With a Jolt, My Mind Awakens…Chapter Seventy-One: The Goodbye Gang of 2013

A rundown of pop culture faces, names, and voices who passed away in 2013, most of whom you weren’t aware had Left the Brendan Byrne Arena…

Mariangela Melato: General Kala from 1980’s “Flash Gordon”

Paul Bearer/Percy Pringle: Bill Moody, professional wrestling manager known for guiding the Undertaker

Clive Burr: drummer for Iron Maiden, 1979-1982

Malachi Throne: veteran character actor known for roles on “Star Trek” and “Batman” (below, as False Face)

Carmine Infantino: DC Comics artist known for his iconic rendering of The Flash

Jonathan Winters: comedian and actor; the photograph features his rare, powerful dramatic role as Fats Brown, an etherial billiards champion he portrayed on an episode of “The Twilight Zone”

Mike Road: character and voice actor, instantly recognizable as the voices for Race Bannon, Reed Richards, and Zandor, patriarch of the Herculoids

Richard LaParmentier: Admiral Motti from “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”

Richard Matheson: science-fiction and fantasy author, screenwriter, “I Am Legend” and 16 episodes of “The Twilight Zone”, including Shatner’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

Matt Osborne: Maniac, Lumberjack, Psychotic Clown…a tough-as-nails professional wrestler best known as Doink the Clown

Jim Kelly: World Karate Champion, featured in “Enter the Dragon”, star of “Black Belt Jones”, “Death Dimension”, and “One Down, Two to Go”

Michael Ansara: another veteran character actor from 50s and 60s TV – voice of Mr. Freeze on “Batman: the Animated Series”
Henry Polic II: a face you likely recognize from “Webster”, “The Love Boat”, “Fantasy Island” — if it was a comedy or drama produced between 1970 and 1990, he likely guest-starred in an episode — the original voice of the Scarecrow on “Batman: the Animated Series”. Gee…not a great year for Batman “villains”…

Jay Robinson: Dr. Shrinker from the short-lived yet fondly recalled Krofft Brothers TV show from the 70s

Ed Lauter: so many film and TV credits, too numerous to list, expanding 40 years…trust me, you will see this face and say, “Oh, no, he’s dead?!” You will remember him from TV shows like “The A-Team”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “ER”, “Kojak”, and “Miami Vice”, as well as movies like “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise”, “The Longest Yard”, “Cujo”, “Real Genius”, “Youngblood”, “French Connection II”…exhaustive and memorable. A Sentimental Favorite for Ol’ Kentucky Jay…

Lou Scheimer: one of the original founders of legendary animation company Filmation…also the man who gave voices to Orko (“He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”) and Dumb Donald (“Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”)

Jeff Hanneman: founding member/guitarist of Slayer

Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon: Montreal’s finest professional wrestler, five-time American Wrestling Association World Champion

Danny Wells: comedian and character actor, known as Charlie the bartender on “The Jeffersons” but inarguably a fixture of our childhood as Luigi on “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!” – RIP Mario and Luigi


One final message before I wander aimlessly along the sands of Jersey…please properly dispose of your superfluous frogmen. Can’t have that litter on our beaches. Tacky.



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