Celebrities That Died in 2017by maxfolino199 | created - 01 Jan 2017 | updated - 23 May 2017 | Public
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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 ...
2. Sam Lovullo
Producer | Hee Haw
Sam Lovullo was born on September 30, 1928 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Salvatore Lovullo. He was a producer and casting director, known for Hee Haw (1969), The Nashville Palace (1980) and Hee Haw Honeys (1978). He was married to Grace. He died on January 3, 2017 in Encino, California, USA.
Actor | Gamer
Richard "Mack" Machowicz is best known as the host/producer of Discovery Channel's FutureWeapons and Weapons that Changed the World. He was also the host of Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior and History Channel's Ultimate Soldier Challenge. Mack offered his military and weapons expertise as a key ...
Actress | The Family Man
Francine York was born in the small mining town of Aurora, Minnesota to her parents, Frank and Sophie Yerich. When Francine was five, her family (including her younger sister, Deanne) moved to Cleveland, where she began to write short stories and take an interest in acting. At age nine, Francine ...
Captured when he was two years old, Tilikum was a whale who spent over three decades in captivity, trained by SeaWorld to perform tricks and stunts. Controversy began to mount around him after he was involved in the death of a trainer in 2010, with much public outcry as it was revealed that he had ...
Actor | Night of the Living Dead
George Kosana hails from Clairton, Pennsylvania to parents Stephen and Elizabeth. He has one older brother, also named Stephen. Though he has not married, he has living family throughout the country; three nieces, Lise (Prestine), Deborah (Kosana), and Kimberly (Bednarek). He has two great-nieces, ...
10. Ben Forster
Ben Forster was born in 1958 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012), Thomas and Friends: Curious Cargo (2012) and Thomas & Friends: Sticky Situations (2012). He died on January 2, 2017 in London.
12. Tony Rosato
Actor | Night Heat
Tony Rosato was born on December 26, 1954 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Antonio Rosato. He was an actor and writer, known for Night Heat (1985), Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999) and Seeds of Doubt (1998). He was married to Leah Murray. He died on January 10, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
15. Buddy Greco
Soundtrack | It Runs in the Family
Singer, composer songwriter, and pianist who conducted his own trio from 1944 to 1949 and thereafter performed with, and arranged for, the Benny Goodman orchestra into 1952. He sang in theatres and night clubs, and made many records. Joining ASCAP in 1957, his popular-song compositions include "...
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 ...
17. Dick Gautier
Actor | Transformers
Dick Gautier was born on October 30, 1931 in Culver City, California, USA as Dick G. Gauthier. He was an actor and writer, known for The Transformers (1984), G.I. Joe (1985) and Get Smart (1965). He was married to Tess Hightower, Barbara Stuart and Beverly J. Gerber. He died on January 13, 2017 in ...
18. Marga van Rooy
Actress | Die Windpomp
Marga van Rooy was born on January 25, 1942 in Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape, South Africa as Marga Henriette van Rooy. She was an actress, known for Die Windpomp (2014), Fanie Fourie's Lobola (2013) and Eendag op 'n Reëndag (1975). She was married to Frans Hendrik Boot. She died on January 15, ...
19. Jimmy Snuka
Actor | ECW Hardcore TV
Jimmy Snuka is a classic example of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) (formerly known as World Wrestling Federation (WWF)) bad guy who became a baby-face (a good guy) without trying. Originally a "heel", he came into the WWE under the guidance of heel manager Capt. Lou Albano. After receiving...
20. Buddy Bregman
Soundtrack | Run Fatboy Run
An internationally recognized producer, director, writer, composer, conductor, arranger and musical director. Since the 1950s, Bregman has worked with many of the biggest names in the business. After high school, Bregman attended the University of California. During his sophomore year, he arranged ...
21. Dick Flanigan
Actor | Lenny's Inferno
Obituary for Richard E. "Dick" Flanigan.
