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Celebritology 2.0 Archive: Obits

'Deadliest Catch's' Justin Tennison dead at 33

Justin Tennison. (Facebook) Justin Tennison, one of the Alaskan fishermen featured on Discovery's "Deadliest Catch," was found dead in a hotel room earlier this week. According to TMZ, police found the F/V Time Bandit crew member, 33, unresponsive at a Best Western. A search of the room allegedly turned up some marijuana and alcohol. No word yet on a cause of death. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday. Last year, "Deadliest Catch" captain Phil Harris died after suffering a massive stroke. Source: TMZ...

By Liz Kelly  | February 24, 2011; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Bill Erwin, otherwise known as 'the old man' from 'Seinfeld,' dies

Bill Erwin was a character actor with a lengthy, varied resume that included appearances in everything from "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Home Alone" to episodes of "Perry Mason" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." But above all else, he was known as Sid Fields, the cranky old man to whom Jerry Seinfeld attempts to offer companionship in the episode "The Old Man." Erwin died over the holidays at 96. He passed away on Dec. 29, and the L.A. Times reported his death on Jan. 1, but the news is spreading today on the Internet, conferring Google "hot topic" status on Erwin. In his honor, let's remember Erwin's Emmy-nominated work on that classic, season-four "Seinfeld" episode, a turn that allowed him to bite Kramer in the arm, have his dentures destroyed by a garbage disposal and call Jerry a fool and an idiot. Enjoy some of his work here: And...

By Jen Chaney  | January 4, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Actor Pete Postlethwaite dies

Pete Postlethwaite. (Reuters) British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who director Steven Spielberg once described as "probably the best actor in the world today," is dead at 64 after a long fight with cancer. The actor had roles in two Spielberg films: "Jurassic Park" and "Amistad." His response to Spielberg's remark was, "I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, 'The thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world.'" Postlethwaite received an Oscar nomination for his powerful performance in 1993's "In the Name of the Father." He co-starred with Daniel Day-Lewis as one of four men wrongfully accused of a London IRA bombing....

By Liz Kelly  | January 3, 2011; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Teena Marie dead at 54

Teena Marie, singer and Rick James protege, is dead at the age of 54. She was found unresponsive in her Pasadena home on Sunday and, according to Pasadena police, the death appeared to be from natural causes. Although Marie had a long career, starting at Motown records, she's most remembered for her '80s-era hit "Lovergirl:"...

By Liz Kelly  | December 27, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Blake Edwards dead at 88

Blake Edwards, a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree, with wife Julie Andrews. (AP) Blake Edwards, the man credited with creating the "Pink Panther" passed away this morning at 88. Edwards will be remembered as a comic genius for creating Peter Sellers's "Pink Panther" character and for writing and directing a slew of comedies -- including "10," "Victor/Victoria" and "S.O.B." -- the last two starring his wife of 41 years, Julie Andrews. His films became the template for '80s-era smart comedy. But the writer/director also had a serious side, directing Audrey Hepburn in 1961's adaptation of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and 1962's brutal look at alcoholism, "Days of Wine and Roses." From "I would not be able to get through life had I not been able to view its painfulness in a comedic way," he once told a reporter. "So when I put life up there on the screen,...

By Liz Kelly  | December 16, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Leslie Nielsen: Joining the crew of the big 'Airplane' in the sky

"Airplane!" has been, hands down, one of my favorite movies since it crash-landed in theaters in 1980. I totally dug the corny jokes and sight gags at age 9 and still appreciate both -- along with the exaggeratedly goofy pop cultural references ("The Godfather," jive, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as co-pilot Roger Murdock) -- every bit as much 30 years later. The fact that I have 22 dialogue clips from "Airplane!" all marked as five-star favorites in my iTunes library should give you some idea of the importance of this movie to my humor sensibilities. Leslie Nielsen, (who died Sunday at 84), delivered some of the film's most memorable lines as Dr. Rumack, including (but not limited to) the infamous "Shirley" exchange: But Nielsen isn't the only "Airplane!" alum who has moved on to the big airplane in the sky. After the jump, we'll pay clip-show tribute to Nielsen's also resting-in-peace co-stars...

By Liz Kelly  | November 29, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Leslie Nielsen dies at age 84, Jen Chaney , November 28, 2010
Tom Bosley of 'Happy Days' fame has died, Jen Chaney , October 19, 2010
Tony Curtis dies: mourning the loss of a legend, Jen Chaney , September 30, 2010
Report: Comedian Greg Giraldo dead at 44, Liz Kelly , September 29, 2010
Rue McClanahan dead at 76, Liz Kelly , June 3, 2010
Gary Coleman dead at 42, Liz Kelly , May 28, 2010
Corey Haim dead at 38, Liz Kelly , March 10, 2010
A Q&A With John Hughes's Pen Pal, Jen Chaney , August 7, 2009
Karl Malden Dead at 97, Liz Kelly , July 1, 2009
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