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Director and visual effects artist Nancy Bernstein died of colorectal cancer on Sept. 18 at age 55. Her credits include The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men and Rise of the Guardians.
Actor Martin E. Brooks made an historic first in 1976 when he became one of the first two actors to ever portray the same character on two different series. Together with Richard Anderson (as Oscar Goldman), Brooks and his character Rudy Wells crossed over from The Six Million Dollar Man to The Bionic Woman. He passed away on Dec. 7 at age 90. (Anderson is still with us at age 89.)
A producer with a Columbia University law degree, Robert Chartoff and his fellow producer Irwin Winkler won the 1976 Oscar for Best Picture for Rocky. He went on to produce all of the Rocky films, including Creed, which is currently on screens. Among his 30+ other films are The Right Stuff, Raging Bull and Ender’s Game. He died from pancreatic cancer at age 81 on June 10.
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Master of horror Wes Craven passed away at the age of 76 from brain cancer. He directed the Nightmare on Elm Street film series introducing the now classic Freddy Krueger character and the Scream series as well as other horror favorites The Hills Have Eyes, The People Under the Stairs and Red Eye. He directed a couple of movies outside of the horror genre and even co-created a five-book graphic novel with Steve Niles, which was released in digital format in 2014 and print format shortly after his death on Aug. 30.
Screenwriter Maurice Hurley, who passed away on Feb. 24 at age 75, is best remembered as the head writer on Star Trek: The Next Generation during its first two seasons. His greatest legacy was his role in have Gates McFadden removed from the show, a decision that did not sit well with fans. After his departure, she was invited to return in the third season and remained with the show to the end, returning for all of the Star Trek films featuring the TNG cast.
Television's original Jimmy Olsen, Jack Larson, passed away on Sept. 20 at age 87. He was featured in the role on the 1950s The Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves in the title role. In addition to other roles, he made cameo appearances on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1996 and in the 2006 film Superman Returns.
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The patriarch of the 1980s TV show Eight Is Enough, Dick Van Patten started his career as a child actor on Broadway in the 1930s. He rose to geek prominence later in his career with roles in the spoofy films Spaceballs and Robing Hood: Men in Tights. Founder of the Natural Balance Pet Foods brand and an advocate for guide dog training, he passed away June 23 of complications from diabetes; he was 86.
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Producer Bernard Williams' geeky credits include Flash Gordon in 1980, The Bounty with Mel Gibson in 1984, and Daredevil with Ben Affleck in 2003. He died of cancer at the age 72 on Jan. 4.
Thanks to all of these great artists for the joy and entertainment they have brought to us. May they rest in peace.
-- First Officer Cheryl, Stardate 2015.12.28