Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

August 22, 2005

Tonino Delli Colli, 81, a prolific and versatile cinematographer whose images illuminated the work of many of Italy's most famous filmmakers, died of a heart attack Tuesday at his home in Rome.

In a career that included more than 130 films, Mr. Delli Colli worked with generations of Italian directors, including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Leone, Federico Fellini and Roberto Benigni. His film credits include classics such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; The Name of the Rose; and Life Is Beautiful, his final work.

Originally a master of black-and-white cinematography, Mr. Delli Colli helped to forge Italian neorealism, a cinematic genre known for its use of natural light and on-location shooting, which depicted life in tattered postwar Italy. In 1952 he shot Toto a Colori, the first Italian movie to use color film.

In subsequent years he experimented broadly with color cinematography, painting the silver screen with sweeping, panoramic landscapes and detailed close-ups of actors' faces in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Leone's influential "spaghetti Western" starring Clint Eastwood.

Dennis Lynds, 81, whose tautly written mysteries featuring the one-armed Dan Fortune were praised for reflecting contemporary political and social issues, died Friday at a San Francisco hospital.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Mr. Lynds wrote more than 80 novels and short stories, according to his Web site. He who wrote under the name Michael Collins, among others.

The first Dan Fortune novel, Act of Fear, was published in 1967 and won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for best first novel. The last novel in the series, Fortune's World, was published in 2000.

Ronald Scott, 76, who designed a scoop that collected lunar soil during an unmanned moon mission, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Altadena, Calif.

He was a civil engineering professor at California Institute of Technology when he figured out a way to gather lunar soil in anticipation of the Apollo landings.

His design was worked into the unmanned Surveyor 3 mission that landed below the rim of a small crater in April 1967. The probe used its scoop to dig a trench and collect soil for testing. The mission provided critical details about the strength and texture of the surface that astronauts walked upon two years later.

He also worked on other NASA missions, including Apollo flights and the Viking 2 mission that landed an unmanned craft on Mars in 1976.

Herta Ware, 88, who appeared in plays, films and TV shows and helped found the popular outdoor Southern California theater Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, died Aug. 15 of natural causes at her home in Topanga Canyon, Calif.

The actress played Capt. Jean-Luc Picard's mother in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and appeared in such films as Cocoon, Practical Magic and Soapdish. She also appeared on television in episodes of ER, The Golden Girls, Cagney & Lacey, Knots Landing and other shows and, until recent years, was often in plays at the Will Geer theater. The theater is named for her late ex-husband.

She had begun acting in plays in New York City in the 1930s, appearing on Broadway in Let Freedom Ring in 1935. She divorced Mr. Geer in the 1950s but remained close to him until his death in 1978.

Armand Deutsch, 82, a film producer for Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer and a member of the Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities, died Aug. 13 of complications from pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to his grandson.

He came to Hollywood in the mid-1940s and produced a number of films, including Ambush, The Magnificent Yankee and Carbine Williams, starring James Stewart.

He and his wife, Harriet, also struck a lasting friendship with former actor Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy. He was appointed to the arts and humanities task force by President Reagan in 1981. Mr. Deutsch later wrote a memoir called Me and Bogie, and Other Friends and Acquaintances From a Life in Hollywood and Beyond.

Ellsworth Culver, 78, co-founder and senior vice president of the Mercy Corps humanitarian organization, died Aug. 15 of complications after cancer surgery in Portland, Ore.

He and partner Dan O'Neill established Mercy Corps in 1982. For the next decade, Mr. Culver oversaw the organization's expansion of international relief and development programs into Africa, Asia and Central America. It is now a $173 million-a-year operation that reaches people in 35 countries.

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