• Edward Klosinski (1943-2008) - Cinematographer who shot Lars Von Trier's Europa, Krzysztof Kieslowski's series The Decalogue and his Three Colors: White, many of Andrzej Wajda's films, including Man of Iron and Man of Marble, and Rolf Schübel's Gloomy Sunday. He is also credited as a co-writer on Kieslowski's Three Colors: White and on Felkis Falk's Szansa. He died of lung cancer January 5, in Milanówek, Poland. (NY Times)
  • Christopher Bowman (1967-2008) - Champion ice skater who also worked as a stunt man on Lost Boys, License to Drive and Surf Nazis Must Die. He also plays an assistant football coach in Brian DePalma's next film, Down and Disturbance, coming out this year. He died January 10 in Mission Hills, California. (LA Times)
  • Grace Cianciotta (c.1964-2008) - Marketing expert who worked for Alliance Atlantis and Maximum Films. She died of breast cancer January 7, in Toronto. (Variety)
  • Dusty Cohl (1929-2008) - Founder of the Toronto International Film Festival. Read Kim's full obit post here.
  • Alexandre de Paris (c.1922-2008) - French celebrity hairdresser who styled Elizabeth Taylor's hair for Cleopatra. He also worked as a hair stylist on the 1980 Agatha Christie adaptation The Mirror Crack'd and on Claude Sautet's César & Rosalie. His date and cause of death are unknown. (BBC)
  • Mort Garson (1924-2008) - Composer who scored the horror sequel Beware! The Blob, the Blaxploitation pic Black Eye and the '80s Mexican exploitation pic Treasure of the Amazon. He is best known as the co-writer of the classic tune "Our Day Will Come." He died of renal failure January 4, in San Francisco. (Variety)
  • Johnny Grant (1923-2008) - Honorary mayor of Hollywood; he appears as himself in Hollywood Homicide and the documentary Tell Them Who You Are. He was formerly an actor and appears uncredited in White Christmas and The Girl Can't Help It. He died January 9 in Hollywood. (Variety)
  • Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) - Famed climber of Mount Everest who appears as himself in the Oscar-nominated documentary The Conquest of Everest. He died of heart failure January 11, in Tuakau, Auckland, New Zealand. (NY Times)
  • Seymour 'Cy' Leslie (c.1922-2008) - Former chairman and CEO of MGM/UA Home Entertainment Group. He is credited as being instrumental to the idea of selling VHS tapes in box sets. He died of heart failure January 6, in Roslyn, New York. (Variety)
  • John McPherson (1941-2007) - Cinematographer who shot *batteries not included, Jaws: The Revenge, Just One of the Guys, Short Circuit 2, Fletch Lives and part of Career Opportunities. He won an Emmy for his work as regular cinematographer for the series Amazing Stories. He also worked as a director, primarily for television series and movies, and early in his career he was a gaffer on the Dirty Harry movie, The Enforcer. He died December 21 in Westlake Village, California. (Ventura County Star)
  • Dianne Ogden-Halder (c.1946-2007) - Casting director responsible for putting Jim Carrey in his first movie, Once Bitten. She died December 29, in Park City, Utah. (Variety)
  • Edward Richardson (1944-2008) - Art director who worked on Badlands, High Anxiety, De Palma's Scarface, Paul Schrader's Cat People and American Gigolo, the 1994 remake of Love Affair and Barry Levinson's Avalon and Toys. He died after a long illness January 4, in Columbia, Missouri. (Columbia Tribune via Kyle Felling)
  • Herbert B. Swope Jr. (1915-2008) - Producer of the westerns The Bravados, which starred Gregory Peck and Joan Collins, The True Story of Jesse James, which was directed by Nicholas Ray, and The Fiend Who Walked the West. He died January 4 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Variety)
  • Shu Uemura (1928-2007) - Makeup artist who worked on Jack Cardiff's My Geisha, which starred Shirley MacLaine, and None But the Brave, which starred and was directed by Frank Sinatra. He died of acute pneumonia December 29, in Tokyo. (Variety)
  • Vampira, aka Maila Nurmi (1921-2008) - Actress and TV personality who co-starred in Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space. Read Ryan's full obit post here.
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