calliopes_pen: (fab_jupiter Never Forget Tara)
This is not in order of importance, but in order of how recently I heard of it.

1. Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89, following a “short but brave battle with cancer.” He will be best known for his role as James Bond, over the course of seven films. Sherlock Holmes fans may also remember that he was Holmes in the film Sherlock Holmes In New York (1976).

2. My condolences must also go out to Zack Snyder, his wife, and the rest of his family in the wake of a family tragedy. Snyder will be stepping down as the director of Justice League as he mourns the loss of his daughter, and requested that Joss Whedon direct additional material for him.

3. And lastly, but certainly not least: as the numbers confirmed to be both dead and injured continue to rise, my thoughts are with the families affected by the suicide bombing at Manchester yesterday. It just didn’t feel right to post condolences and not mention this one as well. Here’s James Corden’s message to Manchester.
calliopes_pen: (alterian Kitty Pryde goodbye)
Powers Boothe has passed away at the age of 68; he died in his sleep from natural causes. May he rest in peace. I caught him in a couple episodes of Agents of SHIELD as Gideon Malick when I was still watching it from time to time. I think I primarily remember him as the voice of Gorilla Grodd in Justice League Unlimited.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
Yvonne Monlaur passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 78. May she rest in peace. I remember her primarily as Marianne Danielle in The Brides of Dracula (1960). I’ll watch it again later today in her honor. I saw her death mentioned on Svengoolie’s blog yesterday, but couldn’t find any other articles about it until today; they’ll probably show up at Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting after the weekend.

Erin Moran has passed away at the age of 56. May she rest in peace. She is best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi.
calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Gatekeeper Dana)
Bernie Wrightson has passed away at the age of 68, following a battle with brain cancer. May he rest in peace. His work looked familiar to me; I eventually realized that he did the illustration/concept design for the original Ghostbusters (1984). It was featured in the book Making Ghostbusters.

And if anyone out there desires to get a look at Making Ghostbusters, and can’t locate a physical copy, (it tends to be rare, or ridiculously expensive) you can download a pdf copy over at Spook Central. It’s the third book featured on the page—right click and download the full book pdf.

After a quick perusal of his Wikipedia page, I see that I’ve also seen his work in Batman: The Cult, Batman/Aliens, and Heroes For Hope: Starring The X-Men #1 (he worked on three pages). I never knew about his comic book adaptation of Frankenstein until now.
calliopes_pen: (alterian Kitty Kurt walk with me)
Robert Osborne has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. He was the host of TCM, and provided commentary and trivia both before and after films.

Comcast doesn’t provide Turner Classic Movies where I am aside from the occasional fluke where I'm able to get it via On Demand, which is unfortunate. However, I caught quite a few segments Osborne hosted regarding classic horror films when someone uploaded them to Youtube at one point, and loved them. He will be missed.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh puzzle to solve Doctor)
Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61, due to complications from heart surgery. May he rest in peace. I liked him as John Garrett on Agents of SHIELD, when I still sporadically watched the series. Until I checked his IMDB page, I never realized he played Chet in Weird Science (1985); I always preferred the 90’s series over the movie, so never really saw it more than a handful of times. He was also Severen in Near Dark (1987) and Simon in True Lies (1994).

Others will remember him from Twister and Titanic.

The Terminator (1984) gets rerun a lot on Comet TV and This TV; he’s a punk leader there. Someday I’ll get around to watching Aliens (1986).

Neil Fingleton has passed away at the age of 36, following a heart attack. May he rest in peace. On Doctor Who he played the Fisher King in the episodes Under The Lake and Before The Flood. Apparently, he was also known for being the tallest man in the UK.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille's ring)
Chris Wiggins has passed away at the age of 87, following a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. May he rest in peace. He played Jack Marshak on Friday The 13th: The Series. I never caught very many episodes in reruns on Syfy, although I did like his character from what I saw; I recently purchased season 1 from a library book sale. I’ll finally watch the first few episodes of that this afternoon.

A quick check of IMDB tells me he played Dr. Hardy in Murder By Decree (1979), and apparently was the Great Wishing Star in Care Bears II: A New Generation (1986)...in addition to a large amount of other voicework. I’ll eventually get around to a rewatch of Murder By Decree.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
Sir John Hurt has passed away, at the age of 77, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. May he rest in peace; he died five days after his birthday. I mostly recognized him from his role as The War Doctor on Doctor Who, but apparently he was also the voice of the dragon on Merlin (which I watched for a couple seasons, and then jumped ship).

He is perhaps most famous for his role as Gilbert Kane in Alien (1979). His death scene is one that I unfortunately watched first at the age of 5, when it was suddenly shown in the middle of Terror In The Aisles (suspense films, stuff from the 40’s in black and white, sudden unexpected--well, to me--chestburster scene followed as the show talked about bloodier horror; I think that is how that went, and then gory then on out). I didn’t know that was him when I watched Spaceballs many years later.

