R.I.P. Legends Lost but Remembered

(scherpschutter) #1341

Funny, I thought his name was Poverello. It would be interesting to know if Pevarello was his real name. If he had a brother with the same family name, you’d say yes, but it still might have been a pseudo, the two brothers picking the same pseudonym as supporting actors. Pevarello is remarkably close to Poverello, the knick-name of St. Francis from Assisi, il Poverello di Assisi, meaning the Poor Man from Assisi.

(JonathanCorbett) #1342

Yes, it was. Pevarello is a mainly Venetian surname. Back in the 1960s someone had doubts about Osiride (Osiris) being his real name, here’s his answer

Pevarello when he was 92

Thanks Osiride, RIP

(Toscano) #1343

RICK PARFITT - Status Quo…R.I.P.

Extremely shocked to hear that Rick Parfitt, lead singer and guitarist, of my favourite pop group, ‘Status Quo’, has just died, aged 68.

Francis Rossi, his long-time companion in the group, will - no doubt - also be devastated by the news…

Thank you Rick, for the many, many years of great hits that you helped bring to into our lives…

R.I.P. Rick Parfitt.

(Phil H) #1344

Blimey that’s a shock. Used to be a big Quo fan as a young teenager and am still fond of them. Piledriver still their best album for me and one I still listen to regularly. Very sad to hear this.

(Nick) #1345

Carrie Fisher has passed away today. She was 60 years old. Carrie was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series, however she was also a screenwriter author and producer. She leaves behind her mother, Debbie Reynolds, her daughter, her brother and her two sisters. She also leaves a world in mourning, who will miss her wonderful charm and humor.

I really can’t believe she’s gone.

(JonathanCorbett) #1346

I can’t believe it, either. RIP Carrie.


Louis de Funès’s frequent film partner Claude Gensac died yesterday, December 27, in Paris. She was eighty-nine years old.

One of her last roles: Claude Gensac in Baden Baden (2016)

(Toscano) #1348

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

A great loss to the ‘Star Wars’ legacy…

2016 still hasn’t finished producing these sad losses…

(Toscano) #1349

R.I.P. RICHARD ADAMS (author).

Author, Richard Adams, who wrote the classics, ‘Watership Down’, and ‘The Plague Dogs’, has passed away, at the age of 96.
‘Watership Down’, the children’s classic novel, was about a group of rabbits in search of a new home, after their warren was destroyed. It was first published in 1972. Adams was 52 when he wrote it, after first telling the story to his two daughters, during the course of a long car journey.

It went on to become a best-seller, with tens of millions of copies bought around the World.

R.I.P. Richard Adams.

(Toscano) #1350

R.I.P. LIZ SMITH (actress).

I was saddened to hear that talented British actress, Liz Smith, perhaps best-known for portraying ‘Nana’ in the BBC1 Comedy, ‘The Royle Family’, has passed away, at the grand old age of 95. She also memorably appeared in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’.

Her co-star in ‘The Royle Family’, Caroline Aherne, also passed away, earlier this year.

R.I.P. Liz Smith.

(Toscano) #1352


Totally unbelievable! I heard the news when I woke up, this morning; and this, only the day after we hear that her daughter, Carrie Fisher, has passed away! How tragic…

Debbie Reynolds, aged 84, was rushed to hospital, with a suspected stroke, after hearing of her daughter’s death.
Her son, Todd Fisher, said the stress of his sister’s death had been too much for her; and in her last words, she had said that she wanted to be with Carrie.

Reynolds was a popular leading lady in a succession of major Hollywood musicals, and comedies, in the 1950s and 60s. She rose to stardom in the immortal ‘Singin’ in the Rain, opposite Gene Kelly, aged only 19.

R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds.


(Asa) #1353

A terrible way to go, broken-hearted at your own child’s passing. RIP Debbie and Carrie.

(Toscano) #1354

I couldn’t agree more…

(ENNIOO) #1355

R.I.P to the both of you.

(Toscano) #1356

JOHN CARSON (Hammer Horror) R.I.P.

