2018 Geeky Good-byes

2018 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.

New this year: we are going to include the Geek Factor score we created for Battle of the Network Stars (slightly adapted, since it included people with no geek credits, and those won’t be listed here).

Geek Factor

Geek Factor Unknown (GF?): it can be hard to determine the Geek Factor with celebrities with primarily non-English credits
Geek Factor 1 (GF1): perhaps a few scattered minor roles
Geek Factor 2 (GF2): at least one featured geek-friendly role
Geek Factor 3 (GF3): at least one starring geek-friendly role, or a featured geek-friendly role based on an existing gf character, or multiple featured geek-friendly roles
Geek Factor 4 (GF4): more than one starring gf role, or a starring GF role based on an existing GF character, or an established career as a geek-friendly supporting player…thought of by the public as a geek-friendly actor
Geek Factor 5 (GF5): icon

Universes affected (see below for individual listings):

Addams Family: Jerry Van Dyke
AIP: John Gavin
Aliens: Jon Paul Steuer
Irwin Allen: Robert Dowdell
Angels: Jerry Van Dyke
John Carpenter: Donald Moffatt
Michael Crichton: Donald Moffatt
Cinderella: Allison Shearmur
Directors: Frank Buxton
Disney: Jerry Van Dyke
Documentaries: Frank Buxton
The Hunger Games: Allison Shearmur
H.P. Lovecraft: Donald Moffatt
Marvel: Stan Lee; Reg E. Cathey
Mermaid out of water: Jerry Van Dyke
NBC: Jerry Van Dyke
Popeye: Donald Moffatt
Power Rangers: Allison Shearmur
Rod Serling: Donald Moffatt
Sitcoms: Jerry Van Dyke
The Six Million Dollar Man/The Bionic Woman: Donald Moffatt
Steven Spielberg: Sandra Locke
Star Trek: Jon Paul Steuer; Reg E. Cathey
Star Wars: Allison Shearmur; Reg E. Cathey
Superheroes: Frank Buxton; Reg E. Cathey
The Twilight Zone: Donald Moffatt

Decades affected:

1960s: Jerry Van Dyke; Frank Buxton
1970s: Jerry Van Dyke; Donald Moffatt
1980s: Frank Adonis; Donald Moffatt
1990s: Jerry Van Dyke; Jon Paul Steuer, Frank Adonis
2010s: Allison Shearmur


Jon Paul Steuer (GF2)

Reportedly died January 1, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Alexander Rozhenko in the Reunion episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Frank Buxton (GF3)

Reportedly died January 2, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Batfink (voice); Mr. Starfish in the A Creep in the Deep episode of Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers (voice); Repairman on Garfield and Friends (voice); The Judge in Dark Avenger (1990 TV movie); additional voices on The Garfield Show; director: 4 episodes of Mork & Mindy; as writer: The Making of ‘Silent Running’

Johannes Brost (GF?) 

Reportedly died January 4, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Allan in The Visitors

Münir Özkul (GF?)

Reportedly died January 5, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Uzayli Zekiye (TV Series) [Alien Wisdom]

Jerry Van Dyke (GF3)

Reportedly died January 5, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Dave Crabtree on My Mother the Car; Fantasy Island (two episodes); Grandpa Baker in Annabelle’s Wish (voice); Uncle Billy in Merry Christmas, George Bailey; Grandpa Jerry Beauchamp on Teen Angel; Grandpa Max on You Wish; The Burglar in the Halloween with the Addams Family episode of The New Addams Family

Allison Shearmur (GF4)

Reportedly January 19, 2018. Geek-friendly works as producer include: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2; Cinderella (2015 live action Kenneth Branagh movie); Clan of the Cave Bear (2015 TV movie); Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Power Rangers (2017 movie); The One and Only Ivan; Solo: A Star Wars Story; Chaos Walking

Ursula K. Le Guin (GF5)

Reportedly died January 22, 2018. Geek-friendly works include: A Wizard of Earthsea; The Left Hand of Darkness; The Lathe of Heaven (and many others). See also this post in the ILMK blog

Connie Sawyer (GF1)

Reportedly died January 22, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Mrs. Green in Oh, God; Old Woman in the Reflections in Terror episode of V; Agent O/Old Woman in Get Smart (1990s TV series); Mrs. Otis in It Came from Outer Space II; Winifred in the Just Say Yes episode of Sliders

Robert Dowdell (GF3)

Reportedly died January 23, 2018. Geek-friendly roles incluce: Lt. Commander Chip Morton on the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea TV series; Policeman in the Brainwash episode of Land of the Giants; Young Officer in City Beneath the Sea (TV movie); Galen in the Planet of the Slave Girls episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; Visitor Doctor in the The Betrayal episode of V; Doctor in the Body Banks episode of Max Headroom; Judge in Wicked Stepmother; Victor Hall in the Funhouse episode of Freddy’s Nightmare

