R.I.P. List

These were people on other lists of mine that have passed away since I started making the lists up.
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Dick Clark
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 was owned by his uncle and managed by his father...
“ He was on my possible Kennedy Center Honorees list and I created that list because of him and Berry Gordy who is still alive. Dick, you should have been awarded the Kennedy Center Honors while you were still alive. ” - Syl
Levon Helm
Music Department, The Last Waltz
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 to Nell and Diamond Helm in Elaine...
“ He was also on my Kennedy Center Honors List as a possible recipient. ” - Syl
“ She was on my possible British dames in waiting list. She was never honored by the Queen. ” - Syl
“ She was on my British Dames in waiting list. She was never awarded an honour by the Queen. ” - Syl
Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. 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 and The Steve Allen Plymouth Show. He was featured in the Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination...
“ An American original icon. His show, "Andy Griffith Show," is regarded as one of the best American comedies of all time. He's still acting like in the film, "The Waitress." There's something very special about Andy Griffith that you just want to take him home for dinner. Americans know and love him for playing the all-American man next door with heart and soul. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting...
“ One of the great living actors who still keeps going strong. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
Marvin Hamlisch
Music Department, The Spy Who Loved Me
Composer, songwriter ("Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows"), and conductor, educated at the Professional Children's School, Juilliard, and Queens College. He was the musical director for Equity Library Theatre productions, and wrote songs for Liza Minnelli and for Julius Monk's 'Upstairs at the Downstairs' revues...
“ A musician and conductor who has been at the forefront of many orchestras in his entire career. His contributions to music can't be ignored.
He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
Phyllis Diller
Actress, A Bug's Life
The indefatigable nonagenarian finally put out an autobiography in 2005 and entitled it "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", which pretty much says it all when recalling the misfit life and career of the fabulous, one-of-a-kind Phyllis Diller. It may inspire all those bored, discouraged and/or directionless...
“ She was one the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
Hal David
Soundtrack, Forrest Gump
Songwriter ("Magic Moments", "Baby Elephant Walk", "What the World Needs Now is Love") and author, educated at New York University. Joining ASCAP in 1943, he collaborated musically with Burt Bacharach, Sherman Edwards, Lee Pockriss, [error], Redd Evans, Don Rodney, John Barry and Henry Mancini...
“ He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
Dinah Sheridan
Actress, Genevieve
Dinah Sheridan was considered the quintessential English rose. With an alertness, elegance and quiet beauty second to none, she won the hearts of war-torn England during WWII. Born Dinah Nadyejda Mec in Hampstead in 1920, her Russian father and German mother were photographers to the Royal Family, by appointment to both the Queen and Queen Mother...
“ She was on the possible British Dames in waiting list. She was never honored by the Queen sadly. ” - Syl
Charles Durning
Actor, The Sting
WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors...
“ One of the great character male actors of our time. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
“ She was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductee list. She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) shortly before her death. ” - Syl
Joan Fontaine
Actress, Rebecca
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health...
“ She was on my Kennedy center possible recipients list. ” - Syl
Sid Caesar
Actor, Grease
Comedian, saxophonist, composer, actor and musician, he performed within the orchestras of Charlie Spivak, Shep Fields and Claude Thornhill as saxophonist. Later, as super-hip jazz musician "Cool Cees" in television skits, he played tenor saxophone, and sang with the satirical trio "The Hair Cuts" (with Carl Reiner and Howard Morris)...
“ A comedic genius. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. It was in this popular film series that he took the stage name Mickey Rooney...
“ An American icon and film legend. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
Eli Wallach
One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole, and Al Pacino, to name but a few...
“ He and Anne Jackson's careers have a long range of acting on stage, television, and film. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
Elaine Stritch
A brash, incorrigible scene-stealer now entering her sixth decade in a career that has had many highs and lows, veteran Elaine Stritch certainly lives up to the Stephen Sondheim song "I'm Still Here". Having stolen so many moments on stage that she could be convicted of grand larceny, this tough old broad broaching 80 with the still-shapely legs...
“ An American iconic actress, comedienne, and stage presence on Broadway and the West End in London, England where she appeared in her own hit sitcom. She has plenty of accolades and awards already but she's still going strong, doing theatre, cabaret, television, and even film. She was on the Kennedy Center Honors inductees list. ” - Syl
James Garner
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman...
