Carl Duering! Found Death!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2018 by joecetta

I continue working my way back through the list like every December, and more and more missed folks are being unearthed. Today, actor Carl Duering’s September exit is finally recorded, after his 95 years on the globe! Duering’s multi-decade career is highlighted by his role as the experimental Dr. Brodsky in A Clockwork Orange, but he had well over a hundred credits to his name, including such TV and film work as Coronation Street, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Boys From Brazil, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and The Jack Benny Program.

The Buonins tied their career high in deaths at seven while extending their career best in points, moving to fifth overall! Nicely done!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!


Gloria LeRoy! Found!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2018 by joecetta

I’m not sure what I was doing back in May, but either I was sleeping on the Death Pool job, or the obit catchers were, because deaths just keep popping up from that late spring window. Today, actress of stage and screen Gloria LeRoy took her final pre-summer bow on May 24th, at the age of 92! LeRoy had a litany of sitcom guest appearances in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, most memorably (I think?) as Mildred ‘Boom Boom’ Turner on All in the Family and Chesty LaRue on Married with Children, with various stops on The Larry Sanders Show, Frasier, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Dr. Quinn mixed in.

And Capone is the beneficiary, with his 12th death of the year pushing him ever closer to 500 and extending his virtually insurmountable lead in the Crystal. Nicely done!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

Fred Caligiuri, Philip Bosco, Jael Strauss, and the Dynamite Kid!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2018 by joecetta

And the flood gates they have opened! Six deaths in the last six days haven’t dramatically altered the standings, but they have pushed a few folks to their career bests and record tallies! 100-year-old former Philadelphia Athletic Fred Caligiuri (who most famously pitched against Ted Williams on the final day of his .406 season in 1941), Film and Broadway star Philip Bosco (whose dozens of credits include my personal favorite work as the bus driver in Quick Change), America’s Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss (who placed sixth in 2007), and the Dynamite Kid (half of everyone’s favorite intercontinental WWF tag team from the ’80s, the British Bulldogs) all decided 2018 was just too much, and cashed out for Mike M., Dondos, Capone, and Dondos again, in that order!

Mike equals his career best death total from 2016 at 9, staying put in eighth place overall this year, while Dondos pair of deaths push them over 300 for the first time in either Kristen G. or Kevin’s careers. They also have now tied Sarah for the total deaths lead and all-time single year record here in ’18, with a whopping 19! And Capone extends his personal best year up to the rarefied air over 450 – only the second team to ever crack this barrier! He also became only the third player to break 2,000 career points on Strauss. Well done, everybody!

Replacement picks due by next Wednesday!

Patricia Morison, Ken Berry, and George H.W. Bush!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2018 by joecetta

Heady weekend as we enter the final month of the 2018 pool, as actress Patricia Morison, actor Ken Berry, and politician George H.W. Bush all punched their tickets on the Pearly Gates Express, at ages 103, 85, and 94, respectively! Longtime stage and screen star Morison appeared in such notable films as Kiss of Death, The Song of Bernadette, Tarzan and the Huntress with Johnny Weissmuller, the last of the Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes films Dressed to Kill, and the second-to-last Powell/Loy Nick and Nora Charles film Song of the Thin Man. Morison also originated the role of Lilli in the Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate. TV staple Berry was a regular on Mayberry R.F.D., F Troop, and Mama’s Family, as well as making numerous appearances on The Carol Burnett Show and Dr. Kildare, and many, many one-off episodes of shows. He also would often appear on stage, most frequently in the George Cohen biography musical George M!

Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, widower after 73 years of marriage, and father of Silverado Savings & Loan criminal Neil, George Herbert Walker Bush will be buried in College Station, Texas, which is nearly a three hour drive from Stonewall, TX, where the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is located. 

Morison died back in May and was completely missed until now – so Dondos scored their 17th death the day before their 6th, Clint Walker, but slide back a spot overall as Munchak’s longtime team member Bush propels him to third behind the 16 points. Meanwhile, Bats cracks 200 for the first time ever with his tenth death of the year, picking up 25 points for Berry. Well done, all!

Replacement picks due by next Monday!



Devin Lima and Nicolas Roeg!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2018 by joecetta

Musician Devin Lima and movie director Nicolas Roeg went off to the artists Valhalla over the long Thanksgiving weekend, at the ages of 41 and 90, respectively! Lima is the second of the three original band members from LFO to leave us prematurely, following the death of Rich Cronin back in 2010. The band is best known for their 1999 jams “Summer Girls” and “Girl on TV” from their self-titled first album. Due to various break-ups and illnesses, they would only record one other album, but did manage to mount a number of reunion shows over the past two decades. A groundbreaking cinematographer (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fahrenheit 451) and director (The Witches, Don’t Look Now), Roeg will probably be best remembered for his collaborations with singers scratching that acting itch – David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, Mick Jagger’s Performance, and Art Garfunkel’s Bad Timing. He has been credited as an influence by such major modern filmmakers as Christopher Nolan and Steven Soderbergh.

Sarah’s complete annihilation of the record book continues with the 69 points she raked down for Lima, driving her all-time high point and death totals to virtually uncatchable areas. Meanwhile, Bats also scores personal bests in year points and deaths with his ninth on Roeg, moving him to seventh on the year, and in range of the Holloway lead. Well done, folks!

Replacement picks due by next Monday!

If you haven’t already, be sure to take the survey emailed around last week – we’re closing it down on Wednesday! Thanks!

William Goldman!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2018 by joecetta

Apparently his second Oscar was presented by Norman Mailer? Huh!

Screenwriter, author, and playwright William Goldman wrote his last fade to black this week, at the age of 87! Best known for his Oscar winning script work on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All President’s Men, and his novel turned movie The Princess Bride, Goldman is rightfully regarded as one of the true masters of cinematic writing. He also wrote such films as Marathon Man (based on his novel), Misery, Chaplin, The Stepford Wives, The Ghost and the Darkness, and Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Also, according to Bill Simmons Instagram account today, he was a long suffering New York Knicks fan, and would frequently email Simmons his related miseries. Hard times!

Sam scores her sixth death of the year, and her second in the last 17 days, on Goldman, netting 23 points and moving up one spot overall to ninth! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Friday!

Roy Clark!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15, 2018 by joecetta

Country musician and television host Roy Clark yukked it up with Minnie, Stringbean, and the gang for the last time today, at the age of 85! A hugely successful guitarist and banjo player, and later a Country Music Hall of Famer, Clark was best known as the host and frequent sketch participant on the long running syndicated country comedy show Hee Haw, beginning in 1969 and running for 655 episodes over the next 26 years. He is also credited with starting the Branson, MO trend of singer namesake theaters and residencies, so…some good some bad!

Capone scores his eleventh death of the year on Clark, 25 points extending his heady lead in second as we approach the final six weeks of the pool. His 379 points are good for the fifth best total in pool history, and his personal best. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!