2018 In Memoriam Part 3

Brian Christopher (January 10, 1972 – July 29, 2018)

Another post, and another major loss within the wrestling world, Christopher was the son of Jerry The King Lawler yet was more popularly known as Grand Master Sexay thanks to his partnership with Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi. Too Sexy were one of the most popular tag teams bag when I was in ‘big school’, with moves such as The Worm being emulated by friends no matter how many times the TV told us to ‘Don’t Try This At Home’.

Elmarie Wendel (November 23, 1928 – July 21, 2018)

Known to me as Mrs Dupcek from 3rd Rock From The Sun, Wendel grew up in a travelling performer family and worked on stage and on Broadway in her younger years. A prominent voice actor, she also lent her talents to NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, and George Lopez.

Shinobu Hashimoto (18 April 1918 – 19 July 2018)

Here’s a name you may not know, but it belonged to a man whose impact on film cannot be understated. He was a director and screenwriter – writing such little known movies as The Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Ikiru, The Hidden Fortress, and Lake Of Illusions. 

William Dunlop (23 July 1985 – 7 July 2018)

The only funeral on the list which I personally attended, local hero William Dunlop was the son and nephew of legends Robert and Joey Dunlop respectively. It goes without saying what a lethal sport motorcycle and road racing is and it claimed another of the best this year.

Claude Lanzmann (27 November 1925 – 5 July 2018)

Lanzmann was a documentary filmmaker known for his Holocause works including Shoah, Sobibor October 14, and the recently released Shoah Four Sisters.

Robby Muller (4 April 1940 – 3 July 2018)

This Dutch Cinematographer contributed his vision to a number of groundbreaking films yet surprisingly was never nominated for an Academy Award. He will be remembered for his work on films including Breaking The Waves, To Live And Die In LA, Korczak, Ghost Dog Way Of The Samurai, Paris Texas, and Dead Man. 

Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018)

It seems unlikely that we’ll suffer a bigger loss in the music world this year than Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul. Not only is she one of the greatest and most influential singers of all time, she was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, received the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, and was a prominent Civil Rights activist and all round epic human.

Jim Neidhart (February 8, 1955 – August 13, 2018)

2018 seems to have been a particularly rough year for Wreslting losses, with Jim The Anvil Neidhart yet another successful figure to depart. With appearances in TNA, WCW, ECW, and of course WWE, Neidhart was one of the Hart family members and won the WWE Tag Championships twice with Bret.

Barry Chuckle (24 December 1944 – 5 August 2018)

One half of The Chuckle Brothers, which won’t mean anything to anyone outside of the UK, Barry was part of one of Britain’s most beloved kids comedy double acts. Nobody can quite put their finger on why they were so successful, but watching them as a child was a joy and they were one of those groups which stoned University students regularly tuned into, their show Chucklevision lasting over twenty years.

Otis Rush (April 29, 1934 – September 29, 2018)

One of the last surviving original authentic Blues guitarists, Rush lent his voice and licks to classics such as I Can’t Quit You Baby, All Your Love, and Double Trouble. 

Marty Balin (January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018)

As one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, Balin contributed to some of the most iconic and psychedelic hit songs of the 60s, his output continuing with varying degrees of success over the next few decades.

Al Matthews (November 21, 1942 – September 22, 2018)

Most famous for his terrific turn as Sgt Apone in Aliens, Matthews was a bona fide Vietnam Vet with two Purple Hearts and a love for the Corps. He also had a top 40 hit in the UK in the 70s and appeared in many other movies including The Fifth Element, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Superman III. 

John Cunliffe (16 June 1933 – 20 September 2018)

Another legend of children’s entertainment, Cunliffe was the creator of Thomas The Tank Engine and later Rosie And Jim, creating safe and idyllic worlds where kids could let their imagine roam free.

Denis Norden CBE (6 February 1922 – 19 September 2018)

Another titan of British Comedy Television, Norden’s canned camera shows were must see TV growing up, his dry humour often annoying kids who wanted to get straight to the clips. Aside from his work on It’ll Be Alright On The Night and Laughter File, he was a scriptwriter for TV, Radio, and Movies including My Music and Buona Sera Mrs Campbell.

Fenella Fielding OBE (17 November 1927 – 11 September 2018)

With a distinctive husky voice, Fielding made a career as a voice actor and as a sultry screen vixen spanning seven decades. Her voice is recognisable in works including The Prisoner, Dougal And The Blue Cat and will be remembered on screen in Carry On Screaming, The Uncle Jack Series, and Guest House Paradiso. 

Burt Reynolds (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018)

One of the biggest stars of the 70s and 80s, Burt Reynolds had a captivating presence and energy which ensured that even the poorest film became good and that a great film became legendary. In a career spanning seven decades he appeared in some of the most iconic TV shows and movies of all time including The X Files, Deliverance, Out Of This World, The Twilight Zone, Riverboat, The Longest Yard, Boogie Nights, and of course the Cannonball Run and Smokey And The Bandit series.

