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On every episode we choose a celebrity who died between 1 and 10 years ago. We then go through a series of structured categories. We start by rating the first line of their NYT obituary on a scale of 1–10. We then look at their life stats, we speculate on their inner lives, and we ultimately answer the question "Would I want that life?" Each category helps weigh the desirability of a given life. Our approach is that of an empathetic biography. Our dead celebrities cross many categories of fame, including film, TV, sports, music, politics, literature, and more. Our goal is to make serious topics fun.

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This person died in 2016, age 69. In an acting career spanning more than 40 years, he played a panoply of fascinating characters. He had his early successes in stage works involving the Royal Shakespeare Company. Though he was never nominated for an Academy Award, he shrugged off the value of awards in general. He gained a worldwide audience in “Die Hard,” playing Hans Gruber, the devious, well-spoken terrorist who took over the fictional Nakatomi Plaza. More recently, he played the notorious professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” series. Today’s dead celebrity is Alan Rickman.  This episode originally published November 2, 2022. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 55 “Pure Imagination” (Gene Wilder) and Episode 44 “Inner Soprano” (James Gandolfini) LINKS: Transcript of this episode New York Times obituary for Alan Rickman Emma Thompson tribute to Alan Rickman Kevin Smith tribute to Alan Rickman Hans Gruber fall in Die Hard Alan Rickman’s voicemail bit on Family Guy Alan Rickman takes Jimmy Fallon to task Alan Rickman behind the scenes of Harry Potter as Snape Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Purple Reign (Prince)

Purple Reign (Prince)

