Frank Capra, Jr., 73. Son of Hollywood director Frank Capra, he was a producer himself. His genre work included three Plant of the Ape’s sequels, Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), as well as Marooned (1969), an Oscar winner for special effects based on Martin Caidin’s book and the direct inspiration for the Apollo-Soyuz mission (the Soviets became interested when they saw how the cosmonaut was treated as part of the rescue of three astronauts), and Stephen King’s Firestarter (1984). Needless to say, he was involved with many other movies including the Billy Jack films. In Philadelphia of prostate cancer December 19.
Jeanne Carmen, 77. Pin-up model, golfer, and actress, whose genre work included The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959). She also appeared in a Three Stooges short, and made other TV and movie appearances including The Devil’s Hand (1962) and The Naked Monster (2005). Appeared in numerous documentaries talking about Marlyn Monroe, and made an appearance on “The Dating Game.” Of lymphoma, December 20.
John Berg, 58. Character actor whose genre work included Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). December 16.
Jack Gross, Jr., 79. Screenwriter, television writer. Did work for 60’s TV shows including “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and “My Favorite Martian.” Also wrote the horror movie Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974). December 14.
Floyd Red Crow Westerman, 71. A “Walker: Texas Ranger” regular, the musician turned actor also made his mark as Ten Bears in Dances With Wolves (1990). Of genre interest, appearances included roles on the “X-Files” and “Millenium.” Of leukemia December 13.
Edward Hansen, 82. Disney animator and producer. Worked on classic Disney features Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Jungle Book (1967), Robin Hood (“oo-de-lolly”) (1973), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), and more. During the 1970’s, he ran the animation department. Announced December 20.
Kazumi Tanaka, 56. Anime voice actor on Vampire Hunter D (1985), the anime classic Akira (1988), Dragon Ball Z (2002), Japanese television’s “Transformers”, and others. In Tokyo of heart failure December 20.
Philippe Clay, 80. French actor and singer who appeared in the Kim Novak/Jimmy Stewart/Jack Lemmon romantic comedy Bell, Book and Candle (1958), about a witch who falls in love with a mortal. Clay was the French singer at the Zodiac Club, a nightclub frequented by witches. Also appeared in Anthony Quinn’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956). Was in 80 movies. Of cardiac arrest December 13.
Ashley Aston Moore, 26. Appeared in science fiction series “The Odyssey.” Also appeared in Now and Then (1995) and an episode of “Touched by an Angel.” In British Columbis of heroin overdose December 10.
Joe Brooks, 83. Actor and stuntman. Among 30 film roles, his genre work included in Gremlins (1984). Best remembered as the sight-challenged Trooper Vanderbilt on TV’s “F-Troop.”. December 5.
Tony Tenser, 87. British horror film producer of the Vincent Price-starrer The Witchfinder General (1968), Polanski’s Repulsion (1965), the Boris Karloff -starrer Crimson Cult (1968), The Projected Man (1967), Doomwatch (1972), and The Beast in the Cellar (1970). December 5.
Ken Southworth, 89. Animator who worked mostly with Hanna-Barbara and whose credits included storyboarding the animated Star Trek” TV show, also “Tom and Jerry,” Song of the South (1946), The Three Caballeros (1944), “Davy and Goliath,” “Scooby Doo! Where Are You?,” “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo,” “Smurfs,” and “Johnny Quest.” Of a series of strokes December 5.