Charles N Seabrook (1956 - 2001)

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Charles N Seabrook
1956 - 2001
October 2, 1956
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina United States
May 19, 2001
On location in North Carolina while filming the movie "Shallow Hal"
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Charles Nathaniel Seabrook, Charlie
Charles N Seabrook was born on October 2, 1956 in Charleston, South Carolina United States. He died on May 19, 2001 at On location in North Carolina while filming the movie "Shallow Hal" at 44 years old.
Updated: February 15, 2022
Charles was the son of Leon and Anna Welcome Seabrook and was married to Katherine Cole Seabrook. From IMDb: "Charles Seabrook was born on October 2, 1956 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA as Charles Nathaniel Seabrook. He is known for his work on Forrest Gump (1994), Shallow Hal (2001) and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995). He died on May 19, 2001 in Charleston." Also, the site says that "Camp Anokijig, a non-profit youth and family camp located in Wisconsin, USA received a donation from Peter & Bobby Farrelly and Conundrum Entertainment that allowed them to construct a building in Charlie Seabrook's memory, named Seabrook Lodge." The movie "SHALLOW HAL" was dedicated to him since he died of a massive heart attack (he was a motion picture technician - a grip) while filming the movie. There were over 700 people at his funeral. Scroll down to read his obituary from Find A Grave, see more pictures, and also read a wonderful story from a good friend about his life - KEEP THE FAITH 60 Days of Grace: Grace in a cemetery by Matt Tittle
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Charles N Seabrook
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Charles N Seabrook
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Charles Nathaniel Seabrook, Charlie
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Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina 29407
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Charles Seabrook was born on in Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina United States
Charles Seabrook died on at On location in North Carolina while filming the movie "Shallow Hal"
Massive heart attack
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Live Oak Memorial Gardens 3093 Ashley River Rd, in Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina United States 29414
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KEEP THE FAITH 60 Days of Grace: Grace in a cemetery by Matt Tittle

The following was written July 12, 2009 at 8:04 PM This week brought a horrendous story of systemic grave robbing near Chicago, not for any treasures that might be found in the caskets, but for the reselling of the plots themselves. A bizarre episode and image, the details of which might be fitting for the opening of a Stephen King novel…. I had a different cemetery experience this week…a moment of grace that renewed my spirit. First, I need to make a confession: Except for the historical record, I’ve never seen cemeteries as a desirable method for honoring the dead. I will be cremated and my ashes scattered at sea when I die. On Saturday, I visited the gravesite of my best friend of 25 years, Charles Seabrook, in Charleston, SC. Charles died of a heart attack in May of 2001 at the young age of 44. There were as many as 700 people at his funeral. Unfortunately, I was in South Africa at the time and couldn’t be there. Everyone who ever knew Charles was blessed and transformed by his friendship. We met in 1975 when I was 14 and he was 19. He was more of a brother to me over the years than my own brother. If you’d like to see Charles’ smiling face, watch the credits to the movie “Shallow Hal.” Charles died while working on location as a grip. The movie is dedicated to his memory. As I stood at Charles’ grave, I first wondered why I was there. Charles wasn’t. There was his name and the dates he was born and died. A few feet below the surface I knew his skeletal remains lay peacefully, all in a field that otherwise had no particular meaning to either one of us. Charles was not there. He lives on within the lives of those he loved. But I wanted more… So I sat down on the earth and fledgling grass next to his grave. I looked at the live oak ( or was it a pine) that provided a canopy of shade. I watched the small ants scurry around the bronze plaque over the sculpted name and dates: Charles N. Seabrook Loving son, brother, husband, father I sat in silence with my dear friend and talked with him, prayed for his family, and planned the future, as he and I always did when we were together. We hadn’t planned this particular future, but in those moments sitting as close as I physically could to what was no longer Charles, he was as present as ever. I just needed to suspend my sorrow over his absence and embrace his presence, if only for a moment. I needed to be open to God’s grace in order to receive it…and so I opened my heart in that moment and was not disappointed. I found grace in a cemetery. Charles is with me every moment of every day. I will always talk with him because I can. I will visit his grave again someday as I have before. I trust the experience and gift of his love and friendship will be with me always. Amazing grace, Rev. Matt
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From Find A Grave Charles Nathan Seabrook, was born in Charleston, SC and died in North Carolina. He was the son of Leon and Anna Welcome Seabrook and husband of Katherine Cole Seabrook. He was a Motion Picture Technician in the film industry. He died on location (massive heart attack) in North Carolina while filming "SHALLOW HAL" with Jason Alexander. When the film was released it was dedicated to his memory. He was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon. Per Information submitted via email by Ann Phillips.

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In 1956, in the year that Charles N Seabrook was born, this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

In 1962, Charles was just 6 years old when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1978, Charles was 22 years old when on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

In 1986, when he was 30 years old, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

In 1996, at the age of 40 years old, Charles was alive when on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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