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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93, after suffering from respiratory issues. May he rest in peace. The news was the very first thing I saw on my friends list this morning.
When I didn’t know who he was when I was small, I loved his evil voice in The Last Unicorn. When I was 10 or 11, I fell in love with his Dracula movies, and progressed onward from there through as much of his horror and assorted work as I could find. He was great in almost everything he happened to appear in no matter how truly awful the material around him may have been, and he will be greatly missed.
Does anyone else remember his role in the 90's version of The Tomorrow People? At the time, I loved it.
(I don't have a Christopher Lee as Dracula icon--just one of Nosferatu, and a Bela Lugosi icon, so the former will have to do.)
Tanith Lee passed away on May 24th, at the age of 67, after a battle with breast cancer. May she rest in peace. While I have never read a single book of hers, I plan to rectify that very soon. I located ebook copies of Red As Blood, and Sabella, since I never even spotted a single copy of anything by her in a used bookstore in years of searching.
Betsy Palmer passed away from natural causes at the age of 88. May she rest in peace. She was best known as Mrs. Pamela Voorhees, Jason’s mother, in the first Friday the 13th.
Alberto De Martino has passed away at the age of 85. May he rest in peace. MST3K fans may know two of his movies: Puma Man and Operation Double 007. While I loved the former, I haven’t yet seen the latter episode, so I’ll be tracking it down.
Lois Lilienstein has passed away at the age of 78, after a battle with cancer. May she rest in peace. She may be most known for Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show, which I watched and loved when it aired on Nickelodeon in the very early 80’s.
According to IMDB, the show started in 1984, so I would have been 3. I mostly remember Bram’s beard (perhaps it scared me, I don't know. I was 3)--the strange elephant, and a bit of the Skinnamarink song.
Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83, after suffering from chest pains a few days ago. It was a result of his long battle with COPD. May he rest in peace. When I was small, I loved watching him as the host of In Search Of, and enjoyed his part in the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I didn’t truly become acquainted with Star Trek until 2001, aside from a brush with the animated series when it aired on Nickelodeon in the 80’s. Thanks to Me-TV, I recently had the chance to see him on Columbo--and courtesy of FamilyNet, saw him on T.J. Hooker.
Here—in memory of him, have that old (incredibly surreal) Ballad of Bilbo Baggins music video he did, rather than his funeral from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In his memory, I shall watch Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Then, I’ll try to track down his Night Gallery episode, as I have never watched the show.
Edgar Froese has passed away at the age of 70, due to a pulmonary embolism. May he rest in peace. He was the founder of Tangerine Dream—I’ve heard their music in Legend (1985), Near Dark (1987), Firestarter (1984), and The Keep (1983). I listened to enough of the Tangerine Dream bit of Legend’s music for a particular scene when I was writing the Yuletide story Blood Begets A Curse Anew a couple years back. He will be missed.
I have been meaning to watch The Keep or Near Dark again, so this could be the time for it.
Richard Kiel passed away on September 10th, at the age of 74. May he rest in peace. While most people know him as Jaws from a couple of James Bond movies, I remember him (and I might be the only person that went to the theater for this one) from The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991), where he played Eli Weaver. MST3K fans might also remember him from Eegah, The Human Duplicators and The Phantom Planet.
Richard Attenborough passed away yesterday, at the age of 90, due to health issues stemming from a stroke he suffered several years ago. His 91st birthday would have been the 29th. May he rest in peace. I only saw Jurassic Park for the first time within the last couple years, courtesy of Encore. I didn’t know that he directed Magic (1978), and have always meant to watch it—-so I’ll track that down soon.
Rest in peace, Robin Williams. He died yesterday at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide. When I was around the ages of 9-13, I loved him so much. Hook and Jumanji were a tie for my favorite of his movies at one point, and I watched so much Mork and Mindy on Nick At Nite when I was younger than that. I enjoyed him as the Genie from Aladdin, and may be one of the few to remember him as a frog in Faerie Tale Theater. He will be deeply missed by everyone he brought even a modicum of laughter to.
