RIP Jon Paul Steuer

#RIP: actor Jon Paul Steuer has died at the age of 33. He was the 1st actor to portray Alexander Rozhenko (Worf’s son) in #StarTrek #TNG. He was also known as the musician Jonny P. Jewels in Portland, OR, where he formed the band Soda Pop Kids. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.

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2017 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Celebrity Deaths

It’s that time of year when we remember & honor the #SciFi & #Fantasy actors & celebrities that we lost in 2017. They and their legacies will never be forgotten.

The sci-fi & fantasy franchises that experienced loss in 2017 are listed below:

  • Alien
  • Babylon 5
  • Batman
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Doctor Who
  • Godzilla
  • Harry Potter
  • Iron Man
  • RoboCop
  • Six Million Dollar Man
  • Space 1999
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars
  • True Blood

Our condolences to all of the families, friends & fans of the following actors & celebrities that we lost in 2017.

January

Miguel Ferrer (died on Jan. 19, 2017 at age 61). He played a First Officer in #StarTrek III, Bob Morton in #RoboCop, VP Rodriquez in #IronMan, & more.

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer (1955-2017)

John Hurt (died on Jan. 25, 2017 at age 77). He played Kane in #Alien, Mr. Ollivander in #HarryPotter, the “War Doctor” in #DoctorWho, himself in #Spaceballs & more. He celebrated his 77th birthday only 5 days ago. The 2-time Oscar-nominated actor was battling cancer. One of his best roles was as #TheElephantMan. He also starred in a film adaptation of George Orwell’s book #1984. Sir John Hurt is sorely missed.

John Hurt

John Hurt (1940-2017)

February

Richard Hatch (died on Feb. 8, 2017 at age 71). He played Captain Apollo in the original 1978-1979 #BattlestarGalactica TV series. He then came back in the 2004-2009 series as the politician Tom Zarek. He also appeared in a variety of other TV shows & movies. He is deeply missed.

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch (1945-2017)

Bill Paxton (died on Feb. 25, 2017 at age 61). He played Jeff Tracy in #Thunderbirds, Jerry Lambert in #Predator2, Private Hudson in #Aliens, punk leader in #Terminator, John Garrett in #AgentsOfSHIELD, & much more, such as his roles in #Apollo13, #WeirdScience, #Twister & more.

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

March

Lawrence Montaigne (died on Mar. 19, 2017 at age 86). He played Decius / Stonn in #StarTrek #TOS, Dr. Aquila in #CityBeneathTheSea, Mr. Glee in #Batman, Dr. Braddock in #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea, Capt. Alvarado / Yellow Elk in #TheTimeTunnel, & more.

Lawrence Montaigne

Lawrence Montaigne (1931-2017)

May

Powers Boothe (died on May 14, 2017 at the age of 68). He played Gideon Malick in #AgentsOfSHIELD, a World Security Council member in #Avengers & much more.

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe (1948-2017)

Roger Moore (died on May 23, 2017 at age 89). He played James Bond / Agent 007 in #Moonraker (& in 6 other movies), & much more.

Roger Moore

Roger Moore (1927-2017)

June

Adam West (died on June 9, 2017 at age 88). He played the original #Batman & more!

Adam West

Adam West (1928-2017)

Stephen Furst (died on June 17, 2017 at age 63). He played Vir Cotto in #Babylon5 & much more, including the character in Flounder in the comedy #AnimalHouse.

Stephen Furst

Stephen Furst (1954-2017)

July

Nelsan Ellis died on July 8, 2017 (c. 1978 – 2017, birthdate unknown). He played Lafayette Reynolds in #TrueBlood & more.
Nelson Ellis

Nelson Ellis (c. 1978 – 2017)

Martin Landau (1928-2017) died on July 16, 2017. He played Cmdr. John Koenig in #Space1999, Rollin Hand / Miguel Cordova / Gen. Rio Dominguez in #MissionImpossible, Peter Van Garrett in #SleepyHollow & much more. He also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1994 movie “Ed Wood”, as well as 2 other Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor in other films. He won numerous other awards, including a Golden Globe for “Mission Impossible”.

Martin Landau

Martin Landau (1928-2017)

John Heard (1945-2017) died on July 21. He played Cmdr. Barry Garner in #BattlestarGalactica & more, including playing Peter McCallister in “Home Alone”.

John Heard (1945-2017)

John Heard (1945-2017)

August

Robert Hardy died at 91 on August 3, 2017. He played Cornelius Fudge in #HarryPotter & was in #BuckRogersInThe25thCentury, #GawainAndTheGreenKnight & much more.

Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy (1925-2017)

Haruo Nakajima has died at 88 on Aug. 7, 2017. He played the iconic kaiju monster #Godzilla in 14 different films between 1954 & 1973:

  • Godzilla 
  • Godzilla Raids Again
  • Godzilla, King Of the Monsters
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla 
  • Mothra vs. Godzilla 
  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
  • Invasion of Astro Monster
  • Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
  • Son of Godzilla 
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • All Monsters Attack
  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Godzilla vs. Gigan 
  • Godzilla vs. Megalon (stock footage)

He also played several background characters in multiple movies; Kiylu / Police Captain / Kemur Man II / Jirass / Gabora / Nerongo in #Ultraman; King Kong in #KingKongEscapes; Gaira in #WarOfTheGargantuas; Baragon in #DestroyAllMonsters & #FrankensteinConquersTheWorld; Matango in #Marango (#AttackOfTheMushroomPeople); Magma in #Gorath; head of Mothra larva in #Mothra; Moguera in #TheMysterians; Rodan in #Rodan; & much more.

