Obituary: Dave Legeno

Actor Dave Legeno (b.1963) was found dead in a remote part of Death Valley on July 6. Legeno is best known for his portrayal of Fenris Greyback in the Harry Potter films. He has also appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman, Batman Begins, Dead Cert and many other films. Officials blame his death on heat-related issues and note that there are no signs of foul play.

Order of Canada Honours

Author Guy Gavriel Kay and astronaut Chris Hadfield are among those listed as recipients of the Order of Canada Honour. Kay is being named a Member of the Order of Canada and Hadfield is being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Director David Cronenberg, already a member, has been named a Companion to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary and is considered one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

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Obituary: Meshach Taylor

Actor Meshach Taylor (b.1947) died on June 28. Taylor was best known for his role on Designing Women, but also had several genre credits to his name, including appearances on ALF, The Incredible Hulk, the films Ultra Warrior, The Howling, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, Mannequin and its sequel,

Saturn Award Winners

The Saturn Awards for science fiction and film were presented on July 26 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. The Academy was founded in 1972.

Film Awards

  • Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture : Iron Man 3
  • Best Science Fiction Film: Gravity
  • Best Fantasy Film: Her
  • Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Conjuring
  • Best Action/Adventure Film: Fast and Furious 6
  • Best Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. for Iron Man 3
  • Best Actress: Sandra Bullock for Gravity
  • Best Supporting Actor: Ben Kingsley for Iron Man 3
  • Best Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson for Her
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Chloe Grace Moretz for Carrie
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuáron for Gravity
  • Best Writing: Spike Jonze for Her
  • Best Music: Frank Ilfman for Big Bad Wolves
  • Best Editing: Alfonso Cuáron and Mark Sanger for Gravity
  • Best Production Design: Dan Hennah for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Best Costume: Trish Summerville for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Best Make-Up: Donald Mowat for Prisoners
  • Best Special Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, and Neil Corbould for Gravity
  • Best Independent Film: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best International Film: Big Bad Wolves
  • Best Animated Film: Frozen

Television Awards

  • Best Network Television Series: (tie) Hannibal and Revolution
  • Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead
  • Best Television Presentation of a Limited Series: Breaking Bad
  • Best Youth-Oriented Television Series: Teen Wolf
  • Best Actor on Television: Mads Mikkelsen for Hannibal
  • Best Actress on Television: Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel
  • Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad
  • Best Supporting Actress on Television: Melissa McBride for The Walking Dead
  • Best Younger Actor on Television: Chandler Riggs for The Walking Dead
  • Best Guest Star on Television: Robert Forster for Breaking Bad

Home Entertainment Awards

  • Best DVD/BD Release: Big Ass Spider
  • Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release: Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition
  • Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Chucky: The Complete Collection
  • Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3,4,5

Special Achievement Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films

  • The Life Career Award: Malcolm mcDowell
  • The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Bryan Fuller
  • The George Pal Memorial Award: Greg Nicotero
  • The Special Achievement Award: Marc Cushman

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Obituary: Eli Wallach

Actor Eli Wallach (b.1915) died on June 24. Wallach had a long and storied career, portraying Calvera in The Magnificent Seven, Tuco in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Don Altobello in The Godfather, Part III. He only had a few roles of genre interest, perhaps most notably Mr. Freeze in the 1960s Batman television series (he replaced Otto Preminger).

Obituary: Terry Richards

Stuntman Terry Richards (b.1932) died on June 14. Richards appeared in seven James Bond films opposite three James Bonds (Connery, Lazenby, and Brosnan), as well as The Empire Strikes Back, Flash Gordon, Superman II, Red Sonja, Brazil, and more. His most memorable role was in Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which he portrayed the swordsman who was shot by Indiana Jones.

Obituary: Neal Arden

Actor Neal Arden (b.Arthur Neal Alston 1909) died on June 4. Arden appeared in The Quatermass Experiment, Mystery and Imagination, The Giant Behemoth, and My Partner the Ghost.

Obituary: Patsy Byrne

Actress Patsy Byrne (b.1933) died on June 17. Byrne appeared in Black Adder as Nursie, and The Silver Chair as Giant Nanny. She also appeared in an episodes of the series Doomwatch and Maid Marian and Her Merry Men.

Obituary: Casey Kasem

Actor Casey Kasem (b.Kemal Amin Kasem 1932) died on June 15. Best known as the DJ who hosted American Top 40, he also provided the voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers on the various Scooby Doo television series. He has also done voicework for The Transformers, Homeboys in Outer Space, SuperFriends (where he voiced Robin), and Battle of the Planets.

Obituary: Carla Laemmle

Actress Carla Laemmle (b.Rebecca Isabelle Laemmle 1909) died on June 12. Laemmle began acting in silent films in 1925 in the Lon Chaney film The Phantom of the Opera . Six years later, she spoke the first line in the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula. She retired from mils in 1939, but began appearing in horror film cameos in 2001. She was part of the family that founded Universal Studios and the Laemmle theatre chains in Chicago and Los Angeles.