Russian Film Director Eldar Ryazanov Dead At 88
One of the iconic Russian movie directors from the Soviet era, Eldar Ryazanov, has died. He was 88. According to Russian news agency reports, Ryazanov died at a Moscow hospital of cardiac failure following a lengthy illness.
Born in Samara in 1927, Ryazanov, who originally wanted to be a writer, wrote or co-write many of his movies. He became one of the Soviet Union’s biggest hitmakers of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Ryazanov’s very first narrative film, the 1956 Carnival i… Read
Al Markim, Who Played Astro In Pioneering ‘Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,’ Dies At 88
Al Markim, known to TV’s first generation of fanboys as Astro, the Venusian pal and fledgling scientist of ’50s sci-fi program Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, died Tuesday, according to his family. He was 88.
After serving in the Army and witnessing the Nuremberg trials of Nazi officials, Markim turned to acting, appearing in the soap opera Love of Life and in an off-Broadway production of La Ronde.
But it was his performance as Astro (at far right in photo) in the pioneering… Read
Elmo Williams Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘High Noon’ Editor Was 102
Elmo Williams, the Academy Award-winning editor of the classic western High Noon who also worked as a producer, director, and studio executive died today in his Brookings, oregon home, it was reported by Curry Coastal Pilot. He was 102.
Born in 1913 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, William’s long career in Hollywood began when he became the protege of Merrill G. White before branching out on his own as an editor. Among the films he edited were 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), T… Read
David Canary Dies: ‘All My Children’ Star Was 77
David Canary, known for his nearly three-decade stint on the ABC soap All My Children, died November 16 from natural causes, his family has announced. He was 77.
Born in Elwood, Indiana in 1938, Canary’s acting career began with a recurring role as Dr. Russ Gehrig on Peyton Place in 1965. He would soon go on to portray ranch manager Candy Canaday on the long-running NBC Western Bonanza, a role he held off and on from 1967 to 1973. A string of appearances on television… Read
Jim Perry Dies: Game Show Host Was 82
Jim Perry, the quick-talking host of such game shows as Card Sharks and Sale of the Century, died today of cancer in Oregon, WME said. He was 82.
The native of Camden, NJ, worked on Armed Forces Radio during the Korean War and afterward teamed with Sid Caesar for a touring comedy act that played three years in Las Vegas. He later would host the Miss Canada Pageant for 23 years starting in 1967, was the announcer on Joan Rivers’ syndicated Read
James Prideaux Dies: TV & Broadway Writer Was 88
James Prideaux, who went from short-story writer to penning Broadway plays and TV movies, has died. He was 88. The WGA said he died Wednesday at West Hills (CA) Medical Center after a major stroke.
Born on August 29, 1927, in Indiana, Prideaux moved to New York initially to pursue an acting career but gravitated toward writing short stories for Ladies Home Journal and Playboy. He eventually became a member of off-off Broadway’s Barr-Wilder-Albee Playwrights Unit, where… Read
Vincent Margera Dies: ‘Don Vito’ Of ‘Viva La Bam’ & ‘Jackass’ Regular Was 59
Vincent Margera, the “crazy uncle” co-star of MTV’s Viva La Bam and a former regular Jackass contributor whose career was sidetracked by a sexual assault conviction, died Sunday. He was 59.
Johnny Knoxville confirm Margera’s death on Twitter:
RIP Don Vito. You will be missed.❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/YwhNdAAPA8
— Johnny Knoxville (@realjknoxville) November 15, 2015
Margera appeared on every episode of Viva La Bam from 2003-06, and his often unintelligible speech led his… Read
Nathaniel Marston Dies: ‘One Life To Live’ Actor Was 40
One Life To Live actor Nathaniel Marston, known for playing Michael McBain from 2004–07 and before that Al Holden from 2001-2003 has died today, following a car accident in late October. He was 40.
The news was broken on Facebook by his mother. “My beloved and cherished son, Nathaniel Marston, who was putting up the good fight until last night was not able to continue due to the traumatic and devastating nature of his injuries,” she said. Marston was with his family when… Read
‘Force Awakens’ Wish Fulfilled, Cancer-Afflicted ‘Star Wars’ Fan Daniel Fleetwood Has Died
Five days after Disney and Lucasfilm fulfilled his dying wish to see The Force Awakens, lifelong Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood has succumbed to cancer. Earlier today, his wife Ashley posted on Facebook:
Fleetwood, who grew up watching the franchise movies with his father in Texas, was 32. He was diagnosed in 2012 with spindle cell sarcoma, which quickly spread to his lungs. When it became near-certain that he would not live to see the December opening of The Force Awaken… Read
Gunnar Hansen, Original Leatherface Of Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ Dies At 68
Gunnar Hansen, the actor who first stretched cinema’s most unsettling mask over his head and delivered the iconic Leatherface to our nightmares, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer in Maine. The star of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 drive-in classic Texas Chain Saw Massacre was 68.
"May you spin with your chainsaw at magic hour forever more," tweeted Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead. Wright, of course, was referring to the indelible image of Hansen’s psycho Leatherface… Read
Charles Herbert, Former Kid Actor Scared By ‘The Fly’ & ’13 Ghosts’, Dies At 66
Charles Herbert, prolific child actor of the 1950s and ’60s most remembered for his frightened performances in chiller pics like 1958’s The Fly and ’60’s 13 Ghosts, died of a heart attack October 31 in Las Vegas. He was 66.
Herbert, whose career evaporated by the late ’60s and who spent decades battling alcoholism and addiction, had been living on a modest Screen Actors Guild pension, according to his friend (and fellow former child star) Paul Petersen, founder of A Minor… Read
George Barris Dies: Custom Car Creator Behind 1960s Batmobile Was 89
The custom car designer who created the iconic Batmobile for the 1960s Batman tv series has died from natural causes at 89. Barris’ son announced the new of his father’s passing on Facebook. “Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky,” Brett Barris wrote. “He passed on peacefully in his sleep at 2:45 am. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home. He lived his life they way he… Read