R.I.P. 2012

by dongding8087 | created - 09 Feb 2013 | updated - 09 Feb 2013 | Public

Celebrities that died in 2012.

1. Charles Durning

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

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 ...

Died 12/24/12 of unknown causes. He was 89.

2. Jack Klugman

Actor | The Odd Couple

As a film character actor, Klugman was the epitome of the everyman. He was one of the pioneers of television acting in the 1950s, and is best remembered for his 1970s TV work as Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple (1970) and as the medical examiner on Quincy M.E. (1976).

Died 12/24/12 of natural causes. He was 90.

3. 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 ...

Died 12/11/12 of natural causes. He was 92.

4. Jenni Rivera

Actress | Filly Brown

Jenny Dolores Rivera Saavedra (July 2, 1969 - December 9, 2012), better known as Jenni Rivera, was a Mexican-American singer known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres. She began recording in 1992, and her recordings often have themes of social issues, infidelity, and ...

Died 12/9/12 in a plane crash. She was 43.

5. Dave Brubeck

Soundtrack | Inland Empire

Dave Brubeck was born on December 6, 1920 in Concord, California, USA as David Warren Brubeck. He was married to Iola Brubeck. He died on December 5, 2012 in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA.

Died 12/5/12 of heart failure. He was 92.

6. 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 ...

Died 11/23/12 of throat cancer. He was 81.

7. Arlen Specter

Self | Advise & Dissent

Arlen Specter was born on February 12, 1930 in Wichita, Kansas, USA. He was married to Joan Levy. He died on October 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Former U.S. senator Arlen Specter died of non-Hodgkins Lymphona on 10/14/12. He was 82.

8. George McGovern

Actor | The Candidate

George McGovern, one of the leading liberals in U.S. politics, was born in a Republican household in a small South Dakota town. His family had some struggles during the Great Depression, but they were able to make ends meet. The young, idealistic man joined the Air Force during World War II and ...

Presidential nominee George McGovern died of natural causes on 10/21/12. He was 90.

9. 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 Porky's (1981). He was married to Susan Clark and Ivalyn Joan Jurgensen. He died on October 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, ...

Died 10/10/12 of kidney disease. He was 77.

10. Johnny Lewis

Actor | Sons of Anarchy

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...

Died 9/26/12 of falling or jumping from the roof. He was 28.

11. Andy Williams

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

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...

Died 9/25/12 of bladder cancer. He was 84.

12. Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor | The Green Mile

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 ...

Died 9/3/12 of a heart attack. He was 54.

13. Neil Armstrong

Self | Encounter

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA as Neil Alden Armstrong. He is known for his work on Encounter, Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention (2003) and Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010). He was married to Carol Held Knight and Janet Armstrong....

Died 8/25/12 of blocked coronary arteries. He was 82.

14. Jerry Nelson

Actor | Fraggle Rock

Puppeteer, actor, musician, and master of voices, Jerry Nelson originally joined Henson & Company as a temporary replacement for Frank Oz, who had been drafted into the armed services in the 60's. He later re-joined the crew as a full-time performer in the 70's, and has since been heavily involved ...

Died 8/24/12 of unspecified causes. He was 78.

15. 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 ...

Died 8/20/12 in her sleep. She was 95.

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...

Died 8/19/12 of suicidal causes. He was 68.

17. Joey Kovar

Actor | Alone: Without a Friend in the World

Joseph Eugene Kovar, aka "Joey Kovar", is a very courageous, optimistic and positive man. Joey Kovar is a very well-known young talented Chicago actor, model and wrestler, who is extremely popular with today's youth. Joey made his first debut on MTV's Real World (1992) Hollywood and moved on to VH1...

Died 8/17/12 of drug overdose. He was 29.

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 ...

Died 8/14/12 of an apparent heart attack. He was 63.

19. Helen Gurley Brown

Writer | Sex and the Single Girl

Helen Gurley Brown was born on February 18, 1922 in Green Forest, Arkansas, USA as Helen Marie Gurley. She was an actress and writer, known for Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Stoney Burke (1962) and What's My Line? (1950). She was married to David Brown. She died on August 13, 2012 in New York ...

Died 8/13/12 of undisclosed causes. She was 90.

20. Johnny Pesky

Self | The Way It Was

Johnny Pesky was born on September 27, 1919 in Portland, Oregon, USA as John Michael Paveskovich. He is known for his work on The Way It Was (1974), The Golden Greek: The Harry Agganis Story (2010) and Prime 9 (2009). He was married to Ruth Pesky. He died on August 13, 2012 in Danvers, ...

Died 8/13/12 of natural causes. He was 92.

21. Joe Kubert

Writer | They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust

Joe Kubert was born on September 18, 1926 in Jezierzany, Tarnopolskie, Poland as Yosaif Kubert. He was a writer, known for They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust (2010), The Legends Behind the Comic Books (2007) and De Superman à Spider-Man: L'aventure des super-héros (...

Died 8/12/12 of multiple myeloma. He was 85.

22. Carlo Rambaldi

Special_effects | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Carlo Rambaldi was born on September 15, 1925 in Vigarano Mainarda, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is known for his work on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Alien (1979) and King Kong (1976). He died on August 10, 2012 in Lamezia Terme, Calabria, Italy.

Died 8/10/12 after a long illness. He was 86.

23. David Rakoff

Actor | Capote

David Rakoff was born on November 27, 1964 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as David Benjamin Rakoff. He was an actor and writer, known for Capote (2005), Strangers with Candy (2005) and The New Tenants (2009). He died on August 9, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

Died 8/9/12 of cancer. He was 47.

24. Mel Stuart

Producer | The Making of the President 1960

Mel Stuart was born on September 2, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Stewart Solomon. He was a producer and director, known for The Making of the President 1960 (1963), Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135 (2000) and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He was married to Roberta ...

Died 8/9/12 of cancer. He was 83.

25. Marvin Hamlisch

Soundtrack | The Spy Who Loved Me

Musical talent ran in Marvin Hamlisch's family - his father was an accordionist, and at seven Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted by Manhattan's Julliard School of Music. Hamlich furthered his education by taking night classes at Queens College and working during the day as a rehearsal ...

Died 8/7/12 of a brief bout of illness. He was 68.

26. Tony Sly

Actor | Cake Boy

Tony Sly was born on November 4, 1970 in Santa Clara, California, USA as Anthony J. Sly. He was an actor, known for Cake Boy (2005) and One Nine Nine Four (2009). He was married to Brigitte. He died on July 31, 2012 in San Jose, California.

Died 8/1/12 of undisclosed causes. He was 41.