Actor Jerome Willis (b.1928) died on January 11. Willis portrayed Captain Rexton Podly in Space Precinct and Stevens in the Doctor Who serial “The Green Death.” He also had roles in the films Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Lifeforce.
Actor Luis Avalos (b.1946) died on January 22. Avalos appeared in the films The Butcher’s Wife, Wishcraft, and Ghost Fever, as well as an episode of The Incredible Hulk. Avalos was best known for his long-running stint on the kid’s show The Electric Company from 1972-1977. Avalos also appeared on both the comedy E/R and the later drama ER.
Actress Sarah Marshall (b.1933) died on January 18. Marshall appeared on numerous television shows, including guest roles on Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, Get Smart, and My Favorite Martian.
Screenwriter Ben Starr (b.1921) died on January 19. Starr wrote episodes of My Favorite Martian, Mork and Mindy, and Small Wonder, as well as the film Our Man Flint. He may have been best known as the co-creator of Silver Spoons and The Facts of Life. He also wrote the comedy Western Texas Across the River.
Animator Hal Sutherland (b.1929) died on January 16. Sutherland got his start working on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty before he co-founded Filmation in the early 1960s and worked as the new company’s Director of Animation. His animation at Filmation included work on Star Trek: The Animated Series, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, and several DC titles.
Actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (b.1944) died on January 15. Lloyd-Pack portrayed Barty Crouch, Sr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and appeared as John Lumic in two episodes of Doctor Who. He appeared in the 1984 version of 1984 and Interview with the Vampire. Lloyd-Pack was probably best known to British audiences for his role on The Vicar of Dibley and as Trigger on Only Fools and Horses.
Actor Russell Johnson (b.1924) died on January 16. Johnson was best known for playing Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island, but early in his career appeared in several science fiction films, including This Island Earth and It Came from Outer Space. He also appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone. Johnson served in World War II and flew 44 combat missions before being shot down over the Philippines.
Canadian YA author Leslie Carmichael (b.1960) died on January 9 following a battle with cancer. Carmichael wrote the novel The Amulet of Amon-Ra and the short story “Something Plucked This Way Comes.”
Author Janrae Frank (b.1954) died on January 12. Frank’s first published story was “Wolves of Nakesht,” which appeared in the 1980 anthology Amazons!. She published several additional stories as well as co-edited the anthology New Eves with Jean Marie Stine and Forrest J. Ackerman. In 2004, her short fiction was collected in In the Darkness, Hunting.
Norwegian author Jon Bing (b.1944) died on January 14. Bing has published numerous stories, plays, and novels co-written with Tor Åge Bringsværd as well as solo fiction. His works span the range from adult novels to children’s books and a few of them have been translated into English, including “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” “A Meeting in Georgestown,” and “The Owl of Bear Island.”