David Mills, Dead at 48
Published by Toronto Mike on March 31, 2010 @ 19:38 in Celebrity Deaths, The Wire
David Mills was 48. He was the award-winning TV writer and producer whose credits included celebrated series such as The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street and ER.
I will be eternally grateful for his collaborations with David Simon, especially The Wire, The Greatest Show On Television, Ever™.
Eric Tunney, Dead at 45
Published by Toronto Mike on March 28, 2010 @ 21:08 in Celebrity Deaths
Eric Tunney was 45. He was the comedian best known as Ed the Sock's co-host following the departure of Harland Williams and prior to the arrival of Humble Howard Glassman.
I couldn't find any video of Eric Tunney hosting Ed the Sock, but I did find this clip of him hosting Switchback back in 1987. Switchback was a CBC music show that, coincidentally enough, was also hosted by Humble Howard at one point. The Eric Tunney I remember was a little older than this guy and always dressed in a suit and tie.
Although Eric's death has not yet been reported by the MSM, tweets from reliable sources assure me this sad news is true. Watch Eric Tunney's Comedy Now special here.
Robert Culp, Dead at 79
Published by Toronto Mike on March 24, 2010 @ 18:57 in Celebrity Deaths
Robert Culp was 79. He was the actor best known as Kelly Robinson in the '60s TV show I Spy and more recently as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond.
I knew him best as Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero.
Fess Parker, Dead at 85
Published by Toronto Mike on March 18, 2010 @ 15:51 in Celebrity Deaths
Fess Parker was 85. He was the actor who played Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.
I came within a Y chromosome have having a son named Daniel Boon.
Alex Chilton, Dead at 59
Published by Toronto Mike on March 18, 2010 @ 11:18 in Celebrity Deaths
Alex Chilton was 59. He was the singer and guitarist who rose to prominence in Big Star and The Box Tops.
Dan Achen, Dead at 51
Published by Toronto Mike on March 17, 2010 @ 14:30 in Celebrity Deaths
Dan Achen was 51. He was lead guitarist for the Hamilton rock band Junkhouse.
Peter Graves, Dead at 83
Published by Toronto Mike on March 14, 2010 @ 20:49 in Celebrity Deaths
Peter Graves was 83. He was the actor best known for his starring role in the television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973, and its revival, from 1988 to 1990.
I'll always remember him as Captain Clarence Oveur from Airplane!
Merlin Olsen, Dead at 69
Published by Toronto Mike on March 12, 2010 @ 07:57 in Celebrity Deaths
Merlin Olsen was 69. He was a member of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" in the 1960s, along with Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier. He later starred on NFL broadcasts, commercials, and the TV series "Little House on the Prairie" and "Father Murphy."
Corey Haim, Dead at 38
Published by Toronto Mike on March 10, 2010 @ 08:44 in Celebrity Deaths
Corey Haim was 38. He was the Toronto actor who starred in such films as "Lucas", "The Lost Boys" and "License to Drive". Locals will remember him as Larry on "The Edison Twins" before he shot to fame in the mid-to-late 80s.
Growing up in this city, it seemed like everyone had a Corey Haim connection. Every one of us was two degrees of separation from him or closer, and we all heard the stories. Here's a little something I wrote about Corey Haim back in 2006.
To Corey's friends and family in this city, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I always liked the guy and rooted for him to slay his demons.
Mark Linkous, Dead at 47
Published by Toronto Mike on March 7, 2010 @ 14:33 in Celebrity Deaths
Mark Linkous was 47. He was the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist for the alternative rock band Sparklehorse.
Here's Sparklehorse's appropriately titled "Sick of Goodbyes".