Oscar-winning FX legend Carlo Rambaldi, creator of E.T., dies at 86
Jul 2, 2015

Carlo Rambaldi, the special effects genius who won three Oscars for his work on the 1976 version of King Kong, Ridley Scott's Alien and Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, passed away Friday at his home in Italy. He was 86.

Dick Smith, legendary makeup artist for Exorcist, Scanners and more, dies at 92
Jul 31, 2014

Dick Smith, the "Godfather of Makeup" who crafted creatures of your dreams and nightmares and influenced generations of effects artists, has passed away. He was 92.

Thunderbirds and Space: 1999 creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83
Jan 14, 2013

Gerry Anderson, creator of the beloved 1960s Thunderbirds series, has died at the age of 83. Anderson pioneered the use of marionettes in film, dubbed "supermarionation," and created the cult fave Thunderbirds series in the mid-'60s with his wife Sylvia.

Ray Bradbury, Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 author, dead at 91
Dec 17, 2012

Ray Bradbury, the legendary author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man and numerous other major works of science fiction, has passed away at the age of 91.

Remember Doctor Who companion Caroline John with 5 great moments
Dec 17, 2012

Caroline John's time on Doctor Who may have been short, but it was definitely memorable. Playing the Doctor's companion Liz Shaw in just four serial episodes—with a few cameos sprinkled in after that—the character was a fan favorite, despite her brief tenure.

Richard Zanuck, producer who gave Spielberg his big break, dies at 77
Dec 17, 2012

Richard D. Zanuck, the legendary producer who fought to make Steven Spielberg the director of Jaws and shepherded Tim Burton through one of the most profitable phases of his career, passed away Friday after suffering a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77.

Actor you'll never forget who accidentally got hired for Blade Runner dies
Dec 17, 2012

An actor who had a short but unforgettable role in Blade Runner passed away this week, 30 years after getting a part that he was never supposed to play in the first place.

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies at 61
Dec 17, 2012

Sally Ride, the woman who became an inspiration to millions when she blasted off as America's first female astronaut in 1983, passed away Monday in California after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

Legendary comics artist, Sgt. Rock co-creator Joe Kubert dies at 85
Dec 17, 2012

Joe Kubert, legendary comic book artist, co-creator of Sgt. Rock and creator of Tor, founder of the Kubert School for comics artists, father to fellow comics greats Andy and Adam Kubert and force in his industry for seven decades, died Sunday. He was 85.

Harry Harrison, writer whose book became Soylent Green, dies at 87
Dec 17, 2012

Harry Maxwell Harrison, the science fiction author best known as the author of the 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room! that was made into the 1973 film Soylent Green, passed away at age 87. Harrison also wrote many other well known science fiction novels in more than five decades as an SF author, most notably in series such as The Stainless Steel Rat, Deathworld, and Bill, the Galactic Hero.

Neil Armstrong, 1st person to walk on the moon, dies at 82
Dec 17, 2012

Neil Armstrong, the man whose name became synonymous with the word "astronaut" when he was crowned a national hero as the first human to ever set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, died Saturday in the Cincinnati area. He was 82.

Legendary Star Wars designer Ralph McQuarrie dead at 82
Dec 17, 2012

The man behind much of the look and style of the original Star Wars trilogy has passed away at the age of 82. Ralph McQuarrie, who also did design work on Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and several other classic films, died Saturday.

That time Dick Clark mistook Batman and Robin for a singing duo
Dec 17, 2012

With the news of Dick Clark's passing today at 82 of a heart attack, we look back at one of his most memorable contributions to pop culture—the time the American Bandstand emcee dropped in on the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder.