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Actor collapses on stage for real during heart attack scene
The Daily Record ^ | May 3, 2008 | Kevan Christie

Posted on 05/05/2008 11:10:43 AM PDT by EveningStar

A SICK actor collapsed on stage - at the same time as his character was meant to have a heart attack and die.

Steve Dineen was taken to hospital after he keeled over during the dramatic finale of Mike Leigh's famous comedy Abigail's Party.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailyrecord.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: abigailsparty; actor; heartattack; mikeleigh; stevedineen

1 posted on 05/05/2008 11:10:45 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Taking the Method a bit too far...


2 posted on 05/05/2008 11:14:01 AM PDT by AnnGora (I am unique. Just like everybody else.)
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To: EveningStar

Life imitates Art.

3 posted on 05/05/2008 11:15:04 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: EveningStar
I guess G-d does have a sense of humor.
I hope Mr. Leigh recovers soon.


4 posted on 05/05/2008 11:15:15 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The secret of Life is letting go. The secret of Love is letting it show.)
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To: EveningStar

Wow, sad. R.I.P.


5 posted on 05/05/2008 11:18:29 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: EveningStar
Good to hear that he has since made a full recovery, which is often not the case.
6 posted on 05/05/2008 11:19:09 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Larry Lucido

‘Ees not dead yet.


7 posted on 05/05/2008 11:19:18 AM PDT by dfwgator (Go Stars!)
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To: Larry Lucido

D’oh!

Sorry, my rumor of his death is greatly exaggerated.


8 posted on 05/05/2008 11:19:29 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: dfwgator

Okay, so he can rest in peace at his leisure. lol!


9 posted on 05/05/2008 11:20:35 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Leigh is a great director and screenwriter.


10 posted on 05/05/2008 11:21:32 AM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: EveningStar

CUT! Cut! Cut! Cut!...... I said, CUT!!!!


11 posted on 05/05/2008 11:23:21 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: EveningStar
Mike Leigh's famous comedy Abigail's Party

I consider myself fairly well-informed but I have never heard of the famous comedy nor have I heard of the playwright.

12 posted on 05/05/2008 11:24:00 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: EveningStar
Actor collapses on stage for real during heart attack scene

Did this ever happen to Redd Foxx?

13 posted on 05/05/2008 11:27:39 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Pray for Rattendaemmerung: the final mutually destructive battle between Obama and Hillary in Denver)
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To: Larry Lucido
The day I managed to ‘kill off’ Tex Ritter’s wife
14 posted on 05/05/2008 11:27:42 AM PDT by dighton
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To: EveningStar

They should have a safe word (like Palomino) to let the others know that it is for real and not just an act.


15 posted on 05/05/2008 11:32:20 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: EveningStar

There is probably still some critic who would pan the scene for lacking in realism.


16 posted on 05/05/2008 11:32:36 AM PDT by CommerceComet
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To: EveningStar

That’s how Dick Shawn went too. He dropped dead on stage, and everyone thought it was part of his act.


17 posted on 05/05/2008 11:32:43 AM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: KarlInOhio
Well, I (almost) feel bad now. I just read this in Wikipedia about Redd Foxx (and yes, I know all the warnings about Wikipedia):

During a break from rehearsals on October 11, 1991, a fatal heart attack felled him on the set. Reportedly, Reese and the rest of the cast and crew thought he was doing his classic (and in this case, ironic) "I'm coming, Elizabeth" fake heart attack routine he made famous on Sanford and Son, even going as far as collapsing to the floor, although that was not part of the usual schtick.[3] However, this heart attack was real, and Foxx never regained consciousness.

18 posted on 05/05/2008 11:42:35 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Pray for Rattendaemmerung: the final mutually destructive battle between Obama and Hillary in Denver)
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To: AnnGora
Taking the Method a bit too far...

Word for word...that was exactly what I thought when I saw the headline!

19 posted on 05/05/2008 11:45:47 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: dfwgator

‘M getting better...


20 posted on 05/05/2008 11:49:37 AM PDT by JRios1968 ("If you go over a cliff with all flags flying, you are still going over a cliff"--Ronald Reagan)
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To: KarlInOhio

http://www.tvparty.com/mysfoxx3.html


21 posted on 05/05/2008 11:53:40 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Larry Lucido; Cagey; Gamecock; Rb ver. 2.0; MotleyGirl70

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Kramer: I don’t believe this, I’m being typecast.


22 posted on 05/05/2008 12:00:47 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: VRWCmember
They should have a safe word (like Palomino) to let the others know that it is for real and not just an act.

Good idea. But you'd need a different safe word for "Equus".

23 posted on 05/05/2008 12:05:55 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: KarlInOhio

I believe that this did actually happen to actor/commedian Dick Shawn, who died while on stage during a standup comedy act.


24 posted on 05/05/2008 12:07:51 PM PDT by MarkL
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To: KarlInOhio

From Wikipedia:

Foxx appeared to be making a comeback with the 1991 series The Royal Family, in which he co-starred with his long-time friend Della Reese. During a break from rehearsals on October 11, 1991, a fatal heart attack felled him on the set. Reportedly, Reese and the rest of the cast and crew thought he was doing his classic (and in this case, ironic) “I’m coming, Elizabeth” fake heart attack routine he made famous on Sanford and Son, even going as far as collapsing to the floor, although that was not part of the usual schtick.[3] However, this heart attack was real, and Foxx never regained consciousness. He was 68 years old.


25 posted on 05/05/2008 2:46:56 PM PDT by dfwgator (Go Stars!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I think the best safe words would be “Holy Cr@p! I’m having a heart attack!”


26 posted on 05/05/2008 2:53:25 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: EveningStar

Okay, you can get up now, Steve.
Steve...? Cut the clowning, Steve.... STEVE.

(Sheesh, this could be a great story line for a play - - actor acts like he is having a real real heart attack while his character is acting that he is having a heart attack. Nevermind - - my head is already spinning.)


27 posted on 05/05/2008 2:57:44 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: KarlInOhio
Did this ever happen to Redd Foxx?

Actually yes, it did.

28 posted on 05/05/2008 2:59:28 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes into it.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

He certainly predicted it alot


29 posted on 05/06/2008 8:37:05 PM PDT by Peace Is Coming
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