He was The Horned King in The Black Cauldron (1985), and Aragorn in Lord of the Rings (the Ralph Bakshi version from 1978).

And when it comes to horror films, I remember him from Frankenstein Unbound (1990), and The Skeleton Key (2005). I haven’t seen The Ghoul (1975), so I need to watch that at some point, along with Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (it also stars the late Alan Rickman) and Whistle And I’ll Come To You (2010).

(I don't have an icon of The War Doctor, so here's one of the Brigadier.)
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
Miguel Ferrer has passed away at the age of 61, following a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I thought I only knew him as the voice of J’onn J’onnz in Justice League: The New Frontier (2008), and as The Weather Man in the infamously bad Justice League of America (1997).

Apparently, he also played a First Officer in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984). According to IMDB, I might have seen him in passing in I Love The 90’s: Part Deux as a commentator, and I Love The 70’s, along with the E! True Hollywood Story: The Curse of Poltergeist, from 2002.

He had also just been revealed as the voice for Deathstroke in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, which was due to be released later in the year.
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
William Peter Blatty passed away last night at the age of 89. May he rest in peace. He is likely most famous for being the author of The Exorcist. He wrote and directed The Exorcist III (1990), and worked on the scripts for comedies like A Shot In The Dark (1964).

While I have never truly had a desire to read that particular novel, or watch the adaptation of it, I am interested in The Exorcist III. Perhaps eventually, I’ll give it a watch.

There was a brief period in 2013 when I desperately needed some older style humor in my life. I developed an oddly short-lived fondness for The Pink Panther films, and enjoyed A Shot In The Dark in particular.
calliopes_pen: (rosiemoon is it time end of 10)
Debbie Reynolds passed away yesterday at the age of 84. She died one day after her daughter, after she was taken to the hospital after suffering a stroke. May she rest in peace. My thoughts go out to her family, who lost both of them in the course of two days.

After checking, the only things I have ever seen her in (thanks to a severe aversion to musicals) is an episode of Wings, an episode of Golden Girls, and the original Charlotte’s Web.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
Carrie Fisher has passed away this morning, at the age of 60, following going into full cardiac arrest on a plane on Friday. May she rest in peace; best wishes go out to her family. While I’m not a fan of the Star Wars films, I did love her in Soapdish (1991). For the nostalgia, she was Thumbelina in Faerie Tale Theatre. And, apparently, she had a quick cameo as “woman kissing on bridge” in Hook, according to IMDB.

That was on BBC America just yesterday.

Until I checked her IMDB page, I was not aware that she was in Frankenstein (1984) as Elizabeth. David Warner played The Creature, so I really must track it down.
calliopes_pen: (joanie_dearest5 Bewitched magic duo)
Bernard Fox has passed away at the age of 89, as a result of heart failure. May he rest in peace.

I remember him best as Dr. Bombay from Bewitched. He was one of my favorite characters, when I watched it in reruns on Nick At Nite as a child. He appeared as the same character in the spin-off Tabitha, and decades later (in a cameo) in the soap opera Passions. I loved his small role in The Mummy (1999). Me-TV recently aired one of his two episodes of Columbo.
calliopes_pen: (cruelest_month KittyPhoenix Excalibur)
Joseph Mascolo has passed away at the age of 87; reportedly, he had battled Alzheimer’s for many years. May he rest in peace. Ken Corday released a statement on his death. He also attended Paducah’s Telethon of Stars for a few years, and always seemed nice when he was interviewed locally. Sadly, I never had the chance to meet him in person.

I loved him as Stefano Dimera. He was most of why (the other piece of why was Sami) I was hooked on Days Of Our Lives for as long as I was, and part of what got me interested in the first place. I first started watching Days during the possession of Marlena—one of my first episodes? When Marlena, possessed by the Devil, throws Stefano over the balcony and it results in him having amnesia. And how did he get his memory back? He was merely struck by lightning—his memory was back, and I don’t think he was the worse for wear.

I loved his character’s constant machinations. Mascolo (and his character of Stefano) will be deeply missed.

(In honor of one Phoenix, I use the icon of another.)
calliopes_pen: (thesuthernangel  Special Hell)
Ron Glass has passed away at the age of 71. May he rest in peace. He was best known as Shepherd Book from Firefly, and Detective Ron Harris from Barney Miller. I already thought he was great in Firefly. Thanks to various marathons on Antenna TV and FamilyNet over the last year and a half or so, I grew to love him on Barney Miller as well.

The cast of Firefly paid tribute to him here.

