The new year is a time when we look back at what splendid and sorrowful in the past twelve months. What was wonderful and what was wasteful, what we loved and what we loathed...and what we lost.
The sadness of humanity can be found in its mortality. We mourn the passing of those that meant so much, that brightened the darkest corners of our lives. But we mourn for ourselves, not necessarily for those departed. The best have left behind their marks on the world, and we can revisit them as often as we wish. What we lament is that their kind will never pass this way again, never share their best with us. But we're thankful for the time we did have.
This year it seemed as though we lost so many in our wonderful field, although that's certainly an illusion; other genres have their losses as well. This is far from a complete list of either those departed or those particular to our viewpoint. This is entirely subjective; these are individuals that I feel added greatly to the Dark Fantastic and some of their most notable credits in the field; I salute their achievements and sigh deeply that we'll not see more from them.
(A word about the photographs: I'd originally designed this page without any photos, not wanting to single anyone out and knowing I couldn't find images of everyone. But when I saw the simple list of names it seemed to cry out for some illustrations to break up the text. I selected images that I thought were eye-catching and pertinent to the field of the Dark fantastic; I don't mean to slight anyone, and these are in no way indication of any preferences for certain individuals – well, for the most part.)
JOSEPH SARGENT – was a talent director, primarily working in television and on various series, among them STAR TREK ( where he helmed their first filmed episode, the classic “The Corbomite Manuever” ), THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., and THE INVADERS. His film work includes the marvelous thriller THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE, COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT, the infamous JAWS: THE REVENGE, THE NIGHT THAT PANICKED AMERICA (about orson Welles famous “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast) , GOLDENGIRL, NIGHTMARES, and the miniseries SPACE.
BILLIE WHITELAW – a classically-trained star of both stage and screen and almost universally loved and respected, her films include Alfred Hitchcock's FRENZY, HOT FUZZ (her final film) , A MURDER OF QUALITY (not a Horror film, but a wonderful adaptation of one of John le Carre's George Smiley novels) , THE DARK CRYSTAL, NIGHT WATCH, an episode of SPACE:1999 ( “One Moment of Humanity” ) , TWISTED NERVE, and the delightful THE ADDING MACHINE, but she will be forever feared by genre aficionados as THE OMEN 's dreadful and terrifying Mrs. Baylock.
ROBERT D. SAN SOUCI – was children's book author with a penchant for the macabre; among his books are “Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales”, “More Short & Shivery: Thirty Terrifying Tales”, “Even More Short & Shivery: Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales”, “A Terrifying Taste of Short & Shivery: Thirty Creepy Tales”, “ Dare to Be Scared: Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill” , “Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?”, and one of my favorites, the absolutely wonderful “Cinderella Skeleton”. He also provide the story for Walt Disney's film MULAN.
BOOTH COLEMAN – another revered star of both stage and screen, his work includes TIME TRAVELLERS from Rod Serling's final script) , THEM!, television series VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, THE INVADERS, THE WILD, WILD WEST, THE OUTER LIMITS, THRILLER (the classic “Waxworks” , scripted by Robert Bloch), but is probably best recognized as Dr. Zaius from the PLANET OF THE APES television series. For several years he also appeared regularly as Scrooge on stage at the Meadow Brook Theatre in Detroit.
NORMAN BRIDWELL – will forever be known as the creator (both author and artist) of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” (who, among his other stories, was featured in two Halloween books). But Mr. Bridwell had a love for the macabre and magical as well, creating the delightful “The Witch Next Door” series of books, including “The Witch's Christmas”, “The Witch's Vacation”, “The Witch Goes To School” , and “Witch's Catalog”. He also authored and illustrated several books featuring clssic monsters such as Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolfman, in “Monster Holidays”, “How to Care for your Monster”, and “Monster Jokes and Riddles”.
TOM ADAMS – a British actor perhaps best known for THE GREAT ESCAPE, his other film work includes THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, and television series JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN, UFO, THE AVENGERS, HAMMER HOUSE OF MYSTERY & SUSPENSE, and DOCTOR WHO ( “Warriors of the Deep” with Peter Davison 's Doctor).
DONALD MOFFITT – a SF author, his books include “The Genesis Quest”, “Second Genesis”, and “The Jupiter Theft” ; his short stories include “The Man Who Was Beethoven”, “The Beethoven Project”, and “The Devil's Due”. He also penned “The Baroness” espionage series as Paul Kenyon.
KEN WEATHERWAX – was a child actor who moved behind the cameras in his adult years, but his biggest credit is a classic one: he appeared as Pugsley on THE ADDAMS FAMILY television series.
LARRY LATHAM – was an animator and storyboard artist on such television series as SPIDERMAN, SUPER FRIENDS, and THE TICK . He was also the creator of the webcomic “Lovecraft Is Missing” ; originally conceived as animated series.
RAYMOND ALMIRAN MONTGOMERY, JR. ( R.A. MONTGOMERY ) – was ne of the creators and author of over 50 titles in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series.
ERNEST KINOY – wrote for the stage, television and film, but he started in radio with "Dimension X" (1950-1951) and "X Minus One" (1951-1953). Among his films is the dark, powerful CRAWLSPACE, along with BROTHER JOHN, THE PRESIDENT'S PLANE IS MISSING, THE HENDERSON MONSTER.
CAROL ANN SUSI – is most famous today for her role as Mrs. Wolowitz on THE BIG BANG THEORY , but is probably best known to Horror fans as Monique Marmelstein (her first role) opposite Darren McGavin in the classic series KOLCHACK: THE NIGHT STALKER. She also appeared in the film DEATH BECOMES HER.
