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The HTF Film and Television Necrology for 2006 (1 Viewer)

Dave Hahn

Jul 22, 1999
North Conway, New Hampshire
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Dave Hahn
The HTF Film and Television Necrology for 2006

As we approach Auld Land Syne it is not out of place to take some time to pause and remember those in the film and television industries who passed away in 2006. Be they in front or behind the camera, on or off set, they all played their part in enthralling, informing and entertaining all of us. Though they are gone from us in body, we can all go to our dvd collections, put in a disc, and forever witness their talent, skill and genius; their work gives eternal testament to their spirit.

(in descending chronological order)

Joseph Barbera (Joseph Roland Barbera), 95

December 18, 2006

An animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, producer, and co-founder, together with William Hanna, of Hanna-Barbera. The studio produced well-known cartoons such as Tom and Jerry,The Huckleberry Hound Show,The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Scooby-Doo, as well as the musical film Charlotte's Web.

Barbera started his career In 1932 when he joined the Van Beuren Studio as an animator and scriptwriter. When Van Beuren closed down in 1936, Barbera moved over to the MGM studios. The following year he teamed up with William Hanna to direct theatrical short cartoons; Barbera was the storyboard/layout artist, and Hanna was in charge of the timing. Hanna and Barbera's 17-year partnership on the Tom & Jerry series resulted in 7 Academy Awards for Best (Cartoon) Short Subject, and 14 total nominations, more than any other character-based theatrical animated series.

When MGM closed their animation department in 1957 Hanna and Barbera started their own production company, H-B Enterprises, soon changed to Hanna-Barbera Productions. Hanna-Barbera Productions became by the late-1960s the most successful television animation studio in the business. Hanna-Barbera, received eight Emmys, including the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1988.

Peter Boyle (Peter Lawrence Boyle), 71

December 12, 2006

An Emmy Award-winning American actor. He was perhaps best known for his role as Frank Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and his film roles in Young Frankenstein (1974) and Taxi Driver (1976). He won praise for playing both comedic and dramatic roles following his breakthrough performance in the 1970 movie Joe.

Robert Altman (Robert Bernard Altman), 81

November 20, 2006

An American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. His first major success was M*A*S*H (1969) with which was a huge success, both with critics and at the box office. It was Altman's highest grossing film. Altman's career took firm hold with the success of M*A*S*H, and he followed it with other critical breakthroughs such as McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), The Long Goodbye (1974), and Nashville (1975), which made the distinctive, experimental "Altman style" well known.

As a director, Altman favored stories showing the interrelationships between several characters; he stated that he was more interested in character motivation than in intricate plots. As such, he tended to sketch out only a basic plot for the film, referring to the screenplay as a "blueprint" for action, and allowed his actors to improvise dialogue. This is one of the reasons Altman was known as an "actor's director," a reputation that helped him work with large casts of well-known actors. He frequently allowed the characters to talk over each other in such a way that it is difficult to make out what each of them is saying. Other films of note include; Popeye (1980), The Player (1992), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), O.C. & Stiggs (1984) (released in 1987), Kansas City (1996), The Gingerbread Man (1998), Gosford Park (2001), and his last film, A Prairie Home Companion (2006). He also garnered a good deal of acclaim for his presidential campaign "mockumentary" Tanner '88, for which he earned an Emmy Award.

In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his work with an Academy Honorary Award. His films M*A*S*H and Nashville have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Jack Palance (Volodymir Ivanovich Palahniuk), 87

November 10, 2006

An Academy Award-winning American film actor. With his rugged facial features and gravelly voice, Palance was best known as the gun-fighter Jack Wilson in Shane, for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar. Modern movie audiences will remember him as both the characters of Curly and Duke in the two City Slickers movies, but his career spanned half a century of film and television appearances. In 1957, Palance won an Emmy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mountain McClintock in the Playhouse 90 production of Rod Serling's Requiem for a Heavyweight.

While still busy making movies, in the 1980s Palance also co-hosted (with his daughter Holly Palance) the television series Ripley's Believe It or Not. Appearing in Young Guns (1988) and Tim Burton's Batman (1989) reinvigorated Palance's career, and demand for his services kept him involved in new projects each year right up until the turn of the century.

Palance won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1992 for his performance as cowboy Curly Washburn in the 1991 comedy City Slickers. Stepping onstage to accept the award, the intimidatingly fit 6' 4" actor looked down at 5' 7" Oscar host Billy Crystal (who was also his co-star in the movie), and joked – duplicating one of his lines from the film: "Billy Crystal... I crap bigger than him." He then dropped to the floor and demonstrated his ability, at age 73, to perform one-handed push-ups.

Ed Bradley (Edward Rudolph Bradley, Jr.), 65

November 9, 2006

An American journalist, who was best known for his award-winning work on the long-running CBS News television magazine 60 Minutes. While working for CBS News he covered the Paris Peace Talks in 1971. In 1972, he was transferred to Saigon, to cover the Vietnam War. He spent time in Phnom Penh covering the war in Cambodia. While covering the war, he was injured by a mortar round. He had shrapnel wounds to his back and arm. In 1974, he moved to Washington, D.C. He covered the Carter campaign in 1976 and then became CBS News' White House correspondent until 1978. From 1978 to 1981, he served as principal correspondent for CBS Reports. In 1981, he joined the staff of 60 Minutes.

Over the course of his career, Bradley received the Emmy Award 19 times; a Peabody Award for his African AIDS report, Death By Denial; a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award; the Paul White Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the George Polk Award for Foreign Television (1979).In 2005, the National Association of Black Journalists awarded Bradley, who was one the first African Americans to break into network television news, with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jane Wyatt (Jane Waddington Wyatt), 96

October 20, 2006

An American actress in films and television. Her most famous role was as Ronald Colman's love interest in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (1937). Other film appearances included 1947's Gentleman's Agreement (with Gregory Peck), None but the Lonely Heart (with Cary Grant), and Boomerang (with Dana Andrews).

For many people, she is best remembered for her television roles, as Margaret Anderson, the mother in the 1950s television comedy Father Knows Best; and as Amanda Grayson, Mr. Spock's mother, in the 1967 episode Journey To Babel of the original Star Trek series and the 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Late in her career, she played Katherine Auschlander, the wife of hospital administrator Dr. Daniel Auschlander (Norman Lloyd), on the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere.

Steve Irwin (Stephen Robert Irwin), 44

September 4, 2006

Australian conservationist and television personality. He achieved world-wide fame from the television program The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally-broadcast wildlife documentary series co-hosted with his wife Terri Irwin. Together with his wife, he also co-owned and operated Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, founded by his parents.

Glenn Ford (Gwyllyn Samuel Newton), 90

August 30, 2006

An acclaimed Canadian-born actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. Ford is best known for his film roles playing either cowboys or ordinary men in unusual circumstances. His acting career began on stage, and Ford's breakthrough role was in 1946, starring alongside Rita Hayworth in Gilda. Ford's acting career flourished in the 1950s and '60s, and continued into the early 1990s, with an increasing number of television roles.

