The Artist was never an easy sell. A black-and-white silent film made in 2011? With a cast of French actors unknown in America? A big part of what helped this unique project crossover with U.S. audiences, connect with viewers all over the world, and even win an Oscar for Best Picture was Uggie, the adorable Jack Russell Terrier owned by the film’s main character.
This is a pretty huge blow to fans of wrestling, but also to fans of awesome humans in general. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the legendary wrestling star and actor, has passed away at the age of 61. Piper had previously been struggling with cancer, but according to early reports, his death was the result of a cardiac arrest.
A sad day for fans of George Coe and his extensive body of work, as the Oscar-nominated 86-year old actor and activist has passed away. The lifelong star was recently known for his work as Archer’s ever-faithful servant Woodhouse, and also dates back to the original cast of SNL.
Omar Sharif, the legendary actor best known for key roles in classic movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has passed away. He was 83 years old. The BBC has a statement from Sharif’s agent, who reports that the Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe winning performer suffered a heart attack in Cairo. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease earlier this year. Beyond that, details are unknown.
Prolific producer Jerry Weintraub has passed away today at the age of 77, as confirmed by various trades as well as some of his close associates, including director William Friedkin. Weintraub is best known for producing classics such as The Karate Kid and Diner, as well as contemporary favorites like Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11 trilogy.
A sad day for fans of Eight is Enough and the world at large, as representatives of actor Dick Van Patten have confirmed news that the 86-year old passed away of unknown causes. The lifelong star was also known for his work in such Mel Brooks movies as Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
In what may surely turn out to be horrifically tragic news, acclaimed composer James Horner’s plane has crashed in Santa Barbara resulting in the death of the pilot, whose identity has yet to be confirmed. The plan is registered in Horner’s name, and the composer has yet to be accounted for, although reports are trickling in online that Horner was the pilot of the plane.
The great Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben Stiller, has sadly passed away. The 85-year-old actress and comedian died yesterday, confirmed by both her husband and son to the Associated Press. Meara had worked with her longtime husband and partner for over 50 years.
A sad day for fans of Everybody Loves Raymond and the world at large, as the family of series star Sawyer Sweeten has confirmed news that the 19-year old passed away Thursday of a suspected suicide, in Texas. The young star and his twin brother Sullivan had played Raymond sons Geoffrey and Michael Barone from 1996 to 2005.
It’s been known for quite some time that Richard Glatzer, the co-writer and co-director of the acclaimed drama Still Alice has been suffering from ALS, but that doesn’t make today’s news of his passing any less poignant. Glatzer has passed away at the age of 63 following a three-week hospitalization.