2020 Celebrity Death List

by crx_brett | created - 12 Aug 2020 | updated - 03 Jan 2021 | Public

This is a list of celebrities that have passed away during 2020. List is in chronological order by the date of death and also gives age at death and cause of death.

1. David Stern

Self | Four Square Miles to Glory

David Stern was born on September 22, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA as David Joel Stern. He is known for his work on Four Square Miles to Glory, The Carter Effect (2017) and Nostalgia Critic (2007). He was married to Dianne Bock. He died on January 1, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City.

77, complications from brain hemorrhage

2. Neil Peart

Soundtrack | Small Soldiers

Neil Peart was one of the most universally respected rock drummers, and was best known for his nearly superhuman, pyrotechnic drum playing, and for providing intellectual lyrics for his band's songs. Neil served as both drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush since 1974, joining bassist/...

67, brain cancer

3. Edd Byrnes

Actor | Grease

Edd Byrnes was born Edward Byrne Breitenberger on July 30, 1932 in New York City, the son of Mary (Byrne) and Augustus "Gus" Breitenberger. Edd shared an impoverished and unhappy childhood with brother Vincent and sister Jo-Ann. Their mother worked hard at various jobs to keep the family together ...

87, natural causes

4. Buck Henry

Writer | The Graduate

Prolific, multi-talented comedy writer, story editor, actor and director. His father was an Air Force general (Paul Steinberg Zuckerman) turned stockbroker and his mother was silent screen star Ruth Taylor, formerly a member of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. Buck Henry's first fling with comedy ...

89, heart attack

5. William Bogert

Actor | WarGames

William Bogert was born on January 25, 1936 in New York City, New York, USA as William Russell Bogert III. He was an actor, known for WarGames (1983), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and A Perfect Murder (1998). He was married to Eren Ozker. He died on January 12, 2020 in New York City.

83, undisclosed

6. Jack Kehoe

Actor | Serpico

Jack Kehoe was born on November 21, 1934 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Serpico (1973), Midnight Run (1988) and The Sting (1973). He died on January 14, 2020 in Hollywood Hills, California, USA.

85, stroke

7. Rocky Johnson

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Rocky Johnson was born on August 24, 1944 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada as Wayde Douglas Bowles. He was an actor, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), Spectrum Wrestling (1977) and Wrestling at the Chase (1959). He was married to Sheila, Ata Johnson and Una Sparks. He died on January 15, ...

75, pulmonary embolism caused by thrombosis

8. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, the son of Dilys Louisa (Newnes), a homemaker, and Alick George Parry Jones, a bank clerk. His older brother is production designer Nigel Jones. His grandparents were involved in the entertainment business, having managed the local Amateur Operatic ...

77, complications from dementia

9. Robert Harper

Actor | Creepshow

Robert Harper was born on May 19, 1951 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Francis Harper. He was an actor, known for Creepshow (1982), Once Upon a Time in America (1984) and The War of the Roses (1989). He was married to Sascha Noorthoorn van der Kruyff and Lisa Pelikan. He died on January ...

68, undisclosed

10. Jim Lehrer

Actor | Zoolander 2

Jim Lehrer was born on May 19, 1934 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as James Charles Lehrer. He was a writer and actor, known for Zoolander 2 (2016), PBS NewsHour (1975) and Viva Max (1969). He was married to Kate Tom Staples. He died on January 23, 2020 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

85, heart attack

11. Kobe Bryant

Producer | Dear Basketball

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He was a producer and actor, known for Dear Basketball (2017), Daddy's Home (2015) and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Live Action (2018). He was married to Vanessa Laine Bryant. He died on January...

41, helicopter crash

12. Dick Balduzzi

Actor | Kelly's Heroes

Busy American supporting actor of Italian parentage who was a familiar face on the small screen during the golden years of television. Balduzzi chose his career path while serving in the U.S. Navy. After studying at the Goodman Theatre School of Drama in Chicago he moved to New York and began to ...

91, undisclosed

13. Jack Burns

Writer | The Muppet Movie

Appeared on the Andy Griffith show after Don Knotts departed. He played a bumbling deputy in the tradition of Barney Fife. After his partnership with George Carlin ended, he teamed with Avery Schreiber after meeting at Chicago's Second City comedy club. Jack appeared on Saturday Night Live In 1977 ...

