13 items from 2013
The year now ending marks another 12-month period of losing talents who have given television viewers entertainment or information ... and some of those passings, even more sadly, came as major and untimely shocks. Zap2it remembers:
James Gandolfini: He projected so much older as mobster Tony Soprano, many were surprised to learn the three-time Emmy winner only was in his 30s and 40s when he played the part.
Jonathan Winters: The improvisation genius who inspired his »
Special tributes during the Primetime Emmys to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg, each of whom passed away in the past year, came as leadouts to commercials, beginning nearly 30 minutes into the ceremony.
“I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality we loved him for, was no act,” Lynch said, adding that his death was a reminder of the “painful” effects of addiction.
“For a generation that loved Cory so, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” Lynch said.
“His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that a lot of people had trouble believing that’s not really who he was,” Falco said. “Jim was quite different. »
- Jon Weisman
You’d think the past can’t surprise you, but traveling through the past 40 years of lead actress Emmys yields one “Did this really happen?” moment after another.
It can’t be only me, for example, taken aback that NBC’s The Golden Girls won three consecutive lead comedy actress awards — with three different actresses. From 1986-88, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur pulled off the feat, one unlikely ever to be repeated.
And nothing against Jane Curtin, a beloved favorite from Saturday Night Live to 3rd Rock From the Sun, but if I had to pick the only two-time lead comedy actress winner of the 1980s, I would have guessed Shelley Long (Cheers), who won in 1983 before Curtin took the next two kudos in ’84 and ’85.
- Jon Weisman
Pat Summerall, who transitioned from a storied football career to become one of the most recognizable and omnipresent voices in American sports—and, for A.V. Club readers, a guest on The Simpsons—died yesterday from cardiac arrest at the age of 82. Summerall spent 10 years as a placekicker in the NFL, highlighted by his four-season stint, from 1958 to 1961, with the New York Giants. As a player, he was best remembered for a tie-breaking field goal in a 1958 game against the Cleveland Browns, which kept the Giants alive and in the running for the NFL championships »
Pat Summerall was the calm alongside John Madden's storm. Over four decades, Summerall described some of the biggest games in America in his deep, resonant voice. Simple, spare, he delivered the details on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament with a simple, understated style that was the perfect complement for the "booms!" and "bangs!" of Madden, his football partner for the last half of the NFL player-turned-broadcaster's career. Summerall died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest, said University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center spokesman Jeff Carlton, speaking on behalf of Summerall's wife, Cheri. "Pat »
- The Associated Press
A sports legend has been silenced. Pat Summerall, a football player turned famed NFL broadcaster who provided the understated yin to John Madden's boisterous yang for years, died Tuesday in Texas after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 82. The former New York Giant called 16 Super Bowls, his last in 2002 alongside Madden, and was also known for his work covering tennis' U.S. Open and the Masters Tournament in golf. And, judging by the outpouring of reactions to his passing, he was beloved by those who worked with him, watched him and listened to him. "Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years," Madden said in a »
The voice that a generation of NFL fans grew up with and most associate with the sport has fallen silent. Pat Summerall has passed away at the age of 82 on April 16, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Summerall was a part of a record 16 Super Bowls on network television, spending the first five as an analyst. He worked at CBS from 1961 to 1993, before moving with the NFL to Fox in 1994.
He worked alongside John Madden for 21 seasons at CBS and Fox, working their eighth, and his final, Super Bowl in February 2002. The duo's coverage of Super Bowl XVI in 1982 remains the highest-rated sports program of all-time, with an audience of more than 49 percent of the nation watching.
Summerall was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999. Since 2006, the Pat Summerall Award has been presented at the annual Legends for Charity Luncheon held on Super Bowl weekend, awarding "a »
Dallas (AP) — Pat Summerall, the deep-voiced NFL player-turned-broadcaster who spent half of his four decades calling sports famously paired with John Madden, died Tuesday. He was 82. Susie Wiles, Summerall's daughter, said her father died in Dallas. "He was an extraordinary man and a wonderful father," Wiles said. "I know he will be greatly missed." Summerall was part of network television broadcasts for 16 Super Bowls. His last championship game was for Fox on Feb. 3, 2002, also his last game with longtime partner Madden. The popular duo worked together for 21 years, moving to Fox in »
- Stephen Hawkins (AP Staff)
Pat Summerall, a well-known NFL voice for a generation of TV viewers and John Madden's broadcasting partner for two decades, has died. He was 82, according to a Dallas Morning News web site, which first reported his death. Summerall also did high-profile golf and tennis coverage for CBS. "There is no one more closely associated with the great legacy and tradition of CBS Sports than Pat Summerall," Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, said Tuesday. "His voice was synonymous with big events whether it was NFL football and the Super Bowl, the »
- Todd Cunningham
Pat Summerall, the resonant, succinct and no-nonsense voice of NFL broadcasting on CBS and Fox for more than 20 years, has died, The Dallas Morning News reports. He was 82. Summerall, who was recovering from surgery for a broken hip, died Tuesday in his room at Zale Lipshy University Hospital in Dallas, a family friend told the newspaper. An alcoholic who gave up drinking more than 20 years ago, Summerall had a liver transplant in 2004. The play-by-play man and former NFL kicker was best known for 21 seasons spent in a broadcast booth with John Madden,
- Mike Barnes
Longtime NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall has died at age 82.
Summerall was an announcer with CBS in radio and television for 32 years, before joining Fox when the network took over CBS’ NFL package in 1994. An analyst or play-by-play man on 16 Super Bowls for television and 10 on radio, Summerall was best known for teaming with commentator John Madden and before him, Tom Brookshier.
Summerall also frequently broadcast major golf and tennis events such as the Masters and the U.S. Open. He was named national sportscaster of the year in 1977 and elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Assn. Hall of Fame in 1994. That same year, he was honored with the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
Prior to becoming a broadcaster, Summerall was an NFL kicker for nine seasons, scoring 563 points, and was with the New York Giants in the so-called “Greatest Game Ever Played,” the 1958 NFL »
- Jon Weisman
CBS and Fox Sports NFL announcer Pat Summerall has passed away in Dallas. He was 82. Long paired with color commentator John Madden, Summerall was the lead broadcaster who began his career with CBS from 1961 to 1993 and then in 1994 moved to Fox. He covered a record 16 Super Bowls on network TV, the first 5 as an analyst and 8 of them with Madden. News reports say their 1982 Super Bowl XVI coverage remains the highest-rated sports program of all time with more than 49% of America tuning in. As the straight man to Madden’s animated style, Summerall with his resonant voice and handsome looks was the iconic image of a pro football TV announcer. The Dallas Morning News wrote today: “Employing a signature succinct staccato style that was brief and to the point, Pat Summerall grew into the pre-eminent network NFL voice for a generation of television viewers.” He retired after the 2002 season. Summerall »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Pat Summerall -- a staple on CBS and Fox Sports who famously called NFL games with John Madden for decades -- is dead at 82 ... a Fox Sports exec tells TMZ.Pat -- a former NFL star kicker with the Lions, Cardinals and Giants -- was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999.Summerall called the Super Bowl in 1982, the highest rated Super Bowl of all time. 49% of the country tuned in to »
- TMZ Staff
13 items from 2013
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