His major roles in thrillers, dramas and action films include A Stolen Life, The Big Heat, Framed, Blackboard Jungle, Interrupted Melody, Experiment in Terror, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Ransom! , Superman and westerns such as The Fastest Gun Alive, 3:10 to Yuma and Cimarron. Ford's versatility also allowed him to star in a number of popular comedies, including Teahouse of the August Moon, Don't Go Near the Water, The Gazebo, Cry For Happy, and The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

Ford won a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor for his performance in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles. He was listed in Quigley's Annual List of Top Ten Boxoffice Champions in 1956, 1958 and 1959, topping the list at number one in 1958.

Mike Douglas (Michael Delaney Dowd, Jr.), 81

August 11, 2006

An American singer and talk-show host who began his career as a teenage singer and entertainer for supper clubs and radio programs. He was a featured performer on the radio and television program, Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge. Douglas went on to host his own syndicated talk show, The Mike Douglas Show, from 1961 to 1982 which, at its peak, was seen in 230 cities.

Jack Warden (John H. Lebzelter), 85

July 19, 2006

An Emmy Award-winning Oscar-nominated American character actor. Warden had his first credited film role in The Man with My Face in 1951, and in 1952 he began a three-year role in the television series Mr. Peepers. After a role as a sympathetic corporal in From Here to Eternity (1953), Warden's breakthrough film role was his performance as Juror No. 7, a salesman who wants a quick decision in a murder case, in 12 Angry Men (1957).

He received a supporting actor Emmy Award for his performance as Chicago Bears coach George Halas in Brian's Song (1971), and was nominated for Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He also had notable roles in such films as All the President's Men (1976), ...And Justice for All and Being There (both 1979), The Verdict (1982), Problem Child (1990) and its sequel (1991), While You Were Sleeping (1995), and the Norm MacDonald film Dirty Work (1998).

Warden appeared in over one hundred movies, typically playing gruff cops, sports coaches, trusted friends and similar roles, during a career which spanned six decades. His last film was 2000's The Replacements, opposite Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves.

Red Buttons (Aaron Chwatt), 87

July 13, 2006

American comedian and actor. Buttons performed in numerous feature films, including Hatari! , The Longest Day, Harlow, The Poseidon Adventure, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? , and Pete's Dragon. He also made many memorable TV appearances on programs including It's Garry Shandling's Show, ER and Roseanne. He is listed as Number 71 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. He won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Airman Joe Kelly in Sayonara (1957), a rare dramatic role.

Barnard Hughes, 90

July 11, 2006

An American character actor of theater and film. Hughes played more than 400 theatre roles, including the one for which he was perhaps most famous, in Hugh Leonard's Da. He won Broadway's 1978 Tony Award as Best Actor for his portrayal of the title role; he recreated the role for film in of the same name in 1988.

On screen, he appeared in Midnight Cowboy (1969), and also appeared in such films as The Hospital (1971), Oh, God! (1977), First Monday in October (1981), Tron (1982), The Lost Boys (1987), Da (1988), and Doc Hollywood (1991). Hughes appeared on TV in such series as Naked City, Secret Storm, Blossom and Homicide: Life on the Street. He had a notable appearance on All in the Family as a Catholic priest doing battle with Archie Bunker, and won an Emmy for his portrayal of a senile judge on Lou Grant.

He was the central character in three short-lived sitcoms, Doc, where he played a physician, Mr. Merlin, in which he played Merlin, a magician mentoring a 20th-century teenager, and The Cavanaughs, co-starring Christine Ebersole, where he played the family patriarch (Art Carney, playing his brother, and Glynis Johns made guest appearances). Hughes sang Danny Boy on one episode.

June Allyson (Ella Geisman), 88

July 8, 2006

An American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Allyson was a very popular motion picture star in the 1940s and 1950s. She won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the comedy Too Young To Kiss in 1951. In 1955, she was named the ninth most popular movie star in the annual Quigley Exhibitor's Poll, and the second most popular female star (behind Grace Kelly). After her film career ended in the late 1950s, Allyson starred on television as hostess and occasional star of The Dupont Show with June Allyson. The anthology series lasted two seasons. In later years the actress appeared on television shows such as Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote.

Aaron Spelling, 83

June 23, 2006

An American film and television producer. Spelling currently holds the world record as the world's most prolific television producer.

Spelling worked in some capacity on almost 200 productions beginning with the Zane Grey Theatre in 1956. His most recognizable contributions to television include Beverly Hills 90210 and its adult spin-off Melrose Place with Heather Locklear, Starsky and Hutch, Charmed, Family, Hotel, The Rookies, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Vega$, Hart to Hart, Dynasty, The Colbys, T.J. Hooker, Nightingales, Twin Peaks, Kindred: The Embraced, 7th Heaven, Burke's Law, Honey West, The Mod Squad, and S.W.A.T. . He also produced the NBC TV series Titans with Yasmine Bleeth in 2000 and Summerland in 2005.

Henry Bumstead (Lloyd Henry Bumstead), 91

May 24, 2006

An American cinematic art director and production designer. In a career that spanned over fifty-five years he won two Academy Awards: the first for To Kill a Mockingbird, and the second for The Sting. In addition, he was nominated for Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven. In 1961, Bumstead joined Universal Studios, where he formed a close partnership with Alexander Golitzen. Whilst at Universal he established relationships with George Roy Hill and Clint Eastwood, which began on Slaughterhouse-Five and High Plains Drifter respectively, he went on to work with both men on numerous films.

Bumstead worked on many films during his career, including: Slap Shot, A Little Romance, The World According to Garp, Cape Fear, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Space Cowboys, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby.
Flag of Our Fathers (2006) and the companion film Letters from Iwo Jima (2007) were Bumstead's final two projects. Bumstead was 91 years old when he worked on these projects. He died before either film were released into theaters, and Flags of Our Fathers was dedicated to him. (The credits dedicates the film to him using his nickname "Bummy").

Maureen Stapleton (Lois Maureen Stapleton), 80

March 13, 2006

An Academy Award-winning American actress in film, theater and television, who also won an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards and was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Her film career started with immediate success, with her debut in Lonelyhearts (1958) earning a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was nominated again for Airport (1970) and Woody Allen's Interiors (1978); she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Reds (1981), directed by Warren Beatty,in which she portrayed the Lithuanian-born anarchist, Emma Goldman.
Stapleton won a 1968 Emmy Award for her performance in Among the Paths of Eden. She was nominated for the television version of All the King's Men (1959), Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975), and The Gathering (1977).

Her more recent appearances included Johnny Dangerously (1984), Cocoon (1985) and its sequel Cocoon: The Return (1988).

Darren McGavin (William Lyle Richardson), 83

February 25, 2006

An American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and also his portrayal in the movie A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given to bursts of profanity. He also appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective in the TV series Mike Hammer.

The first of his two best-known roles came in 1972, in the supernatural-themed TV movie The Night Stalker (1972). With McGavin playing a reporter who discovers the activities of a modern-day vampire on the loose in Las Vegas, the film became the highest-rated made-for-TV movie in history; and when the sequel The Night Strangler (1973) also was a strong success, a subsequent television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) was begun.

