Ex-‘SNL’ star Charles Rocket a suicide

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The incident sparked complaints from viewers and prompted NBC to apologize. Rocket was later dismissed along with other cast members and writers on the show amid weak ratings at the time. He went on to appear in numerous TV shows, including “Moonlighting” and “Max Headroom,” and provided voices for cartoon series. His movie credits included “Earth Girls Are Easy,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Dances With Wolves,” according to the Internet Movie Database. The death stunned friends, who described Rocket as an immensely talented performer who never quite got the break or recognition to become a top star. “I’m horrified,” said Chris Frantz, a friend who founded the popular band Talking Heads. “I know that Charlie had some pretty big disappointments in his life. The world of Hollywood movies and television can be pretty rough for a person.” Before his time on “Saturday Night Live,” Rocket was an anchorman at television stations in Colorado and Rhode Island and played an influential role in the Providence, R.I., arts scene decades ago, friends said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STAMFORD, Conn. – Actor and comedian Charles Rocket, who had roles in a variety of movies and TV series and briefly gained notoriety for uttering an obscenity on “Saturday Night Live,” committed suicide, the state medical examiner ruled. Rocket, 56, whose real name was Charles Claverie, was found dead in a field near his home in Canterbury on Oct 7. His throat had been cut, the medical examiner said. “An investigation determined there was no criminal aspect to this case,” State Police Sgt. J. Paul Vance said Monday. Rocket was a cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” during the 1980-81 season. The profanity incident happened during a spoof of the “Who Shot J.R.?” plot line on “Dallas,” which created a nationwide sensation at the time. last_img

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