Screen Junkies » Celebrity Death http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:25:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 R.I.P. Jonathan Winters http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-jonathan-winters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-jonathan-winters/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:26:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254382 1926 - 2013.

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Comedy genius Jonathan Winters, best known for playing the crazy old guy goofing around with Robin Williams in Mork & Mindy, has passed away at the age of 87. He died in his home of natural causes and not by random lion attack as the Wall Street Journal erroneously reported. Our condolences to all who loved him.

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Ernest Borgnine Got Old And Died http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ernest-borgnine-got-old-and-died/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ernest-borgnine-got-old-and-died/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:47:41 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249628 Shine on, you crazy diamond...

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Acting legend Ernest Borgnine has passed away from kidney failure. The 95-year old is best known for his Oscar-winning performance in Marty, as well as his starring role in the classic sitcom McHale’s Navy. He also acted in classics like The Dirty Dozen, The Poseiden Adventure, The Wild Bunch, and BASEketball.

All in all, he seemed to be a really great guy and we’ll all miss him.

If only, he’d masturbated a little harder.

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R.I.P. ‘Family Feud’ Host Richard Dawson http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/r-i-p-family-feud-host-richard-dawson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/r-i-p-family-feud-host-richard-dawson/#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:09:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249021 Richard Dawson has died.

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Beloved game show host and kissing bandit Richard Dawson has passed away. The former Family Feud host died on Saturday at the age of 79 from complications related to esophageal cancer. He began his career as a stand up comedian before booking roles on The Steve Allen Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hogan’s Heroes, and eventually the sadistic game show host who terrorized Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Running Man.

As Feud’s original host, Dawson kissed “somewhere in the vicinity of 20,000″ contestants. One of which was Gretchen Johnson, the woman who would become his second wife. Dawson is survived by Gretchen and their daughter, as well as two sons from his first marriage to actress Diana Dors.

An icon has passed and we should not allow him to die in vain. I beseech you. Lay down your differences. It’s time that all of this feuding should end.

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In Honor Of Robert Hegyes: 6 Beloved Sitcom Stars We Should Appreciate More http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/in-honor-of-robert-hegyes-6-beloved-sitcom-stars-we-should-appreciate-more/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/in-honor-of-robert-hegyes-6-beloved-sitcom-stars-we-should-appreciate-more/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:45:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243892 When was the last time you hugged Willie Aames?

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Losing Robert Hegyes (Welcome Back, Kotter’s Epstein) has taken us here at Screen Junkies by surprise. I guess we just figured that he’d always be around and took for granted the fact that life is fleeting. We never called to check in on him or made sure to get birthday cards mailed before it was too late. Today has been a wake up call.

We need to start showing our beloved sitcom stars how much they really mean to us. That we appreciate them and the gift of repeated laughter they’ve given us over the years. That all changes today. Alexander Payne or Quentin Tarantino shouldn’t have to save them for obscurity to make us love them again. If you see any of the beloved sitcom characters below, please give them a hug from us.

J.J. Evans

J.J. Evans made America his bitch with three simple syllables, DYN-O-MITE. To deny his charm is to deny all things we know to be true. He’s even won over white supremacists. Here’s photographic proof.

Buddy Lembeck

Whose better than Buddy Lembeck? Eight is Enough star Willie Aames captured lightning in a bottle for a second time when he was cast as a loveable dope on Charles In Charge. You could always count on Buddy for the best punchlines.

With two hit shows under his belt, Aames himself is no stranger to keeping busy. In fact, he’s got a pretty diverse resume. Child star, drug addict, born again Christian, ordained minister, furniture builder, suicide survivor, financial advisor, bankruptcy petitioner, and assistant cruise ship director.

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R.I.P. Cheetah The Chimp From ‘Tarzan’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-cheetah-the-chimp-from-tarzan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-cheetah-the-chimp-from-tarzan/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2011 17:11:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240882 Run free, Cheetah. Run free.

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The holidays didn’t pass by without tragedy. Cheetah, the beloved chimpanzee from the Tarzan films of the 1930′s and 1940′s, passed away on Christmas Eve from kidney failure. Known for his easy charm, winning smile, and knack for losing himself in a role, Cheetah was arguably one of the most famous animal actors in Hollywood’s rich history.

Apart from his acting accomplishments, Cheetah also holds the oldest non-human primate record in the Guinness Book, living to reach the age of 80. The normal life expectancy for a chimpanzee in captivity is 35 to 40 years of age.

He spent his golden years at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida alongside aside a myriad of other retired film and zoo animals who had no place else to go. You can donate here if you would like to pay your respects and help better the lives of these animals.

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’60 Minutes’ Give Big Ups To Andy Rooney http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/60-minutes-give-big-ups-to-andy-rooney/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/60-minutes-give-big-ups-to-andy-rooney/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 14:58:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=235338 Morley Safer pours a sip.

