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2008

Author Bill Landis

Author Bill Landis dies at age 49 of heart attack. He is survied by his collaborator and loving wife, michelle Clifford and his adored daughter Victoria. Bill Landis brought Times Square alive. He was a walking encyclopedia of film knowledge. He wrote with his wife of 22 years, the bible of Times Square film and it's grindhouses and denizens, SLEAZOID EXPRESS for Simon and Schuster. Landis, (with wife Cliffford ghosting) penned the unauthorized bio of underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger for HarperCollins. Together, the couple published the magazines Sleazoid Express and Metasex. Landis' work appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. Landis was the first to coin the word "Sleazoid". He was the master of the facts of exploitation film, writing up houses like Troma films for Film Comment , and writing about the adult film business in a myriad of publications from cover stories in The Village Voice to Screw. He was a huge fan of art films. He never met a film he didn't want to comment on. He was not a critic. He was a writer of the aesthetics of film. The underlying meanings, touching the soul of celluloid. His was cremated upon his wishes, and his wife and daughter held a private service for him. He was often imitated but never duplicated.

Jazz pioneer Freddie Hubbard dies 70

Freddie Hubbard JazzFrederick Dewayne Hubbard (April 7, 1938 – December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post bop styles from the early 60s and on. His unmistakable and influential tone contributed to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop

Following a long setback of health problems and a serious lip injury in 1992 where he ruptured his upper lip and subsequently developed an infection, Hubbard was again playing and recording occasionally, even if not at the high level that he set for himself during his earlier career. His best records ranked with the finest in his field

Death of Frederick Hubbard
On December 29, 2008, Hubbard's hometown newspaper, The Indianapolis Star reported that Hubbard died from complications from a heart attack suffered on November 26 of the same year. Billboard magazine reported that Hubbard died in Sherman Oaks, California

Freddie Hubbard - Misty

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Freddie Hubbard Discography

YearTitle
1992Live at Fat Tuesday
1991Bolivia
1989Times Are Changin'
1983Sweet Return
1982Ride Like the Wind
1981Outpost
1980Skagly
1979The Love Connection
1978Super Blue
1977Bundle of Joy
1976Windjammer
1975Polar AC
1975Liquid Love
1974Keep Your Soul Together
1974High Energy
1974Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine in Concert
1973Sky Dive
1971First Light
1971Sing Me a Song of Songmy
1970Straight Life
1970Red Clay
1970The Black Angel
1969The Hub of Hubbard
1969A Soul Experiment
1968High Blues Pressure
1966Backlash
1965Blue Spirits
1964Breaking Point
1963The Body & the Soul
1962Hub-Tones
1962The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard
1961Ready for Freddie
1961Minor Mishap
1961Here to Stay
1961Hub Cap
1960Ballads
1960Goin' Up
1960Open Sesame

Sculptor Robert Graham dies 70

Robert Graham (August 19, 1938 - December 27, 2008) was a sculptor based in the state of California in the United States of America. His monumental bronzes commemorate the human figure and are featured in public places across America.

Graham's work included statues of past presidents, Los Angeles Olympic Gateway, and countless more all over The United States.

Robert Graham died 70 years old, surrounded by his family, including Oscar winning actress Angelica Huston (married since 1992)

1940s actress Ann Savage dies 87

Ann Savage Died 2008Ann Savage (February 19, 1921 - December 25, 2008) was a motion picture actress for over sixty years. She is mainly remembered as the cigarette-puffing femme fatale in Detour (1945) and other Hollywood B-movies and film noirs of the 1940s. Savage and Detour co-star Tom Neal made four movies (Klondike Kate, Two Man Submarine, Unwritten Code, and Detour) and one television show (Gangbusters) together.

Death of Ann Savage
Ann Savage died in her sleep on Christmas Day, December 25, 2008, from complications following a series of stroke. She is buried next to D'Armand at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in Los Angeles, California

Eartha Kitt 'Santa Baby' 'Cat Woman' dies 81 on Christmas Day

Merry Christmas
Singer of "Santa Baby" Eartha Kitt dies on Christmas Day 2008

2007 Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program2008 Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program6656 Hollywood Boulevard

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American actress, singer, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her role as Catwoman in the 1960s TV series Batman, and for her 1953 Christmas song "Santa Baby". Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".

Death of Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer on Christmas Day, December 25, 2008. Ironically as she is mostly known for her Christmas hit Santa Baby.

Career
Kitt started her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company and made her film debut with them in Casbah (1948). A talented singer with a distinctive voice, her hits include "Let's Do It", "Champagne Tatse", "C'est si bon", "Just an Old Fashioned Girl", "Monotonous", "Je cherche un homme", "Love for Sale", "I'd Rather Be Burned as a Witch", "Uska Dara", "Mink, Schmink", "Under the Bridges of Paris", and her most recognizable hit, "Santa Baby". Kitt's unique style was enhanced as she became fluent in the French language during her years performing in Europe. She had some skill in other languages too, which she demonstrates with finesse in many of the live recordings of her cabaret performances

Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby

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Awards and nominations

Awards

  • 1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame - 6656 Hollywood Boulevard.
  • 2001 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Featured Film - The Emperor's New Groove
  • 2007 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production - The Emperor's New School
  • 2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - The Emperor's New School
  • 2008 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production - The Emperor's New School
  • 2008 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - The Emperor's New School

Nominations

  • 1966 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama - I Spy
  • 1978 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical - Timbuktu!
  • 1996 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Living Single
  • 2000 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical - The Wild Party
  • 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - The Wild Party

Filmography
Casbah (1948)
New Faces (1954)
The Mark of the Hawk (1958)
St. Louis Blues (1958)
Anna Lucasta (1959)
Saint of Devil's Island (1961)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965) (voice)
Synanon (1965)
All About People (1967) (short subject) (narrator)
Up the Chastity Belt (1971)
Friday Foster (1975)
All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story (1983)
The Serpent Warriors (1985)
The Pink Chiquitas (1987) (voice)
Dragonard (1987)
Master of Dragonard Hill (1989)
Erik the Viking (1989)
Living Doll (1990)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Boomerang (1992)
Fatal Instinct (1993)
Unzipped (1995)
Harriet the Spy (1996)
Ill Gotten Gains (1997)
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998) (voice)
The Emperor's New Groove (2000) (voice of Yzma)
The Making and Meaning of We Are Family (2002)
The Sweatbox (2002) (documentary)
Anything But Love (2002)
Holes (2003)
On the One (2005)
Preaching to the Choir (2005)
Kronk's New Groove (2005) (voice of Yzma)
And Then Came Love (2007)

To Kill a Mockingbird' director, Robert Mulligan, dies at 83

Emmy award winner 

Robert Mulligan (August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York - Died December 20, 2008 Lyme, Conn) is an American film and television director.

In 1957 Robert Mulligan directed his first motion picture (Fear Strikes Out) and five years later received wide acclaim and Academy award and Directors Guild of America nominations for To Kill a Mockingbird. In the same year, he also directed a film with stars Rock Hudson and Burl Ives, called The Spiral Road, based on the book by Jan de Hartog.

Death of Robert Mulligan
Robert Mulligan died of had heart disease.
Robert Mulligan was 83 years old at the time of his death

In 1972 he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director and another Directors Guild Award for the highly successful Summer of '42.

He is the brother of actor Richard Mulligan who is best remembered for his television roles of Burt Campbell in the sitcom Soap and of Dr. Harry Weston in Empty Nest.

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Employed by the CBS network, Mulligan began his television career at the bottom of the ladder, working as a messenger boy. He worked his way up, learning the business to where in 1948 he was directing important dramatic series. In 1959 he won an Emmy Award for directing The Moon and Sixpence, a made-for-television production that marked the American small-screen debut of Sir Laurence Olivier.

