RIP: Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine, Who Won an Oscar for Hitchcock’s ‘Suspicion,’ Dies at 96 – NYTimes – Dec 16, 2013

Passed away December 15, 2013

Joan Fontaine added by Bob Hufford at FindAGrave.com - Click the picture to go to FindAGrave.com's page for Joan Fontaine and see the other beautiful picture posted by Bob Hufford there as well.

Joan Fontaine added by Bob Hufford at FindAGrave.com – Click the picture to go to FindAGrave.com’s page for Joan Fontaine and see the other beautiful picture posted by Bob Hufford there as well.

(NOTE: Removed the one from Wikimedia as it was removed from there and no longer available)

Rebecca (1940) and Suspicion (1941)

Rest in peace, Joan Fontaine

(also known as Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, younger sister to Olivia de Havilland. My heart goes out to Olivia de Havilland who at 97 survives her younger sister)

EDIT: Corrected the NYTimes article link

RIP: Peter O’Toole

Peter O’Toole, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ Is Dead at 81 – NYTimes – Dec 15, 2013

Passed away December 14, 2013

One of his best all time movies, which I love, Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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Rest in Peace Peter O’Toole!

My heart goes out to his family in this time of great loss.

RIP: Tom Laughlin aka Billy Jack

RIP: Tom Laughlin aka Billy Jack

Tom Laughlin, star of ‘Billy Jack’ films, dies at age 82 – The Blaze – December 15, 2013

Passed away, Thursday, December 12, 2013

Billy Jack (1971)

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Just one in the Billy Jack Collection of movies

Rest in peace “Billy Jack”

One Tin Soldier Rides Away

My heart goes out to Tom Laughlin’s family in their time of great loss.

Rest in Peace Andy Griffith

American actor Andy Griffith developed Guillain-Barré syndrome in 1983. Griffith is seen here receiving an award at the White House in 2005

American actor Andy Griffith developed Guillain-Barré syndrome in 1983. Griffith is seen here receiving an award (Presidential Medal of Freedom) at the White House in 2005

Breaking News: Friend Says Andy Griffith Has Died WITN (Dare County NC OBX)

Former UNC President Bill Friday says Andy Griffith died this morning in Dare County. Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed that to WITN News.

Friday tells us the 86-year-old actor died at his Roanoke Island home around 7:00 a.m. this morning.


Andy Griffith, Matlock and Mayberry’s Favorite Son, Dead at 86 – eonline

In addition to The Andy Griffith Show, Griffith created a darkly iconic character in the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd and won fans in the long-running whodunit series Matlock. But in the end, it was Mayberry that put him on the map.

“We—everyone on the show—have a real sense of community, of kindness, toward one another,” Griffith told The New York Times in 1965. “The basic rule by which we live comes through…the kindness comes through.”

Losing Andy Griffith is like losing Mom’s Apple Pie or something … so sad.

Andy was the glue, the straight man and star of Mayberry RFD who was kinda like looking through our eyes and with great wisdom, kindness, compassion for his fellow man, true justice, and faith.

And the proof was a quote by Andy Griffith himself,

“At first I was supposed to be the funny central figure, … But with that format the show might have lasted about four weeks. The way it worked out is, the other people say the funny lines and my character looks on as an observer.”

Andy Griffith had some very kind words to say about the comedic genius Don Knotts too (and this was before his death in 2006);

“Whenever Don Knotts and I were waiting for lighting cues, we would sing hymns in harmony, … The show depicted Barney as tone deaf, but Don has a beautiful tenor voice.”

Rest in Peace Andy Griffith, you were a great man, and you will be greatly missed all across America and likely around the world too.

We all grew up on your shows one way or another Andy. Whether it was the original shows like Mayberry RFD and Matlock, or when they went to syndication. We all watched and loved you and the wonderful characters you further enhanced on these shows. RIP.

Additional Refs:

Guillain–Barré syndrome – Wikipedia