RIP 2012

by jdbarnes2006 | created - 07 May 2012 | updated - 15 Jul 2012 | Public

1. Levon Helm

Actor | Shooter

Levon Helm was in the right place at the right time. He saw the birth of rock and roll and, though he was too much of a gentleman to say it, his role in helping to keep that rebellious child healthy was more than just instrumental.

On May 26, 1940, Mark Lavon Helm was the second of four children born...

2. George Lindsey

Actor | Robin Hood

George Lindsey graduated from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. He has been promoting the George Lindsey Film Festival there since 1998.

3. Adam Yauch

Soundtrack | Star Trek: Into Darkness

Adam Yauch, an only child, was born on August 5, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Frances and Noel Yauch, who is a painter and architect. His father was Catholic (of Irish, German, and French descent) and his mother was Jewish. Adam attended Edward R. Murrow High School in the Midwood ...

4. Davy Jones

Actor | Head

Davy Jones left home to become a jockey. While he was an apprentice, he was encouraged to go into acting and got a role in a production of "Peter Pan". From there, he played on Coronation Street (1960) and The Pickwick Papers (1952) before landing the role of "The Artful Dodger" in "Oliver!". This ...

5. Gary Carter

Editor | More Than You

Gary Carter was born on April 8, 1954 in Culver City, California, USA as Gary Edmund Carter. He was an actor and editor, known for More Than You (2006), Arli$$ (1996) and The Last Home Run (1996). He was married to Sandra Lahm. He died on February 16, 2012 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA.

6. Earl Scruggs

Soundtrack | Bonnie and Clyde

Earl Scruggs was born on January 6, 1924 as Earl Eugene Scruggs. He is known for his work on Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Fire Down Below (1997) and The Love Guru (2008). He was married to Louise Scruggs. He died on March 28, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

7. Greg Ham

Soundtrack | The Groomsmen

Greg Ham was born on September 27, 1953 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Gregory Norman Ham. He is known for his work on The Groomsmen (2006), Pandemonium (1987) and Backstage (1988). He died on April 19, 2012 in Melbourne.

Multi-Instrumentalist for Men at Work

8. Dick Clark

Self | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Dick Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York on November 30, 1929 to Julia Fuller and Richard Augustus Clark. He had one older brother, Bradley, who was killed in World War II. At the age of 16, Clark got his first job in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in Utica, New York, which ...

9. Robert Hegyes

Actor | Welcome Back, Kotter

Robert Hegyes was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to an Hungarian-American father, Stephen, and an Italian-American mother, Marie Dominica (Cocozza). He is the eldest of their children. The others are: Mark Hegyes, MD - Billings, Montana, Ms. Stephanie Hegyes - Princeton, New Jersey, and Ms. ...

10. Joe Paterno

Self | Go Tigers!

Joe Paterno was born on December 21, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Vincent Paterno. He was married to Suzanne Pohland. He died on January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania, USA.

11. Bert Randolph Sugar

Actor | Rocky Balboa

Bert Randolph Sugar was born on June 7, 1936 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Herbert Randolph Sugar. He was an actor, known for Rocky Balboa (2006), Arli$$ (1996) and WWE Raw (1993). He was married to Suzanne Davis. He died on March 25, 2012 in Mount Kisco, New York, USA.

12. Maurice Sendak

Writer | Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Maurice Bernard Sendak. He was a writer and producer, known for Where the Wild Things Are (2009), Little Bear (1995) and Where the Wild Things Are (1975). He died on May 8, 2012 in Danbury, Connecticut, USA.

13. Donald Dunn

Actor | The Blues Brothers

Donald Dunn was born on November 24, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He was married to June. He died on May 13, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.

14. Jonathan Frid

Actor | House of Dark Shadows

Jonathan Frid's career in drama began when he first "offered his soul" to the theater as a young boy at a preparatory school in Ontario, Canada. Following his graduation from McMaster University, he attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later earned a Master's Degree in Directing ...

15. Robin Gibb

Soundtrack | Saturday Night Fever

Robin Gibb was born in 1949 on the Isle of Man, about half an hour before his twin brother Maurice. His parents, Barbara and Hugh, were both musical. Barbara sang and Hugh was a drummer and bandleader. Robin had four siblings - an older sister and brother, Lesley and Barry, twin Maurice and younger...

16. Vidal Sassoon

Make_up_department | Rosemary's Baby

Vidal Sassoon was born on January 17, 1928 in London, England. He is known for his work on Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Wild Affair (1965) and Be My Guest (1965). He was married to Rhonda Carper Holbrook, Jeanette Hartford-Davis, Beverly Adams and Elaine Wood. He died on May 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, ...

17. Carroll Shelby

Self | Formula 1

Carroll Shelby was born on January 11, 1923 in Leesburg, Texas, USA as Carroll Hall Shelby. He is known for his work on Formula 1 (1950), Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project (2014) and The Car's the Star (1994). He was married to Cleo, Helena Dahl, Jan Harrison and Jeanne Fields. He ...

18. Peter Jones

Music_department | Two Hands

Drummer for Crowded House.

19. Johnny Tapia

Self | Tapia

Tapia won belts at featherweight, junior and world bantamweight. He held a record of 59 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws, with 30 wins by knockout. Tapia had many tattoos done around his body, and his tattoos are prominent when he is fighting. One of them says Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life), the nickname ...

20. Doc Watson

Actor | The Cooler

Doc Watson was born on March 3, 1923 in Deep Gap, North Carolina, USA as Arthel Lane Watson. He was married to Rosa Lee Carlton. He died on May 29, 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

21. Richard Dawson

Actor | The Running Man

Richard Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marines and served for three years. During that time, he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age and remain tough so the older guys would not hassle him. In ...

22. Ray Bradbury

Writer | Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury was an American science fiction writer whose works were translated in more than 40 languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Although he created a world of new technical and intellectual ideas, he never obtained a driver's license and had never driven a car.

He was born ...

23. Andy Griffith

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986). Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and ...