Bari Greenberg Passes Away

Bari and Cat Greenberg

Bari and Cat Greenberg

Bari Greenberg died August 17 reports SF Site News. Greenberg co-founded the St. Louis filk band, The Unusual Suspects, along with his wife and songwriting partner, Cat Greenberg, Cat’s daughter Valerie Ritchie, and their friend Mark Ewbank.

He worked professionally as an engineer and also was co-owner of Mountain Cat Media LLC, a recording and design studio.

The Unusual Suspects produced a CD, Accidental Filk Band, in 2012. Bari and Cat released a duet CD, Romancing the Filk, in 2013.

Greenberg also had been looking forward to making his debut as a fiction author in Sword & Sorceress 29.

The SFWA blog ran an In Memoriam post that noted his wife Cat Greenberg is the SFWA Bulletin advertising director.

A video of Bari with The Unusual Suspects is linked below – he starts singing at :19.

Susan Kahn Passed Away in June

Susan Kahn in April 2014

Susan Kahn in April 2014.

Susan Kahn, who often ran registration at Lunacon with her husband, Richard Ferree, and the organized the Den at numerous Philcons, died June 9 after a year-long struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was 54.

Kahn practiced pediatrics for over 25 years. She also was president of the Sinai Free Synagogue, where her funeral service was held on June 11.

[Source: PSFS News.]

Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

Lauren Bacall, who died August 12 at the age of 89, rose to stardom in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Among her famous roles from that era was the female lead opposite Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep, an adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel co-written by noted sf author Leigh Brackett. Bogart and Bacall married the same year the film was made, 1945.

Later in her career Bacall appeared in several genre productions: a TV version of Blithe Spirit, and the film Misery, based on the Stephen King novel. She also voiced the Witch of the Waste in the English-dubbed version of Howl’s Moving Castle and of the Grand Witch in Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King.

[Thanks to Evelyn Leeper and SF Site News for the story.]

Arlene Martel (1936-2014)

Arlene Martel and Robert Culp in "Demon With a Glass Hand."

Arlene Martel and Robert Culp in “Demon With a Glass Hand.”

Arlene Martel, an actress with a vast number of genre TV credits, passed away August 12. The announcement was made on Marc (These Are The Voyages) Cushman’s Facebook page, noting the actress had recently suffered a heart attack.

She was most famous for playing Spock’s wife T’Pring in the Star Trek episode “Amok Time.”

Arlene Martel and Harlan Ellison in November 2011.

Arlene Martel and Harlan Ellison in November 2011.

Her next most memorable role on Sixties sf TV was playing Consuelo in Harlan Ellison’s Outer Limits episode “Demon With a Glass Hand.” She also appeared on I Dream of Jeannie, Wild, Wild WestBewitchedMy Favorite Martian, and Twilight Zone.

More recently Martel was in a Star Trek webisode, Of Gods and Men, playing a Vulcan priestess at a marriage ceremony between Uhura and a Vulcan.

In 2012 Martel authored Mixed Messages with Jeff Minniti, an autobiography of their romance.

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Robin Williams took his life August 11. He was 63. A stand-up comedian who initially gained fame in series TV as the alien Mork in Mork and Mindy, Williams went on to win a dramatic Oscar for his performance in Good Will Hunting and received another Oscar nomination for The Fisher King.

Williams’ genre roles included voicing the genie in Disney’s Aladdin and playing the title character in Popeye, a robot in Bicentennial Man, Theodore Roosevelt in two Night at the Museum movies, and a character trapped inside the game Jumanji.

Williams said in a Reddit community interview that his favorite reading was the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, and his favorite book growing up was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which he shared with his own children. “I would read the whole C.S. Lewis series out loud to my kids. I was once reading to Zelda, and she said ‘Don’t do any voices. Just read it as yourself.’ So I did, I just read it straight, and she said ‘That’s better.’”

Joe Viskocil Passes Away

Joe-SW-ModelwmBy Alan White: Movie pyrotechncian Joe Viskocil passed away August 11 at a hospital in Los Angeles.

He was one of the original Monster Kids who grew up around Famous Monsters and the Saturday Double Horror Matinee.

He even did his own fanzine Gobs of Horror in 1965.

He made quite a name for himself doing pyrotechnics in motion pictures, particularly Star Wars, Terminator, and so on. He’s the guy who really blew up the Death Star.

He later won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for Independence Day.

Actor Dies After Filming First Game of Thrones Scenes

Til now, HBO’s production of Game of Thrones has surprised with viewers with the fictional deaths of an array of characters, but today’s news is the rather more shocking death of one of the actors — newcomer JJ Murphy, who had just filmed his first scenes.

Murphy, 86, had been cast as the oldest member of the Night’s Watch, Ser Denys Mallister, a character due to appear throughout season five. Murphy died August 8 in Belfast.

Last year he appeared with fellow Game of Thrones actor, Charles Dance, in the upcoming Hollywood film, Dracula Untold.

[Thanks to Chip Hitchcock for the story.]

Makeup Wizard Dick Smith Dies

Dick SmithOscar-winning makeup artist Dick Smith died July 31 at the age of 92. Best known for realistically aging Marlon Brando in The Godfather and F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus (sharing an Academy Award for the latter) he also worked on genre features such as The Exorcist, Scanners, Altered States and The Hunger , and on several episodes of the Dark Shadows TV series.

Smith received an honorary Governor’s Academy Award for his contributions to the field in 2012, which was presented by his protégé Rick Baker. This year he received the Makeup Artists Lifetime Achievement Award.

Earlier in his career he scored a Primetime Emmy for his work on Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight! (1967).

Thomas Berger (1924-2014)

Thomas Berger, best known for his mordant frontier novel Little Big Man, died July 13 at the age of 89.

Over the course of Berger’s career he wrote in many genres and formats including horror, Killing Time (1967); science fiction, Adventures of the Artificial Woman (2004); utopian fiction, Regiment of Women (1973); the Camelot myth, Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel (1978); popular fantasy, Being Invisible (1987); and alternate history, Changing the Past (1989).

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]