Historian of Horror: In Memoriam July – September, 2021

In Memoriam, July through September 2021

This stretch of 2021 does not seem to have been as fatal for horror creators as 2020 or the earlier quarters of this year. That’s a good thing. 

July

Philece Sampler (July 16, 1953 – July 1, 2021) American film, television, and voice actress. She voiced roles in the 2020 horror video game Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, as well as others, and in numerous animated and anime productions beginning in 1977.https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0192291/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Desmond Davis (24 May 1926 – 3 July 2021) British camera operator, The Crawling Eye (1958), The Giant Behemoth (1959), Scream of Fear (1961), and director, Clash of the Titans (1981).

Raffaella Carrà (18 June 1943 – 5 July 2021) Italian singer (A far l’amore comincia tu), and actress in several genre-peripheral peplum (sword and sandal) pictures in the 1960s, including Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops and Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (both 1961).

Roger Cudney (June 22, 1936 – July 5, 2021) American actor, Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975), The Bees (1978), Amityville II: The Possession (1982), and Ghost Fever (1986).

Richard Donner (April 24, 1930 – July 5, 2021) American film and television director on six episodes of The Twilight Zone in 1963 and 1964; one episode of The Sixth Sense, the spin-off from Night Gallery (“The House that Cried Murder”, Season 1, Episode 4, aired February 5, 1972); one episode of Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (“The Concrete Captain”, Season 1, Episode 2, aired September 22, 1972); the feature films The Omen(1976) and Scrooged (1988); and three episodes of Tales from the Crypt (1989-1992). And the first two Superman movies with Christopher Reeve, but since they aren’t horror, I won’t mention them.

Vladimir Menshov (17 September 1939 – 5 July 2021) Russian director and actor, appeared in Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006).

William Smith (March 24, 1933 – July 5, 2021) Ridiculously prolific American tough-guy actor who appeared in a huge array of delightfully cheesy horror pictures and a handful of borderline classics, including The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942); Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961); Crowhaven Farm (1970); Grave of the Vampire (as the first dhampyr in film history, 1972); The Thing with Two Heads (1972); Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973); Conan the Barbarian (as Ahnuld’s daddy, 1982); Moon in Scorpio (1987); Maniac Cop (1988); Evil Altar (1988); Memorial Valley Massacre (1989); Feast (1992); The Evil Ones (1994); Manosaurus (1994); Interview with a Zombie (1997); Debbie Does Damnation (1999); The Vampire Hunters Club (2001); The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula (2001); Zombiegeddon (2003); Voices from the Graves (2006); Rapturious (2007); the first section of The Boneyard Collection (“Her Morbid Desires”, 2008); and Island of Witches (2014); and in one episode each of Kraft Suspense Theatre (“My Enemy, This Town”, Season 1, Episode 15, aired February 6, 1964); The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (“The McGregor Affair”, Season 3, Episode 7, aired November 23, 1964), Kolchak: The Night Stalker (“The Energy Eater”, Season 1, Episode 10, aired December 13, 1974); and the 1985 revival of The Twilight Zone (“Shadow Play”, Season 1, Episode 23, aired April 4, 1986). He also played the Frankenstein Monster on Fantasy Island (“The Lady and the Monster”, Season 5, Episode 4, aired October 31, 1981).

Robert Downey, Sr. (June 24, 1936 – July 7, 2021) American actor, director, writer, producer, and Iron Man’s daddy. Acted in one episode of the 1985 revival of The Twilight Zone (“Wordplay”, Season 1, Episode 2, aired October 4, 1985) and directed three others.

Chick Vennera (March 27, 1947 – July 7, 2021) American actor, The Terror Within II (1991).

Brian Osborne (26 March 1940 – 8 July 2021) English actor in the feature film Haunters of the Deep (1984) and one episode of Tales of the Unexpected (“Never Speak Ill of the Dead”, Season 4, Episode 8, aired May 24, 1981).

Kumar Ramsey (1936 – July 8, 2021) Indian scriptwriter on Darwaza (1978), Aur Kaun? (1979), Saboot (1980), Guest House (1980), Dahshat (1981), Hotel (1981), Ghungroo Ki Awaaz (1981), Purana Mandir (1984), 3D Saamri (1985), Om (1986), Dak Bangla (1987), and Saaya (1989).

