“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.

“I’ve Been A Shell Of A Human Being Ever Since:” A TDQ Q&A With Brice Beckham, Part 2

Brice "David" Beckham

The svelte Brice Beckham sporting the comparably thin RAZR from Motorola.

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TDQ: Any chance in hell of there really being a “Mr. Belvedere” movie?

Beckham: It’s entirely possible… but not likely. If they did want to recycle the property, I think it would be a modern reboot of the original films more than a big screen adaptation of the TV series, since movies based on sitcoms have (rightfully) become less popular in the past decade. And even then, as your article touched on with Daniel Craig, male nanny “Mr. Mom” comedies of today are action/family hybrids starring guys like Vin Diesel, Hulk Hogan and The Rock. A wise, well-mannered Englishman probably isn’t gonna cut it at the box office. But you never know. Hugh Grant begrudgingly goes to work for Vince Vaughn? Continue reading