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Monday, January 8, 2018

In Memoriam - 2017

My own list of notable people (and others) we lost in 2016 whose time on this planet left some impression, big or small, on me. Of course, like all the other lists, it doesn't include everybody, so feel free to remark on anyone you'll miss in the comments.



Om Puri
October 18, 1950 – January 6, 2017
Actor
Gandhi; The Hundred-Foot Journey

William Peter Blatty
January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017
Novelist / screenwriter
The Exorcist; A Shot in the Dark

Dick Gautier
October 30, 1931 – January 13, 2017
Actor / voice-over artist
Get Smart; When Things Were Rotten; Fun With Dick and Jane; Ensign Pulver

Miguel Ferrer
February 7, 1955 – January 19, 2017
Actor / voice-over artist
Mulan; RoboCop; Twin Peaks; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Iron Man 3

Sooan Kim
January 26, 1954 – January 20, 2017
Animator
The Simpsons; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1988)

Maggie Roche
October 26, 1951 – January 21, 2017
Singer
The Roches; We Three Kings

Masaya Nakamura
December 24, 1925 – January 22, 2017
Businessman
Namco

Ann Guenther
May 22, 1937 – January 24, 2017
Animation background artist
The Rescuers; Animaniacs; The Iron Giant

Mary Tyler Moore
December 28, 1936 – January 25, 2017
Actor / producer
The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Mary Tyler Moore Show

John Hurt
January 22, 1940 – January 25, 2017
Actor
Watership Down; Alien; The Elephant Man; History of the World, Part I; Jim Henson’s The Storyteller; Hellboy; The Harry Potter movies; Doctor Who

Mike Connors
August 15, 1925 – January 26, 2017
Actor
Swamp Women; Day the World Ended

Barbara Hale
April 22, 1922 – January 26, 2017
Actor
The Giant Spider Invasion

Dan Spiegle
December 12, 1920 – January 28, 2017
Comic book artist
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories; Scooby-Doo comics; The Brave and the Bold; Batman; Simpsons Comics

Frank Pellegrino
May 19, 1944  – January 31, 2017
Actor / restaurateur
The Sopranos; Goodfellas

Richard Hatch
May 21, 1945 - February 7, 2017
Actor
Battlestar Galactica; Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen; Prisoners of the Lost Universe

Al Jarreau
March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017
Singer / musician
“Moonlighting”

Gerald Hirschfeld
April 25, 1921 – February 13, 2017
Cinematographer
Young Frankenstein; My Favorite Year

Bill Paxton
May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017
Actor
Aliens; Apollo 13; Weird Science; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Neil Fingleton
February 18, 1981 – February 25, 2017
Actor
X-Men: First Class; Doctor Who

Judge Joseph Wapner
November 15, 1919 – February 26, 2017
Judge  / television personality
The People’s Court

Miriam Colón
August 20, 1936 – March 3, 2017
Actor
Scarface (1983)

Robert Osborne
May 3, 1932 – March 6, 2017
Film historian / television personality
Turner Classic Movies

Chuck Berry
October18, 1926 – March 18, 2017
Musician
“Rock and Roll Music”; “Johnny B. Goode”; “My Ding-a-Ling”

Bernie Wrightson
October 27, 1948 – March 18, 2017
Illustrator / comic book artist
Swamp Thing; Frankenstein; Creepshow

Chuck Barris
June 3, 1929 – March 21, 2017
Television personality / producer
The Gong Show; The Dating Game; The Newlywed Game; The $1.98 Beauty Show

Joe Harris
January 5, 1928 – March 26, 2017
Designer / producer
Underdog; Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales

Don Rickles
May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017
Comedian / actor
The Don Rickles Show; the Toy Story movies

J. Geils
February 20, 1946 – April 11, 2017
Musician, The J. Geils Band
“Centerfold”; “Freeze Frame”; “Love Stinks”; You’re Gettin’ Even While I’m Getting’ Odd

Erin Moran
October 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017
Actor
Happy Days; Joanie Loves Chachi

Jonathan Demme
February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017
Director
The Silence of the Lambs; Philadelphia; Something Wild

