Film producer and screenwriter
Bernd Eichinger, 61, a successful German film producer and screenwriter whose credits include the Oscar-nominated "Downfall" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex," died Monday night in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack during a dinner with family and friends.
Eichinger was a major shareholder and a former top executive of the Constantin Film AG production company, which announced his death.
He produced and wrote the screenplay for "Downfall," the movie starring Bruno Ganz about the last days of Nazi Germany in Adolf Hitler's bunker. It was nominated for an Academy Award as best foreign film in 2005.
"The Baader Meinhof Complex," another historical thriller that Eichinger also produced and wrote, was nominated by the academy for best foreign film in 2009.
Eichinger produced such well-known films as "The Neverending Story," "The Name of the Rose," "The House of the Spirits," "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," "Fantastic Four" and the "Resident Evil" series.
He was born April 11, 1949, in Bavaria and attended film school in Munich.
Character actor was on 'Untouchables'
Bruce Gordon, 94, a character actor who portrayed gangster Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti on the television crime drama "The Untouchables," died Thursday after a long illness, the Rivera Family Mortuaries in Santa Fe, N.M., confirmed. No details were given.
"The Untouchables" ran on ABC from 1959 to '63, with Eliot Ness (played by Robert Stack) and his agents fighting crime in 1930s Chicago. Gordon's character was a top lieutenant of crime boss Al Capone, who had been sent to prison on a two-part Desilu Playhouse show in 1959 that preceded the series. Gordon also played Nitti in the 1960 TV movie "Alcatraz Express."
Gordon was a busy television actor for decades. Before "The Untouchables" he was Cmdr. Matson in the spy drama "Behind Closed Doors," which was on NBC in 1958-59. He also had a recurring role in "Peyton Place" in 1965-66, and he made appearances in a variety of shows including "Here's Lucy," "Bonanza" and "Perry Mason."
He was born Feb. 1, 1916, in Fitchburg, Mass. Gordon's first Broadway role was in the 1937 melodrama "The Fireman's Flame," and he was cast in an early 1940s production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" that starred Boris Karloff.
His film debut was in 1949's "Love Happy," which starred Marilyn Monroe and Groucho Marx. Other film roles included "Curse of the Undead" in 1959 and "Key Witness" in 1960.
Hollywood publicist, entertainment writer
Frank Lieberman, 68, a longtime publicist and entertainment writer in Hollywood and Las Vegas who had a close relationship with Elvis Presley, died Saturday at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, his family announced. He had been in declining health.
During his public relations career, Lieberman represented such celebrities as Sammy Davis Jr., Phyllis Diller, Tony Danza, Tony Orlando, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Siegfried and Roy. He also was a publicist for the Academy Awards in the mid-1990s.
PASSINGS: Bernd Eichinger, Bruce Gordon, Frank Lieberman, Stanley Frazen, Alan Sloane
Bernd Eichinger, producer, dies at 61; Bruce Gordon, character actor, dies at 94; Frank Lieberman, publicist, dies at 68; Stanley Frazen, screen editor, dies at 91; Alan Sloane, broadcaster, dies at 84
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