Obituaries for Oct. 26, 2009

Anne Friedberg, Joseph Wiseman and David Kohler die

Anne Friedberg, a professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts whose work pioneered the field of visual studies, died Oct. 9 following a long battle with colorectal cancer. She was 57.

Friedberg's work integrated film study, art history, architecture and media studies into what is now a wider and richer discussion about visual culture.

Friedberg is perhaps best known for two books: 1993's "Window Shopping: Cinema and the Postmodern" and 2006's "The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft." She also was the co-editor of an anthology of critical and theoretical writing about film, "Close Up 1927-1933: Cinema and Modernism."

Friedberg was named as a 2008 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

She is survived by her husband, screenwriter and USC School of Cinematic Arts professor Howard A. Rodman, and their son, Tristan Rodman.

Joseph Wiseman
, an actor who played the sinister scientist and title character of Dr. No in the first James Bond feature film, has died. He was 91.

Wiseman, who had been in declining health, died Monday at his home in Manhattan, his daughter, Martha Graham Wiseman, told the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

A screen and stage actor, Wiseman's film credits include "Detective Story" (1951) and "The Unforgiven" (1960). He also had guest roles on television shows "Law & Order," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Twilight Zone" and "The Untouchables," according to the New York Times.

He is likely best known, however, for his villainous role in "Dr. No," the first in a long string of James Bond movies. The 1962 film introduced Sean Connery as James Bond and also starred Ursula Andress.

Wiseman was born in Montreal on May 15, 1918. He moved to the United States with his family when he was a boy.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Wiseman started acting when he was a teenager, getting his start in summer stock.

In 1938, he was given a small part in his first Broadway play, Robert E. Sherwood's "Abe Lincoln in Illinois."

Wiseman's other Broadway credits include "Joan of Lorraine" (1946), "Antony and Cleopatra" (1947), "Detective Story" (1949); and most recently in the stage adaptation of Abby Mann's film "Judgment at Nuremberg" (2001).

"Stage acting was what he wanted to be remembered for," Wiseman's daughter told the Los Angeles newspaper.

David Kohler
, a former CNN general counsel who spent more than 25 years in the field of media law, died Oct. 15 in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 56.

Kohler most recently was professor of law and director of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Appointed to the full-time faculty in 2003, Kohler came to Southwestern following a long career as a media attorney. He spent nearly a decade with TBS and CNN, where he was senior vp and general counsel.

At Southwestern, Kohler taught the First Amendment seminar, Mass Media Law, Media Litigation and Representing Journalists in addition to directing the Institute, supervising Entertainment Practicum externships and overseeing the Entertainment and Media Law masters program.

AP contributed to this report.