Before the month is over, I wanted to remember the many beloved celebrities and artists who passed away in 2019 (You can see a separate list of the
It always bugs me that magazines and media cover these passings before the year is over, so I always wait until January to make a tribute here. Some you may have heard of, some you haven’t, but if anything good can come of one’s passing, it’s the acknowledgment of their gifts. So now, we say goodnight to the many others who made our lives a little happier with their celebrity careers. Bless them all and Thank You. <3 Star Trek family who passed away this past year here).
January 4th, Louisa Mortiz, Actress, ( One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, M*A*S*H)
January 9th, Verna Bloom, 80. ( High Plains Drifter, Animal House)
January 9th, Paul Koslo, 74. ( The Omega Man, Rooster Cogburn)
January 13th, Rip Taylor, 88, Zany Comedian and Actor, ( ) , The Monkees Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Duck Tales Movie
January 15th Carol Channing, 97, Legendary and Effervescent Actress of Broadway, TV and Movies. Original Dolly Levi of Hello Dolly, Original Lorelai in Gentleman Prefer Blonds, ( The First Traveling Saleslady, Thoroughly Modern Millie) I adored Carol!
January 15th, Bradley Bolke, 93. The voice of Chumley the Walrus (on Tenneseee Tuxedo) and so many more
January 22nd, Kevin Barnett, 32. Comedian and writer. () Broad City, Rel.
January 21st, Kaye Ballard, Singer, Actress, Comedienne, 93, (, Cinderella (1957), The Mothers in Law ). The Doris Day Show
January 21st, Russel Baker, 93, Pulitzer Prize winning Author and Journalist. ( So this is Depravity, Growing Up).
January 29th, James Ingram, 66. Soul and R&B Singer. ( Find 100 Ways, Baby Come to Me)
February 1st, Lisa Seagram, 84, Actress, ( Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Batman)
February 3rd, Kristoff St. John, 52, Actor. () The Young and the Restless
February 4th, Nita Beiber, 92, Dancer and Actress (. Rhythm and Weep, Summer Stock)
February 7th, Albert Finney, 82, Actor, (Tom Jones, Scrooge, Erin Brokovich, Skyfall)
February 10, Jan Michael Vincent, Actor, 74, The World’s Greatest Athlete, Airwolf
February 24th, Peter Tork, 77, beloved Folk Musician and member of The Monkees (and my favorite Monkee) (For Pete’s Sake)
February 25th, Mark Hollis 64, Writer and Lead Singer of Talk Talk ( It’s My Life, Life’s What You Make It)
February 19th, Karl Lagerfeld, 85, Photographer and Fashion Designer for Chanel.
February 21st, Stanley Donan, 94. Oscar Winning Director, ( Singin’ in the Rain, Funny Face, The Pajama Game, Charade, Arabesque, Bedazzled)
February 26th, Mitzi Hoag, 86, Actress, ( Here Comes the Brides, We’ll Get By).
February 27th Nathaniel Taylor, 80. ( Sanford & Son, What’s Happening?, The Redd Foxx Show)
March 2nd, Janice Freeman, 33. Singer and Performer (The Voice, Pitch Perfect 3)
March 3rd, Keith Flint, 49, Composer and Actor, (Firestarter, Breathe)
March 4th, Luke Perry, Actor, 52. () Beverly Hills 90210, Riverda le
March 4th, King Kong Bundy, 63, (Christopher Alan Pallies) Wrestler.
March 5th, Susan Harrison, 80, Actress. () The Sweet Smell of Success, The Twilight Zone
March 9th, Jed Allan, 84, Actor, ( Beverly Hills 90210, Days of Our Lives, Santa Barbara).
March 11th, Hal Blaine, 90, Legendary Session Drummer with over 6000 credited singles. (here with George Harrison)
March 22nd, June Harding, 80, Actress. The Trouble with Angels (seen here at left, with Hayley Mills)
March 22nd, Scott Walker, 76, Influential, deep voiced Singer and lead of The Walker Brothers (The Su n Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore , JoAnna, Jackie)
March 23rd, Denise DuBarry, 63, Actress and Producer, ( Being There, Black Sheep Squadron, CHiPs) Former wife of Gary Lockwood.
March 24th, Nancy Gates, 93, Actress. ( Some Came Running, Suddenly)
March 30th, Tania Mallet, 77 Actress and Model, () Goldfinger
March 31st, Nipsy Hussle, 33, Rapper, Entrepreneur, Activist
April 4th Roberta Haynes, 91. Actress () Return to Paradise, The Nebraskan
Dennis Day, former Mousketeer, 75, disappeared July 2018, body found April 7th, 2019
April 14th, Bibi Andersson, 83, Actress. () Persona, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries
April 15th, Georgia Engel, 70. Actress and Dancer. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Everybody Loves Raymond).
