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18. December 2009

RIP Dan O’Bannon

Filed under: general,movies,RIP,writing — jensaltmann @ 12:06
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Actor and screenwriter Dan O’Bannon died today at the age of 63. He was born on September 30, 1946.

His most noteworthy movies were the science fiction comedy Dark Star (1974), which was directed by John Carpenter. O’Bannon also played the role of Pinback in this movie.

His most famous screenplay would be 1979’s Alien.  Among others, he also wrote the screenplays to the famous movies (some, such as myself, would call them classics) Blue Thunder, Lifeforce and Total Recall.

O’Bannon was a legend in his own time, and he will be sorely missed.



  1. I was very sad to hear that news, though not surprised that the reportage has not been as extensive as one might hope.

    Thanks for including Lifeforce in your list of ‘great’ O’Bannon picks, I love it for its cheesy excesses. Great fun

    Comment by Somnopolis — 21. December 2009 @ 11:49

  2. LifeForce is a B-movie gem of the highest order.

    Comment by jensaltmann — 22. December 2009 @ 14:23

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