Farewells of 2021

(Update 1/31/2021 – I added one more, #151)

As I did last year and as I hope to do every year, here is my collage tribute to all the wonderful actors, entertainers, writers, musicians, and newsmakers who have passed on. So many wonderful lives here; some long, some painfully too short. But all memorable. Sadly we lost several notable Star Trek guest actors too, but I’m thankful I can include them as often they are overlooked. I’ve included as many as I can find, and forgive me if I left some out. But I hope you will find some beloved familiar faces, and discover some new ones! Lots of inspiration here. Gone but not forgotten, Rest in Peace.

I’ve included a Key to all the faces below. Let me know who you remember and enjoyed! <3

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Here’s the key to the collage.

2021 Celebrity Passings KEY

1. Senator Harry Reid, 82, Senate Majority Leader under POTUS Obama 2. Colin Powell, 84, Former Secretary of State, General under POTUS G.W.Bush 3.Walter Mondale, 93, Senator of Minnesota, Presidential Candidate 1984. 4. Mort Sahl, 94, Political Comedian, In Love and War, Don’t Make Waves 5. Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100, Beloved British WWII Army Captain who walked 100 laps around his garden leading up to his 100th birthday, to raise money for Covid.  He raised millions of pounds. Sadly later passed from Covid,but not before he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 6. Bell Hooks, 69, Writer, Professor, Activist, Ain’t I A Woman? 7. Jackie Mason, 93, Borscht Belt Comedy Legend 8. Janet Malcolm, 86, Writer and journalist The Silent Woman, Nobody’s Looking at You 9. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, 90, Archbishop of South Africa, Anti-Apartheid Activist and Peacemaker.10. Joan Didion, 87, Writer, Slouching Toward Bethlehem, The Year of Magical Thinking 11. Ned Beatty, 83, Actor, Deliverance, Superman, Network, The Big Easy.12. Michael Constantine, 94, Actor, Room 222, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 13. Cicely Tyson, 96, Beloved Actress Sounder, Roots, The Biography of Miss Jane Pittman 14. Norm MacDonald, 61, comedian and actor, Saturday Night Live 15. Jean Paul Belmondo, 88, Actor and Director, Breathless, L’Homme de Rio, Le Professionnel 16. Michael K. Williams, 54, Actor, Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave, Assassin’s Creed 17. Tanya Roberts, 65, Actress A View to a Kill, Sheena, The Beastmaster 18. Granville Adams, 58, Actor, Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street, Empire 19. Dustin Diamond, 44, Actor Saved by the Bell, Pee Wee’s Big Top 20. Dean Stockwell, 85, Actor, The Boy with the Green Hair, Quantum Leap 21. Dilip Kumar, 98, Beloved Bollywood Actor Devdas, Madhumati, Ram, Aur, Shyam 22. Arlene Golonka, 85, Actress, Mayberry RFD, Hang ‘Em High, Penelope 23. Willard Scott, 87, original Ronald McDonald, beloved weatherman of The Today Show 24.Charles Grodin 86, Actor, Heaven Can Wait, Seems Like Old Times 25. Claus Evans, 85, Beloved local repertory actor of The Cider Mill Playhouse and more, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol, 1776. 26. John Arndt, 93, Actor, as various crew-members in 5 Star Trek TOS episodes. 27. Fran Bennett, 84, Actress, Star Trek TNG: Redemption I, The Manor.28. Henry Darrow, 88, Actor, Manito Montoya on High Chaparral, Kolopak on Star Trek Voyager 29.Mimi Cozzens, 86, Actress, The Master, Question of Honor, and ST:TNG- Reunification Part I (Romulan Soup Woman) 30. Gregory Sierra, 83, Actor, Sanford & Son, Barney Miller, Star Trek DS9 31. Beverly Cleary, 104, Magical Children’s Author, Ramona series 32. Eric Carle, 91, Children’s Author The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar 33. Sarah Weddington, 76, Attorney, Law Professor, won Roe V. Wade 34. Cloris Leachman, 94, Beloved Actress The Last Picture Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Raising Hope 35. Peter Scolari, 66, Actor, Bosom Buddies, Newhart, That Thing You Do! 36. Brayden Smith 24, Young 5-time Champion of Jeopardy! 37. Sally Ann Howes, 91, Actress, Singer, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mission Impossible 38 .Don Everly, 84, Musician, writer, with brother Phil, half of The Everly Brothers, All I have to Do is Dream, Wake Up Little Susie 39.Walter Olkewicz, 72, Actor, Twin Peaks, Seinfeld, Cheers 40. Lionel Blair, 92, British Dancer Give Us a Clue, The Real Marigold Hotel 41. Haya Harareet, 89, Beautiful Actress, Last surviving cast member of Ben-Hur (1959) where she played Esther. 