NEWS & OBITS

Andre De Toth Dies

Nathan Juran Passes On

Bill Rebane

Rick Dean Dies Suddenly

Donald G. Jackson Goes To The Great Beyond

Robert A. Burns Goes Gently Into That Good Night

Doris Wishman Passes Away

Shelley Winters Doesn't Survive The Dive

George "Buck" Flower

Sheree North Is Nevermore

George "Buck" Flower Passes On

Trevor Goddard Commits Suicide

John Vernon Passes Away

Val Guest Dies At Age 94

2006: A Bad Year For Dying

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Roger Watkins Dies

Sexploitation Director Andy Sidaris Passes Away

Character Actor John P. Ryan Passes Away

Director Bob Clark Is Killed

Comedian/Actor Tom Poston Dies

Actor Nicholas Worth Passes Away

Italian Director Bruno Mattei Dies

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Lee Frost Passes Away

Prolific Producer Peter Simpson Dies

2009 Obituaries - A Very Bad Year

2011 Obituaries - Another Very Bad Year

2012 Obituaries - Another Year, Another Crop Of Genre Personalities Passing Away

2013 Obituaries - Something Tells Me This Is Going To Be A Terrible Year

2014 Obituaries - Let Us Hope This Year Is Kind To Us. Well, We Can Hope, Can't We?


One man auteur Bill Rebane, director, producer, screenwriter and photographer of such films as MONSTER A GO-GO (1965), INVASION FROM INNER EARTH (1974), THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1975), THE DEMONS OF LUDLOW (1982), THE GAME (1982) and BLOOD HARVEST (1985) has officially announced his candidacy for Governor of Wisconson. The following was taken off the UP NORTH WISCONSIN web site (www.ashlandwi.com):

Saxon Filmmaker Throws Hat In Gubernatorial Ring

 
By A.J. VAN BEEST 

The Daily Press 


SAXON - Independent thinker and retired film producer Bill Rebane is returning his attention to state politics and has declared his candidacy for governor.

Rebane previously ran for the position in 1979. 

Rebane said the biggest reason he is running is that he feels many of today's politicians are not adequately representing their constituents.

"My campaign platform is that I am a non-politician," Rebane said. "Politicians are out of touch with reality. Unless he is a real statesman, it doesn't take a professional politician to represent people."

Rebane said he has special interests in education, small business and increasing the ability of counties and communities to govern themselves.

Rebane operated the Shooting Ranch Motion Picture Studios in Gleason for almost 30 years ending in 1988. For part of that time, Rebane said he had the only full-time feature film studio in the Midwest. He also said he was instrumental in creating the Wisconsin Film Office in the late 70's. he said some of the skills he gained from these experiences would translate directly to the governor's office.

"I'm a business man," Rebane explained. "I built an industry unlike any other in Wisconsin, and I was very successful in managing my business and the many people involved in it. In many ways, the position of governor is not very different than that of a corporation's chief executive officer. My career demanded a great deal of skill in communicating, diplomacy, tact and manners"

Rebane said his first job on the campaign trail is to research some issues so he can discuss them at a higher level and help inform people.

"Do you know why the state is running a deficit?" he asked. "Neither do I. I think there are a very few people in the state understand the deficit. We need to know about these things; that should be part of a politician's job."

Rebane said he supports efforts to reform public school curriculum to better match the findings of cognitive development specialists.

"It's a proven fact that of you want to teach a child something, you start them young," he said. "If you want them to speak and read several languages, you start in grade school not in high school. You don't teach your kids French or Spanish or Russian in high school, you have to start them at an earlier age."

Rebane also said he thinks that colleges should include more practical forms of education in their curricula.

"If you took the graduating classes from Yale and Harvard and any of those students had to attend a formal state dinner, they'd be unable to function because they wouldn't know which is the salad fork and which is the meat fork," he said with a smile. "It seems like technical colleges do more for students than four year schools."

Rebane also said it's necessary for Americans to "return to family values" and have parents involved in their children's' lives by setting limits and providing support.

In addition to domestic opportunities for education, he said America needs to work to educate people around the world.

"We're not going to solve the problems of the world, like overpopulation, by sending rubbers to Africa, but through education," he said. "We have to help the people there become civilized and understand why they shouldn't have nine children when they can't afford them. It goes back to logic and common sense."

Rebane said he is a staunch supporter of the American entrepreneurial spirit. 

"Small business is this country's foundation, but it's in danger" he said. "I really have a problem with people going to big chains to buy things made in China and neglecting smaller merchants right there on Main Street selling American wares."

Rebane said he would work to reduce the amount of paperwork facing small business owners and try to make it easier for them to access state resources such as grants.

"It's always the business community using its creative mind to get something done," he said. "The government and representatives lack the creativity and innovative thinking needed to find better ways to solve problems."

Rebane said he wants to foster entrepreneurial opportunities across the state. 

"I came to America from Germany when I was 15 and couldn't speak English," he said. "I lived on the south side of Chicago, off 63rd St. I went to four movies a day and in six months, learned to speak English. The moment I could, I got myself a little red wagon, and went to the supermarket and made myself a bundle of money delivering groceries for people.

"That was the kind of America I remember: the America with tremendous opportunities for everyone. The only thing you needed was the willingness and ambition to work and make something of yourself. I don't know what happened to those days, but I miss them and want to bring them back. ... I've lived the American dream, and I want to pass some of that on to others and remind them of what this country is all about."

Who knew that this man, who has entertained me and countless others with his cheap regional films, had ambitions more far-reaching than any of his films could imagine? Hey, if a former b-actor could become president, why couldn't a b-director become governor? Stay tuned for further updates on his campaign.

A special thanks to William Forsche (www.forsche.com/folio/folio.html) for the heads-up.


George 'Buck' Flower personally sent CritCon this email:

"Buck Flower and Charles Napier have recently signed an agreement with Publish America to publish a novel, RED NECKS IN LOVE. Cowritten by Napier and Flower, this story, exploring back roads of Red Neck humor that Jeff Foxworthy would be terrified to tread, proves self expression to be sometimes possible for even bovine feces kickers. The book should be on the market before the end of 2002, in case anybody cares."

Buck Flower

This should be some crazy book considering the talent involved. See the George 'Buck' Flower Profile for more info on this crazy actor/writer/producer and all-around Jack of all trades. Charles Napier should be no stranger to those surfing this site. He had his face chewed off by Hannibal Lecter in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991), appeared in a slew of films with Mr. Flower and has done more TV appearances than you can shake a stick at. He is truly an icon in the B-Movie Hall of Fame.


DORIS WISHMAN PASSES AWAY

On August 10, 2002 low-budget auteur Doris Wishman died in Coral Gables, Florida of lymphoma. She was somewhere in her 80s. Known for her no-budget nudies of the 60's, including BLAZE STARR GOES NUDIST (1960) DIARY OF A NUDIST (1961) and NUDE ON THE MOON (1962), Wishman graduated to "roughies" including BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL (1965) and ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MAN (1966). In the 70s she made a string of head-scratching films including THE AMAZING TRANSPLANT (1970), the Chesty Morgan duo DEADLY WEAPONS (1973) and DOUBLE AGENT 73 (1974), and the pseudo-documentary LET ME DIE A WOMAN (1978). She then tried tackling the horror genre with the howlingly-bad A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER (1979). This was her last film until Mike Vraney and his Something Weird Video company released a slew of her films on video in the early 90s. People were amazed by her penchant for pointing the camera at people's feet and inanimate objects at the most inopportune times. She did this to cover the fact that she filmed these films silent and avoided showing lip movement so she didn't have to match it in the dubbing process. Some have said that she lacked any talent at all and while that may have been true, her films were one of a kind. They were not meant to be viewed alone but rather with an alcohol or doobie-induced crowd. Her resurgance in popularity gave her the opportunity to direct more films including SATAN WAS A LADY and DILDO HEAVEN (both 2001). Doris Wishman passed away while in post-production of her final film EACH TIME I KILL (2002). She will be missed.


ANDRE de TOTH DIES

Andre de Toth, director of the ground-breaking 3-D film HOUSE OF WAX (1953), died of an aneurysm in his Burbank, California home on October 27, 2002. He was 90. The eye-patch wearing director (he lost an eye as a child and was not able to view the 3-D process due to lack of depth-perception) was also married to actress Veronica Lake (whose last film was the 1970 stinker FLESH FEAST) from 1944 - 1952 and had three children. Known for his crime noir films such as PITFALL (1947) and CRIME WAVE (1954) and westerns starring Gary Cooper (SPRINGFIELD RIFLE - 1952) and Randolph Scott (STRANGER WORE A GUN - 1953), de Toth had a style that was widely admired and emulated by other directors, such as Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino. His last directorial effort was the slasher film TERROR NIGHT (1987).


DIRECTOR NATHAN JURAN PASSES ON

Nathan Juran, best know as the director of ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT WOMAN (1958 as "Nathan Hertz") and Acadamy Award winner for art direction for 1941's HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY died of natural causes in his Palos Verde Estates, California home on October 23, 2002. He was 95. The list of Juran's accomplishments in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy field is impressive, including THE DEADLY MANTIS, BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (all 1957), 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958), JACK THE GIANT KILLER (1962), FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (1964) and THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF (1973 - his last film). Juran had also directed episodes of many fantasy and sci-fi TV series, including VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, LOST IN SPACE, THE TIME TUNNEL and LAND OF THE GIANTS.


ACTOR TREVOR GODDARD COMMITS SUICIDE

June 8, 2003: Muscleman actor Trevor Goddard, a former boxer who once had a recurring role on the TV series JAG and plays a pirate in the upcoming movie "Pirates of the Caribbean," died in an apparent suicide, investigators said Monday. He was 37. Goddard's body was found in his North Hollywood home on Sunday by a woman who also lived at the location, according to Officer Grace Brady, a police spokeswoman. Police said they could not disclose her relationship to Goddard. An autopsy was planned Monday but the death had already been classified as suicide with prescription drugs, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Corral said Goddard was in the midst of a divorce and his estranged wife, Ruthann, was in San Francisco during the weekend. The couple has two young sons. Born in Perth, Australia, Goddard's work as a professional boxer led to an acting role in a beer commercial. From there he had a small role in the 1994 action film "MEN OF WAR" and played the martial-arts fighter Kano in 1995's  MORTAL KOMBAT,  based on the popular fighting video game. In 1998, Goddard began a recurring part on the military TV series JAG as Lt. Cmdr. Michael "Mic" Brumby, a role he played until 2001. Other film credits include 1998's DEEP RISING, an uncredited role in 2001's car-theft thriller GONE IN 60 SECONDS and the role of Grapple in Disney's 2003 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL. Unfortunately, he'll probably best be remembered for the commercial where he enters a kitchen after a kangaroo messes a woman's floor ands says, "I can clean that floor, mate!" Other roles on TV include guest starring on THE X-FILES, 18 WHEELS OF JUSTICE, NOWHERE MAN, SILK STALKINGS and others. He will be missed. UPDATE: It's 2006 and they just started reshowing his commerical with the kangaroo again after not showing it for almost two years. The Advertising biz has always amazed me!


DONALD G. JACKSON DIES OF LEUKEMIA

October 20, 2003: Director Donald G. Jackson, maker of impossibly cheap horror and science fiction films such as THE DEMON LOVER (1976 - his debut film), ROLLER BLADE (1985 and 5 sequels), HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN (1987 - his most professional feature) and over a dozen more genre films passed away of leukemia. Don was a maverick filmmaker often filming his movies on video and using his own money or funds collected from friends and business partners (including long-time friend Scott Shaw). He was a weird individual who had a vision that no one else was able to quite understand and only very close friends knew of his fatal condition. While most of his films are not widely distributed, Mr. Jackson did have a cult following and his antics can be viewed in one of the best documentaries of the filmmaking business: DEMON LOVER DIARY, a no-holds barred look at low-budget filmmaking. If you can find a copy of this film, pick it up. Mr. Jackson was 60 years old when he was taken from us. R.I.P.


ROBERT A. BURNS TAKES HIS LIFE

06/03/2004: My friend Mario has informed me that all-around filmmaker Robert A. Burns has taken his life after learning that he had terminal cancer. Burns was a driving force in horror films, acting as art director of the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974 - giving that house the creepy vibe that still chills me to the bone today), THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977), THE HOWLING (1981), DON'T GO NEAR THE PARK (1981), RE-ANIMATOR (1985), PLAY DEAD (1984), THE OUTING (1986) and many others. He also directed and wrote the obscure MONGREL (1982), starred as the title character in CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KILLER (1985) and worked in various capacities on films such as DISCO GODFATHER (1979), TOURIST TRAP (1978), MICROWAVE MASSACRE (1983) and many other genre films. He will surely be missed by all his fans who knew him for his good humor and dedication to the preservation of the B-Movie. Check out the following link: www.robert-a-burns.com/FAREWELL.HTML (The link and his site are no longer in service. It showed him laying next to a tombstone with his hands folded on his stomach, with a goodbye note to everyone.) to see that he knew what he was doing till the very end. Goodbye Robert, you will be missed by everyone who gave a damn about the small films that gave us the scares and thrills that most major Hollywood crap could not hold a candle to. I only hope God realizes what a good person he has in his hands now.


GEORGE "BUCK" FLOWER PASSES AWAY

It breaks my heart to give you the following news. I'll let my friend Paul Gaita tell you in an email he sent me:

"Hello all:

Don Edmonds informed me this afternoon that character actor George "Buck" Flower passed away in his sleep last night (06/18/04). Buck had been struggling with his health for the better part of 2004. He was 66.

Buck's credits including appearances in five John Carpenter films (THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, STARMAN, THEY LIVE and VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED) as well as features by Robert Zemeckis (BACK TO THE FUTURE and its first sequel)  Tobe Hooper (SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION), William Lustig (MANIAC COP and RELENTLESS), Don Edmonds (ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS, BARE KNUCKLES), and many others. Buck also served as second unit director, casting director, scriptwriter and producer on countless independent films, including THE BIKINI CARWASH COMPANY and TAKIN' IT OFF series, and recently co-wrote a novel, REDNECKS IN LOVE, with friend and fellow character actor Charles Napier.

On a personal note, Buck was a good friend and an incredible source of information on low-budget and independent filmmaking in Los Angeles during the '70s, as well as one of the funniest and kindest people I've ever met. I will miss him very much.

Paul Gaita"

I'm still reeling from the news. I just talked to George a couple of months ago. I knew he was ill, but I didn't realize how bad it actually was. The filmmaking business has lost one of it's best character actors. I will miss him and his humor dearly. R.I.P. Buck.

Here's an email from Jim Wynorski which about explains it all:

"Just a note regarding Buck Flower.  As some of you know, I worked with Buck more than a few times over the years, and he was always one of the nicest, warmest individuals.  About two months ago, I received a phone call from him and he matter of factly told me he had inoperable cancer.  He'd debated about keeping it a secret, but finally decided to put it out there so his friends knew what was happening.  Naturally, I was saddened by the news, (1) because he was a really nice guy and (2) he added so much to any role I might throw at him.

Just last Saturday, I called him at home and his daughter told me he was at a local hospital.  I reached him there, and he told me the cancer had taken over his spine.  In trying to remove it, the doctors had paralysed him from the waist down. They were sending him home the next day to await the inevitable. It was agonizing to hear, but the great thing was what he said before he hung up -- "I may be down, but I'm not out.  The devil's gonna have helluva time with me."

I never got to see him because of a planned trip out of the country, but on hearing the sad news today, I can safely guarantee you  there's no way Mr. Scratch won that tussle - 'cause ol Buck kickin' ass up-stairs tonight. See you in the next life, partner.

Jim Wynorski" 

I only hope that Buck gets the proper write-ups in the obituary pages of the major newspapers (although I doubt he will). VARIETY will probably have a small obit but most other magazines and papers will probably no doubt just ignore his passing. Considering that he has appeared in over 150 films and many TV shows, I believe that we should not let his death go unnoticed. I was a major fan of his who became a friend about a couple of years ago, when he wrote thanking me for profiling him on my website. His humor and stories were so funny that I would find myself crying from laughter and almost wetting myself. I always believed he was a major talent caught up in doing minor roles. I was just watching him in the film CHEERLEADER CAMP recently (one of his biggest roles, being fifth-billed) and he got off some zingers in that one. He told me that most of the lines he did in that film were improvised by himself. At least we have all the films to remember him by. I know that I shall never forget him.

I received this email from his daughter Verkina, who worked with her dad on many films including appearing with him in DRIVE-IN MASSACRE:

"Hi, was searching the internet for sites that contained any info about my dad & came across yours, very cool & thanks so much for including him.
So funny to me that he always spoke of his career to be so much less than it really was. It took more than several minutes to print out his list of credits from imbd & I have an entire crate filled w/ tapes of his films, many of which I have never even seen. How many actors would give their left nut for such a list?
His last week was such a farce that I rather think he died of disgust & not of cancer.
I have 2 brothers, and he gave each of us a generous heart, an odd sense of humor and a sense of uncommon loyalty. We are really going to miss the old bastard.

Verkina Flower-Crow" 

We will all miss him, Verkina. By the way, I just saw you in THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA (1976), which not only starred your father, but he was also casting director as well. You played young Molly in the flashbacks. This film is a definite cult classic waiting to be rediscovered. Buck made a lot of films with director Matt Cimber (real name: Matteo Ottaviano), but I feel this one is his best.
I just watched Buck in his final role in director Jeffrey Obrow's THEY ARE AMONG US on Sci-Fi (07/17/2004). Buck has a pivital role in the film which really doesn't kick in till the final 30 minutes. It is a bigger role than he normally has gotten as of late and he really put his heart into it. In it, he plays the long-lost father of Alison Eastwood, who saves his daughter's life by placing a well-aimed shovel hit to an alien's head. The movie is a strange hybrid of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and Brian Yuzna's SOCIETY. It's left wide-open for a sequel.


JOHN VERNON DIES

Veteran character actor John Vernon passed away February 1, 2005 after complications from heart surgery. He was 72. Vernon skyrocketed to John Vernon as the Mayor in DIRTY HARRYfame as Dean Wormer in ANIMAL HOUSE (1978) and enjoyed a long and varied career in both TV and films. He worked with the greats :Alfred Hitchcock in TOPAZ (1969), Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY - 1971, as the angry Mayor) and Clint Eastwood (THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES - 1976, as the guilt-stricken Fletcher who lets Eastwood go at the end of the film by saying "I think I'll try to tell him the war is over.") as well as working the B-movie biz in such films as CURTAINS (1982), SAVAGE STREETS (1984), BLUE MONKEY (1987) and KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988, as Officer Mooney, who ends up with a Klown's hand shoved up his ass and manipulated like a puppet) and many others. He appeared as a guest star on many TV series and starred in a few of his own in his native Canada (including the popular mid-60's series WOJECK which was considered groundbreaking for Vernon's portrayal of the title character, a medical coroner that would lay the way for the much-later series QUINCY). He was a major talent that will be missed. Check out the Internet Movie Database for his impressive filmography. He was the father of actresses Kate Vernon (HOSTILE TAKEOVER - 1987) and Nan Vernon.


SHEREE NORTH PASSES ON

Sheree North, the beautiful blond actress from many action films and TV shows has passed away at age 72 on November 4, 2005 from complications from cancer surgery. North is probably best known as the mother of Kramer on SEINFELD, who was the first to give out his first name, Cosmo. North was in such genre films as DESTINATION INNER SPACE (1966), MANIAC COP (1988), CHARLEY VARRICK (1973), TELEFON (1977) and many TV Movies from the 70's and 80's. She was also a guest star on many of the popular TV dramas and comedies from the 50's through the late 90's. Her most prolific role was that of the aforementioned Babs Kramer and she can be seen frequently in that role on reruns of SEINFELD. For someone like me, though, she will be best remembered as the tough as nails blond bombshell in the action films of the 70's. Goodbye Sheree. I will miss you.


SHELLEY WINTERS DOESN'T SURVIVE THE DIVE

Multiple Academy Award winning actress Shelley Winters , 85, died of a heart attack on January 14, 2006. While many normal film viewers will Shelley Winters
1920 - 2006remember her as a mainstream actress in major motion pictures and TV series since the 1940's, I still have fond memories of her as the championship swimmer Belle Rosen in THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972), who doesn't survive the big dive but saves everyone who followed her, and her whacked-out performances in a pair of early 70's thrillers, WHOEVER SLEW AUNTIE ROO? and WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? (both 1971), both directed by cult director Curtis Harrington. Not one to hide her feelings, Ms. Winters was an outspoken person who would appear on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNY CARSON blind-stinking drunk, making Johnny cry with laughter as she would tell her true-life stories. No actor was safe from her acidic, yet somehow, comforting tongue. She was also an accomplished author and was considered a sexpot in her early acting career, once a roommate of Marilyn Monroe (But much more talented. Watch NIGHT OF THE HUNTER [1955] to see what I mean.). As she gained weight, she began taking on character roles and began a lucrative career as a TV movie actress in the 70s, appearing in such films as REVENGE (1971), THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER (1973) and many others and appeared in theatrical genre films such as THE MAD ROOM (1969), BLOODY MAMA (1970), POOR PRETTY EDDIE (1975) and THE VISITOR (1978). I always admired her as an actress, even if some of her career choices were questionable. But, she was one of those actors who improved whatever she was in. Most kids nowadays recognise her in the frequent repeats as the grandmother of Roseanne Barr's character on the TV series ROSEANNE. We are losing our best old-time actors at an alarming rate and, as a baby-boomer myself, will miss her. R.I.P. Shelly and I hope Heaven welcomes you with open arms. For more on Ms. Winter's career and her extremely long filmography, check out the Internet Movie Database.


CHARACTER ACTOR RICK DEAN IS DEAD

Actor Rick Dean, who could be seen in countless Roger Corman productions, died suddenly at the age of 53 on February 3, 2006 according to long-time Dean friend Jim Wynorski. Known for his ruggedness and portrayals of bad guys, soldiers and bikers, Dean was the consummate performer, standing out from even the most professional "name" actor in the film he was currently in. Rick was the only person to be in 2 CARNOSAUR films, his first film was ISLAND OF BLOOD (1982), he had leading roles in Dan Golden's NAKED OBSESSION (1990) and Cirio Santiago's NAM ANGELS (1988) and could recently be seen in GACY (2003) and SPECIES III (2004). His last film will be SATANIC, also directed by Dan Golden and will be released in April of 2006. Dean had appeared in more than 50 films since 1982 which meant that his talents were sorely needed in the B films that he appeared in. You could always depend on him to put in a good performance. His talents and raw energy will be sorely missed. This is another case where I learned of the death of an actor strictly through emails. The newspapers (except for the entertainment periodical VARIETY) didn't even bother to mention his passing away. I know I will miss him. He had a face that you will never forget. R.I.P. Rick and let it be known that you did (and still do) have fans out there.


DIRECTOR VAL GUEST DIES AT AGE 94

Val Guest, the versatile British director and screenwriter best known for directing science-fiction classics THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT and THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE has died. He was 94. Guest died of prostate cancer on May 10, 2006 in a Palm Desert hospice, said his wife, actress Yolande Donlan. He "brought a lot of intelligence to a genre that is often sorely in need of it," said director Joe Dante, a longtime fan of his films. "Every single one of his pictures is thoughtful and well-done." After becoming a director in the 1940s, Guest made comedies, thrillers and musicals, but he was best known for his science-fiction works. THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT was a 1955 science-fiction horror thriller with a semi-documentary feel about an experimental rocket ship that crashes in rural England with only one surviving crew member. An invisible force gradually transforms him into a monstrous creature as he consumes plants, animals and humans. In the 1961 film THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE, simultaneous nuclear explosions by the United States and the Soviet Union knock Earth off its axis and send it hurtling toward the sun. The picture earned Guest and co-writer Wolf Mankowitz best British screenplay awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Guest also was one of the five credited directors on the 1967 James Bond spoof CASINO ROYALE. "He was a jack-of-all-trades," Dante said. "But there are a lot of little gems in his output that, hopefully, will come to light now." Other Guest films include THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (OF THE HIMALAYAS) (1957), WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH (1970), KILLER FORCE (1976) and many others.


2006: A BAD YEAR FOR DYING

2006 sure turned into a bad year for fans of genre cinema. A lot of celebrities, both well-known and little known, have passed away this year. It seems more have died this year than any other year in recent memory. At the rate this is happening, we won't have many of our favorite stars from the 50's 60's & 70's left alive to appear in new films. Who will Fred Olen Ray employ? The following is just a small sampling of the people who shared our love of cinema that have passed away (and a lot of them really hit me where it hurts):

*SHELLEY WINTERS - See above.
*RICK DEAN - See above.Jack Palance: 1919 - 2006
*VAL GUEST - See above.
*JACK PALANCE - On of the great villians of cinema. Adept in all genres of film including Horror (CRAZE - 1973; DRACULA - 1973; ALONE IN THE DARK - 1982), Westerns (SHANE - 1953; GOD'S GUN - 1976), Action/Adventure ( ONE MAN JURY - 1978; TANGO & CASH - 1989), Fantasy (HAWK THE SLAYER - 1980; BATMAN - 1989), Science Fiction (THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME - 1979; CYBORG 2 - 1993) and many others, including CITY SLICKERS (1991), for which he won the Acadamy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Who can forget his acceptance speech at the Oscars when he did the one-handed pushups? A true great who always entertained even when the character he played was despicable. He was 87 years old and died of natural causes on November 10, 2006.
*GARY GRAVER - For more on Mr. Graver's illustrious career, please click HERE.
*NELSON DE LA ROSA - Not very many people know his name, but once you saw him you would never forget him. Standing at only 27 inches tall, he is best remembered as Marlon Brando's diminutive sidekick in THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (1996). He also appeared in the Italian horror film RATMAN (1987) and was the blueprint for Mini-Me in the AUSTIN POWERS films. Sports fans on the East Coast also knew him as the pal of then-Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, who used Nelson as a good luck charm during the Sox's 2004 World Series run. Nelson died October 22, 2006 of a heart attack. He was 38 years old. R.I.P. Nelson.
*AL LEWIS - Best known as Grampa on the 60's TV series THE MUNSTERS, Al Lewis had a varied career in many fields. He was a restauranteur, political candidate who ran for Governor of New York and a basketball talent scout. Some of the genre films Al Lewis has appeared in are THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1973), BLACK STARLET (1974) and FRIGHT HOUSE (1988). He released a tape of horror and sci-fi trailers in 1989 called GRAMPA'S SCI-FI HITS. His exact age cannot be verified. He claims to have been born in 1910, but after his death his son said that he was actually born in 1923. He died on February 3, 2006.Aaron Spelling: 1923 - 2006
*AARON SPELLING - Probably the most successful producer in TV history. His list of television hits is staggering and there is no need to post them here. What isn't well-known are his television flops. Who here remembers ALL SOULS (2001)? How about BUDDY FARO (1998)? Does 10-8 (2003) ring a bell? The truth is that he had more failures than hits, but he always bounced back with one long-running series after another. Spelling was also responsible for a lot of TV movies, including SATAN'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS (1973 & 2000), CROWHAVEN FARM (1970), THE LAST CHILD (1971), A TASTE OF EVIL (1971) and many others. Aaron Spelling died June 23, 2006 of complications from a stroke. He was 83 years old. TV will never see the likes of him again.
*ANTHONY FRANCIOSA - Likable actor who started out doing live television in the 50's and has appeared in many genre films, including WEB OF THE SPIDER (1970), THE DEADLY HUNT (1971), ACROSS 110TH STREET (1972), CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW (1977), FIREPOWER (1979), SIDE SHOW (1981), DEATH WISH II (1982), Dario Argento's TENEBRE (1982), DAUGHTER OF DEATH (1982), DEATH HOUSE (1987, directed by John Saxon), FASHION CRIMES (1989) and GHOST WRITER (1990). Some of his TV series include THE NAME OF THE GAME (1968), SEARCH (1972) and MATT HELM (1975). He was also the third husband of Shelley Winters, who also passed away this year.  Mr. Franciosa died of a stroke on January 19, 2006. He was 78.
*CHRIS PENN - One of the biggest shocks of the year for me was the death of Chris Penn at the age of 40 from complications of an enlarged heart. While many people may solely consider him the less-talented brother of Sean Penn (who he appeared with in AT CLOSE RANGE in 1986), I think of him as a talented actor who appeared in many excellent action films, including RESERVOIR DOGS (1992), TRUE ROMANCE (1993), FIST OF THE NORTH STAR (1995) and THE FUNERAL (1996). His many TV appearances included guest stints on CHICAGO HOPE (1995), CSI: MIAMI (2003), WILL & GRACE (2003) and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (2005). Mr. Penn died on January 24, 2006.Darren McGavin: 1922 - 2006
*DARREN McGAVIN - Versatile actor who was a personal favorite of mine ever since he starred in the two TV movies and the subsequent series KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (1974) and then much later did guest appearances on THE X-FILES (1993 - 2002) as a favor to creator Chris Carter, who was a huge fan of Kolchak. Mr. McGavin starred in a slew of genre features, including HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, LOVE GEORGE (1973, which he also directed), THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES (1980), HANGAR 18 (1980), DEAD HEAT (1988), BY DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT (1990) and HAPPY HELL NIGHT (1992). He has over 170 film and TV credits dating back to 1945, including my personal fave of playing Frank Black's (Lance Hendriksen) father on an episode of Chris Carter's MILLENNIUM (1997). Mr. McGavin died on February 25, 2006 at the age of 83 of natural causes.
*RICHARD FLEISCHER - Director of films in various genres, but excelled when directing films in the Fantasy, Action and Sci-Fi categories. His list of films include 20000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954), FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966), THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968), SEE NO EVIL (1971), SOYLENT GREEN (1973), MR. MAJESTYK (1974), the infamous MANDINGO (1975), AMITYVILLE 3-D (1983) and CONAN THE DESTROYER (1984). His father was Max Fleischer, producer of the early Betty Boop, Popeye and Superman cartoons. Mr. Fleischer died on March 25, 2006 at age 89 of natural causes.Dan Curtis: 1927 - 2006
*DAN CURTIS - Prolific producer/director who created the first horror soap opera DARK SHADOWS (1966 - 1970). He took the success of that series and made two theatrical films based on it: HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) and NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (1971). He directed a bunch of horror features including the wildly popular TRILOGY OF TERROR (1975), THE NORLISS TAPES (1973),  DRACULA (1973), THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1973, which led to the KOLCHAK TV series)  SCREAM OF THE WOLF (1974), BURNT OFFERINGS (1976), CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW (1977) and many, many others. He later became known for producing and directing quality mini-series such as THE WINDS OF WAR (1983) and WAR AND REMEMBERANCE (1988). He is best remembered by me for scaring the crap out of me in the 70's with all his scary TV movies, some which are listed above. He died of a brain tumor on March 27, 2006, 21 days after the death of his wife. He was 78 years old.
* CANDICE RIALSON - Popular 70's exploitation actress who retired from films as the decade ended. Her film list is impressive and bizarre: PETS (1974); THE GIRL ON THE LATE,LATE SHOW (1974); CANDY STRIPE NURSES (1974); SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS (1974); MAMA'S DIRTY GIRLS (1974); HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (1976); CHATTERBOX (1977, the talking vagina movie!); MOONSHINE COUNTY EXPRESS (1977) and WHO IS KILLING THE STUNTMEN? (aka STUNTS -1977). Her last credit is WINTER KILLS (1979). She also had extensive TV credits during the 70's, including guest stints on SHAFT (1974), MAUDE (1975), SWITCH (1976), FANTASY ISLAND (1978) and others. Ms. Rialson died of liver disease (Uncomfirmed sources say it was brought on by alcoholism) on March 31, 2006. She was 54 years old.
*ROBERT DONNER - Superb character actor, whose long, skull-like face was perfect for psycho and heavy roles. He originally appeared as one of the bad guys in a lot of Westerns, especially the later John Wayne ones. Some of his genre films are VANISHING POINT (1971), HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (1973), THE HORROR AT 37,000 FEET (1973), DAMNATION ALLEY (1978) and HYSTERICAL (1983 - as Crazy Ralph, who was constantly getting run over while riding his bike warning people that they are doomed). A lot of fans of the MORK & MINDY TV show will recognize him as Exidor. He did a ton of television guest roles on such series as ADAM-12, THE MOD SQUAD, THE WALTONS and THE FALL GUY, just to mention a few. Mr. Donner died of a heart attack on June 8, 2006. He was 74 years old.Mako: 1933 - 2006
*MAKO - Superb Japanese actor, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his first film role in THE SAND PEBBLES (1966). He later appeared in a ton of genre films, including THE KILLER ELITE (1975), THE BIG BRAWL (1980), AN EYE FOR AN EYE (1981), CONAN THE DESTROYER (1984), ARMED RESPONSE (1986), THE PERFECT WEAPON (1990), BULLETPROOF MONK (2003) and many others. He also guest-starred in numerous TV series, including KUNG FU (1973), QUINCY M.E. (1977), WALKER, TEXAS RANGER (1997) and is probably better-known for his numerous appearances on M*A*S*H (1971). His small 5' 4" frame never hindered his performances. He always seemed larger than life. He was always a joy to watch. Mako died on July 21, 2006 of cancer. He was 72 years old.
*JOSEPH STEFANO - If only for his involvement in the original series of THE OUTER LIMITS (1963 - 1965) as writer and producer, Mr. Stefano will always have my unending gratitude. It will always be the most influential television series in my life. But he did so much more. This multi-award winning writer wrote the screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO (1960), EYE OF THE CAT (1969), REVENGE (1971), SNOWBEAST (1977), PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING (1990) and many others. One of the holy grails of film collecting is the rare pilot that Mr. Stefano wrote and co-directed after he left THE OUTER LIMITS. The name of the film was THE GHOST OF SIERRA DE COBRE (1964) starring Martin Landau (who has said it was the best film he has ever appeared in) and it was originally meant as a pilot for a series that never materialized. It is supposedly so scary that network executives nearly shit their pants when they viewed it. Naturally they passed on it and it was shown in foreign markets and never televised in the US. The last film credit Joseph Stefano had (besides the abortion called PSYCHO - 1998, made without his co-operation) was an update of his teleplay, "A Feasibility Study" for the new version of THE OUTER LIMITS (1995 - 2002). Mr. Stefano died of a heart attack on August 25, 2006. He was 84 years old.
*TAMARA DOBSON - This 6' 2" ex-model didn't make a lot of films, but nearly every one of them should be of interest toTamara Dobson: 1947 - 2006 readers of this site. She made her mark as an extra in early 70's films (COME BACK, CHARLESTON BLUE - 1970; FUZZ - 1972), before gaining star billing as the title character in two Blaxploitation classics: CLEOPATRA JONES (1973) and CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD (1975). She made three more films (MURDER AT THE WORLD SERIES - 1977; CHAINED HEAT - 1983; AMAZONS - 1984) and appeared as a guest star on a couple of TV series before retiring from acting to devote her time to designing her own line of clothing. She is listed in Guinness as the tallest leading actress to ever appear in films. Ms. Dobson died of pneumonia and multiple sclerosis (which she was fighting since 2000) at age 59 on October 2, 2006.
*JEREMY SLATE - Highly recognizable long-time exploitation actor who made a bunch of 60's biker (he wrote the story and starred in HELL'S ANGELS '69 [1969]) and drug-themed films, mixing in a lot of TV guest star work. His lists of films include: THE BORN LOSERS (1967); THE MINI-SKIRT MOB (1968); THE HOOKED GENERATION (1968); HELL'S BELLES (1970); CROSSCURRENT (1971); THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS (1973); STOWAWAY TO THE MOON (1975); STRANGER IN OUR HOUSE (1978); THE DEAD PIT (1989); TRENCHCOAT IN PARADISE (1989) and THE LAWNMOWER MAN (1992). Some of the many TV series he appeared in were: IRONSIDE (1969); MANNIX (1971); GHOST STORY (1972); THE ROOKIES (1974) and MY NAME IS EARL (2006). Mr. Slate died on November 18, 2006 of esophageal cancer. He was 80 years old.
*DON DOHLER - Maryland-based director/writer/producer, who made a string of no-budget horror features that somehow got video and TV exposure. Starting out with the sonambulistic THE ALIEN FACTOR (1977), a story about and alien spaceship that crashes in a Maryland neighborhood, containing a zoo of collected alien species that escape, is the first in a series of films that contain themes of neighbors fighting alien entities. The other films that followed were, FIEND (1980), NIGHTBEAST (1982), THE GALAXY INVADER (1985), BLOOD MASSACRE (1988) and ALIEN FACTOR 2: THE ALIEN RAMPAGE (1999). He then quit using film and began producing video efforts for other people including, HARVESTERS (2001), STAKES (2002) and others.  Mr. Dohler died December 2, 2006 of brain cancer. Age unavailable as of this writing.

Others who have died in 2006: They may not have extensive genre credits, but they did make their mark in motion picture history. By that, I mean that they have appeared in many films but only a few that would interest viewers of this site:

*DON STEWARTDon Stewart: 1935 - 2006 - (January 9, 2006): Actor - THE DOOMSDAY FLIGHT (1966); PRESCRIPTION: MURDER (1968); CARNIVAL MAGIC (1981); AMERICAN NINJA (1985); FUTURE ZONE (1990); LISTEN (1996)
*ANNE MEACHAM - (January 12, 2006): Actress - LILITH (1964); DEAR DEAD DELILAH (1972); SEIZURE (1974); SEEDS OF EVIL (1975)
*JEAN BYRON - (February 3, 2006): Actress - THE MAGNETIC MONSTER (1953); INVISIBLE INVADERS (1959); McCLOUD (TV-1972)
*FRANKLIN COVER - (February 5, 2006): Actor - SHORT WALK TO DAYLIGHT (1972); THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975)
*PEDRO GONZALEZ-GONZALEZ - (February 6, 2006): Actor - RING OF FEAR (1954); BATES MOTEL (1989); GHOST WRITER (1989); DOWN THE DRAIN (1990)
*PHIL BROWN - (February 9, 2006): Actor - THE BOY CRIED MURDER (1966); STAR WARS (1977); MANEATERS ARE LOOSE! (1978)
*ANDREAS KATSULAS - (February 13, 2006): Actor - COMMUNION (1989); THE DEATH OF THE INCREDIBLE HULK (1990); EXECUTIVE DECISION (1996)
*XAVIER BARQUET - (February 15, 2006): Actor - FORTRESS OF AMERIKKKA (1989); JUNGLE ASSAULT (1989); I'M DANGEROUS TONIGHT (1990)
*PAUL CARR - (February 17, 2006): Actor - THE SEVERED ARM (1973); THE BAT PEOPLE (1974); TRUCK STOP WOMEN (1974); SISTERS OF DEATH (1977); HIDDEN VIEW (1990)Dennis Weaver: 1924 - 2005
*RICHARD BRIGHT - (February 18, 2006): - Actor - GIRLS NITE OUT (1983); CUT AND RUN (1985); GHOUL SCHOOL (1990, as "Eddie Gambino");
*DENNIS WEAVER - (February 24, 2006): Actor - WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? (1971); DUEL (1971); TERROR ON THE BEACH (1973); DON'T GO TO SLEEP (1982)
*DON KNOTTS - (February 24, 2006): Actor/Comedian - THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN (1966); I LOVE A MYSTERY (1973); THE PRIVATE EYES (1981); PLEASANTVILLE (1998)
*JENNY TAMBURI - (March 1, 2006): Actress - WOMEN IN CELL BLOCK 7 (1973); FRANKENSTEIN ITALIAN STYLE (1975); THE PSYCHIC (1977)
*HOWARD JACKSON - (March 7, 2006): Martial Artist/Actor - DISCO GODFATHER (1980); CODE OF SILENCE (1985); INVASION USA (1985); DEATHROW GAMESHOW (1987);
*GORDON PARKS - (March 7, 2006): Director - SHAFT (1971); SHAFT'S BIG SCORE! (1972); THE SUPER COPS (1974)
*MAUREEN STAPLETON - (March 13, 2006): Actress - THE FAN (1981); THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER (1982); COCOON (1985); COCOON: THE RETURN (1988)
*BOB DELEGALL - (March 21, 2006): Actor - SUPER DUDE (1974); DR. STRANGE (1978); THE PRESIDIO (1988); BACK TO BACK (1996)
*ELOY DE LA IGLESIA - (March 23, 2006); Director/Screenwriter - CANNIBAL MAN (1972); CLOCKWORK TERROR (1972); THE DEPUTY (1978)Maureen Stapleton: 1925 - 2006
*SHIN SANG-OK (aka SIMON SHEEN) - (April 11. 2006): Producer/Director/Writer - 3 NINJA Films (1994 - 1998); GALGAMETH (1996);  GARDEN OF EVIL (1998)
*ANTHONY-JAMES RYAN - (April 15, 2006): Producer/Writer/Actor - VIXEN! (1968); CHERRY, HARRY & RAQUEL (1970); SWEET SUZY (1973); SUPERVIXENS (1975)
*BRETT GOLDIN - (April 16, 2006): Actor - SLASH (2002); CITIZEN VERDICT (2003); BLAST! (2004)
*SCOTT BRAZIL - (April 17, 2006): TV Producer/Director -  SPACE RANGERS (1993); STRANGE LUCK  (1995); THE BURNING ZONE (1996); BUFFY (1997); THE SHIELD (2002)
*HENDERSON FORSYTHE -(April 17, 2006): Actor - DEATHDREAM (1973); IN THE LINE OF DUTY: MANHUNT IN THE DAKOTAS (1991); SPECIES II (1998)
*ALIDA VALLI - (April 22, 2006): Actress - EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960); LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973); THE TEMPTER (1974); SUSPIRIA (1977); INFERNO (1980)
*JENNIFER JAYNE - (April 23, 2006): Actress - THE CRAWLING EYE (1958); DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965); THE MEDUSA TOUCH (1978)
*BETSY JONES-MORELAND - (May 1, 2006): Actress - LAST WOMAN ON EARTH (1960); CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA (1961); THE HINDENBURG (1975)Paul Gleason: 1939 - 2006
*BYRON MORROW - (May 11, 2006):  Actor - CYBORG 2087 (1966); COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT (1970); THE STONE KILLER (1973); PANIC ON THE 5:22 (1974)
*PAUL MARCO - (May 14, 2006): Actor - BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1955); PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959); NIGHT OF THE GHOULS (1959); THE NAKED MONSTER (2005)
*DAN Q. KENNIS - (May 17, 2006): Producer - ANGELS' WILD WOMEN (1972); GIRLS FOR RENT (1974); RAIDERS OF THE LIVING DEAD (1986); ALIENATOR (1989)
*SALVATORE BILLA - (May 22, 2006): Actor - KIDNAP SYNDICATE (1975); LEGEND OF THE WOLF WOMAN (1976); a bunch of 70'S ITALIAN CRIME THRILLERS
*LEONARDO PESCAROLO - (May 24, 2006): Producer - WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972); AUTOPSY (1975); RINGS OF FEAR (1978);
*PAUL GLEASON - (May 27, 2006): Actor - WELCOME TO SPRING BREAK (1988); DIE HARD (1988); DIGITAL MAN (1995); ABOMINABLE (2004)
*AUDREY CAMPBELL - (June 8, 2006): Actress - WHITE SLAVES OF CHINATOWN (1964); OLGA"S HOUSE OF SHAME (1964); OLGA'S GIRLS (1964); SIN IN THE SUBURBS (1964);Arthur Franz: 1920 - 2006
*MONTY BERMAN - (June 14, 2006): Producer/Director - THE CRAWLING EYE (1958); BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE (1958); JACK THE RIPPER (1959); THE FIENDISH GHOULS (1960)
*ARTHUR FRANZ - (June 16, 2006): Actor - INVADERS FROM MARS (1953); BACK FROM THE DEAD (1957); MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS (1958); THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE (1959); SISTERS OF DEATH (1977)
*RICHARD STAHL - (June 18, 2006): Actor - BEWARE! THE BLOB (1972); FUZZ (1972); TERMINAL ISLAND (1973); THE DARING DOBERMANS (1974); GOOD AGAINST EVIL (1977)
*BENJAMIN HENDRICKSON - (July 1, 2006): Actor - THE DEMON MURDER CASE (1983); MANHUNTER (1986); RUSSKIES (1987); CONSENTING ADULTS (1992)
*JAN MURRAY - (July 2, 2006):  Comedian/Actor - WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR (1965); DAY OF THE WOLVES (1973); FEAR CITY (1984)
*AMZIE STRICKLAND - (July 5, 2006): Actress - CURSE OF THE UNDEAD (1959); DEATH CRUISE (1974); THE LEGEND OF LIZZIE BORDEN (1975)
*JUNE ALLYSON - (July 8, 2006): Actress - SEE THE MAN RUN (1971); CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW (1977); BLACKOUT (1978)
*BARNARD HUGHES - (July 11, 2006): Actor - RAGE (1972); SISTERS (1973); THE UFO INCIDENT (1975); THE LOST BOYS (1987)
*RED BUTTONS - (July 13, 2006): Comedian/Actor - WHO KILLED MARY WHAT'S 'ER NAME? (1971); THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972); SIDE SHOW (1981)
*CARRIE NYE - (July 14, 2006): Actress - TOO SCARED TO SCREAM (1982); CREEPSHOW (1983)Jack Warden: 1920 - 2006
*MICKEY SPILLANE -(July 17, 2006): - Writer/Actor - RING OF FEAR (1954); KISS ME DEADLY  (1955): THE GIRL HUNTERS (1963); I, THE JURY (1982)
*JACK WARDEN - (July 19, 2006): Actor - THE WHITE BUFFALO (1977); THE PRESIDIO (1988); THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD (1995)
*ROBERT CORNTHWAITE -(July 20, 2006): Actor - WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953); FUTUREWORLD (1976); TIME TRACKERS (1989); WHITE DWARF (1995); THE NAKED MONSTER (1995/2005)
*ELISABETH VOLKMANN - (July 25, 2006): Actress - NURSES REPORT (1972); SEX LIFE IN A CONVENT (1972); BEYOND THE DARKNESS (1974); RED HEAT (1985)
*PATRICK ALLEN - (July 28, 2006): Actor - ISLAND OF THE BURNING DAMNED (1967); THE BODY STEALERS (1969); WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH (1970); PUPPET ON A CHAIN (1971); THE GRAVEYARD (1974)
*BRUNO KIRBY - (August 14, 2006): - Actor - BORDERLINE (1980); FLESH & BLOOD (1985); ONE EYED KING (2001); HELTER SKELTER (2004)
*ALAN VINT - (August 16, 2006): Actor - WELCOME HOME, SOLDIER BOYS (1972); BADLANDS (1973); MACON COUNTY LINE (1974); EARTHQUAKE (1974)
*SIG SHORE - (August 17, 2006): Producer/Director/Screenwriter - SUPER FLY (1972); SUPERFLY T.N.T. (1973): SUDDEN DEATH (1985); THE SURVIVALIST (1987): THE RETURN OF SUPERFLY (1990)
*GLENN FORD - (August 30, 2006): Actor - THE DISAPPEARANCE OF FLIGHT 412 (1974); SUPERMAN (1978); THE VISITOR (1978); HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (1980)
*ROBERT EARL JONES - (September 7, 2006): Actor - SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983); WITNESS (1985); MANIAC COP 2 (1990)
*PAT CORLEY - (September 11, 2006): Actor - THE SUPER COPS (debut - 1974); AUDREY ROSE (1977); NIGHTWING (1979); THE STEPFORD CHILDREN (1987)Edward Albert: 1951 - 2006
*MICKEY HARGITAY - (September 14, 2006): Bodybuilder/Actor - BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965); LADY FRANKENSTEIN (1971); DELIRIUM (1972); THE REINCARNATION OF ISABEL (1973)
*EDWARD ALBERT - (September 22, 2006): Actor - GALAXY OF TERROR (1981); FIST FIGHTER (1989); DEMON KEEPER (1994); STAGEGHOST (2000)
*TIM ROONEY - (September 23, 2006): Actor - VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS (1965); RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP (1967); THE LONERS (1972)
*GIUSEPPI BENNATI - (September 27, 2006): Director - THE KILLER RESERVED NINE SEATS (1974)
*TOM BELL - (October 4, 2006): Actor - QUEST FOR LOVE (1971); STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING (1972); THE KRAYS (1990); LONG TIME DEAD (2002)
*DEREK BOND - (October 15, 2006): Actor - STRANGER FROM VENUS (1954); THE HAND (1960); BLIND SIGHT (1996)
*DANIEL EMILFORK - (October 17, 2006): Actor - MIDI MINUIT  (1970); THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE (1971); WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE? (1978); CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (1995)
*PHYLLIS KIRK - (October 19, 2006): Actress - HOUSE OF WAX (1953)
*JANE WYATT - (October 20, 2006): Actress - WEEKEND OF TERROR (1970: STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986);Arthur Hill: 1922 - 2006 AMITYVILLE IV: THE EVIL ESCAPES (1989)
*MILTON SELZER - (October 21, 2006); Actor - CROWHAVEN FARM (1970); BLOOD AND LACE (1971); THE EVIL (1978); CAPRICORN ONE (1978); SHOOT TO KILL (1988)
*ARTHUR HILL - (October 22, 2006): Actor - THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (1971); ORDEAL (1973); FUTUREWORLD (1976); REVENGE OF THE STEPFORD WIVES (1980); MURDER IN SPACE (1985)
*TINA AUMONT - (October 28, 2006): Actress - TORSO (1973); LIFESPAN (1974); TWO ORPHAN VAMPIRES (1997)
*NIGEL KNEALE - (October 29, 2006): Writer - Wrote the screenplays to: FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (1964); THE WITCHES (1966); QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967); THE STONE TAPE (1972) and THE WOMAN IN BLACK (1989) among others
*ADRIENNE SHELLY - (November 1, 2006 - Murdered): Actress/Director - HEXED (1993); THE ROAD KILLERS (1994); REVOLUTION #9 (2001)
*BASIL POLEDOURIS - (November 8, 2006): Film Composer - TINTORERA (1977); CONAN THE DESTROYER (1984); RED DAWN (1984); FLESH & BLOOD (1985); ROBOCOP (1987)
*MARIO MEROLA - (November 12, 2006): Actor/Singer - FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN (1978); THE NEW GODFATHERS (1979);  HUNTED CITY (1979); THE MAFIA TRIANGLE (1981)
*JOHN HALLAM - (November 14, 2006): Actor - QUEST FOR LOVE (1971); THE WICKER MAN (1973); HENNESSEY (1975); THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (1977); LOVE AND BULLETS (1979); DRAGONSLAYER (1981); LIFEFORCE (1985)
*FRANCIS GIROD - (November 19, 2006): Director - THE INFERNAL TRIO (1974); THE ELEGANT CRIMINAL (1990); DEATH IN THERAPY (1996); TRANSFIXED (2001)
*ROBERT ALTMAN - (November 20, 2006): Director - BREWSTER McCLOUD (1970); IMAGES (1972); THE LONG GOODBYE (1973); THIEVES LIKE US (1974); QUINTET (1979): POPEYE (1980); THE GINGERBREAD MAN (1998)
*PERRY HENZELL - (November 30, 2006): Director - Directed one of the greatest cult films of all time: THE HARDER THEY COME (1972) and brought reggae music to the masses.
*DON DOHLER - (December 2, 2006): Director/Producer/Writer - THE ALIEN FACTOR (1977); FIEND (1980); NIGHTBEAST (1982); THE GALAXY INVADER (1985); BLOOD MASSACRE (1989); ALIEN FACTOR 2: ALIEN RAMPAGE (2001); HARVESTERS (2001); many more.


Roger Watkins Passes Away

MARCH 6, 2007: Roger Watkins, the controversial director of the 70's grindhouse hit LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET, died of heart failure. He was 58 years old. Watkins, who also directed the seldom-seen horror film SHADOWS OF THE MIND (1980), worked in films for many years usually using pseudonyms. Watkins directed the above-average porn films HER NAME WAS LISA  (1979) and MIDNIGHT HEAT (1983) using the pseudonym "Richard Mahler". Watkins spent most of his filmic career using a wide array of names, including Claude Armand, Ray Hicks, Victor Janos, Richard Joseph, Norman F. Kaiser, Brian Laurence, Steven Morrison. Brian Newett and Bernard Travis. Watkins was in negotiations to film a sequel to LHODES when he passed away. R.I.P "Terry Hawkins".


Andy Sidaris Dies

MARCH 7, 2007: Andy Sidaris, the director/producer/screenwriter of a string of sexy spy thriller passed away of throat cancer at the age of 76. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was best known for his "Bullets, Bombs, and Babes" series of B-movies produced between 1985 and 1998. These films featured a rotating "stock company" of actors mostly made up of Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets including Julie Strain, Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, Cynthia Brimhall, Roberta Vasquez, Julie K. Smith, Shae Marks and Wendy Hamilton. Sidaris pioneered what he called the "honey shot", close-ups of cheerleaders and pretty girls in the stands at sporting events. He won an Emmy Award in 1969 for directing the Summer Olympics.
Before the B-movies, Sidaris was a pioneer in sports television. He directed coverage of hundreds of football and basketball games, Olympic events, and special programs and won seven Emmy awards for his work in the field. His best known work was with ABC's Wide World of Sports; he was the show's first director, and continued in that post for 25 years. Sidaris branched out to dramatic television in the 1970s, directing episodes of programs like GEMINI MAN (1976), KOJAK (mid-1970s), THE HARDY BOYS/NANCY DREW MYSTERIES (late-1970s) and Monday Night Football.
Then he expanded into film, specializing in action flicks featuring gun-toting Playboy Playmates with titles like MALIBU EXPRESS and DO OR DIE. Most of Sidaris' "Triple B" series (later given the title L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies) focused on the adventures of a team of secret agents and were mostly filmed in Hawaii. Several entries in the series were only produced by him and were written and directed by others. Although the series featured recurring characters, continuity between films was not a priority and it was common for an actress who played a villain (and was killed off) in one film to re-appear in a subsequent film as a hero. With his wife as his production partner, he made 12 films. His son, Christian Drew Sidaris, took over the directorial reins on two of the L.E.T.H.A.L Ladies films: ENEMY GOLD (1993) and THE DALLAS CONNECTION (1994).


Character Actor John P. Ryan Passes Away

MARCH 20, 2007: John P. Ryan, a character actor who appeared in Bob Rafelson films, died March 20 in Los Angeles of a stroke. He was 70. Born in New York, he served in the military and was introduced to the film business by Jack Nicholson. He appeared with Nicholson in Rafelson's FIVE EASY PIECES and THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS as well as in Arthur Penn's THE MISSOURI BREAKS. His other genre film credits include IT'S ALIVE (1974) and the sequel IT LIVES AGAIN (1978), FUTUREWORLD (1976), RUNAWAY TRAIN (1985), AVENGING FORCE (1986), FATAL BEAUTY (1987), CLASS OF 1999 (1990) and DELTA FORCE 2 (1990), in which he was injured in a helicopter accident that also killed 5 people.  John P. Ryan (who also used to appear simply as "John Ryan") was also a veteran of many television series of the 70's and 80's including: KOJAK, MATT HELM, STARSKY AND HUTCH, HAWAII FIVE-O and M*A*S*H. His manic acting style and bug-eyed appearance (especially as flustered police captains or nasty villians), made him an exploitation film staple, which was sealed as the father of the mutant baby in the first two of Larry Cohen's IT'S ALIVE series. His passing went unreported in most major newspapers. He will be missed.


Director Bob Clark Is Killed

APRIL 4, 2007: Director Bob Clark, who is well-known to genre fans for his early films CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972), DEATHDREAM (1972) and BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) was killed today by a drunk driver while driving along a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. Clark's 22 year-old son, Ariel, was also killed in the crash. Clark would later receive mainstream attention for his PORKY'S franchise in the early 80's and his best film, the Christmas perennial, A CHRISTMAS STORY in 1983. For people who think that driving drunk is a victimless crime, let this be your wake-up call. Both the drunk driver and his passenger only received minor injuries. Let's hope he receives major jail time. Bob Clark was 67 years old. May he rest in peace.


Comedian Tom Poston Dies

APRIL 30, 2007: Tom Poston, the beloved sad-eyed comedian most fondly remembered as confused handyman George Utley on NEWHART, paseed away at the age of 85. Known for playing funny sad sacks, Mr. Poston appeared in many TV comedy series, starting with GET SMART as a guest star and was a favorite of Bob Newhart, who had him appear on every comedy series he did, leading up to his co-starring role as George Utley. He was widely used in comedy series of the 90's and 00's, guest starring or having recurring roles on THAT 70'S SHOW, COACH, FAMILY MATTERS, MURPHY BROWN, GRACE UNDER FIRE and many others. Genre fans may remember him for two films he did with William Castle in the early 60's: ZOTZ! (1962) and THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1963). Mr Poston also appeared on Boris Karloff's THRILLER TV series (the episode titled "Masquerade"), was a co-star in Mad Magazine's UP THE ACADEMY (1980), and was a guest on Chris Carter's THE LONE GUNMEN, just to name a few. He was married to his NEWHART SHOW co-star Suzanne Pleshette (who is battling lung cancer) when he died.


Actor Nicholas Worth Passes Away

MAY 7, 2007: The Los Angeles Times reports that actor Nicholas Worth, known for villainous roles in numerous horror features, died of heart failure today at Van Nuys’ Valley Presbyterian Hospital at age 69. After work in blaxploitation movies (starting with 1973’s SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM!) and TV in the ’70s, Worth first caught serious attention from genre fans for his performance as deranged strangler Kirk Smith in 1980’s DON’T ANSWER THE PHONE! (recently released on uncut DVD by Deimos/BCI Eclipse). Wes Craven subsequently cast him as one of Louis Jourdan’s henchmen (paired with David Hess) in 1982’s SWAMP THING, in the 1984 TV movie INVITATION TO HELL and as the uncredited voice of the Reaper in 1984’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART 2. Worth was also a bad guy in Sam Raimi’s DARKMAN (1990), in which he memorably confronted “himself” (actually the titular hero in a false face). His other genre credits include 1986's THE LADIES CLUB (as a rapist who gets castrated), 1987’s HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN and the action flicks ACTION JACKSON (1988) and DEAD WEEKEND (1995), along with episodes of many TV series, including THE X FILES (“The Goldberg Variation”). On a more personal note: I met Nicholas Worth a few times early in my career when I was a cameraman on commercial shoots. He was alway a charming, funny gentleman who was nothing like his persona on the big screen. He was a true professional as well as a truly nice human being. He will be missed.


Italian Director Bruno Mattei Dies

MAY 21, 2007: Italian director Bruno Mattei, who directed a ton of horror and exploitation films usually under the names "Vincent Dawn", "Stefan Oblowsky" and about a dozen other pseudonyms, died today at Grassi Hospital in Ostia City, Italy after battling an undisclosed illness and being in a coma for several days. He was 75 years old. Mattei was king of the Italian exploitation films and one of the very few horror directors still working in the business. Known for directing such sleaze epics as SS GIRLS (1977), THE OTHER HELL (1980), NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES (1980), CAGED WOMEN (1982), WOMEN'S PRISON MASSACRE (1983), RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR (1984), and ZOMBI 3 (1988), he also directed a string of low-budget "homages" to some of the big budget blockbusters, including ROBOWAR (1988), SHOCKING DARK (1989) and CRUEL JAWS (1994). Mattei was one of the few remaining Italian exploitation directors alive still making films and turned out inexpensive horror films, shooting in the digital video format. Most of his later films are as yet unavailable to the U.S. market. Let's hope some enterprising distributor picks these up (titles include: LAND OF DEATH - 2003; CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST: THE BEGINNING - 2003; THE TOMB - 2004; ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD - 2006: and his last film, ZOMBIES: THE BEGINNING - 2007) and put them out on DVD for the whole world to enjoy. Bruno Mattei was never apologetic for the type of films he made and he was right. There was (and still is) a market for these types of films. It's just unfortunate that no one but Mr. Mattei was still making them. His death is an important end to to an era of genre filmmaking. An era that we will not likely see ever again. R.I.P. Bruno Mattei.


Director/Producer/Screenwriter Lee Frost Passes Away

May 25, 2007: I was just notified by Patricia Frost that her father, director/producer/writer Lee Frost, has passed away on May 25. I was a big fan of Mr. Frost, as he had directed the notorious LOVE CAMP 7 (1969), as well as HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN (1962), ZERO IN AND SCREAM (1970), THE THING WITH TWO HEADS (1972), POLICEWOMEN (1974), THE BLACK GESTAPO (1975) and many, many others. He also wrote the screenplay (with frequent partner Wes Bishop) for RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975) and appeared as an actor in many of his and his friends films. He was a pioneer during the 60's sexploitation boom who moved on to action, horror and blaxploitation flicks throughout his career. His last directorial effort was PRIVATE OBSESSION in 1994.

I was a big fan. He will be missed. For more on the career of Lee Frost, view my profile by clicking HERE.

RIP Mr. Frost.


Prolific Producer Peter Simpson Dies

June 5, 2007: Veteran producer Peter Simpson, maker of some 40 Canadian-financed movies and TV shows including THE ELEVENTH HOUR and the PROM NIGHT franchise, died Tuesday in a Toronto hospital from complications due to lung cancer. He was 64. Known as much for his outspoken manner as his lengthy list of credits, the Scottish-born former adman produced his first film in 1978, THE SEA GYPSIES, before moving on to his 1980 breakthrough PROM NIGHT. The teen horror, which featured Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis, was a hit and led to a string of genre movies through the '80s and '90s, including CURTAINS (1982), the actioners NO CONTEST (1994), THE RAGE (1996) and PROM NIGHT III: THE LAST KISS (1990), his sole effort as a director. In 1997, he cofounded Norstar Filmed Entertainment and went on to produce notable titles including the World War I drama REGENERATION (1997) and the Gemini Award-winning THE ELEVENTH HOUR (2002). "He was a one-of-a-kind guy, passionate about the industry, passionate about everything he invested himself in. That was part of his charm," says longtime friend and colleague Milt Avruskin. "When you got beneath that, there beat a heart of gold." Upon accepting a special Genie Award in 2004 for his contributions to the industry, Simpson spoke out against Telefilm Canada for a secret and controversial deal it had struck with Creative Artists Agency, in which the Hollywood outfit was to recruit Canuck actors based in L.A. to appear in Canadian productions, in return for a packaging fee. "I hope Stursberg doesn't [expect] to get his phone calls answered at that price," Simpson quipped, referring to Telefim's then-boss Richard Stursberg. Simpson courted controversy again in 2005 when he represented KARLA, the U.S.-made biopic of Karla Homolka, to Canadian distributors, eventually striking a deal with Christal Films. His most recent credits include the supernatural thriller THE MARSH, starring Forest Whitaker, and the forthcoming CTV mini WOULD BE KINGS, on which he executive produced alongside his wife, Ilana Frank.


