During the 87th edition of the Academy Awards ceremony of February 22, 2015, Meryl Streep quoted author Joan Didion when she introduced the ‘In Memoriam’ tribute and video montage for those who passed away the previous year. Here are the words she said on the stage of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre—very appropriate, dignified, in style, with love and deep respect for their work and contribution to the film industry throughout the years.
“In her memoir [“The Year of Magical Thinking,” 2005], Joan Didion said this about grief, ‘A single person is missing for you and the whole world is empty.’ As we reflect tonight on the loss of so many talented people this year, it’s hard not to feel that emptiness because in the time they had, they filled our lives with so much. Whatever role they played in moviemaking, the films that they were part of made us laugh, and think, and cry, and consider life with fresh eyes. They tickled us, raised our spirits when we needed it, challenged our minds and shocked our complacencies. Through their work they shared a piece of their soul and so we will miss them with the same sadness as we miss an old friend. But their work will stand and remind us how lucky we were to have them with us for a while. There will never be anyone like them, each and everyone.”
To compile this IN MEMORIAM overview as accurately as possible, sources include The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, BBC, CNN, REUTERS, UPI, Associated Press, IMDB, Wikipedia; social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook); FILM TALK website; also its archive with film magazines and film books.
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b. September 15, 1948, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 22, 2022, Florida, U.S.A. (age 73, lung cancer)
American actress who frequently worked for television; also in several shorts. First feature film, Don Siegel’s “Jinxed!” (1980), starring Bette Midler. Other films include “Out of the Fog” (2009), “Alina” (2017), “The Many Saints of Newark” (2021).
Worked extensively for television as supporting actress, with “Seinfeld” (1994-1996; 2 episodes) alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; “Shades of Blue” (2016-2017; 5 episodes), starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta; “Orange Is the New Black” (2013-2019; 4 episodes), playing the character of Amy Kanter-Bloom.
Moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1974; along with John Laroquette, she was one of the 25 actors who became Founding Members of The Colony Theatre. On the stage, she is the only actress who played John Larroquette’s mother, lover, and wife. Relocated to New York in 2006.
(Eric Martin Yellin)
b. September 8, 1966, Encino, California, U.S.A.
d. January 22, 2022, Newport Beach, California (age 55, cancer)
Well-known assistant director in Hollywood, who worked on “Jack Reacher” (2012) starring Tom Cruise, and “Man on a Ledge” (2012). Began his career as a production assistant in the mid-1990s, with “Die Hard: With a Vengeance” (1995), “Mighty Aphrodite” (1995), and Sydney Pollack’s “Sabrina” (1995).
Then became a second second assistant director and second assistant director for films such as “Sweet Home Alabama” (2002), and “Raising Helen” (2004). Later also assistant director, including for television. Other notable films include “Fair Game” (2010) starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, and “All Good Things” (2010) with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst.
Died after a battle with cancer, as his wife Rosadel Varela reported to The Hollywood Reporter; they had met on the set of “Shaft” (2000) when she was a production trainee. She now produces.
(Mace Alvin Neufeld)
b. July 13, 1928, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 21, 2022, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 93, cause undisclosed)
American television producer and one of the most prolific film producers of his generation; first worked as a talent agent who managed Don Adams, Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, among others. Debuted as executive producer for “The Omen” (1976) and “Damien: Omen II” (1978). Films as producer include “The Aviator” (1985), “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “Beverly Hills Cop III” (1994), “The General’s Daughter” (1999), “The Sum of All Fears” (2002), “Invictus” (2009), “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014), “The Equalizer” (2014), and “The Equalizer 2” (2018).
Won several awards, including a Career Achievement Award for Producing at the 2003 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The old-style gentleman producer with an old-school Hollywood charm told me during an interview in 1999 in his office at Sony, ‘I came in when the major studios were falling apart; I would have loved to have been here when everybody was under contract, and you went from one picture to another.’
Visual effects supervisor Glenn Neufeld is his son.
(Louis Perry Anderson)
b. March 24, 1953, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
d. January 21, 2022, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. (age 68, cancer)
Iconic American stand-up comedian, author, actor, and Primetime Emmy Award winner for playing Christine Baskets, mom to adult twins and matriarch of the Baskets clan—character based on his mother and his five sisters—in the TV series “Baskets” (2016; category, Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series). He received two further Emmy nominations in 2017 and 2018.
Films include “Quicksilver” (1986), “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986), “Coming to America” (1988), “Cook Off!” (2007), and “Coming 2 America” (2021, reprising his 1998 role of Maurice). Named as One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central.
On January 21, 2022, Henry Winkler tweeted, ‘Your generosity of spirit will cover the world from above .. we are so lucky you were on earth for a moment, spreading your humor all over like bars of living gold .. Good Bye.’
(Irwin Wallace Young)
b. 1927, U.S.A.
d. January 20, 2022, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 94, cause undisclosed)
Producer, independent filmmaker, and owner of DuArt Film & Video, founded by his father Al Young in 1922. Was Chairman of the Board of DuArt Film Laboratories, and DuArt Video Incorporated in New York City; served as President of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and as Chairman of the Board of Film Forum. Won a Technical Achievement Academy Award for ‘the development of a Computer-Controlled Paper Tape Programmer System and its applications in the motion picture laboratory’ (1980).
Producer and executive producer of five feature films, including “Alambrista!” (1977, winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival), and “Caught” (1996), starring Edward James Olmos and Maria Conchita Alonso, and directed by his older brother Robert M. Young (b. 1924) who survives him.
(Michael Lee Aday)
b. September 27, 1947, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
d. January 20, 2022, U.S.A. (age 74, cause undisclosed)
Grammy Award-winning American rock superstar and actor. His breakthrough album “Bat Out of Hell” (1977) became one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling more than 40 million copies globally. Hit songs include “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” (1978; peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100), “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” (1978; #39—iconic duet with Ellen Foley, lip-synched by singer-actress Karla DeVito in music video), “You Took the Words Right Out Of My Mouth” (1978; #39), and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (1993; #1). ”Bat Out of Hell II” (1993) was his sixth out of twelve solo albums.
Appeared in more than 40 feature films, including “State Fair” (1962, film debut as an extra), “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975), “Americathon” (1979), “Roadie” (1980), “Leap of Faith” (1992), “Wayne’s World” (1992), “Spice World” (1997), “Fight Club” (1999), and his final feature, “Wishin’ and Hopin’” (2014).
Autobiography, “To Hell and Back” (1999), turned into a TV movie, “Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back” (2000). His death was announced on his official Facebook page, ‘Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda, and close friends.’
(Franz Eberhard August Krüger)
b. April 12, 1928, Berlin, Germany
d. January 19, 2022, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A. (age 92, cause undisclosed)
Blond-haired, blue-eyed German-born actor, best remembered for his leading and supporting roles in war and action films. While in his teens, he attended an elite Nazi boarding school and appeared in the 1944 propaganda film “Junge Adler” (a.k.a. “The Young Eagles”), one of the last films made in Nazi Germany. Drafted at age 16, he was fighting U.S. troops in Southern Germany until he was captured by American forces, and broke with the Nazis. After World War II, he returned to acting and became a star in German films.
International film career was launched by the British drama “The One That Got Away” (1957), directed by Roy Ward Baker, with Kruger playing a captured German fighter pilot, shot down in England in 1940, and stages various daring attempts to escape the Allies. Often cast as a German soldier or Nazi baddie, such as in “Barry Lyndon” (1975), “A Bridge Too Far” (1977), and “The Wild Geese” (1978), but he also appeared in tender dramas, including the French Oscar-winning film “Les dimanches de Ville d’Avray” (1962, a.k.a. “Sundays and Cybèle”—category, Best Foreign Language Film), and he was memorable in Howard Hawks’ lighthearted screen classic “Hatari!” (1962), as a part of John Wayne’s team of safari hunters. Final screen role in a German TV movie from 2011.
In 2001, he was made an officer of the Légion d’honneur, one of the few German actors to have received the French decoration. Authored several books, including his autobiography. Actor Hardy Kruger Jr. (b. 1968) is his son.
b. November 25, 1984, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
d. January 19, 2022, Grenoble, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France (age 37, following a skiing accident)
One of France’s best known leading actors; played Audrey Tautou’s fiancé in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Un long dimanche de fiançailles” (2004, a.k.a. “A Very Long Engagement”), and appeared opposite Marion Cotillard and Nathalie Baye in “Juste la fin du monde” (a.k.a. “It’s Only the End of the World” (2016). For both films, he won a César Award (the French equivalent of the Oscar; categories, Most Promising Actor and Best Actor, respectively).
Other films include “Hannibal Rising” (2007), in which he plays his first major English-speaking role as Hannibal Lecter; also in Bertrand Tavernier’s “La princesse de Montpensier” (2010, a.k.a. “The Princess of Montpensier”), and “Saint Laurent” (2014), with Ulliel portraying French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
He was the commercial face of Bleu de Chanel, and starred in Martin Scorsese’s commercial for the brand. Was critically injured during a skiing accident at the La Rosière ski resort in the Alpine department of Savoie, after he left the top of a blue ski run, collided with another skier, and both fell to the ground; the other skier didn’t have any injuries. Ulliel was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Grenoble, where he died the next day.
In March 2022, Ulliel’s next on-screen appearance is set to be in the Marvel Disney+ series “Moon Knight” with Ethan Hawke.
Ian Alexander Jr.
b. January 19, 1996, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. January 19, 2022, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 26, suicide)
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Musician, DJ, and only child of Academy Award-winning actress-director Regina King (b. 1971) with record producer Ian Alexander Sr. Often performed under the name Desduné, according to his Instagram page; was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles later this month. His latest single was “Green Eyes.”
He was featured as a voice actor on the animated short “The Snowy Day” (2016), alongside his mother Regina King, Lawrence Fishburne and Angela Bassett; appeared on an episode of “CBS News Sunday Morning” (2021) and “Entertainment Tonight” (2022).
Often accompanied his mother at red carpet events. At the January 2019 Golden Globe Awards, when she was nominated for “Seven Seconds” (2018; category, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie), and won for “If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018; category, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture), Alexander Jr. told E! News (clip), ‘She’s just a super mom. She doesn’t really let bad work days or anything come back and ruin the time that we have.’
(Yvette Carmen Mimieux)
b. January 8, 1942, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
d. January 18, 2022, Bel Air, California, U.S.A. (age 80, natural causes)
Leading lady, enigmatic and radiant actress of the 1960s and 1970s, and three-time Golden Globe nominee; breakthrough film, George Pal’s “The Time Machine” (1960) at age 18, after being discovered by Vincente Minnelli, who cast her in “Home from the Hill” (1960). Her small role ended up on the cutting room floor, but MGM signed her under a long-term contract.
Other notable films include “Light in the Piazza” (1962) opposite Olivia de Havilland, “Joy in the Morning” (1965) with Richard Chamberlain, Tay Garnett’s “The Delta Factor” (1970), “Jackson County Jail” (1976) co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, and Disney’s “The Black Hole” (1979) alongside Maximilian Schell and Anthony Perkins. In the 1970s and 1980s, also in a few TV series. Starred in two TV movies she wrote: “The Hit Lady” (1974, teleplay) and “Obsessive Love” (1984, story and co-producer). Final feature, “The Fascination” (1985); final screen role, “Lady Boss” (1992, TV series). Second of three husbands from 1972-1985 was film director Stanley Donen (1924-2019).
Academy Award-nominated costume designer Jean-Pierre Dorléac tweeted on January 19, 2022, ‘The actress Yvette Mimieux who always called me “Angel” has passed on. I always loved her immensely. She was the sweetest, soft-spoken actress who looked good in everything. We worked together on the short-lived TV series, “The Berrengers.” RIP my darling.’
In Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019), set in Los Angeles in 1969, her film “3 in the Attick” is screened at the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Boulevard (YouTube clip when Tarantino was shooting on Hollywood Boulevard in July and October 2018).
b. August 29, 1943, Troy, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 18, 2022, Rome, Lazio, Italy (age 77, natural causes)
Two-time Grammy Award-winner for his early work with the pop-jazz group Blood, Sweat and Tears (trombone, keyboards, flute); also co-wrote some of their songs, including the hit song “Lisa, Listen to Me” (1971; #73 on the Billboard Hot 100). A founding member of the group, he left Blood, Sweat and Tears in 1971 after their fourth studio album.
Scored close to twenty film and TV projects, with features such as “The Owl and the Pussycat” (1970) starring Barbra Streisand and George Segal, “Go Tell the Spartans” (1978) with Burt Lancaster, “A Force of One” (1979) featuring Chuck Norris, “The Octagon” (1980), “Cheaper to Keep Her” (1981), and his final project, “Fear City” (1984).
In later years, wrote his autobiography “Musical Being” which he adapted into a one-man show of the same name. Singer-songwriter Shana Halligan (b. 1973), based in Los Angeles, is his daughter.
b. February 2, 1935, Paris, Îlde-de-France, France
d. January 17, 2022, France (age 86, location undisclosed, car accident)
Supporting and leading actor in French films. Played his first significant role in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Le petit soldat” (1960), with avant garde actress Anna Karina in her screen debut. The film was banned from release in France for three years due to its politically sensitive content. His first leading role, as the lover of Brigitte Bardot’s character in “La bride sur le cou” (1961, a.k.a. “Please, Not Now!”), directed by Roger Vadim. Also in “What’s New, Pussycat?” (1965), Alfred Hitchcock’s “Topaz” (1969), Fred Zinnemann’s “The Day of the Jackal” (1973, uncredited).
Career revived by French filmmaker Claire Denis who cast him as a Foreign Legion captain in “Beau travail” (1999). Later, he appeared in films such as “La fidelité” (2000, a.k.a. “Fidelity”), “Sauvage innocence” (2001, a.k.a. “Wild Innocence”), and “White Material” (2009), the latter also directed by Claire Denis. Final feature, “Les salauds” (2013), another film by Denis.
(Louis G. Nanasi)
b. August 10, 1956, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. January [17-23, exact date undisclosed], 2022, Carlsbad, California, U.S.A. (age 65, suicide)
IMPORTANT NOTE If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also call a loved one, member of the clergy, call 911, or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.
Child actor, later voice actor who brought the character of Charlie Brown to life. Made his film debut at age 7 in George Sidney’s “A Ticklish Affair” (1963). Other features include “Moment to Moment” (1966), “And Now Miguel” (1966), “Good Times” (1967). Best remembered as the first actor to voice the character of Charlie Brown on Peanuts TV specials as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965), “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1966), the feature film “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” (1969), and a number of shorts. Also appeared in various TV series during the 1960s.
Later he dealt with legal issues and arrests, battled addiction to drugs and alcohol. He was born in Los Angeles to a Hungarian mother; younger brother of actress Ahna Capri (née Anna Marie Nanasi), who appeared opposite Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon” (1973); she passed away in 2010 at age 66 after a fatal traffic accident in North Hollywood, California.
b. October 8, 1946, Paris, Île-de-France, France
d. January 13, 2022, Paris, Île-de-France, France (age 75, after a long illness)
French filmmaker-screenwriter-producer, former assistant director to René Clément, Claude Zidi and Jerry Lewis (“The Day the Clown Cried,” 1972). Best remembered for his stylish thriller and debut film “Diva” (1981); Roger Ebert wrote in his January 1, 1982, film review, ‘Here is a director taking audacious chances, doing wild and unpredictable things with his camera and actors, just to celebrate moviemaking.’ Other films include “La lune dans le caniveau” (a.k.a. “The Moon in the Gutter”) with Gérard Depardieu and Nastassja Kinski, and “37°2 le matin” (1986, a.k.a. “Betty Blue). Sixth and final feature as a film director, “Mortel transfert” (2001).
César winner for “Diva” (category, Meuilleure première oeuvre—Best First Work); Academy Award nominee for “37°2 le matin” (category, Best Foreign Language Film), and twice nominated for a BAFTA Award, for “Diva” and “37°2 le matin” (category, Best Foreign Language Film). His brother, Jean-Claude, announced his death at l’Agence France-Presse, and it was first reported by the French newspaper Le Monde.
b. August 10, 1943, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 12, 2022, U.S.A. (age 78, cancer)
American singer and leader of The Ronettes, one of the most enduring trios of the so-called girl-group era. Teamed with sister Estelle Bennett (1941-2009) and their cousin Nedra Talley (b. 1946) in a girl group first known as The Darling Sisters. After signing with Phil Spector’s Philles Records in March 1963, they changed their name to The Ronettes, with Veronica Bennett—later a.k.a. Ronnie Spector—as their lead singer. They scored eight Billboard Hot 100 songs, five among them became Top 40 hits; most famous songs are “Be My Baby” (1963; #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100), “Baby, I Love You” (1964; #24), “Do I Love You?” (1964; #34), “Walking in the Rain” (1964; #23); also well-known Christmas songs “Sleigh Ride” and “I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus” (both 1963).
