Unfortunately, Kim Hunter, best known as Dr. Zira from the original Planet of the Apes, has passed away of a heart attack at the age of 79. She was the only remaining major Ape character actor, following Roddy McDowell (1998) and Maurice Evans (1989). I haven't been exposed to much of her work beyond the three Apes films and Streetcar Named Desire, but I was completely impressed with the amount of emotion she brought to a makeup laden role. She has also had a steady career in television movies since her major film roles. Story.