Category Archives: Obituaries

Adam West, Dead at 88

Adam West has died at the age of 88.

William West Anderson was born September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington, he graduated school with degrees in literature and psychology.

Drafted into the Army, he served as an announcer on American Forces Network television.

Afterward, he moved to Hawaii to pursue a television career.

In 1959, he moved to Hollywood and began using Adam West as his stage name.

There he began getting parts primarily in crime dramas and westerns, repeatedly being cast as Doc Holliday.

From 1966-68 he would play what would become his most famous role, that of Batman.

In 1970, he was offered the role of James Bond, in Diamonds Are Forever, but turned it down as he felt only British actors should play Bond.

However, after that acting work was hard to find, as most people only thought of him as Bruce Wayne.

In the 1980s he was able to begin doing voice acting, often in various roles in Batman cartoons.

During the 90s, through the 2000s, and into the 2010s, he continued his various Batman connected roles but also gained spots in movies, video games, music videos, and TV shows sometimes as himself.

On June 9, 2017, he died after a short battle with leukemia.

Peter Sallis, Dead at 96

Peter Sallis has died at the age of 96.

Born on February 1, 1921, in Twickenham, Middlesex Peter began working in a bank. When WWII broke out he joined the RAF for the duration of the war.

After the war, he got into acting and found his place in the world. For the first twelve years it was all on the stage, but in 1958 he got his first TV role. Almost all of his TV roles came on the BBC.

His most famous roles came as Norman Clegg in Last of The Summer Wine, in which he appeared in all 295 episodes between 1973 and 2010, and as the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit.

Sallis died peacefully on June 2. It is unclear why the family waited three days to make the announcement.

Sir Roger Moore, Dead at 89

Sir Roger Moore has died at the age of 89, after battling cancer.

Born on October 14, 1927, in Stockwell, London, England, Roger studied acting before beginning to get acting roles in 1945.

In 1946, he was conscripted into the Royal Army Service Corps and served out his service in West Germany.

During the early 1950s, he worked as a model while between acting gigs until things became steady for him in 1958.

From then through 1972 he would go through a series of TV shows, mostly as Simon Templar in The Saint.

Then in 1973, he was cast as the 4th James Bond, the role he would become most known for, with many considering only Sean Connery (the original Bond) to be better in the role.

Over the next twelve years, he would do seven of the Bond movies, before announcing his retirement.

Five years later, he would return to acting, never really stopping again until his illness forced him to.

On March 9, 1999, he received his first knighthood, with a second on June 14, 2003.

Powers Boothe: Dead at 68

Powers Boothe has died at the age of 68.

According to a released statement, he died of natural causes while at his home in Los Angeles.

Born on June 1, 1948, Boothe had a lifelong love for acting, that began in the theater.

In 1977, he started getting movie and TV roles, many of which he’ll long be remembered for.

Perhaps his most famous role was as Curly Bill Brocius in Tombstone.

Others that come to mind are as the shot down fighter pilot in Red Dawn, Senator Roark in the Sin City movies, Flavius Aetius in Attila, Noah Daniels in 24, Cy Tolliver in Deadwood, and Gideon Malick in The Avengers and Agents of SHIELD.

His powerful voice also saw him do voice work for various video games and superhero cartoons.

Michael Parks, Dead at 77

Michael Parks has died at the age of seventy-seven.

No cause of his death has yet been released.

An actor since 1960, he had roles in 146 shows and movies, including once as Adam in John Houston’s The Bible.

Parks was most well known for his portrayal of Earl McGraw in Kill Bill.

Quentin Tarantino cast him in other of his movies and he was also a favorite of Kevin Smith.

Upon hearing of Park’s death Smith stated on Instagram that he wrote Red State and Tusk purposefully for Park to play in, saying, “Parks brought out the absolute best in me every time he got near my set.”

Star Wars Celebration Offers Carrier Fisher Tribute

Star Wars Celebration began on Thursday.

This year’s is extra big due to May 25 being the 40th anniversary of A New Hope’s release.

As part of the festivities, Star Wars released a special tribute to Carrie Fisher.

Her death on December 27 still leaves a void for many fans, but she’ll always be a treasured memory for generations yet to come.

Below is the tribute that Star Wars shared Thursday, have tissues ready.

Don Rickles, Dead at 90

Comedian and actor Don Rickles died on April 6, from kidney failure. He was 90.

Born on May 8, 1926, in Queens, New York, Rickles joined the US Navy as soon as he graduated from high school. He served aboard the USS Cyrene through World War II.

After the war, he took acting classes and tried to make a career as an actor, but struggled to find work. This led Rickles to try being a stand up comic, however he didn’t like being heckled and would aim insults at anyone who did. Ironically, that is what started spreading his name, as his comebacks and insults were funnier than his stand up. Then in Florida, Frank Sinatra caught his show and loved it, so he began telling everyone about Rickles. After that Rickles became famous as an insult comic.

In 1958, he began a film career, bringing his comedic relief to many films and TV shows. Through the years he continued gaining roles that kept him a part of each generation. As much as many of his older roles were memorable, his voice work as Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Stories series, may be the most lasting.

Wherever you knew Rickles from, his memory will be enduring.