Died in 2017

by The_Adjuster88 | created - 13 Jan 2017 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

R.I.P.

1. Om Puri

Actor | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Om Puri was an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. He has received an honorary OBE.

Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked on the railways and served in the Indian Army. Puri ...

Died: 6 January 2017 (aged 66)

Actor: Ardh Satya (film), City of Joy (film), East Is East (film)

2. William Peter Blatty

Writer | The Exorcist

William Peter Blatty was born on January 7, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The Exorcist (1973), The Ninth Configuration (1980) and The Exorcist III (1990). He was married to Julie Alicia Witbrodt, Linda Blatty, Elizabeth Gilman and Mary Margaret Rigard. He died on ...

Died: January 12, 2017 (aged 89)

Novelist (The Exorcist, Legion) and screenwriter (A Shot in the Dark)

3. Lord Snowdon

Camera_department | Aria

Lord Snowdon was born on March 7, 1930 in London, England as Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones. He is known for his work on Aria (1987), CBS Reports (1959) and The Blue Black Hussar (2013). He was married to Lucy Mary Davies and Princess Margaret. He died on January 13, 2017 in Kensington, ...

Died: 13 January 2017 (aged 86)

English photographer, filmmaker and former husband of Princess Margaret

4. Miguel Ferrer

Actor | Traffic

Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and RoboCop (1987). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Died: January 19, 2017 (aged 61)

Actor: RoboCop (film), Mulan (film), Crossing Jordan (film)

5. Gorden Kaye

Actor | 'Allo 'Allo!

Gorden Kaye was born on April 7, 1941 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England as Gordon Irving Kaye. He was an actor, known for 'Allo 'Allo! (1982), Brazil (1985) and Born and Bred (1978). He died on January 23, 2017 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire.

Died: 23 January 2017 (aged 75)

Actor: Allo 'Allo! (TV Series), Brazil (Film), Coronation Street (TV Series).

6. Mary Tyler Moore

Actress | Ordinary People

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...

Died January 25, 2017 (aged 80)

Actress: The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (TV Series), Ordinary People (Film)

7. Barbara Hale

Actress | Perry Mason

Barbara was born on 18 April 1922, as one of two children. As a young girl, Ms. Hale intended to major in art and drawing; she began her professional career as a model for a comic strip called "Ramblin' Bill", during the time she was working her way through The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. She ...

Died: January 26, 2017 (aged 94)

Actress: Perry Mason (film), Airport (film)

8. John Hurt

Actor | Nineteen Eighty-Four

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 Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and ...

Died: 27 January 2017 (aged 77)

Actor: Midnight Express (film), Alien (film), The Elephant Man (film)

9. Joost van der Westhuizen

Producer | Glory Game: The Joost van der Westhuizen Story

Joost van der Westhuizen was born on February 20, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa as Joost Heystek van der Westhuizen. He was a producer, known for Glory Game: The Joost van der Westhuizen Story (2014) and Saamstaan: Ampie feat. Joost van der Westhuizen (2014). He was married to Amor Vittone and ...

Date of death: 6 February 2017 (aged 45)

rugby union player (Bulls, Blue Bulls, national team),

10. Richard Hatch

Actor | Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming

Born in Santa Monica, California, USA, Richard Hatch was studying classical piano at the age of eight, and knew he wanted to carve out a career as a performer before he reached his teens. After attending Harbor College in San Pedro, he joined a Los Angeles repertory company with which he traveled ...

Died: February 7, 2017 (aged 71)

Actor: Battlestar Galactica (TV Series), The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series), All My Children (TV Series)

11. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Actress | An Ideal Husband

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, or TP-T as she had become widely recognised by the nation, first rose to fame in the Nineties when she was a budding writer and fashion enthusiast eager to share her views with the world by entering into a newly-found London lifestyle - a big change from her quintessentially ...

Died: 8 February 2017 (aged 45)

British socialite and television presenter.

12. Alice Ludes

Broadway Melody of 1940

Alice Ludes was born on December 20, 1912 in Tacoma, Washington, USA as Alice Dora Sizer. She was an actress, known for Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940), Girl Crazy (1943) and Hit Parade of 1943 (1943). She was married to Edward J. "Ed" Ludes. She died on February 12, 2017 in Ventura, California, USA.

Died: February 12, 2017 (age 104)

13. William Woodson

Actor | Escape from the Planet of the Apes

He was the narrator of the famous TV series The Invaders, an American science fiction television program created by Larry Cohen that aired on ABC for two seasons, from January 10, 1967 to March 26, 1968. Dominic Frontiere, who had provided scores for Twelve O'Clock High and The Outer Limits, ...

