A week flooded with terrible news continues as it's been reported that the young, talented actor Logan Williams has sadly passed away. A teenage television actor, Williams is perhaps best known for starring as the young Barry Allen in the CW series The Flash. Although no cause of death has yet been revealed, Williams is said to have died suddenly on Thursday. Only days away from his 17th birthday, Williams was just 16 years old.
Marlyse Williams, Logan's mother, tells The Tri-City News she's 'absolutely devastated' by his passing. 'I am not able to hug my parents who lost their only grandchild,' Marlyse adds, noting she's been left to mourn the loss alone due to the recent physical distancing restrictions. Like his fans, Marlyse is also thinking about what could have been with Logan's life and career, making the news all the more heartbreaking. 'With his talent and gorgeous looks, Logan had the potential to be a huge star,' she says.
An only child, Williams was born in 2003 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Naturally talented, Williams succeeded with his very first audition at the age of 10 when he sought a part in the Hallmark Channel's television movie The Color of Rain which saw him play the role of Jack. From there, other roles started to come in for Williams, Alongside Lily Rabe and Milo Ventimiglia, Williams appeared as Young Elliot in multiple episodes of the horror TV series The Whispers on ABC. He would also appear as Max Johnson in the episode 'Plush' of the sci-fi series Supernatural.
Starting in 2014, Williams landed the role of Barry Allen in The Flash as the younger version of the titular hero played by Grant Gustin. He'd appear in the role in many episodes during the show's first and second seasons, making him very memorable to fans of the CW series. 'I was so impressed by not only Logan's talent but his professionalism on set,' Gustin says in an Instagram post paying tribute to the young actor. The older Barry Allen goes on to add: 'My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I'm sure an unimaginably difficult time for them. Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all.'
A Hallmark Channel star, Williams also appeared alongside Lori Loughlin in the network's TV series When Calls the Heart. Between 2014 and 2016, Williams played Miles Montgomery, the middle child of Chelah Horsdal's Cat Montgomery. Erin Krakow, who played Elizabeth Thatcher Thornton on the series, also spoke about her former co-star's passing in a tribute post on Twitter. 'We'll miss you Logan. I'll always be very proud of you,' Krakow writes alongside a video clip of a scene the two had shared together on the series.
During his short time in the business, Williams had also won several awards for his work. This includes winning the 2015 Joey Award for his role as Barry Allen in The Flash and a Best Newcomer...
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...