2020 Geeky Good-byes

2020 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.

Starting in 2018, we began including 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

I do try to improve these, so I thought in 2019 I’d explain my wording. When I say someone was “in” something, it means a movie or a one time (guest) appearance. If they were “on” a show, it means a recurring/regular role.

Universes affected (see below for individual listings):

Afterlife: Buck Henry
American Horror Story: Harry Hains
Hans Christian Anderson: Ivan Passer
Authors: Christopher Tolkien
Back to the Future: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Batman: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Michael Bay: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
John Carpenter: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Changing size: Orson Bean; Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Christmas: Orson Bean
Cloning: John Karlen
Larry Cohen: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Dan Curtis: John Karlen
Joe Dante: Orson Bean
Dark Shadows; John Karlen
DC: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Doctor Who: Derek Acorah
Fairy tales: Ivan Passer
Frankenstein: Derek Fowlds
Garfield: Orson Bean
Ghosts/Hauntings: Harry Hains
Hammer: Derek Fowlds
Highlander: Stan Kirsch
The Hobbit: Orson Bean
Humor: Buck Henry
The Hunger Games: Lynn Cohen
Spike Jonze: Orson Bean
Charlie Kaufman: Orson Bean
Dean R. Koontz: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Jeremy Leven: Ivan Passer
law enforcement officers: John Karlen
Loony Tunes: Orson Bean
Lord of the Rings: Christopher Tolkien; Orson Bean
Marvel: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Richard Matheson: John Karlen
Miracle on 34th Street: Orson Bean
Monsters (TV series): Orson Bean
Ryan Murphy: Harry Hains
Nickelodeon: Joseph Shabalala
Night Gallery: John Karlen
William F Nolan: John Karlen
Nonfiction paranormal: Derek Acorah
Parodies: Buck Henry
Picture of Dorian Gray: Harry Hains; John Karlen
Pinocchio: Orson Bean
Possession: John Karlen
Puppets: Larry Gogan; Derek Fowlds
Robert Rodriguez: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Santa Claus: Orson Bean
Rocky and Bullwinkle: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Rugrats: Joseph Shabalala
Rod Serling: John Karlen
Sesame Street: Joseph Shabalala
Shakespeare: Buck Henry
Space: Buck Henry; Derek Fowlds
Spy Kids: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Steven Spielberg: Orson Bean
Stunts: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Superheroes: Buck Henry; Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Thor: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Tiny Toon Adventures: Orson Bean
J.R.R. Tolkien: Christopher Tolkien; Orson Bean
Transformers: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
Mark Twain: Orson Bean
Twilight Zone: Orson Bean
Vampires: Harry Hains
Videogames: Norma Michaels
Jay Ward: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan
The Wild Wild West: Robert Conrad
Oscar Wilde: Harry Hains; John Karlen

Decades affected:

1910s
1920s
1930s
1940s:
1950s: Orson Bean
1960s: Buck Henry; Derek Fowlds; John Karlen; Robert Conrad; Orson Bean
1970s: Buck Henry; Derek Fowlds; Christopher Tolkien; John Karlen; Robert Conrad; Orson Bean; Kellye Nakahara
1980s: Buck Henry; Ivan Passer; John Karlen; Robert Conrad; Orson Bean; Cheryl Wheeler Duncan; Kellye Nakahara
1990s: Buck Henry; Ivan Passer; Stan Kirsch; Orson Bean; Cheryl Wheeler Duncan; Joseph Shabalala; Kellye Nakahara
2000s: Derek Acorah; Buck Henry; Larry Gogan; Norma Michaels; Stan Kirsch; Robert Conrad; Orson Bean; Lynn Cohen; Cheryl Wheeler Duncan; Joseph Shabalala; Kellye Nakahara
2010s: Derek Acorah; Harry Hains; Lynn Cohen; Cheryl Wheeler Duncan; Juha Meje
2020s: Lynn Cohen


January

Derek Acorah (GF1)

Reportedly died 3 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Derek Acorah in the Army of Ghosts episode of Doctor Who (2006); Stan Baptiste in Crispy’s Curse (2017); as himself: wide variety of paranormal investigation non-fiction shows

Harry Hains (GF4)

Reportedly died 7 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Curt in Hallucinogen (2015); Boy in the Devil’s Night episode of American Horror Story; Dorian in Juice; Basil in @DorianGray; Noah (Big Blue Kid) in the Angel of Death episode of The OA; Trevor Randolph in A Haunting at Silver Falls: The Return; Anthony on Xtra Life

