Remembering Tom Clancy, Hal Needham, Lou Reed and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in October

Remembering Tom Clancy, Hal Needham, Lou Reed and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in October

Nov 01, 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.

Norma Bengell (1935-2013) - Brazilian actress who starred in Planet of the Vampires (see below), Mafioso and the Oscar-nominated The Given Word (aka Keeper of Promises). She died from lung cancer on October 9. (UOL)

Antonia Bird (1927-2013) - British director of Ravenous, Mad Love and the famously controversial Priest. She died of anaplastic thyroid cancer on October 24. (BBC)

Daniel H. Blatt (1937-2013) - Producer of CujoThe HowlingWinter Kills and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. He died of pancreatic cancer on October 9. (THR)

Mary Carver (1959-2013) - Actress best known for her role on TV's Simon & Simon. She also appears in Arachnophobia, From Here to Eternity, Safe, Protocol and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. She died on October 18. (THR)

Patrice Chereau (1944-2013) - French filmmaker who wrote and directed Queen Margot (see below) and Intimacy. As an actor, he appears in The Last of the Mohicans, Wajda's Danton and Haneke's Time of the Wolf. He died from lung cancer on October 7. (Indiewire)

Tom Clancy (1944-2013) - Novelist whose Jack Ryan books have been made into the movies The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fear, which he executive produced, and were the basis for the upcoming Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. He died on October 1. (

Nigel Davenport (1928-2013) - British actor who appears in Chariots of FireA Man for All SeasonsNighthawks and Without a Clue. He died on October 25. (THR)

Georges Descrieres (1930-2013) - French actor who costarred in Stanley Donen's Two for the Road and as Athos in Bernard Borderie's 1961 version of The Three Musketeers. He died on October 19. (Don't Miss)

Daniel Duval (1944-2013) - French actor and filmmaker who appears in Ozon's Time to Leave, Haneke's Cache and Time of the Wolf and District 13: Ultimatum, 36th Precinct (36 Quai des Orfèvres) and Beautiful Lies. Films he wrote and directed include Memoirs of a French Whore and Shadow of the Castles. He died on October 10. (Fandor)

Giuliano Gemma (1938-2013) - Italian actor who starred in spaghetti Westerns like A Pistol for Ringo, The Return of Ringo (see below) and Blood for a Silver Dollar. He also appears in Visconti's The Leopard, Dario Argento's Tenebre and Woody Allen's To Rome with Love. He died following a car accident on October 1. (Fandor)

Hilton A. Green (1929-2013) - Producer who served as assistant director on Hitchcock's Marnie and Psycho, the latter to which he later made three sequels . He was also the AD for Wyler's The Desperate Hours (as well as a lot of TV series, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents) and also produced Sixteen Candles, the Pauly Shore movies Encino Man and Son in Law and Home Alone 3. He died on October 2. (Fearnet)

Noel Harrison (1934-2013) - English singer and actor (and Olympic skier) who performed the Oscar-winning song "The Windmills of Your Mind" on the soundtrack for the original The Thomas Crown Affair (see/hear below). The son of Rex Harrison, as an actor he appears in Where the Spies AreThe Best of Enemies and Henry Jaglom's Deja Vu. He died of a heart attack on October 19. (THR)

William Harrison (1933-2013) - Writer who adapted his own short story Roller Ball Murder as the 1975 film Rollerball (see below), which was remade in 2002. He also coadapted his novel Burton and Speke with director Bob Rafelson as Mountains of the Moon. He died of renal failure on October 22. (THR)

Oscar Hijuelos (1951-2013) - Novelists whose The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love was made into The Mambo Kings (see below). He died of a heart attack on October 12. (THR)

Stanley Kaufman (1916-2013) - An instrumental and influential voice in flm criticism, he wrote movie reviews for The New Republic from 1958 through this year. He also appears in the documentaries The Tramp and the Dictator and For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism. He died of pneumonia on October 9. (NYT)

Ed Lauter (1938-2013) - Actor whose many movies include the original and remake of The Longest Yard (see below), The ArtistTrue RomanceTalladega NightsReal GeniusCujoThe RocketeerThe Number 23 and Hitchcock's Family Plot. He died of the rare cancer mesothelioma on October 5. (THR)

Carlo Lizzani (1917-2013) - Italian film critic turned filmmaker who received an Oscar nomination for cowriting Giuseppe De Santis's Bitter Rice. His movies as director include The Violent Four and Crazy Joe and documentaries such as 1999's Luchino Visconti. He committed suicide by jumping on October 17. (Corriere Della Sera)

Ron Lax (1949-2013) - Private investigator who was integral in the case of the West Memphis Three, thereby appearing in and contributing to Joe Berlinger's documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders of Robin Hood Hills. In the new dramatic version, Devil's Knot, he is prominently portrayed by Colin Firth (see below). He died of brain cancer on October 17. (Joe Berlinger's Twitter)

