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R.I.P. James Gammon

18 Jul

  

James Gammon, probably best known as Coach Lou Brown in the ‘Major League’ films, has died. 

Gammon is a veteran of the stage and screen alike, having been in the business for over 40 years.  Apart from his role in Major League, he had a successful run on the CBS drama, Nash Bridges.  Some of his other works included the TV show The Waltons as well as films such as Cold Mountain and Appaloosa.  

Gammon, who died on Friday at the age of 70, had been battling cancer at the time of his death.  He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

R.I.P. Rue McClanahan

3 Jun

There is one less funny lady in the world today after the death of actress Rue McClanahan

The former “Golden Girl,” 76, died earlier today after suffering a brain hemorrhage.  The Emmy award winner made a name for herself in television comedy having appeared on Maude, All in the Family and The Golden Girls, where she played her most famous role as the saucy Blanche Devereaux.

McClanahan spent almost 50 years in the entertainment business and definitely kept busy after Golden Girls ended in the early 1990’s.  In recent years she made guest appearances on Hope & Faith, Law & Order and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.

She married six times and is survived by a son.

R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

29 May

America has lost another one of its Hollywood legends today.  Following a battle with prostate cancer, actor Dennis Hopper has died. 

The 74-year old actor had been a presence in the entertainment industry for more than 50 years.  He is best known for his work writing and directing the 1969 film, Easy Rider.  Hopper also made a name for himself with a new generation of fans when he starred alongside Keanu Reeves in the 1994 film, Speed.

Most recently, Hopper transitioned to the television world when he took on a starring role in Starz’s adaptation of the Oscar award-winning film, Crash.  In addition, he recently had the pleasure of having his name added to the long list of entertainers who have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hopper is survived by his estranged wife and four children.

R.I.P. Gary Coleman

28 May

After a suffering a brain hemorrhage early Friday, actor Gary Coleman has died.  Coleman had been in a hospital in Utah, where he was in a coma prior to his death.

Unable to breakaway from the role that defined his career, Arnold Jackson/Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes, Coleman dealt with much adversity in his 42 years of life.  Controversy surrounded the actor from his early acting days when it was reported that his earnings from the hit sitcom were being wasted away by his parents.

In his later years, Coleman faced a variety of criminal charges and was also reported as being abrasive and standoff-ish with those he came in contact with.  He married for the first time in 2008 and his wife was by his bedside when he passed away.

R.I.P. Lena Horne

10 May

The entertainment industry lost a true icon on Sunday.  Lena Horne, actress and jazz musician, died at the age of 92.

Determined to be recognized as a performer and not just a black performer, Horne was known for being a fierce activist for civil rights.  She starred in many movie-musicals in the 1940’s such as Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather.

Sadly, I can’t say that I was knew much about Horne’s talent.  I have two memories of her though.  One was when she appeared on Sesame Street and the other was her appearance on The Cosby Show.  She played herself on both shows and even showed off her beautiful voice.

R.I.P. Lynn Redgrave

3 May

Today marks another sad day for the Redgrave family.  Actress Lynn Redgrave died Sunday night after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.  She was 67.

Redgrave is an Oscar nominated actress for her work in Gods and Monsters and Georgy Girl.  She also three-time Tony award nominee.  Most recently she guest starred on Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Ugly Betty.

Redgrave was part of an acting dynasty, which includes her sister Vanessa Redgrave and her late niece, Natasha Richardson.  Lynn is survived by her children and extended family.

R.I.P. Dixie Carter

11 Apr

We’ve lost another beloved television veteran.  Actress Dixie Carter, 70, has died.  Best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on CBS’ Designing Women, Carter died on Saturday. 

Apart from her starring role on Designing Women, she had a memorable role as Maggie on TV’s Diff’rent Strokes.  Carter has been in the entertainment industry for more than 50 years and it was on a job where she met her future husband, Hal Holbrook.  They had been married for 26 years at the time of her passing. 

Carter’s cause of death has not been released.  In addition to Holbrook, Carter is also survived by two daughters.