Ray Harryhausen [1920-2013]

Ray Harryhausen [1920-2013]

Ray Harryhausen’s name was one you would mention only to your friends who were really into movies. Or if you had just met someone and you wanted to test their credits-throw in a Harryhausen reference. If they nodded and agreed, you knew you were in good company.

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Farley Granger Passes at 85

Farley Granger Passes at 85

Actor Farley Granger, best known for his work in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ and ‘Strangers on a Train’ passed away Sunday at the age of 85.

Born in San Jose, California Granger started his career when he was cast after an audition in front of Samuel Goldwyn for a part that was originally intended for Montgomery Clift. A high school senior, he was given a 7-year contract with the studio.

Appearing in over 40 films, Granger truly left a mark on American Cinema.

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Elizabeth Taylor Passes at Age 79

Elizabeth Taylor Passes at Age 79

Elizabeth Taylor has passed away at the age of 79. Considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Taylor began her career as an adolescent in 1942, and was working all the way to 2003.

Elizabeth Taylor is of course known for her role in Hollywood classics like Cleopatra, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf.

She was an classic film icon, and her mark on the medium will be remembered indefinitely.

Corey Haim Found Dead at 38

Corey Haim Found Dead at 38

Actor Corey Haim was found dead in Burbank at the age of 38. Haim apparently died Wednesday morning at 2:15am at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death, but there are no other details. The Canadian-born actor became a teen star in the 80s with such films as ‘The Lost Boys,’ ‘Lucas,’ and ‘License to Drive.’

Recently Haim appeared in the reality show ‘The Two Coreys,’ about himself and friend/colleague Corey Feldman.

Patrick Swayze Dead at 57

Patrick Swayze Dead at 57

Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze died yesterday at 57 years old after fighting cancer for over a year. The talented actor was known for his roles in such films as Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Powder Blue, and as of recent, his role in the A&E Series ‘The Beast.’

Born in Houston, Swayze will be most remembered for his role of dance instructor in Dirty Dancing. When initially diagnosed, Swayze was told he had but weeks to live, but he fought a brave fight, and died peacefully with his family at his side.

80s icon, and an actor in the midst of a comeback, it is certainly sad to see him go.

Karl Malden Passes at 97

Karl Malden Passes at 97

karl maldenAcademy Award winning American Actor Karl Malden has passed away at the age of 97. KNown for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, Baby Doll, and How the West Was Won.

Born in Gary, Indiana, Malden started his acting career on Broadway in 1937. He was also known for his role of Lt. Mike Stone in the Television series ‘The Streets of San Francisco.’

With a career spanning seven decades, Karl Malden’s mark on Hollywood will shine bright, and he will certainly be missed.

Ed McMahon Dies at 86

Ed McMahonEd McMahon, perhaps best known for his introduction of Johnny Carson, opened the Tonight Show for 30 years, has died at the age of 86.

McMahon made a career of appearances on television and radio, he was a self-proclaimed “second-banana,” playing the straight man to Carson. Through the years, McMahon hosted various television talent shows, pitched sweepstakes, and hosted telethons.

He is a personality that touched many generations, and his presence will definitely be missed.

George Carlin Dies at 71

George Carlin Dies at 71

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Comedian George Carlin, best known for his verbose, increasingly angry humor has died at age 71. Carlin died Sunday in Los Angeles of heart failure. [Read more…]

Actor John Philip Law Dead at 70

Actor John Philip Law Dead at 70

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Actor John Philip Law, best known for his starring role in Mario Bava’s ‘Diabolik,’ and Roger Vadim’s ‘Barbarella,’ has died.  Law passed away at his home in Los Angeles.  He was 70 years old.

Law also appeared in the movies, ‘The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming,’ ‘The Hawaiians,’ and the much discussed, rarely seen Otto Preminger movie, ‘Skidoo.’  One of Law’s final films was Roman Copola’s ‘CQ,’ which I adore for it’s embrace and love of the 1960s era of European movies.

If you haven’t seen any of his movies, I highly recommend his two best known films.  He will be missed.  -Sam

E Street Member Federici Dies

E Street Member Federici Dies

newsdanny.jpgSad news from E Street. Original E Street Band member Danny Federici has died. Federici was fighting melanoma. He had been the keyboard and organ player for the band for 40 years.

Bruce Springsteen released the following statement: ‘Danny and I worked together for 40 years – he was the most wonderfully fluid keyboard player and a pure natural musician. I loved him very much…we grew up together.’

Federici was on leave from the band to focus on his illness. Springsteen and the other members had remarked recently that his fight was going well and that they were hoping he would be joining them soon.

I caught one of Federici’s last full shows with the band back in November. He played with them on some dates since then, but didn’t play the whole show, due to the taxing nature of a three hour concert. At that show, Springsteen kept calling Federici down to play center stage. The audience was also incredibly appreciative of Federici’s talents and you could see that the outpouring of support touched him.

Springsteen’s concerts in Florida on Friday and Saturday have been postponed.