CATEGORIES Obits, Cinematical
  • Eliot Asinof (1919-2008) - Writer - Author of the book "8 Men Out," which was made into the John Sayles film Eight Men Out, and the novel "Ten Second Jailbreak" which became the 1975 Charles Bronson film Breakout. He also appears in Eight Men Out and Sayles' Sunshine State. He died of complications of pneumonia June 10, in Hudson, New York. (NY Times)
  • Tim Russert (1950-2008) - News Commentator - Appears as himself in the documentaries Fahrenheit 9/11, Why We Fight, The Hunting of the President and Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State. He died of a heart attack June 13, in Washington, D.C. (Washington Post)
  • Keith Best (1922/1923-2008) - Engineer - Built the titular bridge of The Bridge on the River Kwai. He died of cancer June 1, in York, England. (The Press)
  • Arthur Bloom (1920-2008) - Sound Technician - Sound recordist for Fame, Wall Street, Sophie's Choice, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The World According to Garp, Married to the Mob, One Trick Pony and the music documentary Festival. He was also a boom operator for The Warriors, Kramer vs. Kramer, Starting Over,The Prisoner of Second Avenue and The Boys in the Band. He died June 10. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Algis Budrys (1934-2008) - Writer - Author of the novels "Master of the Hounds," which became the 1972 film To Kill a Clown, starring Alan Alda and Blythe Danner, and "Who?," which was made into a 1973 film of the same name (also known as Robo Man), starring Elliott Gould. He died of metastatic malignant melanoma June 9, in Evanston, Illinois. (Chicago Tribune)


  • Ted Manson (1926-2008) - Actor - Played Will Ferrell's character's father-in-law in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. He also appears in Fried Green Tomatoes, Paris Trout, Deja Vu, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Sweet Home Alabama, Elizabethtown, Runaway Jury and the upcoming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He died of lung cancer June 1, in Atlanta. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Haruo Mizuno (1931-2008) - Writer, Director, Actor, Film Critic - Former host of Nippon Television's Friday Roadshow movie broadcasts between 1972 and 1997. He switched from criticism to filmmaking and wrote, directed, produced and acted in a number of the Siberian Express series of Japanese mystery films. He also acted in the Diane Lane movie Rakuyô (The Setting Sun) and appears as himself in Tetsuya Nakashima's Kamikaze Girls. He died of liver failure June 10, in Tokyo. (Anime News Network)
  • Dolores Neuman (c.1942-2008) - Photographer, Film Promoter - Known for promoting independent filmmakers, distributors and cinemas and for co-founding the Jewish Film Festival. Also, her photography can be seen in the Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, for which she's credited as a consultant, and the 1978 feature Northern Lights. She died of kidney cancer June 5, in Washington, D.C. (Washington Post)
  • Bill Reichenbach (1949-2008) - Jazz Trombonist, Composer - Music orchestrator for The Notebook, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel. He also played on the scores for Inside Man, The Notebook, I Heart Huckabees and The Last Word and composed original music for Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. He died May 16 in Los Angeles. (Washington Post)
  • Jean Desailly (1920-2008) - Actor - Star of Truffaut's The Soft Skin. He also appears in Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Doulos and Un Flic, René Clair's The Grand Maneuver, Georges Lautner's Le Professionnel, Joseph Losey's The Assassination of Trotsky and Philippe Labro's The Exterminator (aka The Inheritor). He died June 11 in Paris. (The Canadian Press)
  • Esbjorn Svensson (1964-2009) - Jazz Pianist, Composer - Scored Marina de Van's In My Skin (Dans ma peau) and the Lukas Moodysson-scripted TV film The New Country (Nya landet, Det). He died in a scuba diving accident June 14, in Stockholm. (Reuters)
  • Curtis J. Wehr (1932-2008) - Cinematographer - Shot the 1989 Richard Dreyfuss movie Let it Ride and was a gaffer on Secret Admirer. He died June 5 in Simi Valley, California. (Ventura County Star)
  • Gerard Wilson (c.1915-2008) - Editor - Edited Charles Vidor's adaptation of A Farewell to Arms, as well as the Ed Wood-scripted The Violent Years and the 1974 horror flick The House on Skull Mountain. He is also credited as a staff executive for William DIeterle's Portrait of Jennie. He died June 3 in Kihei, Hawai. (The Maui News)
  • Stan Winston (1946-2008) - Makeup Artist; Visual Effects Technician - Won Oscars for his work on Aliens, Jurassic Park and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, for which he won two statues, one for effects and one for makeup. He was also nominated for his makeup work on Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands and Heartbeeps and for his visual effects work on The Lost World: Jurassic Park, AI: Artificial Intelligence and Predator. For info on his death, read Eugene's full post.
  • Lu Yanqing (c. 1985-2008) - Stuntman - Read my full post about the accident on the set of John Woo's Red Cliff.