In 1983, he had his second signature role as "The Old Man," the narrator's father, in the classic Christmas movie A Christmas Story. Opposite Melinda Dillon as the narrator's mother, he portrayed an ornery, irascible working-class father, in an unnamed Indiana town in the 1940s.
McGavin made an uncredited appearance in 1984's The Natural as a shady gambler and appeared on a Christmas episode (Midnight of the Century) of Chris Carter's Millennium, playing the long-estranged father of Frank Black (Lance Henriksen); he also appeared as Adam Sandler's hotel-magnate father in the 1995 movie Billy Madison.

He won a CableACE Award (for the 1991 TV movie Clara) and received a 1990 Emmy Award as an Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series on the comedy series Murphy Brown, in which he played Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen)'s father.

Don Knotts (Jesse Donald Knotts), 81

February 24, 2006

An American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and as landlord Ralph Furley on the television sitcom Three's Company.

Knotts's portrayal of a bumbling deputy sheriff on the very popular television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show was the role which earned him his greatest recognition. After leaving the series in 1965, Knotts starred in a series of film comedies which drew on his high-strung persona from the TV series: The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) and The Love God? (1969).
In the 1970s, Knotts and Tim Conway starred together in a series of slapstick movies aimed at children, including the 1975 Disney film The Apple Dumpling Gang, and its 1979 sequel, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again and the Disney movie Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo.

Knotts returned to series television in the late 1970s, appearing as landlord Ralph Furley on Three's Company, Knotts remained on the show from 1979 until it ended in 1984. In 1986, he reunited with Andy Griffith in the 1986 made-for-television movie Return to Mayberry, where he reprised his role as "Barney Fife". From 1989 to 1992, Knotts again co-starred with Griffith, playing a recurring role as pesky neighbor Les Calhoun on Matlock. More recently, he guest starred on Robot Chicken with Phyllis Diller. The last known filmed role was a guest staring on the 8th season episode of That '70s Show,"Stone Cold Crazy". In the show Don played Fez and Jackie's new landlord. Although the landlord had no name it was obvious to Knotts fans that he was reprising his role on Three's Company as Ralph Furley. In 1998, Knotts had a small but pivotal role as the mysterious TV repairman in Pleasantville.

Dennis Weaver (William Dennis Weaver), 81

February 24, 2006

An American television actor, best known for his roles as sidekick Chester Goode from 1955 to 1964 on TV's first "adult Western" Gunsmoke, as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud, which ran from 1970 to 1977, and as the protagonist in Steven Spielberg's feature-length directorial debut, the cult TV movie Duel in 1971.

Curt Gowdy (Curtis Edward Gowdy), 86

February 20, 2006

An American sportscaster, well-known as the longtime "voice" of the Boston Red Sox and for his coverage of many nationally-televised sporting events, primarily for NBC Sports in the 1960s and 1970s. Over the course of a career that stretched into the 1980s, Gowdy covered pro football (both the AFL and NFL), Major League Baseball, college football, and college basketball. He was involved in the broadcast of 13 World Series, 16 baseball All-Star Games, 9 Super Bowls, 14 Rose Bowls, 8 Olympic Games and 24 NCAA Final Fours. He also hosted the long-running outdoors show The American Sportsman on ABC.

In 1970, Curt Gowdy became the first sportscaster to receive the George Foster Peabody Award. He was elected to the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 1981. In addition, he was given the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, the Pete Rozelle Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and a lifetime achievement Emmy in 1992, and was selected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995. Gowdy was president of the Basketball Hall of Fame for several years, and that institution's Curt Gowdy Award is presented annually to outstanding basketball writers and broadcasters; he was one of its first two recipients.

Al Lewis, 82

February 3, 2006

An American actor best known for his role as Grandpa on the television series The Munsters. Later in life, he added restaurant owner, political candidate, and radio broadcaster to his résumé.

Shelley Winters (Shirley Schrift), 85

January 14, 2006

A two-time Academy Award-winning American actress.

Winters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Jewish parents - Jonas Schrift and Rose Winter. She studied in the Hollywood Studio Club, sharing the same bedroom with another beginner: Marilyn Monroe. Winters originally broke into Hollywood as "the Blonde Bombshell," but quickly tired of the role's limitations. She washed off her makeup and played against type to set up Elizabeth Taylor's beauty in A Place in the Sun, still a landmark American film.

As the Associated Press reported, the general public was unaware of how serious a craftswoman Winters was. "Although she was in demand as a character actress, Winters continued to study her craft. She attended Charles Laughton's Shakespeare classes and worked at the Actors Studio, both as student and teacher."

Her first movie was There's Something About a Soldier (1943). In 1959, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for The Diary of Anne Frank and another for A Patch of Blue (1965). Notable later roles included her turn as the once gorgeous, alcoholic former starlet Fay Estabrook in Harper (1966) and in The Poseidon Adventure (1972) as the ill-fated Mrs. Emmanuel Rosen, for which she received her final Oscar nomination. (She later reunited with her Poseidon costar, Jack Albertson in a number of episodes of Albertson's sitcom Chico and the Man during the mid-1970s.)

Always conscious of her Jewish heritage-- she had first learned her trade in the Borscht Belt-- she donated her Oscar for Anne Frank to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam.

As the Associated Press reported, "During her 50 years as a widely known personality, Winters was rarely out of the news. Her stormy marriages, her romances with famous stars, her forays into politics and feminist causes kept her name before the public. She delighted in giving provocative interviews and seemed to have an opinion on everything."

Other members of the American and International film and television industries we lost this year, in descending chronological order:

Stanislav Landgraf, 68, Russian actor. Dec. 28

Marmaduke Hussey, 83, British newspaper executive and Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors (1986-1996). Dec. 27

Mike Evans, 57, American television actor, All in the Family, The Jeffersons. Dec. 26

Ingerid Vardund, 79, Norwegian actress. Dec. 25

Frank Stanton, 98, President Of CBS (1946-1971). Dec. 24

Ervin Lázár, 70, Hungarian Kossuth Prize winner, screen-writer and storyteller. Dec. 22

Nelly Vágó, 69, Hungarian costume designer. Dec. 21

Yukio Aoshima, 74, Japanese comedian, actor, screen-writer and former governor of Tokyo. Dec. 20

Tadayuki Nakashima, 35, Japanese comedian, actor and member of comedic duo Cunning. Dec. 20

Danuta Rinn, 70, Polish singer and screen actor. Dec. 19

Mavor Moore, 87, Canadian writer, actor, radio and TV producer and founder of a number of theatrical institutions. Dec. 18

Kyoko Kishida, 76, Japanese actress. Dec. 17

Esko Nikkari, 68, Finnish actor. Dec. 17

Hallie D'Amore, 64, makeup artist for Forest Gump, Dec. 14

Kate Fleming, 41, American actress and audiobook producer and narrator. Dec. 14

Tom Gregory, 79, American television news anchor and announcer. Dec. 11

Alberto D'Aguanno, 42, Italian Mediaset TV sport journalist. Dec. 9

Mavis Pugh, 92, British actress (You Rang M'Lord? ). Dec. 6

Michael Gilden, 42, actor (NCIS, Return of the Jedi), Dec. 5

Van Smith, 61, American costume and makeup designer. Dec. 5

Sid Raymond, 97, American character actor and voice of Baby Huey. Dec. 1

Perry Henzell, 70, Jamaican-born film director (The Harder They Come) and author. Nov. 30