42.Jane Withers 95, actress, Affairs of Geraldine, Giant, and in Comet commercials Josephine the plumber 43. Jane Powell, 92 Actress, Singer, Dancer, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Royal Wedding 44. Betty Lynn, 95 Actress, Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show 45. George Gerdes, 72, Singer, Composer, Character Actor Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, NCIS 46. Sophie 34, musician and activist, It’s Okay to Cry 47.James Hormel, 88, American philanthropist, LGBT activist, diplomat, and heir to the Hormel meatpacking fortune 48. Tom LeGarde, 90, Musician and actor, along with brother Ted, one of The LeGarde Twins, a pioneering Australian Country Duo. Also with his brother, one of the Herman Series in I, Mudd, Star Trek TOS 49. Gavin O’Herlihy, 70, Actor, Happy Days, Willow, and as Maje Jabin in Star Trek Voyager (Caretaker) 50. Nathan Jung, 74 Actor, Genghis Khan on Star Trek TOS, Big Trouble in Little China, Darkman .51. Jan Shutan 88, Actress, lovely and determined Lt. Mira Romaine TOS The Lights of Zetar  52. Eddie Paskey, 81 Actor and stuntman, beloved Mister Leslie, and several other crew members on Star Trek TOS 53. Alex Cord, 88, Actor, Dylan Hunt in (Gene Roddenberry’s) Genesis II, Archangel in Airwolf  54. Sharon Begley 64, Science Journalist, The Plastic Brain, Can’t Just Stop 55. Willie Garson,57, Actor, 57 Sex and the City 56. Ed Asner, 91, Actor, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Up 57.Betty White, 99, beloved pioneering Television actress and Comedienne, Password, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls 58.Prince Philip 99, Husband and Consort of Queen Elizabeth II 59. Deshayla Harris 29, Singer/rapper Bad Girls Club 60. Chick Corea 79, Jazz Legend & composer, keyboardist, bandleader, Light as a Feather 61. Marion Ramsey 73, Actress, Officer Laverne Hooks in Police Academy movies. 62. Arlene Dahl, 96, Hollywood Actress, Journey to the Center of the Earth, My Wild Irish Rose 63. Anne Buydens Douglas, 102, Producer, Deep River, Widow of Kirk Douglas. 64. Mary Wilson 76, Beloved Singer, Co-Founding Member of The Supremes 65. Joanne Rogers 92, Puppeteer, writer, and wife of Mister Rogers, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. 66. Neville ‘Bunny’ Wailer, 73, Founding Member of The Wailers 67. Nick Kamen,59, Model and Singer, I Promised Myself, Each Time 68. Joseph Siravo 64, Actor, Carlito’s Way, The Sopranos 69. Robert Herron 97, Actor Stuntman, “Sam” in Charlie X Star Trek TOS 70. Christopher Plummer 91, Shakespearian Actor, Oedipus Rex, The Sound of Music, and General Chang in Star Trek VI 71. Joanne Linville, 93. Actress, Twilight Zone, Star Trek TOS as the Romulan Commander.  Author, Seven Steps to an Acting Craft. 72. Mary-Linda Rapelye, 76, Actress, In Cold Blood, As the World Turns, and Irina in Star Trek’s The Way to Eden 73. Camille Saviola, 71, Broadway Actress, Nine, The Heights, Chicago, and Kai Opaka in DS9 74. Michael McKenzie, 74, My dear oldest Brother, Scuptor, Writer, Author, loving Dad,  Major Toad. 75. John McKenzie, 70, My dear second oldest Brother, hard working, loving artist, helper, and every-man .76. Joe Lara 58, Actor, Tarzan, Hologram Man. 77. George Segal 87, Actor, The Goldbergs, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? 78.Gavin MacLeod 90, Actor, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Love Boat  79. Markie Post, 70, Actress, The Fall Guy, Night Court, and Hearts Afire 80. Deezer D (Dearon) Thompson 55, Actor, ER, Rapper It’s Goin’ Down Tonight, Stop-I love Hip Hop. 81. DMX,(Earl Simmons),50, Rapper Party Up, Where the Hood At? 82. Jay Pickett 60, Actor, General Hospital, Port Charles. 83. Olympia, Dukakis 89,Oscar Award winning Actress  Moonstruck. Steel Magnolias,Mr. Holland’s Opus. 84. Dusty Hill 78, Musician, member of ZZ Top, Legs 85.Melvin Van Peebles 89, Actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, and composer.  Father of actor Mario. 86. Gerry Marsden 78, Gerry and the Pacemakers Ferry Cross the Mersey 87. Charlie Watts 80, Beloved drummer of The Rolling Stones 88.Carlos Marin, 53, Beloved baritone singer of Il Divo 89.Trisha Noble 76, Singer Actress, Carry On Series, Columbo, Star Wars Episodes II and III as Jobal Naberrie 90. Inge Ginsberg, 99, Holocaust Survivor and Heavy Metal singer. Inge & the Tritone Kings 91. Dennis “Dee Tee Thomas, 70, Saxophonist, Kool & the Gang, 92.  Harry Brandt, 24, Model, Socialite 93. Art Lafleur, 78, Actor The Sandlot, Field of Dreams 94. Peter Mark Richman 93, Actor, Santa Barbara, Dynasty, Ralph Offenhouse in Star Trek TNG93. 