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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! ❤

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!