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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Oh, HIM!

IMDB rules! I heard on the radio throughout the day that Vincent Schiavelli had died. I heard that he was in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and something about droopy eyes. If ever I needed a face with a name, in fact a face more than a name, this was it.

Then I decided to consult IMDB, and I got Schiavelli's face and career. To be honest, I think his most memorable performance for me was in Ghost, because I didn't see Fast Times at Ridgemont High and he was hardly the most memorable guy in Cuckoo's Nest or Amadeaus, both of which I saw a VERY long time ago.

I admire what he accomplished. But is it me, or are there always celebrity deaths around the holidays? If this is the case, I don't think his is the "big one." There's probably a really huge name that's going to die very, very soon.

And don't give me that "celebrities die in threes" crap. Chicago tv news anchorman Ron Majers told then-WLS drive-time radio co-hosts Roe Conn and Garry Meier, upon the deaths of Johnny Cash and John Ritter over two years ago, that the "third" celebrity death is their own show, which always dies when they talk about the subject of celebrities dying in threes. And that's pretty much accurate.

Anyway, I'm just wondering how Jeffrey Tambor

and Benecio del Toro

could have mated and produced the late, great,

Vincent Schiavelli


  1. Libertarian Jason5:39 AM PST

    I didn't see Fast Times at Ridgemont High


    Are you an honest-to-goodness, red-blooded American???

    How is this possible?

  2. I could never remember that guy's name either. No one I know could ever remember his name, but he was in so many bit roles, especially 80's TV, that just about everyone would immediately recognize him, & they'd say "hey, it's that guy!"

  3. He was married to the actress who played Edna on Moonlighting. He was good in Buckaroo Banzai.

  4. Anonymous6:25 AM PST

    Vinnie was a friend of mine in high school in Brooklyn, New York.
    He was in the Drama Club there. I remember him as a nice guy who was a lot of fun.