I've just learned that Kevin McCarthy died. (The guy from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and *NOT* the guy from Pretty in Pink, though there is an odd bit of resemblance) He was really really old (96), and he had a good, long, full life, so it's not particularly surprising or tragic, but worth noting just the same. He had a tough life, losing both of his parents to plague - plague! - when he was four, and raised as an orphan. (That was in the Spanish Flu epidemic following world war I). By all acounts, a nice guy. Tough old goat, too. Tough young goat as well, as you'll see in the footage below.
In addition to "Invasion" (Both the 1950s original, and the 1978 remake, and a cameo playing the same character in "Loony Toons: Back in Action"), he had a bunch of genre credits, "Innerspace," "Tales from the Crypt," "Twilight Zone: The Movie," "The Howling," "Piranah," "Alien Thunder," "Mission: Imposible", "The Wild Wild West," "The Twilight Zone," and a jillion others. He kept working literally up until this year.
Here's some oddly touching home movies of McCarthy goofing around with Karl Malden and Marlon Brando, and doting on his baby. Notice the fall he takes in the start there. What is that, eight or ten feet, and he just shakes it off? Yikes!
I stole that from AICN, who did a much better tribute than I could hope to (Source: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/46489 ), and I've got nothing terribly substantial to add to that. Even still, the man shaped many of my dreams and I felt I should give it some mention.
As always, my prayers go out for his soul and his family.