Category: RIP

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Rest In Peace, Peter Mayhew: (1944-2019)

PETER MAYHEW May 19, 1944 – May 2, 2019 Age: 74Hometown: Barnes, London, England, UKCause of Death: Heart Attack The man that brought Chewbacca to life through the original “Star Wars” trilogy and several films after, Peter Mayhew, has passed away at the age of 74. He retired from the suit after J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” due to health reasons. Although … Read More Rest In Peace, Peter Mayhew: (1944-2019)

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Rest In Peace, Bernardo Bertolucci (1941-2018)

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI March 16, 1941 – November 26, 2018 Age: 77Hometown: Parma, Kingdom of ItalyCause of Death: Cancer Although he may be gone, his legacy will live on in his work forever. WILLIAM GOLDMAN’S ACADEMY AWARDS 1972 “The Conformist” Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay 1974 “Last Tango in Paris” Nominated Best Directing 1988 “The Last Emperor” Won Best Adapted Screenplay Won Best Directing WILLIAM GOLDMAN’S … Read More Rest In Peace, Bernardo Bertolucci (1941-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Ricky Jay (1946-2018)

RICHARD JAY POTASH June 26, 1946 – November 24, 2018 Age: 72Hometown: Brooklyn, New YorkCause of Death: Unknown Known more for his work as a master magician, Richard Jay Potash, or Ricky Jay as he was dubbed professionally, would find work in television and film using his gift for the sleight of hand. Most notably, he would star in the films “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” … Read More Rest In Peace, Ricky Jay (1946-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Nicolas Roeg (1928-2018)

NICOLAS ROEG August 5, 1928 – November 23, 2018 Age: 90Hometown: London, EnglandCause of Death: Natural Causes Best known for directing the horror film “Don’t Look Now,” Nicolas Roeg got his start in Hollywood as a cinematographer and eventually became the prolific director that most know him as today. “Walkabout” was the first film of his that I came across, as it deals with … Read More Rest In Peace, Nicolas Roeg (1928-2018)

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Rest In Peace, William Goldman (1931-2018)

WILLIAM GOLDMAN August 12, 1931 – November 16, 2018 Age: 87Hometown: Chicago, IllinoisCause of Death: Complications from colon cancer and pneumonia Beginning his career as an author, William Goldman would go on to adapt his stories into screenplays, creating some memorable cinema in the process like “The Princess Bride” and “Marathon Man.” His award winning work, however, would be those he adapted from other … Read More Rest In Peace, William Goldman (1931-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Scott Wilson: (1942-2018)

SCOTT WILSON March 29, 1942 – October 6, 2018 Age: 76Hometown: Thomasville, GeorgiaCause of Death: Leukemia Probably best known for his role as Hershel Greene on “The Walking Dead,” Scott Wilson actually got his start in the Academy Award winning film “In the Heat of the Night” (1967). He would later star in films like “The Great Gatsby” (1974) and “The Right Stuff” (1983). … Read More Rest In Peace, Scott Wilson: (1942-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Burt Reynolds: (1936-2018)

BURT REYNOLDS February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018 (age 82) Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest Best known for his roles in “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Cannonball Run,” Burt Reynolds started as a huge ’70s star, appearing in both films and television, playing big roles in series like “Gunsmoke” and “Out Of This World,” and would use the latter half of his … Read More Rest In Peace, Burt Reynolds: (1936-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Timothy Carey (1929 – 1994)

TIMOTHY CAREY March 11, 1929 – May 11, 1994 (age 65) Cause of Death: Stroke Currently working my way through director Stanley Kubrick’s body of work, one face resonated with me as the unsung hero of his day. In both the films he did for Kubrick, “The Killing” (1956) and “Paths Of Glory” (1957), his scene-stealing characters are highlights of the film and instantly … Read More Rest In Peace, Timothy Carey (1929 – 1994)

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Rest In Peace, Margot Kidder: (1948-2018)

MARGOT KIDDER October 17, 1948 – May 13, 2018 (age 69) Cause of Death: Complications related to pneumonia Margot Kidder was not the first woman to play the live action role of Lois Lane, but many consider her the definitive portray on Superman’s love interest, playing the role four time opposite Christopher Reeves in “Superman” (1978), “Superman II” (1980), “Superman III” (1983), and “Superman … Read More Rest In Peace, Margot Kidder: (1948-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Anne V. Coates: (1925-2018)

