Mexican American television, film and stage actor, voice artist and singer Emilio Delgado has left us at the age of 81, on March 10th. (multiple myeloma)
Perhaps best known for his 48 years in the role of "Luis" on Sesame Street from 1971 - 2016 and 2019 and has the unofficial distinction of having played the same role on U.S. television longer than any other Mexican American actor. His character, Luis, ran "The Fix-It Shop," a repair service on Sesame Street. The character has been described as the "antithesis" of the Mexican and Latino stereotypes that proliferated television at the time, as he was "an honest, upstanding, hard-working, affable person. He expected the role to last one or two season. He also played Rubin Castillo in 19 episodes on TV-series Lou Grant 1979 - 1982.
American journalist, documentary filmmaker, and photojournalist Brent Renaud has left us at the age of 50, on March 13th. (killed by Russian army gunfire in Ukraine)
He was a Peabody and DuPont Award winning filmmaker and spent the past two decades producing films and television programs with his brother Craig. The Renaud Brothers are best known for telling humanistic stories from the World's hot spots and their projects have covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, political turmoil in Egypt and Libya, the fight for Mosul, extremism in Africa, cartel violence in Mexico, and the youth refugee crisis in Central America. Shot dead by Russian invader troops in Irpin, Ukraine on March 13, 2022. His wounded colleague was hospitalized. Russian soldiers opened fire on their car at an Irpin checkpoint as they set out to film refugees crossing border.
As has been noted, American actor William Hurt has left us at the age of 72, on March 13th. (prostate cancer)
He studied at the Juilliard School and began acting on stage in the 1970's. He made his film debut in 1980 as a troubled scientist in Ken Russell's science-fiction feature Altered States, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. In 1981 he played a leading role, as a lawyer who succumbs to the temptations of a married woman played by Kathleen Turner, in the neo-noir Body Heat. He garnered three consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Kiss of the Spider Woman 1985, Children of a Lesser God 1986, and Broadcast News 1987, winning for the first of these. He remained an active stage actor throughout the 1980's, appearing in Off-Broadway productions including Henry V, Fifth of July, Richard II and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hurt received his first Tony Award nomination in 1985 for the Broadway production of Hurlyburly. After playing a variety of character roles in the following decade, he earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for his supporting performance in David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence 2005. His later career films roles include turns in A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001, The Village 2004, Syriana 2005, The Good Shepherd 2006, Mr. Brooks 2007, Into the Wild 2007, Robin Hood 2010, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, in which he portrayed Thaddeus Ross.
British actor Jeremy Child has left us at the age of 77, on March 7th.
Having for a short time been a "reluctant" City broker, after appearing in repertory theatre, he was cast in a significant role in the 1967 film Privilege. Following this appearance, he played over 90 different roles in films and television, including a small role in the film Quadrophenia 1979, as Piers Leigh in the miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson 1978, as one of the main villains in Bird of Prey 1982, as Tory politician Charles Gurney Seymour in the television adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's First Among Equals 1986. From 1977 to 1978, he appeared in the second series of Backs to the Land. He appeared in the 2004 film Wimbledon and television drama Judge John Deed 2003 - 2007, and appeared as David Walsh in EastEnders 2006. He played Lord Stanhope in Darkest Hour 2017.
American film director and animator John Korty has left us at the age of 85, on March 9th.
Perhaps best known for the television film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman 1974 (winning an Emmy Award) and the documentary Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? 1977 (winning a Best Documentary Oscar), as well as the theatrical animated feature Twice Upon a Time 1983. He was described by the film critic Leonard Maltin as "a principled filmmaker who has worked both outside and within the mainstream, attempting to find projects that support his humanistic beliefs". Other TV movies included Go Ask Alice 1973, an adaptation of Farewell to Manzanar 1976, A Christmas Without Snow 1980 and Oklahoma City: A Survivor's Story 1998.
