TCM Remembers 2017 Predictions (finalized)by TrekFan1 | created - 11 Dec 2017 | updated - 15 Dec 2017 | Public
This is a list of those I believe will have spots in TCM Remembers 2017. (See TCM Remembers 2015 Predictions for details on the TCM Remembers montage: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls012313437/ ) Please note that the individuals in this list (with the exception of the last two entries) are in alphabetical order by last name and not in the order I believe they will appear in the tribute. For the record, though, I think the final spot will likely go to either Jerry Lewis or Robert Osborne.
Individuals I considered but eventually felt would not make the cut include: composer Luis Bacalov; comedian and actor Shelley Berman; actor Don Pedro Colley; comedian and actor "Professor" Irwin Corey; director Robert Day; actor Barry Dennen; actress Karin Dor; actor Roy Dotrice; actor Nelsan Ellis; director and producer George Englund; producer C.O. Erickson; actress Suzan Farmer; screenwriter Robert Getchell; actor Ty Hardin; producer Jack H. Harris; screenwriter Enrico Medioli; director Robert Ellis Miller; actress Erin Moran; actor Michael Nyqvist; actress and singer Della Reese; actor Jean Rochefort; production designer Tom Sanders; actor Roger Smith; screenwriter Annette Wademant; actress Ann Wedgeworth; actress Francine York; film editor Marie-Josephe Yoyotte; and film editor Eric Zumbrunnen.
These predictions were *finalized* at 1:45am EST on December 15, 2017.
Actress | Peter Gunn
Lola Jean Albright was born on July 20, 1924 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of John Paul Albright and Marion Harvey, both of whom were gospel singers. She worked as a model before moving to Hollywood in the mid-1940s, studied piano for 20 years and worked as a receptionist at radio station WAKR in ...
Actor | Forbidden Planet
Richard Anderson appeared in high school plays, served a hitch in the Army and, upon his discharge, began doing summer stock, radio work, a movie bit part (a wounded soldier in Twelve O'Clock High (1949)) and all the other minor jobs required of your basic struggling actor. He did comedy scenes on a...
Director | Rocky
John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), Rocky V (1990) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in ...
Cinematographer | Goodfellas
Michael Ballhaus was a German cinematographer. He worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983), Old Enough (1984), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York ...
Writer | The Exorcist
William Peter Blatty was born on January 7, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The Exorcist (1973), The Ninth Configuration (1980) and The Exorcist III (1990). He was married to Julie Alicia Witbrodt, Linda Blatty, Elizabeth Gilman and Mary Margaret Rigard. He died on ...
Actor | Big Daddy
Before signing with director Stanley Donen to play Michael Caine's libidinous best friend in Blame It on Rio (1984), Joe Bologna netted rave reviews for his Sid Caesar send-up in the well-received comedy My Favorite Year (1982) with Peter O'Toole. Well known as both a writer and an actor, Bologna ...
Actor | The Avengers
Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a ...
8. Bruce Brown
Director | On Any Sunday
Bruce Brown was born on December 1, 1937 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was a director and writer, known for On Any Sunday (1971), The Endless Summer (1966) and The Edge (1975). He was married to Patricia Hunter. He died on December 10, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California.
10. Bernie Casey
Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bernie Casey was born on June 8, 1939 in Wyco, West Virginia, USA as Bernard Terry Casey. He was an actor and director, known for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and Never Say Never Again (1983). He was married to Paula. He died on September 19, 2017 in Los ...
11. Mike Connors
Actor | Mannix
He once jokingly described himself as 'a frustrated song-and-dance man' who wound up typecast as a TV crime fighter. Tall, handsome Armenian-American Mike Connors had a minor career in the movies before becoming a star on the small screen as the impeccably dressed macho sleuth Joe Mannix. Towards ...
Actress | 8 femmes
Danielle Darrieux was born in 1917 in Bordeaux, France, to Marie-Louise (Witkowski) and Germain Jean Darrieux, a physician. She was raised in Paris. She was only fourteen when she auditioned for a secondary role in Le bal (1931): she got the part, and the producer offered her a five-year contract. ...
14. Jonathan Demme
Director | The Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...
15. Miguel Ferrer
Actor | Traffic
Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...
16. June Foray
Actress | Mulan
Legendary voice actress June Foray was born June Lucille Forer on September 18, 1917 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Ida (Robinson) and Maurice Forer was of Russian descent and her mother Ida Robinson was of French Canadian And Native American descent.
She started in the voice field at the age of ...