Shirley Walker, 61, film and television composer (Final Destination, Falcon Crest). Nov 29

Akio Jissoji, 69, Japanese TV and film director best known for the 1960s TV series Ultraman and Ultra Seven. Nov 29

Leon Niemczyk, 82, Polish actor. Nov 29

Casey Coleman, 55, Cleveland sports broadcaster who won 4 Emmy Awards. Nov 27

Jece Valadão, 76, Brazilian actor. Nov 27

Raúl Velasco, 73, Mexican television show host (Siempre en Domingo). Nov 26

Phyllis Fraser, 90, American actress, writer, and publisher. Nov. 24

Thelma Scott, 93, Australian actress (Claire Houghton in Number 96). Nov. 24

Betty Comden, 89, lyricist known for writing musicals with Adolph Green including Singin' in the Rain. Nov. 23

Philippe Noiret, 76, French actor (Il Postino, Cinema Paradiso). Nov. 23

Chris Hayward, 81, Television writer and producer, (The Bullwinkle Show, Get Smart, Barney Miller), creator of Dudley Do-Right and co-creator of The Munsters. Nov. 20

Kevin McClory, 80, film producer best known for 'unofficial' James Bond film Never Say Never Again. Nov. 20

Walid Hassan, 47, Iraqi television personality and comedian. Nov. 20

Francis Girod, 62, French film director and screenwriter. Nov. 19

Zygmunt Bielawski, 69, Polish actor. Nov. 19

Jeremy Slate, 80, American actor (Hell's Angels '69, One Life to Live). Nov. 19

Gary Graver, 68, cinematographer and filmmaker, collaborator with Orson Welles (F for Fake, The Other Side of the Wind). Nov. 16

Pablo Shilton, 38, Argentine actor. Nov. 16

Ken Ishikawa, 58, Japanese mangaka, co-creator of Gettâ robo Gô anime series. Nov. 15

John Hallam, 65, Northern Irish actor. Nov. 13

Mario Merola, 72, Italian singer and actor. Nov. 12

Belinda Emmett, 32, Australian actress (Home and Away). Nov. 11

Ronnie Stevens, 81, British comedic actor. Nov. 11

Anicée Alvina, 53, French actress. Nov. 10

Diana Coupland, 74, English actress (Bless This House). Nov. 10

Hara Taira, 63, Japanese manga artist, author, and regular contestant on Quiz Derby. Nov. 10

Marian Marsh (a.k.a. Marilyn Morgan, Marian Henderson), 93, 1930s American film star (Hell's Angels, Svengali). Nov. 9

Basil Poledouris, 61, Emmy-Award winning American film & television composer (Conan the Barbarian, Robocop, Starship Troopers, Lonesome Dove). Nov.8

N.N. Sippy, 75, Indian Bollywood film producer. Nov. 7

Miguel Aceves Mejía, 90, Mexican singer and actor known as "the king of the falsetto". Nov. 6

Delfor Medina, 78, Argentine actor. Nov. 4

Wally Foreman, 58, Australian Broadcasting Corporation sports broadcaster. Nov. 2

Leonard Schrader, 62, American screenwriter (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters), brother of Paul Schrader. Nov. 2

Milly Vitale, 74, Italian actress. Nov. 2

Bettye Ackerman, 82, American actress (Dr. Maggie Graham in Ben Casey). Nov. 1

Adrienne Shelly, 40, American actress (Trust, The Unbelievable Truth), screenwriter, and director. Nov. 1

William Styron, 81, American writer (Darkness Visible, Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice). Nov. 1

William Franklyn, 81, English actor. Oct. 31

Aud Schønemann, 83, Norwegian actress best known for comedy roles. Oct. 30

Tina Aumont, 60, French actress. Oct. 28

Nelson de la Rosa, 38, Dominican actor, "World's Shortest Man" in the 1989 Guinness Book of Records. Oct. 22

Arthur Hill, 84, Canadian Tony Award-winning actor (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ). Oct. 22

Richard Mayes, 83, English stage and television actor. Oct. 22

Manoj Punj, 36 Indian director. Oct. 22

Peter Barkworth, 77, British actor. Oct. 21

Daryl Duke, 77, Canadian film director (The Thorn Birds). Oct. 21

Nersi Gorgia, 68, Iranian film actor. Oct. 21

Milton Selzer, 87, American actor. Oct. 21

Takuya Fujioka, 76, Japanese actor (Daikichi Okakura in the Japanese soap opera Wataru Seken wa oni Bakari). Oct. 20

Phyllis Kirk, 79, American actress (House of Wax, The Thin Man). Oct. 19

Ernest Maftei, 86, Romanian actor. Oct. 19

Srividya, 53, Indian actress. Oct. 19

Achille Millo, 84, Italian actor. Oct. 19

Daniel Emilfork, 82, French actor (The City of Lost Children). Oct. 17

Christopher Glenn, 68, American CBS News radio and television news anchor. Oct. 17

Ross Davidson, 57, former EastEnders actor. Oct. 16

Derek Bond, 86, British actor (Callan, Scott of the Antarctic). Oct. 15

Herbert Leonard, 84, American TV and movie producer (Route 66, Naked City, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin). Oct. 14

Gillo Pontecorvo, 86, Italian film director (The Battle of Algiers). Oct. 12

Jerry Belson, 68, Emmy-winning American television comedy writer (The Tracey Ullman Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show). Oct. 10

Danièle Huillet, 70, French filmmaker. Oct. 9

Danifel Campilan, 25, Filipino news reporter with 24 Oras. Oct. 7

Eduardo Mignogna, 66, Argentinian film director. Oct. 6

Jennifer Moss, 61, British actress who played Lucille Hewitt on Coronation Street. Oct. 5

Gene Janson, 72, Chicago-based character actor. Oct. 4

Riccardo Pazzaglia, 80, Italian actor, writer and film director. Oct. 4

Frances Bergen, 84, American actress, wife of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and mother of actress Candice Bergen. Oct. 2

Tamara Dobson, 59, American actress, star of blaxploitation movie Cleopatra Jones. Oct. 2

Frank Beyer, 74, German film director (Jacob the Liar). Oct. 1

Judith Pizarro, 41, Puerto Rican actress. Oct. 1

George Balzer, 91, wrote for Jack Benny's radio and TV shows. Sept. 28

Bruni Löbel, 85, German actress Sept. 27

Giuseppe Bennati, 85, Italian film director. Sept. 26

Ralph Story, 86, American radio broadcaster and television show host (The $64,000 Challenge). Sept. 26

John S. Boskovich, 49, artist and screenwriter, Without You I'm Nothing. Sept. 24

Sally Gray, 90, English actress. Sept. 24

Patrick Quinn, 56, American actor and former president of the Actors' Equity Association. Sept. 24

Padmini Ramachandran, 74, Indian actress in Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada films. Sept. 24

Tetsuro Tamba, 84, Japanese actor. Sept. 24

Sir Malcolm Arnold, 84, composer, first UK citizen to win an Academy Award for film music. Sept. 23

Tim Rooney, 59, American actor, son of Mickey Rooney. Sept. 23

Edward Albert, 55, American actor, son of actors Margo and Eddie Albert. Sept. 22

Charles Larson, 86, American television writer and Emmy Award-nominated producer (The F.B.I. ). Sept. 21

Sven Nykvist, 83, Swedish cinematographer and two-time Oscar winner. Sept. 20

Elizabeth Allen, 77, American actress (Donovan's Reef, Do I Hear a Waltz? , The Jackie Gleason Show). Sept. 19

Josh Crouch, 24, actor (Dawson's Creek, Darktales). Sept. 19

Alexei Loktev, 64, Soviet and Russian actor. Sept. 17

Kazuyuki Sogabe, 58, Japanese anime voice actor (Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball) Sept. 17

Roy Brewer, 97, American Hollywood representative of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Motion Picture Machine Operators during the blacklist era. Sept. 16

Foad AlMohandess, 82, Egyptian comedy actor. Sept. 16

Raymond Baxter, 84, British television presenter (Tomorrow's World). Sept. 15

Pablo Santos, 19, Mexican actor (Greetings from Tucson). Sept. 15

Peter Ling, 80, British TV writer and creator of Crossroads. Sept. 15

Paulo Marques, 58, Brazilian journalist and broadcaster. Sept. 15

Esme Melville, 87, Australian film and television actress. Sept. 14
Marc François, 46, French actor and stage director, Sept. 12
Pat Corley, 76, American actor (Phil the barkeep on Murphy Brown). Sept. 11

Kwan Hoi-shan, 81, Hong Kong character actor, natural causes. Sept. 11

Richard Dyer, 68, New Zealand actor and singer. Sept. 9

Lucjan Kydryński, 77, Polish journalist, presenter and TV personality. Sept. 9

Herbert Rudley, 95, American actor. Sept. 9

Frank Middlemass, 87, English character actor (As Time Goes By). Sept. 8

Joan Donaldson, 60, founding head of the CBC Newsworld TV Network. Sept. 7
James Hawthorne, 74, former controller of the BBC in Northern Ireland. Sept. 7
Robert Earl Jones, 96, American actor, (The Sting) father of James Earl Jones. Sept. 7

Steen Bostrup, 67, former Danish television news host. Sept. 6

Sir John Drummond, 71, former controller of BBC Radio 3 and The Proms. Sept. 6

Gordon Manning, 89, US television news executive at NBC and CBS. Sept. 6

Anne Gregg, 66, former presenter of the BBC programme Holiday. Sept. 5

Hilary Mason, 89, British character actress. Sept. 5

Rémy Belvaux, 38, Belgian writer, producer and director of the cult film Man Bites Dog, Sept. 4

John Conte, 90, American actor, founded TV station KMIR. Sept. 4

Tamás Fejér, 86, Hungarian film director. Sept. 4

Jaime Osorio Gómez, 59, Colombian film producer, actor (Maria Full of Grace). Sept. 4

Annemarie Wendl, 91, German actress. Sept. 4

Ed Benedict, 94, American animator and layout artist, designed Fred Flintstone. Aug. 28

Hrishikesh Mukherjee, 83, Indian film director. Aug. 27

Cristian Nemescu, 27, Romanian film director. Aug. 25

Joseph Stefano, 84, screenwriter (Psycho), co-creator of The Outer Limits. Aug. 25

Ross Warneke, 54, Australian television commentator and radio broadcaster. Aug. 25

Anthony Malara, 69, former president of CBS Television and former head of the New York State Broadcasters Association. Aug. 24

Viktor Pavlov, 65, Russian actor. Aug. 24

David Plowright, 75, TV executive and producer, former chairman of Granada Television. Aug. 24

Jay Young, 56, one of the original CNN news anchors. Aug. 23

Renate Brausewetter, 100, German silent film actress. Aug. 20

Giuseppe Moccia, alias Pipolo, 75, Italian film director with Franco Castellano (Castellano & Pipolo), father of writer Federico Moccia. Aug. 20

Joyce Blair, 73, British actress, sister of Lionel Blair. Aug. 19

Fernand Gignac, 72, French-Canadian singer and actor. Aug. 18

Bernard Rapp, 61, French film director, writer and journalist. Aug. 17

Sig Shore, 87, film producer (Superfly). Aug. 17

Velda Otsus, 92, Estonian actress. Aug. 16

Alan Vint, 61, American actor. Aug. 16

Doug White, 61, American news anchor. Aug. 15

Richard J. Farmer, 43, Emmy-award winning cameraman. Aug. 14

Bruno Kirby, 57, American character actor (The Godfather Part II, City Slickers). Aug. 14

Luis Fernandez de la Reguera, 39, American film director, (Rockets Redglare! ). Aug. 14

Tony Jay, 73, British actor and voice artist. Aug. 13

Alvin Cooperman, 83, American entertainment executive. Aug. 11

Irving São Paulo, 41, Brazilian actor. Aug. 10

Marion Cajori, 56, documentary filmmaker. Aug. 8

Lois January, 92, American actress. Aug. 7

Stella Moray, 83, British actress and performer. Aug. 6

Hirotaka Suzuoki, 56, Japanese anime voice actor. Aug. 6

Daniel Schmid, 64, Swiss filmmaker and director (Il Bacio di Tosca). Aug. 5

Rosaline Yeoh (née Chan Yee Hing), 54, former Hong Kong actress and wife of Malaysian tycoon Tan Sri Francis Yeoh. Aug. 5

Ken Richmond, 80, British actor and wrestler, 1952 Olympic bronze medal winner, gong striker in the credits for films by J. Arthur Rank Studios. Aug. 3

Ferenc Zenthe, 86, Hungarian actor. July 30

Patrick Allen, 79, British actor. July 28

Elisabeth Volkmann, 70, German actress, German voice of Marge Simpson. July 27

Johnny Weissmuller Jr., 65, American actor, son of Johnny Weissmuller. July 27

Hani Mohsin Hanafi, 43, Malaysian actor and television game show host. July 25

Karin Hübner, 69, German actress and musical star (played Eliza Doolittle in German adaptation of My Fair Lady). July 25

Bob Simpson, 61, retired senior BBC correspondent. July 25

Michael Sellers, 52, British author, son of Peter Sellers. July 24

Ewa Sałacka, 49, Polish actress. July 23

Simonetta Stefanelli, 51, Italian actress (Apollonia in The Godfather). July 23

Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, 71, Italian-Brazilian actor. July 22

Mako, 72, Japanese-American film, television, and Broadway actor. July 21

J. Madison Wright Morris, 21, former child actress. July 21

Robert Cornthwaite, 89, American character actor (Thing From Another World). July 20

Gérard Oury, 87, French actor, screenwriter and film director. July 20

Raul Cortez, 73, Brazilian actor. July 18

David Maloney, 72, British television director and producer for Doctor Who and Blakes 7. July 18

