[IN MEMORIAM] A MOMENT FOR THOSE WE LOST IN 2015

 

I don’t get the sense this has been an easy year for anyone. We all have our personal battles to face on an every-day basis, but sometimes there’s a noticeable surplus of hardship. It sure does seem like the news has been almost unrelentingly grim and infuriating lately, and on top of that, the world of arts and entertainment has taken some heavy, heavy hits throughout 2015. Daily Grindhouse would like to dedicate this post to all the wonderful talent we lost in 2015.

One bright spot of 2015 for me has been the running of Daily Grindhouse, such as it is, and getting to work with and publish some truly interesting and thoughtful writers. (Please stick around our site and click at random. You can’t go wrong. I recommend starting with one of our team-up pieces.) But when you’re in the editor seat, part of the gig is staying constantly hyper-attuned to the twin cycles of news and life, and I don’t know if it’s this over-informed perspective I’m experiencing, or if we really did lose that many talented people, but my God — it feels like such a massive fraction of excellence and creativity has passed along this year. Rough year for us horror fans in particular.

So this post is a meager attempt to honor those talented people whose hard work has even briefly brightened the days of total strangers like you and me. That’s the real magic of movies and of storytelling and of artwork. It’s a pathway to uniting people who may never know each other in the quote-unquote real world.

What follows is a gathering of pictures and names and, where applicable, Daily Grindhouse’s written tributes to all the beloved film figures and entertainment personalities who we lost in 2015. Wherever DG wrote anything, a link is embedded in the name and picture.

This is hardly a complete list, but it’s as close as possible, horseshoes-and-hand-grenades-wise.  Please let us know– with ready-made sincerest apologies — if there’s someone we missed. They will be added immediately.

 

 

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IN MEMORIAM

 

Chantal Akerman

CHANTAL AKERMAN (filmmaker)

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LAURA ANTONELLI (actor)

GEORGE BARRIS

GEORGE BARRIS (custom car designer)

Luis Bermejo

LUIS BERMEJO (illustrator)

YOGI BERRA

YOGI BERRA (baseball legend & philosopher)

Best

JAMES BEST (actor)

THEODORE BIKEL

THEODORE BIKEL (actor)

JUDY CARNE

JUDY CARNE (actor)

DAVID CARR

DAVID CARR (New York Times columnist & author)

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JACK CARTER (comedian)

ROBERT CHARTOFF

ROBERT CHARTOFF (producer)

Brian Clemens

BRIAN CLEMENS (writer & producer)

ORNETTE COLEMAN

ORNETTE COLEMAN (saxophonist)

JACKIE COLLINS

JACKIE COLLINS (novelist)

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RICHARD CORLISS (critic)

Yvonne Craig

YVONNE CRAIG (actor, superhero)

WES CRAVEN

WES CRAVEN (director)

jean darlingJEAN DARLING

JEAN DARLING (actor, seen here with Pete the dog)

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MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA (director)

DONNA DOUGLAS

DONNA DOUGLAS (actor)

Ellen Albertini Dow

ELLEN ALBERTINI DOW (actor)

RICK DUCOMMUN

RICK DUCOMMUN (actor)

Richard Dysart

RICHARD DYSART (actor)

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ANITA EKBERG (actor)

DAN FANTE

DAN FANTE (author & poet)

MORTON

GABRIELLE FERZETTI (actor)

Joe Franklin

JOE FRANKLIN (radio & TV personality)

JOHNNY FRATTO

JOHNNY FRATTO (radio personality & entrepeneur)

Stan Freberg

STAN FREBERG (humorist)

BRIAN FRIEL

BRIAN FRIEL (playwright)

Tangerine Dream in concert at London Astoria, London, Britain - 20 Apr 2007

EDGAR FROESE (founder of Tangerine Dream)

FRANK GIFFORD

FRANK GIFFORD (broadcaster)

SAMUEL GOLDWYN, JR.

SAMUEL GOLDWYN, JR. (producer)

lesley-gore

LESLEY GORE (singer)

COLLEEN GRAY

COLEEN GRAY (actor)

Michael C. Gross

MICHAEL C. GROSS (artist & designer)

JOHN GUILLERMIN

JOHN GUILLERMIN (director)

GUNNAR HANSEN

GUNNAR HANSEN (actor & writer)

JAMES HORNER

JAMES HORNER (composer)

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GEORGE CLAYTON JOHNSON (writer)

DEAN JONES

DEAN JONES (actor)

LOUIS JOURDAN

LOUIS JOURDAN (actor)

Premiere Of "Wristcutters: A Love Story" - Arrivals

IRWIN KEYES (character actor)

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LEMMY KILMISTER (Lemmy)

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B.B. KING (blues legend)

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BEN E. KING (R&B singer)

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JACK LARSON (actor)

CHRISTOPHER LEE

CHRISTOPHER LEE (actor, poet, rock star, vampire, Lord, knight)

meadowlark

MEADOWLARK LEMON (basketball legend)

JOAN LESLIE

JOAN LESLIE (actor)

Andrew Lesnie

ANDREW LESNIE (cinematographer)

Geoffrey Lewis

GEOFFREY LEWIS (actor)

MONICA LEWIS

MONICA LEWIS (singer, actor)

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ROBERT LOGGIA (actor)

Edmund Lyndeck

EDMUND LYNDECK (actor)

NICOLETTA MACHIAVELLI....