Larry Gogan (GF1)

Reportedly died 8 January 2020. Geek-friendly appearances as self: appearance on The Podge and Rodge Show (1 episode) (2006)

Buck Henry (GF4)

Reportedly died 8 January 2020. Geek-friendly works as writer include: Captain Nice (creator, 2 episodes, also Producer) (1967); Get Smart (creator, story editor, 4 episodes as written by or teleplay by); The Day of the Dolphin (1973); Quark (creator, 1 episode written by, also Executive Producer); as actor: Oliver Farnsworth in The Man Who Fell to Earth; The Escort in Heaven Can Wait; Walter Lang in the Wake Me When I’m Dead episode of Alfred Hitchcock (1985); Dick Stanley in Defending Your Life (1991); The Priest in Shakespeare’s Plan 12 from Outer Space; George in the Beauty Rest episode of Tales from the Crypt; Cupid in the Catsanova episode of Eek!stravaganza (voice); Charles Van Allsburg in It All Came True; as director: Heaven Can Wait (co-director with Warren Beatty); as consultant: Get Smart 2008

Ivan Passer

Reportedly died 9 January 2020. Geek-friendly works as director include: The Nightingale episode of Faerie Tale Theatre (1983); Creator; Haunted Summer; The Wishing Tree (1999)

Neda Arneric (GF2)

Reportedly died 10 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Hilda Beckmann in Dark Echo (1977); listing in progress
Stan Kirsch

Reportedly died 11 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Richard “Richie” H. Ryan on Highlander (107 episodes) (1992); Chuck in The Sky’s on Fire; Chipper Dunn in the Red Line episode of Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (2000); Kevin in Deep Rescue; Robot / Red Rush on Invincible (6 episodes) (voice)

Norma Michaels (GF1)

Reportedly died 11 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Aunt Sarah in The Darkness (videogame) (voice) (2007)

Christopher Tolkien (GF4)

Reportedly died 15 January 2020. Geek-friendly works as editor include: The Silmarillion (1977); listing in progress

Derek Fowlds

Reportedly died 17 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Johann in Frankenstein Created Woman (1967); Tempo in The Solarnauts; Mr. Derek on The Basil Brush Show (64 episodes);

Terry Jones

Reportedly died 21 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: various, Monty Python’s Flying Circus; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; as director: Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Monty Python’s Life of Brian; listing in progress

Jô Shishido

Reportedly died 21 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Alien Fugitive; listing in progress

John Karlen

Reportedly died 22 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Willie Loomis/Desmond Collins/Kendrick Young/Carl Collins/ on Dark Shadows (169 episodes) (1967), in House of Dark Shadows (1970); Stefan/Valerie’s Husband in Daughters of Darkness; Alex Jenkins in Night of Dark Shadows; Ed in the Through a Flame Darkly episode of The Sixth Sense (TV guest spot); Allan Campbell in The Picture of Dorian Gray; David Hasting in The Invasion of Carol Enders; Nick in the Thou Shalt Not Kill episode of Shazam! (TV guest spot); The Wide World of Mystery (3 geeky episodes…Otto Roget in the Frankenstein 2-parter & The Detective in The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer; Thomas Anman in Trilogy of Terror; Quinn in the Express to Terror episode of Supertrain; Bob Russell in Impulse (1984);

Barbara Remington

Reportedly died 23 January 2020. Geek-friendly works include: illustrating the paperback Lord of the Rings; listing in progress (NYT Obit)

Nicholas Parsons

Reportedly died 28 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Dagon, Lord of the Flies in Good Omens (1 ep); listing in progress

Monique van Vooren

Reportedly died 28 January 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Lyra the She-Devil in Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953); Plethora in Fearless Frank (1967); Miss Clean on Batman (2 eps); Baroness Katrin Frankenstein in Flesh for Frankenstein (1973); listing in progress

 


February

Kevin Conway

Reportedly died 5 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Roland Weary in Slaughterhouse-Five (1972); Dr William Haber in The Lathe of Heaven (1980); Kathless in the Rightful Heir episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993); Jonathan Walker in Lawnmower 2: Beyond Cyberspace; The Control Voice on The Outer Limits (145 episodes) (voice); Operative at Warehouse in the Designate This episode of Dark Angel (TV guest spot) (2001); King Leo in Black Knight; Donovan Stamp in The Dark Side of the Mook episode of Life on Mars (TV guest spot); George Massey in the Triggerman episode of Person of Interest (TV guest spot);

