Monday, December 31, 2012

THE BUTCHER'S BILL 2012

AS IS THE CASE EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME, WE MARK THE ENDING OF A YEAR BY REMEMBERING THOSE WHO LEFT US DURING THAT YEAR. 

The following is a list of celebrated notables who took their leave of us in 2012 -- as well as one very personal loss.
  • Bob Anderson, fencing champion/fight choreographer "Star Wars", "Lord of the Rings"
  • Herb Clarke, weatherman  "WCAU-TV"
  • Richard Threlkeld,  journalist  "CBS News"
  • Johnny Otis, singer
  • Etta James, singer  "At Last"
  • James Farentino, actor
  • Robert Hegyes, actor  "Welcome Back, Kotter"
  • John Rich, director  "All In the Family", "Dick Van Dyke Show", "Good Times"
  • Anthony Bevilacqua, cardinal
  • Simon Marsden, photographer
  • Don Cornelius, TV Host  "Soul Train"
  • Cindy Johnson-Barr, dear friend
  • Ben Gazzara, actor  "Anatomy of a Murder"
  • Bill Hinzman, actor  "Night of the Living Dead"
  • Whitney Houston, singer/actress
  • David Kelly, actor  "The Italian Job", "Fawlty Towers - The Builders"
  • John Severin, comic book artist  "Cracked"
  • Dory Previn, singer  "Mythical Kings & Iguanas"
  • Davy Jones, singer  "The Monkees"
  • Sheldon Moldoff, comic book artist  "Hawkman", "Batman"
  • Ralph McQuarrie, artist/designer  "Star Wars"
  • Ronnie Montrose, guitarist  "Montrose"
  • Joan Taylor, actress  "Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers"
  • Robert B. Sherman, songwriter  "Mary Poppins", "The Jungle Book"
  • Philip Madoc, actor  "Doctor Who - The Brain of Morbius", "Doctor Who - The War Games", "Doctor Who - The Power of Kroll"
  • Jimmy Ellis, singer  "The Trammps"
  • Peter Bergman, comedian  "Firesign Theater", "J-Men Forever"
  • Jean Giraud, comic book artist  "Moebius"
  • Sid Couchey, comic book artist  "Richie Rich", "Little Dot", "Little Lotta"
  • Michael Hossack, drummer  "The Doobie Brothers"
  • Robert Fuest, director  "The Abominable Dr. Phibes"
  • Paul Bogart, director  "House Without a Christmas Tree", "All In the Family"
  • Tonnino Guerra, screenwriter  "Blow-Up", "Amarcord"
  • Warren Stevens, actor  "Forbidden Planet"
  • Earl Scruggs, musician
  • Jim Marshall, founder of Marshall amps
  • James S. Herr, businessman  "Herr's Potato Chips"
  • Thomas Kinkade, artist
  • Mike Wallace, TV journalist  "60 Minutes"
  • Steve Fredericks, radio host  "WIP Sports Radio"
  • William Finley, actor  "Phantom of the Paradise"
  • Dick Clark, TV host  "American Bandstand"
  • Levon Helm, musician  "The Band"
  • Jonathan Frid, actor  "Dark Shadows"
  • Greg Ham, saxophonist  "Men at Work"
  • Charles Coulson, White House Counsel in Nixon Administration
  • Adam Yauch, musician  "Beastie Boys"
  • George Lindsey, actor  "The Andy Griffith Show"
  • Maurice Sendak, author  "Where the Wild Things Are"
  • Everett Lilly, musician  "The Lilly Brothers"
  • Nicholas Katzenback, US Attorney General
  • Vidal Sasson, stylist
  • Tony DeZuniga, comic book artist  "Jonah Hex", "Black Orchid"
  • Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass guitarist  "Booker T. & the MGs", "The Blues Brothers"
  • Doug Dillard, musician  "The Dillards"
  • Chuck Brown, singer
  • Donna Summer, singer
  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, conductor/baritone
  • Ernie Chan, comic book artist  "DC Comics"
  • Peter Jones, musician  "Crowded House"
  • Robin Gibb, singer  "The Bee Gees"
  • Doc Watson, musician
  • Kaneto Shindo, director  "Onibaba", "Kuroneko"
  • Ray Bradbury, author
  • Richard Dawson, actor  "Hogan's Heroes", "Family Feud"
  • Herb Reed, singer  "The Platters"
  • Bob Welch, singer  "Sentimental Lady"
  • Frank Cady, actor  "Green Acres", "Petticoat Junction"
  • Ann Rutherford, actress  "Gone With the Wind"
  • Henry Hill, mobster  "Goodfellas"
  • Victor Spinetti, actor  "A Hard Day's Night"
  • Richard Lynch, actor  "Star Trek:  The Next Generation"
  • Andrew Sarris, film critic/author
  • Caroline John, actress  "Doctor Who"
  • Don Grady, actor  "My Three Sons"
  • Nora Ephron, director  "Sleepless in Seattle"
  • Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli Prime Minister
  • Andy Griffith, actor
  • Eric Sykes, comedian/actor
  • Ernest Borgnine, actor
  • Isuzu Yamada, actress  "Throne of Blood", "Yojimbo"
  • Maria Hawkins Cole, singer/widow of Nat King Cole
  • Richard D. Zanuck, producer  "Jaws"
  • Celeste Holm, actress  "All About Eve"
  • Jon Lord, pianist  "Deep Purple"
  • Kitty Wells, singer  "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
  • Bob Babbitt, bass guitarist  "The Funk Brothers"
  • Tom Davis, comedian/writer  "Saturday Night Live"
  • Sylvia Woods, restauranteur/author  "Sylvia's Soul Food"
  • Angharad Rees, actress  "Hands of the Ripper"
  • Simon Ward, actor  "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed", "Dracula"
  • Frank Pierson, director/screenwriter  "A Star Is Born", "Dog Day Afternoon"
  • Sally Ride, astronaut
  • Sherman Hemsley, actor  "The Jeffersons", "All In the Family"
  • Chad Everett, actor  "Medical Center"
  • Mary Tamm, actress  "Doctor Who"
  • Geoffrey Hughes, actor  "Keeping Up Appearances"
  • R.G. Armstrong, actor  "Ride the High Country", "Race With the Devil"
  • Norman Alden, actor  "Ed Wood"
  • Tony Martin, singer
  • Gore Vidal, author
  • Sir John Keegan, historian
  • Marvin Hamlisch, composer  "The Way We Were"
  • Judith Crist, film critic/author
  • Mel Stuart, director  "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
  • Carlo Rambaldi, special effects "E.T.", "Alien", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
  • Bill Rafferty, comedian/TV host  "Card Sharks", "Real People"
  • Joe Kubert, comic book artist  "Hawkman", "Sgt. Rock", "Enemy Ace"
  • Helen Gurley Brown, publisher  "Cosmopolitan"
  • Ron Palillo, actor  "Welcome Back, Kotter"
  • Phyllis Thaxter, actress  "Adventures of Superman"
  • Bob Birch, musician  "Elton John Band"
  • William Windom, actor  "Night Gallery", "Murder She Wrote"
  • Scott McKenzie, singer  "San Francisco (Where Flowers In Your Hair)"
  • Tony Scott, director  "Top Gun"
  • Phyllis Diller, comedian
  • Jerry Nelson, puppeteer  "Sesame Street", "The Count"
  • Steve Franken, actor  "Bewitched", "Angels and Demons"
  • Neil Armstrong, astronaut
  • Max Bygraves, singer/comedian
  • Hal David, songwriter
  • Sun Myung Moon, cult leader
  • Michael Clarke Duncan, actor  "The Green Mile"
  • Joe South, songwriter  "Rose Garden", "Games People Play"
  • Art Modell, football team owner
  • Dorothy McGuire, singer  "The McGuire Sisters"
  • Steve Sabol, filmmaker  "NFL Films"
  • Andy Williams, singer
  • Herbert Lom, actor  "The Ladykillers", "Asylum", "The Pink Panther"
  • Alex Karras, football player/actor  "Blazing Saddles"
  • Gary Collins, actor  "The Sixth Sense"
  • Arlen Specter, US Senator
  • Marc Swayze, comic book artist  "Captain Marvel"
  • Sylvia Kristel, actress  "Emmanuelle"
  • George McGovern, politician
  • Jacques Barzun, historian
  • Clive Dunn, actor  "Dad's Army"
  • Major Harris, singer  "Love Won't Let Me Wait"
  • Art Ginsburg, TV chef  "Mr. Food"
  • Deborah Raffin, actress
  • Larry Hagman, actor  "I Dream of Jeannie", "Dallas"
  • Spain Rodriguez, comic book artist  "Zap Comix"
  • Dave Brubeck, musician  "Time Out"
  • Ed Cassidy, drummer  "Spirit"
  • Sir Patrick Moore, astronomer
  • Ravi Shankar, musician
  • Daniel Inouye, US Senator
  • Robert Bork, jurist/Supreme Court nominee
  • Jack Klugman, actor  "The Odd Couple", "12 Angry Men"
  • Marva Whitney, singer  "James Brown Revue", "Soul Sister #1"
  • Charles Durning, actor  "Tootsie", "The Sting"
  • Richard Rodney Bennett, composer  "Murder on the Orient Express"
  • Ray Collins, singer  "The Mothers of Invention"
  • Gerry Anderson, producer/writer/director  "Thunderbirds", "UFO", "Space: 1999"
  • Fontella Bass, singer  "Rescue Me"
  • Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., US general
  • Harry Carey Jr.,  actor  "The Searchers"
Check out our sister blog BATHED IN THE LIGHT FROM ANDROMEDA (link over on the right) for audio tracks of some of those who died this year.

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