Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2015 Deaths That Sucked.

If I could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, I would probably just cancel on them at the last minute.

Here are a few of the dead options – super talents who unfortunately passed in the last year:

Edward Hermann. I worked with Edward on the voiceover for a radio commercial, and he was such a nice man, and SO excited about his role in a new Coen brothers film. Over a hundred credits, and he still couldn’t believe what he got to do for a living.

Taylor Negron. I blogged about Taylor when he died. I never get tired of watching him in that video.

Leonard Nimoy. One of those rare people respected by everyone in showbiz. Not even William Shatner couldn’t muster up a bad word about him.

Sam Simon. Sam only worked a couple of years on “The Simpsons”, but because he helped create the show, he received $110 million a year in royalties. The best part is he used most of the money to fund his favorite cause: helping dogs avoid kill shelters.

Windell Middlebrooks. My friend Bru and I were in a commercial with him. He was happy and funny and lived to make the crew laugh. Died way too young.

Dick Van Patten. Started on Broadway when he was seven, shot his last movie at 83, and he created Natural Balance Pet Foods. That’s range.

Al Molinaro. Many remember him from “Happy Days”, but in New York, where the “Odd Couple” has been permanently airing since for decades, Al will always be Murray the cop.

Scott Weiland. I’m a huge fan of Stone Temple Pilots, and always loved Scott. This was an especially sad one.

Robert Loggia. 65 years in TV and movies, including the iconic piano scene in Big.

Wayne Rogers. He just passed away on New Year’s Eve. There were 251 episodes of “M*A*S*H”, but only the 74 that Wayne appeared in will stop me from flipping past.

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