Michael Parks
April 24, 1940 – May 9, 2017
Actor
Twin Peaks; Kill Bill; Tusk

Powers Boothe
June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017
Actor
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye; Red Dawn (1984); Sin City; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Chris Cornell
July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017
Musician / singer / composer
Founding member of Soundgarden
“Black Hole Sun”

Rich Buckler
January 6, 1949 – May 19, 2017
Comic Book Artist
Fantastic Four; Astonishing Tales; Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man; Howard the Duck

Lisa Spoonauer
December 6, 1972 – May 20, 2017
Actor
Clerks

Sir Roger Moore
October 14, 1927 – May 23, 2017
Actor
Moonraker; Live and Let Die; Ffolkes; Cannonball Run

Peter Sallis
February 1, 1921 - June 2, 2017
Actor
The Wallace & Gromit films

Glenne Headly
March 13, 1955 – June 8, 2017
Actor
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Dick Tracy

Adam West
September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017
Actor
Batman (1966); Family Guy

James Galton
November 1, 1924 – June 12, 2017
Business executive
Marvel Entertainment Group

John G. Avildsen
December 21, 1935 - June 16, 2017
Film director
Rocky; Neighbors

Stephen Furst
May 8, 1955 – June 16, 2017
Actor
National Lampoon’s Animal House; The Dream Team

Michael Bond
January 13, 1926 – June 27, 2017
Author
The Paddington Bear books

Nelsan Ellis
November 30, 1978 – July 8, 2017
Actor
True Blood

Martin Landau
June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017
Actor
Ed Wood

George A. Romero
February 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017
Film director
Night of the Living Dead (1968); Creepshow

Red West
November 20, 1936 – July 18, 2017
Actor
Road House; Natural Born Killers

John Heard
March 7, 1945 – July 21, 2017
Actor
Big; After Hours; The Sopranos

Jimmy Clem
December 13, 1932 – July 22, 2017
Actor
Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues

June Foray
September 18, 1917 – July 26, 2017
Voice-over artist
The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show; Looney Tunes; How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Patti Deutsch
December 16, 1945 – July 26, 2017
Actor / voice-over artist
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In; Match Game; The Emperor’s New Groove

Stan Hart
September 28, 2017  – July 28, 2017
Writer
MAD Magazine; The Carol Burnett Show

Sam Shepard
November 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017
Playwright
True West; The Tooth of Crime

Robert Hardy
October 29, 1925 – August 3, 2017
Actor
The Harry Potter films

Haruo Nakajima
January 1, 1929 – August 7, 2017
Actor
Seven Samurai; Godzilla (1954); King Kong Vs. Godzilla

Glen Campbell
April 22, 1936 - August 8, 2017
Singer / songwriter / actor
“Southern Nights”; “Rhinestone Cowboy”

Joseph Bologna
December 30, 1934 – August 13, 2017
Actor
My Favorite Year; The Woman in Red; Blame It on Rio

Sonny Landham
February 11, 1941 – August 17, 2017
Actor
48 Hrs.; Predator

Jerry Lewis
March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017
Actor / comedian / film director
The King of Comedy; The Stooge

Jay Thomas
July 12, 1948 – August 24, 2017
Actor
Cheers; Mork & Mindy

Tobe Hooper
January 25, 1943 – August 26, 2017
Film / television director
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974); Poltergeist (1982)

Richard Anderson
August 8, 1926 – August 31, 2017
Actor
The Six Million Dollar Man; The Bionic Woman; Kitten With a Whip

Shelley Berman
February 3, 1925 – September 1, 2017
Comedian / actor
Curb Your Enthusiasm; Bewitched

Barry Liebmann
December 4, 1953 – September 1, 2017
Comedy writer
MAD Magazine

Len Wein
June 12, 1948 – September 10, 2017
Comic book / television writer
Swamp Thing; The Incredible Hulk; X-Men; Batman

Frank Vincent
August 4, 1939 - September 13, 2017
Actor
The Sopranos; Goodfellas; Raging Bull

Basil Gogos
March 12, 1949 – September 14, 2017
Artist
Famous Monsters of Filmland

Harry Dean Stanton
July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017
Actor
Alien; Private Benjamin; Wild At Heart; The Green Mile; The Avengers

Jan TrÍska
November 4, 1936 – September 23, 2017
Actor
Ragtime; 2010

Hugh Hefner
April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017
Publisher
Playboy

