Some of you may remember Kenneth Mars while some of you may be scratching your head wondering who that is. I am a huge fan of Mel Brooks’ movies and Kenneth Mars was in one of his most famous, Young Frankenstein. I loved his German police constable. He had one of the funniest lines surrounding the wooden arm he sported in the film. I was really saddened to hear he had passed recently.
This is not about the late baseball player but rather the recently discovered golden voice of a homeless man. Williams’ recent rise from homeless to celebrity has pushed him into a huge spotlight. That spotlight includes not only TV lights but also the lights of the police. Williams was involved in a heated argument with one of his estranged relatives that got so heated a bystander telephoned police. I do hope that Williams is not on a path of self destruction from too much celebrity too soon.
Well, I guess we have our third. If you remember, I mentioned that celebrity deaths always come in threes. Last week we lost Leslie Nielsen and Irving Kirshner. I thought Aretha might be on the list after it was reported she had some fans organizing a prayer vigil for her surgery last week. But it turns out that it was Elizabeth Edwards’ time to go. I don’t mean to make light of this subject, and death is not a very fun experience for the survivors, but the law still seems to hold true, even though she was not really considered a Hollywood celebrity.
Tom Bosley, of Happy Days fame, passed away earlier this week. While I was never a huge fan of Happy Days, I did watch the occasional episode when I was home sick from school. I remember Tom Bosley did make an impression with me. I thought it might be neat to have a cool guy like that be your Dad.
Wow. We lose Tony Curtis after a brilliant career n the same day we lose Greg Giraldo who still had some funny left in him. Giraldo died after an overdose on prescription meds. Here’s the irony. He was a staple on the Comedy Central Roasts and once made a Heath Ledger joke after the actor had passed, then told the audience, “He’d (Heath) be cool with it.” Ledger also died from a prescription med OD. I guess Giraldo can ask Ledger if he was cool with it.
You probably know this man even if you don’t know him by name. If you watched the movie “Major League,” the gravely voiced manager was James Gammon. Unfortunately, Mr. Gammon passed away at age 70. We’re losing so many great actors and entertainers, it’s hard to keep track of them all.