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A chronology of the bucket-kickers.

Zero Hour

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“This just in:
I’m dead.
Here’s Tom with the weather.”

Jim Lehrer
Journalist, news anchor, bus nerd.
May 19, 1934 – January 23, 2020.
Aged 85 years.

Most recognized for:  After gaining notoriety for coverage of the Watergate tape hearings, Jim became a fixture of PBS news for 30+ years. From there, he became half of “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” moderated 12 presidential debates over 4 decades, & won several broadcasting awards. Then, as many newshounds in his age demographic tend to do, he went from the headlines to the obits.

Good Knight

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“First hit of the year?
Me??
I’m speechless.”

Terry Jones
Actor, comedian, Python.
February 1, 1942 – January 21, 2020.
Aged 77 years.

Most recognized for:  Mr. Jones was arguably the biggest brain behind Monty Python’s bizarre and innovative brand of sketch comedy. He appeared in & directed all of the troupe’s feature films, including the infamous “Monty Python & The Holy Grail.” But after a lengthy struggle with a form of dementia, he lost his ability to speak… and eventually, to breathe.

Selected by: Tote Menschen

Twofer-cide

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“We might look happy, but hey!
We’re actors!
You never know, right?”

Harry Hains & Stan Kirsch
12/4/92 – 1/7/20 & 7/15/68 – 1/11/20
TV actors, producers, quitters.
Aged 27 & 51.

Most recognized for: Harry made recent appearances in “American Horror Story” & “Sneaky Pete” while recording music under the moniker “Antiboy.” Stan popped up in an episode if “Friends” and had a regular gig on “Highlander: The Series” in the 90’s. Both dabbled in producing their own starring-role films, but only found the headlines they sought at the end of their ropes.

No Rush

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“Mustache ride?
You know you want one, honey.
First one’s free?”
 

Neal Peart
Musician, author, Canuck.
September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020.
Aged 67 years.

Most recognized for: Ask any serious drummer to name their idols and Mr. Peart’s name will surely come up. Unfortunately, the rest of the converstion will be that person gushing about how “you just don’t understand how good he is, man.” As primary lyricist and drummer for Canadian prog-rockers Rush, he was renowned for his technical proficiency and stamina. But when it came to glioblastoma, he just couldn’t beat it.

Buck Passed

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“Say, Bill…
Your Salisbury steak on pumpernickel
looks delicious, but what I really
could use now is a bump.
Have you seen Chevy?”
 

Buck Henry
Actor, writer, tax man.
December 9, 1930 – January 8, 2020.
Aged 89 years.

Most recognized for: In SNL’s early years, Buck held the record for most appearances as a host… which placed him in some of the show’s most classic sketches, such as “Lord & Lady Douchebag” and “Samurai Delicatessen.” He also wrote the screenplay for “The Graduate,” directed Warren Beatty’s “Heaven Can Wait,” and made various film appearances… including a small role as the persistent IRS agent in “Grumpy Old Men.” But after a coronary event at Sedars-Sinai, the old douchebag dried up.

Dead End Zone

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“That smell…
either somebody died,
or we’re downwind
from Cleveland.”
 

Sam Wyche
NFL QB, head coach, snowball hater.
January 5, 1945 – January 2, 2020.
Aged 74 years.

Most recognized for: A back-up QB for Cincy in the late 60’s, he was later hired by team founder/owner Paul Brown as head coach of the Bengals in 1984… where he gave us trick huddles, the hurry-up offense, and a Bengals Super Bowl appearance. Just months after Mr. Brown’s death, his idiot son Mike assumed control of the team & promptly fired Mr. Wyche on Christmas eve… ushering in a legacy of nepotistic mismanagement. Wait… who are we supposed to be roasting here?

Dirt Nappy

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“Say… what exactly did you mean by
all hat & no cattle? ‘”
 

Don Imus
Broadcaster, shock jock, bigot.
July 23, 1940 – December 27, 2019.
Aged 79 years.

Most recognized for: Although Don did a lot to help needy & sick kids, his commitment to noble causes has always been eclipsed by his big fat mouth. As host of “Imus in the Morning,” Don liked to provoke & annoy listeners with defamatory rants & racial slurs. His infamous reference to the Rutgers Women’s B-ball team as “nappy-headed hoes” wasn’t anywhere close to the worst of it. But now, Don’s on his best behavior… broadcasting nothing but dead air.

Old Enough

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“Younger and sluttier?
Can do, Mr. Kubrick!”

Sue Lyon
Actress, singer, pan flash.
July 10, 1946 – December 26, 2019.
Aged 73 years.

Most recognized for: Miss Lyon’s career peaked early with her film debut as the title character in Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita.” The performance earned her a Golden Globe for Most Promising Female Newcomer… but it was all downhill from there. Following a 10 year slide of B-movies and sh!tty TV shows, she stopped working. And nearly 40 years later, stopped breathing.

Last Lap

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“So there’s nothing in this picture that could cause me any problems 30 years from now?
No? Then kiss away, ladies.”

Junior Johnson
NASCAR driver, team owner, shiner.
June 28, 1931 – December 20, 2019.
Aged 88 years.

Most recognized for: Junior was the wheel man for his notorious family’s bootlegging business. His skill for high speed, evasive driving landed him a legit career in professional racing, becoming one of NASCAR’s top 50 drivers of all time. After retiring from racing, he returned to the ‘shine biz, starting his own legal brand, Midnight Moon. But in the end, Junior made one last pit stop in hospice before Alzheimers black-flagged him.

Yogi Buried

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“No Yoga…
no yoga pants.
You’re welcome, fellas.”

Ram Dass
Author, spiritualist, day-tripper.
April 6, 1931 – December 22, 2019,
Aged 88 years.

Most recognized for: Mr. Dass was a psychology professor at Harvard when he met Timothy Leary… and they soon became LSD BFFs. The duo conducted extensive “research” on psychedelics, becoming countercultural gurus in the process.  Ram’s book “Be Here Now” sold over 2 million copies and is credited for popularizing yoga  & meditation in Western culture.

Done Don

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“Typecast? Me?!?
Getouddahheere!”

Danny Aiello
Actor, Oscar winner, wop.
June 20, 1933 – December 12, 2019.
Aged 86 years.

Most recognized for: If you needed someone to play a pizza parlor owner, an Italian hitman, or any other random underworld greaseball, Danny was your guy. His role as pie-slinger Sal in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” earned him an Academy Award in 1989. Thirty years and thirty thousand meatball sandwiches later, The Last Don saw his last dawn in Jersey.

Philip Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

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“I’m the only reason they have a kids menu here. Nobody else in their right mind would bring their child to eat in this sh!thole.”

Philip McKeon
Actor, producer, Jo’s big bro.
November 11, 1964 – December 10, 2019.
Aged 55 years.

Most recognized for: The awkward & toothsome Mr. McKeon played Tommy Hyatt – the title character’s son – on the diner-based sit-com “Alice” for 9 years. He also made brief appearances on other TV Land classics such as “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat,” and “CHiPS.” But after a lengthy battle with an undisclosed illness, the time came for Tommy to kiss Flo’s grits goodbye and pay the check.

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