2024-05-2901:18:25

This person died in 2016 at age 57. He won an Academy Award in 1985, and a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He was still a teenager when he was signed to Warner Bros Records, in a deal that included full creative control. His work inspired the formation of the Parents’ Music Resource Center, which pressured record companies into labeling albums to warn of explicit content. In 1993 he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable glyph, and for a while he was referred to as “The Artist Formerly Known As”. His chart-topping hits included “Let’s Go Crazy”, “When Doves Cry”, and “Purple Rain”. Today’s dead celebrity is Prince. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode features Nichelle Carr as guest host, and was produced by Megan Palmer. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 45 “Rebel Rebel” (David Bowie) and Episode 21 “Florida Man” (Tom Petty) LINKS: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Prince Black Women of Amherst College podcast series Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories on Chappelle Show Dick Clark interviews Prince on American Bandstand in 1980 Chris Rock interviews Prince in 1997 Prince’s performance at the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This person died in 2016 at age 99. She appeared as a nightclub manager in Orson Welles’ 1958 “Touch of Evil”, and the same year as a sexy alien in “Queen of Outer Space.” She appeared on scores of talk shows, game shows, comedy specials, and episodic dramas. In 1989, she was arrested for slapping a police officer. She was married at least eight times, and called everyone “Dahlink.” Today’s dead celebrity is Zsa Zsa Gabor.  Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 66 “Let’s Get Metaphysical” (Olivia Newton-John) and Episode 47 “Proud Mary” (Mary Tyler Moore) LINKS: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Zsa Zsa Gabor “Why I wish I married Zsa Zsa Gabor” from The Guardian Life Advice Straight From Zsa Zsa Gabor's Book  “Judge Slaps Zsa Zsa with 3 days in jail” from LA Times Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game HPB.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This person died in 2014 at age 86. She was a Tony-nominated stage actress, and a calypso dancer for a period of time.. In 2011 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was a college professor and a ubiquitous presence on the lecture circuit, and also made several appearances on Sesame Street. Throughout her writing, she explored the concepts of personal identity and resilience through the multifaceted lens of race, sex, family, community and the collective past. In 1969 she published her landmark book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. Today’s dead celebrity is Maya Angelou.  This episode originally published February 8, 2023. Listen to the Sound Judgment podcast in which Michael and Amit discuss this Maya Angelou episode  Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. For updates on the show, please sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com. Also, enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 71 “Defiant One” (Sidney Poitier) and Episode 61 “Dame Detective” (Angela Lansburyi). Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Maya Angelou ‘Sound Judgment’ podcast discussing this episode Maya Angelou’s poem at the 1993 inauguration Tracy Morgan’s impersonation of Angelou’s Hallmark Cards on SNL Maya Angelou for Froot Loops on SNL performed by David Alan Grier Maya Angelou’s Life in Photos in the New Yorker “And I Still Rise” Documentary on Maya Angelou Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game HPB.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This person died in 2021, age 61. His brother Neil once told a reporter that he almost joined the newspaper business as a young man, but that he had deliberately botched an interview. By 1984, he spent four months opening for the comedian Sam Kinison. His sense of humor sometimes got him in hot water. A 2018 article about him said “The dedicated fan will identify two patterns in his television work: It is invariably funny, and it is invariably canceled.” He became familiar to millions as the Weekend Update anchor on “Saturday Night Live” from 1994 to 1998. Today’s dead celebrity is Norm Macdonald. This episode originally published March 22, 2023.  Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com for news and updates on the show. Also, enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 69 “Foul House” (Bob Saget) and Episode 54 “Heartwarming Humor” (Louie Anderson). Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Norm Macdonald Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Dead or Alive Quiz Game “Norm Macdonald” was the real thing from The New Yorker Trailer for Norm Macdonald’s posthumous Netflix special Norm Macdonald returns to SNL as Host Norm’s appearance on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” explained Norm’s “moth” joke on Conan Norm Macdonald lists his Santa Monica condo for sale “Norm Macdonald Live” video podcast HPB.com Podcast Attributions: WTF Epsiode #219 w/ Norm Macdonald Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
His mother was a former family court judge, and his father worked for the Xerox corporation. The New York Times once said “He does terminal uncertainty better than practically anyone.” He was a sleepy-looking man with uncombed hair who favored rumpled clothes. He was perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation. He earned Oscar nominations for his performances in “The Master”, “Doubt”, and “Charlie Wilson’s War”, and won as Best Actor for “Capote” in 2005. Today’s dead celebrity is Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode features Michael Warburton as guest host, and was produced by Megan Palmer. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 44 “Inner Soprano” (James Gandolfini) and Episode 35 “Likable Villain” (Alan Rickman). Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Philip Seymour Hoffman Mimi O’Donnell’s Vogue article Philip Seymour Hoffman on Charlie Rose in 2002 Top 10 Philip Seymour Hoffman performances Bill Burr on Philip Seymour Hoffman Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
He taught English at Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and was also a high school teacher. He directed the drama “Music of the Heart,” based on the true story of a woman, who taught violin to underprivileged children in Harlem. He directed his first feature film In 1972 , “Last House on the Left.” He directed the first four movies of the “Scream” franchise starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox. His most famous creation was the serial killer Freddy Krueger, who, with his razor-blade glove, haunted the dreams of teens in “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Today’s dead celebrity is Wes Craven.  Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode featured Morgan Honaker as guest host, and was produced by Evan Sherer. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 34 “Zombie Mastermind” (George Romero) and Episode 62 “Lord of Horror” (Christopher Lee).  Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Wes Craven Master of Cinema, Wes Craven documentary 1997 Charlie Rose interview with Wes Craven Wes Craven interviews on Fresh Air archives Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When he moved to California in the early 1960s, he befriended the poet Thom Gunn, began entering weight-lifting competitions and joined the Hells Angels on motorcycle trips to the Grand Canyon. As a medical doctor and a writer, he achieved a level of popular renown rare among scientists. He first won widespread attention in 1973 for his book “Awakenings,” about a group of patients with an atypical form of encephalitis or “sleeping sickness” who responded to a new drug treatment with a partial rebirth. In the film adaptation his character was played by Robin Williams. Today’s dead celebrity is Oliver Sacks Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Evan Sherer, and features guest host Nicholas Weiler. Play our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com and sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 26 “Wild Thing” (Maurice Sendak) and Episode 35 “Likable Villain” (Alan Rickman). Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Oliver Sacks Live interview with Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich From Our Neurons to Yours podcast from Stanford Neuroscience 1989 PBS Newshour Profile of Oliver Sacks Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 2009, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Although often simmering with repressed anger, his characters responded to injustice with quiet determination. He once wrote “I felt very much as if I were representing 18 million people with every move I made.” In a departure from acting, he directed the 1980 comedy “Stir Crazy,” starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. He was the first black performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. His acting credits include “Blackboard Jungle,” “The Defiant Ones,” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Today’s dead celebrity is Sidney Poitier. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Play our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com and sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 43 “Poetic Justice” (Maya Angelou) and Episode 31 “The Greatest” (Muhammad Ali).  Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Sidney Poitier Trailer for ‘The Defiant Ones’ “How many African Americans have won an Oscar in all of history” “Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Fierce Resolve” “When Sidney Poitier Risked His Life For Civil Rights” Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Imagine this: You’re on a desert island, and you can choose one actor or actress – and ONLY ONE – for whom you get their entire IMDb catalog to pass the time. It’s just you, a palm tree, a DVD player (streaming hasn’t reached desert islands), and the IMDb catalog of a single performer. Who would you choose? This thought experiment was first proposed by Michael Osborne in our Bill Paxton episode, and now we take the experiment live. Today we bring you a crossover showdown between the hosts of the Surely You Can’t Be Serious Podcast and the Famous & Gravy hosts. Moderated by Jeff Johnson of the podcast A Film By, we humorously debate, argue, and ultimately find out who is in fact the IMDb MVP. Our nominees in this special episode were inspired by Episode 58 “Best in Show” (Fred Willard) and Episode 51 “Goofball Stud” (Bill Paxton).  Links: Transcript of this episode “Surely You Can’t Be Serious” on Facebook, Twitter “A Film By” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Samuel L Jackson’s IMDb Fred Willard’s IMDb Gary Oldman’s IMDb Bill Paxton’s IMDb Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Foul House (Bob Saget)

