2020 Celebrity Death Listby crx_brett | created - 8 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public
This is a list of celebrities that have passed away during 2020. List is in chronological order by the date of death and also gives age at death and cause of death.
1. David Stern
Self | Four Square Miles to Glory
David Stern was born on September 22, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA as David Joel Stern. He was married to Dianne Bock. He died on January 1, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City.
77, complications from brain hemorrhage
2. Neil Peart
Soundtrack | Small Soldiers
Neil Peart was one of the most universally respected rock drummers, and was best known for his nearly superhuman, pyrotechnic drum playing, and for providing intellectual lyrics for his band's songs. Neil served as both drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush since 1974, joining bassist/...
67, brain cancer
3. Edd Byrnes
Actor | Grease
Edd Byrnes was born Edward Byrne Breitenberger on July 30, 1932 in New York City, the son of Mary (Byrne) and Augustus "Gus" Breitenberger. Edd shared an impoverished and unhappy childhood with brother Vincent and sister Jo-Ann. Their mother worked hard at various jobs to keep the family together ...
87, natural causes
4. Buck Henry
Writer | The Graduate
Prolific, multi-talented comedy writer, story editor, actor and director. His father was an Air Force general (Paul Steinberg Zuckerman) turned stockbroker and his mother was silent screen star Ruth Taylor, formerly a member of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. Buck Henry's first fling with comedy ...
89, heart attack
Actor | WarGames
William Bogert was born on January 25, 1936 in New York City, New York, USA as William Russell Bogert III. He was an actor, known for WarGames (1983), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and A Perfect Murder (1998). He was married to Eren Ozker. He died on January 12, 2020 in New York City.
6. Jack Kehoe
Actor | Serpico
Jack Kehoe was born on November 21, 1934 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Serpico (1973), Midnight Run (1988) and The Sting (1973). He died on January 14, 2020 in Hollywood Hills, California, USA.
Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling
Rocky Johnson was born on August 24, 1944 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada as Wayde Douglas Bowles. He was an actor, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), Spectrum Wrestling (1977) and Wrestling at the Chase (1959). He was married to Sheila, Ata Johnson and Una Sparks. He died on January 15, ...
75, pulmonary embolism caused by thrombosis
8. Terry Jones
Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, the son of Dilys Louisa (Newnes), a homemaker, and Alick George Parry Jones, a bank clerk. His older brother is production designer Nigel Jones. His grandparents were involved in the entertainment business, having managed the local Amateur Operatic ...
77, complications from dementia
Actor | Creepshow
Robert Harper was born on May 19, 1951 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Francis Harper. He was an actor, known for Creepshow (1982), Once Upon a Time in America (1984) and The War of the Roses (1989). He was married to Sascha Noorthoorn van der Kruyff and Lisa Pelikan. He died on January ...
10. Jim Lehrer
Actor | Zoolander 2
Jim Lehrer was born on May 19, 1934 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as James Charles Lehrer. He was a writer, known for Zoolander 2 (2016), PBS NewsHour (2009) and Viva Max (1969). He was married to Kate Tom Staples. He died on January 23, 2020 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
85, heart attack
11. Kobe Bryant
Producer | Dear Basketball
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He was a producer and actor, known for Dear Basketball (2017), Daddy's Home (2015) and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Live Action (2018). He was married to Vanessa Laine Bryant. He died on January...
41, helicopter crash
12. Dick Balduzzi
Actor | Kelly's Heroes
Busy American supporting actor of Italian parentage who was a familiar face on the small screen during the golden years of television. Balduzzi chose his career path while serving in the U.S. Navy. After studying at the Goodman Theatre School of Drama in Chicago he moved to New York and began to ...
13. Jack Burns
Writer | The Muppet Movie
Appeared on the Andy Griffith show after Don Knotts departed. He played a bumbling deputy in the tradition of Barney Fife. After his partnership with George Carlin ended, he teamed with Avery Schreiber after meeting at Chicago's Second City comedy club. Jack appeared on Saturday Night Live In 1977 ...