Died: February 22, 2017 (aged 99)

American voice actor: (This is Your FBI, Super Friends)

14. Bill Paxton

Actor | Aliens

Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World ...

Died: February 25, 2017 (aged 61)

Actor: Apollo 13 (film), Aliens (film) Big Love (film).

15. Neil Fingleton

Actor | X: First Class

Neil Fingleton was born on February 18, 1980 in Durham, England. He is known for his work on X: First Class (2011), 47 Ronin (2013) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). He died on February 25, 2017 in London, England.

Died: 25 February 2017 (aged 36)

Actor Game of Thrones (TV Series), 47 Ronin (film), Doctor Who (TV Series) and basketball player,

16. Miriam Colon

Actress | Scarface

Miriam Colon was born on August 20, 1936 in Ponce, Puerto Rico as Miriam Colon Valle. She was an actress, known for Scarface (1983), Goal! The Dream Begins (2005) and Sabrina (1995). She was married to Fred Valle and George Paul Edgar. She died on March 3, 2017 in New York City, New York, USA.

Born: Míriam Colón Valle

Died: 3 March 2017 (aged 80)

Actress Scarface (film), Goal! (film), All the Pretty Horses (film),

17. Joni Sledge

Soundtrack | California Girls

Joni Sledge was born on September 13, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Joan Sledge. She died on March 10, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Died: 10 March 2017 (aged 60)

Singer: Sister Sledge (Band) "We Are Family"

18. Lawrence Montaigne

Actor | The Great Escape

"Every actor should have a Great Escape" wrote Lawrence Montaigne in his autobiography "A Vulcan Odyssey". He referred, of course, to the famous 1960's P.O.W. classic in which he played a small role. His character, Canadian prisoner Haynes, gets killed at the end of the film. Nonetheless, this was ...

Died: March 17, 2017 (aged 86)

Actor: The Great Escape (film), Star Trek (TV series), Escape to Witch Mountain (film).

19. Chuck Berry

Soundtrack | Men in Black

Chuck Berry was born on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Charles Edward Anderson Berry. He was married to Themetta "Toddy" Suggs. He died on March 18, 2017 in Wentzville, St. Charles County, Missouri.

Birth name: Charles Edward Anderson Berry

Died: March 18, 2017 (aged 90)

American rock and roll musician ("Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven")

20. Colin Dexter

Writer | Endeavour

Colin Dexter was born on September 29, 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England as Norman Colin Dexter. He was a writer and actor, known for Endeavour (2012), Inspector Lewis (2006) and Inspector Morse (1987). He was married to Dorothy Cooper. He died on March 21, 2017 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, ...

Born: Norman Colin Dexter

Died: 21 March 2017 (aged 86)

English author (Inspector Morse series).

21. Jean Rouverol

Actress | It's a Gift

Jean Rouverol was born on July 8, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for It's a Gift (1934), Guiding Light (1952) and Bar 20 Rides Again (1935). She was married to Hugo Butler. She died on March 24, 2017 in Wingdale, New York, USA.

Died: March 24, 2017 (aged 100)

American actress: It's a Gift (film) and screenwriter (Autumn Leaves, The Guiding Light).

22. Clem Curtis

Self | Flashback: The History of UK Black Music

Clem Curtis was born on November 28, 1940 in Trinidad, British West Indies as Curtis Clements. He was married to Safonova, Edena. He died on March 27, 2017 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England.

Died: 27 March 2017

British singer: The Foundations (Band) "Build Me Up Buttercup"

23. Don Rickles

Actor | Kelly's Heroes

Don Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. After the Golden Era of Hollywood ended, Don Rickles was, until early 2017, one man still living to tell his tales. One of the most respected talents in entertainment, Rickles got his start in the night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when...

Died: April 6, 2017 (aged 90)

comedian and actor Toy Story (films), Casino (film), Kelly's Heroes (film)

24. Peter Hansen

Actor | General Hospital

Peter Hansen was born on December 5, 1921 in Oakland, California, USA as Peter Franklin Hansen. He was an actor, known for General Hospital (1963), The War of the Roses (1989) and Dragonfly (2002). He was married to Florence Elizabeth (Betty) Moe. He died on April 9, 2017 in Santa Clarita, ...

Died: April 9,2017 (age 95)

American actor: General Hospital (TV Series)

25. Charlie Murphy

Actor | Norbit

Charlie Murphy was born on July 12, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles Quinton Murphy. He was an actor and writer, known for Norbit (2007), Night at the Museum (2006) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy. He died on April 12, 2017 in New York City.

