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RIP - Jack Palance - 87 - natural causes.

Good knock 87, wouldn't be displeased at making it that far myself. Liked him in City slickers, and some of his earlier westerns, though he always said that most of the stuff he acted in was "garbage".

Most younger people probably remember him for hosting "believe it, o.........r no......t"

Apparently when he won his oscar in the early 1990's he got down and did a series of one handed push ups (he was in his early 70's) - that alone deserves some recognition!!

“That’s nothing, really,†he said slyly. “As far as two-handed push-ups, you can do that all night, and it doesn’t make a difference whether she’s there or not.â€

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ak47

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man this sucks - when did this happen

i like this man

i remember when he did one armed push-ups on stage at the oscars, prolly just before that photo up top.....he was similar in appearance....old and should NOT be able to do one armed push-ups

i was only like 10 but thought big deal u ole fool, who cant do that

so i tried and failed and cried like a fool

have looked up to him since, and looked out for his movies

I still cant do one armed push-ups...i try atleast once a year....normally intoxicated at the time, but the big Jack Palance commentary comes out, when we all get on all 3's and try

edit:: SERIOUSLY DUDE I JUST READ UR POST IN DETAIL...............i just hit reply immediately after seeing the thread title......after reading ur post more thouroughly..........i can concurr that Oscar moment 1 billion percent to the power of PALANCE!!!!!!
 
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Hey, nice find!

Remember only the finest recently departed make the "dead thread"....... :D
 
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RIP - Maurice Floquet - 111 - died because he was bloody old!

The fifth to last French world war one veteran, and at the time of his death (10th November) was the oldest living Frenchman, and oldest living man in Europe.

He was the last man to be born in the year 1894.

He was a top soldier, and was wounded twice during the great war. He himself was "in the wars" (bad pun I know) with a lump of rock embedded in his throat (an enemy soldier removed it to save his life), a grenade wounded his arm and head (a nurse used a piece of someone elses cartilage to patch up his noggen!), and one of his outer ears was blown off.

In the footsteps of Palance old 'Morrie' deserves an honourable mention in this esteemed thread due to the fact that at the age of 110 he was still doing 20 minutes a day on an exercise bike! - Hell, he only retired in 1952!

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RIP - Maurice Floquet - 111 - died because he was bloody old!

The fifth to last French world war one veteran, and at the time of his death (10th November) was the oldest living Frenchman, and oldest living man in Europe.

He was the last man to be born in the year 1894.

He was a top soldier, and was wounded twice during the great war. He himself was "in the wars" (bad pun I know) with a lump of rock embedded in his throat (an enemy soldier removed it to save his life), a grenade wounded his arm and head (a nurse used a piece of someone elses cartilage to patch up his noggen!), and one of his outer ears was blown off.

In the footsteps of Palance old 'Morrie' deserves an honourable mention in this esteemed thread due to the fact that at the age of 110 he was still doing 20 minutes a day on an exercise bike! - Hell, he only retired in 1952!

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This guy had a good star, he started WWI in September 1914 ... He was already lucky to be alife in November 1918.
 
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Originally posted by BBC Sport
Hungary legend Puskas dies at 79

Hungary and Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas has died at the age of 79.
Puskas, who was in hospital for six years with Alzheimer's disease, died in Budapest at 0600 GMT on Friday after suffering from a fever and pneumonia.

Puskas led Hungary's golden team of the early 1950s, before taking Spanish citizenship and becoming part of Real Madrid's all-conquering team.

Puskas scored 83 goals in 84 games for Hungary from 1945 to 1956 and later played for Spain in the 1962 World Cup.

After leading Hungary to the 1952 Olympic Gold medal, he was part of the Mighty Magyars who became the first overseas team to beat England on home soil in 1953, scoring twice in the 6-3 win at Wembley.

Hungary then rolled England over 7-1 in Budapest and were consequently installed as favourites for the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland.

But injury to Puskas severely hampered the Magyars and they lost in the final to Germany.

Puskas joined Real Madrid and, along with Alfredo di Stefano, was the inspiration behind a string of domestic and European titles.

He scored four goals in Real's 7-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in a remarkable final at Hampden Park in 1960, and won the European Cup three times with the Madrid side.

In all, he scored 512 goals for Real in 528 matches and in 1962 he took out Spanish citizenship in time to play for his adopted country in the 1962 World Cup.

Puskas retired in 1967, going on to coach clubs in several countries, leading Greek side Panathanaikos to the European Cup final in 1971.

As the last millennium drew to a close, Puskas was voted the 20th century's fourth best player by the International Federation for Football History and Statistics.