86, respiratory failure

14. Gene Reynolds

Producer | M*A*S*H

Gene Reynolds might have fulfilled a youthful ambition and become a baseball player. However, his father's business failed and the family relocated from their erstwhile home in Detroit to Los Angeles in 1934.

Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Maude Evelyn (Schwab), a...

96, heart failure

15. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

103, undisclosed

16. Kevin Conway

Actor | Gettysburg

Kevin Conway was born on May 29, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA as Kevin John Conway. He was an actor and director, known for Gettysburg (1993), Invincible (2006) and Thirteen Days (2000). He was married to Mila Burnette. He died on February 5, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City.

77, heart attack

17. Orson Bean

Actor | Being John Malkovich

Orson Bean, the American actor, television personality and author, was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont to George Frederick Burrows, a policeman who later went on to become the chief of campus police at Harvard University, and the former Marion Ainsworth Pollard...

91, injuries sustained after being struck by multiple automobiles

18. Robert Conrad

Actor | Jingle All the Way

Robert Conrad was a graduate of Northwestern University, spending his first few years out of school supporting himself and his family by driving a milk truck and singing in a Chicago cabaret. Conrad befriended up-and-coming actor Nick Adams during this period, and it was Adams who helped Conrad get...

84, heart failure

19. Paula Kelly

Actress | The Andromeda Strain

Tall, graceful, supremely accomplished American actress, singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Kelly was born in Jacksonville, Florida, one of three daughters, to Ruth and Lehman Kelly. The family moved to Harlem in New York when she was six years old. Unlike her siblings, she had strong musical ...

77, heart failure

20. Jason Davis

Actor | Rush Hour

Jason Davis was born on October 14, 1984 in the USA. He was an actor, known for Rush Hour (1998), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) and Recess (1997). He died on February 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

35, accidental drug overdose

21. Kellye Nakahara

Actress | Clue

Kellye Nakahara was born on January 16, 1948 in Oahu, Hawaii, USA as Kellye Nakahara Watson. She was an actress, known for Clue (1985), M*A*S*H (1972) and Doctor Dolittle (1998). She was married to David Wallett. She died on February 16, 2020 in Pasadena, California, USA.

72, unspecified cancer

22. Ja'net DuBois

Soundtrack | Good Times

Ja'Net DuBois was a multi-talented and diverse performer. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and began her career on Broadway. She has appeared in various plays, including "Golden Boy" with Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., and "A Raisin in the Sun". She moved onto TV roles, receiving a Peabody...

87, cardiac arrest

23. Baby Peggy

Actress | Captain January

Silent moppet star Jackie Coogan, immortalized as Charles Chaplin's The Kid (1921), had only one screen rival during the early 1920s, and that was none other than Baby Peggy. She was "discovered" while visiting the Century Studios lot on Sunset Boulevard with her mother when she was a mere 19 ...

101, undisclosed

24. Ben Cooper

Soundtrack | Wish I Was Here

Handsome, boyish-looking Ben Cooper graduated from child roles to playing juvenile leads in second features, often for Poverty Row studio Republic. As a nine year old, he made his stage debut in Bretaigne Windust's Broadway production of Life With Father, remaining in the cast for the entire run of...

86, complications from dementia

25. R.D. Call

Actor | Last Man Standing

R.D. Call is an American actor, best known for his roles in films by Walter Hill. He was born and raised in Utah and attended the Utah State University and Weber State University. Call moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and began training with Lee Strasberg. His first role was in Barnaby Jones (1973), a ...

70, complications following back surgery

26. Gene Dynarski

Actor | Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Balding, often moustachioed Brooklyn-born Eugene Dynarski was a prolific character actor of Polish ancestry. He moved to California in 1957 after serving in the U.S. Navy and learned his craft at Los Angeles City College, Harbor College and UCLA. Obtaining acting work via renowned casting director ...

86, undisclosed

27. James Lipton

Writer | Inside the Actors Studio

James Lipton was an actor, academic, author, choreographer, interviewer, scriptwriter, and producer for stage and television projects. He was known for creating and hosting the noted and popular TV series Inside the Actors Studio (1994), where successful and prominent actors discussed their craft ...

93, bladder cancer

28. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He was the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his partial German ancestry.


