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
Hale, Hale - the Babs ain't here.
(Day after John Hurt and Mary Tyler Moore, same day as Mike Connors.)
Actress (Perry Mason, Airport).
(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.
= 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
FROM PAST YEARS! ENJOY! =