In Memoriam: 2021



Actor Mark Eden (b.1928) died on January 1. Eden appeared in Quatermass and the Pit, The Crimson Cult, An Adventure in Space and Time, and the Doctor Who serial “Marco Polo.”

Actor George Gerdes (b.1948) died on January 1. Gerdes appeared in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lost, X-Files, Alias, and Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, among other films and television shows.

Russian actor Vladimir Korenev (b.1940) died on January 2. Korenev appeared in the title role in Amphibian Man and had recently completed the fantasy Bezumnyy angel Pinokkio.

Cartoonist Dick Kulpa (b.1953) died on January 3. Although Kulpa had once drawn a Star Trek comic strip, he gained his greatest fame at the Weekly World News where he created the image of “Bat Boy.”

Los Angeles fan Jarod Nandin died on January 3 from COVID-19. Nandin was a cosplayer and active in organizing meetups and cosplay picnics. He attended many LA area conventions, including Anime Los Angeles.

Actress Barbara Shelley (b.1932) died on January 3. Shelley appeared in Quatermass and the Pit and Dracula: Prince of Darkness. Her television appearances included roles on Blake’s 7, the Doctor Who serial “Planet of Fire” and The Avengers.

Actor Tanya Roberts (b.1955) died on January 4, a day after she had been erroneously announced dead. Roberts is best known for her roles on Charlie’s Angels and A View to a Kill, but she also starred in The Beastmaster and played the title role in Sheena.

Actor Gregory Sierra (b.1937) died on January 4. Sierra may be best known for appearing as Chano on Barney Miller, but also had several genre credits, including X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Greatest American Hero, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and more.

Actor John Richardson (b.1934) died on January 5. Richardson appeared in She, The Vengeance of She, One Million Years B.C., War of the Planets, and Battle of the Stars.

Bookseller James Haynes (b.1933) died on January 6. In the 1950s, Haynes revolutionized bookselling in the UK by opening the Paperback Bookshop in Edinburgh, the first store in the country to focus on the sale of paperbacks.

Actor Antonio Sabàto, Sr.(b.1943) died on January 6. Sabàto’s genre films include Barbarella, Escape from the Bronx, and War of the Robots.

Agent Christopher Little (b.1941) died on January 7. Little represented J.K. Rowlings on the Harry Potter novels, until she left his agency in 2011.

Actress Marion Ramsey (b.1947) died on January 7. Ramsey is best known for her work on the Police Academy films, but also appeared in the Lavalantula series, 3rd Eye, and an episode of Robot Chicken.

German author Carlos Rasch (b.1932) died on January 7. Rasch published the novel Asteroidenjäger in 1961. Other novels included Im Schatten der Tiefsee and Magma am Himmel. He also published under the name Igor Iggensen.

Director Michael Apted (b.1941) died on January 8. Most famous for directing the 7 Up series, he also directed episodes of My Life and Times and Intruders and the 2010 film version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn and a producer of the 1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Actor Mike Henry (b.1936) died on January 8. Originally a football player for the Steelers and Rams, Henry began acting and played Tarzan in three films. He also appeared in Soylent Green and an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man.

Comic artist Steve Lightle (b.1959) died on January 8 following a COVID-caused cardiac arrest. Lightle worked as an artist on Legion of Super-Heroes and Doom Patrol. He also worked as a cover artist on Classic X-Men.

Actress Diana Claire Millay (b.1935) died on January 8. Millay played Laura Collins on Dark Shadows and Ernestine Pepper on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. She also appeared in Tarzan and the Great River.

Czech actor Ivo Niedere (b.1929) died on January 8. Niedere appeared in Alisea and the Dream Prince, Arabela, and Howling II.

LASFS member and actor Peter J. Greenwood (b.1962) died in early January. Greenwood was an archivist specializing in 1960s science fictional television shows such as My Living Doll and My Favorite Martian. He provided voicework for Disney’s The Rescuers Down Under and worked on special effects for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Caroly Wilcox died the first week of January. Wilcox worked with the New York Muppet Workshop and supervised the making of Muppets until she retired in 1990, including the design of the original Elmo. She also worked on The Muppet Show and several of the Muppet films.

Swedish fan Olle Sahlin (b.1956) died on January 9. Sahlin entered fandom in the early 1980s and over the years translated works by Stephen R. Donaldson, Terry Pratchett, and Philip Pullman, among others, into Swedish.

Author James Follett (b.1939) died on January 10. Follett wrote the radio play Earthsearch as well as the novelization. His other novels included The Doomsday Ultimatum and Mindwarp. His radio plays included The Destruction Factor and The Bionic Blob.

Author John Lutz (b.1939) died on January 10. Best known as a mystery author, his science fiction included Bonegrinder and The Shadow Man as well as several short stories.

Actress Julia Strain (b.1962) died on January 10 due to complications from early onset dementia. Strain appeared in Citizen Toxic: The Toxic Avenger IV, Future Shock, Sorceress, and many other B films. She also provided voice work for Heavy Metal 2000.

Fan Timothy Lane (b.1951) died on January 12. Lane was the editor of FOSFAX begining in 1987 and undersaw an expansion of the zine. He received seven fan Hugo nominations for his work on the ‘zine.

Director Stacy Title (b.1964) died on January 12. Title directed an episode of Freakish and the 2020 version of The Invisible Man as well as the film The Bye Bye Man.

Lail Hernandez, (b.1949) the daughter of artist Virgil Finlay, died on January 13. Hernandez has worked over the years to maintain her father’s status in the science fiction community. She wrote the introduction to Virgil Finlay’s Women of the Ages.

Museum manager Alison Brown (b.1982) died on January 14 from COVID complications. Brown served as house manager for London’s Cartoon Museum since 2006. Brown represented the museum at numerous conferences, film festivals, and other events.

Author Storm Constantine (b.1956) died on January 14. She began publishing in 1987 with The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, part of her Wraeththu series, which eventually grew to include numerous books. Her other series included the Corinna Trogarden books, the Grigori trilogy, the Magravandias Chronicles, and collaborations with Wendy Darling, Eloise Coquio, and Michael Moorcock. In 2003, Constantine founded Immanion Press to publish her backlist, niche fiction, and non-fiction authors.

Actor Peter Mark Richman (b.1927) died on January 14. Richman appeared as the Phantom on Defenders of Earth and in “The Neutral Zone” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also appeared in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and Galactica 1980.

Animator Dale Baer (b.1950) died on January 15. Baer began working for Disney in the 1970s on Robin Hood and later worked on The Black Cauldron, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. He opened his own animation studio in the mid-1980s. He won an Annie Award in 2001 and a Winsor McCay Award in 2016.

Artist Woody Welch (b.1952) died on January 15. Welch created covers for Space Monster magazine and also worked on the film Halloween: Resurrection. His artwork was heavily influenced by classic horror films and dinosaurs.

Actress Charlotte Cornwell (b.1949) died on January 16. Cornwell appeared in Ghosts of Mars, Dead Space: Aftermath, and the film version of The Saint. She appeared in two episodes of Dramarama and provided voicework for Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic.

Actor Jim McGeorge (b.1928) died on January 17. McGeorge provided his work to many animated series, including Bionic Six, The Jetsons, The Mighty Orbots, and Yogi’s Space Race. He occasionally appeared on live-action shows such as Teenagers from Outer Space and Get Smart.

Mary Elizabeth Sheridan (b.1938) died on January 17. Sheridan served as the administrator for the Clarion Writers Workshop in East Lansing, Michigan for many years.

Seattle fan Robert Suryan (b.1950) died on January 17. Suryan was active in Norwescon and chaired Norwescons 9, 10, and Alternacon. Suryan was also active in the Seattle Astronomical Society and was married to fan Judy Suryan.

Composer Perry Botkin, Jr. (b.1933) died on January 18. Botkin composed the theme music for the television series Mork and Mindy. He also composed music for Quark.

Kellam de Forest (b.1926) died on January 19. De Forest was hired by Gene Roddenberry to serve as a fact checker on the original Star Trek, for which he did not receive a screen credit. He also served a similar purpose on The Untouchables and The Stepfather.

Actor Mira Furlan (b.1955) died on January 20. Furlan portrayed Delenn in Babylon 5 in the television series and related movies. She also appeared in the series Lost, Just Add Magic and Space Command. She provided the voice of Silver Sable in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

Actress Nathalie Delon (b.1941) died on January 21. Delon appeared in the film Eyes Behind the Stars, A Whisper in the Dark, and The Monk and an episode of Misfits.

Stuntman Rémy Julienne (b.1930) died on January 21. Julienne worked on several James Bond films as well as Solarbabies, The Sound of Thunder, Sheena and These Sorcerers Are Mad.

Screenwriter Walter Bernstein (b.1919) died on January 22. Bernstein wrote the screenplay for the film Fail Safe.

Actor Hal Holbrook (b.1925) died on January 23. Best known for his one-man show portraying Mark Twain, Holbrook appeared in the mini-series The Event and episodes of The Outer Limits. He was in the film Creepshow and did voice work for Hercules and Off the See the Wizard.

Richard Arnold (b.1954) died on January 26. Arnold was the president of the Grace Lee Whitney fan club before becoming an assistant to Gene Roddenberry at Paramount. He served as the “Star Trek Archivist” for many years and worked as a consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Actor Cloris Leachman (b.1926) died on January 26. Leachman portrayed Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein, Nurse Spex in Sky High, and Zorya Vechernyaya in American Gods. She provided the voice of Granny Goodness in Justice League Action and also did voicework for The Croods and Phineas and Ferb.

Actor Peter Vere-Jones (b.1939) died on January 26. Vere-Jones provided the voice of a spider in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and appeared in Legend of the Seeker. Other genre appearances included Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.

Comics artist Don Harley (b.1927) died on January 27. Harley may be best known for the Dan Dare strips, but he also drew many comics based on the works of Gerry Anderson.

Author Kathleen Ann Goonan (b.1952) died on January 28. Goonan began publishing with the story “The Snail Man.” Her first novel, Queen Jazz City, began her four volume Nanotech cycle. She won the Campbell Memorial Award in 2008 for her novel In War Times. She was nominated for the Nebula for the novels Crescent City Rhapsody and Light Music as well as for the short story “The String.”

Birmingham fan Darroll Pardoe (b.1943) died on January 28 from COVID-19. Pardoe was a member of the Young Science Fiction Reading Group, BSFA, the Stourbridge Circle, and the Birmingham Science Fiction Group. He was most active in the 60s and 70s. He served as the editor of Checkpoint from 1974 to 1975 and edited several other fanzines and apazines over the years.

Actor Cicely Tyson (b.1924) died on January 28. Tyson appeared in episodes of The Outer Limits and Touched by an Angel, and the films A Fall from Grace and Duplicates.

Producer Cy Chermak (b.1929) died on January 29. Chermak wrote an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the film 4D Man. He severed as a producer on Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Producer Allan Burns (b.1935) died on January 30. Burns co-created The Munsters. He got his start working for Jay Ward on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Dudley Do-Right, and George of the Jungle. While there, he also created the character of Cap’n Crunch for Quaker Oats.

Publisher Jeffrey Dempsey died in January. Dempsey was the publisher of Crimson Altar Press and edited Dark Dreams magazine. He also edited the anthologies Darkness Comes and When Shadows Creep.


Designer Bruce Blackburn (b.1938) died on February 1. Blackburn is best known for creating NASA’s “Worm” logo.

Fan Robert Deckert (b.1935) died on February 1. Deckert, who was married to author Alma Alexander, was a frequent Worldcon attendee and book collector.

Actor Dustin Diamond (b.1977) died from cancer on February 1. Best known for his role as Screech on Saved by the Bell, Diamond also appeared on The Munsters Today, Purple People Eater, and provided voicework for Duck Dodgers and Robot Chicken.

Australian author Aiki Flinthart died on February 1. Flinthart’s first story, “A Little Faith,” appeared in 2017 and she published nine more stories. She also published the novel Shadows Wake in 2018. In 2020, she edited the anthology Rogues’ Gallery.

Producer Jamie Tarses (b.1964) died on February 1. Tarses served as President for Entertainment at both NBC and ABC when she was in her 30s and helped create Friends and Mad About You. Her genre credits include Primeval and Sherlock Wurmser.

Actor Haya Harareet (b.1931) died on February 3. Harareet appeared in the fantasy film Journey Beneath the Desert, but her most famous role as was Esther in the Charlton Heston version of Ben-Hur.

Actor Christopher Plummer (b.1929) died on February 5. Plummer portrayed Chang in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country and also appeared in 12 Monkeys, Starcrash, Harrison Bergeron, Somewhere in Time and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. In 2012, he won an Oscar that made him the oldest Oscar winner.

Actor Harry Fielder (b.1940) died on February 6. Fielder has appeared in numerous episodes of Doctor Who with a variety of Doctors, as well as Blake’s 7, An American Werewolf in London, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars. He generally played bit roles, often uncredits.

Comic book author Oscar González Loyo (b.1959) died on February 7. The founder of ¡Ka-Boom! Estudio, he was the artist and author of Karmatrón y Los Transformables. He began his career when hwe was 14 with a publication in Las Aventuras de Capulina. In 2000, he won the Eisner Award.

Cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno (b.1923) died on February 7. Rotunno worked on Popeye, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Red Sonja, and On the Beach.

Cartoonist Steve Clay Wilson (b.1941) died on February 7. Wilson was an influential artist in underground comix. His art often depicted pirates and bikers. Eventually he also began providing illustrations and art for mainstream books.

Screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (b.1931) died on February 8. Carrière’s work includes the films The Diabolical Dr. Z, Es ist nicht leich ein Gott zu sein, The Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein, and The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily.

Cinematographer Gerald Feil (b.1933) died on February 9. Feil’s work can be seen in Friday the 13th Part III, He Knows You’re Alone, and Savage Dawn. He was also an associate producer and editor of Lord of the Flies.

Cinematographer John Hora (b.1940) died on February 9. Hora worked on Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, and an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

Actress Christine Morrison (b.1965) died on February 10. Morrison appeared in Humanoids from Atlantis and Galaxy of the Dinosaurs, also working in the wardrobe and art departments on both films.

Fan Jan Price died on February 10. Price was in charge of the annual parade at Dragon Con for more than a decade, helping to see it grow from a relatively small parade to the massive centerpiece event it has become known for.

