In Memoriam

Mickey Rooney, Dead at 93

Mickey RooneyMickey Rooney was 93. He was the actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances spanned nearly his entire lifetime.

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David Brenner, Dead at 78

David BrennerDavid Brenner was 78. He was the lanky, toothy-grinned "Tonight Show" favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other standups, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser.

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Harold Ramis, Dead at 69

Harold RamisHarold Ramis was 69. He was the actor, writer and director best known for Meatballs, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This. He was also the original head writer of SCTV and one of three screenwriters for National Lampoon's Animal House.

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Jim Fregosi, Dead at 71

Jim FregosiJim Fregosi was 71. He was the former Blue Jays manager and all-star shortstop who managed the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1993 World Series.

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Ralph Waite, Dead at 85

Ralph WaiteRalph Waite was 85. He was the actor best known as John Walton Sr. on the warmhearted 1970s TV series The Waltons.

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Sid Caesar, Dead at 91

Sid CaesarSid Caesar was 91. He was the comedic actor best known for the television series Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, and as Coach Calhoun in Grease.

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Shirley Temple, Dead at 85

Shirley TempleShirley Temple was 85. She was the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers.

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Ralph Kiner, Dead at 91

In MemoriumRalph Kiner was 91. He hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won or tied for the National League lead in homers in each of his first seven seasons.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dead at 46

In MemoriumPhilip Seymour Hoffman was 46. He was the actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Capote but was always amazing.

Seriously. He was fantastic in Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Happiness, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous, Punch-Drunk Love, 25th Hour, Owning Mahowny, Charlie Wilson's War, Synecdoche, New York, Doubt, The Savages, Moneyball, The Ides of March, The Master and more.

Here's my five favourite Philip Seymour Hoffman movies. He was one of my absolute favourite actors.

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Pete Seeger, Dead at 94

In MemoriumPete Seeger was 94. He was the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change. Seeger's best known songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)."

I strongly urge you to seek out the documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song for more on this extraordinary individual. The world will miss Pete Seeger.


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