Died: April 12, 2017 (aged 57)

comedian, actor and screenwriter Chappelle's Show (TV Show), Norbit (Film), The Boondocks (TV Series)

Brother of Eddie Murphy

26. Clifton James

Actor | Live and Let Die

Blustery, stocky, loud although often genial character actor who has created a niche for himself playing often frustrated and fast talking Southern characters... most noticeably as Sheriff J.W. Pepper alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond adventures Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the ...

Died: April 15, 2017 (aged 96)

Actor Live and Let Die (film), Silver Streak (film), Eight Men Out (film)

27. Erin Moran

Actress | Joanie Loves Chachi

Born in Burbank, California, USA on October 18, 1960, Erin Moran was the youngest daughter of Sharon and Edward Moran, who have five other children. She attended Walter Reed Junior High School for one year and North Hollywood High School for another year. Her first professional acting job was in a ...

Died: April 22, 2017 (aged 56)

Actress: Happy Days (TV Series), Joanie Loves Chachi (TV Series)

28. Lorna Gray

Actress | Daughter of Don Q

Born Virginia Pound, Lorna Gray was "discovered" by an agent while modeling in a fashion show. She was given a screen test, and Columbia was impressed enough to sign her to a contract (it was at this time that she was given the name "Lorna Gray", which she kept until 1945, when she changed it to "...

Died: April 30, 2017 (aged 99)

Actress: O, My Darling Clementine (Film), Captain America (Radio), Oh! Susanna (Film)

29. Michael Parks

Actor | Red State

Michael Parks is known as an actor's actor by his peers with a breadth of astonishing range that has allowed him to portray stunning contrasts--sometimes in the same film, like in Tusk (2014), starring in dual roles as an erudite serial killer opposite Justin Long, and as a feeble rube opposite ...

Born: Harry Samuel Parks

Died: May 9, 2017 (aged 77)

Actor: Twin Peaks (TV Series), From Dusk Till Dawn (Film), Kill Bill (Film)

30. Geoffrey Bayldon

Actor | A Night to Remember

Born Leeds, England and trained at Old Vic Theatre School, 1947-1949. First stage appearance in "Tough at the Top" (C.B. Cochran's last musical) in 1949, followed by seasons at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; Glasgow Citizen's and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. First in ...

Died: 10 May 2017 (aged 93)

Actor: Catweazle (TV Series), Worzel Gummidge (TV Series), Dracula (film)

Also played The Professor in Fort Boyard (TV Series)

31. Powers Boothe

Actor | The Avengers

Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a ...

Died: May 14, 2017 (aged 68)

Actor: Tombstone (film), Deadwood (film), Red Dawn (film)

32. Chris Cornell

Soundtrack | Casino Royale

Chris Cornell was a rock icon who thrived on contradictions. An innovator who resisted genre labels, he was nonetheless a chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Frequently ranked as one of the best voices in music history, he successfully maintained his own unique identity over decades as a ...

Birth name: Christopher John Boyle

Musician and singer-songwriter: Audioslave (Band), Soundgarden (Band)

Sang "You Know My Name" from Casino Royals (film)

33. Roger Moore

Actor | Moonraker

Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down.

Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His ...

Died: 23 May 2017 (aged 89)

Actor: James Bond (films), The Persuaders! (TV Series), The Saint (TV Series)

34. John Noakes

Actor | Redcap

John Noakes was born on March 6, 1934 in Shelf, Halifax, Yorkshire, England as John Wallace Bottomley. He was an actor, known for Redcap (1964), The Rise and Fall of César Birotteau (1965) and Camera Three (1955). He was married to Victoria Fenez. He died on May 28, 2017 in Palma, Majorca, ...

Died: 28 May 2017 (aged 83)

British television presenter (Blue Peter, Go With Noakes)

35. Molly Peters

Actress | Thunderball

Molly Peters was a gorgeous and voluptuous British blonde bombshell actress and model who alas only appeared in a handful of films and TV shows during her regrettably fleeting acting career in the mid 60s. Molly was born in 1942 in Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk, England. Peters started out as a model...

Died: 30 May 2017 (aged 75)

British actress (Thunderball).

36. Roy Barraclough

Actor | Funland

Roy Barraclough began his career as a draughtsman, taking time off to work as an entertainer in a holiday camp on the Isle of Wight. Combining his day job with local amateur theatre for several years, he was eventually offered a full-time acting contract by repertory theatre producer Nita Valerie ...

