Wednesday, December 28, 2016


IT'S AROUND THIS TIME EVERY YEAR THAT I LOOK BACK AT THOSE WE'VE LOST.  At the risk of repeating everyone else, I would agree that this year seems to have been particularly bad in that we've lost too many hugely talented individuals.  As we prepare to move across into the new year, let's take a moment to remember them.

Vilmos Zsigmond, cinematographer  "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
Robert Stigwood, band manager/producer  "Bee Gees", "Grease", "Saturday Night Fever"
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Pat Harrington Jr., actor  "One Day at a Time"
Richard Libertini, actor  "All of Me", "The In-Laws"
Kitty Kallen, singer  "Little Things Mean A Lot"
Otis Clay, singer  "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You"
Angus Scrimm, actor  "Phantasm", "John Dies at the End"
David Bowie, singer
Brian Bedford, actor  "Robin Hood", "Nixon", "Much Ado About Nothing"
Alan Rickman, actor  "Die Hard", "Harry Potter"
Robert Banks Stewart, screenwriter  "Dr. Who: Seeds of Doom", "Dr. Who: Terror of the Zygons", Callan, The Avengers
Dan Haggerty, actor  "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams"
Noreen Corcoran, actor  "Bachelor Father"
Clarence Henry Reid, singer  "Blowfly"
Glenn Frey, singer  "The Eagles"
Sheila Sim, actor  "A Canterbury Tale"
Mike Minor, actor  "Petticoat Junction"
Abe Vigoda, actor  "The Godfather", "Barney Miller", "Fish"
Paul Kantner, musician  "Jefferson Airplane"
Jacques Rivette, director  "Celine and Julie Go Boating"
Gordon Goody, Great Train Robber  "A Tale of Two Thieves"
Frank Finlay, actor  "Othello", "The Pianist", "The Three Musketeers"
Terry Wogan, broadcaster
Bob Elliot, comedian  "Bob and Ray"
Jack Elrod, cartoonist  "Mark Trail"
Edgar Mitchell, astronaut
Maurice White, musician  "Earth, Wind & Fire"
Jimmie Haskell, composer/arranger  "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry"
Sam Spense, composer  "NFL Films"
Johnny Duncan, actor  "Batman and Robin", "Plan 9 From Outer Space"
Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice
George Gaynes, actor  "Tootsie", "General Hospital"
Jean Rabier, cinematographer  "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", "La Femme Infidele", "Bay of Angels"
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, United Nations Secretary-General
Harper Lee, author  "To Kill A Mockingbird"
Umberto Eco, author  "The Name of the Rose"
Sonny James, singer  "Young Love"
Humbert Allen Astredo, actor  "Dark Shadows"
Jon Rollason, actor  "The Avengers", "Doctor Who"
Douglas Slocombe, cinematographer  "The Lion in Winter", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Indiana Jones"
George Kennedy, actor  "Cool Hand Luke"
Frank Kelly, actor/comedian  "Father Ted"
Jerry Maren, actor  "The Wizard of Oz"
Bud Collins, sports journalist
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
Pat Conroy, author  "The Great Santini", "The Prince of Tides"
Nancy Reagan, US First Lady
Paul Ryan, comic book artist  "Fantastic Four"
George Martin, producer  "The Beatles"
Richard Davalos, actor  "East of Eden", "Pit Stop"
Adrienne Corri, actor  "Madhouse"
Angela Paton, actor  "Groundhog Day"
Gogi Grant, singer  "The Wayward Wind"
Keith Emerson, musician  "Emerson, Lake & Palmer"
Ernestine Anderson, singer
Riccardo Garrone, actor  "La Dolce Vita"
Sylvia Anderson, producer  "Thunderbirds", "UFO", "Space: 1999", "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons"
Frank Sinatra Jr., singer
Larry Drake, actor  "Dark Night of the Scarecrow", "Dr. Giggles", "Darkman"
Joe Santos, actor  "The Rockford Files"
Ken Howard, actor  "1776", "The White Shadow"
Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto
Jim Harrison, author  "Legends of the Fall"
Joe Garagiola, baseball player
Garry Shandling, comedian  "It's Garry Shandling's Show", "The Larry Sanders Show"
Mother Mary Angelica, nun  "EWTN-TV"
James Noble, actor  "1776", "Benson"
Patty Duke, actor  "The Miracle Worker", "The Patty Duke Show"
Douglas Wilmer, actor  "The Vampire Lovers", "El Cid"
Ronnie Corbett, comedian  "The Two Ronnies"
Gato Barbieri, saxophonist
