Necrology for 2017
In 2017, we said farewell to some of our favorite entertainers and personalities from the worlds of radio, television, movies, and music.
They’re gone, but not forgotten.
LOLA ALBRIGHT, 92, actress perhaps best-known for playing singer Edie Hart on the television series Peter Gunn. She later played Constance Mackenzie Carson on Peyton Place and appeared in more than twenty films, including Champion, The Tender Trap, Kid Galahad and Lord Love a Duck. March 23.
RICHARD ANDERSON, 91, actor best remembered for playing Oscar Goldman, leader of a secret government agency on the series The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. He also appeared in the films Forbidden Planet, Compulsion and Seven Days in May. August 31.
JACK BANNON, 77, actor who spent five years playing reporter Art Donovan on the television series Lou Grant. His other credits include St. Elsewhere, Knots Landing, Santa Barbara and Murder She Wrote. October 25.
SHELLEY BERMAN, 92, comedian whose anxiety-ridden observations helped make him one of the most groundbreaking comedians and recording artists of the 1950s and ‘60s. He also appeared on dozens of television shows, including Car 54, Where Are You?, The Twilight Zone, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, L.A. Law and Curb Your Enthusiasm, where he played Larry David’s irascible father. September 1.
CHUCK BERRY, 90, guitarist and songwriter who became one of the most popular and influential writer and performers in rock & roll history. Among his biggest hits were “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Johnny B. Goode.” March 18.
JOSEPH BOLOGNA, 82, actor who played temperamental television star King Kaiser in the 1982 film My Favorite Year. His other films include Made For Each Other, Blame It On Rio and The Woman in Red. August 13.
GLEN CAMPBELL, 81, musician who began his career as part of Los Angeles’ legendary “Wrecking Crew” before he became a recording, movie and television star in his own right. He starred for four seasons on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and played the role of a Texas Ranger in the 1969 film True Grit. Among his many hit records were “Wichita Lineman,” “Southern Nights,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Galveston” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” August 8.
BERNIE CASEY, 78, football player who became an actor in such films as The Man Who Fell To Earth, Never Say Never Again, Revenge of the Nerds and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. September 19.
DAVID CASSIDY, 67, actor and musician who rose to fame on television and records as Keith Partridge, guitar-playing member of The Partridge Family. November 21.
MIKE CONNORS, 91, actor best-known for playing private eye Joe Mannix for eight seasons on the television show Mannix. He appeared on over sixty television shows in a 55-year career, including Tightrope, The Untouchables, Perry Mason and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. January 26.
DICK CONTINO, 87, singer and musician billed as “The World’s Greatest Accordionist” who became a sensation after his discovery on Horace Heidt’s Youth Opportunity Program, most notably for his emotional rendition of “Lady of Spain.” April 19.
BARBARA COOK, 89, singer who won a Tony Award for her performance as Miriam Paroo in the original Broadway production of The Music Man and later established herself as one of New York’s most beloved cabaret singers. August 6.
IRWIN COREY, 102, actor and comedian who became famous as “The World’s Foremost Authority”. February 6.
BILL DANA, 92, writer and comedian whose portrayal of the Mexican Jose Jiminez made him famous on records and on television, where he played the character on The Spike Jones Show, Make Room for Daddy, The Hollywood Palace and the short-lived Bill Dana Show. June 15.
FATS DOMINO, 89, New Orleans pianist who became one of the early stars of rock & roll, with such hits as “Ain’t That a Shame,” “I’m Walkin’,” “Whole Lotta Loving” and his million-selling version of “Blueberry Hill.” October 24.
LARRY ELGART, 95, saxophonist who played with the bands of Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey and Red Norvo and also enjoyed success as a bandleader with his brother Les, with whom he recorded “Bandstand Boogie,” the longtime theme for the television show American Bandstand. August 29.
DICK ENBERG, 82, celebrated and versatile sportscaster who worked for NBC, CBS and ESPN during a six-decade career, covering baseball, boxing, college basketball, Wimbledon tennis, three Olympic games and ten Super Bowls. December 21.
MIGUEL FERRER, 60, actor who brought his low-key intensity to dozens of movies and television shows, playing Owen Granger for five seasons on the series NCIS: Los Angeles and FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld on Twin Peaks. January 19.
JUNE FORAY, 99, actress whose voice was heard on radio, television, records and hundreds of animated films, in a career that lasted more than seventy years. She was the voices of Witch Hazel and Granny in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, Rocket J. Squirrel and villainess Natasha Fatale on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Cindy Lou Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Talky Tina in the famous Twilight Zone episode, “Living Doll.” On radio, she appeared regularly on The Buster Brown Gang, Steve Allen’s Smile Time and The Stan Freberg Show. July 26.