Selected filmography
The Man in the Moon (1991)
Clara's Heart (1988)
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
The Nickel Ride (1974)
The Other (1972)
Summer of '42 (1971)
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
The Stalking Moon (1969)
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Spiral Road (1962)
Come September (1961)
The Great Impostor (1961)
The Rat Race (1960)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)

First Lady of Star Trek Majel Roddenberry dies 76

Star Trek Actress diedMajel Barrett-Roddenberry (February 23, 1932 – December 18, 2008) (born Majel Leigh Hudec in Columbus, Ohio) was an American actress, and producer. She was also the widow of television director/producer/writer and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

As a result of her marriage to Gene Roddenberry and the fact that she has been in every Star Trek series, she is sometimes referred to as "the First Lady of Star Trek". She and Gene Roddenberry were married in Japan on August 6, 1969, after the cancellation of the original Star Trek series.

Death of Majel Roddenberry
Barrett died December 18, 2008 as a result of complications from leukemia.
Majel Roddenberry was 76 years old at the time of her death

She appeared in the original Star Trek series as Nurse Christine Chapel, and also had a role in "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

She was also the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every spin-off of the 1960s cult series

Watergate 'Deep Throat', Mark, Felt Dies 95

deep throat Mark FeltWilliam Mark Felt, Sr. (August 17, 1913 – December 18, 2008) was a former agent of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, who retired in 1973 as the Bureau's Associate Director. After thirty years of denying his involvement with reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Felt revealed himself on May 31, 2005 to be the Watergate scandal whistleblower called "Deep Throat."

Death OF William Mark Felt
At 12:45pm on December 18, 2008, Felt died of congestive heart failure in his sleep at a hospice care facility in Santa Rosa, California. He was 95 years old. His death was reported in the Washington Post by Bob Woodward.

Actor Sam Bottoms 'Apocalypse Now,' 'Last Picture Show' dies 53

Samuel John "Sam" Bottoms (October 17, 1955 – December 16, 2008) was an American actor and producer.

He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Lance Johnson, a Navy Gunner's Mate stationed on a river boat in Francis Ford Coppola's 20th century opus, Apocalypse Now.

Bottoms earlier appeared with Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales.

At the age of 16 while watching the shooting of the film The Last Picture Show, which his older brother Timothy was starring in, Peter Bogdanovich decided to give him a screen test. Sam ended up getting the part of Billy in the movie.

Death of Sam Bottoms
Sam Bottoms died of glioblastoma multiforme, a brain tumor.
Sam Bottoms was 53 years old at the time of his death.

Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara, California, the third son of James "Bud" Bottoms (a sculptor and art teacher) and Betty (Chapman). He is the brother of actors Timothy Bottoms, Joseph Bottoms and Ben Bottoms.

The Last Picture Show - Sam Bottoms as Billy

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Television
NYPD Blue (2004)
My Neighbor's Daughter (1998)
Mercenary II: Thick & Thin (1997)
The X Files (1995)
Zooman (1995)
Murder, She Wrote (1989-1991)
21 Jump Street (1990)
Island Sons (1987)
The Witching of Ben Wagner (1987)
Gringo mojado (1986)
No Earthly Reason (1984)
Return to Eden (1983)
Desperate Lives (1982)
East of Eden (1981)
The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1978)
Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1978)
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1976)
Cage Without a Key (1975)
Lucas Tanner (1974)
Savages (1974)
Doc Elliot (1974)

[edit] Filmography
Finishing the Game (2007)
SherryBaby (2006)
Winter Passing (2005)
Shopgirl (2005)
Havoc (2005)
Seabiscuit (2003)
Looking Through Lillian (2002)
True Files (2002)
Shadow Fury (2001)
The Unsaid (2001)
Joseph's Gift (1998)
Snide and Prejudice (1997)
Project Shadowchaser III (1995)
Sugar Hill (1994)
The Trust (1993)
North of Chiang Mai (1992)
Dolly Dearest (1992)
Ragin' Cajun (1991)
After School (1988)
Gardens of Stone (1987)
Hunter's Blood (1987)
Prime Risk (1985)

1940's heartthrob actor Van Johnson dies 92

Charles "Van" Johnson (August 25, 1916 - December 12, 2008) was an American film and television actor and dancer.

He passed away on December 12, 2008 at an assisted living center in Nyack, NY. He was 92.

