Tributes Pour in for Broadcasting Giant Larry King

Tributes to Larry King
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The legendary broadcaster, dad, and Ghostbusters actor Larry King passed away this weekend at the age of 87 after an iconic TV career. His TV career spanned six-plus decades and he’s remembered as one of the best interviewers of all time. He’s known for interviewing everyone (literally, presidents, actors, newsmakers, and randos of all types) on his show, “Larry King Live”, which he hosted on CNN for more than 25 years.

He retired from the show in 2010, after recording 6,000 episodes. That’s the type of career that makes you as familiar to viewers as the channel itself almost, you’re just a fixture at that point, known around the world.

King was so familiar as an interviewer that he made frequent movie cameos in that role, typically interviewing a major character or commentating on some major event in the movie. He was never better in this role than he was in Ghostbusters.

Not only was King at the top of his game for many years, but he also stayed relevant far longer than most his age. It was just months ago that he was trending for his interview of Danny Pudi and it’s “Larry I’m on Duck Tales” moment.

He was a TV giant, having interviewed more than 30,000 people on his show, ranging from President Ford to Obama (and all between) to random viewers calling into his show. Many of his colleagues and former guests took to social media Saturday to remember the broadcasting legend.

Bindi Irwin Recreates Her Parents’ Sweet Maternity Photo With Husband Chandler

Bindi Irwin recreates parents' maternity photo with husband Chandler
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As we grow up, we start to understand and relate to our parents on a whole new level. Experiencing life’s milestones often allows us to grow closer to our parents, using their knowledge to guide and reassure us and sharing in the amazement of it all as a family. But when you’ve lost one of your parents as Bindi Irwin has, you’re forced to find other ways to include them in those joyous moments.

The Irwin family had to master the skill of including Steve in their lives in a new way abruptly, after tragically losing him in 2006. They’ve treasured his memory at every turn and held him close to their hearts – especially during life’s big moments.

Bindi Irwin and her husband Chandler are expecting their first baby, a baby that would have been Steve’s first grandchild. Bindi has followed in her dad’s footsteps, giving the world glimpses into her personal life and inviting us to celebrate with her.

Recently, Bindi shared an adorable throwback photo of her own parents – Terri Irwin stands, visibly pregnant and smiling, as Steve and little Bindi kiss her baby bump (aka, the now 17-year-old Robert).

Now well into her own pregnancy, Bindi recreated the adorable photo with her husband Chandler. She captioned the photo, “Recreating a very special moment. Third trimester love.”

 

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Like any family who has mourned the loss of a loved one, the Irwin family likely thinks about Steve every single day. But during important milestones, they find creative ways to include the late Crocodile Hunter in their celebrations. Steve loved every second of being a father, and though he isn’t here to see it in person, he would undoubtedly be ecstatic about his growing family.

After Bindi announced her pregnancy, Terri said on Twitter, “While I wish that Steve was here to share this beautiful moment, I know that he would be so proud.”

The Rock Shares Touching Tribute To His Dad on the First Anniversary of His Death

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Dwayne Johnson has always been vocal about how influential and inspirational his dad was to him, both career-wise and in his personal life. When Johnson’s dad, legendary wrestler Rocky Johnson passed away unexpectedly last year, the world mourned with him. The Rock regularly mentions just how much his dad meant to him, sharing memories and life milestones he wishes they could celebrate together.

On Monday, The Rock shared a touching tribute to his late dad on Instagram, marking the one year anniversary of his death. “When we’re breathin’ that breath…it means we still have a shot,” he wrote. “We all know loss.. we’ve all been there.. then it’s our job to rise and live as greatly as we can. My old man was a trailblazing bad dude in the game for our cultures.”

“He passed away suddenly, exactly one year ago. The show must go on.”

The video Johnson shared on Instagram was a moving compilation of memories. We see clips of Rocky completely in his element, dominating in the ring and smiling proudly as if there’s no place he’d rather be. Throughout the video, The Rock discusses the pain of losing a loved one and the beauty of life as a whole.

 

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“The cycle of life,” Dwayne Johnson explains, “It’s painful, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it’s heartbreaking, it’s powerful, it’s a kick in the gut.”

He continues, “It can knock you down, it can knock your ass out – but you know, you rise. You get back up … you live as greatly as you possibly can.”