86, respiratory failure
14. Gene Reynolds
Producer | Lou Grant
Gene Reynolds might have fulfilled a youthful ambition and become a baseball player. However, his father's business failed and the family relocated from their erstwhile home in Detroit to Los Angeles in 1934.
Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Maude Evelyn (Schwab), a...
96, heart failure
15. Kirk Douglas
Actor | Spartacus
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...
16. Kevin Conway
Actor | Thirteen Days
Kevin Conway was born on May 29, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA as Kevin John Conway. He was an actor and director, known for Thirteen Days (2000), Invincible (2006) and Gettysburg (1993). He was married to Mila Burnette. He died on February 5, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City.
77, heart attack
17. Orson Bean
Actor | Being John Malkovich
Orson Bean, the American actor, television personality and author, was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont to George Frederick Burrows, a policeman who later went on to become the chief of campus police at Harvard University, and the former Marion Ainsworth Pollard...
91, injuries sustained after being struck by multiple automobiles
18. Robert Conrad
Actor | Baa Baa Black Sheep
Robert Conrad was a graduate of Northwestern University, spending his first few years out of school supporting himself and his family by driving a milk truck and singing in a Chicago cabaret. Conrad befriended up-and-coming actor Nick Adams during this period, and it was Adams who helped Conrad get...
84, heart failure
19. Paula Kelly
Actress | The Andromeda Strain
Tall, graceful, supremely accomplished American actress, singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Kelly was born in Jacksonville, Florida, one of three daughters, to Ruth and Lehman Kelly. The family moved to Harlem in New York when she was six years old. Unlike her siblings, she had strong musical ...
77, heart failure
20. Jason Davis
Actor | Rush Hour
Jason Davis was born on October 14, 1984 in the USA. He was an actor, known for Rush Hour (1998), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) and 7th Heaven (1996). He died on February 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
35, accidental drug overdose
21. Kellye Nakahara
Actress | Clue
Kellye Nakahara was born on January 16, 1948 in Oahu, Hawaii, USA as Kellye Nakahara Watson. She was an actress, known for Clue (1985), M*A*S*H (1972) and Doctor Dolittle (1998). She was married to David Wallett. She died on February 16, 2020 in Pasadena, California, USA.
72, unspecified cancer
22. Ja'net DuBois
Soundtrack | Good Times
Ja'Net DuBois was a multi-talented and diverse performer. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and began her career on Broadway. She has appeared in various plays, including "Golden Boy" with Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., and "A Raisin in the Sun". She moved onto TV roles, receiving a Peabody...
87, cardiac arrest
23. Baby Peggy
Actress | Captain January
Silent moppet star Jackie Coogan, immortalized as Charles Chaplin's The Kid (1921), had only one screen rival during the early 1920s, and that was none other than Baby Peggy. She was "discovered" while visiting the Century Studios lot on Sunset Boulevard with her mother when she was a mere 19 ...
24. Ben Cooper
Soundtrack | Wish I Was Here
Handsome, boyish-looking Ben Cooper graduated from child roles to playing juvenile leads in second features, often for Poverty Row studio Republic. As a nine year old, he made his stage debut in Bretaigne Windust's Broadway production of Life With Father, remaining in the cast for the entire run of...
86, complications from dementia
25. R.D. Call
Actor | Last Man Standing
R.D. Call is an American actor, best known for his roles in films by Walter Hill. He was born and raised in Utah and attended the Utah State University and Weber State University. Call moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and began training with Lee Strasberg. His first role was in Barnaby Jones (1973), a ...
70, complications following back surgery
26. Gene Dynarski
Actor | Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Balding, often moustachioed Brooklyn-born Eugene Dynarski was a prolific character actor of Polish ancestry. He moved to California in 1957 after serving in the U.S. Navy and learned his craft at Los Angeles City College, Harbor College and UCLA. Obtaining acting work via renowned casting director ...
27. James Lipton
Writer | Inside the Actors Studio
James Lipton was an actor, academic, author, choreographer, interviewer, scriptwriter, and producer for stage and television projects. He was known for creating and hosting the noted and popular TV series Inside the Actors Studio (1994), where successful and prominent actors discussed their craft ...
