Remembering Alain Resnais, James Rebhorn and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in March

Remembering Alain Resnais, James Rebhorn and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in March

Apr 01, 2014

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way.


Scott Asheton (1949-2014) - Drummer for the Stooges. He appears with the band in the concert films Iggy & the Stooges: Live in Detroit and Search and Destroy: Iggy & the Stooges' Raw Power. He died on March 15. (THR)

Jean-Louis Bertuccelli (1942-2014) - French filmmaker who directed his country's 1971 Oscar submission, Ramparts of Clay, as well as Doctor Francoise Gailland. His daughter is The Tree director Julie Bertuccelli. He died on March 6. (THR)

David Brenner (1936-2014) - Comedian who appears in the documentaries The AristocratsWhen Jews Were Funny and Goodnight, We Love You. He died of cancer on March 15. (THR)

Dave Brockie (1963-2014) - Front man of the band GWAR, in which he went by the stage name Oderus Urungus. With his bandmates, he appears in Empire Records (see below), ZoolanderI Spill Your Guts and the documentaries American Hardcore and Working Class Rock Star. He died on March 23. (Blabbermouth)

Vera Chytilová (1929-2014) - Filmmaker who directed the Czech New Wave classic Daisies (see below). Her other films include Fruit of ParadiseVici Bouda and The Inheritance or F*ckoffguysgoodday. She died on March 12. (The Dissolve)

Dirk Wallace Craft (1965/1966-2014) - Director who was A.D. on Running with ScissorsVan WilderAngus and Teenage Caveman. He died on March 24. (THR)

Hal Douglas (1924-2014) - Actor best known for voicing numerous movie trailers, including one for The Comedian where he appeared as himself (see below). He also narrated Waterworld. He died from complications of pancreatic cancer on March 7. (The Dissolve)

Scott Kalvert (1964-2014) - Director of The Basketball Diaries and Deuces Wild. He died of an apparent suicide on March 5. (LAT)

Mitch Leigh (1928-2014) - Composer who won a Tony for the Don Quixote musical Man of la Mancha, which was turned into a movie. He died on March 16. (NYT)

Oswald Morris (1915-2014) - Cinematographer who won an Oscar for his work on Fiddler on the Roof  (see below) and received nominations for Carol Reed's Oliver! and Sidney Lumet's The Wiz (see below). He also shot Reed's The Key and Our Man in Havana, Lumet's Just Tell Me What You WantThe Hill and Equus, Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, John Huston's Beat the Devil, Moby Dick, Moulin RougeThe Man Who Would Be King and others, Jim Henson's The Great Muppet Caper and The Dark Crystal, plus The Man with the Golden GunThe Guns of NavaroneThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Pumpkin Eater, the original Sleuth and many more. He died on March 17. (BBC)

Kate O'Mara (1939-2014) - Actress best known for her television work (DynastyDoctor Who). She also starred in the movie The Vampire Lovers (see below) and The Horror of Frankenstein. She died on March 30. (THR)

James Rebhorn (1948-2014) - Actor celebrated for being one of the most memorable "that guy" supporting players. He appears in Meet the ParentsThe Game (see below), Independence DayThe Talented Mr. RipleyMy Cousin Vinny, Scent of a Woman, Regarding HenryBlank Check, Carlito's WayLorenzo's OilReal Steel and many more. He died of melanoma on March 21. (Variety)

Alain Resnais (1922-2014) - Legendary French filmmaker whose Last Year at Miriambad and Hiroshima, Mon Amour are considered masterpieces (see him discuss the former below) . Among his many other great movies are My American UncleProvidenceJe t'aime Je t'aime and the landmark Holocaust documentary Night and Fog. He died on March 1. (THR)

Stanley Rubin (1917-2014) - Producer and screenwriter whose credits as the former include RevengeWhite Hunter Black HeartThe President's Analyst and River of No Return. He died on March 2. (THR)

L'Wren Scott (1964-2014) - Fashion designer who created the costumes for DiaboliqueMercy and the Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light, the last specifically for boyfriend Mick Jagger. She died of an apparent suicide on March 17. (THR)

Lorenzo Semple Jr. (1923-2014) - Screenwriter whose credits include Three Days of the CondorThe Parallax ViewFlash GordonPapillonNever Say Never AgainThe Drowning Pool, the 1976 version of King Kong and Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, for which he was nominated for a Razzie. He also created the '60s Batman TV show and wrote its feature spin-off, Batman: The Movie, and he appears in the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. He died on March 28. (THR)

Abby Singer (1917-2014) - Production manager who became the namesake for what the industry calls the next-to-last shot of a filming day (see him discuss the origins below). Movies he worked on include Thunderbold and Lightfoot and, as assistant director, Hellcats of the Navy7th Cavalry and The Guns of Fort Petticoat. He died on March 13. (Variety)

Wu Tianming (1939-2014) - Chinese filmmaker known for the acclaimed 1996 movie The King of Masks (see below). He also headed the Xi'an Film Studio, where he produced Zhang Yimou's Red Sorghum and Tian Zhuangzhuang's The Horse Thief. He died of a heart attack on March 4. (NYT)

Patrice Wymore (1926-2014) - Actress and singer who starred in Tea for Two (see below), The Big TreesI'll See You in My DreamsRocky Mountain and The Man Behind the Gun. She was the widow of Errol Flynn (whom she met on Rocky Mountain) and appears in the documentary The Adventures of Errol Flynn. She died on March 22. (THR

 

 

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