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CBS‘s 60 Minutes paid tribute to their fallen brother Andy Rooney last night in the most fitting way possible. By jamming a quickly slapped together video between toothpaste ads and car commercials at the tail of the show.

America‘s favorite grouch-in-chief” passed away this weekend after complications from a minor surgery. Why do they call it a “minor” surgery if it involves complications? You would think that a minor procedure would be worry free, not something that leads to death. Or perhaps it’s called that because the surgery is performed by a minor. Doubtful. Young people today are too busy dragging their baggy clothes down the street, rather than take the time to learn the medical trade and the human body. I bet that you couldn’t find a teenager that could point to their own Iliac’s Crest. Back in my day, all the doctors had gone off to war, so we had to depend on teenagers for our medical well-being. At least then we could trust that they would wash their hands first. Do you know what I hate? Soap in a pump bottle. The stem that is supposed to carry the soap to your dirty hand doesn’t reach to the bottom of the bottle. That deprives the consumer of hard-earned soap. I’ll take a palm full of soap chips over that any day of the week. The days of the week make me angry. Wednesday is commonly referred to as “Hump Day,” which means it is the most difficult day in the week. Once you get passed it, everything else is better by comparison. But what if your work week ends on a Wednesday? Then your final day is the most difficult and stressful. And what if your only day off happens to fall on a Wednesday. Or the holidays? Christmas with family can be stressful enough. I just don’t know. Sounds complicated.

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R.I.P. Charles Napier http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-charles-napier/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-charles-napier/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:42:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231478 Hollywood has lost its foremost guy who can play a general.

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Steve Jobs isn’t the only dead guy in town. Sadly, square-jawed character actor Charles Napier has passed away at the age of 75. The Bakersfield, California resident enjoyed a 43 year screen career, having recently voiced Dr. Spelts on Archer. Napier is most famous for his authorative look which earned him memorable roles in Rambo: First Blood Part II, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, The Blues Brothers, and The Silence of the Lambs.

This is always a difficult time of year to pass away. I’m predicting we’ll see more than a few Charles Napier costumes this Halloween.

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R.I.P. Andy Whitfield http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/r-i-p-andy-whitfield/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/r-i-p-andy-whitfield/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:57:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227916 The 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' star has passed away.

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Spartacus: Blood and Sand star, Andy Whitfield, died yesterday in Australia, 18 months after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

“On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer,” Whitfield’s wife Vashti said in a statement. “He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was.”

Whitfield was plucked out of obscurity for the lead on the hit Starz series and had completed filming of the first season when diagnosed. Plans for a second season were put on hold while Whitfield underwent treatment. However, his condition grew worse and the network was forced to replace him.

Whitfield was 39.

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R.I.P. Peter Falk http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-peter-falk/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-peter-falk/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:56:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217807 Kevin Pollak is going to have to find a new impersonation.

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“Columbo” star Peter Falk has passed away according to his family members. Falk died Thursday night at his Beverly Hills estate. No cause of death has been reported but the actor had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Though best known for his role as the trench-coated detective (a role that would win him four Emmys), Falk was also memorable for his performances in films like The Princess Bride and Murder By Death. In 1961, he became the first actor nominated for an Oscar and an Emmy in the same year, receiving best supporting nominations for the movie Murder, Inc., and the TV show “The Law and Mr. Jones.” He followed up in 1962 by being doubly nominated again for supporting actor for the movie Pocketful of Miracles and best actor (he won) for “The Price of Tomatoes,” which was an episode of “The Dick Powell Theatre.”

Kevin Pollak is going to have to find a new impersonation.

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Jeff Conaway R.I.P. http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jeff-conaway-r-i-p/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jeff-conaway-r-i-p/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 19:27:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213890 The strange hybrid of Gary Busey and David Hasselhoff passed away today.

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“Taxi” and reality television star Jeff Conaway has lost his long battle with living. Despite the efforts of Dr. Drew Pinsky, Conaway was placed into a medically-induced (not by himself) after a recent drug overdose. His family made the painful decision to remove his life support today.

Besides his roles on “Taxi” and his appearances on “Celebrity Rehab,” Conaway is also known as Kenickie from Grease, “Babylon 5″, “Murder, She Wrote,” and was slated to appear in a movie about the Chilean miners. This is a prime example of the damage that drugs can do. That’s why kid’s should avoid leather jackets and other gateway apparel at all costs. (Variety)

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R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-elizabeth-taylor/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-elizabeth-taylor/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:57:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203136 Rainbow flags are flying at half-mast today.

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Rainbow flags are flying at half-mast today. Just heard that Elizabeth Taylor passed away, you guys.

