Two more film greats are gone and one is missing and probably dead

First, the missing. Actor Per Oscarsson and his wife are missing after their home burned in Skara, Sweden. You can read about it here.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1927, Per Oscarsson has been one of Sweden’s most respected actors in film, both on stage and tv.  He won the Cannes Film Festival and National Society of Film Critic’s award for Hunger (1966). He is known more here for his performance in The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet’s Nest.

Per Oscarsson - Hunger
Per Oscarsson - Hunger

Our heart goes out to the family and we hope they have closure soon.

Anne Francis

A while back I wrote about losing Leslie Neilsen. I had posted a picture from a movie that he starred in called Forbidden Planet. His love interest was Anne Francis.

Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in The Forbidden Planet
Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in The Forbidden Planet

Now, both of them are gone. Anne Francis was born in Ossining, New York. She was a model and did soap/radio work early on. By the age of 11, she made her stage debut in Broadway’s “Lady in the Dark”. She had a very busy career and appeared in a great many tv shows and movies. One of her most famous roles was as television’s first female detective in Honey West. She lost her battle against pancreatic cancer on Sunday.

Our condolences to her family, friends, and fans. She will be missed.

Pete Postlethwaite

Pete Postlethwaite has lost a long time battle with cancer.  He was 64.  Born in 1946 to a working class family in Northern England, he developed an interest in acting while in college.  From his beginnings as a drama teacher, he branched out to the theater and then film and television in the 80s.  In 1993, he was nominated for an Oscar for playing the father of Daniel Day-Lewis in “In the Name of the Father”.

Pete Postlethwaite
Pete Postlethwaite

As before, our condolences to his family, friends, and fans. He too will be missed.


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Leslie “Don’t call me Shirley” Nielsen has died

He passed away Sunday, at the age of 84, due to complications from pneumonia.

Leslie Nielsen was born in Skaskatchewan, Canada in 1926.  He served in the Canadian Air Force and worked as a disk jockey before taking up acting.  He began working in television in 1948 with more than 50 appearances in two years.  He later went on to appear in a great many television shows.

He started in films in 1956.  His first roles were dramatic.  My first and fondest memories of Leslie Nielsen are as Commander Adams in The Forbidden Planet (1956) and the Captain in The Poseidon Adventure (1972).  Nielsen gained his biggest fame when he starred in Airplane! (1980) later in The Naked Gun  (1988) and it’s sequels.  His ability to play a serious character who is oblivious to the absurdity surrounding him brought him a new generation of fan.

Leslie William Nielsen will be missed by all.  We, at JBoD, extend our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in The Forbidden Planet
Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in The Forbidden Planet


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Dino De Laurentiis passed away today

Dino De Laurentiis has passed away at the age of 91.  He was a huge man in the movie industry.

De laurentiis was born in 1919 in a small village near Naples, Italy. He enrolled in film school at the age of 17 and at 20 had already produced his first film. He went on to produce many films and won his first Oscar for producing Federico Fellini’s La Strada followed by another Oscar for Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria.  Both films won for the Best Foreign Language category.

Dino De Laurentiis produced a great many films.   Some of his more memorable films include Serpico (1973), Dune (1984), Army of Darkness (1992), and Red Dragon (2002). Of course, we just cannot forget that 1968 classic, Barbarella. In the end, he produced more than 150 films.

Dino De Laurentiis will be missed. He is survived by his wife and children.

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