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    Scott Wilson, Star of 'The Walking Dead' and 'In the Heat of the Night,' Dies at 76

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    Scott Wilson, the veteran character actor perhaps best known to modern audiences as veterinarian Herschel Green on "The Walking Dead," has died at age 76.

    The actor, whose death was confirmed on the official Twitter account of the AMC show, appeared in dozens of film and TV shows during his five-decade-plus career and earned a Golden Globe nomination for a supporting role in 1980's "The Ninth Configuration."

    The Georgia native moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s and made a big impression in his first feature film, as a murder suspect in 1967's Oscar-winning drama "In the Heat of the Night."

    Also in 1967, he starred opposite Robert Blake as a criminal in an adaptation of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood."

    He played working-class mechanic George Wilson in 1974's "The Great Gatsby" opposite Robert Redford — whose character he killed in a jealous rage.

    He was not always on the wrong side of the law, playing one of Charlize Theron's murder victims in 2003's "Monster."

    Other film credits include 1983's "The Right Stuff," 1995's "Dead Man Walking," 2001's "Pearl Harbor" and last year's Christian Bale Western "Hostiles."

    Wilson joined "The Walking Dead" in season 2 as a farmer and veterinarian who saved the life of the lead Rick's young son, then allowed their gang to stay on his property until the zombies invaded.

    Over two seasons, he emerged as a kind of conscience of the group and father figure to Andrew Lincoln's Rick — until Hershel faced his own gruesome death in season 4, decapitated in front of his daughters.

    Despite Hershel's premature demise, showrunner Angela Kang announced Saturday at New York Comic-Con that Wilson would reprise his role during the AMC hit's ninth season, which premieres on Sunday.

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    'Poltergeist' Actor James Karen Dies at 94

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    James Karen, who starred in films such as Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, and The China Syndrome, has passed away at 94.

    Karen's wife Alba confirmed that he had passed away in his home on Tuesday, though the cause of death wasn't confirmed.

    In his Hollywood career, Karen earned more than 200 credits, ranging movies and TV shows across various genres. While you might not have known the actor by name, he was an instantly recognizable character actor that contributed his often authoritative presence to a number of different projects.

    In Poltergeist, a family moves into a newly-constructed townhouse community, which was developed by Karen's Mr. Teague, only for a series of bizarre occurrences to begin unfolding. When the family's patriarch confronts Teague, he discovers that the developer had relocated a cemetery to make room for the houses, though he opted to save money by moving only the headstones and leaving the corpses underneath the homes.

    Karen might have had minimal on-screen time in the film, though his role and the confrontation his character has with Craig T. Nelson are some of the film's most memorable components.

    Karen returned to the horror world for 1985's Return of the Living Dead as the manager of a warehouse that held the remains of a zombie that was "killed" during the events of Night of the Living Dead. Unfortunately, the remains are burned, creating a toxic cloud that ultimately turns to rain that resurrects nearby corpses.

    While most of the film embraced the inherent goofiness of the premise, Karen's performance gave the film one of its more emotional sequences.

    “It was the deal where he figures out he’s becoming a zombie and decides to incinerate himself in the crematorium,” Karen detailed to DVD Talk in 2006. “He kisses his wedding ring as he goes in. It was a very emotional scene, but it also got me out of being one of the rain-drenched zombies milling around outside the place at the end of the film. I didn’t really want to do all that muddy stuff.”

    Karen also appeared in films such as Capricorn One, Mulholland Drive, The Pursuit of Happyness, 13 Days, and dozens more.

    On the small screen, Karen appeared in Little House on the Prairie, Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Golden Girls, among many others.

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    'Poltergeist' Actor James Karen Dies at 94

    https://comicbook.com/horror/2018/10...Tib0io592-0N10

    James Karen, who starred in films such as Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, and The China Syndrome, has passed away at 94.

    Karen's wife Alba confirmed that he had passed away in his home on Tuesday, though the cause of death wasn't confirmed.

    In his Hollywood career, Karen earned more than 200 credits, ranging movies and TV shows across various genres. While you might not have known the actor by name, he was an instantly recognizable character actor that contributed his often authoritative presence to a number of different projects.

    In Poltergeist, a family moves into a newly-constructed townhouse community, which was developed by Karen's Mr. Teague, only for a series of bizarre occurrences to begin unfolding. When the family's patriarch confronts Teague, he discovers that the developer had relocated a cemetery to make room for the houses, though he opted to save money by moving only the headstones and leaving the corpses underneath the homes.

    Karen might have had minimal on-screen time in the film, though his role and the confrontation his character has with Craig T. Nelson are some of the film's most memorable components.

