In Memoriam - 2013

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David R. Ellis
Stunts, Scarface
Began as child actor in Kurt Russell-Disney Films in 1974. Made the switch to the Stunt world following a successful career as a junior pro surfer. Born, bred, and continues to reside in Malibu. Many, many stunts later, David made the promotion to Stunt Coordinator in 1978 on Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Coordinating...
“ January 7. Dir. Homeward Bound 2, Final Destination 2, Snakes On a Plane, The Final Destination, Shark Night ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ February 1. The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Mr. Bowman. Galaxy Quest - Sarris. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ February 5. Makeup. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, and Superman Films. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Richard Griffiths
British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal Shakespeare Company just a few of his standout credits...
“ March 28. Chariots of Fire. Harry Potter. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Roger Ebert
Roger Joseph Ebert was the all-time best-known, most successful movie critic in cinema history, when one thinks of his establishing a rapport with both serious cineastes and the movie-going public and reaching more movie fans via television and print than any other critic. He became the first and only movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize (it would be 28 years before another film critic...
“ April 4. Film critic. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Carmine Infantino
Writer, Human Target
Carmine Infantino's life-long assocation with comics began at an early age when, as a fan, he spent much time trying to find the people who drew the comics. At the age of 15 he met and befriended "Lone Ranger" artist Charles Flanders, who acted as a mentor and teacher to the budding artist. Infantino entered the comics industry in 1942...
“ April 4. Comic Book Artist. Co-creator of Barbara Gordon, Black Canary, and Deadman. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Annette Funicello
Annette Joanne Funicello achieved teenage popularity starting in October, 1955 after she debuted as a Mouseketeer. Born on October 22, 1942 in Utica New York, the family had moved to California when she was still young. Walt Disney himself saw her performing the lead role in "Swan Lake" at her ballet...
“ April 8. The Mickey Mouse Club, Babes In Toyland, Beach Blanket Bingo, Back to the Beach. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ April 11. Ballerina. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Harshman Winters III was born on November 11, 1925 in Dayton, Ohio. His father, also Jonathan, was a banker who became an alcoholic after being crushed in the Great Depression. His parents divorced in 1932. Jonathan and his mother then moved to Springfield to live with his grandmother. There his mother remarried and became a radio personality...
“ April 11. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Lennie Pike. Mork & Mindy - Mearth. Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass - Humpty Dumpty. The Smurfs - Papa Smurf. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Richard LeParmentier
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope was Richard LeParmentier's third film after moving to Britain from the United States in 1974. Richard has appeared in over fifty films and TV shows. He now lives in Bath, UK, and works as a screenwriter. He is currently developing a comedy-drama series for the BBC and is writing a feature film.
“ April 15. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - Admiral Conan Motti. Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Lt. Santino. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Deanna Durbin
Deanna Durbin was born Edna Mae Durbin on December 4, 1921, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her British-born parents moved to California while she was still young, and her singing voice soon had talent scouts knocking at her door. She signed a contract with MGM in 1936, at the age of 14, which resulted in her appearance in Every Sunday...
“ April 20. Christmas Holiday. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ April 26. Singer. "The Race Is On". "He Stopped Loving Her Today". "We're Gonna Hold On." "White Lightning". ” - WeAintFoundShin
Ray Harryhausen
Visual Effects, Clash of the Titans
When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic - Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since...
“ May 7. Stop-motion artist. Mighty Joe Young, It Came From Beneath the Sea, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, The Valley of Gwangi, Clash of the Titans. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ May 13. MegaFault, A Cadaver Christmas, Castle Siege. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ May 13. Psychologist. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ May 18. Halloween. Hook - Tootles. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Jean Stapleton
Jean Stapleton was born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City, to Marie A. (Stapleton), an opera singer, and Joseph Edward Murray, a billboard advertising salesman. Her paternal grandparents were Irish. She was a cousin of actress Betty Jane Watson. Other relatives in show business were her uncle...
“ May 31. All In the Family - Edith Bunker. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Esther Williams
Esther Jane Williams was born on August 8, 1921 in Inglewood, California. Her youth was spent as a teenage swimming champion and she won three United States National championships. She eventually was spotted by a MGM talent scout while working in a Los Angeles department store. She made her film debut with MGM in an "Andy Hardy" picture called Andy Hardy's Double Life...
“ June 6. ” - WeAintFoundShin
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin...
“ June 19. True Romance - Virgil. Crimson Tide - Lt. Bobby Dougherty. Fallen - Lou. The Mexican - Winston Baldry. The Last Castle - Col. Winter. Romance & Cigarettes - Nick Murder. Where the Wild Things Are - Carol. Enough Said - Albert. The Sopranos - Tony Soprano. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Jim Kelly
With his funky Afro hairstyle, super cool attitude and superb karate skills, Jim Kelly was instantly identifiable, and one of the top martial arts film stars of the early 1970s. After appearing in a minor film role, Kelly's second screen effort was as one of the invited guests to the deadly Han's Island in Enter the Dragon...