Kirk Douglas

Reportedly died 5 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Ulysses in Ulysses (1954); Ned Land in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1973); Robert Caine in The Chosen; Peter in The Fury; Adam in Saturn 3; Capt. Matthew Yelland in The Final Countdown; General Kalthrob in the Tales from the Crypt (1 episode); Chester J. Lampwick on The Simpsons (1 episode); Ross Burger on Touched by an Angel (1 episode) (2000); listing in progress

Raphaël Coleman

Reportedly died 6 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Eric in Nanny McPhee (2005); Chris Davis in It’s Alive; Ronny Tyler in The Fourth Kind

Orson Bean (GF4)

Reportedly died 7 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Dr. William Sawyer in Miracle on 34th Street (1959); James B.W. Bevis in the Mr. Bevis episode of The Twilight Zone (1960); Hank/Sir Boss in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (voice) (1970); Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit (voice) and The Return of the King (also Frodo Baggins) (1980); Billy Rabbit in Garfield in the Rough (voice); Lydia’s Editor in Innerspace; Gepetto in the Fairy Tales for the ’90s episode of Tiny Toon Adventures (1990); Dr. Hubbard in the The Offering episode of Monsters; Dr. Lester in Being John Malkovich; Homeless Man in Alien Autopsy (2006); Raff Buddemeyer in Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe

Arnie Stenseth (GF1)

Reportedly died 7 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Sven Jorgensen in the Pilot episode of Twin Peaks (1990)

Robert Conrad (GF3)

Reportedly died 8 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Jim West on The Wild Wild West (104 episodes) (1965), and The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979), and More Wild Wild West (1980); Reed Wilson in Dead Above Ground (2002)

David Gardner

Reportedly died 8 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: OCP Chairman in RoboCop (1994); listing in progress

Ron McLarty

Reportedly died 8 February 2020. Old George in The Postman (1997); listing in progress

Volker Spengler

Reportedly died 8 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Seyton in Macbeth (1975 TV movie); listing in progress

Paula Kelly

Reportedly died 9 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Karen Anson in The Andromeda Strain (1971); Martha in Soylent Green; Tiger Lily in Peter Pan (1976);

Patrick Jordan

Reportedly died 10 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Russian Base Commander in the The Responsibility Seat episode of UFO; listing in progress

Juha Muje

Reportedly died 10 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Frank in Frank the Lobster (voice) (2014); listing in progress

Joseph Shabalala (GF 2)

Reportedly died 11 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Zulu Chief in the Passover episode of Shalom Sesame (1991) (voice) (TV guest spot); and on Sesame Street (voice) (3 episodes); Caroller in the Babies in Toyland episode of Rugrats (2002)

Cheryl Wheeler Duncan (GF3)

Reportedly died 12 February 2020. Geek-friendly works as stuntperson include: They Live (1988); Back to the Future Part II; Maniac Cop II (1990); 976-Evil II; Memoirs of an Invisible Man; Honey, I Blew Up the Kid; Warlock: The Armageddon; Demolition Man; Batman & Robin; Phantoms; Baby Geniuses; The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000); Ghosts of Mars; Friday the 13th (2009); Thor (2011); Spy Kids 4-D: All the Time in the World; Transformers: Age of Extinction

Lynn Cohen (GF3)

Reportedly died 14 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Grandmother Carrigan in Across the Universe (2007); Mags in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013); Edith Jane in the Last Dance with Edith Jane episode of Deadbeat (TV guest spot); Babs in 7 Splinters in Time; Rose in the A New Hope episode of God Friended Me (2020)

Kellye Nakahara

Reportedly died 16 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Lecture Guest in the The Trevi Collection episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1975); G.P. desk Sergeant in the I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar episode of Otherworld (1985); Theatre Customer #4 in Amazon Women on the Moon (cut from theatrical release, but available on DVD); Beagle Woman in Doctor Dolittle (1998); Pele in The Good The Bad and the Luau episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (1999); Yak in the Happy Campers episode of The Wild Thornberrys (voice) (2000)

Ja’net DuBois

Reportedly died 18 February 2020. Geek-friendly roles include: Mrs. Gorman in The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour (1983); Leona in the Grant Meets Grandpa episode of Nearly Departed; Lucretia in Magic Island (1995); Esther Hamilton in the Smokescreen episode of Touched by an Angel; Grams Hinton in the Cousins episode of G.I. Joe: Renegades (voice) (2011)


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


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