Liverpool fan Ina Shorrock (b.1928) died on February 10. Shorrock entered fandom in 1950 and was a member of the Liverpool Group. She chaired BSFA. Shorrock was made a knight of St. Fantony in 1957, received the Doc Weir Award in 1976, the Nova Award for Best Fan in 2003 and the Big Heart Award in 2005.

Artist Rowena Morrill (b.1944) died on February 11. Morrill’s artwork appeared on the covers of numerous magazines and books. She was the Artist Guest of Honor at Chicon 7 in 2012. She won a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

Comics artist Bill Titcombe died on February 11. Titcombe drew Space Age Kit and Sinbad, and The Telegoons. He created The TV Terrors.

Actress Joan Weldon (b.1930) died on February 11. Weldon appeared in the film Them! As well as episodes of Shirley Temple’s Storybook and Matinee Theatre.

Actor Christopher Pennock (b.1944) died on February 12. Pennock appeared in Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar and an episode of Theatre Fantastique. In the television series Dark Shadows, he portrayed Gabriel Collins.

Casting director Lynn Stalmaster (b.1927) died on February 12. Stalmaster worked on the Christopher Reeves Superman and the Helen Slater Supergirl films as well as Battlefield Earth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and Rhinoceros.

Comics artist George Mandel (b.1920) died on February 13. Mandel’s work in comics predates World War II, when he drew the first masked female superhero, the Woman in Red. In the 1980s, he published the novel Crocodile Blood.

Game designer Dave Nalle (b.1959) died on February 13 from COVID-19. Nalle served as the editor and publisher of Abyss magazine and created the games Ysgarth, Quest for the Grail, and To Challenge Tomorrow.

Author and fan Yvonne Rousseau (b.1945) died on February 13 from Parkinson’s disease. Rousseau was a member of the Collective, which published Australian Science Fiction Review and was a contributor to that journal, SF Commentary, and other publications. She also published a novel and various short stories.

Editor and fan Wanda June Alexander died on February 14. Alexander has worked as a consulting editor for Tor Books, ushering George R. R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon to print.

Academic Catherine Belsey (b.1940) died on February 14. While many of Belsey’s studies have focused on Shakespeare, her most recent book was Tales of the Troubled Dead: Ghost Stories in Cultural History.

Conrunner Don Lundry (b.1936) died on February 14. Lundry entered fandom in 1967 and chaired the 7 in ’77 Worldcon bid and the subsequent SunCon in Florida. Lundry also chaired Lunacon 15 and 19. He was an organizer of charter flights for fans to attend Aussiecon One and Heicon.

Academic Walter Smyrniw (b.1934) died on February 15. Smyrniw published Ukrainian Science Fiction: Historical and Thematic Perspectives as well as Socialist Realism Revisited.

Producer Harry V. Bring (b.1943) died on February 16. Bring worked on The X-Files, Max Headroom, and Strange Brew.

Comics writer Si Spencer (b.1961) died on February 16. Spencer began working on the comic Crisis and later worked on Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, and Slash and Burn. He also wrote for television as a script doctor.

Actor Alan Curtis (b.1930) died on February 18. Curtis appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The War Machines” and in an episode of The Avengers. He also appeared in the film The Flesh and Blood Show.

Producer Peter S. Davis (b.1942) died on February 21. David produced the films Highlander and Highlander II: The Quickening, as well as the live action television series and animated series based on the property.

Publicist Karl Williams (b.1968) died on February 21. Williams worked on Iron Man, Star Trek, Transformers, and Indiana Jones.

Author and publisher David G. Barnett died on February 22. Barnett was the publisher of Necro Publications and also was the author of several short stories and the editor of Into the Darkness magazine and four anthologies.

Director Peter Harris (b.1933) died on February 22. In addition to directing more than 70 episodes of The Muppet Show, Harris also directed episodes of Fraggle Rock and The Jim Henson Hour. He also worked on Spitting Image.

Actor Geoffrey Scott (b.1942) died of Parkinson’s disease on February 23. Scott has appeared on “The Secret Empire” portion of Cliffhangers! and played Sky Rumson on Dark Shadows.

Sound editor Alan Robert Murray (b.1955) died on February 24. Jurray worked on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: Nemesis, and Arrival. He was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Ladyhawke, Space Cowboys, and Joker, among others, winning two Oscars for non-genre films.

Actor Ronald Pickup (b.1940) died on February 24. Pickup played King Sharaman in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and appeared in the Doctor Who episode “The Tyrant of France.” He provided the voice for Aslan in three BBC adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia.

Chinese author Wang Xiaoda (b.1939) died on February 24. Wang wrote “Shenmi de Bo,” Shangpin Shijie Tanqi, and Bingxia de Meng. In addition to writing, he also worked as an editor.


Actor Johnny Briggs (b.1935) died on February 28. Best known for his role on Coronation Street, Briggs also appeared in Quest for Love, Some Girls Do, and an episode of Department S.

Actor Amy Howard Wilson (b.1955) died on February 28. Wilson provided the voices for Nova Forrester in the anime series Star Blazers as well as Miranda in the English language version of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor.

Editor Michael G. Adkisson died in February. Adkisson wrote a handful of short stories, but was mostly known for being the editor of New Pathways into Science Fiction and Fantasy (later just New Pathways) from 1986 through 1992.

Comics editor Meloney Crawford Chadwick (b.1955) died in February. Chadwick worked as an editor at Harris, where she oversaw Vampirella before moving to Dark Horse and working on the adaptation of Myst.


Actor Jahmil French (b.1992) died on March 1. French appeared in At First Light., The Night Before Halloween, and Detention.

Game designer Morgan Ellis (b.1978) died on March 2. Ellis co-designed the game Shadow of the Century. His first game writing credit was the Fate version of The Day After Tomorrow.

Comic publisher Claude Lacroix (b.1944) died on March 2. He began publishing in L’Os à moelle and later in Les Pieds Nickelés and Le Cycle de Cyann. He contributed to Jeux et Stratégie, Le Journal de Mickey, and Le Point.

Actress Nicola Pagett (b.1945) died on March 3. Pagett appeared in an episode of The Avengers and the horror films The Cottage and Frankenstein: The True Story. She may be best known for her role in Upstairs, Downstairs.

Producer Michael Engelberg (b.) died on March 4. Engelberg produced the 1994 film The Puppet Masters, an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s novel.

Screenwriter Tony Hendra (b.1941) died on March 4 from ALS. Hendra may be best known for a brief appearance in This Is Spinaltap, but he wrote for Disco Beaver from Outer Space, Mama Dracula, and Snow White: The Sequel.

Artist Dean Morrissey (b.1951) died on March 4. Morrissey’s work began appeared on the cover of Dragon in 1978 and did the covers for numerous books over the year, including the Kedrigern novels, Gamearth, Ars Magica, and Vorkosigan’s Game. Morrissey’s work won four Chesley Awards.

Producer Michael Engelberg died on March 5. Engelberg was a producer for the film The Puppet Masters, based on the Robert A. Heinlein novel.

Fan Staffan Mossige-Norheim (b.1962) died on March 5. Mossige-Norheim was a musician who often used his love of science fiction in his songs.

Actor David Bailie (b.1937) died on March 6. Bailie appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The Robots of Death” as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean films and Son of Dracula.

Actress Nikki Van der Zyl (b.1935) died on March 6. Van der Zyl dubbed nearly all the female voices in Dr. No and did similar work on many James Bond films through Moonraker. Rarely credited, she also did voice work for Frankenstein Created Woman.

Comics artist Frank Thorne (b.1930) died on March 7, the same day as his wife. Throne is best known for his work on Red Sonja, but he also worked on The Green Hornet, Flash Gordon, and Tomahawk. He won the National Cartoonists Society and the Inkpot Award.

Author Norton Juster (b.1929) died on March 8. Juster is best known for writing The Phantom Tollbooth. Juster wrote ten more children’s books as well as several short stories of genre interest.

Actor Trevor Peacock (b.1931) died on March 8. Peacock appeared in Neverwhere, Dinotopia, Quantum Leap, and the Highlander television series.

Producer Jeffrey M. Hayes (b.1953) died on March 9. Hayes produced the television series Time Trax and Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King and the films On the Beach and The Happytime Murders. He also produced BeastMaster and The Lost World.

Actor Cliff Simon (b.1962) died on March 9. Simon played Ba’al on Stargate SG-1 and provided voice work for Avengers: Age of Ultron. He won a Vision Award for his role in Project Eden.

Director Norman J. Warren (b.1942) died on March 9. Warren directed Space Out, Inseminoid, Satan’s Slave, and Terror.

Cinematographer Isidore Mankofsky (b.1931) died on March 11. Mankofsky served as the director of photography on The Muppet Movie and also worked on Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, Carrie, The Arrival and Misfits of Science.

UK fan Andrew Barton (b.1953) died on March 13. Barton was an active con-goer, filker, and RPGer. He was married to fan Kate Soley Barton.

Actor Henry Darrow (b.1933) died on March 14. Best known for appearing in Chaparral, Darrow also made appearances in numerous genre television shows, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, and Time Trax, he also played Zorro in the 1981 television series and Zorro’s father in subsequent projects.

Actor Yaphet Kotto (b.1939) died on March 15. Kotto played Parker in Alien and Kananga in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. He also appeared in The Running Man and The Puppet Masters.

British fan Ian Penman (b.1950) died on March 16. Penman was part of the North East SF Group and Gannetfandom in the 1970s. He published the zines Armageddon and Oracle.

Actor Richard Gilliland (b.1950) died on March 18. Gilliland has appeared in episodes of Torchwood, Dark Skies, and Kim Possible as well as the films Star Kid, Airplane II: The Sequel, and Bug. He was married to Jean Smart.

Comic author Josep Lluís Martinez I Picañol (1948) died on March 18. Picañol, who also published as Picanyol, began publishing in the 1970s and was active though 2014, including his strip “Ot et bruixot,” which appeared in 1,500 consecutive issues of Cavall Fort.

Fan Jim Webbert died in March. Webbert served as the auctioneer for LepreCon and has served a similar function at other conventions. He was GoH at Fiestacon in 2009 and other conventions and served on the committee for Seacon in 1961.

UK author Steve Lines died on March 23. In addition to being a musical, Lines wrote the novels Varla of Valkarth, The Night Eternal, and Doctor Orioch: Overlord of the Occult. Most of his writing was in collaboration with John B. Ford or Glen M. Usher. With Ford, Lines also edited several magazines.

Actor George Segal (b.1934) died on March 23. Nominated for an Oscar for his role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Segal appeared in the genre films The Terminal Man and 2012 as well as episodes of Pushing Daisies and Jonny Quest.

Actor Craig Grant (b.1968) died on March 24. Grant appeared in the films A Northern Star, Dark Water, and Hover as well as an episode of Luke Cage.

Actress Jessica Walters (b.1941) died on March 24. Walters appeared in the film Ghost in the Machine and episodes of Babylon 5. She provided the voice of Fran Sinclair on Dinosaurs.

Author Beverly Cleary (b.1916) died on March 25. Cleary was best known for the young adult novels about Henry Higgins, Beezus, and Ramona, but she also wrote the fantasy series The Mouse and the Motorcycle, about Ralph S. Mouse.

Dutch fan Leo Kindt (b.1944) died on March 25. Kindt was one of the founders of the Netherlands Contact Center for Science Fiction. Kindt was also involved with Holland-SF. He was married to Annemarie van Ewijck in the 1970s.

Actor Robert Rodan (b.Robert Berger, 1938) died on March 25. Rodan played Adam on Dark Shadows. His acting career was brief and he retired in 1969, but he returned to make a Dark Shadows audio play in 2007 for Big Finish.

Canadian fan Sylvain St-Pierre (b.1956) died on March 25 from COVID-19. St-Pierre was active in the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and SGSG Boréal. He was a costumer and wrote for WARP, the MSFFA’s clubzine.

French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (b.1941) died on March 25. Tavernier’s only science fiction film was Death Watch.

Digital effects supervisor Alan Marques (b.1960) died on March 26. Marques worked on the television series Space Precinct, the 1997 television version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Seanad Lost in Space.

British fan Trisha Captain (b.Patricia O’Neil) died in late March. Captain began attending cons with the early Leeds Star Trek conventions and went on to run conventions and game.

Agent Julie Fallowfield died on March 29. Fallowfield worked at McIntosh & Otis and represented Peter S. Beagle and Ellen Kushner, among others.

Actor Gérard Filipelli (b.1942) died on March 30. A member of the comic musical group Les Charlots, he appeared in the film Les Charlots contra Dracula and The Four Charlots Musketeers.

Actress Myra Frances (b.1943) died on March 30. Frances appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The Creature from the Pit” opposite Tom Baker. She also appeared in episodes of Survivors.

Actor G. Gordon Liddy (b.1930) died on March 30. Liddy organized the Watergate break-in. After being released from prison, he turned to acting, appearing in episodes of Airwolf, The Highwayman, Super Force, and Street Asylum.

Comic artist Gonzalo Mayo (b.1940) died on March 30. Mayo got his start in his native Peru before moving to the US in 1968. He worked on Eerie and Vampirella, later taking on Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Magnus Robot Fighter.

Actor and special effects artist Cleve Hall (b.1959) died on March 31. Hall appeared in The Dungeon Master, Warlords, and Transcendent and worked in special effects on The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, Re-Animator, and Alienator.


Cinematographer John McGlashan (b.1934) died on April 1. He worked as a cameraman for two serials of Doctor Who in the mid-1970s. He went on to work on The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells.

Fan and Worldcon chair Penny Frierson (b.1941) died in early April. Frierson joined fandom in 1968 and co-chaired the 1986 Worldcon, ConFederation, in Atlanta. She also chaired DeepSouthCon 15 and founded the Birmingham Science Fiction Club. Along with her husband, Meade Frierson, she published several APAzines. In 1986, she was awarded the Rebel Award.

Actor Biff McGuire (b.1926) died on April 3. McGuire, who won two Tony Awards, appeared in the films Firebird 2015 A.D., The Werewolf of Washington, and Destination Space.

Actor John Paragon (b.1954) died on April 3. Paragon appeared in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Harry and the Hendersons and often worked with Elvira on both her television shows and movie.

Author Derrick Ferguson died on April 4. Ferguson is the author of the Dillon series of novels and wrote the novelization of Search for the Beast.

Puppeteer Phil Eason (b.1960) died on April 5. Eason worked on Labyrinth, Little Shop of Horrors, Muppet Treasure Island, The Phantom Menace, and Lost in Space.

