Quentin Tarantino has killed off one of his most beloved characters
We'll always have Bounty Law.
Quentin Tarantino has announced that one of his most loved characters, Rick Dalton, the actor portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, has died.
Announced on Tarantino's Video Archives podcast, which he hosts with Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary, the director said that Tuesday's podcast will be “a memorial episode designed by Quentin that features some of Rick’s best roles.”
We are saddened by the news of the passing of actor Rick Dalton, best known for his roles in the hit TV series Bounty Law and The Fireman trilogy.
Rick passed away peacefully in his home in Hawaii and is survived by his wife Francesca.
RIP Rick Dalton 1933-2023 pic.twitter.com/j51sNEh7AP
— The Video Archives Podcast (@VideoArchives) May 19, 2023
A tweet from the Video Archives Podcast account read, "We are saddened by the news of the passing of actor Rick Dalton, best known for his roles in the hit TV series Bounty Law and The Fireman trilogy. Rick passed away peacefully in his home in Hawaii and is survived by his wife Francesca."
According to Tarantino, the fictional actor passed away on Friday, May 19, at the age of 90. Given Dalton's life direction during the film, we can firmly say we're impressed he lasted to that great age, if not a little dubious.
However, there's no greater authority on the matter than the man who created him.
In Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, Dalton is a fading actor who, alongside his trusty stuntman Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt), struggles to adjust to the changing film industry while also entangling himself in the Manson murders of 1969.
Dalton starred in Bounty Law in the 1950s, while also featuring in the likes of The 14 Fists Of McClusky and Salty, the Talking Sea Otter.
According to his creator, Dalton becomes a straight-to-DVD star post the events of the 2019 flick. In 1988, Dalton is said to have retired from acting and moved to Hawaii with his wife Francesca Capucci.
Back in the real world, Tarantino is working on a book based on the life of Dalton, which would recount the star's filmography. But for now the final chapter has closed on his life.
Rest easy, Rick.
Meanwhile, you can check out JOE's exclusive chats with Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie about the movie below.
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