Jens Nygaard Knudsen, the man who created LEGO Minifigures, passed away at age 78 with complications from ALS.
He probably didn't see much point in continuing to live without his work. He was doing his show up until 2018. Amazingly, he looked almost exactly the same for 20 years.
Aw, I loved him, not just on Actors Studio, but for his run as the prison warden on Arrested Development. Had no idea he was quite that up there in age.
Still, not bad for living that long for a dog.
Agreed, for a man who was rarely the lead actor, he had so many memorable primary villians or secondary characters it always gave me a smile to see him and recognize that gravelly voice. FThis one hurts a little. Ming, Brewmeister Smith, King Osiric, Father Merrin...
Lives like that are too cool for movies. He sounds like a cool guy, hope he's enjoying his well earned rest.RIP my grandpa. He was one of the kindest men I've ever known. He was on a worldwide trip when World War II broke out and narrowly escaped being interned in several very unpleasant places. When Germany surrendered and the Germans faced a looming threat of mass starvation, he specifically was asked by the US government to setup and streamline rationing procedures (food distribution was his main area of business expertise). He helped save millions. He never asked for or received official recognition.
Besides this he was an extremely interesting guy. He grew up in a wealthy, well-connected family but left home when he was 17 to work on a tramp steamer all throughout Central and South America. After two years of this he went to Dartmouth and graduated near the top of his class before going on to run a very successful corporation. He translated Greek and Latin histories for fun, and he was quite good at it. I have his translation notebooks, they're some of my most prized possessions. He knew my interest in history so he specifically left them to me in his will, along with his favorite cufflinks. The cufflinks are made out of authentic Alaskan gold nuggets and weigh about a pound each. He won them playing poker at Hot Springs, Arkansas in the 1920's. Hot Springs was the famously mob-run Las Vegas before Las Vegas.
I also have some of his art. He collected primitive art from Africa, several very beautiful pieces made from large chunks of ivory. Some pre-Columbian bowls and a couple of statues. The statues are more gruesome than nice to look at, but they're still pretty interesting.