95. Lisa Banes 65, Actress, Gone Girl, Cocktail, Star Trek DS9, (Dr. Renhol) 96. Patrick Horgan, 92, Actor, Zelig, The Doctors, Ryans Hope, and Eneg in Patterns of Force (TOS) 97. JoAnna Cameron 70, Actress, The Secrets of Isis, Shazaam!. B.S. I Love You. 98. Reuben B. Klamer, 99, Engineer and creator of the Phaser Rifle used in the first pilot episodes of Star Trek 99. Tom. O‘Conner, 80, British Television host 100. Mira Furlan, 65, beloved Actress of Babylon 5 and Lost 101. Stuart Damon, 84, Actor, Prince Charming in Cinderella and Dr. Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital.102. Larry King 87, Talk Show Host, Larry King Live 103. Jahmil French, 29, Actor Degrassi: The Next Generation 104.Hal Holbrook 95, Beloved Actor, All the Presidents Men, Mark Twain Tonight 105. Clarence Williams III, 81, Actor, The Mod Squad, Tales from the Hood 106. Al Harrington, 85 Actor, Hawaii Five-0 107. Leon Spinks 67, Heavyweight Boxing Champion. 108. Paddy Moloney 83, Lead singer with tin whistle with The Cheiftans 109. Michael Nesmith,78, Musician and Composer, Beloved Member of The Monkees, instrumental in creating MTV. 110. Hilton Valentine, 77, Musician, guitarist for The Animals 111. Quindon Traver 38, Singer, Everybody’s Free, When Doves Cry (cover) 112. Astro, (Terence) Wilson,64, Founding Member of UB40 Red Red Wine, Kingston Town 113. Brian Travers,80, Founding Member UB40 114.Sylvain (Mizrahi) Sylvain 69, Musician, New York Dolls. 117. Tawny Kitaen 59, Actress, Model in Whitesnake video, Here I Go Again, Bachelor Party, 115. Mark Eden, 92, Actor, Coronation Street 116. Johnny Briggs, 85, Actor Coronation Street 117. Tawny Kitaen 59, Actress, Model in Whitesnake video, Here I Go Again, Bachelor Party 118.Ron Popiel ,86 Creator of the Pocket Fisherman, the Veg-O-Matic and Master of all the other gadgets you thought you couldn’t live without. 119. Peter Ackroyd 65, Actor and writer, Saturday Night Live, brother of actor/comedian Dan Ackroyd. 120. Helen McCrory 52, Actress Harry Potter Movies, Skyfall, Peaky Blinders, wife of actor Damian Lewis. 121.Jackie Lane 79, Actress, Singer, Dr Who, Compact 122. Una Stubbs, 84, Actor, Dancer, Til Death Us Do Part, Worzel Gummidge, Sherlock 123. John Paragon, 66 Comedian and Actor, Jambi on Pee Wee’s Playhouse.124.Felix Silla 84, Beloved character actor, Buck Rogers (Twikki) , Cousin Itt, and even a background Talosian! 125. Barbara Shelly 86, Queen of Horror Movies Dracula Prince of Darkness, Village of the Damned, Five Million Years to Earth 126. Elbaz Alber, 59, fashion designer, Creative Director of Lanvin, Paris 127. Anne Rice 80, Gothic Novelist, Interview with the Vampire 128. Paul Ritter 54, Character Actor, Harry Potter, Chernobyl. 129. Shin’ichi ‘Sonny’ Chiba, 82, Actor,  Kill Bill I & II, The Street Fighter. 130. Siegfried Fischbacher, 81, Tiger Trainer, partner of the late Roy Horn. 131.Yaphet Kotto 85 Actor, Live and Let Die, Alien 132. Jessica Walter 80, Actress, Play Misty for Me, Arrested Development, Archer 133. (Henry) ‘Hank’ Aaron 86, Baseball Legend, #44, Milwaukee Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, who broke Babe Ruth’s hitting record in 1974. (715 hits) 134. Biz Markie, 57 rapper, actor, producer, Just a Friend, Let Go My Eggo 135. Graeme Edge 80, Drummer for the Moody Blues Nights in White Satin 136. Tommy Lasorda 93, Manager of the LA Dodgers 1976-1996. 137. Vincent Jackson, 38, Football Player, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.138. Michael Apted, 75, British Film Director, SEVEN Up! 63 Up, The World is not Enough 139. Sondheim Stephen, 91, Genius Lyricist, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music 140. John Madden, 85, Beloved American Football Coach and Broadcaster, 141. James Michael Tyler, 59, Actor, Friends 142. Halna Hutchens, 42, Ukrainian Cinematographer, Archenemy, Rust 143. Robert Downey Sr, 85 Actor, Director Father of Robert Downey Jr. 144. Mike Mitchell,77, Musician with The Kingsmen Louie, Louie 145. Virgil Abloh, 41, American Fashion designer and Entrepreneur. Artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear 146. Richard Gilliland,76, Actor,Designing Women, The Waltons (husband of actress Jean Smart) 147. John Reilly, 86, Actor, General Hospital, Sunset Beach, and Passions 148. Jean-Marc Vallee,58, Canadian filmmaker, film editor, and screenwriter. Dallas Buyers Club, Young Victoria 149. Richard Donner, 91, Director, Superman (1978) The Goonies.  150. James Hampton, 84, Actor, F Troop, (Dobbs) Teen Wolf, Sling Blade 151. Tommy Kirk, 79, beloved Disney Actor, Old Yeller, The Swiss Family Robinson, The Shaggy Dog. Fired from Disney for being openly gay.

