90th Academy Awards In Memoriam predicationsby AlexHartsell | created - 15 May 2017 | updated - 04 Mar 2018 | Public
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1. Bill Paxton
Actor | Aliens
Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World ...
Actor | One Step Beyond
Robert Osborne was the host on Turner Classic Movies from its inception in 1994, in large part due to his deep and abiding love and knowledge of film. Osborne got his start working for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The ever-perspicacious Ball suggested that Osborne combine his interest in classic ...
3. Tomas Milian
Actor | Traffic
Tomas Milian, an American actor born in Cuba; was trained at the Actors Studio. He appeared in a few plays on Broadway, as well as in a show by Jean Cocteau in Spoleto. Mauro Bolognini noticed him and that was the starting point of a rich cinematographic career in Italy, where he played in all ...
4. Don Rickles
Actor | Kelly's Heroes
Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. Following the Golden Era of Hollywood, he remained active until early 2017. He got his start in night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when he made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep (1958). The movie was a big hit. Afterward, ...
Cinematographer | Goodfellas
Michael Ballhaus was a German cinematographer. He worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983), Old Enough (1984), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York ...
Actor | Live and Let Die
Blustery, stocky, loud although often genial character actor who has created a niche for himself playing often frustrated and fast talking Southern characters... most noticeably as Sheriff J.W. Pepper alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond adventures Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the ...
Director | The Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...
8. Mary Tsoni
Actress | Kynodontas
Mary Tsoni (25 June 1987 - 8 May 2017) was a Greek actress and singer. She was best known for her roles in the films Evil (2005), Dogtooth and Evil: In the Time of Heroes (both 2009). For her role in Dogtooth, she won the award for Best Actress at the Sarajevo Film Festival, and the motion picture ...
Actor | Tusk
Michael Parks is known as an actor's actor by his peers with a breadth of astonishing range that has allowed him to portray stunning contrasts--sometimes in the same film, like in Tusk (2014), starring in dual roles as an erudite serial killer opposite Justin Long, and as a feeble rube opposite ...
10. Powers Boothe
Actor | The Avengers
Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a ...
11. Roger Moore
Actor | Moonraker
Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down.
Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His ...
12. Dina Merrill
Actress | The Player
It would have been pretty darn difficult for actress Dina Merrill to have ever pulled off playing a commoner on stage, film or TV. She just had too much class. The epitome of poise and glamour, the New York-born socialite and celebrity was born in 1923, the daughter of E.F. Hutton, the financier ...
13. Brad Grey
Producer | The Departed
Brad Grey was born on December 29, 1957 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Bradley Alan Grey. He was a producer, known for The Departed (2006), The Sopranos (1999) and The Larry Sanders Show (1992). He was married to Cassandra Huysentuyt and Jill Gutterson. He died on May 14, 2017 in ...
14. Rita Riggs
Costume_department | Marnie
Rita Riggs was born on September 2, 1930 in Lead Hill, Boone County, Arkansas, USA. She is known for her work on Marnie (1964), The Birds (1963) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). She was married to Charles S. Sharp. She died on June 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Cinematographer | The Towering Inferno
Fred J. Koenekamp was born on November 11, 1922 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Towering Inferno (1974), Patton (1970) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). He died on May 31, 2017 in Bonita Springs, Florida, USA.
16. Adam West
Actor | Batman
Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson, a farmer, and his wife Audrey V. (Speer), an opera singer. At age 10, Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man...
17. John G. Avildsen
Director | Rocky
John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), The Karate Kid Part III (1989) and Rocky V (1990). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in ...
19. George A. Romero
Writer | Land of the Dead
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...
20. Martin Landau
Actor | Ed Wood
Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also ...
21. John Heard
Actor | Big
John Heard was a very talented actor who established himself as a respected thespian in the late 1970s and early '80s, though he is perhaps better known for his turn as Peter McCallister, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin')s father in the Home Alone (1990) movies.
John was born in Washington, D.C.,...
22. June Foray
Actress | Mulan
Legendary voice actress June Foray was born June Lucille Forer on September 18, 1917 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Ida (Robinson) and Maurice Forer was of Russian descent and her mother Ida Robinson was of French Canadian And Native American descent.
She started in the voice field at the age of ...
23. Jeanne Moreau
Actress | Jules et Jim
When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows (1958) immediately followed by The Lovers (1958), he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie ...
24. Sam Shepard
Actor | August: Osage County
Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, IL, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base ...
26. Joseph Bologna
Actor | Big Daddy
Before signing with director Stanley Donen to play Michael Caine's libidinous best friend in Blame It on Rio (1984), Joe Bologna netted rave reviews for his Sid Caesar send-up in the well-received comedy My Favorite Year (1982) with Peter O'Toole. Well known as both a writer and an actor, Bologna ...
27. Jerry Lewis
Actor | The Nutty Professor
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...
28. Tobe Hooper
Director | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror (2005).
Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, to Lois Belle (Crosby) and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He spent the 1960s as a college ...
29. Murray Lerner
Director | Festival
Murray Lerner was born on May 8, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Festival (1967), From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (1979) and Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007). He was married to Judith Levine. He died on September 2, 2017 in New...
Actor | Alien
Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco farmer. Lived in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Lafayette Senior High School with the class of 1944. Drafted into the Navy, he served as a cook in the U.S. Navy during ...
31. Walter Lassally
Cinematographer | Alexis Zorbas
Walter Lassally was born on December 18, 1926 in Berlin, Germany as Walter Israel Lassally. He is known for his work on Zorba the Greek (1964), Before Midnight (2013) and The Bostonians (1984). He was married to Nadia Lassali. He died on October 23, 2017 in Crete, Greece.
