by Steven H Silver
Science fiction fans have always had a respect and understanding for the history of the genre. Unfortunately, science fiction has achieved such an age that each year sees our ranks diminished. The science-fictional year 2013 could have been much worse for the science fiction community in terms of sheer numbers. This year there were a few tragic surprises and the mortality rate for 2013 continues to increase aa time passes.
[Editor's Note: Here you will find the other In Memoriam columns.]
Fan Michael W. Waite (b.1936) died on January 1. Waite was a member of FAPA and published Trial and Air. Waite's letters of comment not only appeared in fanzines, but also in prozines.
Writer and producer Charles Chilton (b.1917) died on January 2. Chilton worked for the BBC as a writer, producer, and presenter. While working on the western radio series Riders of the Range, he also published a comic based on it. He is best known for his Journey Into Space, which ran from 1953-1958. He also was a producer for The Goon Show. In 1976, he received an MBE.
Italian fan Alberto Lisiero (b.1964) died on January 2. Lisiero founded the Star Trek Italian Club in 1986. Lisiero worked to translate the Star Trek films into Italian and coordinated Sticcon and Reunion, two Italian Star Trek conventions.
Actor Ned Wertimer (b.1923) died on January 2. Wertimer may be best known for his role as the doorman on The Jeffersons. He also appeared on multiple episodes of I Dream of Jeannie, in the film The Strongest Man in the World, an episode of Mork & Mindy, and the film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. His final role was a small part in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
Author Sol Yurick (b.1925) died on January 5. His first novel, The Warriors, was published in 1965 and was turned into a film of the same title. His short story "The King of Malaputa," published in 1984 and was a precursor to Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.
Director David R. Ellis (b.1952) died on January 7. Ellis got his start as an actor appearing in The Strongest Man in the World and and episode of The New Adventures of Wonder Woman. By the mid-1970s, he had become a stuntman, with work on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and V. More recently, he has worked as a director, helming Final Destination 2, The Final Destination, and Snakes on a Plane.
Fan Larry Farsace (b.1921, as Litterio B. Farsaci) died on January 9. Farsace entered fanzine fandom in 1935 and went on to buy up other fans' colelctions, becoming one of fandom's top collectors. He published the zine Fantastic for the first Worldcon and later went on to publish the fanzine The Golden Atom.
British fan Keith Armstrong-Bridges died on January 11, shortly after undergoing surgery for a new heart valve. He was one of the founding members of the Tolkien Society in 1970. Bridges was a long-time con attendee.
Italian actress Mariangela Melato (b.1941) died on January 11. Melato appeared almost exclusively in Italian films, but did play the role of Kala in the 1980 film version of Flash Gordon.
Author Steven Utley (b.1948) died on January 12, hours after lapsing into a coma. Utley had been battling cancer. A member of the Turkey City writers group, Utley has published numerous short stories an poems, many of which have been collected in book form. He has frequently collaborated with other Turkey City writers, including Howard Waldrop, Joseph F. Pumilia, Lisa Tuttle, and Michael Bishop. Utley and Waldrop were nominated for a Nebula Award for their collaboration "Custer's Last Jump."
Actor Conrad Bain (b.1923) died on January 14. Bain was best known for his role as Mr. Drummond on the television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and also appeared as Maude's brother on the television show Maude. He appeared as Mr. Wells, the desk clerk at the Collinsport Inn in several episodes of Dark Shadows and also was in the film C.H.O.M.P.S.
Italian editor Riccardo Valla (b.1942) died on January 14. In the 1970s, he served as chief editor for Editrice Nord. More recently, he worked translating science fiction and other works from English into Italian as well as writing his own science fiction and science articles.
Fan Mary Gray (b.1949, as Mary Epperson) died on January 15. Gray co-founded the Hampton Roads Science Fiction Association and worked on various conventions. She was supposed to be the Fan Guest of Honor at Marscon in Williamsburg, MD the weekend after her death.
British fan Denni Schnapp (b.1964) committed suicide on January 17. In addition to being active in the T Party Writers Group, Schanpp traveled and wrote about her travels.
Game designer Lynn Willis died on January 18. Willis began working for Metagaming in 1976, when he published Godsfire. Over the next few years, he published games with Metagaming, Chaosium, and GDW. Over the years, he worked in developing Runequest, Call of Cthulhu, Stormbringer, Ringworld, and many other games. In 1986, he won an H.G. Wells Award for Best RPG Rules for his work on the Ghostbusters RPG published by West End Games. He was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease in 2008.
French editor Jacques Sadoul (b.1934) died on January 18. Worked as an editor for Editions Opta and J'ai Iu, working to bring Anglophonic science fiction to France, as well as publishing French authors. He founded the Prix Apollo and also published Histoire de la science fiction moderne in 1973.
Director Michael Winner (b.1935) died on January 21. Winner I best known for his work on Death Wish and The Big Sleep, but he also directed the horror films Scream for Help, The Sentinal, and The Nightcomers. He was nominated for a Saturn Award for The Sentinal.
Actor Ed Morgan (b.1926) died on January 27. Morgan appeared in episodes of the Ron Perlman television series Beauty and the Beast and Highway to Heaven. He also appeared in the film Not of This Earth. His non-genre film work included Wag the Dog, You Light Up My Life, and For Love of the Game.
Actor Bernard Horsfall (b.1930) died on January 28. Horsfall played various roles in four Doctor Who serials opposite William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, and Tom Baker. He also appeared in the shows Pathfinders to Mars, Out of This World, and Jackanory.
Italian SF critic Antonio Caronia (b.1944) died on January 30. Caronia joined the Ambiguous Utopia, a Milanese science fiction group, in 1978. Caronia went on to publish several studies of science fiction, most notably Il Cyborg, and a biogrpahy of Philip K. Dick. He was responsible for translating several anglophonic authors into Italian, including the works of J. G. Ballard.
Folklorist Diane Wolkstein (b.1942) died on January 31. Wolkstein serves as New York City's official storyteller and visited at least two of the city's parks each weekday to tell stories to children. She also published more than two dozen books of folk tales and legends and died from an heart condition while researching a book on Chinese folk tales in Taiwan.
Actor Robin Sachs (b.1951) died on February 1, shortly before his 62nd birthday. Sachs appeared in numerous genre films and television shows, including playing Ethan Rayne on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Na'Tok and Na'Kal on Babylon 5, Sarris in Galaxy Quest, the voice of the Silver Surfer on the animated Fantastic Four. Sachs got his start in the 1972 film Vampire Circus.
Editor Anne Devereaux Wilson Jordan Crouse (b.1943) died on February 2. In 1973, she founded the Childnre's Literature Association, which has named its award for outstanding contributions in her name. As Anne Jordan, Crouse worked as an editor for Fantasy and Science Fiction under Ed Ferman from 1979-89. Her poetry appeared in several different SF magazines.
Actor John Kerr (b.1931) died on February 2. Kerr may be best known for his roles in South Pacific amnd Tea and Sympathy, but he also appeared in an episode of the 1970s television series The Invisible Man and played Francis Bernard opposite Vincent Price in The Pit and the Pendulum.
Art director James Plumeri (b.1933) died on February 2. Plumeri spent 15 years working for NAL before taking a position at Bantam Dell for another twenty years. At Bantam, he worked designing paperback covers, including those of Stephen King's novels The Shining and Salem's Lot.
Actor Peter Gilmore (b.1931) died on February 3. Gilmore appeared in Warlords of the Deep and The Abominable Dr. Phibes. He also appeared as Brazen in the Doctor Who serial "Frontios." He began acting while in the army and achieved his greatest success on the televiison show The Onedin Line.
Fan Richard E. Geis (b.1927) died on February 4. Geis published the Hugo Award winning fanzines Science Fiction Review and The Alien Critic. The former won the Hugo in 1969, 1970, 1977, and 1979, the latter in 1974 and 1975. Geis also won the Best Fan Writer Hugo on two occasions. Geis also published fiction, claiming to have been the author of 110 soft-core pornographic novels. Nearly all of Geis's fannish activity was through his writings, he rarely attended science fiction conventions or club meetings, although in 1960 he was honored with a Fanquet by LASFS and was the Fan Guest of Honor at the first Orycon in 1979.
Fan Robert Briggs (b.1930) died on February 5. Briggs was one of the founding members of the Washington Science Fiction Society. He became the first Vice President of the Washington Science Fiction Association when the group changed its name and he went on to chair the first three Disclaves.
Musician Paul Tanner (b.1917) died on February 5. Tanner was a trombone player who was hired to play with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and was the last surviving member of that band. After Miller's death, he helped develop the electro-theremin, which was used in several films and television shows, including My Favorite Martian.
Make-up artist Stuart Freeborn (b.1914) died on February 6. Freeborn provided the make-up for Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, as well as creating the ape make-up used for the opening sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the 1970s and 80s, he helped create the look for Chewbacca, Yoda, and Jabba the Hutt in the Star Wars films.
Author Annabel Johnson (b.1921, as Annabel Jones) died on February 9. Johnson wrote several young adult novels, often in collaboration with her husband, Edgar Johnson. Some of these included The danger Quotient, An Alien Music, and Prisoner of PSI.
William Watts Biggers (b.1914) died on February 10. Biggers co-created the cartoon Underdog for General Mills while working for DFS as an advertising executive. After General Mills pulled out of the animation business, he became vice president of promotion and creative services at NBC. He also formed Total Television and produced Tennessee Tuxedo and His Friends, GoGo Gophers, and Klondike Kat.
Inventor Petro Vlahos (b.1916) died on February 10. Vlahos arrived in Hollywood after World War II and helped create blue- and green-screen compositing, which was used in movies including Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1964, he won an Oscar for his work on Mary Poppins and later served as a technical advisor for the film Battle Beyond the Stars.
Screenwriter Richard Collins (b.1914) died on February 14. Collins wrote the scripts for Cult of the Cobra, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and and episode of the Planet of the Apes television series. His greatest fame, however, may be from his testimony in front of the House Unamerican Activities Committee, in which he admitted being a former Communist Party member and named friends who had been active in the party.
Actor Richard Briers (b.1934) died on February 17. Briers appeared as Captain Broom in Watership Down and in episodes of Torchwood and the Doctor Who serial "Paradise Towers." His genre films included Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Peter Pan among many other projects. His final film was Cockneys vs Zombies. He may have been best known for his non-genre role on The Good Life.
