Chronology of Death of Famous Showbiz Personalities

This is a chronology of notable death of famous showbiz personalities from 2012 to 2014. The names and cause of death and are written according to family name or pseudonyms that include their screen names, stage names, pen names, aliases, gamer identifications, and reign names of emperors, popes and monarchs. In January 2012 showbiz personalities death starts with American singer Etta James who died on January 20, 2012 at age 73 with Leukemia, followed by her sideman American jazz tenor saxophonist James Holloway who died on February 25, 2012 at age 84. On February 3, 2012, American actor Ben Gazzara died of throat cancer at the age of 81, followed by American singer and actress Whitney Houston who died on February 11, 2012, from accidental drowning in her hotel suite bath tub at age 48, then on February 29, 2012 British actor, singer, musician and Monkee member passed away Davy Jones, who died from severe heart attack at the age of 66 and July 8, 2012 actor Ernest Borgnine died of kidney failure at age 95.

Dick Clark

Dick Clark, American Bandstand , died at age 82

Dick Clark, American Bandstand , died at age 82

Dick Clark game host of $10000 Pyramid

Dick Clark game host of $10000 Pyramid

Dick Clark (right) and Ryan Seacrest (left)

Dick Clark (right) and Ryan Seacrest (left)

Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark born November 30, 1929, died on April 18, 2012 was an American radio and television personality, cultural icon best known for American Bandstand host from 1957 to 1987. Dick Clark is also best know as the host of the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which is held during New Year’s Eve celebrations at Time Square. Dick Clark is best known for his trademark a gesture of military salute during sign-off, For now, Dick Clark. So long!. Dick Clark served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dick Clark Productions, which part of it he sold off in his later years, and also founded the restaurant chain, American Bandstand Diner, modeled after the Hard Rock Cafe. Clark created and produced the annual American Music Awards in 1973, a show similar to Grammy Awards. In April 2004, Clark revealed that he had Type 2 diabetes in an interview on Larry King Live. In December 8, 2004, Dick Clark suffered a stroke, affecting his speech ability still impaired at age 75. The following year, Clark returned to the series, but due to the dysarthria (a motor speech disorder) that resulted from the stroke and was unable to speak clearly for the remainder of his life. Clark also suffered from Coronary artery disease and Parkinson’s disease in his last years. Clark died on April 18, 2012 at the age of 82, of a heart attack following surgery to fix an enlarged prostate, a transurethral resection of the prostate, at Saint John’s Health Center and the Pacific Urology Institute in Santa Monica, California. On April 20, 2012, Dick Clark was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean. Dick Clark first marriage was to Barbara Mallery in 1952, and together they had one son, Richard Augustus Clark III -“R.A.”, or “Rac”, and the couple divorced in 1961. In 1962, Clark married second wife Loretta Martin, but divorced in 1971 and the couple had two children, Duane Clark (American television director, producer and screenwriter) and Cindy. In 1977 Clark married for the third time to Kari Wigton, lasted until his death.

Donna Summer

Donna Summer at Nobel Peace Price Concert 2009, died age 63

Donna Summer at Nobel Peace Price Concert 2009, died age 63

Donna Summer 2008 Album Crayons

Donna Summer 2008 Album Crayons

Donna Summer 1979 Bad Girls LP album

Donna Summer 1979 Bad Girls LP album

Donna Summer born LaDonna Adrian Gaines born December 31, 1948 –died, May 17, 2012, was an American singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1970s during the disco time. Summer was a winner of Grammy Award for five times, and the co-writer of Pete Bellotte for the song Love to Love You Baby, which was commercially released in 1975 became an international success. Donna Summer’s success followed with other hits, such as I Feel Love, Last Dance, MacArthur Park, Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, Dim All the Lights, No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) and On the Radio. Summer’s is best known as the Queen of Disco and appeared regularly at the New York’s Studio 54 nightclub, while her music gained an international following. In the 1980s, Summer struggled with depression and addiction, and became a born-again Christian. Donna Summer was diagnosed with lung cancer but believed it is not related to smoking, and believed Summer developed the illness by inhaling toxic particles a result from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. On May 17, 2012, Donna Summer died, at the age of 63 at her home in Naples, Florida. Donna Summer is survived by her husband of 30 years,, award winning American singer- songwriter and arranger, and record producer Bruce Sudano and her daughters, actress, singer and dancer, Brooklyn Sudano (married to Mike McGlaflin, on October 8, 2006), singer, songwriter and model, Amanda Grace Sudano (Abner Ramirez in 2009, her Johnnyswim bandmate in Florida), and Mimi Sommer Dohler. On May 23, 2012, Summer’s funeral was held in Nashville, Tennessee, and was buried in Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. In 995, Summer and her family moved from the Sherman Oaks district of Los Angeles to Nashville, Tennessee, when she took time out from show business, and on her painting hobby which she began way back in 1980s. On that same year in 1995, Donna Summer’s mother died of pancreatic cancer, and in December 2004, her father died of natural causes. Donna Summer met Bruce Sudano and after three years, on July 16, 1980, they were married by Pastor Jack Hayford at The Church on the Way in Los Angeles, California. Bruce Sudano, became the step-father of Mimi Sommer, Donna Summer’s daughter from her first marriage to Austrian actor Helmut Sommer. Sudano and Summer had two daughters together. Sudano and his family resides in Thousand Oaks, California, on a 56-acre ranch.

Kathryn Joosten – 2012

Kathryn Joosten in 2011, died at age 72 in 2014

Kathryn Joosten in 2011, died at age 72 in 2014

Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey

Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey

Kathryn Joosten born Kathryn Rausch in Chicago, Illinois to Dutch-German Parents on December 20, 1939, died June 2, 2012 was an American television actress, known for her role in Desperate Housewives as Karen McCluskey, for which she won two Emmy Awards, and for appearing on the same role as Dolores Landingham  in The West Wing. In an appearance in 2007 on The View, she revealed that Joosten was in remission from lung cancer, as a result from heavy smoking after many years and was forced to quit smoking, and even shared tips on how to beat the habit of smoking. In her guest role appearance on My Name is Earl and Grey’s Anatomy in which the story revolved around her character attempting to quit smoking. Kathryn Joosten quit her 45-year smoking habit in 2001, after she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and again diagnosed with lung cancer for a second time in September 2009. Joosten underwent surgery and four rounds of chemotherapy, and in 2010, she was found to be cancer-free. On the morning of June 2, 2012, Joosten died of lung cancer, after an 11-year battle with cancer at the age of 72. And as a coincidence, Kathyn Joosten’s death occurred twenty days after the onscreen death from cancer of Karen McCluskey, her character on Desperate Housewives.

Ann Rutherford

Ann Rutherford died at age 94

Ann Rutherford died at age 94

Ann Rutherford in April 2010

Ann Rutherford in April 2010

Ann Rutherford born Therese Ann Rutherford born November 2, 1917, died on June 11, 2012, was a Canadian-American actress in film, radio, and television. During the 1930s and 1940s, she played starring and co-starring in films playing the role as Polly Benedict in the Andy Hardy (a fictional character played by actor Mickey Rooney in an MGM film series from 1937 to 1958), and as the sister of Scarlette O’Hara (portrayed by actress Vivien Leigh) in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. Rutherford first married David May II. on December 31, 1942, the grandson of the founder of the May Company department stores (merged with Federated Department Stores (now Macy’s, Inc. in 2005), together they had a daughter, Gloria May, born in 1943. Ann Rutherford and David May were divorced in a court in  Juárez, Mexico on June 6, 1953. Ann Rutherford married actor and producer William Dozier, on October 7, 1953 in New York City, the creator of the TV series Batman (1966–68). On April 23, 1991, William Dozier died of a stroke in Santa Monica. Ann Rutherford died from a heart problem at the age of 94, on June 11, 2012 at her home in Beverly Hills, California, and was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Rutherford is survived by Gloria May her daughter, Al Morley, her companion of twenty years, Deborah Dozier Potter her stepdaughter, and two grandsons.

