We will miss them: Green Dragon's obits - Part Four 2017
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William Christopher (the guy that played Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H) passed away before the year ended. Didn't get to post about it last night though, so I'm laying it here. I adored that show, and pretty much everyone in it.
ETA: Sorry rastaphrog, didn't see that you'd already posted about this in the previous thread.
>3 theexiledlibrarian: A tough one, but not totally unexpected apparently. :o( She'd lost her husband Grant Tinker in November of last year, by the way.
For those of us of a certain age, The World's Foremost Authority Has Died: Prof. Irwin Corey Was 102
Richard Hatch -- Actor from Battlestar Galactica both old and new, and author of a behind the scenes for the show and some continuing novels.
Another musical great has joined the chorus in the great beyond :(
So sad. Very young. I'll miss him massively, listened as often as I could.
Even though he died over a month ago (at the age of 91), the passing of operatic tenor Nicolai Gedda was only announced a week ago. Opera lovers will miss him.
Aw, shucks, Bill Paxton is gone, at 61:
>15 fuzzi: Since I don't trust that link, I had to find corroborating evidence...
>16 gilroy: uncalled for comment, Green Dragon is politics-free, please.
Oh that sucks. I loved that guy. Have a bunch of his movies and love everything I've ever seen him in. Dammit.
>18 Bookmarque: me too. Loved True Lies, Aliens, even Weird Science.
Oh, and Tombstone!
I remember him in Boxing Helena. Sleaze just oozed off that guy.
And yeah, his character in True Lies was priceless. I don't know anyone else who could have pulled that off so effortlessly.
I don't think it was a big role. According to imdb he was "punk leader".
He steals every scene he's in in Aliens. "But they're animals, man!"
>17 fuzzi: Oh that wasn't political. It was I don't trust first links I see. Too often been fooled by people posting fake deaths to gotcha sites. And for so big a name, I had to find corroborating evidence.
That's a great line, but I don't think it was him. It was the blonde. He even upstaged Henriksen with the knife thing.
Judge Wapner also died today. I was never a fan of the show, but still...
The artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away.
He spent SEVEN years drawing illustrations for a special edition of Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus (edition is here: https://www.librarything.com/work/8294/book/114923251), though he is probably best known for his work with DC, Warren, and Marvel comics.
Obit is here:
And now I see Jimmy Breslin has also died. I read his book The Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight many years ago, and recall it was funny.
Chuck Barris, best known for creating and hosting "The Gong Show"
>84 oh, wow. I didn't realize he was still alive. He was a funny, but sad man. I recall reading a bio back in the mid-70s about him.
J. Geils is gone.
Now I have "Centerfold" going through my head...
His death was one of the first stories I heard when I woke up last night and turned on the all news radio station. I'm doubly saddened by the fact that I mentioned his death to several of my coworkers, and NONE of them had any idea who I was talking about, not even the guy who's about my age.
Omg. Chris Cornell died. I'm shocked and so sad. Weirdly listened to the last Soundgarden record yesterday. They have always been my favorite "grunge" band and I liked Audioslave a lot, too. This totally sucks. So damn young. He had an amazing voice. So completely perfect for the bands he was in.
Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit cartoons has left us, at age 96.
Novelist and poet Helen Dunmore has passed away at 64 - link goes to an obituary in the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/05/helen-dunmore-obituary
>46 Peace2: I had never heard of her before but now I will seek out some of her poetry, and perhaps her last novel which sounds fascinating.
>47 clamairy: I myself had only partially read one of her books and that wasn't one I finished as it wasn't my kind of thing. I happened across a couple of articles and thought she sounded an interesting and thoughtful lady, so I may well give something else by her a try at some point.
Glenne Headly, star of stage and screen, has passed at age 63. :(
Loved her in ER. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels proved funny with her.
Adam West best known for his portrayal of Batman on TV, dead at 88
>51 rastaphrog: Just saw this and a piece of my childhood died with it. :(
>53 clamairy: my son met Mr. West at a conference a couple years ago, and said that his behind-the-scenes stories about making Batman were only surpassed by his dry wit and humor.
That's good to know. He was part of my early childhood too. Back then we only had one TV channel & I read Batman & Superman comics (as well as the occasional book, of course).
>54 fuzzi: I am not surprised. I'm glad that he enjoyed a resurgence in popularity & notoriety in the last decade or so.
June Foray best known for her voice work for cartoons, especially as Rocky the Squirrel.
Glenn Campbell, damn Alzheimer's.
