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Tales of the City's Marcus D'Amico is Dead to Me!

[Quote] It's really sad for me personally to have to mark the death of actor Marcus D'Amico who as a 1st-time producer I had cast in his last UK theatre success Terrence McNally's 'The Lisbon Traviata' at the @KingsHeadThtr in 2003 - a troubled soul I hope he found some inner peace. RIP

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by Anonymousreply 159March 5, 2021 7:58 PM

[Quote] Very sad to be told that Tales of the City’s Mouse, Marcus D’Amico, has left us at just 55. Too young. A complicated soul, I’ll remember our nights clubbing when he was in Edinburgh with a smile. #RIP

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by Anonymousreply 1December 25, 2020 12:10 AM

[Quote] So sad to hear of the death of Marcus D’Amico at just 55. His tender, big-hearted performance of Mouse in the first series of Tales of the City is etched into my psyche forever. To watch him searching for love in that role - a gay Everyman - gave me hope. Rest peacefully, Marcus.

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by Anonymousreply 2December 25, 2020 12:10 AM

"Complicated soul" = CRAZY

by Anonymousreply 3December 25, 2020 12:11 AM

[Quote] So sad to hear that Marcus “Mouse” D’Amico has died at just 55. We met once... A sweet man. RIP.

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by Anonymousreply 4December 25, 2020 12:14 AM

So sad. He was adorable as Mouse. RIP.

by Anonymousreply 5December 25, 2020 12:19 AM

[Quote]Too young. A complicated soul

Did he do himself in?

by Anonymousreply 6December 25, 2020 12:21 AM

He was really good in his role in TALES OF THE CITY. I was disappointed when he didn’t return in the later instalments, but I thought Paul Hopkins did a good job as his replacement.

by Anonymousreply 7December 25, 2020 12:22 AM

I saw him on Broadway in “An Inspector Calls.” Good show, but Jane Adam’s got all the good reviews. And a Tony, I think.

by Anonymousreply 8December 25, 2020 12:49 AM

Ugh, Adams.

by Anonymousreply 9December 25, 2020 12:49 AM

Oh wow! This is sad.

If you ever watched Judi Dench's show, As Time Goes By, when they go to LA to talk about Lionel's movie, Marcus plays the movie producer.

by Anonymousreply 10December 25, 2020 12:53 AM

He was cute but a nervous heterosexual.

by Anonymousreply 11December 25, 2020 1:03 AM

With Simon Callow.

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by Anonymousreply 12December 25, 2020 1:04 AM

As "Willie" in SUPERMAN II.

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by Anonymousreply 13December 25, 2020 1:06 AM

Waz it the AIDS ,Covid or Drugz?

by Anonymousreply 14December 25, 2020 1:06 AM

In "Angels In America".

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by Anonymousreply 15December 25, 2020 1:09 AM

His head looks about to pop off here.

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by Anonymousreply 16December 25, 2020 1:09 AM

He was pretty hefty by 2014.

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by Anonymousreply 17December 25, 2020 1:11 AM

^ He looks strained in that picture— I guess because he was holding the camera in his outstretched arm.

by Anonymousreply 18December 25, 2020 1:19 AM

I fell in love with him as "Mouse" . Didnt we all ? I wonder what the deal ws . Drugs? Drink ?

by Anonymousreply 19December 25, 2020 1:20 AM

Was he Italian?

by Anonymousreply 20December 25, 2020 1:32 AM

If they don't say the cause of death, it's suicide.

by Anonymousreply 21December 25, 2020 1:34 AM

He was dead to me years ago when he tried to in himself after the first series of Tales was a success

by Anonymousreply 22December 25, 2020 1:44 AM

Nothing on wikipedia or his imdb page yet.

by Anonymousreply 23December 25, 2020 1:46 AM

Armistead had some cryptic things to say many years ago about Marcus' off-screen behaviour during the filming of the first Tales...

by Anonymousreply 24December 25, 2020 1:46 AM

[quote] Didnt we all ?

No.

