• Ollie Johnston (1912-2008) - Animator who was the last surviving member of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men", who worked on classic features from 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to 1981's The Fox and the Hound. After retiring from animating at Disney, he was a story consultant on 1989's Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland and voiced characters in Brad Bird's The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. He was co-subject of the documentary Frank and Ollie and appears in The Pixar Story. He died of natural causes April 14, in Sequim, Washington. (Variety)
  • Bebe Barron (1926-2008) - Composer who, with husband Louis Barron, scored Forbidden Planet, which was the first commercial feature film to include only electronic music. She also recorded music for Maya Deren's The Very Eye of Night and scored other experimental shorts, including Bells of Atlantis, which featured Anaïs Nin. She died April 20 in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Hazel Court (1926-2008) - Actress who starred in '50s and '60s horror films, including Roger Corman's The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven and Premature Burial and Sidney J. Furie's Doctor Blood's Coffin, Terence Fisher's The Curse of Frankenstein and David MacDonald's Devil Girl from Mars. She died of a heart attack April 15, in Lake Tahoe, California. (Variety)
  • Dieter Eppler (1927-2008) - German actor who costarred in the Edgar Wallace adaptations Face of the Frog, The Sinister Monk and Hand of the Gallows, Jerzy Skolimowski's Deep End, the Italian vampire flick Curse of the Blood Ghouls, the fantasy adventure Whom the Gods Wish to Destroy (aka Siegfried) and its sequel and with Orson Welles in The Last Roman and its sequel. He died April 12 in Stuttgard, Germany. (Video Watchdog)
  • Alexander Grasshoff (1930-2008) - Three-time Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker who directed The Really Big Family, Journey to the Outer Limits and Young Americans, for which he initially won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Feature. The film was later disqualified on a screening technicality and Grasshoff's Oscar was revoked. He died after complications from surgery April 5, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Andrew Knight (1961-2008) - Animator and storyboard artist who worked on Tank Girl, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Pinocchio 3000, Werner - Beinhart!, Beauty and the Beast 2 (aka Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas) and a few animated Asterix and Obelix features, including Asterix in America. He died of a stroke April 10, in France. (The Big Cartoon Forum)
  • Benoît Lamy (1945-2008) - Belgian filmmaker who wrote and directed Wild Games, La Vie est Belle (Life is Beautiful) and Home Sweet Home. He also produced Férid Boughedir's A Summer in La Goulette. He died of cancer April 15, in Brussels. (La Libre)
  • Steve Oliver (c.1940-2008) - Actor who starred in '70s B movies Werewolves on Wheels, Motor Psycho, Cycle Psycho, The Van and Malibu Beach and appears in the 1980 Steve McQueen western Tom Horn. He died of cancer March 5, in Big Bear Lake, California. (Variety)
  • Jack Roe (c.1931-2008) - Assistant director who worked on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Paint Your Wagon, The Goodbye Girl, Silver Streak, The Bad News Bears, The Sunshine Boys, Night Moves and Straight Time. He died of heart failure April 6, in Carlsbad, California. (Variety)
  • Dalton Sandifer (?-2008) - Writer of many Woody Woodpecker and Chilly Willy cartoon shorts. He died April 16 in Thousand Oaks, California. (his granddaughter/IMDb)
  • Nina Schulman (?-2008) - Emmy Award-winning editor of Ric Burns' New York: A Documentary Film. She also edited D.A. Pennebaker's Monterey Pop and Bill Plympton's Drawing Lesson #2, produced Werewolves of Washington and as a sound editor she worked on the doc Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser, FTA and Elia Kazan's The Visitors. She died of metastatic breast cancer April 10. (The Big Cartoon Forum)
  • Bud Stone (c.1928-2008) - Former President of Deluxe Laboratories and former President of the Technology Council of the Motion Picture and Television Industry. He received the 1996 John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and was known for his support of the film industry, the craft of cinematography and charitable foundations including the Will Rogers Foundation. He died April 18 in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • June Travis (1914-2008) - Actress who costarred in the 1965 sci-fi horror Monster A Go-Go and with Bette Davis and Natalie Wood in The Star and opposite James Cagney in Howard Hawks' Ceiling Zero. She died April 14 in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)
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