Gone but never forgotten.....2020by cjabowie9 | created - 30 Jan 2020 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
1. 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 ...
2. 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...
3. Marj Dusay
Actress | The Guiding Light
Marj Dusay was born on February 20, 1936 in Hays, Kansas, USA as Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney. She was an actress, known for Guiding Light (1952), All My Children (1970) and Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). She was married to Thomas Perine and John Murray Dusay. She died on January 28, 2020...
4. 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 ...
Producer | CBS Summer Playhouse
Fred Silverman was born in 1937, and quickly grew up into the television business. After starting out in the mail-room of ABC-TV in the late 1950s, he rose to director of program development at WGN-TV, Chicago in the early '60s. One day, he abandoned his car during a snowstorm and boarded a plane ...
6. 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. ...
7. 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.
8. 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...
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...
10. 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 ...
11. 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.
12. John Karlen
Actor | Cagney & Lacey
John Karlen was born on May 28, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as John Adam Karlewicz. He was an actor, known for Cagney & Lacey (1981), Dark Shadows (1966) and House of Dark Shadows (1970). He was married to Betty Karlen. He died on January 22, 2020 in Burbank, California, USA.
13. 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...
15. 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...
16. B. Smith
Actress | Santorini Blue
B. Smith was born on August 24, 1949 in Everson, Pennsylvania, USA as Barbara Smith. She was an actress, known for Santorini Blue (2013), The Cosby Mysteries (1994) and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996). She was married to Dan Gasby and Don Henderson. She died on February 22, 2020 in Long Island, ...
17. 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 ...
18. 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 ...
19. Roscoe Born
Actor | Powwow Highway
Roscoe Born was born on November 24, 1950 in Topeka, Kansas, USA as Roscoe Conklin Born. He was an actor, known for Powwow Highway (1989), As the World Turns (1956) and All My Children (1970). He was married to Roberta Weiss, Randall Edwards and Adrienne Hampton. He died on March 3, 2020 in the USA.
20. 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.
21. 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 ...
22. 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 ...
23. 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...
24. 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...
25. 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 ...
26. 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 ...
27. Shirley Knight
Actress | As Good as It Gets
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 ...
28. 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 ...
29. John Ericson
Actor | Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Ericson was born in Düsseldorf, the son of a German chemist and a Swedish actress and opera singer. Escaping from the Nazi regime, his family emigrated to the U.S. when he was three. At first living in Detroit, they eventually settled in New York where his dad (according to a 1955 newspaper article...
31. Andre Harrell
Producer | Honey
Andre Harrell was born on September 26, 1960 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA as Andre O'Neal Harrell. He is known for his work on Honey (2003), New York Undercover (1994) and Strictly Business (1991). He was married to Wendy Credle. He died on May 7, 2020 in West Hollywood, California, USA.
32. 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 ...
33. 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 ...
34. 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 ...
35. Saul Turteltaub
Producer | That Girl
Saul Turteltaub was born on May 15, 1932 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for That Girl (1966), Grady (1975) and The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971). He was married to Shirley Steinberg. He died on April 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
36. 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). ...
37. 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...
38. 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 ...
39. Carl Reiner
Actor | Ocean's Eleven
Carl Reiner is 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 ...
40. 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.
41. Nick Cordero
Actor | Going in Style
Nick Cordero was born on September 17, 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Nicholas Eduardo Alberto Cordero. He was an actor, known for Going in Style (2017), Don Juan (2011) and Blue Bloods (2010). He was married to Amanda Kloots. He died on July 5, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
42. 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 ...
43. 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.
44. Galyn Görg
Actress | RoboCop 2
Galyn Görg was an actress, professional dancer, and producer. She is known as an actress for Point Break (1991), RoboCop 2 (1990) and Judgment Night (1993).
Galyn was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Gwyn Gorg (Gwyndolin Lee Görg), is a writer, storyteller, and educator. Her father, Alan...
