Hal Needham, 1931-2013
The daredevil stuntman-turned-movie director died of cancer on Oct. 25 in Los Angeles at the age of 82. Over his decades of innovative stunt work in movies like How the West Was Won, Needham broke 56 bones — including his back twice — and lost a few teeth. He later ventured into safer realms behind the camera to direct hit action comedies such as Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run.
Marcia Wallace, 1942-2013
The actress and comedian, 70, died on Oct. 25 in Los Angeles due to complications from pneumonia. An Emmy winner, Wallace played wisecracking secretary Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) and gained fame as the voice of jaded fourth-grade teacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons. After 23 years on the animated comedy, the character of Mrs. Krabappel will be retired in Wallace’s honor, says Simpsons producer Al Jean.
Noel Harrison, 1934-2013
The British musician and actor died of a heart attack on Oct. 20 at age 79 in Exeter, England. The eldest son of legendary actor Rex Harrison, Noel Harrison was best known for singing “The Windmills of Your Mind,” the Oscar-winning ballad on the soundtrack of the 1968 heist film The Thomas Crown Affair. Before going into show business, he distinguished himself as a world-class skier, representing the United Kingdom in the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics.