Actor James Bacon (b.1914) died on September 18. Not to be confused with the Irish SF fan, Bacon appeared in all five Planet of the Apes films, usually as an ape, although he portrayed a human, General Faulkner, in Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Bacon, who primarily made his living as a journalist, also had minor roles in the films Capricorn 1 and Meteor.
Producer Mort Abrahams (b.1916) died on May 28. In the 1950s, Abrahams was the producer of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. He went on to work on the anthology series Tales of Tomorrow. Abrahams served as associate producer on the first two Planet of the Apes films and received a story credit for Beneath the Planet of the Apes. His non-genre work included The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The House on Garibaldi Street.