Jan 12, 2021
Michael Apted, producer, writer and actor, and one of the most prolific film directors of his generation has died at age 79.
Born in 1941 in Aylesbury, England, Apted had an...
Dec 8, 2020
Dirk Wales 1931 - 2020
In true dramatic fashion, on November 27th Dirk Wales moved on to his next great adventure. He was 89 years young.
Dirk was born in New York c...
Nov 25, 2020
Ed Murray, Bill Murray's oldest brother and the inspiration for the film Caddyshack has died.
Ed, the oldest of the Murray boys, was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Luci...
Nov 1, 2020
David Rodriguez, a director and producer for series such as TNT's Animal Kingdom, Showtime's The Chi and Starz's Power, has died. He was 50.
Rodriguez died on Oct. 29 from c...
Oct 22, 2020
2020 has taken so many legends from us. Reel Chicago is sad to report that iconic newsman Joel Daly, who spent nearly 40 years at ABC affiliate WLS, died today at around 5:30 ...
Sep 23, 2020
Gale “Kansas Comet” Sayers, Legendary Chicago Bears running back who’s book the 1971 movie Brian’s Song was based on, died today. He was 77.
His death was announced ...
Sep 15, 2020
It is always difficult to hear of a fellow filmmaker passing, especially someone as wonderful and influential as Andrew Beisen. Those who knew him best say that Andrew was tale...
Jul 29, 2020
James A. Mahoney, the founder of Film & Tape Works and dear friend of many in the Chicago film community, has died at age 71.
Film and Tape Works at 237 E. Ontario, was...
Jul 7, 2020
He was a pioneer of broadcasting whose career would span a century. On July first, we lost 99-year-old TV News legend Hugh Downs. Downs passed away peacefully at his home in Sc...
Jun 23, 2020
Acclaimed Hollywood director Joel Shumacher who hit the big time after directing a string of successful movies including Flatliners (1990), The Lost Boys (1987) and St. El...
Jun 10, 2020
Dick Johnson, longtime Chicago morning news co-anchor and reporter for NBC owned television station WMAQ-TV in Chicago, has passed away. He was 66 years old...
Apr 26, 2020
(Editor's Note: Maywood, Illinois' John Prine died on April 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Music journalist Morgan Enos, who has bylines in Billboard, TIDAL and Vinyl Me wrote this piec...
Apr 11, 2020
Chicago has lost a beloved writer, actor, comedian, teacher, husband and father. Former SNL writer, Michael Clayton McCarthy, who was also an active member of The Second City, ...
Mar 31, 2020
“I guess I learned how to take the lights out at the right moment. You just have to always be looking for the right end.” –Craig Taylor
Not all of Second City's s...
Mar 26, 2020
Stuart Gordon has died.
In most of the obituaries you will read, he will be largely (and justifiably) remembered for his film work. He came out of the gate with a classic i...
Feb 7, 2020
Bennett Grossman, a prominent member of Chicago's video production community, passed away on Friday, January 17th from complications related to cancer. He was 73.
The native Ch...
Nov 26, 2019
Melanie Kapoor passed away on Monday night due to complications from a sudden illness. She was 49 years old.
The tragedy leaves Chicago’s advertising, film, and hospitality i...
Jul 22, 2019
of family rooms
of untamed nature
every Sunday night
Legendary Chicago filmmaker Donald Meier died peacefully of...
Jul 8, 2019
“a temple of
Chicago film legend Milos Stehlik passed at his home in Lincoln Park on Saturday, July...
Jan 13, 2019
The woman who
President Reagan called
"The Spirit of America"
opened the nation's
owned ad agency
Barbara Gardner Proctor's story is what...