In Memorium (Frank Vincent, Mob Boss Phil Leotardo on 'The Sopranos,' Dies at 78)

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Post by WyldeMan on 7/24/2017, 6:51 am

ForeverBlu wrote:John Heard and Melissa Leo had a bitter split and custody battle.

There were allegations of domestic violence.

Heard and Leo were a couple? I never knew that.
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Post by ForeverBlu on 7/24/2017, 7:32 am

WyldeMan wrote:
ForeverBlu wrote:John Heard and Melissa Leo had a bitter split and custody battle.

There were allegations of domestic violence.

Heard and Leo were a couple? I never knew that.

Before her I think he was married to Margo Kidder.
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Post by UltimateMarvel on 7/25/2017, 3:26 pm

Last I saw him in was in Runner Runner. RIP
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/31/2017, 10:49 am

Sam Shepard Dies: America’s Pulitzer Winning Cowboy Playwright, Actor & Screenwriter Was 73
Sam Shepard, whose snaggle-toothed smile, craggy good looks and outlaw style as actor and writer made him an American icon in the mold of Gary Cooper and Marlon Brando, died July 27 at home in Kentucky. He was 73 and had been suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death, according to Chris Boneau, a family spokesman.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actor, author, screenwriter and director, Shepard was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in Philip Kaufman’s 1983 film The Right Stuff. The author of 44 plays, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for Buried Child and was best known for such works as Fool for LoveTrue West and A Lie of the Mind. In 2009 he was named the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist.

Shepard’s screen acting career began with Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1978), with Richard Gere and Brooke Adams. He played Ellen Burstyn’s love interest, Cal, in Resurrection (1980). In 1985, Robert Atman adapted Fool for Love with Shepard playing opposite Kim Basinger and Harry Dean Stanton.

The following year, Shepard was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shepard, like Bob Dylan a Midwest transplant to New York’s creatively roiling, devoutly anti-Establishment downtown scene of the 1960s, came of age in the anarchic, off-off-Broadway theaters – Theatre Genesis, Caffé Cino, Judson Poets’ Theatre and La Mama Experimental Theatre Club. His early plays grafted the energy and often the music of rock ‘n’ roll onto the free-wheeling open verse of protest and youth worship. His affair and collaboration with poet and rocker Patti Smith resulted in Cowboy Mouth, whose hero was described in semi-mythic terms (“a rock-and-roll Jesus with a cowboy mouth”). The 1971 play was performed only once before Shepard, whose wife at the time had just given birth to their son, left town, finding the show “too personal.” In 1966 the American Place Theatre had presented his first full-length play, La Turista, which Shepard trimmed from three acts to two just before opening.

“I was a belligerent asshole back then,” he told me in an interview later. “Really. I mean I was really not a pleasant person to be around. I was rude and belligerent.” He told producer Wynn Handman, “‘Listen, man, it’s too long, let’s make it a two- act play.’ He didn’t even blink an eye. He just said, ‘Fine, whatever works.’ I just dropped the last act and made adjustments in the second act. It worked much better.” But the show, which included an onstage act of fowlicide, infuriated audiences.

“I had my doubts about killing a live chicken onstage every night,” Handman told me. “I told them it was illegal.” The creative team came up with a way of faking the death of the chicken, but the audiences were not assuaged.

Shepard’s plays remained obsessed with American iconography – especially of an idealized West in which cowboys roamed, at odds with modernism, capitalism and most other isms – while addressing serious themes of inequality, disenfranchisement, poverty and anti-militarism that put him in the company of the greatest American playwrights. Those works – Buried Child, Curse of the Starving Class, A Lie of the Mind and others – were significant in influencing a new generation of socially engaged writers across genres, from theater to film and television and poetry; Shepard’s oeuvre includes several volumes of poetry and short stories.

Shepard was born in Fort Sheridan, IL. His partner from 1982 through 2009 was Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange, with whom he had two children. Survivors include his children, Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard, and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers. Funeral arrangements remain private. Plans for a public memorial have not yet been determined.
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/31/2017, 10:51 am

Sam Shepard was always a pleasure to watch work, he had so many wonderful roles over the years and this is another really big loss. But at the current pace we're going, it feels like by the time 2017 is over, there might not be any legends left.
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Post by ForeverBlu on 7/31/2017, 11:05 am

Another OG Legend gone.


RIP..

Seeing the first name, I thought it was Sam Elliott or Law and Order Alumn Sam Waterston.


The latter's daughter recently starred in Alien Covenant and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/31/2017, 11:41 am

ForeverBlu wrote:Another OG Legend gone.

RIP..

