Connect with us

Movies News

Remembering Gene Wilder, Arthur Hiller and More Reel-Important People We Lost in August

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you’ll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way.

Kenny Baker (1934-2016) – Actor. He was best known for performing the role of R2-D2 from inside the droid in the Star Wars movies. He also played one of the featured Ewoks in Return of the Jedi (see him below). His other movies include Time BanditsLabyrinthFlash GordonThe Elephant Man, AmadeusWillow and Mona Lisa. He died on August 13. See our own obituary post here. 

[embedded content]

Eric Bergren (1954-2016) – Screenwriter. He was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing The Elephant Man and also worked on the scripts for Frances and The Dark Wind. He died of complications from liver cancer on July 14. (Variety)

Fyvush Finkel (1922-2016) – Actor. Best known for his roles on TV’s Picket Fences and Boston Public, he also appears in the movies A Serious Man (see below), NixonBrighton Beach Memoirs and Mobsters. He died on August 14. (Broadway World)

[embedded content]

Steven Hill (1922-2016) – Actor. Best known for his District Attorney role on TV’s Law & Order, he also appears in the movies The Firm (see below), Raw DealYentlHeartburnBrighton Beach MemoirsRunning on Empty and Billy Bathgate. He died on August 23. (THR)

[embedded content]

Arthur Hiller (1923-2016) – Director, Producer. He was nominated for an Oscar for directing Love Story and later received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Academy Awards (see below). His other movies as director include The HospitalThe Babe, Taking Care of Business, Outrageous Fortune, Man of La ManchaThe Lonely GuyAuthor! Author!, the original The In-Laws, the original The Out of Towners and the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor team-ups Silver Streak and See No Evil, Hear No Evil. He died on August 17. (THR)

[embedded content]

David Huddleston (1930-2016) – Actor. He is best known as the title characters in The Big Lebowski  (see below) and Santa Claus: The Movie. He also appears in Blazing SaddlesFranticPostalCapricorn One, Smokey and the Bandit II and the remake of The Producers. He died on August 2. (The Film Stage) 

[embedded content]

Eric Justen (1974-2016) – Sound Man. He recorded sound for The Fast and the Furious and Donnie Darko and was a re-recording mixer for The WacknessThe Specials and many more movies. He died of a heart attack on August 11. (Deadline) 

George Kaczender (1933-2016) – Director, Writer, Editor. He directed the movies In Praise of Older WomenChanel Solitaire and Maternal Instincts. He died of cancer on August 24. (THR)

Marvin Kaplan (1927-2016) – Actor. Best known for TV’s Alice and as the voice of Choo-Choo in the Top Cat cartoon, he also appears in the movies Wild at Heart, The Nutty ProfessorAdam’s RibThe Great Race and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (see below). He died on August 25. (Variety)

[embedded content]

Jonathan D. Krane (1951-2016) – Producer. His movies include the John Travolta vehicles Look Who’s TalkingLook Who’s Talking Too, Look Who’s Talking NowFace/OffSwordfishPhenomeonBattlefield EarthThe ExpertsMad CityBasicThe General’s DaughterMichaelDomestic Disturbance and Lucky Numbers. He also worked with director Blake Edwards on Blind DateMicki + MaudeA Fine MessThat’s Life!The Man Who Knew WomenCurse of the Pink Panther and Trail of the Pink Panther. He died of a heart attack on August 1. (THR) 

John McLaughlin (1927-2016) – TV Host. He produced and hosted The McLaughlin Group and appears in Dave as himself within that context. He can also be seen in Mission: ImpossibleBulworthIndependence Day (see him in a segment shot for Independence Day: Resurgence below) and War, Inc. He died August 16. (NYT) 

[embedded content]

Roger Pietschmann (1945-2016) – Sound Man. He recorded sound for Taxi DriverThe Front and Streets of Fire, was a sound mixer for Batman Returns, Madonna: Truth or DareHoney I Blew Up the Kid and Rock Star and was a boom operator for Pee-wee’s Big AdventureProject X and Just One of the Guys. He died of multiple system atrophy on July 26. (THR) 

Jack Riley (1935-2016) – Actor. Best known for TV’s The Bob Newhart Show and as the voice of Stu Pickles on the cartoon Rugrats (hear him in The Rugrats Movie below), he also appears in the Mel Brooks comedies SpaceballsSilent MovieHigh Anxiety and History of the World: Part I, and the Robert Altman films McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The PlayerThe Long Goodbye and California Split. His other movies include Boogie NightsCatch-22Days of Wine and RosesAttack of the Killer Tomatoes! and Gleaming the Cube. He died of pneumonia on August 19. (Deadline)

[embedded content]

Norman Twain (1930-2016) – Producer. His movies include Lean on MeMy Dog Tulip and The Hotel New Hampshire. He died on August 6. (THR)

Gene Wilder (1933-2016) – Actor, Filmmaker. He was best known for his title role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and for starring in the Mel Brooks comedies Young Frankenstein, for which he earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing, The Producers, for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and Blazing Saddles (see below) and his pairings with Richard Pryor, including Silver StreakAnother YouStir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil. He also appears in Bonnie and Clyde, Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask, Stanley Donen’s The Little PrinceThe Frisco Kid and a handful of films he co-wrote and directed, including The Woman in Red and Haunted Honeymoon, both co-starring his real-life wife Gilda Radner, plus The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother. He died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on August 29. See our own obituary post here. 

[embedded content]


Source link

Continue Reading
Advertisement Sponsored
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *