Necrology for 2020
In 2020, 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.
BABY PEGGY, 101, one of Hollywood’s first child stars, appearing in more than a hundred silent films during the 1920s, including Captain January, The Darling of New York and others. February 24.
ORSON BEAN, 91, actor and comedian who spent five years as a panelist on television’s To Tell the Truth. As an actor, he played Loren Bray on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Roy Bender on Desperate Housewives. February 8.
LEE PHILLIP BELL, 91, broadcaster who created two of the longest-running soap operas in television history, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. She spent thirty years at WBBM/Chicago, hosting a self-titled talk show and producing numerous award-winning television documentaries. In the 1960s, she appeared on WBBM radio with commentator Paul Gibson as The Lady and the Tiger. February 25.
JULIE BENNETT, 88, actress who appeared in Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear cartoons as the voice of Cindy Bear. On radio, she appeared on Suspense, The Lux Radio Theater, The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show and others. March 31.
WARREN BERLINGER, 83, character actor who appeared in more than a hundred movies and television shows over a six-decade career. His credits include The Alcoa Hour, The Goldbergs, The Joey Bishop Show and Happy Days. December 2.
HONOR BLACKMAN, 94, British actress who played Pussy Galore, one of the most famous “Bond Girls” in the 1964 film Goldfinger. She also played Cathy Gale on the British television series The Avengers. April 5.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN, 43, actor who became famous for portraying African-American heroes in movies, including Jackie Robinson in 42, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall and James Brown in Get on Up. He also played the title role in the 2018 film Black Panther. August 28.
WILFRED BRIMLEY, 85, actor who appeared in dozens of films and television shows over a five-decade career. His movie credits include Cocoon, The Natural, Absence of Malice and In and Out. On television, he played family patriarch Gus Witherspoon on the series Our House. August 1.
RON BRITAIN, 86, disc jockey who rose to fame in the 1960s on WCFL/Chicago, where he created such characters as singing weatherman Rex King, philosopher Marco Marcoco and hairdresser-turned-crime-fighter Tab Mathis. He also worked on Chicago stations WLS-FM, WJMK and WTMX in a career that lasted more than fifty years. October 25.
JEREMY BULLOCH, 75, actor who became famous for playing Boba Fett in the Star Wars films. December 17.
JOHN BURNETT, 81, musician and radio personality known as “Your British-American buddy” during his two-decade stint as a jazz host at WDCB. He also performed regularly on stage and record as leader of The John Burnett Orchestra. May 25.
JACK BURNS, 86, writer and comedian who teamed up with George Carlin and later with Avery Schreiber. He played Deputy Warren Ferguson on The Andy Griffith Show. January 27.
ED BYRNES, 87, actor best remembered for playing Gerard “Kookie” Kookson, the hip parking lot attendant-turned-detective on the series 77 Sunset Strip. He also played dance show host Vince Fontaine in the movie version of Grease. January 8.
MARGE CHAMPION, 101, legendary actress and dancer who rose to fame performing with her husband Gower on dozens of television shows, including The Admiral Broadway Revue and The Ed Sullivan Show. Her movie credits include Show Boat, Lovely to Look At and Everything I Have is Yours and others. October 21.
FORREST COMPTON, 94, actor who spent more than a decade playing district attorney Mike Karr on the long-running television soap opera The Edge of Night. His other television credits include Route 66, Death Valley Days, Hogan’s Heroes and Gomer Pyle USMC, where he played Col. Edward Gray. April 4.
SEAN CONNERY, 90, the first actor to play agent James Bond on screen, in such films as Dr. No, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice. His other films include Marnie, Murder on the Orient Express, Robin and Marian, Time Bandits, and The Untouchables, for which he won an Academy Award. October 31.
ROBERT CONRAD, 84, actor who was a constant presence on television for more than forty years. He starred for four seasons as Detective Tom Lopaka on the series Hawaiian Eye. He later starred as government agent Jim West on The Wild Wild West and for two seasons as Maj. Boyington on Black Sheep Squadron. February 8.
BEN COOPER, 86, actor who appeared in dozens of television shows over a five-decade career, including The Millionaire, Perry Mason, Zane Grey Theatre, The Fall Guy and others. February 24.