Foul House (Bob Saget)

2024-01-2457:25

In his last year of college, he won a student Academy Award for a documentary. After his sister died of a rare autoimmune disease called systemic scleroderma, he became a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. He was cast in the 1987 Richard Pryor film, “Critical Condition.” He directed “Dirty Work,” a comedy starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. He said he was drawn to jokes with foul language and raw anatomical references because he wasn’t supposed to talk that way in his youth. He played Danny Tanner on the long-running sitcom “Full House” and was the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Today’s dead celebrity is Bob Saget. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and play our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 46 ”Love and OJ Jokes” (Norm Macdonald) and Episode 29 “Zen Comedian” (Garry Shandling).  Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Bob Saget Best moments from the Comedy Central roast of Bob Saget John Posey as Danny Tanner in ‘Full House’ pilot “Inside John Mayer's Incredible Friendship With Bob Saget” “The Duality of Bob Saget is What Made Him Special” from The Ringer Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
She was just 19 years old when she first played her most iconic role. She offered wry commentary in her books on the paradoxes and absurdities of the entertainment industry. Her first book was made into a movie, directed by Mike Nichols. She had a recurring role on the British comedy “Catastrophe”. She dated Dan Aykroyd and was married to Paul Simon. Her mother was the actress Debbie Reynolds. She played Princess Leia in Star Wars. Today’s dead celebrity is Carrie Fisher. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss, and features guest host Jennifer Keishin-Armstrong.. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 56 “Sleepless Sally” (Nora Ephron) and Episode 44 “Inner Soprano” (James Gandolfini).  Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Carrie Fisher Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s website So Fetch, by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong “Good Morning America”, Carrie Fisher interviewed with her dog Gary “30 Rock” highlights from Carrie Fisher cameo “Charlie Rose” 1994 interview with Carrie Fisher Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Golden Rose (Betty White)

Golden Rose (Betty White)

2023-12-2701:18:40

During World War II she drove a truck delivering soap, toothpaste and candy to soldiers. She began her career in radio by saying one word - “Parkay” - on a popular comedy show. In the early 1960s she was best known as a busy freelance guest with game shows as her specialty. She had a longstanding interest in animal welfare. Her television career spanned seven decades and she holds the “Guinness World Record” as the longest ever for a female entertainer. One of her best known roles was as Rose on the television hit The Golden Girls. Today’s dead celebrity is Betty White. This episode originally published on May 17th, 2023. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss and includes a guest appearance from Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com for news and updates on the show. Also, enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 47 “Proud Mary” (Mary Tyler Moore) and Episode 11 “Stiletto Comic” (Joan Rivers). Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Betty White Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s website Betty White’s Opening Monologue on SNL in 2010 Tina Fey and Betty White ‘census’ skit on SNL Betty White Snickers Super Bowl Commercial Forest Service makes actress Betty White honorary ranger When Women Invented Television, book by Jennifer K Armstrong HPB.com Dead or Alive Quiz Game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
She amassed No. 1 hits, chart-topping albums and four records that sold more than two million copies each. Her consistently benign music and initial squeaky-clean image caused many to compare her to Doris Day. More than anything else, she was likable, even beloved. For years she was a prominent advocate for cancer research, starting a foundation in her name. She played Sandy in the musical “Grease” alongside John Travolta and had a massive hit in the 1980s with the song “Let’s Get Physical.” Today’s dead celebrity is Olivia Newton-John. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 38 “A Lovely Lady” (Florence Henderson) and Episode 32 “Hot Stuff” (Donna Summer).  Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Olivia Newton-John “The wild Peruvian experience that changed Olivia Newton-John’s life” “Mystery billionaire returns auctioned Grease Jacket” “What made Olivia Newton-John 'horrified' about ‘Let’s Get 'Physical’” and music video Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
He wrote his most famous screenplay while teaching creative writing at Princeton University. Eight of his films each grossed more than $100 million domestically. He was an outspoken critic of the movie industry, and made headlines when he declared, “Nobody knows anything.” He was called the world’s greatest and most famous living screenwriter. He wrote ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Today’s dead celebrity is William Goldman. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 52 “Electric Vanities” (Tom Wolfe) and Episode 23 “Book Rancher” (Larry McMurtry).  Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for William Goldman “The Five Defining Lines of William Goldman” from The Ringer Discussing “nobody knows anything” on Charlie Rose ‘The Princess Bride’ movie trailer Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Higher Power (Bill Russell)

