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I suppose Kevin McCarthy has shaped a great part of my life the last seven years.
When my friend Nicole called last weekend to tell me that Kevin had died, it took the wind out of my sails. Father Time gets the best of us all, in the end, and he’d eventually caught up with Kevin at the grand old age of 96. I’d come to think of Mr. McCarthy much the way I had thought of my maternal grandmother; until she actually passed away on her 95th birthday, I just sort of took it for granted that she was never going to die. Not because I have any illusions about immortality, but because when elderly people hold up into their 90s, it tricks me into believing they’ll always be around. But sure enough, I went on the net and found several short articles about how Kevin McCarthy had succumbed to pneumonia, »
Another difficult loss for the film-loving community. Noted character actor Kevin McCarthy passed away yesterday in a Cape Cod, Ma hospital at the age of 96. He is maybe best known for his starring role in the 1956 cult sci-fi classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." McCarthy also picked up a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for his performance as Biff in the 1951 adaptation of Arthur Miller's play, "Death of a Salesman."
I'll be honest though: these aren't the role that I personally think of when McCarthy's name is mentioned. First for me is undoubtedly "Innerspace," the Dennis Quaid/Martin Short-starring sci-fi/comedy in which McCarthy played the devious villain with a golden grin. It was much the same in the "Weird Al" Yankovic comedy "Uhf." McCarthy had a knack for playing the smiling villain; his kindly face belied the evil genius lurking within. Let's also not forget »
- Adam Rosenberg
His distinctive laughter is the only constant in his career. The contagious guffaw, the low-throated "he he he" of Eddie Murphy has served him well ever since he first came to attention on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. Murphy's laugh will be heard again as the voice of the good-natured sidekick Donkey in Shrek Forever After, which opens in general release on May 21. The Shrek films, unfortunately, reflect the trajectory of Murphy's movie career as a whole: a great start, followed by a gradual decline into repetition, indifference, and a general dulling of a sharp comedic sensibility.
Dreamgirls gave him a shot at shaking off the wreckage of a long, disastrous stretch in which he played down to a juvenile audience. Following up his Academy Award-nominated turn in an dramatic musical with Norbit may have been financially rewarding, but immediately dumped him back into the lowest-common-denominator slop bucket of The Nutty Professor, »
- Peter Martin
Pharell Williams is 37 years old today. Voted The Best Dressed Man in the World by Esquire in 2005, Williams is one half of The Neptunes, one of the biggest music producing teams working today, working with some of the world’s most popular musicians. His music has appeared on the soundtracks to numerous TV shows and films. He’ll be both co-producing (along with Brian Grazer) and co-starring in a film titled Zoom, currently listed as “In Development.” This would be his feature-film acting debut. In the film, a troubled West Virginia youth attends a music academy and finds his voice and a place in the world.
Former Secretary Of State (under George W. Bush), Colin Powell, is 73 years old today. He was the first African-American to hold that position. The distinguished gentleman has never done any acting, but he’s played himself in various films (documentaries & fiction) and TV shows. »
4 items from 2010
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