People keep bringing up Dead Poets Society and Good Morning Vietnam as better movies of his—I’ll have to watch them sometime. He was great in The Birdcage. I also remember this little cameo that he and Billy Crystal had in an episode of Friends.
You can read reactions from the White House (they issued a fantastic statement), Pam Dawber, and several others over here and (if you’re interested in one from Sarah Michelle Gellar in this next link) here and here.
Skye McCole Bartusiak has passed away at the age of 21. As of now, there are reports that she died in her sleep, and that the fact she suffered from epileptic seizures may have been a contributing factor. May she rest in peace. I remember her as the actress that played young Charlie McGee in Firestarter 2: Rekindled. And thanks to the Sundance Channel airing it at one point, I also remember her as the little girl that was kidnapped by Sean Bean’s character in Don’t Say A Word.
John Fasano has passed away at the age of 52—as of now, while no official cause of death has been released, they do know that he died in his sleep. May he rest in peace. He was one of the many writers for Alien 3, and directed several horror films. I recall a few of the VHS covers for some of them, from back in the 80’s. I had been meaning to watch The Jitters (1989), so I’ll track that down shortly.
James Garner passed away Saturday night at the age of 86. May he, too, rest in peace. While he was most famous for his roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files, MST3K fans may also remember him from the episode where they riffed a movie called City Limits. As I have never seen an episode of The Rockford Files, I’ll have to catch an episode when it airs on Me-TV later today. Sound On Sight made a list of his top ten films.
Meshach Taylor has passed away, at the age of 67, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I will always remember and love his role as Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women…and, to a lesser degree, Hollywood Montrose in the Mannequin movies. Until I checked IMDB, I wasn’t aware that he appeared in The Howling and Damien: Omen II.
Casey Kasem has passed away, at the age of 82, following a long battle with Lewy Body Disease—a form of dementia. May he rest in peace. He may be most famous for being the host of American Top 40, and as the voice of Shaggy in various incarnations of Scooby Doo over the decades. He was also the voice of Robin in various Super Friends shows. Ghostbusters fans should recall his cameo (voice only) in the first film.
I also remember him hosting a Classic TV Countdown (like this and this) on Nick At Nite every year, in the 80’s and 90’s, and that he appeared as himself on Saved By The Bell. He will be missed.
Kirsten Bishop has passed away, at the age of 50, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. I primarily know her from the 1975 English dubbed anime version of The Little Mermaid. I watched that version numerous times in the early 80’s, around the age of 2. (I always preferred that original, unhappy ending over the Disney version.)
I don’t believe that I have ever watched anything else she voiced or appeared in.
Bob Hoskins has passed away, at the age of 71, after being hospitalized as a result of pneumonia. May he rest in peace. After a quick check of IMDB, I realized that I’ve only seen him in three movies: Hook—where he was great as Smee, The Super Mario Brothers, and Snow White And The Huntsman. I don’t believe I ever made it through Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
I just found out that fans of Harold Ramis are leaving Twinkies and flowers outside the 8th Hook And Ladder Firehouse as a memorial to him. Very sweet, and fitting.
Have a link to one the best bits of fan art (there’s another great one in their comments) I’ve seen in the wake of Ramis’ death. Another sad one, as he learns where the stairs go.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, and more pay their respects. “More” includes: Maurice La Marche, Larry King, Robin Shelby, Jason Reitman, and Sony Pictures.
ETA: And if you scroll down to a comment by Morydees in the GB Fans forum, there's a quote from Stephen Tobolowsky, as he remembers Ramis during an Ask My Anything on Reddit yesterday.
Harold Ramis has passed away, at the age of 69, as a result of “complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis,” which he had been battling since 2010. May he rest in peace. He will best be remembered by his fans as Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters, as well as being the co-writer of both that, as well as Groundhog Day, in addition to many other great films which I now realize I haven't had the good fortune to see.
He will be greatly missed. And with that news, I’m off to rewatch the first Ghostbusters movie, in his memory. Egon was always my favorite of the team.