Last weekend we lost two great stars, actor/comedian Bernie Mac (1957-2008) and Oscar-winning songwriter/actor Isaac Hayes (1942-2008), who both appear in the upcoming Soul Men (pictured above), out this November. For more on their respective deaths, see Erik's and William's posts.
Actor and playwright George Furth (1932-2008) died August 11 in Santa Monica, California. I'll always remember him best as the anti-Cannonballer spoilsport Arthur J. Foyt in The Cannonball Run. He also appears memorably in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Blazing Saddles and Shampoo. (AP)
Where would the montage sequence be without Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"? And what about the movie that borrowed the title, Girls Just Want to Have Fun? Robert Hazard (1948-2008), who wrote the tune, died August 5 in Boston. (Variety)
"Love means never having to say you're sorry." This famous line came to us partly by way of Howard G. Minsky (1914-2008) who received an Oscar nomination for producing Love Story. He died August 10 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Variety)
Bernie Brillstein (1931-2008), formerly half of production team Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, executive produced Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, The Blues Brothers, Spies Like Us, The Cable Guy, Bulletproof, Happy Gilmore, Summer Rental, Dragnet, Up the Academy, Neighbors, Doctor Detroit, Continental Divide, The Celluloid Closet, What Planet Are You From? and Run Ronnie Run and produced The Replacement Killers and Jiminy Glick in Lalawood. He died of chronic pulmonary disease August 7, in New York City. (NY Times)
Oscar-nominated record producer Jerry Wexler (1917-2008), who was portrayed by Richard Schiff in the movie Ray, died of congenital heart disease August 15, in Sarasota, Florida. He also worked on soundtracks for The Wiz, The Cotton Club and Pretty Baby (for which he received the Academy Award nom) and co-wrote the Aretha Franklin tune "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". (AP) Tony-winning writer Luther Davis (1916-2008) adapted his own musical Kismet for the screen and also scripted Across 110th Street, Lady in a Cage and The Hucksters. He died July 29 in Bronx, New York. (Variety)
Playwright and screenwriter Simon Gray (1936-2008), who adapted his own play Butley for a Harold Pinter-directed film starring Alan Bates and Jessica Tandy and who scripted A Month in the Country, which starred Colin Firth, died August 6 in London. (Variety)
Director and actor Jud Taylor (1940-2008), who played "Goff" in The Great Escape and served as DGA president in the early '80s, died August 6 in New York City. (Variety)
Evva Pryor (c.1935-2008), a rights agent who worked on There Will Be Blood, died July 15 in New York. (Variety)
Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), who appeared in person in Godard's Notre Musique, died after suffering from complications following open-heart surgery August 9, in Texas. (Variety)
Illustrator Jack Kamen (1920-2008), who provided the comic book art for Creepshow, died August 6.