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Richard Williams, animator, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, dies 86

Oscar winner

Richard Edmund Williams (March 19, 1933 – August 16, 2019) was a Canadian–British animator, voice actor, director, and writer, best known for serving as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and for his unfinished feature film The Thief and the Cobbler (1993). He was also a film title sequence designer and animator. Other works in this field included the title sequences to What’s New Pussycat? (1965) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) and title and linking sequences in The Charge of the Light Brigade and the intros of the eponymous cartoon feline for two of the later Pink Panther films.

Richard Williams cause of death.

He died of cancer on August 16, 2019, at his home in Bristol, England.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit – Trailer

Peter Fonda, ‘Easy Rider’ Actor and Oscar Nominee, Dies 79

Peter Henry Fonda (February 23, 1940 – August 16, 2019) was an American actor. He was the son of Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda (by first wife, Susan Brewer, stepdaughter of Noah Dietrich). Fonda was a part of the counterculture of the 1960s.

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Easy Rider (1969), and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Ulee’s Gold (1997). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Fonda also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999).

Peter Fonda cause of death

Fonda died from respiratory failure caused by lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles on August 16, 2019.

Peter Fonda – Top 25 Highest Rated Movies

Jeffrey Epstein commits suicide while awaiting sex trafficking trial

Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender, best known for his alleged sex trafficking of minors and close connections with many of the world’s elite. Epstein began his career in finance at the investment bank Bear Stearns, before forming his own firm, J. Epstein & Co. Until his conviction for sex crimes in 2008, Epstein was a well-connected multimillionaire who moved among the financial, political, and cultural elite of society.

In 2005, the Palm Beach police in Florida began investigating Epstein after a parent complained that he molested her 14-year-old daughter. Epstein eventually pleaded guilty and was convicted in a Florida state court in 2008 of soliciting a prostitute and of procuring an under-18 girl for prostitution. He served 13 months in custody with work release, as part of a plea deal, where federal officials had identified 36 girls as young as 14 years old who had been molested.

Epstein was arrested again on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He died on August 10, 2019, after reportedly hanging himself in his Manhattan prison cell.

Harold Prince, Broadway Legend, 21 Tony Award Winner, Dies 91

Harold Smith Prince (born Harold Smith; January 30, 1928 – July 31, 2019) was an American theatrical producer and director associated with many of the best-known Broadway musical productions of the 20th century.

Over the span of his career, he garnered 21 Tony Awards, more than any other individual, including eight for directing, eight for producing the year’s Best Musical, two as Best Producer of a Musical, and three special awards.

Prince died on July 31, 2019, in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the age of 91 following a brief illness.

The marquee lights of Broadway theatres were dimmed on July 31, 2019, in the traditional gesture of honor.

Russi Taylor, Voice of Minnie Mouse and ‘Simpsons’ Characters, Dies 75

Russi Taylor (May 4, 1944 – July 26, 2019) was an American voice actress, who voiced many characters throughout her career. She provided the voices of Minnie Mouse from 1986 and The Simpsons character Martin Prince from 1990 until her death in 2019.

Many Voices of Russi Taylor

She voiced Huey, Dewey and Louie and Webby Vanderquack in the television series DuckTales, the video game Donald Duck: Goin’ Quackers and in other appearances such as in the holiday movies Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas and Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas. In appearances where the three young ducks appear at an older age, such as in Mickey Mouse Works and Disney’s House of Mouse, Tony Anselmo, the voice of Donald Duck, reprises Taylor’s role as their voice actor. In Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Mickey Mouse Works and in Disney’s House of Mouse, she plays Clara Cluck.

Taylor provided the voices of numerous characters in the animated series The Simpsons, including fourth-grade nerd Martin Prince, purple-haired twins Sherri and Terri, and German exchange student Üter. On occasions, she voiced Martin’s friend, Wendell. In addition, she participated in two anime dubbing projects. The first is Daisy Nohara, Max, Cheetah and Shin’s Grandmother (Tsuru Nohara) in the English Vitello dub of Crayon Shin-chan, while the other is the voice of Otama in Disney’s re-dubbing of Pom Poko.