Johnson goes on to discuss how the death of a loved one is a jarring reminder of what life is all about. When you lose someone you love, you’re reminded of how fleeting life is. It forces you to look at your priorities, to continue living stronger and better simply because you still have time.

The Rock smiles sadly, remembering something his dad used to tell him. “For those of you who know my dad, you know he’d say, ‘you tell them I taught you everything you know – but I didn’t teach you everything I know.’”

We see Dwayne saying a somber final goodbye to his dad at his funeral, a scene immediately juxtaposed with an old clip of the pair embracing in an enormous hug.

Johnson concludes with a toast to his own dad, and to everyone who’s ever lost someone.

“Hope we’re making them proud – the show must go on.”

Jeopardy Pays One Final Tribute To Alex Trebek in Touching Video

Alex Trebek Final Tribute
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For 36 years, Alex Trebek was the face and voice of one of the most iconic game shows of all time. Even through his battle with pancreatic cancer, Trebek continued recording episodes of Jeopardy – not because he had to, but because he truly loved what he did. The final episode of Jeopardy featuring the beloved host was originally going to air on Christmas of 2020, but instead, the episode was pushed back to last Friday.

The last episode of Jeopardy aired more than two months after Trebek’s death, allowing fans to bid a final farewell to the game show legend. In a touching tribute, the episode concluded with a 90-second video packed with heartwarming moments from throughout Trebek’s Jeopardy career.

While we typically see Trebek’s more serious side, the montage is filled with his more playful moments. Trebek dances, laughs, and even shows up on stage sans pants. Though it’s evident simply by watching the show itself, the montage really highlights just how deeply Trebek loved his job.

For those who didn’t see the episode (or for those of us who want to watch it on repeat), Jeopardy shared their moving tribute on Twitter with the caption, “Simply the best. Thank you, Alex.”

The video’s comments quickly filled with kind words about Trebek, from fans of the show to former contestants.

The Jeopardy! host treated each contestant with kindness and respect, and even when battling cancer, he gave the show everything he had. Trebek’s legacy will live on, and even though Jeopardy will continue, it will never be the same without him.

Jeopardy Airing Alex Trebek’s Final Episodes in Early January

Trebek
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The list of grievances with 2020 is certainly not short, and on that list is the passing of Alex Trebek. So it’s only fitting that our final new episodes of Jeopardy with Trebek as host, taped before his passing from pancreatic cancer in the fall, will air in 2021.

Jeopardy originally planned to air his final episode on Christmas day but made the decision to push his final episodes back a bit so millions of fans can watch Trebek’s final episodes. The program aired two weeks of repeats around the holidays, in a special block of programming called “Around the World With Alex.”

According to Jeopardy, his lifelong interest in people, cultures, and languages is why they chose those repeats for the special. “History is the past,” he once said, “geography is the future.”

This leaves us with his final episodes, which were taped on October 29th. They are currently scheduled to air January 4th through 8th. His executive producer Mike Richards recently told media outlets that Trebek “was a warrior” during his final tapings, as he wanted more than anything to be one of the first shows back in production after a COVID-19 pause.

“We knew how much he was fighting, and that’s what made the performance even more impressive,” he said. He said the final episodes were moved so fans wouldn’t be stressed about possibly missing them during the holiday chaos. “We wanted our fans to be able to really savor those last five.”

After our last Trebek-led Jeopardy episode on January 8th, the mantle gets passed to the first interim host, Jeopardy GOAT Ken Jennings, with more interim hosts on the way.

Social Media Pays Tribute to Stan Lee on His 98th Birthday

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The end of December is typically reserved for the celebration of a great man’s birthday, a man who has had an enormous impact on the world. The 25th may be Jesus’s birthday, and joy to the world, but December 28th is Stan Lee’s birthday and Excelsior!

The man who created Marvel comics, including dozens of characters who have become household names, was born 98 years ago. Sadly, he passed away before he could reach his nearly-100th birthday, but his legacy is stronger than ever, especially now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominates popular culture (including streaming!)

Yesterday, people across social media made sure that while Stan Lee may be gone, he is far from forgotten. Tributes poured in across Twitter.

