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Memorial Day tribute: 2018 celebrity deaths include Harry Anderson, Steven Bochco, Milos Forman, John Mahoney

Memorial Day tribute: 2018 celebrity deaths include Harry Anderson, Steven Bochco, Milos Forman, John Mahoney
To honor Memorial Day with a tribute on Monday, Gold Derby takes a look back at celebrity and entertainment deaths so far in 2018. We are continuing to update our memoriam photo gallery above with major celebrity deaths from film, television, theater and music.

For this year, losses have included Oscar winners Milos Forman and Dorothy Malone, Emmy winners Steven Bochco, Reg E. Cathey and Olivia Cole, Emmy nominees Harry Anderson, John Mahoney and Jerry Van Dyke, Oscar-nominated composer Johann Johannsson, and legendary sports announcer Keith Jackson. Here is a brief summary of the careers of 14 people who have died in 2018:

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Actress Margot Kidder died at age 69 on May 13. She was best known for playing reporter Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in “Superman: The Movie” (1978). She won a Daytime Emmy in 2015 for the children’s TV show “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.
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Fox Dedicates The Steven Bochco Building To Famed TV Producer

Fox Dedicates The Steven Bochco Building To Famed TV Producer
The Fox building where the late producer Steven Bocho made television magic with such hit shows as Doogie Howser, M.D. and NYPD Blue has been dedicated to his name. It will henceforth be known as the Steven Bochco Building, with a plaque bearing his trademark signature greeting visitors at its entrance. On hand to celebrate the dedication were a collection of stars that made those shows sizzle, including Dennis Franz and Kim Delaney of NYPD Blue; Jimmy Smits, Corbin…
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Steven Bochco Building Dedication Feels Like More of a Family Reunion

On a sunny weekend afternoon, the Fox lot was quiet except for the group that gathered to dedicate Building 1 to the writer-producer-showrunner who occupied it for the last few decades: Steven Bochco. The building now bears his name and a plaque with his distinct signature, which was also used as his production card on his television shows.

Gary Newman, chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group, spoke at the dedication, acknowledging the presence of cast members from “NYPD Blue,” “L.A. Law” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” including Jimmy Smits, Dennis Franz, Kim Delaney, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Gordon Clapp, James B.
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Steven Bochco, Innovative Co-Creator of ‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ Dies at 74

Steven Bochco, Innovative Co-Creator of ‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ Dies at 74
Steven Bochco, a producer whose boundary-pushing series such as “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue” helped define the modern TV drama, has died. He was 74.

Bochco had been battling a rare form of leukemia for several years. He had a transplant in late 2014 that was credited with prolonging his life. A family spokesman told the Associated Press that he died in his sleep on Sunday after a battle with cancer, but did not release details of a memorial service.

Working with different collaborators, Bochco co-created some of TV’s most popular series for more than 20 years while helping to create
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Steven Bochco Dead at 74

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Steven Bochco, one of the most prolific creators of TV ever, has died ... TMZ has learned. Sources connected to the family tell us, the "Hill Street Blues" creator died this weekend. He had been battling leukemia for several years and put up a hard fight, but one family source says he finally just gave up. Bochco carved out a specific area for many of his shows -- the law. His police shows were gritty and compelling.
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Exclusive Photos: Neil Patrick Harris for ‘The Magic Misfits!’

Chicago – Neil Patrick Harris, just at the age of 44, is already a multi-generation entertainer. He began as a teenager on TV’s “Doogie Howser, M.D., generated laughs on “How I Met Your Mother,” and for awhile was a go-to awards show host. Now he’s an author, as he debuts his Middle Grade Series “The Magic Misfits!”

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com got Exclusive Photos of Harris at his book launch at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge, Ill., sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Neil Patrick Harris for His Book ‘The Magic Misfits!’

