CATEGORIES Obits, Cinematical
  • William Vince (1963-2008) - Producer - Oscar-nominated for producing Capote. He also produced Saved!, Just Friends, Ripley Under Ground, The Final Cut, The Snow Walker, The 4th Floor, Air Bud, Air Bud: Golden Receiver, Malicious and the upcoming films Push, The Stanford Prison Experiment and Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which stars Heath Ledger. He died of sarcoma June 21, in Vancouver. (CBC)
  • John Barnes (1920-2008) - Film Historian - Co-founder of the Barnes Museum of Cinematography, which was in St. Ives, Cornwall, England (it closed in 1986) and author of multiple texts, including the five-volume "The Beginnings of Cinema in England, 1894-1901." He died June 1. (Guardian)
  • Robert L. Bendick (c.1917-2008) - Director, Producer - Co-produced the Oscar-nominated documentary This is Cinerama and co-directed a follow-up, Cinerama Holiday. He died June 22. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Rodric Beckham (1914-2008) - Former U.S. Army-Air Corp. Staff Sergeant who spent much of World War II in a German POW camp. He appears in Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 along with other WWII POW survivors. He died June 21. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Howard Brandy (1929-2008) - Publicist, Producer - Handled PR for A Hard Days Night, Help! and Privilege and was a publicist for the Police Academy movies, The Karate Kid, Part III, Young Frankenstein, The Last Emperor, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Last Seduction, Things Are Tough All Over, Runaway Train, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man and Gorky Park. He also handled the Academy Awards campaigns for All About My Mother, Sexy Beast and Sweet and Lowdown and produced the 1970s exploitation films Blood from the Mummy's Tomb and The Take. He was apparently the inspiration for the cartoon character Dudley Do-Right, who received his own movie starring Brendan Fraser in 1999. He died June 21 in Los Angeles. (Variety)


  • Lilyan Chauvin (1925-2008) - Actress - Best known for playing Mother Superior in Silent Night, Bloody Night. She appears in Predator 2, Catch Me If You Can, The Man Who Wasn't There, Private Benjamin, Funny Lady, North to Alaska, Silk Stockings, Bad Influence and the Elvis flick Tickle Me. She died June 26. (Lilyan Chauvin)
  • Lincoln Dabagia (c.1970-2008) - Agent - Head of Lincoln Dabagia Agency (aka LDA Talent). He died June 8 in Santa Clarita, California. (Variety)
  • Joseph De Marco (1959-2008) - Studio Executive - VP of business affairs for Fox Searchlight. He died of a complication during surgery June 19, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • John Furlong (c.1933-2008) - Actor - Longtime Russ Meyer collaborator. He narrated Meyer's films Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Mondo Topless and appears in Mudhoney, Common Law Cabin, Vixen!, Supervixens and Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers!, for which he was also a gaffer. He also dubbed Meyer's voice for all his films, including Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens. Non-Meyer films in which he appears include All the President's Men, Blazing Saddles, Jagged Edge, Billy Wilder's The Front Page, Peter Hyams' Busting, Bob Rafelson's The Postman Always Rings Twice, Robert Aldrich's Hustle, John Carpenter's Vampires, Lawrence Kasdan's Wyatt Earp, The Gumball Rally, The Swarm and Suburban Commando. He died June 23. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Edwin Gordon (1925-2008) - Screenwriter - Adapted Chaim Potok's novel "The Chosen" for the 1981 film directed by Jeremy Kagan. He died June 23 in Los Angeles. (IMDb)
  • Klaus-Michael Grüber (1941-2008) - Director of Opera and Stage, Actor - Directed the production of "Othello" that appears in Peter Greenaway's 8½ Women. He also acted in Leos Carax's The Lovers on the Bridge. He died June 23 in Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Morbihan, France. (Zeit Online)
  • Kermit Love (1916-2008) - Muppet Designer, Costume Designer - Co-created Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus and Oscar the Grouch for TV's Sesame Street and designed characters for The Muppet Show and The Muppet Movie. He also played Willy the hot dog man on Sesame Street and in Follow That Bird, and he created Snuggle Bear, from the Snuggle Fabric Softener ads, and characters on TV's The Great Space Coaster. He died of pneumonia June 21, in Poughkeepsie, New York. (LA Times)
  • Ethan Ormsby (1967-2008) - Lighting Designer, Digital Artist - Lighting technical director at DreamWorks Animation, where he worked on Bee Movie, Over the Hedge and Flushed Away. He was previously a digital artist at Digital Domain, Sony and Disney, having worked on Spider-Man, Dinosaur, Evolution, What Lies Beneath, Apollo 13, Cast Away, The Matrix Reloaded, Bad Boys II, The Haunted Mansion, Cursed, I Spy, Chain Reaction, Strange Days, Matchstick Men and Stealth. He also acted in the horror flick Popcorn. He died of cancer June 12, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Mary Taylor Zimbalist (1915-2008) - Actress - Appears (as Mary Taylor) in Blossoms in the Dust, Soak the Rich, Shining Victory and Lady of the Tropics, which was produced by her future husband, Sam Zimbalist. In 1960, she accepted her husband's posthumous Oscar for Ben-Hur on his behalf at the 32nd Academy Awards ceremony. She died June 17 in Ojai, California. (NY Times)