Don't speak for other people.

by Anonymousreply 25December 25, 2020 1:47 AM

"Tales of the City" wasn't really a success. It was on PBS.

by Anonymousreply 26December 25, 2020 1:48 AM

With Rupert Graves in "Design For Living."

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by Anonymousreply 27December 25, 2020 1:51 AM

R25 is one of those niggling wretches who refuses to tolerate a cliche with a non-literal meaning and has to display the ragged cunt.

Not on Christmas, Dawn.

Not on Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 28December 25, 2020 1:51 AM

Is this the queen from EastEnders?

by Anonymousreply 29December 25, 2020 1:54 AM

[quote] Don't speak

You didn't fancy Marcus D'Amico, R25? Did you know him?

by Anonymousreply 30December 25, 2020 2:08 AM

[Quote] Is this the queen from EastEnders?

Tiff's brother? No.

by Anonymousreply 31December 25, 2020 2:09 AM

[Quote]Nothing on wikipedia or his imdb page yet.

Wait, are there any news links about his death? Why is twitter the only source? Who first tweeted it?

by Anonymousreply 32December 25, 2020 2:37 AM

No news reports yet...is this a hoax?

by Anonymousreply 33December 25, 2020 2:38 AM

There's nothing about this in the news, and it's been hours since OP posted.

Fake news.

by Anonymousreply 34December 25, 2020 2:53 AM

[quote]There's nothing about this in the news, and it's been hours since OP posted.

I've seen people on Facebook who worked with him say he died. That doesn't necessarily mean he has. Laura Linney needs to get on this stat!

by Anonymousreply 35December 25, 2020 2:58 AM

The Queen is waiting until Christmas Day to announce it on her annual Christmas Address.

by Anonymousreply 36December 25, 2020 3:04 AM

Taking the first Christmas Mouse wasn't enough, was it God?

by Anonymousreply 37December 25, 2020 3:11 AM

[quote]I wonder what the deal ws . Drugs? Drink ?

By the size of him in the photo, I'd say dinner mint. Waffle thin.

by Anonymousreply 38December 25, 2020 3:13 AM

IIRC, he was not asked back for the sequel of "Tales of the City" because he said homophobic things to Armisted Maupin. He was replaced by a Canadian actor who was much better looking, but not funny or memorable.

I saw d'Amico in the West End years ago in the famous Stephen Daldry revival of "An Inspector Calls." He would have been fine, but he was just so completely outclassed by Judy Parfitt as his mother and Sylvestra LeTouzel as his sister.

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by Anonymousreply 40December 25, 2020 3:36 AM

I did some research on his name, since you all were too rude to answer my question, and found out that he was indeed Italian.

by Anonymousreply 41December 25, 2020 3:41 AM

I don’t think there’s much out yet about his death because he was really only known for one thing that he did almost 30 years ago. Besides, it was mostly gay people that watched TALES OF THE CITY when it originally aired. People’s comments on Twitter seem to allude to it being suicide.

by Anonymousreply 42December 25, 2020 4:00 AM

I seem to remember Maupin implying that D'Amico was a closet case who had ambitions to play leading straight men and that's why he didn't want to return to TALES OF THE CITY.

Which was too bad, because he really was endearing in the role and didn't amount to anything bigger.

by Anonymousreply 43December 25, 2020 4:09 AM

What a shame. He was great as Mouse and his replacement was absolutely charmless and terrible.

by Anonymousreply 44December 25, 2020 4:54 AM

He was great on TALES OF THE CITY. Hope this isn't true.

by Anonymousreply 45December 25, 2020 5:20 AM

Gee, I love those books and those actors in TOTC. it was the first gay positive tv show. I’ll always be grateful to PBS

by Anonymousreply 46December 25, 2020 5:46 AM

Is he really dead or is this DL BS? Nothing on Wikipedia, IMDB or anywhere on the Internet .

by Anonymousreply 47December 25, 2020 1:24 PM

[quote]I seem to remember Maupin implying that D'Amico was a closet case who had ambitions to play leading straight men and that's why he didn't want to return to TALES OF THE CITY.

