Necrology for 2019
In 2019, 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.
DANNY AIELLO, 86, character actor whose performance as a pizziera owner in Do the Right Thing earned him an Oscar nomination. He played hapless fiancée Johnny Cammareri in the 1987 film Moonstruck and also appeared in The Godfather: Part II, Fort Apache: The Bronx, Radio Days and The Purple Rose of Cairo. December 12.
RENE AUBERJONOIS, 79, actor who appeared in more than 100 television series over a six-decade career. He played attorney Paul Lewiston on the series Boston Legal, Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the officious Clayton Runnymede Endicott III on Benson. His film credits include M*A*S*H, The Eyes of Laura Mars and The Little Mermaid. December 8.
KAYE BALLARD, 93, singer and comedienne who appeared on Broadway and in dozens of television shows during a six-decade career. She played the overly emotional Kaye Buell for two seasons on The Mothers-in-Law and restaurant owner Angie Palucci on The Doris Day Show. January 21.
DAVE BARTHOLOMEW, 100, musician and producer who helped established New Orleans as an epicenter of early rock & roll, producing hits for Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Frankie Ford and many others. June 23.
MARSHALL BRODEIN, 84, Chicago-born magician who played Wizzo the Wizard for three decades on Bozo’s Circus. March 8.
DIAHANN CARROLL, 82, Tony Award-winning actress who made television history in 1968 as the star of the groundbreaking series Julia. From 1984-87, she played the devious Dominique Devereux on Dynasty. Her movie credits include Carmen Jones, Porgy and Bess, Paris Blues, Hurry Sundown and Mo’ Better Blues. October 4.
CAROL CHANNING, 97, stage and screen actress who won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! She also appeared as Lorelei Lee in the Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and in the films The Traveling Saleslady, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Skidoo. January 15.
JOHN CLARKE, 88, who played attorney Mickey Horton for nearly forty years on the television soap opera Days of Our Lives. October 16.
PAUL CONDYLIS, 90, actor and announcer who began his career in Chicago radio, working for WBEZ, WBBM and WGN, where he was heard on The Hall of Fantasy. October 2019.
TIM CONWAY, 83, actor and comedian who won multiple Emmys as a cast member on The Carol Burnett Show. He also played bumbling Ensign Charles Parker on the series McHale’s Navy and appeared in a series of popular videos as the diminutive golf enthusiast Dorf. May 14.
CHET COPPOCK, 70, flamboyant broadcaster who covered sports for three decades on Chicago radio and television, working at stations WLS, WLUP and WMAQ. April 17.
JIM CULLUM JR., 77, musician, teacher and bandleader whose jazz band was a fixture of the San Antonio music scene and stars of the long-running Public Radio series Riverwalk Jazz. August 11.
DORIS DAY, 97, singer and actress who became one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. As a member of Les Brown’s orchestra, she sang the 1945 hits “Sentimental Journey” and “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time.” She sang on Bob Hope’s radio show for two seasons and later starred on her own radio series. She appeared in over forty films, including Romance on the High Seas, Young Man With a Horn, Calamity Jane, The Man Who Knew Too Much, It Happened to Jane, With Six You Get Eggroll and Pillow Talk, one of three films that partnered her with actor Rock Hudson. May 13.
BOBBY DIAMOND, 75, actor who starred for five years as Joey Newton on the western television drama Fury. His other credits include My Three Sons, The Twilight Zone and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, where he played Dobie’s cousin Duncan. May 15.
STANLEY DONEN, 94, celebrated director and producer responsible for some of the biggest musicals of Hollywood’s Golden Age, directing On The Town, Singin’ in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Face, Damn Yankees and others. February 21.
BOB DORIAN, 85, actor who hosted Matinee Classics on AMC from 1984-2000. June 15.
DARYL DRAGON, 76, musician who performed with The Beach Boys and The Carpenters but is best remembered as one-half of The Captain and Tenille, whose hits included “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Lonely Nights,” “Muskrat Love” and others. January 2.
JIM DUNBAR, 89, veteran radio personality who was among the first disc jockeys hired by WLS in 1960, when it changed its format to Top 40. April 22.
BOB EINSTEIN, 76, writer and comedian who performed for decades on television as would-be daredevil Super Dave Osborne. His other credits include The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Curb Your Enthusiasm, where he appeared as Marty Funkhouser. January 2.
HERB ELLIS, 97, actor who appeared on hundreds of radio programs, including The Adventures of Nero Wolfe, Pat Novak For Hire, Tales of the Texas Rangers and The Lux Radio Theatre, . He was the first actor to play Officer Frank Smith on Dragnet and appeared on dozens of television shows, including I Married Joan, The Andy Griffith Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Peter Gunn. December 26, 2018.
