Actor Rex Reason (b.1928) died on November 19. While Reason may be best known for his roles in various Westerns, he also appeared in the science fiction classic This Island Earth and the horror film The Creature Walks Among Us.
Graphic designer Michael C. Gross (b.1945) died on November 16. Gross is best known for his design of the logo for Ghostbusters. He also designed the National Lampoon cover which featured the caption “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog.” Gross also produced both Ghostbusters films as well as Heavy Metal. He received Emmy nominations for his work on SCTV Network, Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas, and The Real Ghostbusters.
Swedish SF author Johan Frick (b.1966) died on November 14. Frick founded the Gothenburg outlet of the Science Fiction bookstore, published several short stories, and translated the works of Patricia McKillip into Swedish.
Fan Daniel Fleetwood (b.1983) died on November 9. Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan, was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and given two months to live. His final wish was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney arranged for him to see an unfinished cut at his home last week and he also received a call from director J. J. Abrams.
Actor Gunnar Hansen (b.1947) died on November 7. Hansen’s most famous role was his debut as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He went on to appear in numerous other low budget horror films, including Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Chainsaw Sally, and Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre.
Publisher Carl Llewellyn Weschckes (b.1930) died on November 7. Weschckes was the publisher of Llewellyn Worldwide, which specialized in New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality. Weschckes purchased 60-year old Llewellyn Publications in 1961 and opened the Gnostica Bookstore in Minneapolis 9 years later. Throughout the first half of the 1970s, he ran Gnosticon in Minneapolis.
Bruce Edwards (b.1952) died on October 28. Edwards was a scholar of the works of C. S. Lewis and was the general editor of the multi-volume C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. He was nominated for a Mythopoeic Award for his study The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer and wrote other books on Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. Edwards taught for more than 30 years at Bowling Green State University.
Car designer George Barris (b.1925) died on November 5. Barris is best known for designing the 1966 Batmobile and went on to design custom cars for The Munsters and The Beverly Hillbillies. Barris bought the Lincoln Futura which was the base for the Batmobile for $1 and spent about $15,000 to run it into the iconic car. In 2013, he sold the original Batmobile for $4.2 million.
Actor Charles Herbert (b.1948) died on October 31. Herbert appeared in the original The Fly, The Colossus of New York, and episodes of The Twilight Zone, Men Into Space, and The Outer Limits.
Screenwriter Melissa Mathison (b.1950) died on November 4. Mathison is best known for writing the film E.T.: The Extraterrestrial. She also wrote the second section of The Twilight Zone: The Movie, The BFG, and The Indian in the Cupboard. Non-genre film credits include work as a location scout for The Godfather: Part II and as an executive assistant on Apocalypse Now. From 1983-2004, she was married to Harrison Ford.