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Rain Man RIP

Dec. 23, 2009by: Paul Tassi

I thought it prudent to take a moment to recognize not an actor, but a real person who inspired a classic film. Kim Peek, the man who was the real-life basis for RAIN MAN, passed away this weekend from a heart attack at the age of 58. The role won Dustin Hoffman an Oscar, and he thanked Peek in his acceptance speech, as writer Barry Morrow’s meeting with Peek was the catalyst for his script for RAIN MAN.

Peek possessed expertise in about 15 different subjects including history, sports, geography and literature, but unfortunately lacked motor skills to the point where he couldn’t perform basic tasks like dressing himself.

Below I’ve posted part one of a fascinating documentary about the life of Peek, which if you have some time, I highly recommend you watch all the way through.

Extra Tidbit: Do you remember how many toothpicks there were off the top of your head?
Source: JoBlo

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8:20PM on 12/29/2009

hmmm

I met him at my school. He was really a very inspiring person
I met him at my school. He was really a very inspiring person
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9:23AM on 12/24/2009

What a wonderful human being.

I just watched the documentary and loved it. He was a once in a life time type of individual that comes along only once every generation
I just watched the documentary and loved it. He was a once in a life time type of individual that comes along only once every generation
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12:42AM on 12/24/2009

246 toothpicks. With 4 left in the box.

Wow. This guy was pretty badass. RIP
Wow. This guy was pretty badass. RIP
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7:07PM on 12/23/2009

Tracy Morgan was right!

Celeb. deaths come in 3's. Just like reasons for becoming a hooker.

I watched this documentary and it truly is touching how much his father cared for him.
Celeb. deaths come in 3's. Just like reasons for becoming a hooker.

I watched this documentary and it truly is touching how much his father cared for him.
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6:58PM on 12/23/2009
regardless of the fact he was the basis for rain man, its a great documentary showing the undying love from a father to his son!
regardless of the fact he was the basis for rain man, its a great documentary showing the undying love from a father to his son!
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5:07PM on 12/23/2009
Is there any DVD or place, outside youtube, that I can watch this documentary ?
Is there any DVD or place, outside youtube, that I can watch this documentary ?
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5:07PM on 12/23/2009
Is there any DVD or place, outside youtube, that I can watch this documentary ?
Is there any DVD or place, outside youtube, that I can watch this documentary ?
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2:17PM on 12/23/2009
Weird: his death completed the three deaths thing.

Sick: Kim Peek
Elderly: Dan O' Bannon
Sudden: Brittany Murphy

RIP to all. =(
Weird: his death completed the three deaths thing.

Sick: Kim Peek
Elderly: Dan O' Bannon
Sudden: Brittany Murphy

RIP to all. =(
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12:36PM on 12/23/2009

247? (And the waitress says, "there's three in the box."

He inspired a great film. RIP.

He inspired a great film. RIP.

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