ANNE V. COATES December 12, 1925 – May 8, 2018 (age 92) Cause of Death: Unknown Best known for her Academy Award winning work on “Lawrence Of Arabia,” editor Anne V. Coates would go on to work with some of the biggest directors in history, including Sidney Lumet on “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974), David Lynch on “The Elephant Man” (1980), and Steven … Read More Rest In Peace, Anne V. Coates: (1925-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Michael Anderson: (1920-2017)

MICHAEL ANDERSON January 30, 1920 – April 25, 2018 (age 98) Cause of Death: Natural Causes Best known for directing “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956) and earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Directing, Michael Anderson would go on to direct another sci-fi classic titled “Logan’s Run” (1976), which is still referenced by sci-fi directors today. Although he will truly be missed, … Read More Rest In Peace, Michael Anderson: (1920-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Verne Troyer: (1969-2018)

VERNE TROYER January 1, 1969 – April 21, 2018 (age 49) Cause of Death: Alcohol Poisoning One of the most famous and shortest people in the world, Verne Troyer made career out of playing the little guy, whether he was playing the goblin Griphook in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001) or Mini-Me in two of the “Austin Powers” (1999 & 2002) films, … Read More Rest In Peace, Verne Troyer: (1969-2018)

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Rest In Peace, R. Lee Ermey: (1944-2018)

R. LEE ERMEY March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018 (age 74) Cause of Death: Complications related to pneumonia On Sunday, the world said goodbye to actor R. Lee Ermey.  Not always an actor, Ermey got his start as a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant. During his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as a drill … Read More Rest In Peace, R. Lee Ermey: (1944-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Miloš Forman: (1932-2018)

MILOS FORMAN February 18, 1932 – April 13, 2018 (age 86) Cause of Death: Undisclosed Illness Director Milos Forman may not have been the most household name, but his work speaks for itself. Having won two Academy Awards and nominated for a third, his short filmography lead to some of the most well-known films to date, including “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” starring … Read More Rest In Peace, Miloš Forman: (1932-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Lewis Gilbert: (1920-2018)

LEWIS GILBERT March 6, 1920 – February 23, 2018 (age 97) Cause of Death: Unknown Best known for his work with Michael Caine the film “Alfie” (1966), Lewis Gilbert would garner an Academy Award nomination for his role as producer on that film, not as director however. Throughout his career, he would stick to film and would eventually direct three of the James Bond … Read More Rest In Peace, Lewis Gilbert: (1920-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Nanette Fabray: (1920-2018)

NANETTE FABRAY October 27, 1920 – February 22, 2018 (age 97) Cause of Death: Natural Causes Originally a vaudeville actress, musical theater actress, and stage dancer, Nanette Fabray would go on to win three Primetime Emmys. She would appear films like “A Child Is Born” (1939) and “The Band Wagon” (1953) as well as having a long-running role on “One Day at a Time” … Read More Rest In Peace, Nanette Fabray: (1920-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Reg E. Cathey: (1958-2018)

REG E. CATHEY August 18, 1958 – February 9, 2018 (age 59) Cause of Death: Lung Cancer Most recently known for his role as Freddy Hayes in the Netflix series “House Of Cards,” playing a BBQ restaurant owner and confidant of Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), Reg E. Cathey would win a Primetime Emmy for that guest starring role. Cathey was no stranger to … Read More Rest In Peace, Reg E. Cathey: (1958-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Jóhann Jóhannsson: (1969-2018)

JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON September 19, 1969 – February 9, 2018 (age 48) Cause of Death: Currently unknown Easily one of the most promising composers in the last few decades, Jóhann Jóhannsson was growing more synonymous with awards worthy original score with every new film that he composed for. Originally from Iceland, the first stretch of his career is working in Icelandic and then UK films. … Read More Rest In Peace, Jóhann Jóhannsson: (1969-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Mark Salling: (1982-2018)

