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Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2008 12:00 am

BERNARD BALMUTH, 89 - December 6, 2007

Television editor Bernard Balmuth died on December 6, 2007. Balmuth worked as an editor for such television series as ‘I Dream of Jeannie”, “The Monkees”, “The Partridge Family”, “The Waltons”, “Taxi”, and “Palmerstown, U.S.A.” which earned him an Emmy nomination in 1981. He also edited the tele-films “The Last Hurrah” (1977), “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders I” (1980), “Kenny Rogers as The Gambler: The Adventure Continues” (1983), and “Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac” (1984).

EARL BENNETT, 87 - October 4, 2007

Hanna-Barbera animation editor Earl Bennett, who appeared with Spike Jones and His City Slickers as comedian Sir Frederick Gas, died in Woodland Hills, California, on October 4, 2007. Bennett was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on November 5, 1919. He began his career on stage, appearing in the Ken Murray revue “Blackouts”. He also appeared in several films including “The Egg and I” (1947), “Sarge Goes to College” (1947), and “Champagne for Two” (1947) before joining Spike Jones’ ensemble as Sir Frederick Gas. Bennett’s ability to belch and create a comedic Yiddish accent made him a featured player with Jones’ group. He was frequently heard of the popular Jones Radio broadcasts in the late 1940s, and stared in “The Spike Jones Show” on television in the early 1950s. He also appeared with the band in the 1954 film “Fireman Save My Child”. His Yiddish accent was used to good effect on several of their popular tunes, including comic renditions of “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and “Tennessee Waltz”. He left Jones’ group in 1954 and joined the UPA editing staff as a commercial voice-over artist. He also worked as a sound effects specialist on several “Mister Magoo” cartoons. He began working with Hanna-Barbera in the 1960s as an editor for such animated productions as “Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles”, “Fantastic Four”, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”, “Help!… It’s the Hair Bear Bunch!”, “C.B. Bears”, “The Cattanooga Cats”, “Speed Buggy”, “Where’s Huddles?”, and “Scooby’s Laff-A-Lympics”.

JOHN BERG, 58 - December 16, 2007

Character actor John Berg was found dead at his home in Van Nuys, California, of an apparent suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning on December 16, 2007. Berg was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on April 5, 1949. He was best known for his roles on television, appearing in episode of “Law & Order”, “The Guardian”, “The Practice”, “The Handler”, “The Division”, “Summerland”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “House”, “Kitchen Confidential”, “Boston Legal”, “Navy NCIS”, “Brothers & Sisters”, and “Monk”. He also appeared in the 2007 tele-film “Supreme Courtships”. Berg was featured in several films during his career including “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002) as a Senator, “Hold the Rice” (2004), and “The Hope Chest” (2007).

CHARLES BOAZ, 88 - April 2, 2007

Actor Charles Boaz, who was featured as Corporal Dixon in the 1950s television series “Mackenzie’s Raiders”, died in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 2, 2007. Boaz was born in Massena Springs, New York, on June 19, 1919. He appeared in several films in the 1950s including “The Search for Bridey Murphy” (1956), “My Gun Is Quick” (1957), “The Saga of Hemp Brown” (1958), “Don’t Give Up the Ship” (1959), and “The Jayhawkers!” (1959). He appeared in “Mackenzie’s Raiders” from 1958 to 1959, and guest starred in episodes of “The Loretta Young Show” and “Bat Masterson”. He also appeared in a production of “The Land of Oz” on “Shirley Temple’s Storybook” in 1960.

PETER BRAY, 59 - October 17, 2007

Film and television producer Peter Bray died in Toronto, Canada, on October 17, 2007. Bray was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on February 5, 1948. He began his career working as a road manager for rock bands in Canada during the 1970s. He began working with director Robert Altman as a transportation coordinator for the film “Quintet” in 1979. He also worked as a production assistant on Altman’s films “HealtH” (1980) and “Popeye” (1980), and was seen in the latter as fighter Oxblood Oxheart. He was a set dresser for David Cronenberg’s 1981 science fiction classic “Scanners”, and worked as a production manager on the films “Quest for Fire” (1981), “The Bay Boy” (1984), “Keeping Track” (1985) which also featured him in a small role, and “The Boy in Blue” (1986). He was also a production executive on the tele-films “Louisiana’ (1984), “Hitting Home” (1987), “Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story” (1992) which also saw him in the role of the Animal, “Treacherous Beauties” (1994), “Dead Silence” (1997), “Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II” (1997), and “The Hunchback” (1997). Bray served as a producer for the television series “Bordertown”, “Due South”(1994), “Wild Card”, “G-Spot”, and “The Best Years”. He also was a producer for the films “The Art of War” (2000), “Blacktop” (2000), and “Interstate 60” (2002), and the tele-films “A Change of Place” (1994), “Broken Lullaby” (1994), “Family of Cops” (1995), “Joan of Arc” (1999) which earned him an Emmy Award nomination, “Crossed Over” (2002), and “Riverworld” (2003).

GAR CAMPBELL, 64 - December 20, 2007

Actor and stage director Gar Campbell died of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital on December 20, 2007. Campbell was born in Los Angeles in 1943. He began performing on stage while a student at the University of Southern California and was co-founder of the small Company Theater in 1967. He performed on stage and frequently directed productions there and at the Pacific Resident Theatre, which he joined in 1985. Campbell also appeared in small roles in several films including “Glass Houses” (1972), “Dream On!” (1981), “Fright Night Part 2” (1988), and “Joseph’s Reunion” (1995).

FRANK CAPRA, JR., 73 - December 19, 2007

Film executive Frank Capra, Jr. died of prostate cancer in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hospital on December 19, 2007. He was born on March 20, 1934, the son of acclaimed director Frank Capra and his second wife, the former Lucille Rayburn Warner. He attended the California Institute of Technology and Pomona College, and worked at Hughes Tool Co. making film documentaries of the government research programs conducted there. He subsequently joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Signal Corps’ film unit. Capra worked as an assistant director for his father’s 1961 film “Pocketful of Miracles”. He also worked in television on such series as “Dennis the Menace”, “Hazel”, “Zane Grey Theater”, “Wanted: Dead or Alive”, “The Rifleman”, and “Gunsmoke”. Capra was associated producer for the 1969 space film “Marooned”, and three “Planet of the Apes” 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). He was also associate producer for Woody Allen’s 1972 film “Play It Again, Sam” and the 1973 musical adaptation of “Tom Sawyer”. He also served as president of Avco-Embassy Pictures in the 1970s. Capra produced the tele-film “Trapped Beneath the Sea” (1974), and the features “Billy Jack Goes to Washington” (1977), “Born Again” (1978), “The Black Marble” (1980), “An Eye for an Eye” (1981), “Vice Squad” (1982), “The Seduction” (1982), “Firestarter” (1984), “Marie” (1985), and “Death Before Dishonor” (1987). Capra became president of the North Carolina based studio EUE/Screen Gems in 1997. Such features as “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and “28 Days” were filmed at the studio. He was executive producer of the films “Waterproof” (1999), “Queen City Blowout” (2004), and “Two Headed Cow” (2006).

JEANNE CARMEN, 77 - December 20, 2007

Jeanne Carmen, a pin-up girl and actress from the 1950s who claimed to be Marilyn Monroe’s closest friend, died of lymphoma at her home in Irvine, California, on December 20, 2007. Carmen was born in Paragould, Arkansas, on August 4, 1930. She ran away from home at the age of 13 and headed to New York where she danced in burlesque shows while still a teenager. She also worked as a pin-up model and appeared on television in “Broadway Open House”, “Mike and Buff” and “The Colgate Comedy Hour”. She also began a career as a trick golfer, hustling money on the links with unusual golf shots. Carmen was soon in Hollywood appearing in a string of B-movies, including “Striporama” (1953), “The Three Outlaws” (1956), “War Drums” (1957), “A Merry Mix-Up” (1957), “Untamed Youth’ (1957), “Portland Expose” (1957), “I Married a Woman” (1958), “Too Much, Too Soon” (1958), “Born Reckless” (1958), the cult horror film “The Monster of Piedras Blancas” (1959), and “The Devil’s Hand” (1962). Carmen also guest-starred in such television series as “Riverboat”, “Have Gun - Will Travel”, “Tightrope”, and “The Dick Powell Show”. She retired from the screen in the early 1960s. She embarked upon another career in the late 1980s, with her claims to have been an intimate friend of legendary actress Marilyn Monroe. Over the next 20 years she was a frequent guest on various programs and documentaries recounting her exploits with Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Kennedy’s. Despite allegations that not all of her revelations were accurate, her shocking exposes and still glamorous beauty made her a popular figure on television and at nostalgia conventions.

