• Frank Capra, Jr. (1934-2007) - Pictured, son of film director Frank Capra (It's a Wonderful Life), with whom he worked as the second assistant director on the 1961 film Pocketful of Miracles. He also served as something of a Capra historian, providing introductions and commentaries on a number of DVD releases of his father's classics. He had his own projects as well, serving as an associate producer on Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Play it Again Sam, Marooned and the 1973 musical version of Tom Sawyer. He also produced Firestarter and Chuck Norris' An Eye for an Eye and was in charge of circus operations on the John Wayne movie Circus World, which was originally to be directed by Frank Sr. He died of prostate cancer December 19, in Philadelphia. (Variety)
  • Mark Connolly (c.1962-2007) - Stunt man who was hit by a flying motorbike while working on Mission: Impossible II. He had just won a Supreme Court negligance case against MI2's second unit director Billy Burton when he died of cancer December 14. (Herald Sun)
  • Joel Dorn (1943-2007) - Record producer at Atlantic Records in the 1960s and 1970s who went on to become an esteemed jazz archivist. He also served as music coordinator for John Sayles' Baby It's You. He died of a heart attack December 17, in New York. (Variety)
  • John Harkness (1954-2007) - Toronto-based film critic who wrote for NOW magazine since its inception in 1981, as well as for Sight and Sound, Take One and the Cinemateque Ontario program. He also authored The Academy Awards Handbook. He died December 19 in Toronto. (MovingPictureBlog)
  • Jack Zander (c.1908-2007) - Original animator of the character Jerry from Tom and Jerry; he worked on the Oscar-nominated Tom and Jerry shorts Puss Gets the Boot and The Night Before Christmas. He died December 17, in Pound Ridge, New York. (NY Times)
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