Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Al Harrington (died September 21st, aged 85)

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Al Harrington, best known for his role as Detective Ben Kokua in the original Hawaii Five-O series, died on September 21st in Honolulu, Hawaii after suffering a massive stroke. He was 85.

After graduating with a degree in history at Stanford University, Harrington returned to Hawaii where he taught history and coached football while moonlighting as an entertainer in a tourist show in Waikiki. He eventually became popular and earned the well-known moniker “The South Pacific Man.” His big break came in 1972 when he landed the role of Ben Kokua in the original Hawaii Five-O series, which ran for 12 seasons on CBS from 1968 to 1980. Harrington returned to the franchise when he was cast in the recurring role of Mamo Kahike in the CBS reboot of the police procedural show.

Outside of the Hawaii Five-O franchise, Harrington appeared in series like Charlie’s Angels, The Jeffersons, Magnum P.I., and Scrubs among many others.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
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