R.I.P. 2012.

A memoire to those who left us during 2012.

1. Only people I KNEW (of at least KNEW OF) are inlcuded, really sorry about others too, but I will not include anyone unless I knew them.

2. This is supposed to be sad and dignifying tribute, so please restrain from funny or insulting comments. Thank you:)

May these people forever rest in peace!
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Frederica Sagor Maas
Frederica Sagor Maas was born in America, the youngest daughter of Russian immigrants. Feeling no great desire to complete her course in journalism at Columbia University, New York, she found film an exciting new artistic medium, and was hired by Universal Studios as a story editor, and later MGM as a fully fledged screenwriter...
“ (6. July 1900 - 5. January 2012)

American screenwriter (Plastic Age, Shocking Miss Pilgrim)

died from natural causes ” - alirioaguero2
“ (13. May 1909 - 9. January 2012)

American actress (Pineapple Express)

died from natural causes ” - alirioaguero2
Eiko Ishioka
Costume Designer, Dracula
“ (12. July 1938 - 21. January 2012)

Japanese costume designer (Immortals, Dracula, Mirror Mirror)

died from pancreatic cancer ” - alirioaguero2
Ian Abercrombie
Ian Abercrombie began his theatrical career as a lad during the Blitz in World War II. After his footwork years during which he earned Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in dance for the stage, he performed in London, Holland, Ireland and Scotland. He made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of "Stalag 17" with Jason Robards and Jules Munshin...
“ (11. September 1934 - 26. January 2012)

British actor and voiceover actor

died from kidney failure ” - alirioaguero2
Whitney Houston
Actress, The Bodyguard
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin. She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark...
“ (9. August 1963 - 11. February 2012)

American acclaimed singer and actress (Bodyguard)

died from accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use ” - alirioaguero2
David Kelly
Born Dublin, Ireland on July 11 1929. Educated at Synge Street Catholic boys school. Started acting aged 8 in the Gaiety theatre Dublin. Playing everything from Beckett to Shakespeare, he has appeared in Theatre, TV and film constantly since 1959. Awards include, Helen Hayes for "Moon for the Misbegotten...
“ (11. July 1929 - 12. February 2012)

British actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

died from pneumonia ” - alirioaguero2
“ (13. June 1929 - 3. March 2012)

American conceptual artist (Star Wars)

died from Parkinson's disease ” - alirioaguero2
“ (19. November 1933 - 11. April 2012)

Mexican actor (Mi Destino Eres Tu, Soy Tu Duena) and singer

died from lung cancer ” - alirioaguero2
“ (20. August 1929 - 11. April 2012)

Mexican actress (Cuando Me Enamoro, Amor Real)

died from assumed natural causes ” - alirioaguero2
Kathryn Joosten
Kathryn is best known for her portrayals of "Karen McCluskey" on Desperate Housewives on ABC and of "Mrs. Landingham", secretary to the President (Martin Sheen), on the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, The West Wing. She has also recurred on Dharma & Greg, and guest-starred on many hit television series...
“ (20. December 1939 - 2. June 2012)

American actress (Karen McCluskey from Desperate Housewives)

died from lung cancer ” - alirioaguero2
J. Michael Riva
Production Designer, Django Unchained
“ (28. June 1948 - 7. June 2012)

American production designer (Iron Man films, Spiderman trilogy, Django Unchained), grandson of Marlene Dietrich

died from complications from a stroke ” - alirioaguero2
Ann Rutherford
Ann Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The daughter of a former Metropolitan Opera singer, John Rutherford, and her actress mother, Lillian Mansfield, was destined for show business. Not long after her birth, her family moved to California, where she made her stage debut in 1925...
“ (2. November 1917 - 11. June 2012)

Canadian actress (Gone With the Wind, Andy Hardy series)

died from heart failure ” - alirioaguero2
Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood, co-written...
“ (19. May 1941 - 26. June 2012)

American director and writer (Julie and Julia, You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle)

died from acute myeloid leukaemia ” - alirioaguero2
Eric Sykes
'Eric Sykes' started as a radio scriptwriter but he soon found he could perform as well as write. The slight handicap of being very hard of hearing doesn't interfere with his wonderful comic timing. The spectacles he wears have no lenses but contain a bone conducting hearing aid.
“ (4. May 1923 - 4. July 2012)

British actor (Frank Bryce from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Poirot: Halloween Party)

died from natural causes ” - alirioaguero2
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...
“ (24. January 1917 - 8. July 2012)

American Oscar-winning actor (Poseidon's Adventure, RED)

died from renal failure ” - alirioaguero2
“ (5. May 1976 - 13. July 2012)

American actor, son of Sylvester Stallone

died from heart attack ” - alirioaguero2
“ (13. December 1934 - 13. July 2012)

