LifeIn Memoriam In Memoriam: April 2017 By Shain E. Thomas - 1st May 2017 0 266 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1 of 31 Gary Austin (born Gary Moore; October 18, 1941 – April 1, 2017) was an American improvisational theatre teacher, writer, and director. He wrote two solo shows, "Church" and "Oil," and performed them coast to coast. His most recent show was "Gary Austin in Word and Song". Duggie Chapman, 81, British actor and theatre producer (Funny Bones), died on 1 April 2017. Hans Gösta Gustaf Ekman (28 July 1939 – 1 April 2017) was a Swedish actor, comedian, and director. Alma Delia Fuentes (22 January 1937 – 2 April 2017) was a Mexican actress of film, television, and theatre. Samir Farid (December 1, 1943 – April 4, 2017) was an Egyptian writer and a world renowned film critic, journalist and film historian based in Cairo. He authored and/or translated over 60 books since 1966 on Egyptian, Arab and World cinema. He was the consultant for Cinema affairs in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. (2001-2016). Donald Jay "Don" Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017) was an American stand-up comedian, actor and author. Although he became well known as an insult comic, his pudgy, balding appearance and pugnacious style led to few leading roles in film or television; his prominent film roles included Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) and Kelly's Heroes (1970), and beginning in 1976 he enjoyed a two-year run starring in the sitcom C.P.O. Sharkey. Christopher Thomas Morahan CBE (9 July 1929 – 7 April 2017) was an English stage and television director and production executive. Timothy Peter "Tim" Pigott-Smith OBE (13 May 1946 – 7 April 2017) was an English film and television actor and author. He was best known for his leading role as Ronald Merrick in the television drama series The Jewel in the Crown, for which he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in 1985. Brian Matthew (17 September 1928 – 8 April 2017) was an English broadcaster who worked for the BBC for 63 years from 1954 until 2017. He was the host of Saturday Club among other programmes, and began presenting Sounds of the 60s in 1990, often employing the same vocabulary and the same measured delivery he had used in previous decades. Peter Franklin Hansen (December 5, 1921 – April 9, 2017) was an American actor, best known for his role as a lawyer, Lee Baldwin, on the soap opera General Hospital, playing the role from 1965 to 1976, 1977 to 1986, briefly in 1990, and again from 1992 to 2004. Kim Young-ae (21 April 1951 – 9 April 2017) was a South Korean actress. Barbra Karine "Bab" Christensen (8 January 1928 – 10 April 2017) was a Norwegian actress. Linda Hopkins (December 14, 1924 – April 10, 2017) was an American actress and blues and gospel singer. She recorded classic, traditional, and urban blues, and performed R&B and soul, jazz, and show tunes. David Parry-Jones (25 September 1933 – 10 April 2017) was a Welsh sports commentator, TV current affairs presenter and writer. He presented BBC Wales Today for many years and was a former rugby analyst for BBC Radio 5. He was the author of numerous books on the sport of rugby; including several on the history of rugby in Wales. Michael Ballhaus, A.S.C. (August 5th, 1935 – April 12th, 2017) was a German cinematographer. In 1990, he was the Head of the Jury at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival. Dorothy Marie Mengering (July 18, 1921 – April 11, 2017), better known to Late Night and Late Show viewers as Dave's Mom, was the mother of late-night talk show host David Letterman and frequent telephone and live guest on his show. Charles Quinton Murphy (July 12, 1959 – April 12, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, voice artist, and writer. Murphy was best known as a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show. He was the older brother of Eddie Murphy. Bill Mitchell (2 December 1951 - 14 April 2017) was the artistic director of Kneehigh Theatre from 1995 until 2002 and created site-specific theatre company Wildworks in 2005. Aref Lorestani (February 4, 1973 – April 15, 2017) was an Iranian actor. Lorestani started his professional career by playing a role in a sitcom, dubbed Jong 77, by famous Iranian director Mehran Modiri, in 1998 and continued appearing in his later series including ‘Man With Two Thousand Faces’ (2009), ‘Bitter Coffee’ (2010), ‘My Villa’ (2012), ‘I’m Just Kidding’ (2014) and ‘In the Margins’ (2015). Sean Scanlan (18 August 1948 – 17 April 2017) was a Scottish actor. He is known primarily for his many television and stage roles. Trish Vradenburg (1946 – 2017) was an American playwright, author, television writer, and advocate of research to cure Alzheimer's disease. Jeffrey Christian Spink (February 25, 1972 – April 18, 2017) was an American film producer. Spink established Benderspink with partner Chris Bender in 1998 with American Pie in post-production and fourteen writer clients signed to their management company. Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann (October 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017) was an American actress, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi. Gustavo Rojo (5 September 1923 – 22 April 2017) was a Uruguayan film actor and producer. He has appeared in more than 100 films since 1938. He is the father of Ana Patricia Rojo. Jerry Adriani (Jair Alves de Sousa; 29 January 1947 – 23 April 2017) was a Brazilian singer, musician and actor. He began his career in television while working with Rede Tupi in São Paulo. His early works was that as a vocalist for the ensemble Os Rebeldes. Chris Bearde (18 June 1936 – 23 April 2017) was a comedy writer, producer and director best known for his work as a writer on the 1960s zeitgeist hit Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and for co-writing and producing television specials for Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, Sonny & Cher, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Andy Williams, The Jackson 5, The Osmonds, Dinah Shore, Diana Ross, and Lucille Ball. He also created the format for the original Gong Show and a number of network and pay-cable comedy series including That's My Mama and Sherman Oaks. Kathleen Crowley (December 26, 1929 – April 23, 2017) was an American actress who starred in a number of TV shows and films throughout the 1950s and 1960s, ending her career in 1970. Inga Maria Ålenius (15 May 1938 – 24 April 2017, in Stockholm) was a Swedish actress. She is best known for her role as "Lisen" in Fanny and Alexander. Robert Jonathan Demme (February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017) was an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. Demme rose to prominence in the 1980s with his comedy films Melvin and Howard (1980), Swing Shift (1984), Something Wild (1986) and Married to the Mob (1988). He became best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. He later directed the acclaimed films Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). Vinu Chakravarthee (December 15, 1945 – 27 April 2017) was a Tamil actor, script writer and director who is known for acting in more than 1000 movies in Tamill, Telugu, Kannada, Badaga and Malayalam mostly as a comedian, supporting actor or in a villainous role. The 2007 released Tamil movie Muni was his landmark 1000th movie. He had been hospitalised for the last few months of his life. Vinod Khanna (6 October 1946 – 27 April 2017) was an Indian actor and producer of Bollywood films. He was the recipient of 2 Filmfare awards. He was also an active politician and was the sitting MP from Gurdaspur constituency (between 1998-2009 and 2014-2017).