Don Knotts died on Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications. He was 81 years old.
Darren McGavin died of natural causes in Los Angeles at the age of 83
Do Knotts hadn't done anything in the last few year that I was aware of, but it is still sad to see someone like Knotts die. He was a very funny actor, and I usually enjoyed watching him perform. McGavin, of course, will forever live for me as the grumpy old father from A Christmas Story. He did plenty of other things - lot of other things in fact - but it's as the Old Man that I'll remember him for.
It's said that most things happens in threes. In fact it was game I used to play with buddies back in Cleveland. As soon as someone (or two) died, we would try and guess who would be next to go - and link them in some way. Movie actors from the 60s. Men with bad hair. More popular in German than in America. Things like that.
So now we've got two: Knotts and McGavin. Who will be the next to go? And what will be the link?