17. Stephen Furst
Actor | National Lampoon's Animal House
Stephen Furst was born on May 8, 1954 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA as Stephen Fuerstein. He was an actor and director, known for National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), Babylon 5 (1993) and The Dream Team (1989). He was married to Lorraine Furst. He died on June 16, 2017 in Moorpark, California, USA.
18. Don Gordon
Actor | Bullitt
Don Gordon was born on November 13, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Donald Walter Guadagno. He was an actor, known for Bullitt (1968), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Papillon (1973). He was married to Denise Farr, Bek Nelson, Nita Talbot and Helen Westcott. He died on April 24, 2017 in Los...
19. Lorna Gray
Actress | Daughter of Don Q
Born Virginia Pound, Lorna Gray was "discovered" by an agent while modeling in a fashion show. She was given a screen test, and Columbia was impressed enough to sign her to a contract (it was at this time that she was given the name "Lorna Gray", which she kept until 1945, when she changed it to "...
20. Brad Grey
Producer | The Departed
Brad Grey was born on December 29, 1957 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Bradley Alan Grey. He was a producer, known for The Departed (2006), The Sopranos (1999) and The Larry Sanders Show (1992). He was married to Cassandra Huysentuyt and Jill Gutterson. He died on May 14, 2017 in ...
21. Robert Guillaume
Actor | The Lion King
Robert Guillaume was born on November 30, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Robert Peter Williams. He was an actor, known for The Lion King (1994), Sports Night (1998) and Big Fish (2003). He was married to Donna Brown Guillaume and Marlene Patricia Scott. He died on October 24, 2017 in Los ...
22. Barbara Hale
Actress | Perry Mason
Barbara was born on 18 April 1922, as one of two children. As a young girl, Ms. Hale intended to major in art and drawing; she began her professional career as a model for a comic strip called "Ramblin' Bill", during the time she was working her way through The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. She ...
23. Anthony Harvey
Director | The Lion in Winter
Anthony Harvey was born on June 3, 1930 in London, England as Anthony Harrison. He was an editor and director, known for The Lion in Winter (1968), Lolita (1962) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). He died on November 23, 2017 in Southampton, New York, ...
24. Glenne Headly
Actress | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
For the past fourteen years, she has said that family has been the most important thing to her and she has set most of her time aside to be a "present" mother to her son. Movies, plays and television are chosen, for the most part, when they occur in town or on a school break. She has taken the ...
25. John Heard
Actor | The Guardian
John Heard was a very talented actor who established himself as a respected thespian in the late 1970s and early '80s, though he is perhaps better known for his turn as Peter McCallister, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin')s father in the Home Alone (1990) movies.
John was born in Washington, D.C.,...
26. Hugh Hefner
Actor | Hop
Hugh Hefner was born on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Hugh Marston Hefner. He was a producer, known for Hop (2011), Miss March (2009) and The Girls in the Band (2011). He was married to Crystal Hefner, Kimberley Conrad and Mildred Williams. He died on September 27, 2017 in Holmby Hills...
27. John Hillerman
Actor | Magnum, P.I.
The impeccably urbane Englishman Jonathan Quayle Higgins III (VC !) -- Tom Selleck's sophisticated majordomo in Magnum, P.I. (1980) -- was of French, German and Austrian descent, raised in a small Texas town and educated at a Catholic high school. He majored in journalism from the University of ...
Cinematographer | Young Frankenstein
Gerald Hirschfeld was born on April 25, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Young Frankenstein (1974), Coma (1978) and Mr. Smith (1983). He was married to Julia Tucker. He died on February 13, 2017 in Ashland, Oregon, USA.
29. Skip Homeier
Actor | The Tall T
Beginning on radio in his native Chicago at age six ("Portia Faces Life"), child/juvenile actor Skippy Homeier (ne George Vincent Homeier) came to films at age 14 with Tomorrow, the World! (1944), originally a 1943 Broadway drama starring Ralph Bellamy and Shirley Booth, taking his role as a ...
30. Tobe Hooper
Director | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror (2005).
Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, to Lois Belle (Crosby) and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He spent the 1960s as a college ...
31. Rance Howard
Actor | Nebraska
Rance Howard was born on November 17, 1928 in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA as Harold Engle Beckenholdt. He was an actor and writer, known for Nebraska (2013), Universal Soldier (1992) and Small Soldiers (1998). He was married to Judy Howard and Jean Speegle Howard. He died on November 25, 2017 in Los ...
32. John Hurt
Actor | Nineteen Eighty-Four
This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and ...
33. Clifton James
Actor | Live and Let Die
Blustery, stocky, loud although often genial character actor who has created a niche for himself playing often frustrated and fast talking Southern characters... most noticeably as Sheriff J.W. Pepper alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond adventures Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the ...
