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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

In Memoriam - 2018

My own list of notable people (and others) we lost in 2018 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. 


Jon Paul Steuer
March 27, 1984 – January 1, 2018
Actor
Star Trek: The Next Generation

Ray Thomas
December 29, 1941 – January 4, 2018
Musician, The Moody Blues
“Nights in White Satin”

Jerry Van Dyke
July 27, 1931 - January 5, 2018
Actor
The Dick Van Dyke Show

John Young
September 24, 1930 – January 5, 2018
Astronaut
Apollo 13; Apollo 16; STS-1

Cinamon Hadley
November 6, 1969 – January 6, 2018
Fashion designer / model
Visual inspiration for Death in the Sandman comics

Doug Young
December 21, 1919 – January 7, 2018
Voice-over artist
Quick Draw McGraw; The Huckleberry Hound Show; The Flintstones

Don Sullivan
c. 1929 – January 7, 2018
Actor
The Giant Gila Monster; The Rebel Set

Donnelly Rhodes
December 4, 1937 – January 8, 2018
Actor
Soap

Doreen Tracey
April 3, 1943 – January 10, 2018
Actor
The Mickey Mouse Club (1955)

Dolores O’Riordan
September 6, 1971 – January 15, 2018
Singer, The Cranberries
“Dreams”; “Linger”; “Zombie”; “Free to Decide”

Peter Wyngarde
August 23, 1933 – January 18, 2018
Actor
Flash Gordon (1980)

John Morris
October 18, 1926 – January 25, 2018
Film composer
The Producers (1967); Young Frankenstein; Blazing Saddles; The In-Laws (1979)

Mort Walker
September 3, 1923 – January 27, 2018
Comic strip creator
Beetle Bailey; Hi and Lois

Michael Fleischer
Novembr 1, 1942 – February 2, 1018
Comic book writer
Marvel and DC comics

John Mahoney
June 29, 1940 – February 4, 2018
Actor
Fraisier; The Iron Giant; Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Mickey Jones
June 10, 1941 – February 7, 2018
Actor
Starman; Sling Blade

John Gavin
April 8, 1931 - February 9, 2018
Actor
Psycho (1960); Spartacus

Reg E. Cathey
August 18,  1958 – February 9, 2018
Actor
St. Vincent; Seven; Luke Cage

Marty Allen
March 23, 1922 – February 12, 2018
Comedian / actor
The Hollywood Squares

Emma Chambers
March 11, 1964 – February 21, 2018
Actor
The Vicar of Dibley

Bud Luckey
July 28, 1934 – February 24, 2018
Animator / voice-over artist
Sesame Street; Toy Story; The Incredibles

David Ogden Stiers
October 31, 1942 – March 3, 2018
Actor
M*A*S*H (television series); Beauty and the Best (1991); Pocahontas

Stephen Hawking
January 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018
Physicist

Yann Arnaud
1979 – March 17, 2018
Aerialist
Cirque du Soleil: Yolta

Charles Lazarus
c. 1924 – March  22, 2018
Businessman
Founder of Toys R Us

Debbie Lee Carrington
December 14, 1959 – March 23, 2018
Actor / stunt person
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi; Batman Returns; Men in Black

Steven Bochco
December 16, 1943 – April 1, 2018
Television producer
L.A. Law; Capitol Critters

Miloš Forman
February 18, 1932 – April 14, 2018
Film director
Amadeus; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Ragtime; Hair

R. Lee Ermey
March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018
Actor
Full Metal Jacket; the Toy Story movies

Harry Anderson
October 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018
Actor / magician
Night Court; Cheers; It (1990)

Pamela Gidley
June 11, 1965 – April 16, 2018
Actor
Twin Peaks

Carl Kasell
April 2, 1934 – April 17, 2018
Broadcaster
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me; Morning Edition

Verne Troyer
January 1, 1969 – April 21, 2018
Actor
The Austin Powers movies;  The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Bob Dorough
December 12, 1923 – April 23, 2018
Singer / songwriter
Schoolhouse Rock!

Michael Anderson
January 30, 1920 – April 25, 2018
Film director
Logan’s Run

Paul Junger Witt
March 20, 1943 – April 27, 2018
Film / television producer
Dead Poet’s Society; The Partridge Family; Soap; Benson

Bruce J. Mitchell
1945 – April 28, 2018
Actor
The Final Sacrifice

Margot Kidder
October 17, 1948 – May 13, 2018
Actor
Superman: The Movie; Local Hero; Bus Stop (1982)

Jerry Maren
January 24, 1920 – May 24, 2018
Actor
The Wizard of Oz; At the Circus; Under the Rainbow; Spaceballs

William Edward Phipps
February 4, 1922 – June 1, 2018
Actor
Cinderella (1950); The War of the Worlds (1953); Cat-Women of the Moon

Nick Meglin
July 30, 1935 – June 2, 2018
Writer / illustrator / editor
MAD Magazine

Matt “Guitar” Murphy
December 29, 1929 – June 15, 2018
Musician
The Blues Brothers

Koko
July 4, 1971 – June 19, 2018
Gorilla
The Gorilla Foundation

Harlan Ellison
May 27, 1934 – June 27, 2018
Author
Star Trek; A Boy and His Dog

Steve Ditko
November 2, 1927 – c. June 29, 2018
Comic book artist
The Amazing Spider-Man

Tab Hunter
July 11, 1931 – July 8, 2018
Actor
Polyester; Grease 2

Alan Johnson
February 18, 1937 – July 8, 2018
Choreographer
The Producers (1968); Blazing Saddles ; To Be or Not To Be (1983)

Gary Beach
October 10, 1947 – July 17, 2018
Actor
The Producers (2005)

Charlotte Rae
April 22, 1926 – August 5, 2018
Actor
Diff’rent Strokes; The Facts of Life; Hair

Aretha Franklin
March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018
Singer / songwriter
“Respect”; “Natural Woman”; “Think”; “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”

Barbara Harris
July 25, 1935 – August 21, 2018
Actor
Plaza Suite; Freaky Friday (1976); The North Avenue Irregulars

Neil Simon
July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018
Playwright / screenwriter / television writer
Your Show of Shows; The Odd Couple; Barefoot in the Park; Murder By Death

Marie Severin
August 21, 1929 – August 30, 2018
Comic book artist
Not Brand Echh; The Amazing Spider-Man; The Incredible Hulk

Gary Friedrich
August 21, 1943 – August 30, 2018
Comic book writer
Ghost Rider; The Incredible Hulk

Bill Daily
August 30, 1927 – September 4, 2018
Actor
I Dream of Jeannie; The Bob Newhart Show

Burt Reynolds
February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018
Actor
Deliverance; Smokey and the Bandit; The Cannonball Run; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Paternity

Laurie Mitchell
July 14, 1928 – September 20, 2018
Actor
Queen of Outer Space; Attack of the Puppet People; Missile to the Moon

Gary Kurtz
July 27, 1940 – September 23, 2018
Film producer
American Graffiti; Star Wars; The Empire Strikes Back; The Dark Crystal

Norm Breyfogle
February 27, 1960 – September 24, 2018
Comic book artist
Batman; Detective Comics

Marty Balin
January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018
Singer / songwriter / musician, Jefferson Airplane; Jefferson Starship
“Somebody to Love"

Will Vinton
November 17, 1947 – October 4, 2018
Animator
Closed Mondays; The California Raisins

Diana Sowle
June 19, 1930 – October 19, 2018
Actor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

James Karen
November 28, 1923 - October 23, 2018
Actor
Poltergeist; Return of the Living Dead; Take This Job and Shove It

Raymond Chow
October 8, 1927 – November 2, 2018
Film producer
The Cannonball Run; Megaforce

Sondra Locke
May 28, 1944 – November 3, 2018
Actor
The Outlaw Josey Wales;  Every Which Way But Loose; Bronco Billy

Douglas Rain
March 13, 1928 – November 11, 2018
Voice-over artist
2001: A Space Odyssey

Stan Lee
December 28, 1922 -  November 12, 2018
Comic book writer
 The Amazing Spider-Man; The Incredible Hulk; The X-Men

Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor
January 12, 1925 – November 13, 2018
Actor
Little House on the Prairie

Roy Clark
April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018
Musician, television host
Hee Haw

Gloria Katz
October 25, 1942 – November 25, 2018
Screenwriter
American Graffiti; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; Howard the Duck

Stephen Hillenburg
August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018
Animator
SpongeBob SquarePants

Bernardo Bertolucci
March 16, 1941 – November 26, 2018
Film director
1900; The Last Emperor


Charles Harrison
September 23, 1931 – November 29, 2018
Industrial designer
1958 View-Master update
 
Ken Berry
November 3, 1933 – December 1, 2018
Actor
Herbie Rides Again; The Cat From Outer Space; Mama’s Family

Penny Marshall
October 15, 1943 – December 17, 2018
Actor / film director
Laverne & Shirley; Big; A League of Their Own; Awakenings

Donald Moffat
December 26, 1930 – December 20, 2018
Actor
Popeye (1980); The Thing (1982); Housesitter

June Whitfield
November 11, 1925 – December 28, 2018
Actor
Absolutely Fabulous


Carlos Sánchez
1935 – December 29, 2018
Actor
Juan Valdez in Colombian Coffee commercials from 1969-2006
 
Don Lusk
October 28, 1913 – December 30, 2018
Animator
Fantasia; Pinocchio (1940); Lady and the Tramp; Peter Pan; Ferdinand the Bull (1938)

Ray Sawyer
February 1, 1937 – December 31, 2018
Singer, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
“Cover of the Rolling Stone”; “Freakin’ at the Freaker’s Ball”


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