James Rebhorn, an actor often playing a man in a suit, Dies at 65 after a 12-year struggle with skin cancer.
Mr. Rebhorn had memorable supporting roles in major films and worked consistently in television and theater. He appeared in more than 50 films, including “Meet the Parents,” “Independence Day,” “My Cousin Vinny” and “Cold Mountain.”
He penned his own obituary which can be read here
'TV historians will tell you that “Felix the Cat” was one of the first images ever broadcast on television (when RCA broadcast a Felix doll in 1928 on experimental station W2XBS) — but it wasn’t until the late ’40s that the first animated character was created expressly for TV. Crusader Rabbit
appeared for the very first time on KNBH (Los Angeles) on August 1, 1950, and featured a Don Quixote-like title character aided by his friend Ragland T. “Rags” Tiger as they pursued adventures in serial (i.e. cliffhanger) installments.' On November 8th, the voice of Crusader Rabbit, Lucille Bliss, passed away
at the age of 96. Ms. Bliss may be more familiar to younger fans as the voice of Smurfette
, from The Smurfs
, or as Ms. Bitters
on Invader ZIM. [more inside]
The Band singer and drummer Levon Helm is in the final stages
of cancer, according to a note posted on his website
Tuesday by his wife, Sandy, and daughter, Amy. [more inside]
Perhaps you remember him as the esteemed author of sure-fire flop Springtime for Hitler
, or as an inspector with an artificial arm in Young Frankenstein
, or maybe even for his impersonation of Henry Kissinger singing Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Takin' Care of Business
( I must hear this. I must.
Maybe you don't remember him at all, as he was a prolific voice actor and character actor
. A That Guy.
But if you do remember him, you probably remember him making you laugh really, really hard, which is a wonderful thing to be remembered for.
I am sad to report that Kenneth Mars passed away on Saturday, February 12th, from pancreatic cancer.
Gravelly-voiced character actor
James Gammon has passed away
of cancer at the age of 70.
spanned more than 50 years in television, (with roles from "Gunsmoke" to "Grays Anatomy",) film and theater, but most will probably remember him as either the cantankerous manager of the Cleveland Indians
in the 1989 comedy "Major League" or as Don Johnson's crotchety, retired longshoreman father on the television show Nash Bridges
. [more inside]
Actor, Playwright, Artist, Comedian, Magician, "Man of A Thousand Voices" (including Mighty Mouse,) "Beloved Herring Maven"
Mr. Ira Stadlen (Stage name: "Captain
" Allen Swift) has passed away at the age of 87
. Throughout his career, Mr. Stadler voiced characters in more than 30,000 television and radio commercials, as well as cartoons such as Underdog
, Tom and Jerry
and Diver Dan
, but some might remember him most as the man who saved Howdy Doody
. His nephew has posted a remembrance
on his blog, which includes a link to a "novelty 45" mp3 recording of Swift's "Are You Lonesome Tonight
." [more inside]
"Those of us who are the firstborn always dream of that imaginary brother or sister who will be their protector, the buffer, the one to take the blows. I'm a firstborn, and Bob was the answer to my dreams. He was the big brother that all of us wish for."
~ Bill Cosby on his I-Spy co-star Robert Culp
(79), who died of a heart attack
yesterday after a fall outside his Hollywood Hills home [more inside]
- an actor with an extremely rich and varied career, popular in many roles but iconic as the (original) pursuer
of Dr Richard Kimble in the (original) tv series The Fugitive
, and memorable to Sci Fi fans as Professor Victor Bergman
in Space: 1999
, has passed on. He was 89. [more inside]
John Inman, RIP
--better known as the campy stereotype Mr. Humphries on Are You Being Served?
(a gay icon?
Veteran actor Paul Gleason
, who played Principal Richard "Dick" Vernon of The Breakfast Club
and who acted in over 120 films television shows, died Saturday
of lung cancer at age 67.
RIP Vincent Schiavelli
, a character actor who appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
, Buckaroo Banzai
, Death to Smoochie
and a ton of other films. A cult favorite, he was one of those actors you looked at and thought, "who is
"Come and knock on my door..."
Actor John Ritter dies of aortic dissection, an unexpected rupture of the aortic wall.
Leslie Cheung has died.
I have no idea how to express my grief, but I feel that this should be discussed here. Yet his death seems to go unmentioned. What could drive someone to do this, and how could the media ignore such a tragic event?
Actor Richard Harris dies
"Don't let it be forgot - that once there was a spot - for one brief, shining moment - that was known as Camelot..." Such a sad day all around. R.I.P., Richard.
Actor Kevin Smith
(no, not Silent Bob... Ares from Xena) has died
after a large fall in China.
Jack Lemmon, RIP
These things seem to happen all at once....Johm Lee Hooker, now Jack Lemmon...such a pity :-(