“ June 29. Enter the Dragon - Williams. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ July 19. The Princess Bride - The Albino. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Dennis Farina
Actor, Snatch
Dennis Farina was one of Hollywood's busiest actors and a familiar face to moviegoers and television viewers alike. Recently, he appeared in the feature films, "The Grand," a comedy about a Vegas poker tournament with Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and Ray Romano; "Bottle Shock," also starring Alan Rickman...
“ July 22. Manhunter - Jack Crawford. Midnight Run - Jimmy Serrano. Romeo Is Bleeding - Nick Gazzara. Little Big League - George O'Farrell. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Karen Black
Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Elsie Mary (Reif), who wrote children's books, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. She was of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), German, and Bohemian (Czech) descent. Karen entered Northwestern University at 15 and left two years later...
“ August 8. Five Easy Pieces. Trilogy of Terror. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Lisa Robin Kelly
Days after checking into Pax Rehab House in Altadena, California, Kelly died in her sleep at the facility on August 15, 2013, aged 43. On January 3, 2014, the Los Angeles Department of Coroner concluded that her death was due to an accidental unspecified oral "multiple drug intoxication". In June 2014...
“ August 14. That '70s Show - Laurie Forman. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Julie Harris
Actress, Knots Landing
One of the finest classical and contemporary leading ladies ever to grace the 20th century American stage, five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris was rather remote and reserved on camera, finding her true glow in front of the theatre lights. The freckled, red-haired actress not only was nominated...
“ August 24. East of Eden - Abra. The Haunting - Eleanor Lance. The Dark Half - Reggie Delesseps. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Tommy Morrison
Actor, Rocky V
He's a heavyweight professional boxer from Jay, Oklahoma, who made national news Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996, when he announced that he is HIV positive. He was suspended from worldwide boxing when he tested positive prior to a boxing match against Arthur Weathers in Las Vegas. He said he plans to pursue AIDS awareness activities.
“ September 1. Rocky V - Tommy 'Machine' Gunn. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October. Born in Baltimore to a U.S. Post Office employee and his wife on April 12, 1947, Clancy graduated from Loyola Blakefield, a Catholic private high school...
“ October 1. Writer. The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Ed Lauter
Actor, The Artist
Edward Matthew Lauter II was born on October 30, 1938 in Long Beach, New York. In a film career that extended for over four decades, Lauter starred in a plethora of film and television productions since making his big screen debut in the western Dirty Little Billy. He portrayed an eclectic array of characters over the years...
“ October 16. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Col. Glenn. Real Genius - David Decker. Gleaming the Cube - Mr. Kelly. Born On the Fourth of July - Legion Commander. The Rocketeer - Fitch. True Romance - Cpt. Quiggle. Not Another Teen Movie - The Coach. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ October 25. Chariots of Fire - Lord Birkenhead. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Marcia Wallace
Actress, The Simpsons
Some might have easily doled out the phrase "laughing on the outside, crying on the inside" to describe funny lady Marcia Wallace and her many uphill battles, in both life and career, over the past three-and-a-half decades, but the carrot-cropped comedienne, with the ever-toothy smile, remains optimistic to this day as she forges on...
“ October 25. The Simpsons - Edna Krabappel. Full House - Mrs. Carruthers. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ November 12. The Godfather - Part III - Leo Cuneo. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Paul Walker
Paul Walker was an American actor. Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained prominence with breakout roles in coming of age and teen films such as She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, Walker gained...
“ November 30. Monster in the Closer - 'Professor' Bennett. She's All That - Dean Sampson. The Fast and the Furious - Brian O'Connor. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, the last of three children born to a mathematics teacher and his wife. Eleanor caught the acting bug early and began performing in school plays. She was was so serious about becoming a thespian, she attended the Rice Summer Theatre on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts beginning when she was 15 years old...
“ December 8. The Sound of Music - Baroness Elsa Schrader. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ December 12. Billy Jack - Billy Jack. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Peter O'Toole
O'Toole was one of several actors to be Oscar-nominated for playing the same role in two different films: he played King Henry II in both Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968). O'Toole played Hamlet under Laurence Olivier's direction in the premiere production of the Royal National Theatre in 1963...
“ December 15. Lawrence of Arabia - T.E. Lawrence. Beckett - King Henry II. What's New Pusscat - Michael James. The Bible: In the Beginning - The Three Angels. The Lion In Winter - Henry II. Man of La Mancha - Don Quixote. Caligula - Tiberius. Supergirl - Zaltar. Troy - Priam. ” - WeAintFoundShin
Joan Fontaine
Actress, Rebecca
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health...
“ December 15. Gunga Din - Emmy. Rebecca - The Second Mrs. de Winter. Suspicion - Lina. Jane Eyre - Jane Eyre. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ December 16. Singer. Make the World Go Away, Crazy Arms. ” - WeAintFoundShin
“ December 18 ” - WeAintFoundShin
James Avery
Although best known as the uncle/patriarch and judge "Philip Banks" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, James Avery is a classically trained actor and scholar. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, he joined the US Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon leaving the military...
“ December 31. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Philip Banks. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Shredder (voice). Ghostbusters - Killerwatt (voice). License to Drive - DMV Driver. ” - WeAintFoundShin