R. I. P. – Nelsan Ellis (1978 – 2017)

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Nelsan Ellis. I worked with him briefly on True Blood and found him to be a very gracious and very giving actor. He was not only talented but bright, friendly and conversational. I asked him if he wouldn’t mind appearing on our podcast and he agreed…

R. I. P. – Robert Loggia (1930 – 2015)

One of the most recognizable and dependable character actors on screen for the last 50 years, Robert Loggia has left a tremendous legacy on film and television. From appearances on such memorable early television series as Wagon Train, Naked City, The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color to such classic films…

R. I. P. – Wes Craven (1939 – 2015)

I can’t tell you how much this bums me out. I had the honor of working with Wes on the original Scream years ago and he was such a gentle man. I worked with him for about a week and a half. He was exactly opposite of what you expected from the mind that brought…

R. I. P. – Christopher Lee (1922 – 2015)

The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, The Mummy, Hound of the Baskervilles, The Face of Fu Manchu, Horror Express, The Wicker Man, The Three Musketeers, The Man with the Golden Gun, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Lord of the Rings, the second Star Wars trilogy, five Tim Burton films – highlights from the…

R. I. P. – Leonard Nimoy (1931 – 2015)

Beyond Star Trek, there are other things to remember about Mr. Nimoy upon his passing. For example, he played an alien a decade before Star Trek in a Republic Pictures serial entitled Zombies of the Stratosphere (aka Satan’s Satellites). He also did this… * * … but I admired him anyway. I actually owned a…

R. I. P. – Arthur Rankin, Jr. (1924 – 2014)

Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Daydreamer, Mad Monster Party?, The Little Drummer Boy, Frosty, the Snowman, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, The Hobbit, The Last Unicorn, Thundercats, etc. All products of the minds of Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules…

R. I. P. – Joan Rivers (1933 – 2014)

For years, I knew Joan Rivers only as an annoying fashion critic and for apparently pissing off Johnny Carson back in the day. It wasn’t until seeing her on an amazing season two episode of “Louie” that I finally realized just how funny she really was. Her stand-up acts are legendary, and she clearly paved…