93, bladder cancer
28. Max von Sydow
Actor | Flash Gordon
Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He was the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his partial German ancestry.
29. Stuart Whitman
Actor | The Comancheros
American leading man Stuart Maxwell Whitman was known for his rugged roles. He was born in San Francisco, California, the elder of two sons of Cecilia (Gold) and Joseph Whitman, a realtor. His mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his paternal grandparents were Polish Jews. His family moved ...
92, skin cancer
30. Lyle Waggoner
Actor | Wonder Woman
The television heartthrob from the 1960s and 1970s was the proverbial tall, dark and classically handsome actor. Completing the solid package was a great, muscular build, smooth charm, and an almost perfect set of teeth. Born in 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he ...
84, undisclosed cancer
31. Kenny Rogers
Soundtrack | Faster
Born in Houston, Texas on August 21, 1938, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur Kenneth Ray Rogers was the fourth of eight children born to a carpenter father who worked in a shipyard and a mother who was a hospital nurse's assistant. Of humble Irish and Native...
81, natural causes & bladder cancer
32. Mark Blum
Actor | Crocodile Dundee
Mark Blum was born on May 14, 1950 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Mark Jeffrey Blum. He was an actor and producer, known for Crocodile Dundee (1986), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Shattered Glass (2003). He was married to Janet Zarish. He died on March 26, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City, ...
69, complications from COVID-19
33. Curley Neal
Actor | Superboy
Curley Neal was born on May 19, 1942 in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA as Fred Neal. He was an actor, known for Superboy (1988), The Love Boat (1977) and The John Davidson Show (1980). He was married to Rose. He died on March 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas, USA.
77, undisclosed cause
34. David Schramm
Actor | Wings
A Kentucky native, Schramm attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky and majored in English while also becoming intensely involved in theater. At the urging of his college acting teacher, he applied for and won a four-year graduate scholarship to Juilliard's newly formed drama...
73, heart attack
35. Bill Withers
Soundtrack | The Bodyguard
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Withers was born on July 4, 1938 in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia and was raised in the nearby town of Beckley. He was the youngest of six children of Mattie (Galloway), a maid, and William Withers, a miner. His father died when Withers...
81, heart complications
36. Timothy Brown
Actor | M*A*S*H
Timothy Brown was born on May 24, 1937 in Knightstown, Indiana, USA as Thomas Allen Brown. He was an actor, known for MASH (1970), Frequency (2000) and Nashville (1975). He died on April 4, 2020 in California, USA.
82, complications from dementia
37. Honor Blackman
Actress | Goldfinger
Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure cannot be denied.
One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End, to Edith Eliza (Stokes), a homemaker, and Frederick Thomas Blackman, a statistician ...
94, natural causes
38. Forrest Compton
Actor | McBain
American supporting actor, on screen from 1954. A chemist's son, he was raised in Pennsylvania and saw action in France during World War II with the 103rd Infantry Division. After demobilisation, he studied acting at Swarthmore College and then spent three years at Yale Drama School (graduating ...
94, complications from COVID-19
39. James Drury
Actor | The Virginian
Laconic, dark and handsome were the essential attributes for Hollywood western leading men in the 50s and 60s. James Drury fit the bill, keeping in mind that his most famous screen persona - that of the stalwart Shiloh estate ranch foreman known only as 'the Virginian' - took a while to properly ...
85, natural causes
40. Allen Garfield
Actor | Beverly Hills Cop II
New Jersey-born Allen Garfield was trained at the Actors Studio in New York City. He had a prolific career on the stage before making his film debut in 1968. His stocky build and nervous, jumpy mannerisms fit well with the weaselly criminals, lecherous villains and corrupt businessmen and ...
80, complications from COVID-19
41. Danny Goldman
Actor | Young Frankenstein
Danny Goldman was born on October 30, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Daniel Goodman. He was an actor and casting director, known for Young Frankenstein (1974), MASH (1970) and The Smurfs (1981). He was married to Mary Gillis. He died on April 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
80, series of strokes
42. Stirling Moss
Actor | Mask of Dust
Born in London in 1929, Stirling Moss' love of auto racing ran in the family - his father, a dentist, had been a race car driver and had, in fact, raced at Indianapolis in 1924 and again in 1925. Interested in cars virtually from childhood, Moss began racing in earnest at 17. Two years later he ...