Monty Hall
August 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017
Television presenter
Let’s Make a Deal

Tom Petty
October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017
Musician
“American Girl”; “Free Fallin’”; “End of the Line”

Bob Schiller
November 8, 1918 – October 10, 2017
Television writer
I Love Lucy; The Carol Burnett Show; All in the Family

Roy Dotrice
May 26, 1923 – October 16, 2017
Actor
Amadeus; Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Robert Guillaume
November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017
Actor
Soap; Benson; The Lion King

Fats Domino
February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017
Musician
“Blueberry Hill”; “Walking to New Orleans”; “Ain't That a Shame”

Ann Wedgeworth
January 21, 1934 – November 16, 2017
Actor
Three’s Company

Mel Tillis
August 8, 1932 – November 17, 2017
Singer / songwriter / actor
The Cannonball Run

Malcolm Young
January 6, 1953 – November 18, 2017
Musician
Founding member of AC/DC
“Highway to Hell”; “You Shook Me All Night Long”; “Back in Black”

Della Reese
July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017
Singer / actor
Dinosaur

Peter Baldwin
January 11, 1931 – November 19, 2017
Television director
The Brady Bunch; Family Ties; The Wonder Years

David Cassidy
April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017
Singer / actor
The Partridge Family; “I Think I Love You”

Heather North
December 13, 1945 – November 30, 2017
Voice-over artist / actor
Scooby Doo, Where Are You!

Conrad Brooks
January 3, 1931 - December 6, 2017
Actor
Plan 9 From Outer Space;  Glen or Glenda; The Sinister Urge; Ed Wood

Steve Reevis
August 14, 1962 – December 7, 2017
Actor
Dances With Wolves; Fargo (1996)

Suzanna Leigh
July 26, 1945 – December 11, 2017
Actor
The Deadly Bees

Keith Chegwin
January 17, 1957 – December 11, 2017
Presenter / actor
Shaun of the Dead; Extras; Life’s Too Short

Robert Givens
March 2, 1918 – December 14, 2017
Animator
Looney Tunes; Merrie Melodies

Keely Smith
March 9, 1932 - December 16, 2017
Singer
“That Old Black Magic”

Heather Menzies-Urich
December 3, 1949 – December 24, 2017
Actor
The Sound of Music; Sssssss

Alfie Curtis
July 8, 1930 – December 26, 2017
Actor
Star Wars; The Elephant Man

Rose Marie
August 15, 1923 – December 28, 2017
Actor
The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Monkees; Sally Swing

Danny Breen
c. 1950 – December 29, 2017
Actor / television writer
Not Necessarily the News

John C. Portman
December 4, 1924 – December 29, 2017
Architect
Atlanta Marriott Marquis; Hyatt Regency Atlanta; Peachtree Center, Atlanta

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Trumpty Dumpty
Apologies to Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

In Memoriam - 2016


My own list of notable people (and others) we lost in 2016 whose time on this planet left some impression, big or small, on me. Of course, like all the other lists, it doesn't include everybody, so feel free to remark on anyone you'll miss in the comments.
  
Vilmos Zsigmond
June 16, 1930 – January 1, 2016
Cinematographer
Close Encounters of the Third Kind; The Deer Hunter

Frank Armitage
September 5, 1924 – January 4, 2016
Animation artist
Sleeping Beauty (1959); The Jungle Book (1967)

Pat Harrington Jr.
August 13, 1929 – January 6, 2016
Actor
One Day at a Time

Richard Libertini
May 21, 1933 – January 7, 2016
Actor
The In-Laws (1979); All of Me

David Bowie, née David Robert Jones
January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016
Singer / Musician / Composer / Actor
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars;
Hunky Dory; Let’s Dance;
Labyrinth

David Marguiles
February 19, 1937 – January 11, 2016
Actor
Ghostbusters (1984); The Sopranos

Brian Bedford
February 16, 1935 – January 13, 2016
Actor
Robin Hood (1973); Nixon

Alan Rickman
February 21, 1946 – January 14, 2016
Actor
Die Hard; Dogma; the Harry Potter films; Love Actually

Dan Haggerty
November 19, 1942 – January 15, 2016
Actor
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

Glenn Frey
November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016
Musician / Singer / Composer
Founding member of The Eagles
“Take It Easy”; “Lyin’ Eyes”; “Smuggler’s Blues”; “The Heat Is On”