J. LAWRENCE CASSINGHAM, 89 - December 23, 2007

Lawrence J. Cassingham, a radiation expert who lent his expertise to science fiction films in the 1950s, died in Northern California, on December 23, 2007. Cassingham was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on December 22, 1918. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a meteorologist during World War II. After the war, Cassingham developed and marketed a portable Geiger counter called the Detectron. During the 1950s, when radiation was a frequent plot device in films and television productions, Cassingham served as technical advisor. He worked on the films “Zombies of the Stratosphere” (1952), “The Magnetic Monster” (1953), “The Atomic Kid” (1954), and “The Brain from Planet Arous” (1957). Though he retired in the late 1960s, Cassingham later served as a consultant on the manufacturing of computer chips.

CHRISTINE D. COLEMAN, 93 - October 2, 2007

Character actress Christian D. Coleman died at her home in Los Angeles on October 2, 2007. Coleman was born in Crawford County, Kansas, on September 5, 1914. She worked in the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office for over thirty years before retiring in 1980. She subsequently embarked on an acting career, appearing in commercials and music videos for such artists as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Marilyn Manson. She was also seen in the films ‘Being John Malkovich” (1999) and “Meet the Fockers” (2004), and in such television series as “Seinfeld”, “Will and Grace”, and “Grey’s Anatomy”.

MARK CONNOLLY, 45 - December 14, 2007

Stuntman Mark Connolly died of pancreatic cancer in Sydney, Australia, on December 14, 2007. He began working in films as a stuntman in the late 1990s, with such credits as “Doom Runners” (1997) and “Babe: Pig in the City” (1998). Connolly worked as a stunt extra for the film “Mission Impossible II”. As gate guard 1, he was seriously injured in Sydney, Australia, in June of 1999 when a motorcycle jumping over him in an action sequence for the film crashed into him. Connolly broke his forearm and collarbone, and restricted movement ended his stunt career. He sued Billy Burton, the Paramount Pictures second unit director in charge of the action sequence, and won a judgment of over $1 million in a negligence case. Connolly died within hours of learning of his victory.

JACK L. COPELAND, 80 - October 7, 2007

Filmmaker Jack L. Copeland died at his home in Northridge, California, on October 7, 2007. Copeland was born Hollywood, California, on September 8, 1927. He served in the U.S. Army as a combat photographer toward the end of World War II. He formed Jack Copeland Productions in the early 1950s and wrote, produced and directed the 1958 film “Hell’s Five Hours”, starring Vic Morrow. He also produced the documentary “Decision at Delano” about the California grape pickers strike in the 1960s. He created National Education Media, Inc. in 1966, where he produced over a 100 industrial training films.

JAMES COSTIGAN - December 19, 2007

Television writer James Costigan was found dead at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, on December 19, 2007. Costigan began his career appearing in small roles on the New York stage. He was also seen on television in episodes of “Kraft Television Theatre”, “The Web”, and “Campbell Playhouse” in the early 1950s. He was soon writing for television in the 1950s, penning episodes of “Studio One”, “Kraft Television Theatre”, “The United States Steel Hour”, and “General Electric Theater”. He also wrote such television productions as “A Wind from the South” (1955), “Anne of Green Gables” (1956), “The Lark” (1957), “ Wuthering Heights “ (1958), “A Doll’s House” (1959), and “The Turn of the Screw” (1959). Costigan won an Emmy Award for his 1958 original tele-play “Little Moon of Alban”, which was adapted for a Broadway play in 1960. His other Broadway credits include the 1963 musical “The Beast in Me” and the 1964 comedy “Baby Want a Kiss”. He also scripted a handful of tele-film in the 1970s including “A War of Children” (1972), “F. Scott Fitzgerald and `the Last of the Belles’” (1974), “In the House of Brede” (1975), “Love Among the Ruins” (1975), “Eleanor and Franklin” (1976) which earned him a second Emmy Award, “F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood” (1976), “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years”, and “S.O.S. Titanic” (1979). Costigan also wrote the screenplays for the feature films “The Hunger” (1983), “King David” (1985), and “Mr. North” (1988). He subsequently retired to Bainbridge Island, where he lived a reclusive life until he died.

FRANK COX, 86 - November 10, 2007

Frank Cox, who with his identical twin brother Fred, was a leading entertainers in England for decades, died in England on November 10, 2007. Cox was born in Cardiff, Wales, on December 4, 1920. The Cox Twins began touring as speciality clog dancers with a boys choir at the age of 12. They later performed in a variety act with singer Dorothy Squires. Noted for their frizzy black hair and colorful attire, they entertained the troops while serving in the Royal Air Force. After the war, they returned to the stage, singing, dancing and performing acrobatic routines. The two were wed on the same day to Estelle and Pauline Miles, another set of identical twins, who often joined them on stage. The duo also appeared in several films during their careers, including the 1965 comedy “Up Jumped a Swagman” and Francois Truffaut’s 1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. They were also seen as Tweedledee and Tweedledum in 1972’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, and appeared with Jerry Lewis in the comedy “Funny Bones” in 1995. Frank’s wife, Estelle, died in 1984 and they continued their stage act as the Cox Twins and Pauline for the remained of their careers.

JOHN BEAR CURTIS, 59 - December 18, 2007

Actor John Bear Curtis died after a long illness on December 18, 2007. Curtis was born on April 28, 1948. He was active in films and television from the late 1970s. His film credits include “Up River” (1979), “Showdown at Williams Creek” (1991), “Leaving Normal” (1992), “Stay Tuned” (1992), “North of Pittsburgh” (1992), “Arctic Blue” (1993), “Crackerjack” (1994), “The NeverEnding Story III” (1994), and “The 13th Warrior” (1999). Curtis was also featured in the tele-films “Hands of a Stranger” (1987), “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” (1989), “Sky High” (1990), “Payoff” (1991), “Moment of Truth: To Walk Again” (1994), “Y2K” (1999), and “Voyage of the Unicorn” (2001). His other television credits include episodes of “Danger Bay”, “The Hitchhiker”, “Neon Rider”, “Wiseguy’, “MacGyver”, “Street Justice”, “Cobra”, “M.A.N.T.I.S.”, “Lonesome Dove: The Series”, “Madison”, “Stargate SG-1”, “The Net”, “Dead Man’s Gun”, “Viper”, “The Outer Limits”, “The Collector”, “Cold Squad”, and “Masters of Horror”.

BILLY DAYDODGE, 78 - December 20, 2007

Native America actor William ‘Billy’ Daydodge died of bone cancer in a Loma Linda, California, hospital on December 20, 2007. A member of the Ojibwa Tribe, Daydodge was born in Twin Lakes, Minnesota, on September 18, 1920. He worked as a mechanical engineer in Hemet, California, before his retirement in 1991. He was also a noted artist and served as a consultant for Hemet’s “Ramona Pageant” from the mid-1990s. He provided voice-overs for various Indian chiefs for the Arts & Entertainment Network’s “Real West” series. Daydodge was also seen in such films as “North” (1994), “Watons East” (1994), “Navajo Blues”, “Almost Heroes” (1998), “Grizzly Adams and the Legend of Dark Mountain” (1999), “Pennyman” (2002), “Nate and the Colonel” (2003), “The Reawakening” (2004), and “3:52” (2005). He was featured in the tele-films “My Indian Summer” (1995) and “Santa and Pete” (1999), and guest starred in episodes of “Mr. Show with Bob and David” and “Son of the Beach”. He also appeared in the recurring role of an Arapaho Elder in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” from 1996 to 1997.

KATHERINE DE HETRE, 61 - December 29, 2007

Actress Katherine De Hetre died of injuries she received in an automobile accident on December 29, 2007. De Hetre began her career on stage and appeared on Broadway in the short-lived production of “The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks” in 1972. She was an understudy for the 1975 revival of “Death of a Salesman”. De Hetre was featured in several films in the late 1970s and early 1980s including “The Promise” (1979), the all-star disaster epic “Meteor” (1979), “Being There” (1979) with Peter Sellers, “Joni” (1980) and “Looker” (1981). She also appeared in the tele-films “Callie & Son” (1981) and “M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” (1983), and in episodes of “Quincy”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, and “Murder, She Wrote”.

PHILIP DUSENBERRY, 71 - December 29, 2007

Advertising executive Philip Dusenberry, who orchestrated the 1984 Pepsi commercial that accidently ignited pop icon Michael Jackson’s hair, died of lung cancer at his home in Manhattan, New York, on December 29, 2007. Dusenberry was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 28, 1936. He began working in radio as a disk jockey and was soon writing ad copy for the station. He joined the advertising firm of Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn (BBDO) and created a popular ad campaign for Gillette Right Guard in the 1960s. He rose to executive creative director with BBDO in the 1980s. Dusenberry created a series of ads for Pepsi that included such celebrities as Madonna, Michael J. Fox, Geraldine Ferraro, and Lionel Richie. Michael Jackson was burned when a special effect went awry and briefly hospitalized while taping one of Dusenberry’s Pepsi commercials in 1984. He also created campaign commercials for Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Dusenberry co-scripted the 1973 political satire film “Hail!”, and wrote Robert Redford’s 1984 film “The Natural”. He oversaw the team that created “The New York Miracle” public service spots in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001. He authored his memoirs “The. We Set His Hair on Fire: Insights and Accidents from a Hall-of-Fame Career in Advertising” in 2005.

GARY EPPER, 62 - December 1, 2007

Stuntman and actor Gary Epper died on December 1, 2007. Epper was born in Los Angeles on December 31, 1944, the son of stuntman, John Epper. His brothers, Tony and Andy, and sister, Jeannie, also worked in films as stunt performers. Gary began working in films as a child with 1952’s “The Story of Will Rogers”. He appeared frequently on television from the 1950s on such series as “Lassie”, “Fury”, “The Gallant Men”, “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”, “The Rat Patrol”, “The Mod Squad”, “Here Come the Brides”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Wild Wild West”, “Starsky and Hutch”, “The Rockford Files”, “Vega$”, “Wonder Woman”, “240-Robert”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “The Fall Guy”, “Voyagers!”, “Hart to Hart”, “Automan”, “Airwolf”, “Domestic Life”, “Magnum, P.I.”, “T.J. Hooker”, “Moonlighting”, “Paradise”, and “Tales from the Crypt”. Epper performed stunts and appeared in small roles in numerous films during his career including “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” (1963), “A Man Called Gannon” (1968), “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” (1970), “The Omega Man” (1971), “The Cowboys” (1972), “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” (1972), “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972), “Soylent Green” (1973), “Magnum Force” (1973), “Blazing Saddles” (1974), “Earthquake” (1974), “The Towering Inferno” (1974), “Rollerball” (1975), “The Hindenburg” (1975), “Futureworld” (1976), “Bound for Glory” (1976), “Eaten Alive” (1977), “Return from Witch Mountain” (1978), “Hooper” (1978), “Tilt” (1979), “Nightwing” (1979), “Delta Fox” (1979), Steven Spielberg’s “1941” (1979), “When Time Ran Out…” (1980), “The Blues Brothers” (1980), “The Ninth Configuration” (1980), “In God We Tru$t” (1980), “The Hand” (1980), “Deathtrap” (1982), “Blade Runner” (1982), “Megaforce” (1982), Disney’s “TRON” (1982), “The Beastmaster” (1982), “The Man with Two Brains” (1983), “Scarface” (1983), “Code Name: Zebra” (1984), “Bachelor Party” (1984), “Witness” (1985), “Into the Night” (1985), “Warning Sign” (1985), “The Naked Cage” (1986), “Top Gun” (1986), “Back to School” (1986), “The Untouchables” (1987), “The Squeeze” (1987), “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise” (1987), “Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach” (1988), “Shakedown” (1988), “Rambo III” (1988), “Caddyshack II” (1988), “The Blob” (1988), “The Seventh Sign” (1988), John Carpenter’s “They Live” (1988), “The Magic Boy’s Easter’ (1989), “All’s Fair” (1989), “The `burbs” (1989), “Dead Bang” (1989), “K-9” (1989), “Roadhouse” (1989), “Lethal Weapon 2” (1989), “Captain America” (1990), “Cold Dog Soup” (1990), “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “The Last of the Finest” (1990), “Days of Thunder” (1990), “Die Hard 2” (1990), “Pacific Heights” (1990), “Howling VI: The Freaks” (1991), “V.I. Warshawski” (1991), “Hook” (1991), “The Rocketeer” (1991), “Basic Instinct” (1992), “Unlawful Entry” (1992), “Extreme Justice” (1993), “Jurassic Park” (1993), “Demolition Man” (1993), “American Yakuza” (1993), “Father Hood” (1993), “Jailbait” (1994), “The Hidden II” (1994), “Night of the Running Man” (1994), “Speed” (1994), “Shadow” (1994), “The Mask” (1994), “In the Army Now” (1994), “Sudden Death” (1995), “3 Ninjas Knuckle Up” (1995), “Money Train” (1995), “Eye for an Eye” (1996), “Looking for Richard” (1996), “Eraser” (1996), “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996) as the Borg-assimilated Ensign Lynch, “Broken Arrow”, “L.A. Confidential” (1997), “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997), “Armageddon” (1998), and “Wild Wild West” (1999). Epper also performed stunts in such tele-films as “Kill Me If You Can” (1977), “Kentucky Woman” (1983), “Airwolf” (1984), “Gladiator” (1986), “The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake” (1990), “Night of the Hunter” (1991), “Doorways” (1993), “Reform School Girl” (1994), “The Enemy Within” (1994), “Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence” (1994), and “Crazy Horse” (1996).

FREDDIE FIELDS, 84 - December 11, 2007

Hollywood film producer and agent Freddie Fields died of lung cancer in his home in Beverly Hills, California, on December 11, 2007. He was born Fred Feldman in Ferndale, New York, on July 12, 1923. His father operated a Catskills resort and his brother, Shep Fields, was a leading bandleader. Freddie grew up in the entertainment business and began working as a booking agent in New York in the 1940s. He worked with the talent agency Music Corporation of America, becoming vice president in 1946. He left MCA in 1960 to form his own agency, Creative Management Associates. CMA merged with International Famous Agency to form International Creative Management in the mid-1970s. Fields numerous clients included such Hollywood legends as Fred Astaire, Barbra Streisand, Henry Fonda, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg. He also managed Judy Garland and was executive producer of her television variety show in 1962. Fields was also a leading executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1980s. He served as producer for such films as “Lipstick” (1976), “Handle with Care” (1977), “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” (1977), “American Gigolo” (1980), “Wholly Moses!” (1980), “Victory” (1981), “Fever Pitch” (1985), “Poltergeist II: The Other Side” (1986), “American Anthem” (1986), “Crimes of the Heart” (1986), “Millennium” (1989), and “Glory” (1989). Fields also served as executive producer of the syndicated talk show, starring Montel Williams, in the 1990s. Fields’ marriage to actress Polly Bergen ended in divorce, as did his previous. His survivors include his third wife, the former Miss Universe Corinna Tsopei.

CHRISTINE FINN, December 5, 2007

British actress Christine Finn died in Guildford, Surrey, England, on December 5, 2007. Finn was born and raised in India and went to England in 1946. She studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and made her professional debut in the 1949 film “The Romantic Age”. She also performed frequently on the London stage. She appeared in small roles in the films “The Long Rope” (1953) and “Value For Money” (1955), and starred as Barbara Judd in the classic science fiction television mini-series “Quatermass and the Pit”. She was also seen in television productions of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1958) as Hermia, “For Tea on Sunday” (1963), “Marriage Lines” (1963), and “Night Train to Surbiton” (1965). Finn was featured as the voices of Tin-Tin Kyrano, Grandma Tracy, and other characters on the marionette television series “Thunderbirds” from 1965 to 1966, and was Peggy Davidson in “Dr. Finlay’s Casebook” from 1967 to 1969. Her other television credits include episodes of “Gideon’s Way”, “Scales of Justice”, “Dixon of Dock Green”, “Adam Adamant Lives!”, “Detective”, and “Paul Temple”.

HAL FISHMAN, 75 - August 7, 2007

Los Angeles newscaster Hal Fishman died of colon cancer at his home in Brentwood, California, on August 7, 2007. Fishman was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 25, 1931. He taught political science at Cal State LA during the 1950s and was hired as a political commentator at station KCOP-TV in 1960. He moved to KTLA-TV in 1965, and worked at several other stations before returning to KTLA as the evening news anchor in 1975. He remained anchor of the “KTLA Prime News” until shortly before his death. Fishman also appeared in cameo roles in several films including “Black Sunday” (1977), the tele-film “When Hell Was in Session” (1979), “Wisdom” (1986), “Jimmy Hollywood” (1994), “Joe Dirt” (2001), “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” (2001), “National Security” (2003), “Malibu’s Most Wanted” (2003), “One Six Right” (2005), and “Spider-Man 3” (2007).

DENNY MARTIN FLINN, 59 - August 24, 2007

Broadway performer and writer Denny Martin Flinn, who scripted the 1991 film “Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country”, died of complications from cancer in Woodland Hills, California, on August 24, 2007. Flinn was born in San Francisco, California, on December 21, 1947. He began his career as a dancer in San Francisco before moving to New York. He performed on Broadway in the musical “Sugar”, and in revivals of “Pal Joey” and “Hello, Dolly!” with Pearl Bailey. He also appeared in Off-Broadway productions and in the national tour of “A Chorus Line”. He wrote and directed the musical “Groucho”, which played off-Broadway, and choreographed rock video sequences for the soap operas “Another World” and “Search for Tomorrow”. Flinn also choreographed sequences of the feature films “The Deceivers” (1988) and “Ghost” (1988). He was the author of a book about the musical “A Chorus Line” entitled “What They Did for Love”. He also wrote two mystery novels featuring Sherlock Holmes’ grandson, “San Francisco Kills” and “Killer Finish”. Flinn co-scripted “Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country” with Nicholas Meyer. He also wrote radio adaptations of “Don Quixote” and Meyer’s “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution” for BBC radio. Flinn’s other books include “Musical! A Grand Tour - The Rise, Glory and Fall of an American Institution”, “How Not to Write a Screenplay”, and the `Star Trek” novel “The Fearful Summons”.

