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Hits & Misses

A chronology of the bucket-kickers.

Departure from the Norm

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“This just in…
I’m dead.”

Norm Macdonald
Comic, actor, colonel.
Oct. 17, 1959 – Sept. 14, 2021.
Aged 61 years.

Most recognized for: Norm worked as a stand-up comic and writer for Roseanne and Dennis Miller before landing the Weekend Update anchor spot on SNL… but his distaste for subordination and affinity for OJ jokes wound up getting him 86’d from 30 Rock. Various film & TV gigs – including a brief stint as KFC’s mascot – followed… until a long-hidden illness put the “Dirty Work” star in the dirt.

Proctor!

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“I once had a masturbation problem…
this big.”

Art Metrano
Actor, comedian, ex-cripple.
Sept. 22, 1936 – Sept. 8, 2021.
Aged 84 years.

Most recognized for: Art had made multiple appearances in popular TV shows before landing the dream gig of any early-80’s Hollywood comic: a part in a Police Academy sequel. Comandant Mauser would later become a quadriplegic from a nasty fall while working on his house in 1989. But miraculously, he eventually made it back onto his feet… only to end up doing the tango at the big Blue Oyster in the sky.

The Short List – August ’21

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Each month, we list the unselected dead celebs we either didn’t have time to report on… or who were just too boring to malign. So in case you were wondering “whatever happened to,” this monthly post may give you some unexpected closure.