Richard E. "Dick" Flanigan, age 81, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, following a short illness. He was born in Rockford, Illinois, USA, on 10 December 1935, the son of Paul and Zeta ( Grady) Flanigan. Following high school, Dick served in the U.S. Army ...
22. Lord Snowdon
Director | CBS Reports
Lord Snowdon was born on March 7, 1930 in London, England as Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones. He is known for his work on CBS Reports (1959), Aria (1987) and The Blueblack Hussar (2013). He was married to Lucy Mary Davies and Princess Margaret. He died on January 13, 2017 in Kensington, ...
23. Tommy Allsup
Actor | Honkytonk Man
Tommy Allsup was an American rockabilly and swing musician. He was well known as a famous member of the Cherokee Nation. He worked with famous artists like Buddy Holly, Bob Wills, His Texas Playboys, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, the Ventures, The Crickets, Ronnie Smith, Roy ...
24. Barry Cassin
Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo
Barry Cassin was born on November 23, 1924 in Dublin, Ireland. He was an actor, known for The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), Byzantium (2012) and Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog (1998). He was married to Nancy. He died on January 14, 2017 in Balbriggan, County Fingal, Ireland.
25. Franz Jarnach
Franz Jarnach was born on October 14, 1943 in Bad Godesberg, Deutsches Reich. He was an actor, known for Dittsche - Das wirklich wahre Leben (2004), Großstadtrevier (1986) and Notruf Hafenkante (2007). He died on January 16, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.
26. Philip Bond
Actor | An Englishman's Castle
Philip Bond was born on November 1, 1934 in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He was an actor, known for An Englishman's Castle (1978), The Herries Chronicle (1960) and The Voodoo Factor (1959). He was married to Pat Sandys. He died on January 17, 2017 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.
28. Butch Trucks
Butch Trucks was born on May 11, 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Claude Hudson Trucks. He is known for his work on The Allman Brothers Band: 40th Anniversary Live at the Beacon Theatre (2014), The History of Rock 'n' Roll (1995) and The Allman Brothers Band: Live at the Beacon Theatre (2003)....
29. 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 Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...
30. John Watkiss
Art_department | Atlantis: The Lost Empire
John Watkiss was born on July 28, 1961 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He is known for his work on Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Tarzan (1999) and Treasure Planet (2002). He died on January 20, 2017 in Brighton, Sussex, England.
31. Joy Coghill
Actress | Double Jeopardy
Joy Coghill was born on May 13, 1926 in Findlater, Saskatchewan, Canada as Joy Dorothy Coghill. She was an actress, known for Double Jeopardy (1999), Stargate SG-1 (1997) and The Beachcombers (1972). She was married to John Thorne. She died on January 20, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Actor | King Lear
Søren Elung Jensen was born on July 7, 1928 in Odense, Denmark. He was an actor and director, known for King Lear (1971), Støv for alle pengene (1963) and Støv på hjernen (1961). He was married to Jonna Hjerl and Rita Angela. He died on January 22, 2017 in Hellerup, Denmark.
35. 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 ...
36. Eugene Cernan
Writer | The Last Man on the Moon
Cernan was born on March 14, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of a Czech-American mother, Rose (Cihlar), and a Slovak-American father, Andrew Cernan. He graduated from Proviso Township High School in Maywood, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue...
38. William Margold
Actor | Carnal's Cuties
William Margold was born on October 2, 1943 in Washington, D.C. Margold was the son of Nathan Margold, who was a Harvard Law School graduate who served as the Solicitor General of the Department of Interior under President Harry S. Truman. William attended Alexander Hamilton High School in West Los...
39. Greg Bronson
Actor and extra Greg Bronson was born on September 2, 1954 in Tuba City, Arizona. The fifth in a family of twelve children, Bronson grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. He attended the Navity of the Blessed Virgin grade school, Flagstaff Junior High, and Flagstaff High School. Following graduation from ...