Farewells of 2020.

Every year I try to make a tribute page to the wonderful actors, entertainers, writers, musicians, and newsmakers who have passed on. Originally I was going to add this to a bigger collage of this awful last year, but in 2020, there were so many, it was easiest to just make a big collage. (I’ll post a 2020 collage of events soon). So many wonderful lives here some long, some painfully too short, but all memorable. I’ve included as many as I can find, and forgive me if I left some out. But I hope you will find some beloved familiar faces, and discover some new ones! Lots of inspiration here. Gone but not forgotten, Rest in Peace.

I’ve included a Key to all the faces below. Let me know who you remember and enjoyed! <3

Farewells of 2020 Key
1) Roy Horn, 75, Magician, (Siegfried and Roy)  2) Rebecca Luker, 59 Broadway Actress/Singer. (Sound of Music) 3) Sir Ian Holm, 88, Actor, (Chariots of Fire, The Hobbit). 4) Sam Lloyd, 53, Actor, (Scrubs) 5) Steve Priest, 72, Guitarist for The Sweet. 6) Eddie Van Halen, 65,Guitar God, Van Halen. 7) Tommy Rall, 90 Dancer, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). 8) Pierre Cardin, 98, Renowned Fashion Designer. 9) Ranjit Chowdray, 64, Actor, (The Office). 10) Ennio Marcone, 91 Composer. 11) John Prine, 63, Singer/Songwriter.  12) Betty  Wright, 66, R&B Singer/Songwriter . 13) Juice WRLD, 25, Performer/rapper ‘Hide’. 14) Astrid Kirtchherr, 81, Photographer, Beatles Friend. 15) Margaret Nolan, 76, Actress (A Hard Day’s Night, Goldfinger). 16) Chad Stuart, 79, Singer/Songwriter of Chad and Jeremy (Yesterday’s Gone, A Summer Song). 17) Ann Reinking, 71, Dancer/Actress (Annie, All That Jazz). 18) Hal Ketchum 67, Country Singer (Stay Forever). 19) Carl Reiner, 98 Writer, Creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show. 20) Alex Trebek, 80, Beloved Host of Jeopardy! for 37 years.  21) Terry Jones, Writer/Comedian (Monty Python’s Flying Circus) 22) Congressman John Lewis, 80, Civil Rights Activist and Icon. 23) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, Supreme Court Judge, Women’s Rights Activist. 24) Helen Reddy, 78 Singer/Songwriter (I Am Woman).  25) Marge Champion, 101, Dancer (Show Boat, Lovely to Look At) 26) Sean Connery, 90, Actor/Proud Scot, The First James Bond (Goldfinger/Dr No, etc). 27) Whitey Ford, 91, Legendary Yankee Pitcher and All-Star. 28) Irrfan Khan, 53, Actor, (The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire).  29) Tom Lester, 81, Actor, (as Eb on Green Acres). 30) Phyllis McGuire, 89, Singer (The McGuire Sisters, ‘SugarTime, Sincerelyly). 31) Phyllis George, 70, Sportscaster, Miss America 1970.  32) Larry Kramer, 84, Playwright, AIDS Activist.  33) John LeCarre,89, Author, (Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy). 34) John Saxon, 83, Actor, (Planet Earth, Enter the Dragon). 35) Paula Kelly, 77, Actress, Dancer, (Sweet Charity). 36) Chuck Yeager, 97, USAF Test Pilot, (1st to break speed of sound).  37) Kelly Preston, 56, Actress, (Jerry Maguire, Jack Frost). 38) Chadwick Boseman, 43, Actor/Playwright (Black Panther, 42,  Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) 39) Dame Vera Lynn, 103, Beloved British Songstress, (We’ll Meet Again).  40) Dame Diana Rigg, 82, Actress, (The Avengers, Game of Thrones) 41) Dawn Wells, 82, Actress (the beloved Maryanne of Gilligan’s Island). 42) Nikita Pearl Waligwa, 15, Actress (The Queen of Katwe) 43) Andrew Jack, 76, Actor, Dialogue Coach, (Star Wars I,II,III).  44) Jim Lehrer, 85, Journalist, PBS (The McNeil/Lehrer Report)  45) Hugh Downs, (99) Journalist, Novelist, Playwright, (The Today Show, 20/20) 46) James Lipton, 93, Host and Theater historian, (Inside the Actors Studio).  47) Chi-Chi Devayne (a.k.a. Zavion Davenport) Drag Artist, (Ru Paul’s Drag Race).   48) Mort Drucker, 91, Premiere Charicature Artist for MAD Magazine.  49) Rhonda Fleming, 97,Actress, (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Out of the Past). 50) Phil Neikro, 81, Pitcher for the New York Yankees, Creator of the Knuckle Ball.  51) Lynn Shelton, 54, Director, (Hump Day, Your Sister’s Sister) 52). Jerry Stiller, 92, Comedian (Stiller and Meara, Seinfeld).  53) Geoffrey Palmer, 93, Actor, (As Time Goes By). 54)  Jeremy Bulloch, 75, Actor, (Star Wars- Boba Fett).  55) David Prowse, 85, Actor, (Star Wars, Darth Vader).  56) Max Von Sydow, 90, Actor, The Seventh Seal, Hawaii, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Exorcist).  57) Zoe Caldwell, 86, Broadway Actress (Master Class, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie).  58) Naya Rivera, 34, Actress, young mother, (Glee). 59) Harry Basch, 94, Actor, (Star Trek, Daniel Boone).  60) Richard Herd, 87, Actor, (Admiral Paris, Star Trek TNG).  61) Herb F. Solow, 88, Producer, (Star Trek).  62) Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, 62, (Star Trek Enterprise, Friday, Next Friday).  63) Erik Holland (86), Actor (Star Trek, Wink of an Eye).  64) Olivia de Haviland, (104) Actress, (Gone with the Wind, Robin Hood, The Heiress).  65) Baby Peggy, (101) (Real Name: Diana Serra Cary) Child Actress, (Captain January, The Darling of New York).  66) Kellye Nakahara, 72,Actress, (M*A*S*H) 67) Buck Henry, 89, Actor, Writer, Producer. 68) Ben Cross. 72, Actor, (Chariots of Fire, Dark Shadows, and Sarek in Star Trek 2009) 69)Orson Bean, 91,Actor (To Tell the Truth, Dr. Quinn) 70) Robert Conrad 85, Actor, (James West in The Wild WIld West, Baa Baa Black Sheep). 71) Nicholas Tucci, 38, Actor, (You’re Next).  