Rupert Pole, 87, American actor, forest ranger, and former co-husband of bigamist Anais Nin. July 15

Carrie Nye, 69, American actress. July 14

Eduards Pāvuls, 77, famous Latvian actor. July 14

Senne Rouffaer, 80, Flemish actor. July 14

Kurt Kreuger, 89, Swiss-German actor (Sahara, The Enemy Below). July 12

Blanca Torres, 78, Mexican actress. July 10

Rolf Braun, 77, German Fastnacht and TV personality. July 8

Ana María Campoy, 80, Argentine actress. July 8

Peter Hawkins, 82, British actor and voice artist - voice of the Flowerpot Men, Captain Pugwash and the Daleks. July 8

Rudi Carrell, 71, Dutch-born TV entertainer most active in Germany. July 7

Juan Pablo Rebella, 32, Uruguayan film director, July 6

Kasey Rogers, 80, American actress (Bewitched) and motocross racer. July 6

Tom Weir, 91, Scottish climber, author and broadcaster. July 6

Amzie Strickland, 87, American actress. July 5

Dean Goodman, 86, American actor, husband of Maria Riva, the daughter of Marlene Dietrich. July 4

Jack Sameth, 79, American television producer and director. July 4

Benjamin Hendrickson, 55, American actor (As the World Turns), July 3

Jack Smith, 92, musician and former host of You Asked for It. July 3

Fabián Bielinsky, 47, Argentinean film director. June 29

Wallace Potts, 59, film archivist for the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation. June 29

George Page, 71, creator and narrator of the PBS series Nature. June 28

Lennie Weinrib, 71, American actor. June 28

Eileen Barton, 76, American singer, actress. June 27

Jeff Winkless, 65, Los Angeles voice actor. June 26

Kenneth Griffith, 84, Welsh actor and documentary maker. June 25

Moose, 16, canine star of U.S. sit-com Frasier, played the character Eddie, "Skip" on film My Dog Skip. June 22

Pinuccia Nava, 86, Italian actress of the 1940s and 1950s on stage (the Nava Sisters), screen and TV (clown "Scaramacai"). June 22

Vincent Sherman, 99, American film director (Mr. Skeffington, The Young Philadelphians). June 18

Richard Stahl, 74, American comedy actor. June 18

Arthur Franz, 86, American character actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Invaders from Mars). June 17

Bill Lamb, 76, American public television executive, co-founder of WNET and former chief of KCET. June 17

Arthur Malvin, 83, Emmy award winning composer and lyricist. June 16

Igor Śmiałowski, 88, Polish actor. June 16

Jabu Sithole, 34, Zulu weatherman on the South African Broadcasting Corporation. June 15

Monty Berman, 94, British B-movie producer. June 14

Hugh Latimer, 93, English actor and toy maker. June 11

Audrey Campbell, 76, actress best known for playing "Olga" in an infamous sexploitation film trilogy. June 8

Robert Donner, 75, American character actor probably best known for playing Exidor on Mork and Mindy. June 8

Ingo Preminger, 95, Hollywood talent agent and producer (M*A*S*H), brother of Otto Preminger. June 7

Alec Bregonzi, 76, British actor. June 4

Ronald Cass, 83, British film score composer. June 2

Leon Pownall, 63, Canadian actor. June 2

Edward Yates, 87, director of American Bandstand. June 2

Rocío Jurado, 61, Spanish singer and actress. June 1

Allan Prior, 84, British television scriptwriter (Z Cars, Howard's Way, The Charmer), father of folk singer Maddy Prior. June 1

Ali Jaafar Ali, Iraqi sports anchorman. May 31

Matteo Spinola, 76, Italian actor and press-agent cinema and television actress (Sophia Loren, Serena Grandi) from 1960s with Enrico Lucherini. May 31

Hladnik Boštjan, 77, Slovenian film director. May 30

Shohei Imamura, 79, Japanese film director (Black Rain), two-time winner of the Palme d'Or. May 30

Bill Kovacs, 56, computer animation pioneer and Academy Award winner. May 30

Robert Sterling, 88, star of 1950s television show Topper. May 30

James Brolan, 42, CBS News sound technician. May 29

Paul Douglas, 48, veteran CBS News cameraman. May 29

Masumi Okada, 70, Japanese actor, played Brother Michael in Shogun. May 28

Arthur Widmer, 92, motion picture special effects pioneer, invented “ultra violet travelling matte” aka “Blue Screen” editing process, winner of an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. May 28

Adeeb, 72, Pakistani actor. May 27

Paul Gleason, 67, American actor. May 27

Thelma Leeds, 95, American actress, widow of Parkyakarkus. May 27

Aída Luz, 89, Argentinian film actress (sister of actor Jorge Luz). May 25

Leo Pescarolo, 70, Italian film producer. May 24

Claude Piéplu, 83. French actor. May 24

Salvatore Billa, 63, Italian actor. May 23

Lucina Paquet Gabbard, 84, American English professor, movie actress and author. May 23

Lilia Prado, 78, Mexican actress. May 22

Cherd Songsri, 75, legendary Thai film director. May 20

Sanaa Younes, 60, Egyptian actress. May 20

Peter Bryant, 82, British television producer. May 19

Takahiro Tamura, 77, Japanese actor (Tora! Tora! Tora! ). May 18

Eva-Maria Bauer, 82, German actress. May 17

Dan Q. Kennis, 86, American B movie producer. May 17

Klaus Dahlen, 68, German actor. May 16

Jorge Porcel, 69, Argentine actor and comedian. May 16

Takahiro Tamura, 77, Japanese movie and television actor. May 16

George Crile III, 61, CBS News producer. May 15

Eberhard Esche, 73, German actor. May 15

Paul Marco, approximately 81, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space). May 14

Eva Norvind, former Mexican actress. May 14

Peter Anthony, Canadian comedian. May 13

Jere Witter, 79, Southern California TV news reporter. May 13

Ted Berkman, 92, author, scriptwriter (Bedtime for Bonzo). May 12

Mony Dalmès, 91, French actress. May 12

Breandán Ó Dúill, 70, Irish actor and broadcaster. May 12

Gustav Trampe, 74, German TV journalist. May 12

Yossi Banai, 74, Israeli singer and actor. May 11

Byron Morrow, 95, American tv and film character actor. May 11

Michael Taliferro, 45, actor and American football player. May 11

Frankie Thomas, 85, American actor (Tom Corbett, Space Cadet). May 11

Val Guest, 94, British film writer and director (The Quatermass Xperiment, Casino Royale). May 10

Sue Smith, 60s, first woman to host a current affairs program in Australia. May 10

Tony Ward, 82, Australian actor and journalist. May 9

Philip Barberio, 60, visual effects veteran. May 8

Richard Carleton, 62, Australian television journalist (60 Minutes). May 7

Machiko Soga, 68, Japanese seiyū and actress and tokusatsu legend (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, etc). May 7

Herbert Raditschnig, 71, German cameraman and film documentarian. May 6

Pattabhi Rama Reddy, 87, legendary Indian moviemaker. May 6

Lorne Saxberg, 48, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) broadcaster. May 6