FREDERICK I. ORDWAY III - was American space scientist and author of books on spaceflight, including “Space Travel: A History” and “The Rocket Team” . He was on the production team of Stanley Kubrick's classic film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY .
ALAIN RESNAIS - a French filmmaker in the New Wave movement, many of his movies had a surreal, Dark Fantastic feel about them, most notably the acclaimed HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, and LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD. His one outright excursion into genuine SF was JE T'AIME JE T'AIME.
PETER RUBER - a book editor of both Candlelight Press and Arkham House ; he edited the collections “Arkham's Masters of Horror”, “Night Creatures” by Seabury Quinn , “Reunion At Dawn and Other Uncollected Ghost Stories” by H. Russell Wakefield , and “The Final Adventures of Solar Pons” , by August Derleth.
WARREN CLARKE – may be best known to mystery fans as Detective Dalziel in the long-running DALZIEL & PASCOE television series; he also appeared in the miniseries of John le Carre's TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER SPY with Alec Guinness in his iconic role of George Smiley. In our genre he's known for the stunning RED RIDING series (3 films detailing a serial killer), TOP SECRET!, THE TEMPEST, and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. He's appeared in the television series HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, and THE AVENGERS , but his most famous role will probably always be as the droog Dim in Stanley Kubrick's classic SF film A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.
C. J. HENDERSON - was a novelist and comics writer. The author of the “Teddy London” supernatural detective series; his novel's include “Brooklyn Knight” and “Central Park Knight” , his comic works include “Neil Gaiman's Wheel of Worlds” and “Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice”. He also wrote three illustrated novellas featuring reporter Carl Kolchak.
GLEN LARSON – a well-known television producer and rather controversial figure (some have either uncharitably or with justification named him 'Glen Larceny') with numerous genre credits, including BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, AUTOMAN, MANIMAL, THE HIGHWAYMAN, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY (with Leslie Stevens of THE OUTER LIMITS ) and KNIGHT RIDER.
ALAN RODGERS - was SF and Horror writer, editor and poet. He edited the popular “Night Cry” fiction magazine; his novels include “Blood of the Children” (a Stoker Award nominee for Best First Novel), “Pandora”, “Bone Music”, “The Bear Who Found Christmas” . His short story collections include “New Life For The Dead”, and “Ghosts Who Cannot Sleep” . His story “The Boy Who Came Back From The Dead” was the 1987 Stoker Award for Best Novelette.
PETER UNDERWOOD – was a well-known English parapsychologist and the author of literally dozens of books, both non-fiction and story collections. Among his many titles are “A Host of Hauntings: Haunted London”, “Deeper into the Occult”, “The Vampire's Bedside Companion: The Amazing World of Vampires in Fact and Fiction”, “Dictionary of the Supernatural”, “Ghosts of North West England”, “Jack the Ripper - 100 Years of Mystery”, “Thirteen Famous Ghost Stories”, “Exorcism!” and his autobiography “No Common Task: Autobiography of a Ghost Hunter”.
EILEEN GOLGAN - was an Irish actress whose genre work includes the films I SELL THE DEAD, MYSTICS, and, perhaps her best,the wondrous THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH.
NOEL BLACK - was a film & television director; his work includes the movies PRETTY POISON, THE WORLD BEYOND, THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER (from Ray Bradbury's “I Sing The Body Electric” ) and episodes of the 1980s TWILIGHT ZONE and NIGHTMARE CLASSICS.
P. D. JAMES – was, of course, one of the premiere mystery novelists of this century, most famous for the Adam Dalgliesh series. Although they were not supernatural in nature, the books often featured dark and macabre themes with titles such as “Cover Her Face”, “The Black Tower”, “A Taste For Death”, “Death In Holy Orders”. Her one genuine work of Speculative Fiction was her acclaimed novel “Children Of Men” , adapted into an equally acclaimed film.
MARJORIE STRAPP - was a character actress whose film work included THE INDESTRUCTABLE MAN, THE WEREWOLF, KRONOS, MONSTER THAT CHALLANGED THE WORLD, DAUGHTER OF DR. JEKYLL, THE YOUNG CAPTIVES , and a guest appearance on the TV series QUANTUM LEAP.
BOB BAKER – was a renowned puppeteer and founder of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater , the oldest children's theater company in LA. He worked with legenday producer George Pal as an animator on his Puppetoons shorts; his work was featured in the television series BEWITCHED, STAR TREK, LAND OF THE GIANTS, and the films CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, BEDKNOBS & BROOMSTICKS, and BLUEBEARD.
DANNY LEE – became the head of special effects for the Walt Disney company. He became famous for his ground-breaking and blood-splattered finale of BONNIE & CLYDE . His work was featured in the films DRAGONSLAYER, THE GHOSTS OF BUXLEY HALL, THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS, THE BLACK HOLE, ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, THE ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD, NOW YOU SEE HIM, NOW YOU DON'T, BEDKNOBS & BROOMSTICKS, MARY POPPINS, THE LOVE BUG, and non-Disney movies THE GREAT RACE, THE AMBUSHERS, and MURDERERS ROW.
RIK MAYALL – was a comic actor most famous for his continuing roles in the British TV series THE YOUNG ONES and BLACKADDER ; his genre movie roles include WHOOPS APOCOLYPSE, GRIM TALES, THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, WATERSHIP DOWN, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, SHOCK TREATMENT, EAT THE RICH, DROP DEAD FRED (in the title role), THE PRINCESS & THE GOBLIN, and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. He had a part in HAPPY POTTER & THE SORCERER'S STONE , but in one of the constant the vagaries of show business, his role was cut from final edit of film.
