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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #240 on: August 29, 2021, 03:36:01 PM »
RIP Ed Asner and thanks for all the good memories in MTM and all your other work.
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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #241 on: September 02, 2021, 11:37:13 AM »
RIP Ed Asner and thanks for all the good memories in MTM and all your other work.

The original newsroom members at WJM are all together again. I'm speaking of 1970-1973, prior to Betty White joining the cast, which in order IIRC were Ted, Mary, Valerie, Chloris, Gavin and now Ed ... the original six from the early years. Georgette Engel (who played Ted Knight's wife) also has since died. Only pre-Betty White semi-regular left is Joyce Bulifant (Gavin McLeod's wife) and – as I just saw – John Amos (the weatherman, Gordon Howard).

And to think that there is at least one 1960s TV show – "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" – where the primary characters (Mark Miller and Pat Crowley, and the four boys who played their sons) are all still living; some supporting cast members have passed (Dub Taylor and Bonnie Franklin among them), but "... Daisies" is believed to be the earliest show where all the primary cast members are still living. How crazy is that?

Thanks for the memories, Ed! Take care of the newsroom for us.

Side note: I hope this renews interest in "Lou Grant" reruns on TV. Lots of relevant newsroom issues that I think the public needs to see.

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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #242 on: September 02, 2021, 06:31:37 PM »
The original newsroom members at WJM are all together again. I'm speaking of 1970-1973, prior to Betty White joining the cast, which in order IIRC were Ted, Mary, Valerie, Chloris, Gavin and now Ed ... the original six from the early years. Georgette Engel (who played Ted Knight's wife) also has since died. Only pre-Betty White semi-regular left is Joyce Bulifant (Gavin McLeod's wife) and – as I just saw – John Amos (the weatherman, Gordon Howard).

And to think that there is at least one 1960s TV show – "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" – where the primary characters (Mark Miller and Pat Crowley, and the four boys who played their sons) are all still living; some supporting cast members have passed (Dub Taylor and Bonnie Franklin among them), but "... Daisies" is believed to be the earliest show where all the primary cast members are still living. How crazy is that?

Thanks for the memories, Ed! Take care of the newsroom for us.

Side note: I hope this renews interest in "Lou Grant" reruns on TV. Lots of relevant newsroom issues that I think the public needs to see.

Brian

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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #243 on: September 04, 2021, 04:37:57 PM »
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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #244 on: September 05, 2021, 04:15:30 PM »
Willard Scott, former weather presenter for Today passed away at 87:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/willard-scott-legendary-today-show-weatherman-dies-at-87/ar-AAO6pEw?ocid=uxbndlbing

Not to mention the original Ronald McDonald (on a local basis in Washington, DC, before the company brought the character to a national setting).

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« Reply #245 on: September 05, 2021, 09:43:12 PM »
Always enjoyed Willard during the stretch he co-hosted Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, particularly whenever he'd attempt imitate Woody Woodpecker's laugh whenever Woody's balloon (my own personal favorite from back in the day, unfortunately retired after the Cat in the Hat's mishap) passed the broadcast position. 

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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #246 on: September 06, 2021, 01:33:15 PM »
Sarah Harding, who was a member of the UK pop gtoup Girls Aloud, passed away on September 5, 2021 after a battle with cancer.  She was 39. https://variety.com/2021/music/news/sarah-harding-dead-dies-girls-aloud-singer-1235056843/
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« Reply #247 on: September 06, 2021, 04:52:53 PM »
Actor Michael K. Williams, known for his roles as a regular on many acclaimed HBO series such as The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Night Of, and Lovecraft Country, has passed away at age 54. Cause of death not disclosed.

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« Reply #248 on: September 08, 2021, 11:53:26 PM »
Michael Constantine, 94, actor who played the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding; also played principal Seymour Kaufman on Room 222 from 1969 to 1974.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/michael-constantine-the-father-in-e2-80-98my-big-fat-greek-wedding-e2-80-99-dies-at-94/ar-AAOeWxn?ocid=uxbndlbing

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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #249 on: September 14, 2021, 02:30:54 PM »
Norm McDonald, best known for being a cast member and the Weekend Update anchor from 1993 to 1998 on Saturday Night Live, passed away after a nine-year private battle with cancer, he was 61.

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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #250 on: September 14, 2021, 02:57:23 PM »
Yet another situation where the death of a star leaves me in shock but would not have been stunned at all if it was disclosed.  I was surprised here because Norm was seen on SNL's 40th Anniversary special within that timeframe, though over 6.5 years ago.

I think I remember reading something on his health not too long ago, but I likely forgot about it.  Also, I saw him every-so-often, but given how time flies, those appearances could've been no later than 4-5 years ago.  Regardless, a rather underrated actor.  Pretty close to Adam Sandler & Dave Letterman.  Glad he returned to Saturday Night Live after his exit that wasn't on the best terms.  At the time it seemed like an eternity when he left midway through Season 23, but it was about a year and a half upon returning to host in Season 25 soon after his segment with Chevy Chase & Dennis Miller on Weekend Update on the 25th Anniversary special.


Tough loss, and while it's been a couple of weeks, same goes for Ed Asner.  Losing too many legends; it's not cool when you tune into something to see someone, and you won't be able to do that anymore. That's just the way it goes, sadly.
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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #251 on: September 14, 2021, 03:15:33 PM »
Losing too many legends; it's not cool when you tune into something to see someone, and you won't be able to do that anymore. That's just the way it goes, sadly.

Not to curse anyone, but I noted sometime back on another blogboard that in time, we will get a headline noting that the last remaining Rolling Stones member or the last surviving Beatle had passed. (Happily, Paul and Ringo, and Mick and Keith are still with us.)

As they said in the old country song by Tracy Lawrence, "Time marches on ... time marches on."

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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #252 on: September 14, 2021, 11:29:12 PM »
I only knew him from Celebrity Jeopardy, but man, I enjoyed every minute of his appearances. RIP
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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #253 on: September 15, 2021, 12:57:31 AM »
I have no words. ​Rest in peace, you old chunk o' coal.

tpir04, if you're ever interested in going down the rabbit hole, his monologue during Letterman's final shows and his ESPYs monologue are a must-watch if you're interested in getting to know his sense of humor. There's truly nobody else like him.
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Re: 2021 Obituaries Thread
« Reply #254 on: September 15, 2021, 01:11:47 AM »
Norm's Celebrity WWtBaM appearance had a good amount of humorous moments as well.

RIP Norm.