As MarkVH implies in a comment below, the whole "rule of three" thing, while diverting and perhaps convenient, almost always dissolves under scrutiny. Gloria Stuart, Arthur Penn, Sally Menke, Tony Curtis all passed within the week; as did at least two more talents who enriched the lives of, I'd say, every film lover.
Joe Mantell, Oscar-nominated for his work as Angie in Marty, who also delivered the famous closing line of 1974's Chinatown, as seen above (that's him at left), died this week at age 94. I chose to emphasize Chinatown because I have the DVD and can get a screen cap from it...and also because I'm hoping that Big Hollywood puts the headline "Lefty Film Blogger Praises Casting Choices of Child Rapist" on its marquee, as I could use the traffic...(kidding...)
And then there's Art Gilmore, rarely seen but very often heard in films, who died a couple of days ago at the age of 92. Neither of the folks in the above still from the great Yankee Doodle Dandy is Art—although you'll recognize the fellow with the grin as James Cagney. Gilmore provided the stentorian tones of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (note the cigarette holder) in the film, and did voice work for much, much else besides. My pal Leonard Maltin has a nice remembrance of him here. And yes, the F.D.R. thing does give me the opportunity to make another bad Big Hollywood joke, but I'll spare you. In any event, these two artists brought a lot to the table, for which I'm grateful; God bless 'em, and they will be missed.