Category Archives: Those We Lost in 2018

Burt Reynolds, a Georgia Hero

Yesterday we lost the most popular movie star of the 1970s, at the age of 82. In the clip above, a pleasant talk with Johnny Carson, Burt Reynolds flashes the charisma that made him so beloved among both men and women. One testament to his star power: he was allegedly offered but turned down virtually … Continue reading Burt Reynolds, a Georgia Hero

Neil Simon, 1927–2018

The same day I wrote about John McCain, another giant passed away, but a very different one. Neil Simon, truly an icon of the theater, is dead at the age of 91. In the clip above, a Johnny Carson interview from 1980, Simon (in a tuxedo) talks about how he writes his plays, the struggle … Continue reading Neil Simon, 1927–2018

Life is Too Short Not to Live Like Anthony Bourdain

Strangely, I was attending a food festival in Stockholm when I saw the news flash – Anthony Bourdain had taken his life. The celebrity chef made a career out of traveling and eating, sampling the flavors of different cultures. It certainly felt very appropriate to honor his legacy by having some chicken curry with a … Continue reading Life is Too Short Not to Live Like Anthony Bourdain

Wolfe, Roth and the Movies

In just a week, we’ve lost two literary giants, Tom Wolfe at the age of 88 and Philip Roth, 85 years old. Born in different places (Wolfe in Richmond, Roth in Newark), both passed away in New York City, the metropolis where they enjoyed the prime of their careers as writers. Wolfe became an observer … Continue reading Wolfe, Roth and the Movies

Margot Kidder, Speaking Her Mind

Margot Kidder seemed like a fun person to interview, the kind of celebrity who doesn’t shy away from telling you what’s on her mind. We see a little bit of that in the quick chat above, an interview in Perth from 2013. If you want more of that, you should read the excellent interview she … Continue reading Margot Kidder, Speaking Her Mind

Milos Forman, A Rebel

Director Milos Forman fought oppression. In the clip above, he’s talking to Charlie Rose in 1997 about his movie The People vs. Larry Flynt, released the previous year. He’s asked why make a movie about a man who published a magazine with such objectionable content and Forman’s reply is simple – and utterly relevant today. He … Continue reading Milos Forman, A Rebel

The Loss of a TV Giant

In the clip above, an interview for the Archive of American Television, Steven Bochco talks about the casting of L.A. Law, one of the seminal TV shows of the 1980s, and one of my personal favorites. Bochco was also the revolutionary guy behind Hill Street Blues, one of my earliest TV memories. He was probably the first … Continue reading The Loss of a TV Giant

A Farewell to Two Supporting Stars

This past week, two highly talented actors who shone in supporting parts passed away.  Emma Chambers, born in 1964 in Doncaster, England, was best known to some people for Notting Hill (1999) as the kooky younger sister of Hugh Grant’s character. But to me, she’ll always be the lovably dense Alice Tinker on The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2007). In … Continue reading A Farewell to Two Supporting Stars

Lewis Gilbert 1920–2018

A hopelessly chopped up interview, but this is a talk with Lewis Gilbert, the director behind The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Roger Moore’s finest effort as James Bond. It was also one of Gilbert’s best films. We lost him last week at the age of 97. Born in Hackney, London, Lewis Gilbert grew up behind … Continue reading Lewis Gilbert 1920–2018

Jóhann Jóhannsson 1969–2018

He had a meteoric rise as a composer, and now suddenly, shockingly, he’s passed away. Jóhann Jóhannsson had a unique sound, which isn’t something you can say about many composers working in Hollywood. In the clip above from Hollywood Resume TV, Jóhannsson talks about his work on Prisoners in 2013. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1969, … Continue reading Jóhann Jóhannsson 1969–2018