Arrow-right Camera


Dan O’Bannon, sci-fi screenwriter

SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES – Dan O’Bannon, the acclaimed science fiction/horror film screenwriter who was best known for writing the blockbuster hit “Alien” and who also directed and wrote the zombie fest “The Return of the Living Dead,” has died. He was 63.

O’Bannon, whose credits include co-writing “Blue Thunder” and “Total Recall,” died Thursday at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. He had Crohn’s disease, a chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease, his wife, Diane, said.

From “Dark Star,” a low-budget sci-fi film that tanked at the box office in 1974, O’Bannon went on to write the script for “Alien,” director Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic about a spaceship terrorized by a hideous alien being. It was based on O’Bannon’s and Ronald Shusett’s story.

He made his directorial debut in 1985 with “The Return of the Living Dead.”

C.D.B. Bryan, wrote ‘Friendly Fire’

HARTFORD, Conn. – C.D.B. Bryan, whose 1976 book “Friendly Fire” about the accidental death of a soldier in Vietnam struck a chord with disillusioned Americans, has died at his Connecticut home. He was 73.

Bryan died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Guilford, said his wife, Mairi. He was holding one of his iconic shaken martinis when he died, she said.

Although Bryan wrote extensively for several magazines throughout his career, he was best known for “Friendly Fire.” The book, which started as an article for The New Yorker, is based on the 1970 friendly-fire shrapnel death of Iowa soldier Michael Eugene Mullen. It chronicled his parents’ doubts about the Army’s official account of the death, their quest for answers and the transformation of his mother, Peg Mullen, into an ardent anti-war activist.

The book was turned into a 1979 Emmy-winning television movie starring Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston and Timothy Hutton.

Arthur Cores, restaurateur

BOSTON – Arthur Cores, the co-founder of a small Boston-area chicken restaurant that eventually became the Boston Market chain, has died. He was 52.

His spouse, John Yee, said Cores died at their Miami Beach home on Wednesday of complications of esophageal cancer.

Cores had attended Northeastern University by age 27 when he partnered with friend Steven Kolow, 23, to craft a simple but effective business plan – offering quick and affordable chicken dinners with the wholesome qualities of a home-cooked meal in Newton, Mass., in 1985, Yee said.

“He brought mashed potatoes and chicken back to the scene, instead of plain fast food,” Yee said. “His legacy lives on.”

Yvonne King Burch, singer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yvonne King Burch, who gained early fame as one of the singing King Sisters before launching her extended family into show business as the King Family, has died. She was 89.

She spent three decades singing and recording with the King Sisters, one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1930s and 1940s. A Grammy nomination for their Capitol Records album “Imagination” capped the group’s career in 1959.

The King Family appeared on “The Hollywood Palace” before headlining their own TV special, two variety series and 17 specials during the 1960s and 1970s. The family appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and performed with legends, including Bing Crosby and Dean Martin.


Click here to comment on this story »