2017 Geeky Good-byes

2017 Geeky Good-byes

We regularly write about the passing of celebrities with geek-friendly credits in our Good-byes category. However, we aren’t always able to write a post for everyone, especially near to the time we may hear the report of a death. This page will list them.

Universes affected (see below for individual listings):

  • The Addams Family: Dick Gautier, Don Rickles
  • AIP: Francine York, Mike Connors, Quinn O’Hara
  • ALF: Miguel Ferrer
  • Alice in Wonderland: Peter Sallis,  Heathcote Williams, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Alien: John Hurt; Bill Paxton, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Irwin Allen: Francine York
  • Woody Allen: Glenne Headly
  • Amityville: Richard Tassé, Daniel Licht
  • Gerry & Sylvia Anderson: Bill Paxton, Quinn O’Hara
  • Angels: Francine York, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Anime: Shôichi Masuo
  • Apes: Bill Paxton
  • Archie Comics: Jay Bontatibus
  • Authors: Brian Aldiss, William Peter Blatty, Michael Bond, Jerry Pournelle
  • Babylon 5: Bernie Casey
  • Barbie: Dick Gautier
  • Batman: Francine York, Dick Gautier, Adam West, Jay Thomas
  • Battlestar Galactica: Richard Hatch, John Heard; Anne Jeffreys
  • Beach Party movies: Quinn O’Hara, Don Rickles
  • Bewitched: Francine York, Dick Gautier, Adam West
  • Bible: Robert Hardy
  • Birds: John Hurt
  • Mel Brooks: John Hurt
  • Larry Buchanan: Francine York
  • Buck Rogers: Robert Hardy; Anne Jeffreys
  • Tim Burton: Tim-Pigott Smith
  • Children’s TV: Andy Cunningham
  • Children of the Corn: Daniel Licht
  • Comics: Alfonso Wong, Bernie Wrightson
  • Computers: Joan Lee
  • Roger Corman: Mike Connors, John Hurt, Adam West
  • Dark Horse: John Hurt
  • DC: Francine York, Dick Gautier, Miguel Ferrer, John Hurt, Bruce Lansbury, Adam West, John Bernecker, John Heard, Jay Thomas, Bernie Wrightson
  • Guillermo del Toro: John Hurt; Joseph Bologna
  • Devils/Satanists: Barbara Hale, John Hurt, Anita Pallenberg, Robert Hardy
  • Dinosaurs: Robert Hardy
  • Disney: Francine York, Miguel Ferrer, Mike Connors, John Hurt, Don Rickles, Patti Deutsch, Marty Sklar, Jay Thomas
  • Doctor Who: John Hurt, Tim-Pigott Smith, Peter Sallis
  • Dogs: John Hurt
  • Dragons: John Hurt
  • Harlan Ellison: John Hurt
  • Frankenstein: Bill Marshall, John Hurt, Peter Sallis, Robert Hardy
  • G.I. Joe: Dick Gautier, Stan Weston
  • Game of Thrones: Neil Singleton
  • Get Smart: Dick Gautier
  • Ghostbusters: Kate Guinzburg
  • Ghosts: Anne Jeffreys
  • GoBots: Dick Gautier
  • Greek gods:  Francine York, Tony Rosato, Mike Connors, John Hurt, Adam West, Nelsan Ellis, John Heard, Jay Thomas
  • Gulliver’s Travels: Robert Hardy
  • Hammer: Peter Sallis
  • Hanna-Barbera: Dick Gautier, Patti Deutsch
  • Harry Potter: John Hurt, Robert Hardy
  • Harvey Comics: Kathy Wong
  • Ray Harryhausen: Tim-Pigott Smith
  • H*llraiser: Daniel Licht
  • Highlander: Tony Rosato
  • Tom Holland: Daniel Licht
  • John Hughes: Bill Paxton
  • Hunger Games: John Bernecker
  • Indiana Jones: John Hurt
  • James Bond: Alec McCowen; Tim-Pigott Smith
  • Jonny Quest: Dick Gautier
  • King Arthur: Robert Hardy
  • Stephen King: Miguel Ferrer, Daniel Licht, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Knight Rider: Dick Gautier, Bruce Lansbury
  • Kolchak: Dick Gautier
  • Kung Fu: Richard Hatch
  • Lord of the Rings: John Hurt
  • The Lost World: Robert Hardy
  • George Lucas: Gary Austin
  • David Lynch: Miguel Ferrer
  • Mars/Martians: Francine York, Don Rickles, Adam West
  • Marvel: Bill Paxton, Lola Albright, Lorna Gray, Powers Boothe, Joan Lee, John Bernecker, Russell Durham Comegys, Joi Harris
  • Richard Matheson: Mary Webster
  • MGM: Mary Webster
  • Mission: Impossible: Bruce Lansbury
  • Monster movies: Francine York
  • The Munsters: Dick Gautier
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dick Gautier
  • Nintendo: Tony Rosato
  • Nutcracker:  Heathcote Williams
  • One Step Beyond: Mike Connors
  • George Orwell: John Hurt
  • Outer Limits: Peter Hansen, Adam West
  • Oz: Tam Spiva
  • George Pal: Peter Hansen
  • Post-apocalypse: Mike Connors
  • Predator: Bill Paxton
  • Presidents: Hugh Hefner
  • Producers: Bruce Lansbury
  • Rabbits: John Hurt
  • Ridley Scott: John Hurt
  • Robocop: Tony Rosato, Miguel Ferrer
  • Robots: Dick Gautier
  • Gene Roddenberry: John Hurt, Francine York, Miguel Ferrer
  • George Romero: George Kosana
  • Rugrats: Glenne Headly, Adam West
  • Scanners: Richard Tassé
  • Screenwriters: Bruce Lansbury
  • Science: Gene Cernan
  • Scientists: Barbara Hale
  • Serials: Lorna Gray
  • Shakespeare: Peter Sallis, Heathcote Williams
  • Sherlock Holmes: Kathy Wong
  • The Smurfs: Dick Gautier, Patti Deutsch
  • Space: Francine York, Mary Webster, Adam West
  • Spider-Man: Joan Lee
  • Spiders: Barbara Hale
  • Spy Kids: Bill Paxton
  • Steven Spielberg: John Hurt, Bobby Harwell, Tobe Hooper
  • Star Trek: Francine York, Miguel Ferrer, Richard Hatch, Bernie Casey
  • Star Wars: Andy Cunningham
  • The Three Stooges: Adam West, Hal Fryar
  • Stunts: John Bernecker
  • Super Mario: Tony Rosato
  • Superman: Francine York, Adam West;  Joseph Bologna
  • Supervillains: Miguel Ferrer
  • Shirley Temple: Francine York
  • Tales from the Crypt: Miguel Ferrer; Bill Paxton, Adam West
  • Tarzan: Patti Deutsch; Anne Jeffreys
  • Terminator: Bill Paxton
  • Time travel: Francine York
  • Transformers: Dick Gautier
  • TV Hosts: Hal Fryar
  • Twilight Zone: Mary Webster, Don Rickles
  • U.N.C.L.E.: Peter Hansen, Lola Albright, Quinn O’Hara
  • Vampires: John Heard, Russell Durham Comegys, Daniel Licht
  • Jules Verne: Mary Webster
  • Videogames: Daniel Licht
  • The Wachowskis: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Warner Brothers: Mike Connors
  • Werewolves: Om Puri, Peter Sallis, Daniel Licht
  • Wild Wild West: Bruce Lansbury; Peter Hansen
  • Witches: Alec McCowen, Bruce Lansbury, Quinn O’Hara
  • Wonder Woman: Dick Gautier, Bruce Lansbury
  • Wrestling: Jimmy Snuka, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
  • X-Men: Joan Lee
  • Robert Zemeckis: John Hurt
  • Zombies: George Kosana; George Romero; Daniel Licht

 Decades affected:

  • 1940s: Barbara Hale
  • 1950s: Mary Webster, Mike Connors, Barbara Hale, Alec McCowen, Warren Frost, Adam West
  • 1960s: George Kosana, Alfonso Wong, Francine York, Dick Gautier, Mary Tyler Moore, Mary Webster, Bruce Lansbury, Adam West
  • 1970s: Bill Marshall, George Kosana, Francine York, William Peter Blatty, Dick Gautier, Barbara Hale, John Hurt, Richard Hatch, Warren Frost, Bruce Lansbury, Adam West, Patti Deutsch
  • 1980s: Francine York, William Peter Blatty, Miguel Ferrer, Mary Tyler Moore, Mike Connors, Barbara Hale, John Hurt, Richard Hatch, Alec McCowen, Warren Frost, Bruce Lansbury; Bill Paxton, Adam West, Patti Deutsch, Daniel Licht
  • 1990s: Om Puri, Miguel Ferrer, Mary Tyler Moore, John Hurt, Richard Hatch, Alec McCowen, Warren Frost, Breck Wilson; Bill Paxton; Richard Tassé, Adam West, Joan Lee, Patti Deutsch, Daniel Licht
  • 2000s: Francine York, Babette Cole, John Hurt, Richard Hatch, Warren Frost, Jay Bontatibus; Bill Paxton; Richard Tassé, Adam West, Nelsan Ellis, Patti Deutsch Daniel Licht
  • 2010s: George Kosana, Francine York, Jimmy Snuka, John Hurt, Richard Hatch, Warren Frost; Bill Paxton, Adam West, Joan Lee, Nelsan Ellis, Daniel Licht

William T. “Bill” Marshall

Reportedly died January 1, 2017. Founded the Toronto International Film Festival. Geek-friendly works include: Frankenstein on Campus

Alfonso Wong

Reportedly died January 1, 2017. Geek-friendly works include: Old Master Q

George Kosana

Reportedly died January 2, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Sheriff Mclelland in Night of the Living Dead, Living Dead (2012), and My Uncle John Is a Zombie!; Police Chief in The Booby Hatch. He was also credited as a Production Manager on NoTL

Ben Forster

Reportedly died January 2, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Mr. Perkins on Thomas the Tank Engine; Mr. Burnley in The Great Ghost Rescue

Om Puri

Reportedly died on January 6, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Dr. Vijay Alezais in Wolf (Jack Nicholson werewolf movie)

Francine York

Reportedly died on January 6, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: “human princess” in an episode of Shirley Temple’s Storybook; college student in The Nutty Professor (1963); My Favorite Martian (TV guest spot); Dr. Lisa Wayne in Space Probe Taurus; My Brother the Angel (TV guest spot); Capt. Stevens in Mutiny in Outer Space; Pat Trent in Curse of the Swamp Creature; Lydia Limpet (the Bookworm’s hench) on the Adam West Batman TV series; Niolani on Lost in Space (TV guest spot); Dr. Sara Gibson on The Wild Wild West (TV guest spot); “Girl at the Party” on I Dream of Jeannie; Lia Holmes in City Beneath the Sea; Dr. North on Land of the Giants; Venus on Bewitched (TV guest spot); Waitress on Mission: Impossible; Sabrina Kincaid in The Doll Squad; Dr. Helen Sanders in Time Travelers; Sal in Future Cop (TV guest spot); Queen Medusa in Jason of Star Command (recurring role); Mistress of Ceremonies in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV guest spot); Hera in Hercules in Hollywood; Sabrina in Astro-Zombies: M3: Cloned; Drusilla in Star Trek: Progeny

Tony Rosato

Reportedly died January 9, 2017. Appeared on Saturday Night Live and SCTV. Geek-friendly works include: Tony on Maniac Mansion (TV guest spot); Luigi on The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and The New Super Mario World (voice); Kevin Frosh on the Robocop TV series (TV guest spot); Benny Carbassa on the Highlander TV series (TV guest spot); Dr. Perry Azzaro in The Haunting of Lisa (TV series); various voices on The Busy World of Richard Scarry; Armand Tempus on Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension (TV guest spot); Dario in Resident Evil 3 (videogame) (voice); Orpheus on Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend (voice); voices on Blaster’s Universe; Stewie Harper on Relic Hunter; Tom on Monster by Mistake (voice); voices on Da Boom Crew; voices on Scaredy Squirrel; Maitre D’ at Don Giovanni’s in Sicilian Vampire

William Peter Blatty

Reportedly died January 12, 2017. Geek-friendly works include: The Exorcist; The Ninth Configuration (author of the novel: also screenwriter, director, and producer of the movie); Legion

Dick Gautier

Reportedly died January 13, 2017. Geek-friendly works include: Aubert on Bewitched (TV guest spot); Hal Walters on Mr. Terrific; Hymie the robot on Get Smart; Bruce on The Flying Nun (TV guest spot); Mel Tarter on Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV guest spot); Rod on Good Heavens (TV guest spot); Cagliostro on Wonder Woman (TV guest spot); Duke on The Man from Atlantis (TV guest spot); J. Gordon Baxter (“The Chameleon”) on Knight Rider (TV guest spot); Sky Jack (and other voices) on GoBots; voices on Galtar and the Golden Lance; voices on Yogi’s Treasure Hunt; voices on Jonny Quest; Rodimus Prime in Transformers: Five Faces of Darkness; Serpentor (and other voices) on G.I. Joe; Pyre (and other voices) on Inhumanoids; Mordax on Sky Commanders; Louis on Foofur; voices on DuckTales; voices on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo; voices on The Smurfs; Charlie Nichels in Freddy’s Nightmares (TV guest spot); voices in Midnight Patrol: adventures in the Dream Zone; Manny Glickstein on The Munsters Today (TV guest spot); Teddy Lupus and other voices on Batman: The Animated Series; Spike on Tom & Jerry Kids Show; voices on The Pirates of Dark Water; voices on The Addams Family (1990s animated series); Okey Pinehead on Captain Planet and the Planeteers; Bert in Detective Barbie: Mystery of the Carnival Caper; Butts/Rhode Island Red/Red’s Dad on Cow and Chicken

Babette Cole

Reportedly died January 15, 2017. Geek-friendly works include Dr. Dog; Prince Cinders

Jimmy Snuka

Reportedly died January 15, 2017. Professional wrestler also known as Superfly. Geek-friendly roles include: Shaman in The Half-Life Horror from Hell or: Irradiated Satan Rocks the World!

Gene Cernan

Reportedly died January 16, 2017. Astronaut who was the most recent person to walk on the moon.

