-at-95.html?_r=0

I only just saw this. What a great actor. Not just from The Pink Panther films.

RIP Mr Lom. :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 04, 2012, 07:00:48 PM
Yes, it's an interesting obit, too. I meant to post it when it appeared. Thanks, SK.

And RIP, Herbert Lom.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on October 04, 2012, 10:37:46 PM
He was a great actor and appeared in one of my all time fave movies Hell Drivers

R.I.P Mr Lom
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 11, 2012, 02:28:05 PM
(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/10/11/sports/karras-obit-1/karras-obit-1-articleLarge.jpg)

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Alex Karras, a fierce and relentless All-Pro lineman for the Detroit Lions whose irrepressible character frequently placed him at odds with football’s authorities but led to a second career as an actor on television and in the movies, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77.

To those under 50, Karras may be best known as an actor. He made his film debut in 1968, playing himself in “Paper Lion,” an adaptation of George Plimpton’s book about his experience as an amateur playing quarterback for the Lions, which starred Alan Alda as Plimpton.

His rendering of his own roguish personality led to several appearances on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson,” and in the 1970s he played numerous guest roles on series television, on shows like “McMillan & Wife,” “Love, American Style,” “M*A*S*H” and “The Odd Couple,” in which he played a comically threatening man-mountain, the jealous husband of a woman who had become friendly with Felix (Tony Randall). Perhaps most memorably, he played Mongo, a hulking subliterate outlaw who delivers a knockout punch to a horse, in the Mel Brooks Western spoof “Blazing Saddles.”


(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/10/11/sports/karras-obit-3/karras-obit-3-articleInline.jpg)

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/11/sports/football/alex-karras-nfl-lineman-and-actor-dies-at-77.html?_r=1&
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 15, 2012, 06:43:43 PM
(http://www.trbimg.com/img-507a18ca/turbine/la-gary-collins.jpg-20121013/600)

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Gary Collins, 74, an actor who was the host of the syndicated TV show "Hour Magazine" and a former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, died early Saturday in Biloxi, Miss. Collins died of natural causes soon after arriving at Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told the Associated Press.

In 2011 Collins moved to Mississippi, the home state of his wife, Mary Ann Mobley, who was Miss America 1959 before embarking on an acting career.

From 1980 to 1988, Collins served as host of the daytime TV talk show "Hour Magazine," a gentler version of the genre that avoided some of the controversial topics tackled by Phil Donahue, Geraldo Rivera and other programs.

LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-passings-20121014,0,2908923.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+(L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories))
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on November 02, 2012, 07:15:27 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2012/11/01/dominican-former-yankees-pitcher-slain-at-home/1674257/

This is quite horrible!

RIP, Pascual Perez, former Yankee pitcher...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 03, 2012, 04:21:51 AM
This is so very sad.

RIP Pascual Perez.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Walt on November 19, 2012, 02:54:41 AM
He was a great actor and appeared in one of my all time fave movies Hell Drivers

R.I.P Mr Lom

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Herbert Lom just last year in London. Although very elderly and frail his voice was unmistakable and he enjoyed remenising about his fantastic career. I wasn't surprised at the news of his death but saddened. He was one of cinemas greatest character actors.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 22, 2012, 11:32:18 PM
Quote
He was one of Australia's most prolific and best-selling authors.

Bryce Courtenay churned out a book almost every year since his first and most popular book, The Power of One, was released in 1989.

He sold more than 20 million books since then, and recently released his last, Jack of Diamonds, but there'll be no more.

Bruce Courtenay has died at the age of 79.

(http://www.abc.net.au/news/linkableblob/4388728/data/bryce-courtenay-receives-an-honorary-doctorate-data.jpg)


http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3639391.htm
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on November 23, 2012, 09:48:49 PM
He's a good-looking man, Bryce Courtenay. What a fox he must have been in his heyday!

RIP.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on November 23, 2012, 10:06:24 PM
Larry Hagman has died at age 81: http://tvline.com/2012/11/23/larry-hagman-dead-at-age-81/ (http://tvline.com/2012/11/23/larry-hagman-dead-at-age-81/). I've seen a lot of I Dream of Jeannie, and have always enjoyed that show.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on November 23, 2012, 10:12:25 PM
I was crazy about Larry Hagman when I was a kid!

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on November 24, 2012, 06:59:05 AM
Wow, another iconic legend has left us.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hagman family.  Rest in peace, sir.

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=I.4517099501978454&pid=15.1)(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=I.5002014176971066&pid=15.1)(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=I.4904574280271341&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 24, 2012, 04:43:54 PM
Rest in Peace Larry.

 
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d7/I_Dream_of_Jeannie.png/250px-I_Dream_of_Jeannie.png)  (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/70/I_dream_of_jeannie_hagman_eden.JPG/200px-I_dream_of_jeannie_hagman_eden.JPG)  Really enjoyed that series. He became a hero of mine back then.

He will be missed.


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 24, 2012, 04:49:08 PM
RIP Mr  Courtenay.

The many books he wrote will go on being favourites. The Power of One will never be forgotten.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on November 25, 2012, 08:08:55 PM

 R.I.P. Larry Hagman.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 05, 2012, 12:06:45 PM
Really sad news today. Dave Brubeck has died.

His music has always been on my playlists.

http://news.sky.com/story/1021232/dave-brubeck-iconic-jazz-artist-dies-at-91

(http://www.schirmer.com/images/composer/gs-brubeck.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on December 05, 2012, 04:10:13 PM
That is really sad Lin... Brubeck was a giant among jazz musicians and composers...
Nearly 92, he had a good innings... but there just arnt that many jazz legends left..
Im gonna play his music all day tomorrow in his honour, and in the evening open a decent
bottle of red and watch that excellent documentary again...

R.I.P Mr Brubeck.... and thankyou.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 05, 2012, 08:30:18 PM
Very sad to hear of Brubeck's passing.

We had a thread on "that excellent documentary" (as Gant calls it), Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way ... Clint exec produced. The theatrical premiere was here in New York just about two years ago, to celebrate Brubeck's 90th birthday:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=6604.msg173405#msg173405

Bruce Ricker produced and directed; he is gone now, too. It was his last film.

Here's a link to the New York Times obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/arts/music/dave-brubeck-jazz-musician-dies-at-91.html?pagewanted=all

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/12/06/obituaries/06brubeckspan/06brubeck-articleLarge.jpg)

R.I.P.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 06, 2012, 08:56:30 PM

Very sad to hear of Brubeck's passing.

Here's a link to the New York Times obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/arts/music/dave-brubeck-jazz-musician-dies-at-91.html?pagewanted=all


R.I.P.



^^ http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/12/05/arts/music/brubeck-video.html?ref=music#index

 
Quote
Listening to Dave Brubeck

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/audio/arts/take5.jpg)


Very sad.....R.I.P. Mr. Brubeck.

 (http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/3JtycnVF.z64R4b0S1AwIQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD0zMDY7cT04NTt3PTQ1MA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2012-12-05T173808Z_1_CBRE8B41CZP00_RTROPTP_2_ARTS-MUSIC-BRUBECK.JPG)
 
 http://news.yahoo.com/photos/jazz-legend-brubeck-sits-next-wife-iola-65th-photo-173808189.html


Quote
    Jazz legend Dave Brubeck sits next to his his wife Iola on their 65th wedding anniversary on the terrace of Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch hotel in Carmel, California, September 19, 2007.REUTERS/Adam ...

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 06, 2012, 09:00:25 PM

 " Oscar Niemeyer, Architect Who Gave Brasília Its Flair, Dies at 104 "!!

 
Quote
Oscar Niemeyer, the celebrated Brazilian architect whose flowing designs infused Modernism with a new sensuality and captured the imaginations of generations of architects around the world, died on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. He was 104.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/americas/oscar-niemeyer-modernist-architect-of-brasilia-dies-at-104.html?ref=arts

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 09, 2012, 06:41:39 AM
Sir Patrick Moore dies at 89.

Anyone in the UK and around the world, who is interested in astronomy will know of Sir Patrick. He has presented The Sky At Night for nearly 50 years. He will be sadly missed by many people.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20657939

(http://www.ciaranbrown.com/images/pmoorejeanniea200.jpg)

RIP Sir Patrick.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 09, 2012, 11:08:37 PM
Rest In Peace, Sir Patrick.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 09, 2012, 11:57:09 PM

Dave Brubeck has died.

http://news.sky.com/story/1021232/dave-brubeck-iconic-jazz-artist-dies-at-91

(http://www.schirmer.com/images/composer/gs-brubeck.jpg)

I didn't know this--What a loss!

RIP, Dave Brubeck!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 12, 2012, 06:41:39 AM

 Another sad news...., another big loss...... :(

 " Ravi Shankar, Prolific Indian Sitarist, Dies at 92 "

 By ALLAN KOZINN

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/arts/music/ravi-shankar-indian-sitarist-dies-at-92.html?pagewanted=all

 
Quote
Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitarist and composer whose collaborations with Western classical musicians as well as rock stars helped foster a worldwide appreciation of India’s traditional music, died Tuesday in a hospital near his home in Southern California. He was 92.

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/12/12/arts/12shankar_337/12shankar_337-articleLarge.jpg)

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/12/13/global-home/13shankar-image2/13shankar-image2-popup.jpg)

 R.I.P. Ravi.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 12, 2012, 08:35:13 AM
Wow, R.I.P. Mr. Shankar

(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=I.4909449093449291&pid=15.1)(http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4793046887565472&pid=15.1)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_U12s4H-25xA/TKzi2U1A7FI/AAAAAAAAAgU/xwZbZBc06u4/s400/George.jpg)
(http://images.icnetwork.co.uk/upl/liverpoolecho/dec2012/8/3/harrison-ravi-620-368700292.jpg)
(http://www.mybeatlescollection.com/images/BROWart/060710browimage.jpg)
  
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 12, 2012, 08:45:41 AM
RIP Ravi

I have heard the album with George Harrison and love it.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on December 13, 2012, 12:17:01 AM
Sad to hear of the passing of Ravi, a huge influence on many and Oscar Miemeyer, Im a big fan of modernism
and of course Patrick Moore who so many of us here in the UK grew up watching on tv over many, many years...
Patricks gone back to where he came from...  :) R.I.P to all of them.... All three have left behind a great legacy of work... Ya can't beat that...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 16, 2012, 10:02:16 PM
RIP, Ravi.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 18, 2012, 12:04:02 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/17/politics/obit-inouye/index.html

RIP, Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 18, 2012, 08:33:58 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/17/politics/obit-inouye/index.html

RIP, Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii!

LCat

Mr.Inoue represented Hawaii in the Senate for five decades!  His last word was "Aloha " !!

Aloha, Mr. Inoue....

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 18, 2012, 08:41:23 PM
" N. Joseph Woodland, Inventor of the Bar Code, Dies at 91 "

 By MARGALIT FOX

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/business/n-joseph-woodland-inventor-of-the-bar-code-dies-at-91.html?_r=0

 It was born on a beach six decades ago, the product of a pressing need, an intellectual spark and the sweep of a young man’s fingers through the sand.........

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 18, 2012, 08:45:06 PM
Here's a link to the New York Times obituary for Senator Inouye. Fascinating.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/us/daniel-inouye-hawaiis-quiet-voice-of-conscience-in-senate-dies-at-88.html

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A hero of World War II who lost his right arm in combat in Europe, Mr. Inouye, a Democrat, served two terms in the House of Representatives early in his career and was first elected to the Senate in 1962. He was the first Japanese-American elected to both the House and the Senate.
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Daniel Ken Inouye was born in Honolulu on Sept. 7, 1924, the oldest of four children of Hyotaro and Kame Imanaga Inouye, who had immigrated from Japan. He graduated from McKinley High School, enrolled in premedical studies at the University of Hawaii and was a medical volunteer at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked in 1941.

In 1943, when the United States Army lifted its ban on Japanese-Americans, Mr. Inouye joined the new 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the first all-nisei volunteer unit. It became the most decorated unit in American military history. In 1944, fighting in Italy and France, he won a battlefield commission to second lieutenant. He was shot in the chest, but the bullet was stopped by two silver dollars in his pocket.

On April 21, 1945, weeks before the end of the war in Europe, he led an assault near San Terenzo, Italy. His platoon was pinned down by three machine guns. Although shot in the stomach, he ran forward and destroyed one emplacement with a hand grenade and another with his submachine gun. He was crawling toward the third when enemy fire nearly severed his right arm, leaving a grenade, in his words, “clenched in a fist that suddenly didn’t belong to me anymore.” He pried it loose, threw it with his left hand and destroyed the bunker. Stumbling forward, he silenced resistance with gun bursts before being hit in the leg and collapsing unconscious.

His mutilated right arm was amputated in a field hospital. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, which was upgraded to the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military award, by President Bill Clinton in 2000. (Members of the 442nd were believed to have been denied proper recognition because of their race.)

R.I.P., Daniel Inouye.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 25, 2012, 12:40:06 AM
I will miss Jack Klugman.

RIP, Oscar Madison!

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-jack-klugman-obit-20121225,0,4927770.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on December 25, 2012, 01:04:14 AM
R.I.P Jack.... The last of the 12 angry men...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 25, 2012, 01:32:37 AM
R.I.P Jack.... The last of the 12 angry men...



Angry no more, I hope!

LCat!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 25, 2012, 11:35:25 AM
RIP Jack.

Quincy was a favourite of mine as was The Odd Couple.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on December 25, 2012, 12:57:33 PM
Charles Durning also died yesterday at age 89.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20659615,00.html?xid=rss-fullcontent (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20659615,00.html?xid=rss-fullcontent)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 25, 2012, 01:07:14 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5a/JackKlugmanNov09.jpg/220px-JackKlugmanNov09.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/19/CharlesDurningMay2008.jpg/220px-CharlesDurningMay2008.jpg)

Quincy was a favorite of mine as a kid. Every Saturday night on Channel 7.

Who'll ever forget Charles Durning in Tootsie. Especially the look on his face when Dorothy reveals her true identity.

RIP, Jack and Charles.  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 26, 2012, 04:27:22 AM
Wow, Jack Klugman.  My heart breaks.  I loved watching him on The Odd Couple when I was a kid.  One of my favorite episodes is when Felix challenged him to type his name as fast as he could without making a mistake.  "Oscar Madisox... Oscar Madisoy...."  Hahaha, not as easy as he thought!   ;D  Man, this is such sad news.  I know I never knew the man, but he sure seemed like a hell of a guy and definitely a good actor.  RIP, Mr. Klugman.   :'(

(http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/data/730/3odd_couple.jpg)(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=IA.208283370929&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 26, 2012, 04:44:12 AM
I think I first caught Charles Durning in When A Stranger Calls.  He played in a handful of Burt Reynolds movies, most humorously as Lt. Friscoe in Sharky's Machine.  Of course, he was very good opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie.  RIP Mr. Durning.

(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4914117670011677&pid=15.1)(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4928776460437719&pid=15.1)(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4909676711511777&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 26, 2012, 06:54:40 PM
Besides being an extremely versatile character actor on stage and screen, Charles Durning (like the late Senator Inouye) was a hero of  World War II. His account of the worst of his combat experiences, included in his obituary in the New York Times, reminded me of both Flags of Our Fathers and the haunted past of Clint's character in Gran Torino:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/movies/charles-durning-prolific-character-actor-dies-at-89.html?pagewanted=all (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/movies/charles-durning-prolific-character-actor-dies-at-89.html?pagewanted=all)

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Then came World War II, and he enlisted in the Army. His combat experiences were harrowing. He was in the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit’s lone survivor of a machine-gun ambush. In Belgium he was stabbed in hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier, whom he bludgeoned to death with a rock. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he and the rest of his company were captured and forced to march through a pine forest at Malmedy, the scene of an infamous massacre in which the Germans opened fire on almost 90 prisoners. Mr. Durning was among the few to escape.

By the war’s end he had been awarded a Silver Star for valor and three Purple Hearts, having suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds as well. He spent months in hospitals and was treated for psychological trauma.

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  Mr. Durning was also remembered for his combat service, which he avoided discussing publicly until later in life. He spoke at memorial ceremonies in Washington, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0GVUXh4tQQ) and in 2008 France awarded him the National Order of the Legion of Honor. 
     
 In the Parade interview, he recalled the hand-to-hand combat. “I was crossing a field somewhere in Belgium,” he said. “A German soldier ran toward me carrying a bayonet. He couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15. I didn’t see a soldier. I saw a boy. Even though he was coming at me, I couldn’t shoot.”       

 They grappled, he recounted later — he was stabbed seven or eight times — until finally he grasped a rock and made it a weapon. After killing the youth, he said, he held him in his arms and wept. 
     
 Mr. Durning said the memories never left him, even when performing, even when he became, however briefly, someone else.   
     
 “There are many secrets in us, in the depths of our souls, that we don’t want anyone to know about,” he told Parade. “There’s terror and repulsion in us, the terrible spot that we don’t talk about. That place that no one knows about — horrifying things we keep secret. A lot of that is released through acting.”       

R.I.P.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 27, 2012, 02:43:36 AM
RIP Mr Durning.

Sad news indeed.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 27, 2012, 10:03:10 AM
Besides being an extremely versatile character actor on stage and screen, Charles Durning (like the late Senator Inouye) was a hero of  World War II. His account of the worst of his combat experiences, included in his obituary in the New York Times, reminded me of both Flags of Our Fathers and the haunted past of Clint's character in Gran Torino:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/movies/charles-durning-prolific-character-actor-dies-at-89.html?pagewanted=all (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/movies/charles-durning-prolific-character-actor-dies-at-89.html?pagewanted=all)

R.I.P.

This was extremely interesting, albeit sad.  Thank you for posting this about Mr. Durning.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 28, 2012, 10:03:38 PM
(http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2012/12/29/1226545/007897-tony-greig.jpg)

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FORMER England captain and cricket commentator Tony Greig has died after a battle with lung cancer, the Nine Network has announced. He was 66. Greig first became aware he had a problem during Australia's one-day series against Pakistan in Dubai in August and September. Initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, the condition lingered and, by the time of the ICC World Twenty20 that finished in Sri Lanka in October, Greig had tests that revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung. On his return to Australia he had fluid removed from the right lung and testing revealed he had lung cancer.

The Australian (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/tony-greig-dies-after-cancer-battle/story-e6frg7mf-1226545012743)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 28, 2012, 10:06:35 PM
(http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2012/12/harry_carey_jr.jpg)

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Harry Carey Jr., who was a member of John Ford's stock company of actors and played in a number of the director's classic Westerns, has died of natural causes in Santa Barbara, the Associated Press reported Friday. He was 91.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/western-character-actor-harry-carey-407048
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 29, 2012, 11:04:24 AM

R.I.P. for all lost...... :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 29, 2012, 11:42:40 AM
I heard about Tony Greig this morning. Our news report said it was a heart attack that took him. He had struggled with cancer for some time. I was so very sad to hear of his passing.

(https://news.google.com/news/tbn/UW6AqFrbgh8J/6.jpg)

RIP Tony.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 29, 2012, 11:44:23 AM
RIP  Harry.

I did not think he was 91.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 30, 2012, 09:06:53 PM
RIP to all of the celebs who passed away this year--They just couldn't hang on for a couple more days...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: davytriumph on January 01, 2013, 05:05:20 AM
RIP Gerry Anderson. 

Brought me and many others hours of joy and excitement

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/12/26/1356543480399/Gerry-Anderson-in-2000-006.jpg)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/dec/26/gerry-anderson (http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/dec/26/gerry-anderson)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 02, 2013, 06:28:07 AM
RIP Gerry.

I loved the Thunderbirds too.  It was amazing back then and it has stood the test of time. A neighbours 8 year old was busy telling me all about it a few weeks ago. His Dad had 'found' some old Thunderbirds VHS copies.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 03, 2013, 04:49:18 AM
Patti Page has passed away on New Year's Day.  RIP Ms. Page.

Tennessee Waltz singer Patti Page dies at 85 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/01/02/patti-page-obit.html)             Patti Page/Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patty_Page)

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4854486398468614&pid=15.1)(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4690491648246903&pid=15.1)

Interview With Patti Page November 29, 2005 (http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/interview_patti_page.shtml) 

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She has charted a staggering 111 hits on pop, country and r&b charts ('Tennessee Waltz' was # 1 concurrently on all three charts), a feat no other artist in recording history can claim!

I have to correct this:  Elvis had 149 hits on the aforementioned charts and more; Billboard's Adult Contemporary, Gospel and Holiday charts.  Still, her achievements are impressive even by today's standards.

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4709831905184102&pid=15.1)




Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 03, 2013, 06:41:47 AM
RIP Pattie Page.

No matter how many hits she had she was a great singer. Tennessee Waltz was a favourite of my parents and I loved Cross over the Bridge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5tWLyVYd4o
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on January 04, 2013, 03:04:29 PM
RIP, Patti Page!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on January 04, 2013, 03:08:25 PM
RIP Gerry Anderson. 

Brought me and many others hours of joy and excitement

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/12/26/1356543480399/Gerry-Anderson-in-2000-006.jpg)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/dec/26/gerry-anderson (http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/dec/26/gerry-anderson)


Isn't Gerry Anderson the same one who did Captain Scarlet? I used to watch that show all the time. I have to confess that as an adult, I purchased the entire Captain Scarlet series on DVD. (I don't know how I loved that show so!)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 05, 2013, 09:35:12 PM
Beate Sirota Gordon died last Sunday at the age of 89. As a 22-year-old interpreter on General MacArthur's staff in Japan after World War II, she helped write Japan's postwar Constitution. In particular, she was responsible for clauses on women's rights:

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Her work — drafting language that gave women a set of legal rights pertaining to marriage, divorce, property and inheritance that they had long been without in Japan’s feudal society — had an effect on their status that endures to this day.

“It set a basis for a better, a more equal society,” Carol Gluck, a professor of Japanese history at Columbia University, said Monday in a telephone interview.

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For decades, Ms. Gordon said nothing about her role in postwar Japan, at first because the work was secret and later because she did not want her youth — and the fact that she was an American — to become ammunition for the Japanese conservatives who have long clamored for constitutional revision.

But in the mid-1980s, she began to speak of it publicly. The release of her memoir, “The Only Woman in the Room,” published in Japanese in 1995 and in English two years later, made her a celebrity in Japan, where she lectured widely, appeared on television and was the subject of a stage play and a documentary film, “The Gift From Beate.”

In recent years, amid renewed attacks on the Constitution by Japanese conservatives, Ms. Gordon spoke out ardently in its defense.

Ms. Gordon was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, a high honor bestowed by the Japanese government, in 1998. But perhaps the greatest accolade she received came from Japanese women themselves.

“They always want their picture taken with me,” Ms. Gordon told ABC News in 1999. “They always want to shake my hand. They always tell me how grateful they are.”

www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/world/asia/beate-gordon-feminist-heroine-in-japan-dies-at-89.html?pagewanted=all

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 06, 2013, 07:53:46 PM

R.I.P Patti Page. 

R.I.P Mme Sirota Gordon.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 07, 2013, 11:49:16 PM
Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture critic extraordinaire, R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/arts/design/ada-louise-huxtable-architecture-critic-dies-at-91.html?pagewanted=all

Her very last column, published last December 3 in the Wall Street Journal, was an eloquent and reasoned put-down of the New York Public Library's plan to dismantle the heart of its central building:

Wall Street Journal link (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323751104578151653883688578.html?mod=wsj_valetbottom_email#)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 09, 2013, 01:28:31 AM
What an interesting column. So very well written.

She will be missed. I wonder if some of her column will become the basis of a book about her, if there is not already something on those lines.

RIP Ada Louise Huxtable.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on January 10, 2013, 07:10:45 PM
RIP Ada Louise Huxtable.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 11, 2013, 04:38:11 AM
Wow, sad indeed.  I remember seeing him on tv as a kid and only occasionally thereafter but he always projected a kind, friendly demeanor.  RIP Mr. Trailer, God bless.

Rex Trailer, host of ‘Boomtown’ TV show, dies at 84
 (http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/01/10/rex-trailer-host-boomtown-show-dies/LFjejyLVQ3pbPIH7Soh3dP/story.html)
Rex Trailer's Boomtown Official Website (http://www.rextrailer.tv/)

(http://media.pressherald.com/images/300*338/portland-press-herald_3710387.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 12, 2013, 04:37:02 AM
More a celebrity by association but a celebrity nonetheless.  RIP Mr. Wilkinson.

Elvis Presley's rhythm guitar player, John Wilkinson, dies at age 67 in Southwest Missouri (http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/186564001.html?refer=y)

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Wilkinson first met Elvis Presley when he was 10 years old after sneaking into his dressing room before a show at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield. He amused Presley when he told him, "You can't play guitar worth a damn."

Family friend and spokesman Gary Ellison said a Springfield history museum recalled the pair's meeting in an exhibit that ran until about three weeks ago.

"John loved to tell that story," Ellison, a fellow musician, said Friday.

After the chance meeting, Wilkinson developed a name for himself as a singer and guitarist, performing with such groups as The New Christy Minstrels.

He was 23 when Presley saw him perform on a television show in Los Angeles in 1968, and asked him to join the TCB Band — not knowing he was the youngster who insulted his playing a decade earlier, Ellison recalled.

Wilkinson went on to play 1,200 shows as Presley's rhythm guitar player until the legendary singer's death in 1977.


(http://www.elvis.com/news/images/Image/JohnWilkinson.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 15, 2013, 10:04:14 PM

 " Nagisa Oshima, Iconoclastic Filmmaker, Dies at 80 "

 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/movies/nagisa-oshima-iconoclastic-filmmaker-dies-at-80.html

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Nagisa Oshima, the iconoclastic filmmaker who challenged and subverted the pieties of Japanese society and the conventions of Japanese cinema and who gained international notoriety in 1976 for the sexually explicit “In the Realm of the Senses,” died on Tuesday at a hospital near Tokyo. He was 80.

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Among other later films, “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” (1983), a prisoner-of-war drama starring David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto, was shot mainly in New Zealand. Mr. Oshima, collaborating with Luis Buñuel’s frequent screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, also put a twist on the French sex farce with “Max Mon Amour” (1986), which paired Charlotte Rampling and a chimpanzee.

His final film, the 19th-century samurai drama “Taboo” (1999), which he directed after suffering his first stroke, continued his late-career theme of forbidden love, bringing to the surface the homoerotic currents of “Mr. Lawrence.”

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/01/15/movies/OSHIMA4/OSHIMA4-articleLarge.jpg)

 I liked very much "Gohatto" ( “Taboo” 1999), it was the best for me.
 He was sick a long time .... rest in peace, Mr. Oshima... :'(

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/01/15/world/asia/ap-as-obit-oshima.html?ref=news&_r=0
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jan/15/nagisa-oshima-dies-aged-80
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 18, 2013, 10:34:39 PM
Pauline Phillips/Abigail Van Buren/Dear Abby, R.I.P.

New York Times obituary (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/business/media/pauline-phillips-flinty-adviser-to-millions-as-dear-abby-dies-at-94.html?pagewanted=all)

A couple of samples quoted in the above obit:

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Dear Abby: I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Have you any suggestions? — M. J. B. in Oakland, Calif.

Dear M. J. B.: Yes. Run for a public office.

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Dear Abby: Are birth control pills deductible? — Bertie

Dear Bertie: Only if they don’t work.

And my favorite:

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Dear Abby: Two men who claim to be father and adopted son just bought an old mansion across the street and fixed it up. We notice a very suspicious mixture of company coming and going at all hours — blacks, whites, Orientals, women who look like men and men who look like women. This has always been considered one of the finest sections of San Francisco, and these weirdos are giving it a bad name. How can we improve the neighborhood? — Nob Hill Residents

Dear Residents: You could move.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 18, 2013, 10:44:45 PM
Conrad Bain who appeared briefly in one Clint Eastwood film and more notably the TV series Diff'rent Strokes passed away earlier in the week.

(http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2013/01/17/pagesix/web_photos/52133279125839--300x300.jpg)

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Charlotte Rae, who played Edna Garrett on both “Diff'rent Strokes,” and its spin-off “Facts of Life,” says she will “always cherish” working with her co-star Conrad Bain who passed on Monday at the age of 89.


http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/charlotte_rae_pays_tribute_to_conrad_HqzebyoyKtX3BDSbvJA4iM
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 19, 2013, 05:36:21 AM
Conrad Bain who appeared briefly in one Clint Eastwood film and more notably the TV series Diff'rent Strokes passed away earlier in the week.


Bain played "Madison Avenue Man" in Coogan's Bluff. That would be Coogan's fellow passenger on the flight to New York who starts this exchange:

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MAN: One of your cowboys step outta line in our fair city?

COOGAN: No, one of your boys stepped outta line in ours.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 19, 2013, 06:57:10 PM
Stan "The Man" Musial, one of the all-time baseball greats, dies at 92:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/sports/baseball/baseball-great-stan-musial-dies-at-92.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/01/20/sports/baseball/20musial-1/20musial-1-popup.jpg)

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A signature Musial image endures: He waits for a pitch in a left-handed crouch, his knees bent and close together, his body leaning to the left as he peers over his right shoulder, the red No. 6 on his back. The stance was likened to a corkscrew or, as the White Sox pitcher and Dodger coach Ted Lyons once described it, “a kid peeking around the corner to see if the cops are coming.”

