If you die between January 1 and the Academy Awards, do you have to wait until next year’s "In Memoriam" montage?
[Look, we have a cold, we feel like a pound of marshmallows has been stuffed into our sinuses â€” tomorrow, maybe, we’ll be able to manage good taste.]
Richard Bright, 1937-2006.
It may not mean too much to many at first sight, but Richard Bright was killed in New York a few days ago. As he was crossing the street at 86th and Columbus a bus came round the corner and struck him. He was dead by the time he got to the hospital. For those who do know who Richard Bright was, the report is somewhere between sinister and ironic. You see, Richard Bright was one of the great assassins from the movies. He was Al Neri in the "Godfather" pictures. Al Neri was a silent arranger of disappearances. An innocent bus would have been to his taste.
â€” David Thomson, Independent
Don Knotts, 1924-2006.
I had of course grown up, along with the rest of my generation, vicariously living the simple rural 1960s life of the young Opie Taylor (he grew up to be movie mogul Ron Howard), skipping barefoot toward that fishin’ hole every single week, alongside his endlessly wise and patient dad, Andy.
Opie (and, by extrapolation, Andy) was, I guess, who I aspired to be.
But it was Barney who I secretly started to suspect I was destined to become.
â€” Rob Salem, Toronto Star
Darren McGavin, 1922-2006.
Mr. McGavin was not particularly proud of Mike Hammer,
describing him to a reporter in 1968 as "a dummy." "I made 72 of those
shows and I thought it was a comedy," he said. "In fact I played it
camp. He was the kind of guy who would have waved the flag for George Wallace."
â€” Nadine Brozan, New York Times
Dennis Weaver, 1924-2006.
For a generation of TV viewers, Dennis Weaver was the West.
The lanky, Missouri-born Weaver, who died Friday of cancer at age 81, was introduced to us in the most popular Western of all time, "Gunsmoke," which still airs on TV Land. He would go on to play many, varied roles in a string of successful series and movies. But as befitted a dedicated environmentalist, he would always be most identified with the outdoors – and most often, with horses.
â€” Robert Bianco, USA Today