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Comic actor Danny Murphy has died at the age of 58.
The star - who became a quadriplegic following a diving accident in his youth - had cameos in multiple Farrelly brothers movies including Me, Myself & Irene, There's Something About Mary and Shallow Hal.
Murphy's agent Cynthia Kazarian confirmed today (August 8) that the actor had passed away following a battle with cancer.
He was a well-known activist for disabled actors, and had recently moved to Florida to pursue other projects.
Murphy also set up his own theatre company, Blue Zone Productions, to help performers with disabilities find roles in Hollywood and on stage.
Actor Danny Murphy -- who appeared in comedy classics like "There's Something About Mary" and "Kingpin" -- has died of cancer at the age of 59 ... TMZ has learned.Danny was famous for his hilarious cameos in Farrelly brothers' movies. Peter Farrelly was a childhood friend, and gave him his first acting role.Murphy became a quadriplegic in a diving accident when he was 19, and didn't decide to get into acting until much later in life. »
- TMZ Staff
There are certain eternal questions in life that I doubt we’ll ever find an answer to. Who was Jack The Ripper? What happened on the Mary Celeste? How have there been five Resident Evil movies? And the question we’re going to look at now, why do they make kids' cartoons out of very adult movies?
In some ways it makes sense. As a kid, there are very few moments more exciting than watching an ultra-gory action film or a dodgy sex comedy that you know you’re not supposed to be watching. Everyone knows this, the studios especially. But surely they can’t be that blatant about it? You can’t make a show for kids based on RoboCop! Have you seen RoboCop? Won’t somebody please think of the children?
Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly's outrageously funny cult classic Kingpin makes its long-awaited Blu-ray debut on October 14, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel and Bill Murray, the film follows a star bowler whose career was prematurely cut off as he seeks to groom a new prodigy and return to the big leagues.
The Kingpin Blu-ray includes the theatrical version of the film, plus an extended, R-rated cut with commentary by Bobby and Peter Farrelly*, and a brand new piece entitled "Kingpins: Extra Frames With The Farrelly Brothers" featuring new interviews with the directors as they revisit making the film, working with the stars, its theatrical debut and ultimate success on home video.
*Previously released on DVD
The Kingpin Blu-ray will be presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, French 2.0 Dolby Digital and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, as well as English, »
Bill Murray became a movie star 35 years ago this week, upon the release of "Meatballs" on June 29, 1979. His lead role as the head counselor at a sub-par summer camp marked a number of firsts: his first of four movies with director Ivan Reitman (the others were "Stripes" and the two "Ghostbusters"), his first of six movies with writer Harold Ramis (the four Reitman films, plus "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day"), and his first taste of mega-stardom beyond his TV fame on "Saturday Night Live."
Since then, his career has taken on a trajectory unique in the history of film, one in which he's gone from comic goofball to dramatic thespian, from universally beloved to acquired taste, and from manic cynic to soft-spoken spiritual seeker. Through it all, however, there have been a few constants; no matter whether he's a grubby groundskeeper or a morose mogul: Murray's character is always the coolest »
- Gary Susman
It’s been 20 years since we first met Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas, two idiots who wouldn’t know good fortune if the Hawaiian Tropic Bikini Team drove up and invited them on a cross-country bus tour. The times have been hard on these two – especially Lloyd, who was institutionalized after having his heart broken by Mary Samsonite. Though it’s worth remembering: he who laughs last, laughs hardest.
Things quickly get back to normal, though, in the first trailer for Dumb and Dumber To: Same horrendous haircuts, the Shaggin’ Wagon is still rolling, their pets still have their heads, »
- Jeff Labrecque
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
Is there anything Bill Murray hasn't done? And I'm not talking just movies.
A man of seemingly legendary stature, the actor broke out on "Saturday Night Live" in the late '70s and only grew more prominent with unforgettable roles in "Caddyshack" (1980) and "Ghostbusters" (1984). Since then, Murray has also established himself in dramatic roles, such as in the acclaimed Sofia Coppola movie "Lost in Translation," which garnered him a Best Actor nomination.
Whether or not you've seen Murray on the big screen or at the ballpark, there's still much to know about the star. From his duet with Clint Eastwood to his unbelievable encounters with fans, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Bill Murray.
1. Murray is a part-owner of three minor league baseball teams, including the Riverdogs in Charleston, South Carolina. and the Brockton Rox in Massachusetts, which explains this.
2. Murray admits to signing on for the "Garfield »
- Jonny Black
Tom Sherak, who died Tuesday of prostate cancer, was beloved in Hollywood for his long leadership of the Academy of Motion Pictures and his extensive charitable work as chairman of the Ms Dinner of Champions and on the board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Industry figures as well as Eric Garcetti, who appointed him film czar of Los Angeles, remembered him Tuesday for his work on behalf of the film business.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “I am devastated to learn of the passing of my close friend and advisor Tom Sherak. Tom was a true Hollywood original, moving up the ladder to promote blockbusters, running the Oscars and having a bulging Rolodex filled with not just A-list contacts, but so many close friends who were smitten by his humor, drive, and spirit.
“In just a few short months, Tom laid a policy foundation that my Administration »
- Variety Staff
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