A list of the notable showbiz personalities who passed away in 2014, ordered by date of death.
African American actress Juanita Moore entered films in the early 1950s, a time in which few black people were given an opportunity to act in major studio films. Fortunately Moore's roles began improving as Hollywood developed a social consciousness toward the end of the decade. In 1959 she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Imitation of Life
“ Actress best known for her Oscar-nominated performance as Annie Johnson in Douglas Sirk's 'Imitation of Life' (1959)
October 19, 1914 – January 1, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Chicago-born Bernard Glasser grew up in what he calls "the movie generation" and fell in love with pictures at the ripe old age of four. In the late 1940s, while working as a teacher at Beverly Hills High School, he got his feet wet in the film industry by working as a production assistant. In 1950 he invested in an old motion picture studio and turned it into a rental lot...
“ Producer of sci-fi classics such as 'Return of the Fly' (1959) and 'Crack in the World' (1965)
June 3, 1924 – January 2, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Singer and musician who was one half of pioneer rock duo The Everly Brothers
January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Oldest surviving cast member from 'Gone with the Wind' (1939) -- well, she was.
February 1, 1915 – January 3, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Led Fantasy Records on an acquisition campaign that resulted in many elite independent labels coming to the company fold, including Riverside, Pablo, Contemporary, Milestone, Specialty and Stax/Volt. Carefully chooses the best writers, directors, cinematographers and actors for his films, including Milos Forman
“ Oscar-winning producer of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (1975), 'Amadeus' (1984) and 'The English Patient' (1996)
February 28, 1921 – January 3, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actress known for her iconic roles in the telenovela 'El extraño Retorno de Diana Salazar,' the stage play 'Falsa crónica de Juana La Loca' and such films as 'National Mechanics' (1972) and 'Amor libre' (1979)
20 October 1951 – 5 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
In a career spanning six decades plus, the ever-vital and ever-versatile Carmen Zapata stands as one of the most respected and diversified Hispanic-American figures in the performing arts. The much-admired veteran actress has worn many hats over the years: teacher, producer, translator, lecturer and narrator...
“ Actress known for her work on the TV series 'Santa Barbara' and in the 'Sister Act' films
July 15, 1927 – January 5, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actor perhaps best known for voicing Yukon Cornelius in the Rankin/Bass TV special 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'
18 December 1922 – 6 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Miss Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and was 4th runner-up in the 2005 Miss Universe Pageant. Prior to competing in beauty pageants, Miss Spear bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Central Florida. Miss Spear went on to become one of the most popular and successful soap opera stars...
“ Actress who was named Miss Venezuela in 2004 and went on to star in such telenovelas as 'La mujer perfecta,' 'Flor Salvaje' and 'Pasión prohibida' and was named
1 October 1984 – 6 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Run Run Shaw
Run Run Shaw was born in Shanghai, China on October 4, 1907. He went into the filming industry with his brother, Runme Shaw
, and established the Shaw Organization in 1926 and the Shaw Studios (formerly South Seas Film studio) in 1930. In 1967, Shaw established the famous Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) station in Hong Kong...
“ Pioneering Hong Kong film producer and co-founder of the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio
23 November 1907 – 7 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ A.K.A. LeRoi Jones; polarizing poet, playwright, essayist, novelist, music critic and teacher who was one of the major forces in the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and ’70s; known for his acclaimed, controversial play 'Dutchman,' which he adapted into a film directed by Anthony Harvey and released in 1967; other well-known works include the poetry collections 'The Dead Lecturer' and 'Transbluesency: The Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, 1961-1995,' his novels 'The Systems of Dante's Hell' and 'Tales of the Out and the Gone,' his 1966 play 'Black Mass,' and his seminal historical survey 'Blues People: Negro Music in White America;' also played the role of the homeless sage Rastaman in Warren Beatty's film 'Bulworth' (1998)
October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Italian actress and ingenue who made her film debut at the age of 14 in Federico Fellini's 'Il Bidone' (1955) and went on to co-star in Dino Risi's comedy 'Poor But Beautiful' (1957), Mario Monicelli's comedy 'A Tailor's Maid' and 'Doctor and the Healer' (both 1957) and several films for her director husband Duccio Tessari, including spaghetti westerns 'A Pistol for Ringo' and its sequel 'The Return of Ringo' (both 1965) and the 1971 thriller 'The Bloodstained Butterfly'
17 September 1940 – 9 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actress who co-starred in such films as Akira Kurosawa's 'Stray Dog' (1949), Mark Robson's 'The Bridges of Toko-Ri' (1954) and Mikio Naruse's 'When a Woman Ascends the Stairs' (1960)
17 July 1933 – 11 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Veteran stuntman and actor perhaps best remembered for playing the ill-fated raptor pen worker in the opening scenes of 'Jurassic Park' (1993); was stunt coordinator for 1983's 'Scarface' and Morgan Freeman's stunt double in 'Kiss the Girls' (1997), 'The Sum of All Fears' (2002), 'The Bucket List' (2007), 'Wanted' (2008), 'Oblivion' (2013) and other films; also performed stunts on such films as 'Papillon' (1973), 'Smokey and the Bandit' (1977), 'The Blues Brothers' (1980), 'Lethal Weapon' (1987), 'Predator' (1987), 'Die Hard' (1988), 'Speed' (1994), 'Get Shorty' (1995), 'Lost Highway' (1997), 'Doctor Dolittle' (1998) and 'The One' (2001)