JIM GANNON, 86, veteran broadcaster known as “the dean of morning news anchormen.” For 16 years, he read the news on WIND/Chicago’s Howard Miller Show and later covered sports nationally on the Mutual Radio Network. April 1.
DICK GAUTIER, 85, comic actor who played Conrad Birdie in the original Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie and appeared in dozens of television shows, most notably as Hymie, the robot programmed for goodness and niceness on the television series Get Smart. January 13.
TONI GILMAN, 96, actress who began her career in Chicago radio, appearing on such shows as Painted Dreams, Myrt and Marge and The First Nighter Program. March 23.
DON GORDON, 90, actor who appeared in over a hundred movies and television shows over a seven-decade career, playing police detective Delgetti in the 1972 movie Bullitt and also appearing in Papillon, The Towering Inferno and WUSA. His television credits include Space Patrol, The Millionaire, 77 Sunset Strip and The Wild Wild West, where he played the treacherous Gen. Titus Trask. April 24.
BUDDY GRECO, 90, singer and pianist who played with Benny Goodman and his own group, enjoying success with his renditions of “Ohh! Look-a-There, Ain’t She Pretty,” “I Ran All the Way Home,” “The Lady is a Tramp” and others. January 10.
DICK GREGORY, 84, groundbreaking African-American stand-up comedian who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health. August 19.
ROBERT GUILLAUME, 89, who played butler Benson DuBois for three seasons on the television comedy Soap and later spent seven seasons as the star of the spin-off series Benson. He was also the voice of Rafiki in the 1994 animated movie The Lion King. October 24.
BARBARA HALE, 94, actress who became famous as assistant Della Street on the Perry Mason television series and movies. She also appeared in more than forty films, including Higher and Higher, Jolson Sings Again and Airport. January 26.
MONTY HALL, 96, television personality best remembered as the creator and the cheerful host of the long-running game show Let’s Make a Deal. September 30.
TY HARDIN, 87, actor best-known for playing the title character Bronco Layne for four seasons on the television western Bronco, a character he also played on the series Cheyenne and Maverick. August 3.
RICHARD HATCH, 71, actor who played Captain Apollo on the original version of the television series Battlestar Galactica. February 7.
GLENNE HEADLY, 62, actress who began her career as part of Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre and went on to appear in dozens of films and television shows. She also played Tess Trueheart in the 1990 movie version of Dick Tracy. June 8.
JOHN HEARD, 71, actor perhaps best known for playing Peter MacAllister, the father in the Home Alone movies. His other films include Big, Beaches, In the Line of Fire and The Pelican Brief. On television, he played Det. Vin Makazian on The Sopranos. July 21.
JON HENDRICKS, 96, Grammy Award-winning jazz singer credited with inventing the style known as “vocalese,” which he employed as a member of the legendary trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. November 22.
JOHN HILLERMAN, 84, actor who became famous for playing supercilious characters, most notably the caretaker Higgins on the long-running television series Magnum P.I. and radio detective Simon Brimmer on Ellery Queen. His movie credits include The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, Chinatown and Blazing Saddles. November 9.
SKIP HOMEIER, 86, actor who began his career in radio as a child, appearing on such shows as Portia Faces Life, Coast-to-Coast on a Bus and The Cavalcade of America. He appeared on more than a hundred television shows and in such films as The Gunfighter, The Halls of Montezuma and Has Anybody Seen My Gal? June 25.
RANCE HOWARD, 89, actor who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows during a career that lasted over sixty years. On television, he was Dr. McIvers on The Waltons and Henry Boomhauer on Gentle Ben. His other television credits include The Andy Griffith Show, Death Valley Days, Gunsmoke and Happy Days. November 25.
JOHN HURT, 70, actor who appeared in more than 150 films over a six-decade career, including the role of John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Mr. Ollivander in three Harry Potter films and Kane, the first victim in the 1979 film Alien. January 25.
ANNE JEFFREYS, 94, actress who enjoyed success on television playing the ghost of Marion Kerby on Topper and later as wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington for two decades on the soap opera General Hospital and its spin-off, Port Charles. September 27.
CHARLOTTE KEANE, 97, actress who performed on radio in The Cavalcade of America, The Ford Theatre and The Adventures of Ellery Queen, where she played Queen’s secretary Nikki Porter. May 13.
