Author Topic: Celebrity Death List 2021  (Read 21462 times)

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

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Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #270 on: April 17, 2021, 10:38:54 PM »
Don't want to speak for him but maybe the fact that anyone with any connection whatsoever to Harry Potter is described in that way, like it was the only thing thing of interest about them.

RIP

Exactly. chveik was presumably (as in I'm 100% certain) commenting on that crass phenomenon. If you're a British thesp who once appeared in a Harry Potter film, you will, in the first paragraph of most obituaries, be described as a Harry Potter actor.

It's the clueless, straight-faced mirror image of Herring cheekily introducing his guests with, "They're perhaps best known for..."

This is terribly sad news, Helen McCrory was great.

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Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #271 on: April 17, 2021, 11:47:23 PM »
yep, that was it :)

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

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« Reply #272 on: April 18, 2021, 12:06:42 AM »
Harry Potter actor Charles Manson, who appeared by mistake as a wizard in the hit film franchise, has died at the age of 83.

mothman

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« Reply #273 on: April 18, 2021, 10:47:14 AM »
I bet Spacey is kicking himself for turning down that cameo as an employee of Gringotts now.

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« Reply #274 on: April 18, 2021, 07:32:29 PM »
Yes, it's a shame that so many great British actors are described as "Harry Potter actor" in biographies and obituaries just because they've all been in at least one of the numerous Harry Potter films. Richard Griffiths, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, David Tennant, Ashley Maguire, Helen McCrory. It aint fair.
Eric SYkes, Leslie Phillips, Robert Hardy, Peter Mullan, Julie Christie (thats right, in Prisoner of Azkaban as landlady, apparently she was supposed to have a recurring role but that didn't happen), Ralph Ineson (who only did his role because in the novel, he spits on Maggie Smith, but they didn't even get to film that)
Not just British - Gregorovitch (IIRC), an incredibly minor character could have been any renta-Slavic character actor in Equity, but instead they got  Yugoslavian superstar, late 90s/early 00s Hollywood's favourite Eastern Bloc baddie and Boris the Blade himself, Rade Serbedzija

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #275 on: April 18, 2021, 07:37:36 PM »
There's a generation who knows Robbie Coltrane for Harry Potter rather than Cracker and Nuns on the Run.

Jake Thingray

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Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #276 on: April 18, 2021, 11:04:48 PM »
Exactly. chveik was presumably (as in I'm 100% certain) commenting on that crass phenomenon. If you're a British thesp who once appeared in a Harry Potter film, you will, in the first paragraph of most obituaries, be described as a Harry Potter actor.

It's the clueless, straight-faced mirror image of Herring cheekily introducing his guests with, "They're perhaps best known for..."

This is terribly sad news, Helen McCrory was great.

Agree with all of the above, but now (some of) you lot know how I feel when actors with long, impressive careers are reduced down to their having once appeared in Dr fucking Who.

Alberon

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Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #277 on: April 18, 2021, 11:19:47 PM »
Just think what will happened someone like David Bradley dies. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones AND Doctor Who.

Obituary writers will spontaneously combust!

Jake Thingray

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« Reply #278 on: April 18, 2021, 11:26:35 PM »
And he wasn't the one who starred in Kes.

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« Reply #279 on: April 19, 2021, 09:33:29 AM »
Just think what will happened someone like David Bradley dies. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones AND Doctor Who.

Obituary writers will spontaneously combust!
Or Julian Glover.
Potter, Thrones, Dr Who, Bond, Indiana Jones, RSC...

zomgmouse

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Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #280 on: April 21, 2021, 01:19:02 AM »
Filmmaker Monte Hellman, who made such films as Two-Lane Blacktop and The Shooting has died.

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« Reply #281 on: April 21, 2021, 01:25:48 PM »
Meatloaf and Celine Dion songwriter Jim Steinman has gone Back Into Hell.

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« Reply #282 on: April 21, 2021, 01:28:58 PM »
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died a couple of weeks ago

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« Reply #283 on: April 21, 2021, 01:32:55 PM »
Meatloaf and Celine Dion songwriter Jim Steinman has gone Back Into Hell.
I was never arsed about the Meat Loaf stuff, but Steinman did write a brilliantly over-the-top number for the end of 'Streets of Fire' called 'Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young'. The film itself isn't much cop (notable for early sighting of Willem Defore, looking a bit camp in a strange leather get up, if not much else) but that song is great in it's sheer "throw the kitchen sink in too" approach.

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« Reply #284 on: April 21, 2021, 04:36:29 PM »
I was never arsed about the Meat Loaf stuff, but Steinman did write a brilliantly over-the-top number for the end of 'Streets of Fire' called 'Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young'. The film itself isn't much cop (notable for early sighting of Willem Defore, looking a bit camp in a strange leather get up, if not much else) but that song is great in it's sheer "throw the kitchen sink in too" approach.
Streets of Fire is a classic. Bizarre production stories: they built a massive multi-million-dollar replica Chicago set in California including a version of the El (elevated railway), with a massive tarpaulin to block out the sun so they could film the night scenes (obviously filming in Chicago at night would be ridiculous, or any place where it's not so fucking sunny). Great songs though. Nowhere Fast is good too, as well as far too appropriate. Plus Willem Defoe in leather dungarees with a big hammer. Rick Moranis at his best (not in leather dungarees). 