From the official Stan Lee Twitter account:

From Iron Man himself:

Various and pop culture sites:

From newsmen praising Lee’s positive influence on the youth:

To other famous creatives who were influenced by the man’s work:

And fans like us:

Whether you were a hardcore comic book nerd or someone who just watched the movies, you were familiar with Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four and the Hulk and dozens of other famous and less well-known characters that lee and his company created. Comic books have become a major source for most modern entertainment, and Lee is one of the reasons.

He didn’t quite make it to 100, but his work will live forever.

Star Wars Actors Pay Tribute to Jeremy Bulloch, the Original Boba Fett

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In a cruel twist of fate, just as the character he helped make famous had re-entered our lives, the actor who originally portrayed him has passed away.

It’s the circle of life, sort of. (The Mandalorian was created by Jon Favreau, who also directed the live-action Lion King, both of which reside on Disney+. So it sort of makes sense?)

The man who first donned Boba Fett‘s iconic Beskar armor and helmet, actor Jeremy Bulloch, passed away earlier this week. He was 75.

He played the silent but deadly bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. While he didn’t get the chance to reprise the role in the prequel trilogy or on The Mandalorian, where Temuera Morrison has taken over post-Sarlacc pit, he did continue to appear in movies like Octopussy, and on TV, in the BBC’s original Dr. Who series.

He had a wife, three sons, 10 grandkids, and countless fans. Many of whom worked alongside him.

As the news made its way around the internet, various colleagues from within the Star Wars universe paid tribute to Bulloch.

Mark Hamill:

Billy Dee Williams:

And the official Star Wars Twitter account:

And even Daniel Logan, who played a young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones:

 

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It seems the man who played one of the coolest characters in all of that galaxy far far away was also one of the coolest, and kindest men in our own.

New Zealand Dad Dies a Hero After Telling Rescuers To Save His Son and Niece

Dad drowns after telling rescue workers to save kids
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We can never anticipate the moments that test us, the moments where action or inaction changes the course of our lives forever. Moreover, we can tell ourselves how we would respond in certain situations, but we’ll never truly know until we find ourselves facing them. We all like to think that we could choose the path of bravery and self-sacrifice for those we love, but unless we’re given seconds to make a decision that changes everything (and hopefully we’ll never have to), we just don’t know. Steve Mote, a dad from New Zealand, made the ultimate sacrifice to save his loved ones – and he will forever be remembered as a hero.

41-year-old Steve Mote was visiting an Australian beach with his kids, partner, and niece when the day took a tragic turn. After a long day of fishing and swimming, Mote went to take a final dip while his partner Fordene MacDonald waited in the shade.

Mote, his son, and his niece splashed in the shallow water when a wave unexpectedly swept them to sea. Bystanders and rescue workers rushed to help, as did Mote’s partner MacDonald. MacDonald has trouble with her vision, referring to Mote as “her eyes” – she didn’t realize anything was wrong until she heard the commotion. She began to run towards the water, but navigating the rocky shore with impaired vision was nearly impossible.

Once rescuers reached the dedicated dad, his priority was making sure the kids were safe. Rather than immediately accepting the assistance of the rescue workers, he instructed them to go find the kids.

Rescuers followed Mote’s wishes, pulling the kids to safety and returning for him. Tragically, by the time Mote was pulled to shore, he was unresponsive. Mote’s final decision was to protect his loved ones, and he did. Both children are unharmed.

“He sacrificed himself. He knew it was either him or the kids,” his cousin Queenie Fa’alua told the NZ Herald. “There were people trying to help him and he pushed [them towards the kids].”

Steve Mote, a father of four himself, had been with his partner for five years. MacDonald had five kids of her own, all of whom remember him as both an amazing father and teacher. He was loving, generous, and selfless until his final moments.

“He was the one that got our family together. He understood us. He was our role model,” Fa’alua said. “Now, that he protected us, who do we look to next? He’s left a legacy [that] we can continue because we learned so much from him. It’s really raw and sad.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support this heroic dad’s family.

The Star Wars Universe Pays Tribute to David Prowse, the Man Behind Darth Vader

David Prowse
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The Star Wars universe lost one of the true originals recently when the man behind Darth Vader passed away. Vader was famously voiced by James Earl Jones, but the man behind the mask and in the iconic suit was David Prowse, who recently passed away at the age of 85 from COVID-19.