Ladislav Potměšil (2 September 1945 – 12 July 2021) Czech actor, Velká neznámá (The Great Unknown, 1970).

Don Jurwich (January 1, 1934 – July 14, 2021) American animator on Wacky Races (1968-1969), in which one of the competitor vehicles was the Creepy Coupe, driven by the Gruesomes, as well as producer on several incarnations of the Scooby-Doo Saturday morning franchise from 1977 to 1981.

William F. Nolan (March 6, 1928 – July 15, 2021) Prolific American science fiction, fantasy, crime, and horror author best known for Logan’s Run and its sequels. His horror writings include several collections of his own short stories and the 1991 novel, Helltracks. He also edited a few horror anthologies. http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?838  Nolan wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for the feature film Burnt Offerings (1976) and the television movies The Norliss Tapes (1973), The Turn of the Screw (1974), Trilogy of Terror (1975), and Trilogy of Terror II (1996).

Iván Noel (1968 – July 19, 2021) French-Argentine film director and producer, Vuelve (2103), Children of the Night (2014),  Ellos Volvieron (They Returned, 2015), La Tutora (The Tutor, 2016).

Françoise Arnoul (3 June 1931 – 20 July 2021) French actress, Testament of Orpheus (1960), The Devil and the Ten Commandments (1962), and one episode of Treize contes de Maupassant (Thirteen Tales of de Maupassant; “Les Tombales”, AKA “The Tombs”, aired March 7. 1964).

Mike Mitchell (1955 – July 23, 2021) Scottish actor, Zombie Massacre (2013), Dark Highlands (2018), Dragon Kingdom (2018), and the not-yet-released Blood Curse and Alien Zombie Cell.

Alfie Scopp (15 September 1919 – 24 July 2021) English-born Canadian actor in the feature film, The Mask (1961), and voice actor on the 1966 Saturday morning cartoon show, King Kong (see also the entry on Paul Soles in the previous quarter’s In Memoriam post).

Rick Aiello (September 21, 1955 – July 26, 2021) American actor in the feature film Silent Madness (1984) and one episode of Tales from the Crypt (“This’ll Kill Ya”, Season 4, Episode 2, aired June 27, 1992).

David Von Ancken (December 5, 1964 – July 26, 2021) American television director on three episodes of The Vampire Diaries from 2010 to 2013, five episodes of Salem in 2014, one episode of Ghost Wars (“Death’s Door”, Season 1, Episode 1, aired October 5, 2017), one episode of The Purge (“The Urge to Purge”, Season 1, Episode 3, aired September 18, 2018) and three episodes of The Order (2019-2020). He was also a producer on Salem, Ghost Wars and The Order.

Orlando Drummond (October 18, 1919 – July 27, 2021) Brazilian actor in Um Lobisomem na Amazônia (2005) and voice actor for the Portuguese-language versions of all the various series of Scooby-Doo from 1969 to 2010.

Saginaw Grant (July 20, 1936 – July 27, 2021) Native American character actor, Legend of the Phantom Rider (2002), Maneater (2009), the as-yet-unreleased Ghostkiller, and one episode of American Horror Story (“Birth”, Season 1, Episode 11, aired December 14, 2011)

Orestes Ojeda (January 3, 1956 − July 27, 2021) Filipino film and television actor, Kambal sa Uma (1979) and two episodes of the horror anthology series, Regal Shocker (1988).

Jean-François Stévenin (23 April 1944 – 27 July 2021) French actor in Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001).

Gérard Zingg (7 June 1942 – 27 July 2021) French screenwriter and director, Yéti, l’Homme Sauvage (2016).

Clive Scott (4 July 1937 – 28 July 2021) South African actor in a two-part adaptation of “The Masque of the Red Death” on Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Season 1, Episodes 11 and 12, aired November 17 and 24, 1995).

Jay Pickett (February 10, 1961 – July 30, 2021) American actor, Rumpelstiltskin (1995) and Inspired to Kill (2016).

Mark Tarlov (1952 – July 31, 2021) American film producer, Christine (1983) and Cecil B. Demented (2000).

Thea White (June 16, 1940- July 31, 2021) American voice actress, Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantasaur (2011).

August

Lilia Aragón (22 September 1936 – 2 August 2021) Mexican actress, Morgana (2012).