“ One of Americas best loved actors! He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list. ” - Syl
“ An OBE recipient in 1996. She still has led a very active life in theatre, film and television most notably and recently in "Last of the Summer Wine" as Edie's sister. She was in the British Dames in waiting list. ” - Syl
“ A British dame in waiting who was never honored. ” - Syl
“ One of my favorite British actors and one of the best on daytime television. His Carl Hutchings was supposed to be villainous but was sympathetic character. I would have loved to have seen Charles get honored by the Queen while he was alive. He was on my British Knights in waiting. ” - Syl
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ His tragic end was met with shock and dismay by fans and friends alike. He was a comic genius but hiding his sorrow. ” - Syl
Andy Williams
The extraordinary, easy-listening crooning talents of Andy Williams were first unveiled when he was 8 years old and inducted into the Williams Brothers Quartet as its youngest member. Born in Wall Lake, Iowa on December 3, 1927, Andy started singing with his three older brothers (Bob Williams, Dick Williams and Don Williams) in his hometown's Presbyterian church choir...
“ A possible Kennedy Center Honoree ” - Syl
“ A great British actress of stage, film and television. She was never honored by the Queen. ” - Syl
“ British dame in waiting list. She was never honored by the Queen. ” - Syl
“ British dames in waiting list. She was also never honored by the Queen. ” - Syl
“ The only person I ever removed from the Kennedy Center Honors List after her vulgar statements. Still life isn't the same without her. ” - Syl
Marian Seldes
Tony Award-winner Marian Hall Seldes, one of the premier stage actresses in America, was born on August 23, 1928 in Manhattan, New York, to writer and journalist Gilbert Seldes, and his socialite wife, the former Alice Wadhams Hall. Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and her mother was from an Episcopalian family with deep roots in the United States...
“ She's one of the greatest leading ladies on stage in the country whether it's Edward Albee play or alongside Angela Lansbury, she's still a consummate professional performer in demand and a teacher of drama at Juilliard School. ” - Syl
Renée Asherson
Actress, The Others
A beautiful and durable actress of screen, stage and television. She played the bride of Laurence Olivier's title character in Henry V (1944) (Henry V). She later appeared in Maniacs on Wheels, a speedway drama with Dirk Bogarde. A frequent co-star of the actor Robert Donat, whom she married in 1953...
“ On the British dames in waiting list. She was also never honored by the Queen. ” - Syl
Billie Whitelaw
Actress, Hot Fuzz
Billie Whitelaw first appeared on the radio aged 11. She made her theatrical debut in 1950 and in films from 1953. She has made a speciality of playing intense, single-purposed women. Also, (on stage), she has appeared in many of the stranger plays by Samuel Beckett.
“ On my Dame in waiting list, she was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1991. ” - Syl
“ Best known for Deirdre on the Street since the 1970s. She's still great and loved by fans alike. Sadly she was never awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) like her costars. ” - Syl
Richard Johnson
Born in Upminster, Essex, England in 1927, Richard Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and then performed in John Gielgud's repertory company until joining the navy in 1945 until 1948. After the war, he appeared successfully in the West End and made his film debut in the early 1950s...
“ On my British Knights in waiting list, he was also never honored by the Queen. ” - Syl
“ OBE in 1997: on my British Dames in waiting list. ” - Syl
“ One of the most prolific writers mostly about Hollywood life. She's a best-selling writer even if her writings aren't necessarily studied by literary scholars.
She should have been awarded Damehood like her sister Dame Joan Collins. She was on my British Dames in Waiting. ” - Syl
Roger Rees
Like a number of British actors of the same generation (John Hurt and Alan Rickman, to name two), Roger Rees originally trained for the visual arts. He was born on May 5 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and acted in church and Boy Scouts stage productions while growing up in South London, but studied painting and lithography at the Slade School of Art...
“ He was on my British Knights in waiting list. After his death this summer, he was awarded induction into the American Theatre Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to the stage in New York City and England. He will be inducted posthumously. ” - Syl
Keith Michell
After studying at Adelaide University Keith started wok as an art teacher before switching to acting and making his stage debut in 1947 in 'Lover's Leap' at the Playbox Theatre in Adelaide. He came to England and studied at the Old Vic Theatre then joined the Young Vic in 1950 making his London debut...
