So, fanboys and gals like yours truly’re in mourning, because, according to Movie Web, Al Matthews, best known for his role at Apone from the Sci Fi classic Aliens has died at 75. The cause of death’s pending an autopsy. He was apparently found unresponsive and couldn’t be resuscitated.
Granted, I haven’t revisited Aliens in a while, I remember the film being on par with its predecessor. I’ll be catching up on the series as I haven’t seen Covenant yet. Mr. Matthews also had roles in such films as The Fifth Element and Tomorrow Never Dies during the Pierce Brosnan OO7 era.
Last weekend, we watched The Empire Strikes Back as part of TBS’s Star Wars marathon to hype the DVD release of Solo. Also, on Movie Web, I read, Gary Kurtz, TESB’s producer, died at 78 of cancer with his fam posting:
"With deep love and respect, the family of Gary Kurtz is sad to share that he has passed away. He died from cancer on September 23rd 2018, in North London, England. Gary was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague, and mentor, whose work and talent spanned filmmaking, photography, music, and cinema history. He was a Marine, a world traveller, an outdoorsman, and a kind, compassionate human being. His life's work was to share the wonder of audio-visual storytelling through the art of film. Well-known for his work as the producer of American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Dark Crystal, Gary was passionate about telling stories that shared the humanity of characters in entertaining ways for audiences around the world. Gary was a magnificent man, who will be hugely missed. His whole family thanks you for your loving thoughts."
TESB’s considered the best of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga, so that alone cements Kurtz’s legacy not mention his involvement in American Graffiti, The Dark Crystal, and Return to Oz.
Condolences go out to Mr. Matthews' and Mr. Kurtz’s family, friends, and fans.
Be good to each other.