MARTIN LANDAU, 89, actor who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in the 1994 film Ed Wood and also appeared in the movies North By Northwest, Pork Chop Hill, Crimes and Misdemeanors and others. On television, he starred as master of disguise Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible and later played Commander John Koenig on Space: 1999. July 16.
JERRY LEWIS, 91, legendary comedian, singer, writer and director who became a sensation on stage, screen and television, first with singer Dean Martin and later during a solo career that lasted for more than sixty years. His films include The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, The Nutty Professor, Cinderfella and The King of Comedy. For more than forty years, he hosted the annual live Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon to raise funds for muscular dystrophy research. August 20.
DINA MERRILL, 93, actress who appeared on dozens of television shows, including The Phil Silvers Show, Playhouse 90, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Batman, where she played Calamity Jan, girlfriend of the villainous cowboy Shame. Her movie credits include BUtterfield 8, Operation Petticoat, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and others. May 22.
MARY TYLER MOORE, 80, dancer and actress who starred on two landmark television shows, playing Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and news producer Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her movie credits include Ordinary People, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Change of Habit and Flirting With Disaster. January 25.
ROGER MOORE, 89, English actor who played Simon Templar on the television series The Saint and spent two decades portraying special agent James Bond in seven films, including Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only. May 23.
ERIN MORAN, 56, actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the long-running series Happy Days and repeated the role for the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi. April 22.
JIM NABORS, 87, singer and actor who became famous as the sweet, naïve auto mechanic Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, which led to a five-year run as the star of his own television show, Gomer Pyle: USMC. November 30.
DICK NOEL, 90, singer whose work in commercials earned him the nickname “King of the Jingles.” He sang with the Ray Anthony orchestra and later spent three years as a singer/announcer on radio’s Breakfast Club. October 27.
DICK ORKIN, 84, radio writer and performer who joined WCFL/Chicago became famous in the 1960s as the producer and star of Chickenman, the winged warrior whose adventures were syndicated to over 1,500 radio stations. He also produced and starred in The Secret Adventures of the Tooth Fairy and produced hundreds of radio commercials for First American Bank, The Gap, Edwardo’s Pizza and others. December 24.
ROBERT OSBORNE, 84, actor who became famous as a film historian, most notably his 23-year run as the effervescent host on Turner Classic Movies. March 6.
BILL PAXTON, 61, actor who appeared in more than seventy films over a four-decade career, including Twister, Streets of Fire, Apollo 13 and Titanic, where he played treasure hunter Brock Lovett. February 25.
HARRY PRIME, 97, singer who performed with the orchestras of Randy Brooks, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Fina, and Ralph Flanagan. His rendition of "Until" with the Dorsey band sold more than a million copies. June 15.
DELLA REESE, 86, pop and jazz singer who enjoyed success in 1959 with the hit “Don’t You Know” and later hosted her own television talk show before enjoying success as an actress, most notable as the heavenly Tess on the television series Touched By an Angel. November 19.
DON RICKLES, 90, comedian who became famous for his insult humor in a career that spanned eight decades. He appeared on countless television shows and in such movies as Run Silent Run Deep, Kelly’s Heroes, Casino and the Toy Story films, where he was the voice of Mr. Potato Head. April 6.
ROSE MARIE, 94, who performed on stage, radio, movies, television and nightclubs in a career that lasted nine decades. In the 1920s, she rose to fame on radio and vaudeville as Baby Rose Marie. On television, she played comedy writer Sally Rogers for five seasons on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Prior to her death, her career was reviewed in a 2017 documentary, Wait For Your Laugh. December 28.
JEAN ROUVEROL, 100, actress who played W.C. Fields’ daughter in the 1934 film It’s a Gift and later played Betty Barbour on the radio series One Man’s Family. March 24.
BOB SCHILLER, 98, television writer who spent a decade writing for Lucille Ball, first on I Love Lucy and later on The Lucy Show. His other credits include All in the Family and shows starring Red Skelton, Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson and others. October 10.
SAM SHEPARD, 73, playwright and actor who appeared in more than forty films, playing astronaut Chuck Yeager in 1983’s The Right Stuff. His other films include Crimes of the Heart, Country, Days of Heaven and Fool For Love, based on his 1983 play. July 27.
KEELY SMITH, 89, singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards and her partnership with first husband Louis Prima. Her hits with Prima included “Jump, Jive an’ Wail,” “Hey, Boy! Hey, Girl!” and their Grammy Award-winning recording of “That Old Black Magic.” December 16.
ROGER SMITH, 84, actor who played Private Detective Jeff Spencer for five seasons on the television series 77 Sunset Strip and later played the title role on the series based on the play Mister Roberts. June 4.
