Robert Nichols, 1924-2013

Robert Nichols at right, with Rex Reason in This Island Earth (1955).   Noted actor and all-around neat guy Robert Nichols has passed away. He was 88. Nichols is a favorite character actor of mine, someone who, without fail, charmed me every time I saw him on screen — and he had a habit of…

Herbert Lom (1917-2012)

  Herbert Lom in 1962.   Wonderful character actor Herbert Lom, most known for his roles in Pink Panther films, has passed away. He was 95. Lom figured prominently in the recently-reviewed Lace, and appeared in over 100 films and television shows.  He was in Spartacus (1960) and The Dead Zone (1983), and played Van…

TCM Tributes for Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine

TCM has schedule changes for two nights this month, in honor of the recently-departed Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine.     On Wednesday, July 18, TCM will show four movies to celebrate the film career of Andy Griffith, including the rarely-seen Hearts of the West (1975): 8 p.m. – A Face in the Crowd 10:15…

In Memoriam: Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine circa 1973. (via) Ernest Borgnine passed away yesterday at age 95. A terrific actor and a strange, wonderful man. He will be missed.

In Memoriam: Susan Tyrrell and Richard Lynch

The film world has recently lost two terrific character actors. Susan Tyrrell, who appeared in Fat City (1972), The Killer Inside Me (1976), and Cry-Baby (1990), died of unknown causes on June 19. Photo courtesy Follies of God by James Grissom, which has a wonderful quote about Tyrrell by Tennessee Williams.   Richard Lynch, horror,…

Levon Helm (1940-2012)

  The Weight The Band with The Staple Singers The Last Waltz (1976)   A few months ago, my interest in a pop singer lead me to The Last Waltz (1976) and to where I am today, which is grief-stricken (obviously), but beyond that is the realization that I’m in the midst of some larger…