RICHARD BOONE - January 10
Film actor who became mainly known
for starring in the hit 1950s western
TV series Have Gun, Will Travel.
(Age: 63. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
BILL HALEY - February 9
Electric guitar pioneer and bandleader
of The Comets, mainly known for the
hit 1950s tune Rock Around the Clock.
(Age: 55. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
JOE LOUIS - April 12
Boxer and longtime heavyweight champion of the world.
(Age: 66. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
BOB MARLEY - May 11
Musician/songwriter who became the main promoter of raggae music.
(Age: 36. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
ALLEN LUDDEN - June 9
Very well-liked TV game show host,
including College Bowl, but mainly known
for his stint on the classic Password.
Also married to actress Betty White.
(Age: 63. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
ROSS MARTIN - July 3
Known mostly as that master of disguise guy
on the TV western series The Wild Wild West.
(Age: 61. C.O.D.: Heart attack.)
HARRY CHAPIN - July 16
Singer/songwriter of the hit Cat's In The Cradle.
(Age: 38. C.O.D.: Car crash.)
PADDY CHAYEFSKY - August 1
Only person ever to win three solo Academy Awards for writing:
Network, The Hospital, and Marty.
(Age: 58. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
MELVIN DOUGLAS - August 4
Movie veteran who was also in the popular
Being There, which starred Peter sellers.
VERA-ELLEN - August 30
Actress and singer in many musicals of the 1940s.
(Age: 65. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
CHIEF DAN GEORGE - September 23
Played Old Lodge Skins in Little Big Man.
ROBERT MONTGOMERY - September 27
Character actor in several films (Here Comes Mr. Jordan)
who also created and hosted The Robert Montgomery Show
on TV during the 1950s. Also the father of Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery.
GLORIA GRAHAME - October 5
Gorgeous blonde actress who played
Ado Annie in the film Oaklahoma.
(Age: 57. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
ANWAR SADAT - October 6
(Day after Gloria Grahame.)
Egyptian president who signed the Camp David accords in 1978.
(Age: 62. C.O.D.: Assassinated by gun.)
WILLIAM HOLDEN - November 16
Starred in many well-received movies, including
Picnic, Sabrina, Sunset Blvd., and Network.
(Age: 63. C.O.D.: Complications from alcohol use.)
HARRY VON ZELL - November 21
Second banana to George Burns and Gracie Allen
on the 1950s comedy TV series The Burns And Allen Show.
JACK ALBERTSON - November 25
Co-starred on the 1970s comedy TV series Chico And The Man.
(Age: 74. C.O.D.: Cancer.)
NATALIE WOOD - November 29
Most beautiful American star during
the second half of the 20th century.
A kid star in Miracle On 34th Street,
and a teen star in Rebel Without A Cause,
she went on to do West Side Story,
Love With The Proper Stranger,
Sex And The Single Girl, The Great Race,
Penelope, Meteor, and Brainstorm.
(Age: 43. C.O.D.: Drowned.)
HOAGY CARMICHAEL - December 27
Singer/songwriter who also did
some film acting, including Tulsa.
Happy two days after Christmas Day - you're dead!
= 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! =