MARK SALLING August 17, 1982 – January 30, 2018 (age 35) Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging Best known for playing the bad boy Puck on “Glee,” Mark Salling had a short lived career which ended abruptly when he plead guilty of possessing child pornography. Facing four to seven years in jail, Salling committed suicide on January 30, 2018, with his sentencing date set … Read More Rest In Peace, Mark Salling: (1982-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Greta Thyssen: (1927-2018)

GRETA THYSSEN March 30, 1927 – January 6, 2018 (age 90) Cause of Death: Complications related to pneumonia Originally a Miss Denmark in 1952, Greta Thyssen moved to Hollywood in the heyday of Marilyn Monroe. What better way to start off than appearing in the film “Bus Stop” and even body-doubling as Marilyn herself. She played into her gorgeous good looks and made quite … Read More Rest In Peace, Greta Thyssen: (1927-2018)

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Rest In Peace, Robert Guillaume: (1927-2017)

ROBERT GUILLAUME November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017 (age 89) Cause of Death: Prostate Cancer “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.” -Rafiki, “The Lion King” Robert Guillaume got his start in television in 1966. Over ten years later, he would get the starring role that would … Read More Rest In Peace, Robert Guillaume: (1927-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Ralphie May: (1972-2017)

RALPHIE MAY February 17, 1972 – October 6, 2017 (age 45) Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest Although he was not a breakout star yet, comedian Ralphie May was a regular on the Kevin and Bean Show on the radio station 106.7 KROQ and I remember hearing his name advertised, usually apart of their comedy show April Foolishness. He had appeared in a few films in … Read More Rest In Peace, Ralphie May: (1972-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Tom Petty: (1950-2017)

TOM PETTY October 20, 1964 – October 2, 2017 (age 66) Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest One of the most influential musicians of all-time, Tom Petty got his start playing in the music group Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. His music would go on to touch not just radios but countless television shows, movies, and commercials. If you’ve never heard “American Girl,” then for … Read More Rest In Peace, Tom Petty: (1950-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Hugh Hefner: (1929-2017)

HUGH HEFNER April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017 (age 91) Cause of Death: Natural Causes “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.” -Hugh Hefner Sexual revolutionary and founder of Playboy Hugh Hefner has passed away. Leaving behind the Playboy magazine empire as well as the Playboy mansion, Hefner not only brought naked women to the masses with the first Playboy … Read More Rest In Peace, Hugh Hefner: (1929-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Harry Dean Stanton: (1926-2017)

HARRY DEAN STANTON July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017 (age 91) Cause of Death: Natural Causes Stanton was an actor that crossed genres. Horror, westerns, comedy, and drama, the man filled any shoes he needed to. The bigger movies he first appeared in were titles like “How The West Was Won” (1962), “In The Heat Of The Night” (1967), and “Cool Hand Luke” … Read More Rest In Peace, Harry Dean Stanton: (1926-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Tobe Hooper (1943-2017)

TOBE HOOPER January 25, 1943 – August 26, 2017 (age 74) Cause of Death: Natural causes When you think of the horror genre, there are many directors whose names pop up as being some of the most influential; Wes Craven, John Carpenter, and George A. Romero. One of the names highest up on that list would most definitely have to be Tobe Hooper. With … Read More Rest In Peace, Tobe Hooper (1943-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Jerry Lewis: (1926-2017)

JERRY LEWIS March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017 (age 91) Cause of Death: Ischemic cardiomyopathy (coronary artery disease) Before Eddie Murphy was the Nutty Professor, comedian Jerry Lewis held those reigns, in the 1963 version of “The Nutty Professor,” to which Lewis also wrote, produced, and directed, as well as starring lead. That was what Lewis did throughout his entire career. He would … Read More Rest In Peace, Jerry Lewis: (1926-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Sonny Landham: (1941-2017)

SONNY LANDHAM February 11, 1941 – August 17, 2017 (age 76) Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure The career of Sonny Landham took many turns throughout his life. He apparently began as a pornographic film actor until he broke through into Hollywood and became a mainstream actor instead. He would start his career in smaller roles like a police officer who gets his legs … Read More Rest In Peace, Sonny Landham: (1941-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Sam Shepard: (1943-2017)

