Obituary: Jóhann Jóhannsson

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (b.1969) died on February 9. Jóhannsson composed the music for the films Arrival and The Theory of Everything, being nominated for an Oscar for the latter film, as well as Sicario. Other science fiction films with his music included By day and by Night and the shorts Junk Love and The Sea of Perdition.

Obituary: John Gavin

Actor John Gavin (b.Juan Vincent Apablasa, 1931) died on February 9. Gavin appeared in the films Psycho, Pedro Páramo, and an episode of The Wide World of Mystery. He left acting in 1981 to serve as the Ambassador to Mexico during the Reagan administration.

Obituary: Reg E. Cathey

Actor Reg E. Cathey (b.1958) died on February 9. Cathey played Dr. Franklin Storm in Fantastic 4 and appeared in Tank Girl and The Mask. He played Baron Samedi in Grimm and played Morag in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Obituary: Mickey Jones

Actor Mickey Jones (b.1941) died on February 7. Jones may be best known for his roles on Home Improvement and Justified, but he also appeared in the film Starman, the original Total Recall, and the television shows V, Battlestar Galactica, and Alf.

Obituary: Dave Palter

Dave Palter (b.1952) died on February 6. Palter edited the fanzine Apple of Discord and was active in the Toronto fannish scene, attending First Thursday before he left fandom. In the 1970s, he was active in Scientology, but left the movement and became a critic of it in the early 1980s.

Obituary: Hugh Hancock

Hugh Hancock died on February 5. Hancock created Strange Company to make movies, shorts, and machinima and developed the VR RPG Left-Hand Path. Among his earlier work was the mechanima film Bloodspell.

Obituary: John Mahoney

Actor John Mahoney (b.1940) died on February 4. Best known for his role on Frasier and his long affiliation with Chicago’s Steppanwolf Theatre, his genre credits include the film The Iron Giant, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Third Rock from the Sun.

Obituary: Joseph Polchinski

Physicist Joseph Polchinski (b.1954) died on February 2. Polchinski helped create the mathematical foundation for the idea that our universe is part of the multiverse. He was also working with string theory and credited his interest in physics to his love of science fiction.

Obituary: Mark Salling

Actor Mark Salling (b.1982) committed suicide on January 30 while awaiting sentencing on child pornography charges. Salling is best known for his role on Glee and appeared in the horror films The Graveyard and Children of the Corn: The Gathering.

Obituary: Kendall Carly Browne

Actress Kendall Carly Browne died on January 26. Browne began working as a secretary for the Zeppo Marx Talent Agency and eventually began appearing in films, including Dreamscape and Alligator and an episode of the television series Freddy’s Nightmares.