RICHARD GOLDWATER, 71 - October 2, 2007

Richard H. Goldwater, the president and publisher of Archie Comics, died of cancer in Greenwich, Connecticut, on October 2, 2007. He was the son of John Goldwater, the co-founder of MLJ Comics, that later became better known as Archie Comic Publications. Richard joined his father’s company after college and rose to become president and co-publisher with Michael Silberkleit, son of another co-founder. The comic company was best known for the character of Archie, his girls and friends. The companies characters spawned several animated television series including “Archie”, “Sabrina”, and “Josie and the Pussycats”. Goldwater served as a consultant on the live action television series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” which aired from 1996 to 2002. He was also the executive producer of Josie and the Pussycats feature film in 2001. Archie Comics also published such licensed properties as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Sonic the Hedgehog”.

JEROME GOLLARD, 93 - October 8, 2007

Radio and television writer Jerome Gollard died in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 8, 2007. Gollard was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 14, 1914. He worked in radio from the 1940s, writing for such programs as “Duffy’s Tavern’ and “The Shadow”. He also wrote several films including “Jinx Money” (1948) and “Inner Sanctum” (1948). He moved to television in the 1950s, where he worked on such series as “The Fugitive”, “Checkmate”, “77 Sunset Strip”, “Hawaiian Eye”, “King of Diamonds”, and “Mr. Lucky”. Gollard was also the author of the 1953 mystery novel “The Seventh Chasm”.

BRUCE GORDON, 56 - November 6, 2007

Disney Imagineer and historian Bruce Gordon died at his home in Glendale, California, on November 6, 2007. Gordon was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on April 18, 1951, and was raised in California. He began his career at Disney as a model designer in 1980, constructing props for the “Journey Into Imagination” exhibit at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center. He also contributed to such popular Disney theme park attractions as “Splash Mountain”, “Tarzan’s Treehouse”, “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”, and “‘Finding Nemo’ Submarine Voyage”. Gordon was co-author of the 1998 book “Disneyland: The Nickel Tour”, which told the history of the park through postcards. He was also the author of the books “The Art of Disneyland”, “Disneyland: Then, Now and Forever”, “Walt Disney World: Then, Now and Forever”, “The Art of Walt Disney World”, “Ellenshaw Under Glass” about special effects artist Peter Ellenshaw, and “A Brush with Disney” about illustrator Herb Ryman. He stepped down as project director at Walt Disney Imagineering in 2005 to become producer and creative consultant for The Walt Disney Family Museum.

SLIM GREEN, 91 - December 22, 2007

Austin C. `Slim’ Green, who made saddles for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, died in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on December 22, 2007. Green was born in Ravi, Oklahoma, on June 10, 1916. He moved to Texas with his family as a child, where he became a rodeo rider and roper. He learned to make saddles in the early 1930s and completed his first in 1936 He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and continued his career as a master saddle maker after the war. Green’s hand-tooled saddles were considered works of art and have been featured at the Smithsonian Institution and The Gene Autry National Western Heritage Museum. Many Hollywood stars had their saddles made by him, including John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Robert Redford, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John and Val Kilmer.

JACK GROSS, JR., 78 - December 24, 2007

Film and television writer Jack Gross, Jr., died in La Jolla, California, on December 14, 2007. Gross was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 4, 1929. He began writing “Mister Magoo” cartoons in the late 1950s. He was best known for scripting television episodes from the 1960s with such credits as “Gilligan’s Island”, “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”, “Valentine’s Day”, “My Favorite Martian”, “Tarzan”, “Daniel Boone”, and “Diff’rent Strokes”. Gross also wrote the films “Clay Pigeon” (1971) and “Welcome to Arrow Beach” (1974).

JOHN HARKNESS, 53 - December 18, 2007

Canadian film critic John Harkness died of a heart attack in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on December 18, 2007. Harkness was born in Montreal, Canada, on August 7, 1954. He began writing film reviews for “Now” weekly in 1981, and also wrote articles for the publications “Sight and Sound” and “Take One”. Harkness was a founding member of the Toronto Film Critics Association. He was also the author of a popular reference book on the Oscars, “The Academy Awards Handbook”. Harkness was also an accomplished poker player and served as a poker consultant for the ESPN television series “Tilt” in 2005.

JIM HAWTHORNE, 88 - November 6, 2007

Comic radio and television personality Jim Hawthorne died of congestive heart failure in Santa Barbara, California, on November 6, 2007. He was 88. Hawthorne was born in Victor, Colorado, on November 20, 1918. He began his career in radio in 1940, before joining the Army during World War II. After the war, he moved to Los Angeles and joined KXLA in 1943. He had achieved national recognition with his unpredictable, and often wacky, show by 1947. He also released several records during the late 1940s and 1950s, including “Serutan Yob”(1948), a hillbilly style parody of Nat King Cole’s popular song “Nature Boy”. In 1950 Hawthorne produced and starred on “The Hawthorne Thing”, a radio show that began at NBC’s Hollywood studio, and led him into a career in television. From 1950 to 1952, he hosted “This Is Hawthorne”, a late-evening talk show, and launched the comedic weather segment, “Hawthorne Looks at the Weather”. In 1965 he moved to Honolulu, where he created and was the original host of the popular children’s television show “Checkers and Pogo”. He moved to Denver in 1970 and served as promotion and program director at radio station KOA, and created, wrote, and hosted a daily news magazine for KOA-TV. He retired in 1985, though he continued to make appearances on radio. Hawthorne relocated to the Buena Vista Care Center in Santa Barbara, California, where he produced several local cable-access variety shows.

BILL IDELSON, 87 - December 31, 2007

Television actor and writer Bill Idelson died on December 31, 2007. He was 87. Idelson was born in Forest Park, Illinois, on August 21, 1920. He began his career as a juvenile actor on radio in Chicago in 1931 as Skeezix in “Gasoline Alley”. He starred in “Vic and Sade”, as the title character’s young son Rush, from 1932 to 1942. He left the series to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to radio after the war, appearing in “One Man’s Family”, “The Truitts”, “Those Websters”, and `Woman in My House”, He began working in television in the late 1940s, starring as Bill Abbott in the 1949 series “Mixed Doubles”, and taking over the role of Cliff Barbour in the television version of “One Man’s Family”. He also appeared in episodes of “Telephone Time”, “Steve Canyon”, “Dragnet”, “Peter Gunn”, “Leave It to Beaver”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Hennesey”, Boris Karloff’s “Thriller”, “Zane Grey Theater”, “My Three Sons”, “The Jack Benny Program”, “The Virginian”, “Perry Mason”, “The Bill Dana Show”, “My Favorite Martian”, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the recurring role of Sallie’s boyfriend Herman Glimscher, “The Odd Couple”, “Happy Days”, “Suddenly Susan”, “Will & Grace”, and “The War at Home”. He reprised his role as Herman Glimscher in the 2004 reunion tele-film “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited”. He also began scripting television episodes in the early 1960s, writing for such series as “The Flintstones”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Lawman”, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”, “The Andy Griffith Show”, “The Mothers-in-Law”, “Get Smart”, “Accidental Family”, “Bewitched”, “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”, “Love, American Style”, “Barefoot in the Park”, “The Odd Couple”, “Anna and the King”, “The Bob Newhart Show” which he also produced, “Happy Days”, “M*A*S*H”, “The Montefuscos”, and “Punky Brewster”. He also wrote the tele-films “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1975) and “Beans of Boston” (1979). Idelson was featured in a small role in the 1961 film “The Last Time I Saw Archie”, and scripted the 1963 horror film “The Crawling Hand”. Idelson authored several books including “The Story of Vic and Sade” about his radio days, and “Gibby”, a biography and war memoir. His daughter, television writer and producer Ellen Idelson, predeceased him in 2003.

KATHRYN ISH, 71 - December 31, 2007

Actress Kathryn Ish died of heart failure in Santa Barbara, California, on December 31, 2007. Ish was born in California on February 18, 1936. She was an active performer on stage during the 1950s, appearing in several Off Broadway productions. She married fellow actor, Richard Stahl, in 1959 and the two headed to San Fransisco where they were part of the improvisational comedy group the Committee. She also appeared on television in episodes of such series as “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Laverne and Shirley”, and “WKRP in Cincinnati”. Ish also appeared in the tele-films “The Love Boat” (1976) and “Death of Richie” (1977). She was featured as the Secretary of Education in the 1996 film “The American President”. She and Stahl remained married until his death in 2006.