Carl Duering (29 May 1923 – 1 September 2018)

Duering’s most famous role was as Dr Brodsky in A Clockwork Orange but also performed in Darling Lili, The Guns Of Navarone, Biggles, Sunday Night Theatre, Gold, and The Boys From Brazil. 

Walk Of Fame – 11th September 2015

To check the dubious reasoning behind these posts, check the original here:


In this new series of posts I’ll be selecting a Star at random from every decade (who was born in that decade) starting from the 1880s up until the 1990s to be interred in this land of magic and wonder, who will for ever more see their name set in stone far beyond the places where Gods dare to tread. Each name will have a unique star placed and statue built-in their honour. Often accompanying these additions will be news of a new store or museum to go alongside those stars whose work is of particular genius, and you too can visit and see the place of your dreams, simply by closing your eyes….

1880s: George Abbott. For contributions to Theatre and Cinema. Passing his 100th Birthday, with a career covering nine decades, Abbott tried his hand at acting, writing, eventually becoming one of the most respected stage directors of the 20th Century as well as contributing to big screen works such as All Quiet On The Western Front and The Damn Yankees.


1890s: Jean Renoir. For contributions to Cinema. Son of the great painter Pierre-August Renoir, Jean is consistently recognised as one of the greatest film directors of all time, creating works such as Grand Illusion, The Rules of The Game, and The Golden Coach.


1900s: Spencer Tracy. For contributions to Cinema. Nominated for a record nine Oscars, and winning two, Tracy was one of the most recognizable faces in Cinema from the 30s to the 60s thanks to works including Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, and Bad Day At Black Rock.


1910s: John Sturges. For contributions to Cinema. A director who created intelligent action and thought-provoking thrillers, Sturges is remembered for works such as Bad Day At Black Rock, The Great Escape, and The Magnificent Seven.


1920s: DeForest Kelley. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Though most widely recognized as Bones McCoy in Star Trek, Kelley had a long career on big and small screen depicting a range of villains and good guys in works such as The Lone Ranger, Gunfight At The OK Corral, and Night Of The Lepus.


1930s: Burt Reynolds. For contributions to Television and Cinema. One of the biggest box-office draws throughout the 70s, Reynolds has been nominated for and won many Golden Globes and Academy Awards and has appeared in countless works such as Boogie Nights, Gunsmoke, Out Of This World, and Smokey And The Bandit.


1940s: Gerard Depardieu. For contributions to CinemaAppearing in close to 200 hundred movies at the time of writing, Depardieu is a world renowned actor who has found success in European and American Cinema through works such as Cyrano De Bergerac, La Dernier Metro, and Life Of Pi.


1950s: Clancy Brown. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Brown has appeared in many TV shows and movies since the early 80s, often as iconic characters or in iconic roles, using his imposing build and voice in works such as Carnivale, Highlander, Spongebob Squarepants, and The Shawshank Redemption.


1960s: Billy Crudup. For contributions to Cinema and Theatre. Coming to stardom relatively late, Crudup has bounced between blockbuster movie work and smaller dramatic pieces, as well as frequently earning awards and nominations for his stage performances – he is known for works such as Almost Famous, Big Fish, and Watchmen.

1970s: Lukas Haas. For contributions to Cinema and Television. One of the few child actors who has successfully transitioned to adulthood without many scars, Haas has contributed to a number of popular works including The Lady In White, Witness, and Inception.


1980s: Michelle Trachtenberg. For contributions to Television and Cinema. Another actress who managed to steer clear of the more foul elements of starligh during the transition from childhood to adult roles, Trachtenberg is known for works including Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Harriet The Spy, and Mysterious Skin. 

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1990s: Anna Maria Perez De Tagle. For contributions to TV, film, and music. A child actor who has since crossed into adulthood and has been branching into theatre and music, she is known for works such as Hannah Montana, Fame, and Camp Rock.


As well as statues and stars being erected for the people above, the following attractions have been erected:

In honour of Burt Reynolds, The Cannonball Run raceway has been opened – team up with a famous CG created star of your choice, jump in the seat of any road-running vehicle you can think of, and embark on a cross country race over multiple terrain types as you aim for first place and hope cause as little carnage as possible. Valid Driving License required.

In honour of Michelle Trachtenberg, The Buffy The Vampire Slayer Experience has been opened – a replica Sunnydale, complete with shopping mall, The Bronze Nightclub, magic shop, school, and multiple graveyards which you can visit and stay in – just be careful of going out once the sun goes down, as various demons and ghouls may roam the streets.

Which attractions would you like to see being built in honour of the stars above? Let us know in the comments!