Canada.com (canada.com) is reporting that John Vernon, aka Dean Wormer passed away Tuesday in LA. Looking through the story, I was amazed at how many roles he had played that I didn't realize were him.
Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. -- Erasmus
John Vernon, a selected filmography... (Or the ones I recognized):
-Voices of Namor, Iron Man & Major Glenn Talbot in 1960s Marvel cartoons -The Mayor in Dirty Harry -Dr. Stone in Airplane II: The Sequel -The Warden in Chained Heat -Curtis Mooney in Killer Klowns from Outer Space -Mr. Big in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka -The voice of Rupert Thorne in Batman: The Animated Series -Mr. Smith on Acapulco HEAT -Various voices on Pinky & the Brain -Voice of General Ross on the 90s Incredible Hulk cartoon -Not to mention guest spots on: Mission: Impossible, The FBI, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Gunsmoke, Kung Fu, SWAT, McMillan and Wive, The Littlest Hobo, CHiPs, the Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, TJ Hooker, Knight Rider, MacGyver, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Doogie Howser MD, the Fantastic Four cartoon, Walker: Texas Ranger, the Spider-Man cartoon, Duckman & Grim & Evil.
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My favorite of Vernon was Fletcher in Outlaw Josey Wales. He thought he was getting amnesty for his raiders (kind of of a play on Quantrill's raiders), but the union guys just killed them and only Josey was left. After he killed 'em all (and let God sort 'em out), he sees fletcher and neither acknowledges the other. Vernon doesn't have a huge role in this film, but it's fair-sized and I think it's one of the top 10 or so westerns and he plays the role really well. That and Dean Wormer will always be Vernon for me.
Paula Abdul's replacement is.... Ellen DeGeneres (mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com). Maybe this was an obvious choice simply because the only two people MORE annoying than Kara DioGuardi (Steve Phillips and Rosie O'Donnell) were unavailable.