Costumer Patti Paczolt (b.1952, as Patricia Hochmuth) died on February 17. Paczolt worked in chemical technology and real estate and won multiple Worldcon costuming awards. A long time attendee at CostumeCon, her last convention was CostumeCon 28 in 2010. At various times she was known as Patti Gill and Patti Mercier.
Comics artist Scott Clark (b.1969) died the week of February 18. Clark entered the field in the 1990s and worked for WildStorm studio as a penciller on StormWatch. More recently, he worked as an artist on Justice League: Cry For Justice and Brightest Day. In the New 52 relaunch period, Clark has worked on Grifter and I, Vampire.
Actress Elspet Gray (b.1929) died on February 18. Gray portrayed Chancellor Thallia in the Doctor Who serial "The Arc of Infinity" as well as Edmund Blackadder's mother in the first series of Blackadder. She appeared in the television series Catweazle and the television film The Poppenkast.
British fan Henry Newton (b.1944) died on February 18. Newton was a long-time convention attendee, who had stopped attending several years ago. In the 1980s, he helped found the Warrington Science Fiction group.
Author Daniel Pearlman (b.1935) died on February 18. Pearlman began publishing short fiction in 1988 and had stories appear in Amazing, Nemonymous, and several anthologies. His short fiction was collected in three collections between 1995 and 2011. In 2003, his only novel, Memini was published by Prime Books. Pearlman taught creative writing at the University of Rhode Island for 25 years.
Cuban science fiction author Angel Arango (b.1926, as Ángel José Arango Rodríguez) died on February 19. Arango was one of the founding fathers of modern sf in Cuba. He published his first collection, ¿A dónde van los cefalomos? in 1964 with two more collections appearing in that decade. He also published the story "Un inexperado visitante," which posited that Jesus was an alien in ancient Judaea. He published a series of four books based on the stories in ¿A dónde van los cefalomos?.
Ray Cusick (b.1928) died on February 21. Cusick designed the original Daleks for Doctor Who in 1963. Cusick was also responsible for set design, designing not just futuristic settings but also historical sets and dioramas. He went on to be the designer for James Burke's series Connections.
Actor Bob Godfrey (b.1921) died on February 21. Godfrey, who also worked as a director, producers, and animator, appeared in the science fiction films Adam Adamant Lives and The Falls as well as the original Casino Royale. His animation appeared on the television series The Beatles and in the short documentary Great (Isambard Kingdom Brunel).
Virginia fan Marilee J. Layman (b.1955) died on February 22. Layman was very active in the Usenet sf groups, particularly rec.arts.sf.composition. Layman was an avid reader and involved in several bookgroups, both in person and on-line. She was also involved in the beading community.
Producer Martha Atwater (b.1964) died on February 23 when she was hit by an out-of-control pick up truck. Atwater was co-executive producer on two episodes of Goosebumps and also worked on Dear America and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Game designer Allan B. Calhamer (b.1931) died on February 25. Calhamer is best known for designing the game Diplomacy in 1959. The game went on to influence policy makers, wargamers, and science fiction authors. Calhamer, however, made his living as a mail carrier in his native La Grange Park, Il, where he died.
Fan jan howard finder (b.1939) died on February 26 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. finder, who was also known by the fannish name The Wombat, was hospitalized for his cancer at Renovation, but had battled back to attend Chicon 7, where he emceed the Masquerade. finder organized the First Conference on Middle-earth in 1969 and made many trips to the sites used in New Zealand by Peter Jackson for the Lord of the Rings films, often giving tours to other fans. He edited the fanzine The Spang Blah and the anthology Alien Encounters, as well as writing the occasional short story. finder co-founded Albacon and chaired the convention in 1996. In 2001, he chaired the SFRA Conference. In 1993, he was the Fan Guest of Honor at ConFrancisco, the 51st Worldcon.
Filker Mara Brener (b.1952, as Mara Berlin) died on February 27. Brener and her husband, Harry Brener, attended their first convention, LACon II, in 1984. Brener began composing and singing at a young age, but didn't discover filk until that convention and she and her husband spent the majority of the con in the filk room and their songs were subsequently published in the fanzine Filk Fee-nom-ee-non. Brener was Guest of Honor at Leprecon 30 in 2004 and Contata 2005. In addition to her filk career, she was an artist who worked in oils and stained glass.
Fan Judy Gerjuoy (b.1958) died on February 28. Gerjuoy, who also went by the name Jaelle of Armida, organized the first Darkover Grand Council Meeting in 1979 to celebrate the writing of Marion Zimmer Bradley, and continued to chair it until her death. She also had an interest in Medieval cookery and compiled a massive annotated bibliography of historical cooking. After getting married, Gerjuoy lived in Finland for several years.
Filker Sheila Willis died in late February or early March. Willis was part of the filk trio Technical Difficulties, which was the first group to win a Pegasus Award for Best Performer, in 1989. Willis also performed with Julia Ecklar.
Actor and director Micky Moore (b.1914, as Michael Sheffield) died on March 4. Moore was a child actor in silent films from 1919 until 1927 and as an adult continued to work in films as a second unit director. His genre work include the first three Indiana Jones films, When Worlds Collide, the 1953 version of War of the Worlds, Ghostbusters II, Willow, and more. He also worked on Patton, Chaplin, and The Ten Commandments.
Anime fan and publisher Toren Smith (b.1960) died on March 5. Smith organized the first major convention anime room at BayCon in California in 1986 and translated The Legend of Kamui, one of the first manga ever translated into English, in 1988. In 1991, he co-founded AnimeCon. In 1986, he founded Studio Proteus, which proceeded to translate manga into English.
Belgian comics artist Didier Comès (b.1958, as Dieter Hermann Comès) died on March 7. Comès debuted the comic strip "Hermann" in 1969 in the newspaper Le Soir. He began publishing the story Ergün l'errant in 1973 in the French magazine Pilote and went on to create Silence, about a mute and deaf boy's adventures in World War I. He received the Prix Saint-Miche twice.
Actor Edward Crowly (b.1926) died on March 11. Crowley appeared as a policeman in two episodes of Dark Shadows. Some of his non-genre films includes Serpico, Bananas, Witness, and Network.
Actor Malachi Throne (b.1928) died on March 13. Throne portrayed Senator Pardek on Star Trek: The Next Generation, False Face on Batman, Commodore José Mendez and The Keeper on Star Trek, various roles on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, as well as The Six Million Dollar Man, Babylon 5, various animated Batman television series and the animated video Green Lantern: First Flight. Throne was offered the role of Dr. McCoy on Star Trek, but turned it down because he didn't want to be cast as third banana to Shatner and Nimoy.
Horror author David B. Silva (b.1950) died on March 13. Silva edited the magazine The Horror Show from 1983 through 1990 and began publishing short fiction in 1983 with the story "Beth" in Eldritch Tales. His short story "The Calling" won the Bram Stoker Award and his collection Through Shattered Glass won the International Horror Guild Award. Silva's novels included The Disappeared and Child of Darkness. With Paul F. Olson, he edited two horror anthologies.
Artist Mitchell Hooks (b.1923) died on March 18. Although Hooks was best known for his non-sf work, including book covers and movie posters, he also provided covers for Daniel Galouye's Dark Universe, Richard Matheson's The Shores of Space, Piers Anthony's Var the Stick, and others. He also painted the movie poster for Dr. No.
British author James Herbert (b.1943) died on March 20 at his home in Sussex. Herbert wrote his first horror novel, The Rats in 10 weeks when he was 28. It was later made into a film, as were three of his other novels. His novels include '46, The Survivors, and The Secret of Crickley Hall. In 2010, he was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth and a Grand Master by the World Horror Society.
Horror author Rick Hautala (b.1949) died on March 21. He began publishing novels in 1980 and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Horror Writers of America in 2012. Hautala teamed up with Christopher Golden to write the Body of Evidence series. In addition, he published as A. J. Matthews as well as screenplays.
Actor Peter Duryea (b.1939) died on March 24. Duryea was cast as Lt. Jose Tyler in the original Star Trek pilot, "The Cage," which which was later used in "The Menagerie." He also appeared in episodes of The Outer Limit, Bewitched, and the film Blood of the Iron Maiden.
Fan Donna Amos (b.1946) died on March 25. Amos was active in convention fandom, attending Midwestcon, Rivercon, and some other Southern conventions. In addition to fandom, she worked in Afghan dog rescue, serving as the President of the New Orleans Afghan Hound Club and was on the Afghan Hound Club of America's Board of Directors. She is survived by her husband, fan Ken Amos.
Screenwrither Don Payne (b.1964) died on March 26 after a battle with bone cancer. Payne wrote the screenplays for Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Payne also spent several years writing for The Simpsons, and won four Emmy Awards for his work there. At the time of his death, he was working on the film Thor: The Dark World.
Author Jennifer Schwabach (b.1967) died on March 26 after several years of ill health. Schwabach was the author of Dark Winter and Curse's Captive. Her short ficiton appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, Flytrap, and other places. She also wrote poetry, which was published in Aeon Six and Dreams and Nightmares.
Author and editor Paul S. Williams (b.1948) died on March 27. Williams founded the music magazine Crawdaddy in 1966 and continued to edit it through 1968. He also edited it from 1993-2003. He became friends with Philip K. Dick and served as Dick's literary executor for the first decade after Dick's death. From 1983 to 1992 Williams ran the Philip K. Dick Society with Keith Bowden. Williams also edited the massive republication of all Theodore Sturgeon's short fiction by North Atlantic Press. Williams was injured in a 1995 bicycle accident and eventually began to suffer from Alzheimer's and dementia.
Actor Richard Griffiths (b.1947) died on March 28 following heart surgery. An acclaimed stage actor, Griffiths is best known to fannish audiences for his role as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films. He also appeared as Swelter in the BBC production of Gormenghast, King George in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the voice of Jeltz in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Other genre films include Superman II, Hugo, and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Griffiths received an OBE in 2008.
Author Daoma Winston (b.1922) died on April 1. Winston published several novels beginning with The Wakefield Witches. Other books included The Devil's Daughter, Seminar in Evil, and The Sorcerers, the last originally being published under the pseudonym Dorian Winslow.