Swinging from that stance, Musial won seven batting championships, hit 475 home runs and amassed 3,630 hits. His brilliance lay in his consistency. He had 1,860 hits at home and 1,860 on the road. He drove in 1,951 runs and scored 1,949 runs. And his power could be explosive: he set a major league record, equaled only once, when he hit five home runs in a doubleheader.

“There is only one way to pitch to Musial — under the plate,” Leo Durocher, the manager of the Brooklyn Dodger and New York Giant teams that Musial often victimized, once said.

He was renowned for his concentration at the plate, and his patience: he struck out only 696 times in 10,972 at-bats — a 6 percent ratio — in his 22 major league seasons, all as a Cardinal. A gentlemanly and sunny figure — he loved to play “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on his harmonica — he was never ejected from a game. When admirers approached him, he chatted them up with his familiar “whattayasay, whattayasy.”

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 19, 2013, 10:48:50 PM

R.I.P. Conrad Bain.

R.I.P. Stan Musial....Great Man!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 19, 2013, 10:53:27 PM

" French designer Andree Putman dies aged 87 "

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/french-designer-andree-putman-dies-aged-87-family-164905649.html

 
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The internationally acclaimed French designer Andree Putman, whose many achievements include revamping the interior of the Concorde supersonic jet, died Saturday at her Paris home aged 87, her family said.

Putman helped coin the concept of the boutique hotel, gave her name to a skyscraper in Hong Kong, and designed movie sets and stores for luxury goods in a career that spanned nearly seven decades.

Seen by many as the Grande Dame of French design, the chic Parisienne was the subject of a retrospective at Paris city hall in 2010.

 (http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/rUDEqHyKr1GPBgWop2B8eg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Y2g9MzUwO2NyPTE7Y3c9NTEyO2R4PTA7ZHk9MDtmaT11bGNyb3A7aD0zNTA7cT04NTt3PTUxMg--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_GB/News/AFP/photo_1358613913328-1-0.jpg)

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 19, 2013, 10:56:19 PM
" Nagisa Oshima, Iconoclastic Filmmaker, Dies at 80 "

 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/movies/nagisa-oshima-iconoclastic-filmmaker-dies-at-80.html

 

 Homage to Nagisa Oshima from David Bowie.

http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/International/Arch/SR/DavidBowie/

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All of us who have had the privilege of working with Oshima-san will miss his spirit tremendously.
David Bowie
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: davytriumph on January 21, 2013, 07:48:00 AM
RIP Michael Winner

(http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/PwpFbC4GDYpf0tHoX_6q_Q--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Y2g9NDAwO2NyPTE7Y3c9NjMwO2R4PTA7ZHk9MDtmaT11bGNyb3A7aD00MDA7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://l.yimg.com/os/251/2013/01/21/winner-2-jpg_143150.jpg)

So many films of his were "winners"

Sadly missed

http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/michael-winner-dies-142154883.html (http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/michael-winner-dies-142154883.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 11, 2013, 06:54:31 PM

 " Baseball’s first woman scout dies at 100 "

 By Craig Calcaterra

 http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/11/baseballs-first-woman-scout-dies-at-100/related/

 
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There are a lot of “boys clubs” in baseball. The players. The media. Management. If you had to come up with a prototypical old boys club, though, you could do worse than naming scouts. Thanks to popular culture and various anecdotes it’s almost impossible for the first image that pops in your head when you hear the words “baseball scout” NOT to be an old guy. Maybe a grouchy one like Clint Eastwood.

But Edith Houghton cracked that boys club. Not last year or in the 1970s or something. She did it in 1946, holding the job until she left to go fight in the Korean freakin’ War. She severed in the Navy during World War II as well. Before that she played baseball on a number of industrial and semi-pro teams.

Edith Houghton: tougher and more accomplished than most of us put together.

Sadly, she died earlier this month at age 100. The beginnings of her story can be read here.  Some more in depth information can be found here. There’s probably a much longer story to be told as well.

 

 (http://nbchardballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/edith-houghton.jpg?w=242)

 R.I.P. Edith.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 11, 2013, 10:03:58 PM
^ R.I.P., indeed. A remarkable woman.

Talking of female baseball pioneers, the Times recently ran the obituary of one of the inspirations for the film  A League of Their Own:

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Lavonne Paire Davis, Baseball Pioneer, Dies at 88


By WILLIAM YARDLEY

Lavonne Paire Davis, a star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s and 1950s and a consultant for the hit movie “A League of Their Own,” died on Saturday in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles. She was 88.

Her death was confirmed by Jeneane Lesko, a board member of the league’s players association.

Davis, who was known as Pepper Paire in her playing days, entered the league in 1944, the year after it was formed by Philip W. Wrigley, the chewing-gum magnate and owner of the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley had worried that World War II would deplete professional baseball of male players and force it to fold. That never happened, but his women’s pro league became popular anyway, and Davis became one of its most enduring players.

More here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/sports/baseball/lavonne-paire-davis-baseball-pioneer-dies-at-88.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 12, 2013, 02:23:11 AM
Yes most certainly a remarkable woman. Way ahead of her time.

R.I.P. Edith.

R.I.P. Lavonne Paire Davis too. Another amazing woman.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 12, 2013, 09:10:41 PM

R.I.P. Lavonne.

I hope that these two remarkable women have seen " Trouble with the Curve "!! :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 12, 2013, 10:12:35 PM
Lavonne certainly did, as she was a consultant on the production. 8)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 17, 2013, 10:31:02 PM
" Baseball’s first woman scout dies at 100 "

 By Craig Calcaterra

 http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/11/baseballs-first-woman-scout-dies-at-100/related/

 
 (http://nbchardballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/edith-houghton.jpg?w=242)

 R.I.P. Edith.

The New York Times finally got around to publishing an obituary for Edith Houghton. She was not only apparently the first independently hired female Major League Baseball scout ... she seems to have been the last! (Well, not counting Mickey Lobel's probable future career after Trouble with the Curve.)

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Houghton, who died on Feb. 2 in Sarasota, Fla., at 100, liked to say that she was the first woman hired as a major league scout on her own. Her one known predecessor, Bessie Largent, had worked for many years in tandem with her husband, Roy, as a scout for the Chicago White Sox. But as Houghton pointed out to interviewers, although she never made a fuss about it, she worked solo for the Phillies from 1946 to 1951.

There are different accounts about why Houghton got the job. Some say she bowled over the Phillies’ president, Robert Carpenter, with an uncanny grasp of the game. Others mention the scrapbook she brought along, bulging with newspaper clippings documenting her impressive career as a player in the 1920s and ’30s on the women’s national baseball circuit known as the Bloomer Girls league.

Philadelphia sportswriters, bitter at the team’s decade-long swoon at or near the bottom of the standings, said the Phillies had hired her simply because they had nothing to lose.

But that she got the job at all constitutes one of the most unusual accomplishments by any woman in American sports.

Frank Marcos, senior director of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, baseball’s cooperative scouting service, said that in addition to being one of the first female scouts in baseball, Houghton was apparently also the last.

“We have been talking about this all day, making calls to clubs all over the country,” Marcos said in an interview Thursday, after news of Houghton’s death had begun to circulate widely. “And we know of no other part-time or full-time women scouts in baseball since then.”

He added: “Would I like to change that? Darn right.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/sports/baseball/edith-houghton-rarity-as-baseball-scout-dies-at-100.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 18, 2013, 07:38:37 AM
Mindy McCready Dead From Apparent Suicide (http://news.yahoo.com/mindy-mccready-dead-apparent-suicide-033736330.html)

A troubled soul, indeed.

R.I.P. Mindy McCready

11/30/75 - 2/17/13

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/cd/Mindy_McCready.JPG/220px-Mindy_McCready.JPG)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 18, 2013, 10:39:17 AM
Tony Sheridan, Colleague of Beatles, Is Dead at 72 (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/18/arts/music/tony-sheridan-singer-backup-up-by-the-beatles-dies-at-72.html?_r=0)

The closest thing you'll ever hear to Elvis singing with The Beatles are those early recordings they made with Tony Sheridan.  I don't know much about him, so I'm not saying he was copying Elvis, just that he sounds like him on those performances.  I haven't heard anything else but would like to.  Seems like he was rockin' until the very end.  God bless him.

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5/21/40 - 2/16/13

R.I.P. Mr. Sheridan

(http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_content_width/hash/68/4c/684c2eda2591f548aeb22af3a4e5a148.png)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: davytriumph on February 18, 2013, 01:09:37 PM
So sad, much loved comedian and actor Richard Briers has died.   Roobarb  :'(

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http://uk.news.yahoo.com/richard-briers-dies-good-life-actor-aged-79-123152206.html (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/richard-briers-dies-good-life-actor-aged-79-123152206.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Rawhide7 on February 18, 2013, 01:24:06 PM
R.I.P  Dr. Jerry Buss

Long time owner of the Los Angeles Lakers!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 19, 2013, 09:05:22 AM
Richard Briers will be sadly missed. Such a versatile actor, from comedy to Shakespeare. 

RIP Richard.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 20, 2013, 09:55:53 PM
The Newe York Times finally got around to publishing an obituary for Edith Houghton. She was not only apparently the first independently hired female Major League Baseball scout ... she seems to have been the last! (Well, not counting Mickey Lobel's probable future career after Trouble with the Curve.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/sports/baseball/edith-houghton-rarity-as-baseball-scout-dies-at-100.html

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(Well, not counting Mickey Lobel's probable future career after Trouble with the Curve.)

^Yes, that will be just in our mind!!  8)


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In 1925, the Bobbies toured Japan, playing men's college teams for $800 a game. As a team they were less than spectacular, but the Japanese press had only good things to say about Edith.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/houghton.html

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The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Houghton in 1986 for an article about the discovery of a Philadelphia woman’s journal in the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Written by one of Houghton’s teammates on the Bobbies, it described their two-month tour of Japan.

“For young women in 1925 — to be playing baseball and to be going to Japan — well, that was pretty exciting,” Houghton told the interviewer. “I wish I could remember more about it. But I was so young then.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/sports/baseball/edith-houghton-rarity-as-baseball-scout-dies-at-100.html?_r=0

 Incredible story that she was only 13!!..... :o  She was really great!!  8)  O0
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 13, 2013, 10:03:03 PM
Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, believed to be the last surviving member of the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler in July, 1944, has died at the age of 90.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/world/europe/ewald-heinrich-von-kleist-anti-hitler-plotter-dies-at-90.html

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Like many Germans involved in efforts to kill Hitler, Mr. von Kleist was a soldier — a lieutenant in the German Army — but his family had long been active in the German resistance. In January 1944, he was 22 and recuperating in Berlin from wounds he suffered in combat when he was approached by Col. Claus von Stauffenberg to join an assassination plot.

At the time, Lieutenant von Kleist led a unit that was scheduled to meet with Hitler to show him new Army uniforms. Colonel von Stauffenberg asked Lieutenant von Kleist to take along hidden explosives, which he would then detonate at the meeting.

“I found it a very difficult decision, I must say,” Mr. von Kleist recalled in an interview for a 1992 documentary, “The Restless Conscience.”

He asked for a day to decide, and he traveled home from Berlin to talk with his father, Ewald von Kleist-Schmenzin. His father had been arrested many times for resistance activity.

“The next morning, my father said, ‘Why are you here again?’ “ Mr. von Kleist recalled. “I said, ‘Well, I have difficult decisions I have to make.’ He said, ‘What is it?’ And I told him. And he said at once, ‘Yes, of course you have to do it,’ and I said, ‘Yes, but I have to blow up with the colonel.’

“He got up from his chair, went to the window, looked out of the window for a moment, and then he turned and said: ‘Yes, you have to do that. A man who doesn’t take such a chance will never be happy again in his life.’ ”

 Lieutenant von Kleist agreed to go through with the plan, but Hitler canceled at the last moment — he frequently changed his schedule late in the war — and Colonel von Stauffenberg and others began devising a new plan.

In July 1944, as other conspirators in the plot were being discovered and arrested, Colonel von Stauffenberg, whose Army role gave him access to top leaders, decided to leave a bomb under a table during a meeting of Hitler and his aides at Wolf’s Lair, his field headquarters in East Prussia. Lieutenant von Kleist was among several conspirators whose job was to wait in Berlin to be ready to stage a coup once Hitler’s death was confirmed.

After the bomb went off, but failed to kill Hitler, the Nazis rounded up and executed more than 5,000 plotters and their supporters, including Stauffenberg and Lt. Kleist's father. But he survived—arrested, but eventually released to the front. He became a publisher after the war.

R.I.P.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 15, 2013, 02:40:17 PM
Malachi Throne has passed away.  Besides It Takes A Thief, I only really remember him from Star Trek and Batman.

The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/malachi-throne-batman-star-trek-thief-429009)

Rest in peace, sir.

(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4910527192762279&pid=15.1) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a8/Malachi_Throne_Robert_Wagner_It_Takes_a_Thief_1968.jpg/220px-Malachi_Throne_Robert_Wagner_It_Takes_a_Thief_1968.jpg)
(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4557940476152170&pid=15.1) (http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4818769545594158&pid=15.1) 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 18, 2013, 06:29:30 AM
'One Day At A Time' actress Bonnie Franklin dies (http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/01/showbiz/obit-bonnie-franklin)

Bonnie Franklin passed away on March 1.  I used to love One Day At A Time and always thought she was perfect in that comedy.  I don't recall seeing her in anything since, maybe a guest appearance on another show. 

R.I.P. Ms. Franklin

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/53/Bonnie_Franklin_1976.JPG/250px-Bonnie_Franklin_1976.JPG)  (http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5022071781722006&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 21, 2013, 03:38:56 AM
This is a little late.  On March 7th Kenny Ball the jazz trumpeter died aged 82.

I so enjoyed his music. If his name doesn't tell you who he was perhaps the music "Midnight in Moscow", "When I'm Sixty Four" and "Samantha" will remind you.

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/7/1362672286712/Jazz-Musician-Kenny-Ball-004.jpg)

RIP Kenny

He'll be joining the jazz greats for an impromptu jam session. We have lost a number of the greatest jazz men over the last year. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on March 30, 2013, 05:14:43 PM
http://music-mix.ew.com/2013/03/30/phil-ramone-dead-age-72/

RIP, Phil Ramone!

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 31, 2013, 11:23:06 AM

 ^ R.I.P. Mr. Ramone.


" Richard Griffiths Dead: 'Harry Potter' Actor Dies At 65 "

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/29/richard-griffiths-dead-harry-potter_n_2978478.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

 
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LONDON — Richard Griffiths was one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon. But for millions of movie fans, he will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon, the least magical of characters in the fantastical "Harry Potter" movies.

Griffiths died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, from complications following heart surgery, his agent, Simon Beresford, said. He was 65.

"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe paid tribute to the actor Friday, saying that "any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence."

"I am proud to say I knew him," Radcliffe said.

 (http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1061901/thumbs/s-RICHARD-GRIFFITHS-DEAD-DIES-large.jpg?6)

 R.I.P. Richard Griffiths.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 31, 2013, 05:30:46 PM
RIP Richard Griffiths

I especially liked him in the UK TV series Pie in the Sky. 

65 is so young these days.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on March 31, 2013, 06:37:12 PM
I agree, Lin. I think dying in the 70's nowadays is early, too.

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on April 04, 2013, 01:32:40 PM
Roger Ebert has died at 70 :( http://variety.com/2013/film/news/roger-ebert-dies-at-70-1200333136/ (http://variety.com/2013/film/news/roger-ebert-dies-at-70-1200333136/)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on April 04, 2013, 01:35:38 PM
Roger Ebert has died. He just announced that his cancer had returned, but I really didn't expect him to die so soon. This is tremendously sad. He died so young, and he was such an inspiration to so many people. Roger Ebert was an amazing man. He lost his ability to eat, to speak, to live life normally. Facing what he faced on a daily basis, most of us, myself included, would become bitter, collapsing under the weight of the enormity of of the problems which we faced each and every day. Not Roger Ebert. No matter what he was going through, he maintained a positive attitude, his zest for life, and his love for movies. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2002, so he fought this horrible disease for 10 year. When celebrities die, it doesn't usually affect me but this really is devastating. Rest in Peace Roger Ebert. We will not see the likes of you again. You were one of the good ones.

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/roger-ebert-dies-at-70-1200333136/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 04, 2013, 06:06:39 PM

Very sad news......
I thought he was recovered from the disease....I'm so sorry.... :(
Rest in peace, Roger.

 
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Critic With the Golden Thumb

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/05/movies/roger-ebert-film-critic-dies.html?emc=na&_r=0

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/04/04/arts/05ebert_span/05ebert_span-articleLarge-v2.jpg)


 http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2012/09/_what_exactly_happened_when.html

 
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This has been interpreted in conservative circles as an attack by me, "a liberal mouthpiece." Not my intention. I tweeted out of love. If I'd had more words, I might have said he choose the wrong place and the wrong time. I was NOT implying that Clint Eastwood is "old and senile," as one right-wing blog charged.

He is old. I am old. Once we were both young and drank Guinness in a bar in Chicago, when he was still The Man With No Name. He was to move on from that evening and achieve, as actor and director, undeniable greatness. He is the opposite of senile. He is brave. He has a supremely intelligent artistic sensibility. He knows his instrument. Backstage in the briefing, he was handed the wrong sheet music.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 04, 2013, 06:16:31 PM
R.I.P. Peter Duryea, costar of the original Star Trek pilot, "The Cage"

Star Trek Remembering Peter Duryea, 1939-2013 (http://www.startrek.com/article/remembering-peter-duryea-1939-2013)

(http://cache.desktopnexus.com/thumbnails/849751-bigthumbnail.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 04, 2013, 06:37:40 PM
May God Bless Mr. Gordon Stoker

Gordon Stoker (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/gordon-stoker-singer-with-the-jordanaires-8557346.html)

Gordon Stoker behind Ed Sullivan & Presley

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5004234837787830&pid=15.1)

Here is Mr. Stoker again with Presley, I believe around the time of the "How Great Thou Art" sessions, one of Presley's best albums.  *Interestingly, Elvis was dissatisfied about the poor quality of his current soundtrack albums, citing albums by bands such as The Beatles that had much better production, so he was definitely up on current sounds/trends (even though that wouldn’t begin to show for another year or so).

(http://www.theoaklandpress.com/content/articles/2013/03/27/entertainment/doc515360552cb85173008330.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 09, 2013, 03:54:06 AM
Roger Ebert has died. He just announced that his cancer had returned, but I really didn't expect him to die so soon. This is tremendously sad. He died so young, and he was such an inspiration to so many people. Roger Ebert was an amazing man. He lost his ability to eat, to speak, to live life normally. Facing what he faced on a daily basis, most of us, myself included, would become bitter, collapsing under the weight of the enormity of of the problems which we faced each and every day. Not Roger Ebert. No matter what he was going through, he maintained a positive attitude, his zest for life, and his love for movies. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2002, so he fought this horrible disease for 10 year. When celebrities die, it doesn't usually affect me but this really is devastating. Rest in Peace Roger Ebert. We will not see the likes of you again. You were one of the good ones.

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/roger-ebert-dies-at-70-1200333136/

Yes, very sad indeed.  Movie critics' opinions never sway my decision to see any given film but I did enjoy watching the banther between him and Gene Siskel.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ebert.

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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 09, 2013, 04:07:36 AM
I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet:   Obituary: Margaret Thatcher (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-10364876) 
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Margaret Thatcher, who has died following a stroke, was one of the most influential political figures of the 20th Century

Rest in peace

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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on April 12, 2013, 09:48:41 PM
So long, Jonathan Winters!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on April 13, 2013, 03:41:52 AM
^ Jonathan Winters, R.I.P. (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/13/arts/television/jonathan-winters-comedian-dies-at-87.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: mike siegel on May 07, 2013, 01:47:12 PM
Today is a sad day, because the father of cinema fantasy has left this world. Ray Harryhausen died today. He lived a rich life and enriched the lifes of countless cinema lovers and film makers. I was lucky to have known him, years ago he ha...d invited me and Christiane to a wonderful evening at his house. Over the years we had exchanged letters which resulted in discussing a possible project. It wasn't meant to be but the memories will never fade away.
(http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae15/peckinpah69/uk-ray-mike-k.jpg) (http://s953.photobucket.com/user/peckinpah69/media/uk-ray-mike-k.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on May 07, 2013, 09:50:28 PM
Here is a link to the New York Times obituary for Ray Harryhausen:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/movies/ray-harryhausen-cinematic-special-effects-innovator-dies-at-92.html?pagewanted=all

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/05/08/arts/harryobit1/harryobit1-articleLarge-v4.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 08, 2013, 10:27:21 AM
RIP Ray Harryhausen.

What an amazing man.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: TWOMULES on May 08, 2013, 11:51:45 PM
Today is a sad day, because the father of cinema fantasy has left this world. Ray Harryhausen died today. He lived a rich life and enriched the lifes of countless cinema lovers and film makers. I was lucky to have known him, years ago he ha...d invited me and Christiane to a wonderful evening at his house. Over the years we had exchanged letters which resulted in discussing a possible project. It wasn't meant to be but the memories will never fade away.
(http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae15/peckinpah69/uk-ray-mike-k.jpg) (http://s953.photobucket.com/user/peckinpah69/media/uk-ray-mike-k.jpg.html)

A fitting tribute, Mike.

RIP Ray Harryhausen. :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 09, 2013, 07:27:11 PM
Today is a sad day, because the father of cinema fantasy has left this world. Ray Harryhausen died today. He lived a rich life and enriched the lifes of countless cinema lovers and film makers. I was lucky to have known him, years ago he ha...d invited me and Christiane to a wonderful evening at his house. Over the years we had exchanged letters which resulted in discussing a possible project. It wasn't meant to be but the memories will never fade away.

Losing a person we know that is very sad and very painful.   But it is great that Ray Harryhausen fully enjoyed his fantastic life I think..... :(
Rest in peace, Ray.

 http://www.rayharryhausen.com/index.php

(http://www.rayharryhausen.com/images/Ray_400.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 09, 2013, 07:30:33 PM

" Longtime 'Young & the Restless' star Jeanne Cooper dies at 84 "

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/05/08/young-the-restless-star-jeanne-cooper-is-dead/

(http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/i/2013/04/12/jeanne-cooper_612x450.jpg)

R.I.P. Katherine Chancellor.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on May 09, 2013, 08:09:16 PM
RIP, Jeanne Cooper. You were fabulous! I'm so glad that even though I don't approve of plastic surgery, you had a great (plastic surgery) job done, and didn't end up looking something like a lion...But I digress...

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on May 22, 2013, 12:25:21 AM
Really sad to hear of the passing of Trevor Bolder.. David Bowie's original bass player in The Spiders from Mars..
Only in his early 60's, a fantastic musician and played on many of Bowie's greatest records..

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R.I.P Trevor...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 22, 2013, 09:20:48 AM
RIP Trevor.

He was far too young.


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 22, 2013, 09:24:40 AM
Yesterday Ray Manzarek, co-founder of The Doors died in Germany aged 74. 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22604798


RIP Ray.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on June 19, 2013, 09:18:11 PM
Wow..... James Gandolfini has died aged 51.... Thats terrible news...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 20, 2013, 01:26:51 AM
I was so sorry to learn of James Gandolfini's death. 51 is so young.

He was fantastic in The Sopranos.


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RIP James.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on June 20, 2013, 05:10:00 AM
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R.I.P Mr Gandolfini.

I have always found him great in "The Barber", by the Coen Brothers.
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So young to die ...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on June 24, 2013, 03:09:19 PM
Author Richard Matheson has died at age 87. http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/richard-matheson/26143/richard-matheson-dies-aged-87  He's always been a favorite of mine!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 25, 2013, 05:51:59 AM
Wow, 51.  Same age as my brother.  Damn.  Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini.

Rest in peace, Mr. Matheson.  May God be with you both.  :angel:
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on June 25, 2013, 10:05:59 AM
Author Richard Matheson has died at age 87. http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/richard-matheson/26143/richard-matheson-dies-aged-87  He's always been a favorite of mine!

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTI2WDMxNw==/$T2eC16h,!)8E9s4l90QlBQ7KMwN17w~~60_12.JPG)"I am Legend" : very big shock when I was 15 ... The best science fiction novel ever read.
 Here, my own French edition, from 1977.


R.I.P Mr Matheson.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on June 26, 2013, 12:28:45 AM
Author Richard Matheson has died at age 87. http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/richard-matheson/26143/richard-matheson-dies-aged-87  He's always been a favorite of mine!

I've seen the three different film versions of I Am Legend but have never read the book.  But I like his writing style, based on a collection of short stories I have of his. I would think What Dreams May Come would be a fascinating read. He's always been a writer I wanted to read more of. RIP.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on July 02, 2013, 12:11:37 PM
Actor Jim Kelly has passed away.  RIP, sir.

Enter The Dragon Actor Jim Kelly Dead At 67 (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/enter-dragon-actor-jim-kelly-dead-67-article-1.1386946)

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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on July 02, 2013, 12:54:50 PM
Maybe the funniest scene in Enter the Dragon

Mr. Williams chooses his girls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRjOB4qy4zo)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 15, 2013, 10:31:04 AM
So many people have passed away since I've been gone--I knew about Gandolfini, but I didn't know about the others. (Oh, no, not Jim Kelly!  :'(    )

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 24, 2013, 02:41:09 AM
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Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who as an actor played a TV cop on Law & Order during his wide-ranging career, has died. He was 69.

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http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/law--order-star-dennis-farina-dead-at-69-20130723-2qfi5.html

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on July 28, 2013, 11:03:20 AM
RIP, Dennis Farina!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 31, 2013, 07:47:02 AM
Eileen Brennan has died at age 80. http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/eileen-brennan-obit-1200569841/ I've seen her in a lot of stuff, and some of my favorites are Murder By Death and Clue.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 15, 2013, 07:31:48 PM

 " London 2012 parachutist Mark Sutton killed "

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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23707434

 
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The stuntman who parachuted in to the London 2012 opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident.

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 21, 2013, 11:50:40 PM
Elmore Leonard, the great crime novelist, died on Tuesday at the age of 87.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/books/elmore-leonard-master-of-crime-fiction-dies-at-87.html?pagewanted=all

At the beginning of his writing career, Leonard's specialty was Westerns. His best-known Western short story, 3:10 to Yuma, was twice adapted as a film, but Clint Eastwood fans will also recall him as the author of the screenplay of Joe Kidd.

Here's an appreciation by New York Times book reviewer (and former film critic) Janet Maslin:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/books/elmore-leonard-a-man-of-few-yet-perfect-words.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/08/22/arts/22ELMORE/22ELMORE-popup.jpg)

R.I.P.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 22, 2013, 02:27:05 AM
RIP Elmore Leonard.

His books will live on for future generations.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on August 22, 2013, 04:42:13 AM
R.I.P. Elmore Leonard.

I've read a lot of his books, and there was a time when I devoured them one after another. Then the day came when I couldn't force myself to read another. I tried, and would give up a couple chapters in. Still, I have fond feelings toward those books I read and the joy they brought, and of course he's the writer of Rum Punch, which was made into one of my very favorite movies, Jackie Brown.

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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 25, 2013, 01:15:46 PM
Julie Harris has died at age 87.

Her excellent New York Times obit is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/arts/julie-harris-celebrated-actress-of-range-and-intensity-dies-at-87.html?pagewanted=all

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Julie Harris, the unprepossessing anti-diva who, in the guises of Joan of Arc, Mary Todd Lincoln, Emily Dickinson and many other characters both fictional and real, became the most decorated performer in the history of Broadway, died on Saturday at her home in Chatham, Mass. She was 87.

There is a tenuous Eastwood connection: She appeared in one episode of Rawhide (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0683145/combined).

R.I.P.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 25, 2013, 02:14:39 PM
RIP Ms Harris.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 26, 2013, 07:25:01 PM
Elmore Leonard, the great crime novelist, died on Tuesday at the age of 87.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/books/elmore-leonard-master-of-crime-fiction-dies-at-87.html?pagewanted=all

At the beginning of his writing career, Leonard's specialty was Westerns. His best-known Western short story, 3:10 to Yuma, was twice adapted as a film, but Clint Eastwood fans will also recall him as the author of the screenplay of Joe Kidd.

Here's an appreciation by New York Times book reviewer (and former film critic) Janet Maslin:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/books/elmore-leonard-a-man-of-few-yet-perfect-words.html

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/08/22/arts/22ELMORE/22ELMORE-popup.jpg)

R.I.P.



Up in the "Eastwood in the press: Minor mentions" thread, Antonis posted an excerpt from an interview with Elmore Leonard, in which he talked about working with Eastwood and John Sturges on Joe Kidd:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=7063.msg213344#msg213344

Here's a direct link to the interview, for anyone who wants to read more:

http://www.filmcomment.com/article/elmore-leonard-interview-patrick-mcgilligan
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 05, 2013, 06:56:42 PM
RIP, Julie Harris, and Elmore Leonard!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on September 06, 2013, 12:06:14 PM
I thought somebody else would've posted about this now, so here it goes.  Actor Michael Ansara passed away July 31.

