Rolling Obituary Thread: 2019

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Another lap around the sun but the reaper's job is never done.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 05:04 (six months ago) link

he took the day off

flappy bird, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 05:53 (six months ago) link

Just learned that Ugandan Real World act Geoffrey Oryema died in June 2018. Exile and Beat the Border are two of my favorites.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 11:35 (six months ago) link

Dean Ford of The Marmalade

Yep, it's beginning...

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 15:48 (six months ago) link

WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76. https://t.co/DyPiEiVLoV

— WWE (@WWE) January 2, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 15:48 (six months ago) link

Former Heart of Midlothian defender Freddie Glidden who captained the team to wins in the League Cup, Scottish Cup, and the League title in 1955, 1956 and 1958 respectively.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:23 (six months ago) link

When Milton Berle and other comics told jokes at his father’s 1958 funeral, the teenage Einstein decided he would never go into comedy.

Instead, he went to college and played basketball at Chapman University and then pursued a career in advertising. But when he did a TV performance on a local cable show for a friend, pretending to be the man who installed the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it caught the eye of Tom Smothers. After Smothers invited the 26-year old to the set, Einstein recalled how it transformed his life. “I go over and now I’m sitting and watching rehearsals and my mind is burning and all of sudden out of nowhere I want this, a bee has stung me in the back, and I want this.”

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:05 (six months ago) link

Who was his father, Albert?

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:18 (six months ago) link

no, that's his brother

Number None, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:19 (six months ago) link

(Countdown to at least one post in the 'shockingly old' thread once people who didn't know realize who his brother is.)

The Mandal Brah Set (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:33 (six months ago) link

ugh that's a tough one, always loved his deadpan

bros before HOOS (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:30 (six months ago) link

he was a very funny comedic actor

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:37 (six months ago) link

I grew up watching Einstein as Super Dave Osborne on John Byner's show "Bizarre." Great stuff.

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:47 (six months ago) link

Hammer Films Producer Roy Skeggs:

http://petercushingblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/hammer-films-producer-roy-skeggs-dies.html

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:02 (six months ago) link

(Countdown to at least one post in the 'shockingly old' thread once people who didn't know realize who his brother is.)

That'll be me then.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:04 (six months ago) link

RIP Funkhouser.

calzino, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:16 (six months ago) link

Albert and Bob, together

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/456595/Modern-Romance-Movie-Clip-You-Want-Happiness-.html

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:23 (six months ago) link

Nine minutes of madness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdOYE7IWouo

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:33 (six months ago) link

Whoa, this day.

Just In: The "Captain" Daryl Dragon of 70s pop music husband-and-wife duo Captain & Tennille has died at age 76. https://t.co/jBN5N0oQQS

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) January 2, 2019

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:58 (six months ago) link

RIP, he was on some good Beach Boys/Dennis Wilson stuff

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:02 (six months ago) link

how the heck was he known professionally as "the Captain" and not fuckin DARYL DRAGON

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:07 (six months ago) link

lol my thoughts exactly

Number None, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:07 (six months ago) link

a 70s porn star was already using that name, probably

StanM, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 22:09 (six months ago) link

Oof RIP

Οὖτις, Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:33 (six months ago) link

Daryl Dragon was quite an odd man, going by Toni Tennille's memoir. Seems to have suffered from serious OCD his whole life, and probably schizophrenia in his later years.

Thanks for all the great tunes, Captain.

Josefa, Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:34 (six months ago) link

gutted about Pegi

RIP, amazing lady

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 3 January 2019 03:25 (six months ago) link

didn't the Captain live in a trailer behind Sunset Sound in the nineties?

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:21 (six months ago) link

or the Village Recorder or something

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:23 (six months ago) link

aw pegi :(

an erotic picnic with Ming (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 3 January 2019 05:51 (six months ago) link

That'll be me then.

Brooks took his stage surname for obvious reasons. Their dad was a "lol ethnics" character comedian as Parkyakarkus, successful in radio and film, who died onstage at a Friar's Roast benefit for hospitals. The hilarity continued backstage as doctors left their dinner to cut his chest open with a penknife and attempt to defibrillate him by stripping a lamp cord.

sans lep (sic), Thursday, 3 January 2019 08:45 (six months ago) link

Joe Casely-Hayfiord, fashion designer. He was 62.

suzy, Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:37 (six months ago) link

Yeah I saw that on Susie Bubble’s Instagram, but I was also struck that she was happy to be seen visiting Bicester Village outlets. I thought that was super uncool for tourists ? Is this a thing now?

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 3 January 2019 19:31 (six months ago) link

Every so often Bicester Village hires a coach and fills it with fashion editors, who are also given gift cards for their day trip. In Susie’s case, she might just be buying toddler clothes (her partner is one of my editors at work).

suzy, Thursday, 3 January 2019 19:50 (six months ago) link

For a brief time I was in touch with Joe C-H for work, and he was kind and quick to respond when to be honest he could legitimately have ignored me.