August 1, 2021
  • Paul Cotton – Aged 78 years. Poco guitarist/singer who wrote their biggest hit “Heart of the Night.”
August 2, 2021
  • Dave Severance – Aged 102 years. Easy company commander who ordered the flag raising on Iwo Jima.
August 3, 2021
  • K-HAND – Aged 56 years. Electronic musician dubbed “The First Lady of Detroit techno”.
August 4, 2021
  • Razzy Bailey – Aged 82 years. Country hitmaker from the early 80’s.
  • Bobby Eaton – Aged 62 years. Pro wrestler who was half of the tag-team ‘The Midnight Express.’
  • Dick Farmer – Aged 86 years. American businessman with a hilarious name.
  • Paul Johnson – Aged 50 years. House DJ/producer who landed a hit single with “Get get Down.”.
August 5, 2021
August 6, 2021
  • Trevor Moore – Aged 41 years. Comedian who was a member of the Whitest Kids You Know troupe.
August 7, 2021
  • Markie Post – Aged 70 years. Blonde TV actress known for “The Fall Guy” and “Night Court.”
  • Jane Withers – Aged 95 years. Prominent child star from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
August 8, 2021
  • Bobby Bowden – Aged 91 years. Legendary college football coach for FSU.
  • Walter Yetnikoff – Aged 87 years. Head of CBS records who crafted the careers of Michale Jackson, Billy Joel, Bruce Springstien, and Weird Al.
August 9, 2021
  • Joey Ambrose – Aged 87 years. Sax player for Bill Haley & the Comets and Rock & Roll HOF’er.
August 10, 2021
August 11, 2021
  • Mike Finnigan – Aged 76 years. American session keyboardist who played with Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Still & Nash, and many more.
  • Roy Gaines – Aged 83 years. Texas electric blues guitarist who appeared in “The Color Purple.”
August 12, 2021
August 13, 2021
  • Fez Whatley – Aged 57 years. Comedian & radio personality known for “The Ron & Fez Show.”
  • Nanci Griffith – Aged 68 years. Grammy-winning American singer, guitarist, and songwriter.
August 14, 2021
  • Carlos Correia – Aged 87 years. 4-time Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau.
August 15, 2021
  • Paul Mitchell – Aged 64 years. Former US Rep for Michigan’s 10th district.
  • Gerd Müller – Aged 75 years. German FIFA legend nicknamed “Der Bomber.”.
  • Dick Schafrath – Aged 84 years. NFL O-lineman who later became an Ohio State Senator.
  • Joe Walton – Aged 85 years. College & NFL player & head coach (Jets).
August 16, 2021
  • Sean Lock – Aged 58 years. British stand-up comic and TV star.
August 17, 2021
  • Eddie Paskey – Aged 81 years. Actor who played an enterprise crewman in 55 episodes of the original “Star Trek” TV series.
  • Gary “Chicken” Hirsh – Aged 81 years. Drummer for psychedelic Woodstock act Country Joe & The Fish.
  • Leonard Thompson – Aged 69 years. Record-setting receiver for the Detroit Lions.
August 18, 2021
  • Joseph Lee Galloway – Aged 79 years. Vietnam war news correspondent & Bronze Star recipient whose work later found its way into Hollywood films.
August 19, 2021
  • Chuck Close – Aged 81 years. American visual artist known for massive-scale portraits.
  • Sonny Chiba – Aged 82 years. Japanese actor and martial artist who played sword maker Hattori Hanzō in the Kill Bill movies.
  • Rod Gilbert – Aged 80 years. Pro Hockey HOF’er known as New York’s “Mr. Ranger.”
August 20, 2021
  • Tom T. Hall – Aged 85 years. Storytelling country musician with 12 number one hits to his name, including “Harper Valley PTA.”
  • Ian Carey – Aged 45 years. Musician and record producer whose 2008 dance hit “Get Shaky” got international acclaim.
August 21, 2021
  • Don Everly – Aged 84 years. Remaining half of harmony-singing country-rockers The Everly Brothers.
  • Bill Emerson – Aged 83 years. Founding member of The Country Gentlemen revered as one of the best bluegrass banjo players in music history.
  • Anthony Scotto – Aged 87 years. Gambino crime family mafioso.
  • Phil Valentine – Aged 61 years. Talk radio host and outspoken skeptic of masks & vaccinations… who pulled a 180 a little too late.
August 22, 2021
  • Micki Grant – Aged 92 years. American singer, soap actress (Another World, Guiding Light,) and Tony nominated writer.
August 23, 2021
  • Brick Bronsky – Aged 57 years. Pro wrestler and and B-horror flick actor.
  • Michael Nader – Aged 76 years. American soap actor seen on “Dynasty,” “All My Children,” and “As the World Turns.”
August 24, 2021
  • Hissène Habré – Aged 79 years. 5th President of Chad and convicted war criminal.
  • Jerry Harkness – Aged 81 years. Pro basketballer and Quaker Oats shill.
August 25, 2021
August 26, 2021
  • Kenny Malone – Aged 83 years. Session drummer who played with the OG’s of outlaw country.
  • Neal Brendel – Aged 66 years. USA Rugby Union chairman and member of the national team.
August 27, 2021
  • Sam Salter – Aged 46 years. American R&B singer and one-time Babyface protégé.
  • Edmond H. Fischer – Aged 101 years. Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and president of the World Cultural Council.
August 28, 2021
  • Ida Keeling – Aged 106 years. Record-holding old broad featured spotlighted by HBO doc series & Oprah Winfrey.
August 29, 2021
  • Ron Bushy – Aged 79 years. Drummer for Iron Butterfly who played an unnecessary solo on “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Aged 85 years. Jamaican singer and producer considered a pioneer in dub music.
August 30, 2021
  • Junior Coffey – Aged 79 years. RB for the Packers’ ’65 championship team.
August 31, 2021
  • Michael Constantine – Aged 94 years. American actor and Big Fat Greek Dad.
  • Mahal – Aged 46 years. Filipino actress & comedienne.

 

Grant No Quarter

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“Listen doc…
I need whatever that sh!t’s called
that Betty is on. Something like
a 55 gallon drum of it.
Fast.”

Ed Asner
Actor, Emmy winner, SAG-bag.
Nov. 15, 1929 – Aug. 29, 2021.
Aged 91 years.

Most recognized for: Ed played various forgettable boob tube roles before landing his big gig on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1970. His character Lou Grant was even deemed interesting enough to be awarded a spin-off in ’77. Later, Ed became president of the Screen Actors Guild… and used the position as a bully pulpit for his leftist political views. Although he kept acting up to the end, Mr. Asner eventually lost the MTM Cast-member Royal Rumble to the indomitable Betty White.