GEORGIA ENGEL, 70, actress who played the innocent, soft-spoken Georgette Franklin on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and later appeared on Everybody Loves Raymond as Robert Barone’s mother-in-law Pat McDougall. April 12.
RICHARD ERDMAN, 93, actor who appeared in more than 150 movies and television shows in a career that lasted more than seventy years. His television credits include The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, December Bride, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, The Wild Wild West, Murder She Wrote and Community, where he appeared as elderly college student Leonard. March 16.
LOUISE ERICKSON, 91, actress who became famous for playing juvenile roles during the Golden Age of radio, most notably as friend Mitzi and then as the title character on the long-running series A Date With Judy. She also played niece Marjorie Forrester for four seasons on The Great Gildersleeve and appeared on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, The Life of Riley, Granby’s Green Acres and others. March 18.
ALBERT FINNEY, 82, English actor who was detective Hercule Poirot in the 1974 movie version of Murder on the Orient Express and played the title character in the detective Hercule Poirot in 1963’s Tom Jones. His other films include Night Must Fall, Scrooge, Annie, Erin Brockovich and Big Fish. February 7.
PETER FONDA, 79, actor who appeared in over a hundred movies and television shows, best remembered for his iconic performance as the motorcycle-riding drifter Wyatt in the 1969 film Easy Rider. He received an Oscar nomination for his performance in 1997’s Ulee’s Gold. August 16.
ROBERT FORSTER, 78, who appeared in more than 150 films and television shows during his career, earning an Oscar nomination for his performance as bail bondsman Max Cherry in the 1997 film Jackie Brown. His television credits include Police Story, Breaking Bad and Twin Peaks, where he played Sherriff Frank Truman. October 11.
NANCY GATES, 93, actress who appeared more than ninety films and television shows. She played niece Marjorie Forrester in two of RKO’s “Great GIldersleeve” films. March 24.
SID HAIG, 80, veteran character who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows over a six-decade career. His television credits include The Untouchables, Batman, Get Smart, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible and Gunsmoke. September 21.
RUTGER HAUER, 75, Dutch actor who appeared in more than a hundred movies during a fifty-year career, most notably as renegade replicant Roy Batty in the 1982 film Blade Runner. His other film credits include Ladyhawke, Batman Begins and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. July 19.
DAVID HEDISON, 92, actor who played Capt. Lee Crane for four seasons on the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Andre Delambre, the scientist who transforms into the title character in the 1958 movie The Fly. His other television credits include Perry Mason, The Saint and Love, American Style. July 18.
KATHERINE HELMOND, 89, actress who appeared on dozens of television shows during a seven-decade career, most notably as family matriarch Jessica Tate on the series Soap and for eight seasons as the man-crazy Mona Robinson on Who’s the Boss? Her other television credits include Coach, Gunsmoke, Mannix and The Bob Newhart Show. February 23.
JERRY HERMAN, 88, Tony Award-winning composer whose musicals include Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Follies. December 26.
NEIL INNES, 75, English musician who became the unofficial “seventh member” of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, appearing in the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian. He was a member of the Bongo Dog Band and played singer Ron Nasty as a member of The Rutles, a parody of the Beatles. December 29.
ARTE JOHNSON, 90, Emmy Award-winning actor best remembered for his four seasons on television’s Laugh-In, where his characters included the lecherous Tyrone and Wolfgang, the German storm trooper known for saying “Verrrry interesting… but stupid.” July 3.
PEGGY LIPTON, 72, actress who became famous for playing undercover cop Julie Barns from 1968-1973 on the television series The Mod Squad. She later played restaurant owner Norma Jennings on the series Twin Peaks. Her other television credits include Bewitched, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Virginian. May 11.
LONNE LUNDY, 83, who appeared on radio as a member of The Quiz Kids from 1943-1951. September 5.
SUE LYON, 73, actress best remembered for playing the title role in the 1962 film Lolita. Her other films included The Night of the Iguana, Tony Rome and The Flim-Flam Man. December 26.
BILL MACY, 97, character actor who spent six seasons playing Walter Findlay on the television series Maude. His film credits include The Jerk, My Favorite Year, The Jerk and Analyze This. October 17.
PETER MAYHEW, 74, actor who became famous for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies and related projects. April 30.
CHRISTINE McGUIRE, 90, one-third of The McGuire Sisters, who enjoyed a string of hit records in the 1950s, including “Sincerely,” “Sugartime” and…. December 28, 2018.