Alice Cooper gives a nice talk about Campbell and his friendship on YouTube. I grew up with Glen Campbell's songs, and also Alice Cooper's. Nice to know they were friends.
>60 MrsLee: >61 fuzzi:
I was sorry to hear about Glen Campbell. I can't claim to be a big country music fan but he truly transcended the genre.
Within the last few months, I watched a pair of documentaries... I'll Be Me is a 2014 biopic that gives a look into Campbell's history and decline due to Alzheimer's, (the youtube video fuzzi linked looks to be excerpted from the movie). Campbell also shows up in The Wrecking Crew, although that film focuses more on Tony Tedesco.
Both are currently on Netflix streaming and are well worth watching in my opinion.
>49 gilroy: I missed that, and am sorry to see it. I liked her a lot in Mr. Holland's Opus.
I'm currently reading Monkeewrench, and I noticed this the other day:
And so long to Jerry Lewis, dead at 91. While I haven't seen most of his more "recent" movies, I loved watching all the Martin/Lewis films when I was growing up.
Dick Gregory was an important part of our nation's history, from supporting Muhammad Ali's draft refusal to fighting for civil rights. I never saw his stand-up routine, but I have heard it was quite funny.
I've just seen in another thread that author Brian Aldiss died on August 19th (thread here - http://www.librarything.com/topic/267572). I've checked and the Guardian has also posted about it https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/21/science-fiction-author-brian-aldiss-dies-aged-92
For me, too. He and the band are on a 40th anniversary tour. Too bad it’s a farewell tour.
NBC News said a few minutes ago that he had not died, but did have a heart attack. That was about 30 minutes ago.
At this point, he's taken off life supporting machines. He went into cardiac arrest, was taken to a hospital, where they said he has zero brain function, if what the early reports said was true. Last note was he was taken off life support, which could lead to him passing, or he could still be hanging on. Don't know yet.
Not feeling a lot of hope at this point. :o( Tom Petty was always one of my husband's favorites, so we heard him a lot in this house. Runnin' Down a Dream is one of the best driving song ever.
This is really sad news. I have several friends who will be devastated.
Yeah bummer. I'm not a super fan, but I have seen TP & The Heartbreakers live. My brother and I took my mom. It was her first concert and she loved it.
>82 Bookmarque: Was just mentioning that to my son this evening at dinner. :o(
I was never a big fan of any of the Wilburys as solo artists, except for Roy and Jeff w/ELO (and as a producer), but as a group, wow. Pure magic. I think I might dig out the documentary that came with the Vol. 1 reissue. It's a joy to watch how the Wilburys came together. They had so much fun.
>84 Bookmarque: I never owned any Tom Petty records, though I did enjoy his music.
When a friend showed me the Traveling Wilburys videos, I was like wow, as well.
There's three of them left if you count the drummer, whose name escapes me right now:
Not sure if she actually would be missed, but BBC News today announces the passing of Christine Keeler of Profumo Scandal (c. 1963) fame, at the age of 75. She certainly made the Sixties that much more interesting.
>86 hfglen: I saw that news go by too. Can't help wondering if the Profumo story could hold a front-page place today. It sure was a big deal at the time.
>86 hfglen: I'd never heard of her, this was just a little before "my time" (I was a baby). Here's some info in case anyone else doesn't know:
Sir Ken Dodd, comedian. Like many British comedians of that age, he straddled the divide between the music halls and TV comedy.
Stephen Hawking, physicist and author of A Brief History of Time.
He was one of those people whose brain awed me. I can't even IMAGINE understanding so much. Seeing so deeply. Extrapolating so far. I'm glad he persevered through his illness for so long that we all could advance just a little bit by his insight. That and his spot on the Simpsons. Donut universe!!
I was thinking about Stephen Hawking the other day, wondering how long he would live with his condition and how much it would take every day to go forth and conquer.
Sir Ken Dodd was on the BBC news, but I couldn't find this thread to report. I can only think that Stephen Hawking is a merciful release for him and his family (while standing in awe of his physics). Many thanks to Maddz for finding the thread and reviving it.
I now realize that I thought of Stephen Hawking as one of those beings who through tremendous sacrifice had secured immortality. I never thought he would actually die. This notion only struck me when I saw how surprised I was at his death. I don't usually go in for magical thinking, but there it is.
Secured immortality: I think he has. But it's not usually done against those odds.
Don't forget his spot on STNG.
>93 Meredy: I was thinking of that episode today. Thanks for the link. I had forgotten just how much fun he appeared to be having.
Tom Wolfe has passed away:
I am very sad. :(
Didn't always love what he wrote, but I certainly appreciated his literary persona.
