CATEGORIES Obits, Cinematical
  • William M. Aldrich (1944-2006) - Actor and producer who mostly worked on the films of his father, director Robert Aldrich. He appeared in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) and Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte. He was then an associate producer on Hustle, The Choirboys and ... All the Marbles. He also had a producer credit on the recent remake Flight of the Phoenix. He died of cancer on August 31st, in Los Angeles.
  • Zelda Barron (1929-2006) - Producer, writer and director who worked for many years as a script supervisor/continuity person (often for director Michael Apted). Films she worked on before making her own include Reds, Yentl, Agatha, Cry of the Banshee and Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different. She was an associate producer on Coal Miner's Daughter and directed Shag: The Movie. She never won an Oscar but was thanked in two Oscar speeches (Sissy Spacek's and Warren Beatty's). Her most recent credits were as production/creative consultant for Beatty's Bulworth and Love Affair. Her son is director Steve Barron (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie; Coneheads; Electric Dreams). She died August 14th.
  • Rémy Belvaux (1966-2006) - Belgian filmmaker (pictured) whose single feature is Man Bites Dog. His brother is the actor and filmmaker Lucas Belvaux (his latest, La Raison du Plus Faible, screened at Cannes this year). He died September 4th, in Orry-la-Ville, France.
  • Fosi Bendeck (1941-2006) - Honduran filmmaker and actor who directed El Reyecitio o El Mero Mero and appeared in No Hay Tierra Sin Dueno. He died on September 2nd, after suffering from diabetes and heart problems, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
  • Diane Bonder (c.1960-2006) - Independent filmmaker whose shorts include Dear Mom and Stick Figures. She died of pancreatic cancer on June 23, in Brooklyn, New York.
  • John Conte (1915-2006) - Actor who appeared in The Man with the Golden Arm, Lost in a Harem and The Carpetbaggers. He also narrated the James Cagney film Each Dawn I Die, having started out in the movies with uncredited "announcer" roles due to his distinguished voice. He was also well-known on TV and Broadway, and was at one time married to actress Marilyn Maxwell. He passed away on September 4th.
  • Lovette George (?-2006) - Theater actress who appeared in Broadway Damage and Center Stage. She died of ovarian cancer on Wednesday.
  • S. John Launer (1919-2006) - Actor who often played judges who appeared in I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Marnie and Jailhouse Rock. His son is My Cousin Vinny screenwriter Dale Launer.
  • Bob Mathias (1930-2006) - Olympic gold-medalist in the decathlon competition (twice!) and former congressman who played himself in his own biopic, The Bob Mathias Story. He also appeared in China Doll, The Minotaur and It Happened in Athens. He died of throat cancer on September 2nd, in Fresno, California. [thanks to Scott, a faithful reader, for pointing this one out.]
  • Frank Middlemass (1919-2006) - Character actor who appeared in Barry Lyndon, Madame Sin, The Island (1980) and provided the voice of the caterpillar in Dreamchild. He died Friday.
  • Byron Morrow (1920-2006) - Character actor who appeared in Colossus: The Forbin Project, Johnny Got His Gun, The Last Tycoon and Cyborg 2087. He died on May 11th (his family just announced).
  • Jaime Osorio (aka Jaime Osorio Gómez) (1947-2006) - Producer of Maria Full of Grace and Our Lady of the Assassins who also appeared in both of these films. He was also a writer and director, having helmed Confession to Laura and Sin Amparo, and taught film production in Cuba and Colombia. He died of a heart attack on September 3rd, near Bogota, Colombia.
  • Lorena Parlee (c.1945-2006) - Documentary filmmaker who directed and produced the IMAX film Mexico. She died August 18th after a long illness.
  • Clermont Pépin (1926-2006) - Scorer of the documentary short Saguenay and otherwise a renowned composer and pianist from Quebec. He died September 2nd of liver cancer.
  • Fernando Siro (c.1932-2006) - Argentine actor, writer and director who appeared in The South, The Journey and Apariencias. As a filmmaker, his work includes Where the Wind Dies and Happy Highschool. He died of a heart attack on September 4th, in Buenos Aires.
  • Bill Stewart (1942-2006) - British character actor who is well-known for his stage and television work and who appeared in Anna and the King, Roman Polanski's Pirates, the live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians and Fairy Tale: A True Story. His final role was in Copying Beethoven, which is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening next month. He died of motor neuron disease on August 29th.
  • Astrid Varnay (1918-2006) - Swedish-American opera singer who appeared in a TV presentation of Salome and in the filmed opera Elektra. She died of pericardial infection on September 4th, in Munich.