FAYE McKENZIE, 101, actress who appeared in more than fifty films. She also appeared on radio with Groucho Marx on his 1943 series Blue Ribbon Town. April 16.
JIM McMULLAN, 82, actor who appeared on dozens of television shows during a four-decade career, including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Wagon Train, Barnaby Jones and Dallas, where he played Senator Andrew Dowling. May 31.
JAN MERLIN, 94, actor best remembered for playing cadet Roger Manning on the television and radio versions of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. His other television credits include Climax, The Loretta Young Show, Perry Mason and Laramie. September 20.
JONATHAN MILLER, 85, British writer, director and actor who rose to fame performing with Alan Bennett, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore as part of the hit 1964 show Beyond the Fringe. November 27.
SHELLEY MORRISON, 83, veteran character actress who appeared on dozens of television shows over a six-decade career. In 1968-1969, she played Sister Sixto on The Flying Nun and later played Rosario Salazar on Will & Grace. December 1.
JIMMY NELSON, 90, celebrated ventriloquist who appeared on countless television shows in the 1950s and ‘60s, performing with his puppets Danny O’Day and Farfel the Dog. In the 1950s, he and Farfel produced a memorable series of commercials for Nestle. September 24.
KEN NORDINE, 98, renowned Chicago radio announcer who became one of the most influential voices in commercial broadcasting, heard on commercials for Levi’s, First Chicago Bank and The Chicago Black Hawks, whom he described as “Cold Steel on Ice.” His radio credits include The Adventurer’s Club, The World’s Great Novels, The Eternal Light and Word Jazz, a long-running NPR series based on Nordine’s unique blend of free-form poetry, music and atmospheric sounds. February 16.
JESSYE NORMAN, 74, renowned soprano who became an international opera star and concert performer during a career that lasted more than forty years. September 30.
JACK PERKINS, 85, television newsman who worked for NBC from 1961-1986 and later became a host of the A & E series Biography. August 19.
BARBARA PERRY, 97, actress who appeared in dozens of films and television shows in a career that lasted nearly 75 years. Her other television credits include The Andy Griffith Show, The Twilight Zone, My Three Sons and The Dick Van Dyke Show, where she was one of two actresses to play Buddy Sorrell’s wife Pickles . May 5.
LUKE PERRY, 52, actor who became famous for playing Dylan McKay for ten seasons on the television series Beverly Hills: 90210. His other television credits include Another World, Oz, and Riverdale, where he played Archie Andrews’ father Fred. March 4.
MICHAEL J. POLLARD, 80, baby-faced actor who appeared in more than a hundred movies and television shows in a career that lasted more than fifty years. On television, he played Barney Fife’s cousin Virgil on The Andy Griffith Show and Maynard Krebs’ cousin Jerome on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. His most famous film role was that of mechanic and get-away driver C.W. Moss in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde. November 21.
CARMELITA POPE, 94, actress and commercial spokeswoman who was known as “one of the first ladies of Chicago television.” In the 1950s she appeared as a panelist on the quiz show Down You Go and on one of television’s first soap operas, Hawkins Falls. In the 1960s and ‘70s, she was a spokesperson for Pam cooking spray. April 3.
ANDRE PREVIN, 89, Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer, pianist and conductor who was still in his teens when he went to work at MGM studios’ music department in 1944 and went on to become a celebrated figure in the worlds of jazz, classical and film music. February 28.
HAROLD PRINCE, 91, Broadway-based producer and director responsible for some of the most successful shows of the 20th Century, including West Side Story, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. July 31.
MAC REBENNACK, 77, Grammy Award-winning pianist and musician who performed for more than five decades as Dr. John. During a sixty-year career, he played with such musicians as Van Morrison, James Taylor, Carly Simon and Neil Diamond and enjoyed a Top 10 hit in 1973 with “Right Place, Wrong Time.” June 6.
LEON REDBONE, 69, musician who devoted his 40-year career to reinterpreting early 20th Century music from the vaudeville and jazz era, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Walkin’ Stick” and “Champagne Charlie.” He performed numerous times on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live and appeared as the voice of Leon the Snowman in the 2003 movie Elf. May 30.
COKIE ROBERTS, 75, reporter who spent four decades as a correspondent and commentator for National Public Radio and ABC Television, where she co-hosted This Week from 1992-2002. September 17.
CARROL SPINNEY, 85, actor and puppeteer who spent nearly fifty years as the voices of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the long-running Sesame Street. December 8.
