‘Tremors’ Actor Fred Ward Has Died At The Age Of 79

Some sad news to report today. It’s being reported by multiple outlets that 79-year-old actor Fred Ward has passed away.

And if you don’t know his name, you probably know his face. He has starred in a number of movies and tv shows throughout the years. He starred in movies like Tremors, The Right Stuff, Escape from Alcatraz and Southern Comfort.

He also had a guest-starring role in the super successful ‘True Detective‘ series. He started his career back in the 1970s, landing small roles in television before his breakout role in the thriller film, Southern Comfort, in 1981.

His death was announced by his publicist. No cause of death was released, but his reps claim his last wish was for any memorial tributes to be made to the Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center. We’re not sure if he suffered from brain trauma himself, or if the cause/research was simply close to his heart.

Ward leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward and his son, Django. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

He will be missed.

Trailblazing, Oscar-Winning Actor Sidney Poitier Has Died At The Age Of 94

Some sad news to report today. The world has lost another legend. Sidney Poitier, the trailblazing and truly iconic Black actor, director and civil rights activist has passed away at the age of 94.

The Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs announced the news on Friday, but no details were given. We’re assuming he simply died of old age, but we can’t confirm that.

Before his death, Poitier was the oldest living winner of the Best Actor award. Of course, that’s just one distinction in a career full of them.

The first Black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor — for 1964’s Lilies of the Field — Poitier was towering figure in Hollywood and beyond, starring in such classics as A Raisin in the Sun, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night and To Sir With Love, to name a select few, while taking on a global profile for his unceasing calls for civil rights, racial equality and human dignity.

Shockingly (or perhaps not-so-shockingly) it would be another 38 years before another Black actor won Best Actor at the Oscars. Denzel Washington won the award in 2001 for Training Day.

Among his many honors and awards, Poitier received the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement in film in 2001, and in 1992 received the AFI Life Achievement Award. He was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor in 1995 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1974.

Safe to say, he was a true legend, and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

Hollywood Is Shocked After The Sudden Death Of Talented Director Jean-Marc Vallee

Some absolutely terrible news to report this week. 58-year-old writer/director/producer Jean-Marc Vallee died suddenly on Christmas day.

According to the reports, he was alone at his cabin outside Quebec City preparing to welcome guests the day after Christmas, but when they arrived, they found him dead.

Insiders say they believe he suffered a heart attack, but we don’t believe a cause of death has officially been revealed. We’re sure there might be some sort of investigation. After all, Vallee was in great shape, or at least he was believed to be.

Vallée was a health enthusiast, who abstained from drinking, worked out constantly and practiced Wim Hof’s extreme breathing methods, which involve holding one’s breath for long periods of time, often in frigid environments.

Valle had a long and successful career in Hollywood. He was perhaps best known for his work on the shows ‘Big Little Lies‘ and ‘Sharp Objects’

He also directed the award-winning film ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘Wild‘ with Reese Witherspoon. The actress actually went on her Instagram account to pay tribute to the filmmaker, writing, “My heart is broken. My friend. I love you.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

Emmy-Winning Actor Peter Scolari Dies At 66-Years-Old After Battle With Cancer

Some extremely sad news to report today. Actor Peter Scolari has died at the age of 66 following a two-year battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by his management company.

Scolari had been a working actor for over 40 years. He starred in dozens of television shows, including the Emmy-nominated series Newhart. More recently, he starred as the father of Lena Dunham’s character on the hit HBO show, Girls. He actually won an Emmy for his performance on the show.

He developed a lifelong friendship with Tom Hanks when the two co-starred in the hit 1980 TV comedy Bosom Buddies.

In yet another re-teaming with Hanks, the two shared the stage of Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre in 2013’s Lucky Guy, the biographical drama about newspaper journalist Mike McAlary written by Nora Ephron.

His final New York stage appearance was in the acclaimed 2018 Off Broadway production of Sharr White’s political drama The True.