ROSEMARY MURPHY - was a renowned stage and screen actress. Her work includes the films AFTER.LIFE, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, THE HAND, YOU'LL LIKE MY MOTHER, BEN , and episodes of the television series WAY OUT and THRILLER.
RUBY DEE – was a celebrated activist and an award-winning actress, best known for her work with her late husband Ossie Davis and her role in the acclaimed drama A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Her genre work includes the films CAT PEOPLE and BABY GENIUSES , but she is probably best recognized by fans of the Dark Fantastic for her iconic portrayal of Mother Abigail from the adaptation of Stephen King 's novel THE STAND.
CARLA LAEMMLE – was the niece of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle ; her films include PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, DRACULA, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, THE VAMPIRE HUNTER'S CLUB, MANSION OF BLOOD , and documentaries on the making of DRACULA & PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
TERRY RICHARDS - was an actor & stuntman, perhaps best known as the Arab Swordsman who squared off (to his regret) against Indian Jones in one of the most talked-about moments in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. He was also featured in FLASH GORDON, RED SONJA, HAUNTD SUMMER, TOMORROW NEVER DIES , and as a guest performer on the TV series SPACE PRECINCT, BLAKRE'S 7, and THE AVENGERS.
DANIEL KEYES - a celebrated SF writer, he penned the modern classic Hugo & Nebula Award-winning “Flowers For Algernon” , which became the Oscar-winning film CHARLY. Among his other books are “The Minds of Billy Milligan” and “Until Death”. For his lifetime of work he was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.
GEOFFREY HOLDER – made his mark with the public as “The Uncola Man” on the classic commercials for 7-UP in the 1960s and 70s. But there was so much more to this author, actor, designer and artist. He directed the musical “The Wiz” in its original production on Broadway; his movies include DOCTOR DOOLITTLE, EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX BUT WERE AFRIAD TO ASK, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, JOHN GRIN'S CHRISTMAS (an all-black version of “A Christmas Carol” ). He will probably be best recognized by film fans for his portrayal of Baron Samedi in the Roger Moore's first appearance as James Bond LIVE & LET DIE.
EVERETT DE ROCHE - was American screenwriter who worked extensively in Australia in the Dark Fantasy and Horror genre; his work includes some of their internationally recognized classics. They include PATRICK, SNAPSHOT, ROAD GAMES, RAZORBACK, LINK, STORM WARNING, and NINE MILES DOWN. His finest script is probably the eerie and disturbing classic LONG WEEKEND, considered by many one of Australia's finest productions.
PHIL HARDY - was a renowned British journalist; among his books are the indispensable reference works “Encyclopedia Of Horror Films” and “Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction Films”. True fans of the Dark Fantastic genre have both these volumes in their libraries.
ELIZABETH PENA – was a beautiful and brilliant actress, and a personal favorite for her phenomenal performance as Jessie in the extraordinary JACOB'S LADDER. Other genre films include *batteries not included,, THE INVADERS, STRANGELAND, THE INCREDIBLES, DRAGON WARS: D WAR, and IN THE DARK. One of her greatest roles, highly recommended by Yours Truly, was the amazing John Sayles movie LONE STAR.
ANTHONY GOLDSCHMIDT - was a graphic, title and poster designer; his work was featured in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, BLADE RUNNER, E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL, COCOON, LOST BOYS, THE CROW, APOLLO 13, THE GREEN MILE, BATMAN BEGINS, and THE DARK KNIGHT.
GERARD PARKES – was an actor best known for his roles in BOONDOCK SAINTS & BOONDOCK SAINTS 2 ; among his genre roles are the movies DEEPLY, STEPHEN KING'S STORM OF THE CENTURY, SHORT CIRCUIT 2, SPASMS, THE PYX , and guest appearances on the television series THE TWILIGHT ZONE (the 1980 revival), WAR OF THE WORLDS, RAY BRADBURY THEATER, and FRAGGLE ROCK.
BOB HOSKINS - will, of course, be remembered for the slapstick animated genius of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? But he was also featured in ROYAL FLASH, PINK FLOYD'S THE WALL, BRAZIL, SHATTERED, HOOK, SUPER MARIO BROS., MICHAEL, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, DOOMSDAY, SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
MARCIA STRASSMAN – will forever be Julie, Mr. Kotter's wife on the TV series WELCOME BACK KOTTER. She delved into the Dark Fantastic with the films REEKER, BRAVE NEW WORLD, HAUNTED BY HER PAST, EARTH MINUS ZERO, and a regular role on TREMORS , the television series. Her best-known performances are probably in her two Disney SF adventures HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS & HONEY I BLEW UP THE BABY.
IAN FRASER – was an award-winning arranger and composer, often working with Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. His work includes DOCTOR DOOLITTLE, SCROOGE , the 1976 television version of PETER PAN (with Mia Farrow and Danny Kaye) , and BABES IN TOYLAND. One seasonal note: he earned a place in the Christmas Holiday music repertoire by composing the “Peace on Earth” countermelody for David Bowie on his duet with Bing Crosby “The Little Drummer Boy”.
All were shocked and saddened by the passing of ROBIN WILLIAMS . Making a name for himself in the SF themed MORK & MINDY, Mr. Williams was a constant in films of the Fantastic, both Light and Dark. Some of his best known work includes ALADDIN, POPEYE, THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, DEAD AGAIN, THE FISHER KING, HOOK, TOYS, BEING HUMAN, JUMANJI, HAMLET, the absolutely exquisite WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, BICENTENNIAL MAN, ONE HOUR PHOTO, INSOMNIA, and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM.
