Comment Box: Andrew Koenig; Miss Golden Globes; Mickey Rourke
When I heard that Boner from "Growing Pains" was missing, my first thought was "hasn't he been missing for the past 15 years?" Does that make me a bad person?
Nope, not one bit. In fact, it pretty much puts you in line with the rest of us who had vague memories of Koenig as a minor character on one of the least memorable sitcoms of the '80s. Frankly, I wouldn't have been surprised to learn Koenig was a peripheral player on "Gimme a Break" or "Small Wonder." And despite such an auspicious start in acting, Koenig's career -- at least as far as we couch potatoes were concerned -- trailed off into obscurity once he left "Growing Pains" in 1989.
That isn't to say that Koenig didn't continue working. In fact, he continued in bit parts on series television, landing small roles in "My Sister Sam," "21 Jump Street" and a "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" episode. But he seemed to find his niche in comedy, working with an improv group, writing, producing and directing his own short films and working as a producer on the podcast "Never Not Funny."
Koenig was also committed to humanitarian work, traveling with his father ("Star Trek" actor Walter Koenig) to several Burmese refugee camps on behalf of the U.S. Campaign for Burma.
So why did his disappearance and death capture so much attention, prompting CNN to send out a breaking news e-mail alert when his body was eventually found in Vancouver? Do we blame the 24 hour news cycle that demands constant care and feeding? Or is tabloid journalism -- Enquirer-esque news grown bionic thanks to the Internet -- to blame? Or, are we ultimately responsible -- given our high interest in the recent tabloid-worthy over-coverage of the deaths of celebrities as varied as Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Brittany Murphy and Casey Johnson?
My guess: all of the above.
Miss Golden Globes? Okay, so I missed it this year -- who was it?
This year's Miss Golden Globe -- traditionally the daughter of an a celebrity -- was Mavis Spencer. Who? Mavis is the lovely daughter of Alfre Woodard and husband Roderick Spencer. Past designees include Rumer Willis (daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis), Joely Fisher (daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher) and Laura Dern (daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern). And, yes, sometimes sons of celebs are included in the fun, too. For instance, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Dominik Garcia-Lorido (son of Andy Garcia) have both assisted at the annual awards show.
Comment of the Week:
"I thought Mickey Rourke WAS Conan the Barbarian's father..." -- reddragon1 in response to news that Mickey Rourke's latest casting news.
| March 1, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
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