LINDA CRISTAL, 89, actress who spent four seasons on television’s High Chaparral as Victoria Cannon, wife of a cattle baron. Her other television credits include General Hospital, Rawhide and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. June 27.
NORM CROSBY, 93, comedian whose malaprop-based humor made him a popular attraction in nightclubs and on television, where he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, Tonight Show, The Joey Bishop Show and others. November 7.
JOEL DALY, 86, Chicago broadcaster who spent nearly forty years at WLS television, where he anchored the station’s high-rated evening newscasts. October 22.
MAC DAVIS, 78, singer and actor who wrote the Elvis Presley hits “In the Ghetto” and “A Little Less Conversation” before enjoying success on his own with such hits as “Stop and Smell the Roses,” “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” “It’s Hard to Be Humble” and “Hooked on Music.” September 29.
OLIVIA DeHAVILLAND, 104, Oscar-winning actress who appeared in dozens of iconic films during the Golden Age of Hollywood, playing Melanie Hamilton in Gone With the Wind, Maid Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Hermia in the classic 1935 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her other films include Hold Back the Dawn, The Male Animal, To Each His Own, The Snake Pit, The Heiress, Not As a Stranger and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. July 26.
BRIAN DENNEHEY, 81, Tony Award-winning character actor who appeared in more than 150 movies and television shows. He played John Wayne Gacy in the 1992 television miniseries To Catch a Killer and also appeared on M*A*S*H, Dynasty, Just Shoot Me! and The Blacklist. His movie credits include Cocoon, Silverado, Gorky Park and Tommy Boy. April 15.
KEVIN DOBSON, 77, actor who spent five years as Detective Bobby Crocker on the television series Kojak and later played Mack Mackenzie for 11 years on Knots Landing. His other television credits include Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful and CSI. September 6.
KIRK DOUGLAS, 103, one of the most popular actors of the 20th Century, who appeared more than a hundred movies and television shows in a career that lasted more than 60 years. His films included Out of the Past, Champion, Ace in the Hole, The Bad and the Beautiful, Lust For Life, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Spartacus, Strangers When We Meet and Is Paris Burning?, in which he played Gen. George S. Patton. February 5.
HUGH DOWNS, 99, broadcaster whose career lasted more than seventy years. As a radio announcer at WMAQ/Chicago, he was heard on The Catholic Hour, Destination Freedom, Uncle Ned’s Squadron and The Dave Garroway Show. On television, he was Jack Paar’s announcer on The Tonight Show and hosted ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20 for more than 25 years. He also served as a host for Today, the game show Concentration, and Over Easy, a PBS series dedicated to aging. July 1.
JAMES DRURY, 83, actor who spent a decade on television playing the title role in the series The Virginian. His other television credits include Playhouse 90, Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Alias Smith and Jones. April 6.
MARJ DUSAY, 83, actress who played Alexandra Spaulding for more than a dozen years on the long-running soap opera The Guiding Light. Her other television credits include Get Smart, Star Trek, The Wild Wild West and All My Children, where she played Vanessa Bennett. January 28.
JOHN ERICSON, 93, actor who appeared in more than 70 television shows over a seven-decade career, playing detective Sam Bolt on the television series Honey West. His other television credits include Climax, Playhouse 90, The Loretta Young Show and Fantasy Island. May 3.
CONCHATA FARRELL, 77, actress who appeared in more than a hundred television shows, most notably as housekeeper Berta for twelve seasons on the series Two and a Half Men. Her other credits include Maude, The Love Boat, One Day at a Time and The Rockford Files. October 12.
RHONDA FLEMING, 97, actress whose red hair earned her the nickname “Queen of Technicolor.” She played Cleopatra in the 1953 movie Serpent of the Nile and also appeared in Out of The Past, Spellbound, The Great Lover and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. October 14.
ALLEN GARFIELD, 80, actor who appeared in more than a hundred movies and television shows over a 35-year career. He played MGM boss Louis B. Mayer in the 1976 film Gable and Lombard and also appeared in Nashville, The Conversation, Beverly Hills Cop II and others. April 7.
PHYLLIS GEORGE, 70, former Miss America who became one of network television’s first sportscasters, spending eight years as co-host of The NFL Today on CBS. May 14.