90, undisclosed illness
43. Mario Donatone
Actor | The Godfather: Part III
Mario Donatone was born on June 9, 1933 in Tripoli, Libya as Giacinto Mario Donatone. He was an actor, known for The Godfather: Part III (1990), King of Kong Island (1968) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). He died on April 14, 2020 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
44. Brian Dennehy
Actor | First Blood
Imposing, barrel-chested and often silver-haired Brian Dennehy was a prolific US actor, well respected on both screen and stage over many decades. He was born in July 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship. Brian majored in history, ...
81, cardiac arrest due to sepsis
45. Jack Wallace
Actor | Death Wish
Jack Wallace was born on August 10, 1933 in Pekin, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Death Wish (1974), Faster (2010) and The Boy Next Door (2015). He was married to Margot Schnarr Wallace. He died on April 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
86, declining health with undisclosed cause
46. Tom Lester
Actor | Benji
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Lester was brought up on his grandfather's farm, shucking corn, fishing, hunting, and picking cotton. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, majoring in Chemistry. He taught science and biology at a school in Purcell, Oklahoma, before moving to California. He...
81, Parkinson's disease
47. Shirley Knight
Actress | Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Shirley Knight is an American actress who appeared in more than 180 feature films, television movies, television series, and Broadway productions in her career playing leading and character roles.
She was a member of the Actors Studio. Knight was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best ...
83, natural causes
48. Irrfan Khan
Actor | The Lunchbox
Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan, in Jaipur, Rajasthan (NW India) January 7, 1967 to a Pashto-speaking Muslim family. Khan's mother, Begum Khan, was from the Tonk Hakim family and his father, Jagirdar Khan, from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district, ran a tire business.
The Khan family name ...
53, colon infection due to neuroendocrine cancer
49. John Lafia
Director | Man's Best Friend
John Lafia was born on April 2, 1957. He was a director and writer, known for Man's Best Friend (1993), Child's Play (1988) and Repo Man (1984). He was married to Beverly. He died on April 29, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
63, suicide by hanging
50. Michael Keenan
Actor | Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Michael Keenan was born on December 12, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Dallas (1978). He died on April 30, 2020 in Woodland Hills, California.
80, natural causes
51. Sam Lloyd
Actor | Scrubs
Sam Lloyd was born on November 12, 1963 in Springfield, Vermont, USA as Samuel Lloyd Jr. He was an actor, known for Scrubs (2001), Galaxy Quest (1999) and Flubber (1997). He was married to Vanessa Villalovos. He died on April 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
56, lung cancer
52. John Mahon
Actor | Armageddon
John Mahon was born on February 2, 1938 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA as John Patrick Mahon. He was an actor, known for Armageddon (1998), L.A. Confidential (1997) and Zodiac (2007). He was married to Margaret Jean Street and Deidre. He died on May 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
82, natural causes
53. Don Shula
Actor | Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Don Shula was born on January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio, USA as Donald Francis Shula. He was an actor and writer, known for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Teamwork Baby and Ballers (2015). He was married to Mary Anne Shula and Dorothy Alice Bartish. He died on May 4, 2020 in Indian Creek, ...
54. Roy Horn
Actor | Ocean's Eleven
Roy Horn was born on October 3, 1944 in Nordenham, Germany as Uwe Ludwig Horn. He was a producer and actor, known for Ocean's Eleven (2001), Vegas Vacation (1997) and Father of the Pride (2004). He died on May 8, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
81, complications from COVID-19
55. Little Richard
Soundtrack | Predator
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a ...
87, bone cancer
56. Betty Wright
Soundtrack | Speed 2: Cruise Control
Soul and R&B singer Betty Wright was born December 21, 1953 in Miami, Florida. She started out as a member of her family's own gospel group The Echoes of Joy and began working as a backup vocalist for other singers at age thirteen. She recorded her 1968 debut album "My First Time Around" when she ...
