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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #990 on: May 27, 2017, 05:02:18 PM »
Denis Johnson just died. One of my favorite authors. Man...

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« Reply #991 on: May 27, 2017, 06:56:25 PM »
Gregg Allman... To be fair, I thought he'd OD'ed years ago.

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« Reply #992 on: June 09, 2017, 12:38:06 PM »
I'm not sure I knew her name before today, but I liked her.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/glenne-headly-dead-film-tv-actress-dies-at-63-1011839

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Glenne Headly, 'Dick Tracy' and 'Mr. Holland's Opus' Star, Dies at 63

The film and Emmy-nominated TV actress was shooting Hulu's 'Future Man.'
Glenne Headly, the Emmy-nominated TV actress and star of films such as Dick Tracy and Mr. Holland's Opus, has died, The Hollywood Reporter can confirm. She was 63.

“It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,” her reps said in a statement. “We ask that her family’s privacy be respected in this difficult time.” No cause of death was given.

Headly, who most recently appeared on the big screen in The Circle and in HBO's limited series The Night Of, was in production on the Hulu series Future Man. She was starring alongside Josh Hutcherson, Ed Begley Jr., Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson in the comedy created by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Throughout her career, Headly starred in feature films such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, in 1988, and Sgt. Bilko, in 1996 — both alongside Steve Martin — as well aa in 1990's Dick Tracy with Warren Beatty in 1995's Mr. Holland's Opus with Richard Dreyfus. She played the mom to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's titular character in 2013's Don Juan.

In the Tom Hanks-starrer The Circle, out earlier this year, Headly and Bill Paxton played the parents of Emma Watson's character. Paxton passed away in February of this year.

Headly was nominated for an Emmy for the 1989 mini-series Lonesome Dove and went on to play memorable TV roles as Dr. Abby Keaton on NBC's ER and Karen Stottlemeyer on USA's Monk.

She began acting in stage productions, including Arms & The Man, which was directed by her ex-husband John Malkovich, and was an originating member of the Steppenwolf theatre company.

She is survived by her husband Byron McCulloch and son Stirling.

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #993 on: June 10, 2017, 01:01:40 PM »
For a long time, West's Batman was the only superhero on TV. I won't say I loved the show, but I bet I watched just about every episode.

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Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88

Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

With its “Wham! Pow!” onscreen exclamations, flamboyant villains and cheeky tone, “Batman” became a surprise hit with its premiere on ABC in 1966, a virtual symbol of ’60s kitsch. Yet West’s portrayal of the superhero and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, ultimately made it hard for him to get other roles, and while he continued to work throughout his career, options remained limited because of his association with the character.

West also chafed against the darker versions of Bob Kane’s hero that emerged in more recent years, beginning with the Michael Keaton-starring, Tim Burton-directed adaptations that began in 1989, and followed by Christopher Nolan’s enormously successful Dark Knight trilogy.

In February 2016, CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” which had hosted a number of geek favorites over the years, celebrated its 200th episode — and marked the 50th anniversary of “Batman” — with an appearance by West.

Asked by Variety what the character of Batman has come to mean to him over five decades, West said: “Money. Some years ago I made an agreement with Batman. There was a time when Batman really kept me from getting some pretty good roles, and I was asked to do what I figured were important features. However, Batman was there, and very few people would take a chance on me walking on to the screen. And they’d be taking people away from the story. So I decided that since so many people love Batman, I might as well love it too. Why not? So I began to reengage myself with Batman. And I saw the comedy. I saw the love people had for it, and I just embraced it.”

West made his feature debut in 1959’s “The Young Philadelphians,” starring Paul Newman.

Various supporting roles in movies and TV followed – including a part in the Three Stooges movie “The Outlaws Is Coming.”

The origins of the “Batman” series are actually quite complex, but the project eventually landed at 20th Century Fox, which handed it to producer William Dozier, who devised the show’s camp comedy sensibility.