Her publicist reports that she died of heart failure at the age of 79. Known for her work in films like Cleopatra, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, which she won the Oscar for, and as the voice of Maggie Simpson, Taylor was also known for her dedication to important causes such as AIDs activism.

There’s a big open hole in Hollywood today as one of its most famous icons is now gone. Taylor is survived by 4,734 ex-husbands.

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R.I.P. John Barry http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-john-barry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-john-barry/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:03:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23455 The Bond universe has lost one of their most influential collaborators. Film composer John Barry passed away yesterday at the age of 77.

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The Bond universe might be gaining one Javier Bardem, but it has lost one of their most influential collaborators. Film composer John Barry passed away yesterday at the age of 77.

The multiple Oscar-winner left an indelible mark on the franchise having supplied the theme songs to eleven of the twenty-two films in the series, beginning with Dr. No and ending with The Living Daylights. His influence on music remains strong even in the modern day. Kanye West sampled his “Diamonds Are Forever” and his style was cribbed for films like Inception and The Incredibles. Probably those Cats & Dogs movies too. Though I don’t know for certain. I haven’t watched TBS for awhile. (BBC)

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R.I.P. Jack LaLanne http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-jack-lalanne/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-jack-lalanne/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 16:05:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21694 The seemingly-indestructible fitness legend has passed away.

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Fitness maniac but all-around awesome guy Jack LaLanne has passed away. “The Jack LaLanne Show” host succumbed to pneumonia yesterday afternoon at the age of 96.

He was well known for towing thirteen boats at a time across various harbors up until the age of 70. In addition to being a human tugboat, he once approached my friend at a mall food court and gave him an unsolicited shoulder rub. To which my friend responded, “Oh hi. Nice to see you.” And then seconds after, “Who the eff was that guy?!”

But that’s the kind of person Jack LaLanne was. He’d swim wearing shackles while towing over a dozen boats behind his 70-year old body and give shoulder rubs to strangers while they dined on China Wok.

He also invented the Juice Tiger. (NY Times)

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R.I.P. Peter Yates http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/director-peter-yates-has-died/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/director-peter-yates-has-died/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 18:33:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14984 Peter Yates has died. The director of Bullitt and Krull died yesterday at the age of 81. Which is not to be confused with Kull The Conquerer, which is not to be seen.

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Peter Yates has died. The director of Bullitt and Krull (not to be confused with Kull The Conquerer, which is not to be seen) died yesterday at the age of 81.

Yates garnered four Oscar nominations for the films Breaking Away and The Dresser. He forever changed the face of the action film with Bullitt‘s classic car chase scene that sent Steve McQueen screaming through San Francisco in a Ford Mustang. Nowadays we have Vin Diesel skyping while surfing on nuclear torpedoes as they hop a row of helicopters. As extreme as they may be, today’s action films can’t hold a candle to the suspense Yates was able to conjure with a driver and a car. He will be missed. (AP)

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R.I.P. Pete Postlethwaite http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-pete-postlethwaite/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-pete-postlethwaite/#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 13:10:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13862 We've lost our cheek boniest actor.

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We’ve lost our cheek boniest actor. Pete Postlethwaite passed away yesterday after a long battle with testicular cancer. After garnering and Academy Award nomination for his role opposite Daniel Day Lewis in In The Name Of The Father, Postlethwaite went on to appear in a slew of well-known films such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Romeo + Juliet, Amistad, and The Usual Suspects. Just this past year he had roles in Inception, The Town, and Clash Of The Titans. I only regret that we’ll never get to view him in Real 3-D. The post-conversion process did him no justice. (Daily Mail)

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R.I.P. Blake Edwards http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-blake-edwards/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-blake-edwards/#comments Thu, 16 Dec 2010 19:55:39 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12616 Pink Panther creator Blake Edwards passed away today at the age of 88.

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Pneumonia has claimed another comedy legend. Pink Panther creator Blake Edwards passed away today at the age of 88. His film resume boasts an impressive list of classics: The Pink Panther films, The Party, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and Blind Date to name a few. Between 10, S.O.B., and Skin Deep, he was also a hero when it came to convincing hot actresses to do topless scenes.

It was his work with Peter Sellers that had the biggest impact on me. Especially The Party. If you haven’t seen that, I’ll loan you my copy. I just need your to hold your favorite thing as collateral. (LA Times)

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R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-leslie-nielsen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-leslie-nielsen/#comments Mon, 29 Nov 2010 03:25:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9270 Beloved comic actor Leslie Nielsen has passed away at the age of 84. He is best known for his roles in hysterical spoof films as well as Scary Movie 4.