Miguel Ferrer

Reportedly died January 19, 2017. Geek-friendly works include: waiter in The Man Who Wasn’t There; First Officer in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Bob Morton in RoboCop; Snyder in DeepStar Six; Ralph Hess in The Guardian; FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld on Twin Peaks; Lloyd Henreid in The Stand; various roles Tales from the Crypt; Dexter Moyers in Project: ALF; The Weather Man in Justice League of America, and Superman; Mark James Torrance in The Shining (miniseries); Richard Dees in The Night Flyer; Ortega Peru in Mr. Magoo; Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning in Brave New World; Dr. Lupo in Men in Black: The Series; Shan-Yu in Mulan; Antaeus in Hercules (TV series); Aquaman and other voices on Superman; Jack on 3rd Rock from the Sun

Masaya Nakamura

Reportedly died January 22, 2017. Considered the “Father of Pac-Man”, founded Namco. He is credited as a Producer or Executive Producer on many videogames

Mary Webster

Reportedly died January 23, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Ellen Baker in the Edge of Eternity episode of Men into Space (TV guest spot); Dorothy in Master of the World; The Twilight Zone (two episodes: TV guest spot)

Mary Tyler Moore

Reportedly died January 25, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: It May Look Like a Walnut episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show; Angel/Devil/Woman in Mary’s Incredible Dream (TV movie); special guest on Shalom Sesame; Granny Rose in How the Toys Saved Christmas (voice)

Mike Connors

Reportedly died January 26, 2017. Probably most associated with the detective Mannix. AKA “Touch Connors”. Geek-friendly roles: Tony Lamont in Roger Corman’s The Day the World Ended; Ted Bronson in Voodoo Woman (listing in progress); Mario Patruzzio in One Step Beyond (TV guest spot); Captain Jim Adams in Earthlings; Chipacles on Disney’s Hercules TV series (voice);

Barbara Hale

Reportedly died January 26, 2017. Probably best known as Della Street on Perry Mason. Geek-friendly roles include: subway passenger in The 7th Victim; Science Fiction Theatre (2 episodes: TV guest spots); Dr. Jenny Langer in The Giant Spider Invasion; Paula Hinkley on The Greatest American Hero (TV guest spot: her real-life son, William Katt, was the star)

John Hurt

Reportedly died January 27, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Franz in The Pied Piper; Tom Rawlings in The Ghoul; Mitri Cyon in Gene Roddenberry’s Spectre; Anthony Fielding in The Shout; Hazel in Watership Down (movie: voice); Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings (voice: Ralph Bakshi animated version); Kane in Alien; Winston Smith in 1984; Snitter in The Plague Dogs; The Horned King in The Black Cauldron; John Hurt in Spaceballs; The Storyteller on The Storyteller (TV series); Buchanan in Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound; Anthony/Le Marquis in Dark at Noon; Villano in Monolith; Storyteller in Rabbit Ears: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp; Mr. Mole in Thumbelina; S.R. Hadden in Contact; Narrator in The Tigger Movie; General Woundwort in Watership Down (TV series); Father Lareux in Lost Souls; The Doctor/The War Doctor on Doctor Who; Mr. Ollivander in Harry Potter; Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm in H*llboy; Felix in Valiant (voice); Ben Devereaux in The Skeleton Key; Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta; Samswope in Masters of Science Fiction; Hrothgar in Outlander; Professor Oxley in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; Owl in The Gruffalo (voice); Grandpa Sammy in A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure; Brother Carnak in Ultramarines: a Warhammer 40,000 Movie; Dexter in Melancholia; Old Man in Immortals; The Dragon on Merlin (TV series); Gilliam in Snowpiercer (listing in progress); Lord Cotys in Hercules (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson version); Sailor John on Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure

Alec McCowen

Reportedly died February 6, 2017. Golden Globe nominated for Travels with My Aunt. Geek-friendly roles include: Bottom in a Midsummer Night’s Dream (Czech puppet version); Alan Bax in The Witches; Q in Never Say Never Again; J.M. Barrie in The Young Visiters (sic) (listing in process); Narrator in the Macbeth episode of Shakespeare: The Animated Tales

Richard Hatch

Reportedly died February 7, 2017. One of the leads of the original Battlestar Galactica (and appeared in a different role in the reboot). Geek-friendly roles include: Owen Preston in The Sixth Sense TV series (TV guest spot); David Binns in Kung Fu; Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica; Lee Chan Jr. in Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen; Dan in Prisoners of the Lost Universe; Dr. Peter Jensen in Unseen Evil; Dr. Eric Norris in inAlienable (written by Walter Koenig); “Richard Hatch” on The Guild; Commander Kharn in Prelude to Axnar and Axnar; Mike Gibson in Alien Hunger; John Alpha in Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses; Mr. Bradshaw in The Enchanted Cottage; Admiral DiCarrek in Blade of Honor; Dr. Shaker in Asylum of Darkness; Robert King in Personal Space; Richard in The Dragons of Melgor; Haskell Edwards in Diminuendo

Breck Wilson

Reportedly died February 10, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Chris Spencer in Escape from Atlantis (TV movie)

Jay Bontatibus

Reportedly died February 12, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Vic Pulaski on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV guest spot)

Richard Tassé

Reported died February 12, 2017. Production Designer/Art Director/Art Department. Geek-friendly works include: The Amityville Curse; Scanners II: The New Order; Witchboard III: The Possession; Johnny Mnemonic; Feardotcom

Bruce Lansbury

Reportedly died February 13, 2017. Geek-friendly works: (as producer/supervising producer/executive producer): The Wild Wild West; Mission: Impossible; Bell, Book and Candle (TV movie); The Fantastic Journey (TV series); Wonder Woman; Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; World War III (TV movie); The Powers of Matthew Star; Street Hawk; Knight Rider; The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (TV movie); (as writer/story/teleplay/creator): Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; The Powers of Matthew Star; Knight Rider; The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman; Swamp Thing

Warren Frost 

Reportedly died February 17, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: operator in War of the Colossal Beast; driver (uncredited) in Slaughterhouse-Five; US Senator in Quantum Leap (TV guest spot); Satan’s Touch; Paul Malloy in Beauty and the Beast (TV guest spot); Dr. Leo Richmond in Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV movie); Dr. Will Hayward in Twin Peaks; Senator in Get a Life (TV guest spot); Dr. Holman on Intruders (TV series); George Richardson on The Stand (1994 miniseries)

George ‘The Animal’ Steele

Reportedly died February 17, 2017. Pro wrestler. Geek-friendly roles include: Tor Johnson in Ed Wood

Neil Fingleton

Reportedly died February 25, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Russian General’s Bodyguard 1 in X-Men: First Class; Lovecraftian Samurai in 47 Ronin; Mag the Mighty in Game of Thrones; Sargorn Fight Sequence in Jupiter Ascending; Fisher King in Doctor Who; stunts in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Bill Paxton

Reportedly died February 26, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Fish Heads (Barnes & Barnes music video); Barnes & Barnes: Love Tap; Paul Andrews in Mortuary; Punk Leader in The Terminator; Chet Donnelly in Weird Science; Private Hudson in Aliens; Severen in Near Dark; Matt Owens in Slipstream; Jim Reston in Brain Dead; Jerry Lambert in Predator 2; Tucker in Monolith; Billy DeLuca in Tales from the Crypt (anthology TV series); Vince in Future Shock; Fred Haise in Apollo 13; Gregg O’Hara in Mighty Joe Young; Dinky Winks in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over; Jeff Tracy in Thunderbirds; Mason in The Colony; John Garrett on Agenst of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Master Sergeant Farell in Edge of Tomorrow; Kahn in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Exo Zombies (videogame voice); Eddie Beck in Pixies; Mae’s Father in The Circle