Comic Artist Frédéric Othon Théodore Aristidès (b.1931) died on April 2. Aristidès, who often used the pseudonym Fred, created Philémon in 1965, a series which he continued until 1987, although he published the intended final volume in 2013. Other comics included Histoire du corbac aux baskets and Magic Palace Hôtel. He received the Grand Prix de la ville in 1980.
Fan Mark Evans (b.1951) died on April 2. Evans was active in Columbus fandom for several years, active in the early MARCONS, including chairing at least one of the conventions. He was also involved in the Worldcon bid for Cincinnati in 1988 and one of the Columbus Worldcon bids. In more recent years, he was involved with running Context.
Spanish director Jesús Franco (b.1930) died on April 2, a week after suffering a stroke. Franco began composing music as a six year old and in the 1950s turned his attention to film. Franco was a prolific director of horror films, including Succubus, Le lac des morts vivants, and Drácula contra Frankenstein. In many of the more than 180 films he directed he also worked as composer, writer, cinematographer, and editor. Early in his career, Franco wrote some fiction under the name David Khume.
Jane Henson (b.1934, as Jane Nebel) died on April 2 of cancer. Henson met Jim Henson in college and the two married in 1959. She helped him create the Muppets and collaborated with him on shows, traveling exhibits, and finding talent. She and Henson separated in 1986, but she continued to support his work and in 1992, she founded the Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.
Animator Edward Levitt (b.1916) died on April 2. Levitt got his start working for Disney on Fantasia and went on to work on Bambi. He left Disney and worked as a layout artist on Crusader Rabbit, the first made-for-television cartoon. In the 60s and 70s, he worked on several Charlie Brown cartoons.
Actor Milo O'Shea (b.1926) died on April 2. O'Shea's best known genre appearance was in the film Barbarella, in which he portrayed Durand Durand. O'Shea also appeared in the films Theatre of Blood and The Purple Rose of Cairo and episodes of Journey to the Unknown, Out of the Unknown, and Out of This World. Outside of genre films, he may have been best known for portraying Leopold Bloom in Ulysses.
British author Basil Copper (b.1924) died on April 3. Copper's first story, "The Spider," appeared in 1964 in the Fifth Pan Book of Horror Stories. Beginning in the 1970s, many of his works were published by August Derleth and Arkham House. Following Derleth's death, Copper edited Derleth's Solar Pons stories into a two volume omnibus. In 1975, his collection, From Evil's Pillow, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. He also wrote non-fiction works on vampires and werewolves.
Fan and movie critic Roger Ebert (b.1942) died on April 4. Ebert, who is best known for his television shows with Gene Siskel reviewing films and the creation of the thumbs up/thumbs down movie review system, got his start as a fanzine writer while in high school, publishing the zine Stymie and having his writing appear in Xero, Yandro, and other zines. Although he did spend some time distancing himself from his fannish roots, he returned to write the introduction to The Best of Xero. In college, he was a member of the Champaign-Urbana Science Fiction Association.
Comic artist Carmine Infantino (b.1925) died on April 4. Infantino helped create many of the Silver Age heroes for DC, including the Barry Allen Flash and Black Canary. He also worked on the classic "Flash of Two Worlds" storyline. He took on editorial tasks at DC as well. Later, he developed the Star Wars comic.
Actor Richard Brooker (b.1954) died on April 8. Brooker portrayed Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part III, Oghris in Deathstalker, and Leon in Deep Sea Conspiracy. Brooker also served as a stunt coordinator and appeared in many documentaries about the Friday the 13th films.
Actress Annette Funicello (b.1942) died on April 8. Funicello was one of the original members of The Mickey Mouse Club and went on to a successful career in film, including making many "Beach Blanket" films with Frankie Avalon. She made her big screen debut in The Shaggy Dog and also appeared in Babes in Toyland, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine.
Actor Jonathan Winters (b.1925) died on April 11. Winters made his film debut in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and also appeared in The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming. He created the character Maude Frickert, but is best known to genre audiences for his role as Mearth on Mork and Mindy. Other genre work includes an episode of The Twilight Zone, the film The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, and voice-work on The Smurfs film.
New Zealand Fan and bibliographer Thomas George Cockcroft (b.1926) died on April 12. Cockcroft published an index to the Weird Fiction Magazines in 1962 under the name T. G. L. Cockcroft. Cockcroft also wrote for fanzines and other magazines and corresponded with fans of weird fiction from around the world.
Author Nick Pollotta (b.1954) died on April 13. Pollotta has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Pollotta's novels included Bureau 13, Illegal Aliens, and That Darn Squid God, as well as numerous other humorous novels. In addition, he wrote adventure novels under the house names James Axler and Don Pendleton. His "Satellite Night" series was written under the name Jack Hopkins.
Voice actor Mike Road (b.1918) died on April 14. Road might be best known for providing the voice of Race Bannon on Jonny Quest. He also voices John Butler on Valley of the Dinosaurs and Reed Richards on 1978 version of The Fantastic Four. He also provided voice work on the 1967 version of The Fantastic 4. Road occasionally appeared on television, including episodes of Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.
Actress Christine White (b.1932) died on April 14. White appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone, playing Kitty Cavanaugh in "The Prime Mover" and Julia Wilson, William Shatner's seatmate, in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." She also appeared in the Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond adaptation of The Haunting.
Actor Richard LeParmentier (b.1946) died on April 15. LeParmentier is best known for his portrayal of General Motti in Star Wars, where he was strangled by Darth Vader after questioning the power of the Force. His other genre roles included a reporter in Superman II, Lt. Santino in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and an episode of Space: 1999. LeParmentier, who also used the name Richard Parmentier focused on screenwriting and voice work after 1992.
Author Robert Turner (b.1944) died on April 15. Turner published the story "Fragments from the Necronomicon, with an Explanatory Foreward" in 1978 and The R'lyeh Text in 1995. He also translated many works on the occult into English.
Fan Allyn Cadogan died on April 16 of liver cancer. Cadogan helped found Corflu, the fanzine fans' convention, in 1983 with Lucy Huntzinger and Shay Barsabe. Cadogan entered fandom in Vancouver, Canada, editing BCFSAzine for a year in the mid 70s and working as treasurer for Westercon 30. She also published Genre Plat with Susan Wood, William Gibson, and John Park before continuing to publish it solo. She published other fanzines and, along with Huntziger and Barsabe, was responsible for the public access show Emperor Norton Science Fiction Hour.
Comics author Robert Morales (b.1959) died on April 18. He was the author of the comic Truth: Red, White, and Black, about African-American soldiers given a super serum, based on the Tuskegee experiment. Morales also attended Clarion in the mid-1970s.
Actor Allan Arbus (b.1918) died on April 19. Arbus is best known for his portrayal of Major Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H, but also appeared in episodes of Wonder Woman, Salvage 1, and the animated series The Amazing Spider-Man. He also appeared in the horror film Damien: Omen II. Prior to acting, Arbus has a successful career as a photographer and served during World War II.
Actor Glenn Cannon (b.1932) died on April 20. Cannon appeared on numerous shows filmed in Hawaii, where he made his home, although he had been born in New York. His genre credits included two episodes of Lost and an episode of The Outer Limits.
Artist Quentin Hoover (b.1964) died on April 20. Hoover created numerous cards for Magic: The Gathering as well as other collectible games. In addition to his work in the gaming industry, he also was one of the co-creators of the comic Morgana X.
Actor Jack Shea (b.1928) died on April 28. Shea is best known for directing television sit coms and was the president of the Directors Guild of America for five years from 1997-2002. His one foray into science fiction was the 1969 comedy The Monitors.
Producer Mike Gray (b.1935) died on April 30. Gray served as a producer and director for the 1986 television series Starman, based on the film of the same title. He also produced thirteen episodes of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In addition to writing for both of those series, Gray co-wrote the influential film The China Syndrome.
Author andrew j. offutt (b.1934) died on April 30. Many of his early works were fantasies in the Robert E. Howard style, including the Cormac mac Art series, the War of the Gods on Earth trilogy, and the War of the Wizards trilogy. He also created the character Hanse Shadowspawn for the Thieves' World shared universe and wrote three novels about the character. In addition to writing Conan novels, he also wrote numerous science fiction novels under his own name and the house name John Cleve and edited the Swords Against Darkness anthology series. He served two terms as President of SFWA.
Fan Eileen Tuuri (b.1959) died on April 30. Tuuri was active in Arizona and Canadian fandom and a frequent attendee at Westercon. She had a love of Star Wars, which drew her to fandom, and costuming. She also used her creative streak to knit and make dollhouse furniture.
Artist Dan Adkins (b.1937) died during the first week of May. When serving in the Air Force in the 1950s, he started the fanzine Sata as a way of getting rid of surplus funds each month. He later turned the zine over to his co-editor, Bill Pearson, but continued to provide illustrations for Amra, Vega, and Xero. In 1964, he got a job as Wally Wood's assistant and went on to work on Doctor Strange, Aquaman, Batman, and numerous other titles for a variety of publishers, including more than 130 covers for Marvel.
Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen (b.1920) died on May 7. Harryhausen created a type of stop-motion animation known as Dynamation and used it in films ranging from The Clash of the Titans to Mighty Joe Young to The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Harryhausen was inspired by the film King Kong and became close friends with Ray Bradbury and Forrest Ackerman, joining the Los Angeles Science Fiction League. In later years, Harryhausen wrote several books showcasing his techniques and models. Harryhausen was a Worldcon Guest of Honor in 1987 in Brighton and in 2005, Harryhausen was inducted in to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, one of the first non-authors so honored.
Author Deborah Miller died on May 7. Miller, who published under the name Miller Lau, founded and administered the David Gemmell Legend Award. A protege of Gemmell's, she published The Last Clansman trilogy. More recently, she published the first volume of the Swarmthief Trilogy and the stand-alone novel The Sin Eater.
Actor Aubrey Woods (b.1928) died on May 7. Woods is best known for his role as the candy store owner in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but the following year, he also portrayed the Controller in the Doctor Who serial "Day of the Daleks." He also appeared in an episode of Blakes 7 and the film The Abominable Dr. Phibes. In addition to his roles in film and television, Woods had a long career on the British stage.
