Bruce McGill's mom dies in San Antonio
Prolific Hollywood actor and San Antonio native Bruce McGill, who got his big break playing D-Day in "Animal House" and is currently a regular on TNT police drama, "Rizzoli & Isles," said his mom passed away in San Antonio early Saturday.
Adriel "Squeaky" McGill was 89 and was in advance stages of lymphoma.
"She would laugh, and on the inhale she would squeak," was how his mom got her unusual nickname, McGill said.
His mother (in photo above with sons David and Bruce and University of the Incarnate Word president Louis Agnese Jr.), lived in the Alamo City since she was a young child, and was a well-known artist and patron of charities here. "She brightened dark corners of San Antonio with her colorful work," he said of her "primitive-style" paintings. "She would do murals for children's hospitals for free. If there was a wall, especially if there were kids involved, there was a good chance you'd find one of her pieces on it."
Her work was regularly displayed at the San Antonio International Airport, he said "She loved colors of Mexico and loved Fiesta," he added, saying she contributed many designs to the annual S.A. party, including a poster.
Per his mom's wishes, he said, there will be no funeral. "She hated it when everything was sad and people wore black," he said. "We'll have a private celebration of her life at a later date."
McGill said he and brother David, a movie camera operator, visited with their mom until her death. "We were very close," McGill, a MacArthur High graduate, said of his relationship with "Squeaky." He added that he felt good about the final weeks he spent with his mom, laughing and talking. "I stayed with her three weeks, the longest I've spent in San Antonio, since I left in '68."
McGill, a veteran of more than 100 roles in movies, such as "The Legend of Bagger Vance" and "Lincoln," and TV shows (most recently, "The Good Wife") will be seen next in shoot-'em-up feature, "Run All Night," with Liam Neeson and Ed Harris.