HARRY DEAN STANTON, 91, gaunt character actor who appeared in more than a hundred films over a six-decade career, including Paris, Texas; Repo Man; Alien; Escape From New York; Pretty in Pink; Young at Heart and The Last Temptation of Christ. On television, he played self-proclaimed prophet Roman Grant on the series Big Love. September 15.
JAY THOMAS, 69, Emmy Award-winning actor whose credits include tabloid talk-show host Jerry Gold on the television series Murphy Brown, ex-hockey player Eddie LaBec on Cheers and sports writer Jack Stein on Love & War. August 24.
MEL TILLIS, 85, legendary figure in country music who wrote hits for Webb Pierce, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and others before establishing a successful singing career. His songs included “I Ain’t Never,” “Detroit City,” “Life Turned Her That Way” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.” November 19.
ELENA VERDUGO, 92, actress who played the title role on the 1950s television series Meet Millie and later played nurse Consuelo Lopez on Marcus Welby, MD. May 30.
FRANK VINCENT, 80, actor and comedian best-known for playing tough guys in such films as Goodfellas, Casino and Cop Land. For three seasons, he played mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos. September 13.
BEA WAIN, 100, singer who rose to fame with the Larry Clinton orchestra, recording the hits “My Reverie,” “Heart and Soul,” “Deep Purple” and others. In the 1940s, she performed on Your Hit Parade and co-hosted the first of several radio shows in tandem with her husband, Andre Baruch. August 19.
JOSEPH WAPNER, 97, former Los Angeles Superior Court judge who became a television star during his 12-year stint as the presiding judge on television’s People’s Court. February 26.
ANN WEDGEWORTH, 83, actress who played the eccentric Merleen Elldridge on the television series Evening Shade. Her film credits include Sweet Dreams, Steel Magnolias and Miss Firecracker. November 16.
ADAM WEST, 88, actor best-remembered for his remarkable performance as the Caped Crusader on the 1960s Batman television series. In later years, he was the voice of Mayor Adam West on the long-running animated series Family Guy. June 9.
WILLIAM WOODSON, 99, actor who served as narrator on the long-running radio series This Is Your FBI and later on the television series The Invaders and numerous animated series. His other television credits includes Perry Mason, The Lucy Show and WKRP in Cincinnati. February 22.
Necrology for 2016
MOSE ALLISON, 88, singer and pianist whose wittily sardonic songs earned him the nickname “the William Faulkner of Jazz.” His songs included “Young Man Blues,” “Everybody’s Crying Mercy” and “Parchman Farm.” November 15.
ARTHUR ANDERSON, 93, actors who appeared on hundreds of radio shows during a career that spanned over eighty years. He was a long-time cast member on Let’s Pretend and also appeared on The Mercury Theatre on the Air, The Columbia Workshop and X Minus One. For nearly 30 years, he was the voice of Lucky the Leprechaun on behalf of Lucky Charms cereal. April 9.
ERIK BAUERSFELD, 93, actor and director who was the voice of Admiral Ackbar in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, where he said the famous line “It’s a trap!” He founded the Bay Area Radio Drama company, which produced new radio drama for National Public Radio and others. April 3.
DAVID BOWIE, 69, actor and musician who enjoyed chart success with the records “Space Oddity,” “Fame” and “Let’s Dance.” He starred as the dissolute alien Thomas Jerome Newton in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth and also appeared in the movies Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners, Zoolander and The Last Temptation of Christ. January 10.
BOBBY BREEN, 87, singer who became one of the most popular child performers of the 1930s by appearing on radio with Eddie Cantor and starring in such films as Let’s Sing Again, Way Down South and Make a Wish. September 19.
PETER BROWN, 80, actor who played Deputy Johnny McKay for four seasons on the television series Lawman and later played Chad Cooper on the series Laredo. March 21.
BILLY CHAPIN, 72, actor who played John Harper, the child who fled Robert Mitchum’s murderous minister in the 1955 film Night of The Hunter. His other movies include The Kid From Left Field, Affair With a Stranger and There’s No Business Like Show Business. December 2.
WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER, 84, actor best-known for playing Father Francis Mulcahy for eleven years on the television series M*A*S*H and its sequel, AfterM*A*S*H. He was also Lester Hummel on the Gomer Pyle series and appeared on Hogan’s Heroes, The Andy Griffith Show and Days of Our Lives. December 31.
