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.
Actor Jay Robinson (b.1930) died on September 27. Robinson got his first break appearing in The Robe as Caligula and reprised the role the following year in Demetrius and the Gladiators. His career was sidetracking the the late 50s when he was arrested for heroin possession and served time in prison, where he discovered religion. Robinson was able to restart his career, with appearances on Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, and Bewitched. he continued to work, mostly in television, from the seventies through the nineties, including making several shows with the Kroffts. He played King Charles in the film The Sword and the Sorcerer and had the title role in the television series Dr. Shrinker.
Following months of speculation, the BBC has announced the discovery of eleven episodes of Doctor Who in Nigeria dating to the Patrick Troughton years. Of the eleven episodes, 9 were previously believed lost, which brings the total number of lost episodes down to 97. Five episodes of “The Enemy of the World” were found, which, taken with the single episode already in the BBC’s possession, means the serial, in which the Doctor faces an assassination attempt because of his resemblance to a local dictator named Salamander, is now complete. The discovery of four episodes of “The Web of Fear” means that only a single episode of that serial, which involves the Yeti, is still missing. The BBC has made the episodes available for downloading from iTunes with animation filling the the missing episode.
Film critic Stanley Kauffmann (b.1916) died on October 9. Kauffmann was best known for his work as a movie critic, however he also worked as an acquisitions editor for Ballantine Books. In 1953, he purchased the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. He went on to acquire the rights to Death of a Salesman and The Moviegoer before becoming a full time film critic. His love for films began during the silent era and continued throughout his life.
Muppeteer Faz Fazakas (b.1918) has died. Fazakas was a special effects designer and puppeteer who began working with puppets in the 1950s. He joined Jim Henson in the 1970s and developed the mechanism to control the eye movement of life-size muppets like Big Bird and Sweetums as well as athe cables needed for the smaller characters including Rizzo. He worked on many of the Muppet films as well as Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal.
The C.S. Lewis Company will partner with The Mark Gordon Company to make a fourth film in the Narnia series. Although The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader did not do as well as hoped, which led to an hiatus for the series, The Silver Chair will be the next book adapted for film, leaving only three more books in Lewis’s series to be made into films.
Actor and writer Jerry G. Bishop (b. Jerry Ghan, 1936) died on September 15. Bishop started out in radio and in 1965 and 1966 traveled with the Beatles as they toured the US. In 1969, he became the voice of Screaming Yellow Theater on WFLD in Chicago, announcing horror films and later created the on-screen persona of Svengoolie, which he performed until he moved to California. The role was then carried on by Rich Koz, first as Son of Svengoolie, and later using the original name.
Actress Louise Currie (b.1913) died on September 8. Currie made her debut in 1940 and went on to appear in The Green Hornet Strikes Again!, The Adventures of Captain Marvel, and Voodoo Man. She portrayed a reporter in Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane and was the last surviving actor from that film.
Nat Saenz coordinated the film festival at LoneStarCon 3. The following films received awards at the film festival.
- Best SF&F Short Film: Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope, directed by Eric Tozzi
- Best Horror Short Film: CARGOLS! (Snails), directed by Geoffrey Cowper
- Best Animation Short Film: Oh Super, directed by Mike Roberts
- Best Fan Film: Star Trek Continues; Pilot – Pilgrim of Eternity, directed by Vic Mignogna
- Best Feature Film: Chill – Horror, directed by Noelle Bye and Meredith Holland