Erik Bauersfeld, Voice of Admiral Ackbar in ‘Star Wars,’ Has Died at 93

by Britt Hayes April 4, 2016 @ 7:16 PM
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You may not immediately recognize the name Erik Bauersfeld, but you are undoubtedly familiar with his most famous line. The actor was the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi, helping to popularize the alien’s signature phrase, “It’s a trap!” Bauersfeld has passed away at the age of 93, and though he’ll be remembered most for his role in Star Wars, the actor also worked with great directors like Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg.

Patty Duke, Star of ‘The Patty Duke Show,’ Dies at 69

by Kevin Fitzpatrick March 29, 2016 @ 2:32 PM
Sad news for fans of lifelong actor, Emmy and Oscar-winner Patty Duke, as the stage and screen actor behind The Miracle Worker, The Patty Duke Show and so much more has passed away. The acclaimed star and mother to Sean Astin is remembered as one of the Academy’s youngest winners, as well a staunch advocate for the mentally ill with the National Institute of Mental Health and others.

Ken Adam, Production Designer Behind Bond and 'Dr. Strangelove,' Dies at 95

by Charles Bramesco March 11, 2016 @ 9:10 AM
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Sir Kenneth Adam, the celebrated production designer responsible for the iconic sets from the James Bond franchise, Dr. Strangelove, and a host of other fine films, has died. He passed away last night in his London home following a brief stay in the hospital. He was 95 year old.

Legendary Actor Abe Vigoda, Star of ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Barney Miller,’ Dead at 94

by Britt Hayes January 26, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
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Veteran actor Abe Vigoda has enjoyed a career more vast and varied than many of his fellow performers, with a resumé that spans 65 years and includes everything from masterpieces like The Godfather to classic television like Barney Miller. Vigoda has reportedly passed away today at the age of 94, leaving behind an unforgettable legacy of film and television work.

Vilmos Zsigmond, Iconic ‘Close Encounters’ Cinematographer, Dead at 85

by Britt Hayes January 3, 2016 @ 3:15 PM
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Even if you aren’t familiar with the name Vilmos Zsigmond, you are undoubtedly familiar with his iconic work as a cinematographer on some of the best films in the history of cinema. The cinematographer behind Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter and Deliverance has passed away at the age of 85, leaving behind an incredible legacy that will ensure he is never forgotten.

Jason Wingreen, Voice of Boba Fett in ‘Star Wars,’ Dead at 95

by Britt Hayes January 2, 2016 @ 12:55 PM
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You may not immediately recognize the name Jason Wingreen, but the prolific actor had almost 200 credits to his name, including the original voice of fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back. The actor, whose voice was replaced in Lucas’ notorious DVD re-release of the trilogy, has passed away at the age of 95, leaving behind a legacy of roles that extend far beyond that galaxy far, far away.