Madchen, Friday, 4 January 2019 08:44 (six months ago) link

Nancy Roman, Nasa’s first Chief of Astronomy

Madchen, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:03 (six months ago) link

https://sh-s7-live-s.legocdn.com/is/image/LEGO/21312_alt3

koogs, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:41 (six months ago) link

Herb Kelleher, innovative founder of Southwest Airlines (first to dress flight attendants in hot pants, to name one innovation)

Josefa, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:51 (six months ago) link

Man, massive news we all missed! The legendary Al Reinert, director of THE moon landing documentary For All Mankind -- which also produced a legendary soundtrack, Eno's Apollo -- passed on, initial news announced yesterday:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Former-Chronicle-reporter-Al-Reinert-co-writer-13504713.php

Ned Raggett, Friday, 4 January 2019 23:15 (six months ago) link

I showed that to my daughters just a month ago - what a gem.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 4 January 2019 23:46 (six months ago) link

aw no :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 5 January 2019 05:27 (six months ago) link

Howell Begle, who was a key figure via his pro bono support of Ruth Brown in getting royalties and more to any number of African American musicians from earlier years who'd been cheated out of them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/howell-begle-lawyer-who-championed-penniless-randb-stars-dies-at-74/2019/01/03/fdf1ac7e-0e32-11e9-84fc-d58c33d6c8c7_story.html?utm_term=.bb6514e3f36c

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 January 2019 16:54 (six months ago) link

Percussionist-composer Alvin Fielder, founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 6 January 2019 12:29 (six months ago) link

Alan R. Pearlman, founder of ARP Instruments:
http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2019/01/06/arp-founder-alan-r-pearlman-has-died/

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 6 January 2019 21:34 (six months ago) link

^ was just about to post that one :(

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:34 (six months ago) link

Victor "The Mascara Snake" Hayden died in December.

visiting, Monday, 7 January 2019 22:27 (six months ago) link

Elmer Long, creator of Bottle Tree Ranch in the Mojave desert, last month at 72.

https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/high-desert-hideaway-elmer-longs-bottle-tree-ranch

The Tio's Tacos video at the end of this article has nothing to do with Bottle Tree Ranch, but at the halfway point it focuses on the owner's creations. It's in Riverside, which isn't close to BTR.

https://www.avoidingregret.com/2013/09/photo-essay-bottle-tree-ranch.html?fbclid=IwAR3IqXvsHF5i4zvaYloD7OTNn0E-7a08nh5_YIfmfduCpcaceI7qGHQ0m30

nickn, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 03:57 (one week ago) link

have a salty dog in his honor

https://youtu.be/rVX38RRgVrw

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:07 (one week ago) link

(xpost)

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:07 (one week ago) link

Rip had a helluva career, from Tennessee Williams to Godard (to playing Judas for Nicholas Ray). I saw him in a Horton Foote play in'97.

But if you live long enough, you get headlines like "Dodgeball Star Dies."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/arts/rip-torn-film-tv-roles.html

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:53 (one week ago) link

Lol forgot about this last but yeah.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:55 (one week ago) link

wonder how many people clicked on that in the hope that vince vaughn had snuffed it xp

A comical 'blobbumentary' programme (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:55 (one week ago) link

The film is now famous for the improvised fight between Norman Mailer and Rip Torn. As the camera rolled, Torn struck Mailer in the head with a hammer, intending to "kill his character". Mailer's scalp opened up, and a vicious fight ensued. With the camera still rolling, Torn energetically strangled Mailer until the fight was broken up by Mailer's wife, Beverly, and their wailing children. During the melee, Mailer bit off a small chunk of Torn's ear. The fight, in which the actors called each other by their real names, made it into the film. This "Maidstone Brawl" has over 360,000 views on YouTube, despite the film's remaining 101 minutes having less popularity.[11]

The fight was later used as evidence in his case against Dennis Hopper, who claimed Rip attacked him with a knife after being replaced by Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider.[19] Rip won his case on the claim that "he could not have possibly killed Hopper as he was, at the time, on the set of Maidstone trying to kill Norman Mailer."[19]

Logy Psycho (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 11:52 (one week ago) link

:(

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_HP7KQXsAAEHsW.jpg

mark s, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 12:17 (one week ago) link

(he's getting EMMERDALE STAR in the uk)

mark s, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 12:18 (one week ago) link

ah thufir i see they finally pulled your heartplug

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:11 (one week ago) link

Indeed, heard the NPR obit this morning, and it mentioned a couple of things and then ended with ... "Dodgeball." Including a clip.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:15 (one week ago) link

Got confused and thought Rip Torn had ended up in Emmerdale, which probably should have happened.

Alba, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:20 (one week ago) link

the larry sanders show's debt to emmerdale has never really been properly acknowledged tbh

A comical 'blobbumentary' programme (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:27 (one week ago) link

Had no idea Freddie Jones was still alive until a few hours ago, partly cos I kind of didn't recognise him in Emmerdale.