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron, died at age 71

Nora Ephron, died at age 71

Nora Ephron born May 19, 1941, died June 26, 2012, was an American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, blogger and part time editor in the Huffington Post. Nora Ephron is known for her romantic comedies and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing, for best screenplay of a 1983 American drama film, Silkwood, for romantic comedy film When Harry Met Sally… where she won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay , and Sleepless in Seattle. Nora Ephron sometimes wrote with her younger sister, bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright Delia Ephron. Nora Ephron also co-authored the Drama Desk Award, winning theatrical production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Nora Ephron received a posthumous Tony Award nomination for Best Play for her play Lucky Guy in 2013. Ephron’s last film was a comedy-drama film Julie & Julia, starring starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Nora Ehron was first married to author, screenwriter, humorist, journalist and playwright writer Dan Greenburg, ended in divorce after nine years. In 1976, She married investigative journalist and author Carl Bernstein of famous Watergate Scandal. During Ephron’s marriage to Carl Bernstein, her husband met Margaret Jay (later became government minister), wife of Peter Jay (then UK ambassador to the United States), daughter of British Prime Minister James Callaghan. The extramarital affair was a much-publicized relationship in 1979.  Bernstein and his second wife, Nora Ephron, already had an infant son, Jacob, in 1979 and she was pregnant with their second son, Max, when Ephron learned of her husband’s affair with Margaret Jay. Ephron delivered prematurely to her son, Max, after she found out of her husband’s infidelity. In 1983, Ephron was inspired by this to write the novel Heartburn, which was then made into a film in 1986 by Mike Nichols, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. In the book, Ephron wrote in the book, about a husband named Mark, who was “capable of having sex with a Venetian blind“, and wrote that the character Thelma (based on Margaret Jay) looked like a giraffe with “big feet”. Carl Bernstein threatened to sue over the book and film, but he never did. Nora Ephron was married to author and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi for more than 20 years and resides in New York City, until Ephron’s death. On June 26, 2012, Nora Ephron died from pneumonia complication, a result which she was diagnosed from acute myeloid leukemia. 

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith, (Whitehouse) age 86

Andy Griffith, (Whitehouse) age 86

Andy Samuel Griffith born June 1, 1926, died  July 3, 2012, was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer, and a nominee Tony Award for two roles, and was noted for his role starred in a 1957 film A Face in the Crowd by director Elia Kazan, and later became known for his television roles, playing the lead character in The Andy Griffith Show, a sitcom in the 1960 until 1968 and in Matlock, the 1986 to 1995 legal drama. On August 22, 1949, Andy Griffith first marriage to Barbara Bray Edwards, and the couple adopted a son, Andy Samuel Griffith, Jr. (born in 1957) known as Sam Griffith, a real-estate developer who died from alcoholism in 1996 and a daughter, Dixie Nann Griffith. In 1972, Griffith and Edwards were divorced. In 1973, Griffith married second wife, Greek actress Solica Cassuto, and divorced in 1981. In April 12, 1983, he married his third wife Cindi Knight after they had met when he was filming Murder in Coweta County, which the first serious health problem of Andy Griffith was in April 1983, when he was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS(a disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system, ascending paralysis, weakness starting in the feet and hands and affecting the body) and unable to walk for seven months because of paralysis from the knees down. Griffith underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery on May 9, 2000, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. On September 5, 2007, Griffith underwent hip surgery after a fall, at Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. On July 3, 2012, around 7 a.m.,  Andy Griffith died from a heart attack at age 86 at his  Manteo, Roanoke Island’s coastal home in Dare County, North Carolina, and was buried in the Griffith family cemetery on the island within five hours of his death.

Richard Zanuck

Richard D. Zanuck age 77 and his third wife, Lili Fini Zanuck

Richard D. Zanuck age 77 and his third wife, Lili Fini Zanuck

Richard D Zanuck (image credit:www.aceshowbiz.com)

Richard D Zanuck (image credit:www.aceshowbiz.com)

Richard Darryl Zanuck born December 13, 1934, died  July 13, 2012, was an American film producer, won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Picture for the film Driving Miss Daisy, and helped launched the careers of directors Tim Burton and Steven Spielberg, who described the late Richard Zanuck as one of the most honorable and loyal to his profession named him as a director’s producer. Zanuck first marriage on January 14, 1958 to actress Lili Charlene Gentle (born March 4, 1940), second cousin of Tallulah Bankhead. Together they have two daughters, Virginia and Janet, but divorced in 1968. On October 26, 1969, Zanuck married second wife and his protégé, actress Linda Harrison, on the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with his friend, producer Sy Bartlett, and Kay, Linda Harrison’s sister. The marriage became troubled when, Linda Harrison failed to earn the role of the wife in Zanuck’s production of Jaws in 1975. In mid-1977, Also as a result of Linda Harrison’s involvement with a 65-year-old, Vincentii Turriziani a guru of the Risen Christ Foundation, and allegedly the guru’s claims and demanding for money from Zanuck, he then filed for divorce and was awarded custody of his two sons, Harrison Richard Zanuck and Dean Francis Zanuck (born in 1972, now production executive and film producer). Richard D. Zanuck married his third wife, Lili Fini (born 2 April 1954), on September 23, 1978, a former World Bank employee and Carnation Co. office manager, who helped him raise his sons from Linda Harrison’s marriage, and co-produce some of Zanuck’s memorable films, such as the 1985’s film Cocoon, 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy (which won Best Picture Oscar in 1989), and 2002 film Reign of Fire. His third wife, Lili Fini Zanuck was the second woman to have earned an Oscar for Best Picture in the film industry. In 1998, Lili Zanuck directed an episode of the From the Earth to the Moon a HBO miniseries in 1998, entitled We Have Cleared the Tower, and co-produced the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony in 2000. On July 13, 2012, Richard Zanuck died at age 77 of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills, he had lived in until his death was sold for $20.1MM in July 2012.

Celeste Holm

Celeste Holm 1955, died at age 95

Celeste Holm 1955, died at age 95

Celeste Holm 1988

Celeste Holm 1988

Celeste Holm born April 29, 1917, died July 15, 2012, was an American stage, film and television actress, who won an Academy Award for her performance in the 1947 film Gentleman’s Agreement, and was a nominee for Oscar for her roles in 1949’s film Come to the Stable and the 1950’s film All About Eve. Holm played the original role of Ado Annie in the 1943’s musical film Oklahoma! by musical writing team, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Holm last appearance was on CBS television series Promised Land which runs from 1996 to 1999. In 1936, Holm married first husband, movie and television director, producer, writer, and actor Ralph Nelson (August 12, 1916 – December 21, 1987). Together they have a son, Ted Nelson (born 1937) an Internet pioneer and sociologist, was raised by his maternal grandparents. Holm and Ralph Nelson ended in 1939. On January 7, 1940, Holm married second husband Francis Emerson Harding Davies, an English auditor. Holm was received into the Roman Catholic Church since Francis Davies was a Roman Catholic, for their 1940’s wedding purposes, however they divorced on May 8, 1945. Holm was married for the third time, to airline public relations executive A. Schuyler Dunning, from 1946 to 1952 with whom she had a second son, businessman Daniel Dunning. From 1961 to 1996, Holm married fourth husband actor  Wesley Addy (1913–1996), until his death at age 83 in 1996. On April 29, 2004, her 87th birthday, Celeste Holm marriedher fifth husband opera singer Frank Basile, age 41 on her 87th birhday on April 29, 2004. In October 1999, Holm and Basile met at a fundraiser at which Basile performed as a singer. After Holm and Basile’s marriage, the couple filed a case to overturn the irrevocable trust that was created in 2002 by Holm’s younger son, Daniel Dunning. The trust was apparently set up to keep Celeste Holm’s financial assets from taxes though Basile contest the real purpose of the trust was to keep him away from Holm’s money. The five year lawsuit battle with her sons, which cost millions of dollars, and according to The New York Times article, left Holm and her husband with a shattered hold on their apartment, which Holm purchased in 1953 for $10,000 cash from her film earnings, and may be nowadays believed to be worth at least $10,000,000. Since 2002, Holm had been treated for loss of memory or Alzheimer‘s disease, according to husband Basile, and suffering from skin cancer, bleeding ulcers, a collapsed lung, and had hip replacements and pacemakers. Celeste Holm was admitted to Roosevelt Hospital in New York with dehydration in June 2012, and on July 13 she suffered a heart attack and died on July 15, 2012 at her Manhattan home, where she chose to spend her final days at age 95. Holm is survived by husband Frank Basile and her sons and grandchildren.

Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal 2009, died at age 86

Gore Vidal 2009, died at age 86

Gore Vidal 2008

Gore Vidal 2008

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal born Eugene Louis Vidal, better known as Gore Vidal born October 3, 1925, died  July 31, 2012, was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. Gore Vidal is best known as public intellectual, he was known for his patrician (referred to a group of ruling class families in ancient Rome) manner and witty aphorisms (a person with  distinction or definition). Gore Vidal’s grandfather was Thomas Gore, the U.S. Senator of Oklahoma. Gore Vidal was a lifelong Democrat and ran twice for political office and was a seasoned political commentator. Vidal is also known for his essays as his novels, like his 1948’s third novel, The City and the Pillar, aggrieve conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature obvious homosexuality. Gore Vidal rejected the homosexual and heterosexual terms as naturally false, and claimed that the individual’s majority had the potential to be pansexual (emotional attraction toward people of all gender identities and biological sexes). His credits as  screenwriter is the 1959’s film Ben-Hur the epic historical drama,and won the 1959’s Academy Award for Best Picture. Vidal had relationships with both men and women. The novelist Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) claimed she had an affair with Vidal in her memoir The Diary of Anaïs Nin but Gore Vidal denied it in his Palimpsest memoir. Vidal also discussed having flirted with some people like actress Diana Lynn (October 7, 1926 – December 18, 1971) and casually said the possibility that he may have a daughter. Vidal was briefly engaged to Joanne Woodward, after they both eloped and shared a house in Vidal’s Los Angeles home briefly, before Wood ward married actor Paul Newman. Vidal met his long-term partner Howard Austen in 1950, and once stated that the secret to his long relationship with Austen was that both of them did not have sex. Vidal refused to be called gay because he was not an adjective which he told Judy Wieder of The Advocate magazine in 1995. On July 31, 2012, Vidal died at about 6:45 p.m. PDT from complications of pneumonia at age 86, in his Hollywood Hills home in California.

Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie album San_Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) 1967

Scott McKenzie album San_Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) 1967

 Scott McKenzie, died at age 73

Scott McKenzie, died at age 73

Scott McKenzie born Philip Wallach Blondheim, on January 10, 1939 in Jacksonville, Florida, died on August 18, 2012, was an American singer and songwriter, best known for his hit single in 1967 and generation anthem, San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). McKenzie grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, where the family moved when he was six months old and lived with his grandparents while his widowed mother worked in Washington DC. McKenzie also lived in Virginia, where he became friends with the son of his mother’s friend, John Philips (August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001), also known as Papa John, who was a member and leader of the singing group The Mamas & The Papas. John Phillips and Scott McKenzie met Dick Weissman (singer, composer, banjo player, author and teacher) in 1961 and formed the folk group, The Journeymen, at the height of the folk music craze, which they recorded three albums and seven singles for Capitol Records. The Journeymen was disbanded, after The Beatles rose to fame in 1964. Scott McKenzie and Dick Weissman became solo performers, while John Phillips formed The Mamas & the Papas group with Denny Doherty ((November 29, 1940 – January 19, 2007), Cass Elliot (September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974) and Michelle Phillips and moved to California.  On August 18, 2012, McKenzie died  from Guillain–Barré syndrome since 2010, in Los Angeles.

William Windom

William Windom, in 1972, died at age 88

William Windom, in 1972, died at age 88

William Windom (image credit:www.metroecuador.com.ec)

William Windom (image credit:www.metroecuador.com.ec)

William Windom born September 28, 1923, died August 16, 2012, was an American actor, best known for his television work such as in two episodes of the TV series of The Twilight Zone. Windom portrayed a fictional congressman Glen Morley, from Minnesota, a role which is based on his own Republican great grandfather and namesake, in The Farmer’s Daughter an ABC sitcom, with Swedish-American film and television actress, Inger Stevens (18 October 1934 – 30 April 1970) as his beautiful young housekeeper. William Windom was noted for his role as the character of John Monroe on the My World and Welcome to It TV sitcom, where he won Best Actor in a Comedy Series in Emmy Award. Also noted for his role in the Star Trek episode The Doomsday Machine as Commodore Matt Decker, commander of the doomed USS Constellation, and the role of character Randy Lane in the episode Night Gallery‘s “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar”, and on the CBS series Murder She Wrote as Dr. Seth Hazlitt and as a voice actor for  for Puppetino in Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night. William Windom died on August 16, 2012 at the age of 88 from congestive hear failure at his home in Woodcare, California. Windom was survived by his wife Patricia Tunder Windom, by four of his children, Rachel, Heather, Hope and Rebel and four grandchildren. He was married five times to the following, first marriage to  Carol Keyser (August 10, 1947 – 1955) (divorced), Barbara Jones (June 30, 1958 – 1963) (divorced), Barbara Goetz (April 12, 1963 – 1968) (divorced) (with 1 child), Jacqulyn Hopkins (August 8, 1969 – 1975) (divorced) (with 2 children) and last marriage until his death in 2012, Patricia Veronica Tunder (December 31, 1975 – August 16, 2012) (his death) (1 child).

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller in 1973

Phyllis Diller in 1973

Phyllis Diller age 95

Phyllis Diller age 95

Phyllis Diller born Phyllis Ada Driver on July 17, 1917, died August 20, 2012, was an American stand-up comedienne, actress, and voice artist, noted for her eccentric stage persona and her wild hairstyle and weird clothes style. Phyllis Diller played the voice acting role of the Queen in A Bug’s Life, in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius as Granny Neutron, and various characters on Robot Chicken. Diller was married and divorced twice. Phyllis Diller dated, a pioneer in oddball TV and radio ads Earl “Madman” Muntz. She had six children from her marriage to her first husband, Sherwood Anderson Diller. Her first born son, Peter (born September 1940 died in 1998 of cancer), her second child Sally, has suffered from schizophrenia most of her life was born in November 1944,  her third child a son (born 1945) who only lived for two weeks in an incubator.In March 1946 a daughter, Suzanne, was born, followed by another daughter Stephanie (born October 1948, died 2002 of a stroke), and on February 1950, a son Perry was born. On October 7, 1965, Phyllis  Diller married second husband, actor Warde Donovan (born Warde Tatum). However, after three months of marriage, Diller filed for divorce when she found out that Donovan was bisexual and alcoholic, though they reconciled on the day before their divorce was finalized and continued to live with their marriage, in 1975, Diller finally divorced Donovan. Phyilis Diller lived with her partner Robert P. Hastings from 1985 until Hasting’s death on May 23, 1996. The husband that Diller frequently mentioned in her act, as Fang, was entirely fictional and not based on either of her actual husbands. After Diller’s 80th birthday, she began to suffer from various ailments. In 1999, She suffered a heart attack  in 1999,  and after a hospital stay and before she was released, she was fitted with a pacemaker. In 2005, she had a bad fall that resulted for her hospitalization for replacement of her pacemaker and neurological tests. Diller retired from appearances in stand-up comedy before turning 90 years old.  On the morning of August 20, 2012, Diller died from natural causes on August 20, 2012, morning at the age of 95, in her Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, with a smile on her face according to her family.

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan age 54

Michael Clarke Duncan age 54

Michael Clarke Duncan born December 10, 1957 , died September 3, 2012, was an American actor, noted for his breakout role in The Green Mile as John Coffey, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Duncan was also recognized for his work as voice actor for Brother Bear and Kung Fu Panda and for his appearances in motion pictures such as Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, The Scorpion King and Daredevil. While in Los Angeles, Michael Duncan took other security jobs while trying to get some commercial acting works. Duncan had worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and The Notorious B.I.G (born Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997, killed from gunshot) all the while doing bit parts in television and films. Duncan quit this line of work after Notorious B.I.G. was killed in 1997. Duncan was taken to a hospital after suffering a heart attack on July 13, 2012. According to media reports, Duncan’s 39 year-old girlfriend, a reality game show and reality show personality, Omarosa Manigault, had tried to save his life by performing CPR. Joy Fehily, Duncan’s publicist, issued on August 6, a statement and announced that Duncan was moved from the intensive-care unit (ICU) following his heart attack  but remained hospitalized. Michael Duncan died on September 3, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Michael O’Hare

Michael O'hare age 60

Michael O’hare age 60

Michael O’Hare born May 6, 1952, died September 28, 2012, was an American actor, best known for his role in the science fiction TV series Babaylon 5 by creator J. Michael Straczynski, playing the character of Commander Jeffrey Sinclair. Straczynski described actor Michael O’Hare as having paranoid delusions, during the filming of the first season of Babylon 5. Halfway through filming, O’Hare’s  hallucinations worsened and playing a character became stressful, who was suffering from a similar mental illness halfway doing the shooting of the film. It became extremely difficult for O’Hare to continue with his work, with increasing erratic behavior and he was often at odds with his co-stars. Michael O’Hare sought treatment for his mental illness, though his treatments were quite successful, but was never fully recovered. Straczynski posted on September 28, 2012, that O’Hare suffered a heart attack on September 23 and had remained in a coma until his death on September 28, 2012 at the age of 60. Those times when O’Hare was not seen publicly, he had retired from acting which had led to rumors of his being seriously ill for the last remaining years of his life. O’ Hare’s personal friend, Straczynski, later revealed in a  Phoenix convention in 2013, about O’hare’s details of 20-year struggle with mental illness.

Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman,  81

Larry Hagman, 81

LarryHagman,  in Toronto 2011

LarryHagman, in Toronto 2011

Larry Martin Hagman born September 21, 1931, died November 23, 2012, was an American film and television actor, best known for his ruthless role as oil baron J.R. Ewing  in 1980’s  Dallas the prime time soap opera television series, and the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie as the  bewildered astronaut Major Anthony “Tony” Nelson. Hagman’s mother, was a Broadway and musical comedy actress, Mary Martin (December 1, 1913 – November 3, 1990), and his father, Benjamin Jackson Hagman, was of Swedish descent, was an accountant and lawyer who worked as a district attorney. In 1995, Larry Hagman underwent a life-saving liver transplant surgery, after hew was diagnosed with liver cancer. Hagman was a member of a 12-step program, but he still publicly advocated marijuana as a better alternative to alcohol. Larry Hagman reconciled with his mother, Mary Martin, when his stepfather Richard Halliday died in 1973, and became close with his mother until Martin’s death from colon cancer in 1990. Hagman married Swedish-born Maj Axelsson in 1954 and they had two children, Heidi Kristina (born 1958) and Preston (born 1962). The Hagman family has been a Malibu,California longtime residents, they then moved to Ojai. In June 2011, Hagman revealed that he had throat cancer stage 2 in June 2011, and also underwent surgery for an acorn-sized tumor removal from his tongue of the same year. His throat cancer was said to be in remission in June 2012. Larry Hagman was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, formerly called preleukemia) in July 2012. Larry Hagman died at age 81, on November 23, 2012, of complications from acute myeloid leukemia at the Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas.

Charles Durning

Charles Durning , age 89, May2008

Charles Durning , age 89, May2008

Charles Edward Durning born February 28, 1923 , died December 24, 2012, was an American actor, who appeared in over 200 films, TV  shows and theaters. Charles Durning most noted roles, the 1973’s Oscar-winning The Sting, and 1975’s Dog Day Afternoon, 1982’s comedy-drama film Tootsie , 1982’s The Best Little whorehouse in Texas and in 1983’s film To Be or Not to Be. Charles Durning married his first wife, Carole Doughty in 1959, and they divorced in 1972. In 2010, Dunning was legally separated from his second wife, Mary Ann (Amelio) Durning. Charles Durning served in the U.S. Army during the WW II, and was drafted at age 20 and participated in the Normandy Invasion of France. On January 30, 1946, Durning was discharged with the rank of Private First Class. Charles Dunning was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 31, 2008, adjacent to one of his idols, James Cagney. On December 24, 2012, Charles Durning died at age 89, of natural causes at his home in Manhattan, and was survived by his three children from his first marriage and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Broadway theaters dimmed their lights on December 27, 2012 to honor him. After Dunning’s death, the New York Times, commented ‘extraordinary actors ennobling the ordinary’ on his more than 200 credited roles, and referred him and actor Jack Klugman, who died on the same day. The two actors was compared by Huffington Post, and named them character actor titans.

Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman age 90

Jack Klugman age 90

Jacob Joachim “Jack” Klugman born April 27, 1922, died December 24, 2012, was an American stage, film and television actor, who began his acting career in 1950. Klugman worked on television and films with roles in 12 Angry Men in 1957, and in 1958’s Cry Terror!. In 1964, Klugman won his first Primetime Emmy Award for his cameo-starring role on The Defenders. From 1960 to 1963, Klugman made four appearances on The Twilight Zone. In 1974, Jack Klugman was diagnosed with throat cancer a result from being a longtime smoker and received treatments. In 1989, his cancer returned, during the cancer treatment course, Klugman lost a vocal cord which left him with a raspy voice. In 1953, Jack Klugman married actress Bret Somers, (July 11, 1924 – September 15, 2007) and together they had two children, Adam Klugman (who had same birthday with his mother, Brett), who also appeared in a cameo role as a child in a flasback scene on The Odd Couple, and David, before their separation in 1974. They never divorced and were still married when Somers died at age 83, of colon cancer in 2007. In 988, Klugman began living with Peggy Crosby, ex-wife of actor and singer Phillip Crosby (July 13, 1934 – January 13, 2004). Jack Klugman married Peggy Crosby in February 2008, after the death of first wife, Brett Somers. Jack Klugman died on December 24, 2012, at the age of 90 in Woodland Hills, California. His co-actor Charles Dunning died on the same day at age 89.

Patti Page – 2013

Patti Page, age 85

Patti Page, age 85

Patti Page born Clara Ann Fowler , born on November 8, 1927 , died January 1, 2013, was an American singer and one of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music, top-charting female vocalist, and the best-selling female artist of the 1950s, Patti Page is best known for her signature song, recorded in 1950, the Tennessee waltz, became one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century. Between 1950s to 1953, her No. 1 hit singles were All My Love (Bolero), I Went to Your Wedding and (How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window. Patti Page was first married in May 1948 University of Wisconsin student Jack Skiba and moved with him to New York, but within a year, she asked for and received a no-fault divorce in Wisconsin. In 1956, she married her second husband, a choreographer Charles O’Curran. who had been previously married to actress Betty Hutton. Together, Page and O’Curran adopted two children, a son, Danny, and a daughter, Kathleen, but the couple in 1972. In 1990, Patti Page married her third husband, Jerry Filiciotto, and the couple ran a maple syrup business in New Hampshire and lived in Solana Beach, California. On April 18, 2009, Jerry Filiciotto died. On January 1, 2013, Patti Page died at age 85, from long suffering heart and lung disease , at the Seacrest Village Retirement Community in Encinitas, California, according to her manager.

David R. Ellis

David R. Ellis , age 60

David R. Ellis , age 60

David Richard Ellis born September 8, 1952, in Santa Monica, California, died January 7, 2013, was an American film director and stuntman. David Richard Ellis began his acting career making hid first debut in acting in 1975, as a supporting actor in juvenile roles in the film The Strongest Man in the World starred by actor Kurt Russell. Ellis, was best known for his work as a stunt man in the movie Scarface. David R. Ellis is best known for directing films under him such as Homeward Bound II:Lost in San Francisco, The Final Destination and Final Destination 2, Cellular, Asylum, Shark Night and Snakes on a Plane in 2006, which became an internet phenomenon. Ellis was nominated for the Taurus Award in 2003, along with Glenn Boswell and R.A. Rondell, for his work as  stunt coordination on the hit film The Matrix Reloaded. David R. Ellis’ daughter, is producer Tawny Marie Ellis (born December 25, 1981) and photographer Cheyenne Ellis. Ellis body was found in the bathroom of his hotel room on January 7, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa, while he was in the process of directing a live action version of the violent anime Kite, which is now under the direction of Ralph Ziman, Police stated that no foul play was suspected as the cause of death has not released.

Robin Sachs

Robin Sachs died at age 61

Robin Sachs died at age 61

Robin Sachs as Ethan Rayne The Vampire Slayer

Robin Sachs as Ethan Rayne The Vampire Slayer

Robin David Sachs born in London on February 5, 1951, died February 1, 2013, was an English actor. Robin Sachs was born to parents  actors Leonard Sachs (September 26, 1909 – June 15, 1990) was a South African-born British actor and British actress, Eleanor Summerfield (March 7, 1921 –July 13, 2001). Robin Sachs was first married to Welsh actress Siân Phillips (1979–1991) ex wife of actor Peter O’Toole. Siân Phillips third husband was English actor Robin Sachs, who was 17 years her junior. Sachs and Phillips relationship began in 1975, and were married in 1979 Christmas Eve, shortly after her divorce with O’Toole. Sachs and Phillips divorced in 1991. Sachs married second wife, Casey Defranco. Robin Sachs was known for his role as Ethan Rayne the sorcerer in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, guest appearances in The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997, as General Valen Star Trek: Voyager in 2001 In “The Void”, as Peter Brazier (the CEO of Nexexcon) in 2002 Megalodon, as Admiral Saul Karath in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, voice over as Sergeant Roderick (In Mrs Puff, You’re Fired) in SpongeBob SquarePants, as Zaeed Massani in 2010’s Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 in 2012, Mass Effect 3:Citadel in 2013 and as Ataman in 2012’s Resident Evil: Damnation. Robin Sachs died from a heart attack on February 1, 2013.

Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths, age 65

Richard Griffiths, age 65

Dursley family, From left to right: Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia, Harry Melling as Dudley, and Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon

Dursley family, From left to right: Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia, Harry Melling as Dudley, and Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon

Richard Griffiths, OBE born July 31, 1947 –died March 28, 2013, was an English film, television and stage actor, also known for his portrayal in the hit movies Harry Potter as Vernon Dursley, as Uncle Monty in Withnail and I, as Henry Crabbe in Pie in the Sky, and in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as King George II. Griffiths also appeared in the 1982′ Oscar-wining film Gandhi as a British journalist by actor, director and film producer, Richard Attenborough. In 1973, Richard Griffiths met future wife, Heather Gibson and married in 1980, a marriage which lasted until his death. The couple are childless. On March 28, 2013, Griffiths died of complications after a heart surgery at the age of 65, at University Hospital Coventry.

Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters, died at age 87

Jonathan Winters, died at age 87

Jonathan Winters, Its a Mad, Mad World Trailer,

Jonathan Winters, Its a Mad, Mad World Trailer,

Jonathan Harshman Winters III born November 11, 1925 –died  April 11, 2013, was an American comedian, actor, author, and artist.  Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label since 1960. Winters also appeared in hundreds of TV show episode, series and films for more than six decades of his acting career, and various roles such as eccentric characters on The Steve Allen Show, The Garry Moore Show, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters (1972–74), Mork & Mindy, Hee Haw and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. He also worked as a voice actor in 1986 to 1989 on The Smurfs as Grandpa Smurf and in 2011 as Papa Smurf in The Smurfs, and in 2013’s The Smurfs 2, as Winters’ final feature film, which is dedicated to his memory. Jonathan Winters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960. Winters reported in an interview with the Archive of American Television, that he spent eight months in a private psychiatric hospital in 1959 and again in 1961, due to suffering from bipolar disorder and nervous breakdown. With an unusual frantic energy, Winters made unclear references to his illness and hospitalization during his stand-up routines, famously on his 1960 The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters comedy album. Winters’s wife of more than 60 years, Eileen, died at the age of 84 on January 11, 2009, after a 20-year battle with breast cancer. Jonathan Winters died of natural causes at the age of 87, on April 11, 2013 evening, in Montecito, California, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his two children, Jay Winters and Lucinda Winters, and five grandchildren.

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini, age 51

James Gandolfini, age 51

James Gandolfini with actress Rose McGowan

James Gandolfini with actress Rose McGowan

James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. born September 18, 1961 – died June 19, 2013 was an American actor best known for his role in the award winning HBO series, The Sopranos as Tony Soprano, the American Mafia crime boss. After The Sopranos, Gandolfini produced the 2007 documentary Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, based on his interview with ten injured Iraq War veterans. His second documentary was released in 2010, the Wartorn: 1861–2010, based and analyzes the impact of postraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on soldiers and families who went through several American wars in history, from 1861 to 2010. On December 2002, James Gandolfini divorced his first wife, Marcy Wudarski. Together they have a son named Michael Gandolfini (born 2000).  Gandolfini married former model Deborah Lin, (she was 40 years old at the time), in Honolulu, Hawaii, her hometown on August 30, 2008, after two years of dating.  On October 10, 2012, their daughter, Liliana Ruth Gandolfini, was born in Los Angeles, California. On June 19, 2013, James Gandolfini died at aged 51, in Italy, during a brief vacation in Rome. Gandolfini was expected to travel to Sicily, Italy on June 22 to receive an award at the Taormina Film Fest. After a day of sightseeing in Rome, in an extremely hot temperature, James 13-year old son, Michael Galdonfini, found his father unconscious on the bathroom floor, around 10 pm local time at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel in the Piazza del la Repubblica. Michael Galdonfini immediately called hotel reception, and called emergency paramedics. According to reports, Gandolfini arrived at the hospital at 10:40 pm and was pronounced dead at 11 pm from a heart attack at age 51, as confirmed by an autopsy result.

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly in  Black Samurai died at age 65

Jim Kelly in Black Samurai died at age 65

James Milton Kelly better known as Jim Kelly or Jim” “the Dragon” Kelly born May 5, 1946 – died June 29, 2013) was an American actor, athlete and martial artist, who became popular in the early 1970s. Jim Kelly is better known as Williams in the film Enter the Dragon in 1973. Jim Kelly began his career in martial arts The shaolin-Do under instructor Sin Kwan in Lexington, Kentucky. Jim Kelly became the first Black martial arts film star as an actor. In 1973, Kelly co-starred with the famous Bruce Lee (November 27, 1940 –July 20, 1973) in the 1973 blockbuster film Enter the Dragon, in a role which was intended originally for actor Rockne Tarkington, who backed out unexpectedly, days before shooting in Hong Kong. Producer Fred Weintraub went to see Jim kelly personally when he had heard about Kelly’s karate studio in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles, and was very impressed. Jim Kelly died of cancer on June 29, 2013, at the age of 67 at his home in San Diego, California. Jim Kelly was married to Marilyn Dishman  from January 1967  and divorced in  1968, together they have one child. Before his death, Kelly worked as a professional tennis coach and residing in Southern California..

Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith, died at age 31

Cory Monteith, died at age 31

Cory Monteith at the 2010 GLAAD Media Awards

Cory Monteith at the 2010 GLAAD Media Awards

Cory Allan Michael Monteith born May 11, 1982 – died July 13, 2013, was a Canadian actor and musician, better known as Finn Hudson for his role on the Glee, a Fox television series show. Cory Monteith based in British Columbia, and as an actor he had minor roles on television series before his audition taped song Can’t Fight This Feeling that helped him land as Finn Hudson, his most significant  role on Glee. In 2009, Monteith began working with American actress Lea Michele, when both were cast as love interest on Glee. Monteith and Michele began dating in early 2012, and remained together for a year and a half until his death  Cory Monteith acting career became popular after his success in Glee, followed by his movie Monte Carlo and in Sisters & Brothers, in a starring role. Since age 12, Cory Monteith had a troubled adolescence when he was involved from substance abuse and at the age of sixteen, he left school. After seeking professional help with an addiction by family and friends, Monteith, age 19 at that time, entered drug rehabilitation. Monteith talked about his experience of substance abuse as a teen, in and interview with Parade magazine in 2011, and again, he sought treatment for addiction in March 31, 2013, and was also reported that he completed his treatment on April 26, 2013. Cory Monteith died on July 13, 2013, at the age of 31, of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol in a hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. On July 13, 2013 around noon, his body was discovered by the hotel staff, when Monteith failed to check out scheduled that day after seven nights stay. On July 17, 2013, after a private viewing by family and girlfriend Lea Michele, Cory Monteith was cremated in Vancouver. Cory Monteith was living in Los Angeles, while filming Glee at the time of his death.

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina, 2011, died at age 69

Dennis Farina, 2011, died at age 69

Dennis Farina in 2007

Dennis Farina in 2007

Dennis Farina born February 29, 1944 – died July 22, 2013, was a Sicilian- American actor of film and television and a Chicago police officer formerly, a character actor who was typecast as a mobster or police officer often. Farina’s best known character as mobster Jimmy Serrano in the comedy Midnight Run and in get Shortly as Ray “Bones” Barboni. Farina is also noted for his role on television series Law & Order as Detective Joe Fontana. Dennis Farina also hosted and narrated television show Unsolved Mystery, a revived version. The HBO television series Luck, premiered on January 29, 2012, was his last major television role. In 1970, Dennis Farina was married to Patricia Farina until their divorce in 1980. They have three sons together, Dennis Jr, Michael and actor  Joseph Farina the youngest son. Farina has two granddaughters, Brianna and Olivia, and four grandsons, Michael, Tyler, Matthew and Eric. Dennis Farina was living with his longtime girlfriend, Marianne Cahill in Arizona. On July 22, 2013, Dennis Farina died at age 69, after suffering a pulmonary embolism (a blockage of the lung’s main artery, one of its branches by substance that has traveled inside the body through the embolism or bloodstream) in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dennis Farina is buried at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

Eileen Brennan

Eileen Brennan in 1990. died at age 80

Eileen Brennan in 1990. died at age 80

Eileen Brennan born September 3, 1932 – died July 28, 2013, was an American film, television and theater actress, and was best known for her character in Private Benjamin as Doreen Lewis, for which she received a nomination for Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress. Brennan won both Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for performing the same role for the TV adaptation. Brennan also received Emmy nominations for her guest starring roles on Newhart, Thirtysomething, Taxi and Will & Grace. Brennan was married to David John Lampson, from 1968 to 1974, with whom she had two sons, former basketball player turned actor, Patrick and singer Sam. Eileen Brennan was a breast cancer survivor, and in 1985, her legs was crushed and an eye socket after her car crash, in 1989 she had broken leg when she fall from the stage during a production of Annie. On July 28, 2013, Eileen Brennan died of cancer of the bladder at age 80, at her home in Burbank, California. Brennan is survived by her sons, Sam and Patrick, and by two grandchildren and her sister, Kathleen Howard.