Abe Vigoda
February 24, 1921 – January 26, 2017
Actor
The Godfather; Barney Miller; Joe Versus the Volcano; Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Paul Kantner
March 17, 1941 – January 28, 2016
Musician / Singer / Composer
Founding member of Jefferson Starship
Surrealistic Pillow

Bob Elliott
March 26, 1923 - February 2, 2016
Comedian

Joe Alaskey
April 17, 1952 - February 3, 2016
Actor / Voice-over artist / Comedian
Tiny Toon Adventures; Rugrats; Casper (1995); Duck Dodgers

Maurice White
December 19, 1941 – February 4, 2016
Musician / Singer / Composer
Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire
“Shining Star”

Daniel Gerson
August 1, 1966 – February 6, 2016
Screenwriter / Voice-over artist
Monsters Inc.; Big Hero 6

Johnny Duncan
December 7, 1923 – February 8, 2016
Actor
Batman and Robin serial; Plan 9 From Outer Space; Spartacus

George Gaynes
May 3, 1917 – February 15, 2016
Actor
Tootsie; To Be or Not To Be (1983); Police Academy

Harper Lee
April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016
Author
To Kill a Mockingbird

Umberto Eco
January 5, 1932 – February 19, 2016
Author
The Name of the Rose

Douglas Slocombe
February 10, 1913 – February 22, 2016
Cinematographer
Raiders of the Lost Ark; The Lavender Hill Mob; The Lion in Winter

Tony Burton
March 23, 1937 – February 25, 2016
Actor
The Rocky films

George Kennedy
February 18, 1925 – February 28, 2016
Actor
Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte; The Dirty Dozen; Death on the Nile

Tony Dyson
April 13, 1947 – March 4, 2016
Special effects designer
The Star Wars Saga; Altered States

Paul Ryan
September 23, 1949 – March 7, 2016
Comic artist
Batman; Superman; The Amazing Spider-Man; The Avengers

Michael White
January 16, 1936 – March 7 2016
Film producer
Monty Python and the Holy Grail; The Rocky Horror Picture Show

George Martin
January 3, 1926 – March 8, 2016
Music producer / Musician / Composer
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; Yellow Submarine; “Live and Let Die”; “Goldfinger”

Keith Emerson
November 2, 1944 – March 11, 2016
Musician / Composer
Founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
“Trilogy”

Sylvia Anderson, née Sylvia Thomas
March 27, 1927 – March 15, 2016
Film & television producer / Writer / Voice-over artist
Thunderbirds; Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions

Larry Drake
February 21, 1949 – March 17, 2017
Actor
L. A. Law; Darkman; Tales from the Crypt

Garry Shandling
November 29, 1949 – March 24, 2016
Comedian / Actor
It’s Garry Shandling’s Show; The Larry Sanders Show


James Noble
March 5, 1922 – March 28, 2016
Actor
Benson; Being There; Airplane II: The Sequel


Patty Duke
December 14, 1946 – March 29, 2016
Actor
The Miracle Worker; It Takes Two; Hail to the Chief
 
Ronnie Corbett
December 4, 1930 – March 31, 2016
Actor / comedian
The Two Ronnies; Casino Royale (1967)

Bill Henderson
March 19, 1926 – April 3, 2016
Singer / actor
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension; Clue; City Slickers

Erik Bauersfeld
June 28, 1922 – April 3, 2016
Voice-over artist
Return of the Jedi

Doris Roberts
November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016
Actor
Alice; Soap; Everbody Loves Raymond

Guy Hamilton
September 16, 1922 – April 20, 2016
Film director
Goldfinger; Live and Let Die; Evil Under the Sun

Prince, née Prince Rogers Nelson
June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016
Singer / Musician / Composer
Purple Rain; 1999; “Raspberry Beret”

Madeleine Sherwood
November 13, 1922 – April 23, 2016
Actor
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Papa Wemba, née Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba
June 14, 1949 – April 24, 2016
Singer / Musician
Emotion

Madeleine Lebeau
June 10, 1923 – May 1, 2016
Actor
Casablanca

William Schallert
July 6, 1922 – May 8, 2016
Actor
Mighty Joe Young (1949); Them!; The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes; The Twilight Zone; True Blood