In 1964, The Rolling Stones were their opening act on their UK tour, and The Ronettes appeared with The Beatles during the group’s August 1966 and 14-city tour across the U.S., but split up later that year.
Memoir, “Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette” (1990). Ronnie Spector was married to Phil Spector from 1968-1972; her possessive and emotionally abusive husband kept her a virtual prisoner in their Beverly Hills mansion during their tumultuous marriage, until she was able to escape in 1972 with the help of her mother.
(Robert Lane Saget)
b. May 17, 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d. January 9, 2022, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. (age 65, cause undisclosed)
Actor and beloved stand-up comedian who was cast as patriarch Danny Tanner on the television success “Full House” (1987-1995; all 192 episodes), the widowed father and radio personality with three daughters whose wife and high school sweetheart died in a car collision with a drunken driver. The sitcom reached more than 17 million viewers during its peak in season 5. Also appeared on the sequel series, “Fuller House” (2016-2020), launched by Netflix; Saget reprised his role in 15 episodes. Hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1989-1997; 191 episodes), showcasing hilarious homemade videos that were submitted by viewers.
His films, including Michael Apted’s comedy “Critical Condition” (1987), and “New York Minute” (2004), grossed more than $50 million at the U.S. box office.
He recently kicked off a nationwide stand-up tour in September, 2021, that was set to run through June, 2022.
Memoir, “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filth” (2014). His sister, Gay, died of scleroderma at age 47; he directed a TV movie, “For Hope” (1996), based on her life and her battle with the disease.
(Dwayne Bernard Hickman)
b. May 18, 1934, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. January 9, 2022, Los Angeles, California U.S.A. (age 87, complications of Parkinson’s desease)
Television actor; worked as CBS Television executive in the 1970s. Younger brother of child actor Darryl Hickman (b. 1931). Portrayed the title character in the TV series “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” (1959-1963; all 148 episodes), the first American TV program produced for a major network to feature teenagers as leading characters. In 1988, he starred in and co-produced the reunion TV movie “Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis.”
First screen appearances as an extra in John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath” (1939), and “Men of Boys Town” (1941), both with his brother Darryl. Also bit parts in “Captain Eddie” (1945), “The Boy With Green Hair” (1948), “Mighty Joe Young” (1949), and William A. Wellman’s “The Happy Years” (1950). In the 1940s, he played small roles in seven of Columbia’s eight-film “Rusty” series.
Robert Cummings (1910-1990), a popular leading man in light comedies in the 1930s and 1940s, was his acting mentor. Memoir, “Forever Dobie: The Many Lives of Dwayne Hickman” (1994), written with his third wife, actress Joan Roberts (b. 1952). Loved painting various house and landscape series in oils.
(Marilyn Ruth Katz)
b. November 10, 1928, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 8, 2022, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 93, respiratory failure)
Academy Award-winning lyricist. With her husband, Alan Bergman (b. 1925, they married in 1958), the Bergmans were a highly acclaimed music-writing duo on hundreds of songs, and specialized in introspective ballades for film, television and the stage. Often collaborated with composer Michel Legrand.
Couple won Academy Awards for “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968; category, Best Music, Original Song—”The Shadow of Your Smile”), “The Way We Were” (1973; category, Best Music, Original Song—”The Way We Were”), “Yentl” (1983; category, Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score). Also wrote lyrics for “In the Heat of the Night” (1967, their breakthrough film), “The Happy Ending” (1969), “Summer of ’42” (1971), “Tootsie” (1982), “Sabrina” (1995).
They won two Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards, and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.
In 1985, Marilyn Bergman became the first woman elected to the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and served as its president from 1994 to 2009.
Upon Bergman’s death, Barbra Streisand tweeted on January 8, 2022, ‘Marilyn and Alan Bergman were like family, as well as brilliant lyricists. We met over 60 years ago backstage at a little night club, and never stopped loving each other and working together. Their songs are timeless, and so is our love. May she rest in peace. With love, Barbra’
b. December 11, 1944, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 8, 2022, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 77, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma)
Organized the Woodstock music festival on August 15-18, 1969—originally called the Woodstock Music and Art Fair—and its two follow-ups, Woodstock ’94 (in Saugerties, New York), and the ill-fated Woodstock ’99 (Rome, New York). Produced the first two Woodstock festivals with John Roberts, Joel Rosenman and Arthur Kornfield.
He was 24 when Woodstock took place in 1969 on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York; later, it became a landmark event in music history. The lineup included Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Janis Coplin, Joan Baez, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Initially, about 100,000 people were expected, but approximately 400,000 showed up at the free event.
Was associate producer of Wes Anderson’s crime comedy film “Bottle Rocket” (1996), and co-authored “The Road to Woodstock” (published in 2009) with Holly George-Warren.
(Sidney L. Poitier)
b. February 20, 1927, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
d. January 6, 2022, Bahamas (age 94, heart failure, dementia and prostate cancer)
Hollywood giant and America’s first Black movie star who rose to fame in the 1950s, became a trailblazer for Hollywood diversity, a humanitarian, and an activist for civil rights and racial equality. “Blackboard Jungle” (1955), with Poitier as a troubled high school student, put him on the map, and the landmark film was the beginning of a memorable career during which he often challenged stereotypes. One of them was his role in Stanley Kramer’s “The Defiant Ones” (1958), when he and co-star Tony Curtis played chained-together escaped convicts on the run for the police in the South. Also leading role in producer Sam Goldwyn’s final film “Porgy and Bess” (1959, musical), and in 1967 he appeared in three successful films dealing with race issues: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967, again directed by Stanley Kramer), “In the Heat of the Night,” and “To Sir, With Love.”
Beginning in the 1970s he directed several comedies, including “Uptown Saturday Night” (1974), “Stir Crazy” (1980), and “Hanky Panky” (1982). Final feature films as an actor, “Sneakers” (1992), “The Jackal” (1977). Academy Award winner for “Lilies of the Field” (1963, category Best Actor in a Leading Role—he was the first Black man to win the Best Actor Oscar), and an Honorary Academy Award (2002) for his ‘extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the industry with dignity, style and intelligence.’
Was born in Florida, but his entire family lived in the Bahamas, and he also grew up there; moved to New York at age 15. Second wife was actress Joanna Shimkus from 1976 until his death. Autobiographies, “This Life” (1980), “The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography” (2000).
Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, when President Obama said in his speech, ‘Poitier not only entertained, but enlightened, shifting attitudes, broadening hearts, revealing the power of the silver screen to bring us closer together. Poitier once called his driving passion to make himself a better person. He did. And he made us all a little bit better along the way.’
Upon Poitier’s death, Mr. Obama tweeted on January 7, 2022, ‘Through his groundbreaking roles and singular talent, Sidney Poitier epitomized dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together. He also opened doors for a generation of actors. Michelle and I send our love to his family and legion of fans.’
Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis wrote on Instagram on January 7, 2022, ‘No words can describe how your work radically shifted my life. The dignity, normalcy, strength, excellence and sheer electricity you brought to your roles showed us that we, as Black folks, mattered!!! […] May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.’
b. July 30, 1939, Kingston, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 6, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 82, cause undisclosed)
Acclaimed film journalist, obsessive cinema-goer, and knowledgeable film historian who belonged to the generation of prominent and brilliant New Hollywood directors from the late 1960s and early 1970s, along with Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino and William Friedkin.
After one of his earliest efforts, “Targets” (1968, starring Boris Karloff) for Roger Corman. “The Last Picture Show” (1971, which earned him two Academy Award nominations) became his breakthrough film, and with “What’s Up, Doc?” (1972) and “Paper Moon” (1973), he was rocketed to fame. Other films include “Nickelodeon” (1976), “Saint Jack” (1979), “They All Laughed” (1980), “Mask” (1985), and “Texasville” (1990, sequel to “The Last Picture Show”). His final feature was “She’s Funny That Way” (2014).
Also produced, and wrote the screenplays for most of the films he made in the 1970s. Appeared in close to 60 films and TV series (including a recurring role in “The Sopranos” from 2000-2007; 14 episodes). As a filmmaker, he was hugely influenced by the French film critics for Les Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s, and who later became the Nouvelle Vague filmmakers, including three-time Academy Award nominee François Truffaut (1932-1984).
Authored more than a dozen film books, such as “John Ford” (1967), “Allan Dwan: The Last Pioneer” (1970), “Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors” (1997), and “Who the Hell’s in It: Conversations with Hollywood’s Legendary Actors” (2004). In 1984, he published “The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten 1960-1980,” sharing his relationship with Stratten, who was murdered by her estranged husband shortly after filming of “They All Laughed” was completed.
Upon his death, two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro tweeted, ‘Peter Bogdanovich passed away. He was a dear friend and a champion of Cinema. He birthed masterpieces as a director and was a most genial human. He single-handedly interviewed and enshrined the lives and work of more classic filmmakers than almost anyone else in his generation.’
(Joan Maxine Miller)
b. June 1, 1922, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 4, 2022, Amagansett, New York, U.S.A. (age 99, cause undisclosed)
Star on Broadway and veteran soap opera actress. Also one of the original members of the Actors Studio, and—as the younger sister of playwright Arthur Miller (1915-2005), who was married to Marilyn Monroe from 1956-1961—she was briefly Monroe’s sister-in-law. Copeland’s Broadway career began with “Sundown Beach” (1948) and “Detective Story” (1949). Still, she’s best known for her performances in the Broadway revival of “Pal Joey” (1977), and for her role in “The American Clock” (1981, winning a Drama Desk Award). Also worked extensively Off-Broadway.
Television career began in 1950; recurring roles in daytime soap operas such as “Search for Tomorrow” (1967-1972; 420 episodes), and “How to Survive a Marriage” (1974-1975; all 334 episodes); also in “Law & Order” (1991-2001; 8 episodes).
Occasionally worked in films; debuted in “The Goddess” (1958), Paddy Chayefsky’s biography of an ambitious girl seeking Hollywood fame, based on Marilyn Monroe. Supporting roles in other films include “Middle of the Night” (1959), “It’s My Turn” (1980), “Her Alibi” (1989), “The Peacemaker” (1997), “The Object of My Affection” (1998), and Disney’s animated “Brother Bear” (2003).
‘I did not want to trade on my brother’s name,’ she once said in an interview with The New York Times, so she took on the stage name ‘Joan Copeland’ to separate her work and career from her brother’s.
b. July 12, 1933, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A.
d. January 1, 2022, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A. (age 88, cause undisclosed)
Supporting actor in American films such as “The Black Klansman” (1966), “The Savage Seven” (1968), “Uptight” (1968), “Psych-Out” (1968) opposite Jack Nicholson, “Getting Straight” (1970) with Elliott Gould. In “The Mack” (1973, very popular blaxploitation film at the time), he played the leading role, a character named Goldie, with Richard Pryor as his sidekick. Final film, “How to Be a Player” (1997). Also co-wrote the screenplay for and co-produced the screen classic “Cleopatra Jones” (1973), another blaxploitation film, with Tamara Dobson as a karate-chopping government agent.
Began his acting career on New York’s Off-Broadway stage. Was also a sculptor and a clothes designer.
(Betty Marion White)
b. January 17, 1922, Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.A.
d. December 31, 2021, Brentwood, California, U.S.A. (age 99, natural causes)
Legendary and beloved actress and comedian, and America’s “Golden Girl” with a heart of gold. She was honored by Guinness World Records for the longest television career by a female entertainer that was launched in 1949 (as a phone girl on an afternoon television show). LGBT rights supporter and advocate, and animal welfare enthusiast.
Won two Daytime Emmy Awards: in 1983 (“Just Men!”; category Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation Show), and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Recipient of five Primetime Emmy Awards: in 1975 and 1976 (“Mary Tyler Moore”; category Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series), in 1986 (“The Golden Girls”; category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), in 1996 (“The John Larroquette Show”; category Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series), and in 2010 (“Saturday Night Live”; category Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series).
Played supporting roles in films such as “Advise & Consent” (1962), “Hard Rain” (1998), “The Story of Us” (1999), “Bringing Down the House” (2003), “The Proposal” (2009), “You Again” (2010).
After her death, former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted, ‘Betty White broke barriers, defied expectations, served her country, and pushed us all to laugh. Barack and I join so many around the world who will miss the joy she brought to the world. I know our Bo is looking forward to seeing her up in heaven.’
She authored several books, including autobiographies.
Jeanine Ann Roose
b. October 24, 1937, california, U.S.A.
d. December 31, 2021, Valley Village, California, U.S.A. (age 84, abdominal infection)
American child actress whose sole film credit was as young Violet Bick in Frank Capra’s iconic screen classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946). Was also featured on radio shows, debuting on “The Jack Benny Program” in 1945; from 1946-1954 also on “The Fitch Bandwagon” and “The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show,” playing Little Alice Harris, a character based on the real-life daughter of Harris and Faye. She later enrolled at UCLA and became a psychologist and Jungian psychoanalist.
In an interview, she once said, ‘”It’s A Wonderful Life” was the only movie that I was in, and it has been an amazing lifetime experience to have been in such a collectively meaningful picture. But it became clear that my desire was specifically to help others who were struggling with finding meaning in their life—not unlike Clarence [character played by Henry Travers] in the movie who helps George [played by James Stewart] see the meaning of his life.’
She authored “Behavioral Systems and Nursing” (1976); passed away on New Year’s Eve at her home in Valley Village, California.
b. 1923, England, U.K.
d. December 30, 2021, Almería, Spain (age 98, cause undisclosed)
British-born assistant director in the 1940s and 1950s to directors such as Terence Young, Guy Green, and Lewis Gilbert. Became film producer who worked as associate producer on The Beatles’ first film “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) and “How I Won the War” (1967, with John Lennon in a supporting role), and produced The Beatles’ TV project “Magical Mystery Tour” (1967) and “The Magic Christian” (1969, with Ringo Starr). On “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number),” released as the B-side of the single “Let It Be” (1970), John Lennon introduced Paul McCartney by the name of Denis O’Bell. His memoir, “At the Apple’s Core: The Beatles from the Inside” (2003), published in 2003, focuses, among others, on his tenure as head of the band’s Apple Films.
His non-Beatles films as producer include “Royal Flash” (1975), “Robin and Marian” (1976), “The Ritz” (1976).
His daughter is producer Denise O’Dell; her films include “Exodus: Gods and Kings” (2016), starring Christian Bale. Producer Denis Pedregosa of “The Paramedic” (2020) is his grandson.
Stephen J. Lawrence
b. September 5, 1939, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. December 30, 2021, Belleville, New Jersey, U.S.A. (age 82, cause undisclosed)
Prolific musician and composer of more than 300 songs and scores for “Sesame Street.” Winner of three Daytime Emmy Awards for the acclaimed children’s TV series (in 1990, 2002 and 2003; category, Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition). Scored movies such as “Bang the Drum Slowly” (1973), “One Summer Love” (1976, a.k.a. “Dragonfly”), and the cult horror classic “Alice, Sweet Alice” (1976, a.k.a. “Communion”).
Also composed Rex Smith’s million-selling single “You Take My Breath Away” (from the 1979 TV movie “Sooner or Later”) that reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Lived and worked in New York City; was the Music Director of Temple Sinai in Stamford, Connecticut, from 2002-2012. Sometimes credited as Stephen Lawrence, but preferred to use his middle initial to differentiate him from American singer Steve Lawrence.
(John Frederick Bowman)
b. September 28, 1957, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
d. December 28, 2021, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. (age 64, cause undisclosed)
Comedy writer-producer and Primetime Emmy Award winner for “Saturday Night Live” (1989; category, Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program, shared with his wife Shannon Gaughan, among others). As executive producer, he co-created “Martin” (1992-1995) with Martin Lawrence; other TV shows, also as executive producer, include “Murphy Brown” (1994-1998), and “Men Behaving Badly” (1997-2001). Played bit parts in a few films, including “The Secret of My Success” (1987).
Bowman was head of the negotiating committee for the Writers Guild of America during the 2007-2008 writers strike. He played a key role to reach a settlement that, for the first time, shared producers’ internet streaming revenue with film and television writers.
