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Remembering Horror’s Legends: A Tribute to Those Who Died in 2016

George Kennedy (91) Died on February 28, 2016

George Kennedy

Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Shown: George Kennedy

George Kennedy was a loveable teddy bear and prolific character actor that appeared in nearly 200 productions. Fans have seen in works like The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Death Ship, Creepshow 2, Demonwarp, The Terror Within, and Brain Dead.

Kennedy died as a result of natural causes 10 days after his 91st birthday.

Larry Drake (67) Died on March 17, 2016

Larry Drake

He was Dr. Giggles. He was Durant in Darkman. He was the heart and soul of the criminally underrated made-for-television flick, Dark Night of the Scarecrow. Larry Drake did a lot of work, but he also invested a great deal of time in our genre. In addition to the noted films and characters, Drake also surfaced in a number of quality television work, like Werewolf, Tales from the Crypt and The Outer Limits. In recent years Drake appeared in smaller genre productions like The Secrets of Emily Blair, Dead Air and Pathology.

Blood cancer led to the sad passing of Larry Drake, who we will continue to immortalize every time we watch classics like the Darkman films, or Dark Night of the Scarecrow.

Patty Duke (69) Died on March 29, 2016

Patty Duke

Patty Duke wasn’t too heavily involved in the horror genre, but she was Patty Friggin Duke! The woman was a certified boss, and we’re going to miss her down here!

Frank De Felitta (94) Died on March 29, 2016

Frank De Felitta

Frank De Felitta was a kick ass author and behind the scenes talent first and foremost. The man wrote the screenplays for notable features The Entity, Scissors, and Audrey Rose. He also directed the aforementioned Scissors along with a film we just discussed briefly, the great Dark Night of the Scarecrow.

Frank died as a result of complications stemming from his battle with dementia. He was 94 years old.

Yumi Shirakawa (79) Died on June 14, 2016


You’d probably have to be a fan of vintage Japanese horror to be familiar with Yumi Shirakawa, but if ever there was a time to appreciate J-Horror, it was in the ‘50s and ‘60s when the Japanese were crafting compelling tales and blockbuster monster movies. Shirakawa’s most famed work came in the form of monster movie, Rodan. She also appeared in the crazy sci-fi standouts Gorath, The Mysterians and The H-Man.

Heart failure ended Yumi Shirakawa’s life on June 14th, 2016.

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

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