“Eddie Rouse, a versatile character actor who stood out in such films as American Gangster, The Number 23 and Pandorum, has died.” Mike Barnes for the Hollywood Reporter: “Rouse starred as a Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator hired through Craigslist to perform at a boy’s birthday party in Todd Rohal’s Rat Pack Rat, which was funded through Kickstarter and won a jury prize in the shorts competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival…. Rouse made his feature debut as a cranky uncle in David Gordon Green’s George Washington (2000)—it was Green’s debut as a feature writer, director and producer, too—and they reteamed for All the Real Girls (2003), a romantic drama with Zooey Deschanel, and the comedies Pineapple Express (2008) and The Sitter (2011), starring Jonah Hill…. He had been quite busy lately, with roles in Being Flynn (2012), Nature Calls (2012) and Low Down (2014).”
Rouse, who succumbed to liver failure at the age of 60, had also just completed his work on the pilot for the HBO series Westworld.
Todd Rohal has put together the video embedded below and adds: “I believe that of the performances Eddie is leaving behind, we are only left with a fraction of what he was capable of creating. He was a firecracker of talent and ideas and watching the scenes of these films he appeared in shows the range and complexity of the singular voice that Eddie possessed.”