BELLA JARRETT, 81 - October 19, 2007

Stage actress Bella Jarrett died at her home in Greenwich Village, New York, on October 19, 2007. Jarrett was born in Adairsville, Georgia, on February 9, 1926. She began her acting career in the 1950s, performing with local theater groups in Atlanta, Houston, Boston and Washington D.C.. She made her debut on Broadway in the 1970s, appearing in productions of “Once in a Lifetime” (1978) and “Lolita” (1981). She also appeared Off-Broadway in productions of “Welcome to Andromeda” (1973), Racine’s “Phaedra” (1993) and “The Good Natur’d Man” (1993). Jarrett appeared in small roles in such television soap operas as “All My Children”, “Another World” and “One Life to Live”. She was also seen in the films “Hellfighters”, “Arthur”, “The Cotton Club” and “The Lonely Guy”. She was featured as Miss Klein in the 1980 film “Jane Austen in Manhattan”.

RALPH KENT, 68 - September 10, 2007

Disney artist Ralph Kent, who spent decades as the administrator for Mickey Mouse merchandise, died of complications from esophageal cancer at his home in Kissimmee, Florida, on September 10, 2007. He was born Ralph Kwiatowski in Buffalo, New York, on January 28, 1939. He studied art and served two years in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s, illustrating military training films. He began working for Disneyland in 1963 after his discharge. Kent produced marketing material for such attractions as the Jungle Cruise, the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Pirates of the Caribbean. He moved to Florida in the early 1970s to work at Walt Disney World. He designed souvenirs and collectibles and became the director of Walt Disney Imagineering East. Kent was also known as `the Keeper of the Mouse’, ensuring that artists depicting the character kept up to standards. He was one of the few authorized to sign Mickey’s signature.

MICHAEL KIDD, 92- December 23, 2007

Legendary choreographer Michael Kidd died of cancer in New York City on December 23, 2007. He was born Milton Greenwald in Brooklyn, New York, on August 12, 1915. He began studying dance in the mid-1930s and attended the School of American Ballet. He danced in the 1936 film “Happy Days Are Here Again” and served as choreographer for dance numbers in 1937’s “Another Dawn”. He performed in such ballets as “Billy the Kid” (1939) and “Pocahontas” (1939), and directed and performed in the 1942 revival of “Billy the Kid”. He was a dancer to Jerome Robbin’s choreography for the ballets “Interplay” (1945) and “Fancy Free” (1946). Kidd won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for the 1947 Broadway musical “Finian’s Rainbow”. He earned four subsequent Tonys for “Guys and Dolls” (1950), “Can-Can” (1953), “Li’l Abner” (1956), and “Destry Rides Again” (1959). He also received Tony nominations for the Broadway productions “Subways Are For Sleeping” (1961), “Skyscraper” (1965), “The Rothschilds” (1970), and “The Goodbye Girl” (1993). Kidd also worked in Hollywood, staging dance numbers for the films “Where’s Charley?” (1952), “The Band Wagon” (1953), “Knock on Wood” (1954), “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954) which earned him acclaim for his energetic dance numbers, “Guys and Dolls” (1955), “Li’l Abner” (1959). Kidd was featured as Angie Valentine in the 1955 film “It’s Always Fair Weather”, and directed and choreographed the 1958 musical comedy “Merry Andrew”, Starring Danny Kaye. He choreographed the films “Star!” (1968) and “Hello, Dolly!” (1969), and the 1978 tele-film “Actor”, which also featured Kidd in the role of the adult Paul Muni. He also performed in the 1975 film “Smile”, was featured as Pop Popchik in the 1978 comedy “Movie Movie”, and was Dr. Westford in Blake Edward’s 1989 comedy “Skin Deep”. Kidd was given an honorary Academy Award “in recognition of his services to the art of dance in the art of the screen” in 1996.

PAT KIRKWOOD, 86 - December 25, 2007

British actress Pat Kirkwood died in a nursing home in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England, on December 25, 2007. Kirkwood was born in Pendleton, Manchester, England, on February 24, 1922. She began her professional career as a singer on BBC radio’s “The Children’s Hour” at the age of 14. She made her stage debut the following year in 1936 as the Schoolgirl Songstress. She was soon appearing in such films as “Save a Little Sunshine” (1938), “Me and My Pal” (1939), “Come on George!” (1939), “Band Wagon” (1940), and “Flight from Folly” (1945). She subsequently headed to Hollywood, where she starred in MGM’s “No Leave, No Love” (1946). The film’s lack of success led to a nervous breakdown and suicide attempt by Kirkwood. She recovered and resumed her career on stage in such musical productions as “Starlight Roof” (1947) and Noel Coward’s “Ace of Clubs” (1950). She was also seen in the films “Once a Sinner” (1950), “Stars in Your Eyes” (1956), and “After the Ball” (1957), and starred in the television variety series “The Pat Kirkwood Show” in 1954.

JACK KUNEY, 88 - November 7, 2007

Early television producer Jack Kuney died of heart failure in Bradenton, Florida, on November 7, 2007. He was born Julius Harry Kuney in Chicago, Illinois, on July 24, 1919. He received a degree in communications and served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he began his career as producer of television’s “Play of the Week” in 1960 and the children’s program “1,2,3-Go”. He also produced television’s “Look Up and Live” and a television production of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” in 1961. Kuney produced Woody Allen’s 1971 mock documentary, “Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story”, which starring Allen in the title role. A blatant spoof of then national security advisor Henry Kissinger’s rise to top aide to President Nixon, “Men of Crisis” was pulled from it’s PBS line-up before being aired. Kuney won several Emmys during his career and also held positions with the Westinghouse Broadcast Company, CBS, and NBC.

GEORGE LATKA, 93 - December 26, 2007

Boxer George Latka died of a heart attack in Huntington Beach, California, on December 26, 2007. He was 93. Latka was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on November 12, 1914. He was a Golden Gloves champion in Gary, Indiana, while an amateur boxer from 1934 to 1936. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles and turned pro, achieving a record of 26-7-9 in his professional career against such boxers as Sammy Angott, Jimmy Garrison, and Richie Lamos. After retiring from the ring, he continued in the sport of boxing as a referee for 35 years. He presided over such leading fights as Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Gene Fullmer and Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton. Latka was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as both a fighter and a referee. He was also featured in several films as a referee including “Matilda” (1978), the tele-film “Ring of Passion” (1978), “Raging Bull” (1980), “Split Decisions” (1988), and “Birch Street Gym” (1991).

JACK LINKLETTER, 70 - December 18, 2007

Television personality Jack Linkletter, who followed in the footsteps of his father, Art Linkletter, died at his home in Cloverdale, California, on December 18, 2007. Linkletter began his career as a child, appearing on his father’s radio programs in San Francisco. He was hosting his own radio shows for CBS as a teenager. After attending college, he served as host of the NBC television quiz show “Haggis Baggis” in 1958. The following year he hosted the daytime program “On The Go”, where he took his audience to various locales. He guest starred on the sit-com “The Bob Cummings Show” in 1959, and appeared in a rare dramatic role in an episode of “Zane Grey Theater” in 1961. He hosted the variety show “Heres Hollywood” in 1962 and the folk music variety show “Hootenanny” the following year. He joined his father as co-host of “House Party” from 1969 to 1970. He later served as president of Linkletter Enterprises, managing the family’s varied business interests.

TYLER MacDUFF, 82 - December 23, 2007

Veteran character actor Tyler MacDuff died of heart failure in Pasadena, California, on December 23, 2007. MacDuff was born in Hollywood, California, on September 12, 1925. He began his career in films in the early 1950s. His numerous film credits include “Bonzo Goes to College” (1952), “No Room for the Groom” (1952), “Francis Goes to West Point” (1952), “Son of Ali Baba” (1952), “Conquest of Cochise” (1953), “The Boy from Oklahoma” (1954) as Billy the Kid, “The Egyptian” (1954), “The Bounty Hunter” (1954), “The Glass Slipper” (1955), “Cell 2455 Death Row” (1955), “The Last Command” (1955), “Headline Hunters” (1955), “The Burning Hills” (1956), “Fury at Showdown” (1957), and “Cyborg 2087” (1966). MacDuff also appeared frequently on television from the 1950s, with roles in such series as “Stories of the Century”, “Adventures of Superman”, “The 20th Century-Fox Hour”, “Death Valley Days”, “The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu”, “Annie Oakley”, “West Point”, “The Lone Ranger”, “You Are There”, “Maverick”, “Sgt. Preston of the Yukon”, “The Gray Ghost”, “Tales of Wells Fargo”, “This Man Dawson”, “Alcoa Theatre”, “General Electric Theater”, “Lawman”, “Perry Mason”, “Lassie”, and “Gunsmoke”. He was also featured in the tele-films “Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin Deep Scandal” (1993) and “Lethal Orbit” (1996). MacDuff returned to the screen in recent years to appear in “Go Fish” (2000) and “An American Reunion” (2003). His daughter was film producer Dana MacDuff.

