I just saw the sad news that actor Albert Finney has passed away at the age of 82. One of cinema’s original angry young men, he went on to have an illustrious and variety filled career, highlighted by work in ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ and ‘Tom Jones’. I always found him to be a fine presence on screen and the news of his death saddens me. May the great Albert Finney rest in peace.
I’m still wrestling with a chest infection, but when I heard the news of Aretha Franklin’s passing, I knew I had to do a tribute post. She was a soulful lady with a mighty voice that was simply heavenly to listen to. She was a powerhouse performer and a queen of music. May this great lady rest in peace.
I woke up this morning to the news that John Mahoney had passed away at the age of 77. For me he was a great actor, the role I’ll most remember him for is as Martin Crane in Frasier. As the blunt and sarcastic father of the title character, he would often steal the show with his witticisms. He will be dearly missed by so many and Frasier will live long in the hearts of fans everywhere.
I woke up this morning go the news of Harry Dean Stanton’s death at the age of 91. A perennial scene stealer whose weathered face and sunken eyes were hard to miss, he appeared in too many movies to count. I loved his reliability and ability to imbue oddball characters with charm and memorability, I can’t say I ever saw him make a misstep as an actor. So while it’s a sad loss to the industry, this fine actor has left us with a fine catalogue of performances to revisit time and time again and ensure that his talents live on.
It is with sadness that I do this tribute to Roger Moore, who has died at the age of 89. As a big Bond fan, Moore is a big icon of mine who essayed the part of 007 for the longest time and most films. His slightly lighter and suave touch was charming throughout. He was in countless other great movies, but for me he’ll always be Bond. May he rest in peace as a stylish and cultured gentleman.
I was saddened to read of the passing of Powers Boothe at the age of 68 today. For me, he was the essence of a character actor. He was the guy who would pop up in movies and with usually a short amount of time, make his presence felt. He was a dab hand at villain roles and I always enjoyed seeing him in a movie. Thanks for all the great movies and roles you had Powers Boothe. This post is a tribute to his greatness that will be missed.
I am currently on a break, but after hearing of the passing of Bill Paxton at the age of 61, I had to do a post as a tribute to him. Paxton for me was always a fun actor to watch, he had a certain energy that burned across the screen. That is what I will miss the most about him, his very presence was welcomed whenever I saw it. It is a sad day and though he is gone, his memory will still be there through the movies he made. Rest in Peace Bill Paxton. May your spirit live on through your work for many years.
I was deeply saddened to read of the passing of the iconic John Hurt at the age of 77. He was an acting that I highly admired for his presence and of course that gravelly voice. Just looking over his film credits, he was extremely prolific and successful. He really made his mark of cinema and audiences, and I will remember him for that. For me, he was a class act all around and his appearance in movies were always ones I enjoyed. May his soul rest in pace and his wonderful memory live on through his movies.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Carrie Fisher, days after she suffered a heart attack. She was taken too young at the age of only 60. I am in complete shock I must say as this is a big loss. For me, she will always be the resourceful Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies. I admired her frankness in her admittance to suffering from depression and drug addiction in the past, she truly was open about it and never shied away from it. While I am very sad to hear of her passing, I take comfort in knowing that her legacy in film is secured and her spirit will live on.