English stage and television actor Peter Bowles has left us at the age of 85, on March 17th. (cancer)
He began his career with the Old Vic Company in 1956 playing small parts in Shakespeare's plays. After playing his first comedy role on TV (Hilary) in an episode of Rising Damp 1977, he was often seen as a comedy actor and parts in comedy series such as To the Manor Born 1979 - 1981, Only When I Laugh 1979 - 1982, The Bounder 1982 - 1983, and Executive Stress 1987 - 1988 followed. In the recent TV-series Victoria he portrayed Duke of Wellington between 2016 - 2019. He was also featured in many films in his long career, including Live Now, Pay Later 1962, The Informers 1963, Three Hats for Lisa 1965, Blowup 1966, The Charge of the Light Brigade 1968, Laughter in the Dark 1969, Eyewitness 1970, Taste of Excitement 1970, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg 1972, The Offence 1972, Endless Night 1972, The Legend of Hell House 1973, For the Love of Benji 1977, The Disappearance 1977, Try This One for Size 1989, The Steal 1995, Colour Me Kubrick 2005, The Bank Job 2008, and Alan in Hong Khaou's Lilting 2014.
Japanese actor Akira Takarada has left us at the age of 87, on March 14th.
Perhaps best known for his roles in the Godzilla film series. He joined Toho as part of their "New Face" program in April 1953. In his film debut, he had a small role in And Then the Liberty Bell Rang, a biography of the educator Fukuzawa Yukichi. His big break came when he was cast as navy diver Hideto Ogata in the original Godzilla 1954. He became a popular actor at Toho for his good looks and charismatic, sophisticated character. He continued his association with the Godzilla series in Mothra vs. Godzilla 1964, Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965 and Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster 1966) He returned to the series in 1992 with Godzilla vs. Mothra and appeared again in Godzilla: Final Wars 2004. Other Toho science-fiction/special-effects films in which he appeared include Half Human 1955, The Last War 1961, King Kong Escapes 1967 and Latitude Zero 1969.
Canadian actor Lawrence Dane has left us at the age of 84, on March 21st. (pancreatic cancer)
He was a Genie Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor at the 1st Genie Awards in 1980 for the film Running, and an Earle Grey Award nominee at the 1981 ACTRA Awards for the television film A Question of the Sixth, but perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Preston in Bride of Chucky 1998.
He acted in over 140 movie and television productions between 1959 and 2017.
American actor and television producer Jimmy Lydon has left us at the age of 98, on March 9th.
One of his first starring roles was the title character in the 1940 movie Tom Brown's School Days, also starring Cedric Hardwicke and Freddie Bartholomew. Between 1941 and 1944, under contract to Paramount Pictures, he starred as the screechy-voiced, adolescent Henry Aldrich in the movie series of that title. He appeared in the acclaimed 1947 film Life with Father 1947 in the role of college-bound Clarence. After working increasingly in television in the 1950's, he turned to production and helped to create the detective series 77 Sunset Strip, as well as the sitcom M*A*S*H.
He acted in nearly 150 movies and television productions between 1939 and 1987. Last acting in a movie was in Vigilante Force 1976.
Swedish film producer Waldemar Bergendahl has left us at the age of 88, on March 21st.
He dreamed of becoming an actor, but realized soon that he was not suitable for the job. However, he wanted to continue working in the film industry and therefore decided to work as a producer. His first movie as producer was Bo Widerberg's Raven's End 1963. In 1984 he started working with author Astrid Lindgren and produced Ronia, the Robber's Daughter 1984. His film My Life as a Dog 1988, directed by Lasse Hallström, was nominated as the best non English film for the British Academy Film Award BAFTA. Other movies include Widerberg's Elvira Madigan 1967 and Joe Hill 1971, The Women on the Roof 1989, 1939 1989, The Slingshot 1993, Hamsun 1996, Arn – The Knight Templar 2007 and Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End 2008.
R.I.P. Waldemar Bergendahl
(No English-speaking Obituary could be found at the time of writing this)
German actress Eva Ingeborg Scholz has left us at the age of 94, on March 21st.
She made her debut in the title role of the 1948 film 1-2-3 Corona and appeared regularly in films over the following decade, including a performance as a young lodger in Peter Lorre's only directorial effort The Lost One 1951 and a supporting role in The Devil's General 1955 with Curd Jürgens. Among her later films are the Disney production Emil and the Detectives 1964, in which she played the mother of the title character, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The American Soldier 1970. From the early 1960's she appeared increasingly in television, where she remained active until the age of 90 years in 2018. She appeared in popular television productions like Tatort, Derrick, The Old Fox (Der Alte) and Stuttgart Homicide.