RICHARD KIEL - became iconic for his portrayal of the Jame Bond villain “Jaws” in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME & MOONRAKER, but he had a very long career in Hollywood, and because of his enormous statue, much of his work was in Horror and SF. His films include THE PHANTOM PLANET, HOUSE OF THE DAMNED, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, TWO ON A GUILLOTINE, THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS, ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, THE HUMANOID, PALE RIDER, GIANT OF THUNDER MOUNTAIN, and TANGLED ; his television appearances include GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, THE MONKEES, THRILLER, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE WILD WILD WEST, KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, and LAND OF THE LOST . His most infamous part was probably as the title role in the cult film EEGAH and his other iconic role may have been that of The Kanamit in THE TWILIGHT ZONE 's classic episode “To Serve Man”.
SAM HALL - was a screenwriter, best known for his long association with producer Dan Curtis . He wrote for the original television series DARK SHADOWS (which featured his wife Grayson Hall in a co-starring role) and its 1980s revival, as well as the feature films HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS and NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS. His other films include DEAD OF NIGHT: A DARKNESS AT BLAISEDON, THE TWO DEATHS OF SEAN DOOLITTLE, and FRANKENSTEIN.
EUGIE FOSTER - was SF author; among her many stories were “Souls of Living Wood”, “Honor is a Game Mortald Play”, “Mortal Clay, Stone Heart”, “Returning My Sister's Face”, and her collections include “Inspirations End”, “ Returning My Sister's Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice” and “The King of the Rabbits and Moon Lake and Other Tales of Magic and Mischief”.
MARILYN BURNS - built career on appearing in Horror films, with iconic roles including Sally in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and Linda Kasabian in HELTER SKELTER. Her other movies were EATEN ALIVE (with her TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE director Tobe Hooper) , KISS DADDY GOODBYE, BUTCHER BOYS, SACRAMENT, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION and TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D . Her final film IN A MADMAN'S WORLD is in post-production.
MALCOLM SCOTT CIENCIN - a SF and Horror novelist, author of the book series “The Wolves of Autumn”, “The Vampire Odyssey” and “The Nightmare Club” , along with “Dinotopia”, “The Lurker Files”, “Godzilla” , novels based on JURASSIC PARK, BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, TRANSFORMERS, KIM POSSIBLE and CHARMED , and comic books including “Silent Hill”.
ED NELSON - a well-respected character actor whose career began workign for Roger Corman in his films ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, A BUCKET OF BLOOD, and TEENAGE CAVEMAN. His other movies include NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST, THE BRAIN EATERS, INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN, ALONG CAME A SPIDER, A LITTLE GAME, THE SCREAMING WOMAN (based on a Ray Bradbury story) and THE GIRL, THE GOLD WATCH & EVERYTHING. He also appeared on television in THRILLER (making four appearances), THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, THE OUTER LIMITS, NIGHT GALLEY, THE SIXTH SENSE, and LOGAN'S RUN
RUSSELL JOHNSON - will always by the Professor on GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, but he had a long career both as an established character actor and as a familiar face in SF cinema. His movies include THIS ISLAND EARTH, ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, THE SPACE CHILDREN, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, VANISHED, THE HORROR AT 37,000 FEET, HITCHHIKE TO HELL, THE GHOST OF FLIGHT 401 , as well as guest appearances on TV in BEYOND WESTWORLD, MONSTERS, THE INVADERS, THE OUTER LIMITS, THRILLER (the eerie episode “The Hungry Glass”, written by Robert Bloch and starring William Shatner ) and THE TWILIGHT ZONE (in two script by Rod Serling himself, “Back There” and “Execution” ).
HAL SUTHERLAND - as an animation director and production manager, was a co-founder of Filmation Studios, which produced several series based on popular SF films, as well as adventures of the DC Comics superheroes. His work includes THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, AQUAMAN, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THER EARTH, FANTASTIC VOYAGE, THE BATMAN/SUPERMAN HOUR, SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH, SABRINA AND THE GROOVIE GHOULIES, the wonderful STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and FLASH GORDON , as well as the film JOURNEY BACK TO OZ.
SARAH MARSHALL - was a beautiful actress who appeared in the films LORD LOVE A DUCK, DAVE, BAD BLOOD, BAD BLOOD...THE HUNGER , and guest-starred on television in THE AQUANAUTS, THRILLER, MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, THE WILD WILD WEST, and may be best known for her appearances in two clssic SF series, STAR TREK (in “The Deadly Years” ) and THE TWILIGHT ZONE (in “Little Girl Lost” , the episode that inspired the film POLTERGEIST ).
GORDON HESSLER - a British director and producer with a flair for the macabre and horrific, he was at the helm of several classic films from the 1960s and early 70s, including THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE, THE OBLONG BOX, SCREAM & SCREAM AGAIN, CRY OF THE BANSHEE, MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, MEDUSA, SCREAM, PRETTY PEGGY, THE STRANGE POSSESSION OF MRS. OLIVER, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, TALES OF THE HAUNTED, THE GIRL IN THE SWING (which he also wrote), THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, and the infamous KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK , as well as episodes of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, and KUNG FU. He also produced THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR for two years (1962-1964).
