CATEGORIES Obits, Cinematical

  • Dody Goodman (1915-2008) - Comedienne, Actress - Played "Blanche", the principal's secretary in Grease and Grease 2 and Tom Hanks' absent-minded secretary in Splash and Splash, Too (in which Hanks was replaced by Todd Waring). She also appears in Silent Movie, Max Dugan Returns, Private Resort, Cool as Ice, Frozen Assets and Bedtime Story, and she had a recurring role in the Alvin and the Chipmunk cartoons, including the 1987 feature, The Chipmunk Adventure, providing her voice to the character of Miss Miller, adopted mother of the Chipettes. She died June 22 in Englewood, New Jersey. (AP)
  • Sidney J. Bartholomew Jr. (c.1954-2008) - Production Designer, Writer, Director - Won an Emmy for his work on TV's Pee-Wee's Playhouse before collaborating on most of the Farrelly brothers' films, including There's Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin, Shallow Hal, Me, Myself and Irene, Stuck on You, The Heartbreak Kid, Say It Isn't So (produced by the Farrellys) and Osmosis Jones, in which he appears. He also co-wrote and directed the 2003 soccer comedy Just 4 Kicks, which starred Tom Arnold. He died June 15 in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • George Carlin (1937-2008) - Comedian, Actor - Appears in Dogma, Outrageous Fortune, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Jersey Girl, The Prince of Tides, Car Wash, Scary Movie 3, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, With Six You Get Egg Roll and the documentaries The Aristrocrats, F*ck, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism and The N Word. He also voiced characters in Cars, Happily N'Ever After and Tarzan II. For info on his death, read William's full post.
  • Cyd Charisse (1921-2008) - Actress, Dancer - Starred in Singin' in the Rain, Brigadoon, Party Girl, Ziegfeld Follies, The Band Wagon, It's Always Fair Weather, Two Weeks in Another Town, The Silencers and Silk Stockings. For info on her death, read my full post.
  • Jean Delannoy (1908-2008) - Filmmaker - Directed the 1956 adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Anthony Quinn and Gina Lollobrigida, This Special Friendship and the Jean Cocteau-scripted Love Eternal and co-wrote and directed 1946 Cannes-winner La Symphonie Pastorale, Shadow of the Guillotine (Marie-Antoinette reine de France), Inspector Maigret (aka Woman-Bait), Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case, The Baron of the Locks and Mary of Nazareth. He died June 18 in Guainville, France. (AP)
  • Franc G. Fallico (1942-2008) - Coroner - Appears as himself in Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man. He died of cancer June 14, in Alaska. (Anchorage Daily News)
  • Wera Frydtberg (1926-2008) - Actress - Starred in the German films I Often Think of Piroschka, The Crammer and Aren't We Wonderful. She died June 16 in Munich. (Steffi-line.de)
  • Henri Labussière (1921-2008) - Actor - Voiced the character Panoramix in many of the Asterix and Obelix animated films, including Asterix Versus Caesar and Asterix and Cleopatra, and the character Professor Tournesol in the early '90s Tintin series. He also voiced a different character in The Adventures of Asterix and lent his voice to the French versions of Babar: The Movie and The Smurfs and the Magic Flute. He appears in Yves Robert's The Twin and War of the Buttons. He died of an aneurysm of the aorta June 15, in Paris. (Big Cartoon Forum)
  • Bruce Lister (1912-2008) - Actor, Screenwriter, Story Analyst - Appears in MGM's 1940 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, William Wyler's The Letter, Lloyd Bacon's Boy Meets Girl, Frank Lloyd's If I Were King, Fritz Lang's Man Hunt and Cloak and Dagger, Raoul Walsh's Desperate Journey, Mervyn LeRoy's Without Reservations, Mitchell Leisen's Golden Earrings and Richard Brooks' Something of Value. He passed away June 13. (LA Times)
  • David Mitton (1939-2008) - Director, Screenwriter - Adapted the "Thomas the Tank Engine" children's books into a hit TV series. He wrote and directed many episodes of the show and served as a consultant on the 2000 feature Thomas and the Magic Railroad. He died on May 23, one week after suffering a heart attack, in London. (Variety)
  • Eugene Persson (c.1934-2008) - Child Actor, Producer - Appears in Earth vs. the Spider, Bloodlust!, The Stratton Story, Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground and the Ma and Pa Kettle series of films, including The Egg and I, which spawned the franchise. He also produced the 1967 film Dutchman, which starred his then-wife, Shirley Knight. He is best known for co-producing and co-creating the play "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." He died of a heart attack June 6, in New York. (Variety)
  • Flore Marina Sandoval (1960-2008) - Makeup Artist - Did makeup for Maria Full of Grace, Barbet Schroeder's Our Lady of the Assassins, Francesco Rossi's Cronaca di una morte annunciata and Sergio Cabrera's Details of a Duel. She also was a hair stylist for Roland Joffé's The Mission and Maria Full of Grace. She died in a fire, along with her husband and son, June 15, in Queens, New York. (IMDb)
  • Kermit Scott (1936-2008) - Philosophy Professor - Childhood friend of Jim Henson who was the namesake for Kermit the Frog. He died May 26 in Lynchburg, Virginia. (AP)
  • H. O'Neil Shanks (1917-2008) - Former Executive Secretary for the Screen Extras Guild. He died June 16. (LA Times)