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R.I.P. Actor Patrick Macnee

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Daniel Patrick Macnee
(6th February 1922 – 25 th June 2015)

Daniel Patrick Macnee died a natural death at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 93, with his family at his bedside, according to his son, Rupert.

Macnee was best known for playing the internationally recognized, charmingly elegant, quintessentially English, and slightly mysterious character of John Steed in the 1960s’ British television series, The Avengers. Patrick Macnee, along with co-stars Ian Hendry, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, Linda Thorson, Joanna Lumley, and Gareth Hunt, created a unique identity that has reverberated for nearly half a century. The pioneering television series aired throughout the 1960s, and The Avengers became known for its progressive approach to feminism, the female stars being more than a match for Steed…and a plethora of “diabolical master minds.” The programme was also known for its creative team’s interest in stories about cutting-edge technology,

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R.I.P. Actor Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten, TV star best known for ‘Eight is Enough,’ dead at 86

Perhaps best known for Eight is Enough, but he was one of those actors who was in practically everything on TV in the 1960s.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Sculptor Donald Featherstone

Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies

Donald Featherstone, creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died.

His wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 79.

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Wikipedia: Donald Featherstone (artist)

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R.I.P. Composer James Horner

RIP Star Trek, Aliens & Avatar composer James Horner

Oscar-winning composer James Horner, whose scores graced two Star Trek movies as well as many of James Cameron’s SF films, has been killed aged 61 in a plane crash.

Horner was piloting a small aircraft which came down about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, California on June 22nd.

His work was instantly memorable.

I first heard his scoring in the movie Battle Beyond the Stars. And then in Krull.

He soon graduated to major movies, with Star Trek, Aliens, A Beautiful Mind, and many more.

I don’t think there’s a single film composer left whose name I know whose music I like and look forward to like Horner’s.

Barry Gray, Jerry Goldsmith, Jerry Fielding, John Barry, Bernard Herrmann, and James Horner are now together. Heaven must be having one hell of a concert.

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R.I.P. Actor Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

Lee’s most famous role for Hammer was playing Dracula, a role which became one of his most widely recognised although the actor wasn’t pleased with how the character was treated. “They gave me nothing to do!” he told Total Film in 2005. “I pleaded with Hammer to let me use some of the lines that Bram Stoker had written. Occasionally, I sneaked one in. Eventually I told them that I wasn’t going to play Dracula any more. All hell broke loose.”

He was in so many things!

But the most surprising — and delightful — role was his cameo in The Magic Christian.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Actor Richard Johnson

Actor Richard Johnson dies, aged 87

Since he was under exclusive contract to MGM — that’s how movies rolled in those days — he had to decline taking the role of James Bond. Him as James Bond — how that would have changed history!

Gerry Anderson fans will recall him as the husband of Dr. Helena Russell in the Space: 1999 episode, A Matter of Life and Death (available on Hulu).

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R.I.P. Writer Tanith Lee

RIP Tanith Lee

Lee was the author of over 90 books and 300 short stories, as well as four BBC Radio plays, and two highly-regarded episodes of the BBC’s SF series Blake’s 7 (Sand and Sarcophagus). She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton in 2013 and the Horror Writers Lifetime Achievement Award this year, which joined her British Fantasy Award from 1980 for Death’s Master, and her World Fantasy Award for her short story “The Gorgon”.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Actress Anne Meara

Actor and comedian Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

All of the headlines I’ve seen include “mother of Ben Stiller,” which irks me. She had her own career and earned fame well before anyone knew of her son, Ben.

I loved her, both as a member of Stiller and Meara, and on her own in a variety of movie and TV roles.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Mathematician John Nash, Jr.

Famed ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife killed in taxi crash, police say

John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife of nearly 60 years died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.

Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton.

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R.I.P. Musician B.B. King

The Thrill Is Gone

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New York Times: B. B. King, Defining Bluesman for Generations, Dies at 89

B. B. stood for Blues Boy, a name he took with his first taste of fame in the 1940s. His peers were bluesmen like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, whose nicknames fit their hard-bitten lives. But he was born a King, albeit in a sharecropper’s shack surrounded by dirt-poor laborers and wealthy landowners.

Mr. King went out on the road and never came back after one of his first recordings reached the top of the rhythm-and-blues charts in 1951. He began in juke joints, country dance halls and ghetto nightclubs, playing 342 one-night stands in 1956 and 200 to 300 shows a year for a half-century thereafter, rising to concert halls, casino main stages and international acclaim.

A voice and a talent that will last forever as recordings.

Rest in peace.

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