ARTHUR RANKIN JR - was co-founder Rankin/Bass Productions , creating the Holiday classics RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN, and FROSTY THE SNOWMAN. He had a long association with Fantasy, producing the beloved film of Peter S. Beagle 's THE LAST UNICORN, and adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien 's THE HOBBITT and THE RETURN OF THE KING (which some purists prefer to the Peter Jackson films!) he also filmed the delightful MAD MONSTER PARTY, as well as A FLIGHT OF DRAGONS, and created and produced the SF series THUNDERCATS. His live-action efforts include KING KONG ESCAPES, THE LAST DINOSAUR, THE BERMUDA DEPTHS, and THE SINS OF DORIAN GRAY.
LAUREN BACALL - the beautiful wife of Humphrey Bogart, who apeared with him in THE BIG SLEEP, TO HAVE & HAVE NOT, and KEY LARGO, brushed against the Dark Fantastic several times, most notably in BLITHE SPIRIT for television, SHOCK TREATMENT ( not the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW sequel) , THE FAN, MR. NORTH, MISERY, DOGVILLE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE, and, believe it or not, in SCOOBY DOO & THE GOBLIN KING (!!)
JAMES GARNER - was a marvelously likable and relaxed comic leading man in MAVERICK, THE ROCKFORD FILES, and the film THE GREAT ESCAPE, but like Ms. Bacall he explored the genre in THE FAN (with Ms. Bacall), the gripping thriller THEY ONLY KILL THEIR MASTERS , the miniseries SPACE , SPACE COWBOYS , as a voiced actor in ATLANTIS THE LOST EMPIRE , and the television series GOD, THE DEVIL & BOB (playing God, of course) , but his finest work may have been in the terrifying SF film FIRE IN THE SKY , based on the supposedly true alien abduction of Travis Walton.
MAXIMILIAN SCHELL - became a star in the drama JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, but his work in our field includes THE CASTLE, HAMLET, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE VAMPYRE WARS, THE EIGHTEENTH ANGEL, VAMPIRES, and DEEP IMPACT. His most recognizable role for SF fans will probably be as the mad Dr. Hans Reinhardt in Disney's THE BLACK HOLE.
HAROLD RAMIS - was a gifted comic writer, actor and director, working on the TV series SCTV and writing the movie ANIMAL HOUSE. His film performances include HEAVY METAL, GHOSTBUSTERS, GHOSTBUSTERS II (both of which he also wrote). As popular as GHOSTBUSTERS may be, his finest moment is probably the magnificent GROUNDHOG DAY (as writer and director). Other films he wrote and directed include BEDAZZLED and YEAR ONE ; he also directed the film MULTIPLICITY.
KARLHEINZ (CARL) BÖHM - has a limited exposure to the Dark fantastic, but his work was so exemplary that he earns his position on this list by starring in the classic films PEEPING TOM and THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM.
AL FELDSTEIN - became editor and wrote for the legendary EC Comics , including “Weird Science”, “Tales From The Crypt” , and “The Vault of Horror” . He published the first work of Harlan Ellison , and later edited “ MAD” Magazine oncve EC Comics was foced to cancel their Horror line. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003, and was awarded a Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association in 2012.
MARTHA HYER - was an Oscar winner for her role in SOME CAME RUNNING, but she toyed with her dark side in such movies as ABBOTT & COSTELLO GO TO MARS, RIDERS TO THE STARS, PYRO, PICTURE MOMMY DEAD, FIRST MEN IN THE MOON, and HOUSE OF 1000 DOLLS.
GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ - How to eulogize a Master? Surely if anyone on this list deserves the title of 'Living Legend', it is Mr. Marquez. One of the fathers and practitioners of the field of 'Magic Realism' (which has inspired everyone from Harlan Ellison and Alice Hoffman to Mark Helprin and Salman Rushdie , and influenced films as diverse as THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, LOST HIGHWAY and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD ), his classic novels include his greatest work “One Hundred years of Solitude”, “The Autumn of the Patriarch”, and “Love in the Time of Cholera” ; his short story collections include “The Incredible and Sad Tale of Onnocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother”, “Collected Stories” and “Strange Pilgrims” , and among his screenplays are EL GALLO DE ORO and TIEMPO DE MORIR . You will be profoundly missed, Sir. Thank you.
GORDON WILLIS - is almost a master, albeit of another art form. An Academy Award-winning director of photograph for both THE GODFATHER & ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, his genre work includes LITTLE MURDERS, KLUTE, THE PARALLAX VIEW, and PENNIES FROM HEAVEN . He began his career and caught people's attention for his celebrated techniques on the classic THE OUTER LIMITS series, and directed one film, the thriller WINDOWS.
KIRBY MCCAULEY - was the literary agent for Stephen King, Roger Zelazney and George R. R. Martin ; obviously a huge supporter and admirer of our genre, he chaired first World Fantasy Convention and edited several award-winning anthologies, including “Dark Forces”, “Frights”, and “Night Chills”.
SIR RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH - had a long and distinguished career as an actor then later as both a producer and director. Perhaps best known in the mainstream for THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, and THE SAND PEBBLES (the last he also directed), he's best known probably to modern fans of the Dark fantastic for his role in JURASSIC PARK. His other genre credits include STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, the fantastic SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (which he also produced), DOCTOR DOOLITTLE, THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN, TEN LITTLE INDIANS, and MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. His sole directorial effort in Horror was his filming of William Goldman's terrifying MAGIC.
ALAN LANDSBURG - was a movie and television producer, primarily of documentaries. He produced THE UNDERSEA WORLD OF JACQUES COUSTEAU, and the series IN SEARCH OF... hosted by Leonard Nimoy . His films include IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT MYSTERIES, IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS, THE OUTER SPACE CONNECTION, and his non-documentary work ANTS, THE SAVAGE BEES, BURNED AT THE STAKE, JAWS 3D, and THE LOTTERY.
