CATEGORIES Obits, Cinematical
  • Robert Altman (1925-2006) - Read my post on the great director of M*A*S*H and The Player.
  • John Blackburn (1913/14-2006) - Songwriter ("Moonlight in Vermont") and author who wrote the novel of Nothing But the Night. He died November 15.
  • Orin Borsten (1912-2006) - Screenwriter of Angel Baby who also worked as a publicist for Porky's, Texas Across the River, The War Wagon and Topaz. He died of natural causes November 18, in Studio City, California.
  • James Bostwick (1916-2006) - Film producer for General Motors. He died November 22, in Royal Oak, Michigan.
  • Dave Cockrum (1943-2006) - Comic book artist who co-created the characters Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler, who appear in the X-Men films. He died of complications from diabetes on November 26.
  • Betty Comden (1915-2006) - Oscar-nominated writer and lyricist of musicals, including Singin' in the Rain, On the Town, The Band Wagon It's Always Fair Weather and Auntie Mame, with partner Adolph Green. She also appeared in the film Slaves of New York. She passed away, from heart failure, November 23, in New York City. Check out Jette's tribute to Comden in her Vintage Image of the Day column.
  • William Diehl (1924-2006) - Author who wrote the novels that were adapted into Sharky's Machine and Primal Fear. He also appeared in Sharky's Machine and Baby of the Family. He died of an aortal aneurysm November 24, in Atlanta.
  • Colin Forbes (1923-2006) - Author whose same-titled novel was adapted into Avalance Express. He died of a heart attack August 23, in London.
  • Phyllis Fraser (1911-2006) - Actress who appeared in Little Men, Winds of the Wasteland and Lucky Devils. She died of complications from a fall on November 24, in New York City.
  • Irving Lippman (1906-2006) - Cinematographer and still photographer who had just turned 100 years old. Some of the films he shot include Hellcats of the Navy, Safe at Home! and The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze. His still work includes photos taken for From Here to Eternity, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, All the King's Men (1949), Meet John Doe, Lost Horizon, Salome and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He passed away November 15, in Woodland Hills, California.
  • Robert Lockwood, Jr. (1915-2006) - Legendary bluesman who was taught by Robert Johnson. He appeared in the doc Can't You Hear the Wind Howl? The Life and Times of Robert Johnson. He died of respiratory failure November 21, in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Connie Marshall (1933-2006) - Former child actress who appeared in Dragonwyck, Mother Wore Tights, Daisy Kenyon and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Her death has been confirmed as May 22, 2001.
  • Richard Mayes (1923-2006) - Actor who appeared in Gandhi, Another Life and Top Secret! He died October 22, in England.
  • Mario Merola (1934-2006) - Italian singer and actor who appeared in From Corleone to Brooklyn, Zappatore and The New Godfathers. He died of a heart attack November 12, in Castellamare Di Stabia, Napoli, Italy.
  • Philippe Noiret (1930-2006) - French actor who is best known in American for playing the projectionist in Cinema Paradiso. He also appeared in Il Postino, La Grande Boffe, Zazie dans le Metro and La Vie et Rien d'Autre (Life and Nothing But). He died of cancer November 23, in Paris.
  • Anita O'Day (1919-2006) - Jazz singer who appeared in ZigZag, The Gene Krupa Story and the documentary Jazz on a Summer Day. She passed away, from cardiac arrest, November 23, in Los Angeles.
  • Willie Pep (1922-2006) - Boxing champion who appeared in Requiem for a Heavyweight. He died of complications from Alzheimer's disease November 23, in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
  • Pablo Shilton (c.1971-2006) - Argentine actor who appeared in La Furia. He died in a car crash November 16, between Rosario and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Nat Tiffen (?-2006) - Co-founder of the Tiffen Company, which creates filter optics for use by cinematographers and photographers. He received a Technical Achievement Oscar in 1984 for a filter lamination process, and in 1999 he won a Scientific and Engineering Oscar. He passed away November 21.
  • Levan Zaqareishvili (1953-2006) - Georgian filmmaker and film professor who directed Isini and Tbilisi-Tbilisi. He died of a heart attack on August 21, in Tbilisi, Georgia.