Remembering Stan Lee, William Goldman, Nicolas Roeg and More Reel-Important People We Lost in November

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that 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.


Bernardo Bertolucci (1941-2018) – Filmmaker. He won two Oscars for writing and directing The Last Emperor, which also won Best Picture. He was also nominated for helming The Conformist and Last Tango in Paris. His other movies include The Dreamers, Stealing Beauty, 1900, Little Buddha, The Sheltering Sky and Before the Revolution. Early in his career, he served as assistant director for Pasolini’s Accattone! He died on November 26. [THR]

Dominique Blanchar (1927-2018) – Actress. She co-starred in Antonioni’s L’Avventura. She died on November 19. [Profession Spectacle]

John Bluthal (1929-2018) – Actor. He co-starred in Dark City, The Fifth Element, Labyrinth, Superman III, Help!, A Hard Day’s Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Return of the Pink Panther (see below), Revenge of the Pink Panther and Hail, Caesar! He died on November 15. [TV Tonight]

 

Francis Boespflug (1948-2018) – Producer. His movie credits include A Very Long Engagement, Carrington and Adore. He died on November 6. (Screen Daily)

George H.W. Bush (1924-2018) – President of the United States. He appears in many documentaries, including The War Room and others about the 1992 presidential election. He was also portrayed by James Cromwell in Oliver Stone’s W. and by impersonator John Roarke in The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, The Silence of the Hams and Courage Under Fire. He died on November 30. [NYT]

Raymond Chow (1927-2018) – Producer. Credited with helping to introduce Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, he produced the former’s movies Enter the Dragon, The Way of the Dragon, Game of Death, The Big Boss and The Chinese Connection and the latter’s Police Story, Rumble in the Bronx, First Strike, The Accidental Spy, The Young Master and many more. He also produced The Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II, which co-star Chan, plus the 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, Megaforce, High Road to China and Once Upon a Time in China and its sequels. He died on November 2. [Deadline]

Pablo Ferro (1935-2018) – Title Designer. He created the titles for A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, Harold and Maude, Bullitt, Beetlejuice, Philadelphia, To Die For, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, Darkman, Napoleon Dynamite, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Men in Black, Good Will Hunting and many others (see below), including notably the films of Jonathan Demme. He was also a second-unit director on Demme’s The Truth About Charlie. He died on November 16. [Deadline]

 

Koichi Funayama (1975-2018) – Stunt Performer. His movie credits include The Wolverine, Blade of the Immortal, Jumper, Eragon, Resident Evil: Retribution and 47 Ronin. He died on November 19. [Film Combat Syndicate]

Carlo Giuffre (1928-2018) – Actor. He played Geppetto in Roberto Benigni’s version of Pinocchio and starred in many Italian movies. He died on November 1. [Deadline]

 

William Goldman (1931-2018) – Screenwriter, Author. He won Oscars for his screenplays for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men (see below). He also wrote The Princess Bride, Magic, Marathon Man and 1986’s Heat, all based on his own novels, scripted the original adaptation of The Stepford Wives and the adaptations of A Bridge Too Far, Absolute Power, Misery and Hearts in Atlantis and co-wrote the scripts for Chaplin, Memoirs of an Invisible Man and Dreamcatcher. He also authored one of the most famous books on Hollywood, Adventures in the Screen Trade, and is famous for uttering the phrase about the industry “nobody knows anything.” He died on November 16. [Deadline]

 

Alixe Gordin (1922-2018) – Casting Director. Her movie credits include Brian De Palma’s Scarface as well as Sophie’s Choice, Presumed Innocent, The Pelican Brief, Klute, F/X, Little Darlings, The Boys from Brazil and the original version of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. She died on November 28. [Deadline]

Samuel Hadida (1953-2018) – Producer. His credits include True Romance, The Rules of Attraction, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Expendables 3 and the Resident Evil movies. He died on November 26. [Deadline]

Stephen Hillenburg (1961-2018) – Writer, Director. He created SpongeBob SquarePants, the character and animated series that spawned The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and the upcoming The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge. He died on November 26. [Deadline]

Ricky Jay (1946-2018) – Magician, Actor. He co-starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights and Magnolia and David Mamet’s State and Main, House of Games, Redbelt, Heist, Homicide, Things Change and The Spanish Prisoner, plus The Brothers Bloom, The Great Buck Howard, Mystery Men, Tomorrow Never Dies, Last Days and The Prestige. He served as a technical consultant, mainly for sleight of hand and other illusions, for such movies as Forrest Gump, Ocean’s Thirteen, Congo, Sneakers and the 1998 version of The Parent Trap. And he’s the subject of the documentary Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (see below). He died on November 25. [Deadline]

 

Gloria Katz (1942-2018) – Screenwriter, Producer. With husband Willard Huyck, she co-wrote American Graffiti, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, plus Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Radioland Murders, Messiah of Evil and Howard the Duck, which she also produced. She and Huyck also worked, uncredited, on the screenplay for Star Wars. She died on November 25. [Deadline]

Francis Lai (1932-2018) – Composer. He won an Oscar for scoring Love Story (see below). He also scored the movies International Velvet, Bolero and many others. He died on November 7. [Le Figaro]

 

Chin Yang Lee (1917-2018) – Author. His novel The Flower Drum Song was turned into a musical, which was adapted into a movie in 1961. He died on November 8. [The Paper]

Stan Lee (1922-2018) – Comic Book Writer, Actor. As Marvel’s most legendary creator, he co-invented such characters as Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and tons more (see below). He made cameo appearance in most of the movies made from his creations, including X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four (pictured above) and the many entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as non-comic book movies such as Kevin Smith’s Mallrats and Yoga Hosers. He also appears in numerous documentaries, including Comic Book Confidential, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story and Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. He died on November 12. [Fandango]

 

Kitty O’Neil (1946-2018) – Stunt Performer. She did racing stunts for The Blues Brothers, Smokey and the Bandit II, Foul Play, Airport 1975 and Airport ’77. She died on November 2. [Deadline

Alyque Padamsee (1928-2018) – Actor. He portrayed Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Gandhi (see below). He died on November 17. [The Tribune]

 

Douglas Rain (1928-2018) – Actor. He is best known for voicing the supercomputer HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey (hear him below) and 2010: The Year We Made Contact. He also voiced an evil computer in Sleeper. He died on November 11. [Deadline]

 

Nicolas Roeg (1928-2018) – Filmmaker, Cinematographer. His directed the movies Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Walkabout, Performance and The Witches, and shot The Masque of the Red Death, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nothing But the Best, the 1967 version of Far from the Madding Crowd, Francois Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 and some scenes for Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. He died on November 23. [Deadline]

Witold Sobocinski (1929-2018) – Cinematographer. He shot Roman Polanski’s Frantic and Pirates and Andrzej Wajda’s The Promised Land and Wesele. He died on November 19. [Deadline]

Ken Swofford (1933-2018) – Actor. He played the officer Weasel in Annie (see below) and co-starred in The Andromeda Strain and Thelma and Louise. He died on November 1. [THR]

 

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