A family spokesman has announced that Bea Arthur died at home early this morning. The actress had been suffering from cancer.
Arthur may be best known as one of the stars of the classic 80’s sitcom Golden Girls, but to those of us entrenched in the GFFA she will always be Ackmena, night shift bartender of the Cantina in the Holiday Special.
We are saddened to report the passing of Maurice Jarre and Andy Hallett.
Maurice Jarre was a French film composer who won 3 Oscars for Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, and A Passage to India, and wrote the music for over 150 films, and was considered one of the pioneers of film scoring. He passed away on Sunday of cancer at the age of 84.
Andy Hallett was best known for his role of Lorne/The Host, a horned green demon owner of the karaoke bar on the TV show Angel, and also sang on the Angel soundtrack. He passed on Monday of heart failure at the age of 33.
Last night we got word that Natasha Richardson has succumbed to her injuries. The family released a brief statement:
Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.
Appreciations for Richardson’s work and career have come from all quarters, including Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and director Ken Russell. EW also has a gallery of her key roles.
Our sympathies to Neeson, their sons, and their friends and family.
Sad news. Kim Manners, uber-talented director-producer of X-Files and Supernatural has reportedly died of cancer. He will be sorely missed.
The man who brought us Khan lives no more. Ricardo Montalban passed away yesterday morning at the age of 88.
CJ honors the passing of a great contributor to the geek world, from his roles as Star Trek’s Khan, to movies including Naked Gun and Spy Kids, and of course Fantasy Island. There are also many CJ’ers who are fans of the series Kim Possible which he contributed to recently.
Raise a glass of Romulan ale and toast farewell with us!
Majel Barret Roddenberry, Star Trek actor and wife of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, passed away on Thursday of leukemia at the age of 76. Known for her roles as Nurse Christine Chapel in the Original Series, Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation, and the voice of the ship’s computer (of nearly all Starfleet and Federation vessels) in all the series and films of the franchise, including the upcoming JJ Abrams reboot.
Majel Barret on Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki.
Jawa’s note: I met Majel Barrett at a Star Trek convention in 1993, and though I really didn’t know who she was or who Lwaxana Troi was (not much of a Trek fan back then), she was really sweet to me.
Author Michael Crichton died Tuesday of cancer at the age of 66.
Best known for the movies based on his novels, the novels themselves were a satisfying dip into the pool of science fiction. Such titles as Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, and Timeline have been enjoyed by many over the years. He was also the creator of the long running series ER on NBC and the screenwriter of Twister.
Thirty-five years ago today the world lost a master storyteller.
Who will voice them now? Don LaFontaine, commonly known as the “King of Voiceovers,” died Monday in Los Angeles.
Aside from being the preeminent voice in the movie trailer industry, Don also worked as the voice of Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, as well as for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and UPN, in addition to TNT, TBS and the Cartoon Network. By conservative estimates, he voiced hundreds of thousands of television and radio spots, including commercials for Chevrolet, Pontiac, Ford, Budweiser, McDonalds, Coke, and many other corporate sponsors.
Underneath the cut, a video on LaFontaine and his work. Continue reading
Numerous media outlets today reported the death of Stan Winston, the Oscar-winning special effects master whose work included Terminator, Jurassic Park, and Aliens. He was 62.
ILM’s Dennis Muren, who supervised Jurassic Park’s digital effects, told Variety:
“When you put (Winston’s creatures and digital effects) together, the audience was confused, and sometimes we were, too, about who had done what.
“But Stan had always said, ‘It shouldn’t be all one or all the other; it should be a combination of the two.'”
Michael Heilemann over at Binary Bonsai has a brief tribute – and a book recommendation.