SAM SHEPARD November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017 (age 73) Cause of Death: Complications from ALS Actor Sam Shepard got his first big break in Terrence Malick’s second film “Days Of Heaven,” where he played the Farmer. His next major performance, in Philip Kaufman’s Academy Award winning “The Right Stuff” would earn him a Best Supporting Actor nomination that year’s Oscars, which he … Read More Rest In Peace, Sam Shepard: (1943-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Home Alone’s John Heard: (1946-2017)

JOHN HEARD March 7, 1946 – July 21, 2017 (age 71) Cause of Death: Found dead in hotel after “minor back surgery” Best known for his role as Macaulay Culkin‘s on-screen dad, Peter McCallister from Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, actor John Heard got his start over twenty years before that. With several films under his belt, the first … Read More Rest In Peace, Home Alone’s John Heard: (1946-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: (1976-2017)

CHESTER BENNINGTON March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017 (age 41) Cause of Death: Apparent Suicide by Hanging Chester Bennington, frontman for the band Linkin Park through most of career, was the definition of leaving it all on the stage. His raw, screaming voice would lay the foundation for a generation of “screamo” bands to follow, including My Chemical Romance and The Used. 2000 … Read More Rest In Peace, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: (1976-2017)

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Rest In Peace, George A. Romero: (1940-2017)

GEORGE A. ROMERO February 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017 (age 77) Cause of Death: Lung cancer Known as the father of the zombie movie, George A. Romero started his career with the horror zombie film Night Of The Living Dead, widely considered the birth place of the modern day zombie. He would form most of his career out of this genre, with his … Read More Rest In Peace, George A. Romero: (1940-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Martin Landau: (1928-2017)

MARTIN LANDAU June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017 (age 89) Cause of Death: Unexpected complications Martin Landau had a career that spanned five decades, with most of his success happening 30 plus years into his career. He would get his feature film start in Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest and then his television start in regular roles on series like Mission: Impossible and … Read More Rest In Peace, Martin Landau: (1928-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Nelsan Ellis: (1977-2017)

NELSAN ELLIS November 30, 1977 – July 8, 2017 (age 39) Cause of Death: Complications from heart failure Not a huge star, relatively, actor Nelsan Ellis did play some major roles, one of which was Martin Luther King, Jr. in Lee Daniel’s The Butler and James Brown’s associate Bobby Byrd in Get On Up. What Nelsan was probably best known for, however, was his … Read More Rest In Peace, Nelsan Ellis: (1977-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Michael Nyqvist: (1960-2017)

MICHAEL NYQVIST November 8, 1960– June 27, 2017 (age 56) Cause of Death: Lung cancer Michael Nyqvist was a Swedish actor who got his start in Stockholm. He would not reach the American audiences until after his performance in the 2009 Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the films (The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked … Read More Rest In Peace, Michael Nyqvist: (1960-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Academy Award Winner John G. Avildsen: (1935-2017)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN December 21, 1935 – June 16, 2017 (age 81) Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer The name John G. Avildsen may not ring a bell immediately, but he is the man behind directing the original Rocky film, which eventually brought him to his first and only Oscar win. He would later go on to direct the fifth Rocky installment as well. He … Read More Rest In Peace, Academy Award Winner John G. Avildsen: (1935-2017)

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Rest In Peace, The Original Caped Crusader: Adam West: (1928-2017)

ADAM WEST September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017 (age 88) Cause of Death: Leukemia Despite his Batman character being far before my time, having played the caped crusader back in the ’60s, I did have an action figure from the series growing up, yet never placed it as Adam West until much much later. Having never actually sat down to watch an episode … Read More Rest In Peace, The Original Caped Crusader: Adam West: (1928-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Glenne Headly: (1955-2017)

GLENNE HEADLY March 13, 1955 – June 8, 2017 (age 62) Cause of Death: Complications from a pulmonary embolism     GLENNE HEADLY’S FILMOGRAPHY 1981 Four Friends Lola 1983 Doctor Detroit Miss Debbylike 1985 Fandango Trelis 1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo Hooker 1985 Eleni Joan 1986 Seize the Day Olive 1987 Making Mr. Right Trish 1987 Nadine Renée Lomax 1988 Stars And Bars … Read More Rest In Peace, Glenne Headly: (1955-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Sir Roger Moore: (1927-2017)

