EmptyGeorge Grizzard, a Broadway and screen actor who won a Tony and Emmy, died Oct. 2 in New York of complications from lung cancer. He was 79.
Grizzard appeared in the original 1962 production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and won a Tony more than three decades later in 1996 for his performance in a revival of the 1967 Albee play "A Delicate Balance."
On television, he made regular appearances on "Law & Order" and won a best supporting actor Emmy for the 1980 telefilm "The Oldest Living Graduate," starring Henry Fonda. Grizzard's film credits include "Advise and Consent" in 1962 and "Comes a Horseman" in 1978.
Gary Franklin, a Los Angeles entertainment reporter whose 1-to-10 scale for movie reviews made him a familiar name in town, died Oct. 2 at his Chatsworth, Calif., home after several strokes. He was 79.
Franklin worked at several local television and radio stations, first as a reporter and then as a movie reviewer. In the 1980s, he was entertainment critic at a number of local television stations.
He rated movies and TV shows "on the Franklin Scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best." He gave the violent 1994 film "Natural Born Killers" a zero on the scale, calling it a "cultural crime."
Ned Sherrin, a British broadcaster who directed "That Was the Week That Was," died Oct. 1 of throat cancer at his home in London. He was 76.
Sherrin was proudest of his work producing and directing the BBC's satirical news show, which poked fun at current affairs and packed spoof news items between skits and songs. "The Week That Was" took aim at farmers, restaurateurs and British officialdom and made light of the country's crumbling empire.
Sherrin went on to act, write, produce and direct for stage and screen and presented BBC Radio 4's "Loose Ends" for 20 years.
Elfi von Dassanowsky, a classical musician and filmmaker who co-founded Belvedere Film in Austria after World War II, died Oct. 2 of cardiac arrest in Van Nuys. She was 83.
She met Austrian actor-director Emmerich Hanus in St. Polten in 1946 and joined him as a founder of Belvedere Film in Vienna.
Belvedere made seven films in its five-year history, including musicals and comedies. Von Dassanowsky and her son, University of Colorado film professor and producer Robert von Dassanowsky, relaunched Belvedere as a production company in 1999. Their first film was "Semmelweis," a 2001 short about Ignatz Semmelweis, a 19th century obstetrician, followed by the 2005 feature comedy "Wilson Chance."
Ralph Donnelly, who rose from theater usher to president of Cinema 5 Theatres in Manhattan and was active in the exhibition industry, died Sept. 21 in Palm Harbor, Fla. He was 75.
Donnelly served as president of the Variety Club and the Motion Picture Bookers Club. He also was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and a member of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts board of directors. He was a founder of the annual ShowEast convention.
He also was head film buyer at City Cinemas, RKO-Stanley Warner Theatres, Creative Film Services and Associated Independent Theatres.
Bud Ekins, a longtime stuntman, died Oct. 6 in Los Angeles. He was 77.
After a motorcycle racing career, Ekins went on to become one of Hollywood's leading stuntmen. His most famous stunt was the climactic motorcycle jump scene in the 1963 movie "The Great Escape," starring another famous motorcyclist, Steve McQueen.
Ekins continued his stunt work, working on films including McQueen's "Bullitt" and Steven Spielberg's "1941."