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    Default Movies: A last goodbye to the movie greats who died in 2006

    Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

    Movies: A last goodbye to the movie greats who died in 2006
    Sean P. Means
    Article Last Updated: 12/30/2006 12:52:23 PM MST

    Robert Altman didn't let on during his acceptance speech for a
    lifetime-achievement Oscar that he had cancer, though the whispers
    of death were all over his final film, "A Prairie Home Companion."
    Altman was just one of the figures from the movies we lost in 2006.
    We said goodbye to the sultry and strong-willed Shelley Winters and
    the perky and perfect June Allyson. Glenn Ford was the stalwart good
    guy in dozens of movies, from Westerns to "The Courtship of Eddie's
    Father." Red Buttons was first a comedian, but won an Oscar for a
    serious role in "Sayonara." Jack Palance always played the heavy, and
    the one time he didn't got him an Oscar for "City Slickers."
    Maureen Stapleton provided gravitas to Warren Beatty's "Reds,"
    getting an Oscar for her troubles.
    Peter Boyle was a dramatic actor ("The Candidate," "Joe") who got
    laughs as the hulking but hapless monster in "Young Frankenstein."
    Dennis Weaver was known as a cowboy, but he freaked out
    Janet Leigh as a freaky motel manager in "Touch of Evil." Chris Penn
    died the night before one of his last movies, "The Darwin Awards,"
    premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
    Don Knotts always made us laugh, from "The Ghost and Mr.
    Chicken" to "The Incredible Mr. Limpet." Darren McGavin will live
    forever every December as the grumpy dad in "A Christmas Story."
    Jack Warden served on the jury in "Twelve Angry Men" and
    coached Beatty in "Heaven Can Wait." Bruno Kirby started in
    "The Godfather Part II," but made his mark as Billy Crystal's pal
    in "When Harry Met Sally" and "City Slickers."
    Jane Wyatt was beautiful in "Lost Horizon," then became TV's most
    famous mom on "Father Knows Best" (and played Spock's mom on
    "Star Trek"). Arthur Hill played scientists ("The Andromeda Strain"),
    doctors ("A Bridge Too Far") and villains ("Futureworld").
    Anthony Franciosa jumped between movies and TV, getting an
    Oscar nomination for "A Hatful of Rain." Japanese-born Mako
    shattered stereotypes, appearing in everything from "The Sand
    Pebbles" to "Memoirs of a Geisha."
    Philippe Noiret worked decades in French cinema, but became
    famous worldwide as the projectionist in "Cinema Paradiso" and
    the poet Pablo Neruda in "Il Postino." Italy's Alida Valli seduced
    Gregory Peck in "The Paradine Case" and Joseph Cotten in "The
    Third Man." Leon Niemczyk was the husband who battled a
    hitchhiker in Roman Polanski's debut film, "Knife in the Water."
    Some were known for particular film moments. Moira Shearer danced
    her heart out in "The Red Shoes." Phil Brown survived the blacklists
    to play Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen in "Star Wars." Richard Bright
    was Michael Corleone's bodyguard Al Neri in the three "Godfather"
    films. Jack Wild played the Artful Dodger in "Oliver!" Bodybuilder
    Mickey Hargitay did some movies, but was better known for marrying
    Jayne Mansfield. Andreas Katsulas played the one-armed man who
    bedeviled Harrison Ford in "The Fugitive." Paul Gleason tormented
    the kids of "The Breakfast Club" and was the villain in "Trading
    Places." Robert Earl Jones, besides being James Earl Jones' dad,
    was Robert Redford's martyred mentor in "The Sting." Phyllis Kirk
    was pursued by Vincent Price in "House of Wax." Tamara Dobson
    kicked butt as Cleopatra Jones in two "blaxploitation" classics.
    Director Vincent Sherman worked with Ronald Reagan ("The Hasty
    Heart"), Errol Flynn ("The Adventures of Don Juan"), Bette Davis
    ("Mr. Skeffington") and Ida Lupino ("The Hard Way").
    Richard Fleischer went for fantasy and science fiction, from
    "Fantastic Voyage" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" to
    "Soylent Green" and "Red Sonja." Photographer Gordon Parks
    became Hollywood's first major black director, making "Shaft"
    and "The Learning Tree." Val Guest directed such British sci-fi
    titles as "The Quatermass Xperiment."
    Shohei Imamura brought passion to Japanese films, winning the
    Palme d'Or at Cannes twice for "The Ballad of Narayama" and
    "The Eel." Sweden's Vilgot Sjöman courted controversy in the
    '60s when he brought his sexually explicit "I Am Curious (Yellow)"
    to America. Perry Henzell directed "The Harder They Come," which
    introduced many to Jamaican culture.
    Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo made "The Battle of Algiers,"
    still timely for its dissection of how not to battle terrorist
    Betty Comden co-wrote the scripts and songs for "On the Town"
    and "Singin' in the Rain." Joseph Stefano wrote the screenplay
    for "Psycho" and created the TV series "The Outer Limits."
    Cinematographer Sven Nykvist shot many of Ingmar Bergman's
    classics, as well as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "What's Eating
    Gilbert Grape." Production designer Henry Bumstead won
    Oscars for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Sting" and worked
    on Clint Eastwood's films from "Unforgiven" to the upcoming
    "Letters From Iwo Jima." Akira Ifukube composed the music
    for the original "Godzilla" and created the monster's trademark
    roar. Dana Reeve didn't live to see the final project she and
    husband Christopher produced, the animated "Everyone's Hero."
    Nam June Paik pioneered video installation art. Sid Davis went from
    being John Wayne's stand-in to producing educational films about
    the dangers of alcohol and taking rides from strangers.
    Arthur Widmer invented the earliest version of "blue-screen"
    technology, which took special effects into a whole new age.
    Warren Beatty: actor, director, writer, producer.

    ***** celeb

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    Gosh, I already forgot about a lot of these.......

    RIP all!

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    Wow. A lot of wonderful and talented people. And Ralphy's Dad too? Wow. A Christmas Story will be a little more special now.

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    Over the hills and far away


    Aww! I forgot Don Knotts died. I'll always remember him in "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken." I loved that movie.

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    you already know.


    thnx HWBL for posting this they will be missed!

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    very sadden when mako died.
    he was unique
    When you're strange
    Faces come out of the rain

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliceInWonderland View Post
    thnx HWBL for posting this they will be missed!
    You're welcome.
    Warren Beatty: actor, director, writer, producer.

    ***** celeb

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    Peter Boyle
    Shelley Winters
    Don Knotts
    Jack Palance
    Bruno Kirby
    Dana Reeve
    Well, these are the ones I miss most. Love me some Frank Barone!@!!
    Kill him.
    Kill her.
    Kill It.
    Kill everything... that IS the solution!
    twitchy molests my signature!

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