Actor, writer, and director Bryan Forbes (b.1926) died on May 8. Forbes started his career as an actor, appearing in films such as Quatermass II: Enemy from Space and Satellite in the Sky. He went on to become a director, whose films included The Stepford Wives. He wrote The Man Who Haunted Himself and as a screenwriter may be best known for Chaplin. In addition to his work in films, Forbes was also a photographer and helped create the album sleeve for Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Forbes also wrote several novels.
Actor Michael Earl (b.1929) died on May 9. Earl appeared in several episodes of Doctor Who during the Hartnell and Pertwee eras ("The Savages," "Doctor Who and the Silurians," and "The Daemons"). Other television appearances included The Monsters, Out of the Unknown, Doomwatch, A for Andromeda, and The Andromeda Breakthrough.
Editor Jerry Wright (b.1946) died on May 9 after a battle with cancer. Wright was one of the founding editors and publishers of the webzine Bewildering Stories in 2002. Wright has written poetry and reviews in addition to publishing Bewildering Stories.
Actor Laurence Haddon (b.1922) died on May 10. Haddon appeared in episodes of Knight Rider, The Greatest American Hero, The Incredible Hulk, and the short-lived My Living Doll.
Actor John R. McKee (b.1916) died on May 12. McKee's first film appearance was in Abe Lincoln in Illinois. He went on to appear in the original Angels in the Outfield, It Happens Every Spring, and episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Incredible Hulk.
Actor Steve Forrest (b.1924, as William Andrews) died on May 18. Forrest, the younger brother of actor Dana Andrews, appeared in several science fiction and horror television shows, including episodes of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling's Night Gallery, Circle of Fear, and Team Knight Rider. His films included Amazon Women on the Moon and Phantom of the Rue Morgue. He won a Golden Globe in 1954 for Most Promising Newcomer and in 1982, he "won" a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor. He may have been best known for his role on S.W.A.T.
Actor Arthur Malet (b.1927) died on May 18. Malet appeared in Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time, Halloween, Hook, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Young Frankenstein. He provided voicework for The Secret of Nimh and The Black Cauldron. His television work included I Dream of Jeannie, Wonder Woman, and The Wild Wild West.
Actor Richard Thorpe (b.1932) died on May 22. Thorpe is best known for his lengthy role on Emmerdale, but also appeared in an episode of Timeslip. He played Sir Gareth in the film Sword of Lancelot and also appeared in the horror film Melody in the Dark.
British fan Howard Rosenblum died on May 26 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Rosenblum, the soon of Mike Rosenblum, is credited with being Britain's first second-generation fan. he published the fanzine Son of New Futurian beginning in 1968 and running until 1977. Rosenblum was also an avid con attendee.
Author Jack Vance (b.1916, as John Holbrook Vance) died on May 26. Vance debuted with the story "The World-Thinker" in Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1945. He went on to have a lengthy career, notable for his novels in the Dying Earth, Lyonesse, and Demon Princes cycles. He received the Hugo Award for his novella The Dragon Masters and for his autobiography This Is Me, Jack Vance!. His story "The Last Castle" won both the Hugo and Nebula Award. In 1992, Vance was the Guest of Honor at the Worldcon in Orlando and he was named an SFWA Grand Master in 1997. Vance has also received a Lifetime Achievement World Fantasy Award. In addition to his science fiction and fantasy, Vance published mysteries under his full name.
Author Andrew Greeley (b.1928) died on May 29. Greeley, a priest, turned his attention to writing fiction, with a large oeuvre of mysteries as well as some novels and short stories classified as fantasy and science fiction. His novel God Game is about a priest who enters a fantasy world based on a computer game. His novel The Final Planet is a planetary exploration tale and he edited the anthology Sacred Visions with Michael Cassutt and Martin H. Greenberg.
Tucson fan Gary Hayes died on May 29 following an heart attack. Hayes was active in the Arizona convention scene, creating several covers and badges for TusCon, the local convention. He also worked security for the convention. Hayes was a fan of steampunk, and one of his hobbies was creating steampunk artifacts and weapons.
Actress Jean Stapleton (b.1923) died on May 31. Best known for her portrayal of Edith Bunker on All in the Family, Stapleton had previously appeared in the original stage production and subsequent film of the musical Damn Yankees!. Other works of genre interest she appeared in include Michael, an episode of Ray Bradbury Theatre, Ghost Mom, and was executive producer of the SF film Seed.
Fan Hugh Daniel died on June 3 of an apparent heart attack. Daniel had a strong interest in spaceflight and working in computers, trying to bring the future closer to the present. He worked on Project Xanadu, the first hypertext and helped set up the WELL. His interest in spaceflight led him to briefly work for Starstruck, which built three rockets and successfully launched one suborbitally. He was the fan guest of honor at Windycon 38 in 2011.
Artist Eric Heschong (b.1950) died on June 4. Heschong worked for Disney and created designs for the 1998 Tomorrowland rebuild as well as concept art for numerous other theme park attractions throughout the world. He got his start working for Hanna-Barbera and worked on Jetsons: The Movie, Superman, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, and Super Friends.
Playwright David Rogers (b.1927) died on June 5. Rogers wrote a play based on Aldous Huxler's Brave New World and musicals based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. His musical, Charlie and Algernon, based on Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, which ran for two weeks on Broadway and garnered a Tony nomination for Best Score.
Actress Maxine Stuart (b.1918, as Maxine Shlivek) died on June 6. Stuart may have been best known for her role of General Hospital, but she also appeared on Peyton Place, The Rousters, and Chicago Hope. She appeared in the "Eye of the Beholder" episode of The Twilight Zone and "The Man Who Was Never Born" episode of The Outer Limits. In the 1960s, she was friends with Helene Hanff, author of 84 Charring Cross Road and was portrayed in the film version by Jean De Baer.
Author John Boyd (b.1919) died on June 8. Boyd, whose real name was Boyd Upchurch, began publishing science fiction in 1968 with the novel The Last Starship from Earth. he published several more science fiction novels over the next decade, including Barnard's Planet and The Doomsday Gene. Upchurch published at least two historical novels using his real name as well as Behind Every Bush: Treason or Patriotism?, a look at the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Author Iain M. Banks (b.1954) died on June 9. Banks was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of April. Banks began publishing in 1984 with the novel The Wasp Factory and over several years published the Culture novels. His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. Banks won ther British Science Fiction Award for his novels Feersum Endjinn and Excession. He was announced as the Guest of Honor for Loncon 3. His final novel, The Quarry, will be published later this month.
Actor Valentin de Vargas (b.1935) died on June 10. De Vargas appeared in two episodes of The Wild Wild West, Project U.F.O., and the original V. He also appeared on the television series Kung Fu and Kit Carson and the Mountain Men. His best known films may have been Orson Welles's Touch of Evil and Hatari.
Louisiana fan Dennis Dolbear (b.1953) died on June 17 from pneumonia and septicemia. Dolbear and Peter Bezbek took over as editors of NOSFAn after Guy Lillian stepped down as editor. Active in convention running, Dolbear was on the NOLAcon II staff in 1988. When not participating in fanac, Dolbear worked as an attorney.
Critic Martha Bartter (b.1932) died on June 18. Bartter's essays and reviews began appearing in Science Fiction Review in 1977 and continued to appear there and elsewhere into the 2000s. In addition, she published three short stories in Galaxy in the mid-70s, beginning with "The Eggs of Eden." In 2004, she edited The Utopian Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Twentieth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Los Angeles fan Patrick Fahey (b.1956) died on June 18. Fahey was an active member of LASFS, helping the organization acquire a propane grill to replace its charcoal one. He also helped run Loscon and has served as Production Assistant for Hour 25 at a variety of conventions. Earlier this year, Fahey underwent surgery for cancer.
Actor James Gandolfini (b.1956) died on June 19 in Italy. Best known for his role as mobster Tony Soprano, he also appeared in the films Where the Wild Things Are, Shock! Shock! Shock!, and Perdita Durango.
Author Parke Godwin (b.1929, as Harold Parke Godwin) died on June 19 after a lengthy illness. Godwin won the World Fantasy Award for his story "The Fire When It Comes." Godwin wrote a three volume Arthurian saga set in the fifth century, beginning with Firelord. A decade later, he began a three volume Robin Hood series starting with Sherwood. His two book series beginning with Waiting for the Galactic Bus was a satire on American culture. He began publishing fiction in 1977 with the story "Unsigned Original" and a year later co-wrote the novel Masters of Solitude with Marvin Kaye. His last two novels were written under the pseudonym Kate Hawks.
Journalist and publisher Kim Thompson (b.1956) died on June 19. Thompson began reading comics as a child in Denmark and his letters began to fill the Marvel letter columns in the early 1970s. Thompson published articles in comic fanzines prior to arriving in the US in 1977, when he became friends with Gary Groth and began working at Fantagraphics. He took over the ownership of The Comics Journal in 1978. From 1982 through 1992, Thompson edited Amazing Heroes and helped champion the publication of European comics in the US.
Singer Slim Whitman (b.1924 as Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr.) died on June 19. Best known as a country singer, his music appeared in the film Close Encounters of the Second King and Whitman portrayed himself in Mars Attacks after it was discovered that his voice was a secret weapon against the aliens.
Animator John Wilson (b.1919) died on June 20. Wilson worked on Bucky O'Hare and the War Toads and The Attack of the KillerTomatoes television series. He spent several years working for Disney and did animation for Lady and the Tramp, "Pigs is Pigs," "Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom," and numerous other cartoons.
Author Richard Matheson (b.1926) died on June 23. Matheson was the author of multiple seminal works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including I Am Legend, turned into the films The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, and I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come, turned into a film of the same title, Bid Time Return, made into the film Somewhere in Time, and The Shrinking Man, also turned into a film. He wrote several episodes of The Twilight Zone, including the classic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Matheson received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the World Fantasy Con and the Horror Writers of America, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Matheson was a Worldcon Guest of Honor in 1958 at Solacon.
Architect Mark Fisher (b.1947) died on June 25. Fisher designed stage sets for Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Division Bell tours as well as for other rock bands. He also designed the set for a live production of The Wizard of Oz on Ice and The Rocky Horror Show.
Actor Victor Lundin (b.1930) died on June 29. Lundin appeared in the films Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Fatal Kiss, and Revamped. His television appearances included Babylon 5, The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, and Batman. His appearance in the Star Trek episode "Errand of Mercy" made him the first Klingon to be seen by the audience.