April 16th, Fay McKenzie, 101, Actress, (Down Mexico Way Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Party)
April 24th, Anne Neyland, Actress, ( Jailhouse Rock, Highway Patrol, Sea Hunt).
April 25th, Larry “Flash” Jenkins, 63, Actor and Producer. ( Fletch, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Bay City Blues)
April 28th, John Singleton, 51 American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. (Boyz in the Hood, Poetic Justice, Shaft)
April 28th, Jo Sullivan, 91, Actress, Singer, and widow of Composer Frank Loesser, (The Most Happy Fella, The Ed Sullivan Show)
April 30th, Peter Mahew, 74, Actor, (Chewbacca in Star Wars)
May 5th, Barbara Perry, 97, Actress and Dancer, (The first Pickles Sorrell on The Dick Van Dyle Show)
May 6th, Kip Niven, 73, Actor (Alice, Magnum P.I.)
May 8th, Jim Fowler, 87, Zoologist, (left) Here with Marlin Perkins) on Wild Kingdom, and occasional guest on The Tonight Show
May 9th, Allene Roberts, 90, Actress, (Knock On Any Door, Adventures of Superman)
May 11th, Peggy Lipton, 72, Actress, ( Mod Squad, Twin Peaks), and Mother of actress Rashida Jones
May 13th, Doris Day, Beloved Singer, Actress, and Animal Rights Activist ( Pillow Talk, Love Me or Leave Me, Midnight Lace, That Touch of Mink, The Thrill of it All, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, The Doris Day Show and so many more )
May 14th, Tim Conway 85, Actor and Physical Comedian Extraordinaire, ( McHale’s Navy, The Carol Burnett Show, Mama’s Family)
May 15, Bobby Diamond, 75, Actor, () Fury, The Twilight Zone
May 16th, I.M. Pei, 102, Architect (Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, The Lourve Pyramid)
May 26, Bart Starr, 85, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers
May 29th, Peggy Stewart, 95, Actress (Red River Renegades, All this and Heaven Too).
May 30th, Leon Redbone, 69, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor specializing in jazz, blues, and Tin Pan Alley classics.
June 6th, Dr. John, 77, Singer, Songwriter, (Right Place -Wrong Time, The Last Waltz, The Wreaking Crew)
June 12th, Sylvia Miles, 94, Actress , Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely,Crossing Delancey
June 15th, Bob Dorian, 85, Actor, Magician, Host of American Movie Classics
June 17th Gloria Vanderbilt, 95, Heiress, artist, socialite, actress, fashion designer, and mother of Anderson Cooper.
June 18th, Milton Quon, Artist and Animator for Walt Disney. Dumbo, Fantasia
June 19, Etika, (Desmond Daniel Amofah) 29, YouTuber, streamer and model.
June 22nd, Judith Krantz, 91, Author, ( Princess Daisy, Scruples, Mistral’s Daughter)
June 24th Billy Drago, 73, Actor, ( The Untouchables, Pale Rider, The Hills Have Eyes)
June 26th, Max Wright, 75, Actor ( Misfits of Science, ALF)
July 3rd, Arte Johnson, 90, Actor ,Voice Actor, Comedian, () Laugh-In, Love American Style
July 6th, Eddie Jones, Actor ( Lois and Clark…Superman, The Rocketeer, The Singing Detective)
July 6th, Cameron Boyce, Actor, (The Descendants, Runt)
July 9th, Rip Torn, 88, Actor, ( King of Kings, Sweet Bird of Youth, Men in Black I,II,III)
July 9th, H. Ross Perot, 89 Texas Billionaire, Independent Candidate for President 1992 and 1996.
July 10th, Valentina Cortese, 96, Actress, ( The Barefoot Cotessa, Juliet of the Spirits, The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen)
July 10th, Denise Nickerson, 62, Actress, ( Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Electric Company, The Brady Bunch, Dark Shadows)
July 18th, David Hedison, 92, Actor ( The Fly, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Live and Let Die)
July 23rd, Gabe Couth, 46, Actor , Voice Actor, ( Once Upon a Time, Power Puff Girls Z)
July 29th, Rutger Hauer, 75, Actor, ( Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Keetje Tipell, Nighthawks )
August 16th, Peter Fonda, 79, Actor and Activist (I loved Pete, one of my favorite Actors EVER!) ( Easy Rider, The Trip, Outlaw Blues, Ulee’s Gold)
August 30th, Valerie Harpur, 80, Actress, ) (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Valerie.
