Kevin McCarthy, star of the original Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and many other movies and TV shows, passed away Saturday in Cape Cod hospital. While I haven’t seen an official cause of death, at age 96, the news isn’t terribly shocking.
Various outlets are reporting it: Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, has passed away from Stomach Cancer. Roy worked for his Uncle and Father’s company as an editor, screenwriter, and producer in the 1950’s and went on to be head of Disney Animation during a period that brought the company back from near extinction with films like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
He’s also known for several battles within the company. As a major shareholder, he deposed two company Presidents and fought to keep the company’s quality from dropping to, what he thought, were unacceptable levels.
Kotaku is reporting that Activision-Blizzard is suing EA to prevent them from releasing Brütal Legend, the fantasy & metal themed action/adventure/RTS game from Tim Schafer, the creator of Psychonauts, as well as a lot of Lucasarts adventure games (including Day of the Tentacle, and the Monkey Island games).
CNN is reporting that actor David Carradine was found dead in his Bankok hotel room.
Carradine had performed in over 100 feature films, including the cult classics Death Race 2000, The Silent Flute, and the Kill Bill duology. He was 72 years old.
It never rains but it pours.
Comic Book Resources is reporting that the house of Len Wein, the creator of Swamp Thing and Lucius Fox for DC and Wolverine for Marvel, and DC’s editor during Crisis on Infinite Earths and Watchmen, has burned down – over half the house was a complete loss, and his dog was killed as well. Wein was largely working as a freelancer at the time of the fire, so these are tough times for him.
CBR will have details on how we can help as soon as they are available.
In addition to game designer Dave Arneson being in the hospital due to his cancer worsening, the official Star Wars blog is reporting Aaron Alliston is in the hospital as well, undergoing a quadrupal bypass surgery. If you want to help, there are two ways you can do it:
- Alliston’s family has started a blood donation sponsorship – if you are in the Dallas area you can go to Carter BloodCare center, or the National Blood Exchange, and say you’d like to donate blood for Aaron Alliston, a Carter BloodCare patient, and give his sponsor number – SPON 047786.
- You can send cards (but not perishable items or flowers) to
c/o Del Rey Books
New York, NY 10019
I’d like to wish Aaron a speedy recovery, and in general I hope he gets well soon.