Director Tony Scott touched many lives throughout his lifetime -- actors that worked with him, filmmakers that looked up to him and moviegoers that made personal connections to the characters in his films. So when news hit that Scott seemingly took his own life, the world had a difficult time comprehending the fact that the man who brought us such classic films as 'Top Gun,' 'True Romance' and 'Man on Fire' was no longer with us.
Sad news to report today, as former 'Welcome Back, Kotter' star and noted acting teacher Ron Palillo died this morning of a heart attack, at the age of 63. Palillo was reportedly found by his lifelong partner Joseph Gramm early this morning in their Beach Gardens home, before being taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. The news was reported by one of Palillo's close personal friends.
Italian special effects maestro Carlo Rimbaldi died today at the age of 86 after a long illness. He leaves behind an impressive body of work on some of the greatest effects films in cinema.
Mel Stuart, the acclaimed director of 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' passed away Thursday night in his Los Angeles home at the age of 83.
Marvin Hamlisch, an Academy Award, Tony and Grammy award-winning film and stage composer, died Monday in Los Angeles after collapsing from an undisclosed illness, announced his family.
Gore Vidal, the writer of such novels as 'Myra Breckinridge,' plays such as 'The Best Man,' and screenwriter on such films as 'Suddenly Last Summer' and 'Caligula,' has died from complications from pneumonia. He was 86.
Beloved actor Sherman Hemsley, best known as George Jefferson on the television series 'The Jeffersons,' has passed away at the age of 74.