Makiko Futaki
June 19, 1958 – May 13, 2016
Animator
My Neighbor Totoro; Princess Mononoke; Spirited Away

Darwyn Cooke
November 16, 1962 – May 14, 2016
Comic book writer / artist
DC: The New Frontier; Catwoman

Alan Young
November 19, 1919 – May 19, 2016
Actor
Androcles and the Lion (1952); The Time Machine (1960); Mr. Ed; DuckTales

Burt Kwouk
July 18, 1930 – May 24, 2016
Actor
A Shot in the Dark; Goldfinger; The Return of the Pink Panther


Muhammad Ali
January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016
Boxer / activist

Bill Richmond
December 19, 1921 – June 4, 2016
Film / television writer
The Carol Burnett Show; All In the Family; Kate & Allie


Peter Shaffer
May 15, 1926 – June 6, 2016
Playwright / screenwriter
Amadeus; Equus

Janet Waldo
February 4, 1920 – June 12, 2016
Voice-over artist
The Jetsons; Wacky Races; Josie and the Pussycats

Mihaly “Michu” Meszaros
October 1, 1939 – June 12, 2016
Performer
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Henry McCullough
June 21, 1943 – June 14, 2016
Musician / Composer
With a Little Help From My Friends; Jesus Christ Superstar; Red Rose Speedway

Ann Morgan Guilbert
October 16, 1928 -  June 14, 2016
Actor
The Dick Van Dyke Show

Anton Yelchin
March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016
Actor
Star Trek (2009); Fright Night (2011)

Robin Hardy
October 2, 1929 – July 1, 2016
Film director
The Wicker Man (1973)

Michael Cimino
February 3, 1939 – July 2, 2016
Film director / screenwriter / producer
The Deer Hunter

Eric Bergren
April 27, 1954 – July 14, 2016
Screenwriter
The Elephant Man

Fred Tomlinson
December 18, 1927 – July 17, 2016
Singer
Monty Python’s Flying Circus; The Two Ronnies

Garry Marshall
November 13, 1934 – July 19, 2016
Director / producer / actor
The Dick Van Dyke Show; Happy Days; Laverne and Shirley; Mork & Mindy

Marni Nixon
February 22, 1930 – July 24, 2016
Singer
The King and I; West Side Story; My Fair Lady

David Huddleston
September 17, 1930 – August 2, 2016
Actor
Blazing Saddles; Santa Claus: The Movie; The Big Lebowski

Terence Bayler
January 24, 1930 – August 2, 2016
Actor
The Rutles; Monty Python’s Life of Brian; Time Bandits; Brazil

Kenny Baker
August 24, 1934 – August 13, 2016
Actor
The Star Wars Saga; Time Bandits; Amadeus

Fyvush Finkel
October 9, 1922 – August 14, 2016
Actor
Brighton each Memoirs; Nixon; Rugrats

Jack Riley
December 30, 1935 – August 19, 2016
Actor / voice-over artist
The Bob Newhart Show; High Anxiety; Rugrats


Marvin Kaplan
January 24, 1927 – August 25, 2016
Actor / voice-over artist
Alice; Top Cat; It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Gene Wilder
June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016
Actor / screenwriter / director
 The Producers (1968); Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; Blazing Saddles; Young Frankenstein; Stir Crazy; The Woman in Red

Jon Polito
December 29, 1950 – September 1, 2016
Actor
Miller’s Crossing; Homicide: Life on the Street; The Big Lebowski

Leslie H. Martinson
January 16, 1915 – September 3, 2016
Film / television director
Batman (1966); The Brady Bunch

Edward Albee
March 12, 1928 - September 16, 2016
Playwright
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

W. P. Kinsella
May 25, 1935 – September 16, 2016
Author
Shoeless Joe

C. Martin Croker
January 10, 1962 – September 17, 2016
Animator / voice-over artist
Space Ghost Coast to Coast

Charmian Carr
December 27, 1942 - September 17, 2016
Actor / Singer
The Sound of Music

Bill Nunn
October 20, 1953 – September 24, 2016
Actor
Spider-Man (2002)

Herschell Gordon Lewis
June 15, 1926 – September 26, 2016
Film director
Monster A Go-Go