“ On my British Knights in Waiting list. ” - Syl
“ On my British Knights in Waiting List. ” - Syl
“ British born but American raised character actress. ” - Syl
“ The father of Coronation Street. ” - Syl
“ She was First Lady of California and our country for 8 years. She has done so much besides the arts to our country that she and her late husband President Ronald Reagan should have been the first president and first lady to have inductions into such a previous institution. We love Nancy! She's done a lot for the country in her 8 years. ” - Syl
Victoria Wood
From the mid-1980s right up until her premature death in April 2016, Victoria Wood's appearances on stage and television were always eagerly anticipated, whether it was laugh-a-minute stand-up, a beautifully judged dramatic performance in the TV film Housewife, 49 or the canteen sitcom Dinnerladies...
“ Already an OBE and CBE recipient, she's a television presence that is unforgettable. ” - Syl
Soundtrack, Batman
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth...
“ He has done music for over 30 years with albums! ” - Syl
Patty Duke
Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances Margaret (McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a cab driver and handyman. She is of Irish, and one eighth German, descent. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother Ray Duke's managers...
“ She should have been on my Kennedy Center Honors List. ” - Syl
“ She and Eli Wallach have one of theaters best partnerships onstage and offstage as well. ” - Syl
“ While Lear gave us serious comedies, Garry Marshall produced "Happy Days," "Laverne and Shirley," and "Mork & Mindy" as well. All shows were hits and successes and has gone on to the film industry. ” - Syl
“ This writer and creator of two ABC soap operas, "All My Children," and "One Life To Live," has already written for other soaps by the time that ABC recruited her. Between both soaps, she has over 80 years of television already with unforgetable characters like Erica Kane, Adam & Stuart Chandler, Myrtle Fargate, Phoebe Wallingford, Tad Martin, etc. on All My Children and Vikki Lord Buchanan, Clint Buchanan, Asa Buchanan, Dorian Lord, and others on One Life To Live to mention. She has created and wrote for her audiences with both humor and seriousness without being too preachy. She's one of the finest American writers on par with William Shakespeare. She's done a lot for daytime including tackling serious storyline issues from the very beginning. Too bad, her shows have been canceled. She has told many great stories over the years. It's hard to say goodbye to a woman who created Erica Kane. Nixon has always been a dedicated writer even in labor. Few daytime stars are truly genuine in caring about their actors and actresses and the characters that they are playing. I can't say enough about her. ” - Syl
Jean Alexander
Jean Mavis Hodgkinson, known by the stage name Jean Alexander, was a British television actress. She was best known to British television viewers as Hilda Ogden in the soap opera Coronation Street, a role she played from 1964 until 1987, and also as Auntie Wainwright in the long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 1988 to 2010...
“ Best known for Hilda Ogden on Coronation Street for over 20 years and playing stingy Auntie Wainwright on The Last of the Summer Wine. She's commanded the attention and audiences of Lord Laurence Olivier along the way. That's an accomplishment in it's own. Her Hilda Ogden is still one of the best and most beloved female characters ever to grace on British television. ” - Syl
Peter Vaughan
Actor, Brazil
A true character actor in the best sense of the word, offbeat British thespian Peter Vaughan's hefty frame could appear intimidating or marshmallow benevolent; his beady, hollow eyes menacing or tender; his mere presence menacing or avuncular. Adept at playing both sides of the law, his characters usually possessed a strange...
Liz Smith
Liz Smith found fame as an actress at an age when most people are considering retirement. It was a long road to eventual stardom, during which she struggled to raise a family after a broken marriage. She became best-known for her roles in The Vicar of Dibley and The Royle Family but her talents encompassed serious drama too...
“ An MBE recipient. This 90 year old actress has stopped acting due to health reasons but I still like her on this list anyway. ” - Syl
Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a dancer until she was selected to be Gene Kelly's partner in Singin' in the Rain...
Leonard Cohen
Soundtrack, Watchmen
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her childhood was troubled...
“ She played the dutiful housewife to Dick Van Dyke in his series. In her own, she showed that you can be an independent, single, working woman. You don't always have to get married to be fulfilled or have children. Her show revolutionized and became a statement for the women's rights movement of the 1970s. ” - Syl
Jane Freeman
Although Jane Freeman will forever be associated with the redoubtable cafe owner Ivy in Roy Clarke's long-running The Last of the Summer Wine - appearing in 274 episodes over a 37-year run and a 1983 stage version - she was also an actor of considerable resources who remained steadfastly committed to the theatre...
“ Best known for her role of "Ivy" in the "Last of the Summer Wine." A wonderful actress and national treasure as Nora Batty's friend. ” - Syl