We here at SquidFlicks routinely celebrate the achievements of new movies. Lauding over new special effects and speculating over what newest film will be the best are routine to us. However, too often do we forget the successes of past actors, and more often do we forget these actors, stars, and creators are climbing in age.
The world lost 2 famous members of the entertainment industry this week. On Friday, May 28, Gary Coleman passed away at the age of 42. Coleman led a troubled life, but was remembered by millions as the boy who coined one of the most popular phrases of the 20th century, “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”, on NBC’s 70s sitcom Different Strokes. Marred by a kidney disease, Coleman was always recognizable by his short stature, and though his later years were marred by financial mishaps and legal troubles, he will always be remembered as one of the better child actors of this day and age.
Today, May 29th, the world was hit with another shocker – the passing of Dennis Hopper. Best known for his film Easy Rider, Hopper was 74 years old. He also led a tumultuous life, battling cocaine and alcohol addiction. Through his troubles, he managed to pen and direct Easy Rider for $380,000 – at the box office, the film brought in $40 million. He also played a role as a druggie journalist in the 1979 picture Apocalypse Now. Hopper was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2010.
Their families are in our thoughts and prayers, as a nation mourns the loss of 2 troubled yet extremely talented actors. May they rest in peace.