Monday, March 08, 2004

no more Gray days

Spalding Gray was found dead in New York's East River this weekend, two months after he walked out of his apartment and disappeared on January 10th. Witnesses thought they might have seen him on the Staten Island ferry that night, and his family has long suspected that he finally gave in to his depression and jumped into the water.

Gray was a capable writer and actor (I first saw him in The Killing Fields), but he is probably remembered more for his autobiographical monologues than anything else. Swimming to Cambodia, Monster in a Box, and Gray's Anatomy were all intelligent, funny, and essentially human; I always think of Spalding Gray when I see that poster that says "It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others".