Jørgen Langhelle (18 August 1965 – 3 August 2021) Norwegian actor, The Thing (2011), Juleblod (Christmas Blood, 2017).

Reg Gorman (2 August 1932 – 5 August 2021) Australia actor, Inn of the Damned (1975) and The Pawn (2010).

Brad Allan (14 February 1973 – 7 August 2021) Australian action choreographer and stuntman on the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as Pacific Rim (2013), Wolves (2014), Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015), and Sinister 2 (2015).

Markie Post (November 4, 1950 – August 7, 2021) American actress, the second co-star from the 1980s-1990s television sitcom Night Court to expire this summer, after Charles Robinson’s passing on July 11. She appeared in the television movies Visitors of the Night (1995) and I’ve Been Waiting for You (1998), one episode of Ghost Whisperer (“The Woman of His Dreams”, Season 2, Episode 6, aired October 27, 2006) and the 2018 short film, Keep the Gaslight Burning.

Anupam Shyam (20 September 1957 – 8 August, 2021) Indian actor, Sangharsh (1999), The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb (2006) and 706 (2019).

Alex Cord (May 3, 1933 – August 9, 2021) American actor, The Tell-Tale Heart (short film, 1971), The Dead Are Alive (1972), Chosen Survivors (1974), Inn of the Damned (1975), and Uninvited (1987), and one episode each of Night Gallery (“Keep in Touch – We’ll Think of Something”, Season 2, Episode 10, aired November 24, 1971), War of the Worlds (“The Good Samaritan”, Season 1, Episode 10, aired December 26, 1988), Monsters (“Rouse Him Not”, Season 1, Episode 11, aired December 31, 1988) and Freddy’s Nightmares (“Memory Overload”, Season 2, Episode 5, aired November 5, 1989).

Pat Hitchcock (7 July 1928 – 9 August 2021), English actress and only child of Alfred Hitchcock. Appeared in several of her father’s films including Strangers on a Train (1951) and Psycho (1960), and in ten episodes of his television show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1960). 

Ken Hutchison (24 November 1948 – 9 August 2021) Scottish actor, Wuthering Heights (1978 BBC mini-series).

Sabina Ajrula (April 17, 1946 – August 10, 2021) North Macedonian-Turkish actress, Senki (Shadows, 2007).

Don Jones (1938 – August 10, 2021, aged 83) American sound engineer on The Psycho Lover (1970) and Blood of the Iron Maiden (1970); key grip on The Astro-Zombies (1968); lighting director on The Mighty Gorga (1969); director of The Love Butcher (1975), The Forest (1982) and Molly and the Ghost (1991); and director of photography on The House of Seven Corpses (1974).

Dilys Watling (5 May 1943 – 10 August 2021) English actress, Theatre of Death (1967).

Paulo José (20 March 1937 – 11 August 2021) Brazilian actor in the 1991-1992 television series, Vamp.

Una Stubbs (1 May 1937 – 12 August 2021) English actress probably best known to American audiences as Mrs. Hudson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Holmes in the BBC series, Sherlock. Appeared in the BBC2 adaptation of the M.R. James short ghost story, “The Tractate Middoth” as part of the occasional series, A Ghost Story for Christmas, aired December 25, 2013.

Piera Degli Esposti (12 March 1938 – 14 August 2021) Italian actress, Ghosts – Italian Style (1968), Medea (1969) and the yet-to-be-released Building Horror.

Thierry Liagre (1 January 1953 – 17 August 2021) French actor in the 1982 biopic of the French ghost-story writer, Guy de Maupassant.

Sonny Chiba (22 January 1939 – 19 August 2021) Japanese actor and martial artist best known to modern audiences for playing Hanzo Hattori in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004). His horror films were Terror Beneath the Sea (1966) and Wolf Guy (1975).

Masanari Nihei (9 December 1940 – 21 August 2021) Japanese actor, Mosura (Mothra, 1961), 

Marilyn Eastman (December 17, 1933 – August 22, 2021) American actress, played the mother killed with a trowel by her zombie daughter in Night of the Living Dead (1968). Also appeared in Santa Claws (1996).

Brick Bronsky (April 18, 1964 – August 23, 2021) American actor in the Troma films Class of Nuke ‘Em High Part 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991), Class of Nuke ‘Em High Part 3: The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid (1994) and Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 (2013); and actor, director and producer on Masked Mutilator (2019).

