2017 Gets Its First Celebrity: Miguel Ferrer Dies At 61

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer, center, flanked by cousins George Clooney, right, and Brian DiMaio, left. When this photo was snapped they were all laughing about how no one could remember which side of the family DiMaio came from.

Los Angeles—Miguel Ferrer, best known as the OCP executive who got blown all to hell by Eric Forman’s dad in the classic sci-fi film, “Robocop,” has died from throat cancer. He was 61.

He most recently worked on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and also appeared on TV in such shows as “Crossing Jordan” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Magnum, PI” and in the 1995 miniseries, “The Stand.” 

Besides his role in “Robocop,” he also appeared in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” “RECOIL” and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!”

Ferrer is survived by his wife Lori, sons Lukas and Rafi and his first cousin, George Clooney.

“I Find Happiness In Living Moment To Moment:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress And Writer Sonia Rockwell

Sonia Rockwell

Sonia Rockwell

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress and writer Sonia Rockwell. Sonia spoke to us about her role in the new version of “MacGyver,” her recent work in “The Bounce Back” and how great Mike Judge is. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Sonia Rockwell:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Sonia Rockwell: Getting paid to play sounded like the best idea in world! Sign me up!

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

SR: I absolutely adore Reese Witherspoon! She can be serious, cute, corky, dorky, and just plain adorable! I have really enjoyed watching her career.

TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?

SR: Honestly, any cartoons. I loved cartoons growing up. I didn’t really watch a lot of regular TV as a kid other than cartoons. Then of course…there were “Friends,” the “X-FILES,” and “MacGyver”!!!

SoniaRockwell in the movie Spread.

Sonia Rockwel in the movie Spread with Ashton Kutcher. You may think this movie is about a guy giving out free samples of a tasty new veggie spread at the grocery store but it is not.

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

SR: It’s funny, I get asked this question a lot! Live in the moment! Like children, they don’t worry about yesterday or worry about tomorrow, they just enjoy the present. I find happiness in living moment to moment.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

SR: Yikes! The worst advice, hmmm, I can’t remember…maybe I didn’t take it! Haha

TDQ: Who are your influences?

SR: My Mother is my absolute biggest influence. She’s a walking angel, she has more love in one person to give than I have ever seen. Truly a selfless woman, she was a successful Biochemist, and at one time a flight attendant. She is just a big bundle of love. I admire her so much, if I could be half the woman she is I would be proud.

Sonia Rockwell at The Bounce Back premiere.

Sonia Rockwell at The Bounce Back premiere.

TDQ: Tell us about your work on your latest movie, “The Bounce Back” and upcoming series, “American Crime”.

SR: In “The Bounce Back” I play a Chicago talk show host. Shemar Moore and his love interest battle it out in their opposing views of getting over love on my talk show. We had fun with it, and played a lot with improv. It was a lot of fun and we had a lot of surprises. “American Crime” will be airing soon, unfortunately I can’t say too much about it, other than working with Felicity Huffman was an honor.

TDQ: You’ve also appeared on the reboot of “MacGyver.” What was it like working on an updated version of such an iconic show?

SR: Oh my gosh, it was a dream. I actually remember my parents watching the original series, so I was stoked to get to play on it. My character is from Portugal and I got to speak Portuguese and had a real thick Portuguese accent. It was fun working with George Eads again, we did an episode together on “CSI,” playing totally different characters. We had a blast.

Sonia Rockwell and Snoop Dogg

Sonia Rockwell and close personal friend Snoop Dogg.

TDQ: What other projects are you working on next?

SR: I play Jenny McCarthy on Mike Judge’s new show “History of the World…For Now.” It’s pretty silly, you learn about pop culture in an almost “Saturday Night Live Style.” I love comedy, it’s so much fun, and of course, Mike Judge is a legend!

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

SR: In five years I’m still going to be acting on TV and in film and by then I’ll have the TV show I am currently writing finished. It’s a comedy and that will be in the works to make its debut! I’m so excited, I can’t wait, I love writing. And I’ll definitely have my pilots license in the bag, so then, I’ll go flying!

Check out Sonia’s Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.

William Christopher Is Final Victim Of The Horrible Celebrity Year Of 2016

William Christopher

William Christopher, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of MASH. DiMaio played a US Army altar boy. It was later learned that the Army didn’t enlist altar boys and the role was cut.

Pasadena, CA—William Christopher, best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on “M*A*S*H,” died on New Year’s Eve due to small-cell carcinoma. He was 84. He had been in hospice since just after Christmas. 

He also appeared in such classic television shows as “Mad About You,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Hogan’s Heroes.”

On the big screen, Christopher was in movies like “With Six You Get Eggroll,” “The Fortune Cookie” “RECOiL” and “The Shakiest Gun in the West.” 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their two sons, John and Ned. Ned has autism, and Christopher and his wife were very active in fundraising for charities that focus on autism. 

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s Mom, Dies At 84. Seriously.

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds, right, met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left, on a double date with Reynolds’ husband Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor. It has been rumored that on the date DiMaio joked that Reynolds could “do better than this guy” referring to Fisher. This remark is credited as creating a rift in the relationship driving Fisher into the arms of Taylor. Reynolds offered no comfort to DiMaio.

Los Angeles—Debbie Reynolds, mother to Carrie Fisher, who just died Tuesday, has now passed away herself from a stroke, just one day after Fisher did. She was 84.

Movie buffs who can’t appreciate classic films would know her best as the voice of Charlotte in the animated classic, “Charlotte’s Web.” She also appeared as a live version in films like  “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge,” “RECOIL” and “Return to Halloweentown.”

She also appeared in such television shows as “Golden Girls,” “Wings” and “Roseanne.”

In 2015, Reynolds was awarded with a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Married and divorced three times, she is survived by her son Todd and her granddaughter, Billie Lourd.

Hollywood Royalty Carrie Fisher Dies At 60

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, right, originally met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center on the set of The Blues Brothers. John Belushi, left, and DiMaio were set to be the original Blues Brothers. Unfortunately for DiMaio Fisher’s boyfriend Dan Aykroyd saved her from choking on a Brussels sprout in her trailer. The two were engaged 10 minutes later and Aykroyd was re-cast as Elwood Blues.

Los Angeles—Actress and author Carrier Fisher, famous at birth for being the daughter of Hollywood mega starts Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fischer, died Tuesday. She was 60.

Fisher had suffered a heart attack while flying from London to Los Angeles on December 23.

Fisher appeared in Hollywood hits “When Harry Met Sally,” “Blues Brothers” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “RECOiL” and “The Man With One Red Shoe.”

On the small screen, she was in “30 Rock,” “Smallville,” “A Nero Wolfe Mystery” and “Laverne and Shirley.”

She also wrote numerous books, including “Surrender the Pink,” “Delusions of Grandma” and “Postcards from the Edge,” which was later turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep. 

Fisher is survived by her mother Reynolds, daughter Billie Lourd, brother Todd Fisher and half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.