Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Art Metrano (died September 8th, aged 84)

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Stand-up comedian Art Metrano, who was best known for his role as police captain Ernie Mauser in the second and third Police Academy films, passed away on September 8th at the age of 84. His son, Harry, told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor died of natural causes at his home in Aventura, Florida.

Though Metrano had been acting in movies and TV shows since 1961, his big break came in 1970, when he appeared as a stand-up comic on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Aside from his most memorable performance as Ernie in the Police Academy franchise, Metrano also famously appeared in the 1969’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, 1972’s The Heartbreak Kid, and 1981’s History of the World: Part I. He also starred in a one-man stage show called Metrano’s Accidental Comedy, which he performed in a wheelchair and on crutches, following his 1989 accident, in which he fell off a ladder while working on the roof of his house.

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.”