The Star Wars world owes a lot to the menacing Prowse, who greatly contributed to one of the greatest movie villains in history. And also, one of the best dad characters, depending on how you view Vader’s grand arc in the story.

His management company released a statement announcing the news.

“It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and millions of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85,” Bowington Management said on Twitter Sunday.

His former agent released a statement to the BBC, saying “May the force be with him, always! Though famous for playing many monsters, for myself and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.”

In addition to playing Vader, he also played Frankenstein’s monster in three different movies, but the role he repeatedly said his favorite was in a series of road safety campaigns in the U.K.

Social media was flooded with praise for the man behind the mask, as Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, took to Twitter to say a few words about his movie dad.

“So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP”

George Lucas released a statement to StarWars.com and said he made “Vader leap off the page and onto the big screen” and contributed to the success of a memorable, tragic figure.

Prowse was originally given the choice between being Chewbacca or Vader, and once said he chose Vader because “you always remember the baddie.” Peter Mayhew was given the role of Chewbacca, and the late actor’s foundation also paid tribute to Prowse.

William Shattner also paid tribute to his friend, and his role as a movie dad, which is true, from a certain point of view.

Even Rosario Dawson, the latest to play a pivotal character in the Star Wars universe, paid tribute to Prowse after the news broke.

“The force is with you and your loved ones,” she wrote. “Always has been, always will be.”

7 Years Ago We Lost Actor, Humanitarian, and Dad, Paul Walker

Paul Walker
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Today marks 7 years without Paul Walker: actor, humanitarian, Vin Diesel’s other half — but most importantly, dad. 

Paul and Meadow Walker
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Paul died Nov. 30, 2013 at age 40 in a fatal car crash and he’s been missed him every day since. Family and friends said goodbye in a private ceremony Dec. 14 that year, and later, at a public memorial, fans and friends revved their engines in honor of Paul.

a helmet with signatures to remember Paul Walker
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He left behind daughter Meadow Rain Walker, though in good hands: Vin Diesel, her godfather, and other Fast & Furious franchise stars remain close with Meadow today. 

Since then, Meadow, 21, has grown into a successful young woman, modeling professionally just like her paternal grandmother, Cheryl Crabtree Walker. She also regularly engages in social work and charity. 

On what would have been Paul’s 42nd birthday — when she was just 16 — Meadow expressed her wish to “share a piece of my father with the world” by establishing The Paul Walker Foundation, which aims to “serve as an enduring light of Paul’s unique spirit, far reaching goals, and spontaneous goodwill.”

The foundation awards grants and scholarships to students and researchers of marine biology, a field close to Paul’s heart. Paul took community college courses in marine biology as a young twenty-something and had been hooked on studying marine life ever since. 

In a role that combined his love for the big screen and marine biology, he starred in National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White, later retitled Shark Men, in which he spent 11 days off the coast of Mexico tagging great white sharks. As part of the expedition, Paul got to contribute to taking measurements, gathering DNA samples, and fastening satellite tags to sharks for further study. We are also hoping he got to high-five a shark at some point, but this is just a dream of ours. We just hope the sharks appreciated Paul as much as we do. 

Paul Walker as a crew member on Shark Men
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But if we go allllll the way back, we’ll learn that our favorite speedster heartthrob (yes, dads are allowed to call other dads “heartthrobs”) had been acting when he was still in diapers. That’s right, this guy had more success at age two as a toddler than I’ve had in my whole life — by starring in a Pampers commercial. 

Between then and the explosive success of the Fast & Furious franchise, Paul starred in favorites like Varsity Blues (1999), She’s All That (1999), and The Skulls (2000).

The cast of Varsity Blues
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And then the magic happened: the first installment of the franchise that would catapult him to superstardom, The Fast and the Furious, emerged in 2001. With it, his friendships and lasting impact on costars Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson (who appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003), and Michelle Rodriguez. 

The cast of The Fast & The Furious.
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Paul would go on to star in 6 more films in the franchise. Paul died before the completion of filming for Furious 7 (2015), but amazingly, producers made it work. Along with some rewrites, their solution was to call Paul’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, to stand in for Paul in uncompleted scenes. I know what you’re thinking, at first this sounds batshit — but LOOK: 

Paul Walker's brothers, Cody and Caleb
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They are their mothers’ sons. I haven’t watched Furious 7 yet but maybe tonight’s the night to do it and pour one out for Paul.

