Zoe Saldana, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson are among the famous friends who have paid tribute to actress Elizabeth Pena following her death this week (beg13Oct14). The 55 year old passed away at a hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday (14Oct14), and the tragedy has prompted an outpouring of grief among the acting community.
Pena played Sofia Vergara's onscreen mother in hit U.S. TV show Modern Family, and her co-star Ferguson mourned her loss in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "The entire cast and crew are very sad to say goodbye to one of our Modern Family members. RIP to the beautiful & talented #ElizabethPena."
Star Trek actress Saldana writes, "My heart is broken!!! My prayers are with you and your family. We will miss you #ElizabethPena."
Ugly Betty star Ferrera adds, "Heartbroken to hear the news of Elizabeth Pena's death. She was such a light. So glad I knew her. So sad she's gone," while actress Debra Messing offers, "I am stunned and heartbroken, just found out about the passing of my friend Elizabeth Pena. She was such a life force it's hard to believe."
Eva Longoria, who admits she is a big of Pena's work, writes, "RIP Elizabeth Pena. I was a fan since the days of I Married Dora & loved her in Jacob's Ladder & more recently Matador/Modern Family," and Longoria's former desperate Housewives co-star Dana Delany adds, "Aw...damn. Elizabeth Pena was a wonderful actress and even lovelier person. My thoughts are with her family."
Other tributes have come in from Gilles Marini, George Lopez , Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Rodriguez, Frances Fish, Martha Plimpton and John Leguizamo.
Plenty of actors have lent their voices to prime time animated series like The Simpsons or movies like The Croods and Toy Story. But it’s hard to imagine Saturday Morning Cartoons with huge stars. A lot of people are shocked to find out that the original voice of Shredder on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star James Avery, or to recall which Star Wars veteran was behind The Joker. Perhaps you weren't aware of the big names behind some of these childhood favorites...
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
A group of teenagers use magic rings to harness the elements and to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero. Each episode, they battle villains trying to pollute the environment. Whoopi Goldberg voices Gaia, the spirit of the Earth and their boss. What a lot of children at the time didn’t realize is the show’s villains are all played by major celebrities. Meg Ryan is Dr. Blight, a disfigured doctor who works with a sarcastic British computer. Jeff Goldblum plays Verminous Skumm, a mutated rat creature with a fondness for toxic waste. Sting even appears on the show as the creatively named Zarm. Other villains are played by Hollywood veterans Martin Sheen, James Coburn, Malcolm McDowell, and Ed Asner. Major celebs also stop by for guest appearances including Danny Glover, Louis Gossett Jr., and even Elizabeth Taylor.
This Disney cartoon creates a mythology where stone gargoyles come to life when the sun sets. It also has a bizarre Star Trek connection. Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis play series villains David Xanatos and Demona. There are also performance by other The Next Generation stars Michael Dorn, Brett Spiner, LeVar Burton, and Colm Meany. The captains of Deep Space Nine, Avery Brooks, and Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, appear on the cartoon. Nichelle Nichols even makes an appearance.
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman is probably the most star-studded cartoon in television history. The series features appearances by stars from the 1970s to today. 1970s icons like Adrienne Barbeau, Michael York, and Marilu Henner pop by the series. Bewitched actress Elizabeth McGovern plays her last role ever on the cartoon. Mark Hamill, a.k.a. Luke Skywalker, finds a career resurgence playing The Joker. Night Court’s Richard Moll, The Beastmaster Marc Singer, and Melissa Gilbert all bring 1980s nostalgia playing major characters. Bruce Wayne’s various love interests include Heather Locklear, comedian Julie Brown, and Supergirl Helen Slater. There are also appearances by future celebrities like Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss and Megan Mullally.
Similarly, this Man of Steel cartoon has a ton of television actors lending their voices. Superman is voiced by Wings star Tim Daly and Lois Lane is Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany. Sitcom stars Peri Gilpin, Brad Garett, and Joely Fisher all appear on the show.
The Boston boy helped to raise $250,000 (GBP156,250) at the glitzy Monday night (21May12) party, held at filmmaker J.J. Abrams' production base in Santa Monica, California.
Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law professor, is fighting for the late Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts vacant office.
Affleck's pal Matt Damon and fellow Boston native John Krasinski were billed as co-hosts of the event, dubbed A Massachusetts Evening, but they had to bow out due to work commitments.
As well as Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner, other celebrities who attended the fundraiser included Reese Witherspoon, Zach Braff, Dana Delany and Tobey Maguire, while directors Steven Spielberg and Rob Reiner and movie moguls Jeffrey Katzenberg and Harvey Weinstein were among those who contributed to the success of the event.