Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Hal Holbrook (died January 23rd, aged 95)

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Veteran actor Hal Holbrook, best known for his portrayal of Mark Twain, died at his home in California. Holbrook won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1966 for his portrayal of Twain in the one-man stage show Mark Twain Tonight!, which he developed himself. He performed the show for over 60 years, only retiring the show in 2017 due to his failing health.

Holbrook also appeared in several films and TV series during his career, which spanned for almost 70 years. He got an Oscar nomination for his performance as Ron Franz in the 2007 biographical drama film Into the Wild and won a total of five Emmys for his roles in The Bold Ones: The Senator, Pueblo, Lincoln, and Portrait of America. He also played the recurring role of Nate Madock on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

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.”