JOAN STALEY, 79, actress who appeared in dozens of shows during television’s Golden Age, including Hawaiian Eye, Perry Mason, 77 Sunset Strip, Burke’s Law and Batman. November 24.
PEGGY STEWART, 95, one of the leading ladies of Republic Pictures during the 1940s and ‘50s. She also appeared on dozens of television shows during her nine-decade career, including The Roy Rogers Show, Gunsmoke, Seinfeld, The Office and the classic Twilight Zone episode “The Shelter.” May 29.
RIP TAYLOR, 88, exuberant, flamboyant comedian known as “the Prince of Pandemonium” for his larger-than-life performing style and his habit of showering audiences with confetti. October 6.
RUSSI TAYLOR, 75, actress who served as the voice of Minnie Mouse for more than thirty years. Her other voice-acting credits include Muppet Babies, The Smurfs and The Simpsons, where she was the voice of Bart Simpson’s classmate Martin Prince. July 26.
PETER TORK, 77, musician who rose to fame as a member of The Monkees, whose television show spawned a series of hit records, including his song “For Pete’s Sake,” which became the show’s closing theme. February 21.
RIP TORN, 88, actor who appeared in nearly 200 movies and television shows, playing Richard Nixon in the 1979 mini-series Blind Ambition and winning an Emmy for his portrayal of the steely producer of The Larry Sanders Show. His movie credits include Pork Chop Hill, Sweet Bird of Youth, Defending Your Life and the Men in Black films. July 9.
SANDER VANOCUR, 91, newscaster who worked at NBC, PBS and ABC over a four-decade career. In 1960, he was among those selected to ask questions of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon during their famous presidential debate. September 16.
ROBERT WALKER JR., 79, actor who appeared in fifty television shows over a sixty-year career, including Naked City, Route 66, Ben Casey and Star Trek, where he appeared in the famous episode “Charlie X.” December 5.
WILLIAM WINTERSOLE, 88, actor who played attorney Mitchell Sherman for thirty-five years on The Young and the Restless. His other television credits include General Hospital, Star Trek, The Outer Limits and Mission: Impossible. November 5.
BERNADETTE WITHERS, 73, actress who played Ginger Farrell on the series Bachelor Father and also appeared on the shows Leave It To Beaver, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Father Knows Best. October 25.
HERMAN WOUK, 103, writer who began his career on Fred Allen’s Town Hall Tonight and went on to become a best-selling novelist and playwright, writing Marjorie Morningstar, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial and The Winds of War. May 17.
MORGAN WOODWARD, 93, actor who appeared on more than a hundred televisiosn shows, most notably as deputy Shotgun Gibbs on The Life and Times of Wyatt Earp and as family advisor Marvin “Punk” Anderson on the series Dallas. His other television credits include Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Bonanza and The X-Files. February 22.
Necrology for 2018
MARTY ALLEN, 95, wild-haired, baby-faced comedian who rose to fame in nightclubs and on television through his partnership with singer Steve Rossi and his signature line “Hello dere.” February 12.
HARRY ANDERSON, 65, actor and magician who starred for eight seasons as Judge Harry T. Stone on the television series Night Court and later starred for three seasons on the series Dave’s World. April 16.
CHARLES AZNAVOUR, 94, French singer who sold more than 100 million records worldwide. He also appeared as an actor in the films Shoot the Piano Player, Ten Little Indians and Destination Rome. October 1.
MARTY BALIN, 76, musician who rose to fame as founder of the band Jefferson Airplane (later Jefferson Starship), for whom he wrote and sang the songs “Today,” “Volunteers,” “Miracles” and others. September 27.
PATRICIA BENOIT, 91, actress who played Nancy Remington, sweetheart to Wally Cox’s character on the early television show Mr. Peepers. August 6.
TOM BERNARD, 86, who appeared on network radio as a child, playing David Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and neighbor Craig Bullard on The Great Gildersleeve. His other radio credits include The Cavalcade of America, Suspense and The Burns and Allen Show. May 22.
KEN BERRY, 85, dancer and actor who played Capt. Wilton Parmenter on the television series F Troop. He played lawyer Sam Jones for three seasons on Mayberry RFD and the accident-prone Vinton Harper on the 1980s series Mama’s Family. December 1.
PHILIP BOSCO, 88, actor who appeared on nearly a hundred movies and television shows over a five-decade career. He provided the voice of Horace Greeley in Ken Burns miniseries The Civil War and the voice of Benjamin Franklin in Liberty! The American Revolution. December 3.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN, 61, renowned chef and author who became a television documentarian, hosting A Cook’s Tour, the Emmy-winning Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and the CNN show Parts Unknown. June 8.
