A list of celebrities and figures I like or respect that passed away. List in alphabetical order by last name.
American comic actor and comedian who gained worldwide fame and three Emmy Awards starring as Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, in the classic television comedy Get Smart
. Born Donald James Yarmy on April 13, 1923 [correct, despite frequently reported erroneous dates] in New York City, his father was of Hungarian Jewish descent...
“ 1923-2005 (82)- Lung infection ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1942-2016 (74)- Septic shock ” - TheSeaLion
Born in a small village in Syria, Michael Ansara came to the United States with his American parents at the age of two, living in New England, until the family's relocation to California ten years later. He entered Los Angeles City College with the intention of becoming a doctor, but got sidetracked into the dramatics department...
“ 1922-2013 (91)- Alzheimer's disease ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1930-2012 (82)- Complications following cardiovascular surgery ” - TheSeaLion
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. Attenborough...
“ 1923-2014 (90) ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1953-1992 (39)- Sickle cell anemia ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1934-2016 (81) ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1932-2008 (76)- Leukemia ” - TheSeaLion
The only child of Jozsef Barsi and Maria Benko, Judith Eva Barsi beat 10,000 to 1 odds when she was discovered at a San Fernando Valley skating rink at 5 1/2 years old in 1983. She was mistaken for a three year old child. Her first commercial was for Donald Duck Orange Juice and she went on to appear in anywhere between 50-100 commercials...
“ 1978-1988 (10)- Homicide ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1922-2016 (93)- Natural causes ” - TheSeaLion
John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was six...
“ 1949-1982 (33)- Cocaine and heroin overdose ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1930-2015 (84)- Complications from an accidental fall ” - TheSeaLion
Mary Kay Bergman
Mary Kay Bergman did not have a face known to many - her voice was recognized more than anything else in the world. Although she was a big voiceover star in the 1990s, her true claim to fame was Trey Parker
and Matt Stone
's critically acclaimed adult animated television series, South Park
“ 1961-1999 (38)- Suicide ” - TheSeaLion
Bibi Besch was born in Vienna, Austria, to race car driver Gotfrid Köchert and actress Gusti Huber
. She was a very busy supporting actress who had worked in television for over twenty years before being nominated for an Emmy Award as a supporting actress for Doing Time on Maple Drive
and another in 1993 for a guest appearance on Northern Exposure
“ 1942-1996 (54)- Breast cancer ” - TheSeaLion
David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of pop music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones
(lead singer of The Monkees
). The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist...
“ 1947-2016 (69)- Liver cancer ” - TheSeaLion
The star of many land and underwater adventures, Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was born on January 15, 1913 in San Leandro, California, to Harriet Evelyn (Brown) and Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Sr., who owned a movie theater and also worked in the hotel business. He grew up in various Northern California towns...
“ 1913-1998 (85)- Natural causes ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1959-1989 (29)- AIDS ” - TheSeaLion
Bandleader, songwriter ("Minnie the Moocher", "Are You Hep to That Jive?"), composer, singer, actor and author, educated at Crane College. While studying law, he sang with the band The Alabamians, and took over the group in 1928. He led The Missourians orchestra, then organized and led his own orchestra...
“ 1907-1994 (86)- Stroke ” - TheSeaLion
Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck
and Planes, Trains & Automobiles
. His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in the year 1950, Candy was the son of Evangeline (Aker) and Sidney James Candy...
“ 1950-1994 (43)- Heart attack ” - TheSeaLion
Born and raised by his mother in Manhattan, New York City. His parents divorced when he was two months. His mother (as well as his father) worked in marketing, where they met. The long hours the mother worked left the young George by himself for long hours every day, providing him (in his own words)...
“ 1937-2008 (71)- Heart failure ” - TheSeaLion
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen Carpenter moved with her family to Downey, California, in 1963. Karen's older brother, Richard Carpenter
, decided to put together an instrumental trio with him on the piano, Karen on the drums and their friend Wes Jacobs on the bass and tuba. In a battle of the bands at the Hollywood Bowl in 1966...