American producer (Dark Shadows, Big Fish, Jaws, Sweeney Todd)

died from heart attack ” - alirioaguero2
Celeste Holm
Actress, All About Eve
Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19. She appeared in many successful plays, including "The Women"...
“ (29. April 1917 - 15. July 2012)

American Oscar-winning actress (All About Eve, Gentlemen's Agreement)

died from heart attack ” - alirioaguero2
“ (17. September 1942 - 26. July 2012)

American actress (Mama Solis from Desperate Housewives)

died from liver cancer ” - alirioaguero2
“ (22. March 1950 - 26. July 2012)

British actress (Poirot: Dream, Dr. Who)

died from cancer ” - alirioaguero2
“ (2. September 1928 - 9. August 2012)

American director (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1971)

died from cancer ” - alirioaguero2
Tony Scott
Producer, Man on Fire
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 military...
“ (21. June 1944 - 19. August 2012)

American director, writer and producer (Top Gun, Man of Fire, Unstoppable), brother of Ridley Scott

died from suicide by jumping from a bridge ” - alirioaguero2
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...
“ (17. July 1917 - 20. August 2012)

American actress and commedienne

died from natural causes ” - alirioaguero2
“ (5. August 1930 - 25. August 2012)

American astronaut, first man on the Moon

died from complications following cardiovascular surgery ” - alirioaguero2
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor...
“ (10. December 1957 - 3. September 2012)

American actor (Green Mile, Finder, Sin City)

died from respiratory failure ” - alirioaguero2
Johnny Lewis
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the middle of three siblings, Johnny began performing from the age of 5 at a small performing arts school, making his debut as a Chanukah candle. Pursuing the acting profession, he appeared with success in many TV and film projects, handling both drama and comedy with finesse...
“ (29. October 1983 - 26. September 2012)

American tv actor (Sons of Anarchy, Bones, CSI)

died from either a suicide or an accident by falling from a roof ” - alirioaguero2
Herbert Lom
Actor, Spartacus
Born September 11, 1917, Herbert Lom made his film debut in the Czech film Woman Below the Cross and played supporting and, occasionally, lead roles. His career picked up in the 1940s and he played, among other roles, Napoleon Bonaparte in The Young Mr. Pitt (and, again, in War and Peace). In a rare starring role...
“ (11. September 1917 - 27. September 2012)

Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther series, Marple: Murder at a Vicarage)

died from natural causes ” - alirioaguero2
Sylvia Kristel
Actress, Emmanuelle
Sylvia Kristel was born on September 28, 1952 in Utrecht, Netherlands. She first came to international attention in the early 1970s with Emmanuelle for director Just Jaeckin. Then two more sequels followed in which she also starred. Included in her credits are a long list of European films including the film Julia...
“ (28. September 1952 - 18. October 2012)

Dutch actress (Emmanuelle serial)

died from cancer ” - alirioaguero2
Russell Means
Russell Means was born an Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian. He was the first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in which role he became prominent during the 1973 standoff with the U.S. government at Wounded Knee. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Libertarian Party and announced his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination...
“ (10. November 1939 - 22. October 2012)

American actor (Last of the Mochicans, Pocahontas, Natural Born Killers)

died from esophageal cancer ” - alirioaguero2
“ (11. March 1916 - 8. November 2012)

American voiceover actress (Smurfette in Smurfs, Anastasia in Cinderella)

died from natural causes ” - alirioaguero2
Roger Hammond
Roger Hammond (21 March 1936 - 8 November 2012) was an English character actor who appeared in many films and television series. Hammond's father was a chartered accountant and managing director of a cotton mill. He attended Stockport Grammar School for two years followed by Bryanston School in Dorset...
“ (21. March 1936 - 8. November 2012)

British actor (King's Speach, Bedazzled, Around the World in 80 Days)

died from cancer ” - alirioaguero2
“ (15. December 1907 - 5. December 2012)

Brazilian achitect and production designer

died from respiratory infection ” - alirioaguero2
Danny Steinmann
Writer/director/producer Danny Steinmann was the son of noted East Coast art collector Herbert R. Steinmann. Danny made his debut as both writer and director with the funky hardcore porno picture High Rise, on which he used the alias Danny Stone. Steinmann was a production associate on Arthur Hiller's...
“ (7. January 1942 - 18. December 2012)

American director and writer (Friday the 13'th: A New Beginning)

died from undisclosed reasons ” - alirioaguero2
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...
“ (28. February 1923 - 24. December 2012)

American actor (The Sting, Rescue Me, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou)

died from natural causes ” - alirioaguero2
“ (22. April 1909 - 30. December 2012)

Italian Nobel-prize winning neurologist and lifetime senator

died from natural causes ” - alirioaguero2