• Evelyn Keyes (1916-2008) - Actress - Played Scarlett O'Hara's little sister, Suellen, in Gone With the Wind. She also co-starred in The Seven Year Itch, The Jolson Story, in which she also sings, Mrs. Mike, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Union Pacific, Before I Hang, A Thousand and One Nights, The Prowler, Johnny O'Clock, Enchantment and A Return to Salem's Lot and made a cameo appearance in the 1956 version of Around the World in Eighty Days, produced by her then-boyfriend Michael Todd. Her husbands included Artie Shaw, John Huston and Charles Vidor, who directed her in The Desperadoes, The Lady in Question and Ladies in Retirement. She died of uterine cancer July 4, in Montecito, California. (Variety)
  • Henry Beckman (1921-2008) - Actor - Appears in The Brood, Niagara, The Wrong Man, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Marnie, Sweet Charity, Silver Streak, I Love You to Death, Death Hunt and Kiss Me, Stupid. He died June 17 in Barcelona. (Variety)
  • James "Jimbo" Breen (1955-2008) - Greensman, Carpenter, Actor - Worked on M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable and The Village, appears in Lady in the Water and can be heard in The Happening. He also worked on Beloved, In Her Shoes, Two Bits and Annapolis. He died of cancer July 3, in Pennsylvania. (Philly.com)


  • Oscar Brodney (1907-2008) - Screenwriter, Producer - Oscar-nominated for co-writing The Glenn Miller Story. He also worked on the scripts to Harvey, Douglas Sirk's Captain Lightfoot and Sign of the Pagan, the Abbott and Costello feature Mexican Hayride, Comanche Territory, The Black Shield of Falworth, Lady Godiva of Coventry, the Tammy movies, including Tammy and the Bachelor and Tammy and the Doctor, and a few Francis the Mule features, including Francis Goes to the Races and Francis Goes to West Point. He was recently confirmed to have died February 12 in Beverly Hills. (Social Security Death Index)
  • Bruce Conner (1933-2008) - Avant-Garde Filmmaker - Directed highly regarded experimental shorts, including A Movie, Cosmic Ray, Breakaway, Marilyn Times Five, Report and Mongoloid. He died of a liver ailment July 7, in San Francisco. (Spoutblog)
  • Don S. Davis (1942-2008) - Actor - Appears in A League of Their Own, Hook, Look Who's Talking, Look Who's Talking Too, Kuffs, Mystery Date, Stakeout, The 6th Day, Miracle, Cliffhanger and Con Air. For more on his TV roles and his death, read Eugene's post.
  • Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) - Writer - Wrote the children's book "The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances," which was the basis for Disney's The Brave Little Toaster and subsequent sequels. He shot himself July 4, in New York City. (Washington Post)
  • Bruce Friedman (c.1960-2008) - Post production pro - He died after complications resulting from back surgery June 17, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Harold Gefsky (1917-2008) - Agent - Former VP at APA, where he represented Dyan Cannon, Troy Donahue, Gary Merrill, Veronica Hamel and Sharon Tate, whose career he helped launch. He died June 23 in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Wienczyslaw Glinski (1921-2008) - Actor - Co-starred in Andrzej Wajda's Kanal and other major Polish films of the '50s and '60s. He died July 9 in Warsaw. (Polskie Radio)
  • Larry Harmon (1925-2008) - Actor, Director, Producer - Best known as one of the actors behind TV's Bozo the Clown, he also lent his voice to the English-language versions of Ray Goossens' animated Tintin movies and TV series. He also directed, produced and appears in the 1999 feature The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy in 'For Love or Mummy'. He died of congestive heart failure July 3, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Harold Heide-Steen Jr. (1939-2008) - Actor, Writer, Director - Played the often-titular character "Dynamite Harry" in the popular Norwegian Olsen Gang series of films. He also voiced a character in the animated hit Flåklypa Grand Prix. He died of lung cancer July 3, in Oslo. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Jesse Helms (1921-2008) - U.S. Senator - The subject of the Emmy-nominated documentary Dear Jesse. He also appears in the doc Damned in the U.S.A. He died July 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (NY Times)
  • Charles H. Joffe (1929-2008) - Producer, Manager - Won a Best Picture Oscar for producing Annie Hall. He co-produced almost all of Woody Allen's films, from 1969's Take the Money and Run to the upcoming Vicky Cristina Barcelona. He also produced Arthur and the Jackie Gleason movie Don't Drink the Water. In addition to producing, he was a talent manager, guiding the careers of Allen, Dick Cavett, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. He died July 9 in Los Angeles. (LA Times)
