2021 Deaths

by lktsc | created - 04 Jan 2021 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Tanya Roberts

Actress | A View to a Kill

Tanya Roberts came from modest beginnings in the Bronx, New York, the younger daughter of a Jewish American pen salesman (Oscar Blum) and an English mother (Dorothy Smith), who divorced before she reached high school. Tanya dropped out of high school, got married and hitchhiked around the country ...

2. Deezer D

Actor | Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Deezer D was born in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. He is not only an actor but a popular performer in the Christian and underground hip hop communities. His latest release is titled "Unpredictable". He also briefly hosted a Christian Rap radio show in Los Angeles on station 96.3 KFSG.

3. Peter Mark Richman

Actor | Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

This durable, granite-faced actor with the matching steel-edged voice was one of the most interesting and recognisable leads in 1950s and 1960s television. He was born Marvin Jack Richman in South Philadelphia to paper and roofing contractor Benjamin Richman and his wife Yetta Dora (née Peck), the ...

4. Cicely Tyson

Actress | The Help

Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and...

5. Dustin Diamond

Actor | Saved by the Bell

Attended Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. While in fifth grade, he portrayed 8th-grader Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television series Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987), which evolved into Saved by the Bell (1989) and its various television movies and spin-offs. Also appeared in the ...

6. Hal Holbrook

Actor | Into the Wild

Hal Holbrook was an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who was one of the great craftsmen of stage and screen. He was best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily ...

7. Christopher Plummer

Actor | Beginners

Legendary actor Christopher Plummer, perhaps Canada's greatest thespian, delivered outstanding performances as Sherlock Holmes in Murder by Decree (1979), the chilling villain in The Silent Partner (1978), the iconoclastic Mike Wallace in The Insider (1999), the empathetic psychiatrist in A ...

8. Christopher Pennock

Actor | Frances

Christopher Pennock was born on June 7, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA as Christopher Cadwalader Pennock. He was an actor, known for Frances (1982) and General Hospital (1963). He was married to Lynn Hawley and Marilyn Louise Joseph. He died on February 12, 2021 in Idyllwild, California, USA.

9. Bill Brown

Self | Alaskan Bush People

Bill Brown was born on December 3, 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. He is known for his work on Alaskan Bush People (2014) and North Pole to North Star (2021). He was married to Ami Brown and Brenda Faye Britt. He died on February 7, 2021 in Alaska, USA.

10. Gregory Sierra

Actor | The Towering Inferno

Lanky, balding, intense American character actor of Puerto Rican ancestry, born in New York's Spanish Harlem. Deserted by his parents, Sierra was brought up by an aunt in a rough, predominantly Irish neighbourhood from the age of six. Though briefly tempted by gang life as a teenager, he took up ...

11. Jessica Walter

Actress | Arrested Development

Acclaimed actress Jessica Walter was born on January 31, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Esther (Groisser), a teacher, and David Walter (his original surname was Warshawsky), a musician who was a member of the NBC Symphony Orchestra and the NYC Ballet Orchestra. She was of Russian ...

12. Johnny Crawford

Actor | The Rifleman

Johnny Crawford was born on March 26, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA as John Ernest Crawford. He is known for his work on The Rifleman (1958), Hellboy (2004) and The Thirteenth Floor (1999). He was married to Charlotte Samco. He died on April 29, 2021 in Los Angeles.

13. Mary Linda Rapelye

Actress | In Cold Blood

Ever since this beauty was five years old she knew she wanted to act. It's the story of this adventurous pioneer girl who in a Frontier Pageant, at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City jumped off the stage, and into her Daddy's arms in front of a crowd of 10,000 people. When she was young her ...

14. Billie Hayes

Actress | The Black Cauldron

Billie Hayes was born August 5, 1924 in the small town of DuQuoin, Illinois. She started in show business at 9 years old as a tap dancer in local clubs. She was encouraged but not "pushed" by her parents after she expressed the desire to do so. By the time she was in her teens, Hayes had joined a ...

15. Samuel E. Wright

Actor | The Little Mermaid

Samuel E. Wright was born on November 20, 1946 in Camden, South Carolina, USA as Samuel Ernest Wright. He is known for his work on The Little Mermaid (1989), Dinosaur (2000) and Bird (1988). He was married to Amanda Wright. He died on May 24, 2021 in Montgomery, New York, USA.

16. Gavin MacLeod

Actor | Mary Tyler Moore

Gavin MacLeod's pleasing, agreeable manner on two hit TV series in the 70's and 80's belied a number of shady villains he portrayed in his early career. Born Allan George See in Mt. Kisco, New York, on February 28, 1931, and raised in Pleasantville, he was the son of Margaret (Shea) and George See,...

17. Robert Hogan

Actor | Species II

Prolific American supporting actor, a reliable presence in numerous classic prime-time TV shows for over half a century. One of three siblings, Hogan served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his demobilisation he studied engineering at New York University, but an aptitude test suggested ...

18. Ned Beatty

Actor | Network

Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor Ned Beatty was once hailed by Daily Variety as the "busiest actor in Hollywood."

Ned Thomas Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Margaret (Fortney) and Charles William Beatty. He grew up fishing and working on farms. His hometown of St. Matthews, ...

19. Frank Bonner

Actor | WKRP in Cincinnati

Frank Bonner was born on February 28, 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA as Frank Woodrow Boers Jr. He was an actor and director, known for WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), Equinox (1970) and The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991). He was married to Gayle Hardage, Catherine Sherwood, Lillian Garrett, Mary ...

20. Stuart Damon

Actor | General Hospital

Stuart Damon was born on February 5, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA as Stuart Michael Zonis. He was an actor and writer, known for General Hospital (1963), The Champions (1968) and Cinderella (1965). He was married to Deirdre Ann Ottewill. He died on June 29, 2021 in Woodland Hills, ...

21. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Richard Donald Schwartzberg. He was a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (1980). He was married to Lauren Shuler Donner. He died on July 5,...

22. Jay Pickett

Actor | Soda Springs

Jay Pickett was born on February 10, 1961 in Spokane, Washington, USA as Jay Harris Pickett. He was an actor and producer, known for Soda Springs (2012), Abandoned (2010) and Port Charles (1997). He was married to Elena Marie Bates. He died on July 30, 2021 in Oreana, Idaho, USA.

23. Michael Nader

Actor | Dynasty

Michael Nader was born on February 19, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Michael Robert Nader. He was an actor, known for Dynasty (1981), Pajama Party (1964) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). He was married to Jody Lister, Beth Windsor and Robin Weiss. He died on August 23, 2021 in Lake Tahoe, ...

24. Ed Asner

Actor | Up

Edward Asner was born of Russian Jewish parentage in Kansas City, to Morris David Asner (founder and owner of the Kansas City-based Asner Iron & Metal Company) and his wife Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Seliger). After attending college, Ed worked various jobs, including in a steel mill, as a door-to-door ...

25. Peter Scolari

Actor | Newhart

Peter Scolari was born on September 12, 1955 in New Rochelle, New York, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Newhart (1982), Girls (2012) and That Thing You Do! (1996). He was married to Tracy Shayne, Cathy Trien, Debra Steagall and Lisa Kretzschmar. He died on October 22, 2021 in Manhattan...

26. Jerry Douglas

Actor | The Young and the Restless

Jerry Douglas was born on November 12, 1932 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA as Gerald Rubenstein. He was an actor, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), JFK (1991) and Good Guys Wear Black (1978). He was married to Kym Douglas and Arlene Martel. He died on November 9, 2021 in Brentwood, Los ...



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