Author Archives: Alan W. Petrucelli

DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: GENE RODDENBERRY (1921-1991)

Born: August 19, 1921 Died: October 24, 1991 Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry has gone where few men have gone before. When he died, seven grams of his ashes were launched into space by Celestis, Inc., the pioneer and global leader … Continue reading

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DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: GIG YOUNG (1913-1978)

Born: November 4, 1913 Died: October 19, 1978 He starred in many films and TV shows, but October 19 was the final gig for Young. Just three weeks after his fifth marriage to a 31-year-old Australian art gallery employee named … Continue reading

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DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: BING CROSBY (1903-1977)

Born: May 3, 1903 Died: October 14, 1977 For a man who beat his kids, his last words were pretty benign: “That was a great game of golf, fellas. Let’s go get a Coke.”     Crobsy sang, danced, acted, loved to kill … Continue reading

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DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: RODNEY DANGERFIELD (1921-2004)

Born: November 22, 1921 Died: October 5, 2004 You gotta love a guy who, at 82, was still smoking pot. The funny man was, indeed, a pothead since he was 21. During the Reagan years, he once got stoned at the … Continue reading

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DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: JAMES DEAN (1931-1955)

Born: February 8, 1931 Died: September 30, 1955 The giant screen icon’s last words?  “That guy’s gotta stop. He’ll see us.” Yeah right. On September 30, Dean and his mechanic took off in the actor’s custom-made Porsche Spyder 550 headed … Continue reading

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DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: BOB FOSSE (1927-1987)

Born: June 23, 1927 Died: September 23, 1987 On September 23, the chain-smoking Tony and Oscar-winning dance legend, working on a revival of his 1969 hit musical Sweet Charity, was walking back to his Washington, D.C. hotel room. With him … Continue reading

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DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: TUPAC SHAKUR (1971-1996)

Born: June 16, 1971 Died: September 13, 1996 Tupac Shakur, unlikely martyr of gangsta rap, may have died  from “respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds,” but he was still smoking days after he was cremated—some … Continue reading

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DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: HERVE VILLECHAIZE (1943-1993)

Born: April 23, 1943 Died: September 4, 1993 Herve Villechaize gained fortune and instant recognition for his role as Tattoo (“De plane! De Plane!”) in the hit TV series Fantasy Island. Then there was his juicy role as the evil … Continue reading

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DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: PRINCESS DIANA (1961-1997)

Born: July 1, 1961 Died: August 31, 1997 Di’s last words? “My God! What’s happened?” Frankly, Diana, we don’t know. The People’s Princess, along with her lover Dodi Al-Fayed, were killed during a high speed car crash in the Pont … Continue reading

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DEAD CELEB OF THE WEEK: GOWER CHAMPION (1919-1980)

Born: June 22, 1919 Died: August 25, 1980 Gower Champion, the director of the Carol Channing blockbuster Hello, Dolly!, was a trouper to the end. The very end. Though he was gravely ill (and knew it), Tony-winning Champion championed on, … Continue reading

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