Van Johnson with Lucy

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Van Johnson Filmography

Too Many Girls (1940)
Murder in the Big House (1942)
The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942)
The Human Comedy (1943)
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943)
Pilot #5 (1943)
Madame Curie (1943)
A Guy Named Joe (1943)
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
Three Men in White (1944)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Between Two Women (1945)
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Ziegfeld Follies (1946) (scenes deleted)
Easy to Wed (1946)
No Leave, No Love (1946)
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
High Barbaree (1947)
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
State of the Union (1948)
Command Decision (1948)
Mother Is a Freshman (1949)
Scene of the Crime (1949)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Battleground (1949)
The Big Hangover (1950)
Duchess of Idaho (1950)
Grounds for Marriage (1951)
Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
Go for Broke! (1951)
It's a Big Country (1951)
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
Invitation (1952)
When in Rome (1952)
Washington Story (1952)
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
Confidentially Connie (1953)
Remains to Be Seen (1953)
Easy to Love (1953)
Siege at Red River (1954)
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Brigadoon (1954)
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
The End of the Affair (1955)
The Bottom of the Bottle (1956)
Miracle in the Rain (1956)
23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)
Slander (1956)
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)
Kelly and Me (1957)
Action of the Tiger (1957)
The Last Blitzkrieg (1959)
Beyond This Place (1959)
Subway in the Sky (1959)
The Enemy General (1960)
Wives and Lovers (1963)
Divorce American Style (1967)
Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (1968)
Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
Eagles Over London (1969)
The Price of Power (1969)
Eye of the Spider (1971)
Concorde Affaire '79 (1979)
From Corleone to Brooklyn (1979)
The Battle of the Eagles (1979)
The Kidnapping of the President (1980)
Murder in an Etruscan Cemetery (1982)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Down There in the Jungle (1986)
Taxi Killer (1988)
Killer Crocodile (1989)
Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One (1990)
Clowning Around (1992)

Pinup Legend Bettie Page Dies 85

Bettie Page ComaBettie Page (April 22, 1923 - December 11, 2008) was a former American model who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine.

Death of Bettie Page
Bettie Page died on December 11, 2008, having been on continuous life support since her heart attack in December 2008

While she faded into obscurity in the 1960s after converting to Christianity and serving as a Baptist missionary in Angola, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and had a significant cult following. Her look, including her jet black hair and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists. Bettie is a great aunt of comedian/writer Benjy Bronk and Bettie is a cousin of actress Mena Suvari.

Related story: Pinup Legend Bettie Page in Coma

Character actor Robert Prosky dies 77

actor who died 2008Robert Prosky (December 13, 1930 - December 8, 2008) was an American actor with hundreds of credits on stage and screen including "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Hill Street Blues"

Death of Robert Prosky
Robert Prosky died on December 8, 2008, five days short of his 78th birthday, of complications following a heart procedure. At the time of his death, he lived on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Biography
Robert Prosky appeared in such films as Thief, Christine, The Natural, Broadcast News, Green Card, Hoffa, Rudy, and Dead Man Walking. In addition to appearing in numerous films, Prosky appeared as a regular on the television shows Hill Street Blues and Veronica's Closet. Prior to his film and television career, Prosky appeared in numerous productions at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, most notably as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. He was considered for the role of Martin Crane in Frasier and later made a guest appearance in the show as a reclusive writer. He also played Rebecca Howe's father on Cheers.

Prosky often performed at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, with over 100 stage credits to his name at that theatre alone. He also originated the role of Shelly Levene in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.

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Filmography
The Skeptic (2009)
Suits on the Loose (2005)
D-Tox (2002) - McKenzie
Death to Smoochy (2002) (uncredited)
Dudley Do-Right (1999) - Inspector Fenwick
Veronica's Closet (1997) (TV series) (1997–1998)
The Chamber (1996)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
The Scarlet Letter (1995) - Horace Stonehall
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) - Judge Henry Harper
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) - Jonathan Lundy
Rudy (1993) - Father Cavanaugh
Last Action Hero (1993)
Hoffa (1992)
Far and Away (1992) - Daniel Christie
Green Card (1990)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Outrageous Fortune (1987) - Stanislav Korzenowski
Broadcast News (1987)
Hill Street Blues (1981) (TV series) (1984–1987)
The Natural (1984)
The Keep (1983)
Christine (1983)
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
Monsignor (1982)
Hanky Panky (1982)
Thief (1981)

Classics IV Singer (Drummer) Dennis Yost "Spooky" "Stormy" dies 65

Dennis Yost passed away of respiratory failure, on December 7, 2008, at the age of 65 

Dennis Yost was a singer & a drummer of Classics IV, a pop rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, in 1965. Their signature songs include "Spooky" and "Stormy".