(I still have this one Book icon left, so it's only fitting that I use it here. Also, that makes it two from Barney Miller that have died this year, unless I missed someone. Ron Glass and Abe Vigoda.)
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
Lupita Tovar has passed away at the age of 106. May she rest in peace. If you don’t recognize the name, she played the character of Eva in Dracula (1931)’s Spanish version. It was filmed at night on the same sets as the English language version. I always preferred her version of Eva/Mina over the English version’s. She was also in the Spanish language remake of The Cat and the Canary, which I have never seen.

I will be rewatching the Spanish version of Dracula (1931) tonight in her honor. I had planned to watch it anyway, so this is a good excuse for it. The DVD has a quick bit with her in The Road To Dracula, too.

Tony Neyman has also passed away, at the age of 80. May he rest in peace. MST3K fans and bad movie fans will remember him as the Master in Manos: The Hands of Fate. It’s the 50th anniversary of Manos this year, and Neyman reprised his role for the upcoming follow-up film Manos Returns prior to his death.
calliopes_pen: (lady_t_220 Sherlock in shock)
Robert Vaughn passed away early this morning, at the age of 83, following a short battle with acute leukemia. May he rest in peace. I loved watching movies whenever he popped up. I thought he was the only good thing to be found in Superman III, and I believe he was the only reason I watched Escape To Witch Mountain (1995). He will be missed. He is perhaps most famous for his role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

(Mom and I had the same reaction, it would appear, once I called her--word for word, a quick moment of “No, not him, too! Not this week*!”)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I shall go off and watch Transylvania Twist (1989) in his honor, since it looks like that’s the only DVD I have where he appears. It was one of my favorites as a kid. They'll probably rerun one of his episodes of Columbo on Me-TV.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Gene Wilder has passed away at the age of 83, as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. May he rest in peace. He is most famous for his roles in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein. I avoided the former (well, except for the “there’s no earthly way of knowing” scene) but the latter is good. For Sherlock Holmes fans, he was Sigerson Holmes in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother.

When I was 6, I loved Haunted Honeymoon, even if I now realize it wasn’t that great.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Anton Yelchin died yesterday in a freak accident involving his car. He was found by friends “pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar” after it seemingly rolled down a hill while in neutral. Police do not suspect foul play. He was 27 years old. May he rest in peace. He did a great job with the character of Charlie in Fright Night (2011). For Star Trek fans, he was Chekov in the Star Trek reboot.

I might give Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) one last shot, as I never made it all the way through. I will also track down Odd Thomas and Burying The Ex.

Hollywood Remembers Anton Yelchin.

This truly is a rotten year for famous people. It’s at the point where I expect someone famous to have died whenever I’m about to read my friends list. I just didn’t expect that one.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Darwyn Cooke passed away early this morning at the age of 54. He had been fighting an agressive cancer, and just entered palliative care. May he rest in peace. He was best known for his artwork for DC: The New Frontier, and for redesigning Catwoman’s costume in 2001. I found that to be one of her better costumes. I loved his style, and he will be missed.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
Prince has passed away at the age of 57. May he rest in peace. As of when I post this, the cause of death is not yet clear, and it just says he was found dead in his home. The only reason I have even heard his music is because of how they featured it in Batman (1989). I have never seen Purple Rain.

So that's David Bowie and Prince in the same year.
calliopes_pen: (oraclegreen Drummond Dark Shadows)
Humbert Allen Astredo passed away on February 19th, at the age of 86. May he rest in peace. To fans of the original version of Dark Shadows, he will be best remembered as Nicholas Blair. That warlock was one of my favorite characters on the show; Astredo also played Charles Dawson, as well as Evan Hanley during his time on the series. He appeared in House of Dark Shadows as Dr. Forbes.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Abe Vigoda has passed away at the age of 94. He died in his sleep. May he rest in peace. I have never seen The Godfather due to a lack of interest, so I mainly know him from Barney Miller. I only got around to watching that show in the last year or so--it’s on Antenna TV and FamilyNet almost every day.

I didn’t realize it when I first watched the original 60’s Dark Shadows when it aired on The Sci-Fi Channel in the 90’s, but he also appeared (in two different roles) there, too: He was Ezra Braithwaite and Otis Greene.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler men of note Holmes)
This is such a rotten week for celebrities. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Richard Libertini, Angus Scrimm, and David Margulies all died. I thought I posted about David Bowie, but apparently I didn’t (just Angus Scrimm). So in alphabetical order at this point:

David Bowie passed away on January 10th, age the age of 69, following an 18 month battle with liver cancer. May he rest in peace. I had never even heard of him until around 2006 due to having no interest in music. I heard of him for the first time as a result of seeing him in The Prestige as Nikola Tesla. I loved the certain scenes in the first and last episodes of Life On Mars (British version, not the American remake) that made a lovely use of his music at pivotal moments. I have no nostalgic feelings for Labyrinth, but I did find it enjoyably weird and fun when I saw it for the first time (and Encore played it a lot) about 3 years ago. I avoided it until then, due to a general dislike of muppets and a loathing for musicals. I’ll probably rewatch it soon. I liked his role in The Hunger (1983). I need to watch The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976), as I have never seen that.

