Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Richard Gilliland (died March 18th, aged 71)

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Character actor Richard Gilliland passed away following a short illness in Los Angeles, California. Gilliland was the husband of actress Jean Smart, whom he met on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Gilliland played the recurring role of J.D. Shackelford in the Golden Globe-nominated series, while Smart was part of the main cast, portraying Charlene Frazier-Stillfield.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Gilliland rose to prominence for his stint as Sgt. Steve DiMaggio on the NBC police procedural series McMillan & Wife from 1976 to 1977. He then went on to appear as Lt. Nick Holden on ABC’s adaptation of Operation Petticoat in 1977 to 1978, and became a series regular on ABC’s Just Our Luck in 1983 and CBC’s Heartland in 1989. His most recent TV credits were Bravo’s Imposters and CBS’ Criminal Minds.

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.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”