CATEGORIES Obits, Cinematical
  • Abby Mann (1927-2008) - Oscar-winning screenwriter of Judgment of Nuremberg. He was also nominated for writing Stanley Kramer's Ship of Fools. He also worked on Vittorio De Sica's The Condemned of Altona, wrote John Cassavetes' A Child is Waiting and Gordon Douglas' The Detective, which starred Frank Sinatra, and created the TV series Kojak. He also appears in the documentary Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust. He died of heart failure March 25, in Beverly Hills. (Variety)
  • Art Aragon (1927-2008) - Professional boxer-turned-actor who appears as himself in the Bob Hope comedy Off Limits and in Kur Neumann's film-noir The Ring. He also appears in John Huston's boxing picture Fat City and in the WWII film To Hell and Back. He died of complications from a stroke March 25, in Northridge, California. (NY Times)
  • Paul Arthur (c.1948-2008) - Film historian, scholar and critic who taught English and film studies at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He was known for his writings on avant-garde and documentary cinemas and had made a number of short films, himself. He died of melanoma March 25, in White Plains, New York. (NY Times)

  • Neil Aspinall (1941-2008) - One of the few people to be considered a "fifth Beatle". Among his many roles, he was a producer of the film Let it Be and a music supervisor for That'll Be the Day, which featured Ringo Starr. He died of lung cancer March 23, in New York. (Variety)
  • Rafael Azcona (1926-2008) - Spanish novelist and screenwriter who wrote Fernando Trueba's Oscar-winning foreign film Belle Epoque. He also co-wrote Trueba's The Girl of Your Dreams, starring Penélope Cruz, José Luis Cuerda's Butterfly and Marco Ferreri's La Grande Bouffe (aka The Big Feast), and he also wrote Bigas Luna's Sound of the Sea and Luis García Berlanga's Oscar-nominated Plácido. He died of lung cancer March 24, in Madrid. (AP)
  • Robert Bruning (1928-2008) - Australian actor and producer who appears in Tony Richardson's Ned Kelly, which starred Mich Jagger in the title role, as well as Sunday Too Far Away. He died of a heart attack March 4, in Wellington, New Zealand. (Variety)
  • Sofiko Chiaureli (1937-2008) - Georgian actress and daughter of Soviet propaganda filmmaker Mikheil Chiaureli and actress Veriko Andjaparidze. She was also the muse of censored Soviet filmmaker Sergei Parajanov, starring in many of his films, including The Color of Pomegranates, The Confession, Ashug-Karibi and The Legend of the Suram Fortress. She died of cancer March 2, in Tbilisi, Georgia. (The Times)
  • Tony Church (1930-2008) - English actor who was a founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He appears in Krull and Roman Polanski's Tess. He died March 25 in London. (Backstage)
  • Sergio Corrieri (1939-2008) - Cuban actor who starred in I Am Cuba and Memories of Underdevelopment. He also appears in the 2005 documentary about I Am Cuba, titled I Am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth. He died of cancer February 29, in Havana. (Guardian)
  • Jules Dassin (1911-2008) - Oscar-nominated writer and director of Never on a Sunday. He also wrote and directed Rififi and Topkapi and directed the classic noirs Night and the City, The Naked City and Brute Force. Read my full post here for more details on his death.
  • Roberta 'Ro' Gorski (1977-2008) - Former assistant to Jerry Bruckheimer, and credited as such on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, National Treasure, Bad Boys II and King Arthur, who went on to be an associate producer on David Ayer's Harsh Times. She died of complications following a brain aneurysm March 13, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • William Neely (c.1931-2008) - Co-author of the novel Stand on It: A Novel by Stroker Ace, which was adapted by Hal Needham into the film Stroker Ace, starring Burt Reynolds. He died after complications from surgery March 25, in North Carolina. (AutoWeek)
  • Dith Pran (1942-2008) - Journalist and human rights activist whose story was the subject of The Killing Fields. In the film, he was portrayed by Haing S. Ngor, who won an Oscar for the performance. He died of pancreatic cancer March 30, in New Jersey. (Washington Post)
  • Hal Riney (1932-2008) - Oscar-nominated producer of the 1971 documentary short Somebody Waiting. Better known for his work in advertising, he conceived famous campaigns for Bartles & Jaymes, Saturn and the 1984 re-election run of President Ronald Reagan. He died of cancer March 24, in San Francisco. (Advertising Age)
  • Chase Tatum (c.1974-2008) - WCW wrestler who recently appeared in Who's Your Caddy with Outkast, for whom he used to work as a personal assistant. As a baby, he also appeared in Creature from Black Lake, which featured his father, actor Roy Tatum, in the title role. He died of an apparent drug overdose March 23, in Buckhead, Georgia. (Variety)
  • Michael Van Dyke (1959-2008) - Construction foreman who worked on The Matrix Revolutions, Crank, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Karate Kid, Part II, Dr. Doolittle 2 and Gus Van Sant's Psycho remake. He committed suicide by hanging himself March 19, at a home owned by Mel Gibson, in Agoura Hills, California. (Memory-Alpha)
  • Richard Widmark (1914-2008) - Oscar-nominated actor who played the legendary supporting role of "Tommy Udo" in Kiss of Death, his first film role. He went on to be a prominent figure in films noir, such as Night and the City, The Street with No Name, Road House, Panic in the Streets and No Way Out and grew to be a major film star of the 1950s and 1960s, playing lead roles in Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street, John Wayne's The Alamo, Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg, John Ford's Two Rode Together and Cheyenne Autumn, Otto Preminger's Saint Joan and Don Siegel's Madigan, which spawned a TV series he starred in. He also appears in Murder on the Orient Express, How the West Was Won, Coma, The Swarm, Against All Odds, True Colors, Don't Bother to Knock and The Bedford Incident, which he also produced. He also appears in the documentaries The Kid Stays in the Picture and Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust. Read Peter's full post here for details of his death.
  • Justin Wright (1981-2008) - Animator and story artist at Pixar who worked on the end titles for Ratatouille. He died of a heart attack March 18, in Emeryville, California. (Cartoon Brew)