Costume designer Robert Fletcher (b.1922) died on April 5. Fletcher worked on the first four Star Trek films and The Last Starfighter. Fletcher won a Saturn Award for his work on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Writer Frank Jacobs (b.1929) died on April 5. Jacobs was one of the most prolific writers for MAD Magazine, although unlike most of their writers, he did not draw his own cartoons.

Comic book author Joye Murchison Kelly (b.1924) died on April 5. Kelly, then Joye Hummel, was trained by William Moulton Marston to write the comic in the last years of his life. Hummel ghost wrote the book from 1944 to 1947.

Actor Paul Ritter (b.1966) died on April 5. Ritter appeared as Eldred Worple in the Harry Potter series and also appeared in The Last Kingdom and episodes of Houdini and Doyle, Dirk Gently, and Electric Dreams.

Actress Kylie Jaye (b.1972) died on April 6. Best known as a fitness guru, Jaye appeared in an episode of BeastMaster.

Actor Walter Olkewicz (b.1948) died on April 6. Olkewicz played Jean-Michel Renault on Twin Peaks as well as episodes of Sliders and the 1990s The Flash. He did voicework on Batman: The Animated Series. He starred in the short-lived series Wizards and Warriors.

Screenwriter Anne Beatts (b.1947) died on April 7. Beatts was a writer for Saturday Night Live, but also wrote for Faerie Tale Theatre. She also wrote the horror film Nightlife.

Actor James Hampton (b.1936) died on April 7. Hampton appeared in The China Syndrome, The Cat from Outer Space, and Teen Wolf. He also appeared in episodes of Otherworld, Superboy, and The Greatest American Hero.

Dutch fan Ad Oosterling (b.1963) died on April 7. Oosterling served as secretary of the Netherlands Contact Center for Science Fiction. He helped organize conventions and also worked as a bookseller.

Author Margaret Wander Bonanno (b.1950) died on April 8. Bonanno published several Star Trek novels as well as three novels in the Other series and three in the Preternatural series. She co-wrote Saturn’s Child with Nichelle Nichols. She wrote two young adult novels under the name Rick North.

Director Richard Rush (b.19) died on April 8. Rush directed the documentary Imagining Total Recall and the horror films Distortions and Death Proof.

Makeup artist Wally Schneiderman (b.1922) died on April 8. His work can be seen in Rollerball, Labyrinth, One Million Years B.C., and Prehistoric Women.

Makeup artist Giannetto de Rossi (b.1941) died on April 11. De Rossi worked of Dine, Conan the Destroyer, DragonHeart, Kull the Conqueror, and Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar.

Actor Joseph Siravo (b.1957) died on April 11. Siravo provided voicework for the films The Wild and Shark Tale and appeared in small roles in Enchanted and Motherless Brooklyn.

Editor and author John Pelan (b.1957) died from a heart attack on April 12. Pelan founded Axolotl Press and later founded Darkside, Silver Salamander, and Midnight House. He also edited numerous horror anthologies and wrote his own fiction.

Producer Stephanie Sinclaire (b.1954) died on April 14. Sinclaire produced the short films The Tell-Tale Heart, Goblin Market, and Sine Condicion Amorisas well as the feature All Earthly Constraints.

Special effects modeler Ira Keeler (b.1940) died on April 15. Keeler began working on models for Return of the Jedi and also worked on Enemy Mine, Cocoon, the Back to the Future series, The Rocketeer, and the Jurassic World series.

Author Dave Cunliffe (b.1941) died on April 16. Best known as an avant garde poet, his short stories “Sexscore Games” and “Burnley: Civil War Zone” were published in science fiction magazines.

Actress Helen McCrory (b.1968) died on April 16. McCrory provided the voice of Stelmaria on His Dark Material sand played Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. She appeared in an episode of Doctor Who and in the film Interview with the Vampire.

Costume designer Anthony Powell (b.1935) died on April 16. The winner of three Oscars, his genre credits include Hook, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sorcerer, and Pirates.

Actor Felix Silla (b.1937) died on April 16 from pancreatic cancer. Silla portrayed Twiki on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Cousin Itt on The Addams Family. He also played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi and Lucifer on the original Battlestar Galactica.

Artist Cor Block (b.1934) died on April 17. Block worked as an art critic and historian as well as an artist. He painted the covers for the Dutch editions of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. In 2016, he published his debut graphic novel, The Iron Parachute.

Anime creator Osamu Kobayashi (b.1964) died on April 17. His work included Venus Wars, Gurren Lagann, and Kemonozume as well as the games Evolution: The World of Sacred Device and Grandia.

Game designer Louis Rexing died on April 17 from cancer. He served as the director of sales for Mayfair Games and later designed Sim City: The Card Game and worked on Empire Builder.

Fan Jay Kingston (b.1960) died on April 18. Kingston was one of the founding members of the Rhode Island Science Fiction Club in the 1980s. He was the host of the public access show Sci-Fi Journal.

Composer Jim Steinman (b.1947) died on April 18. Steinman wrote the score for the musical Dance of the Vampires, based on the Roman Polanski film of the same name.

Editor Fred Jordan (b.1926) died on April 19. Jordan worked for Grove Press and Pantheon, editing J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition.

Actor Douglas Livingstone (b.1934) died on April 19. Livingstone voiced Gimli in the Radio 4 Lord of the Rings broadcast. He also appeared in Z Cars and Blood Beast from Outer Space. He also wrote the miniseries The Day of the Triffids.

Artist Robin Wood (b.1953) died on April 19 after a battle with cancer. Wood’s art appeared on many covers of Dragon Magazine in the late 1980s as well as the souvenir book for Constellation. She did many pieces of art based on Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series and designed a Tarot deck.

Swedish author K. Arne Blom (b.1946) died on April 20. Most of Blom’s fiction is detective fiction, including the near-future trilogy Återresan, Ändamålet, and Övertaget.

Director Monte Hellman (b.1929) died on April 20. Hellman was a second unit director on Robocop and a director on The Terror and Beast from the Haunted Cave.

Irish editor Paul Campbell (b.1949) died on April 21. Campbell published the magazine Extro for its final three issues in 1982.

Screenwriter Bernie Kahn (b.1930) died on April 21. Kahn worked on Valley of the Dinosaurs, The New Addams Family, and Super Friends.

Producer Charles W. Fries (b.1928) died on April 22. Fries produced the cartoon The Amazing Spider-Man, The Martian Chronicles miniseries, and the movie Screamers.

Actor Victor Wood (b.1946) died on April 23. Wood appeared in Trubador, Fight! Batman, Fight!, and Shazam Boom.

Director Charles Beeson (b.1957) died on April 24. Beeson directed episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, Timeless, and Supernatural.

Actor Nathan Jung (b.1946) died on April 24. He appeared in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Big Trouble in Little China, The Amazing Spider-Man, and portrayed Genghis Khan in Star Trek.

Composer Shinsuke Kikuchi (b.1931) died on April 24. Kikuchi composed music for Dragon Ball Z, Doraemon, and The Arabian Nights: Adventures of Sinbad.

Fan Charlie S. Williams (b.1924) died on April 26 from pneumonia. Williams was a founder of Nashville fandom and attended every Kubla Khan. Under the name C.S. Williams he published the story “A Sticky Business” in the Thieves’ World anthology Uneasy Alliances.

Apollo astronaut Michael Collins (b.1930) died on April 28. Collins flew on Gemini X, when he became the first person to conduct two space walks. He also served as the Command Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first lunar landing for which he was awarded a Worldcon Committee Award for Best Moon Landing.

Author Anish Deb (b.1951) died on April 28 from COVID-19. His short fiction was collected in Kishore Kalpabigyan Samagra. Deb won the Vidyasagar Award in 2019.

Fan Vic Hallett (b.1942) died on April 28. Hallett served as co-editor of issue 48 of Vector for the BSFA. He went on to open Books Unlimited in Prestatyn, Wales.

Editor and publisher John Bush (b.1916) died on April 29. Bush oversaw Gollancz’s science fiction line. He was the guest of honour at Eastercon in 1977. He ran Gollancz for 17 years after Victor Gollancz retired.

Producer and director Frank Cox (b.1940) died on April 29. Cox started his career by directing three episodes of Doctor Who during the William Hartnell era. He later directed episodes of Doomwatch and eventually became a producer.

Actor Johnny Crawford (b.1946) died on April 29. Best known for his work on The Rifleman, he also appeared in Hellboy, The Thirteenth Floor, The Space Children, and Village of the Giants.

Actress Billie Hayes (b.1925) died on April 29. Hayes provided the voice of Orgoch in The Black Cauldron and did voice work in numerous films and cartoons, including Teen Titans, The Batman, and Shrek Forever After. She was perhaps best known for her portrayal of Witchiepoo on H.R. Pufnstuf.

Actor Frank McRae (b.1941) died on April 29. McRae appeared in episodes of Wonder Woman and The Twilight Zone. He also appeared in the films Last Action Hero, Asteroid, and *batteries not included.

Actress Claudia Barrett (b.Imogene Williams, 1929) died on April 30. Barrett appeared in Robot Monster and an episode of Science Fiction Theatre.

Fan Therri Moore (b.1954) died on April 30. Moore was a longtime member of LASFS as well as a dealer who sold costuming and jewelry supplies.


Actress Olympia Dukakis (b.1931) died on May 1. Dukakis appeared in Mighty Aphrodite, The Last Keepers, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, and The Librarian” Return to King Solomon’s Mines. She won a supporting Oscar for her role in Moonstruck.

Actor Tom Hickey (b.1944) died on May 1. Hickey appeared in the films Gothic and High Spirits.

Cinematographer Willy Kurant (b.1934) died on May 1. Kurant worked on The Time to Die, The Incredible Melting Man, Under the Sun of Satan, and Delivering Milo.

Comic artist John Paul Leon (b.1972 died on May 1 from cancer. He worked on a variety of titles including Superman, Batman, X-Men, and Challengers of the Unknown. He worked on Marvel’s Earth X and Batman: Creature of the Night.

Photographer Wynn Hammer (b.1924) died on May 2. Hammer took still photographs on the sets of several films, including Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Last Starfighter, and The Black Hole.

Game designer Richard Halliwell (b.1959) suffered a fatal heart attack on May 3. Halliwell designed the original Warhammer, which drew on his 1978 game Reaper. He also created Judge Dredd titles, Rogue Trooper, and later editions of Warhammer.

Stuntman Chuck Hicks (b.1927) died on May 4. He appeared on the television shows Batman, Wonder Woman, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Comics editor Bolt-01 (b.Dave Evans) died on May 5. Bolt –01 was the publisher, editor, and letterer for FutureQuake Press. His work appeared in Dogbreath, Zarjaz, and FutureQuake, among other titles.

Manga creator Kentaro Miura (b.1966) died on May 6. Miura created Berserk and Gigantomakhia. He also ran his own manga studio, Studio Gaga. In 2002, he received the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

Actress Tawny Kitaen (b.1961) died on May 7. Kitaen played Deianeira on Hercules: The Legendary Journey and an episode of They Came from Outer Space. She also appeared in the film Witchboard.

Film critic Jean-Claude Romer (b., 1933) died on May 8. He co-edited Midi-Minuit Fantastique and also made cameo appearances in the films Time Demon, Marquis de Slime, and Threshold of the Void.

Author Bill Starr (b.1933) died on May 8. Starr wrote the two novels in the Farstar & Son series and the short story “The People Who Could Not Kill.”

Author Jan Stirling (b.1950) died on May 8 after a short illness. Beginning in 1995, Stirling published several short stories, some alone and some in collaboration with her husband, S.M. Stirling.

Actor Tony Armatrading (b.1961) died on May 10. Armatrading did voicework of the film Eragon and various Star Wars video games. He appeared in the films The Saint.

Author Kevin Jackson (b.1955) died on May 10. Jackson did the comic adaptation of Dante’s Inferno and the BFI Classics Nosferatu. He wrote the rock opera Bite.

Actor Norman Lloyd (b.1914) died on May 10. Lloyd was part of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre and performed on their infamous War of the Worlds broadcast. He appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Next Generation. His films included The Nude Bomb and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. He produced episodes of Journey Into the Unknown.

Actor Neil Connery (b.1938) died on May 11. Best known as Sean Connery’s brother, Connery appeared in the films The Body Stealers and Operation Kid Brother, taking advantage of his brother’s success for the latter film. He died just over six month after his brother.

Stuntman Buddy Van Horn (b.1928) died on May 11. His work can be seen in The Green Hornet, The Six Million Dollar Man, Marooned, The Beastmaster, and The Sword and the Sorcerer.

Actress Kathy Burns died on May 12. Burns has bit parts in the 2005 King Kong, Mostrkyd Manor, and Fire City End of Days. She helped restore the model time machine for The Time Machine: The Journey Back.

Actor Blackie Dammett (b.1939) died on May 12. Dammett appeared in A Night at the Magic Castle, The Lost Empire, and The American Scream as well as an episode of ALF.

Comic book artist Jesse Hamm died on May 12. Hamm worked on Batman ’66, Hawkeye, and Planets vs. Zombies. He maintained the Twitter feed “Tips from Jesse Hamm” to help aspiring comics artists.

Anthologist Marvin Kaye (b.1938) died on May 13. His anthologies included the World Fantasy Award winning The Fair Folk, The Dragon Quintet, Witches and Warlocks, and Forbidden Planets. He edited H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror and Weird Tales. He wrote the Masters of Solitude series with Parke Godwin and The Passion of Frankenstein as a solo author.

Stuntman Gary Littlejohn (b.1946) died on May 15. Littlejohn did stunts in Howard the Duck, The Mask, Vampire in Brooklyn, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

Stuntman Roy Scammell (b.1932) died on May 15. Scammell performed in Flash Gordon, Alien, A Clockwork Orange, and Willow.

Director and actor René Cardona III (b.1962) died on May 16. Cardona, who father and grandfather were also directors, directed Alarido del terror and Keiko en peligro. He appeared in The Bermuda Triangle and Cemetery of Terror.

Fan Jim Rittenhouse (b.1957) died on May 16. Rittenhouse was the founder of the APA Point of Divergence and a longtime judge for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. He had been a guest of honor at DucKon and Windycon and worked on the Cincinnati in 88 Worldcon bid.