Richard Karron

Reportedly died March 1, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Prehistoric Man in The History of the World: Part 1; The Ghost in The Ghost Story episode of Laverne & Shirley; Slick in the Counterfeit Goof episode of Goof Troop (voice); Joke Store Owner and A. F. Erret in Darkwing Duck (voice, TV guest spots); Ebb in The Little Mermaid TV series (voice, TV guest spot); voice in Bonkers; Mr. Brinkman on Weird Science TV series; Herman and Eddie the Snake on Timon & Pumbaa TV series; voice in The Germinator episode of Quack Pack; Sweaty Pete in the Pink Candidate episode of Pinky and The Brain (voice); Jimmy in the Romeo & Juliet & Dick episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun; O’Bloat in An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island; Bronto Crane in The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas

Michael Ryan

Reportedly died March 1, 2007. Geek-friendly roles include: Fortinbras in Hamlet (1964); Sgt. Sullivan in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

Miriam Colon

Reportedly died March 3, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Maria Carrega in the Afternoon of the Beast episode of Goodyear Theatre (not sure if this is geeky, but the story is by Charles Beaumont, so…); Alma Rodriguez in The Hand episode of One Step Beyond; Morgiana in Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves episode of Shirley Temple’s Storybook; Veronica in the Possession of Joel Delaney; Anna Martinez in The People Next Door episode of Highway to Heaven; Nana in The House of the Spirits; Gloria the Curandera in The Cry

Frances Hargreaves

Reportedly died March 3, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Phyllis in the Yogi Mickey episode of Metal Mickey

Fred Weintraub

Reportedly died March 5, 2017. Geek-friendly works as producer/executive producer include: Invasion of the Bee Girls; Golden Needles; The Ultimate Warrior; The Pack; Jaguar Lives!; The Devil’s Arithmetic; Amazons and Gladiators; Endangered Species; Dream Warrior

Robert Osborne

Reportedly died March 6, 2017. His biggest impact on geek films may have been as a fixture on Turner Classic Movies, but Osborne was also an actor with some credits. Geek-friendly roles include: Seaman Driscol in the Brainwave episode of One Step Beyond

Jack H. Harris

Reportedly died March 14, 2017. Geek-friendly works as producer/executive producer include: The Blob (1958 and 1988), Beware! The Blob, and Blobermouth; The 4D Man; Dinosaurus; Equinox; Schlock; Dark Star; Masterpieces of Terror (Argentinian TV series)

Bernie Wrightson

Reportedly died March 18, 2017. Comics artist and author, associated in particular with the creation Swamp Thing for DC, but with many other credits.

John Rogan

Reportedly died March 19, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Man in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV guest spot); Jonathan Shakeshaft on Weirdsister College (TV series); Father Peter in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2003 TV movie);

Li Hua Li

Reportedly died March 20, 2017. Appeared in over 100 movies, including The Legend of Mother Goddess.

Tony Terran

Reportedly died March 20, 2017. Trumpet player: geek-friendly works include: Close Encounters of the Third Kind; The Car; Enter the Dragon

Harvey Pierce

Reportedly died March 22, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Captain Jack B. Quick in Deadtime Stories (TV guest spot)

Daisuke Sato

Reportedly died March 22, 2017. Geek-friendly works as writer include: Gakuen Mokushiroku: Highschool of the Dead

Sandy Webster

Reportedly died March 22, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: three guest appearances on The Unforeseen TV series; Fred Adams in Blue Monkey; Gunther in War of the Worlds TV series (TV guest spot); Mr. Dodsworth in Maniac Mansion (TV guest spot)

Lola Albright

Reportedly died March 23, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Carol Williams in The Miraculous Serum episode of Tales of Tomorrow (TV guest spot); Cathy Barrett in The Monolith Monsters; Azalea in The Prince of Darkness Affair episode (two-parter) of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Elizabeth Collins in The First episode (two-parter) of The Incredible Hulk; Beatrice Moretti in the Sins of the Past episode of Airwolf

Lee Farr

Reportedly died March 23, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: The Out of My Darkness episode of Matinee Theatre (TV guest spot); John Haney Jr. in the Genesis episode of The Veil (TV guest spot); two episodes of The Invaders (TV guest spots); Jack Welton in the Movie episode of Mission:Impossible (TV guest spot)

Kathy Wong

Reportedly died March 23, 2017. Geek-friendly works as Production Controller include: Sabrina, the Animated Series; Monster Mash (2000 video); Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

Darlene Cates

Reportedly died March 26, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Athena the Fat Lady in Wolf Girl; Claudia Bell in Touched by an Angel (TV guest spot); Sophie Wallace in the Squatter’s Rights episode of Picket Fences (TV guest spot)

Joseph Harris

Reportedly died March 26, 2017. Geek-friendly works as producer include: Go Go Gophers; Underdog; Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales; King Leonardo and His Short Subjects; The Beagles (also creator)

Chelsea Brown

Reportedly died March 27, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: belly dancer in Head (The Monkees); Paola Guzman in The Paola Story episode of The Flying Nun (TV guest spot); Lila in The Thing with Two Heads; tour guide in The Return of Captain Invincible; two episodes of the 1980s Mission:Impossible.

Christine Kaufmann

Reportedly died March 28, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Madeleine Charron in the Herbert Lom version of Murders in the Rue Morgue

Christian Eisenbeiss

Reportedly died March 30, 2017. Geek-friendly works as producer include: Robot Overlords

Phillip Ko

Reportedly died March 30, 2017. Appeared in many martial arts movies, some of which have geeky elements, including: Magic Crystal; Seeding of a Ghost

Philip M. Breen

Reportedly died March 31, 2017. Geek-friendly works as producer include: Gawain and the Green Knight; Sword of the Valiant


Gary Austin

Reportedly died April 1, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Man in Yellow in THX 1138; Second Assistant Director in Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie

Bobby Harwell

Reportedly died April 1, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: John Emmanuel on Picket Fences; Congressman in Human Nature; TV Face in A.I. Artificial Intelligence; Pres in The Greatest Intergalactic Hero; Lloyd in The Wicksboro Incident; The Genie in Carter’s Wish; Joe in The Looking Glass; Detective Kovaks in Destination Mars

Tony Molina Jr.

Reportedly died April 1, 2017. Geek-friendly roles includes: Marcel in Things That Go Bump (TV movie)

Don Rickles

Reportedly died April 6, 2017. Best known as an “insult comic”, Don Rickles had a long career, which included TV series (even as the star), movies, and voice work (most notably as Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies). While not the first thing to come to mind when we say “geek-friendly”, the beach party movies did have fantasy elements, and Don Rickles was in three of them (including one with Martians). Geek-friendly roles include: Bettor in the Mr. Dingle, the Strong episode the original The Twilight Zone (TV guest spot); Crane in X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes; Big Drag in Bikini Beach (which features the character Eric Von Zipper, who has supernatural powers); Claude in the Halloween with the Addams Family episode of the original The Addams Family (TV guest spot); Big Bang the Martian in Pajama Party; “Doc” Happy Havemeyer in the Dance with Me Herman episode of The Munsters (TV guest spot); Big Drop in Beach Blanket Bingo (Eric Von Zipper again); Asmodeus in The Night of the Druid episode of The Wild Wild West (TV guest spot); Francis N. Kiski in the My Master, the Weakling episode of I Dream of Jeannie; Sid Krimm (and a guard) in Get Smart; Mr. Ingels, ventriloquist in the The Ventriloquist’s Dummy episode of Tales from the Crypt; Emmanuel “Manny” Bergman in Innocent Blood; Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies, games, shorts (voice); The Boss in Redux Riding Hood (voice); Cornwall in The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot (voice); (Mr.) George Wilson in Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!; Frog in Zookeeper (voice);

