R. Lee Ermey Has Died, You Useless Maggots!

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.

R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey, first row second from right, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, fist row far right, in Marine Corps basic training in San Diego, CA in 1966. The two were close friends. DiMaio would call Ermey “Sergeant” and Ermey would call DiMaio “maggot.” Ermey called everyone “maggot” but DiMaio could tell the way he said it toward him was special.

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. 

“The Big Bang Theory” Star, Actor Stephen Hawking Dies At 76

Stephen Hawking

Actor Stephen Hawking, left center, was a classmate of RECOiL writer/director/actor at Cambridge School for the Arts and was best man at his wedding.

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.

“M*A*S*H Veteran David Ogden Stiers Has Died

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center, on the set of M*A*S*H. DiMaio was set to have a more prominent role in the series but managed to amputate the wrong leg of a patient and was dropped by the production company’s malpractice insurance.

Newport, OR—Let us put this as clearly and succinctly as possible: Korean War veteran and former talking clock David Ogden Stiers has died from bladder cancer. He was 75.

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.

Frasier’s Dad, John Mahoney Dies At 77

John Mahoney

John Mahoney, right, with actor Richard Dreyfus, center, and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio played the role of an additional aluminum siding salesman in the film Tin Men but the part was later cut because focus groups felt there were one too many aluminum siding salesmen.

Chicago—Actor John Mahoney, best known as Frasier’s former cop pop Martin Crane on the NBC hit “Frasier” from 1993 to 2004, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 77.

Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, Mahoney moved to the United States in the 1950s and got his start as an actor when he joined John Malkovich and Gary Sinise in Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1977. He would go on to win a Tony Award for his role in “The House of Blue Leaves.”

On the big screen, he appeared in such films as “Eight Men Out,” “Say Anything…,” “RECOiL” and “The Manhattan Project.”

Besides “Frasier,” he also appeared in TV shows like “Becker,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “ER” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.”

Mahoney never married or had any children. 

Here We Go, 2018: Jerry Van Dyke Has Died At 86

Jerry Van Dyke

Jerry Van Dyke, right, made a two episode appearance on the Dick Van Dyke show in the role of Stacey Petrie, brother of the starring character Rob Petrie. Young actor Brian DiMaio, left, was hired to play Germaine Petrie, an even younger brother because if Dick had a younger brother on the show Jerry insisted he also have younger brother.

Hot Springs, AR—Jerry Van Dyke, the less-talented, but still beloved younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died Friday at his ranch. He was 86. His wife said he had been in declining health since a car accident two years prior. 

Best known for his role as Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on ABC’s “Coach” alongside Craig T. Nelson from 1989 to 1997, Van Dyke also appeared on television in shows like “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “That 70s Show” and “The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon.” 

On the big screen, he appeared in such films as “McLintock,” “Palm Springs Weekend,” “RECOiL” and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.”

He is survived by his second wife, Shirley and two children.