Maupin has said only that they came to a mutual decision for him not to return due to "ambivalence" about the role, but supposedly he knew that D'Amico was closeted and hooking up with men during production on the first series.

by Anonymousreply 48December 25, 2020 4:16 PM

IS THIS MAN ACTUALLY DEAD OR WHAT?

by Anonymousreply 49December 25, 2020 4:44 PM

Very sad news. I think because he left so many of us with such a memorable impression just playing that one role in Tales of the City says a lot about his charisma and talents. RIP

by Anonymousreply 50December 25, 2020 4:45 PM

wtf

by Anonymousreply 51December 25, 2020 4:48 PM

R13 - Superman 2 was my favorite movie growing up but I always hated that scene! What was this stupid British girl doing in Hicksville, USA pleading for General Zod to let her daddy down??!?

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by Anonymousreply 52December 25, 2020 4:52 PM

[quote] I did some research on his name, since you all were too rude to answer my question, and found out that he was indeed Italian.

He was born in Germany and raised in Britain, so not really Italian.

by Anonymousreply 53December 25, 2020 5:00 PM

When he retired from acting, didn't he become a nurse or some kind of health worker?

by Anonymousreply 54December 25, 2020 5:02 PM

Marcus D'Amico was never married. He was gay and kept his relationships on the down-low because he feared his sexuality would impact his career.

by Anonymousreply 55December 25, 2020 5:16 PM

[quote] He was born in Germany and raised in Britain

In other words, he was one of our fine foreskinned friends.

by Anonymousreply 56December 25, 2020 5:17 PM

So a paranoid guy on the down low takes on a very visible gay role on gay themed TOTC? That makes no sense.

by Anonymousreply 57December 25, 2020 5:28 PM

On Instagram, casting agent Patrick Baca posted that he died from bronchial pneumonia.

by Anonymousreply 58December 25, 2020 5:56 PM

I saw him in Angels in America in 1992, when I was 17. He was so hot and so great in the role. I developed a major crush on him.

by Anonymousreply 59December 25, 2020 6:21 PM

I remember seeing him onstage and noticing he had a very odd way of walking without fully rolling though the foot. It may have been a character choice but it is something you often see with people with neurological dysfunctions.

I was always curious if there was some malady he was working through.

by Anonymousreply 60December 25, 2020 6:31 PM

[quote]So a paranoid guy on the down low takes on a very visible gay role on gay themed TOTC? That makes no sense.

When you are an unknown actor, it isn't easy to turn down a lead on TV.

by Anonymousreply 61December 25, 2020 6:33 PM

Wasn't the guy who took over the role of Mouse openly gay? I don't remember his name, if I ever knew it and I'm too lazy to look it up.

by Anonymousreply 62December 25, 2020 6:35 PM

Maupin was totally in love with him and it probably freaked young Marcus out. I bet that was the reason for their chilly relationship. Maupin seems like a predatory kind of guy who gets mean when you rebuff him.

by Anonymousreply 63December 25, 2020 6:46 PM

The first “Tales of the City” miniseries, in 1993, was the absolute best. I wish that Marcus and Chloe Webb would’ve put aside their issues, and would’ve have maintained their roles, in the sequels. It was never the same, though the sequels, except for the final one, were excellent.

Olympia Dukakis was superb throughout them all. Mrs. Madrigal was my favorite character. When she died, in the final series, I felt like I lost an old friend.

by Anonymousreply 64December 25, 2020 6:47 PM

He's not dead. This news is a day old, and there's nothing about it whatsoever on wikipedia or in the news. Google it.

[bold] HE'S NOT DEAD. FAKE NEWS. [/bold]

by Anonymousreply 65December 25, 2020 6:50 PM

[quote]Wasn't the guy who took over the role of Mouse openly gay? I don't remember his name, if I ever knew it and I'm too lazy to look it up.

Paul Hopkins, who played Mouse in the two Showtime series, is straight. He and Billy Campbell did a lame interview for Out where they talked about hoe much they love pussy.

Murray Bartlett, who did the Netflix series (and Looking on HBO), is out.

by Anonymousreply 66December 25, 2020 7:00 PM

^ *how* much

by Anonymousreply 67December 25, 2020 7:00 PM

Paul Hopkins and Murray Bartlet were much hotter than Marcus d'Amico when they played Mouse, but Marcus was much more like the character in the books than the way the other two played him.

by Anonymousreply 68December 25, 2020 7:03 PM

Considering the roles Marcus played in Tales of the City, and on the West End stage in Angels in America and Design for Living, he clearly didn't shy away from being associated with gay characters.

Who knows why he turned down a second series of TOTC? Do we criticize Chloe Webb because of that?

by Anonymousreply 69December 25, 2020 7:05 PM

[quote]I wish that Marcus and Chloe Webb would’ve put aside their issues, and would’ve have maintained their roles, in the sequels.

Nina Siemaszko, who replaced Chloe Webb as Mona in More TOTC, was just awful. One of the most wooden actors I've ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 70December 25, 2020 7:05 PM

When I read the books I always pictured Steve Guttenberg as Michael Tolliver.

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by Anonymousreply 71December 25, 2020 7:07 PM

HIs former agent Patrick Baca posted on Instagram:

"....I'm saddened to report this creative soul has passed, leaving us much too early. He was a fantastic creature - and stage and screen are dimmer without him."

by Anonymousreply 72December 25, 2020 7:08 PM

Help yourself to a joint R65, and calm down.

by Anonymousreply 73December 25, 2020 7:17 PM

Yeah, we know R72.

by Anonymousreply 74December 25, 2020 7:22 PM

He was such a perfect fit for his character—so cute and innocent.

Absolutely my favorite on that show

by Anonymousreply 75December 25, 2020 8:20 PM

R65 et al

Remember it took several days before news media began reporting death of Robert Redford's son. This after pretty much same scenario; someone took to social media reporting the event, but elsewhere everything was silent.

by Anonymousreply 76December 25, 2020 8:30 PM

Agree with R76 and add that I never saw any mention of Ken Berry's death other than social media. This could be similar.

by Anonymousreply 77December 25, 2020 9:30 PM

[quote] Waffle thin.

It's "wafer," isn't it?

by Anonymousreply 78December 25, 2020 9:35 PM

Acquaintances have mentioned his kids in social media posts

by Anonymousreply 79December 25, 2020 9:38 PM

From his sister

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by Anonymousreply 80December 25, 2020 9:41 PM

From his sister

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by Anonymousreply 81December 25, 2020 9:41 PM

RIP Mouse 1.0, gone at still quite young an age.

by Anonymousreply 82December 25, 2020 9:44 PM

APA is his sister’s company. Death confirmed here too.

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by Anonymousreply 83December 25, 2020 9:46 PM

It's interesting seeing that photo of Marcus with his sister. I'm guessing from his age that it was taken in the late 70s. That's really what Mouse would have looked like in TOTC, that's the correct hairdo for the time period. albeit not as attractive as the shorter version he wore in the series.

by Anonymousreply 84December 25, 2020 9:46 PM

Has Laura Linney commented yet?

by Anonymousreply 85December 25, 2020 10:08 PM

Is Dl fave Kegan Keller his son?

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by Anonymousreply 86December 26, 2020 1:28 AM

Ok...how does this work when someone dies....should one of us update his Wikipedia entry?

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by Anonymousreply 87December 26, 2020 1:34 AM

There is nothing online showing he died. Wikipedia, IMDB. Google shows nothing.

by Anonymousreply 88December 26, 2020 1:42 AM

R86, go away fool

by Anonymousreply 89December 26, 2020 1:52 AM

Well R88, I guess he’s not dead then. Please IM his sister. I’m sure she’ll be relieved.

by Anonymousreply 90December 26, 2020 1:55 AM

[quote]On Instagram, casting agent Patrick Baca posted that he died from bronchial pneumonia.

COVID.

by Anonymousreply 91December 26, 2020 1:56 AM

It's very sad to hear this. Marcus was great on TOTC and I was so disappointed when he didn't reappear in the sequel. The second Michael "Mouse" Tolliver may have been fine but I can't recall his performance at all.

by Anonymousreply 92December 26, 2020 2:01 AM

It seems both him and his sister chose to live in England. And he specialised in playing American characters in English TV shows.

by Anonymousreply 93December 26, 2020 2:08 AM

His LinkedIn

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by Anonymousreply 94December 26, 2020 4:13 AM

"... is dead to me!" is my favorite DLism.

by Anonymousreply 95December 26, 2020 6:46 AM

It is odd that there is nothing in the entertainment media about his death but then again it is Christmas so I suppose they are not on the ball with lots of news items relating to the entertainment business.

by Anonymousreply 96December 26, 2020 9:41 AM

[quote]It is odd that there is nothing in the entertainment media about his death but then again it is Christmas so I suppose they are not on the ball with lots of news items relating to the entertainment business.

It's not odd really, he's an actor known solely for one role 27 years ago in a series that developed a cult following. In the last 20 years the only tv credits he's had are 2 small roles in long running series that have since been axed, and one episode of The Alienist.

I didn't realise he'd appeared in Trainer, the BBC's early 90s primetime replacement for Howard's Way, alongside Susannah York. Mark Greenstreet was absolutely stunning then. but like Marcus, time hasn't been kind to him.

by Anonymousreply 97December 26, 2020 10:09 AM

He was the better Mouse.

by Anonymousreply 98December 26, 2020 11:35 AM

[quote]He was the better Mouse.

He really was - it was a great performance but the chemistry with the other actors was a huge part of it - the chemistry wasn't there with the other two.

by Anonymousreply 99December 26, 2020 1:49 PM

[Quote] There is nothing online showing he died. Wikipedia, IMDB. Google shows nothing.

Wow, that’s shows how much of a nonentity he had become

Only DL remembers him

by Anonymousreply 100December 26, 2020 2:30 PM

OP, how did you discover the news of his death?

I do hope Marcus gets added into the TCM Remembers video.

by Anonymousreply 101December 26, 2020 3:55 PM

The D'Amico Wikipedia article has been edited to mention his death, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑡ℎ 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑒 𝐹𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑡, 𝑞𝑢𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑂𝑃, posted by Kevin Wilson.

That's insufficient. There needs to be corroboration by some other source.

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by Anonymousreply 102December 26, 2020 5:15 PM

His sister Melissa d"Amico expresses her sorrow at the death of her brother. She operates a child actors' agency called APA Talent and her comment is on its Instagram page.

by Anonymousreply 103December 26, 2020 5:30 PM

Oh, wow. Very sad.

by Anonymousreply 104December 26, 2020 5:31 PM

Do people just post without reading upthread?

FFS, see R80 and R83.

He’s dead. It’s unfortunate but true, whether Wikipedia has been updated or not,

by Anonymousreply 105December 26, 2020 5:47 PM

I did not see those posts, R105.

But it still seems incredible to me that we are evidently expected to take Twitter and Facebook posts as fact, news sources in and of themselves. If, say, there were life insurance policies or some such other matter at stake, I'm sure they would require more than online posts.

That is all.

by Anonymousreply 106December 26, 2020 6:41 PM

I don't really get how the OP discovered his death. I understand it's from those couple of Instagram posts but why would the OP knows those Instagrammers? Is the OP in the London theatrical world? This is a mystery!

by Anonymousreply 107December 26, 2020 7:18 PM

OP is most likely is a Twitter follower of someone who posted or retweeted a post of his death.

by Anonymousreply 108December 26, 2020 7:24 PM

R106 Well, welcome to 2020, where sometimes social media is the only place announcements are made.

NYT can't be bothered to list the obits of most entertainment folks any more unless they were on or off Broadway or a trans woman of color at a community college or something.

by Anonymousreply 109December 26, 2020 7:31 PM

I'm not sure. I googled it and nothing.

by Anonymousreply 110December 26, 2020 7:34 PM

He’s fine R110. He sends his love. 🙄

by Anonymousreply 111December 26, 2020 7:37 PM

R106 is 6000 years old. We’re not in the Dark Ages anymore, honey. Wake up.

by Anonymousreply 112December 26, 2020 7:40 PM

[quote]It seems both him and his sister chose to live in England.

