Adam Roth, Alan Rickman, Angus Scrimm, Bottle Shock, Brett Smiley, Brian Bedford, Carson Von Osten, Conrad Phillips, David Bowie, Douglas Dick; Brooke McCarter, Hack Meyers, Harry Potter, Holly Woodlawn, Jason Wingreen, John Bradbury, Lemmy Kilmister, Martin E. Brooks, Meadowlark Lemon, Myra Carter, Natalie Cole, Nicholas Smith, Nick Caldwell, Otis Clay, Pat Harrington Jr., Red Simpson, Richard Libertini, Robert Loggia, Rusty Jones; Rose Siggins, Scott Weiland, Severus Snape, Shirley Stelfox, Steve Sperrier, Stevie Wright, The Less Desirables, Troy Shondell, Wayne Rogers, William Guest
The last few weeks, or even months, have been really hard for fans of entertainers. Let’s see, this list will not be complete or even close. I’m just highlighting.
Anywhat: Nick Caldwell of the Whispers; Pat Harrington, Jr. (One Day at a Time); Troy Shondell; Richard Libertini (Fletch); Brett Smiley; Red Simpson; Otis Clay; Angus Scrimm (the Tall Man from the Phantasm films); Myra Carter; Conrad Phillips; Brian Bedford; Scott Weiland; Robert Loggia; Hack Meyers; Nicholas Smith (Are You Being Served?); Holly Woodlawn (Warhol actress); Martin E. Brooks (Six Million Dollar Man); Shirley Stelfox (Keeping Up Appearances); Rusty Jones; Rose Siggins (American Horror Story: Freakshow); Adam Roth (Del Fuegos); Douglas Dick; Brooke McCarter (Lost Boys); Carson Von Osten (Disney Legend); William Guest (Gladys Knight & the Pips); Jason Wingreen (voice of Boba Fett); Meadowlark Lemon; Stevie Wright (The Easybeats); John Bradbury (The Specials); Natalie Cole; Wayne Rogers (M*A*S*H) and Lemmy.
All of those are saddening. There may be some more that I missed that you may feel is important, and I’m sure there is. I’ll not even pretend that I know all of these but they are all important to someone. Then, this week we have two that seem very major to me. I’m not putting any life over another, as they’re all very important. So, I should rephrase it to say that were major to me. One I talked about earlier this week; that was David Bowie. Still not over that one, yet. Then, this morning I find out that one of my favorite actors (and that voice!), Alan Rickman, has passed away. The same as Bowie, cancer at 69 years old.
I won’t begin to state that I have seen all his films because I certainly haven’t. I won’t even say that I have seen most of them. I haven’t. I am a huge fan of what I have seen. I liked Mr. Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. That was my first real exposure to him, that I remembered. Yes, Die Hard came before that, but truthfully, my first watch of that, I didn’t really care about and didn’t see the big deal. Although, I like that film, I still don’t see the big deal. I would never consider it a “Christmas” film as some have tried to perpetuate. But, like I said, I did like him as Hans Gruber.
I really liked his work in Galaxy Quest. Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Two movies with “Galaxy” in their titles. Hmmm. I mentioned the role of Sheriff above, but my two other favorite roles he played was Steven Spurrier, the British wine expert and merchant who helped get California wines expand worldwide, in Bottle Shock. I really enjoyed that film. I reviewed it, not long ago, for The Less Desirables. I believe it got 5 stars. The other role is, of course, that of Severus Snape from the Harry Potter films. He embodied everything that J.K. Rowling wrote in that character. He was scary and intense. It was a perfect portrayal as far as I’m concerned.
You can read all the tributes after his death and even the interviews and articles before that he was a kind, caring and sincere human being that he was always there for his friends and was a mentor, contrary to his Snape character, to the young actors on the Potter sets. He was the consummate thespian that knew how to own those characters. And, truthfully, I could sit and listen to him talk. I’ve always studied voices and his is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve felt sad about his passing all day. What the film world will miss is at least offset by the body of work that he leaves behind. So, here’s a drink to you Good Sir Rickman. Cheers.
I hope this is the last of the losses for a little bit. I’m tired of reading about my heroes, favorite entertainers pass on. I know that’s wishful thinking but I am allowed, I figure. So, moreover, to the rest of those that have passed on recently, enjoy the Great Wherever. Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.” – Alan Rickman