FRANK BRESEE, 88, who played Little Beaver on the Red Ryder radio program and became one of the nation’s first old-time radio historians. In 1949, he began The Golden Age of Radio, the first show dedicated to playing programs from radio’s past. June 5.
DORIS BRIAN, 91, last surviving member of the three Brian Sisters, who starred on their own radio show in the 1930s and early ‘40s and appeared in a dozen movies, including New Faces of 1937 and Sally, Irene and Mary. July 9.
JOSEPH CAMPANELLA, 93, actor who appeared in over 150 television shows over a six-decade career, playing Lew Wickersham on the series Mannix and Jonathan Young on the long-running soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful. His other credits include Gunsmoke, Suspense, Naked City and The Fugitive. May 16.
MARY CARLISLE, 104, actress who appeared in more than sixty films between 1923 and 1943, starring in Girl O’ My Dreams, Champagne for Breakfast and Baby Face Morgan, among others. August 1.
REG E. CATHEY, 59, actor who appeared in over eighty movies and television shows over a four-decade career. He played political operative Norman Wilson on the celebrated series The Wire and later played barbecue owner Freddy Jones on House of Cards. February 9.
DON CHERRY, 94, singer and golfer who enjoyed success in the 1950s with such records “Band of Gold,” “Thinking of You,” “Vanity” and “Mona Lisa.” September 4.
ROY CLARK, 85, guitar virtuoso and singer who hosted the syndicated television show Hee Haw throughout its 24-year run. His biggest records included “The Tips of My Fingers,” “Yesterday When I Was Young,” “Come Live With Me” and instrumental versions of “Malaguena” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” November 15.
JOHN COLEMAN, 83, meteorologist whose colorful style led to an 11-year run at WLS/Chicago and made him the first meteorologist on ABC’s Good Morning, America. January 20.
JACK COSTANZO, 98, percussionist known as “Mr. Bongo,” who performed with the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Nat “King” Cole, Billy May, Harry James and Xavier Cugat, among others. August 18.
BILL DAILY, 91, actor who spent five seasons playing playboy astronaut Roger Healey on the television series I Dream of Jeannie and later spent six seasons as pilot and next-door neighbor Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show. September 4.
VIC DAMONE, 89, singer who enjoyed success on records, radio, television and nightclubs during a career that lasted for more than fifty years. He appeared on radio’s Pet Milk Show and starred on his own television show in 1956. Among his hit records were “Again,” “You’re Breaking My Heart,” “My Heart Cries for You,” “On the Street Where You Live” and “An Affair to Remember.” February 11.
BRADFORD DILLMAN, 87, actor who appeared in more than a hundred movies and television shows over a thirty-year career. His television credits include Naked City, Wagon Train, Barnaby Jones and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. January 16.
ROBERT DIX, 83, actor and writer best known for playing Commander Grey in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet. His television credits include Gunsmoke, Death Valley Days and Highway Patrol. August 6.
PETER DONAT, 90, actor who appeared in over a hundred television shows, most notably as the father of FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files. His other credits include Robert Montgomery Presents, Mission: Impossible, Mannix and Murder, She Wrote. September 10.
BOB DOROUGH, 94, jazz musician who achieved television immortality through the songs he wrote for ABC’s Schoolhouse Rock, including “Three is a Magic Number,” “Conjunction Junction” and “My Hero, Zero.” April 23.
DENNIS EDWARDS, 74, singer who performed as a member of the Contours before joining the Temptations, performing on such hits as “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Cloud Nine,” “Ball of Confusion” and “Can’t Get Next To You.” February 1.
JACK EDWARDS, 97, actor who appeared on hundreds of shows during the Golden Age of Radio, playing sidekick Skip Turner on the syndicated series Adventures By Morse. His other credits include Escape, I Love a Mystery, One Man’s Family and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. July 16.
NANETTE FABRAY, 97, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress who became a fixture on television during a six-decade career, co-starring on Caesar’s Hour in the 1950s and later playing Mary Richards’ mother on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Katherine Romano on One Day at a Time. Her movie credits include The Band Wagon and Harper Valley PTA. February 22.
EUGENE FRANCIS, 100, actor and writer whose radio credits included Suspense, X Minus One, Radio City Playhouse and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. April 10.
JOE FRANK, 79, Peabody Award-winning radio artist whose off-beat storytelling style and thoughtful monologues were heard on National Public Radio for a quarter-century, on such shows as Work in Progress, In the Dark and Somewhere Out There. January 15.
