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46 minutes ago, WyattSheepMask said:

I’ve never seen Seinfeld and only seen the odd bit of King of Queens when I was still living at home when my mum watched it, but I’d become more familiar with his and Anne Meara’s work While covering her appearance on Oz for the podcast.

A touching tribute from WyattSheepMask.

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44 minutes ago, IANdrewDiceClay said:

"You don't need glasses, you're just weak, you're weak!"

This could be one of those quizzes. “Who said it - Frank Costanza or Vince McMahon”

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Astrid Kirchherr, photographer and friend of The Beatles when they were being dickheads in Hamburg. Eventually ended up going out with Stuart Sutcliffe before he died. You may not know the name but if you've seen any photos of the band from their pre-fame days, there's a good chance Astrid took it; these being some of the most iconic:

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Met her briefly years ago when she had a temporary exhibition in town, showing some of the unpublished photos. She was very softly spoken, warm and couldn't be engaging enough even though she was probably answering the same dozen questions for the previous 40 or so years. A small but important part of The Beatles breakthrough.
 

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I didn’t get to meet Astrid but I met Stuart’s sister Pauline around 1997. I was studying Stuart’s paintings for A-level and there was an exhibition of his work at a gallery in Portobello Road that was owned by Pauline. I got in touch before going there and she gave me a personal tour of his work plus a signed copy of Backbeat. Totally off topic but thought I’d throw that out for the hell of it. 

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Christ, that's shit. Bloody superb character actor and not just in Chistopher Guest's films. Excellent career though on both TV and film.

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Oh that’s cack. Wha’ Happened is part of my daily speech. Such a funny guy

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Ahh, gutted! If he's ever had a bad performance then I haven't seen it. One of those guys that you would always be happy to see pop up in a film or TV show. Two iconic comedy actors in the space of a week.. I know they both had a decent innings but it still really sucks that they aren't around anymore.

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33 minutes ago, Keith Houchen said:

Oh that’s cack. Wha’ Happened is part of my daily speech. Such a funny guy

Same, that short scene from A Mighty Wind and his couple of minutes in Spinal Tap are so dense with humour it's unbelievable, a master of his craft.

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Really sad about Fred Willard, very funny man.  His character in Modern Family died this year as well in its final season, which was a heart tugged as he was an incredible dad in it.

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He was so funny in whatever he was in. I always looked forward to when he turned up in a Christopher Guest Documentary. He was an inspired choice as Amy's Dad in Everybody Loves Raymond, and I've just started on Modern Family, and marked out when he turned up as Phil's dad. I have a friend who's going to be devastated about this. 

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57 minutes ago, Thunderplex said:

Really sad about Fred Willard, very funny man.  His character in Modern Family died this year as well in its final season, which was a heart tugged as he was an incredible dad in it.

Yep, and we questioned if he was ill at the time. But he always improved the scene he was in, in anything. I loved his commentator in Best in Show as well.

 

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I'm stunned at both his passing and the fact he was 86. He must have been, what, nigh on 70 during his Mighty Wind, Best in Show and American Pie 3 roles and he looked absolutely fantastic. I would have had him in his 50s back then. 

What a very, very funny man he was, and made me smile every time he popped up on my screen. Really, truly saddened to read that news. 

 

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