• Larry Pizer (1925-2008) - Cinematographer who shot Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise and the director's music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark", James Ivory's The Europeans, Ismael Merchant's The Proprietor and In Custody, Karl Reisz' Isadora and Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, as well as Timerider, Folks! and Mannequin 2: On the Move. He died of cancer February 27, in New York. (Variety)
  • Iris Burton (1930-2008) - Dancer-turned-agent who appears in The Ten Commandments and Top Banana and who helped launch the careers of River Phoenix and Henry Thomas. Other child stars she represented include Joaquin Phoenix, Drew Barrymore, Kirk Cameron, the Olsen twins and Fred Savage. She died after suffering from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease April 5, in Woodland Hills, California. (Variety)
  • Seaman Jacobs (1912-2008) - Screenwriter who co-wrote Oh, God! Book I and the Elvis musical It Happened at the World's Fair. He died of cardiac arrest April 8, in Los Angeles. (WGA)
  • Stanley Kamel (1943-2008) - Actor best known for co-starring as the psychiatrist "Dr. Charles Kroger" on the TV series Monk. He appears in Domino, Star 80, Making Love and Corvette Summer. He died of a heart attack April 8, in Hollywood Hills, California. (Variety)
  • Kôhan Kawauchi (1920-2008) - Japanese novelist, lyricist and screenwriter who wrote Seijun Suzuki's gangster classic Tokyo Drifter. He died of bronchial pneumonia April 6, in Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan. (Tokyograph)
  • Robert Warnes Leach (c.1915-2008) - Journalist and screenwriter who worked as a junior writer for 20th Century Fox, then as a production assistant at MGM and assistant to producer Lawrence Weingarten, working on Cukor's Adam's Rib and Pat and Mike. He died after a long illness March 30, in Laguna Beach, California. (Variety)
  • Jaren Millard (c.1940s - 2008) - Makeup artist who worked on Nell and Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her. He died after drowning in a hot tub April 5, in Palm Springs, California. (Variety)
  • Gerrard Verhage (1948-2008) - Dutch filmmaker who co-wrote and directed De Dominee (The Preacher). He died of cancer April 6, in Amsterdam. (de Volkskrant)
  • Jacqueline Voltaire (1948-2008) - Mexican model, singer and actress who appears in Under the Same Moon, Matando Cabos, John Sayles' Men with Guns, Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain and David Lynch's Dune. She died of malignant melanoma April 8, in Mexico City. (EX Online)
  • John Wheeler (1911-2008) - Physicist who helped invent the theory of nuclear fission and coined the term "black hole", without which there would be a different title to Disney's The Black Hole. He appears in Errol Morris' documentary A Brief History of Time. He died of pneumonia April 13, in Hightstown, New Jersey. (NY Times)
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