Character actor Stephen Lee has died.
The Seinfeld and Nash Bridges star passed away on 14 August (14) after suffering a heart attack. He was 58. Lee portrayed the Big Bopper in Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba and also appeared in the movies RoboCop 2 and Burlesque, but he'll perhaps be best remembered as an inquisitive contractor hired to install kitchen cabinets in Jerry Seinfeld's apartment in a 1997 episode of Seinfeld.
Lee also played Tom Arnold in 1994 TV movie Roseanne and Tom: Behind the Scenes. He made his debut in a 1981 episode of Hart to Hart and became a TV staple in shows like Hill Street Blues, Family Ties, Roseanne, Quantum Leap and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The deputy chief coroner who presided over Robin Williams' autopsy has defended his decision to go public with details about the star's death following a backlash from critics.
The 63-year-old Oscar winner was found dead after he hanged himself in his home in Marin County, California on Monday (11Aug14).
Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Coroner Keith Boyd gave a press conference on Tuesday (12Aug14) to give details about the circumstances surrounding the actor's death, revealing Williams' personal assistant discovered the body. Boyd also confirmed the Mrs. Doubtfire star had hanged himself with a belt, and that a number of cuts had been found on his left wrist.
Following the press conference, which was shown on TV and streamed online, many fans criticised Boyd for releasing such specific details about the tragedy. However, Boyd has now defended his decision in a statement which reads: "The Sheriff's Office understands how the release of the kind of information you heard... may be viewed as disturbing by some, and as unnecessary by others, but under California law, all that information is considered 'public information' and we are precluded from denying access to it.
These kinds of cases, whether they garner national attention or not, are very difficult for everyone involved. "Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press... but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude. For the same reasons, we will likely be required to release to the media the 911 phone call we received from Mr. Williams' residence and the fire dispatch tapes that resulted as well..."
A private memorial is currently being planned for Williams by his wife Susan Schneider, according to E! News.
Funnyman Steve Martin has led tributes to his pal Robin Williams, following the Mrs. Doubtfire star's death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, California. He was 63. Reports suggest he committed suicide.
Martin took to Twitter.com on Monday afternoon, shortly after the sad news broke and wrote, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
David Steinberg, Williams' manager for 35 years, said in a statement: "Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you."
Cher added, "Oh Robin... He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad", while Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson writes, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."
Genie. You're free. pic.twitter.com/FWQWPDPP42
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014
Other Twitter tributes have come from Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Rihanna, Rita Wilson, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Morgan Freeman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Jenny McCarthy, Logan Lerman, Evan Rachel Wood, Sharon & Jack Osbourne, Pink, Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty, Josh Groban, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Ashley Tisdale, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Mia Farrow, who posted, "No! Robin Williams you were so loved."
Miley Cyrus never met Williams, but admits the news of his death hit her hard: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
And Lindsay Lohan adds, "Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences."
His former co-stars Henry Winkler and Minnie Driver were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Williams. Happy Days star Winkler wrote, "To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold... Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE", while his Good Will Hunting castmate Driver added, "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
One of the late funnyman's final co-stars, Joel McHale, states, "RIP @robinwilliams. You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes."
And Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, who recently reteamed with Williams in U.S. TV comedy The Crazy Ones, has revealed she's "devastated" by the sad news of her longtime friend's death. The actor's The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar simply posted nine photos of herself with Williams on Twitter.com.
Other thoughtful words came from Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Lea Michele, who wrote, "So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all", and Kevin Spacey, who added, "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama also acknowledged the entertainer's impact to people all over the world in a statement which reads: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. "The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Meanwhile, a tribute has been posted on a billboard outside Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, where Williams often performed. It reads: "Robin Williams. Rest in Peace. Make God laugh."
Arnold Schwarzenegger's actor son Patrick has landed a spot in designer Tom Ford's new campaign for his Fall 2014 collection. The 20 year old strikes a pose in a chic black turtleneck and jacket in an advertisement alongside model Gigi Hadid, who dons oversized sunglasses and a calf-hair animal print coat.
Channing Tatum and Zac Efron are among the stars who have signed on to test their survival skills in a new TV adventure series. Running Wild with Bear Grylls will track the adventurer and celebrities like Tom Arnold and Ben Stiller as they spend 48 hours in the wilderness, attempting to survive and get back to civilisation.
The six hour-long episodes will debut on America's NBC network next month (Jul14).
Grylls says, "Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity.
"Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege."
The 2014 CMT Music Awards kicked off with a star-studded video intro on Wednesday night (04Jun14), with host Kristen Bell in search of a co-host for the ceremony. She "interviewed" comedian Tom Arnold, Sean Hayes, and her real-life husband Dax Shepard for the job, but with the help of pals Malin Akerman and Cheryl Hines, decided to go solo. The clip also featured a parody of Jay Z's recent elevator brawl with sister-in-law Solange Knowles, as Luke Bryan was forced to break up the duelling members of Florida Georgia Line, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard in a lift.
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron picked up two major prizes at the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 in London on Sunday (30Mar14), including trophies for Best Director and Best Film. The Mexican filmmaker added even more statues to his awards haul during the star-studded ceremony at Grosvenor House, just weeks after earning his first Best Director prize at the Academy Awards.
Cuaron was unable to attend the event, but accepted his awards via video messages.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug also tied for two wins, including Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Male Newcomer for Aidan Turner.
Meanwhile, other acting honours went to Margot Robbie in Best Female Newcomer (The Wolf of Wall Street), Emma Thompson for Best Actress (Saving Mr. Banks), James McAvoy for Best Actor (Filth), and Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.
Earning top genre prizes were Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Best Comedy), The Conjuring (Best Horror), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Best Thriller), and The World's End (Best British Film).
Special honours were also handed out to a number of Hollywood A-listers, including Tom Cruise (Legend of Our Lifetime), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Action Hero of Our Lifetime), Hugh Jackman (Empire Icon), Simon Pegg (Empire Hero) and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass (Empire Inspiration).
Actor Gary Sinise helped to honour 50 military veterans earlier this month (Feb14) by taking them on an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland and the Paramount Pictures studio in California - with special appearances from his celebrity pals Tom Hanks, Ted Danson and Tom Arnold. The Forrest Gump star gathered famous friends, including Danson and Arnold, to help welcome the wounded warriors as part of an event organised through his own charity, the Gary Sinise Foundation, which helps to create and support unique programmes for veterans.
He also organised a special screening of Hanks' iconic 1994 film for the group and surprised them with a visit from the movie's star himself.
Sinise reveals he became involved with the military community after portraying Lieutenant Dan in the film, a job which left a deep impact on him.
He subsequently founded his community organisation in 2011 and has since hosted a number of events for U.S. service members. He also tours with his band, the Lt. Dan Band, to perform shows at military bases all over America.
Sinise tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "Who would have thought that 20 years later Lieutenant Dan would still play a part in my life? There's something different about this part... The veterans in my family, what had happened to them when they came home from war, I just felt such compassion for them and guilt too.
"There's a hopeful ending to the story of Lieutenant Dan and all our wounded veterans want that story... that they can be standing up again and moving on with life and doing alright. The whole purpose is to send them home smiling. They should know what I'm trying to do here."
Alice Cooper has been hit by the charity supergig bug after kicking off 2014 in Hawaii onstage with Steven Tyler and Sammy Hagar - he is reteaming with the former Van Halen frontman for another fundraiser. Cooper and Hagar will perform with former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Matt Sorum in Las Vegas this week (beg24Feb14) as part of the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA benefit.
Money raised at the gig will benefit sufferers of the neurological disorder known as multiple system atrophy.
The all-star charity rock gig will also feature Vince Neil and System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan, while actor Bill Murray will serve as host alongside celebrity chef Kerry Simon, who was diagnosed with MSA last year (13).
Cooper and Hagar were joined by Tyler, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, Weird Al Yankovic and actors Tom Arnold and Keith Carradine for New Year's Eve (31Dec13) Maui Food Bank benefit in Hawaii.
Actor Tom Arnold underwent pioneering testicle-removing surgery to prove to his wife he was man enough to become a dad. The True Lies star and his wife Ashley Groussman had been through in vitro fertilisation four times and the couple was on the verge of giving up on their parenting dreams when a doctor gave them another option.
Arnold recalls, "We went to the doctor to say goodbye... and she was so upset and sad and weeping and I said, 'Doc, I wish there was something the man could do; I wish modern science came up with a procedure for the man... I'll do anything.'
"He's like, 'There is a new procedure we could do, Tom,' and I said, 'Sign me up then, man, what is it?' And he said, 'Well, we make an incision into your scrotum and pull your testicle out!'
"First of all I blacked out. I pulled the doctor aside and go, 'Dude, run that by me in the freakin' hall, man!'"
Arnold went through with the surgery, stating, "I had to do it, man.
"They take the syringe, they find two sperm... You've got a bag of ice on your (genitals) for, like, a week... I did it, it didn't work, but it's all good."
Arnold's daddy dreams were realised last year (13) when a final bout of in vitro actually worked and his wife fell pregnant. The couple welcomed baby Jax in April (13).