John Wooden, Dead at 99
Published by Toronto Mike on June 4, 2010 @ 23:51 in Celebrity Deaths
John Wooden was 99. He was college basketball's gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood who built one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever.
Rue McClanahan, Dead at 76
Published by Toronto Mike on June 3, 2010 @ 14:00 in Celebrity Deaths
Rue McClanahan was 76. She was the actress known for her roles as the blowzy best friend Vivian on "Maude" and as the prowling Southern belle Blanche on "The Golden Girls."
Dennis Hopper, Dead at 74
Published by Toronto Mike on May 30, 2010 @ 14:41 in Celebrity Deaths
Dennis Hopper was 74. He was the actor best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic "Easy Rider."
I loved him in True Romance.
And as Shooter in Hoosiers.
Gary Coleman, Dead at 42
Published by Toronto Mike on May 30, 2010 @ 14:25 in Celebrity Deaths
Gary Coleman was 42. He was the child star best known for his stint on "Diff'rent Strokes," which aired from 1978 to 1986.
I loved Diff'rent Strokes as a kid, but I was first introduced to Gary Coleman in The Kid with the 200 I.Q.
Whatchu talkin' bout, everyone.
Art Linkletter, Dead at 97
Published by Toronto Mike on May 26, 2010 @ 15:50 in Celebrity Deaths
Art Linkletter was 97. He was host of People Are Funny, House Party and Kids Say The Darndest Things.
Jose Lima, Dead at 37
Published by Toronto Mike on May 23, 2010 @ 21:21 in Celebrity Deaths
Jose Lima was 37. He was an All-Star right-hander who spent 13 years in the major leagues, going 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 35 starts for the NL Central champion Houston Astros in 1999.
Ronnie James Dio, Dead at 67
Published by Toronto Mike on May 16, 2010 @ 18:52 in Celebrity Deaths
Ronnie James Dio was 67. He was a singer with the bands Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, whose powerful, semioperatic vocal style and attachment to demonic imagery made him one of the best-loved figures in classic heavy metal.
If you want to see some great Dio footage, watch "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey". Here's my review of that very cool documentary. And here's the very cool documentary itself.
Charlie Francis, Dead at 61
Published by Toronto Mike on May 12, 2010 @ 21:07 in Celebrity Deaths
Charlie Francis was 61. He was the sprint coach most noteworthy for being the trainer of sprinter Ben Johnson, the first competitor to be stripped of an Olympic gold medal for using banned drugs, and sprinters Angella Issajenko, Mark McKoy and Desai Williams. Francis was banned by Athletics Canada following his admissions at the 1989 Dubin inquiry that he had introduced Johnson to steroids.
Lena Horne, Dead at 92
Published by Toronto Mike on May 10, 2010 @ 08:40 in Celebrity Deaths
Lena Horne was 92. She was the enchanting jazz singer and actress who reviled the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, slowing her rise to Broadway superstardom.
In 1943, MGM Studios loaned her to 20th Century-Fox to play the role of Selina Rogers in the all-black movie musical "Stormy Weather." Her rendition of the title song became a major hit and her signature piece.
Gwyn "Jocko" Thomas, Dead at 96
Published by Toronto Mike on May 5, 2010 @ 20:02 in Celebrity Deaths
Gwyn "Jocko" Thomas was 96. He was the Toronto Star's chief police reporter for 60 years.