Up until a few weeks before his death, he taught script form and sketch comedy writing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His wife of 39 years, Shannon Gaughan (b. 1957), is also a TV writer and producer.
b. March 9, 1963, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
d. December 26, 2021, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (age 58, cause undisclosed)
Canadian-born film and television director, editor, screenwriter, and producer. Studied film at the Université de Montréal. Won an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Directing a Limited Series, Movie or Special for the first season of the highly-acclaimed HBO mini-series “Big Little Lies” (2017, he directed all 7 episodes; also co-edited and co-executive produced all episodes from both seasons—2017 and 2019). His films include “The Young Victoria” (2009), “Café de flore” (2011, also scr. and co-prod.), “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013, earned him a nomination for an Academy Award, category Best Achievement in Film Editing; shared with Martin Pensa), “Wild” (2014) and “Demolition” (2015, also prod.). After the suspenseful HBO mini-series, “Sharp Objects” (2018), he was set to direct yet another HBO series, “Gorilla and the Bird.”
His publicist, Bumble Ward, tweeted the day he died, ‘[…] What you may not know is that he was sweet and kind, full of gratitude, remembered birthdays and sent awesome mixtapes, while still being a creative genius. Rest in Peace.’ Reese Witherspoon, his leading lady in “Wild” and “Big Little Lies,” tweeted, ‘My heart is broken. My friend. I love you.’
b. 1929, Berlin, Germany
d. December 25, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 92, multiple causes)
A graduate of Columbia University and former high school teacher who became personal manager to jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, and manager and business partner to actor Michael Keaton. From 1977-1999, he wrote, produced, or executive produced eight films (many of them were Keaton films), also two TV movies and two TV series. Films include “Mr. Mom” (1983, co-prod.), “Johnny Dangerously” (1984, scr. and exec. prod.), “The Squeeze” (1987, exec. prod.), “One Good Cop” (1991, exec. prod.), “Speecheless” (1994, exec. prod.).
On December 27, 2021, Michael Keaton wrote on his Instagram page, ‘My former mgr/biz partner and most of all, friend, The Great Harry Colomby has moved on. Unlikeliest of matches, we thought the same, felt the same and laughed at the same things. He was kindhearted, curious, thoughtful and man, was he funny. […] I loved him and so did all who met him.’ His younger brother Bobby was the original drummer and founding member (in 1967) of the jazz-rock music group Blood, Sweat & Tears.
b. January 7, 1941, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. December 24, 2021, Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.A. (age 80, cause undisclosed)
American actor, dancer and singer who often appeared in the original Broadway productions of classics, including “West Side Story” (1957), “Gypsy” (1959), “Hello, Dolly!” (1964), “The Boy Friend” (1970), and “Follies” (1971). Also in films; he was a dancer (uncredited) in films such as “Silk Stockings” (1957), “The Pajama Game” (1957), “The Girl Most Likely” (1957), “West Side Story” (1961), “Mary Poppins” (1964). Played bit parts in “Experiment in Terror” (1962), “The Bank Shot” (1974), “Ravagers” (1979), “Enchanted” (2007), “Silver Tongues” (2011), and “West Side Story” (2021).
Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters tweeted shortly after his death, ‘Harvey Evans was the dearest most talented human being one could ever have the privilege of knowing. RIP Dear Harvey. You are so loved by your theater family.’
b. December 5, 1934, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
d. December 23, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 87, Parkinson’s disease)
Iconic American novelist, essayist, and screenwriter. Was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Biography-Autobiography for her best-selling memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking” (2005), her honest recount of her grief and mourning after losing her husband, John Gregory Dunne (1932-2003, brother of noted film producer Dominique Dunne), after a forty-year marriage. She later adapted the book into a one-woman Broadway play (2007), featuring Vanessa Redgrave.
Her screenplays, all in collaboration with her husband, include “The Panic In Needle Park” (1971), “Play It As It Lays” (1972, based on her 1970 novel), “A Star Is Born” (1976), “True Confessions” (1981, an adaptation of her husband’s 1977 novel), and their final screenplay, “Up Close & Personal” (1966). Last year’s “The Last Thing He Wanted,” starring Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck, was based on her novel, a romantic thriller, from 1996.
Aunt of “Poltergeist” actress Dominique Dunne (1959-1982) and actor-director Griffin Dunne (b. 1955); he directed and produced the 2017 Netflix documentary “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.”
(Patricia Sharyn Moffett)
b. September 12, 1936, Alameda, California, U.S.A.
d. December 23, 2021, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (age 85, cause undisclosed)
Child actress and contract player at RKO during the 1940s; played the leading role in “Child of Divorce” (1946), Richard Fleischer’s first feature as a director, as the kid who is devastated by the breakup of her parents (characters played by Regis Toomey and Madge Meredith). The theme of how traumatic a divorce is for children was pretty unusual in film at that time.
Also central roles in Richard Fleischer’s second feature, “Banjo” (1947), and in “The Body Snatcher” (1945), one of Robert Wise’s first films and a classic thriller, starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. In “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948), she played the daughter of Cary Grant and Myrna Loy’s characters. Final feature, “Her First Romance” (1951), starring Margaret O’Brien.
In 1955, Sharyn Moffett got married; she and her husband spent more than 50 years as Episcopalian ministers in Pennsylvania. Her death was announced by her younger brother, former child actor Gregory Moffet (b. 1943). Her mother, Gladyce Roberts, appeared as a dancer in the Dolores del Rio RKO musical “Flying Down to Rio” (1933).
Jaime Osorio Márquez
b. October 30, 1975, Cali, Colombia
d. December 23, 2021, Colombia (age 46, assisted suicide)
Colombian filmmaker who wrote and directed HBO Max’s first Colombian series, “Mil Colmillos” (2021, a.k.a. “A Thousand Fangs”; all 7 episodes). Had studied at the Université de Rennes (France), then began directing commercials upon his return to Colombia. Wrote, produced and directed two films, “El páramo” (2011, a.k.a. “The Squad”), and “Siete cabezas” (2017, a.k.a. “The Sacrifice”).
Jaime Osorio Márquez died by assisted suicide; Variety (complete obituary here) reported, ‘He [Jaime Osorio Márquez] had beaten back an aggressive kidney cancer in 2009 and again in 2012, when it had returned and metastasized. But increasing pain and his growing intolerance of pain medications compelled him to end his life before his health deteriorated further and he became a burden to his family, said his producing partner Federico Duran of Rhayuela Films, who served as showrunner on “A Thousand Fangs.”’
(Richard Stanley Palmer Conway)
b. January 15, 1942, Essex, England, U.K.
d. December 22, 2021, U.S.A. (age 79, location and cause undisclosed)
Special effects supervisor and Academy Award nominee for Terry Gilliam’s “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1988, category Best Effects, Visual Effects; shared with Kent Houston). Began working for television alongside Gerry Anderson in the 1960s; then met two-time Academy Award-winner and visual effects pioneer George Gibbs (1937-2020). They worked together on Guy Hamilton’s “The Battle of Britain” (1969, as model handler—uncredited). In the 1970s, he became special effects technician, then worked his way up and became special effects supervisor; did three films for Terry Gilliam.
Other films include “The English Patient” (1996), “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999), “Love Actually” (2003), “The Boat That Rocked” (2009, a.k.a. “Pirate Radio”), “Harry Brown” (2009). First film as special effects supervisor was “Memphis Belle” (1990); final film, “Urban Hymn” (2015), both directed by Michael Caton-Jones.
(Richard Charles Carson)
b. June 4, 1929, Clarinda, Iowa, U.S.A.
d. December 19, 2021, Studio City, California, U.S.A. (age 92, cause undisclosed)
Television director and younger brother of comedian and legendary talk show host Johnny Carson (1925-2005); started his career working in a radio studio after graduating at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1952. Moved to Los Angeles in 1960 to direct children’s programs, then joined the New York crew of “The Tonight Show” for several years in the 1960s, and served as director of the guest appearances and sketches with the show’s host until he relocated to Los Angeles.
Director of “The Merv Griffin Show” (1972-1986; 209 episodes), and “Wheel of Fortune” (1979-1999; over 3,000 episodes). Five-time Emmy Award winner for his work on those two shows (1974, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1997). Also directed commercials.
Sally Ann Howes
b. July 20, 1930, London, Engalnd, U.K.
d. December 19, 2021, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.A. (age 91, natural causes)
British-born stage, television, and screen actress, best remembered for her portrayal as Truly Scrumptious, the leading character in the musical film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968), opposite Dick Van Dyke, based on the 1964 children’s novel by Bond writer Ian Fleming. First film, “Thursday Child” (1943), when she was 13. Other films include “Dead of Night” (1945), “Anna Karenina” (1948), Lewis Gilbert’s “Paradise Lagoon” (1957), “Death Ship” (1980).
Very successful stage actress, also on Broadway, where she debuted in 1958 as Eliza Doolitle in “My Fair Lady,” replacing Julie Andrews (who in 1968 turned down the part of Truly Scrumptious). Howes’ Broadway performance earned her a Life magazine cover profile and turned her into a household name. Nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in “Brigadoon” (1962) at the New York City Opera. Richard Rogers described her as ‘the greatest singer who ever sang on the American musical stage.’ Later several guest-starring roles on television. She was the daughter of British actor and comedian Bobby Howes (1895-1972).
b. October 1, 1986, Tokyo, Japan
d. December 18, 2021, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (age 35, after a fall)
Japanese singer, and film, TV, and stage actress Sayaka Kanda began her acting career in 2001 when she was a student at a Japanese school in Los Angeles and appeared in “Bean Cake” (2001, short that won the Palme d’Or du court métrage at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival). Supporting roles in Japanese films, including “Dragon Head” (2003), “Farewell, Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown” (2008), and “Amazing Grace” (2011). Also in various TV series, miniseries and mostly stage plays. As a voice actress, she was cast as Anna for the Japanese-language dubbed version of Disney’s “Frozen” (2013).
At the time of her death, she was set to play the role of Eliza Dolittle in the Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater’s production of “My Fair Lady.” Kanda has been reported to have died after falling from her 22nd floor room of a hotel in Sapporo, Japan; was the only child of actor Masaki Kanda (b. 1950) and his ex-wife, actress-pop singer-songwriter Seiko Matsuda (b. 1962).
b. May 13, 1943, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
d. December 17, 2021, Westwood, California, U.S.A. (age 78, Huntington’s disease)
L.A.-based author and chronicler of Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, praised for capturing and embodying the cultural West Coast art scene. Became Hollywood’s ‘It Girl’ and worked as an artist in the late 1960s, making album covers for Linda Ronstadt, among others. Books include “Eve’s Hollywood” (1974), “Slow Days, Fast Company” (1977), and “L.A. Women” (1982). Her father, Sol Babitz, of Russian Jewish descent, was first violinist in the 20th Century Fox orchestra; her mother, Mae Babitz, had Cajun-French ancestry. They were friends with Chaplin, Garbo, and Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) who was her godfather. She was raised amid film royalty and was fascinated with Hollywood (‘I looked like Brigitte Bardot and I was Stravinsky’s goddaughter,’ she wrote in her first book), and attended Hollywood High School.
Lived for many years in West Hollywood, recently moved to an assisted-living facility in Westwood. Final publication, “I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz” (2019), covers a car accident that almost killed her in 1997. French comedy film “Envoyez les violins” (1988) was based on a story of hers.
(Vicente Fernandez Gomez)
b. February 17, 1940, Huentitan el Alto, Jalisco, Mexico
d. December 12, 2021, Guadalajara, Mexico (age 81, complications from an operation)
Mexican singer-actor with a powerful baritone voice that made him very popular in his home country, where he was known as the king of the traditional Ranchera music—the style of music rooted in traditions of rural Mexico. He had been in poor health for months after a fall at his ranch last August that required emergency spinal surgery. Was raised on the ranch of his father; his big break came in 1966 when CBS Records offered him a contract, and since then, he has been one of the most famous entertainers in Mexico. Hit songs include “Volver, Volver,” “El Rey,” and “Lástima que seas ajena.”
Winner of three Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold more than fifty million records, and from 1969-1991, he was also a leading actor, appearing in 37 Mexican films. His sons Alejandro and Vicente Jr. are also very successful musicians.
(Jack Snowden Hawkins)
b. October 28, 1929, London, England
d. December 11, 2021 (age 92, location undisclosed, heart attack)
British stage, television, and film actor—and former Navy Lieutenant—debuted on the London stage as Doctor Doolittle in “Pygmalion,” opposite Glenda Jackson as Eliza. Best remembered for his role as Lt. Col. John Preston in the TV series and POW drama “Colditz” (1972-1974) and as Alan Haldale in the TV mini-series “Who Pays the Ferryman?” (1977). Films include “Of Human Bondage” (1964), “The Anniversary” (1968, opposite Bette Davis), “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1969), and “Karakter” (1997, a.k.a. “Character,” Academy Award winner, category Best Foreign-Language Film).
Best-known film role was in the Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), playing Carole Bouquet’s father. Born as Jack Hawkins, he later took his cousin Hedley Hawkins’s forename as his professional surname after film actor Jack Hawkins was already registered with the actors’ union. Retired from acting in 2000.
(Howard Allen Frances O’Brien)
b. October 4, 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
d. December 11, 2021, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. (age 80, complications from a stroke)
Author of gothic fiction; her books sold more than 150 million copies. In 1973, while grieving the death of her daughter Michelle (1966-1972), she converted a short story she had written previously into what became her first novel, the gothic horror “Interview with the Vampire” (published in 1976). It was the first of ten books in what is collectively known as “The Vampire Chronicles,” adapted by Neil Jordan into the 1994 film starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, and Kirsten Dunst.
Other adaptations of Rice’s novels include “Exit to Eden” (1994), directed by Garry Marshall, based on her 1985 novel “Exit to Eden,” and “Queen of the Damned” (2002), based on the third novel of “The Vampire Chronicles.” Also executive produced three TV movies. Her son, author Christopher Rice, revealed the news of her death on Facebook and Twitter.
(Robert Michael Nesmith)
b. December 30, 1942, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
d. December 10, 2021, Carmel Valley, California, U.S.A. (age 78, heart failure)
Guitarist and singer-songwriter of the pop-rock band The Monkees, formed in 1965 for the NBC comedy television show “The Monkees” (1966-1968); other members were Peter Tork (1942-2019), Davy Jones (1945-2012), and Micky Dolenz (b. 1945). The TV show was modeled after The Beatles’ musical comedies “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) and “Help!” (1965), and was co-produced by Bob Rafelson, who also directed their film “Head” (1968; screenplay by Rafelson and Jack Nicholson). Group dissolved in 1970. In all, they had 21 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100, with six top 10 hits and three #1 songs, including “I’m a Believer” (1966), that sold ten million copies worldwide.
Nesmith then became a solo artist, with “Joanne” (1971) as his most successful recording (#21 on the Billboard charts). Later also executive producer for three films and a two-time novelist. Less than a month ago, on November 14, he performed with The Monkees’ only surviving member, Micky Dolenz, at L.A.’s Greek Theatre. A cruise, scheduled for early 2022, was to have served as their final gig together.
His mother was Bette Nesmith Graham (1924-1980), inventor of the correction fluid Liquid Paper.
b. June 29, 1925, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
d. December 9, 2021, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 96, heart attack)
Actress and Academy Award nominee for her supporting role in Stanley Kramer’s “The Defiant Ones” (1958); Cara Williams was born to a Russian Jewish mother and an Austrian Jewish father. After their divorce, mother and daughter moved to Hollywood,; in 1941, at age 16, she was signed by 20th Century Fox. First played small parts, by late 1940s big supporting roles. Retired from acting in the early 1980s. Second husband was actor John Drew Barrymore (1932-2004, married from 1952-1959), son of John Barrymore; John Blyth Barrymore (b. 1954) was their son.
One of the oldest surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees, along with Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint (b. 1924, “On the Waterfront,” 1954), and fellow nominees Angela Lansbury (b. 1925, nominated for “Gaslight” 1944), Lee Grant (b. 1925, “Detective Story,” 1951), Nancy Olson (b. 1928, “Sunset Boulevard,” 1950), Ann Blyth (b. 1928, “Mildred Pierce,” 1945), Terry Moore (b. 1929, “Come Back, Little Sheba,” 1952), Marisa Pavan (b. 1932, “The Rose Tattoo,” 1955), and Patty McCormack (b. 1945, “The Bad Seed,” 1956).
(Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spañol von Braueich)
b. August 14, 1928, Rome, Lazio, Italy
d. December 9, 2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy (age 93, cause undisclosed)
Visionary and revolutionary Italian film director, screenwriter, vivacious storyteller, and the first woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Directing (“Pasqualino settebellezze,” a.k.a. “Seven Beauties,” 1975). This wartime dramedy also earned her a nomination in the category Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen; she’s also an Honorary Oscar recipient (2019). Was an assistant to her mentor Federico Fellini on his seminal “8 1/2” (1963) that would catalyze her film career; his style is evident in much of her work. From 1963-2004, she directed 23 features, including “Mimi metallurgico ferito nell’onore” (a.k.a. “The Seduction of Mimi,” 1972), and “Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto” (1974, a.k.a. “Swept Away” and “Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August”), all with Giancarlo Giannini. He appeared in nine of Wertmüller’s films.
Many years after Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, or Ida Lupino, she became another highly influential female filmmaker—especially during the 1970s, the zenith in her career—to be internationally recognized and acclaimed, alongside Agnès Varda or Chantal Akerman. She holds a significant place in the annals of film history; her trademark white glasses became as iconic as her films that were very successful in the U.S. during the 1970s, at times even breaking records for foreign films.
b. October 5, 1939, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
d. December 9, 2021, Mexico City, Mexico (age 82, stroke)
Mexican film and television actress who began her career for television in 1964. Film debut in Roberto Gavaldón’s “La vida inútil de Pito Pérez” (1970); played leading and supporting roles in more than one hundred films, including “Que viva Tepito!” (1981), “Esta Noche Cena Pancho” (1986), “Todo el poder” (2000), “La misma luna” (2007, a.k.a. “Under the Same Moon”), “Cartas a Elena” (2011, a.k.a. “Letters to Elena”). Also appeared in Tony Scott’s “Man on Fire” (2004), filmed in Mexico starring Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken. Final film, “The Valet” (2022), currently in post-production.
Her family announced her death with a message on her Twitter account, saying, ‘With great sorrow, we inform you that leading actress Carmen Salinas passed away today.’ She had been in a coma since suffering a stroke last month.
Martha De Laurentiis
b. July 10, 1954, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d. December 4, 2021, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 67, brain cancer)
Producer who formed the Dino De Laurentiis Company, later known as the De Laurentiis Company, in 1980 with her partner and future husband, Dino De Laurentiis (married from 1990 until Dino’s death in 2010 at age 91). She produced, associate produced, executive produced, and co-produced over 40 films and mini-series, including the Stephen King adaptation “Firestarter” (1984, her debut film), “Raw Deal” (1986), “The Bedroom Window” (1987), “Hannibal” (2001; also the TV series “Hannibal,” 2013-2015), “Red Dragon” (2002), “Arctic” (2018), and the remake of “Firestarter” (2022). Daughters are actresses Carolyna (b. 1988) and Dina De Laurentiis (b. 1990).
Dina released a statement after her mother’s death, saying, ‘My mother was both a warm, generous, optimistic soul—my father always referred to her as his ‘sunshine’—and a fierce protector. A treasured wife, mother and grandmother and a friend who touched so many, as well as a nurturer—and protector—of creative people on the movies and television she loved. She put family first but got up every morning passionate about building upon my father’s legacy and continuing to forge her own. Her kindness, intelligence, and grace will continue to inspire us.’ Until 1995, her screen credit was Martha Schumacher, her birth name.
Sir Antony Sher
b. June 14, 1949, Cape Town, South Africa
d. December 3, 2021, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, U.K. (age 72, cancer)
Stage and screen actor of Lithuanian Jewish descent who played Dr. Mot in “Shakespeare in Love” (1998); other films include “Erik the Viking” (1989), “Mrs. Brown” (1997), “The Wolfman” (2010), “War Book” (2014). Studied in London at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (1969-1971), then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982, where he became a celebrated actor, known for his extraordinary performances. Recipient of two Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards (“Richard III,” 1985; “Stanley,” 1997). His recent productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company include “King Lear,” “Henry VI” and “Death of a Salesman.”
Nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor for “Stanley” (1997), and for a BAFTA TV Award as Best Actor for one-man show “Primo” (2007), set in Auschwitz and based on the writings of Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. Authored novels, including “Middlepost” (1988); autobiography, “Beside Myself: An Actor’s Life” (2002). Honorary doctorates from the Universities of Cape Town, Liverpool, and Warwic; knighted in 2000.
(Pamela Tiffin Wonso)
b. October 13, 1942, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
d. December 2, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 78, cause undisclosed)
Successful American model-turned-actress who leaped to movie stardom as a teenager and became a leading lady in popular light comedies during the early 1960s. In 1961, at age 19, she was spotted by producer Hal B. Wallis at the Paramount studio commissary when she was in Hollywood visiting friends. Film debut almost right away in “Summer and Smoke” (1961); then played James Cagney’s daughter in “One, Two, Three” (1961), directed by Billy Wilder who reportedly said she was ‘the biggest find since Audrey Hepburn.’
Worked in Hollywood until the mid-1960s; films include “State Fair” (1962), “Come Fly With me” (1963), “For Those Who Think Young” (1964). In “Harper” (1966), she played the seductive stepdaughter of Lauren Bacall’s character; that film was one of her last high-profile Hollywood films. She moved to Italy where she worked in films through 1974 before virtually retiring from the screen.
In February 1969, she did a photo feature for Playboy magazine. Memoir, “Daring: My Passages” (2015, co-written with Gail Sheehy); biography of her life, “Pamela Tiffin: Hollywood to Rome” (2015), by Tom Lisanti, who wrote, ‘For my money, she [Pamela Tiffin] is prettier than Raquel Welch, funnier than Jane Fonda and more appealing than Ann-Margret. Yet they all became superstars, and Tiffin did not.’
Twice nominated for a Golden Globe, for “Summer and Smoke” (category, Most Promising Newcomer – Female), and “One, Two, Three” (category, Best Supporting Actress). Tiffin’s death was announced by her daughter, actress and music supervisor Echo Danon (b. 1976).
(Arlene Carol Dahl)
b. August 11, 1925, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
d. November 29, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 96, cause undisclosed)
Actress with Norwegian roots, arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Briefly with Warner Bros., best remembered as leading lady at MGM in the late 1940s and 1950s. Films include “Three Little Words” (1950), “Woman’s World” (1954), and “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1959). Founded Arlene Dahl Enterprises, selling lingerie and cosmetics, and became a businesswoman by the late 1950s. Her second of six husbands was actor Fernando Lamas (from 1954-1960).
Their son, actor Lorenzo Lamas (b. 1958, her eldest of three sons), wrote on the day of her death in a Facebook post, ‘She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature, and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest.’
(Benjamin Thomas Lane)
b. December 17, 1937, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
d. November 29, 2021, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. (age 83, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—COPD)
Stuntman early in his career before becoming a supporting actor. Appeared in films such as “Cotton Comes to Harlem” (1970), “Shaft” (1971), “Shamus” (1973), “Ganja & Hess” (1973), “Blue Skies Again” (1983), and his final feature, “Sweat” (2007). He played Adam in Guy Hamilton‘s “Live and Let Die” (1973), the first Bond film starring Roger Moore when he followed in the footsteps of Sean Connery. In the speedboat scene off the coast of the fictional island of San Monique, he said, ‘Bond ripped one of our boats. He’s heading for the Irish Bayou. The man that gets him, stays alive! Now move, you mothers!’ Later he told Bond, ‘You made one mistake back on that island, Bond. You took something that didn’t belong to you. And you took it from a friend of Mr. Big’s. That kind of mistake is tough to bounce back from.’
(David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu)
b. July 1, 1953, Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
d. November 29, 2021, Murray Bridge, South Australia, Australia (age 68, lung cancer)
Australian actor and dancer who debuted in Nicolas Roeg’s “Walkabout” (1971). Of Aboriginal Australian of the Yolŋu people who grew up in the traditional ways in Arnhem Land; as a skilled tribal dancer, he was noticed by Nicolas Roeg. While promoting “Walkabout,” he met John Lennon, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Hendrix. Film credits include “Storm Boy” (1976), “The Last Wave” (1977), “The Right Stuff” (1983), “Crocodile Dundee” (1986), “The Tracker” (2002), “Rabbit-Proof Fence” (2002), “Australia” (2008), “Charlie’s Country” (2013, Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard section), “Goldstone” (2016).
After being diagnosed with cancer in 2017, he began working on a biographical documentary about his remarkable life, also his first project as a producer, “My Name Is Gulpilil” (2021), directed by Molly Reynolds. Was also a singer and a painter.
(Edward Rudolph Mekjian)
b. June 14, 1952, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
d. November 27, 2021, Newhall, California, U.S.A. (age 69, cause undisclosed)
Tony Award nominee for his lead role in “The Lieutenant” (1975) on Broadway. Played Carmine “The Big Ragoo” Ragusa, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Cindy Williams’ character Shirley Feeney, in 150 episodes of the hit television sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” (1976-1983, the most-watched TV show in the U.S. from 1977-1979, reaching up to 23 million American households). Following his death, Williams tweeted, “My darling Eddie, A world-class talent who could do it all. I love you dearly. I’ll miss you so much. But oh the marvelous memories…” followed by this YouTube video.
Many other TV credits and small parts in a number of films too, such as “Beaches” (1988), “A League of Their Own” (1992), “Top of the World” (1997), “Dreamgirls” (2006), “Love Made Easy” (2006), “The Last Stand” (2006), “Through a Mother’s Eye” (2013) and “Silver Twins” (2017).
(Stephen Joshua Sondheim)
b. March 22, 1930, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. November 26, 2021, Roxbury, Connecticut, U.S.A. (age 91, natural causes)
Legendary Broadway composer and lyricist, and one of the most prolific voices in American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century. Wrote the lyrics for “West Side Story” (1957) and “Gypsy” (1959), then became composer and lyricist. Winner of eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, an Oscar (category Best Music, Original Song, for “Dick Tracy,” 1990), a Pulitzer Prize (1985, Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his musical “Sunday in the Park With George”), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015).
Film adaptations of his work include “West Side Story” (1961 and 2021), “Gypsy” (1962 and 1993), “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1966), “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007) and “Into the Woods” (2014). Also wrote the ballad “Send In the Clowns,” a hit song in the U.S. for Judy Collins, who reached twice the Billboard Hot 100 with it, in 1975 (#36) and 1977 (#19).
b. September 21, 1937, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. November 24, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 84, cause undisclosed)
Supporting actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican ancestry. Made her screen debut as Consuelo in Robert Wise’s “West Side Story” (1961). Last May, actor George Chakiris told TCM, “Yvonne Wilder had an extraordinary, unique sense of humor. I made the play in London with Yvonne, so I knew her before the film. But Yvonne’s humor was adopted by all of us.” Other films include “Silent Movie” (1976), “Bloodbrothers” (1978), “The Last Married Couple in America” (1980), and “Seems Like Old Times” (1980). Also numerous TV credits; final screen role in “Dorf Goes Fishing” (1993). Later became a painter and a sculptor.
b. October 6, 1930, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. November 21, 2021, U.S.A. (age 91, location and cause undisclosed)
Character actor, known for portraying proctologist Dr. “Assman” Cooperman on “Seinfeld” (1995), and mainly appeared in TV shows from 1964 until his final onscreen performance in “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2015. Films include “Little Big Man” (1970), “The World’s Greatest Lover” (1977), “Foul Play” (1978), “Shoot the Moon” (1982), “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985, playing Big Larry), “Legal Eagles” (1986), “Bird” (1988), “My Mom’s a Werewolf” (1989), “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (1989) and “The Wedding Crashers” (2005).
Pee-wee Herman sent out a tweet on November 24, saying, ‘During a career that spanned well over fifty years, he [Lou Cutell] acted in an extraordinary number of diverse movies and television shows. Lou was surrounded by family who loved him when he passed. A couple of days before, I was lucky enough to be able to tell him how much he meant to me and that I’d never forget him. It’s obvious and corny to say, but nevertheless true: he was amazing. Rest in Peace, Lou.’
b. September 9, 1943, Gary, Indiana, U.S.A.
d. November 17, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 78, Parkinson’s disease)
Character actor, best known for portraying cops, coaches, or tough guys. But he also played Chick Gandil, the ghost White Sox first baseman, in “Field of Dreams” (1989), and Babe Ruth in “The Sandlot” (1993)—two of the most beloved baseball movies of all time—and in “The Santa Clause 2” (2002) and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006), he appeared as the Tooth Fairy.
Following his death, his wife Shelly LaFleur wrote on Facebook, ‘This guy… After a 10-year battle with A-typical Parkinson’s, Art LaFleur, the love of my life, passed away. He was a generous and selfless man, which carried over to his acting, but more importantly, it was who he was for his family and friends. Every location or set we visited him on, the cast and crew would introduce themselves and tell Molly, Joe, and me how Art spoke of us with such pride and love. I was so very lucky to have had a 43-year relationship with a man who cherished me and who I adored. Art was larger than life and meant the world to us.’
b. March 18, 1937, Kyoto, Japan
d. November 13, 2021, Japen (age 84, location and cause undisclosed)
Academy Award-winning costume designer for “Ran” (1985, Akira Kurosawa’s epic adaptation of Ling Lear), and Emmy Award winner (British TV show “Oedipus Rex,” 1993; category Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program). Initially turned down numerous job offers in the film industry since most producers would not meet her demands of designing the entire wardrobe, or didn’t appreciate her painstaking attention to detail.
First feature was “Marco” (1973), a U.S.-Japanese co-production starring Zero Mostel; other films include “Ying xiong” (2002, a.k.a. “Hero”) and “House of Flying Daggers” (2004, both by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou). Was professionally active until recently; latest feature is Ann Hui’s “Di yi lu xiang” (2020, a.k.a. “Love After Love”). Also worked in theater and opera.
Elfrida von Nardroff
b. July 3, 1925, Northhampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
d. November 11, 2021, Westhampton Beach, New York, U.S.A. (age 96, stroke)
Controversial American game show contestant of fixed “Twenty-One” (1958), a popular TV show hosted by Jack Barry, that won her $220,500 (approximately $2.1 million in today’s dollars), the largest amount won on the infamous game show during its run (1956-1958). Earlier, Charles Van Doren (1926-2019), an English instructor at Columbia University, won $129,000 (nearly $1.3 million) in 1956 and 1957. In 1959, a congressional investigation proved that contestants on the show were given answers in advance by producers who wanted audience favorites to keep winning for ratings. In 1962, she, Van Doren, and others, pleaded guilty and received suspended sentences.
The scandal later became the subject of Robert Redford’s detective docudrama “Quiz Show” (1994), focusing on the rise and fall of Charles Van Doren. From 1963-1980, von Nardroff worked in advertising and real estate; she rarely if ever spoke publicly about the quiz show scandal. Died at East End Hospice Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quogue, Westhampton Beach, New York.
b. November 12, 1932, Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
d. November 9, 2021, Brentwood, California, U.S.A. (age 88, cause undisclosed)
American film and television actor, best known for his role of family patriarch John Abbott on the daytime TV show “The Young and the Restless” (1981-2016; 879 episodes). First screen role in “Blast of Silence” (1961, playing a gangster), then bit parts and supporting roles in “Avalanche” (1978), “Mommie Dearest” (1981), “Looker” (1981), “JFK” (1991), “The Back-Up Bride” (2011) and “Silent But Deadly” (2012). He had launched his acting career upon graduating from Brandeis University; studied acting with Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles. During the 1960s and 1970s, he also appeared in numerous TV shows.
(Robert Dean Stockwell)
b. March 5, 1936, North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
d. November 7, 2021, U.S.A. (age 85, location undisclosed; natural causes)
Child actor during Hollywood’s Golden Era, who later on became a cult star. First films included screen classics “The Valley of Decision” (1945), “Anchors Aweigh” (1945), “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947), “The Secret Garden” (1949); as an adult also in highly regarded films such as “Compulsion” (1959) and “Sons and Lovers” (1960). Later worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Sidney Lumet, and Dennis Hopper, who became a close friend.
In his long career, he played over 200 film and TV roles; he also appeared in Jonathan Demme’s Mafia comedy “Married to the Mob” (1988), which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Other memorable roles are Walt Henderson in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” (1984), and Ben in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” (1986).
Was the first person to win two Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival (“Compulsion,” 1959; “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” 1962). In the 1970s, he worked as a real estate agent for some time and designed the cover of longtime friend Neil Young’s studio album “American Stars ‘N Bars” (1977). Younger brother of actor Guy Stockwell (1933-2005); actress Millie Perkins was his first of two wives (from 1960-1962).
(Peter Jonathan Aykroyd)
b. November 19, 1955, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
d. November 6, 2021, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. (age 65, septicemia from an internal infection precipitated by an untreated abdominal hernia)
Actor and Emmy Award-nominated “Saturday Night Live” writer (1979-1980; 20 episodes, category Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program). Younger brother of actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd (b. 1952). Played small roles in films as “Doctor Detroit” (1983), “Nothing Lasts Forever” (1984), “Nothing But Trouble” (1991, also story), “Coneheads” (1993), “Kids of the Round Table” (1995).
