Remembering Paul Walker, Syd Field, Irene Kane and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in November

Remembering Paul Walker, Syd Field, Irene Kane and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in November

Dec 02, 2013

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.


Sheila Allen (1932-2013) - Actress and widow of producer Irwin Allen who appears in his films The Poseidon AdventureThe Towering InfernoViva Knievel! and When Time Ran Out... and later produced the 2006 remake Poseidon. She died from pulmonary fibrosis on November 15. (THR)

Marc Breaux (1924-2013) - Choreographer for Mary Poppins (see below), The Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He died on November 19. (THR)

Anwar Brett (c.1966-2013) - Film critic for various U.K. publications, including BBC Online, movieScope, Total Film, Daily Echo and more. He also wrote DVD liner notes for releases of The PianoThe Machinist and The Woodsman. He died from cancer on November 25. (Daily Echo)

Diane Disney Miller (1933-2013) - Daughter of Walt Disney. She appears in the documentaries Walt & El GrupoThe Pixar Story and Walt: The Man Behind the Myth. She died on November 19. (Variety)

Syd Field (1935-2013) - Author of the famous book Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, which has been one of the staples of the film industry. He died on November 17. (NYT)

Michael J. Kagan (1926-2013) - Producer of Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesSuperman IV: The Quest of Peace and the 1994 live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. He died on November 10. (THR)

Irene Kane (1923-2013) - Actress and journalist who starred in Kubrick's Killer's Kiss (see below) and appears in All That Jazz. She died from pancreatic cancer on October 31. (THR

Jane Kean (1924-2013) - Actress who was best known for her TV role as Trixie on a Honeymooners revival. She also appears in the movies Explorers and Pete's Dragon. She died on November 25. (THR)

Mickey Knox (1921-2013) - Actor and writer who penned the English dialogue for Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, for which he also directed the dubbing sessions. He appears in the films The Godfather Part IIIInchonWhite Heat (see below), Cemetery Man, The Longest Day and Bolero, the latter two being among those he also worked as a dialogue coach. He died on November 15. (THR)

Georges Lautner (1926-2013) - French filmmaker who directed Jean-Paul Belmondo in a number of movies, including The ProfessionalJoyeuses Paques and Cop or Hood, as well as the sequel La Cage aux Folles 3: The Wedding. He died on November 22. (Variety)

Jay Leggett (1963-2013) - Comic actor who was a regular on the last season of TV's In Living Color. He also appears in Employee of the Month, which he also coproduced, and Another Day in Paradise. He died from cancer on November 23. (THR)

Paul Mantee (1931-2013) - Actor who stars in Robinson Crusoe on Mars  (see below) and appears in Apollo 13Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. He died on November 7. (THR

Shirley Mitchell (1919-2013) - Actress best known for her role as Marion on TV's I Love Lucy who also appears in the movies The War of the RosesBig Business and Desk Set. She died from heart failure on November 11. (THR)

Tony Musante (1936-2013) - Actor who stars in Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (see below) and appears in The Pope of Greenwich VillageThe Incident, The DetectiveThe Deep End of the Ocean and James Gray's We Own the Night and The Yards. He died on November 26. (THR)

Marvin Paige (1927-2013) - Casting director for Breakfast at Tiffany'sStar Trek: The Motion PictureThe Devil's Brigade and Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask. He died on November 13. (THR)

Ed Pincus (1938-2013) - Filmmaker who was one of the pioneers of the personal documentary with Diaries. His other films include the cinema verite works Black Natchez and One Step Away and the recent Katrina doc The Axe in the Attic. He also codirected films about living with leukemia, The Elephant in the Room and One Cut, One Life, which are yet to be released. He died from the disease on November 5. (Indiewire)

Al Ruscio (1924-2013) - Character actor best known for his role as the diner owner on TV's Seinfeld (the one with all the hot-daughter waitresses) who also appears in the movies The Godfather Part IIIShowgirls and Every Which Way You Can. He died on November 12. (THR)

Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) - Composer who contributed to the scores for Children of Men (hear below), Battle in Heaven, General Orders No. 9 and Herzog's Pilgrimage. He died on November 12. (BBC)

Paul Walker (1973-2013) - Actor best know for starring in the Fast and Furious series, the seventh of which is currently still shooting and set for release next summer. His other movies include Joy Ride, Pleasantville (see below), Takers, Running Scared, Varsity Blues, Eight Below and this year's Vehicle 19 and the upcoming Hours. He died in a car crash on November 30. See our earlier obituary here.

Peter Wintonick (1953-2013) - Documentary filmmaker who codirected Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (see below) and helmed Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment. He also produced China Heavyweight and was a consultant on Last Train Home and The Corporation and appears in the documentary about documentaries Capturing Reality. He died from a rare type of liver cancer on November 18. (Nonfics)

 

 

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