66, uterine cancer
57. Jerry Stiller
Actor | Hairspray
As the short, straight man counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara," Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on television variety, notably The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), on which they appeared 36 ...
92, natural causes
58. Phyllis George
Actress | Meet the Parents
Phyllis George was born on June 25, 1949 in Denton, Texas, USA as Phyllis Ann George. She was an actress, known for Meet the Parents (2000), My Wife Is Retarded (2007) and The CBS Morning News (1963). She was married to John Y. Brown and Robert Evans. She died on May 14, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky...
59. Fred Willard
Actor | Best in Show
Fred Willard radiated a unique charm that established him as one of the industry's most gifted comic actors, first coming to prominence as ambitious but dimwitted sidekick Jerry Hubbard to Martin Mull's smarmy talk-show host Barth Gimble in the devastating satirical series Fernwood Tonight (1977). ...
86, cardiac arrest
60. Ken Osmond
Actor | Leave It to Beaver
Forever tagged as the unctuous, trouble-making truant Eddie Haskell on the quintessential 50s family show Leave It to Beaver (1957), actor Ken Osmond did not manage much of a career after the stereotype. So inextricably typed was he that he gave up on any semblance of a career within a short time ...
76, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and peripheral artery disease
61. Jerry Sloan
Self | NBA Hardwood Classics
Jerry Sloan was born on March 28, 1942 in McLeansboro, Illinois, USA as Gerald Eugene Sloan. He was married to Tammy Jessop and Barbara Irvin. He died on May 22, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
78, complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia
62. Richard Herd
Actor | All the President's Men
Utilitarian character actor Richard Herd was one of those stern familiar faces you saw countless times on film and TV but couldn't quite place the name. The stage-trained actor, who shared a striking resemblance to actor Karl Malden, never found the one role that would make him a household name, ...
87, colon cancer
63. Anthony James
Actor | Unforgiven
Character actor Anthony James was born on July 22, 1942 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Creepily tall (6' 6½) and lanky, with a rough, pockmarked face, a lean, stringy build, greasy dark hair and an extremely edgy'n'intense screen presence, James was often cast in Westerns as really scary, sleazy ...
77, undisclosed cancer
64. Lennie Niehaus
Composer | Space Cowboys
Lennie Niehaus was born on June 1, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Leonard Niehaus. He is known for his work on Space Cowboys (2000), The Bridges of Madison County (1995) and Heartbreak Ridge (1986). He was married to Patricia Jarvis. He died on May 28, 2020 in Redlands, California, USA.
90, undisclosed heart related illness
65. Mary Pat Gleason
Actress | Intolerable Cruelty
Mary Pat Gleason was born on February 23, 1950 in Lake City, Minnesota, USA as Mary Patrick Gleason. She was an actress and writer, known for Intolerable Cruelty (2003), The Crucible (1996) and A Cinderella Story (2004). She died on June 2, 2020 in Burbank, California, USA.
70, endometrial cancer
66. Wes Unseld
Self | The 1978 NBA Finals
Westley Sissel Unseld (born March 14, 1946) is an American former basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career with the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988. Unseld starred for the Seneca High School team that won ...
74, complications from pneumonia
67. Alan Metter
Director | Back to School
Metter grew up in the Boston area, lived in the Hollywood Hills for most of his adult life, and moved to South Florida in 2009.
Alan began his creative life at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), the legendary advertising agency. In the late 1970s, Metter leaped at the opportunity to direct some of the first...
77, heart attack
68. Ian Holm
Sir Ian Holm was one of the world's greatest actors, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated British star of films and the stage. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and has played more than 100 roles in films and on ...
88, complications from Parkinson's disease
69. Bonnie Pointer
Soundtrack | 54
Singer/songwriter Patricia "Bonnie" Pointer was born on July 11, 1950 in Oakland, California. She's the second youngest member of the hugely popular and successful soul/R&B group The Pointer Sisters. Bonnie began singing in the choir of her father Reverend Elton Pointer's church. In 1969 Bonnie ...
69, cardiac arrest caused by chronic liver cirrhosis
70. Joel Schumacher
Director | The Phantom of the Opera
Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He was a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and 8MM (1999). He died on June 22, 2020 in New York City.