Actor Bob Carter (b.1929) died on June 30. Carter was better known by his screen name, Sammy Terry, under which he hosted Nightmare Theater in Indiana in the 1960s and 1970s. Terry would air two horror films back to back, providing camp entertainment during the commercial breaks and talking to a rubber spider named George.
Actor Paul Jenkins (b.1939) died on July 1. Jenkins appeared in The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling's Night Gallery, Tales from the Darkside, and Isis.
Art director Leonard P. Leone, Sr. (b.1921) died on July 1. Leone served as art director for Bantam Books from 1955 through 1984. During his tenure there, he hired artist James Bama to create a new look for the classic character Doc Savage, which resulted in Savage's now-iconic widow's peak. Leone took an active role in his work with artists who included, in addition to Bama, Boris Vallejo, John Berkely, and Vincent DiFate.
Screenwriter Snoo Wilson (b.1948, as Andrew James Wilson) died on July 3. Several of his scripts including fantastic elements, such as his play The Glad Hand, set on a cruise in the Bermuda Triangle. Other plays with elements of genre interest included Vampire, The Number of the Beast, and Moonshine. His satirical SF novels include Spaceache and Inside Babel.
Artist Louis S. Glanzman (b.1922) died the first week of July. Glanzman made a name for himself in the 1930s with illustrations for Amazing-Man Comics. He went on to illustrate for the US Air Force in the 1940s and moved on to coloring books and children's books in the 50s. In the mid-70s, Glanzman was commissioned to do several historical paintings for the Bicentennial.
Indian author Gokulananda Mahapatra (b.1926) died on July 10. Holding a Masters of Science degree, Mahapatra wrote popular science books as well as science fiction novels and short stories in the Oriya language. His science writing won him the Kalinga Prize in 2010. Some of his science fiction included the novels Pruthibi bahare manisa, Nishabda Godhuli, and Mrutyu rashmi.
Fan George Inzer (b.1948) died on July 12. Inzer was active in the Southern Fandom Press Alliance in the 70s and 80s, publishing the APAzine Heavy as well as several one-offs with various other fans. He was often referred to as GInzer and served as OE for SFPA.
Actor Cory Montieth (b.1982) was found dead in his hotel room on July 13. Montieth, who was best known for his role as Finn Hudson on Glee also appeared in several genre films and television series, including Final Destination 3, Smallville, two of the Stargate series, Kyle XY, and Flash Gordan.
Animator Reed Cardwell (b.1955) died on July 14. Cardwell worked for Disney for six years, on The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, and The Great Mouse Detective. Other film animation included work on The Swan Princess and The Iron Giant. He spent the last twenty-five years teaching fine arts at UC San Diego.
Fan Marty Gear (b.1940) died on July 18. Gear began attending Worldcons in 1953. Gear became a costumer and helped build up the Masquerade at Balticon and chaired CostumeCon 3. He also chaired Balticon 21 and was a Guest of Honor at Genericon 2, Arisia 9, and Balticon 30. Gear sat on the BSFS Board of Directors. He founded what would become the first International Costumers' Guild chapter and in 1991, Gear received the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award.
Actress Briony McRoberts (b.1957) died on July 18. McRoberts appeared in a television production of Peter Pan, The Man Outside, and the horror film Edge of Sanity.
British comedian Mel Smith (b.1952) died on July 19. Smith is known for his work on Alas Smith and Jones with Griff Rhys-Jones. He also worked as the director of the film Bean and on the show Not the Nine O'Clock News. His genre roles include The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Morons from Outer Space, and the albino in The Princess Bride.
Fan Dominick Corrado has died. Corrado first became active in fandom in the 1960s. In the late 1980s, he began to attend Lunacon as a chaperone for Bronx Science, joining the Lunarians in 1998. He served as the organizations Treasurer and President. In 2010, Corrado was the Fan Guest of Honor at Lunacon.
Fan Randy Price (b.1962) died on July 20. Price was a comics fan and active in Columbus, OH Star Trek fandom. He was a member of the Klingon High Council and head of the House Reshtarc.
Artist David Fairbrother-Roe died on July 21 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He painted the covers for several of Anne McCaffrey's novels and collections, including Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Get Off the Unicorn. He also provided cover art for C. J. Cherryh, David Barth, and the band Nazareth.
Author and publisher Anne C. Petty (b.1945, as Margaret Anne Cotton) died on July 21 from cancer. In 1984, she published One Ring to Bind Them: Tolkien's Mythology and went on to publish Tolkien in the Land of Heroes: Discovering the Human Spirit and Dragons of Fantasy: Scaly Villains & Heroes of Modern Fantasy Literature. She wrote the dark fantasy novel The Cornerstone as well as other books and was the founder and editor of Kitsune Books.
Actor Donald Symington (b.1925) died on July 24. Symington appeared with Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis and went on to have roles in the horror film Wolfen and the fantasy film Mighty Aphrodite. He also appeared in episodes of Fantasy Island and Matinee Theatre.
Author and musician Mick Farren (b.1943) collapsed onstage during a performance on July 27 and later died. Farren performed with The Deviants in the 1960s before going on to a solo career. He also contributed lyrics for Hawkwind and Motörhead. Beginning in the 1970s, he began writing fiction and non-fiction, with many of his fictional titles being in the science fiction and fantasy genres, including Conflagration, The DNA Cowboys Trilogy, The Armageddon Crazy, and many more.
Actress Eileen Brennan (b.1932) died on July 28. Brennan received an Oscar nomination for her appearance in Private Benjamin and also appeared in The Sting and the parody Murder by Death. Her genre roles included an appearance in episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theatre and Tales from the Crypt, and the films Pandemonium, Jeepers Creepers, and The Hollow.
Animator Ron Dias (b.1937) died on July 30. Dias worked as animator on Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Challenge of the Super Friends, the Dragon's Lair video game series, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Dias also worked as art director for Disney's The Little Mermaid television series.
Artist J. C. Suares (b.1942, as Jean-Claude Suares) died on July 30. Suares wrote and illustrated more than 100 books, most of them outside the genre. His in-genre work included covers for Galaxy. In 1977, he published the illustrated book Rocketship: An Incredible Voyage through Science Fiction and Science Fact. He followed it up with Alien Creatures and Fantastic Planets.
Actor Michael Ansara (b.1922) died on July 31. Ansara may have been best known for his portrayal of the character Kang on Star Trek, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but his work in genre goes much deeper, with appearances on Batman, Babylon 5, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and The Time Tunnel, among many others. Ansara was married to Barbara Eden (of I Dream of Jeannie, another show he appeared on) from 1958-1974. He was nominated for a Saturn Award for best supporting actor in 1979 for his role in The Manitou.
Screenwriter Jon Manchip White (b.1924) died on July 31. White wrote the films Exorcism at Midnight and Crack in the World and episodes of The Avengers and Undermind.
Author Patricia Anthony (b.1947) died in late July or early August. Anthony began publ;ishing in 1987 with the story "Blood Brothers" and went on to have a career as a novelist before trying to break into screenwriting. Her first three novels, Cold Allies, Brother Termite, and Conscience of the Beagle were all published in 1993, with four more novels and a collection published by 1998.
Assistant Director David C. Anderson (b.1941) died on August 4. Anderson worked on the first three James Bond films and went on to work on Flash Gordon and a made-for-television production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. He also worked on 200 Motels, Switch, and several episodes of Tales from the Crypt.
Author Mary-Lynn Reed (b.c.1949) died on August 4. Reed has published poetry and flash fiction. In 2006, Reed, along with her husband Tom Barclay, hosted the SFWA Suite.
Animator Lou Scarborough (b.1953) died on August 5. Scarborough worked on the animated Godzilla in the 1970s and went on to work as either animator or storyboard director on several other shows, including InHumanoids, BraveStarr, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Batman: The Animated Series.
New Zealand fan Dan McCarthy (b.1934) died on August 7. McCarthy was a member of the APA Aotearapa for 25 years, serving as official editor from 1986-1987 and 2001-2003. His contribution, Panopticon, contained his pai9ntings and color illustrations. He won the Best Fan Artist category of the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards in 1989 and 1991. In 1997, he was the Fan Guest of Honour at Conspiracy in Wellington.
Actress Karen Black (b. Karen Ziegler, 1939) died on August 8. Black is best known for her roles in Five Easy Pieces and Nashville, however she also appeared in several genre films and television shows, including Capricorn 1, House of 1000 Corpses, Invaders from Mars, and Children of the Corn: The Gathering. She won the Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award for her role in Firecracker and the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for House of 1000 Corpses.
Author John Rankine (b.1918, as Douglas R. Mason) died on August 8. Rankine, who also wrote under his own name of Douglas R. Mason, began publishing in his 40s. Most of his novels were published in the 1960s and 70s, although a few were published later. Using the Rankine name, he published several novels in the Dag Fletcher series, Space: 1999 novelizations, and the Space Corporation series. Other novels include The Resurrection of Roger Diment, From Carthage Then I Came, and The Janus Syndrome.
Fan and artist Cynthia Susan Dickinson (b.1954) died on August 9 following a two-year battle against atypical liver cancer. Dickinson attended numerous Worldcons and ConDFWs. Despite being blind from birth, Dickinson worked as an artist, exhibiting her wire-wrap jewelry at numerous art shows. She frequently attended author readings and worked as a librarian at the Dallas Public Library's Central Branch from 1982 until shortly before her death.
Actress Haji (b.1946, as Barbarella Catton) died on August 9. A former topless dancer, Haji got her film debut in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and became as staple of Russ Meyers films, including genre films Wham! Bam! Thank You, Spaceman!, Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, and Demonois: Messenger of Death.
Actress Naura Hayden (b.1932, as Norah Hayden) died on August 10. Hayden starred in the film The Angry Red Planet and also appeared in Son of Sinbad. She also used the name Nora Hayden and modeled under the name Helene Hayden. Hayden published several non-genre novels as well.
Actor Henry Polic II (b.1945) died on August 11. Polic appeared on several genre television shows, including They Came from Outer Space, The Bionic Woman, and Monster Squad. He provided the voice for Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow on Batman: The Animated Series and portrayed the Sheriff of Nottingham on When Times Were Rotten.
David L. Kuzminski (b.1947) died on August 13. Kuzminski was the founder and editor of the author's resource website Preditors and Editor. The website has been dormant since his death, but Andrew Burt, of the Critters Workshop, has made arrangements to continue it.
