Questions tagged [in-memoriam]

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RIP Patricia McKillip

She died May 6 at the age of 74, after a long career of fantasy novels, winning both the Hugo and the Nebula, and has her own tag: patricia-mckillip
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James Olson, RIP (Andromeda Strain, Moon Zero Two, several tv scifi movies/series)

American actor James Olson passed away at age 91 on April 7, 2022. On the big screen, he played prominent roles in the cult sci-fi films The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Moon Zero Two (1969). He also ...
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RIP Priscilla Tolkien

Priscilla Tolkien, last surviving child of JRR Tolkien, has died at the age of 92. The news comes from Lady Margaret Hall college in Oxford: The college announces with regret the death of Priscilla ...
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RIP Douglas Trumbull, special effects wizard for 2001, Blade Runner, and more

Douglas Trumbull died on Monday. He was a legendary special effects creator, who worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner, among other films—mostly from ...
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RIP Anne Rice - Interview with the Vampire

Anne Rice has passed away at 80. I loved the Interview with the Vampire series when I was a teen, and I loved the movie back when Tom Cruise wasn't nutty and Brad Pitt was new to Hollywood. Anyhow, ...
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RIP - Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell is dead at 85 from natural causes. Dean Stockwell, the award-winning actor who was best known for playing Admiral "Al" Calavicci on the popular sci-fi series Quantum Leap, ...
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RIP - Kit Berry

I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Kit Berry (Kirsten Espensen), author of the wonderful fantasy series of Stonewylde. Gollancz publishers noted her passing in a post dated 1 November 2021,...
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RIP, actor Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty has died, aged 83, after a very active forty-year career in movies and television. Among his many memorable roles, he was known to superhero fans as Lex Luthor's bumbling sidekick Otis in ...
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Why are [in-memoriam] questions on meta? [duplicate]

It seems that we've decided that in-memoriam should be on meta, with zero in-memoriam (links to main site) questions. In one sense, I get it: it's arguably a question about other questions. But it's ...
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RIP Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle, children's books illustrator, has died. He is best known as the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but he has also made some science fiction books such as Watch Out! A Giant!. And is ...
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RIP, Charles Grodin

Charles Grodin, who had a long and fruitful film career, died today. Primarily a comedic actor, he had major roles as the villains in King Kong (1976) and The Great Muppet Caper, as well as smaller ...
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Peter Mark Richman (Star Trek, Twilight Zone, many, many others), RIP

Character actor Mark Peter Richman passed away January 21, 2021 at the age of 93. In the sci-fi and fantasy genres, he's probably best remembered as the brusque but cagey Ralph Offenhouse in the Star ...
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RIP Yaphet Kotto (Alien, The Running Man, etc.)

Yaphet Kotto died on March 15, 2021 at the age of 81. A perennial supporting actor, Kotto had multiple prominent sci-fi/genre roles, including Parker in Alien and the video game spin-off Alien: ...
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RIP Cliff Simon (Stargate SG1 Ba'al)

Cliff Simon was best known in sci-fi circles as the Goa'uld System Lord Ba'al in Stargate SG1. He died in a kiteboarding accident "He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you ...
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RIP Norton Juster, author of "The Phantom Tollbooth"

Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth, tragically passed away from a stroke Monday, March 8th, 2021. The Phantom Tollbooth is a classic example of children's literature, and contributed to my ...
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RIP Christopher Plummer

Actor Christopher Plummer died on February 5 2021 (BBC article). He is probably better known for non sci-fi roles, but General Chang was one of the most memorable Star Trek bad guys.
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RIP Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan, Croatian-American actress and singer, has just passed away at the age of 65. Her best-known screen role was as the Minbari ambassador in Babylon 5, a role that she played both ...
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RIP Jeremy Bulloch. Original trilogy Boba Fett actor

Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who portrayed Boba Fett in the original trilogy Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 75. In addition to his iconic role as the bounty hunter Fett, he also starred in ...
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RIP: Hugh Keays-Byrne (Toecutter + Immortan Joe)

Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played the role of Toecutter AND Immortan Joe from the Mad Max series (36 years apart!) has passed away on the 1st of December, 2020. Tributes are flowing in. https://twitter....
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Ben Bova, science fiction giant, dead at 88

Tor.com article Scientist, Hugo Award winner, and prolific science fiction author and editor Ben Bova passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the age of 88, Tor.com is able to confirm. The author ...
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RIP, David Prowse [duplicate]

David Prowse, actor of Darth Vader in the first Star Wars film, has died today at the age of 85 after a short illness. He was long known as the actor of Darth Vader, but had a different voice actor ...
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RIP David Prowse, the original hulking Darth Vader

It's been 37 years since Darth Vader died on-screen, and it's with great sadness that actor David Prowse has also passed away at the age of 85. His impressive stature (6 ft 6 in) and bodybuilding ...
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There can only be one, RIP Sir Sean Connery

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90. Best known for his role as James Bond, which is not considered Sci-Fi or Fantasy, however he did star in many SFF films such as Zardoz, Highlander, Indiana ...
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RIP Terry Goodkind

Fantasy author Terry Goodkind, known for his long-running The Sword of Truth series, has died at the age of 72. His agent confirmed his passing to Tor Books and Tor.com. Quoted from Tor Books website ...
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Diana Rigg who played Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones has passed away at the age of 82

Diana Rigg who played Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones has passed away at the age of 82 She was also known for her role as Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo in James Bond 007's On Her Majesty's Secret ...
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Norm Spencer: voice of Cyclops has passed away

Norm Spencer, Voice of Cyclops in X-Men: The Animated Series, Has Died: The X-Men community around the globe suffered a sad loss this week, as news broke that actor Norm Spencer had passed away. ...
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Chadwick Boseman never yielded (RIP Black Panther)

Chadwick Boseman, "Black Panther" star, has died at 43 Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T'Challa in 2018's Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther, died today of colon cancer. This ...
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RIP Joe Ruby, creator of Scooby-Doo

Animation writer and executive Joe Ruby, who created cartoon series including “Scooby-Doo” along with his partner Ken Spears, died of natural causes Wednesday in Westlake Village, Calif. He was 87. ...
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Richard Herd (V mini-series, Star Trek, SeaQuest 2032, etc.)

Veteran character actor Richard Herd passed away in May at the age of 87. He played a wide range of roles both in and out of the sci-fi genre. Some of his more memorable science fiction ...
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KutuluMike (Michael Edenfield) has passed away

KutuluMike (known to some as Michael Edenfield) passed away. I don't have a lot of details. A few people noticed he had been MIA from things for over a month. We reached out and learned he had been ...
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RIP, Grant Imahara

Unfortunately, this is not a myth to be busted, Grant Imahara has passed away today at 49 years old (reportedly from a brain aneurysm). Grant was best known for his role on the Discovery Channel's ...
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RIP, Ennio Morricone

Italian composer Ennio Morricone, one of the most prolific writers of motion picture scores, has died at age 91. He was perhaps best know for his work on Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, but he ...
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RIP, Sir Ian Holm

A legend of an actor has passed on this morning. Most known in the SFF community as Ash in Alien and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy but his work spanned decades and genres. ...
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RIP Dennis “Denny” O’Neil

Dennis O'Neil, an American comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics from the 1960s through the 1990s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of titles until his ...
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RIP Eugene Dynarski - TV and Film actor

Variety reported on 26th April that Gene Dynarski has died at the age of 86 on February 27 2020. Although perhaps most closely associated with various non genre TV series from the 1960's/1970's, Gene ...
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RIP Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan was an Indian actor who left us today. With no backing, he climbed the success stairs based on raw talent. From a memorable supporting role in the Indian fantasy series Chandrakanta to a ...
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Alberto Uderzo RIP: fantasy (Getafix and his magic potion) and laughter were his gifts

I read in the news today that at the age of 92, Alberto Uderzo passed away from a heart attack. He and René Goscinny brought us Astérix and Obélix, those zany and funny Gauls, and a variety of Roman ...
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RIP Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas has died, at the age of 103. Although he was probably best known for conventional dramas such as Spartacus, Lust For Life, and Paths of Glory, he also appeared in his share of science ...
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RIP Terry Jones

Terry Jones - actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, and director - has died just short of his 78th birthday. He was of course most famous for his work as part of Monty Python, starring in roles such ...
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RIP Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien, son and literary executor of JRR Tolkien, has died at the age of 95. Christopher was involved in the creation of The Lord of the Rings, notably drawing the maps in the back and ...
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RIP Syd Mead - concept artist in Blade Runner & Tron

Syd Mead, legendary futurist and concept artist in Blade Runner and Tron, among other works, has died at the age of 86. He was considered by many as one of the fathers of the cyberpunk genre. RIP ...
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RIP Rene Auberjonois - Star Trek DS9 Actor and Director

Rene Auberjonois has died at the age of 79. He is best known for his role as Constable Odo in Deep Space Nine as well as directing a number of Star Trek episodes including the critically acclaimed DS9:...
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D.C Fontana, famed Star Trek writer, passed away on December 2nd

Star Trek wouldn't be Star Trek without her. She wrote many of the best episodes, helped develop the universe and gave us that series that we have loved for decades now. More information on Startrek....
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RIP Gahan Wilson

I just learned of the passing last Thursday of cartoonist and author Gahan Wilson. Although most of us know of him from his macabre cartoons (the New Yorker posted a retrospective of them in his ...
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Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on ST:DS9, died today at age 50

Aron Eisenberg, known to SFF fans for his recurring role as the Ferengi Nog in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died today at the age of 50. The cause of death has not been revealed. I personally loved ...
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Jeremy Kemp (Robert Picard in ST:TNG), RIP

British actor Jeremy Kemp died on July 24th of this year. A prolific actor best known for dramatic roles in mini-series and television, he also had a couple of notable Sci-Fi appearances. Kemp ...
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RIP Rutger Hauer, actor for Roy Batty

Variety reports that Rutger Hauer, actor in Sin City, Batman Begins, True Blood, and other sci-fi and horror films, has died at 75. He will perhaps be best remembered for his role in Blade Runner as ...
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RIP Peter Allan Fields, Star Trek screenwriter and producer

Peter Allan Fields, the screenwriter responsible for some of the most poignant and powerful episodes of Star Trek TNG and Star Trek DS9, died this week. Credits included the multi-award winning TNG: ...
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Paul Darrow (Blake 7's Kerr Avon), RIP

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/06/04/paul-darrow-actor-cherished-science-fiction-fans-role-sardonic/ Kerr Avon was one of the best antihero characters in science fiction. Darrow was ...
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RIP Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca Actor

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy of films, has died at the age of 74. RIP
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