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Questions tagged [in-memoriam]

This tag should be used on posts relating to figures that are important to the Science Fiction and Fantasy:SE community who've recently passed away.

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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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RIP Gene Wolfe, 1931–2019

The prolific science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe is dead at 87. He is probably best known for the "dying Earth" tetralogy The Book of the New Sun and the rest of the Solar Cycle, but his ...
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Albert Finney, RIP

Albert Finney (1936–2019) Although not especially known for his science fiction or fantasy work, Finney did play a cryogenically frozen head (of his character from the earlier fantastical serial ...
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In Memoriam: Mr. Oreo

Mr. Oreo, who was the model for Rocket Raccoon has passed away at the age of 10.
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RIP William Morgan Sheppard: Star Trek, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Max Headroom, many more

Genre actor W. Morgan Sheppard, veteran of several franchises, died yesterday. Just some of his better known genre roles: Ira Graves (Data's grandpa), TNG: "The Schizoid Man" The Klingon ...
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Zienia Merton (SPACE:1999), RIP

British actress Zienia Merton, known for her role as "Sandra Benes" on the 1970's sci/fi tv series Space:1999 passed away on September 14, 2018. Though best known for her work on '1999, Merton's ...
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RIP Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL 9000

Douglas Rain, who is best known for providing the eerie voice of the amoral HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, died today.
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RIP Stan Lee, Marvel Comics legend

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee died at age 95 from causes unknown as of now. Stan Lee Dead at 95 The creator of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and many more superheroes died today, leaving behind a ...
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RIP Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars

Star Wars Producer Gary Kurtz has died at the age of 78. In addition to helping to convince the studio to fund Star Wars in the first place, he was also producer and second-unit director for Star Wars:...
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RIP Al Matthews, star of Aliens

Al Matthews, best known for his depiction of Gunnery Sergeant Apone in the film Aliens, has passed away at the age of 75. In addition to his iconic role he also appeared in a range of other science ...
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RIP Unshô Ishizuka, Japanese voice actor for Professor Oak, Jet Black, and Joseph Joestar

Unshô Ishizuka passed away on August 13, 2018. He was a prolific Japanese voice actor who voiced many popular characters in anime such as Professor Oak (Pokémon), Jet Black (Cowboy Beebop), and Joseph ...
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RIP Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange

Comics artist Steve Ditko has sadly passed away. He began work as a comic inker in 1953 alongside Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and worked for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics before retiring from ...
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RIP Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison, author of many SFF works, passed away June 27, 2018, at the age of 84. He had written a multitude of short stories and novels, as well as TV episodes such as "The City on the Edge of ...
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Bruce J Mitchell (aka MST3K's “Zap Rowsdower”) RIP

Bruce J. Mitchell, known to MST3K fans everywhere as the hockey-haired drifter Zap Rowsdower from the sci-fi cult film The Final Sacrifice passed away on April 28th, 2018. Here's an interview with ...
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RIP Margot Kidder, Superman Actress

Margot Kidder, whose most famous role was Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve series of Superman movies, has died at the age of 69. In addition to her on-screen work she was also famous for her ...
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RIP Michael Anderson, famed director of Logan's Run

Michael Anderson, the British director who was nominated for an Academy Award for his direction on “Around the World in 80 Days,” and who won a Special Academy Award for innovative special effects for ...
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RIP Verne Troyer, star of Austin Powers

Verne Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, has died at the age of 49. In addition to his iconic role, he also portrayed the original Griphook in Harry Potter and the ...
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Stephen Hawking, RIP

No introduction is necessary. One of the great minds of our time is gone. Best known for his work, "A Brief History of Time". Awards that he achieve include the Albert Einstein Award, the Wolf Prize, ...
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David Ogden Stiers, RIP

Though perhaps best remembered as the stuffy, upper-crust Major Winchester in M⁎A⁎S⁎H, Stiers turned in several roles in the science fiction and fantasy genre. He was quite good as Reverend Purdy on ...
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RIP Ursula le Guin

Ursula K. le Guin, one of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers of all time, sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Her writing career spans six decades, from 1959 right up until ...
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RIP Jon Paul Steuer (original/first actor to play Worf's son “Alexander” on ST:TNG)