Karen Black

Karen Black, died at age 74

Karen Black, died at age 74

Karen Black in 2010

Karen Black in 2010

Karen Blanche Ziegler- Black born July 1, 1939 – died August 8, 2013, was an American actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter, known for her appearances in such films as the 1969’s Easy Rider, 1970s Five Easy PiecesThe Great Gatsby and Airport 1975 (both 1974), in 1975’s films The Day of the Locust and Nashville, and the final film of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1976’s Family Plot and 1978’s Capricorn One. Out of three nominations, Karen Black won two Golden Globe Awards over the course of her career, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1971. Actress Gail Brown (Brown took her professional name from her first husband, Michael Quinlan Brown) is the elder sister of Karen Black, and she was of German, Bohemian (Czech) and Norwegian descent. Black married in 1955 or 1960, Charles Black, year of divorce unknown.Black married second time to actor Robert Burton, (who co-starred Black in the film Trilogy of Terror, from April 18, 1973 divorced in October 1974. Black married actor and screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson on July 4, 1975. Together they had a son, actor Hunter Carson, and subsequently divorced. On September 27, 1987, Black married Stephen Eckelberry, both are active Scientologists, and remained married until her death in 2013. Balck and Eckelberry  adopted a daughter, Celine. In 2010, Karen Black was diagnosed with cancer after her final films were released and did not make any more public appearances. On that same year, a portion of her pancreas was removed and battled on with two more surgeries.  On August 8, 2013, Black died on August 8, 2013, at the age of 74  in Los Angeles from ampullary cancer (Periampullary cancer is a cancer that forms near the ampulla of Vater, an enlargement of the liver and pancreas’ ducts, where they join and enter the small intestine).

Sir David Frost

David Frost age 79

David Frost age 79

Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE Kt, born April 7, 1939 – died August 31, 2013, an English journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and television host, best known for his television interviews with senior political figures, which among them with former United States President Richard Nixon in 1977 in The Nixon Interviews, which were adapted into a film and stage play. From 2006 to 2012 David Frost hosted the weekly TV program Frost Over the World on Al Jazeera English and from 2012, the weekly program The Frost Interview. David Frost was also known for romantically link with high profile women. Frost dated British actress in the mid-1960s, Janette Scott, between her marriages to Canadian singer, songwriter and television personality Jackie Rae , divorced in 1965 (May 14, 1922 – October 5, 2006) and singer Mel Tormé nicknamed The Velvet Fog (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999). David Frost was engaged to American actress Diahann Carroll, between 1972 and 1977, and had a relationship with British socialite Caroline Cushing in 1981. David Frost married the widow of actor Peter Sellers, Lynne Frederick, but ended in divorced the following year.  Frost also had an 18-year on and off affair with American actress and former child model Carol Lynley. Frost married Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, daughter of the 17th Duke of Norfolk on March 19, 1983 . After five years together had three sons, Miles, Wilfred and George, and resided in Chelsea for many years, with their weekend at their Hampshire home at Michelmersh Court. On 31 August 2013, David Frost was aboard a Cunard Line cruise ship, the MS Queen Elizabeth, when he died from a heart attack  at age 79. According to Cunard Line cruise ship reports, the luxury liner vessel had left Southampton in the Mediterranean for a ten-day cruise ending in Rome.

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace at 47th Emmy Awards died at age 70

Marcia Wallace at 47th Emmy Awards died at age 70

Edna Krabappel, Simpson teacher

Edna Krabappel, Simpson teacher

Marcia Wallace with Bob Newhart (right) and Will Mackenzie Bob Newhart Show Carols Wedding 1975

Marcia Wallace with Bob Newhart (right) and Will Mackenzie Bob Newhart Show Carols Wedding 1975

Marcia Karen Wallace born November 1, 1942, died October 25, 2013, was an American actress, game show panelist, voice artist, and comedian, best known for her roles in comedy series on television. Wallace is also known for her roles on the sitcom The Bob Newhart Show in 1970, as receptionist Carol Kester, and as the voice of Edna Krabappel, an elementary school teacher on the animated series The Simpsons, where she won the 1992 Emmy Award. Marcia Wallace was best known for her tall frame, red hair, and distinctive laugh. On May 18, 1986, Marcia Wallace married Dennis Hawley, a hotelier, in a Buddhist ceremony. Wallace and husband Hawley, adopted an infant son, Michael Wallace “Mikey” Hawley. In 1985, Marcia Wallace was diagnosed with breast cancer, and later became an activist and lecturer about the breast cancer awareness. In June 1992, her husband, Dennis Hawley died from pancreatic cancer. Wallace’s autobiography which was published in 2004, titled Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way, recounts the early detection of her breast cancer, the loss of her husband Dennis, her single motherhood, other experiences and her nervous breakdown, which was credited to her father. On October 25, 2013, Wallace died at the age of 70, on October 25, 2013, from her 30-year battle with breast cancer at the age of 70. Wallace was cremated following a private funeral service.

Ed Lauter

Ed Lauter, died age 74

Ed Lauter, died age 74

Ed Lauter  (image credit:www.zimbio.com)

Ed Lauter (image credit:www.zimbio.com)

Edward Matthew Lauter II born October 30, 1938, died October 16, 2013, best known as Ed Lauter, was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Ed Lauter, as a character actor, was known for his 6’2″ height and balding looks. Ed Lauter starred with Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, Karen Black (July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) and William Devane in the Family Plot, an Alfred Hitchcock’s final film. Ed Lauter’s most noted film roles were 1974 The Longest Yard (a.k.a. The Mean Machine), 1976’s King Kong, 1978’s Magic, 1981’s Death Hunt, 1985’s Death Wish 3,  1991’s The Rocketeer, 2006’s Seraphim Falls and 2011’s The Artist. Ed Lauter appeared in television series as the villain sheriff Martin Stillman in the How the West Was Won and guest-performances on Psych, as Mulder’s childhood hero, Gemini astronaut Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt in the season 1 episode Space of The X-Files, Kojak, The A-Team, Miami Vice, Booker, Charmed, Highlander:The Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation in the season five episode The First Duty as Lt. Cmdr. Albert, The Equalizer and ER with a returning character as Fire Captain Dannaker. Ed Lauter died from a rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma which was diagnosed in May, five months before his death, on October 16, 2013, two weeks before his 75th birthday. Lauter was married four times, first marriage to Wanda “Future” Fulton (September 1964 – until her death on October 31, 1972), second to Jennifer Holmes (1978 – divorced in 1984) both have 2 children together, Marnie Melissa Savion (1985 – ?) divorced, and have 1 child together, and lastly Mia (May 26, 2006  until his death on October 16, 2013) . Ed Lauter is survived by his fourth wife, Mia Lauter, and his four children from previous marriages. Ed Lauter continued to work in several films, completing his roles, until a few months before his death, and films are still to be released after his death.

Paul William Walker IV

Paul Walker died at age 40

Paul Walker died at age 40

Paul Walker with the Fast Furious Five Cast

Paul Walker with the Fast Furious Five Cast

Paul William Walker IV born September 12, 1973, died November 30, 2013, was an American actor, model and philanthropist. Paul Walker began his early career on television when he appeared in a guest role The Young and the Restless and Touched By An Angel.  Paul Walker rose to international fame in 2001, in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious portraying the role as Brian O’Conner, one of the leading actor, and would have the same role in its additional sequels. Walker also appeared in various films such as Eight Below, Into the Blue, Joy Ride and Takers. On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker died in a single car accident with his friend Roger Rodas. Walker’s film Hours was released posthumously as Brian O’Conner his signature character, will be retired in Fast & Furious 7, his final film, slated to be released April 10, 2015.  Paul Walker lived with his dogs in Santa Barbara. Walker have a daughter, Meadow with his one-time girlfriend, Rebecca Soteros, who lived in Hawaii for 13 years, with her mother, then moved to California in 2011 to live with Walker. Paul Walker is a brown belter in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu, under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller and was awarded with his black belt by Miller posthumously. As a philanthropist, Walker went to Constitution Chile in March 2010, after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake to help victims, and again he flew to Haiti with his humanitarian aid team for the 2101 Haiti Earthquake and before his death Walker had been preparing for an auto show. Walker have a close friendship with Tyrese Gibson, his co-star in The Fast and the Furious. Paul Walker, age 40 and friend Roger Rodas, age 38, a former professional racer working as Walker’s financial adviser, left in Roda’s red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, on November 30, 2013, at about 3:30 p.m. PST, an event for Paul Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda) in the Philippines. Roda’s car crashed into a concrete light pole and two trees and burst into flames, on Hercules Street, a 45 mph speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California. It was determined by the authorities that Rodas was driving the car, and may have been traveling at 100 miles per hour or 160 km per hour, while Walker was the passenger. The curve is a popular spot for drifting cars where Rodas and Walker met the tragic accident. Both victims was declared dead at the accident scene by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. According to the Los Angeles county coroner’s office, Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries, while Paul Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries. The report of the coroner stated that no alcohol or drugs were found in both victims, Rodas and Walker. Pal Walker’s brother, Cody Walker, was asked to be the stand-in to complete this film, since the film Fast & Furious was in the middle of filming.Walker’s ashes were buried in a non-denominational ceremony two weeks after his death, at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Parker died age 91

Eleanor Parker died age 91

Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Jean Parker born June 26, 1922, died December 9, 2013, was an American actress who appeared in several movies and television series, notable for her versatility, and was called Woman of a Thousand Faces, as the title of her biography by Doug McClelland. Parker is best known and became famous with her role in The sound of Music as Baroness Elsa Schrader. Parker was first married to Lord Fred Losee in 1943, but divorced in 1944. second marriage was to Bert E. Friedlob married in 1946, divorced in 1953, and together they have three children, the third marriage was in 1954 to American portrait painter Paul Clemens and together they had a son, actor Paul Clemens, Jr., but divorced in 1965. In 1966, Parker married Raymond N. Hirsch, widowed on September 14, 2001 when Hirsch died of esophageal cancer. Eleanor Parker died on December 9, 2013 at age 91, of complications with pneumonia in Palm Springs, California.