The end of Furious 7 featured Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s song “See You Again,” commissioned especially for the film’s soundtrack as a tribute to Paul. 

There will be at least 3 more installments to the franchise, and thankfully Caleb and Cody said they’re open to helping out again, but things won’t be quite the same without Paul. 

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In 2015, Vin Diesel named his fourth child Pauline to honor Paul, because if making 7 movies together doesn’t make you brothers for life, then what will? “There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord,” said Vin. “I just thought, I knew he was there. I thought it was a way to keep his memory a part of my family, a part of my world.” Meadow maintains a close relationship with Pauline and the rest of the Diesel family, which Vin considers her a part of.

Our favorite thing about Paul walker? His brotherhood with fellow dad Vin Diesel. (Runners-up for favorite things: that he owned a collection of 30 cool as hell cars and that he earned a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, plus a black belt posthumously.) 

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker
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“Part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot,” said Vin, after explaining he promised Paul there would be an eight chapter of the series. “You are reminded of this angel that was so integral to this concept of brotherhood for our millennium,” he said. “There’s something beautiful about that. There’s something celebratory about that.”

And angel he was, truly. Outside of his inspiring, action-packed film career, it was clear that Paul gave a damn: about marine life, about family, about people in general. In 2010 he founded Reach Out Worldwide, a nonprofit charity that provided humanitarian aid to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He regularly visited and aided disaster-stricken areas until his death. 

“If there’s one good thing to come from any of this, it’s that we can raise the charity’s profile –that’s what Paul would have wanted,” Paul Walker Sr. said about Paul’s death.

Paul on Walker a humanitarian mission
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Paul’s family and costars can be seen remembering him as a humanitarian, actor, brother, dad, and all-around exceptional human being in I Am Paul Walker, a 2018 documentary that honors his storied life. 

Paul’s legacy lives on through his Fast & Furious family, through his nonprofit charity, and through Meadow. Each year on his birthday and Father’s Day, she celebrates her dad by sharing old videos and photos on Instagram. In one post, she shared an old home video of her surprising her dad and then wishing him a happy birthday. (Warning! Onion cutting ninjas have been spotted in your area.)

If you want to honor a Real One, why not watch your favorite Fast & Furious installment with us today. Or perhaps you’ll spend extra time admiring the marine life in your neighborhood pond when you go for a walk. Or you might simply tell your daughter you’re proud of her. Just a few ideas for remembering, as Meadow calls him, “the most beautiful soul.”

Bindi Irwin Wrote a Book Honoring Her Family’s Conservation History and Legacy

Bindi Irwin wrote a book about her family's conservation history
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As if Bindi Irwin wasn’t busy enough with her recent wedding, her own conservation work, and preparing to become a first-time mom, she’s taken on another important task. Over the past 5 years, Bindi has been compiling her dad’s old photos, journal entries, and archives to document the history of the Australia Zoo, the Crocodile Hunter’s legacy. It’s been a priority for the Irwin family to keep Steve Irwin‘s memory alive over the 14 years since he passed away, and this touching book is the family’s most recent tribute.

The announcement was made on November 15, which coincides with Steve Irwin Day. Steve Irwin Day is a day dedicated to honoring Steve Irwin’s memory, along with everything he accomplished in the world of conservation. Though Irwin left this world far too young, his family has made it clear that they will proudly continue where he left off.

 

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Bindi’s Book, titled Creating a Conservation Legacy, takes readers through a remarkable 50 years of history. The Australia Zoo’s website explains, “Join Bindi Irwin as she takes you on the amazing journey from humble beginnings through to where we are today – effecting change in our own backyard and around the globe. It’s a substantial story that includes hundreds of photos from the Irwin family archives – many that have never been seen before.”

Bindi shared the exciting news on Instagram, posting a picture of herself alongside her brother, mom, and husband – each holding a copy of Bindi’s touching book. The book’s cover contains a classic Irwin family photo, with Terri and Steve each holding one of their adorable kids when they were younger.