72) Adam Schesinger 52, Songwriter, (Fountains of Wayne). 73) Stuart Whitman, 92, Actor, (Cimmaron Strip). 74) Johnny Mandel, 94, Composer (M*A*S*H Theme).  75) Silvio Horta, 45, Producer, (Ugly Betty).   76) Tim Brooke-Taylor 79, Actor, (The Goodies). 77) Charley Pride, 86, Country Singer/Songwriter (Kiss an Angel Good Morning). 78) Diego Maradona, 60, Soccer Legend, 79) Gene Deitsch, 95, Animator, (Tom and Jerry, Popeye).  80) Peg Murray 96, Broadway Actress, (Cabaret, All My Children).  81) Mac Davis, 78, Singer/Songwriter, (In the Ghetto, I Believe in Music). 82) Bonnie Pointer, 69, Singer (The Pointer Singers).  83) Honor Blackman, 94, Actress, (The Avengers, Goldfinger).  84) Florian Schneider, 73, Singer/Songwriter, Kraftwerk (Autobahn)  85) Conchetta Farrell, 77, Actress (Three and a Half Men).  86) Janet DuBois, 74, Actress, (Good Times, The PJs).  87) Robert Sampson, 86, Actor, (Star Trek, Bridget Loves Bernie).  88) John Winston, 91, Actor, Star Trek’s beloved Mr. Kyle (Passed on September 19, 2019, but his passing was not revealed until March of 2020). 89) Marj Dursay, 83, Actress (Star Trek, Guiding Light).  90) Maurice Roves, 83, Actor, (Star Trek, Days of Our Lives).  91) Gene Dynarsky, 86 , Actor, (Star Trek, Star Trek TNG).  92.  Kevin Conway, 77, Actor, (Star Trek TNG (as Kahless) Gettysburg, 13 Days) 93) Mel Winkler, 78, Actor, (Star Trek DS9, ST:Voyager , Doc Holliday, Devil in a Blue Dress). 94) William Dufris, 62, Voice Actor, (Bob of Bob the Builder). 95) Lyle Waggoner, 84,  Actor, (The Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman).  96) Harry Hains, 27, young Actor, (American Horror Story) 97) Bill Withers, 81, R&B Singer/Songwriter, (Lean On Me, Ain’t No Sunshine, Just The Two of Us) .  98) Terrance McNally, 81, Playwright (Ragtime, The Full Monty,  Kiss of the Spider Woman). 99) Charlie Daniels, 83, Singer/Songwriter (The Devil Went Down to Georgia). 100) Norm Crosby, 93, Comedian, (a.k.a. ‘The Master of Malaprop’). 101) David Onley, 71, Folk Singer/Songwriter, (Little Sparrow, What Would I Do Without Your Love?) 102) Earl Cameron, 102,The Prisoner, The London Pool).  103) Raymond Allen, 91, Actor, (Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons.  104) Nick Corderro, 41, Broadway Actor, (Waitress, A Bronx Tale). 105) Logan Williams,15, young Actor, (The Flash, When Calls the Heart).  106) Gene Reynolds, Producer (M*A*S*H TV series).  107) David Lander, 73, Actor, (‘Squiggy’ of Laverne and Shirley) 108) Raphael Coleman, 25, young Actor and Animal Rights Activist.  109) Ann E. Todd, 88, Actress and Entertainer, (The Stu Ervin Show, Destry Rides Again) 110, Elizabeth Sellars, 88, Actress, (Desiree, The Barefoot Contessa).  111) Tom Long, 51, Actor, (Sea Change, Strange Planet). 112) Jack Kehoe, 85, Charactor Actor, (The Sting). 113) Clive Cussler, 88, Novelist,(Raise the Titanic, Sahara). 114) Lupo, 7, Dog, Beloved family pet of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.  115) Lorenzo Brino, 21, young Actor, (7th Heaven)  116)  Bob the Cat, 14, Best Friend of and Lifesaver of Busker James Bowen. 118) Michael “Moose” Cuisack, 64, Athlete and  Multiple Medalist who inspired the Special Olympics. 119) Regis Philbin, 88, Beloved Talk Show Host, (Live!) 120) Grant Imahara, 49, Genius, Actor, (Mythbusters, White Rabbit Project, Star Trek Continues (as Sulu).  121) Patricia Bosworth, 86, Actress, Biography Author, (A Nun’s Story, Montgomery Clift) Ken Osmond, 76, Actor, (‘Wally’ of Leave it to Beaver). 123) Fred Willard, 86, Actor and Comedian, (Fernwood 2 Night, Everybody Loves Raymond). 124) Abby Dalton, 88, Actress, (The Joey Bishop Show, Falcon Crest). 125)  Tom Kennedy, 93, Game Show Host (You Don’t Say!, Name That Tune).  126) Kevin Dobson, 77, Actor,(Kojack, Knot’s Landing)  127) Peggy Pope 91, Actress, (Nine to Five)128) Neal Peart, 67, Drummer for Rush.  129)  Kenny Rogers, 81, Country Music Icon, ((The Gambler, Lady, Islands in the Stream).  130) Lynn Cohen, 86, Actress, (Sex and the City), 131) Mary Higgins-Clark, 92, Novelist, (Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry).  132) Curley Neal (77) Legendary Player of The Harlem Globetrotters.  133) Kobe Bryant, 41  L.A. Lakers legend, with daughter Giana, 13 (Tragic Helicopter Accident).  134) Kirk Douglas, 103,  Actor, Producer, Icon (Spartacus, Paths of Glory, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), 135) Brian Dennehey, 81, Actor, (Cocoon, Death of a Salesman).  136) Anthony James, 77, Actor, (In the Heat of the Night, Unforgiven). 137) Little Richard, 87, Rock n’ Roll Legend, (Tutti-Frutti, Lucille, Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly). 138) McCoy Tyner, 81, Jazz Musician/Composer, (Passion Dance, Wave).  139) Peter Green, 73, Founder of Fleeetwood Mac (Green Manalishi, My Heart Beat like a Hammer). 140) Millie Small, 73,  Pop Singer, (My Boy Lollipop). 141) Roscoe Born, 69,  Actor, (All My Children).  142) Danny Goldman,80. Actor, (The World’s Greatest Athlete, Young Frankenstein),  143) James Drury, 85, Actor, (The Virginian, Ride the High Country) .  144) Marge Redmond,  95, Actress (The Flying Nun, The Trouble with Angels).  145) Johnny Nash, 80 Singer/Songwriter, (I Can See Clearly Now, Cream Puff) 146) David Collings, 79, Actor (Scrooge, By the Sword Divided). 147) Shirley Knight, 83, Actress, (Sweet Bird of Youth, Dark at the Top of the Stairs). 148) Mark Blum, 69, Broadway and Off-Broadway Actor, (Lost in Yonkers, Twelve Angry Men).

