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Celebrity Deaths in Movies

  • Prashant Bhargava, 42 (1973 - 2015)

    Prashant Bhargava

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Prashant Bhargava, a deeply humane filmmaker and artist perhaps best known for the 2011 film "Patang" ("The Kite"), died Friday of cardiac arrest in New York. He was 42.His sister Anurima Bhargava confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Tuesday.A native of the South Side of Chicago, Bhargava studied computer science at Cornell University and worked...

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  • Gill Dennis (2015)

    Gill Dennis

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Gill Dennis, the screenwriter who co-wrote the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" and studied film alongside Terrence Malick and David Lynch, has died. He was 74.Stephanie Sweeney, a spokeswoman for the American Film Institute, confirmed Friday that Dennis died at his home in Portland, Oregon. No further details were provided.Sweeney said Dennis, Malick...

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  • Elizabeth Wilson, 94 (1921 - 2015)

    Elizabeth Wilson

    The Associated Press NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Elizabeth Wilson, who built a career as a character actress in films such as "The Graduate" and "9 to 5," has died. She was 94. Wilson, who lived in Branford with her sister, died Saturday at Yale-New Haven Hospital, actress Elizabeth Morton, a spokeswoman for the family, said Monday. Wilson played Dustin Hoffman's mother in "The Graduate"...

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  • Ellen Albertini Dow, 96 (1918 - 2015)

    Ellen Albertini  Dow

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen Albertini Dow, a feisty character actress best known for her salty rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in "The Wedding Singer," has died. She was 101.Her agent, Juliet Green, confirmed to The Associated Press that Dow died Monday.Her breakout rap in "The Wedding Singer" led to memorable and often foul-mouthed character roles in films like "Wedding...

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  • Andrew Lesnie (2015)

    Andrew Lesnie

    The Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) — Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, best known for his work on "The Lord of the Rings," has died, friends and colleagues said Wednesday. He was 59.Lesnie died Monday after suffering from a serious heart condition for the past six months, the Australian Cinematographers Society said in a statement, after the group's president confirmed Lesnie...

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