41. Roberta Peters
Actress | City Hall
Roberta Peters was born on May 4, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Roberta Peterman. She was an actress, known for City Hall (1996), The Voice of Firestone (1962) and Die Zauberflöte (1964). She was married to Bertram Fields and Robert Merrill. She died on January 18, 2017 in Rye, New ...
42. Horacio Guarany
Actor | El grito en la sangre
Horacio Guarany was born on May 15, 1925 in Las Garzas, Santa Fe, Argentina as Eraclio Catalín Rodríguez Cereijo. He was an actor and writer, known for El grito en la sangre (2014), Si se calla el cantor (1973) and The Return of Martin Fierro (1974). He died on January 13, 2017 in Lujan, Buenos ...
46. Zygmunt Bauman
Writer | La novia de Poznan'
Zygmunt Bauman was born on November 19, 1925 in Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland. He was a writer, known for La novia de Poznan' (2014), The Swedish Theory of Love (2015) and The Trouble with Being Human These Days (2013). He was married to Aleksandra Jasinska-Kania and Janina Bauman. He died on ...
49. Mike Connors
Actor | Mannix
He once jokingly described himself as 'a frustrated song-and-dance man' who wound up typecast as a TV crime fighter. Tall, handsome Armenian-American Mike Connors had a minor career in the movies before becoming a star on the small screen as the impeccably dressed macho sleuth Joe Mannix. Towards ...
50. 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 ...
51. Emmanuelle Riva
Actress | Amour
An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred "Alfredo" Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress ...
52. 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 ...
56. Kevin Geer
Actor | The Pelican Brief
Kevin Geer's celebrated acting career includes appearances in feature film, on television, Broadway, Off-Broadway and London's West End. He recently completed one of the lead roles in the independent feature film Bunker Hill, from director Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America). Geer ...
59. David Rose
Producer | Scotland Yard
David Rose was born on November 22, 1924 in Swanage, Dorset, England as David Edward Rose. He was a producer and director, known for Scotland Yard (1960), The First Lady (1968) and Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965). He was married to Karin Bamborough, Sarah Reid and Valerie Edwards. He died on January ...
61. Hal Geer
Producer | How Bugs Bunny Won the West
Hal Geer was born on September 13, 1916 in Oronogo, Missouri, USA as Harold Eugene Geer. He was an editor and producer, known for How Bugs Bunny Won the West (1978), Bugs Bunny's Valentine (1979) and Bugs Bunny: All American Hero (1981). He was married to Carol Jones and Nancy Walker. He died on ...
Director | The Buttercup Chain
Robert Ellis Miller was born on July 18, 1927 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and actor, known for The Buttercup Chain (1970), Breaking Point (1963) and Alcoa Premiere (1961). He was married to Pola Miller. He died on January 27, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.
63. Ion Ungureanu
Director | Ptitsy nashey molodosti
Ion Ungureanu was born on August 2, 1935 in Opach, Romania as Ion Spiridonovich Ungureanu. He was an actor and director, known for Ptitsy nashey molodosti (1974), Nedolgiy tanets lyubvi (1988) and Lika (1978). He died on January 28, 2017 in Bucharest, Romania.
64. Richard Portman
Sound_department | Star Wars
Portman entered the film industry in 1957, as a trainee at Columbia Pictures. In 1959 he joined the Samuel Goldwyn Studio as a junior engineer, rising to the position of Assistant Supervising Sound Recording Engineer. In 1970 he joined Robert Altman at the Lion's Gate facility, serving as Sound ...
65. Andre H. Arruda
Actor | Warehouse 13
Andre "the Anti-Giant" Arruda was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, on March 11, 1983, and moved to Toronto in 2001 to attend Humber College's School of Comedy writing and Performance program. He was slightly more than 3 feet tall. Born with syndrome, a genetic disease associated with dwarfism ...
67. Frank Pellegrino
Actor | Goodfellas
Frank Pellegrino was born on May 19, 1944 in East Harlem, New York City, New York, USA as Frank Joseph Pellegrino. He was an actor and producer, known for Goodfellas (1990), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and Cop Land (1997). He was married to Josephine Nicita. He died on January 31, 2017 in Manhattan, ...
