Actor Mickey Rooney (b.Ninian Joseph Yule Jr. 1920) died on April 6. Rooney began acting in 1926 and recently one of his lost early shorts, Mickey’s Circus was recovered. He appeared in numerous films with Judy Garland and had an infamous appearance in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Some of his genre appearances included roles on The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, as well as the films Night in the Museum, Pete’s Dragon, and Erik the Viking and voice work for many cartoons.
The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers has announced the nominees for the 2014 Scribe Awards, presented for the best in tie-in fiction from 2013. The winners will be announced in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
- Man of Steel, by Greg Cox
- Pacific Rim, by Alex Irvine
- 47 Ronin, by Joan D. Vinge
General Novel Original
- Murder She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder, by Donald Bain
- The Executioner: Sleeping Dragons, by Michael A. Black
- Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Hy Conrad
- Leverage: The Bestseller Job, by Greg Cox
- Leverage: The Zoo Job, by Keith R. A. DeCandido
Speculative Novel Original
- Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox, by Christa Faust
- Supernatural: Fresh Meat, by Alice Henderson
- Star Wars: Kenobi, by John Jackson Miller
- Supernatural: The Roads Not Taken, by Tim Waggoner
- Star Trek: From History’s Shadow, by Dayton Ward
- “The Dark Hollows of Memory,” by David Annandale (Warhammer 40,000)
- “Locks and Keys,” by Jennifer Brozek (Shadowrun)
- “So Long, Chief,” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane (Mike Hammer)
- “Savior,” by Michael Jan Friedman (After Earth)
- “Redemption,” by Robert Greenberger (After Earth)
- “Mirror Image,” by Christine M. Thompson (Star Trek)
- Kevin, by Paul Kupperberg
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, by Stacia Deutsch
- The Croods, by Tracey West
- Dark Shadows: The Phantom Bride, by Mark Thomas Passmore
- Dark Shadows: The Flip Side, by Cody Quijano-Schell
- Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm, by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Actor Dane Witherspoon (b.1957) died on March 29. Witherspoon was best known for his role on the soap opera Santa Barbara, but also appeared in the science fiction films Seedpeople and Asteroid. He was married to his first wife, Robin Wright, when she was filming The Princess Bride.
Actress Kate O’Mara (b.1939) died on March 30. O’Mara is best known to science fiction fans for her portrayal of The Rani, a Time Lord, in two Doctor Who serials. Other genre roles included Adam Adamant Lives!, The Avengers, The Vampire Lovers, and The Horror of Frankenstein. O’Mara was best known outside the genre for her role on Dynasty.
Director Derek Martinus (b.1931) died on March 27. Martinus directed numerous episodes of Doctor Who, beginning with Galaxy 4, the first serial of the third season, and ending with Spearhead from Space, the first serial of the seventh season. He went on to direct episodes of Z Cars and Blake’s 7.
Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (b.1923 died on March 28, one day after his 91st birthday. Semple wrote screenplays for Papillon, Never Say Never Again, the 1976 King Kong and the 1980 Flash Gordon among other projects. He may have been best known for his role in creating and writing for the 1960s television show Batman. Semple wrote the first four episodes and the series’ Bible, acted as a consultant for the rest of the series, and came up with the idea of the graphics indicating fights, named everything Bat-whatever, and came up with Robin’s Holy ___ catch phrase.
Japanese actor Ken Utsui (b.1931) died on March 14. Utsui is best known for portraying Starman in a series of films in the 1960s, beginning with Invaders from Space. Prior to that he played the title character in six films in the Super Giant series beginning with Sûpâ jaiantsu.
Actress Patrice Wymore (b.1926) died on March 22. Wymore’s only genre credit was the horror film Chamber of Horrors, but she got her start in Vaudeville and made several films. In 1950, she married Errol Flynn, becoming his third, and final wife.
Actor James Rebhorn (b.1948) died on March 21. Rebhorn appeared in numerous films and television shows, including many of genre interested including Independence Day, Real Steel, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Over the course of a fifty year career, he also appeared as a regular on several television series.
Actor Richard Coogan (b.1914) died on March 12, less than a month before his 100th birthday. In 1949, Coogan was cast in the lead role for Captain Video and His Video Rangers, which shot live in New York while Coogan was appearing on Broadway in Diamond Lil during the evenings. Coogan left the show in 1950, citing low budgets and poor scripts, and was replaced by Al Hodge. Coogan also appeared on the Westerns The Californians and Laramie.