Actor Richard Attenborough (b.1923) died on August 24. Attenborough is best known in science fiction circles for his portrayal of John Hammond in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He also portrayed Kris Kringle in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street and Albert Blossom in the original Doctor Dolittle. Attenborough also played Bartlett in The Great Escape and directed the films Shadowlands about C. S. Lewis, Chaplin, and the Academy Award winning Gandhi.
Costumer Preston Saul (b.1947) died on August 22 due to complications from diabetes. Saul was a regular attendee of Lunacon and Costume-Con.
Filker Bari Greenberg died on August 17. Greenberg was a St. Louis songwriter and a performer who reached out to many newcomers, introducing them to filk and mentoring younger filkers. He was active in the band The Unusual Suspects and served as co-chair for Archon’s filk program. Greenberg was married to author and filker Cat Greenberg.
Actor Robin Williams (b.1951) committed suicide on August 11. Williams got his first break playing the alien Mork on an episode of Happy Days, which was spun off to become Mork and Mindy. Over the years, Williams branched out from comedy to appear in several dramatic roles, including an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting and an Oscar nomination for his role in Terry Gilliam’s Arthurian-based The Fisher King. Other genre roles include the genie in Disney’s Aladdin, Jumanji, Theodore Roosevelt in The Night in the Museum franchise, and a robot in Bicentennial Man.
Author Lawrence Santoro died on July 25 following a bout with cancer. Santoro was the producers of the podcast Tales to Terrify and the author of numerous short stories, many of which were collected into Drink for the Thirst to Come in 2011. Santoro was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award twice.
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.
Author C. J. Henderson (b.1951) died on July 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Henderson was the author of Brooklyn Knight and Central Park Knight as well as comics for Marvel, Eternity, Tekno Comix, and Valiant.
Fan William C. Martin (b.1924) died on June 22. Martin was a member of First Fandom, joining fandom around 1934, and maintained a fantastic collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books and space toys. He was also a member of the Science Fiction Research Association.
Author Jory Sherman (b.1932) died on June 28. Although best known for writing Westerns, Sherman also wrote seven novels in the Chill series of horror novels, beginning in 1978 with Satan’s Seed and continuing through Shadows, published in 1980. During that time, he also published the horror novel The Reincarnation of Jenny James.
Author Frank M. Robinson (b.1926) died on June 30. Robinson wrote several novels with Tom Scortia, including The Glass Inferno, which was the basis for the film The Towering Inferno. They also wrote The Prometheus Crisis, The Nightmare Factor, and Blow-Out!. Robinson also wrote the solo novels The Dark Beyond the Stars, Waiting, and The Donor. In 1999, he published Science Fiction of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History and recently finished his autobiography. In addition to his genre work, Robinson was a speechwriter for San Francisco politician Harvey Milk in the 1970s and appeared in a cameo role in the film Milk.