90, undisclosed

29. Stuart Whitman

Actor | The Comancheros

American leading man Stuart Maxwell Whitman was known for his rugged roles. He was born in San Francisco, California, the elder of two sons of Cecilia (Gold) and Joseph Whitman, a realtor. His mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his paternal grandparents were Polish Jews. His family moved ...

92, skin cancer

30. Lyle Waggoner

Actor | Wonder Woman

The television heartthrob from the 1960s and 1970s was the proverbial tall, dark and classically handsome actor. Completing the solid package was a great, muscular build, smooth charm, and an almost perfect set of teeth. Born in 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he ...

84, undisclosed cancer

31. Kenny Rogers

Soundtrack | No Escape

Born in Houston, Texas on August 21, 1938, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur Kenneth Ray Rogers was the fourth of eight children born to a carpenter father who worked in a shipyard and a mother who was a hospital nurse's assistant. Of humble Irish and Native...

81, natural causes & bladder cancer

32. Mark Blum

Actor | Crocodile Dundee

Mark Blum was born on May 14, 1950 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Mark Jeffrey Blum. He was an actor and producer, known for Crocodile Dundee (1986), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and The Sopranos (1999). He was married to Janet Zarish. He died on March 26, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City, New ...

69, complications from COVID-19

33. Curley Neal

Actor | Superboy

Curley Neal was born on May 19, 1942 in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA as Fred Neal. He was an actor, known for Superboy (1988), The Love Boat (1977) and The John Davidson Show (1980). He was married to Rose. He died on March 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas, USA.

77, undisclosed cause

34. David Schramm

Actor | Wings

A Kentucky native, Schramm attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky and majored in English while also becoming intensely involved in theater. At the urging of his college acting teacher, he applied for and won a four-year graduate scholarship to Juilliard's newly formed drama...

73, heart attack

35. Bill Withers

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Withers was born on July 4, 1938 in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia and was raised in the nearby town of Beckley. He was the youngest of six children of Mattie (Galloway), a maid, and William Withers, a miner. His father died when Withers...

81, heart complications

36. Timothy Brown

Actor | M*A*S*H

Timothy Brown was born on May 24, 1937 in Knightstown, Indiana, USA as Thomas Allen Brown. He was an actor, known for MASH (1970), Nashville (1975) and Frequency (2000). He died on April 4, 2020 in California, USA.

82, complications from dementia

37. Honor Blackman

Actress | Goldfinger

Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure cannot be denied.

One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End, to Edith Eliza (Stokes), a homemaker, and Frederick Thomas Blackman, a statistician ...

94, natural causes

38. Forrest Compton

Actor | McBain

American supporting actor, on screen from 1954. A chemist's son, he was raised in Pennsylvania and saw action in France during World War II with the 103rd Infantry Division. After demobilisation, he studied acting at Swarthmore College and then spent three years at Yale Drama School (graduating ...

94, complications from COVID-19

39. James Drury

Actor | The Virginian

Laconic, dark and handsome were the essential attributes for Hollywood western leading men in the 50s and 60s. James Drury fit the bill, keeping in mind that his most famous screen persona - that of the stalwart Shiloh estate ranch foreman known only as 'the Virginian' - took a while to properly ...

85, natural causes

40. Allen Garfield

Actor | Beverly Hills Cop II

New Jersey-born Allen Garfield was trained at the Actors Studio in New York City. He had a prolific career on the stage before making his film debut in 1968. His stocky build and nervous, jumpy mannerisms fit well with the weaselly criminals, lecherous villains and corrupt businessmen and ...

80, complications from COVID-19

41. Danny Goldman

Actor | Young Frankenstein

Danny Goldman was born on October 30, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Daniel Goodman. He was an actor and casting director, known for Young Frankenstein (1974), MASH (1970) and The Smurfs (1981). He was married to Mary Gillis. He died on April 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

80, series of strokes

42. Stirling Moss

Actor | Mask of Dust

Born in London in 1929, Stirling Moss' love of auto racing ran in the family - his father, a dentist, had been a race car driver and had, in fact, raced at Indianapolis in 1924 and again in 1925. Interested in cars virtually from childhood, Moss began racing in earnest at 17. Two years later he ...

