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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sing a song of sorrow for Andy Hallett

Very sad news today,folks-one of the most popular co-stars from the Buffy The Vampire Slayer spin-off series Angel,has passed away. Andy Hallett was only 33 years old and had been battling congestive heart disease for the past five years.

Hallett came to the show in it's second season,playing the proprietor of a underworld karaoke bar called Caritas. Caritas was a neutral zone for demons and other various supernatural beings to hang out at,with the added bonus of being given guidance by The Host,who could see a person's inner dilemma and potential future when they sing:

At first,The Host was just a go-to guy for Angel and friends to get some psychic advice from but he didn't work exclusively for them. Even the evil lawyers from Wolfram and Hart(the Big Bads of the show)were encouraged to strut their stuff once in a while:

As the series went on,The Host became more of a major player and more was known about him. His true name was Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan(called Lorne for short)and Pylea,his demon dimension of origin was the setting for the second season finale:

Even when Caritas was gone,Lorne still managed to find a way to use his musical talents,even making it out to Las Vegas as a headliner. Unfortunately,he was being used by a crooked casino owner to steal the fates of people in his audience but Angel managed to save him from that little hell on earth.

Despite his sinister set-up,Lorne put on a great stage show,complete with his own showgirls called The Lornettes:

Andy Hallett was best known for his work on Angel,which include contributing two of his songs performed on the show to the official Angel soundtrack. He made numerous appearances at Buffy related conventions and also appeared in an indie film made by another Buffy alumnus,Amber Benson, called Chance in 2002

Lorne,aka The Host,was a well loved character on Angel and thanks to the talents of Andy Hallett, he gave the show some real heart and soul. It's a crying shame that someone so young and gifted had to leave this world so soon,but at least he was able to make it a better place by sharing his love of music and enhancing the lives of many who were moved by his excellent acting skills.

I'm sure that I am not alone in sending my condolences to Hallett's family and friends during this sad time. His legacy may be a brief one but it will survive in the hearts of Angel fans for a long,long time:

1 comment:

Ladytink_534 said...

He was the best on that show! One of the second or third things I miss the most about the show :( So sad that he passed away :*(