Guru, Dead at 43
Published by Toronto Mike on April 20, 2010 @ 08:54 in Celebrity Deaths
Keith "Guru" Elam was 43. He and DJ Premier formed Gang Starr, one of the top hip hop crews of the 1990s.
I remember picking up Daily Operation at the Sam the Record Man at Yonge and Dundas back in '92.
Peter Steele, Dead at 48
Published by Toronto Mike on April 15, 2010 @ 09:22 in Celebrity Deaths
Peter Steele was 48. He was the vocalist and bassist of heavy metal band Type O Negative.
Here's a nice cover they did of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl".
Dixie Carter, Dead at 70
Published by Toronto Mike on April 10, 2010 @ 22:48 in Celebrity Deaths
Dixie Carter was 70. She was the actress best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on the sitcom "Designing Women."
I remember her well as Maggie McKinney on Diff'rent Strokes.
Malcolm McLaren, Dead at 64
Published by Toronto Mike on April 8, 2010 @ 15:30 in Celebrity Deaths
Malcolm McLaren was 64. He was the former manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls.
John Forsythe, Dead at 92
Published by Toronto Mike on April 2, 2010 @ 14:57 in Celebrity Deaths
John Forsythe was 92. He was the actor best known as the voice of "Charlie" in the original television series "Charlie's Angels" and the two feature films, "Charlie's Angels" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." He also portrayed Blake Carrington in "Dynasty."
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.