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Old July 17 2014, 04:28 PM   #1
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Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Before I open this up to your selections, I'll snag one many of you are likely considering: Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) of NYPD BLUE. When it came to that show, I was more of a Dennis Franz fan. My choice of Simone is not because of his specific character, but because of the excellent five-week arc in the episodes, in the fantastic acting it brought out from his wife and colleagues (Franz in particular), and its moving conclusion in the final week. In many cases, life imitates art. Two years following these episodes, my family experienced two similar events five months apart with similar results to each other, and the show. Even before that, I knew that this would always be NYPD's absolute high point. It still is. And IMO, television's single greatest character sendoff.

Your personal picks don't necessarily need to be limited to regulars, as long as you were positively moved.
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Old July 17 2014, 05:51 PM   #2
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Old July 17 2014, 06:11 PM   #3
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

In the middle of a silly season of a silly show, True Blood managed to deliver one of the most powerful and moving death scenes I've ever watched with the death of Godric, and it wasn't even of a significant character on the show.

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Old July 17 2014, 06:21 PM   #4
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Bill McNeal on NewsRadio.
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Old July 17 2014, 06:24 PM   #5
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

The first one that springs to mind is Henry Blake on MASH. I was just a kid and it really took me by surprise. My mom, who was also in tears, used it as a good teaching moment: in wartime, no one is truly safe.

As I've gotten older, other character deaths moved me: Bobby Singer on Supernatural, Daniel Jackson on SG1 (OK, only the first time; he died and came back a ridiculous number of times), Locke and Jin & Sun on LOST, the fairly realistic death of Sybil on Downton Abbey, etc.
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Old July 17 2014, 06:30 PM   #6
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Jack Shepherd on Lost, although it was amplified by so much else and the fact that it was the finale that perhaps it's not fair of me to list him. Nevertheless, I was sobbing.
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Old July 17 2014, 06:37 PM   #7
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Claire Kincaid on Law & Order.

Of course, Spock was a TV character. He just didn't die on TV. Plus, he's not really dead, as long as we remember him.
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Old July 17 2014, 06:42 PM   #8
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Most of the deaths on Lost (Charlie, Jin and Sun, Locke, etc.)

Henry Blake on MASH, which works because even the actors were surprised, and thus the scene is amazingly authentic.

Downtown Abbey's deaths so effected my wife that she will no longer watch that show.
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Old July 17 2014, 06:47 PM   #9
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Jennifer "Pilot" Chase on Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.
Seriously.

Kosh on Babylon 5.
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Old July 17 2014, 07:10 PM   #10
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Not exactly "moving", but Alan Alda as a convicted rapist, being executed in the gas chamber in Kill Me If You Can, was very realistic and disturbing.
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Old July 17 2014, 07:34 PM   #11
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Pretty much every significant death in Six Feet Under.

Is that cheating?
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Old July 17 2014, 07:39 PM   #12
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

We need a single winner for that one. I figure it'd be somebody from the final episode. Finales can certainly count in these selections.

KILL ME IF YOU CAN is a TV film, which also counts. I saw Alda die in another TV film called THE GLASS HOUSE, shot by a prison guard after he tried to escape fellow convict Vic Morrow.

As for M*A*S*H, Gary Burghoff was undoubtedly the first actor to know Henry Blake had died, since Alda hadn't written this episode. Klinger and Trapper seem to be the most stoic here.
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Old July 17 2014, 07:45 PM   #13
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Claire Kincaid on Law & Order.
yes. totally unexpected.
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Old July 17 2014, 07:51 PM   #14
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IIRC, the scene in the OR of Radar revealing Henry's death was actually take two. There was some technical problem that made the first take unusable, if I remember right from a documentary I saw on the show way back when.

OK, I searched before submitting. Here it is, with further correction and clarification, confirmed at snopes.com, with citations. From Laughing Matters by Larry Gelbart:

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Unhappily, there was some sort of technical glitch. Either the boom mike or a light or whatever could go wrong did, and we had to shoot it again. I was heartsick. Gary would never be able to do a second take as beautiful as he did the first. I still knew nothing about directing. He was better.
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Old July 17 2014, 08:08 PM   #15
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Gary was such a pro, he made playing Radar look easy.
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