Jerry Stiller, ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Hairspray’ Actor and Comedian, Dies at 92
By Carmel Dagan
Jerry Stiller, an actor and comedian and father to Ben Stiller, has died of natural causes. He was 92.
Ben Stiller confirmed his father’s death early Monday morning, writing on Twitter: “I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”
After a long career performing in comedy routines with his wife, Anne Meara, appearing on Broadway and guest-starring on TV series, Stiller became known for his role on “Seinfeld” as Frank Constanza, as Leah Remini’s father on “The King of Queens,” and as Zoolander’s manager in the comedy directed by Ben Stiller.
He appeared in 26 episodes of “Seinfeld” as Constanza, the father of George (Jason Alexander), from 1993-98, with Estelle Harris playing his wife, Estelle. Stiller received an Emmy nomination for his work on the show in 1997.
Though known as a comedian, Stiller was also a serious dramatic actor with a long history on Broadway.
Re: RIP Thread Fred Willard
September 18, 1939 - May 15, 2020
In 1976, Martin Mull and Fred Willard starred in Fernwood 2 Night, which was a bizarre spinoff from the famous Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman show. It was as politically incorrect as MHMH, but I thought it was simply funnier, mostly because of Willard's doltish character, Jerry Hubbard. The clip below is representative of...well...it's just representative.
Fred was also in some wonderfully funny films, my favorite of which was Best In Show.
"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." - Bullwinkle Moose
Re: RIP Thread Maurice, the French rooster who ruffled feathers, will crow no more
June 18, 2020
La Rochelle (France) (AFP) - A French rooster, who became a symbol of tensions between traditional rural France and encroaching urbanity in a court battle over his early-morning crowing, has died, his owner said Thursday.
Maurice the cockerel rose to national fame after his dawn cock-a-doodle-doos so annoyed a retired couple with a holiday home on the picturesque island of Oleron in western France that they took the owner to court in a bid to silence him.
The case last year was seen as a symbol of the strains between the traditions of rural France and city-dwellers, who use the countryside as a place for second homes but have a thin skin for countryside smells and sounds.
His owner Corinne Fesseau told AFP that Maurice, 6, had died of coryza -- a respiratory infection common among chickens -- during the lockdown against the coronavirus.
"We found him dead at the bottom of the chicken coop, we did everything we could," she said.
She said that Maurice had died at the beginning of May but she had waited until now before publicising the information due to the health crisis.
"COVID-19 was more important than my cockerel," she explained.
"Maurice was an emblem, a symbol of rural life and a hero," said Fesseau, who buried him in her garden.
Maurice however had the last cock-a-doodle-doo -- the French court threw out the legal complaint and he was allowed to carry on with his morning ritual unimpeded.
Re: RIP Thread I keep wondering how they would enforce the order if the court had allowed the lawsuit and the anti-crow people had won. Would they have ordered Maurice put to sleep? That would have started a revolution in the community.
Re: RIP Thread Did you read the original story about Maurice, Badhorsie?
A lawsuit against Maurice the rooster divided France. Now a judge says he can crow in peace.
By Meagan Flynn
September 6 at 7:06 AM
Before becoming a national symbol of the clash between countryside dwellers and city folks in France, Maurice lived a simple life in a chicken coop in Corinne Fesseau’s yard on the rural island of Oléron. Like all roosters, he greeted each morning with an exultant crow, like an alarm clock set to sunlight. And for a while, it was all fine — until a pair of vacationing retirees arrived next door.
They said Maurice was a nuisance. And when Fesseau couldn’t make him quiet, the neighbors turned to the courts in 2017, seeking Maurice’s removal from the neighborhood — and launching a bitter two-year legal saga.
It became far more than a noise complaint. Rural mayors were outraged, seeing the lawsuit as a threat to their way of life brought forth by intolerant urbanites who refused to adapt to the country soundscape. Tens of thousands of people came to Maurice’s defense, signing an online petition to “save our rooster.” They wore T-shirts that said, “Let me sing,” which could be found in local stores. Other roosters and their owners even attended Maurice’s court hearings, to show solidarity.
And on Thursday, Maurice found one last ally: the judge.
In a long-awaited decision, a court in Rochefort, France, ruled that Maurice did not need to be quiet. His cock-a-doodle-doo — or “cocorico,” as the French say — was not noise pollution under the law, the judge found.
To Fesseau, the ruling was a victory for more than just Maurice.
“Today Maurice has won a battle for the whole of France,” the retired waitress turned local singer told Reuters.
Maurice’s crowing is just one of several countryside noises in France that have recently become the subjects of tense legal battles pitting rural and urban residents against each other. City people, arriving in the country for a peaceful getaway, just don’t get it, critics have charged. All over France, they’ve filed complaints against noisy cows in the French Alps, against croaking frogs in a garden pond and a flock of ducks in a woman’s backyard. Tourists have asked one mayor to stop church bells from ringing and another to silence cicadas by killing them.
And at the center of this “crisis over traditions” of rural French life, newspaper the Local reported, is Maurice the rooster — the culture war’s “mascot.”
The rooster is also France’s unofficial national symbol, adorning stamps and sports logos and France’s seal of the Republic. Reuters described the case as a “battle for France’s soul.”
The legal saga began in 2017, when Maurice was still a baby. The neighbors, from the city of Limoges, had bought the vacation home in the early 2000s and visited several times a year. But when they returned in 2017 to find Fesseau had erected a chicken coop next door, they felt disturbed, constantly waking to Maurice’s reliable daybreak singing.
There was only so much Fesseau could do to quiet him down. She draped black sheets over his coop so he wouldn’t know the sun had risen, but even in the dark, Maurice still knew. She insulated his coop with egg boxes to make it more soundproof, but the neighbors still complained. Investigators were sent to listen to the cock’s crowing at dawn, but they didn’t think it was that bad.
When the neighbors sued, Fesseau started the petition, which now has nearly 140,000 signatures.
“What do we ban next?” she wrote in the petition. “The cooing of doves, the cries of the seagulls, the birds that chirp every morning?”
The mayor of the village, Christophe Sueur, said, “I will protect the cockerel in order to defend our way of life,” he said on a French radio show. Another rural mayor, Bruno Dionis du Séjour, penned a furious open letter to French Parliament, urging national legislation to end the assault on normal animal noises. He said he was shocked by “the selfishness of new fellow citizens, most of the time of urban origin, who discover the countryside like the idiot who discovers eggs don’t grow in trees.”
Fesseau’s lawyer, Julien Papineau, told AFP the plaintiffs were ordered to pay 1,000 euros in damages (or $1,102).
As for Maurice, now 4, he’s still recovering from all the attention.
Re: RIP Thread (NBC News) - Hugh Downs, former 'Today' show anchor and broadcasting icon, dies at 99
Broadcasting icon Hugh Downs died Wednesday at his Scottsdale, Arizona, home at the age of 99, his family confirmed to NBC News on Thursday. The Emmy Award-winning broadcaster served as a "Today" show anchor for nine years from 1962 to 1971, one of the country's most turbulent periods, and would go on to a long career alongside Barbara Walters at ABC's "20/20."
Re: RIP Thread (NBC News) - Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels dies at 83
Country music legend Charlie Daniels died Monday in Tennessee, according to a statement from his publicist. Known best for The Charlie Daniels Band hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Daniels spanned genres that included gospel, southern rock, bluegrass and country. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.