On November 22, 2021, Dan Aykroyd tweeted, ‘Cracking a #Head to celebrate the life of my brilliant, inventive, funny, and big-hearted brother Peter. Musician, songwriter, vocalist, composer, analog sound engineer, comedy writer, and actor—he was beloved by all his colleagues, friends, and family. See Java Junkie. Clip.’ This noir parody short (1979), written and directed by Tom Schiller, featured Peter Aykroyd as Joe, an over-caffeinated character buzzing around town to fix his coffee addiction; Teri Garr played the waitress.
b. February 7, 1940, Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
d. November 5, 2021, West Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 81, lung cancer and complications from Covid-19)
Actor who frequently appeared, alongside Hector Elizondo and Larry Miller, in Garry Marshall films such as “Nothing in Common” (1986), “Beaches” (1988), “Pretty Woman” (1990), “Frankie and Johnny” (1991), “Exit to Eden” (1994), “The Other Sister” (1999), “The Princess Diaries” (2001), “Raising Helen” (2004), and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” (2004). Restivo’s final film was “Sammy-Gate” (2020).
In the early 1970s, he and his brother Joe bought a restaurant, Vitello’s, at 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City. Garry Marshall, back then still working for television, was one of their customers. Outside the restaurant, Bonny Lee Bakley, wife of Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Blake, was murdered in 2001. It gave the place a certain notoriety and fame when bus tour companies added the location as a stop. The Restivo Brothers sold Vitello’s in 2005.
Coronji Calhoun Sr.
b. November 28, 1990, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
d. October 30, 2021, New Sarpy, Lousiana, U.S.A. (age 30, congestive heart failure)
Former child actor starred at age 10 in “Monster’s Ball” (2001) as Tyrell Musgrove, the son of Lawrence and Leticia Musgrove, characters played by Sean Combs and Halle Berry. The film provided a landmark movie moment when Berry became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Calhoun played her artistically talented son, who she physically and emotionally abused for his obesity. It was his only screen role.
After his death, Calhoun’s mother, Theresa C. Bailey, set up a GoFundMe campaign, titled “Coronji’s Homegoing”; Halle Berry and “Monster’s Ball” producer Lee Daniels donated $3,394 each. Ms. Bailey wrote, ‘At the age of ten, he [Coronji Calhound] portrayed Tyrell. […] Unfortunately, we did not have any life insurance policy on him (as we never expected this tragedy to befall us) before he transitioned. Now we ask for generosity in your donations as we prepare to give Coronji a sacred celebration of life.’
b. March 17, 1975, Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
d. October 29, 2021, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India (age 46, heart attack)
Star of India’s Kannada-language film industry, and son of Rajkumar (1928-2006), also a star of Kannada cinema. Appeared in films from age 3 under his birth name; for “Bettada Hoovu” (1985), using the screen credit Puneeth, he won India’s National Film Award for Best Child Actor.
From 2002, a leading actor who appeared in a string of hit films, including “Abhi” (2003), “Mourya” (2004), “Aakash” (2005), “Ajay” (2006), “Milana” (2007), “Arasu” (2007), “Jackie” (2010), “Anjani Putra” (2017), and “Raajakumara” (2017). He also hosted the Kannada-language version of the TV show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” in 2012. His older brother Shivarajkumar (b. 1962) is also a top star in the Kannada film industry.
(Morton Lyon Sahl)
b. May 11, 1927, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
d. October 26, 2021, Mill Valley, California, U.S.A. (age 94, cause undisclosed)
Legendary Canadian-born American actor, social satirist and comedian. The Guardian wrote in its obituary, ‘[Will] Rogers just made jokes about the people in the news, but Sahl specialized in demolishing them. Different from [Bob] Hope, who employed an army of ghostwriters, Sahl wrote all his own material—and not just for himself; for a while, he was President John F. Kennedy’s principal joke writer.’
He was the first entertainer to appear on the cover of Time (1960) and inspired comedians such as Lenny Bruce, Jay Leno, and Woody Allen who had said, ‘With Mort Sahl, the whole face of comedy changed completely. He totally restructured comedy and changed the rhythm of the jokes.’ Co-hosted the Academy Awards of 1959 at the RKO Pantages Theater, and played small roles in films such as “All the Young Men” (1960), “Johnny Cool” (1963), “Don’t Make Waves” (1967), and “Max Rose” (2013). Memoir, “Heartland,” was published in 1976.
b. July 25, 1924, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. October 25, 2021, Malibu, California, U.S.A. (age 97, cause undisclosed)
Widow of composer Henry Mancini and L.A. philanthropist. Daughter of an Irish father and Mexican mother, raised by her grandparents; while in high school, she and two classmates formed the Mel-Tones, and sang with Mel Tormé’s band from 1943 to 1946. Also sang on radio shows and in the chorus of a number of films, including “The Harvey Girls” (1946).
Then became a member of the Mello-Larks for bandleader Tex Beneke, who led the Glenn Miller Band since 1946. There she met Henry Mancini (1924-1994), the band’s pianist and one of the arrangers, and they got married in 1947. The four-time Oscar winner dedicated his autobiography “Did They Mention the Music?” (1989) to her, quoting, ‘To Ginny—the journey could not have been made without our love for each other.’ Served for several years as President of the Board of Directors of the Henry Mancini Institute.
James Michael Tyler
b. May 28, 1962, Winona, Mississippi, U.S.A.
d. October 24, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 59, prostate cancer)
Supporting actor, best known from the iconic sitcom “Friends” (1994-2004) as Gunther, the coffee shop manager at Central Perk and Rachel’s admirer. He appeared in 56 of the series’ 235 episodes, making him the most-frequently recurring actor other than the leading ensemble cast. Also in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (2001; 1 episode), “Modern Music” (2013; 5 episodes).
On October 25, 2021, the official “Friends” Twitter account tweeted, ‘Warner Bros. Television mourns the loss of James Michael Tyler, a beloved actor and integral part of our FRIENDS family. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans.” Died of prostate cancer, discovered during a routine physical when he was 56; last June, he revealed he was battling stage 4 prostate cancer.
b. September 22, 1955, New Rochelle, New York, U.S.A.
d. October 22, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 66, leukemia)
Supporting actor, best known for his roles on TV as Henry Desmond on “Bosom Buddies” (1980-1982, opposite Tom Hanks), and Michael Harris on “Newhart” (1984-1990, nominated three times for a Primetime Emmy Award, category Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series). Won a Primetime Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for “Girls” (2016) opposite Lena Dunham and Adam Driver, making him the first ever actor to win an Emmy as a ‘replacement nominee.’
Films include “The Rosebud Beach Hotel” (1984), “Corporate Affairs” (1990), “Camp Nowhere” (1994), and “Suburban Girl” (2007). Died after a two-year illness but kept working until recently.
b. April 10, 1979, Zhytomyrska, Ukraine
d. October 21, 2021, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. (age 42, gunshot wound)
Born in Ukraine, she grew up on a remote Soviet military base in the Russian city of Murmansk and became interested in film while living there. On her website, she wrote that she ‘holds a graduate degree in International Journalism from Kyiv National University in Ukraine, and previously worked as an investigative journalist with British documentary productions in Europe.’ After she moved to Los Angeles, she graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (2010), and began working as a cinematographer. She did mostly shorts, although in recent years also feature films, including “Darlin'” (2019), “Archenemy” (2020), “Blindfire” (2020), and “The Mad Hatter” (2021).
She died in an accident while working on the set of “Rust” when she was fatally shot with a prop gun by Alec Baldwin; director Joel Souza got injured. About three weeks after her death, on November 14, 2021, Halyna Hutchins became posthumously an honorary member of the American Society of Cinematographers.
(George Tyssen Butler)
b. 1943, Chester, England, U.K.
d. October 21, 2021, New Hampshire, U.S.A. (age 78, pneumonia)
Documentary filmmaker, best-known for co-directing “Pumping Iron” (1977), about the world of professional bodybuilding, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferringo, competing for the title of Mr. Olympia in 1975. Previously, he was a photographer for The Village Voice and Life magazine, covering bodybuilding events; in 1974, he co-wrote the book “Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding” with Charles Gaines, which led to the making of his documentary.
In all, Butler made several documentaries, including “Pumping Iron II: The Women” (1985), a follow-up focusing on female bodybuilding and four women as they prepare for the 1983 Caesars Palace World Cup Championship. The day after he died, Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted, ‘Rest in peace to my good friend George Butler. […] I was saddened to hear of George’s passing. He was such a talent, he had a fantastic eye, and he was a force for the sport of bodybuilding and the fitness crusade.’
b. 1938, Minonk, Illinois, U.S.A.
d. October 20, 2021, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. (age 82, complications related to Covid-19)
Screenwriter, film director and producer. Began his career in London as producer of Bryan Forbes’ “The Whisperers” (1968) and Michael Sarne’s “Joanna” (1968). After marrying actress Leslie Caron in 1969, they moved to Los Angeles, and he produced Monte Hellman‘s “Two-Lane Blacktop” (1971), one of the greatest road movies ever made and a fine example of the short-lived period of youth-oriented films following “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “The Graduate” (1967) and “Easy Rider” (1969).
Laughlin’s films as writer-director include the horror film “Strange Behaviors” (1981), the sci-fi mystery “Strange Invaders” (1983), and “Mesmerized” (1985), a drama starring Jodie Foster and John Lithgow. His final screen effort was the screenplay he co-wrote with Buck Henry for Peter Chelsom’s lesser-known romantic comedy “Town & Country” (1981), starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Andie McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, and Goldie Hawn.
(Leslie Charles Bricusse)
b. January 29, 1931, Southfields, London, England, U.K.
d. October 19, 1990, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France (age 90, cause undisclosed)
Screenwriter, and also one of the best and most successful composers and lyricists for stage and screen; winner of two Academy Awards, for “Doctor Dolittle” (1967, Best Music, Original Song, “Talk to the Animals”) and “Victor/Victoria” (1982, Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score, with Henry Mancini). Bricusse also wrote music and lyrics for “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1969), Ronald Neame‘s “Scrooge” (1970, also screenplay), and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971). Wrote lyrics for John Barry (“Goldfinger,” 1964; “You Only Live Twice,” 1967), Jerry Goldsmith (“The Sand Pebbles,” 1966), Henry Mancini (“Two For the Road,” 1967), and John Williams (“Superman,” 1978; “Home Alone,” 1990).
His death was announced by Dame Joan Collins on Instagram; she wrote, ‘One of the giant songwriters of our time, writer of #candyman #goldfinger amongst so many other hits, and my great friend Leslie Bricusse has sadly died today. He and his beautiful Evie have been in my life for over 50 years.’ Was married to former actress, British-born Yvonne Romain (b. 1938), from 1958 until his death.
b. June 17, 1941, Vickburg, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. October 18, 2021, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. (age 80, cause undisclosed)
From 1968, television actor in numerous series; best known as Army Col. Lynch in the TV series “The A-Team” (1983-1984; 3 episodes), Bajoran Furel in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1995-1997; 3 episodes), and biker Piermont ‘Piney’ Winston in “Sons of Anarchy” (2008-2011; 49 episodes). Also played small parts—often detectives or sheriffs—in films, including “The Wild Rovers” (1971), “Harold and Maude” (1971), “The Return of a Man Called Horse” (1976), “10” (1979), and “Erin Brokovich” (2000).
His wife, former costume designer Sigrid Insull (b. 1941), wrote on Facebook, ‘Although William often played toughs and strongmen, in his actual life he was an elegant man with a brilliant intellect who loved to argue about politics and current affairs, discuss philosophy and physics and assert fine-pointed opinions about art and poetry.’
(Italo Valentino Bisoglio)
b. May 7, 1926, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. October 18, 2021, Los Olivos, California, U.S.A. (age 95, cause undisclosed)
Character actor who studied under drama coach Jeff Corey. Worked mostly for TV; best-known roles were as Sgt. Sal Pernelli, the cook, in “M.A.S.H.” (1981-1982; 3 episodes), and Danny Tovo in “Quincy, M.E.” (1983; 5 episodes). Films include “No Way to Treat a Lady” (1968), “The Don Is Dead” (1973), “Serpico” (1973), “The Hindenburg” (1975), and “The Frisco Kid” (1979). In “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), he played Frank Sr., the brash father of John Travolta’s Tony Manero.
He was also involved in the Kennedy Administration’s Mobilization for Youth Program (1961) in New York’s Lower East Side; the anti-poverty program provided teenage dropouts counseling, job training, and education.
Eleonore ‘Lorli’ von Trapp Campbell
(Eleonore von Trapp)
b. May 14, 1931, Salzburg, Austria
d. October 17, 2021, Northfield, Vermont, U.S.A. (age 90, cause undisclosed)
The second daughter of Austrian naval Capt. Georg von Trapp (1880-1947), portrayed by Christopher Plummer in “The Sound of Music” (1965), and his second wife, Maria von Trapp (1905-1987). The film depicts Georg von Trapp as a widower with seven children; with his first wife, Agathe Gobertina Whitehead (1891-1922), he had seven children, and they were the basis for the singing family in the film. After her death, he married Maria Augusta Kutschera, a.k.a. Maria von Trapp, in 1927; they had three more children, with Eleonore as the second one (they are not in the film).
When Georg von Trapp lost most of his wealth during the Great Depression, the family turned to singing as a way to earn a living. In 1938, they managed to escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, moved to the U.S., and settled in Vermont in the early 1940s where they opened a ski resort, the Trapp family Lodge.
Eleanore ‘Lorli’ von Trapp married Hugh David Campbell in 1954; they had seven daughters. None of them ever worked for film or television.
Her seven stepsiblings who were depicted in “The Sound of Music” are all now deceased.
(Diane Hope Weyermann)
b. September 22, 1955, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
d. October 14, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 66, lung cancer)
Producer Diane Weyermann joined Participant, a production company, in 2005. Until 2017, she was the driving force behind its television and fabulous documentary feature film output. In 2019, she was named Chief Content Officer.
She executive produced documentaries such as “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006, Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, Feature), “Darfur Now” (2007), “Food, Inc.” (2008), Errol Morris’ “Standard Operating Procedure” (2008), “CITIZENFOUR” (2014, another Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, Feature), Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence” (2014), “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” (2015), and Marc Silver’s “3 1/2 Minutes” (2015). She is also a two-time Emmy Award nominee.
(Roy Horan III)
b. January 1, 1950, Laurel, Maryland, U.S.A.
d. October 12, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 71, cause undisclosed)
Former martial arts student of Korean taekwondo master and Hong Kong movie villain Jang-Lee Hwang, a.k.a. ‘The lord of the super kickers.’ Horan first emigrated to Taiwan and then to Hong Kong; broke into Hong Kong films in the mid-1970s. He appeared opposite Jackie Chan in “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow” (1978) and with Bruce Lee in “Game of Death 2” (1980; Lee died in 1973, most of his scenes were taken from his older films, especially “Enter the Dragon,” 1973). In 1987, he co-wrote, produced and appeared in “No Retreat, No Surrender 2: Raging Thunder.”
From 1978-1989, he worked as an executive for Seasonal Film Corporation, based in Hong Kong; he taught meditation (from 1992) and filmmaking (from 1999, at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design). Founder of Innovea Ltd., a company that designs and conducts innovative psychological assessments; authored self-help book “Vigilance of the Heart” (2018). Father of actress Celina Jade (b. 1985).
(Ricarlo Erik Flanagan)
b. March 23, 1980, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. October 12, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 41, complications from Covid-19)
Actor, writer, rapper, and stand-up comedian who was a semi-finalist on “Last Comic Standing,” and appeared on the TV shows “Shameless” (2017; 4 episodes), and “Walk the Park” (2017-2018; 4 episodes). Early October, he tweeted, ‘This covid is no joke. I don’t wish this on anybody.‘
After his death, a GoFundMe campaign was created, titled ‘Help get Ricarlo Flanagan home.’ It read, ‘[…] Ricarlo Flanagan was a loving son, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend with many amazing talents. He brought laughter to every room he walked in. We would like to get him home to his family in Cleveland, Ohio, so his family can put him to rest. We ask that you please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.’
(Brian David Goldner)
b. April 21, 1963, Huntington, New York, U.S.A.
d. October 11, 2021, Barrington, Rhode Island, U.S.A. (age 58, prostate cancer)
Chairman and CEO of Hasbro, Inc.—named after the three Hassenbeld brothers, the company’s founders—a multinational with toys, board games, and media assets. Goldner produced, or executive produced toy-related films such as “Transformers” (2007), “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009), “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011), “Transformers: Age of Distinction” (2014), “Transformers: The Last Knight” (2017), and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (2009), “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013), “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” (2021).
Disclosed last year that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014; father of actress Brooke L. Goldner (b. 1996). Brian Robbins, CEO of Paramount Pictures, said in a statement, ‘Brian [Goldner] was an incredible partner and collaborator with us on so many beloved franchise titles including GI Joe and Transformers, and he was a visionary leader in evolving Hasbro into a global content company.’