32. Robert Guillaume
Actor | The Lion King
Robert Guillaume was born on November 30, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Robert Peter Williams. He was an actor, known for The Lion King (1994), Sports Night (1998) and Big Fish (2003). He was married to Donna Brown Guillaume and Marlene Patricia Scott. He died on October 24, 2017 in Los ...
33. John Mollo
Costume_designer | Star Wars
John Mollo was born on March 18, 1931 in London, England. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Gandhi (1982). He was married to Louise Alexandra Mary Pongracz and Ann Mollo. He died on October 25, 2017.
35. Karin Dor
Actress | You Only Live Twice
Born Kätherose Derr in Wiesbaden, Karin Dor studied acting and ballet at school and began in films as an extra. The attractive redhead made an indelible impression on Austrian director Harald Reinl (who became her first husband in 1954) and this paved the way to higher profile roles. Her first ...
36. Della Reese
Actress | Touched by an Angel
Della began singing in her hometown of Detroit when she was 6 years old. As a teenager, she toured with gospel great Mahalia Jackson and, at the age of 18, she formed the Meditation Singers and became the first performer to take gospel music to the casinos of Las Vegas. She was a vocalist with the ...
37. Anthony Harvey
Director | The Lion in Winter
Anthony Harvey was born on June 3, 1930 in London, England as Anthony Harrison. He was an editor and director, known for The Lion in Winter (1968), Lolita (1962) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). He died on November 23, 2017 in Southampton, New York, ...
38. Bruce Brown
Director | On Any Sunday
Bruce Brown was born on December 1, 1937 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was a director and writer, known for On Any Sunday (1971), The Endless Summer (1966) and The Edge (1975). He was married to Patricia Hunter. He died on December 10, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California.
Editor | The French Connection
Gerald B. Greenberg was born on July 29, 1936 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The French Connection (1971), Apocalypse Now (1979) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). He died on December 22, 2017 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
42. Greta Thyssen
Actress | Three Blondes in His Life
The enticing, voluptuous European beauty Greta Thyssen filled out the pages of movie magazines everywhere during the 1950s. Born on March 30, 1927, she was a freshly-scrubbed brunette when she was crowned Miss Denmark in 1952. The subsequent attention had her packing her bags for Hollywood. At that...
43. Hugh Wilson
Writer | Blast from the Past
Hugh Wilson was born on August 24, 1943 in Miami, Florida, USA as Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Blast from the Past (1999), WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) and Frank's Place (1987). He was married to Charters Smith. He died on January 14, 2018 in Charlottesville, ...
44. Terence Marsh
Art_director | Doctor Zhivago
Terence Marsh was born on November 14, 1931 in London, England. He is known for his work on Doctor Zhivago (1965), The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Oliver! (1968). He was married to Sandra Marsh and Lorna Wrapson. He died on January 9, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
45. Dorothy Malone
Actress | Written on the Wind
The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American film-going audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite ...
46. Allison Shearmur
Producer | Solo: A Star Wars Story
Allison Shearmur was born on October 23, 1963 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Allison Ivy Brecker. She is known for her work on Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). She was married to Edward Shearmur. She...
47. Connie Sawyer
Actress | Dumb and Dumber
Connie Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Rosie Cohen. She was an actress, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Pineapple Express (2008) and Out of Sight (1998). She was married to Marshall Schacker. She died on January 21, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.
48. Warren Miller
Writer | The Way We Live Now
Warren Miller was born on October 15, 1924 in Hollywood, California, USA. He was a writer and director, known for The Way We Live Now (1970), Extreme Surfing (1992) and The Killy Style (1969). He was married to Laurie Penketh Kaufmann, Dorothy Roberts and Jean. He died on January 24, 2018 in Orcas ...
49. John Morris
Music_department | Blazing Saddles
John Morris was born on October 18, 1926 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA as John Leonard Morris. He is known for his work on Blazing Saddles (1974), The Elephant Man (1980) and Coach (1989). He was married to Francesca Bosetti. He died on January 25, 2018 in Red Hook, New York, USA.
51. John Gavin
Actor | Psycho
John Gavin, the American film and TV actor, businessman and diplomat who was Ronald Reagan's first Ambassador to Mexico, was born Juan Vincent Apablasa in Los Angeles, California.
The future "Jack" Gavin was a fifth-generation Angeleno, the son of Delia Diana Pablos and Juan Vincent Apablasa, and ...
53. Richard Venture
Actor | Heartbreak Ridge
Richard Venture was born on November 12, 1923 in New Jersey, USA as Richard Charles Venturella. He was an actor, known for Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Missing (1982) and Scent of a Woman (1992). He was married to Katherine Catalano, Lorraine Venture, Olivia Cole and Grayce Grant. He died on December ...
54. Nanette Fabray
Actress | Harper Valley P.T.A.
A sparkling, entertaining, highly energetic presence ever since her early days (from age 4) as a singing and tap dancing child vaudevillian, Nanette Fabray was once billed as "Baby Nanette".
She was born in San Diego, California, to Louisiana-born parents, Lily Agnes (McGovern) and Raoul Bernard ...
56. Lewis Gilbert
Director | Alfie
Lewis Gilbert was a British film director, producer and screenwriter best known for Alfie (1966), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
He also directed Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Educating Rita (...
Actor | M*A*S*H
David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, to Margaret Elizabeth (Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers. He moved with his family to Eugene, Oregon, where he graduated from North Eugene High School in 1960. At the age of twenty, he was offered $200 to join the company of the Santa Clara ...