Two more passings to report.
Character actor Charles Durning, star of stage, movies, & television, passed away earlier this week at 89. Durning is known to today's generation of television viewers from his appearances opposite Burt Reynolds on Evening Shade, but had amassed quite a film resume over the course of his career, in films such as "The Sting", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Tootsie", and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", the latter of which also starred Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Durning won a Tony award for his work in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in 1990.
What some of you probably don't know is that Durning was also a war veteran, having served in the Army during World War II, and was awarded the Silver & Bronze Stars and 3 Purple Hearts, along with a Victory Medal.
Gerry Anderson was best known for creating puppet adventure series for children such as Stingray, Fireball XL-5, Thunderbirds, & Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions, and the science fiction series, Space: 1999 & UFO. News has just come over the wires of Anderson's passing at 83 earlier today. Anderson also produced the feature film, "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun", which went by the title, "Doppleganger", in England, in 1969.
We will leave you with an intro from Stingray:
And Durning's musical turn, "The Sidestep", from "Whorehouse", uploaded by kjm2672:
Rest in peace, gentlemen.