Emmys' 'In Memoriam' Segment Snubs Harry Dean Stanton, Frank Vincent, Charlie Murphy
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards made sure to honor many stars Hollywood lost over the past year on Sunday night, but some actors were noticeably absent.
Charlie Murphy, Frank Vincent, Sam Shepard, Dick Gregory, Harry Dean Stanton and Erin Moran were some of the late celebs left off during the televised ceremony in Los Angeles honoring the best in television. Critics immediately responded on Twitter:
Stanton passed away Friday at age 91 from natural causes. The character actor appeared in hit TV shows, including “Gunsmoke,” “Big Love” and “Twin Peaks,” among others.
The show’s “In Memoriam” segment, an annual tradition, did celebrate many other esteem icons who’ve passed away. Actress Viola Davis, who introduced the tribute, remembered stars like Carrie Fisher, Mary Tyler Moore, Adam West, Glen Campbell, and Jerry Lewis, among others.
Fisher received a posthumous Emmy nomination for her involvement in the Amazon romantic comedy series “Catastrophe.” She died at age 60 in December from a heart attack.
Her mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, was also honored as the one of subjects in “Bright Lights,” which chronicled the mother-daughter relationship. The documentary received two nominations: one for “Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking” and “Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program.”
Reynolds died at age 84 in late 2016 — a day after Fisher.
The Emmys, which were hosted by Stephen Colbert, aired live on CBS from Microsoft Theater.