Tim Pigott-Smith

Reportedly died April 7, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Marco/Captain Harker on Doctor Who; Arthur Llewelyn Davies in The Lost Boys (TV miniseries); Thallo in Clash of the Titan (1981); Dr. Evans/Dr. Maradick in the Shadowy Third episode of Ghosts (TV series); Dr. Maitland in the Voodoo Feet of Death episode of Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible (TV series); Pegasus (head of MI7) in Johnny English; Narrator in The Day Britain Stopped (TV movie); Creedy in V for Vendetta; Foreign Secretary in Quantum of Solace; Lord Ascot in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; William Melville in the Adrien Brody version of Houdini; Malidictes in Jupiter Ascending; Frederick in The Little Vampire 3D (voice)

Peter Hansen

Reportedly died April 9, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Dr. Tony Drake in When Worlds Collide; Doctor Paul Yates in the Danger: Radiation episode of Space Patrol (TV guest spot); various roles on The Lone Ranger; 6 different guest roles on Science Fiction Theater (five Drs. and a Professor); Dr. Charles Cooper in the Space Trap episode of Men Into Space (TV guest spot); Major Locke in the The Brain of Colonel Barham in the original The Outer Limits (TV guest spot); Agent Morgan in the The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV guest spot); General Elliot in the Starscape: Part 2 episode of the Starman TV series (TV guest spot); Phillip Darrow in Dragonfly

Linda Hopkins

Reportedly died April 10, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: housewife in Leprechaun 2

Michael Ballhaus

Reportedly died April 12, 2017. Triple Oscar nominee. Geek-friendly works as a cinematographer/director of cinematography include: Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Outbreak; Wild Wild West (movie); What Planet Are You From?

Charlie Murphy

Reportedly died April 12, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Taxi Driver in Night at the Museum; various in Universal Remote; Hank in Unearthed; Franklin in Frankenhood; Samson in the Pill Time episode of Nite Tales; A Cat Named Rollo on Black Dynamite (voice); Vic on Black Jesus; Bellybomb on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2010s series, voice)

Pui-Wah Chan

Reportedly died April 28, 2017. Geek-friendly works as a producer include: Spooky Encounters;

Alberto Marty

Reportedly died April 29, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Male Noble in Amazons

James Burnett

Reportedly died April 30, 2017. Meth Head #1 in Transcendence; Rebel Sentry in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; Homeless Culebra in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (TV guest spot)

Lorna Gray

Reportedly died April 30, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Gail Richards in Captain America; Babs McKay in Flying G-Men; Janet Savaard in The Man They Could Not Hang; Nurse Susan Drake in Valley of the Zombies;

Anna Lee Carroll

Reportedly died April 30, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Harem Girl in Son of Sinbad; Davanna Woman in Not of This Earth; Chorine in Man of a Thousand Faces; Nina Olson in The Hand episode of One Step Beyond (TV guest spot)

Tam Spiva

Reportedly died April 30, 2017. Geek-friendly works as producer include: Off to See the Wizard (TV series)

Mátyás Usztics

Reportedly died April 30, 2017. Geek-friendly include: Catcher: Cat City 2 (voice) [listing in progress]


May 2017

Stan Weston

Reportedly died May 1, 2017. Originator of the G.I. Joe action figure. Geek-friendly works include: producer of The Shadow; Professor Wilson in The Power; Alex/Avaal in The Book

Quinn O’Hara

Reportedly died May 5, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: two episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV guest spots); Sinistra in The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini; Jada in In the Year 2889; Maggie in Cry of the Banshee; Sylvia Graham on UFO (TV guest spot); Lily Hayward on Fantasy Island (TV guest spot)

Powers Boothe

Reportedly died May 14, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Frost in Mutant Species; Gorilla Grodd in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited (voice); Red Tornado in Justice League Unlimited (voice); Lex Luthor in Superman: Brainiac Attacks; Sunder in Ben 10: Alien Force (TV series guest voice) and Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction (videogame voice); Dead Justice in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (TV guest voice); Leslie Hunt in The Looney Tunes Show (voice); World Security Council in The Avengers; Travis in Hitman: Absolution (videogame guest voice); Senator Roark in Sin City: A Dame to Die For; Gideon Malick in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Oleg Vidov

Reportedly died May 16, 2017.  Geek-friendly roles include: Adventures of Mowgli; Tony in 2090; Captain Yuri on Stories from My Childhood (also Executive Producer and directed one episode); Osip in Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies;

Reema Lagoo

Reportedly died May 18, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Anita’s Mother in The Monster

Roger Moore

Reportedly died May 23, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: James Bond in Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, A View to a Kill; Harold Pelham in The Man Who Haunted Himself; Lumi Ukko in The Magic Snowman (voice) [listing in progress]


June 2017

Peter Sallis

Reportedly died June 2, 2017. Voice of Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit animations. Other geek-friendly roles include: Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1947 TV movie); Strange Experiences TV series (3 episodes); Baron Aristide de Pennilac in Cinderella (1958 TV movie); Nesib – Ambulance Driver in H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man (TV series guest spot); Tweedledee in The Adventures of Alice (1960 TV movie); Don Enrique in Hammer’s Curse of the Werewolf (with Oliver Reed); Russian Delegate in The Mouse on the Moon; Hal Anderson in The Wringer episode of The Avengers; Penley in The Ice Warriors story of Doctor Who; Schweitz in Scream and Scream Again; Stuffy Gladstone in The Curse of Rapkyn episode of Catweazle; Samuel Paxton in Taste the Blood of Dracula; Priest in Frankenstein: The True Story (TV movie); Jeffrey Branscombe in The Haunting of Julia; Mr. Gudgin in The Ghosts of Motley Hall; Solicitor in A Picture of a Place episode of Tales of the Unexpected; Rat (voice) in The Wind in the Willows TV series and Oh! Mr. Toad TV series

Roger Smith

Reportedly died June 4, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Creighton Chaney (Lon Chaney Jr.) in The Man of a Thousand Faces

Andy Cunningham

Reportedly died June 5, 2017. Geek-friendly works include: writer, puppeteer, actor, creator of Bodger and Badger; Ephant Mon (Jabba the Hutt’s Head of Security) in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Rita Riggs

Reportedly died June 5, 2017. Geek-friendly works include: Costume Designer for Bad Moon (1996 werewolf movie with Mariel Hemingway); Costume Designer for Shadowman (1974); The Birds (wardrobe supervisor)

Glenne Headly

Reportedly died June 8, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Hooker in The Purple Rose of Cairo; Trish in Making Mr. Right; voice in Santabear’s High Flying Adventure (TV); Tess Trueheart in Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy; Miss Salimony on Disney’s Recess (TV guest voice); Barmaid (uncredited) in The X-Files; Zootie in Babe: Pig in the City (voice); Dr. Cathy on Rugrats (TV guest voice); Miss Petunia on Pound Puppies (TV guest voice); Diane Futterman on Future Man; Bonnie Holland in The Circle

