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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 spokesman said Wednesday.Matthew D'Ancona said Forbes died surrounded by his family at his home in Surrey.Forbes was born John Theobald Clarke in 1926 in London. He began his film career as an actor,...
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 fulfilled his desire as an adult, thrilling audiences with skeletons in a sword fight, a gigantic octopus destroying the Golden Gate Bridge, and a six-armed dancing goddess. On Tuesday, Harryhausen died at...
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, Michelle, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/13jwSEN ) that Machado died Saturday from complications of pneumonia at a Los Angeles convalescent facility.KCBS-TV (http://cbsloc.al/10AM106 ) says...
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 Winston Churchill, has died. She was 91.Family friend Bob Koster of Los Angeles told The Associated Press that Durbin died on about April 20 in a village outside Paris, where she had lived out of public...
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 Fidel and Raul Castro when they were young rebel leaders, and a firm backer of the struggle to oust strongman Fulgencio Batista.After the 1959 Cuban Revolution he became a leading cultural official and...
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...
Besedka Johnson (2013)
Rjlosrj1, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Besedka Johnson, who became an actress at age 85 and won praise for last year's movie "Starlet," has died. She was 87.Johnson died on April 4 at...
Roger Ebert, 70 (1942 - 2013)
CARYN ROUSSEAU, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Ebert had the most-watched thumb in Hollywood. With a twist of his wrist, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic rendered decisions that...
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 85 (1927 - 2013)
SANDY COHEN, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died. She was 85. Firoza Jhabvala said Wednesday that her...
Milo O'Shea, 86 (1926 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — The Irish actor Milo O'Shea is being remembered for more than his famously bushy eyebrows.The character actor died Tuesday in New York City at age 86 after a...
Jane Henson, 78 (1934 - 2013)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Jim Henson Co. says Henson's partner in marriage and Muppets has died. The company says Jane Henson died Tuesday at her Connecticut home following...
Richard Griffiths, 65 (1947 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Richard Griffiths was one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil...
Fay Kanin, 95 (1917 - 2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Fay Kanin has died. She was 95.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Kanin's death Wednesday...
Harry Reems, 65 (1947 - 2013)
MICHELLE L. PRICE, The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Harry Reems, the male star of the 1972 cultural phenomenon "Deep Throat," which brought pornography to mainstream audiences, has...
Willy Switkes (2013)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A character actor who had minor roles in "Tootsie," ''Taxi Driver" and dozens of other films has died. Willy Switkes (SWIT'-kehs) was 83. His niece Ellen...
Robert E. Relyea (1931 - 2013)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — The film producer and director whose credits included "The Magnificent Seven" and "West Side Story" has died. Robert E. Relyea was 82.A...
Dale Robertson, 89 (1923 - 2013)
KEN MILLER, The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre's heyday, died Tuesday. He was 89. ...
Alexei German, 74 (1938 - 2013)
IRINA TITOVA, The Associated PressST.PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Alexei German, a Russian film director best known for his works offering a bitter view of life in the Soviet Union under dictator...
Donald Richie, 88 (1924 - 2013)
The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Donald Richie, a Tokyo-based expert on Japanese cinema who wrote dozens of books and articles about the country's people and culture, has died at age 88.The Japan...
Richard Briers, 79 (1934 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British actor Richard Briers, an avuncular comic presence on TV and movie screens for decades, has died at the age of 79.Briers' agent, Christopher...
Petro Vlahos, 96 (1916 - 2013)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Petro Vlahos, a two-time Academy Award winner whose blue- and green-screen technique on movies like "Mary Poppins" and "Ben Hur" made the modern...
Stuart Freeborn, 98 (1914 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films, has died. He was 98.LucasFilm...
Michael Winner, 77 (1935 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — "Death Wish" director Michael Winner, a British filmmaker, restaurant critic and bon vivant, died Monday. He was 77. Winner's wife, Geraldine,...
Nagisa Oshima (2013)
MARI YAMAGUCHI, The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Nagisa Oshima, a Japanese director internationally acclaimed for his films "Empire of Passion" and "In the Realm of the Senses," has died of...
Mariangela Melato, 71 (1941 - 2013)
The Associated PressROME (AP) — Italian actress Mariangela Melato, known for her critically acclaimed performance as a spoiled socialite stranded with a sailor she had tormented in the 1974 film...
Sergiu Nicolaescu, 82 (1930 - 2013)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Sergiu Nicolaescu, a prolific and popular Romanian director known for his historical epics who also served as a Senator, died Thursday....
Mike Hopkins, 53 (2012)
The Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins, who worked on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and other Peter Jackson films, has died in a rafting...