ARLENE MARTEL - was featured in the films CHATTERBOX, DRACULA'S DOG, THE GLASS CAGE, and CONSPIRACY OF TERROR , but made her greatest mark in our genre with her television work, appearing on THE WILD WILD WEST, THE MONKEES (in their monster-filled Halloween episode, playing a Vampira -like seductress), BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, and THE TWILIGHT ZONE. She cemented her place in the field with two iconic performances in classic television episodes: as T'Pr ing, Mr. Spock's Vulcan mate in “Amok Time” on STAR TREK and as Consuelo Biros, reluctant witness to incredible events in Harlan Ellison's award-winning teleplay “Demon With A Glass Hand” on THE OUTER LIMITS . She was by all accounts a genuinely warm and endearing person, appearing at many SF themed conventions and enthusiastically meeting her fans and embracing her place in the genre. I was heartbroken when I learned of her passing; she was someone I very much wanted to meet in person. Ah well; perhaps now another time and place...
EDWARD HERMANN - is well known for his brilliant continued portrayal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in several film sand television projects, and may be best known in the genre for his role in THE LOST BOYS. His other roles include THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN, DEATH VALLEY, THE PRIVATE HISTORY OF A CAMPAIGN THAT FAILED (in a marvelous portrayal of a guilt-ridden revenant) , and the recent remake of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN. One of his best performances was taking over the role of Herman Munster from the late Fred Gwynne in the film HERE COME THE MUNSTERS, which all agreed was perfect and respectful casting.
STEFAN GIERASCH - was a character actor who appeared in HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, RETURN TO EARTH, CARRIE, BLUE SUNSHINE, BLOOD BEACH, MEGAVILLE, and LEGEND OF THE PHANTOM RIDER. His television guest appearances include WEREWOLF, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, the revival of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, and BRIMSTONE , and he had a co-starring role in revival of DARK SHADOWS.
DON KEEFER - was a fine character actor known for the films SLEEPER, THE CAR, CREEPSHOW, and LIAR LIAR, but he made his mark guest-starring on television in episodes of STAR TREK, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, PICKET FENCES, KUNG FU, NIGHT GALLERY, THE MUNSTERS, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, and WAY OUT. He will probably be forever known as the man who crossed little Anthony Fremont and for his troubles was turned into a living jack-in-the-box in the classic THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode “It's A Good Life”.
JANE BAKER - was a British screenwriter, part of a writing team with husband Pip, who penned the scripts for ISLAND OF THE BURNING DAMNED and CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY , along with episodes of SPACE:1999 and DOCTOR WHO, as well as writing and creating the series WATT ON EARTH .
DENNY MILLER - was a handsome, good-humored man, equally adept at comedy and drama and a very familiar face in film and television. One of his favorite roles was starring in TARZAN THE APE MAN ; other film roles include VANISHED, DOOMSDAY MACHINE, and ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD. He was a frequent guest star on WEREWOLF, OUTLAWS, V, BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, QUARK, WONDER WOMAN, and THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN , and in these later years became recognized from commercials as the Gorton's Fisherman.
THEODORE J. FLICKER - wrote and directed the wonderful SF flavored satire THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST; he also directed episodes of the 1980s revival of THE TWILIGHT ZONE , but may be best known for his work on the series NIGHT GALLERY , adapting the script for “A Question of Fear” , and writing , directing and acting (as the Devil!) in the episode “Hells Bells”.
SIR DONALD SINDEN - a fine British actor, appeared in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, THE ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD, THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, ALICE IN WONDERLAND , and gu e st-starred on LATE NIGHT HORROR, and, most impressively, as Number Two on the marvelous SF series THE PRISONER.
BUSTER JONES - was a voice actor who appeared on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, SUPER FRIENDS, TRANSFORMERS, and G.I.JOE , but he made his mark (and will always be remembered) as Winston Zeddemore on THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS.
GEORGE SLUIZER - dutch filmmaker, was the creator of the grim thriller THE VANISHING, both the original and the inferior US remake.
RALPH WAITE - is best known as John Walton, father of that clan on THE WALTONS. His genre credits include the films LAST SUMMER, WAITING FOR GODOT, THE THIRD TWIN, TIMEQUEST, and SPIRIT , guest roles on the television series TIME TRAX and the revival of THE OUTER LIMITS , but made an impression on Horror fans in his featured role of Reverend Balthus on the series CARNIVALE.
ELAINE STRITCH - is known primarily for her Broadway stage roles, but she was a featured performer on the thriller soap opera THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Her film roles include WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR? THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, CHRISTMAS SPIRITS, COCOON: THE RETURN, PARANORMAN, and she made guest appearances on the series TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED and 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN.
DENNIS LIPSCOMB - was a fine actor best known for his villainous turns on the crime drama WISEGU and as the co-investigating officer in A SOLDIERS STORY. He appeared in WARGAMES, THE DAY AFTER, CROSSROADS, SISTER, SISTER, THE FIRST POWER, WITHOUT WARNING, and APOLLO 11 , and guest-starred on AMAZING STORIES, THE X FILES, SEAQUEST 2032, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, THE INVISIBLE MAN, and ROSWELL.
JOHN HENSON - If his name seems familiar, yes, Mr. henson was part of the Muppet empire, being the son of the late Jim Henson. Even moreso, as a Muppeteer he portrayed the enormous and enormously popular Sweetums (beginning in 1991), and played the character in the TV series MUPPETS TONIGHT as well as the films MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, MUPPETS IN SPACE, and THE MUPPETS ' WIZARD OF OZ.