Selected by: J-Ro

Moss Gathers

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“Jeezus christ, Mick.
Is all that ass wagging
even necessary anymore?”

Charlie Watts
Drummer, composer, Stone.
June 2, 1941 – August 24, 2021
Aged 80 years.

Most recognized for: Since their formation in 1963, Mr. Watts was the drummer for The Rolling Stones… and along with Mick & Keef, was one of only 3 members to have appeared on all of their recordings. His stoic and reserved demeanor stood in stark contrast to the wild & animated antics of his bandmates… at times begging the question, “is that guy back there on the drum kit really alive?… or just some automaton draped in the skin of a dead man?” Today, the answer changes… slightly.

There Goes Trouble

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“Who said ‘Dee Snider?!’
I don’t look anything like that
vampire tranny!”

Eric Wagner
Singer, songwriter, stoner.
April 24, 1959 – August 22, 2021.
Aged 62 years.

Most recognized for: Eric was the singer for doom metal pioneers Trouble, who were considered to be in the “big 4” of the psychedelic and depressing sub-genre. His spiritual and introspective lyrics ran counter to the ‘hail satan’ money machine of the early 80’s, prompting Metal Blade Records to label them “white metal” (as opposed to black metal.) Eric hated the “cute” classification… but not quite as much as he hated COVID.

Down Hill from Here

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“Whatever that sh!t is they’re serving in Cincinnati,
it sure as fukk ain’t chili!”

Dusty Hill
Musician, songwriter, Texan.
May 19, 1949 – July 27, 2021.
Aged 72 years.

Most recognized for: For over 50 years, Mr. Hill held down the low end for ZZ Top. Along with fellow hirsute axman Billy Gibbons and beardless drummer Frank Beard, they went from 70’s hitmakers to 80’s pop culture superstars thanks to MTV… back when MTV actually played music videos. Then suddenly, for reasons not disclosed, Dusty made like horse sh!t… and hit the trail.

The Short List – July ’21

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Each month, we list the unselected dead celebs we either didn’t have time to report on… or who were just too boring to malign. So in case you were wondering “whatever happened to,” this monthly post may give you some unexpected closure.

July 1, 2021
  • Josh Culbreath – Aged 88 years. American olympian, bronze medalist, and one time world record holder.
July 2, 2021
  • Bill Ramsey – Aged 90 years. American born singer/actor who was a big deal in Germany.
July 3, 2021
  • James Kallstrom – Aged 78 years. Former federal agent who hosted Discovery’s “The FBI Files.”.
July 4, 2021
  • Terry Donahue – Aged 77 years. Longtime UCLA head coach and GM of the 49’ers.
July 5, 2021
  • William Smith – Aged 88 years. Actor who regularly played big, menacing dudes in movies like, “Conan the Barbarian” and “Any Which Way You Can.”
July 6, 2021
  • Suzzanne Douglas – Aged 64 years. Film & TV actress who mostly stuck to shows geared toward a particular demographic.
  • Patrick John – Aged 83 years. Former Prime Minister of Dominica and failed coup leader.
July 7, 2021
  • Robert Downey Sr. – Aged 85 years. Countercultural filmmaker and Ironman’s pop.
  • Giovanni Tegano – Aged 81 years. One of Italy’s most wanted greaseballs.
  • Chick Vennera – Aged 74 years. Actor and Joe Pesci voice double.
July 8, 2021
  • Bryan Watson – Aged 78 years. NHL & WHA hockey player who got around.
July 9, 2021
July 10, 2021
  • Dick Tidrow – Aged 74 years. MLB GM and relief pitcher with multiple World Series appearances.
July 11, 2021
July 12, 2021
  • Paul Orndorff – Aged 71 years. Pro wrestling’s “Mr. Wonderful.”
  • Edwin Edwards – Aged 93 years. Legendary Louisiana democrat.
July 13, 2021
  • Shirley Fry – Aged 94 years. American Hall of Fame tennis player.