(Ruth Irene Tompson)
b. July 22, 1910, Portland, Maine, U.S.A.
d. October 10, 2021, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 111, natural causes)
Animator at the Walt Disney Studios from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) until her retirement in 1975, after completing her work on “The Rescuers” (1977). Got her first job at Disney in 1928 when she was 18, as a painter in the Ink and Paint Department, where she later helped put the finishing touches on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the studio’s first full-length animated feature. Then worked her way up to animation, scene checking and scene planning; features include “Pinocchio” (1940), “Fantasia” (1940), “Dumbo” (1941), “Lady and the Tramp” (1955), “Sleeping Beauty” (1959), “The Sword in the Stone” (1963), “Mary Poppins” (1964), “The Aristocats” (1970), and “Robin Hood” (1973).
She passed away at age 111, at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California. Last year, she said, ‘I don’t know why I am still here, but I know that I don’t want to be revered for how old I am. I want to be known for who I am.’ The Walt Disney Company honored her on its website with a tribute, ‘Remembering Disney Legend Ruthie Thompson.’
b. September 23, 1924, Lomita, California, U.S.A.
d. October 10, 2021, California, U.S.A. (age 97, location undisclosed, complications from a fall)
Stuntman, often uncredited, worked in close to 350 TV shows and films. First films were Anthony Mann’s “Winchester ’73” (1950), starring James Stewart and Shelley Winters, and Jacques Tourneur’s “Flame and the Arrow” (1950) with Burt Lancaster and Virginia Mayo. Other notable films include “The Ten Commandments” (1956), “Spartacus” (1960), “The Chase” (1966), “Soylent Green” (1973), “Farewell, My Lovely” (1975), “1941” (1979), “Poltergeist” (1982), “Pale Rider” (1985), “The Untouchables” (1987), “Batman Returns” (1992) and “Batman Forever” (1995, in both films, stunt double for Pat Hingle), “L.A. Confidential” (1997), and “Lethal Weapon 4” (1998).
He also acted in films; in “Invaders from Mars” (1953), he played a martian. Ironically, the man who worked his whole life as a much sought-after stuntman, including for Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood, and even up to his mid-seventies, died from complications from a fall.
(Ravil Akhmedullovitch Isyanov)
b. August 20, 1962, Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
d. September 29, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 59, cause undisclosed)
Russian-born supporting actor; worked at the Khabarovsk Theatre, then studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School and the Oxford branch of the British American Drama Academy in England. From 1992, he played small parts in several European films, including “GoldenEye” (1995), often as a pilot, a guard, lieutenant, etc. Then moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s to pursue a career in acting; he appeared in many shorts, TV shows, and feature films, including “Along Came a Spider” (2001), “K-19: The Widowmaker” (2002), “Holes” (2003), “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011), “Defiance” (2013), “Anywhere With You” (2018), and “Follow Me” (2020).
His upcoming films are “Blonde,” a fictionalized story of Marilyn Monroe with Isyanov as film director Billy Wilder, and he plays a leading role in “25 Cents Per Minute.” In all, he accumulated over seventy screen credits, with his role as Anatoli Kirkin on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (from 2013-2021; 7 episodes) as his best-known character.
(Thomas Harvey Kirk/Thomas Lee Kirk)
b. December 10, 1941, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
d. September 28, 2021, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. (age 79, natural causes)
b. December 12, 1937, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
d. September 27, 2021, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A. (age 83, Lewy body dementia)
A former Los Angeles DJ before hosting variety shows on TV. Then became a television producer for shows like “Almost Anything Goes” (1975-1976) and “Star Search” (1983-1986). Some of his shows gave career breaks to future stars, such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Other shows include “Out of the Blue” (1985), “Destination Stardom” (1999), and “House of Pop” (2000). Also played small parts in a few films, including “Clambake” (1967) and “Tunnel Vision” (1976), and was involved in creating and producing TV specials and series for Telemundo and Univision.
David H. DePatie
(David Hudson DePatie)
b. December 24, 1929, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. September 23, 2021, Gig Harbor, Washington, U.S.A. (age 91, natural causes)
American film and television producer, and the last executive in charge of the original Warner Bros. cartoon studio, i.e. the animation division of Warner Bros. during Hollywood’s golden age of animation (from 1928 until the late 1960s). WB closed the animation studio in 1963. With animator and cartoonist Fritz Freleng (1905-1995), DePatie co-founded DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in 1963 and was contacted by film director Blake Edwards. He asked them to design a panther character for the opening title of “The Pink Panther” (1963), resulting in a contract to produce animated titles for the film.
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises also produced cartoon shorts featuring the Pink Panther. The first one, “The Pink Phink” (1964), directed by Freleng, earned them an Academy Award (Best Short Subject, Cartoons). Two years later, another short, “The Pink Blueprint,” was nominated in the same category. They also made “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies” cartoons (1964-1967), and “Dr. Seuss” TV specials (1971-1982).
(Jay Henry Sandrich)
b. February 24, 1932, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. September 22, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 89, dementia)
Director for television from 1963-2003; first worked as assistant director (1955-1964), then became prolific and four-time Emmy Award-winning director of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970-1979; 119 episodes, earning him two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, in 1971 and 1973), and “The Cosby Show” (1984-1992; 100 episodes, another two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, in 1985 and 1986). Also recipient of three Directors Guild of America Awards.
Directed episodes for many other high-profile TV shows as well, and sixteen TV movies. “Seems Like Old Times” (1980), starring Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Charles Grodin, was his only feature film. His father was noted film director Mark Sandrich (1900-1945), who made three RKO musicals with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: “The Gay Divorcee” (1934), “Top Hat” (1935), and “Follow the Fleet” (1936).
b. June 5, 1956, Pretoria, South Africa
d. September 22, 2021 (age 65, location and cause undisclosed)
British theater, television, and film director, best known for directing the romantic comedy and global smash hit “Notting Hill” (1999), starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. His body of work also includes “Venus” (2006, earning Peter O’Toole his eighth and final Academy Award nomination), “Le Week-End” (2013) with Jim Broadbent, “My Cousin Rachel” (2017) starring Rachel Weisz, and “Blackbird” (2019) with Kate Winslet who said in a statement, ‘We are utterly heartbroken to lose the kindest and best of men. Roger Michell was a loving and devoted family man, but was also responsible for bringing together other families, creative families, across the globe. […] We mourn him deeply today, and will cherish and uphold his memory and his pure, magical spirit for all time. A truly great and good man from whom we learnt so much. A brilliant director. A gorgeous man, who made the world a better place. Us lucky ones who knew him have been profoundly affected by his gentleness and his almighty lion heart.’
Melvin Van Peebles
b. August 21, 1932, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
d. September 21, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 89, cause undisclosed)
Multitalented and influential American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, and composer whose groundbreaking film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song” (1971)—privately funded with his own money—was one of the best films of the Blaxploitation genre. Wrote six screenplays, produced and directed seven feature films. Also wrote in French, and worked in France. Appeared in big-budget films such as “Boomerang” (1992), starring Eddie Murphy, and “Last Action Hero” (1993) with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Father of Mario Van Peebles (b. 1957).
On September 22, 2021, Barry Jenkins tweeted, ‘He [Melvin Van Peebles] made the most of every second, of EVERY single damn frame and admittedly, while the last time I spent any time with him was MANY years ago, it was a night in which he absolutely danced his face off. The man just absolutely LIVED.’
(Mario Camus García)
b. April 20, 1935, Santander, Cantabria, Spain
d. September 18, 2021, Santander, Cantabria, Spain (age 86, cause undisclosed)
Spanish screenwriter-director who won the Golden Bear at the 33rd International Berlin Film Festival for “La colmena” (1982). He was a member of the New Spanish Cinema generation, along with Carlos Saura, Miguel Picazo, Basilio Martín Patino, Francisco Regueiro, José Luis Borau, and Julio Diamante. Film career spanned more than forty years; his first feature was “Los farsantes” (1963), his final film “El Prado de las estrellas” (2007). Several of his films were favorites at various film festivals.
Was twice nominated for a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival: for “Con el viento solano” (1966), and “Los santos inocentes” (1984, winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury). His films also won awards in Montreal, Chicago, Havana.
(Basil Harry Hoffman)
b. January 18, 1938, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
d. September 17, 2021, U.S.A. (age 83, location and cause undisclosed)
Character actor who arrived in Hollywood in 1974; at first, no agent wanted to represent him. “At Long Last Love” (1975), directed by Peter Bogdanovich, was his debut film. Since then, appeared in several award-winning films, such as “All the President’s Men” (1976), “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “The Electric Horseman” (1979), “Ordinary People” (1980), “The Milagro Beanfield War” (1988), and “The Artist” (2011). Also acting teacher and coach; served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild, among others.
Authored “Cold Reading and How to Be Good at it: An Authoritative Book Vital to the Career of Every Actor” (1999) and “Acting and How to Be Good At It: The Second Edition” (2009, with a foreword by Sydney Pollack).
(Suzanne Lorraine Burce)
b. April 1, 1929, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
d. September 16, 2021, Wilton, Connecticut, U.S.A. (age 92, natural causes)
Musical comedy star at MGM from the 1940s, mentored by producer Joe Pasternak. Signed a seven-year contract with MGM in 1943 and was cast in several teen-centered musicals, including “Three Daring Daughters” (1948) with Jeanette MacDonald, and “A Date With Judy” (1948), co-starring Wallace Beery and Elizabeth Taylor. One of her best films was Stanley Donen‘s “Royal Wedding” (1951), with Fred Astaire dancing on the side walls and ceiling of a room. For this film, she had replaced June Allyson, who became pregnant, and Judy Garland, who became sick. Latest highlights in her film career were “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954, also directed by Stanley Donen), “Athena” (1954), and “Hit the Deck” (1955), before she outgrew her sweet and innocent-looking girl-next-door image. Also performed on the stage, including revivals of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
Autobiography, “The Girl Next Door and How She Grew” (1988). Fifth and last husband was former child actor Dickie Moore (marriage from 1988 until his death in 2015 at age 89).
b. July 29, 1951, Dublin, Ireland
d. September 15, 2021, Bath, England, U.K. (age 70, cause undisclosed)
Irish-born American actor and son of actor and Academy Award nominee Dan O’Herlihy (1919-2005). Appeared in nine of the first ten episodes of “Happy Days” (1974) as Chuck Cunningham, the older brother of Richie and Joanie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard and Erin Moran, respectively). making him the eldest Cunningham sibling. Ric Carrott played the character in the show’s pilot, and then was replaced by Gavan O’Herlihy for nine episodes until Randolph Roberts stepped in for two more episodes as Chuck. After that, the character was written off “Happy Days,” making him famously disappear from the show without explanation.
Later in his career, O’Herlihy was often cast as a villain or antagonistic character, like in “Superman 3” (1983) and “Death Wish” (1985). Also appeared in “Willow” (1988), directed by Ron Howard, who tweeted after O’Herlihy’s death, ‘RIP Gavan. I knew him as the 1st of 2 Chucks on #HappyDays and then as Airk in #Willow where I had the pleasure of directing him. A talented actor with a big free spirit.’
(Norman Gene MacDonald)
b. October 17, 1959, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
d. September 14, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 61, cancer)
Died after a nine-year battle with cancer.
Michael K. Williams
(Michael Kenneth Williams)
b. November 22, 1966, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
d. September 6, 2021, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. (age 54, drug overdose)
Supporting actor and five-time Emmy Award-nominee. Became a professional dancer at age 22 in music videos and on tour with Madonna and George Michael; film debut in “Bullet” (1996) as Tupac Shakur’s brother, opposite Mickey Rourke and Adrien Brody. Best remembered for his roles of Omar Little in “The Wire” (2002-2008, David Simon’s critically-acclaimed crime series; 51 episodes) and Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire” (2010-2014; 53 episodes). Did most of his work for television; also played small parts in films such as “Gone Baby Gone” (2007), “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), “Brooklyn’s Finest” (2009), “12 Years a Slave” (2012), “Snitch” (2013), “RoboCop” (2014), and “The Public” (2018).
He was always very open about his longtime struggles with addiction and said he was using cocaine regularly while filming “The Wire” and “The Night Of” (2016). ‘The characters that mean the most to me are the ones that damn near kill me. It’s a sacrifice I’ve chosen to make,’ he told The New York Times in 2017. Williams died of a drug overdose.
(Jean-Paul Charles Belmondo)
b. April 9, 1933, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
d. September 6, 2021, Paris, Île-de-France, France (age 88, cause undisclosed)
Suave, magnetic star, and one of France’s most popular and iconic screen stars from 1960 through the mid-1980s. His breakthrough role in Jean-Luc Godard’s cult film “À bout de souffle” (1960, a.k.a. “Breathless”) made him the face of the French New Wave, although he worked in virtually every genre. Films include “La ciociara” (1960, a.k.a. “Two Women,” for which his co-star Sophia Loren won an Academy Award as Best Actress), “Borsalino” (1970), “Le casse” (1971), “Le magnifique” (1973, starring Jacqueline Bisset), “Le professionnel” (1981). Performed his own stunts until an accident during the filming of “Hold-Up” (1985), co-starring Kim Catrall.
Since he was happy to be a major star in Europe, he turned down many offers from Hollywood. During the 2013 Lumiere Film Fest, Quentin Tarantino said at a tribute to Belmondo, ‘Even his name, Belmondo, it’s not just the name of a movie star, it’s not just the name of a man. It’s a verb. It’s a verb that represents vitality, charisma, a force of will. It represents super-coolness.’ César winner for his role in “Itinéraire d’un enfant gâté” (1988, category Best Actor); Palme d’honneur at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Autobiography, “Trente ans et vingt-cinq films” (1963, a.k.a. “Thirty Years and Twenty-Five Films”).
(Sarah Nicole Harding)
b. November 17, 1981, Ascot, Berkshire, England, U.K.
d. September 5, 2021, Manchester, England, U.K. (age 39, breast cancer)
British singer, film and television actress, and model. Rose to fame in 2002 and became a member of the British pop group Girls Aloud (in the U.K., four #1 hits and twenty top 10 songs). Appeared in the British soap opera “Coronation Street” (2015; 5 episodes); films include “St. Trinian’s” (2007), “Bad Day” (2008), “Run for Your Wife” (2012). Diagnosed with cancer in August 2020; terminally ill since March 2021.
On September 5, 2021, the day Harding passed away, her mother wrote ‘A message from Sarah’s mum’ on her Instagram page, with the words, ‘It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day. She slipped away peacefully this morning. I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. It meant the world to Sarah, and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved. I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease—she was a bright shining star, and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead.’
(Irma May Ginsberg)
b. October 6, 1924, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. September 3, 2021, Woodland Hills, California (age 96, complications from pneumonia)
Writer and producer for television sitcoms and TV movies from the mid-1960s; as a writer mostly in collaboration with her husband, Austin ‘Rocky’ Kalish (1921-2016). They started together in radio as writers for “The Martin & Lewis Show” (late 1940s-1953), starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. TV movies as a writer include “Apple’s Way” (1974), “Love Nest” (1975), “The Supercops” (1975), “Rendezvous Hotel” (1979), and “Ghost of a Chance” (1980, all teleplays co-written with her husband). Only feature film is “Keep Off My Grass!” (1975, also co-written and co-produced with her husband), a hippies vs. establishment counterculture comedy starring Micky Dolenz.
Irma Kalish died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, where she spent 20 years on the board. Also an active member and vice president of the Writers Guild of America West. Television writer-producer Bruce Kalish (b. 1952) is the son of the Kalishes.
(Michail Georgios Theodorakis)
b. July 25, 1925, Chios, Greece
d. September 2, 2021, Athens, Greece (age 96, cardiac arrest)
Prolific film composer who began working in films in 1953 and became a celebrity after composing the score for “Zorba the Greek” (1964), starring Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates. The dance, known as sirtaki and “Zorba’s Dance,” was a worldwide hit, and the 1965 cover version of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass went to #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100. In the U.S., the soundtrack reached the top 30 of Billboard’s album charts. Was elected three times to the Greek Parliament, first as a left-wing deputy in 1964, and because he was very outspoken, his music was banned by the military junta that took power in 1967.
Result: he was jailed for five months, then deported to a Greek mountain village, and later interned in a concentration camp. International pressure by fellow artists, including Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Miller, and Harry Belafonte, led in his exile in Paris (1970-1974). Scored over forty films; other well-known films of his include “Z” (1969) and “État de siège” (1972, a.k.a. “State of Siege,” both directed by Costa Gavras), and “Serpico” (1973).
