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Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

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Uncle Samson!  If you like Ed Wynn, you must watch the short film on YouTube "The Man In The Funny Suit".  It is a companion to the Playhouse 90 original version of "Requiem For A Heavyweight".  I saw both at a screening at UCLA and the audience was left speechless.

My best friend eats breakfast every morning in the Morning Star Cafe on 2nd Avenue and 50th Street in Manhattan. I told him to tell the owners about "Marjorie Morningstar" and that Herman Wouk is still alive. Incidentally, my pal graduated from Hunter College, just like Marjorie!

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On 5/18/2019 at 9:50 AM, lavenderblue19 said:

Herman Wouk wrote Marjorie Morningstar, one of my favorite novels when I was a teenager. Such a talented man. I've read that although the physical  appearance of Captain Queeg in the brilliant Caine Mutiny was changed for the film, he didn't mind since he felt that Bogart's portrayal was his best performance and wonderful.

His heartfelt feelings for his Jewish heritage were an important part of his storytelling. A gifted and talented writer and an important contributor to literature.

RIP Herman Wouk

 

On 5/18/2019 at 10:46 AM, Princess of Tap said:

I always loved Ed Wynn's beautiful portrayal of the uncle in " Marjorie Morningstar ".

As it just so happens, in the area of crazy timing, I saw Marjorie morningstar on DVD last week. A wonderful film with a sublime cast.

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2 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

 

As it just so happens, in the area of crazy timing, I saw Marjorie morningstar on DVD last week. A wonderful film with a sublime cast.

I've always liked the film so much and it's such a shame that TCM no longer shows it. I've requested it many times. So true Cinema, the cast is great in Marjorie Morningstar. Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly, Claire Trevor, Ed Wynn( a very touching performance) Martin Milner,Martin Balsam and Carolyn Jones. The novel by Herman Wouk ends differently than the film's ending. I think because there's about a 20 year plus difference between when the novel and film take place, that may have played a part in the different ending. I wonder if Mr. Wouk was happy with the film, I hope so.

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Sorry to hear this. I remember her as teen star on the rise in the 60s. Not sure what happened to her.

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‘Godfather’ Actor Carmine Caridi Dies at 85

 

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Carmine Caridi, the actor best-known for portraying Carmine Rosato in “The Godfather: Part II,” has died. He was 85.

Caridi died on Tuesday after being in a coma at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, his reps confirmed to Variety. TMZ first reported the news.

“From broadway, to film and television, Carmine spent over six decades entertaining audiences, and nothing made him happier,” his reps said in a statement. “His talent, wit, warmth, and charm will be missed. Carmine passed peacefully, surrounded by friends and family, yesterday afternoon at Cedars Sinai Hospital.”

His character in “The Godfather: Part II,” Carmine Rosato, played a key role in the territorial feud with Frank Pentangeli, played by Michael V. Gazzo. Studio executive Robert Evans said in his 1994 memoir “The Kid Stays in the Picture” that Caridi was director Francis Ford Coppola’s first choice for the role of Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather.” However, Evans, he said in the book, thought Caridi was too tall for the role, which instead went to James Caan.

The veteran actor also appeared in “The Godfather: Part III” as a different character, Albert Volpe, an investor in Michael Corleone’s casinos who is killed in an attack at a hotel in Atlantic City. He also starred in TV shows including “Phyllis,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Taxi,” “NYPD Blue” as Detective Vince Gotelli and “Fame” as Angelo Martelli.

In 2004, Caridi became the first person to be expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was ousted for circulating screeners of movies vying for Oscar attention. Caridi and Russell Sprague were also sued by Sony and Time Warner on civil charges of copyright infringement. Caridi was cleared of wrongdoing.

 

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I haven't seen "The Godfather Part III" in a long time, but it was easy to guess that Caridi's character was killed in the movie. He was seated near oranges in the scene below -- usually a harbinger of bad news in the film series.

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Bob Dorian, Presenter of Classic Movies on AMC, Dies at 85

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Bob Dorian, the amiable TV host who introduced cable viewers to movies of yesteryear back when AMC was known as American Movie Classics, died June 15 in Florida, his family announced. He was 85.

Dorian started out as an actor and a magician (the Amazing Dorian), and his voice was heard on a tape recorder that resurrects a demon in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead (1981).

He also had a recurring role on one of AMC's first original series, Remember WENN, which premiered in 1996 and was set at a fictional Pittsburgh radio station in the late 1930s, and appeared in the Woody Allen films The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) and Hollywood Ending (2002).

Ten years before Turner Classic Movies, American Movie Classics launched in October 1984 as a premium cable channel that licensed and aired old films uncut and without commercials 24 hours a day. Execs were looking for announcers to introduce the features, and a producer recommended Dorian, he recalled in a 2009 interview.

"Among the people they were looking at at the time were two Broadway actors, a well-known TV film critic and a few others who were more involved in writing as a profession," he said. "After call backs, I heard the powers that be had been thinking of pairing the TV critic and me as a sort of Siskel & Ebert duo. Interestingly, one of the AMC execs said, 'Wait a minute. The critic might not be too crazy about some of the films we've brought in. This guy Dorian likes everything!' That was it."

Dorian served as AMC's primetime host, and Nick Clooney (George's father, singer Rosemary's brother) and Gene Klavan introduced pictures during the daytime.

In 1998, AMC began inserting commercials into the films and then broadened its focus beyond features, eventually leading to original series like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Dorian left the network in 2001.

Born Robert Vierengel in Brooklyn on April 19, 1934, he said he always loved the movies.

"As soon as I could go by myself, I would imitate the people. I thought I was Cary Grant, I thought I was Jack Benny or whoever it was," he told the Baltimore Sun in 1995. "When I was 9, I went for my first suit. I wanted a black suit, and my father said, 'Why do you want a black suit?' I said: "It looks like a tuxedo. I'll look like Fred Astaire.' "

The Hollywood Reporter

 

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Billy Drago (November 30, 1945 - June 24, 2019) - American actor of unique appearance who frequently played crooks, killers and assorted weirdos. His most famous role came in 1987 as Frank Nitti in The Untouchables. Among his more memorable roles were in Vamp (1986), Pale Rider (1985), and The Hills Have Eyes remake in 2006. He amassed over a hundred film and TV credits in his 40-year career.

 

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Edith Scob (October 21, 1937 - June 26, 2019) - French actress best known for her featured role in Eyes Without a Face (1960), playing the masked, disfigured daughter of the film's main character. She also made appearances in Judex (1963), The Milky Way (1969), Time Regained (1999), and Holy Motors (2012). She amassed over a hundred film and TV credits in her 60-year career.

 

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Max Wright (August 2, 1943 - June 26, 2019) - American actor in film and television, best known for his co-starring role in TV's ALF (1986-1990). Wright also appeared in several films of note, including All That Jazz (1979), Reds (1981), and Snow Falling on Cedars (1999).

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5 hours ago, sagebrush said:

Arte Johnson passed away on July 3rd at the age of 90

Very interesting.

Sad, but interesting.

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This isn't a death notice yet, but its not looking good for former 70s child actress Denise Nickerson, who was famed for playing the gum-chewing blueberry girl Violet Beauregarde in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I saw that she was removed from life support :(

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13 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

This isn't a death notice yet, but its not looking good for former 70s child actress Denise Nickerson, who was famed for playing the gum-chewing blueberry girl Violet Beauregarde in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I saw that she was removed from life support :(

She did pass away on July 10th. ~RiP

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/denise-nickerson-dead-willy-wonka-chocolate-factory-violet-actress-was-62-1223701

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