For me, the only part of the Oscars worth watching every year is their tribute video, highlighting those in the movie industry that passed away in the previous year. It always puts a lump in my throat and often surprises me due to the passing of people I hadn’t heard about. And with the actors who were popular decades ago, it gives me a sense of melancholy nostalgia.

TCM (Turner Classic Movies) has put together their version of a tribute video which you can watch below, and it gave me the same feelings I just mentioned (I wasn’t aware they do one every year). It’s a beautiful video and very classy. They did miss a couple of people which I mention below.

I would suggest you watch the video before moving on to the list of names below it. It includes actors, directors, composers, screenwriters, animators, etc. A wide cross-section of the many facets of Hollywood film production, and those who make movies possible.

They’re all sad of course, but there are a few of particular note to me. Notable in their passing are such greats as Richard Widmark, Charlton Heston, Roy Scheider, Sydney Pollack and Paul Newman. Also striking a chord for me are Edie Adams, Stan Winston, Van Johnson, Robert J. Anderson (he played young George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life), Harvey Korman, Michael Chrichton and Suzanne Pleshette.

Here’s the complete list of those who passed away in 2008 and are shown in the video:

Abby Mann
Anita Page
Anthony Minghella
Arthur C. Clarke
Ben Chapman (he played the title role in The Creature from the Black Lagoon)
Bernie Mac
Brad Renfro
Breno Mello
Charles H. Joffe
Charlton Heston
Cyd Charisse
Delmar Watson
Dick Martin
Dino Risi
Dody Goodman
Don LaFontaine (voiceover king)
Edie Adams
Estelle Reiner
Eva Dahlbeck
Evelyn Keyes
Forrest J. Ackerman
Fred Crane
George Carlin
Guillaume Depardieu
Harvey Korman
Hazel Court
Heath Ledger
Irving Brecher
Isaac Hayes
Jean Delannoy
Jerry Reed
John Michael Hayes
John Phillip Law
Joseph Pevney
Joy Page (the young and recently wedded woman in Casablanca)
Jules Dassin
Julie Ege
June Travis
Ken Ogata
Kon Ichikawa
Leonard Rosenman
Lois Nettleton
Malvin Wald
Marpessa Dawn
Mel Ferrer
Michael Chrichton
Michael Kidd
Michael Pate
Nina Foch
Ollie Johnston
Paul Benedict
Paul Newman
Paul Scofield
Perry Lopez
Richard Widmark
Robert Arthur
Robert Do Qui
Robert J. Anderson
Roy Scheider
Stan Winston
Suzanne Pleshette
Sydney Pollack
Vampira
Van Johnson

These folks also died this year but were not in the video above:

Bettie Page
Eartha Kitt
Estelle Getty
Jim McKay
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry
Roberta Collins
Tim Russert

And I suppose this would be a good place to send out condolences to John Travolta and his family over the death of his son, Jett… money and fame it seems, cannot protect one from tragedy.

Hat Tip: /Film