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On 12/09/2018 at 03:41, Goose said:

I often feel like starting a topic when a minor celebrity dies. However, I might think they're famous, but others might not even be aware of them. So I figured I'd start this thread. I still think we should have independent threads for major stars, but at least this way, the minor ones get remembered. 


Today I was saddened to hear the death of Fenella Fielding. I loved her in Carry on Screaming and she had such a voice. Lived to the ripe old age of 90 and led an interesting life. 







I remember her. How sad. 


She was probably one of the earliest crushes I had. She looked stunning in that movie.

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Sid Sheinberg has died too - credited as being the man who discovered Steven Spielberg. Also had a hand in plenty more pictures too - 




Sid Sheinberg, executive who discovered Spielberg, dies at age 84


Sid Sheinberg, the man who helped build MCA and Universal Pictures into major Hollywood contenders, has died at the age of 84. According to Deadline, the news was first reported by his son, producer/director Jon Sheinberg, on Instagram. No cause of death has been revealed at this time.


Sheinberg was a lawyer who spent 40 years as president of COO of MCA Inc. and Universal Studios. During that time, he managed to turn Universal Pictures into a major player. During Sheinberg’s tenure, the studio released some of the highest-grossing films of the last three decades of the 20th century, including Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park. Sheinberg’s other noteworthy productions included Out of Africa, The Breakfast Club, Schindler’s List, Apollo 13 and Back to the Future.


One of his biggest achievements is the fact he gave Steven Spielberg his first job as a TV director, and helped nurture his career. The acclaimed filmmaker released a statement following news of Sheinberg’s death, which was picked up by Deadline.


“My heart is broken at this news. For now, let me just say that Sid had a big personality and a tender heart. He was the tallest most stand up guy I ever knew. He gave birth to my career and made Universal my home. He gave me Jaws, I gave him ET and he gave me Schindler’s List. We were a team for 25 years and he was my dear friend for 50. I have no concept about how to accept that Sid is gone. For the rest of my life, I will owe him more than I can express.”


Born in 1935, Sheinberg grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. Later, he went to Columbia Law School in New York before heading west in 1958. He taught at UCLA School of Law and joined MCA TV subsidiary Revue Productions, which was his first foray into show business.


A memorable chapter in his career saw him going head-to-head publicly with filmmaker Terry Gilliam over Sheinberg’s plan to recut the Universal film Brazil into a 94-minute film with a happy ending. The film’s director took out a full page ad in Variety reading, “Dear Sid Sheinberg, When are you going to release my film ‘BRAZIL’? -Terry Gilliam” Critics who saw the original, bleaker cut lavished it with awards, thus leading to the film being released untampered with. The story became the subject of a book, “The Battle of Brazil.”


Following the takeover of Universal by Seagram in 1995, Sheinberg struck out on his own with production outfit The Bubble Factory, but most of its releases turned out to be flops, including film versions of TV series McHale’s Navy and Flipper.


He is survived by his wife of 63 years, actress Lorraine Gary (Jaws), and their two sons Bill and Jon Sheinberg.


Read more at https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/1047811-sid-sheinberg#l8ViubhecJJuBm2C.99

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7 minutes ago, Nathan Wind said:

Stringfellow Hawke :(


He was also ace in the classic Bronson movie, The Mechanic.


Yup, he was also in Big Wednesday a pretty amazing surf film set during the Vietnam war. 



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More details here https://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/279755/jan-michael-vincent-airwolf-dies-at-73




His time post AIrwolf weren't great for him and even worse for those around him sadly.


According to Vincent’s death certificate, as obtained by THR, the actor passed away as a result of cardiac arrest at Mission Hospital's Memorial Campus in Asheville, North Carolina. His death caps off widely-reported struggles with drugs and alcohol, which led to a tumultuous personal life rife with permanent-injury-inducing accidents and shameful legal issues, notably connected to domestic violence. However, his downfall contrasts sharply with an auspicious early career.

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There was a picture doing the rounds a few years back, incredibly sad to see. He looked about 100, missing his leg and completely down on his luck.


Airwolf was such a good show.



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2 minutes ago, Goose said:

There was a picture doing the rounds a few years back, incredibly sad to see. He looked about 100, missing his leg and completely down on his luck.


Airwolf was such a good show.



The copter itself was sold to a private firm in Germany IIRC where it was involved in an accident that killed quite a few people 

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47 minutes ago, Goose said:

Bloody hell!

The flight-capable Airwolf helicopter was a cosmetically modified Bell 222, serial number 47085, sometimes unofficially called a Bell 222A.[9] During filming of the series, the helicopter was owned by Jetcopters, Inc. of Van Nuys, California.[10] The helicopter was eventually sold after the show ended and became an ambulance helicopter in Germany, where it crashed in a thunderstorm and was destroyed on June 6, 1992, killing all three crew members.[11]

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