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David Strickland

David Gordon Strickland Jr. (October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). He suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide at the age of 29.

His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister and Mad World. He also co-starred in the film Forces of Nature (starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock) which had just opened in US cinemas at the time of his death.

Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was arrested in October 1998 for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest in December and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered into rehabilitation. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report.

News reports of events leading up to his death suggest that he had chosen to stop taking the lithium he was prescribed to control his bipolar disorder, and that he spent the last three days of his life on an alcohol and drug binge with a friend, actor Andy Dick.

Strickland checked in to the Oasis Motel, Las Vegas during the early hours of Monday March 22. He consumed several bottles of beer and then hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam. His dangling lifeless body was discovered by a maid.

He left no note, and no evidence of drugs was found in the room. The Clark County coroner's report stated that his body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt.

At the time of his death he was romantically linked with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen.

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At the time of his death he was romantically linked with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. She and Zelman, who were married on September 3, 2000, live in Los Angeles. The Clark County coroner's report stated that his body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt. Messing met her future husband, Daniel Zelman, an actor and screenwriter, on their first day as graduate students at NYU. He left no note, and no evidence of drugs was found in the room. Messing?s big-screen roles also include turns as a happily married but ill-fated wife in the supernatural thriller The Mothman Prophecies (2002), which stars also Richard Gere. His dangling lifeless body was discovered by a maid. After he offered his first words of guidance, on the fifth day, Messing felt herself undergoing a transformation.

He consumed several bottles of beer and then hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam. In an interview later, Messing described the method Allen used to enable her to discover the essence of her character ? one that resulted in nerve-racking uncertainty for the actress, who during her first four days on the set got no feedback from Allen. Strickland checked in to the Oasis Motel, Las Vegas during the early hours of Monday March 22. Messing was hand-picked by Woody Allen for a small role in his movie Celebrity (1998). News reports of events leading up to his death suggest that he had chosen to stop taking the lithium he was prescribed to control his bipolar disorder, and that he spent the last three days of his life on an alcohol and drug binge with a friend, actor Andy Dick. In 1998 Messing had a lead role as the bioanthropologist Sloan Parker on ABC's dramatic science-fiction television series Prey. Meanwhile, Messing?s agent had approached the actress with the pilot script for the television show Will & Grace, Messing was inclined to take some time off, but the pilot for Will & Grace intrigued her. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report. The actress turned down a starring role in another television sitcom to appear in Donald Margulies?s two-character play Collected Stories, which opened at the Manhattan Theater Club, an Off-Broadway venue, in 1997. messing portrayed the protégé ? and, ultimately, literary betrayer ? of a famous short-story writer (Maria Tucci).

He was arrested in October 1998 for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest in December and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered into rehabilitation. This exposure led the Fox network to make her the co-star of the television sitcom Ned and Stacey; the series, about a young man and a young woman who marry for reasons other than love after knowing each other for only a week, lasted for two seasons (1995-1997). Messing appeared as Jerry Seinfeld?s date in two episodes of the hit television show Seinfeld: ?The Wait Out,? in 1996, and ?The Yada Yada,? in 1997. Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. In 1995 Messing made her film debut, in the director Alfonso Arau?s love story A Walk in the Clouds, in which she had a small role as the wife of a World War II veteran (Keanu Reeves). He also co-starred in the film Forces of Nature (starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock) which had just opened in US cinemas at the time of his death. Before long she broke into television, playing the part of Dana Abandando ? the conniving sister of one of the main characters ? in three episodes of the award-winning television series NYPD Blue; those installments aired in late 1994 and early 1995. His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister and Mad World. Later in 1993 Messing won praise for her acting in the pre-Broadway workshop production of Tony Kushner?s much-lauded play Angels in America: Perestroika.

He suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide at the age of 29. Three years later she earned a master’s degree in fine arts from NYU. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). After graduating summa cum laude from Brandeis, in 1990, with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts, Messing gained admission to the elite Graduate Acting Program at New York University (NYU), which accepts only about 15 new students annually. David Gordon Strickland Jr. (October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999) was an American actor. During her junior year she studied theater at the prestigious British European Studio Group of London program, in England, an experience that fueled her desire to act. Find A Death - David Strickland (http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/s/David%20Strickland/david_strickland.htm). Heeding their advice, she attended Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

While Messing’s parents encouraged her dream of becoming an actress, they also urged her to get a liberal-arts education before deciding on acting as a career. As a youngster Messing took lessons in dance, singing, and acting. Her father, Brian Messing, is a sales executive for a jewelry manufacturer; her mother, Sandy Messing, has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel agent, and real estate agent. Debra Messing was born into a Jewish family in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on August 15, 1968. When she was three she moved with her parents and her older brother, Brett, to a quiet town outside Providence, Rhode Island.

In 2003 she won an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the role. She became widely known as interior designer Grace Adler in the sitcom Will & Grace. She is married to screenwriter Daniel Zelman, and on April 7, 2004, gave birth to their son, Roman Walker Zelman. Debra Messing (born Debra Moessing on August 15, 1968), is an United States actor.

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