Author and illustrator Robert M. Quackenbush (b.1929) died on May 17. His works include the chapbook Dig to Disaster and cover art for the Houghton Mifflin edition of The Lord of the Rings.

Author Don Sakers (b.1958) died from a heart attack on May 17. Sakers wrote the PSiScouts series and the stories in the Scattered World universe. With Melissa Scott, he edited the magazine The Rule of Five Quarterly. He was a long-time book reviewer for Analog.

Actor Charles Grodin (b.1935) died on May 18. Grodin appeared in numerous films, including Heart and Souls, the Dino de Laurentiis King Kong, Rosemary’s Baby, and Heaven Can Wait. His film debut was uncredited in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

NASA Flight Director John Hodge (b.1929) died on May 19. Hodge served as a flight director during the Mercury and Gemini missions. He worked as FIDO during the Gemini VII mission and during the Apollo 1 fire.

Comic book author David Anthony Kraft (b.1952) died on May 19. Kraft became the editor of FOOM in 1976 and went on to write The Defenders. Hs also worked on Captain America, World’s Finest Comics, and Savage She-Hulk. In addition to his creative work, he also published Comics Interview.

Actress Romy Windsor (b. Romy Walthall, 1963) died on May 19. She appeared in an episode of Quantum Leap and The X-Files and in the films The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare and Howling: New Moon Rising.

Author Vladimir Malov (b.1947) died on May 22. His work includes Halluzinationen, “Prevedere,” and “Ich—ein Scherraner.”

Director Milton Moses Ginsberg (b.1935) died on May 23. Ginsberg wrote, directed, and edited The Werewolf of Washington.

Fan Marty Helgesen (b.1938) died on May 23. A frequent letter writer, Helgesen published the zine Radio Free Thulcandra and was a member of the Fannish Little Amateur Press. He was active in Christian Fandom and MINNEAPA.

Actress Desiree Gould (b.1945) died on May 24. Gould appeared in Sleepaway Camp, Tales of Poe, and Caesar and Otto Meets Dracula’s Lawyer.

Makeup artist Robert Hall (b.1973) died on May 24. Hall worked on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Teen Wolf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Firefly.

Actor Samuel E. Wright (b.1946) died on May 24. Wright is best known for providing the voice of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid. He also played Mufasa on Broadway in The Lion King and provided the voice of Kron in Dinosaur.

Publisher Gary Compton died on May 25. Compton ran Tickety Boo Press, which publishes horror and science fiction novels.

Actress Lorina Kamburova (b.1991) died on May 26. Kamburova appeared in Day of the Dead: Bloodline, Doom: Annihilation¸ Leatherface, and Nightworld: Door of Hell.

Actor and author Shane Briant (b.1946) died on May 27. Briant appeared in Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein, and appeared in episodes of Farscape and Time Trax. He also published the novels Worst Nightmares and The Dreamhealer.

Actor David Butler (b.1960) died on May 27. Butler appeared in The Canterville Ghost, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Project Shadowchaser II, and The Prisoner.

Actor Robert Hogan (b.1933) died on May 27. Hogan appeared in Westworld and Species II, and episodes of Batman, The Twilight Zone, and Night Gallery.

Comics artist Benoît Sokal (b.1954) died on May 28. Sokal designed the games Amerzone, Syberia, and Syberia II before creating his own company to create Paradise. He drew the comics for À Suivre magazine and created Inspector Canardo.

Actor Paul Soles (b.1930) died on May 28. Soles is best known for providing the voice of Spider-Man in the 1960s television series. He also provided the voices of Happy Hogan, Bruce Banner, and Rick Jones. He made an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in The Incredible Hulk.

Actor Gavin MacLeod (b.1931) died on May 29. MacLeod is best known for his roles as Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Captain Stubing on The Love Boat. His genre credits include Men Into Space, Time Changer, and episodes of Wonder Woman and The Munsters.

Actor Joe Lara (b.William J. Lara, 1962) died on May 29 when the plane he was flying in crashed into a Tennessee lake. Lara portrayed Tarzan in the series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures. He also appeared in Steel Frontier, Hologram Man, and Starfire Mutiny.

Actress Arlene Golonka (b.1936) died on May 31. Golonka appeared in The In-Laws and Hang ‘Em High. Her genre work included voicework on The Super Powers Team, appearances on Get Smart and Mork and Mindy and the film Dr. Alien.

Comics writer Patrick McGreal (b.1953) died on May 31. Much of McGreal’s work was published by Egmont for Disney’s European comics and later reprinted in the US. He also wrote Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonard da Vinci and I, Paparazzi.

Script and continuity editor Peggy Spirito died in May. Spirito, who was also credited as Spirit, worked on One Million Years B.C., The Avengers, and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased).


Seattle bookseller Bob Brown on June 2. Brown ran B. Brown and Associates, a used and rare book dealer who made appearances at World Fantasy Cons and other conventions.

Actress Damaris Hayman (b.1929) died on June 3. Hayman appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The Daemons.” She also appeared in episodes of Pardon My Genie, Super Gran, and the film Mad About Men.

Actor Ernie Lively (b.1947) died on June 3. Lively appeared in episodes of Quantum Leap, The X-Files, Dark Skies, and Misfits of Science. He is Blake Lively’s father.

John Sacret Young (b.1947) died on June 3. Young produced the television shows VR.5and Level 9. He wrote the TV movie The Possessed. He is best known for creating the show China Beach.

Actor Clarence Williams III (b.1939) died on June 4. Williams is best known for his role on The Mod Squad, but his genre credits include appearances on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Millennium, Mindstorm, and Imposter.

Publisher M. Richard Robinson, Jr. (b.1937) died on June 6. Robinson was the chairman and CEO of Scholastic Books and had overseen their day-to-day operations for nearly five decades.

Producer Douglas S. Cramer (b.1931) died on June 7. Cramer served as an Executive Producer on the Wonder Woman television series. He was an Executive Vice President in Charge of Production on Star Trek and The Immortal.

Actor Larry Gelman (b.1930) died on June 7. Gelman appeared in numerous television shows such as The Bob Newhart Show and Maude. His genre work included appearances on Batman, Mork & Mindy, and the Weird Science television series.

Baltimore fan Michael S. Hakulin, Sr. (b.1943) died on June 7. Hakulin was a founder of Balticon and served as President of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. He ran the party suite at the first Balticon.

Actor Ben Roberts (b.1950) died on June 7. Roberts appeared in two episodes of the kid’s series The Queen’s Nose and the film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Edward de Bono (b.1933) died on June 9. De Bono wrote the essay “Lateral Thinking and Science Fiction” as well as the introduction to The Edward de Bono Science Fiction Collection. He contributed to Peter Nicoll’s Science Fiction at Large.

Producer Cynthia Hargreave (b.1957) died on June 9. Hargreave produced the films Bullfighter and Midsummer.

Artist Linda S. Touby (b.1942) died on June 9. Although Touby’s work was not SFnal, she collected the works of her husband, Basil Gogos into The Monster Art of Basil Gogos.

Fan Michelle Zellich died on June 9. Zellich was the president of the St. Louis Science Fiction Society and chaired several Archons, including the 9th NASFIC.. She was the co-chair of the St. Louis in 97 Worldcon bid. She received the Nickelberry Award and was named Fan of the Year by the Archon Hall of Fame.

Producer Peter Adams died on June 11. Adams wrote the horror films Aux and S.N.U.B! and produced the latter as well.

Actor John Gabriel (b.1931) died on June 11. Best known for his work on Ryan’s Hope, he appeared in The Incredible Hulk Returns and an episode of The Six-Million Dollar Man.

Director Dennis Berry (b.1944) died on June 12. Berry directed episodes of Highlander and Stargate SG-1. He appeared in the film Paris Does Not Exist.

Actor Ned Beatty (b.1937) died on June 13. Beatty played Otis, Luthor’s henchman, in the Superman films and also appeared in the 1990 Captain America. Other genre works included Time Trackers, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Toy Story 3, and Gulliver’s Travels.

Producer David Lightfoot (b.1960) died on June 13. He produced Cyber Wars and Selkie and was working on the film Skylab at the time of his death.

Artist Paul Alexander (b.1937) died on June 14. Alexander’s artwork appeared on the covers of Asimov’s, The Dosadi Experiment, Hawksbill Station, and Orion Shall Rise, as well as other magazines and novels published by New York publishers.

Actress Lisa Banes (b.1955) died in a hit and run on June 14. Banes appeared in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Once Upon a Time and two episodes of The Orville.

French cartoonist Nikita Mandryka (b.1940) died on June 14. Mandryka worked on Vaillant and Pilote. He created L’Écho des savanesand Concombre Masqué.

Actor Frank Bonner (b.1942) died on June 17. Best known for portraying Herb Tarlick on WKRP in Cincinnati, he also appeared in several episodes of the series Harry and the Hendersons and the film Equinox.

Game designer Andrew Hackard (b.1970) died on June 17. Hackard worked for Steve Jackson Games and served as managing editor on GURPS Fourth Edition, wrote GURPS Deadlands: Weird West and served as their Munchkin Czar.

Actor Joe Praml (b.1935) died on June 18. Praml appeared in Superman II, Demonwarp, and Deep Space.

Actress Joanne Linville (b.1928) died on June 20. Linville played a Romulan commander on Star Trek and appeared on The Invaders, The Twilight Zone, and Starship Excelsior.

Author Patricia Reilly Giff (b.1935) died on June 22. Giff mostly wrote children’s books that were not of genre interest with the exception of Gingersnap, an historical ghost story.

Actress Jackie Lane (b.1941) died on June 23. Lane’s acting career lasted from 1962 to 1966 and ended with her playing Dodo Chaplet, one of the first Doctor’s companions.

Actor Robert Sacchi (b.1932) died on June 23. His resemblance to Humphrey Bogart helped his career, including the film The Man with Bogart’s Face. He appeared in Blast from the Past, an episode of Tales from the Crypt, and an episode of Fantasy Island.

Director Claire Peploe (b.1941) died on June 24. Peploe co-wrote and directed the film Rough Magic and also directed an episode of the television show Chillers.

Puppeteer Steve Sherman (b.1949) died on June 24. Sherman worked on a puppeteer for the films Men in Black, Men in Black II, and Mighty Joe Young. He also wrote for the comic book Kobra.

Actress Olga Barnet (b.1951) died on June 25. Barnet appeared in the original Tarkovsky Solaris and the Russian film Begstvo mistera Mak-Kinli.

Director John Erman (b.1935) died on June 25. Erman directed the Star Trek episode “The Empath” as well as episodes of My Favorite Martian, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and The Outer Limits.

Actor Fernand Guiot (b.1932) died on June 26. Guiot appeared in the films The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Le coma des mortels, and Les lutteurs immobiles. He also appeared in an episode of the television series Fantomas.

Actor Larry Don Johnson (b.1944) died on June 26. Johnson appeared in the horror films Street Tales of Terror and Sugar Hill.

Producer Alison Greenspan (b.1972) died on June 27. She served as a producer on Catwoman, Railhead, and The Selection.

Fan Al Bouchard (b.1956) died on June 29. Bouchard produced the fanzine The Lightning Round and scopus:3007, the latter with his wife, Megan Jean Bouchard. He began writing for fanzines after winning a contest at Hardwired ConFusion in 1991.

Actor Stuart Damon (b.1937) died on June 29. Best known for his work on soap operas, he appeared in several episodes of Space: 1999 and Destination Moonbase-Alpha. He also appeared on Fantasy Island and a television version of Cinderella.

Actress Natalya Smirnova (b.1961) died on June 30. Smirnova appeared in the film Mermaid.

Artist Bob Haberfield (b.1938) died in June. Haberfield’s work appeared on many of Michael Moorcock’s Mayflower and Granada published novels in the 60s and 70s. He also provided cover art for Spinrad’s The Iron Dream and Zelazny’s Doorways in the Sand.


Australian actress Kate Ferguson (b.1955) died on July 2. She appeared in the 1979 film Spaced Out and more recently in Frankenpimp’s Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre.

Director Kartal Tibet (b.1938) died on July 2. Tibet directed Japon Isi and Turks in Space. He starred in Tarkan: The Gold Medallion, Tarkan and the Blood of the Vikings, and Bagdat Hirsizi.

Director Desmond Davis (b.1926) died on July 3. Davis directed the original Clash of the Titans and worked in various roles on The Giant Behemoth, The Crawling Eye, and Scream of Fear.

Dutch fan Rias Nuninga (b.1952) died on July 3. Nuninga maintained the international bibliography website for Philip José Farmer. In addition, his writings about Farmer have appeared in a variety of zines and books.

Actress Anne Stallybrass (b.1938) died on July 3. She appeared in episodes of The Knights of God and Jackanory.

Manchester fan Mike Don (b.1945) died in early July. Don ran the bookshop Grass Roots beginning in 1974 and in 1982 he launched the mail-order science fiction business Dreamberry Wine.

Author C. Dean Andersson died on July 5. Andersson’s novels included I Am Dracula and I Am Frankenstein. He also wrote in collaboration with Nina Romberg, using the pseudonym Asa Drake. In 2007, his short story “The Death Wagon Rolls On” was nominated for the Stoker Award.

Fan Johny “Bucky” Buckhanan (b.1970) died on July 5. Buchanan was an active costumer who was a member of several costuming groups in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest.

Italian actress Raffaella Carrà (b.Raffaella Pelloni, 1943) died on July 5. Carrà was a popular Italian television star and appeared in the fantasy films Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules, Ulysses Against Hercules, and Atlas Against the Cyclops.

Actor Roger Cudney (b.1936) died on July 5. Cudney appeared in the films Total Recall, Species: The Awakening, The Arrival, and Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back.

Producer and director Richard Donner (b.1930) died on July 5. Donner produced and directed Superman, the first major superhero film. He also produced Perversions of Science, Tales from the Crypt, and X-Men. Donner won a Hugo Award for the film Superman.

Actor William Smith (b.1933) died on July 5. Smith appeared in the films Empire of Ash III, Planet of the Apes, and Conan the Barbarian and episodes of Batman, I Dream of Jeannie, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and The Twilight Zone.

Director and actor Robert Downey, Sr. (b.1936) died on July 7. Downey directed three episodes of The Twilight Zone and appeared in one episode.

Artist Andrew Hopkinson (b.1966) died on July 7. Hopkinson created the CD cover art for all six audio plays in the Doctor Who Kaldor City series and played a security man in the first of the stories.

