Category Archives: Tributes

Obits for Robert Hardy and Hywel Bennett

Robert Hardy (1925-2017): British actor, died August 3, aged 91, best known to fans as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies. He was best known to me as Siegfried in All Creatures Great and Small.

Something I didn’t know, although I read a lot about the Mary Rose at the time:  Robert Hardy was a keen military historian who loved the longbow and played a large role in raising the Tudor warship, The Mary Rose.

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni61372566/

Hywel Bennett (1944-2017): British actor, died July 25, aged 73. One of his earliest television appearances was as Rynian, the Aridian in The Death of Time, the second episode of the William Hartnell story The Chase.  He is best remembered as James Shelley in the Thames Television series Shelley.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2017/08/hywel-bennett-1944-2017.html

 

Doctor Who Companion Debbie Watling Dies

Doctor Who Companion Debbie Watling Dies

Watling with an Ice Warrior in a 1967 episode of Doctor Who.

By Steve Green: Deborah (Debbie) Watling (1948-2017): British actress, died 21 July aged 69 Best-known for playing Patrick Troughton’s companion “Victoria” in Doctor Who (40 episodes, 1967-68), her other genre appearances included H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man (11 episodes, 1958-59), Out of the Unknown (1966 adaptation of John Rankine’s ‘The World in Silence’), Where Time Began (a 1977 animated adaptation of Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth). She reprised her Doctor Who role in the 1993 Comic Relief minisode Dimensions in Time and the non-BBC Downtime (1995), then appeared as herself in the 2013 spoof The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, directed by former timelord Peter Davison.

She was a five-time guest at Gallifrey One, the Los Angeles Doctor Who con. Her first visit was in 1991.

Martin Landau, passed away aged 89

A MASTER OF DISGUISE

Landau had chameleon-like abilities

CHRIS PIZZELLO/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Martin Landau, seen here with his North by Northwest co-star Eva Marie Saint in 2009, died on Saturday of unexpected complications during a hospital stay in Los Angeles.

Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show Mission: Impossible, then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994’s Ed Wood, has died. He was 89.

Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said.

Mission: Impossible, which also starred Landau’s wife, Barbara Bain, became an immediate hit upon its debut in 1966. It remained on the air until 1973, but Landau and Bain left at the end of the show’s third season amid a financial dispute with the producers. They starred in the British-made sci-fi series Space: 1999 from 1975 to 1977.

Landau might have been a superstar but for a role he didn’t play — the pointy-eared starship Enterprise science officer, Mr. Spock. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had offered him the half-Vulcan, half-human who attempts to rid his life of all emotion. Landau turned it down.

“A character without emotions would have driven me crazy; I would have had to be lobotomized,” he explained in 2001. Instead, he chose Mission: Impossible, and Leonard Nimoy went on to everlasting fame as Spock.

Ironically, Nimoy replaced Landau on Mission: Impossible.

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Adam West has passed away

Posted by Variety, June 10, 2017 | 08:19AM PT

Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

With its “Wham! Pow!” onscreen exclamations, flamboyant villains and cheeky tone, “Batman” became a surprise hit with its premiere on ABC in 1966, a virtual symbol of ’60s kitsch. Yet West’s portrayal of the superhero and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, ultimately made it hard for him to get other roles, and while he continued to work throughout his career, options remained limited because of his association with the character.

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Lawrence Montaigne, 1931-2017

http://www.startrek.com/article/remembering-lawrence-montaigne-1931-2017

StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of Lawrence Montaigne, the veteran actor who played the Romulan, Decius, in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Balance of Terror” in 1966 and returned a year later to portray Stonn, a Vulcan, in “Amok Time.” The actor died on Friday, March 17, at the age of 86.

His film and TV credits are extensive, his favourite role being that of the Canadian prisoner of war in The Great Escape. See the article in IMDB.

Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hurt

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000457/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

(2011, on Spaceballs (1987)) Mel [Brooks] called and said, “Look, John, I’m doing this little movie and there’s a bit in there that has to do with Alien (1979), so come on over.” He made it sound like a bit of a picnic. He also did that to me on History of the World: Part I (1981). He always does that. “Come on, I’ll give you a couple grand, we’ll put you up in a nice hotel, you’ll have a good time, and then you can go back again.” And when you get there, you suddenly realize, it’s a $3 million scene-God knows how much the animatronic singing and dancing alien cost-and they couldn’t possibly have done it if it hadn’t been for you. What I’m saying is, I think he got me rather cheap.

I had no idea that Doctor Who (2005) had got so huge; I just thought, “Brilliant, I’ll be a Doctor!” I was suddenly – what do they call it? You start “trending”. This is all new to me!
Of course you have to remember that the Doctors are all one person, so I’m not outside of that. I can’t talk about it, but I will say I was really impressed when I did it. Both the previous doctors – Matt Smith and David Tennant – boy, are they good at it. Whoa-wee! They are so quick, and there’s a huge amount of learning and no time to learn it in. All that fake scientific nonsense. Terribly difficult to learn.
I’ve done a couple of conferences where you sit and sign autographs for people and then you have photographs taken with them and a lot of them all dressed up in alien suits or Doctor Who (2005) whatevers. I was terrified of doing it because I thought they’d all be loonies, but they are absolutely, totally charming as anything. It’s great fun. I’m not saying it’s the healthiest thing – I don’t know whether it is or isn’t – but they are very charming.
[on the original series of Doctor Who (1963)] I don’t think I saw the first episode and I think it escaped me for quite a long time. It was a kiddies’ programme, or it was assumed to be. It was known basically for the fact that all the scenery used to fall over.

Les Lupien’s passing is noted on SF Site

LUPIEN OBIT. SF Site News reports that Montreal fan Leslie Lupien (1921-2016) died on October 25.

Obituary: Leslie Lupien

Montreal fan Leslie Lupien (b.1921) died on October 25. Lupien was active in MONSFFA, the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and at the time of his death was the organization’s oldest member. Lupien also published several short stories, beginning in 1996 with “Sanitary Zone” and continuing through 2009 with “Wotan.”

Does Keith have THIS one?

Oddly, this movie was not mentioned in any obits I read, such as the one in the Gazette. Thankfully, there is File 770 to fill in the blanks!  I looked up the IMDB link, and found she had a role in an episode of what must have been an appalling TV show:  Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0126175/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_2

GABOR OBIT. Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917-2016) died December 18. Her Internet Movie Database bio says —

Undoubtedly the woman who had come to epitomize what we recognize today as “celebrity”, Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her “dahlink” catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career.

Her biggest genre credit was the movie Queen of Outer Space. She also appeared in Nightmare on Elm Street 3, and episodes of Night Gallery (segment “The Painted Mirror”), Batman, and Supertrain.

queen-of-outer-space

Ron Glass (Barney Miller, Firefly) has passed away

From IMDB: Updated 2:41 p.m. Pt: Glass’ agent has confirmed to TheWrap that the actor died on Friday night due to respiratory failure. Previously: Ron Glass, known for his roles on “Barney Miller” and “Firefly,” has died at age 71, TheWrap has confirmed. Glass was born in Evansville, Indiana, and made his onscreen debut in a 1973 guest spot on “All in the Family.” He would go on to appear on numerous shows over the next few years, including “Maude,” “Hawaii 5-0” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” His big break, however, came in 1975 when he was cast as Det. Ron Harris on the popular comedy. »

  Read tributes from Firefly cast here.

Read more from Wikipedia and Variety:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Glass

Ron Glass, Emmy-Nominated Actor Known for ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Firefly,’ Dies at 71