The R.I.P. Thread

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If there is life after death you have nothing to worry about.
If there is no life after death you have nothing to worry about.
It depends on whether or not you believe that you will be held to account for the things you have done or failed to do in this life. Then, you certainly might have something to worry about. Personally, I'm hoping God has a really good sense of humor. ;)
 

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Alan Harris was one of the most decorated extras and stand-ins in all of Hollywood. He doubled for Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and for Terence Stamp as Supreme Chancellor Valorum in The Phantom Menace. He was a Stormtrooper in Return of the Jedi. He even modelled in the early screen tests for Boba Fett’s armor.

He was also, of course, Bossk, the Trandoshan bounty hunter, who was called to Darth Vader’s ship in The Empire Strikes Back, a character who has stood out as one of the most delightful minor appearances in the original trilogy.


https://io9.gizmodo.com/alan-harris-the-actor-behind-bossk-in-the-empire-strik-1841411508
 

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Prolific author Mary Higgins Clark has passed away (we're a couple of days late).

Mary Higgins Clark, Author Known as the 'Queen of Suspense,' Dies at 92
Mary Higgins Clark, the bestselling author whose nail-biting works earned her the title “Queen of Suspense” — has died at the age of 92.

The novelist died of natural causes in Naples, Florida on Friday, according to her publisher Simon & Schuster. She passed away peacefully and was surrounded by friends and family.

Throughout her long career, Clark penned 38 suspense novels, four collections of short stories, one historical novel, a memoir and two children’s books. Her most notable work include 1975’s Where Are the Children? and 1977’s A Stranger Is Watching, both of which were adapted into movies.

The writer also frequently collaborated with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, co-authoring five more suspense novels.
https://people.com/books/author-mary-higgins-clark-dies-at-92/
 

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Remember the failed Seychelles Coup attempt like it was yesterday.
Came into school the next day and pupils and teachers alike were talking about it.
It all sounded quite so absurd despite the seriousness of the situation. Almost like a bad article written in 'Soldier of Fortune' magazine.
 

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Kirk Douglas has died. This appears to have only just happened. TMZ are reporting on it, though the People report below also substantiates it. What a spectacular career.

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood Icon and Spartacus Star, Dies at 103

Kirk Douglas, one of the first box office stars of the silver screen, has died. He was 103.

The acting legend, who had been in good health since suffering a stroke in 1996, is survived by his wife of 65 years Anne Buydens, and his three sons: Michael, Joel, and Eric.

“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”
https://people.com/movies/kirk-douglas-dead/
 

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One of the biggest egos in Hollywood, when he was in a film with Burt Lancaster it's amazing the screen could contain them.

Here they are at the Oscars, 1958:

But he had the talent to back it up, his determination was almost superhuman. I also have a soft spot for the trashy movies he made post-1970, but stuff like Champion, Ace in the Hole, Paths of Glory and Lust for Life show him at his best. What a guy. RIP.
 

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Orson Bean was one of those "that guy" celebrities who always enlivened talk shows and game show panels with his sharp wit. These peripheral appearances overshadowed both his TV / film / Broadway acting career and his notably multi-faceted personal life. He dropped out, moved to Oz, and spent the Seventies in countercultural contemplation before returning to his prior haunts. Blacklisted for his personal relationship with a leftist lover in the Fifties, he would eventually be father-in-law to Andrew Breitbart (yes - that Breitbart).

He was one of the few celebrities whose talk show appearances I'd make a point of watching.
Actor-comedian Orson Bean, 91, hit and killed by car in LA

Orson Bean, the witty actor and comedian, was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles, authorities said. He was 91.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed Bean’s Friday night death, saying it was being investigated as a “traffic-related” fatality. ...

Bean enlivened such TV game shows as “To Tell the Truth” and played a crotchety merchant on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”

He appeared in a number of films — notably, “Anatomy of a Murder” and “Being John Malkovich” — and starred in several top Broadway productions, receiving a Tony nod for the 1962 Comden-Green musical “Subways Are for Sleeping.” But fans remembered him most for his many TV appearances from the 1950s onward. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/c74e551badceefd745bc32d10e4515ff
 

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I was always a fan of Orson Bean, and remember him well from his many "To Tell the Truth" appearances. I once heard him tell the story of picking his name: after trying many variations of regular first name/common noun (like Roger Duck) Orson Bean was the first name that got a laugh when he introduced himself. Orson Welles once half-jokingly complained that he was the only true Orson, and made a point that Bean stole the name from him.
 

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Orson Bean was one of those "that guy" celebrities who always enlivened talk shows and game show panels with his sharp wit. These peripheral appearances overshadowed both his TV / film / Broadway acting career and his notably multi-faceted personal life. He dropped out, moved to Oz, and spent the Seventies in countercultural contemplation before returning to his prior haunts. Blacklisted for his personal relationship with a leftist lover in the Fifties, he would eventually be father-in-law to Andrew Breitbart (yes - that Breitbart).

He was one of the few celebrities whose talk show appearances I'd make a point of watching.

FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/c74e551badceefd745bc32d10e4515ff
He was brilliant in Malkovitch, I'm probably too young to remember him in anything else, he had a messed up line in that when he said something like "My sperm is like minyana!" to explain the unexplainable situation in the story .. R.I.P.

 

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Found out (after everyone else) that Dyanne Thorne died aged 83 a few days ago:
Obit

She was the statuesque star of the notorious Ilsa movies, basically torture porn before that was a thing, except they mixed real softcore porn with gore effects. They were designed for... perverts, I suppose, but those with a strong sense of humour found them amusingly camp in their bottom of the barrel way. She had a long career, and could count Star Trek as one of the TV shows she appeared on. She later retired to conduct weddings with her husband in Las Vegas. Despite Ilsa's fearsome persona, I've never seen anything to suggest Dyanne was anything but charming. RIP.
 

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Over the last couple of years an interstitial digital TV channel ran the entire original "Wild, Wild West" series, and I found I enjoyed its surreal and campy character.

The star of that series (and others) - Robert Conrad - has passed away at the age of 84. There's the oft-expected trio - Kirk Douglas, Orson Bean, and Robert Conrad.
Robert Conrad, star of “The Wild, Wild West,” dies at 84

Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series “Hawaiian Eye” and “The Wild, Wild West,” died Saturday. He was 84.

The actor died of heart failure in Malibu, California, family spokesperson Jeff Ballard said. ...

With his good looks and strong physique, Conrad was a rising young actor when he was chosen for the lead in “Hawaiian Eye.” He became an overnight star after the show debuted in 1959. ...

After five seasons with the show, Conrad went on to embrace the television craze of the time, period Westerns, but with a decidedly different twist.

In “The Wild, Wild West,” which debuted in 1965, he was James T. West, a James Bond-like agent who used innovative tactics and futuristic gadgets (futuristic for the 1800s anyway) to battle bizarre villains. He was ably assisted by Ross Martin’s Artemus Gordon, a master of disguise.

The show aired until 1970. ...
FULL (LENGTHY) STORY: https://apnews.com/c004fcc7ab08b24d270f027547cea953
 

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