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December 26, 2010

For some reason December 26  appears to be a bad day for entertainers and actors: an unusually large number have died on this day. There are three I want to mention, briefly.

My family home is in County Westmeath, Ireland, and so I have to mention singer Joe Dolan, who died on this day in 2007. If you don’t know Joe Dolan, you don’t understand Westmeath.

December 26 was also the day on which two of my favourite actors died: Jason Robards (2000) and Nigel Hawthorne (2001). Robards was stunning as the crypto-Nixon in Washington Behind Closed Doors (why isn’t there a DVD of this?), and Hawthorne was simply amazing in Yes Minister.

If you’re an entertainer or actor, take care today.