JOYCE GORDON, 90, actress who became famous as a spokeswoman during the Golden Age of Television for wearing her glasses on-camera . Her radio credits include Dimension X, X Minus One, Murder By Experts and Quiet Please. February 28.
MARY HARTLINE, 92, actress who appeared on the radio show Junior Junction in the 1940s and became one of television’s early stars as part of the 1949 show Super Circus. She later hosted two children’s shows, The Mary Hartline Show and Princess Mary’s Castle. August 12.
BUCK HENRY, 89, Emmy-winning writer and actor who co-created the series Get Smart and wrote the screenplays for The Graduate, Catch-22, To Die For and other films. As an actor, he appeared on 30 Rock, Murphy Brown, and Saturday Night Live, which he hosted ten times. January 8.
RICHARD HERD, 87, actor who appeared in more than a hundred television shows in a career that lasted more than fifty years. He was Capt. Dennis Sheridan on T.J. Hooker and New York Yankees executive Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld. His other credits include Dallas, M*A*S*H, Matlock and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. May 26.
IAN HOLM, 88, actor who appeared in more than a hundred movies and television shows during a six-decade career. He was Old Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of The Rings trilogy of films and also appeared in Big Night, The Madness of King George, Time Bandits and Ratatouille. June 19.
ZIZI JEANMAIRE, 96, dancer and actress who played the ballerina Doro in the 1954 movie Hans Christian Anderson. Her other films include Anything Goes, Folies-Bergere and Black Tights. July 17.
DICK JOHNSON, 66, Chicago newscaster who spent two decades as a reporter and news anchor at WLS/Chicago and later performed the same functions for 18 years at WMAQ/Chicago. June 9.
TERRY JONES, 77, British actor and writer who rose to fame as one of the founders of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, with whom he performed for four seasons on television and in the films Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. January 21.
JOHN KARLEN, 86, Emmy-winning actor who appeared in more than a hundred television shows during his career. He played Tyne Daly’s husband for six seasons on the series Cagney & Lacey and appeared on the series Dark Shadows as Willie Loomis, who broke into a vault and unknowingly released the vampire Barnabas Collins. January 22.
SHIRLEY KNIGHT, 83, Tony Award-winning actress who appeared in nearly 200 movies and television shows in a career that lasted more than sixty years. She was mother-in-law Phyllis van De Kamp on the series Desperate Housewives and also appeared on Johnny Staccato, Playhouse 90, Hawaiian Eye and The Fugitive. Her movie credits include The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Sweet Bird of Youth and Endless Love. April 22.
DAVID L. LANDER, 73, actor who worked in Los Angeles radio during the 1970s as part of comedy troupe The Credibility Gap, and who became famous for playing Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman on the long-running television series Laverne and Shirley. December 4.
JIM LEHRER, 85, broadcast journalist who spent more than thirty years at PBS, co-hosting The MacNeil-Lehrer Report, which later became the News Hour With Jim Lehrer and the PBS News Hour. January 23.
TOM LESTER, 81, actor best known for playing farmhand Eb Dawson on the long-running series Green Acres. April 30.
JAMES LIPTON, 93, actor whose career began on radio in the 1940s, when he played nephew Dan Reid on The Lone Ranger. On television, he wrote for The Guiding Light, The Edge of Night and Another World. In 1994, he began a 24-year run as the host of the Bravo series Inside the Actor’s Studio. March 2.
TRINI LOPEZ, 83, singer and actor who enjoyed success over a five-decade career, scoring hits in the 1960s with his recordings of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer.” He also played Pedro Jiminez in the famous 1967 film The Dirty Dozen. August 11.
VERA LYNN, 103, English singer who became known as “The Forces’ Sweetheart,” inspiring a nation at War with her recordings of “We’ll Meet Again” and “The White Cliffs of Dover.” She starred on British radio and television during the 1940s and ‘50s and later enjoyed hits with “Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart” and “My Son, My Son.” June 18.
JOHNNY MANDEL, 94, Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer and arranger who worked with Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Peggy Lee and many others. Among his compositions are “The Shadow of Your Smile,” and “Suicide is Painless,” which became the theme for the television series M*A*S*H. June 29.
PHYLLIS McGUIRE, 89, last surviving member of the McGuire Sisters, who enjoyed success in the 1950s with a string of hit records, including “Sincerely,” “Sugartime,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight.” December 29.
