Remembering Glen Campbell, Jerry Lewis, Tobe Hooper and More Reel-Important People We Lost in August

Remembering Glen Campbell, Jerry Lewis, Tobe Hooper and More Reel-Important People We Lost in August

Sep 01, 2017

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that 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.

Richard Anderson (1926-2017) - Actor. In addition to starring on TV's The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, he co-starred in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of GloryForbidden PlanetTora! Tora! Tora!SecondsSeven Days in May and The Long, Hot Summer. He died on August 31. (THR)

Joseph Bologna (1934-2017) - Actor, Writer. He received an Oscar nomination for co-writing the adaptation of Lovers and Other Strangers and also co-wrote Made for Each Other and Love is All There Is, which he also co-directed. He also co-starred in Big Daddy (see below), The Woman in RedBlame It on RioMy Favorite YearTransylvania 6-5000 and The Big Bus. He died of pancreatic cancer on August 13. (THR)

Glen Campbell (1936-2017) - Singer, Songwriter, Actor. He received an Oscar nomination for writing the song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" for the documentary about him Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (see below). He also co-starred in True Grit (pictured above), played himself in Any Which Way You Can and voiced the lead character in the animated feature Rock-A-Doodle. He also wrote the song "Rhinestone Cowboy," which served as the basis for the movie Rhinestone. He died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on August 8. (Rolling Stone)

Mireille Darc (1938-2017) - French Actress. She starred in Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend, the 1967 Casino RoyaleThose Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies and Yves Robert's The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe and The Return of the Tall Blond Man. She died on August 28. (The Guardian)

J.D. Disalvatore (1966-2017) - Producer, Visual Effects Artist. After working in visual effects on Dante's Peak and The X-Files, she produced LGBT films such as ShelterEating Out 2: Sloppy SecondsElena Undone and A Marine Story. She also wrote about LGBT film in various outlets. She died of complications from cancer on August 24. (THR)

Bruce Forsyth (1928-2017) - British Actor, TV Host. In addition to his long career as a TV icon, hosting game shows and other series, he co-starred in Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Star! He died on August 18. (THR)

Vera Glagoleva (1956-2017) - Russian Actress, Filmmaker. She directed Ralph Fiennes in Two Women (see below) and starred in the movies Bednaya SashaTorpedo Bombers and Ono. She died of stomach cancer on August 16. (THR)

Dick Gregory (1932-2017) - Activist, Comedian, Actor. He appears in PantherThe Hot Chick and many documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated What Happened, Miss Simone? He died of heart failure on August 19. (LAT)

Ty Hardin (1930-2017) - Actor. He starred in Battle of the BulgeAvanti!Last Train from Gun HillI Married a Monster from Outer SpacePT 109The BuccaneerMerrill's MaraudersBerzerkCuster of the West and many more. He died on August 3. (THR)

Robert Hardy (1925-2017) - British Actor. Now best known as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies (see below). He also appears in Sense and SensibilityMary Shelley's FrankensteinThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold10 Rillington Place and Mrs. Dalloway. He died on August 3. (THR)

S.J. Harris (1977-2017)  - Stunt Woman. She doubled for Zazie Beetz as Domino in Deadpool 2. She died during a motorcycle stunt for Deadpool 2 on August 14. (THR)

Tobe Hooper (1943-2017) - Filmmaker. His sophomore feature, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, is one of the most iconic and influential horror movies ever made. He also directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2PoltergeistLifeforceThe FunhouseSalem's LotToolbox MurdersThe ManglerEaten Alive and Invaders from Mars. He died on August 26. See our original news post here.

