Posts tagged as obituaries

Writer/Director Paul Mazursky Dies at 84

Writer/director Paul Mazursky passed away yesterday from a pulmonary embolism yesterday at LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The LA Times reports. Mazursky, who was nominated for five Oscars over the course of his five-decade-long career, wrote and/or directed (usually doing both) 17 movies. His most widely-known features include Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Harry and Tonto, and An Unmarried Woman, all of which blended comedy and drama to create movies with realistic, grounded characters that explored real life problems with plenty of humor and heart.

Standup John Pinette Dies at 50

Standup comedian John Pinette tragically passed away this weekend at the age of 50, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Pinette was found dead Saturday afternoon in a Pittsburgh hotel room, where he had been staying for a family function. His death was due to natural causes, as he had been suffering from liver and heart disease. Pinette, whose weight was often the subject of his self-deprecating standup, had recently lost 200 pounds due to a weight loss regimen.

John Pinette began doing standup in the 1980s and was also known for his work as an impressionist and actor. He performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and released multiple [...]

Read Sarah Silverman's Touching Obituary for Her Dog

Comedian Sarah Silverman's beloved dog Duck sadly passed away on Monday. Silverman adopted Duck, a chihuahua-pug mix who was 19 at the time of his death, from a no-kill shelter 14 years ago. He quickly became her self-described best friend and even turned up on her Comedy Central series, The Sarah Silverman Program. "It always tickled me that even though we were different species, he was my best friend," Silverman said. "Duck left me today but I forgive him." Yesterday, she wrote a heartfelt "obituary type thing" about Duck, which you can read in its entirety below:

Mickey Rose, Woody Allen's Original Writing Partner, Dies at 77

Comedy writer Mickey Rose passed away Sunday from cancer at the age of 77, The LA Times reports. Rose is best known for co-writing Woody Allen's first three movies with Allen: What's Up, Tiger Lily?, Take the Money and Run, and Bananas. Allen and Rose became friends in high school in Brooklyn in the early 1950s, where they played baseball and in a jazz band together. Allen even set Rose up on a blind date with Judy Wolf, the woman who would become his wife of 40 years, until her death in 2003. Rose and Allen stopped writing together in 1970, when Rose and his family moved [...]

Chicago Comedian Dan Ronan Passed Away on Friday

Chicago-based comedian Dan Ronan passed away Friday at the tragically young age of 24. Ronan, who began doing comedy at 15, was a writer/performer for The Late Live Show and a regular at The Lincoln Lodge and other spots around the Chicago comedy scene. Ronan struggled with substance addiction and relapsed after briefly moving to Los Angeles last year before returning to Chicago to be closer to family.

Here's a bit from Late Live Show co-host Joe McAdam's heartfelt post about Ronan's life:

Dan created some of my favorite comedy I’ve ever witnessed. He was truly inspired and I’m really lucky that I got to work with him. His mind [...]

21st Century Orson Welles (1985-2013), by Joel Straley

On the timeline of an alternate Universe much like our own, Orson Welles did not die on October 10, 1985, but was in fact born for the first time. After a suburban childhood, Welles left to travel Europe. His father’s death left him an inheritance that allowed him to become another trust fund millennial taking up all the good spots in the hostels.

Once returning to the United States, he made a home in a five-bedroom loft in New York City, technically Bushwick. Europe had given him a love a theatre, so as soon as he could he joined a short-form improv group. They specialized in performing Shakespeare but [...]

Second City Co-Founder Bernie Sahlins Dies at 90

Comedy pioneer Bernie Sahlins passed away Sunday in his Chicago home at the age of 90. Sahlins, who co-founded Chicago's Second City theater in 1959, had a vast influence on the careers of the dozens and dozens of brilliant comedic minds that passed through the theater's doors during his tenure there and upon the American comedy landscape as a whole. Sahlins spent three decades at Second City before selling the theater to Andrew Alexander in 1984 and stepping down as artistic director in 1988. During his time at Second City, Sahlins hired a long list of iconic performers that includes Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Fred Willard, John Belushi, Dan [...]

Porky's Star Wyatt Knight Found Dead Last Week

Wyatt Knight, a.k.a. Tommy Turner in Porky's, was found dead in Hawaii last week of an apparent suicide. May he rest in peace in that great Porky's Pen in the sky.

Looking Back at the Life and Career of 'Silicon Valley' Star Christopher Evan Welch

Christopher Evan Welch, one of the stars of HBO's new series Silicon Valley, tragically passed away four months ago, and Vulture has an excellent piece reflecting on his life and his body of work leading up to Silicon Valley, which they deem his "breakout role."

Wes Anderson Regular Kumar Pallana Dies at 94

Character actor Kumar Pallana, a regular in Wes Anderson's movies, passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Pallana appeared in scene stealing roles in four of Anderson's movies: as Kumar the safecracker in Bottle Rocket, excited janitor Mr. LittleJeans in Rushmore, Gene Hackman's sidekick/valet Pagoda in The Royal Tenenbaums, and in a less memorable part as an old man on a train in The Darjeeling Limited. Pallana transitioned into acting at the age of 76 when he met Wes Anderson and co-writer Owen Wilson at a coffee shop owned by his son, and they insisted on casting him in a small part in their first movie, Bottle Rocket. [...]

Comedy Legend Jonathan Winters Dies at 87

Beloved comedian Jonathan Winters has passed away at the age of 87. TMZ reports that Winters died in Montecito, California, yesterday evening, surrounded by friends and family. Winters, renowned for his stand-up act that showcased his brilliant, rapid-fire improvisational abilities and knack for character work, inspired a ton of comedians who followed in his footsteps, including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Johnny Carson, Lily Tomlin, Andy Kaufman, Amy Sedaris, and countless others. In addition to releasing a string of popular albums, two of which won him Grammys, the late comedian had an impressive resume of movie and TV credits. Although he amassed hundreds of TV and movie credits, Winters is perhaps best [...]

15 Funny People We Lost in 2010

To Death,

It made me sad looking over the list of all the great people we lost in 2010, and I really don’t want to have to do it again. Here’s an agreement, me and you: if you promise not to kill anyone else funny between now and the New Year, which would mean this post would be out-of-date and would require me to feel bad for not paying more respect to said funny person’s life while they were still alive, I promise to only listen to songs by Grim Reaper for all of January, including “Lord of Darkness (Your Living Hell).” Kapeesh?

On a personal note: you’re doing [...]