Peter  O’Toole

Peter O'Toole died at age 81

Peter O’Toole died at age 81

Peter O'Toole in 1968 Lion in Winter

Peter O’Toole in 1968 Lion in Winter

Peter James O’Toole born August 2, 1932, died December 14, 2013, was a stage and film actor, making his film debut in 1959. Peter O’Toole achieved stardom in 1962s Lawrence of Arabia playing the role as T.E. Lawrence (Thomas Edward Lawrence a British army officer) for which he received his first nomination at the Academy Award. O’Toole received seven Oscar nominations for his roles in 1964s Becket, 1968s The Lion in Winter, 1969s Goddbye, Mr. Chips, 1972s The Ruling Class, 1980s The Stunt Man, 1982s My Favorite Year and 2006s Venus and holds the record for the most nominated actor in Academy Award acting nominations without no wins. O’Toole married Welsh actress Siân Phillips in 1959, with whom he had two daughters, actress Kate and Patricia O’Toole. The couple were divorced in 1979, where Phillips  revealed in her two autobiographies that O’Toole had subjected her to mental cruelty, because of heavy drinking, and was subject to bouts of extreme jealousy when she finally left him for a younger lover, Robin Sachs. O’Toole and his girlfriend, model Karen Brown, had a son, now actor Lorcan Patrick O’Toole born March 17, 1983, Peter O’Toole was fifty years old then. During the late 1970s, O’toole had several serious illness such as his stomach cancer was misdiagnosed as resulting from his excessive alcoholism, and in 1976 he underwent surgery to remove a large portion of his stomach and pancreas, which resulted in insulin-dependent diabetes, and was forced to stop drinking. O’Toole nearly died in 1978, from a blood disorder, eventually recovered, and returned to work. Following a long illness, Peter O’Toole died on December 14, 2013 at the Wellington Hospital in London, aged 81. On December 21, 2013, his funeral was held at Golders Green Crematorium in London, where he was cremated in a wicker coffin. O’Toole’s ashes were taken back to his birthplace of Connemara, Ireland, his daughter Kate O’Toole.

Ray Price

Ray Price in 1968

Ray Price in 1968

Ray Price died at age 87

Ray Price died at age 87

Noble Ray Price born January 12, 1926, died December 16, 2013, was an American country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Ray Price is noted for his wide ranging baritone which was often been praised as among the best male country music voices, and some of his best known recordings were Release Me, Crazy Arms, Heartaches by the Number, For the Good Times, Night Life and You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me. In 1996, Price was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Price and his first wife divorced in the late 1960s and had a son, Cliff Price. In the early 1980s, Price married second wife Jeanie and they remained together until his death. Ray Price lived east Texas ranch near Mount Pleasant, playing with his cattle and horses, after leaving Nashville. Ray Price confirmed on November 6, 2012, that he was suffering and battling with pancreatic cancer, and had been receiving chemotherapy treatment for the past six months as he revealed to the San Antonio Express-News. The cancer appeared to be in remission, as in February 2013, was hospitalized in May 2013 with severe dehydration. Price was admitted on December 2, 2013 at a Tyler, Texas, hospital in the final stages of pancreatic cancer, and according to his son, Cliff Price, his father then left on December 12 for home hospice care. Ray Price died at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on December 16, 2013 at age 87.

James Avery

James Avery at HAL Awards died at age 68

James Avery at HAL Awards died at age 68

James LaRue Avery born November 27, 1945, died December 31, 2013, was an American actor, best known for his portrayal of the patriarch and attorney later became judge Philip Banks as character uncle of Will Smith, in the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air TV sitcom, which this character was ranked #34 in 5o Greatest TV Dad of All Time in TV Guide. In 1987, James Avery also provided the voice of Shredder in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series, in the animated series Iron Man as War Machine and in Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling as Junkyard Dog, also played as the commanding officer of Michael Kelso (portrayed by Ashton Kutcher) at the police academy late in the series run of That ’70s Show. In 1988, Avery married Barbara, but they had no biological children of his own, but was a stepfather to Kevin Waters, his wife’s son from a previous relationship. On December 31, 2013, James Avery died at the age of 68 from complications following open heart surgery in Glendale Adventist Medical Center, a Los Angeles suburb hospital. He was survived by his wife and stepson and his mother, Florence Avery.

Samantha Juste – 2014

Samantha Juste with husband Mike Dolenz (image credit:celebritypile.com)

Samantha Juste with husband Mike Dolenz (image credit:celebritypile.com)

Samantha Juste born Sandra Slater on May 31, 1944, died on February 5, 2014, best known in the mid-1960s on British television on BBC’s Top of the Pops as the disc girl. Samantha Juste married in July 1968 to Micky Dolenz of the Monkees in Laurel Canyon. Together they have a daughter born in 1969 in Burbank, California, Ami Bluebell Dolenz, American television and film actress and producer. Micky Dolenz’s stepfather, Dr. Robert Scott, officiated their wedding. In 1971, the Monkees had officially disbanded, and Dolenz’s admitted that his own reminiscences that his self-indulgence took its toll on his marriage. In 1975, Samantha Juste and Micky  Dolenz were divorced, and Juste retained the custody of their daughter, and in 1990s, they were reconciled as friends. Samantha Juste was photographed with Micky Dolenz at Ami’s wedding in 2002 in Beverly Hills to Jerry Trimble, actor, martial artist and stuntman. After a few months, Juste attended Micky Dolenz’s wedding in Calabasas to his third wife Donna Quinter. On the night of February 2, 2014, Samantha Juste suffered a major stroke while asleep and never recovered. Samantha Juste died on February 5, 2014 at the age of 69.

Richard William Bull

Richard Bull, died at age 89 (image credit:http://www.imdb.com)

Richard Bull, died at age 89 (image credit:http://www.imdb.com)

Richard Bull and Katherine Richard, Little House of the Prairie (image credit:www.wikiworldbook.com

Richard Bull and Katherine Richard, Little House on the Prairie (image credit:www.wikiworldbook.com

Richard William Bull born June 26, 1924, and died February 3, 2014, was an American film, stage and television actor, best known for his performance as Nels Oleson, the kind proprietor of Oleson’s Mercantile and the long suffering husband of his wife Harriet on the Little House on the Prairie a NBC TV series which aired from 1974 to 1983 and on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Doc. Richard Bull started with his stage career in Chicago at the famous Goodman Theater. In 1994, Bull left Los Angeles with his wife Barbara “Bobbi” Collentine and reside in Chicago. On the morning of February 3, 2014, Richard Bull died of pneumonia at the age of 89 at the Motion Picture Television Fund Campus in Calabasas, California.

