Regular readers know I am a HUGE Joss Whedon fan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along, Serenity and now Dollhouse).
So it was with a heavy heart that I learned this morning that Andy Hallett had passed away at the much too early age of 33.
For those of you who watched Angel, you would know Andy Hallett better as Lorne, or the Host. On his native planet, he was known as Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan,
In all, Andy appeared in seventy six episodes of the series.
If you've never seen either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel, you really are missing some of the best storytelling of recent times. Involving, evolving characters, amazing story lines, they had it all.
And Lorne was one of the best characters, no question about it.
Originally arriving on Earth from the demonic dimension Pylea, he quickly fell in love with the culture and society and decided to stay forever. He became the Host at a karaoke bar, where he used his powers to "read" people as they sang for the patrons.
He stood well over six feet tall and was an an incredible shade of green. Possessed of a truly wonderful singing voice and a unique sense of style, he was a real stand out on the show.
This is a poor representation of the character and the man who created it. It really does need to be seen to be understood.
I can plainly say that I loved the character and was constantly enthralled with the actor who created him. And now, he is gone forever.
What a loss and how very sad.
RIP Andy Hallett.