Adam West

Reportedly died June 9, 2017. The Measured Circle good-bye: Adam West has reportedly died. Beloved as Batman…a role he would play over the span of half a century, Adam West played a variety of geek-friendly roles, and made numerous con (convention) appearances. Geek-friendly roles include: a very early uncredited role was a radio operator in the Boris Karloff movie, Voodoo Island; he played the supporting part of Colonel Dan McReady in 1964’s Robinson Crusoe on Mars (the first part is reminiscent of the recent hit movie, The Martian); many people still remember the “sand sharks” episode of the original The Outer Limits, “The Invisible Enemy”, with West again as an astronaut; he guest-starred on Bewitched; he was in The Outlaws Is Coming with The Three Stooges…all of this was pre-Batman; he played Mr. Hyde on Night Gallery; he was in the TV movie The Eyes of Charles Sand; Christopher Lee played Lucifer in Poor Devil (featuring West); he was the voice of Hercules in Shazam! (for a single episode); Warp Speed (a TV movie) had Adam West voicing Captain Lofton; that same year saw him as a different character in Time Warp; He took a trip to Fantasy Island;1987 saw Adam West in Zombie Nightmare; The next year, 1988, he was in Doin’ Time on Planet Earth; Adam West was the big name in Omega Cop, ushering in the 1990s; he was pseudonymously credited when he played “Hippy Guy” in the 1990s Flash TV series; when the Rugrats needed a Captain Blasto, they cast Adam West; 1993 saw him on Tales from the Crypt; Space Ghost interviewed him on Space Ghost Coast to Coast; still supporting DC, he was Jerry Retchen on Lois & Clark; he voiced the Galloping Gazelle on Goosebumps (and the videogame); An American Vampire Story? Adam West as The Big Kahuna; Johnny Bravo, Animaniacs, The Secret Files of the SpyDogs (where he was Dog Zero)…Adam West was busy doing voices in the 1990s; for Roger Corman’s Black Scorpion series, Adam West was The Breathtaker; the 2000s saw Adam West voicing characters on Kim Possible and Scooby-Doo, and as Mayor Adam West on Family Guy; 2004’s Monster Island had Adam West as “Dr. Harryhausen”; he 2000’s included Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Sexina, and The Fairly OddParents; amusingly, Adam West was the young Mermaid Man (a Batman-like parody) on SpongeBob SquarePants; this decade (the 2010s), he was in The Super Hero Squad as Nighthawk, Funny or Die, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Grand Theft Auto V, he was the announcer for the FanAddicts! TV series, was on Robot Chicken and The Big Bang Theory, as well as Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero; he was Chairman West in TV’s recently canceled Powerless, a series about people on the periphery when superheroes exist

Anita Pallenberg

Reportedly died June 13, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: The Great Tyrant in Barbarella; Devil in the Donkey episode of Absolutely Fabulous (TV guest spot); Sin in 4:44 Last Day on Earth

Bill Dana

Reportedly died June 15, 2017. Best known in the 1960s for his character Jose Jimenez, he had screen credits almost every year in the 1990s (including as Angelo on The Golden Girls)…that’s in addition to doing stand up. Geek-friendly roles include: Jose Jimenez in I Want My Mummy (voice); The White Knight in Alice in Wonderland or What’s a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (TV animated movie from Hanna-Barbera, also featuring Harvey Korman, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Sammy Davis Jr.); Jose Jiminez (cameo) on Batman (Adam West); Marvin Klump in The Matterhorn Affair on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. [listing in progress]

Hal Fryar

Reportedly died June 25, 2017. One of three hosts of The Three Stooges Show in Indianapolis, Fryar was also cast in The Three Stooges feature, The Outlaws Is Coming.

David W. Balsiger

Reportedly died June 27, 2017. Producer and author, many works with Biblical ties. Co-author of In Search of Noah’s Ark, producer of Encounters with the Unexplained. Balsiger Media website

Michael Bond

Reportedly died June 27, 2017. Author and creator of Paddington Bear. Geek-friendly works include: Paddington Bear book series; Olga da Polga book series; creator of the animated series, The Herbs


July 2017

Heathcote Williams

Reportedly died July 1, 2017. Geek-friendly works include: Prospero in the 1979 The Tempest; Man on Stairs in Slipstream; Uncle Drosselmeir in The IMAX Nutcracker; Mr. Eaglet in the Tina Majorino TV movie of Alice in Wonderland; Razouli on the Dinotopia TV series; Pepe in the Nostradamus TV movie (2006); Sadge Merrall in City of Ember

Joan Lee

Reportedly died July 6, 2017. Lee was credited with supporting her husband, Stan Lee, in creating some classic Marvel characters. Geek-friendly works include: Computer Voice on the animated Iron Man series (1994); Miss Forbers/Old Woman on the 1994 animated Fantastic Four series; Madame Web on the 1996 Spider-Man animated series; Joanie Lee in X-Men Apocalypse

Nelsan Ellis

Reportedly died July 8, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood; Dionysus in Gods Behaving Badly; Shinwell Johnson on Elementary

Elsa Martinelli

Reportedly died July 8, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Olga in The 10th Victim (AKA La decima vittima); I Am an ESP

Éva Schubert

Reportedly died July 11, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: The Goblin Queen (voice) in The Princess and the Goblin (1991 Hungarian version); Futrinka utca (voice, TV series); Legacy from the Future – Fantastic Adventures of Family Mézga (voice, TV series)

John Bernecker

Reportedly died July 13, 2017. Known primarily for stunts, has also been credited as an actor. Geek-friendly acting roles include: Guard #1 in Monsterwolf; Undead #2 in The Red Rose and Briar episode of Salem; Asset #5 in American Ultra; Werewolf in Goosebumps (2015 movie); Witch Attacker #4 in The Last Witch Hunter; Clark in The Parallax Theory (2015 TV miniseries); Federale in Logan. Geek-friendly stunt credits include: Jonah Hex (2010); Vampires Suck; Monsterwolf; 51 (2011); The Vampire Diaries; Green Lantern; Creature (2011); Mysterious Island (2012); Battleship (2012); Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning; Looper; Cody the Robosapien; This is the End; Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014); The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay – Part 1; Self/less; Fantastic Four (2015); American Ultra; Goosebumps; Invisible Sister; The Last Witch Hunter; Scream Queens; The Parallax Theory; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2; The Magicians; The 5th Wave; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows; Ozark Sharks; Avengers of Justice: Farce Wars; Black Panther; Rampage

George A. Romero

Reportedly died July 16, 2017. George Romero forever changed the geek landscape with the 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead. Romero directed and co-wrote it, but that was hardly the director/writer/producer’s only geek-friendly credit. I’ve always been partial to the lesser-known Martin and Knightriders, although many might cite Dawn of the Dead (1978) as their favorite. Despite losing the copyright to NotLD when a distributor changed the title card, Romero continued to be supportive of horror movies and the geek community. It’s a very minor thing, but I was always grateful that he followed the @TMCGTT Twitter feed. Geek-friendly credits include: (as director) Night of the Living Dead; Season of the Witch; The Crazies; Martin; Dawn of the Dead; Creepshow; Day of the Dead; Monkey Shines; Two Evil Eyes; The Dark Half; Bruiser; Land of the Dead; Diary of the Dead; Survival of the Dead; (as producer) Tales from the Darkside (TV series); (actor…outside of his own movies) Call of the Dead (videogame); Zombie Squash; Phineas and Ferb