Been frightened of saying this because bad vibes but Hull's own Sheila Mercier is 100 and still alive.

jou're much too jung, girl (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:27 (one week ago) link

I kind of didn't recognise him in emmerdale

he went to the audition with the eyebrows but the producers thought it would be disrespectful to seth

mark s, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:32 (one week ago) link

lol

jou're much too jung, girl (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:33 (one week ago) link

Torn's scene-stealing performance in Songwriter (Alan Rudolph's Willie Nelson picture) was worth the price of admission by itself.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:36 (one week ago) link

he was amazing in payday too

the hissing of summer jawns (stevie), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:45 (one week ago) link

Valentina Cortese, of (-Dodgeball-) Day For Night fame

RIP, qui alle otto.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:55 (one week ago) link

RIP Freddie, Rip, Valentina :(

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:13 (one week ago) link

Pierre Lhomme, Army of Shadows cinematographer and co-director of Le Joli Mai

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pierre-lhomme-dead-french-cinematographer-dies-at-89-1222682

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:41 (one week ago) link

I've seen Freddie Jones in a ton of things (starting with Marat/Sade) but didn't know he'd done 5 David Lynch roles.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:47 (one week ago) link

Also the monster in the best Hammer Frankenstein (Frankenstein Must be Destroyed).

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:50 (one week ago) link

I had no idea he did over a decade in a British soap! What else have I missed? Is David Warner in Hollyoaks? Terence Stamp running an off-licence in Albert Sq?

To be fair, FJ did a lot of guest-spot telly. Dalziel & Pascoe, Midsomer Murders, etc.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:57 (one week ago) link

I never made the link as him being the same actor in Dune and The Elephant Man - although he did borrow Brezhnev's eyebrows. When you look at his early tv work he must have been the last one standing from most of them. RIP

calzino, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 15:03 (one week ago) link

First time I ever saw Freddie Jones? Krull

Can't remember the first time I saw Rip. It just seemed like he was always there, with an amazing name.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 15:32 (one week ago) link

I used to get Rip Torn and Rip Taylor confused, so when I saw Torn in something I'd think wow, he can really tone it down when he wants to.

nickn, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 16:22 (one week ago) link

IRL LOL

Logy Psycho (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 16:25 (one week ago) link

hahahahahahaha

the hissing of summer jawns (stevie), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 16:40 (one week ago) link

That's great.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 16:43 (one week ago) link

Same! Do I blame Hollywood Squares and it’s ilk?

suzy, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 17:05 (one week ago) link

how much time did you think (either) Rip spent in the makeup chair?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 17:06 (one week ago) link

never saw that torn/mailer fight before, holy shit! rip was a fucking madman
https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a28350285/rip-torn-norman-mailer-fight-maidstone/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 18:42 (one week ago) link

Jim Bouton, pitcher, writer, and Terry Lennox.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/53/f1/db/53f1dbfebe8551291f15ebe3450db3fb.jpg

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 23:58 (one week ago) link

RIP Jim; last saw him in NY 2 years ago and he was deteriorating.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:03 (one week ago) link

seems as tho the seminal irish club circuit standup and sometime fr ted guest star brendan grace has gone.

he had his fun.

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:03 (one week ago) link

Ball Four had such a huge influence on me (read it at exactly the right time, when I was 15 or 16 and hating my basketball coach). Something I wrote a few years ago.

clemenza, Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:09 (one week ago) link

Denise Nickerson AKA Violet Beauregarde

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48947783

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:22 (one week ago) link

The Volkswagen Beetle
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/volkswagen-presents-the-last-beetle/

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:40 (one week ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/arts/music/jerry-lawson-dead.html

Jerry Lawson, original lead singer from a cappella soul group the Persuasions, first formed in Brooklyn in 1962

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:03 (five days ago) link

Comedy character actor Charles Levin, a classic HITG who appeared in tons of things:

https://deadline.com/2019/07/remains-seinfeld-night-court-charles-levin-oregon-1202646193/

My choice of immortal role — he’s the record store guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv5FwzRBc_Y

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 July 2019 13:12 (four days ago) link

Wow, what a horrible story in that link.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 15 July 2019 13:22 (four days ago) link

Yeah, pretty grim

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 July 2019 13:26 (four days ago) link

oh thats awful. we’ve been rewatching Hill Street Blues & he had a recurring role as an informant in a few episodes, he’s so good

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 15 July 2019 14:41 (four days ago) link

Johnny Clegg.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:25 (three days ago) link

Pete Townshend's guitar tech Alan Rogan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/arts/alan-rogan-dead.html

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 19 July 2019 16:38 (five hours ago) link

Four days before their recent Wembley show - Pete gave a touching tribute there

SHANTY the golden fish portion (stevie), Friday, 19 July 2019 19:30 (two hours ago) link


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