Michael Ansara, "Star Trek"'s Kang, dies at 91 (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57596876/michael-ansara-star-trek-s-kang-dies-at-91/)      Michael Ansara, actor behind Klingon leader Kang, dies at 91 (http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/03/showbiz/star-trek-actor-dies)

I first became aware of Mr. Ansara in the classic Star Trek episode, Day Of The Dove.  I always enjoyed his portrayal of Kang and read more about him in a Trek novel entitled Pawns And Symbols.  Ansara was married to Barbara Eden, who played in one of Elvis' better movies, Flaming Star (1960).

Ansara with Fran Jeffries and Presley in one of The King's worst films, Harum Scarum (1965)

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A better image of Ansara from the same movie, with foreign subtitles.

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Kang vs. Kirk in Day Of The Dove (1967)

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Pawns And Symbols (1985)

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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on September 06, 2013, 08:28:52 PM
Wow, I had no idea Michael Ansara was anywhere near 91!

RIP.

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 09, 2013, 06:34:45 PM

 R.I.P. Julie Harris.  :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 19, 2013, 01:19:00 AM
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Ken Norton, who fought three memorable fights with Muhammad Ali, breaking his jaw in winning their first bout, then losing twice, and who went on to become the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, died Wednesday in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nev. He was 70.

nytimes (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/sports/ken-norton-a-championship-fighter-who-broke-alis-jaw-is-dead-at-70.html?_r=0)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on September 21, 2013, 08:00:41 PM

" Hiroshi Yamauchi, Who Steered Nintendo to Dominance, Dies at 85 "

 
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TOKYO — Hiroshi Yamauchi, who transformed his great-grandfather’s playing-card company, Nintendo, into a global video game powerhouse, died on Thursday in Kyoto, Japan. He was 85.

 
Quote
In the early 1990s, Mr. Yamauchi found himself in the middle of an international dispute when he offered to buy a majority stake in the Seattle Mariners. The team, established in 1977, had been threatening to leave Seattle if it could not find a new owner willing to keep it there. Nintendo had its United States headquarters in Seattle.

The team’s owners approved the deal but the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Fay Vincent, and a four-man M.L.B. owners’ committee initially opposed it. They relented and approved the sale in 1992 after Mariners fans and the Seattle news media rallied in favor of it. In 2001, the Mariners signed the star Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, now with the Yankees, helping to open the door for many more Japanese players to join major league teams in the United States.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/business/global/hiroshi-yamauchi-who-helped-drive-nintendo-into-dominance-dies-at-85.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&ref=obituaries&adxnnlx=1379773517-s5ctNj/+lRYH0GRrutDObg

 http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/hiroshi-yamauchi-death-seattle-mariners-owner-nintendo-president-signficant-legacy-091913

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/09/20/business/19yamauchi-inline/19yamauchi-inline-popup.jpg)

 R.I.P. Mr. Yamauchi.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: antonis on October 02, 2013, 07:26:21 AM
really sad news......

Spaghetti Western Legend Giuliano Gemma dies in car crash age 75 / Breaking News

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Italian spaghetti western film star Giuliano Gemma was killed in a car crash on Tuesday.

The 75 year old was involved in a collision near Rome, Italy. He was taken to hospital but died shortly after his arrival.

After working as a stuntman, he began acting in 1962. He became famous for his roles in spaghetti westerns, appearing in films such as A Pistol for Ringo, Blood for a Silver Dollar and Day of Anger.

He went on to win the David di Donatello, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscar, for his performance in Desert of Tartars in 1976.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on October 02, 2013, 08:22:06 PM

 R.I.P. Giuliano.


 " Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Master of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66 "

 By JULIE BOSMAN

 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/books/tom-clancy-best-selling-novelist-of-military-thrillers-dies-at-66.html?hp&_r=2&

 
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Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fueled military novels spawned a new genre of thrillers and made him one of the world’s best-known and best-selling authors, died on Tuesday in Baltimore. He was 66.

 http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2013/10/02/books/10-27-Tom-Clancy-7.html

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 R.I.P. Mr. Tom Clancy.

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on October 02, 2013, 10:10:29 PM
Curse of 3 : Victor "Octopus" Lundin , Mike "Mr Freeze" Ansara & Henry "Scarecrow" Polic II , all bat stars & all within short period.

Also Ken Wallis , 98 (Little Nellie pilot in YOLT)

Hitlers bodyguard Rochus Misch (he was born 1917 I believe)......he was last remaining in the bunker , quite a life he had : pre-WW2/Hitler elected , WW2 , Hitler bombed , Hitlers death/end of war , Cold War , Berlin Wall torn , fall of Saddam , 9/11.....all these things he lived to see.

He must've thought of Hitler when he saw dictators like Saddam and Gadaffi & just like Hitler it all came back to them.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 03, 2013, 03:10:53 AM
I was sorry to learn of the death of Tom Clancy. He was too young.

I loved his novels especially "Hunt for Red October".

RIP Mr. Clancy.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 03, 2013, 07:54:30 AM
Hitlers bodyguard Rochus Misch (he was born 1917 I believe)......he was last remaining in the bunker , quite a life he had : pre-WW2/Hitler elected , WW2 , Hitler bombed , Hitlers death/end of war , Cold War , Berlin Wall torn , fall of Saddam , 9/11.....all these things he lived to see.He must've thought of Hitler when he saw dictators like Saddam and Gadaffi & just like Hitler it all came back to them.

Thanks for pointing me to this obituary of Misch, which I'd missed when it was published:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/world/europe/rochus-misch-bodyguard-of-hitler-dies-at-96.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 04, 2013, 07:54:56 PM
" Hiroshi Yamauchi, Who Steered Nintendo to Dominance, Dies at 85 "

 
  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/business/global/hiroshi-yamauchi-who-helped-drive-nintendo-into-dominance-dies-at-85.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&ref=obituaries&adxnnlx=1379773517-s5ctNj/+lRYH0GRrutDObg

 http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/hiroshi-yamauchi-death-seattle-mariners-owner-nintendo-president-signficant-legacy-091913

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/09/20/business/19yamauchi-inline/19yamauchi-inline-popup.jpg)

 R.I.P. Mr. Yamauchi.


What a creative and resourceful person! RIP!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 04, 2013, 07:57:57 PM
really sad news......

Spaghetti Western Legend Giuliano Gemma dies in car crash age 75 / Breaking News

(http://www.nationalturk.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Spaghetti-Western-Legend-Gulliano-Gemma-Dies.jpg)


It seems bizarre that a stuntman would die in an accident; it's also bizarre that he would die in an accident at such an age! RIP

LCat

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 04, 2013, 08:26:55 PM
" Hiroshi Yamauchi, Who Steered Nintendo to Dominance, Dies at 85 "

 
  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/business/global/hiroshi-yamauchi-who-helped-drive-nintendo-into-dominance-dies-at-85.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&ref=obituaries&adxnnlx=1379773517-s5ctNj/+lRYH0GRrutDObg

 http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/hiroshi-yamauchi-death-seattle-mariners-owner-nintendo-president-signficant-legacy-091913

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/09/20/business/19yamauchi-inline/19yamauchi-inline-popup.jpg)

 R.I.P. Mr. Yamauchi.

Thanks for the interesting history, Higashimori...

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on October 17, 2013, 04:23:42 AM

 " Veteran character actor Ed Lauter dies at age 74 "

 http://news.yahoo.com/veteran-character-actor-ed-lauter-dies-age-74-004940530.html

 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74.

 
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He was in "Trouble With the Curve" in 2011 with Clint Eastwood and in "Born on the Fourth of July" with Tom Cruise. He was also in "The New Centurions" with George C. Scott and in "My Blue Heaven," ''Revenge of the Nerds 2" and "Not Another Teenage Movie," among many other films.

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 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 17, 2013, 06:09:10 AM
Mr. Ed Lauter passed away yesterday.  I remember him from Death Wish 3 and more recently, Trouble With The Curve.  I've seen him in other films as well but can't recall the titles.

Entertainment Weekly (http://news-briefs.ew.com/2013/10/16/character-actor-ed-lauter-obituary/)

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Lauter)

Lauter with Charles Bronson in Death Wish 3 (1985)

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Lauter, at far left, in Trouble With The Curve (2012)

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Lauter in the same movie, at far right, with Eastwood

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4656557487490794&pid=15.1)

R.I.P. Ed Lauter

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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: antonis on October 18, 2013, 10:17:48 AM
Mr. Ed Lauter passed away yesterday.  I remember him from Death Wish 3 and more recently, Trouble With The Curve.  I've seen him in other films as well but can't recall the titles.

Death hunt ????
Always loved that film.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 18, 2013, 10:26:30 AM
Death hunt ????
Always loved that film.


Yes, and The White Buffalo, too, another Bronson movie.  He's had a long career, having appeared many times on television and numerous films.  Looks like he played Frank Morris in a tv movie entitled Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980).  There's a few still yet to come and you can see more here: Ed Lauter/IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0491590/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 19, 2013, 08:55:40 PM

Yes, and The White Buffalo, too, another Bronson movie.  He's had a long career, having appeared many times on television and numerous films.  Looks like he played Frank Morris in a tv movie entitled Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980).  There's a few still yet to come and you can see more here: Ed Lauter/IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0491590/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1)

This text is almost impossible to read for someone (like me) using the Mocha scheme for this site. Of course, I can select it and read it here or paste it elsewhere, but I just wondered why it was colored lime green in the first place? It seems an odd choice for a man who just died.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 20, 2013, 01:30:23 PM
Mr. Lou Scheimer passed away yesterday.  He found Filmation and was the producer of cartoon shows such as Star Trek, Superman, Fat Albert and He-Man, among others:  CNN Entertainment (http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/19/showbiz/cartoons-lou-scheimer-dies/index.html)

(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4758812064679531&pid=15.1)

R.I.P. Lou Scheimer

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Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 20, 2013, 04:25:09 PM
Apparently, lime green is the new black for obituaries.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on October 20, 2013, 08:47:13 PM
Apparently, lime green is the new black for obituaries.

So it seems.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 21, 2013, 02:08:30 AM
I only just learned that Tommy Morrison passed away recently, on September 1: The New York Times  (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/sports/tommy-morrison-boxer-and-co-star-in-rocky-v-dies-at-44.html?_r=0) 
I remember watching his winning bout against George Foreman and seeing him in Rocky V opposite Sylvester Stallone.

Foreman and Morrison, 1993

(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4629975932141889&pid=15.1)

Stallone & Morrison in Rocky V, 1990

(http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4595856720659100&pid=15.1)

R.I.P. Mr. Morrison

(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4831087775188319&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on October 26, 2013, 12:39:54 PM
Marcia Wallace, who co-starred on The Bob Newhart Show and The Simpsons, has died at 70. http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=836174
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on October 28, 2013, 04:35:50 AM
Lou Reed dies at 71.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/28/entertainment-us-usa-loureed-idUSBRE99Q09620131028

Venus in Furs - The Velvet Underground (Lou Reed) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwzaifhSw2c)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Conan on October 28, 2013, 11:05:30 PM
RIP Hal Needham

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/movies/hal-needham-stuntman-and-director-of-action-films-dies-at-82.html
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/vintage-speed/hal-needhams-greatest-stunts
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 29, 2013, 06:08:51 AM
Wow, a trifecta.  R.I.P. Marcia Wallace, Lou Reed and Hal Needham.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 31, 2013, 06:13:55 AM

 " Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Master of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66 "

 R.I.P. Mr. Tom Clancy.

I attempted, more than once, to read The Hunt For Red October.  I gave up after the third try.   A friend gave me the 2nd and 3rd books in the movie series and I enjoyed those very much.  I read a third and although I liked it, haven't read one by him since.   

Patriot Games (1987)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/PatriotGames.JPG/175px-PatriotGames.JPG)

Clear And Present Danger (1989)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c8/Clear_And_Present_Danger_cover.jpg/200px-Clear_And_Present_Danger_cover.jpg)

Tom Clancy's Op-Center (1995)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/1d/Op-Center_cover.jpg/200px-Op-Center_cover.jpg)

Maybe someday I'll give this one another try but will probably need to have one of his reference books handy to get all the way through.

The Hunt For Red October (1984)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c2/HuntForRedOctober.JPG/200px-HuntForRedOctober.JPG)

R.I.P. Mr. Clancy

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4968122983121466&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on November 14, 2013, 12:06:07 PM
Sad to hear of Lou Reeds passing... Ive got some of his records...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 14, 2013, 03:39:44 PM
Sad to hear of Lou Reeds passing... Ive got some of his records...

That was sad news Gant.

Welcome back by the way, good to see you again.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on November 14, 2013, 08:15:42 PM
Yes, welcome back Gant!

Too bad a major pop culture figure has to die to get Gant to log on here! ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on November 17, 2013, 06:46:41 PM
Good to be back :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 18, 2013, 04:38:22 AM
Doris Lessing the author has died aged 94.

This is sad news. An interview by Woman's Hour was replayed this morning on radio 4. She was a remarkable woman.

RIP

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10455485/Doris-Lessing-Nobel-Prize-winning-author-dies-at-94.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on November 18, 2013, 07:53:40 AM
Influential "screenwriting guru" Syd Field has died:

http://www.screendaily.com/5063748.article
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on November 18, 2013, 10:10:58 AM
Doris Lessing the author has died aged 94.

This is sad news. An interview by Woman's Hour was replayed this morning on radio 4. She was a remarkable woman.

RIP

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10455485/Doris-Lessing-Nobel-Prize-winning-author-dies-at-94.html

I don't find this news that sad. The woman was 94 years old. How long do you think women can realistically live?
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on November 18, 2013, 12:56:28 PM
I don't find this news that sad. The woman was 94 years old. How long do you think women can realistically live?

I'm willing to bet her family thinks so.  :-\

R.I.P. to all the recently departed mentioned here.  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on November 18, 2013, 02:10:19 PM
I'm willing to bet her family thinks so.  :-\

R.I.P. to all the recently departed mentioned here.  :'(

I agree, and their feelings would be understandable, but since we are not members of her family, we don't have to express the same sentiments ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on November 18, 2013, 02:20:16 PM
I agree, and their feelings would be understandable, but since we are not members of her family, we don't have to express the same sentiments ;)

But there's absolutely nothing wrong with doing so.  We can agree to disagree and end this with this post.  If you care to continue, there's always PM's; dragging this out here is not an option.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on November 18, 2013, 02:44:10 PM
But there's absolutely nothing wrong with doing so.  We can agree to disagree and end this with this post.  If you care to continue, there's always PM's; dragging this out here is not an option.

I agree. There's no need to continue this discussion further. My idle comment was my opinion and wasn't intended to promote a discussion. Back to our regularly scheduled programing...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on November 18, 2013, 07:54:23 PM
Surely it's always sad when someone whose work we admire dies, no matter how old he or she is? Let Lin be sad about Lessing's passing if that's how she feels.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 19, 2013, 04:04:38 AM
Surely it's always sad when someone whose work we admire dies, no matter how old he or she is? Let Lin be sad about Lessing's passing if that's how she feels.


Do I understand, from your post above, that it is not sad when anyone who is not a family member dies?
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on November 19, 2013, 07:11:48 AM

Do I understand, from your post above, that it is not sad when anyone who is not a family member dies?

From my point of view, the woman was 94 years old, and everyone has to die at some point in time. If I was an admirer of hers, I would be so thankful and so grateful that she was fortunate enough to live for 94 years. To put this in perspective, a little more than half a percent of the American population lives to be 90 or above. 99.5% of the population dies before age 90. I'm sure the statistics in the UK and Europe are similar. I think that death is part of the life cycle, and I don't find it particularly sad when someone who I don't have a personal connection to dies when they are 94. I understand that not everyone shares that perspective, and I respect that as well.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on November 19, 2013, 07:34:07 AM
From my point of view, the woman was 94 years old, and everyone has to die at some point in time. If I was an admirer of hers, I would be so thankful and so grateful that she was fortunate enough to live for 94 years. To put this in perspective, a little more than half a percent of the American population lives to be 90 or above. 99.5% of the population dies before age 90. I'm sure the statistics in the UK and Europe are similar. I think that death is part of the life cycle, and I don't find it particularly sad when someone who I don't have a personal connection to dies when they are 94. I understand that not everyone shares that perspective, and I respect that as well.

I think it's sad if we consider the amazing and so important things whe wrote and said all her life long : try to read one of her books maybe ... or listen to one of her interviews.
It's always sad to loose someone as intelligent and interesting personn as Doris Lessing was.
The fact that she was 94 can't be seen as insignificant to me : only respect for this Great Lady.
 

   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on November 19, 2013, 08:07:28 AM
I think it's sad if we consider the amazing and so important things she wrote and said all her life long : try to read one of her books maybe ... or listen to one of her interviews.
It's always sad to loose someone as intelligent and interesting personn as Doris Lessing was.
The fact that she was 94 can't be seen as insignificant to me : only respect for this Great Lady.

When it comes to ones' demise it matters not to me if they lived to 80, 90 or 100.  Yes, they've lived a long life but regardless, it's sad to lose them.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on November 20, 2013, 02:02:58 AM
When it comes to ones' demise it matters not to me if they lived to 80, 90 or 100.  Yes, they've lived a long life but regardless, it's sad to lose them.
Yes, exactly what I think Jed
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 20, 2013, 08:31:19 AM
When it comes to ones' demise it matters not to me if they lived to 80, 90 or 100.  Yes, they've lived a long life but regardless, it's sad to lose them.

I agree with you and Sylvie, Jed. Age is just a number.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on November 27, 2013, 07:25:25 AM
I agree with you and Sylvie, Jed. Age is just a number.

Ain't it da truth!  ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on November 30, 2013, 08:36:47 PM
If age is just a number, why is it that my great-aunt, who is 90, is still lying about her age? :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 01, 2013, 03:26:52 AM
If age is just a number, why is it that my great-aunt, who is 90, is still lying about her age? :)

Because she is a lady and can, if she wishes, handle the truth recklessly.   ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 01, 2013, 03:43:28 AM
Lewis Collins   "Bodie" in The Professionals the 1960s TV show. He was paired with Martin Shaw as a pair of tough CI5 agents. The series was one long round of car chases. They were both so fit and I for one loved that programme. It is still shown on some of the "Yesterday" style TV channels.    He also stared in Who Dares Wins and appeared in a  number of UK TV programmes such as Z Cars

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4952326115362034&pid=15.1)

In his Bodie days.

RIP Lewis.


http://www.contactmusic.com/article/lewis-collins-the-professionals-bodie-dies-aged-67_3973898


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on December 01, 2013, 03:32:33 PM
Actor Paul Walker died yesterday in a car accident. When the news broke on the internet last night, there was quite a bit of confusion about whether it was a hoax or not. Sadly it's true. http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/11/30/paul-walker-dead-car-crash/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 02, 2013, 08:35:00 AM
RIP Mr. Collins & Mr. Walker.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 02, 2013, 05:30:36 PM
RIP Paul Walker.

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Hemlock on December 04, 2013, 06:41:12 PM
(http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/PCJPlOfy4RjUJDaBgnvDxw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD00MDA7cT03NTt3PTYzMA--/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/movies/2013-12-01/fd4dbdf3-6182-4378-9bac-ccba2043818a_FlagsofourFathers.jpg)

R.I.P.Paul Walker
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 04, 2013, 08:15:58 PM
^ Hank Hansen in Flags of Our Fathers! I had totally forgotten.

What a horrible accident. R.I.P.!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 05, 2013, 04:19:14 PM

" Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday " He was 95!!

 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/world/africa/nelson-mandela.html?emc=edit_na_20131205&_r=0

 
Quote
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday, the government announced, leaving the nation without its moral center at a time of growing dissatisfaction with the country’s leaders.

“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address on Thursday night, adding that Mr. Mandela had died at 8:50 p.m. local time. “His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him our love.”

Mr Zuma called Mr. Mandela’s death “the moment of our greatest sorrow,” and said that South Africa’s thoughts were now with the former president’s family. “They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free,” he said.

Mr. Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by the white minority government, only to forge a peaceful end to white rule by negotiating with his captors after his release in 1990. He led the African National Congress, long a banned liberation movement, to a resounding electoral victory in 1994, the first fully democratic election in the country’s history.


 " 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Nelson Mandela "

 http://afkinsider.com/1772/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-nelson-mandela/

 (http://cdn.afkinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Nelson-Mandela-in-Prison.jpg)

 (http://cdn.afkinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/nelson-mandela-released-sized2.jpg)

  Now, rest in peace "Madiba"!! :(
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 05, 2013, 04:34:41 PM
The world has lost a remarkable man. He will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace, Madiba.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 05, 2013, 08:01:17 PM
The world has lost a remarkable man. He will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace, Madiba.


Amen, Lin.

Thanks for the links and pictures, Higashimori.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 05, 2013, 09:17:03 PM
Paul Walker, RIP.

Nelson Mandela, RIP.

I can't believe President Kennedy died 50 years ago, and moreso, that I was alive then and felt the pain of it--I'm just a little younger than Caroline Kennedy. I think that was the first or second loss I knew--(The other was a good neighbor, Carolyn, who had stomach cancer from too much alcohol, so I was told.) My family, like so many others, cried that whole weekend.

RIP
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 05, 2013, 10:26:49 PM
Wow, Nelson Mandela has passed away.  What a long, interesting life.  27 years in prison!  I think he epitomizes the phrase, "Endeavor to persevere."  I remember becoming aware of his predicament when I was a kid in school, thinking he'd never be released but hoping he would be.  What great news to hear that he finally was.  And that was just the beginning.

RIP Mr. Mandela
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on December 06, 2013, 12:12:44 AM
The world has lost a remarkable man. He will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace, Madiba.

He was the Symbol of what can be "Faith in Man".

RIP Mr Mandela.
(http://info.sfr.fr/myimg3.img?f=data/ftpeurop1newsput/1732991_52a11ce21e466.jpg&w=420&h=)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 06, 2013, 04:35:53 AM
And such a young, spunky lad, just 95!  ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 07, 2013, 08:11:38 PM

 " Nelson Mandela Centre Of Memory "

 http://archives.nelsonmandela.org/home?hl=en-GB

 
" Remembering Madiba: Paul Simon, Bill Clinton, P. Diddy, Clint Eastwood, more share thoughts on Nelson Mandela "

 http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/12/05/celebs-react-nelson-mandela/

 
Quote
“It is impossible to sum up the impact Nelson Mandela had on South Africa and the world.  I will never forget the day I met him and experienced firsthand his indomitable spirit and warm, charismatic smile.  What he went through and what he accomplished will never be forgotten.” — Clint Eastwood (Invictus)

 (http://www.cinemaforpeace-foundation.com/Projects/trailer-of-the-week/invictus.jpg)

 (http://www.hollywoodoutbreak.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/freeman-mandela-350x383.jpg)
 

 I am the master of my fate:
 I am the captain of my soul.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invictus


 I would dedicate my admiration to Madiba by my way.......By watching " Invictus "  :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 09, 2013, 07:26:07 AM
I didn't plan on watcing Invictus again anytime soon.  I'm no fan of the film.  But, given Nelson Mandela's recent passing I may give it another chance sometime soon.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 13, 2013, 06:45:26 AM
*Sorry about this, I just remembered this information was posted earlier.  Still, I don't believe a link was provided.

Paul Walker died on November 30:  The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paul-walker-dies-car-accident-660798)

He was primarily known for his role in the Fast & Furious films.  Such a tragic ending and only 40 years old. 

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fd/FastandFurious6-teaserposter.jpg)

R.I.P. Mr. Walker

(http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4673698727790340&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 13, 2013, 07:06:12 AM
Eleanor Parker lived to 91.  She passed away a few days ago, on December 9:  The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/actress-eleanor-parker-dies-664340?mobile_redirect=false)

The actress was known for her roles in Caged, Detective Story, Interrupted Melody and The Sound Of Music.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c6/Sound_of_music.jpg/220px-Sound_of_music.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a1/Interrupted_Melody.jpg/220px-Interrupted_Melody.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/87/Detective-Story-Poster.jpg/220px-Detective-Story-Poster.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f9/Caged1_1950.jpg/250px-Caged1_1950.jpg)

R.I.P. Ms. Parker

(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4510996803880187&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on December 13, 2013, 07:28:16 AM
*Sorry about this, I just remembered this information was posted earlier.  Still, I don't believe a link was provided.
Yeah, the link is there.  I've seen a couple movies with Walker in them, but have actually only seen the first Fast and Furious movie.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 13, 2013, 01:05:55 PM
Oh, okay.   Again, my apologies.  I was in Target yesterday and came across a Paul Walker film on dvd called Vehicle 19.  I first saw him in a movie called Into The Blue, costarring Jessica Alba, Scott Caan and James Brolin.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tEfci3a1L._SY300_.jpg) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515X60NRG9L._SY300_.jpg)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on December 15, 2013, 12:41:57 PM
Peter O'Toole has died at the age of 81. http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=843642
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 15, 2013, 08:25:25 PM

 Charismatic Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’

 
Quote
“I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony. I do not crave security. I wish to hazard my soul to opportunity.”

 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/movies/peter-otoole-lawrence-of-arabia-is-dead-at-81.html?_r=0

 (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/12/15/obituaries/otoole_obit_ss-slide-GG4L/otoole_obit_ss-slide-GG4L-articleLarge.jpg)

 
 What a sad news!  What a great and wonderful actor he was!!  Rest in peace, Mr. O'Toole.  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 15, 2013, 09:05:10 PM
Thanks, Higashimori. I just heard this on the radio. He surely should have had an Oscar for that performance in Lawrence of Arabia (one of my all-time favorite films). At least they finally gave him an honorary Little Gold Man.

Rest in peace, Peter O'Toole.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 15, 2013, 10:08:58 PM
He did deserve an Oscar for Lawrence of Arabia.  It was one of the best movies I saw when I was young. It has stood the test of time.

RIP Mr O'Toole.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 15, 2013, 10:42:04 PM
Joan Fontaine has died in her home in Carmel, she was 96. 

She stared in Rebecca Hitchcock's first Hollywood movie. 

RIP Joan.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/37/Joan_Fontaine-still.jpg/220px-Joan_Fontaine-still.jpg)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-2539523
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 16, 2013, 07:36:33 AM
R.I.P. Mr. O'Toole & Ms. Fontaine (de Havilland, Olivia's younger sister)

(http://ts2.explicit.bing.net/th?id=H.4633300285129129&pid=15.1) (http://ts4.explicit.bing.net/th?id=H.4740498358799271&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 16, 2013, 08:11:15 PM

 Peter O'Toole: In quotes

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25398822



 
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25395231

 (http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/71763000/jpg/_71763176_3248160.jpg)

 
Quote
Sisters Fontaine and De Havilland were Hollywood rivals

 
Quote
The sisters' difficult relationship continued for decades.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter in 1978, Fontaine said: "I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it."

In her autobiography, the actress said: "I adore, respect and like my sister. But we don't seek out each other's company. We're such complete opposites."

 I prefer Joan much more than her sister!!   Rest in peace, Joan Fontaine.  :(
 
 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 22, 2013, 06:54:15 PM
He wasn't a celebrity, but this is a remarkable story:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/us/kenneth-a-schechter-83-dies-with-help-he-flew-blind.html

Quote
“On the ninth of my planned 15 bomb runs, at 1,200 feet, an enemy antiaircraft shell exploded in the cockpit. Instinctively, I pulled back on the stick to gain altitude. Then I passed out. When I came to a short time later, I couldn’t see a thing. There was stinging agony in my face and throbbing in my head. I felt for my upper lip. It was almost severed from the rest of my face. I called out over the radio through my lip mike (which miraculously still worked), ‘I’m blind! For God’s sake, help me! I’m blind!’ ”

The writer of those words, Kenneth A. Schechter, who died on Dec. 11 at 83, was no novelist. A graduate of Stanford and Harvard Business School, he spent most of his professional life as an insurance agent. But on March 22, 1952, as a Navy pilot over Wongsang-ni, North Korea, Mr. Schechter, then Ensign Schechter, was at the heart of an astonishing real-life thriller, one of the most electrifying air rescues in American military history.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on December 23, 2013, 12:25:22 AM
That does sound like a fantastic read.. My Dad served in Korea.. Im going to get this for him..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on December 23, 2013, 03:28:18 AM
Danny "Luigi" Wells , 72 (Super Marion cartoon skits)

Fontaine was married to William "Batman" Dozier btw........
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 23, 2013, 06:01:38 AM
I would like to read this book too. Thank you for telling us about it,Tang Lung.

Schechter may not have been a celebrity in the usual sense of the word but he was a brave man.

May he rest in peace.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 23, 2013, 10:39:50 AM
Schechter's story isn't an entire book, but as mentioned in the obit, it was published in the book Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul (http://www.amazon.com/Chicken-Soup-Veterans-Soul-Stories/dp/1623611032). (And I was the one who posted the Schechter obit. ;) )
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 24, 2013, 01:27:58 AM
Sorry KC  :-[
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 24, 2013, 05:28:31 AM
No problem! :D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on December 24, 2013, 10:57:00 PM
Eleanor Parker lived to 91.  She passed away a few days ago, on December 9:  The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/actress-eleanor-parker-dies-664340?mobile_redirect=false)

The actress was known for her roles in Caged, Detective Story, Interrupted Melody and The Sound Of Music.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c6/Sound_of_music.jpg/220px-Sound_of_music.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a1/Interrupted_Melody.jpg/220px-Interrupted_Melody.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/87/Detective-Story-Poster.jpg/220px-Detective-Story-Poster.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f9/Caged1_1950.jpg/250px-Caged1_1950.jpg)

R.I.P. Ms. Parker

(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4510996803880187&pid=15.1)

Yes, RIP, Eleanor Parker--Sorry I didn't see this sooner!


LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on January 01, 2014, 01:15:16 PM
James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, died at age 65. http://tvline.com/2014/01/01/james-avery-dead-at-65-fresh-prince-of-bel-air/  I used to watch Fresh Prince a long time ago, but I learned from this news story that he did the voice of Shredder on The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well. I had no idea.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 02, 2014, 06:29:51 AM
I remember seeing him in 1985's Fletch starring Chevy Chase.  He played General K'Vagh in a couple of episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005; "Divergence" and "Affliction".  Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a funny show and I thought Mr. Avery fit very well in that comedy.

(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4913929124644861&pid=15.1) (http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4706452167131887&pid=15.1) (http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=HJ.139547123249&pid=15.1)

R.I.P. Mr. Avery

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=HJ.139541753266&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on January 02, 2014, 09:49:37 AM
When I consider that I've lost 4 people in 2013, and a couple were very young, I am not surprised anymore.

RIP, James Avery!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 04, 2014, 08:43:06 AM
Phil Everly of The Every Brothers has passed away. 

CBSNews.com/Phil Everly (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/phil-everly-of-the-everly-brothers-dies-at-74/) 

Phil & Don produced some of the greatest early rock & roll songs.  Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie and All I Have To Do Is Dream just to name a few.

Phil appeared in Eastwood's comedy Every Which Way But Loose and credited with songs it's soundtrack as well as the sequel, Any Which Way You Can.

(http://movie-dude.co.uk/Phil%20Everly%20%20Every%20Which%20Way%20But%20Loose%20(1978).jpg)

R.I.P. Mr. Everly

(http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/Phil-Everly-One-Half-of-the-Everly-Brothers-Dies-Aged-74-413516-2.png?1388823414)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on January 04, 2014, 08:40:21 PM
Farewell, Phil Everly!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 04, 2014, 09:21:37 PM
Phil appeared in Eastwood's comedy Every Which Way But Loose and credited with songs it's soundtrack as well as the sequel, Any Which Way You Can.

I had forgotten that, if I ever knew it. From IMDb's soundtrack listing for Every Which Way but Loose (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077523/soundtrack):

Quote
Don't Say You Don't Love Me No More
Written by Phil Everly (as P. Everly) and J. Paige
Sung by Sondra Locke and Phil Everly

... and another Sondra Locke favorite, "One Too Many Women in Your Life," from Any Which Way You Can, was "Written by John Durrill (as J. Durrill) and Phil Everly (as P. Everly)."

Everly was uncredited for his on-screen appearance with Locke in Every Which Way but Loose, but, again according to the IMDb, it was his only appearance in a feature film.

I heard an interesting comment by his brother, Don Everly, on the radio ... as reported on People.com (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20772391,00.html):

Quote
"I was listening to one of my favorite songs that Phil wrote and had an extreme emotional moment just before I got the news of his passing," he said. "I took that as a special spiritual message from Phil saying good-bye."

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 05, 2014, 07:41:08 AM
R.I.P Phil Everly.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on January 05, 2014, 07:42:21 AM
Phil & Don produced some of the greatest early rock & roll songs.  Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie and All I Have To Do Is Dream just to name a few.
I didn't recognize the name when I heard that he'd passed, but I do know those songs. Definitely some good songs they sang!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 06, 2014, 07:25:29 AM
Thanks for sharing Don's quote, KC.  Yeah, Christopher, I remember having a Time/Life compilation of theirs on cassette and nearly wore it out.  The Everly Brothers were a fantastic duet, my favorite alongside The Judds.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 16, 2014, 09:11:46 AM
Roger Lloyd-Pack,  Trigger in Only Fools and Horses and Owen in The Vicar of Dibley, has died.

Those of you who have seen both those UK series will remember what a brilliant actor he was.  He also appeared in Harry Potter.

RIP Roger.

http://www.contactmusic.com/article/roger-lloyd-pack-emily-lloyd_4026802
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gerry on January 18, 2014, 10:45:29 PM
Enjoyed Russell Johnson's performances. Saw him in the likes of Twilight Zone and Gilligan's Island. Enjoy Paradise Russell  :angel:
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 18, 2014, 11:50:34 PM
^ Here is a link to the New York Times obit for Russell Johnson, who played "the Professor" on Gilligan's Island:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/arts/television/russell-johnson-the-professor-on-gilligans-island-dies-at-89.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 19, 2014, 05:12:23 AM
RIP Mr Johnson.

Gilligan's Island
was a favourite of mine and I always thought "the Professor" was really cool.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 20, 2014, 08:35:48 PM

 Great loss again! So sad!! :'(

 " Claudio Abbado, an Italian Conductor With a Global Reach, Is Dead at 80 "

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/arts/music/claudio-abbado-italian-conductor-dies-at-80.html?hpw&rref=obituaries

 
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Claudio Abbado, a conductor whose refined interpretations of a large symphonic and operatic repertory won him the directorships of several of the world’s most revered musical institutions — including La Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic — died on Monday at his home in Bologna, Italy. He was 80.

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/01/21/arts/21abbado-cnd02/21abbado-cnd02-jumbo-v2.jpg)

 Rest in peace, Mr. Abbado.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 28, 2014, 02:52:14 AM
(http://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/dave-madden-the-partridge-family.jpg?w=640&h=360&crop=1)

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Dave Madden, who played band manager Reuben Kincaid on “The Partridge Family,” died Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida of congestive heart and kidney failure. He was 82.

Madden’s character was typically aggravated by the mischievous Partridge kids and tangled frequently with Danny Bonaduce’s character.

While the series starred Shirley Jones, with her real-life son David Cassidy as the resident heartthrob, it was Madden and the freckle-faced Bonaduce who became the reigning comic duo.

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/dave-madden-of-the-partridge-family-dies-at-82-1201061433/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 28, 2014, 09:54:10 AM
The death has been announced of Pete Seeger.

I listened to his many songs protest and otherwise as I was growing up. Have always been a fan.

RIP Pete.

http://peteseeger.net/wp/?p=1921

(http://peteseeger.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Peteclap-1-221x300.gif)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 28, 2014, 09:56:06 AM
RIP Dave Madden.

The Partridge Family was such a fun show and he was tormented by the Partridge kids.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 31, 2014, 01:58:18 PM
Rest In Peace to all the recently departed. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on February 02, 2014, 11:52:34 AM
Wow. This really is shocking. Philip Seymour Hoffman has died.

http://m.us.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304626804579358943360702878?mobile=y
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on February 02, 2014, 03:54:11 PM
R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman. This one hurts. He was one of my favorite actors. I've thought for a while that he was the best actor in his prime working today. He was brilliant in everything, whether it was in smaller roles like The Big Lebowski or The Talented Mr. Ripley or Boogie Nights, or in major roles in Capote, Doubt, or my favorite, Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York. And that is only a small sampling of films he's been in, and we should have had decades more to enjoy his work. He's spoken in the past about his struggles with addiction. It looks as if the drugs won out in the end. It's very sad. He leaves behind three children.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on February 02, 2014, 04:00:06 PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSr95DpzK_c)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 02, 2014, 04:12:48 PM
R.I.P., Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's always sad when one so talented dies so young, and this time it's even sadder because addiction has claimed another victim.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 02, 2014, 05:03:22 PM
I just heard about this on the radio.  So sad.  I remember first seeing him as a supporting actor in Twister.  I noticed how good he was even then.  He was a very talented actor, indeed and just a year younger than I.  R.I.P. Mr. Hoffman.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 02, 2014, 10:10:54 PM
R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman.

He is a loss to movie making. The reason for his death is so sad. Why do such talented people do these things to themselves?
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on February 03, 2014, 06:42:06 AM
R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman.

He is a loss to movie making. The reason for his death is so sad. Why do such talented people do these things to themselves?
I liked him in every part he played, but especially in "The Big Lebowsky", "Magnolia" and "Good Morning England"
Very sad news ...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 03, 2014, 07:03:50 AM
R.I.P. Mr. Schell

Entertainment Weekly (http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/02/01/maximilian-schell-dies/)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 03, 2014, 07:33:16 AM
^ I was going to post the Maximilian Schell obit from the Times, but the Philip Seymour Hoffman news seemed to overshadow it. Anyway, here it is:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/movies/maximilian-schell-oscar-winning-actor-dies-at-83.html

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/02/02/movies/02schell3/02schell3-master675.jpg)

Both Schell and Hoffman were Oscar winners, but what a contrast in what librarians used to call "conduct of life."

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: AKA23 on February 03, 2014, 11:05:39 AM
R.I.P., Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's always sad when one so talented dies so young, and this time it's even sadder because addiction has claimed another victim.

This really is very sad. It is made all the more tragic because Philip Seymour Hoffman has three young children who will now grow up without a father :( I usually have a hard time feeling sympathetic for drug addicts, but in this particular case, it really does appear that Hoffman really tried to get clean. According to news reports he was clean for 23 years before relapsing recently. After his relapse, he went to rehab after becoming addicted to prescription medication and then moving onto heroin. We have so much more work to do to turn people away from these poisons that increasing number of people are turning to to medicate away the problems of life. Drugs are never the answer.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 06, 2014, 02:16:15 PM
This really is very sad. It is made all the more tragic because Philip Seymour Hoffman has three young children who will now grow up without a father :( I usually have a hard time feeling sympathetic for drug addicts, but in this particular case, it really does appear that Hoffman really tried to get clean. According to news reports he was clean for 23 years before relapsing recently. After his relapse, he went to rehab after becoming addicted to prescription medication and then moving onto heroin. We have so much more work to do to turn people away from these poisons that increasing number of people are turning to to medicate away the problems of life. Drugs are never the answer.

Very well said, AKA.  I agree. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on February 07, 2014, 06:16:01 PM
I hadn't heard about Maximilian Schell. I really liked him.

Anyway, RIP to all I've missed.

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 11, 2014, 09:15:57 AM
Shirley Temple Black has passed away:  Entertainment Weekly (http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/02/11/shirley-temple-died/)

Through the years...

(https://sp3.yimg.com/ib/th?id=H.4945372568881107&pid=15.1) (https://sp2.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HJ.71293215390&pid=15.1)

(https://sp2.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HJ.71293081122&pid=15.1)

(https://sp2.yimg.com/ib/th?id=H.4537174658057214&pid=15.1) (https://sp1.yimg.com/ib/th?id=H.4651051411571525&pid=15.1)

Such an icon!  Rest in peace, Mrs. Black.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/ShirleyTempleMackenzieKing2b.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 11, 2014, 03:16:29 PM
R.I.P. Shirley.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Rawhide7 on February 15, 2014, 12:33:42 PM
Ralph Waite the father on the Waltons John Walton has passed away at the age of 85.  Great actor and even greater person from what I've read.  He will be missed!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 15, 2014, 01:54:51 PM
Surprised no one posted this yet ...

Sid Caesar, comic genius and television pioneer, died on Wednesday at 91:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/arts/television/sid-caesar-comic-who-blazed-tv-trail-dies-at-91.html

Billy Crystal provided this touching tribute to him in today's Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/15/arts/television/why-did-i-become-a-comic-he-inspired-me.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 15, 2014, 01:56:03 PM
Ralph Waite the father on the Waltons John Walton has passed away at the age of 85.  Great actor and even greater person from what I've read.  He will be missed!

R.I.P. The Times obit for him is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/15/arts/television/ralph-waite-patriarch-in-tv-series-the-waltons-dies-at-85.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 15, 2014, 02:26:20 PM
Two men who made an impression on me.   

Ralph Waite, because I used to love The Waltons.

Sid Caesar who was an amazing comic.

Rest in Peace gentlemen.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 17, 2014, 10:45:29 PM
R.I.P. Mr. Waite and Mr. Caesar.  I grew up watching The Waltons and enjoyed seeing Waite in Stallone's Cliffhanger and, more recently, on NCIS.  Caesar is a name I've always loved and the legendary comic is probably where I first came across it after learning of Julius Caesar in school.  I considered naming my son Caesar but logic won out the day with Nicholas.  ;)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 17, 2014, 11:29:19 PM
Well, there were a couple of guys named Nicholas who were Czars (the word is derived from Caesar), so you sort of have it both ways.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 17, 2014, 11:47:00 PM
Well, there were a couple of guys named Nicholas who were Czars (the word is derived from Caesar), so you sort of have it both ways.

Thanks for pointing that out.  I can have my cake and eat it, too.  Also, there's Saint Nicholas.  Although my son wasn't named after anyone in particular, I like the name as portrayed by the actor Peter Breck in the TV western The Big Valley.  Sorry, Clint, but Rowdy just wouldn't cut it.  That would be as bad as Elvis or Tiberius.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: dane with no name on February 24, 2014, 11:16:44 AM
See you on the other side, Egon.  :(

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/01/18/opinion/Egon-Spengler/Egon-Spengler-blog480.jpg)


Harold Ramis
1944-2014

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=115260
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 24, 2014, 11:20:14 AM
Wow, so sad.  RIP Mr. Ramis!  :-\
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 24, 2014, 03:37:35 PM
RIP Mr Ramis.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on February 24, 2014, 08:48:59 PM
I've been wanting to watch the Ghostbusters movies again, so after hearing about Harold Ramis's passing today, I watched the first one this evening. And then, of course, he was a great writer and director as well.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on February 27, 2014, 08:48:03 PM
Shirley Temple Black has passed away:  Entertainment Weekly (http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/02/11/shirley-temple-died/)


 Belatedly...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/arts/shirley-temple-black-screen-star-dies-at-85.html?emc=edit_na_20140211

When I was a child, she was my idol! In particularly I was a fan of her television series “Shirley Temple’s Storybook”.   :)
 
Rest in peace, Shirley Temple.  :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 28, 2014, 06:53:41 AM
Belatedly...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/arts/shirley-temple-black-screen-star-dies-at-85.html?emc=edit_na_20140211

When I was a child, she was my idol! In particularly I was a fan of her television series “Shirley Temple’s Storybook”.   :)
 
Rest in peace, Shirley Temple.  :(


I remember hearing about Shirley Temple as far back as I can remember and seeing her movies on tv.  I was never a big fan, really but now that I'm a father of a 2 year old daughter, I'd love to introduce Shirley Temple to my little princess, Nina.  I wonder how she'll react to her movies and performances. 

When I think of Shirley Temple the little girl entertainer/star, I am saddened by her departure but she did live a long life which seemed to be very prosperous, productive and happy.  Once again Shirley, Rest In Peace and God Bless You!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 02, 2014, 08:59:12 PM

 '' Alain Resnais, Acclaimed French Filmmaker, Is Dead at 91 ''

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/03/movies/alain-resnais-acclaimed-french-filmmaker-is-dead-at-91.html?ref=world

 
Quote
Alain Resnais, the French filmmaker who helped introduce literary modernism to the movies and became an international art-house star with nonlinear narrative films like “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and “Last Year at Marienbad,” died on Saturday in Paris. He was 91.

His death was confirmed by the French president, François Hollande, who called Mr. Resnais one of France’s greatest filmmakers.

Although his name was often associated with the French New Wave directors — notably Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, whose careers coalesced around the same time his did — Mr. Resnais actually belonged to a tradition of Left Bank intellectualism that drew on more established, high-culture sources than the moviecentric influences of the New Wave. Where Godard’s 1960 film, “Breathless,” was a pastiche of low-budget American gangster films, Mr. Resnais’s breakthrough feature, “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” in 1959, took on two subjects weighted with social and political significance: the American nuclear destruction of Hiroshima, Japan, and the German occupation of France.

 R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 02, 2014, 10:24:41 PM
Renais was probably the oldest working filmmaker alive after Portugal's Manoel de Oliveira. Those of his films that I've seen have always been thought-provoking, even if some were more enjoyable than others.

From the Times obit linked to above:

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His last film, “The Life of Riley,” had its premiere last month at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Alfred Bauer Prize. This particular Silver Bear award celebrates a film that “opens new perspectives on cinematic art.”

Still opening new perspectives at 91! What more could you wish for?

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 03, 2014, 09:09:55 AM
Renais was probably the oldest working filmmaker alive after Portugal's Manoel de Oliveira. Those of his films that I've seen have always been thought-provoking, even if some were more enjoyable than others.

From the Times obit linked to above:

Still opening new perspectives at 91! What more could you wish for?

R.I.P.

Wow, very interesting.  RIP Mr. Renais. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on March 14, 2014, 05:36:52 AM
The great voice-over artist Hal Douglas has died at age 89. He, along with the late Don LaFontaine, made the phrase "In a World..." the wonderful movie trailer cliche we've heard so often over the years. R.I.P.

Hal Douglas Dies (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/hal-douglas-dead-dies_n_4957780.html)

Very funny self-parody trailer for the Jerry Seinfeld movie The Comedian. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VEHDkhQ1Ko)

One of my favorite movies of 2013 was the comedy In a World... about voice-over work and bringing that phrase back to the movie trailer. In a World...trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0wYchCT_1U)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 14, 2014, 06:51:00 AM
There was a very nice obit of Hal Douglas in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/movies/hal-douglas-89-superstar-of-movie-trailer-narrators-dies.html

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The flexibility of his voice, and the longevity of his career — he worked steadily until two years ago — made him a “one name” phenomenon in Hollywood, said Marice Tobias, a consultant and voice coach to many A-list actors. “When you go past superstar status, you reach icon status in this business, where people know you by one name only,” she said. “That was Hal.”

Mr. Douglas, who never lived in Hollywood, preferring to work from studios in New York, took a more relaxed view of his work. “I’m not outstanding in any way,” he told The New York Times in 2009. “It’s a craft that you learn, like making a good pair of shoes. And I just consider myself a good shoemaker.”

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 14, 2014, 08:25:15 AM
RIP Mr Douglas.

His lovely voice is synonymous with move trailers. It wont be the same to hear someone else on trailers.   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 16, 2014, 06:54:51 AM
Comedian David Brenner, 'Tonight Show' favorite, dies at 78 (http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/03/15/david-brenner-dead-comedian-tonight-show/)

David Brenner is one of the first comedians I remember hearing about and seeing on tv as a kid. 

RIP Mr. Brenner.

(https://sp2.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608039142952927734&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 23, 2014, 10:21:03 PM
Quote
Actor James Rebhorn, seen most recently in turns on “White Collar” and as the father of Claire Danes’ character Carrie Mathison on “Homeland,” died Friday. He was 65.

Along with his supporting role on the Showtime CIA hit, he recently played Special Agent Reese Hughes on USA Network’s “White Collar.” He has a special place in “Seinfeld” history as well, having played the district attorney who sent the gang to jail in the 1998 series finale.

The character actor appeared in several big screen hits, including “Meet the Parents,” (2000) “Scent of a Woman” (1992) and “Independence Day,” (1996) where he had a memorable role as the Secretary of Defense. Other notable credits include “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle,” (2000) David’s Fincher’s “The Game” (1997) and comedy “My Cousin Vinny.” (1992)

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/homeland-actor-james-rebhorn-dies-at-65-1201143728/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on March 24, 2014, 12:03:49 AM
The David Brenner obit in the Times was quite entertaining ...

Quote
He retained his sense of humor to the end. “In David’s final request,” his family said in a statement on Saturday, “he asked that $100 in small bills be placed in his left sock ‘just in case tipping is recommended where I’m going.’ ”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/arts/television/david-brenner-favorite-on-tonight-show-dies-at-78.html

(I also note that the author of the obit is named "Peter Keepnews." Talk about nomen est omen!)

R.I.P., David Brenner.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 07, 2014, 12:58:06 AM
Quote
Mickey Rooney, a celebrated child actor who embodied the All-American boy in the "Andy Hardy" films of the 1930s and '40s and became one of the era's top box-office draws, has died. He was 93.

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-mickey-rooney-20140407,0,5338354.story
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 07, 2014, 01:11:31 AM
RIP Mr Rooney.

I liked him very much in the Andy  Hardy movies. They were on the Saturday morning movie shows for kids.

His portrayal of Bill in the movie of the same name was fantastic. He was so believable in the part.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 07, 2014, 08:10:42 AM
Wow, Mickey Rooney.  Just saw him in a cameo recently in the 2011 Muppets film.

Such a great talent.  Rest In Peace, Mr. Rooney.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/ca/Rooney-Garland-ebay-1938.jpg/220px-Rooney-Garland-ebay-1938.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f6/Mickey_Rooney_2_Allan_Warren.jpg/338px-Mickey_Rooney_2_Allan_Warren.jpg)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Doug on April 17, 2014, 03:32:47 PM
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the great Spanish writer from Columbia, famous for his novels of magic realism, has died at 87. His most well-known novels include One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, which was made into a movie a few years ago. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. My favorite novel of his is a short book called Of Love and Other Demons. R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/books/gabriel-garcia-marquez-literary-pioneer-dies-at-87.html?_r=0


(http://i.cbc.ca/1.1922298.1381033523!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/hi-garcia-marquez-cp-9677714-8col.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 17, 2014, 09:04:30 PM

 R.I.P. Mickey Rooney.

 R.I.P. Mr.Gabriel García Márquez.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 30, 2014, 12:21:53 PM
I just heard about this earlier today. 

Bob Hoskins dies at 71 (http://news-briefs.ew.com/2014/04/30/bob-hoskins-dies/)

(https://sp3.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HA.281378755199&pid=15.1)

(https://sp2.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HJ.72218992554&pid=15.1)

RIP Mr. Hoskins.

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608039220302384804&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 03, 2014, 02:44:15 PM
On May 2: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.  I remember him from The F.B.I series on television when I was younger.

Wikipedia/Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efrem_Zimbalist,_Jr.)

Rest in peace, Mr. Zimbalist.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on May 15, 2014, 07:46:10 PM
To young viewers he was Alfred the butler on BTAS , RIP

Jim "Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig , 54......made some huge foot prints in 80s/early90s wrestling  :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 19, 2014, 06:23:50 AM
Jerry Vale, Singer of '50s and '60s Hits, Dies at 83   (http://www.people.com/article/jerry-vales-singer-dies-obituary?xid=rss-topheadlines)

Both he and Elvis covered an Eddy Arnold song, You Don't Know Me.  Vale appeared in Goodfellas and Casino, but I don't recall.

(https://sp3.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608002910679140655&pid=15.1)  (https://sp2.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608005874200284462&pid=15.1)

RIP Mr. Vale.

(https://sp3.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608012170624893835&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on May 28, 2014, 07:10:51 AM
Maya Angelou has died at 86. I haven't read a lot of her work, but did take the opportunity to listen to her when she spoke at my college back around 2006. http://www.nbcnews.com/#/news/us-news/renowned-poet-author-maya-angelou-dies-86-n116241
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 02, 2014, 06:05:12 AM
Ann B. Davis, Alice on 'Brady Bunch,' dies at 88 (http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/06/01/ann-b-davis-alice-on-brady-bunch-dies-at-88/)

Rest In Peace, Ms. Davis and may God Bless you.

(https://s3.yimg.com/sr/img/3/a9c63ed3-258a-37ab-a00b-82d9ceef2ae5)

(https://sp1.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608044116609206489&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 02, 2014, 10:06:35 AM
R.I.P. Ann.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 17, 2014, 11:56:40 AM
Wow, sad to learn of this news: 

In the wake of Casey Kasem's death, celebrities pay tribute on Twitter (http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/06/15/celebrity-twitter-reaction-casey-kasem-death/)

RIP Casey Kasem

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Casey_Kasem.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 20, 2014, 09:40:38 AM
I'm not familiar with Skye McCole Bartusiak's work, but unfortunately she has died at just 21 years old. I see she was in the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot, which I haven't seen, along with several others I've heard of or am familiar with (my mom likes the Love Comes Softly movies, which Skye costarred in the first). Always so sad to hear about such young people dying. http://www.people.com/article/skye-mcCole-bartusiak-dies-21?xid=rss-fullcontent
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 21, 2014, 11:52:20 PM
Since James Garner and Eastwood worked together, I've merged several posts about Garner with the thread "R.I.P. James Garner," started by Lucky Punk, in the News Forum.

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=9910.0
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on August 06, 2014, 05:16:13 AM
Marilyn Burns, star of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, has died at 65. :(  http://www.eonline.com/news/566588/texas-chainsaw-massacre-star-marilyn-burns-dead-at-65
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 06, 2014, 05:17:47 AM
Marilyn Burns, star of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, has died at 65. :(  http://www.eonline.com/news/566588/texas-chainsaw-massacre-star-marilyn-burns-dead-at-65

RIP Ms. Burns. 

Say, didn't Scott Eastwood recently co-star in a recent remake, reboot...or whatever?
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on August 06, 2014, 05:26:57 AM
Yeah, he was in the newest one. I haven't seen it yet.

According to IMDB, Marilyn was 64.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 06, 2014, 06:06:42 AM
Yeah, he was in the newest one. I haven't seen it yet.

According to IMDB, Marilyn was 64.

I haven't, either.  I was curious, so I looked her up and Wikipedia has her at 65:  5/07/49 - 8/05/14 so she turned 65 only a few months ago.  Marilyn Burns/Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Burns)  I saw the one that came out in 2003, starring Jessica Biel.  You could tell the director liked her! 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on August 06, 2014, 06:11:07 AM
Oh, that's interesting. IMDb has her birthday as being July 5, 1950. Hopefully all the websites will get that straightened out with the correct info.

The original Chain Saw is my favorite horror movie of all time. It's been a long time since I've seen it, but I think it's due for another with this news. She was really terrific in that role.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 06, 2014, 06:45:01 AM
Oh, that's interesting. IMDb has her birthday as being July 5, 1950. Hopefully all the websites will get that straightened out with the correct info.

The original Chain Saw is my favorite horror movie of all time. It's been a long time since I've seen it, but I think it's due for another with this news. She was really terrific in that role.

It's been years for me so I'm due for another viewing, too.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 07, 2014, 07:36:48 PM

 Very sad that Lorin Maazel died after Claudio Abbado this year.... :'(    I was very honored to be listening to their concerts.

 '' Lorin Maazel, an Intense and Enigmatic Conductor, Dies at 84 ''

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/arts/music/lorin-maazel-brilliant-intense-and-enigmatic-conductor-dies-at-84.html?emc=edit_na_20140713&nlid=51580126&_r=0

 
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Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who went on to become the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and several other ensembles and companies around the world, and who was known for his incisive and sometimes extreme interpretations, died on Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84.

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/07/13/obituaries/14MaAZEL/14MaAZEL-master675-v2.jpg)

  R.I.P. Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on August 07, 2014, 07:47:58 PM
I had the pleasure of being in his audience.

RIP, Maestro!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 11, 2014, 04:29:48 PM
I'm sorry to say that I just learned that Robin Williams has passed away. I apologize for not posting any links or sources but I'm a little upset at this news.  Could somebody else, please?  I tuned in to CNN and this is how I learned of this very sad news.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 11, 2014, 05:33:39 PM
I'm sorry to say that I just learned that Robin Williams has passed away. I apologize for not posting any links or sources but I'm a little upset at this news.  Could somebody else, please?  I tuned in to CNN and this is how I learned of this very sad news.

Suspected suicide ... he was only 63.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robin-williams-dies-suspected-suicide-724724

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Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum told The Hollywood Reporter: "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 11, 2014, 06:34:13 PM
Suspected suicide ... he was only 63.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robin-williams-dies-suspected-suicide-724724

R.I.P.

Thank you.

Wow, I'm almost speechless.  Robin Williams provided many humorous, funny and happy moments over the years.  This truly is very sad.  My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on August 11, 2014, 06:49:01 PM
Very sad, unfortunate news to come across this evening about Robin Williams.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 11, 2014, 06:55:48 PM
I almost want to cry, I'm not ashamed to say. Some celebrities are so good and popular that you sort of grow up with them and if you like their performances and personalities, it hurts to hear news like this. Almost like you're losing a friend or even relative.  I remember when Mr. Williams hit the talk show circuit recently to plug his new show. I captured a lot of them on my dvr and my boy laughed at his silliness. It was fun sharing those laughs with my son. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 11, 2014, 07:53:09 PM

 Very sad....R.I.P. Robin, Rest in peace.... :(

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/12/movies/robin-williams-oscar-winning-comedian-dies-at-63.html

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/08/11/arts/artsspecial/WILLIAMSOBIT-slide-GQB5/WILLIAMSOBIT-slide-GQB5-jumbo.jpg)

 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 12, 2014, 12:07:37 AM
Hearing this news at work today just stunned me.

Will be sadly missed.

RIP Robin Williams. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 12, 2014, 12:12:30 AM
The news of Robin Williams' death was such a shock. He was such a consummate actor.

He was truly a comic genius and his death will leave a large gap in many lives.

Like so many other comedians Robin suffered from depression. Someone who could make the world laugh but could not enjoy the happiness he gave to other people is so very sad.

