He played the suave, dapper spy, John Steed in the '60's British TV series, The Avengers, was the voice of The Imperious Leader in the 80's sci-fi TV series, Battlestar Galactica, and played Sir Godfrey Tibbett in the James Bond film, A View to a Kill. Patrick Macnee died, June 25th, in his home in Rancho Mirage, CA at the age of 93.
Macnee studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, and got one of his first movie roles acting opposite Laurence Olivier in Hamlet (1948) and made several guest starring role appearances on TV, but his break-out role didn't come until 1961, when Macnee was cast as John Steed in the TV series, The Avengers (1961-1969). The role made Macnee an international star.
He was an Oscar-winning composer (nominated for 10 Academy Awards), best known for is work for such films as Star Trek II, Star Trek III, Aliens, 48 hrs, Cocoon, The Rocketeer, Glory, Field of Dreams, Braveheart, Apollo 13, Titanic, and Avatar to name a few.
Horner died in a plane crash on June 22. Horner was flying his single-engine plane when it crashed in the Los Padres National Forest near Ventucopa, CA. Horner was 61.
She was best known for her role as Yeoman Janis Rand in the original Star Trek TV series, Grace Lee Whitney died of natural causes in her home in Coarsegold, CA on May 1st. She was 85.
Whitney entered show business as a singer at the age of 14. She moved from Michigan to Chicago working the nightclub circuit opening for such singers as Billie Holiday. She soon got a gig with Spike Jones Band and started touring with the group throughout the 50's.
Lee soon found her way to acting onTV and in movies, appearing in such films as House of Wax, Top Banana, Some Like it Hot, Pocket Full of Miracles and Irma la Douce.
Whiney suffered from addiction to pills and alcohol, attributing her addiction to being fired from Star Trek. She also claimed that she was sexually assaulted by one of the executives associated with the show, but she never revealed the person's name. Although she continued to make guest appearances on TV and in the occasional Star Trek film, she was most proud of her work in helping others overcome their substance abuse.