Marlon Brando was 80. He revolutionized American acting with his Method performances in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront" and went on to create the iconic characterization of Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather".
"The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part 2" are two of my favourite movies of all time. I own the trilogy on DVD and often return to the first two to revisit Don Vito Corleone and his family. Brando played the role perfectly.
It's also worth noting that Steve had Brando in our Dead Pool and scored a solid twenty points as a result. He's now in second and has bumped me to third.
Ray Charles was 73. He was the Grammy-winning crooner who blended gospel and blues in such crowd-pleasers as "What'd I Say" and ballads like "Georgia on My Mind".
A friend of mine recently gave me his record player and a few records. I hooked this record player up in my basement and began spinning Ray Charles. The man had a gift and will be missed.
Ronald Reagan was 93. He was the 40th President of the United States of America.
Back in September of 2000, my brothers and I drafted our Dead Pool. We each selected 15 living celebrities and we receive points every time the celebrity we drafted passes away. The points awarded for each death is 100 minus the age of the celebrity when they die. All three of us had Ronald Reagan and we each got seven points today.
Admittedly, this is a morbid contest, but it's the reason for the rather popular Dead Pool page. If you're curious, only two people were selected by all three of us; Reagan and Pope John Paul II.
Brian Linehan was 58. He was the puckish, always-confident TV personality and interviewer of both Canadian and Hollywood stars.
A fixture on Canadian television, I remember him well both from his City-TV show City Lights and Martin Short's satire of him on SCTV. In the very early 90s I saw him in a park near Runnymede and Bloor and exchanged nods with him.
Richard Biggs was 44. He played Dr. Stephen Franklin on "Babylon 5" and also had a long run on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives".
Tony Randall was 84. He was the comic actor best known for playing fastidious photographer Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple".
Anna Lee was 91. Her nearly 70-year acting career in movies and television spanned from her breakthrough role in "How Green Was My Valley" to an extended run on "General Hospital".
John Whitehead was 55. He was a prominent R&B artist best known for the 1979 hit song "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now".
Alan King was 76. His tirades against everyday suburban life grew into a long comedy career in nightclubs and television that he later expanded to Broadway and character roles in movies.
Clement Dodd was 72. He was a pioneer of reggae credited with launching the career of Bob Marley and the Wailers.
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