90, undisclosed illness

43. Mario Donatone

Actor | The Godfather: Part III

Mario Donatone was born on June 9, 1933 in Tripoli, Libya as Giacinto Mario Donatone. He was an actor, known for The Godfather: Part III (1990), Phenomena (1985) and King of Kong Island (1968). He died on April 14, 2020 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

86, undisclosed

44. Brian Dennehy

Actor | First Blood

Imposing, barrel-chested and often silver-haired Brian Dennehy was a prolific US actor, well respected on both screen and stage over many decades. He was born in July 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship. Brian majored in history, ...

81, cardiac arrest due to sepsis

45. Jack Wallace

Actor | Death Wish

Jack Wallace was born on August 10, 1933 in Pekin, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Death Wish (1974), Faster (2010) and The Boy Next Door (2015). He was married to Margot Schnarr Wallace. He died on April 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

86, declining health with undisclosed cause

46. Tom Lester

Actor | Benji

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Lester was brought up on his grandfather's farm, shucking corn, fishing, hunting, and picking cotton. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, majoring in Chemistry. He taught science and biology at a school in Purcell, Oklahoma, before moving to California. He...

81, Parkinson's disease

47. Shirley Knight

Actress | As Good as It Gets

Shirley Knight was an American actress who appeared in more than 180 feature films, television movies, television series, and Broadway productions in her career playing leading and character roles.

She was a member of the Actors Studio. Knight was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best ...

83, natural causes

48. Irrfan Khan

Actor | The Lunchbox

Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan, in Jaipur, Rajasthan (NW India) January 7, 1967 to a Pashto-speaking Muslim family. Khan's mother, Begum Khan, was from the Tonk Hakim family and his father, Jagirdar Khan, from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district, ran a tire business.

The Khan family name ...

53, colon infection due to neuroendocrine cancer

49. John Lafia

Writer | Child's Play

John Lafia was born on April 2, 1957. He was a director and writer, known for Child's Play (1988), Man's Best Friend (1993) and Child's Play (2019). He was married to Beverly. He died on April 29, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

63, suicide by hanging

50. Michael Keenan

Actor | Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Michael Keenan was born on December 12, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Dallas (1978). He died on April 30, 2020 in Woodland Hills, California.

80, natural causes

51. Sam Lloyd

Actor | Scrubs

Sam Lloyd was born on November 12, 1963 in Springfield, Vermont, USA as Samuel Lloyd Jr. He was an actor and writer, known for Scrubs (2001), Galaxy Quest (1999) and Flubber (1997). He was married to Vanessa Villalovos. He died on April 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

56, lung cancer

52. John Mahon

Actor | Armageddon

John Mahon was born on February 2, 1938 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA as John Patrick Mahon. He was an actor, known for Armageddon (1998), L.A. Confidential (1997) and Zodiac (2007). He was married to Margaret Jean Street and Deidre. He died on May 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

82, natural causes

53. Don Shula

Actor | Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Don Shula was born on January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio, USA as Donald Francis Shula. He was an actor and writer, known for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Teamwork Baby and Ballers (2015). He was married to Mary Anne Shula and Dorothy Alice Bartish. He died on May 4, 2020 in Indian Creek, ...

90, undisclosed

54. Roy Horn

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

Roy Horn was born on October 3, 1944 in Nordenham, Germany as Uwe Ludwig Horn. He was a producer and actor, known for Ocean's Eleven (2001), Vegas Vacation (1997) and Father of the Pride (2004). He died on May 8, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

81, complications from COVID-19

55. Little Richard

Soundtrack | Predator

Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a ...

87, bone cancer

56. Betty Wright

Soundtrack | Speed 2: Cruise Control

Soul and R&B singer Betty Wright was born December 21, 1953 in Miami, Florida. She started out as a member of her family's own gospel group The Echoes of Joy and began working as a backup vocalist for other singers at age thirteen. She recorded her 1968 debut album "My First Time Around" when she ...

66, uterine cancer

57. Jerry Stiller

Actor | Hairspray

As the short, straight man counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara," Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on television variety, notably The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), on which they appeared 36 ...