RIP Robin.

(https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRa3qv8-xmkx0M5zCJkPiD2Ackpz4p1YkRuumscjH1po9BaW7-Z)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Sylvie on August 12, 2014, 01:54:56 AM
Such a terrible news early this morning ... how could I forget all the parts he played in so many unforgettable movies ?

- The World According To Gap
- Good Morning Vietnam !
- Dead Poets Society
- Hook
- Mrs Doubtfire
- Jumanji
- Will Hunting
- Night At The Museum
- Photo Obsession

.... and so many other ones

I loved his smile, his sparkling eyes, like everyone I imagine.

Reposez en Paix Mr Williams.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 12, 2014, 05:18:56 AM
I am stunned.  I remember first seeing Robin Williams on Mork & Mindy.  I never saw Popeye but recall the media hype surrounding the making of that film.  Next was The World According To Garp which I thought was very good.  Of course, there are numerous other performances on film, too many to mention here, that I loved.  Sad as I am about this news I can only imagine what his family is going through.  My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Thank you, Robin, for so many wonderful moments you provided over the years. 

May God bless you, sir.  Rest in peace. 

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HQ.69620597764&pid=15.1&P=0)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on August 12, 2014, 05:18:03 PM
Lauren Bacall has died at 89. http://variety.com/2014/film/news/lauren-bacall-star-of-hollywoods-golden-age-dies-at-89-1201281523/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 12, 2014, 06:57:47 PM
That would be Lauren Bacall, Christopher ... oh well, you're too young. ;)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/movies/lauren-bacall-sultry-movie-star-dies-at-89.html

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/08/13/arts/BACALL-obit/BACALL-obit-master675.jpg)

Humphrey Bogart's Muse, on and offscreen. As in their first film together, To Have and Have Not

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“You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve,” her character says to Bogart’s in the movie’s most memorable scene. “You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

R.I.P.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 13, 2014, 12:13:17 AM
Another sad loss to the world of entertainment.

Lauren Bacall was one of my favourites. Her movies with husband Humphrey Bogart stand the test of time and I still watch them now and then.

She was so beautiful and her wonderful husky voice set her apart from others of her day.

RIP Lauren.

(http://www.carmelmagazine.com/old/images/archive/sp09/lauren-bacall-2.jpg) 

http://www.carmelmagazine.com/old/images/archive/sp09/lauren-bacall-2.jpg
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 13, 2014, 05:51:42 AM
RIP Ms. Bacall.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 14, 2014, 01:39:58 AM
That would be Lauren Bacall, Christopher ... oh well, you're too young. ;)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/movies/lauren-bacall-sultry-movie-star-dies-at-89.html

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/08/13/arts/BACALL-obit/BACALL-obit-master675.jpg)

Humphrey Bogart's Muse, on and offscreen. As in their first film together, To Have and Have Not

R.I.P.



Another of the greats from the golden era of cinema.

RIP Lauren Bacall.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 14, 2014, 08:37:06 PM
A tribute to Lauren Bacall, New Yorker:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/nyregion/with-gruffness-and-glamour-a-true-new-yorker.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 15, 2014, 12:35:47 AM
Two more Lauren Bacall appreciations from the New York Times:

That Voice, and the Woman Attached: Lauren Bacall’s Debut in "To Have and Have Not" (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/movies/lauren-bacalls-debut-in-to-have-and-have-not.html) (by Times film critic Manohla Dargis)

The Bacall Standard (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/opinion/david-brooks-the-bacall-standard.html) (David Brooks on Bacall, Bogart and Raymond Chandler)

And this Letter to the Editor (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/opinion/driving-ms-bacall-.html):

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Re "Lauren Bacall: 1924-2014: In a Bygone Hollywood, She Purred Every Word" (obituary, front page, Aug. 13):

As a cabdriver in college, I once drove Lauren Bacall home from the Broadway theater where she was appearing in “Applause.”

A man came out of a door on a deserted street in the theater district and hailed me. He said, “Wait here.”

A woman got in the back seat.

I paid her no heed until she said, “The Dakota, please.”

That unmistakable voice sent shivers down my spine. We had a lovely talk, and she tipped well.

She was a quintessential New Yorker. She is missed.

BOB LIFF
New York, Aug. 13, 2014

The writer is senior vice president of George Arzt Communications, the public relations firm.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 16, 2014, 08:10:53 PM

 R.I.P. Beautiful Lauren..... :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on August 21, 2014, 06:42:34 AM
RIP, B. K. S. Iyengar!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmOUZQi_6Tw
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 24, 2014, 07:45:45 PM
Richard Attenbourough has died at the age of 90. Like Clint, he was an actor/director:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/arts/richard-attenborough-actor-director-and-giant-of-british-cinema-dies-at-90.html

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Richard Attenborough, who after a distinguished stage and film acting career in Britain reinvented himself to become the internationally admired director of the monumental “Gandhi” and other films, died on Sunday. He was 90.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28923074

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Oscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son has said.

Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.

In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.

As a director he was perhaps best known for Gandhi, which won him two Oscars.

Sir Ben Kingsley, who played the title role, said he would "miss him dearly".

"Richard Attenborough trusted me with the crucial and central task of bringing to life a dream it took him 20 years to bring to fruition.

"When he gave me the part of Gandhi it was with great grace and joy. He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him."

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on August 24, 2014, 07:49:33 PM

 '' Richard Attenborough, Actor, Director and Giant of British Cinema, Dies at 90 ''

 
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Richard Attenborough, who after a distinguished stage and film acting career in Britain reinvented himself to become the internationally admired director of the monumental “Gandhi” and other films, died on Sunday. He was 90.

His death was confirmed by his son, Michael, according to the BBC.

Until the early 1960s, Mr. Attenborough was a familiar actor in Britain but little known in the United States. In London he was the original detective in Agatha Christie’s play “The Mousetrap.” On the British screen, he made an early mark as the sociopath Pinkie Brown in an adaptation of Graham Greene’s “Brighton Rock” (1947).

 
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Hollywood Breakthrough
 But it was not until he appeared with his friend Steve McQueen and a sterling ensemble cast in the 1963 war film “The Great Escape,” his first Hollywood feature, that he found a trans-Atlantic audience. His role, as a British officer masterminding an escape plan from a German prisoner-of-war camp, was integral to one of the most revered and enjoyable of all World War II films.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/arts/richard-attenborough-actor-director-and-giant-of-british-cinema-dies-at-90.html?_r=0

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/08/25/arts/Attenborough-obit-1/Attenborough-obit-1-master675.jpg)

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/08/25/arts/attenborought-obit-4/attenborought-obit-4-articleLarge-v2.jpg)

 R.I.P. MR. Attenborough.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on August 24, 2014, 08:55:58 PM
Higashimori and I posted at about the same time and we both included the link to the Times story, but her post includes some very nice pictures. Thanks, Higashimori!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 25, 2014, 07:36:48 AM
This news was on our radio first thing this morning. What a sad day for lovers of Richard Attenborough's movies.

His career covered many different genre but everything he did was exceptional.


RIP Richard.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on September 05, 2014, 05:06:52 AM
Another celebrity has passed away recently.  Joan Rivers died yesterday. 

Joan Rivers Dies at 81 (http://news-briefs.ew.com/2014/09/04/joan-rivers-dies-at-81/)

Entertainment Weekly (http://www.ew.com/ew/)

RIP Ms. Rivers

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608051869124070216&pid=15.1&P=0)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 05, 2014, 06:05:28 AM
RIP Joan.

She will be missed on the comedy circuit.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 11, 2014, 11:45:52 PM
(http://www.annruckert.com/.a/6a01157064af19970c0154371831d8970c-800wi)

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Music legend Bob Crewe, whose work can be heard in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, died on September 11, 2014, according to Frontiers LA. He was 82 years old.

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/177434/hit-making-jersey-boy-bob-crewe-dead-at-82/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: antonis on September 12, 2014, 11:56:12 AM
Quote
Stefan Gierasch, Actor in 'Jeremiah Johnson' and 'Carrie,' Dies at 88
He also appeared in 'High Plains Drifter,' 'The Hustler,' 'Silver Streak' and 'Dave'

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Stefan Gierasch, a character actor for nearly six decades who stood out opposite Robert Redford in Sydney Pollack’s poetic 1972 Western Jeremiah Johnson, has died. He was 88.

Gierasch died Sept. 6 at his home in Santa Monica of complications from a stroke, his wife, Hedy Sontag, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Gierasch also played the mayor of Lago who Clint Eastwood ousts in favor of a dwarf in High Plains Drifter (1973).

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stefan-gierasch-dead-carrie-jeremiah-732451

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on September 12, 2014, 12:12:11 PM
RIP Mr. Crewe & Mr. Gierasch. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 12, 2014, 05:23:39 PM
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Theatre, film and TV actor Sir Donald Sinden has died at his home aged 90 following a long illness.

He made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor and appeared in more than 70 film and TV productions.

He had been suffering from prostate cancer for several years, and died of the disease at his home in Kent.

The Society of London Theatre has announced that the West End will dim its lights at 19:00 BST in the actor's memory.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29170107
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 13, 2014, 01:07:53 AM
Sir Donald Sinden had such a wonderful speaking voice.

I saw him on stage in Out of Order, his timing was perfect.

He will be sadly missed.

RIP Sir Donald.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 13, 2014, 07:55:46 PM
Quote
Music legend Bob Crewe, whose work can be heard in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, died on September 11, 2014, according to Frontiers LA. He was 82 years old.

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/177434/hit-making-jersey-boy-bob-crewe-dead-at-82/

The New York Times had a nice obit for Crewe, including this pic of a young Crewe (right) with the Four Seasons:

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/09/13/arts/crewe-obit/crewe-obit-master675.jpg)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/13/arts/music/bob-crewe-songwriter-for-frankie-valli-and-four-seasons-dies-at-83.html

There are also some nice quotes from his lyrics.

I haven't seen Jersey Boys, so I didn't know the character there was portrayed as openly gay. Apparently, in reality he wasn't nearly as open about it, which isn't surprising for that era.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 14, 2014, 12:26:55 AM
RIP Bob.

The words of his song will live on. Everyone must know at least one of them.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 05, 2014, 01:03:14 PM
RIP, Paul Revere, 76, founder of Paul Revere and the Raiders...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 10, 2014, 05:02:22 PM
RIP, Jan Hooks, Saturday Night Live star--Only 57!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 20, 2014, 08:13:53 PM
I still have an Oscar de la Renta suit that is just gorgeous.

RIP, Oscar de la Renta!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/21/nyregion/oscar-de-la-renta-fashion-designer-dies-at-82.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 21, 2014, 09:29:06 AM
http://www.tmz.com/2014/10/20/wrestling-legend-ox-baker-dead-dies-escape-from-new-york/

Another person in his 80's passes. I'm surprised that a wrestling legend lived so long.

RIP, Ox!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on October 21, 2014, 06:13:00 PM
http://www.tmz.com/2014/10/20/wrestling-legend-ox-baker-dead-dies-escape-from-new-york/

Another person in his 80's passes. I'm surprised that a wrestling legend lived so long.

RIP, Ox!
I saw a terrific video yesterday of Ox on The Price is Right back in 1981. Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcLfDM_Frq4
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on October 25, 2014, 08:32:07 PM

 '' Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies, aged 71 ''

 
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Legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history.

They sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.

Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine Of Your Love".

 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-29772926

 
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Jack Bruce was said to be one of the best bass guitarists in rock history

 (http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/78533000/jpg/_78533984_jack_bruce_bass.jpg)
 
 R.I.P. Jack Bruce
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 26, 2014, 08:39:14 PM
RIP, Marcia Strassman, 66, of Welcome Back, Kotter.

(Too sad, too close!)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 26, 2014, 09:42:45 PM
RIP Marcia.

I only remember her from the first season or two of M*A*S*H.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 27, 2014, 06:33:03 AM
A local celebrity, Dale Dorman, has passed away.

Boston radio legend Dale Dorman dies at 71 (http://www.wcvb.com/news/boston-radio-legend-dale-dorman-dies-at-71/29347214?absolute=true)

As a friend of mine said upon hearing this news, "Another chapter from our childhood closed."  I remember watching Boston's Channel 56 (WLVI) when I was a kid and Dorman's voice and personality stood out in between shows I'd watch like Casper, The Flintstones, The Banana Splits and, on the weekends, Creature Double Feature. 

I didn't know he lived in Tewksbury.  Wonder how long he was there.  I moved there in April, '97 and lived there for about a year.  It's a nice area.

A few logos from WLVI's "Creature Double Feature"; Dorman with Hulk Hogan and Eddie Murphy, respectively

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608030085123672315&pid=15.1&P=0)(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608023462271583808&pid=15.1&P=0) (https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608044005109203837&pid=15.1&P=0)

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608045413857233557&pid=15.1&P=0) (https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.607991597914522064&pid=15.1&P=0)

May God bless you, Mr. Dorman.  Rest In Peace, sir. 

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.607990545646551759&pid=15.1&P=0) (https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608044181201158517&pid=15.1&P=0)





Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 31, 2014, 06:30:17 AM
Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino passed away yesterday.

Mayor Tom Menino Dies, Boston Mourns (http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/10/30/mayor-tom-menino-dies-boston-mourns/IjjhRXt11xt55dEF9FqxwN/story.html)

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608055726069055864&pid=15.1&P=0)

I remember passing by him once when I worked in Boston years ago.  I wish now I had stopped to say hello and shake his hand.

Rest in peace, Mr. Menino and may God Bless You.

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608014614648587092&pid=15.1&P=0)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on October 31, 2014, 08:02:21 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/10/15/lone-star-actress-elizabeth-pena-dies-at-55/17330507/

RIP, Elizabeth Pena! Only 55 years old!

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Hemlock on November 12, 2014, 04:40:26 PM
RIP Warren Clarke (Firefox)

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=42728


Especially liked him in Dalziel And Pascoe
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on November 12, 2014, 08:17:12 PM
^ He played the dissident Pavel Upenskoy in Firefox. Seems to have been much more active in TV than feature films, judging by his IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0165049/).

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on November 13, 2014, 12:04:19 AM
Sad news about Warren passing...
A very popular actor over here ...
There's a nice clip of him on you tube being interviewd
recently on TV and talking about working with Clint
on Firefox...
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on November 13, 2014, 01:19:14 AM
Can you find us a link, Gant? :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on November 13, 2014, 08:30:32 AM
Can you find us a link, Gant? :)

Gant, I hope you don't mind my taking the liberty.  This may not be what you're referring to but I was curious and found this:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kZUb0-iaW0I (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kZUb0-iaW0I)

RIP and God Bless to all the recently departed.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on November 13, 2014, 10:58:34 AM
Thanks Jed... thats the one.
Firefox was the first Eastwood film I saw at the cinema so its always had a special place in my heart.
Warren was a very poular actor over here and will be very much missed.. R.I.P

Hey.. doesn't Clint look young in that pic..
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on November 13, 2014, 11:15:23 AM
All this time watching Chuggington with my kids and I didn't realize Warren Clarke was one of the voices.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on November 16, 2014, 08:25:03 PM

 R.I.P Warren Clarke.


 R.I.P Glen Larson.

 '' Glen Larson, Producer of ‘Knight Rider’ and ‘Magnum, P.I.,’ Is Dead at 77 ''

 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/11/15/us/ap-us-obit-glen-larson.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%222%22%3A%22RI%3A14%22%7D

 
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Glen A. Larson, the writer and producer behind a series of hit television shows in the 1970s and ’80s, including the original “Battlestar Galactica,” ‘'Knight Rider,” ‘'Magnum, P.I.” and “Quincy, M.E.,” died on Friday. He was 77.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on November 19, 2014, 08:34:39 PM

 '' Ken Takakura, Japanese Film Actor, Dies at 83 ''

 
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Ken Takakura, who became a star playing outlaws and stoic heroes in scores of Japanese films, died on Nov. 10 in Tokyo. He was 83.   

His office said he died at a hospital where he was being treated for lymphoma.

Mr. Takakura, who because of his quiet, brooding screen presence was often compared to Clint Eastwood, made his screen debut in 1956 and rose to fame in the 1960s in crime films like “Abashiri Prison” (1965). Much of his appeal stemmed from his image as a hero fighting authority figures on behalf of the poor and weak.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/movies/ken-takakura-japanese-film-actor-dies-at-83.html?_r=0

 http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/nov/18/ken-takakura

 http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/actor-ken-takakura-dies-at-83

 (http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/1kenTakakuraMitchum.png)

 (http://ryubukandojo.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/ken_takakura_yakuza2.jpg)

 R.I.P.  Sayounara, Ken san.... :'(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on November 20, 2014, 03:22:47 PM
Director Mike Nichols (The Graduate) died at age 83. I didn't know that he'd been a part of a comedy team before directing. http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/20/showbiz/obit-mike-nichols/index.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on November 20, 2014, 08:33:14 PM

 R.I.P. Mr.Nichols

 
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Mike Nichols, one of America’s most celebrated directors, whose long, protean résumé of critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 83.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/movies/mike-nichols-celebrated-director-dies-at-83.html

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/11/20/business/20nytnow-nichols/20nytnow-nichols-master675.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on November 28, 2014, 03:18:52 PM
Novelist PD James has died at 94. I know she wrote tons of stuff, and had a wonderful and long career. I'm not very familiar with her work, though it seems like I might have read a short story for a literature class in college. http://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/novelist-pd-james-dies-aged-94/ar-BBg3ruI?ocid=ansentap11
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on November 28, 2014, 09:33:09 PM
I just saw the TV movie based on her last novel, Death Comes to Pemberley (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/series/death-comes-pemberley-s1/). (Yes, if you hadn't heard, it's a spin-off from Pride and Predjudice.)

(http://d2buyft38glmwk.cloudfront.net/media/__sized/images/spubs_extension/signature/broadcastseriesextensionproxy/death-comes-to-pemberley-icon-v2-675x290-scale-2000x2000.jpg)

As usual, a very good obituary in the New York Times:

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The family settled in Cambridge when she was 11, and before she left the Cambridge High School for Girls, at 16, she already knew that she wanted to be a writer and that mysterious death intrigued her.

“When I first heard that Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall,” she was fond of saying, “I immediately wondered: Did he fall — or was he pushed?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/28/arts/international/p-d-james-mystery-novelist-known-as-queen-of-crime-dies-at-94.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 16, 2014, 01:42:23 PM
A couple of Elvis-related passings recently, Mary Ann Mobley and Millie Kirkham December 9 & 14, respectively.

Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley dies at 77 (http://www.dailynews.com/obituaries/20141209/former-miss-america-mary-ann-mobley-dies-at-77)

Nashville singer Millie Kirkham dies at 91 (http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/12/15/nashville-singer-millie-kirkham-dies/20440143/)

Kirkham was a singer and can be heard on Elvis' best known holiday classic, Blue Christmas, as well as The Wonder Of You, Surrender, How Great Thou Art, Polk Salad Annie, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Don't, Just Pretend, (You're The) Devil in Disguise, C.C. Rider and many others.   Mobley was a former Miss America (1959), married to film actor & tv personality Gary Collins and appeared in the Presley films Girl Happy and Harum Scarum.

RIP and God Bless

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 22, 2014, 08:47:30 PM

 '' Joe Cocker, Raspy-Voiced Rock Star With Distinctive Moves, Is Dead at 70 ''     He was only 70!!  :(

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/23/arts/music/joe-cocker-is-dead-at-70.html?emc=edit_na_20141222&nlid=51580126
 
 
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Joe Cocker, the gravelly British singer who became one of pop’s most recognizable interpreters in the late 1960s and ’70s with passionate, idiosyncratic takes on songs like the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” died on Monday at his home in Crawford, Colo. He was 70.

The cause was lung cancer, his agent, Barrie Marshall, said.

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/12/23/arts/23cocker-woodstock/23cocker-woodstock-articleLarge-v2.jpg)

 R.I.P. Joe!!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 30, 2014, 11:38:14 AM
Rest in peace, Mr. Cocker.  May God bless you and may you rest in peace, sir.   :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on December 30, 2014, 02:37:01 PM
Back-to-back Oscar winner Luise Rainer has died at the age of 104.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/arts/luise-rainer-award-winning-actress-dies-at-104.html

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/12/30/obituaries/31RAINEROBIT/31RAINEROBIT-articleLarge.jpg)
Luise Rainer as Anna Held with William Powell as Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. in the 1936 film “The Great Ziegfeld.” Credit MGM, via Photofest

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 30, 2014, 08:02:13 PM

 Wow she was 104!! That's long life!!

 R.I.P. Mme Rainer.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 30, 2014, 08:08:24 PM

 '' Buddy DeFranco, 91, Versatile Jazz Clarinetist, Dies ''

 
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Buddy DeFranco, the innovative clarinetist who rose from the remains of the swing era to forge new and lasting prominence as the instrument’s pre-eminent interpreter of bebop, died on Wednesday in Panama City, Fla. He was 91.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/27/arts/music/buddy-defranco-versatile-jazz-clarinetist-dies-at-91.html?_r=0

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/12/26/arts/DEFRANCO-obit/DEFRANCO-obit-articleLarge.jpg)

 R.I.P. Buddy.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2888148/Buddy-DeFranco-dies-aged-91-Florida-eight-influential-decades-music-industry.html

 http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30615936
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on December 30, 2014, 09:21:53 PM
Christine Cavanaugh, who did the voice of Babe and Chuckie from Rugrats, has died at 51. http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/30/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/feat-obit-christine-cavanaugh-babe-rugrats-voice/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on December 31, 2014, 05:15:12 AM
Wow, rest in peace Ms. Rainer, Mr. DeFranco and Ms. Cavanaugh.  I came across a notice about Ms. Rainer's passing on Facebook last night.  Yes, such long lives led by her and Mr. DeFranco.  Sadly, not so for Ms. Cavanaugh.  I remember her from watching Rugrats with my nephew when he was younger.  May God bless them all.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on January 02, 2015, 01:13:02 PM
Donna Douglas, best known as Elly May on The Beverly Hillbillies, has died at 81. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2015/01/02/beverly-hillbillies-star-donna-douglas-dies-at-81/21195559/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 09, 2015, 12:53:44 AM
Aussie actor Rod Taylor has passed away aged 84.

SMH (http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/australian-actor-rod-taylor-dies-aged-84-20150109-12kx7z.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 09, 2015, 07:36:45 AM
Aussie actor Rod Taylor has passed away aged 84.

SMH (http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/australian-actor-rod-taylor-dies-aged-84-20150109-12kx7z.html)

Best remembered, at least by me, for his role in the Hitchcock chiller The Birds:

(https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/rod-taylor_thebirds.jpg?w=670&h=377&crop=1)
http://variety.com/2015/film/news/rod-taylor-dead-the-bird-the-time-machine-1201396390/

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on January 09, 2015, 09:18:31 AM
I didn't know Rod was an Aussie, but I always think of him in The Birds as well.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 09, 2015, 05:14:32 PM
I didn't know Rod was an Aussie

He grew up in the same suburb as my father but the families didn't know one another.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 10, 2015, 09:59:09 PM
Lizabeth Scott passed away on January 31.

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Lizabeth Scott, a sultry blonde with a come-hither voice cut out for the seething romantic and homicidal passions of her Hollywood film noir roles in the late 1940s and early ’50s, died on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. She was 92.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center confirmed the death, but did not give a cause.

Ms. Scott was billed as another Lauren Bacall or Veronica Lake, and in many of her 22 films she portrayed a good-bad girl with love in her head and larceny in her heart, or vice versa. Her co-stars were Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and other tough gents, and her movies’ titles were lurid stuff: “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” “Dead Reckoning,” “Pitfall,” “Dark City,” “I Walk Alone” and “Bad for Each Other.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/07/movies/lizabeth-scott-film-noir-siren-dies-at-92.html?_r=0

I know Holden Pike is a big fan.

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=7062.msg117848#msg117848
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 11, 2015, 07:11:19 AM
I saw that obit and meant to post it, then it slipped my mind.

R.I.P., Lizabeth Scott.

And thanks, SK, for the link to Holden's great post from the good old days. I wonder if Holden ever even lurks around here any more?
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 16, 2015, 03:39:09 PM
Louis Jourdan has died at the age of 93:

(http://www.trbimg.com/img-54e1444a/turbine/la-me-louis-jourdan-20150215-pictures-008/1150/1150x647)
Leslie Caron, in the title role [of Gigi], and Louis Jourdan as playboy Gaston.

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In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Jourdan played key roles in scores of films and TV shows, but felt he was too often stereotyped as the European lover, complete with charming accent.

"That ooh-la-la, conventional, embarrassing character," he complained in a 1965 interview with the Associated Press. "I'm proud to be a Frenchman, but I resent the image people have of the stupid, continental charmer.

"Against that type of role I fight pitilessly."

Robert Osborne, film historian and host of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel, said Jourdan was indeed capable of serious work in roles such as the callous concert pianist he played in the 1948 movie "Letter From an Unknown Woman" that has become a film-buff favorite.

But at the time it came out, the film didn't do Jourdan's career much good. "Audiences didn't want to see him in that kind of role," Osborne said in an interview with The Times. "I think he's right that he was stereotyped.

"He was hired for his profile."
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-louis-jourdan-20150215-story.html

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 27, 2015, 08:39:55 PM
Leonard Nimoy, R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html

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Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/02/28/arts/28nimoy_video_hp/28nimoy_video_hp-videoSixteenByNine1050.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: antonis on February 28, 2015, 12:20:13 AM
So sad .......
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on February 28, 2015, 02:05:00 AM
Very sad news..... I grew up with Star Trek, it's been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I'm not usually affected by celebrity deaths but this one got me.
Mrs Gant met Mr Nimoy briefly some years ago and always said what a lovely person he was... Amongst many other things he created one of the most memorable TV characters of all time... He's gonna be missed...

I wonder if in the future there'll be a TV star as famous as Leonard Nimoy

R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on April 03, 2015, 06:43:51 PM
The last reel has finally run through the projector for Manoel de Oliveira. The late-life prodigy was 106.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/03/arts/manoel-de-oliveira-pensive-filmmaker-who-made-up-for-lost-time-is-dead.html

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For much of the past 25 years Mr. Oliveira was known among cinephiles as the world’s oldest active filmmaker. Unable to work for decades under the repressive right-wing government of António de Oliveira Salazar, who came to power in 1932, Mr. Oliveira started making up for lost time in his 60s, at an age when most directors are entering their creative twilight.

Almost as old as cinema itself, Mr. Oliveira often seemed like a filmmaker out of time, or perhaps of many times, a 20th-century modernist drawn to the themes and traditions of earlier eras. He was known for ruminative, melancholic, often eccentric movies about grand subjects like the nature of love and the ever-present specter of death.

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/04/03/arts/03oliveira-1-obit/03oliveira-1-obit-master675.jpg)
The director Manoel de Oliveira in 2009 at an announcement of a retrospective in Berlin.
Credit Barbara Sax/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

^ He looks pretty good for a hundred-year-old!

Clint has occasionally mentioned him in interviews as someone whose continued productivity at an advanced age is to be emulated.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on April 08, 2015, 06:16:10 AM
Actor James Best died Monday at 88. He's best known for The Dukes of Hazard, of course, and I remember him from some episodes of Twilight Zone and The Andy Griffith Show. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/tv/media-scene-blog/article17597600.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on April 19, 2015, 12:04:32 PM
Jonathan Combie, best known for his role as Gilbert in the Anne of Green Gables TV movies, has died at 48. I haven't watched those movies yet, but actually have them on VHS with the intention of checking it out sometime.
https://www.yahoo.com/tv/s/jonathan-crombie-anne-green-gables-actor-dies-48-190021686.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 04, 2015, 06:22:29 PM

 
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Maya Plisetskaya, who has died aged 89, was one of the most important ballerinas of the Soviet era

 http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/may/03/maya-plisetskaya

 (http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/3/1430653499142/Maya-Plisetskaya-performi-007.jpg)

 R.I.P.  Mme Plisetskaya
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 04, 2015, 06:49:39 PM

 
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Ben E. King dies at 76; singer-songwriter behind classic 'Stand By Me'

 http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-ben-e-king-20150502-story.html

 (http://www.trbimg.com/img-5547cd4d/turbine/la-afp-getty-file-rb-legend-ben-e-king-dies-at-20150501/700/700x394)

 R.I.P. Ben.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 15, 2015, 06:55:33 AM
Legendary, iconic blues guitarist B.B. King has passed away.  Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89 in Las Vegas (http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/15/entertainment/bb-king-dead/)

Rest in peace, sir.

