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Re: Departed during 2021

#181 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:18 pm

Depressed, feeling a slump, then remember Lift = Coefficient of Lift x 1/2 x ρ x V-squared X S!

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#182 Post by PHXPhlyer » Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:36 am

Ned Beatty, indelible in 'Deliverance' and 'Network,' dies at 83

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/obituaries ... 3-n1270635
Ned Beatty, indelible in 'Deliverance' and 'Network,' dies at 83
The character actor also appeared in two “Superman” movies during a long, accomplished career that included theater and TV roles.

Ned Beatty, the indelible character actor whose first film role as a genial vacationer brutally raped by a backwoodsman in 1972′s “Deliverance” launched him on a long, prolific and accomplished career, has died. He was 83.

Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and loved ones.

After years in regional theater, Beatty was cast in “Deliverance” as Bobby Trippe, the happy-go-lucky member of a male river-boating party terrorized by backwoods thugs. The scene in which Trippe is brutalized became the most memorable in the movie and established Beatty as an actor whose name moviegoers may not have known but whose face they always recognized.

“For people like me, there’s a lot of ‘I know you! I know you! What have I seen you in?’” Beatty remarked without rancor in 1992.

Beatty received only one Oscar nomination, as supporting actor for his role as corporate executive Arthur Jensen in 1976′s “Network,” but he contributed to some of the most popular movies of his time and worked constantly, his credits including more than 150 movies and TV shows.

He was equally memorable as Otis, the idiot henchman of villainous Lex Luther in the first two Christopher Reeve “Superman” movies and as the racist sheriff in “White Lightning.” Other films included “All The President’s Men,” “The Front Page,” “Nashville,” and “The Big Easy.” In a 1977 interview, he had explained why he preferred being a supporting actor.

“Stars never want to throw the audience a curveball, but my great joy is throwing curveballs,” he said. “Being a star cuts down on your effectiveness as an actor because you become an identifiable part of a product and somewhat predictable. You have to mind your P’s and Q’s and nurture your fans. But I like to surprise the audience, to do the unexpected.”

He landed a rare leading role in the Irish film “Hear My Song” in 1991. The true story of legendary Irish tenor Josef Locke, who disappeared at the height of a brilliant career, it was well reviewed but largely unseen in the United States. Between movies, Beatty worked often in TV and theater. He had recurring roles in “Roseanne” as John Goodman’s father and as a detective on “Homicide: Life on the Streets.”

On Broadway he won critical praise (and a Drama Desk Award) for his portrayal of Big Daddy in a revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” a role he had first played as a 21-year-old in a stock company production. He created controversy, however, when he was quoted in The New York Times on the skills of his young co-stars, Ashley Judd and Jason Patric.

“Ashley is a sweetie,” he said, “and yet she doesn’t have a lot of tools.” Of Patric, he remarked: “He’s gotten better all the time, but his is a different journey.” His more recent movies included “Toy Story 3”in 2010 and two releases from 2013, “The Big Ask” and “Baggage Claim.” He retired soon after.

Ned Thomas Beatty was born in 1937 in Louisville, Ky., and raised in Lexington, where he joined the Protestant Disciples of Christ Christian Church. “It was the theater I attended as a kid,” he told The Associated Press in 1992. “It was where people got down to their truest emotions and talked about things they didn’t talk about in everyday life. ... The preaching was very often theatrical.” For a time he thought of becoming a priest, but changed his mind after he was cast in a high school production of “Harvey.”

He spent 10 summers at the Barter Theater in Abingdom, Virginia, and eight years at the Arena Stage Company in Washington, D.C. At the Arena Stage, he appeared in Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” and starred in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Then his life changed forever when he took a train to New York to audition for director John Boorman for the role of Bobby Trippe. Boorman told him the role was cast, but changed his mind after seeing Beatty audition. Beatty, who married Sandra Johnson in 1999, had eight children from three previous marriages.

Fun Fact
The river where much of the movie "Deliverance" was filmed was where I learned to canoe and kayak.
The guys who trained the actors and acted as stunt doubles in the movie started a river guiding company on that river.
I worked as a guide for them whenever they were shorthanded. They didn't pay very well, so I usually traded my services an kayak safety in return for lunch and a shuttle. :))

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RIP - Scarface - "Rockstar of the Mara”.

#183 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:03 pm

It is seldom a death at 14 is celebrated with awe, but for conservationists, the passing of Scarface of natural causes marked a remarkable end for the most famous lion in the world.

“With its death, the Mara has lost yet another iconic lion,” said the Nation newspaper, with the Kenyan Wildlife Service reporting he “died in peace without any disturbance from vehicles or hyenas”.

Nicknamed because of the scar about his eye, he became sought after by tourists and conservationists, partly because of his gnarly face and exceptional mane but also because of his long reign at the top of many prides.

The Scottish wildlife photographer George Logan behind the Born Free Foundation book Pride Before the Fall, described him as the “rockstar of the Mara”.

“Lions are lucky to get to 15. For the previous week, we’d been receiving messages, photos and videos from Kenya, showing Scar obviously struggling and nearing the end.


“It’s quite rare for a wild lion to die peacefully and of natural causes, but thankfully and fittingly, this is what has happened for Scar. He lived wild and free right to the end, in the land of his birth,” he said.

Most male lions last two or three years as the king of the pride and are killed by rivals or become weak from their battle injuries and set upon by hyenas. But not Scarface.

“Even near the end, he defied logic by dragging himself 25km back in the direction of his original territory, near to where he was born. We feared the worst when we saw him in close proximity to the Salas males [lions], a trio of the most ferocious young males in the Mara, but they respectfully let him be, even when he defiantly snarled at them,” said Logan.

Scarface was the last surviving member of one of four male lions known as “the four musketeers coalition” because of their long domination over a variety of prides.

“He had this exceptionally big mane, which apparently makes lions more attractive to females. He was quite unique and stayed at the top so long with this crazy appearance and big personality. I would say he was the most famous lion in the world,” said Logan, who is part of a campaign to protect the remaining lion population which has gone from 100,000 in the 1960s to just 20,000.

He says the pandemic and disruption to tourism has devastated funding of conservation efforts with revenue that pays for rangers and anti-poaching patrols completely “eroded”.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... vationists
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