Remembering Charles Rocket
Comedian Charles Rocket, 56, who rocked Saturday Night Live in 1981 when he uttered an expletive during a live skit, committed suicide Oct. 7 in Connecticut. NBC fired Rocket and other castmates after a drop in ratings. “I’m not proud that it slipped through,” he told PEOPLE in 1989. “But that’s all it was—a slip.” A local news anchor prior to joining SNL in 1980, Rocket later appeared on TV’s Moonlighting, Touched by an Angel and the 1994 movie Dumb and Dumber. “I’m shocked,” says SNL costar Gilbert Gottfried. “He always struck me as an easygoing person.”
Noah Wyle (ER), 34, and his wife, Tracy, 37, welcomed daughter Auden Oct. 15 in L.A. The couple’s son, Owen, is 2…. Actress Mayim Bialik, 29, star of the ’90s sitcom Blossom, and her husband, Michael Stone, had their first child, a son, Oct. 11…. Actor Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), 47, and his actress wife, Sam, 41, welcomed their first daughter Oct. 16 in Henderson, Nev. She joins big brothers Braeden, 4, and Shane, 1. “My wife is knocked out right now,” Sorbo tells PEOPLE, “but we’re all happy and doing fine.”
Woody Harrelson (The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio), 44, and his wife, Laura Louie, 40, are expecting their third child. They have two daughters, Deni, 12, and Zoe, 9.
Steven Cojocaru, 43, a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and The Insider—and former West Coast style editor for PEOPLE—underwent a second kidney transplant Oct. 11. Cojocaru, who suffers from polycystic kidney disease, received the organ from his mother after the kidney from his first transplant in January became infected…. On Oct. 11 in Boston, Joan Kennedy, 69, the former wife of Massachusetts senator Edward Kennedy, 73, underwent a lumpectomy procedure to remove a tumor in her breast. Kennedy is expected to receive radiation therapy. A rep says Kennedy is “doing great and her spirits are good.”
Actor Peter Mayhew, 61, known as Chewbacca to legions of Star Wars fans, became an American citizen Oct. 17 in Arlington, Texas. At the ceremony, the 7-ft.-plus actor, a native of Barnes, England, joked, “I’ll have a British passport, an American passport and a Wookiee passport.”
Actor Josh Holloway, 36, who plays Sawyer on ABC’s Lost, and his wife, Yessica, were robbed at gunpoint in their Honolulu-area home on Oct. 12. Authorities confirmed that the couple were awakened early in the morning by a man holding a gun. The thief ran off with cash, credit cards and keys to a Mercedes-Benz. The car was discovered that day near Holloway’s home. “My family and I are fine and appreciate everyone’s concerns,” Holloway said in a statement.