EmptyCarl Belfor, the chief projectionist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died April 23 of complications from a brain aneurysm in February. He was 55.
Belfor also was business agent for IATSE Local 150 after having served as its president.
As chief projectionist since 1999, Belfor oversaw the presentation of thousands of films at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and its Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. These presentations encompassed movie premieres, Oscar nominations screenings, membership screenings and retrospectives. He also oversaw and executed numerous complicated clip shows presented by the Academy each year.
Last year, Belfor accompanied a delegation of Academy members to Vietnam, where he oversaw the projection at several screenings that were part of the first "American Film Week" in that country. On the spot, he built continuous-reel prints from the archival-quality multireel prints so films could be screened from the platter projection systems in place in Vietnamese theaters.
Belfor joined the Academy in 1991.
Jim Hager, one of the Hager Twins who satirized country life with cornball one-liners on TV's "Hee Haw," died May 1 in Nashville after collapsing in a coffee shop, the show's producer said. He was 66.
Producer Sam Lovullo said he had been informed of the death by Jon Hager, the surviving twin. There was no information on the cause of death.
The twins, who also were guitarists and drummers, rose to national fame as original cast members of the CBS show in 1969. With its mixture of music and country-flavored humor, "Hee Haw" show was a huge hit.
The Hagers had worked with Buck Owens and used his connection to join the show when the country star signed as the show's co-host with Roy Clark.
The Hagers left the program in the mid-'80s and continued to perform together.
Stanley Dudelson, who served as an executive producer on New Line Cinema's first two "A Nightmare on Elm Street" films and later founded Taurus Entertainment, died April 26 in Laugna Beach, Calif. He was 83.
Dudelson began his career in sales, working for RKO Pictures, United Artists, Hygo Unity and Screen Gems. In 1964, he founded the television division of American International Pictures.
In 1971, Dudelson joined New Line as president of distribution and founded its international unit. After the two "Nightmare" films, he become president and CEO of Artist Entertainment Group.
George Butler, a prominent jazz record executive for the Columbia, Blue Note and United Artists labels for three decades, died April 9 in Castro Valley, Calif. He was 76.
Butler helped to encourage the Young Lions movement that began in the '80s, when Wynton Marsalis and other neo-traditionalists became stars. At Columbia, he helped persuade Miles Davis to return to the studio in 1980 after a five-year absence. He also signed or was executive producer for such fusion and soul-jazz acts as Bob James, Billy Cobham and Grover Washington Jr.
William "Billy" Mancini Jr., who served as a creative executive at such production companies as Silver Street Pictures, Krost/Chapin Management and Orr & Cruickshank Prods., died April 9 in Rome of liver cancer. He was 43.
Early in his career, Mancini worked at Columbia Pictures Television and Lorimar Television. In 1999, he moved to Europe and with partners created Rome-based Beecon Consulting and Beecon Consulting Real Estate Investments.
Mancini is survived by his parents, his brother Robert, and two sisters, Marilyn and Christine.