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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.