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Subject: Archive: Charles Rocket, Oct. 7, 2005

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Date Posted: Sunday, October 07, 01:13:20pm

BOSTON, Oct. 19 - The actor Charles Rocket, whose unscripted profanity on "Saturday Night Live" in 1981 cost him his network television job, was found dead near his Connecticut home on Oct. 7. He was 56.

He committed suicide by cutting his throat, Sgt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police said.

The actor, whose real name was Charles Claverie, was a cast member of the NBC show "Saturday Night Live" in the 1980-81 season. During a parody of the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of "Dallas," his character was shot, and Mr. Rocket uttered the obscenity while saying he would like to know who did it. After viewers complained, NBC apologized. Mr. Rocket; two fellow cast members, Gilbert Gottfried and Ann Risley; and four of the show's writers were dismissed.

Mr. Rocket's movie credits included "Earth Girls Are Easy," "How I Got Into College," "Dumb and Dumber" and "Dances With Wolves." He also had roles in the 1980's television series "Moonlighting" and "Max Headroom," and provided voices for several cartoon characters.

Mr. Rocket is survived by his wife, Beth, and son, Zane.

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It's hard to believe he would be fired today for what got him axed from "SNL" back in 1981 (NT).Sunday, October 07, 01:14:12pm
One of the very FEW celebs committing suicide by cutting his own throat! (NT)And his teen son Zane, found him dead in back yard.Sunday, October 07, 02:22:45pm
Dad in Hocus PocusDer BingleMonday, October 08, 05:42:21am

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