Died: 1 June 2017 (age 81)

Actor: (Coronation Street, Cissie and Ada)

37. Peter Sallis

Actor | The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Peter Sallis was born on February 1, 1921 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England as Peter John Sallis. He was an actor, known for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Last of the Summer Wine (1973) and The Wrong Trousers (1993). He was married to Elaine Usher. He died on June 2, 2017 in Denville Hall, ...

Died: June 2, 2017 (aged 90)

Actor: Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series), Wallace and Gromit (TV Series), The Wind in the Willows (TV Series)

38. Andy Cunningham

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Andrew "Andy" Cunningham (13 May 1950 - 5 June 2017), was an English actor, puppeteer and writer. He was perhaps best known as the creator and main writer of the children's BBC television series, Bodger & Badger, in which he acted as Simon Bodger and his pet, Badger.

Cunningham studied at the ...

Died: 5 June 2017 (aged 67)

British magician, puppeteer and actor (Bodger & Badger)

39. Adam West

Actor | Batman

Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson, a farmer, and his wife Audrey V. (Speer), an opera singer. At age 10, Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man...

Died: June 9, 2017 (aged 88)

actor: (Batman, Family Guy, Robinson Crusoe on Mars)

40. Henry J. Deutschendorf II

Actor | Ghostbusters II

Henry ( Hank) J. Deutschendorf was born in America on April 29, 1988. He and his twin brother William were nephews of folk singer,John Denver, and became actors. He is remembered for Ghostbusters II (1989) and Clean Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2017). He and his twin "tag teamed " the ...

Died: June 14, 2017 (age 29)

American child actor (Ghostbusters II)

41. John G. Avildsen

Director | Rocky

John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), Rocky V (1990) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in ...

Died: June 16, 2017 (aged 81)

Film director: (Rocky, The Karate Kid, Save the Tiger)

42. Michael Bond

Writer | Paddington

Michael Bond was born on January 13, 1926 in Newbury, Berkshire, England as Thomas Michael Bond. He was a writer, known for Paddington (2014), Paddington 2 (2017) and The Herbs (1968). He was married to Susan Marfey Rogers and Brenda Mary Johnson. He died on June 27, 2017 in Paddington, London, ...

Born: Thomas Michael Bond

Died: 27 June 2017 (aged 91)

American singer (Steam) and songwriter ("Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye")

43. Barry Norman

Writer | The Hollywood Greats

Barry Norman was the son of Leslie Norman, a British film and television director, producer and writer, and his wife Elizabeth. He was educated at a state primary school and at Highgate School, then an all-boys independent school in North London. He did not go to university, but instead began his ...

Died: 30 June 2017 (aged 83)

British film critic, media personality and novelist.

44. Carol Lee Scott

Actress | Grotbags

Carol Lee Scott was born on December 20, 1942 in Bridgwater, Somerset, England as Carol Waterman. She was an actress, known for Grotbags (1991), Emu's World (1982) and E.M.U. TV (1989). She was married to Bill Ling. She died on July 4, 2017 in England.

Died: 4 July 2017 (aged 74)

English actress: Grotbags (TV Show)

45. Joan Lee

Actress | X-Men: Apocalypse

Joan Lee was born on January 13, 1922 in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, England as Joan Clayton Boocock. She was an actress, known for X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Spider-Man (1994) and Fantastic Four (1994). She was married to Stan Lee. She died on July 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Born: Joan Clayton Boocock

Died: July 6, 2017 (aged 95)

British-born American voice actress: Spider-Man (Animated Series), Fantastic Four (Animated Series) and model.

46. Martin Landau

Actor | Ed Wood

Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also ...

Died: July 15, 2017 (aged 89)

Actor: Ed Wood (Film), Mission: Impossible (TV Series), Crimes and Misdemeanors (Film).

47. George A. Romero

Writer | Land of the Dead

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...

Died: July 16, 2017 (aged 77)

film Director and screenwriter: (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, The Crazies)

48. Harvey Atkin

Actor | Meatballs

Harvey Atkin was born on December 18, 1942 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for Meatballs (1979), Cagney & Lacey (1981) and The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police (1997). He was married to Celia Tessler. He died on July 17, 2017 in Toronto.

Died: 17 July 2017 (aged 74)

Actor: Cagney & Lacey (TV Series), Meatballs (Film), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)

49. Chester Bennington

Soundtrack | Transformers

Chester Charles Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Susan Elaine (Johnson), a nurse, and Lee Russell Bennington, a police detective. His parents divorced when he was 11 years old. He has two half sisters and a half brother. He attended Centennial High School at the beginning of his freshman...