January 22, 1945 – January 11, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Italian actor who appeared in more than 130 films between 1938 and 2004; dubbed Anthony Quinn's voice in Federico Fellini's 'La Strada' (1952) and later acted alongside Quinn in the films 'Barabbas' (1961) and 'The Shoes of the Fisherman' (1968); also co-starred in such films as Fellini's 'Il Bidone' (1955), Mario Monicelli's 'Totò and Carolina' (1955), Richard Thorpe's 'The Tartars' (1961), Orson Welles' 'The Trial' (1962), Jacques Deray's 'Borsalino' (1970), Giuliano Montaldo's 'A Dangerous Toy' (1979), and 'Tutti gli uomini del deficiente' (1999)
24 January 1916 – 11 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actor who co-starred on the British TV dramas 'Within These Walls' and 'The Sandbaggers' and played Stevens in the 'Doctor Who' serial 'The Green Death'
23 October 1928 – 11 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actress best known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the cult British TV series 'The Champions' and for co-starring in Vicente Aranda's cult 1972 horror film 'The Blood Spattered Bride;' also appeared in such films as 'Casino Royale' (1967), 'The Ghoul' (1975) and 'Batman Begins' (2005) and made a memorable appearance on 'Absolutely Fabulous'
9 March 1946 – 12 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
John made his acting debut at the Theatre Royal, Bournemouth. After spending a year in various reps. including Hastings, Watford and Eastbourne, he was conscripted into the Devon Yeomanry during the war and served in Italy and Sicily, but contracted hepatitis. He then became a member of the Army Bureau For Current Affairs - Play Unit...
“ English actor best known for his role as Doc Morrissey ("Take two aspirins") on 'The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin' and later on 'The Legacy of Reginald Perrin' and for playing Sir Ralph Shawcross on 'You Rang, M'Lord?'
21 July 1920 – 12 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Versatile, diligent character actor Frank Marth was a familiar presence in just about every major American prime-time TV show of the 1960's and 70's. The native New Yorker got his big break as a member of Jackie Gleason
's stock company, perennially cast as uncredited background characters in Cavalcade of Stars
and The Honeymooners
“ Veteran TV actor best known for his many roles on 'The Honeymooners'
July 29, 1922 – January 12, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Veteran, award-winning Indian actress who was one of the earliest stars of the black and white era in South India and who defied conventional film industry wisdom that married women could not be leading screen stars as early as the 1940s; famed for such roles as the goddess Sita in the award-winning blockbuster 'Lava Kusa' (1963) and the title characters in 'Anarkali' (1955), 'Suvarna Sundari' (1957) and 'Chenchu Lakshmi' (1958), the latter three of which each won her a Filmfare Best Actress Award, as did her performance in the musical hit 'Jayabheri' (1959); acted in over 350 other films, including 'Keelu Gurram' (1949), 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha' (1957), 'Panduranga Mahatyam' (1957), the Oscar-nominated short 'The Creation of Woman' (1961), 'Bhakta Prahlada' (1967), 'Kurukshetram' (1977), evergreen classic 'Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam' (1986), and 'Brundavanam' (1993); received the prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in 1994 for her lifetime service to the Telugu film industry and was also conferred the Ramineni Award in 2006 and the ANR National Award in 2008
August 24, 1927 – January 13, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist who had a cult dance-floor success with his upbeat reworking of Miles Davis' "So What," becoming one of the key figures of the 1990s acid-jazz movement
29 November 1962 – 13 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Producer of such films as 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961), 'The Fugitive Kind' (1960) and 'The Hunger' (1983); served as executive vice president at Warner Bros. in the early-to-mid 1970s and head of production at MGM from the mid-1970s to early 1980s
June 4, 1927 – January 14, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Pioneering female wrestler
March 12, 1923 – January 14, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Roger Lloyd Pack
A superbly versatile character actor of lugubrious countenance and strong physical presence, Roger was the son of Charles Lloyd Pack
, a small-part supporting player in Hammer horror films of the 50's and 60's. Roger was educated at Bedales, a prestigious co-educational school in Hampshire, noted for a laid-back approach and a pronounced emphasis towards arts...
“ Actor best known for his roles on the British sitcoms 'Only Fools and Horses,' 'The Vicar of Dibley' and 'The Old Guys'
8 February 1944 – 15 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Emmy-winning editor of every single episode of 'M*A*S*H'
December 25, 1921 – January 15, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Producer of such films as 'The Mack' (1973), 'The Omen' (1978) and its sequels, 'The Goonies' (1985), and 'The Lost Boys' (1987)
March 5, 1924 - January 16, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Last surviving female "Munchkin" from 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939)
July 23, 1918 – January 16, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Long before he was known as "The Professor" in the cult comedy classic Gilligan's Island
, Russell Johnson was a well-known character actor, starring in several Westerns and Sci-Fi classics as This Island Earth
and It Came from Outer Space
. Johnson grew up in Pennsylvania and was sent to a boarding school in Philadelphia with his brothers when his father died...
