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Richard Donner, 91, American director. Born Richard Donner Schwartzberg in the Bronx, New York, he started his career directing commercials and TV series in the 1950s, making his first feature, X-15, a fictionalized film about the American rocket-plane program, in 1961. A mixture of mostly lower-profile films and TV shows followed over the next 15 years until he hit the big time with the 1976 religious horror film The Omen, the success of which got him the job of helming what was at the time one of the most expensive American films - and the first big-budget film in the superhero genre - ever, Superman in 1978. The monstrous hit status of that film in particular put Donner on the A list where he remained for the next couple of decades, making several now-beloved (or at least nostalgically-appreciated) 80s-90s hits like The Goonies, Ladyhawke and all four of Lethal Weapon films. Later in life he turned briefly to writing comics, crafting stories for the same character that had made him a star director in Action Comics. His last film was 16 Blocks in 2006.

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Vladimir Menshov, 81

Russian actor and director probably best known for directing Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears.
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Robert Downey, Sr., 85.

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blocho wrote: July 1st, 2021, 5:20 am
kongs_speech wrote: July 1st, 2021, 4:52 am And in news that's actually sad, "Just a Friend" rapper Biz Markie passed away at 57.
Apparently he didn't.
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Jackie Mason, 93. Stand up comedian. Also in Caddyshack II , The Jerk and voice in episodes of The Simpsons. Quote I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something :rip:
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Joey Jordison, ex-drummer and co-founder of Slipknot, died at 46. A few months after Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom, it's another of my teenage-years idols that is gone.
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blocho wrote: December 13th, 2019, 3:46 pm Danny Aiello, 86.

I saw him in 14 movies, and though rarely the main attraction, I always thought he made an impression. I'll probably remember him best for his performances in Dinner Rush, Leon, Jacob's Ladder, and Do the Right Thing.
His son Rick Aiello died of pancreatic cancer at 65.

Another of his sons Danny Aiello III was a stuntman who died of pancreatic cancer in 2010 at age 53.
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ZZ Top bass player Dusty Hill.
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joachimt wrote: July 29th, 2021, 5:12 am ZZ Top bass player Dusty Hill.
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Trevor Moore, 41.

Musical comedian, founding member of the Whitest Kids U Know comedy troupe, writer and director of Miss March and The Civil War on Drugs. A massive influence on my comedic sensibilities and a really swell dude who I interacted with a few times years ago online. He passed from injuries sustained in some sort of accident.
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That sucks. RIP Trevor.

Also, TV star Markie Post (Night Court, The Fall Guy) died.
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Jane Withers, 95

American actress best known as a child star of the 1930s and 1940s.
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I think of her more from some commercials she used to do back in the 70s or 80s...she was like a family housekeeper with a miracle cleaner or something?
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Patricia Hitchcock, 93

British-American actress, best known as the only child of Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville. She appeared in several of her parents' movies, most notably in a supporting role in Strangers on a Train.

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Peter Fleischmann, 84

German director and screenwriter, probably best known for Hunting Scenes from Bavaria.
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Hunting Scenes From Bavaria is such a strong, bleak and darkly comedic bit of human nastiness. I am definitely interested in seeing more, though the mix of low availability and weak reception has stopped me to this point. I do have Hard to Be a God, The Hamburg Syndrome and The Bells of Silesia on my watchlist though.
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blocho wrote: August 13th, 2021, 4:10 am Peter Fleischmann, 84

German director and screenwriter, probably best known for Hunting Scenes from Bavaria.
Michael Haneke's favorite film. It's a good one. I saw it in the World Cup last year.
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Una Stubbs https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58198792

...loved her as Mrs. Hudson. :rip:
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peeptoad wrote: August 13th, 2021, 12:46 pm Una Stubbs https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58198792

...loved her as Mrs. Hudson. :rip:
I just watched all of Sherlock earlier this year, ended up liking it quite a bit more than I expected…sad to hear about Mrs. Hudson. :(
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Gerd Muller, legendary German striker noted for his clinical finishing, he won 3 European Cups, 1 World Cup and a European Championship, held numerous goalscoring records, scored just under 400 goals for Bayern Munich over 15 years and averaged over a goal per game for West Germany. In his later years he suffered from Alzheimers, dying at 75.

