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Margaret Keane, Painter and Subject of Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes,’ Dies at 94

Margaret Keane, who went to court to prove that her popular paintings of children with large, sad eyes were indeed hers and not her husband’s, a tale that was told in the Tim Burton film Big Eyes, has died. She was 94. Keane died Sunday of heart failure at her home in Napa, California, her […]

Gregory Jein, ‘Star Trek’ Model Maker and Two-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 76

Gregory Jein, the acclaimed model maker and artist who worked on eight Star Trek properties and earned Oscar nominations for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941, has died. He was 76. Jein died May 22 in his Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest after a long history of health issues that […]

Robert Katz, Producer on ‘Selena,’ ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ and ‘Gettysburg,’ Dies at 79

Robert Katz, a producer who worked on notable fact-based projects including Selena, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Gettysburg, has died. He was 79. Katz died Wednesday at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys following a long battle with lung cancer, his family announced. In 1986, Katz launched Esparza/Katz Productions with Moctesuma Esparza, and they produced more […]

Barry Garron, Former Chief TV Critic for The Hollywood Reporter, Dies at 72

Barry Garron, the genial Midwesterner who spent more than a decade as the chief television critic for The Hollywood Reporter, has died. He was 72. Garron died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation facility in Gilbert, Arizona, after being hospitalized during the Memorial Day weekend, according to his daughter, Rachel Dain. He had battled Crohn’s disease […]

Steve Fickinger, Tony-Winning ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Producer, Dies at 62

Steve Fickinger, who received a Tony Award for producing the blockbuster musical Dear Evan Hansen after helping bring Newsies and The Lion King to Broadway as a Disney executive, has died. He was 62. Fickinger died suddenly Friday at his home in Laguna Beach, his niece Jessica Roy announced. As director of creative development for Walt […]

Robert J. Ross, Longtime Engineer at CBS, Dies at 70

Robert J. Ross, who oversaw East Coast operations and engineering for the CBS Television Network for nearly two decades, died Sunday, the network announced. He was 70. Ross served as senior vp of East Coast operations for CBS from October 1998 until his retirement in 2017, ending 45 years in the business. At CBS, Ross […]

Glen Trotiner, Veteran Assistant Director, Dies at 65

Glen Trotiner, the veteran assistant and second-unit director who worked on films from The Untouchables, Awakenings and Independence Day to Phone Booth, Captain America: The First Avenger and Morbius, died Thursday, his family announced. He was 65. Born in 1957 in The Bronx, Trotiner began as a DGA trainee on the 1986 films Power and […]

Maureen Arthur, Actress in ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,’ Dies at 88

Maureen Arthur, who starred on Broadway and the big screen as the ambitious mistress and secretary Hedy La Rue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, has died. She was 88. Arthur died Wednesday of natural causes at her home in Beverly Hills after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease, her brother Gerald […]

Everett Peck, Creator of ‘Duckman,’ Dies at 71

Everett Peck, the illustrator and cartoonist who created the irreverent Jason Alexander-starring animated series Duckman, has died. He was 71. Peck died Tuesday in Solana Beach, California, of complications from a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his wife, Helen, told The Hollywood Reporter. Peck created Duckman for a 1990 one-off comic book published by Dark […]

May Routh, Costume Designer on ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ and ‘Being There,’ Dies at 87

May Routh, the fashion illustrator turned renowned costume designer who brought iconic looks to such films as The Man Who Fell to Earth, My Favorite Year and Being There, has died. She was 87. Routh died peacefully June 1 at her home in Los Angeles, set decorator and family spokesperson Bryony Foster told The Hollywood […]

Jim Formanek, Veteran Executive at the Jim Henson Co., Dies at 50

Jim Formanek, who spent the past 15 years as director of consumer products for The Jim Henson Co., died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of cancer complications. He was 50. Formanek joined Henson in 2000 in an administrative position that he termed “assistant president” and went on to lead consumer products […]

Brad Johnson, Actor in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Always,’ Dies at 62

Brad Johnson, the onetime rodeo cowboy and “Marlboro Man” who starred opposite Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss in the Steven Spielberg romantic drama Always, has died. He was 62. Johnson died Feb. 18 of complications from COVID-19 in Fort Worth, Texas, his rep, Linda McAlister, told The Hollywood Reporter. THR was recently alerted about his […]