2009 Obituaries - A Very Bad Year

2009 is proving to be one of the worst years for celebrity deaths that I can remember in quite a long time. Here is a comprehensive list of all those celebrities, both famous and little-known, who have passed away in 2009:

Michael Currie (Actor: HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH - 1982) - 12/22/09
Marianne Stone (Actress: BERSERK - 1967; VAULT OF HORROR - 1973) - 12/21/09
Arnold Stang (Actor: TOP CAT - 1962; HERCULES IN NEW YORK - 1970) - 12/20/09
Brittany Murphy (Actress: DRIVE - 1997; CHERRY FALLS - 2000) - 12/20/09
Donald Pickering (Actor: ZULU DAWN - 1979; SCARAB - 1984) - 12/19/09
Charles "Chas." Balun (Writer/Critic: DEEP RED; THE GORE SCORE) - 12/18/09
Connie Hines (Actress: THUNDER IN CAROLINA-1960; MR. ED - 1961-1966) - 12/18/09
Dan O'Bannon (Writer/Director: ALIEN - 1979; RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD - 1985) - 12/17/09
Val Avery (Actor: BLACK CAESAR - 1973; COBRA - 1986) - 12/12/09
Gene Barry (Actor: WAR OF THE WORLDS - 1953; THE 27TH DAY - 1957) - 12/09/09
Richard Todd (Actor: DORIAN GRAY - 1970; ASYLUM - 1972) - 12/03/09
Paul Naschy (Actor: HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB - 1973) - 11/30/09
Tony Kendall (Actor: THE LORELEY'S GRASP - 1974) - 11/28/09
Warren Vanders (Actor: THE SPLIT - 1968; THE TRIBE - 1974) - 11/27/09
Chan Hung-Lit (Chen Hung Lieh) (Actor: THE DEVIL - 1981) - 11/24/09
Bernard Bonnin (Actor: WOMEN IN CAGES - 1971) - 11/21/09
Edward Woodward (Actor: THE WICKER MAN - 1973) - 11/16/09
Dennis Cole (Actor: WHEELS OF FIRE - 1985; DEATH HOUSE - 1987) - 11/15/09
Paul Wendkos (Director: GOOD AGAINST EVIL - 1977) - 11/12/09
Joe Maross (Actor: THE SALZBURG CONNECTION - 1972) - 11/07/09
Ron Sproat (TV Series Writer: DARK SHADOWS; STRANGE PARADISE) - 11/06/09
Carl Ballantine (Actor: MCHALE'S NAVY - 1962-1966) - 11/03/09
Yoshirô Muraki (Production Designer: YOJIMBO - 1961; RAN - 1985) - 10/26/09
Lou Jacobi (Actor: LITTLE MURDERS - 1971) - 10/23/09
Soupy Sales (Actor/Comedian: BIRDS DO IT - 1966) - 10/22/09
Joseph Wiseman (Actor: DR. NO - 1964; MEN OF THE DRAGON - 1974) - 10/19/09
Vic Mizzy (Composer: THE ADDAMS FAMILY) - 10/17/09
"Captain" Lou Albano (Wrestler/Actor: WISE GUYS - 1986; BODY SLAM - 1986) - 10/14/09
Martyn Sanderson (Actor: BAD BLOOD - 1981; THE LOST TRIBE - 1983) - 10/14/09
Collin Wilcox (Actress: THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL - 1968) - 10/14/09
Al Martino (Singer/Actor: THE GODFATHER - 1972) - 10/13/09
Daniel Melnick (Producer: STRAW DOGS - 1971; ALTERED STATES - 1980) - 10/13/09
Pamela Blake (Actress: THE MYSTERIOUS MR. M - 1946) - 10/09/09
Rino Di Silvestro (Director: WEREWOLF WOMAN - 1976) - 10/04/09
Robert S. Baker (Producer: THE CRAWLING EYE - 1958; JACK THE RIPPER - 1959) - 09/30/09
Byron Palmer (Actor: MAN IN THE ATTIC - 1953) - 09/30/09
Margo Johns (Actress: KONGA - 1961) - 09/29/09
Mimi Weddell (Actress: DRACULA'S LAST RITES - 1980) - 09/24/09
Robert Ginty (Actor: THE EXTERMINATOR - 1980) - 09/21/09
John Hart (Actor: THE LONE RANGER) - 09/20/09
Tom O'Rourke (Actor: EAGLE ISLAND - 1986; LAW & ORDER franchise) - 09/19/09
Victor Israel (Actor: HORROR EXPRESS - 1972) - 09/19/09
Dick Durock (Actor/Stuntman: SWAMP THING) - 09/17/09
Arnold Laven (Director: THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD - 1957) - 09/17/09
Henry Gibson (Actor: THE BLUES BROTHERS - 1980; INNERSPACE - 1987) - 09/14/09
Patrick Swayze (Actor: RED DAWN -1984; ROAD HOUSE - 1989; GHOST - 1990) - 09/14/09
Paul Burke (Actor: THE PSYCHIC KILLER - 1975) - 09/13/09
George Eckstein (Writer/Producer: THE FUGITIVE - 1963-1967) - 09/12/09
Pierre Cossette (Executive Producer: THE MANIPULATOR - 1971) - 09/11/09
Zakes Mokae (Actor: THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW - 1988) - 09/11/09
Yoshifumi Tajima ("Kaiju" Actor: ATRAGON - 1963; GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA - 1964) - 09/10/09
Ray Barrett (Actor: REVENGE - 1971) - 09/08/09
Iain Cuthbertson (Actor: THE STONE TAPE - 1972) - 09/04/09
Carl Reindel (Actor: BULLITT - 1968; THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN - 1971) - 09/04/09
Dick Berg (TV Producer: THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES - 1980) - 09/01/09
Wayne Tippit (Actor: HORROR OF PARTY BEACH-1964; ILLUSIONS - 1983) - 08/28/09
Shing Fui On (Actor: John Woo's THE KILLER - 1989) - 08/27/09
Richard Moore (Director/Cinematographer: CIRCLE OF IRON - 1978) - 08/16/09
Sammy Petrillo (Actor: BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA - 1952) - 08/15/09
Philip Saltzman (Producer: THE ALIENS ARE COMING - 1980) - 08/14/09
Ruth Ford (Actress: TOO SCARED TO SCREAM - 1984) - 08/12/09
John Quade (Actor: TIGERSHARK - 1987) - 08/09/09
John Hughes (Director/Writer: WEIRD SCIENCE - 1985) - 08/06/09
Harry Alan Towers (Producer/Screenwriter: CIRCUS OF FEAR - 1966) - 07/31/09
Les Lye (Actor: UFO KIDNAPPED - 1983) - 07/21/09
Dallas McKennon (Voice Actor: GUMBY) - 07/14/09
Zena Marshall (Actress: DR. NO - 1962; THE TERRORNAUTS - 1967) - 07/10/09
Brenda Joyce (Actress: PILLOW OF DEATH - 1945) - 07/04/09
John Keel (UFOlogist/Writer: THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES) - 07/03/09
Karl Malden (Actor: CAT O' NINE TAILS - 1971; METEOR - 1979) - 07/01/09
Harve Presnell (Actor: BLOOD BATH - 1976; THE PRETENDER - 1997-2000) - 06/30/09
Jan Rubes (Actor: THE KISS - 1988; THE AMITYVILLE CURSE - 1990) - 06/29/09
Fred Travalena (Impressionist/Actor: NIGHT OF THE DRIBBLER - 1990) - 06/28/09
Gale Storm (Actress: REVENGE OF THE ZOMBIES - 1943) - 06/27/09
Farrah Fawcett (Actress: LOGAN'S RUN - 1976; SATURN 3 - 1980) - 06/25/09
Ed McMahon (Announcer/Actor: DEMENTIA - 1955; SLAUGHTER'S BIG RIP-OFF - 1973) - 06/23/09
Lorena Gale (Actress: HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION - 2002) - 06/21/09
Peter Newbrook (Director/Cinematographer: THE ASPHYX - 1973) - 06/19/09
Allan King (Director: ONE NIGHT STAND - 1978) - 06/15/09
Yasuharu Hasebe (Director/Writer: RAPE! - 1976; RAPING! - 1978) - 06/14/09
Ward Costello (Actor: TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000 - 1958) - 06/04/09
David Carradine (Actor: SONNY BOY - 1989; KILL BILL - 2003) - 06/03/09
Shih Kien (Actor: ENTER THE DRAGON - 1973) - 06/03/09
Simon Oates (Actor: DOOMWATCH - 1972) - 05/20/09
Ho Meng-Hua (Director: BLACK MAGIC - 1975) - 05/19/09
Carole Cole (Actress: THE MAD ROOM - 1969) - 05/19/09
Dom DeLuise (Actor: HOT STUFF - 1979; LOOSE CANNONS - 1990) - 05/04/09
Jane Randolph (Actress: CAT PEOPLE - 1942) - 05/04/09
Ken Annakin (Director: MURDER AT THE MARDI GRAS - 1978) - 04/22/09
Jack Cardiff (Director/Cinematographer: THE MUTATIONS - 1974) - 04/22/09
Lesley Gilb (Actress: LEMORA - 1973) - 04/13/09
Marilyn Chambers (Actress: RABID - 1977; ANGEL OF H.E.A.T. - 1983) - 04/12/09
Jack Wrangler (Actor: SUMMER HEAT - 1979; ROOMMATES - 1981) - 04/07/09
Jody McCrea (Actor: THE GLORY STOMPERS - 1968) - 04/04/09
Lou Perryman (Actor: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 - 1986) - 04/01/09
Maurice Jarre (Composer: MANDINGO - 1975; SOLARBABIES - 1986) - 03/29/09
John Cater (Actor: THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES - 1971) - 03/21/09
Harry Harris (TV Director: LOST IN SPACE; THE TIME TUNNEL) - 03/19/09
Natasha Richardson (Actress: THE HANDMAID'S TALE 1990) - 03/18/09
Roland Dantes (Actor: THE PACIFIC CONNECTION - 1974) - 03/16/09
Ron Silver (Actor: SILENT RAGE - 1982; THE ARRIVAL - 1996) - 03/15/09
Altovise Davis (Actress: KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS - 1977) - 03/14/09
Edward Judd (Actor: FIRST MEN IN THE MOON - 1964; INVASION - 1965) - 02/24/09
Laurence Payne (Actor: THE CRAWLING EYE - 1958) - 02/23/09
Robert Quarry (Actor: COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE - 1970; SPIRITS - 1990) - 02/20/09
Philip Carey (Actor: SCREAM OF THE WOLF - 1974; FIGHTING MAD - 1976) - 02/06/09
James Whitmore (Actor: THEM! - 1954; THE RELIC - 1997) - 02/06/09
Kim Manners (Director/Producer: THE X-FILES - 1993-2002) - 01/25/09
Darrell Sandeen (Actor: L.A. CONFIDENTIAL - 1997; PERVERT! - 2005) - 01/22/09
Charles H. Schneer (Producer: EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS - 1956) - 01/21/09
Kathleen Byron (Actress: TWINS OF EVIL - 1971; CRAZE - 1974) - 01/18/09
Bob May (Actor: "The Robot" in LOST IN SPACE - 1965-1968) - 01/18/09
Susanna Foster (Actress: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - 1943) - 01/17/09
Patrick McGoohan (Actor: THE PRISONER - 1967; SCANNERS - 1981) - 01/13/09
Don Galloway (Actor: IRONSIDE - 1967-1975; DEMON RAGE - 1982) - 01/08/09
Ray Dennis Steckler (Director/Actor: RAT FINK A BOO BOO - 1966) - 01/07/09
Pat Hingle (Actor: NIGHTMARE HONEYMOON - 1973; SHAFT - 2000) - 01/03/09
Edmund Purdom (Actor: DON'T OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS - 1984) - 01/01/09


2011 Obituaries

WILLIAM CAMPBELL  10/30/1923 - 04/28/2011

Mr. Campbell was always a solid, dependable actor, from his starring roles in such films as DEMENTIA 13 (1963) and BLOOD BATH (1966), to his character roles in such TV series and films like STAR TREK (episodes "The Squire Of Gothos" and "The Trouble With Tribbles" - both 1967), PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW (1969) and BLACK GUNN (1972).

YVETTE VICKERS  08/26/1928 - 2010 (?)

Ms. Vickers' (best known to genre fans for her roles in ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN [1958] and ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES [1959]) mummified body wasn't discovered until April 27, 2011, when a neighbor noticed mail yellowing in her mailbox and cobwebs on the front door of her home. Initial autopsy results say she may have been dead up to a year! This just screams out so many questions, the main one being: How does a mailman not notice mail piling up in a mailbox? A terrible end for such a beautiful, yet flawed, woman. This is one of the most mysterious deaths for many, many years and her death still has not beeen resolved, especially the question of why it took so long to discover her body. In today's society, that's unforgivable.

JACKIE COOPER  09/15/1922 - 05/03/2011

Mr. Cooper had an instantly recognizable face, especially to all of us old enough to remember him as a small child on the OUR GANG/LITTLE RASCALS shorts from the 1930's that use to play on TV constantly in the 60's & 70's. He was also the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award; for Best Actor In a Leading Role in the film SKIPPY (1931). Most people not old enough to remember that will know him as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the four SUPERMAN films (1978 - 1987). He easily transferred from movie star to TV director and directed countless TV series episodes during the 70's & 80's, including some Emmy Award winning episodes of M*A*S*H. Mr. Cooper retired from show business in 1989, saying "I'm sixty-seven, and worked sixty-four years."

ROSS HAGEN  05/21/1938 - 05/07/2011

Ross Hagen's deep, gravelly voice and rugged good looks madeHagen hooked-up to the sex machine in WONDER WOMEN (1973). him a prime candidate for many bad guy roles in movies and TV from the 60's until his death. Mr. Hagen had starring roles in such films as ANGELS' WILD WOMEN [1972], WONDER WOMEN (1973) and NIGHT CREATURE (1978), as well as having supporting roles in films like AVENGING ANGEL (1985), ACTION U.S.A. (1989) and BLOOD GAMES (1990). Fred Olen Ray used Mr. Hagen in many films during the 80's & 90's, including PRISON SHIP (1986), ALIENATOR (1990) and DINOSAUR ISLAND (1994). Hagen directed a handful of genre films during his career, including THE GLOVE (1978), B.O.R.N. (1988) and CLICK: THE CALENDER GIRL KILLER (1990). R.I.P. Ross Hagen, and thanks for the memories.

JAMES ARNESS  05/26/1923 - 06/03/2011

While most people will remember Mr. Arness as theJames Arness as the original THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD)  - 1951 actor in the TV Western series GUNSMOKE (one of TV's longest-running series, on air from 1955 to 1975) and being the older brother of actor Peter Graves (who passed away in 2010), I have rather fond memories of him playing the "carrot creature" in THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) and his starring role in the giant ant creature feature THEM! (1954), both TV staples during my childhood. While I was never a fan of GUNSMOKE when I was a kid, I find much pleasure in watching episodes of the series as an adult. Farewell James Arness and thanks more making my life a little more brighter.

PETER FALK  09/16/1927 - 06/23/2011

Peter Falk will be best remembered as the star of the COLUMBO TV series, but I also remember him for his memorable film roles in such movies as MURDER, INC. (1960), THE GREAT RACE (1965), HUSBANDS (1970), A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (1974), MURDER BY DEATH (1976), THE CHEAP DETECTIVE (1978), THE IN-LAWS (1979; and one of my favorite comedies of all time!), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987), VIG (1998; a very underrated film), UNDISPUTED (2002) and many, many others. Mr. Falk had the chops to do both drama and comedy, which is why he was so successful in both TV and films. Goodbye to a true classic and I hope as you pass through the Pearly Gates, you stop, turn around and say to St. Peter, "Oh, just one more thing......."

ROBERTS BLOSSOM  03/25/1924 - 07/08/2011

Here was a character actor that always impressed the audience with his wide range. He could make your skin crawl as serial killer Ezra Cobb (based on Ed Gein) in DERANGED (1974) or make you cry like a baby with his emotional performance as neighbor Marley in HOME ALONE (1990). This tall, lanky actor (who always appeared older than he actually was) had done a wide range of films, including SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE (1972), ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979), CHRISTINE (1983), THE QUICK AND THE DEAD (1995) and TV shows like AMAZING STORIES, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, THE TWILIGHT ZONE (the 80's version) and CHICAGO HOPE. The man was incapable of giving a bad performance and his absence is just another reminder of how we are losing those great character actors who have impressed us to that little thing we call old age. R.I.P. Roberts Blossom.

G.D. SPRADLIN  08/31/1920 - 07/24/2011

Man, this has been a terrible year when it come to the deaths of highly capable character actors and G.D. (Gervase Duan) Spradlin was no exception. He had the looks, height (6' 2") and the voice to play a wide assortment of characters, including Presidents (THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT - 1998), cops and detectives (HELL'S ANGELS '69 - 1969; TANK - 1984), military personnel (APOCALYPSE NOW - 1979; THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE - 1983; INTRUDERS - 1992), government officials (THE GODFATHER PART II - 1974; RICH MAN, POOR MAN BOOK II - 1976) and an assortment of bad guys (MANEATERS ARE LOOSE! - 1978; THE FORMULA - 1980; NICK OF TIME - 1995). Spradlin also directed two movies during his lifetime, one of them being the 1972 kidnap exploitationer THE ONLY WAY HOME, starring Bo Hopkins and Steve Sandor. Spradlin was 90 years-old when he passed away of natural causes on his cattle ranch is San Luis Obispo in California.

CLIFF ROBERTSON  09/09/1923 - 09/10/2011

Cliff Robertson was the consummate A-list actor (He won an Academy Award for his role as a mentally handicapped man in CHARLY [1968]), who wasn't afraid to get his toes wet in genre filmmaking. Besides appearing on the very first episode of the original TV series THE OUTER LIMITS (titled "The Galaxy Being"), Robertson appeared twice on THE TWILIGHT ZONE ("A Hundred Yards Over The Rim" [1961] & "The Dummy" [1962]), made several appearances on TV's BATMAN as "Shame", starred in director Frank Perry's terribly overlooked suspenser MAN ON A SWING (1974) and Brian De Palma's OBSESSION (1976), co-starred in Natalie Wood's last film, BRAINSTORM (1983), portrayed the President of the United States in John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM L.A. (1996), co-wrote the screenplay and starred in the horror film THE 13TH CHILD (2002) and appeared as Ben Parker in all three of Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN films. Not too shabby for a man who could carry any mainstream film on his broad shoulders (Check out his performances in J.W. COOP [1971] and THE GREAT NORTHFIELD MINNESOTA RAID [1972] when you get the chance). We lost another great one, folks. R.I.P. Cliff Robertson.

CHARLES NAPIER  04/12/1936 - 10/05/2011

One of the best character actors, period. From his time spent as a regular player in the films of Russ Meyer (CHERRY, HARRY & RAQUEL! - 1970; BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS - 1970; THE SEVEN MINUTES - 1971; SUPERVIXENS - 1975), a regular on 70's, 80's & 90's TV (KOJAK; THE ROCKFORD FILES; BJ AND THE BEAR; DALLAS; THE A-TEAM; RENEGADE; and many others), the countless exploitation and A-List films he appeared in (THUNDER AND LIGHTNING - 1977; THE BLUES BROTHERS - 1980; WACKO - 1982; SWING SHIFT - 1984; RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II - 1985; DEEP SPACE - 1988; THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS - 1991; SKEETER - 1993), to the voiceover work he did in such animated series as THE SIMPSONS, THE CRITIC, GOD THE DEVIL AND BOB and SQUIDBILLIES, Charles Napier was the consumate professional and the go-to guy if you needed an angry police chief, heartless cop or sheriff, gruff military man or anyone who can handle a situation that seems uncontrollable with an instantly recognizable voice. I met Mr. Napier on a couple of occasions (once in tandem with late character actor George "Buck" Flower) and he was as nice on the inside as hard as he looked on the outside. A real teddy bear of a man. RIP to one of the hardest working men in show business. A real, serious loss to films and TV.

DAVID A. HESS  09/19/1939 - 10/07/2011

Wow. This one hurts badly. David was an extremely talented musician before he hit the big time in films starring as Krug in LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972). He made a string of films that played on that Krug personna (HITCH-HIKE - 1977; THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK - 1979) and also appeared as the chief bad guy in Wes Craven's SWAMP THING (1982) and a red herring in Ruggero Deodato's BODY COUNT (1987), but music was always David's passion. Yet he had no problem appearing at countless conventions signing autographs and taking photos with fans of his films. He was a true film fan's dream; taking time to talk about his films and even spending more time with you if you wanted to talk about music. David appeared in a few recent films (ZOMBIE NATION - 2004; ZODIAK KILLER - 2005; SMASH CUT - 2009), but he was always more passionate about his music (and he wrote a lot of songs for the films he appeared in). Rest in peace, David. You were truly an original in a sea of imposters.

OTHER GENRE PERSONALITIES WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2011

PETE POSTLEWAITE (Actor: THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK - 1997; THE TOWN - 2010) - 01/02/11
ANNE FRANCIS (Actress: FORBIDDEN PLANET - 1956; HAUNTS OF THE VERY RICH - 1972) - 01/02/11
JILL HAWORTH (Actress: IT! - 1967; HORROR HOUSE - 1969; TOWER OF EVIL - 1972; THE MUTATIONS - 1974) - 01/03/11
ARON KINCAID (Actor: THE GHOST IN THE INVISIBLE BIKINI - 1966; CREATURE OF DESTRUCTION - 1967) - 01/06/11
JUAN PIQUER SIMON (Director: PIECES - 1982; THE POD PEOPLE - 1983; SLUGS - 1987; CTHULHU MANSION - 1992) - 01/08/11
PETER YATES (Director: BULLIT - 1968; MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED - 1976; EYEWITNESS - 1981;  KRULL - 1983) - 01/09/11
DAVID NELSON (Actor/Director: SMASH-UP ON INTERSTATE 5 - 1976; THE HOUSE OF DEATH - 1982) - 01/11/11
PAUL PICERNI (Actor: THE UNTOUCHABLES [Original TV Show Regular]; THE FEARMAKER - 1971) - 01/12/11
SUSANNAH YORK (Actress: SKY RIDERS - 1976; SUPERMAN - 1978; THE AWAKENING - 1980) - 01/15/11
BRUCE GORDON (Actor: THE UNTOUCHABLES ["Frank Nitti" on the original TV Series]; PIRANHA - 1978) - 01/20/11
JAY GARNER (Actor: SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT - 1974; BUCK RIGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY - 1981) - 01/21/11
CHARLIE CALLAS (Comedian/Actor: THE BIG MOUTH - 1967; HIGH ANXIETY - 1977; HYSTERICAL - 1982) - 01/27/11
JOHN BARRY (Film Composer: KING KONG - 1976; THE WHITE BUFFALO - 1977; STARCRASH - 1978; nearly the entire JAMES BOND series up till THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS - 1987) - 01/30/11
CHARLES E. SELLIER JR. (Producer/Director: BEYOND AND BACK - 1978; HANGAR 18 - 1980; THE BOOGENS - 1981; SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT - 1984) - 01/31/11
MARIA SCHNEIDER (Actress: LAST TANGO IN PARIS - 1972; THE PASSENGER - 1975; MAMA DRACULA - 1980) - 02/03/11
TURA SANTANA (Actress: FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! - 1967; THE ASTRO ZOMBIES - 1968; THE DOLL SQUAD - 1973) - 02/04/11
KENNETH MARS (Actor: THE PRODUCERS - 1968; YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - 1974; FLETCH - 1985) - 02/12/11
T.P. McKENNA (Actor: THE BEAST IN THE CELLAR - 1970; STRAW DOGS - 1971; LADY KILLER - 1973) - 02/13/11
DAVID F. FRIEDMAN (Ground-breaking Producer/Writer: BLOOD FEAST - 1963; 2000 MANIACS - 1964; COLOR ME BLOOD RED - 1965; THE DEFILERS - 1965; LOVE CAMP 7 - 1969; JOHNNY FIRECLOUD - 1975; 2001 MANIACS - 2005 and too many more to mention. One of the last William Castle-like film hucksters to sell the sizzle rather than the steak. A true original with quite a huge filmography.) - 02/14/11
LEN LESSER (Actor: BLOOD AND LACE - 1971; TRUCK STOP WOMEN - 1974; DEATH HUNT - 1981; GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE - 1989; and, of course, "Uncle Leo" on SEINFELD) - 02/16.11
FRANK ALESIA (Actor: THE GHOST IN THE INVISIBLE BIKINI - 1966; RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP - 1967; MARYJANE - 1968) - 02/27/11
GARY WINICK (Producer/Director: CURFEW - 1989; FINAL - 2001) - 02/27/11
JANE RUSSELL (Actress: THE OUTLAW - 1943; THE BORN LOSERS - 1967; DARKER THAN AMBER - 1970) - 02/28/11
CHARLES JARROTT (Director: LOST HORIZON - 1973; CONDORMAN - 1981; THE AMATEUR - 1981) - 03/04/11
MICHAEL GOUGH (Actor: HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM - 1959; KONGA - 1961; BLACK ZOO - 1963; DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS - 1965; BERSERK - 1967; TROG - 1970; THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE - 1973 [One of the best cameos in horror film history]; VENOM - 1981; BATMAN - 1989) - 03/17/11
ELIZABETH TAYLOR (Actress: HAMMERSMITH IS OUT - 1972; NIGHT WATCH - 1973; THE MIRROR CRACK'D - 1980) - 03/23/11
FARLEY GRANGER (Actor: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN - 1951; AMUCK - 1972; THE SLASHER - 1972; THE PROWLER - 1981; DEATH MASK - 1984) - 03/27/11
JESS OSUNA (Actor: THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR - 1975; TAPS - 1981) - 04/02/11
WAYNE ROBSON (Actor: CUBE - 1997; WRONG TURN - 2003; SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD - 2009) - 04/04/11
SKIP O'BRIEN (Actor: PERFECT PREY - 1998; CSI: 2000 - 2003 [Det. Ray O'Riley]; BLOW - 2001; THE HITCHER - 2007) - 04/06/11
SIDNEY LUMET (Director: CHILD'S PLAY - 1972; SERPICO - 1973; DOG DAY AFTERNOON - 1975; NETWORK - 1976; EQUUS - 1977; DEATHTRAP - 1982; BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD - 2007; Man, is that a classic resume or what?) - 04/09/11
TREVOR BANNISTER (Actor: ARE YOU BEING SERVED? ["Mr. Lucas" in one of my favorite British Sitcoms]; HOSTAGE - 1992) - 04/14/11
MICHAEL SARRAZIN (Actor: EYE OF THE CAT - 1969; THE GROUNDSTAR CONSPIRACY - 1972; FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY - 1973 TV Movie; THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD - 1975; THE GUMBALL RALLY - 1976; DOUBLE NEGATIVE - 1980; FIGHTING BACK - 1982; FEARDOTCOM - 2002) - 04/17/11
YOSHIKO TANAKA (Actress: BLACK RAIN - 1989; GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE - 1989; RING 0: BIRTHDAY - 2000) - 04/21/11
ROGER GIMBEL (TV Producer: GARGOYLES - 1972; BIRDS OF PREY - 1973; DEATH MOON - 1978; SURVIVAL OF DANA - 1979; S.O.S. TITANIC - 1979; APOLOGY - 1986) - 04/26/11
MICHAEL WALTMAN (Actor: ARIZONA HEAT - 1988; BEYOND THE LAW - 1993; TOWER OF TERROR - 1997) - 04/27/11
MARY MURPHY (Actress: THE WILD ONE - 1953; THE MAD MAGICIAN - 1954; THE ELECTRONIC MONSTER - 1958) - 05/04/11
DANA WYNTER (Actress: INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS - 1956; IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO! - 1968; AIRPORT - 1970; THE QUESTOR TAPES - 1974) - 05/05/11
DOLORES FULLER (Actress: GLEN OR GLENDA? - 1953; MESA OF LOST WOMEN - 1953; BRIDE OF THE MONSTER - 1955; THE CORPSE GRINDERS 2 - 2000) - 05/09/11
CHARLES F. HAAS (Director: THE BEAT GENERATION - 1959; PLATINUM HIGH SCHOOL - 1960; THE OUTER LIMITS [TV Series: 1964 - 1965]) - 05/12/11
BARBARA STUART (Actress: AIRPLANE! - 1980; PTERODACTYL WOMAN FROM BEVERLY HILLS - 1997; Too many TV shows to mention, including the original THE TWILIGHT ZONE ["A Thing About Machines" - 1960]) - 05/15/11
EDWARD HARDWICKE (Actor: THE NEXT SCREAM YOU HEAR - 1974; THE HAUNTING OF JULIA - 1977; VENOM - 1981) - 05/16/11
LEONARD KASTLE (Director/Writer: THE HONEYMOON KILLERS - 1969 [His only film, but what a film it is!]) - 05/18/11
RANDY "MACHO MAN" SAVAGE (Wrestler/Actor: SPIDER-MAN - 2002; Too many TV animation voiceover characters and televised wrestling action matches to mention) - 05/20/11
BILL HUNTER (Actor: STONE - 1974; THE MAN FROM HONG KONG - 1975; MAD DOG MORGAN - 1976; THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE - 1983) - 05/21/11
HARRY REDMOND JR. (Special Effects: KING KONG - 1933; SON OF KONG - 1934; THE MAGNETIC MONSTER - 1953; DONOVAN'S BRAIN - 1953; GOG - 1954; THE OUTER LIMITS [Original TV Series: 1964 - 1965]) - 05/23/11
LILLIAN ADAMS (Actress: TORMENTED - 1960; LEPKE - 1975; GOOD AGAINST EVIL - 1977; BRUCE ALMIGHTY - 2003) - 05/25/11
JEFF CONAWAY (Actor: THE PATRIOT - 1986; BAY COVEN - 1987; ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK - 1988; THE BANKER - 1989; THE SLEEPING CAR - 1990; ALIEN INTRUDER - 1993; MINER'S MASSACRE - 2002) - 05/27/11
CLARICE TAYLOR (Actress: CHANGE OF MIND - 1969; PLAY MISTY FOR ME - 1971; FIVE ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE - 1973) - 05/30/11
PAT JACKSON (Director: WHAT A CARVE UP! - 1961; TO CHASE A MILLION - 1967) - 06/03/11
JOHN BOSWALL (Actor: LADY KILLER - 1973; 1984 - 1984; PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL - 2003) - 06/06/11
LEONARD STERN (TV Producer/Writer: GET SMART - 1965-1968; BROCK'S LAST CASE - 1973; McMILLAN & WIFE - 1971-1977) - 06/07/11
JOHN MACKENZIE (Director: UNMAN, WITTERING AND ZIGO - 1971; THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY - 1980; THE FOURTH PROTOCOL - 1987; THE LAST OF THE FINEST - 1990; QUICKSAND - 2003) - 06/08/11
PAUL MASSIE (Actor: SAPPHIRE - 1959; THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL - 1960; THE LOST, THE FOUND - 1995) - 06/08/11
ROY SKELTON (Actor: NIGHT AFTER NIGHT AFTER NIGHT - 1969; Voice of the Daleks on the DOCTOR WHO series) - 06/08/11
ART BALINGER (Actor: VANISHED - 1971; THE TOWERING INFERNO - 1974: THE AMAZING CAPTAIN NEMO - 1978; THE SWARM - 1978) - 06/10/11
LAURA ZISKIN (Producer: EYES OF LAURA MARS - 1979; D.O.A. - 1988; SPIDER-MAN - 2002) - 06/12/11
CLAUDIA BRYAR (Actress: I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN - 1957; WELCOME HOME, JOHNNY BRISTOL - 1972; PSYCHO II - 1983) - 06/16/11
DON DIAMOND (Actor: HIT MAN - 1972; THE TOOLBOX MURDERS - 1978; THE KID WITH THE BROKEN HALO - 1982) - 06/19/11
ANTHONY HERRERA (Actor: NIGHT OF BLOODY HORROR - 1969; HELTER SKELTER - 1976; MANDRAKE - 1979; NIGHT RIDER - 1979; TWISTED - 1986; WRITER'S BLOCK - 1991; EXTREME JUSTICE - 1993) - 06/21/11
DAVID RAYFIEL (Screenwriter: THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR - 1975; LIPSTICK - 1976; DEATH WATCH - 1980) - 06/22/11
FRED STEINER (TV Music Composer: PERRY MASON - 1962-1966; STAR TREK - 1967-1969) - 06/23/11
SHELBY GRANT (Actress: OUR MAN FLINT - 1966; FANTASTIC VOYAGE - 1966; THE WITCHMAKER - 1969) - 06/25/11
ALICE PLAYTEN (Actress: WHO KILLED MARY WHATS'ERNAME - 1971; AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION - 1982; LEGEND - 1985) - 06/25/11
MARGARET TYZACK (Actress: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - 1968; A CLOCKWORK ORANGE - 1971; THE LEGACY - 1978; THE QUARTERMASS CONCLUSION - 1979; UNTIL DEATH - 2002) - 06/25/11
EDITH FELLOWS (Actress: JANE EYRE - 1934; THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART II - 1975) - 06/26/11
ELAINE STEWART (Actress: BRIGADOON - 1954; THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND - 1960; MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE - 1961) - 06/27/11
BILLY BECK (Actor: DIRTY O'NEIL - 1974; MEAN DOG BLUES - 1978; THE BLOB - 1988; GUILTY AS CHARGED - 1991; LEPRECHAUN 2 - 1994; MYSTERY MEN - 1999) - 06/29/11
LESLIE BROOKS (Actress: THE SECRET OF THE WHISTLER - 1946; THE CORPSE CAME C.O.D. - 1947; THE COBRA STRIKES - 1948) - 07/01/11
ANNA MASSEY (Actress: PEEPING TOM - 1960; FRENZY - 1972; VAULT OF HORROR - 1973; HAUNTED - 1995; THE MACHINIST - 2004) - 07/03/11
GORDON TOOTOOSIS (Actor: THE EDGE - 1997; BLACK POINT - 2002; HYBRID - 2007; DOOMSDAY PROPHECY - 2011) - 07/05/11
SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ (TV Producer/Writer: GILLIGAN'S ISLAND - 1964-1965; IT'S ABOUT TIME - 1966-1967; THE BRADY BUNCH - 1969-1974; THE INVISIBLE WOMAN - 1983) - 07/12/11
GOOGIE WITHERS (Actress: THE LADY VANISHES - 1938; HAUNTED HONEYMOON - 1940; DEAD OF NIGHT - 1945) - 07/15/11
EDSON STROLL (Actor: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES - 1961; THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT - 1962; McHALE's NAVY - 1962-1966 [Series regular; played "Virgil Edwards"]) - 07/18/11
SHEILA BURRELL (Actress: THE DAWN KILLER - 1959; PARANOIAC - 1963; AFRAID OF THE DARK - 1991) - 07/19/11
TOM ALDREDGE (Actor: WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR - 1965; THE MIND SNATCHERS - 1972; FULL MOON HIGH - 1981; *batteries not included - 1987; BRENDA STARR - 1989; Series regular on both THE SOPRANOS and BOARDWALK EMPIRE) - 07/22/11
LINDA CHRISTIAN (Actress: REBEL FLIGHT TO CUBA - 1959; THE DEVIL'S HAND - 1962; DELITTI - 1987) - 07/22/11
TRESA HUGHES (Actress: LOLLY MADONNA XXX - 1973; THE SENTINEL - 1977) - 07/24/11
CHRISTOPHER "CHIP" MAYER (Actor: STUNTS UNLIMITED - 1980; SURVIVOR - 1987; OFFICIAL DENIAL - 1994; RAVEN - 1996; FUGITIVE CHAMPION - 1998) - 07/24/11
JANE WHITE (Actress: KLUTE - 1971; BELOVED - 1998) - 07/24/11
SILVIO NARIZZANO (Director: DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! - 1965; BLUE - 1968; WHY SHOOT THE TEACHER - 1977; BLOODBATH - 1979) - 07/26/11
POLLY PLATT (Producer/Writer: TARGETS - 1968; BOTTLE ROCKET - 1996; CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL - 2011) - 07/27/11
RICHARD PEARSON (Actor: ONE OF OUR DINOSAURS IS MISSING - 1975; THE THIRTEENTH REUNION - 1980; THE MIRROR CRACK'D - 1980; WHOOPS APOCALYPSE - 1988) - 08/02/11
BUBBA SMITH (Football Player/Actor: THE POLICE ACADEMY series of films - 1984-1989; BLACK MOON RISING - 1986; THE WILD PAIR - 1987; THE SILENCE OF THE HAMS - 1994; DOWN 'N DIRTY - 2001; FULL CLIP - 2006) - 08/03/11
FRANCESCO QUINN (Actor [son of Anthony Quinn]: PLATOON - 1986; INDIO - 1989; DEADLY RANSOM - 1998; VLAD - 2003; HELL RIDE - 2008) - 08/05/11
JOHN WOOD (Actor: WARGAMES - 1983; LADYHAWKE - 1985; CITIZEN X - 1995; THE AVENGERS - 1998; THE LITTLE VAMPIRE - 2000) - 08/06/11
JIMMY SANGSTER (Screenwriter [one of the genre's best]: THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN - 1957; THE CRAWLING EYE - 1958; THE MUMMY - 1959; BRIDES OF DRACULA - 1960; PARANOIAC - 1963; DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS - 1965; WHOEVER SLEW AUNTIE ROO? - 1972; SCREAM, PRETTY PEGGY - 1973; GOOD AGAINST EVIL - 1977; THE LEGACY - 1978; PHOBIA - 1980) - 08/19/11
REZA BADIYI (TV Director: THE EYES OF CHARLES SAND - 1972; POLICEWOMAN CENTERFOLD - 1983; BLADE IN HONG KONG - 1985; EYE OF THE STALKER - 1995; Hundreds of TV series episodes) - 08/20/11
MICHAEL SHOWERS (Actor: THE COLLECTOR - 2009; COLOMBIANA - 2011) - 08/22/11
EVE BRENT (Actress: THE TODD KILLINGS - 1971; THE WHITE BUFFALO - 1977; FADE TO BLACK - 1980; BRAINWAVES - 1983; THE EXPERTS - 1989; THE GREEN MILE - 1999) - 08/27/11
JAG MUNDHRA (Director/Writer: OPEN HOUSE - 1987; HACK-O-LANTERN - 1988; THE JIGSAW MURDERS - 1989; NIGHT EYES - 1990; TROPICAL HEAT - 1993; WILD CACTUS -1993) - 09/04/11
CHARLES S. DUBIN (TV Director: MURDER ONCE REMOVED - 1971; DEATH IN SPACE - 1974; MOVING VIOLATION - 1976 [a rare theatrical release]; THE DEADLY TRIANGLE - 1977; A MASTERPIECE OF MURDER - 1986; Hundreds of TV series episodes) - 09/05/11
GEORGE KUCHAR (Truly Independent Filmmaker: CORRUPTION OF THE DAMNED - 1965; DESTINATION DAMNATION - 1972; SYMPHONY FOR A SINNER - 1979; ASCENTION OF THE DEMONOIDS - 1985) - 09/06/11
ANDY WHITFIELD (Actor: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE - 2010 [He died much, much too young]) - 09/11/11
JACK GARNER (Actor [brother of James Garner]: THIS STUFF'LL KILL YA! - 1969; THE MAD BOMBER - 1973; THIS HOUSE POSSESSED - 1981; MIDNIGHT OFFERINGS - 1981; FANTASIES - 1982; SUNSET - 1988) - 09/13/11
FRANCES BAY (Super-Great Character Actress who began acting at the age of 59: THE ATTIC - 1980; NOMADS - 1986; ARACHNOPHOBIA - 1990; THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM - 1991 [She has one of the best death scenes in the film. Hint: It involves swallowing gunpowder and then being burned at the stake.]; CRITTERS 3 - 1991; TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME - 1992; SINGLE WHITE FEMALE - 1992; THE NEIGHBOR - 1993; HAPPY GILMORE - 1996 [Her most famous film. Played the Grandmother of Adam Sandler.]; STRANGER THAN FICTION - 2000; EDMOND - 2005; BARE KNUCKLES - 2010) - 09/15/11
NORMA EBERHARDT (Actress: THE RETURN OF DRACULA - 1958; LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG - 1958) - 09/16/11
PETER E. BERGER (Film Editor: HOT POTATO - 1976; THE PACK - 1977; KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK - 1978; STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME - 1986; STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER - 1989;  STAY TUNED - 1992; STAR TREK: GENERATIONS - 1994; METRO - 1997; STAR TREK: INSURRECTION - 1998; 88 MINUTES - 2007) - 09/22/11
JERRY HAYNES (Actor: ROBOCOP - 1987; STEELE'S LAW - 1991; MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK - 1993; TEXAS JUSTICE - 1995) - 09/26/11
DORIS BELACK (Actress: THE BLACK MARBLE - 1980; THE CRADLE WILL FALL - 1983; *batteries not included - 1987) - 10/04/11
DIANE CILENTO (Actress: NEGATIVES - 1968; THE WICKER MAN - 1973; SPELL OF EVIL - 1973) - 10/06/11
MARILYN NASH (Actress: MONSIEUR VERDOUX - 1947; UNKNOWN WORLD - 1951; SPINE TINGLER! THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY - 2007) - 10/06/11
GEORGE BAKER (Actor: CURSE OF THE FLY - 1965; ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE - 1969; THE EXECUTIONER - 1970; THE SPY WHO LOVED ME - 1977; FFOLKES - 1979; HOPSCOTCH - 1980) - 10/07/11
PAUL KENT (Actor: THE MAD BOMBER - 1973; PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS - 1974; HELTER SKELTER - 1976; STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN - 1982; PROGRAMMED TO KILL - 1987; A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS - 1987; DOUBLE REVENGE - 1988; JIGSAW MURDERS - 1989; A KILLER AMONG US - 1990; HELTER SKELTER - 2004) - 10/07/11
MARK KINGSTON (Actor: INVASION - 1965; SAINT JACK - 1979; SPHINX - 1980) - 10/09/11
ALAN FUDGE (Actor: AIRPORT 1975 - 1974; BUG - 1975; ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? - 1978; GOLIATH AWAITS - 1981; BRAINSTORM - 1983; CHILLER - 1985; MY DEMON LOVER - 1987; I SAW WHAT YOU DID - 1988; NIGHTMARE ON THE 13TH FLOOR - 1990; M.A.N.T.I.S. - 1994; GALAXIS - 1995; SHARK SWARM - 2008) - 10/10/11
PATRICIA BRESLIN (Actress: HOMICIDAL - 1961; I SAW WHAT YOU DID - 1965) - 10/12/11
PETER HAMMOND (British TV Director: THE PHANTOM KID - 1977; THE SIGN OF FOUR - 1987) - 10/12/11
SHEILA ALLEN (Actress: CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED - 1964; THE ALPHABET MURDERS - 1965; THE LEGEND OF SPIDER FOREST - 1971; HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - 2005) - 10/13/11
SUE LLOYD (Actress: THE IPCRESS FILE - 1965; HYSTERIA - 1965; CORRUPTION - 1968; PERCY - 1971; INNOCENT BYSTANDERS - 1972; NO. 1 OF THE SECRET SERVICE - 1977; THE STUD - 1978; THE BITCH - 1979; EAT THE RICH - 1987; U.F.O. - 1993) - 10/20/11
T. MAX GRAHAM (Actor: ANGEL UNCHAINED - 1970; ERASERHEAD - 1977; SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK - 1991; BONNIE & CLYDE VS. DRACULA - 2008) - 10/27/11
RICHARD GORDON (Producer: FIEND WITHOUT A FACE - 1958; FIRST MAN INTO SPACE - 1959; DEVIL DOLL - 1964; CURSE OF THE VOODOO - 1965; ISLAND OF TERROR - 1966; TOWER OF EVIL - 1972; HORROR HOSPITAL - 1973; HORROR PLANET - 1981) - 11/01/11
SID MELTON (Actor: LOST CONTINENT - 1951; THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE - 1959; HIT! - 1973; THE DAY THE EARTH MOVED - 1974; SIXPACK ANNIE - 1975; GAME SHOW MODELS - 1977) - 11/02/11
LEONARD STONE (Actor: THE BIG MOUTH - 1967; A MAN CALLED DAGGER - 1968; WILLIE WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - 1971; TERROR IN THE SKY - 1971; BEG, BORROW OR STEAL - 1973; SOYLENT GREEN - 1973; THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY GRAVE - 1977; HARDLY WORKING - 1980; Too many TV Series appearances to mention) - 11/02/11
MARGARET FIELD (Actress [Mother of Sally Field]: THE MAN FROM PLANET X - 1951; CAPTIVE WOMEN - 1952; THE STRANGER - 1973) - 11/06/11
JOE FRASER (Boxer/Actor: ROCKY - 1976; GHOST FEVER - 1987) - 11/07/11
ANDREA TRUE (Porn Actress/Singer: DEVIL'S DUE - 1973; SORCERESS - 1974; THE SEDUCTION OF LYN CARTER - 1974; SEDUCTION - 1976; The Disco Tune "More, More, More" as "The Adrea True Connection") - 11/07/11
RICKY HUI (Hong Kong Actor: THE FLYING GUILLOTINE - 1975; CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS - 1976; MR. VAMPIRE - 1985; THE HAUNTED COPSHOP - 1987; DIVERGENCE - 2005) - 11/08/11
RICHARD MORANT (Actor: MAHLER - 1974; HIJACK! - 1975; THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - 1976; THE MAD DEATH - 1983; THE COMPANY OF WOLVES - 1984; JACK THE RIPPER - 1988) - 11/09/11
JOHN NEVILLE (Ultra-Great Actor: UNEARTHLY STRANGER - 1964; A STUDY IN TERROR - 1965 [as "Sherlock Holmes"]; THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN - 1988 [as "Baron Munchausen"]; JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH - 1993; THE FIFTH ELEMENT - 1997; X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE - 1998 [also a semi-regular on the TV Series]; URBAN LEGEND - 1998) - 11/19/11
DOROTHY MORRIS (Actress: TARZAN'S NEW YORK ADVENTURE - 1942; MACABRE - 1958; SECONDS - 1966) - 11/22/11
JUDY LEWIS (Actress: OPERATION BIKINI - 1963; THUNDER IN DIXIE - 1964; AIRPORT 1975 - 1974; SOUTHERN DOUBLE CROSS - 1976) - 11/25/11
KEN RUSSELL (One-Of-A-Kind Film Director/Writer: THE DEVILS - 1971; MAHLER - 1974; TOMMY - 1975; LISZTOMANIA - 1975; VALENTINO - 1977; ALTERED STATES - 1980; CRIMES OF PASSION - 1984 [the first time I ever saw a dildo used as a murder weapon!"]; GOTHIC - 1986; THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM - 1988; WHORE - 1991) - 11/27/11
BILL McKINNEY (Supreme Charactor Actor: SHE FREAK - 1967; ANGEL UNCHAINED - 1970; DELIVERANCE - 1972 (He's unforgettable here]; CLEOPATRA JONES - 1973; THE OUTFIT - 1973; THE STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURRENCE - 1974; STRANGE NEW WORLD - 1975; THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES - 1976 [One of his finest performances]; CANNONBALL - 1976; WHEN YOU COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER? - 1979; ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN - 1980; ST. HELENS - 1981; FIRST BLOOD - 1982; KINJITE: FORBIDDEN SUBJECTS - 1989; THE CHINA LAKE MURDERS - 1990; THE GREEN MILE - 1999; 2001 MANIACS - 2005) - 12/01/11
ALAN SUES (Comedian/Actor: ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN - 1968 - 1972; OH HEAVENLY DOG - 1980; GRIDLOCK - 1980; SNOWBALLING - 1984; A BUCKET OF BLOOD - 1995) - 12/01/11
DAN BIGGERS (Actor: MURDER IN COWETA COUNTY - 1983; CAROLINA SKELETONS - 1991; BASKET CASE 3 - 1992; DEADLY RELATIONS - 1993) - 12/05/11
HARRY MORGAN (Actor: THE BIG CLOCK - 1948; HIGH NOON - 1952; THE FLIM-FLAM MAN - 1967; DRAGNET [TV Series - 1967-1970; as "Officer Bill Gannon"]; ELLERY QUEEN: DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU - 1971; M*A*S*H [TV Series - 1974-1983; as "Colonel Sherman T. Potter"]; EXO-MAN - 1977; MANEATERS ARE LOOSE! - 1978; MURDER AT THE MARDI GRAS - 1978; THE CAT FROM OUTER SPACE - 1978; SPARKLING CYNANIDE - 1983; INCIDENT IN A SMALL TOWN - 1994) - 12/07/11
SUSAN GORDON (Actress: ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE - 1958; TORMENTED - 1960; THE BOY AND THE PIRATES - 1960; PICTURE MOMMY DEAD - 1966) - 12/11/11
HAROLD HOPKINS (Actor: ADAM'S WOMAN - 1970; GALLIPOLI - 1981; BLACKROCK - 1997; THE CLINIC - 2010) - 12/11/11
LOUISE HENRY (Actress: THE CASINO MURDER CASE - 1935; CHARLIE CHAN ON BROADWAY - 1937; THE PHANTOM STRIKES - 1938; CHARLIE CHAN IN RENO - 1939) - 12/12/11
ALBERTO DE MENDOZA (Actor: PSYCHOUT FOR MURDER - 1969; ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER - 1969; BLADE OF THE RIPPER - 1971; THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL - 1971; A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN - 1971; HORROR EXPRESS - 1972; SPECIAL KILLERS - 1973; OPEN SEASON - 1974; TEN LITTLE INDIANS - 1974; THE PEOPLE WHO OWN THE DARK - 1976; CURSE OF THE BLACK CAT - 1977) - 12/12/11
BERT SCHNEIDER (Producer: HEAD - 1968; EASY RIDER - 1969; TRACKS - 1977; DAYS OF HEAVEN - 1978) - 12/12/11
DON SHARP (Director/Writer: THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE - 1963; WITCHCRAFT - 1964; CURSE OF THE FLY - 1965; THE FACE OF FU MANCHU - 1965; RASPUTIN: THE MAD MONK - 1966; THE BRIDES OF FU MANCHU - 1966; THE DEATH WHEELERS [PSYCHOMANIA] - 1973; DARK PLACES - 1973; HENNESSY - 1975; BEAR ISLAND - 1979; WHAT WAITS BELOW - 1985) - 12/14/11
ROBERT EASTON (Actor: THE LOVED ONE - 1965; ONE OF OUR SPIES IS MISSING - 1966; THE TOUCH OF SATAN - 1971; THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION - 1975; PET SEMATARY II - 1992; NEEDFUL THINGS - 1993; SPIRITUAL WARRIORS - 2007;  HORRORWEEN - 2011) - 12/16/11
DAN FRAZER (Actor: LORD LOVE A DUCK - 1966; ...tick...tick...tick - 1970; FUZZ - 1972; THE STOOLIE - 1972; CLEOPATRA JONES - 1973; SUPER COPS - 1974; KOJAK [TV Series - 1973-1978; essayed the regular role of "Captain Frank McNeil"]; THE PACK - 2010) - 12/16/11
NICOL WILLIAMSON (Actor: THE JERUSALEM FILE - 1972; THE WILBY CONSPIRACY - 1975; THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION - 1976 [Played "Sherlock Holmes"]; THE CHEAP DETECTIVE - 1978; EXCALIBUR - 1981; VENOM - 1981; THE EXORCIST III - 1990; SPAWN - 1997) - 12/16/11
TED MARKLAND (Actor: ANGELS FROM HELL - 1968; WELCOME HOME, SOLDIER BOYS - 1972; ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - 1975; FIGHTING MAD - 1976; DOOMSDAY MACHINE - 1976; EYE OF THE TIGER - 1986; LIBERTY & BASH - 1989; LIVE BY THE FIST - 1993; AMERICAN KICKBOXER 2 - 1993; BLOOD RING 2 - 1995; CYXORK 7 - 2006) - 12/18/11
WILLIAM DUELL (Singer/Actor: DEADHEAD MILES - 1972; THE HAPPY HOOKER - 1975; ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - 1975; A STRANGER IS WATCHING - 1982; ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK - 1988) - 12/22/11
MARION SEGAL FREED (Editor/Producer [Married to actor George Segal for 25 years and then married director/producer/writer Herb Freed]: BADLANDS - 1973; RUSSIAN ROULETTE - 1975; DAYS OF HEAVEN - 1978; SUBTERFUGE - 1996; PARADISE LOST - 1999; CHILD 2 MAN - 2000) - 12/22/11
PEDRO AMENDAREZ JR. (Actor: THE VAMPIRE GIRLS - 1969; KILLER BY NIGHT - 1972; THE SOUL OF NIGGER CHARLEY - 1973; DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK - 1973; CHOSEN SURVIVORS - 1974; EARTHQUAKE - 1974; THE DOGS OF WAR - 1980; THE TREASURE OF THE AMAZON - 1985; LICENCE TO KILL - 1989; OUTSIDE THE LAW - 1998; ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO - 2003) - 12/26/11


What can one say about Susan Tyrrell that hasn't already been said? I first noticed her considerable talents in the homophobic/incest-tinged horror film NIGHT WARNING (1981). I was instantly hooked and tried to watch everything she appeared in, from her Acadamy Award-nominated performance as James Keach's girlfriend in FAT CITY (1972), her mentally handicapped Mary in ANDY WARHOL'S BAD (1977) and the independent "Huh?" film FORBIDDEN ZONE (1982). She continued acting even though she lost both legs below the knees due to a blood disease in April 2000 (and shows us in the film BUDDY BOY - 2000) and once you saw her perform, you never forgot her. She once said, "The last thing my mother said to me was, 'SuSu, your life is a celebration of everything that is cheap and tawdry.' I've always liked that, and I've always tried to live up to it." We are all better off for it. Other films Susan Tyrrell appeared in were CATCH MY SOUL (1974) THE KILLER INSIDE ME (1976), TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS (1981), FAST-WALKING (1982), ANGEL (1984 - She's unforgettable here), AVENGING ANGEL (1985), FLESH + BLOOD (1985), THE OFFSPRING (1987), BIG TOP PEE-WEE (1988), CRY-BABY (1990), POWDER (1995) and THE BONEYARD COLLECTION (2006), among many others. Thanks for the memories, Susan, and I hope you can find some cheap and tawdry people in Heaven. I know there must be some up there.

RICHARD LYNCH   02/12/1940 - 06/19/2012

Holy Jesus Christ. This one hurts badly. Richard Lynch was the consummate bad guy character actor, thanks in part to his looks (He was burned badly around his face and upper torso in 1967 after taking LSD and setting himself on fire in Central Park behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art near Cleopatra's Needle. After recuperation, he bravely and candidly spoke about it in an anti-drug documentary.) and mostly due to his tremendous talents. Who can forget his epic ending fight with Chuck Norris in INVASION U.S.A. (1985), one of the best action films of the 80's? Richard Lynch immediately caught audiences attention in his debut film, the 1973 drama SCARECROW (he managed to outshine both Gene Hackman and Al Pacino!). After that performance, he was in high demand, both in regular and genre films, appearing as a hitman in THE SEVEN-UPS (1973), a hunter with no conscious in OPEN SEASON (1974), and plenty of TV appearances, usually as the villain. But it was his roles in horror and action films that made genre film fans stand up and take notice, The first one being the scary dude in THE PREMONITION (1975), an uncharacterizable figure in Larry Cohen's GOD TOLD ME TO (1976) and a bloodsucker in the 1979 TV film, THE VAMPIRE (1979). Other Lynch films include THE BARON (1977), GOOD AGAINST EVIL (1977), DEATHSPORT (1978), STEEL (1979), DELTA FOX (1979; a rare starring role as a good guy), THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (1979; his fight in a bar is a thing of beauty), THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER (1982), CUT AND RUN (1985), SAVAGE DAWN (1985), BAD DREAMS (1988), ONE MAN FORCE (1989), LOCKDOWN (1990), ALLIGATOR II: THE MUTATION (1991), TRANCERS II (1991), SCANNER COP (1994), MINER'S MASSACRE (2002), LAID TO REST (2009) and Rob Zombie's THE LORDS OF SALEM (2012; Lynch's final film). Mr. Lynch's death is a terrible, terrible loss to the genre community. R.I.P. Richard Lynch.

ERNEST BORGNINE  01/24/1917 - 07/08/2012

Ernest Borgnine has always made me think he was an actor who would never die. I saw him on an interview with Tavis Smiley a short while ago and he looked at least 30 years younger than his 95 years. His secret: Don't retire and keep on acting, something he did right up until his death. Known basically for his bad guy roles in 50's films such as FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953), JOHNNY GUITAR (1954) and BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955), Ernie would turn everyone's head in 1955 with his sweet-natured role as Marty Piletti in the drama MARTY, which earned him an Academy Award for best actor. His gap-toothed grin could make you smile or send chills right through your bones. Known basically to Baby-Boomers as the good-natured Lt. Commander Quinton McHale in the long-running TV series MCHALE'S NAVY (1962 - 1966), Borgnine had no problem shedding that image after the series ended (that in itself is quite a feat), appearing is such films as THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967), ICE STATION ZEBRA (1968), THE WILD BUNCH (1969; if you've never seen it, you can't consider yourself a film lover), WILLARD (1971; man, he was mean in this one and his death is memorable), BUNNY O'HARE (1971), THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972), EMPEROR OF THE NORTH  (1973; my favorite of his bad guy roles), SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY (1974), THE DEVIL'S RAIN (1975), THE GHOST OF FLIGHT 401 (1978), RAVAGERS (1979), ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981), DEADLY BLESSING (1981), YOUNG WARRIORS (1983), CODE NAME: WILD GEESE (1984), LASER MISSION (1989), RED (2010), the voice of "Mermaid Man" on SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and hundreds more. As you can see by the small amounts of titles I listed, Ernest Borgnine was comfortable in any role spanning all genres. He was truly an original and will be missed by all of us who have enjoyed his performances since we were kids. 95 is a good, ripe old age to pass away (although I was still surprised by his death due to renal failure), but his film work will be eternal. Thanks for all the memories Ernie!

R.G. ARMSTRONG  04/07/1917 - 7/27/2012

Character Actor Supreme R(obert) G(olden) Armstrong always turned in a great performance and had one of those faces and voices that you could never forget, especially after watching one of his performances. He started by acting in Western TV shows in the 50's & 60's and would remain a TV staple throughout his entire acting career, but he also turned-in fantastic performances in theatrical films such as THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE - 1970 (Director Sam Peckinpah would use him in a lot of his films & TV Series episodes); ANGELS DIE HARD - 1970; THE GREAT WHITE HOPE - 1970; THE FINAL COMEDOWN - 1972; THE GREAT NORTHFIELD MINNESOTA RAID - 1972; GENTLE SAVAGE - 1973; PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID - 1973; WHITE LIGHTNING - 1973; THE LEGEND OF HILLBILLY JOHN - 1974; RACE WITH THE DEVIL - 1975; WHITE LINE FEVER - 1975; DIXIE DYNAMITE - 1976; THE CAR - 1977; THE PACK - 1977; DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL - 1978; STEEL - 1979; EVILSPEAK - 1981; THE BEAST WITHIN - 1982; LONE WOLF McQUADE - 1983; CHILDREN OF THE CORN - 1984; PREDATOR - 1987; BULLETPROOF - 1988; GHETTO BLASTER - 1989; TRAPPER COUNTY WAR - 1989; DICK TRACY - 1990 (as "Pruneface"); WARLOCK: THE ARMAGEDDON - 1993; and literally hundreds of others. If I had to pick my favorite R.G. Armstrong performance, it would be as "The Old Man" (he was never given a name) on several appearances of the TV Show MILLENNIUM - 1996-1999. His acting and eventual death on the show proved to me what a great character actor he really was. Mr. Armstrong lived a nice long life and retired from acting in 2001, but at least we still have his performances to show young actors today how effortless it looked to be a true meaningful character. He will be missed by a lot of people, including myself.

LARRY HAGMAN  09/21/1931 - 11/23/2012

Best known as "J.R. Ewing" on TV's DALLAS - 1978-1991 (He appeared in all 356 episodes!) and the new TNT reboot (2012); THE CAVERN - 1964; FAIL-SAFE - 1964; I DREAM OF JEANNIE TV Series - 1965-1970; UP IN THE CELLAR - 1970; VANISHED - 1971; A HOWLING IN THE WOODS - 1971; BEWARE! THE BLOB - 1972 (He also directed it and when it was re-released to theaters, it had the tag line "The Film That J.R. Shot", playing on the "Who shot J.R.?" ending of the much-talked about finale of Season 3 of DALLAS [1980], then the most popular show on TV. It would remain a top-rated TV Series for several more years. It also spun-off one of the longest-running nighttime soap operas, KNOTS LANDING - 1979-1993, in which Hagman would make appearances as J.R. in early episodes.); NO PLACE TO RUN - 1972; THE ALPHA CAPER - 1973; HURRICANE - 1974; SIDEKICKS - 1974; SARAH T. - PORTRAIT OF A TEENAGE ALCOHOLIC - 1975; THE BIG RIP-OFF - 1975; MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED - 1976 (I think that this is his best non-TV performance); CRY FOR JUSTICE - 1977; INTIMATE STRANGERS - 1977; CHECKERED FLAG OR CRASH - 1977; SUPERMAN - 1978; DEADLY ENCOUNTER - 1982; THE THIRD TWIN - 1997; PRIMARY COLORS - 1998; He also directed episodes of TV's IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT - 1988-1995 and I DREAM OF JEANNIE. He will be sorely missed and anyone who watched the new reboot of DALLAS could see what a trouper he really was. He knew he was dying (and, God, those eyebrows; I couldn't take my eyes off them!), yet he continued to act (and he still had that commanding presence). I can't see the new reboot continuing with his loss (from throat cancer; he knew since October 2012 that the cancer had returned, yet he had filmed six of the fifteen episodes for the 2013 season when he passed away), although I'm sure the producers will find a way. I just can't see any incarnation of DALLAS without Hagman as J.R. Ewing. Goodbye Larry and thanks for the hours and hours you kept me entertained. UPDATE: The producers of the DALLAS reboot say they will incorporate J.R.'s death into the series. Even though Larry Hagman wasn't supposed to be the lead in the reboot, he dominated every scene he was in. It might as well now be shown on The CW, since the plots will focus on the younger Ewing clan. UPDATE 2: The TNT show plans an episode dealing with J.R.'s death and promises plenty of "Guest Stars". Maybe Jenilee Harrison, Victoria Principal, Pricilla Presley and Brad Pitt will show up! Or maybe they'll dig up the corpse of Jim Davis and put him in the coffin with J.R. Weirder things have happened (Remember the shower scene with Patrick Duffy, making the season before it nothing but Victoria Principal's bad dream?). The original DALLAS never recoverered after that misstep. A true "Jump The Shark" moment.