Rod Temperton
October 9, 1949 – October 5, 2016
Songwriter / music producer / musician
“Thriller”

Michiyo Yasuda
April 28, 1939 – October 5, 2016
Animator
Kiki’s Delivery Service; Spirited Away; Ponyo

Steve Dillon
March 22, 1962 – October 22, 2016
Comic book artist
Preacher; The Punisher

Pete Burns
August 5, 1959 – October 23, 2016
Musician
Founder of Dead or Alive
“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”

Kevin Curran
February 27, 1957 – October 25, 2016
Television writer
Late Night with David Letterman; Married… With Children; The Simpsons

Leonard Cohen
September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016
Singer / musician / songwriter / poet / author / artist
“Hallelujah” “First We Take Manhattan”

Robert Vaughn
November 22, 1932 – November 11, 2016
Actor
The Magnificent Seven (1960); Teenage Cave Man; Battle Beyond the Stars; Superman III

Lupita Tovar
July 27, 1910 – November 12, 2016
Actor
Dracula (1931, Spanish language version)

Tom Neyman
November 23, 1935 – November 12, 2016
Actor
Manos: The Hands of Fate

Peter Sumner
January 29, 1942 – November 22, 2016
Actor
Star Wars

Andrew Sachs
April 7, 1930 – November 23, 2016
Actor
Fawlty Towers; Revenge of the Pink Panther; History of the World, Part I

Florence Henderson
February 24, 2016 – November 24, 2016
Actor
The Brady Bunch

Ron Glass
July 10, 1945 – November 25, 2016
Actor
Barney Miller; Firefly; Rugrats

Fritz Weaver
January 19, 1926 – November 26, 2016
Actor
Creepshow

Alice Drummond
May 21, 1928 – November 30, 2016
Actor
Ghostbusters (1984); Awakenings; To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar

Peter Vaughan
April 4, 1923 – December 6, 2016
Actor
Time Bandits; Brazil; The Remains of the Day; Death At a Funeral (2007)

John Glenn
July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016
Astronaut / aviator

Alan Thicke
March 1, 1947 – December 13, 2016
Actor / composer
Diff’rent Strokes Theme; The Facts of Life Theme

Bernard Fox
May 11, 1927 – December 14, 2016
Actor
Bewitched; Munster, Go Home!; The Rescuers; Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo; The Mummy (1999)

Fran Jeffries
May 18, 1937 – December 15, 2016
Actor / Singer
The Pink Panther (1963)

Zsa Zsa Gabor
February 6, 1917 – December 18, 2016
Actor
Touch of Evil; A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Liz Smith
December 11, 1921 – December 24, 2016
Actor
The French Lieutenant’s Woman; A Private Function; The Vicar of Dibley; Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

George Michael
June 25, 1963 – December 25, 2016
Singer / composer
Founding member of Wham!
“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”; “Careless Whisper”; “Faith”

George S. Irving
November  1, 1922 – December 26, 2016
Actor
All In the Family; The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

Don “Duck” Edwing
1934 – December 26, 2016
Cartoonist
Mad Magazine

Carrie Fisher
October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016
Actor / author
The Star Wars Saga; The Blues Brothers; Postcards From the Edge

Debbie Reynolds
April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016
Actor / singer
Singin’ In the Rain; Charlotte’s Web (1973); Rugrats

Tyrus Wong
October 25, 1910 – December 30, 2016
Artist / animation designer
Bambi

William Christopher
October 20, 1932 – December 31, 2016
Actor
M*A*S*H; The Fortune Cookie; Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.




Sunday, January 31, 2016

In Memoriam - 2015

My own list of notable people (and others) we lost in 2015 whose time on this planet left some impression, big or small, on me. Of course, like all the other lists, it doesn't include everybody, so feel free to remark on anyone you'll miss in the comments.



