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.
Mary Anderson (1918-2014) - Actress. She's best known for playing Maybelle Merriwether in Gone with the Wind and was also one of the ensemble players in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (see her as Nurse MacKenzie below). Other movies include The Asphalt Jungle, The Women and Cheech and Chong's Next Movie. She died on April 6. (THR)
Daniel Anker (1964-2014) - Documentary filmmaker who received an Oscar nomination for Scottsboro: An American Tragedy. He also directed Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (see the trailer below), Music from the Inside Out and Icebound. He died of pneumonia on April 21. (NYT)
Richard Brick (1945-2014) - Producer. He was a coproducer on the Woody Allen movies Sweet and Lowdown, Celebrity and Deconstructing Harry as well as Emir Kusturica's Arizona Dream. Earlier he was a production manager on Ragtime, Silkwood and Places in the Heart then film commissioner of New York City, tasked with bringing film shoots back to the Big Apple in the 1990s. He died of esophageal cancer on April 2. (NYT)
Edna Dore (1921-2014) - Actress. She's best known for her role on U.K. series EastEnders, but she was also a regular in Mike Leigh's films, including High Hopes (watch the clip below), All or Nothing and Another Year, and appears in Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth. She died of emphysema on April 11. (The Guardian)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014) - Nobel Prize-winning author. His novels Love in the Time of Cholera, No One Writes to the Colonel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Of Love and Other Demons and others have been turned into movies. He also wrote screenplays and film reviews, founded and led the Film Institute in Havana and appears in the documentary Jose and Pilar. He died of pneumonia on April 17. (Paste)
Michael Glawogger (1959-2014) - Documentary filmmaker. His award-winning nonfiction features include Megacities, Slumming, Whore's Glory (watch the trailer below) and Workingman's Death, for which he received a DGA nomination. He died of malaria while making a movie in Liberia on April 22. (THR)
Phil Hardy (1945-2014) - British journalist. His film books include Samuel Fuller, The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies and The British Film Institute Companion to Crime. He died on April 8. (Music Week)
Bob Hoskins (1942-2014) - Actor who received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Mona Lisa. His other movies include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Long Good Friday (watch a clip below), Mermaids, Brazil, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Nixon, The Secret Agent, Super Mario Bros., Hook and Snow White and the Huntsman. He died of pneumonia on April 29. See our full obituary post here.
Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) - Actor who won two special Oscars, the 1939 Juvenile Award and a 1983 Honorary Award. He was also nominated for lead acting in Babes in Arms (watch below) and The Human Comedy and for supporting roles in The Bold and the Brave and The Black Stallion. Other notable movies include Pete's Dragon, Breakfast at Tiffany's, National Velvet, Night at the Museum, Boys Town and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. He died on April 6. See our full obituary post here.
Peter Scoones (1937-2014) - Underwater cinematographer. He shot footage for the series Planet Earth, which was also used for Disneynature's Earth. He died on April 20. (Telegraph)
Stefanie Zweig (1932-2014) - German author whose novel Nowhere in Africa was made into a foreign film Oscar winner in 2001 (watch the trailer below). She died on April 25. (THR)
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