Santa Monica, CA—Actor, green toy soldier and former Marine R. Lee Ermey has died from complications from pneumonia. He was 74.
Ermey served in the US Marines from 1961 until he was medically discharged in 1972. He was stationed in Vietnam from 1968-1969.
He got his big break on the big screen as the drill instructor in Stanley Kubrik’s “Full Metal Jacket,” which led to other similar film roles in “The Frighteners,” “Purple Hearts,” “RECOiL” and “Mississippi Burning.”
On television, Ermey appeared in such shows as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “History Channel’s Lock’N’Load with R. Lee Ermey,” “Scrubs” and “Family Guy.”
He is survived by his wife, Nila, and their four children.
Cambridge, UK—Stephen Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, the actor who appeared in a motorized wheelchair and was known for his computerized speaking voice thanks to a speech-generating device, died Wednesday. He was 76.
Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1963, Hawking was originally given just two years to live by doctors.
But Hawking proved all those stuff-shirt, uppity British doctors wrong and went on to appear in dozens of TV shows both in America and in England, including “Futurama,” “The Simpsons,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and on the big screen in “Hawking” and “RECOiL.”
He is survived by three children.
This week’s TDQ Q&A is with entrepreneur Jared Goetz. Jared spoke with us about his goals for helping others with his website, why he’s a fan of Mark Cuban and his advice for other would-be entrepreneurs. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Jared Goetz:
The Daily Quarterly: What made you decide to become an entrepreneur?
Jared Goetz: : It came down to my upbringing. I wanted a lot and didn’t have it and knew I needed to get it. No matter what that meant— I knew I had to make massive impacts on the world in order to provide for the people I care about. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the unconditional and insane amount of love for my mother… my motivation levels would be drastically lower. That lady is my driving ‘why’.
TDQ: Who was your favorite entrepreneur growing up?
JG: Mark Cuban. He’s been involved with so many businesses, and just has a calm and collected confidence about him that I admire.
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
JG: “It’s only failure if you give up.” My baseball coach said this to me. And when he told us that, it wasn’t just about practicing a swing… it’s about life in general. And yes! I’ve had a lot of ‘learning mistakes,’ but never any failures!
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
JG: “Stop spending so much time on something you don’t know how to do.” Let’s just say the person who gave me this advice is currently loving their accounting job… I couldn’t imagine that level of complacency. Learning is living and knowledge is power!
TDQ: Who are your influences?
JG: My girlfriend, mom, grandmother and a handful of people I’m blessed enough to consider best friends. The golf course also has a huge influence on me. Oh, and I can’t forget my dog, Nula. She’s a constant reminder to have fun!
TDQ: Tell us about your courses and programs on JaredGoetz.com
JG: We help people out with learning commerce like an expert. We want drop shipping and online businesses to be as trustworthy and professional as possible. By enabling others to work at the highest level… we can really change lives. The best part is building a profitable business like this is an evergreen skillset. The most rewarding part about helping people is the messages and videos I get thanking me for helping them out. The thing is though… none of this change would be happening without committed people ready for growth!TDQ: You’ve been named one of the top entrepreneurs under 30… Does that just confirm how well what you’ve been doing has worked the past couple years, or is it more motivation to stay on top?
JG: It’s definitely humbling, but I really don’t like to compare myself to others, especially by age. I care about making the biggest difference— that’s all.
TDQ: What project or sector are you working on next?
JG: I’m working on a little something that I like to consider revolutionary. Something that I’m not quite ready to share just yet, but I’m so excited to share this project when the world is ready for it! Seriously hoping to change what we know about innovation and advancing society.
TDQ: What advice would you give young entrepreneurs trying to get something started?
JG: This is a super easy answer for a super easy question. Get started. The best advice I can give is to go do that thing you’re planning on doing… stop planning and just do it!
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
JG: I don’t like to think about where I see myself in 5 years as much as I like to think about where do I see the people I surround myself with being in 5 years. I want everyone to eat. My team is the most important part of my life and their growth is more important than mine… if they’re growing, I know I’m doing all right.
Best known for his role as arrogant but brilliant New England surgeon Charles Emerson Winchester on M*A*S*H for the last six years of the program, Stiers also appeared in such television shows as “North and South,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” a slew of Perry Mason movies as the losing D.A. and “Two Guys and a Girl.”
On the big screen, aside from voicing Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast,” Stiers was also in “Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time,” “Lady in the Water,” “RECOiL” and “Better off Dead.”
He was also an accomplished conductor, working with the Newport Symphony Orchestra in Oregon, as well as 70 other orchestras around the world.