 
SILVANA GALLARDO (Actress: DEATH WISH II - 1982; CALENDAR GIRL MURDERS - 1984; OUT OF THE DARK - 1989; SOLAR CRISIS - 1990; THE BIG ONE: THE GREAT LOS ANGELES EARTHQUAKE - 1990) - 01/02/12
JOAQUIN MARTINEZ (Actor: THE STALKING MOON - 1968; EXECUTIVE ACTION - 1973; WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN - 1978; FLASHPOINT - 1984; REVENGE - 1990; THE LIGHTNING INCIDENT - 1991; DIE ANOTHER DAY - 2002) - 01/03/12
HARRY FOWLER (Actor: FIRE MAIDENS FROM OUTER SPACE - 1956; BOOBY TRAP - 1957; THE DAWN KILLER - 1959; THE NANNY - 1965; START THE REVOLUTION WITHOUT ME - 1970; CROSSED SWORDS - 1977; BODY CONTACT - 1987; CHICAGO JOE AND THE SHOWGIRL - 1990) - 01/04/12
HIDEAKI NITANI (Actor: FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD - 1965; TOKYO DRIFTER - 1966; TIDAL WAVE - 1973; THE FAMILY - 1974) - 01/07/12
MAE LaBORDE (Actress [died at age 102 and didn't start acting until 2006]: EVIL BONG - 2006; PINEAPPLE EXPRESS - 2008) - 01/09/12
LILA KAYE (Actress: SEE NO EVIL - 1971; A PLACE TO DIE - 1973; THE BLACK PANTHER - 1977; AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON - 1981; THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - 1987; DRAGONWORLD - 1994) - 01/10/12
MORGAN JONES (Actor: FORBIDDEN PLANET - 1956; NOT OF THIS EARTH - 1957; THE GIANT CLAW - 1957; THE BOY AND THE PIRATES - 1960) - 01/13/12
BEVERLY McDERMOTT (Casting Director: AIRPORT '77 - 1977; CUBA CROSSING - 1980; NIGHTMARE BEACH - 1989; HAMMERHEAD - 1990) - 01/19/12
MARION MATHIE (Actress: DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE - 1968) - 01/20/12
DICK TURFELD (Voice Actor/Narrator: Narrator of TV Series VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1964-1966; Voice of The Robot and narrator of TV Series LOST IN SPACE - 1965-1968; THE TIME TUNNEL [TV Series Announcer - 1966-1967];  TUNNEL VISION - 1976) - 01/22/12
JAMES FARENTINO (Actor: VIOLENT MIDNIGHT - 1963; VANISHED - 1971; THE FAMILY RICO - 1972; THE ELEVATOR - 1974; THE POSSESSED - 1977; THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - 1980; DEAD & BURIED - 1981; THE CRADLE WILL FALL - 1983; BULLETPROOF - 1996; TERMINATION MAN - 1998; MURDER IN THE MIRROR - 2000) - 01/24/12
IAN ABERCROMBIE (Actor: SOLE SURVIVOR - 1970; WICKED WICKED - 1973; SEXTETTE - 1978; THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES HOLLYWOOD - 1980; BLOOD BEACH - 1980; THE ICE PIRATES - 1984; FLICKS - 1987; CURSE IV: THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE - 1988; WARLOCK - 1989; PUPPET MASTER III: TOULON'S REVENGE - 1991; ARMY OF DARKNESS - 1992; TEST TUBE TEENS FROM THE YEAR 2000 - 1994; RATTLED - 1996; probably best known as "Mr. Pitt" on the TV Series SEINFELD - 1994-1998; INLAND EMPIRE - 2006) - 01/26/12
ROBERT HEGYES (Actor: Best known for portraying Sweathog "Juan Epstein" on the TV Series WELCOME BACK, KOTTER - 1975-1979; and "Detective Manny Esposito" on CAGNEY & LACEY - 1986-1988; UNDERGROUND ACES - 1981; KILL CRAZY - 1990; THE PANDORA PROJECT - 1998) - 01/26/12
JOHN RICH (TV Director: Directed hundreds of episodic TV shows, including the original THE TWILIGHT ZONE [ "A Most Unusual Camera" - 1960; "A Kind Of A Stopwatch" - 1963]; T.H.E. CAT - 1966; ALL IN THE FAMILY - 1971-1974; BENSON - 1980-1982) - 01/29/12
FREDERICK TREVES (Actor: A DEADLY GAME - 1979; THE ELEPHANT MAN - 1980; NIGHTHAWKS - 1981; DEFENSE OF THE REALM - 1986; PAPER MASK - 1990; AFRAID OF THE DARK - 1991) - 01/30/12
DON CORNELIUS (Host/Actor: SOUL TRAIN host - 1971-2007; CLEOPATRA JONES - 1973; NO WAY BACK - 1976; ROADIE - 1980; TAPEHEADS - 1988) - 02/01/12
BEN GAZZARA (Actor: ANATOMY OF A MURDER - 1959; WHEN MICHAEL CALLS - 1972; THE FAMILY RICO - 1972; PURSUIT - 1972; THE NEPTUNE FACTOR - 1973; CAPONE - 1975; SAINT JACK - 1979; ROAD HOUSE - 1989 {My favorite of his bad guy performances]; STAG - 1997; THE BIG LEBOWSKI - 1998; SUMMER OF SAM - 1999; 13 - 2010 [nearly unrecognizable]) - 02/03/12
ZALMAN KING (Actor/Director/Producer/Writer: SOME CALL IT LOVING - 1973; TRIP WITH THE TEACHER - 1975; BLUE SUNSHINE - 1978; GALAXY OF TERROR - 1981; ENDANGERED SPECIES - 1982; TWO MOON JUNCTION - 1988; WILD ORCHID - 1989; RED SHOE DIARIES - 1992) - 02/03/12
SAM COPPOLA (Actor: HONOR THY FATHER - 1973; CRAZY JOE - 1974; DEATH JOURNEY - 1976; FINGERS - 1978; FATAL ATTRACTION - 1987; STREET HUNTER - 1990; A KISS BEFORE DYING - 1991) - 02/05/12
BILL HINZMAN (Actor/Director: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - 1968; THE CRAZIES - 1973; THE MAJORETTES - 1987; REVENGE OF THE LIVING ZOMBIES - 1988; EVIL AMBITIONS - 1996; SHADOW: DEAD RIOT - 2006) - 02/05/12
PETER BRECK (Actor: THE WILD AND THE INNOCENT - 1989; THE BEATNIKS - 1960: PORTRAIT OF A MOBSTER - 1961; THE CRAWLING HAND - 1963; SHOCK CORRIDOR - 1963; THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER - 1982; THE UNNAMABLE II: THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER - 1993; ENEMY ACTION - 1999) - 02/06/12
PHILIP BRUNS (Actor: THE GANG THAT COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT - 1971; SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT - 1974; ROCK-A-DIE BABY - 1975; THE KANSAS CITY MASSACRE - 1975; FLASH AND THE FIRECAT - 1976; CORVETTE SUMMER - 1978; THE STUNT MAN - 1980; RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II - 1988; DEAD MEN DON'T DIE - 1990; DIGITAL MAN - 1995; JOHNNY SKIDMARKS - 1998) - 02/08/12
LAURIE MAIN (Actor: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - 1962; TARGET: HARRY - 1969; NIGHT CHASE - 1970; PRIVATE PARTS - 1972; TIME AFTER TIME - 1979; MOM AND DAD SAVE THE WORLD - 1992) - 02/08/12
DAVID KELLY (Actor: THE ITALIAN JOB - 1969; QUACKSER FORTUNE HAS A COUSIN IN THE BRONX - 1970; THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - 1982; THE JIGSAW MAN - 1982; THOU SHALT NOT KILL...EXCEPT - 1985; CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - 2005; THE KOVAK BOX - 2006) - 02/12/12
ELYSE KNOX (Actress [Mother of actor Mark Harmon]: THE MUMMY'S TOMB - 1942; ARABIAN NIGHTS - 1942; HIT THE ICE - 1943) - 02/15/12
LINA ROMAY (Actress/Adult Film Director [Wife and frequent collaborator of director Jess Franco]: EROTIC KILL - 1973; WOMEN BEHIND BARS - 1975; BARBED WIRE DOLLS - 1976; JACK THE RIPPER - 1976; WANDA, THE WICKED WARDEN - 1977; WHITE CANNIBAL QUEEN - 1980; DIAMONDS OF KILIMANDJARO - 1983; MACUMBA SEXUAL - 1983; FACELESS - 1987; TENDER FLESH - 1997; KILLER BARBYS VS. DRACULA - 2002) - 02/15/12
DICK ANTHONY WILLIAMS (Actor: WHO KILLED MARY WHATS'ERNAME? - 1971; THE MACK - 1973; SLAUGHTER'S BIG RIP-OFF - 1973; DEADLY HERO - 1976; THE DEEP - 1977; THE JERK - 1979; A GUN IN THE HOUSE - 1981; OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT - 1981; THE STAR CHAMBER - 1983; THROUGH NAKED EYES - 1983; GRIZZLY II: THE PREDATOR - 1983 [Unfinished film]; EDWARD SCISSORHANDS - 1990; THE RAPTURE - 1991; THE GIFTED - 1983; HOT BOYZ - 2000; BLOOD AND BONE - 2009) - 02/16/12
PETER HALLIDAY (Actor: NIGHT CREATURES - 1962; VIRGIN WITCH - 1972; THE FAST KILL - 1972; MADHOUSE - 1974; NIGHT FLIGHT - 2002) - 02/18/12
RIC WAITE (Cinematographer: DAY OF THE WOLVES - 1971 [Debut]; DEAD OF NIGHT - 1977; THE INITIATION OF SARAH - 1978; DEFIANCE - 1980; THE LONG RIDERS - 1980; REVENGE OF THE STEPFORD WIVES - 1980; THE BORDER - 1982; 48 HRS. - 1982; RED DAWN - 1984; COBRA - 1986; MARKED FOR DEATH - 1990; OUT FOR JUSTICE - 1991; RAPID FIRE - 1992; ON DEADLY GROUND - 1994; TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. - 1997; THE TRIANGLE - 2001) - 02/18/12
SULLIVAN WALKER (Actor: THE EXTERMINATOR - 1980; CROCODILE DUNDEE - 1986; THE FIRM - 1993; GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' - 2005) - 02/20/12
BRUCE SURTEES (Cinematographer [A favorite of Clint Eastwood]: THE BEGUILED - 1971 [Debut]; PLAY MISTY FOR ME - 1971; DIRTY HARRY - 1971; CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES - 1972; HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER - 1973; NIGHT MOVES - 1975; THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES - 1976; ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ - 1979; WHITE DOG - 1982; SUDDEN IMPACT - 1983; BEVERLY HILLS COP - 1984; PSYCHO III - 1986; THE BIRDS II: LAND'S END - 1992; THE SUBSTITUTE - 1996) - 02/23/12
ED BRIGADIER (Actor: TERROR STALKS THE CLASS REUNION - 1992; HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP - 1996; DR. CHOPPER - 2005 [played the title character]; HAUNTED ECHOES - 2008; ALIEN ECSTASY - 2009) - 02/26/12
PHILLIP R. ALLEN (Actor: TRAPPED BENEATH THE SEA - 1974; HELTER SKELTER - 1976; SPECIAL DELIVERY - 1976; THE LADY IN RED - 1979; BLINDED BY THE LIGHT - 1980; STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK - 1984; IN SELF DEFENSE - 1987; MORTAL SINS - 1992) - 03/01/12
LEONARDO CIMINO (Actor: COTTON COMES TO HARLEM - 1970; COME BACK, CHARLESTON BLUE - 1972; HONOR THY FATHER - 1973; HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT - 1980; AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION - 1982; V - 1983; DUNE - 1984; THE MONSTER SQUAD - 1987; THE SEVENTH SIGN - 1988; WATERWORLD - 1995; BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD - 2007) - 03/03/12
JOAN TAYLOR (Actress: EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS - 1956; GIRLS IN PRISON - 1956; 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH - 1957; SPLIT - 1989) - 03/04/12
PETER BERGMAN (Comedian/Actor [Member of the Firesign Theatre comedy group]: EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG - 1975; CRACKING UP - 1977; J-MEN FOREVER - 1979) - 03/09/12
DENNIS BOWEN (Actor: THE HATFIELDS AND THE McCOYS - 1975; VAN NUYS BLVD. - 1979; GAS PUMP GIRLS - 1979; MARTIANS GO HOME - 1989; LISA - 1990) - 03/09/12
FAITH BROOK (Actress: IN THE STEPS OF A DEAD MAN - 1974; FFOLKES - 1979; BLOODBATH - 1979; THE CURSE OF KING TUT'S TOMB - 1980; THE SEA WOLVES - 1980; EYE OF THE NEEDLE - 1981; THEY DO IT WITH MIRRORS - 1991) - 03/11/12
PEPE "JOSE" RUBIO (Actor: GOLIATH AGAINST THE GIANTS - 1961; THE MISTRESSES OF DR. JEKYLL - 1964) - 03/15/12
ROBERT FUEST (Director/Writer: AND SOON THE DARKNESS - 1970; THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES - 1971; DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN - 1972; THE LAST DAYS OF MAN ON EARTH - 1973; THE DEVIL'S RAIN - 1975; REVENGE OF THE STEPFORD WIVES - 1980) - 03/21/12
HAL E. CHESTER (Producer: THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS - 1953; CURSE OF THE DEMON - 1957; THE DOUBLE MAN - 1967) - 03/25/12
STELLA TANNER (Actress: MURDER MOST FOUL - 1964; 1,000 CONVICTS AND A WOMAN - 1971) - 03/26/12
WARREN STEVENS (Actor: GORILLA AT LARGE - 1954; FORBIDDEN PLANET - 1956; CYBORG 2087 - 1966; MADIGAN - 1968; THE SWEET RIDE - 1968; THE AMAZING CAPTAIN NEMO - 1978; STROKER ACE - 1983; SAMURAI COP - 1989; Hundreds of TV series episodes, including the original THE TWILIGHT ZONE ["Dead Man's Shoes" - 1962] and THE OUTER LIMITS ["Keeper Of The Purple Twilight" - 1964]) - 03/27/12
GARY WALBERG (Actor: THE MALTESE BIPPY - 1969; THE CHALLENGE - 1970; THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS! - 1970; THE ORGANIZATION - 1971; KING KONG - 1976; TWO-MINUTE WARNING - 1976; THE SPIRIT - 1987; Probably best known as "Lt. Frank Monahan" on the QUINCY M.E. TV Series - 1976-1983) - 03/27/12
NEIL TRAVIS (Film Editor: THE TRAVELING EXECUTIONER - 1970 [Debut]; THEY CALL IT MURDER - 1971; THE COWBOYS - 1972; MEN OF THE DRAGON - 1974; JAWS 2 - 1978; HOT STUFF - 1979; CUJO - 1983; THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT - 1984; DANCES WITH WOLVES - 1990; OUTBREAK - 1995; TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES - 2003) - 03/28/12
LUKE ASKEW (Actor: COOL HAND LUKE - 1967; EASY RIDER - 1969; ANGEL UNCHAINED - 1970; PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID - 1973; WALKING TALL PART II - 1975; ROLLING THUNDER - 1977; WANDA NEVADA - 1979; THE BEAST WITHIN - 1982; THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS - 1984; BULLETPROOF - 1988; DUNE WARRIORS - 1991; FRAILTY - 2001) - 03/29/12
JAMAA FANAKA (Truly One-Of-A-Kind Director/Producer/Writer: SOUL VENGEANCE - 1975 [One of the very few times you will see a man strangle someone with his ever-growing penis!]; EMMA MAE - 1976; PENITENTIARY - 1979; PENITENTIARY II - 1982; PENINTENTIARY III - 1987; STREET WARS - 1992) - 04/01/12
RIKIYA YASUOKA (Actor: EXECUTIONER - 1974; THE GREAT CHASE - 1975; ROARING FIRE - 1982; DEATH SHADOW - 1986; THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II - 1989; BLACK RAIN - 1989; DEADLY OUTLAW: REKKA - 1992) - 04/08/12
BARRY CAHILL (Actor: HANG 'EM HIGH - 1968; DADDY'S GONE A-HUNTING - 1969; ...tick...tick...tick - 1970; THE GROUNDSTAR CONSPIRACY - 1972; COFFY - 1973; THE STONE KILLER - 1973; THE BIG RIP-OFF - 1975; GRAND THEFT AUTO - 1977; WHEN YOU COMUN' BACK, RED RYDER? - 1979) - 04/09/12
GRANT TILLY (Actor: TREASURE OF THE YANKEE ZEPHYR - 1981; BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT - 1982; NATE AND HAYES - 1983; THE RETURNING - 1990; 30 DAYS OF NIGHT - 2007) - 04/10/12
JONATHAN FRID (Actor: Best known for playing "Barnabas Collins" in the DARK SHADOWS afternoon supernatural soap opera - 1967-1971; HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS - 1970; THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER - 1973; SEIZURE [Director Oliver Stone's debut film]; Cameo in Director Tim Burton's DARK SHADOWS remake movie - 2012) - 04/13/12
MARILYN LOVELL (Singer/Actress: THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA - 1971; THE FOLKS AT RED WOLF INN - 1972 [Heard on soundtrack several times as a singer]]; SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM - 1973 [Heard on the music soundtrack]; GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI - 1996) - 04/13/12
WILLIAM FINLEY (Actor [Favorite of directors Brian De Palma and Tobe Hooper]: MURDER A LA MOD - 1968; SISTERS - 1973; PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE - 1974; EATEN ALIVE - 1977; THE FURY - 1978; THE FUNHOUSE - 1981; SILENT RAGE - 1982; NIGHT TERRORS - 1995) - 04/14/12
PAUL BOGART (Director: TEN LITTLE INDIANS - 1959; JOHNNY BELINDA - 1967; MARLOWE - 1969; HALLS OF ANGER - 1970; SKIN GAME - 1971; MR. RICCO - 1975; ALL IN THE FAMILY - 1975-1979 [Directed 97 Episodes!]; OH, GOD! YOU DEVIL - 1984; THE CANTERVILLE GHOST - 1986) - 04/15/12
DICK CLARK (Host/Producer/Actor: AMERICAN BANDSTAND - 1956-1987; KILLERS THREE - 1968; WILD IN THE STREETS - 1968; PSYCH-OUT - 1968; THE SAVAGE SEVEN - 1968; THE WEREWOLF OF WOODSTOCK - 1975; THE DARK - 1979; MURDER IN TEXAS - 1981; THE DEMON MURDER CASE - 1983; THE POWER 1984; CATCHFIRE - 1990; DEATH DREAMS - 1991; I don't think people know how different TV would be without the presence of Dick Clark. He was a true innovator.) - 04/18/12
ROBERT O. RAGLAND ( Film Composer: THE BABYSITTER - 1969 [Debut}; THE TOUCH OF SATAN - 1971; THE THING WITH TWO HEADS - 1972; THE DARING DOBERMANS - 1973; ABBY - 1974; GRIZZLY - 1976; MANSION OF THE DOOMED - 1976; THE FORCE BEYOND - 1978; THE GLOVE - 1979 JAGUAR! - 1979; LOVELY BUT DEADLY - 1981; Q - 1982; 10 TO MIDNIGHT - 1983; HYSTERICAL - 1983; EVILS OF THE NIGHT - 1984; THE SUPERNATURALS - 1986; DEEP SPACE - 1988; PLATO'S RUN - 1997; THE FEAR: RESURRECTION - 1999) - 04/18/12
LEVON HELM (Musician [One of the original members of "The Band"]/Actor: BEST REVENGE - 1984; FIRE DOWN BELOW - 1997; SHOOTER - 2007; IN THE ELECTRIC MIST - 2009) - 04/19/12
PETER CARSTEN (Actor: GIRL FROM HONG KONG - 1961; A STUDY IN TERROR - 1965; THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM - 1966; THE VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU - 1967; DARK OF THE SUN - 1968; AND GOD SAID TO CAIN - 1970; WEB OF THE SPIDER - 1971; MANHUNT - 1977; THE SQUEEZE - 1978) - 04/20/12
WALTER MATTHEWS (Actor: THE NAKED KISS - 1964; BEYOND REASON - 1977; TO KILL A COP - 1978; SHE'S DRESSED TO KILL - 1979; ALCATRAZ: THE WHOLE SHOCKING STORY - 1980; NIGHTHAWKS - 1981; CANNERY ROW - 1982; MISSION KILL - 1986) - 04/28/12
PATRICIA MEDINA (Actress: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO IN THE FOREIGN LEGION - 1950; ALADDIN AND HIS LAMP - 1952; PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE - 1954; MR. ARKADIN - 1955; THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN - 1956; SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES - 1961; THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE - 1968; LATITUDE ZERO - 1969; TIMBER TRAMPS - 1975) - 04/28/12
JOEL GOLDSMITH ( TV & Film Composer: AUDITIONS - 1978; LASERBLAST - 1978; ISLAND OF BLOOD - 1982; THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS - 1983; BANZAI RUNNER - 1987; WATCHERS - 1988; MOON 44 - 1990; ENDLESS DESCENT - 1990; BROTHERHOOD OF THE GUN - 1991; MANIAC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE - 1993; MAN'S BEST FRIEND - 1993; RATTLED - 1996; VAMPIRELLA - 1996; KULL THE CONQUEROR - 1997; HAUNTING SARAH - 2005; WAR OF THE DEAD - 2011) - 04/29/12
GEORGE MURDOCK (Character Actor Supreme: GUNN - 1967; THE TODD KILLINGS - 1971; A HOWLING IN THE WOODS - 1971; THE MACK - 1973; CRY RAPE - 1973; THE DEATH SQUAD - 1974; WILLIE DYNAMITE - 1974; THOMASINE & BUSHROD - 1974; EARTHQUAKE - 1974; BREAKER! BREAKER! - 1977; THUNDER AND LIGHTNING - 1977; ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN - 1980; THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER - 1982; CERTAIN FURY - 1985; RETRIBUTION - 1987; STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER - 1989; THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE - 1998; Hundreds of TV Series roles, including an occurring appearance as "Lt. Ben Scanlon" on BARNEY MILLER - 1976-1982) - 04/30/12
CHARLOTTE MITCHELL (Actress: VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED - 1960; BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW - 1971; OUT OF THE DARKNESS - 1985) - 05/02/12
JAMES ISAAC (Director: THE HORROR SHOW - 1989; JASON X - 2001; SKINWALKERS - 2006; PIG HUNT - 2008; He died much, much too young) - 05/06/12
GEORGE "GOOBER" LINDSEY (Actor: ENSIGN PULVER - 1964; SNOWBALL EXPRESS - 1972; CHARLEY AND THE ANGEL - 1973; CANNONBALL RUN II - 1984; Best known as "Goober Pyle" on the TV Series THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW - 1964-1968 and MAYBERRY R.F.D. - 1968-1971) - 05/06/12
YALE SUMMERS (Actor: MAD DOG CALL - 1961; THE AMAZING CAPTAIN NEMO - 1978; Too many TV appearances to mention, including the episode "Second Chance" on the original THE OUTER LIMITS - 1964; Also produced the televised SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS until 2009.) - 05/06/12
RUTH FOSTER (Actress: CYBORG 2087 - 1966; DIMENSION 5 - 1966) - 05/12/12
RICHARD RABAGO (Martial Artist/Actor: TIME BURST: THE FINAL ALLIANCE - 1989; KARATE WARS - 1989; THE MASTER DEMON - 1991; OUT FOR BLOOD - 1992; FULL IMPACT - 1993; MAGIC KID II - 1994; POCKET NINJAS - 1997; REDEMPTION - 2002) - 05/18/12
JANET CARROLL (Actress: THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE - 1986; THE KILLING TIME - 1987; THE PLATINUM TRIANGLE - 1989; FAMILY BUSINESS - 1989; TIMEMASTER - 1995; THE OMEGA CODE - 1999; ENOUGH - 2002; THE ART OF WAR III: RETRIBUTION - 2009) - 05/22/12
LEE RICH (Producer [co-founder of Lorimar Television]: DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE - 1971; PURSUIT - 1972; DYING ROOM ONLY - 1973; DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK - 1973; THE STRANGER WITHIN - 1974; BAD RONALD - 1974; HELTER SKELTER - 1976; THE CHOIRBOYS - 1977; KILLJOY - 1981; HARD TO KILL - 1990; INNOCENT BLOOD - 1992; PASSENGER 57 - 1992; GLORIA - 1999) - 05/24/12
BILL WOHRMAN (Actor: MASTERBLASTER - 1987; THE OPPONENT - 1988; COCOON: THE RETURN - 1988; PRIMAL RAGE - 1988; NIGHTMARE BEACH - 1989; KILLER CROCODILE - 1989) - 05/28/12
MATTHEW YURICICH (Special Effects Technician: ATLANTIS, THE LOST CONTINENT - 1961; THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE - 1972; LOST HORIZON - 1973; SOYLENT GREEN - 1973; WESTWORLD - 1973; THE TOWERING INFERNO - 1974; YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - 1974; LOGAN'S RUN - 1976; DAMNATION ALLEY - 1977; CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND - 1977; BLADE RUNNER - 1982; V - 1983; GHOSTBUSTERS - 1984; 2010 - 1984; FRIGHT NIGHT - 1985; SOLARBABIES - 1986; THE MONSTER SQUAD - 1987; DIE HARD - 1988; HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN - 1991) - 05/28/12
CHRISTOPHER CHALLIS (British Cinematographer: SINK THE BISMARCK! - 1960; A SHOT IN THE DARK - 1964; RETURN FROM THE ASHES - 1965; THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - 1970; VILLAIN - 1971; THE DEEP - 1977; S.O.S. TITANIC - 1979; THE MIRROR CRACK'D - 1980; EVIL UNDER THE SUN - 1982; TOP SECRET! - 1984) - 05/31/12
KATHRYN JOOSTEN (Actress: THE PACKAGE - 1989; BEST MEN - 1997; PHOENIX - 1998; DARK MIND - 2006; MEGA PYTHON VS. GATOROID - 2011; Best known as "Delores Landingham" on THE WEST WING - 1999-2002 and "Karen McCluskey" on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - 2005-2012) - 06/02/12
RICHARD DAWSON (TV Game Show Host/Actor: MUNSTER GO HOME - 1966; THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE - 1968; Even though he's mostly remembered for his role as "Cpl. Peter Newkirk" on HOGAN'S HEROES - 1965-1972 and the Host of FAMILY FEUD - 1976-1985 [where he kissed every female panelist, earning him the nickname "The Kissing Bandit"], his dramatic performance as the egotistical take-no-prisoners game show host "Damon Killian" in the film THE RUNNING MAN [1987], should have opened more dramatic roles for him [He's simply unforgettable]. The role was iconic and would fit perfectly on Reality TV today. Unfortunately, it was his last acting performance.) - 06/02/12
STAN JOLLEY (Art Director/Production Designer/Producer: THE PHYNX - 1970; CITY BENEATH THE SEA - 1971; NIGHT OF THE LEPUS - 1972; WALKING TALL - 1973; TERROR IN THE WAX MUSEUM - 1973; JACK THE RIPPER GOES WEST - 1974; FRAMED - 1975; THE SWARM - 1978; TAPS - 1981; WITNESS - 1985) - 06/04/12
CAROLINE JOHN ( Actress: ASSASSIN - 1973; LINK - 1986; THE WOMAN IN BLACK - 1989; THE ZERO IMPERATIVE - 1994; P.R.O.B.E.: THE DEVIL OF WINTERBORNE - 1995; P.R.O.B.E.: GHOSTS OF WINTERBORNE - 1996; UNNATURAL SELECTION - 1996) - 06/05/12
RAY BRADBURY (Novelist/Screenwriter {One of the most legendary Sci-Fi/Horror writers of the 20th Century]: IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE - 1953; THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS - 1953; FAHRENHEIT 451 - 1966; THE ILLUSTRATED MAN - 1969; THE SCREAMING WOMAN - 1972; THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES - 1980; SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES - 1983; Host/Writer for THE RAY BRADBURY THEATER - 1985-1992) - 06/05/12
FRANK CADY (Actor: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE - 1951; THE ATOMIC CITY - 1952; THE BAD SEED - 1956; 7 FACES OF DR. LAO - 1964; Best known as "Sam Drucker" on three 60's TV sitoms: THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES - 1968-1970, PETTICOAT JUNCTION - 1963-1970 and GREEN ACRES - 1965-1971) - 06/08/12
ANN RUTHERFORD (Actress: GONE WITH THE WIND - 1939; THE GHOST COMES HOME - 1940; WHISTLING IN THE DARK - 1941; BERMUDA MYSTERY - 1944; MURDER IN THE MUSIC HALL - 1946; THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY - 1947; THEY ONLY KILL THEIR MASTERS - 1972) - 06/11/12
GEORGE LEECH (Stuntman/Actor [Worked as stuntman or stunt arranger on eleven James Bond films, beginning with DR. NO in 1962 and ending with A VIEW TO A KILL in 1985.]: KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE - 1966; PUPPET ON A CHAIN - 1971; THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN - 1976; THE WILD GEESE - 1978; SUPERMAN - 1978; FFOLKES - 1979; THE PASSAGE - 1979; THE SEA WOLVES - 1980) - 06/17/12
VICTOR SPINETTI (Actor: HELP! - 1965; MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - 1967; START THE REVOLUTION WITHOUT ME - 1970; DEFEAT OF THE MAFIA - 1970; DIGBY, THE BIGGEST DOG IN THE WORLD - 1973; THE KRAYS - 1990) - 06/18/12
BRIAN HIBBARD (Musician/Actor [Was once a member of The Flying Pickets, an Acappella group that had a number one UK hit single: 'Only You' in 1983.]: TWIN TOWN - 1997; REVOLVER - 2005) - 06/18/12
ANTHONY BATE (Actor: ACT OF MURDER - 1964; GHOST STORY - 1974; ICEBOUND IN THE ANTARCTIC - 1982; EMINENT DOMAIN - 1990; Hundreds of British TV Series Episodes) - 06/19/12
ANDREW SARRIS (Film Critic/Historian/Author {One of the most influential film critics in the United States]: Although he was very opininiated and sometimes very cruel to film directors, producers and actors, he never pulled any punches. He is one of the reasons I became a film critic. I can't hold a candle to his writing style (and fantastic barbs), but he has a special place in my heart. Goodbye, dear friend, even though we never met [He would have probably slapped me in the face if I ever said that to him in person].) - 06/20/12
JUAN LUIS GALIARDO (Actor: COMMANDO ATTACK - 1968; AUTOPSY - 1973; THE DEADLY TRIANGLE - 1973; ORDER TO ASSASSINATE - 1975; INQUISITION - 1976; GUYANA: CULT OF THE DAMNED - 1979; ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN - 1995; Nearly 170 more Spanish/Mexican films that never made it to the United States.) - 06/22/12
DORIS SINGLETON (Actress: TERROR AT MIDNIGHT - 1956; VOICE IN THE MIRROR - 1958; DEADLY MESSAGES - 1985; Hundreds of TV Series appearances) - 06/26/12
MARIO O'HARA (Filipino Director/Writer/Actor: MORTAL - 1976; CONDEMNED - 1984; TERROR - 1999; DEMONS - 2000) - 06/26/12
NORA EPHRON (Director/Producer/Writer: SILKWOOD - 1983; COOKIE - 1989; MY BLUE HEAVEN - 1990 [a laugh riot]; MICHAEL - 1996; BEWITCHED - 2005 [a low point in her career]) - 06/26/12
DON GRADY (Actor/Music Composer: MA BARKER'S KILLER BROOD - 1960; THE WILD McCULLOCHS - 1975; Best known as "Robbie Douglas" on the long-running TV Series MY THREE SONS - 1960-1971 [356 Episodes!]) - 06/27/12
TAKEO CHII (Actor: LADY SNOWBLOOD - 1973; THE YOUTH KILLER - 1976; NEW FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: SPECIAL CELLBLOCK X - 1977; ANGEL GUTS: NAMI - 1979; MOON MASK RIDER - 1982; BEE BOP HIGH SCHOOL - 1985 [and its many sequels - 1986-1988]; DEATH SHADOW - 1986) - 06/29/12
ANDY GRIFFITH (Actor: Known basically for his roles as Sheriff Andy Taylor on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW - 1960-1968 and lawyer Ben Matlock on MATLOCK - 1986-1995, Griffith first gained audience attention in the film A FACE IN THE CROWD - 1957 and also appeared in many good TV Movies, including THE STRANGER IN 7A - 1972; PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS - 1974; WINTER KILL - 1974; SAVAGES - 1974; STREET KILLING - 1976; THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY GRAVE - 1977; DEADLY GAME - 1977; MURDER IN TEXAS - 1981; THE DEMON MURDER CASE - 1983; FATAL VISION - 1984; and a hilarious theatrical role as "General Rancor" in SPY HARD - 1996. Another TV icon bites the dust.) - 07/03/12
ERIC SYKES (Actor: THE SPY WITH A COLD NOSE - 1966; SHALAKO - 1968; THEATRE OF BLOOD - 1973; THE OTHERS - 2001; HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - 2005) - 07/04/12
ISUZU YAMADA (Japanese Actress: THRONE OF BLOOD - 1957; THE SPELL OF THE HIDDEN GOLD - 1958; YOJIMBO - 1961; THE SHOGUN'S SAMURAI - 1978) - 07/09/12
DOLPHY (Filipino Actor/Comedian [considered a national treasure in the Philippines]: DRAKULA GOES TO R.P. - 1973; DOLPHY'S ANGELS - 1980; THE QUICK BROWN FOX - 1980; THE BEST IN THE WEST - 1981; BLACK MAGIC - 1987; ACTION IS NOT MISSING - 1987; Literally hundreds of other films) - 07/10/12
SAGE STALLONE (Actor Son of Sylvester Stallone and Co-Owner of Grindhouse Releasing: ROCKY V - 1990; THE EVIL INSIDE ME - 1993; DAYLIGHT - 1996; REFLECTIONS OF EVIL - 2002; CHAOS - 2005; MOSCOW ZERO - 2006) - 07/13/12
RICHARD D. ZANUCK (Film Producer: SSSSSSS - 1973; WILLIE DYNAMITE - 1974; THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS - 1974; JAWS - 1975; THE ISLAND - 1980; THE VERDICT - 1982; COCOON - 1985; MULHOLLAND DRIVE - 1996; DEEP IMPACT - 1998; PLANET OF THE APES - 2001; DARK SHADOWS - 2012) - 07/13/12
DON BRINKLEY (TV Writer/Producer: VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1964; THE FUGITIVE - 1965-1966; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1967; THE INVADERS - 1967-1968; MANNIX - 1970; TRAPPER JOHN, M.D. - 1979-1986) - 07/14/12
CELESTE HOLM (Actress: ALL ABOUT EVE - 1950; THE UNDERGROUND MAN - 1974; DEATH CRUISE - 1974; THE PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER - 1977; MIDNIGHT LACE - 1981; THIS GIRL FOR HIRE - 1983; MURDER BY THE BOOK - 1987; Hundreds of TV Series appearances) - 07/15/12
WILLIAM ASHER (Director/Producer/Writer: THE 27TH DAY - 1957; JOHNNY COOL - 1963; BEACH BLANKET BINGO - 1965; FIREBALL 500 - 1966; NIGHT WARNING - 1981 [a must for all horror fans!]; Hundreds of TV Series episodes) - 07/16/12
MORGAN PAULL (Actor: DIRTY O'NEIL - 1974; MURPH THE SURF - 1975; MITCHELL - 1975; THE KANSAS CITY MASSACRE - 1975; THE LAST HARD MEN - 1976; KISS ME, KILL ME - 1976; TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING - 1977; THE SWARM - 1978; THE FANTASTIC SEVEN - 1979; FADE TO BLACK - 1980; BLADE RUNNER - 1982; UNCLE SAM - 1996) - 07/17/12
SIMON WARD (Actor: FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED - 1969; QUEST FOR LOVE - 1971; BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA - 1974; DEADLY STRANGERS - 1976; HOLOCAUST 2000 - 1977; DOMINIQUE - 1979; THE MONSTER CLUB - 1981; SUPERGIRL - 1984) - 07/20/12
TONY EPPER (Actor/Stuntman: BAD GEORGIA ROAD - 1977; CUTTER'S WAY - 1981; THE BEASTMASTER - 1982; RUNAWAY TRAIN - 1985; THE HITCHER - 1986; ALIEN FROM L.A. - 1988; KID - 1990; NOWHERE TO RUN - 1993; EXCESSIVE FORCE - 1993) - 07/20/12
FRANK PIERSON (Director/Producer/Writer: CAT BALLOU - 1965; COOL HAND LUKE - 1967; THE ANDERSON TAPES - 1971; DOG DAY AFTERNOON - 1975; KING OF THE GYPSIES - 1976; CITIZEN COHN - 1992) - 07/22/12
SHERMAN HEMSLEY (Actor: Best known as "George Jefferson", first on ALL IN THE FAMILY and then in the popular spin-off THE JEFFERSONS [1975 - 1985]; LOVE AT FIRST BITE - 1979; STEWARDESS SCHOOL - 1986; GHOST FEVER - 1987; CLUB FED - 1990) - 07/24/12
CHAD EVERETT (Actor: JOURNEY TO MIDNIGHT - 1968; THE INTRUDER WITHIN - 1981; THUNDERBOAT ROW - 1989; HEROES STAND ALONE - 1989; THE JIGSAW MURDERS - 1989; OFFICIAL DENIAL - 1994; PSYCHO - 1998; MULHOLLAND DR. - 2001; Hundreds of TV series episodes, including his own starring role in the popular MEDICAL CENTER [1969 - 1976]) - 07/24/12
MARY TAMM (Actress: TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS - 1973; THE ODESSA FILE - 1974; THREE KINDS OF HEAT - 1987; AMAZONS AND GLADIATORS - 2001; DOGHOUSE - 2009; Played "Romana" on the British DR. WHO series from 1978 - 1979) - 07/26/12
LUPE ONTIVEROS (Actress: THE BIG FIX - 1978; THE BORDER - 1982; THE GOONIES - 1985; THE ROSARY MURDERS - 1987; DOLLY DEAREST - 1991; UNIVERSAL SOLDIER - 1992; CANDYMAN: DAY OF THE DEAD - 1999; DARK MIRROR - 2007) - 07/26/12
RUSS MAYBERRY (TV Director: THE JESUS TRIP - 1971 [a rare theatrical release]; PROBE - 1972; A VERY MISSING PERSON - 1972; FER-DE-LANCE - 1974; STONESTREET: WHO KILLED THE CENTERFOLD MODEL? - 1977; THE 3,000 MILE CHASE - 1977; ROOSTER - 1982; Mayberry was also a much-in-demand Series TV director, directing episodes of KOJAK; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN; THE BRADY BUNCH; IRONSIDE; McCLOUD; MARCUS WELBY M.D.; HARRY O; THE ROCKFORD FILES; THE FALL GUY; MAGNUM P.I.; and many, many others. A true loss to Television.) - 07/27/12
NORMAN ALDEN (Actor: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR - 1963; THE PATSY - 1964; RED LINE 7000 - 1965; THE WILD ANGELS - 1966; KILLERS THREE - 1968; THE TRACKERS - 1971; BEN - 1972; KANSAS CITY BOMBERS - 1972; CRY PANIC - 1974; TERROR ON THE 40TH FLOOR - 1974; SAMURAI - 1979; BORDERLINE - 1980; BACK TO THE FUTURE - 1985; THEY LIVE - 1988; CUTTING CLASS - 1989; ED WOOD - 1994; Literally hundreds of TV Series episodes, dating back to the 1950's and ending in 2006) - 07/27/12
GEOFFREY HUGHES (Actor: THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS - 1969; THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW - 1971; INN OF THE FRIGHTENED PEOPLE - 1971; TIFFANY JONES - 1973; FLICK - 2008) - 07/27/12
JOHN FINNEGAN (Actor: SAVAGE - 1973; TERROR ON THE 40TH FLOOR - 1974; CAPONE - 1975; CONSPIRACY OF TERROR - 1975; GLORIA - 1980; REHEARSAL FOR MURDER - 1982; THE NATURAL - 1984; SCHOOL SPIRIT - 1985; SPELLBINDER - 1988; BIG MAN ON CAMPUS - 1989; THE LAST OF THE FINEST - 1990; LAST ACTION HERO - 1993; MARS ATTACKS! - 1996) - 07/29/12
JONATHAN HARDY (Actor: MAD MAX - 1979; DEATH WARMED OVER - 1984; BLOODMOON - 1990; TUNNEL VISION - 1995; The voice of "Rygel XVI" on the FARSCAPE TV Series - 1999-2003; Nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing the screenplay to BREAKER MORANT - 1980) - 07/30/12
GORE VIDAL (Novelist/Screenwriter: I ACCUSE! - 1958; DARK POSSESSION - 1959; MYRA BRECKINRIDGE - 1970; CALIGULA - 1979) - 07/31/12
METIN ERKSAN (Turkish Director: SEYTAN - 1974 [also referred to as the "Turkish Exorcist"]; A SUICIDE - 1975; A HORRIBLE TRAIN - 1975) - 08/04/12
JUDITH CRIST (Influential Film Reviewer: She wrote thousands of film reviews. I always looked forward to her reviews of films being shown on TV when she wrote for TV GUIDE in the 1960's & 1970's. I kept many of her TV reviews in scrapbooks since I was a kid. She had a killer sense of humor and wasn't afraid to call a turd a turd. Surprisingly, she liked many  TV movies of the 70's, which only made me want to see them more.) - 08/07/12
AL FREEMAN JR. (Actor: BLACK LIKE ME - 1964; ENSIGN PULVER - 1964; THE DETECTIVE - 1968; CASTLE KEEP - 1969; PERRY MASON RETURNS - 1985; SEVEN HOURS TO JUDGMENT - 1988) - 08/09/12
MEL STUART (Director: WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - 1971; BRENDA STARR - 1976; MEAN DOG BLUES - 1978; His real love was directing documentaries [over 40 since 1961]) - 08/09/12
CARLO RAMBALDI (Special Effects & Makeup Master: PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES - 1965; BLOODY PIT OF HORROR - 1965; A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN - 1971; BAY OF BLOOD - 1971; THE FRENCH SEX MURDERS - 1972; FRANKENSTEIN 80 - 1972; ANDY WARHOL'S FRANKENSTEIN - 1973; ANDY WARHOL'S DRACULA - 1974; DEEP RED - 1975; KING KONG - 1976; ALIEN - 1979; POSSESSION - 1981; E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL - 1982; DUNE - 1984; KING KONG LIVES - 1986; PRIMAL RAGE - 1988) - 08/10/12
RON PALILLO (Actor: Best known as "Arnold Horshack" on WELCOME BACK, KOTTER - 1975-1979; SKATETOWN, U.S.A. - 1979; THE INVISIBLE WOMAN - 1983; SURF II - 1984; FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES - 1986; SNAKE EATER - 1989; SNAKE EATER II: THE DRUG BUSTER - 1989; HELLGATE - 1990; COMMITTED - 1991; THE GUARDIANS - 2010) - 08/14/12
PHYLLIS THAXTER (Actress: WOMEN'S PRISON - 1955; MAN AFRAID - 1957; INCIDENT IN SAN FRANCISCO - 1971; SUPERMAN - 1978; Dozens of TV appearances, including ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS [6 Episodes - 1956-1960], THRILLER - 1961, THE TWILIGHT ZONE - 1962 and THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR [3 episodes - 1963-1964]) - 08/14/12
BIFF ELLIOT (Actor: I, THE JURY  - 1953; THE NAVY VS. THE NIGHT MONSTERS - 1965; BLOOD BATH - 1966; DESTINATION INNER SPACE - 1966; THE DAY OF THE WOLVES - 1971; THE HARD RIDE - 1971; COOL BREEZE - 1972; THE WILD McCULLOGHS - 1975; BEYOND REASON - 1977; THE DARK - 1979) - 08/15/12
WILLIAM WINDOM (Charactor Actor Supreme: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - 1962; PRESCRIPTION: MURDER - 1968; THE DETECTIVE - 1968; THE GYPSY MOTHS - 1969; BREWSTER McCLOUD - 1970; ASSAULT ON THE WAYNE - 1971; THE  MEPHISTO WALTZ - 1971; ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES - 1971; A TASTE OF EVIL - 1971; THE MAN - 1972; PURSUIT - 1972; THE DAY THE EARTH MOVED - 1974; THE ABDUCTION OF SAINT ANNE - 1975; JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS - 1975; MEAN DOG BLUES - 1978; SIDE SHOW - 1981; LAST PLANE OUT - 1983; SPACE RAGE - 1985; STREET JUSTICE - 1987; DEAD AIM - 1987; FUNLAND - 1987; COMMITTED - 1991; ATTACK OF THE 50 FT. WOMAN - 1993; CHILDREN OF THE CORN: THE GATHERING - 1996; FUGITIVE X: INNOCENT TARGET - 1996; RAISING DEAD - 2002; DISMEMBERED - 2003; Literally hundreds of TV Series appearances, including starring roles in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT - 1969-1970 and PARENTHOOD - 1990-1991) - 08/16/12
TONY SCOTT (Director/Producer [Died of apparent suicide by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles; younger brother of director Ridley Scott]: THE HUNGER - 1983; TOP GUN - 1986; BEVERLY HILLS COP II - 1987; THE LAST BOY SCOUT - 1991; TRUE ROMANCE - 1993; THE FAN - 1996; ENEMY OF THE STATE - 1998; MAN ON FIRE - 2004; DOMINO - 2005; DEJA VU - 2006; THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 - 2009; UNSTOPPABLE - 2010) - 08/19/12
PHYLLIS DILLER (Comedienne/Actress: THE FAT SPY - 1966; MAD MONSTER PARTY - 1967; THE ADDING MACHINE - 1969; PINK MOTEL - 1982; DR. HACKENSTEIN - 1988; THE BONEYARD - 1991; THE SILENCE OF THE HAMS - 1994; THE DEBTORS - 1999; Hundreds of TV appearances, including her own show, THE PHYLLIS DILLER SHOW [a.k.a. THE PRUITTS OF SOUTHAMPTON] - 1966-1967) - 08/20/12
JEFFREY STONE (Actor: THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE - 1958; THE OUTER LIMITS [TV Episode "The Duplicate Man" - 1964]; Director of STRANGE PORTRAIT - 1966) - 08/22/12
STEVE FRANKEN (Actor: THE TIME TRAVELERS - 1964; WESTWORLD - 1973; THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD - 1975; MURDER ON FLIGHT 502 - 1975; ANTS - 1977; AVALANCHE - 1978; TERROR OUT OF THE SKY - 1978; THE FIENDISH PLOT OF DR. FU MANCHU - 1980; FREEWAY - 1988; TRANSYLVANIA TWIST - 1989; MUNCHIE STRIKES BACK - 1994; THE PANDORA PROJECT - 1998; THE OMEGA CODE - 1999; AGENT RED - 2000; EXTREME LIMITS - 2001; ANGELS & DEMONS - 2009) - 08/24/12
AURORA BAUTISTA (Actress: THE RIGHT TO BE BORN - 1966; GANGSTER'S LAW - 1969; IT HAPPENED AT NIGHTMARE INN - 1973) - 08/27/12
JOE LEWIS (Martial Artist/Stuntman/Actor: JAGUAR LIVES! - 1979; FORCE: FIVE - 1981; MR. X - 1995; BLOODMOON - 1997) - 08/31/12
MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN (Hulking actor who broke-out in THE GREEN MILE - 1999 and never looked back. He died at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack on July 13, 2012. ARMAGEDDON - 1998; THE WHOLE NINE YARDS - 2000; PLANET OF THE APES - 2001; THE SCORPION KING - 2002; DAREDEVIL - 2003; PURSUED - 2004; SIN CITY - 2005; THE LAST MIMZY - 2007; TV Series regular on THE FINDER - 2012; Dozens of TV appearances and Video Game voiceover appearances) - 09/03/12
JOE SOUTH (Singer/Songwriter: His rendition of "Games People Play" got plenty of airtime in my house. It is still a favorite and the lyrics couldn't more truer today than they were in the early-70's) - 09/05/12
JAKE EBERTS (Producer: THE NAME OF THE ROSE - 1986; THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN - 1988; DANCES WITH WOLVES - 1990; NO ESCAPE - 1994; THE ILLUSIONIST - 2010) - 09/06/12
BERTIL NORSTROM (Actor: I AM CURIOUS YELLOW - 1967; SENSUOUS SORCERESS - 1970; PISTOL - 1973; PERSONA NON GRATA - 2008) - 09/06/12
LEIGH HAMILTON (Actress: A MAN, A WOMAN AND A BANK - 1979; FORCED VENGEANCE - 1982; MISSING PIECES - 1983; CODE OF VENGEANCE - 1985; HOCUS POCUS - 1993) - 09/08/12
STANLEY LONG (Director/Producer: NAUGHTY! - 1971; SEX THROUGH THE AGES - 1974; ADVENTURES OF A PRIVATE EYE - 1977; IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU - 1977; SCREAMTIME - 1986 [directed as "Al Beresford"]) - 09/10/12
LANCE LeGAULT (Excellent Character Actor: THE YOUNG RUNAWAYS - 1968; CATCH MY SOUL - 1974; COMA - 1978; NOWHERE TO RUN - 1978; DONNER PASS: THE ROAD TO SURVIVAL - 1978; CAPTAIN AMERICA - 1979; FAST-WALKING - 1982; IRON EAGLE - 1986; KIDNAPPED - 1987; WELCOME TO SPRING BREAK - 1989; SHADOW FORCE - 1992; MIDNIGHT HEAT - 1996; DARK BREED - 1996; EXECUTIVE TARGET - 1997; SCORPIO ONE - 1998; Stuntmen - 2009; Dozens of TV appearances including a regular role on WEREWOLF - 1987-1988) - 09/10/12
TOMAS EVJEN (Norwegian Producer: DEAD SNOW - 2009) - 09/11/12
WINSTON REKERT (Actor: YOUR TICKET IS NO LONGER VALID - 1981; DEAD WRONG - 1983; ETERNAL EVIL - 1985; AGNES OF GOD - 1985; LAST STOP - 2000; MURDER AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - 2000; SAVAGE ISLAND - 2005; NYC: TORNADO TERROR - 2008; PHANTOM RACER - 2009; Dozens of Canadian TV appearances) - 09/14/12
STEPHEN DUNHAM (Actor: THE MUMMY - 1999; TRAFFIC - 2000; GET SMART - 2008; SAVAGES - 2012; Died at age 48 of a heart attack.) - 09/14/12
JOHN INGLE (Actor: AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON - 1987; DEFENSE PLAY - 1988; HEATHERS - 1988; THE NEON EMPIRE - 1989; ROBOCOP 2 - 1990; REPOSSESSED - 1990; STEPFATHER III - 1992; DEATH BECOMES HER - 1992; SKEETER - 1993; BATMAN & ROBIN - 1997; Best known for his long-standing work on several TV sopa operas.) - 09/16/12
STEVE SABOL (Sports Filmmaker: Anytime you see an NFL film clip it was probably because of Steve Sabol, who co-founded NFL Films. The man bled football and he will be missed by every sportscaster and footbal fan in the world, even if audiences never heard of his name. An important date in sports history.) - 09/18/12
ANDY WILLIAMS (Singer: Even though he was a small part-time actor in the 50's & early 60's and had his own music hall in Branson, Missouri, his music has graced dozens of films, including THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN - 1972; WHEN YOU COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER? - 1979; HEXED - 1993; SHALLOW GRAVE - 1994; DEAD PRESIDENTS - 1995; THE ZODIAC - 2005; LORD OF WAR - 2005) - 09/25/12
JOHNNY LEWIS (Actor: Killed his landlady by shooting her and then beating her repeatedly over the head with a baseball bat and then committed suicide by jumping off the roof of his landlady's house. ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM - 2007; ONE MISSED CALL - 2008; FELON - 2008; Was a regular on the SONS OF ANARCHY TV series, playing "Half Sack", until he left the series in 2009; 186 DOLLARS TO GET OUT - 2012) - 09/26/12
HERBERT LOM (Actor: While mainstream audiences may recoginize him as Chief Inspector Dreyfeus in most of the PINK PANTHER films [1964 - 1983] starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, true genre fans know him for his roles in MYSTERIOUS ISLAND - 1961; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - 1962; RETURN FROM THE ASHES - 1965; JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN - 1969; MARK OF THE DEVIL - 1970; COUNT DRACULA - 1970; DORIAN GRAY - 1970; MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE - 1971; ASYLUM - 1972; AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS - 1973; THE DEAD ZONE - 1983; SKELETON COAST - 1988; RIVER OF DEATH - 1989; MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH - 1989. He will be sorely missed. The man could be laugh-out loud funny as well as scary as hell. He was 95-years young.) - 09/27/12
MICHAEL O'HARE (Actor: THE PURSUIT OF D.B. COOPER - 1981; C.H.U.D. - 1984; INTO THIN AIR - 1985; THE TRIAL OF THE INCREDIBLE HULK - 1989; THE AMBULANCE - 1990; BY A THREAD - 1990) - 09/28/12
TURHAN BEY (Actor: FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK - 1941; DRUMS OF THE CONGO - 1942; THE MUMMY'S TOMB - 1942; ARABIAN NIGHTS - 1942; THE MAD GHOUL - 1943; THE AMAZING MR. X - 1948; POSSESSED BY THE NIGHT - 1994; VIRTUAL COMBAT - 1995) - 09/30/12
HANK MOONJEAN (Producer/Second Unit Director: COOL HAND LUKE - 1967; CHILD'S PLAY - 1972; THE FORTUNE - 1975; HOOPER - 1978; THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN - 1981; SHARKY'S MACHINE - 1981; STROKER ACE - 1983) - 10/08/12
HARRIS SAVIDES (Cinematographer: HEAVEN'S PRISONERS - 1996; THE GAME - 1997; THE YARDS - 1999; ELEPHANT - 2003; BIRTH - 2004; ZODIAC - 2007; AMERICAN GANGSTER - 2007) - 10/09/12
LEO O'BRIEN (Actor: THE LAST DRAGON - 1985; RAPPIN' - 1985; NEW JACK CITY - 1991) - 10/10/12
ALEX KARRAS (Athlete/Actor: Best known as "Mongo" in BLAZING SHADOWS - 1974, where he punches-out a horse unconcious; HARDCASE - 1972; THE 500 POUND JERK - 1973; WIN, PLACE OR STEAL - 1975; FM - 1978; JACOB TWO-TWO MEETS THE HOODED FANG - 1978; WHEN TIME RAN OUT - 1980; VICTOR VICTORIA - 1982; PORKY'S - 1982; AGAINST ALL ODDS - 1984; Star of the popular TV Series WEBSTER - 1983-1989; BUFFALO '66 - 1998) - 10/11/12
GARY COLLINS (Actor: QUARANTINED - 1970; AIRPORT - 1970; THE SIXTH SENSE [TV Series: 1972 - 1973]; HOUSTON, WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM - 1974; ONLY A SCREAM AWAY - 1974; THE DOUBLE KILL - 1975; DIAL A DEADLY NUMBER - 1976; THE NIGHT THEY TOOK MISS BEAUTIFUL - 1977; STREETS OF HONG KONG - 1979; KILLER FISH - 1979; HANGAR 18 - 1980; Host of TV's HOUR MAGAZINE - 1980-1988; WATCHERS REBORN - 1998; Over 50 TV Series guest appearances as various characters and over 30 TV appearances as himself, usually as a panelist on game shows or TV specials like CIRCUS OF THE STARS or host of the MISS AMERICA PAGEANT [1985 - 1991]. Married to actress and former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley from 1967 to 2011.) - 10/13/12
SYLVIA KRISTEL (Actress: BECAUSE OF THE CATS - 1973; EMMANUELLE 1 to 4 - 1974-1984; THE CONCORDE...AIRPORT '79 - 1979; THE NUDE BOMB - 1980; PRIVATE LESSONS - 1981; THE BIG BET - 1985; RED HEAT - 1985; DRACULA'S WIDOW - 1988) - 10/18/12
JOE MELIA (Actor: MODESTY BLAISE - 1966; OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR - 1969; SWEENEY! - 1977; THE SIGN OF FOUR - 1983) - 10/20/12
BOB BRUNNER (TV Writer/Producer: Wrote the famous "Jump The Shark" episode of HAPPY DAYS - 1974-1984  and forever changed what the phrase would mean. He was also credited for giving the Arthur Fonzarelli character, played by Henry Winkler, the nickname "Fonzie", so he is one of the unsung heroes of TV writing/producing. Also wrote/produced episodes of DIFF'RENT STROKES - 1978-1986 and several other TV sitcoms.) - 10/28/12
LEONARD TERMO (Actor: THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE - 1974; YEAR OF THE DRAGON - 1985; TURK 182! - 1985; A PRAYER FOR THE DYING - 1987; HIDER IN THE HOUSE - 1989; MIDNIGHT CABERET - 1990; MOBSTERS - 1991; FIGHT CLUB - 1999) - 10/30/12
TERI SHIELDS (Actress/Producer: Mother of actress Brooke Shields; WANDA NEVADA - 1979; SARAHA - 1983; BACKSTREET DREAMS - 1990) - 10/31/12
GUAN SHAN (KWAN SHAN) Actor & Father of Rosamund Kwan: BRUTAL BOXER - 1972; THE SEVEN COFFINS - 1975; GODFATHERS OF FURY - 1982; A BETTER TOMORROW II - 1987; POLICE STORY 2 - 1988; EXECUTIONERS - 1993) - 11/01/12
AUSTIN WAI TIN-CHI (HUI TIEN-CHI) (Actor: THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN - 1978; AVENGING EAGLE - 1978; THREE AVENGERS - 1979; INCREDIBLE KUNG FU MASTER - 1979; HEROES SHED NO TEARS - 1980; FEARLESS HYENA 2 - 1983; THE BLADE - 1995; FLASH POINT - 2007)) - 11/04/12
CLIVE DUNN (Actor: THE MOUSE ON THE MOON - 1963; THE MINI-MOB - 1967; THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN - 1969; THE FIENDISH PLOT OF DR. FU MANCHU - 1980; Best known for portraying "LCpl. Jack Jones" on the long-running British TV Series DAD'S ARMY - 1968-1977) - 11/06/12
ROGER HAMMOND (Actor: BECAUSE OF THE CATS - 1973; ROYAL FLASH - 1975; QUEEN KONG - 1976; THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - 1976; MORONS FROM OUTER SPACE - 1985; AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - 2004) - 11/08/12
DEBORAH RAFFIN (Actress: NIGHTMARE IN BADHAM COUNTY - 1976; GOD TOLD ME TO - 1976; THE SENTINEL - 1977; SKI LIFT TO DEATH - 1978; MIND OVER MURDER - 1979; JUNGLE HEAT - 1983; GRIZZLY 2: THE PREDATOR - 1983; DEATH WISH 3 - 1985; SCANNERS II: THE NEW ORDER - 1991; Plenty of TV show appearances and TV Movies) - 11/21/12
DANN CAHN (Editor: THE PHYNX - 1970; BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS - 1970; BLACK NOON - 1971; ZERO TO SIXTY - 1978; BUD AND LOU - 1978; ANGEL CITY - 1980; THE OCTAGON - 1980; THE FIVE OF ME - 1981; TOUGH ENOUGH - 1983; BATES MOTEL - 1987; TARZAN IN MANHATTAN - 1989; JAKE SPANNER, PRIVATE EYE - 1989) - 11/21/12
JOSE LUIS BORAU (Director/Writer: POACHERS - 1975; LA SABINA - 1979; ON THE LINE - 1984; DEAR NANNY - 1986; LEO - 2000) - 11/23/12
TONY LEBLANC (Spanish Actor: TORREJON CITY - 1962; THE ASTRONAUT - 1970; TORRENTE, THE DUMB ARM OF THE LAW - 1998; TORRENTE 2: MISSION IN MARBELLA - 2001; TORRENTE 3: THE PROTECTOR - 2005; TORRENTE 4 - 2011) - 11/24/12
DINAH SHERIDAN (Actress: DARK SECRET - 1949; BLACKOUT - 1950; BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER - 1952; THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - 1970; THE THIRTEENTH REUNION - 1980; THE MIRROR CRACK'D - 1980) - 11/25/12
BOB KELLETT (British Director: SPACE: 1999 - 1975-1977; ARE YOU BEING SERVED? [Movie - 1977; TIGHTROPE TO TERROR - 1983) - 11/27/12
FREDERICK NEUMANN (Actor: WALKER - 1987; ASTONISHED - 1990; PRINCE OF TIDES - 1991; COMFORTABLY NUMB - 1995) - 11/27/12
DON RHYMER (Screenwriter: BANNER TIMES - 1993; CARPOOL - 1996; UNDER WRAPS - 1997; BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE - 2000; AGENT CODY BANKS 2: DESTINATION LONDON - 2004; RIO - 2011) - 11/28/12
ALLEN JOSEPH (Actor: VIOLENT MIDNIGHT - 1963; THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA - 1971; PANIC ON THE 5:22 - 1974; MARATHON MAN - 1976; ERASERHEAD - 1978; POLICE STORY: A CRY FOR JUSTICE - 1979; RAGING BULL - 1980; SATURDAY THE 14TH - 1981) - 11/30/12
JOSE BENAZERAF (Director/Producer: THE CHAMBERMAID'S DREAM - 1971; NAKED SEX - 1973; BLACK LOVE - 1974; THE INFAMOUS HOUSE OF MADAME X - 1974; SS BORDELLO - 1978; VISIONS OF LUST - 1983; SHARP SHOOTERS - 1983; SEX RESORT - 1986; BACKDOOR TO PARIS - 1990) - 12/01/12
EILEEN MORAN (Visual Effects Producer: LAKE PLACID - 1999; FIGHT CLUB - 1999; THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy - 2001-2003; I, ROBOT - 2004; KING KONG - 2005; 30 DAYS OF NIGHT - 2007; JUMPER - 2008; DISTRICT 9 - 2009; RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES - 2011; PROMETHEUS - 2012) - 12/03/12
ED GRADY (Actor: WOLFMAN - 1979; LADY GREY - 1980; D.A.R.Y.L. - 1985; FLORIDA STRAITS - 1987; UNMASKING THE IDOL - 1988; THE HANDMAID'S TALE - 1990; THE LOST CAPONE - 1990; NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER - 1991; NIGHT OF THE HUNTER - 1991; THE NIGHTMAN - 1992; CHILDREN OF THE CORN II: THE FINAL SACRIFICE - 1992; DEADLY RELATIONS - 1993; CHILDREN OF THE CORN III: URBAN HARVEST - 1995; DEADLY PURSUITS - 1996; LOLITA - 1997) - 12/10/12
AXEL ANDERSON (Actor: FINGER ON THE TRIGGER - 1965; BATTLE OF THE BULGE - 1965; THE DELTA FACTOR - 1970; BANANAS - 1971; ASSASSINS - 1995; UNDERCURRENT - 1998; VANISHED - 2006; THE REAPING - 2007; THE CONDEMNED - 2012) - 12/16/12
DANNY STEINMANN (Director/Writer: HALLUCINATION GENERATION - 1966 [Actor, as "Danny Stone"]; HIGH RISE - 1973 [as "Danny Stone"]; THE UNSEEN - 1980 [as "Peter Foleg"]; SAVAGE STREETS - 1984; FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING - 1985) - 12/16/12
CLIFF OSMOND (Actor: THE FORTUNE COOKIE - 1966; THE DEVIL'S 8 - 1969; SWEET SUGAR - 1972; INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS - 1973; THE FRONT PAGE - 1974; SHARK'S TREASURE - 1975; JOE PANTHER - 1976; THE GREAT BRAIN - 1978; HANGAR 18 - 1980; IN SEARCH OF A GOLDEN SKY - 1984; COPACABANA - 1985; FOR WHICH HE STANDS - 1996; Osmond also directed THE PENITENT - 1988 and BXX: HAUNTED - 2012, as well as appearing as a guest star on hundreds of TV series episodes) - 12/22/12
DON MEDFORD (TV Director: TALES OF TOMORROW - 1951-1953; ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1955; CLIMAX! - 1957; SUSPICION - 1957-1958; M SQUAD - 1958-1959; THE DETECTIVES - 1959-1960; THE UNTOUCHABLES - 1961; TWILIGHT ZONE - 1961-1963; TO TRAP A SPY [1964; Re-edited theatrical TV pilot of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.]; THE FUGITIVE - 1965-1967; THE INVADERS - 1967; INCIDENT IN SAN FRANCISCO - 1971; THE HUNTING PARTY [1971 - Theatrical]; THE ORGANIZATION [1971 - Theatrical]; POLICE STORY - 1975-1976; BARETTA - 1975-1978; THE CLONE MASTER - 1978; THE FALL GUY - 1983-1985; SOMETHING IS OUT THERE - 1988) - 12/22/12
JACK KLUGMAN (Actor: CRY TERROR! - 1968; TWILIGHT ZONE [TV Series: Four Episodes 1960-1963]; HAIL, MAFIA - 1965; THE DETECTIVE - 1968; THE SPLIT - 1968; THE ODD COUPLE [TV Series: 1970 - 1975]; QUINCY M.E. [TV Series: 1976 - 1983]; TWO MINUTE WARNING - 1976; ONE OF MY WIVES IS MISSING - 1976; Hundreds of TV Series appearances) - 12/24/12
CHARLES DURNING (Top-Notch Portly Character Actor [who started acting when he was forty years-old!]: HI, MOM - 1970; DOOMSDAY VOYAGE - 1972; DEADHEAD MILES - 1973; SISTERS - 1973; THE STING - 1973; THE FRONT PAGE - 1974; DOG DAY AFTERNOON - 1975; BREAKHEART PASS - 1975; THE HINDENBURG - 1975; TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING - 1977; THE CHOIRBOYS - 1977; THE FURY - 1978; THE MUPPET MOVIE - 1979; WHEN A STRANGER CALLS - 1979; DIE LAUGHING - 1980; THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - 1980; TRUE CONFESSIONS - 1981; DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW - 1981; SHARKY'S MACHINE - 1981; TOOTSIE - 1982; THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS - 1982 {Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor]; TO BE OR NOT TO BE - 1983 [Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor]; STICK - 1985; STAND ALONE - 1985 [a rare leading role]; BIG TROUBLE - 1986; TOUGH GUYS - 1986; SOLARBABIES - 1986; THE ROSARY MURDERS - 1986; COP - 1988; BRENDA STARR - 1989; PRIME TARGET - 1989; CAT CHASER - 1989; FATAL SKY - 1990; DICK TRACY - 1990; V.I. WARSHAWSKI - 1991; WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK - 1993; THE HUDSUCKER PROXY - 1994; EVENING SHADE [TV Series: 1990 - 1994]; SPY HARD - 1996; RECON - 1996; SHELTER - 1998; HARD TIME - 1998 {a favorite of Burt Reynolds, Durning made a series of HARD TIME films with him]; JUSTICE - 1999; O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? - 2000; STATE AND MAIN - 2000; THE JUDGE - 2001; L.A.P.D. TO PROTECT AND SERVE - 2001; DEAD CANARIES - 2003; DEATH AND TEXAS - 2004; DIRTY DEEDS - 2005; DETECTIVE - 2005; DESPERATION - 2006; KINKY KILLERS - 2007; iMURDERS - 2008; DEAL - 2008; NAKED RUN - 2011; THE GREAT FIGHT - 2011; ROGUE ASSASSIN - 2012; Hundreds of TV Series appearances, including an Emmy-worthy performance on NCIS [2003 - Present] in 2004, but he didn't win. He also portrayed Denis Leary's father on RESCUE ME - 2004-2011, which also earned him an Emmy nomination [He was Emmy-nominated nine times, but never won]. In 2008, he was awarded the Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild as well as getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.) - 12/24/12
GERRY ANDERSON (Producer/Writer: SUPERCAR [TV Series: - 1961-1962]; FIREBALL XL5 [TV Series: - 1962-1963]; STINGRAY [TV Series: - 1964-1965]; THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO - 1966; THUNDERBIRDS [TV Series: 1965-1966]; CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS [TV Series: - 1967-1968]; THUNDERBIRD 6 - 1968; JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN - 1969; UFO [TV Series: - 1970-1973]; INVASION: UFO - 1974; THE PROTECTORS [TV Series: - 1972-1974; ALIEN ATTACK - 1976; JOURNEY THROUGH THE BLACK SUN - 1976; THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW - 1976; SPACE: 1999 [TV Series: - 1975-1977]; INVADERS FROM THE DEEP - 1981; COSMIC PRINCESS - 1983; TERRAHAWKS [TV Series: - 1983-1986]; DICK SPANNER P.I. - 1986; SPACE POLICE - 1986) - 12/26/12
HARRY CAREY JR. (Actor: RED RIVER - 1948; 3 GODFATHERS - 1948; MISTER ROBERTS - 1955; THE SEARCHERS - 1956; THE GREAT IMPOSTER - 1961; THE RARE BREED - 1966; BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA - 1966; CYBORG 2087 - 1966; THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE - 1968; BANDOLERO! - 1968; DEATH OF A GUNFIGHTER - 1969; THE MOONSHINE WAR - 1970; BIG JAKE - 1971; SOMETHING BIG - 1971; RUN, COUGAR, RUN - 1972; TAKE A HARD RIDE - 1975; THE LONG RIDERS - 1980; ENDANGERED SPECIES - 1982; GREMLINS - 1984; MASK - 1985; UFORIA - 1985; CHERRY 2000 - 1987; ILLEGALLY YOURS - 1988; CROSSBOW: THE MOVIE - 1989; THE EXORCIST III - 1990; BAD JIM - 1990; BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III - 1990; THE SUNCHASER - 1996; Hundreds of TV appearances) - 12/27/12
MIKE HOPKINS (Oscar-Winning Sound Editor: THE LAST GRENADE - 1970; DOOMWATCH - 1972; HORROR HOSPITAL - 1973; SUPERMAN - 1978; BLADE RUNNER - 1982; THE HUNGER - 1983; DEATH WARMED OVER - 1984; DEAD ALIVE - 1992; HEAVENLY CREATURES - 1994; THE FRIGHTENERS - 1996; ABERRATION - 1997; THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy - 2001-2003; KING KONG - 2005; TRANSFORMERS - 2007; PUBLIC ENEMIES - 2009) - 12/30/12