Japanese director Shinji Aoyama (青山 真治) has left us at the age of 57, on March 21st. (esophageal cancer)
He won two awards at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for his film Eureka. Together with the 2007 film Sad Vacation, Eureka and Helpless comprise his "Kitakyushu Saga". In 2011, he returned with the romance film Tokyo Park, which won the special Golden Leopard award at the 64th Locarno International Film Festival to honor his whole career.
Taylor Hawkins (1972-2022), drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters and Alanis Morissette and occasional actor, passed away on March 25th at age 50. He played Iggy Pop in CBGB (2013) and himself in Studio 666 (2021), a comedy/horror movie starring the Foo Fighters. He will be missed.
English actress Denise Coffey has left us at the age of 85, on March 24th.
Television audiences first became acquainted with her as the sole female in the late 1960's comedy show Do Not Adjust Your Set, which also featured David Jason and three future Monty Python members. She has had a few supporting film roles: Sidonia in Waltz of the Toreadors 1962, Peg in Georgy Girl 1966, Soberness in Far from the Madding Crowd 1967, and Mrs E. in Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry at Rawlinson End 1980. Apart from Do Not Adjust Your Set, her television appearances included the Stanley Baxter series 1968 and 1971, Girls About Town 1970–71, Hold the Front Page 1974 (which she also created), End of Part One 1979 and The Adventure Game 1980. She played the role of Librarian "Jenny" in the BBC Schools 10 episode Look and Read series Dark Towers 1981.
Australian actor Alan Hopgood has left us at the age of 87, on March 19th.
He was perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for the film Alvin Purple 1973 and his TV soap opera roles including Dr Reid in Bellbird 1972 - 1977, Wally Wallace in Prisoner 1981 - 1984 and Jack Lassiter in Neighbours 1986 - 2013. His cinema credits include My Brilliant Career 1979, The Blue Lagoon 1980, Roadgames 1981, Evil Angels 1988 (released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand), The Man from Snowy River II 1988 and Knowing 2009.
Scottish actor Ralph Riach has left us at the age of 86, on March 20th.
He is perhaps best known for his role as "John McIver" (better known as "TV John") in BBC One Scotland's comedy/drama Hamish Macbeth 1995 - 1997. His career began at the age of 50, when he appeared in Lost Empires 1986. He appeared in television shows including Chancer 1990 - 1991, Mosley 1998, Taggart 1986 - 2003, Monarch of the Glen 2000 - 2001 and Doctor Finlay 1993 - 1994. Film appearances included The House of Mirth (2000), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc 1999, Braveheart 1995, Copying Beethoven 2006 and Cloud Atlas 2012.
American television and film director and producer Marvin J. Chomsky has left us at the age of 92, on March 28th.
He was four times Emmy Awarded: Holocaust 1978, Attica 1980, Inside the Third Reich 1982 and Peter the Great 1986. He was a prolific television director, and his career spanned from 1964 – 1995. During the late 1960's, he directed eleven episodes of the television series The Wild Wild West. He also directed episodes of Star Trek and Gunsmoke. Besides directing individual episodes for television series, he directed made-for-TV movies such as Brinks: The Great Robbery 1976, Victory at Entebbe 1976, Attica 1980 and Billionaire Boys Club 1987. During the 1970's, he served as one of the directors for the miniseries Roots 1977, and he also worked on other miniseries such as Holocaust 1978, Inside the Third Reich 1982 and Peter the Great 1986. He also directed Vanessa Redgrave in the 1982 TV movie, My Body, My Child, the miniseries Brotherhood of the Rose 1989 with Robert Mitchum, Peter Strauss and David Morse, and the TV movie Catherine the Great 1995, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. His feature film directing credits include Evel Knievel 1971, Live A Little, Steal A Lot 1975, Mackintosh and T.J. 1976, Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff 1979 and Tank 1984.