CLIFF BOLE - was a prolific television director, helming episodes of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, V, M.A.N.T.I.S., PROFILER, THE X FILES, and SUPERNATURAL. He earns a place of distinction for directing several episodes of each of the three later STAR TREK series, THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, VOYAGER.
SID CAESER - of course, is a famous comic performer. His brush with the Dark Fantastic includes the films THE BUSY BODY, THE SPIRIT IS WILLING, CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW, THE FENDISH PLOT OF DR. FU MANCHU, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THANKSGIVING IN THE LAND OF OZ, and THE MUNSTERS' REVENGE. He made a guest appearance on the wonderful if short-lived Fantasy series GOOD HEAVENS , and gave one of his finest performances as the washed-up magician getting a second chance on the “Mr. Magic” episode of AMAZING STORIES.
MARY GRACE CANFIELD - will be best known for her comic turn as a regular on the series GREEN ACRES; she made guest appearances on THRILLER, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, and BEWITCHED , and her films include NIGHT OF TERROR and YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN. But she may be most memorable to Horror fans for her role as Miss Foley, the schoolteacher who fell under the spell of mr. Dark's insidious carnival in the film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.
KATE O'MARA - was a lovely English actress whose films include CORRUPTION, THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, and THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN ; she made guest appearances on THE CHAMPIONS and THE AVENGERS , but may be best known for her reoccurring role as Rani on DOCTOR WHO.
DICK SMITH - is another Master, universally acclaimed as the greatest makeup designer and artist in film. His work appeared in the mainstream in THE GODFATHER ; his old age makeup for Dustin Hoffman in LITTLE BIG MAN raised the bar on prosthetic makeup applications, and he won a much-deserved Oscar for his work on AMADEUS. But it was in Fantasy, Horror and the Dark Fantastic that his work truly shined. His films include ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1955) , MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (the original), THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE, THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, THE EXORCIST, THE STEPFORD WIVES, MARATHON MAN, THE SENTINEL, ALTERED STATES, SCANNERS, GHOST STORY, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE, and DEATH BECOMES HER. He began by creating the impressive effects on the television series television WAY OUT and DARK SHADOWS (and worked on the first film HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS ), and was a special consultant on the series MONSTERS & STEPHEN KING'S GOLDEN YEARS where he had the interesting problem of reverse-aging an actor, making him younger as the series continued. Unlike many makeup artists who guard their secrets jealously, Mr. Smith shared all his techniques with any student that requested it, cementing his reputation as a true mentor in the industry. For his kindness and generosity as much as for his skills, he will be truly missed.
CHRISTOPHER MALCOLM - was an English actor whose film work includes A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, STAR WARS V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, SHOCK TREATMENT, SUPERMAN III, HIGHLANDER, LABYRINTH, EAT THE RICH, and WHOOPS APOCOLYPSE.
DON MATHESON - was a television actor who worked extensively with producer Irwin Allen, guest-starring on the series LOST IN SPACE and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA , but he will best be remembered for his co-starring role as Mark Wilson on the series LAND OF THE GIANTS.
RICHARD BULL - was a familiar face to film and television viewers, most notably for his reoccurring role on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE . Previous to that series, however, he was also a reoccurring character as the Doctor on VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. His film roles include THE SATAN BUG, IN LIKE FLINT, THE STALKING MOON, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, SWEET, SWEET RACHEL (the pilot for THE SIXTH SENSE television series) , HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, and THE PARALLAX VIEW , and his TV guest appearances include TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and AMAZING STORIES.
CHRISTOPHER BARRY - will be recognized as the longest running director on original DOCTOR WHO series; his work tenure included four of the Doctors! His most notable episodes include “The Daleks” (which introduced The Daleks), “The Deamons”, “Robot” (which introduced Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor) and “The Brain of Morbius” . Other series work includes episodes of OUT OF THE UNKNOWN, MOONBASE 3 and THE TRIPODS (based on the novels by John Christopher).
BOB HASTINGS – will most likely be recognized by mainstream audiences for his role as Elroy Carpenter, Captain Binghamton's bedeviled lieutenant in McHALE'S NAVY. His film work includes MOON PILOT, THE BAMBOO SAUCER, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, and CONSPIRACY OF TERROR ; his television appearances include THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE MUNSTERS (in a reoccurring role as the voice of the Raven in the clock), BATMAN, KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, and I DREAM OF JEANNIE. Genre fans will no doubt know him best as Commissioner Gordon on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.
JIMMY MURAKAMI - an animator who also directed the live action films HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP and the wonderful BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS for Roger Corman. He created the animated TV series THE STORY KEEPERS , and directed the animated classic films THE SNOWMAN and the heartbreaking WHEN THE WIND BLOWS , as well as CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MOVIE.
MICHAEL SHAE - a SF author, was the creator of the “Nifft” series, “ Nifft the Lean” ( a World Fantasy Award winner) , “The Mines of Behemoth” , and “The A'rak”. His other novels include “The Color Out of Time” and “In Yana, the Touch of Undying” ; his collections include “Polyphemus” and “The Autopsy and Other Tales”.
FRANK ROBINSON - also a SF writer, whose novel “The Power” was made into the George Pal production THE POWER , and his novel “The Glass Inferno” was one of two books adapted into the film THE TOWERING INFERNO. His other novels include “The Prometheus Crisis”, “The Dark Beyond The Stars” and “The Donor”.