Indian actor Dilip Kumar (b.1922) died on July 7. Kumar appeared in the fantasy films Madhumati and Uran Khatola.

Actor Chick Vennera (v.1947) died on July 7. Vennera provided voicework for Batman Beyond, Batman: The Animated Series, The Jetsons, and The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. He appeared in the films The Terror Within II, Time Under Fire, and Glass Trap.

Fan Roslee Orndorff (b.1958) died on July 8. Orndorff was a long-time coordinator of the Bubonicon art show and also ran the ABQ Science Fiction Society.

Makeup artist Paul Huntley (b.1932) died in early July. His genre worked included the films The Addams Family, Sheena, The Cell, and The Exorcist III.

Actress Colette O’Neil (b.1937) died on July 11. O’Neil appeared in the Doctor Who series “Snakedance.” She also appeared in Adam Adamant Lives and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed.

Actor Charlie Robinson (b.1945) died on July 11. Best known for his portrayal of Mac on Night Court, his genre appearances included the films Maybe Someday, Beowulf and Swerve and episodes of Charmed and Carnivàle.

Filker Colleen Savitzky (b.1952) died on July 12. Savitzky was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2008 for running filk at BayCon and Silicon as well as at several worldcons. She served as con suite director and hotel liaison for Consonance.

Detroit fan and publisher Sid Altus (b.1949) died on July 13. Altus was an avid sf art and videotape collector in the 70s and 80s and attended and worked AutoClave, MidWestCon, and ConFusion and was part of the Detroit in ’82 bid. He also hosted Sidcon, a series of weekend long house parties. He cofounded Phantasia Press before fafiating.

Author Joe McKinney (b.1968) died on July 13. McKinney was a horror writer and policeman who won the Bram Stoker Award for his YA novel Dog Days and his novel Flesh Eaters. He also co- edited two anthologies and co-wrote the Retreat series.

Academic Sally Miller Gearhart (b.1931) died on July 14. Best known for establishing one of the first women and gender study programs in the U.S., Gearhart published several short stories and the novels The Kanshou and The Magister which are within the genre.

Author Judi B. Castro (b.1963) died on July 15. Castro co-wrote the short story “Unfamiliar Gods” with her husband, Adam-Troy Castro and also wrote the penultimate chapter to the classic novel Atlanta Nights.

Illustrator Floyd Cooper (b.1956) died on July 15. Cooper provided the cover art to Back to the Before, by Jan Slepian, as well as interior art for Jaguarundi. He also worked with Jane Yolen.

Author William F. Nolan (b.1928) died on July 15. Nolan wrote the novel Logan’s Run and its sequels, as well as the Sam Space series and

Helltracks. Nolan wrote many biographies, including works on Ray Bradbury. He received three Stoker Awards and was named Author Emeritus by SFWA in 2005.

Comics designer Bill Tortolini (b.1975) died during the third week of July. Tortolini lettered and designed Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, XIII, and Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

Artist Stephen Hickman (b.1949) died on July 16. He began painting book covers for Ace Books in 1974 and has published a collection of his work in The Fantasy Art of Stephen Hickman. Hickman won a Hugo for best original artwork for his space fantasy commemorative stamp booklet.

Rapper Biz Markie (b.1964) died on July 16. Markie appeared in the films The Meteor Man and Men in Black II. His music was used in the soundtrack for Space Jam.

Actress Pilar Bardem (b.1939) died on July 17. Bardem appeared in several episodes of El inquilino and Lilly the Witch. Bardem is actor Javier Bardem’s mother.

Publisher Jane Morpeth (b.1960) died on July 17. Morpeth worked for UK publisher Headline beginning in 1986 and her genre authors included Neil Gaiman, Dean Koontz, and Deborah Harkness.

Actor Milan Lasica (b.1940) died on July 18. Lasica appeared in episodes of Frankenstein’s Aunt and the films Srdecny pozdrav ze zemekoule, The Three Veterans and Freckled Max and the Spooks. He directed the film Nadmerné malickosti: Duch modreého pokoje.

Australian fan Anthony Kevin Ellis (b.1959) died on July 19.

Actor Leon Greene (b.1931) died on July 19. Greene appeared in Flash Gordon and A Challenge for Robin Hood. Some non-genre roles that may be familiar to fans include Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and appearances in Royal Flash and The Seven-Per-Cent Solution.

Actor David Dukas (b.1970) died on July 20. Dukas appeared in District 9 and the Doctor Who episode “Rosa.” He also appeared in Blood of Beasts, Cold Harvest, and Merlin: The Return.

Actor Bergen Williams (b.1959) died on July 20. Best known for appearing on General Hospital, her genre appearances included Power Rangers Wild Force, Babylon 5, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Welsh fan Bryn Fortey (b.1937) died on July 21. Fortey joined BSFA in 1966 and gafiated for a while in the 80s and 90s. He published the fanzines Action Replay, Chopping Block, Relativity, and others. In addition, Fortey published several short stories.

Author Rick Boatright (b.1955) died on July 22. Boatright was active in 1632 fandom, writing both stories and articles as well as co-authoring 1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz with Kerryn Offord. He also maintained Eric Flint’s website.

Author Patricia Kennealy-Morrison (b.1946) died on July 23. Kennealy-Morrison wrote the space opera The Keltiad, which was comprised of two trilogies. She later turned to writing mysteries and set up her own press. She was handfasted to singer Jim Morrison.

Production manager Anna Gross (b.1952) died on July 23. Gross worked as a production executive for The Neverending Story and The Name of the Rose and as the U.S. representative for producers for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

Actor Mike Mitchell (b.1955) died on July 23. Mitchell appeared in Legend of the Red Reaper, Dragon Kingdom, Apocalypse Z, and The Planet.

Jim Lesniak died the weekend of July 24 while attending Gem City Comic Con. Lesniak was the owner of Voodoo Comics as well as a collector in his own right.

Comedian Jackie Mason (b.1928) died on July 24. While Mason was mostly a stand up comedian, he did appear in the Hugo and Nebula Award winning Sleeper and provided voice work for an episode of The Fairly OddParents.

Actor Al Pugliese (b.1946) died on July 24. Pugliese appeared in episodes of Firefly, American Horror Story, and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., and the films Annihilator and Philadelphia Experiment II.

French author Henri Vernes (b.Charles-Henri-Jean Dewisme, 1918) died on July 25. Vernes wrote several novels in the Bob Morane series as well as the stand-alone Dix mille ans après l’atome and his memoirs.

Fan Ed Meskys (b.1936) died on July 25. Meskys was the president of the Tolkien Society of America from 1967-1972 and helped found Locus as a bidzine for the Boston in 67 Worldcon bid. He has published several fanzines over the years, most notably Niekas, for which he won the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1967.

Actor Rick Aiello (b.1955) died on July 26.

Aiello appeared in episodes of Early Edition and Tales from the Crypt and the movies Switch and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

Director David Von Anckem (b.1964) died on July 26. Von Anckem directed episodes of Heroes, The Vampire Diaries, The Purge, The Crossing, and Salem.

Academic Michael Murrin (b.1938) died on July 27. Murren analyzed symbols and mythical beasts found in works such as Beowulf and The Lord of the Rings. Much of his work focused on dragons in literature.

Actor Saginaw Grant (b.1936) died on July 28. Grant appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episode “The Mystery of the Blues” and the films Beyond the Quest, Avenged, and Valley of the Gods.

Costumer Robert Moyer died on July 28. Moyer was a frequent attendees at many East Coast costuming conventions. He was also active in the 501st Legion.

Musician Dusty Hill (b.1949) died on July 28. The bass player for ZZ Top, Hill appeared in the film Back to the Future, Part III and his music with ZZ Top was used in the soundtrack for several films.

J.W. Rinzler (b.1962) died on July 28. Rinzler worked as an historian at Lucasfilm and published several non-fiction books about Star Wars and Indiana Jones, drawing materials from the company’s vaults. He published the secret history novel All Up in 2020.

Actor Clive Scott (b.1937) died on July 28. Scott’s first credited role was in the Doctor Who serial “The Mind of Evil.” He later appeared in Tales of Mystery and Imagination and The Adventures of Sinbad.

Polish fan Wiktor Bukato (b.1949) died on July 26. Bukato served as the chair of the European SF Society and chaired Eurocon in 1991. She served as the editor of Wydawnichtwie Alfa and was head of the publishing houses Phantom Press and Alkazar.

Actor Alvin Ing (b.1932) died on July 31. Ing’s genre work included an episode of Fantasy Island and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the films The Final Countdown and Smilla’s Sense of Snow.


Author Ian Dallas (b.1930) died on August 1. Dallas wrote the novel The Book of Strangers. He converted to Islam in 1967 and most of his writing was under the name Abdalqadir as-Sufi.

Mark Adalsperger (b.) died on August 2. Adalsperger served as Art Director at Wizards of the Coast.

Costumer Leo Baggins died on August 2. Baggins, who also used the name Leo d’Entrement, worked on numerous conventions, including MidAmeriCon 2 and taught cosplay at Arisia. He also wrote fanfiction.

Set Decorator Michele Poulik died on August 2. Poulik worked on the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and the films Darkman, Stargate and Hellraiser: Bloodline.

Actress Jean Hale (b.1938) died on August 3. Hale appeared in two episodes of Batman as well as episodes of My Favorite Martian and The Wild West. She also appeared in the film In Like Flint.

Editor Elizabeth Anne Hull (b.1937) died on August 3. Hull was active in the Science Fiction Research Association, chairing their conference at least twice and also ran academic programming for Chicon 2000. She co-edited the anthology Tales from the Planet Earth with her husband, Frederik Pohl as well as the Festschrift Gateways.

Screenwriter Fred Ladd (b.1927) died on August 3. Ladd wrote for the television series Astro Boy and Gigantor. His films included two Pippi Longstocking films and Journey Back to Oz.

Costumer Dana MacDermott (b.1945) died on August 3. MacDermott was active in the International Costumers’ Guild. She began costuming with husband Bruce in 1983 and served as an officer of the ICG. In 2009, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award. She co-founded the Silicon Web Costumers’ Guild.

British fan Alistair Durie (b.1944) died on August 5. Durie had a large collection of pre-World War II fanzines as well as a collection of books and pulps. In 1979, he published a pictorial guide to Weird Tales.

Producer Peter A. Lees (b.1970) died on August 6. Lees began producing films in 2016 with The Lost Tree and over the past five years also worked on The Accidental Zombie (Named Ted), Cinderella: The Enchanted Beginning, A Christmas Carol, and Attack of the Unknown.

Filker Mary Smith (b.1960) died on August 6. Smith, who also went by Folly was known for her song “Itty Bitty Titty Me.” She was active in Midwest filk circles and conventions as well as Pennsic.

Costumer Bruce Briant died during the first week of August. Briant was a west coast costumer who taught about Georgian costuming at Costume College in 1996 and served as dean that year and the following year. He co-chaired CostumeCon 18 with Kate Morgenstern and Bridget Landry.

Stuntman Brad Allen (b.1973) died on August 7. He was the stunt coordinator on Solo: A Star Wars Story and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. He also worked on Wonder Woman and the Kingsman movies.

Actress Markie Post (b.1950) died on August 7. Post may be best known for her role on Night Court, but also had several genre roles, including appearances on The Incredible Hulk, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and The Greatest American Hero. She did voicework for Transformers Prime and recreated the role of Electra Woman.

Actress Jane Withers (b.1926) died on August 7. A child star, Withers returned to acting as an adult and appeared on episodes of The Munsters. She also did voicework for Disney, including the role of the gargoyle Laverne in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and its sequel after Mary Wickes died.

Fan Caitlin Bestler died on August 8. Active in Chicago fandom beginning in the 1970s, as Chip Bestler, they chaired the first Capricon in 1981. Bestler was part of the Chicago in 1982 Worldcon Bid and performed with Moebius Theatre.

Actor Alex Cord (b.1933) died on August 9. Cord appeared in episodes of Night Gallery, The Sox-Million Dollar Man, Airwolf, and Genesis II.

Actress Patricia Hitchcock (b.1928) died on August 9. The daughter of Alfred Hitchcock, she appeared in several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents as well as the original version of Psycho.

Ken Hutchison (b.1948) died on August 9. Hutchison played Marquet in Ladyhawke and appeared in an episode of Arthur of the Britons, Space: 1999, and The Guardians.

Victoria Paris (b.1960) died on August 10. Paris appeared in many pornographic films, including the genre films Mind Trips, Time Barbarians, The Chameleon, The New Barbarians, and Rocket Girls.

Lorna Toolis (b.1952) died on August 11. Toolis had served as the collection head for the Merril Collection at the Toronto Public Library. She was also a member of the Edmonton Science Fiction and Comic Arts Society. With Michael Skeet, she co-edited Tesseracts 4.

Cinema critic Scott Allen Nollen (b.1963) died on August 12. Nollen wrote works about Boris Karloff and Frankenstein, Robin Hood, Disney, and films based on the works of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Una Stubbs (b.1937) died on August 12. Stubbs was a regular on The Worst Witch and Delta Wave and appeared in the Big Finish audio episode Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures “Horror of Glam Rock.”

Game designer Steve Perrin (b.1946) died on August 13. Perrin was one of the founding members of the Society for Creative Anachronism and later went on to create RuneQuest. He worked on the original Thieves World RPG box set and Stormbringer.

Actor Francis Mossman (b.1988) died on August 14. Mossman appeared on The Amazing Extraordinary Friends and Dream Channel as well as the film The Richmond Family Massacre.

Author Denise Lee died from COVID-19 on August 16. Lee published three short stories in the 1990s, beginning with “The Butterfly King,” under the name Denise Tyler, “The Boys from Bethlehem” with Kevin O’Donnell, Jr., and “Sailing the Painted Ocean.”

Actor Richard Lee-Sung (b.1930) died on August 16. Best known for appear on M*A*S*H, his genre credits include Lost Horizon, Manimal, Forbidden Warrior, Salvage 1, and Voyagers!

Actor Eddie Paskey (b.1939) died on August 17. Paskey played Lieutenant Leslie in Star Trek and reprised the role as Admiral Leslie in Star Trek: The New Voyages. He also was William Shatner stand-in throughout the original series.

Jeanne Keyes Youngson (b.1924) died on August 17. Youngson was the founder of the Count Dracula Fan Club, later the Vampire Empire. She has written numerous works based on Dracula and Bram Stoker.

