Actor Ken Weatherwax (b.1955) died on December 7 from an heart attack. Weatherwax is best known for portraying Pugsley Addams on The Addams Family and in subsequent television films based on the property. After working on the show, he began to work behind the scenes in Hollywood.
Film historian Walt Lee (b.1931) died on November 23, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Lee published the three volume Reference Guide to Fantastic Films between 1972 and 1975, for which he was award a Worldcon Special Convention Award at Aussiecon.
Producer Glen A. Larson (b.1937) died on November 15. Larson created the original Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Knight Rider. Some of his non-genre shows included Quincy, M.E. and Magnum, P.I..
Special effects artist Michael Lennick (b.1952) died on November 7. Lennick worked on science fiction films including Harrison Bergeron, The War of the Worlds, The Fly, The Dead Zone, and many others. Lennick also made TV documentaries focusing on science and astronautics. Lennick described himself as a fan and reader of sf as well as a filmmaker.
Actress Carol Ann Susi (b.1952) died on November 11, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. She appeared in an episode of Journeyman and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, as well as the film Death Becomes Her, but she was probably best known as the voice of Debbie Wolowitz, Howard Wolowitz’s mother, on The Big Bang Theory.
The Prix Utopiales winners were announced at the Nantes Utopiales Festival International de Science-Fiction on October 31. The awards carry a prize of €3000 and are presented for works produced by Europeans and published in French in the year of eligibility. The Julia Verlanger Prize is a literary award established in 1986 which honors science fiction and fantasy novels.
- Prix Julia Verlanger: L’esprit du Melkine, by Olivier Paquet
- Prix Extraordinaire: Chris Foss
- Prix du meilleur scénario de jeux de rôle: Les Brumes de Saint-Malo, (for the game Les Larmes du Cardinal) by Pierre Éric Mouton
- Prix du meilleur jeu vidéo réalisé à la Game Jam: Neuromance, by Bastien Kerspern, Charles Perinet, Rémi Gourrierec, Alain Puget, Pierre Chabiland, and Louis Godart
- Prix de la meilleure bande dessinée de science-fiction: Punk Rock Jesus, by Sean Murphy
- Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de courts métrages: Reset, by Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Åkerström
- Prix du public – compétition internationale de courts métrages: The Nostalgist, by Giacomo Cimini
- Grand Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de longs métrages: The Midnight After, by Fruit Chan
- Prix Syfy du public – compétition internationale de longs métrages: Predestination, by Michael and Peter Spierig
- Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse: Pixel Noir, by Jeanne-A Debats
- Prix Utopiales Européen: Sumerki , by Dmitry Glukhovsky; translated by Denis E. Savine
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Actress Marcia Strassman (b.1948) died on October 26 from breast cancer. Strassman was best known for her role as Julie Kotter on Welcome Back, Kotter, but also had numerous genre credits including the film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and sequels, and the television show Tremors. She also had appearances in episodes of Highlander, Time Express, and Amazing Stories.
Actress Lynda Bellingham (b.Meredith Lee Hughes, 1948) died on October 19. Bellingham is best known to genre audiences for her role as The Inquisitor in the season long Doctor Who serial “The Trial of a Time Lord” in 1986. She also appeared in episodes of Blakes 7 and Jackanory. She also appeared in two series of All Creatures Great and Small, opposite Peter Davison.
Actor Angus Lennie (b.1930) died on September 14. Best known for his role as Ives in The Great Escape, Lennie also appeared in two Doctor Who serials: The Ice Warriors, opposite Patrick Troughton’s Doctor, and Terror of the Zygons, opposite Tom Baker. He also appeared in an episode of Target Luna and portrayed Mr. Tumnus in three episodes of the 1967 television series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Actor Richard Kiel (b.1939) died on September 10. Kiel is best known for his portrayal of the villainous Jaws in two James Bond films. He also was originally cast as The Incredible Hulk, but was replaced by Lou Ferigno before the show went to air, although at least one of his scenes remained in the pilot. He portrayed the Kanamit in the seminal The Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man,” as well as appearing in other science fiction shows and films.