2012 Deaths

by danny_b_va | created - 22 May 2012 | updated - 13 Dec 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. 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 ...

3. 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.

4. 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 ...

5. Peter Jones

Music_department | Two Hands

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. 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.

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. 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.

10. 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 ...

11. Vladimir Krutov

Self | Red Army

Krutov was the left wing of the KLM-Line. His nickname "The Tank" says a lot about his style of playing hockey. He was a hard worker in front of the goal and his ability to score was well known in the hockey world. Joining the Central Soviet Army team in 1977, he won the national title 12 times. ...

12. Bob Welch

Soundtrack | Remember Me

Bob Welch, a native of Los Angeles, California, was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the British rock group Paris in 1976 and scored his biggest hit with "Sentimental Lady", which reached No. 8 on the Billboard chart in 1977 and his second biggest was "Ebony ...

13. Frank Cady

Actor | Rear Window

Although Frank Cady's most famous role would be that of general-store owner Sam Drucker, one of the less nutty residents of Hooterville in both Green Acres (1965) and Petticoat Junction (1963), he had a history as a film, stage and television actor long before those shows. Cady also appeared on ...

14. 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 ...

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. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

17. Gore Vidal

Actor | Gattaca

Gore Vidal was born Eugene Louis Vidal in 1925 in West Point, New York, to Nina (Gore) and West Point aeronautics instructor and aviation pioneer Eugene Luther Vidal. The Vidals endured a rocky marriage divorcing ten years after Gore's birth. Young Gore spent much of his childhood with his blind ...

18. Ron Palillo

Actor | Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI

At 14, Ron Palillo started his own summer theater in Cheshire, Connecticut. His parents,Gabriel and Carmel Palillo,were surprised when the summer theater actually made money. After graduating from high school, Ron went to the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he majored in drama. He ...

19. 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 ...

20. Andy Williams

Soundtrack | Lord of War

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...

21. Chad Everett

Actor | Mulholland Dr.

Both a leading and a supporting actor in movies and on television, name a role - lawyer, airline pilot, rig foreman, doctor, gunslinger, real-life person, good guy, bad guy - and Chad Everett has probably played it. He was born Raymon Lee Cramton on June 11, 1937 in South Bend, Indiana. In high ...

22. Gary Collins

Actor | Hangar 18

Born on April 30, 1938 in Venice, California, Gary Collins was one of the most versatile actors in the entertainment industry. Gary attended Santa Monica City College and then enlisted in the United States Army for two years. While in uniform, Gary discovered acting and performed as a radio and ...

23. Alex Karras

Actor | Blazing Saddles

Alex Karras was born on July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Alexander George Karras. He was an actor and producer, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), Victor Victoria (1982) and Centennial (1978). He was married to Susan Clark and Ivalyn Joan Jurgensen. He died on October 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, ...

24. Beano Cook

Self | ESPN 25: Who's #1?

Beano Cook was born on September 1, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Carroll Hoff Cook. He died on October 11, 2012 in Green Tree, Pennsylvania, USA.

25. Brad James

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Brad James was born on June 15, 1962 in Marietta, Georgia, USA as Robert Bradley James. He was an actor, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), WCW World Championship Wrestling (1985) and WCW Thunder (1998). He was married to Stephanie Davis. He died on November 1, 2012 in the USA.

26. Larry Hagman

Actor | Dallas

The son of a legendary actress (Mary Martin) and a district attorney, Larry Martin Hagman was born on September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas. After his parents' divorce, he moved to Los Angeles, California to live with his grandmother. When he was 12, his grandmother died and he moved back to his ...

27. Hector Camacho

Art_department | Reclaim

Hector Camacho was born on May 24, 1962 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico as Hector Luis Camacho. He is known for his work on Reclaim (2014), The Wayans Bros. (1995) and WBO Jr. Lightweight Championship: Hector Camacho vs. Vinny Pazienza (1990). He was married to Amy Torres. He died on November 24, 2012 in ...

28. Ravi Shankar

Composer | Gandhi

Ravi Shankar was a world-renowned musician, composer, performer, and scholar of classical Indian music. He was one of the leading cultural figures of the twentieth century whose accomplishments placed him as the leading figure of an important musical tradition. His long and distinguished musical ...