COMEDIAN BOB SAGET DEAD AT 65
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bob Saget is dead. The actor and comedian best known for his role as single dad Danny Tanner on TV’s “Full House” was found dead yesterday in an Orlando, Florida hotel. The sheriff’s department in Orange County says it got a call about an “unresponsive man” in a room – and found Saget’s body. Authorities say there are “no signs of foul play or drug use.” A coroner’s examination will determine how and why he died. Aside from his work on “Full House,” Saget was the longtime host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Saget was in Florida this past weekend on a comedy tour. Saget was 65.
BOB SAGET REMEMBERED BY FELLOW COMEDIANS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bob Saget’s death at age 65 shocked both his peers and fans. Many of the tributes for him came on Twitter, praising the veteran comedian for his talent and kindness.
“Bob Saget was as lovely a human as he was funny. And to my mind, he was hilarious. We were close friends and I could not have loved him more.” – Norman Lear, via Twitter
“I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby.” – John Stamos, via Twitter
“I don’t know what to say. I have no words. Bob was one of the best humans beings I’ve ever known in my life. I loved him so much.” – Candace Cameron Bure, who played Saget’s daughter on “Full House,” via Twitter.
“He had a big, big heart and a wonderfully warped comic mind. He gave the world a lot of joy and lived his life for goodness’ sake.” – Jim Carrey, via Twitter.
“Still in shock. I just spoke with Bob a few days ago. We stayed on the phone as usual making each other laugh. RIP to friend, comedian & fellow Aristocrat Bob Saget.” – Gilbert Gottfried, via Twitter
“I know that people lose loved ones, good people, every day. No one gets a pass. But the loss of Bob Saget hits deep. If you didn’t know him, he was kind and dear and cared about people deeply. He was the definition of “a good egg”. Too soon he leaves.” – Jason Alexander, via Twitter.
“The only people who said terrible things about Bob Saget were his best friends. – Tom Arnold, via Twitter.
“Oh god. Bob Saget!!! The loveliest man. I was his TV daughter for one season and he was always so kind and protective. So so sorry for his family.” – Kat Dennings, via Twitter
“You couldn’t find a nicer or sharper wit than Bob Saget. Shocked and devastated.” – Kathy Griffin, via Twitter
“R.I.P. buddy….Life can turn to (expletive) in one moment. My heart aches for his whole family. In often a ruthless business he was historically not just hilarious but more importantly one of the kindest human beings I ever met in my career.” – Richard Lewis, via Twitter
SIDNEY POITIER DIES AT 94
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hollywood is remembering Sidney Poitier, who broke racial barriers while leaving a huge legacy as a quality actor. Word of his death came Friday from the government of the Bahamas, which said he died the day before at his home in Los Angeles. He was 94. Poitier became a groundbreaking performer as the first Black star to win an Oscar. He also became a box office draw at a time when the only Black people seen in movies were in subservient roles. He got stardom and acclaim at a time in this country when Blacks still hadn’t been granted basic civil rights. But Poitier make sure his efforts to break barriers would serve as a battering ram for Blacks who followed him. Friend and colleague Harry Belafonte says Poitier was his “brother and partner in trying to make this world a little better.”
DWAYNE HICKMAN OF “DOBIE GILLIS” FAME DIES
UNDATED (AP) – The man known by a generation of TV viewers as the star of Dobie Gillis has died. His family says Dwayne Hickman died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles from complications from Parkinson’s. He was 87. While he did other roles and went on to become a network TV executive, Hickman will be remembered for his Dobie role. When former President Bill Clinton met him while he was governor of Arkansas, he exclaimed, “Oh, my gosh – it’s Dobie Gillis! I grew up with you!” Despite the public’s fixation with the one role. Hickman didn’t seem to mind. He told a reporter in 2003, “it’s very sweet to see how much Dobie Gillis meant to a lot of baby boomers” – noting that they were “always nice” when they met him. His autobiography, co-written with his wife, came out in 1995. The title: “Forever Dobie.”
MOVIE LYRICIST MARILYN BERGMAN DIES AT AGE 93
UNDATED (AP) – One of the most prolific and successful songwriters for TV, movies and Broadway has died. Marilyn Bergman worked with her husband Alan on timeless songs like “The Way We Were” and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing,” along with up-tempo themes for the 1970s TV sitcoms “Good Times” and “Maude.” A rep says Marilyn Bergman died at her Los Angeles home on Saturday. She was 91.
GOLDEN GLOBES ANNOUNCED, WITHOUT CEREMONY
UNDATED (AP) – Usually, the first Sunday in January is when the Golden Globes are handed out. They were again last night, but the ceremony wasn’t televised – or even held. The winners were announced on social media after NBC pulled the plug on the annual broadcast. Among the winners: Will Smith as best actor for “King Richard” and Nicole Kidman as best actress for “Being the Ricardos.” TV awards went to Michaela Jae Rodriguez for “Pose” and Jason Sudeikis for “Ted Lasso.” Hollywood shunned the Globes because of a lack of diversity in its voting ranks and complaints about shady behavior among its members.
ALEC BALDWIN DENIES NOT COMPLYING WITH “RUST” FATAL SHOOTING PROBE
NEW YORK (AP) – Alec Baldwin denies he’s stiff-arming New Mexico authorities looking into the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust.” He said in an Instagram post over the weekend that he’s cooperating – but investigators in New Mexico must go through authorities in New York to get what they’re asking for. Authorities want Baldwin to turn over the cell phone he had Oct. 21, when his prop gun fired a live round into cinematographer Haylna Hutchins, killing her. Though Baldwin says that he’s cooperating, authorities don’t yet have his phone.
SPIDER-MAN CONTINUES TO TOP BOX OFFICE RACE
UNDATED (AP) – “Spider-Man’s” web continues to have a strong grip on the box office lead. “No Way Home’s” fourth weekend in theaters saw it add another $33 million to its ticket sales total. Added to the $668.8 million it already made in North America, it’s now the sixth-highest grossing release all-time domestically. When you factor in its overseas appeal, the $1.5 billion it has made globally puts it in eighth place overall.