And Steinman's other classic: Total Eclipse Of The Heart, a song that's brought more amusement to the world than any other.

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« Reply #285 on: April 21, 2021, 05:53:35 PM »
Streets of Fire is a classic. Bizarre production stories: they built a massive multi-million-dollar replica Chicago set in California including a version of the El (elevated railway), with a massive tarpaulin to block out the sun so they could film the night scenes (obviously filming in Chicago at night would be ridiculous, or any place where it's not so fucking sunny). Great songs though. Nowhere Fast is good too, as well as far too appropriate. Plus Willem Defoe in leather dungarees with a big hammer. Rick Moranis at his best (not in leather dungarees). 

And Steinman's other classic: Total Eclipse Of The Heart, a song that's brought more amusement to the world than any other.
I think my main problem with it is that the male lead was clearly picked based on his looks rather than talent. To his credit, he managed to get this and a couple other lead roles (Eddie and the Cruisers, the Philadelphia Experiment) before his lack of acting chops were rumbled.

Though I did see it when I was about 18, and Diane Lane made me feel a bit wobbly, so that was a bonus. Her miming of the aforementioned Steinman song probably helped.

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« Reply #286 on: April 22, 2021, 05:11:41 PM »
Les McKeown, lead singer of the
B.A.Y.
B.A.Y.
B.A.Y.C.I.T.Y.
with an R.O.double L.E.R.S.
Bay City Rollers are the best

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56848233

They were massive in the 70's, but got stiffed out of the brass.

Mr Banlon

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Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #287 on: April 22, 2021, 05:27:12 PM »
He was a prick.
1975 :
The Scottish pop singer, just 20 at the time, was facing charges after he had knocked down and killed an elderly neighbour of his - 70-year-old pedestrian Euphemia Clunie - whilst driving his turbo-charged Ford Mustang 351 around the streets of Edinburgh.

Despite some witnesses claiming McKeown was driving too fast, a court cleared him of the more serious charge and instead found him of guilty of reckless driving. He was fined £100 and banned from driving for a year.

2004 :
Bay City Rollers lead singer Les McKeown today admitted crashing his car while twice the legal alcohol limit and fleeing the scene of the accident.

When stopped by police, McKeown, 49, said he had not been driving the car, Thames Magistrates' Court heard. The Seventies pop star crashed his Volvo into a Honda Civic last July. He and a female passenger walked away but were pursued by a witness who told him to wait for the police.

McKeown, of Lower Clapton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop at the scene of the incident, and driving without insurance.

Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #288 on: April 22, 2021, 05:32:54 PM »
He was a prick.
1975 :
The Scottish pop singer, just 20 at the time, was facing charges after he had knocked down and killed an elderly neighbour of his - 70-year-old pedestrian Euphemia Clunie - whilst driving his turbo-charged Ford Mustang 351 around the streets of Edinburgh.

Despite some witnesses claiming McKeown was driving too fast, a court cleared him of the more serious charge and instead found him of guilty of reckless driving. He was fined £100 and banned from driving for a year.

2004 :
Bay City Rollers lead singer Les McKeown today admitted crashing his car while twice the legal alcohol limit and fleeing the scene of the accident.

When stopped by police, McKeown, 49, said he had not been driving the car, Thames Magistrates' Court heard. The Seventies pop star crashed his Volvo into a Honda Civic last July. He and a female passenger walked away but were pursued by a witness who told him to wait for the police.

McKeown, of Lower Clapton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop at the scene of the incident, and driving without insurance.

At least he wasn't into kiddy porn, like Derek Longmuir.

kalowski

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Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #289 on: April 22, 2021, 06:07:35 PM »
Les McGeone

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« Reply #290 on: April 28, 2021, 06:23:49 PM »
Aw. Michael Collins, Apollo 11 driver, dead at 90.

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« Reply #291 on: April 29, 2021, 12:19:58 AM »
Seems to have spent most of his life brushing off the question: "Are you sad you didn't get to walk on the moon too?"

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« Reply #292 on: April 29, 2021, 10:12:27 AM »
I think my main problem with it is that the male lead was clearly picked based on his looks rather than talent. To his credit, he managed to get this and a couple other lead roles (Eddie and the Cruisers, the Philadelphia Experiment) before his lack of acting chops were rumbled.
Fair enough, Michael Paré is definitely the weak link in a cast that includes Willem Dafoe, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan, Diane Lane, and (briefly) Bill Paxton.

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« Reply #293 on: April 29, 2021, 07:55:37 PM »
Anyone fascinated by the ill-fated US version of Dance of the Vampires?
Particularly "Dame Edith Shorthouse"?


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« Reply #295 on: May 05, 2021, 01:52:42 PM »

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« Reply #296 on: May 05, 2021, 01:59:58 PM »
I Heard It Through The Gravevine

Norton Canes

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Re: Celebrity Death List 2021
« Reply #297 on: May 05, 2021, 02:20:55 PM »
From boxers to box-er.

Looked beautiful. Awful voice.

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« Reply #298 on: May 05, 2021, 02:53:38 PM »
I remember laughing at his awful dancing on TOTP.

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« Reply #299 on: May 05, 2021, 03:30:34 PM »
Kamen gone
Brilliant selection of retro celebrities commenting on his death: Tanita Tikaram, Kavana, Judie Tzuke, Ricky Simmonds (on Grange Hill in 1928). Thank heavens for Boy George, always there to inject class into any clip show.

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