Beth Howard (1965-2017) - Producer. She produced many Olympics broadcasts as well as The Young Black Stallion and the Alex Gibney documentary The Armstrong Lie. She died of breast cancer on August 8. (THR)

Sonny Landham (1941-2017) - Actor, Stunt Man. Best known for playing Billy in Predator (see below), he also appears in PoltergeistThe Warriors48 Hrs.Lock UpSouthern Comfort, FirewalkerLove at First BiteGloria and Action Jackson. He died of congestive heart failure on August 17. (THR)

Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) - Actor, Singer, Filmmaker. One of the greatest comedy icons of the 20th century, he starred in such movies as the original The Nutty ProfessorThe Bellboy (see below), The PatsyThe Errand BoyThe Ladies Man and The Family Jewels, all of which he directed, plus CinderfellaThe Disorderly OrderlyThe Geisha Boy and many others. He also starred opposite Dean Martin in many movies, including Artists and ModelsAt War with the ArmyThe CaddyHollywood or BustScared Stiff, and more. In later years, he starred in Funny Bones and Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy. He died on August 20. See our full tribute post here.

Daniel Licht (1957-2017) - Composer. He scored the movies Thinner, Species, Copycat, Virtuosity, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Soul Survivors and Permanent Midnight. He died of cancer on August 2. (THR)

Alan MacDonald (c.1956-2017) - Production Designer. His movie credits include The QueenPhilomenaSing StreetFlorence Foster JenkinsKinky BootsThe JacketThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the upcoming Victoria and Abdul. He died on August 30. (The Sun)

Thomas Meehan (1929-2017) - Writer. He won Tony Awards for his books for the musicals Annie, The Producers and Hairspray, all of which were turned into movies, the latter two having originated as non-musical movies previously. He also wrote the book for the stage musical based on the movie Elf. With Mel Brooks, he co-wrote Spaceballs and for Brooks he co-wrote the remake To Be or Not to Be. He died on August 22. (Playbill)

Haruo Nakajima (1929-2017) - Japanese Actor. Best known as the original Godzilla performer in Godzilla (see below), Godzilla Raids AgainGodilla King of the Monsters!King Kong vs. GodzillaMothra vs. GodzillaInvasion of Astro-MonsterGodzilla vs. the Sea MonsterSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. HedorahGodzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla vs. Megalon. He also co-starred in Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Stray DogThe Hidden FortressRhamsody in August and Yojimbo, as well as Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, Frankenstein Conquers the WorldRodanMothra and King Kong Escapes, the last as King Kong. He died of complications from pneumonia on August 7. (THR)

Joel Sadilek (1969-2017) - Line Producer. His credits include The Experiment, ZombeaversThe DetailsCabin Fever 3: Patient Zero and the new movie Ingrid Goes West. He died of cancer on August 8. (THR)

Kathleen M. Shea (1945-2017) - Producer. She was an associate producer on Michael Mann's films HeatAli and The Insider, after working with him on Miami Vice and as his assistant on The Last of the Mohicans. Earlier she was assistant to Hal Needham while he made Smokey and the Bandit II, MegaforceThe Cannonball Run, in which she also played the race's starter girl, and Cannonball Run II. She died of glioblastoma on August 4. (

Jon Shepodd (1925-2017) - Actor. He was best known for his role on Lassie but also appears in the movies What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?AttackThe Mississippi GamblerThe Garment Jungle and The Return of Jack Slade. He died on August 16. (THR)

Bernie Styles (1918-2017) Casting Agent. He cast extras for Remo Williams: The Adventure BeginsOutrageous FortuneSliver and more. He also appears in Annie Hall and Witness. He died on August 23. (THR)

Jay Thomas (1948-2017) - Actor. He was best known for his recurring roles on Cheers and Murphy Brown, but he also was the Easter Bunny in the movies The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (see below) and co-starred in Mr. Holland's Opus, Dragonfly and C.H.U.D.. He died of cancer on August 24. (THR)

Eric Zumbrunnen (1964-2017) Editor. He worked primarily for Spike Jonze, editing many of his music videos and the movies HerBeing John MalkovichAdaptationWhere the Wild Things Are and the short I'm Here. He also edited John Carter. He died of stomach cancer on August 1. (Deadline)




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