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Forrest Ackerman, RIP

LOS ANGELES — Writer, editor, agent, movie fan and Hollywood character Forrest J Ackerman, who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term “sci-fi,” died Dec. 4 at his home here of heart failure. He turned 92 last week, on the same day MST3K celebrated its 20th birthday. MSTies will recall his bit part as “park victim” in episode 1004- FUTURE WAR

Read his full AP obituary here.

16 Replies to “Forrest Ackerman, RIP”

  1. I had the honor of meeting Forrest J. Ackerman in the mid-1990s and getting a tour of his wonderful home in the Hollywood Hills. It was a beautiful Saturday morning. Of all the countless books and memorabilia, the thing I remember most was a small model he had of one of the Martian ship from the 1950s movie “War of the Worlds.” I am so glad the sci-fi community has continued to remember Mr. Ackerman’s countless contributions to the genre.

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  2. John Paradox says:

    sniff…

    I grew up on Famous Monsters of Filmland.

    :(

    J/P=?

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  3. I also grew up reading Famous Monsters of Filmland. Forrest J. Ackerman and that magazine helped inspire me to get into the film industry. I had the great fortune of meeting him once many years ago. I really owe a lot to that man.

    4SJ, you shall be missed.

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  4. Chuck says:

    Famous Monsters . . . R.I.P.

    :cry:

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  5. beth563 says:

    awwww, RIP Forry. :sad: :cry:

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  6. happy says:

    A true icon has passed away. He was Famous Monsters and a collector and appeared on a few movies. It is a sad day for all of moviedom

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  7. Earl B says:

    Not that it matters now, but he had no middle name (that’s why he never put a period after the J). Other than that, the Times piece was a pretty good summation.

    Rest In Peace, Uncle Forry.

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  8. Anglagard1 says:

    In the last couple of weeks I came across some show that spent about 8 minutes giving a brief biography of Forrest J. Ackerman. He seemed to be a very passionate and generous man.

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  9. Reaper G says:

    I actually never read FM, but I’ve had the honor of meeting Uncle Forry several times and touring the old Ackermansion twice. All that good stuff — Bela’s Dracula cape, Boris’s bow tie, Lon Senior’s “London After Midnight” dentures, the dinosaurs from “King Kong”… just amazing. He truly was a national treasure.

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  10. brainguy921 says:

    :cry:
    A sad, sad day. I once interviewed Mr. Ackerman for a paper I wrote in high school, and he actually published the finished piece in Famous Monsters Of Filmland.
    A gracious, generous man. RIP indeed Forry.

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  11. Donnovan says:

    He will be mourned, he will be missed, he will be remembered.
    And his work will continue.
    First sci-fi fan, and perhaps the best of us.

    Farewell Uncle Forry.

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  12. John Seavey says:

    I always knew that there would be a day when I saw this headline, but I was somehow hoping it would never happen. Goodbye, Mr. Ackerman, you’ll be missed.

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  13. Martin says:

    We just lost another one: BEVERLY GARLAND.

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  14. happy says:

    Beverly Garland RIP too ? Oh no :(
    Where did you see this ?

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  15. losingmydignity says:

    A sad, sad, day.

    Forry is one of the most important people in my life.

    I grew up reading Famous Monsters of course, and some of my happiest childhood memories are of reading his mag, waiting for that manila envelope in the mailbox each week.

    He was an extraordinarly kind man.

    When I was ten or so I sent him a story called the “Black Skull Twitches.” His assistant sent me a long letter saying how much he and Forry enjoyed reading the story and had discussed it over dinner. He mentioned that Stephen King had sent him a story when he was a kid, too. And look where he went. No one has given me so much encouragement outside my own family.

    He published my first “short story.” I won a contest in Famous Monsters. I also won another contest with a long article in the Mag.

    My family and I visited him in 1980. He showed us the Ackermuseum (I was able to touch the models from King Kong, the Gong from Metropolis, some of Harryhausen’s models, etc) He took my mother and I out to lunch. He asked what I thought of gorie pics in the Famous Monsters (like the Friday the 13th movies which were just coming out) and took a kid’s opinion seriously. He got us in free to see The Shining at Graham’s Chinese theater. What a man!

    I tried to send him an email of thanks a while back but it bounced back to me. I never did get a change to thank him…

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  16. magicvoice says:

    Uncle Forry and Beverly Garland all in the same weekend.
    So sad!
    I wonder what will happen to all Uncle Forry’s items now. I really think they should be in a museum somewhere.

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