Shock Till You Drop has An Appreciation of David Bowie’s Performance In 1983’s The Hunger. Birth Movies Death has Labyrinth: Long Live The Goblin King.

As a sidenote: the weird upside down staircase in Labyrinth almost made it into my Crimson Peak Yuletide story as an homage, as another way of Lucille screwing with Edith’s mind. (Which would have been right after a deleted scene with a tombstone and gargoyle in a room) I scrapped it before anything was written of it, because seriously—it was long enough by that point. I almost wish I had done it now.

Richard Libertini has passed away, at the age of 82, after a two year battle with cancer. I knew him from House of Frankenstein (1997). I may have been one of the few that liked that film.

David Margulies has passed away at the age of 78, after a long illness. He will be best known to Ghostbusters fans as Mayor Lenny.

Alan Rickman has passed away at the age of 69, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I loved him whenever I spotted him in a film. Or, in the case of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005), heard his voice. I loved him as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, even if I didn’t care for the rest of the film. I always meant to watch Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)—maybe now I will. I have never seen Die Hard or the Harry Potter films, because I’m not interested in action movies or Harry Potter.
calliopes_pen: (vxangelkissxv Holmes in fog)
Angus Scrimm has passed away at the age of 89. May he rest in peace. He will be best known for horror movie fans as The Tall Man from the Phantasm franchise. I loved the first film, but I have yet to watch the rest. The fifth Phantasm film—Phantasm: Ravager—is due to be released sometime this year.

I also remember him being in Transylvania Twist (1989) and Subspecies (1991).
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
Wes Craven passed away yesterday, at the age of 76, following a battle with brain cancer. May he rest in peace. Even if I haven’t seen nearly enough of his films, I did enjoy Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), (which, coincidentally, Syfy aired once more this last Saturday) along with The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988). Deadly Friend was weird, but worth watching once I tracked it down. I loved the opening (Drew Barrymore’s scene) of Scream.

In honor of him, I’ll finally get around to watching one of these: The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Deadly Blessing (1981), or Red Eye (2005).
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Yvonne Craig has passed away at the age of 78, following a battle with breast cancer, which metastasized to her liver. May she rest in peace. She will be remembered by most as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the Adam West series of Batman.

I’ll have to wait and see if Me-TV ends up airing a few of her better episodes from Batman and the one from Star Trek this Saturday—it’s what they did when Nimoy passed away.
calliopes_pen: (sirius_nst Jeremy Brett Holmes research)
Rowdy Roddy Piper has passed away at the age of 61, after suffering a heart attack. May he rest in peace. I mostly remember him from watching a severely censored version of They Live on television, since I was never a fan of wrestling. However, after checking IMDB, I see that as I vaguely recalled, he once ended up appearing in the live action host segment of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. He was in an episode (an episode that I have never rewatched, so I didn’t know that was him) of Highlander: The Series. I need to watch Hell Comes To Frogtown.
calliopes_pen: (the_10thdoctor timelord shoes)
Patrick Macnee has passed away at the age of 93. May he rest in peace. Most people know him as John Steed in the 60’s Avengers series. Having never seen any incarnation of that outside of the awful 90’s film, I know him from the film Sherlock Holmes In New York, where he played Watson. After looking through his IMDB credits, I see he was also Watson in Sherlock Holmes And The Leading Lady (1991) and Incident At Victoria Falls (1992)...opposite the also recently departed Sir Christopher Lee as Sherlock Holmes.

So I’ll be tracking down those two films later, since I’ve been meaning to watch them for a while. He was also Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of London, and had a role in one of the 1989 versions of Masque of the Red Death (the one with Adrian Paul, which I've never watched).

...I may be one of the few to recall him from Lobster Man From Mars (1989) as Professor Plocostomos.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue one plus one)
James Horner passed away yesterday, at the age of 61, after his plane crashed in a field. May he rest in peace. He was an Oscar winning composer who worked on many movies over the decades, including these: The Rocketeer, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Krull, Willow, Jumanji, Hocus Pocus, and Aliens. For MST3K fans, he also worked on theme music for Deathstalker And The Warriors From Hell.

Dick Van Patten passed away at the age of 86, due to complications from diabetes. May he rest in peace. I never watched Eight Is Enough, so I believe I mostly recall him from Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Spaceballs, and The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988).

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