Dick Van Patten passed away today at the age of 86 due to complications from diabetes according to Variety. He is best known for playing the patriarch on Eight is Enough, but that was not enough for his acting career. He did several commercials, guest star roles and starred in several of Mel Brooks movies like Space Balls and High Anxiety.
In his later years, he devoted a lot of time to animals. He created Natural Balance Pet Foods
and National Guide Dog Month.
So today let’s keep the spirit of one of the greatest television dads alive, by watching one of his many many roles and commercials.
Anne Meara passed away yesterday at the age of 85 according to the AP. The actress/comedian spent 61 years married to her comedy partner Jerry Stiller and even longer making us laugh. The two of them brought their act to the talk shows of the ’60s and ’70s. They worked together and they worked apart. Her TV resume included Archie Bunker’s Place, Rhoda, Alf, All My Children and Sex and the City, and her films include Fame, Reality Bites and Night at the Museum. The projects she was most proud of were her children Amy and Ben Stiller.
Today, let her make you laugh as you watch one of her many many many brilliant roles.
Legendary Blues Man B.B. King passed away in his sleep yesterday at the age of 89. The King of Blues had a way of working his guitar like no man on Earth can. He would plays his hits like Lucille, The Thrill is Gone, Rock Me Baby, Ain’t Nobody’s Business and so many more and you were transfixed into his world. Even though he played the Blues, you were never blue when you heard his music until today.
So sit back and watch/listen to a true artist do his thing to keep his incredible spirit alive.
Ellen Albertini Dow passed away yesterday at the age of 101 according to Deadline. While most actors start working before they are old enough to drink, she waited until she was in her 70’s to begin her career. Even though she started later in life, she still had a career that most actors dream of having.
Ellen did several guest starring roles on television, including three different characters on The Golden Girls before Adam Sandler cast her in The Wedding Singer. In 1994, she became known as the rapping grandmother, but roles in movies like 54 and Wedding Crashers proved she was so much more than that.
If you look at her IMDB page, you will see she barely stopped working from the moment she started. She worked up until she was almost 3 digits, and there aren’t that many professions that allow you to do that or more importantly make you want to work until you are almost 100.
So today, watch one of her many many roles and let them bring a smile to your face because that was her specialty. Let’s keep her vibrant spirit alive.
I said a hip hop, Hippie to the hippie, The hip, hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it!
Ben E King passed away yesterday at the of 76 years old according to The Telegraph. He started his career out as the lead singer of The Drifters before going out on his own. When he went solo, he released a song that we know every word to and that tune is Stand By Me. Other songs we know him for are Spanish Harlem, There’s Goes My Baby, This Magic Moment and Save the Last Dance for Me.
He was still performing live up until last year, and sounding as good as he did when he started out on the road.
So today save a last dance for someone you love to remember Ben E King and keep his beautiful music alive. Stand by him for one last time.
Ben Powers passed away at the age of 64 on April 6th according to his obituary at Auclair Funeral Home. He is best known for playing Thelma’s husband, Keith Anderson, on Good Times. He also had several guest starring roles on other TV shows, including co-starring in Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.
Keep Powers legacy alive by watching the show that made him star on TV One and Antenna TV.
Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease according to The NY Times. The legendary actor is best known for playing Spock on Star Trek. A role that was only legendary because of the way he played it.
He had several other TV roles throughout his career, including guest starring on Fringe that introduced him to a new generation of SciFi fans. Besides doing television and movies, he was singer and appeared in a few music videos.
So today, let’s honor the man that touched all of our lives and tell everyone to live long and prosper just like he did.
Lesley Gore passed away today at the age of 68 from lung cancer according her partner of 33 years. She is best known for taking It’s My Party to #1 when she was just 16 years old. She followed that song up with You Don’t Own Me, That’s Where the Boys Are, Maybe I Know and Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows. She also tried her hand at acting and starred in two episodes of the original Batman as Pussycat.
So today let’s keep her spirit alive and belt out It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To, Cry If I Want To, Cry If I Want To in honor of her great legacy!
Joe Cocker’s raspy voice was silenced today after a bout with lung cancer according to ITV. The 70 year old singer was known for his bluesy rendition of The Beatles’ With a Little From My Friends, his sex-filled tune You Can Leave Your Hat On, his loving duet Up Where We Belong and the way he swooned us with You Are So Beautiful. It wasn’t as much the songs he sang, but the way he sung them. They made you feel at love and at peace. That is where he is now. And Joe you can take your hat off, you earned it!
So today remember him by listening to one of the amazing songs his presence on here on Earth granted us to keep his soulful voice alive.
Carol Ann Susi passed away yesterday at the age of 62 from a short bout with an aggressive form of cancer according to The LA Times. The actress is best known for playing the never been seen, but definitely been heard Mrs Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory. To me, she will always be the intern who drove Kolchak crazy on Kolchak the Night Stalker. Then others will remember her from her many guest appearances on shows like Seinfeld, Night Court, Growing Pains, Married with Children, Grey’s Anatomy, Becker and so many more.
No matter where you know her from, today honor her spirit that is as big as her voice by watching one of her many roles.