Neglectful Parent, Toy Company Executive John Heard Dies At 71

John Heard

John Heard, left, met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, early in his career on the set of C.H.U.D. where DiMaio played the role of a C.H.U.D.

Palo Alto, CA— Actor John Heard, best known as the dad who left Macauley Culkin home alone in the film “Home Alone” died Friday. He was 71.

Besides being a textbook horrible parent in “Home Alone” as well as “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” he also appeared in such films as “Big,” as a cheating racquetball playing toy company executive “Cat People,” “RECOiL” and “My Fellow Americans.”

On TV, he appeared in such shows as “Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster,” “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” and “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.”

He was married and divorced three times, and has two surviving children. His son, Max, died last December. 

Holy Bad News: Adam West Dies At 88

Adam West

Adam West, right, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio in an alternate filming of the Batman pilot episode or, co-pilot, as it is called in the biz. In the end focus groups found Burt Ward’s take on Robin more preferable. DiMaio played the character “too seriously” with a low gravely voice while in costume as The Boy Wonder.

Los Angeles—Actor Adam West, best known for playing “Batman” in the seminal, campy 1960s TV version as well as the big screen version that hit theaters during the show’s run, died Friday following a short battle with Leukemia. He was 88

On the big screen, West appeared in such films as “Voodoo Island,” “Zombie Nightmare,” “RECOiL” and “Monster Island.” 

Besides portraying the Caped Crusader on TV, he was also in shows like “Family Guy,” “Batgirl,” “Murder She Wrote” and “Tales from the Crypt.” 

He is survived by his third wife, Marcele, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, 

No More Mister Moore: Actor Roger Moore Dies At 89

Roger Moore

Roger Moore, far right, first met RECOiL writer/actor/director Brian DiMaio, far left, on the set of The Sea Wolves. The film which has some scenes in Goa, India was to have a Bollywood style dance number that DiMaio was not up to. His part would be recast to Trevor Howard who could perform all the moves. The dance number was later cut for time.

Switzerland— Actor Sir Roger Moore, most famous for his role as Simon Templar in “The Saint,” died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

In America, Moore appeared on television in “Maverick” playing Beau, the British cousin of the other Maverick boys. He also starred on ABC in “The Alaskans” and as Sherlock Holmes in a made-for-TV movie “Sherlock Holmes in New York.”

On the big screen, Moore was in “The Cannon Ball Run,” “Escape to Athena,” “RECOiL” and “Spice World.” 

In 2003, Moore was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Kristina; two sons, Geoffrey and Christian and his daughter, Deborah.

Cowboy, World War 3 Veteran Powers Boothe Dies At 68

Powers Boothe left, met RECOiL actor/writer/director Brian DiMaio rear center, on the set of Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones when producer Frank Konigsberg played a prank on director William Graham by telling an unaware DiMaio to dress in a particular costume and walk into frame.

Los Angeles—Actor Powers Boothe, best known for his roles in the films “Tombstone” and “Sin City,” died in his sleep Sunday. He was 68. The cause was not released. 

He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Jim Jones in CBS’ “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.” He also appeared in such TV programs as “Deadwood,” “Nashville” and “Hatfields & McCoys.”

On the big screen, Boothe also appeared in such films as “Red Dawn,” “U Turn,” “RECOiL” and “MacGruber.”

He is survived by his wife, Pam, and two sons. 

Actor-Sheriff Clifton James Dies At 96

Clifton James, left, met RECOiL actor/writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of the 1975 film Bear and the Outlaw. The concept of a police chase encompassing the entire plot of the film was ahead of its time as evidenced by the movies obscurity. Two years later Smokey and the Bandit would become a runaway hit.

Gladstone, OR—Clifton James, best known for playing the character of Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond movies, died Saturday from complications of diabetes. He was 96. 

Besides playing a sheriff alongside Bond in both “The Man with the Golden Gun” as well as the worst James Bond film, “Live and Let Die,” James also played a sheriff in “Superman II,” “Silverstreak,” “RECOiL” and “The Reivers.”

He also played a sheriff on the small screen in TV shows like “The A-Team” and “Dukes of Hazard.” James played non-sheriff roles in “All My Children” and “Gunsmoke.”

He is survived by his six children.