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 113December 26, 2020 8:11 PM

[quote]That's insufficient. There needs to be corroboration by some other source.

R102 has stated his boundaries and DOES NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT!

by Anonymousreply 114December 26, 2020 8:12 PM

Still nothing on Google News, nor on imdb nor wikipedia.

by Anonymousreply 115December 26, 2020 8:15 PM

R27 I saw him in Design for Living on a trip to London. I couldn’t decide who I fancied more, Marcus or Rupert since they were both at the height of their beauty. I found him so much closer to my reading-based idea of Mouse than his replacement in the subsequent series.

by Anonymousreply 116December 26, 2020 8:30 PM

Fucking loser Gerard Courcy is once again slapping together tweets sourced from DL.

by Anonymousreply 117December 26, 2020 8:58 PM

WHAAAAAAT?

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by Anonymousreply 118December 26, 2020 9:04 PM

Interesting that in his middle age, Marcus came to look more like Armistead Maupin than one would have ever thought possible.

by Anonymousreply 119December 26, 2020 9:05 PM

[quote]R106 is 6000 years old. We’re not in the Dark Ages anymore, honey. Wake up.

Trying to age-shame me is not going to alter the fact that shit people post to social media like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram does not have the strength of confirmed fact. Nor is it likely to attain that status anytime in the near future. It's always going to require some corroborating 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙 source.

"And what is it that makes me so fuckin' happy now? It's because my--my 'Leader' has taught me that if I think it... it's 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑢𝑢𝑢𝑒.

And if I say it, it's even 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑢𝑢𝑢𝑒𝑟." - Lewis Black, 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘𝑠 𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝑅𝑖𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝐿𝑖𝑓𝑒 (2020).

by Anonymousreply 120December 27, 2020 10:44 PM

You’re a moron R120.

by Anonymousreply 121December 28, 2020 2:27 PM

What did he die of?

by Anonymousreply 122December 28, 2020 2:36 PM

When did 'Mouse' replace 'Michael'?

I'm ancient and, during the original publication of the serial in the daily Chronicle, it was mandatory reading if you wanted to participate in water cooler conversations at the office the next day. Everyone always referred to him as 'Michael'.

Maybe it was that '70s thing we all had for not using nicknames ('Jeffrey', not 'Jeff', 'Robert' not 'Bob', 'William', not 'Bill')

by Anonymousreply 123December 28, 2020 2:50 PM

r123, "Mouse" may originally have been Mona's nickname for Michael. On page 45 of [italic]Tales of the City[/italic] (Harper Colophon original trade paperback version), at the beginning of the chapter titled "Mona's new roomie," Michael calls her on the phone and says "Hi. It's Michael." And Mona responds "Mouse!"

by Anonymousreply 124December 28, 2020 2:58 PM

So, is he dead or what.

by Anonymousreply 125December 28, 2020 3:05 PM

Is this guy in limbo now or something?

by Anonymousreply 126December 28, 2020 3:50 PM

r123 You and I must be of a similar vintage and geographical background, because I remember those watercooler conversations about Tales of the City in the Chronicle. I also recall "The Serial" and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" as topics of discussion in the office in the '70s.

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by Anonymousreply 127December 28, 2020 7:34 PM

[quote]What did he die of?

A friend of his said on Instagram (see R58) that it was pneumonia—not sure if it was COVID-related or not.

by Anonymousreply 128December 28, 2020 7:39 PM

You'd think someone would approach the news agencies to conform or deny these rumours.

The general public and his devoted fans deserve to know the facts.

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by Anonymousreply 129December 29, 2020 2:58 AM

[quote]You'd think someone would approach the news agencies to conform or deny these rumours.