POLLI MAGARO - December 23, 2007

Veteran character actress Polli Magaro died in a New York City hospital on December 23, 2007. Magaro appeared on stage, screen, and television, and was a contract player with the Metropolitan Opera for 20 years. She was featured in the films “Paradise Alley” (1978), “Easy Money” (1983), “Vamping” (1984), “Secret Obsession” (1986), “One Day in “Dallas” (1990), “Mr. Destiny” (1990), “Oscar” (1991), “The Slab Boys” (1997), “Primary Colors” (1998), “Perfect Game” (2000), and “Avenging Angelo” (2002). She was also seen in the tele-films “The Truth About Alex” (1986) and “Nashville Beat” (1990), and in episodes of “Matt Houston”, “Cagney & Lacey”, “Titans”, “Ed”, and “Boston Public”.

BEVERLY MICHAELS, 78 - June 2007

Actress Beverly Michaels, who appeared in several British films during the early 1960s, died of a stroke in Phoenix, Arizona, in June of 2007. Michaels was born in New York City on December 28, 1928. She made her film debut in “East Side, West Side” in 1949, with James Mason. She was also featured in the films “Three Little Words” (1950), “Pickup” (1951), “The Girl on the Bridge” (1951), “The Marrying Kind” (1952), “No Holds Barred” (1952), “Wicked Woman” (1953), “Crashout” (1955), “Betrayed Women” (1955), and “Blonde Bait” (1956). Michaels also appeared on television in episodes of “The Adventures of Falcon”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, and “Cheyenne” before retiring from the screen.

ASHLEIGH ASTON MOORE, 26 - December 11, 2007

Former child actress Ashleigh Aston Moore died of an accidental heroin overdose in British Columbia, Canada, on December 11, 2007. She was born Ashley Rogers in Sunnyvale, California, on November 13, 2007. She was best known for her role as young Chrissy DeWitt, played by Rita Wilson as an adult, in the film “Now and Then” (1995). She also starred as Alpha and Donna Archipenko in the Canadian television series “The Odyssey” from 1992 to 1994. Moore was also featured in the tele-films “Liar, Liar” (1992), “Family of Strangers” (1993), “Sin & Redemption” (1994), “Beyond Obsession” (1994), and “A Friend’s Betrayal” (1996). Her other television credits include episodes of “Madison”, “Northern Exposure”, “Strange Luck”, and ‘Touched by an Angel”. She also appeared in the film “Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain” (1995) before retiring from the screen in the late 1990s.

MARK MULHOLLAND, 70 - October 24, 2007

Irish character actor Mark Mulholland died in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on October 24, 2007. Mulholland was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, in 1937. He was a popular performer on stage and screen, and starred as Uncle Andy in the television productions “A Matter of Choice for Billy” (1983) and “A Coming to Terms for Billy” (1984). He was also featured as Tick in the 1999 television mini-series “Eureka”. Mulholland also appeared on television in productions of “Lorna” (1987), “The Venus de Milo Instead” (1987), “God’s Frontiersmen” (1988), and “The Fifteen Streets” (1989), and in episodes of “Taggart” and “Comedy Playhouse”. He also appeared in several films during his career including “Paddy” (1970), “The McKenzie Break” (1970), “Maeve” (1982), “No Surrender” (1985), “Far and Away” (1992), “The Boxer” (1997), “A Love Divided” (1999), “Anno Domini” (2000), “Puckoon” (2002), “The Honeymooners” (2003), and “Rick’s Head” (2005). His final film role was in the 2008 fantasy “City of Ember”.

STU NAHAN, 81 - December 26, 2007

Stu Nahan, a leading Los Angeles sportscaster who appeared in all of the “Rocky” films, died of lymphoma in Los Angeles, California, on December, 26, 2007. Nahan was born in Los Angeles in 1926, and moved to Canada with his mother as an infant. He played hockey as a child and was signed to a professional contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1946. He played with the minor league Los Angeles Monarchs until they folded in the early 1950s. After a series of odd jobs he became a sports announcer on radio in 1956. Nahan soon landed a job as the nightly television sports reported on a Sacramento television station. He also hosted a children’s program as Skipper Stu, with his octopus puppet buddy O. U. Squid. After a period working in Philadelphia, he returned to Los Angeles in 1968. He was sportscaster on several television stations over the next 30 years. He was cast as the fight commentator for Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 boxing film “Rocky”. He returned to call the action for the sequels “Rocky II” (1979), “Rocky III” (1982), “Rocky IV” (1985), “Rocky V” (1990), and 2006’s “Rocky Balboa”. Nahan also appeared in cameo roles in the films “Gus” (1976), “Meteor” (1979), “Private Benjamin” (1980), “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), “Taking Care of Business” (1990), “Transylvania Twist” (1990), and “The Great White Hype” (1996). He was also seen in the tele-films “Brian’s Song” (1971), “Babe” (1975), “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island” (1981), “Time Out for Dad” (1987), and “Coopersmith” (1992). His other television credits include episodes of “The F.B.I.”, “CHiPs”, “21 Jump Street”, “Baywatch”, “Babes”, “In the House”, “Alright Already”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, and “Son of the Beach”.

LLOYD NELSON, 80 - July 25, 2007

Actor H. Lloyd Nelson, who later worked a script supervisor on many of Clint Eastwood’s films, died in Glendale, California, on July 25, 2007. Nelson began his career as an actor in the mid-1950s, appearing in small roles in episodes of the juvenile science fiction series “Space Patrol”. He was also featured in the films “The Court Jester” (1955), “Man Beast” (1956), “The Incredible Petrified World” (1957), “Naked Youth” (1960), “A Bullet for Billy the Kid” (1963), “Curse of the Stone Hand” (1964), “Creature of the Walking Dead” (1965), “The Wild World of Batwoman” (1966), “M*A*S*H” (1970), “The House on Skull Mountain” (1974), “Laure” (1976), “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” (1977), and “Return from Witch Mountain” (1978). Nelson also appeared on television in episodes of “The Ann Sothern Show”, “Perry Mason”, “Lassie”, and “Gunsmoke”. He also worked as a dialogue coach for the “Lassie” television series in the early 1960s and for the 1963 feature film “Lassie’s Great Adventure”. He was also a script supervisor for the “Gunsmoke” television series, the 1974 film “Hangup”, and the 1976 tele-film “The Macahans”. Nelson began working with actor and director Clint Eastood in 1978 on the film “Every Which Way But Loose”. He served as script supervisor and was featured in the film in a small role. He continued to work primarily as a script supervisor, though he made frequent onscreen appearances, for such films as “Tilt” (1979), “Escape from Alcatraz” (1979), “Bronco Billy” (1980), “A Change of Season” (1980), “Any Which Way You Can” (1980), “Stripes” (1981), “Hammett” (1982), “Firefox” (1982), “Honkytonk Man” (1982), “The Outsiders” (1983), “Shooting Stars” (1983), “Sudden Impact” (1983), “Tightrope” (1984), “Pale Rider” (1985), “The Goonies” (1985), “The Man with One Red Shoe” (1985), “Creator” (1985), the tele-film “Women of Valor” (1986), “Ratboy” (1986), “Heartbreak Ridge” (1986), “Bird” (1988), “The Dead Pool” (1988), “Pink Cadillac” (1989), “Gross Anatomy” (1989), “The Rookie” (1990), “Shout” (1991), “Sleepwalkers” (1992), and “Unforgiven” (1992).

KEN PARRY, 77 - December 5, 2007

British character actor Ken Parry died in a London hospital on December 5, 2007. Parry was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England, on June 20, 1930. The heavyset actor appeared frequently on British television from the late 1950s. Parry was seen in television productions of “The Secret Kingdom” (1960), “Ape and Essence” (1966), “Mister Misfit” (1967), “The Taming of the Shrew” (1967), “Another Day, Another Dollar” (1967), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1971), “The Merchant of Venice” (1972), “The Crazy Kill” (1975), “Nicholas Nickleby” (1977), “Blott on the Landscape” (1985), and “Oliver Twist” (1999). His other television credits include episodes of “No Hiding Place”, “Maigret”, “Zero One”, “Out of the Unknown”, “The Baron”, “The Avengers”, “The Wednesday Play”, “Armchair Theatre”, “Champion House”, “Home A’Plenty”, “Dixon of Dock Green”, “Nearest and Dearest”, “The Benny Hill Show”, “Never Say Die”, “The Troubleshooters”, “Z Cars”, “The Sweeney”, “Angels”, “Coronation Street”, “Van der Valk”, “ITV Playhouse”, “The Devil’s Crown”, “Hazell”, “The Young Ones”, “Crossroads”, “Filthy Rich & Catflap”, “Saracen”, “Children’s Ward”, and ‘The House of Windsor”. Parry also appeared in such films as “Friends and Neighbours” (1959), “Just for Fun” (1963), “Otley” (1968), “Start the Revolution Without Me” (1970), “Spring and Port Wine” (1970), “A Hole Lot of Trouble” (1971), “That’s Your Funeral” (1972), “Burke and Hare” (1972), “The Nelson Affair” (1973), “Mistress Pamela” (1974), “Lisztomania” (1975), “What’s Up Nurse!” (1977), “Joseph Andrews” (1977), “Come Play with Me” (1977), “Hawk the Slayer” (1980), “Lifeforce” (1985), and “The Rainbow Thief” (1990).

