Phil’s Top 5… Actors No Longer With Us
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Actors we missed who have passed away.
Close but no cigar: Paul Walker, Heath Ledger, Pete Postlethwaite, Dennis Farina
5 – JT Walsh
A mainstay of early 90’s films and TV, Walsh was the very much the archetypal a character actor who could play both good and bad. Standout role – Breakdown with Kurt Russell.
4 – John Candy
Candy starred in some of the funniest films of the 80’s. He was a comedy mainstay and even in a bad film would stand out as one of the best things in it. His films still hold up all these years later. Stand out role – Planes, Trains & Automobiles
3 – James Gandolfini
From early Tony Scott films like True Romance to later roles in Crimson Tide, Gandolfini was a powerful and memorable screen presence. And then came one of teh geratest TV shows ever – The Sopranos and he would forever be etched into pop culture. . Stand out role – The Sopranos, obviously.
2 – Robin Williams
From genius (Good Morning Vietnam) to grating (Patch Adams), Robin Williams had massive hits and bigger misses. But as a comedian & actor he was near unmatched. A true genre icon. Stand out role – Dead Poets Society
1 – Alan Rickman
Best remembered for Snape in Harry Potter, we all first saw him as Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Rickman’s passing was sudden and unexpected but he left behind one hell of a legacy. Stand out role – Die Hard