TRIBUTE: The Cult Entertainment Stars & Creators We Lost in 2015


As 2015 draws to an end let’s pause for a moment and pay tribute to the real heroes of cult entertainment – the people who create for us – who sadly passed away this year. Thank you, each and every one of you, for bringing an extra bit of fun, joy and beauty into our lives. 




January 1
Fiona Cumming, 77
Classic Doctor Who director, including Peter Davison’s first story, “Castrovalva”.


Lam Pou-chuen

January 2
Lam Pou-chuen, 63
Hong Kong dubbing artist, best known for voicing the character Doraemon for the Hong Kong version of the anime for over 20 years in addition to providing the Cantonese voice of Sammo Hung in many of his dubbed blockbusters.



January 4
Bernard Williams, 72
British film producer on many of Stanley Kubrick’s films, including, A Clockwork Orange, plus such other films as Manhunter, the Ben Affleck Daredevil and Flash Gordon.



January 5
Khan Bonfils, 42
English actor and trained martial artist who played Jedi Master Saesee Tiin in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as well as appearing in Batman Begins and Skyfall.



January 7
Rod Taylor, 84
Australian actor – star of The Time MachineThe Birds and Inglorious Basterds.


Brian Clemens in 2005.

January 10
Brian Clemens, 83
British screenwriter and television producer  who didn’t actually create The Avengers but he did mould it into the wacky format that we know and love. He also created The Professionals and always claimed that Terry Nation nicked his idea for The Survivors.



January 15
Chikao Ōtsuka, 85
Japanese voice artist – Lupin III, Yu-Gi-Oh!, One Piece, Dr Eggman in Sonic.



January 16
Walter Peregoy, 89
American animator for classic Disney – The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Sword in the Stone.


Tommie Manderson

January 28
Tommie Manderson, 102
British make-up artist – Willow, Alien, The Killing Fields. She was the head of make-up at the BBC from the late 1950s to the early 1960s and is famous for preparing Queen Elizabeth II for the first televised Royal Christmas Message in 1957.

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