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    RIP, Christopher Plummer

    One of Canada's greatest actors, probably ever, has left us at 91. Christopher Plummer played myriad roles on stage, cinema, and television. They ranged from memorable performances in Shakespearean roles, including one of the most highly regarded Lears of recent years, to popular screen fare...
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    RIP, Rebecca Luker

    That's a bummer to see on Christmas Day. Rebecca Luker, a singer and actress with three Tony nominations for her work on Broadway as well as a long list of TV appearances, passed away at 59. She recently announced that she had ALS but cause of death is not mentioned in the Globe's obit...
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    RIP, John Le Carre, 1931-2020

    I have just learned via the BBC on Twitter that the great English novelist John Le Carre has passed away at 89. He has been a favorite of mine since high school and I have sadly not read his last few novels. He is, of course, best known as a writer of spy fiction, with The Spy Who Came In from...
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    RIP, Dave Prowse, the man behind the mask

    One of the things that made the original Star Wars trilogy memorable, and that the prequels and sequels have never quite nailed, was its main onscreen villain. Darth Vader, the enforcer of the Galactic Empire, was a powerful presence right from the moment he first appeared in Star Wars in 1977...
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    Connery, Sean Connery - RIP at 90

    Sir Sean Connery did not start out playing James Bond. His first acting role was in a West End production of Rogers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, and his first on-screen lead (after working as an extra and supporting player) was in Blood Money, a BBC version of Requiem for a Heavyweight...
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    RIP John Turner

    He may not have lasted long as PM, but John Turner was a very influential figure in Canadian politics from the sixties through to the nineties. He held various cabinet portfolios under Trudeau, Sr., including Justice and Finance. In the latter role, he was the last finance minister to run a...
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    Clear the track, here goes Eddie Shack!

    While I am not really big into pro sports, I was a hockey fan for a time as a kid. And one of the players who inevitably got attention in that era was the flamboyant, fun Eddie Shack. His reputation as a funnyman and entertainer belied his strength as a player and he scored the winner when the...
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    Rock and Roll will never die ... but it will also never be the same

    Little Richard is nothing short of a musical legend. He helped found and shape rock and roll in its early years and was a presence throughout much of its history. The songs he pounded out on his piano live on. Sadly, this pioneer of twentieth century music has taken his leave of the world at...
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    RIP, Marie Fredriksson (Roxette)

    Swedish power pop duo Roxette was a major force in pop music in the late eighties and into the nineties. Consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, they had a string of hits, including the powerful 'It Must Have Been Love" which came to fame through the soundtrack for the Julia Roberts hit...
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    John Mann (Spirit of the West), 1962-2019

    Fans of the great band Spirit of the West knew this day was coming but it's still saddening. John Mann, lead singer and one of the main songwriters for the band has succumbed to early onset Alzheimer's at 57. He wrote or co-wrote most of the band's music and his distinctive voice was a key part...
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    "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

    Those were the last words of Roy Batty, played by Dutch actor Rutger Hauer in the eighties s-f classic Bladerunner. Now Hauer himself has taken his leave of the world, passing away at the age of 75. I was a fan of Hauer back in the day, enjoying his performances in a variety of roles and films...
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    RIP Andre Previn

    Pianist (in both classical and jazz), composer, conductor Andre Previn has left the world at 89. Born in Germany as Prewin, his Jewish family fled first to Paris and then finally Los Angeles to escape the Nazis. Once in LA, he started his piano career in Hollywood. He moved easily among styles...
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    RIP, Beard Guy (Walk Off the Earth)

    No. This is not what I expected or wanted to see on Twitter tonight. Mike Taylor of Walk Off the Earth, better known to fans as "Beard Guy," died in his sleep last night. No cause known yet nor do they mention his age. He's the father of two children, one of whom appeared in the band's Christmas...
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    Anthony Bourdain, RIP

    I used to watch Anthony Bourdain when I had more than a basic cable package. He had several shows on various cable channels over the years but the format remained roughly the same. His latest series was on CNN and called Parts Unknown. The key thing about Bourdain, a trained chef, was that he...
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    Any other Night Court fans on here?

    Sad news for those of us who are. Harry Anderson, who starred as Judge Harry Stone on the show has passed away at 65. 'Night Court' actor Harry Anderson dies in Asheville Anderson was a very funny, entertaining actor and also a professional magician. He was kind of the ringmaster of one of the...
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    Moody blue news

    It's news about the Moody Blues and it makes me moody and blue, so the title works two ways. Just found out that Ray Thomas, a founding member of British rock band The Moody Blues, passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 76. No cause given but he did battle prostate cancer in 2013. The...
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    The big band in the sky just got a whole lot LOUDER!

    We knew this was coming ever since he stepped away from his guitar due to dementia, but Malcolm Young, co-founder with his brother Angus of legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has passed away. I suppose some may question honouring the co-writer of Highway to Hell and Hell's Bells on a religious...
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    91 years, 1000 women, what's that average out to? - RIP, Hef

    One of the cultural legends of the boomer era is gone. Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, passed away at 91. Hugh Hefner, Who Built Playboy Empire and Embodied It, Dies at 91 On the one hand, his frankness about sex and relatively liberal leaning (Playboy editorially supported women's rights...
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