SIR ROGER MOORE 14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017 (age 89) Cause of Death: Cancer Moore was knighted in 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II for his work with UNICEF, but he will always be more widely known as having played Secret Agent 007 aka James Bond in seven of the films. That is tied for the most times with Sean Connery (although Never … Read More Rest In Peace, Sir Roger Moore: (1927-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Chris Cornell: (1964-2017)

CHRIS CORNELL July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017 (age 52) Cause of Death: Apparent Suicide by Hanging Iconic frontmen are few and far between, so when we lose one unexpectedly, it tends to hurt that much more. Even if you did not know of Chris Cornell, you have definitely come across his voice at least once in your life. “Black Hole Sun” is … Read More Rest In Peace, Chris Cornell: (1964-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Powers Boothe: (1948-2017)

POWERS BOOTHE June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017 (age 68) Cause of Death: Pneumonia What I remember most about the actor Powers Boothe was his voice and that goes without saying when you look at the last leg of his career and saw that he was mainly doing voice-over work for animated series like Justice League, Ben 10, and Scooby Doo and even … Read More Rest In Peace, Powers Boothe: (1948-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Michael Parks: (1940-2017)

MICHAEL PARKS April 24, 1940 – May 9, 2017 (age 77) Cause of Death: Unknown Throughout his career, Michael Parks formed relationships with directors that would continue to bring him back throughout their films. Robert Rodriguez had him in From Dusk Til Dawn, Quentin Tarantino had him in Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2, the Grindhouse films (Planet Terror & Death Proof) and Django … Read More Rest In Peace, Michael Parks: (1940-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Jonathan Demme (1944-2017)

JONATHAN DEMME February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017 (age 73) Cause of Death: Complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease To me, director Jonathan Demme will always be the Academy Award winning director of The Silence Of The Lambs, his masterpiece. Not only did it bring the Thomas Harris novel of the same title to life, it brought one of the most thrilling … Read More Rest In Peace, Jonathan Demme (1944-2017)

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Rest In Peace, Bill Paxton: (1955-2017)

BILL PAXTON May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017 (age 61) Cause of Death: Complications following surgery Bill Paxton always reminded me of a grittier John Ritter and I always mistook him and Bill Pullman for some reason (they both starred in the film Brain Dead). Paxton rode the line between good guy and villain and could fill either role with ease. You could … Read More Rest In Peace, Bill Paxton: (1955-2017)

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Rest In Peace, John Hurt: (1956-2016)

SIR JOHN HURT 22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017 (age 77) Cause of Death: Pancreatic Cancer Believe it or not, John Hurt didn’t die back in 1979 when an alien burst out of his chest on the Nostromo. Instead, he lived until the ripe age of 77, having starred in over 129 films over the span of six decades. He would go on … Read More Rest In Peace, John Hurt: (1956-2016)

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Rest In Peace, Princess Leia – Carrie Fisher: (1956-2016)

CARRIE FISHER October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016 (age 60) Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest Long live the Princess. Carrie Fisher was an unconventional beauty. She made a name for herself by captivating in the original three Star Wars films and continued the legacy in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and soon to be her final role, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. … Read More Rest In Peace, Princess Leia – Carrie Fisher: (1956-2016)

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Rest In Peace, Mr. Wonka – Gene Wilder: (1933-2016)

He will always be THE Willy Wonka. Yes, he was also Dr. Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein) and Eugene Grizzard (Bonnie and Clyde) and Leo Bloom (The Producers), but to me, he will always be Willy Wonka, giving a tour of that Roald Dahl inspired Chocolate Factory.  Although not nominated for that role, he did receive two Academy Award nominations throughout his career, one for Best … Read More Rest In Peace, Mr. Wonka – Gene Wilder: (1933-2016)

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In Memory of Paul Walker

PAUL WALKER // Today we said goodbye to another great young actor; Paul Walker. We’ll never know what he would go on to do, but what we have are the films, impressions, and charitable acts he left behind. Even though the headlines read like a bad joke, Walker lost his life in a single-car collision following a charity event in Valencia, California, according to … Read More In Memory of Paul Walker