34. Loren Janes
Stunts | The Abyss
One of the key figures in the development of modern cinematic stunt design, improved safety procedures and co-founder of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures & Televsion, Loren Janes ranks alongside Dar Robinson, Hal Needham and Yakima Canutt for his contributions to movie stunt work.
35. Anne Jeffreys
Actress | Riffraff
The ever-lovely, poised and vivacious blonde Anne Jeffreys was born Annie Jeffreys Carmichael in 1923 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Firmly managed by her mother, she trained in voice at a fairly early age and received her first break in the entertainment field after signing with the John Robert ...
Actress | Town Without Pity
Christine Kaufmann was born on January 11, 1945 in Lengdorf, Styria, Austria as Christine Maria Kaufmann. She was an actress, known for Town Without Pity (1961), Taras Bulba (1962) and The Last Days of Pompeii (1959). She was married to Klaus Zey, Reno Eckstein, Achim Lenz and Tony Curtis. She died...
Cinematographer | The Towering Inferno
Fred J. Koenekamp was born on November 11, 1922 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Towering Inferno (1974), Patton (1970) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). He died on May 31, 2017 in Bonita Springs, Florida, USA.
38. Martin Landau
Actor | Ed Wood
Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also...
39. Walter Lassally
Cinematographer | Alexis Zorbas
Walter Lassally was born on December 18, 1926 in Berlin, Germany as Walter Israel Lassally. He is known for his work on Zorba the Greek (1964), Heat and Dust (1983) and Before Midnight (2013). He was married to Nadia Lassali. He died on October 23, 2017 in Crete, Greece.
40. Daliah Lavi
Actress | Casino Royale
She was a star in Europe long before she made a dent in Hollywood in the late 60s. Along with other foreign imports at the time, such as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, Elke Sommer, Ewa Aulin, Senta Berger, Rosanna Schiaffino, Shirley Eaton, Sylva Koscina, Barbara Bouchet, et al., she pursued sex ...
41. Jerry Lewis
Actor | The Nutty Professor
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...
42. Elsa Martinelli
Actress | Hatari!
Elsa Martinelli was born in the central Tuscan city of Grosseto into a struggling family, one of eight siblings. She had to earn her keep from the age of twelve, delivering groceries in Rome. Looking older than her years suggested, she then did some part time work as a bar maid. Aged sixteen and ...
43. Alec McCowen
Actor | Never Say Never Again
Alec McCowen was born Alexander Duncan McCowan on May 26, 1925 in Tunbridge Wells, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1942. He established his reputation in classical stage roles, appearing in the ensemble of Laurence Olivier's famed ...
44. Dina Merrill
Actress | Operation Petticoat
It would have been pretty darn difficult for actress Dina Merrill to have ever pulled off playing a commoner on stage, film or TV. She just had too much class. The epitome of poise and glamour, the New York-born socialite and celebrity was born in 1923, the daughter of E.F. Hutton, the financier ...
45. John Mollo
Costume_designer | Star Wars
John Mollo was born on March 18, 1931 in London, England. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Gandhi (1982). He was married to Louise Alexandra Mary Pongracz and Ann Mollo. He died on October 25, 2017.
46. Mary Tyler Moore
Actress | Ordinary People
Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...
47. Roger Moore
Actor | Moonraker
Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down.
Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His ...
48. Jeanne Moreau
Actress | Jules et Jim
When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows (1958) immediately followed by The Lovers (1958), he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie ...
49. Michèle Morgan
Actress | La symphonie pastorale
A classic beauty, blonde French actress Michèle Morgan has been one of her country's most popular leading ladies for over five decades. Born in 1920, she studied acting under René Simon and began her career at 15 working as a film extra to pay for drama classes. The young actress soon caught the ...
Died too late to be included in last year's tribute.
51. Robert Osborne
Actor | One Step Beyond
Robert Osborne was the host on Turner Classic Movies from its inception in 1994, in large part due to his deep and abiding love and knowledge of film. Osborne got his start working for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The ever-perspicacious Ball suggested that Osborne combine his interest in classic ...
52. Anita Pallenberg
Actress | Barbarella
Anita Pallenberg is probably best known for her romantic links to three of the original Rolling Stones. She was born in Italy in 1942. She became a model and appeared on covers of magazines such as Vogue. In 1965, she began dating Brian Jones. Subsequently, she left him for Keith Richards in 1967. ...
