During what has already been a challenging year, Hollywood has recently bid farewell to a pair of noted stars – Carl Reiner (1922-2020) and Nick Cordero (1978-2020)
There’s no question that 2020 has been one of the most damaging years in human history. From the tragic death of Kobe Bryant in January to former WWE star Shad Gaspard drowning while saving his son. Then, of course, there has been a rise in police brutality, notably through murdered George Floyd. This has led to the subsequent worldwide rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Standing apart from these tragedies, however, has been the coronavirus outbreak. The respiratory pandemic began in China and later spread around the world, infecting famous names such as Tom Hanks and Idris Elba, among many, many others.
Another noted Hollywood name to be affected was Nick Cordero. The Hamilton, Ontario-born actor had worked extensively on Broadway. His roles included “Cheech” in Bullets Over Broadway, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award in 2014. Other musicals included Rock of Ages and A Bronx Tale.
Before being diagnosed with COVID-19 in March 2020, Cordero also worked in film and television. His projects included in this medium included Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Queer As Folk and Blue Bloods. The actor had his leg amputated in April and was in a coma until May when he regained consciousness.
On July 5, it was announced that Cordero had passed away from complications of COVID-19. Following the announcement of the actor’s death, numerous stars took to social media and paid tribute to the 41-year-old.
Just a few days earlier, on June 29 2020, another beloved star passed away. Albeit, this was under completely different circumstances. Comedian Carl Reiner, who was 98, had been active in Hollywood for 75 years having begun his career in 1945 at the age of 23.
He was known for his work alongside Mel Brooks and was the father of film director Rob Reiner (Stand By Me, Misery). Reiner also worked alongside Sid Caesar in the 1950s and helped launch the career of other successful comedians, having created, produced, written and starred The Dick Van Dyke Show as well as directing and co-writing The Jerk, Steve Martin’s feature film debut.
Additionally, Reiner’s other directorial efforts included Where’s Poppa? (1970), Oh, God! (1977) and All of Me (1984). Between 2001-2007, Reiner also played a supporting role as “Saul Bloom” in the Ocean’s film series (Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen) which starred an ensemble cast of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia, among others.
Condolences to the Cordero and Reiner families.
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