• Lorenzo Odone(1978-2008) - ALD Patient - His story inspired the film Lorenzo's Oil, in which he was portrayed by child actor Zack O'Malley Greenburg and others. He died May 30 in Fairfax, Virginia. (Washington Post)
  • Cornell Capa(1918-2008) - Photojournalist - Founder and first director of NYC's International Center of Photography. He was also a still photographer on the set of The Misfits. He died of Parkinson's disease May 23, in New York City. (AP)
  • Alexander Courage(1919-2008) - Composer - Oscar-nominated for co-scoring Doctor Dolittle and The Pleasure Seekers (both with Lionel Newman) and best known for composing the original Star Trek theme. He also wrote original music for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Arthur Penn's The Left Handed Gun and André de Toth's Day of the Outlaws. As an orchestrator, he worked on Singin' in the Rain, Oklahoma!, Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Guys and Dolls, The Band Wagon, Funny Face, Porgy and Bess, Gigi, The Big Country, Hello, Dolly!, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Legend, Basic Instinct, Jurassic Park, Hook, L.A. Confidential, The Mummy, Mulan and many, many other films. He died May 15 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Variety)
  • Bo Diddley(1928-2008) - Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist - Blues and Rock legend whose songs "Who Do You Love?" and "Mannish Boy" have appeared on multiple movie soundtracks. He also appears in Trading Places, Blues Brothers 2000, Rockula, Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! and a number of documentaries, including D.A. Pennebaker's short Keep on Rockin' and Taylor Hackford's Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll. For info on his death, see Monika's full post.
  • Johnny Friedkin(1926-2008) - Publicist - As VP of Advertising, Publicity and Promotion for 20th Century Fox in the 1970s, he worked on campaigns for Star Wars, Alien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Julia, The Turning Point and Mel Brooks' films from that decade. He was then VP of International Advertising and Publicity for Warner Bros., where he worked on campaigns for Blade Runner, Altered States, The Right Stuff, Chariots of Fire and Mad Max. He later became an independent consultant, working for New Line, Sony Pictures Classics and Miramax, was an associate producer for Lorenzo's Oil and worked on campaigns for Babe and Babe: Pig in the City. He died of respiratory failure May 11, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
    • William Hall (1935-2008) - Film Critic - As a writer for the London Evening News, he was known as "the man the big stars talk to," because of his ability to garner exclusive interviews. He also wrote biographies of Michael Caine and James Dean. He died May 19. (The Times)
    • Robert H. Justman(1926-2008) - Producer, Assistant Director - Best known as a producer of the original Star Trek TV series as well as of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Adventures of Superman. As an assistant director, he worked on Robert Aldrich's Apache, Kiss Me Deadly, The Big Knife and Attack, and on Blood Alley, The Big Combo, Green Mansions, The World, the Flesh and the Devil, Vincente Minnelli's Two Weeks in Another Town, Lewis Milestone's Mutiny on the Bounty and Fritz Lang's While the City Sleeps. Prior to this position he was a production assistant on such films as Otto Preminger's The Moon is Blue, King Vidor's Japanese War Bride and Charles Lamont's Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd. He died of complications from Parkinson's disease May 28, in Los Angeles. (LA Times)
    • Harvey Korman(1927-2008) - Actor - Co-starred in a number of Mel Brooks comedies, including Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, Dracula: Dead and Loving It and History of the World: Part 1. He also appears in Herbie Goes Bananas, The April Fools,Trail of the Pink Panther, Curse of the Pink Panther, Jingle All the Way, Radioland Murders and Munchies, in which he plays twins (one of them evil). He is perhaps best known to TV audiences for being one of the stars of The Carol Burnett Show. He also appears in the Star Wars Holiday Special and was the voice of The Great Gazoo on The Flintstones. For more on his passing, check out Scott's post.
    • Mitch Mullany(1968-2008) - Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter - Appears in The Sweetest Thing and wrote and starred in The Breaks. He also starred on the WB sitcom Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher. He died from a diabetic-related stroke May 25, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
    • Yves Saint-Laurent(1936-2008) - Fashion Designer - Costumed Catherine Deneuve, his muse, in Belle de Jour, The Hunger, La Chamade, Ferreri's Liza, Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid and Melville's A Cop. His designs can also be seen in The Pink Panther, César & Rosalie, The Exterminator, Too Beautiful for You, A New Kind of Love, Providence, Visconti's Conversation Piece and Mervyn LeRoy's Moment to Moment. He died June 1 in Paris. (NY Times)
    • Jhamu Sughand(?-2008) - Producer, Distributor - Produced Bollywood hits Bombay, Lagaan, Straight from the Heart (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam), Aks and Filhaal..., executive produced Deepa Mehta's Earth and financed/presented Rangeela and Chachi 420. He died of cardiac arrest May 26, in Juhu, Mumbai, India. (Yahoo! India)
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