Dennis Yost became seriously ill. On July 11, 2006, while recovering at home in a suburb of Cincinnati, Yost fell down a flight of stairs and suffered serious brain trauma. Although Yost subsequently underwent a significant amount of rehabilitation, he was never again able to perform. Since Yost's unique voice was integral to the Classics IV sound, his injury effectively placed the group on hiatus.

To assist Yost and his wife with their medical bills, a benefit concert was held on March 25, 2007, at Rhino's Live in Cincinnati, Ohio, the benefit was originally thought up by Yost's close friend Jon "Bowser" Bauman. Many musical entertainers and some surprise guests from the 1950’s through the 70’s performed some of their biggest chart-topping hits in tribute to Dennis Yost, backed by local favorites, BlueStone Ivory and Classics IV guitarist Brian Correll. An interesting note to the benefit concert is that it didn't benefit Dennis or his wife financially. Without question the benefit was a huge boost for Dennis allowing him to see and visit with so many old friends, but the expenses far exceeded the money raised leaving the whole event in the red.

Dennis Yost passed away of respiratory failure, on December 7, 2008, at the age of 65

Paul Benedict - Harry Bentley from The Jeffersons dies at 70

Paul Benedict (September 17, 1938 - December 1, 2008) was an American character actor who made numerous appearances in television and movies beginning in the 1960s. He is probably best recognized for his roles as The Number Painter on the PBS children's show Sesame Street, and as the quirky English neighbor "Harry Bentley" on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons.

Death of Paul Benedict
On December 1, 2008, Benedict was found dead at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Paul Benedict was 70 years old at the time of his death.

Biography
Benedict was born in Silver City, New Mexico, the son of Alma Marie (née Loring), a journalist, and Mitchell M. Benedict, a doctor.[1] He grew up in Massachusetts. As a young man, he suffered from acromegaly, a pituitary disorder that affects the extremities and face, which accounted for his slightly oversized jaw and nose.

As could be heard in his other film and TV roles, he had a slight English accent even when not in character as Bentley. Benedict played the director of the Richard III production in the 1977 movie The Goodbye Girl starring Richard Dreyfuss, in which Richard was to be portrayed in the play as a stereotypical gay man. He was in a short scene in the 1984 mockumentary film This is Spinal Tap, playing the awkward desk clerk who checks in the band. In the 1990 film The Freshman, he played the condescending NYU film school professor of Matthew Broderick's main character. He also made a memorable appearance as the incorrectly assumed title character in the 1996 film Waiting for Guffman, another mockumentary involving many of the same writers and actors.

Benedict also played the role of a slave trader in Dino De Laurentiis' Mandingo opposite James Mason and Perry King in 1975. Perhaps his best known movie role was of the reverend Lundquist in the 1972 Sydney Pollack film Jeremiah Johnson.

Emmy-nominated producer (Hawaii Five-O) William Finnegan dies 80

William R. Finnegan (June 29, 1928 Kansas City Missouri - November 28, 2008 Sag Harbor, Suffolk County New York) was a five times Emmy nominated TV & film producer.

William Finnegan's credits include "Hawaii Five-0," "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" and "The Fabulous Baker Boys,"

He co-produced movies such as; "Support Your Local Gunfighter" (1971), "North Shore" (1987), "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989), "White Palace" (1990), "The Babe" (1992), "CrissCross" (1992), "Reality Bites" (1994) and "Ed" (1996).

Death of William Finnegan
William Finnegan died of parkinson's disease at his home in Sag Harbor, N.Y.
William Finnegan was 80 years old at the time of his death.

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