Actor Barry Jackson (b.1946) died on December 5. Jackson appeared in three Doctor Who serials, including “The Romans” and “The Armageddon Factor.” he also appeared in “Mission to the Unknown,” the only serial that did not include the Doctor. Other genre roles included parts in A for Andromeda, Blakes 7, and Adam Adamant Lives.
Actor Lewis Collins (b.1946) died on November 27. Collins appeared in the British television series Robin Hood and in the Mexican television series Tarzán.
Actor Dan Garrity (b.1953) died on November 20. Garrity appeared in the films The Spirit and Sublime. His television roles included an appearance in the pilot for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr and Freddy’s Nightmare.
Actress Sheila Allen (b. Sheila Mathews in 1929) died on November 15. Allen was married to producer Irwin Allen and appeared in many of his projects, including City Beneath the Sea, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, and The Towering Inferno. She also served as a producer on the television film The Time Tunnel.
Actor Nigel Davenport (b. 1928) died on October 25. Davenport appeared in the films Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and television productions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Davenport read the lines of the HAL 9000 during filming of 2001: a space odyssey, but was overdubbed by Douglas Rain for the final film. Davenport’s son is Jack Davenport, who portrayed Norrington in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Actor Al Ruscio (b. 1931) died on November 12. Ruscio may be most familiar to audiences as mob boss Leo Cuneo in The Godfather, Part III, but he also appeared in several genre television shows including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Six Million Dollar Man, Salvage 1, and The X-Files.
Actor Paul Mantee (b. 1931) died on November 7. Mantee was in the film Robinson Crusoe on Mars and appeared on episodes of Batman, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Logan’s Run. After retiring from acting, Mantee wrote two semi-autobiographical novels, Bruno of Hollywood and In Search of the Perfect Ravioli.
Author and screenwriter William Harrison (b. 1933) died on October 22. Harrison wrote 9 novels and more than 50 short stories. Many of his science fiction short stories appeared in the slicks and he was best known for the story “Roller Ball Murder,” which first appeared in Esquire. Harrison twice adapted the short story for film, both times under the title Rollerball. He also wrote the film Mountains of the Moon about the Speke-Burton African expedition.
Actor Jon Locke (b. 1927) died on October 19. Best known for his appearances in more than 200 westerns, Locke occasionally appeared in genre works. Locke appeared in the series Land of the Lost as a Sleestack leader, and episode of The Bionic Woman, and the films Years of the Beast and Transylvania Twist.
Producer Lou Scheimer (b. 1928) died on October 17. Scheimer worked on numerous animated films and television series, many of which were science fiction and fantasy related. Some of animated is shows included Star Trek, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and Flash Gordon. He also produced the live action Shazam! and Isis. His last film was the feature Happily Ever After.