‘Oz’ Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini Dies at 89

- 08-07-13Film Posted by James Daniels

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Margaret Pellegrini, best known as the “Flowerpot Munchkin” and one of the “Sleepyhead Kids” in 1939′s history-making cinematic masterpiece: The Wizard Of Oz, died of a stroke on Monday at her home in Phoenix, AZ–according to her representative, Ted Bulthaup.

The 89 year old Pellegrini was one of three surviving Munchkins.

Her death leaves only fellow Phoenix resident Ruth Duccini (95) and “Lollipop Kid” Jerry Maren (93), who lives in Los Angeles.

Today, flowers were placed at the Munchkins’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Nerd Bastards sends our best wishes to her family and friends.

Sources: Deadline, CNN

Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies at 70

- 04-04-13Film, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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Roger Joseph Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years, and on television with late partner Gene Siskel for 31 years, passed away today in Chicago after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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Original Barnabas, Jonathan Frid, Passes Away

- 04-19-12Uncategorized Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Dark Shadows star and fellow Canadian Jonathan Frid has passed away at the age of 87, according to Digital Spy.

“The 87-year-old actor reportedly died of natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario,” says the website. “Frid also starred in 1973 television movie The Devil’s Daughter and 1974 film horror Seizure. He filmed a cameo appearance – his final acting credit – in Tim Burton’s forthcoming film remake of Dark Shadows, which stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas.”

Frid spent much of his career outside of Dark Shadows on the stage, from production on Broadway to across North America. But needless to say he will always be associated with the vampire patriarch of the Collins clan from the gothic nighttime soap produced by ABC through the 60s and 70s. And naturally, the remembrances for Frid, and his place in pop culture history, are rolling in.

“The death of Jonathan Frid today at age 87 has left all of us at MPI deeply saddened,” said Malik Ali, CEO of MPI Media Group, home of the Dark Shadows Series on DVD “As a gifted actor in the role of Barnabas Collins, Jonathan was the heart and soul of ‘Dark Shadows’ and, as recently as last week, was graciously taking part in activities surrounding the series. He never tired of meeting fans and was always excited to hear about new ‘Dark Shadows’ releases. Most recently, Frid filmed a cameo appearance for Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s upcoming ‘Dark Shadows’ movie, along with fellow original cast members Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby and Lara Parker. MPI remains committed to preserving Jonathan’s legacy, and that of everyone who helped make ‘Dark Shadows’ an enduring and beloved phenomenon.”

Rest in Peace Mr. Frid.

Source: Comic Book Movie

RIP Jerry Robinson, The Joker’s Daddy

- 12-08-11Comics Posted by Chris D.

The nerd community and even the world of popular culture lost a great person last night. Jerry Robinson was the creator of the Joker and is well known for his work on the early Batman, which he began at 17 as a journalism student.  He passed away in his sleep last night at the age of 89.

Robinson, on the Joker:

We did know we had a great character in the present. And as soon as we did it, we knew we had one for longer than the first story.

Of course, by playing such an integral part in the creation of one of the cornerstones of the Batman collective, he created a legacy.

Later in his life, he advocated for cartoonists’ rights and he worked with DC Comics as a “creative consultant”.  In 2004, he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame.

These are some of the statements released by DC about Robinson:

“Jerry Robinson illustrated some of the defining images of pop culture’s greatest icons. As an artist myself, it’s impossible not to feel humbled by his body of work. Everyone who loves comics owes Jerry a debt of gratitude for the rich legacy that he leaves behind.”—Jim Lee, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist of BATMAN: HUSH

“Jerry Robinson was one of the greats. He continued to be a vibrant, creative force well into his nineties, with ideas and thoughts that continue to inspire. Jerry was a great advocate for creators. It was my pleasure to meet and work with him. He will be missed.”—Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher, DC Entertainment

“It’s impossible to work at DC Entertainment­ without feeling the impact of Jerry Robinson’s contributions to the industry. His influence continues to resonate today.”—Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief

“Jerry Robinson was an innovator, a pioneer in storytelling. His artwork was always astonishing, but his contributions to the Dark Knight mythology go far beyond art. The streets of Gotham City are a little lonelier today…Jerry will truly be missed.”—Mike Marts, BATMAN editor

Newsarama also included a recent interview with Robinson at the bottom of their article here.

We can appreciate him for his talent and his dedication to the art of comic books, and for his contribution to our nerdverse.  To his friends and family, however, he was obviously much more than that.  RIP.

Sources: Topless Robot, Newsarama

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