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Character Actor Dicenzo Dead At 70

13 August 2010 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor George Dicenzo has died at the age of 70 after suffering years of deteriorating health.

The star passed away on Monday in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Dicenzo established himself as a character actor and appeared in over 30 movies, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, and The Exorcist III.

He starred as Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the trial of serial murderer Charles Manson, in the 1976 TV film Helter Skelter.

He became a Broadway star in the early 1990s when he appeared opposite Nathan Lane in the play On Borrowed Time, while he also became known for his TV roles in Murder, She Wrote and NYPD Blue.

Dicenzo also carved out a career as a voice actor and his vocals were used in commercials and cartoon series, such as She-Ra: Princess of Power, in which he played villain Hordak, reports Daily Variety.

He is survived by his wife Donna, a son, three grandchildren and a sister. »

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When It’s Not “Only a Movie”

15 March 2010 8:05 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

There are Famous Monsters…and then there are famous monsters.

Both Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre were inspired by the real-life crimes of mass murderer Ed Gein; The Silence of the Lambs, book and film, incorporated character traits of multiple serial killers in the depiction of Jame Gumb, the psychopath hunted by FBI agent Clarice Starling — with a little help from the imprisoned Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, himself a (still-mysterious) amalgam of stranger-than-fiction monsters of past and present.

While the profoundly disturbing thriller Se7en reeked with authentic nihilism, and films like Dawn of the Dead and Hostel took blood-soaked pains to offer satiric commentaries on the sorry state of humanity, there’s an entire genre of films that bypass the more commercial goals of “escapism” in favor of more directly dramatizing the horrific tales we’ve read about in the newspapers, pored over in paperback, or seen described »

- Movies Unlimited

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