 


2013 Obituaries

COUNCIL CARGLE (Actor: DETROIT 9000 - 1973; WORD OF HONOR - 1981; JACKIE BROWN - 1997; THE ELEVATOR - 2001) - 01/02/13
NED WERTIMER (Actor: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS - 1964; C.C. AND COMPANY - 1970; SECOND CHANCE - 1972; BAD COMPANY - 1972; YOU'LL NEVER SEE ME AGAIN - 1973; THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD - 1975; THE PACK - 1977; PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END - 2007; Hundreds of TV series appearances. He was probably best known as Ralph the Doorman on THE JEFFERSONS - 1975-1984) - 01/02/13
TONY LIP (Actor: RAGING BULL - 1980; THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE - 1984; YEAR OF THE DRAGON - 1985; LAST RITES - 1988; LOCK UP - 1989; GOODFELLAS - 1990; INNOCENT BLOOD - 1992; DONNY BRASCO - 1997; ALL IN - 2006; THE SOPRANOS [TV Series: 2001 -2007]; STILETTO - 2008) - 01/04/13
MARTHA GREENHOUSE (Actress: THE GROUP - 1966; UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE - 1967; GOING APE - 1970; BANANAS - 1971; THE STEPFORD WIVES - 1975; TOMORROW NIGHT - 1998; Leader for SAG and AFTRA for more than four decades) - 01/04/13
BARBARA WERLE (Actress: BATTLE OF THE BULGE - 1965; THE RARE BREED - 1966; SECONDS - 1966; VALLEY OF MYSTERY - 1967; KRAKATOA: EAST OF JAVA - 1969; CHARRO! - 1969; GONE WITH THE WEST - 1975; PERILOUS VOYAGE - 1976) - 01/05/13
T.S. COOK (Writer: THE CHINA SYNDROME - 1979; WE'RE FIGHTING BACK - 1981; RED FLAG: THE ULTIMATE GAME - 1981; ATTACK ON FEAR - 1984; OUT OF THE DARKNESS - 1985; NIGHTBREAKER - 1989; HIGH DESERT KILL - 1989; IN THE LINE OF DUTY: STREET WAR - 1992; TEXAS JUSTICE - 1995; THE HIVE - 2008; NYC: TORNADO TERROR - 2008) - 01/05/13
DAVID R. ELLIS (Director/Stuntman: FINAL DESTINATION 2 - 2003 [one of the best car/truck/motorcycle wrecks in film history, in my opinion]; CELLULAR - 2004; SNAKES ON A PLANE - 2006; ASYLUM - 2008; THE FINAL DESTINATION - 2009; SHARK NIGHT 3D - 2011; Over 75 films as a stuntman or Stunt Coordinator, including ROADHOUSE - 1989; WARLOCK - 1989; DAYS OF THUNDER - 1990; MISERY - 1990 and SLIVER - 1993. He was 60 years-old and no cause of death was given. He was found dead in his hotel room in South Africa while preparing for his latest film KITE.) - 01/07/13
BILLE BROWN (Actor: BLACK AND WHITE - 2002; DIRTY DEEDS - 2002; BLACKJACK: IN THE MONEY - 2005; DYING BREED - 2008; 3 ACTS OF MURDER - 2009; AT WORLD'S END - 2009; THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER - 2010; KILLER ELITE - 2011) - 01/13/13
CONRAD BAIN (Actor: Best known as the adoptive father to Todd Bridges and Gary Coleman on the long-running TV series DIFF'RENT STROKES - 1978-1986, Bain also appeared in plenty of films, including MADIGAN - 1968; A LOVELY WAY TO DIE - 1968; COOGAN'S BLUFF - 1968; I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER - 1970; BANANAS - 1971; THE ANDERSON TAPES - 1971; WHO KILLED MARY WHATS'ERNAME? - 1971; A PLEASURE DOING BUSINESS - 1979; C.H.O.M.P.S. - 1979; CHILD BRIDE OF SHORT CREEK - 1981) - 01/14/13
NAGISA OSHIMA (Director/Writer: PLEASURES OF THE FLESH - 1965; VIOLENCE AT NOON - 1966; BAND OF NINJA - 1967; DEATH BY HANGING - 1968; THE CEREMONY - 1971; IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES - 1976; EMPIRE OF PASSION - 1978; MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE - 1983; TABOO - 1999) - 01/15/13
FRED J. LINCOLN (Actor/Porno Director/Producer: LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT - 1972; FLESHPOT ON 42ND STREET - 1973; CASE OF THE FULL MOON MURDERS - 1973; TEENAGE NURSES - 1974; THE DEFIANCE OF GOOD - 1975; DOMINATRIX WITHOUT MERCY - 1976; SOUPERMAN - 1976; DEFIANCE - 1980; MANEATERS - 1983; Lincoln, who directed more than 300 porno films and was considered one of the true adult film legends, was active in directing and acting until 2008) - 01/17/13
JEFF CAHILL (Actor: THE BLUES BROTHERS - 1980; THE SHADOW - 1994; CARJACK - 1996; Plenty of TV series, including DANGEROUS MINDS - 1996-1997; ER - 1998-1999; NYPD BLUE - 1999-2000; and PRISON BREAK - 2009; He was 44 years-old) - 01/18/13
ANDY COPP (Director/Producer/Writer/Actor: THE MUTILATION MAN - 1998; BLACK SUN - 2003; THE MANSON FAMILY - 2003; ATROCITY CIRCLE - 2005; FILTY MCNASTIEST: APOCALYPSE FUCK! - 2005; QUIET NIGHTS OF BLOOD AND PAIN - 2009; CURCH OF THE EYES - Michael Winner2013 [uncompleted]; Death by suicide) - 01/19/13
MICHAEL WINNER (Director: MURDER ON THE CAMPUS - 1961; SOME LIKE IT COOL - 1962; I'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT'S'SNAME - 1967; THE NIGHTCOMERS - 1971; CHATO'S LAND - 1972; THE MECHANIC - 1972; SCORPIO - 1973; THE STONE KILLER - 1973; DEATH WISH - 1974; THE SENTINEL - 1977; THE BIG SLEEP - 1978; FIREPOWER - 1979; DEATH WISH II - 1982; SCREAM FOR HELP - 1984; DEATH WISH 3 - 1985; APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH - 1988; BULLSEYE! - 1990; DIRTY WEEKEND - 1993; He was also a well-respected food critic) - 01/21/13
JANICE KNICKREHM (Actress: HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS - 1995; INVASION OF PRIVACY - 1996; NOT IN THIS TOWN - 1997; SLC PUNK! - 1997; ABSENCE OF THE GOOD - 1999; THE HAUNTING OF MARSTEN MANOR - 2007) - 01/23/13
LLOYD PHILLIPS (Producer: WARLORDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY - 1982; NATE AND HAYES - 1983; TWELVE MONKEYS - 1995; THE EDGE - 1997; VERTICAL LIMIT - 2000; THE LEGEND OF ZORRO - 2005; THE INTERNATIONAL - 2009; INGLORIOUS BASTERDS - 2009; THE TOURIST - 2010; MAN OF STEEL - 2013) - 01/25/13
PATRICIA LOVELL (Producer/Actress: PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK - 1975; A SHATTERED SILENCE - 1977; GALLIPOLI - 1981; MONKEY GRIP - 1982; THE PERFECTIONIST - 1987) - 01/26/13
BERNARD HORSFALL (Actor: THE ANGRY SILENCE - 1960; MAN IN THE MOON - 1960; GUNS AT BATASI - 1964; ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE - 1969; QUEST FOR LOVE - 1971; SOME KIND OF HERO - 1972; GOLD - 1974; SHOUT AT THE DEVIL - 1976; BRASS TARGET - 1978; INSIDE THE THIRD REICH - 1982; GANDHI - 1982; A DISTANT SCREAM - 1984; THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES - 1988; BRAVEHEART - 1995; STONE OF DESTINY - 2008; Hundreds of appearances on British TV series) - 01/29/13
PATTY ANDREWS (Singer/Actress: Last of the surviving Andrew Sisters singing trio; BUCK PRIVATES - 1941; HOLD THAT GHOST - 1941; IN THE NAVY - 1941; PRIVATE BUCKAROO - 1942; THE PHYNX - 1970; THE GONG SHOW MOVIE - 1980) - 01/30/13
ED KOCH (Mayor/Actor: The 105th Mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989, born and bred in Bronx, NY, who loved to appear in movies and was the first Mayor to host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - 1983 [How'm I doin'?"]; THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN - 1984; KEY EXCHANGE - 1985; TRADING HEARTS - 1988; RUN FOR COVER - 1995; CITY HALL - 1996; WE OWN THE NIGHT - 2007; During his later years, he was a successful book author and spent two seasons as the judge on THE PEOPLE'S COURT - 1997-1999; Coincidentally, on the day of his death, the no-holds-barred documentary KOCH [2012] opened in theaters. He was 88 years-old.) - 02/01/13
JOHN KERR (Actor and Tony Award-winning stage Actor/Musician: THE COBWEB - 1955; PIT AND THE PENDULUM - 1961; SEVEN WOMEN FROM HELL - 1961; YUMA - 1971; THE LONGEST NIGHT - 1972; INCIDENT ON A DARK STREET - 1973; THE PARK IS MINE - 1986; Hundreds of TV show appearances, including a regular role as District Attorney John Fowler on PEYTON PLACE - 1964-1969) - 02/02/13
PETER GILMORE (Actor: Regular on the CARRY ON... Series of comedy spoof films; BOMB IN THE HIGH STREET - 1961; MASTER SPY - 1964; THE GREAT ST. TRINIAN'S TRAIN ROBBERY - 1966; OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR - 1969; THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES - 1971; WARLORDS OF THE DEEP - 1978; YOU'LL NEVER SEE ME AGAIN - 1986; ON DANGEROUS GROUND - 1996; Plenty of British TV Series, including an arc on DR. WHO [1984] as "Brazen") - 02/03/13
STUART FREEBORN (Special Effects Makeup Artist: THE THIEF OF BAGDAD - 1940; THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI - 1957; THE MOUSE THAT ROARED - 1959; THE HANDS OF ORLAC - 1960; THE DEVIL'S DAFFODIL - 1961; TARZAN GOES TO INDIA - 1962; DR. STRANGELOVE... - 1964; SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON - 1964; THE ALPHABET MURDERS - 1965; 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - 1968; 10 RILLINGTON PLACE - 1971; SEE NO EVIL - 1971; BEWARE MY BRETHREN - 1972; THE TERRORISTS - 1974; MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - 1974; THE OMEN - 1976; SPECTRE - 1977; STAR WARS - 1977; SUPERMAN - 1978; THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - 1980; SUPERMAN II - 1980; RETURN OF THE JEDI - 1983; SUPERMAN III - 1983; TOP SECRET! - 1984; HAUNTED HONEYMOON - 1986; SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE - 1987) - 02/05/13
GERRY HAMBLING (Editor: MAID FOR MURDER - 1962; THE ADDING MACHINE - 1969; BUGSY MALONE - 1976; MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - 1978; PINK FLOYD THE WALL - 1982; ANGEL HEART - 1987; LEONARD PART 6 - 1987; MISSISSIPPI BURNING - 1988;  IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER - 1993; THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE - 2003) - 02/05/13
CHRIS BRINKER (Producer/Director: THE BOONDOCK SAINTS - 1999; BOROUGH OF KINGS - 2000; OVERNIGHT - 2003 [one of the best documentaries of the year; a scathing look at the rise and fall of BOONDOCK SAINTS director Troy Duffy]; LONELY STREET - 2009; THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY - 2009; WHISKEY BAY - 2013 [his directorial debut, still in Post-Production.] I'm not afraid to say that I still am a big fan of both BOONDOCK SAINTS films. Excesses and all, they were different from the normal crap. And how many times will you see Willem Dafoe dressed as a woman?) - 02/07/13
ALAN SHARP (Screenwriter: ULZANA'S RAID - 1972; BILLY TWO HATS - 1974; NIGHT MOVES - 1975; DAMNATION ALLEY - 1978; THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND - 1983; LITTLE TREASURE - 1985; THE LAST HIT - 1993; ROB ROY - 1995; LATHE OF HEAVEN - 2002; NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES - 2006) - 02/08/13
RICHARD COLLINS (Screenwriter/Producer: LADY SCARFACE - 1941; JOURNEY INTO FEAR - 1943; RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 - 1954; THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA - 1954; CULT OF THE COBRA - 1955; INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS - 1956; PAY OR DIE - 1960; THE DESPERATE MISSION - 1969; Hundreds of TV episodes, including Producer of BONANZA and MATLOCK and writer of teleplays for PLANET OF THE APES - 1974 and REMINGTON STEELE) - 02/14/13
Ennio GirolamiENNIO GIROLAMI (Actor and Brother of Italian Director Enzo G. Castellari: HELLBENDERS - 1967; FEAST OF SATAN - 1971; ROME: THE OTHER SIDE OF VIOLENCE - 1974; THE LAST SHARK - 1981; TENEBRE - 1982; 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS - 1982; WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND - 1983; ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX - 1983; TUAREG: THE DESERT WARRIOR - 1984; OPERATION NAM - 1986; SINBAD OF THE SEVEN SEAS - 1989; KILLER CROCODILE - 1989; KILLER CROCODILE 2 - 1990; MAXIMUM VELOCITY - 2002) - 02/16/13
RICHARD BRIERS (Actor: MURDER SHE SAID - 1961; THE GIRL ON THE BOAT - 1961; FATHOM - 1967; RENTADICK - 1972; WATERSHIP DOWN - 1978; FRANKENSTEIN - 1994; PETER PAN - 2003; COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES - 2012; Hundreds of British TV Series appearances, including DOCTOR WHO - 1987) - 02/17/13
LOU MYERS (Actor: MISSING PIECES - 1992; THE PASSION OF DARKLY NOON - 1995; VOLCANO - 1997; RIOT - 1997; Best known as "Vernon Gaines" on the TV Series A DIFFERENT WORLD - 1987-1993) - 02/19/13
JOAQUIN CORDERO (Mexican Actor: SANTO VS. THE EVIL BRAIN - 1961; SANTO VS. THE INFERNAL MEN - 1961; THE TERRIBLE GIANT OF THE SNOW - 1963; THE MONSTER OF THE VOLCANO - 1964; MUSEUM OF HORROR - 1964; 100 CRIES OF TERROR - 1965; TO KILL IS EASY - 1966; DOCTOR SATAN - 1966; DR. SATAN VERSUS BLACK MAGIC - 1968; CITY RATS - 1986; VACATIONS OF TERROR 2 - 1991; Hundreds of other films and Mexican TV Series) - 02/19/13
GEORGE IVES (Actor: NIAGRA - 1953; HOT RODS TO HELL - 1967; THE SECRET WAR OF HARRY FRIGG - 1968; GET TO KNOW YOUR RABBIT - 1972; THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE - 2001; Dozens of TV series appearances) - 02/22/13
DALE ROBERTSON (Actor: Known mainly for his roles as a Western star, Robertson did sometimes break the mold and appear in such films as SON OF SINBAD - 1955; COAST OF SKELETONS - 1964; THE ONE EYED SOLDIERS - 1966; MELVON PURVIS G-MAN - 1974; THE KANSAS CITY MASSACRE - 1976 [last two films starring as Melvin Purvis]; Hundreds of TV series appearances, including a starring role in TALES OF WELLS FARGO - 1957-1962) - 02/27/13
JOSE SANCHO (Actor: APACHE FURY - 1964; DJANGO, A BULLET FOR YOU - 1969; WHEELS ON MEALS - 1984; LIVE FLESH - 1997; ARACHNID - 2001; STRANDED - 2001; THE WITCH AFFAIR - 2003; Hundreds of Spanish language TV Series appearances) - 03/03/13
MICHAEL D. MOORE (Director/Assistant Director/Second Unit Director: THE FASTEST GUITAR ALIVE - 1967; KILL A DRAGON - 1967; PATTON - 1970; SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION - 1970; EMPEROR OF THE NORTH - 1973; BADGE 373 - 1973; THE YAKUZA - 1974; MISTER DEATHMAN - 1977; AIRPORT '77 - 1977; DAMNATION ALLEY - 1977; RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - 1981; ISHTAR - 1987; WILLOW - 1988; TOY SOLDIERS - 1991; FLUBBER - 1997) - 03/04/13
ROBERT E. RELYEA (Producer/Second Unit Director: THE GREAT ESCAPE - 1963; BULLITT - 1968; THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN - 1973; EVEL KNIEVEL - 1974; HIGH RISK - 1976; LAST ACTION HERO - 1993) - 03/05/13
DAMIANO DAMIANI (Director/Writer: MAFIA - 1968; CONFESSIONS OF A POLICE CAPTAIN - 1971; THE ASSASSIN OF ROME - 1972; THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN - 1974; HOW TO KILL A JUDGE - 1975; THE WARNING - 1980; AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION - 1982; MASSACRE PLAY - 1989) - 03/07/13
MALACHI THRONE (Actor: Best known as Noah Bain on the TV Series IT TAKES A THIEF - 1968-1969; THE DOOMSDAY FLIGHT - 1966; CODE NAME: HERACLITUS - 1967; POLICE STORY - 1967; ASSAULT ON THE WAYNE - 1971; SUPERMAN - 1975; STUNTS - 1977; EAT AND RUN - 1987; LONGARM - 1988; PRIMARY MOTIVE - 1992; CATCH ME IF YOU CAN - 2002; Hundreds of TV series appearances dating back to the 1950's) - 03/13/13
SUBAS HERRERO (Filipino Actor: THE BIG BIRD CAGE - 1972; BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA - 1973; DRAGON FIRE - 1974; BLACK MAMBA - 1974; BAMBOO GODS AND IRON MEN - 1974; SAVAGE SISTERS - 1974; TOO HOT TO HANDLE - 1977; BLIND RAGE - 1978; ENTER THE NINJA - 1981; INDIO - 1981; KOMMANDO LEOPARD - 1985; DELTA FORCE 2: THE COLUMBIAN CONNECTION - 1990; SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL III - 1991; DARNA - 1991; SHOTGUN BANJO - 1992; ASIAN COP: HIGH VOLTAGE - 1995; WANTED PERFECT MURDER - 1997) - 03/15/13
HENRY BROMELL (TV Producer/Director/Writer: NORTHERN EXPOSURE - 1990-1995; HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET - 1993-1999; PANIC - 2000; CARNIVALE - 2003-2005; BROTHERHOOD - 2006-2008; RUBICON - 2010; HOMELAND - 2011-2012) - 03/18/13
HARRY REEMS (Legendary Porno Actor: DARK DREAMS - 1971; THE ALTAR OF Harry ReemsLUST - 1971; THE ABDUCTORS - 1972; DEEP THROAT - 1972; DEEP SLEEP - 1972; PENETRATION - 1972; FLESHPOT ON 42ND STREET - 1973; HIGH RISE - 1973; FORCED ENTRY - 1973; DEVIL IN MISS JONES - 1973; CASE OF THE FULL MOON MURDERS - 1973; THE LOVE WITCH - 1974; DEADLY WEAPONS - 1974; MEMORIES WITHIN MISS AGGIE - 1974; SOMETIMES SWEET SUSAN - 1975; EVERY INCH A LADY - 1975; SHERLICK HOLMES - 1975; EROTIC DR. JEKYLL - 1976; SEX WISH - 1976; LET ME DIE A WOMAN - 1977; DEMENTED - 1980; TO ALL A GOODNIGHT - 1980; NATIONAL LAMPOON'S MOVIE MADNESS - 1982; FOR YOUR THIGHS ONLY - 1984; GIRLS ON FIRE - 1984; ORIENTAL JADE - 1985; OBSESSION - 1985; LUST IN SPACE - 1985; LOOSE ENDS - 1985; HOT BLOODED - 1985; EROTICA JONES - 1985; DEEP CHILL - 1985; NAUGHTY NURSES - 1986; EVIL ANGEL - 1986; ANGEL'S REVENGE - 1986; NIGHT PROWLERS - 1988; CHINA AND SILK - 1988; Hundreds of others. Goodbye to a true legend.) - 03/19/13
ELI RICHBOURG (Producer: TIGERLAND - 2000; BAD COMPANY - 2002; PHONE BOOTH - 2002; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - 2004; THE NUMBER 23 - 2007; BLOOD CREEK - 2009) - 03/20/13
JAMES HERBERT (Novelist: [All these novels were made into films] THE SURVIVOR - 1981; THE RATS [DEADLY EYES - 1983, was made from this novel]; FLUKE - 1995; FEAR IN THE DARK - 1991; HAUNTED - 1995; THE MOST PERFECT SCARY MOVIE - 2005) - 03/20/13
ROBERT NICHOLS (Actor: THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD - 1951; JOHNNY DARK - 1954; THE ATOMIC KID - 1954; THIS ISLAND EARTH - 1955; THE 30 FOOT BRIDE OF CANDY ROCK - 1959; CALL ME BWANA - 1963; ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES - 1971; SECOND CHANCE - 1972; THEY ONLY KILL THEIR MASTERS - 1972; WICKED, WICKED - 1973; WESTWORLD - 1973; THE NIGHT THEY ROBBED BIG BERTHA'S - 1975; GOD TOLD ME TO - 1976; SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER - 1993; Dozens of TV Show appearances) - 03/21/13
NORMAN R. PALMER (Editor: THE LEGEND OF LOBO - 1962; THE GNOME-MOBILE - 1967; THE SHAGGY D.A. - 1976; MIDNIGHT MADNESS - 1980; THE GHOSTS OF BUXLEY HALL - 1980) - 03/23/13
PETER DURYEA (Actor: TAGGART - 1964; THE BOUNTY KILLER - 1965; LT. ROBIN CRUSOE U.S.N. - 1967; CATALINA CAPER - 1967; BLOOD OF THE IRON MAIDEN - 1970; Dozens of TV Show appearances) - 03/24/13
DON PAYNE (Writer/Producer: THE SIMPSONS - 2000-2010; MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND - 2006; FANTASTC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER - 2007; THOR - 2011) - 03/26/13
FAY KANIN (Writer/Producer: RASHOMON - [TV Movie - 1961]; SWORDSMAN OF SIENA - 1962; THE OUTRAGE - 1964; HEAT OF ANGER - 1972; HUSTLING - 1975; FRIENDLY FIRE - 1979) - 03/27/13
RICHARD GRIFFITHS (Actor: Best known for portraying "Uncle Vernon Dursley" in the HARRY POTTER series of films [2001 - 2011]; BREAKING GLASS - 1980; SUPERMAN II - 1980; CHARIOTS OF FIRE - 1981; RAGTIME - 1981; BRITANNIA HOSPITAL - 1982; GORKY PARK - 1983; GREYSTROKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES - 1984; SHANGHAI SURPRISE - 1986; WITHNAIL & I - 1987; BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY - 1992; GUARDING TESS - 1994; FUNNY BONES - 1995; SLEEPY HOLLOW - 1999; THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY - 1995; PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES - 2011; HUGO - 2011) - 03/28/13
MILO O'SHEA (Actor: ULYSSES - 1967; BARBARELLA - 1968; THE ADDING MACHINE - 1969; LOOT - 1970; THE ANGEL LEVINE - 1970; SACCO & VANZETTI - 1971; AND NO ONE COULD SAVE HER - 1973; THEATRE OF BLOOD - 1973; DIGBY, THE BIGGEST DOG IN THE WORLD - 1973; IT'S NOT THE SIZE THAT COUNTS - 1974; ARABIAN ADVENTURE - 1979; THE VERDICT - 1983 (My favorite of his performances); THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO - 1985; BROKEN VOWS - 1987; THE DREAM TEAM - 1989; ONLY THE LONELY - 1991; MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND - 1993; MYSTICS - 2003) - 04/02/13
JESUS "JESS" FRANCO (Director/Producer/Writer: Prolific director of erotic and horror films and master of the zoom lense. He also had more pseudonyms than any director in history; THE SADISTIC BARON VON KLAUS - 1962; THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF - 1962; THEJess Franco MISTRESSES OF DR. JEKYLL - 1964; THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z - 1966; SUCCUBUS - 1968; KISS AND KILL - 1968; 99 WOMEN - 1969; SADIST EROTICA - 1969; DEADLY SANCTUARY - 1969; VENUS IN FURS - 1969; THE BLOODY JUDGE - 1970; COUNT DRACULA - 1970; VAMPYROS LESBOS - 1971; SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY - 1971; THE SINISTER EYES OF DR. ORLOFF - 1973; FEMALE VAMPIRE - 1973; THE DEMONS - 1973; A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD - 1974; NIGHT OF THE ASSASSINS - 1974; EXORCISM - 1974; WOMEN BEHIND BARS - 1975; BARBED WIRE DOLLS - 1976; JACK THE RIPPER - 1976; KISS ME KILLER - 1977; WANDA THE WICKED WARDEN - 1977; LOVE CAMP - 1977; WHITE CANNIBAL QUEEN - 1980; DEVIL HUNTER - 1980; HELLHOLE WOMEN - 1981; BLOODY MOON - 1981; DIAMONDS OF KILIMANDJARO - 1983; MACUMBA SEXUAL - 1983; MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD - 1985; FURY IN THE TROPICS - 1986; ALONE AGAINST TERROR - 1986; SLAVE OF CRIME - 1987; FACELESS - 1987; DARK MISSION - 1988; REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHER - 1988; JUNGLE OF FEAR - 1993; KILLER BARBYS - 1996; TENDER FLESH - 1997; LUST FOR FRANKENSTEIN - 1998; A BAD DAY AT THE CEMETERY - 2008; PAULA-PAULA - 2010; Over 150 other titles.) - 04/02/13
JEAN SINCERE (Actress: ROXANNE - 1987; PULSE - 1988; SCANDAL IN A SMALL TOWN - 1988; THE INCREDIBLES - 2004; Appeared as a guest actress in dozens of TV series since 1949) - 04/03/13
ROGER EBERT (Film Critic/Screenwriter/Author: Love him or hate him, Mr. Ebert Roger Ebertwas one of the first groundbreaking film critics to reach tremendous popularity. While I loved to laugh at his and film partner Gene Siskel's evisceration of slasher films in the early 1980's on their TV shows SNEAK PREVIEWS/AT THE MOVIES - 1980-1990, there was no doubt that Mr. Ebert was one of the most knowledgeable film critics ever. And he lived for film and loved every minute of it. While most people would have retired after receiving bad news about having cancer [and losing part of his jaw], he kept on reviewing films in his own unique manner. While I seldom agreed with his assessments of films [he particulalrly was very nasty towards horror films], I still bought many of his books, my favorite being YOUR MOVIE SUCKS. All this coming from the man who wrote the screenplays for BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS - 1970; UP! - 1976; and BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRA-VIXENS - 1979 for director Russ Meyer. Mr. Ebert was never ashamed of these films and would talk about them frankly [it also helped that these films are considered classics by violence/softcore porn fans like myself]. With sadness in my heart, I must now say: "The balcony is now closed forever and see you at the movies!" My heart is about as sad as it can get and I hope they have films in Heaven [not that I believe in such things].) - 04/04/13
BIGAS LUNA (Director/Writer: He only directed 20 films, but they were all imbued with his own personal sense of the absurd; REBORN - 1981 [One of the strangest religious films ever made]; ANGUISH - 1987 [My personal favorite of his films]; JAMON JAMON - 1992 [The film that made the world aware what a great actor Javier Bardem is]) - 04/05/13
LES BLANK (Documentary Filmmaker: HOT PEPPER - 1973; BURDEN OF DREAMS - 1982 {One of the best documentaries about filmmaking, in this case the making of Werner Herzog's FITZCARRALDO - 1982]; IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER? - 1984; INNOCENTS ABROAD - 1991) - 04/07/13
ANNETTE FUNICELLO (Actress: One of my childhood crushes, thanks to all her appearances in those AIP "Beach" films, she passed away at age 70 due to complications of multiple sclerosis; THE SHAGGY DOG - 1959; BABES IN TOYLAND - 1961; BEACH PARTY - 1963; MUSCLE BEACH PARTY - 1964; BIKINI BEACH - 1964; PAJAMA PARTY - 1964; BEACH BLANKET BINGO - 1965; THE MONKEY'S UNCLE - 1965; HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI - 1965; DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE - 1965; FIREBALL 500 - 1966; THUNDER ALLEY - 1967; HEAD - 1968; BACK TO THE BEACH - 1987; She was only 12 years-old when she first started out acting in the 50's on THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB and was the only Mouseketeer kept under contract by Walt Disney when the show was canceled.) - 04/08/13
RICHARD BROOKER (Actor/Stuntman: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III - 1982; DEATHSTALKER - 1983; DEEP SEA CONSPIRACY - 1987; GOING TO PIECES: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SLASHER FILM - 2006; HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13TH - 2009; THE MEN BEHIND THE MASK - 2009; NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY - 2010) - 04/08/13
JONATHAN WINTERS (Actor/Comedian: One of my fondest childhood memories was, as a six year-old, my mother taking me to a Cinerama release of IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD [1963] and laughing the hardest at Winters' antics. Winters was also aJonathan Winters master of improvisation and I never missed an episode of his TV Series THE JONATHAN WINTERS SHOW [1967 - 1969]. He was funny as hell, but also suffered from personal demons, including acute mental illness. He was 87 years old when he passed away, worked right up until he died and he will be missed by everyone who grew up with him. Some of the films Winters appeared in were: THE LOVED ONE - 1965; THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING - 1966; PENELOPE - 1966; EIGHT ON THE LAM - 1967; NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T - 1968; VIVA MAX - 1969; THE FISH THAT SAVED PITTSBURGH - 1979; MORE WILD WILD WEST - 1980; THE LONGSHOT - 1986; THE SHADOW - 1994; THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY & BULLWINKLE - 2000; Winters was also an expert voiceover artist and did voices for many TV cartoon series, as well as supplying the voice of Papa Smurf in THE SMURFS [2011] movie [One of his last acting gigs was supplying the same voice in THE SMURFS 2 movie, not yet released at the time of his death]. He also acted in dozens of TV series and one of his earliest TV roles was playing "Fats" Brown in the 1961 episode titled "A Game Of Pool" on THE TWILIGHT ZONE. He also played Robin William's son Mearth on MORK & MINDY during the 1981-1982 season. He was also a favorite on THE DEAN MARTIN COMEDY HOUR [1966 - 1973] and was also a regular on the DEAN MARTIN ROASTS... specials, usually playing his favorite comic characters, Maude Frickert and Elwood Suggins. R.I.P. old friend.) - 04/11/13
MICHAEL FRANCE (Screenwriter: CLIFFHANGER - 1993; GOLDENEYE - 1995; HULK - 2003; THE PUNISHER - 2004; FANTASTIC FOUR - 2005) - 04/12/13
FRANK BANK (Actor: Best known for playing Clarence 'Lumpy' Rutherford on LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - 1958-1963 and the revival THE NEW LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - 1983-1989; He also played Lumpy in the TV Movie STILL THE BEAVER - 1983 and played a different character in the theatrical release LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - 1997; Other roles include THE STORY OF WILL ROGERS - 1952 and HIGH SCHOOL U.S.A. - 1983) - 04/13/13
RENTARO MIKUNI (Japanese Actor: THE BURMESE HARP - 1956; ESCAPE FROM HELL - 1963; KWAIDAN - 1964; ZATOICHI THE OUTLAW - 1967; SHADOW OF DECEPTION - 1971; ZATOICHI AT LARGE - 1972; THE POSSESSED - 1976; SWEET REVENGE - 1977; VENGEANCE IS MINE - 1979; SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN - 1981; FREE AND EASY series of films - 1988-2009; Over 150 more films) - 04/14/13
RICHARD LePARMENTIER (Actor: ROLLERBALL - 1975; BLIND MAN'S BLUFF - 1977; STAR WARS - 1977 [received immortality as Admiral Motti, the first person that Darth Vader choked out across the room using the Force for insulting Vader's "sorcerer ways']; THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT - 1977; SILVER DREAM RACER - 1980; SUPERMAN II - 1980; OCTOPUSSY - 1983; PAINT ME A MURDER - 1984; WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT - 1988; THE BERLIN CONSPIRACY - 1992) - 04/15/13
PAT SUMMERALL (Sports Commentator/Actor: Summerall only acted in one film, BLACK SUNDAY [1977], but those who watched the Super Bowl every year heard his concisive and knowledgeable voice concerning the players and the rules up until 2002. While football was his passion [He played 10 years {1952-1961} in the NFL, as a kicker for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals, and New York Giants. His real first name was George, but he earned the nickname Pat, short for "Point After Touchdown"], he was never afraid to make fun of himself in TV series such as THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY. He also played himself in the film THE REPLACEMENTS - 2000. He also spent some time at the Betty Ford Clinic for alcohol abuse and had a liver transplant in 2004.) - 04/16/13
ALLAN ARBUS (Actor: Best known for playing psychiatrist Doctor Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H - 1972-1983, where his best advice was, "Ladies and Gentlemen, take my advice. Pull down your pants, and slide on the ice."; PUTNEY SWOPE - 1969; CISCO PIKE - 1972; COFFY - 1973; THE YOUNG NURSES - 1973; SCREAM, PRETTY PEGGY - 1973; LAW AND DISORDER - 1974; STALK THE WILD CHILD - 1976; RAID ON ENTEBBE - 1976; DAMIEN: OMEN II - 1978; AMERICATHON - 1979; GANSTER WARS - 1981; VOLUNTEERS - 1985; CROSSROADS - 1986; FROM THE HIP - 1987; WHEN HE'S NOT A STRANGER - 1989; IN DARK PLACES - 1997; MAKING CONTACT - 1999; Dozens of TV show appearances. He was 95 years-old.) - 04/19/13
NOSHER POWELL (Stuntman: THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT - 1955; HORROR OF DRACULA - 1958; THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS - 1962; FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - 1963; THE PINK PANTHER - 1963; A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS - 1964; GOLDFINGER - 1964; THE SECRET OF BLOOD ISLAND - 1964; THUNDERBALL - 1965; PSYCHO CIRCUS - 1966; CASINO ROYALE - 1967; YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - 1967; THE DIRTY DOZEN - 1967; THE ASSASSINATION BUREAU - 1969; THE ITALIAN JOB - 1969; THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN - 1969; ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE - 1969; THE LEGEND OF SPIDER FOREST - 1971; DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - 1971; LIVE AND LET DIE - 1973; BRANNIGAN - 1975; STAR WARS - 1977; THE SPY WHO LOVED ME - 1977; SUPERMAN - 1978; MOONRAKER - 1979; FLASH GORDON - 1980; FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - 1981; OCTOPUSSY - 1983; KRULL - 1983; A VIEW TO A KILL - 1985; WILLOW - 1988; LEGIONAIRRE - 1998 [His last film]) - 04/20/13
VIVI BACH (Danish Actress: SANDERS - 1963; BULLETS DON'T ARGUE - 1964; MOZAMBIQUE - 1965; THE SPY WITH TEN FACES - 1966; SKI FEVER - 1966; WITH DEATH ON YOUR BACK - 1967; ASSIGNMENT K - 1968) - 04/22/13
JOHNNY LOCKWOOD (Actor: DUFFER - 1971; NUMBER 96 - 1974; ALL AT SEA - 1977; NORMAN LOVES ROSE - 1982; STANLEY: EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE ONE - 1984; MOULIN ROUGE! - 2001; THE RAGE IN PLACID LAKE - 2003) - 04/25/13
JACK SHEA (TV Director: Directed hundreds of TV series episodes, Including HAWAII FIVE-O - 1968-1980; SANFORD AND SON - 1972-1977; THE JEFFERSONS - 1975-1985; SILVER SPOONS - 1982-1987; GROWING PAINS - 1985-1992; His movies include: DAYTON'S DEVILS - 1968; THE MONITORS - 1969; THE STRANGE MONSTER OF STRAWBERRY COVE - 1971; MASON - 1977; WENDY HOOPER, U.S. ARMY - 1981; PEN 'N' INC. - 1981; KANGAROOS IN THE KITCHEN - 1982; MR. SUCCESS - 1984; He was also the Directors Guild of America [DGA] president from 1997 to 2002.) - 04/28/13
DEANNA DURBIN (Singer/Actress: ONE HUNDRED MEN AND A GIRL - 1936; THAT CERTAIN AGE - 1938; SPRING PARADE - 1940; IT STARTED WITH EVE - 1941; THE AMAZING MRS. HOLLIDAY - 1943; CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY - 1944; LADY ON A TRAIN - 1945; She retired from acting in 1948 after marrying director Charles David. She lived in seclusion in France for the rest of her life, just the way she wanted it.) - 04/30/13
MIKE GRAY (Director/Producer/Writer: THE CHINA SYNDROME - 1979; WAVELENGTH - 1983; CODE OF SILENCE - 1985; STARMAN TV Series - 1986-1987; STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - 1987-1994; Gray was also a huge proponent of drug reform) - 04/30/13
MARTIN KEVAN (Actor: VOICES - 1995; THE SLEEP ROOM - 1998; THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW - 1999; THE GREAT GATSBY - 2000; BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS - 2000; XCHANGE - 2001; CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND - 2002) - 05/01/13
TED BEYER (Actor: THE GAMEKEEPER - 1980; THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARRY - 1982; THREADS - 1984; WETHERBY - 1985; HOW HIGH THE MOON - 1994; Plenty of 80's & 90's British TV Series appearances) - 05/03/13
MARIO MACHADO (Actor: Real-life TV News anchorman who is best known for portraying news anchor "Casey Wong" in the first three ROBOCOP films; Other film appearances include: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY - 1971; BRIAN'S SONG - 1971; THE GREAT AMERICAN BEAUTY CONTEST - 1973; OH, GOD! - 1977; BLIND AMBITION - 1979; THE CONCORDE...AIRPORT '79 - 1979; THE SUICIDE'S WIFE - 1979; ROCKY III - 1982; SCARFACE - 1983; BLUE THUNDER - 1983; STREETS OF JUSTICE - 1985; TRIPLECROSS - 1986; DEAD MAN WALKING - 1987; JACK'S BACK - 1988; WITHOUT WARNING - 1994; THE 13TH DAY - 2009; He also made dozens of TV series appearances, usually as a TV new anchor or reporter on the courtroom steps) - 05/04/13
GRADY HUNT (Costume Designer that worked mainly in TV, although he also worked on theatrical movies: MUNSTER, GO HOME - 1966; RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - 1966-1968; JIGSAW - 1968; THE SHAKIEST GUN IN THE WEST - 1968; ANGEL IN MY POCKET - 1969; NIGHT GALLERY - 1970-1971; ONE MORE TRAIN TO ROB - 1971; DEADLY DREAM - 1971; A HOWLING IN THE WOODS - 1971; THE FAILING OF RAYMOND - 1971; THE DEVIL AND MISS SARAH - 1971; McCLOUD - 1971-1972; A VERY MISSING PERSON - 1972; THE LONGEST NIGHT - 1972; THE SIXTH SENSE - 1972-1973; COLUMBO - 1972-1975; SAVAGE - 1973; SHE CRIED MURDER - 1974; THE QUESTOR TAPES - 1974; THE ELEVATOR - 1974; A CASE OF RAPE - 1974; BANACEK - 1972-1974; THE CALIFORNIA KID - 1974; SARAH T.-PORTRAIT OF A TEENAGE ALCOHOLIC - 1975; THE BIG RIP-OFF - 1975; DARK VICTORY - 1976; BRENDA STARR - 1976; PERILOUS VOYAGE - 1976; THE QUEST - 1976-1977; POLICE WOMAN - 1974-1977; THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY - 1977-1978; QUARK - 1977-1978; THE LAST OF THE GOOD GUYS - 1977; INSTITUTE FOR REVENGE - 1979; THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN GUN - 1979; SALVAGE 1 - 1979-1980; DETOUR TO TERROR - 1980; POLICE STORY: CONFESSIONS OF A LADY COP - 1980; GOLIATH AWAITS - 1981; DESIRE, THE VAMPIRE - 1982; COCAINE AND BLUE EYES - 1983; BRING 'EM BACK ALIVE - 1982-1983; MURDER ME, MURDER YOU - 1983; FANTASY ISLAND - 1979-1984; MORE THAN MURDER - 1984; DEADLY MESSAGES - 1985; THE RETURN OF MICKEY SPILLANE'S MIKE HAMMER - 1986; T.J. HOOKER - 1982-1986; STARMAN - 1986; POLICE STORY: THE FREEWAY KILLINGS - 1987; THE NEW MIKE HAMMER - 1984-1987; MIKE HAMMER: MURDER TAKES ALL - 1989) - 05/05/13
RAY HARRYHAUSEN (Visual Effects Technician/Producer/Director: One of the most influential stop-motion animators in the world. Those who don't know his name have Ray Harryhausenno reason to be on this site; Some of his films include: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG - 1949; IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA - 1955; EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS - 1956; 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH - 1957; THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD - 1958; THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER - 1960; MYSTERIOUS ISLAND - 1961; JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS - 1964; FIRST MEN IN THE MOON - 1964; ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. - 1966; THE VALLEY OF GWANGI - 1969; THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD - 1973; SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER - 1977; CLASH OF THE TITANS - 1982; Harryhausen also made cameo appearances in films such as SPIES LIKE US - 1985; BEVERLY HILLS COP III - 1994; MIGHTY JOE YOUNG - 1998; THE BONEYARD COLLECTION - 2006; BURKE & HARE - 2010 as favors to directors [especially John Landis] who grew up watching his films and appeared in dozens of documentaries about special effects; Harryhausen also did the special effects and directed most of the Puppetoon shorts for producer George Pal during the 1940's and was also a cameraman with Frank Capra for the military during World War II. He was a creative mastermind (the fight with the skeletons in JASON will always stick in my mind), only hampered by time and monetary restraints, but he achieved many great things during his lifetime, especially to this young impressionable lad during the 60's. He had no grievances against CGI except that it was becoming "overexposed" and you always knew how it was done. It took the mystery out of films. Tom Hanks once said, "Many people think CITIZEN KANE is the best movie of all time. I think it is JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS." That was one of the nicest things I have ever heard. Harryhausen was 92 years-young when he passed away. We lost a genius today.) - 05/07/13
JEANNE COOPER (Actress: Best known as character Katherine 'Kay' Chancellor on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS soap opera [1973 - 2013], where she appeared for forty years [her real-life facelift in the 80's was incorporated into the series], and the son of actor Corbin Bernsen, Ms. Cooper was also an accomplished actress who appeared in the following films: THE HOUSTON STORY - 1956; CALLING HOMICIDE - 1956; 5 STEPS TO DANGER - 1957; ROCK ALL NIGHT - 1957; PLUNDER ROAD - 1957; SCREAMING MIMI - 1958; UNWED MOTHER - 1958; HOUSE OF WOMEN - 1962; THE INTRUDER - 1962 [Director Roger Corman's scathing film against the influences of racism, with William Shatner as the protagonist,, which I consider one of Corman's best films, but is the only one of his movies that actually lost money. The film was just way too ahead of its time and is now considered a classic.]; BLACK ZOO - 1963; TONY ROME - 1967; THE BOSTON STRANGLER - 1968; THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN... - 1970; KANSAS CITY BOMBER - 1972; SWEET HOSTAGE - 1975; LETHAL JUSTICE - 1991; BEYOND SUSPICION - 1993; THE TOMORROW MAN - 2002; DEAD AIR - 2009; Ms. Cooper also appeared in hundreds of TV series episodes, including THE TWILIGHT ZONE ["Mr. Denton on Doomsday" - 1959], THRILLER ["The Big Blackout" - 1960] and KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER ["The Devil's Platform" - 1974]. My condolences to Corbin Bernsen and the rest of her family.) - 05/08/13
TAYLOR MEAD (Actor, usually for independent underground films: THE QUEEN OF SHEBA MEETS THE ATOM MAN - 1963; THE BIZARRE ONES - 1968; MIDNIGHT COWBOY - 1969; MESSALINA, EMPRESS OF ROME - 1977; FEEDBACK - 1978; UNION CITY - 1980; UNDERGROUND U.S.A. - 1980; SHADOWS IN THE CITY - 1991; NATURAL BORN CRAZIES - 1994; MULTIPLE FUTURES - 1995; FROGS FOR SNAKES - 1998 ECSTASY FOR ENTROPY - 1999; CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER IV - 2000; NUBILE NUISANCE - 2006; He was also the Assistant Director of some of the early films by Andy Warhol) - 05/08/13
BRYAN FORBES (Director/Writer/Actor: All as Director/Writer: SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON - 1964; KING RAT - 1965, THE WRONG BOX - 1966; DEADFALL - 1968; LONG AGO, TOMORROW - 1971; THE STEPFORD WIVES - 1975; THE NAKED FACE - 1984; All as an Actor: RAIDERS IN THE SKY - 1953; SEA DEVILS - 1953; MAN WITH A MILLION - 1954; AN INSPECTOR CALLS - 1954; SATELLITE IN THE SKY - 1956; QUATERMASS II: ENEMY FROM SPACE - 1957; THE GUNS OF NAVARONE - 1961; A SHOT IN THE DARK - 1964; He was also an uncredited writer for THE MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF - 1970) - 05/08/13
ALFREDO LANDA  (Actor: THE EXECUTIONER - 1963; FOUL PLAY - 1977; THE CRACK - 1981; THE CRACK II - 1983; THE HOLY INNOCENTS - 1984; THE LOST PARADISE - 1985; SINATRA - 1988; THE END OF A MYSTERY - 2003; Mr. Landa spent most of his professional career starring in Spanish comedy films [over 130 titles], but got noticed by the world in the 80's for his excellent dramatic roles and is now considered one of the best Spanish actors of his generation) - 05/09/13
DAVID CAMPLING (Editor/Sound Editor: TO CATCH A SPY - 1971; QUEEN KONG - 1976; THE STUD - 1978; THE GOLDEN LADY - 1979; DEATH WISH II - 1982; 10 TO MIDNIGHT - 1983; SCARAB - 1983; TOP SECRET! - 1984; THE TERMINATOR - 1984; AMOS - 1985; PLATOON - 1986; HYPER SAPIEN: PEOPLE FROM ANOTHER STAR - 1986; INVASION EARTH: THE ALIENS ARE HERE - 1988; MIDNIGHT CROSSING - 1988; THE BOUNTY HUNTER - 1990; WITH MURDER IN MIND - 1992; THROUGH THE EYES OF A KILLER - 1992; AWAKE TO DANGER - 1995; THE STRANGER BESIDE ME - 1995; THE LAST DAYS OF FRANKIE THE FLY - 1996; STRANGER IN MY HOUSE - 1999; RIPPER 2: LETTER FROM WITHIN - 2004; UNCONSCIOUS - 2006) - 05/09/13
LAURENCE HADDON (Actor: HANDS OF A STRANGER - 1962; TORN CURTAIN - 1966; VALLEY OF THE DOLLS - 1967; MURDER ONCE REMOVED - 1971; GET CHRISTIE LOVE! - 1974; THE EXECUTION OF PRIVATE SLOVIK - 1974; GUILTY OR INNOCENT: THE SAM SHEPPARD MURDER CASE - 1975; BRINKS: THE GREAT ROBBERY - 1976; AMERICAN RASPBERRY - 1977; NEVER CON A KILLER - 1977; KILLING STONE - 1978; THE ORDEAL OF PATTY HEARST - 1979; THE STREETS OF L.A. - 1979; THE ALIENS ARE COMING - 1980; A GUN IN THE HOUSE - 1981; GOLIATH AWAITS - 1981; WHITE WATER REBELS - 1983; FATAL VISION - 1984; MIRRORS - 1985; SCHOOL SPIRIT - 1985; CAGED IN PARADISO - 1990; Hundreds of guest roles on TV series dating back to the 1960's) - 05/10/13
ARNOLD PETERS (Actor: SUEZ 1956 - 1979; WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS? - 1980; FRANKENSTEIN - 1984; KNOCKBACK - 1984; Dozens of British TV series roles) - 05/11/13
DAVID CONNELL (Actor: HI, MOM! - 1970; THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE - 1970; GORDON'S WAR - 1973; WOLFEN - 1981; 2ND TAKE - 2011) - 05/11/13
DR. JOYCE BROTHERS (Psychologist/Actor: First came to prominence as a winning contestant on the 50's game show THE $64,000 QUESTION [1955] on the subject of boxing! Her bright and breezy personality, where she was never afraid of making fun of herself, made her a staple on hundreds of TV series, talk shows and game shows, where she usually played herself. Some of her roles were on: ELLERY QUEEN - 1976; POLICE WOMAN - 1974-1977; PROJECT U.F.O. - 1978; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1981; SIMON & SIMON - 1983; CHiPS - 1983; MARRIED WITH CHILDREN - 1990; PICKET FENCES - 1994; THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW - 1997; JAG - 2004; Her film roles included: EMBRYO - 1976; HERO AT LARGE - 1980; OH, GOD! BOOK II - 1980; MORE WILD WILD WEST - 1980; THE LONELY GUY - 1984; LOVE AT STAKE - 1987; THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD - 1988; ANIMAL BEHAVIOR - 1989; LOADED WEAPON 1 - 1994; EXIT TO EDEN - 1994; SPY HARD - 1996; DEAR GOD - 1996; ANALYZE THAT - 2002; DORM DAZE 2 - 2006) - 05/13/13
PENNE HACKFORTH JONES (Actress: ALVIN PURPLE - 1973; DOWN THE WIND - 1975; IMAGE OF DEATH - 1976; THE JOURNALIST - 1979; RUNNING ON EMPTY - 1982; IRRESITIBLE FORCE - 1993; PARADISE ROAD - 1997; Dozens of Australian TV series guest roles) - 05/17/13
STEVE FORREST (Actor: Best known as 'Hondo' Harrelson on the S.W.A.T. TV series - 197Steve Forrest5-1977; PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE - 1954; THE LIVING IDOL - 1957; THE LONGEST DAY - 1962; THE YELLOW CANARY - 1963; THE MAN IN A LOOKING GLASS - 1965; THE WILD COUNTRY - 1970; CHANT OF SILENCE - 1973; THE HANGED MAN - 1974; THE HATFIELDS AND THE McCOYS - 1975; MANEATERS ARE LOOSE! - 1978; CAPTAIN AMERICA - 1979; MOMMIE DEAREST - 1981; HOTLINE - 1982; SAHARA - 1983; SPIES LIKE US - 1985; AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON - 1987; KILLER: A JOURNAL OF MURDER - 1995; S.W.A.T. - 2003; Hundreds of TV series appearances including THE TWILIGHT ZONE ["The Parallel" - 1963]; KRAFT MYSTERY THEATER ["Catch Fear by the Throat" - 1963]; THE SIXTH SENSE ["Echo of a Distant Scream" - 1972]; CIRCLE OF FEAR ["The Summer House" - 1972]; NIGHT GALLERY ["The Waiting Room" - 1972]; He was also the star of the little-seen THE BARON [1966-1967] TV series and was a favorite guest star [playing different characters] on MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1986-1996.) - 05/18/13
CARLO MONNI (Actor: CONTAMINATION - 1980; TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS - 1981 [His scenes were deleted from the final edit]; THE SCORPION WITH TWO TAILS - 1982; THE ASSISI UNDERGROUND - 1985; DIAL: HELP - 1988; THE ACCIDENTAL DETECTIVE - 2003) - 05/19/13
BELLA FLORES (Filipino Actress: JAMES BATMAN - 1966; W.I.A. WOUNDED IN ACTION - 1966; THE MAGNIFICENT ZORRO - 1968; PUSSY CAT STRIKES AGAIN - 1969; MR. WONG STRIKES AGAIN - 1969; TARGET, HONG KONG - 1970; HOT ANGELS - 1971; MYSTERIOUS MAD KILLER - 1972; MISSING IN ACTION - 1984; ESCORT GIRLS - 1985; READY!...AIM!...FIRE!... - 1987; AMERICAN FORCE 2: THE UNTOUCHABLE GLORY - 1988; KILLER VS. NINJAS - 1989; SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL IV - 1992; SOLDIER BOYZ - 1995; Literally about 220 more films, most never released outside the Philippines) - 05/19/13
RICHARD THORP (British Actor: THE DAM BUSTERS - 1955; THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET - 1957; THE GOOD COMPANIONS - 1957; BITTER HARVEST - 1963; MYSTERY SUBMARINE - 1963; SWORD OF LANCELOT - 1963; THE SWINGING MAIDEN - 1963; SUBURBAN WIVES - 1972; Hundreds of British TV series, including over 450 episodes of EMMERDALE - 1982-2013) - 05/22/13
BILL PERTWEE (British Actor: DAD'S ARMY - 1971; THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN DEADLY SINS - 1971; THE DEATH WHEELERS - 1973; MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE - 1974; CONFESSIONS OF A POP PERFORMER - 1975; WHAT'S UP SUPERDOC - 1978; WHAT'S UP NURSE - 1978; SEE HOW THEY RUN - 1984; RUN FOR YOUR WIFE - 2012; Dozens of British TV series appearances, including a regular on DAD'S ARMY - 1968-1977) - 05/27/13
EDDIE ROMERO (Filipini Director/Producer/Writer: LOST BATTALION - 1962; THE RAIDERS OF THE LEYTE GULF - 1963; MORO WITCH DOCTOR - 1964; THE RAVAGERS - 1965; BRIDES OF BLOOD - 1968; MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND - 1969; BEAST OF BLOOD - 1971; BEAST OF THE YELLOW NIGHT - 1971; THE TWILIGHT PEOPLE - 1972; BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA - 1973; THE WOMAN HUNT - 1973; BEYOND ATLANTIS - 1973; SAVAGE SISTERS - 1974; SUDDEN DEATH - 1975; WHITEFORCE - 1988; Dozens of Philippines-made films that never made it to U.S. shores. Best known to the world as the director of late-60's to 70's exploitation and horror films.) - 05/28/13
HELEN HANFT (Actress: NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE - 1976; MANHATTAN - 1979; STARDUST MEMORIES - 1980; ARTHUR - 1981; HONKY TONK FREEWAY - 1981; THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO - 1985; NINE 1/2 WEEKS - 1986; OFF BEAT - 1986; APOLOGY - 1986; MOONSTRUCK - 1987; CLINTON AND NADINE - 1988; COMING TO AMERICA - 1988; LICENSE TO DRIVE - 1988; IDENTITY CRISIS - 1989; THE BUTCHER'S WIFE - 1991; I.Q. - 1994; THE ASSOCIATE - 1996; FEVER - 1999; DUMMY - 2002; NOISE - 2007) - 05/29/13
NINO BARAGLI (Italian Editor: THE GRIM REAPER - 1962; DJANGO - 1965; THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY - 1966; HELLBENDERS - 1967; GRAND SLAM - 1967; MAFIA - 1968; ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - 1968; THE FAMILY - 1970; SACCO & VANZETTI - 1971; DUCK, YOU SUCKER - 1971 [one of my favorite Westerns of all time]; WHEN WOMEN LOST THEIR TAILS - 1972; THE ASSASSIN OF ROME - 1972; MY NAME IS NOBODY - 1973; DEAD AIM - 1975; THE INHERITANCE - 1976; CALIGULA - 1979; CONTAMINATION - 1980; ORDER OF DEATH - 1983; ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA - 1984; BARBED WIRE - 1991; GANGSTERS - 1992; THE MONSTER - 1994; Hundreds of other films.) - 05/29/13
JEAN STAPLETON (Actress: Best known as "Dingbat" Edith Bunker on the taboo-breaking show Jean StapletonALL IN THE FAMILY [1971 - 1979], this talented actress also did a lot more TV [since 1951] and a few movies. They include: DAMN! YANKEES - 1958; BELLS ARE RINGING - 1960; SOMETHING WILD - 1961; UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE - 1967; COLD TURKEY - 1971; KLUTE - 1971; TAIL GUNNER JOE - 1977; ANGEL DUSTED - 1981; SOMETHING'S AFOOT - 1984; THE BUDDY SYSTEM - 1984; DEAD MAN'S FOLLY - 1986; TENDER PLACES - 1987; FIRE IN THE DARK - 1991; GHOST MOM - 1993; MICHAEL - 1996; PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS - 2001; Goodnight Jean and thanks for a decade of funny and emotional TV. She could be both hilarious and heartbreaking as Edith Bunker [Edith's rape and Gloria losing the baby episodes will always be remembered by me as the first TV series that made me cry] and she was a damn fine actress. She was 90 years-old when she passed away.) - 05/31/13
ESTHER WILLIAMS (Actress: She was a teenage swimming champion who became a movie star and dubbed "America's Mermaid" [for her ability to stay underwater for long periods of time] during the 40's, 50's & early 60's before retiring. Her third husband was actor Fernando Lamas, until his death in 1982, which made her the stepmother of actor Lorenzo Lamas. While none of her films would really interest readers of this site, her death should go noticed, even for the fact that she turned down starring roles in the Irwin Allen films THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE - 1972 and THE TOWERING INFERNO - 1974. Some of her films include A GUY NAMED JOE - 1944; THE HOODLUM SAINT - 1946; FIESTA - 1947; TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME - 1949; NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER - 1949; TEXAS CARNIVAL - 1951; MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID - 1952; JUPITER'S DARLING - 1955; RAW WIND IN EDEN - 1958; THE BIG SHOW - 1961. She was 91 years-old when she passed away.) - 06/06/13
MAXINE STUART (Actress: KITTEN WITH A WHIP - 1964; TRAVIS LOGAN, D.A. - 1971; THE UNDERGROUND MAM - 1974; KILL ME IF YOU CAN - 1977; THE SEEDING OF SARAH BURNS - 1979; COAST TO COAST - 1980; PRIVATE BENJAMIN - 1980; THE ROUSTERS - 1983; THE HAUNTING OF SEACLIFF INN - 1994; MURDER ONE: DIARY OF A SERIAL KILLER - 1997; Hundreds of TV series appearances, including THE TWILIGHT ZONE ["Eye Of The Beholder" - 1960] and THE OUTER LIMITS ["The Man Who Was Never Born" - 1963]) - 06/06/13
HARRY LEWIS (Actor: KEY LARGO - 1948; BOMBA ON PANTHER ISLAND - 1949; GUN CRAZY - 1950; THE FAT MAN - 1951; PENDULUM - 1969; THE ASTRAL FACTOR - 1976; Plenty of TV series appearances and he also opened the "Hamburger Hamlet" restaurant with his wife, Marilyn Lewis, in Hollywood in the late 1940s with his life savings of $3500.00. It became famous and later expanded into an extremely successful chain, which he sold in 1997 for 33 million dollars.) - 06/09/13
JAMES GANDOLFINI (Actor: Superb character actor who became an inJames Gandolfiniternational star due to his three-time Emmy Award winning work as mobster Tony Soprano on the series THE SOPRANOS - 1999-2007; His film roles included SHOCK! SHOCK! SHOCK! - 1987; THE LAST BOY SCOUT - 1991; A STRANGER AMONG US - 1992; TRUE ROMANCE - 1993 [the first time I really noticed how good he was]; TERMINAL VELOCITY - 1994; CRIMSON TIDE - 1995; GET SHORTY - 1995 [another superb performance]; THE JUROR - 1996; PERDITA DURANGO - 1997; FALLEN - 1998; 8MM - 1999; THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE - 2001; THE LAST CASTLE - 2001 [Jesus, he was so mean in this one!]; THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 - 2009; VIOLET & DAISY - 2011; KILLING THEM SOFTLY - 2012; ZERO DARK THIRTY - 2012; THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE - 2013; He also has three new movies in the can but they were not released at the time of his death. He was only 51 years-old and passed away of a heart attack while on vacation in Italy.) - 06/19/13
MIGUEL MORAYTA (Spanish-born Mexican Director: SOUL OF STEEL - 1957; THE BLOODY VAMPIRE - 1962; THE INVASION OF THE VAMPIRES - 1963; DOCTOR SATAN - 1966; CAPULINA VS. THE MONSTERS - 1974; Over 70 other films in all genres, including Comedy, Romance, Drama, Musical and Westerns. He was 105 years-old when he passed away.) - 06/19/13
ELLIOTT REID (Actor: INHERIT THE WIND - 1960; THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR - 1961; SON OF FLUBBER - 1963; BLACKBEARD'S GHOST - 1968; SOME KIND OF NUT - 1969; FINAL WARNING - 1977; HEAVEN CAN WAIT - 1978; YOUNG EINSTEIN - 1988; Hundreds of TV show appearances dating from the early-50's to the mid-90's.) - 06/21/13
GARY DAVID GOLDBERG (Emmy-Winning TV Producer/Writer: THE BOB NEWHART SHOW - 1972-1978; THE TONY RANDALL SHOW - 1976-1978; THE LAST RESORT - 1979-1980; LOU GRANT - 1977-1982; SHOOTER - 1988; FAMILY TIES - 1982-1989; SPIN CITY - 1996-2002) - 06/22/13
RICHARD MATHESON ( Novelist/Screenwriter and writer of some of the best TV Movie teleplays of the 70's: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN - 1957; HOUSE OF Richard MathesonUSHER - 1960; MASTER OF THE WORLD - 1961; PIT AND THE PENDULUM - 1961; BURN, WITCH, BURN - 1962; TALES OF TERROR - 1962; A COMEDY OF TERRORS - 1963; THE RAVEN - 1963; THE LAST MAN ON EARTH - 1964; DIE! DIE! MY DARLING - 1965; THE DEVIL RISES OUT - 1968; DE SADE - 1969; THE OMEGA MAN - 1971; DUEL - 1971; THE NIGHT STALKER - 1972; THE NIGHT STRANGLER - 1973; THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE - 1973; DYING ROOM ONLY - 1973; SCREAM OF THE WOLF - 1974; THE STRANGER WITHIN - 1974; TRILOGY OF TERROR - 1975; THE STRANGE POSSESSION OF MRS. OLIVER - 1977; DEAD OF NIGHT - 1977; SOMEWHERE IN TIME - 1980; THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN - 1981; JAWS 3-D - 1983; TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE - 1983; LOOSE CANNONS - 1990; TRILOGY OF TERROR II - 1996; STIR OF ECHOES - 1999; I AM LEGEND - 2007; THE BOX - 2009; REAL STEEL - 2011; Matheson was also involved deeply in writing episodes of TV series, including some well known episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE like "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet" [1963] and "Night Call" [1964], as well as episodes of NIGHT GALLERY like "Big Surprise" [1971] and "The Funeral" [1972]. He was a major influence of some of the best modern day horror writers, including Stephen King.) - 06/23/13
PAT ASHTON (British Actress: THE BENNY HILL SHOW - 1972-1980; BLOODBATH AT THE HOUSE OF DEATH - 1984; Dozens of British TV series appearances.) - 06/23/13
LAU KAR-LEUNG (Chinese Martial Arts Director/Actor/Stuntman [Also known as Liu Chia-Lang]: As Director: BREAKOUT FROM OPPRESSION - 1973; THE SPIRITUAL BOXER - 1975; DIRTY HO - 1976; CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS - 1976; EXECUTIONERS FROM SHAOLIN - 1977; THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN - 1978; MAD MONKEY KUNG FU - 1979; LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA - 1982; EIGHT DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER - 1984; TIGER ON BEAT - 1988; MAD MISSION V: THE TERRACOTTA HIT - 1989; THE LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER - 1994, and nearly 20 other films; He also acted and was Stunt Coordinator on over 75 other martial arts films.) - 06/25/13
JIM KELLY (Martial Artist/Actor: MELINDA - 1972; ENTER THE DRAGON - 1973; BLACK BELT JONES - 1974; THREE THE HARD WAY - 1974; GOLDEN NEEDLES - 1974; TAKE A HARD RIDE - 1975; ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO - 1976; HOT POTATO - 1976; BLACK SAMURAI - 1977; THE TATTOO CONNECTION - 1978; DEATH DIMENSION - 1978; MR. NO LEGS - 1979; ULTIMATUM - 1994; STRANGLEHOLD - 1994; THE WAY OF THE LITTLE DRAGON - 1997; THE UNBEATABLE BRUCE LEE - 2001; UNDERCOVER BROTHER - 2002; BAADASSSSS CINEMA - 2002; MACKED, HAMMERED, SLAUGHTERED AND SHAFTED - 2004; AFRO NINJA  - 2009) - 06/29/13
PAUL JENKINS (Actor: THE ORGANIZATION - 1971; OUTRAGE - 1973; CHINATOWN - 1974; THE IMPOSTER - 1975; FEAR ON TRIAL - 1975; LAW AND ORDER - 1976; NETWORK - 1976; NIGHT GAMES - 1980; SNEAKERS - 1992; Dozens of TV series guest appearances from the early-70's to 2005) - 07/01/13
PJ TOROKVEI (Writer/Actor: WKRP IN CINCINNATI - 1979-1982; REAL GENIUS - 1985; BACK TO SCHOOL - 1986; ARMED AND DANGEROUS - 1986; CADDYSHACK II - 1988; GUARDING TESS - 1994; HOSTAGE FOR A DAY - 1994) - 07/03/13
FRANK MORRISS (Film Editor: HAUSER'S MEMORY - 1970; DUEL - 1971; CUTTER - 1972; THE RETURN OF CHARLIE CHAN - 1973; CHARLEY VARRICK - 1973; THE MIDNIGHT MAN - 1974; A CRY FOR HELP - 1975; THE STRANGE POSSESSION OF MRS. OLIVER - 1977; YOUNGBLOOD - 1978; DEATH CAR ON THE FREEWAY - 1979; INSIDE MOVES - 1980; BLUE THUNDER - 1983; ROMANCING THE STONE - 1984; SHORT CIRCUIT - 1986; BIRD ON A WIRE - 1990; THE HARD WAY - 1991; POINT OF NO RETURN - 1993; ANOTHER STAKEOUT - 1993; NICK OF TIME - 1995; EVEL KNIEVEL - 2004; Over 40 other films.) - 07/03/13
ANNA WING (British Actress: THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW - 1971; A DOLL'S HOUSE - 1973; THE HAUNTING OF JULIA - 1977; THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES - 1978; THE GODSEND - 1980; XTRO - 1983; DOG EAT DOG - 2001; TOOTH - 2004; SON OF RAMBOW - 2007; Hundreds of British TV series guest appearances.) - 07/07/13
JOE CONLEY (Actor: Best known for playing "Ike Godsey" on THE WALTONS - 1972-1981, Conley also appeared in plenty of movies including JUVENILE JUNGLE - 1958; WHEN HELL BROKE LOOSE - 1958; A NICE LITTLE BANK THAT SHOULD BE ROBBED - 1958; BLUEPRINT FOR ROBBERY - 1961; PATTY - 1962; THE LONGEST NIGHT - 1972; IMPURE THOUGHTS - 1986; WHATEVER IT TAKES - 1998; CAST AWAY - 2000; BLIND OBSESSION - 2002 and dozens of guest appearances on TV series dating back to the mid-50's.) - 07/07/13
CORY MONTEITH (Actor: Best known for his role on the TV series GLEE - 2009-Present, Montieth also appeared in a slew of teen horror films including KILLER BASH - 2005; BLOODY MARY - 2006; FINAL DESTINATION 3 - 2006; KRAKEN: TENTACLES OF THE DEEP - 2006; HYBRID - 2007; WHITE NOISE 2: THE LIGHT - 2007; THE INVISIBLE - 2007 and WHISPER - 2007. He also appeared in many New Millennium TV series as a guest star, including STARGATE: ATLANTIS; SUPERNATURAL; SMALLVILLE; STARGATE SG-1; KYLE XY and KAYA. He was only 31 years-old when he was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada of a heroin/alcohol overdose. He had a history of drug abuse and had a stint in rehab during April of this year.) - 07/13/13
DENNIS BURKLEY (Actor: Rotund character actor [who usually played good-old Southern boys, a heavy or a Southern police officer] who made my exploitation yearsDennis Burkley during the 70's, 80's & 90's enjoyable. His films include BUMMER - 1973; NIGHTMARE HONEYMOON - 1974; STAY HUNGRY - 1976; DELTA COUNTY USA - 1977; HEROES - 1977; MAD BULL - 1977; LASERBLAST - 1978; AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE DIXIE BAR & GRILL - 1979; MRS. R'S DAUGHTER - 1979; SUMMER FANTASY - 1984; MASK - 1985; THE SLUGGER'S WIFE - 1985; STEWARDESS SCHOOL - 1986; WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE - 1986; MALONE - 1987; NO WAY OUT - 1987; PASS THE AMMO - 1988; FLETCH LIVES - 1989; AN INNOCENT MAN - 1989; LAMBADA - 1990; THE END OF INNOCENCE - 1990; THE DOORS - 1991; STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT - 1992; WISHMAN - 1992; SIDEKICKS - 1992; BEYOND THE LAW - 1993; SON IN LAW - 1993; EYE OF THE STALKER - 1995; TIN CUP - 1996; TOUCH - 1997; CON AIR - 1997; POSSUMS - 1998; THE FIRST 9 1/2 WEEKS - 1998; VICE - 2000; WISH YOU WERE DEAD - 2002; HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE - 2003; Burkley was also an in-demand TV guest star, appearing in over 75 TV series, including KOJAK; STARSKY AND HUTCH; McCLOUD; QUINCY, M.E.; BARETTA; THE ROCKFORD FILES; B.J. AND THE BEAR; THE MISADVENTURES OF SHERIFF LOBO; a regular on SANFORD - 1980-1981; THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO; HILL STREET BLUES; THE DUKES OF HAZZARD; THE HITCHHIKER; ER; NYPD BLUE; RENEGADE; and many others, including a recurring role as the voice of "Principal Ross" on the animated show KING OF THE HILL) - 07/14/13
BRIONY McROBERTS (Actress: PETER PAN - 1976; THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN - 1976; EDGE OF SANITY - 1989; Dozens of British TV series, including a recurring role as "Anna" on BACHELOR FATHER - 1970-1971; She committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.) - 07/17/13
VINCENZO CERAMI (Italian Screenwriter: THE DIRTY OUTLAWS - 1967; THE SILENT STRANGER - 1968; HATE IS MY GOD - 1969; BLINDMAN - 1971; HIGH FREQUENCY - 1988; THE HATEFUL DEAD - 1989; JOHNNY STECCHINO - 1991; THE MONSTER - 1994; LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL - 1997; VIPER - 2000; PINOCCHIO - 2002) - 07/17/13
STEVEN H. SMITH (Camera Operator/Cinematographer: BLADE RUNNER - 1982; BRAINSTORM - 1983; STICK - 1985; COLORS - 1988; FLASHBACK - 1990; BIRD ON A WIRE - 1990; THE BODYGUARD - 1992; CLEAN SLATE - 1994; DRACULA: DEAD AND LONING IT - 1995; GHOST OF MARS - 2001; SUPERBAD - 2007) - 07/19/13
MEL SMITH (English Comedian/Actor/Director: BULLSHOT CRUMMOND - 1983; SLAYGROUND - 1983; MORONS FROM OUTER SPACE - 1985; RESTLESS NATIVES - 1985; EUROPEAN VACATION - 1985; THE PRINCESS BRIDE - 1987; THE TALL GUY - 1989; THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE - 1989; THE MISADVENTURES OF MR. WILT - 1990; BRAIN DONORS - 1992; ART DECO DETECTIVE - 1994; THE RIDDLE - 2007) - 07/19/13
DENNIS FARINA (Actor: Great character actor that came into prominence on the TV series CRIME STORY - 1986-1988, but was acting for years before then in movies and Dennis FarinaTV; He also spent two years as one of the head detectives on TV's LAW & ORDER - 2004-2006 and one year on the HBO series LUCK - 2011-2012 before the ASPCA made it permanently halt production due to the death of three horses; His movies include THIEF - 1981; THROUGH NAKED EYES - 1983; CODE OF SILENCE - 1985; FINAL JEOPARDY - 1985; TRIPLECROSS - 1986; MANHUNTER - 1986 (one of my favorite Farina performance); SIX AGAINST THE ROCK - 1987; MIDNIGHT RUN - 1988 (my second favorite Farina performance); THE CASE OF THE HILLSIDE STRANGLERS - 1989; MEN OF RESPECT - 1990; PERFECT CRIMES - 1991; STREET CRIMES - 1992; ANOTHER STAKEOUT - 1993; STRIKING DISTANCE - 1993 (this film gets a lot of flak, but I always enjoy watching it); THE CORPSE HAD A FAMILIAR FACE - 1994; GET SHORTY - 1995 (my third favorite Farina performance); OUT OF SIGHT - 1998; SAVING PRIVATE RYAN - 1998; THE MOD SQUAD - 1999; REINDEER GAMES - 2000; BAD SEED - 2000; SNATCH - 2000; BIG TROUBLE - 2002; PAPARAZZI - 2004; EMPIRE FALLS - 2005; YOU KILL ME - 2007; KNUCKLEHEAD - 2010; Farina was 69 years-old) - 07/22/13
RONA ANDERSON (Actress: THE 20 QUESTIONS MURDER MYSTERY - 1950; A CHRISTMAS CAROL - 1951; WHISPERING SMITH INVESTIGATES - 1952; NOOSE FOR A LADY - 1953; THE BLACK RIDER - 1954; THE CASE OF THE RED MONKEY - 1955; SHADOW OF A MAN - 1956; SPIN A DARK WEB - 1956; MAN WITH A GUN - 1958; OPERATION MERMAID - 1963; DEVILS OF DARKNESS - 1965; THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE - 1969) - 07/23/13
EILEEN BRENNAN (Actress: THE LAST PICTURE SHOW - 1971; SCARECROW - 1973; THE BLUE KNIGHT - 1973; THE STING - 1973; COME DIE WITH ME - 1974; KNUCKLE - 1975; THE NIGHT THAT PANICKED AMERICA - 1975; HUSTLE - 1975; MURDER BY DEATH - 1976; THE DEATH OF RICHIE - 1977; THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK - 1977; FM - 1978; THE CHEAP DETECTIVE - 1978; PRIVATE BENJAMIN - 1980; PANDEMONIUM - 1982; THE FUNNY FARM - 1983; CLUE - 1985; STICKY FINGERS - 1987; RENTED LIPS - 1987; WHITE PALACE - 1990; PRECIOUS VICTIMS - 1993; RECKLESS - 1995; JEEPERS CREEPERS - 2001; DUMB LUCK - 2003; THE HOLLOW - 2004; Hundreds of TV Series guest appearances) - 07/28/13
MICHAEL ANSARA (Actor: Good-looking Syria-born character actor who appeared in many TV series and films. When he first broke into films in 1944, he was typecastMichael Ansara as a foreign bad guy or Native American Indian [he portrayed Cochise in the TV series BROKEN ARROW - 1956-1958], but plenty of TV work proved that he could do much, much, more. SERPENT OF THE NILE - 1953; WHITE WITCH DOCTOR - 1953; SLAVES OF BABYLON - 1953; JUPITER'S DARLING - 1955; ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY - 1955; THE LONE RANGER - 1956; THE TALL STRANGER - 1957; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1961; THE COMANCHEROS - 1961; THE CONFESSION - 1964; HARUM SCARUM - 1965; TEXAS ACROSS THE RIVER - 1966; THE DESTRUCTORS - 1968; SOL MADRID - 1968; TARGET: HARRY - 1969; GUNS OF THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - 1969; THE PHYNX - 1970; DEAR DEAD DELILAH - 1972; THE DOLL SQUAD - 1973; ORDEAL - 1973; IT'S ALIVE - 1974; DAY OF THE ANIMALS - 1977; THE MANITOU - 1978 [My favorite Ansara performance], DR. STRANGE - 1978; ACCESS CODE - 1984; KGB: THE SECRET WAR - 1985; KNIGHTS OF THE CITY - 1986; ASSASSINATION - 1987; BORDER SHOOTOUT - 1990; Hundreds of TV guest appearances, including the episode "Soldier" on THE OUTER LIMITS - 1963-1965 and "Kane" on an episode of the original STAR TREK - 1966-1969, which he reprised on STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - 1993-1999) - 07/31/13
GAIL KOBE (Actress/ Soap Opera Producer: She was mainly a TV actress who dabbled now and again in TV movies such as DESTINATION SPACE - 1959 and THE LEGEND OF LIZZIE BORDEN - 1975. I remember her for her roles in two episodes of the original THE OUTER LIMITS, "Specimen: Unknown" and "Keeper Of The Purple Twilight" [both 1964]. She was also a regular on PEYTON PLACE - 1964-1969, appeared on three episodes of the original THE TWILIGHT ZONE ["A World Of Difference" - 1960; "In His Image" - 1963 and "The Self-Improvement Of Salvadore Ross" - 1964], and had guest roles on such series as MANNIX, MOD SQUAD, IRONSIDE, GUNSMOKE and many others. She then went on to produce 210 episodes of the soap opera THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 08/01/13
DAVID C. ANDERSON (Second Unit Director/Production Manager: DR. NO - 1962; FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - 1963; THE SHUTTERED ROOM - 1967; THE KREMLIN LETTER - 1970; 200 MOTELS - 1971; THEATRE OF BLOOD - 1973; THE EAGLE HAS LANDED - 1976; THE DEER HUNTER - 1978; FLASH GORDON - 1980; STRANGE BEHAVIOR - 1981; INVASION U.S.A. - 1985; THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 - 1986; BEST SELLER - 1987; MIRACLE MILE - 1988; TEQUILA SUNRISE - 1988; NOWHERE TO RUN - 1993) - 08/04/13
KAREN BLACK (Actress: Excellent actress who was adept in any genre. When she became older, she began taking on character roles in a staggering amount B-films during the 90's right up until her death from cancer. Her films include: THE PRIME TIME - 1959 [her debut]; HARD CONTRACT - 1969; EASY RIDER - 1969 [her breakout role]; FIVE EASY PIECES - 1970; DRIVE, HE SAID - 1971; BORN TO WIN - 1971; CISCO PIKE - 1972; PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT - 1972; LITTLE LAURA AND BIG JOHN - 1973; THE PYX - 1973; THE OUTFIT - 1973; THE GREAT GATSBY - 1974; LAW AND DISORDER - 1974; AIRPLANE 1975 - 1974; TRILOGY OF TERROR - 1975 Karen Black[the famous TV movie that defined her career in horror films]; NASHVILLE - 1975; FAMILY PLOT - 1976; BURNT OFFERINGS - 1976; THE STRANGE POSSESSION OF MRS. OLIVER - 1977; CAPRICORN ONE - 1977; THE SQUEEZE - 1978; KILLER FISH - 1979; KILLING HEAT - 1981; THE LAST HORROR FILM - 1982; CUT AND RUN - 1985; ETERNAL EVIL - 1985; SAVAGE DAWN - 1985; INVADERS FROM MARS - 1986; IT'S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE - 1987; HOSTAGE - 1987; THE INVISIBLE KID - 1988; OUT OF THE DARK - 1988; HITZ - 1988; HOMER AND EDDIE - 1989; THE CHILDREN - 1990; EVIL SPIRITS - 1990; FATAL ENCOUNTER - 1990; OVEREXPOSED - 1990; TWISTED JUSTICE - 1990; ZAPPED AGAIN! - 1990; NIGHT ANGEL - 1990; HAUNTING FEAR - 1990; MIRROR MIRROR - 1990; THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN - 1991; THE KILLERS EDGE - 1991; CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT - 1991; QUIET FIRE - 1991; AUNTIE LEE'S MEAT PIES - 1991; LEGEND OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN - 1992; RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN - 1992; THE DOUBLE O KID - 1992; DEAD GIRLS DON'T TANGO - 1992; CAGED FEAR - 1992; JUDGEMENT - 1992; PLAN 10 FROM OUTER SPACE - 1995; DINOSAUR VALLEY GIRLS - 1996; MOVIES MONEY MURDER - 1996; CRIMETIME - 1996; CHILDREN OF THE CORN IV: THE GATHERING - 1996; STIR - 1997; INVISIBLE DAD - 1998; I WOKE UP EARLY THE DAY I DIED - 1998; BURY THE EVIDENCE - 1998; THE UNDERGROUND COMEDY MOVIE - 1999; PARADISE COVE - 1999; OLIVER TWISTED - 2000; THE DONOR - 2001; SOULKEEPER - 2001; HARD LUCK - 2001; MINER'S MASSACRE - 2002; TEKNOLUST - 2002; A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS - 2002; HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES - 2002 [she was simply fantastic as "Mother Firefly"]; DR. RAGE - 2005; FIRECRACKER - 2005; ONE LONG NIGHT - 2007; CONTAMINATION - 2008; REPO CHICK - 2009; STUCK - 2009; SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE - 2011; DARK BLOOD - 2012; OOGA BOOGA - 2013. Ms. Black also did plenty of TV guest spots during the 60's through the 80's on such series as THE F.B.I., RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, THE BIG VALLEY, THE INVADERS, MANNIX, ADAM-12, THE NAME OF THE GAME, CIRCLE OF FEAR, E/R and MURDER, SHE WROTE. In 2003, she had a guest role on LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, her only network TV role in the New Millennium.) - 08/08/13
JACK CLEMENT (Producer/Songwriter: As Producer: DEAR DEAD DELILAH - 1972. As Songwriter: HELL ON WHEELS - 1967; ...tick...tick...tick - 1970; THAT'LL BE THE DAY - 1973; A PERFECT WORLD - 1993; DROP DEAD GORGEOUS - 1999; A DIRTY SHAME - 2004; WALK THE LINE - 2005; AMERICAN GANGSTER - 2007) - 08/08/13
HAJI (Actress: Big-busted gal who was a favorite of Russ Meyer. She appeared in such films as FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! - 1965; MOTOR PSYCHO - 1965; GOOD MORNING...AND GOODBYE! - 1967; BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS - 1970; BIGFOOT - 1970; UP YOUR ALLEY - 1971; WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU SPACEMAN! - 1975; SUPERVIXENS - 1975; THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE -1976; ILSA, HAREM KEEPER OF THE OIL SHEIKS - 1976; DEMONOID: MESSENGER OF DEATH - 1981; THE DOUBLE-D AVENGER - 2001; KILLER DRAG QUEENS ON DOPE - 2003) - 08/09/13
HENRY POLIC II (Actor: Known for his TV roles [the "Sheriff Of Nottingham" on WHEN THINGS WERE ROTTEN - 1975], Polic did venture into films every now and then. His film and TV series appearances include: THE BIONIC WOMAN - 1976; MONSTER SQUAD [TV Series - 1976]; THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE - 1977; RABBIT TEST - 1978; MORK & MINDY - 1979; SCAVENGER HUNT - 1979; THE INCREDIBLE HULK - 1980; OH, GOD! BOOK TWO - 1980; FANTASY ISLAND - 1978 & 1981; DARKROOM [TV Series - 1982]; CAGNEY & LACEY - 1982; HOLLYWOOD CHAOS - 1989; WEBSTER - 1983-1989; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1986 & 1989; COMBUSTION - 2004. Polic also supplied voices to many animated series including: SCOOBY-DOO AND SCRAPPY-DOO - 1979; SMURFS - 1981; THE FONZ AND THE HAPPY DAYS GANG - 1980-1981; THE DUKES - 1983; YO YOGI! - 1991 and BATMAN - 1992-1994. He was 68 years-old) - 08/11/13
LISA ROBIN KELLY (Actress: Best known for playing "Laurie", Eric Foreman's [Topher Grace] snotty sister on THAT 70'S SHOW - 1998-2003, Kelly got her first acting gig on a 1992 episode of MARRIED WITH CHILDREN. Her film roles include: RELENTLESS IV: ASHES TO ASHES - 1994; PAYBACK - 1995; TERROR IN THE SHADOWS - 1995; AMITYVILLE: DOLLHOUSE - 1996; THE SURVIVOR - 1998; KILL THE MAN - 1999; CLUBLAND - 1999. Her TV roles include stints on THE X-FILES ["Syzygy" - 1996], POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY, THE NET and CHARMED. Kelly battled alcohol and drug addiction [she was fired from THAT 70'S SHOW for that reason] and died of an overdose while at rehab.) - 08/14/13
LUCIANO MARTINO (Producer/Writer: Brother of Italian director/writer Sergio Martino, Luciano produced/wrote many of his brother's films as well as many other Italian productions including: THE WHIP AND THE BODY - 1963; URSUS IN THE LAND OF FIRE - 1963;Luciano Martino HERCULES AND THE MASKED RIDER - 1964; HERCULES AGAINST THE BARBARIANS - 1964; HERCULES AND THE TYRANTS OF BABYLON - 1964; GIANTS OF ROME - 1964; GOLIATH AT THE CONQUEST OF DAMASCUS - 1965; SECRET AGENT FIREBALL - 1965 [one of his handfull of stabs at directing]; THE MURDER CLINIC - 1966; KILLERS ARE CHALLENGED - 1966; ARIZONA COLT - 1966; 10,000 DOLLARS FOR A MASSACRE - 1967; THE SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH - 1968; VENGEANCE IS MINE - 1968; SO SWEET...SO PERVERSE - 1969; NAKED AND VIOLENT - 1970; BLADE OF THE RIPPER - 1971; THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL - 1971; ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK - 1972; THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS - 1972; YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY - 1972; NO WAY OUT - 1973; ALMOST HUMAN - 1974; THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR - 1975; SYNDICATE SADISTS - 1975; SEX WITH A SMILE - 1976; A MAN CALLED BLADE - 1977; THE MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD - 1978; SCREAMERS [ISLE OF THE FISHMEN] - 1979; CONCORDE AFFAIR '79 - 1979; THE GREAT ALLIGATOR - 1979; EATEN ALIVE! - 1980; CANNIBAL FEROX - 1981; THE SCORPION WITH TWO TAILS - 1982; IRONMASTER - 1983; A BLADE IN THE DARK - 1983; 2019: AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK - 1983; BLASTFIGHTER - 1984; MIAMI GOLEM - 1985; HANDS OF STEEL - 1986; DELIRIUM - 1987; THE OPPONENT - 1988; THE SLEAZY UNCLE - 1989 and many, many others. He was 79 years-old.) - 08/14/13 
