Daniel "Dan" Gerson (August 1, 1966 – February 6, 2016) was an American screenwriter best-known for his work with Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He co-wrote the screenplays of Monsters, Inc., Monsters University and Big Hero 6; the latter two with his regular writing partner Robert L. Baird. At the time of his death, it was reported that he would be a co-writer of the upcoming Cars 3, again with Baird.
Gerson was also a member of the Pixar and Disney writing teams, and contributed material to Chicken Little, Curious George, Cars, Meet the Robinsons, Up, Inside Out and Zootopia, as well as television shows including Misguided Angeles, Big Wolf on Campus and Something So Right. Of the films he wrote, Big Hero 6 won the Academy Award for best animated film, for which Monsters, Inc was also nominated. Big Hero 6 was also the highest-grossing animated film of 2014. He also won a BAFTA award.
Gerson died in Los Angeles at the age of 49 on February 6, 2016, due to brain cancer. He was survived by his parents, wife and children, and his sister.
The Chicago actor Steve Cinabro has died at the age of 49, according to an announcement from his family.
Steve was a longtime Chicago actor and member of the European Repertory Theatre. Among his credits with that company were Philippe Minyana's "The Warriors" (2004), Tony Kushner's "Slavs" (2003), "Happy End" (1998) and a very memorable Aegisthus in European Rep's 1995 production of Steven Berkoff's "Agamemnon."
Steve, who was born in Blue Island, graduated from the Goodman School of Drama in 1987. He appeared in various TV shows and movies shot in Chicago, including "Turks," "Early Edition," and "The Untouchables." Much of his work was for European Rep, but Steve also appeared in shows at the Shattered Globe Theatre, Organic Theatre and elsewhere.
Playwright Tracy Letts and fellow European Repertory Theatre member Dale Goulding both praised Steve's contributions to the Chicago theater community that, in Goulding's words, "he loved so much."
Funeral mass is scheduled for Monday morning at 10 a.m. at the St Benedict's Roman Catholic Church in Blue Island.
Author Bill Landis dies at age 49 of heart attack. He is survied by his collaborator and loving wife, michelle Clifford and his adored daughter Victoria.
Bill Landis brought Times Square alive. He was a walking encyclopedia of film knowledge. He wrote with his wife of 22 years, the bible of Times Square film and it's grindhouses and denizens, SLEAZOID EXPRESS for Simon and Schuster.
Landis, (with wife Cliffford ghosting) penned the unauthorized bio of underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger for HarperCollins.
Together, the couple published the magazines Sleazoid Express and Metasex. Landis' work appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers.
Landis was the first to coin the word "Sleazoid". He was the master of the facts of exploitation film, writing up houses like Troma films for Film Comment , and writing about the adult film business in a myriad of publications from cover stories in The Village Voice to Screw. He was a huge fan of art films. He never met a film he didn't want to comment on. He was not a critic. He was a writer of the aesthetics of film. The underlying meanings, touching the soul of celluloid.
His was cremated upon his wishes, and his wife and daughter held a private service for him.
He was often imitated but never duplicated.
Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001) was an American race car driver, best known for his career driving stock cars in NASCAR's top division. Earnhardt had four children, Kerry, Kelley Earnhardt Elledge, Dale Jr., and Taylor Earnhardt. His widow, Teresa Earnhardt (whom he married in 1982) is the owner of Dale Earnhardt, Inc., the race team and merchandising corporation Earnhardt founded with her in February of 1980.
Death of Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt died in a last-lap crash during the 2001 Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt was 49 years old at the time of his death.
Earnhardt is known for his success in the Winston Cup Series, now known as the Sprint Cup Series. He won seventy-six races (including his only Daytona 500 victory in 1998), and his seven championships are tied for most all-time with Richard Petty. His highly aggressive driving style made him a fan favorite and earned him the nicknames "Ironhead", "Mr. Restrictor Plate", "The Man in Black" and most famously, "The Intimidator."
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