Actor Paul Darrow, best known for his portrayal of 'Kerr Avon' in the British TV series 'Blake's 7', died on June 3, 2019, at the age of 78, after a short illness.
Along with Blake's 7, which never quite outgrew its cult status, Darrow had two major arcs on Doctor Who. He played Captain Hawkins in Doctor Who and the Silurians back in 1970, then returned to the series as Tekker 15 years later.
More recently, Darrow became part of Star Wars' video game lore, voicing Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Empire at War as well as Overseer Tremel in Star Wars: The Old Republic. He was also the voice of Zarok in MediEvil and MediEvil: Resurrection.
Darrow was born in Surrey in 1941 and attended the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he bunked with fellow actors Ian McShane and John Hurt. He's preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, actress Janet Lees-Price, who passed away in 2012.
Actor Peter Mayhew passed away on April 30, 2019, at the age of 74. Mayhew was best known for his role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars films.
Mayhew originated the role of the tall, gutteral Wookie in George Lucas’ 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope. He would play the character again in four more movies: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith, and The Force Awakens. He also served as a “Chewbacca consultant” on The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Joonas Suotamo took on the role of Chewbacca beginning in 2015.
Mayhew is survived by his wife, Angie, and his three children. He spent his final years in Arlington, Texas, after becoming a naturalized citizen in 2005. Due to his height – an impressive 7 ft., 2 in. – he underwent a double knee replacement surgery in 2013. But, as his family noted in his memorial tweet, he continued to “soldier on,” and was “completely in his element around fans and supporters.”
Joss Whedon’s upcoming HBO series, The Nevers, has found its leading lady. Laura Donnelly, known for starring in the series Outlander, will star in the series, and can also be seen in the upcoming film Tolkien.
The Nevers is described as “a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.” Donnelly will play “Amalia True, described as the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time. A menace to stuffy Victorian society, she would die for the cause and kill for a drink.”
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Source: NY Times
Vonda McIntyre, a science-fiction writer whose tales featured female protagonists — among them the healer in a post-apocalyptic earth who cures the ill with snake venom — and who also wrote five “Star Trek” novels, died on Monday at her home in Seattle. She was 70.Frances Collin, her agent, said the cause was pancreatic cancer.
A short story, “Of Mist, Grass, and Sand” (1973), introduced readers to Snake, a healer who travels to remote lands after a nuclear holocaust to heal sick people with venom from her genetically engineered rattlesnake (Sand) and cobra (Mist), and to ease their pain with her rare alien dreamsnake (Grass). Snake is asked to save the life of a young nomad boy, Stavin, who has a brain tumor.
McIntyre's story won a Nebula Award in 1973 for best novelette from Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, competing against veteran male writers like Harlan Ellison and Theodore Sturgeon. When she expanded the story into a dark novel about Snake’s continuing quests, “Dreamsnake”(1978), she won another Nebula and a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Society.
Vonda Neel McIntyre was born on Aug. 28, 1948, in Louisville, Ky., and moved to the Seattle area with her parents, H. Neel McIntyre, and Vonda (Keith) McIntyre, as a teenager. She began reading science fiction in the 1950s but could not always relate to the male-centered stories written by men. By 1966, as “Star Trek” began its three-season run on NBC, she found a passion.
She said on several occasions that she began writing a “Star Trek” script as she watched the first episode in 1966.
The script was rejected, but she eventually turned it into “The Entropy Effect” (1981), an original “Star Trek” novel.
Now a part of the Trekkie literary universe, she was hired by Pocket Books to write the novelizations of the films “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” all based on their screenplays.
She also wrote another original “Star Trek” novel, “Enterprise: The First Adventure” (1986).
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