Died: July 20, 2017 (aged 41)

Singer and songwriter (Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, Stone Temple Pilots)

50. Deborah Watling

Actress | The Invisible Man

Born on 2 January 1948, Deborah Watling grew up in an acting family. She attended stage school after failing her O level exams, but left after three weeks and got herself an agent. She then landed the part of Alice in a BBC play "The Life of Lewis Carroll" (aka The Wednesday Play: Alice (1965)). ...

Died: 21 July 2017 (aged 69)

Actress: Doctor Who (TV Show), Alice (Series), Take Me High (Film)

51. Pudsey

Self | Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

Pudsey was born on December 28, 2005 in the United Kingdom. He was an actor, known for Pudsey the Dog: The Movie (2014), Mr. Stink (2012) and Pointless Celebrities (2010). He died on July 20, 2017 in England.

Died: 21 July 2017 (aged 11)

Border-Collie performing dog (Britain's Got Talent, Pudsey: The Movie, Mr Stink)

52. John Heard

Actor | Home Alone

John Heard was a very talented actor who established himself as a respected thespian in the late 1970s and early '80s, though he is perhaps better known for his turns as Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin')s father in the Home Alone (1990) movies.

John was born in Washington, D.C., to Helen (...

Died: July 21, 2017 (aged 72)

Actor: Home Alone (Film), Big (Flim), Prison Break (TV Series)

53. Barbara Marx

Self | Sinatra in Palm Springs

Barbara Marx was born on March 10, 1927 in Bosworth, Missouri, USA as Barbara Ann Blakeley. She was married to Frank Sinatra, Zeppo Marx and Robert Harrison Oliver. She died on July 25, 2017 in Rancho Mirage, California, USA.

Born: Barbara Blakeley Died: July 25, 2017 (aged 90)

American fashion model (Richard Blackwell) and showgirl

Spouse(s): (2) Herbert "Zeppo" Marx(m. 1959; div. 1973) (3)Frank Sinatra (m. 1976; d. 1998)

54. June Foray

Actress | Mulan

Legendary voice actress June Foray was born June Lucille Forer on September 18, 1917 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Ida (Robinson) and Maurice Forer was of Russian descent and her mother Ida Robinson was of French Canadian And Native American descent.

She started in the voice field at the age of ...

Born: June Lucille Forer Died: July 26, 2017 (aged 99)

Actress: The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (TV Show), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV special), Looney Tunes (animated series)

55. Lois Laurel

Actress | Last of the Summer Wine

Lois Laurel was born on December 10, 1927 in Beverly Hills, California, USA as Lois Jefferson. She was an actress, known for Last of the Summer Wine (1973), This Is Your Life (1952) and One Moment Please (1956). She was married to Tony Hawes and Rand Brooks. She died on July 28, 2017 in Granada ...

Died: July 28, 2017 (age 89)

Daughter of Stan Laurel

56. Glen Campbell

Soundtrack | True Grit

Glen Campbell was born on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, USA as Glen Travis Campbell. He was married to Kim Campbell, Sarah Jan Barg Davis, Billie Jean Nunley and Diane Kirk. He died on August 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Died: August 8, 2017 (aged 81)

Singer "Rhinestone Cowboy", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and Actor True Grit (Film)

57. Sonny Landham

Actor | Predator

An actor with a powerful physique, booming voice and who has played several "Native American" characters, Sonny Landham first broke into mainstream film with a bit part as a police officer in Walter Hill's gang film The Warriors (1979), then other minor roles in Southern Comfort (1981) & Poltergeist...

Born: William M. Landham Died: August 17, 2017 (aged 76)

Actor Predator (Flim), 48 Hrs.(Film), Lock Up (Flim),

58. Bruce Forsyth

Actor | Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Veteran entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth had a career spanning eight decades, in which he went from struggling variety performer to Saturday night TV stardom. On the way, he became one of the most recognisable entertainers in the business, driven by what appeared to be inexhaustible energy. He became ...

Born: Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson Died: 18 August 2017 (aged 89)

Television Presenter: "The Generation Game", "Play Your Cards Right", "Strictly Come Dancing"

59. Jerry Lewis

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...