Manga author Jun Sadogawa (b.1979 as Mutsumi Kawahito) committed suicide on August 13. His debut work, Muteki Kanban Musume, was published from 2002-2006. He followed that up with a sequel, Muteki Kanban Musume N. In 2012, he finished the thirteen volume Hanzasky and had begun to publish Amane Atatameru at the time of his death.
Actress Lisa Robin Kelly (b.1970) died on August 15. Kelly was best known for her role on That 70s Show, but also appeared in episodes of Poltergeist: The Legacy, The X-Files, and the film Amityville: Dollhouse. Since leaving That 70s Show, Kelly has suffered from addiction and has legal problems.
Actor August Schellenberg (b.1936) died on August 15. Schellenberg is best known for his appearance in the Free Willy films, but has appeared in episodes of Stargate: Universe, Tremors 4, Heavy Metal, Out of Time, and Tales from the Cryptkeeper.
UK fan Pamela Boal (b.1954) died on August 16. After being diagnosed with MS and being given five years to live, Boal became activity in science fiction fandom in Britain through MESCIFIC. She became active in the UK Milford Writers' conferences and was a regular Eastercon attendee. She was also involved in the campaign for rights for the disabled.
Actress Molly Roden (b.1924) died on August 16. Roden got her start in 1957, when she appeared in a Matinee Theatre production of "The Invisible Man." Two years later, she appeared in Journey to the Center of the Earth. After taking a fifteen years hiatus from acting, she appeared in an episode of Fantasy Island.
Set decorator Stephenie McMillan (b.1942) died on August 19 of ovarian cancer. McMillan began working as a set decorator in 1984 and some of her productions included A Fish Called Wanda and Shadowlands. She also worked on all eight Harry Potter films. She was nominated for the Oscar for her work on both Deathly Hallows films, Goblet of Fire, and Philosopher's Stone. She previously won an Oscar for The English Patient.
Actor Lee Thompson Young (b.1984) committed suicide on August 19. Young appeared in bit roles on several genre shows, including Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Jake 2.0, and The Event. He played Victor Stone/Cyborg in three episodes of Smallville and Al Gough on the first seven episodes of FlashForward. More recently, he was a regular on the non-genre Rizzoli and Isles.
Director Ted Post (b.1918) died on August 20. Best known for his work in Westerns and a long professional relationship with Clint Eastwood, Post directed episodes of The Twilight Zone, Thriller, Ark II, Beyond Westworld, and the film Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
Astronaut C. Gordon Fullerton (b.1936) died on August 21. Fullerton was part of Astronaut Group 7, selected in 1969 and served on the support crews for the final four lunar missions. In 1977, he was assigned as a pilot on crew 1 under Fred Heise for the Shuttle Approach and Landing Test program, flying the Enterprise. Five years later, he served as pilot on STS-3 and later as commander for STS-51-F. Fullerton suffered a stroke in 2009 and died of complications from that stroke.
Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor (b.1914) died on August 23. Taylor won a special award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for his work on Star Wars. Other genre titles Taylor worked on included Damien: Omen II, Flash Gordon, 2001: a space odyssey, and Dr. Strangelove.
Actress Julie Harris (b.1925) died on August 24. Harris won a record 5 Tony Awards. Harris made appearances in episodes of Tales of the Unexpected and The Outer Limits. One of her best known works was the 1963 adaptation of The Haunting. She was nominated for a Saturn Award for her role in The Dark Half.
Producer William Froug (b.1922) died on August 25. After careers in the Navy, as an author, and in radio, Froug turned to television in the 1950s, eventually working as a producer and writer on Twilight Zone and Bewitched. His autobiography was called How I Escaped From Gilligan's Island. He also wrote an episode of the steampunk series Q.E.D.
Actor Martin Cassidy (b.1928) died on August 26. Cassidy appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Terror Firmer, M.A.N.T.I.S., and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
Actor Gerard Murphy (b.1955) died on August 26 from prostate cancer. Murphy narrated the BBC Radio version of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. On film, he appeared as "The Nord" in Waterworld and Judge Faden in Batman Begins. He portrayed Richard Maynarde in the 7th Doctor serial Silver Nemesis.
Actor Larry Pennell (b.1928) died on August 28. Pennell appeared in the Firefly episode "Shindig" and the film Bubba Ho-Tep. Earlier genre work included an episode of Quantum Leap and episodes of Salvage 1.
Former JPL Director Bruce C. Murray (b.1931) died on August 29. Murray served as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1976 through 1982, a period that saw the launch of the Voyager probes. While serving as director, Murray co-founded, along with Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman, the Planetary Society, in 1980, to support research related to astronomy, planetary science, exploration, public outreach, and political advocacy.
Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney (b.1939) died on August 30. Heaney, who has been described as "the most important Irish poet since Yeats," gained prominence with the publication of his debut collection, Death of a Naturalist in the 1960s. In addition to several volumes of his own poetry, Heaney translated Beowulf in 1999.
British publisher Nick Robinson (b.1955) died on August 30. Robinson was the chairman of Constable & Robinson. He got his start in the 70s as the assistant editor at arts magazine Apollo before moving on to book publishing. C&R published Gardner Dozois's Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom.
UK radio and television presenter David Jacobs (b.1926) died on September 2. Jacobs played several roles in the Charles Chilton radio drama Journey into Space in the 1950s and also announced the show's title.
Actress Olga Lowe (b.1919) died on September 2. She appeared in The Last Days of Man on Earth, based on Michael Moorcock's The Final Programme, and also appeared in an episode of The Avengers.
Author, editor, fan, and agent Frederik Pohl (b.1919) died on September 2. Pohl entered fandom in the 1930s, publishing his first poem in 1937. His career has spanned more than 75 years with numerous novels and short stories. In addition to being a prolific author, Pohl has worked as an editor, including the magazines If and Galaxy as well as several anthologies. He has represented many authors as an agent as well. Pohl has won every major award in the field, including the Hugo, Nebula, Grand Master, Hall of Fame, Sturgeon, Campbell, and more. His works include Gateway, Man Plus, and the autobiography The Way the Future Was. Pohl has recently been writing his memoirs on the blog The Way the Future Blogs and has continued to publish fiction.
Fan Bob Booth (b.1957) died on September 6. Booth founded Necon and published The Big Book of Necon in 2009. In 1975, he was one of the founders of World Fantasy Con ans sat on the board of directors until 1990. Booth also published some short fiction, including the stories "Still Life," "The Play's the Thing," and "Old Friends Never Die."
Author A. C. Crispin (b.1950) died on September 6. Earlier this week, Crispin, who was suffering from cancer, announced that she was terminal. She was named a Grandmaster by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers earlier this year. her novels include tie-ins in numerous series, including Star Wars, Alien, Star Trek, V, and The Pirates of the Caribbean. In addition, Crispin co-wrote several novels in her original Starbridge series. In addition to her work as an author, Crispin co-founded and chaired Writer Beware, an organization to warn authors of scams. Crispin was married to SF author Michael Capobianco.
Actor Bill Wallis (b.1936) died on September 6. Wallis appeared in Terry Gilliam's Brazil. He also appeared in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio show as Mr. Prosser and Prosthetnic Vogon Jeltz. He appeared in three different series of Black Adder and appeared in the series Robin Hood, The Avengers, and The Silver Chair.
Fan artist delphyne woods (a.k.a Joan Hanke-Woods) died in the first week of September. Woods won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 1986 and was a Guest of Honor at Windycon in 1984. Her artwork not only graced fanzines and appeared in convention art shows, but also appeared in Galaxy, Fantastic Films, and The Comics Journal. In recent years, she had become more active in creating art for fanzines again and was slowly scanning some of her older art into electronic formats.
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.
Comic fan Jeffrey Babbit (b.1951) died on September 9, one day after being assaulted in Union Square in New York. Babbit was a frequent customer at the nearby Forbidden Planet and had attended every NY Comic Con. A retired train conductor, he was the sole caretaker for his 94 year old mother. According to police reports, he was attacked by 31 year old Lashawn Marten, who had announced he was going to punch the next white person he saw in the face. After being hit, Babbit fell to the ground and died the next day at Bellevue Hospital. Marten, who also hit two men who came to Babbit's rescue, is being held on assault charges which will likely be upgraded.
Actress Lyn Peters (b.1941, as Evelyn Peters) died on September 10. Peters is best known for her role in Grave of the Vampire and also had appearances on several 1960s television shows, including Hogan's Heroes, Get Smart, and both The Man and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. She portrayed Lady Prudence in the three part Batman serial set in London.
Seattle fan Bobbie Dufault died in her sleep on September 13. Dufault was preparing to co-chair Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. Previously, she had chaired the 2005 NASFIC, CascadiaCon, and the 2011 Westercon. In 2012, she served as Programming Head for Chicon 7, the Worldcon. She was active in many aspects of Pacific Northwest fandom and worked on many bids to bring cons to the area. Dufault was married to fan Jerry Gieseke.
Actor Jimmy Herman (b.1940) died on September 13. Herman appeared on the television series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, The Outer Limits, Steven King's Kingdom Hospital, The X-Files, and Supernatural.
Actor and writer Jerry G. Bishop (b.1936, as Jerry Ghan) 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 Kim Hamilton (b.1932) died on September 16. Hamilton was best known for her work on soap operas, but she appeared in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Future Cop, and The Twilight Zone as well. Her films include The Leech Woman
German fan Herbert Thierry(b.1955) died on September 21 after placed into a coma to tr to deal with his liver disease. He entered fandom in the 1970s through the Perry Rhodan fan club and became involved in running Saar-Con and was an officer of the SFCD-Southwest Regional Group for several years..
Actress Jane Connell (b.1927, as Jane Sperry Bennett) died on September 22. Connell created the role of Princess Winifred in the London production of Once Upon a Mattress. She appeared in several episodes of Bewitched and an episode of Tales from the Darkside. Her voice was dubbed for Aunt Beru in Star Wars. She appeared in the horror spoof Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde.
Author Gary Brandner (b.1933) died on September 23 of esophogeal cancer. Brandford is best known for his horror novel The Howling, which was adapted to film in 1981. his novel Walkers was adapted for television as From The Dead Of Night. Other novels included Mind Grabber and Doomstalker.