 

July 14, 2021
  • Jeff LaBar – Aged 58 years. Guitar playin’ fella in Cinderella.
July 15, 2021
  • Dennis Murphy – Aged 94 years. American sports entrepreneur who started the ABA & the WHA.
July 16, 2021
  • Harry M. Rosenfeld – Aged 91 years. WAPO newsman who helped break the Watergate story.
July 17, 2021
  • Jim Shofner – Aged 85 years. NCAA & NFL head coach.
  • Robby Steinhardt – Aged 71 years. Vocalist/violinist for classic rockers Kansas.
July 18, 2021
  • Tom O’Connor – Aged 81 years. British comedian and game show host.
July 19, 2021
July 20, 2021
July 21, 2021
July 22, 2021
July 23, 2021
  • John Cornell – Aged 80 years. Writer/producer of the first 2 Crocodile Dundee movies.
July 24, 2021
  • Jackie Mason – Aged 93 years. Award winning comedian and actor.
July 25, 2021
  • Bob Moses – Aged 86 years. Author and civil rights activist.
July 26, 2021
  • Mike Howe – Aged 55 years. Vocalist for Metal Church.
  • Joey Jordison – Aged 46 years. Founding drummer for Iowish metal act Slipknot.
July 27, 2021
  • Saginaw Grant – Aged 85 years. Old Indian actor who regularly played the Old Indian.
July 28, 2021
  • Johnny Ventura – Aged 81 years. Latin music legend and Dominican politician.
July 29, 2021
  • Carl Levin – Aged 87 years. Long-serving Michigan Senator.
July 30, 2021
  • Jay Pickett – Aged 60 years. Seasoned veteran of the Soap Opera arts.
July 31, 2021
  • Charles Connor – Aged 86 years. Drummer known for his work with Little Richard and James Brown.

Friend’s End

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“With a face like this, it’s no wonder
I wind up in the friend zone.”

Biz Markie
Rapper, actor, one-hit wonder.
April 8, 1964 – July 16, 2021.
Aged 57 years.

Most recognized for: Dubbed “The Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” practically his entire career was built upon one song. “Just a Friend” bought him enough MTV exposure that he started getting gigs on various TV shows and minor movie roles. But just like The Biz, The Beetus never sleeps either.

Selected by: Everything Went Black

Gonner

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“Yep… I can finally say it for myself…
I’m too old for this sh!t.

Richard Donner
Director, producer, goonie.
April 24, 1930 – July 5, 2021.
Aged 91 years.

Most recognized for: Credited for creating the template for modern superhero movies, Richard hit it big with “Superman” in 1978. He also dabbled in horror with “The Omen” & “Tales Form the Crypt”… kids stuff like “The Goonies” & “Radio Flyer”… and 80’s action, directing all 4 “Lethal Weapon” movies. But after 50 years in showbiz, it was finally a wrap for “Uncle Dick.”

Hait Crime

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“Anybody smell that?
It suddenly smells like tacos in here…
and I hear footsteps downstairs.
Y’all locked the back door,
right?”

Jovenel Moïse
Head of state, plantocrat, target.
June 26, 1968 – July 7, 2021
Aged 53 years.

Most recognized for: Shifting from auto parts dealer to bio-ecological agriculturalist, Mr. Moïse spearheaded the expansion of a Haitian banana plantation for the purpose of exporting fruit to Germany. Although the project yielded poor results, the endeavor was enough to earn him the nickname “Banana Man.” He would go on to be elected Haiti’s 42’d president… only to be assassinated in his home by Spanish-speaking hitmen 4 years later

The Short List – June ’21

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Each month, we list the unselected dead celebs we either didn’t have time to report on… or who were just too boring to malign. So in case you were wondering “whatever happened to,” this monthly post may give you some unexpected closure.

