Friday, March 19, 2021

Looking Back At All Who Die in 2016 part 1

A lot of famous people died in 2016 and since 2021 isn't looking much better than 2020 it seems fitting to highlight the world's struggle from 5 years ago.  We’re going to analyze the 2016 genuine losses to the pop-culture stage.   While yes all death is tragic, it is a part of life.  What better way to start get through 2021 then remembering it sometimes it just sucks.

10 – David Bowie, Musician – (2) time Grammy winner – age 69
A lot of people were bummed out by this and the dude was a megastar is music.  “Was” is the keyworld. The dude hadn’t made a decent album since maybe the 1990s. 
Actual effect on the world? Minimal.

11 – David Margulies, Actor – the Mayor in Ghost Busters I and II (1984 & 1989)- age – 78
Most notable contribution to the world was written for him and performed so beautifully “Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's god-given right. Your 2 minutes are up, good night gentlemen.”
Actual effect on the world? He acted here and there throughout the years.  No one saw a film because he was in it, they mostly remembered he was mayor in Ghostbusters.  He was never a leading man so his death might have opened up jobs for other character actors. 

14 – Alan Rickman, Actor – Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard’ and Severus Snape in ‘Harry Potter’ – age 69
A wonderful actor who always stole the show.  His performance as the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves made everyone forgive Kevin Costner’s terrible accent. 
Actual effect on the world? Depending on the size of the film he could be the leading man, side character, or villain. Cinema lost out on some potentially wonderful performances he had yet to show us. 

14 – René Angélil, Singer / Manager – husband and manager of Celine Dion – age 73
Rumor has it that Celine had to take the Vegas job to cover his gambling debts. 
Actual effect on the world? Canadians might be upset.  Celine might be able to follow her true calling, as lead singer of AC/DC now that she isn’t tied down to Vegas gambling debt and Brian Johnson had to step down. 

26 – Abe Vigoda, Actor – Detective Fish on Barney Miller (1975-’77) – age 94
He was in the Godfather, some TV shows, and is his later years he was famous for being old.
Actual effect on the world? The world has to pick a new old guy to think is dead.

13 – Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice – appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 – age 79
He was on the dude on the Supreme Court with the coolest name.
Actual effect on the world? Huge, so damn huge the repercussions won’t be known of felt for many years.

15 – George Gaynes, Actor – Commandant Eric Lassard on the Police Academy series – age 98
Actual effect on the world? Police Academy 8,061,053,205 will not be the same without him.

15 – Vanity, Actress/Singer – lead for girl group Vanity 6; girlfriend and muse of Prince – age 57
I was once forced to listen to her solo work during a very long car ride.  It was torture.
Actual effect on the world? Prince probably died of a broken heart.

19 – Harper Lee, Novelist – Pulitzer Prize for fiction (1961) for novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” – age 89
She wrote two books, only one was anything worth reading.
Actual effect on the world? Not much unless a huge library of hidden books will be released after her death.

25 – Tony Burton, Actor – boxing trainer to Apollo Creed and later Rocky in six “Rocky” movies – age 78
He coined the phrase “No Pain.”
Actual effect on the world? Not much since Creed was made and Rocky became the trainer.  Though a film where Rocky died and he became Creed’s trainer might have been interesting.

28 – George Kennedy, Actor – Academy Award for “Cool Hand Luke” also in all the “Airport” movies – age 91
He did the clueless straight man in The Naked Gun movies perfectly.
Actual effect on the world? Significant, we will never be able to buy breath assure again. 

06 – Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the U.S.(1981-1989) Husband, 40th President Ronald Reagan – age 94

08 – Sir George Martin, Producer for the “Beatles” albums, known as “The Fifth Beatle” – age 90
It seems anyone who looked at The Beatles in the 1960s is known as the 5th Beatle. Brian Epstein, Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe, Jimmie Nicol, and Margaret Dumont. 
Actual effect on the world? I thought this dude was Brian Epstein and that he died decades ago.  Thus it’s minimal impact. 

16 – Frank Sinatra Jr., Singer – son of Frank Sinatra and a talented singer – age 72
Imagine being famous just for being related to someone really famous?
Actual effect on the world? The last great Sinatra impersonator has died.

22 – Rob Ford, Politician – crack smoking Mayor of Toronto, Canada – age 46
The best politician to ever exist.
Actual effect on the world? Canada will never be the same.

24 – Garry Shandling, Comedian – “Garry Shandling Show” and “The Larry Sanders” Show – age 66
If that dude’s face was sucked back anymore his skull would rip through his skin.
Actual effect on the world? Not much, he was already arrested in the Marvel movies. 

29 – Patty Duke, Actress – played identical cousins in “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-1966) – age 69
Why identical cousins?  Why not just make them twins?
Actual effect on the world? Unknown.

Written by
Steve Rogers
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®