Michael Nader (February 18, 1945 – August 23, 2021) American actor in the TV movie Nick Knight (1989), which was later remade as the first two episodes of the Forever Knight series (1992-1996), about a vampire detective. 

Rosita Quintana (July 16, 1925 – August 23, 2021) Argentine-Mexican actress, El Demonio en la Sangre (Demon in the Blood, 1964).

Anestis Vlahos (February 7, 1934 – August 24, 2021) Greek actor, The Devil’s Men (AKA Land of the Minotaur, 1976), Passi di morte perduti nel buio (Death Steps in the Dark, 1977).

Zdenka Procházková (4 April 1926 – 25 August 2021) Czech actress, Upir z Feratu (Ferat Vampire, 1982) and Lady Dracula (1977).

Sompote Sands (May 24, 1941 – August 26, 2021) Thai film director, Tah Tien (1973), Crocodile (1979), Kraithong (1980), Phra Rot-Meri (1981), Magic Lizard (1985), and Kraithong 2 (1985).

Roman Gromadsky (December 18, 1940 – August 28, 2021) Russian actor, Tsirk sgorel, i klouny razbezhalis (The Circus Burned Down and the Clowns Ran Away, 1998)

Ed Asner (November 15, 1929 – August 29, 2021) Seven-time Emmy Award-winning American actor, five of those wins for the same character in two different shows, one a comedy (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and the other a drama (Lou Grant). Perhaps best known to modern audiences as the voice of Carl Fredrickson in Up (2009). Along with virtually every American television series for the past sixty-plus years, Asner made appearances in one episode each of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (“What Frightened You, Fred?”, Season 7, Episode 30, aired May 1, 1962), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (“To Catch a Butterfly”, Season 1, Episode 19, aired February 1, 1963), and The Outer Limits (“It Crawled Out of the Woodwork”, Season 1, Episode 11, aired December 9, 1963), as well as the made-for-television movie Daughter of the Mind (1969).

Peggy Farrell (June 2, 1932 – August 29, 2021) American costume designer, The Stepford Wives (1975), The Sentinel (1977), and the pilot for the 1995-1998 television series, American Gothic.

September

Mikis Theodorakis (29 July 1925 – 2 September 2021) Greek composer of the score for Shadow of the Cat (1961).

Donald Meyers (c1935 – September 5, 2021) American actor, Zombiez!! (2007), Horror Host (2008), Blood Therapy (2010), At Stake: Vampire Solutions (2012) and the as-yet-unreleased I Filmed Your Death.

Tony Selby (26 February 1938 – 5 September 2021) English actor, Witchfinder General (1968), the no-longer-existing first two seasons of the BBC supernatural adventure show, Ace of Wands (1970-1971), and one episode of the British TV series, Thriller (“I’m the Girl He Wants to Kill”, Season 3, Episode 2, aired March 18, 1974).

Nino Castelnuovo (28 October 1936 – 6 September 2021) Italian actor in the 1975 Giallo film, Strip Nude for Your Killer.

Michael K. Williams (November 22, 1966 – September 6, 2021) American actor in Tell-Tale (2009), You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Kills You (2012), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), Ghostbusters (2016), and Lovecraft Country (2020), and as His Satanic Majesty Himself in the 2013 short film, The Devil Goes Down

Eiichi Yamamoto (22 November 1940 – 7 September 2021) Japanese anime writer and director, Kanashimi no Belladonna (Belladonna of Sadness, 1973).

Art Metrano (September 22, 1936 – September 8, 2021) American actor, one episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker (“Chopper”, Season 1, Episode 15, aired January 31, 1975).

Wiesław Gołas (9 October 1930 – 9 September 2021) Polish actor, Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie (The Saragossa Manuscript, 1965).

Carlo Alighiero (February 2, 1927 – September 11, 2021) Italian actor in the Giallo films The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971), The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971), and Torso (1973)

Fran Bennett (August 14, 1937 – September 12, 2021) American actress, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994).

Ben Best (September 13, 1974 – September 12, 2021) American actor, Land of the Lost (2009).