Birth name: Joseph Levitch Died: August 20, 2017 (aged 91)

Comedian: "Martin and Lewis", Actor: The Nutty Professor (Film) and humanitarian "The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon"

60. Jay Thomas

Actor | The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Jay Thomas was born in Kermit, Texas, to Katherine (Guzzino), a tap-dancing South Louisiana belle of Italian descent, and T. Harry Terrell, Sr., an oil man. Reared in New Orleans, he was always active in sports and performing. He won his first award as emcee of the Jesuit High School talent show. ...

Born: Jon Thomas Terrell

Died: August 24, 2017 (aged 69)

Actor: Cheers (TV Series), Murphy Brown (TV Series), Love & War (TV Series)

61. Tobe Hooper

Director | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror (2005).

Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, to Lois Belle (Crosby) and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He spent the 1960s as a college ...

Born: William Tobe Hooper

Died: August 26, 2017 (aged 74)

Film director (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist, Salem's Lot)

62. Richard Anderson

Actor | Forbidden Planet

Richard Anderson appeared in high school plays, served a hitch in the Army and, upon his discharge, began doing summer stock, radio work, a movie bit part (a wounded soldier in Twelve O'Clock High (1949)) and all the other minor jobs required of your basic struggling actor. He did comedy scenes on a...

Died: August 31, 2017 (aged 91)

Actor: The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series), The Bionic Woman (TV Series), Forbidden Planet (Film).

63. Gastone Moschin

Actor | The Godfather: Part II

Gastone Moschin was born on June 8, 1929 in San Giovanni Lupatoto, Veneto, Italy. He is known for his work on The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966) and Amici miei - Atto III° (1985). He was married to Marzia Ubaldi. He died on September 4, 2017 in Terni, ...

Died: 4 September 2017 (aged 88)

Actor: The Godfather Part II (Movie), Caliber 9 (Movie), My Friends (Movie)

64. Len Wein

Actor | X-Men: Days of Future Past

One of the most influential and prolific comic book writers, Leonard Norman Wein is best known as the co-creator of Marvel's premier female superhero Ororo Munroe (aka "Storm"), the claw-bearing X-Man James 'Logan' Howlett (aka "Wolverine") and the earth elemental known as 'Swamp Thing'. The iconic...

Born: Leonard Norman Wein Died: September 10, 2017

Comic book writer and editor: (Swamp Thing, Watchmen), co-creator of Wolverine.

65. Harry Dean Stanton

Actor | Alien

Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton's drooping, weather-beaten appearance and superb acting talent have been his ticket to appearing in over 100 films, and 50 TV episodes.

Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco ...

Died: September 15, 2017 (aged 91)

Actor: Alien (Film), The Green Mile (Film), Big Love (TV Series)

66. Jake LaMotta

Writer | Raging Bull

Jake LaMotta had one of the best chins in boxing history. In over 110 fights against the greatest middleweights in history, LaMotta was only knocked to the canvas once in his entire 14 year career. Turning pro in the early 1940s, Lamotta ran up an impressive undefeated streak before losing. He was ...

Real name: Giacobbe LaMotta Died: September 19, 2017 (aged 95)

American Hall of Fame boxer and comedian. (inspiration for Raging Bull)

67. William G. Stewart

Producer | Paradise Island

William G. Stewart was born on July 15, 1933 in Habrough, Lincolnshire, England as William Gladstone Stewart. He was a producer and director, known for Paradise Island (1977), The Bright Side (1985) and Tickets for the Titanic (1987). He was married to Laura Calland, Sally Geeson and Audrey Ann ...

Died: 21 September 2017 (aged 84)

British game show host (Fifteen to One) and television producer.

68. Bobby Knutt

Actor | Jake's Progress

Bobby Knutt was born on November 25, 1945 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Robert Andrew Wass. He was an actor, known for Jake's Progress (1995), Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996) and How We Used to Live (1968). He was married to Donna Hartley. He died on September 25, 2017 in France.

Born: Robert Andrew Wass Died: 25 September 2017 (aged 71)

Actor and comedian: Coronation Street (TV Series), Benidorm (TV Series), Emmerdale (TV Series)

69. Elizabeth Dawn

Actress | Coronation Street

Sylvia Butterfield MBE, known professionally as Elizabeth Dawn or Liz Dawn, is an English actress, best known for her role as Vera Duckworth in the long-running British soap opera, Coronation Street. First starting on the serial in 1974, she had more of a recurring role as a factory worker until ...

Born: Sylvia Butterfield Died: 25 September 2017 (aged 77)

Actress: Coronation Street (TV Series), Crown Court (TV Series)

70. Anthony Booth

Actor | Till Death Us Do Part

Anthony Booth was born on October 9, 1931 in Liverpool, England as Anthony George Booth. He was an actor, known for Till Death Us Do Part (1965), Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974) and The Avengers (1961). He was married to Stephanie Buckley, Nancy Jaeger, Patricia Phoenix and Gale Booth. He ...