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Harris was born and raised in New Mexico. After high school, he was discovered at a drama camp by playwright Mark Medoff, who cast the young actor in his first film when he adapted “Clara’s Heart” (1988). One year later he began a four season run
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Neil Patrick Harris Cast in Smurfs: The Movie

Neil Patrick Harris Cast in Smurfs: The Movie
Neil Patrick Harris has been racking up a hell of a lot of cred. He's done well on How I Met Your Mother and has parlayed the geek crowd's young memories of his Doogie Howser, M.D. role into a mature fanbase thanks to appearances in Starship Troopers, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, the Harold and Kumar movies and even a star turn hosting the Emmys. And now he's going to spend that cred on Smurfs: The Movie? Deadline Hollywood has the scoop on Harris appearing in the film. He won't be a Smurf; instead he'll play the lead live-action character in the live-action CGI hybrid story. The film has reportedly been under development for a few years, and we've only recently begun to learn anything about it. But it's the freakin' Smurfs. Not really rocket science. Raja Gosnell (Scooby Doo and Beverly Hills Chihuahua) directs, and the story involves 'real'
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Bass Inspires New Term for Coming Out of the Closet

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Bass Inspires New Term for Coming Out of the Closet
Former 'N Sync star Lance Bass has inspired a new term for gay celebrities who are outed by members of the media - they're being "lanced." Bass' boyfriend, reality star Reichen Lehmkuhl, says the term was coined after Bass revealed earlier this year that he is gay. Last week former Doogie Howser MD star Neil Patrick Harris was forced to admit he was gay after Internet media reports speculated on his sexuality. Lehmkuhl explains Harris' recent predicament saying, "It's to be outed by someone in the public media and to be a celebrity, and Neil Patrick Harris, I understand, has been 'lanced.'" Bass disclosed his sexuality in July, and said he decided to "speak my mind" because rumors surrounding his sexuality were starting to affect his daily life. He also announced at the time that he was in a stable relationship with Lehmkuhl, a former Air Force captain and winner of season four of CBS' reality competition The Amazing Race. Lehmkuhl adds, "People should be able to come out on their own. I don't know so much that it helps gay equality if a celebrity is outed by someone else and it shows that they're forced out. It just seems like it just continues the vilification of homosexuality in the media in this country."

Neil Patrick Harris: "I'm Gay"

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Neil Patrick Harris:
Actor Neil Patrick Harris has ended mounting speculation about his sexuality, by revealing he is gay. The How I Met Your Mother star was recently outed by a website, which claimed he helped his alleged boyfriend land a role in the sitcom. His publicist Craig Snyder played down the reports, insisting "he's not of that persuasion." But Harris has revealed all to People magazine's website because of "speculation and interest in my private life and relationships." He says, "(I) am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest." Harris found fame as a young actor playing a teenage doctor in Doogie Howser, MD.

WB double play for Bruckheimer

Jerry Bruckheimer is back in business with the WB Network. The network has given two put pilot commitments to Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV for a drama from writer-producer Jonathan Shapiro and a comedy. The deal with the WB marks the first major foray of Bruckheimer TV, a drama series powerhouse, into the comedy genre. The untitled drama project, written and executive produced by Shapiro (ABC's The Practice), is said to be in the vein of Doogie Howser, M.D. It centers on the relationship between a 17-year-old prodigy lawyer and his mentor. There is no concept yet for the comedy project under the deal. The two shows will be executive produced by Bruckheimer and Bruckheimer TV head Jonathan Littman.

Bochco signs CAA as first reps

Steven Bochco has signed with CAA, marking the first time the prolific writer-producer has ever had talent agency representation. A 10-time Emmy winner, Bochco's numerous series include the landmark police dramas Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, as well as L.A. Law and lighter fare such as Doogie Howser, M.D. He also published his first novel this year, Death by Hollywood. CAA is representing Bochco in all areas, though he remains a literary client of Janklow and Nesbit Associates and continues to be repped by attorney Don Walerstein of Rohner & Walerstein.

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