• Joseph Pevney (1911-2008) - Director, Actor - Directed James Cagney as Lon Chaney in Man of a Thousand Faces, Boris Karloff in The Strange Door, Debbie Reynolds in Tammy and the Bachelor, Frank Sinatra in Meet Danny Wilson, Joan Crawford in Female on the Beach, Martin and Lewis in 3 Ring Circus, which he also co-wrote, and Rock Hudson in Back to God's Country, Shakedown, Air Cadet, 1951's Iron Man and Twilight for the Gods. Beginning in the '60s, he mostly directed for television, including a number of episodes of Star Trek. Prior to directing, he acted in films noir of the '40s, including Robert Rossen's Body and Soul and Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway. He died May 24 in Palm Desert, California. (The Desert Sun)
  • Sydney Pollack (1934-2008) - Oscar-winning Director, Producer, Actor - Won two Academy Awards for directing and producing Out of Africa and was nominated for directing and producing Tootsie and for directing They Shoot Horses, Don't They and for producing Michael Clayton. For more on his career and death, read Eric's full post.
  • Del Ankers (1916-2008) - Cinematographer, Photographer - Shot the early Jim Henson shorts Wilson's Meats Meeting Film #1 and Wilson's Meats Meeting Film #2 and appears as himself in the former. He also shot Henson's actual Wilson's Meats commercials. He died May 15 in Great Falls, Virginia. (Washington Post)


  • Irma Córdoba (1913-2008) - Actress - Argentine star of the '30s and '40s who appears in many films directed by Manuel Romero, including Buenos Aires Nights, Fuera de la ley (Outside the Law) and A Light in the Window. She also co-starred in the 1996 biopic Eva Perón, which was Argentina's answer to the Madonna-starred Evita. She died May 18 in Buenos Aires. (Tvpolemica)
  • Bob Florence (1932-2008) - Band Leader, Jazz Arranger, Pianist - Orchestrated music for The Wiz and arranged music for Sharky's Machine and Sebastian. He died May 15 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Washington Post)
  • Earle H. Hagen (1919-2008) - Composer - Oscar-nominated for co-composing the score for Let's Make Love (with Lionel Newman). He also orchestrated music for Carousel, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Monkey Business, Don't Bother to Knock, There's No Business Like Show Business, Thieves' Highway and Nightmare Alley, among many other films. He died May 26 in Rancho Mirage, California. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Huntington Hartford (1911-2008) - Producer - Formerly one of the richest men in the world, he was heir to The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (aka A&P Supermarkets) fortune. He also was the original owner of Paradise Island in the Bahamas, and so he served as producer of the Paradise Island sequences in the 007 movie Thunderball. He also produced the Abbot and Costello feature Africa Screams and James Whale's short film Hello Out There. He appears in Brian DePalma's 1966 documentary short The Responsive Eye. He died May 19 in Lyford Cay, New Providence Island, Bahamas. (NY Times)
  • Robert Knox (c.1990-2008) - Actor - Appears in this fall's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. For more on his death, read Eric's full post.
  • Zekial Marko (c.1934-2008) - Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor - Authored the novels Scratch a Thief and The Big Grab, which were turned into the movies Once a Thief and Any Number Can Win, respectively. Both films starred Alain Delon. He died of complications related to emphysema May 9, in Centralia, Washington. (Variety)
  • Dick Martin (1922-2008) - Actor, Comedian - Best known for co-hosting TV's Laugh-In with Dan Rowan. He appears in The Glass Bottom Boat, Carbon Copy, Air Bud: Golden Receiver, Father's Little Dividend and the 2001 version of Bartleby. He died of respiratory complications May 24, in Santa Monica, California. (AP)
  • Robert Mondavi (1913-2008) - Winemaker - Appears as himself in the 2004 wine documentary Mondovino. He died May 16 in Yountville, California. (AP)
  • Lawrence Roman (c.1922-2008) - Playwright, Screenwriter - Wrote the play Under the Yum Yum Tree, which became a movie starring Jack Lemmon in 1963. He also wrote the screenplays for Red Sun, A Kiss Before Dying, Paper Lion and McQ, which he also co-produced. He died from a stroke complicated by kidney failure May 26, in Woodland Hills, California. (LA Times)
  • Michael Rossman (1939-2008) - Activist, Author - Helped organize the Free Speech Movement in the '60s. He appears as himself in the Oscar-nominated documentary Berkeley in the Sixties. He died May 12 in Berkeley, California. (NY Times)
  • Jimmy Slyde (1927-2008) - Tap dancer, Actor - Appears in The Cotton Club, Tap and 'Round Midnight. He died May 16 in Hanson, Massachussetts. (NY Times)
  • Yue Wong (1955-2008) - Actor - Co-starred in Hong Kong martial arts films, including The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (aka Shaolin Master Killer), Enter the 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Invincible Pole Fighter, Dirty Ho, Executioners of Death (aka Shaolin Executioners) and The Flying Guillotine. He also appears in Stanley Kwan's Rouge. He died of viral hepatitis May 17, in Hong Kong. (IMDb)
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