JIM CONWAY, 94, versatile broadcaster who was a fixture in Chicago broadcasting for more then thirty years. During the 1940s and ‘50s, he was heard on WBBM, hosting Shopping with the Missus and Supper Club. He hosted the television show In Town Tonight and later hosted Jim Conway’s Morning Show on WBKB-TV. He was also heard on WMAQ radio and seen hosting news and talk shows on WGN and WSNS. January 22.
RONNIE CORBETT, 85, British comedian and actor who performed on television with Ronnie Barker as The Two Ronnies and on David Frost’s Frost Report. He also appeared in the films Casino Royale and Fierce Creatures. March 31.
GLORIA DeHAVEN, 91, actress and singer who made her screen debut in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times and later appeared in the movies Broadway Rhythm, Step Lively, Summer Stock and The Thin Man Goes Home. She also appeared on dozens of television shows, most notably as CB radio enthusiast Annie Wylie on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. July 30.
ALICE DRUMMOND, 88, character actress who appeared in more than forty films over a five-decade career, most notably as the terrified librarian in 1984’s Ghostbusters and Clara, the quiet local in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. November 30.
PATTY DUKE, 69, actress perhaps best-remembered for playing identical cousins Patty and Cathy for four seasons on television’s Patty Duke Show. Her performance as Helen Keller in the 1962 film The Miracle Worker earned her an Academy Award. March 29.
BOB ELLIOTT, 92, who was hosting a record show at Boston station WHDH when he began working with newsreader Ray Goulding and formed the legendary comedy team of Bob and Ray. During their 40-year partnership, Bob and Ray’s groundbreaking, low-key satire led to radio shows for NBC, CBS, Mutual, and National Public Radio. The duo also starred on their own NBC television show in 1951 and later appeared on Broadway in Bob and Ray: The Two and Only. February 2.
DICK ELLIOTT, 96, announcer for the Harlem Globetrotters and Chicago radio veteran who was heard as a newscaster and announcer on WLS, WJJD and WIND. March 6.
FYVUSH FINKEL, 93, Emmy-winning actor who was a star of the Yiddish theatre and appeared in dozens of television shows, most notably as cantankerous lawyer Douglas Wambaugh on Picket Fences and history professor Harvey Lipschutz on Boston Public. August 14.
CARRIE FISHER, 60, actress and writer who cemented her place in movie history as the headstrong Princess Leia in the Star Wars series. Her other movie credits include The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters, Soapdish and When Harry Met Sally… She also wrote and starred in the autobiographical stage show Wishful Drinking. December 27.
BILL FLORIAN, 84, who founded and co-owned Chicago classical music station WNIB from its inception in 1955 until the station was sold in 2001. During his tenure as co-owner, WNIB was the broadcast home of Those Were the Days for more than 25 years. December 7.
PETE FOUNTAIN, 86, clarinetist who helped popularize the traditional jazz of his native New Orleans through his appearances on television’s Lawrence Welk Show and Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. August 6.
BERNARD FOX, 89, actor who appeared in dozens of films and television shows over a five-decade career, most notably as Dr. Bombay, the womanizing witch doctor on the series Bewitched and as Col. Crittendom on Hogan’s Heroes. December 14.
GREG FREERKSEN, 65, Chicago blues musician who hosted WDCB’s Blues Edition for over two decades. December 25.
ZSA ZSA GABOR, 99, glamorous Hungarian-born actress who became as famous for her nine husbands as for her numerous screen roles. She played singer Jane Avril in the 1952 film Moulin Rouge and later appeared in the films Lili, Touch Of Evil and Boys’ Night Out. December 18.
JOE GARAGIOLA, 90, former Major League catcher who became famous as a broadcaster, joining NBC in 1961 for their televised Game of the Week and later served as co-host of the Today show. He also broadcast baseball games for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks. March 23.
GEORGE GAYNES, 98, versatile character actor perhaps best-remembered for playing foster father Henry Warnimont on the television series Punky Brewster, befuddled police commander Lassart in the Police Academy films, and lecherous soap opera actor John Van Horn in the 1982 movie Tootsie. February 15.
RON GLASS, 71, actor who appeared on more than fifty television shows during a forty-year career. For seven seasons, he was bookish detective Ron Harris on the television series Barney Miller. November 25.
GOGI GRANT, 91, singer who recorded the 1956 number one hit “The Wayward Wind” and provided the singing voice for Ann Blyth in the film The Helen Morgan Story. March 10.
TAMMY GRIMES, 82, Tony Award-winning actress who played the title role in the original Broadway production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and later starred on the short-lived television comedy The Tammy Grimes Show. In 1982, she replaced E.G. Marshall as host of the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre. October 30.