Alas, I found one more – Trini Lopez, 83, wonderful singer and actor (If I had a Hammer, The Dirty Dozen) Heaven sings!

Celebrity Passings of 2019

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 Star Trek family who passed away this past year here). 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

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January 4th, Louisa Mortiz, Actress,
(One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, M*A*S*H)
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January 9th, Verna Bloom, 80.
(High Plains Drifter, Animal House)
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January 9th, Paul Koslo, 74.
(The Omega Man, Rooster Cogburn)
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January 13th, Rip Taylor, 88, Zany Comedian and Actor,
(The Monkees, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Duck Tales Movie)
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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!
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January 15th, Bradley Bolke, 93. The voice of Chumley the Walrus (on Tenneseee Tuxedo) and so many more
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January 22nd, Kevin Barnett, 32. Comedian and writer.
(Broad City, Rel.)
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January 21st, Kaye Ballard, Singer, Actress, Comedienne, 93, (Cinderella (1957), The Mothers in Law, The Doris Day Show).
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January 21st, Russel Baker, 93, Pulitzer Prize winning Author and Journalist.
(So this is Depravity, Growing Up).
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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)
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February 3rd, Kristoff St. John, 52, Actor.
(The Young and the Restless)
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February 4th, Nita Beiber, 92, Dancer and Actress (Rhythm and Weep, Summer Stock).
Albert Finney in Tom Jones (1963)
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)
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February 25th, Mark Hollis 64, Writer and Lead Singer of Talk Talk (It’s My Life, Life’s What You Make It)
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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)
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February 26th, Mitzi Hoag, 86, Actress,
(Here Comes the Brides, We’ll Get By).
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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)
Keith Flint
March 3rd, Keith Flint, 49, Composer and Actor, (Firestarter, Breathe)
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March 4th, Luke Perry, Actor, 52.
(Beverly Hills 90210, Riverdale)
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March 4th, King Kong Bundy, 63, (Christopher Alan Pallies) Wrestler.
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March 5th, Susan Harrison, 80, Actress. (The Sweet Smell of Success, The Twilight Zone)
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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)
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March 22nd, June Harding, 80, Actress. The Trouble with Angels (seen here at left, with Hayley Mills)
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March 22nd, Scott Walker, 76, Influential, deep voiced Singer and lead of The Walker Brothers (The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore , JoAnna, Jackie)
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March 23rd, Denise DuBarry, 63, Actress and Producer, (Being There, Black Sheep Squadron, CHiPs) Former wife of Gary Lockwood.
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March 24th, Nancy Gates, 93, Actress. (Some Came Running, Suddenly)
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March 30th, Tania Mallet, 77 Actress and Model, (Goldfinger)
March 31st, Nipsy Hussle, 33, Rapper, Entrepreneur, Activist
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April 4th Roberta Haynes, 91. Actress (Return to Paradise, The Nebraskan)
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Dennis Day, former Mousketeer, 75,
disappeared July 2018,
body found April 7th, 2019
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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).
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April 16th, Fay McKenzie, 101, Actress,
(Down Mexico Way Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Party)
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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)
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April 28th, John Singleton, 51 American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
(Boyz in the Hood, Poetic Justice, Shaft)
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April 28th, Jo Sullivan, 91, Actress, Singer, and widow of Composer Frank Loesser,
(The Most Happy Fella, The Ed Sullivan Show)
Peter Mayhew
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)
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May 6th, Kip Niven, 73, Actor
(Alice, Magnum P.I.)
Jim Fowler, left, and Marlin Perkins, who teamed up on the television show “Wild Kingdom” to bring the natural world into American living rooms.
May 8th, Jim Fowler, 87, Zoologist, (left) Here with Marlin Perkins) on Wild Kingdom, and occasional guest on The Tonight Show
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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)
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May 14th, Tim Conway 85, Actor and Physical Comedian Extraordinaire,
(McHale’s Navy, The Carol Burnett Show, Mama’s Family)
Bobby Diamond
May 15, Bobby Diamond, 75, Actor, (Fury, The Twilight Zone)
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May 16th, I.M. Pei, 102, Architect
(Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, The Lourve Pyramid)
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May 26, Bart Starr, 85, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers
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May 29th, Peggy Stewart, 95, Actress
(Red River Renegades, All this and Heaven Too).
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May 30th, Leon Redbone, 69, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor specializing in jazz, blues, and Tin Pan Alley classics.
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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
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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
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June 19, Etika, (Desmond Daniel Amofah) 29, YouTuber, streamer and model.
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June 22nd, Judith Krantz, 91, Author,
(Princess Daisy, Scruples, Mistral’s Daughter)
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June 24th Billy Drago, 73, Actor,
(The Untouchables, Pale Rider, The Hills Have Eyes)
June 26th, Max Wright, 75, Actor
(Misfits of Science, ALF)
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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)
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July 9th, Rip Torn, 88, Actor,
(King of Kings, Sweet Bird of Youth, Men in Black I,II,III)
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July 9th, H. Ross Perot, 89 Texas Billionaire,
Independent Candidate for President 1992 and 1996.
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July 10th, Valentina Cortese, 96, Actress,
(The Barefoot Cotessa, Juliet of the Spirits,
The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen)
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July 10th, Denise Nickerson, 62, Actress, (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Electric Company, The Brady Bunch, Dark Shadows)
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July 18th, David Hedison, 92, Actor (The Fly, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Live and Let Die)
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July 23rd, Gabe Couth, 46, Actor , Voice Actor,
(Once Upon a Time, Power Puff Girls Z)
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July 29th, Rutger Hauer, 75, Actor, (Blade Runner,
Ladyhawke, Keetje Tipell, Nighthawks
)
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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)
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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)
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September 13th, Eddie Money, 70, Singer, Composer
(Take Me Home Tonight, Baby Hold On, I Think I’m in Love)
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September 15th, Ric Ocasek, 75, Lead Singer of The Cars
(Just What I Needed, Good Times Roll, Let’s Go)
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September 15th, Phyllis Newman, 85, Stage and Screen Actress , (Subways are for Sleeping, Picnic)
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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
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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)
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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)
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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)
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October 4th, Diahann Carroll, 84. Pioneering Actress, Singer. (Paris Blues, Carmen Jones, Julia, Dynasty)
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October 6th, Ginger Baker, 80,
Legendary drummer for Cream
October 11th Robert Forster, 78, Actor
(Reflections in a Golden Eye, Jackie Brown, El Camino
)
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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.