Died: 25 September 2017 (aged 85)

Actor: Till Death Us Do Part (TV Series), Coronation Street (TV Series)

71. Barry Dennen

Actor | Fiddler on the Roof

Best known for his nearly 40-year association with the musical sensation "Jesus Christ Superstar," actor-singer-voice artist Barry Dennen has a multi-media resume.

Dennen was born in Chicago on February 22, 1938; his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. After graduating from UCLA (where ...

Died: September 26, 2017 (aged 79)

Actor Jesus Christ Superstar (Flim), The Shining (Flim), Fiddler on the Roof (Flim)

72. Hugh Hefner

Actor | Hop

Hugh Hefner was born on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Hugh Marston Hefner. He was a producer, known for Hop (2011), Miss March (2009) and The Girls in the Band (2011). He was married to Crystal Hefner, Kimberley Conrad and Mildred Williams. He died on September 27, 2017 in Holmby Hills...

Died: September 27, 2017 (aged 91)

Magazine publisher (Playboy), businessman (Playboy Enterprises) and reality television personality (The Girls Next Door)

73. Anne Jeffreys

Actress | Riffraff

The ever-lovely, poised and vivacious blonde Anne Jeffreys was born Annie Jeffreys Carmichael in 1923 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Firmly managed by her mother, she trained in voice at a fairly early age and received her first break in the entertainment field after signing with the John Robert ...

Died: September 27, 2017 (aged 94)

Actress: General Hospital (TV Series) Topper (TV Series), Dick Tracy (Film)

74. Benjamin Whitrow

Actor | Chicken Run

Benjamin Whitrow was a softly-spoken, RADA-trained English actor who performed on stage from 1959. He worked for seven years in the 1960s under the direction of Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre. He was also a prolific actor on screen, usually seen in avuncular roles. He is probably best ...

Died: 28 September 2017 (aged 80)

Actor: Pride and Prejudice (Flim), Chicken Run (Flim), Quadrophenia (Flim)

75. Monty Hall

Producer | Let's Make a Deal

Monty Hall was born Maurice Halperin on August 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba in 1945. He's the father of Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason, television writer/director Sharon Hall, and Emmy Award winner ...

Born: Monte Halparin Died: September 30, 2017 (aged 96)

Game show host (Let's Make a Deal)

76. Tom Petty

Actor | The Postman

Tom Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, USA as Thomas Earl Petty. He was married to Dana York and Jane Ann Benyo. He died on October 2, 2017 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Died: October 2, 2017 (aged 66)

Musician (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys) and voice actor King of the Hill (TV Series)

77. Sean Hughes

Actor | Sean's Show

Sean Hughes was born on November 10, 1965 in London, England as John Hughes. He was an actor and writer, known for Sean's Show (1992), The Last Detective (2003) and The Commitments (1991). He died on October 16, 2017 in Highgate, London.

Born: John Hughes Died: 16 October 2017 (aged 51)

Comedian Never Mind the Buzzcocks (comedy panel game), Sean's Show (TV comdey show) and actor The Last Detective (TV show)

78. Roy Dotrice

Actor | Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The ever-impressive, chameleon-like British character actor Roy Dotrice was born on the Island of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of France, which is part of the United Kingdom. He was the first-born child of Louis and Neva Dotrice who prospered as bakers. The Germans occupied ...

Died: 16 October 2017 (aged 94)

Actor: Amadeus (Film), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Film), Game of Thrones (TV Series)

79. Danielle Darrieux

Actress | 8 femmes

Danielle Darrieux was born in 1917 in Bordeaux, France, to Marie-Louise (Witkowski) and Germain Jean Darrieux, a physician. She was raised in Paris. She was only fourteen when she auditioned for a secondary role in Le bal (1931): she got the part, and the producer offered her a five-year contract. ...

Born: Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Died: 17 October 2017 (aged 100)

Actress (The Young Girls of Rochefort, The Earrings of Madame de…, Persepolis) and singer.

80. Robert Guillaume

Actor | The Lion King

Robert Guillaume was born on November 30, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Robert Peter Williams. He was an actor, known for The Lion King (1994), Sports Night (1998) and Big Fish (2003). He was married to Donna Brown Guillaume and Marlene Patricia Scott. He died on October 24, 2017 in Los ...