If his sister posted it on IG then he's as good as dead.

by Anonymousreply 130December 29, 2020 3:03 AM

Queerly has announced it and Wikipedia is updated with a date of death of 12/16/20.

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by Anonymousreply 131December 29, 2020 4:48 PM

From R131 link: he died of pneumonia and is survived by his mother, two sisters, a half brother, and a son and a daughter.

by Anonymousreply 132December 29, 2020 4:50 PM

His sister Melissa confirmed his death in an email to Queerty.

by Anonymousreply 133December 29, 2020 4:51 PM

Finally.

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by Anonymousreply 134December 29, 2020 6:52 PM

His death is now being reported by Variety. He’s hit the big times.

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by Anonymousreply 135December 29, 2020 7:16 PM

Whatever you may think of it, R135, it's still heads above Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

by Anonymousreply 136December 29, 2020 7:47 PM

Deadline now reporting.

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by Anonymousreply 137December 29, 2020 8:02 PM

Sometimes it just takes a while for the word to get out. I think Beth Howland, who played Vera on "Alice," died several days or weeks before it was reported to the press.

by Anonymousreply 138December 29, 2020 8:06 PM

The original 1993 Tales miniseries was such a masterpiece. I remember hearing a quite a stir about it when it first appeared on television, but I was too young to see it (and my parents would have likely raised an eyebrow had I wanted to see it in their house even had I been in my older teen years). Years later in college, I finally saw the film and fell in love with all of characters, the city and the story. That original cast was magic - down to even the lesser roles like Binky and D'orothea. I re-watched it again on Netflix a few months ago and the luster was still just as bright - perhaps even more so. Of course I anxiously awaited and watched the later sequels, but they all paled in comparison and were huge disappointments IMO. The filming was sharper, everything looked "newer" (not in a good way) and that slightly grainy/hazy quality to the filming that succeeded in placing the story in it's intended era was all but gone. Most of all, the characters had aged and lost their youth and the actors who replaced the originals fell very, very flat. Mona and Mouse were never the same and the magic was gone. D'Amico's life story seems to have been a sad one - full of fear and self-imposed deception. I know that life and I lived it up until around 24/25 yoa when I decided that I worth more than that. I deserved the same life that everyone else took for granted. My relationship with my parents and family in general is strained to this day, but their selfishness and intolerance have not dictated my life since I decided that I was worthy of being who I actually was. I was worth something as a human being and deserved to live a honest life. I deserved happiness - just like everyone else. Marcus was a charming and beautiful man who gave us some great characters - while they were admittedly few, they were memorable nonetheless. Tales was his greatest professional achievement - at least in my eyes. I hope that even if he never found peace during his life here on earth - that he finds it now moving on to the next one. He will never be forgotten.

by Anonymousreply 139December 29, 2020 9:57 PM

IMDB has been updated

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by Anonymousreply 140December 29, 2020 10:56 PM

[quote]Sometimes it just takes a while for the word to get out. I think Beth Howland, who played Vera on "Alice," died several days or weeks before it was reported to the press.

At her request, Beth Howland's death wasn't reported until about a year after she died.

by Anonymousreply 141December 29, 2020 11:00 PM

[quote]IMDB has been updated

It's the least I could do for the best Mouse.

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by Anonymousreply 142December 29, 2020 11:08 PM

I thought he was the weakest link in the cast of the original Tales. He was cute, but often flubbed his American accent.

There's a lot of BS going around.

Someone posted on Queerty that he "turned down" reprising his role in the sequel for fear of becoming "typecast" as gay. As if he even had much of a career to lose. Also, I recall Maupin saying in an interview that "someone" was not asked to return to his role because he was still in the closet or some similar conflict.

Where did he get the kids? Straight? Gay? Bi? Closeted?

Also, who dies of Pneumonia anymore, except for the very aged, the immunocompromised (i.e. AIDS -- and who dies from that anymore?), and severe alcoholics? In a 2014 photo posted upthread, D'Amico looks like a bloated blimp, no longer young and pretty. I vote for alcoholism.

by Anonymousreply 143December 29, 2020 11:13 PM

I liked what he brought to the role, but I also liked Paul Hopkins's Mouse in the two Showtime series. I found him impishly sexy and enjoyed his willingness to get nekkid.