ANN MORGAN GUILBERT, 87, actress who played next-door neighbor Mille Helper for five seasons on television’s Dick van Dyke Show and later appeared as Yetta Rosenberg on The Nanny. Her other television credits include The Andy Griffith Show, Dragnet, Seinfeld and Picket Fences. June 14.
MERLE HAGGARD, 79, award-winning singer who became one of country music’s most legendary stars in a career that lasted for five decades and produced thirty-eight number country singles. Among his hits were “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “Sing Me Back Home” and “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde.” April 6.
DAN HAGGERTY, 74, actor who became famous for playing the title character in the 1974 movie The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams and subsequent television series. January 15.
EARL HAMNER, 92, writer who began his career in radio, with credits that include created NBC University Theatre, Best Plays, NBC Star Playhouse and others. He created the long-running television series The Waltons and Falcon’s Crest. March 24.
PAT HARRINGTON JR., 86, actor and comedian who appeared on Jack Paar’s Tonight Show as Italian submarine commander Guido Panzeri and later served as a “Man on the Street” on The Steve Allen Show. He later won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of cocky superintendent Dwayne Schneider on the long-running series One Day at a Time. January 6.
FLORENCE HENDERSON, 82, singer and actress who appeared on Broadway in productions of Fanny and Oklahoma!, but is perhaps best-remembered for playing Carol Brady, the quintessential cheerful television mother, on The Brady Bunch. November 24.
STEVEN HILL, 94, actor perhaps best-known for playing pragmatic District Attorney Adam Schiff on the long-running television series Law and Order. His credits also includes a season on Mission: Impossible as the original head of the mission force, in addition to appearances on Playhouse 90, The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and others. August 23.
ROBERT HORTON, 91, actor and singer who starred for five season as Flint McCullough on the television series Wagon Train and for one season on The Man Called Shenandoah, for which he sang the title song. March 16.
KEN HOWARD, 71, actor who starred for three seasons as basketball coach Ken Reeves on The White Shadow and later appeared as Cabletown owner Hank Hooper on the series 30 Rock. His film credits include Michael Clayton, J. Edgar and 1776, in which he played Thomas Jefferson. March 23.
DAVID HUDDLESTON, 85, actor who specialized in playing big, blustery characters in such films as The Big Lebowski, The Producers and Blazing Saddles. He also appeared on dozens of television shows, including Gunsmoke, The Waltons and The Wonder Years. August 2.
GEORGE S. IRVING, 94, Tony Award-winning actor perhaps bst-known as the narrator on the animated series Underdog and as the voice of Heat Miser on the 1974 special The Year Without a Santa Claus. December 26.
ANNE JACKSON, 90, award-winning actress who frequently performed on stage and screen with her husband Eli Wallach and appeared in dozens of television shows, including Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby M.D. and Robert Montgomery Presents. Her film credits include The Shining and How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life. April 14.
SONNY JAMES, 87, singer known as “the Country Gentleman,” who enjoyed sixteen consecutive number one country hits during the 1960s and ‘70s. His hits include “It’s the Little Things,” “Empty Arms,” and his biggest record, 1957’s “Young Love.” February 22.
KITTY KALLEN, 94, singer who performed on radio and on records with the orchestras of Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden and Harry James, with whom she sang the 1945 hit “It’s Been a Long, Long Time.” January 7.
MARVIN KAPLAN, 89, veteran character actor who appeared in dozens of movies and television shows over a seven-decade career. In the 1950s, he was neighbor Alfred Prinzmetal on the radio and television versions of the series Meet Millie, and later was the voie of Choo-Choo on the animated series Top Cat and phone company employee Henry Beesmeyer on Alice. His film credits include The Great Race, A New Kind of Love and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. August 25.
GEORGE KENNEDY, 91, actor who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows over a six-decade career. He won an Academy Award for his performance as the sadistic Dragline in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke and played Captain Ed Hocken in The Naked Gun series. He also appeared in the movies Charade, Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte, The Dirty Dozen and Airport. On television, he played Carter McKay on the series Dallas and also appeared on The Phil Silvers Show, Gunsmoke, Ironside and others. February 28.
HERB KENT, 88, known as “The Cool Gent” and “King of the Dusties,” who was a fixture on Chicago radio for more 70 years. He was a teenager when he hosted a classical music show on WBEZ and was one of the original disc jockeys at groundbreaking station WVON. He also appeared on stations WMAQ, WGES, WHFC, and WVAZ, where he worked for the last three decades of his career. October 22.
