Died Today: Don Ohlmeyer (1945–2017)

Don Ohlmeyer (1945–2017)Born: c. 1945

Died: September 10, 2017 (age 72) in Indian Wells, California, USA

Fired Norm Macdonald from the “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live” and eventually from the entire show.

Although he claims to have demoted Norm MacDonald on SNL for being “unfunny,” many insiders felt that MacDonald’s constant jokes about Ohlmeyer’s friend, O.J. Simpson, were the real reason.

President, NBC West Coast [1998]

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Died Today (August 20th) Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91

jerry lewis.jpgBorn: March 16, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died: August 20, 2017 (age 91) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Married to:
SanDee Pitnick (13 February 1983 – 20 August 2017) (his death) (1 child)
Patti Lewis (3 October 1944 – 27 January 1983) (divorced) (6 children)

QUOTES:

I get paid for what most kids get punished for.

The doc told me I had a dual personality, then he lays an $82 bill on me. So I give him forty-one bucks and say ‘Get the other forty-one bucks from the other guy’.

Every man’s dream is to be able to sink into the arms of a woman without falling into her hands.

[on Stan Laurel] His magic was, he loved the regular man. He loved plain people, and he loved being one of them. He enjoyed participating in the art of going out into the world and getting in trouble.

My dad used to say if you don’t get nervous, you don’t care. When I hear that first applause, my heart spreads across my chest, and I’m as happy as a pig in s..t!

[on the 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor] I have such respect for Eddie, but I should not have done it. What I did was perfect the first time around and all you’re going to do is diminish that perfection by letting someone else do it.

Died Today (July 12th): Lon Chaney Jr.

Lon Chaney JrDate of Birth 10 February 1906, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Date of Death 12 July 1973, San Clemente, California, USA (beriberi and liver failure)
Birth Name Creighton Tull Chaney
Nickname The Prince of Pain
Height 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)

I am most proud of the name Lon Chaney. I am not proud of Lon Chaney Jr., because they had to starve me to make me take this name.

Nothing is more natural to me than horror.

All the best of the monsters played for sympathy. That goes for my father, [Lon Chaney], myself and all the others. They all won the audience’s sympathy. The Wolf Man didn’t want to do all those bad things. He was forced into them.
The trouble with most of the monster pictures today is that they go after horror for horror’s sake. There’s no motivation for how monsters behave. There’s too much of that science-fiction baloney.

Died Today (July 11th): Laurence Olivier (1907–1989)

Laurence Olivier (1907–1989).jpgDate of Birth 22 May 1907, Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
Date of Death 11 July 1989, Steyning, West Sussex, England, UK (renal failure)
Birth Name Laurence Kerr Olivier
Nicknames Larry
Kim
Height 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)

[on needing to reshoot their torture scene in Marathon Man (1976) because Method actor Dustin Hoffman had gotten excessively drunk the first time so he’d look really out of it] Oh, why doesn’t he just *act*?

[on Marlon Brando] Brando acted with an empathy and an instinctual understanding that not even the greatest technical performers could possibly match.

[on Marilyn Monroe] Look at that face – she could be five years old.

People ask me why I’m playing in this picture. The answer is simple. Money, dear boy. I’m like a vintage wine. You have to drink me quickly before I turn sour. I’m almost used up now and I can feel the end coming. That’s why I’m taking money now. I’ve got nothing to leave my family but the money I can make from films. Nothing is beneath me if it pays well. I’ve earned the right to damn well grab whatever I can in the time I’ve got left.

[In 1983] If you’re 75, which I am, it’s damned hard to find parts. Lear is the only star part for an old man that I know of – I’ve never heard of a good play about Methusaleh. I played the title role only once before the Old Vic. I was 39. When you’re younger, Lear doesn’t feel real. When you get to my age, you ‘are’ Lear in every nerve of your body.

Died Today (July 10th): Roger Rees (1944–2015)

Roger Rees (1944–2015)Roger Rees (1944–2015)

Date of Birth 5 May 1944, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Date of Death 10 July 2015, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (cancer)
Height 5′ 11½” (1.81 m)

In Julius Caesar, I died early in the scene and used to fall asleep under the shield until I was waken up by applause. I didn’t have any lines, other than “The Queen!” or “Ah, my Lord!” for four years. — RR, commenting on his first few years as a bit actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Died Today (July 10th): Omar Sharif (1932–2015)

Omar Sharif (1932–2015)Omar Sharif (1932–2015)

Date of Birth 10 April 1932, Alexandria, Egypt
Date of Death 10 July 2015, Cairo, Egypt (heart attack)
Birth Name Michel Demetri Shalhoub
Height 5′ 11″ (1.8 m)

[on Barbra Streisand] I thought she was not very attractive at first. But gradually she cast her spell over me. I fell madly in love with her talent. The feeling was mutual for four months – the time it took to shoot the movie.
[on his prowess as a lover] See these hands? They are old. But they are soft. Only good for caressing.

[on Che! (1969)] I wasn’t satisfied with it. It was very awful because it was a movie about a very important figure in socialism and communism, and it was produced by the CIA. I didn’t know and I wasn’t aware of that. I had put a condition with them that this movie wouldn’t offend the reputation of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

[on being cast by David Lean in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)] They chose me for Lawrence of Arabia (1962) because I spoke English, had black hair, black eyes and a mustache. It was all luck. I was taken in a plane to the desert to meet David, and as we came in to land we could see him sitting all by himself. We landed right next to him, but he didn’t move one step. When I got off the plane, he didn’t say ‘hello’. He simply walked round me to see my profile. Finally, he said “That’s very good, Omar. Let’s go to the make-up tent.” I tried on a mustache, and it was decided I would grow one. I’ve shaved it off for a couple of films, but otherwise I’ve had it ever since.

Died Today: John G. Avildsen (1935–2017) (director Rocky, The Karate Kid)

johngavilsonBorn: December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Died: June 16, 2017 (age 81) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to:
Tracy Brooks Swope (27 February 1987 – 28 August 2003) (divorced) (1 child)
Marie Olga Maturevich (15 February 1964 – ?) (divorced) (2 children)

QUOTES:

When I read ‘Rocky V,’ it was a terrific story, a great script. Rocky died at the end. He has this devastating fight with Tommy Gunn, ends up in an ambulance with his head in Adrian’s lap, and by the time they get to the hospital, he’s dead.

I thought boxing was stupid.

My dream was to have my own advertising agency by the time I was 30, and that was before I got into movies.
 

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