• Russell Lloyd (1916-2008) - Oscar-nominated editor of John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King. He edited 11 of Huston's films in total, including Moby Dick, The MacKintosh Man, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The Unforgiven and Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. He also edited Tinto Brass' Caligula, Anthony Page's The Lady Vanishes, Peter Sellers' final film, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu and Julien Duvivier's 1948 adaptation of Anna Karenina, on which he was also a second-unit director. He co-directed the 1949 melodrama The Last Days of Dolwyn, which starred Richard Burton, and was a location director for the 1950 Disney adaptation of Treasure Island. He died January 21 in Cranleigh, England. (Independent)
  • Christopher Allport (1947-2008) - Character actor who starred in the 1979 slasher flick Savage Weekend. He also appears in To Live and Die in L.A., the '86 Invaders from Mars remake and the horror film Jack Frost and its direct-to-video sequel Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowmen. He died in an avalanche January 25, in Wrightwood, California. (Star-Telegram.com)
  • Christian Brando (aka Gary Brown) (1958-2008) - Actor and son of Marlon Brando. He appears in the Barbara Streisand movie Yentl and the Peter Sellers movie I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! He died from pneumonia January 26, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Heath Ledger (1979-2008) - Oscar-nominated actor who starred in Brokeback Mountain, Cassanova, The Brothers Grimm, 10 Things I Hate About You, Monster's Ball, The Order, A Knight's Tale, Ned Kelly, I'm Not There and The Four Feathers. He will be seen this summer as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Read Monika's original breaking news post and my update and also check out the Cinematical tribute to Ledger here.
  • Reverend Lynn Lemon (1911-2008) - Minister who played a minister in Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space and Denis Sanders' Invasion of the Bee Girls. He also appears as himself in the documentary The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. He died of a heart attack January 15, in Bedford, Texas. (Fangoria)
  • Gina Louise (1971-2008) - Hair stylist who worked on Playing Mona Lisa, which starred Alicia Witt and Harvey Fierstein, and Around the Fire, starring Tara Reid and Devon Sawa. She died January 1. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Brice Mack (1918-2008) - Background painter who worked on the Disney animated features Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Alice and Wonderland and Song of the South. He also painted the background for a number of Disney shorts, including the 1942 Oscar-winner Lend a Paw, and he co-wrote other shorts, including the 1952 Goofy toon How to Be a Detective. He went on to direct live-action films, including the 1978 horror flick Jennifer. He died January 2 in Hollywood. (Variety)
  • Lois Nettleton (1929-2008) - Two-time Emmy-winning actress who co-starred in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Wes Craven's Deadly Blessing, George Roy Hill's Period of Adjustment, Arthur Hiller's The Man in the Glass Booth and Burt Kennedy's The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, Dirty Dingus Magee and Mail Order Bride. She died of lung cancer January 18, in Woodland Hills, California. (Variety)
  • Kwan Wong (?-2008) - Stunt coordinator for Jackie Chan's Project A and Wheels on Meals and action director for the Hong Kong flicks In the Line of Duty 4, God of Gamblers II and Fight Back to School. He died of a heart attack January 3, in Beijing, China. (IMDb)