Like 2015, 2016 was a tough year. Trump was elected president, Star Wars: The Force Awakens set box office records and a whole hell of a lot of horror favorites parted ways with this world. It’s been a long journey, and we lost some legitimately talented individuals. This is just our little way of remembering those who stole our hearts with tremendous works and then broke them after heading off for the next phase.
Rest in peace, gus and gals. You shall not be forgotten any time soon.
Angus Scrimm (89) Died on January 10, 2016
Angus Scrimm was one of the beloved faces of horror. His most legendary role will always be that of the Tall Man in Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm franchise, but Scrimm invested plenty of time and energy in the genre. He can also be seen in the standout Masters of Horror installment, Incident on and Off a Mountain Road, I Sell the Dead, Subspecies, John Dies at the End, and Chopping Mall, to name but a few.
Scrimm passed as a result of natural causes in January of 2016. He will be missed, and his films will always find a home on the shelves of many a collector.
David Bowie (69) Died on January 10, 2016
David Bowie was a revolutionary talent. He forever altered the landscape of music as we know it, and eventually, he managed a successful transition to thespian. While Bowie did appear in noteworthy titles The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hunger, Into the Night, The Prestige, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and Zoolander, fans will best remember him as Jareth, the Goblin King in the awesome 80s creep-out, Labyrinth.
Bowie died 10 days into 2016, a result of his battle with liver cancer.
David Margulies (78) Died on January 11, 2016
David Margulies is one of those guys that always screams familiarity when you see him, but you couldn’t in a million years tell anyone what his name was. That didn’t change the fact that he was an awesome actor, and he just so happened to snag the killer role of the mayor in the first two Ghostbusters films. He also surfaced in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Girl on the Train, Dressed to Kill and 9½ Weeks.
Margulies was reportedly ill for an extended stretch of time though what form of illness he suffered from remains something of an unknown. Whatever that illness was, it managed to end his life in January.
Alan Rickman (69) Died on January 14, 2016
Alan Rickman was a special talent who got a somewhat late start in the business. Once he did begin to put performing at the front of his priority list, his career took off and he embraced the challenge of depicting a number of different kind of characters. He found great success in appearing in the Harry Potter franchise, he blew our minds as uber-bad guy Hans Gruber in Die Hard and he voiced the Blue Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. He was versatile, and it’s a shame to have lost him earlier this year.
Pancreatic cancer killed Rickman on January 14th, just a few weeks prior to his 70th birthday.
Dan Haggerty (73) Died on January 15, 2016
Known best as Grizzly Adams, Haggerty never quite climbed to peak of the proverbial mountain, but he was a loved personality who did pop in a few impressive outings. In addition to Legend of the Wild, The Capture of Grizzly Adams and The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Haggerty also starred in An Ordinary Killer and the ridiculously fun B-movie, Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan.
Cancer ended Haggerty’s life on January 15th.