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.
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.
= 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! =