    Karen returned to the horror world for 1985's Return of the Living Dead as the manager of a warehouse that held the remains of a zombie that was "killed" during the events of Night of the Living Dead. Unfortunately, the remains are burned, creating a toxic cloud that ultimately turns to rain that resurrects nearby corpses.

    While most of the film embraced the inherent goofiness of the premise, Karen's performance gave the film one of its more emotional sequences.

    “It was the deal where he figures out he’s becoming a zombie and decides to incinerate himself in the crematorium,” Karen detailed to DVD Talk in 2006. “He kisses his wedding ring as he goes in. It was a very emotional scene, but it also got me out of being one of the rain-drenched zombies milling around outside the place at the end of the film. I didn’t really want to do all that muddy stuff.”

    Karen also appeared in films such as Capricorn One, Mulholland Drive, The Pursuit of Happyness, 13 Days, and dozens more.

    On the small screen, Karen appeared in Little House on the Prairie, Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Golden Girls, among many others.
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    RIP Stan Lee


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    Remembering Stan Lee


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    The article doesn't mention his role in Elvira Mistress of the Dark.


    https://comicbook.com/startrek/2019/...mark-sheppard/

    British actor William Morgan Sheppard has passed away. He was 86.

    Sheppard is best known for playing four different roles across Star Trek television and movies. He played the Rura Penth commandant in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He played Cmdr. Data’s “grandfather” Ira Graves in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Schizoid Man.” He also played a Qatai in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Bliss.” His final Star Trek role was that of the Vulcan Science Council minister is the 2009 Star Trek reboot movie.

    He also appeared in the Doctor Who Season Six episode “The Impossible Astronaut.” He played an older version of the character Canton Everett Deleware III. His son, popular character actor Mark Sheppard (Crowley on Supernatural), played the younger version. Both Sheppards are among the few actors to appear in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchise.

    The Sheppards also played the older and younger versions of the same character in an episode of NCIS. They played Marcin Jerek, a Polish-born former interrogator for the CIA, in the season six episode “Broken Bird.”

    Mark Sheppard made a statement about his father’s death on Instagram.

    “We went to spend some time with my father today,” he wrote. “Though he couldn’t speak, we held hands, he laughed and was so happy to see us. We left and came home. A good day. He was rushed to hospital and passed at 6:30pm, my mother by his side. I am so grateful that he didn’t have to suffer any longer. Thank you for all your kind thoughts, love and prayers.”

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    Harrison Ford Releases Statement on Passing of Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew

    Star Wars fandom was shocked today with the announcement of the tragic passing of Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, who played the lovable Wookiee in five different films in the saga. Mayhew's warmth resonated on the screen as Chewbacca, despite being covered in in pounds of fur. And it was his relationship with Han Solo that many Star Wars fans latched on to.

    Han Solo actor Harrison Ford issued a statement to ComicBook.com in response to the passing of Mayhew, expressing his sorrow with kind words to his on-screen counterpart. Read his statement in full below:

    "Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience."

    Ford added, "Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to it’s continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children. Rest easy, my dear friend..."

    Mayhew's passing was announced so close to the annual Star Wars holiday May the 4th, and this year's event might prove to be bittersweet among some fans.

    Mayhew and Ford last appeared on screen together in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, reviving their roles more than three decades after Return of the Jedi. That film was a swan song for both actors, as Ford's character was written out of the saga while Mayhew passed the mantle on to new actor Joonas Suotamo.

    Mayhew is survived by his wife Angie and his three children.

    https://comicbook.com/starwars/2019/...hn7p88-WqzA5xo

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    Laugh-In and Voice Actor Arte Johnson Dies at 90

    Arte Johnson, a prolific actor whose work included Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and Love at First Bite, has passed away at the age of 90. Johnson's family announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that the actor died on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His cause of death was reportedly heart failure, after a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer.

    Johnson's most iconic Laugh-In appearances included his role as Wolfgang, the former German stormtrooper known for his catchphrase of "verry interesting". He also was known for playing Tyrone F. Horneigh on the series, an old man who harasses Gladys (Ruth Buzzi) on a park bench. The actor ultimately earned an Emmy for his work on the show.

    Johnson was born in 1929 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. His first step into the business came when he impulsively stepped into an audition line, and was ultimately cast as a 65-year-old Frenchman in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    From there, Johnson began a prolific film and television career that included It's Always Jan, Bewitched, and the Twilight Zone episode "The Whole Truth". He also appeared in the Lost in Space episode "Princess of Space", and "The Flip-Side of Satan" episode of Night Gallery.

    After Laugh-In, Johnson made appearances on Match Game, The Gong Show, and Wheel of Fortune. His career as a voice actor included Misterjaw on The Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Hal-Hour-and-a-Half Show, Devil Smurf on The Smurfs, Newt on Animaniacs, and Dr. Ludwig Von Strangebuck and Count Ray on Ducktales. He also lent his voice to more than 80 audiobook recordings.

