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Lucille Bliss, 96, Was Cartoon Voice of Crusader Rabbit, Smurfette

Lucille Bliss

Voice actress Lucille Bliss, who portrayed the title character of the first made-for-TV cartoon series, Crusader Rabbit (1949-51), died Thursday night, animator Dave Nimitz said. She was 96.

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TV Series Director Margaret Nichols Dies at 82

Animator and director Margaret Nichols, an executive board member of The Animation Guild from 1980 to 1985, died November 5. She was 82.

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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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Award-winning “Rabbit” Director Run Wrake Dies, 47

Run Wrake

British animator and illustrator Run Wrake, whose Rabbit was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Animated Short, died at 5 a.m. Sunday due to cancer. He was 47.

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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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John Clive was John Lennon in Yellow Submarine

John Clive

Actor John Clive, the voice of John Lennon in the 1968 Beatles cartoon movie Yellow Submarine, died after a short illness, his family said Monday. He was 79.

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