Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar Dies at 83!

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I’m saddened to report another Disney-related death: Legendary Imagineer Marty Sklar has passed away at the age of 83! Mr. Sklar (1934-2017) was an Imagineer for Disney since the 1960s and helped design many attractions including The Enchanted Tiki Room and It’s a Small World. He recently appeared at the 2017 D23 Expo only 2 weeks ago! He shall be missed!

For more about the man, please read this tribute!

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Voice Actress June Foray Dies at 99!

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In incredibly saddening news, the legendary voice actress, June Foray, has died at the age of 99! Ms. Foray (1917-2017) was pretty much the woman of “a thousand voices” being a big name in the business since the 1950s. Some of her more famous roles have been Lucifer in Cinderella, Squaw in Peter Pan, Granny and Witch Hazel in the Looney Tunes shorts, Rocky J. Squirrel in the The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Mrs. Featherby in DuckTales, and Grandmother Fa in Mulan. It’s basically impossible to not have heard her voice at all in your life!

She was instrumental in creating the Annie Awards as well as in getting a Best Animated Feature category in the Academy Awards! What makes this even sadder was that she was two months shy of her 100th birthday šŸ˜¦ . She shall be missed!

For more about her life and legacy, please read this article as well as this tribute.

Actor Martin Landau Dies At 89!

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The actor, Martin Landau, has died today at the age of 89. Mr. Landau (1928-2017) was known for his appearances in the TV series, Mission: Impossible, as well as in the films, North by Northwest, Cleopatra, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Ed Wood.

The actor also lent his voice to the characters of 2 in the animated film, 9,

as well as to Mr. Rzykruski in the 2012 Disney/Tim Burton film, Frankenweenie.

He shall be missed!

Actor Peter Sallis Dies at 96!

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In sad news, the actor Peter Sallis has died at the age of 96! Peter Sallis (1921-2017) gained worldwide fame as the voice of Wallace in the Aardman Animations’ Wallace and Gromit series. He shall be missed!

Comedian Don Rickles Dies at 90!

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In news that I’m personally upset over, the comedian/actor, Don Rickles, has passed away at the age of 90! Mr. Rickles (1926-2017) was famously known as an “insult comic”, although he personally didn’t agree with that labeling of his work. He would have fun with everyone and get peopleĀ to laugh at themselves regardless of cultures, colors, etc. Everybody loved him as his “insults” were never mean-spirited, but always in good fun!

Some movies that he appeared in include Casino, Kelly’s Heroes, The Rat Race, and Run Silent Run Deep. He also did a few animated roles such as voicing the dragon, Cornwall, in Quest for Camelot,

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and his iconic role as Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films.

I will greatly miss this man as I’m sure most others will too!

Actor John Hurt Dies at 77!

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English actor, Sir John Hurt, has sadly passed away at the age of 77. Sir John Hurt (1940-2017) was known for his roles in many films including The Elephant Man, A Man for All Seasons, I, Claudius, Alien, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, three Harry Potter films, and the recent Jackie, among others.

But, he was no stranger to the world of animation. Some of his voice roles include The Horned King in Disney’s The Black Cauldron,

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Hazel in Watership Down,

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Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings,

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Snitter in The Plague Dogs,

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and Mr. Mole in Don Bluth’s Thumbelina.

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He shall be missed!

Actor Anton Yelchin Dies at 27!

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In sad news, actor Anton Yelchin has passed away at the age of 27 due to a freak car accident. He was found pinned between his car and a security fence. Anton Yelchin (1989-2016) was probably best known for his appearances in the recent Star Trek films as well asĀ in Alpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett, and Terminator Salvation.

In terms of animation, he provided the voices of Shun in the English dub of From Up on Poppy Hill,

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the Albino Pirate in the American version of The Pirates! Band of Misfits,

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and Clumsy Smurf in the recent Smurfs films.

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He shall be missed!

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