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RIP Igo Kantor

Igo Kantor, whose Hollywood career took him from Howard Hughes’ projection room to supervising post-production on “Easy Rider” and producing B-movies like “Kingdom of the Spiders” and “Mutant,” died Oct. 15. He was 89.

MSTies will remember that he was the supervising editor for the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET, the music editor for the movie in episode 420- THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS and the technical supervisor for the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.

Variety has the story.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

This Date in MSTory

1914: Louise Lewis a.k.a. Louise Fitch, who played Mrs. Ferguson in the movie in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1916: Anthony Dawson, who played Alpha in the movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007.
1917: Allen H. Miner, director of the short THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS, seen in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1926: Klaus Kinski, who played President Boong in the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.
1927: George C. Scott, who was imitated many times in many host segments over the years.
1934: Kir Bulychyov, screenwriter for the movie “Cherez Ternii K Zvyozdam,” seen in episode K11- HUMANOID WOMAN.
1957: Denise Dufort, member of the band Girlschool, which had two songs featured in the movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.*
1961: Wynton Marsalis, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.*

1931: Thomas Alva Edison (age 84), whose Edison Electric Institute produced the short A YOUNG MAN’S FANCY, seen in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS. He was also mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1985: Jun Tazaki (age 75), who played the base commander in the movie in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.
1988: William A. Forester (age 73), who played an announcer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1997: Marshall Green (age 78), assistant director of the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1999: Gwen Kenyon (age 83), who played Peggy Woods in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1999: Tony Crombie (age 74), musical score composer for the movie in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.
2001: Paul Radin (age 88), producer of the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV.
2007: Manfred Barthel (age 83), screenplay writer for the movie in episode 323- THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.

2011: Shout! Factory re-releases episodes 908- THE TOUCH OF SATAN and 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN.

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RIP Robert Forster

LOS ANGELES–Robert Forster, the stalwart leading man whose Oscar-nominated performance as a nefarious bail bondsman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” made for one of Hollywood’s most heartwarming comeback stories, died at his home here Oct. 11. He was 78.

MSTies will recall his performance as Nick Thorne in the movie in episode 1104- AVALANCHE.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Someone Who Looks Like a MST Character

Alert regular Sitting Duck suggests:

Is there someone in your life who bears an uncanny resemblance to a cast member of either MST3K or one of the films they have used? Could be a relative. Could be that dickweed in the next cubicle who uses your stapler without permission. Could be the java jerk who serves you your daily cappuccino. In my case, the organist at the church I attend looks almost exactly like Mike made up as Jack Perkins.

Have at it!

RIP Rip Taylor

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF–Rip Taylor, (aka Charles Elmer Taylor Jr.) the exuberant comedian whose zany shtick and over-the-top delivery made him a television and nightclub mainstay for more than six decades, has died. He was 84.

MSTies will recall that Joel and the bots devoted a whole host segment to him in episode 418- ATTACK OF THE THE EYE CREATURES.

The Hollywood Reporter has a nice remembrance.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.