JULIUS LaROSA, 86, singer who enjoyed success in the 1950s with such hits as “Eh Cumpari,” “Anywhere I Wander” and “My Lady Loves to Dance” but became famous as the man Arthur Godfrey fired from his television show in 1953. May 14.
MADELINE LEBEAU, 92, last surviving cast member of the classic 1942 film Casablanca, where she played Yvonne, the jilted girlfriend of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine. Her other films include Gentleman Jim, Hold Back the Night and Federico Fellini’s 8-1/2. May 1.
GARRY MARSHALL, 81, writer who worked on television for Jack Paar, Dick Van Dyke, Joey Bishop and Lucille Ball before developing the television version of The Odd Couple and creating the long-running comedies Happy Days and Mork and Mindy. He also directed the hit films Pretty Woman, Nothing in Common, The Princess Diaries and Beaches. July 19.
JOHN McMARTIN, 86, veteran stage actor who appeared frequently on television, playing Morgan Fairchild’s father on Falcon Crest and Linda Hamilton’s father on Beauty and the Beast. July 6.
MICHELE MORGAN, 96, French-born actress who was a teenager when she began her career in French cinema. In the 1940s, she came to America and starred in Passage to Marseille, Joan of Paris and Higher and Higher, Frank Sinatra’s movie debut. December 20.
JACK MULQUEEN, 83, performer, puppeteer and producer of Chicago children’s television, appearing with his wife Elaine on WGN’s The Mulqueens and later producing the juvenile dance show Kiddie a Go Go. February 21.
PATRICE MUNSEL, 91, soprano who was still in her teens when she became one of the youngest stars in the history of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. From 1944-1946, she was heard regularly on radio’s Prudential Family Hour and appeared frequently on The Railroad Hour. On television, she starred for one season in her own variety show. August 4.
NOEL NEILL, 95, actress who became famous for playing intrepid reporter Lois Lane on the television series The Adventures of Superman. She played Lois Lane’s mother in the original Superman movie and also appeared in the films Here Come the Waves, An American in Paris and Superman Returns. July 3.
PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 57, Grammy-winning musician who drew from multiple genres and sold more than 100 million records. He won an Oscar for the score of his 1984 film Purple Rain. April 21.
MARNI NIXON, 86, singer who became famous for dubbing the singing voices of actresses in movie musicals, including The King and I, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and others. July 24.
JAMES NOBLE, 94, actor perhaps best-known for playing befuddled governor Eugene Gatling on the television series Benson. He appeared on dozens on television series and in the films 10, 1776, and Being There. March 28.
BERYL NORDINE, 96, actress who performed in movies, on stage and in Chicago radio under her maiden name Beryl Vaughn. On radio, she played Penny on the long-adventure radio serial Sky King and daughter Peggy on Meet the Meeks. Her other credits include Grand Marquee and Ma Perkins. April 26.
HUGH O’BRIAN, 91, actor who played the title role in the television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp from 1955-1961. He made guest appearances on dozens of television shows and appeared in nearly fifty films, including The Shootist, Twins and There’s No Business Like Show Business. September 5.
DEBBIE REYNOLDS, 84, singer and actress who starred on stage and screen in a career that lasted over sixty years. Her movie credits include Singin’ in the Rain, The Tender Trap, Tammy and The Bachelor, How the West Was Won, In and Out and the title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Her television credits include The Debbie Reynolds Show and her recurring role as actress Bobbi Adler on Will and Grace. December 28.
ALAN RICKMAN, 69, actor perhaps best-known for playing the dour Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies and criminal mastermind Hans Gruber in Die Hard. His other films included Sweeney Todd, Love Actually, Vision Quest and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. January 14.
JACK RILEY, 80, who started his career as a Cleveland radio personality before moving to Hollywood, where he appeared on dozens of television shows, most notably as Elliot Carlin, Dr. Bob Hartley’s sardonic patient on The Bob Newhart Show. For 14 years, he was the voice of Dr. Stu Pickles on the animated series Rugrats. August 19.
DORIS ROBERTS, 90, character actress who appeared on over a hundred television shows, playing mother Marie Barone for nine seasons on the series Everybody Loves Raymond and receptionist Mildred Krebs for three seasons on Remington Steele. April 17.
ANDREW SACHS, 82, English actor best-remembered as Manuel, the dimwitted Spanish waiter on the BBC series Fawlty Towers. November 23.
JOE SANTOS, 84, actor who played long-suffering policeman Dennis Becker for five years on television’s Rockford Files. He also appeared on the series Magnum P.I., Police Story, Hill Street Blues and The Sopranos. March 18.
WILLIAM SCHALLERT, 93, actor who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows over a seven-decade career. He was father Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show, English teacher Leander Pomfritt on The Life and Loves of Dobie Gillis and an officious undersecretary on the famous Star Trek episode, “The Trouble With Tribbles.” May 8.
GARRY SHANDLING, 66, comedian who starred four seasons on the groundbreaking series It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and later played the insecure title character on HBO’s celebrated talk-show spoof The Larry Sanders Show. March 24.
JEAN SHEPARD, 82, country singer who was heard frequently on radio’s Grand Ole Opry and the television series Ozark Jubilee. Her hits included her 1953 duet with singer Ferlin Husky, “A Dear John Letter,” “A Satisfied Mind,” and “Your Forevers Don’t Last Very Long.” September 25.
HAZEL SHERMET, 95, actress who appeared on stage, screen, radio, television and commercials in a career that lasted more than forty years. On radio, she was the last actress to play Miss Duffy on Duffy’s Tavern and worked with Fred Allen and Henry Morgan. She played Cousin Melancholia on television’s Addams Family and also appeared on Mister Ed, The Beverly Hillbillies, My Favorite Martian and others. October 27.
DAN SORKIN, 89, disc jockey who spent eight years as the morning host at WCFL/Chicago and later served as the announcer for Bob Newhart’s first television show. June 6.
RALPH STANLEY, 89, pioneering singer and banjoist who performed traditional country music for over sixty years, for two decades with his brother Carter as The Stanley Brothers and later won a Grammy for his performance of “O Death” on the soundtrack for the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? June 23.
KAY STARR, 94, singer who performed with the orchestras of Joe Venuti, Glenn Miller, Bob Crosby, Wingy Manoe and Charlie Barnet before enjoying a series of hit records on her own, including “Wheel of Fortune,” “Rock and Roll Waltz,” “Bonaparte’s Retreat,” and “You Were Only Foolin’ (While I Was Falling in Love).” October 27.
ALAN THICKE, 69, actor and comedian who starred as Dr. Jason Seaver on the television series Growing Pains, for which he also composed the theme. He also appeared on the series Hope and Gloria, How I Met Your Mother, Married…With Children and others. December 13.
ROBERT VAUGHN, 83, actor who played debonair secret agent Napoleon Solo for four seasons on the television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E and later won an Emmy for his role in the 1977 miniseries Washington: Behind Closed Doors. His film credits include The Young Philadelphians, The Magnifcent Seven, Bullitt and Superman III. November 11.
ABE VIGODA, 94, veteran character actor best-known for playing the earnest mobster Tessio in the 1972 film The Godfather and seasoned Detective Phil Fish on the television series Barney Miller. January 26.
JANET WALDO, 96, actress who appeared on hundreds of radio shows and cartoons in a career that lasted over sixty years. On radio, she played the title role on Meet Corliss Archer and the excitable Emmy Lou on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and appeared frequently on The Lux Radio Theatre and Favorite Story. Her animation credits include the title character on Josie and The Pussycats and Penelope Pitstop on The Wacky Races. June 12.
FRITZ WEAVER, 90, Tony Award-winning actor who appeared on hundreds of movies and television shows over a six-decade career, playing Jewish patriarch Josef Weiss in the 1978 miniseries Holocaust and appearing on such shows as The Twilight Zone, Playhouse 90, Murder She Wrote and The X-Files. November 26.
LYN WILDE, 93, singer who performed alongside her twin sister Lee with the orchestras of Ray Noble and Bob Crosby and in the films Andy Hardy’s Double Trouble, Twice Blessed and ‘Til the Clouds Roll By. September 11.
GENE WILDER, 83, actor who became famous for his comical roles in movies over a five-decade career, playing accountant Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks’ 1967 farce The Producers and the title roles in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and 1974’s Young Frankenstein. His other films include Bonnie and Clyde, Start the Revolution Without Me, Blazing Saddles, Silver Streak and Stir Crazy. August 29.
VAN WILLIAMS, 82, actor who played crime fighters on television, most notably the title character on 1967’s The Green Hornet and detective Kenny Madison for two seasons on the series Surfside Six. November 28.
ALAN YOUNG, 96, actor and comedian who starred on his own radio show from 1944-1949. He later starred on his own television show but became famous in the 1960s as Wilbur Post, the human who conversed with a talking horse on the series Mister Ed. In the 1980s, he was the voice of Father Smurf on The Smurfs and Scrooge McDuck on Duck Tales. His film credits include The Time Machine, Androcles and the Lion and Gentlemen Marry Brunettes. May 19.