Posts tagged as in memoriam

'Parks and Recreation' Boss Mike Schur Wrote a Piece About Harold Ramis, and It's Amazing

"Groundhog Day is a perfect movie, and in every fractal and crazy looping folding scene you sense his steady hand at the wheel, ushering you along, keeping everything in focus. All of his movies had that calm, the assurance that what he had written, or directed, or both, was good and interesting and built well. That there was no need to strain and mug and beg for laughs like Daffy Duck, heaving at the end of a furious tap dance routine, arms splayed, begging for audience approval. Ramis never tap-danced. He presented his case, joyfully, confidently, a world-class funny Normal Person director and actor and writer: Here, everyone, I made [...]

'The Simpsons' Pays a Touching Tribute to Voice Actress Marcia Wallace

Longtime Simpsons voice actress Marcia Wallace, who voiced schoolteacher Mrs. Krabappel on the show, passed away at 70 last weekend, and yesterday night's episode of The Simpsons included a special tribute to her. The episode, which coincidentally was about the death of a Springfield resident (not Mrs. Krabappel), began with a modified version of the opening credits' chalkboard gag. Instead of writing the same phrase over and over on the chalkboard, Bart just writes, "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K" just once and looks very sad.

The episode's end credits featured a still image of Mrs. Krabappel sitting on her desk with the words "In loving memory of [...]

'Family Ties' and 'Spin City' Creator Gary David Goldberg Dies at 68

Prolific television writer Gary David Goldberg has passed away at the age of 68 after a battle with brain cancer, according to Variety. Goldberg got his first TV writing job on The Bob Newhart Show in 1976. After that, he wrote on series like M*A*S*HPhyllis,The Tony Randall Show, and Lou Grant before getting the chance in 1982 to create his own show, Family Ties, which ran for sevens seasons on NBC. Family Ties made a young Michael J. Fox into a star and became a hit during its third season when paired with The Cosby Show, kicking off NBC's long-running "Must See TV" lineup.

Goldberg created another long-running sitcom [...]

The Comedy Community Mourns the Loss of Harold Ramis

Following the announcement of comedy icon Harold Ramis's passing earlier today, numerous comedians and former collaborators of Ramis have taken to Twitter to share their reactions to the actor/writer/director's tragic passing, with many noting the filmmaker's lasting influence on both their comedy careers and the industry at large. "Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon show off-Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day," Bill Murray said in a statement. "He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him." Here's a collection of what other friends and fans had to say in regards to the late great Ramis.

Deeply saddened to hear of the [...]

Oscar-Nominated Actress Eileen Brennan Dies at 80

Character actress Eileen Brennan passed away on Sunday in her Burbank home at the age of 80, according to her publicist. The cause of death was bladder cancer. Brennan, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance as tough Army captain Doreen Lewis in 1980's Private Benjamin, was an accomplished actress of stage and screen who was apt at playing both comedy and drama. Comedy-wise, she's known for her roles in Clue, FM, Murder by Death, and for Emmy-nominated guest spots on Taxi, Newhart, and Will & Grace.

Sid Caesar Dies at 91

Comedy legend Sid Caesar passed away today in his LA home at the age of 91. Caesar's friend Larry King revealed his passing on Twitter, writing, "Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar – a dear friend, a comic genius and an American classic. There will never be another one like him."

One of the most influential figures in TV comedy history, Caesar was the star of Your Show of Shows, the iconic live 90-minute variety show (costarring Imogene Coca) that ran from 1950 to 1954 before transforming into Caesar's Hour, which aired from 1954 to 1957. Between the two shows, Caesar displayed an amazing ability [...]

Michael J. Fox Reflects on the Passing of 'Family Ties' Creator Gary David Goldberg

"With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend, Gary David Goldberg. He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly. Love to [his wife] Diana and all of Gary’s family.”

-Michael J. Fox commenting to EW on the passing of Family Ties and Spin City creator Gary David Goldberg.