ARETHA FRANKLIN, 76, Grammy Award-winning singer known as “The Queen of Soul” for her fusing of gospel, jazz and rhythm-and-blues in a career that lasted over 60 years and produced forty-two Top 40 records, including the legendary “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Spanish Harlem,” “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman” and others. August 16.
JOHN GAVIN, 86, actor who played Janet Leigh’s boyfriend Sam Loomis in the classic 1960 film Psycho and Julius Caesar in Spartacus. His other films include Imitation of Life, Romanoff and Juliet and Thoroughly Modern Millie. February 9.
ANNE GILLIS, 90, actress who originated the role of teenager Judy Foster on the long-running radio series A Date With Judy. She also appeared in the films Little Men, Stage Door Canteen and 2001: A Space Odyssey. January 31.
KRISTIN HARMON, 72, actress whose marriage to Ricky Nelson led to her spending three seasons on television’s Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. April 27.
BARBARA HARRIS, 83, Tony Award-winning actress who was in the very first company at Chicago’s Second City and later starred in the movies A Thousand Clowns, Nashville, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Peggy Sue Got Married and Gross Pointe Blank. August 21.
FREDDIE HART, 91, singer who released more than thirty Top 40 country hits, most notably 1971’s “Easy Loving.” His other hits include “The Wall,” “Trip to Heaven” and “My Hang-Up Is You.” October 27.
ART HELLYER, 95, pioneering broadcaster whose off-the-wall humor and freewheeling style made him a staple of Chicago radio for more than fifty years. He was a top-rated morning personality on WCFL in the 1950s and also appeared on WMAQ, WGN, WLS, WAIT, WJJD and WBBM, where he hosted the Supper Club. On television, he worked as an announcer and reporter on Chicago’s WBKB and WLS and was heard on dozens of commercials. September 5.
TAB HUNTER, 86, actor who became famous in the 1950s as a leading man in such films as Battle Cry, They Came to Cordura, That Kind of Woman and the movie version of Damn Yankees, in which he played Washington Senators fan Joe Hardy. As a singer, he enjoyed hits with his recordings of “Young Love” and “Ninety-Nine Ways.” July 3.
KEITH JACKSON, 89, sportscaster best remembered for his catchphrase “Whoa Nelly!” during a four-decade career at ABC Sports, where he became famous as the voice of college football, referring to the Rose Bowl as “the granddaddy of them all.” His voice was also heard covering baseball’s World Series and ten Olympic games. January 12.
RICKY JAY, 72, master magician who demonstrated his skill on numerous television specials and also appeared as an actor in such films as Boogie Nights, Tomorrow Never Dies, House of Games and Magnolia. November 24.
GLORIA JEAN, 92, singer who became a movie star at age 13 with 1939’s The Under-Pup and went on to star in twenty-six films, including If I Had My Way, A Little Bit of Heaven and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. August 31.
DIANE JERGENS, 83, actress who began her career performing with songwriter Jimmy McHugh and later appeared as girlfriend Francine Williams on The Bob Cummings Show. Her other television credits include The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. October 9.
GEORGEANN JOHNSON, 91, actress who appeared in more than a hundred films and television shows over a six-decade career. Her television credits include Captain Video, Mr. Peepers, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Fugitive, Wiseguy and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, where she played the mother of the title character. June 4.
WILL JORDAN, 91, comedian and impressionist whose memorable impression of Ed Sullivan made him a fixture on The Ed Sullivan Show. September 6.
JAMES KAREN, 94, actor who appeared in more than 200 movies and television shows during a career that lasted for seven decades. His movie credits include All the President’s Men, The China Syndrome, Mulholland Drive and Poltergeist, where he played Mr. Teague, the real estate developer. October 23.
CARL KASELL, 84, broadcaster whose six-decade career included thirty years as the newscaster on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. From 1998-2014, he served as the “official judge” and scorekeeper for NPR’s news quiz program, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. April 17.
MARGOT KIDDER, 69, actress best remembered for her portrayal of reporter Lois Lane in the 1978 movie Superman and its three sequels. May 13.
LOUISE LATHAM, 95, actress who appeared in more than a hundred movies and television shows over a forty-year career. She played mother Bernice Edgar in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 film Marnie and appeared on episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Perry Mason, Family Affair, The X-Files and others. February 12.
ROBIN LEACH, 76, English-born broadcast best known for his 11-year run as the host of the television series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. August 24.
