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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

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