June 1, 2021
  • Vince Promuto – Aged 82 years. Career Washington Redskin and 2X Pro Bowl lineman.
June 2, 2021
  • Bill Scanlon – Aged 64 years. Pro tennis player who upset McEnroe in the ’83 US Open.
  • Raymond J. Donovan – Aged 90 years. Reagan’s Secretary of Labor accused of colluding with the mob.
June 3, 2021
  • F. Lee Bailey – Aged 87 years. Hi-profile criminal defense attorney who was part of OJ’s “dream team.”
June 4, 2021
  • Clarence Williams III – Aged 81 years. The guy with the afro on police TV series “The Mod Squad.”
  • John M. Patterson – Aged 99 years. Governor of Alabama when all that civil rights sh!t was really going down.
June 5, 2021
  • Richard Robinson – Aged 84 years. Publishing magnate who served up Harry Potter & The Hunger Games.
June 6, 2021
  • Leonard Crow Dog – Aged 78 years. Lakota medicine man and activist who was central in the Wounded Knee Incident.
June 7, 2021
  • Jim Fassel – Aged 71 years. NFL player & head coach of the NY Giants.
June 8, 2021
  • Dean Parrish – Aged 78 years. American soul singer who had a hit with “I’m on My Way.”
June 9, 2021
  • Dakota Skye – Aged 27 years. Porn actress with a booze & fentanyl problem
June 10, 2021
  • Ray MacDonnell – Aged 93 years. Emmy-winning soap actor who played Dr. Joe Martin on “All My Children.”
June 11, 2021
  • Art Ditmar – Aged 92 years. Starting pitcher for the Yankees’ 1958 World Series team.
  • John Gabriel – Aged 90 years. Emmy nominated TV actor who played the Professor in the pilot of “Gilligan’s Island.”
  • Mudcat Grant – Aged 85 years. 2X all-star pitcher.
  • Leroy Jones – Aged 70 years. NFL defensive end who wore a Chargers jersey for 8 years.
June 12, 2021

 

June 13, 2021
  • Ashley Henley – Aged 40 years. Mississippi politician who was shot while investigating a fishy family murder.
June 14, 2021
  • Lisa Banes – Aged 65 years. Award winning actress seen in “Young Guns,” “Cocktail,” and “Gone Girl.”
June 15, 2021
June 16, 2021
  • Vance Trimble – Aged 107 years. Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist.
June 17, 2021
  • Alex Harvill – Aged 28 years. Guinness Record holding dirt bike stunt clown.
June 18, 2021
June 19, 2021
  • Champ – Aged 12 years. Joe Biden’s dog.
    Not a valid pick, but has a longer Wiki write-up than some legit picks do.
June 20, 2021
  • Joanne Linville – Aged 93 years. TV & film actress who once played a saucy Romulan commander on “Star Trek.”
June 21, 2021
  • Tom Kurvers – Aged 58 years. Stanley Cup winning NHL defenseman.
June 22, 2021
June 23, 2021
  • John McAfee – Aged 75 years. Anti-virus software developer & tax evader.
  • Melissa Coates – Aged 49 years. NWA Female wrestler known at “Super Genie.”
June 24, 2021
June 25, 2021
  • Jack Ingram – Aged 84 years. “Iron Man” champ of NASCAR’s Busch series.
June 26, 2021
  • John Langley – Aged 78 years. “Cops” creator/producer/director known as “The Godfather of Reality TV.”
  • Mike Gravel – Aged 91 years. Alaskan Senator and Pentagon Paper-boy.
June 27, 2021
  • Peps Persson – Aged 74 years. Acclaimed Swedish musician.
June 28, 2021
  • Greg Noll – Aged 84 years. Pioneering American pro surfer & movie producer
June 29, 2021
  • Donald Rumsfeld – Aged 88 years. US Secretary of Defense under Ford & Bush 2.
  • Stuart Damon – Aged 84 years. Emmy-winner who played Alan Quartermaine for 30 years on General Hospital.
June 30, 2021
  • Janet Moreau – Aged 93 years. Gold medal US track & field olympian.
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