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October 21st, Jerry Fogel Actor,83,
(The Mothers in Law)
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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)
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October 29th, John Witherspoon, 77, Actor
(The Wayans Brothers, The Boondocks, Boomerang)
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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)
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November 5th, Laurel Griggs, 13, Broadway Actress, (Caused by massive asthma attack) 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)

Star Trek Passings of 2019

The last 12 months have been a bit hard on Trek fans, as we have lost several notable friends from the Star Trek Universe who have slipped the bonds of earth and entered the greater galaxy. This post is dedicated to these wonderful actors, actresses, and writers and artists who brought Star Trek to life for so many of us.

Although we know many of them through Star Trek in its many variations, I highly recommend that you look up all the other works they have done in their creative careers. Lives well lived, if some too awfully short. May they rest in eternal peace and love. I thank them for all their gifts. (And Thank You Todd Walkenhurst for helping me compile all the names).  I will soon be posting a full obituary page for all the wonderful personalities we lost this past year, but for now, we remember these beloved members of the Star Trek Family. May you All Rest in Peace, and Bless you on your Final Frontiers. <3

Too Many Said Goodbye: Farewells of 2017

As the new year dawns, I take one last look back at the many talented personalities that left us this past year. Many were legendary and definitely iconic in the pop culture world. We lost real astronauts as well as fictional ones, and a few ‘red shirts’ too. Sadly, you’ll see a few familiar faces from TOS.  But there were also Remarkable comedians and soaring musicians. Childhood heroes and movie legends. Some passing’s were harder to take (Tom Petty, Mary Tyler Moore) but all left a lasting and often loving impression on the world. Many of them were blessed with long, and very productive lives. (Aren’t we lucky!) Of course I can’t mention every noted soul that passed, but here I’m remembering the ones who made the happiest impacts on my own life. May they all live on in our memories and rest in peace. <3

Dick Gautier

Dick Gautier, 85, Actor and Comedian, best known as Hymie the Robot on ‘Get Smart’ January 13th.

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Gene Cernan, 82, Astronaut. The last man to walk on the moon.     January 16th

Miguel Ferrer. 61, Actor and Son of actor Mel Ferrer. Seen here in Star Trek III.          January 19th.

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Mary Tyler Moore. 80. Beloved Actress, Dancer, and Entertainer. Known for The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She “turned the world on with her smile.” January 26th.

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Mike Connors, 91. Rugged star of detective series ‘Mannix’ January 26th.

Barbara Hale

Barbara Hale, 94, Best known as Della Street on Perry Mason, and the movie “The Boy with the Green Hair.”            January 26th.

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John Hurt, 77, Fine British Actor, A Man for all Seasons, The Elephant Man, Dr. Who. January 25th.

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Richard Hatch, 71, actor best known as Captain Apollo in Battlestar Galactica.   February 7th.

Al-Jarreau

Al Jarreau. 76, Wonderful jazz and pop Singer and Entertainer (Mornin’).   February 12th

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Bill Paxton, 61, Flexible Character Actor (Weird Science, Titanic, Big Love).   February 25th.

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Robert Osborne. Actor, Writer, and Beloved Host of Turner Classic Movies, 84, and a walking encyclopedia of all things cinema. We shall never see his likes again.  March 6th.

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Lawrence Montaigne, Actor and Star Trek favorite, 86, (Decius in Balance of Terror, Stonn from Amok Time) March 17th.

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Chuck Berry. 90, The Legendary father of Rock n’ Roll (Johnny B. Good, Maybelline) March 18th.

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Chuck Barris, 87 Game show producer, writer and host. (The Gong Show) (and possibly spy for the CIA?) March 21st.

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Don Rickles Brilliant sarcastic comedian and actor. 90. (I Dream of Jeannie, Casino).           April 6th.

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John Geils. 71, Musician and creator of the J. Geils Band (‘Freeze-frame’) April 10th.

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Erin Moran, bubbly actress (played Joanie on Happy Days) April 22nd.

Jerry Catron

Jerry Catron, 85, Actor and stuntman. Security Guard in The Doomsday Machine. May 16th.

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Chris Cornell, 52, Musician and leader of Soundgarden. “Black Hole Sun”. We lost him way too soon. May 18th.

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Dina Merril, 93, Lovely heiress who rebelled to become a beloved actress. Known for ‘Desk Set’ ‘Operation Petticoat’, and Butterfield 8′ On Batman, she played Calamity Jane and in real life was also a great supporter of the arts.     May 22nd.

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Roger Moore. Gorgeous, Wonderful actor and philanthropist. The original Simon Templar of The Saint and a beloved James Bond (Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, more) May 23rd.

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Gregg Allman, 69, Musician and  Founder of The Allman Brothers Band (Whipping Post, Midnight Rider) Cher’s second husband.  May 27th.

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Vince Dedrick Sr. 84. Stuntman and actor. “Matthews” in What Little Girls Are Made Of?   May 27th.

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Peter Sallis, 96. Beloved British comic and the voice of Wallace. (of Wallace and Gromit) June 2nd.

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Glenne Headly, Actress 62, best known as Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy, also in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Lonesome Dove.  June 8th.

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Adam West, 88, Actor, legendary as 1960s Batman June 9

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Stephen Furst, Actor 63. Beloved as Flounder in Animal House and Vir on Babylon 5. June 17th.

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Skip Homier, 86. Trekkies remember him as Dr. Severin and as Deputy Fuhrer Melekon. But did you know that he started out as a child actor? June 25th.

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Martin Landau, 89, Oscar winning actor and pal to Leonard Nimoy. Best known as Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible, Space 1999, and Ed Wood. July 5th.

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June Foray, 99, Voice Actress for iconic characters Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Witch Hazel, Granny, and Cindy Lou Who. July 26th.

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Sam Shepard. 73, Brilliant Writer and Actor (The Right Stuff, Steel Magnolias, The Notebook, and      Black Hawk Down.  July 27th.

Jeanne Moreau

Jeanne Moreau, 89  Beautiful and Acclaimed French New Wave film actress. (The Trial, Viva Maria) July 31st.

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Robert Hardy, 91, Actor beloved as Siegfried in All Creatures Great and Small, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. August 3rd.