Louan Gideon

Louan Gideon (image credit:www.picturesonline.org)

Louan Gideon (image credit:www.picturesonline.org)

Louan Gideon (image credit:www.kw.com)

Louan Gideon (image credit:www.kw.com)

Louan Gideon born November 12, 1955,  in Erath County, Texas, died February 3, 2014, was an American actress best known for her role as antagonist Danielle Atron on Nickelodeon’s The Secret World of Alex Mack. Louan Gideon was also the last actress to play the role as Liza Walton Sentell on the TV drama soap, Search for Tomorrow. Louan Gideon, was a jazz singer in Europe before becoming an actress in the US. In 1978, Louan Gideon earned Bachelor of Arts degree at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she majored in oral communications on radio-television-film. Gideon gave up acting in 2005 and moved to Asheville, North Carolina where she began writing and a real estate as a career. In 2011, Gideon married Walt Borches. In 2009, Gideon battled and thought to have survived breast cancer, but the cancer came back with some complications, and died at the age of 58 on February 3, 2014.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman 2011 died at age 46

Philip Seymour Hoffman 2011 died at age 46

Philip Seymour Hoffman Sept. 2010

Philip Seymour Hoffman Sept. 2010

Philip Seymour Hoffman born July 23, 1967, died February 2, 2014, was an American actor and director, won the 2005’s Academy Award for Best Actor in a biographical film Capote, was nominated three times for Best Supporting Actor and also received Tony Award three times nominations for his work in theater. Philip Hoffman’s first acting role in the Law & Order episode The Violence Summer in 1991 as a defendant in a rape case. In 1992 he made his breakthrough film, when he appeared in four feature films, Scent of a Woman in which he played an unscrupulous, spoiled classmate of (NCIS: Los Angeles Special Agent G.Callen on the CBS crime drama television series) Chris O’Donell‘s character. Philip Hoffman also played supporting roles in such films as Cold Mountain, as a carnally obsessed preacher, in Along Came Polly as Sandy Lyle as Ben Stiller‘s unrefined and mannerless, has been actor buddy and as Owen Davian the villainous arms dealer in Mission: Impossible III. Philip Hoffman was in a relationship with Mimi O’Donnell set costume designer for the last 15 years whom he met in 1999 unti his death in 2014, while working as a director In Arabia We’d All Be Kings play. Together they had a son, born in 2003, and two daughters, born in 2006 and 2008. Hoffman revealed in his 2006 interview, that he had suffered from drug and alcohol abuse and at age 22, after graduating from college, he went for treatment in a rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. Philip Hoffman relapsed more than 20 years later with prescription medications addiction and heroin, and he checked himself in May 2013  into a drug rehab for about ten days. On February 2, 2014, Philip Hoffman was found dead on February 2, 2014 in the bathroom of his West Village, Manhattan office apartment by a long time friend, David Bar Katz, playwright and screenwriter and director. The medical examiner’s office has not stated an official cause of death as of February 4, 2014, although, investigators searching his apartment found heroin and prescription drugs. Philip Hoffman’s funeral was held on February 7, 2014 at St. Ignatius Loyola church, Manhattan.

Maximilian Schell

Maximilian and sister Maria Schel in 1959

Maximilian and sister Maria Schell in 1959

Maximilian Schell in 2006

Maximilian Schell in 2006

Maximilian Schell born December 8, 1930, died of pneumonia on February 1, 2014, was an Austrian-Swiss film and stage actor, writer, director and producer some of his own films winning an Academy Award for Best Actor for American film Judgment at Nuremberg in 1961, as his Hollywood’s second acting role. His older sister, was also an Austrian and Swiss actress noted in Hollywood, Maria Schell, born January 15, 1926, died from pneumonia on April 26, 2005, whom Maximilian produced the documentary film in 2002 entitled, My Sister Maria. Maximilian Schell played more diverse characters in various films throughout his career to avoid being typecast with the same character, such as played the role as a museum treasure thief in 1964’s film Topkapi, as a Venezuelan leader in 1969’s film Simón Bolívar, in 1969 film as a 19th-century ship captain in Krakatoa, East of Java, as a mad scientist in the science fiction film, 1979’s The Black Hole, the Russian emperor in the 1986’s television miniseries, Peter the Great opposite Laurence Olivier (who died from renal failure on July 11, 1989 at age 82), Vanessa Redgrave and Trevor Howard (died on January 7, 1988, from a complications of bronchitis, influenza and jaundice at age 74), which won an Emmy Award, in 1990’s film The Freshman a comedy role with Marlon Brando, a Cardinal in 1998’s John Carpenter’s Vampires, in a TV film in 1991 Young Catherine as Frederick the Great, in the TV series 1992’s Stalin as Vladimir Lenin for which he won the Golden Globe Award, in 1993’s film Candles in he Dark as a Russian KGB colonel, in 1994’s film as the Pharaoh in Abraham and in 1998’s film Deep Impact a science fiction thriller as a father. American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist, Leonard Bernstein (longtime heavy smoker and had battled emphysema from his mid-50s, died of a heart attack at age 72 on October 14, 1990) claimed that Maximilian Schell was a “remarkably good pianist.” Maximilian Schell died age 83 on February 1, 2014, in Innsbruck, Austria after a reported pneumonia. Schell was first married to a Russian actress Natalya Andrejchenko in 1985 and divorced in 2005, whom she met on the set of Peter the Great. Together they have one daughter born in 1989, Anastasia Schell. Andrejchenko’s most famous roles include the title character in Mary Poppins, Goodbye and Lyuba in Wartime Romance. Maximilian Schell married for the second time, Iva Mihanovic in 2013 until his death in 2014.

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple as Little Princess

Shirley Temple as Little Princess

ShirleyTemple at 16

ShirleyTemple at 16

Shirley Temple Black in 1990, died at age 85 Feb 10 2014

Shirley Temple Black in 1990, died at age 85 Feb 10 2014

Shirley Temple Black born Shirley Temple on April 23, 1928 , died February 10, 2014 at age 85, was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, and once U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, and also served from 1976 to 1977 as Chief Protocol of the United States. Shirley Temple started as child actress at the age of three in 1932, rose to fame internationally in 1934 in Bright Eyes film, designed for her talent. Shirley Temple was 15 years old when she first met John Agar (1921-2002) (Agar’s sister was a schoolmate of ShirleyTemple), in 1943. John Agar was an Army Air Corps sergeant, physical training instructor, and a member of a meat-packing family in Chicago. Shirley Temple was 17 years old when she married John Agar on September 19, 1945, at Wilshire Methodist Church in an Episcopal ceremony. Shirley Temple gave birth to their daughter, Linda Susan on January 30, 1948. John Agar became an actor and they both made two films together, the 1948, RKO Fort Apache and 1949, RKO Adventure in Baltimore. On December 5, 1950, Shirley Temple divorced John Agar on the grounds of mental cruelty in 1949. Temple was granted the full custody of their daughter and her maiden name’s restoration.Shirley Temple met Charles Alden Black in January 1950, a WWII United States Navy intelligence officer and recipient of Silver Star, and the Assistant to the President of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. Charles Alden Black is the son of the president and chairman of Pacific Gas and Electric, James B. Black, and reportedly one of California’s richest young men. Shirley Temple and Charles Black on December 16, 1950 at his parent’s home in Del Monte, California. During the Korean War outbreak, Black was recalled to the Navy, and so the family relocate to Washington, D.C. Temple gave birth to their son, Charles Alden Black, Jr. on April 28, 1952 in Washington, D.C. After the war, Black was discharge from the Navy, and in May 1953, the family relocated back to California. While Temple’s ex husband, John Agar was married to model Loretta Barnett Combs (1922–2000) in 1951, after heir divorce and remained married until Combs’ death in 2000. Agar and Combs had two sons, Martin Agar and John G. Agar III. John Agar died on April 7, 2002 at age 81 in Burbank, California of complications from emphysema,was buried at Riverside National Cemetery, California, beside his wife. Charles Black, Sr. managed television station KABC-TV in Los Angeles,while Temple became a homemaker. On April 9, 1954, Temple gave birth to their  daughter, Lora known as Lorax, is a musician, a bass player and went on to be a bassist of Melvins the grunge band. For the past 54 years,Temple and Black remained married until Charles Sr. died of complications from a bone marrow disease on August 4, 2005, at their Woodside home. Shirley Temple Black was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1972, and underwent radical mastectomy to remove the tumor. On February 10, 2014, Shirley Temple Black died of natural causes at the age of 85, at her home in Woodside, California, surrounded by family and caregivers.

Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite, age 85

Ralph Waite, age 85

Ralph Waite as Jackson Gibbs on NCIS  (image credit:www.tvfanatic.com)

Ralph Waite as Jackson Gibbs on NCIS (image credit:www.tvfanatic.com)

Ralph Waite born June 22, 1928 died February 13, 2014, was an American actor, best known for his role on the CBS TV series in 1970s The Waltons as John Walton, Sr., which he directed occasionally. Waite also appeared in the mini-series Roots and portrayed the slave ship first mate Slater. Waited had appeared in many guest roles on numerous television series, such as Jackson Gibbs, NCIS season 6, as the father of NCIS agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs portrayed by Chris” O’Donnell. Ralph Waite served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948 before becoming an actor. Waite was married three times, first marriage is to Beverly (1951 – divorced 1966) and has 3 children together, then to actress Kerry Shear Waite (married August 27, 1977 – divorced August 31, 1981) and third to Linda East (married December 4, 1982 up to present). From his first marriage Waite had three daughters, and one of his daughters. died from leukemia at the age of nine.  His stepson, is also an actor, Liam Waite. On February 13, 2014, Ralph Waite died peacefully due to age-related illness at the age of 85.

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