    Before retiring from acting in 2006, Johnson's final role was voicing Virman Vundabar in the 2005 Justice League Unlimited episode "The Ties That Bind".

    Johnson is survived by his wife, Gisela, as well as his brother and Laugh-In co-star Coslough Johnson. Donations in his name can be made to Actors & Others for Animals.

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    Rip Torn

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    The pop culture world suffered a heartbreaking loss today, when it was revealed that character actor Rip Torn has passed away at the age of 88. The Oscar-nominated actor reportedly passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday afternoon in Lakeville, Connecticut, with his wife and daughters by his side.

    Torn's filmography became pretty wide-ranging, from an Emmy-winning role as Artie on The Larry Sanders Show to more genre-based fare like Beastmaster and Men in Black. With so many roles for fans to remember him by, it's safe to say that there has been a pretty passionate response to Torn's death, as fans honor the man he was both on and offscreen.

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    The British actor Freddie Jones, whose film and television credits number in the hundreds, has died after a short illness, aged 91.

    https://www.empireonline.com/movies/...uGheHLQQW32wEM

    Frederick Charles Jones was born in Stoke-On-Trent in 1927. Some of his first stage roles were as part of a boy scout troop, but he came to professional acting relatively late: his first career saw him spend a decade as a laboratory assistant with the British Ceramic Research Association in Penkhull. But amateur dramatics was always a hobby, and one that would eventually lead him to reinvent himself. He enrolled at the Rose Buford College of Theatre and Performance in his early 30s, and made his debut for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962, aged 35. He established himself almost immediately as a memorable character actor in the work of playwrights like Maxim Gorky, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.

    Television and film predictably followed. On the small screen his early credits included the usual suspects like Z-Cars, The Avengers, The Saint, and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), and he gained significant recognition playing Claudius in The Caesars. His first film role was in Peter Brook's Marat/Sade in 1967, immediately followed by Joseph Losey's Accident and John Schlesinger's Far From the Madding Crowd. But there were also horror films like Hammer's Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and The Satanic Rites of Dracula, and comedies like Doctor In Trouble.

    In 1980 he played his most famous stage role, the crumbling tragedian named only as Sir, in Ronald Harwood's The Dresser. And the same year he took one of his most memorable screen jobs as the sadistic freakshow proprietor Mr Bytes in The Elephant Man. It marked the first of a number of projects with director David Lynch: Jones would continue to appearances in Lynch's Dune____, Wild At Heart, and the less seen On The Air and The Hotel Room.

    Perhaps never a household name, he remained incredibly prolific throughout the rest of his career. His non-Lynch films included Firefox____, Krull____, Young Sherlock Holmes____, Erik the Viking____, Ladies In Lavender and The Libertine, and he said his personal favourite was Federico Fellini's And The Ship Sails On, in which he played the sozzled journalist Orlando. On television his work ranged from dramas and classic serials to children's shows and knockabout comedies: his demeanour was always that of a "serious" actor who delighted in silliness and twinkle-eyed mischief. In 2000, playing up his Hammer heritage, he appeared in The League Of Gentlemen's Christmas Special in a typically wonky take on the classic horror tale The Monkey's Paw.

    His last role was a long-running stint on the TV soap Emmerdale, clocking up 632 episodes beginning in 2005 as the roguish Sandy Thomas. He finally stepped away in early 2018, at the age of 89.

    He is survived by his wife of 54 years Jennifer Jones, and his sons Toby and Casper (both actors) and Rupert (a director).

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    Star Trek, Everwood Actress Stephanie Niznik Dies at Age 52

    https://comicbook.com/startrek/2019/...Qlc4n89_o6Ti_k

    Star Trek: Insurrection and Everwood actress Stephanie Niznik has tragically passed away at the age of 52 after an unexpected incident in Encino, California last month. The actress played key roles in shows like Murder She Wrote, Nash Bridges, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

    The report from Variety does not indicate a cause of death, nor does it explain why her passing wasn't reported until over two weeks after her time of death.

    After numerous recurring roles, Niznik secured a recurring role on the fan-favorite family drama Everwood, in which she portrayed Nina Feeney. She also had key roles in series such as CSI: Miami, Lost, and NCIS.

    Niznik portrayed Trill Starfleet Ensign Kell Perim in the movie Star Trek: Insurrection, and then returned to the franchise to portray Wraith in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Rogue Planet."

    The actress is survived by her mother and stepfather; brother and sister-law; niece and nephews; aunt and uncle; and her dogs.

    No details have been released yet about a public memorial service for the late Niznik.

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