It wasn’t until a few minutes after seeing Franz Ferdinand on Saturday Night Live this evening that I learned of Charles Rocket’s suicide.
Rocket, 56, had a number of TV and film credits to speak of, but he’s probably best known for having been fired by SNL after saying “fuck” on the air in 1981. I’ve always associated him with some of the show’s weakest moments (and if you’ve been watching since inception, that’s really saying something).
Anyhow, the purpose of this post isn’t to further disparage a dead guy, but rather to point out that very often, there’s far more to someone’s personal and artistic background than we’re aware of. Rocket is eulogized in this week’s Providence Journal, and if his SNL tenure and the odd cameo on “Moonlighting” are all you’re familiar with (as I was), you oughta check it out.