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Sonny Chiba (Shin'ichi Chiba, 千葉 真一), 82, Japanese actor and martial artist, of COVID-19. Probably the first Japanese action star to break through internationally (unless you count Mifune, who wasn't really primarily an action star). Best known for the Street Fighter series in the mid-1970s, which became a staple of early VHS action sections in the late 70s and 80s in America and helped, with the growing popularity of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to make at least a FEW Americans aware that there was an alternative to Charles Bronson and such out there, if you were willing to put up with horrible dubbing (or subtitles, but those came later for these sorts of films). Much later, his name got a bit of new attention when he appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. His career began in 1961 and lasted essentially until his death - he has a film listed as in post-production on IMDb.

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Chuck Close, 81

American artist, best known for large, photorealistic portraits. I never really liked his work, but he was very popular and highly regarded.
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Don Everly, 84. No more Everlys.
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Ebbywebby wrote: August 22nd, 2021, 6:46 am Don Everly, 84. No more Everlys.
One of the better vocal duos of the century, I think.

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Taiwanese director Li Hsing, aged 91.

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blocho wrote: August 22nd, 2021, 7:11 pm
Ebbywebby wrote: August 22nd, 2021, 6:46 am Don Everly, 84. No more Everlys.
One of the better vocal duos of the century, I think.

Yes, their voices were a perfect match. RIP Don. :rip: (Side note: their mother is still alive.)
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Charlie Watts, 80, English musician. The drummer for The Rolling Stones since 1963, Watts was born in London to a working-class family and grew up primarily in Wembley and Kingsbury, developing an early interest in jazz, which continued throughout his life - he released many albums under his own name with various large and small jazz ensembles.

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This is one of my favorite Stones songs and certainly has a distinctive drum part; I can't say I know their huge discography that well, so there are probably better pieces to play as tributes, but this is what I got

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OldAle1 wrote: August 24th, 2021, 5:36 pm Charlie Watts, 80, English musician. The drummer for The Rolling Stones since 1963, Watts was born in London to a working-class family and grew up primarily in Wembley and Kingsbury, developing an early interest in jazz, which continued throughout his life - he released many albums under his own name with various large and small jazz ensembles.

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This is one of my favorite Stones songs and certainly has a distinctive drum part; I can't say I know their huge discography that well, so there are probably better pieces to play as tributes, but this is what I got

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Ed Asner, 91

Highly prolific American movie and TV actor, probably best known for appearing in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Over the years, he also had notable roles in El Dorado, Elf, and Up.
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Also: Lee "Scratch" Perry, 85, Reggae & Dub pioneer

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blocho wrote: August 29th, 2021, 6:23 pm Ed Asner, 91

Highly prolific American movie and TV actor, probably best known for appearing in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Over the years, he also had notable roles in El Dorado, Elf, and Up.
Aww, shit. 91, but he was still working steadily right up to the end, I was hoping he'd make it to 100. I watched all of Mary Tyler Moore a few years ago - had and have mixed feelings about the show, but what kept me going was Asner's portrayal of Lou Grant, one of the greatest performances/characters in American TV history.

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Jean-Luc Nancy (26 July 1940 – 23 August 2021) R.I.P.

He was an influential French philosopher. Claire Denis based her 2004 film L'intrus on his book of the same name. She also made a short film starring him.
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Mikis Theodorakis, 96

Greek composer, activist, politician, political prisoner, and exile. Of all composers who ever lived, few lived as much or composed as much as Theodorakis. As a youth, he joined the Greek communists, resisted the Nazi occupation and fought right-wingers during the Greek Civil War. He was eventually arrested and tortured. He had a similar experience during the Greek Junta of the 1960s and 1970s -- arrested, imprisoned, then sent into exile. Later in life, he became a member of parliament. As a composer, he's best known in these parts for his scores for Zorba the Greek and Z. His theme for the latter movie was included in adapted form in his astonishingly beautiful and misleadingly named "Mauthausen Trilogy" (it actually has four songs, not three). I recommend giving it a listen:



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Willard Scott, 87, American weatherman (not a meteorologist, apparently) and creator (I did not know this) of and first portrayer of Ronald McDonald, the mascot of the fast-food franchise. One of those people I remember as a kid - and I remember him seeming fairly old back then - kind of surprised he was still around. Well, not anymore. RIP.
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Jean-Paul Belmondo (1933–2021)
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