Dead Celebrity Friday: Bo Diaz

An occasional tribute to a totally random gone but not forgotten — at least not on Fridays — star.

Bo Diaz, catcher. Died on Nov. 23, 1990 when he was crushed by a satellite dish at the age of 37.

Diaz had a great season with the Phillies in 1982 when he posted a 3.6 WAR.

Diaz had a great season with the Phillies in 1982 when he posted a 3.6 WAR. (And yes, I know this is a 1985 card but I have a cold and don’t feel like scouring the Internet for a photo of an ’82 Diaz card right this minute)

It’s been a long time since I cranked out a Dead Celebrity Friday post so I thought I’d dust the feature off and start it up again. That led me over to BrainyHistory.com to browse their list of notable people who died around now and non-celebrity Bo Diaz caught my eye.

I guess I could have gone with Larry Hagman (loved ya in “I Dream of Jeanie“) or Roald Dahl (my daughter loves the movie “Matilda”) or Junior Walker (“Shotgun” is a great tune) for today. If I wanted a bigger baseball name I could have gone with “Hack” Wilson. They all died around now too, but Diaz caught my eye because I wanted to know more about Bo.

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Dead Celebrity Friday: Frank Gorshin

An occasional tribute to a totally random gone but not forgotten  — at least not on Fridays — star.

Today I tip my hat to the dearly departed Frank Gorshin, better known as the Riddler from the campy “Batman” TV series.

Gorshin’s birthday was on Monday which is a great excuse to give the man some props today.

The Riddler was my favorite villain on Batman.  Cesar Romero’s Joker was always a close second.  For my money, the only thing holding Romero back is the fact that he smeared makeup over his signature mustache every time he appeared on the show.

Thanks for the memories Mr. Gorshin and rest in peace.

Dead Celebrity Friday: Fred Gwynne

A weekly tribute to a totally random gone but not forgotten  — at least not on Fridays — star.

Today I tip my hat to the dearly departed Fred Gwynne, better known to most people as the lovable Herman Munster on “The Munsters.”

Even though Marisa Tomei took home an Academy Award for her performance in “My Cousin Vinny,” I enjoyed Gwynne’s time on screen as much as anyone else’s in that overrated movie.

Thanks for the memories Fred, you’ll always be my favorite monster.

Dead Celebrity Friday: Rue McClanahan

A weekly tribute to a totally random gone but not forgotten  — at least not on Fridays — star.

Today I tip my hat to the dearly departed Rue McClanahan, better known as the horny and hilarious  Blanche Devereaux on “The Golden Girls.”

I probably should have had better things to do in the ’80s than watch a sitcom about old women on the make but what can I say?  I was a fan of “Golden Girls” and McClanahan was a big reason why.

Thanks for the memories Rue, you were the mother of all TV cougars.

Dead Celebrity Friday: Leslie Nielsen

A weekly tribute to a totally random gone but not forgotten  — at least not on Fridays — star.

Today’s an easy call as I tip my hat to the dearly (and recently) departed Leslie Nielsen, the hilarious star of such comedy classics as “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun” movies.

Thanks for a lifetime of belly laughs Mr. Nielsen, you’ll be sorely missed.

 

Dead Celebrity Friday: Pat Morita

A weekly tribute to a totally random gone but not forgotten  — at least not on Fridays — star.

Today I tip my hat to the dearly departed Pat Morita, better known as Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid.

I’ve wanted a kind, old, Japanese mentor who can teach me how to kick ass ever since I saw that movie.

Rest in peace Mr. Morita, thanks to you every time I’m doing boring housework I try to convince myself that I’m actually learning karate.

 

Dead Celebrity Friday: Zelda Rubinstein

A weekly tribute to a totally random gone but not forgotten  — at least not on Fridays — star.

Today I tip my hat to the dearly departed Zelda Rubinstein, better known as Tangina in “Poltergeist.” For a woman who was only 4′ 3″ you made a big impression on this geeky movie fan.

Rest in peace Ms. Rubinstein, every time I tidy up at home I always think of you and the immortal line “This house is clean.”