AUGUST SCHELLENBERG (Actor: Best known for his portrayal of "Randolph Johnson" in the August Schellenbergthree FREE WILLY films [1993 - 1997], Schellenberg had a long career on TV and in movies. Some of his acting credits are: RIP-OFF - 1971; ONE MAN - 1977; POWER PLAY - 1978; BEAR ISLAND - 1979; DEATH HUNT - 1981; KINGS AND DESPERATE MEN - 1981; CROSS COUNTRY - 1983; COVERGIRL - 1984; BEST REVENGE - 1984; MARK OF CAIN - 1986; BLACK ROBE - 1991; TERROR ON TRACK 9 - 1992; GETTING GOTTI - 1994; CRAZY HORSE - 1996; SILENCE - 1997; THE UNSAID - 2001; TREMORS 4: THE LEGEND BEGINS - 2004; 45 R.P.M. and THE LAST MOVIE - 2012 which, eerily enough. was his last movie. His TV roles include: THE NEW AVENGERS, THE HITCHHIKER, THE LITTLEST HOBO, PHILIP MARLOWE PRIVATE EYE, AIRWOLF, FRIDAY THE 13TH THE SERIES, COUNTERSTRIKE, WALKER TEXAS RANGER, DUE SOUTH, GREY'S ANATOMY and SAVING GRACE.) - 08/15/13
LEE THOMPSON YOUNG (Actor: Known for his role on TV as the title character in Disney's THE FAMOUS JETT JACKSON - 1998-2001 and for his current role as "Detective Barry Frost" on RIZZOLI & ISLES - 2010-Present. Other movies and TV shows Young appeared on were JOHNNY TSUNAMI -1999; THE GUARDIAN - 2002; FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - 2004; SOUTH BEACH - 2006; THE HILLS HAVE EYES II - 2007; FLASHFORWARD - 2009-2010; JUST AN AMERICAN - 2012; Young committed suicide with a gun. He was 29 years-old) - 08/19/13
ELMORE LEONARD (Novelist: Leonard was known for writing Western and hard-biting detective novels; Some of the movies based on his books were: 3:10 TO YUMA - 1957; HOMBRE - 1967; THE BIG BOUNCE - 1969; THE MOONSHINE WAR - 1970 [Leonard also wrote the screenplay]; JOE KIDD - 1972; MR. MAJESTYK - 1974; STICK - 1985 [also screenplay]; 52 PICK-UP - 1986 [also screenplay]; THE ROSARY MURDERS - 1987; CAT CHASER - 1989; GET SHORTY - 1995; JACKIE BROWN - 1997 [Leonard has publicly said that this was his favorite film based on one of his novels, in this case "Rum Punch"]; OUT OF SIGHT - 1998; JUSTIFIED [TV Series - 2010-Present]. Leonard was 87 years-old) - 08/20/13
TED POST (Director: THE PEACEMAKER - 1956; THE LEGEND OF TOM DOOLEY - 1959; ESPIONAGE: Ted PostFAR EAST - 1961; HANG 'EM HIGH - 1968; BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES - 1970; NIGHT SLAVES - 1970; DR. COOK'S GARDEN - 1971; FIVE DESPERATE WOMEN - 1971; DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE - 1971; SANDCASTLES - 1972; THE BABY - 1972 [one of the best cult films of the 70's in my opinion]; THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT - 1973; MAGNUM FORCE - 1973; WHIFFS - 1975; GO TELL THE SPARTANS - 1978; GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK - 1978; DIARY OF A TEENAGE HITCHHIKER - 1979; NIGHTKILL - 1980; Post also directed hundreds of TV series episodes including: PERRY MASON, THRILLER, GUNSMOKE, RAWHIDE, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, COMBAT!, COLUMBO, BEYOND WESTWORLD and CAGNEY & LACEY. Post was 95 years-old.) - 08/20/13
JEAN HILL (Actress: Acted in three John Waters films: DESPERATE LIVING - 1977; POLYESTER - 1981 and A DIRTY SHAME - 2004. Her only other film appearances were in the documentaries IN BAD TASTE - 2000 and FRANCES: A MOTHER DIVINE - 2010) - 08/21/13
GILBERT TAYLOR (Cinematographer: SEVEN DAYS TO NOON - 1950; DR. STRANGELOVE - 1964; A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - 1964; REPULSION - 1965; CUL-DE-SAC - 1966; BLOOD FIEND - 1967; QUACKSER FORTUNE HAS A COUSIN IN THE BRONX - 1970; MACBETH - 1971; FRENZY - 1972; THE OMEN - 1976; STAR WARS - 1977; ESCAPE TO ATHENA - 1979; DRACULA - 1979; FLASH GORDON - 1980; VENOM - 1981; VOYAGE OF THE ROCK ALIENS - 1984; LASSITER - 1984; THE BEDROOM WINDOW - 1987 and over 50 more. Taylor was 99 years-old) - 08/23/13
JULIE HARRIS (Actress: EAST OF EDEN - 1955; I AM A CAMERA - 1955; A DOLL'S HOUSE - 1959; Julie HarrisREQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT - 1962; THE HAUNTING - 1963; THE HOLY TERROR - 1965; HARPER - 1966; REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDER EYE - 1967; JOURNEY TO MIDNIGHT - 1968; THE SPLIT - 1968; THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR - 1970; HOW AWFUL ABOUT ALLAN - 1970; HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS - 1972; THE HIDING PLACE - 1975; VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED - 1976; CRIMEWAVE - 1985; ANNIHILATOR - 1986; GORILLAS IN THE MIST - 1988; THE DARK HALF - 1993; LUCIFER'S CHILD - 1995; BAD MANNERS - 1997. Ms. Harris was also an accomplished Broadway actress, winning six Tony Awards. She was also in demand on TV, being nominated for an Emmy many times and winning three. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING [1952], her first role in a theatrical feature. Ms. Harris was 87 years-old.) - 08/24/13
WILLIAM FROUG (TV Producer/Writer: SAM BENEDICT - 1962-1963; TWILIGHT ZONE - 1963-1964; GILLIGAN'S ISLAND - 1964-1965; BEWITCHED - 1966-1967; IN SEARCH OF AMERICA - 1971) - 08/25/13
GERALD MURPHY (Actor: SACRED HEARTS - 1985; WATERWORLD - 1995; I WAS A RAT - 2001; BATMAN BEGINS - 2005; PUMPGIRL - 2009; THE COMEDIAN - 2012. Dozens of British TV Series appearances.) - 08/26/13
MURRAY GERSHENZ (Actor: Proprietor of Music Man Murray record shop in Los Angeles, Mr. Murray didn't start acting until he was 80 years-old. Some of his theatrical credits include: THE ONION MOVIE - 2008; EXTREME MOVIE - 2008; THE HANGOVER - 2009; 3 BLIND SAINTS - 2011; SMASHED - 2012; THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE - 2013. His TV credits include: PUSHING DAISIES - 2007; MAD MEN - 2010; HOUSE M.D. - 2010 and NCIS: LOS ANGELES - 2012. Murray Gershenz was 91 years-old) - 08/28/13
DAVID FROST (Producer/Interviewer: Stoic British personality, best known for his informative interviews with ex-President Richard Nixon, which was depicted in the film FROST/NIXON [2008]. Frost was also a producer of many documentary and theatrical films, including: CHARLEY-ONE-EYE - 1973; WHO KILLED LAMB? - 1974; DYNASTY - 1976; LEADBELLY - 1976; THE SEARCH FOR MENGELE - 1985; BLOODLINES: THE DRACULA FAMILY TREE - 2003; RETREAT - 2011; THE UNSEEN - 2013. Frost was 74 years-old.) - 08/31/13
OLE ERNST (Dutch Actor: THE FIRST CIRCLE - 1973; THE ESCAPE - 1973; BLIND IS BEAUTIFUL - 1976; TERROR - 1977; YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE - 1982; THE BOY WHO DISAPPEARED - 1984; EAINFOX - 1984; EPIDEMIC - 1987; COUNT AXEL - 2001; THE COLLECTOR - 2004; THE CROCS - 2008) - 09/01/13
TOMMY MORRISON (Former Champion Heavyweight Boxer who was diagnosed with HIV in 1996: Morrison appeared in two films, THEY LIVE - 1988 and ROCKY V - 1990, as Tommy "Machine" Gunn. Morrison died of an undisclosed illness and was 44 years-old.) - 09/01/13Jose Ramon Larraz
JOSE RAMON LARRAZ (Spanish Director: Larraz made some of the best horror/thriller/sexploitation films of the 70's. 80's & 90's including: WHIRLPOOL - 1970 [One of the first non-porn films to be Rated X]; DEVIATION - 1971; LA MUERTE INCIERTA - 1973; VAMPYRES - 1974; SYMPTOMS [a.k.a. THE BLOOD VIRGIN] - 1974; THE HOUSE THAT VANISHED [a.k.a. SCREAM AND DIE] - 1974; THE VIOLATION OF THE BITCH [a.k.a. THE COMING OF SIN] - 1978;  THE GOLDEN LADY - 1979; STIGMA - 1980; THE NATIONAL MUMMY - 1981; MADAME OLGA'S PUPILS - 1981; BLACK CANDLES [a.k.a. HOT FANTASIES] - 1982; REST IN PIECES - 1987; EDGE OF THE AXE - 1988; DEADLY MANOR [a.k.a. SAVAGE LUST] - 1990; SEVILLA CONNECTION - 1992. Mr. Larraz was 84 years-old.) - 09/03/13
BILL WALLIS (Actor: THE BED SITTING ROOM - 1969; THE ORCHARD END MURDER - 1980; BRAZIL - 1985; THE WHISTLE BLOWER - 1986; THE BOURNE IDENTITY - 1988; THE GREAT ESCAPE II: THE UNTOLD STORY - 1988; THE SECRET LIFE OF IAN FLEMING - 1990; CRIMESTRIKE - 1990; SPLITTING HEIRS - 1993; SON OF THE PINK PANTHER - 1993; A MERRY WAR - 1997; THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL - 2008. Mr. Wallis also did dozens of British TV series guest roles and was a regular on the British TV series DANGERFIELD - 1995-1999.) - 09/06/13
LOUISE CURRIE (Actress: YOU'LL FIND OUT - 1940; THE GREEN HORNET STRIKES AGAIN! - 1940; THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL - 1941; CITIZEN KANE - 1941; DOUBLE TROUBLE - 1941; THE APE MAN - 1943; THE MASKED MARVEL - 1943; VOODOO MAN - 1944; THE CRIMSON KEY - 1947; THE CHINESE RING - 1947. She retired from acting in 1956. Ms. Currie was 100 years-old.) - 09/08/13
ALBERTO BEVILACQUA (Italian Screenwriter/Director: ATOM AGE VAMPIRE - 1960; BLACK SABBATH - 1963; PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES - 1965; THIS KIND OF LOVE - 1972; EYE OF THE CAT - 1975; WOMAN OF WONDERS - 1985; BLUE TANGO - 1987; GIALLOPARMA - 1999) - 09/09/13
DON NELSON (Screenwriter/TV Writer: NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN - 1976; GUS - 1976; HERBIE GOES TO MONTE CARLO - 1977; THE MUNSTER'S REVENGE - 1981; THE HOBOKEN CHICKEN EMERGENCY - 1987. Some of the TV shows he wrote for include: THE GHOST & MRS. MUIR; NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR; BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE; SIMON & SIMON and DROOPY: MASTER DETECTIVE) - 09/10/13
WILLIAM A. GRAHAM (Director: SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON - 1958; THE DOOMSDAY FLIGHT - 1966; THREE FOR DANGER - 1967; WATERHOLE #3 - 1967; TRIAL RUN - 1969; SUBMARINE X-1 - 1969; CHANGE OF HABIT - 1969; THE INTRUDERS - 1970; HONKY - 1971; William A. GrahamJIGSAW - 1972; CRY FOR ME BILLY - 1972; BIRDS OF PREY - 1973; MR. INSIDE/MR. OUTSIDE - 1973; CHANT OF SILENCE - 1973; GET CHRISTIE LOVE! - 1974; TOGETHER BROTHERS - 1974; TRAPPED BENEATH THE SEA - 1975; BEYOND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE - 1975; SHARK KILL - 1976; 21 HOURS AT MUNICH - 1976; CONTRACT ON CHERRY STREET - 1977; AND I ALONE SURVIVED - 1978; GUYANA TRAGEDY: THE STORY OF JIM JONES - 1980; RAGE! - 1980; DEADLY ENCOUNTER - 1982; THE LAST NINJA - 1983; CALENDAR GIRL MURDERS - 1984; POLICE STORY: THE FREEWAY KILLINGS - 1987; RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON - 1991; ELVIS AND THE COLONEL: THE UNTOLD STORY - 1993; BEYOND SUSPICION - 1993; TERROR IN THE SHADOWS - 1995; DYING TO BELONG - 1997; THE HUNT FOR THE UNICORN KILLER - 1999; BLOOD CRIME - 2002. Mr. Graham was also a much-in-demand TV series director, working on such series as ROUTE 66; NAKED CITY; 12 O'CLOCH HIGH; THE F.B.I.; THE FUGITIVE; BATMAN; POLICE STORY; TRUE BLUE and THE X-FILES.) - 09/12/13
ROD MASTERSON (Actor: THE LIFE AND ASSASSINATION OF THE KINGFISH - 1977; WALK PROUD - 1979; TIGHTROPE - 1984; THE OUTSIDE WOMAN - 1989; FALSE WITNESS - 1989; BLAZE - 1989; DELTA HEAT - 1992; DANGEROUS PROPOSITION - 1998) - 09/12/13
JIMMY HERMAN (Actor: DANCES WITH WOLVES - 1990; WARRIOR SPIRIT - 1994; BLIND JUSTICE - 1994; PHANTOM TOWN - 1999; IN THE BLUE GROUND: A NORTH OF 60 MYSTERY - 1999; REINDEER GAMES - 2000; DEATH TRAIN TO THE PACIFIC - 2001; JOHNSON COUNTY WAR - 2002; DISTANT DRUMMING: A NORTH OF 60 MYSTERY - 2005; SANTA's SLAY - 2005. He also did some TV, including episodes of THE X-FILES, THE OUTER LIMITS [the new version]; THE CROW: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN and SUPERNATURAL) - 09/13/13
RICHARD C. SARAFIAN (Director: TERROR AT BLACK FALLS - 1962; ANDY - 1965; SHADOW ON THE LAND - 1968; FRAGMENT OF FEAR - 1970; Richard C. SarafianVANISHING POINT - 1971 [his cult film success]; MAN IN THE WILDERNESS - 1971; LOLLY-MADONNA XXX - 1973; THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING - 1973; THE NEXT MAN - 1976; SUNBURN - 1979; DISASTER ON THE COASTLINER - 1979; THE BEAR - 1984; EYE OF THE TIGER - 1986 [my favorite film he directed]; STREET JUSTICE - 1987; SOLAR CRISIS - 1990. Mr. Sarafian was also a popular TV Series director who was responsible for some memorable TV, including the "Living Doll" episode of TWILIGHT ZONE [1963]. His other TV credits include episodes of MAVERICK; SURFSIDE 6; HAWAIIAN EYE; 77 SUNSET STRIP; BONANZA; THE WILD WILD WEST; BATMAN; THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E.; I SPY; GUNSMOKE; SHANNON; THE WILD SIDE; and many others. He is the father of successful TV director Deran Sarafian [the CSI: franchise], who also dabbled in such theatrical films as ALIEN PREDATOR - 1985; INTERZONE - 1987; DEATH WARRANT - 1990 and TERMINAL VELOCITY - 1994) - 09/18/13
KEN NORTON (Boxer/Actor: Champion Heavyweight Boxer, who defeated both Muhammed Ali and Duane Bobick and also dabbled in acting. He is best known for the racial melodramas MANDINGO - 1976 and it's sequel DRUM - 1976. Other film appearances include: TOP OF THE HEAP - 1972; DELTA PI - 1984; OCEANS OF FIRE - 1986; KISS AND BE KILLED - 1991; FROG AND WOMBAT - 1998 and THE MAN WHO CAME BACK - 2008) - 09/18/13
LUCIANO VINCENZONI (Italian Screenwriter: DESTINATION FURY - 1961; DUEL OF THE CHAMPIONS - 1961; FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE - 1965; THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY - 1966; DEATH RIDES A HORSE - 1967; DUCK, YOU SUCKER [a.k.a. A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE - 1971; one of my favorite spaghetti westerns]; MR. HERCULES AGAINST KARATE - 1973; THE KNOCK-OUT COP - 1973; WAR GODDESS - 1973; THREE TOUGH GUYS - 1974; POLICEWOMAN - 1974; THE BEAST - 1974; ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE - 1977; CUT AND RUN - 1985 [uncredited]; MIAMI SUPERCOPS - 1985; RAW DEAL - 1986; VENETIAN RED - 1989; SAFARI - 1991; BEYOND JUSTICE - 1992 [uncredited]; THE FALSE LIAR - 2008 [his autobiography]) - 09/22/13
GARY BRANDNER (Novelist/Screenwriter: Although he only wrote one screenplay, CAMERON'S CLOSET - 1988, his novels were adapted for many movies, the best-known being THE HOWLING - 1981 and the many sequels, including HOWLING II...YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF - 1985; THE MARSUPIALS: THE HOWLING III - 1987; HOWLING IV: THE ORIGINAL NIGHTMARE - 1988; HOWLING V: THE REBIRTH - 1990; HOWLING VI: THE FREAKS - 1991 and the truly awful HOWLING: NEW MOON RISING - 1995. His novel "Walkers" was adapted for the TV movie FROM THE DEAD OF NIGHT - 1989 and he had a small role in SATAN'S STORYBOOK - 1989) - 09/23/13
ANTHONY HINDS (Producer/Writer (usually writing screenplays using the pseudonym "John Elder"): One of the chief architects of Hammer Films Productions during its golden heyday. He was the son of Hammer Films co-founder Will Hammer and took over the business when his father passed away. His films include: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW - 1950; Anthony HindsSOMEONE AT THE DOOR - 1950; MAN IN BLACK - 1950; THE BLACK WIDOW - 1951; MAN BAIT - 1952; TERROR STREET - 1953; PAID TO KILL - 1954; THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT - 1955; X: THE UNKNOWN - 1956; THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN - 1957; QUATERMASS II: ENEMY FROM SPACE - 1957; THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND - 1958; HORROR OF DRACULA - 1958; THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN - 1958; THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES - 1959; THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY - 1959; THE BRIDES OF DRACULA - 1960; NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER - 1960; THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF - 1961; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - 1962; NIGHT CREATURES - 1962; PARANOIAC - 1963; THESE ARE THE DAMNED - 1963; THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE - 1963; THE OLD DARK HOUSE - 1963; THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN - 1964; DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! - 1965; DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS - 1966; THE REPTILE - 1966; RASPUTIN: THE MAD MONK - 1966; THE MUMMY'S SHROUD - 1967; FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN - 1967; JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS - 1968; THE LOST CONTINENT - 1968 (one of my favorite Hammer Films); DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM HIS GRAVE - 1968; TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA - 1970; SCARS OF DRACULA - 1970; JOURNEY TO MIDNIGHT - 1971; FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL - 1974; THE GHOUL - 1974; LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF - 1975; VISITOR FROM THE GRAVE - 1980; SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE MASKS OF DEATH - 1984) - 09/30/13
GIULIANO GEMMA (Actor/Musician: BEN-HUR - 1959; MESSALINA - 1960; BATTLE OF THE WORLDS - 1961; MY SON, THE HERO - 1962; THE LEOPARD - 1963; GOLIATH AND THE SINS OF BABYLON - 1963; THE TWO GLADIATORS - 1964; HERCULES AGAINST THE SONS OF THE SUN - 1964; A PISTOL FOR RINGO - 1965; BLOOD FOR A SILVER DOLLAR - 1965; VENGEANCE OF THE VIKINGS - 1965; THE RETURN OF RINGO - 1966; KISS KISS-BANG BANG - 1966; ARIZONA COLT - 1966; FOR A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS - 1966; THE BASTARD - 1968; WHEN WOMEN HAD TAILS - 1970; THE SMUGGLERS - 1971; AMIGO, STAY AWAY - 1972; EVEN ANGELS EAT BEANS - 1973; THE MAGNIFICENT DARE DEVIL - 1973 SHOOT FIRST...ASK QUESTIONS LATER - 1975; AFRICA EXPRESS - 1976; THE DESERT OF THE TARTARS - 1976; SAFARI EXPRESS - 1977; CORLEONE - 1978; THE BIGGEST BATTLE - 1978; OPERATION LEOPARD - 1980; THE WARNING - 1980; TENEBRE - 1982; TEX AND THE LORD OF THE DEEP - 1985; READY TO FIGHT - 1988; THE OPPONENT - 1988; MAD LOVE - 2001; THE FINAL INQUIRY - 2006; TO ROME WITH LOVE - 2012) - 10/01/13
TOM CLANCY (Novelist: Many of Clancy's novels became well-received films and TV movies, including: THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER - 1990; PATRIOT GAMES - 1992; CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER - 1994; OP CENTER - 1995 [also an Executive Producer]; NETFORCE - 1999 and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS - 2002 [also an Executive Producer]. His novels were also popular fodder for video games, including the RAINBOX SIX franchise, THE SPLINTER CELL franchise, ROGUE SPEAR and GHOST RECON. He also played an animated version of himself on THE SIMPSONS, was a guest contestant on the game show JEOPARDY! and was a frequent guest on the CHARLIE ROSE show.) - 10/01/13
JONATHAN KAUFER (Writer/Director/Actor: HOLMES AND YO-YO - 1976-1977; QUARK - 1978; SOUP FOR ONE - 1982; INTO THE NIGHT - 1985; ALWAYS - 1985; DREAM ON - 1990; BAD MANNERS - 1997) - 10/02/13
RAOUL N. RIZIK (Actor: BROADCAST NEWS - 1987; DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY - 1991; DOUBLE EDGE - 1992; NAILS - 1992; JUSTICE - 1999; KNOCKOUT - 2000; BLOW - 2001. Various guest star roles on episodic TV series during the 90's and the New Millennium.) - 10/03/13
CARLO LIZZANI (Italian Director/Writer: THE SECRET AGENTS - 1965; THE HILLS RUN RED - 1966; THE VIOLENT FOUR - 1968; CRAZY JOE - 1974; THE LAST 4 DAYS - 1974; THE TEENAGE PROSTITUTION RACKET - 1976; KLEINHOFF HOTEL - 1977; THE HOUSE OF THE YELLOW CARPET - 1983; THE WICKED - 1991; CELLULOID - 1996) - 10/05/13
PAUL ROGERS (British Actor: MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL - 1951; SVENGALI - 1954; OUR MAN IN HAVANA - 1959; A CIRCLE OF DECEPTION - 1960; THE MARK - 1961; WALK IN THE SHADOW - 1962; THE THIRD SECRET - 1964; HE WHO RIDES A TIGER - 1965; THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN - 1968; THE RECKONING - 1969; THE LOOKING GLASS WAR - 1969; I WANT WHAT I WANT - 1972; THE ABDICATION - 1974; THE SECRET AGENT - 1975; THE EXECUTIONER - 1980. Dozens of British TV series guest roles. He even made an appearance on the popular American TV Series SEINFELD in 1991.) - 10/06/13
RIFT FOURNIER (TV Series Writer: GO - 1973-1975; NOWHERE TO HIDE [TV Movie - 1976]; BARETTA - 1977; RAFFERTY - 1977; KOJAK - 1978; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1978; CODE RED - 1982; COVER STORY - 1984 [he also directed the episode]; HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN - 1985; MATLOCK - 1987; REVOLVER [TV Movie - 1992]) - 10/06/13
DANIEL DUVAL (French Actor/Director: THE JUDGE - 1984; AMONG WOLVES - 1985; DANGER PASSION - 1986; STAN THE FLASHER - 1990; WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT ME? - 1997; BEWARE MY LOVE - 1998; NIGHT WIND - 1990; PAYOFF - 2003; TIME OF THE WOLF - 2003; PROCESS - 2004; 36TH PRECINCT - 2004; CACHE - 2005; TIME TO LEAVE - 2005; THE SECOND WIND - 2007; DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM - 2009) - 10/10/13
TERRY RHOADS (Actor: PRISON FOR CHILDREN - 1987; PERRY MASOM: THE CASE OF THE RUTHLESS REPORTER - 1991; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE HEARTBROKEN BRIDE - 1992; LIAR LIAR - 1997; MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL - 1997; THE OMEGA CODE - 1999; THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW - 2004; AMERICAN GUN - 2005; DEATH BY ENGAGEMENT - 2005; TV: THE MOVIE - 2006; DANCE FLICK - 2009; HITCHCOCK - 2012. Dozens of TV series appearances from the early-90's to the time of his death.) - 10/11/13
MANN RUBIN (TV Writer: TALES OF TOMORROW - 1952-1953; JUSTICE - 1954-1955; CLIMAX! - 1957; RIPCORD - 1962; THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1963; PERRY MAMann RubinSON - 1964-1965; THE F.B.I. - 1967; RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - 1968; LAND OF THE GIANTS - 1968; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1967-1971; MOD SQUAD - 1971; BANYON - 1972; MANNIX - 1971-1973; CIRCLE OF FEAR - 1973; IRONSIDE - 1973-1975; HEC RAMSEY - 1974; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1974; THE ROOKIES - 1974-1975; HARRY O - 1975; STARSKY AND HUTCH - 1975; BARETTA - 1976; THE BIONIC WOMAN - 1976; FUTURE COP - 1977; QUINCY M.E. - 1977-1978; BARNABY JONES - 1976 - 1978; PROJECT U.F.O. - 1978; DRAGNET - 1990; THE HUMAN SHIELD - 1991. Some of Rubin's screenplays, both theatrical and for television include: THE BEST OF EVERYTHING - 1959; WALK A TIGHTROPE - 1965; BRAINSTORM - 1965; THE AMERICAN DREAM - 1966; WARNING SHOT - 1967; THE TODD KILLINGS - 1971 [Story Only]; SEE THE MAN RUN - 1971; MURDER IN THE FIRST PERSON SINGULAR - 1974; THE AMAZING CAPTAIN NEMO - 1978 and THE FIRST DEADLY SIN - 1980) - 10/12/13
KRISHNA SHAH (Director/Producer/Writer: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1966 [Writer; episode "The Abominable Snowman Affair']; RIVALS - 1972; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1974 [Writer; episode "Dr. Wells Is Missing'];  THE RIVER NIGER - 1976; SHALIMAR - 1978; HARD ROCK ZOMBIES - 1985; AMERICAN DRIVE-IN - 1985; EVIL LAUGH - 1986 [Executive Producer]; OMEGA COP - 1990 [Casting Director]; TED & VENUS - 1991 [Executive Producer]; SOUTH BEACH - 1993 [Producer]; SLEEPAWAY CAMP IV: THE SURVIVOR - 2012 [Supervising Producer]) - 10/13/13
KIM HAMILTON (Actress: ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW - 1959; THE LEECH WOMAN - 1960; THE WIZARD OF BAGHDAD - 1960; TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - 1962; THE WILD ANGELS - 1966; KOTCH - 1971; HEAVY TRAFFIC - 1973; STONE - 1979; BODY AND SOUL - 1981. Dozens of TV series appearances, including "The Big Tall Wish" episode of TWILIGHT ZONE - 1960; "First Class Honeymoon" episode on ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1962; and roles on BEN CASEY; MOD SQUAD; ADAM-12; ALL IN THE FAMILY; THE ROOKIES; KOJAK; MANNIX; SANFORD AND SON; GOOD TIMES; PROJECT U.F.O.; VEGA$; QUINCY M.E.; BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY; THE JEFFERSONS; ST. ELSEWHERE; SIMON & SIMON; STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT; LAW & ORDER; THE CLIENT and PRIVATE PRACTICE [2008 - her last acting role]. Ms. Hamilton was 81 years-old) - 10/16/13
ED LAUTER (Actor: Character actor supreme. Started out in theater, but quickly graduated to TV and films. Instantly recognizable and talented as all hell. Very sad day for every genre film lover. Was good friends with Charles Bronson and appeared in many of his films. Some of his films include: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE! - 1972; THE NEW CENTURIONS - 1972; HICKEY & BOGGS - 1972; BAD COMPANY - 1972; RAGE - 1972; DIRTY LITTLE BILLY - 1972; LOLLY-MADONNA XXX - 1973; THE LAST AMERICAN HERO - 1973; EXECUTIVE ACTION - 1973; THE MIDNIGHT MAN - 1974; THE LONGEST YARD - 1974 [the first time I really took notice of him as an actor]; THE GODCHILD - 1974; SATAN'S TRIANGLE - 1975; A SHADOW IN THE STREETS - 1975; FRENCH CONNECTION II - 1975; BREAKHEART PASS - 1975; FAMILY PLOT - 1976; KING KONG - 1976; THE WHITE BUFFALO - 1977; THE CHICKENEd Lauter CHRONICLES - 1977; THE CLONE MASTER - 1978; MAGIC - 1978; THE JERICHO MILE - 1979; UNDERCOVER WITH THE KKK - 1979; GUYANA TRAGEDY: THE STORY OF JIM JONES - 1980; ALCATRAZ: THE WHOLE SHOCKING STORY - 1980; COMING ATTRACTIONS - 1980; DEATH HUNT - 1981; THE AMATEUR - 1981; ROOSTER - 1982; TIMERIDER: THE ADVENTURE OF LYLE SWANN - 1982; CUJO - 1983; THE BIG SCORE - 1983; LASSITER - 1984; FINDERS KEEPERS - 1984; REAL GENIUS - 1985; DEATH WISH 3 - 1985; YOUNGBLOOD - 1986; 3:15 THE MOMENT OF TRUTH - 1986; RAW DEAL - 1986; FIREFIGHTER - 1986; REVENGE OF THE NERDS II: NERDS IN PARADISE - 1987; GLEAMING THE CUBE - 1989; FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY - 1989; BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY - 1989; MY BLUE HEAVEN - 1991; THE ROCKETEER - 1991; JUDGEMENT - 1992; THE RETURN OF IRONSIDE - 1993; EXTREME JUSTICE - 1993; TRUE ROMANCE - 1993; TRIAL BY JURY - 1994; DIGITAL MAN - 1995; BREACH OF TRUST - 1995; MULHOLLAND FALLS - 1995; MERCENARY - 1996; RATTLED - 1996; RAVEN HAWK - 1996; FOR WHICH HE STANDS - 1996; THE SWEEPER - 1996; COYOTE SUMMER - 1996; TOP OF THE WORLD - 1997; DOLLAR FOR THE DEAD - 1998; NIGHT OF TERROR - 1999; OUT IN FIFTY - 1999; BLAST - 2000; PYTHON - 2000; KNIGHT CLUB - 2001; GO FOR BROKE - 2002; STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION - 2004; ART HEIST - 2005; VENICE UNDERGROUND - 2005; THE LONGEST YARD - 2005 [He, along with Burt Reynolds, were the only two actors to return for the remake]; BROTHERS IN ARMS - 2005; THE LOST - 2006; THE NUMBER 23 - 2007; THE FRANKENSTEIN SYNDROME - 2010; TAKEN BY FORCE - 2010; CARNAL INNOCENCE - 2011; BLIND PASS - 2013; THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN - 2014 [in post-production when he passed away]; Ed Lauter was also in demand on episodic tv, appearing in such series as: MANNIX [his film acting debut]; LONGSTREET: CANNON; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO; THE WALTONS; BARETTA; POLICE STORY; THE MISADVENTURES OF SHERIFF LOBO; B.J. AND THE BEAR [a series regular]; SIMON & SIMON; ST. ELSEWHERE; HARDCASTLE AND MCCORMICK; MANIMAL; MAGNUM, P.I.; THE A-TEAM; MIAMI VICE; MURDER, SHE WROTE; THE EQUALIZER; FATHER DOWLING MYSTERIES; GOLDEN YEARS [A mini-series regular]; HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET; WALKER, TEXAS RANGER; ER [a semi-regular];  THE X-FILES; MILLENNIUM; COLD CASE; PSYCH and SHAMELESS. One of the best character actors of my generation, Ed Lauter was 74 years-old when he passed away of mesothelioma [exposure to asbestos].) - 10/16/13
LOU SCHEIMER (Animation TV Producer: A pioneer in Saturday morning animation/live-action series (the founder of Filmation Studios), Scheimer either Produced or Executive Produced the following animated and live-action series: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - 1966; JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH - 1967; THE ARCHIE SHOW - 1968; AQUAMAN - 1968; SABRINA AND THE GROOVIE GOOLIES - 1970; FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS - 1972-1985; THE ABC SATURDAY SUPERSTAR MOVIE - 1973; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF GILLIGAN - 1974; STAR TREK - 1973-1974; THE SECRET LIVES OF WALDO KITTY - 1975; THE GHOST BUSTERS - 1975; SHAZAM! - 1975-1976; ISIS - 1974-1976; ARK II - 1976; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN - 1977; SPACE ACADEMY - 1977; TARZAN, LORD OF THE JUNGLE - 1976-1979; JASON OF STAR COMMAND - 1978-1979; FLASH GORDON - 1979-1980; SPORT BILLY - 1979-1980; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ZORRO - 1981; BLACKSTAR - 1981; HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE - 1983-1985; GHOSTBUSTERS - 1986; SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER - 1985-1987; BRAVESTARR - 1987 - 1988; HAPPILY EVER AFTER - 1990. Scheimer also voiced many characters on the series he produced, including the voice of "Dumb Donald" on FAT ALBERT and "Tracy The Gorilla" on GHOSTBUSTERS.) - 10/17/13
MARY CARVER (Actress: THE WILD AND THE INNOCENT - 1959; PAY OR DIE - 1961; DREAM NO EVIL - 1970; GLASS HOUSES - 1972; I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN - 1977; THE LAZARUS SYNDROME - 1978; THROUGH THE MAGIC PYRAMID - 1981; PROTOCOL - 1984; BEST SELLER - 1987; ARACHNOPHOBIA - 1990; SAFE - 1995. Ms. Carver also has an extensive TV resume, appearing in the episode "The Incredible World of Horace Ford" on TWILIGHT ZONE - 1963; episodes of GUNSMOKE; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.; MANNIX; MCCLOUD; MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN; THE ROCKFORD FILES; LOU GRANT; BEYOND WESTWORLD; QUINCY M.E.; TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE and was a regular on SIMON & SIMON - 1981-1989. Mary Carver was 89 years-old) - 10/18/13
JON LOCKE (Actor: Locke was mainly a TV actor, appearing in mostly Western series like THE TEXAN - 1959; CIMARRON CITY - 1959; TALES OF WELLS FARGO - 1959; BONANZA - 1960; RIVERBOAT - 1960; LARAMIE - 1959-1961; WAGON TRAIN - 1960-1964; LAREDO - 1965-1966; THE VIRGINIAN - 1963-1966 and GUNSMOKE - 1955-1974, but then became better known as the Abominable Snowman/Sleestack Leader in the cult 1976 series LAND OF THE LOST and appeared in movies such as CINDERELLA LIBERTY - 1973; THE LAST DAY - 1975; the memorable religious film YEARS OF THE BEAST - 1981; THE BIG TURNAROUND - 1988; TRANSYLVANIA TWIST - 1989 and MAD WAGON PARTY - 2010.) - 10/19/13
LARRI THOMAS (Actress: ROAD TO BALI - 1952; MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID - 1952; HOUSE OF WAX - 1953; CURUCU, BEAST OF THE AMAZON - 1956; THE BEAT GENERATION - 1959; ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS - 1964; MARY POPPINS - 1964; THE SILENCERS - 1966; IN GOD WE TRU$T -1980; EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY - 1988. Ms. Thomas also made a few appearances on 50's & 60's TV series, but always as an uncredited extra, just like 80% of her films.) - 10/20/13
NOEL HARRISON (Singer/Actor: Best known for singing the British top-10 hit "The Windmills Of Your Mind", Harrison [the son of actor Rex Harrison] also had a healthy career in movies and television. Some of his films include: AGENT 8 3/4 - 1964; WHERE THE SPIES ARE - 1966; POWER - 1986; TAGGETT - 1991; DEJA VU - 1997; THE MURDER IN CHINA BASIN - 1999. His TV series appearances include: THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1966-1967 [a series regular]; IT TAKES A THIEF - 1968; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1970; MOD SQUAD - 1970; THE NAME OF THE GAME - 1970; IRONSIDE - 1972; THE EVIL TOUCH - 1974; HART TO HART - 1981; THE LOVE BOAT - 1984; ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1989; THE YOUNG RIDERS - 1990; TRACY TAKES ON... - 1999). Harrison had a heart attack after a musical performance in England and died shortly thereafter in a hospital. He was 79 years-old.) - 10/20/13
HAL NEEDHAM (Expert Stuntman/Director: As Director: SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT - 1977; HOOPER - 1978; THE VILLAIN - 1979; DEATH CAR ON THE FREEWAY - 1979; STUNTS UNLIMITED - 1980; SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT II - 1980; STOCKERS - 1981; THE CANNONBALL RUN - 1981; MEGAFORCE - 1982; STROKER ACE - 1983; CANNONBALL RUN II - 1984; RAD - 1986; BODY SLAM - 1986; HARD TIME: HOSTAGE HOTEL - 1999; as well as episodes of TV. As a stuntman, Needham was an innovator, as well as setting many stunt records. He invented many devices to film stunts, including the air bag [which is now used in every pedestrian vehicle] and the Shotmaker Camera Car, which was able to make car chases faster and safer to shoot. He also won an Academy Award [twice: one for the creation for the Shotmaker Camera Car in 1987 and an Honorary Award in 2013], an Emmy [for the Shotmaker Elite Camera Car and Crane, an improvement of his original creation] and owned a NASCAR team. He did every major stunt in most major movies and TV shows from the mid-50's until his directing career started in 1977 [4,500 episodes of TV and 350 movies]. He still holds a record for a boat stunt in the film GATOR [1976]. He was also one of the first directors to show outtakes during the final credits of his films. Needham passed away due to cancer.) - 10/25/13
MARCIA WALLACE (Actress: Probably best known as the voice of "Miss Krabappel" on THE SIMSONS [1990 - 2013] and as Bob Newhart's secretary "Carol" on THE BOB NEWHART SHOWMarcia Wallace [1972 - 1978] to us older viewers, Wallace has also made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows and has appeared in many TV movies [she very rarely stepped off TV onto the big screen]. Some of her TV movies include: THE CASTAWAYS ON GILLIGAN'S ISLAND - 1979; GRIDLOCK - 1980; PRAY TV - 1980; CHARACTERS - 1980; TEEN WITCH - 1989 [theatrical]; MY MOM'S A WEREWOLF - 1989 [theatrical]; GHOULIES III: GHOULIES GO TO COLLEGE - 1991 [DTV]; TRIPLE PLAY - 2004; THE SIMPSONS MOVIE - 2007 [theatrical]; BIG STAN - 2007 [theatrical]. Her TV guest appearances included roles on such shows as: COLUMBO - 1971; THE LOVE BOAT - 1978; FLYING HIGH - 1978; FANTASY ISLAND - 1979; MAGNUM P.I. - 1981; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1986; ALF - 1987; NIGHT COURT - 1988; SMALL WONDER - 1988; CHARLES IN CHARGE - 1989-1990; WHAT A DUMMY - 1990; THE MUNSTERS TODAY - 1991; DARKWING DUCK - 1991-1992; FULL HOUSE - 1993-1995; MURPHY BROWN - 1994-1998; THAT'S MY BUSH! - 2001; 7TH HEAVEN - 2003; VAMPIRE MOB - 2010. THE SIMPSONS creators announced that they were going to kill off a major character during the 2013 - 2014 season and now with the untimely death of Marcia Wallace, Miss Krabappel seems like the obvious choice, but producers of the show say that she will simply "retire from teaching", with Bart writing a farewell to her on the blackboard in the show's opening credits. Thanks for all the memories. A true TV icon. She died from complications of pneumonia and was 70 years-old.) - 10/25/13
NIGEL DAVENPORT (Actor: PEEPING TOM - 1960; IN THE COOL OF THE DAY - 1963; BITTER HARVEST - 1963; THE VERDICT - 1964; THE THIRD SECRET - 1964; WHERE THE SPIES ARE - 1965; SANDS OF THE KALAHARI - 1965; LIFE AT THE TOP - 1965; PLAY DIRTY - 1969; THE ROYAL HUNT FOR THE SUN - 1969; THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS - 1969; THE MIND OF MR. SOAMES - 1970; NO BLADE OF GRASS - 1970; THE LAST VALLEY - 1971; VILLAIN - 1971; CHARLEY-ONE-EYE - 1973; THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY - 1973; BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA - 1974; PHASE IV - 1974 [my favorite film starring him]; DEATH OF A SNOWMAn - 1976; THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU - 1977; THE LONDON CONNECTION - 1979; ZULU DAWN - 1979; CRY OF THE INNOCENT - 1980; CHARIOTS OF FIRE - 1981; NIGHTHAWKS - 1981; GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES - 1984; WITHOUT A CLUE - 1988; THE OPIUM WAR - 1997; SHANGHAI KNIGHTS - 2003. Dozens of British television series guest appearances.) - 10/25/13
LOU REED (Singer/Songwriter/Actor: Long-lasting and phenomenal musician/songwriter whose music and compositions have graced many films and TV shows including: UNDERGROUND U.S.A. - 1980; UP THE ACADEMY - 1980; TIMES SQUARE - 1980; AMERICAN POP - 1981; ROCK & RULE - 1983; GET CRAZY - 1983; MIAMI VICE - 1985; WHITE NIGHTS - 1985; SOUL MAN - 1986; TRUE BELIEVER - 1989; PENN & TELLER GET KILLED - 1989; FLASHBACK - 1990; SILENT SCREAM - 1990; THE DOORS - 1991; THE RAPTURE - 1991; UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD - 1991; THE COWBOY WAY - 1994; NATURAL BORN KILLERS - 1994; TRAINSPOTTING - 1996; LOST HIGHWAY - 1997; MAD CITY - 1997; VELVET GOLDMINE - 1998; SLC PUNK! - 1998; B. MONKEY - 1998; HIGH FIDELITY - 2000; BEFORE NIGHT FALLS - 2000; ALMOST FAMOUS - 2002; PROZAC NATION - 1991; THE SALTON SEA - 2002; LAUREL CANYON - 2002; WONDERLAND - 2003; SCHOOL OF ROCK - 2003; BLADE: TRINITY - 2004; BRICK - 2005; V FOR VENDETTA - 2005; THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP - 2006; CONTROL - 2007; JUNO - 2007; BONES - 2007; MEDIUM - 2008; ROCKNROLLA - 2008; TRUE BLOOD - 2008; CSI: - 2007-2008; SUCK - 2009; ZOMBIELAND - 2009; FRINGE - 2010; MEN IN BLACK 3 - 2012; LORDS OF SALEM - 2012; FLIGHT - 2012 and over 100 more. Reed acted in a few small films, but usually in bit parts or as voiceover work. His songs "Sweet Jane" and "Walk On The Wild Side" are two of his tunes that gets played in more films than most any other songs. Reed was 71 years-old and recently had a liver transplant.) - 10/27/13
ALDO BARBERO (Argentinian Actor: THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP - 1967; CRIMINAL AFFAIR - 1968; INVASION - 1969; THE KNIGHT AND THE SWORD - 1970; THE NAKED BEAST - 1971; LET'S PLAY IN THE WORLD - 1971; HUMAN TRASH - 1972; THE TRUCE - 1974; THE ISLAND - 1979; TIME FOR REVENGE - 1981; TO RETURN - 1982; THE EXTERMINATORS - 1989; A WALL OF SILENCE - 1993; CORRUPT POLICE - 1996.) - 10/27/13
GRAHAM STARK (British Actor/Comedian: He was in every PINK PANTHER film except the first one. His films include: DOWN AMONG THE Z MEN - 1952; THEY NEVER LEARN - 1956; INN FOR Graham Stark from
A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964)TROUBLE - 1960; SINK THE BISMARK! - 1960; OPERATION SNAFU - 1961; OPERATION SNATCH - 1962; MAID FOR MURDER - 1962; THE WRONG ARM OF THE LAW - 1963; THE MOUSE ON THE MOON - 1963; SWORD OF LANCELOT - 1963; A SHOT IN THE DARK - 1964; GUNS AT BATASI - 1964; THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES - 1965; ALFIE - 1966; THE WRONG BOX - 1966; THOSE FANTASTIC FLYING FOOLS - 1967; CASINO ROYALE - 1967; SALT AND PEPPER - 1968; THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN - 1969; START THE REVOLUTION WITHOUT ME - 1970; A DAY AT THE BEACH - 1972; THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER - 1975; I'M NOT FEELING MYSELF TONIGHT - 1976; THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN - 1976; THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER - 1977; THE REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER - 1978; PRISONER OF ZENDA - 1979; THE SEA WOLVES - 1980; HAWK THE SLAYER - 1980; VICTOR VICTORIA - 1982; TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER - 1982; SUPERMAN III - 1983; CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER -1983; BLOODBATH AT THE HOUSE OF DEATH - 1984; BLIND DATE - 1987; JANE AND THE LOST CITY - 1987; SON OF THE PINK PANTHER - 1993; THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO AND HIS JOURNEYS TO THE END OF THE EARTH - 1998. Stark had also appeared in dozens of British and American TV series, including: A SHOW CALLED FRED - 1956; ONE STEP BEYOND ["The Stranger" - 1961]; MAN OF THE WORLD - 1962-1963; BENNY HILL - 1962-1963; COMEDY PLAYHOUSE - 1962-1965; OUT OF THE UNKNOWN - 1965; TICKLE THE TUM - 1988; MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT - 1994 and AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' - 1997.) - 10/29/13
IRENE KANE (Actress who was better known as journalist and writer "Chris Chase": She had a small acting career, included roles in Stanley Kubrick's KILLER'S KISS - 1955 and Bob Fosse's ALL THAT JAZZ - 1979. Her TV career included roles on the TV soap opera LOVE OF LIFE - 1962-1965; NAKED CITY - 1958-1963 and LOOK UP AND LIVE - 1962; She also appeared as herself in the documentary STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES - 2001 [She was Kubrick's ex-sister-in-law]. She also co-authored the books "Life Is a Banquet" [with Rosalind Russell]; "The Times of My Life" and "Betty: A Glad Awakening" [both with Betty Ford]; "Josephine: The Josephine Baker Story" [with Jean-Claude Baker] and "Name Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King" [with Alan King]) - 10/31/13
HANS VON BORSODY (Austrian-born German Actor: BIMBO THE GREAT - 1958; THE KIDNAPPING OF MISS NYLON - 1959; THE PERJURER - 1959; THE MYSTERY OF THE GREEN SPIDER - 1960; CONQUEROR OF MARACAIBO - 1961; CANDIDATE FOR MURDER - 1962; COMMANDO - 1962; THE INVISIBLE TERROR - 1963; THE CAVERN - 1964; GOLDEN GODDESS OF RIO BENI - 1964; BUFFALO BILL - 1965; TRUNK TO CAIRO - 1966; SIEGFRIED: WHOM THE GODS WISH TO DESTROY - 1966; THE VENGEANCE OF SIEGFRIED - 1967 [sequel to previous film]; MASSACRE IN THE BLACK FOREST - 1967; DATE FOR A MURDER - 1967; BARE NAKED IN UPPER BAVARIA - 1969; MANIACS ON WHEELS - 1970; BLUE DREAMS - 1977; A BRIDGE TOO FAR - 1977; BLOODLINE - 1979; The VISIT - 2008 and many more. Dozens of TV series guest appearances, including his own show, CLIFF DEXTER, from 1966 to 1968.) - 11/04/13
PAUL MANTEE (Actor: ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS - 1964; BLOOD ON THE ARROW - 1964; AN AMERICAN DREAM - 1966; A MAN CALLED DAGGER - 1968; THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? - 1969; ADVENTURES OF NICK CARTER - 1972; CALL TO DANGER - 1973; CRY RAPE - 1973; THAT MAN BOLT - 1973; BREAKOUT - 1975; FRAMED - 1975; Paul ManteeHELTER SKELTER - 1976; DAY OF THE ANIMALS - 1977; THE MANITOU - 1978; FUGITIVE FAMILY - 1980; ALCATRAZ: THE WHOLE SHOCKING STORY - 1980; WOLF LAKE - 1980; DEATH RAY 2000 - 1981; FIRST STRIKE - 1985; ILLUSIONS - 1992; DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY - 1993; LURKING FEAR - 1994; APOLLO 13 - 1995; MEMORIAL DAY  - 1998 [his last acting gig]. Mantee also made hundreds of TV series appearances, including guest roles on DRAGNET - 1959; THE UNTOUCHABLES - 1962; BEN CASEY - 1963; 77 SUNSET STRIP - 1963; 12 O'CLOCK HIGH - 1965-1966; BATMAN - 1967; THE FUGITIVE - 1966-1967; THE TIME TUNNEL - 1967; THE INVADERS - 1967; I SPY - 1968; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1968; THE NAME OF THE GAME - 1968; THE F.B.I - 1965-1970; MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE - 1967-1971; CANNON - 1971; THE MAGICIAN - 1974; POLICE STORY - 1974; IRONSIDE - 1968-1975; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1973-1975; MANNIX - 1968-1975; S.W.A.T. - 1975; THE BLUE KNIGHT - 1976; KOJAK - 1976; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1977; LOGAN'S RUN - 1978; BARNABY JONES - 1977-1979; VEGA$ - 1979-1981; QUINCEY M.E. - 1977-1982; SIMON & SIMON - 1982; THE A-TEAM - 1984; SCARECROW AND MRS. KING - 1984; T.J. HOOKER - 1985; REMINGTON STEELE - 1985; THE FALL GUY - 1983-1986; CAGNEY & LACEY - 1983-1988 [recurring character named "Det. Al Corassa"]; L.A. LAW - 1990; HUNTER - 1989-1991; SEINFELD - 1994; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1994; and many many more.) - 11/07/13
SHIRLEY MITCHELL (Actress: One of the very last I LOVE LUCY actresses that was still alive. She portrayed "Marion Strong". Her film appearances include: MR. LORD SAYS NO - 1952; THE CLOWN - 1953; DESK SET - 1957; TOO MUCH, TOO SOON - 1958; MY BLOOD RUNS COLD - 1965; SUMMER CAMP NIGHTMARE - 1987; BIG BUSINESS - 1988; THE WAR OF THE ROSES - 1989. Ms. Mitchell's many TV series appearances included guest roles on I MARRIED JOAN - 1953-1953; THE MILTON BERLE SHOW - 1956; LUX VIDEO THEATRE - 1956-1957; LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - 1958; DRAGNET - 1958; BACHELOR FATHER - 1958-1959 [a semi-regular]; THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM - 1954-1961; MR. ED - 1962; THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES - 1962-1963; MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY - 1954-1964; PERRY MASON - 1963-1965; THE RED SKELTON HOUR - 1951-1966; THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS SHOW - 1966; PETTICOAT JUNCTION - 1967-1968; GREEN ACRES - 1967-1971; THE ODD COUPLE - 1974; EMERGENCY! - 1975; CHICO AND THE MAN - 1976; CHiPS - 1979; TRAPPER JOHN, M.D. - 1981; THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR - 1990 and many, many more. She was 91 years-old.) - 11/11/13
DAVID TYNAN (TV Writer/Producer: WAR OF THE WORLDS - 1988; SCENE OF THE CRIME - 1991; SILK STALKINGS - 1992; HIGHLANDER - 1992-1998; POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY - 1997-1999; THE LOST WORLD - 2000; FIRST WAVE - 2000; FLASH GORDON - 2007) - 11/11/13
AL RUSCIO (Actor: AL CAPONE - 1959; DEADLINE FOR MURDER - 1964; FEVER HEAT - 1968; MARTINELLI, OUTSIDE MAN - 1977; RUBY AND OSWALD - 1978; POLICE STORY: A CRY FOR JUSTICE - 1979; IN SEARCH OF HISTORIC JESUS - 1979; THE HUNTER - 1980; A RUMOR OF WAR - 1980; ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN - 1980; FARRELL FOR THE PEOPLE - 1982; DEADLY FORCE - Al Ruscio1983; JAGGED EDGE - 1985; MEDIUM RARE - 1987; LADY MOBSTER - 1988; BLOOD RED - 1989; CAGE - 1989; THE GODFATHER: PART III - 1990; GUILTY BY SUSPICION - 1991; DEAD SILENCE - 1991; FUTURE KICK - 1991; THE SILENCE OF THE HAMS - 1994; SHOWGIRLS - 1995; XTRO 3: WATCH THE SKIES - 1995; THE PHANTOM - 1996; FRAGMENTS - 2008. Hundreds of TV series appearances, including PETER GUNN - 1959-1961; the "Man in the Cage" episode of THRILLER - 1961; THE UNTOUCHABLES - 1959-1963; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1964; BARETTA - 1975; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1975; POLICE WOMAN - 1975; THE INVISIBLE MAN - 1975; THE ROCKFORD FILES - 1976-1977; KOJAK - 1976-1977; STARSKY AND HUTCH - 1977; THE INCREDIBLE HULK - 1978; SALVAGE 1 - 1979; LOU GRANT - 1978-1980; TAXI - 1981; SHANNON - 1981-1982; THE FALL GUY - 1982; BARNEY MILLER - 1977-1982; T.J. HOOKER - 1982; THE NEW MIKE HAMMER - 1984; THE A-TEAM - 1985; ST. ELSEWHERE - 1984-1985; CRAZY LIKE A FOX - 1985; AMAZING STORIES - 1986; MATLOCK - 1986; HILL STREET BLUES - 1982 - 1986; SCARECROW AND MRS. KING - 1985-1987; HUNTER - 1984-1990; LIFE GOES ON - 1990-1992; SEINFELD - 1993; JOE'S LIFE - 1993; NYPD BLUES - 1998; THE X-FILES - 1999 and many, many more. Al Ruscio was 89 years-old.) - 11/12/13
MICKEY KNOX (Actor & Italian Film English Dubber: KILLER MCCOY - 1947; JUNGLE PATROL - 1949; THE ACCUSED - 1949; WHITE HEAT - 1949; DESTINATION BIG HOUSE - 1950; CRIMINAL LAWYER - 1951; VICE SQUAD - 1953; THE NAKED STREET - 1955; G.I. BLUES - 1960; THE VICTORS - 1963; THE 10TH VICTIM - 1965; THE BIGGEST BUNDLE OF THEM ALL - 1968; BEYOND THE LAW - 1968; WILD 90 - 1968; HIGH CRIME - 1973; STREET LAW - 1974; HIGH ROLLERS - 1976; THE CYNIC, THE RAT AND THE FIST - 1977; FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN - 1979; THE BLUE-EYED BANDIT - 1980; DAY OF THE COBRA - 1980; 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS - 1982; THE LONELY LADY - 1983; MURDER-ROCK: DANCING DEATH - 1984; BOLERO - 1984; THE FIFTH MISSILE - 1986; OPERATION: NAM - 1986; STAGEFRIGHT - 1987; BUY & CELL - 1987; RENT-A-COP - 1987; VAMPIRE IN VENICE - 1988; GHOULIES II - 1988; RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - 1988; GHOSTS CAN'T DO IT - 1989; FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND - 1990; THE GODFATHER III - 1990; CEMETERY MAN - 1994. Mr. Knox also made an occasional television appearance in such TV shows as THE LONE RANGER - 1955; ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - 1956; ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE - 1981; QUINCY M.E. - 1981; HART TO HART - 1981-1983 and THE X-FILES - 1999) - 11/15/13
PETER WINTONICK (Documentary Filmmaker/Editor: IN PRAISE OF OLDER WOMEN - 1978 [Editor]; AGENCY - 1980 [Editor]; YOUR TICKET IS NO LONGER VALID - 1981 [Editor]; THE BAY BOY - 1984 [Editor]; A RUSTLING OF LEAVES: INSIDE THE PHILIPPINES REVOLUTION - 1988 [Editor]; MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA - 1992; CINEMA VERITE: DEFINING THE MOMENT - 2000; SEEING IS BELIEVING: HANDICAMS, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE NEWS - 2002; pilgrIMAGE - 2009) - 11/18/13
GEORGES LAUTNER (French Director: WOMEN AND WAR - 1962; THE BLACK MONOCLE - 1961; OPERATION GOLD INGOT - 1961; THE EYE OF THE MONOCLE - 1962; THE MONOCLE - 1964; THE GREAT SPY CHASE - 1964; LET'S NOT GET ANGRY - 1966; ROAD TO SALINA - 1970; TROUBLESHOOTERS - 1971; FLIC STORY - 1971; MAN IN THE TRUNK - 1973; SOMEONE IS BLEEDING - 1974; THE BOTTOM LINE - 1976; THESE SORCERERS ARE MAD - 1978; COP OR HOOD - 1979; THE PROFESSIONAL - 1980; LA CAGE AUX FOLLES 3: THE WEDDING - 1985; THE MURDERED HOUSE - 1988; BELIEVED VIOLENT - 1990; STRANGER IN THE HOUSE - 1992) - 11/22/13
JAY LEGGETT (Actor/Comedian/Writer/Director: MARIO AND THE MOB - 1992; HERO - 1992; HIT ME - 1996; ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE - 1988; ANOOSH OF THE AIRWAYS - 1999; THANK YOU, GOOD NIGHT - 2001; NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING - 2002; EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - 2003. Some TV series Mr. Leggett appeared on include: ER - 1994; STAR TREK: VOYAGER - 1999; IN LIVING COLOR - 1993-2001; NYPD BLUE - 2002; FACTORY - 2008 and AXE LORDS - 2011; Jay Leggett was only 50 years-old) - 11/23/13
ELKE NEIDHART (Actress: ALARM ON 83RD STREET - 1965; THE JOURNEY - 1972; LIBIDO - 1973; ALVIN PURPLE - 1973; THE TRUE STORY OF ESKIMO NELL - 1975; ILLUMINATIONS - 1976; INSIDE LOOKING OUT - 1977. She was also a regular on the first season of the Australian TV series SKIPPY - 1968 and also appeared on the Australian TV series THE LINK MEN - 1970; DELTA - 1970 and SHANNON'S MOB - 1975. She also became the first director to stage Richard Wagner's RING CYCLE in Austraila.) - 11/25/13
TONY MUSANTE (Actor: RIDE WITH TERROR - 1963; ONCE A THIEF - 1965; THE INCIDENT - 1967 [his breakout role, in my opinion]; THE DETECTIVE - 1968; A PROFESSIONAL GUN - 1969; THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN - 1970; THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTTony MusanteAL PLUMAGE - 1970 [his best-known theatrical role in genre circles]; THE GRISSOM GANG - 1971; THE LAST RUN - 1971; THE DESPERATE MILES - 1975; NOWHERE TO HIDE - 1977; HIGH ICE - 1980; SPY CONNECTION - 1983; THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE - 1984; REARVIEW MIRROR - 1984; DEAD FRIGHT - 1985; THE REPENTER - 1985; DEVIL'S HILL - 1987; EXILED - 1998; THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN - 1999; THE YARDS - 2000; WE OWN THE NIGHT - 2007. Mr. Musante was also known for his many TV series appearances, including a starring role in the series TOMA - 1973-1974. Other TV appearances include: THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1964; ONCE A THIEF - 1965; THE TRIALS OF O'BRIEN - 1965-1966; THE FUGITIVE - 1966; MARCUS WELBY, M.D. - 1973; THE ROCKFORD FILES - 1975; MEDICAL STORY - 1975-1976 [he received an Emmy nomination for his performance]; POLICE STORY - 1974-1976; MACGRUDER AND LOUD - 1985; THE EQUALIZER - 1986; NIGHT HEAT - 1987; OZ - 1997 [a regular on the first season]; ACAPULCO H.E.A.T. - 1997; NOTHING SACRED - 1997; AS THE WORLD TURNS - 2000-2003; 100 CENTRE STREET - 2001 and POMPEII - 2007. Tony Musante was 77 years-old) - 11/26/13
JANE KEAN (Actress: Best known for portraying "Trixie Norton" on THE HONEYMOONERS sections of THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW from 1966 to 1970 and on several HONEYMOONERS specials during the late-70's. Ms. Kean was also very involved in TV and appeared in the occasional movie, including: CHATTERBOX! - 1977; PETE'S DRAGON - 1977; EXPLORERS - 1985; FATAL CHARM - 1990; GIDEON - 1999 and ABNER, THE INVISIBLE DOG - 2013. Her TV credits include: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW - 1956-1959; MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY - 1964; THE LUCY SHOW - 1966; LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 1970; CANNON - 1974; THE LOVE BOAT - 1978; DALLAS - 1979; IT'S A LIVING - 1981; SCARECROW AND MRS. KING - 1985; THE FACTS OF LIFE - 1985; SHE'S THE SHERIFF - 1987; GROWING PAINS - 1989; DREAM ON - 1991 and MADMAN OF THE PEOPLE - 1994. Ms. Kean was 90 years-old.) - 11/26/13
LEWIS COLLINS (Actor: Handsome and underrated actor who once tested for the role of James Bond. His films include: THEY DISAPPEAR WHEN YOU LIE DOWN - 1974; CONFESSIONS OF A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR - 1976; MUST WEAR TIGHTS - 1978; THE FINAL OPTION - 1982; A NIGHT ON THE TOWN - 1983; CODE NAME: WILD GEESE - 1984; KOMMANDO LEOPARD - 1985; CARLY'S WEB - 1987; THE COMMANDER - 1988; A GHOST IN MONTE CARLO - 1990. Mr. Collins also did a few TV series [mainly British] in his career, including Z CARS - 1974; WARSHIP - 1974; THE CUCKOO WALTZ - 1975-1977 [a series regular]; THE NEW AVENGERS - 1977; THE PROFESSIONALS - 1977-1983 [a series regular]; ROBIN HOOD - 1986; JACK THE RIPPER - 1988; ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1989; CLUEDO - 1991-1992 [a series regular]; TARZAN - 1993-1994; THE GRIMLEYS - 1999 and THE BILL - 2002. Lewis Collins was 67 years-old.) - 11/27/13
DANNY WELLS (Actor: ROLL, FREDDY, ROLL! - 1974; THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD - 1975; WHIFFS - 1975; GUS - 1976; THE SHAGGY D.A. - 1976; THE HUNTED LADY - 1977; GOIN' COCONUTS - 1978; THE MAN IN THE SANTA CLAUS SUIT - 1979; NIGHTSIDE - 1980; PRIVATE BENJAMIN - 1980; BODY AND SOUL - 1981; LIFE STINKS - 1991; MAGNOLIA - 1999; THE KILLING YARD - 2001; PROTECTION - 2001; THE LAST KISS - 2006. Mr. Wells TV series appearances include roles on SHAFT - 1974; HARRY O - 1974; IRONSIDE - 1974; COLUMBO - 1975; STARSKY AND HUTCH - 1975; KOJAK - 1976; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1976; ELLERY QUEEN - 1976; THE BLUE KNIGHT - 1976; SANFORD AND SON - 1974-1976; THE BIONIC WOMAN - 1978; FANTASY ISLAND - 1978; CHiPS - 1979-1981; LOU GRANT - 1982; HAPPY DAYS - 1982; THE A-TEAM - 1983-1984; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1984; THE JEFFERSONS - 1975-1985 [a semi-regular as "Charlie"]; THE FALL GUY - 1983-1986; RIPTIDE - 1984-1986; HUNTER - 1985-1991; RENEGADE - 1993; FLASHPOINT - 2009; ROOKIE BLUE - 2013) - 11/28/13
PAUL WALKER (Actor: Best known for starring in the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise of films who bizarrely died at the age of 40 in a car crash as a passenger during his own charity eventPaul Walker. His films include: MONSTER IN THE CLOSET  - 1986 [his debut]; PROGRAMMED TO KILL - 1987; TAMMY AND THE T-REX - 1994; MEET THE DEEDLES - 1998; PLEASANTVILLE - 1998; VARSITY BLUES - 1999; SHE'S ALL THAT - 1999; THE SKULLS - 2000; THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS - 2001; JOY RIDE - 2001; 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS - 2003; TIMELINE - 2003; INTO THE BLUE - 2005; RUNNING SCARED - 2006 [my favorite film of his]; EIGHT BELOW - 2006; FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS - 2006; THE DEATH AND LIFE OF BOBBY Z - 2007; THE LAZARUS PROJECT - 2008; FAST & FURIOUS - 2009; TAKERS - 2010; FAST FIVE - 2011; VEHICLE 19 - 2012; HOURS - 2013; FAST & FURIOUS 6 - 2013; PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES - 2013; BRICK MANSIONS - 2014; FAST & FURIOUS 7 - 2014 [still filming when he died]. Walker's TV credits include: HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN - 1985-1986; THROB - 1986-1987 [a series regular]; CHARLES IN CHARGE - 1990; WHO'S THE BOSS - 1991; WHAT A DUMMY - 1991; THE BOYS ARE BACK - 1994 and TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL - 1996.) - 11/30/13
JEAN KENT (Actress: WARN THAT MAN - 1943; MAN OF EVIL - 1944; MADONNA OF THE SEVEN MOONS - 1945; THE WICKED LADY - 1945; THE MAGIC BOW - 1946; THE SMUGGLERS - 1947; SLEEPING CAR TO TRIESTE - 1948; THE INHERITANCE - 1950; FIVE ANGLES ON MURDER - 1950; THE BIG FRAME - 1952; SHADOW OF FEAR - 1954; THE HAUNTED STRANGLER - 1958; WEB OF EVIDENCE - 1959; BLUEBEARDS TEN HONEYMOONS - 1960; K IS FOR KILLING - 1974; SHOUT AT THE DEVIL - 1976. Ms. Kent also appeared in dozens of British TV series.) - 11/30/13
CHRISTOPHER EVAN WELCH (Actor: CHINESE COFFEE - 2000; HAMLET - 2000; THE STEPFORD WIVES - 2004; KEANE - 2004; WAR OF THE WORLDS - 2005; THE INTERPRETER - 2005; THE HOAX - 2006; THE GOOD SHEPHERD - 2006; SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK - 2008; THE MASTER - 2012; LINCOLN - 2012; ADMISSION - 2013. Mr. Welch also appeared in many TV shows, including: THIRD WATCH - 1999; THE PRACTICE - 2001; LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT - 2003; WHOOPI - 2004; LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - 2000-2005; THE BOOK OF DANIEL - 2006; THE SOPRANOS - 2006; NURSE JACKIE - 2009; THE GOOD WIFE - 2010; GRAVITY - 2010; RUBICON - 2010 [a series regular] and ELEMENTARY - 2012. Mr. Welch was believed to be 48 years-old.) - 12/02/13
RONALD LEE HUNTER (Actor: THE SENTINEL - 1977; THE SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNAN - 1979; OFF THE MINNESOTA STRIP - 1980; RAGE OF ANGELS - 1983; TEACHERS - 1984; THE ADVENTURE OF THE ACTION HUNTERS - 1987; JAKARTA - 1988; INTERNAL AFFAIRS - 1988; MIDNIGHT MAN - 1995; ALONG CAME POLLY - 2004; POINT OF ENTRY - 2007; PARASOMNIA - 2008; RE-CUT - 2010. Mr. Hunters TV credits includes roles on THE LAZARUS SYNDROME - 1979 [a series regular]; CAGNEY & LACEY - 1981 [he was "Harvey Lacey" in the pilot episode]; MAGNUM, P.I. - 1983; HART TO HART - 1983; SIMON & SIMON - 1986; THE EQUALIZER - 1988; LAW & ORDER - 1991; NORTHERN EXPOSURE - 1993; SILK STALKINGS - 1993; NYPD BLUE - 1995; PROFILER - 1997; THAT'S LIFE - 2001-2002; JUDGING AMY - 2004; EYES - 2005; ER - 2006; CRIMINAL MINDS - 2006; THE BIG BANG THEORY - 2008 and MONK - 2009) - 12/03/13
BARRY JACKSON (British Actor who did extensive TV work, but did the occasional movie: Movies include: GIRL ON A ROOF - 1962; THE PRIMITIVES - 1962; STRANGLER'S WEB - 1965; THE WITNESS - 1966; THE BOFORS GUN - 1968; ALFRED THE GREAT - 1969; RYAN'S DAUGHTER - 1970; LONG AGO, TOMORROW - 1971; DIAMONDS ON WHEELS - 1974; BARRY LYNDON - 1975; ACES HIGH - 1976; THE GLITTERBALL - 1977; THE SAILOR'S RETURN - 1978; THE BUNKER - 1981; THE SHOOTING PARTY - 1985; THURSDAY THE 12TH - 2003; DERAILED - 2005. Mr. Jackson's vast TV appearances include roles in A FOR ANDROMEDA - 1961; THE DESPERATE PEOPLE - 1963; THE MASK OF JANUS - 1965; SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOTLE - 1967; MAGIC MANSION - 1966-1968; PUBLIC EYE - 1968-1971; SUSPICION - 1972; SPY TRAP - 1972; THE FRIGHTENERS - 1972; SPECIAL BRANCH - 1973; NEW SCOTLAND YARD - 1973; GREAT MYSTERIES - 1974; DIXON OF DOCK GREEN - 1967-1974; Z CARS - 1962-1975; THE NEW AVENGERS - 1976; SECRET ARMY - 1977; CROWN COURT - 1973-1977; BLAKES 7 - 1978; THE PROFESSIONALS - 1978; DOCTOR WHO - 1965-1979; SMUGGLER - 1981; INTO THE LABYRINTH - 1982; LOVEJOY - 1986; HARD CASES - 1988-1989; CASUALTY - 1990; MINDER - 1984-1994; THREE SEVEN ELEVEN - 1993-1994; SILENT WITNESS - 1997; BIRDS OF A FEATHER - 1998; BERNARD'S WATCH - 1997-2001; A TOUCH OF FROST - 1994-2002; THE BILL - 1991-2003; MIDSOMER'S MURDERS - 1997-2011 [series regular]; DOCTORS - 2005-2012 and dozens more.) - 12/05/13
KATE WILLIAMSON (Actress and wife of actor Al Ruscio [see above], who passed away less than a month earlier: RACING WITH THE MOON - 1984; THE FINAL DAYS - 1989; RED SHOES DIARY - 1992; DREAM LOVER - 1993; SHADOW OF OBSESSION - 1994; STATE OF EMERGENCY - 1994; DISCLOSURE - 1994; TOUCH - 1997; THE LAST TIME I COMMITTED SUICIDE - 1997; INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN - 2002; DAHMER - 2002. Ms. Williamson's TV credits include appearances on POLICE STORY - 1997; DARKROOM - 1981; HILL STREET BLUES - 1983; CHEERS - 1984; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1987; SOMETHING IS OUT THERE - 1988; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1989; ELLEN - 1995; PROFILER - 1997; JAG - 1998; HOME IMPROVEMENT - 1998 and NYPD BLUE - 2003.) - 12/06/13
LOUIS WALDON (Actor: THE DOUBLE-BARRELLED DETECTIVE STORY - 1965; THE LOVE MERCHANT - 1966; THE SWAP AND HOW THEY MAKE IT - 1966; MISCONDUCT - 1966; THE NUDE RESTAURANT - 1967; FLESH - 1968; THE BIZARRE ONES - 1968; LONESOME COWBOYS - 1968; THE SPY WHO CAME - 1969; THE VIRGIN PRESIDENT - 1969; NECROPOLIS - 1970; VAMPIRA - 1971; LENZ - 1971; DREAM CITY - 1973; FEEDBACK - 1978; MASK - 1985; MISSION KILL - 1986; PUNK VACATION - 1990; DISTANCE - 2003; THE FEATURE - 2008; DESERT VOWS - 2009) - 12/06/13
EDOUARD MOLINARO (French Director: A TOUCH OF TREASON - 1962; ARSENE LUPIN VS. ARSENE LUPIN - 1962; AGENT 38-24-36 - 1964; MALE HUNT - 1964; TO COMMIT A MURDER - 1967; MY UNCLE BENJAMIN - 1969; SWEET DECEPTION - 1972; THE IRONY OF CHANCE - 1974; DRACULA AND SON - 1976; LA CAGE AUX FOLLES - 1978; LA CAGE AUX FOLLES II - 1980; FOR 200 GRAND, YOU GET NOTHING NEW - 1982; PALACE - 1985; THE SUPPER - 1992; BEAUMARCHAIS THE SCOUNDREL - 1995) - 12/07/13
DON MITCHELL (Actor: Best known as playing "Mark Sanger" on TV's IRONSIDE - 1967-1975; His theatrical & TV movie credits include: WARNING SHOT - 1967; A SHORT WALK TO DAYLIGHT - 1972; SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM - 1973, POLICE STORY: A CRY FOR JUSTICE - 1979; PERFUME - 1991 and THE RETURN OF IRONSIDE - 1993. His TV credits include appearances on MR. NOVAK - 1965; I DREAM OF JEANNIE - 1965-1966; BEWITCHED - 1966; THE FUGITIVE - 1966-1967; THE VIRGINIAN - 1967; TARZAN - 1967; INSIGHT - 1967-1969; McMILLAN & WIFE - 1972; THE BOLD ONES: THE NEW DOCTORS - 1972 [an IRONSIDE crossover episode]; MEDICAL STORY 1976; WONDER WOMAN - 1978; CHiPS - 1979; CAPITOL - 1982 and MATLOCK - 1986. Mr. Mitchell was 70 years-old and died of natural causes. He was quoted as saying that the late Raymond Burr was his mentor.) - 12/08/13
ALAN COLEMAN (British TV Director/Producer/Writer: LUNCHBOX - 1957; ESCAPE INTO THE NIGHT - 1972; CROSSROADS - 1972; LATE NIGHT THEATRE - 1972-1973; THE JENSEN CODE - 1973; THE KIDS FROM 47A - 1973-1974; CLASS OF 74 - 1974; THE YOUNG DOCTORS - 1977-1981; CASE FOR THE DEFENSE - 1978; PRISONER: CELL BLOCK H - 1979; PUNISHMENT - 1981; GOOD TIMES BAD TIMES - 1991; NEIGHBOURS - 1992-1994; HOME AND AWAY - 1996; ABOVE THE LAW - 2000; TWENTYFOURSEVEN - 2001) - 12/10/13
ROSSANA PODESTA (Actress: COPS AND ROBBERS - 1951; FINISHING SCHOOL - 1953; VOICE OF SILENCE - 1953; ULYSSES - 1954; HELEN OF TROY - 1956; RAW WIND IN EDEN - 1958; FURY OF THE PAGANS - 1960; SLAVE OF ROME - 1961; SODOM AND GOMORRAH - 1962; HORROR CASTLE - 1963; SEVEN GOLDEN MEN - 1965; SEVEN GOLDEN MEN STRIKE AGAIN - 1966; INTIMACY - 1970; MAN OF THE YEAR - 1971; THE SENSUOUS SICILIAN - 1973; SEX DIARY - 1978; SEVEN DANGEROUS GIRLS - 1979; COUNTRY LADY - 1980; HERCULES - 1983; SECRETS SECRETS - 1985 [her final film].) - 12/10/13
ELEANOR PARKER (Actress: THE BIG SHOT - 1942; THE MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR - 1943; BEleanor ParkerETWEEN TWO WORLDS - 1944; CRIME BY NIGHT - 1944; PRIDE OF THE MARINES - 1945; OF HUMAN BONDAGE - 1946; THE WOMAN IN WHITE - 1948; CHAIN LIGHTNING - 1950; CAGED - 1950; DETECTIVE STORY - 1951; THE NAKED JUNGLE - 1954; THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM - 1955; LIZZIE - 1957; A HOLE IN THE HEAD - 1959; PANIC BUTTON - 1964; THE SOUND OF MUSIC - 1965; WARNING SHOT - 1967; EYE OF THE CAT - 1969; VANISHED - 1971; HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS - 1972; SUNBURN - 1979; SHE'S DRESSED TO KILL - 1979; ONCE UPON A SPY - 1980; DEEAD ON THE MONEY - 1991 and many more. Some of her TV series appearances include roles on THE ELEVENTH HOUR - 1963; BREAKING POINT - 1964; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1968; BRACKEN'S WORLD - 1969-1970 [a series regular]; CIRCLE OF FEAR - 1972; HAWAII FIVE-O - 1978; VEGA$ - 1980; THE LOVE BOAT - 1979-1982; FANTASY ISLAND - 1977-1983 and MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1986) - 12/09/13
TOM LAUGHLIN (Actor/Director/Writer: THE DELIQUENTS - 1957; LAFAYEYYE ESCADRILLE - 1958; SOUTH PACIFIC - 1958; SENIOR PROM - 1958; GIDGET - 1959; BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA - 1959; THE PROPER TIME - 1962 [also/writer/director]; LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON - 1965 [also writer/director] BORN LOSERS - 1967 [also director]; BILLY JACK - 1971 [also writer/director]; THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK - 1974 [also writer/director]; THE MASTER GUNFIGHTER - 1975 [also writer]; THE LITTLEST HORSE THIEVES - 1976; BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON - 1977 [also writer/director]; THE BIG SLEEP - 1978; THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER - 1982. Mr. Laughlin also ran for President of the United States three times and was married to frequent co-star Delores Taylor since 1954, making their marriage 59 years-old. Whether you agreed with his politics or not, Tom Laughlin was a great screen presence in the 60's & 70's. He made an unfinished fifth Billy Jack film in 1985, THE RETURN OF BILLY JACK, where our hero battle child pornographers. Let's hope we see the footage some day. Mr. Laughlin was 82 years-old.) - 12/12/13
AUDREY TOTTER (Actress: MAIN STREET AFTER DARK - 1945; DANGEROUS PARTNERS - 1945; THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE - 1946; LADY IN THE LAKE - 1947; THE UNSUSPECTED - 1947; ALIAS NICK BEAL - 1949; THE SET-UP - 1949; UNDER THE GUN - 1951; FBI GIRL - 1951; THE SELLOUT - 1952; MAN IN THE DARK - 1953; MASSACRE CANYON - 1954; WOMEN'S PRISON - 1955; A BULLET FOR JOEY - 1955; THE VANISHING AMERICAN - 1955; GHOST DIVER - 1957; JET ATTACK - 1958; MAN OR GUN - 1958; THE CARPETBAGGERS - 1964; HARLOW - 1965; THE OUTSIDER - 1967; CITY KILLER - 1984. Ms. Totter also dis many TV appearances, including roles on CLIMAX! - 1955-1958; WAGON TRAIN - 1958; HAWAIIAN EYE - 1959; ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1960-1961; ROUTE 66 - 1962; OUR MAN HIGGINS - 1962-1963 [a series regular]; PERRY MASON - 1964; BONANZA - 1966; IRONSIDE - 1969; HAWAII FIVE-O - 1973; HARRY O - 1975; POLICE STORY - 1975; MATT HELM - 1976; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1986 [her last acting role]) - 12/12/13
DANIEL ESCOBAR (Actor: TALK RADIO - 1988; THE BEAUTICIAN AND THE BEAST - 1997; LEATHER JACKET LOVE STORY - 1997; MR. MURDER - 1998; THE MEXICAN - 2001; BLOW - 2001; THE COUNTRY BEARS - 2002; THE HUMAN CONTRACT - 2008; NOT FORGOTTEN - 2009; SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS - 2010. Mr. Escobar also did plenty of TV, including a recurring role on Disney's LIZZIE McGUIRE - 2001-2002; MURPHY BROWN - 1996; MEN BEHAVING BADLY - 1997; SNOOPS - 1999; MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE - 2000; DHARMA & GREG - 1999-2002; NYPD BLUE - 1998-2002; CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM - 2002; CHARMED - 2003; TWO AND A HALF MEN - 2003; BLIND JUSTICE - 2005; DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - 2009 and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - 2011. He was 48 years-old.) - 12/13/13
PETER O'TOOLE (Actor: Handsome, blue-eyed actor who became as well known for his drinking habits more than his acting in his later years. Still, he always gave everything to his roles, which made even the crappiest of movies he starred in seem much better than Peter O'Toolethey were. His films include: KIDNAPPED - 1960; THE SAVAGE INNOCENTS - 1960; THE DAY THE ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND - 1960; LAWRENCE OF ARABIA - 1962 [his breakout role]; BECKET - 1964; LORD JIM - 1965; WHAT'S NEW PUSSTCAT - 1965; HOW TO STEAL A MILLION - 1966; THE NIGHT OF THE GENERALS - 1967; CASINO ROYALE - 1967; THE LION IN WINTER - 1968; GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS - 1969; MURPHY'S WAR - 1971; THE RULING CLASS - 1972; ROSEBUD - 1975; MAN FRIDAY - 1975; THE FAR SIDE OF PARADISE - 1976; POWER PLAY - 1978; ZULU DAWN - 1979; CALIGULA - 1979 [his most notorious film]; THE STUNT MAN (1980); MY FAVORITE YEAR - 1982 [my favorite of his films]; SVENGALI - 1983; PYGMALION - 1983; SUPERGIRL - 1985; CREATOR - 1985; CLUB PARADISE - 1986; THE LAST EMPEROR - 1987; HIGH SPIRITS - 1988; WINGS OF FAME - 1990; THE RAINBOW THIEF - 1990; KING RALPH - 1991; THE SEVENTH COIN - 1993; GULLIVER'S TRAVELS - 1996; FAIRYTALE: A TRUE STORY - 1997; PHANTOMS - 1998; THE MANOR - 1999; JOAN OF ARC - 1999; THE FINAL CURTAIN - 2002; BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS - 1993; HITLER: THE RISE OF EVIL - 1993; TROY - 1994; VENUS - 2006; RATATOUILLE - 2006; EAGER TO DIE - 2010; THE WHOLE WORLD AT OUR FEET - 2013. Mr. O'Toole was nominated for the Academy Award eight times, but only won the Honorory Award in 2003 for his remarkable characters in film. He also won four Golden Globes and an Emmy. One of the greats of film and occasional TV.) - 12/14/13
JOAN FONTAINE (Actress: A MILLION TO ONE - 1937; THE MAN WHO FOUND HIMSELF - 1937; A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS - 1937; SKY GIANT - 1938; GUNGA DIN - 1939; REBECCA - 1940; SUSPICION - 1941; JANE EYRE - 1943; LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN - 1948; KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS - 1948; BORN TO BE BAD - 1950; BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT - 1956; ISLAND IN THE SUN - 1957; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1961; TENDER IS THE NIGHT - 1961; THE WITCHES - 1966; DARK MANSIONS - 1986. Ms. Fontaine also did some television, including: THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1963; CANNON - 1975; RYAN'S HOPE - 1980; THE LOVE BOAT - 1981; BARE ESSENCE - 1983 and HOTEL - 1986.) - 12/15/13
AL GOLDSTEIN (Actor and Pornography Pioneer [Publisher/writer of Screw Magazine]: DYNAMITE CHICKEN - 1971; IT HAPPENED IN HOLLYWOOD - 1973; MIDNIGHT BLUE [Cable Access TV Series - 1974-2003]; SOS: SCREW ON SCREEN - 1975; HONEY PIE - 1976; LET MY PUPPETS COME - 1976; THAT LUCKY STIFF - 1980; DIRTY LOOKS - 1982; RESIDENT ALIEN - 1990; VOW OF PASSION - 1991; TALES FROM THE CLIT - 1993; BUZZZZ! - 1993; DENIAL - 1998; WADD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN C. HOLMES - 1999; CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER IV - 2000; PORN STAR: THE LEGEND OF RON JEREMY - 2001; BEACH BASH - 2002; INSIDE DEEP THROAT - 2005; OBSCENE - 2007. Goldstein, who called himself an "angry Jew", blamed the Internet for destroying his life, but according to many people, including his four ex-wives and his current wife, he could be a bastard [he was sued for harassment several times; the lawsuits making him penniless and at one time he lived in a homeless shelter], but he was a porn trailblazer. Goldstein was 77 years-old.) - 12/19/13
MARTY HORNSTEIN (Producer/Production Manager: SILENT RUNNING - 1972; ISN'T IT SHOCKING? - 1973; BLACK BELT JONES - 1974; TRUCK TURNER - 1974; GOLDEN NEEDLES - 1974; THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR - 1975; ODE TO BILLY JOE - 1976; FUTUREWORLD - 1976; SYBIL - 1976; ONE ON ONE - 1977; I, THE JURY - 1982; BAD BOYS - 1983; BACK TO THE BEACH - 1987; JACKNIFE - 1989; THE BLOOD OF HEROES - 1989; THE PERFECT WEAPON - 1991; STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY - 1991; WHISPERS IN THE DARK - 1992; BEVERLY HILLS COP III - 1994; DROP ZONE - 1994; THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS - 1996; STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT - 1996; STAR TREK INSURRECTION - 1998; LETTERS FROM A KILLER - 1998; ALONG CAME A SPIDER - 2001; STAR TREK: NEMESIS - 2002; THE LAST RUN - 2004.) - 12/19/13
ALLAN MCKEOWN (British TV Producer: Married to actress/comedienne Tracey Ullman and produced all her TV movies and series. Other TV series include: DOING TIME - 1979; ASTRONAUTS - 1981; DEAD ERNEST - 1982; SHINE ON HARVEY MOON - 1982; SUNSET LIMOUSINE - 1982; ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN - 1985; MOG - 1985; GIRLS ON TOP - 1985-1986; FREDDIE AND MAX - 1990; LOVE HURTS - 1992; THE OLD BOY NETWORK - 1992; STAND BY YOUR MAN - 1992; FULL STRETCH - 1993; BIRDS OF A FEATHER - 1989-1993; LOVEJOY - 1986-1994; AN INDEPENDENT MAN - 1995; MEN OF THE WORLD - 1994-1995; GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART - 1993-1996; PIE IN THE SKY - 1994-1996; TRACEY TAKES ON ... - 1996-1999; MUMBAI CALLING - 2007-2008; STATE OF THE UNION - 2008 - 2010. He was 67 years-old.) - 12/24/13
JOSEPH RUSKIN (Actor: Respected TV and Film character actor, whose face is instanty recognizable, if not his name. A real filmic hero to me on both TV and films. It seems at one time you couldn't turn on a TV and not see his face, usually as tough guys, gangsters, cops, hoods and military personnel, but he was also perfectly adept at comedy. We lost a goodJoseph Ruskin

