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URL : http://globalnews.ca/news/4082284/stephen-hawking-dead-tv-movie-celebrities/
Posted : March 14, 2018 at 11:16 am
Author : Chris Jancelewicz
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Noted physicist Stephen Hawking ( https://globalnews.ca/tag/stephen-hawking/ ) died Tuesday night ( https://globalnews.ca/news/4081829/stephen-hawking-dead/ ) at the age of 76 after living a long life full of brilliant scientific theory and discovery.

Hawking also had a lighter side, and while many of us think of scientists as stuffy and dry, he was anything but. Sarcastic and quite funny, Hawking was a frequent guest on multiple TV shows, including The Simpsons ( https://globalnews.ca/tag/the-simpsons/ ) , Futurama and The Big Bang Theory ( https://globalnews.ca/tag/the-big-bang-theory/ ) .
The Simpsons

Hawking appeared with Springfield's favourite family ( https://www.globaltv.com/thesimpsons/ ) on multiple occasions. He once caused a riot by punching Principal Skinner and then absconding in a helicopter, he jokingly agreed with Homer's theory that the universe was doughnut-shaped and at one point he even tried to teach Bart about black holes (to no avail).

Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons, honoured Hawking's sense of humour and posted a picture of his action figure.

> .@TheSimpsons ( https://twitter.com/TheSimpsons?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) RIP Stephen Hawking. A sense of humor as vast as the universe. pic.twitter.com/528kWRhfVR ( https://t.co/528kWRhfVR )
> — Al Jean (@AlJean) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/AlJean/status/973775549473714179?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

The Big Bang Theory

Hawking frequently guested on The Big Bang Theory, and even when he wasn't physically present on the show, he was mentioned by fellow scientist Sheldon (Jim Parsons) on numerous occasions. When the pair first met (in the video, above), Hawking shot down Sheldon's thesis, pointing out a mathematical error right off the bat.

The entire cast bid farewell in a tribute tweet.

> In loving memory of Stephen Hawking. It was an honor to have him on The #BigBangTheory ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/BigBangTheory?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) . Thank you for inspiring us and the world. pic.twitter.com/9rWoYqIToy ( https://t.co/9rWoYqIToy )
> — The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/bigbangtheory/status/973789142780964864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

Series star Johnny Galecki posted his own goodbye to his Instagram page, as did his costar, Mayim Bialik.


> As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era. #StephenHawking ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/StephenHawking?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all. pic.twitter.com/o3V0TZrppj ( https://t.co/o3V0TZrppj )
> — Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/missmayim/status/973790651862089728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

Star Trek: The Next Generation

An absolutely iconic episode in Star Trek canon, Hawking appeared in a Holo-deck poker game with Commander Data (Brent Spiner). Data sought to play against the greatest scientific minds in recent history, including Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton.

As with The Simpsons, Hawking was featured in multiple episodes of this sci-fi animated series. In one episode, he teamed up with Al Gore, and was eventually left floating in a void playing Dungeons & Dragons for eons. He even had a tiny cameo in the Futurama movie The Beast With a Billion Backs as a head in a jar.

The recent movie The Theory of Everything, which followed Hawking's fascinating life, was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and its lead, Eddie Redmayne, took home the Best Actor Oscar for his depiction of Hawking.

"We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet," said Redmayne in a statement. "My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family."

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Felicity Jones, who played Hawking's wife Jane in Theory, said in a statement, "So sad to hear of Stephen's death. Stephen Hawking pushed the boundaries of who we are and what we believe. An extraordinary human who could bring humour to the most despairing moments and find hope in the unknown. He showed the world that anything is possible. My thoughts are with his wonderful family in this difficult time."

Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the physicist in BBC TV movie Hawking across the pond, had nothing but accolades for him.

"I was so sad to hear that Stephen died," he said. "I send my heartfelt love and condolences to all his family and colleagues. I feel so lucky to have known such a truly great man whose profundity was found both in his work and the communication of that work. Both in person and in books."

"He virtually created the publishing genre of popular science," Cumberbatch continued. "A heroic feat to bring the wondrous complexities of the universe to all outside of specialists in this field. But truly courageous when considering it was achieved by a man who lived a life trapped in his body from the age of 21 when he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease."

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted his condolences early Wednesday.

> His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt ( https://t.co/nAanMySqkt )
> — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/973772335537893377?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

Star George Takei also posted a tribute, calling him one of the "greatest minds of our species."

> One of the greatest minds our species has ever produced is returned to the stars. It is a great loss to the scientific community. He was a hero to so many. Stephen Hawking, let us honor your work by respecting always the importance of scientific inquiry. https://t.co/BuNaEUrcer
> — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/973875224675483648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

Countless other celebrities posted their condolences to social media.

> Stephen Hawking was a brilliant man, but he was also an incredibly funny man. It was a huge privilege to waste some of his time, and I'll never forget the twinkle in his eye here ...https://t.co/xUmm2qIAiN
> — John Oliver (@iamjohnoliver) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/iamjohnoliver/status/973887819834945536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

> Farewell to a brilliant mind. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge in the brief time you were with us. #ripstephenhawking ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/ripstephenhawking?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) pic.twitter.com/nUF5oynQWi ( https://t.co/nUF5oynQWi )
> — Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/zoesaldana/status/973779892977496069?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

> Goodbye to the great #StephenHawking ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/StephenHawking?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) , and thank you for your grace, your intellect, your vision, your light and your inspiration.
> — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/BetteMidler/status/973836231225298944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

> there’s a big black hole in my heart hours before Pi day. Rest In Peace @Steven_Hawking ( https://twitter.com/Steven_Hawking?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) ... See you in the next ❤️
> — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/katyperry/status/973773679598362625?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

> “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special,” -Stephen Hawking RIP pic.twitter.com/3dT1nKWg95 ( https://t.co/3dT1nKWg95 )
> — Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/MiaFarrow/status/973903520733782017?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

Of course, NASA paid tribute to Hawking, whose contributions to humanity's understanding of space are immeasurable.

> Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station ( https://twitter.com/Space_Station?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5 ( https://t.co/FeR4fd2zZ5 )
> — NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/NASA/status/973787392590172160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963 at age 21, Hawking went on to win numerous awards for his research in theoretical physics. He stunned doctors by living with the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years. A severe attack of pneumonia in 1985 left him breathing through a tube, forcing him to communicate through an electronic voice synthesizer that gave him his distinctive robotic monotone.

But he defied all odds, continued his scientific work, became a pop-culture figure, and married for a second time.

Hawking achieved worldwide fame when his book, A Brief History of Time, became a worldwide bestseller and sold 10 million copies.

— With files from The Associated Press

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