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John Byrne
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Matt Reed
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Sad to have read this tonight.  I really enjoyed his work.  The very definition of a character actor.  That voice and that look were classic.  And, as a friend pointed out tonight, he was 100% authentic.  I believed him in whatever role he played.  
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Doug Centers
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Sorry to hear.

Loved him as the Manager in THE NATURAL.




edit to change "on" to "in", which changes the meaning from a series to a movie, interesting.


Edited by Doug Centers on 02 August 2020 at 5:14am
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Michael Penn
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He had a minor uncredited role in TRUE GRIT, I've read...
can't think of what scene he was in.
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Shaun Barry
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It was amazing to me to hear over the years that he was still alive & kicking, since he seemed so much older in most of his appearances... for example, I thought he already must have been in his '60s or '70s in a movie like COCOON, made way back in 1985.  Turns out, he was a mere 50 years old at the time, aged-up with make-up and dyed-white hair!

Always enjoyed his appearances... such a wonderfully gruff character, with that unique, instantly-recognizable baritone voice.  Truly a presence that will be sorely missed.

RIP



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John Byrne
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He seemed most unconcerned about what people thought his age to be. Cast as the father-in-law of Deidre Hall in OUR HOUSE he was only 13 years older than her. In an interview in TV GUIDE he scoffed at the whole thing, saying, basically, a check was a check.

One of a small legion of actors who made careers out of playing characters older than they were. (Think of Denver Pyle playing Doris Day's father, when he was only 4 years her senior.)

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Brian Miller
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The diabeetus finally got him. Shocked that he was only 85 and only
50 in COCOON.

I actually enjoyed OUR HOUSE back when it was on.
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Michael Arndt
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Enjoyed his work in so many things. Great in everything. 


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Shaun Barry
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(For the record, I watched COCOON again just a few weeks ago... wept like a baby.  Brimley had a lot to do with that.  When he tells his grandson he's going away on a trip and not coming back... hoo-boy...)



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John Harrison
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Played a great bad guy in The Firm.
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