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Mark Shivas, the first head of BBC Films and one of the U.K.'s best-loved television and film producers, died Oct. 11 of cancer in a London hospital. He was 70.

In 1993, Shivas took the reins at BBC Films, where he exec produced more than 20 feature films, including "Priest" (1994), directed by Antonia Bird; Mike Newell's "An Awfully Big Adventure" (1995); Michael Winterbottom's "Jude" (1996); and "Hideous Kinky" (1998), featuring Kate Winslet.

Four years later, Shivas founded Perpetual Motion Pictures, an independent production company that produced the TV miniseries "Cambridge Spies" and "Talking Heads 2."

A former New York Times writer, Shivas began in TV as Granada's head of story in 1964. He joined the BBC's drama department in 1969, where he produced "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and Dennis Potter's "Casanova."

In 1980, Shivas went freelance, working on productions such as "What If It's Raining?" by Anthony Minghella and the Emmy-winning "The Storyteller," directed by Jim Henson and written by Minghella for NBC. He became BBC Drama chief in 1988.



Nathan Davis, an actor who worked with Studs Terkel in 1930s stage plays and with Shia LaBeouf in "Holes," died Oct. 15 of natural causes at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 91.

Davis' son is Andrew Davis, the film director whose credits include "The Fugitive."

The elder Davis did not become a full-time actor until, nearing 60, he was fired from his job as a pharmaceutical sales rep. Over the next 30 years, he racked up a large list of theater, TV and movie credits.

In addition to "Holes" (2003), Andrew Davis cast his dad in films including "Stony Island" (1978) and "Code of Silence" (1985). Nathan Davis also was in Michael Mann's "Thief" (1981) and made frequent appearances on TV shows like "Cheers" and "Frasier."
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