It’s that time of year. The time when we at Made Man salute those legendary fellows who have passed on. From our master list, we’ve narrowed it down to 22 men with 22 nuggets of wisdom to ponder. Gents, you will be sorely missed. See you on the other side.
Robert Loggia was one of the great character actors of all time. You’ve seen him in bona fide classics like Scarface and Lost Highway, not to mention Big, Opportunity Knocks and Necessary Roughness.
Starting off with grindhouse fare such as Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes, Wes Craven eventually became the most successful horror director of his generation. He’s best known for the Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises.
The monynymous Lemmy made history by bedding more women than Wilt Chamberlain and being in not one, but two legendary bands, Hawkwind and Motörhead.
One of the biggest marquee draws of his day, Omar Sharif built his career on a seemingly endless streak of five-star blockbusters, including Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia.
You know him from Eight Is Enough. But Dick Van Patten was also a devoted family man, married to the same woman for 60 years, and an animal welfare advocate.
“We don’t always get the kind of work we want, but we always have a choice of whether to do it with good grace or not.”
Without Rowdy Roddy Piper, there’s no Hulk Hogan. The Canadian entered the wrestling business at the tender age of 15 after running away from home—and became a superstar.
Boston native Leonard Nimoy appeared in over 30 movies—and directed some too—but he’ll always be remembered for his role as Star Trek’s Spock. Check out his dualing accounts of his life, I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock.
Many men played the Marlboro Man, but only one had the claim to be “The Real Marlboro Man,” Darrell Winfield.
You probably don’t know him by name, but Taylor Negron has been in a slew of classic films such as The Stoned Age, Punchline, The Last Boy Scout… and just about every eighties teen comedy.
Scott Weiland was a Gen X rock icon who fronted Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Almost no one gets to be part of one legendary rock band, let alone two.
B.B. King needs no introduction. He’s the king of the blues and always will be.
Most songs get old fast, but Ben E. King’s biggest hit, “Stand By Me,” has entertained for generations.
You’ve probably never heard of Jack Ely, but you’d instantly recognize his most famous moment—singing The Kingmen’s version of “Louie, Louie.” He got his signature vocal style from shouting at a microphone in the middle of a room to be louder than the instruments.
Percy Sledge is one of the greats of American soul music. “When A Man Loves a Woman” will forever set the right mood.
Few people are able to do two things really well. Fred Thompson was on Law and Order and in the U.S. Senate. What have you got?
He governed New York for more than a decade, but Mario Cuomo never pulled the trigger on a White House run. His son Andrew now oversees the state.
John Nash is the rarest of birds—a famous mathematician. Even if you don’t instantly recognize his name, you know A Beautiful Mind.
Günter Grass won the Nobel Prize and the Prince of Asturias Award in literature the same year for his magical realist work.
One of rugby’s all-time greats, Jonah Lomu was the youngest player in the history of the dominant New Zealand national team—and shares the record for Rugby World Cup tries, having scored 15. He died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 40.
Legendary Yankee Yogi Berra is known as much for his strange aphorisms as for his playing, managing and coaching exploits. If you ever want a laugh, read about the harmonica incident some time.
Father of current WWE men Golddust and Cody Rhodes, Dusty “The American Dream” Rhodes was one of the most popular wrestlers of the 1970s and 1980s.
Nicknamed Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility. One of the greatest second baseman of all time never made it to the postseason, but he never lost his sunny outlook on life either.