Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Charles Grodin (died May 18th, aged 86)

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Charles Grodin, who was best known for co-starring with Robert De Niro in the 1988 action-comedy film Midnight Run, died of bone marrow cancer at his home in Wilton, Connecticut.

Aside from Midnight Run, Grodin was also famous for appearing in 1992’s Beethoven, 1976’s King Kong, and 1972’s The Heartbreak Kid, which earned him a Golden Globe Best Actor nomination. After he retired from acting in the mid-1990s, Grodin wrote several autobiographies and became a talk show host on CNBC and a political commentator for 60 Minutes II. He returned to acting with a number of roles in the mid-2010s, including in Louis C.K.’s FX show Louie and Noah Baumbach’s 2014 film While We’re Young.

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Interesting facts about BTS
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  • 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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