“ 1950-1983 (32)- Heart failure caused by chronic anorexia. ” - TheSeaLion
Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Carrie Cash (Rivers) and Raymond Cash. He made his first single, "Hey Porter", for Sun Records in 1955. In 1958 he moved to Columbia Records. He had long periods of drug abuse during the 1960s, but later that decade he successfully fought his addiction with the help of singer June Carter Cash...
“ 1932-2003 (71)- Diabetes ” - TheSeaLion
Graham Chapman was born on January 8, 1941 in Leicester, England while a German air raid was in progress. Graham's father was a chief police inspector and probably inspired the constables Graham often portrayed later in comedy sketches. Graham studied medicine in college and earned an M.D., but he practiced medicine for only a few years...
“ 1941-1989 (48)- Spinal and throat cancer ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1942-2011 (69)- Complications from a stroke ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1929-2015 (86)- Long-term illness ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1934-2016 (82)- Complications from a fall ” - TheSeaLion
Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision. Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on the Left
, which he wrote...
“ 1939-2015 (76)- Brain cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he submitted...
“ 1942-2008 (66)- Cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Peter Wilton Cushing was born on May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England, to Nellie Maria (King) and George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor. He and his older brother David were raised first in Dulwich Village, a south London suburb, and then later back in Surrey. At an early age, Cushing was attracted to acting...
“ 1913-1994 (81)- Prostate cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Dorothy "Dotty" (Teitelbaum) and Phillip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, and his mother was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant...
“ 1921-2004 (82)- Complications from heart surgery ” - TheSeaLion
His birth occurred on Friday, December 31st, 1943, as the son of an Air Force officer, Denver was constantly moved from state to state and country to country. It was in Tucson, Arizona, that his grandmother gave him his first acoustic guitar, a gift that would prove an icebreaker when meeting other students at the many new schools in which he was placed...
“ 1943-1997 (53)- Plane crash ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1920-2004 (85)- Pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease ” - TheSeaLion
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...
“ 1957-2012 (54)- Respiratory failure ” - TheSeaLion
Roger Joseph Ebert was the all-time best-known, most successful movie critic in cinema history, when one thinks of his establishing a rapport with both serious cineastes and the movie-going public and reaching more movie fans via television and print than any other critic. He became the first and only movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize (it would be 28 years before another film critic...
“ 1942-2013 (70)- Metastatic cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Much-loved character actor who specialised in playing slightly sleazy/slightly eccentric and often flawed upper middle class English gentlemen. His career spanned nearly 40 years, becoming a well-known face both in Britain and in the States.
“ 1922-1992 (70)- AIDS ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1956-2016 (60)- Drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1941-1990 (48)- AIDS ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1914-2013 (98) ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1948-2016 (67)- Rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia ” - TheSeaLion
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman...
“ 1928-2014 (86)- Acute myocardial infarction ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1939-1984 (44)- Murder by gunshot ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1940-2014 (74)- Injuries from fall ” - TheSeaLion
Character actor Paul Gleason was adept at playing tough guys and white collar sleazebags, making his film debut in Winter A-Go-Go
. He made a name for himself portraying these unlikeable characters. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gleason studied extensively at the Actor's Studio in New York City...
“ 1939-2006 (67)- Mesothelioma ” - TheSeaLion
Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel
and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa
at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS...
“ 1929-2004 (75)- Lung cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Frank John Gorshin Jr. was born on April 5, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank John Sr., was a railroad worker and his mother, Frances, was a seamstress. While in high school, Frank worked as an usher at the Sheridan Square Theatre and began doing impressions of some of his screen idols: Al Jolson
“ 1933-2005 (72)- Lung cancer, emphysema and pneumonia ” - TheSeaLion
Tony Award-winning English actor Michael Gough, best known for playing the butler Alfred Pennyworth in the first four of Batman
's (1992) (1995) (1997) movies and for playing the arch-criminal Dr. Clement Armstrong in The Avengers
episode "The Cybernauts", was an accomplished performer on both stage and screen...
