• Art Buchwald (1925-2007) - Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist who wrote some English dialogue for Jacques Tati's Play Time and co-wrote Stanley Donen's Surprise Package. He also sold a treatment to Paramount that was the uncredited basis for Coming to America, and he successfully sued the studio for a share of the film's profits. He appears in the documentaries Around the World of Mike Todd and Year of the Woman and in Robert Altman's mini-series Tanner '88. He passed away January 18.
  • Ron Carey (1935-2007) - Actor who appears in Mel Brooks' The History of the World: Part I, High Anxiety and Silent Movie. He also appears in Fatso, The Out of Towners and Johnny Dangerously. He died of a stroke January 16, in Los Angeles. (NY Times)
  • Jack Coffey (c.1931-2006) - Former boom operator who became an important union leader in Hollywood during the '70s and '80s. He died of prostate cancer December 13, in Sherman Oaks, California. (Variety)
  • Harvey Cohen (1951-2007) - Composer who scored the theatrically distributed short Santa vs. the Snowman 3D, the direct-to-video Beauty and the Beast sequel Belle's Magical World and the feature Ghost Town. He also arranged music for Bicentennial Man and orchestrated the music for Mission: Impossible III, King Kong (2005), The Patriot and Hudson Hawk. He also has an Emmy for his work scoring for television. He died of a heart attack January 14. (AP)
  • Darlene Conley (1934-2006) - Actress who appears in The Birds, Lady Sings the Blues, Tough Guys and Valley of the Dolls. She died of stomach cancer January 14, in Los Angeles. (NY Times)
  • Mitzi Cunliffe (1918-2006) - Sculptor who designed the BAFTA mask, which is a part of the British Academy's equivalent of the Oscar. She died December 30, in Oxford, England. (Independent)
  • Denny Doherty (1940-2007) - Singer-songwriter for The Mamas and the Papas who appears with the band in Pennebaker's Monterey Pop and as himself in the documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip. He also acted in Oh, What a Night and The Real Howard Spitz. He died January 19, in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • Solveig Dommartin (1958-2007) - French actress who starred in Wenders' Wings of Desire, Until the End of the World (for which she co-wrote the story) and Faraway, So Close. She also appears in Denis' I Can't Sleep. She died of heart failure January 11. (AFP) (Read Jette's Vintage Image of the Day tribute)
  • Larkin Ford (1921-2007) - Actor who starred in the original telecast of 12 Angry Men (as Will West) and who appears in Q. He died January 13, in New York. (Playbill)
  • Ward Grant (c.1931-2007) - Publicist for Bob Hope. He died of congestive heart failure January 11, in Burbank, California. (Variety)
  • Bong Soo Han (1931-2007) - Martial arts master who choreographed fight sequences for Billy Jack and The Presidio. He also appeared in The Kentucky Fried Movie, Force: Five and The Trial of Billy Jack. He died from complications from cancer January 8, in Santa Monica, California. (Variety)
  • Barbara Kelly (1924-2007) - Actress who appears in Jet Storm, A Tale of Five Cities and The Desert Hawk (which starred the recently deceased Yvonne DeCarlo). She died of cancer January 15, in London. (BBC)
  • Brent Liles (c.1963-2007) - Bassist for Social Distortion who appears in the documentary Another State of Mind. He was killed by a truck while bicycling January 18, in Placentia, California. (OC Register)
  • Sune Lund-Sørensen (1942-2007) - Danish filmmaker who directed Joker, King of Smugglers and Murder in Paradise. He died of complications from a fall January 12, in Sweden. (IMDb)
  • Anna Navarro (1933-2006) - Actress who appears in Topaz, Last Action Hero and The First Deadly Sin. She died December 26, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Maj-Britt Nilsson (1924-2006) - Swedish actress (pictured) who starred in the Bergman films Summer Interlude, Secrets of Women and To Joy. She died December 19, in Cannes, France. (NY Times)
  • Lale Oraloglu (1924-2007) - Turkish actress and filmmaker who appears in Kisik Ateste 15 Dakika, The Shameless Man and The Broken Pots. She died of heart failure January 15, in Istanbul. (Turkish Press)
  • Chris Parry (c.1952-2007) - Tony Award-winning lighting designer who worked on the production in the documentary The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey. He died in San Diego. (Playbill)
  • Alfredo Ripstein (1916-2006) - Mexican producer of The Crime of Father Amaro. He died of respiratory failure January 20, in Mexico City. (AP)
  • Robert Paul Smith (1976-2007) - Actor who appears in the TV-movie Warm Springs and Tyler Perry's upcoming Daddy's Little Girls. He died in a car accident January 13, in Augusta, Georgia. (IMDb)
  • Walter Tso Tat Wah (aka Tat-Wah Cho) (1918-2007) - Hong Kong action star who reportedly appears in over 700 films from the silent era through the 1990s. His best known characters include Leung Foon of the Wong Fei Hung series and Detective Inspector Cho. Some of the titles that might be known to western audiences are Winners & Sinners I, II & III , Mad Mission I, II & III and Tsui Hark's All the Wrong Clues. He died of a stomach hemorrhage January 13, in London. (The Star Online)
  • Patrick Tull (1941-2007) - Actor who appears in Sleepers, Parting Glances and Mosquito Squadron. He died September 23. (NY Times)
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