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Richard Griffiths: 5 Priceless Scenes with the ‘Harry Potter’ Actor

Posted on 03/30/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen the word “Falstaffian” is used to describe an actor, it’s usually intended as a euphemistic reference to his girth. But in Richard Griffiths’ case, he really captured the dissolute, larger-than-life outrageousness of Shakespeare’s signature rotund rascal in myriad stage and screen roles. The British character actor, who died on March 28 at age 65  in Coventry, England, after complications from heart surgery, actually did play Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I and Part II, for the Royal Shakespeare Company. …

Charles Durning: 5 Facts About the Consummate Character Actor

Posted on 12/26/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyYou might remember Charles Durning as the crooked Lt. Snyder in the classic 1973 film The Sting, or as the World War II Medal of Honor winner who confesses to killing his best friend in a 2004 episode of the hit TV series NCIS. Or you might recall him as the U.S. President that a renegade Air Force General (portrayed by Burt Lancaster) tries to force to release a scandalous secret document in the 1977 movie thriller Twilight’s Last Gleaming. Or …

Jack Klugman: 5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Him

Posted on 12/25/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyJack Klugman wasn’t the handsomest actor in Hollywood, nor the most dashing. But as producer Garry Marshall once noted: “He had what you need more than anything else in television — likability. Audiences would want Jack Klugman to walk into their living rooms once a week.” That ability to connect with audiences on the most basic human level made Klugman, who died on Dec. 24 at age 90 in Los Angeles, into one of TV’s biggest stars of the 1970s …

Larry Hagman: 5 of His Most Fascinating Possessions

Posted on 11/24/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyLarry Hagman, who died on Nov. 23 at age 81 in Dallas, will be long remembered for his portrayal of the deliciously Machiavellian John Ross “J.R.” Ewing in the long-running (1978-91) CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. During the famous March 21, 1980, “Who Shot J.R.?” episode, an astounding 300 million people in 57 countries tuned in to watch Hagman’s character take a bullet from a mysterious assailant — who turned out to be his sister-in-law/mistress, Kristin Shepard (portrayed by Mary Crosby). …