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Beloved comic actor Leslie Nielsen has passed away at the age of 84. He is best known for his roles in hysterical spoof films as well as Scary Movie 4. It was his work as the incompetent Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series of films that cemented his status as a legend. Though he got his start sixty years ago in dramatic roles, it was his deadpan delivery in the over-the-top comedies that garnered him fans from all over the world.

His agent confirmed that the actor passed away surrounded by his wife and friends due to complications of pneumonia early Sunday evening. Screen Junkies extends our deepest condolences. We’ve truly lost one of the greats.

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Tony Curtis Has Died http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tony-curtis-has-died/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tony-curtis-has-died/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 More bleak news to report as this week has claimed another celebrity. In addition to Gloria Stuart, Sally Menke, and Greg Giraldo, Hollywood legend Tony Curtis has also passed. Best known for his roles in Spartacus, Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell Of Success, The Defiant Ones, and The Bad New Bears Go To Japan, Curtis proved himself an effortless performer in both drama and comedy. Then there was Lobster Man From Mars. A representative for daughter Jamie Lee Curtis confirmed the news of his passing this morning. He was 85. (ET)

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More bleak news to report as this week has claimed another celebrity. In addition to Gloria Stuart, Sally Menke, and Greg Giraldo, Hollywood legend Tony Curtis has also passed. Best known for his roles in Spartacus, Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell Of Success, The Defiant Ones, and The Bad New Bears Go To Japan, Curtis proved himself an effortless performer in both drama and comedy. Then there was Lobster Man From Mars.

A representative for daughter Jamie Lee Curtis confirmed the news of his passing this morning. He was 85. (ET)

 

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Rue McClanahan Has Died http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/rue-mcclanahan-has-died/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/rue-mcclanahan-has-died/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Fur is murder. Sad news today that the Facebook-neglected Golden Girl Rue McClanahan passed away after suffering a massive stroke. She is of course best known for her role as O.G. Cougar Blanche Devereaux. We're sad to see her go but would like to celebrate her for what she did best: partying on Cat Mountain.

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Fur is murder.

Sad news today that the Facebook-neglected Golden Girl Rue McClanahan passed away after suffering a massive stroke. She is of course best known for her role as O.G. Cougar Blanche Devereaux. We’re sad to see her go but would like to celebrate her for what she did best: partying on Cat Mountain.

 

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Peter Graves Has Died http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-graves-has-died/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-graves-has-died/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Peter Graves has sailed to that big Turkish prison in the sky.The veteran television and film star has passed away at the age of 83. Fans will recognize Graves for his various roles in over 70 films and television projects. Following a career in radio, Graves moved to Hollywood and eventually landed the role of Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible. More recently, Graves won an Emmy as the host of Biography.Though Graves left his biggest impression on the world for his memorable role in Airplane! As Captain Oveur he became a comedy hero, with his untoward questions for a young passenger. Peter Graves will be truly missed and his death serves as a reminder that Leslie Nielsen is not imperishable. When that old fart goes, I will be inconsolable.

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Peter Graves has sailed to that big Turkish prison in the sky.

The veteran television and film star has passed away at the age of 83. Fans will recognize Graves for his various roles in over 70 films and television projects. Following a career in radio, Graves moved to Hollywood and eventually landed the role of Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible. More recently, Graves won an Emmy as the host of Biography.

Though Graves left his biggest impression on the world for his memorable role in Airplane! As Captain Oveur he became a comedy hero, with his untoward questions for a young passenger. Peter Graves will be truly missed and his death serves as a reminder that Leslie Nielsen is not imperishable. When that old fart goes, I will be inconsolable.

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Corey Haim Has Died http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/corey-haim-has-died/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/corey-haim-has-died/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 (Relax, it's apple juice.)The more slurry half of the Coreys has passed away. Corey Haim was found dead this morning after an apparent overdose of prescription drugs. TMZ reports that he collapsed in front of his mother just before 1 AM and was reported dead a little over an hour later after being rushed to the hospital.Haim rose to fame as a 1980's teen heartthob in such films as Silver Bullet, Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive, and Dream a Little Dream. Problems with drug addiction led to a career spiral though he is said to have rehabilitated himself in 2004. He was seen most recently in A&E's The Two Coreys and Crank: High Voltage. He was 38. (TMZ)

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(Relax, it’s apple juice.)

The more slurry half of the Coreys has passed away. Corey Haim was found dead this morning after an apparent overdose of prescription drugs. TMZ reports that he collapsed in front of his mother just before 1 AM and was reported dead a little over an hour later after being rushed to the hospital.

Haim rose to fame as a 1980′s teen heartthob in such films as Silver Bullet, Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive, and Dream a Little Dream. Problems with drug addiction led to a career spiral though he is said to have rehabilitated himself in 2004. He was seen most recently in A&E’s The Two Coreys and Crank: High Voltage. He was 38. (TMZ)

 

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