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Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Dead at 27

An unfortunate accident in his own driveway caused the death of Anton Yelchin. He was hit by his own Jeep, which was in neutral, and it pinned and crushed him when it rolled back toward him. I hate hearing news like this. Far too young.

Zachary Quinto had this to say on Instagram:

Condolences to his family and friends. The Daily Mail has a fairly detailed story with pictures.

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And Now Alan Rickman

Everyone’s favourite bad guy actor, Alan Rickman, has passed away. Yet another famous male British celebrity has died of cancer at the age of 69. I hope this doesn’t keep happening.

This was also totally unexpected. I had no idea he was sick. And he’s been active with movie roles up to recently. He has a movie coming out this year, too. I loved him in Harry Potter as Severus Snape, and he’s been in several well-known movies, such as Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Love Actually, and Galaxy Quest.

Here’s the announcement by BBC.

What do you think is his most memorable role?

Goodbye Christopher Lee

We lost another big name in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Christopher Lee passed away on June 7th, 2015 at the age of 93.

He was a highly prolific actor even shortly before his death. He’s well-known to movie fans for his roles in Lord of the Rings (Saruman), Star Wars (Count Dooku), The Man With the Golden Gun (Scaramanga), and of course as Count Dracula.

What I found particularly interesting is his involvement in heavy metal. After 2005, he did a couple of heavy metal albums. Before, he’d sung opera. He was a man of many talents, it seems.

What’s your favourite memory of Christopher Lee?

LLAP – Live Long and Prosper

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After reading all the tributes to Leonard Nimoy, I have come to see how beloved he was.  He inspired countless people.  He wasn’t just Spock, but a humanitarian, an advocate for women’s rights, and an all around incredible person.

His last Tweet was quite moving.

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

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He ended his Tweets with LLAP, Live Long and Prosper.  I hope his memory in all of us lives long and prospers.

I remember watching Star Trek in the 1980s, and becoming a big fan after Star Trek: The Next Generation began.  I watched all the old episodes of the original series, and Spock was always my favourite.  He was logical, intelligent, and a scientist.  I loved science, and he was an inspiration to me.  I will never forget the scene of Spock’s death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  It was the most moving and saddest moment in all of Trek.

I understand that there was a memorial on Vulcan in Star Trek Online.  I’ve played the game briefly, but never found the time to continue.  Wish I could’ve been there.  It must have been quite the event.

Many people will miss Leonard Nimoy.  I will.  I wish I’d met him.  I’d had the privilege of meeting James Doohan when I was in high school at a Star Trek convention.  I wish I could meet all the actors.

Everyone who’s reading this, I hope you LLAP.

Live Long and Prosper.

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Leonard Nimoy Has Passed Away

According to this article at New York Times, Leonard Nimoy has passed away.  He was 83.

Last I’d heard, he was recovering.  But I guess it wasn’t to be.  Seeing the stars of my favourite TV show dying is difficult.  It’s hard to really say anything.  Not a happy night.

And I’m not going to do a silly Spock quote.  He had a long and prosperous life.

SpockLeonard Nimoy, March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015.

Robin Williams, Thank You

It’s late, and I’m tired, but I just wanted to say a few brief things about Robin Williams.  Today, I’d been in a bit of a funk because of his death.  The day went by very slowly, I didn’t feel very motivated.  It was a depressing day, but nothing like how he must have felt with his severe depression.

I recorded this video a few hours ago, giving my thoughts at the time.

He was in my thoughts all day, and everyone I spoke to was so shocked about his death.  But sometimes good things can come from bad news.  You see, by reading into his life, going back to look at some videos of him, I came to realise how full of life he was.  He started out as a shy kid, but he eventually came out of his shell and became this incredible comedy machine.  He was very intelligent.  His mind worked so fast, he could improvise and create jokes at incredible speeds.  He was also quite uninhibited in how he delivered his performances.  He was a comedy genius, and he was well-loved by many.  I’ve heard stories about how he was a very kind-hearted person, despite all of his troubles with alcohol and drugs.  He seemed to thrive on his craft, and he was an outstanding talent.  What I got out of all of this has only encouraged me to work harder.  You see, he went all out.  He wasn’t shy about his comedy or acting.  And that’s what I want to do with my writing, blogging, and vlogging.  I’ve been rather reserved, if you ask me.  But no more.  I want to show everyone what I’m capable of and deliver something great.

In the next couple of days, I’m going to make a proper post about Robin Williams.  I owe it to him because he was the best.  And he was my favourite.  To many people, Elvis Presley was their idol.  When he died, many cried.  The same with Michael Jackson and John Lennon.  But they were all musicians.  My mom had Elvis.  Robin Williams was my Elvis.

I’ll leave you with a couple movie quotes of Robin Williams’ that I like.

“Carpe. Hear it? Carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society

I really need to watch Dead Poets Society.

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