Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Dust off the black armbands...

Moose, who played Eddie in Frasier, has died. I haven't been this sad since Bob Monkhouse bit the big one.

Moose was discovered by Katrina Waczyowski of the Actors Studio in New York, where he learnt the principles of method acting. After stints as an extra on Baywatch:Hawaii, he shot to fame as the Pharoah in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat on Broadway. That led to the job on Frasier, which garnered him worldwide success.

Unfortunately, the pressures of celebrity led to develop a severe drug habit, and he was discovered by police in an intoxicated state in a car with Robert Downey Jr and three prostitutes smeared in Pedigree Chum mixed with crack cocaine. After three months in rehab, he declared his conversion to buddhism and requested in future he was referred to as 'Big Cow-like Thing'. Allegations spread of his bizarre behaviour on set, which included a clause in his contract forbidding Kelsey Grammer from touching him, and the stipulation that he never be required to show his nipples on screen unless it was integral to the plot.

Rumours about his sexuality spread as the later series aired, and he was eventually revealed as having had a long-term secret relationship with Cher, which ended when he left her for Liza Minnelli's ex-husband David Gest. The pair held a glittering civil partnership ceremony in Massachusetts, but most of his Frasier co-stars stayed away, a snub which hurt him deeply.

He is survived by the couple's adopted two children, Bartholin and Prepuce.


Blogger Nkem said...

Poor Eddie. He was a true star, and his memory shall reain in our hearts. Eddie, you were bitch like no other (seriously). We will never forget you :)

6/28/2006 5:16 am  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

I heard about this yesterday and was a tad sad myself. Poor old Moosey. The way he stared at Frasier was classic!

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6/28/2006 1:47 pm  
Blogger hangthedj said...

Galatea, you are wasted wearing the grey cardigan...surely your true talent lies in writing fantastic obituaries like these...

6/28/2006 3:37 pm  
Blogger stalin's gran said...

"I want to die like my father, quietly in his sleep. Not screaming like his passengers."

I believe that was Eddie's favourite joke. Or was it Bob's?

6/28/2006 5:24 pm  
Anonymous paul haine said...

Wait a minute, Bob Monkhouse is dead? When did this happen?

6/28/2006 7:57 pm  
Anonymous towns said...

Who's Rob Monkhouse?

6/29/2006 1:57 pm  

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