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If your childhood was spent watching WWF in the 80’s, it no doubt took a Bulldog off the top rope this weekend, with the news that ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (the state name of Roderick George Toombs) passed away at the age of 61 due to cardiac arrest. His larger than life persona delighted many a generation of wrestling fans, and if there ever was a Heel (wrestling speak for a bad guy) hall of fame, he would have an entire wing dedicated to him. But we’re not called The Wrestling Bit, so we look to Hot Rod’s massive contribution to the cinematic, and more importantly, pop culture landscape. No, not the music video for The Goonies that he appeared in with a handful of other WWF Superstars, or even cult classic Hell Comes to Frogtown. I am, of course, talking about They Live, John Carpenter’s underrated cult masterpiece. »
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Nearly an hour into John Carpenter’s They Live (1988), the gum-chewing, ass-kicking Roddy Piper engages Keith David in one of the most ridiculous bouts of fisticuffs in movie history. The fight lasts for six minutes and purportedly serves no purpose; its incomprehensible duration is the joke, and in lieu of a punch line, Carpenter gives us punches. Lots of punches. It is, as philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek puts it, totally irrational, and totally brilliant.WWF legend Piper, who died this week at 61, plays Nada, a transient construction worker whose name we only know from the credits. He wanders into town looking for work, and instead stumbles upon an alien plot to control humanity using consumerism. These aliens are really ugly things with formaldehyde faces, all scarred and piebald like syphilis victims. They hide among the denizens of Los Angeles, working white-collar jobs, controlling the television stations, embedding their »
- Greg Cwik
"I'm giving you a choice...
either put on those glasses or start eating that trash can."
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper 1954-2015: The wrestling world pays tribute
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper: The WWE icon in 5 classic bouts
The 1988 film saw Piper play a nameless drifter (John Nada in the credits) who discovers a pair of sunglasses that reveal aliens living among the masses. They Live featured on of the great movie fight scenes of all time as Piper brawled with Keith David.
You can watch the whole epic showdown - head-locks, eye-gouging, biting and all - in the video above.
Professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and is the star of John Carpenter's "They Live," has died Thursday. He was 61 years old. "Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night," said his representative, Jay Schachter. "I am shocked and beyond devastated. He was an amazing man and a true friend. He was one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all." In addition to "They Live," Piper appeared in two episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." WWE chairman Vince McMahon paid tribute to Piper shortly after the news of his death broke. "Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE," McMahon wrote on Twitter. "Beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family. »
I’m sitting here, still shocked by the news of Roddy Piper’s passing. It hit harder than I would expect, because it reminded me of childhood, and how so much of mine was filled with Piper. Sitting down with my older brother, we would watch every WWF pay-per-view event, and with how much of my time was spent watching his larger than life personality, it felt like I knew him. He was my hero.
I also grew up adoring John Carpenter films, so when They Live came out, it was the perfect combination of two of my biggest loves: Carpenter and Piper. I missed out on catching it on the big screen (why, I don’t know, I was a cinephile from an early age), but my father made sure we were at the video store the day the film hit VHS, and when the doors opened, we were »
- Jerry Smith
Very sad news today folks; it was reported that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, WWE legend and star of John Carpenter's classic film They Live, has passed away after suffering a heart attack in his home. He was only 61 years old, far too young. John Carpenter and Keith David, who starred alongside Piper in They Live, expressed their condolences on Twitter: I'm devastated by the passing... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
WWE wrestling legend and actor Rowdy Roddy Piper passed away at the age of 61 last night. No cause of death was immediately given, but his agent Jay Schachter confirmed to Deadline that Roddy Piper died peacefully in his sleep. He is believed to have succumbed to cardiac arrest. The actor and pro wrestler, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma back in 2007, but Piper said last year that he was cancer-free. Here's what Jay Schachter had to say in a statement to Deadline.
"I am shocked and beyond devastated. He was an amazing man and a true friend, one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all."