PUDGY! - December 24, 2007

Beverly Wines, who entertained nightclub audiences as the ascerbic comic Pudgy!, died in Las Vegas on December 24, 2007. Wines began her career in Chicago, and became noted for her roasting style of comedy. She moved to Vegas in 1993, where she headlined acts at many of the casinos. Pudgy! also appeared on the television series “Hollywood Squares”, and was featured in the Off Broadway comedy “Nunsence” as the Mother Superior.

RODERICK T. RYAN, 83 - October 11, 2007

Photographer Roderick T. Ryan, who was given an honorary Oscar Award for his technical contributions to the film industry with the creation of a special effects film processor, died of the progressive neurological disorder Lewy body disease at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, on October 11, 2007. Ryan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1924 and earned several degrees from the University of Southern California in the 1950s. He began his career as a photographer while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, notably shooting footage of the 1946 Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests. After the war, Ryan began a 40 year career with Eastman Kodak Co. in Hollywood and subsequently rose through the ranks to become regional director of engineering. His 1966 doctorate thesis was published into a book, “A History of Motion Picture Color Technology”, in 1977. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Ryan with a technical award in 1981 for creating a special effects optical film processor, and gave him a medal of commendation in 1990. Ryan retired from Eastman Kodak in 1986 though remained active holding many positions within the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. In 2000, he earned the Academy’s Gordon E. Sawyer Award and the Eastman Kodak Gold Medal in 2004. He was also the author of numerous books and text books that are recognized within the industry as authoritative sources.

JUNE SAMSON, 77 - November 3, 2007

Script supervisor June Samson died of complications from injuries she received in a fall in Los Angeles on November 3, 2007. Samson was born in Battersea, England, in 1930 and came to the Unites States in 1953. She began her career as a script supervisor for the television series “Bonanza” in the 1960s. She went on to serve as script supervisor on such films as “Up in the Cellar” (1970), “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” (1972), “The Stone Killer” (1973), “Harry and Tonto” (1974), “Bound for Glory” (1976), “Coming Home” (1978), “The Deer Hunter” (1978), “…And Justice for All” (1979), “The Mountain Men” (1980), Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate” (1980), “Honky Tonk Freeway” (1981), Neil Simon’s “Only When I Laugh” (1981), “Things Are Tough All Over” (1982), “The Challenge” (1982), Steve Martin’s “The Man with Two Brains” (1983), “Against All Odds” (1984), Neil Simon’s “The Slugger’s Wife” (1985), “Murphy’s Romance” (1985), “Top Gun” (1986), “Jaws: The Revenge” (1987), “The Doctor” (1991), “HouseSitter” (1992), the tele-film “Somebody’s Daughter” (1992), “The Shadow” (1994), and “Dangerous Minds” (1995).

SYBILLE SCHLOSS, 97 - December 13, 2007

German actress Sybille Schloss died in New York City on December 13, 2007. She was born Sybille Storck in Munich, German, on October 15, 1910. She worked as a model before making her film debut in the 1929 semi-documentary “Hunger in Waldenburg”. She also performed on stage in productions in Munich. Schloss left Germany in the mid-1930s and settled in the United States. She appeared on Broadway in the short-running musical cabaret production “The Pepper Mill” in 1937. Unable to find film roles in Hollywood, she worked in a bookstore in New York and wrote poetry.

GARY SHAFFER, 72 - December 3, 2007

Casting director Gary Shaffer died of cancer in Los Angeles, California, on December 3, 2007. Shaffer was born in Hollywood, California, in 1935. He began working as a casting director for film and television in the late 1960s after serving in the U.S. Air Force. His numerous credits include the films “Melinda” (1972), “Harry in Your Pocket” (1973), “Norman… Is That You?” (1976), “The Seniors” (1978), and “Kiss and Be Killed” (1991). Shaffer also worked frequently in television, casting such tele-films as “Heat of Anger” (1972), “Assignment: Munich” (1972), “Hawkins on Murder” (1973), “Steambath” (1973), “Shirts/Skins” (1973), “Winter Kill” (1974), “The Chinese Prime Minister” (1974), “The Lady’s Not for Burning” (1974), “The Godchild” (1974), “Bronk” (1975), “The Dream Makers” (1975), “Shell Game” (1975), “The Deadly Tower” (1975), “Babe” (1975), “Shark Kill” (1976), “Eccentricities of a Nightingale” (1976), “Woman of the Year” (1976), “How the West Was Won” (1977), “Lucan” (1977), “The Hostage Heart” (1977), “In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan” (1977), “The Power Within” (1979), “She’s Dressed to Kill” (1979), “Reunion” (1980), “Desperate Voyage” (1980), “Of Mice and Rabbits” (1981), “Working” (1982), “Don’t Go to Sleep” (1982), “Shooting Stars” (1983), “Dark Mirror” (1984), “Velvet” (1984), “Finder of Lost Loves” (1984), “MacGruder and Loud” (1985), “The Lady from Yesterday” (1985), “Harry’s Hong Kong” (1987), “The Three Kings” (1987), “The Diamond Trap” (1988), and “Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All” (1989). His other television credits include such series as “Medical Center”, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, “Young Dr. Kildare”, “Assignment Vienna”, “Adam’s Rib”, “Movin’ On”, “Adams of Eagle Lake”, “Executive Suite”, “CHiPs”, “240-Robert”, “Trapper John, M.D.”, “Dynasty”, “Hagen”, “Vega$”, “Aloha Paradise”, “Strike Force”, “Matt Houston”, “Hollywood Beat”, “Life with Lucy”, “Houston Knights”, “Hearts Are Wild”, and “The Watcher”. Shaffer formed the talent agency Upstart Management in 1994 to work with young actors.

PAUL SORENSEN, 81 - July 2, 2007

Veteran character actor Paul Sorensen died in Valencia, California, on July 2, 2007. Sorensen was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1926. He appeared in hundreds of films and television productions from the mid-1950s. His film credits include “Las Vegas Shakedown” (1955), “Inside Detroit” (1956), “Glory” (1956), “Dance With Me Henry” (1956), “The Women of Pitcairn Island” (1956), “The Brass Legend” (1956), “Battle Hymn” (1957), “The True Story of Lynn Stuart” (1958), “The Steel Claw” (1961), “Flower Drum Song” (1961), “Kid Galahad” (1962) with Elvis Presley, “Captain Newman, M.D.” (1963), “The Satan Bug” (1965), “Chamber of Horrors” (1966), “A Guide for the Married Man” (1967), “Madigan” (1968), “Hang `Em High” (1968) with Clint Eastwood, “Live a Little, Love a Little” (1968), “The Big Bounce” (1969), “Support Your Local Sheriff” (1969), “Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?” (1970), “Evel Knievel” (1971), “The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler” (1971), “Lapin 360” (1972), “One Little Indian” (1973), “Girls on the Road” (1973), “Executive Action” (1973), “Westworld” (1973), Disney’s “Escape to Witch Mountain” (1975), “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977) with Burt Reynolds, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), and “Cage” (1989). Sorensen was seen frequently on television, appearing in the tele-films “Scalplock” (1966), “Shadow on the Land” (1968), “The Heist” (1972), “The Alpha Caper’ (1973), “Money to Burn” (1973), “The Elevator” (1974), “A Cry in the Wilderness” (1974), “Columbo: A Friend in Deed” (1974), “The Missing Are Deadly” (1975), “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway” (1976), “Sherlock Holmes in New York” (1976), “Flamingo Road” (1980), and “The Return of Frank Cannon” (1980). His other television credits include episodes of such series as “Stories of the Century”, “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin”, “Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock”, “Crossroads”, “Fury”, “Cheyenne”, “Annie Oakley”, “The Silent Service”, “Tales of the Texas Rangers”, “Casey Jones”, “Wagon Train”, “26 Men”, “The Restless Gun”, “Jefferson Drum”, “Frontier Doctor”, “Highway Patrol”, “Cimarron City”, “Have Gun - Will Travel”, “Johnny Ringo”, “Tombstone Territory”, “Law of the Plainsman”, “Black Saddle”, “Zane Grey Theater”, “The Deputy”, “The Westerner”, “Ripcord”, “The Case of the Dangerous Robin”, “COronado 9”, “Bat Masterson”, “Target: The Corruptors”, “Tales of Wells Fargo”, “The New Breed”, “The Lloyd Bridges Show”, “The Dick Powell Show”, “The Rifleman”, “The Virginian”, “The Untouchables”, “Ben Casey”, “The Outer Limits”, “The Rogues”, “Rawhide”, “Slattery’s People”, “My Favorite Martian”, “Burke’s Law”, “Honey West”, “Perry Mason”, “F Troop”, “Twelve O’Clock High”, “The Monkees”, “The Iron Horse”, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, “The Fugitive”, “The Invaders”, “Cimarron Strip”, “The Wild Wild West”, “It Takes a Thief”, “The Guns of Will Sonnett”, “Family Affair”, “That Girl”, “Land of the Giants”, “The Big Valley”, “The Mod Squad”, “Bewitched”, “Here Come the Brides”, “Death Valley Days”, “The High Chaparral”, “Lancer”, “The Name of the Game”, “The Brady Bunch”, “Alias Smith and Jones”, “My Three Sons”, “Here’s Lucy”, “Mission: Impossible”, “The Streets of San Francisco”, “The F.B.I.”, “Banyon”, “McMillan & Wife”, “Cannon”, “Emergency!”, “The Rookies”, “Apple’s Way”, “The Waltons”, “Ironside”, “The New Land”, “Mannix”, “Gunsmoke”, “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”, “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, “Mobile One”, “S.W.A.T.”, “The Blue Knight”, “Mary Tyler Moore”, “Barnaby Jones”, “The Rockford Files”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “CHiPs”, “Kaz”, “Quincy”, “Trapper John, M.D.”, “Salvage 1”, “Young Maverick”, “Dynasty”, “Flamingo Road”, “Lou Grant”, “Vega$”, “Simon & Simon”, and “Blue Thunder”. Sorensen was featured in the recurring role of Andy Bradley in the prime-time soap opera “Dallas” from 1979 to 1986.

