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Re: Bob Hope: Thanks For The Memories
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2003, 11:12 AM »
Lat week I was in Cincinnati and ate at The Montgomery Inn home of the Rib King who was good friends with Bob while he was alive.  There are a ton of pictures of the two of them together in the resturaunt and I was thinking of what an American Icon he was.

However, he means absolutely nothing to my generation, just that he was old and he always went to entertain the troops...

RIP Bob, thanks indeed for the memories

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Re: Bob Hope: Thanks For The Memories
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2003, 11:52 AM »
First thing I noticed when hopping online this morning was that Bob Hope had died.  He just turned 100 too.  Maybe he just wanted to hit that big number before dying.  Who knows.   ::)  Well, he is going to be greatly missed.   :'(
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Re: Bob Hope: Thanks For The Memories
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2003, 12:51 PM »
Yeah I am 29 and remember the tv specials as a kid growing up.  He seemed to mean much more to my parents and grandparents.  I can certainly see why.  He seemed to be a great mann as well as an entertainer.  I doubt we'll ever see anything quite like him again.  

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Re: Bob Hope: Thanks For The Memories
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2003, 06:30 PM »
Thanks for the memories indeed, Bob.  What a great entertainer and to an extent humanitarian.  Strange to see that both he and George Burns just barely seemed to hang on long enough until they hit that magic century mark, before finally letting go...

It's all good though.  He's just up in heaven now entertaining God, the angels, and all of our previously fallen troops!  I'm sure they've all been anxiously awaiting his arrival for quite some time now.   8)

Rest in peace, Bob.  You will be missed...

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Re: Bob Hope: Thanks For The Memories
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2003, 08:19 PM »
I never heard any of his jokes, but I've been told that he was very funny.

RIP :'(

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Re: Bob Hope: Thanks For The Memories
« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2003, 08:41 PM »
One of the greats.  Thanks,  Bob.

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Re: Bob Hope: Thanks For The Memories
« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2003, 10:30 PM »
RIP Mr. Hope. :'(

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Re: Bob Hope: Thanks For The Memories
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2003, 11:11 PM »
Yeah thanks for the memories Bob, you will be missed by alot of people.  Hearing about his death on the radio was sad exspecially the station that had a helocopter flying over his house after he was dead for eight hours. ???

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Charles Bronson Dies at 81
« Reply #23 on: September 1, 2003, 12:26 AM »


By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES - Charles Bronson, the Pennsylvania coal miner who drifted into films as a villain and became a hard-faced action star, notably in the popular "Death Wish" vengeance movies, has died. He was 81.

Bronson died Saturday of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his wife at his bedside, publicist Lori Jonas said. He had been in the hospital for weeks, Jonas said.

During the height of his career, Bronson was hugely popular in Europe; the French knew him as "le sacre monstre" (the sacred monster), the Italians as "Il Brutto" (the ugly man). In 1971, he was presented a Golden Globe as "the most popular actor in the world."

Like Clint Eastwood, whose spaghetti westerns won him stardom, Bronson had to make European films to prove his worth as a star. He left a featured-role career in Hollywood to play leads in films made in France, Italy and Spain. His blunt manner, powerful build and air of danger made him the most popular actor in those countries.

At age 50, he returned to Hollywood a star.

In a 1971 interview, he theorized on why the journey had taken him so long:

"Maybe I'm too masculine. Casting directors cast in their own, or an idealized image. Maybe I don't look like anybody's ideal."

His early life gave no indication of his later fame. He was born Charles Buchinsky on Nov. 3, 1921 — not 1922, as studio biographies claimed — in Ehrenfeld, Pa. He was the 11th of 15 children of a coal miner and his wife, both Lithuanian immigrants.

Young Charles learned the art of survival in the tough district of Scooptown, "where you had nothing to lose because you lost it already." The Buchinskys lived crowded in a shack, the children wearing hand-me-downs from older siblings. At the age of 6, Charles was embarrassed to attend school in his sister's dress.

Charles' father died when he was 10, and at 16 Charles followed his brothers into the mines. He was paid $1 per ton of coal and volunteered for perilous jobs because the pay was better. Like other toughs in Scooptown, he raised some hell and landed in jail for assault and robbery.

He might have stayed in the mines for the rest of his life except for World War II.

Drafted in 1943, he served with the Air Force in the Pacific, reportedly as a tail gunner on a B29. Having seen the outside world, he vowed not to return to the squalor of Scooptown.

He was attracted to acting not, he claimed, because of any artistic urge; he was impressed by the money movie stars could earn. He joined the Philadelphia Play and Players Troupe, painting scenery and acting in a few minor roles.

At the Pasadena Playhouse school, Bronson improved his diction, supporting himself by selling Christmas cards and toys on street corners. Studio scouts saw him at the Playhouse and he was cast as a sailor in the 1951 service comedy "You're in the Navy Now" starring Gary Cooper (news).

As Charles Buchinsky or Buchinski, he played supporting roles in "Red Skies of Montana," "The Marrying Kind," "Pat and Mike" (in which he fell victim to Katharine Hepburn's judo), "The House of Wax," "Jubal" and other films. In 1954 he changed his last name, fearing reaction in the McCarthy era to Russian-sounding names.

