|Miguel Ferrer (January 19)
|Yordano Ventura (January 22)
|Chris Cornell (May 18)
|Bobby Heenan (September 17)
One other thing I loved about him, is that he never called himself a commentator or an announcer. He called himself a "broadcast journalist". A term I used for many years likely all because Heenan introduced me to the term. It made him seem more sophisticated and like he should be taken more seriously, which in the end made him that much better as a heel.
|Robert Guillaume (October 24)
Many years ago, likely around 2002 or 2003 I was watching the movie Lean On Me for the umpteenth time. As I watched it, I was watching the passion and fury of a scene featuring Robert Guillaume and said out loud, "It will be a sad day when he passes away". That isn't something I just randomly say about people, in fact I've maybe only said it for a couple people. Well, on October 24th, it was a sad day. I had seen Robert's work for many years before 2002, and each time I was impressed with his range. In a similar vein as Miguel Ferrer, he never changed his acting style as shows and movies progressed. It was something I liked about both men. Even on a dialogue heavy show like Sports Night, he didn't need long paragraphs to convey his character. He was a man who had seen it all and lived through it all, and simple responses was all that was needed to show who he was. Having said that, two favorite scenes of him from the series was when he scolded Danny (Josh Charles) about comparing himself to Rosa Parks, and the other was a scene doing commentary about the "Six Southern Gentlemen Of Tennessee". His quick wit in his characters defined him throughout his career. Even before Sports Night, I enjoyed him in Lean On Me. I remember seeing episodes of Benson, though I can't remember much of the series. I was too young for Soap, but from clips I've seen I wasn't impressed with the show, but his scenes were good. Overall though it could be easy for people my age to never seen any of these shows or movies. However, one movie he did that many my age did see may stand out from others even with his limited screen time. He did the voice of Rafiki in The Lion King. It's my favorite Disney movie, and it was sad to watch a couple weeks ago, the first time since his death. He was a brilliant actor and played almost every role to perfection.
So these 5 people are the celebrities I will miss the most from 2017. I know its not a contest, but these guys meant more to me than the world may ever know. Since this is a card blogging site, I thought I'd see if I could find cards for each of these individuals, I know 2 have cards, sure another one does, a 4th does (but doesn't show his face), and I'm not sure on the 5th. Let's look at Trading Card Database.
So I obviously knew Ventura and Heenan had cards. I knew that there were Rafiki cards but still never found one of Robert with his face showing. I remembered that Soundgarden had a card in the 1991 Music set, but its been a while since I've seen it. As for the Ferrer, I was totally unaware he had a card. I thought maybe a Robocop trading card, but they didn't make one for the first movie, so that was a dead end. Then I looked for Blank Check, because hey, 1994, they made cards for everything. Everything except that movie it appears. So then I looked at his filmography, and on a pure guess looked up Twin Peaks. A show I never watched, but 1991, again, what didn't they make cards for then. Sure enough he appears in the set. As for all these cards, I have none of them. I do have plenty of Ventura's as I'm team building Royals sets so I have quite a few. I also have a few Bobby Heenan cards, but not many of the newer ones. Most of mine are from around 1990 and I think one from the 1998 WCW set.
So with that I'll wrap it up. Every year at this time we look back at those who passed away in the past year and it brings tears to eyes. The year isn't over yet and there might be one or two more to make that list sadly. Hopefully next year won't seem so painful. Thanks for reading everyone and I hope you all have a great New Year. My next year should bring more posts, and that to me will be a great way to make it through the next year.