68. Montserrat Julió
Actress | Kuai can che
Montserrat Julió was born in 1929 in Mataró, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Montserrat Julió i Nonell. She was an actress and writer, known for Wheels on Meals (1984), Teatro estudio (1976) and Estudio 1 (1965). She died on January 26, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
70. Frank Tidy
Cinematographer | Chain Reaction
Frank Tidy was born on May 17, 1932 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. He was a cinematographer and actor, known for Chain Reaction (1996), Under Siege (1992) and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992). He was married to Maureen Catherine Corcoran. He died on January 27, 2017 in Kent, England.
71. Stanley Kallis
Producer | Police Story
Stanley Kallis was born on September 5, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for Police Story (1973), The Glitter Dome (1984) and Roadracers (1959). He was married to Lucetta. He died on January 28, 2017 in Laguna Beach, California, USA.
73. Rob Stewart
Director | Sharkwater
Rob Stewart is an award-winning biologist, photographer, conservationist and filmmaker. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Stewart began photographing underwater when he was 13. By the age of 18 he became a scuba instructor and then moved on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, ...
Actor | Hassel/Förgörarna
Lars-Erik Berenett was born on December 23, 1942 in Skellefteå, Västerbottens län, Sweden. He was an actor and writer, known for Hassel: There Is No Mercy! (2000), Roland Hassel (2012) and Tre kärlekar (1989). He was married to Maria Kulle and Evabritt Strandberg. He died on February 1, 2017 ...
Desmond Carrington was born on May 23, 1926 in Bromley, Kent, England as Desmond Herbert Carrington. He was an actor, known for Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (1952), Softly Softly (1966) and Emergency-Ward 10 (1957). He died on February 1, 2017 in Perth, Scotland.
76. Stig Grybe
Actor | 91:an Karlsson muckar (tror han)
Stig Grybe was born on July 18, 1928 in Stockholm, Sweden as Stig Rudolf Grybe. He was an actor, known for 91:an Karlsson muckar (tror han) (1959), Femte generationen (1986) and Idag röd (1987). He was married to Marie-Louise Engstrand. He died on February 1, 2017 in Sweden.
77. John Gay
Writer | Separate Tables
John Gay was born on April 1, 1924 in Whittier, California, USA as John Thomas Gay. He is known for his work on Separate Tables (1958), Around the World in 80 Days (1989) and Lux Video Theatre (1950). He was married to Barbara (Bobbie) Elizabeth Meyer. He died on February 4, 2017 in Santa Monica, ...
78. Björn Granath
Actor | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Björn Granath was born on April 5, 1946 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Björn Gösta Tryggve Granath. He was an actor, known for Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Evil (2003) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). He was married to Annmargret Fyregård. He died on February 5, ...
79. Roy Forge Smith
Production_designer | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Roy Forge Smith was born in 1929. He trained as a fine artist and an architect in London before working in the art department of BBC television in the early 1960s. His first film credit was as an assistant art director on 'The Wrong Box' and throughout the 1960s and 1970s worked on a number of ...
80. Alec McCowen
Actor | Never Say Never Again
Alec McCowen was born Alexander Duncan McCowan on May 26, 1925 in Tunbridge Wells, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1942. He established his reputation in classical stage roles, appearing in the ensemble of Laurence Olivier's famed ...
82. Irwin Corey
Actor | The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority," was born on July 29, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York. He and his five siblings were wards of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum, and during the Great Depression, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp. Possessing brawn as well as brains, ...
84. Richard Hatch
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 ...
85. Alan Simpson
Writer | Sanford and Son
Alan Simpson was born on November 27, 1929 in Brixton, London, England as Alan Francis Simpson. He was a writer and actor, known for Sanford and Son (1972), Steptoe & Son (1972) and Steptoe and Son (1962). He was married to Kathleen (Kate) Phillips. He died on February 8, 2017 in the UK.