(http://photos.elvispresleymusic.com.au/images/celebrities/bb_king_elvis_presley_1956_december_7.jpg)

(http://www.elvisinfonet.com/image-files/BBKing_med.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 24, 2015, 11:23:40 AM
John Nash, wife, 'A Beautiful Mind' inspiration, die in NJ
 (https://www.yahoo.com/movies/s/john-nash-wife-beautiful-mind-inspiration-die-nj-145858933.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on May 24, 2015, 05:13:17 PM
Actress Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller, dies (https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/news/ap-newsbreak-actress-anne-meara-mom-ben-stiller-194252131.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on May 31, 2015, 05:58:58 PM
Actress Betsy Palmer has died at the age of 88. She had a very long, distinguished career, but a lot of people recognize her from Friday the 13th, which she only took because of the money (which is mentioned in this article). http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Actress-Betsy-Palmer-Dead-at-Age-88-20150531
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 06, 2015, 08:39:21 AM
Joe Scarpa, Who Gained Wrestling Fame as Chief Jay Strongbow, Dies (http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/sports/joe-scarpa-who-gained-wrestling-fame-as-chief-jay-strongbow-dies.html?_r=0&referrer=)

I meant to post this earlier.  I remember watching him, Superstar Billy Graham, Bruno Sammartino, Pedro Morales, George "The Animal" Steele and Bob Backlund on tv with my brother.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on June 11, 2015, 06:34:13 AM
Sad news that Christopher Lee has died at 93. He's my favorite Dracula, and did lots of other great things, of course. http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/christopher-lee-legendary-movie-villain-and-horror-icon-dies-at-93/ar-BBkXkal?ocid=iehp#page=1
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 11, 2015, 06:42:49 AM
Sad news that Christopher Lee has died at 93. He's my favorite Dracula, and did lots of other great things, of course. http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/christopher-lee-legendary-movie-villain-and-horror-icon-dies-at-93/ar-BBkXkal?ocid=iehp#page=1

Such a long and impressive career!  God bless you, Mr. Lee.  May you Rest In Peace. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: antonis on June 11, 2015, 08:23:15 AM
R.I.P. Mr Lee

Sad news.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 12, 2015, 06:41:25 AM
Mr. Lee has had quite a long and distinguished career.  My son Nicholas is just 8 years old but knows who he is from his apparance in Star Wars films.  Whe he saw him in one of the Lord Of The Rings movies, he said, "Look Dad, it's Count Dooku!"   ;D

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/bd/Count_Dooku.png/250px-Count_Dooku.png)

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HS.73893544978&pid=15.1&P=0)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 12, 2015, 09:50:34 AM
Another famous wrestler.  RIP. 

Dusty Rhodes dead at 69, WWE announces (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/the-turnstile/dusty-rhodes-dead-at-69--wwe-announces-183257553.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 12, 2015, 11:37:34 AM
RIP Randy Howard

Country singer Randy Howard killed in gunfight with bounty hunter: authorities (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/singer-randy-howard-killed-gunfight-bounty-hunter-article-1.2255215)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on June 12, 2015, 07:03:56 PM
Ornette Coleman, the great jazz saxophonist and composer, has died at 85:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/12/arts/music/ornette-coleman-jazz-saxophonist-dies-at-85-obituary.html

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/06/12/arts/12coleman-web2/12coleman-web2-blog427.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 17, 2015, 09:28:14 AM
Rest in Peace.

Ornette Coleman, the great jazz saxophonist and composer, has died at 85:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/12/arts/music/ornette-coleman-jazz-saxophonist-dies-at-85-obituary.html

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/06/12/arts/12coleman-web2/12coleman-web2-blog427.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on June 19, 2015, 07:08:59 PM
Ornette Coleman, the great jazz saxophonist and composer, has died at 85:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/12/arts/music/ornette-coleman-jazz-saxophonist-dies-at-85-obituary.html

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/06/12/arts/12coleman-web2/12coleman-web2-blog427.jpg)

R.I.P.

Thank you, KC, for that. Clark Terry died recently, too....

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on June 19, 2015, 07:10:44 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/23/arts/music/clark-terry-influential-jazz-trumpeter-dies-at-94.html

RIP, Clark Terry

LCat
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on June 19, 2015, 10:18:55 PM
It's nice to hear from you, LCat!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 23, 2015, 06:21:30 AM
So sad.  RIP Mr. Horner.

James Horner, Film Composer for 'Titanic' and 'Braveheart,' Dies (https://www.yahoo.com/movies/s/james-horner-film-composer-titanic-braveheart-dies-plane-033534503.html)

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.VSOecMxel8ozeY6hlNDRaw&pid=15.1&P=0)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 23, 2015, 10:10:48 AM
Wow, sure brings back a lot of memories.  Rest In Peace, sir.

Dick Van Patten, 'Eight Is Enough' Star, Dies at 86 (http://news.yahoo.com/dick-van-patten-eight-enough-star-dies-86-153049849.html;_ylt=AwrBT_1vkolVXWcA8QJXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyMmYzb2hlBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjAzNjJfMQRzZWMDc2M-)

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.mVKW9cCAeyRYZ%2ffMomzjtg&pid=15.1)

Mr. Van Patten has a connection to Clint Eastwood in that he appeared in "Incident of the Power and the Plow", a 1959 episode of Rawhide, as well as in the 1972 film Joe Kidd.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Hemlock on June 25, 2015, 09:16:58 PM
Patric Macnee is dead.

(http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/25/1435261762861/patrick-macnee-007.jpg)

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jun/25/patrick-macnee
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on June 26, 2015, 05:30:21 AM
Patric Macnee is dead.
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jun/25/patrick-macnee

Wow, rest in peace Mr. Macnee. 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on July 11, 2015, 07:00:30 PM

 '' Omar Sharif, 83, a Star in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ Dies ''      Very sad news..... :(

 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/movies/omar-sharif-a-star-in-dr-zhivago-dies-at-83.html?emc=edit_na_20150710&nlid=51580126&ref=cta&_r=0

 
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Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor who rode out of the desert in the 1962 screen epic “Lawrence of Arabia” into a glamorous if brief reign as an international star in films like “Doctor Zhivago” and “The Night of the Generals,” died on Friday in Cairo. He was 83.

His death, at a hospital, was caused by a heart attack, said his agent, Steve Kenis.

Mr. Sharif — who later became as well known for his mastery of bridge as he was for his acting — was a commanding, darkly handsome presence onscreen. He was multilingual as well, and comfortable in almost any role or cultural setting.

He had appeared in a number of Egyptian films before the British director David Lean added him to the cast of “Lawrence of Arabia,” a freewheeling depiction of the real-life exploits of the British adventurer T. E. Lawrence, who led Arab fighters in a series of battles against Turkish occupiers. Peter O’Toole starred in the title role.

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/07/10/arts/10sharif-obit-slide-O1WM/10sharif-obit-slide-O1WM-jumbo.jpg)

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on July 11, 2015, 08:20:57 PM
Sad news, but a nice obituary. I meant to post it earlier. Thanks, Higashimori.

He seems to have been a true cosmopolitan, a rare thing in today's world. R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on July 21, 2015, 05:03:11 AM
Alex Rocco, Character Actor in ‘Godfather,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dies at 79 (http://variety.com/2015/film/news/alex-rocco-dead-godfather-facts-of-life-1201543634/#)

Rest In Peace, sir.

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HQ.75582803841&pid=15.1&P=0) (https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.PgPt6HBeFVH2LcUkVkvwBg&pid=15.1&P=0)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on July 23, 2015, 12:38:12 PM
Rest In Peace.

Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91 (http://variety.com/2015/film/news/theodore-bikel-fiddler-on-the-roof-star-dies-at-91-1201544826/#)

Source of photos below:  Theodore Bikel/Wikipedia
 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Bikel)

Bikel (back, center), performing in The Elgin Hour, 1955, with (l-r) Joe Mantell, Orson Bean, Polly Bergen
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e1/The_Elgin_Hour_San_Francisco_Fracas_1955.jpg/724px-The_Elgin_Hour_San_Francisco_Fracas_1955.jpg)



Bikel, right at AFL–CIO Convention in 1977, with Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, center, upon his release from the Soviet Union, and Tom Kahn, left, an assistant to AFL–CIO President George Meany.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Kahn%2C_Bukovksy%2C_and_Bikel.jpg/800px-Kahn%2C_Bukovksy%2C_and_Bikel.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on July 23, 2015, 07:41:53 PM
I just recognized Bikel from the second photo above. He did an episode of Columbo in the '70s where he played a genius.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on July 31, 2015, 04:50:55 PM
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61 (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/the-turnstile/wrestling-superstar-roddy-piper-dead-at-61-224152886.html)


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 02, 2015, 03:35:23 PM
(http://images.smh.com.au/2015/08/03/6735180/Article%20Lead%20-%20wide998903612gipxxaimage.related.articleLeadwide.729x410.gipyyk.png1438552546446.jpg-620x349.jpg)

Quote
Tributes have poured in for Cilla Black, one of Britain's best-loved television presenters, following her death at the age of 72.

Born Priscilla White, she started out working in the cloakroom at the Cavern club, where The Beatles were first spotted, before taking to the stage herself.

The band championed Black and introduced her to their manager Brian Epstein, who signed her.

Black released her first single in 1963 and the following year had two number one hits, You're My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart. She went on to release 14 albums.


smh (http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/cilla-black-tributes-pour-in-for-uk-star-20150803-gipyyk.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 03, 2015, 04:23:27 AM
^^^RIP Ms. Black.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 19, 2015, 04:38:55 AM
Sadly, the lovely Yvonne Craig has passed away. 

The Hollywood Reporter:   Yvonne Craig, TV's Sexy Batgirl of the 1960s, Dies at 78 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/yvonne-craig-dead-batgirl-1960s-816226)

Variety:  TV’s Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dies at 78 (https://www.yahoo.com/tv/s/tv-batgirl-yvonne-craig-dies-78-045445765.html)

Ms. Craig as Batgirl and with Adam West & Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, respectively.

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HQ.213573503245&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300) (https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.CkmjCYKuceaoIu1rFLSegw&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)

Here she is with Elvis in It Happened At The World's Fair (1963) and Kissin' Cousins (1964)

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.BlLXxr%2facJH51kBSDOd2OQ&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300) (https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.deqAai4bhxFhjtffa51TWw&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)

Fun on the set of Star Trek with William Shatner in the episode Whom Gods Destroy (1967)

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.WLe2fDc32S8anoSUJ4Acxw&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)

May God Bless you, Ms. Craig.  Rest In Peace.

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.OfcCgNQ7R6cJbO53vaRq%2fA&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 21, 2015, 05:42:01 AM
Sadly, the lovely Yvonne Craig has passed away. 

The Hollywood Reporter:   Yvonne Craig, TV's Sexy Batgirl of the 1960s, Dies at 78 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/yvonne-craig-dead-batgirl-1960s-816226)

Variety:  TV’s Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dies at 78 (https://www.yahoo.com/tv/s/tv-batgirl-yvonne-craig-dies-78-045445765.html)

May God Bless you, Ms. Craig.  Rest In Peace.

Another story on Yvonne Craig regarding her role as the Orion slave girl Marta on Star Trek:  Beyond Batgirl: Yvonne Craig's Unforgettable 'Star Trek' Turn (https://www.yahoo.com/tv/beyond-batgirl-yvonne-craigs-unforgettable-star-127101789545.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on August 24, 2015, 06:31:57 AM
‘F Troop’ Actress Melody Patterson Dies at 66 (http://variety.com/interstitial/#)

Sad news.  This is one of many shows my brother introduced to me when we were kids.  I always got a kick out of Larry Storch's character, Agarn.

Patterson as Wranger Jane on F Troop.  I have to admit, she was one of my earliest tv crushes.

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.ql%2fs%2bMCWLmFgurlifWKcZw&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300) (https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.lBQb4CDiIho9GDMOLEf2Cg&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)

With Ken Berry, Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.YVkrrEUz8CsdCaNxaSzcrg&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)

God bless you Ms. Patterson.  May you Rest In Peace. 

(http://www.hollywoodhairstyle.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Melody-Patterson-without-makeup.jpg)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gerry on August 29, 2015, 07:07:59 PM
Late, but RIP Rudy Diaz 1918-2006.


(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/[email protected]@._V1_UY317_CR19,0,214,317_AL_.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on August 30, 2015, 07:16:04 PM
Director Wes Craven has died at 76. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wes-craven-horror-maestro-dies-818806

I've often written about my love of various movies he made over the years on this board, Wes Craven's New Nightmare being my favorite.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: fum on August 31, 2015, 07:01:20 AM
He was a good director for such films as Nightmare On Elm Street.  :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on September 01, 2015, 04:38:36 AM
RIP Mr. Craven.  A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was an instant favorite of mine.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8d/Nightmare3.jpg)

LOL, I used to have the cassette single of the title song by Dokken.  "Cassingle" never caught on...   :D

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.Mmc1hAGaUHEN258iv0mSog&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 03, 2015, 10:59:24 PM
Director Wes Craven has died at 76. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wes-craven-horror-maestro-dies-818806

I've often written about my love of various movies he made over the years on this board, Wes Craven's New Nightmare being my favorite.

Here is the New York Times obituary:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/movies/wes-craven-a-master-of-slasher-horror-films-dies-at-76.html

And a very nice tribute in the same newspaper:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/movies/wes-craven-a-filmmaker-who-invaded-your-dreams.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 03, 2015, 11:06:44 PM
As the headline in the New York Times put it:

Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote About the Brain’s Quirks, Dies at 82

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/science/oliver-sacks-dies-at-82-neurologist-and-author-explored-the-brains-quirks.html

Besides the obituary, there is a tribute by one of the paper's literary critics, Michiko Kakutani:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/arts/oliver-sacks-wrote-awakenings-and-cast-light-on-the-interconnectedness-of-life.html

Quote
His patients have lost an erudite and compassionate doctor. The world has lost a writer of immense talent and heart, a writer who helped illuminate the wonders, losses and consolations of the human condition.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on September 07, 2015, 02:59:17 PM
Martin Milner has passed away.

'Adam-12' and 'Route 66' Star Martin Milner Dies (https://www.yahoo.com/tv/s/adam-12-route-66-star-191100421.html)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on September 07, 2015, 06:23:55 PM
Martin Milner has passed away.

'Adam-12' and 'Route 66' Star Martin Milner Dies (https://www.yahoo.com/tv/s/adam-12-route-66-star-191100421.html)

Here's the New York Times obit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/arts/television/martin-milner-dies-at-83-actor-made-his-name-on-route-66.html

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/09/08/arts/08MILNER-obit/08MILNER-obit-master675.jpg)

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Mr. Milner had no illusions about his place in the Hollywood firmament and seemed not to be particularly concerned about it.

“The really big stars have a drive that made them into superstars,” he said in an interview with The Toronto Star in 1994. “They can’t turn it off when they have that success. I certainly was not driven by a great dedication that made me succeed or else.”

He wondered aloud if that made him a bum. Then he added, “It’s terrible, but it’s true.”

His wife survives him. They were married for 58 years, ... how rare is that in Hollywood, also?

R.I.P.



Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Smitty1993 on September 07, 2015, 07:02:12 PM
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warren-murphy-dead-eiger-sanction-820805 He was the screenwriter of one of my top 5 Eastwood films 1975's "The Eiger Sanction"
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Rawhide7 on September 23, 2015, 07:54:05 PM
Yogi Berra has died at the age of 90.  Yogi Berra was not only one of the greatest players ever but he was one of the greatest human beings ever.  A true legend, icon, whatever word you want to use about him.  He was truly one of a kind.  Everybody loved him and nobody ever said a bad word about him.  That is really rare.  Usually theres always somebody out there who isnt going to like you.  But not with Yogi.  Everybody liked him!  Even Red Sox fans liked him!  According to Tim Kirkjan Ted Williams told him a long time ago that Yogi Berra was the man he feared the most.  Not Dimaggio and not Mantle.  That says a lot right there.  Baseball will never be the same without him!  Yogi will be missed by all!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on September 24, 2015, 02:01:00 PM
God Bless you, Mr. Berra.  May you Rest In Peace, sir.

(https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.o1JSrG1zt76A5HjxLhNupA&pid=15.1&rs=1&c=1&qlt=95&w=146&h=111)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 17, 2015, 04:35:41 PM
Bruce Hyde, Actor in Two Early 'Star Trek' Episodes, Dies at 74 (http://news.yahoo.com/bruce-hyde-actor-two-early-star-trek-episodes-012517822.html;_ylt=A0LEV12f2SJW1VcANnTBGOd_;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 24, 2015, 04:19:46 PM
So sad to hear of this news as I was driving home from Maine today.

Maureen O’Hara, Fiery Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 95 (http://variety.com/2015/film/news/maureen-ohara-dead-dies-1201625946/)

I loved her in Big Jake and Only The Lonely.  Sad to say I haven't seen The Quiet Man or McLintock!

Truly a talented, iconic actress.  God bless you Ms. O'Hara. May you rest in peace.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on October 24, 2015, 05:06:14 PM
Who wants to be the first to name the movie Maureen O'Hara and Clint were in together?

(http://www.trbimg.com/img-562be539/turbine/la-et-mn-maureen-ohara-governors-awards-oscars-001/750/750x422)
Maureen O'Hara accepts her honorary Oscar from Clint Eastwood and Liam Neeson at the 2014 Governors Awards. (Chris Pizzello / Invision)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on October 24, 2015, 05:17:11 PM
I should no this but I cannot remember.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 24, 2015, 05:42:30 PM
Lady Godiva Of Coventry (1955)

Clint Eastwood played "First Saxon"

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/LadyGodivafilmposter.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 24, 2015, 05:47:37 PM
Who wants to be the first to name the movie Maureen O'Hara and Clint were in together?

(http://www.trbimg.com/img-562be539/turbine/la-et-mn-maureen-ohara-governors-awards-oscars-001/750/750x422)
Maureen O'Hara accepts her honorary Oscar from Clint Eastwood and Liam Neeson at the 2014 Governors Awards. (Chris Pizzello / Invision)

R.I.P.

Very cool seeing Clint and Liam on stage together with Ms. O'Hara.  They were in The Dead Pool Together and since then Mr. Neeson has done very well for himself, especially with Schindler's List and more lately, becoming a very good action movie star.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on October 24, 2015, 07:36:05 PM

 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/movies/maureen-ohara-irish-born-actress-known-as-queen-of-technicolor-dies-at-95.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/10/25/nyregion/25OBITOHARA2/25OBITOHARA2-master675.jpg)

 I had just watched this film today........ Rest In peace, Maureen! :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on October 26, 2015, 06:04:21 AM
Bruce Hyde, Actor in Two Early 'Star Trek' Episodes, Dies at 74 (http://news.yahoo.com/bruce-hyde-actor-two-early-star-trek-episodes-012517822.html;_ylt=A0LEV12f2SJW1VcANnTBGOd_;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--)


Bruce Hyde played Lt. O'Reilly in The Naked Time and The Conscience Of The King, first season Star Trek episodes.  It's too bad his character didn't last.

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M1d11224dc8042c821add8e703af3527do0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=364&h=166) (https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M75dd55744be783a437562c42417be2f8o0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=276&h=156)

God bless you, Mr. Hyde.  May you Rest In Peace, sir.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/de/Bruceheadshot2sm_000.jpg/220px-Bruceheadshot2sm_000.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Hemlock on November 02, 2015, 11:33:57 AM
R.I.P.

(http://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Fred-Thompson.jpg)

http://www.thewrap.com/fred-thompson-former-u-s-senator-and-actor-dead-at-73/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on November 02, 2015, 12:06:32 PM
^^^Wow, sad news.  God Bless You, sir and may you Rest In peace. 

I remember Mr. Thompson from In The Line Of Fire and Law & Order.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on November 08, 2015, 07:16:36 PM
Gunnar Hansen, who was the original Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, has died at 68.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34760060
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: LCat on November 29, 2015, 06:27:01 PM
Cynthia Robinson of Sly and the Family Stone passed away.

(Dance to the music!)

http://fox61.com/2015/11/27/cynthia-robinson-sly-and-the-family-stone-trumpeter-dead-at-71/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Hemlock on December 05, 2015, 03:03:20 AM
Yet again sad news but than again they always are in this thread:

Robert Loggia is dead

(https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRM1Se8eREWRb1CTiamYrmyX79_N0Of38eZ2ZUxQRyqFOrcmChw)

http://www.tmz.com/2015/12/04/robert-loggia-dead/

Also Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver is dead too

(https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTFU4K25W1iK7VNKyRtT0TI0-ZsxBVWeyKY8IHyb-GdGR5IYIABcQ)

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ex-stone-temple-pilots-singer-scott-weiland-found-dead/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: allycat on December 08, 2015, 01:47:59 PM
Thirty-five years ago today John Lennon was murdered. A terrible day for the world.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on December 20, 2015, 12:10:03 AM

 " Kurt Masur Dies at 88; Conductor Transformed New York Philharmonic "

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/arts/music/kurt-masur-new-york-philharmonic-conductor-dies.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 
Quote
Kurt Masur, the music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic, who was credited with transforming the orchestra from a sullen, lackluster ensemble into one of luminous renown, died on Saturday in Greenwich, Conn. He was 88.

The death, from complications of Parkinson’s disease, was announced by the Philharmonic, which said it would dedicate its Saturday night performance of Handel’s “Messiah” to Mr. Masur’s memory.

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/12/20/nyregion/20OBITMasur1/20OBITMasur1-master675-v2.jpg)

 Rest in peace, Maestro
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on December 20, 2015, 10:49:28 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JYgCaeVZxY

His chainsaw ran out of gas , RIP Leatherface :(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWFwcy1Bzkk

Feng Tien (Fist of Fury , FoF II , King Boxer)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on December 20, 2015, 10:52:01 PM
Wow, rest in peace Mr. Macnee. 
Patric Macnee is dead.

(http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/25/1435261762861/patrick-macnee-007.jpg)

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jun/25/patrick-macnee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCXWG6tl-mQ

Now she is alone :( 
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on December 20, 2015, 10:53:52 PM
Yogi Berra has died at the age of 90.  Yogi Berra was not only one of the greatest players ever but he was one of the greatest human beings ever.  A true legend, icon, whatever word you want to use about him.  He was truly one of a kind.  Everybody loved him and nobody ever said a bad word about him.  That is really rare.  Usually theres always somebody out there who isnt going to like you.  But not with Yogi.  Everybody liked him!  Even Red Sox fans liked him!  According to Tim Kirkjan Ted Williams told him a long time ago that Yogi Berra was the man he feared the most.  Not Dimaggio and not Mantle.  That says a lot right there.  Baseball will never be the same without him!  Yogi will be missed by all!

That is rare , true....never heard a bad word about Lesley Gore either.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Tang Lung on December 20, 2015, 10:57:17 PM
A couple of Elvis-related passings recently, Mary Ann Mobley and Millie Kirkham December 9 & 14, respectively.

Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley dies at 77 (http://www.dailynews.com/obituaries/20141209/former-miss-america-mary-ann-mobley-dies-at-77)

Nashville singer Millie Kirkham dies at 91 (http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/12/15/nashville-singer-millie-kirkham-dies/20440143/)

Kirkham was a singer and can be heard on Elvis' best known holiday classic, Blue Christmas, as well as The Wonder Of You, Surrender, How Great Thou Art, Polk Salad Annie, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Don't, Just Pretend, (You're The) Devil in Disguise, C.C. Rider and many others.   Mobley was a former Miss America (1959), married to film actor & tv personality Gary Collins and appeared in the Presley films Girl Happy and Harum Scarum.

RIP and God Bless



She was gonna be Batgirl on the old show.......
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: allycat on December 31, 2015, 04:15:20 PM
Lemmy from Motorhead, two days ago:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24806076
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 01, 2016, 06:01:37 AM
Quote
Former actor Wayne Rogers, who played wisecracking US Army surgeon "Trapper" John McIntyre in the acclaimed Korean War television comedy MASH before leaving after three seasons in a contract dispute, has died in Los Angeles, a spokeswoman says. He was 82.

(http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/7063622-3x2-340x227.jpg)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-01/wayne-rogers-trapper-john-on-hit-tv-show-mash-dies-at-82/7063548
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 01, 2016, 07:15:10 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51clhJ487bL.jpg)

Quote
Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning daughter of Nat 'King' Cole' who carried on her late father's musical legacy and, through technology, shared a duet with him on Unforgettable, has died aged 65.Cole died on Thursday evening at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles due to complications from ongoing health issues, her family said in a statement on Friday.'Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived ... with dignity, strength and honour. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever,' read the statement from her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2016/01/02/singer-natalie-cole-dies-aged-65.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 01, 2016, 08:01:46 PM

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/01/02/arts/02nataliecole2_hp/02nataliecole2_hp-master675.jpg)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE9zy5UKCTU

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/02/arts/music/natalie-cole-grammy-award-winning-singer-dies-at-65.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=image&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 Rest in Peace, Natalie.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 01, 2016, 08:15:40 PM

 " John Bradbury, Drummer for the Specials, Dies at 62 " 

 I do not know very much about John Bradbury but probably Gant know him well....  R.I.P.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/01/arts/music/john-bradbury-drummer-for-the-specials-dies-at-62.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-4&action=click&contentCollection=Music&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/01/01/arts/01Bradbury-obit/01Bradbury-obit-master675.jpg)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgcTvoWjZJU
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Shannonsmith1993 on January 02, 2016, 01:33:26 PM
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/01/02/jason-wingreen-obituary-star-wars-boba-fett-all-family

Voiced bounty hunter Boba Fett in Empire Strikes Back
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 06, 2016, 01:26:09 PM

 Another great loss to the world of classic !!   R.I.P. Monsieur BOULEZ.... :'(

 " Pierre Boulez, Composer and Conductor Who Pushed Modernism’s Boundaries, Dies at 90 "

 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/arts/music/pierre-boulez-french-composer-dies-90.html?emc=edit_na_20160106&nlid=62070599&ref=cta

 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/arts/music/musicians-discuss-the-influence-of-pierre-boulez.html?ribbon-ad-idx=4&rref=arts/music&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Music&pgtype=article

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/01/07/arts/music/07boulez_web1/07boulez_web1-articleLarge.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 11, 2016, 03:40:28 AM

 Oh, Bowie !!

What a Shocking news!!   It's not true?!!   I do not want to believe!!  ???

I want it to be bad joke of internet as usual ........ !! >:( >:( :tickedoff:
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 11, 2016, 03:46:46 AM

 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/arts/music/david-bowie-dies-at-69.html?emc=edit_na_20160111&nlid=51580126&ref=cta

  I do not want to believe!!  Not yet!! Too sad..........!! >:(   :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

 (http://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/01/12/arts/music/20160112_BOWIE_HP-slide-EDQ9/20160112_BOWIE_HP-slide-EDQ9-jumbo.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on January 12, 2016, 02:03:56 AM
Very sad day for me yesterday.. David Bowie's music has been a huge part of my life since way back when I was bought an album of his for my twelfth birthday.  His music has been there at all the major stages of my life right up until this weekend when I bought Blackstar is latest album...

I've avoided all the TV stuff and just played records.

R.I.P David
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on January 13, 2016, 05:52:28 PM
Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead and David Bowie in a two week period is too much!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Rawhide7 on January 13, 2016, 09:33:54 PM
Yap its extremely sad when these people pass away.  Its really depressing.  I remember when John Candy passed away.  I was in total shock.  I was looking forward to see if his comedy would withstand him getting older.  Robin Williams was another shocker for me.  Great entertainers for sure!

Wow just realized this was my 1000 post on here.  Where in the world has the time gone!  Ive really enjoyed everyone of those 1000 post I made and also reading everyone elses post.  This is a great site!  And Im looking forward too many more post on here.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on January 14, 2016, 03:59:17 PM
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/12508837_10153928537739903_3529765950120589416_n.jpg?oh=657d5af11a64b7cfc4ed2649aad4be7a&oe=574602B6)

Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard actor, dies aged 69 (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35313604)

He was always fantastic. RIP, Alan.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on January 14, 2016, 05:26:00 PM
(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/946184_937374683014874_2027022991156338073_n.jpg?oh=8698550050c7c66b1c4da93a22ad07bc&oe=573BBCC5)

From Facebook.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 14, 2016, 08:09:05 PM
Another great British actor passed away this week:

Brian Bedford, Stage Actor Who Brought the Classics to Life, Dies at 80 (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/theater/brian-bedford-master-stage-actor-dies-at-80.html)

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/01/14/arts/sub-14bedford-obit-1/sub-14bedford-obit-1-master675.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Rawhide7 on January 16, 2016, 01:13:35 AM
Dan Haggerty who played Grizzly Adams has passed away. I remember watching reruns of that show growing up as a kid. Always enjoyed watching it. Just a real nice peaceful show to watch. I actually bought the entire series which is only 2 seasons and the movie for my brother last Christmas.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 16, 2016, 10:20:31 AM
Dan Haggerty who played Grizzly Adams has passed away. I remember watching reruns of that show growing up as a kid. Always enjoyed watching it. Just a real nice peaceful show to watch. I actually bought the entire series which is only 2 seasons and the movie for my brother last Christmas.

Well, as an actor, Haggerty might not have been in the Alan Rickman/Brian Bedford class, but he was an interesting character. Here's a link to his obit in the New York Times, which I had missed when it appeared ... thanks for posting, Rawhide7.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/16/arts/television/dan-haggerty-who-played-grizzly-adams-dies-at-73.html?_r=0

(http://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/01/16/arts/16haggerty-obit/16haggerty-obit-blog427.jpg)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on January 16, 2016, 12:02:58 PM
I don't remember much specifically from the series, but I also remember watching Grizzly Adams as a kid.

