Actor Charles Rocket committed suicide Oct. 7 in Connecticut. He was 56.
Rocket was the Weekend Update anchor on “Saturday Night Live” in 1980 and 1981, and was fired from the show after saying “fuck” on the air. He went on to make numerous appearances on TV shows and in features.
Born Charles Claverie in Bangor, Maine, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He was active in the burgeoning RISD arts scene, where he formed the band the Fabulous Motels and then became a newscaster under the name Charles Kennedy. He worked on newscasts in Colorado Springs and Nashville before landing much more irreverent SNL gig, where he also performed his own “Rocket Reports” skits.
Rocket appeared in feature films including “Earth Girls are Easy,” “Dances with Wolves,” “It’s Pat” and “Dumb and Dumber.” His last film role was in the 2003 Sylvester Stallone film “Shade.” On TV, he appeared on shows including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Cybill,” “Touched by an Angel” and “thirtysomething.”
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Rocket played accordion in many bands, performing (with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie) on a tribute album to Fellini composer Nino Rota.
He is survived by his wife, Beth and a son.