FERENC PUSKAS FACTFILE
Born: 2 April 1927, Budapest, Hungary
Clubs: Kispest Honved (354 apps, 357 goals) & Real Madrid (528 apps, 512 goals)
Honours: Hungarian league (5), Spanish league (5), Spanish Cup, European Cup (3), Intercontinental Cup, Olympics

RIP Puskas, one of the greatest footballers to have played the game.
 
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RIP indeed, horrible end to his life for one of the greats, awesome goalscoring record and what a left peg.
 
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I remember watching a lot of football history doco's leading up to the world cup, and that Hungarian team really dominated for years until the West Germans upset them in the 1954 world cup final (with some luck).

One of the best footballers ever.
 
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DonBilly

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In the TV news a few minutes were dedicated to comment his death. The weird thing was when they explained that he fled from the Hungarian dictature to Spain. But Spain at that time was also a dictature with prisoners camps treated almost as slaves... The difference was that the Real de Madrid was the beloved club of Spain dictator. The Real players already received a lot of money.

Generally when someone dies the reports in the news trend to forget may details that could modify the global perception of the defunt.
 
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RIP - Geoff Griffin - 67 - died on 16th November.

WHO you may well ask?? Griffin was a South African cricketer who played two tests in 1960. So what? Well two points of interest.

1. Griffin was the first South African to snare a hat trick in a test match.

2. In the same game he was called for "chucking" on 11 seperate occasions, thus ending his promising career (unlike for some other chuckers I could mention.......).

This from cricinfo:

Griffin's inclusion in South Africa's 1960 squad to tour England was controversial in itself. The vexed subject of illegal actions was high on the agenda - Ian Meckiff, Graham Rorke and Charlie Griffith were all under the spotlight - and Griffin had been called in domestic matches the previous winter. But tall, blond and fast, he headed the national averages in his second season with 35 wickets at 12.23 for Natal and could not be overlooked. He also suffered from a physical defect, having been handicapped by an accident when a schoolboy which left him unable to straighten his right arm fully..

No tourist had been called for throwing in England up to then, but in the South Africans' early matches Griffin's bowling attracted muttering among the media. Ian Peebles, who sat side-on in the game against Essex, wrote that he was much perturbed by what he saw and that "there was something amiss." At Lord's in May, against MCC, Griffin was no-balled for throwing (in one instance he was called for throwing and dragging) and the genie was out of the bottle. At Trent Bridge a few days later Griffin was again called.

The affable Griffin retreated to the internationally famous Alf Gover Indoor School in south-west London, where a three-day coaching session appeared to have ironed out the problem. Although Gover did his best, he later admitted that the arm was unquestionably bent.

Griffin played in the first Test at Edgbaston, where there were again mumblings but no action. He cut down his speed, but his penetrativeness went with it. The only time he really opened up, late on the first day, the old problems appeared to return. At Southampton a week later, he was once again no-balled. It was to general surprise that he was named in the XI for the Lord's Test.

What followed was a match of mixed fortunes for Griffin. On the plus side, he became the first South African to take a hat-trick in a Test. But that was scant consolation for the events that ended his Test career.

In the third over of England's innings Griffin was no-balled by Frank Lee, who was standing at square leg, and after a break for rain, he was called again by Lee. Onlookers commented that while his action was suspect, there was no discernible difference between any of the deliveries. In all, Griffin was no-balled five times on the opening day.

On the Friday (the second day) Griffin didn't bowl until the new ball was taken after lunch. He managed four deliveries before he was again no-balled in successive balls by Lee. The next delivery was fine according to Lee, but the hapless Griffin was called for dragging by Syd Buller at the bowler's end.

In between these battles with the umpires, Griffin bowled well, giving the batsmen a real going-over. In the dying overs, Mike Smith chased a wide one from Griffin and was caught behind by John Waite for 99; the first ball of Griffin's next over bowled Peter Walker, and when Fred Trueman was bowled heaving, Grffin had his hat-trick, the first in a Test at Lord's.

His euphoria was short-lived. South Africa were twice bowled out cheaply, and by 2.25pm on Monday (the fourth day) had lost by an innings. But with the Queen was due to visit Lord's at tea, both sides agreed to play a 20-over exhibition match. Griffin was brought on to bowl at the Pavilion End - where Lee was standing - but this time he fell foul of Buller. Buller watched the first ball from square leg, then ambled across to point, and, satisfied with what he had seen, called Griffin's next three half-paced deliveries as no-balls.

Jackie McGlew, South Africa's captain, consulted with Buller who refused to compromise, merely suggesting that Griffin could finish the over bowling underarm. "What's going on?" McGlew said. "He's obviously not throwing ...he's bowling slowly." Buller replied that he had been instructed to apply international rules. He allowed the next - overarm - delivery as fair before again calling him for throwing. A disconsolate Griffin switched to underarm - and was promptly no-balled by Lee for not notifying him of his change of action. That was his final act as an international player.