Woke up to find a very sad NY Times alert on my phone about Anthony Bourdain. I'd never read any of his books but I saw some of his various TV shows and he seemed like a man with a passion for good food & drink, and a love of adventure. I guess he was also quite good at hiding his pain. :o(
I used one of my audible credits to purchase Kitchen Confidential and I plan to start listening to it today.
>98 clamairy: He will be missed. I'm feeling a little hollow today, which wasn't helped by a particularly nasty recorded message on the work phone today, full of racial vitriol. I feel like I've been punched in the gut.
Bordain was also quite an advocate for poorer nations. Much of his excellent interviewing skills were due to his avid curiosity and need to find connections with others who seem at first glance to be remote and unpenetrable. He did that through food.
>100 rastaphrog: I loved watching him on SciFi Buzz a number of years ago.
>102 clamairy: Writers are often asked where they get their ideas. HE's standard answer was "Schenectady." Once, when pressed, he described a firm there that sent him, by subscription, a box of ideas every month. Apparently, he received several requests for their address.
>108 fuzzi: Apparently he had been ill for a number of years which was why his output had tailed right off.
Aretha Franklin's death is a milestone in the passage of time for many of us. We are all getting older, together.
Jacqueline Pearce, actress. Best known for her role as Supreme Commander Servalan in Blake's 7.
>117 Bookmarque: I loved him in Smokey and the Bandit...still do. I remember when the movie came out, and how a bunch of us went to see it at the local Drive In movie theater, one of the last in the area. Of course the fog rolled in towards the end of the movie, typical. ;)
....Jeff? who was he in Deliverance?
we'll have to dig out some gems.
And a drive in. Classic. I saw Star Wars in a drive in when I was 10.
>117 Bookmarque: Cannon Ball Run
Cannon Ball Run 2
He made a lot of movies.
>117 Bookmarque: I have to admit, when I heard Burt Reynolds was dead I was surprised, because I thought he already was dead. Guess I'm not enough of a fan :)
Bill Daily, best known for his roles in the US TV shows "I Dream Of Jeannie" and "The Bob Newhart Show"
Todd Bol, creator of the Little Free Library
Dave Duncan, science fiction and fantasy writer, in Victoria, BC at the age of 85. A very nice man and one of my favourite writers.
Stan Lee, at 95.
Not just a long career but a major cultural influence. Reading his comics was especially exciting for me as a youngster because they were forbidden by my parents. I never even knew why. Even in a genre I know very little about, I know he was a superstar.
>130 Meredy: aw shucks. He leaves behind an empire of works on paper and film.
I just heard, so sad. He had a great influence on me and so many others, from the comics I read in my teens to the movies of recent years. Rest in peace Stan Lee.
Yeah, came out of a funeral (one of husband's aunts - nice woman but I barely knew her) to the news that Stan was gone. He, along with Kirby, Ditko, et al., made the comics I loved (until I got a mortgage and couldn't afford them anymore) and he'll be missed.
The voice of HAL from 2001 A Space Odyssey has died: https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/movies/douglas-rain-creepy-voice-hal-2001-dies-90-n935036
I never knew that Goldman wrote the screenplay
of All the presidentʻs Men.* R I P, and thanks for the info, clamairy.
*AND of BCatSK! __though I never got interested enough in that one to see it.
Roy Clark passed away this week. I'm not a country music fan, but I remember watching the corniness of Hee Haw at my granny's house, who never missed an episode. I can still remember all the words to the "Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me", and "The Gossip Song".
>138 theexiledlibrarian: we never watched HeeHaw, but I have enjoyed watching Roy and others "pickin".
I found this video of Roy Clark and a 12yo banjo player doing Orange Blossom Special:
ER Braithwaite, the author of To Sir With Love:
June Whitfield, who came to one's notice as Eth in the Glums (Take it From Here in the 50s and 60s), and more recently made an entirely convincing Miss Marple).
Miss Marple: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jv9w (only available for the next 4 weeks)
>144 hfglen: my hazy memory asserts that she only ever had one line as Eth: “Eaooohhwwww Ron ...”. But yes, “‘Professor’ Jimmy Edwards, Dick Bentley, June Whitfield, Wallace Eden and the Keynotes”.
>145 haydninvienna: She did say a few more words than that, but you have remembered her opening gambit.
Daryl Dragon of Captain and Tennille at age 76 of renal failure.
Carlos Sanchez, known to many of us in the USA as a coffee "icon".
Carol Channing died early this morning at age 97.
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