The legendary, incomparable, Mr. George Romero has passed away after a battle with lung cancer, leaving his fans in mourning. It truly is a sad, sad day.
In a statement, Romero’s manager, Chris Roe, said, “legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, listening to the score of ‘The Quiet Man,’ one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side. He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time.”
That’s definitely true. Romero’s gifts to this world will live on and on beginning with his pioneering film, Night of the Living Dead (and sequels, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and Land of the Dead). This 1968 classic, shot in black and white, launched the zombie genre and even featured an African-American hero. Talk about ground-breaking!
It’s hard to believe that his first paying gig was on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Fred Rogers supported Romero’s gory vision and invited him to work behind the camera on the set of his children’s show. Later, when Romero released his films, Mr. Rogers actually watched and enjoyed the movies!
Let’s hope that Mr. Romero and Mr. Rogers are together up there somewhere having a great time and talking about the good ol’ days back in Pittsburgh. Wouldn’t that be awesome?