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Howard Davies Dies; Helen Mirren Lauds Acclaimed British Theater Director

FILE - This March 13, 2011 file photo shows British director Howard Davies at the Olivier Awards in London. Award-winning British theater director Howard Davies has died at the age of 71.His family said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 that Davies died of cancer Tuesday. He was active for many years in both London and New York, directing a series of well-received plays. In Britain he won the coveted Best Director Laurence Olivier Awards three times for his work on “The Iceman Cometh,” “All My Sons” and “The White Guard.” (Ian West/PA via AP, file)

UPDATED with Helen Mirren statement, 8:45 AM:: Howard Davies, a highly regarded director known for his work at several of England’s most prominent theatrical venues including the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 71. Davies staged 36 productions for the National Theatre, which called him, in a statement to the BBC,  “one of the very greatest theatre directors of his generation.” “Howard was one… Read


Michael Massee Dies: Actor Involved In Tragic ‘The Crow’ Accident Was 61

Michael Massee

Michael Massee, known for roles in The Amazing Spider-Man film series and whose name was, unfortunately, inextricably linked to the tragic accident that killed Brandon Lee during the filming of the 1994 film The Crow, died October 26 from undisclosed causes. He was 61. The news was first announced by French actor Anthony Delon, Massee’s fellow cast member on the 2014 French series Interventions. From Kansas City, MO, Massee’s film career was still new when he landed his… Read


Janet Patterson Dies: Costume Designer & Jane Campion Regular Was Four-Time Oscar Nominee

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Jan Chapman, Janet Patterson & Jane Campion
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Jan Chapman, Janet Patterson & Jane Campion.
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Janet Patterson, a costume designer who worked on several Jane Campion films and amassed four Oscar nominations over a 30-year career, has died. Rocco Hindman, head of the agency that repped Patterson, told the Associated Press that she died recently in Australia but did not provide details, including her age. She launched her career with the 1984 Australian TV series Sweet and Sour and the 1986 miniseries Palace of Dreams, then turned her focus exclusively to features… Read


Kevin Curran Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Simpsons’ & Letterman Writer-Producer Was 59


Kevin Curran, a veteran TV comedy writer-producer who won six Emmys as part of the staffs of The Simpsons and Late Night With David Letterman, died today at his Los Angeles home after a lengthy illness. He was 59. Simpsons showrunner Al Jean, who met Curran while they were at Harvard in the late 1970s, confirmed the news of Twitter: .@TheSimpsons V v sad at the passing of Kevin Curran brilliantly funny and true friend — Al Jean (@AlJean) October… Read


Michael Gleason Dies; ‘Remington Steele’ Co-Creator Was 78


Michael Gleason, the co-creator of Remington Steele and producer of such popular series as Diagnosis Murder and Rich Man Poor Man Book 2, died Friday at the age of 78. His death was confirmed on his Facebook page; no cause was listed. Gleason, a novelist as well as veteran producer, started as a writer for such 1960s series as Rawhide, Laramie, My Favorite Martian, The Big Valley and Peyton Place, continuing through the ’70s with Marcus Welby, M.D., Cannon, McCloud and Ric… Read


Jimmy Perry Dies: British TV Writer-Creator Was 93

Jimmy Perry created a host of popular TV shows, including Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi!

English actor and television screenwriter Jimmy Perry, best known for co-creating the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army and for his long partnership with producer-writer David Croft, died today after a short illness. He was 93. Born in London in 1923, Perry served in the Home Guard during World War II and would later mine those experiences for his most well-known television show. In partnership with Croft, Perry created the sitcom Dad’s Army, about members of the Home Guard, in 1968… Read


Kathryn Adams Dies; ‘Saboteur’ Actress Was 96


Kathryn Adams, an actress who appeared in such notable films as Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur and the Charles Laughton-starring The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and who retired from Hollywood upon her marriage to Leave It To Beaver‘s Hugh Beaumont, died October 14 at 96. Other film credits include 1939’s Fifth Avenue Girl, 1940’s The Invisible Woman and 1946’s Blonde For a Day. In 1942, she played Mrs. Brown, a young mother, in Hitchcock’s Saboteur. In 1942, Adams married… Read


Cecilia Hart Dies: Actress & Wife Of James Earl Jones Was 68


Stage and screen actress Cecilia Hart, a frequent television player of the 1970s and wife of James Earl Jones for 34 years died October 16 following a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 68. The news was made public by the Westport, Connecticut-focused website WestportNow. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Hart received a Drama Desk Award nomination in 1977 for performing in Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land, and has several other Broadway credits to her name, including… Read


Steve Dillon Dies: Comic Artist And ‘Preacher’ Co-Creator Was 54


Influential comic artist Steve Dillon, known for his frequent collaborations with writer Garth Ennis that included acclaimed runs on DC-Vertigo’s Hellblazer and Marvel’s The Punisher and, most notably, co-creating the seminal Vertigo series Preacher recently adapted for television on AMC, has died. He was 54, and his brother, Glyn, confirmed on Twitter that he passed away in New York City sometime this morning. Born in 1962 in Luton, England, Dillon started his career in… Read


Kevin Meaney Dies: Veteran Comic And Actor Was 60


Tributes from colleagues and friends poured out tonight following the news that comedian Kevin Meaney has died. The veteran stand up comic, whose acting credits include numerous animated television series and the Tom Hanks film Big among others, and who also made dozens of appearances on late night television, was 60. He was found in his home today in Forestburgh, New York. “So kind. So damn funny. So sorry for his loved ones for his loss,” said Bob Saget about Meaney on… Read


Edgar Fleisher Gross Dies: Entertainment Lawyer & Producer Was 85


Edgar Fleisher Gross, a film producer and entertainment lawyer whose clients included Richard Gere, Gene Hackman and Angelica Huston among others, died Sunday. He was 85. Gross was born in Philadelphia, PA and moved to California with his family at age 16, settling in Beverly Hills. After graduating Beverly Hills High School, he went on to attend UC Berkeley and UCLA, graduating UCLA in 1953, then went on to Harvard Law School, graduating in the class of 1956. He began… Read


John Vulich Dies: Emmy-Winning Makeup Effects Artist Was 55


John Vulich,a three-time Emmy-winning makeup effects artist known for his work on Babylon 5, The X-Files and Buffy The Vampire Slayer among many other credits, died Wednesday in his sleep. He was 55. “John was a powerhouse of talent and intelligence like few in the business will ever encounter. His flawless artistry and driven dedication for perfection are why he garnered so many awards and recognition,” William Butler, Vulich’s business partner and best friend, told… Read