09 April 2015

R.I.P GEOFFREY LEWIS and JAMES BEST

Holy shit, it has been a tough week for us horror fans. After the deaths of Tom Towler and Robert Z'Dar, two more legends have left us :-(



Prolific character actor GEOFFREY LEWIS, father of Juliette Lewis, has died at the age of 79 from a heart attack.

Between 1970 and 2015, he appeared in more than 130(!) made-for-TV films and TV series ("The X-Filess", "Amazing Stories", "The A-Team", "Bonanza", "Falcon Crest" etc.), as well as in more than 80 feature films, incl. 7 Clint Eastwood collaborations: "High Plains Drifter" (1973), "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974), "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978), "Any Which Way You Can" (1980), "Bronco Billy" (1980), "Pink Cadillac" (1989) and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997).

Among horror fans, he is known for performances in classics (and non-classics) like "Moon of the Wolf" (1972), the Stephen King adaptation "Salem's Lot" (1979), "Night of the Comet" (1984), the painfully underrated "Annihilator" (1986), the not-really-Stephen-King-adaptation "The Lawnmower Man" (1992), "Trilogy of Terror II" (1996), Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects" (2005) or "Wicked Little Things" (2006).

Rest in Peace, Geoffrey Lewis
1935 - 2015



Six-decade-actor JAMES BEST has died at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia.

Best is best known for his his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the cult TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979-1985) and all its spin-offs ["The Dukes" (1983), "The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!" (1997) & "The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollyood" (2000)], as well as in countless TV series like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "The Twilight Zone", "Bonanza", "Rawhide" or "Gunsmoke".

His appearances in the horror genre were a tad sparse: he starred in "The Killer Shrews" (1959) and its sequel "Return of the Killer Shrews" (2012), "The Savage Bees" (1976), "The Brain Machine" (1977) and "Death Mask" (1998), and appeared as an extra in 50s-classics like "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (1953) or "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" (1957).

Rest in Peace, James Best
1926 - 2015


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