“ Actor best known for his role as The Professor on 'Gilligan's Island' during the show's entire three-year run (1964-1967); also known for starring opposite Peter Breck and Anna-Lisa in ABC's fondly-remembered 1959-1960 Western series 'Black Saddle' and for his roles in cult, B-grade sci-fi pictures such as 'It Came from Outer Space' (1953), 'This Island Earth' (1955) and Roger Corman's 'Attack of the Crab Monsters' (1957); appeared in dozens of other films, including 'Rancho Notorious' (1952), 'Law and Order' (1953), 'Demetrius and the Gladiators' (1954), 'Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki' (1955), 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' (1965), 'Three Days of the Condor' (1975) and 'MacArthur' (1977)
November 10, 1924 – January 16, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actor best known for playing Reuben Kincaid on 'The Partridge Family'
December 17, 1931 – January 16, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Animator, director and last surviving founder of Filmation Associates
1929 – January 16, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Veteran voice actor who can be heard in the original Japanese versions of many popular anime and live-action television series and anime films; perhaps best known for voicing Megatron and Galvatron on the first 'Transformers' series; other notable TV voice-over roles include Sôsai Z on 'Gatchaman Fighter' (a.k.a. 'Gatchaman F'), Professor Hamaguchi on 'Chōdenji Machine Voltes V,' Balcom on 'Hokuto no Ken' ('Fist of the North Star'), Star King Bazeu on 'Dengeki Sentai Changeman,' Emperor Zeba on 'Hikari Sentai Maskman,' Dr. Klay on 'Tenchi Muyô! Ryô Ôki,' Chief Kiyonaga Matsumoto on 'Detective Conan,' Kogan Iwamoto on 'Shigurui,' and Cornello on 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood;' also voiced major characters in acclaimed anime films such as 'Vampire Hunter D' (1985), 'Lupin III: The Plot of the Fuma Clan' (1987), 'Slayers Great' (1997), 'Tokyo Godfathers' (2003) and 'Naruto Shippuden the Movie' (2007), and provided the voice for Takeshi Katō's character in Akira Kurosawa's 'Ran' (1985)
February 14, 1927 – January 17, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Iconic Indian actress considered to be the "Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema"
6 April 1931 – 17 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Rock singer and songwriter who was lead vocalist for prog rock band Trillion in 1978-79, glam rock group Angel in 1981, pop/rock band LeRoux from 1982-1984, and, most famously, the iconic rock band Toto for their 'Isolation' album and tour from 1984-1985; also provided backing vocals for Survivor, resulting in his contributing to hit singles in three consecutive years, all with different bands: Survivor's "American Heartbeat" in 1982, LeRoux's "Carrie's Gone" in 1983 and Toto's "Stranger in Town" in 1984; sang two songs used in 'Can't Stop the Music' (1980) as a disco artist named David London; was part of a band called Abandon Shame whose songs appeared in 'The Terminator' (1984) and 'Armed Response' (1985); quit the music industry in 1987 but returned in the mid-1990s by the recording of a collaborative album with bassist Ricky Phillips; musical highlights over the next 20 years included the release of a solo album in 1999 that was critically acclaimed in Europe and Japan and briefly reuniting with Toto on their tour in 2007
May 15, 1951 – January 18, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actress most notable for her work on Broadway, including a Tony-nominated performance in 'Goodbye, Charlie' (1959-1960); also played Janet Wallace in the 'Star Trek' episode "The Deadly Years" and had roles in such films as 'The Long, Hot Summer' (1958), 'Lord Love a Duck' (1966) and 'Dave' (1993)
25 May 1933 – 18 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Gordon Hessler was born in Germany, the son of a Danish mother and an English father. Educated in England, he moved to the US while in his late teens and spent several years working in documentaries. At Universal, "I guess because I had an English accent", Hessler was placed under contract to Alfred Hitchcock
and went to work on the master director's TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents
and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
“ Director of such films as 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad' (1974), 'Murders in the Rue Morgue' (1971) and the Vincent Price horror films 'The Oblong Box' (1969), 'Cry of the Banshee' (1970) and 'Scream and Scream Again' (1970); also directed the cult TV movie 'KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park' (1978) and was an associate producer (and later producer) on TV's 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents'
12 December 1925 – 19 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Pianist, composer, arranger and conductor from the big band era who played piano for and was the last surviving member of the original Harry James Orchestra; composed over 200 songs, most notably "So Until I See You," the closing theme for 'The Tonight Show with Jack Paar;' other songs include "Loneliness Ends with Love," which can be heard in the films 'Elegy' (2005) and 'Magic Magic' (2013), and "I'm Tired of the Rain," also featured in 'Magic Mike;' was the pianist for 'A Tribute to Eddie Duchin,' a studiotrack released for the 1956 film 'The Eddy Duchin Story;' worked with some of the greatest artists of the big band era, including Rosemary Clooney, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr and Margaret Whiting
April 7, 1919 – January 19, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Animator, producer and director known for creating acclaimed animated short films based on children's books; earned an Oscar nomination for his 1984 short-film adaptation of William Steig's 'Doctor DeSoto' and was later nominated for an Emmy for another Steig adaptation, 'Abel's Island' (1989); other acclaimed shorts include 'The Story of the Dancing Frog' (1989), 'The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas' (1992), 'Whitewash' (1994) and 'The Man Who Walked Between the Towers' (2005); also worked on such shows as 'Courage the Cowardly Dog' and 'Between the Lions' and designed the title sequences for Sidney Lumet's films 'Prince of the City' (1981), 'Garbo Talks' (1984), 'Running on Empty' (1988) and 'Family Business' (1989) and for Susan Seidelman's films 'Desperately Seeking Susan' (1985) and 'Making Mr. Right' (1987)