She was the original voice of Strawberry Shortcake in the six 1980s television specials.

She voiced Pebbles Flintstone in The Flintstone Comedy Show for Hanna-Barbera in 1980. Taylor was also the voice of Baby Gonzo in Muppet Babies, Nova in Twinkle, the Dream Being, Pac-Baby in the television series Pac-Man, the high-pitched Nurses that were mice in The Rescuers Down Under, Melissa in the Pound Puppies episode Garbage Night: The Musical, Queen Rosedust in My Little Pony, and her last non-Disney role was Birdie the Early Bird in McDonaldland commercials. She was also the voice of Drizella and the Fairy Godmother in the Cinderella sequels, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.

Taylor also provided the voice of the main hero Widget in Widget the World Watcher and Hard Luck Duck in a What-a-Cartoon! short.

She also appeared in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, playing Fauna and Sofia the First, alongside her Simpsons castmates, Tress MacNeille and Frank Welker. She was nominated for an Emmy for her voice work in PBS’ series Jakers! in 2006. She also voiced a witch in her second Scooby-Doo movie, Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King.

Taylor also replaced Jeanette Nolan (who died in 1998) as Widow Tweed in The Fox and the Hound 2.

Russi Taylor Cause of Death

Taylor died from colon cancer on July 26, 2019, at her home in Glendale, California, at the age of 75.

Art Neville, founder of the Meters and Neville Brothers, dies 81

Arthur Lanon Neville (December 17, 1937 – July 22, 2019) was an American singer, songwriter and keyboardist from New Orleans.

Neville was a staple of the New Orleans music scene for over five decades. He was the founder of the funk band The Meters whose musical style set the tone of New Orleans funk, a co-founder of the rock-soul-jazz band The Neville Brothers, and he later formed the spinoff group The Funky Meters. He performed on many recordings by notable artists from New Orleans and elsewhere, including Labelle (on “Lady Marmalade”), Paul McCartney, Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Dr. John and Professor Longhair. He was the recipient of three Grammy awards.

He died in New Orleans at the age of 81 on July 22, 2019, after years of declining health.

METERS Cissy Strut

Neville Brothers – Yellow Moon

Rutger Hauer, Actor, “Blade Runner”, dies 75

Rutger Oelsen Hauer (23 January 1944 – 19 July 2019) was a Dutch actor, writer, and environmentalist. In 1999, he was named by the Dutch public the Best Dutch Actor of the Century.

Rutger Hauer Cause of Death.

Hauer died on 19 July 2019 at his home in Beetsterzwaag, following an unspecified illness. He was 75. A private funeral service was held on 24 July.

Rutger Hauer, Hotter Than Hell

Blade Runner – Final scene, “Tears in Rain” Monologue

Tim Conway, ‘The Carol Burnett Show’, Dies 85

Thomas Daniel “Tim” Conway (December 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019) was an American comedic actor, writer and director. He portrayed the inept Ensign Parker in the 1960s World War II situation comedy McHale’s Navy, was a regular cast member on the 1970s variety and sketch comedy program The Carol Burnett Show, co-starred with Don Knotts in several films in the late 1970s and early 1980s, starred as the title character in the Dorf series of comedy films, and provided the voice of Barnacle Boy in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.

Conway died on May 14, 2019 at the age of 85 from complications of normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Doris Day, legendary actress and singer, dies 97

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her first hit recording being “Sentimental Journey” in 1945 with Les Brown & His Band of Renown. She left Brown to embark on a solo career and recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967.

Day died on May 13, 2019, after contracting pneumonia. She was 97 years old. Her death was announced by her charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation. Per Day’s requests, the Foundation announced that there would be no funeral services, gravesites, or other public memorials.

Doris Day A Sentimental Journey