Charles Rocket

Date Of Birth:
24 August 1949
Date Of Death:
7 October 2005
Place Of Birth:
Bangor, Maine
Best Known As:
One-time Saturday Night Live actor who killed himself

Name at birth: Charles Claverie

Charles Rocket is remembered for his brief stint on Saturday Night Live, from which he was fired for uttering an obscenity during a live broadcast. Charles Rocket entered the Rhode Island School of Design in 1967, studied filmmaking, and later worked as a TV news reporter and anchorman for network affiliates in Colorado, Rhode Island and Tennessee. In 1980 he changed directions, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, where he anchored the show's satirical "Weekend Update" news report. Charles Rocket was fired after blurting an expletive while ad-libbing near the end of a live broadcast on 21 February 1981. In the next two decades he made a steady living as a supporting actor on TV and in feature films, sometimes in films starring former sketch comedians like Jim Carrey (Dumb and Dumber, 1994) and Billy Crystal (Father's Day, 1997). In October of 2005, Charles Rocket was found in a field near his Connecticut home with his throat cut; police later announced that his death had been ruled a suicide.

Extra Credit:

Charles Rocket was an accomplished accordion player.

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