April 23, 1946 – January 19, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ TV writer-producer who co-created 'Silver Spoons' and co-developed 'The Facts of Life'
October 18, 1921 – January 19, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ One of the greatest conductors of the 20th century; served as music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Vienna State Opera, and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra
26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actor who played the doctor in the 'Billy Jack' films (1971's 'Billy Jack,' 1974's 'The Trial of Billy Jack' and 1977's 'Billy Jack Goes to Washington'), Justice of the Peace Wilson in 'Young Guns' (1988) and the recurring roles of Bull on 'Gunsmoke' and Dr. Matthew Vance on 'The Waltons;' also had roles in the cult films 'Girl in Gold Boots' (1968), 'The Astro-Zombies' (1968), and 'Blood Orgy of the She-Devils' (1973), as well as Sam Peckinpah's 'Ride the High Country' (1962) and 'The Ballad of Cable Hogue' (1970) and recent comedies 'Employee of the Month' (2006) and 'Wild Hogs' (2007)
December 23, 1923 – January 20, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Film producer whose credits include 'Dazed and Confused,' 'Tombstone' and the films in 'The Mummy' franchise; also helped distribute and/or finance the early films of the Coen brothers
December 29, 1947 – January 20, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Veteran animator affectionately known as "Lefty" who worked on theatrical shorts for MGM before spending 30 years at Hanna-Barbera, where he was was an animator (and later an animation director) on dozens of classic TV shows and movies between 1964 and 1993; most notably worked on 'Scooby Doo, Where Are You!' and many subsequent 'Scooby-Doo' cartoons, as well as 'The Smurfs,' on which he was animator from 1981-1985 and animation director from 1986-1988; other Hanna-Barbera credits include 'Jonny Quest,' 'The Secret Squirrel Show,' 'Josie and the Pussycats,' 'Space Ghost,' 'Hong Kong Phooey,' 'The Jetsons,' 'Pound Puppies,' 'The Flintstone Kids,' 'Snorks,' 'The Pirates of Dark Water,' and 'The Tom & Jerry Kids Show,' and movies and specials such as 'Charlotte's Web' (1973), 'A Flintstone Christmas' (1977), 'Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood' (1979), 'Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose' (1987), 'The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones' (1987), ' Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers' (1987), 'Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School' (1988), and 'Jetsons: The Movie' (1990); was also an animator on the 'Peanuts' TV specials 'It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown' (1984) and 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' (1985) for Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez
June 30, 1929 – January 21, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Veteran character actor best known for his many roles on 'The Electric Company'
September 2, 1946 – January 22, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
The son of a newspaperman, Canadian-born Pierre Jalbert graduated from Ouellet College and attended Laval University. A champion skier, he went to study art appreciation at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1949 he visited Hollywood and later that year returned to Paris and joined a French film company as a production assistant...
“ Actor who played Caje on the TV series 'Combat!' and later became an Emmy-nominated sound and dialogue editor
9 January 1925 – 22 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Italian film director and screenwriter known for such works as 'Il toro' (1994) and 'La giusta distanza' (2007)
2 March 1956 – 22 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Legendary Telugu film actor
20 September 1923 – 22 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Music editor whose credits include TV's 'The Bionic Woman,' 'Quincy, M.E.,' 'Doogie Howser, M.D.,' 'Law & Order' and Emmy-winning work on 'Airwolf;' also edited the music for Francis Ford Coppola's musical film 'One from the Heart' (1982)
March 4, 1931 – January 23, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated film composer ('Mondo cane,' 'Cannibal Holocaust')
25 March 1926 – 23 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Tony-winning Broadway producer ('The Norman Conquests,' 'American Idiot') who was also an executive producer on 'Falcon Crest' and 'Knots Landing'
May 8, 1938 – January 25, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Character actress known for playing Celia Porter in the first two seasons of 'A Family at War,' Alice North on the British drama 'Peak Practice' from 1993 to 2002, and for her brief but memorable roles as the old booing woman in 'The Princess Bride' (1987) and the food trolley witch in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' (2005)
27 September 1913 – 26 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Former child actress best known for starring in 'The Curse of the Cat People' (1944); also played the daughters of the lead characters in such films as 'I Married a Witch' (1942), 'The North Star' (1943), and 'The Two Mrs. Carrolls' (1947) and had a small but important in the classic anti-war fable 'The Boy with Green Hair' (1948)
June 16, 1936 – January 27, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Japanese voice actor; provided the original Japanese voices of such characters as Namihei in the long-running 'Sazae-san,' Happousai in 'Ranma ½,' Karin-sama (a.k.a. Korin) and Tsuru Sen'nin (Master Shen) in the various 'Dragon Ball' cartoons and movies, the narrator of the first 'Mobile Suit Gundam' series and movies, Konaki Jiji in the '80s version of 'GeGeGe no Kitarō' and Mito in Hayao Miyazaki's 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind' (1984)
May 10, 1931 – January 27, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Sixteen-year-old Pete Seeger enrolled at the Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut and then decided to become a hermit. His life since then has been one social cause after another, buoyed by an almost indefatigable career as a self-described "sing-along leader." During the 1930s he attended Harvard...
