I just read the news that Billy Drago has died aged 73. He was an excellent actor who excelled as villains in movies and television. I’ll most remember him for his role in The Untouchables and as the demon of fear in Charmed. We’ll miss you Billy and it’s sad you’ve left us. But at least you’ll be remembered.
I was saddened to hear of Doris Day’s passing at the age of 97. Blessed with a lovely singing voice, winning smile and wholesome appeal, she was seemingly destined to be a star. Off screen she was known for her animal welfare activism which was very close to her heart. Adept at romantic comedy and musicals, she showed her often underrated gift for drama in many a film. It’s a sad day as one of the greats has left us. But what a legacy she leaves behind.
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.