Ray Lonnen - 18 May 1940 - 11 July 2014.
Ray Lonnen passed away yesterday after a three-year battle with cancer.
He’s not known for many roles, to tell the truth. He’s best known to those of us who watched The Sandbaggers as Willie Caine. He was charming, he was honest, he was funny, he was absolutely believable. He was the most human spy I’d ever seen on screen, big or small. Not the maudlin self-pity of George Smiley, nor the furious misogyny of James Bond. The one time Willie had a chance for romance, they both ended up with a broken heart. The scene in question had such an impact on me, I pretty much stole if for a bit in Lazarus #3.
I always hoped that, if Queen & Country ever made it to whatever screen, I’d be able to convince whoever was making it to give Lonnen a part, however small. Just a nod to Willie, who is Tara’s father in so very many ways. Just a moment in the Ops Room, something. Just a chance to say thank you.
I suppose what I’m saying is that he gave me, and many others, joy. I didn’t know him, and now I shall never have the honor. But I am sincerely grateful for what he shared with the world, what he shared with me when I was fifteen, sixteen, and looking for those things in the world that would speak to me.
Rest in peace, Mister Lonnen.
BILL WATTERSON ‘A cartoonist’s advice’
Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it’s been in eighty years? Why is there more anger, vituperation, and political polarization now than even during Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the tempestuous struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, the divisive Vietnam…
Job-growth is sputtering. So why, exactly, do regressive Republicans continue to say “no” to every idea for boosting it — even last week’s almost absurdly modest proposal by President Obama to combine corporate tax cuts with increased in spending on roads and other public works?
It can’t be…
You spoke, they listened.
Last month, 10,000 of us submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), in which we objected to new so-called free trade agreements. We asked that the government not sell out our democracy to corporate interests.
Love alox. Anyboday know where to get the small alox saks? (other than swissbianco?)
Alox is sexy.
Historical moments in shade throwing, Inauguration Edition 2013. Keep your eyes on FLOTUS’ reaction to what Boehner said to her and POTUS.
A kind of memorial gif of all the names and ages of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. They speak for themselves.
When it came time for the couple’s traditional first dance, Joe read prepared remarks explaining that instead of dancing together, they wanted to open the dance floor to their gay and lesbian friends who are still legally denied the right to marry.
This was a large and very diverse wedding in a state that doesn’t even recognize same-sex civil unions, let alone marriage. And yet the ovation that these people received while dancing to The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was like nothing I’ve ever heard at any wedding. If there were dry eyes, I didn’t see any.
Change is coming.