“ Iconic folk singer, songwriter and musician ("If I Had a Hammer," "Turn! Turn! Turn!," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"); a key figure in the American folk music revival and protest music scene of the 1960s
May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Composer, songwriter ("Autumn Once Again"), conductor and arranger, educated at Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music degree) and through music studies with Robert Delaney. He served in the U.S. Army and while there, arranged for the Army Band in Washington, DC. He served as an assistant to Morton Gould
“ Emmy-nominated composer ('Kojak,' 'Hawaii Five-O,' 'Columbo,' 'Airport 1975,' 'Airport '77')
August 13, 1930 – January 28, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Former studio marketing and distribution executive, producer and president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; a highly respected and influential force in Hollywood
June 22, 1945 – January 28, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ R&B pianist and arranger who shared a Grammy with Isaac Hayes for his arrangement of the iconic theme song from 'Shaft' (1973), which also won the Oscar for Best Original Song; also collaborated with Hayes as an orchestrator on the 1974 blaxploitation classics 'Truck Turner' and 'Tough Guys' and as arranger of such soul classics as "Hot Buttered Soul" and "Black Moses;" arranged many other notable songs, including the classic funk-R&B hits "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself" for the Staple Sisters; was among the last direct links to the heyday of Paradise Valley, the vibrant historic center of African-American cultural and commercial life in Detroit in the mid-20th Century
September 20, 1917 – January 29, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Accordionist and orchestra contractor who played accordion on some 500 film and television soundtracks but is best known for his parts in Nino Rota's iconic score for Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather' (1972), the Beach Boys' hit 1966 songs "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows," and "Moon River," Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning tune for 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961); can also be heard on the soundtracks of such classic films as 'Giant' (1956), 'Love Me Tender' (1956), 'Witness for the Prosecution' (1957), 'How the West Was Won' (1962), 'Charade' (1963), 'The Flight of the Phoenix' (1965), 'Grand Prix' (1966), 'THX 1138' (1971), 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid' (1973), and 'The Parallax View' (1974), and TV shows such as 'Bonanza,' 'Gunsmoke,' 'Peter Gunn,' 'Star Trek,' and 'The Brady Bunch;' later served as orchestra contractor or manager on numerous soundtracks (primarily for Paramount), including those for the films 'Grease' (1978), 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' (1979), 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981), 'Police Academy' (1984), 'Little Shop of Horrors' (1986), 'Hunt for the Red October' (1990), 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country' (1991), 'Star Trek Generations' (1994), 'Clueless' (1995), and 'John Carpenter's Vampires' (1998), as well as the first three 'Star Trek' TV spinoffs ('Star Trek: The Next Generation,' 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' and 'Star Trek: Voyager')
May 2, 1929 – January 30, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Composer, conductor, orchestrator and arranger best known for the award-winning film and television scores and pop album arrangements he wrote in Australia; scored a number of projects for Australian writer-director Phillip Noyce, including the classic 1978 film 'Newsfront' and the 1989 film 'Echoes of Paradise,' both of which earned Motzing Australian Film Institute Award (AFI) nominations for Best Original Music Score; also nominated by the AFI for scoring Sophia Turkiewicz's 'Silver City' (1984) and Dusan Makavejev's popular 'The Coca-Cola Kid' (1987) and won the AFI Award for scoring Yahoo Serious' 'Young Einstein' (1988); other notable works include music scores for the first two seasons of the beloved sitcom 'Mother and Son' and the entirety of the acclaimed 1987 miniseries 'Vietnam,' conducting music for the long-running soap opera 'Prisoner' (a.k.a. 'Prisoner: Cell Block H'), Simon Wincer's war drama 'The Lighthorsemen' (1987) and the popular American film 'Soul Food' (1997), and orchestrating the music for the infamous critical and commercial failure 'Battlefield Earth' (2000)
August 19, 1937 – January 30, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Animation legend who, alongside Jules Bass, produced (and usually co-directed) many classic holiday TV specials including 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' 'Frost the Snowman,' 'The Little Drummer Boy,' 'The Year Without a Santa Claus' and 'Rudolph's Shiny New Year'
July 19, 1924 – January 30, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Composer and songwriter ("Baby, I'm for Real")
January 28, 1922 – January 31, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Miklos Jancsó was born in 1921 in Vac, Hungary. His mother Angela Poparada was Romanian and his father Sandor Jancsó Hungarian. Jancsó received a degree in Law from the University of Cluj-Napoca in 1944. After fighting in WWII and a brief period as a POW, he chose to join the Film and Theater Academy in Budapest...
“ Film director best known for 'The Round-Up' (1966), 'The Red and the White' (1967) and 'Red Psalm' (1972)
27 September 1921 – 31 January 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Christopher Jones was a brief cult star of the late 60s counterculture era and a would-be successor to James Dean
had he wanted it. Born Billy Frank Jones amid rather impoverished surroundings to a grocery clerk in Jackson, Tennessee in 1941, his artist mother had to be institutionalized when Chris was 4...
