Damone, a singer known for his baritone crooning and for his work on classic films like 's "An Affair to Remember," died on February Fox studio executive and TV producer Bruce Margolis, best known for work on "Star" and overseeing "24," "Prison Break" and "Bones," died after a battle with cancer on February The Rev. Billy Graham, a Christian preacher and spiritual adviser to presidents going back to Harry Truman and an icon of American religious life and TV, died on Feb.
Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor, also known as just Sridevi, died on Feb. She had appeared in over films in Bollywood. Melniker, an executive at MGM who had been with the company since , as well as most recently a producer on "Justice League," died on Feb.
Harry Ufland right , an agent-turned producer and who was a long-time collaborator with Martin Scorsese on films including "The Last Temptation of Christ," died in March after suffering from brain cancer. Crimmins, a legendary comedian on the Boston comedy circuit and political advocate for victims of childhood sexual abuse, died on March 1. Weeks before his death Crimmins disclosed a cancer diagnosis.
Actor Frank Doubleday, best known for his work in John Carpenter's "Escape from New York" as well as Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct," died on March 3 due to complications from esophageal cancer, his wife confirmed on Facebook in May.
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Edwards, a surf rock guitarist who played in the band The Ventures and who played bass on the "Hawaii Five-O" theme song, died on March She had been battling cancer. Shreve was Valiant was a manager and color commentator who also appeared in "The Sopranos" and "The Wrestler. Shore, the founder and owner of The Comedy Store who gave starts to many big names in comedy, as well as the mother to actor Pauly Shore, died of an undetermined neurological disorder on April Bell, a syndicated radio host who specialized in stories of the paranormal, died on April 13 in his home in Pahrump, Nevada.
Ermey, a U. Don't Tell Me" as part of a nearly year long career, died on April He died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. The wife of George H. Bush and first lady of the United States from , died at her home in Houston, Texas, on April In the later years of her life she struggled with COPD and congestive heart failure. In , he announced he would retire from live performances due to health issues.
Harvey, who co-founded the annual arts and music festival Burning Man in , died on April 28 after suffering a "massive stroke" on April 4. Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. He had been missing since two days earlier and had been battling depression.
His body was found in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France. Guitarist Danny Kirwan, who joined the band Fleetwood Mac at the age of 18 and performed on five of the band's albums starting in , died on June 8. Boyd, an opera singer who won the third season of "America's Got Talent," died on June 10 after struggling with heart failure, kidney failure and liver disease. A veteran talent manager who represented artists such as Cher, Dolly Parton and Joan Rivers died on June 18 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Greenberg, an Oscar-nominated title designer who created the opening credits for sci-fi and fantasy classics as "Superman," "Alien" and "The Matrix," died on June He had revealed in a letter weeks before his death the return of cancer that he believed had been treated successfully. Krauthammer was Vinnie Paul, the co-founder and drummer of the '80s metal band Pantera, died on June The famed music manager who made stars of his children Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, as well as The Jackson 5, died on June 27 from cancer.
Ellison, a famed science fiction writer who also contributed stories to "The Twilight Zone" and "Star Trek," died on June Steve Ditko, a comic book artist who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange along with Marvel's Stan Lee, was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and is believed to have died two days earlier. Swift, a music producer and musician who has worked and performed with indie rock acts such as the Shins and the Black Keys, died on July 3.
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Swift was hospitalized in June due to a "life-threatening condition. Claude Lanzmann, director of the epic Holocaust documentary "Shoah" and a French journalist, died on July 5. Stan Dragoti, an advertising designer and film director known for his movies "Mr. Actress Charlotte Rae, who played Mrs.
Garrett first on "Diff'rent Strokes" and then more prominently on its spinoff "The Facts of Life," died on August 5 following a battle with cancer. She died 41 years to the day of the passing of Elvis Presley. Craig Zadan, a prolific producer of film, TV and Broadway who was behind the filmed adaptation of "Chicago," several Oscar telecasts and NBC's string of live musicals along with producing partner Neil Meron, died on August Zadan died of complications related to shoulder replacement surgery.
John McCain — former Republican presidential candidate, two-time Gold Star recipient and a political icon known as a "maverick" — died of cancer on August Marie Severin, a longtime artist with Marvel comics who co-created the Spider-Woman character, died on Aug. Christopher Lawford, who was one of John F.
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S - The places I've lived, people I see. Media-wise, I love cinematic crime like Chinatown and Pulp Fiction. I'm also a big fan of novelist Erskine Caldwell. His characters are most often dirt poor and slaves to runaway libidos.
J - So it's more about people with complicated lives? S - Sometimes it's making poor choices and other times the characters are social misfits. I can't pass an idling car without thinking it would be fun to take a joyride but it isn't such an inviting lark that I'd do it. Some people don't have that brake and these are the characters that interest me, people who wander out on a limb. J - While writing I've often found characters taking unexpected turns S - Yes, I think of a scene I wrote recently where a character started saying the exact opposite of what I needed him to say and then another character played off of this switch and righted the ship in a manner that was completely unexpected.
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Those are the fun moments. J - So you aren't interested in crime fiction in the 'Columbo' sense - a murder to be solved? S - My next project is a traditional mystery but the principal character is a free spirit and feels like she's cut from the noir fabric so I'm excited about what's developing there. Haunted by visions of mayhem and murder, Annie Jones turns her waking nightmares into bestsellers, only to find true fear waits beyond the printed word Brian doesn't sell used cars. He sells quality pre-owned vehicles. Like many salesmen, he doesn't own a car but borrows various autos from the lot Hotel owner C.
Before he can embrace his future, he'll have to sort his past. Or die trying