Martin Landau

Reportedly died July 16, 2017. Oscar-winner for portraying geek icon Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. Golden Globe winner for Ed Wood, and for Mission:Impossible. 3 Emmy nominations for M:I. Geek-friendly roles include: Andro in The Man Who Was Never Born episode of the original The Outer Limits; Richard Bellero in The Bellero Shield episode of the original The Outer Limits; Dan Hotaling in the Mr. Denton on Doomsday episode of the original The Twilight Zone; Major Ivan Kuchenko in The Jeopardy Room episode of the original The Twilight Zone; Nelson Orion in The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre (TV movie); General Grimm in The Night of the Red-Eyed Madman episode of The Wild Wild West; Count Ladislaus Zark in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Rollin Hand on Mission:Impossible; “Maxwell Smart” in Get Smart; Commander John Koenig in Space:1999 and in the short Space:1899; Roderick Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher (1979 TV movie); Tom Flood in The Death of Ocean View Park (TV movie); General Adlon in Meteor; Niles Buchanan in The Return; Garson Jones in The Being; William Cooper-Janes in the 1985 Twilight Zone series; John Martin Perkins III in Kung Fu: The Movie (TV movie); Lyle Stenning in The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (TV movie); Bosarian in Cyclone; Narrator, Secrets of the Unknown (TV movie); Scorpion/Mac Gorgan on the 1994 Spider-Man animated series; Geppetto in The Adventures of Pinocchio movie and videogame (voice), and in The New Adventures of Pinocchio; Pa Bailey and Mr. Potter in Merry Christmas, George Bailey; Storyteller in Legend of the Spirit Dog (voice); Kurtzweil in The X Files (1998 movie); Peter Von Garret in Tim Burton’s Sleep Hollow; Sul in City of Ember; #2 in 9 (voice); The Great Raymundo in The Great Simpsina episode of The Simpsons (TV guest spot); Mr. Armin in Dark Horse; Mr. Rzykruski in Frankenweenie

John Heard

Reportedly died July 21, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Oliver Yates in the Paul Schrader/Nastassja Kinski/Malcolm McDowell version of Cat People; George Cooper in C.H.U.D.; Billy Malone in the Ring Around the Redhead episode of Tales from the Darkside (TV guest spot); Reverend in The Seventh Sign; Paul in Big; Paul Stein in the Dark Matters episode of the 1995 Outer Limits (TV guest spot); Allen Lowry in the Secrets and Lies episode of Touched by an Angel (TV guest spot); Dr. Peter Axelrod in Locusts (TV movie); Commander Barry Garner in The Captain’s Hand episode of the 2004 Battlestar Galactica series (TV guest spot); Gordon’s Dad in Gamers; Tripp in the Cavemen TV series; Ace Morgan in Justice League: The New Frontier (voice); Coach Nimms in Little Hercules in 3-D; B.C. in the Gravity TV series; George in Sharknado (TV movie); Congressman Roger McCourt in the Death Benefit episode of Person of Interest (TV guest spot); Andrew in Living Among Us

Russell Durham Comegys

Reportedly died July 23, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Ben Sr. in The Gift; Tattooed Mike in the Thomas Jane version of The Punisher; Kormer in Dead Birds; Man in The Rose episode of Vampire Diaries; Dan Tuckfield in the Del Hicks episode of It’s Supernatural; James Harper in Coma (2012 miniseries); Man in the Clear episode of The Walking Dead; Radio in the Judge and Fury episode of South of H*ll

Peter Rnic

Reportedly died July 23, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Zombie in Danger! 50,000 Zombies (Nick Frost & Simon Pegg); Zombie in Shaun of the Dead; The Russian Spy in Alien Autopsy (2006); Prisoner in The Dark Knight;

Shôichi Masuo

Reportedly died July 24, 2017. Noted anime animator, also directed, and screenwrote Crimson Wolf. Geek-friendly credits include: Super Space Fortress Macross; Dirty Pair; Project A-KO; Robotech: The Movie; Akira; Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water; Neon Genesis Evangelion; Pokemon: The Movie 2000; Vandread; Kishin hôkô Demonbane  (series director)

Patti Deutsch

Reportedly died July 26, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Sudy in the It’s So Peaceful in the Country episode of The Girl with Something Extra (TV guest spot); additional voices in The Smurfs (1984); Lucy 2 in Jetsons: The Movie; the Days of Blunder episode of Darkwing Duck; Trixie on Capitol Critters; voice on The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper; Tantor’s Mother in Tarzan (Disney 1999 movie); Clan Hyena/Mean Hyena #1 in the No Laughing Matter episode of The Wild Thornberrys; Trixie/Beaver Squadron/Operator/Raccoon Walla on The Angry Beavers; Rainbow Face #2 in The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire; Waitress in The Emperor’s New Groove; Female Rhinoceros Hornbill in The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie; additional voices in Monsters, Inc.; Amelia Earhart in the Love at First Flight episode of Time Squad; Waitress in Kronk’s New Groove; additional voice in Happily N’ever After; Matta the Lunch Lady on The Emperor’s New Groove (TV series)

June Foray

Reportedly died July 26, 2017. A geek icon, June Foray was one of the leading voice artists for decades, providing voices for Disney, Warner Brothers, Mattel (Chatty Cathy), Rod Serling (Talky Tina), Hanna-Barbera (Jokey Smurf), and especially notably, Jay Ward. Far more than just a superlative actor, Foray also wrote a series at age 15, and was said to be instrumental in the creation of the Best Animated Feature Oscar. With over 300 credits, listing to follow.

Marty Sklar

Reportedly died July 27, 2017. Marty Sklar worked closely with Walt Disney and was a leading “Imagineer”, helping to design attractions including The Enchanted Tiki Room, It’s a Small World, and Space Mountain.


August

Daniel Licht

Reportedly died August 2, 2017.  Geek-friendly works as a composer include: Atrapados; the My Zombie Lover episode of Monsters; Children of the Night; Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice/Urban Harvest; Amityville: It’s About Time/A New Generation; Severed Ties; Ticks; H*llraiser: Bloodline; Thinner; Bad Moon; Brave New World (Leonard Nimoy version); Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!; Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999); Soul Survivors; King Solomon’s Mines (2004); Silent Hill: Downpour/Book of Memories (videogames); Dishonored/Dishonored 2 (videogames); Ghostmates

Robert Hardy

Reportedly died August 3, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: George Bosworth in the Vision of Crime episode of The Veil (TV guest spot); Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959 TV movie); William Oke in the Phantom Lover episode of Mystery and Imagination (TV guest spot); John Edge in the A Touch of the Jumbos episode of Big Brother (1970); Zorn in Demons of the Mind; Edward Foster/Andrew Marr in Dark Places; Chief Inspector Hesseltine in The Death Wheelers; Sir Bertilak in Gawain and the Green Knight; Adrian Gall in The Ghost of Venice episode of Supernatural (1977 TV series); Clayton in The Return of the 69th episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; Narrator in The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1981); William Drover in the Demon Lover episode of Shades of Darkness; Professor Krempe in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Dr. Pernell in Gulliver’s Travels (1996); Abraham in Testament: The Bible in Animation (voice); Chancellor Griswold on The 10th Kingdom; Professor Illingworth in the 2001 version of The Lost World (with Bob Hoskins); Doctor in Thunderpants; Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets/Prisoner of Azkaban/Goblet of Fire/Order of the Phoenix; Old Joseph in Joseph’s Reel

Glen Campbell

Reportedly died August 8, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Chanticleer/The King in Rock-A-Doodle (1991) (voice)

Joseph Bologna

Reportedly died August 13, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Dan Torrance in The Big Bus; Dr. Malavaqua in Transylvania 6-5000; Gordon Vogel in Not Quite Human; David Hodges in Alligator II: The Mutation; Dan Turpin on 1997 animated Superman series (voice); Mr. Start in Ice Age: Meltdown (voice)

Andrzej Blumenfeld

Reportedly died August 14, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Teacher in The Young Magician; Bartan in Legend of the White Horse; Balador in Thomas and the Falcon King; Jacques de Aldersberg in The Witcher videogame (Polish version); additional voices in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings videogame; Colonel Henryk Potocki in Afterfall: InSanity videogame; Sigismund Dijkstra in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt videogame and in Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Joi Harris