Both West and Lyle Waggoner were considered for the part of Batman before West was cast, playing alongside Burt Ward as his sidekick Robin.

In a PBS special that touched on the show, Ward noted that West’s slow, portentous delivery was occasionally designed to eat up screen time, thus cutting into his co-star’s dialogue.

With actors like Cesar Romero (Joker) and Burgess Meredith (Penguin) comprising Batman’s rogue’s gallery of villains, the show became an almost instant success, urging viewers to tune in for the next episode at the “Same Bat-time.” The series spawned a movie — pitting the Dynamic Duo against a team-up of villains — before being canceled after three seasons due, primarily, to its high production costs.

The show came to be viewed with some contempt in comicbook circles, especially after the darker vision of Batman became dominant in the ’70s and ’80s.

West found serious film work scarce following the series, though he remained in demand for personal appearances as the character and voice work, including a recurring stint on “Family Guy” and animated versions of Batman. Other roles ranged from “The Happy Hooker” and “Hooper” to the Michael Tolkin-directed movies “The Rapture” and “The New Age.”

West wrote two books, one, titled “Back to the Batcave” and published in the mid-1990s, in which he said that he was “angry and disappointed” not to have been offered the chance to reprise the role in the Burton movies, despite being 60 at the time. The attendant publicity seemed to put West back on the cultural radar, at least as a source of nostalgia.

Born William West Anderson in 1928 in Walla Walla, Wash., the actor later adopted his stage name, and began his career in earnest when he moved to Hawaii in the 1950s to star in a local children’s program.

He is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #994 on: June 20, 2017, 04:21:17 PM »
So... Carrie Fisher was on an insane cocktail of drugs -- coke, heroin, and ecstasy.

Discuss!

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #995 on: June 21, 2017, 06:24:20 AM »
Should we be shocked? I don't think I am.

I think it's low-hanging fruit to beat Fisher up for making a bit of a career out of being a former coke addict then dying with a garden party's worth of drugs in her bloodstream. It's sad and disappointing, but it's what addicts do. They fall off the wagon. In the immortal words of Ozzy Osbourne, "When that happens, you just get up and get back on it."

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #996 on: July 16, 2017, 07:44:26 PM »
Heartbroken. I'm writing a front pager now.

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #997 on: July 17, 2017, 11:59:55 AM »
And Martin Landau... Which breaks my heart a little bit.

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #998 on: July 17, 2017, 01:11:21 PM »
Yesterday was rough.

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« Reply #999 on: July 29, 2017, 10:40:12 AM »
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« Reply #1000 on: July 29, 2017, 01:20:59 PM »
I saw that yesterday. There's a great doc in him made by a local filmmaker that's worth a look.

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #1001 on: August 28, 2017, 07:22:50 AM »
Tobe Hooper yesterday.

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #1002 on: September 12, 2017, 11:14:21 AM »
Jerry Pournelle, who co-wrote one of my favorite PA novels, Lucifer's Hammer.

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by Doc on Sep.08, 2017, under Books, Obituaries
Author and technology pundit Dr. Jerry E. Pournelle passed away earlier today, according to messages from his son Alex and daughter Jennifer.
I cam across him in so many ways over the years, although we never had the chance to meet in person. I remember his columns in Byte magazine, one of my favorite parts of the magazine, where he discussed using the various things he was sent to review. And like Larry Niven he provided world building in his fiction stories. I was particularly enthralled by the CoDomunium setting, which I discovered through his collaboration with Niven in The Mote In God’s Eye and the sequel The Gripping Hand, where each author played off each other’s strengths.

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #1003 on: September 16, 2017, 01:48:49 PM »
Harry Dean Stanton. How sad that Twin Peaks was his last role...

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Re: Obit Lineup
« Reply #1004 on: September 18, 2017, 11:33:58 AM »
Stanislav Petrov.  The man who saved the world. We should celebrate him. He's pretty much the only reason we're all still here.