Melvin Dummar Dies: Inspiration For Jonathan Demme’s ‘Melvin And Howard’ Was 74

Deadline Hollywood, reported December 10, 2018: Melvin Dummar Dies: Inspiration For Jonathan Demme’s ‘Melvin And Howard’ Was 74.
Melvin Dummar, the man who inspired Jonathan Demme’s 1980 dramedy Melvin and Howard, died December 9 in hospice care in Nevada. He was 74.

Alixe Gordin Dies: ‘Scarface’, ‘Klute’ Casting Director Was 96

Deadline Hollywood, reported December 2, 2018: Alixe Gordin Dies: ‘Scarface’, ‘Klute’ Casting Director Was 96.
Award-winning casting director Alixe Gordin died at her home in Duxbury, Massachusetts on November 28. She was 96. Additional details about her death were not revealed.

Tim Rossovich Dies: Actor And Former USC/NFL Football Standout Was 72

Deadline Hollywood, reported December 8, 2018: Tim Rossovich Dies: Actor And Former USC/NFL Football Standout Was 72.
Former USC and National Football League star Tim Rossovich, who built a post-athletic acting career in various roles, has died after a long illness, according to USC News. He was 72 and passed Thursday in Sacramento.

Jael Strauss Dies: ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Contestant Who Shared Cancer Diagnosis Was 34

Deadline Hollywood, reported December 4, 2018: Jael Strauss Dies: ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Contestant Who Shared Cancer Diagnosis Was 34.
Jael Strauss, the America’s Next Top Model season 8 contestant who announced her cancer diagnosis in October and shared her short battle with the disease on Facebook, died this morning in Austin, Texas. She was 34.

Michele Carey Dies: ‘El Dorado’ And ‘Live A Little, Love A Little’ Actress Was 75

Deadline Hollywood, reported December 3, 2018: Michele Carey Dies: ‘El Dorado’ And ‘Live A Little, Love A Little’ Actress Was 75.
Model-turned-actress Michele Carey died November 21 from natural causes in her home in Newport Beach. The news was announced on her Facebook page. She was 75.

Philip Bosco Dies: ‘Working Girl’ And ‘The Savages’ Actor Was 88

Deadline Hollywood, reported December 4, 2018: Philip Bosco Dies: ‘Working Girl’ And ‘The Savages’ Actor Was 88.
Tony Award-winning actor Philip Bosco who also starred in Working Girl and The Savages died Monday night in his home in Haworth, New Jersey. He was 88.

Roger V. Burton Dies: ‘Baskets’ Actor And Musician Was 90

Deadline Hollywood, reported December 4, 2018: Roger V. Burton Dies: ‘Baskets’ Actor And Musician Was 90.
Actor and musician Roger V. Burton died November 30 at his home in Santa Monica, Deadline has learned. He was 90.

Geoff Murphy Dies: Kiwi Filmmaker Who Worked On ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Trilogy Was 80

Deadline Hollywood, reported December 3, 2018: Geoff Murphy Dies: Kiwi Filmmaker Who Worked On ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Trilogy Was 80.
Geoff Murphy, a leading figure in the New Zealand movie industry in the 1970s and ’80s who also helmed such Hollywood fare as Young Guns II and Freejack and was second-unit director on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has died. He was 80. Murphy’s death was confirmed by The New Zealand Herald.

Ken Berry Dies: The ‘Mama’s Family’, ‘F-Troop’ Actor Was 85

Deadline Hollywood, reported December 1, 2018: Ken Berry Dies: The ‘Mama’s Family’, ‘F-Troop’ Actor Was 85.
Ken Berry, who is best known for his roles in the classic TV shows Mama’s Family and F-Troop, died Saturday. He was 85.

Kuma Dies: Trained Animal Actor For Disney Channel, Nick Jr. Was 16

Deadline Hollywood, reported November 30, 2018: Kuma Dies: Trained Animal Actor For Disney Channel, Nick Jr. Was 16.
Kuma, a dog who played “Stan” on early episodes of Disney Channel’s Dog With A Blog, and later appeared in Nick Jr.’s Mutt & Stuff, has died. He was 16 years old (just shy of 17) and suffered from complications from a recent stroke.