 
First of all, my father-in-law
Henry Kittleson
May 13, 1929 - December 8, 2015
lawyer

Donna Douglas
September 26, 1933 - January 1, 2015
actor
The Beverly Hillbillies

Lance Percival
July 26, 1933 - January 6, 2015
actor
Yellow Submarine, The Water Babies

Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
September 7, 1926 - January 9, 2015
producer
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Taylor Negron
August 1, 1957 - January 10, 2015
actor
Young Doctors In Love

Rod Taylor
January 11, 1930 - January 7, 2015
actor
The Birds, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Inglourious Basterds, The Time Machine (1960)

Richard Bonehill
c. 1948 - February 4, 2015
actor
The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

Gary Owens
May 10, 1934 - February 12, 2015 
announcer / voice-over artist / disc jockey
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Dynomutt: Dog Wonder 

Louis Jordan
June 19, 1921 - February 14, 2015
actor
Gigi, Swamp Thing, Octopussy 

Lesley Gore

May 2, 1946 - February 16, 2015
singer / songwriter
"It's My Party"

Leonard Nimoy
March 26, 1931 - February 27, 2015
actor / director
Star Trek, In Search Of..., Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Sam Simon
June 6, 1955 - March 8, 2015
producer / writer
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show, Cheers, Taxi

Lou Silverstone
May 17, 1924 - March 9, 2015
writer
MAD Magazine, Cracked Magazine

Eugene Patton, aka Gene Gene the Dancing Machine
April 25, 1932 - March 9, 2015
dancer / stagehand
The Gong Show

Jimmy Greenspoon
February 7, 1948 - March 11, 2015
musician
Three Dog Night

Terry Pratchett
April 28, 1948 - March 12, 2015
writer
The Discworld series, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Mike Porcaro
May 29, 1955 -  March 15, 2015
musician
Toto 

Andy Fraser
July 3, 1952 - March 16, 2015
musician
Free

Gregory Walcott
January 13, 1928 - March 20, 2015
actor
Plan 9 from Outer Space

 A. J. Pero
October 14, 1959 - March 20, 2015
musician
Twisted Sister 

James Best
July 26, 1926 - April 6, 2015
actor
The Dukes of Hazzard, The Killer Shrews

Milton DeLugg
December 2, 1918 - April 6, 2015
composer
The Munsters, The Gong Show, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Stan Freberg
August 7, 1926 - April 7, 2015
humorist / voice-over artist
Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Three Little Bops, Rabbit's Kin

Herb Trimpe
May 26, 1939 - April 13, 2015
comic book artist
The Incredible Hulk, first appearance of Wolverine

Richard Corliss
March 6, 1944 - April 23, 2015
film critic
Time Magazine

Jayne Meadows
September 27, 1919 - April 26, 2015
actor
Song of the Thin Man, City Slickers

Andrew Lesnie
January 1, 1956 - April 27, 2015
cinematographer
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy

Ben E. King
September 28, 1938 - April 30, 2015
singer
"Stand By Me", "I (Who Have Nothing)"

 Nigel Terry
August 15, 1945 - April 30, 2015
actor
The Lion in Winter, Excalibur

Michael Blake
July 5, 1945 - May 2, 2015
writer
Dances With Wolves

Gilbert Lewis
August 6, 1941 - May 7, 2015
actor
Pee-Wee's Playhouse

B. B. King
September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015
musician
"Lucille"

Anne Meara
September 20, 1929 - May 23, 2015
actor / comedian
Stiller and Meara, Archie Bunker's Place, Awakenings

Richard Johnson
July 30, 1927 - June 5, 2015
actor
The Haunting (1963)

Christopher Lee
actor
May 27, 1922 - June 7, 2015
Horror of Dracula, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Man With the Golden Gun, Hugo

Robert Chartoff
August 26, 1933 - June 10, 2015
film producer
Rocky, Raging Bull

Ron Moody
January 8, 1924 - June 11, 2015
actor
Oliver!, The Twelve Chairs

James Horner
August 14, 1953 - June 22, 2015
film composer
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens, Avatar

Dick Van Patten
December 9, 1928 - June 23, 2015
actor
High AnxietyEight Is Enough, Spaceballs

Blaine Gibson
February 11, 1918 - July 5, 2015
sculptor / animator
Pirates of the Caribbean ride, The Haunted Mansion ride

Irwin Keyes
March 16, 1952 - July 8, 2015
actor
Intolerable Cruelty

Omar Sharif 
April 10, 1932 - July 10, 2015
actor
Lawrence of Arabia

Roger Rees
May 5, 1944 - July 10, 2015
actor
Cheers

Satoru Iwata
December 6, 1959 - July 11, 2015
video game programmer

Dave Somerville
October 2, 1933 - July 14, 2015
singer
"Little Darlin'" with the Diamonds

