British character actor Roger Lloyd-Pack has died at the age of 69, according to The Guardian. Lloyd-Pack was much loved in his homeland for playing the dim-witted Trigger in the hugely popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses and the equally slow Owen Newitt in the similarly successful, Richard Curtis-penned show The Vicar of Dibley. But he was an incredibly versatile performer whose big screen credits included Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Interview with the Vampire, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which he played Barty Crouch Sr. In addition to his TV and film roles, Lloyd-Pack was an accomplished theater actor and recently appeared alongside Mark Rylance in London productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night. According to his agent, Lloyd-Pack was suffering from pancreatic cancer and died at home surrounded by his family.
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Emmy-nominated actress Carmen Zapata, who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce, has died of heart problems, colleagues say. She was 86.
Zapata died Sunday at her Van Nuys-area home, said Luis Vela, marketing manager for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles.
Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical Oklahoma and went on to perform in Bells Are Ringing, Guys and Dolls, and many plays.
“She was an inspiration for me,” Vela said. “She taught me that art is the key to resolving differences in the community.”
He said Zapata was once asked how she wanted to be remembered — as an artist, producer or founder. “‘I prefer people remember us as educators,’” Vela recalled her saying.
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Actor-writer-director Tom Laughlin, whose production and marketing of Billy Jack set a standard for breaking the rules on and off screen, has died.
Laughlin’s daughter told The Associated Press that he died Thursday at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Laughlin was 82 and Teresa Laughlin, who acted in the Billy Jack movies, said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia.
Billy Jack was released in 1971 after a long struggle by Laughlin to gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for guerrilla filmmaking.
He wrote, directed and produced Billy Jack and starred as the ex-Green Beret who defends a progressive school against the racists of a conservative Western community. The film became a counterculture favorite and the theme song, “One Tin Soldier,” was a hit single for the rock group Coven.
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Paul Walker was laid to rest on Saturday after a private funeral service in Los Angeles.
According to E! online, the Fast & Furious star was cremated, and his ashes were interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery during a non-denominational service. His father, mother, two brothers, and other family members and friends were in attendance. Another private gathering will be held for family and friends at an as-yet undisclosed location.
On Dec. 8, thousands of fans visited the site where the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. Mourners left flowers and candies and revved their engines to pay tribute to the actor.
Film noir star Audrey Totter, who appeared in such classics as Lady in the Lake, The Set-Up, and High Wall, died on Thursday in Los Angeles at age 95. Her daughter, Mea Lane, told the Los Angeles Times that Totter had a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure.
Though Totter had a small part in The Postman Always Rings Twice, the 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain’s pulp novel, her breakthrough came with 1947′s Lady in the Lake, where she was cast as a publishing executive who hires private detective Philip Marlowe (Robert Montgomery) to find her boss’ wife. Other roles found her playing a gold-digger (1947′s The Unsuspected), a psychiatrist (1947′s High Wall), and the wife of a has-been boxer (1949′s The Set Up).
Her last acting credit came from a 1987 episode of Murder, She Wrote.
Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in The Sound of Music, has died at 91.
Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs,” Gale added.
Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951, and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965′s The Sound of Music, in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.
“Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known,” Plummer said in a statement. “Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever.”
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Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed by impact and fire in a crash that occurred while he was a passenger in a Porsche driven by his friend, according to an autopsy released Wednesday
Walker died Saturday when the high-performance car smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames.
The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was driven by Roger Rodas, who was killed by the impact alone, according to the autopsy released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Results of toxicology testing will take another six to eight weeks.
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Director Georges Lautner, whose films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are part of the French canon and still adored, has died.
He was 87. The cause of death was not announced.
Of the dozens of films he made, Les Tontons Flingeurs, which appeared as Monsieur Gangster for Anglophone audiences, was perhaps the most beloved.
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Jake Gyllenhaal was sent to the emergency room with an injured hand Wednesday morning after punching a mirror on set, People reports. While filming an intense scene on Nightcrawler‘s Los Angeles set, the 32-year-old actor wounded his hand so badly that he had to be taken to a nearby hospital, a source told the magazine.
“The scene was emotionally charged and his character was talking into a mirror and he got so into it, he banged his hands against the mirror and it broke and cut him,” the source said. “It was all the scene and not because he was mad about anything else.”
Gyllenhaal returned to set Thursday.
Actor Jean Dujardin has split from his wife, actress Alexandra Lamy, People reports.
Dujardin, who won the 2012 Best Actor Oscar for his starring turn in The Artist, has appeared in French films with Lamy in the past. In 1999, they met on the set of the French TV series Un Gars, Une Fille. Dujardin, 41, and Lamy, 42, were married for four years.
According to the Daily Mail, Dujardin told journalists at an award ceremony: “It has been eight months that tabloids have been trying to make me out as depressed, an alcoholic, a womanizer. This is no more, or less, than the story of a couple who are separating, like any other couple.”
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