• Rosario Prestopino (1950-2008) - Makeup Artist, Special Effects Artist. Worked on Italian horror filmmaker Lucio Fuci's Zombie, City of the Living Dead, The Black Cat, The New York Ripper and The New Gladiators, as well as Lamberto Bava's DemonsDemons 2, Dario Argento's Terror at the Opera, Michele Soavi's The Church, Philip Haas' Up at the Villa and Mario Girolami's Zombie Holocaust. He died of a heart attack May 13, in Rome. (IMDb)
  • Danton Burroughs (1944-2008) - Chairman of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Handled licensing of properties created by his grandfather, Edgar Rice Burroughs, to films, television and other media. We can probably thank him for such adaptations as Disney's animated Tarzan and the studio's upcoming John Carter of Mars. He died of heart failure May 1, in Tarzana, California. (Variety)
  • Carlo Colombaioni (c.1933-2008) - Clown. A favorite of Federico Fellini's, he acted in and advised on circus sequences directed by the filmmaker. He contributed to Fellini's La Strada, The Clowns, Amarcord, Roma and Casanova. He also appears in Claude Goretta's The Wonderful Crook and Yvan Le Moine's The Red Dwarf. He died May 16 in France. (Telegraph)
  • Warren Cowan (1921-2008) - Publicist. Legendary in Hollywood, he co-founded PR firm Rogers & Cowan and represented Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, Steve McQueen, Natalie Wood, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and the Doors, among others. He also pioneered the idea of independent Oscar campaigns, beginning with the push for Joan Crawford's performance in Mildred Pierce, for which she ended up winning the Best Actress trophy. Recent films for which he's credited as unit publicist include The Secret Agent, Shade, Metroland and One Man's Hero. He died of cancer May 14, in Los Angeles. Read Valerie Van Galder's (President of Marketing at Sony) moving tribute to Cowan over at MCN. (LA Times)


  • Chris Gampel (1921-2008) - Actor. Played a doctor in Annie Hall and appears in Death Wish and Hitchcock's The Wrong Man. He died sometime in May in New York City. (NY Times)
  • Theodore Gershuny (1933-2008) - Filmmaker. Co-wrote and directed the horror films Silent Night, Bloody Night and Sugar Cookies and wrote the story for Far From Home, which starred a young Drew Barrymore. He also appears in Otto Preminger's Rosebud and authored a book titled "Soon to Be a Major Picture", which was about the production of that film. It was recently confirmed by his ex-wife, actress Mary Woronov, that he is dead. The likely date of his demise is May 16, 2007. (Hollywood Bitchslap and alt.obituaries)
  • Oakley Hall (1920-2008) - Novelist. Authored the books that became Edward Dmytryk's Warlock and Michael Ritchie's Downhill Racer. He also appears in the documentary The Loss of Nameless Things, which is about his playwright son. (SF Chronicle)
  • Sandy Howard (c.1927-2008) - Producer, Writer, Director. Produced the 1970 western A Man Called Horse, Man in the Wilderness, City of Iron and Penelope Spheeris' Hollywood Vice Squad and The Boys Next Door. He was executive producer of The Return of a Man Called Horse, The Triumphs of a Man Called Horse, Meteor, the 1977 version of The Island of Dr. Moreau and Vice Squad, which he also co-wrote. He co-directed 1958's Tarzan and the Trappers and 1966's Gamera the Invincible. He died of complications from Alzheimer's disease May 16, in Woodland Hills, California. (Variety)
  • John Phillip Law (1937-2008) - Actor. Played the blind angel "Pygar" in Barbarella and the title characters in Danger: Diabolik, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Roger Corman's The Red Baron. He also co-starred in The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming, Death Rides a Horse, Otto Preminger's Hurry Sundown and Skidoo, 1981's Tarzan, the Ape Man and 2003's Curse of the Forty-Niner, for which he was an associate producer. For more info on his death, read Peter's full post.
  • Wilfred Mellers (1914-2008) - Musicologist, Composer, Academic. Appears as himself in the documentary The Compleat Beatles. He died May 16 in North Yorkshire, England. (Independent)
  • Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) - Artist. He appears as himself in the documentaries Who Gets to Call It Art?, Painters Painting, The Fall, Robert Rauschnberg: Inventive Genius and Robert Rauschenberg: Man at Work. He is also thanked in the credits of Vanilla Sky and The Ice Storm, the latter for which he apparently contributed artwork. He died of heart failure May 12, in Florida. (NY Times)
  • Harvey Schein (1927-2008) - Former President of Sony Corporation of America. As head of the Japanese company's American subsidiary from 1972-1978, he was directly involved in the unfortunate launch of Betamax and the beginnings of a subsequent lawsuit (Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc.) that hurt the videocassette machine's competition against market-winner VHS. He died of lymphoma May 14, in New York City. (NY Times)
  • Hiroko Seki (1929-2008) - Actress. Voiced characters in Hayao Miyazaki's Porco Rosso and Kiki's Delivery Service (in the U.S. dub of the latter, her voice is replaced by Edie McClurg's). She died of pneumonia May 11, in Tokyo. (IMDb)
  • Vijay Tendulkar (1925-2008) - Playwright, Screenwriter. Co-scripted the Indian films Aakrosh, Ardh Satya, Nishaant, Umbartha, Manthan and Kimla, which was based on his play. He died May 19 in Pune, India. (BBC)
  • George Tyne (1911-2008) - Character Actor, Television Director. Played military characters in A Walk in the Sun, Sands of Iwo Jima and Decision Before Dawn and had bit parts in many other films, including Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway, before being blacklisted in the 1950s. He was also a dialogue coach on The Fall of the Roman Empire and Circus World. He died March 7 in Los Angeles. (DGA Monthly via alt.obituaries)
  • Burton Zucker (c.1917-2008) - Father of filmmakers David and Jerry Zucker. He had great influence on his sons' brand of humor and appears in some of their films, including Top Secret!, The Kentucky Fried Movie, First Night, High School High, My Best Friend's Wedding and all three Naked Gun movies. He died May 12. (Journal Sentinel)
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