I first heard about the death of Canadian actor Maury Chaykin at J. Kingston Pierce’s invaluable pulp fiction blog The Rap Sheet; Chaykin passed away on Tuesday (July 27) at the age of 61. Not only is it tragic to lose such a talented thesp at a relatively young age, but the actor died on his birthday; he had been undergoing treatment at a Toronto hospital for kidney problems.
Chaykin was an accomplished stage actor who eventually found steady work in both
Actor Carl Gordon has also taken his final bow at the age of 78 as a result of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma—Gordon’s work is something with which I’m much familiar, however. His signature role was the part of Andrew Emerson, the curmudgeonly father of Roc Emerson (Charles S. Dutton) on the 1991-94 Fox sitcom Roc. Roc was a fairly undistinguished series about a
Among the films on Gordon’s resume: the amusingly-titled Gordon’s War (1973—in which he played “Luther the Pimp”), The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976), The Brother from Another Planet (1984) and the 1988 TV-movie The Murder of Mary Phagan. He was also glimpsed on occasion as “Mr. Robinson” on the long-running PBS series
R.I.P, Messrs. Chaykin and Gordon. You will be sorely missed.