on TWILIGHT ZONE (1960) one today, folks. Some of his theatrical and television films include: UNSOLVED - 1960; HELL BENT FOR LEATHER - 1960; THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND - 1960; THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - 1960; DIARY OF A MADMAN - 1963; ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS - 1964; BOGARD - 1974; PANACHE - 1976; DR. SCORPION - 1978; THE GYPSY WARRIORS - 1978; CAPTAIN AMERICA - 1979; POWER - 1980; THE MUNSTER'S REVENGE - 1981; THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER - 1982; THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE - 1983; PRIZZI'S HONOR - 1985; THE LONGSHOT - 1986; SATURDAY THE 14TH STRIKES BACK - 1988; ORIGINAL SIN - 1989; INDECENT PROPOSAL - 1993; DEADLY EXPOSURE - 1993; THE CRIMINAL MIND - 1993; FIREPOWER - 1993; CYBER TRACKER - 1994; THE LAST DON - 1997; KING COBRA - 1999; WISHCRAFT - 2002; THE SCORPION KING - 2002; THE STREETSWEEPER - 2002; DIAMOND ZERO - 2005; SMOKIN' ACES - 2006. Mr. Ruskin's extensive TV credits include roles on such TV series as TWILIGHT ZONE [episodes "Man In A Bottle' - 1960 and "To Serve Man" - 1962]; THE OUTER LIMITS - [episode "Production and Decay of Strange Particles" - 1964]; during the 60's until the 00's, he was a member of the STAR TREK universe, appearing in nearly every incarnation of the show as different characters; ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1958; NAKED CITY - 1959; BRONCO - 1959; WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE - 1959; PETER GUNN - 1959; MICHAEL SHAYNE - 1960; DANTE - 1960-1961; 77 SUNSET STRIP - 1961; ROUTE 66 - 1961; THE ASPHALT JUNGLE - 1961; HAWAIIAN EYE - 1961; THE DETECTIVES - 1962; THE UNTOUCHABLES - 1959-1963; THE ALFRED Joseph Ruskin

The Later YearsHITCHCOCK HOUR - 1963; MISTER ED - 1963; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1964; BURKE'S LAW - 1965; GET SMART - 1965; THE TIME TUNNEL - 1966; THE LUCY SHOW - 1966; GUNSMOKE - 1962-1966; THE WILD WILD WEST - 1965-1967; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1966-1967; MOD SQUAD - 1969; LAND OF THE GIANTS - 1968-1970; HOGAN'S HEROES - 1970; BANYON - 1971; NIGHT GALLERY [episode "The Messiah on Mott Street" - 1971]; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1968-1972; McCLOUD - 1973; THE MAGICIAN - 1974; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1974; PLANET OF THE APES - 1974; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1974-1975; POLICE STORY - 1975; THE BLUE KNIGHT - 1975; HARRY O - 1976; SWITCH - 1977; THE BIONIC WOMAN - 1977; POLICE WOMAN - 1977; STARSKY AND HUTCH - 1977; WONDER WOMAN - 1978; PROJECT U.F.O. - 1978; QUINCY M.E. - 1979; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1976-1981; MATT HOUSTON - 1983; KNIGHT RIDER - 1984; HILL STREET BLUES - 1985; ST. ELSEWHERE - 1985; ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1986 [one of the few stars to appear on all three incarnations of Alfred Hitchcock's show]; RIPTIDE - 1986; STINGRAY - 1987; MAX HEADROOM - 1987; JAKE AND THE FATMAN - 1988; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1988; L.A. LAW - 1991; BROOKLYN SOUTH - 1997; ER - 1997; THAT'S MY BUSH! - 2001; ALIAS - 2002; BONES - 2006 [His final role] and many, many more. Mr. Ruskin was 89 years-old.) - 12/28/13
JAMES AVERY (Actor: Best known as "Uncle Philip Banks" on the TV series THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR - 1990-1996, Avery was adept at both theatrical films and TV with equal aplomb. His theatrical and TV films include: THE BLUES BROTHERS - 1980; THE STUNT MAN - 1980; ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA - 1983; FLETCH - 1985; APPOINTMENT WITH FEAR - 1985; THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT - 1986; THE LADIES CLUB - 1986; 8 MILLION WAYWS TO DIE - 1986; STOOGEMANIA - 1986; CONDOR - 1986; EXTREMITIES - 1986; TIMESTALKERS - 1987; THREE FOR THE ROQAD - 1987; NIGHTFLYERS - 1987; DEADLY DAPHNE'S REVENGE - 1987; BODY COUNT -James Avery 1987; LICENSE TO DRIVE - 1988; BEASTMASTER 2: THROUGH THE PORTAL OF TIME - 1991; SHOUT - 1991; WITHOUT WARNING: TERROR IN THE TOWERS - 1993; LITTLE MISS MILLIONS - 1993; THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE - 1995; SPIRIT LOST - 1997; OUT IN FIFTY - 1999; EPOCH - 2001; LETHAL EVICTION - 2005; RESTRAINING ORDER - 2006; WHO'S YOUR CADDY? - 2007; THE GRIND - 2010; HUNT FOR THE LABYRINTH KILLER - 2013; GO, BOLIVIA, GO! - 2013 [his last film]. Mr. Avery's extensive TV credits includes appearances on: TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY - 1983; THE JEFFERSONS - 1983; HILL STREET BLUES - 1984; SIMON & SIMON - 1983-1984; THE DUKES OF HAZZARD - 1984; SPENCER - 1984; STREET HAWK - 1985; ST. ELSEWHERE - 1985; CAGNEY & LACEY - 1985; THE A-TEAM - 1985; MOONLIGHTING - 1985; AMAZING STORIES - 1986; JAKE AND THE FATMAN - 1987; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1988; VALERIE - 1987-1989; A DIFFERENT WORLD - 1989; AMEN - 1986-1989; NIGHT COURT - 1990; FM - 1989-1990 [series regular]; L.A. LAW - 1988-1992; MURDER ONE - 1995; SPARKS - 1996-1998 [series regular]; IN THE HOUSE - 1996-1998; VENGEANCE UNLIMITED - 1999; CSI: - 2000; THE JAMIE FOXX SHOW - 2001; THE LEGEND OF TARZAN - 2001; DHARMA & GREG - 2000-2002; JUDGING AMY - 2002; THE DIVISION - 2002-2003 [series regular]; CROSSING JORDAN - 2003; SOUL FOOD - 2001-2003; THAT 70's SHOW - 2004; CHARMED - 2004; NYPD BLUE - 2004; STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE - 2005; THE CLOSER - 2005-2007 [a semi-regular on the first three seasons]; ELI STONE - 2008; SHERRI - 2009; GREY'S ANATOMY - 2012; HARRY'S LAW - 2012 [his last TV series appearance]. Mr. Avery and his booming voice was also in much demand for voiceover work on many animated TV shows. He was 65 years-old.) - 12/31/13