It's been sad to hear of all of these deaths over the last week or so. I'm not familiar with Brian Bedford, but did see that he voiced Robin Hood in the 1973 Disney movie that I've always liked a lot.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 18, 2016, 07:26:27 PM
Glenn Frey, Eagles Guitarist and Singer, Dies at 67 (https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/news/glenn-frey-eagles-guitarist-singer-dies-67-220920048.html?ref=gs)

My wife and I saw The Eagles in concert in Boston. They performed 3 encores. One of the best concerts I've ever been to.  I was disappointed Frey didn't perform his huge hit, The Heat Is On even though he and Henley performed other solo hits.

God Bless You, Mr. Frey, sir.  May you Rest In Peace.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/Glenn_Frey.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on January 19, 2016, 04:12:23 PM
Got another to report...  :(


(http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/304/media/images/50192000/jpg/_50192598_000136408-1.jpg)

Leslie Nielsen, comic actor and Airplane! star, dies (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-11860014)

Yes, I'm serious. And stop calling me Shirley.   :(

R.I.P. Mr. Nielsen.



January, 2016 has been a rough month.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 19, 2016, 04:22:43 PM
Got another to report...  :(

(http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/304/media/images/50192000/jpg/_50192598_000136408-1.jpg)

Leslie Nielsen, comic actor and Airplane! star, dies (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-11860014)

Yes, I'm serious. And stop calling me Shirley.   :(

R.I.P. Mr. Nielsen.

January, 2016 has been a rough month.

He died in 2010: Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Nielsen)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on January 19, 2016, 04:59:54 PM
Well damn. He would have had an extra 5+ years in my world.  ;D
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on January 19, 2016, 08:14:06 PM
Matt, you're still not all the way caught up with the posts you missed, are you? ;)

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=7923.msg172708#msg172708
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on January 19, 2016, 08:28:43 PM
I skipped this thread -- reading 60+ pages of obits was something I "didn't find all that appealin'."

But now that I think about it, I bet I knew about this at the time, and forgotten.  That seems to happen more and more these days. :-[

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 20, 2016, 08:11:15 AM
I’m surprised at some celebrity news that hasn’t made it here yet.

Meadowlark Lemon passed away December 27.

Harlem Globetrotters Star Meadowlark Lemon Dies at 83 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meadowlark-lemon-dead-harlem-globetrotters-851204)

I saw Meadowlark Lemon perform with The Harlem Globetrotters at The Boston Garden in the late 70’s.  What a fun time! 

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.Meaa5a9f9603fe7b613abd7f3159c91f0o0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.Md850c930831b646a79992be61dfca3f0H0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)

God Bless You, Mr. Lemon.  Rest In Peace.

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M7bc6607dfc11c513eeb1eca649ee2c90H0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 20, 2016, 08:12:04 AM
Wayne Rogers passed away New Year’s Eve.

Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on TV's 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 82 (http://news.yahoo.com/wayne-rogers-trapper-john-tvs-m-h-dies-022832394.html;_ylt=A0LEVxSdnJ9WUWsAVfRXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--)

Rogers with Alan Alda on M*A*S*H

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.Mb1201b71dec70541033bd5469a016971o0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=229&h=172)

With House Calls costar Lynn Redgrave

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M33a57e9b6bba59aa65c8084eebe70a11o0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=215&h=170)

God Bless You, Mr. Rogers.  Rest In Peace.

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.Mde138991271a67af3429de75af51f796o2&pid=15.1&P=0&w=288&h=163)


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 20, 2016, 08:12:36 AM
Pat Harrington passed away January 6.

 Pat Harrington Jr., the Super on 'One Day at a Time,' Dies at 86 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pat-harrington-jr-dead-one-844621)

Of course, Harrington is best known as Schneider on the television comedy series, One Day At A Time

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.Mcb3f9063613e3e5c75127da21c219172o0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=275&h=155)

I was surprised to see him costarring with Elvis in Easy Come, Easy Go

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M3aa5df93090c3ee5c3499b52dcb4f82do0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=195&h=153)

God Bless You, Mr. Harrington.  Rest In Peace.

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M5b08b2067ac6057ff4cfd6e147329c1eH0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)


Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on January 22, 2016, 08:41:03 PM

 " Ettore Scola: Italian film director dies aged 84 "

 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35358908

 
Quote
The double Oscar nominated Italian director and writer Ettore Scola has died aged 84, Italian media reports.
He had been in a coma since Sunday after being admitted to the cardiac surgery unit of a hospital in Rome, according to the reports.
His 1974 work A Special Day, which he wrote and directed, received Best Foreign Film and Best Actor nominations for star Marcello Mastroianni.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Scola was a screen "master".
His death left a "huge void in Italian culture", Mr Renzi tweeted (in Italian).
Scola directed 41 films and wrote the screenplay for almost 90, according to the Internet Movie Database.
He performed both roles in A Special Day, which saw Mastroianni and Sophia Loren develop a relationship against the backdrop of fascist 1930s Italy.
Other works include We All Loved Each Other So Much, The Family and Ugly, Dirty and Bad - for which he won best director at the Cannes film festival in 1976.

 (http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/1D4C/production/_87800570_87800569.jpg)

 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on January 27, 2016, 08:46:05 AM
Abe Vigoda has passed away.

 Abe Vigoda, Det. Fish on TV's 'Barney Miller,' Dies at 94 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/abe-vigoda-det-fish-tvs-720147)

As Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=HS.283313836598&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)

As Detective Sgt. Phil Fish in Barney Miller

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M3b51eb8756900dbc2390ded0f23b9c7bo2&pid=15.1&P=0&w=206&h=155) (https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M9042a856ee290d9aaf000e3908d0e30dH0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=163&h=157)

With the cast of the Barney Miller spinoff, Fish

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M5c5520f0c38cac5eddecddb8fc9dfc48o0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=201&h=152)

God Bless you, Mr. Vigoda.  May you Rest In Peace.

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M03c950e90680bb7a57567cfe9edd31bdH1&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on January 27, 2016, 09:30:29 AM
I remember watching Barney Miller as a kid... he seemed old then.  When I saw that he had died, a stray thought ran through my mind, wondering if he was ever young.

R.I.P. Abe.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Conan on January 27, 2016, 11:58:43 AM
  I loved his guest spots on Conan O' Brien when the show was in New York.  He showed a small clip compilation/tribute to him last night.  RIP Abe Vigoda

  EDIT: http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/heres-conan-obriens-touching-tribute-to-abe-vigodas-years-of-late-night-humor/ar-BBoMfl1
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on January 30, 2016, 02:11:57 AM
I used to love Barney Miller.....
Well he had a good run R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Richard Earl on February 02, 2016, 05:08:51 PM
I used to love Barney Miller.....
Well he had a good run R.I.P

I am sure that Jack Soo had a cup of precinct coffee waiting for him in Heaven!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 04, 2016, 12:32:04 PM
A local celebrity, sort of.

Mary Fiumara, Mother From Classic Prince Spaghetti TV Commercial, Dies (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/02/04/prince-spaghetti-tv-commercial-mother-mary-fiumara-dies-anthony-martigetti/)

I remember the commercial on tv when I was a kid.  Never knew, until now, she was from Boston.

God Bless You, Ms. Fiumara, may you Rest In Peace.

"In the North End of Boston, Wednesday is Prince spaghetti day."

(http://www.wcvb.com/image/view/-/26527768/medRes/1/-/maxh/460/maxw/620/-/otrr7t/-/prince-jpg.jpg)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on February 04, 2016, 01:14:22 PM
Let's hope there's lots of Prince Spaghetti in heaven. If not, Anthony's mom is there now to set that right. R.I.P. Mary.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on February 04, 2016, 07:35:33 PM
Here's someone who may be recalled by a few more people:

Bob Elliott, Half of the Deadpan Bob and Ray Comedy Team, Dies at 92 (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/arts/television/bob-elliott-of-bob-and-ray-comedy-fame-dies-at-92.html)

Recalling Bob and Ray, Who Paved the Way for Today’s Deadpan Humor (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/arts/television/recalling-bob-and-ray-who-paved-the-way-for-todays-deadpan-humor.html)

R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Rawhide7 on February 04, 2016, 10:27:42 PM
A local celebrity, sort of.

Mary Fiumara, Mother From Classic Prince Spaghetti TV Commercial, Dies (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/02/04/prince-spaghetti-tv-commercial-mother-mary-fiumara-dies-anthony-martigetti/)

I remember the commercial on tv when I was a kid.  Never knew, until now, she was from Boston.

God Bless You, Ms. Fiumara, may you Rest In Peace.

"In the North End of Boston, Wednesday is Prince spaghetti day."

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Very sad news Jed!  My dad is from Chelsea, Mass. And I've been to Boston twice once when I was 6 and again when I was 13. I watched that commercial several times tonight and it is a very heart warming commercial. Makes me feel good and remembering my visits to Boston. I showed my dad that commercial tonight and he didn't remember it because he moved away when he was 9 which was three yrs before that commercial aired. He enjoyed watching it though. We still have a ton of family in Boston and I'm sure they've seen it before. But it's cool that they were just normal people and both Anthony and her lived right down from each other. She was a terrific person from what I've read.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 05, 2016, 04:36:38 AM
Here's someone who may be recalled by a few more people:

Bob Elliott, Half of the Deadpan Bob and Ray Comedy Team, Dies at 92 (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/arts/television/bob-elliott-of-bob-and-ray-comedy-fame-dies-at-92.html)

Recalling Bob and Ray, Who Paved the Way for Today’s Deadpan Humor (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/arts/television/recalling-bob-and-ray-who-paved-the-way-for-todays-deadpan-humor.html)

R.I.P.

Sad news.  I remember their show having a resurgence of sorts on Comedy Central some years back.  God Bless you, Mr. Elliot, Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 05, 2016, 05:26:56 AM
 Hollywood Mourns Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/maurice-white-dies-hollywood-reacts-862273)

Earth, Wind & Fire

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.Mb4ec04639f000361f4cfbd780fafadefH0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)

Rest In Peace, Mr. White.  May God Bless You, sir.

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M1c919b480d8472cc71f90d0c6af5cd0fo0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 19, 2016, 09:43:01 AM
Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird,' dies (http://news.yahoo.com/harper-lee--author-of--to-kill-a-mockingbird---dies---county-official-160654587.html)

God Bless.  Rest In Peace

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Harper_Lee_Nov07.JPG)

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/79/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird.JPG/220px-To_Kill_a_Mockingbird.JPG) (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/8e/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird_poster.jpg/220px-To_Kill_a_Mockingbird_poster.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on February 19, 2016, 04:05:27 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird was my favorite book I read in high school. O0

Earlier this week George Gaynes died at 98. He is best known for his roles in the Police Academy movies and the TV show Punky Brewster.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3450494/George-Gaynes-star-Punky-Brewster-Police-Academy-movies-dies-98.html
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on February 24, 2016, 08:38:02 AM
Country Music Singer Sonny James Dies at 87 (http://variety.com/2016/music/news/sonny-james-dead-dies-country-music-singer-1201712712/#)

(http://www.sonnyjames.com/hof/wp-content/uploads/uk-7inch-single-young-love.jpg)

Rest In Peace & God Bless.

(https://cdn.discogs.com/KwBJsaWZALuW9AxXY9u1gJXrAEY=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb()/discogs-images/A-364540-1236620832.jpeg.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 27, 2016, 11:25:22 PM
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Tony Burton, actor from Rocky and The Shining, dies at 78

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Tony Burton, who drew on his career as a prizefighter to play boxing trainer Tony "Duke" Evers in all six Rocky films, has died aged 78.

Sylvester Stallone, who stars in the franchise, led the tributes after relatives announced Burton's death in a southern California hospital from suspected pneumonia, following a long illness.

Burton, who had been living in California for 30 years, played the trainer of Apollo Creed, the antagonist of the first two Rocky films, before switching to Rocky's corner in the subsequent movies.

"Tony Burton who played the character of Duke brilliantly in all six Rocky movies... Rest in peace," Stallone said on Instagram, posting a still from Rocky IV of the pair with Apollo Creed actor Carl Weathers.

"Sad news. RIP Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful," Weathers tweeted.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-27/rocky-actor-tony-burton-dies-at-78/7204976
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Rawhide7 on February 28, 2016, 08:45:27 PM
Wow SK,

I am shocked. I've always really liked tony burton on both movies. And also on a lesser known movie called side out. He will be missed.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 02, 2016, 12:50:51 PM
Elvis Presley's doctor, 'Dr. Nick' Nichopoulos, dies at 88 (http://news.yahoo.com/elvis-presleys-doctor-dr-nick-nichopoulos-dies-88-212215137.html;_ylt=AwrBT88dNtdWfBkALBpXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyNW84ODh0BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjE1NjNfMQRzZWMDc2M-)

I heard about this recently.  There are those that blame him for Elvis’ death but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  If anything, he was an enabler, which is more part of the problem than the solution.  Supposedly, he tried to wean Presley off drugs but obviously his methods failed.

(http://www.elvisinfonet.com/image-files/elvis-presley-memphis-mafia-Dr-Nick--.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 06, 2016, 01:05:10 PM
Nancy Reagan, Actress Who Became Powerful First Lady, Dies at 94 (https://variety.com/2016/film/news/nancy-reagan-dead-1201723787/)

God Bless.  Rest In Peace.

(https://sp.yimg.com/xj/th?id=OIP.M4dccd710d87a544b10e4a81d22ddd0aeH1&pid=15.1&H=212&W=160&P=0)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Rawhide7 on March 06, 2016, 10:27:24 PM
Very sad news.  No matter what party you support she was a terrific first lady.  And a great person!  R.I.P. Mrs.  Reagan
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 18, 2016, 08:22:31 AM
Country Music Singer Sonny James Dies at 87 (http://variety.com/2016/music/news/sonny-james-dead-dies-country-music-singer-1201712712/#)

(https://cdn.discogs.com/KwBJsaWZALuW9AxXY9u1gJXrAEY=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb()/discogs-images/A-364540-1236620832.jpeg.jpg)

This guy reminds me of Mac Davis.  The similarity is close.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 18, 2016, 08:45:22 AM
Just came across this: ‘L.A. Law’ Star Larry Drake Dies at 66 (http://variety.com/2016/tv/people-news/larry-drake-dead-la-law-1201733239/#)

God Bless you, Mr. Drake.  Rest In Peace.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/51/Larry_Drake_at_the_1988_Emmy_Awards.jpg/220px-Larry_Drake_at_the_1988_Emmy_Awards.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 18, 2016, 08:48:40 AM
I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet. 

Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies at 72 (http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/frank-sinatra-jr-dead-dies-1201732092/#)

Rest In Peace, sir.  God Bless.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/14/FrankSinatraJrByPhilKonstantin.jpg/220px-FrankSinatraJrByPhilKonstantin.jpg)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 18, 2016, 02:03:26 PM
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Joe Santos, known as Lt. Dennis Becker on “The Rockford Files,” died Friday morning at the age of 84, according to multiple reports.

(https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/rockford-files.jpg?w=670&h=377&crop=1)

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/joe-santos-dead-dies-rockford-files-1201733894/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 23, 2016, 06:11:38 PM
KEN HOWARD, STAR OF 'THE WHITE SHADOW,' DIES AT 71 (http://metv.com/stories/ken-howard-star-of-the-white-shadow-dies-at-71)

My wife and I enjoyed his appearances on tv, Boston-based Crossing Jordan.  God Bless you, Mr. Howard.
May you Rest In Peace, sir.

(http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/voiceacting/images/5/56/Ken_Howard.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/180?cb=20130915181337)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 24, 2016, 01:47:33 PM
Sad news.  God Bless & Rest In Peace

Garry Shandling Dies at 66 (http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/garry-shandling-dead-larry-sanders-show-show-1201738601/)

(https://pmchollywoodlife.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/gary-shandling-bio-photo.jpg?w=330)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on March 29, 2016, 09:57:17 AM
Patty Duke has died at the age of 69! I remember watching The Patty Duke Show as a kid, though I don't remember much about it other than I know she played two cousins in the show. I watched The Miracle Worker in school as well.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/03/29/oscar-winning-former-child-star-patty-duke-dies-age-69/82382666/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 29, 2016, 10:00:40 AM
James Noble, star of 'Benson,' dies at 94 (http://www.metv.com/stories/james-noble-star-of-Benson-dies-at-94)

God Bless.  Rest In Peace.

(https://pmctvline2.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/benson-james-noble.jpg?w=620&h=420&crop=1)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on March 29, 2016, 10:11:55 AM
Patty Duke has died at the age of 69! I remember watching The Patty Duke Show as a kid, though I don't remember much about it other than I know she played two cousins in the show. I watched The Miracle Worker in school as well.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/03/29/oscar-winning-former-child-star-patty-duke-dies-age-69/82382666/

She was impressive in both versions of The Miracle Worker

Here she is as Helen Keller with Ann Bancroft as Annie Sullivan in the 1962 version.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l6P3AkSlmqw/UfJp01_hAmI/AAAAAAAABQ8/5kGoCG8Wnuk/s640/The_Miracle_Worker.JPG)

Here she is playing Annie Sullivan with Melissa Gilbert as Helen Keller in the 1979 version.

(https://www.dcmp.org/ai/MiracleWorker/images/mW-photos.jpg)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on March 29, 2016, 10:16:04 AM
I agree, Patty Duke was awesome in the Miracle Worker movies. I watched The Flying Nun as a kid too (Christopher and I have something in common?  :o )

Sorry she left the world so young. R.I.P. Patty Duke.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on March 29, 2016, 10:21:04 AM
It was the 1962 version we watched in school, and I remember thinking how raw the film felt. I haven't seen the other one.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on March 29, 2016, 09:03:04 PM

 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/arts/television/patty-duke-dies.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

 R.I.P. Patty.  :(
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Shannonsmith1993 on April 06, 2016, 01:38:40 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/06/entertainment/merle-haggard-country-music-dies/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on April 06, 2016, 06:01:07 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/06/entertainment/merle-haggard-country-music-dies/

R.I.P., Merle Haggard. Memorable in his single appearance in an Eastwood film, Bronco Billy.

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Mr. Haggard also appeared in several movies, including the 1980 Clint Eastwood film “Bronco Billy.” “Bar Room Buddies,” a duet with Mr. Eastwood from the film’s soundtrack, became a No. 1 country hit.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/07/arts/music/merle-haggard-country-musics-outlaw-hero-dies-at-79.html

(http://www.clinteastwood.net/graphics/record1.jpg) (http://www.clinteastwood.net/realmediafiles/records/barroombuddies.mp3)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 06, 2016, 08:39:48 PM

 (https://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/04/07/arts/07Haggard1Obit/07Haggard1Obit-blog427.jpg)

 R.I.P., Merle Haggard.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 17, 2016, 03:29:33 PM
(https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/anne-jackson-dead.jpg?w=670&h=377&crop=1)

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Anne Jackson, who collaborated extensively with husband Eli Wallach, together comprising one of the best-known acting couples of the American theater, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.

http://variety.com/2016/legit/news/actress-anne-jackson-dead-dies-married-to-eli-wallach-dies-at-90-1201752957/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Christopher on April 18, 2016, 05:07:08 PM
Doris Roberts, best known from Everybody Loves Raymond, has died at 90 years old.

http://www.people.com/article/doris-roberts-dead-at-90?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemag
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Shannonsmith1993 on April 21, 2016, 09:04:07 AM
http://www.thejamesbonddossier.com/news/director-guy-hamilton-dies-aged-93.htm?utm_content=bufferab4e7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Shannonsmith1993 on April 21, 2016, 11:23:30 AM
http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/prince-dies-at-the-age-of-57__14689/
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: KC on April 21, 2016, 06:48:43 PM
Shannon, it's traditional to put in a few words about the departed, instead of just posting a link. :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 21, 2016, 07:33:41 PM
Woah, that last link is a heartbreaker.  This is the first I've heard of it, and yes... a more fitting tribute would have been needed. I'll do my best.

(http://www.billboard.com/files/styles/article_main_image/public/media/03-prince-performs-1985-billboard-650.jpg)

Prince has died at the age of 57.

I had to check a few sources to make sure this wasn't an internet prank. He's one of the greatest of my generation. When Purple Rain came out in 1984, I went with a group of friends to see the movie. I still remember thinking it was "the greatest movie I'd ever seen", which is ridiculous... it's really not a good movie.  I was reacting to the way the music swept me away, and the emotional depth of the ending song.

https://www.youtube.com/v/W8O0Wy5YRb4

(It seems all the videos of Purple Rain are purged regularly from YouTube, so this one may not stay up long, and it's not an official video, but it sounds great.)

These are some beautiful lyrics:

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I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It's such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Underneath the purple rain

Honey, I know, I know
I know times are changing
It's time we all reach out
For something new, that means you too

You say you want a leader
But you can't seem to make up your mind
I think you better close it
And let me guide you to the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
If you know what I'm singing about up here
C'mon, raise your hand

Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you
Only want to see you
In the purple rain

He was an artist. As a songwriter, he could write gorgeous music like the above, and "When Doves Cry", some of the greatest dance music fo the 1980's "1999" and some pretty risque stuff too. He took chances. He reinvented himself with every song, and every album.  He could play guitar like Jimi Hendrix. He was a rock god. He also stood up against corporate influence in music, hating that his very name had become a product. He changed his name to a symbol (the symbol of love) at the height of his career... and if you needed to speak it, he was to be called "The artist formerly known as Prince."

I saw him in concert for the Purple Rain tour at the Philadelphia Spectrum (Rocky fans will recognize that from where the big fight between Rocky and Apollo was held).  Security was lax, and my friend and I managed to get down to the first level, and all the way down to the side of the stage. And what a concert it was.

Rest in peace, Prince. You will be missed a lot.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Gant on April 22, 2016, 06:46:11 AM
Prince passing is a real shocker..
To me he was to the 80's what Bowie was to the 70's...
A great artist always pushing forward, creative and a brilliant
Performer... I saw him live many times.. The consummate artist

R.I.P
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 22, 2016, 08:46:03 AM
This is a great video that's well worth watching. It features behind-the-scenes interviews with the producers of the Super Bowl 41 Half Time Show where Prince would perform in the middle of a typhoonish Florida rainstorm. When the producer called Prince to discuss what they would do that night, he told Prince "It's raining hard."  Prince replies "Yes. It's raining.  Can you make it rain harder?"

Watch this. What a performer.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NN3gsSf-Ys&feature=share
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 22, 2016, 01:40:55 PM
From facebook:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/13043520_1117891331565167_8681026385616765779_n.jpg?oh=4dd85eebc3385d189d18adc420065def&oe=5779B8B9&__gda__=1471186560_83a8e629e43a735cd72e43153b8210fe)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 22, 2016, 02:40:51 PM
Yeah, that's kinda true. And Eric is pretty awesome himself.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 23, 2016, 02:16:40 PM
Wow. I bet heaven sounds much better now that Prince is with Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. 

Rest In Peace, Prince. God Bless.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 24, 2016, 11:31:28 AM
I see the Purple Rain video I posted above has already been removed from YouTube. The soundtrack album Purple Rain is one of the greatest rock albums of all time, so if you haven't really discovered Prince before this, and want to know what's the best thing to get, I'd highly recommend it.

Prince really was one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. This is a really enjoyable video I stumbled upon today. Jeff Lynn and Tom Petty were in the George Harrison band (with Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan) The Traveling Willburys. Here's Jeff, Tom and George's son Dhani (who looks just like his father) playing one of George's greatest songs While My Guitar Gently Weeps. But who's that in the awesome red hat that shreds that solo at the end, falling backwards off the stage (he's caught, don't worry)... Prince.  You'll get an idea of how great a guitarist he is when he plays this so effortlessly, and with so much emotion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

https://www.youtube.com/v/6SFNW5F8K9Y
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on April 24, 2016, 10:56:08 PM

 ^^ Beautiful!! Thanks Matt to find that video!  I miss George Harrison very much!!  :'(

 R.I.P. Prince.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 24, 2016, 11:11:31 PM
I love that video. I'm going to download it before it disappears forever. I just love the way Prince throws his guitar at the end, and struts off stage. There's just almost too much cool on that stage.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 26, 2016, 06:43:16 AM
Prince was obviously extremely talented.  Although not a "crossover" artist, he was a phenomenal musician.  I think the two greatest crossover artists are Elvis and Michael Jackson. I'm sure it wasn't intentional. It's a testament to both of those artists' genius that they were successful in more than just one genre. I don't see Prince as having done that and that's not meant as anything negative. I agree that Prince was a genius in his own right, too. Such a big loss in the music world. I was more of a Michael Jackson fan but appreciated Prince's talent. I did and still do enjoy a lot of what he did.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 08:36:55 AM
Prince was definitely a crossover artist!  His genres include Rock (both heavy metal and pop), Dance, Electronica, Funk, Psychedelia, and Soul.

But, since you wanted to compare Prince with Elvis and MJ (which honestly is a little $#!tty...when myself and the world is still mourning his death just a few days ago) let's start with their musicianship...  sure they could all sing, but only one was a highly accomplished musician. If we're going to compare Prince to Elvis, let's start with songwriting (and musicianship).  But I'd rather not compare any of them. The world is mourning the death of a great musician who stood for love and peace, and as good a singer/songer as MJ was, the rape allegations surrounding him ruined any respect I had for him as a person, though some of his songs are too good to ignore.

I think the ultimate crossover artist is one who can appeal to both black and white audiences, without pandering to either. Prince never acted like a white man to appeal to white audiences.  In the 1980's, when believe me... there was a lot of racism toward Prince, which I saw first-hand when my father opposed my listening to his music. I remember him demanding an answer for what the "Purple Rain" was about... I think he thought it was supposed to be a racial war of some type. He called him a "N****", which he never did about Michael Jackson. Maybe Prince was too black, and proud of it. Maybe that was his sin in racist America?

A friend and I were comparing reviews of his first albums and tours from the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and we wondered what kind of reviews he would have gotten if he wasn't black.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/04/21/arts/music/prince-times-archive.html?_r=0

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But to this taste, his work seems a calculated, not very original pastiche of several rock styles, of note mostly because what its success says about black attitudes toward white rock. If George Clinton, in a visual sense, represents a black extension of late-60's acid rock, then Prince is essentially a similar equivalent for early 70's glitter rock, with a bit of punk thrown in for contemporaneity.
 

There aren't that many artists that appeal to both black and white audiences. That's crossover, and Prince was royalty.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 26, 2016, 08:59:32 AM
It's not their musicianship or talent I'm comparing.  I stand corrected with respect to Prince being a crossover artist.  Obviously, he was.  I just don't think he was as popular or successful as Presley or Jackson in that regard, commercially (sales, chart entries, etc).  More of the latter two's music is known worldwide.  I'm sure more people at random could name more of their hits than Prince's.  That's not to say either is greater than the other.  That's an endless debate and not the point, just an observation.  As far as their personal lives go, that didn't even enter into it so I'm not sure why it was even brought up.  Inconsequential, really.  To go down that road... Elvis lost his wife and life out of sheer selfishness, blindness and stupidity.  Jackson, well, that was one weird-ass dude.  That whole thing with the child molestation was ridiculous.  Settling out of court that first time didn't look good.  Doesn't mean he was guilty, but looks bad nonetheless.  Having it happen again so many years later (10?) also doesn't look favorable.  Apparently, he didn't learn from Elvis' mistake and died in a similar fashion.  Music wise, they were incredible.  Personally, they were idiots.  Prince?  I don't know so I can't comment.  I suppose we'll find out once the results come back from the autopsy.  I hope it's nothing negative.  Bad enough he's gone without adding insult to injury with reports of foul play and/or some kind of addiction.       
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 09:05:18 AM
I don't think of drug abuse as a crime  -- at least, if it is it's only to the person who is doing it to themselves. But, MJ's issues marred him in my eyes completely. Prince may have died from an OD, or from the effects of an OD the week before, but that doesn't put a negative spin on his career... so many other great musicians have died from ODs. Sexually assaulting people, yeah... that bothers me, and especially when it's children. Too many to ignore in MJs case. It clouds his career.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 11:00:40 AM
Sigh, it saddens me that this has to be brought up in this manner....but lets just go there one time and get over it.

ONE: MICHAEL JACKSON DID NOT SEXUALLY ASSAULT CHILDREN!!!! Let me be clearer on that....HE DID NOT. Anyone that is a parent that reasonably gives a sh*t knows that if you sexually assault a child....there is NO AMOUNT OF MONEY that will pay off the vengence of that childrens parents. These parents sent their kids to Michael knowing he was a caring guy as he never got to have a childhood and then later threatened to blackmail him...pure and simple. Its pretty much enough that most of those kids, now adults, recanted those statements and one committed suicide because of all this.

Second: Prince wasnt A crossover artist, he was THE crossover artist. Let me explain.

First, Elvis crossed over with NO ONE. He went into TWO genres, what was then "pop" and "gospel"...yes he did great in both but his rabid fans were his rabid fans. He wasnt crossover material at all, he was MEGA STAR!!! I bow down to him for that, but he would never cross over into the soul market because thats who he was ripping off to make his music. Not much love there.

Michael, well Michael was just Michael. No words necessary.

Prince, well lets be honest if you dont think Prince was crossover or that he had world appeal, truthfully I can say you havent been to any other part of the world. ESPECIALLY Europe where he is almost considered a God. And for good reason...