Lari White (GF1)

Reportedly died January 23, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Housekeeper in The Unholy; Santas (sic) Helper #5 in the Santas Helpers episode of The Peter Austin Noto Show

Jack Ketchum

Reportedly died January 24, 2018. Geek-friendly works as author include: the Dead River series [listing in progress]


Reg E. Cathey

Reportedly died February 9, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Fan’s Friend in Penn & Teller Get Killed; Morag in the Ariel episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation; Freeze in The Mask; Deetee in Tank Girl; Samuel in 20 Years After; Davidson in Person of Interest (2 episodes); Star Wars: The Old Republic – Rise of the Hutt Cartel videogame (additional voices); Baron Samedi in Grimm (3 episodes); Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 Fantastic Four movie; Dad on Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter (2 episodes); Chief Giles on Outcast

John Gavin (GF1)

Reportedly died February 9, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Senator Tremayne in Jennifer; Fantasy Island (2 episodes)

 Jóhann Jóhannsson (GF3)

Reportedly died February 9, 2018. Geek-friendly works as composer/music department include: Varmints; The Theory of Everything; Arrival

Marty Allen  

Reportedly died February 12, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Edgar Allan Poe in the Quoth the Raven segment of Night Gallery [listing in progress]


Debbie Lee Carrington

Reportedly died March 23, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Hotel Rainbow Guest in Under the Rainbow; Romba Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi; Weechee in The Ewok Adventure, and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor; Zet in Earthlings; Alien in the Fine Tuning episode of Amazing Stories; [listing in progress]


Steven Bochco

Reported died April 1, 2018. Geek-friendly works include: Capitol Critters (creator, producer);Twilight Zone (1 episode, story by) (1986); Vampire (writer, executive producer); Riding with Death (created for television by); Gemini Man (created for television); The Invisible Man (developed for television, writer, producer); Silent Running (written by)

 R. Lee Ermey

Reportedly died April 15, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: the Sergeant in Toy Story

Verne Troyer

Reportedly died April 21, 2018. Geek-friendly works include: Mini Me (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me/Austin Powers in Goldmember/Madonna: Beautiful Stranger/Ludacris: Number One Spot); Pinocchio in Pinocchio’s Revenge; Alien Son in Men in Black; Creature Stage #1 in Wishmaster; Sundae in The Wacky Adventures Of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of McDonald-Land Loch; Baby Ruff in the A Serpent’s Tooth episode of Young Hercules; Baby Joe in Mighty Joe Young; Band Member in How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Cassius in the Freezone episode of Freedom; Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Angus in the Witch Way Out episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; Spike in Karroll’s Chrismas; Percy in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; The Gnome in Gnome Alone; Jackal X in Let It Die; Emperor Beezel-Chugg in Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks


Clint Walker

Reportedly died May 21, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Nick Nitro in Small Soldiers





Burt Reynolds

Reportedly died September 6, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (Narrator)



Sondra Locke (GF2)

Reportedly died November 3, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Joan in Willard (1971); Sheila Gray in the A Feast of Blood segment of Night Gallery; Gwyneth Jenkins in the This Valley of Terror ep of Kung Fu; Amy in the The Cure ep of Planet of the Apes; Drusilla Wilcox in The Shadow of Chikara; Edna in the Bird of Prey episode of Tales of the Unexpected; Vanessa Sullivan in the Vanessa in the Garden ep of Amazing Stories; Nikki Morrison in Ratboy

Stan Lee (GF5)

Reportedly died November 12, 2018. 156 producer credits at time of writing, 123 actor credits, comic books…the Marvel universe. Excelsior!


Penny Marshall (GF3)

Reportedly died December 17, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: unnamed TV guest spot on Good Heavens; Laverne DeFazio (Mork & Mindy, Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour), The Master’s Wife (Hocus Pocus), The Elder (Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery); as director: Big

Donald Moffat (GF4)

Reportedly died December 20, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Uncle George in the Pickman’s Model segment of Night Gallery; Appleton in The Devil and Miss Sarah; Dr. Arthur McPherson in The Terminal Man; 2 guest spots on The Six Million Dollar Man; Wallace Rogers in Exo-Man; Rem on Logan’s Run (TV series); The Taxman in Popeye (1980); Garry in The Thing (1982); Dr. Chandler guest spot in The Star segment of The Twilight Zone; Gen. Turnbull in Monster in the Closet;

Frank Adonis (GF1)

Reportedly died December 26, 2018. Geek-friendly roles include: Vinnie in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; Scola in Wolfen


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

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