Robin Williams

  Everyone likes Robin Williams. Even people who wouldn’t describe themselves as “fans” can at least point to one performance of his that they like. If Mork & Mindy isn’t your thing, then you at least have to admire his work in Good Morning...

Will Schutz

Chicago actor Will Schutz died today after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I had the privilege of acting alongside Will in a couple of shows, and saw him perform in many others. He was a gifted actor, a complete professional, and a great guy to grab a beer with after...

Don LaFontaine, 1940 &#8212 2008

Every single one of you have heard his voice a thousand times. “In a world” may be the most famous voice-over phrase since “Let’s get ready to rumble”. I’d imagine that hearing that gravelly voice utter that phrase over the trailer...

George Carlin, 1937 &#8212 2008

He hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live. He proved, as Lenny Bruce did before him, that humor could be simultaneously intelligent and raunchy. And if there had not been a George Carlin, there would be no Lewis Black and no Patton Oswalt. A Moment of Silence...