Obituary: Bradford Dillman

Actor Bradford Dillman (b.1930) died on January 16. Dillman appeared in episodes of The Wild Wild West, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and Night Gallery. His film work included Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Piranha, and The Swarm

Obituary: Bob Carlton

British director Bob Carlton (b.1950) died on January 18. Carlton was the creator and director of the jukebox musical Return to the Forbidden Planet, which was based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the film Forbidden Planet. The musical received the Laurence Oliver for Best New Musical in both 1989 and 1990 .

Obituary: Bella Emberg

British actress Bella Emberg (b.Sybil Dyke, 1937) died on January 12. Emberg appeared in the Doctor Who serials “The Time Warrior” and “Doctor Who and the Silurians” with Jon Pertwee and the episode “Love & Monsters” with David Tennant. She also appeared in episodes of Doomwatch and The Tomorrow People. Emberg also appeared on The Benyn Hill Show and in the French Revolution sequence in History of the World, Part I.

Obituary: Thomas Bopp

Amateur astronomer Thomas J. Bopp (b.1949) died on January 6. Bopp was working as a manager at a construction materials factory when he discovered Comet Hale-Bopp (also discovered by Alan Hale), on July 22, 1995. Following the discovery, he left his job to become a full time speaker and educator on astronomy.

Obituary: John Young

Astronaut John Young (b.1930) died on January 5. Young flew the first Gemini mission with Gus Grissom, flew on Apollo 10, landed on the moon during Apollo 16, and later flew the inaugural flight of the space shuttle Columbia. He is the only man to fly four different classes of spacecraft. He holds the record for astronaut with the longest active service with NASA: 42 years. With Young’s death, only five moonwalkers survive.

Obituary: Jerry van Dyke

Actor Jerry van Dyke (b.1931) died on January 5. Van Dyke starred in the sitcom My Mother the Car and later appeared on Teen Angel. He was also Dick van Dyke’s younger brother and made appearances on his brother’s show. He may be best known for his non-genre role on Coach.

Obituary: Darlanne Fluegel

Actress Darlanne Fleugel (b.1953) died on December 15. Fluegel appeared in Battle Beyond the Stars, Pet Sematary II, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, and an episode of The Twilight Zone. Her mainstream films included To Live and Die in L.A. and Running Scared.

Obituary: Frank Buxton

Director and actor Frank Buxton (b.1930) died on January 2. Buxton did quite a bit of voicework for animation, including creating the character Batfink. He wrote several episodes of The Odd Couple and Happy Days and directed both of those shows as well as episodes of Mork and Mindy.

Obituary: Fred Bass

Bookseller Fred Bass (b.1928) died on January 3. Bass’s father opened The Strand Bookstore in 1927 and bass began working there in 1941, taking over the store in 1956 after he returned from the Korean War. He moved the store from its original location on Fourth Avenue to its current location. The store is co-owned by Bass’s daughter, Nancy Bass Wyden.

Obituary: Jon Paul Steuer

Actor Jon Paul Steuer (b.1984) died on January 2. Steuer began acting when he was 4, appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Alexander Rozhenko. He retired from acting when he was 12 after starring in Grace Under Fire and as an adult performed with bands Soda Pop Kids and P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. using the name Jonny P. Jewels.