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Paul Walker, 40 (1973 - 2013)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the neighborhood where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a fiery crash is known to attract street racers, law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche he and a friend were riding in had been racing another car. Accident investigators "have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed," the Los...
Syd Field (1935 - 2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — The author of the screenplay manual that inspired James Cameron and Judd Apatow to make movies has died.A spokesman for Syd Field says the author died Sunday of a blood disorder at his home in California. He was 77.Syd Field's book "Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting" has been required reading in Hollywood since it was published in 1979. It has...
Al Ruscio, 89 (1924 - 2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran character actor Al Ruscio, who appeared in countless film, television and stage productions across half a century, has died at age 89, said his longtime manager, Judy Fox.Ruscio, who died Nov. 12 at his Encino, California, home following declining health, appeared in such films as the "Godfather, Part III" and "Guilty By Suspicion," and on some of...
Hal Needham, 82 (1931 - 2013)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal Needham, a top Hollywood stuntman who turned to directing action films including "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Cannonball Run," has died. He was 82. His business managers tell the Los Angeles Times that Needham died Friday in Los Angeles. A former paratrooper, Needham appeared in thousands of TV episodes and hundreds of movies, performing...
Antonia Bird, 54 (1959 - 2013)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British director Antonia Bird, known for films such as "Face," ''Priest" and "Mad Love," has died. She was 54.The BBC, citing Bird's agent, said Saturday the director had been suffering from anaplastic thyroid cancer and had died in her sleep.Bird worked for several years at the Royal Court Theater before switching to TV in the mid-1980s. She racked up a string...
Ed Lauter, 74 (1938 - 2013)
JOHN ROGERS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and...
Kumar Pallana, 94 (1918 - 2013)
TRACIE CONE, The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Kumar Pallana, an Indian character actor with small parts in movies such as "The Terminal" and "The Royal Tennenbaums," died...
Carlo Lizzani, 91 (1922 - 2013)
The Associated PressROME (AP) — Filmmaker Carlo Lizzani, a much-lauded protagonist of Italian Neorealism, has died, Italian state news media reported Saturday. He was 91.There was an outpouring of...
A.C. Lyles, 95 (1918 - 2013)
JOHN ROGERS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A.C. Lyles, who rose from mail boy to producer at Paramount Pictures and became the studio's longest-serving employee during a tenure that lasted...
Richard Sarafian, 83 (1930 - 2013)
ANDREW DALTON, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Sarafian, an influential film director whose 1971 countercultural car-chase thriller "Vanishing Point" brought him a decades-long...
Gilbert Taylor, 99 (1914 - 2013)
RAPHAEL SATTER, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Gilbert Taylor was a master of black and white and a master of different universes.Taylor, the influential "Star Wars" cinematographer who worked...
August Schellenberg, 77 (1936 - 2013)
URIEL J. GARCIA, The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Canadian-born actor August Schellenberg, who starred in the "Free Willy" films and appeared in numerous television roles, has died at his...
Karen Black, 74 (1939 - 2013)
By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer Karen Black, the prolific actress who appeared in more than 100 movies and was featured in such counterculture favorites as "Easy Rider," ''Five Easy Pieces"...
Margaret Pellegrini, 89 (1923 - 2013)
The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 classic movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 89. Pellegrini suffered a stroke...
Eileen Brennan, 80 (1932 - 2013)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whether she was issuing orders as an Army captain in "Private Benjamin," rambling as a real-life rendition of Mrs. Peacock from "Clue" or...
Pran, 93 (1920 - 2013)
ASHOK SHARMA, The Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — India's legendary actor Pran, who played some of Bollywood's most memorable villains in a career that spanned six decades, died of pneumonia...
Jim Kelly, 67 (1946 - 2013)
The Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in "Enter the Dragon" with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67. Marilyn Dishman, Kelly's ex-wife,...
Esther Williams, 91 (1921 - 2013)
BOB THOMAS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — As a teenager, Esther Williams dreamed of Olympic glory on the U.S. swim team. She had to settle instead for becoming a movie star. The...
Dr. Dean Brooks (2013)
JEFF BARNARD, The Associated Press GRANTS PASS, Oregon (AP) — The psychiatrist who opened the doors of the Oregon State Hospital to filming of the 1975 Academy Award-winning movie "One Flew Over...
Rituparno Ghosh, 49 (1963 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — Indian film director Rituparno Ghosh, whose work includes award-winning films in the Bengali language, died of cardiac arrest at age 49, news reports said...
Marshall Lytle (2013)
The Associated PressNEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Marshall Lytle, the original bass player for Bill Haley & His Comets, one of the first bands to take rock 'n' roll music mainstream, has died. He...
Bryan Forbes, 86 (1926 - 2013)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British film director Bryan Forbes, whose work includes the original 1970s horror classic "The Stepford Wives," has died at age 86 after a long illness, a family...
Ray Harryhausen, 92 (1920 - 2013)
CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — When Ray Harryhausen was 13, he was so overwhelmed by "King Kong" that he vowed he would create otherworldly creatures on film. He...
Mario Machado, 78 (1935 - 2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles television news anchor in the 1960s and 1970s who also appeared in movies such as "Rocky III" has died. Mario Machado was 78.His daughter,...
Deanna Durbin, 91 (1921 - 2013)
ANDREW DALTON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Deanna Durbin, a star whose songs and smile made her one of the biggest box office draws of Hollywood's Golden Age with fans that included...
Alfredo Guevara (2013)
The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Cuban state media are reporting that prominent filmmaker, intellectual and cultural leader Alfredo Guevara has died. He was 87.Guevara was a close associate of...
Richard LeParmentier, 66 (1946 - 2013)
The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Character actor Richard LeParmentier, who as a young Death Star commander learned the hard way that Darth Vader brooks no disrespect, died Tuesday. He...
Sara Montiel (2013)
HAROLD HECKLE, The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Sara Montiel, a famed, sultry-voiced Spanish actress who became the first to also achieve Hollywood stardom, died Monday. She was 85.Her biographer,...
Les Blank (2013)
The Associated PressBERKELEY, California (AP) — Les Blank, an acclaimed documentary maker who focused his camera on cultural corners ranging from blues music, to garlic lovers, to shoe-eating...
Josep Joan Bigas Luna, 67 (1946 - 2013)
The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Spanish film director Josep Joan Bigas Luna, who discovered actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem and whose 1992 movie "Jamon, Jamon" launched their careers, has...