From the time Prince began his musical debut (19) any and ALL music played on his albums, every instrument were played by him. He only TOURED with a band because he couldnt do it all at the same time. Oh yeah, and THE TIME? In studio there music was done by Prince too.

If anyone was slow to appreciate Prince its because they didnt understand him. They didnt know how layered and deep his music composition was, why he was not gender bound. Why he could use a SYMBOL as his name and still get more record sales without a name than their next four artists at any time.

Every musician, singer, and artist, bowed to Prince. Eric Clapton was once asked what it was like to be the greatest guitar player in the world..he responded "I dont know, you will have to ask Prince". Thats straight bow down homage.

As to his worldwide recognition? Dude the US wasnt who cried when Prince died, it was the world.

And Ill be honest with you, insinuating "drugs" to smear a name of someone who cant defend themselves, or pedophilia, when you dont know the entire story, is honestly cheap. There are always people who hate because some are born into greatness....I get that. But dont think by tearing down their names it makes you somewhat equal. Because the best you could do in smearing their name couldnt equal their best efforts to fail at something. They would still do better at it than you.

Seriously, have some respect.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 26, 2016, 11:07:41 AM
Drug addiction may not be a crime but it is sad when we lose loved ones to it.  I'm not going to continue with any other personal problems these celebrities had.  What's important is the major loss of their loved ones; family, friends, colleagues and fans.

Prince was not THE crossover artist.  Elvis was.  He was the first one to continually, successfully chart over into country and rhythm & blues and gospel.  Um, no, Elvis did NOT rip off anyone.  He performed and recorded the music he grew up with and ALWAYS gave credit to black musicians.  Sad that these facts are often overlooked.  To a lesser degree, Michael Jackson was a successful crossover artist (but not country an gospel) and also with MTV.  I'm not saying Prince did not cross over, just that he wasn't as big a crossover artist as those two.  None of these artists knowingly, consciously broke musical racial barriers.  It just happened.  The fans have as much to do with that as do the artists. 

To stay on topic, it is sad celebrities' families have to endure all the media hype during mourning.  Unfortunately, that is the price to paid when it comes to fame, success and popularity.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 11:13:46 AM

ONE: MICHAEL JACKSON DID NOT SEXUALLY ASSAULT CHILDREN!!!! Let me be clearer on that....HE DID NOT. Anyone that is a parent that reasonably gives a sh*t knows that if you sexually assault a child....there is NO AMOUNT OF MONEY that will pay off the vengence of that childrens parents. These parents sent their kids to Michael knowing he was a caring guy as he never got to have a childhood and then later threatened to blackmail him...pure and simple. Its pretty much enough that most of those kids, now adults, recanted those statements and one committed suicide because of all this.


I did say allegations, and that they clouded his career for me... they did, and well before he died. But, let me ask you this: if your claim that MJ didn't commit the crimes is because parents would never take money to keep it hushed up (and possibly protecting their children from the lightlight in so doing), then how do you explain parents who would make up those charges and put their kids through that for money? Bad parents are bad parents, but you have to admit to both sides of that coin, if you're going to use that as the stance that proves his innocence.

The guy admitted to being Peter Pan, and from what I've read, he himself was abused as a child... so there were some serious issues he was dealing with all his life. But, there was some stuff going on that we'll never know about. We'll never know what was true, and what was made up, or who was willing to do anything for money. But we know something there was not quite right.

And I can't enjoy that man's legacy without that being a part of it. I can enjoy some of his songs, as I said... but his legacy is tarnished. Maybe without solid proof. But still... tarnished.

And yes, it's totally disrespectful to be discussing this. I agree... it was pretty shocking to see such an addition to this thread about Prince. It kind of hurt. He's one of the greatest of all time, and I've loved his music for as long as I can remember, and he was a great person in addition to his music.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 11:33:19 AM
Elvis gave credit to the people that "influenced him"? Thats funny. Because when Little Richard was asked about Elvis' rendition of Hound dog, a song that Little Richard had done before and gotten NO MONIES from after the fact....his very subtle words were "F8CK Elvis Presley".

I guess he said that because of Elvis' great respect for him.

I do love revisionist history. Its a nortorious fact that blacks during the fifties had their music suppressed to their own markets while whites ripped them off blind. But oh not "the great one" Elvis. He respected them so much that he ripped them off...sorry didnt rip off "was influenced word for word note for note". Too bad Vanilla Ice didnt think to say that about ripping off the "Under pressure" loop for ICE ICE BABY, could have saved him alot of money in legal fees.

Look you can believe that "crossover" concept all you want...but dont say he even TOUCHED R&B, he recycled it and packaged it as his own creation. Its not "respect" if you dont pay the artist you took it from, its robbery.

Tell you what, if you think Elvis respected them so much, go to ANY blues house in New Orleans or anywhere else for that matter....a real one. Show me where the picture of Elvis hangs.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 11:35:06 AM
:(  One more entry, and even now I know it's disrespectful to continue this, but I just had the thought.... the movie Spotlight discusses children victims of the priests' sexual abuse. Many killed themselves afterward. Many of the victims talked about how hard it was to be abused by someone they respected so much, who was like God himself to them. I can't help but see correlations here.

And, I'll just say one last time... no proof, and I don't know what happened. It's just clouded a legacy, and that is sad, whichever way you look at it.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 11:36:02 AM
Also, since we are on revisionist history...why not mention Elvis and his little problem with pedophilia. Lets please remember he got married as SOON as his gf turned legal age to do so...and they had been seeing each other for awhile. They met when she was what...14? 15?
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 11:36:57 AM
Elvis gave credit to the people that "influenced him"? Thats funny. Because when Little Richard was asked about Elvis' rendition of Hound dog, a song that Little Richard had done before and gotten NO MONIES from after the fact....his very subtle words were "F8CK Elvis Presley".

I guess he said that because of Elvis' great respect for him.

I do love revisionist history. Its a nortorious fact that blacks during the fifties had their music suppressed to their own markets while whites ripped them off blind. But oh not "the great one" Elvis. He respected them so much that he ripped them off...sorry didnt rip off "was influenced word for word note for note". Too bad Vanilla Ice didnt think to say that about ripping off the "Under pressure" loop for ICE ICE BABY, could have saved him alot of money in legal fees.

Look you can believe that "crossover" concept all you want...but dont say he even TOUCHED R&B, he recycled it and packaged it as his own creation. Its not "respect" if you dont pay the artist you took it from, its robbery.

Tell you what, if you think Elvis respected them so much, go to ANY blues house in New Orleans or anywhere else for that matter....a real one. Show me where the picture of Elvis hangs.

Ooops, my post followed this one, but I hadn't read it first. Just wanted to say that these are great points.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 11:37:38 AM
Also, since we are on revisionist history...why not mention Elvis and his little problem with pedophilia. Lets please remember he got married as SOON as his gf turned legal age to do so...and they had been seeing each other for awhile. They met when she was what...14? 15?

Yes, see I didn't go there, but it's true.

I was reading about Prince's first wife. They met when she was 16, but he wouldn't go near her until she was legal.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Conan on April 26, 2016, 11:41:12 AM
Why would an accused pay hush money at all if they are innocent?  I don't get that.  I do know that I would pay hush money for an option to block Elvis related posts.

I saw Prince's last SNL appearance, and he f'n crushed it playing two different instruments while singing.  There is no tape of this as far as I know, but he also crushed it at the SNL 40 after party.  He looked to be in good shape, so I was surprised to hear of his death.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 11:42:35 AM
"I did say allegations, and that they clouded his career for me... they did, and well before he died. But, let me ask you this: if your claim that MJ didn't commit the crimes is because parents would never take money to keep it hushed up (and possibly protecting their children from the lightlight in so doing), then how do you explain parents who would make up those charges and put their kids through that for money? Bad parents are bad parents, but you have to admit to both sides of that coin, if you're going to use that as the stance that proves his innocence. "

I am not disagreeing with you Matt....I one hundred percent agree those parents are complete garbage. But I dont think EVERY SET of parents could be bought off. They went into it knowing they could bend Michael over for the money......

Sorry, I also have the same opinion of MOST of the women that claimed Bill Cosby raped them. Some of them true, yes. MOST of them true? Not at all.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 26, 2016, 11:45:14 AM
Elvis gave credit to the people that "influenced him"? Thats funny. Because when Little Richard was asked about Elvis' rendition of Hound dog, a song that Little Richard had done before and gotten NO MONIES from after the fact....his very subtle words were "F8CK Elvis Presley".

I guess he said that because of Elvis' great respect for him.

I do love revisionist history. Its a nortorious fact that blacks during the fifties had their music suppressed to their own markets while whites ripped them off blind. But oh not "the great one" Elvis. He respected them so much that he ripped them off...sorry didnt rip off "was influenced word for word note for note". Too bad Vanilla Ice didnt think to say that about ripping off the "Under pressure" loop for ICE ICE BABY, could have saved him alot of money in legal fees.

Look you can believe that "crossover" concept all you want...but dont say he even TOUCHED R&B, he recycled it and packaged it as his own creation. Its not "respect" if you dont pay the artist you took it from, its robbery.

Tell you what, if you think Elvis respected them so much, go to ANY blues house in New Orleans or anywhere else for that matter....a real one. Show me where the picture of Elvis hangs.

In the 1950's, it is on record and by that I mean recorded on audio that Elvis has stated that black musicians was doing the music he was performing before he ever did.  Fact.  During his '68 special he stated rock & roll music came from gospel and rhythm and blues.  Fact.  During a press conference that Fats Domino was in attendence, he called Fats Domino the "True King of Rock & Roll".  Fact.  You can't blame Elvis for becoming more popular and successful than his contemporaries, regardless of color.  Blame the fans.  They're the ones that bought all his records, went to his concerts, watched him on tv and saw his movies.  If other musicians have a problem with that, again, regardless of color, then that's just too damn bad.  That's the nature of the business.  It's not revisionist history.  It is a fact that Elvis was heavily influenced by gospel, r&b and gospel music growing up.  He didn't steal anything.  That's ludicrous.  Elvis loved those types of music and respected and admired fellow musicians like Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, etc.  Oh and as for Little Richard, he is recorded as having saying he thanks God for Elvis Presley.  Fact. 

As for Prince his talent, charisma and professionalism will surely be missed by fans and fellow musicians around the world.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 11:48:39 AM
Im sure he was heavily influenced by them. He could take their music without paying them a dime, I would be too.

Once again, revisionist history....but I am one for letting people hold illusions.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 26, 2016, 11:50:13 AM
Im sure he was heavily influenced by them. He could take their music without paying them a dime, I would be too.

Once again, revisionist history....but I am one for letting people hold illusions.

You don't have a clue.  You can't cite any examples or provide any proof whatsoever so give it up.   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 12:04:40 PM
LMAO, I dont have a clue because I dont have the hero worship for Elvis that you do?

I paraphrase Little Richard. And you quoting Elvis to say "Oh I respected them..." doesnt mean a SHRED to me. He sure as hell as didnt pay them (note I mentioned that Elvis outright stole Hound Dog and Little Richard had NO respect for it but you dont cite that).

I love how you act like this isnt documented history....R&B PREDATED Rock and Roll. Hell Rock and Roll in and of itself WOULD NOT EXIST without ....to use your phrase..."its influence".

The same can be said for Country music. It wouldnt exist if not for the Irish folk tunes that predated it.

I am not sure why you have such a problem with me NOT kissing Elvis a$$. Sorry I am not impressed with him.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 12:08:16 PM
And allow me to say, Elvis was not the first NOR THE LAST to rip off R&B. He just went furthest with it. And honestly THAT part I dont have a problem with.

But I am sorry, Elvis couldnt even carry Prince's bags. And I say that as someone who spent most of his life NOT A FAN OF PRINCE!!!!
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 26, 2016, 12:12:19 PM
LMAO, I dont have a clue because I dont have the hero worship for Elvis that you do?

I paraphrase Little Richard. And you quoting Elvis to say "Oh I respected them..." doesnt mean a SHRED to me. He sure as hell as didnt pay them (note I mentioned that Elvis outright stole Hound Dog and Little Richard had NO respect for it but you dont cite that).

I love how you act like this isnt documented history....R&B PREDATED Rock and Roll. Hell Rock and Roll in and of itself WOULD NOT EXIST without ....to use your phrase..."its influence".

The same can be said for Country music. It wouldnt exist if not for the Irish folk tunes that predated it.

I am not sure why you have such a problem with me NOT kissing Elvis a$$. Sorry I am not impressed with him.


And allow me to say, Elvis was not the first NOR THE LAST to rip off R&B. He just went furthest with it. And honestly THAT part I dont have a problem with.

But I am sorry, Elvis couldnt even carry Prince's bags. And I say that as someone who spent most of his life NOT A FAN OF PRINCE!!!!


So you're paraphrasing.  Obviously, facts don't mean much to you and doesn't lend credence to your ridiculous points.  You have no argument.  You know nothing of what you speak with this topic.  Many people hate Elvis.  Fact.  I could care less.  Fact.  You have proven my point.  Elvis was influenced by the music he grew up on, loved and admired it enough to record and perform it in his own unique way which helped create the big rock & roll bang, eventually leading the way for artists like Michael Jackson and Prince. 

Like it or not, these are the facts.  You choose to ignore them or pretend they never happened.  So be it.  Like it or not, Elvis will continue to influence and be talked about ANOTHER 39 years after his passing.  Not even Jackson and Prince will be.  The only other artist(s) that will be is The Beatles.

I know most if not all of this junk will be deleted because the postings are not relevent so I am through.  You can respond and attempt to bait me all you want from here on in but know this:  You are completely wrong.  Here endeth the lesson.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 12:22:08 PM
Jed, I have NO PROBLEM with you being a fan. But I cite fact after fact, you disregard them and keep trying to post over me like Im an insubordinate child and that by you insulting me you will throw me off my game.

FACT: You came here gently saying respect for Prince's death and gently "bringing in the drug thing" and belittling his efforts by comparison to Elvis and MJ.
FACT: You have been disputed by points you cant argue. That he did rip off Little Richard (no harm no foul) that he was a pedophile (he was having sex with Priscilla when she was a budding 14 years old) and the funniest portion of your post which I find hysterical....

Are you really saying that drugs could cloud Prince's legacy and using ELVIS as the barometer against it?? Seriously??? Elvis didnt have an orafice he didnt stick a drug or food into. His OWN BAND, and best friends said he was a slobbering drunk and a stoned slob at the end....at his terrible old age of what.....42?

I dont sh*t on Elvis accomplishments at all, they are point of record and my opinion of him good or bad doesnt negotiate it. If me saying that Elvis was fallable, human and in many cases WRONG....bothers you I apologize that it bothers you.

But those are points of fact.....and respectfully Ill drop off on this because it is pointless to argue with die hard fans.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 12:22:22 PM
I'm not deleting anything. I'm all for impassioned posts on the board... god knows we don't have enough of that anymore.

Maybe some of this should be moved to the Elvis thread, but it would be hard to separate the Prince stuff from the Elvis in this discussion. If it continues, that's the only moderation I'd do. Nothing here should be deleted. No forum rules have been broken.

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 26, 2016, 12:41:56 PM
Jed, I have NO PROBLEM with you being a fan. But I cite fact after fact, you disregard them and keep trying to post over me like Im an insubordinate child and that by you insulting me you will throw me off my game.

FACT: You came here gently saying respect for Prince's death and gently "bringing in the drug thing" and belittling his efforts by comparison to Elvis and MJ.
FACT: You have been disputed by points you cant argue. That he did rip off Little Richard (no harm no foul) that he was a pedophile (he was having sex with Priscilla when she was a budding 14 years old) and the funniest portion of your post which I find hysterical....

Are you really saying that drugs could cloud Prince's legacy and using ELVIS as the barometer against it?? Seriously??? Elvis didnt have an orafice he didnt stick a drug or food into. His OWN BAND, and best friends said he was a slobbering drunk and a stoned slob at the end....at his terrible old age of what.....42?

I dont sh*t on Elvis accomplishments at all, they are point of record and my opinion of him good or bad doesnt negotiate it. If me saying that Elvis was fallable, human and in many cases WRONG....bothers you I apologize that it bothers you.

But those are points of fact.....and respectfully Ill drop off on this because it is pointless to argue with die hard fans.

I did not bring in "the drug thing".  As a matter of fact, when the Michael Jackson pedophilia issue was thrown into the mix, shortly thereafter I said I would no longer discuss these artists' personal issues.  To be honest, they may have been musical geniuses, but as for Jackson and Presley, they were both morons.  If they had an ounce of common sense, they'd be above ground, not taking dirt naps.  Who knows, maybe they'd have performed together.  No, really. 

You and I can say we're presenting facts all we like and tell each other we're wrong but that doesn't prove a bloody thing.  It means nothing, really.  We obviously don't agree so it's best to leave it at that.  Also, I have corrected myself where it came to Prince being a crossover artist. 

As for Elvis' so-called "theft" of other artists' music all I can say is from all I've seen, heard and learned over the years I wholeheartedly disagree.  He may be my favorite but as far as I'm concerned, all of those artists I mentioned from the 1950's are great.  Along with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and a whole bunch of others.  That era of rock & roll is my favorite.  It was the most fun and energetic. 

So go on, continue to tell me I'm, ahem, "wrong".  I can take it.  Continue to make fun of Elvis' personal life, be it drugs or weight.  I actually agree with most, if not all of that so I can take that, too. 

Truthfully, Michael Jackson and Prince will probably still be popular decades from now.  Each left behind an incredible musical legacy, be it tarnished or not.   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 12:46:45 PM
I'm trying to keep an open mind... but I just can't see the point that without Elvis, we wouldn't have Prince.

I'm not sure that Elvis didn't do a lot more than perform black music in a white man's body. So, the music was already there.... wasn't it? How much was changed by him? Was it just that he made it acceptable for white people to buy it? And if that's the case, then no I can't thank Elvis for paving the way for Michael Jackson and Prince.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 26, 2016, 12:54:00 PM
I'm trying to keep an open mind... but I just can't see the point that without Elvis, we wouldn't have Prince.

I'm not sure that Elvis didn't do a lot more than perform black music in a white man's body. So, the music was already there.... wasn't it? How much was changed by him? Was it just that he made it acceptable for white people to buy it? And if that's the case, then no I can't thank Elvis for paving the way for Michael Jackson and Prince.


It wasn't just Elvis.  He did do a lot more than perform black music.  He was successful in multiple genres of music, moreso than any artist before or since but I digress.  Yes, the music was already there but the difference was in how he was recording and performing it.  Had he actually copied the songs the way they were already done, he most likely wouldn't have been successful.  He performed a bluesy song, "That's All Right (Mama)" with a fast-paced country feel to it and a country tune, "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" with a hint of blues to it.  That is the equation, the "big bang" of rockabilly and rock & roll.  It wasn't just the recordings, but the performances.  He didn't just stand and sing into the microphone ala Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and so many before him.  His early concerts had them coming out in droves to see what the hype was all about.  So yes, to give credit to just one artist is not right.  I credit all of the artists I mentioned because it was their brand of music that paved the way for rock & roll to take over the mainstream for decades.   
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 01:08:01 PM
In being fair to Jed there are many of his points in his last post I completely agree with. Where I think the comparisons fall short is honestly, Prince.

There are many things I can say or not say about Elvis good and bad, but he was for all intent purposes a great singer whether you like the source or not.

MJ started a great singer as a child and morphed into one of the greatest stage performers that the world will ever see. Not comparible in any aspect between the two.

But I honestly believe thats where the comparisons stop. Where alot of people like to throw weight around to their favorites that this person or that person was a musical prodigy, Prince stands above them all...in a way that all musicians young and old take note and completely respect him.

Take the song SOFT AND WET. Now where alot of people could take it or leave it, just listening to the music in and of itself...its unbelievably complicated rifts and melodies overlapping themselves....the type of music that you could say would be Miles Davis calibur. But this was composed by a 19 year old kid. Every note, every instrument.

Prince could play 27 instruments that are known, all on a high level. He composed extrodinary high level music that whether you liked the songs or not, were genius.

He also, and I am sorry I am calling this one....was a TRUE trailblazer. He let people question his sexuality for years with intent, absorbing their scorn and love at the same time. This was when it was NOT fashionable to be gay in any way.

And his range as a singer was also UNBELIEVABLY impressive.

See, this is why I dont think the comparisons match. MJ and Elvis, were for all intent purpose, just singers. They didnt write, they didnt compose. I mean MJ wrote some music but it was unbelievably basic even though catchy.

Prince, when you view his whole as a sum of many great individual parts, can never happen again.

THAT is the tragedy of his death. Something that great, had to end.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 26, 2016, 01:15:47 PM
I see the problem now.  It is believed I was comparing the talents between the three artists when nothing could be further from the truth.  What I was comparing was their impact as crossover artists, which, again, I have corrected myself with respect to Prince.  Elvis was a great stage performer but obviously Michael Jackson was a much more talented dancer.  Then again, Elvis was not known for being a great guitar player either yet he gets criticized for it.  Ridiciulous.  He was also one up on Elvis in that he could write.  That's not to say Elvis never could; we'll never know because he just didn't.  Why he gets flack for that as well is beyond me, because Sinatra never does!  WTF?!  Anyway, Prince wasn't as good a performer as Jackson on stage but that's not to say he wasn't good at all.  Just that Jackson was better.  Prince has the upper hand on both in the writing department, obviously.  Also, in the instruments he could play.  I have said before Prince was a phenomenal guitar player.  What I can comfortably say all three of these performers shared was their passion for performing.  They were consummate in that regard and always enjoyed pleasing their fans.   



Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: bdc28 on April 26, 2016, 01:40:46 PM
I can completely concur there Elvis impact was much further reaching....he was the first phenom ever.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 02:04:53 PM
There's more of a meeting of the minds here... but I still wouldn't say that MJ was a better performer than Prince.

What? Did I really say that? Yes... even though MJ may be considered a better performer, it's not that cut and dry.

I mean, they were both incredibly awesome. I've never seen MJ. I've seen Prince in concert. He was a 10/10 performer. He was exciting to watch, and where Michael was maybe more talented with the dance moves, Prince had him in spades with sexuality. If Michael was PG rated (the worst thing he did was grab his crotch), Prince was at least R, if not X.

And BDC is right... we never really knew if he was gay or not (and that was still a time, like BDC said... when being gay wasn't all that okay yet), "I'm not a woman... I'm not a man... I am something that you'll never understand."  Lyrics from one of his best songs.

Even though it's not his concert, go back a page or two and watch him perform "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".  Watch that oh-so-cool throw of his guitar in the air as he pranced off stage. He had the most charisma of ANYONE, and I'd put him up against MJ. Yeah, I really would.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 26, 2016, 08:50:52 PM
Let's remember Prince for the great musician and performer he was, with this epic video.

https://www.youtube.com/v/7NN3gsSf-Ys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NN3gsSf-Ys
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 27, 2016, 02:58:08 AM
Several posts have been removed from this discussion about Prince as they breached our community standards.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: B.C. on April 27, 2016, 05:48:59 AM
Several posts have been removed from this discussion about Prince as they breached our community standards.

Understandable. Thank you.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 29, 2016, 07:52:23 PM
It's a shame that Superbowl video I posted further up on this page was changed to Private. Nothing with Prince stays on YouTube for more than a few days. I didn't download that one because I figured it was NFL material and wouldn't be taken down. Oh well... maybe it will pop up again.

I was in a grocery store tonight and saw the news on the National Enquirer that Prince died of AIDS. The woman behind me, who I'd guess was around 60 years old, picked up the magazine. She looked at me "I can't believe it. Do you?" I hadn't heard of it before, and just said "I don't know. But, he's always been a favorite of mine."  She said "Me too. I've always loved Prince."  Then she went on about how the paper should be sued for writing such trash. Well, I looked it up, and that's the latest news. And I guess it's not too surprising, if true. It sounds like him though to put his faith in God to heal him, and to go off his medications.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3562640/Prince-diagnosed-AIDs-six-months-died-refused-treatment-believed-God-heal-him.html

It might be coming from a rag, but it seems about right.

Conan, is this one of the SNL performances you were talking about?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW3MtnQwfg0

I saved it in case it disappears. Not embedding because I know it won't be around for long.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 29, 2016, 07:54:26 PM
Oh, here's the SNL40 After Party performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMNKnC9K8Uo

(Saved that one too... my hard drive is going to soon be half Prince.)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on April 29, 2016, 07:57:12 PM
Another SNL performance...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zByhN9Raa7Y
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: higashimori on May 22, 2016, 09:05:46 PM

 " Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza dies after collapsing on stage "

 
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The former drummer with the US thrash metal band Megadeth, Nick Menza, has died after collapsing on stage at a gig in California. Menza, who was 51, is said to have suffered a heart attack during one of his regular sessions with his band OHM at a small Los Angeles jazz club, the Baked Potato.

 http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/22/nick-menza-megadeth-drummer-dies-collapsing-stage-los-angeles

 (http://img.barks.jp/image/review/1000127292/001.jpg)
  http://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000127292&page=2
 R.I.P.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 29, 2016, 03:00:10 AM
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Burt Kwouk, who was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films, has died aged 85.
He appeared in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers as Clouseau's servant who regularly attacked his employer to keep him alert.
He also starred in BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 2002 to 2010.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36370997
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Post by: KC on June 03, 2016, 09:50:09 PM
Muhammad Ali, R.I.P.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/04/sports/muhammad-ali-dies.html

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Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday. He was 74.

His death was confirmed by Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman.

Ali was the most thrilling if not the best heavyweight ever, carrying into the ring a physically lyrical, unorthodox boxing style that fused speed, agility and power more seamlessly than that of any fighter before him.
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on June 03, 2016, 11:51:51 PM
He was The Greatest.  Rest in Peace, Mr. Ali.

(http://www.sport-magazine.co.uk/sites/default/files/styles/article_main_img/public/ali.jpg?itok=1jTV9Mi8)

Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Matt on June 04, 2016, 12:14:11 AM
I never met Muhammad Ali, but he was a neighbor in my hometown in the 70's.  I checked my neighborhood Facebook group to see if anyone had any good stories... lots of them. 

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A bunch of my friends and I knocked on his door. Not only did he welcome us but we spent almost 2 hours with him! Magic tricks, signed autographs, a tour of the house, his aunt played piano, saw his car collection and showed the boys boxing moves. He was so generous of his time with a bunch of 13-15 year olds. Great man!

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Met him when my buddy and I drove by on motorcycles in 1971.(senior year in HS) . He was in his yard and invited us in. He gave us some chocolate cake. Great guy! He signed a one $ bill for me.


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Met him at that house August of 1971.A gal pal & I were cruising and decided to pay a visit. He drove up in a jalopey. .My gal pal was afraid to get out of the car. I said "Mr Ali, I have a girl friend in my car who wants to spar with you." He said: "I'll spar with any girl any time ." He looked really really TALL. Finally he said :"Excuse me but I have to get to bed I'm really tired. Please stop by again."Ii'll never forget that night !

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I have his autograph in my yearbook.

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I was in that house and met him in 1974.he had a living room that was all white and a fountain in the middle of the house.lived in willowdale across the road.met his kids they were watching reel to reel movies.

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Such a nice guy. I remember seeing him in the front yard. When my husband was a kid he wrestled Muhammad Ali in that driveway.

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One day in April '71 Sadye Faye Henson, a friend of hers who was visiting from out of town and I went up to the house, knocked on the door and asked if Mohamad Ali was home. The person who answered the door said yes and invited us in. He then led us to the kitchen where Ali was sitting around along with some friends. We asked for his autograph. He signed a Pabst Blue ribbon cocktail napkin for each of us and then we left. We laughed and giggled all the way home. I now have it framed and hanging in my home. Still don't believe we had the nerve to do it but I'm glad we did!

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He used 2 pick me up thumbin' 2 East on Kresson Rd in the mornings,....in a white Silver Ghost Rolls Royce....we became quite friendly,...& he admired me that I was Up Front with him that I was a Smokinin Joe Frazier Fan,....He was The Greatest,....!!!!

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I had an experience similar to yours. My friends and I rode our bikes to see where he lived. We were at the top of the driveway and he came out. We thought he was going to chase us away but he invited us in and spent an hour with us.

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He would occasionally come out to the gate and sign autographs. I was fortuneate enough, one day, to be at my cousins house, 3 or 4 doors away, when Ali made of these appearences. Remember, Randy Noble?

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I took the same picture last fall (of his house) when I was visiting. House was for sale. We used to ask my dad to drive by after church. One Day Muhammad Ali was out front...talked to us and gave his autograph. Great memory.

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I remember seeing Ali jogging in the park by the creek behind the Music Fair. No bodyguards, no entourage. Just him and his dog. Smiling and waving to people as he passed by.

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I remember going and hanging out in front of his house, and he came out and talked to me and gave me his autograph.

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We trick or treated at his house one year, maybe 1970? I guess he wasn't expecting anyone because he gave each of us a banana!

I think that's enough to get an idea of what kind of man he was.  :)
Title: Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
Post by: Rawhide7 on June 04, 2016, 01:24:14 AM
Very sad news! 
He was one of the greatest sports legends of all time. I put him up there with Babe Ruth, and Michael Jordan as