Haruo Nakajima

Haruo Nakajima (1929-2017)

Richard Anderson (1926-2017) died on August 31. He played Oscar Goldman in #SixMillionDollarMan & #BionicWoman; Chief Quinn in #ForbiddenPlanet; & more.

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson (1926-2017)

September

Comic book author Len Wein died on Sept. 10, 2017 at the age of 69. He co-created D.C.’s #SwampThing & #Marvel’s #Wolverine; helped revive the #XMen & edited the #Watchmen.

Len Wein

Len Wein (1948-2017)

Harry Dean Stanton died on Sept. 15, 2017 at the age of 91. He played Brett in #Alien, a security guard in #TheAvengers & much more, including Carl Rodd in #TwinPeaks.

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Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017)

Former football star turned actor Bernie Casey died on Sept. 19, 2017 at the age of 78. He played Cmdr. Calvin Hudson in #StarTrek #DS9, Derek Cranston in #Babylon5, Admiral Vanalden in #SeaQuest2032, Major Jeff Spender in #TheMartianChronicles & much more, including U.N. Jefferson in #RevengeOfTheNerds.

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Bernie Casey (1939-2017)

October

Roy Dotrice died on Oct. 16, 2017 at the age of 94. He played Hallyne in #GameOfThrones, Commissioner Simmonds in #Space1999, Benson (voice) in #Saturn3, the Elder in #Earth2, Frederick Lantz in #Babylon5, & much more, including a lot of voice work in animated TV series. His non-sci-fi & non-fantasy work included playing Leopold Mozard in #Amadeus and he was also a well known stage actor & won a Tony Award for his work in the revival of “A Moon for the Misbegotten”.
Roy Dotrice

Roy Dotrice (1923 – 2017)

December

Alfie Curtis died on Dec. 26, 2017 at the age of 87. Born on July 28, 1930, he is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Evazan in “#StarWars IV: #ANewHope” in the iconic cantina scene, where he says, “I have the death sentence on 12 systems!”. He also played the milkman in the Oscar-winning movie #TheElephantMan in 1980.

Alfie Curtis

Alfie Curtis (1930-2017)

May they all rest in peace.

RIP Alfie Curtis

#RIP: actor Alfie Curtis has passed away at the age of 87. Born on July 28, 1930, he is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Evazan in “#StarWars IV: #ANewHope” in the iconic cantina scene, where he says, “I have the death sentence on 12 systems!”. He also played the milkman in the Oscar-winning movie #TheElephantMan in 1980. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. He is one with the Force. May he rest in peace.

Alfie Curtis

Alfie Curtis (1930-2017)

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J.K. Rowling Receives Rarely Given Honor

#HarryPotter author & creator #JKRowling has received a rare honor from Buckingham Palace: she is now a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, which was first established by King George V in 1917 & can only be given to 65 people at one time.

The Order of the Companions of Honour is a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion. It consists of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 Companions of Honour. 45 members could be from the United Kingdom, 7 from Australia, 2 from New Zealand and 11 from other Commonwealth realms. Foreigners from outside the realm can be added as “honorary members”. While membership confers no title or precedence, recipients of this one-class order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “CH”.

Other Companions of Honor include:

  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Peter Higgs
  • Sir Ian McKellen

The Order of the Companions of Honour is second only to the Order of Merit, which is awards to people who have made ‘major contributions to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time’.

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The Late Alan Rickman Named Greatest British Actor of All Time

In a poll conducted by Ranker, the late Alan Rickman (who played Severus Snape in #HarryPotter & was in many other films) has been ranked the greatest British actor of all time.

Other actors considered in the list included Sir Ian McKellen, Gary Oldman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Richard Harris, Christopher Lee, Sir Alec Guinness, Charlie Chaplin, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cary Grant, David Niven, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Ewan McGregor.

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RIP John Mollo: Creator of the Iconic Costumes of “Star Wars”

#RIP: Academy Award winning costume designer John Mollo has died at 86. He won the 1978 Oscar for his work in #StarWars and based his costume designs on the iconic artwork done for the movie by Ralph McQuarrie.

When the original “Star Wars” (now, “Star Wars IV: A New Hope”) was released in theaters in 1977, audiences had never seen anything like it before and one of the things that made it stand out was its iconic costumes.

The impact that costumes used in a science fiction or fantasy movie can vary widely with audiences. In a hard science fiction movie like “The Martian”, an astronaut wearing a spacesuit isn’t necessarily that impactful aside from the obvious fact that an astronaut would need to wear a spacesuit in order to survive in an environment that is hostile to terrestrial life.

But in a movie like “Star Wars”, costumes were a powerful tool that helped to transport the imaginations of audiences to a galaxy far, far away. Stormtroopers in their glistening white armor and intimidating helmets helped to create fear, as did Darth Vader in his black-caped & imposing helmeted costume. They were part of the faceless empire ruling the galaxy with an iron hand and powerful weapons. Then there was Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in his aging Jedi robes helping to instill his position as mentor. All of these were the creations of John Mollo.

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Below is John Mollo’s acceptance speech at the 1978 Academy Awards, which includes views of all of the other nominees’ works that were also nominated:

We extend our condolences to the family, fiends & fans of John Mollo. His work will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

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RIP Roy Dotrice

#RIP: actor Roy Dotrice has died at age 94. He played Hallyne in #GameOfThrones, Commissioner Simmonds in #Space1999, Benson (voice) in #Saturn3, the Elder in #Earth2, Frederick Lantz in #Babylon5, & much more, including a lot of voice work in animated TV series. His non-sci-fi & non-fantasy work included playing Leopold Mozart in #Amadeus and he was also a well known stage actor & won a Tony Award for his work in the revival of “A Moon for the Misbegotten”. May he rest in peace.

Roy Dotrice

Roy Dotrice (1923 – 2017)

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