2014 Obituaries

JUANITA MOORE (Actress: CABIN IN THE SKY - 1943; TARZAN'S PERIL - 1951; AFFAIR IN TRINIDAD - 1952; WITNESS TO MURDER - 1954; WOMEN'S PRISON - 1955; LORD OF THE JUNGLE - 1955; RANSOM! - 1956; IMITATION OF LIFE - 1959; WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - 1962; PAPA'S DELICATE CONDITION - 1964; THE SINGING NUN - 1966; UPTIGHT - 1968; SKIN GAME - 1971; THE MACK - 1973; FOX STYLE - 1973; THOMASINE & BUSHROD - 1974; THE ZEBRA KILLER - 1974; ABBY - 1975; FUGITIVE LOVERS - 1975; DELIVER US FROM EVIL - 1977; O'HARA'S WIFE - 1982; TWO MOON JUNCTION - 1988; THE KID - 2000 [her last film]. Ms. Moore also did plenty of TV Series Appearances, with roles on: ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1961; WAGON TRAIN - 1963; 77 SUNSET STRIP - 1963; BEN CASEY - 1964; THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1963-1965; DRAGNET 1967 - 1967; MANNIX - 1970; IRONSIDE - 1971; ADAM-12 - 1973; ELLERY QUEEN - 1976; THE RICHARD PRYOR SHOW - 1977; ER - 2000; JUDGING AMY - 2001 [her last acting role]. Ms. Moore was 99 years-old.) - 01/01/14
BILLY McCOLL (Actor: THE ONE AND ONLY PHYLLIS DIXLEY - 1978; THE MUSIC MACHINE - 1979; ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE - 1984; SHOOT FOR THE SUN - 1986; DREAM BABY - 1989; JUTE CITY - 1992; SOFT TOP HARD SHOULDER - 1993; STRICTLY SINATRA - 2001; DEATH DEFYING ACTS - 2007; THE UNTOLD TOMMY COOPER - 2011. Mr. McColl also appeared in plenty of British TV series, including: MURDER NOT PROVEN? - 1984; DOCTOR WHO - 1986; BETWEEN THE LINES - 1994; 99-1 - 1995; HAMISH MACBETH - 1995; THE BILL - 1994-1996; THE JUMP - 1998; PSYCHOS - 1999; GLASGOW KISS - 2000; MURDER CITY - 2004; TAGGART - 1998-2010; and VERA - 2012 [his last role]) - 01/01/14
MIKE VRANEY (Film Rediscoverer Pioneer: Mike may not be well-known to most of society, but to us genre film lovers, he was one of the founding fathers of rediscovering films that were long-thought lost (you couldn't read a genre zine for the past 24 years without seeing a Something Weird Video Ad). Mike Vraney founded Something Weird Video in 1990 and was Mike Vraney in 1994instrumental in releasing some of the most obscure films ever on VHS and, eventually, on DVD-R and DVD. He also signed deals with Harry Novak and David Friedman for their film libraries and unleashed a bunch of sexploitation, exploitation, action, horror, sword & sandal and other genres of films to the home video market. Some thought of him as a film bootlegger, but to many people he was the man to thank for seeing such obscure films as BOOBY TRAP - 1970; THE TOY BOX - 1970; GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS - 1973; THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP - 1967; THE ELECTRIC CHAIR - 1975; THE SINFUL DWARF - 1972; THE ADULT VERSION OF JEKYLL AND HIDE - 1971; A SCREAM IN THE STREETS - 1973; AXE - 1974; SATAN'S CHILDREN - 1974; THE KILLER SNAKES - 1974; SEX PSYCHO - 1971; NIGHT OF THE WARLOCK - 1971; RATTLERS - 1975; KIDNAPPED COED - 1975; HITCH HIKE TO HELL - 1977; and hundreds [if not thousands] more. Mike also reminded us of our love of Herschell Gordon Lewis' films [many seen on home video for the very first time], released hundreds of trailer tapes [of every genre, including over 370 two-hour tapes of "Nudie Cutie" loops] and hardcore porn films, which angered some porn directors who thought they deserved money for the films Mike released. No matter what you thought of him, without his perseverence and love of films [he searched relentlessly through warehouses and shuttered movie theaters and discovered many long-thought lost gems], many of us would not be the genre film lovers we are today. He was only 56 years-old [he died of lung cancer] and he will be missed. This is just early 2014 and is one of the biggest shocks of my life. Goodbye Mike. I hope they play all the movies you love where you are.) - 01/02/14
BERNARD GLASSER (Producer: GOLD RAIDERS - 1951; THE STORM RIDER - 1957; ESCAPE FROM RED ROCK - 1957; SPACE MASTER X-7 - 1958; RETURN OF THE FLY - 1959; THE SERGEANT WAS A LADY - 1961 [also directed]; THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS - 1963; THE THIN RED LINE - 1964; CRACK IN THE WORLD - 1965; BIKINI PARADISE - 1967; RUN LIKE A THIEF - 1968 [also directed]; TRIANGLE - 1970 [also directed].) - 01/02/14
SAUL ZAENTZ (Producer: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - 1975; THREE WARRIORS - 1977; THE LORD OF THE RINGS - 1978; AMADEUS - 1984; THE MOSQUITO COAST - 1986; THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING - 1988; AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD - 1991; THE ENGLISH PATIENT - 1996 [in my opinion, it it like watching paint dry for two weeks, which is probably why it won the Oscar® for Best Picture] and GOYA'S GHOSTS - 2006. Mr. Zaentz was 92 years-old.) - 01/03/14
CARMEN ZAPATA (Actress: HAIL, HERO! - 1969; PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT - 1972; THE GIRLS OF HUNTINGTON HOUSE - 1973; BAD CHARLESTON CHARLIE - 1973; KEEP AN EYE ON DENISE - 1973; THOSE MAD, MAD MOVIEMAKERS - 1974; W - 1974; BOSS NIGGER - 1975; WINNER TAKES ALL - 1975; SHARK KILL - 1976; BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON - 1977; TELEFON - 1977; RABBIT TEST - 1978; BOULEVARD NIGHTS - 1979; HOMEWARD BOUND - 1980; HOW TO BEAT THE HIGH CO$T OF LIVING - 1980; VULTURES - 1987; BROKEN ANGEL - 1988; HOW TO MURDER A MILLIONAIRE - 1990; SECRETS - 1992; SISTER ACT - 1992; POINT OF NO RETURN - 1993; SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT - 1993; SKINS - 1994; DEATH IN GRANADA - 1996; FIDEL - 2002 {her final acting role]. Ms. Zapata also appeared in many TV Series including roles on: ROOM 222 - 1970; McMILLAN AND WIFE - 1971; THE ROOKIES - 1973; MOD SQUAD - 1973; ADAM-12 - 1970-1973; THE F.B.I. - 1973; BARNABY JONES - 1974; KOJAK - 1974; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1972-1975; KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER - 1975; McCLOUD - 1975; HARRY O - 1975; MANNIX - 1975; THE BLUE KNIGHT - 1976; VIVA VALDEZ - 1976 [series regular]; WONDER WOMAN - 1979; THE WHITE SHADOW - 1979-1980; THE PHOENIX - 1982; FANTASY ISLAND - 1983; MATT HOUSTON - 1982-1984; HUNTER - 1987; MARRIED WITH CHILDREN - 1989; DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN - 1998. Ms. Zapata was 86 years-old) - 01/05/14
RUN RUN SHAW (Producer: With his brother Runme Shaw, created the internationally known Shaw Brothers Studios (Run Run Shaw had donated billions of dollars to charities, schools and hospitals) and made nearly 1,000 films. Run Run, along with his brother (who passed away in 1985), produced such films as: THE BLACK FOREST - 1964; THE ASSASSIN - 1967; KILLER DARTS - 1968; THE GOLDEN SWORD - 1969; THE HEROIC ONES - 1970; KING EAGLE - 1971; THE Run Run ShawANONYMOUS HEROES - 1971; THE DEADLY DUO - 1971; THE MIGHTY ONE - 1971; THE WATER MARGIN - 1972; FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH - 1972 [one of the first martial arts films to start the craze in the United States]; THE 14 AMAZONS - 1972; SACRED KNIVES OF VENGEANCE - 1972; THE BLACK ENFORCER - 1972; SHANGHAI LIL - 1973; THE BASTARD - 1973; IMPERIAL TOMB RAIDERS - 1973; BAMBOO HOUSE OF DOLLS - 1973; SCANDAL - 1974; BLACK MAGIC - 1975; CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD - 1975; LADY OF THE LAW - 1975; BLACK MAGIC II - 1976; THE OILY MANIAC - 1976; HEROES OF THE UNDERGROUND - 1976; KILLER CLANS - 1976; CANNONBALL! - 1976; HOMICIDES: THE CRIMINALS PART II - 1976; THE WEB OF DEATH - 1976; DIRTY HO - 1976; BIG BAD SIS - 1976; ARSON: THE CRIMINALS PART 3 - 1977; JADE TIGER - 1977; JUDGEMENT OF AN ASSASSIN - 1977; CHINATOWN KID - 1977; THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN - 1978; CLAN OF AMAZONS - 1978; FIVE DEADLY VENOMS - 1978; THE AVENGING EAGLE - 1978; STROKE OF DEATH - 1979; THE KUNG FU INSTRUCTOR - 1979; MAD MONKEY KUNG FU - 1979; METEOR - 1979; CLAN OF THE WHITE LOTUS - 1980; SHAOLIN HELLGATE - 1980; IRON CHAIN FIGHTER - 1980; KILLER CONSTABLE - 1980; BLOOD BEACH - 1980; HEX VS. WITCHCRAFT - 1980; TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG - 1980; BLOODY PARROT - 1981; NOTORIOUS EIGHT - 1981; LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA - 1982; FIVE ELEMENT NINJA - 1982; TIGER KILLER - 1982; FIVE SUPERFIGHTERS - 1983; HONG KONG GODFATHER - 1985; DISCIPLES OF THE 36 CHAMBER - 1985 and about 290 other films [His company made about  600 other films that he was not involved with]. Run Run Shaw quit making films after the death of his brother and was an unbelievable 106 years-old when he passed away. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. Fans of Hong Kong martial arts films and horror weirdness owe Run Run Shaw a huge debt of gratitude.) - 01/07/14
ERIC LAWSON (Actor: Best known for portraying the "Marlboro Man" on all those roadside billboards and magazine ads from 1978 to 1981, Lawson, was also an actor who appeared in movies and on TV. His films included: THE DON IS DEAD - 1973; RATTLERS - 1976; THE LAST Eric Lawson: Marlboro Man
          (1978 - 1981)
          Died of COPD.RIDE OF THE DALTON GANG - 1979; THE SEEKERS - 1979; GYMKATA - 1985; AFTER THE SHOCK - 1990; SON OF THE MORNING STAR - 1991; SKEETER - 1993; TALL TALE - 1995; RUMPELSTILTSKIN - 1995; WHEN TIME EXPIRES - 1997; STEEL SHARKS - 1997; THE SHOOTER - 1997; COUNTER MEASURES - 1998; THE PROPHET - 1999; KING COBRA - 1999; INVISIBLE MOM II - 1999; AGENT RED - 2000. Mr. Lawson's TV credits included roles on: POLICE STORY - 1974; CANNON - 1972-1974; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1974; THE BLUE KNIGHT - 1975; BARETTA - 1976; CHiPS - 1979; 240-ROBERT - 1979; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1979; THE MISADVENTURES OF SHERIFF LOBO - 1979; DYNASTY - 1981-1983; AUTOMAN - 1984; THE A-TEAM - 1985; TRAPPER JOHN, M.D. - 1980-1985; SHANNON'S DEAL - 1991; DANGEROUS WOMEN - 1991; BODIES OF EVIDENCE - 1992; THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR. - 1993; WALKER, TEXAS RANGER - 1995; BAYWATCH - 1992-1995; THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - 1998; and SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, INC. - 1997-1999. Mr. Lawson was a smoker since the age 14 and died of respiritory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 72. He once filmed an anti-smoking TV PSA later in his life mimicking his Marlboro Man image once an accident on a Western film ended his acting career. This should teach kids not to start smoking!) - 01/10/14
LARRY D. MANN (Actor: FLAMING FRONTIER - 1958; THE QUICK AND THE DEAD - 1963; SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN - 1963; ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS - 1964; HARLOW - 1965; THE SINGING NUN - 1966; THE APPALOOSA - 1966; DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND - 1966; THE SWINGER - 1966; A COVENANT WITH DEATH - 1967; CAPRICE - 1967; IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT - 1967; THE WICKED DREAMS OF PAULA SCHULTZ - 1968; ANGEL IN MY POCKET - 1969; THE LIBERATION OF L.B. JONES - 1970; THERE WAS A CROOKEED MAN... - 1970; DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE - 1971; GET TO KNOW YOUR RABBIT - 1972; CHARLEY AND THE ANGEL - 1973; OKLAHOMA CRUDE - 1973; THE STING - 1973; COTTER - 1973; BLACK EYE - 1974; THE OCTAGON - 1980; LOVE, LIES AND MURDER - 1991. Mr. Mann also appeared in plenty of TV Series, with roles on: 77 SUNSET STRIP - 1963; THE BIG VALLEY - 1965; BEN CASEY - 1965; MY FAVORITE MARTIAN - 1965-1966; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1966; GET SMART - 1966; CAPTAIN NICE - 1967; THE GREEN HORNET - 1967; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1966-1967; DRAGNET 1967 - 1967; MANNIX - 1968; HOGAN'S HEROES - 1966-1969; BEWITCHED - 1965-1969; GREEN ACRES - 1970-1971; NIGHT GALLERY ['Deliveries In The Rear" - 1972]; MOD SQUAD - 1972; GUNSMOKE - 1967-1973; BARETTA - 1975; COLUMBO - 1978; QUINCY M.E. - 1978; THE DUKES OF HAZZARD - 1981; HILL STREET BLUES - 1983-1985; MACGUYVER - 1985 -1990. Mr. Mann did the voices for a slew of animated shorts during the 70's for producer Friz Freleng to be shown before the feature film was shown in theaters. Mann was 91 years-old) - 01/06/14
FRANK MARTH (Actor: Best known for his many different roles on THE HONEYMOONERS and then THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, Marth was also in a ton of movies and TV series. His films include: FRIGHT - 1956; BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - 1961; MADAME X - 1966; MADIGAN - 1968; PENDULUM - 1969; THE LOST MAN - 1969; MAROONED - 1969; BEG, BORROW OR STEAL - 1973; SATAN'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS - 1973; RUNAWAY! - 1973; ALOHA MEANS GOODBYE - 1974;Frank Marth ADVENTURES OF THE QUEEN - 1975; THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING CASE - 1976: TELEFON - 1977; MANEATERS ARE LOOSE! - 1978; CAPTAIN AMERICA - 1979; LOVING DEADLY - 1994 [his last acting role]. Mr. Marth's numerous TV Series appearances include roles on: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW - 1955-1958; CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? - 1961; THE DEFENDERS - 1963-1964; MY FAVORITE MARTIAN - 1964; PERRY MASON - 1964-1965; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1965; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1966; THE FUGITIVE - 1964-1966; THE GREEN HORNET - 1967; THE INVADERS - 1967; THE WILD WILD WEST - 1967; THE BIG VALLEY - 1966-1968; HAWAII FIVE-O - 1969; HOGAN'S HEROES - 1965-1970; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1967-1971; THE F.B.I. - 1966-1972; MOD SQUAD - 1972; MANNIX - 1970-1972; IRONSIDE - 1973; SHAFT - 1973; THE ROOKIES - 1974; GUNSMOKE - 1968-1974; POLICE STORY - 1974; KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER - 1975; M*A*S*H - 1975; CANNON - 1972-1976; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1975-1977; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1974-1977; WONDER WOMAN - 1977; BARNABY JONES - 1973-1977; STARSKY AND HUTCH - 1977; THE BIONIC WOMAN - 1978; BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - 1979; LOU GRANT - 1979; THE INCREDIBLE HULK - 1980; TRAPPER JOHN, M.D. - 1981; VEGA$ - 1979-1981; THE DUKES OF HAZZARD - 1981; QUINCY M.E. - 1976-1982; SIMON & SIMON - 1982; THE FALL GUY - 1983; THE A-TEAM - 1985; DIRTY DOZEN: THE SERIES - 1988. Mr. Marth was 91 years-old.) - 01/12/14
JOHN HORSLEY (British Actor: BLACKMAILED - 1951; ISLAND RESCUE - 1951; THE FRIGHTENED MAN - 1952; THE BIG FRAME - 1952; TERROR ON A TRAIN - 1953; DEADLY NIGHTSHADE - 1953; WHEEL OF FATE - 1953; RECOIL - 1953; THE RUNAWAY BUS - 1954; NIGHT PEOPLE - 1954; THE DETECTIVE - 1954; DELAYED ACTION - 1954; THE BRAIN MACHINE - 1955; THE CASE OF THE RED MONKEY - 1955; MURDER ON APPROVAL - 1955; A TIME TO KILL - 1955; THE WEAPON - 1956; BATTLE HELL - 1957; STRANGER IN TOWN - 1957; HELL DRIVERS - 1957; VIOLENT STRANGER - 1957; BLACK TIDE - 1958; OPERATION AMSTERDAM - 1959; WRONG NUMBER - 1959; SINK THE BISMARK! - 1960; THE SINISTER MAN - 1961; THE SECRET WAYS - 1961; THE NIGHT OF THE PROWLER - 1962; PANIC - 1963; WHERE THE BULLETS FLY - 1966; THE LIMBO LINE - 1968; THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS - 1985; COLD WAR KILLERS - 1986; THE FOURTH PROTOCOL - 1987; STANLEY'S DRAGON - 1994; REBECCA - 1997 [his last acting role]. Mr. Horsley did literally hundreds of British TV Series guest roles from the 50's to the 90's. He was 93 years-old.) - 01/12/14
ALEXANDRA BASTEDO (Actress: 13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS! - 1961; THE LIQUIDATOR - 1965; THAT RIVIERA TOUCH - 1966; CASINO ROYALE - 1967; MY LOVER MY SON - 1970; THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER! - 1970; THE KASHMIRI RUN - 1970; THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE - 1972; I HATE MY BODY - 1974; THE GHOUL - 1975; YOUR HEAVEN, MY HELL - 1976; FIND THE LADY - 1976; THE MAN INSIDE - 1976; THE VOYEUR - 1977; STIGMA - 1980; LEGEND OF THE CHAMPIONS - 1983; BATMAN BEGINS - 2005. Ms. Bastedo also made several Spanish films that have yet to be dubbed or subtitled in English and did just a few British TV series appearances. She was 67 years-old.) - 01/12/14
RICHARD (DICK) SHEPERD (Producer/Production Manager: THE HANGING TREE - 1959; THE FUGITIVE KIND - 1960; LOVE IN A GOLDFISH BOWL - 1961; BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - 1961; THE TOWERING INFERNO - 1974; ROBIN AND MARIAN - 1976; ALEX & THE GYPSY - 1976; THE HUNGER - 1983; VOLUNTEERS - 1986; THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK - 1998.) - 01/14/14
STANFORD TISCHLER (Editor and Producer: THE BIGAMIST - 1953 [one of two theatrical films he edited]; WAGON TRAIN - 1957; LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - 1957-1958; BACHELOR FATHER - 1957-1958 [Edited 20 episodes]; MEN INTO SPACE - 1960; PATTY - 1962 [the second and last theatrical film he edited]; WARKILL - 1968 [Associate Producer]; JUDD FOR THE DEFENSE - 1967-1969 [Associate Producer on 50 episodes]; THE CHALLENGE - 1970; NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR - 1970; NIGHT GALLERY - ["Death in the Family/The Merciful/Class of '99/Witches' Feast' - 1971]; M*A*S*H - 1972-1983 (Edited 239 episodes and was Associate Producer on 129 episodes from 1977 to 1983]; AFTER MASH - 1983-1984; PEYTON PLACE: THE NEXT GENERATION - 1985 [his last credit]. Mr. Tischler was 92 years-old.) - 01/15/14
ROGER LLOYD-PACK (British Actor: SECRET CEREMONY - 1968; THE MAGUS - 1968; HAMLET - 1969; FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE - 1970; THE GO-BETWEEN - 1970; FRIGHT - 1971; THE MAN WHO COULDN'T GET ENOUGH - 1974; THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT - 1975; MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN - 1979; BLOODY KIDS - 1979; CUBA - 1979; NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR - 1984; THE DELIBERATE DEATH OF A POLISH PRIEST - 1986; PRICK UP YOUR EARS - 1987; THE FINDING - 1987; THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER - 1989; THE STONE AGE - 1989; THE MISADVENTURES OF MR. WILT - 1990; AMERICAN FRIENDS - 1991; THE OBJECT OF BEAUTY - 1991; ANNA LEE: HEADCASE - 1993; THE TRIAL - 1993; U.F.O. - 1993; CITIZEN LOCKE - 1994; INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE - 1994; THE YOUNG POISONER'S HANDBOOK - 1995; HOLLOW REED - 1996; THE MISSING POSTMAN - 1997; PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED - 1997; HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - 2005; THE LIVING AND THE DEAD - 2006; THE HISTORY OF MR. POLLY - 2007; TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY - 2011. Mr. Lloyd-Pack also did plenty of British TV Series, including: THE AVENGERS - 1965 [his first role]; SPYDER'S WEB - 1972; SPECIAL BRANCH - 1973; THE PROTECTORS - 1972-1973; SURVIVORS - 1976; THE PROFESSIONALS - 1978; MOVING - 1985; INSPECTOR MORSE - 1987; BYKER GROVE - 1990; MURDER MOST HORRID - 1996; KNIGHT SCHOOL - 1997-1998; THE BILL - 1991-2000; ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES - 1981-2003 [a semi-regular]; DOCTOR WHO - 2006; THE OLD GUYS - 2009-2010; THE BORGIAS - 2012; THE VICAR OF DIBLEY - 1994-2013 [a semi-regular]. He was 69 years-old.) - 01/15/14
RUSSELL JOHNSON (Actor: Probably best known to everyone for portraying "The Professor" on GILLIGAN'S ISLAND [1964 - 1967] and the related 70's & 80's telemovies, Johnson had a healthy career in both films and TV. His movies [both theatrical and TV] include: RANCHO NOTORIOUS - 1952; LOAN SHARK - 1952; LAW AND ORDER - 1953; IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE - 1953; THE STAND AT APACHE RIVER - 1953; RIDE CLEAR OF DIABLO - 1954; JOHNNY DARK - 1954; BLACK TUESDAY - 1954; STRANGE LADY IN TOWN - 1955; THIS ISLAND EARTH - 1955; ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS - 1957; ROCK ALL NIGHT - 1957; THE SPACERussell Johnson before he became
   known as "The Professor" on
            GILLIGAN'S ISLAND. CHILDREN - 1958; THE SAGA OF HEMP BROWN - 1958; BADMAN'S COUNTRY - 1958; THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD - 1965; CRY FOR POOR WALLY - 1969; THE MOVIE MURDERER - 1970; VANISHED - 1971; THE HORROR AT 37,000 FEET - 1973; BEG, BORROW OR STEAL - 1973; ALOHA MEANS GOODBYE - 1974; YOU LIE SO DEEP, MY LOVE - 1975; ADVENTURES OF THE QUEEN - 1975; THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR - 1975; HITCH HIKE TO HELL - 1977; NOWHERE TO HIDE - 1977; THE GHOST OF FLIGHT 401 - 1978; THE GREAT SKYCOPTER RESCUE - 1980; OFF THE WALL - 1983; BLUE MOVIES  - 1988; WITH A VENGEANCE - 1992 [his last movie]. Mr. Johnson's extensive TV series credits include roles on ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - 1953; THE LONE RANGER - 1955; CLIMAX! - 1956; CIRCUS BOY - 1956; ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1957; STEVE CANYON - 1958; BLACK SADDLE - 1959-1960 [a series regular]; THRILLER ["The Hungry Glass" - 1961]; TWILIGHT ZONE ["Execution" - 1960; "Back There" - 1961]; THE DETECTIVES - 1961; ROUTE 66 - 1962; BEN CASEY - 1962; HAWAIIAN EYE - 1961-1963; LARAMIE - 1961-1963; 77 SUNSET STRIP - 1963; THE OUTER LIMITS ["Specimen: Unknown" - 1964]; THE INVADERS - 1967; FELONY SQUAD - 1968; THE F.B.I. - 1968-1970; IRONSIDE - 1972; GUNSMOKE - 1957-1972; MANNIX - 1974; CANNON - 1974-1975; McMILLAN & WIFE - 1977; POLICE STORY - 1978; WONDER WOMAN - 1978; LOU GRANT - 1978; BEYOND WESTWORLD - 1980; THE JEFFERSONS - 1982; DALLAS - 1986; MACGUYVER - 1986; NEWHART - 1987; ALF - 1987; MONSTERS - 1988; MY TWO DADS - 1989; ROSANNE - 1995; MEEGO - 1997 [His last role. He basically retired from show business when his son David died of A.I.D.S. at age 39 in 1994 and spent most of the rest of his life organizing charity events to fight the disease.]. On being typecast as The Professor [he usually played heavies before the TV Series aired], Russell said: "It used to make me upset to be typecast that way. But as the years have gone on, I have given in. I am the Professor, and that's the way it is. The show has brought a lot of joy to people, and that's not a bad legacy" Not a bad legacy indeed. Thanks for giving our life a little kindness in times when we needed it. Mr. Johnson was 89 years-old.) - 01/16/14
DAVE MADDEN (Actor: Best known as "Reuben Kincaid", the manager of THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY [1970 - 1974], Madden only did two theatrical films [the voice of Ram in the animated CHARLOTTE'S WEB - 1970 and the Roger Corman-produced EAT MY DUST - 1976), but he appeared in plenty of TV Series, including roles on: CAMP RUNAMUCK - 1965-1966 [a series regular]; ACCIDENTAL FAMILY - 1967; ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN - 1968-1969; BEWITCHED - 1967-1969; LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 1972-1973; THE GIRL WHO CAME GIFT-WRAPPED - 1974 [TV Movie]; HAPPY DAYS - 1974; STARSKY AND HUTCH - 1977; MULLIGAN'S STEW - 1977; BARNEY MILLER - 1978; THE LOVE BOAT - 1978; FLYING HIGH - 1979; FANTASY ISLAND - 1979; MORE WILD WILD WEST - 1980 [TV Movie]; THE MISADVENTURES OF SHERIFF LOBO - 1981; ALICE - 1978-1986 [a semi-regular]; THE NEW LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - 1986; LIFE WITH LUCY - 1986; HERMAN'S HEAD - 1991 [opening narrator]; THE BEN STILLER SHOW - 1992; MARRIED WITH CHILDREN - 1994; SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH - 1998 [his last on-screen appearance]. He retired from acting and moved to Florida. Mr. Madden was 82 years-old) - 01/16/14
HAL SUTHERLAND (Director of Animated Theatrical Movies and TV Shows: ROD ROCKET - 1963; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - 1966; JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH - 1967; THE ARCHIE SHOW - 1968; FANTASTIC VOYAGE - 1968; THE BATMAN/SUPERMAN HOUR - 1968; AQUAMAN - 1968; THE HARDY BOYS - 1969; SABRINA AND THE GROOVIE GOOLIES - 1971; FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS - 1972; THE ABC SATURDAY SUPERSTAR MOVIE - 1972; MISSION: MAGIC! - 1973; TREASURE ISLAND - 1973; STAR TREK - 1973-1974; JOURNEY BACK TO OZ - 1974; OLIVER TWIST - 1974; FLASH GORDON - 1979; GILLIGAN'S PLANET - 1982; HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE - 1983; PINOCCHIO AND THE EMPEROR OF THE NIGHT - 1989 [his last film credit]. Mr. Sutherland was 85 years-old.) - 01/16/14
RUTH DUCCINI (Actress: Her real name was Ruth L. Robinson and she only appeared in two films: One, playing a Munchkin in THE WIZARD OF OZ - 1939 [she was one of the last surviving Munchkins and didn't receive any on-screen credit] and the other film was lampooning her Munchkin image in UNDER THE RAINBOW - 1981. She was 95 years-old and outlived all of her normal-sized stars by many, many years.) - 01/16/14
JOSEPH T. NAAR (Producer: Started out in TV producing episodes of TV Series such as LUX PLAYHOUSE - 1959 and CHECKMATE - 1960 and then waited 12 years to produce his only three theatrical films: BLACULA - 1972; SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM - 1973 and THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY - 1973. He then went back to TV , producing episodes of STARSKY & HUTCH - 1975-1979; STRIKE FORCE - 1982; the TV Movie and Series HALF NELSON - 1985; and the TV Movie THE FERRET - 1985 before retiring. Mr. Naar was a William Morris agent before he became a producer and was 88 years-old when he passed away.) - 01/17/14
SARAH MARSHALL (Actress: THE LONG, HOT SUMMER - 1958, WILD AND WONDERFUL - 1964; A RAGE TO LIVE - 1965; LORD LOVE A DUCK - 1966; EMBASSY - 1972; THE BUNKER - 1981; THE PEOPLE VS. JEAN HARRIS - 1981; DAVE - 1993; DANGEROUS MINDS - 1995; BAD BLOOD - 2006; BAD BLOOD...THE HUNGER - 2012 [her last role}. Ms. Marshall's many TV Series guest appearances included roles on: THRILLER ["God Grante That She Lye Stille" - 1961; "The Poisoner" - 1961]; PERRY MASON - 1961; TWILIGHT ZONE ["Little Girl Lost" - 1962]; ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1960-1962; THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1963; 77 SUNSET STRIP - 1964; THE FUGITIVE - 1965; F TROOP - 1966; MY FAVORITE MARTIAN - 1966; GET SMART - 1966; I SPY - 1966; THE WILD WILD WEST - 1967; STAR TERK - 1967; IRONSIDE - 1967; THE F.B.I. - 1966-1968; MEDICAL CENTER - 1972; THREE'S COMPANY - 1981; THE JEFFERSONS - 1981; HART TO HART - 1983; REMINGTON STEELE - 1984; SMALL WONDER - 1987; CHEERS - 1989. Ms. Marshall was 80 years old) - 01/18/14
BEN STARR (TV & Film Writer: Best known for writing the catch phrase “Whatchu talking ’bout Willis?” from DIFF'RENT STROKES - 1978-1986, Starr wrote for all manner of TV shows, including: I MARRIED JOAN - 1953; CLIMAX! - 1954-1955; PERRY MASON - 1957; THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS - 1959-1960; BACHELOR FATHER - 1958-1962; MR. ED - 1961-1963; MY FAVORITE MARTIAN - 1964-1966; THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW - 1966; THE PAUL LYNDE SHOW - 1972; THE BRADY BUNCH - 1971-1973; MAUDE - 1974; CHICO AND THE MAN - 1977; ALL IN THE FAMILY - 1977-1978; MORK & MINDY - 1979; HELLO, LARRY - 1979; SILVER SPOONS - 1982-1987. Mr. Starr's theatrical screenwriting duties included: TOM, DICK AND HARRY - 1960; OUR MAN FLINT - 1966; THE PAD AND HOW TO USE IT - 1966; TEXAS ACROSS THE RIVER - 1966; THE BUSY BODY - 1967; THE SPIRIT IS WILLING - 1967; HOW TO COMMIT MARRIAGE - 1969; MY SISTER HANK - 1972; TREASURE ISLAND - 1973 and OLIVER TWIST - 1974. Mr. Starr was 92 years-old.) - 01/19/14
GORDON HESSLER (Director/Producer/Writer: Best known with his dealings with American International Pictures, Mr. Hessler would later branch out on his own and make some scary TV movies and other films during his illustrious career. His films include [as director]: THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE - 1965; THE LAST SHOT YOU HEAR - 1969; THE OBLONG BOX - 1969 [also Producer]; DESADE - 1969 [uncredited]; SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN - 1970; CRY OF THE BANSHEE - 1970 [also Producer]; MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE - 1971 Gordon Hessler[AIP recut the film for a PG-Rating, nearly eliminating most of Lilli Palmer's footage, but MGM's Midnite Movies DVD series restored the film to Gordon's version]; EMBASSY - 1972; MEDUSA - 1973; SCREAM, PRETTY PEGGY - 1973; THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD - 1973; SKYWAY TO DEATH - 1974; HITCHHIKE! - 1974; A CRY IN THE WILDERNESS - 1974; BETRAYAL - 1974; 3-WAY SPLIT - 1976; THE STRANGE POSSESSION OF MRS. OLIVER - 1977; SECRETS OF THREE HUNGRY WIVES - 1978; KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK - 1978 [The film that the KISS Army would be ever so grateful to him for making. I was not part or have never been part of the KISS Army!]; PUZZLE - 1978; TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED - 1979; THE SECRET WAR OF JACKIE'S GIRLS - 1980; TALES OF THE HAUNTED - 1981; CALIFORNIA COWBOYS - 1984; PRAY FOR DEATH - 1985; RAGE OF HONOR - 1987; THE MISFIT BRIGADE - 1987; THE GIRL ON A SWING - 1988 [also Writer]; OUT ON BAIL - 1989; JOURNEY OF HONOR - 1991; BAD BLOOD - 1994 [Second Unit Director; his last film credit]. Mr. Hessler also directed more than his share of TV series episodes, including directorial chores on episodes of: ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1961; LUCAS TANNER - 1974; AMY PRENTISS - 1974; KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER - 1974; KUNG FU - 1975; SWITCH - 1975; THE BLUE KNIGHT - 1976; HAWAII FIVE-O - 1976-1977; LITTLE WOMEN - 1978; WONDER WOMAN - 1978; CHiPS - 1978-1982 [12 episodes]; SHANNON - 1981-1982; THE MASTER - 1984; TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED - 1985; and THE EQUALIZER - 1989. Mr, Hessler also Produced or Associate Produced 69 episodes of THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1962-1965 and Produced six episodes of RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - 1966. The TV Series BIOGRAPHY also did an episode on his life and appeared in many documentaries about horror films, one to be released later in 2014. Mr. Hessler was 83 years old.) - 01/19/14
UBALDO CONTINIELLO (Italian Film Music Composer: Worked on normal theatrical films until the start of the 80's, when he did the music for Italian hardcore and softcore films. BLACK TIGRESS - 1967; THE LAST ITALIAN TANGO - 1973; DREAM OF ZORRO - 1975; LIVE LIKE A COP. DIE LIKE A MAN - 1976; MEET HIM AND DIE - 1976; LAST CANNIBAL WORLD - 1977; THE NOTHING MAN - 1977; GANGBUSTER - 1977; LAST FEELINGS - 1978; EMANUELLE IN THE COUNTRY - 1978; ...AND GIVE US OUR DAILY SEX - 1979; PLAY MOTEL - 1979; INTIMATE RELATIONS - 1979; MACABRE - 1980; BLOW JOB - 1980; COLLEGE GIRLS ON VACATION - 1980; TRHAUMA - 1980; A GUN FOR A COP - 1981; SNOW WHITE AND THE 7 HAPPY SADISTS - 1982; BABY SITTER - 1982; THE SEDUCTION OF ANGELA - 1986; GAME OF SEDUCTION - 1990 [his last film].) - 01/20/14
JAMES JACKS (Producer: RAIZING ARIZONA - 1987; HEARTS AND SOULS - 1993; HARD TARGET - 1993; DAZED AND CONFUSED - 1993; TOMBSTONE - 1993; VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED - 1995; MALLRATS - 1995; DON'T LOOK BACK - 1996; MICHAEL - 1996; THE JACKAL - 1997; A SIMPLE PLAN - 1998; THE MUMMY - 1999; THE GIFT - 2000; THE MUMMY RETURNS - 2001; RAT RACE - 2001; THE SCORPION KING - 2002; DARK BLUE - 2002; THE HUNTED - 2003; THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR - 2008; THE SCORPION KING: RISE OF A WARRIOR - 2008; THE SCORPION KING 3: BATTLE FOR REDEMPTION - 2012 [his last film]. Mr. Jacks was 66 years-old.) - 01/20/14
LUIS AVALOS (Actor: Best known to us baby boomers as "Roberto/Dr. Doolats" on TV's THE ELECTRIC COMPANY [1972 - 1977], Mr. Avalos was an accomplished actor in both movies and TV. His movie roles included: BADGE 373 - 1973; OUT TO LUNCH - 1974; THE GHOST OF FLIGHTLuis Avalos 401 - 1978; LONG JOURNEY BACK - 1978; HOT STUFF - 1979 [my favorite role of his]; THE HUNTER - 1980; STIR CRAZY - 1980; LOVE CHILD - 1982; THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF D.C. COLLINS - 1984; BOYS IN BLUE - 1984; SLICKERS - 1985; GHOST FEVER - 1987 [almost all of us would rather forget this film]; PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE MUSICAL MURDERER - 1989; CRIMINAL ACT - 1989; CHANGES - 1991; FIRES WITHIN - 1991; THE BUTCHER'S WIFE - 1991; LONE JUSTICE 2 - 1995; LONE JUSTICE: SHOWDOWN AT PLUM CREEK - 1996; JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE - 1997; LOVE STINKS - 1999; WISHCRAFT - 2002; HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE - 2003; THE RINGER - 2005; $5 A DAY - 2008 [his last acting role]. Mr. Avalos' TV credits included roles on: KOJAK - 1977; THE ANDROS TARGETS - 1977; THE JEFFERSONS - 1979; HIGHCLIFFE MANOR - 1979; THE INCREDIBLE HULK - 1980; BENSON - 1980; HILL STREET BLUES - 1981; SOAP - 1978-1981; IT'S A LIVING - 1981; FAME - 1982; ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE - 1982; BARNEY MILLER - 1978-1982; MAMA'S FAMILY - 1983; CONDO - 1983 [a series regular]; SIMON & SIMON - 1983; E/R - 1984-1985 [a series regular]; I HAD THREE WIVES - 1985 [a series regular]; YOU AGAIN? - 1986-1987; FULL HOUSE - 1989; EMPTY NEST - 1989; HANGIN' WITH MR. COOPER - 1992-1993 [a semi-regular]; ER - 1995; JAG - 1995; NYPD BLUE - 1996; SPARKS - 1997; WALKER, TEXAS RANGER - 1999; COLUMBO - 2000; RESURRECTION BLVD. - 2001-2002; and COME ON OVER - 2006-2007. Mr. Avalos was 67 years-old.) - 01/22/14
PIERRE JALBERT (Actor/Editor [and pro skier]: Best known for playing "PFC Paul 'Caje' Lemay" on the TV Series COMBAT! - 1962-1967. Some of his other acting roles were in movies such as: SKI CRAZY! - 1955; THE SKI BUM - 1971; 43: THE RICHARD PETTY STORY - 1972 [also editor]; THE VAN - 1977 [editor only]; DARK ECHOES - 1977 [editor only]; SKI LIFT TO DEATH - 1978; THE CONCORDE...AIRPORT '79 - 1979; and GOOD-BYE CRUEL WORLD - 1983. Mr. Jalbert has also appeared on the TV series MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1967; CUSTER - 1967; THE VIRGINIAN - 1968; THE NAME OF THE GAME - 1969; NIGHT GALLERY [the "Lone Survivor" episode - 1971]; and SANTA BARBARA - 1989. He also did some uncredited sound work on THE GODFATHER - 1972; and was ADR & Dialogue Editor on such films as BLOODLINE - 1979; NORTH DALLAS FORTY - 1979; SHOGUN - 1980 [nominated for an Emmy®]; SECRET ADMIRER - 1985; NOBODY'S FOOL - 1986; and EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY - 1988. Mr. Jalbert was 89 years-old.) - 01/22/14
RIZ ORTOLANI (Film Music Composer: Besides Ennio Morricone, Mr. Ortolani was one of the most prolific music composers in the Italian film industry. His compositions are as easy to spot as Morricone's and just as well orchestrated. A real loss to the filmmaking community, his compositions and songs will be used for years to come in films and TV. Some of his more than 250 films include: TERROR OVER ROME - 1957; VALLEY OF THE LIONS - 1961; MONDO CANE - 1962 [nominated for the Academy Award® for the song "More" and nominated for a Grammy® for Best original Score]; THE FALL OF ROME - 1963; HORROR CASTLE - 1963; CASTLE OF BLOOD - 1964; ECCO - 1964; SHATTERHAND - 1964; HOUR OF DEATH - 1964; THE YELLOW ROLLS-ROYCE - 1964 [won the Golden Globe® for the song "Forget Domani"]; SPY IN YOUR EYE - 1965; Riz OrtolaniAFRICA ADDIO - 1966; LIGHTNING BOLT - 1966; THE SPY WITH THE COLD NOSE - 1966; DAY OF ANGER - 1967; THE VIOLENT FOUR - 1968; THE GIRL WHO COULDN'T SAY NO - 1968; DEAD MEN DON'T COUNT - 1968; BUONA SERA, MRS. CAMPBELL - 1968; BOOTLEGGERS - 1969; ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER - 1969; SO SWEET...SO PERVERSE - 1969; NIGHT OF THE SERPENT - 1969; THE UNHOLY FOUR - 1970; THE MCKENZIE BREAK - 1970; MADRON - 1970 [nominated for both an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe® for the song "Till Love Touches Your Life"]; THE STATUE - 1971; CONFESSIONS OF A POLICE CAPTAIN - 1971; THE HUNTING PARTY - 1971; WEB OF THE SPIDER - 1971; GOODBYE UNCLE TOM - 1971; THE VALACHI PAPERS - 1972; SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS - 1972; THE DEAD ARE ALIVE - 1972; DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING - 1972; A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE - 1972; MAFIA JUNCTION - 1973; SEVEN DEAD IN THE CAT'S EYE - 1973; MEAN FRANK AND CRAZY TONY - 1973; THERE IS NO 13 - 1974; HOW TO KILL A JUDGE -1975; BLONDE IN BLACK LEATHER - 1975; HOLIDAY HOOKERS - 1976; DEATH STEPS IN THE DARK - 1977; I AM AFRAID - 1977;  DOUBLE MURDER - 1977; CYCLONE - 1978; RINGS OF FEAR - 1978; BRUTES AND SAVAGES - 1978; FROM HELL TO VICTORY - 1979; TIGERS IN LIPSTICK - 1979; CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST - 1980 [Some believe it is his best score. I don't.]; THE WARNING - 1980; HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK - 1980 [my nomination for his best score]; FEAR IN THE CITY - 1981; ZEDER: REVENGE OF THE DEAD - 1983; TUAREG: THE DESERT WARRIOR - 1984; THE NEW GLADIATORS - 1984; THE CORRUPTION - 1986; THE INQUIRY - 1986; BROTHERS IN BLOOD - 1987; KILLER CROCODILE - 1989; MASSACRE PLAY - 1989; KILLER CROCODILE 2 - 1990; ONE COLD MAY MORNING - 1990; THE DARK SUN - 1990; PAPRIKA - 1991; ANGEL WITH A GUN - 1992; THE VOYEUR - 1994; THEB BEST MAN - 1997; MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DANCE - 1999; CHRISTMAS REMATCH - 2004; WHEN DO THE GIRLS SHOW UP? - 2005; THE HIDEOUT - 2007; UN MATRIMONIO [Italian Mini-Series - 2013-2014; his last original work] and over 150 more films. His songs are used a lot in the films of Quentin Tarantino, including in such films as KILL BILL: VOL. 1 & VOL. 2; INGLORIOUS BASTERDS and DJANGO UNCHAINED, as well as the films DREAM BABY - 1989; THE GUN IN BETTY LOU'S HANDBAG - 1992; OUT TO SEA - 1997; SOUL PLANE - 2004; BEYOND THE SEA - 2004; KISS KISS BANG BANG - 2005; DRIVE - 2011; and many more to come in the future. In 2013 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Soundtrack Awards. Mr. Ortolani was 82 years-old.) - 01/23/14
JOHN CACAVAS (Film & TV Music Composer: Mr. Cacavas is the third film music composer to pass away in this month and he is widely known for his compositions. mainly for his opening KOJAK [1973 -1978] theme song. Some of Cacavas' movie & TV film music compositions included: HORROR EXPRESS - 1972; SHE CRIED MURDER - 1973; LINDA - 1973; THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA - 1973; BLADE - 1973; THE ELEVATOR - 1974; AIRPORT 1975 - 1974; SST: DEATH FLIGHT - 1977; AIRPORT '77 - 1977; MURDER AT THE WORLD SERIES - 1977; SUPERDOME - 1978; THE TIME MACHINE - 1978; HANGAR 18 - 1980; ONCE UPON A SPY - 1980; NO PLACE TO HIDE - 1981; GANGSTER WARS - 1981; CRY FOR THE STRANGERS - 1982; THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG - 1982; MORTUARY - 1983; THEY'RE PLAYING WITH FIRE - 1984; LADY BLUE - 1985; MURDER: BY REASON OF INSANITY - 1985; POLICE STORY: THE FREEWAY KILLINGS - 1987; MURDER IN PARADISE - 1990; The RETURN OF IRONSIDE - 1993; PERFECT MURDER, PeRFECT TOWN: JONBENET AND THE CITY OF BOULDER - 2000 [his last credit]. Mr. Cacavas' TV series work included contributing music to: AMY PRENTISS - 1974; KATE MCSHANE - 1975; THE BIONIC WOMAN - 1976; THE EDDIE CAPRA MYSTERIES - 1978; MRS. COLUMBO - 1979; B.J. AND THE BEAR - 1978-1979; WORKING STIFFS - 1979; HAWAII FIVE-O - 1977-1980; BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY - 1980; MAGNUM, P.I. - 1981; SHANNON - 1981; THE EQUALIZER - 1988; MATLOCK - 1986-1991 and MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1992. Many of his compositions and songs have been used on other TV shows and movies, including: LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD - 2007; COLLEGE ROAD TRIP - 2008; MY ONE AND ONLY - 2009 and TRUE BLOOD - 2011. Mr. Cacavas was 83 years-old.) - 01/28/14
ARTHUR RANKIN JR. (Director/Producer/Writer: Rankin, along with long-time production partner Jules Bass [known as Rankin/Bass Productions] have turned out countless TV animated holiday classics, including: RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER - 1964; THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY - 1968; FROSTY THE SNOWMAN - 1969; SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TOArthur Rankin Jr. TOWN - 1970; HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL - 1971; 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - 1974; THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS - 1974; RUDOLPH'S SHINY NEW YEAR - 1976 and many other holiday animated shows. Rankin/Bass were also responsible for the animated TV series KING KONG - 1966; JACKSON 5IVE - 1971-1972; THE OSMONDS - 1972; THE ABC SATURDAY SUPERSTAR MOVIE - 1972-1973; FESTIVAL OF FAMILY CLASSICS - 1972-1973; SILVERHAWKS - 1986; TIGERSHARKS - 1987; THUNDERCATS - 1985-1989, as well as many others. Rankin/Bass were also responsible for the films: RETURN TO OZ - 1964; WILLIE MCBEAN AND HIS MAGIC MACHINE - 1965; MAD MONSTER PARTY - 1967; KING KONG ESCAPES [U.S. Version - 1967]; MOUSE ON THE MAYFLOWER - 1968; THE MAD, MAD, MAD COMEDIANS - 1970; 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA - 1973; MARCO - 1973; THE FIRST EASTER RABBIT - 1976; THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN - 1977; THE LAST DINOSAUR - 1977; THE HOBBIT - 1977; THE BERMUDA DEPTHS - 1978; THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN - 1978; THE IVORY APE - 1980; THE RETURN OF THE KING - 1980; PINOCCHIO'S CHRISTMAS - 1980; THE BLOODY BUSHIDO BLADE - 1981 [their only R-Rated film]; THE FLIGHT OF THE DRAGONS - 1982; THE LAST UNICORN - 1982; THE SINS OF DORIAN GRAY - 1983; THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS - 1985; THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS - 1987; SANTA, BABY - 2001 and BUTTERFLY BLUES - 2011. Mr. Rankin Jr. was 89 years-old.) - 01/30/14
CHRISTOPHER JONES (Actor: CHUBASCO - 1967; WILD IN THE STREETS - 1968; THREE IN THE ATTIC - 1968; THE LOOKING GLASS WAR - 1969; A BRIEF SEASON - 1969; RYAN'S DAUGHTER - 1970; MAD DOG TIME - 1996 [his first film in 26 years and also his last]. Mr. Jones was devastated by the murder of his good friend Sharon Tate by Charles Manson's followers and disappeared into drug culture until Quentin Tarantino tried to get him a part in PULP FICTION - 1994 [he refused]. Mr Jones starred as Jesse James on the TV series THE LEGEND OF JESSE JAMES - 1965-1966 and also appeared on the TV shows JUDD FOR THE DEFENSE - 1967 and THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1967. He was supposed to be the 60's & 70's generation of James Dean, but Tate's death left him a shell of a man who used drugs to kill the pain. He was 72 years-old when he passed away due to cancer.) - 01/31/14
MAXIMILIAN SCHELL (Actor/Director: CHILDREN, MOTHER AND THE GENERAL - 1955; THE PLOT TO ASSASSINATE HITLER - 1955; THE GIRL FROM FLANDERS - 1956; TAXI DRIVER BAENZ - 1957; THE YOUNG LIONS - 1958; THE FIFTH COLUMN - 1960; JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG - 1961 [he was brilliant in this and won the Academy Award® for Best Actor]; FIVE FINGER EXERCIZE - 1962; THE CONDEMNED OF ALTONA - 1962; TOPKAPI - 1964; RETURN FROM THE ASHES - 1965 [another excellent performance]; THE DEADLY AFFAIR - 1966; COUNTERPOINT - 1967; THE CASTLE - 1968 [one of his most unusual roles]; HEIDI - 1968 [Notorious for the fact that it cut Maximilian Schellinto the final minutes of a football game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, where the Raiders scored two touchdowns and won the game, but those on the East Coast never saw the touchdowns and flooded the phones at NBC with complaints. It forever will be known as the "Heidi Bowl". It also led to a rule where football games would from then on be shown in their entirety, which is why THE GOOD WIFE and THE MENTALIST is always late on Sunday nights during football season.];  KRAKATOA: EAST OF JAVA - 1969 [even though Krakatoa was west of Java!]; SIMON BOLIVAR - 1969; FIRST LOVE - 1970 [also Director]; THE PEDESTRIAN - 1973 [also Director]; THE ODESSA FILE - 1974; END OF THE GAME - 1975 [also Director; uncredited voice only on audiotape]; THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH - 1975 [nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Actor]; THE DAY THAT SHOOK THE WORLD - 1975; ST. IVES - 1976; CROSS OF IRON - 1977; A BRIDGE TOO FAR - 1977; JULIA - 1977 [nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor]; AVALANCHE EXPRESS - 1979; THE BLACK HOLE - 1979 [one of Disney's first major releases to be rated PG]; TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS - 1979 [also Director]; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - 1983; MARLENE - 1984 [Director only]; THE ASSISI UNDERGROUND - 1986; THE ROSE GARDEN - 1989; THE FRESHMAN - 1990; CANDLES IN THE DARK - 1993 [also Director]; JUSTIZ - 1993; LITTLE ODESSA - 1994; THE VAMPYRE WARS - 1996; THE EIGHTEENTH ANGEL - 1998; JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES - 1998; DEEP IMPACT - 1998; JOAN OF ARC - 1999; LOVE, LIES, PASSIONS - 2002; MY SISTER MARIA - 2002 [Director only]; COAST TO COAST - 2003; HOUSE OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTIES - 2006; DARKNESS - 2009. Mr. Schell did very little American TV; just some episodes of PLAYHOUSE 90 - 1959 [where he first essayed his role in JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG]; WESTINGHOUSE DESILU PLAYHOUSE - 1959; and BOB HOPE PRESENTS THE CRYSLER THEATRE - 1967. Mr Schell was 83 years-old) - 02/01/14
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (Actor: Pudgy, but excellent actor who always took a role and made it his own, no matter what genre it was. He could easily play comedy as he could drama. Unfortunately, his real-life heroin addiction was a well-known open secret and he was found in his own NYC apartment bathroom dead at the age 46 of a heroin overdose with the needle still sticking in his arm. This should be a wake-up call to the Hollywood establishment and make every actor take a drug test before they are offered a role. We have seen too much of this kind of behavior happen in Tinsletown [and other places] to let it go on any longer. Philip Seymour Hoffman was bound to have plenty of award-winning roles ahead of him, but heroin cut any chance for that short. It's time for people to wake up and stare into reality. Roles are not more important than lives. Some of Mr. Hoffmann's roles during his short life read like a who's who of great directors and include: MY NEW GUN - 1992; SCENT OF A WOMAN - 1992; MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK - 1993; MONEY FOR NOTHING - 1993; THE GETAWAY - 1994; WHEN A MANPhilip Seymour Hoffman LOVES A WOMAN - 1995; HARD EIGHT - 1998 [starting his long partnership with director Paul Thomas Anderson]; TWISTER - 1996; BOOGIE NIGHTS - 1997 [one of his most heartbreaking acting assignments]; MONTANA - 1998; NEXT STOP WONDERLAND - 1998; THE BIG LIEBOWSKI - 1998; PATCH ADAMS - 1998 [the less said about this movie, the better]; FLAWLESS - 1998; MAGNOLIA - 1998 [my personal favorite of Paul Thomas Anderson's films]; THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY - 1999; STATE AND MAIN - 2000; ALMOST FAMOUS - 2000; PUNCH DRUNK LOVE - 2002; RED DRAGON - 2002; 25TH HOUR - 2002; COLD MOUNTAIN - 2003; ALONG CAME POLLY - 2004; STRANGERS WITH CANDY - 2005; CAPOTE - 2005 [Academy Award® winner for Best Actor]; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III - 2006; THE SAVAGES - 2007; BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD - 2007 [This was director Sidney Lumet's last film, as he cast Hoffman as a heroin-addled brother of a family that owned a jewelry store. He makes his brother, played by Ethan Hawke, rob the place because he owes a lot of money to the company he works at that he stole from to support his drug habit and it ends up with their mother being shot dead. His father, played by Albert Finney, finds out and kills his own son for what he has done by suffocating him with a pillow in the hospital. This was almost like a future vision of Hoffman's life and also a great movie from a legendary master director.]; CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR - 2007 [nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor]; SYNECHDOCHE, NEW YORK - 2008 [His most unusual role, thanks to director Charlie Kaufman]; DOUBT - 2008 [proving that he could stand toe-to-toe with Meryl Streep and win; nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor]; PIRATE RADIO - 2009; THE INVENTION OF LYING - 2009; JACK GOES BOATING - 2010; THE IDES OF MARCH - 2011; MONEYBALL - 2011; THE MASTER - 2012 [another superb role; nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor, basically playing a bastardized version of L. Ron Hubbard]; THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE - 2013; GOD'S POCKET - 2014; A MOST WANTED MAN - 2014. Hoffman was in post-production on the first part and seven days from finishing filming the second part of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY when the terrible scourge of drug addiction took him from us. Just look at his output in just a matter of 13 years [he also had a guest role on TV's LAW & ORDER in 1991, his first role, although you would never know it. It was his only foray into TV Series, although he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy© for the use of his voice in the long-running kids animated TV series ARTHUR - 1996-Present in 1996.]. We lost an excellent actor, but when those demon drugs grab a hold of your soul [apparently, police found over 50 bags of heroin in Hoffman's apartment, as well as various bottles of addictive prescription drugs] and won't let go, he needed the help of friends to get control of his life back. Unfortunately, there were none on that fateful day. His first autospy was labeled "inconclusive" (what a fucking joke!), so further tests have to be taken before he can be buried. A devastating loss to the filmmaking community. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.) - 02/02/14
CRAIG LAHIFF (Australian Director/Producer/Writer: THE COMING - 1981 [Director only]; CODA - 1987 [Director & Writer]; THE DREAMING - 1988 [Producer & Writer]; FEVER - 1988; STRANGERS - 1991; EBBTIDE - 1994 [Director & Producer]; HEAVEN'S BURNING [Director & Executive Producer]; BLACK & WHITE - 2002 [Director only]; POLITICS, POWER, JUSTICE AND THE MEDIA: CONTROVERSIES OF THE STUART CASE - 2010 [Director & Producer]; SWERVE - 2011. Mr. Lahiff was 66 years-old.) - 02/02/14
RICHARD BULL (Actor: Probably best known for his role as Shopkeeper Nels Oleson on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE - 1974-1983 and the subsequent TV Movies of the 80's [I never watched a single episode of the show], Mr. Bull did plenty of other TV shows and theatrical and TV movies during his lifetime. Some of those movies included: FEAR STRIKES OUT - 1957; OPERATION MAD BALL - 1957; BUT NOT FOR ME - 1959; THREE CAME BACK - 1961; DELLA - 1964; THE SATAN BUG - 1965 [my first notice of Bull's mug]; IN LIKE FLINT - 1967; HOUR OF Richard BullTHE GUN - 1967; THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR - 1968; THE SECRET LIFE OF AN AMERICAN WIFE - 1968; STALKING MOON - 1968; MOONFIRE - 1970; MOVE - 1971; THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN - 1971; MAN AND BOY - 1971; SWEET SWEET RACHEL - 1971; ULZANA'S RAID - 1972; HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER - 1973; THE PRESIDENT'S PLANE IS MISSING - 1973; EXECUTIVE ACTION - 1973; BREEZY - 1973; HEAT WAVE! - 1974; NEWMAN'S LAW - 1974; THE PARALLAX VIEW - 1974; A DIFFERENT STORY - 1978; THE GOLDEN GATE MURDERS - 1979; THE GREAT CASH GIVEAWAY GETAWAY - 1980; WHERE PIGEONS GO TO DIE - 1990; A DAY IN THE LIFE - 2000; THE SECRET - 2001; LET'S GO TO PRISON - 2006; SUGAR - 2008; WITLESS PROTECTION - 2008. Some of Mr. Bull's many TV series guest spots included roles on: PANIC! - 1958; TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN - 1958; MEN INTO SPACE - 1959; THE VIRGINIAN - 1962; THE BILL DANA SHOW - 1963; THE RICHARD BOONE SHOW - 1963; BEN CASEY - 1964; THE FUGITIVE - 1964; THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR - 1962-1965; I SPY - 1966; RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - 1966; GOMER PYLE U.S.M.C. - 1966-1967; THE ANDY GRIFFIITH SHOW - 1966-1967; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1968; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1964-1968; JUDD FOR THE DEFENSE - 1968; FELONY SQUAD - 1966-1969; HAWAII FIVE-O - 1969; IRONSIDE - 1969; MARCUS WELBY, M.D. - 1971; OWEN MARSHALL: COUNSELOR AT LAW - 1971; THE F.B.I. - 1969-1971; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1967-1971; COLUMBO - 1971; NICHOLS - 1971-1972 [Lead role in short-lived series]; BONANZA - 1969-1972; GUNSMOKE - 1962-1972; THE ROOKIES - 1973; MANNIX - 1968-1974; APPLE'S WAY - 1974; THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 1973-1974; MOVIN' ON - 1975; BARNABY JONES - 1973-1976; MOST WANTED - 1976; LOU GRANT - 1978; AMAZING STORIES - 1985; IT'S GARRY SHANDLING'S SHOW - 1986; HILL STREET BLUES - 1985-1986; HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN - 1985-1988; ER - 1999; BOSS - 2011 [His last role]. Mr. Bull was 89 years-old.) - 02/03/14
LOUAN GIDEON (Actress: Movies include: WHERE THERE'S A WILL - 1989; EASY WHEELS - 1989; SUBURBAN COMMANDO - 1991; AIRBORNE - 1993; JAILBREAKERS - 1994; P.U.N.K.S. - 1999; TREEHOUSE HOSTAGE - 1999. Ms. Gideon's TV appearances included roles on: SEARCH FOR TOMORROW - 1986; DRAGNET - 1989; THEY CAME FROM OUTER SPACE - 1991; EERIE, INDIANA - 1991; WHO'S THE BOSS? - 1991; GET A LIFE - 1991; NIGHT COURT - 1990-1992; SAVED BY THE BELL - 1992; ONE WEST WAIKIKI - 1994; SILK STALKINGS - 1995; A.J.'S TIME TRAVELERS - 1995; DIAGNOSIS MURDER - 1996; DARK SKIES - 1996; L.A. FIREFIGHTERS - 1996; SEINFELD - 1997; THE SECRET WORLD OF ALEX MACK - 1994-1998 [a semi-regular]; THE TOM SHOW - 1998; 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN - 2000; TITUS - 2001; SIX FEET UNDER - 2001; JOAN OF ARCADIA - 2003; MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE - 2004 [her last acting role]. She was 58 years-old.) - 02/03/14
GLORIA LEONARD (Porn Actress/Director: SEX MANIAC - 1975; THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN - 1976; THE FARMER'S DAUGHTERS - 1976; TEMPTATIONS - 1976; SOUPERMAN - 1976; THE TROUBLE WITH YOUNG STUFF - 1977; MY SEX-RATED WIFE - 1977; HEAT WAVE - 1977; WATER POWER - 1977; MARASCHINO CHERRY - 1978; FIONA ON FIRE - 1978; THE LEGEND OF LADY BLUE - 1978; ALL ABOUT GLORIA LEONARD - 1978 [also Director]; LITTLE BLUE BOX - 1979; EXTREME CLOSE-UP - 1979; INTIMATE DESIRES - 1980 [also Director]; OCTOBER SILK - 1980; TRAMP - 1980; ROOMMATES - 1981; DIRTY LOOKS - 1982; BIZARRE MOODS - 1982; LADIES OF THE KNIGHT - 1984; NEW YORK VICE - 1984; HOT WIRE - 1985; SEX APPEAL - 1986; THREE DAUGHTERS - 1986; TATTOO VAMPIRES - 1988; VOW OF PASSION - 1991 [Director only]; WISHMAN - 1992; SLOW DANCING - 1992 [Director only]; TWO HEARTS - 1993 [Director only]; STILL INSATIABLE - 1999; OOZE - 2000; and many others. Ms. Leonard also appeared on the TV Shows SIMON & SIMON - 1984 and SILK STALKINGS - 1999. Ms. Leonard was 73 years-old.) - 02/03/14
WU MA (Hong Kong Actor/Director who dealt mainly in kung fu and horror/fantasy films: As a Director: DEAF MUTE HEROINE - 1971; THE WATER MARGIN - 1972; THE PIRATE - 1973; SMALL TIGER - 1973; MANCHU BOXER - 1974; FROM CHINA WITH DEATH - 1974; RETURN OF THE PANTHER - 1974; ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS - 1975; THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE - 1975; THE PROTECTORS - 1975; GRAND MASTER OF DEATH - 1976; SNAKE: CRANE SECRET - 1976; THE NAVAL COMMANDOS - 1977 [co-director]; ALONG COMES THE TIGER - 1977; MURDER OF MURDERS - 1978; SHOWDOWN AT COTTON MILL - 1978; EUNUCH AT THE WEST PALACE - 1979; THE HANDCUFF - 1979; EAGLE WITH A YELLOW FACE - 1980; KUNG FU OF EIGHT DRUNKARDS - 1980; WU TANG CLAN - 1980 [title stolen by the rap group of the same name]; BEWARE OFWu Ma
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Ma Wu PICKPOCKETS - 1981; BRAVE COMMANDO - 1981; SHAOLIN DEADLY KICKS - 1982; THE DEAD AND THE DEADLY - 1982; MR. BOO MEETS POM POM - 1985; MY COUSIN, THE GHOST - 1987; BURNING SENSATION - 1989; JUST HEROES - 1989; FOX LEGEND - 1990; DEVIL GAMBLER - 1991; ONCE UPON A CHINESE HERO - 1993; THE CHINESE GHOSTBUSTER - 1994; CIRCUS KIDS - 1994; GENERATION PENDRAGON - 1999. As an actor: THE MAGNIFICENT TRIO - 1966; TRAIL OF THE BROKEN BLADE - 1967; ANGEL STRIKES AGAIN - 1968; THE BELLS OF DEATH - 1968; RETURN OF THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN - 1969; THE FLYING DAGGAR - 1969; THE INVINCIBLE FIST - 1969; TWELVE DEADLY COINS - 1969; THE LIZARD - 1972; BLACK TAVERN - 1972; SMALL TIGER - 1973; MANCHU BOXER - 1974; PARIS KILLERS - 1974; THE FOUR HANDS OF DEATH - 1977; MASTER OF DEATH - 1978; BLOODY TREASURY FIGHT - 1979; SPOOKY ENCOUNTERS - 1980; THE PRODIGAL SON - 1981; BLOODY MONKEY MASTER - 1981; PROJECT A - 1983; WHEELS ON MEALS - 1984; HEART OF A DRAGON - 1985; MR. VAMPIRE - 1985; SHANGHAI EXPRESS - 1986; PEKING OPERA BLUES - 1986; RIGHTING WRONGS - 1986; HEROIC FIGHT - 1986; 100 WAYS TO MURDER YOUR WIFE - 1986; SCARED STIFF - 1987; EASTERN CONDORS - 1987; A CHINESE GHOST STORY - 1987; NO COMPROMISE - 1988; DRAGONS FOREVER - 1988; IN THE BLOOD - 1988; MR. VAMPIRE SAGA - 1988; FEMALE REPORTER - 1989; SEVEN WARRIORS - 1989; THE SWORDSMAN - 1990; TRIAD STORY - 1990; GAMBLER'S WAR - 1990; RETREAT OF THE GODFATHER - 1991; ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA - 1991; GUYS IN GHOST'S HANDS - 1991; LADY WOLF - 1991; DEVIL AND MASTER - 1991; THUNDER MISSION - 1992; SWORDSMAN III: THE EAST IS RED - 1993; THE BEHEADED 1000 - 1994; MELTDOWN - 1995; IRON MONKEY 2 - 1996; HOUSE OF FURY - 2005; BATTLE OF THE WARRIORS - 2006; 14 BLADES - 2010; LEGENDARY AMAZONS - 2011; WHITE VENGEANCE - 2011; and over 200 more. Ma was 71 years-old) - 02/04/14
CHRISTOPHER BARRY (British TV Producer/Director: PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR - 1958-1959; COMPACT - 1962; THE NET - 1962; NO CLOAK - NO DAGGER - 1963; MOONSTRIKE - 1963; SMUGGLER'S BAY - 1964; THE FLYING SWAN - 1965; TAKE A PAIR OF PRIVATE EYES - 1966; ST. IVES - 1967; THE FIRST ADVENTURES OF THE MUSKETEERS - 1967; OUT OF THE UNKNOWN - 1969; THIRTY-MINUTE THEATRE - 1968-1969; PAUL TEMPLE - 1970-1971; MOONBASE 3 - 1973; POLDARK - 1975; ANGELS - 1976; Z CARS - 1967-1978; DOCTOR WHO - 1963-1979 [Directed 43 episodes]; ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL - 1978-1980; NANNY - 1982; DRAMARAMA - 1983; THE TRIPODS - 1984-1985; DOWNTIME - 1995.) - 02/07/14
ERIC BERCOVICI (Award-Winning & Nominated Writer/Producer: Both theatrical and TV Credits include: SQUARE OF VIOLENCE - 1961; CONQUERED CITY - 1962; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1965; I SPY - 1966; DAY OF THE EVIL GUN - 1968; HELL IN THE PACIFIC - 1968; THE OUTCASTS - 1969; CHANGE OF HABIT - 1969; THE OTHER MAN - 1970 [nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award®]; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1970; CADE'S COUNTY - 1971; THE DEADLY HUNT - 1971; HAWAII FIVE-O - 1970-1971 [nominated for a Writers Guild Of America Award®]; ASSIGNMENT: MUNICH - 1972; THE CULPEPPER CATTLE COMPANY - 1972 [nominated for a Writers Guild Of America Award®]; ASSIGNMENT VIENNA - 1972-1973; WHEELER AND MURDOCH - 1973; THREE THE HARD WAY - 1974 [the best Blaxploitation film in my opinion]; STRANGE HOMECOMING - 1974; THE LOG OF THE BLACK PEARL - 1975; OUT OF SEASON - 1975; TAKE A HARD RIDE - 1975; POLICE STORY - 1976; WASHINGTON: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - 1977 [nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Limited Series]; HUNTERS OF THE REEF - 1978; FLESH & BLOOD - 1979; TOP OF THE HILL - 1980; SHOGUN - 1980 [Both TV Movie & Mini-Series. Won an Emmy® for Outstanding Limited Series, which he shared with James Clavell as a Producer. He was also nominated for an Emmy® for writing Episode 5 of the Mini-Series.]; McCLAIN'S LAW - 1981-1982; CHICAGO STORY - 1981 -1982 [both TV Movie and series]; ONE SHOE MAKES IT MURDER - 1982; JESSIE - 1984; THE FIFTH MISSILE - 1986; FAREWELL MOSCOW - 1987; NOBLE HOUSE - 1988 [his last film credit]. Father of Actor/Director Luca Bercovici. Mr. Bercovici was 80 years-old.) - 02/09/14
SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK (Actress: While not known for her genre films, Shirley Temple was one of the most popular singing and dancing child stars ever, who turned her back on show business in the mid-60's and became an environmental activist and then became involved in politics, where she was taken very seriously. For all you genre fans out there, she was once married to the late John Agar and took the last name "Black" when she married Charles Black in 1950 and stayed married to him until his death in 2005. Some of Ms. Temple's films include: STAND UP AND CHEER! - 1934; LITTLE MISS MARKER - 1934; NOW AND FOREVER - 1934; BRIGHT EYES - 1934; THE LITTLE COLONEL - 1935; CURLY TOP - 1935; CAPTAIN JANUARY - 1936; POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL - 1936; STOWAWAY - 1936; WEE WILLIE WINKLE - 1937; HEIDI - 1937; REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM - 1938; LITTLE MISS BROADWAY - 1938; SUSANNAH OF THE MOUNTIES - 1939; THE BLUE BIRD - 1940; MISS ANNIE ROONEY - 1942; SINCE YOU WENT AWAY - 1944; THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER - 1947; FORT APACHE - 1948; MR. BELVEDERE GOES TO COLLEGE - 1949; THE STORY OF SEABUSCUIT - 1949; A KISS FOR CORLISS - 1949 [her last theatrical film]. Ms. Temple did very little TV, She had he own omnibus show called SHIRLEY TEMPLE'S STORYBOOK - 1958 - 1961, on which she appeared 12 times and made a personal appearance on THE RED SKELTON HOUR in 1963. She made a TV pilot in 1965 called GO FIGHT CITY HALL, but it was not picked-up and she gave up on show business and turned her talents elsewhere. Many believe her life after films was much more important, since she did so much for the environment and was friendly with many Presidents [she was appointed U.S. Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia] and was named as a delegate to the United Nations in 1969 by President Nixon. She also had a radical masectomy and made it public, which gave hope and courage to many women. She was truly one of a kind. Ms. Temple was 85 years-old.) - 02/10/14
ROY ALVAREZ (Filipino Actor: THE HOT BOX - 1972; THE BIG BIRD CAGE - 1972; SUPER GEE - 1973; WORKING GIRLS - 1984; ALEXANDRA - 1985; YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW - 1986; TIGERSHARK - 1987; SUPER INDAY AND THE GOLDEN BIBE - 1988; MCBAIN - 1991; RUBBERMAN - 1996; FRATS - 1997; SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL 6 - 1997; THE KITE - 1999; SPIRIT WARRIORS - 2000; ID - 2001; NAKED NIGHTS - 2001; SPIRIT WARRIORS: THE SHORTCUT - 2003; MESSAGE SENT - 2003; THE NIGHT INFINITE - 2010; KUNG FU DIVAS. Mr. Alvarez made dozens of films in many genres [including action, horror and fantasy] that never made it out of his native Philippines. He was 63 years-old.) - 02/11/14
SID CAESAR (One of TV's best Comedy Writers/Actors: He made watching television in the early 50's [along with Milton Berle, who were bitter enemies with each other] hilarious with YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS - 1950-1954; CAESAR's HOUR - 1957; and THE SID CAESAR SHOW - 1958 and had a cadre of writers such as Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Howard Morris Sid Caesar[many who also performed on the shows]. His DNA changed TV in so many ways, that it would take a novel to tell the whole story His films include: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD - 1963; THE MOUSE THAT ROARED - 1966, THE BUSY BODY - 1967; THE SPIRIT IS WILLING - 1967 [a guilty pleasure of mine]; 10 FROM YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS - 1973 [a must for any comedy fan]; HAMBURGERS - 1974; AIRPORT 1975 - 1974; SILENT MOVIE - 1976; FIRE SALE - 1977; CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW - 1977; BARNABY AND ME - 1977; THE CHEAP DETECTIVE - 1978; GREASE - 1978; AMERICA 2100 - 1979; THE FIENDISH PLOT OF DR. FU MANCHU - 1980; THE MUNSTER'S REVENGE - 1981; HISTORY OF THE WORLD: PART 1 - 1981; GREASE 2 - 1982; FOUND MONEY - 1983; OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE - 1984; CANNONBALL RUN II - 1984; STOOGEMANIA - 1986; FREEDOM FIGHTER - 1988; SIDE BY SIDE - 1988; VEGAS VACATION - 1997; THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT - 1998; COMIC BOOK: THE MOVIE [his last film appearance]. Mr. Caesar's TV Series appearances included roles on: CHECKMATE - 1961; THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW - 1967; THE DANNY THOMAS HOUR - 1967; THAT GIRL - 1968; THAT'S LIFE - 1968-1969; MAKE ROOM FOR GRANDDADDY - 1970; LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 1969-1971; WHEN THINGS WERE ROTTEN - 1975; VEGA$ - 1978; THE MISADVENTURES OF SHERIFF LOBO - 1981; MATT HOUSTON - 1982; THE LOVE BOAT - 1978-1984; AMAZING STORIES - 1985; LOVE & WAR - 1995; LIFE WITH LOUIE - 1997; MAD ABOUT YOU - 1997. Ceasar battled acute alcoholism and prescription drug abuse throughout most of the 60's & 70's. Mr. Caesar was 91 years-old.) - 02/12/14
KEN JONES (British Actor: THE CHASE - 1964; THE FILE OF THE GOLDEN GOOSE - 1969; S.W.A.L.K. - 1971; THE SEVEN MINUTES - 1971; GUMSHOE - 1971; I'M THE GIRL HE WANTS TO KILL - 1974; MURDER BY DECREE - 1979; DOING TIME - 1979; THE HUMAN FACTOR - 1979; DANGEROUS DAVIES: THE LAST DETECTIVE - 1981; NO SURRENDER - 1985; WHOOPS APOCALYPSE - 1988; STANLEY'S DRAGON - 1994; JUDE - 1996. Mr. Jones many TV appearances included roles on: THE PLANE MAKERS - 1963; NO HIDING PLACE - 1964-1965; SOFTLY SOFTLY - 1968; PUBLIC EYE - 1969; THE GUARDIANS - 1971; THE LAST OF THE BASKETS - 1971-1972 [a series regular]; DIXON OF DOCK GREEN - 1963-1972; OWEN, M.D. - 1973; Z CARS - 1962-1974; THE WACKERS - 1975 [a series regular]; SERPICO - 1976; THE SQUIRRELS - 1974-1977 [a semi-regular]; RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY - 1978; SECONDS OUT - 1981-1982 [a series regular]; DEAD ERNEST - 1982; PULASKI: THE TV DETECTIVE - 1987; VALENTINE PARK - 1987-1988; WATCHING - 1991; THE DETECTIVES - 1996; MURDER MOST HORRID - 1996; A CERTAIN JUSTICE - 1998; OUT OF SIGHT - 1997-1998; CASUALTY - 1996-2000; MURPHY'S LAW - 2003; THE 4400 - 2005; DOCTORS - 2000-2007. Mr. Jones was 83 years-old.) - 02/13/14
RALPH WAITE (Actor: Best known as Papa Walton on THE WALTONS [1972 - 1981] and the reunion movies in the 80's & 90's [being nominated in 1978 for an Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series], as well as  recently portraying Mark Harmon's father on NCIS [2008 - 2013], Ralph Waite has had a long history in the filmmaking business. Some of his films included: COOL HAND LUKE - 1967; THE BORGIA STICK - 1967; A LOVELY WAY TO DIE - 1968; LAST SUMMER - 1969; FIVE EASY PIECES - 1970; THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS -Ralph Waite 1971; THE SPORTING CLUB - 1971; THE GRISSOM GANG - 1971; LAWMAN - 1971; HOT SUMMER WEEK - 1972; CHATO'S LAND - 1972; THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE! - 1972; TROUBLE MAN - 1972; KID BLUE - 1973; THE STONE KILLER - 1973; THE SECRET LIFE OF JOHN CHAPMAN - 1978; RED ALERT - 1977; OHMS - 1980; ON THE NICKEL - 1980 [also Director]; ANGEL CITY - 1980; THE GENTLEMAN BANDIT - 1981; A GOOD SPORT - 1984; GROWING PAINS - 1984; CRIME OF INNOCENCE - 1985; THE RIVER PIRATES - 1988; RED EARTH, WHITE EARTH - 1989; SPARKS: THE PRICE OF PASSION - 1990; CRASH AND BURN - 1990; DESPERATE HOURS - 1990; THE BODYGUARD - 1992; CLIFFHANGER - 1993; SIN & REDEMPTION - 1994; SIOUX CITY - 1994; KEYS - 1994; A SEASON OF HOPE - 1995; THE THIRD TWIN - 1997; THE PRESIDENT'S MAN - 2000; TIMEQUEST - 2000; SPIRIT - 2001; SUNSHINE STATE - 2002; BLESSINGS - 2003; SILVER CITY - 2004; MURDER 101: IF WISHES WERE HORSES - 2007; GENERATION GAP - 2008; ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE JR. - 2009; LETTERS TO GOD - 2010; 25 HILL - 2011; GABE THE CUPID DOG - 2012. Mr Waite's TV roles included appearances on: HAWK - 1966; N.Y.P.D. - 1967-1968; BONANZA - 1970; NICHOLS - 1971; ROOTS - 1977 [nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor]; THE MISSISSIPPI - 1983-1984 [a series regular who directed one episode]; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1989; SHANNON'S DEAL - 1990; TIME TRAX - 1994; MURDER ONE - 1996 [a semi-regular]; ORLEANS - 1997; THE OUTER LIMITS - 1999; ROCKET POWER - 1999; CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL - 1999; ALL MY CHILDREN - 2001; THE PRACTICE 2004; CARNIVALE - 2003-2005 [a series regular]; COLD CASE - 2007; CANE - 2007; THE CLEANER - 2008; CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - 2008; GREY'S ANATOMY - 2009; OFF THE MAP - 2011; BONES - 2009-2013 [portraying David Boreanaz's grandfather]; DAYS OF OUR LIVES - 2009-2013 [94 episodes and his last acting role]. Mr. Waite was 85 years old.) - 02/13/14
JAMES CONDON (Australian Actor: TOMORROW'S CHILD - 1957; THE STOWAWAY - 1958; JENNY - 1962; POINT OF DEPARTURE - 1966; NUMBER 96 - 1974; SCOBIE MALONE - 1975; BARNABY AND ME - 1977; CASS - 1978; TIM - 1979; HOODWINK - 1981; SUPERSLEUTH - 1984; THE BOY WHO HAD EVERYTHING - 1985; BODY BUSINESS - 1986; BACKSTAGE - 1988; A CRY IN THE DARK - 1988; TROUBLE IN PARADISE - 1989; BONY - 1990; THE GREAT AIR RACE - 1990; THE EFFICIENCY EXPERT - 1992; KANGAROO PALACE - 1997; AFTER THE DELUGE - 2003. Mr. Condon's TV appearances included roles on: THE ROVERS - 1970; CATWALK - 1972; HOMICIDE - 1966-1972; MATLOCK POLICE - 1972; RYAN - 1974; McCLOUD - 1976; LUKE'S KINGDOM - 1976 [a series regular]; CASE FOR THE DEFENCE - 1978; CHOPPER SQUAD - 1979; BELLAMY - 1981 [a series regular]; CARSON'S LAW - 1983; SONS AND DAUGHTERS - 1984; PRISONER: CELL BLODCK H - 1985-1986 [a series regular]; A COUNTRY PRACTICE - 1982-1988; TIME TRAX - 1993; NEIGHBOURS - 1985-1995 [appeared in 34 episodes]; BLUE HEELERS - 1998-2000. Mr. Condon was 90 years-old.) - 02/14/14
CLIFF BOLE (TV Director: [only mentioned if he directed 4 or more episodes; otherwise he directed three or less]; BARETTA - 1976; EMERGENCY - 1976-1977; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1975-1978 [Directed 12 episodes]; THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN - 1978; B.J. AND THE BEAR - 1979; SUPERTRAIN - 1979; CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 1977-1980 [Directed 6 episodes]; THE Cliff BoleASPHALT COWBOY - 1980 [TV Movie]; VEGA$ - 1979-1981 [Directed 13 episodes]; STRIKE FORCE - 1981-1982 [Directed 4 episodes]; HART TO HART - 1982; THE FALL GUY - 1982; FANTASY ISLAND - 1978-1984 [Directed 24 episodes]; FINDERS OF LOST LOVES - 1984; HOLLYWOOD BEAT - 1985; THE NEW MIKE HAMMER - 1985; MATT HOUSTON - 1983-1985 [Directed 9 episodes]; V - 1985; T.J. HOOKER - 1982-1985 [Directed 17 episodes]; HELL TOWN - 1985; SHADOW CHASERS - 1985; SCARECROW AND MRS. KING - 1984-1986 [Directed 4 episodes]; SPENSER: FOR HIRE - 1987-1988; MACGYVER - 1986-1988 [Directed 16 episodes]; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1988; GUNS OF PARADISE - 1989-1991 [Directed 4 episodes]; THE YOUNG RIDERS - 1992; SILK STALKINGS - 1993; STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - 1987-1994 [Directed 24 episodes]; BAYWATCH - 1992-1994 [Directed 5 episodes]; POINTMAN - 1995; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE 9 - 1993-1995 [Directed 9 episodes]; L.A. FIREFIGHTERS - 1996; MILLENNIUM - 1997; M.A.N.T.I.S. - 1994-1997; PROFILER - 1998; STAR TREK: VOYAGER - 1995-1999 [Directed 10 episodes]; HARSH REALM - 2000; THE X-FILES - 1997-2002 [Directed 4 episodes]; SUPERNATURAL - 2007 [His last TV credit]. Mr. Bole was also Associate Producer on 17 episodes ofthe DANIEL BOONE TV Series - 1967-1968; Assistant Director on 7 episodes of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1975; and was First Assistant Director on the theatrical film SEPTEMBER 30, 1955 - 1977. Mr. Bole was 76 years-old.) - 02/15/14
CHRISTOPHER MALCOLM (Scottish-Born Actor: THE DESPERADOS - 1969; FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE - 1970; WELCOME TO THE CLUB - 1971; THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY MCKENZIE - 1972; DIAMONDS ON WHEELS - 1974; THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE - 1975; TERROR FROM WITHIN - 1975; IT'S A LOVELY DAY TOMORROW - 1975; THE STRANGE CASE OF THE END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT - 1977; FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE - 1978; THE GREAT RIVIERA BANK ROBBERY - 1979; THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - 1980; THE DOGS OF WAR - 1980; SHOCK TREATMENT - 1981; RAGTIME - 1981; REDS - 1981; SUPERMAN III - 1983; LASSITER - 1984; KING DAVID - 1985; RUSTLER'S RHAPSODY - 1985; SPIES LIKE US - 1985; HIGHLANDER - 1986; LABYRINTH - 1986; EAT THE RICH - 1987; THE MONEYMAN - 1987; WHOOPS APOCALYPSE - 1988. Mr. Malcolm's TV appearances included roles on: STRANGE REPORT - 1969; JUSTICE - 1971; THE PROTECTORS - 1972; SECOND VERDICT - 1976; ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES... - 1983; NEVER SAY DIE - 1987; LOVEJOY - 1994; ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS - 1992-2011 {His last credit]. Mr. Malcolm was 67 years-old.) - 02/15/14
MARY GRACE CANFIELD (Actress: Best known as "Ralph Monroe" on the TV Show GREEN ACRES - 1965-1971. Her films included: THE INTERNS - 1962; COME BLOW YOUR HORN - 1963; ARCHIE - 1964; DON'T MAKE WAVES - 1967; THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE - 1967; JOHNNY BELINDA - 1967; NIGHT OF TERROR - 1972; HALF A HOUSE - 1975; SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES - 1983; BURNING RAGE - 1984; SOUTH OF RENO - 1988; RETURN TO GREEN ACRES - 1990; YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN - 1993. Her TV show appearances included roles on: THRILLER ["A Good Imagination" - 1961; "The Hollow Watcher" - 1962]; THE HATHAWAYS - 1961-1962; ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - 1961-1962; HAZEL - 1962; THE ELEVENTH HOUR - 1963; THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW - 1963; THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER - 1965-1966; BEWITCHED - 1966; ADAM-12 - 1970; LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 1973; THE LOVE BOAT - 1977; CAGNEY & LACEY - 1983; ALICE - 1985; THE JACKIE THOMAS SHOW - 1993. Ms. Canfield was 89 years-old.) - 02/15/14
JIMMY T. MURAKAMI (Director/Producer/Animator: CHARLEY - 1965; HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP - 1980 [uncredited Director of some scenes]; BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS - 1980 [one of Producer Roger Corman's better STAR WARS rip-offs]; WHEN THE WIND BLOWS - 1986; THE Jimmy T. MurakamiEASTER STORY KEEPERS - 1998; THE CHRISTMAS STORY KEEPERS - 1998; CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MOVIE - 2001. Mr. Murakami also wrote/directed/produced and animated dozens of shorts including: THE INSECTS - 1964; BREATH - 1967; THE BOX - 1967; GEORGE...THE PEOPLE - 1967; THE MAGIC PEAR TREE - 1968; THE GOOD FRIEND - 1969; PASSING - 1975; DEATH OF A BULLET - 1979; THE SNOWMAN - 1982; DREAM EXPRESS - 1990; and THE CHEERFUL RASCAL - 1992. He was also the uncredited Producer of the 1971 animated TV Movie THE POINT; Associate Producer and uncredited Second Unit Director and Art Director on VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN - 1971; Animator on the theatrical film THE NAKED APE - 1973 and FREE TO BE... YOU AND ME TV Movie - 1974; Director the "Soft Landing" sequence of HEAVY METAL - 1981; Producer of THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES TV Series - 1989; Supervising Director of the TV Series THE STORY KEEPERS - 1995-1997 and Animator of his own documentary JIMMY MURAKAMI: NON-ALIEN - 2010. He was a jack-of-all-trades who worked on many more film and TV projects and was 80 years-old when he passed away.) - 02/16/14
EMMET G. LAVERY JR. (Producer: DELANCEY STREET: THE CRISIS WITHIN - 1975; SERPICO (TV Series - 1976); THE GHOST OF FLIGHT 401 - 1978; ACT OF VIOLENCE - 1979; NERO WOLFE - 1979.) - 02/16/14
MALCOLM TIERNEY (British Actor: FAMILY LIFE - 1971; EXISTENCE - 1973; STAR WARS - 1977; THE MEDUSA TOUCH - 1978; COLLISION COURSE - 1979; McVICAR - 1980; LITTLE DORRIT - Malcolm Tierney1988; IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER - 1993; BRAVEHEART - 1995; THE APOCALYPSE WATCH - 1997; THE SAINT - 1997; L.A. WITHOUT A MAP - 1998; SHINER - 2000; NCS: MANHUNT - 2001; THE FINAL CURTAIN - 2002; HINDENBURG - 2007; THE UNSINKABLE TITANIC - 2008; TWO DAYS IN THE SMOKE - 2014 [his final role]. Mr. Tierney's extensive British TV experience included roles on such series as: NO HIDING PLACE - 1964; PUBLIC EYE - 1965; ESCAPE - 1967; OUT OF THE UNKNOWN - 1971; Z CARS - 1964-1973; THE LOVE SCHOOL - 1975; THE SWEENEY - 1976; POLDARK - 1977; STRANGERS - 1978-1980; THE SPOILS OF WAR - 1980-1981; THE HOME FRONT - 1983; SPYSHIP - 1983; BROOKSIDE - 1984; C.A.T.S. EYES - 1986; ROOM AT THE BOTTOM - 1986; DOCTOR WHO - 1986; A BIT OF A DO - 1989; RUTH RENDELL MYSTERIES - 1990; VAN DER VALK - 1992; LOVEJOY - 1986-1993; THE BILL - 1996-1998; THE BROKER'S MAN - 1998; DALZIEL AND PASCOE - 1998-1999; THE WILSONS - 2000; HEARTBEAT - 2001; MIDSOMER MURDERS - 2004; DOCTORS - 2008; WALLANDER - 2009. Mr. Tierney was 76 years-old.) - 02/18/14
TONI UCCI (Actor: THE SONG OF DESTINY - 1957; THE LOVE SPECIALIST - 1958; THE FACTS OF MURDER - 1959; TERROR OF OKLAHOMA - 1959; THE PASSIONATE THIEF - 1960; THE ASSASSIN - 1961; PSYCHOSISSIMO - 1962; THE TERRIBLE 7 - 1963; CORPSE FOR THE LADY - 1964; HONEYMOONS WILL KILL YOU - 1966; THE MILLION DOLLAR COUNTDOWN - 1967; WITHOUT FAMILY - 1972; ITALIAN SEX - 1974; THE LAST DESPERATE HOURS - 1974; THE MESSIAH - 1975; STRIP FIRST, THEN WE TALK - 1975; SEX FOR SALE - 1976; THE COP IN BLUE JEANS - 1976; HIT SQUAD - 1976; A SPECIAL COP IN ACTION - 1976; HOW TO LOSE A WIFE AND FIND A LOVER - 1978; MY WIFE GOES BACK TO SCHOOL - 1981; DESIRABLE TEACHER 2 - 1982; A HOUSE IN ROME - 1988; BREATH OF LIFE - 1990; THE VOYAGE OF CAPTAIN FRACASSA - 1990; THE HEROES - 1994. Mr. Ucci was 92 years-old.) - 02/19/14
LARRY MOSS (Actor; Voice Actor; Dialect Coach: THE NINE LIVES OF FRITZ THE CAT - 1974; SCOOBY-DOO AND SCRAPPY-DOO - 1979; SMURFS - 1981; THE DUKES - 1983; KNIGHT RIDER - 1983; THE FALL GUY - 1985; SHERLOCK HOUND - 1984-1985; THE PATRIOT - 1986; FAME - 1987; JAWS: THE REVENGE - 1987; FATAL ATTRACTION - 1987; DUCKTALES - 1987; MILES FROM HOME - 1988; FATAL JUDGEMENT - 1988; COVER-UP - 1991; SCISSORS - 1991; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1991; THE REAL ADVENTURES OF JONNY QUEST - 1996; BABE: PIG IN THE CITY - 1998; LANSKY - 1999; DEUCES WILD - 2002; and HAPPY FEET - 2006 [his last credit]. Mr. Moss was 83 years-old.) - 02/19/14
ROGER HILL (Actor: THE EDUCATION OF SONNY CARSON - 1974; ONCE UPON A CLASSIC - 1979; THE WARRIORS - 1979 [as "Cyrus" the gang leader known for saying ]; AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE - 1982; ONE LIFE TO LIVE - 1983-1984; THE LEATHERSTOCKING TALES - 1984; ORSON WELLES' MAGIC SHOW - 1985. Mr. Hill was 65 years-old.) - 02/20/14
HAROLD RAMIS (Actor/Director/Producer/Writer: Funny guy who joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe, then joined The National Lampoon Show and then was part of an incredible comedy team that created and starred in what manyHarold Ramis (including myself) still think was the funniest show on the air: SECOND CITY TV (a.k.a. SCTV). After cutting his teeth on that show, he became an accomplished actor, writer, producer and director of some of the best movies of the 70's till the end of his life, including: ANIMAL HOUSE - 1978 [Writer]; MEATBALLS - 1979 [Actor]; CADDYSHACK - 1980 [Director & Writer]; HEAVY METAL - 1981 [Voice only]; STRIPES - 1981 [Actor]; NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION - 1983 [Director & Voice Actor]; SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE - 1983 [Voice only]; GHOSTBUSTERS - 1984 [Writer & Actor]; CLUB PARADISE - 1986 [Director]; BACK TO SCHOOL - 1986 [Writer; and one of my favorite 80's comedies]; ARMED AND DANGEROUS - 1986 [Writer]; BABY BOOM - 1987 [Actor]; GHOSTBUSTERS II - 1989 [Actor]; GROUNDHOG DAY - 1993 [Director, Writer & Actor; His crowning achievement which many other films and TV Shows would copy; winner of the BAFTA Award® for Best Original Screenplay which he shared with co-writer Danny Rubin]; AIRHEADS - 1994 [Actor]; STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY - 1995 [Director; vastly underrated]; MULTIPLICITY - 1996 [Director & Producer]; AS GOOD AS IT GETS - 1997 [Actor]; ANALYZE THIS - 1999 [Director & Writer]; BEDAZZLED - 2000 [Director, Writer & Producer]; ANALYZE THAT - 2002 [Director]; THE ICE HARVEST - 2005 [Director; a very change of pace subject for him]; THE LAST KISS - 2006 [Actor]; KNOCKED UP - 2007 [Actor]; WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY - 2007 [Actor]; YEAR ONE - 2009 [Actor, Director & Writer; Good for a few yucks, but any comedy starring Jack Black automatically brings it down a few pegs, at least in my opinion]. Ramis also directed four episodes of the American TV version of THE OFFICE between 2006 and 2010. Ramis was nominated and won many other awards during his lifetime, including an award from the American Screenwriters Association, USA® for the Screenwriting Hall Of Fame in 2001. He was 69 years-old.) - 02/24/14
GUNTER REISCH (German Writer/Director: YOUNG PEOPLE - 1956; MARK OF THE NIGHT - 1957; FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS - 1960; NEW YEAR'S EVE PUNCH - 1960; A LORD OF ALEXANDER SQUARE - 1967; ON OUR WAY TO LENIN - 1969; WOLF: LIFE AND ILLUSION OF A GERMAN ANARCHRIST - 1974; NELKEN IN ASPIC - 1976; ANTON THE MAGICIAN - 1978; THE FIANCE - 1980; ZIMBABWE: DREAMS OF THE FUTURE - 1990) - 02/24/14
ED VASSALLO (Actor: Worked mainly in TV [known mainly for playing "Tom Giglione" on THE SOPRANOS] during his short life span [He was only 41 years-old when he passed away], but appeared in such movies as: ROBERTA - 1999; TRIFLING WITH FATE - 2000; ASTRONOMY OF ERRORS - 2000; PINERO - 2001; WAR OF THE WORLDS - 2005; THE DEEP AND DREAMLESS SLEEP - 2006; LOGJAM - 2010; and KEEP THE LIGHTS ON - 2012. His TV appearances included roles on SEX AND THE CITY - 1998; LAW & ORDER: SVU - 2003; JOHNNY ZERO -2005; LAW & ORDER: TRIAL BY JURY - 2005; LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT - 2002-2005; SIX DEGREES - 2006; LAW & ORDER - 2002-2007; AS THE WORLD TURNS - 2007-2008; FRINGE - 2009; and PERSON OF INTEREST - 2011.) - 02/25/14
NORMAN YONEMOTO (Writer/Director: GARAGE SALE - 1976; CHATTERBOX! - 1977; AN IMPOTENT METAPHOR - 1979; GREEN CARD: AN AMERICAN ROMANCE - 1982; SAVAGE STREETS - 1984; MADE IN HOLLYWOOD - 1990. Mr. Yonemoto was 67 years-old.) - 02/28/14
ALAIN RESNAIS (French Director: HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR - 1959; LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD - 1961; THE WAR IS OVER - 1966; JE T'AIME JE T'AIME - 1968; STAVISKY - 1971; PROVIDENCE - 1977; LIFE IS A BED OF ROSES - 1983; LOVE UNTO DEATH - 1984; I WANT TO GO HOME - 1989; SMOKING/NO SMOKING - 1993; SAME OLD SONG - 1997; NOT ON THE LIPS - 2003; PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES - 2006; WILD GRASS - 2009; YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET - 2012; LIFE OF RILEY - 2014. He was responsible for launching the film careers of Emmanuelle Riva and Delphine Seyrig. He directed 10 different actors in César®-nominated performances [The French equivalent of the Oscars®].  Mr. Renais was 91 years-old.) - 03/01/14
GAIL GILMORE (Actress: GIRL HAPPY - 1965; THE GIRLS ON THE BEACH - 1965; BEACH BALL - 1965; VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS - 1965; HARUM SCAREM - 1965; THE LOVED ONE - 1965 [She met writer Terry Southern on the set and basically gave up on Hollywood to be with him, although they never married, in New York and then Connecticut until his death thirty years later]; THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN - 1969; END OF THE ROAD - 1970; LUCKY DAYS - 2008. TV shows included: MR. NOVAK - 1964; MY THREE SONS - 1964; PERRY MASON - 1964; WAGON TRAIN - 1964; THE LITTLEST HOBO - 1964; and THE LONG HOT SUMMER - 1965. Ms. Gilmore was 76 years-old when she passed away due to lung cancer.) - 03/02/14
SCOTT KALVERT (Director/Producer/Writer: Kalvert's short career including directing THE BASKETBALL DIARIES - 1995 and DEUCES WILD - 2002, as well as directing the music documentaries GUNS N ROSES: LIVE AT THE RITZ - 1988; FORM...FOCUS...FITNESS: THE MARKY MARK WORKOUT - 1993 and a music video from CYNDI LAUPER: 12 DEADLY CYNS...AND THE SOME - 1994. Kalvert was known for directing iconic music videos such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith's "Parents Just Don't Understand," Salt-N-Pepa's "Shoop" and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations." Kalvert also Produced films such as NATIONAL LAMPOON'S LOST REALITY - 2004; PARTNERS - 2005; BAD RELIGION: LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM - 2006 and SCHOOL GYRLS - 2009. He is also credited as writer of NATIONAL LAMPOON'S LOST REALITY 2 - 2005. Mr. Kalvert was 49 years-old and his death is listed as a possible suicide.) - 03/05/14
SHEILA MACRAE (Actress: Best known for portraying "Alice Kramden" on THE HONEYMOONERS episodes [49 times] on THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW - 1966-1970. While her professional actress roles weren't extensive, she did appear in movies such as: BACKFIRE - 1950; CAGED - 1950; PRETTY BABY - 1950; KATIE DID IT - 1951; NO PLACE LIKE HOME - 1960; BIKINI BEACH - 1964; HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI - 1965; THE SECRET WAR OF JACKIE'S GIRLS - 1980; GOLDIE AND THE BOXER GO TO HOLLYWOOD - 1981; THE NAKED CAGE - 1986; THT PERILS OF P.K. - 1986 [also Producer]. She also appeared on such TV shows as: I LOVE LUCY - 1955; THE RED SKELTON HOUR - 1962; THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - 1964; THE TRIALS OF O'BRIEN - 1966; THE SHEILA MACRAE SHOW - 1971; THE LOVE BOAT - 1979; SEARCH FOR TOMORROW - 1984; PARENTHOOD - 1990-1991 [a series regular]; GENERAL HOSPITAL - 1991; and MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1993 [her last credit]. Ms. MacRae was 89 years-old.) - 03/06/14
HAL DOUGLAS (Movie Trailer Narrator; Voiceover Artist: Known for starting a lot of movie trailers with the words "In a world..." LETHAL WEAPON - 1987; THE CONEHEADS - 1993; PHILADELPHIA - 1993; FORREST GUMP - 1994; WATERWORLD - 1995; HOUDINI - 1996; MEN IN BLACK - 1997; CON AIR - 1997; HBO FIRST LOOK - 1997-1999; MEET THE PARENTS - 2000; COMEDIAN - 2002 [probably his funniest on-screen appearance]; NANNY MACPHEE - 2005; THE HOLIDAY - 2006; CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS - 2009; and hundreds more movie trailers. Mr. Douglas was 89 years-old and was considered one of the trailblazers of movie trailer narration.) - 03/07/14
WENDY HUGHES (Actress: THE SPIRAL BUREAU - 1974; 'JOCK' PETERSEN - 1974; SIDECAR RACERS - 1975; IS THERE ANYBODY THERE? - 1975; THE ALTERNATIVE - 1976; HIGH ROLLING Wendy HughesIN A HOT CORVETTE - 1977; NEWSFRONT - 1978; A WOMAN IN THE HOUSE - 1978; PUZZLE - 1978; MY BRILLIANT CAREER - 1979; KOSTAS - 1979; TOUCH AND GO - 1980; HOODWINK - 1981; LONELY HEARTS - 1982; A DANGEROUS SUMMER - 1982; CAREFUL, HE MIGHT HEAR YOU - 1983; MY FIRST WIFE - 1984; AQN INDECENT OBSESSION - 1985; REMEMBER ME - 1985; I CAN'T GET STARTED - 1985; HAPPY NEW YEAR - 1987; WARM NIGHTS ON A SLOW MOVING TRAIN - 1988; ECHOES OF PARADISE - 1989; THE HEIST - 1989; DONOR - 1990; WILD ORCHID II: TWO SHADES OF BLUE - 1992; PRINCESS CARABOO - 1994; LUST AND REVENGE - 1996; PARADISE ROAD - 1997; THE MAN WHO SUED GOD - 2001; CATERPILLER WISH - 2006; and SALVATION - 2008. TV show appearances include roles on: NUMBER 96 - 1972; HOMICIDE - 1967-1972; MATLOCK POLICE - 1971-1976; RUSH - 1976; THE OUTSIDERS - 1976; RETURN TO EDEN - 1983 [miniseries]; FIVE MILE CREEK - 1984; AMERIKA - 1987 [miniseries]; HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET - 1993 [semi-regular on first season]; STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - 1993; SNOWY RIVER: THE MCGREGOR SAGA - 1996-1998 [series regular]; STATE CORONER - 1997-1997 [series regular]; MDA - 2005; TWO TWISTED - 2006; CITY HOMICIDE - 2007; ALL SAINTS - 2009; MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES - 2012 [her last credit]. Ms. Hughes was 61 years-old.) - 03/08/14
ROLDAN AQUINO (Filipino Actor: THE BIG BIRD CAGE - 1972; CAPTAIN BARBELL - 1973; DRAGON FIRE - 1974; THE GAME OF DEATH - 1974; RETURN OF THE DRAGON - 1974; BURLESK QUEEN - 1977; SCOUT RANGER - 1979; SUPERHAND - 1980; JONES BRIDGE MASSACRE - 1989; DELTA FORCE 2: THE COLOMBIAN CONNECTION - 1990; CANARY BROTHERS OF TONDO - 1992; COMFORT WOMEN: A CRY FOR JUSTICE - 1994; RUN BARBI RUN - 1995; VIRGIN PEOPLE 2 - 1996; HEY BABE! - 1999; DADDY O, BABY O! - 2000; YOU ARE THE ONE - 2006; 666 - 2010; MANILA KINGPIN: THE ASIONG STORY - 2011; MORON 5 AND THE CRYING LADY - 2012; THE FIGHTING CHEFS - 2013. Mr. Aquino made dozens more Filipino films which were never dubbed or subbed in English and was 65 years-old when he passed away.) - 03/10/14
CYNTHIA LYNN (Actress: TV Actress best known for playing "Helga" on HOGAN'S HEROES - 1965-1971 and only made one theatrical film, BEDTIME STORY - 1964. Other TV series appearances included roles on: SURFSIDE 6 - 1962; THE ELEVENTH HOUR - 1963; DR. KILDARE - 1963; THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER - 1965; MR. TERRIFIC - 1967; GIDGET GROWS UP - 1969; THE ODD COUPLE - 1970; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - 1972; LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 1973; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN - 1974; and HARRY O - 1975 and then she retired from acting and wrote an autobiography called "Escape to Freedom". Ms. Lynn was 77 years-old.) - 03/10/14
RICHARD COOGAN (Actor: CAPTAIN VIDEO AND HIS VIDEO RANGERS - 1949 [Series regular]; ROBERT MONTGOMERY PRESENTS ["Dark Victory" - 1951]; SUSPENSE - 1949-1951; EYE WITNESS - 1953; GIRL ON THE RUN - 1953; THE MASK - 1954; THREE HOUR TO KILL - 1954; THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER - 1956; HARBOR MASTER - 1957; THE CALIFORNIANS - 1957-1958 [Series regular]; BRONCO - 1960; VICE RAID - 1960; 77 SUNSET STRIP - 1960; MAVERICK - 1960; BONANZA - 1961; SURFSIDE 6 - 1961; PERRY MASON - 1963; LARAMIE - 1960-1963; GUNSMOKE - 1963. Mr. Coogan was 99 years-old.) - 03/12/14
ABBY SINGER (Production Manager; Unit Manager: OUT OF SIGHT - 1966; TAMMY AND THE MILLIONAIRE - 1967; THE VIRGINIAN - 1966-1968; SHADOW OVER ELVERON - 1968; THE COUNTERFEIT KILLER - 1968; IT TAKES A THIEF - 1968; ISTANBUL EXPRESS - 1968; THE DORIS DAY SHOW - 1968-1972; THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT - 1974; YOUNG LOVE - 1974; GUNSMOKE - 1974; MARY'S INCREDIBLE DREAM - 1976; PHYLLIS - 1975-1976; MARY TYLER MOORE - 1974-1976; THE TONY RANDALL SHOW - 1976-1977; SOMETHING FGOR JOEY - 1977; THE BOB NEWHART SHOW - 1974 - 1977; RHODA - 1974-1978; NOWHERE TO RUN - 1978; THE MEANEST MEN IN THE WEST - 1978; FIRST, YOU CRY - 1978; THORNWELL - 1981; THW WHITE SHADOW - 1978-1981; LOU GRANT - 1980-1981; WKRP IN CINCINNATI - 1980-1982; A LITTLE SEX - 1982; IN DEFENSE OF KIDS - 1983; NEWHART - 1982-1983; HILL STREET BLUES - 1981-1983; REMINGTON STEELE - 1982-1985; ST. ELSEWHERE - 1982-1988; COLUMBO - 1989; MAJOR DAD - 1989-1993; FAMILY PLAN - 1997. Mr. Singer was 96 years-old.) - 03/13/14
KEN UTSUI (Japanese Actor: Best known for playing "Super Giant" in a series of 50's & 60's films.  SEVEN SAMURAI - 1954; TWILIGHT SALOON - 1955; REVENGE OF THE PEARL QUEEN - 1956; SUPER GIANT - 1957; SUPER GIANT 2: RESCUE FROM OUTER SPACE - 1957; SUPER GIANTKen Utsui as SUPER GIANT