86. Olive Dunbar
Actress | The Lottery
Olive Dunbar was born on March 30, 1925 in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA as Olive Joann Dunbar. She was an actress, known for The Lottery (1969), Salvage 1 (1979) and The Hearse (1980). She was married to William Keene. She died on February 8, 2017 in Ithaca, New York, USA.
87. Radu Gabrea
Director | Romania! Romania!
Radu Gabrea was born on June 20, 1937 in Bucharest, Romania as Radu Bartholomeu Gabrea. He was a director and writer, known for Romania! Romania! (2006), Too Little for Such a Big War (1969) and The Beheaded Rooster (2007). He was married to Victoria Cocias. He died on February 9, 2017 in Romania.
88. Al Jarreau
Music_department | Moonlighting
Al Jarreau was born on March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Alwyn Lopez Jarreau. He is known for his work on Moonlighting (1985), Dick Tracy (1990) and Out of Africa (1985). He was married to Susan Player and Phyllis Hall. He died on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
89. Sara Coward
Actress | Inspector Morse
Sara was born in South East London and on leaving the local grammar school went to Bristol University, gaining a degree in English and Drama before enrolling at the Guildhall School of Drama in London. Whilst there she won a contract to work with the BBC radio repertory company, which gained her an...
90. Jay Bontatibus
Actor | General Hospital
Jay was born in Connecticut and raised in Connecticut and New York City to parents Michael and Frances Bontatibus. He is the 3rd child of 4, with 2 brothers and a sister.
Trained as a stage actor in NYC, he got his breakthrough role playing "Tony Viscardi" on the CBS soap, The Young and the Restless...
91. Bruce Lansbury
Producer | Street Hawk
He is best known as the guy who produced the best episodes of some cult science fiction TV shows of the 1960s and 1970s.
Lansbury made his sci-fi mark in the 1960s with the Wild, Wild West series.
He produced the short lived lost-island sci-fi series, Fantastic Journey (1977), which may have only ...
Cinematographer | Young Frankenstein
Gerald Hirschfeld was born on April 25, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Young Frankenstein (1974), Mr. Smith (1983) and Coma (1978). He was married to Julia Tucker. He died on February 13, 2017 in Ashland, Oregon, USA.
93. José Solé
Actor | Los caudillos
José Solé was born on July 28, 1928 in Mexico City, Mexico as José Solé Nájera. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Los caudillos (1968), De la tierra a la luna (1969) and El juicio de Martín Cortés (1974). He was married to María Teresa Calderón López. He died on ...
94. Warren Frost
Actor | Twin Peaks
Born and raised in upstate Vermont, Warren Frost left home at age 17 to enlist in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his service, he worked mainly in theater. He has a doctorate in theater arts from the University of Minnesota and a published playwright with four plays to his credit and has ...
95. Patty Freedman
Actress | Ghostbusters
Patty Freedman was born on May 9, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Patricia Dworkin. She was an actress, known for Ghostbusters (1984), Heavy Metal (1981) and Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). She was married to Andrew E. Freedman and David Jolliffe. She died on February 17, 2017 in New York, USA.
96. Chris Wiggins
Chris Wiggins was born on January 13, 1930 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England as Christopher John Wiggins. He was an actor, known for The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar (1969), Rock & Rule (1983) and Redwall (1999). He was married to Sandra Crysler-Wiggins. He died on February 19, ...
98. Joy Hruby
Actress | Laid
Joy Hruby was born on July 1, 1927 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Joy Elaine Cox. She was an actress and writer, known for Laid (2011), Conference of the Planets (2010) and Winter of Our Dreams (1981). She was married to Denny Hruby. She died on February 21, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
99. Aleksey Petrenko
Actor | 12
Aleksey Petrenko was born on March 26, 1938 in Chemer, Chernigov Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Alexei Vassilyevich Petrenko. He was an actor, known for 12 (2007), How Czar Peter the Great Married Off His Moor (1976) and King Lear (1970). He was married to Azima Abdumaminova, Galina ...