“ Actor known for his roles in the films 'Wild in the Streets' (1968) and 'Ryan's Daughter' (1970) and for starring in ABC's 1965-66 series 'The Legend of Jesse James'
August 18, 1941 – January 31, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings
, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier
and Marcello Mastroianni
“ Legendary Austrian-Swiss actor, writer, director and producer best known for his Oscar-winning portrayal of defense attorney Hans Rolfe in Stanley Kramer's 'Judgment at Nuremberg' (1961); also earned Oscar nominations for his performances in Arthur Hiller's 'The Man in the Glass Booth' (1975) and Fred Zinnemann's 'Julia' (1977) and received an Emmy nomination as well as a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Vladimir Lenin in HBO's 1992 film 'Stalin;' even achieved acclaim and accolades for directing, writing and producing his own films, including 'First Love' (1970), 'End of the Game' (1975), 'Tales from the Vienna Woods' (1979), 'Marlene' (1984) and 'My Sister Maria' (2002, about his sister, actress Maria Schell); also starred or co-starred in such films as Edward Dmytryk's 'The Young Lions' (1958, his first Hollywood film) and 'The Reluctant Saint' (1962), Jules Dassin's 'Topkapi' (1964), Sidney Lumet's 'The Deadly Affair' (1968), Ronald Neame's 'The Odessa File' (1974), Richard Attenborough's 'A Bridge Too Far' and Sam Peckinpah's 'The Cross of Iron' (both 1977), Disney's 'The Black Hole' (1979), Jeremy Paul Kagan's 'The Chosen' (1981), James Gray's 'Little Odessa' (1994), John Carpenter's 'Vampires' and Mimi Leder's 'Deep Impact' (both 1998), and Rian Johnson's 'The Brothers Bloom' (2008)
8 December 1930 – 1 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Original lead singer of Jamaican reggae group Inner Circle (1969-1971) before becoming lead singer of Third World from 1976 until just before his death
6 February 1948 – 2 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Multiple award-winning Brazilian filmmaker best known for documentaries such as 'Twenty Years Later' (1985), 'Edifício Master' (2002) and 'Playing' (2007)
May 11, 1933 – February 2, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Respected Australian director best known for his films 'Fever' (1988), 'Heaven's Burning' (1997), 'Black and White' (2002), and 'Swerve' (2011)
23 April 1947 – 2 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ancestry...
“ Actor known for his Oscar-winning portrayal of Truman Capote in 'Capote' (2005), his Oscar-nominated performances in 'Charlie Wilson's War' (2007), 'Doubt' (2008) and 'The Master' (2012), his roles in such films as 'Boogie Nights' (1997), 'Happiness' (1998), 'Almost Famous' (2000), 'Owning Mahowney' (2003), 'The Savages' (2007), 'Synecdoche, New York' (2008) and 'Moneyball' (2011) and his stage work as both actor (including three Tony-nominated performances) and director; one of the most prolific, admired and acclaimed actors of his generation
July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actor known for his roles as Doc on 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' and Nels Oleson on 'Little House on the Prairie'
June 26, 1924 – February 3, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Innovative theatrical set designer and film production designer most noted for his more than 40 years working with Le Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, France, and for his film collaborations with writer-director Bertrand Tavernier; won the César Award for Best Production Design for the first film he worked on, 'Molière' (1978), which was directed by Théâtre du Soleil founder Ariane Mnouchkine; later earned César nominations for his work on Tavernier's 'Beatrice' (1987), 'Captain Conan' (1996) and 'The Princess of Montpensier' (2010), as well as Christophe Gans' 'Brotherhood of the Wolf' (2001); other film credits include Tavernier's 'Life and Nothing But' (1989) and 'L.627' (1992), Philip Kaufman's 'Henry & June (1990), Coline Serreau's 'La Crise' (1992) and 'La Belle Verte' (1996), James Ivory's 'Jefferson in Paris' (1995), Maria de Medeiros' 'April Captains' (2000), and Chris Nahon's 'Empire of the Wolves' (2005)
November 9, 1940 – 4 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Chinese actor, director, producer and writer perhaps best known for his role in 'A Chinese Ghost Story' (1987) and his appearances in numerous films starring Jackie Chan and/or Sammo Hung
22 September 1942 – 4 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Composer, conductor, songwriter ("Dansero"), arranger and harmonica player, educated at Winthrop High School and a member of (and writer for) the Borrah Minevitch Harmonica Rascals. He was a soloist and arranger for the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, and arranged and directed for Bobby Wayne. He has made many popular recordings...