ENNIO MORRICONE, 91, Oscar-winning composer who scored more than 500 films during a 60-year career, including A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Days of Heaven, The Untouchables, The Mission, The Hateful Eight and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. July 6.
JEANNIE MORRIS, 85, Emmy Award-winning broadcaster who became one of Chicago television’s first female sports reporters. She worked with and without her husband Johnny Morris, spending six years as a reporter on WMAQ and another fifteen at WBBM. December 14.
JOHNNY NASH, 80, singer best known for his 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now.” He performed for seven years on television and radio with Arthur Godfrey and enjoyed hits during the 1950s and ‘60s with “A Very Special Love,” “Hold Me Tight” and others. October 6.
LORI NELSON, 87, actress who was kidnapped by an amphibious monster in the 1955 film Revenge of the Creature. She played daughter Rosie in two of Universal’s Ma and Pa Kettle films and appeared in the movies Bend of the River, I Died a Thousand Times, Pardners and All-American. August 23.
KEN OSMOND, 76, actor best-remembered for playing the trouble-making Eddie Haskell on television’s Leave It to Beaver. His other television credits included Circus Boy, The Munsters, The Jack Benny Program and Happy Days. May 18.
GEOFFREY PALMER, 93, British-born actor who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows, playing Lionel Hardcastle on the long-running BBC series As Time Goes By. His film credits include A Fish Called Wanda, The Madness of King George, Paddington and the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. November 5.
LITTLE RICHARD PENNIMAN, 87, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock & roll” who became one of the genre’s first and most influential stars in the 1950s, with such hits as “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” and “Keep a-Knockin’.” May 9.
REGIS PHILBIN, 88, performer who spent more than six decades in broadcasting. For 23 years, he co-hosted a top-rated syndicated morning show with Kathie Lee Gifford and later Kelly Ripa. He also served as the announcer for ABC’s Joey Bishop Show and as the original host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? July 24.
BUCKY PIZZARELLI, 94, guitarist who was 17 years old when he joined Vaughn Monroe’s orchestra in 1944. In the 1950s, he worked with Skitch Henderson as a staff musician at NBC and later played in the band on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. He performed on stage and record with Benny Goodman, Les Paul, The Three Suns and others. April 1.
CHARLEY PRIDE, 86, groundbreaking country singer who sold more than 25 million records in a career that lasted more than five decades. His hits included “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” “Burgers and Fries,” and “Someone Loves You Honey.” December 12.
JOHN PRINE, 73, Grammy-winning musician known as “The Mark Twain of Songwriting” who recorded more than twenty albums during a 40-year career. Among his most famous compositions are “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There,” “Angel from Montgomery,” “Dear Abby” and “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness.” April 7.
CARL REINER, 98, Emmy Award-winning actor, writer, producer and director who rose to fame on television’s Your Show of Shows and later wrote and created The Dick Van Dyke Show. As an actor, he appeared in the films Ocean’s Eleven, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians are Coming. He also directed the movies Oh, God!, The Jerk, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid and Enter Laughing, based on his play of the same name. June 29.
GENE REYNOLDS, 96, who appeared in dozens of films as a child and adult actor, playing Jimmy MacMahon in MGM’s Andy Hardy movies and appearing in Boys Town, In Old Chicago and Of Human Hearts. Later, he co-created the television series M*A*S*H and Lou Grant. February 3.
ALLAN RICH, 94, actor who appeared in more than a hundred movies and television shows over a five-decade career. He played a district attorney in the 1973 film Serpico and later appeared in Quiz Show, Disclosure and Amistad. August 22.
DIANA RIGG, 82, actress who became famous as the jumpsuit-clad spy Emma Peel in the British television series The Avengers. In 1989, she began a 14-year run as the host of the PBS series Mystery! and later spent four seasons as the political mastermind Lady Tyrell on the series Game of Thrones. Her movie credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Great Muppet Caper, Evil Under the Sun and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, where she played the wife of secret agent James Bond. September 10.
NAYA RIVERA, 33, actress who rose to fame as cheerleader Santana Lopez on the television series Glee. July 8.