Larry Attebery, 73, Los Angeles television news broadcaster. May 5

Atif Yilmaz, 80, Turkish film director, screenwriter and producer. May 5

Hossein Kasbian, 73, Iranian film actor. May 4

Jay Presson Allen, 84, American screenwriter. May 1

Betsy Jones-Moreland, 76, film and television actress. May 1

Jay Bernstein, 69, American Hollywood publicist. April 30

Alberta Nelson, 68, American actress known for beach blanket movies of 1960s. April 29

Susan Browning, 65, American actress. April 23

Harvey Bullock, 84, American television writer and producer (The Love Boat, Love, American Style). April 23

Jennifer Jayne, 74, British TV and film actress (William Tell (tv series)). April 23

David Peckinpah, 54, television producer and director. April 23

Alida Valli, 84, Italian actress (The Third Man). April 22

Sylvia de Leur, 72, Dutch actress. April 20

Miguel Zacarías Nogaim, 101, Mexican film director. April 20

Scott Brazil, 50, American television producer and director (The Shield). April 17

Henderson Forsythe, 88, American actor (As the World Turns). April 17

Vaishnavi, 20, Indian Bollywood actress. April 17

Francisco Adam, 22, Portuguese actor. April 16

Brett Goldin, 27, South African actor. April 16

Pavel Koutecký, 49, Czech documentary film maker. April 15

Anthony James Ryan, 84, American photographer, producer, writer, actor and production manager. April 15

Ed Corbett, 74, American actor. April 14

Ronald B. Rogers, 80, American concert singer and actor. April 13

Kazuo Kuroki, 75, Japanese film director. April 12

Christiane Maybach, 74, German actress. April 12

Rajkumar, 76, Indian actor. April 12

Shin Sang-ok, 80, Korean Film producer. April 11

Vilgot Sjöman, 81, Swedish film director (I Am Curious (Yellow)). April 9

Amanda Duff, 92, American actress. April 6

Stefanos Strategos, 83, Greek actor. April 6

Marcelo Real, 48, Argentine sportscaster. April 5

Gary Gray, 69, American child actor of the 1940s. April 4

Vickery Turner, 66, British actress of the 60's. April 4

Frédérique Huydts, 38, Dutch actress. April 3

Candice Rialson, 54, actress. Mar. 31

Gloria Monty, 84, executive producer of the soap opera General Hospital. Mar. 31

Henry Farrell, 85, American author and screenwriter (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte). Mar. 29

Gretchen Rau, 66, set decorator, winner of 2005 Academy Award for Best Art Direction for Memoirs of a Geisha. Mar. 29

Dan Curtis, 77, American television producer (Dark Shadows, The Winds of War). Mar. 27

Ariclê Perez, 62, Brazilian actress. Mar. 26

Rocío Dúrcal, 61, Spanish singer and actress. Mar. 25

Richard Fleischer, 89, American film director (Tora! Tora! Tora!, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Soylent Green). Mar. 25

Danilo Lazović, 56, Serbian actor. Mar. 25

Tom Toelle, 74, German TV director. Mar. 25

Lynne Perrie, 74, English actress (Coronation Street, Kes). Mar. 24

Eloy de la Iglesia, 62, Spanish film director. Mar. 23

Britt Lomond, 80, American actor (Zorro), fencer, and World War II veteran. Mar. 22

Bob Delegall, 60, American actor and director. Mar. 21

Dick Addis, 74, former South Bend, Indiana news weatherman and longtime WNDU-TV personality. Mar. 19

Mohammad Ali, 78, Pakistani actor. Mar. 19

Michael Attwell, 63, British actor. Mar. 18

Bill Beutel, 75, WABC-TV anchorman. Mar. 18

Nelson Dantas, 78, Brazilian actor. Mar. 18

Bob Papenbrook, 50, Los Angeles voice actor. Mar. 17

Moira Redmond, 77, English actress. Mar. 16

Peter Tomarken, 63, American game show host (Press Your Luck). Mar. 13

Joseph Bova, 81, American actor (Once Upon a Mattress). Mar. 12

Lindsay Shonteff, 70, British horror film director of the 1960s. Mar. 11

Péter Halász, 62, Hungarian actor and director. Mar. 10

Craig Huebing, 77, American actor (General Hospital). Mar. 10

Alberto Migré, 74, Argentine TV screenwriter and producer. Mar. 10

Hanka Bielicka, 90, Polish singer and actress. Mar. 9

Péter Halász, 62, Hungarian theatre director, actor, and writer. Mar. 9

John Junkin, 76, British actor. Mar. 7

Gordon Parks, 93, photographer, film director (Shaft). Mar. 7

Margaret Muse, 91, American stage and film actress. Mar. 6

Dana Reeve, 45, activist, widow of Christopher Reeve. Mar. 6

Bill Hays, 67, British director of stage and television. Mar. 2

Phyllis Huffman, 61, award-winning casting director, (Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Murphy Brown). Mar. 2

Garrett Scott, 37, American documentary filmmaker (Occupation: Dreamland). Mar. 2

Jack Wild, 53, British actor (The Artful Dodger in Oliver! (1968), H.R. Pufnstuf). Mar. 2

Annette von Aretin, 85, German TV personality. Mar. 1

Jenny Tamburi, 53, Italian actress 1970s B-movies and TV casting director. Mar. 1

Diane Shalet, 71, American actress and author. Feb. 23

Romana, 50, Pakistani film, stage and television actress. Feb. 22

Bill Tung, 72, Hong Kong actor, horse racing commentator. Feb. 22

Lou Gish, 35, British stage, film and television actress. Feb. 20

Erna Lazarus, 102, American screenwriter. Feb. 19

Richard Bright, 68, American movie and television actor. Feb. 18

Alexander Ramati, 86, producer, writer and director. Feb. 18

Paul Carr, 72, American TV and movie actor. Feb. 17

Raymond Mauer, 89, American advertising executive and scriptwriter (Duck and Cover). Feb. 17

Yevgeny Samoilov, 94, Russian actor. Feb. 17

Xavier Barquet, 46, American film producer and actor. Feb. 15

Darry Cowl, 80, French actor and pianist. Feb. 14

Michael Fitzgerald, 55, American film historian and author. Feb. 14

Andreas Katsulas, 59, American actor. Feb. 13

Alan M. Levin, 79, American documentary filmmaker. Feb. 13

Phil Brown, 89, American actor, best known for playing "Uncle Owen" Lars in Star Wars. Feb. 9

Nadira, 75, Indian Bollywood actress. Feb. 9

Akira Ifukube, 91, Japanese film composer, best known for Godzilla film series. Feb. 8

Gigi Parrish later known as Katherine Weld, 92, American actress. Feb. 8

Kuljeet Randhawa, 30, Indian television actress. Feb. 8

Alan Shalleck, 76, American TV writer, director (Curious George animated films). Feb. 7

Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 80, American comedian and actor. Feb. 6

Esther Sandoval, 78, Puerto Rican actress. Feb. 6

Kouji Totani, 57, Japanese voice actor. Feb. 6

Norma Candal, 75, Puerto Rican comedienne, actress and drama teacher. Feb. 5

Franklin Cover, 77, American TV and movie actor. Feb. 5

Reuven Frank, 85, American TV journalism pioneer and former NBC News president. Feb. 5

Myron Waldman, 97, American animator forBetty Boop and Superman cartoons. Feb. 4

Walerian Borowczyk, 82, Polish-born surrealist filmmaker. Feb. 3

Jean Byron, 80, American actress. Feb. 3

Sonny King, 83, American comedian, singer, actor, Jimmy Durante's sidekick. Feb. 3

Roy Alon, 63, British film stun

Henry Gale

Senior HTF Member
Jul 10, 1999
Real Name
Henry Gale
Thanks for all the labor involved in that project.
But, Maureen Stapleton deserves more the the "other" list.
I like your signature!