And for people born in the ’90s, you may remember him from the adventure comedy film Camp Nowhere, which also starred Christopher Lloyd. It’s a hidden gem.

Scolari is survived by his wife and four children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. We lost a good one.

‘Harry Potter’ Actor Paul Ritter Dies At Age 54 Following Brain Tumor

Paul Ritter might be best known across the world for his role in ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ but he was so much more than that.

The Tony-nominated actor, who worked in film, theater and television, died at the age of 54 after suffering from a brain tumor.

Ritter, who recently appeared in the 2019 miniseries ‘Chernobyl‘ reportedly died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.

He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly. Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill.

As mentioned above, Ritter had a pretty stellar career, starring in the British television series ‘Friday Night Dinner’ for several years, and then earning a Tony nomination for his leading role in the play The Norman Conquests.

In 2019, he played chief engineer Anatoly Dyaltlov in Chernobyl, an award-winning miniseries created by Craig Mazin.

Mazin went on his Twitter account to say goodbye to his friend, writing…

Paul Ritter was one of the most gentle, gracious and brilliant people I’ve ever known, much less worked with. We lost him today, and far too soon. I wish his family and loved ones peace and comfort as they mourn the passing of this beautiful man.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

‘Alien’ Star And James Bond Villain Yaphet Kotto Dies At Age 81

There is a chance you didn’t know Yaphet Kotto by name, but if you saw him in whatever you were watching, you probably had a moment of, “Wow, who is this guy?”

He had a way of demanding attention, even if he wasn’t the star of whatever project he was working on. Kotto is perhaps best known for his work in the 1979 classic ‘Alien‘ and for playing James Bond villain Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big in 1973’s Live and Let Die.

Of course, he starred in many other movies and tv shows, including the Emmy-winning NBC series, Homicide: Life on the Street. It ran for a total of seven seasons.

Safe to say Kotto had an impressive career in Hollywood, which is why so many people are mourning his loss.

His wife, Sinahon Thessa, confirmed his death with an emotional Facebook post on Monday. They had been married for 24 years.

She wrote:

You played a villain [in] some of your movies but for me, you’re a real hero and to a lot of people also. A good man, a good father, a good husband, and a decent human being, very rare to find … Rest in Peace Honey, I’m gonna miss you every day, my best friend, my rock. I love you and you will always be in my heart. Till we meet again.

Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

‘Election’ Star Jessica Campbell Dead At Age 38, Is COVID-19 To Blame?

Another sad death to repot today. Jessica Campbell, the 38-year-old actress who starred in the 1999 film ‘Election’ has passed away.

She also starred in the cult classic series ‘Freaks and Geeks‘ back in 1999/2000.

Her family just announced that she died back on December 29 in Portland, Oregon.

Campbell retired from acting to become a naturopathic physician, and she collapsed after seeing patients at her practice. She was unable to be revived and her cause of death is to be determined.

Her family says she had been complaining of congestion, almost like she was coming down with a cold, but they didn’t think it was COVID at the time. Autopsy results are expected to come back soon.

In the meantime, her cousin Sarah Wessling set up a GoFundMe campaign to help cover Campbell’s funeral costs and help provide for her 10-year-old son.

A true adventurer in every sense of the word, Jessica packed a staggering amount of experiences into her tragically short lifetime. She could always be counted on as the instigator of, or at the very least a willing accomplice to, various forms of mischief and hijinks. To know her is to have an over-the-top story involving her. To know her is to have known true friendship.

Reese Witherspoon, who starred alongside Campbell in ‘Election’ sent out this message on her Twitter account…

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.

Bond Girl And ‘That ’70s Show’ Star Tanya Roberts Dead At Age 65 (UPDATE: SHE’S ALIVE!)

UPDATE:

According to a new update from TMZ, she’s still alive inside the hospital, and her domestic partner, Lance, was the one who thought she had died. Apparently, she had closed her eyes while he was hugging her at the hospital, and he for some reason thought that meant she was dead.