Seeing the first name, I thought it was Sam Elliott or Law and Order Alumn  Sam Waterston.

The latter's daughter recently starred in Alien Covenant and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Oh no not Sam Elliot! Don't let him be next!
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Post by WyldeMan on 8/18/2017, 4:16 pm

‘Predator’ Actor Sonny Landham Dies at 76

Actor Sonny Landham, who appeared in “Predator” and “48 Hrs,” died from congestive heart failure Thursday in Lexington, Ky. He was 76.

The actor, who was part Seminole and part Cherokee, was best known for portraying Native American tracker Billy Sole in Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer “Predator” in 1987. However, he did not appear in the film’s sequels.

Landham’s early work in the 1970s included several X-rated films, but after appearing in Walter Hill’s 1979 street-gang thriller “The Warriors,” Landham often portrayed the tough guy in 1980s films including roles in “Action Jackson” and “Lock Up.” With over 50 acting credits to his name, Landham continued to appear in films through the 1990s.

In 2003, Landham embarked on a brief campaign for the governor of Kentucky, but was unable to secure the Republican Party’s nomination. Landham also ran for the Kentucky State Senate in 2004, and was nominated by Kentucky’s Libertarian party for candidacy in 2008 for one of Kentucky’s seats in the U.S. Senate, although his comments on a political radio show caused the party to rescind his nomination a few days later.

Landham is survived by his son, William, and daughter, Priscilla.
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Post by ForeverBlu on 8/27/2017, 1:51 am

Director Tobe Hooper passed away on August 26th.

He was 74 yrs old.

R.I.P.
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Post by WyldeMan on 8/27/2017, 7:01 am

Today marks the second anniversary of Gary Anderson's passing.

I still miss all our fun arguments.

GrooThePerverted, gone but not forgotten.
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Post by Rusty on 8/27/2017, 2:47 pm

WyldeMan wrote:Today marks the second anniversary of Gary Anderson's passing.

I still miss all our fun arguments.

GrooThePerverted, gone but not forgotten.

2 years already? Damn.
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Post by WyldeMan on 8/27/2017, 3:54 pm

Rusty wrote:
WyldeMan wrote:Today marks the second anniversary of Gary Anderson's passing.

I still miss all our fun arguments.

GrooThePerverted, gone but not forgotten.

2 years already? Damn.

Yup, feels like time is passing quicker these days.
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Post by WyldeMan on 9/14/2017, 8:51 am

Frank Vincent, Mob Boss Phil Leotardo on 'The Sopranos,' Dies at 78
Frank Vincent, who played the vicious mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos, has died. He was 78.

Vincent died Wednesday of complications from heart surgery in New Jersey, according to reports from The Blast and TMZ.

Vincent also portrayed tough guys for director Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) — as the real-life Gambino gangster Billy Batts, he with the memorable line, "Go home and get your shine box!" — and Casino (1995).

On HBO's The Sopranos, Leotardo often butted heads with James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano as he eventually rose to become boss of the Lupertazzi crime family.
"He didn't fool around. Phil was serious," Vincent said in a 2011 interview. "He had a job to do and he thought, you know, 'This Soprano guy is from Jersey, what does that mean? We are New Yorkers! The Jersey mob is nothing — they don't even prick their fingers when they do the ceremony.' Some of the writing for Phil was just brilliant."

His film résumé also included The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Brian De Palma's Wise Guys (1986), Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) and Jungle Fever (1991), Sidney Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), James Mangold's Cop Land (1997), Shark Tale (2004) and Chicago Overcoat (2009).

Vincent also appeared in Hype Williams' Belly (1998) and served as the official acting coach to rappers DMX, Nas and Method Man on the film.

A native of North Adams, Mass., Vincent was raised in Jersey City, N.J. and became a drummer, performing with the likes of Paul Anka, Del Shannon, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme and Trini Lopez and the Belmonts.

Vincent played a gambler who gets killed by the mob in The Death Collector (1976) — the film starred Joe Pesci, a pal who helped get him the role — then was cast alongside Pesci and Robert De Niro as Salvi in the iconic boxing movie Raging Bull. In that film, Vincent's character is beaten up in the Copacabana by Pesci's Joey.

In 2006, Vincent co-wrote the book A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man.
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Post by Tyger on 9/15/2017, 5:25 pm

Harry Dean Stanton

Nooooooooooooo No
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Post by WyldeMan on 9/15/2017, 6:28 pm

Tyger wrote:Harry Dean Stanton

Nooooooooooooo No

I'm pretty sure that is 5 cast members of Twin Peaks who have died since they filmed the revival last Summer....
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