James Gammon, one of my all-time favorite actors died a few weeks ago after battling cancer. Anyone who pays attention to character actors probably knows who this gravel-voiced everyman was. I wrote about him back in April 2007 if you want to check the archives. Or, do a "James Gammon" search and a link to that post should pop up.
Go here if you want to read something from the Los Angeles Times about Gammon and how he was Sam Shepard's favorite actor to use in his plays. I just wish Gammon could have gotten more roles, larger roles that would have equaled his talent. He truly deserved it.