5 comments October 17th, 2005at 02:13pm Posted by Eli

Not sure how many people know who he is, but Charlie Rocket was a pretty damn funny guy, especially as Pat’s obsessed next-door neighbor in the otherwise godawful It’s Pat, and as a deranged general in Wagons East. He was also one of the castmembers who replaced the original Not Ready For Primetime Players on SNL in the early 80s, and was notoriously fired for swearing on the air.

Rocket, 56, whose real name was Charles Claverie, was found dead in a field near his home in Canterbury on October 7. His throat had been cut, the medical examiner said.

“An investigation determined there was no criminal aspect to this case,” State Police Sgt. J. Paul Vance said Monday.


His movie credits included “Earth Girls are Easy,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Dances With Wolves,” according to the Internet Movie Database.

Cutting your own throat seems like kind of an odd way to commit suicide, but hey, they’re the experts…

Entry Filed under: Movies,Weirdness


  • 1. DeepToej  |  October 17th, 2005 at 5:24 pm

    That’s really too bad. I’m just young enough not to remember Charles Rocket being on SNL. But I do remember reading the “I just want to know… who the fuck shot me” story and being impressed. I was always happy to see him get any work, though I’m probably one of the few who would recognize him.

  • 2. Eli  |  October 17th, 2005 at 6:12 pm

    Yeah, same here. I initially figured him as just another unfunny loser like, say, Gary Kroeger, but everything I saw him in, I thought he was really surprisingly funny.

    I don’t remember much about his serious role in Dances With Wolves, but I *think* he did a pretty good job there…

    I wonder what drove him to it.

  • 3. Anonymous  |  October 18th, 2005 at 8:57 pm

    Wow … he also was in the video for Tom Petty’s ‘You’re So Bad.’ He played the yuppie Petty’s narrator character sing about his sister dumping. “Now he’s got nothin’ … head in the oven … I can’t decide which is worse.”

    It makes it really sad that the last thing I remember seeing him do was the role of a suicidal ex-husband in a Tom Petty video. I was watching SNL the night he said that — I remember staring at the TV all the way through the credits wondering if I’d actually heard him say what I thought he said.

  • 4. Anonymous  |  October 31st, 2005 at 8:40 pm

    He was the only funny thing in Its Pat. Kind of sucks that he did not leave a note for his family. And I guess he did it in a field so as to not mess up the house.
    Still, everybody who knew him all agree he was a super nice guy.
    Too bad.

  • 5. yasmin  |  November 24th, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I know this blog is well old – have only just found it.

    I 1st watched Charlie Rocket in an episode of Quantum Leap called A Little Miracle.just over a yr ago. I’d never seen him before but there was just something special about him. I went to look him up & was stunned that he took his life, I was even more shocked by the manner in which he killed himself. So much rage & hate against oneself. There was nothing to say why. But when a person commits suicide, in their mind, there is always a logical reason……..His suicide was a shock to his family & friends.

    Well later I discovered alot of things about Charlie. & there were reasons for his suicide. ( it is only my opinion though – you’ll find it in myspace -link below)

    Charlie was so much more than the guy that said the “f” word on SNL. He was a good friend to all that knew him & worked with him. He was a well respected & loved human being. It was just he had been suffering for so long on the inside & he just never let on or ever told anyone how he was really feeling.

    Lately I also found out he was an Ordained Minister who performed wedding ceremonies……….just when I thought there was nothing else to find.

    in memory of Charlie Rocket

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