So Sayeth the Odinson: 2019 The Year in Review: Remembering: Part 2 of 2

Greetings from the Odinson,

2019 The Year in Review: Remembering: Part 2 of 2

The Odinson would like to take a moment to remember those that brought so much joy and entertainment to us who, unfortunately, passed away in 2019.

Here, in no particular order, are pop culture heroes, personalities, and icons we lost in 2019 and a brief description of what they meant to the Odinson.

See Part 1 of this list HERE.

Bill Schelly – An Eisner Award-winning writer known for chronicling the history of our beloved medium of comic books with such works as The Golden Age of Comic Fandom, The Art of Joe Kubert, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, and The Best of Star-Studded Comics.

Ric Ocasek – Singer/songwriter and Rock n Roll Hall of Famer from the outstanding 80s rock band The Cars, a band that produced instant classics like Magic, You Might Think, and Drive.

Eddie Money – Singer/songwriter known for his energetic, punchy radio hits like Baby Hold On, Two Tickets to Paradise, and Take me Home Tonight (featuring Ronnie Spector). 

Sid Haig – An outstanding character actor that from the ‘60s to the ‘90s just chewed up scenery in whatever movie he was in including such notable pop culture films as THX 1138, Coffy, Foxy Brown, Galaxy of Terror, and Jackie Brown.  In the 2000s, Haig became forever immortalized for horror fans when he became one of Rob Zombie’s muses and portrayed the horror icon Captain Spaulding, the murderous patriarch of the Firefly Family the antiheroes of Zombie’s Firefly trilogy – House of a 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and 3 From Hell

Robert Forester – Another fantastic character actor with insanely memorable roles in pop culture classics like The Black Hole, Alligator, Jackie Brown, and Twin Peaks: The Return.

John Witherspoon – An extremely funny comedian/actor with scene-stealing roles in films like Hollywood Shuffle, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, and House Party.  But, he will forever be immortalized as the hilarious one-liner-spewing father from the 1995 film Friday.

Tom Lyle – Longtime comic book artist who co-created the 1980s version of Starman, a pretty underrated character, and Stephanie Brown (Spoiler and one time Robin). He also had an almost two-year run on Punisher with the great John Ostrander (Suicide Squad).  

Howard Cruse – A comic book writer/artists who with titles like Wendel and Stuck Rubber Baby was known as one of the first to feature gay and lesbian characters in mainstream media.  

Ron Leibman – Another outstanding character actor who modern audiences probably know as Ron Cadillac from the animated series Archer or as Rachel Green’s short-tempered father from the sitcom Friends.  Leibman’s portrayal as the villain Esteban in Zorro, the Gay Blade is truly hilarious.    

Rene Auberjonois – A chameleon with roles in pop culture gems like M*A*S*H, King Kong (1976), and The Little Mermaid, but he will forever be remembered for his role as Odo the shape-shifting chief of security on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Danny Aiello – We lost too many great actors in 2019.  Whether it was drama, comedy, horror, or anything in-between, Aiello always brought the goods in such films as Do the Right Thing, The Stuff, Harlem Nights, Jacob’s Ladder, and Hudson Hawk.

Marie Fredriksson – The singer/songwriter from the pop/rock band Roxette whose discography includes catchy radio hits like Joyride, The Look, Listen to Your Heart, and It Must have been Love the theme from the 1990 film Pretty Woman.

Ron Smith – A prolific artist whose career spanned decades with his work on the seminal 2000A.D. and the LAW himself – Judge Dredd.

Peter Tork – He was a member of The Monkees, a Beatles parody that starred in a popular ‘60s sitcom and made really catchy pop songs like Daydream Believer.  

Katherine Helmond – As if playing Jessica Tate in Soap and scene-stealing Mona in Who’s the Boss? wasn’t enough to put her on the A-List, Helmond also has roles in fan approved pop culture favorites Time Bandits and Cars.

Larry DiTillio – This man brought so much joy to the Odinson’s childhood as he was a writer on such classic shows as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra, Rock ‘n Wrestling, Centurions, Bionic Six, Captain Power, and so many others.

John Carl Buechler – The film director that gave such horror classics as Troll and Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood.

Joseph Pilato – Captain Rhodes!  Pilato portrayed Captain Rhodes the villain you love to hate in George Romero’s classic zombie film Day of the Dead.  Rhodes has one of the most horrifically fantastic death scenes in the history of cinema.

Maury Laws – A composer for television whose work has brought so much joy to so many childhoods generation after generation.  His work can be heard in The Hobbit, The Flight of Dragons, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and so many, many other classics.

Kazuo Koike – The Hall of Fame Eisner Award-winning writer that gave us Lone Wolf and Cub and Path of the Assassin.

Lorraine Warren – Together with her husband, Edward, she was a paranormal researcher and writer whose real life investigations were the inspiration for classic horror franchises Amityville Horror and the Conjuring Universe.

Peter Allen Fields – He was a writer that worked on pop culture royalty, shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Nick Buoniconti – NFL Hall of Fame linebacker that won two Super Bowls and was a member of the only undefeated team with a perfect season in NFL History.  I’m by no means a Dolphin fan, but it was funny and I will miss every single season when Buoniconti and his fellow 1972 Dolphins popped the cork on a bottle of champagne whenever the last undefeated team of the season would fall. 

Rob GarrisonStrike hard!  Strike fast!  No mercy!  He was Tommy in the 1984 film The Karate Kid, a member of the Cobra Kai the karate bullies that tormented young Daniel-San.

Syd Mead – A concept artist that worked on such iconic films as Alien, Blade Runner, and Tron!  The AT-AT from The Empire Strikes Back was based on concept art by Mead. 

Whether it was through music, television, movies, or comic books, there are 50 names of people who had a profound effect on pop culture, and the Odinson. 

They have passed on to the next plane, and to them all I bid R.I.P.

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell     

About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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