September 3rd, Carol Lynley 77, Actress, ( Under the Yum Yum Tree, Return to Peyton Place, The Poseidon Adventure)
September 8th, John Wesley, 72, Actor, (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hang Em’ High)
September 13th, Eddie Money, 70, Singer, Composer (Take Me Home Tonight, Baby Hold On, I Think I’m in Love)
September 15th, Ric Ocasek, 75, Lead Singer of The Cars (Just What I Needed, Good Times Roll, Let’s Go)
September 15th, Phyllis Newman, 85, Stage and Screen Actress , (Subways are for Sleeping, Picnic)
September 16th, Paul Ingrassia, 69, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Managing Editor of Reuters
September 16th, Sander Vanocer, 91, Veteran Journalist and Reporter for NBC News
September 17th, Cokie Roberts, 75, Legendary News Journalist, Author, and Political Commentator for NPR and ABC .
September 20th, Jan Merlin, 94, Actor. ( Cadet Roger Manning of ) Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
September 21th, Carl Ruiz, 44 Food Network Celebrity Chef. Owner Marie’s Italian Specialties.
September 27th, Robert Garrison, 59, Actor, ( The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai)
September 28th, Linda Porter, 86, Actress ( Twin Peaks, Superstore).
October Beverly Watkins, 80, Blues Guitarist extraordinaire
October 3rd, Lewis Dauber, 70 Actor. () Days of Our Lives, Jingle All the Way
October 4th, Diahann Carroll, 84. Pioneering Actress, Singer. ( Paris Blues, Carmen Jones, Julia, Dynasty)
October 6th, Ginger Baker, 80, Legendary drummer for Cream
October 11th Robert Forster, 78, Actor ) ( Reflections in a Golden Eye, Jackie Brown, El Camino
October 13th, Scotty Bowers, 96, Hollywood “Male Madam” who wrote controversial biography of classic celebrity love lives.
October 16th, Karen Pendleton, 73, Original Mouseketeer, () The Mickey Mouse Club
October 16th, John Clarke, 88, Actor (Days of Our Lives).
October 17th, Baltimore Representative and Congressman, Elijah Cummings, 68, Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Civil Rights Leader.
October 21st, Jerry Fogel Actor,83, (The Mothers in Law)
October 21st, Josip Elic, Character Actor 98, (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, The Twilight Zone, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest).
October 24th, Kaoru Yachigusa, 88, Japanese Actress, ) (Musashi Miyamoto, With Beauty and Sorrow, Duel at Ganryi Island
October 29th, John Witherspoon, 77, Actor ( The Wayans Brothers, The Boondocks, Boomerang)
November 2nd, Brian Tarantina, 60, Actor (The Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
November 4th, Virginia Leath, 94, Actress, ( A Kiss Before Dying, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die)
November 5th, Laurel Griggs, 13, Broadway Actress, ( Caused by massive asthma attac k) Once, Bubble Guppies, Cafe Society)
November 7th, Robert Freeman, 82, Legendary Photographer who created the famous With The Beatles LP cover among so many others.
November 13th, Niall Tobin, 89, Actor, ( Brideshead Revisited, Ballykissangel, The Irish P.M.)
November 13th, Jane Galloway Heitz, 78, Actress, ( Glee, The Big Bang Theory)
November 16th,Terry O’Neil, 81, Fashion and Style Photographer of Music and Movie Pop Icons; The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and so many more.
December 12, Danny Aiello, 86, Actor, () Moonstruck, The Godfather Pt. II, Radio Days, Do the Right Thing
December 26th, Sue Lyon, 73, Actress ( Lolita, Night of the Iguana, Tony Rome)
I had it all planned. 100 or so pictures of Deforest Kelley for his Centennial Birthday on January 20th — now yesterday! But gathering all the pictures on and writing this on top of my everyday errands make me a little late here, and as I just finished this, it is now 1:21 a.m. on January 21st! (Oy!) I think De would have understood. And so…
I fondly remember Our beloved Doctor McCoy, DeForest Kelley, who would have been 100 on January 20th; the first of our Trek family who had met that milestone. Sadly, he’s been gone since 1999, but I know his kindness, integrity, and fine acting will never be forgotten. I take this moment to remember this delightful actor, doodler, animal lover, and wonderful gentleman.
We miss you De; I’m sure you’re dancing with your beloved Carolyn beyond the stars <3 <3