LORENZO SEMPLE JR - has numerous screenplays to his credits; his work in our field includes THOMPSON'S GHOST, PRETTY POISON, DADDY'S GONE A-HUNTING, THE PARALLAX VIEW, KING KONG, FATHOM, FLASH GORDON and SHEENA, but he's best known for bringing the caped crusader to television as creator and writer for the BATMAN television series (as well as writing the screenplay for BATMAN: THE MOVIE ).
EFRAM ZIMBALIST JR. - will be recognized for his tough detective roles in the TV series 77 SUNSET STRIP & THE FBI, but this multifacited actor had a long career on both television and in films. He's known most famously for two iconic roles in animated series; as Bruce Wayne's faithful butler Alfred on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES & the evil Dr. Octopus on SPIDERMAN . His films include the terrifying WAIT UNTIL DARK, BEYOND WITCH MOUNTAIN and THE TEMPEST , and had a reoccurring role as William Edgars on BABYLON FIVE.
LUCIUS SHEPARD - was an award-winning SF & Fantasy author who worked extensively in the 'Magic Realism' milieu, whose novels include “The Father of Stones”, “Life During Wartime”, “Green Eyes”, “Halloween Town” and “Beautiful Blood: A Novel of the Dragon Griaule” ; his story c ollections include “Trujillo and Other Stories”, “Nantucket Slayrides” and “The Dragon Griaule”.
H. R. GIGER - will be known to moviegoers as the creative force behind the films ALIEN and SPECIES , and was named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2013. His other film work includes the infamous Alejandro Jodorowsky unmade version of DUNE (his work on that film lead directly to his being hired for ALIEN ). He was prominently and regularly featured in “Omni” magazine, and was well-known for his work on album covers, most particularly Emerson Lake & Palmer's “Brain Salad Surgery”. B ooks of his stunning artwork include “Necronomicon” and “Necronomicon II”.
JEROME WILLIS - is a british actor recognized by genre fans for his reoccurring role as Captain Podly in SPACE PRECINCT . Other television roles include appearances on TALES OF MYSTERY & IMAGINATION, DOCTOR WHO, THE AVENGERS, OUT OF THE UNKNOWN and OUT OF THIS WORLD ; his filmwork includes DOOMWATCH, LIFEFORCE PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER.
NEAL BARRETT JR. - wrote numerous books both as himself and some famous pen names: as Victor Appleton he plotted the “Tom Swift” SF book series, and as Franklin W. Dixon guided “The Hardy Boys” mystery novels. His own novels include the “Aldair” series, “Through Darkest America”, “The Leaves of Time” and “The Karma Corps” ; his story collections include “Way Out There” and “Other Seasons: the Best of Neal Barrett Jr.” . He was named an Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America in 2010.
ALEXANDRA BASTEDO - the beautiful English actress came to international attention for her role as Sharron Macready in the superb but short-lived SF series THE CHAMPIONS. Her film roles include appearances in CASINO ROYALE (1967) , THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE, THE GHOUL, STIGMA, BATMAN BEGINS and THE APHRODITE INHERITANCE miniseries, television guest appearances include MY PARTNER, THE GHOST and Harlan Ellison's badly-produced (although not through Mr. Ellison's fault) effort THE STARLOST.
ROGER LLOYD PACK - was an English actor who appeared in the films THE MAGUS, HAMLET, FRIGHT, 1984, THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER, U.F.O., INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, HARRY POTTER & THE GOBLET OF FIRE and THE LIVING & THE DEAD , and on television in guest roles on THE SURVIVORS and DOCTOR WHO.
HARVEY BERNHARD - was the producer of the highly successful OMEN series of films ( THE OMEN, DAMIEN: OMEN II for which he also devised the story, OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT, OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING for which he also devised the story), THE BEAST WITHIN, LADYHAWKE, THE GOONIES and THE LOST BOYS.
And please allow me to step outside the field of Dark Fantasy for a moment and acknowledge some artists and personalities that meant a great deal to me personally and who loss should also be noted. These include:
TIM HAUSER (performer and founder of The Manhattan Transfer vocal group ), BEN BRADLEE ( r eporter and Managing Editor of “The Washington Post” during the Watergate scandal) , PETE SEEGER , JOE COCKER, TONY AUTH ( a ward-winning political cartoonist) , JOHNNY WINTER, GERRY GOFFIN (Grammy-winning songwriter) , MITCH LEIGH (composer of the musical “Man Of La Mancha” ) ERIC BERCOVICI (screenwriter who among his other credits, produced and adapted the novel “Shogun” for television), SEAN POTTS (founding member of irish musical group The Chieftans ), JAY TRAYNOR (lead singer of Jay & The Americans ), PHIL EVERLY (of The Everly Brothers singing group ), SHEILA STEWART (Irish folksinger & storyteller), and RUTH ROBINSON DUCCINI (the last surviving female Munchkin performer from THE WIZARD OF OZ ).
And I want to set aside one individual for a personal reminiscence:
MARK LEWIS was a world famous storyteller that performed and acting as a producer at Faerieworlds in Eugene OR. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I performed there several years ago, and enjoyed a brief correspondence with him. We seemed to enjoy each other's company and respect one another's talents.
On film he appeared on the televisions series NORTHERN EXPOSURE and GRIMM ; he voiced part of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, was the author of several books, including “Kaliban's Christmas: A Special Tale of Magic”, and “The Secret of the Quilt (Book One of The Counterpane Collection)”. He was tireless active in the community, organized storytelling workshops, and was a part-time college professor of Presentation Skills in the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He also volunteered for the Oregon chapter of the International Thespian Society.
I was most sorry to hear of his passing, and will miss him very much.
To him, and all the others we've lost in 2014, farewell, and thank you so much for the time and talents you shared with us.