  • Dave Kahn (1910-2008) - Composer - Wrote the theme song to TV's Leave it to Beaver and co-sang the theme to The Addams Family. He also wrote music for '50s B movies directed by Charles Marquis Warren, including The Cool and the Crazy and Copper Sky, and was the music editor for Animal House, Electra Glide in Blue and Angel Baby. He died July 3 in Woodland Hills, California. (Variety)
  • Alla Kazanskaya (1920-2008) - Actress - Appears in the Oscar-winning Russian film Burnt By the Sun and in Phillip Noyce's The Saint, which starred Val Kilmer. She died June 25 in Moscow. (Enterainment Insiders)
  • Liz Marks (1952-2008) - Casting Director - Casted for The Contender, in which she also appears, Major Payne, Mickey, Asunder, Trading Mom and Swedish Auto. She died of breast cancer July 6, in Richmond, Virginia. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Nonna Mordyukova (1925-2008) - Actress - Star of Russian cinema throughout the Soviet years, appearing in Komissar, The Diamond Arm, Luna Park, A Railway Station for Two and Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace and They Fought for Their Country. She died July 6 in Moscow. (AP)
  • Agneta Prytz (1916-2008) - Actress - Co-starred in the Oscar-nominated Swedish films The Emigrant ( Utvandrarna), The New Land (Nybyggarna) and Raven's End (Kvarteret Korpen) and lent her voice to the animated feature Peter-No-Tail in Americat (Pelle Svanslös i Amerikatt). She died July 4 in Lidingö, Sweden. (The Big Cartoon Forum)
  • Stig Olin (1920-2008) - Director, Writer, Actor, Composer - Wrote and directed many Swedish films through the 1950s, including The Yellow Squadron and Rasmus, Pontus and Toker. He appears in Ingmar Bergman's early films Summer Interlude (aka Illicit Interlude), Kris (Crisis), Hamnstad (Port of Call), Fängelse (The Devil's Wanton), To Joy and High Tension, often playing Bergman's on screen alter ego. He also appears in Carl Dreyer's Two People, Alf Sjöberg's Hets (Frenzy), which Bergman wrote, and many films by Gustaf Molander, including Woman Without a Face, Eva and Frånskild, each of which Bergman co-wrote. His daughter is Oscar-nominated actress Lena Olin. He died June 28. (Variety)
  • Natasha Schneider (1956-2008) - Actress, Musician - Appears in 2010: The Year We Make Contact. She's best known as the vocalist, keyboardist and bassist for the rock group Eleven and as a collaborator with Queens of the Stone Age and Chris Cornell. She died of cancer July 2. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Gaylin P. Schultz (1926-2008) - Key Grip - He worked on National Lampoon's Vacation, Mr. Mom, Fletch, Fletch Lives, Clue, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, The Final Countdown, The Jerk, Up in Smoke, ... And Justice For All, Le Mans, Junior Bonner, Cloak & Dagger, Hot to Trot and the original versions of The Getaway and The Thomas Crown Affair. He was also a production supervisor for Jonathan Livingston Seagull and a production coordinator for Sydney Pollack's The Yakuza. He died of lymphoma July 1, in Los Angeles. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Tony Snow (1955-2008) - Former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, TV Newscaster, Political Commentator, Columnist, Radio Show Host - Appears as a newscaster in The Siege and as a TV host in The Birdcage. He died of colon cancer July 12, in Washington DC. (Variety)
  • Elizabeth Spriggs (1929-2008) - Actress - BAFTA Award-nominated for her supporting role in Sense and Sensibility. She also appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Barber of Siberia, Paradise Road, The Secret Agent, Impromtu and Just Jaeckin's 1981 version of Lady Chatterley's Lover. She died July 2 in Oxford, England. (Telegraph)
  • Dolph Stonecipher (c.1919-2008) - Propmaker - Worked at Universal for 35 years. He died July 6. (Entertainment Insiders)
  • Ángel Tavira (1924-2008) - Violinist, Actor - Won the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2006 for his film debut in Francisco Vargas' The Violin. He died of a urinary tract infection June 30, in Mexico City. (Canadian Press)
  • Carol van Herwijnen (1941-2008) - Actor - Appears in the Cheech and Chong movie Still Smokin' and many Danish films, including Alex van Warmerdam's The Dress and Dimitri Frenkel Frank's Private Resistance. He also voiced the owl in the Danish dub of Bambi and a Smurf in the original Smurfs cartoons. He died July 7 in Amsterdam. (de Volkskrant)
  • Thomas Windig (1936-2008) - Writer, Director, Actor - Known also for authoring many Danish children's books, he scripted the 1976 crime film Stømer (Cops), directed the 1969 short Clandestine Summer (Hemmelig sommer), which features a teenage Lars Von Trier, appears in Shake It All About (En Kort en lang) and lent his voice to a few animated films, including Hugo the Movie Star (Jungledyret). He died either July 4 or 5 in Copenhagen. (Entertainment Insiders)
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