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The great Glen Campbell. 81, Iconic musician and actor (Witchita Lineman, Rhinestone Cowboy,  True Grit)          August 8th

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Joseph Bologna, 82, Actor best known as King Kaiser in My Favorite Year. August 13th.

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Dick Gregory, 84, Political Comedian and Activist (August 19)

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, 91 – Actor, Comedian and crusader for Muscular Dystrophy (Cinderfella, The Disorderly Orderly) August 20

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Richard Anderson, 91, Actor known for Forbidden Planet and as Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. August 31st.

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Stewart Moss, 79,  Star Trek favorite remembered as the tormented Joe Tormolen in ‘The Naked Time’. (Also Hanar in ‘By Any Other Name’ September 13th.

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Monty Hall, 96, Game Show host of Let’s Make a Deal.  September 30th.

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Beloved Tom Petty, Musician. 66.  Formed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, (Don’t Come Around Here No More, I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down a Dream). October 2nd. Gone way too soon.

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Roy Dotrice, 84, Actor known as Commissioner Simmonds on Space 1999, Mozart’s father in Amadeus, and as Hallyne on Game of Thrones. October 16th.

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Robert Guillaume, Actor, 89.  Beloved as Benson, and in The Lion King.    November 30th.

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Fats Domino, 89 Legendary Rock n’ Roll  pioneer.  (Blueberry Hill, Ain’t that a Shame)  October 24th.

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Della Reese, 86, Marvelous Gospel Singer and Actress (Touched by an Angel).  November 19th

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David Cassidy/ 67.  Beloved Teen Idol, actor and Musician (The Partridge Family) November 21st.

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Jim Nabors, 87, Actor and wonderful Baritone singer ( The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle) November 30th

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Heather Menzies, 68,  Actress best known as Louisa in The Sound of Music, also played Jessica in TV version of Logan’s Run.   December 24th.

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Rose Marie, 94 – Child performer whose career lasted nearly 90 years, Best known as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show. December 28th.

Sue Grafton, writer, 77. The great mystery novelist who began her series of Alphabet murders with “A is for Alibi”. Sadly, the series will have to end with “Y is for Yesterday” December 28th.

So Long Old Chum: Adam West 1928 -2017

I realize it’s been a little while now, but I had to do a little tribute to  actor Adam West, who as you know passed away on June 9th.  Adam’s Batman was to all his fans what Spock was to Trekkers; a beloved character, an inspiration, and an overall a hero.  I loved Adam West’s voice, and how he made Batman a lovable hero, (if a bit goofy).   Of course the 1966 TV show was pure parody, but  it was a tonic the country needed from seeing the horror of Vietnam on the nightly news.

As Batman  came out the same year as Star Trek, my initial memories of it as a 5-year old were a bit sketchy. I recall watching it with my family at the “Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!” every week.  In fact, Batman was so popular, it aired twice a week at one point!  I remember I loved the animated opening, because any  child could not resist a cartoon!  I recall having a crush on Burt Ward (a.k.a. Robin) because he was the cool teenager, and being a bit creeped out by The Joker.   It was funny when the dynamic duo would climb up the buildings, and we all wondered why The Joker had a mustache under his makeup! (Cesar Romero refused to shave his trademark lip fuzz).  We all thought it was pretty silly and never took it as seriously as Trek but it sure was fun escapism.

As I grew older and saw it in reruns, I remember finding it a bit embarrassing to watch (Bat-Tusi anyone?) but I did begin to appreciate the tongue-in-cheek atmosphere of the whole thing, and West really knew how to play it up!  I only wish Batman could have married Catwoman!  It appears that West agreed with me, when asked what Batman story he’d write:

“My Bruce Wayne would have been romancing Catwoman with a brandy snifter full of milk. Then he would have said something silly, like “Man cannot live on milk alone.”

After Batman, West had trouble getting roles because of the typecasting Batman gave him, but he remained optimistic:

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am to those fans. They are not stupid. I think they appreciate my sincerity and my work. Actors want to be loved. Batman (1966) has done that for me. I have an audience out there which is always waiting to see whatever I do. And new generations are constantly discovering me in reruns. So, as long as I stay sharp, good things can still happen for me. Meanwhile, I keep hoping that a wonderful opportunity will come along. Believe me, my life ain’t so bad, after all.”

And eventually, he found many a role after Batman, and had rarely been out of work right up to his passing last month.  He also remained remarkably young-looking, even as he struggled with leukemia at the end.

Before Batman, West even had a Star Trek connection!  He and Bill Shatner appeared in the short-lived series-turned TV Movie Alexander the Great with Shatner in the lead and West as Cleander. Here’s the whole movie!

On June  16th the city of Los Angeles beamed the Bat Signal onto city hall.  I can’t imagine a better tribute to this beloved actor. <3 Rest in Peace.

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That’s the Batman I grew up with! Adam in his iconic role.

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Striking photo of Bruce Wayne (Adam) shedding his cowl. (*Sigh!*) So Handsome!

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Personally I always wanted Batman to run off with Catwoman! (with Julie Newmar)

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Classic, Campy 1966 LIFE Magazine cover

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So Batman, Batgirl, and Mr. Spock walk into a bar…Adam, Yvonne Craig, and Leonard Nimoy at a Hollywood Event. Missed but never forgotten

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Bat-Bang and Spock-Rock! Adam and Leonard beat the drum-skins at the same party from above. Oh to be a fly on the wall there!

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Fueling those rumors… Not sure if this is Photoshopped or not- Funny pic of Adam as Batman and Burt Ward as Dick Grayson.

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Handsome Adam Post-Batman. He lived out the Batman typecasting to his advantage and became an icon to millions.

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Parodying himself as “Catman” on The Fairly Odd Parents.

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As himself on The Fairly Odd Parents

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As himself again on The Simpsons

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The Bat Signal Tribute in Los Angeles on June 16th

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Adam had many roles though his 50 years plus acting career. He even voiced Mayor Adam West on ‘Family Guy’