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Woodbury Animation Founder, Chair Jack Bosson Dies

Jack Bosson

Jack Bosson, chair of Woodbury University’s animation department for three years, has died, cartoon historian Jerry Beck announced Monday evening.

His age was not immediately available.

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Leonard Termo, 77, Acted in 5 Mickey Rourke Movies

Leonard Termo

Character actor Leonard Termo, who appeared alongside Mickey Rourke in five 1980s films, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday at his Santa Clarita, California home, his friend, actor Elias Koteas, said Friday. He was 77.

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Dave Borthwick Directed Doogal, Magic Roundabout

Dave Borthwick

British stop-motion animator Dave Borthwick, a director of the feature films The Magic Roundabout (2005) and Doogal (2006), died this past week in Bristol, England, cartoon historian Jerry Beck said Thursday morning.

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Oh, Pretty Woman Songwriter Bill Dees Dead at 73

William "Bill" Dees

Singer-songwriter William “Bill” Dees, co-writer with Roy Orbison of such global hits as “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “It’s Over,” died Wednesday night at a nursing facility in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He was 73.

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Russell Means, 72, Was Pocahontas Actor, Activist

Russell Means

Native American activist and actor Russell Means, the voice of Chief Powhatan — the title character’s father — in the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas, died early Monday at his ranch in Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, his family said in a statement. He was 72.

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Silver Surfer actor Bernard Behrens Dies at 85

Bernard Behrens

British-born Canadian theatre, TV and film actor Bernard “Bunny” Behrens, the voice of Nietre in the Marvel Enterprises/Saban Entertainment series Silver Surfer, died September 19 in Perth, Ontario, just shy of his 86th birthday.

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