Author and illustrator Jill Murphy (b.1949) died on August 18. Murphy wrote that Worst Witch children’s books, as well as several other children’s and young adult books.

Fan Mary Osmanski (b.Mary Kayser) died on August 18. Osmanski was active in the SCA under the name Mary of Montevale. She was also part of Darkover fandom.

Actor Shin’ichi Chiba (b.1939) died on August 19. Best known in the US as Sonny Chiba and his role in Kill Bill, Volume I, he appeared in several Japanese films, including Agent X-2: Operation Underwater, Virus: The End, Message from Space, and Invasion of the Neptune Man.

Don Jones (b.1938) died on August 19. Jones directed Molly and the Ghost and worked in various positions on films including The House of Seven Corpses, The Astro-Zombies, Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, and The Mighty Gorga.

Author Lisa Mannetti died on August 19. Mannetti began publishing horror in 2008 with the novel The Gentling Box, which won the Stoker Award. She won a second Stoker for her short story “The Apocalypse” in 2017.

Actor Masaya Nihei (b.1940) died on August 21. Nihei played Hiroaki Tobe and Mitsuhiro Ide in various The Ultraman television series and also appeared in several Ultraman films.

Actress Marilyn Eastman (b.1933) died on August 22. Eastman worked as a makeup artist on Night of the Living Dead and played Helen Cooper in the film.

Actor and wrestler Brick Bronsky (b.Jeffrey Beltzner, 1964) died on August 23. Bronsky appeared in three Class of Nuke ‘ Em High films as well as Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.

Editor Tom Flynn (b.1955) died on August 23. Flynn wrote the novels in the Messiah Trilogy series, beginning with Galactic Rapture in 2000. He was the editor of Free Inquiry and the executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism.

Actress Rosita Quintana (b.1925) died on August 23. Quintana appeared in the fantasy series Así son ellasas well as the films Hora marcada, Demon in the Blood, and A gozar, a gozar, que el mundo se va acabar.

Fan Erle Korshak (b.1923) died on August 25. Korshak became active in fandom in the 1930s and in 1939 created Moonstruck Press. He helped organize the second Worldcon, the Chicon, in 1940 and served as acting chair on the first day of the convention. He founded Shasta Publishers in 1947 and ran it for 10 years before leaving fandom for three decades, returning in the late 80s and eventually founding Shasta-Phoenix Press. He was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame and was scheduled to be a Guest of Honor at Chicon 8 in 2022.

Actress Zdenka Procházková (b.1926) died on August 25. Procházková appeared on episodes of The Visitors and Princess Arabela. She was also in the films The Lost Face and Ferat Vampire.

Artist Ed Buckley died in late August. Buckley took up space art in 1957 and discovered fandom around the same time. He exhibited in art shows and was Guest of Honor at Satellite 5. He served a term as president of ASTRA and was active in Glasgow’s Resurgence of Trout fan group.

Thai director Sompote Sands (b.1941) died on August 26. Sands directed Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman, Kraithong 2, and Magic Lizard.

Animator Anne Joliffe (b.1933) died on August 27. Joliffe worked on both The Beatles animated television series and Yellow Submarine. Other work included the film Abra Cadabra and Grendel Grendel Grendel.

Author L. Neil Smith (b.1946) died on August 27. Smith was the creator of the Prometheus Awards and has published nearly thirty novels, including the Lando Calrissian trilogy published by Del Rey in 1983 and the novels The Probability Broach, The Forge of Elders, and Henry Martyn.

Author and artist Stephen Vessels died on August 27. Vessels was the author of The Door of Tireless Pursuit and several short stories. His art was featured in a gallery show in New York.

Actor Ed Asner (b.1929) died on August 28. Asner is best known for playing Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the self-titled sequel. His genre appearances included Carl Fredericksen in Up, Santa in Elf, voicework for Batman: The Animated Series and Spider-Man: The Animated series, among others. He voiced Jabba the Hutt in the radio adaptation of Return of the Jedi.

Visual effects artist Bill Taylor (b.1944) died on August 28. Taylor worked on The Fog, Blade Runner, Dark Star, Serenity, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He received two Emmy nominations for his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Genie DiModica (b.1948) died the last weekend in August. DiModica was one of the founders of the Western Pennsylvania Science Fiction Association. She was on the committee for the Bermuda Triangle bid and a member of the Lunarians.

Fan Carol Carr (b.1938) died on August 31. Carr was a member of Lilapa in the 1960s and much of her fannish writing was collected in 2013. She sold her first professional story, “Look, You Think You’ve Got Troubles” in 1969 and five more over the years. She was married to Terry Carr and later Robert Lichtman.

Actor Michael Constantine (b.1927) died on August 31. Constantine may be most recognizable for his role as Gus in the My Big Fat Greek Wedding films and television show, but also appeared in Elektra Woman and Dyna Girl, The Twilight Zone, and My Favorite Martian.

Fan Joe Maraglino (b.1954) died in August. In the early 1990s, Maraglino published the fanzine Astromancer Quarterly. Maraglino served as the chair of the George Alec Effinger Medical Fund and was a member of the Niagara Falls Science Fiction Association.


Costumer Sue Edmunds died on September 1. Edmunds ran the costume contest at Chicago TARDIS and brought her costuming to non-genre events as well. She served as the President of the Chicagoland Costumer’s Guild and on its board as well as an International Costumers Guild board representative.

Author Catherine MacPhail (b.1946) died on September 1. A children’s book author, her works include the Tyler Lawless series, Dark Waters, Another Me, and The Evil Within.

Screenwriter Jorge Martin (b.1937) died on September 1. Often credited as George Martin, he appeared in Supermen, The Magnificent Robin Hood, Island of the Doomed, and Escalofrio diabólico.

Dialogue coach Joan Washington (b.1950) died on September 1. Washington has worked as a dialogue coach on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Tenet, Highlander, The Borrowers, and Cinderella.

Screenwriter and producer Irma Kalish (b.1924) died on September 3. Kalish was the producer and writer of Ghost of a Chance and wrote the screenplay for I Dream of Jeannie…Fifteen Years Later and was a writer for Good Heavens.

Knoxville fan Charlie Williams died on September 3. Williams owned a comics store in Knoxville and was a member of the Knoxville Science-Fantasy Federation. He taught cartoon illustration at the University of Tennessee and was a guest of honor at Imagincon 81, Con*Stellation II, and Roc*Kon 8. In 1984, he won the Southpaw Award for Best Humorist.

Artist Greta Edwards (b.Greta Tomlinson, 1927) died on September 4. Edwards worked on the Dan Dare comic strip from 1949 through 1953, becoming the model for Professor Peabody.

Gil Lane-Young (b.1946) died on September 5. Lane-Young was the co-founder and organizer of the UK Festival of Fantastic Films. The festival began in 1989.

Actor Tony Selby (b.1938) died on September 5. Selby appeared in the Doctor Who serials “Trial of a Time Lord” and “Dragonfire.” He also appeared in the film Superman, City in the Sea, and the television series Lucky Man and Mike & Angelo.

Actor Nino Castelnuovo (b.1936) died on September 6. Castelnuovo appeared in Star Odyssey, The Bloodstained Lawn, The Creatures, and episodes of I racconti fantastici di Edgar Allan Poe.

Fan Judith Hanna (b.c.1953) died on September 6. Hanna was a member of the Sydney University Tolkien Society and of the Australia in 83 bid committee. She won a Nova Award for her fanzine FTT and reviewed for other fanzines.

Actor Michael K. Williams (b.1966) died on September 6. Williams is best known for his work on The Wire, but his genre work includes Lovecraft Country, Assassin’s Creed, Ghostbusters¸ and Robocop.

BBC head of children’s programming Edward Barnes (b.1928) died on September 7. Barnes oversaw the production of Rentaghost and The Chronicles of Narnia. He also directed and produced several episodes of Blue Peter.

Artist Kevin Richard Brighton (b.1960) died on September 8. Brighton worked for IPC and Fleetway, with his work appeared in 2000AD and Judge Dredd.

Actor Art Metrano (b.1936) died on September 8. Metrano’s genre roles included appearances on Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and The Thing. He also appeared in The Strongest Man in the World and Toys.

Composer Matthew Stachan (b.1970) died on September 8. Stachan’s music has been used in the films Psychomanteum, Mostly Dead, and Devil Witch Way. He may be best known for writing the theme to the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire.

Film editor Jon Gregory (b.1944) died on September 9. He worked on the films Penelope, Deeply, Loch Ness, and The Road.

Producer Elizabeth McCann (b.1931) died on September 9. McCann was a Tony Award winning Broadway producer whose shows included Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, Cyrano de Bergerac, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Chicago fan Lois Ray died on September 11. Ray was a frequent attendee at Capricon, Windycon, and other Chicago fans, often volunteering at the con to do whatever was necessary. Ray worked as a certified food handler at Chicon 7.

Comic book colorist Andrew Yachus (b.1944) died on September 11. His work appeared in issues of X-Men, The Amazing Spider-Man, John Carter Warlord of Mars, Incredible Hulk, and many more.

Actress Fran Bennett (b.1937) died on September 12. Bennett played Admiral Shanthi in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also appeared on The Book of Daniel, Quantum Leap, and Early Edition.

Actor Ben Best (b.1974) died on September 12. Best appeared in the film Land of the Lost and wrote the film Your Highness. He may be best known as the creator of the show Eastbound & Down.

Cartoonist Carlo Chendi (b.1933) died on September 12. Chendi worked for Arnoldo Mondadori Editore on their licensed Disney comics. He was part of the Rapallo school of comic artists and a founder of the Bierreci group.

Actress Sandra James (b.1939) died on September 12. James worked as an actress and sound loop group director on television and films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Joker, What We Do In Shadows, Robots, Mission to Mars, and The Stepford Wives.

Actor Don Collier (b.1928) died on September 13. Although best known for his work in westerns, he appeared in episodes of Legend, Highway to Heaven, and Land of the Giants. He was also in the horror film The Cellar.

Astronomer Antony Hewish (b.1924) died on September 13. Hewish was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1974 for his role in the discovery of pulsars.

Publisher Peter Archer (b.1953) died on September 14. Archer worked for TSR and Wizards of the Coast, where he was in charge of their novels division. He wrote the novel The Great White Wyrm and co-wrote Uneasy Alliances. After WOTC, he worked for Adams Media.

Academic J. Randolph Cox (b.1936) died on September 14. Cox’s focus was mostly on crime and dime-novel fiction. He wrote the biblio-biography Man of Magic and Mystery about Walter Gibson, the creator of The Shadow.

Reuben Klamer (b.1922) died on September 14. Although best known for creating The Game of Life and Moon Rocks, Klamer also created prop weapons for various television shows, including the phasers used on Star Trek.

Comedian Norm MacDonald (b.1959) died on September 14. MacDonald appeared in episodes of The Orville and the Eddie Murphy Doctor Dolittle films. He did voicework on Skylanders Academy and The Seventh Dwarf.

Actor Robert Fyfe (b.1931) died on September 15. Fyfe appeared in the film Cloud Atlas and the 2004 adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days. He also appeared in the horror film Xtro and episodes of Misfits and Survivors.

Author Doris Piserchia (b.1928) died on September 15. Piserchia began publishing in 1966 with the story “Rocket to Gehenna” and proceeded to publish 13 novels between 1973 and 1983 before leaving the field. Her novels included Earthchild, Spaceling, and I, Zombie. She also wrote as Curt Selby.

Writer Joel Rapp (b.1934) died on September 15. Rapp wrote episodes of It’s About Time, Bewitched, The Flying Nun, and Science Fiction Theatre.

Producer Graham Harfield Barnard (b.1962) died on September 16. Barnard created The Schlocky Horror Picture Show and its host, Nigel Honeybone, which aired for 14 years in Australia and New Zealand.

Actress Juli Reding (b.1935) died on September 16. Reding appeared in the films Tormented and Take Me to Your Leader as well as an episode of Sea Hunt.

Author Susan Abel Sullivan died on September 16. Sullivan attended the Odyssey workshop in 2005 and went on to publish the collection Cursed and the novels The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama and The Weredog Whisperer.

Actor Jimmy Garrett (b.1954) died on September 17. Garrett played Lucille Ball’s son on The Lucy Show and also appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone and Munster, Go Home. He later worked as an assistant production assistant on X2: X-Men United.

Actress Avril Elgar (b.1932) died on September 17. Elgar appeared in The Medusa Touch, the 1966 television version of Alice in Wonderland, and two episodes of Tales of the Unexpected.

Actor Basil Hoffman (b.1938) died on September 17. Hoffman has appeared in The Twilight Zone, Eerie, Indiana, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, All of Me, and several other films.

Fan and bookseller Bill Grush died on September 18. Grush owned Star Realm in Omaha, Nebraska from 1978 through 2004 and even after the store closed continued to take a table at Nuke-Con to sell games and books.

Special effects modeler William Beck (b.1937) died on September 19. Beck created models and special effects for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Cocoon, and The Phantom Menace.

Actor John Challis (b.1942) died on September 19. Challis appeared in Only Fools and Horses, but his genre credits include an appearance in the Doctor Who serial “The Seeds of Doom” and Z-Cars. He also had a bit role in a television film version of Dracula.

Actor Stephen Critchlow (b.1966) died on September 19. He provided voicework for the video games World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. He appeared in an episode of Red Dwarf and played Otto Lidenbrook in the mini-series of Journey to the Centre of the Earth. He also appeared on The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells.

Actor Tim Donnelly (b.1944) died on September 19. Donnelly appeared in The Clonus Horror, Project U.F.O., and The Toolbox Murders.

Actor Morris Perry (b.1925) died on September 19. Perry appeared in the Doctor Who serial “Colony in Space” and also appeared in episodes of The Avengers, City Beneath the Sea, and Doomwatch.

Michigan filker Carol Flynt died on September 20. Flynt was a guest of honor at FilKONtario 7 and DucKon III. With husband Clif, she published short stories under the name C. Flynt, including “Contractual Obligations” and “One Born Every Minute.”

Author Peter Adam Salomon (b.1967) died on September 20. Salomon was the author of Henry Franks, Morsus, and the PseudoPsalms series. He was nominated for the Stoker Award for Best Young Adult Novel twice, first for All Those Broken Angels and later for Eight Minutes, Thirty-Two Seconds.

Screenwriter Robert Couttie (b.1951) died on September 21. He wrote the films Doomsdayer, Future War, and Goodbye America and appeared in the horror film The Forest Whisperers.

Actor Willie Garson (b.1964) died on September 21. Garson appeared as Steve Lomell in three episodes of Supergirl. Other genre appearances included The X-Files, Star Trek: Voyager, Quantum Leap, and the film Mars Attacks.

Actor Luis Gaspar died on September 21. Gaspar appeared in The Exterminators of the Year 3000, To Love, Perhaps to Die, and an episode of Palabras cruzadas. He also appeared in the horror films The Mummy’s Revenge, Dr. Jekyll vs. The Werewolf, and The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman.

Actor Anna Gaylor (b.1932) died on September 21. Her genre films include Frankenstein 90, Shock Treatment, Les visiteurs, and Paradis pour tous.

Actor Al Harrington (b.Tausau Ta’a, 1935) died on September 21. Harrington may be best known for appearing on both version of Hawaii 5-0. He appeared in the television films Escape from Atlantis and DreamKeeper.

Actor Peter Palmer (b.1931) died on September 21. Palmer is best known for playing the title role in L’il Abner, but also appeared in two episodes each of Superboy and Swamp Thing as well as the films Edward Scissorhands and Deep Space.

Producer Jay Sandrich (b.1932) died on September 22. Although best known for working on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sandrich also produced and directed episodes of Get Smart. He worked as an assistant director on Science Fiction Theatre.

Director and actor Melvin van Peebles (b.1932) died on September 22. A proponent of New Black Cinema, van Peebles appeared in Last Action Hero, The Shining, and episodes of The Outer Limits.

Author Langdon Jones (b.1942) died in September. Jones’ work mostly appeared in New Wave beginning in 1964 and he worked on the magazine in various editorial positions. Jones was also responsible for reconstructing the definitive edition of Mervyn Peake’s Titus Alone.

Producer David DePatie (b.1929) died on September 23. DePatie is best known as the co-creator of The Pink Panther. He also produced Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, the animated The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, and Spider-Woman.

Author Takao Saito (b.1936) died on September 24. Saito created the manga serial Golgo 13 in 1968, which is still running, making it the longest running manga. Saito was a two-time Shogakukan Manga Award winner and a member of the Order of the Rising Sun.

Academic Douglas Barbour (b.1940) died on September 25. Barbour’s Patterns of Meaning in the SF Novels of Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Samuel R. Delany, 1962-1972 was the first Canadian dissertation in science fiction. He used part of it as the basis for his book Worlds Out of Words: The SF Novels of Samuel R, Delany.

Game designer Terry Kevin Amthor (b.1958) died on September 25. Amthor was a founder of ICE and worked on Rolemaster and Spacemaster as well as MERP. He later founded Metropolis Ltd. and Eidolon Studio.

Author Chance Morrison (b.Catherine M. Morrison, 1969) died on September 25. Morrison’s stories included “A Perfect Bethlehem,” “Elvis in the Attic,” and “The Impossibility of Crows.”

Author Susan Bartholemew died on September 26. Bartholemew published the historical fantasies The Lake of Destiny, The World Below, and Taliesin’s Heir. She has also created the games Dracontias Keep, Wendelflame, and Melusine, which tie into her novels.

Italian author Ugo Malaguti (b.1945) died on September 26. His novels include I gigantic immortali, Satana dei miracoli, L’odissea di Alain Hardy. He also edited the magazine Galassia and several anthologies.

Fan Sandi Lopez (b.1948) died on September 27. Lopez was an early member of the Stilyagi Air Corp and worked on many ConFusions in Michigan.

Actor Tommy Kirk (b.1941) died on September 28. Kirk got his start in Disney film, like The Absent Minded-Professor and The Adventures of Merlin Jones. He went on to appear in Mars Needs Women, Attach of the 60 Foot Centerfolds, and Village of the Giants. His last film was The Education of a Vampire.

Actor Ravil Isyanov (b.1962) died on September 29. Isyanov appeared in episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe, Alias, and the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon.


Actor Cynthia Harris (b.1934) died on October 3. Best known as Paul’s mother on Mad About You, her genre roles included episodes of The Powers of Matthew Star and Now and Again, as well as the movies Doctor Franken and Mannequin: On the Move.

Marc Pilcher (b.1968) died on October 3 from COVID-19. Pilcher worked as a hair and make-up artist on the Star Wars sequels, Beauty and the Beast, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Vampire Academy. Only weeks before his death, he won an Emmy Award for Bridgerton.

Director Michael Ferguson (b.1937) died on October 4. Ferguson directed several Doctor Who serials, including “The Claws of Axos,” “The Ambassadors of Death,” “The Seeds of Death,” and “The War Machines.” He also directed episodes of Out of the Unknown.

Author Lou Antonelli (b.1953) died on October 6. Antonelli was a journalist who began publishing fiction in 2003. His only novel, Another Girl, Another Planet appeared in 2017. He was nominated for a Sidewise Award in 2012 and two Hugo Awards in 2015.

Filker Bruce Adelsohn died on October 7. Adelsohn chaired ConTata 3. Adelsohn also served as the head of New York Metropolitan Filk.

Fan Mary Kay Kare (b.c.1954) died on October. 7. Kare was a member of the Mythopoeic Society, co-chaired Potlatch 19, and was active in running cons on both a regional and Worldcon level. She was a GoH at Okon in 1980 and Corflu Cobalt in 2010 and edited the clubzine Red Dust.

Actor Jan Shutan (b.1932) died on October 7. Shutan played Lt. Mira Romaine in Star Trek and appeared in episodes of Night Gallery and The Outer Limits.

Author Sally Gwylan died on October 8 after being struck by a car. Gwylan’s first published story was “Salt,” published in Infinite Matrix in 2002. Her only novel, A Wind Out of Canaan, was published in 2012, and in 2018 her story “Fleeing Oslyge” appeared in Clarkesworld.

Actor Rick Jones (b.1937) died on October 8. Jones appeared in episodes of Jackanory, The Avengers and Undermind and dubbed English voices for Tensou Sentai Goseiger and Ressha Sentai ToQger. He also appeared in the horror film The Shuttered Room.

Actor Bruce Kerr (b.1933) died on October 9. Kerr appeared in Takeover, The Bride Wore Blood, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die and episodes of Andra.

Stuntman Bob Herron (b.1924) died on October 10. Herron appeared in Star Trek, The X-Files, Soylent Green, Death Race 2000, and more than 300 other films and television episodes.

Camera technician Ruthie Thompson (b.1910) died on October 10. Thompson worked for Disney on films beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and perfected the technique for transferring cels and background drawings to film. She also worked on Mary Poppins, The Aristocats, The Rescuers, and the 1978 Lord of the Rings.

Author Gary Paulsen (b.1939) died on October 13. Best known for his novel Hatchet, Paulsen also published several works of genre interest, including The Implosion Effect, Meteorite Track 291, and The Time Hackers.

Fan Aahz (b.Dan Bornstein, 1967) died on of October 14. Aahz was a Los Angeles area fan who attended local conventions. Aahz was active in fandom in the days of Usenet and was also active in square dancing fandom. With his partner, Stef, Aahz co-wrote Python for Dummies.

Joe Moudry died on October 15. Moudry served as official editor of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance, the Pulp Era Amateur Press Society and The Arkham Anchorite and active in several other APAs. He was a Philip K. Dick and H.P. Lovecraft Fan.

Actor Dorothy Steel (b.1926) died on October 15. Although Steel didn’t begin acting until she was 88, she appeared in The Refuge, Black Panther and Jumanji: The Next Level. She was also cast in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Actor Denise Bryer (b.1928) died on October 16. Bryer was a voice actress who provided voicework for The Adventures of Twizzle, Gulliver’s Travels, Labyrinth, Terrahawks, and Return to Oz.

Actor Geoffrey Chater (b.1921) died on October 16. Chater appeared in The Day the Earth Caught Fire and The Strange World of Planet X and episodes of The Champions, Adam Adamant Lives!, and The Avengers¸

Composer Alan Hawkshaw (b.1937) died on October 16. Hawkshaw worked on Doctor Who Online Adventures, The Fog, the 1960’s animated Spider-Man, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and The Monster Club.

Danish author Anders Bodelson (b.1937) died on October 17. Bodelson’s work of genre interest included the novels Frysepunktet and Villa Sunset.

Paraguayan comic author Robin Wood (b.1944) died on October 17. He began publishing Aquí la retirada in D’Artagnan and went on to write Gilgamesh el inmortal, Merlin, and numerous other comics.

Actor Christopher Ayres (b.1965) died on October 18. Ayres was a voice actor who dubbed the English versions of Dragon Ball Super, Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Drago Ball Z Kai, and other episodes in the Dragon Ball franchise.

Composer Ralph Carmichael (b.1927) died on October 18. Carmichael composed music for The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, My Mother the Car, and worked as the conductor for The Blob.

Director and screenwriter Toshihiro Iijima (b.1932) died on October 18. He directed Ultraseven, Ultra Q, Return of Ultraman, and Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact. Outside that property, he also directed Operation: Mystery! and Daigoro vs. Goliath.

Actor Bill Lucking (b.1941) died on October 18. Lucking appeared in Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, Slipstream, The Man Who Wouldn’t Die, and episodes of Voyagers!, X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Night Stalker.

Actor Jack Angel (b.1930) died on October 19. Best known as a voice artist, he used his talents in various Transformers projects, Toy Story 3, Treasure Planet, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and The All-New Super Friends Hour.

Composer Leslie Bricusse (b.1931) died on October 19. Bricusse wrote the songs for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Doctor Dolittle, and the James Bond themes for Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice. He won two Oscars for “Talk to the Animals” and the score for Victor/Victoria.

Author Robert Thurston (b.1936) died on October 20. Thurston’s novels include Alicia II, Q Colony, and Robot Jox. In addition, he also wrote several Battlestar Galactica novels with Glen Larson and Battletech novels.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (b.1979) was killed on October 21 when a prop gun accidentally went off. Hutchins had worked on the films Mad Hatter, Archenemy, The Secret of Joy, and Darlin’.

Author Wes Magee (b.1939) died on October 21. Magee published the children’s book The Phantom’s Fang-tastic Show among many books for children. He also published several poetry collections.

Actor JoAnna Cameron (b.1951) died on October 22. Cameron played Isis on the 1970s television series of the same6 name and on Shazam!. She also appeared in two episodes of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Actor Peter Scolari (b.1955) died on October 22 from cancer. Best known for his role on Newhart, Scolari played Commissioner Loeb on Gotham and did voice work on Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. He also appeared in The Twilight Zone, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Gargoyles.

Director Mamat Khalid (b.1963) died on October 24. He directed the film Apokalips X, wrote the fantasy film A Legendary Love, and appeared in Nova and Cicak-Man 2: Planet Hitam.

Actor James Michael Tyler (b.1962) died on October 24. Best known for his role as Gunther on Friends, Tyler appeared in an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the horror film Processing.

Actor Linda Carlson (b.1945) died on October 26. Carlson appeared in episodes of Space: Above and Beyond and The Pretender. She was also in the film Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.

Fan Charlotte Williams (b.1953) died on October 26. Williams was active in Tennessee fandom has served on the board of Chattacon beginning in 1989. She chaired the convention in 1994 and 1995.

Screenwriter Jonathan Reynolds (b.1942) died on October 27. Reynolds wrote the film My Stepmother Is an Alien as well as Leonard Part 6 and Switching Channels.

Actor and director Max Stahl (b.Max Christopher Wenner, 1954) died on October 27. Stahl’s genre work included appearing in two episodes of the Doctor Who serial “The Awakening.” He also served as a host on Blue Peter.

Author Kit Berry (b.Kirsten Espensen) died on October 29. Berry published the Stonewylde fantasy series, first via self-publishing and later with Orion Books.

Actor Rossano Rubicondi (b.1972) died on October 29. Rubicondi appeared in the horror film The Eighteenth Angel as well as an episode of Professor Fantasma.

Actor Camille Saviola (b.1950) died on October 29. Saviola appeared in Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Addams Family Values, and The Purple Rose of Cairo.

Actor Joe Cornelius (b.1928) died on October 30. Cornelius played the title role in Trog and also appeared in Adam Adamant Lives!, Casino Royale, and episodes of The Avengers.

Author Carole Nelson Douglas (b.1944) died in late October. Best known for her Irene Adler mysteries, Douglas wrote the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator series and the Kendri and Irissa fantasy series as well as many fantasy short stories.

Fan Ian “Smurf” Murphy died in October. Murphy was the treasurer for Redemption and worked on numerous other conventions, as well.


Producer Peter Watson-Wood (b.1929) died on November 1. Watson Wood produced Dream Demon and The Wicker Tree, a sequel to The Wicker Man.

Actor Lionel Blair (b.1928) died on November 4. An on-going presence on British television, Blair was a movement arranger for an episode of Space: 1999 and choreographed a television performance of The Ugly Duckling.

Cameraman Stephen Campbell (b.1956) died on November 4. Campbell worked on The Walking Dead, Zombieland, and the television shows From the Earth to the Moon, Superboy, and Sheena.

Colorist Gene D’Angelo (b.1924) died in early November. D’Angelo got his start working for King Features on strips such as The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, and Flash Gordon before moving to DC and working on Action Comics, Justice League, and World’s Finest.

Screenwriter Bob Baker (b.1939) died in early November. Baker wrote the Wallace and Gromit shorts and the film The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. He also wrote several Doctor Who serials between 1971 and 1979. He serves as a story editor on Into the Labyrinth and was a technical consultant on Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Actor Peter Aykroyd (b.1955) died on November 6. Aykroyd was Dan Aykroyd’s younger brother and co-wrote Nothing But Trouble with his brother. He also appeared in the film as well as Coneheads and provided the voice of Elwood Blues in The Blues Brothers Animated Series.

Author John M. Keshishian (b.1923) died on November 5. Keshishian co-wrote Autopsy for a Cosmonaut with Jacob Hay. He also published The Mayan Shard Caper.

Actor Clifford Rose (b.1929) died on November 6. Rose appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and in the Tom Baker Doctor Who serial “Warriors’ Gate.”

Author Jim Fiscus (b.1944) died on November 7. Fiscus began publishing science fiction in 1986 with the story “A Time of Martyrs” and published several more stories over the years. He served as a director of SFWA from 2008 until 2015 and was awarded the Kevin O’Donnell Jr Service to SFWA Award in 2017.