Higher Power (Bill Russell)

2023-11-1501:07:19

He was once described by his coach as “the single most devastating force in the history of the game.” He took part in the 1963 March on Washington and was seated in the front row for Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In 2011, President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was remembered for his ability to enhance the talents of his Boston Celtics teammates even as he dominated the action, and to do it without bravado. The trophy for the most valuable player of the NBA championship series is named after him. Today’s dead celebrity is Bill Russell.  Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 49 “Hammer Time” (Hank Aaron), Episode 33 “October Error” (Bill Buckner) and Episode 31 “The Greatest ” (Muhammad Ali).  Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Bill Russell Wall Street Journal Obituary for Bill Russell Politico Obituary for Bill Russell “The Unparalleled Legacy of Bill Russell” from the Ringer “Boston’s Checkered History with its Greatest Sports Icon” from CNN Opinion ESPN’s list of Top Athletes in 20th Century 5 celebrities the late Bill Russell gave the middle finger to Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
His early passion was for football, and he played halfback at Florida State University. He was part Cherokee. He had an often turbulent career that spanned some 100 films and countless television appearances. He had a volatile temperament, but he himself projected an air of nonchalance and professed not to take his career too seriously. He was a self-mocking charmer with laugh-crinkled dark eyes, a distinctive mustache and a hairy chest. He did not always win the respect of critics, though had box-office success with films like “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Cannonball Run.” Today’s dead celebrity is Burt Reynolds. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 55 “Pure Imagination” (Gene Wilder) and Episode 51 “Goofball Stud” (Bill Paxton).  Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Burt Reynolds Famous & Gravy official website “46 years of Burt Reynolds’ Glorious Mustache” in The Washington Post Burt’s ‘Cosmopolitan’ centerfold in 1972 Clip of Burt Reynolds vs Mark Summers on ‘The Tonight Show’ “Burt Reynolds on Toupees, Trump,...” in GQ Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
He was a physically towering British movie actor with distinguished good looks, a Shakespearean voice, and aristocratic presence. His breakthrough film was the horror movie “The Curse of Frankenstein.” Though closely associated with horror, he maintained that of his roughly 250 movie and television roles, only 15 or so had been in horror films. Even into his 70s and 80s, he could strike fear in the hearts of moviegoers. He played the treacherous light-saber-wielding villain Count Dooku in the “Star Wars” installments, and the dangerously charismatic wizard Saruman in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movies. Today’s dead celebrity is Christopher Lee. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode featured Morgan Honaker as guest host, and was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 34 “Zombie Mastermind” (George Romero) and Episode 35 “Likable Villain” (Alan Rickman).  Links:  Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Christopher Lee Famous & Gravy official website Christopher Lee BAFTA award Jingle Hell Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
She once said “I wasn’t very good at being a starlet. I didn’t want to pose for cheesecake photos and that kind of thing.” She received two Oscar nominations before the age of 25. In the mid 1950s she found herself cast as either of two types: as she put it, “bitches on wheels and people’s mothers.” She was nominated for a Tony award at age 83, a testament to her extraordinary stamina and range. She captured the biggest audience of her career in the 1980s and 90s, when she played the role of mystery writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher on the CBS series “Murder, She Wrote.” Today’s dead celebrity is Angela Lansbury. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 50 “Golden Rose” (Betty White) and Episode 47 “Proud Mary” (Mary Tyler Moore).  Links:  Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Angela Lansbury Famous & Gravy official website Angela Lansbury’s full length fitness video “Cozy Cup of Tea” article from the New Yorker Clip of her first movie appearance in ‘Gaslight’ at age 17 Angela’s incredible speed singing in the musical “Gypsy” Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Geto Man (Bushwick Bill)

Geto Man (Bushwick Bill)

2023-10-0401:05:10

He was born in Kingston, Jamaica but spent much of his childhood in Brooklyn. In the late 1980s, the influential music producer Rick Rubin signed his group. In 1991, he had an early brush with death when he was shot in the right eye. He was born with dwarfism and stood approximately 3 feet 8 inches tall. He was a member of the Houston-based rap group the Geto Boys, who’s biggest singles were ”Mind Playing Tricks on Me“ and “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta”. Today’s dead celebrity is Bushwick Bill.  Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss and features a guest appearance from Charles Hughes. Sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com and also enjoy our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 37 “Just a Friend” (Biz Markie). Links: Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Bushwick Bill Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Charles Hughes’ book “Why Bushwick Bill Matters” Geto Boys’ album cover for “We Can’t Be Stopped” Bushwick Bill’s son Young Knxw official site “Office Space” printer scene Dead or Alive Quiz Game Half Price Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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