NAT HENTOFF - January 7
Political philosopher, columnist and music critic
(The Village Voice, Down Beat, Playboy).
BUDDY GRECO - January 10
Singer, actor (The Girl Who Knew Too Much) and pianist.
WILLIAM PETER BLATTY - January 12
Novelist and screenwriter (The Exorcist, Legion, A Shot In The Dark).
Oscar winner (1974).
(Age: 89. C.O.D.: Multiple myeloma.)
DICK GAUTIER - January 13
(Same day as Magic Alex, and the next day after William Peter Blatty.)
Actor (Get Smart, Transformers, Bye Bye Birdie).
MAGIC ALEX - January 13
(Same day as Dick Gautier, and the next day after William Peter Blatty.)
Greek electronics engineer (The Beatles, Apple Electronics).
(Age: 74. C.O.D.: Pneumonia complications.)
ROBERTA PETERS - January 18
American coloratura soprano.
(Age: 86. C.O.D.: Parkinson's disease.)
MIGUEL FERRER - January 19
(Day after Roberta Peters.)
Actor (Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Robo Cop,
Blank Check, Mulan, NCIS: Los Angeles).
(Age: 61. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
JOHN HURT - January 25
Dead? We all thought he was only hurt!
(Same day as Mary Tyler Moore.)
Actor (Alien, The Elephant Man, Hellboy).
(Age: 77. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
MARY TYLER MOORE - January 25
(Same day as John Hurt.)
Actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show,
The Mary Tyler Moore Show,
Thoroughly Modern Millie).
(Age: 80. C.O.D.: Pneumonia complications.)
MIKE CONNORS - January 26
Mannix will have no more drunken panics.
(Day after John Hurt and Mary Tyler Moore, same day as Barbara Hale.)
Actor (Mannix, The Ten Commandments, War And Remembrance).
(Age: 91. C.O.D.: Leukemia.)
BARBARA HALE - January 26
(Day after John Hurt and Mary Tyler Moore, same day as Mike Connors.)
Hale, Hale - the Babs ain't here.
Oh, Hale no!
TV (Perry Mason) and film (Airport) star.
(Age: 94. C.O.D.: COPD complications.)
BOB HOLIDAY - January 27
Now he's on a permanent holiday.
(Day after Mike Connors and Barbara Hale.)
Stage actor whose work included the 1966 Broadway
musical It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman.
"PROFESSOR" IRWIN COREY - February 6
Comedian (The Steve Allen Show) and actor (Car Wash, Doc, Thieves). Known has the World's Foremost Authority on just about everything. (Yes, we mean even more knowledgeable than the great Cliff Claven.)
Professor Corey was so brilliant that he foresaw his own passing, and thus invented Wikipedia, which contains online "facts" that any complete dummy can change by editing at any given time of day or night. So once again, we say thank you, Professor!
(Age: 102. C.O.D.: The sun finally grew too jealous of his sheer brilliance.)
RICHARD HATCH - February 7
(Day after Irwin Corey.)
Best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, he also performed on The Streets Of San Francisco, and All My Children.
And so, Richard - down the Hatch!
(Age: 71. C.O.D.: Stomach cancer.)
AL JARREAU - February 12
American jazz and R&B singer (notably "Moonlighting," "Since I Fell For You,"and "We Are The World").
Not surprisingly, he became a seven-time Grammy winner.
He's easily in the Top 5 of the greatest soul singers of all time.
(Age: 76. C.O.D.: Respiratory complications.)
RICHARD SCHICKEL - February 18
film critic (Time), complications from a series of strokes. Sure, most folks dislike critics, but this one proved himself to be one of the best, and not just in print. His many audio commentaries on DVD and Blu-rays also boosted him to the top ranks of the most knowledgeable contributors to educating the public about the art of film.
His many biographical books include:
Harold Lloyd: The Shape Of Laughter
Douglas Fairbanks: The First Celebrity
Cary Grant: A Celebration
D.W. Griffith: An American Life
James Cagney: A Celebration
Brando: A Life In Our Times
Clint Eastwood: A Biography
Woody Allen: A Life In Film
Elia Kazan: A Biography
Bogie: A Celebration
The Essential Chaplin
Conversations With Scorsese
BILL PAXTON - February 25
Actor known for stuff like Aliens
(Age: 61. C.O.D.: Stroke following heart surgery.)