STAN LEE, 95, writer who became famous as one of the architects of the Marvel Comics universe, credited with co-creating The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, The X-Men. He also made cameo appearances in the movies that starred these characters. November 12.
LES LIEBER, 106, musician who played on stage and radio with the bands of Paul Whiteman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and others. July 10.
SONDRA LOCKE, 74, actress who made her movie debut as the teenager Mick in 1968’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and later co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the films The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy and others. November 3.
KATHERINE MacGREGOR, 93, actress best known for playing the greedy, gossipy Harriet Oleson on the television series Little House on the Prairie. November 13.
JOHN MAHONEY, 77, actor who began his career in Chicago with the Steppenwolf Theatre company and later spent eleven seasons playing the irascible Martin Crane on television’s Frasier. His film credits include Say Anything, Barton Fink and Moonstruck. February 4.
DOROTHY MALONE, 93, actress who won an Academy Award for her performance as Marylee Hadley in the 1956 film Written on the Wind and later starred as Constance Mackenzie on the television version of Peyton Place. Her other films included Man of a Thousand Faces, The Last Sunset, The Big Sleep and Too Much, Too Soon. January 18.
ROBERT MANDAN, 86, actor who played family patriarch Chester Tate on the groundbreaking ABC comedy Soap and appeared in more than a hundred television shows, including The Doctors, Maude, Barnaby Jones and Who’s The Boss? April 29.
JERRY MAREN, 98, the last surviving member of the Munchkins, who appeared in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a member of the Lollipop Guild. May 24.
PENNY MARSHALL, 75, actress who played Oscar Madison’s secretary Myrna on the television series The Odd Couple but became famous as brewery worker Laverne DeFazio on the television series Laverne and Shirley. As a director, her films included Big, Awakenings and A League of Their Own. December 17.
CHUCK McCANN, 83, actor and comedian who became famous in a series of commercials for Right Guard deodorant, as the enthusiastic neighbor who shouted “Hi, guy!” from the other side of a bathroom mirror. He also appeared on dozens of television shows, including One Day at a Time, Far-Out Space Nuts, Police Woman and Boston Legal. April 8.
PEGGY McKAY, 90, who spent 35 years in the role of Caroline Brady on the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives. She also played Marian, the wife of managing editor Charlie Hume, on the series Lou Grant, and appeared on such shows as Matinee Theatre, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip and dozens of others. October 7.
SUSAN MILLER, 96, singer who performed on radio with Rudy Vallee and Abbott and Costello. Her film credits include Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. August 26.
LAURIE MITCHELL, 90, actress who appeared in more than 75 movies and television shows over a three-decade career. Her television credits include M Squad, Death Valley Days, Wagon Train and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. September 20.
DONALD MOFFAT, 87, veteran character actor who appeared on dozens of television shows over a five-decade career, including Naked City, The Defenders, Logan’s Run and Dallas. His movie credits include Popeye, The Thing and The Right Stuff, where he played President Lyndon Johnson. December 20.
PATRICIA MORISON, 103, actress who starred on Broadway in Kiss Me, Kate and The King and I. Her movies include Dressed to Kill, Kiss of Death, Prince of Thieves and Calling Dr. Death. May 20.
TIM O’CONNOR, 90, character actor who appeared on more than a hundred television series in a career that lasted over sixty years, including four years as Elliot Carson on Peyton Place. His other credits include The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Defenders, The Streets of San Francisco and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, where he played Dr. Huer. April 4.
SOON TEK OH, 85, Korean-born actor who appeared on over eighty television series over a forty-year career, including Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, Charlie’s Angels and Magnum P.I. He was also the voice of the aging warrior Fa Zhou in the animated film Mulan. April 4.
FRANK PARKER, 79, actor who played Grandpa Shawn Brady for twenty-three years on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. His other television credits include Cannon, Battlestar Galactica, Quincy and The Six Million Dollar Man. September 16.
MIKE PARKER, 75, who worked for 35 years as an anchorman and reporter at WBBM/Chicago. November 4.
ROGER PERRY, 85, actor who appeared on more than eighty television shows during a five-decade career, including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Ironside, Barnaby Jones and Falcon Crest. He appeared as Major Christopher in the famous Star Trek episode, “Tomorrow is Yesterday.” July 12.
WILLIAM PHIPPS, 96, actor who appeared in more than 200 films and television shows in a career that lasted more than 50 years. His other movie credits include Invaders From Mars, The War of the Worlds, Riot in Cell Block 11, Executive Suite and Lust For Life. June 1.