80, undisclosed cancer
71. Carl Reiner
Actor | Ocean's Eleven
Carl Reiner was a legend of American comedy, who achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his album "The 2,000 Year Old Man", based on his ...
98, natural causes
72. Johnny Mandel
Music_department | M*A*S*H
Inducted into the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame in 2009 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame a year later, Johnny Mandel is perhaps best known as the composer of the iconic M*A*S*H (1972) theme song, "Suicide is Painless". Born and raised in Manhattan, he was the son of a garment manufacturer and an opera ...
94, heart ailment
73. Benny Mardones
Soundtrack | Nerve
Benny Mardones was born on November 9, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Benny Armand Mardones. He was married to Jane Braemer. He died on June 29, 2020 in Menifee, California, USA.
73, complications from Parkinson's disease
74. Dan Hicks
Actor | Darkman
Dan Hicks was born on July 19, 1951 in Pontiac, Michigan, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for Darkman (1990), Evil Dead II (1987) and Intruder (1989). He died on June 30, 2020 in California, USA.
68, undisclosed cancer
75. Hugh Downs
Self | Live from Lincoln Center
Hugh Downs was born on February 14, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, USA as Hugh Malcolm Downs. He was an actor, known for Live from Lincoln Center (1976), Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) and Concentration (1958). He was married to Ruth Shaheen. He died on July 1, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
99, heart failure
76. Ennio Morricone
Composer | The Hateful Eight
A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...
91, complications due to injuries sustained in a fall
78. Naya Rivera
Actress | Glee
Naya Rivera was born on January 12, 1987 in Valencia, California, USA as Naya Marie Rivera. She was an actress, known for Glee (2009), The Royal Family (1991) and The Master of Disguise (2002). She was married to Ryan Dorsey. She died on July 8, 2020 in Ventura, California.
33, accidental drowning
79. Kelly Preston
Actress | Battlefield Earth
Kelly Preston was born on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A talented and captivating performer, she first garnered international attention with her role as "Marnie Mason" in Ivan Reitman's Twins (1988), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. With her diverse character portrayals in ...
57, breast cancer
80. Grant Imahara
Actor | Star Trek Continues
Electronics wizard Grant Imahara has been behind the scenes of many top Hollywood films for years. An expert at animatronics, his skills were used extensively at George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic, where his talent was demonstrated on various features including the Matrix sequels, the three ...
49, brain aneurysm
81. John Lewis
Self | John Lewis: Good Trouble
John Lewis was born on February 21, 1940 in Troy, Alabama, USA as John Robert Lewis. He was married to Lillian Miles. He died on July 17, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
80, pancreatic cancer
82. Annie Ross
Actress | Short Cuts
Annie Ross was born on July 25, 1930 in Mitcham, Surrey, England as Annabelle McCauley Allan Short. She was an actress, known for Short Cuts (1993), Superman III (1983) and Throw Momma from the Train (1987). She was married to Sean Lynch. She died on July 21, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City, New ...
89, emphysema and heart disease
83. Jacqueline Scott
Actress | Charley Varrick
Red-haired Jacqueline Sue Scott began her career in show biz as a three year old by winning a tap dancing contest. Though she once self-deprecatingly described herself as "the worst child tap dancer ever to haunt an audience" she made the successful transition from juvenile performer in tent shows ...
89, lung cancer
84. Regis Philbin
Actor | Little Nicky
TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality, Regis Philbin became one of the most popular talk-show hosts in America and in Canada, especially. Growing up as an only child in The Bronx, New York, Philbin went to the University of Notre Dame and got a degree in sociology. ...
88, heart attack
85. John Saxon
Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street
John Saxon appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You (1954) and George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954). Born...
Actress | The Heiress
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...
104, natural causes
87. Alan Parker
Director | Evita
The son of Elsie Ellen, a dressmaker, and William Leslie Parker, a house painter, Alan Parker was a London advertising copywriter in the 1960s and early 1970s with Collett Dickenson Pearce (CDP), an ad agency. He formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his producer (Puttnam had been a ...
