Legendary Lives To Celebrate At The 2012 Oscars

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Legendary Lives To Celebrate At The 2012 Oscars
Remembering those that lit up the silver screen and left us last year.

Jackie Cooper - In a career spanning nearly all of his 89 years, he began as a child star in the Our Gang comedies and films such as The Champ and his Oscar-nominated performance in Skippy, before going on to become a director of television and actor in the Christopher Reeve-era Superman films.


Less Familiar Names Remembered Nonetheless

 

Ken Russell - The Oscar-nominated director, whose films included Women in Love, Tommy and Altered States.

Wyatt Knight - The actor who played bad boy Tommy Turner in all three Porky's movies.

Leonard Stone - The actor best known for playing Violet Beauregarde's father in the 1971 fantasy film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Gil Cates - The veteran director-producer who oversaw a record 14 Academy Award telecasts.

Charles Napier - The character actor appeared in the Jonathan Demme-directed The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, as well as Rambo: First Blood Part II, Austin Powers and dozens of other films and TV shows.

Francesco Quinn - The versatile actor, and son of Anthony Quinn, made his debut in 1986's Platoon and had recurring roles on TV.

Bubba Smith - The NFL great and Police Academy star.

G.D. Spradlin - The veteran character actor who most famously played Nevada Sen. Pat Geary in The Godfather: Part II as well as the Army general who gives Martin Sheen's character the assignment to find and kill Marlon Brando's Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.

Roberts Blossom - The actor may have appeared in such films as The Great Gatsby, Escape from Alcatraz and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but he'll most likely be remembered most for playing Old Man Marley opposite Macaulay Culkin in the hit 1990 comedy Home Alone.

Ryan Dunn - The daredevil who costarred in all three Jackass movies.

Laura Ziskin - The producer best known for her work on Pretty Woman and the Spider-Man films.

Jeff Conaway - The star of Grease and Taxi.

Joseph Brooks - The Oscar-winning songwriter of the '70s hit "You Light Up My Life"

Yvette Vickers - The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman star and former Playboy pinup.

Kevin Jarre - The acclaimed screenwriter best known for penning Glory, Tombstone and Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Tim Hetherington - The documentary filmmaker nominated for an Oscar this year for codirecting the Afghanistan war story Restrepo.

Michael Sarrazin - The Canadian character actor perhaps best known for starring opposite Jane Fonda in the 1969 drama They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

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