92, natural causes

58. Phyllis George

Actress | Meet the Parents

Phyllis George was born on June 25, 1949 in Denton, Texas, USA as Phyllis Ann George. She was an actress, known for Meet the Parents (2000), My Wife Is Retarded (2007) and The CBS Morning News (1963). She was married to John Y. Brown and Robert Evans. She died on May 14, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky...

70, polycythemia

59. Fred Willard

Actor | Best in Show

Fred Willard radiated a unique charm that established him as one of the industry's most gifted comic actors, first coming to prominence as ambitious but dimwitted sidekick Jerry Hubbard to Martin Mull's smarmy talk-show host Barth Gimble in the devastating satirical series Fernwood Tonight (1977). ...

86, cardiac arrest

60. Ken Osmond

Actor | Leave It to Beaver

Forever tagged as the unctuous, trouble-making truant Eddie Haskell on the quintessential 50s family show Leave It to Beaver (1957), actor Ken Osmond did not manage much of a career after the stereotype. So inextricably typed was he that he gave up on any semblance of a career within a short time ...

76, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and peripheral artery disease

61. Jerry Sloan

Self | The NBA on CBS

Jerry Sloan was born on March 28, 1942 in McLeansboro, Illinois, USA as Gerald Eugene Sloan. He is known for his work on The NBA on CBS (1973), NBA Hardwood Classics (1992) and The 1997 NBA Finals (1997). He was married to Tammy Jessop and Barbara Irvin. He died on May 22, 2020 in Salt Lake City, ...

78, complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia

62. Richard Herd

Actor | All the President's Men

Utilitarian character actor Richard Herd was one of those stern familiar faces you saw countless times on film and TV but couldn't quite place the name. The stage-trained actor, who shared a striking resemblance to actor Karl Malden, never found the one role that would make him a household name, ...

87, colon cancer

63. Anthony James

Actor | Unforgiven

Character actor Anthony James was born on July 22, 1942 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Creepily tall (6' 6½) and lanky, with a rough, pockmarked face, a lean, stringy build, greasy dark hair and an extremely edgy'n'intense screen presence, James was often cast in Westerns as really scary, sleazy ...

77, undisclosed cancer

64. Lennie Niehaus

Composer | Space Cowboys

Lennie Niehaus was born on June 1, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Leonard Niehaus. He is known for his work on Space Cowboys (2000), The Bridges of Madison County (1995) and Heartbreak Ridge (1986). He was married to Patricia Jarvis. He died on May 28, 2020 in Redlands, California, USA.

90, undisclosed heart related illness

65. Mary Pat Gleason

Actress | Intolerable Cruelty

Mary Pat Gleason was born on February 23, 1950 in Lake City, Minnesota, USA as Mary Patrick Gleason. She was an actress and writer, known for Intolerable Cruelty (2003), The Crucible (1996) and A Cinderella Story (2004). She died on June 2, 2020 in Burbank, California, USA.

70, endometrial cancer

66. Wes Unseld

Self | The 1978 NBA Finals

Westley Sissel Unseld (born March 14, 1946) is an American former basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career with the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988. Unseld starred for the Seneca High School team that won ...

74, complications from pneumonia

67. Alan Metter

Director | Back to School

Metter grew up in the Boston area, lived in the Hollywood Hills for most of his adult life, and moved to South Florida in 2009.

Alan began his creative life at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), the legendary advertising agency. In the late 1970s, Metter leaped at the opportunity to direct some of the first...

77, heart attack

68. Ian Holm

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sir Ian Holm was one of the world's greatest actors, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated British star of films and the stage. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and has played more than 100 roles in films and on ...

88, complications from Parkinson's disease

69. Bonnie Pointer

Soundtrack | 54

Singer/songwriter Patricia "Bonnie" Pointer was born on July 11, 1950 in Oakland, California. She's the second youngest member of the hugely popular and successful soul/R&B group The Pointer Sisters. Bonnie began singing in the choir of her father Reverend Elton Pointer's church. In 1969 Bonnie ...

69, cardiac arrest caused by chronic liver cirrhosis

70. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He was a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and Falling Down (1993). He died on June 22, 2020 in New York City.

80, undisclosed cancer

71. Carl Reiner

Writer | The Dick Van Dyke Show

Carl Reiner is a legend of American comedy, who achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his album "The 2,000 Year Old Man", based on his ...