RANDOLPH TALLMAN, 67 - November 20, 2007

Actor Randolph Tallman died in Dallas, Texas, on November 20, 2007. Tallman was born on December 2, 1939. He sang with the New Christy Minstrels in the 1960s, and performed frequently on stage in the Dallas, Texas, are for over three decades. He was featured as Dr. Sayer in the 1991 film “Necessary Roughness”, and appeared in the tele-films “Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Jeter Story” (1987), “Lone Star Kid” (1988), and “Pancho Barnes” (1988). Tallman was also seen on television in episodes of “Dallas” and “Walker, Texas Ranger”.

TAB THACKER, 45 - December 28, 2007

Tab Thacker, an amateur wrestler turned actor, died of complications from diabetes in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 28, 2007. Thacker was born in North Carolina on March 10, 1962. The 6’5”, 450 pound Thacker was the NCAA champion in 1984, but was barred from competing in the Olympics when a rule change disqualified him as being too heavy. The imposing grappler appearing in a handful of films in the 1980s including “City Heat” (1984), “Wildcats” (1986), and “Identity Crisis” (1989). He was also featured as Tommy `House’ Conklin in “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol” (1987) and “Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach” (1988).

SCHUSTER VANCE, 47 - December 12, 2007

Actor Schuster Vance died of cancer in a Baltimore, Maryland, hospital on December 12, 2007. Vance was a systems engineer with a bank in Baltimore when he began appearing in small roles in films and television series in the early 2000s. He was featured in episodes of such series as “The Wire”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Commander in Chief”, “The West Wing”, and “The Sopranos”. Vance was also seen in the tele-films “Something the Lord Made” (2004) and “Twenty Questions” (2006). He was also a member of Becker’s Precision Driving Professionals, and did stunt work for several films. His film credits include “A Dirty Shame” (2004), “xXx: State of the Union” (2005), “Wedding Crashers” (2005), “The Good Shepherd” (2006), “Annapolis” (2006), “16 Blocks” (2006), “Nail Polish” (2006), “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007), “The Contractor” (2007), “The Walker” (2007), “Then She Found Me” (2007), and “Prayer Life” (2008).

JONATHAN WALSH - December 24, 2007

Character actor Jonathan Walsh died of cancer in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, on December 24, 2007. After working as a salesman for forty years, Walsh turned to acting in his retirement. He played a Senator in the 1990 film “The God Man’s Sin” and was Father McCasslin in the 2001 drama “In The Bedroom”.

LORETTA WEAVER, 96 - December 10, 2007

Actress Loretta Weaver, daughter of June (Elviry) Weaver, died on December 10, 2007. Weaver was best know for her role as Violey Weaver in the series of rural musical comedies featuring “The Weaver Brothers and Elviry” that included “Jeepers Creepers” (1939), “The Old Missouri” (1940), “Grand Ole Opry” (1940), “Friendly Neighbors” (1940), “Arkansas Judge” (1941), and “Mountain Moonlight” (1941). She also starred as Ruth Miller in the 1940 Three Mesquiteers feature “Heroes of the Saddle”. She retired from the screen in the early 1940s.

FLOYD RED CROW WESTERMAN, 71 - December 14, 2007

Native American actor and singer Floyd Red Crow Westerman died after a long illness in a Los Angeles hospital on December 14, 2007. The Sisseton-Wapheton Dakota performer was born in South Dakota in 1935. He left the Lake Traverce reservation as a young man and toured the nation playing country music in small venues. Westerman recorded his first album, “Custer Died For Your Sins”, in 1969. He became an activist with the American Indian Movement and his music served as the theme for the emerging Red Power Movement. His second album, “This Land Is Your Mother”, was released in 1982. Westerman also performed with such musicians as Willie Nelson, Harry Belafonte and Sting. He also became a prominent character actor in the late 1980s, with numerous film and television credits. He was featured in the recurring role of Uncle Ray Firewalker on “Walker, Texas Ranger” from 1993 to 1994 and was Albert Hosteen in five episodes of the “X-Files” from 1995 to 1999. He also appeared as George Littlefox in several episodes of “Dharma & Greg” from 1997 to 2001. Westerman’s other television credits include “MacGyver”, “Hardball”, “L.A. Law”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Northern Exposure”, “Roseanne”, “The Pretender”, “Baywatch Nights”, “Poltergeist: The Legacy”, “Millennium”, and “Judging Amy”. He also appeared in the tele-films as “Son of the Morning Star” (1991), “The Dakota Conflict” (1993), “Rio Shannon” (1993), “The Broken Chain” (1993), “Siringo” (1994), “Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee” (1994), “Buffalo Girls” (1995) as No Ears, and “DreamKeeper” (2003). Westerman was also seen in a handful of feature films during his career including “Powwow Highway” (1989), “Renegades” (1989), Kevin Costner’s “Dances with Wolves” (1990) as Ten Bears, “The Doors” (1991), “Clearcut” (1991), “Jonathan of the Bears” (1993), “Dusting Cliff 7” (1996), “Naturally Native” (1998), “Grey Owl” (1999), “Truth and Dare” (2003), “Hidalgo” (2004), and “The Tillamook Treasure” (2007).

JACK ZANDER, 99 - December 17, 2007

Animator Jack Zander died on December 17, 2007. Zander was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May of 1908. He began working in animation at Roemer Grey Studios in the late 1930s, where he learned his craft from Tom and Bob McKimson. He later worked on cartoons at Warner and Van Buren Studios. Some of his credits include “Puss Gets the Boot” (1940), “The Night Before Christmas” (1941), “Fine Feathered Friend” (1942) and “Sufferin’ Cats” (1943). He made Army training films during World War II, and worked on early “Tom and Jerry” cartoons at MGM after the war. Zander worked in television commercials from the 1950s and formed Zander’s Animation Parlour in 1970. His 1981 animated television special “Gnomes” was nominated for an Emmy Award.

LESTER ZIFFREN, 101 - November 12, 2007

Journalist and writer Lester Ziffren died of congestive heart failure at his home in Manhattan, New York, on November 12, 2007. Ziffren was born in Rock Island, Illinois, on April 30, 1906. He began working with the United Press news service in the late 1920s. He was stationed in Madrid, Spain, in 1933 and three years later he became the first reporter to break the news of the start of the Spanish Civil War. He remained in Spain for another year until he was forced to flee the country. Leaving journalism as well, he headed to Hollywood where he worked at 20th Century Fox for producer Sol Wurtzel. Ziffren wrote a handful of films over the next several years, including “City Girl” (1938), “Sharpshooters” (1938), “Boy Friend” (1939), “The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk” (1940), “Charlie Chan in Panama” (1940), “Charlie Chan’s Murder Cruise” (1940), “Charter Pilot” (1940), “Murder Over New York” (1940), and “Charlie Chan in Reno” (1941). He served as a propaganda specialist in South America during World War II. After the war, Ziffren served as first secretary for the U.S. Embassy in Colombia in the early 1950s. In the 1960s, he worked in public relations until his retirement.