Ten years ago true horror reared its head and thousands were lost. Thousands more were left in mourning. Thousands still are out there fighting for what we love and what we have lost. At this time we here at Dread Central would like to take a moment to reflect on and honor the memories of our friends and family who were lost to us a decade ago. You'll always be close to our hearts.
His name may not ring a bell at first, but chances are you're quite familiar with the work of character actor Roberts Blossom. Sadly, Mr. Blossom passed away last Friday in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 87. The New York Times posted quite a nice tribute to the quirky actor, excerpts of which follow:
Another Hollywood legend has left us behind to pursue, we're sure, much better things on the other side. Still, we're sad to see him go, but wow, does he have a legacy to share.
He may have been known to the masses as Marshal Matt Dillon from "Gunsmoke", but to horror fans he'll always be "The Thing from Another World". Sadly, the world lost another legend today as James Arness has passed away at the ripe old age of 88.
And the Hollywood death toll continues to mount its way throughout the year 2011 as yet another golden age actress has been taken from us, leaving behind one hell of a horror memory!
Today we've lost a true icon. The great Jackie Cooper, whom you should instantly recognize, has passed away at the age of 88. Though he only dabbled in our genre a few times, we'd be remiss not to honor this legend.
Another film treasure has set out into the great beyond, and while you may not know his name you assuredly know his work. Sadly, classic film actor William Campbell passed away April 28th at the age of 84.
Another star from Hollywood's heyday has passed on, albeit in a very curious fashion. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman co-star Yvette Vickers was found dead in her home under some really odd and extremely sad circumstances.
Actor Michael Sarrazin, whose roles in the genre have ranged from The Creature in the 1973 TV movie "Frankenstein: The True Story" to a small supporting part in FeardotCom, has passed away in Montreal after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70.
The world lost another film legend today with the passing of Farley Granger at the age of 85. Granger, who died of natural causes at his Manhattan home, was best known for his roles in two Alfred Hitchcock films, but he also appeared in several Italian horror movies in the early 1970's.
Today we've lost a true icon. A man who was whipping ass in the film industry longer than most of us have been alive. It is with an extremely heavy heart that we report Michael Gough has passed away at the ripe old age of 94.
Another one of television's greatest character actors has been claimed and is no longer with us. While today's generation may know him primarily as Seinfeld's Uncle Leo, generations of fans will remember him from so much more.
One of the most prolific horror film producers in the game has taken his final curtain call and is sadly no longer with us. You may not know his name, but we know you're very familiar with his work.
Sadly on this day of love and warmth, we're heartbroken to report that the world as we know it just became a lot less funny. Another Hollywood great has passed on.
Sad news to report today. Another genre icon is no longer with us. One who helped pave the way in film for strong female characters, thus inspiring women everywhere. It's with a really heavy heart that we report that the great and always sexy Tura Satana is no longer with us.