Actress Annette Kerr (b.1920, as Catherine Annette Kerr Peacock) died on September 23. Kerr appeared in episodes of The Avengers, Pardon My Genie, Out of the Unknown, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, and Target Luna.
Actress Laura Waterbury (b.1947) died on September 25. Waterbury appeared in genre films Innerspace, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Mac and Me as well as episodes of The Twilight Zone. Most of her career was spent in bit parts on television shows.
Magician John Calvert (b.1911) died on September 27. His only genre credit was in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, but Calvert appeared in numerous films and had a long stage career, in which he appeared with Danny Kaye, Edgar Bergen, Cary Grant, and Gary Cooper.
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.
Stuntman (William) Scott Workman (b.1966) died on September 29. Workman appeared in over 200 films and movies, performing stunts in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Torchwood, Avatar, Star Trek: Enterprise, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Batman and Robin, among others. He got his start performing stunts for the 1990 television series Swamp Thing.
Producer Anthony Hinds (b.1922) died on September 30. Hinds produced films for Hammer Horror, including The Quatermass Xperiment, The Curse of Werewolf, and The Brides of Dracula. Using the name John Elder, he also wrote the screenplay for several horror films, including Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, The Kiss of the Vampire, and Dracula Has Risen from the Grave.
Fan Elliot K. Shorter (b.1939) died from complications from cancer on October 1. In 1970, Shorter represented North America on a TAFF trip and also was the Fan Guest of Honor at that year's Worldcon, Heicon. He helped run Suncon, as he was part of the 7 in '77 Worldcon bid, which initially found a site in Orlando, but had to move to Miami when their original hotel went bankrupt and also participated in multiple hoax bids. He opened Merlin's Closet, a used and rare sf bookstore, in Providence in 1979. Shorter tended to stand out in fannish circles as a 6'4? tall ex-marine and African-American.
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.
Author Tom Clancy (b.1947) died on October 1. Clancy began publishing with The Hunt for Red October and wrote numerous thrillers, many of which focused on his character Jack Ryan. Although Clancy helped to create the techno-thriller genre, some of his novels had a distinct science fictional element. He also created several series with Steve Pieczenik which were written by other authors. Several of his Jack Ryan novels were made into films with the title character played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine.
Literary agent Dot Lumley (b. as Dorothy Houghton) died on October 5 following a battle with cancer. Lumley was married, at one time, to horror author Brian Lumley, who she continued to represent. In the wake of Lumley's death, the literary agency she founded closed. Prior to becoming an agent, Lumley worked as an editor for Methuen.
Author and screenwriter Philip Nutman (b.1963) died on October 7. Nutman's only novel, the zombie novel Wet Work, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel. His short fiction appeared in numerous anthologies and he wrote the screenplay to the film The Girl Next Door, which he also produced. Nutman appeared as an actor in several low budget films, including Death Collector. Nutman also worked on numerous comics during his career.
Fan and editor Leland Sapiro (b.1924) died on October 8. Sapiro, along with Jon White and Ron Smith, revived the fanzine Inside Science Fiction as Inside in 1962. Eventually, Sapiro was left in editorial control of the magazine and it became the Riverside Quarterly, with a more scholarly feel to it. Although there was a lengthy lapse in publishing during the seventies, Sapiro published the final issue of Riverside Quarterly in the early 1990s.
Fan Larry Tucker (b.1948) died on October 8. Tucker was was active in the Stilyagi Air Corps, the Science Fiction Oral History Association, and the Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association. As far back as the 1970s, we was taking video and making recordings of conventions. Tucker was also the driving force behind the film FAANS. Tucker chaired or co-chaired three ConFusions from '78-'80, he continued to attend the convention even after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2011.
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.
Mercury Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter (b.1925) died on October 10. Carpenter flew reconnaissance missions for the Navy in Korea before being selected as part of the initial astronaut class by NASA. When Deke Slayton was grounded, Carpenter was moved forward in the flight rotation. He flew on Aurora 7 on May 24, 1962, the fourth American in space and the second to achieve orbit. His flight considered a success until the last moments when a mechanical problem caused him to splashdown 400 km beyond his planned landing zone. Two years later, he left NASA to join the Navy's SEALAB program and, after leaving the Navy in 1969, he founded Sea Sciences, Inc. to help develop products from the oceans. Prior to his own flight, Carpenter uttered the phrase "Godspeed, John Glenn" just before Glenn's Friendship 7 capsule was launched. Glenn is now the only living member of the Mercury 7.
Fan and editor Frank Dietz died in mid-October. Dietz was one of the founding members (and President) of the Lunarians in 1956. Over the years, he published the fanzines Luna, Luna Monthly, and Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. He published the daily newsletter for the Cinvention. He served on the concom for Lunacon from 1957 through 1971 and in 2007, he was the Fan Guest of Honor at Lunacon 50. Dietz was also an esteemed member of the Order of St. Fantony. In 1958, he and George Nims Raybin filed a lawsuit against Dave Kyle over funds from the 1956 NYCon.
Actor Ed Lauter (b.1938) died on October 16. Lauter appeared on the television shows Charmed, Highlander, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and in the 1976 remake of King Kong. Other films include The Rocketeer, Real Genius, and Timerider
Actor Richard Lyon (b.1934) died on October 16. Lyon appeared in Anna and the King of Siam and was the adopted son of silent film comedian Bebe Daniels and actor Ben Lyon. Their family, was featured in the radio and television series Life with the Lyons from 1950-1960. Lyon final film appearance was in the horror film The Headless Ghost.
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 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.
Dancer Larri Thomas (b.1932, as Lyda L. Thomas) died on October 20. Thomas began appearing on television and in films, usually as an uncredited dancer, in 1951. Some of her more notable films included House of Wax, Guys and Dolls. Her first credited role was in Curucu, Beast of the Amazon in 1956. She also appeared in Mary Poppins and Earth Girls Are Easy. Her final credit was an appearance on the television show Coach in 1993.
Fan and editor Andrea Dubnick (b. 1950) died on October 21. Dubnick was active in the SCA as Sonya of Prague and helped coordinate the Twilight Tales reading series at Chicago's Red Lion pub for several years, including editing at least on collection of stories by readers, Tales from the Red Lion. In 2000, she shared a Bram Stoker Award with Tina Jens for their work on Twilight Tales.
Author and screenwriter William Harrison (b. 1933) died on October 22. Harrison wrote 9 novels and more than 50 short stories. Many of his science fiction short stories appeared in the slicks and he was best known for the story "Roller Ball Murder," which first appeared in Esquire. Harrison twice adapted the short story for film, both times under the title Rollerball. He also wrote the film Mountains of the Moon about the Speke-Burton African expedition.
Takashi Yanase (b.1919) died on October 23. Yanase was the creator of the anime Anpanman and wrote Mighty Cat Masked Niyander and Hot-Blooded Fairytale Masterpiece Anpanman. He served as chairman of the Japan Cartoonist Association from 2000 through 2012.
Actor Ivan Naranjo (b.1937) died on October 24. Naranjo appeared in episodes of Knight Rider, Wonder Woman, War of the Worlds, and They Came from Outer Space. He occasionally worked as a composer for films as well.
Actor Nigel Davenport (b. 1928) died on October 25. Davenport appeared in the films Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and television productions of Bram Stoker's Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Davenport read the lines of the HAL 9000 during filming of 2001: a space odyssey, but was overdubbed by Douglas Rain for the final film. Davenport's son is Jack Davenport, who portrayed Norrington in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Actress Marcia Wallace (b.1942) died on October 25. Wallace was best known for her roles as The Bob Newhart Show and The Simpsons, but she also provided voicework for Monsters University and Batman: The Animated Series and appearances on Bewitched, Teen Witch, and Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College.
Animator Toby Bluth (b. as Fred Bluth) died on October 31. Bluth was the brother of Don Bluth and worked on Godzilla, Challenge of the SuperFriends, and Wizards. He also animated and directed a version of Babes in Toyland.
Actor Robert Gray (b.1945) died on October 31. Gray appeared in The Greatest American Hero, Innerspace, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, and UFOria.
Chicago fan Greg Mate, known to many as Clash, died on November 2. Clash DJed many Windycon dances over the years and was scheduled to DJ at Windycon 40.
Comic artist Nick Cardy (b. 1920) died on November 3. Cardy was best known for working on Aquaman and Teen Titans for DC. He began working for Eisner and Iger in 1938, when he was 18 and, after serving in World War II, he joined DC in 1950. In the mid-1970s, Cardy left the comics field for commercial art and film posters. Cardy was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.
Actor Paul Mantee (b. 1931) died on November 7. Mantee was in the film Robinson Crusoe on Mars and appeared on episodes of Batman, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Logan's Run. After retiring from acting, Mantee wrote two semi-autobiographical novels, Bruno of Hollywood and In Search of the Perfect Ravioli.
Actor Al Ruscio (b. 1931) died on November 12. Ruscio may be most familiar to audiences as mob boss Leo Cuneo in The Godfather, Part III, but he also appeared in several genre television shows including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Six Million Dollar Man, Salvage 1, and The X-Files.
Actress Barbara Lawrence (b.1928) died on November 13. Lawrence's sole genre credit was in the film Kronos. She is best known for her role in Oklahoma! And Letter to Three Wives.
Casting Director Marvin Paige (b.1927) died on November 13. Paige helped form the casts for 2000 Years Later, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters, the Planet of the Apes television series, Mutiny in Outer Space, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Paige received two Casting Society of America nominations for Best Casting for his work on General Hospital.
Actress Sheila Allen (b.1929, as Sheila Mathews) died on November 15. Allen was married to producer Irwin Allen and appeared in many of his projects, including City Beneath the Sea, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, and The Towering Inferno. She also served as a producer on the television film The Time Tunnel.
Actor Mickey Knox (b.1921, as Abraham Knox) died on November 15. Knox appeared in the films The 10th Victim, based on Rbert Sheckley's story "The 7th Victim," Frankenstein Unbound, The Adventures of Superman, and The X-Files. In the 1950s, Knox was blacklisted and he moved to Italy and in the 1960s wrote the English versions of the films The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.
Actor Kirk Scott (b.1936) died on November 16. Scott appeared in episodes of Quantum Leap, the original V, the made-for-tv film Starflight, and End of the World.