          (a.k.a. Starman) 3: INVADERS FROM THE PLANETS - 1957; SUPER GIANT 7: SPACEMEN APPEAR - 1958; UNDERWATER MURDER - 1958; WHITE LINE - 1958; SUPER GIANT CONTINUES: THE DEVIL INCARNATE - 1959; SUPER GIANT 9: KINGDOM OF THE GIANT MOTH - 1959; THE GREAT WALL - 1962; THE BLACK REPORT - 1963; INVADERS FROM SPACE - 1965 [edited from various SUPER GIANT movies, but here he is known as "Starman"]; ATOMIC RULERS OF THE WORLD - 1965 [still another film edited from parts of SUPER GIANT films where our hero is now known as "Starman"]; EVIL BRAIN FROM OUTER SPACE - 1965 [another "Starman" film edited from SUPER GIANT movies]; ATTACK FROM SPACE - 1965 [the last "Starman" film culled from footage of SUPER GIANT films]; THE FALCON FIGHTERS - 1969; GATEWAY TO GLORY - 1970; THE BULLET TRAIN - 1975; THE HYPNOTIST - 1999; SIBERIAN EXPRESS 3 - 2003; UNTIL THE LIGHTS COME BACK - 2005; THE UNBROKEN - 2009; HOME: THE HOUSE IMP - 2012; TIME SCOOP HUNTER - 2013. Mr. Utsui made many more films and TV series which were never subbed or dubbed into English. He was 82 years-old when he passed away.) - 03/14/14
DAVID BRENNER (Comedian/Actor: Jewish comedian who always made fun of his ethniticity, but rarely ventured into films: His only two film roles not as himself were in the TV series SNIP - 1976 and WORTH WINNING - 1989. He appeared as himself hundreds of times on TV on such shows as: THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW - 1971; THE DAVID FROST SHOW - 1971-1972; ABC LATE NIGHT - 1973 {his first TV comedy concert]; THE DEAN MARTIN COMEDY W@ORLD - 1974; THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL - 1975; AMERICAN BANDSTAND'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY - 1977; DINAH! - 1974-1978; EBONY, IVORY AND JADE - 1979 [TV Movie which he appeared as himself]; THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES - 1975-1980; THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW - 1974-1980; THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW - 1975-1981; CATCH A RISING STAR'S TENTH ANNIVERSARY - 1982; JUST MEN! - 1983; YOUNG AT HEART COMEDIANS - 1984; THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON - 1971-1984 [over 150 appearances, including some as a guest host]; NIGHTLIFE - 1987; THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW - 1993; LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN - 1993-1997; LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN - 1994-1999; DAVID BRENNER: BACK WITH A VENGEANCE - 2000; ARLI$$ - 2001; POLITICALLY INCORRECT - 2002; GOODNIGHT, WE LOVE YOU - 2004; THE ARISTOCRATS - 2005; HOWARD STERN - 1995-2005; THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO - 2005; QUEER EYE - 2006; COMICS UNLEASHED - 2006-2009; THE TRAGIC SIDE OF COMEDY - 2009; MODERN FAMILY - 2010. Mr. Brenner was 78 years-old.) - 03/15/14
OSWALD MORRIS (Cinematographer: CIRCLE OF DANGER - 1951; ISLAND OF DESIRE - 1952; THE GOLDEN MASK - 1953; BEAT THE DEVIL - 1953; BEAU BRUMMELL - 1954; THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS - 1956; MOBY DICK - 1956; A FAREWELL TO ARMS - 1957; THE KEY - 1958; LOOK BACK IN ANGER - 1959; OUR MAN IN HAVANA - 1959; THE ENTERTAINER - 1960; THE GUNS OF NAVARONE - 1961; SATAN NEVER SLEEPS - 1962; LOLITA - 1962; COME FLY WITH ME - 1963; THE CEREMONY - 1963; OF HUMAN BONDAGE - 1964; THE HILL - 1965; THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD - 1965; STOP THE WORLD: I WANT TO GET OFF - 1966; THE TAMING OF THE SHREW - 1967; REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE - 1967; OLIVER! - 1968; GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS - 1969; FRAGMENT OF FEAR - 1970; SCROOGE - 1970; FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - 1971; SLEUTH - 1972; THE MACKINTOSH MAN - 1973; BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA - 1974; THE ODESSA FILE - 1974; THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN - 1974; THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING - 1975; THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION - 1976; EQUUS - 1977; THE WIZ - 1978; THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER - 1981; THE DARK CRYSTAL - 1982 [his last film credit]. Mr. Morris was 98 years-old.) - 03/17/14
JAMES REBHORN (Actor: A great character actor that many may not know by name, but you would surely remember his face. Some of his films included: THE YUM YUM GIRLS - 1976; HE KNOWS YOU'RE ALONE - 1980; SOUP FOR ONE - 1982; SESSIONS - 1983; SILKWOOD - 1983; HE'S FIRED, SHE'S HIRED - 1984; CAT'S EYE - 1985; ROCKABYE - 1986; A DEADLY BUSINESS - 1986; James RebhornWHATEVER IT TAKES - 1986; KOJAK: THE PRICE OF JUSTICE - 1987; THE HOUSE ON CARROLL STREET - 1988; HEART OF MIDNIGHT - 1988; KOJAK: ARIANA - 1989; DESPERATE HOURS - 1990; REGARDING HENRY - 1991; KOJAK: FATAL FLAW - 1991; SHADOWS AND FOG - 1991; MY COUSIN VINNY - 1992; BASIC INSTINCT - 1992; WHITE SANDS - 1992; WIND - 1992; DEADLY MATRIMONY - 1992; SCENT OF A WOMAN - 1992; LORENZO'S OIL - 1992; CARLITO'S WAY - 1993; BLANK CHECK - 1994; 8 SECONDS - 1994; GUARDING TESS - 1994; I LOVE TROUBLE - 1994; WHITE SQUALL - 1996; INDEPENDENCE DAY - 1996; MISTRIAL - 1996; THE GAME - 1997; SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS - 1999; THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY - 1999; THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY & BULLWINKLE - 2000; MEET THE PARENTS - 2000; LAST BALL - 2001; THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH - 2002; FAR FROM HEAVEN - 2002; THE TRADE - 2003; COLD MOUNTAIN - 2003; REVERSIBLE ERRORS - 2004; THE LAST SHOT - 2004; ANAMORPH - 2007; BABY MAMA - 2008; THE INTERNATIONAL - 2009; THE BOX - 2009; A LITTLE HELP - 2010; THE SPARROW AND THE TIGRESS - 2010; REAL STEEL - 2011; COMA - 2012; SLEEPWALK WITH ME - 2012; THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN - 2012; THE PERFECT WEDDING - 2012; THE ORDAINED - 2013; BEFORE I SLEEP - 2013. Mr. Rebhorn's TV series appearances included roles on: KATE & ALLIE - 1985-1986; SPENSER: FOR HIRE - 1985-1987; THE EQUALIZER - 1986-1988; WISEGUY - 1990; AGAINST THE LAW - 1990; I'LL FLY AWAY - 1992; THE WRIGHT VERDICTS - 1995; NEW YORK UNDERCOVER - 1997; SEINFELD - 1998 [He played the D.A. on the final episode]; NOW AND AGAIN - 2000; THE PRACTICE - 2001; UC: UNDERCOVER - 2001; THIRD WATCH - 1999-2002 [a semi-regular]; HACK - 2003; WATERFRONT - 2006; THE BOOK OF DANIEL - 2006 [a series regular]; THE KNIGHTS OF PROSPERITY - 2007; LAW & ORDER - 1992-2008; CANTERBURY'S LAW - 2008; BOSTON LEGAL - 2008; ROYAL PAINS - 2009; 30 ROCK - 2010; BIG LAKE - 2010 [a series regular]; BLUE BLOODS - 2012; MADE IN JERSEY - 2012; THE GOOD WIFE - 2013; ELIGHTENED - 2013; WHITE COLLAR - 2009-2013 [a series semi-regular]; HOMELAND - 2011-2013 [a series semi-regular and his last credit]. Mr. Rebhorn was 65 years-old.) - 03/21/14
DIRK CRAFT (Second Unit Director/Assistant Director/Director: THEY CAME FROM OUTER SPACE - 1990; SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO - 1991; LATE FOR DINNER - 1991; WHITE SANDS - 1992; INTRUDERS - 1992; RUNNING MATES - 1992; RUBDOWN - 1993; ISLAND CITY - 1994; DECONSTRUCTING SARAH - 1994; DINOSAURS - 1991-1994; ALIEN NATION: DARK HORIZON - 1994; THE AVENGING ANGEL - 1995; ANGUS - 1995; ALIEN NATION: BODY AND SOUL - 1995; ALIEN NATION: MILLENNIUM - 1996; RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE - 1996; ALIEN NATION: THE ENEMY WITHIN - 1996; THE CRUCIBLE - 1996; QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY - 1997; ALIEN NATION: THE UDARA LEGACY - 1997; STEEL - 1997; ER - 1997; ALONE - 1997; THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - 1998;  TWO FOR TEXAS - 1998; LOVE BOAT: THE NEXT WAVE - 1998; MARTIAL LAW - 1998; PURGATORY - 1999; INTERN - 2000; ALL YOU NEED - 2001; VIP - 2000-2001; EARTH VS. THE SPIDER - 2001; THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED - 2001; TEENAGE CAVEMAN - 2002; VAN WILDER: PARTY LIAISON - 2002; MDs - 2002; THE D.A. - 2004; WANTED - 2005; RUNNING WITH SCISSORS - 2006; NIP/TUCK - 2005-2010; BURN NOTICE - 2010; DICKI - 2011; DETROIT 1-8-7 - 2011; RIZZOLI & ISLES - 2010-2012; MIXOLOGY - 2013. Mr. Craft was 48 years-old.) - 03/24/14
HARRY NOVAK (Legendary Exploitation Movie producer: For my detailed description on his life and the films he was involved with, click HERE. He was 86 years-old.) - 03/26/14
LORENZO SEMPLE JR. (Writer: Best known for writing the quirky teleplays for the TV Series BATMAN - 1966-1968, Mr. Semple Jr. worked agressively both in TV andLorenzo Semple Jr. movies, turning out some decent entertainment. Some of his TV and Movie credits included: THE ARCHANGEL HARRISON - 1955; BUCKSKIN - 1958; TARGET - 1958; PURSUIT - 1958; THE HONEYMOON MACHINE - 1961; KNIGHT'S GAMBIT - 1964; BREAKING POINT - 1964; THE ROGUES - 1964; THE FLIERS - 1965; BURKE'S LAW - 1964-1965; SUMMER FUN - 1966; BATMAN: THE MOVIE - 1966; THOMPSON'S GHOST - 1966; THE RAT PATROL - 1966; THE GREEN HORNET - 1966; VACATION PLAYHOUSE - 1967; FATHOM - 1967; PRETTY POISON - 1968 [a favorite of mine]; DADDY'S GONE A-HUNTING - 1969 [another favorite]; THE SPORTING CLUB - 1971; THE MARRIAGE OF A YOUNG STOCKBROKER - 1971; PAPILLON - 1973 [another favorite]; THE SUPER COPS - 1974; THE PARALLAX VIEW - 1974 [a masterwork of political paranoia that still holds up today]; THE DROWNING POOL - 1975; THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR - 1975 [my absolute favorite of Semple's screenplays]; KING KONG - 1976 [nearly ruined his career]; HURRICANE - 1979]; FLASH GORDON - 1980 [think BATMAN with 1980 special effects]; NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN - 1983 [considered the bastard stepchild of James Bond films even though it starred Sean Connery]; SHEENA - 1984; REARVIEW MIRROR - 1984; NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE - 1986 [uncredited]; RAPTURE - 1993; PRETTY POISON - 1996 [a TV Movie remake using Semple's screenplay from the original film. Also his last screen credit]. Mr. Semple Jr. was 91 years-old) - 03/28/14
KATE O'MARA (Actress: English Actress who mainly workrd in TV, but sometimes ventured into theatrical films: SECRET AGENT - 1965; GASLIGHT THEATRE - 1965; NO HIDING PLACE - 1964-1966; COURT MARTIAL - 1966; WEAVER'S GREEN - 1966; ADAM ADAMANT LIVES! - 1967; MOGUL - 1967; THE CHAMPIONS - 1968; CORRUPTION - 1968 [Theatrical film with Peter Cushing]; THE SAINT - 1967-1968; GREAT CATHERINE - 1968; THE LIMBO LINE - 1968; THE AVENGERS - 1969; Z CARS - 1967-1969; THE DESPERADOS - 1969; THE MAIN CHANCE - 1969; DEPARTMENT S - 1969; NEVER A CROSS WORD - 1970; CODENAME - 1970; PAUL'S TEMPLE - 1970; THE VAMPIRE LOVERS - 1970 [Her first impression on me]; THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN - 1970 [I instantly recognized her from the previous film]; THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN QUICK - 1970; THE PERSUADERS! - 1972; JASON KING - 1972; CLOUDS OF WITNESS - 1972; A MAN ABOUT A DOG - 1972; THE PATHFINDERS - 1972; SPY TRAP - 1973; MEN OF AFFAIRS - 1973; THE PROTECTORS - 1974; THE TAMARIND SEED - 1974; WHOSE CHILD AM I? - 1976; THE BROTHERS - 1975-1976 [series regular]; MACHINEGUNNER - 1976; THE TWO RONNIES - 1977; AN UNKNOWN FRIEND - 1978; THE NATIVITY - 1978; RETURN OF THE SAINT - 1978; TRIANGLE - 1981-1982 [series regular]; DYNASTY - 1986 [19 episodes]; DEMPSEY AND MAKEPEACE - 1986; DOCTOR WHO - 1985-1987 [She played "The Rani" in two story arcs]; HOWARD'S WAY - 1989-1990 [series regular]; CLUEDO - 1990; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1992 [voice only]; ALADDIN - 1992 [voice only]; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD - 1997; FAMILY AFFAIRS - 1997; THW ROAD TO ITHACA - 1999; CROSSROADS - 2001; BAD GIRLS - 2001; ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS - 1995-2003; DOCTORS - 2008; BENIDORM - 2012 [her last credit]. Ms. O'Mara was 74 years-old.) - 03/30/14
RICHARD BRICK (Producer/Unit Production Manager: RAGTIME - 1981; LITTLE GLORIA...HAPPY AT LAST - 1982; ANDRIA DORIA: THE FINAL CHAPTER - 1982; SILKWOOD - 1983; PLACES IN THE HEART - 1984; HANGIN' WITH THE HOMEBOYS - 1991; ARIZONA DREAM - 1992; CAUGHT - 1996; DECONSTRUCTING HARRY - 1997; CELEBRITY - 1998; SWEET AND LOWDOWN - 1999; PETER JENNINGS REPORTING: UFOs-SEEING IS BELIEVING - 2005. Mr. Brick was 68 years-old.) - 04/02/14
JOHN PINETTE (Actor: Cherub-like actor/comedian. His movies include: THANKSGIVING DAY - 1990; REVENGE OF THE NERDS III: THE NEXT GENERATION - 1992; RECKLESS KELLY - 1993; REVENGE OF THE NERDS IV: NERDS IN LOVE - 1994; JUNIOR - 1994; DEAR GOD - 1996; SIMON SEZ - 1999; MY 5 WIVES - 2000; DUETS - 2000; DO IT FOR UNCLE MANNY - 2002; THE PUNISHER - 2004; THE LAST GODFATHER - 2010 (his last film credit). His TV credits include: SMART GUYS - 1988; ALF - 1990; STUDIO 59 - 1991; VINNIE & BOBBY - 1993; PARKER LEWIS CAN'T LOSE - 1992-1993 [a semi-regular]; HIGH TIDE - 1995; LIFE'S WORK - 1996; SEINFELD - 1998 [the fat guy who gets robbed that the Seinfeld gang decide to videotape and laugh at rather than help, which leads to the trial in the final episode]. Mr. Pinette was 52 years-old.) - 04/05/14
JOSE WILKER (Brazilian Actor: THE DECEASED - 1965; DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS -- 1972; ROUGH DIAMOND - 1977; BYE BYE BRASIL - 1980; KING OF CANDLE - 1983; THE MAN IN THE BLACK CAPE - 1986; PRISONER OF RIO - 1988; BETTER DAYS AHEAD - 1990; MEDICINE MAN - 1992; LITTLE BOOK OF LOVE - 1997; THE BATTLE OF CANUDOS - 1997; DEAD IN THE WATER - 2002; THE MAN OF THE YEAR -- 2003; MARY, MOTHER OF THE SUN GOD - 2003; THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL -- 2006; ELVIS & MADONA -- 2010; Dozens of Movies and TV Series that were never dubbed or subbed into English. Mr. Wilker was 67 years-old.) - 04/05/14
MICKEY ROONEY (Actor: World-famous actor who started acting since he was a child in a series of shorts playing "Mickey McGuire" [over 50 shorts from 1926 - 1933], voiced "Oswald, The Lucky Rabbit" in a series of over 10 animated shorts, found recognition in the "Andy Hardy" series of films and acted until the day he died. Some of his films include: THE BIG Mickey Rooney

      in 1967CAGE - 1933; THE BIG CHANCE - 1933; THE WORLD CHANGES - 1933; THE LOST JUNGLE - 1934; MANHATTAN MELODRAMA - 1934; HALF A SINNER - 1934; HIDE-OUT - 1934; DEATH ON THE DIAMOND - 1934; RECKLESS - 1935; THE HEALER - 1935; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - 1935; AH, WILDERNESS - 1935; LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY - 1936; THE DEVIL IS A SISSY - 1936; CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS - 1937; A FAMILY AFFAIR - 1937 [The first "Andy Hardy" film. 17 films and shorts would follow and then a reboot film in 1958 called ANDY HARDY COMES HOME, which failed miserably at the boxoffice.]; SLAVE SHIP - 1937; LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN - 1937; LOVE IS A HEADACHE - 1938; HOLD THAT KISS - 1938; LORD JEFF - 1938; BOYS TOWN - 1938; STABLEMATES - 1938; BABES IN ARMS - 1939 [nominated for an Oscar® for Best Actor]; YOUNG TOM EDISON - 1940; STRIKE UP THE BAND - 1940; A YANK AT EATON - 1942; THE HUMAN COMEDY - 1943 [nominated for an Oscar® as Best Actor]; GIRL CRAZY - 1943; NATIONAL VELVET - 1944; KILLER McCOY - 1947 [Rooney changes his good guy image to play a bad guy for the first time]; THE BIG WHEEL - 1949; QUICKSAND - 1950; THE FIREBALL - 1950; THE STRIP - 1951; MY OUTLAW BROTHER - 1951; OFF LIMITS - 1953; A SLIGHT CASE OF LARCENY - 1953; DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD - 1954; THE ATOMIC KID - 1954; THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE - 1956 [nominated for an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor]; FRANCIS IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE - 1956 [Took over Donald O'Connor's role in the "Francis The Talking Mule' series and it turned out to be the last film in the series.]; MAGNIFICENT ROUGHNECKS - 1956; OPERATION MAD BALL - 1957; BABY FACE NELSON - 1957 [Played the title role.]; A NICE LITTLE BANK THAT SHOULD BE ROBBED - 1958; THE BIG OPERATOR - 1959; THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ADAM AND EVE - 1960; PLATINUM HIGH SCHOOL - 1960; KING OF THE ROARING 20'S: THE STORY OF ARNOLD ROTHSTEIN - 1961; BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - 1961; REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT - 1962; IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD - 1963; THE SECRET INVASION - 1964; TWENTY-FOUR HOURS TO KILL - 1965; HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI - 1965; AMBUSH BAY - 1966; THE DEVIL IN LOVE - 1966; SKIDOO - 1968; THE COMIC - 1969; 80 STEPS TO JONAH - 1969; COCKEYED COWBOYS OF CALICO COUNTY - 1970; THE MANIPULATOR - 1971 [Rooney's strangest film of his entire career, even rising above his role in SKIDOO.]; PULP - 1972; THE GODMOTHERS - 1973; THUNDER COUNTY - 1974; FROM HONG KONG WITH LOVE - 1975; FIND THE LADY - 1976; THE DOMINO KILLINGS - 1977; PETE'S DRAGON - 1977; THE MAGIC OF LASSIE - 1978; ARABIAN ADVENTURE - 1979; THE BLACK STALLION - 1979 [nominated for an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor and Mr. Rooney's favorite movie of his career.]; MY KIDNAPPER, MY LOVE - 1980; BILL - 1981 [one of his best TV Movies which won him both an Emmy® and a Golden Globe® for Best Actor.]; BILL: ON HIS OWN - 1983 [sequel to the TV Movie BILL.]; LIGHTNING, THE WHITE STALLION - 1986; ERIK THE VIKING - 1989; SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 5: THE TOY MAKER - 1991 [his name in this film was "Joe Petto", so I think you can imagine what this was a horror version of.]; MAXIMUM FORCE - 1992; THE LEGEND OF WOLF MOUNTAIN - 1992; REVENGE OF THE RED BARON - 1994; MAKING WAVES - 1994; KILLING MIDNIGHT - 1997; SINBAD: THE BATTLE OF THE DARK KNIGHTS - 1998; BABE: PIG IN THE CITY - 1998; THE FIRST OF MAY - 1999; INTERNET LOVE - 2000; PHANTOM OF THE MEGAPLEX - 2000; ILLUSION INFINITY - 2004; NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM - 2006; THE THIRSTING - 2007; WRECK THE HALLS - 2008; EMPIRE STATE BUILDING MURDERS - 2008; GERALD - 2010; NIGHT CLUB - 2011; THE MUPPETS - 2011; BAMBOO SHARK - 2011; THE VOICES FROM BEYOND - 2012; THE WOODS - 2012; DR. JEKYLL AND MR HYDE - 2014; NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 - 2014 [his last film]; plus about 180 other films. Mr. Rooney's TV Series credits included roles on: THE MICKEY ROONEY SHOW - 1954-1955 [a series regular]; WAGON TRAIN - 1959-1960; CHECKMATE - 1961; THE INVESTIGATORS - 1961; TWILIGHT ZONE - ['The Last Night Of A Jockey - 1963]; RAWHIDE - 1964; COMBAT! - 1964; MICKEY - 1964-1965 [a series regular]; THE FUGITIVE - 1966; THE NAME OF THE GAME - 1970; THE RED SKELTON HOUR - 1957-1970; SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN - 1970; DAN AUGUST - 1971; NIGHT GALLERY - ["Rare Objects" - 1972]; THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS - 1974; ONE OF THE BOYS - 1982     Mickey Rooney

at the 2011 premiere of

   THE MUPPET MOVIE  [a series regular]; THE LOVE BOAT - 1982; THE GOLDEN GIRLS - 1988; JACK'S PLACE - 1992; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK STALLION - 1990-1993 [a series regular]; MURDER, SHE WROTE - 1993; FULL HOUSE - 1994; CONAN - 1997; ER - 1998; MIKE HAMMER, PRIVATE EYE - 1998; REMEMBER WENN - 1998. Rooney shared a Juvenile Oscar® with Deanna Durbin  in 1939 and won an Honorary Oscar® in 1984 for working 50 years in show business [and he still lasted 30 more years!].  Was nominated for Broadway's 1980 Tony Award® as Best Actor (Musical) for SUGAR BABIES. Rumor has it that Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Rooney. He also has four (!) stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. One of the last of the old-time Movie Stars who worked as a contract player with several different movie production companies. Was married eight times [including Ava Gardner and Martha Vickers and was married to Jan Rooney from 1978 until his death, even though they have been "permanently separated since June 2012 and Mickey had been living with his stepson Mark Rooney and his wife Charlene]. He and Jackie Gleason were the first actors considered to play Archie Bunker in ALL IN THE FAMILY, but both turned it down because they thought they couldn't speak such bigoted dialogue without it ruining their careers [we now know that would not be the case]. He is also the only actor to appear in a film in ten consecutive decades. He also had a firm dislike for the late Ernest Borgnine ("All the Oscars in the world can't buy him dignity, class and talent. I don't know why he is famous and why he is a star. Talk about a lucky jerk."). He was firmly anti-gay ["I never knew anything about anyone being gay in Hollywood when I was working in the studios. Did you know that? They weren't in closets, they were in safes."], but was willing to admit that there are many people anti-Mickey Rooney, too, and he attributed all his audience members, whether straight or gay, as his "family". Mickey Rooney was 93 years-old, 89 of those years as an actor. This is truly the end of an era and a sad day in the film business. We shall never see the likes of him again.) - 04/06/14|
PERLITA NEILSEN (British Actress: Her movie and TV credits included: THREE BAGS FULL - 1949; LACE ON HER PETTICOAT - 1952; PORTRAIT OF REMBRANDT - 1952; GILBERT AND SULLIVAN - 1953; TROUBLE IN STORE - 1953; SEPTEMBER TIDE - 1958; SHE DIDN'T SAY NO! - 1958; WILLIAM TELL - 1959; THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS - 1959 [series regular]; JUST FOR MEN - 1960; EMMA - 1960 [series regular]; THE VISE - 1960; ARMCHAIR THEATRE - 1960; MAIGRET - 1961; ITV PLAY OF THE WEEK - 1955-1961; THE FLYING SWAN - 1965; FALL OF EAGLES - 1974; THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS - 1981 [her last credit]. Ms. Neilsen was 80 years-old.) - 04/07/14
MARY ANDERSON (Actress: GONE WITH THE WIND - 1939; FLIGHT ANGELS - 1940; ALL THIS, AND HEAVEN TOO -- 1940; CHEERS FOR MISS BISHOP -- 1941; UNDER AGE - 1941; BAHAMA PASSAGE -- 1941; LIFEBOAT -- 1944; WILSON - 1944; WHISPERING CITY - 1947; THE ASPHALT JUNGLE - 1950; THE UNDERWORLD STORY - 1950; HUNT THE MAN DOWN - 1950; CHICAGO CALLING -- 1951; PASSAGE WEST - 1951; DANGEROUS CROSSING - 1953; I, THE JURY -- 1953; JET OVER THE ATLANTIC - 1959; CHEECH AND CHONG'S NEXT MOVIE - 1980 [her last credit]. TV Series appearances included roles on: RACKET SQUAD - 1951; THE UNEXPECTED - 1952; THE DOCTOR - 1952; TREASURY MEN IN ACTION - 1954; TELEPHONE TIME - 1956; CLIMAX! - 1956-1957; THE GRAY GHOST - 1958; MIKE HAMMER - 1958; PERRY MASON - 1958; TOMBSTONE TERRITORY - 1958-1960; LOCK UP - 1960; MY THREE SONS - 1962; LAWMAN - 1962; PEYTON PLACE - 1964 [12 Episodes]; DANIEL BOONE - 1965. Ms. Anderson was 94 years-old.) - 04/06/14
JIM HELLWIG a.k.a. "THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR (Wrestler/actor: Good-looking and well-built WWE wrestler during the 80's & 90's that was just coming into his own on the business side of       Jim Hellwig

          a.k.a.

The Ultimate Warriorwrestling since he announced he was retiring from the ring. Although he didn't make many movies and was just inducted into the WWE Wrestling Hall of Fame a few days earlier, good things looked like they were coming his way. Then he unexpectedly died after collasping of undisclosed reasons at the front of a hotel in Arizona on April 8, 2014. His last public appearance was on WWE's "Monday Night Raw" the day before to thunderous applause. This should teach everyone that fame, money and success mean absolutely nothing if you don't have your health. I remember his signature moves "The Gorilla Press Slam" and the finishing move "The Running Splash". When he entered the ring, he made quite an impression with his multicolored face paint and his habit of shaking the ring's ropes until they nearly fell off. I usually don't mention wrestlers in my obituary column, but The Ultimate Warrior was one of the main reasons I watched wrestling for nearly ten years. His small filmography included parts in: ODD JOBS -- 1986; and FIREPOWER - 1993. He also appeared in hundreds of televised wrestling matches, starting with WRESTLEMANIA IV - 1987. Hellwig, who had his name legally changed to The Ultimate Warrior in the early 90's, was only 54 years-old when he passed away.) -- 04/08/14
PHIL HARDY (Author: Noted film and music author who edited three of my favorite film books that I use to read over and over before there was any such thing as the Internet: THE AURUM ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HORROR, THE AURUM ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION and THE AURUM ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WESTERNS. Hardy also wrote books on Samuel Fuller, THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE COMPANION TO CRIME, co-edited the essential THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROCK, THE FABER COMPANION TO 20TH CENTURY POPULAR MUSIC and DOWNLOAD!: HOW DIGITAL DESTROYED THE RECORD INDUSTRY. Hardy was also a freelance music writer and screenwriter, writing the screenplay to the documentary FOOD TRUCKS AND ROCK 'N' ROLL [1986]. He was also founding editor of the biweekly newsletter MUSIC AND COPYRIGHT until he was bought out in 2008. Hardy was 69 years-old.) - 04/08/14
EDNA DORE (British Actress: MORE DEADLY THAN THE MALE - 1959; JUNGLE STREET GIRLS - 1960; THE WIND OF CHANGE - 1961; HIGH HOPES - 1988; BRAZEN HUSSIES - 1996; THE CANTERVILLE GHOST - 1997; NIL BY MOUTH - 1997; LES MISERABLES - 1998; GOODBYE CHARLIE BRIGHT - 2001; WEAK AT DENISE - 2001; ALL OR NOTHING - 2002; SKELLIG: THE OWL MAN - 2009; 44 INCH CHEST - 2009; ANOTHER YEAR - 2010. Ms. Dore's TV Series appearances included roles on: ARMCHAIR THEATRE - 1960; OUTBREAK OF MURDER - 1962; Z CARS - 1963; DIXON OF DOCK GREEN - 1964-1968; SHERLOCK HOLMES - 1968; DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE - 1969; DOCTOR AT LARGE - 1971; DOCTOR IN CHARGE - 1972; THE BROTHERS - 1974; THE DUCHESS OF DUKE STREET - 1976; PLAY FOR TODAY - 1980-1982; TENKO - 1984; KING OF THE GHETTO - 1986; TICKETS FOR THE TITANIC - 1988; EASTENDERS - 1988-1990; SCREEN ONE - 1992; LOVE HURTS - 1993; WESTBEACH - 1993; CAPITAL LIVES - 1994; NO BANANAS - 1996; CASUALTY - 1987-1997; RUTH RENDELL MYSTERIES - 1999; PEAK PRACTICE - 2000; TIME GENTLEMEN PLEASE - 2000-2002; TIC -2002; SHANE - 2004; EYES DOWN - 2003-2004; ALL ABOUT GEORGE - 2005; THE BILL - 1985-2006; MINDER - 2009; SHAMELESS - 2010; MIDSOMERS MURDERS - 2011 [her last role]. Ms. Dore was 92 years-old.) - 04/11/14