NICOLETTA MACHIAVELLI (actor)

STEVE MACKAY

STEVE MACKAY (saxophonist)

WILL MACMILLAN

WILL MACMILLAN (actor)

patrick macnee

PATRICK MACNEE (actor)

riley

RILEY MARTIN (friend of the aliens)

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KURT MASUR (conductor)

MELISSA MATHISON

MELISSA MATHISON (screenwriter)

Albert Maysles in 2013.

ALBERT MAYSLES (documentary filmmaker)

Brooke McCarter

BROOKE McCARTER (actor)

JayneMeadows

JAYNE MEADOWS (actor)

ANNE MEARA

ANNE MEARA (comedian)

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WINDELL MIDDLEBROOKS (actor)

AL MOLINARO

AL MOLINARO (actor)

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DICKIE MOORE (actor)

TAYLOR NEGRON

TAYLOR NEGRON (comedian & actor)

LEONARD NIMOY

LEONARD NIMOY (actor, director, singer)

MAUREEN O'HARA

MAUREEN O’HARA (actor)

GARY OWENS

GARY OWENS (television announcer and voice actor)

BETSY PALMER

BETSY PALMER (actor)

MELODY PATTERSON

MELODY PATTERSON (actor)

AMANDA PETERSON

AMANDA PETERSON (actor)

Tom Piccirilli

TOM PICCIRILLI (author)

RODDY PIPER

RODDY PIPER (wrestler & legend)

PAUL PRUDHOMME

PAUL PRUDHOMME (celebrity chef, not Dom DeLuise)

David A. Prior

DAVID A. PRIOR (filmmaker)

ROGER REES

ROGER REES (actor)

Reynaldo Rey

REYNALDO REY (actor & comedian)

DUSTY RHODES

DUSTY RHODES (wrestler)

ALEX ROCCO

ALEX ROCCO (actor)

Candida Royalle

CANDIDA ROYALLE (performer, producer, director)

GENE SAKS

GENE SAKS (stage & film director)

JOSEPH SARGENT

JOSEPH SARGENT (director)

LIZABETH SCOTT

LIZABETH SCOTT (actor)

Steve Shagan (right) and director John G. Avildsen during filming of 'The Formula.'

STEVE SHAGAN (writer, on the right)

OMAR SHARIF

OMAR SHARIF (actor)

LEE SHAW

LEE SHAW (pianist)

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SADHANA SHIVDASANI (Bollywood icon)

SAM SIMON

SAM SIMON (television producer)

BRUCE SINOFSKY

BRUCE SINOFSKY (documentary filmmaker)

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PERCY SLEDGE (R&B singer)

Sergio Sollima

SERGIO SOLLIMA (director)

Blaze Starr

BLAZE STARR (stripper, burlesque performer)

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LEONARD STARR (cartoonist)

STEWART STERN

STEWART STERN (screenwriter)

ROD TAYLOR

ROD TAYLOR (actor)

FRED THOMPSON

FRED THOMPSON (actor & politician)

Allen Toussaint.

ALLEN TOUSSAINT (musician & songwriter)

Tom Towles

TOM TOWLES (actor)

Mary Ellen Trainor

MARY ELLEN TRAINOR (actor)

HERB TRIMPE

HERB TRIMPE (comic book legend)

TRUDELL

JOHN TRUDELL (Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist)

UGGIE

UGGIE (actor)

DICK VAN PATTEN

DICK VAN PATTEN (actor)

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DANIEL VON BARGEN (actor)

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SCOTT WEILAND (rock star)

JERRY WEINTRAUB

JERRY WEINTRAUB (producer)

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HASKELL WEXLER (cinematographer)

ELMO WILLIAMS

ELMO WILLIAMS (editor)

MELVIN WILLIAMS

MELVIN WILLIAMS (reformed drug dealer & actor on The Wire)

BUD YORKIN

BUD YORKIN (director)

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ROBERT Z’DAR (actor, icon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Abrams

Editor-In-Chief at Daily Grindhouse
Jon Abrams is a New York-based writer, cartoonist, and committed cinemaniac whose complete work and credits can be found at his site, Demon’s Resume. You can contact him on Twitter as @JonZilla___.
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