(Gregory Leon Leakes)
b. August 18, 1954, Atlanta, georgia, U.S.A.
d. September 1, 2021, U.S.A. (age 67, location undisclosed; colon cancer)
Reality TV personality in the U.S., real estate investor and husband of actress NeNe Leakes, cast member of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (2008-2019); he appeared on 12 seasons of the hit show alongside his wife. They married in 1997, divorced in 2011, and remarried in 2013—that ceremony was filmed for “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” (2013). Other television guest appearances include “The Wendy Williams Show” (2013), “The Arsenio Hall Show” (2013), “Bethenny” (2014), and “Masterchef” (2017).
Andy Cohen, executive producer of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” tweeted on the day of his death, ‘I am heartbroken over the passing of Gregg Leakes, a wonderful man. I jokingly called him “Pastor Leakes” but in truth he was a strong voice of reason & commanded great respect among the entire #RHOA team. I am sending love and strength to @neneleakes & the entire Leakes family.’
b. May 22, 1927, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d. August 31, 2021, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (age 94, natural causes)
Supporting actor best known for his role of the father of the bride—family patriarch Costas ‘Gus’ Portokalos—in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002, the sleeper hit grossed domestically $241 million, up until now still the highest-grossing romantic comedy in the U.S.). Also played Gus in the subsequent TV series “My Big Fat Greek Life” (2003) and the sequel “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” (2016, his final screen credit)—all written by Nia Vardalos, who played the leading character of Toula Portokalos. On September 9, 2021, Vardalos tweeted, ‘Michael Constantine, the dad to our cast-family, a gift to the written word, and always a friend. […] He gave us so much laughter and deserves a rest now. We love you Michael.’
Also on Broadway and numerous TV credits; film debut in “The Last Mile” (1959) starring Mickey Rooney. Other films include “The Hustler” (1961), Peter Hyams’ “Fat Chance” (1976), “Voyage of the Damned” (1976), and “The Juror” (1996, as the judge). Two-time Golden Globe nominee, Emmy Award-winning actor for the TV series “Room 222” (1969, category Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy).
(Yitzhak Edward Asner)
b. November 15, 1929, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.
d. August 29, 2021, Tarzana, California, U.S.A. (age 91, natural causes)
Highly popular TV star who played the tough-talking TV newsroom head Lou Grant on the sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970-1977; 166 episodes), and on the hourlong spin-off series “Lou Grant” (1977-1982; 114 episodes). Amassed more than 400 film and TV appearances since 1957.
Played small and supporting roles in films only now and then, including “Kid Galahad” (1962, with Elvis Presley), Sydney Pollack’s “The Slender Thread” (1965), “El Dorado” (1966, with John Wayne), “JFK” (1991). He was memorable alongside Maureen Stapleton in Randal Kleiser’s “The Gathering” (1977), and did poignant voicework in “Up” (2009, animated) as the elderly man whose house takes flight courtesy of balloons. Served as President of the Screen Actors Guild President from 1981 to 1985; he was politically active, and published “The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs” (2017).
Seven-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor; in 1971, 1972 and 1975 on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (category, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy); in 1976 on “Rich Man, Poor Man” (category, Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series); in 1977 on “Roots” (category, Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series); in 1978 and 1980 on “Lou Grant” (category, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series).
b. November 23, 2001, U.S.A.
d. August 28, 2001, Manor Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (age 19, suicide)
Former child actor who appeared in “Our Idiot Brother” (2011), starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel; Mindler, age 10, played River, the son of Liz (Emily Mortimer) and Dylan (Steve Coogan). Heavily controlled by his parents, the character of River was unable to express himself.
After Mindler’s unexpected death, his college, Millersville University in Pennsylvania, wrote in an email to its students, ‘It is with a grieving heart that I let you know of the death of 19-year-old Matthew Mindler from Hellertown, Pennsylvania, a first-year student at Millersville University. Our thoughts of comfort and peace are with his friends and family during this difficult time.’
He also acted on an episode of the series “As the World Turns” (2009) and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (2015), and a television movie, ““Chad: An American Boy” (2016).
(Charles Robert Watts)
b. June 2, 1941, London, England, U.K.
d. August 24, 2021, London, England, U.K. (age 80, cause undisclosed)
Drummer of the Rolling Stones from January 1963 until his death in 2021. The band, in the 1960s promoted as the bad boys in contrast to The Beatles, is revered as the world’s all-time greatest rock and roll band, with eight #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
A few weeks before Watts died, he withdrew from the Stones’ scheduled pandemic-postponed U.S. tour; he reportedly had undergone heart surgery. His last concert with the band took place in Miami on August 30, 2019, and he was a constant with the group both on record and on stage for almost 60 years.
Trained as a graphic artist; from 1975 he worked with Mick Jagger on configuring the Stones’ elaborate stage sets for their upcoming tours. Also worked as a jazz band leader, and played a few bit parts in films.
On August 24, 2021, the official Rolling Stones Twitter account tweeted, ‘It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also a member of the Rolling Stones [sic] one of the greatest drummers of his generation. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.’
(Michael Robert Nader)
b. February 19, 1945, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
d. August 23, 2021, Lake Tahoe, California, U.S.A. (age 76, cancer)
Television actor who gained notoriety as Farnsworth ‘Dex’ Dexter on “Dynasty” (1983-1989; 152 episodes), and as Dimitri Marick on the daytime soap opera “All My Children” (1991-2001; 405 epsiodes, plus a revival season in 2013).
On August 25, 2021, his wife, Jody Lister, put out a statement on MichaelFairmanTV, saying, ‘With heavy heart, I’m sharing the news of the passing of my beloved, Michael. We had 18 wonderful years together with the many dogs we fostered and adopted. Recently, Michael was so thrilled to reconnect with his friends from the cast of “Dynasty” during Emma Samms’ virtual event to help raise funds for long COVID research. Michael was working on a book about his life and addiction at the time of his death. He was a beautiful and fascinating man with many talents and skills. I will miss him forever.’
In 1997, he was charged with drunk driving, and four years later for attempting to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer. In the 1960s, he played bit parts in several “Beach Party” films.
(Isaac Donald Everly)
b. February 1, 1937, Brownie, Kentucky, U.S.A.
d. August 21, 2021, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. (age 84, cause undisclosed)
Half of the chart-topping vocal duo-guitarists-songwriters The Everly Brothers; his brother Phil had died in Burbank, California, in 2014, of a lung disease, at age 74. Together they dominated the Billboard Hot 100 with their close-harmony vocals and songs such as “Bye Bye Love” (1957; #2 on the Billboard Hot 100), “Wake Up Little Suzie” (1957; #1), “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958; #1), “Bird Dog” (1958; #1), “Cathy’s Clown” (1960; #1), and “Walk Right Back” (1961; #7). From 1957-1967 they had four #1 songs and fifteen top 10 songs. In the early 1970, duo broke up but was reunited in 1983 for an emotional concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They returned to the recording studio for a new album that included the hit song “On the Wings of the Nightingale” (1984, written by Paul McCartney, #50 on the Billboard Hot 100).
The Everly Brothers recorded a string of unforgettable rockers and ballads; their music had influenced multiple close harmony vocal acts, including The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Beatles. The vocal arrangements for “Please Please Me” (1963) were based on “Cathy’s Clown.”
Don Everly never appeared as an actor in films, but The Everly Brothers’ songs were often included in soundtracks. Survived by his fourth wife, four children, and his mother (b. 1919).
b. August 20, 1939, Delaware, U.S.A.
d. August 17, 2021, U.S.A. (age 81, location and cause undisclosed)
Television actor, originally from Delaware, grew up in Santa Monica, California. Appeared in 60 of all the 79 episodes of “Star Trek: The Original Series” (1966-1968), mostly as Lieutenant Leslie, or as a crewman, but uncredited in all but two. Also, occasionally, a stand-in and body double for William Shatner.
Left the series in the third and final season, due to a bad back and cluster headaches, which the set lights triggered, and was forced to retire from acting. He and his wife Judy then operated The Air Shop, an automobile air conditioning and accessories store in Santa Ana, California, until they sold it in 2002.
(Sean M. Lock)
b. April 22, 1963, Chertsey, Surrey, Kent, England, U.K.
d. August 16, 2021, Surrey, England, U.K. (age 58, lung cancer)
Considered to be one of the funniest men in British television, either as a host, a panelist, or an actor; also frequently on radio and stage. His routines were often dark and surreal. His big break came when he landed a regular guest spot in the TV sketch show “Newman and Baddiel in Pieces” (1993). Recipient of the British Comedy Award (2000; category, Best Live Comic). Played the lead in “15 Storeys High” (2002, 12 episodes; also screenwriter) about two men sharing a flat in South London; wrote the script for the feature film “This Filthy Earth” (2001). Stage tours include “Sean Lock: Live” (2008), “Sean Lock: Lockipedia Live” (2010), “Sean Lock: Purple Van Man” (2013), and “Keeping It Light” (2017).
After Lock’s death, Ricky Gervais tweeted on August 18, 2021, ‘Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man.’
(Francis Anthony Mossman)
b. April 14, 1988, Auckland, New Zealand
d. August 14, 2021, Sydney, Australia (age 33, suicide)
New Zealand actor who majored in Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. Also learned the Meisner Technique, taught by Michael Saccante, one of Sanford Meisner’s original students. Appeared in a few TV shows in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 2012. Played Vitus on the TV series “Spartacus” (2012). Other TV shows include “The Horizon” (2013-2017; all 30 episodes), “Dream Channel” (2017), and “Americans in Oz” (2018).
His brothers Laurence and Jeremy Mossman put together a GoFundMe post. It reads, ‘With heavy hearts and much sadness, we learned of Francis’ passing last Saturday 14th August in Sydney, Australia. Francis was an energetic force and much-loved brother and son. He was a well-respected member of the acting community and found a supportive and endearing family community in Sydney. His smile and energetic presence will be sorely missed by those lucky enough to have known him.’
(Nanci Caroline Griffith)
b. July 6, 1953, Seguin, Texas, U.S.A.
d. August 13, 2021, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. (age 68, cause undisclosed)
American singer-songwriter who recorded duets with several artists, including Don McLean and Emmylou Harris. Grammy Award winner for her tenth studio album, “Other Voices, Other Rooms” (1994; category, Best Contemporary Folk Album). Several of her songs were inspired by her high school boyfriend who died in a motorcycle accident after taking her to the senior prom.
Songs of hers are included on the soundtrack of films such as “Cookie” (1989) and “The Firm” (1993, both as a performer of “Never Mind”), “Milk Money” (1994, writer-performer of “This Heart”), “How to Make an American Quilt” (1995, writer-performer of “Anyone Can Be Somebody’s Fool”), and “Our Very Own” (2005, writer-performer of “Our Very Own”). Also appeared in music videos.
She was one of the many artists whose original material and master tapes were destroyed in the Universal Studios fire in June 2008.
b. February 24, 1944, Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.A.
d. August 13, 2021, Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.A. (age 77, cause undisclosed)
American actress and philanthropist; met director and 2018 Honorary Academy Award winner Charles Burnett while still in film school at UCLA. He gave her her first leading role in “Killer of Sheep” (1978), a landmark Black independent film. Then appeared in “Bless Their Little Hearts” (1983, written by Burnett), and “Daughters of the Dust” (1991, written and directed by Julie Dash). Praised for bringing dignity and vulnerability to her standout performances in those three films; they also helped create a new Black cinema. Her fifth and final film, “Ninth Street” (1999).
Charles Burnett paid tribute to Moore when he tweeted on August 26, 2021, ‘I am saddened by this news. #KayceeMoore was one of the most exceptional & unsung actresses I’ve ever worked with… Based on her undeniable talent, she deserved far more opportunities than she was afforded. I’m lucky that I had a chance to work with her.’
b. November 19, 1939, Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.A.
d. August 13, 2021, San Diego, California, U.S.A. (age 81, Covid-19-related illness)
Former Variety reporter who authored over a dozen biographies of stars, with books such as “Judy: The Films and Career of Judy Garland” (1969), “Lana: The Public and Private Lives of Miss Turner” (1971), “Brando: The Unauthorized Biography” (1973), “The Amazing Careers of Bob Hope” (1973), “The ‘It’ Girl: The Incredible Story of Clara Bow” (1976), “Rita: The Life of Rita Hayworth” (1983), “Paulette: The Adventurous Life of Paulette Goddard” (1985), “Forever Lucy: The Life of Lucille Ball” (1986), “Jane Wyman: A Biography” (1986), “Loretta Young: An Extraordinary Life” (1986), “Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward” (1989). Several of them were co-authored by Edward Z. Epstein.
Also published a novel, “Murder on the Hearst Yacht” (2012), speculating about the death of legendary silent film pioneer, film mogul, and producer Thomas H. Ince (1880-1924), who was aboard the yacht of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst when he got ill and died shortly thereafter.
b. May 1, 1937, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, U.K.
d. August 12, 2021, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. (age 84, after a long illness)
British television actress who debuted with the TV show “Rush Hour” (1958); one of her final major roles was playing Sherlock Holms’ landlady in the BBC series “Sherlock” (2010-2017; 14 episodes), starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Actor Griff Rhys Jones tweeted on August 12, 2021, ‘Devastated to hear our gorgeous Una Stubbs has passed away. Loved working with her on “Murder on the Blackpool Express.” Genuine and beautiful person inside & out. Thoughts are with her family. G x’
Her first husband was British actor Peter Gilmore (1931-2013), they were married from 1958-1969; second husband actor Nicky Henson (1945-2019), marriage from 1969-1975. Their children are composers Joe Henson (b. 1973) and Christian Henson (b. 1975).
(Nancy Kay Rihl)
b. 1949, Caracas, Venezuela
d. August 9, 2021, Downey, California, U.S.A. (age unknown, lung cancer)
Actress and musician who moved from Venezuala to the U.S. with her family when she was three. By age ten she had become a child actress, appearing on a few TV shows; later she was a singer and a dancer who became friends with Elvis Presley. Retired from acting in the late 1990s.
She was one of approximately sixty women who came forward and accused actor and stand-up comedian Bill Cosby (b. 1937) of sexual assault, sexual battery, rape, and other misconduct crimes. Sunni Welles’ accusation was one of the earliest claims against Cosby; after she had met him on the set of the NBC television series “I Spy” (1965-1968, the first American TV drama to feature a Black actor in a leading role), she said he drugged and raped her twice when she was 17. Cosby was convicted in 2018, and released from prison in June 2021.
Welles was married for a few years to actor John O’Banion (1947-2007).
(Patricia Alma Hitchcock)
b. July 7, 1928, South Kensington, London, England, U.K.
d. August 9, 2021, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A. (age 93, natural causes)
Only child of British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) and his wife, screenwriter and film editor Alma Reville (1899-1982). Appeared in some of her father’s films; as an extra in “Sabotage” (1936), and small roles in “Stage Fright” (1950), “Strangers on a Train” (1951), and in “Psycho” (1960) as the girl who works alongside Janet Leigh in the beginning of the movie. Also in ten episodes of his half-hour TV show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (1955-1962), ‘whenever they needed a maid with an English accent,’ she once said. Appeared on Broadway in “Solitaire” (1942) and “Violet” (1944). Retired from acting in the early 1960s to raise a family; she and her husband had three daughters.
Born in London, she relocated with her parents to Los Angeles in March 1939 when her father accepted an offer from David O. Selznick to direct “Rebecca” (1940). Co-authored “Alma Hitchcock: The Woman Behind the Man” (2003) with Laurent Bouzereau; she described what it was like growing up in Hollywood, offering an illuminating portrait of the relationship between her parents and her mother’s contribution to her father’s work and legacy.
(Jane Ruth Withers)
b. April 12, 1926, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
d. August 7, 2021, Burbank, California, U.S.A. (age 95, cause undisclosed)
American child actress and box office star in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Moved to Hollywood in 1932 with her mother; breakthrough film, “Bright Eyes” (1934), opposite Shirley Temple. First starring film, “Ginger” (1935), began filming on her ninth birthday. Jane Withers was a popular and bankable star, even though most of her films were low-budget B-movies. By the early 1940s, she was unhappy with the juvenile roles she was offered and decided to write a screenplay under the pseudonym Jerrie Walters (“Small Town Deb,” 1941, in which she also starred).
Retired from the screen in 1947 at 21 to focus on raising a family; married three times, five children. Landed a supporting role in “Giant” (1956) and other films. From 1963-74, she gained new popularity when she played Josephine the Plumber in a series of television ads for Comet cleanser. As a child, she began collecting dolls; ultimately, her doll collection was one on the largest in the world.
Also an active philanthropist since her teens; during World War II, she participated in over one hundred war bond tours in the U.S. Served as a board member of her local branch of the American Cancer Society, among others.