Alex Rocco
February 29, 1936 - July 18, 2015
actor
The Godfather, A Bug's Life, The Simpsons

Theodore Bikel
May 2, 1924 - July 21, 2015
actor / singer
The African Queen, My Fair Lady

E. L. Doctorow
January 6, 1931 - July 21, 2015
writer
Ragtime, Billy Bathgate

Patrick Macnee
February 6, 1922 - June 25, 2015
actor
The Avengers (1961-1969), A View to a Kill, This Is Spinal Tap


Dick Maugg
August 29, 1931 - July 28, 2015
pitchman
Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers
  
Roddy Piper
April 17, 1954 - July 31, 2015
wrestler / actor

Uggie
February 14, 2002 - August 7, 2015
canine performer
The Artist, The Campaign

Susan Sheridan
March 18, 1947 - August 8, 2015
actor
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series, The Black Cauldron

Lenny B. Robinson
September 28, 1963 - August 16, 2015
"The Baltimore Batman"
  
Yvonne Craig
May 16, 1937 -  August 17, 2015
actor
Batman (1966-1968), Star Trek (1966-1969)

Oliver Sacks
July 9, 1933 - August 30, 2015
neurologist / writer
Awakenings

Wes Craven
August 2, 1939 - August 30, 2015
director
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, The Scream films


Brad Anderson
May 14, 1924 - August 30, 2015
cartoonist
Marmaduke 

Dean Jones
January 25, 1931 - September 1, 2015
actor
That Darn Cat! (1965), The Ugly Dachshund, The Love Bug, The Shaggy D. A.

Judy Carne
April 27, 1939 - September 3, 2015
actor
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Jean Darling
August 23, 1922 - September 4, 2015
actor
The Our Gang / Little Rascals comedies

Dickie Moore
September 12, 1925 - September 7, 2015
actor
The Our Gang / Little Rascals comedies

Ben Cauley
October 3, 1947 - September 21, 2015
musician
"Soul Finger" with the Bark-Kays

Catherine E. Coulson
October 22, 1943 -  September 28, 2015
actor
Twin Peaks 

Kevin Corcoran
June 10, 1949 - October 6, 2015
actor / director / producer
Old Yeller, Toby Tyler, The Shaggy Dog (1959), Swiss Family Robinson

Cory Wells
February 5, 1941 - October 20, 2015
singer
"Mama Told Me Not to Come" with Three Dog Night 

Marty Ingels
March 9, 1936 - October 21, 2015
actor / voice-over artist
The Great Grape Ape Show, Pac-Man (1982-1983)

Murphy Anderson
July 9, 1926 - October 22, 2015
comic book artist
Superman, Hawkman, Action Comics

Al Molinaro
June 24, 1919 - October 30, 2015 
actor
Happy Days, The Odd Couple (1970-1975)

Melissa Mathison
June 3, 1950 - November 4, 2015
screenwriter
E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Black Stallion

George Barris
November 20, 1925 - November 5, 2015
auto customizer
Batman (1966-1968), The Munsters, Jurassic Park

Gunnar Hansen
March 4, 1947 - November 7, 2015 
 actor
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Carol Doda
August 29, 1937 - November 9, 2015
actor / exotic dancer
Head

Michael C. Gross
October 3, 1945 - November 16, 2015
artist / graphic designer / film producer
National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Ghostbusters

 
Cynthia Robinson
January 12, 1944 - November 23, 2015
singer / musician
"Dance To the Music" with Sly and the Family Stone

Robert Loggia
January 3, 1930 - December 4, 2015
actor
Jagged Edge, Big

Nicholas Smith
March 5, 1934 - December 6, 2015
actor
Are You Being Served?, The Twelve Chairs, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Haskell Wexler
February 6, 1922 -  December 27, 2015
cinematographer
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Meadowlark Lemon
April 25, 1932 - December 27, 2015
athlete / actor
The Harlem Globetrotters

Lemmy Kilmister
December 24, 1945 - December 28, 2015
singer / songwriter / musician
"Ace of Spades" with Motörhead

Natalie Cole
February 6, 1950 - December 31, 2015
singer / songwriter
"This Will Be" 

Beth Howland
May 28, 1941 – December 31, 2015
actor
Alice