R.I.P. 2012

Celebrities that died in 2012.
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1.
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...
“ Died 12/24/12 of unknown causes. He was 89. ” - dongding8087
 
2.
Jack Klugman
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 and as the medical examiner on Quincy M.E..
“ Died 12/24/12 of natural causes. He was 90. ” - dongding8087
 
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 career included numerous recordings...
“ Died 12/11/12 of natural causes. He was 92. ” - dongding8087
 
4.
Jenni Rivera
Producer, I Love Jenni
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 relationships...
“ Died 12/9/12 in a plane crash. She was 43. ” - dongding8087
 
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“ Died 12/5/12 of heart failure. He was 92. ” - dongding8087
 
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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 mother's place...
“ Died 11/23/12 of throat cancer. He was 81. ” - dongding8087
 
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“ Former U.S. senator Arlen Specter died of non-Hodgkins Lymphona on 10/14/12. He was 82. ” - dongding8087
 
8.
George McGovern
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 became a bomber pilot...
“ Presidential nominee George McGovern died of natural causes on 10/21/12. He was 90. ” - dongding8087
 
9.
“ Died 10/10/12 of kidney disease. He was 77. ” - dongding8087
 
10.
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...
“ Died 9/26/12 of falling or jumping from the roof. He was 28. ” - dongding8087
 
11.
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...
“ Died 9/25/12 of bladder cancer. He was 84. ” - dongding8087
 
12.
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...
“ Died 9/3/12 of a heart attack. He was 54. ” - dongding8087
 
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“ Died 8/25/12 of blocked coronary arteries. He was 82. ” - dongding8087
 
14.
Jerry Nelson
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 in almost every major Muppet project...
“ Died 8/24/12 of unspecified causes. He was 78. ” - dongding8087
 
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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...
“ Died 8/20/12 in her sleep. She was 95. ” - dongding8087
 
16.
Tony Scott
Director, Top Gun
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...
“ Died 8/19/12 of suicidal causes. He was 68. ” - dongding8087
 
17.
Joey Kovar
Thanks, Real 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 Hollywood and moved on to VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew...
“ Died 8/17/12 of drug overdose. He was 29. ” - dongding8087
 
18.
Ron Palillo
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 appeared in many school plays in college...
“ Died 8/14/12 of an apparent heart attack. He was 63. ” - dongding8087
 
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“ Died 8/13/12 of undisclosed causes. She was 90. ” - dongding8087
 
20.
“ Died 8/13/12 of natural causes. He was 92. ” - dongding8087
 
21.
“ Died 8/12/12 of multiple myeloma. He was 85. ” - dongding8087
 
22.
Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects, Alien
“ Died 8/10/12 after a long illness. He was 86. ” - dongding8087
 
23.
“ Died 8/9/12 of cancer. He was 47. ” - dongding8087
 
24.
“ Died 8/9/12 of cancer. He was 83. ” - dongding8087
 
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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...
“ Died 8/7/12 of a brief bout of illness. He was 68. ” - dongding8087
 
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“ Died 8/1/12 of undisclosed causes. He was 41. ” - dongding8087