I don't usually follow celebrity news, but I recognised his name in the headline on a news page, and immediately knew who he was. He was so very good as Eddie in Omerta.
Then I looked at his imdb page:
He appeared in so many movies/TV shows, which I always think is a sign that he was not only a good actor but also a good guy on set/in real life.
He was only 65. Apparently, he contracted an infection following melanoma surgery. He's survived by his long-term partner, Darryl Armbruster.
R.I.P. Michael Massee (1955 – 2016)
OCTOBER 27, 2016 BY GARY COLLINSON
Prolific American actor Michael Massee has passed away aged 61, his agency Greene & Associates has confirmed. EW is reporting that he died on October 20th after a battle with cancer.
Massee amassed almost 80 screen credits in his career, including roles in Seven, The Game, Lost Highway, Catwoman, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while on the small screen he appeared in the likes of 24, The X-Files, Criminal Minds and Supernatural. His voice work included The Batman animated series, as well as voicing Bruce Banner in Ultimate Avengers and Ultimate Avengers 2.
Massee is also known for his role as Funboy in 1994’s The Crow, where he was the actor who inadvertently fired the fatal shot that killed Brandon Lee due to an improperly prepared prop. The tragic accident left Massee traumatized, with the actor stating in an interview in 2005 that “I don’t think you ever get over something like that.”
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In Millennium Michael played Purdue in The Pest House (1998).
In The X-Files he played Vernon Ephesian in The Field Where I Died (1996).
For Carnivàle fans, he played the Russian soldier in 5 episodes.
Here's the IMDb link ~ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0557219/
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It's amazing how many deaths there were in 2016, and yet I was amazed at what Snopes.com said ~
Wikipedia has posted a list of deaths in 2016. May they all rest in peace.
Having shared this information, I now come to the reason for this new post. Revealing my age, I grew up watching Debbie Reynolds performing, and now I can add her very talented daughter. Just like most of you, I totally understand Debbie's heartache since I too have lost many loved ones, including my oldest son at 39 in 2008. I gave birth to three sons and one daughter.
First, on January 7, 2017 on HBO, there will be a documentary aired about Debbie, Carrie, and I assume the whole family, titled, "Bright Lights," that I am so looking forward to.
I am positive that everyone's heart goes out to Todd. What a painful experience losing your mother and sister within 2 days.
I have been especially touched by artwork images of Debbie and Carrie that have been posted online of the two of them together, and one picture of them in Heaven. I was so very compelled to share them here, as well as a Star Wars art image.
May all those we have lost, not just in 2016 but in our own lifetimes, rest in peace with our love and appreciate of their talents and gifts they have blessed us with.
Al Jarreau, Singer Who Spanned Jazz, Pop and R&B Worlds, Dies at 76
Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Due to Complications from Surgery
Stephanie Petit and Maria Mercedes Lara PeopleFebruary 26, 2017
Actor Bill Paxton died due to complications from surgery, PEOPLE confirms.
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said in a statement. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”
The Texas native, who was nominated for an Emmy for his work in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, began acting in the 1970s. His earliest acting credits include minor roles in blockbusters such as Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986).
Paxton’s fame rose in the 1990s thanks to roles such as Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), the lead role in the 1996 hit Twister and as treasure hunter Brock Lovett in Titanic (1997).
His television credits include a lead role in HBO’s Big Love, for which he earned three Golden Globe nominations, as well as Hatfields and McCoys.
Paxton’s final big-screen role will be in the thriller The Circle, which is currently in post-production, alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. Paxton said in a 2007 interview with PEOPLE that he and Hanks kept in touch after costarring in Apollo 13 — and Hanks was an executive producer of Big Love.
“We write each other letters,” said Paxton. “I love that I’m working for Tom again. forged an alliance.”
The actor is survived by his two children, James and Lydia Paxton, and his wife of 30 years Louise Newbury.
Paxton’s son was recently tapped to join the actor in his new CBS drama.
“I was thrilled to have my son guest-star on the eighth episode of Training Day,” Paxton told PEOPLE earlier this month. “He plays the son in a father-son robbery team, and my character, whose dad was also a criminal, tells him, ‘We’re both our father’s sons, but that doesn’t have to define us.’ It was surreal saying that to him.”
Paxton was starring with Justin Cornwell in the new cop drama Training Day, which picks up 15 years after the 2001 Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke film of the same name.
Paxton also spoke with PEOPLE about his latest TV obsession.
“I loved watching Stranger Things with my daughter ,” he said. “But I had surgery last spring and binge-watched all of Downton Abbey while I was recuperating. I got so engrossed in it, I was devastated when I got to the end.”
At 8 years old, Paxton witnessed a speech given by President John F. Kennedy the morning of his assassination. During the 2007 AFI Dallas International Film Festival, the actor shared recently discovered photos of himself as a young boy perched on the shoulders of a man who offered him a lift so he could see the president speak n the parking lot of the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth.
Celebrity pals such as Rob Lowe, who starred alongside Paxton in the 1995 film Frank and Jesse, took to social media to mourn the loss of the veteran actor.
“Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure,” Lowe wrote in a series of tweets. “His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.”
He continued, “In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch ‘One False Move’ or ‘A Simple Plan’ to see this lovely leading man, at his finest.”
Video on website ~ https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/emmy-winning-actor-bill-paxton-153013951.html
Received a call from Cheryl, the mother of a friend of Shane's (my son), Clay, that we met years ago. Apparently, Clay committed suicide on March 31, and he had just turned 26 on Easter. We all became very close, and throughout the past few years kept in touch with each other. They live in the Tulsa area, and believe it was emotional reasons over a relationship. Even though he left his parents a letter, they have not read it yet because the police have it and are still investigating. In 2014 they lost a son from Leukemia. There are no words that can describe the pain of losing a child, nor are their words that can be spoken to bring comfort. The pain and emptiness lies too deep, a place that only our Lord Christ Jesus can reach, to bring peace and healing. Shane and I are planning to drive up to the Tulsa area next weekend to see them. Please keep Cheryl, her husband, Gary, and their family in your hearts and prayers. Thank you with all my heart. Blessings and Love, Darlene