Wes Craven passed away today at the age of 76 from brain cancer according to The Hollywood Reporter. For decades, he made us Scream and not only because he created the Scream franchise. He is also the man who haunted our nightmares with The Nightmare on Elm Street. Before there was Freddy, there was The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes and Swamp Thing, and afterwards there was The People Under the Stairs, Music of the Heart and My Soul to Take. He is the man who changed horror, and he made it even better. His legacy will last on as long as there are people screaming in the movie theaters and that will be forever. So tonight, dream a little dream with Wes Craven and watch one of his many magnificent films that changed the Ghostface, I mean, face of films forever.
NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford passed away today a week before his 85th birthday according to Today. In his younger life, he was known for being a wide receiver and a halfback for the NY Giants. After he retired from the game, he become a sports broadcaster. But most people today, know him as Kathie Lee Gifford‘s husband. Ever since they married in 1986, she always talked about her relationship to him on the air, so we feel like we’ve known him. Today, we mourn him with her. She simply Tweeted, “Deeply grateful to all 4 ur outpouring of grace. We r steadfast in our faith & finding comfort in knowing where Frank is. Phillippians 4:13.”
So let’s give him one more touchdown, and watch some his greatest moments on YouTube.
Alex Rocco passed away yesterday at the age of 79 according to his daughter Jennifer, who wrote a beautiful poem in his honor. Rocco started working in the mid-60’s and he never stopped. The actor was known for his gravely voice that made him sound tough, but he still came off as loveable. He is best known for playing Moe Green in The Godfather. Others of us know him for playing Jo’s dad on The Facts of Life and Matt LeBlanc’s father in Episodes. These are just a few of the many many many roles he played his long career that included drama, comedies and everything else in between.
So today pick a movie or television show or both to rewatch his brilliant work and keep that bigger than life spirit alive.
Amanda Peterson passed away this week at the age of 43, just says before her 44th birthday, and the cause of her death is unknown at this point according to TMZ.
The actress is best known for Can’t Buy Me A Love, a movie that made many girls, like me, wish they were her. While this is her most famous role, she starred in many other productions like Annie, Explorers, A Year in the Life, Fatal Charm and Windrunner to name a few.
Today let’s keep her beautiful spirit alive and watch one of many roles over again.
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.