KENNY ROGERS, 81, singer who enjoyed twenty Top 40 pop and country hits, including “Lucille,” “Lady,” “Coward of the County” and “The Gambler,” which led Rogers to star in five made-for-TV movies inspired by the song. March 20.
ANNIE ROSS, 89, actress and singer who became famous as one-third of the legendary jazz trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Her movie credits include Presenting Lily Mars, Superman III, and Short Cuts, where she played lounge singer Tess Trainor. July 21.
JOHN SAXON, 83, actor who appeared in more than 200 movies and television shows in a career that lasted over sixty years. He became a star with the 1956 film Rock, Pretty Baby and subsequently appeared in This Happy Feeling, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Joe Kidd, Enter the Dragon and Nightmare on Elm Street. His television credits include Medic, Gunsmoke, Night Gallery, Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man. July 25.
JACQUELINE SCOTT, 89, actress who appeared on nearly a hundred television shows over a six-decade career. Her credits include Armstrong Circle Theatre, 77 Sunset Strip, Perry Mason, Have Gun Will Travel, The F.B.I., Cold Case and The Fugitive, where she played the sister of Dr. Richard Kimble. July 23.
JERRY STILLER, 90, comedian and actor who performed for many years with his wife Anne Meara and later appeared on Seinfeld as George Costanza’s father Frank and on The King of Queens as Doug Heffernan’s father-in-law Arthur Spooner. He also played novelty salesman Wilbur Turnblad in the 1987 movie Hairspray. May 11.
CHAD STUART, 79, English-born actor and singer who rose to fame as one-half of Chad and Jeremy, the pop-folk duo that enjoyed seven Top 40 hits in the 1960s, including “Yesterday’s Gone,” “A Summer Song” “Willow Weep for Me,” and “Distant Shores.” As an actor, he appeared on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Batman and as the voice of a vulture in the 1967 movie version of The Jungle Book. December 21.
JERRY TAFT, 77, meteorologist who worked for four decades in Chicago television, first at WMAQ and then for 33 years at WLS. July 23.
ALEX TREBEK, 80, Canadian-born broadcaster who served as host of the game show Jeopardy! for more than 36 years. November 8.
MAX VON SYDOW, 90, actor who appeared in over a hundred films during a 70-year career, including Ingmar Bergman’s classic The Seventh Seal. His other films include The Greatest Story Ever Told, Hawaii, The Exorcist, Three Days of the Condor, Flash Gordon and Hannah and Her Sisters. March 8.
LYLE WAGGONER, 84, actor who spent seven years as an announcer and cast member on television’s Carol Burnett Show. In the 1970s, he spent three seasons playing Steve Trevor on the series Wonder Woman. March 17.
CLARK WEBER, 89, broadcaster who spent more than 40 years in Chicago radio. In 1960, he was one of the first disc jockeys to join WLS radio’s Top 40 format. In 1973, he moved into talk radio with a show on WIND/Chicago, which he hosted for thirteen years. He also hosted shows on WCFL, WMAQ, WJJD and WAIT. March 7.
ERIC WEISSBURG, 80, musician who became famous for “Dueling Banjos,” a 1973 record with Steve Mandell that appeared on the soundtrack of the film Deliverance. In the 1960s, he was a member of New York folk group The Tarriers and also recorded with Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Talking Heads and others. March 22.
DAWN WELLS, 82, actress best known for her role of Mary Ann Summers, one of seven castaways on the 1960s television series Gilligan’s Island. Her other credits include The Wild Wild West, Bonanza, The Love Boat and 77 Sunset Strip. December 30.
STUART WHITMAN, 92, actor who appeared in more than 175 movies and television shows during a 50-year career. His movie credits include The Comancheros, The Longest Day, The Sound and the Fury and Night of the Lepus. On television, he appeared on Highway Patrol, Have Gun Will Travel, Night Gallery and others. March 16.
FRED WILLARD, 86, actor and comedian who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows in a career that lasted more than fifty years. He was oblivious sidekick Jerry Hubbard on the television series Fernwood Tonight and Hank MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond. His film credits include A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and others. May 15.
BILL WITHERS, 81, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter who wrote some of the most popular songs of the 1970s, including “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” “Grandma’s Hands,” and the 1981 song “Just the Two of Us,” a duet with saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. March 30.
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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.