“ Arranger, conductor, composer, songwriter and harmonica player most famous for having been the principal arranger of the Boston Pops Orchestra for over 30 years, with his award-winning arrangements still being today; also known for his three-decade affiliation with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s pops concerts, which he founded and conducted, and for his sequinned jackets and harmonica solos; had earlier been an arranger for MGM studios, where he worked on classic movie musicals such as 'Girl Crazy' (1943), 'Thousands Cheer' (1943) and 'Meet Me in St. Louis' (1944); had his biggest hit as a songwriter with the theme song for the film 'Ruby Gentry' (1953), "Ruby," which was a hit all over the world and brought about a renewed interest in the harmonica
March 27, 1920 – February 5, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Music supervisor for TV shows such as 'Starsky & Hutch', 'Vega$,' 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Hart to Hart,' 'The Love Boat,' 'Hotel' and 'Dynasty,' as well as TV movies such as 'Satan's School for Girls' (1973) and 'The Boy in the Plastic Bubble' (1976); also served as a music editor on several film and TV productions, including the series 'That Girl' and 'Beverly Hills, 90210,' TV movies 'Crowhaven Farm' (1970) and 'The Amazing Howard Hughes' (1977), and theatrical releases 'Harper Valley P.T.A.' (1978), 'The Aviator' (1985) and 'Memoirs of an Invisible Man' (1992)
November 5, 1927 – February 5, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ British veteran TV director best known for directing ten 'Doctor Who' serials, including "Robot" and "The Brain of Morbius"
20 September 1925 – 7 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actress best known for playing Madame Darbon in François Truffaut's 'Stolen Kisses' (1968) and 'Bed & Board' (1970); also appeared in such classic French films as Max Ophüls' 'The Earrings of Madame de..." (1953) and Alain Resnais' 'The War Is Over' (1966) and 'Je t'aime, je t'aime' (1968)
September 6, 1925 – February 7, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Writer-director best known for 'Babette's Feast,' the first Danish film to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
18 April 1918 – 9 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Writer-producer best known for his Emmy-winning work on the 'Shogun' miniseries, for writing multiple episodes of the original 'Hawaii Five-O' and for co-scripting the 1968 film 'Hell in the Pacific'
February 27, 1933 – February 9, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Production manager on such films as Jerzy Skolimowski's Cannes prize-winning horror drama 'The Shout' (1978), Michael Apted's 'Stardust' (1974) and 'Agatha' (1979), Merchant Ivory's 'The Europeans' (1979), Hugh Hudson's Oscar-winning historical drama 'Chariots of Fire' (1981), and John Landis' beloved horror comedy 'An American Werewolf in London' (1981); was also production supervisor on Terry Gilliam's 'Jabberwocky' (1977), Julien Temple's 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle' (1980), and the Oscar-nominated Merchant Ivory drama 'The Remains of the Day' (1993), and production executive on Gilliam's 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen' (1988); was associate producer on several highly-acclaimed films, including Nagisa Ôshima's 'Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence' (1983), Stephen Frears' 'The Hit' (1984), and Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning biographical drama 'The Last Emperor' (1987), and was one of the producers of Philip Haas' Palme d'Or-nominated romance 'Angels & Insects' (1995)
1921 – February 10, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Mountain climber-turned-TV presenter best known for hosting BBC's influential '80s series 'The Computer Programme,' 'Making the Most of the Micro' and 'Micro Live'
30 August 1929 – 10 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her...
“ The greatest, most famous former child star in the world; the biggest movie star on the planet between 1935 and 1938, from age 7 to 10; lifted America's spirits during the Great Depression and single-handedly saved Fox Studios from bankruptcy; youngest person to ever receive an Oscar statuette; her greatest successes include 'Bright Eyes' (1934), 'The Little Colonel' (1935), 'Curly Top' (1935), 'Heidi' (1937) and 'The Little Princess' (1939); continued acting into her teens and early adulthood with roles in such films as 'Since You Went Away' (1944), 'The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer' (1947) and 'Fort Apache' (1948); left Hollywood for politics, eventually serving as U.S. ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, as the first female U.S. Chief of Protocol from 1976 to 1977 and as U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992
April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Her parents sang and played in amateur theatre. Growing up, she sang with her mother. Her father took her to Stockholm when she was 13 and got an offer to sing at a nightclub but had to reject the offer. But on the train back home she met a voice coach who promised to give her singing lessons. The lessons...
“ Swedish actress and jazz singer who broke through with her lead role in the 1940 film 'Swing it, magistern!' ('Swing It, Teacher!'); perhaps best known for her lengthy, productive period of collaboration with the great Duke Ellington, which included widely acclaimed performances in Ellington's second and third Sacred Concerts; first artist to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest and the first non-opera singer to be named Sweden’s royal court singer
26 January 1924 – 11 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Musician best known as the original tin whistle player for The Chieftains from 1962 to 1979
5 October 1930 – 11 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Legendary, extremely influential comedy master who pioneered TV sketch comedy and the variety show format as star of 'Your Show of Shows' and 'Caesar's Hour;' earned one Emmy Award each for both shows out of nine total nominations, with two more nominations coming nearly 40 years later for guest appearances on the comedy series 'Love & War' and 'Mad About You;' also received a Tony nomination for his multiple roles in the musical comedy 'Little Me' (1962-1963); also recognized for his roles as Melville Crump in the classic madcap comedy film 'It's s Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' (1963) and as Coach Calhoun in the musicals 'Grease' (1978) and 'Grease 2' (1982), as well as his appearances in Mel Brooks' 'Silent Movie' (1976) and 'History of the World: Part I' (1981); helped launch the careers of several notable comedians and comedy writers -- including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, and Woody Allen -- and influenced countless others
September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ English actor perhaps best known for his roles in the British sitcoms 'The Squirrels' and 'Porridge'
20 February 1930 – 13 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Legendary filmmaker who worked in various Indian film industries, primarily in Tamil cinema; began as a cinematographer in 1971 and made his directorial debut with 1977's 'Kokila;' most acclaimed and best-known works include 'Moodu Pani' (1980, a loose remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') 'Moondram Pirai' (1982) and its Hindi remake, 'Sadma' (1983), 'Sandhya Raagam' (1989), 'Sathi Leelavathi' (1995) and 'Thalaimuraigal' (2013)
20 May 1939 – 13 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actor and People's Artist of Russia best known for playing Znamensky in the 'Experts Are Investigating' movie series
3 March 1940 – 13 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Ralph Waite was born in White Plains, New York on June 22, 1928. Educated at Bucknell University where he graduated with a BA degree, Waite existed rather aimlessly as a young adult while trying to find his way in the world. Occupations came and went, including social worker, religious editor for Harper & Row...
