CATEGORIES Obits, Cinematical
  • Henry Alper (c.1917-2006) - Talent agent and manager who worked with Jerry Lewis, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Gogi Grant and composers John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith and Henry Mancini. He died of cancer November 22, in Cathedral City, California.
  • Seth Arnett (c.1969-2006) - Stunt man who worked on The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, The Rocketeer, Ladder 51, Deep Impact and Basic Instinct. He also appeared as an actor in Alive. He died November 25, in Westlake Village, California.
  • George Brenholtz (c.1930-2006) - Former executive film producer for the U.S. Naval Media Center. His work includes a documentary on the Challenger disaster called The Salvage of the Challenger, a widely viewed training film called Trial By Fire: A Carrier Fights for Life and a monthly film series on the life of President Johnson, which are now archived at the Johnson Library in Austin. He died from injuries sustained after a car accident November 20, in Virginia.
  • Phyllis Cerf (1911 or 1916-2006) - Writer, actress and socialite who appeared in Winds of the Wasteland. She died of complications from a fall November 24, in New York.
  • Jan Hartman (c.1940-2006) - Playwright and screenwriter, mostly for television, who co-wrote the story for Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor. He died November 9, in Wareside, Hertfordshire, England.
  • Beverly Hecht (c.1925-2006) - Hollywood agent, and cousin of screenwriter Ben Hecht, who represented Sammy Davis, Jr., Janet Leigh, Cicely Tyson, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett and Debra Winger. She died of cardiac arrest November 19, in Los Angeles.
  • Perry Henzell (1936-2006) - Director of The Harder They Come. Read my full tribute here.
  • Stephen Heywood (c.1969-2006) - Former carpenter who became a catalyst for Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research, appearing in the recent documentary So Much So Fast, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. He died over Thanksgiving weekend when his breathing tube was accidentally disconnected.
  • Claude Jade (1948-2006) - French actress (pictured, with Jean-Pierre Léaud) who played the character Christine Darbon (Doinel) in Truffaut's Stolen Kisses, Bed & Board and Love on the Run. She also starred in Hitchcock's Topaz and in My Uncle Benjamin, Tegeran-43 (Teheran 43: Spy Ring) and The Boat on the Grass. In 1968, she was engaged to Truffaut, but she ended up marrying a diplomat named Bernard Coste instead. She died of eye cancer December 1, in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
  • Akio Jissoji (1937-2006) - Japanese director who made This Transient Life, Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (aka Doomed Metropolis) and Rampo Noir. He died of stomach cancer November 29, in Tokyo.
  • Robert McFerrin (1921-2006) - Singer, and father of Bobby McFerrin, who provided Sidney Poitier's singing voice in Porgy and Bess. He died of a heart attack November 24.
  • Chuck McLain (c.1943-2006) - Emmy-nominated producer of made-for-TV movies, including Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story, which beat the release of the feature film Monster by 11 years, with Jean Smart as the serial killer that Charlize Theron played for an Oscar win. The movie was also referenced in part in Nick Broomfield's docs on Wuornos, which speculate that Wuornos' case was tainted by greed for movie rights moneys. He died of a heart attack November 15, in Los Angeles.
  • Leon Niemczyk (1923-2006) - Polish actor who starred in Roman Polanski's debut, Knife in the Water, and appears very briefly in David Lynch's latest, Inland Empire. He also appeared in The Saragossa Manuscript, Beyond Forgiveness, The Deluge and Knights of the Teutonic Order. He died of lung cancer November 29, in Warsaw.
  • Lyubov Polishchuk (1949-2006) - Russian actress who appeared in What a Mess!, Intergirl and Ladies Man (Babnik) and Ladies Man 2 (Babnik-2). She died of spine disease November 28, in Moscow.
  • Sid Raymond (c.1909-2006) - Actor and comedian who is best known as the voice of cartoon characters Baby Huey and Katnip. He appeared in Big Trouble, Easy Money and Let it Ride.
  • Leon Roth (c.1919-2006) - Producer of The Luck of Ginger Coffey and I Dismember Mama. He was also a publicist for West Side Story, The Apartment, Some Like it Hot and Irma La Douche. He taught film at USC for more than 20 years and he was father to Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump). He died of pneumonia November 24, in Los Angeles.
  • Sally Sturges (1927-2006) - Fourth wife and widow of writer-director Preston Sturges. She edited and compiled parts of her husband's unfinished autobiography and his letters and diaries to form the basis of the book Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges. She died of cancer November 28, in Manhattan Beach, California.
  • Jece Valadão (1930-2006) - Brazilian actor and film maker who appeared in Rio 40 Degrees, Tieta do Agreste and Garrincha: Lonely Star. He also produced and appeared in Os Cafajetes (aka The Unscrupulous Ones or The Rogues), which featured Brazilian cinema's first nude scene, courtesy of Norma Bengell. He died of kidney and breathing problems November 27, in São Paulo.
  • Raúl Velasco (1933-2006) - Mexican TV personality who appeared in the films Patsy, My Love and Siempre en Domingo. He also produced and directed the musical documentary Nuestras Tradiciones Navideñas. He died after a struggle with several illnesses on November 26, in Acapulco.
  • Shirley Walker (1946-2006) - Composer who scored Final Destination and its sequels, the 2003 Willard remake, Memoirs of an Invisible Man and the upcoming Black Christmas. She also arranged two songs for the Dick Tracy soundtrack, including the Oscar-winning "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" -- she didn't receive the Oscar; Stephen Sondheim did -- and was a conductor/orchestrator for many scores, many by Danny Elfman, including Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Scrooged and True Lies. She died after suffering a brain aneurism.