(Marjorie Armstrong Post)
b. November 4, 1950, Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.
d. August 7, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 70, cancer)
b. May 8, 1926, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. August 3, 2021, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 95, cause undisclosed)
b. May 26, 1932, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
d. July 31, 2021, Burbank, California, U.S.A. (age 89, cardiac arrest)
d. July 31, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 69, cancer)
(Thea Ruth Zitzner)
b. June 16, 1940, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.
d. July 30, 2021, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. (age 80, complications from surgery)
(Jay Harris Pickett)
b. February 10, 1961, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.
d. July 30, 2021, Oreana, Idaho, U.S.A. (age 60, heart attack)
(Morgan Saginaw Grant)
b. July 20, 1936, Pawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
d. July 28, 2021, Hollywood, California, U.S.A. (age 85, natural causes)
b. September 21, 1955, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. July 26, 2021, Warwick, New Jersey, U.S.A. (age 65, pancreatic cancer)
d. July 25, 2021, Córdoba, Argentina (age 41, heart attack)
(Jacob Moshe Hakohen Maza)
b. June 9, 1928, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
d. July 24, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 93, cause undisclosed)
b. October 25, 1952, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. July 23, 2021, Twentynine Palms, California, U.S.A. (age 68, cancer)
(Mohammed Yusuf Khan)
b. December 11, 1922, Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
d. July 7, 2021, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (age 98, cause undisclosed)
Robert Downey Sr.
(Robert John Elias Jr.)
b. June 24, 1936, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. July 7, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 85, Parkinson’s disease)
(Francis Vincent Vennera)
b. March 27, 1947, Herkimer, New York, U.S.A.
d. July 7, 2021, Burbank, California, U.S.A. (age 74, cancer)
b. April 12, 1957, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
d. July 6, 2021, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (age 64, complications from pancreatic cancer)
(Richard Donald Schwartzberg)
b. April 24, 1930, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. July 5, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 91, cause undisclosed)
b. March 24, 1933, Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.
d. July 5, 2021, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 88, cause undisclosed)
Published “The Poetic Works of William Smith” (2009).
b. October 4, 1997, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
d. July 4, 2021, U.S.A. (age 23, location and cause undisclosed)
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(Stuart Michael Zonis)
b. February 5, 1937, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. June 29, 2021, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 84, renal failure)
(Roberto Patsy Sacchi)
b. March 27, 1932, Rome, Lazio, Italy
d. June 23, 2021, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A. (age 89, after a brief illness)
Norman S. Powell
(Norman Scott Barnes)
b. November 2, 1934, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
d. June 16, 2021, California, U.S.A. (age 86, respiratory failure)
(Frank Woodrow Boers Jr.)
b. February 28, 1942, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A.
d. June 16, 2021, Laguna Niguel, California, U.S.A. (age 79, complications from Lewy body dementia)
(Lisa Lou Banes)
b. July 9, 1955, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. June 14, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 65, traumatic brain injury)
(Ned Thomas Beatty)
b. July 6, 1937, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
d. June 13, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 83, natural causes)
(Raymond Arthur MacDonnell)
b. March 5, 1928, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
d. June 10, 2021, Chappaqua, New York, U.S.A. (age 93, natural causes)
Ann Willis, a.k.a. Ann Willis Ratray
(Ann Louise Willis)
b. Nobember 14, 1939, Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
d. June 9, 1921, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 81, cause undisclosed)
b. June 12, 1957, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. June 9, 2021, Venice, California, U.S.A. (age 63, complications from systemic scleroderma)
Douglas S. Cramer
(Douglas Schoolfield Cramer Jr.)
b. August 22, 1931, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
d. June 7, 2021, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (age 89, heart and kidney failure)
Clarence Williams III
b. August 21, 1939, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. June 4, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 81, colon cancer)
(Ernest Wilson Brown Jr.)
b. January 29, 1947, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
d. June 3, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 74, cardiac complications)
(Arlene Leonore Golonka)
b. January 23, 1936, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
d. May 31, 2021, West Hollywood, California, U.S.A. (age 85, Alzheimer’s disease)
(Allan George See)
b. February 28, 1931, Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.A.
d. May 29, 2021, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A. (age 90, cause undisclosed)
(Billy Joe Thomas)
b. August 7, 1942, Hugo, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
d. May 29, 2021, Arlington, Texas, U.S.A. (age 78, lung cancer)
(Robert Joseph Hogan)
b. September 28, 1933, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. May 27, 2021, Belfast, Maine, U.S.A. (age 87, complications from pneumonia)
b. September 4, 1928, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. May 26, 2021, South Egremont, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (age 92, after a long illness)
Kevin Alexander Clark
b. December 3, 1988, Highland Park, Illinois, U.S.A.
d. May 26, 2021, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (age 32, bicycle accident)
Was fatally struck by a car while riding his bicycle.
Samuel E. Wright
(Samuel Ernest Wright)
b. November 20, 1946, Camden, South Carolina, U.S.A.
d. May 24, 2021, Montgomery, New York, U.S.A. (age 74, prostate cancer)
b. August 4, 1941, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.
d. May 19, 2021, Oakland, California, U.S.A. (age 79, heart attack)
b. September 19, 1963, Pasadena, Texas, U.S.A.
d. May 19, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 57, cardiac arrest)
b. November 27, 1965, Arcanum, ohio, U.S.A.
d. May 19, 2021, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. (age 55, following a brief illness)
Also credited as Marcus York and Marcus A. York.
(Charles Sydney Grodinsky)
b. April 21, 1935, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d. May 18, 2021, Wilton, Connecticut, U.S.A. (age 86, bone marrow cancer)
b. November 8, 1914, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
d. May 11, 2021, Brentwood, California, U.S.A. (age 106, cause undisclosed)
Buddy Van Horn
(Wayne Van Horn)
b. August 20, 1928, Universal City, California, U.S.A.
d. May 11, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 92, cause undisclosed)
(Julie Ellen Kitaen)
b. August 5, 1961, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
d. May 7, 2021, Newport Beach, California, U.S.A. (age 59, dilated cardiomyopathy)
(Olympia Mary Dukakis)
b. June 20, 1931, Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
d. May 1, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 89, after a long illness)
b. April 23, 1919, Hanover, Germany
d. April 29, 2021, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 102, cause undisclosed)
b. March 18, 1941, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
d. April 29, 2021, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. (age 80, heart attack)
(John Ernest Crawford)
b. March 26, 1946, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. April 29, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 75, Alzheimer’s disease)
b. June 9, 1948, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. April 24, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 72, cause undisclosed)
Chuck W. Fries
(Charles William Fries)
b. September 30, 1928, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. April 22, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 92, cause undisclosed)
(Monte Jay Himmelbaum)
b. July 12, 1929, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. April 20, 2021, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.A. (age 91, complications from a fall)
b. November 23, 1935, Pely, Hungary
d. April 16, 2021, Szombathely, Hungary (age 85, cause undisclosed)
b. June 2, 1935, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, England, U.K.
d. April 16, 2021, London, England, U.K. (age 85, cause undisclosed)
(Helen Elizabeth McCrory)
b. August 17, 1968, London, England, U.K.
d. April 16, 2021, London, England, U.K. (age 52, cancer)
(Lyndon Evan Chubbuck)
b. January 23, 1954, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A.
d. April 13, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 67, cause undisclosed)
(Joseph Anthony Siravo)
b. March 11, 1955 or 1957, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A.
d. April 11, 2021, U.S.A. (age 66 or 64, colon cancer)
Played Tony Soprano’s father in “The Sopranos.” His daughter Allegra Okarmus posted on Instagram, ‘I was by his side when my dear father passed away this morning, peacefully, in his beloved Treehouse. We are both so lucky to be so intensely loved. I am so immensely grateful to have had him here on earth and I know that he hasn’t gone very far. He had many credits, but his favorite one by far was that of Nonno Joe.’
b. April 15, 1929, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. April 8, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 91, heart and kidney failure)
Thomas P. Kelly Jr.
b. April 14, 1929, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
d. April 7, 2021, Glendale, California, U.S.A. (age 91, cause undisclosed)
(James Wade Hampton)
b. July 9, 1936, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
d. April 7, 2021, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. (age 84, Parkinson’s disease)
(Anne Patricia Beatts)
b. February 25, 1947, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.
d. April 7, 2021, West Hollywood, California, U.S.A. (age 74, cause undisclosed)
(Simon Paul Adams)
b. December 20, 1966, Gravesend, Kent, England, U.K.
d. April 5, 2021, Faversham, Kent, England, U.K. (age 54, brain tumor)
(Gloria Eileen McEniry)
b. April 2, 1923, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
d. April 3, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 98, cause undisclosed)
Lois De Banzie
b. May 4, 1930, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
d. April 3, 2021, Greenbrae, California, U.S.A. (age 90, cause undisclosed)
Supporting actress who played Eleanor Roosevelt in John Huston’s “Annie” (1982). Some sources say she passed away on May 26, 2021.
(John Dixon Paragon)
b. December 9, 1954, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.
d. April 3, 2021, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A. (age 66, cause undisclosed)
(Beverly Atlee Bunn)
b. April 12, 1916, McMinnville, Oregon, U.S.A.
d. March 25, 2021, Carmel, California, U.S.A. (age 104, cause undisclosed)
(Larry Jeff McMurtry)
b. June 3, 1936, Archer City, Texas, U.S.A.
d. March 25, 2021, Archer City, Texas, U.S.A. (age 84, congestive heart failure)
b. April 25, 1941, Lyon, Rhône, France
d. March 25, 2021, Sainte-Maxime, Var, France (age 79, complications from pancreatitis)
b. January 31, 1941, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. March 24, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 80, cause undisclosed)
(George Segal Jr.)
b. February 13, 1934, Great Neck, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.
d. March 23, 2021, Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A. (age 87, complications from bypass surgery)
b. December 27, 1992, Pell City, Alabama, U.S.A.
d. March 23, 2021, Pelham, Alabama, U.S.A. (age 28, suicide)
b. November 18, 1931, Saitama, Japan
d. March 17, 2021, Japan (age 89, heart failure)
(Frederick Samuel Kotto)
b. November 15, 1939, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. March 15, 2021, Manila, Philippines (age 81, cause undisclosed)
(Enrique Tomás Delgado Jr.)
b. September 15, 1933, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. March 14, 2021, Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A. (age 87, natural causes)
(Leon Jacques Gast)
b. March 30, 1936, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
d. March 8, 2021, Woodstock, New York, U.S.A. (age 84, complications of Alzheimer’s disease)
Michael Wolf Snyder
b. 1986, New York, U.S.A.
d. [death first reported on March 6, 2021], New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 35, suicide)
(Anthony Christopher Hendra)
b. July 10, 1941, Willesden, Middlesex, England, U.K.
d. March 4, 2021, Yonkers, New York, U.S.A. (age 79, Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Marie Frances Gasway
d. March 2, 2021, Sulphur Springs, Texas, U.S.A. (age 92, suffering from Covid-19 and other medical issues)
b. July 29, 1992, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
d. March 1, 2021, Canada (age 29, location and cause undisclosed)
(Martha Ruth Stewart Haworth)
b. October 7, 1922, Bardwell, Kentucky, U.S.A.
d. February 17, 2021, U.S.A. (age 98, location and cause undisclosed)
The day after she died, her daughter Colleen Shelly tweeted, ‘The original Martha Stewart left us yesterday. She had a new part to play in a movie with all her heavenly friends. She went off peacefully surrounded by her family and cat.’
(Lynn Arlen Stalmaster)
b. November 17, 1927, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
d. February 12, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 93, cause undisclosed)
b. November 1, 1942, Lakeville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
d. February 10, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 78, heart failure)
(Jean-Claude François Carrière)
b. September 17, 1931, Colombières-sur-Orb, Hérault, France
d. February 8, 2021, Paris, Île-de-France, France (age 89, natural causes)
b. March 6, 1944, Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.A.
d. February 8, 2021, Henderson, Nevada, U.S.A. (age 76, hypertensive altherosclerotic cardiovascular disease)
b. March 19, 1912, Rome, Lazio, Italy
d. February 7, 2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy (age 97, cause undisclosed)
(Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer)
b. December 13, 1929, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
d. February 5, 2021, Weston, Connecticut, U.S.A. (age 91, complications from a fall)
b. July 11, 1953, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
d. February 5, 2021, Henderson, Nevada, U.S.A. (age 67, prostate cancer)
(Roy Christopher Hergenroeder)
b. December 27, 1935, Fresno, California, U.S.A.
d. February 2, 2021, West Hollywood, California, U.S.A. (age 85, cause undisclosed)
Robert C. Jones
(Robert Clifford Jones)
b. March 30, 1936, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. February 1, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 84, after a long illness)
(Dustin Neil Diamond)
b. January 7, 1977, San Jose, California, U.S.A.
d. February 1, 2021, Cape Coral, Florida, U.S.A. (age 44, stage 4 small cell carcinoma of the lungs)
b. July 8, 1922, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
d. January 30, 2021, Minneola, Florida, U.S.A. (age 98, cause undisclosed)
A hero to exiles from Fidel Castro’s Cuba, he was the only one other than Richard Nixon to receive a presidential pardon in the Watergate scandal.
(Allan Pennington Burns)
b. May 18, 1935, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
d. January 30, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 85, Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body dementia)
b. December 19, 1924, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 28, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 96, cause undisclosed)
Memoir, “Just As I Am,” published on January 26, 2021, two days before she died.
b. April 30, 1926, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.
d. January 27, 2021, Encinitas, California, U.S.A. (age 94, complications from a stroke with Covid-19 as a contributing factor)
(Walter Saul Bernstein)
b. August 20, 1919, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 23, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 101, pneumonia)
(Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr.)
b. February 17, 1925, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. January 23, 2021, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 95, cause undisclosed)
b. March 28, 1925, Naples, Campania, Italy
d. January 23, 2021, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. (age 95, natural causes)
(Lawrence Harvey Zeiger)
b. November 19, 1933, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 23, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 87, sepsis)
b. April 30, 1958, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 23, 2021, New York, New York, U.S.A. (age 62, cardiac arrest)
Yoo-Jung Song / Song Yoo-Jung
b. June 8, 1994, South Korea
d. January 23, 2021, January 23, 2021, Seoul, South Korea (age 26, cause undisclosed)
b. July 31, 1927, Mola di Bari, Apulia, Italy
d. January 21, 2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy (age 93, cause undisclosed)
b. September 7, 1955, Zagreb, Croatia
d. January 20, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 65, complications from West Nile virus)
b. May 24, 1951, Castiglione, Bou Ismail, Algeria
d. January 18, 2021, Paris, Île-de-France, France (age 69, cancer)
b. December 26, 1939, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 16, 2021, California, U.S.A. (age 81, complications of Covid-19)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed his death with the following statement, ‘California Health Care Facility inmate Phillip Spector was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an outside hospital. His official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.’
Peter Mark Richman
(Marvin Jack Richman)
b. April 16, 1927, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d. January 14, 2021, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A. (age 93, natural causes)
b. June 13, 1939, Rosenheim, Germany
d. January 13, 2021, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. (age 81, pancreatic cancer)
b. February 19, 1928
d. January 11, 2021, Pacifica, California, U.S.A. (age 92, natural causes)
(Stacy Beth Title)
b. February 21, 1964, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 11, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 56, ALS [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis])
Antonio Sabáto Sr.
b. April 2, 1943, Montelepre, Palermo, Italy
d. January 10, 2021, Los Angeles, California (age 77, complications from Covid-19)
(John Henry Matthew Reilly)
b. November 11, 1934, Chicago, illinois, U.S.A.
d. January 9, 2021, U.S.A. (age 86, heart attack)
On January 10, 2021, his daughter Caitlin Reilly announced his death and wrote on Instagram, ‘John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out. Imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that person being your dad. I’m so grateful he was mine. I’m so grateful I got to love him. I’m so grateful I made it in time to hold him and say goodbye. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know he’ll be with me. I love you forever Daddy.’
(Cornelius Mahoney Sheehan)
b. October 27, 1936, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
d. January 7, 2021, Washington, District of Columbia (age 84, complications from Parkinson’s disease)
(Michael David Apted)
b. February 10, 1941, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.
d. January 7, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 79, cause undisclosed)
b. May 10, 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d. January 7, 2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 73, cause undisclosed)
(Gregory Joseph Sierra)
b. January 25, 1937, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 4, 2021, Laguna Woods, California, U.S.A. (age 83, stomach and liver cancer)
(Victoria Leigh Blum)
b. October 15, 1949, New York, New York, U.S.A.
d. January 4, 2001, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (age 71, sepsis due to urinary tract infection)
(Barbara Teresa Kowin)
b. February 13, 1932, London, England, U.K.
b. January 3, 2021, London, England, U.K. (age 88, complications from Covid-19)