“ Actor best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on 'The Waltons' and for his more recent roles as Reverend Norman Balthus on 'Carnivàle,' Jackson Gibbs on 'NCIS' and Father Matt on 'Days of Our Lives;' earned Emmy nominations for 'The Waltons' and for his performance as third mate Slater on the epic, groundbreaking 1977 miniseries 'Roots;' also had supporting roles in the classic films 'Cool Hand Luke' (1967) and 'Five Easy Pieces' (1970) and in a trio of films for director Michael Winner: 'Lawman' (1971), 'Chato's Land' (1972) and 'The Stone Killer' (1973); earned acclaim for writing, directing and starring in the 1980 film 'On the Nickel' and later appeared in such films as 'The Bodyguard' (1992), 'Cliffhanger' (1993) and John Sayles' 'Sunshine State' (2002) and 'Silver City' (2004)
June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Music editor whose credits include the TV shows 'Gunsmoke,' 'Have Gun - Will Travel,' 'Perry Mason,' 'Rawhide,' 'Hawaii Five-O,' 'Eight Is Enough,' 'T.J. Hooker' and 'Designing Women' and the films 'The Reivers' (1969), 'A Man Called Horse' (1970), 'Rio Lobo' (1970), 'Le Mans' (1971), 'The Big Red One' (1980) and 'Silverado' (1985)
September 22, 1921 – February 14, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Co-writer of the cult '50s sci-fi films 'Tarantula' (1955) and 'The Monolith Monsters' (1957) and co-writer, co-producer and co-director of the Oscar-winning documentary short 'Czechoslovakia 1918-1968' (1969)
October 18, 1930 – February 14, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Puppeteer son of Jim Henson; performed as Sweetums in various Muppet productions
April 25, 1965 – February 14, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Veteran TV director perhaps best known for helming numerous episodes of various 'Star Trek' shows, including the classic 'Next Generation' two-parter "The Best of Both Worlds"
November 9, 1937 – February 15, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actress best known for her role as Ralph Monroe on 'Green Acres'
September 3, 1924 – February 15, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actor known for his roles as Brad Majors in the original stag production of 'The Rocky Horror Show,' Zev Senesca in 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980), Kirk Matunas in the original 'Highlander' (1986), the father in 'Labyrinth' (1986) and Justin on 'Absolutely Fabulous'
19 August 1946 – 15 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Guitarist and songwriter who was a member of the German band Trio, best known for their worldwide 1982 hit "Da Da Da," which he co-wrote
21 April 1947 – 16 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Animator and director best known for his animated adaptations of Raymond Briggs' works 'When the Wind Blows' and 'The Snowman;' an Oscar nominee as producer of the animated short 'The Magic Pear Tree'
June 5, 1933 – February 16, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
Robert Edward Casale Jr. was born on July 14, 1952 in Kent, Ohio. The younger brother of Gerald V. Casale
, Robert grew up in Akron, Ohio and was trained as a medical radiation technologist, but eventually left that job to become a key founding member of the New Wave band Devo
. Casale not only played guitar...
“ Guitarist and founding member of the new wave band DEVO ("Whip It"); a.k.a. Bob 2
July 14, 1952 – February 17, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Cinematographer behind such acclaimed Swedish films as Bo Widerberg's 'Man on the Roof' (1975) and Anders Grönros' 'Agnes Cecilia – en sällsam historia' (1991), the latter of which won him a Guldbagge Award for Best Cinematography; later earned a Guldbagge nomination for his work on Stefan Jarl's family drama 'Nature's Warrior' (1997) and shot many other films for Jarl, including the award-winning documentaries 'A Respectable Life' (1979), 'The Soul is Greater Than the World' (1985) and 'Det sociala arvet' (1993)
14 March 1947 – 17 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Professional wrestler who went under such ring names as Mabel, King Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy, Big Daddy V and Big Daddy Voodoo
February 14, 1971 – February 18, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Actor known for his appearance as Lt. Shann Childsen in 'Star Wars' (1977), for playing Doland in the 'Doctor Who' serial "The Trial of a Time Lord" and Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe on the sitcom 'A Bit of a Do,' and for his recurring role as Charlie Gimbert, the nemesis of the title character in the British comedy-drama series 'Lovejoy;' also noted for co-starring in the original UK drama series 'House of Cards,' for his recurring roles on 'Brookside' and 'Dalziel and Pascoe,' and for playing the English sheriff who executes William Wallace's wife in Mel Gibson's 'Braveheart' (1995)
25 February 1938 – 18 February 201 ” - TrekFan1
“ Casting director for such films as 'Prince of the City' (1981), 'Once Upon a Time in America' (1984), 'Moscow on the Hudson' (1984), 'Demolition Man' (1993) and 'Gettysburg' (1993)
???? – February 18, 2014 ” - TrekFan1
“ Last surviving member of the famed Trapp Family Singers depicted in 'The Sound of Music' (1963)
28 September 1914 – 18 February 2014 ” - TrekFan1