Obituary: Harry Robinson

Actor Harry Robinson (b.1930) died on April 30. Robinson worked as a stand-in and double for Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He also appeared in episodes of Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis. Prior to becoming an actor, Robinson flew with the RAF in the Berlin Airlift and worked as a paramedic, being one of the first on the scene for the Great Train Robbery.

Obituary: Susan Ann Protter

Agent Susan Ann Protter (b.1939) died on April 26. Protter began working for Harper before striking out as an independent literary agent. She has represented Rudy Rucker, Kathryn Cramer, Glenn Grant, and others.

Obituary: Michael Anderson

Director Michael Anderson (b.1920) died on April 25. Anderson directed the 1956 film Around the World in 80 Days, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. In the 1970s, Anderson directed Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze and Logan’s Run. He directed a television version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1997.

Obituary: Verne Troyer

Actor Verne Troyer (b.1969) committed suicide on April 21. Troyer portrayed Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and also appeared in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He was Mini-me in the second and third Austin Powers films. He made his film debut in 1996 in the title role of Pinocchio’s Revenge.

Obituary: R. Lee Ermey

Actor R. Lee Ermey (b.1944) died on April 15. Best known for his role in the film Full Metal Jacket, Ermey provided the voice of Sarge in the Toy Story movies and provided voicework in various other animated shows and in the film Starship Troopers. He played Brisco County, Sr. in two episodes of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Obituary: Fred Crippen

Animator Fred Crippen (b.1928) died on March 22. Crippen formed Pantomime Studios in 1958 and went on to create the cartoon Roger Ramjet, which aired for 5 seasons. Crippen later worked on Men in Black: The Series, Yogi’s Space Race, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other cartoons. He also taught art at a variety of colleges in southern California.

Obituary: David Bischoff

Author David Bischoff (b.1951) died on March 19. Bischoff’s first novel, The Seeker, was published in 1976. His 1977 story, “Tin Woodman,” written with Dennis R. Bailey, was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Other novels included two books in the Bill, the Galactic Hero series, two Dr. Dimension books written with John DeChancie, and several film and television novelizations. He also wrote screenplays for the television series Dinosaucers, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Space Precinct.

Obituary: Philip Kerr

Scottish author Philip Kerr (b.1956) died on March 23. Writing as P.B. Kerr, he wrote the Children of the Lamp series as well as the novel One Small Step. Kerr also wrote under his own name and several books using the pseudonym Bernard Gunther.

Obituary: Rennie Levine

Filker Rennie Levine (b.1954) died on March 21. Levine was active in New York and East Coast filk circles and is known for songs like “FIAWOL (Filking Is A Way Of Life).” In 1998, her song “Ode to the Sci Fi Channel” won first place in the OVFF Songwriting Contest in the TV Theme Songs category.

Obituary: Earl Cooley III

Texas fan Earl Cooley III died on March 20. Cooley volunteered at Armadillocon, including maintaining the convention’s website. He was also the SysOp for the SMOF BBS in Austin.