• Dino Risi (1916-2008) - Writer, Director - Oscar-nominated for his 1974 Italian film Scent of a Woman (which was remade in 1992 with Al Pacino). His career spans from the 1940s to the 1990s, and he is credited with being one of the masters of the Commedia all'italiana (Italian Comedy). Other films include Pane, amore e..., which starred Sophia Loren and Vittorio DeSica, Poor, But Handsome, A Difficult Life, The Easy Life and Opiate '67 (aka 15 from Rome). In 2002, the Venice Film Festival honored him with a lifetime achievement Golden Lion. He died June 7 in Rome. (Reuters)
  • Bobby Anderson (1933-2008) - Child Actor - Played Little George Baily (younger version of James Stewart) in It's a Wonderful Life. He also appears in The Bishop's Wife, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Samson and Delilah, A Place in the Sun and Raoul Walsh's Silver River. He died of melanoma June 6, in Palm Springs, California. (LA Times)
  • Saban Bajramovic (1936-2008) - Singer, Composer, Actor - Legendary singer of Roma music (aka Romani or Gypsy music) and star of the 1997 Macedonian film Gypsy Magic. He died June 8 in Nis, Serbia. (Javno)
  • Harry Bernsen (1925-2008) - Producer - Associate producer of Andrew V. McLaglen's Fools' Pride, which starred James Stewart, and Something Big, which starred Dean Martin. He also produced Take a Hard Ride and Three the Hard Way, both starring Fred Williamson and Jim Brown, as well as a European stage musical based on Mrs. Doubtfire. He was the father of actor Corbin Bernsen. He died May 31 in Woodland Hills, California. (Variety)
  • Richard F. Brophy (1945-2008) - Producer - Line producer for the horror films House and Speak of the Devil and producer of The Boneyard. He died May 28 in Hollywood. (IMDb)


  • Mark Eiges (c.1949-2008) - Post-Production Supervisor - Ran a post-production company that services MGM and Sony. He worked as a foley editor on The Delta Force and as post-production supervisor on Soul Survivors and Sunset Grill. He died April 8 in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Rudy "Daboy" Fernandez (1953-2008) - Actor - Major star of Philippine cinema, he twice won the Filipino Academy Award for Best Actor, for Pasukin si Waway and Victor Corpuz, in which he played the title character. He was nominated another 11 times and in 2007 he received a special memorial award. His popularity was so much that police had to be deployed during his wake to control the crowd of fan. He died of cancer June 7. (ABS-CBN)
  • Mel Ferrer (1917-2008) - Actor, Director, Producer - Appears in The Longest Day, Brannigan, The Sun Also Rises, Lili, The Brave Bulls, Scaramouche, Alligator, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Knights of the Round Table, Sex and the Single Girl, King Vidor's War and Peace, Jean Renoir's Paris Does Funny Things to People, Fritz Lang's Rancho NotoriousTobe Hooper's Eaten Alive, and Fassbinder's Lili Marleen. He was married to Audrey Hepburn from 1954 to 1968 and directed her in 1959's Green Mansions. He also produced Wait Until Dark, for which Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar, as well as László Bendek's The Night Visitor. Early in his career he was a dialogue coach, working for such productions as A Thousand and One Nights, and was John Ford's assistant on 1947's The Fugitive. He died June 3 in California. (BBC)
  • Bill Finegan (1917-2008) - Composer, Arranger, Conductor - Best known as an arranger for Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. He wrote original music for Archie Mayo's 1942 musical Orchestra Wives, which featured the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He also arranged the music for that film and 1941's Sun Valley Serenade and 1947's The Fabulous Dorseys. He died of complications from pneumonia June 4 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (LA Times)
  • Jim McKay (1921-2008) - Sportscaster - Best known for hosting ABC's Wide World of Sports. He also appears in the fiction films Miracle, Running and The World's Greatest Athlete and the documentaries One Day in September, Fists of Freedom: The Story of '68 and Run for Your Life, which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He died June 7, in Monkton, Maryland. (Variety)
  • Robert Nudelman (1956-2008) - Preservationist - Fought to save many of Hollywood's landmarks, including the El Capitan Theatre and the Cinerama Dome. He died May 3, in Tucson, Arizona. (LA Times)
  • Jay Peckos (c.1950-2008) - Distribution Exec - Worked for (in chronological order) General Cinema Theaters, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros, MGM, where he oversaw the releases of A Fish Called Wanda, Moonstruck and Rain Man, Orion, where he worked on the releases of Dances With Wolves and Silence of the Lambs, Trimark, Lionsgate, Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures, where he worked on the releases of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Bubble and Capturing the Friedmans. He died May 24 in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Kelly Schroeder (1956-2008) - Assistant Director - 1st AD on Halloween 5, Cyborg 2, The Perfect Weapon, Night of the Demons and Prince's Graffiti Bridge, 2nd AD on My Chauffeur and production assistant on Jocks. Died of heart failure May 26, in Santa Monica, California. (IMDb)
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