Chuck Barris passed away yesterday at the age of 87 from natural causes according to Variety.
Long before there was Star Search, The Voice, American Idol and all those other talent shows, there was The Gong Show. It was created and hosted by Chuck Farris and he brought his own wacky flair to the show. Before he starred in his own game show, he had created The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. Shows that either still air in syndication to this day or have been or will be rebooted. This summer The Gong Show returns to ABC with Will Arnett as the host.
Besides changing game shows forever, his “autobiographical” book Confessions of a Dangerous Mind became a big screen lauded film with Sam Rockwell starring as him in 2002. In the story, he claimed to be a CIA Assassin, something he later denied. A secret he took to his grave with him.
Today, you can honor him by rewatching that movie or re/discovering The Gong Show, The Dating Game or The Newlywed Game.
Chuck Berry passed away today at the age of 90 in St. Charles County, Missouri according to ABC News.
Before there was Elvis Presley, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones there was Chuck Berry. He is one of the forefathers of Rock’n’Roll and his legacy will live on with his huge library of hits like Maybellene, Sweet Little Sixteen, Johnny B Goode and Roll Over Beethoven.
Even though he hadn’t released an album since in almost 40 years, he was still touring and playing his tunes up until 2014. In fact, the Nonagenarian was working on an album to celebrate his 9 decades on this Earth. As of now no other details have been released about it, but hopefully it will still get released.
Today, let us remember the Father of Rock’n’Roll by dancing to his music, I am sure he would like that way.
Before there was Judge Judy, Judge Alex and Judge Hatchett, there was Judge Joseph Wapner who hosted People’s Court from 1981-1993. Today, he passed away at the age of 97 according to TMZ. Before he was a televsion Judge he served on the LA Superior Court for 18 years before retiring from the bench in 1979.
The television Judge is survived by his wife Mickey of 70 years and two sons.
Bill Paxton passed away today at the age of 61 from complications due to heart surgery according to TMZ.
His people released this statement about his death, “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.”
While CBS and Warner Bros released this statement about the actor who was currently starring on their show Training Day, “We are shocked and deeply saddened this morning by the news of Bill Paxton’s passing. Bill was, of course, a gifted and popular actor with so many memorable roles on film and television. His colleagues at CBS and Warner Bros. Television will also remember a guy who lit up every room with infectious charm, energy, and warmth, and as a great storyteller who loved to share entertaining anecdotes and stories about his work. All of us here offer our deepest sympathy to his wife, Louise, and his two children.”
Paxton had a presence on the screen in movies like Weird Science, Twister, Aliens and Titanic to name a few, so when we saw the news today we feel like we lost someone we know well. He might not be with us, but his presence is still felt on the big and small screen. When it comes to that he was starring in the small screen version of the big screen version Training Day that airs on Thursday nights on CBS at 10p. Even though show is currently airing, all the ordered episodes have been filmed. No decision on the show’s future has been made because it is too early in the show’s run.
Today, remember him for the great actor and man he was.
Mary Tyler Moore has passed away today most likely due complications of Diabetes. Her rep told The Huffington Post, “Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”
That she did via two of the greatest sitcoms of all time. She became a household name when she starred as housewife Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961-1966. Four years later, she fronted a show with her name in the title and made us love her even more as newswoman Mary Richards.
She didn’t only do comedy she starred in Ordinary People in 1980 and was honored with her only Oscar nom. Sadly, that was the same year her only child died by an accidental gun shot.
Even as the Diabetes was slowly destroying her body, she kept on acting. Her last role was on Hot in Cleveland when she reunited wither MTM co-stars in 2013.
Those are just her roles, but her legacy and laughter will live on forever. She was an inspirational woman for little girls over the last 5 decades. Any girl who watched her on MTM knew they could make it after all just like her. I know I have ever since I saw her throw her hat off for the very time back when I was just toddler.
She was the type of actress, you just wanted to know and we feel like we knew her. So her death is breaking our hearts. But keep in mind, she will live on forever with her shows and movies. In fact, you can watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show every Sunday night on Me TV (like I do) or The Dick Van Dyke Show on Cozi TV every Saturday. Or just watch them online like I will be spending the next few days doing.