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Ulysses Stern, Actor Known For Playing Dave Mustaine in Megadeth, Dies at 83

Stern With Megadeth Bandmates Michael Corbin, Mark Alteri and Phillip Riesling

Ulysses Stern With Megadeth Bandmates Michael Corbin, Humberto Quintero and Phillip Riesling

Veteran character actor Ulysses Stern, who played the controversial singer and guitarist from the heavy metal band Megadeth from 1992 until 2007, died earlier this morning in his Pomona, California home of a heart attack.  Stern had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease since he retired from his role as Mustaine in 2007.  He was 83.

A veteran of hundreds of plays, movies and television shows, Stern made his acting debut in 1958 in the Broadway version of Tennessee Williams’ classic “A Streetcar Named Desire”.  From there he moved on to television, where he was featured on several hit shows including The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train and Petticoat Junction.  He briefly replaced Eddie Albert in the role of Oliver Wendell Douglas for six episodes on the television show Green Acres in 1968 during Albert’s highly publicized bout with leprosy.

He spent most of the 1970s and 80s playing colorful roles in major motion pictures starring some of the most popular names in Hollywood.  He was in four films with Burt Reynolds, including a memorable two-minute performance as a police detective in the Oscar winning film “Sharky’s Machine”.  In spite of this, by the early 90’s his career was in a tailspin.  He had reached the point where the only roles he could land were in Lifetime movies and Budweiser ads.  That was when he caught the eye of talent agent Mickey Krantz.

Krantz was so impressed by his performance as Jimmy Nolan, a Vince Neil-ish grifter, in the Lifetime movie “Baby Monitor:  The Sound of Fear”, that he offered Stern the chance to play Mustaine.  Carmine Trovatelli, who currently plays Robb Flynn in the band Machine Head, had played Mustaine through a good part of the 80s and 90s, but left the role in after a nasty contract dispute.  This paved the way for Stern to take over the role upon the release of “Countdown To Extinction”.

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Although critics were often fond of Stern’s portrayal of Mustaine, the public had mixed feelings.  Megadeth achieved its greatest period of commercial success under Stern, but many of the fans believe the songwriting was far superior when Trovatelli was playing Mustaine.  “Megadeth was the thrashiest, most inventive band in the world when Trovatelli was playing Mustaine.  When Ulysses Stern became Dave Mustaine, Megadeth sold out as far as I’m concerned.” wrote Lemmy von Corpsegrinder on the “RIP Guy Who Played Dave Mustaine When They Started To Suck” Facebook page that appeared seconds after Stern’s death.

Funeral services for Mustaine are planned for Wednesday.  Hector Bayley (the actor who currently plays Mustaine), George Lemansky (the actor who plays Bruce Dickinson) and Arnold Weismuller (who recently took over the role of Rob Halford) all plan to be in attendance.  However, Victor St. Pierre (best known for his work as the post-ReLoad Lars Ulrich) has already gone on record stating he wants no part of the funeral and will not attend along with the rest of the actors playing members of Metallica.

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7 out of 10 Republican Voters Believe Mustaine Endorsement of Santorum Is “The Most Important Factor” In Presidential Race

In a recent Rasmussen poll of Republican voters, over 70 percent cited Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine’s endorsement of Rick Santorum as being the critical factor in their choice of candidates.  Mustaine’s endorsement ranked ahead of the economy, international terrorism, the myth of global warming, contraception, electability, a woman’s right to vote, the return of the messiah and abortion as being the most important factor in who they will choose to represent the Republican Party in November.  In spite of Santorum’s recent flood of absurd, borderline insane comments and Mustaine’s later remark that he had not, in fact, endorsed Santorum, the Megadeth connection has the former Pennsylvania Senator leading in the polls by as many as four percentage points.

Mustaine’s role as Republican king maker started back in 2004 when he announced his intention to vote for George W. Bush.  Bush was victorious.  Since then, many Americans have turned to Megadeth albums to help explain many of the difficult problems that face the nation. Mustaine, whose recent record Endgame railed against wireless tracking chips being put in people’s heads and Americans being forced into FEMA concentration camps, has become the snarling voice of the moderate wing of the Republican Party.

At a town hall meeting in Michigan, people were still abuzz with the news of Mustaine’s “endorsement”.  “I feel like Mustaine and I have a lot in common,” said 83-year-old Jane Summerville of Ypsilanti, “We both support a candidate who doesn’t follow the instructions of the New Ways Evil Book of Rules.  And that man is Rick Santorum.”

Agnes Murphy, 63, of Auburn Hills was even more impressed.  “I have been unhappy with many of the Republican candidates this year.  It’s like I told my husband, ‘If there’s a new way, I’ll be the first in line.  But it better work this time!’  Santorum has some radically new ideas.  I don’t care what the liberals say; it’s still we the people.  Right?”  announced Murphy while pacing, foaming at the mouth and waving her arms wildly.

According to James Sullivan, Santorum’s campaign manager in Detroit, Mustaine’s endorsement gives them an excellent chance to vanquish Obama, their hated foe.  “Obama is like the Pied Piper, leading rats through the streets.  And Americans are dancing like marionettes,” howled Sullivan at a room full of shrieking, Megadeth tee shirt wearing Republicans.