“ 1916-2011 (94)- Undisclosed illness ” - TheSeaLion
Peter Graves was born Peter Duesler Arness on March 18, 1926 on Minneapolis, Minnesota. While growing up in Minnesota, he excelled at sports and music (as a saxophonist), and by age 16, he was a radio announcer at WMIN in Minneapolis. After two years in the United States Air Force, he studied drama at the University of Minnesota and then headed to Hollywood...
“ 1926-2010 (83)- Heart attack ” - TheSeaLion
British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal Shakespeare Company just a few of his standout credits...
“ 1947-2013 (65)- Complications following heart surgery ” - TheSeaLion
Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England, and was raised by his mother, Agnes Cuffe. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton
Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941...
“ 1914-2000 (86)- Liver cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Kevin Peter Hall
This African American actor attended Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He started his junior year at 6' 5" and finished it at 6' 9"! He played basketball throughout his high-school years and won a scholarship. He averaged 18 points a game and 10 rebounds! He played basketball during college...
“ 1955-1991 (35)- AIDS ” - TheSeaLion
Murray Hamilton was one of those character actors whose face would be familiar to most movie buffs at an instant, yet his name may not. That's a shame, because Hamilton was one of the most versatile and prolific of performers who was never anything less than completely convincing in any role he took on...
“ 1923-1986 (63)- Respiratory arrest and lung cancer ” - TheSeaLion
A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles
, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison
and Louise Harrison
. Like his future band mates...
“ 1943-2001 (58)- Lung cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, and English descent...
“ 1948-1998 (49)- Homicide ” - TheSeaLion
Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school teachers to get his diploma...
“ 1942-2008 (65)- Stroke ” - TheSeaLion
Pat Hingle (real name: Martin Patterson Hingle) was born in Miami, Florida, the son of a building contractor. His parents divorced when Hingle was still in his infancy (he never knew his father) and his mother supported the family by teaching school in Denver. She then began to travel (with her son in tow) in search of more lucrative work; by age 13 Hingle had lived in a dozen cities...
“ 1924-2009 (84)- Myelodysplasia ” - TheSeaLion
Christopher Eric Hitchens (born April 13, 1949) was a British-American author, journalist, and literary critic. He was a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Nation, Slate, and Free Inquiry. Hitchens is known for his atheism and anti-theism and was a firm believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism...
“ 1949-2011 (62)- Pneumonia and esophageal cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ 1899-1980 (80)- Renal failure ” - TheSeaLion
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...
“ 1967-2014 (46)- Mixed drug overdose ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1936-1959 (22)- Plane crash ” - TheSeaLion
William Michael Hootkins was born on July 5, 1948, in Dallas, Texas. He moved to London, England in the early '70s and lived there up until 2002. Hootkins was an actor at Theatre Intime while attending Princeton University where he learned how to speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. He also trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts...
“ 1948-2005 (57)- Pancreatic cancer ” - TheSeaLion
began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He later completed his Ph.D...
“ 1953-2015 (61)- Plane crash ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1950-2009 (59)- Heart attack ” - TheSeaLion
This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnould Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and mathematician...
“ 1940-2017 (77)- Pancreatic cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Steve Irwin was born in 1962 to parents Lyn and Bob Irwin, who were animal naturalists. He shared the love for animals all his life, stemming from being raised at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. There, he partook in daily duties of animal feeding and care. He quickly established himself with the Queenland's government on the process of the country's Crocodile Relocation Program...
“ 1962-2006 (44)- Stingray accident ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1915-1998 (83)- Natural causes ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1921-1991 (70) ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1932-2014 (82)- Lewy body dementia ” - TheSeaLion
Jackson DeForest Kelley was born on January 20, 1920 in Toccoa, Georgia, to Clora (Casey) and Ernest David Kelley. He graduated from high school at age 16 and went on to sing at the Baptist church where his father was a minister. At age 17, he made his first trip outside the state to visit an uncle in Long Beach...