A.C. Lyles (1918-2013) - Producer of Night of the Lepus (see the trailer below) and numerous Paramount Westerns in the '50s and '60s. He died September 27. (THR)

Luigi Magni (1928-2013) - Italian filmmaker who wrote the Oscar-nominated The Girl with the Pistol and then wrote and directed movies including The Conspirators. He died on October 27. (Corriere Della Sera)

Bill Mazer (1920-2013) - "Amazin'" sportscaster who plays a reporter in Raging Bull and Eyewitness. He died on October 23. (THR)

Marc Merson (1931-2013) - Producer who received an Oscar nomination for the live-action short People Soup. He also produced Doc Hollywood and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. He died of heart failure on September 29. (THR)

Hal Needham (1931-2013) - Legendary stuntman who became a director thanks to his friend Burt Reynolds, whom he convinced to star in a movie he wrote called Smokey and the Bandit (see trailer below). He went on to direct Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit II, The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II, which he cowrote, Stroker Ace, which he coadapted from a novel, and Hooper. Earlier he had directed second unit for the Reynolds movies The Longest Yard, Gator and White Lightning. He performed stunts in nearly a hundred films, including Blazing Saddles, Chinatown, How the West Was Won, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Little Big Man, The Big Country, Rio Lobo, Pork Chop Hill, Our Man Flint... the list goes on and on. Last year he received an special honorary Oscar for his lifetime achievement. He died of cancer on October 25. (Variety)

Augusto Odone (1933-2013) - Codeveloper of Lorenzo's oil, which was first used to treat his son's adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). The true story was turned into a movie titled Lorenzo's Oil, in which he was played by Nick Nolte. He died of heart failure on October 25. (NYT)

Kumar Pallana (1918-2013) - Vaudevillian entertainer of many talents and later receiving new notoriety acting in the Wes Anderson movies Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, The Darjeeling Limited and The Royal Tenenbaums, where he played Gene Hackman's servant/sidekick (see below). He also appears in Another Earth and The Terminal. He died on October 10. (A.V. Club)

Lou Reed (1942-2013) - Rock singer and songwriter best known for leading the Velvet Underground and a number of solo hits including many regular soundtrack tunes. He was also a huge movie lover, was part of the inspiration for Ewan McGregor's character in Velvet Goldmine and appears in Blue in the Face (see below), Prozac Nation, Permanent RecordGet CrazyLulu on the Bridge and Wim Wenders' Palermo Shooting and Faraway, So Close! while also lending his voice to two of Luc Besson's animated Arthur films. Documentaries he can be seen in include Jimi Hendrix, Wenders' The Soul of a Man, Andy Warhol's The Velvet Underground and Nico, Jonas Mekas' Walden and Julian Schnabel's concert film Lou Reed's Berlin. He also composed some music for Schnabel's Before Night Falls and directed the short doc Red Shirley about his Holocaust survivor cousin. He died of liver disease on October 27. See our earlier tribute here.

Mann Rubin (1927-2013) - Screenwriter who penned the adaptations of The First Deadly Sin and An American Dream and coscripted Brainstorm and The Best of Everything. He died on October 12. (THR)

Lou Scheimer (1928-2013) - Cofounder of the animation studio Filmation and cocreator of numerous cartoons, many of which also featured his voice acting talents. Animated feature films he produced include 1990's Happily Ever After, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Journey Back to Oz and The Secret of the Sword. He died from Parkinson's disease on October 17. (CNN)

Graham Stark (1922-2013) - British actor who has played various roles, including Hercule LaJoy, in many Pink Panther films (see him in The Pink Panther Strikes Again below), beginning with A Shot in the Dark. He also appears in other Blake Edwards movies, such as Blind Date and Victor Victoria plus the Becket, the original Casino Royale and Superman III. He died after suffering a stroke on October 29. (BBC)

Larri Thomas (1932-2013) - Dancer and actress who served as a stand-in for Julie Andrews on The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins and appears in the latter as well as the musicals The Music ManGuys and DollsSouth PacificThe Pajama Game, The Silencers (see below) and many more, plus the original horror film House of Wax and Earth Girls Are Easy. She died after suffering a fall on October 20. (THR)

Virginia Vincent (1918-2013) - Actress who plays the Carter family matriarach, Ethel, in the original The Hills Have Eyes (see below). She also costars in I Want to Live!The Million Dollar Duck and Tony Rome. She died on October 3. (Boot Hill)

Marcia Wallace (1942-2013) - Actress best known for voicing Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons and costarring on The Bob Newhart Show plus many appearances on TV game shows. She also reprised her role for The Simpsons Movie and voiced a character in this year's Monsters University. She appears on screen in Teen Witch. She died on October 25. (Buzzfeed)




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