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#7152 Post by MichaelB » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:45 am

Director Lewis Gilbert, mere days before what would have been his 98th birthday.

Still, he certainly made the most of what brief time he had - and there can't have been that many other people who worked on Hitchcock's British films who were still alive as of this month.

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#7155 Post by FrauBlucher » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:56 pm

Very sorry to hear that. M*A*S*H was one of my favorite TV shows. I still enjoy watching the reruns.

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#7156 Post by bearcuborg » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:09 am

MASH (along with Frasier, and Andy Griffith) reruns constantly play in the background for me too. His cameo in Everyone Says I Love You was one of the big reasons I had a huge smile on my face when I saw it in theaters.

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#7157 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:33 pm

Roger Bannister at age 88. The first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, he achieved his landmark feat on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. When the announcer, Norris McWhirter, declared "The time was three...", the cheers of the crowd drowned out Bannister's exact time, which was 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Bannister's record lasted just 46 days. He had reached this record with minimal training, while practising as a junior doctor.

Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 1993. When asked whether the 4-minute mile was his proudest achievement, he said he felt prouder of his contribution to academic medicine through research into the responses of the nervous system. Bannister was patron of the MSA Trust. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011.

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#7158 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:25 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:Very sorry to hear that. M*A*S*H was one of my favorite TV shows. I still enjoy watching the reruns.
John Cusack's dad in Better Off Dead too iirc.

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#7159 Post by bearcuborg » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:54 pm

And both played father figures to Kelsey Grammer in Frasier-Stiers playing a gay man in fact. That must have felt good for him.

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#7161 Post by Dr Amicus » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:54 am

Science Fiction critic and historian Peter Nicholls, whose expertise covered both film and literature. The Enyclopedia of SF, in its various iterations, remains a key reference work for the genre.

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#7163 Post by GaryC » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:20 am

Kate Wilhelm, novelist and short-fiction writer, mostly in the SF and crime/mystery genres, aged 89. In the SF genre, she helped establish long-running writing workshops with her husband Damon Knight. Her story "Andover and the Android" was adapted by the BBC for Out of the Unknown - one of the highest-rated episodes of the first series, but sadly now lost.

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#7164 Post by GaryC » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:22 am

Peter Temple, aged 71. He won the Miles Franklin Award for his novel Truth and his Jack Irish series of crime novels were adapted for TV starring Guy Pearce.

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#7165 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:45 am

Comedian Ken Dodd at 90. He is probably most famous for his songs like Happiness and brandishing his 'tickle stick' at people (and more notoriously for his tax evasion charges in the late 1980s). My dad was a big fan and went to see him perform live a number of times - Dodd's shows were notorious for overrunning considerably, to the point of two or three hours past their scheduled end time, apparently simply because he loved performing and did not want to leave an audience once he was on stage. Whenever my dad went to see one of his shows it was pretty certain that he would not be home until 1 or 2 in the morning, exhausted but glad for the experience!

Film-wise, he has a brilliant cameo in Kenneth Branagh's 1996 version of Hamlet. That is a film studded with stars doing cameos in every role (and strangely mostly comedians: Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and so on, which perhaps shows the fine line between comedy and tragedy), but compared to some of the strange casting elsewhere (Jack Lemmon as a palace guard) there is something inspired and perfectly apt about Dodd's brief wordless appearance in flashback as Yorick!

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#7166 Post by djproject » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:43 am

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#7168 Post by MichaelB » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:12 pm

colinr0380 wrote:Film-wise, he has a brilliant cameo in Kenneth Branagh's 1996 version of Hamlet. That is a film studded with stars doing cameos in every role (and strangely mostly comedians: Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and so on, which perhaps shows the fine line between comedy and tragedy), but compared to some of the strange casting elsewhere (Jack Lemmon as a palace guard) there is something inspired and perfectly apt about Dodd's brief wordless appearance in flashback as Yorick!
Yes, Dodd, Charlton Heston and possibly Robin Williams are the three bits of Hamlet stunt-casting that I'd be inclined to defend. The fact that Dodd's skull appears before the flashback makes his cameo doubly delicious, as they did a brilliant job on matching those instantly recognisable teeth.

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#7169 Post by djproject » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:21 pm

This happened a while back but Douglas Mulder, the Dallas DA who had prosecuted Randall Adams in the murder of Officer Robert Wood. Investigating the case was, of course, the basis for The Thin Blue Line.

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#7171 Post by dda1996a » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:53 am

Did we ever find out Johan Johansson's cause of death?

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#7172 Post by Big Ben » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:24 am

dda1996a wrote:Did we ever find out Johan Johansson's cause of death?
Full toxicity screens take time. It's going to be a couple more weeks I would guess. If it wasn't drugs I would assume it was a heart condition. People who die young tend to have less complications available as culprits.

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#7175 Post by Big Ben » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:54 pm

Ribs wrote:Stephen Hawking
This is an unbelievable loss. And to think he outlived doctor's expectations by decades. A remarkable human being by all accounts.

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