Actor Dean Stockwell (b.1936) died on November 7. Stockwell began appearing in films when he was 9 years old and had a career that lasted 7 decades. He is best known in the genre for his role as Al Calavicci in Quantum Leap. He played Dr. Yueh in the David Lynch Dune and also appeared in episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise and Stargate SG-1.

Washington DC area fan Chuck Divine died in early November. Divine was not only active in convention and Star Trek fandom, he also worked as an engineer at NASA’s Goddard facility.

Actor Geir Vegar Hoel (b.1973) died on November 8.Hoel appeared in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, the Dead Snow series, and the television series Heirs of the Night.

Actor Jerry Douglas (b.1932) died on November 9. Douglas appeared in episodes of The Incredible Hulk, The Secrets of Isis, The Greatest American Hero, Land of the Giants, and The Outer Limits.

Actor Roy Holder (b.1946) died on November 9. Holder appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The Caves of Androzani,” as well as Star Cops, The Invisible Man, Ace of Wands, and Out of the Darkness.

Author Simon Marshall-Jones (b.1963) died on November 9. Marshall-Jones edited the anthology The 13 Ghosts of Christmas and founded Spectral Press. He collected his short fiction in Biblia Longcrofta.

Actor Gavan O’Herlihy (b.1951) died on November 9. O’Herlihy appeared in Willow, Superman III, Prince Valiant, and an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He may be best remembered as a trivia answer for playing Chuck Cunningham, the older brother during the first season of Happy Days.

Norwegian fan Bjørn Olav Listog (b.1957) died on November 11. Listog was active in Norwegian fandom and attended conventions in the Nordic countries.

Actor Henry Woolf (b.1930) died on November 12. Woolf played Dr. Cornelius in the television series Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader and played the Collector in the Doctor Who serial “The Sun Makers.” He also appeared in bit parts in Superman III and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Actor David Fox (b.1941) died on November 13. Fox did voicework for X-Men: The Animated Series, Mutant X, and The Adventures of Tintin. He had a small role in Pacific Rim and appeared in Orphan Black.

Author Wilbur Smith (b.1933) died on November 13. Smith wrote historical fantasies such as River God, The Seventh Scroll, and Pharaoh. He was generally published as a mainstream author.

Costume designer Emi Wada (b.1937) died on November 13. Wada worked on House of Flying Daggers, Princess from the Moon, and Prospero’s Books. She won an Oscar for her work on Ran.

Finnish author and fan Jyrki Kasvi (b.1964) died on November 16. Kasvi was editor of Kosmoskyna, the magazine of the Finnish Science Fiction Writer’s Association. He served three terms in the Finnish Parliament and had a Klingon version of his website for his second election.

Australian screenwriter Doug MacLeod (b.1959) died in mid-November. MacLeod wrote the television series Dogstar, Time Trackers, and Full Frontal. He won a CableAce Award for his work on The Ray Bradbury Theatre.

Artist Bernie Drummond died in mid-November. Drummond was an artist who worked on games for the ZX Spectrum in the 1980s, including Batman, Match Day II, and Head Over Heels.

Actor Art LaFleur (b.1943) died on November 17. LaFleur played Babe Ruth in both The Sand Lot and the genre show A.J.’s Time Travelers. He played the Tooth Fairy in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and also appeared as Chick Gandil in Field of Dreams. Other genre films included WarGames, Speed Racer, and The Blob.

Actor Joey Morgan (b.1993) died on November 19. Morgan appeared in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and Critters: A New Binge.

Actor Will Ryan (b.1949) died on November 19. Ryan provided voicework for the film The Land Before Time, The Little Mermaid, An American Tail, and Thumbelina.

Author and critic Marietta Chudakova (b.1937) died on November 21 from COVID-19. Chudakova wrote science fiction stories about Inspector Kraft as well as memoirs and literary criticism. She ran for the Russian Duma, but her party did not win enough votes to take any seats.

Actor Lou Cutell (b.1930) died on November 21. Cutell’s genre roles included appearance on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Small Wonder, Weird Science, Eerie, Indiana, and Starman, as well as in the films Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster.

Spanish author Miguel Barceló Garcia (b.1948) died on November 22 Barceló was an editor for Ediciones B and directed the NOVA line. He helped create the UPC Prize and co-edited the anthology Cuentos de ciencia ficción. He received the Spanish Association of Fantasy and Science Fiction Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

Actor Bernard Holley (b.1940) died on November 22. Holley appeared in Z-Cars and appeared in Doctor Who opposite Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.

Director Paolo Pietrangeli (b.1945) died on November 22. Pietrangeli worked as an assistant director on the films Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula.

Actor Marie Versini (b.1940) died on November 22. Versini appeared in The Brides of Fu Manchu and an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Actor Mary Collinson (b.1952) died on November 23. Collinson and her twin sister, Madeline, appeared in Twins of Evil and Frankenpimp’s Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre.

Actor Larry Levine (b.1931) died on November 23. Levine appeared in episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, the 1970s series The Amazing Spider-Man, and Beyond Westworld.

Australian fan Jeremy G. Byrne (b.1964) died on November 24. Byrne was the editor of Eidolon and The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Director Ian Curteis (b.1935) died on November 24. Curteis directed episodes of Doomwatch and Out of the Unknown as well as the films Miss Morison’s Ghosts and The Projected Man.

Dealer Wayne McCloud (b.1945) died on November 24. McCloud specialized in selling Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Star Wars collectibles at science fiction conventions across the Midwest, including at MarsCon and Chicago TARDIS.

Actor Yvonne Wilder (b.1937) died on November 24. Wilder had a long career in television and film, but her only genre role was in The Return of Count Yorgi.

Casting director Don Phillips (b.1940) died on November 25. Phillips may be best known for casting Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but also worked on the genre films Phantoms, The Prophecy, Feast, and Drive.

Casting director Geoffrey Johnson (b.1930) died on November 26. Johnson served as casting director on the pilot for the series Odyssey 5 and the animated films The Swan Princess and The King and I.

Composer Stephen Sondheim (b.1930) died on November 26. Sondheim’s work in musical theatre includes the shows A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Into the Woods, as well as numerous others, including the lyrics for West Side Story.

Actor Jonshel Alexander (b.1999) was shot and killed on November 27. Alexander’s only film appearance was in the Bradbury Award winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Actor Eddie Mekka (b.1952) died on November 27. Mekka is best known for his role as Carmine Ragusa on Laverne & Shirley, but he also appeared in episodes of Weird Science, The Munsters Today, and Power Rangers Wild Force.

Actor Arlene Dahl (b.1925) died on November 29. Dahl appeared in Journey to the Center of the Earth and an episode of Fantasy Island. She is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas.

Actor David Gulpilil (b.1953) died on November 29. Gulpilil appeared in Until the End of the World, Cargo, BeastMaster, and The Leftovers.

Stuntman Tommy Lane (b.1937) died on November 29. Lane performed in Live and Let Die, Ganja & Hess, and Island Claws. In addition to working as a stuntman, he also was a jazz musician.


Screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto (b.1964) died on December 1. Nobumoto wrote and co-created Cowboy Bebop and also worked on Space Dandy, Tales of the Bizarre, and Macross Plus.

Author Andrey Balabukha (b.1947) died on December 2. Balabukha is the author of Appendix, Project Zhemchuzhina, and Ravnovesiye.

Fan and author Diana G. Gallagher (b.1946) died on December 2. Gallagher won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 1989. She went on to write numerous novels based on Buffy the Vampire

Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Alex Mack. Gallagher was also an active filker.

Author Andrey Izmailov (b.1953) died on December 3. Izmailov authors several X-Files novelizations as well as the novel Russian Transit, White Queen, and Force Majeure Forever. He won the Bronze Snail Award for “The Box Game.”

Producer Denis O’Brien (b.1941) died on December 3. O’Brien co-founded Handmade Films with George Harrison and produced The Time Bandits, Life of Brian, and numerous other films.

Actor Antony Sher (b.1949) died on December 3. Sher appeared in Superman II, Erik the Viking, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and The Wolfman. His last genre role was as Thrain in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Producer Martha de Laurentiis (b.Martha Schumacher, 1954) died on December 4. De Laurentiis produced Hannibal, Red Dragon, Firestarter, and Maximum Overdrive.

Michigan fan Tim Murphy (b.1957) died in early December. Murphy was a presence at Michigan conventions and for a few years ran a table in dealers’ rooms.

Actor Inés Morales (b.1952) died on December 5. Morales appeared in the horror films Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, The Witches Mountain, Curse of the Devil, and La llamada del vampiro.

Actor Peggy Neal (b.1947) died on December 6. Neal appeared in The Terror Beneath the Sea and The X From Outer Space. After a 40 years hiatus, she appeared in The Great Buddha Arrival and an episode of the anime Vlad Love.

Computer programmer Masayuki Uemura (b.1943) died on December 6. Uemura helped create the Nintendo Entertainment System and the SNES. He also developed the technology that permitted light-based arcade shooter games.

Artist Chris Achilleos (b.1947) died in early December. Achilleos created the covers for numerous Doctor Who novels and books by Anne McCaffrey, Michael Moorcock, and David Eddings. His work was collected in several books, including Amazons and Sirens.

Director Lina Wertmüller (b.1928) died on December 9. , Italian director and screenwriter with genre credits for When Women Had Tails (1970) and When Women Lost Their Tails (1972), died on 9 December aged 93.

Singer Michael Nesmith (b.1942) died on December 10. Nesmith appeared in The Monkees and was involved in the creation of MTV. He had uncredited roles in Timerider and Repo Man was helped inspire the name for the leadership group at Chicon 7.

Author Anne Rice (b. Howard Allen Frances O’Brien, 1941) died on December 11. Rice began publishing with Interview with the Vampire and followed up with several other novels about the Vampire Lestat as well as novels about witches and mummies. She also wrote a trilogy of erotic novels based on Sleeping beauty using the name A.N. Roquelaure and two novels as Anne Rampling.

Author Masayoshi Yasugi (b.1972) died on December 12. The author of Expelled from Paradise, he was also the editor of the online SF Prologue Wave. Yasugi won the Nihon SF Shinjin-Shō Award for his novel Yume-Miru Neko wa, Uchū ni Nemuru.

Bibliographer William G. Contento (b.1947) died on December 13 from prostate cancer. Contento created the Locus Index to Science Fiction with Charles N. Brown and also published Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror annuals with Brown. He was a three time Hugo nominee and won the Stoker for The Supernatural Index.

Toy maker Henry Orenstein (b.1923) died on December 14. Orenstein held more than 100 patents, including for the Transformers line of toys. He is in both the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame and the Poker Hall of Fame.

Publicist Richard “Rusty” Citron (b.1953) died on December 16 from Lewy body dementia. As a marketing executive, Citron helped create promotional campaigns for Return of the Jedi and the Rocky films. More recently, he worked on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Stuntman Doug Robinson (b.1930) died on December 16 from COVID-19. Robinson performed stunts in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Willow, Superman II, The Empire Strikes Back, and several James Bond films. One of his first films was Ben Hur.

Voice actor Sayaka Kanda (b.1986) died on December 18. Kanda provided voicework for Sword Art Online, Danganrinpa, Star Blazers 2202, Dragon Head, and numerous other anime and animated films.

Actor Nicholas Georgiade (b.1933) died on December 19. Georgiade appeared in an episode of Batman and two episodes of Get Smart as well as the film Poor Devil. He may be best known for his role on The Untouchables.

Actor Sally Ann Howes (b.1930) died on December 19. Howes is best known for portraying Truly Scrumptious in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She also played Fiona McLaren in a televised version of Brigadoon and appeared in Death Ship, Dead of Night, and a version of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Fan Ron Zukowski (b.1949) died on December 19. Zukowski co-chaired Confederation, the 1986 Worldcon in Atlanta with Penny Frierson. He was a member of ASFiC and worked on Istacon. He published the APAzine The Orange Mouse. In 2014, he received the Hank Reinhardt Award.

Comic artist Ryan Bodenheim (b.1977) died on December 20. Bodenheim worked on A Red Mass for Mars, Secret, Eternal Warrior, and Black Panther.

Special effects designer Richard Conway (b.1942) died on December 22. Conway worked with Terry Gilliam on Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen. He also worked on Little Shop of Horrors and the TV shows Merlin, The Odyssey, and Jason and the Argonauts.

Toy designer T. Mark Taylor (b.1941), died on December 24. Taylor was an artist and designer for the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe franchise and also worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys.

Author Alexander Tebenkov (b.1945) died on December 25. Tebenkov’s short fiction was collected in three volumes and he was the author of two novels.

Fan Chuck Shimada (b.1960) died on December 26. Shimada was a member of LASFS and worked tech for LosCon as well as many other regional conventions and worldcons.

Author Andrew Vachss (b.1942) died on December 27. An attorney and advocate for children’s protection, Vachss wrote the Cross series as well as the novels Carbon and Batman: The Ultimate Evil. He also published four collections of his short fiction.

Producer Denis O’Dell (b.1923) died on December 30. O’Dell produced A Hard Day’s Night, Magical Mystery Tour, Royal Flash, Robin and Marian, and the sf comedy The Perfect Woman.

Author and poet Keri Hulme (b.1947) died on December 27. Hulme wrote the novel The Windeater/te Kaihau and her novel The Bone People won the Booker Prize. She was the first New Zealander to win the prize and the first winner for a debut novel.

Author and television personality Grichka Bogdanoff (b.1949) died of COVID on December 28, six days before his twin brother, Igor died of the same disease. The brothers wrote Clefs pour la science-fiction and later hosted the SF series Temps X.

Comic book collector Rob Bruce (b.1959) died on December 31. Bruce served as a pop culture expert and consulting producer on Comic Book Men.

Author Gian Filippo Pizzo (b.1951) died on December 31. With Walter Catalano, Pizzo edited the anthologies Ambigue utopie and Sinistre presenze. He wrote several non0fiction books as well as a handful of short stories.

Actor Jeanine Ann Roose (b.1937) died on December 31. Her one film role was as little Violet in It’s a Wonderful Life.

Actor Betty White (b.1922) died on December 31, eighteen days shy of her hundredth birthday. Best known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls, her genre roles included voicework for Gary the Rat, The Lorax Toy Story 4, and an appearance in the film Lake Placid. Her career spanned from 1945 to 2019.

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