Reportedly died August 14, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Deadpool 2 (stunts)

Sonny Landham

Reportedly died August 17, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Pool Worker #2 in Poltergeist; Billy in Predator; Verrick in Night Realm; Indian in 2090

Brian Aldiss

Reportedly died August 19, 2017. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master. Hugo and Nebula honoree

Dick Gregory

Reportedly died August 19, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Bathroom Attendant in The Hot Chick; Mr. Sun in the Ocean episode of Wonder Showzen (voice)

Jerry Lewis

Reportedly died August 20, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Myron Mertz in Scared Stiff; Itchy McRabbit in Li’l Abner; Kreton in Visit to a Small Planet; Cinderfella in Cinderfella; Professor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love in The Nutty Professor; and in 2008 The Nutty Professor video which focuses on Julius’ gra  window cameo in the Adam West Batman TV series; Peter Mattemore in Way…Way Out; Wilbur Swain/Caleb Swain in Slapstick (of Another Kind) based on Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut; Professor John Frink Sr. in the Treehouse of Horror XIV episode of The Simpsons; Stationmaster in Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (voice). As writer: The Nutty Professor, Cinderfella (story, uncredited). As director: The Nutty Professor; the Walter Mania episode of Super Force

Jay Thomas

Reportedly died August 24, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Remo DaVinci on Mork & Mindy; Cop in Diner in C.H.U.D.; Stan Brooks in the Dream Come True episode of Freddy’s Nightmares; voice in the Bad News Bobby episode of Bobby’s World; Guard 1 (voice) in the The Forgotten episode of Batman: The Animated Series; voice in the A Goof of the People episode of Goof Troop; Marvin Reckler in Encino Woman (TV movie); voice in the The Road to Dendron episode of Duckman; Disembodied (voice) in the Spy v. Monster/Misery Date episode of AAahh!!! Real Monsters; Ares on the Disney Hercules TV series (voice); Bull Seal on the Tamper Proof Seal episode of The Wild Thornberrys; Hal in Dragonfly; Easter Bunny in The Santa Clause 2 & 3; Barry Anger in The Teacher’s Pet movie; Obnoxious Investor in Spa in the Recreation episode of Joan of Arcadia; Brett Morris on American Dad!; Two Headed Monster in Horrorween

Tobe Hooper

Reportedly died August 26, 2017. Tobe Hooper really pioneered the late 20th Century horror revival with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974. He cowrote and directed the movie, inspired by real life murderer Ed Gein. People who haven’t seen the movie sometimes think of it as just unrelenting gore, but it’s more nightmarish than that and show a strong hand and clear vision. Geek-friendly works include: as director, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2); Eaten Alive; The Dark (uncredited); Salem’s Lot (TV movie with David Soul); The Fun House; Lifeforce; Invaders from Mars (1986 remake with Karen Black); the Miss Stardust episode of Amazing Stories; the No More Mr. Nice Guy episode of Freddy’s Nightmares; Spontaneous Combustion; Ghosts R Us/Legend of Kate Morgan/School Spirit episode of Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories; the Dead Wait episode of Tales from the Crypt; Night Terrors; Body Bags; The Mangler;  two episodes of Nowhere Man; one episode of Dark Skies; one episode of Perversions of Science; one episode of Prey; one episode of The Others; Crocodile; Shadow Realm; Night Visions (2 episodes); Taken (Steven Spielberg alien abduction miniseries), 1 episode; Toolbox Murders; Night Visions (2 episodes); Destiny Express Redux; Masters of Horror (2 episodes); Djinn; also writer, producer, actor, special effects, composer…


September

Yoshio Tsuchiya

Reportedly died September 5, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Tajima in Godzilla Raids Again; Washizu samurai in Throne of Blood; Leader of the Mysterians in The Mysterians; Detective Taguchi in The H-Man; [listing in progress]

Jerry Pournelle

Reportedly died September 8, 2017. Frequent co-author with Larry Niven (Mote in God’s Eye, Lucifer’s Hammer, Inferno…), author of the Janissaries series, President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and also wrote about computers and technology.

Ljubisa Samardzic

Reportedly died September 8, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Toni in Visitors from the Arkana Galaxy

Harry Dean Stanton

Reportedly died September 15, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Andrew in the Hour of Darkness episode of the Inner Sanctum TV series (TV guest spot); Lucius Brand in the Night of the Hangman episode of The Wild Wild West (TV guest spot); Brett in Alien and in the Alien: Isolation videogame (voice); Vincent Ferriman in Death Watch; Brain in Escape from New York; Bud in Repo Man; Brother Bud Sanders in UFOria; Gideon in One Magic Christmas (TV movie); Rip Van Winkle in Faerie Tale Theatre; Carl Rodd in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and on Twin Peaks (2017); Toot-Toot in The Green Mile; Hunter in The Animal; Harvey in Alien Autopsy; Caterpillar in Alice (2009 TV miniseries); Balthazar in Rango; Security Guard in The Avengers (2012 movie)

Kate Guinzburg

Reportedly died September 17, 2017. Geek-friendly works include: Production Coordinator (New York) for the 1984 Ghostbusters

Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

Reportedly died September 17, 2017. WWF manager. Geek-friendly roles include: Howard in Timemaster

Bernie Casey

Reportedly died September 19, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: The Gargoyle in Gargoyles (1972 TV movie); Dr. Henry Pride in Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde; Peters in The Ma Who Fell to Earth; Major Jeff Spender in The Martian Chronicles (TV miniseries); J.T. Collins in The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins (TV movie); Felix Leiter in Never Say Never Again; Major General Hadley in Amazon Women on the Moon; Mr. Ryan in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; Ernest Cooper in The Contender episode of Time Trax; Calvin Hudson in The Maquis episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Robinson in In the Mouth of Madness; Admiral Vanalden in SeaQuest 2032; Derek Cranston on Babylon 5; Tyrus Block in the Once Burned episode of Batman Beyond; Bloodhound Bill in Vegas Vampires

Hugh Hefner

Reportedly died September 27, 2017. Geek-friendly roles and works include: as producer – Macbeth (1971 Jon Finch version), The Naked Ape, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (Kenneth Branagh, Forrest Ackerman); as actor – Control Agent in Elevator in the The Treasure of C. Errol Madre episode of Get Smart (uncredited cameo); Entrepreneur – The Roman Empire in History of the World: Part I; Hugh Hefner on The Simpsons; President of the United States in Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV; Hugh Hefner in Comic Book: The Movie; Voice in Playboy Mansion in Hop

Anne Jeffreys

Reportedly died September 27, 2017. Geek-friendly roles include: Marion Kerby on Topper (1953 TV series); Young Woman in Tarzan’s New York Adventure (uncredited); Polly in I Married an Angel; Jean La Danse in Zombies on Broadway; Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy (1945), and Dick Tracy vs. Cueball; Calamity Rogers in the The Abominable Snowman Affair episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Florence Blackstone in Ghostbreakers (1967 TV movie); Melody Stockwell in the Tiger! Tiger! episode of Tarzan (1966 Ron Ely TV series); Myra Pryor in Panic in the City; Siress Blassie in the The Man with Nine Lives episode of Battlestar Galactica (original series); Prime Minister in the Planet of the Amazon Women episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; Mr. Merlin; three episodes of Fantasy Island


October

António de Macedo

Reportedly died, October 5 2017. Portuguese horror/fantasy director. Geek-friendly works as director include: The Curse of Marialva; The Magic Springs of Gerenja; The Donkey-Eared Prince

 

This page by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

 

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