Erik Bauersfeld, actor  "Star Wars"
Merle Haggard, singer
David Gest, producer
Gareth Thomas, actor  "Blake's 7", "Children of the Stones"
Cracker, cat
Doris Roberts, actress  "Everybody Loves Raymond", "Soap"
Pete Zorn, musician  "Steeleye Span"
Victoria Wood, comedian/actor  "Dinnerladies"
Guy Hamilton, director  "Goldfinger"
Chyna, wrestler
Prince, singer  "Purple Rain"
Lonnie Mack, blues singer
Billy Paul, singer  "Me and Mrs. Jones"
Papa Wemba, Congolese singer
Peter Thomas, narrator  "Nova", "The Great Depression"
Isao Tomita, musician  "Snowflakes are Dancing", "The Planets"
William Schallert, actor  "The Man From Planet X", "The Patty Duke Show"
Gareth Gwenlan, producer  "Only Fools and Horses"
Bill MacIlwraith, screenwriter  "Two's Company"
Mark Lane, lawyer/author  "Rush To Judgment"
Julius La Rosa, singer  "Eh, Cumpari"
Darwyn Cooke, comic book artist  "Justice League: The New Frontier", "Catwoman"
Guy Clark, singer  "Desperadoes Waiting for a Train"
Ian Watkin, actor  "Dead Alive"
John Berry, musician  "Beastie Boys"
Morley Safer, journalist  "60 Minutes"
Alan Young, actor  "The Time Machine", "Mister Ed"
Buck Kartalian, actor  "Planet of the Apes"
Burt Kwouk, actor  "The Pink Panther", "Goldfinger"
Gustav Meier, conductor
Rick MacLeish, hockey player  "Philadelphia Flyers"
Carla Lane,  TV screenwriter  "Butterflies", "Solo"
Dave Swarbrick, musician  "Fairport Convention"
Muhammad Ali, boxer
Theresa Saldana, actor  "Raging Bull"
Sir Peter Shaffer, playwright  "Amadeus", "Equus"
Marina Malfatti, actress  "The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave", "All the Colors of the Dark", "Seven Blood-Stained Orchids"
Janet Waldo, actress  "The Jetsons", "Penelope Pitstop", "Josie & the Pussycats", "Wacky Races"
Henry McCullough, guitarist  "Spooky Tooth", "Wings", "My Love"
Ann Morgan Guilbert, actress  "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
Yumi Shirakawa, actress  "Rodan", "The H-Man", "The Mysterians"
Mary Ann King, TV host  "Romper Room"
Attrell Cordes, singer  "P.M. Dawn"
Anton Yelchin, actor  "Star Trek Beyond", "Star Trek Into Darkness"
Harry Rabinowitz, conductor/composer  "I Claudius", "Reilly Ace of Spies"
Ralph Stanley, musician  "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Bernie Worrell, musician  "Parliament-Funkadelic"
Bill Cunningham, photographer
Alvin Toffler, author  "Future Shock"
Mack Rice, songwriter  "Mustang Sally", "Respect Yourself"
Buddy Ryan, football coach  "Philadelphia Eagles"
Scotty Moore, guitarist  "Hound Dog", "Don't Be Cruel"
Robin Hardy, director  "The Wicker Man"
Elie Wiesel, author  "Night"
Michael Cimino, screenwriter/director  "The Deer Hunter"
Noel Neill, actress  "The Adventures of Superman"
John McMartin, actor  "All the President's Men"
James Gilbert, producer  "The Two Ronnies", "Last of the Summer Wine"
Abbas Kiarostami, director  "Taste of Cherry"
Garry Marshall, producer/director  "Happy Days", "Laverne & Shirley"
Bill Cardille, TV horror host  "Chiller Theater", "Night of the Living Dead"
Marni Nixon, singer/actress  "My Fair Lady", West Side Story"
Youree Del Cleomill Harris, actor/TV psychic "Miss Cleo"
Sandy Pearlman, producer/manager  "The Clash", "Black Sabbath", "Blue Oyster Cult"
Jack Davis, artist  "E.C. Comics", "Mad", "TV Guide"
Fred Tomlinson, singer/composer  "Monty Python's Flying Circus", "The Two Ronnies"
Gloria DeHaven, actor  "Three Little Words", "Summer Stock"
David Huddleston, actor  "Blazing Saddles", "The Big Lebowski"
W. Carter Merbreier, actor  "Captain Noah and His Magical Ark"
Glenn Yarbrough, singer
Kenny Baker, actor  "Star Wars", "Time Bandits"
Fyvush Finkel, actor  "Picket Fences"
Bobby Hutcherson, jazz musician
John McLaughlin, TV host  "The McLaughlin Group"
Arthur Hiller, director  "Love Story", "The In-Laws", "The Out-of-Towners"
Jack Riley, actor  "The Bob Newhart Show", "Spaceballs"
Toots Thielemans, jazz musician
Michael Leader, actor  "EastEnders", "Star Wars"
Rudy Van Gelder, recording engineer  "Blue Note Records"
Marvin Kaplan, actor "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World", "Alice"
Gene Wilder, actor  "The Producers", "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory", "Young Frankenstein"
Jon Polito, actor  "The Big Lebowski", "Modern Family"
Hugh O'Brian, actor  "Ten Little Indians", "The Fiend Who Walked the West"
Prince Buster, singer  "One Step Beyond", "Al Capone"
Jerry Corbetta, singer  "Sugarloaf"
Greta Zimmer Friedman, woman kissed by sailor in iconic end-of-WWII photo
Alexis Arquette, actor  
Edward Allbee, playwright  "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "A Delicate Balance"
W.P. Kinsella, author "Field of Dreams"
C. Martin Croker, voice actor  "Space Ghost Coast to Coast", "Cartoon Planet"
Bobby Breen, singer/actor  "Let's Sing Again", "Rainbow on the River"
Curtis Hanson, director  "L.A. Confidential", "Wonder Boys"
Buckwheat Zydeco, musician
Bill Nunn, actor  "Spider-Man", "Do the Right Thing"
Robert Weinberg, author  "Lovecraft's Legacy"
Arnold Palmer, golfer
Shimon Peres, Israeli prime minister
Tommy Ford, actor  "Martin"
Bhumibol Adulyadej, king of Thailand
Curtis Roosevelt, author  "Too Close to the Sun"
Herschell Gordon Lewis, director  "Blood Feast", "2000 Maniacs"
Laura Troschel, actor  "Four Flies on  Grey Velvet"
Oscar Brand, singer
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor  "Academy of St. Martin in the Fields"
Trịnh Thị Ngọ, Vietnamese radio personality  "Hanoi Hannah"
Bill Warren, author  "Keep Watching the Skies"
Andrzej Wajda, director  "Ashes and Diamonds"
Ted V. Mikels, director  "The Astro-Zombies", "Girl in Gold Boots"
Steve Dillon, comic book artist  "Hellblazer"
Jimmy Perry, scriptwriter  "Dad's Army"
Tom Hayden, author/activist  "Chicago Seven"
Pete Burns, singer  "Dead or Alive"
Bobby Vee, singer  "Walkin' with My Angel", "Take Good Care of My Baby"
John Zacherle, TV horror host  "Shock Theater"
Don Marshall, actor  "Land of the Giants"
Tammy Grimes, actor  
Kay Starr, singer  "Wheel of Fortune", "Rock and Roll Waltz"
Jean-Jacques Perrey, musician  "The In Sound from Way Out", "Moog Indigo"
John Carson, actor  "Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter", "Plague of the Zombies"
Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General
Leonard Cohen, singer  "Everybody Knows", "Hallelujah"
Al Caiola, musician
Robert Vaughn, actor  "The Magnificent Seven", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
Lupita Tover, actor  "Dracula (Espanol)"
Tom Neyman, actor  "Manos, Hands of Fate"
Leon Russell, singer
Janet Wright, actor  "The Perfect Storm", "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
Gwen Ifill,  journalist  "PBS NewsHour", "Washington Week"
Mose Allison, jazz musician  "Seventh Son"
Jerry Tucker, actor  "Our Gang", "Captain January"
Florence Henderson, actor  "The Brady Bunch"
Andrew Sachs, actor  "Fawlty Towers"
Ron Glass, actor  "Barney Miller"
Fidel Castro, Cuban President
Fritz Weaver, actor  "Fail-Safe", "Holocaust", "The Thomas Crown Affair"
Valerie Gaunt, actor  "Curse of Frankenstein", "Horror of Dracula"
Grant Tinker, producer  "Mary Tyler Moore", "The Bob Newhart Show"
Van Williams, actor  "The Green Hornet"
Peng Chiang-kuei, chef  "inventor of General Tso's Chicken"
Alice Drummond, actor  "Ghostbusters", "Doubt"
Don Calfa, actor  "Return of the Living Dead"
Billy Chapin, actor  "Night of the Hunter"
Wayne Duncan, musician  "Daddy Cool"
Peter Vaughan, actor  "Porridge", "A Warning to the Curious", "Brazil"
Greg Lake, singer  "Emerson, Lake & Palmer"
John Glenn, astronaut
E.R. Braithwaite, author/teacher  "To Sir, With Love"
Jim Lowe, singer  "The Green Door"
Alan Thicke, actor  "Growing Pains"
Bernard Fox, actor  "The Mummy", "Bewitched", "Titanic"
David Berry, playwright  "The Whales of August"
Zsa Zsa Gabor, actor  "Queen of Outer Space"
Michele Morgan, actor  "Port of Shadows", "Passsage to Marseilles"
Richard Adams, author  "Watership Down"
George Michael, singer  "Faith", "Father Figure"
George S. Irving, actor  "Year Without A Santa Claus", "Underdog"
Carrie Fisher, actor/author  "Star Wars", "Postcards from the Edge"  
Debbie Reynolds, actor  "Singin' in the Rain"
William Christopher, actor  "M*A*S*H*"


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