Category Archives: Those We Lost 2017-2018

Jóhann Jóhannsson 1969–2018

He had a meteoric rise as a composer, and now suddenly, shockingly, he’s passed away. Jóhann Jóhannsson had a unique sound, which isn’t something you can say about many composers working in Hollywood. In the clip above from Hollywood Resume TV, Jóhannsson talks about his work on Prisoners in 2013. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1969, … Continue reading Jóhann Jóhannsson 1969–2018

Robert Guillaume: Charisma and Class

In the clip above, Robert Guillaume talks about how he struggled at first with playing Benson on the classic sitcom Soap (1977-1981). He had fought against being stereotyped as an African-American man, and now he was faced with playing a servant waiting on a wealthy, white family. He started looking for ways in the script to … Continue reading Robert Guillaume: Charisma and Class

Tom Petty and the Movies

The clip above shows Tom Petty’s very last performance of “Free Fallin’”, at Hollywood Bowl on September 25th. On October 2nd, he died at the age of 66 after a massive heart attack. Bizarrely enough, it was first reported that he had died, then that the initial reports were wrong, that he was still fighting … Continue reading Tom Petty and the Movies

Harry Dean Stanton 1926-2017

We lost Harry Dean Stanton yesterday, at the age of 91. The quirky character actor had been around forever, it seemed at times, and he remained active till the end, appearing in the third season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and also alongside the director in the film Lucky. In the clip above, from 2014, the actor … Continue reading Harry Dean Stanton 1926-2017

Jerry Lewis, Influential Icon

When I started looking for an interview clip with Jerry Lewis, I knew I didn’t want the infamous Hollywood Reporter interview that he made last year. You can watch the whole awkward encounter here. As much as that interview may seem like classic Jerry Lewis (he had a reputation for not being easy to work … Continue reading Jerry Lewis, Influential Icon

Sam Shepard 1943-2017

In the clip above, Sam Shepard is interviewed during the 2014 Sundance film festival where he had a new movie, the crime drama Cold in July. He died a few days ago at the age of 73, but the news wasn’t made public until today. I’m sure that several news sites will refer to him as … Continue reading Sam Shepard 1943-2017

Jeanne Moreau 1928-2017

In the interview above from 2002, Charlie Rose talks to what he refers to as the “grande dame of French cinema”, Jeanne Moreau. Rose is often flattering her, but Moreau keeps pushing back. This is a no-nonsense lady. Today we lost her at the age of 89. Born in Paris, Jeanne Moreau also spent the … Continue reading Jeanne Moreau 1928-2017

Martin Landau 1928-2017

In the clip above, film historian Neal Gabler talks to Martin Landau in 2008. The actor does a great impression of Woody Allen and talks about the ambiguous sexuality of his character in North by Northwest (1959). Which obviously gives Landau a reason to imitate Alfred Hitchcock as well. We lost Martin Landau two days ago … Continue reading Martin Landau 1928-2017