53. Michael Parks
Actor | Tusk
Michael Parks is known as an actor's actor by his peers with a breadth of astonishing range that has allowed him to portray stunning contrasts--sometimes in the same film, like in Tusk (2014), starring in dual roles as an erudite serial killer opposite Justin Long, and as a feeble rube opposite ...
54. Bill Paxton
Actor | Aliens
Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World ...
55. Juanita Quigley
Actress | Imitation of Life
Juanita Quigley was born on June 24, 1931 in Los Angeles. At age 3, she began appearing in films in small roles as an extra child; these parts were often uncredited, but when Quigley did receive credit, it was under the name "Baby Jane." Her career changed when she played Baby Jessie Pullman in ...
56. Debbie Reynolds
Actress | Singin' in the Rain
Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a ...
Died too late to be included in last year's tribute.
57. Don Rickles
Actor | Kelly's Heroes
Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. Following the Golden Era of Hollywood, he remained active until early 2017. He got his start in night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when he made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep (1958). The movie was a big hit. Afterward, ...
58. Emmanuelle Riva
Actress | Amour
An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred "Alfredo" Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress ...
59. George A. Romero
Writer | Land of the Dead
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...
60. Jean Rouverol
Actress | It's a Gift
Jean Rouverol was born on July 8, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for It's a Gift (1934), Bar 20 Rides Again (1935) and Guiding Light (1952). She was married to Hugo Butler. She died on March 24, 2017 in Wingdale, New York, USA.
61. Richard Schickel
Producer | The Big Red One
Richard Schickel was born on February 10, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Richard Warren Schickel. He was a writer and producer, known for The Big Red One (1980), Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente (1987) and The World of Willa Cather (1977). He was married to Carol Rubenstein and ...
63. Sam Shepard
Actor | August: Osage County
Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, IL, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base ...
Actor | Alien
Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco farmer. Lived in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Lafayette Senior High School with the class of 1944. Drafted into the Navy, he served as a cook in the U.S. Navy during ...
Cinematographer | Little Big Man
Harry Stradling Jr. was born on January 7, 1925 in New York City, New York, USA as Harry Alfred Stradling Jr. He is known for his work on Little Big Man (1970), The Way We Were (1973) and 1776 (1972). He was married to Janet Cecile Goldwater, Stephanie Miller and Beverly Jean Snyder. He died on ...
66. Seijun Suzuki
Director | Tsigoineruwaizen
Seijun Suzuki was born in Nihonbashi, Tôkyô, on May 24, 1923. In 1943, he entered the army to fight at the front. In 1946, he enrolled in the film department of the Kamakura Academy and passed the assistant director's exam. For the next few years, he worked as an assistant director at several ...
67. Frank Vincent
Actor | Goodfellas
"Go home and get your shine box....", so said ill-fated Billy Batts in Goodfellas (1990). However, Billy Batts is better known to a legion of crime-film fans as the talented actor, musician, and comedian Frank Vincent. He was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, but was raised in the Greenville ...
68. Adam West
Actor | Batman
Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson, a farmer, and his wife Audrey V. (Speer), an opera singer. At age 10, Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man...
69. Anne Wiazemsky
Actress | Au hasard Balthazar
Anne Wiazemsky was born on May 14, 1947 in Berlin, West Germany as Anna Ivanovna Vyazemskaya. She was an actress and writer, known for Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), La Chinoise (1967) and George Who? (1973). She was married to Jean-Luc Godard. She died on October 5, 2017 in Paris, France.
70. Carrie Fisher
Actress | Star Wars
Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Burbank, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She was an actress and writer known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return ...
Fisher was shoehorned into last year's tribute past TCM's normal cut-off date, with only a few days of airplay left. I've told TCM that this was unacceptable and that Fisher deserves a more considerate spot in this year's tribute alongside her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who died the day after Fisher. I'm *thinking* TCM will do the right thing and include Fisher this year despite having her in last year's video, but I'm not 100% certain (more like 55%) so I'll keep Fisher at the bottom of the list as a "maybe."
71. Martin Ransohoff
Producer | Dance of the Vampires
Martin Ransohoff was born on July 7, 1927 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Martin Nelson Ransohoff. He was a producer and writer, known for The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), Nightwing (1979) and Silver Streak (1976). He was married to Joan Marie Madgey and Nancy Hope Lundgren. He died on ...
This is another "maybe": Ransohoff's death was reported on Thursday, Dec. 14, and I'm assuming TCM is releasing the video on Friday so there may not be enough time to add Ransohoff. I'm thinking the editors would be able to sneak him in under the wire if they were so inclined, but I also know Ransohoff isn't exactly a "big name" so they may not even bother. Could go either way, really.