Mustaine’s foray into politics may be the most successful attempt for a metal artist to influence a major election, but it certainly isn’t the first.  Quorthon, of Bathory fame, actually spent much of 1984 away from music helping to run Ronald Reagan’s Presidential campaign in Utah.  Back in 1956, Slayer vocalist Tom Araya made history by supporting Adalai Stevenson in his battle against Republican incumbent Dwight Eisenhower. And who could forget when Tom Angelripper of Sodom threw his weight behind Rutherford B. Hayes in his election campaign against Samuel Tilden in 1876.

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Exclusive Interview With Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

Metal Legend Dave Mustaine

Last week, while I was at the Hot Topic in the North Dekalb Mall buying my four year old son a “Blessthefall” hoodie, the most improbable thing took place.  I started talking about heavy metal music with the guy in front of me and he mentioned that he was Dave Mustaine from the band Megadeth.  I was blown away!  I’ve been a huge fan of them for years.  I couldn’t let an opportunity of a lifetime go away, so I asked Mr. Mustaine if he was willing to do an interview with me.  In exchange for a large Orange Julius, he agreed to sit down with me in the Food Court and answer some questions.

Tyranny:  Mr. Mustaine, it’s an honor to meet you.  Thanks so much for your time.

Mustaine:  (slurping at his drink) It’s your dime, pal.

Tyranny: Well, first let’s get through the tough stuff.  You were kicked out of Metallica a long time ago.  Do you still have any anger towards them?

Mustaine:  Don’t try to trip me up, buddy.  I am in the band Megadeth.  M-E-G-A-D-E-A-T-H!  The Julius is going fast.  Hurry up.

Tyranny:  Okay, uhmm, well you have talked about aliens a lot in your music.  Do you really believe the government is hiding their existence from us?

Mustaine:  Look bro (looking around suspiciously and lowering his voice).  I can tell you for sure they are real.  And not just in that Hangar 13 in Arkansas.  I see a guy in here all the time.  He always pretends he’s going to buy a Build-A-Bear.  Everyday he’s in here.  You know why, man?  He’s studying us.  Sizing us up.  Looking to make his move.  One day, he’s gonna bug out and start eating mall goths and babies and stuff.

Know what?  I’m not afraid of him.  Know why?  I drink half a bottle of hand sanitizer everyday.  Stings a bit going down but he can’t see my heat trails because of that.  So, when things get crazy, Old Dave will be just fine.  Don’t worry about me, bro.

Tyranny:  Sounds like you know too much….

(Silence)

Tyranny:  So, you’re Christian?

Mustaine:  No dude, I told you.  I’m Dave.  What is this….a test?

Tyranny:  Have you recovered fully from your injury yet?

Mustaine:  Oh, you mean that thing that happened during the war.  Yeah, I’m mostly better.  The spine eating lizards put a device in my head that causes me to feel burning sensations whenever someone turns on a microwave, but beyond that, I’m totally cool.

Tyranny:  What is the thing that you have written that you are most proud of?

Mustaine:  About 30 years ago, when I was Jane Austen, I wrote a book called Persuasion.  It’s your basic story of love lost and love found.  In many ways, it’s a metaphor for the sadness at the root of the human condition.  There is a passage in the book where Captain Wentworth takes a hammer and beats a squirrel to death.  When I wrote that, I understood truly what it means to be a woman.

Tyranny:  Uhm, okay….

Mustaine:  SHHHHHHHH!!!!  You see that.

Tyranny:  What?!?!?!

Mustaine:  Shhhhh…shut up!  Pretend we are not talking.  You don’t know me and my name is Marvin.

Tyranny:  Uhmmmm…..

(A horrifically awkward silence of about two minutes)

Mustaine:  Okay…it’s cool.

Tyranny:  What just happened?

Mustaine:  Did you ever see that movie “They Live”?

Tyranny:  Yeah.

(Mustaine stares at me nodding with a knowing smile)

Tyranny:  Where do you see your music progressing over the last 10 years?

Mustaine:  You know how bands always say their music is either going to get heavier or that they are going to begin to hold strangers down and pour mouthwash in their eyes until the demons in their soul are vanquished to the Land of The Mog or that they are sorry that they randomly kicked and beat that vagrant on the side of the road in Phoenix all those years ago or that time I started cutting pictures of men with mustaches out of fashion magazines and pasting them up on the front door of local daycare centers or that they should know better and that they should beg forgiveness from a gila monster that won’t get off my front porch…..

Tyranny:  (waiting for the thought to be completed) Uhmmmmm…….uh-huh.

Mustaine:  (snapping back from a brief moment of staring staring blankly into space)  Did I turn my iron off at home?  It’s important.  I don’t want there to be a fire.

Tyranny:  I’m not really sure what….

Mustaine:  (suddenly filled with rage) Look, I need to let you know that the world is going to end on February 29th, 2017.  I need you to understand that.  Because we are all fragile beings.  Because we are delicate people.  Dreamers.  Dreaming.  Alone.  Bewildered.  Facing demons of our own creation and of the creation of so many others.  Facing eternalness.  Everywhere we look.  Besieged by creatures that call our names but disappear when we turn around.

Tyranny:  But…2017 isn’t a leap year?!?!

Mustaine:  Exactly!  See what I’m saying.  You see!!!

Tyranny:  But…..

Mustaine:  Nah!  That’s it.  I’m on to you, Gropius.  I see you in there!  You can’t fool me.  My Julius is finished!  You’ve nibbled at the toes of eternal truth long enough.  Peace!

And with a flash of light, he was gone…..

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