Bronson's first starring role came in 1958 with "Machine-Gun Kelly," an exploitation film made in eight days. He also appeared in two brief TV series, "Man with a Camera" (1958) and "The Travels of Jamie McPheeters" (1963).

His status grew with impressive performances in "The Magnificent Seven," "The Great Escape," "The Battle of the Bulge," "The Sandpiper" and "The Dirty Dozen." But real stardom eluded him, his rough-hewn face and brusque manner not fitting the Hollywood tradition for leading men.

Alain Delon, like many French, had admired "Machine-Gun Kelly," and he invited Bronson to co-star with him in a British-French film, "Adieu, L'Ami" ("Farewell, Friend"). It made Bronson a European favorite.

Among his films abroad was a hit spaghetti western, "Once Upon a Time in the West." Finally Hollywood took notice.

Among his starring films: "The Valachi Papers," "Chato's Land," "The Mechanic," "Valdez," "The Stone Killer," "Mr. Majestyk," "Breakout," "Hard Times," "Breakout Pass," "White Buffalo," "Telefon," "Love and Bullets," "Death Hunt," "Assassination," "Messenger of Death."

The titles indicate the nature of the films: lots of action, shooting, dead bodies. They were made on medium-size budgets, but Bronson was earning $1 million a picture before it was fashionable.

His most controversial film came in 1974 with "Death Wish." As an affluent, liberal architect, Bronson's life is shattered when young thugs kill his wife and rape his daughter. He vows to rid the city of such vermin, and his executions brought cheers from crime-weary audiences.

The character's vigilantism brought widespread criticism, but "Death Wish" became one of the big moneymakers of the year. The controversy accelerated when Bernard Goetz shot youths he thought were threatening him in a New York subway.

Bronson made three more "Death Wish" films, and in 1987 he defended them:

"I think they provide satisfaction for people who are victimized by crime and look in vain for authorities to protect them. But I don't think people try to imitate that kind of thing."

Bronson could be as taciturn in interviews as he appeared on the screen. He remained aloof from the Hollywood scene, once observing, "I have lots of friends and yet I don't have any."

His first marriage was to Harriet Tendler, whom he met when both were fledgling actors in Philadelphia. They had two children before divorcing.

In 1966, Bronson fell in love with the lovely blonde British actress Jill Ireland, who happened to be married to British actor David McCallum (news). Bronson reportedly told McCallum bluntly: "I'm going to marry your wife."

The McCallums divorced in 1967, and Bronson and Ireland married the following year. She costarred in several of his films.

The Bronsons lived in a grand Bel Air mansion with seven children: two by his previous marriage, three by hers and two of their own. They also spent time in a colonial farmhouse on 260 acres in West Windsor, Vt.

Ireland lost a breast to cancer in 1984. She became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society (news - web sites) and wrote a best-selling book, "Life Wish." She followed with "Life Lines," in which she told of her struggle to rescue her 27-year-old son, Jason McCallum Bronson, from drug addiction. He died of an overdose in 1989, and she died of cancer a year later.

Bronson is survived by his wife, Kim, six children and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be private.
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Re: Charles Bronson Dies at 81
« Reply #24 on: September 1, 2003, 12:27 AM »
I grew up watching him in all those action-packed movies, and my favorite that he was in was "The Dirty Dozen."  It's one of my favorite all-time war movies.

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Re: Charles Bronson Dies at 81
« Reply #25 on: September 1, 2003, 12:38 AM »
So sad. He was a great actor. RIP Mr. Bronson.  :'(

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Re: Charles Bronson Dies at 81
« Reply #26 on: September 1, 2003, 01:34 PM »
Man, this guy was harsh in those movies.

RIP Mr. Bronson.
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Re: Charles Bronson Dies at 81
« Reply #27 on: September 1, 2003, 02:26 PM »
 Man his movies are some of my favorites. Sad to hear of his passing I knew he was in the hospital but I didn't read that it was life threating.

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Re: Charles Bronson Dies at 81
« Reply #28 on: September 3, 2003, 01:20 PM »
RIP Mr. Bronson. :'(

I didn't realize he was that old...

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RIP Johnny Cash and John Ritter...
« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2003, 06:39 AM »
God almighty this has been a tough year on celebrities and entertainers!  Add two more to the 2003 RIP list, as we've just lost country music legend Johnny Cash (at 71), and comedy/acting star John Ritter (unexpectedly, at only 54)...   :'(

Can't say I followed Johnny Cash's career or music too closely, not being much of a country music fan myself, but I know that he is one of the greatest legends in the music industry and loved by many, many people.  He was recently honored at this years VMA's (on MTV) just several weeks ago, but unfortunately had to cancel his personal appearance at that awards show at the very last minute due to health problems.  Very, very sad indeed.

Losing John Ritter, a.k.a. Jack Tripper from Three's Company, hit a lot closer to home for me though, as that was one of my all-time favorite shows, and one that I watched religiously growing up.  He was SO damned funny!  And to lose him so unexpectedly, at such a relatively young age, is very saddening and shocking.  This is what CNN mentioned happened in regards to his passing:

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(CNN) -- Actor and comedian John Ritter has died unexpectedly after he was rushed to the hospital for a "dissection of the aorta,"...

He's also been starring in the recent ABC series "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter."  Truly heartbreaking...

RIP Johnny and John.  Thank you for the many wonderful years of music and laughs you provided us all with.  You will both be missed dearly...
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