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by Anonymousreply 144December 29, 2020 11:25 PM

I was really surprised he had a son and a daughter. I wonder how old they are?

by Anonymousreply 145December 29, 2020 11:32 PM

R43 is there anyone who Maupin did not claim or hint this about?

R63 I have friends that know Mapuin and that's exactly how he is, he's your typical narcissist that when told no or if you are not of use to him, or you are not praising him he will ignore you or trash you in the press.

Thank you R139. I enjoyed the 1993 series and watched it as a young teen with my family, but they were more concerned about the drug use in it than the gay men or gay men having sex; but I grew up with family friends who are gay men and they would frequently bring whatever boyfriend they were with at the time to family parties or holiday dinners.

R143 I thought it was COVID when I first read this in the news. Either way rest in peace. There's an entire generation or two, or even perhaps three of gay men who stayed deeply closeted and married women or who forced themselves to have sex with women, get a woman pregnant, and have children, and they did not come out until decades later.

by Anonymousreply 146December 30, 2020 1:14 AM

Paul Hopkins was much better looking, IMO, but he just didn't have "it."

by Anonymousreply 147December 30, 2020 1:30 AM

I so flipped over his portrayal of Mouse that when he appeared on Broadway in AN INSPECTOR CALLS I waited outside the stage door and followed him for three or four blocks before realizing what an ass I was. Temporary insanity I'd call it.

by Anonymousreply 148December 30, 2020 3:59 PM

IMO he had the perfect look for Mouse. I could believe that he didn't think he was hot or handsome but actually was highly appealing.

by Anonymousreply 149December 30, 2020 4:10 PM

Paul Hopkins was terrible and completely forgettable as Mouse.

Pneumonia? At 55? I mean... okay. Unless it was Covid which of course is possible, it says immunocompromised and AIDS which would be sadly ironic.

by Anonymousreply 150December 31, 2020 4:39 PM

I can't believe Armistead Maupin outlived him. Life is certainly a bitch.

by Anonymousreply 151January 1, 2021 2:47 AM

Yes R151 it is a bitch how Armistead Maupin outlived lots of other gay and bisexual writers and actors, yet continues to recycle and regurgitate the same tiresome characters and show how out of touch with SF he has been for the last 40 years. I made the mistake of reading his memoir as I did enjoy the first three tales of the city novels, and in it he just shows how he's a user/narcissist and even his own family members find him vindictive.

by Anonymousreply 152January 1, 2021 4:07 AM

Was he HIV+? Or was it due to covid? Or both?

by Anonymousreply 153January 4, 2021 12:37 AM

Covid? or HIV? or both?

by Anonymousreply 154February 22, 2021 8:40 AM

[quote] I made the mistake of reading his memoir as I did enjoy the first three tales of the city novels, and in it he just shows how he's a user/narcissist and even his own family members find him vindictive.

Back then most gay men lived in a "dog-eat-dog" kind of world where you had to have an incredibly thick skin to survive. Especially after being shunned by your blood relatives. Vindictive is one way to describe a strained relationship with your family turning their back on you.

by Anonymousreply 155February 22, 2021 8:58 AM

Cause of death given only as pneumonia.

by Anonymousreply 156February 22, 2021 10:26 AM

Pneumonia in England = AIDS.

by Anonymousreply 157February 22, 2021 1:14 PM

That's what I am guessing as well R157. People can and do die to pneumonia but if this guy was gay or bisexual and closeted, and active in the 1970s-early 1990s he might have been HIV+ and died from PCP. Either way rest in peace.

by Anonymousreply 158March 5, 2021 7:28 PM

I hope someone writes a biography or at least an insightful article on him. I sense there's more to the official/Maupin story of d'Amico's failure to return for the Tales of the City sequels. He continued to play gay roles on stage. And his roles on British television were small fry stuff.

by Anonymousreply 159March 5, 2021 7:58 PM
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