Bigamist, Astronaut, Storm Chasing Treasure Hunter Bill Paxton Dies At 61

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton, left, fist met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right while making the film The Lords of Discipline. Paxton played the part of a haze loving cadet sharing his gift.

Actor Bill Paxton’s family announced he died Saturday from a stroke after suffering complications following heart surgery. He was 61.

Paxton was recently starring in the CBS cop drama “Training Day,” based on the Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke film. It is unclear what will become of that program now that he has passed away.

Paxton also appeared in such films as “Weird Science,” “Titanic,” “Twister,” “RECOiL” and “Apollo 13.”

He won an Emmy Award for his role in “Hatfields & McCoys.” He also was on television in such shows as “Miami Vice,” “Big Love” and “A Bright Shining Lie.”

He is survived by two children, James and Lydia, and his wife Louise Newbury.

No More Turning The World On With Her Smile: Mary Tyler Moore Dies At 80

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, left, with Dick Van Dyke, right. acted together on The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966. The two had incredible chemistry and Moore won an Emmy award. Unfortunately show creator Carl Reiner stuck to his promise of a five year run for the series.

Greenwich, CT—Mary Tyler Moore, best known for her groundbreaking single woman with a career 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died from cardiopulmonary arrest due to pneumonia Wednesday. She was 80.

First gaining fame for portraying Dick Van Dyke’s hot wife in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1961 to 1965, Moore also appeared in such TV shows as “Ellen,” “The Ellen Show” and “Hot in Cleveland.” She won one Emmy Award for her performance on “Dick Van Dyke” and two more for her work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

On the big screen, Moore appeared in such films as “X-15,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “RECOiL” and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in “Ordinary People.”

She is survived by her third husband, Dr. Robert Levine.

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, right, met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left, soon after the conclusion of The Dick Van Dyke Show. The two produced a pilot but some said the chemistry wasn’t there. The show was never picked up.

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.

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.