Joel Rapp (May 22, 1934 – September 15, 2021) American writer on the supernatural sitcoms Topper (“The Package”, Season 1, Episode 32, aired May 14, 1954) and Bewitched (“Samantha and the Troll”, Season 7, Episode 19, aired February 18, 1971).

Ronald Roose (died September 15, 2021) American film editor, My Demon Lover (1987).

Avril Elgar (1 April 1932 – 17 September 2021) English actress, The Medusa Touch (1978) and two episodes of Tales of the Unexpected (1981-1982).

Jimmy Garrett (September 23, 1954 – September 17, 2012) American actor, had bit parts in one episode of The Twilight Zone (“The Night of the Meek”, Season 2, Episode 11, aired December 23, 1960) and in Munster, Go Home! (1966).

Basil Hoffman (January 18, 1938 – September 17, 2021) American actor, one episode of the revival of The Twilight Zone (“Button, Button”, Season 1, Episode 20, aired March 7, 1986) and The Elvira show (1993)

Shukhrat Irgashev (June 19, 1945 – September 17, 2021) Uzbekistani actor, Day Watch (2006).

John Challis (16 August 1942 – 19 September 2021) English actor, Dan Curtis’ Dracula (1974) and one episode of the British show Thriller (“Sleepwalker”, Season 6, Episode 1, aired April 10, 1976).

Tim Donnelly (September 3, 1944 – September 19, 2021) American actor, The Toolbox Murders (1978) and The Clonus Horror (1979).

Morris Perry (28 March 1925 – 19 September 2021) English actor in one episode of the British miniseries Haunted (“The Chinese Butterfly”, Season 1, Episode 5, aired September 16, 1967), the feature film Nothing but the Night (1973), and the BBC miniseries, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982), starring The Fourth Doctor Tom Baker as Sherlock Holmes.

Petter Vennerød (25 September 1948 – 19 September 2021) Norwegian filmmaker, 1732 Høtten (Bloody Angels, 1998).

Willie Garson (February 20, 1964 – September 21, 2021) American actor, Brain Dead (1990), Repossessed (1990), Mars Attacks! (1996), Monster Heroes (2010), and one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (“Killed by Death”, Season 2, Episode 18, aired March 3, 1998).

Peter Palmer (September 20, 1931 – September 21, 2021) American actor, Deep Space (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), one episode of the Bewitched spin-off series, Tabitha (“Tabitha’s Weighty Problem”, Season 1, Episode 2, aired September 10, 1977), and two episodes of Swamp Thing (“The Watchers”, Season 1, Episode 18, aired March 1, 1991, and “Judgment Day”, Season 3, Episode 22, aired December 19, 1992).

Melvin Van Peebles (August 21, 1932 – September 21, 2021) American actor and filmmaker, appeared in Jaws: The Revenge (1987) and as Dick Halloran in the 1997 mini-series version of The Shining.

Robert Fyfe (June 19, 1925 – September 22, 2021) Scottish actor, Xtro (1982), Burke & Hare (2010), and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016).

Jay Sandrich (February 24, 1932 – September 22, 2021) American television director on six episodes of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1969-1970).

Giulia Mafai (January 13, 1930 – September 26, 2021)) Italian costume designer on the peplum film Goliath and the Dragon (1960), the giallo film Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso (Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, 1972), and the horror films Tutti i colori del buio (All the Colors of the Dark, 1972) and Baba Yaga (1973).

Tommy Kirk (December 10, 1941 – September 28, 2021) American actor, best known for a string of Disney live-action films, including Old Yeller (1957), Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964), one of the earliest movies I recall having seen in a theater. His supernatural and horror performances were in The Shaggy Dog (1959), Village of the Giants (1964), The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966), Blood of Ghastly Horror (AKA The Man with the Synthetic Brain, 1967), It’s Alive! (1969), Streets of Death (1988), Billy Frankenstein (1998), Club Dead (2000), and The Education of a Vampire (2001). 

Carlisle Floyd (June 11, 1926 – September 30, 2021) American opera composer, Wuthering Heights (1958), Markheim (1966), and Bilby’s Doll (1976).

Ravil Isyanov (20 August 1962 – 30 September 2021[3]) Russian actor, Hamlet (1996), Octopus (2000), Arachnid (2001), No Escape (2020), and one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (“No Place Like Home”, Season 5, Episode 5, aired October 24, 2000).

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