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Blue (Patrick Cranshaw) is dead...

'Old School' Actor Cranshaw Dies



LOS ANGELES - Patrick Cranshaw, who achieved cult-like status as fraternity brother "Blue" in the 2003 comedy "Old School," has died. He was 86.

The veteran character actor died of natural causes Wednesday at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, his personal manager, Jeff Ross, told the Los Angeles Times.

During a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Cranshaw had dozens of roles, including a bank teller in "Bonnie and Clyde" and a demolition derby owner in "Herbie: Fully Loaded" (2005). Other credits included "Bandolero" (1968), "Best in Show" (2000) and "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994), as well as television series "Mork & Mindy" and "The Dukes of Hazzard."

But he was probably best known for his role as elderly frat boy Joseph "Blue" Palasky in "Old School," starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn.

In the hit comedy, he was about to wrestle two topless girls but dies of an apparent heart attack from overexcitment. After singing "Dust in the Wind" at Blue's funeral, Ferrell's character calls out in agony: "You're my boy, Blue!"

Fans would yell the signature line whenever they saw the actor. He was even invited to meet with the Texas Rangers when they played the Angels in Anaheim.

"It was a great experience and an acknowledgment for him," Ross said. "He loved the recognition and would turn back and say, 'I'm your boy Blue.'"

Cranshaw was born in Bartlesville, Okla., in 1919 and became interested in acting while entertaining American troops before World War II.

He is survived by three children, Jan Ragland, Joe Cranshaw and Beverly Trautschold.
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Too bad, but you really should have a more accurate and descriptive title.
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That sucks. He seemed like a cool guy.
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R.I.P Blue
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"Ring the bell you fuckin' pansy."

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"Blue you my boy..."

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I'll always remember him from not only old school, but also as the hobo from Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

"JIMMY CRACK CORN AND IIIIIIIIIIIIII DOOOOOOON'T CAAAAAAAAARE!!!!!!!!"
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I see Blue...he looks glorious.
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Too bad, but you really should have a more accurate and descriptive title.

How many Blues do you know?
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He was in a ton of stuff over 50 years, and I'm glad to see he got a lot of recognition toward the end.
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Too bad. RIP. Now I want to see his other works.
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A little off topic but Applejack's reply reminds me of the mystery "Jimmy Crack Corn" written inside the John Cassavetes Five Films box that was eventually done away with in later shipments. It was a big mystery at the CriterionForum. That line must have had something to do with it.
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Very sad. On channel 4 in the UK last night we had the top 50 comedys and had "Best in Show" as number 35 or something. And showed the part with Jennifer Coolidge says in her interview that she has to keep him off her and that they have loads of things in common. They both love soup.
Just his face. Priceless.
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RIP Blue!

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