76, undisclosed illness
88. Wilford Brimley
Actor | Cocoon
Wilford Brimley was born on September 27, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Anthony Wilford Brimley. He was an actor, known for Cocoon (1985), The Thing (1982) and The Natural (1984). He was married to Beverly Berry and Lynne Brimley. He died on August 1, 2020 in St. George, Utah.
85, kidney complications
89. Reni Santoni
Actor | Dirty Harry
Born Reinaldo Santoni in New York City on April 21, 1938 of French and Spanish heritage, Reni (aka Reni Sands) started his career off in entertainment as a comedy writer. He moved in front of the camera in the early 60s and was performing episodic TV drama ("East Side/West Side," "The Trials of ...
82, multiple health issues including cancer
90. Billy Goldenberg
Music_department | Kojak
Composer, conductor, arranger, pianist and songwriter, the son of Morris Goldenberg. He was educated at Columbia College (BA), where he composed and arranged the Columbia Varsity Shows, and also Camp Tamiment. He took private music studies with Hall Overton and he wrote incidental music for the ...
84, heart failure
91. Jim Harris
Actor | WWF SmackDown!
Retired American professional wrestler best known for his work during the 1980s and 1990s as Kamala the Ugandan Giant. Debuted in 1978 and competed under the names Bad News Harris, Ugly Bear Harris, James "Sugarbear" Harris and the Mississippi Mauler. He started the Kamala gimmick in the ...
70, complications from COVD-19 and diabetes
92. Trini López
Actor | The Dirty Dozen
Trini Lopez was an American singer and actor who had 16 Top 40 songs on the charts from 1963 through 1968. He was born Trinidad López III in the Little Mexico neighborhood of Dallas, Texas on May 15, 1937. He started performing with his own band when he was 15 years old and caught the eye of rock ...
83, complications from COVID-19
93. Ben Cross
Actor | Star Trek
Ben Cross was born Harry Cross on December 16, 1947, in London, England. He was the son of Catherine (O'Donovan), a cleaning woman, from Keelraheen, Dunmanway, Ireland, and Harry Cross, an English doorman and nurse. He began acting at a very young age and participated in grammar school plays -- ...
72, undisclosed cancer
94. Dale Hawerchuk
Self | NHL Alumni Charity Shootout
Dale Hawerchuk was born on April 4, 1963 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He died on August 18, 2020 in Barrie, Ontario.
57, stomach cancer
95. Allan Rich
Actor | Serpico
Allan Rich was a recognizable character actor who worked in film, television, and theatre.
In 2006, he was featured in "My Sexiest Year", opposite Frances Fisher and Frankie Muniz, and was interviewed for the documentary, "Troupers". Last year he appeared in three soon to be released features. "Rise...
96. Joe Ruby
Producer | Rumpelstiltskin
Joe Ruby was born on March 30, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joseph Clemens Ruby. He was a producer and writer, known for Rumpelstiltskin (1995), Planet of the Apes (1974) and Bigfoot and Wildboy (1977). He was married to Carole. He died on August 26, 2020 in Westlake Village, California.
87, natural causes
97. Chadwick Boseman
Actor | Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman was an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of T'Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2016 to 2019, particularly in Black Panther (2018), and for his starring roles as several pioneering Americans, Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on...
43, colon cancer
Self | The 1990 NBA Finals
Clifford Robinson was born on December 16, 1966 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Clifford Ralph Robinson. He was married to Heather Robinson. He died on August 29, 2020 in Portland, Oregon, USA.
99. John Thompson
Self | He Got Game
John Robert Thompson Jr. (born September 2, 1941) is a former American college basketball coach for the Georgetown Hoyas. He is now a professional radio and TV sports commentator. In 1984, he became the first African-American head coach to win a major collegiate championship, capturing the NCAA ...
78, complications from multiple health issues
100. Tom Seaver
Twelve-time All-Star Tom Seaver was, arguably, the greatest pitcher in the major leagues between the retirement of Sandy Koufax and the blossoming of Roger Clemens, who was his teammate on the 1986 Boston Red Sox. Seaver, who won 311 games in his career, likely would have won more if he had been on...
75, complications from Lewy body dementia and COVID-19