“ 1920-1999 (79)- Stomach cancer ” - TheSeaLion
George Harris Kennedy, Jr. was born on February 18, 1925 in New York City, to Helen A. (Kieselbach), a ballet dancer, and George Harris Kennedy, an orchestra leader and musician. Following high school graduation, Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 with the hope to become a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps...
“ 1925-2016 (91)- Heart ailment ” - TheSeaLion
Irvin Kershner was born on April 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Southern California film school, Kershner began his career in 1950, producing documentaries for the United States Information Service in the Middle East. He later turned to television, directing and photographing a series of documentaries called "Confidential File"...
“ 1923-2010 (87)- Lung cancer ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1938-2015 (76) ” - TheSeaLion
An out-of-wedlock child, Eartha Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. Kitt's mother was a sharecropper of African-American and Cherokee Native American descent who became pregnant after being raped by a white plantation owner. Given away by her mother, she arrived in Harlem at age nine...
“ 1927-2008 (81)- Colon cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Actor Ted Knight paid his dues with nearly two decades of relatively obscure dramatic, often villainous television work, before finding enduring fame in a scene-stealing supporting turn on a classic 1970s sitcom, hilariously overplaying a silver-haired, self-important imbecile. Although the conceited "stuffed shirt" typecast plagued him for the rest of his career...
“ 1923-1986 (62)- Colon and bladder cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ 1928-1999 (70)- Natural causes ” - TheSeaLion
Heath Ledger work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You
, The Patriot
, A Knight's Tale
, Monster's Ball
, Ned Kelly
, The Brothers Grimm
, Lords of Dogtown
, Brokeback Mountain
, I'm Not There.
, The Dark Knight
and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director...
“ 1979-2008 (28)- Accidental presciption drug overdose ” - TheSeaLion
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ 1922-2015 (93)- Heart failure ” - TheSeaLion
Nelle Harper Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama in the 1920s. It was a time of hostility between whites and blacks in the United States, especially in Alabama. Her father, a lawyer, also ran a local newspaper. Her mother suffered from mental illness and oftentimes stayed inside from others; she was thought to suffer from bipolar disorder...
“ 1926-2016 (89) ” - TheSeaLion
Born and raised in New York City, Robert Loggia studied journalism at the University of Missouri before moving back to New York to pursue acting. He trained at the Actors Studio while doing stage work. From the late 1950s he was a familiar face on TV, usually as authoritative figures. Loggia also found work in movies such as The Greatest Story Ever Told
“ 1930-2015 (85)- Alzheimer's disease ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1937-2016 (78)- Undisclosed illness ” - TheSeaLion
“ 1937-1987 (49)- Stroke ” - TheSeaLion
Freddie Mercury was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, sent him off to a private school in India, from 1955 til 1963. In 1964 Freddie and his family flew to England. Freddie was very delighted to come to England. In 1966 he started his education at the Ealing College of Art...
“ 1946-1991 (45)- AIDS ” - TheSeaLion
One of the truly great and gifted performers of the century who often suffered lesser roles, Burgess Meredith was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1907 and educated in Amherst College in Massachusetts before joining Eva Le Gallienne's stage company in New York City in 1933. He became a favorite of dramatist Maxwell Anderson
“ 1907-1997 (89)- Melanoma and Alzheimer's disease ” - TheSeaLion
Don Messick is a legendary voice actor who spent his entire adult-hood in entertainment. He started out wanting to be a ventriloquist. Thankfully for cartoon lovers that career didn't pan out. How do you think his potential career would've stacked up against Edgar Bergen and later, Paul Winchell? No matter...
“ 1926-1997 (71)- Stroke ” - TheSeaLion
Character actor and playwright Jason Miller had a variety of jobs before he started a writing career and wrote his own play, "That Championship Season", for which he received the Pulitzer Prize Award. Miller gave up his professional writing career in the early seventies to start acting. In 1973, he starred as a troubled priest in the horror film classic The Exorcist
“ 1939-2001 (62)- Heart attack ” - TheSeaLion
Handsome Ricardo Montalban was the epitome of continental elegance, charm and grace on film and television and in the late 1940s and early 1950s reinvigorated the Rudolph Valentino
/ Ramon Novarro
"Latin Lover" style in Hollywood without achieving top screen stardom. Moreover, unlike most minority actors of his time...
“ 1920-2009 (88)- Congestive heart failure ” - TheSeaLion
Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New Yorker and to be closer to other siblings from previous marriages...
“ 1977-2009 (32)- Pneumonia and anemia ” - TheSeaLion
Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse...
“ 1926-2010 (84)- Pneumonia ” - TheSeaLion
Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit part in Queen for a Day
and another as a ballplayer in the perennial Rhubarb
“ 1931-2015 (83)- COPD ” - TheSeaLion
After wartime naval service, Alan North began his show business career as a stage manager in New York. He first worked on Broadway in "Plain and Fancy", doubling up as understudy for the small part of Isaac Miller. The play had a successful run between 1955 and 1956 (461 performances) and this led to further acting work in diverse productions...
“ 1920-2000 (79)- Kidney and lung cancer ” - TheSeaLion
O'Neal was born in New York in 1969, but moved to Boston when he was just 1 year old. He was educated at West Roxbury High School and went on to attend Northeastern University, both in Boston. After this, various jobs followed including a sausage cart vendor at a train station, flower seller and popcorn seller at the Boston Garden Arena...
“ 1969-2011 (41)- Stroke ” - TheSeaLion
Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry. Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting alone in the MGM Commissary waiting for her mother when a stranger approached her asking her name...
“ 1975-1988 (12)- Cardiopulmonary arrest and intestinal stenosis ” - TheSeaLion
British actor Bob Peck was born in Leeds in north England on August 23, 1945. He attended Leeds Modern School and then graduated from Leeds College of Art before starting professional stage acting. Peck acted for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He also starred in more than 20 television dramas...
“ 1945-1999 (53)- Cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins
, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony. Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University and Rollins College...
“ 1932-1992 (60)- Pneumonia as a complication of AIDS ” - TheSeaLion
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
“ 1970-1993 (23)- Drug-induced heart failure ” - TheSeaLion
Michael went to school in New York before taking a creative writing course. The professor for this course told everyone, "There are enough bad writers out there. There needn't be anymore". Michael recalls that the professor would rip up his writing and he would be so broken-hearted. This professor eventually chased him into journalism...
“ 1948-2005 (57)- Cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Edward Platt will forever be known as the Chief, aka Harold Clark, aka Thaddeus, on "Get Smart." According to show creator Leonard Stern, he remembered Platt as the juvenile officer in "Rebel Without A Cause" and wanted Platt specifically for the role of Chief. When Platt came in he began breaking into song (he had a classically trained baritone voice) Stern knew Platt could carry off comedy...
“ 1916-1974 (58)- Suicide ” - TheSeaLion
Classically-trained actor Pete Postlethwaite was born Peter William Postlethwaite in 1946 and was a distinguished character actor on stage, TV and film. Growing up in Warrington, Lancashire amid middle-class surroundings, he went to college and while completing his studies developed an interest in theatre...
“ 1946-2011 (64)- Pancreatic cancer ” - TheSeaLion
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ 1911-1993 (82)- Lung cancer and emphysema ” - TheSeaLion
Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi
“ 1944-2014 (69)- Autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis ” - TheSeaLion
Like a number of British actors of the same generation (John Hurt
and Alan Rickman
, to name two), Roger Rees originally trained for the visual arts. He was born on May 5 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and acted in church and Boy Scouts stage productions while growing up in South London, but studied painting and lithography at the Slade School of Art...
“ 1944-2015 (71)- Brain cancer ” - TheSeaLion