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Saul Zaentz, Film Producer, 1921 - 2014

Saul Zaentz

Independent film producer Saul Zaentz passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014, in San Francisco, CA, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 92. Zaentz entered the entertainment industry in 1955 as a salesman for Fantasy Records, which he purchased with partners in 1967. A year later, Zaentz made his first fortune by signing […]

Peter O'Toole, Actor, 1932 - 2013

Peter O'Toole

Veteran actor Peter O’Toole passed away on December 14, 2013, at the age of 81. Obituaries are not mentioning a specific cause of death, but his daughter Kate O’Toole has stated that her father had been ill for some time. O’Toole was best-known for his role as Col. T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s Lawrence of […]

Danny Wells, Actor, 1941 - 2013

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Actor Danny Wells passed away on November 28, 2013, in Toronto, Canada, at the age of 72. Wells may be best known to animation fans as Luigi the plumber (both in voice-over and on-camera) on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! alongside Captain Lou Albano as the title character. Wells also had a number of […]

Michael Ansara, Actor, 1922 - 2013

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that actor Michael Ansara passed away on July 31st at his home in Calabasas after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 91. Ansara was born in a small village in Syria to American parents. He was known in the TV westerns Broken Arrow and the Rifleman spin-off Law of […]

Ray Harryhausen, Stop-Motion Animator, 1920 - 2013

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Legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen passed away on May 7, 2013, in London at the age of 92. He was born in Los Angeles, CA, on June 29, 1920, and his love for stop-motion animation began after watching 1933′s King Kong, leading him to create his own stop-motion films in his garage before moving to […]

Jonathan Winters 1925-2013

Jonathan Winters

The Hollywood Reporter reports that actor and comedian Jonathan Winters passed away Thursday in his home in Montecito, California of natural causes.  He was 87. Winters was best known for playing a series of characters including Maude Frickert.  His movie roles included It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!, […]

Don Payne, "Simpsons" Scriptwriter, 1964 - 2013

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Writer Don Payne passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home in Los Angeles, CA, at the age of 48. The cause was sarcoma, according to fellow writer John Frink, who worked with Payne as a scriptwriter on The Simpsons. Frink and Payne wrote for sitcoms like Hope and Gloria and Men Behaving […]

Keiji Nakazawa, "Barefoot Gen" Creator, 1939 - 2012

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Keiji Nakazawa, the creator of the Barefoot Gen manga documenting his life in Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, passed away on December 19, 2012, at the age of 73 due to lung cancer. A native of Hiroshima, Nakazawa was only 6 when the atomic bomb was dropped, and his father, […]

Charles Durning, Actor, 1923 - 2012

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Versatile character actor Charles Durning passed away on Monday, December 24, 2012, at his home in Manhattan at the age of 89. Durning was born in poverty (the ninth of 10 children, only 5 of whom lived to adulthood) and went through harrowing combat experiences during World War II, surviving the assualt on Omaha Beach […]

Lucille Bliss, Voice Actor, 1916 - 2012

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Cartoon Brew reports the passing of voice actor Lucille Bliss on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the age of 96 of unstated causes. Bliss’s career stretched to the dawn of the television age, whose voiceover career began as the first TV cartoon character Crusader Rabbit (1949). Bliss went on to hundreds of voiceover jobs in […]

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