George H.W. Bush Dies: 41st President Of The United States, Former VP & CIA Head Was 94

Deadline Hollywood, reported November 30, 2018: George H.W. Bush Dies: 41st President Of The United States, Former VP & CIA Head Was 94.
Former President George Herbert Walker Bush has died at the age of 94. Bush, also a former CIA director and Vice President, passed Friday at 10:10 P.M. Central time, according to his official spokesperson. He had been in ill health for some time and was confined to a wheelchair.
I wrote about Bush's death and legacy in R.I.P. George H.W. Bush, the last Republican President I voted for at my personal blog.

I'll repeat what I wrote for John McCain: "Yes, I know "politics is not a fandom," but 1) this is from Deadline Hollywood and 2) after four (now seven) months of posting an obituary nearly every day, I have figured out that no one is reading, so I think I can get away with this. If I'm wrong, leave a comment to know that someone actually is paying attention."

Marvel and Netflix Have Canceled Daredevil

io9/Gizmodo, reported November 29, 2018: Marvel and Netflix Have Canceled Daredevil.
The show that kicked off Marvel and Netflix’s ambitious series of interconnected superhero shows has come to an untimely end.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Daredevil—which recently launched its third season to acclaim—has joined Iron Fist and Luke Cage in being canceled by Netflix, as the streaming service begins to move on from its Marvel universe while Marvel Studios sets its sights on premium series for its parent company Disney’s upcoming service, Disney+.
I wish I could say I was surprised, but instead I'm just cynical.

Gloria Katz Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘American Graffiti’ Screenwriter Was 76

Deadline Hollywood, reported November 28, 2018: Gloria Katz Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘American Graffiti’ Screenwriter Was 76.
Producer and screenwriter Gloria Katz died Sunday in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 76.

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dead At 57

Deadline Hollywood, reported November 27, 2018: ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dead At 57.
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Nickelodeon’s signature cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants, died on Monday. He was 57.

Dennis Wrong, 94, One of the Last of the ‘New York Intellectuals,’ Dies

New York Times, reported November 20, 2018: Dennis Wrong, 94, One of the Last of the ‘New York Intellectuals,’ Dies.
Dennis Wrong, a Canadian sociologist who was among the last survivors of the formidable but fractious cadre of mid-20th-century sophists who argued together as the New York Intellectuals, died on Nov. 8 in Westford, Mass. He was 94.

Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director of 'Last Tango in Paris,' dies at age 77

CNN, reported November 26, 2018; Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director of 'Last Tango in Paris,' dies at age 77.
Bernardo Bertolucci, the award-winning movie director, has died aged 77 following a battle with cancer, Italian officials confirmed Monday.

Bertolucci was perhaps best-known for introducing explicit cinematic sex into the mainstream through his erotic drama "Last Tango in Paris," starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider.

Ricky Jay Dies: Renowned Magician And ‘Boogie Nights’ Actor Was 70

Deadline Hollywood, reported November 24, 2018: Ricky Jay Dies: Renowned Magician And ‘Boogie Nights’ Actor Was 70.
Known for his professional career as a magician and his roles in films like Boogie Nights and the HBO series Deadwood, Ricky Jay has died. He was 70.

Nicolas Roeg, Director of David Bowie's 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' Dies at 90

The Hollywood Reporter, reported November 24, 2018: Nicolas Roeg, Director of David Bowie's 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' Dies at 90.
The London native, who started out as a cinematographer, also guided Mick Jagger in 'Performance' and helmed 'Walkabout,' 'Don't Look Now' and 'Bad Timing.'

LFO singer Devin Lima dies at 41 after battle with cancer

Variety via NBC News, reported November 21, 2018: LFO singer Devin Lima dies at 41 after battle with cancer.
LFO singer Devin Lima died early Wednesday morning after a year-long battle with stage 4 cancer, Variety has confirmed. He was 41.

Blanche Burton-Lyles, Pianist and Flame Keeper, Dies at 85

New York Times, reported November 20, 2018: Blanche Burton-Lyles, Pianist and Flame Keeper, Dies at 85.
Blanche Burton-Lyles, an accomplished classical pianist who devoted much of her energy later in life to preserving the legacy of the woman whom she called her mentor, the opera singer Marian Anderson, died on Nov. 12 in Philadelphia. She was 85.

Jillian Patricia Pirtle, Ms. Burton-Lyles’s successor as overseer of the National Marian Anderson Museum in Philadelphia, said the cause was heart failure.

Ms. Burton-Lyles had an extensive performing career that began when she was a child. It included a Young People’s Concert in November 1947, when she was 14, at Carnegie Hall, at which she played with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Rudolph Ganz. The museum’s biography of her says she was the first black female pianist to perform with the orchestra at Carnegie.