98, natural causes

72. Johnny Mandel

Music_department | M*A*S*H

Inducted into the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame in 2009 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame a year later, Johnny Mandel is perhaps best known as the composer of the iconic M*A*S*H (1972) theme song, "Suicide is Painless". Born and raised in Manhattan, he was the son of a garment manufacturer and an opera ...

94, heart ailment

73. Benny Mardones

Soundtrack | Nerve

Benny Mardones was born on November 9, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Benny Armand Mardones. He was married to Jane Braemer. He died on June 29, 2020 in Menifee, California, USA.

73, complications from Parkinson's disease

74. Dan Hicks

Actor | Darkman

Dan Hicks was born on July 19, 1951 in Pontiac, Michigan, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for Darkman (1990), Evil Dead II (1987) and Intruder (1989). He died on June 30, 2020 in California, USA.

68, undisclosed cancer

75. Hugh Downs

Self | Live from Lincoln Center

Hugh Downs was born on February 14, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, USA as Hugh Malcolm Downs. He is known for his work on Live from Lincoln Center (1976), Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) and Concentration (1958). He was married to Ruth Shaheen. He died on July 1, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

99, heart failure

76. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Hateful Eight

A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...

91, complications due to injuries sustained in a fall

77. Charlie Daniels

Soundtrack | Coyote Ugly

Charlie Daniels was born on October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA as Charles Edward Daniels. He was an actor and composer, known for Coyote Ugly (2000), The Heartbreak Kid (2007) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). He was married to Hazel Juanita Alexander. He died on July 6, 2020 in ...

78. Naya Rivera

Actress | Glee

Naya Rivera was an Afro-Latina American actress, model and singer known for playing Santana Lopez from Glee and Hillary Winston from The Royal Family. She also was in The Master of Disguise, Baywatch, CSI: Miami, American Dad, Batman: The Long Halloween Parts 1 and 2, Even Stevens and The Bernie ...

33, accidental drowning

79. Kelly Preston

Actress | Battlefield Earth

Kelly Preston was born on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A talented and captivating performer, she first garnered international attention with her role as "Marnie Mason" in Ivan Reitman's Twins (1988), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. With her diverse character portrayals in ...

57, breast cancer

80. Grant Imahara

Actor | Star Trek Continues

Electronics wizard Grant Imahara has been behind the scenes of many top Hollywood films for years. An expert at animatronics, his skills were used extensively at George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic, where his talent was demonstrated on various features including the Matrix sequels, the three ...

49, brain aneurysm

81. John Lewis

Self | John Lewis: Good Trouble

John Lewis was born on February 21, 1940 in Troy, Alabama, USA as John Robert Lewis. He is known for his work on John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020), A Ripple of Hope (2008) and The Art of Reconciliation (2012). He was married to Lillian Miles. He died on July 17, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

80, pancreatic cancer

82. Annie Ross

Actress | Short Cuts

Annie Ross was born on July 25, 1930 in Mitcham, Surrey, England as Annabelle McCauley Allan Short. She is known for her work on Short Cuts (1993), Superman III (1983) and Throw Momma from the Train (1987). She was married to Sean Lynch. She died on July 21, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City, New ...

89, emphysema and heart disease

83. Jacqueline Scott

Actress | Planet of the Apes

Red-haired Jacqueline Sue Scott began her career in show biz as a three year old by winning a tap dancing contest. Though she once self-deprecatingly described herself as "the worst child tap dancer ever to haunt an audience" she made the successful transition from juvenile performer in tent shows ...

89, lung cancer

84. Regis Philbin

Actor | Little Nicky

TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality, Regis Philbin became one of the most popular talk-show hosts in America and in Canada, especially. Growing up as an only child in The Bronx, New York, Philbin went to the University of Notre Dame and got a degree in sociology. ...

88, heart attack

85. John Saxon

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street

John Saxon appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You (1954) and George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954). Born...

83, pneumonia

86. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

104, natural causes

87. Alan Parker

Director | Evita

The son of Elsie Ellen, a dressmaker, and William Leslie Parker, a house painter, Alan Parker was a London advertising copywriter in the 1960s and early 1970s with Collett Dickenson Pearce (CDP), an ad agency. He formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his producer (Puttnam had been a ...