CHARLOTTE RAE, 92, actress who starred on Broadway but became most famous on television, first as Sylvia Schnauzer on Car 54, Where Are You? and later as the housekeeper Edna Garrett on the series Diff’rent Strokes and its spin-off, The Facts of Life. August 5.
DOUGLAS RAIN, 90, stage and screen actor who was the voice of the HAL 9000 computer in the classic 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. November 11.
BURT REYNOLDS, 82, Emmy Award-winning actor who become one of the biggest movie stars in the world, starring in over 100 films, including Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights. On television, he played Quint on the series Gunsmoke and later spent four seasons as ex-football player Wood Newton on Evening Shade. September 6.
ROGER ROBINSON, 78, actor who was the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth in the television mini-series King and played Gil Weaver on the series Kojak. September 26.
MILT ROSENBERG, 92, who became famous for his intelligent conversational style during his four decades as the host of Extension 720 on WGN/Chicago. January 9.
OTIS RUSH, 84, guitarist whose “West Side Chicago blues” sound influenced a generation of musicians. He enjoyed a hit with 1956’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby” and later wrote and recorded the songs “All Your Love” and “Double Trouble.” September 29.
DON SANDBERG, 87, actor, writer and producer who spent a decade playing the silent Sandy the Tramp on Bozo’s Circus. October 7.
WARNER SAUNDERS, 83, former Chicago schoolteacher and community activist who became a renowned Chicago television journalist in a career that lasted over forty years, working at WBBM and later as a news anchor on WMAQ. October 9.
CAROLE SHELLEY, 79, English-born actress best remembered for her performance as Gwendolyn Pigeon in the movie and television versions of The Odd Couple. August 31.
NEIL SIMON, 91, writer who wrote for Sid Caesar and Jerry Lewis on television but became one of most famous playwrights in American history. His plays include The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys, Biloxi Blues, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and many others. August 26.
DAVID OGDEN STIERS, 75, actor best remembered for playing Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester for six seasons on the television series M*A*S*H. He also appeared as Rev. Purdy on The Dead Zone and was the voice of Dr. Jumba Jookiba on the animated series Lilo & Stitch. March 3.
KEN SWOFFORD, 85, actor who appeared on more than 100 television shows, playing Lt. Perry Catalano on Murder, She Wrote and newspaper columnist Frank Flanagan on Ellery Queen. His other television credits include The Rockford Files, The Big Valley, The Six Million Dollar Man and Gunsmoke. November 1.
VERNE TROYER, 49, actor best remembered for his role as Mini Me, sidekcik to Mike Myers’ Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies. April 21.
JERRY VAN DYKE, 86, comedian who starred in the 1960s series My Mother The Car and later played Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam for nine seasons on the series Coach. He also performed on television with Judy Garland and with his brother, Dick Van Dyke. January 5.
CLINT WALKER, 90, actor best known for his seven seasons as the star of the television series Cheyenne. His movie credits include The Dirty Dozen, None But the Brave and Send Me No Flowers. May 21.
FREDD WAYNE, 93, character actor who appeared in more than a hundred television shows over a six-decade career, including Studio One, Omnibus, Perry Mason, Hawaiian Eye and Bewitched, where he played Benjamin Franklin, a role he assumed again in the 1970s for a successful one-man stage show. August 27.
TONY JOE WHITE, 74, singer-songwriter who enjoyed chart success with the 1969 hit “Pork Salad Annie.” His other songs include the hits “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” and “Rainy Night in Georgia.” October 24.
DICK WILLIAMS, 91, singer who rose to fame as one-quarter of the Williams Brothers, who were heard on radio, records and nightclubs, where they performed in support of singer Kay Thompson. May 5.
NANCY WILSON, 81, Grammy Award-winning singer who enjoyed success singing jazz and pop, scoring a Top 20 hit with 1964’s “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and recording with Ramsey Lewis, George Shearing, Cannonball Adderly and others. She starred on her own television show in 1967 and later appeared on The Cosby Show as Denise Huxtable’s mother-in-law. December 13.
SCOTT WILSON, 76, character actor who played murder suspect Harvey Oberst in the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night and later portrayed murderer Richard Hickok in the movie In Cold Blood. His other films include The Great Gatsby, The Right Stuff and The Last Samurai. October 6.
CELESTE YARNALL, 74, actress who appeared in over fifty movies and television shows, including Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, The Man From U.N.C.L.E and My Three Sons. October 7.
DOUG YOUNG, 98, radio and voice actor best known for his work in animation, including the voice of Augie Doggie’s Daddy and Yippee on The Peter Potamus Show. January 7.