46. 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. ...
47. 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 ...
49. Earl Cameron
Actor | Inception
Earl Cameron was born on August 8, 1917 in Pembroke, Bermuda. He was an actor, known for Inception (2010), Thunderball (1965) and The Interpreter (2005). He was married to Barbara Cameron and Audrey J. P. Godowski. He died on July 3, 2020 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England.
50. 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.
51. Raymond Allen
Actor | Sanford and Son
Raymond Allen was born on March 5, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Raymond Gilmore Allen. He was an actor, known for Sanford and Son (1972), Darktown Strutters (1975) and Mean Mother (1973). He was married to Barbra Williams. He died on August 10, 2020 in California, USA.
52. 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 ...
53. 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...
55. Helen Reddy
Soundtrack | Airport 1975
The #1 Grammy-winning "I Am Woman" became not only THE anthem of the feminist movement during the radical 1970s, but also the signature song for its lovely, crop-haired, reddish-haired composer and singer Helen Reddy. Many decades later this is the hit people still remember her for, despite the ...
Actor | Set It Off
Born in Georgia, Byrd earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Morris Brown College and later received a master of fine arts degree in dance from California Institute of the Arts. He has starred in numerous regional stage productions including the San Diego Repertory Theater's ...
59. Edward Van Halen
Soundtrack | Twister
Edward Van Halen was a musician who along with his brother Alex Van Halen, and Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth, formed the band Van Halen in the early '70s, with Eddie on guitar, Alex on drums, Michael on bass and David on vocals. The band had different members over the years, but the core (...
60. Clark Middleton
Actor | Sin City
Clark Middleton has worked as an actor with film directors including Ang Lee, Henry Bean, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater and Frank Miller, among others. On television, he has been seen in Fringe, Jonny Zero, in a recurring role on Law and Order, and in CSI: Las Vegas. He ...
61. Tom Kennedy
Actor | Witness
Tom Kennedy was born on February 26, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as James Edward Narz. He is known for his work on Witness (1985), You Don't Say (1963) and Hardcastle and McCormick (1983). He was married to Betty Jane Gevedon. He died on October 7, 2020 in Oxnard, California, USA.
62. Rhonda Fleming
Actress | Out of the Past
A native-born Californian, Rhonda Fleming attended Beverly Hills public and private schools. Her father was Harold Cheverton Louis (1896-1951). Her mother, Effie Olivia Graham (1891-1985), was a famous model and actress in New York. She has a son (Kent Lane), two granddaughters (Kimberly and Kelly)...
63. Conchata Ferrell
Actress | Two and a Half Men
It took 30 years since it was first predicted, but Conchata Ferrell finally achieved television stardom, albeit of the supporting variety, as the housekeeper "Berta" in the situation-comedy Two and a Half Men (2003). Ferrell originally had been tipped for stardom with her turn as the prostitute "...
64. Leanza Cornett
Actress | The Tick
Leanza Cornett was born on June 10, 1971 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, USA as Eva Leanza Cornett. She was an actress, known for The Tick (2001), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and Still Waiting in the Wings (2018). She was married to Mark Steines. She died on October 28, 2020 in Jacksonville, ...
65. Sean Connery
Actor | The Untouchables
The tall, handsome and muscular Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known as the original actor to portray James Bond in the hugely successful movie franchise, starring in seven films between 1962 and 1983. Some believed that such a career-defining role might leave him unable to escape it, but he ...
67. Carol Arthur
Actress | Blazing Saddles
Carol Arthur was born on August 4, 1935 in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA as Carol Arata. She was an actress, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) and Intrepid (2000). She was married to Dom DeLuise. She died on November 1, 2020 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.
68. Elsa Raven
Actress | Back to the Future
Elsa Raven was born on September 21, 1929 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA as Elsa Rabinowitz. She is known for her work on Back to the Future (1985), The Amityville Horror (1979) and Titanic (1997). She died on November 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
69. Alex Trebek
Producer | Jeopardy!
Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Alex Trebek graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Philosophy. After his first decision to become a newscaster, he joined the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company), Canada's premier network in 1961. As he was working, he helped organize national ...
71. Dena Dietrich
Actress | History of the World: Part I
Dena Dietrich was born on December 4, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Deanne Frances Dietrich. She was an actress, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), Karen (1975) and The North Avenue Irregulars (1979). She died on November 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
72. David Prowse
Actor | Star Wars
David "Dave" Prowse was born into a working class family on 1 July, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. He was raised by his mother and never knew his father. As a child, David was disadvantaged and a poor student, he found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens, as a young ...
73. Abby Dalton
Actress | The Plainsman
Sleek and striking Abby Dalton became a very familiar perky and sexy presence in 1960s TV households. Known not only for her award-worthy acting on TV comedy, she became an avid game-show panelist and appeared on a slew of TV's more popular programs. It might come as a surprise to some that she ...
74. Hugh Keays-Byrne
Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road
Hugh Keays-Byrne was born in 1947 in Kashmir, India. In 1973, he moved to Australia, where he began an acting career. He is a well respected theater, film and TV actor in Australia. Hugh became noticed after roles in Stone (1974), Mad Dog Morgan (1976) and The Trespassers (1976). He landed his ...
75. David L. Lander
Actor | Laverne & Shirley
David L. Lander was born on June 22, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as David Leonard Landau. He was an actor, known for Laverne & Shirley (1976), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Used Cars (1980). He was married to Kathy Fields and Thea (Pool) Markus. He died on December 4, 2020 in Los ...
Actress | B*A*P*S
Actress Natalie Desselle Reid hailed from Alexandria, Louisiana. She graduated from Peabody Magnet High School and attended Grambling State University for 2 1/2 years. The acting bug bit her after a starring role in Grambling's production of "Bubbling Brown Sugar." After several productions as a ...
77. Marguerite Ray
Actress | The Young and the Restless
Marguerite Ray was born on March 18, 1931 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was an actress, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), Dynasty (1981) and The Wild Wild West (1965). She died on November 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
78. Tom Lister Jr.
Actor | The Fifth Element
If you ever wanted a 6' 5", musclebound, broad-shouldered, shaved-head actor to play a terrifying bodyguard, a soldier of fortune or a fearsome gangster, then Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr. was your man. The basketball player turned actor, who notched up appearances in roughly 132 films, first popped up ...
Actor | Star Trek: The Next Generation
William Thomas Jr. was born on November 8, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Bruce Almighty (2003) and The West Wing (1999). He died on November 14, 2020 in Burbank, California, USA.
80. Carol Sutton
Actress | Steel Magnolias
Carol Sutton was born on December 3, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Carol Dickerson. She is known for her work on Steel Magnolias (1989), Ray (2004) and Monster's Ball (2001). She was married to Archie Sutton . She died on December 10, 2020 in New Orleans.
82. Pierre Cardin
Costume_department | The Avengers
Pierre Cardin was born on July 7, 1922, near Venice, Italy, to the parents of French origin. His father was a wine maker and was preparing his son to take over the family trade. Young Cardin was fond of ballet and theatre, he was dreaming of an acting career, and was also fascinated with the beauty...
83. Adolfo Quinones
Actor | Breakin'
Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He moved to the west coast (Los Angeles) in the early 70s. He's one of the forefathers of hip-hop dancing, "The Original Lockers" and was an Original Soul Train Gang member in the 70s and early 80s. The Lockers are famously ...
84. Dawn Wells
Actress | Gilligan's Island
A wholesome beauty with comedic appeal, Dawn Elberta Wells was born on October 18, 1938 in Reno, Nevada. Wells' childhood was a happy and healthy one. She and her mother grew their own fruits and vegetables in their gardens and Dawn rode horses. In her high school years, she was the class treasurer...