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R.I.P. Stephen Furst (1955-2017) June 17, 2017

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Sad news in the entertainment industry once more today, especially for fans of the Babylon 5 tv series and movies.

Animal House Actor, Stephen Furst, Dead at 63

Actor Stephen Furst, has died of complications of diabetes. He was 63. While many knew him best as Flounder in Animal House (1978), I was better acquainted with the actor through his role as Dr. Axelrod in St. Elsewhere (1982-1988) and his role as Vir Cotto on Babylon 5, though he also had a myriad of roles in other tv shows, movies, and the like.

R.I.P. Stephen Furst. A toast to absent friends, in memory still bright. Farewell, on behalf of a grateful Centauri Republic. May you sleep in light.

R.I.P. Adam West (1928-2017) June 10, 2017

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I was saddened to hear the news that actor Adam West died today.

Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dies at 88

Best known for his role as Batman in the campy 1960s series, Adam West appeared in quite a few other roles and productions over the years.

Rest In Peace, Mr. West. Time to doff the old cape ‘n cowl for good this time.

Happy Birthday, O First Commander of Babylon 5 May 6, 2017

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Today is Michael O’Hare’s birthday.

Well, it would have been…but the actor sadly passed away on September 28th, 2012 (at the age of 60) after having a heart attack and then going into a coma before he died.

Michael O’Hare was born in Chicago, Illinois, attended Harvard University (where he majored in English literature), and studied at the prestigious Juilliard School of Drama. While he appeared on a range of television shows (from Trapper John, MD to The Cosby Mysteries), he is best known for his casting in Babylon 5 as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair.

A lot of folks didn’t like the character of Commander Sinclair or the actor’s portrayal of the role, finding it wooden and one-dimensional, but I was of the opinion (shared by some) that this portrayal of Commander Sinclair was deliberate and pre-planned. I loved Commander Sinclair, and Michael O’Hare’s portrayal of him!, and was sad that he exited the series (though the reasons for his doing so were only revealed after the actor’s death).

In his memory, I’ll just wrap this up with my two quotes from Commander Jeffrey Sinclair:

“Sooner or later everyone comes to Babylon 5.”

“All my life I’ve had doubts about who I am, where I belonged. Now I’m like the arrow that springs from the bow. No hesitation, no doubts. The path is clear.”

Rest In Peace, Michael O’Hare. You are missed.

R.I.P. Chuck Berry (1926-2017) March 19, 2017

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Terribly sad news in the music industry. (Heard about it a couple of hours after yesterday.)

Rock ‘n roll musician and legend Chuck Berry has died. 😦

Rock ‘n Roll Legend Chuck Berry Dies at 90

Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer, Dead at 90

I’ve been listening to rock ‘n roll for most of my life, to be honest, and this news was both saddening and shocking to me for various reasons that I’m not going into here. Chuck Berry was one of, if not, rock’s greatest practitioners, guitarists, and the best pure rock ‘n roll writer who ever lived. He’s going to be sorely missed.

Here’s the iconic song from 1958.

*sigh*

R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore (1936 – 2017) January 26, 2017

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Terribly sad news from the world of television and entertainment yesterday.

Mary Tyler Moore, Beloved TV Actress, Dies at 80

I have fond memories of Mary Tyler Moore from the 1970s in her role as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, but she was iconic in her role as Mary Richards, a thirty-ish single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She had a good many other roles as well, but I also adored her appearance(s?) in Hot in Cleveland, where she was reunited with The Mary Tyler Moore Show co-stars Betty White and Valerie Harper.

I remember learning that she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 30, and kept up to date with her life after the MTM Show, though it was difficult at times.

Rest In Peace, Mary. You made it, after all.

R.I.P. Miguel Ferrer (1955 – 2017) January 20, 2017

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Sad news out of the entertainment industry once more yesterday.

Actor Miguel Ferrer Dead at 61

Miguel (José) Ferrer was an American actor and voice actor mostly known for villainous roles, notably Bob Morton, the designer of the title character in RoboCop (1987). He also voiced the antagonistic Hun leader Shan Yu in Mulan (1998) and Big Boss in Rio 2 (2014). His other notable roles include Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan (2001-2007), NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles (2012-2017), Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3 (2013), and FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks (1990-1991, 2017).

I’ve seen quite a few of his works in television and the movies, but I absolutely loved his work in Crossing Jordan and Twin Peaks, and noticed his appearances in all sorts of other stuff that he worked on. A truly phenomenal actor, and a lovely man.

Rest In Peace, Miguel Ferrer.

You will be missed.

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016) December 27, 2016

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Terribly sad news today in the movie, writing, and life biz.

Carrie Fisher, the actress world famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars films, and who later penned award-winning books that included touching on her battles with addiction, has died at age 60.

Star Wars Actress, Bestselling Author Carrie Fisher Dead at 60

Words cannot express my sentiments at the moment, but the death of Carrie Fisher has hit me relatively hard in some ways, especially in light of the deaths of various other artists this year (and the ones that have struck in December so far, George Michael just a day or so ago). When the first (well, actually the fourth) Star Wars movie came out, my 20-plus-year-old self fell in love with Princess Leia, and while I can’t say that I followed her film career all that much, I did enjoy some of the other films that she’s been in (you can see the film list in the link above).

One of my favourite lines from the actress is…

I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.” — Carrie Fisher

May the force be with you Princess Leia, Queen Leia Organa, General Organa… Carrie. You will be truly missed.

Rest In Peace, Carrie Fisher. *sigh*

I really hate 2016.

R.I.P. John Glenn (1921 – 2016) December 9, 2016

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Saw on the news last night, and read in the morning papers, that John Glenn has died.

Former Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn Dead at 95

One of the Mercury Seven, John Glenn made his famous first flight into space in February, 1962. I was only 6-1/2 years old at the time, so I didn’t really know the significance of the event, but as I grew older I came to appreciate it for what it was – a feat of challenging the unknown, a feat of historical importance in both the space race and the U.S.’s heading “out there”, and a feat of of personal bravery. The fact that John Glenn has always been a man to admire is something that makes his death so much more poignant, especially in this time of American politics.

We’ll always remember you for the astronaut you were, but more importantly, for the man you were.

Godspeed, John Glenn.

R.I.P. Jerry Doyle (1956-2016) July 28, 2016

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Terrible, sad news in the word of entertainment.

Jerry Doyle, the actor who played Michael Garibaldi, on the tv series Babylon 5, has died.

Babylon 5 Actor Jerry Doyle Dies at Age 60

I adored the relationship that existed by Jerry’s Michael Garibaldi and Michael O’Hare‘s Jeffrey Sinclair in the tv series, and Jerry brought such an interesting character, who managed to evolve and develop through the course of the show, even after O’Hare departed the series.

A sad loss in the industry, Jerry appeared in other shows and several movies, but he earned recognition and fame with his portrayal of Garibaldi in Babylon 5.

Jerry has passed beyond the Rim.

R.I.P. Jerry. “Goodbye, old friend.”