Roddy Piper started wrestling professionally in 1973, in various different leagues throughout the country, before he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1984. Although he was born in Saskatchewan, »
The entertainment world has lost a true icon - and a genuinely quality person - with word that wrestling superstar and lead actor in John Carpenter's They Live, Rowdy Roddy Piper, passed away in his sleep last night from cardiac arrest.This sort of news is never fun to write but this one comes with a more personal sting than most. It must have been nearly two years ago now that Toronto based director Vivieno Caldinelli reached out to me saying that he and a friend (Matt Watts) had been sitting around talking about how much they loved They Live and, hey, why didn't anybody make movies like that any more. So they'd written one, a short film titled Portal To Hell. And having written it...
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Equally as legendary onscreen as he was in the ring, we're saddened by the news that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has passed away at the age of 61.
According to Variety, Piper died from a heart attack last night at his home in Hollywood. A formidable force in the wrestling ring since the late 1970s, Piper cemented his star status within the horror and sci-fi genres by playing the lead role of Nada in John Carpenter's They Live (1988).
Piper also had memorable roles in Hell Comes to Frogtown, The Outer Limits TV revival series, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies, to name a few. Our thoughts go out to Roddy Piper's family and friends and we'll continue to update this post with comments from those that knew him.
John Carpenter's remembrance from Twitter:
I'm devastated by the passing of my friend Roddy Piper. Great wrestler, underrated actor, »
- Derek Anderson
He was here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, but now, after suffering a heart attack, popular wrestler and They Live star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61. According to his agent, he survived the initial attack, which happened at his home in Hollywood, but subsequently passed away in his sleep.
Most famous as a wrestler, piper enjoyed a 30 year professional career and continued to make occasional appearances in the ring right up to this year. He made television appearances in Walker, Texas Ranger, Robocop: The Series and the Highlander series, and appeared in films including The Mystical Adventures Of Billy Owens and Pro Wrestlers Vs Zombies, but is best known for his appearance as the beleaguered day labourer turned hero of John Carpenter cult classic They Live, which won him legions of new fans. The »
- Jennie Kermode
The wrestling world is shocked this evening as TMZ reports the death of sports entertainment legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
Piper was a key figure in the growth of the WWF, particularly the first WrestleMania which was a make or break event for the company. Despite his long stint in the company, he was only a one-time Intercontinental champion and one-time tag team champion with Ric Flair in 2006. He will be remembered as one of the greatest heels in the industry, with his Piper’s Pit segments bringing classic moments from wrestling history.
Roddy Piper also featured in John Carpenter’s They Live, which spawned the catchphrase, “I’m here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I’m all out of bubble gum” – a line Duke Nukem would steal in the game Duke Nukem 3D. In recent years, he’s featured as the lead role in several straight-to-dvd movies including Alien Openent, »
- Luke Owen
Born Roderick George Toombs, Piper joined the WWE in 1984 after getting his start with the Nwa in the late 1970s. He and Hulk Hogan met in landmark matchups including MTV’s “The War to Settle the Score” and the first WrestleMania, where Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff took on Hogan and Mr. T.
Piper’s agent Jay Schacter confirmed the news, first reported by TMZ, to Variety. “Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night,” Schacter said in an email. “I am shocked and beyond devastated.”
Piper had suffered a bout of Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was reportedly deemed cancer-free last November.
- Marianne Zumberge
Rockerick Toombs, better known as 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, has died at the age of 61. TMZ reports that the Canadian-born pro wrestling legend passed away due to cardiac arrest on Thursday night in his Hollywood home.
Piper was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and was apparently still free of the disease when he died. Piper found international fame with the WWF in the early 1980s, jumped over to the WCW, returned to the retitled WWE and ultimately making appearances up until last year.
He's also known for his big and small screen career with most notably the lead role in John Carpenter's 1987 cult sci-fi classic "They Live" along with numerous direct to video fare including "Hell Comes To Frogtown" and "Jungleground". He also appeared on shows like "The Outer Limits," "Highlander: The Series" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".
Sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to all of Piper's friends and family. »
- Garth Franklin
According to TMZ Sports, the TV personality died in his sleep at his Hollywood home around noon today (July 31st). The cause of death is believed to be cardiac arrest, TMZ reports.
A family member tells the site, "Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband, Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper."
Piper leaves behind wife Kitty and the couple's four kids (three daughters and one son).
In addition to his legacy as one of wrestling's most celebrated villains, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper had racked up a number of big- and small-screen credits in his decades-long career. His over-the-top performance as Nada in John Carpenter's 1988 cult hit "They Live" secured him a place in the heart of movie fans everywhere, and he popped up on TV in »
- Tim Hayne
Fantastic Four will arrive in UK cinemas on August 6 and in the Us on August 7.
We've got a whole new take on Marvel's First Family
In case it wasn't clear from the fresh faces of the cast (and the uniformly bad memories of the 2005 and 2007 films), this movie will reboot the franchise based on Marvel Comics' very first comic book series.
Attack of the killer... pumpkins?! The Dead Peasant team have launched a campaign to help make Blood & Gourd #2 a reality. Also in this round-up: a teaser video for The Visitors and Mosquito Blu-ray / DVD release details.
Blood & Gourd #2: "It’s Devil’s Night in Olympia, Wa – and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins are ready to pick us. You can Beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these hell’s lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to watch. You. Die!"
To learn more about issue #2 of Blood & Gourd, visit:
The Visitors: "After settling »
- Tamika Jones
We were sent a brand new clip from Nicholas Bushman’s survivalist thriller Union Furnace today, and it looks like a pretty interesting ride. Personally, I’m a big fan of films that pit groups of people against each other, in efforts to survive themselves (what can I say, I’d a sadist). Take that ingredient and add masks And They Live/The Thing‘s Keith David, and I’m on board right from the beginning.
Small-town crook Cody (Mike Dwyer, Sandbar) was at the end of his rope when a mysterious stranger offered him the chance of his life. There was just one catch – in this game he would have to wager everything, including his life. Cody finds himself trapped amongst a band of outsiders and misfits – all fighting for their lives and a slice of the American dream. Fueled by a horde of masked sadists, Cody and the »
- Jerry Smith
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987)
Directed by: Donald G. Jackson
I don’t really know what to make of the name “Hell Comes to Frogtown”. I think it has served a dual purpose in being clever, and keeping me from seeing this film. The play on words is the clever part. Our hero’s name is Sam Hell, and guess what-he’s headed to Frogtown. Then again, it would be quite logical to assume that this could be a low budget Jim Henson film wannabe, and I guess it is. However, after I watched it, I’ve come to realize that it’s way more subversive than that. The two lead actors »
I miss Robin Williams, Lord I how I miss that man. I will never forget hearing that he had not only died but apparently by his own hand. This comic genius who brought so much laughter and love to so many people suffered from severe depression. And we lost him because of it, we lost so much.
Now here at last is the final piece of work on his resume, the final movie of Robin Williams. Is it a great movie? Yes, absolutely! Is it easy to watch? No, not at all. Boulevard is a movie with a deep well of sadness, a great epic sadness and loneliness that hangs over this movie and fills every frame like nothing I have ever seen.
- Sam Moffitt
One of the best surprises of the summer has been Animal Planet's hypnotic documentary series The Last Alaskans. The show follows four families who live in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska — the last families legally allowed to reside there. They live extremely remotely, not even near one another, and the show follows both the extraordinary wilderness conditions and the relative mundanity of their day-to-day routines. The footage is incredible, the subjects hugely compelling. There's none of that reality-show shtick to the series either that phoniness. Instead, the stories within any given episode are about what compels people to live unusual lives, about what "home" might feel like, and what constitutes isolation. The show's season finale airs Sunday, and Vulture has an exclusive clip, of Tyler and Ashley Selden trying to find the cabin that Tyler rebuilt over the summer:Animal Planet has renewed the show for a second »
- Margaret Lyons
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