Tag Archives: Celebrity Obituary

RIP Biz Markie

Another pioneer in many ways. Sure, he didn’t have a long-lasting musical career like his other contemporaries Public Enemy or RUN-DMC, nor did he quite make the shift to acting as Ice-T, Ice-Cube and Tone-Loc did. But he did contribute … Continue reading

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RIP Richard Donner

What a great run Richard had! He started by directing TV shows: good stuff, namely  The Twilight Zone‘s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and dreck, Gilligan’s Island. Then he did several movies but the one that got him rolling was The Omen, don’t … Continue reading

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RIP: Clarence Williams III & Ned Beatty

These gentlemen were staples on both screens in the Seventies. Clarence got his start in the Sixties with the groundbreaking cop show The Mod Squad on ABC. Three undercover officers who were young enough looking to infiltrate evil gangs of Hippies … Continue reading

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RIP Gavin MacLeod

Gavin had quite a run as an actor! After many years as the writer Murray on The Mary Tyler Moore Show he landed a decade-long gig as Captain Stubing on The Love Boat. I do hope he took quite a vacation after … Continue reading

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RIP Paul Mooney

It has been a rough week in comedy since we lost the other master of the deadpan delivery and a pioneer in Comedy for the world, not just Black Americans. Paul was at Cap City a few years ago during … Continue reading

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RIP Charles Grodin

Mr. Grodin definitely had a great run and when I became a young adult, I got a better grip on his humor. Before then, I thought he was just a grump on David Letterman plus The Lonely Guy was a boring flick. … Continue reading

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RIP Billie Hayes

Best known as Witchiepoo on Sid & Marty Kroft’s breakout hit H R Puffenstuff but I recall she continued the role for a short-lived show starring the Bay City Rollers. I can confirm she starred alongside Margaret Hamilton (the witch from … Continue reading

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RIP Michael Collins

I’m glad that when the show For All Mankind covered the Apollo XI landing, they kept the names of the real astronauts, including the late Michael Collins who would then be in the alternate universe’s Apollo XV (sic) disaster…spoiler alert, he survived. Rather sucks. … Continue reading

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RIP Jim Steinman

I think only Meat Loaf fans were super familiar with Jim since he was the primary writer on Bat Out of Hell but his main speciality was ballads. Great examples are the two he authored for Bonnie Tyler: “Total Eclipse of … Continue reading

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RIP Felix Silla

One would rarely recognize the actor in public, but we all know the characters he played the years thanks to his diminutive height. In the Sixties, he was Cousin Itt on The Addams Family and the child ape who spotted Taylor … Continue reading

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RIP James Hampton

James was a Brian Dennehy character actor. You recognize his face. You remember him being in a couple movies and/or TV shows yet you can’t name the poor guy. And maybe that was just fine with James because he had … Continue reading

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RIP Jessica Walter

So sad to see Jessica go. Although many remember her best as the mean-ass matriarch from Arrested Development, she will always be the crazy, racist head of ISIS (Archer) and decades earlier, the obsessed fan in Play Misty for Me. Good thing she … Continue reading

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RIP Yaphet Kotto

Another actor I thought was already passed away, whoops! Still, I’m saddened to see him depart because he was pretty cool. For me he was a great villain (Mr. Big) in Roger Moore’s debut as James Bond in Live and Let … Continue reading

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RIP: Lou Ottens

Music fans throughout the decades have this man to thank for developing two major formats. His first was the cassette. Before them, tape was a reel-to-reel setup. Great quality for production and editing. Crappy for the average user: the machine … Continue reading

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Farewell Larry Flynt

Honestly. I hadn’t thought about Flynt in years and could’ve sworn he died earlier since he had been “quiet” throughout Orange Foolius’ reign. I was never a fan of his publication(s), strip clubs or brand in general because they were … Continue reading

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