Episode 3 plans to directly deal with the circumstances around actor Cory Monteith’s death but Reilly didn’t specifically say that the character dies of an overdose.
“The third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show. That episode will deal directly with the incidents surrounding his death and drug addiction … Ryan Murphy is going to film PSAs with the cast, as cast members, as friends of his, they’re going to speak directly to the audience.
Today I’m sad to report we have lost another wonderful character actor.
Best known for playing tough guy roles in films such as Midnight Run, Snatch, Get Shorty and as TV’s Detective Joe Fontana on Law & Order, Chicago cop turned actor, Dennis Farina is dead at the age of 69.
I first saw Dennis Farina in a short-lived TV series I personally believe was ahead of its time called “Crime Story” (1986-1988).
Director Michael Mann, who actually left the hot Miami Vice to helm Crime Story, produced it. The premise was a young made mobster from Chicago was sent to Las Vegas to expand the Chicago mob’s casino interests.
Dennis Farina played Lieutenant Mike Torello. His antagonist in the series was Ray Luca, a mobster played by Anthony Denison. They both were obsessed with bringing each other down on the mean and dirty mobbed up streets of early 1960’s Las Vegas.
Franklin’s TV daughter from “One Day At A Time”, Valerie Bertinelli wrote on her website yesterday:
My heart is breaking. Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me. The years on “One Day At A Time” were some of the happiest of my life, and along with Pat and Mackenzie we were a family in every way. She taught me how to navigate this business and life itself with grace and humor, and to always be true to yourself. I will miss her terribly.Continue reading “Beloved Stage and TV Actress Bonnie Franklin – Dead at 69…”
Christmas eve angels were on double duty as another terrific character actor, Charles Durning died. He was 89 years-old.
In 2003, I worked on the set of a fairly forgettable MOW called “A Very Married Christmas” that starred Joe Mantegna, Jean Smart and Charles Durning who played a “a volunteer Santa”that helped the two lead characters get together.
With so many unexpected celebrity deaths this year we sadly report versatile character actor Jack Klugman (best known as Oscar Madison on TV’s The Odd Couple) passed away earlier today in his home in Woodland Hills, a district of Los Angeles, California.
Recently, I just started watching the “Odd Couple” (1970-1975) in syndication and really enjoyed the chemistry Klugman had with his co-star Tony Randall. Off screen, they were the best of friends, who Klugman gleefully indulged improvising with for the TV series.
Often leading TV actors have to wait a bit before moving onto another series, but a year after The Odd Couple wrapped, Klugman successfully starred in another series Quincy Jones M.E. which ran from 1976 to 1983.
Even though she appeared in over 50 movies, her iconic role became that of “Emmanuelle” in the 1974 film of the same name. Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel is dead at age 60.
According to Wikipedia:
Kristel was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, the elder daughter of an innkeeper, Jean-Nicholas Kristel, and his wife Piet. In her 2006 autobiography, “Nue“, she claimed to have been sexually abused by an elderly hotel guest when she was nine years old, an experience she otherwise refused to discuss. Her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old after her father abandoned the family for another woman. “It was the saddest thing that ever happened to me“, she said of the experience of her parents’ separation. Continue reading “Dutch Actress of “Emmanuelle” – Sylvia Kristel – Dead at 60…”
Today would have been the 104th birthday of actress Carole Lombard, a feisty, foul-mouthed, sexy screwball. She was 2nd cousin to the legendary screwball comedy director Howard Hawks, who said of Lombard, “Marvelous girl. Crazy as a bedbug” –so maybe, there’s something in the genes.
Making 78 pictures before her untimely death at 33, Lombard was known for her bawdiness – – her favorite phrase being, “I don’t give a fuck.” She was also known for starring in probably some of the best comedies ever produced during Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age‘.
Born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1908, Lombard was discovered playing baseball in the street by silent-era movie director Allan Dwan, who was actually born in Toronto, Canada, April 03, 1885.
Sad to report, actor Michael Clark Duncan, standing at 6′ 5″ and often called the ‘gentle giant’ died this morning. He was 54. Best known for his portrayal of prison inmate ‘John Coffey’ with a mysterious aura, earned Duncan a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Green Mile (1999).
It appears after Duncan suffered a heart attack on July 13 of this year, he never fully recovered. Duncan’s publicist, Joy Fehily, issued a statement on August 6 that said Duncan was moved from the intensive-care unit but remained hospitalized following his heart attack.
He was engaged to fiancée Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (Omarosa from ‘The Apprentice‘).