Hal Douglas, the voice-over artist who popularized the "In a world..." line and whose voice could be heard in movie trailers for 'Forrest Gump,' 'Meet the Parents' and 'Lethal Weapon' has died at the age of 89 from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Every year, Oscar's "In Memoriam" tribute to those who died is notable as much for who wasn't included as for who was. Oscar producers have always claimed to do their best to include everyone, but invariable every year, notable actors, directors and producers are left out and this year was no different. So, who was snubbed from the 2014 Oscar "In Memoriam" tribute?
Harold Ramis, the star of 'Ghostbusters,' writer of 'Animal House' and director of 'Caddyshack' and 'Groundhog Day,' has died at the age of 69 in Chicago. Ramis had been suffering from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis and had been in declining health since 2010.
Shirley Temple, an iconic child star and the former US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, died February 10 in her home in California surrounded by her family and caregivers. She was 85.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's greatest attribute was that he didn't fit a type.
So many actors - too many actors - play one part and even when they play it well, it showcases a natural limit on their talents. But, Philip Seymour Hoffman? He was a chameleon. Ask him to be chubby and cherubic, and you'd get it. Ask him to be large and menacing, and you'd get it. Ask him to be a slob. Ask him to be slick. Ask him to be a supervillain. Ask him to be an average Joe. You could never pin down what kind of actor he was because he refused to take the easy road. He never did one thing. He never stopped challenging himself.
His legacy is not only one of excellence, but one of constant, exciting and fearless experimentation.
And now he's gone.
Dave Madden, beloved star of the classic television series 'The Partridge Family,' has passed away at the age of 83. Madden played the role of the family's oft put-upon band manager Reuben Kincaid, who often was annoyed by the shenanigans of young Danny, played by former child star Danny Bonaduce. Madden was also the star of the '70s show 'Laugh-In.'
Russell Johnson, the veteran TV actor best known for playing Professor Roy Hinkley on 'Gilligan's Island,' passed away from kidney failure on Thursday. He was 89.
Legendary producer Saul Zaentz, who began his career as a music producer and transitioned into an Oscar-winning film producer, has passed away at the age of 92. Zaentz is perhaps best remembered for his feud with Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, and for his three Oscar wins for producing the Best Picture winners 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' 'Amadeus,' and 'The English Patient.'