76, undisclosed illness

88. Wilford Brimley

Actor | The Natural

Wilford Brimley was born on September 27, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Anthony Wilford Brimley. He is known for his work on The Natural (1984), In & Out (1997) and The Thing (1982). He was married to Beverly Berry and Lynne Brimley. He died on August 1, 2020 in St. George, Utah.

85, kidney complications

89. Reni Santoni

Actor | Dirty Harry

Born Reinaldo Santoni in New York City on April 21, 1938 of French and Spanish heritage, Reni (aka Reni Sands) started his career off in entertainment as a comedy writer. He moved in front of the camera in the early 60s and was performing episodic TV drama ("East Side/West Side," "The Trials of ...

82, multiple health issues including cancer

90. Billy Goldenberg

Composer | Play It Again, Sam

Composer, conductor, arranger, pianist and songwriter, the son of Morris Goldenberg. He was educated at Columbia College (BA), where he composed and arranged the Columbia Varsity Shows, and also Camp Tamiment. He took private music studies with Hall Overton and he wrote incidental music for the ...

84, heart failure

91. Jim Harris

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Retired American professional wrestler best known for his work during the 1980s and 1990s as Kamala the Ugandan Giant. Debuted in 1978 and competed under the names Bad News Harris, Ugly Bear Harris, James "Sugarbear" Harris and the Mississippi Mauler. He started the Kamala gimmick in the ...

70, complications from COVD-19 and diabetes

92. Trini López

Actor | The Dirty Dozen

Trini Lopez was an American singer and actor who had 16 Top 40 songs on the charts from 1963 through 1968. He was born Trinidad López III in the Little Mexico neighborhood of Dallas, Texas on May 15, 1937. He started performing with his own band when he was 15 years old and caught the eye of rock ...

83, complications from COVID-19

93. Ben Cross

Actor | Star Trek

Ben Cross was born Harry Bernard Cross on December 16, 1947, in London, England. He was the son of Catherine (O'Donovan), a cleaning woman, from Keelraheen, Dunmanway, Ireland, and Harry Cross, an English doorman and nurse. He began acting at a very young age and participated in grammar school ...

72, undisclosed cancer

94. Dale Hawerchuk

Self | NHL Alumni Charity Shootout

Dale Hawerchuk was born on April 4, 1963 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He died on August 18, 2020 in Barrie, Ontario.

57, stomach cancer

95. Allan Rich

Actor | Serpico

Allan Rich was a recognizable character actor who worked in film, television, and theatre.

In 2006, he was featured in "My Sexiest Year", opposite Frances Fisher and Frankie Muniz, and was interviewed for the documentary, "Troupers". Last year he appeared in three soon to be released features. "Rise...

94, dementia

96. Joe Ruby

Producer | Rumpelstiltskin

Joe Ruby was born on March 30, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joseph Clemens Ruby. He was a producer and writer, known for Rumpelstiltskin (1995), Planet of the Apes (1974) and Space Ghost (1966). He was married to Carole. He died on August 26, 2020 in Westlake Village, California.

87, natural causes

97. Chadwick Boseman

Actor | Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman was an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of T'Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2016 to 2019, particularly in Black Panther (2018), and for his starring roles as several pioneering Americans, Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on...

43, colon cancer

98. Clifford Robinson

Self | Survivor

Clifford Robinson was born on December 16, 1966 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Clifford Ralph Robinson. He is known for his work on Survivor (2000), The 1990 NBA Finals (1990) and 1994 NBA All-Star Game (1994). He was married to Heather Robinson. He died on August 29, 2020 in Portland, Oregon, USA.

53, lymphoma

99. John Thompson

Actor | He Got Game

John Robert Thompson Jr. (born September 2, 1941) is a former American college basketball coach for the Georgetown Hoyas. He is now a professional radio and TV sports commentator. In 1984, he became the first African-American head coach to win a major collegiate championship, capturing the NCAA ...

78, complications from multiple health issues

100. Tom Seaver

Self | 1969 National League Championship Series

Twelve-time All-Star Tom Seaver was, arguably, the greatest pitcher in the major leagues between the retirement of Sandy Koufax and the blossoming of Roger Clemens, who was his teammate on the 1986 Boston Red Sox. Seaver, who won 311 games in his career, likely would have won more if he had been on...

75, complications from Lewy body dementia and COVID-19

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