Great guy who did tons of great work:
2015 Texas Rising (TV Mini-Series)
2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare -
Exo Zombies (Video Game)
2014 Edge of Tomorrow
2013 2 Guns
2012 Hatfields & McCoys (TV Mini-Series)
1995 Apollo 13
1994 True Lies
1993 Indian Summer
1990 Predator 2
1990 Navy Seals
1989 Next of Kin
1987 Near Dark
1984 The Terminator
JUDGE JOSEPH WAPNER - February 26
(Day after Bill Paxton.)
Judge (Los Angeles County Superior Court) who later became
a popular television personality (The People's Court,
Judge Wapner's Animal Court).
(Age: 97. )
JAY LYNCH - March 5
Pioneer underground comics artist,
writer and editor (Nard And Pat, Bijou Funnies).
(Age: 74. C.O.D.: Lung cancer.)
ROBERT OSBORNE - March 6
(Day after Jay Lynch.)
Film historian and television host (Turner Classic Movies).
No relation to rocker Ozzie Osborne.
MURRAY BALL - March 12
Ball with some of his characters.
(Photo: Sunday StarTimes/John Cowpland.)
New Zealand cartoonist (Footrot Flats).
JAMES COTTON - March 16
Best blues harmonica player ("Hard Again") since Little Walter.
Also ran his own group The James Cotton Band.
(Age: 81. C.O.D.: Pneumonia.)
SKIP WILLIAMSON - March 16
(Same day as James Cotton.)
Underground comics cartoonist (Snappy Sammy Smoot).
(Age: 72. C.O.D.: Complications of organ failure.)
CHUCK BERRY - March 18
Hall of Fame rock and roll guitarist, singer and songwriter
("Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven").
(Age: 90. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
JIMMY BRESLIN - March 19
(Day after Chuck Berry.)
Journalist, author (New York Daily News, Newsday) and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (1986).
(Age: 88. C.O.D.: Complications from pneumonia.)
DAVID ROCKEFELLER - March 20
(Day after Jimmy Breslin.)
American banker (Chase Manhattan), globalist (Trilateral
Commission) and philanthropist (Rockefeller Brothers Fund).
(Age: 101. C.O.D.: Heart failure.)
CHUCK BARRIS - March 21
(Day after David Rockefeller.
And no relation to Chuck Berry.)
Television producer, game show creator, host
(The Gong Show, The Dating Game), and
songwriter ("Palisades Park").
LOLA ALBRIGHT - March 23
Actress (Champion, Peter Gunn, Lord Love a Duck).
CHELSEA BROWN - March 27
Australian actress (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Number 96).
(Age: 74. C.O.D.: Pneumonia.)
DAVID PEEL - April 6
Hippie singer (friend of John Lennon), anti-war protester and political activist.
(Age: 73. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
DON RICKLES - April 6
(Same day as David Peel.)
TV comedian (Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, CPO Sharkey),
film star (Kelly's Heroes, The Man With The X-ray Eyes),
voice actor (Toy Story), Las Vegas performer (Don Rickles
Live) and recording artist (Hello, Dummy!).
(Age: 90. C.O.D.: Kidney failure.)
CHARLIE MURPHY - April 12
Comedian, actor and screenwriter (Chappelle's Show, Norbit).
(Age: 57. C.O.D.: Leukemia.)
ERIN MORAN - April 22
TV actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi).
(Age: 56. C.O.D.: Complications due to substance abuse.)
JONATHAN DEMME - April 26
Super cool film director whose work includes:
2004 The Manchurian Candidate
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
1988 Married to the Mob
1986 Something Wild
1984 Swing Shift
1980 Melvin and Howard
1975 Crazy Mama
1974 Caged Heat
(Age: 73. C.O.D.: Throat cancer.)
= WELL, THAT'S ALL FOR THIS YEAR, FOLKS!
BUT STAY TUNED - THE GRIM REAPER
AIN'T DONE WITH THOSE CELEBS YET!
MEANWHILE, AT THE UPPER RIGHT, CHECK OUT
THE LIST OF LATE LAMENTED LAYABOUTS
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