Born: Robert Peter Williams Died: October 24, 2017 (aged 89)

Actor and singer: Benson (TV Series), The Lion King (Film), Sports Night (TV Series)

81. Fats Domino

Soundtrack | Twelve Monkeys

Fats Domino was born on February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Antoine Domino Jr. He was married to Rosemary Hall. He died on October 24, 2017 in New Orleans.

Birth name: Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. Died: October 24, 2017 (aged 89)

American Hall of Fame pianist and singer-songwriter ("Blueberry Hill", "Ain't That a Shame", "I'm Walkin'").

82. Paddy Russell

Actress | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

Paddy Russell attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and started her career as an actress. She left acting to become a stage manager because it paid more money. She progressed from being director Rudolph Cartier's floor manager to becoming a director herself, becoming one of the first two...

Patricia "Paddy" Russell (4 July‌ 1928 – 2 November 2017)

Television director: Doctor Who (TV Series; 4 Serials), Out of the Unknown (TV Series), The Omega Factor (TV Series)

83. Dudley Simpson

Music_department | Doctor Who

Dudley Simpson was one of Australia's most accomplished musical exports. He learned piano as a child before serving in the Second World War in New Guinea. He then studied orchestration and composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He became an assistant conductor and pianist at the ...

Died: 4 November 2017 (aged 95)

Australian composer (Doctor Who, Blake's 7) and conductor (Royal Opera House)

84. Antonio Carluccio

Actor | Vallanzasca - Gli angeli del male

Antonio Carluccio is an OBE, OMRI and a much loved and respected Italian cookery writer, chef, restaurateur and food expert. He was born on the Amalfi Coast in the South and raised in the wooded North-West has given Antonio a rare and privileged breadth of culinary knowledge. It was here, in ...

Died: 8 November 2017 (aged 80)

restaurateur and reality television actor (Two Greedy Italians)

85. John Hillerman

Actor | Magnum, P.I.

The impeccably urbane Englishman Jonathan Quayle Higgins III (VC !) -- Tom Selleck's sophisticated majordomo in Magnum, P.I. (1980) -- was of French, German and Austrian descent, raised in a small Texas town and educated at a Catholic high school. He majored in journalism from the University of ...

Died: November 9, 2017 (aged 84)

Actor Magnum, P.I. (TV Series), Chinatown (Film), Blazing Saddles (Film)

86. Malcolm Young

Soundtrack | Last Action Hero

Malcolm Young was born on January 6, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland as Malcolm Mitchell Young. He was married to Linda. He died on November 18, 2017.

Died: 18 November 2017 (aged 64)

guitarist and songwriter (AC/DC)

87. Jana Novotna

Self | Wimbledon

Jana Novotna was born on October 2, 1968 in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She died on November 19, 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic.

Died: 19 November 2017 (aged 49)

Czech tennis player

88. David Cassidy

Actor | The Partridge Family

David Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950 in Manhattan, to Jack Cassidy, a very skilled actor and singer, and Evelyn Ward, an actress. By the time he was five, his parents were divorced and Jack had married actress Shirley Jones, an actress who in 1955 had just made Oklahoma! (1955). When David was ...

Died: November 21, 2017 (aged 67)

singer and actor (The Partridge Family, Ruby & The Rockits)

89. Rodney Bewes

Actor | The Likely Lads

Chubby-cheeked British comedy actor, famed in his own country as one half of TV's "Likely Lads". In recent years he has been active mostly in the theatre (he was appearing in London's West End in the farce "Funny Money" early in 1996).

Died: 21 November 2017 (aged 79)

actor (The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?) and writer (Dear Mother...Love Albert).

90. Keith Chegwin

Actor | Shaun of the Dead

Keith Chegwin was born on January 17, 1957 in Liverpool, England. He was an actor, known for Shaun of the Dead (2004), The Troublesome Double (1967) and Macbeth (1971). He was married to Maria Fielden and Maggie Philbin. He died on December 11, 2017.

Died: 11 December 2017 (aged 60)

Television presenter: (Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop)

91. Doreen Keogh

Actress | The Royle Family

Doreen Keogh was born on April 10, 1924 in Dublin, Ireland as Doreen Sheila Elsie Keogh. She was an actress, known for The Royle Family (1998), Father Ted (1995) and Boy Eats Girl (2005). She was married to Jack Jenner and Frank Singuineau. She died on December 31, 2017 in Thomastown, County ...

Died: 31 December 2017 (aged 91)

Actress (Coronation Street, The Royle Family, The Honeymooners)



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