Robert Nichols, 1924-2013

Robert Nichols at right, with Rex Reason in This Island Earth (1955).   Noted actor and all-around neat guy Robert Nichols has passed away. He was 88. Nichols is a favorite character actor of mine, someone who, without fail, charmed me every time I saw him on screen — and …

Herbert Lom (1917-2012)

  Herbert Lom in 1962.   Wonderful character actor Herbert Lom, most known for his roles in Pink Panther films, has passed away. He was 95. Lom figured prominently in the recently-reviewed Lace, and appeared in over 100 films and television shows.  He was in Spartacus (1960) and The Dead …

TCM Tributes for Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine

TCM has schedule changes for two nights this month, in honor of the recently-departed Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine.     On Wednesday, July 18, TCM will show four movies to celebrate the film career of Andy Griffith, including the rarely-seen Hearts of the West (1975): 8 p.m. – A …

In Memoriam: Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine circa 1973. (via) Ernest Borgnine passed away yesterday at age 95. A terrific actor and a strange, wonderful man. He will be missed.

In Memoriam: Susan Tyrrell and Richard Lynch

The film world has recently lost two terrific character actors. Susan Tyrrell, who appeared in Fat City (1972), The Killer Inside Me (1976), and Cry-Baby (1990), died of unknown causes on June 19. Photo courtesy Follies of God by James Grissom, which has a wonderful quote about Tyrrell by Tennessee …

Levon Helm (1940-2012)

  The Weight The Band with The Staple Singers The Last Waltz (1976)   A few months ago, my interest in a pop singer lead me to The Last Waltz (1976) and to where I am today, which is grief-stricken (obviously), but beyond that is the realization that I’m in …