According to Griffin, after the match Don Bradman came into the South Africans' dressing-room to sympathise and told Griffin that Buller was acting under orders. Bradman claimed to have overheard Gubby Allen, the MCC president and a leading campaigner against chucking, instructing Buller to call Griffin out of the game.

Perhaps the most damming evidence came from Gover. He explained that he had remedied the problem ahead of the first Test, but that Griffin's "consequent loss of pace at Birmingham made him ineffective. At Lord's he put all he could into his bowling and slipped out of the groove into which he had been put."

Griffin received the full support of the South African management and remained with the tour, but did not bowl again. He played as a batsman, making one or two useful contributions from the No. 9 spot. He was widely praised for what The Cricketer described as "the superb manner in which he has taken this misfortune", and there is no question that his behaviour was always polite and measured.

Griffin was contacted by a lawyer who offered to take the matter to court, free of charge. "You'll win hands down and end up a wealthy young man," he said. But Griffin declined. "I loved cricket too much to sully the great game further."

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He returned home and moved from Natal to Rhodesia, but within two years - and still only 23 years old - his career ended when he was repeatedly no-balled against North-Eastern Transvaal at Salisbury.
 
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I remember watching a lot of football history doco's leading up to the world cup, and that Hungarian team really dominated for years until the West Germans upset them in the 1954 world cup final (with some luck).

One of the best footballers ever.
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THE MIGHTY MAGYARS!!!

my hungarian heritage always remind me of this era come world cup time - they havent been the same since :wah: :(
 
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WRU President Rowlands dies at 70 Former Wales and Lions lock and current Welsh Rugby Union President Keith Rowlands has passed away.

Brithdir-born Rowlands, 70, had a distinguished playing career with Cardiff, Llanelli and London Welsh, winning five Wales caps from 1962-5.

He started three Tests on the 1962 Lions tour to South Africa, as well as the non-cap Lions match with Kenya.

He was later coach and administrator at Cardiff and the International Rugby Board's first chief executive, 1988-96.

Rowlands went on to become a director of Rugby World Cup, overseeing the 1999 tournament in Wales.

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He served as a Wales selector, sat on the WRU committee, and succeeded Sir Tasker Watkins to become the 47th President in 2004.

Perhaps Rowlands' most famous moment as a player came in the second Test of the 1962 Lions tour.

The tourists had drawn the first Test 3-3 and were trailing in the second at King's Park, Durban.

Rowlands crashed over for what looked an equalising try, but it was ruled out and the Springboks ran out 3-0 winners.

He missed the third Test in Cape Town, won 8-3 by the home side, but returned for the final international in Bloemfontein and scored a consolation try as the Boks eased to a 34-14 victory.

"This is a huge blow for Welsh rugby and obviously a terrible tragedy for Keith's family," said WRU Chairman David Pickering.

"The thoughts of everyone involved in the game, in Wales and across the world, will be with his wife Joanne, their children and grandchildren.

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"Keith was a man of real stature, both as a player on the field and as an administrator with the WRU and the IRB.

"He took over as President of the WRU from Sir Tasker Watkins in 2004 and had made some telling contributions in that role. He will be sorely missed."

WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis said: "Keith will leave a huge void at the top of the game in Wales.

"He was a man of impeccable integrity and someone who commanded huge respect.

"He was returned unopposed as chairman once again this year and this will be a bitter blow to the WRU family of clubs.

"However, the greatest loss will be felt within his family and our sincerest condolences go to them at this difficult time.

"His CV as both player and administrator shows the calibre of the man. He will be remembered as one of Welsh rugby's all-round greats."

* There will be a full tribute paid to Keith Rowlands at the Wales v New Zealand game at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 25 November.

RIP Keith
 
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RIP - Robert Altman - Director - Died November 20, 2006.

Hollywood director died from complications due to cancer at age 81.

Notable movies he directed included M.A.S.H, Gosford park, the Gingerbread man, The player and also crap like 'Popeye' starring Robin Williams.

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Age 71 - heart disease - Died December 12th, 2006.

Probably best known for the role of Frank Barone in 'Everybody loves Raymond'.

Half way through that series he had a heart attack on set (1999) - hence his poorly looking appearance after that event on subsequent series. Prior to starring in that show he suffered a stroke in 1990 that left him speechless for six months.

Transpotters will also sight him in the classic movie "Taxi Driver" playing a cab driver opposite Robert De Niro.
 
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Was Away when Ford was announced dead, sad news to hear of any deaths around christmas... Never forget the Simpsons episode with Ford and Homer at the end, both the same person...
 
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