• Yvonne De Carlo (1922-2007) - Read Jennifer's tribute to the Ten Commandments actress here.
  • Laurence Heath (1928-2007) - Writer and producer who co-wrote the screenplay for Triumph of the Spirit in addition to writing teleplays and multiple episodes of Mission: Impossible and Murder, She Wrote. He died January 9, in Los Angeles. (LA Times - no link)
  • "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow (1934-2007) - Visual effects artist, stop-motion animator and model-maker who worked on The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Gremlins, Holes, Army of Darkness and The Right Stuff. He also played steel guitar for The Flying Burrito Brothers and appeared as a member of the band in the documentary Gimme Shelter. He died of complications from Alzheimer's disease January 6, in Petaluma, California. (Variety)
  • Steve Krantz (c.1923-2007) - Producer of the Ralph Bakshi films Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, as well as Cooley High, Which Way is Up? and Jennifer, for which he wrote the story. He died from complications from pneumonia January 4, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Ron Mitchell (c.1937-2006) - Supervising producer for Witchboard and Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog who also produced TV movies and episodes. He died of lymphoma December 27, in Depoe Bay, Oregon. (Variety)
  • Vassilis Photopoulos (1934-2007) - Oscar winning art director for Zorba the Greek and You're a Big Boy Now. He died January 14. (Athens News Agency)
  • Carlo Ponti (1912-2007) - Read my full tribute to the Italian producer here.
  • Irma St. Paule (c.1926-2007) - Actress (pictured) who appeared in Twelve Monkeys, Party Girl, Trees Lounge, Fast Food Fast Women and Household Saints. She died January 9. (Playbill)
  • Iwao Takamoto (1925-2007) - Animator who designed many characters for Hanna-Barbera, including Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Muttley, Astro and the Great Gazoo. Originally an assistant animator for Disney, working on Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians, he joined Hanna-Barbera in 1961. He co-directed the 1973 version of Charlotte's Web, designed the title sequence for C.H.O.M.P.S. and served as supervising director on Jetsons: The Movie. He died from heart failure January 8, three weeks after his boss, Joseph Barbera, passed away, in Los Angeles. (AFP via Yahoo!)
  • Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007) - Author, former Playboy editor, conspiracy theorist, stand-up comic and futurist who appeared in the documentary The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick and the German thriller 23. He passed away January 11, in Capitola, California. (his blog) - Hail Eris!
  • Rudy Wissler (1928-2006) - Actor who provided the singing voice for the young Al Jolson (played on screen by Scotty Beckett) in The Jolson Story and appeared in Men of Boys Town, Cover Girl and Tomorrow, the World! He died January 11. (unconfirmed)
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