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Hollywood Legacies: Moviemakers Who Died in 2008

Published: 2/1/2009

As the Academy Awards approach, join Legacy.com in paying tribute to film industry notables who passed away in 2008. From the big movie stars to the people who’ve worked behind the scenes, we bring you the film obituaries that made the news.

Scroll to see a list of individuals categorized by profession.

Roy Scheider

Actor best known for his role as a police chief in the movie "Jaws"... Read more

Arthur C. Clarke

Visionary sci-fi writer won acclaim for "2001: A Space Odyssey"... Read more

Richard Widmark

Hollywood star made a debut as the giggling killer in "Kiss of Death"... Read more


Charlton Heston

Hollywood legend and conservative activist starred in "Ben Hur"...
- Obituary
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Harvey Korman

Known for his roles in "The Carol Burnett Show" and "Blazing Saddles"...
- Obituary
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- Memorial Website


Stan Winston

Hollywood special-effects maestro won Oscars for four movies...
- Obituary
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George Carlin

Comedian co-starred in "Prince of Tides" and "Bill & Ted" series...
- Obituary
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- Memorial Website


Bernie Mac

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor and comedian...
- Obituary
- Guest Book
- Memorial Website


Paul Newman

Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool...
- Obituary
- Guest Book
- Memorial Website


Eartha Kitt

TV’s Catwoman was voice of Yzma in "Emperor's New Groove"...
- Obituary
- Guest Book
- Memorial Website

 

Heath Ledger

Australian-born actor was an Oscar nominee for "Dark Knight"...
- Obituary
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Anthony Minghella

Oscar-winning director of "The English Patient"...
- Obituary
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- Memorial Website


Paul Scofield

British stage actor won an Oscar for "A Man for All Seasons"...
- Obituary
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- Memorial Website


Jules Dassin

American director whose wife starred in his movie "Never on Sunday"...
- Obituary
- Guest Book
- Memorial Website


Sydney Pollack

Academy Award-winning director often dabbled as a TV and movie actor...
- Obituary
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- Memorial Website


Mel Ferrer

Actor in more than 100 films was once married to Audrey Hepburn...
- Obituary
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- Memorial Website


Cyd Charisse

Dancer starred in movies with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly...
- Obituary
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Estelle Getty

"Golden Girls" star also appeared in movies such as "Tootsie" and "Mask"...
- Obituary
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- Memorial Website


Isaac Hayes

Songwriter won Oscar for Best Original Song with "Theme from Shaft"...
- Obituary
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- Memorial Website


Michael Crichton

Author and filmmaker wrote hits such as "Jurassic Park"...
- Obituary
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- Memorial Website

 

Actors

 

 

Forrest J. Ackerman
Edie Adams
Paul Benedict
Christopher Bowman
George Carlin
Cyd Charisse
Hazel Court
Bo Diddley
Ivan Dixon
Mel Ferrer
Beverly Garland
Estelle Getty
Dody Goodman
Johnny Grant
David Groh
Larry Haines
Isaac Hayes
Jeff Healey
Eileen Herlie
Charlton Heston
Evelyn Keyes
Eartha Kitt
Harvey Korman
John Law
Bernie Mac
Dick Martin
Barry Morse
Paul Newman
Anita Page
Joy Page
Sydney Pollack
Majel Roddenberry
Roy Scheider
Paul Scofield
Studs Terkel
Richard Widmark

 

 

 

Directors & Producers

 

 

 

Neil Aspinall
Bernie Brillstein
Bruce Conner
Michael Crichton
Jules Dassin
Mel Ferrer
Charlton Heston
Anthony Minghella
Sydney Pollack
Stan Winston

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes

 

 

 

Arthur C. Clarke
Michael Crichton
Jules Dassin
William Gibson
Earle Hagen
Isaac Hayes
Jeff Healey
Don LaFontaine
Yves Saint Laurent
Abby Mann

 

Bill Melendez
Harold Pinter
Hazel Warp
Jerry Wexler
Stan Winston

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Visited Guest Books

6. George Carlin
7. Charlton Heston
8. Jeff Healey
9. Harvey Korman
10. Eartha Kitt

1. Bernie Mac
2. Heath Ledger
3. Paul Newman
4. Isaac Hayes
5. Estelle Getty

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