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 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Craig T. Nelson, Jobeth Williams and Oliver Robins seem to be the ones that made it out.

Gone:

Dominique Dunne - Dana
Beatrice Straight - Dr. Lesh
Julian Beck - Reverend Kane
Zelda Rubinstein - Tangina
Will Sampson - Taylor
Geraldine Fitzgerald - Grandma Jess
Heather O'Roarke - Carol Ann

and on the crew side now gone:

Jerry Goldsmith - Composer
Andrew Laszlo - Director of Photography

Also Dead:

Tobe Hooper's Film Career ...... Maybe not.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 9:43 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

One could say TOBE HOOPER'S FILM CAREER,. But fair is fair, there is nothing that spooky about the fact they are gone, most of them were up there in age except of course the tragic death of the young girl.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 10:56 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

One could say TOBE HOOPER'S FILM CAREER,. But fair is fair, there is nothing that spooky about the fact they are gone, most of them were up there in age except of course the tragic death of the young girl.


Also the murder of Dominique Dunne.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I have similarly eerie feelings about Star Trek 2 and Star Trek 3. Most of the actors are dead. Many died rather young. Sorry if I've gone OT.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

I have similarly eerie feelings about Star Trek 2 and Star Trek 3. Most of the actors are dead. Many died rather young. Sorry if I've gone OT.

Solium, who is dead from Star Trek 2 and 3?

I can only think of Khaaaaan! Plus Scotty and Bones, Paul Winfield and Majel Barrett, all of who were a fair age. And it has been around 30 years since those two films were made. Bibi Besch and Merritt Buttrick did die early granted.

But other than that most of them are still standing I think-Shatner, Takei, Nicholls, Nimoy, plus Kirstie Alley, Robin Curtis (both Saaviks), Christopher Lloyd (Kruge) and John Larroquette, James B Sikking, Grace Lee Whitney being the better known actors.

You should look at the curse of the Carry Ons-most of the actors from that series of films met early and tragic deaths by alcoholism, suicide, heart attacks and various other tragedies!

Very few of those actors made old bones, although, again, a long time has passed since they were made, and a few of the actors are still with us, such as Jim Dale, Bernard Cribbens, Windsor Davies, Leslie Phillips and June Whitfield

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

But the Poltergeist curse IS quite creepy-Dunne was killed within days of the release of the first film-I only found this out many years later and was heartbroken as I had a crush on her as a kid.

I understand that the actor playing Rev Kane from Part 2 was already dying when he shot his stuff-he certainly looked terribly gaunt-the scene when he is stood at the door of the house, I've never been sure if the film makers superimposed a skull over his face or if it was just his face made up to look so terrifying.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I have similarly eerie feelings about Star Trek 2 and Star Trek 3. Most of the actors are dead. Many died rather young. Sorry if I've gone OT.

Solium, who is dead from Star Trek 2 and 3?

I can only think of Khaaaaan! Plus Scotty and Bones, Paul Winfield and Majel Barrett, all of who were a fair age. And it has been around 30 years since those two films were made. Bibi Besch and Merritt Buttrick did die early granted.

But other than that most of them are still standing I think-Shatner, Takei, Nicholls, Nimoy, plus Kirstie Alley, Robin Curtis (both Saaviks), Christopher Lloyd (Kruge) and John Larroquette, James B Sikking, Grace Lee Whitney being the better known actors.

You should look at the curse of the Carry Ons-most of the actors from that series of films met early and tragic deaths by alcoholism, suicide, heart attacks and various other tragedies!

Very few of those actors made old bones, although, again, a long time has passed since they were made, and a few of the actors are still with us, such as Jim Dale, Bernard Cribbens, Windsor Davies, Leslie Phillips and June Whitfield


I was really shocked by-

Merritt Butrick-29
Bibi Besch- 56
Paul Winfield- 64

From Star Trek 4- Though most had long productive lives:

Phil Rubenstein -51
Mark Lenard-72
Nick Ramus- 77
Brock Peters- 78
Robert Ellenstein-87
Jane Wyatt- 96



 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

But the Poltergeist curse IS quite creepy-Dunne was killed within days of the release of the first film-I only found this out many years later and was heartbroken as I had a crush on her as a kid.



Dunne was cast as Robin Maxwell in the miniseries V. She died during filming and her role was recast with actress Blair Tefkin. According to the DVD director's commentary by series creator Kenneth Johnson, Dunne appears in the scene in which the Maxwells and others watch the L.A. mother ship glide in on the day the Visitors first arrive. Her back is all that is seen. The miniseries is dedicated to her.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Dunne



 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

I have similarly eerie feelings about Star Trek 2 and Star Trek 3. Most of the actors are dead. Many died rather young. Sorry if I've gone OT.

They didn't exactly die young but I was thinking of all the crewmembers of those films who have since passed away... (sorry for going even more OT!)

Star Trek II:
-Mike Minor (art director... he died at age 47)
-Gayne Rescher (director of photography)
-William P. Dornisch (editor)
-Jack B. Sowards (writer)

Star Trek III:
-John E. Chilberg II (art director... he died at age 57)
-Gary Nardino (executive producer)
-Charles Correll (director of photography)
-Robert F. Shugrue (editor)

Star Trek IV:
-Leonard Rosenman (composer)
-Peter E. Berger (editor... he also edited Trek V, Generations, and Insurrection)
-Don Peterman (director of photography... he suffered major injuries on Mighty Joe Young and only shot one more movie after that)
-Jack T. Collis (production designer)
-Gene S. Cantamessa (sound mixer)

And of course, the aforementioned Jerry Goldsmith and Andrew Laszlo, (both of whose work can be appreciated in Poltergeist II, Star Trek V, and Innerspace!)

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

I often think about this with regard to Star Trek - The Motion Picture. About half the people in the main credits block we see on the poster or the soundtrack album or the novelization or whatever are gone - Gene Roddenberry, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, Robert Wise, Jerry Goldsmith, Persis Khambatta... so many, now.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

And of course, the aforementioned Jerry Goldsmith and Andrew Laszlo, (both of whose work can be appreciated in Poltergeist II, Star Trek V, and Innerspace!)

As well as FIRST BLOOD.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 5:30 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

But it's not creepy or a curse when a film made in the late 70s or early 80s main cast has died off in THEIR 70s and 80s! I really don't think Star Trek can be considered odd at all.

It's a bit like saying there is a King Kong 1933 curse cos everybody from that had died now!

I was watching Naked Gun 2 and 1/2 last night and thought how many people from those movies are dead now-Leslie Nielsen, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Goulet, Kathlyn Freeman, Richard Griffiths, but again, they were all a fair age when they died.

Although there were the two tragic events surrounding OJ Simpson and Anna Nicole Smith to consider...

George Kennedy still with us though!



 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 6:39 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

How the Poltergeist cast died and their ages was certainly a tragedy and a shock. I suppose because WOK is one of my favorite films, the losses of Merritt Butrick, Bibi Besch, and Paul Winfield are always on my mind when I watch the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

It's being so cheerful that keeps you lot going.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

It's being so cheerful that keeps you lot going.

He he.

I like to spread a lickle sunshine on the place.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Anyone know if the guy who played the "Vomit Creature" and is credited as such, is still alive and doing conventions?

 
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