Steuer appeared as Alexander in only one TNG episode ("Reunion"), before the role was taken on by several other actors, most notably Brian Bonsall. It was, however, quite a performance and a great ...
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RIP Alfie Curtis, actor for Dr Evazan

Character actor Alfie Curtis has passed away. His most notable role was as the irascible Dr. Evazan (AKA "scruffy human") from the film Star Wars: A New Hope. Mark ...
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In Memoriam: Tom Petty

Singer/Songwriter Tom Petty, perhaps best known for performing the closing song in Stargate: Atlantis episode "Vegas", has passed away.
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RIP Harry Dean Stanton

Noted character actor Harry Dean Stanton has died at the age of 91. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he starred in a number of hit science-fiction and fantasy films including Alien, The ...
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In Memoriam: Len Wein (1948-2017)

September 10th was marked by the passing of Len Wein, the comic book writer known for his work on Swamp Thing and Wolverine (the two he co-created with various artists), and other things. Although I ...
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RIP Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle, the first author to write a novel on a computer, passed away September 8th, at the age of 84. He has a long list of science fiction novels, and he has his own tag here on SFF: jerry-...
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How many of the [in-memoriam] posts are for writers compared to how many for actors?

How many of the in-memoriam posts here are for stfantasy writers (or editors or artists) compared with how many for actors (or directors)? If someone has both written and acted, go with what they're ...
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RIP Robert Hardy, Actor for Cornelius Fudge

Robert Hardy, best known for his role as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies has died at the age of 92. Older viewers will also know him as Chancellor ...
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Martin Landau: RIP

Sadly, I wish to mark the passing of Martin Landau with extremely fond memories of Commander Koenig. Whilst he has provided many enjoyable performances over his 89 years, his contribution to sci-fi ...
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RIP George A. Romero

George A Romero, best known for his seminal Night of the Living Dead film series has died after a brief battle with lung cancer. His work has had an incalculable influence on modern movie-making and ...
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RIP Stephen Furst, actor for Vir Cotto

On June 17, 2017, Stephen Furst passed away at the age of 63 after complications with diabetes. While most obituaries highlighted his role as Flounder in the movie Animal House, science fiction fans ...
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RIP: Adam West, star of Batman

Adam West, star of the 1960 Batman TV series has passed away at the age of 88. A well-recognised actor who struggled to find regular employment after Batman, West never allowed his shortcomings as an ...
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Game over, man … Game over

On February 25, 2017 Bill Paxton, one of only two actors to have the distinction of being killed by a Xenomorph, a Predator and a Terminator, passed away due to complications from surgery. Sci-fi ...
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RIP Richard Hatch

I am sad to report that Richard Hatch, most famous for playing Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica, Tom Zarek in the rebooted series (as well as co-authoring a highly successful series ...
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John Hurt has passed away

John Hurt has died, at age 77. He played many great SFF roles – Kane in Alien (and Spaceballs), Winston Smith in 1984 and the Big Brother-like Sutler in V for Vendetta, Hadden in Contact, Professor ...
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Carrie Fisher has passed away

I'm very saddened to hear about the passing of Carrie Fisher, [she] drowned in moonlight, strangled by [her] own bra. This is how she wanted it to be reported... In all seriousness she was an ...
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Goodbye, Affable Geek

I have just learned that one of our fellow users, Affable Geek, died this past Valentines Day. His real name was Michael Hollinger, and he was only 43 years old. He was on SF&F the day before he ...
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RIP Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee, best known for his portrayal of dark and terrible characters such as Count Dracula in six Hammer House of Horror films, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, and ...
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RIP Terry Pratchett

I'm incredibly sad to find out Terry Pratchett, possibly my favorite fantasy author, finally passed away. Went into the endless desert. Left early to avoid the rush. Kicked the bucket. I find this ...
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In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy

It is my sad duty to inform the community that Leonard Nimoy has beamed up for the last time. He will truly "Live long and prosper" in all our memories. RIP
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Can we do something to commemorate Anne McCaffrey?

For those who haven't heard, the great Dragonlady has gone between. Can SF maybe do something to commemorate her life and works? Even just a quick note in the banner?