Seriously. That’s what the report states. He left the hospital in a panic and didn’t know she was indeed alive until today when the hospital called him and was like, “Bro, she’s still alive”

Sounds fishy as hell to me. Stay tuned.

Some incredibly sad news to report today. 65-year-old actress Tanya Roberts died suddenly after collapsing while walking her dogs on Christmas eve.

Roberts, who was known for playing Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film ‘A View to Kill’ as well as Midge Pinciotti on ‘That ’70s Show‘ was rushed to the hospital, but doctors could not save her.

According to the reports, the cause of death does not appear to be related to COVID-19, but we’re sure the medical examiner will investigate.

Her rep and close friend, Mike Pingel, told The Hollywood Reporter the following..

I’m devastated. She was brilliant and beautiful and I feel like a light has been taken away. To say she was an angel would be at the top of the list. She was the sweetest person you’d ever meet and had a huge heart. She loved her fans, and I don’t think she realized how much she meant to them.

She had appeared healthy before her death, even making video messages for her fans.

Roberts had a successful modelling career and appeared in some off-Broadway roles. She made her film debut in 1975 with ‘The Last Victim.’ Thereafter, she appeared in a series of films that attained cult status, including ‘The Beastmaster’ (1982), ‘Sheena: Queen of the Jungle’ (1984), ‘Body Slam’ (1987) and ‘Night Eyes’ (1990).

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.

‘Gilligan’s Island’ Star Dawn Wells Dies At Age 82 From COVID-19

COVID-19 has dimmed out another star this year. Dawn Wells, who starred as “good girl” Mary Ann in the popular 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island, has died at the age of 82.

She had been suffering from COVID-19 complications in Los Angeles before her death. Her publicist Harlan Boll confirmed the sad news to CNN.

Wells’ Gilligan’s Island co-star, Tina Louise, released a statement on her friend’s death.

I was sad to learn of Dawn’s passing, I will always remember her kindness to me. We shared in creating a cultural landmark that has continued to bring comfort and smiles to people during this difficult time. I hope that people will remember her the way that I do — always with a smile on her face.

Wells had a pretty incredible career in Hollywood, appearing in over 100 tv shows, seven feature films and more than 60 productions on and off Broadway.

Some of you younger folks may remember her brief appearance on the Netflix series, Love on the Spectrum.

One of the people on the show was a huge fan of hers and he actually got to meet her on the show. She seemed so nice and warm.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.

30-Year-Old Actor Eddie Hassell Has Died After Being Shot In Texas

You may not have known 30-year-old actor Eddie Hassell by name, but there is a decent chance you’ve seen his face before. Best known for his role in ‘The Kids Are All Right‘ and in the NBC series’ Surface‘ Hassell had a successful career in Hollywood.

Unfortunately, his time on earth was cut short on Sunday. He was reportedly in Grand Prairie, TX (just a 15 minute drive away from Dallas) when he was shot and killed at around two in the morning.

Variety, citing Hassell’s representative, reported the shooting appeared to be a carjacking, but the incident is still being investigated. A spokesperson for the Grand Prairie Police Department released a statement to ET saying: ‘The motive is still under investigation but detectives can confirm a car was taken from the scene and later recovered.’

The report also states he was outside his girlfriend’s apartment when the carjacking occurred. We can only hope she wasn’t the one who found him.

His girlfriend posted a series of photos of them on her Instagram account…

Hassell moved to Los Angeles from Texas when he was 11-years-old to pursue acting.

In a 2013 interview, Hassell said that his skateboarding skills helped him get the role on ‘The Kids Are All Right.’

Skateboarding’s been a huge part of my life, it also got me cast in commercials. I was into horseback riding and rodeos in Texas and when I moved to L.A., I got into skating. I did all my own stunts. I’m into anything with a board: surfing, wakeboarding.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.