PHIL LYNOTT - January 4
Leader of Thin Lizzy, the popular 1970s rock band known
mainly for their big hit "The Boys Are Back In Town."
(Age: 34. C.O.D.: Heart failure due to drug use.)
DONNA REED - January 14
Won an Oscar for From Here To Eternity.
Also co-starred in It's A Wonderful Life, and starred
in the 1960s TV sitcom The Donna Reed Show.
Later played the second Miss Ellie on Dallas,
and was briefly married to longtime Hollywood
makeup artist William Tuttle.
(Age: 64. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
L. RON HUBBARD - January 24
He was infamous for once saying:
"Someday, I'm going to do something that
will make P. T. Barnum look like a piker"
and getting away with it.
He later founded the Scientology movement,
so draw your own conclusions.
GORDON MACRAE - January 24
Singer/actor who co-starred with Shirley Jones
in several big movie musicals.
He married Sheila Macrae, father of Meredith MacRae.
(Age: 64. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
FRANK HERBERT - February 11
Sci-fi author who created the Dune series.
(Age: 66. C.O.D.: Cancer)
HOWARD DA SILVA - February 14
Played Ben Franklin in the film 1776,
was blacklisted during McCarthyism,
played the original Jud Fry in Oklahoma.
(Age: 56. C.O.D.: Lymphoma.)
GEORGIA O'KEEFE - March 6
Landscape and floral painter who split
her life between New York and New Mexico.
(Age: 98. C.O.D.:)
RAY MILLAND - March 10
Popular actor who starred in many films,
mainly from the 1940s to the '60s.
He won an Oscar for The Long Weekend.
(Age: 79. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
JAMES CAGNEY - March 30
Top of the world, Jimmy!
One of the Top 10 classic movie actors of all time.
Starred in too many movies to list here, so we'll
just mention his Oscar for Yankee Doodle Dandy.
(Age: 85. C.O.D.: Heart attack due to diabetes.)
JERRY PARIS - March 31
"If it's Paris, it must be Jerry."
Played Jerry the dentist on The Dick Van Dyke Show,
classic comedy sitcom of the 1960s. He also directed
some comedy films, as well as many episodes of the
'70s comedy TV series Happy Days.
(Age: 60. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
STEPHEN STUCKER - April 13
Stuck 'er? Shouldn't that be stuck 'im?
Gay actor who played Johnny in the movie Airplane!
And yes, he was simply fabu!
(Age: 38. C.O.D.: AIDS.)
JEAN GENET - April 15
Author many brilliant and controversial plays.
OTTO PREMINGER - April 23
Movie director whose works included Saint Joan, Exodus,
and even played Mr. Freeze on the 1960s TV show Batman.
He was also involved with Gypsy Rose Lee and
Dorothy Dandridge, and ended up married often.
(Age: 79. C.O.D.: Complications related to Alzheimer's.)
BRODERICK CRAWFORD - April 26
Actor who won an Oscar for All The King's Men.
Also did the 1950s TV series Highway Patrol.
(Age: 74. C.O.D.:)
ROBERT ALDA - May 3
Robert Alda runs afoul of the Grim Reaper and death.
Classic B-movie actor (The Devil's Hand)
who was also the father of M*A*S*H star Alan Alda.
(Age: 72. C.O.D.:)
MARLIN PERKINS - June 14
Popular host of the 1960s documentary
style TV animal series Wild Kingdom.
KATE SMITH - June 17
Singer most famous for doing the tune "God Bless America."
(Age: 76. C.O.D.: Heart attack due to diabetes.)
RUDY VALLEE - July 3
Singer/actor known mainly for doing
the tune "Winchester Cathedral."
He also co-starred in the film How To
Succeed In business Without Really Trying.
VINCENTE MINNELLI - July 25
Directed movies like Gigi and Meet Me In St. Louis,
husband of Judy Garland, and father of Liza Minnelli.
(Age: 83. C.O.D.: Complications from Alzheimer's.)
TED KNIGHT - August 26
TV actor who played Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
He also later starred in Too Close For Comfort.
(Age: 62. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
MURRAY HAMILTON - September 1
Character actor in many movies, including Anatomy Of A Murder,
The Hustler, The Graduate, and Jaws.
(Age: 63. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
KEENAN WYNN - October 14
Did many movies from the 1940s to the '70s,
including the sardonic hit Dr. Strangelove.
(Age: 70. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
FORREST TUCKER - October 25
Did the film Auntie Mame, plus cheesy
sci-fi things like The Crawling Eye.
Most known for co-starring in the
1960s TV comedy series F Troop.
(Age: 67. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
PAUL FREES - November 2
Voice artist best-known for doing many
cartoon characters, including Boris Badenov
for Jay Ward Productions and Ludwig von Drake
for Disney Studios. Also did tons of film work
behind the camera as "the narrator."
JERRY COLONNA - November 21
Popular radio actor who also did bit parts
in many movies, particularly the "Road"
pictures, starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.
SCATMAN CROTHERS - November 22
Musician and actor who played in films including
The Shining, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
CARY GRANT - November 29
Classic movie icon, starring in many movies,
including Topper, Gunga Din, His Girl Friday,
North By Northwest, and The Philadelphia Story.
Was also once married to super-babe Dyan Cannon.
DESI ARNAZ - December 2
Played with Xavier Cugat's band,
later became Lucille Ball's first husband,
and co-starred in I Love Lucy.
Invented the three camera system
for filming TV shows.
Also wrote an autobiography called A Book.
(Age: 68. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
ELSA LANCHESTER - December 26
Actress in The Bride Of Frankenstein,
and was married to actor Charles Laughton.
(Age: 83. C.O.D.: Bronchial pneumonia)
LLOYD HAYNES - December 31
Co-starred in the TV series Room 222,
and later on the soap opera General Hospital.
(Age: 52. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
= WELL, THAT'S ALL FOR THIS YEAR, FOLKS! BUT STAY TUNED - YOU KNOW THE GRIM REAPER AIN'T DONE WITH THOSE CELEBS YET! MEANWHILE, ON THE UPPER RIGHT YOU CAN ALWAYS CHECK OUT THE LIST OF LATE LAMENTED LAYABOUTS FROM OTHER YEARS! ENJOY! =