Dave Hahn

Jul 22, 1999
North Conway, New Hampshire
Real Name
Dave Hahn
Thanks Henry, although bitter-sweet, it was nice nice to recollect all the wonderful films and great work they have left us.

You're absolutely right, that was a serious oversight on my part. I've edited the post to include her "among the greats."


Senior HTF Member
Nov 7, 2006
Real Name
William Hughes
Moose lived to the ripe old age of 112. (In Doggy Years!)


Nov 13, 2006
Real Name
Seems like Joseph Stefano deserves more than an "other members" mention, too. The Outer Limits was pivotal, as was his screenplay for Psycho.


Senior HTF Member
Nov 15, 1999
I admire the work you put in this list, but I would also add a few more "more important than OTHER":

Philippe Noiret
Arthur Hill
Jerry Belson
Edward Albert
Bruno Kirby
Robert Donner
Paul Gleason
Gordon Parks
Anthony Franciosa
Adrienne Shelly

You also left off the list:

Mike Evans (Lionel Jefferson)

Chris Hayward (created Dudley Do-Right)

Dave Hahn

Jul 22, 1999
North Conway, New Hampshire
Real Name
Dave Hahn
Thanks Larry, I updated the post to include Mike Evans. I did include Chris Hayward (Nov. 20)

It would be great if you'd like to share some thoughts on the careers of those you listed as "more important."

One of the reasons for originating this post was for all of us to share our thoughts of those in the entertainment industry who passed away; favorite roles, best movie, their unique gift, etc.


Senior HTF Member
Nov 15, 1999
Philippe Noiret was "one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century.” (IMDB) I first noticed him in Night of the Generals with Peter O’Toole and Alfred Hitchcock’s Topaz. My other favorite films he starred in were Murphy’s War (again with O’Toole), and Tender Poulet (which was remade as the TV series, Dear Inspector). He has won 10 International Awards for his acting.

Arthur Hill appeared in over 100 movies and television shows, beginning with I Was A Male War Bride in 1949 with Cary Grant. After many years of bit parts on TV and film, his career picked up co-starring with Paul Newman in Harper, Petulia, The Andomeda Strain, The Killer Elite, Futureworld, A Bridge Too Far, A Little Romance (with Laurence Olivier), and was the title character in the TV show “Owen Marshall At Law” which ran from 1971 to 1974 (ABC).

Jerry Belson was first known as “Jerry”, Rob Petrie’s neighbor on the Dick Van Dyke Show. He wound up being a prolific writer and director on TV sitcoms such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Odd Couple. He has 17 Emmy nominations for writing, winning three times for the Tracey Ullman Show.

Edward Albert did not reach the fame of his father, Eddie Albert (Green Acres), but he appeared and co-starred in over 100 films beginning in 1965. Though mostly a television actor, he starred opposite Goldie Hawn in Butterflies Are Free, in which he received a Golden Globe Award for “Most Promising Newcomer, and a nomination for Best Actor.

Bruno Kirby started off as a bit player in TV shows like MASH, Room 222, and Emergency. After costarring in The Harrad Experiment (1971) with Don Johnson, Bruno’s career looked like it was about to take off in 1974 with Godfather Part II, playing the young Clemenza. He started getting “guest star” roles in TV series and co-starring in movies like Where The Buffalo Roam, Birdy, This is Spinal Tap, Tin Men, When Harry Met Sally, The Freshman, City Slickers (1 and 2), Donnie Brasco, and Stuart Little.

Mako is one of Asian Americas most recognizable stars. He appeared in 140 movies and TV series. After doing a lot of TV shows as whatever stereotypical Japanese or Chinese character was needed, he received his first break in 1966 starring opposite Steve McQueen in The Sand Pebbles, which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor (he also received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance). Despite the acclaim he received for The Sand Pebble, it was back to many years of acting on TV shows, often as a villain, with occasional film roles in films like The Killer Elite, Midway, Conan the Barbarian, Pearl Harbor, and Bulletproof Monk. He also did a lot of voice work for cartoons, most notably the villain Aku in Samurai Jack.

Robert Donner was one of the great character actors starring in 120+ movies and TV shows, beginning with an uncredited role in Rio Bravo with John Wayne, and again with Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as well as four others. He was in Cool Hand Luke, Vanishing Point, High Plains Drifter, Bite The Bullet, and Damnation Alley,. After costarring on the TV series Mork & Mindy as the crazy Exidor, he pretty much played guest starring roles on TV series such as MacGyver and The Fall Guy.

Paul Gleason is probably most known as the principal in The Breakfast Club, though he has appeared in more than 130 movies and TV series (mostly TV). Besides The Breakfast Club, his most notable film roles were in Die Hard and Miami Blues. (If there is ever a “Character Actor’s Hall of Fame” he should be in the first group of inductees along with Strother Martin and Harry Dean Stanton).

Gordon Parks is best known as a photojournalist and composer, but was also the director of the original Shaft. His son, Gordon Parks Jr. directed Superfly, in which his father provided the still photography montages that played under Curtis Mayfield’s score.

Anthony (Tony) Franciosa appeared in over 70 TV shows and movies. Mainly a star in TV series and Movies of the Week, Tony appears in many classic films like A Face In The Crowd, Fathom, Across 110th Street, The Drowning Pool, and A Hatful of Rain, in which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor (1958); he also received a Golden Globe nomination for the performance, as well as a Golden Globe Nomination for his part in Rio Conchos, and another win for the film Career.

Adrienne Shelly was one of the Queens of Independent Film, getting her start in two Hal Hartley films, The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, and starred in 20 more independent films and was a guest star on TV shows like Homicide, Law & Order, and Oz. She was murdered this year and there has been talk of making a Lifetime movie about her death.


Stunt Coordinator
Apr 23, 2006
Thanks Dave - a very worthwhile and informative list. One small point. British actress Jennifer Jayne (23 April) is shown as 64 when she died but I think she was 74 and was born in 1931.

Thanks for going to the trouble of producing this list.

walter o

Supporting Actor
Sep 6, 2004
God, we lost alot of legends and talented people. Paul Gleason was a friend of mine for 15 years, Jeremy Slate I just became friends with 6 month before his death, and still sadden by the death of Candice Rialson (and to report it). Really shocking how many we lost this year.

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