 

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The Instagram caption reads, “Almost 5 years in the making. Looking through countless archives, Dad’s old journals, Australia Zoo booklets and photographs tucked away in office corners. It’s finally here. I wrote this book to capture the very essence of our extraordinary 50 year history. Now, I’m sharing this journey with you.”

Bindi’s husband Chandler was quick to show support to his wife, thrilled to see the culmination of years of effort. “Your hard work and dedication to writing this book was amazing,” he commented. “Congratulations sweetheart.”

Kevin Smith and James Gunn Pay Tribute to Stan Lee on Anniversary of His Passing

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The year is 2020 and comic book movies have ruled the box office and streaming platforms for years. But there is one legend who helped pave much of the way for our current entertainment bonanza, and Kevin Smith was one of the many to pay tribute to the great Stan Lee on the second anniversary of his passing.

The genius behind many of our most beloved characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Stan Lee created a lot of stories we’ll be enjoying variations of for a long time. Kevin Smith took to Instagram on the anniversary of his passing to remark about how much Lee meant to him.

Yesterday marked 2 years since @therealstanlee crossed the rainbow bridge, called back to wherever heroes rest eternally, after being on loan to Earth for nearly a century. His death was a great loss, but his life was filled with huge wins.

These pics were taken at the @legionmofficial shoot, when I interviewed Stan for a VR retrospective of his entire life and career (which is still forthcoming). I remember I was walking to @jaymewes’ house when I got the news from @jordanmonsanto. It was a gut punch on a lot of levels, made worse by the fact that I was scheduled to go see him the following week. I still get glassy-eyed thinking about how lucky I was to not only meet The Man, but also to work with Stan so many times. But even more than that! I got to be a friend. Thanks for everything, True Believer. Miss you much. Excelsior forevermore. #KevinSmith #stanlee #legionm”

 

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Smith, the creator of a few iconic movies himself, such as “Mallrats” and all the “Jay and Silent Bob” films, was always a champion of Lee. He even put the comic book legend in “Mallrats” for a cameo, a precursor of sorts to the great Stan Lee cameos in the Marvel movies.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn also had a touching tribute to Lee on the anniversary of his passing:

 

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He was one of the greatest storytellers of all time, and probably the greatest comic book creator ever. Even now, a couple of years after his death, it’s clearer than ever that the impact of his life will be felt for decades to come.

Touching Tributes Poured in for The Crocodile Hunter on Steve Irwin Day

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14 years ago the world lost Steve Irwin, a man whose larger-than-life personality was outshined only by his enormous heart. The Crocodile Hunter inspired people around the world to take an active interest in animals, and he made wildlife conservation a priority throughout his life. Irwin left a mark on the world of environmental activism, so much so that November 15 has been named Steve Irwin Day. The day was chosen because it aligns with the birthday of one of Steve’s favorite animals, a tortoise from the Galápagos Islands named Harriet who lived to be 175.

The Steve Irwin Day website explains, “As wildlife warriors, we believe that every life is worth rescuing. We believe that anyone can be a Wildlife Warrior. We believe khaki is not just a colour – it’s an attitude! We believe that if you save one – you can save the species. We believe that even kids can make a difference. We believe in living the motto each day – KHAKI IT! Remember, anyone can make a difference. All you have to do is KHAKI IT!”

Tributes to the one and only Crocodile Hunter poured in on this year’s Steve Irwin Day, splashing shades of khaki across social media.

Steve’s daughter Bindi shared a classic picture of her dad

Robert Irwin, Steve’s son reminded everyone to wear their khaki

Pictures of the Crocodile hunter remind us how much he valued both conservation and family

Even The Wiggles showed up to say few words

Animal Planet reminded us that there will never be anyone quite like Steve Irwin

The Australia Zoo, “Home of the Crocodile Hunter,” shared a classic Irwin-ism

Terri Irwin, Steve’s wife, invited us all to celebrate

An Australian YouTuber shared a memory that made us all jealous

Chandler Powell, Bindi Irwin’s husband, shared a beautiful tribute

The Wildlife Warriors, founded by Steve and Terri Irwin, shared multiple quotes about the Crocodile Hunter’s impact

Happy Steve Irwin Day to everyone whose life the Crocodile Hunter touched. And remember, wear your khaki.