Australian fan Graham Stone (b.1926) died on November 16. Stone won an A. Bertram Chandler Award in 1999 for Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction. In the 1960ws, Stone published Australian Science Fiction Index: 1939-1962 and Australian Science Fiction Index: 1925-1967. His fanzine, Notes on Australian Science Fiction served as the basis for a book of the same title, and he published other fanzines and bibliographies as well. Several of his works, such as A History of Australian Science Fiction Fandom, 1935-1963, were published pseudonymously.
Author Doris Lessing (b.1919, as Doris Tayler) died on November 17. Lessing, who received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007, was a Guest of Honor at Conspiracy '87, the 1987 Worldcon in Brighton, UK. Her best known works include The Golden Notebook, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark. Lessing also wrote the five volume science fiction series Canopus in Argos. When reviewers took her to task for writing science fiction, Lessing replied, "What they didn't realise was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time. I also admire the classic sort of science fiction, like Blood Music, by Greg Bear. He's a great writer."
Author Joseph J. Lazzaro (b.1957) died on November 18. Lazzaro is best known for his non-fiction, including the books Adaptive Technologies for Learning & Work Environments and Adapting PCs for Disabilities. He also worked for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. In 1995, he published his first short story, "Ben Franklin's Spaceship," written with Peter L. Manly. His only other published fiction was "The Turing Testers," written with Michael A. Burstein, although he had several non-fiction articles published in Analog as well.
Diane Disney Miller (b.1933) died on November 19. Miller was the last surviving child of Walt Disney and worked to keep his legacy alive, co-founding the Walt Disney Family Museum. She continued to support the company and the parks with her husband, Ron Miller serving as Disney President and CEO in the 70s and 80s.
Author and publisher Michael Burgess (b.1948), who used the professional name Robert Reginald died on November 20. Burgess began attending science fiction conventions in 1968 and in 1975, he used the royalties from his first reference work to start The Borgo Press, which published reference works for several years. Reginald also published numerous bibliographies over the years as well as some of his own original fiction. Some of his works include Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 1975-1991: A Bibliography of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Fiction Books and Nonfiction Monographs, and the Codex Derynianus.
Actor Dan Garrity (b.1953) died on November 20. Garrity appeared in the films The Spirit and Sublime. His television roles included an appearance in the pilot for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr and Freddy's Nightmare.
Fan Mike Jelenski (b.1980) died on November 22. Jelenski was involved in running Capricon, in Chicago, where he has run the con suite and was currently working in the Events division. He also served as the #2 for Chicon 7?s Union Liaison.
Author Joel Lane (b.1963) died on November 25. Lane began publishing in 1986 with the short story "The Foggy, Foggy Dew." He went on to publish several other stories as well as two novels. Lane won the British Fantasy Award for his collection The Earth Wire and Other Stories and for his short story "My Stone Desire." His novella The Witnesses are Gone was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist.
Comics illustrator Al Plastino (b.1921) died on November 25. Plastino was one of the most prolific Superman artists of the 1950s and co-created Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes with Otto Binder. Plastino worked on the Superman story "Superman's Mission for President Kennedy," the publication of which was delayed due to Kennedy's assassination and then only published at the request of Lyndon Johnson.
Actress Jane Kean (b.1923) died on November 26. Kane appeared in Explorers and the Disney part-animation Pete's Dragon.
Actor Lewis Collins (b.1946) died on November 27. Collins appeared in the British television series Robin Hood and in the Mexican television series Tarzán.
Actor Danny Wells (b.1941) died on November 28. Wells portrayed Luigi in the live action segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! He also did voice work for Batman: The Animated Series, and appeared on The Greatest American Hero and The Bionic Woman. He appeared in the Disney films The Strongest Man in the World and The Shaggy D.A.
Russian actor Yuriy Yakovlev (b.1928) died on November 30. Yakovlev was a major Soviet era film star and appeared in the 1973 film Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future, the cyberpunk film Kin-dza-dza! , and the fantasy film King of the Reindeer. He appeared in many historical dramas, including Anna Karenina, and in 1976 was named People's Actor of the USSR.
Author and historian T. R. Fehrenbach (b.1925) died on December 1. Following his service in the Korean War, Fehrenbach turned to writing science fiction, although his best known works were historical. He published "Remember the Alamo!" in Analog in 1961 and "From the Tower of Eridu" in Lone Star Universe. Fehrenbach, who also wrote about the history of Texas, tended to use the initials "R. R." for his science fiction.
Actor Christopher Evans Welch (b.1965) died on December 2. Welch appeared in the remakes of The Stepford Wives and War of the Worlds.
Richard T. Gallen (b.1933) died on December 3 of complications from Parkinson's Disease. Gallen worked in the publishing industry as an attorney and book packager and also provided financial support to several publishing start ups, including Bluejay Books, Tor Books, Baen Books, and Carroll & Graf.
Actor Ronald Hunter (b.1943) died on December 3. Hunter appeared in episodes of the television series Journeyman and The Big Bang Theory as well as horror films The Sentinal, Parasomnia, and Re-Cut.
Actor Barry Jackson (b.1946) died on December 5. Jackson appeared in three Doctor Who serials, including "The Romans" and "The Armageddon Factor." he also appeared in "Mission to the Unknown," the only serial that did not include the Doctor. Other genre roles included parts in A for Andromeda, Blakes 7, and Adam Adamant Lives.
Author Colin Wilson (b.1931) died on December 5. In addition to numerous non-fiction works, Wilson wrote short stories set in the Cthulhu Mythos, the novel The Space Vampires, which was filmed as Lifeforce, and the Spider-World series. After his description of Lovecraft as a bad writer caused August Derleth to challenge him, Wilson wrote the novel The Mind Parasites. Following a stroke in 2012, Wilson lost his ability to speak.
Director Édouard Molinaro (b.1928) died on December 7. Molinaro directed the horror films Dracula and Sons and Poltergay as well as the SF film Hibernatus. He is best known as the director of La Cage au Folles, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
Actor Don Mitchell (b.1943) died on December 8. Mitchell may be best known for his role as Mark Sanger on Ironside, but also had several appearances in genre work, including the television shows Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and Wonder Woman. He also appeared in the film Scream Blacula Scream.
Actor Gary Robbins (b.1957) died on December 11. Robbins appeared in episodes of Goosebumps, The Forever Knight, and The Twilight Zone as well as the film Short Circuit 2. Some of his horror appearances included Wrong Turn, Humongous, and In the Mouth of Madness.
Fan Ruth Speer died on December 11. Ruth married fan Jack Speer, the author of Up to Now, one of the first histories of SF fandom, in 1951.
Actress Audrey Totter (b.1918) died on December 12. Totter appeared in episodes of anthology series Matinee Theatre and Science Fiction Theatre, as well as the fantasy film The Cockeyed Miracle.
Author Hugh Nissenson (b.1933) died on December 13. Nissenson was the author of numerous non-genre works and worked as a reporter, covering Adolph Eichmann's 1961 trial for Commentary. His 2001 novel The Song of the Earth was a science fiction novel and a nominee for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. His short story "Forcing the End" appeared in Jack Dann's anthology More Wandering Stars.
Actor Peter O'Toole (b.1923) died on December 14. O'Toole was best known for his roles as T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia and two very different portrayals of King Henry II in Becket and The Lion in Winter. Some of his genre films included Stardust, Supergirl, High Spirits, Creator, and episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theater. He also played a British lord who thought he was Jesus in The Ruling Class.
Rosemary Wolfe (b.1931), the wife of author Gene Wolfe, died on December 14.
Actress Joan Fontaine (b.1917, as Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland) died on December 15. Best known for her role in Rebecca, she appeared in episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the anthology series Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, and the film The Witches. Her sister was actress Olivia de Haviland.
Comics artist Janice Valleau Winkleman (b.1923) died on December 15. Winkleman was one of the first female artists to work in the comics field, working on Archie Comics as well as detective Toni Gayle. She began working in comics in the late 1930s and her last work appeared in Nyoka the Jungle Girl in 1955. Winkleman was also credited as Ginger Valleau, Janice Valleau, and Janice Winkleman.
Production Manager Marty Hornstein (b.1937) died on December 19. Hornstein worked extensively on the Star Trek films, specifically on The Undiscovered Country, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis. Other genre work included Futureworld, Silent Running, and The Crow: City of Angels.
YA author Ned Vizzini (b.1981) committed suicide on December 19. Vizzini's first book, It's Kind of a Funny Story, was a semi-autobiographical look at a teenager whose suicide attempt landed him in an institution. His second novel, Be More Chill, has science fictional elements in it and his third novel, The Other Normals, was an alternative fantasy. He also published a collection of essays and was working on a multi-book series with Chris Columbus.
Fan Nancy Kemp (b.1923) died on December 22 of uterine cancer. Nancy had been married to fan Earl Kemp for several years, although the two divorced more than 40 years ago. She worked with Earl on his one-shot Hugo Award winning fanzine Who Killed Science Fiction? in 1960 and also produced children with Earl. She was active in conventions and fannish gatherings in the Midwest into the early 70s.
Editor Anthony J. Bryant (b.1961) died on December 25. Bryant served as the fifth editor of Dragon Magazine from issue 222-229 in 1995 and 1996. Bryant also was a specialist on Japanese military history, publishing four volumes on the Samurai period.
Actor Joseph Ruskin (b.1924, as Joseph Schlafman) died on December 28. Ruskin appeared on several versions of Star Trek, including the original series, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise as well as the films Star Trek: Insurrection. Other genre work includes episodes of Wonder Woman, Twilight Zone, The Planet of the Apes, and The Wild Wild West. He played Galt in the original Star Trek episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion."
Polish composer Wojciech Kilar (b.1932) died on December 29. Wojchiech provided scores for numerous films, both in Poland and the US, including Bram Stoker's Dracula, Lokis. Rekopis profesora Wittembacha, The King and the Mockingbird, and The Ninth Gate.
Actor James Avery (b.1948) died on December 31. Avery might have been best known for his role as Uncle Phil on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but he also had substantial genre credits, providing the voice of Shredder on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jim Rhodes in animated versions of Iron Man and Spider-Man, General K'Vagh on Star Trek: Enterprise, and many more.
Steven H Silver is a seven-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings. He is the publisher of ISFiC Press. In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is heavily involved in convention running and publishes the fanzine Argentus.
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