Well, folks, sorry to start 2017 with yet another R.I.P.; albeit a belated one, because I’ve only just found out.

I was searching through ‘IMDB’ for my usual favourite celebs, and was shocked to find that John Carson, the ‘gentleman’ of the Silver and TV screen, died on November 5th, 2016.
It has hit me especially hard because I recently wrote to Mr. Carson, and received the most gracious, thoughtful, and much appreciated hand-written reply from this superlative actor.

John Derek Carson-Parker, also known as John Carson, was born on February 28th, 1927, in Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka); and died, on November 5th, 2016, at the age of 89, in Cape Town, South Africa.

John Carson’s career started in 1947 with some appearance in low-budget films such as Seven Keys (1961); Smokescreen (1964); and Master Spy (1964). With his ominous voice (often compared to James Mason), and saturnine gaze, John Carson was frequently called to play in horror films. He made a name with films such as The Night Caller (1965); The Plague of the Zombies (1965); The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970); Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970); and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1972). John Carson also obtained fame with films like Ivanhoe, The Saint, Doctor Who villain or a hero.
He also appeared in the classic Brian Clemens (The Professionals) TV series, ‘Thriller’.

Seldom, it seemed, out of work, John Carson was long one of the most familiar faces and voices on British television and film, in a screen career that spanned eight decades.

God Bless you, Sir…
R.I.P. John Carson.

(Toscano) #1357

Hugh O’Brian, aged 91…(1925–2016)

Another belated one, from last year, that I was shocked to hear about, in the New Year.

Hugh O’Brien starred in “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” which ran on ABC from 1955 to 1961.

I must admit to not remembering the 'Wyatt Earp TV series…but I do remember Hugh O’Brien’s cool, calm, and collected performance as ‘Pulford’, the ‘Gambler’, in John Wayne’s excellent last Western, ‘The Shootist’ (1976), which I was privileged enough to see on the big screen, as a child.

It is also worth mentioning that Hugh O’Brien also appeared as ‘Steiner’, in the last so-called Bruce Lee film, ‘Game of Death’ (1978).

R.I.P. Hugh O’Brien.

(Toscano) #1358

Born: December 12, 1941 in New Delhi, British India
Died: January 8, 2017 (age 75) in Sussex, England, UK.

Peter Sarstedt, most famous for the haunting ‘Where Do You Go To, My Lovely?’, has passed away, aged 75.

The song sailed to the top of the U.K. singles charts in February 1969, and remained at the No. 1. spot for four weeks.

It was also a number one in many other countries; as well as winning the renowned Ivor Novello award, for best song composition.

He died peacefully after a six-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

My own particular memory of Mr. Sarstedt, is of meeting him, briefly, behind stage, at a ‘Sixties’ gig on the Isle of Man, in, or about 2001. Also on the bill were ‘The Swinging Blue Jeans’; ‘The Searchers’; and Gerry & The Pacemakers’ (I was actually going backstage to interview Gerry Marsden, for a local magazine article, and ended up sharing a few glasses of wine with him!).

It was a joy to meet Mr. Sarstedt, who has, without doubt, left behind a great legacy…

R.I.P. Peter Sarstedt

(Bill san Antonio) #1359

I think it wasn’t mentioned here before but Aldo Florio passed away last december.

(Asa) #1360

Writer/director William Peter Blatty (author of The Exorcist and of Legion which was adapted for the cinema as The Exorcist III , which he also directed) died last week, aged 89.

And the actor Miguel Ferrer (Robocop, Twin Peaks, Traffic, The Stand among many others) died yesterday, aged 61 (no age at all).

Both died from differing forms of cancer.


(Toscano) #1361

Interesting to note that William Peter Blatty is also credited, (on IMDB), with writing the screenplay for Peter Sellers second ‘Inspector Clouseau’ film, ‘A Shot in the Dark’; as well as the screenplay (uncredited), for ‘The Omega Man’, starring Charlton Heston.

R.I.P. Mr. Blatty.


R.I.P. Miguel Ferrer.