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Remembering the Celebrities Who Died This Yr
Following a year filled with loss, 2021 has been marked by the deaths of a number of iconic actors, artists, sports activities legends, and different tv personalities. These are the celebs we have misplaced this 12 months.
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Tv icon Ed Asner, finest identified for his function because the lovably gruff newsman Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off sequence Lou Grant, died on Aug. 29. He was 91. Asner was a seven-time Emmy Award successful actor, incomes 5 for his portrayal of Grant and two extra for his work in Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots, making him essentially the most awarded male actor in Emmy historical past. Later in his profession, he turned identified for his work in youngsters’ motion pictures, together with Up, by which he voiced the curmudgeonly widower Carl Fredricksen, and Elf, by which he performed Santa Claus.
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Lee “Scratch” Perry
Reggae and dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry died on Aug. 29 at 85 years previous. The Jamaican musician started his profession within the 1950s and pioneered the dub style all through the 1970s, solidified by the creation of the Black Ark, the studio he in-built his yard. He was a prolific producer and recording artist, working with a variety of artists that included Bob Marley, the Beastie Boys, and the Conflict. Within the 1980s, after years of albums along with his band, the Upsetters, and plenty of manufacturing credit, Perry’s music was dropped at new audiences after he started collaborating with British producer Adrian Sherwood. The Upsetter, a documentary about Perry’s life narrated by Benicio Del Toro, was launched in 2008.
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Legendary English drummer Charlie Watts, who spent greater than half a century with the Rolling Stones, died on Aug. 24. He was 80. Watts joined the Stones early in 1963 and remained with the group till his demise, touring with them as lately as 2019. He had been set to reunite with the band for a 2021 tour earlier than withdrawing in early August as a consequence of an unspecified well being concern. A strong, versatile drummer influenced by jazz music, Watts saved a decrease profile than his fellow Stones however was extensively considered the most effective drummers in historical past. He was ranked at No. 12 on Rolling Stone‘s 2016 listing of the 100 greatest drummers of all time. Alongside along with his bandmates, Watts was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1989.
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Joseph “Dusty” Hill
Rock and roll misplaced one other legend when Joseph “Dusty” Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top for greater than 50 years, died July 28. He was 72. His passing was confirmed by the group’s longtime consultant. The Houston-based ZZ High had its first main hit with “Tres Hombres” in 1973 and inheritor subsequent high 10 album, “Fandango!,” adopted in 1975, that includes the hit single “Tush.” By the top of the ’70s, ZZ High was one among America’s high live performance attracts. “We, together with legions of ZZ High followers all over the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring dedication to offering that monumental backside to the ‘High’,” Hill’s bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard mentioned in a press release. “We’ll without end be related to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You can be missed drastically, amigo.”
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Joey Jordison, co-founder and unique drummer of the heavy metallic laborious rock band Slipknot has died, in line with a press release from his household to Variety. He was 46. The reason for demise was not disclosed, though the household’s assertion says he died “peacefully in his sleep.” Slipknot emerged onto the music scene in 1995, hailing from Des Moines, Iowa. Jordison performed drums for the band and co-wrote lots of their songs till his departure in late 2013. By the early 2000s, Slipknot was one of many world’s greatest laborious rock bands on this planet, identified for his or her hard-hitting masked performances. They labored with mega-producer Rick Rubin in 2004 and received their first Grammy in 2006.
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BET actuality star and mom to singer Keyshia Cole, Frankie Lons, died on Monday, July 19 of an obvious overdose. She was 61. Lons, who starred on 4 completely different BET actuality exhibits together with Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, was open about her struggles with dependancy. Her daughter Elite Noel confirmed Lons’ passing in her Instagram tales.
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Legendary rapper Biz Markie died on the age of 57 in mid-July 2021. “It’s with profound disappointment that we announce, this night, along with his spouse Tara by his facet, hip hop pioneer Biz Markie peacefully handed away,” his rep Jenni Izumi mentioned in a press release to Variety on July 16. Markie’s greatest hit was 1989’s “Only a Good friend,” which featured the MC belting off-key about his romantic woes. The track peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Scorching 100 and have become a success once more when Mario coated it in 2002.
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Robert Downey Sr.
Robert Downey Sr. died on July 7. He was 85. His son, Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. confirmed the information on Instagram, saying, “Final night time, dad handed peacefully in his sleep after years of putting up with the ravages of Parkinson’s. He was a real maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic all through.” Downey Sr. had 18 directing credit to his title on the time of his demise, together with three episodes of The Twilight Zone. His newest undertaking was directing the documentary Rittenhouse Square, which was launched in 2005.
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Cleaning soap actor Stuart Damon died June 29 after a years-long wrestle with renal failure. He was 84 years previous. Damon was most well-known for taking part in Dr. Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital for greater than 5 many years. He first appeared because the second-generation patriarch of Port Charles’ wealthiest household in 1977 and was a sequence common till 2007 when his character was killed off. Nonetheless, Damon returned periodically to play Alan’s ghost. He additionally appeared on the Normal Hospital spin-off Port Charles from 1997 to 2003. Broadway aficionados could bear in mind Damon as Prince Charming within the 1965 TV film remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. “Stuart was an absolute legend of our business and he’ll be sorely missed,” Normal Hospital govt producer Frank Valentini wrote in a press release on Twitter.
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John Langley, who created Cops, died on June 26 at 78 years previous. He handed away after struggling a coronary heart assault throughout an off-road race. Although the long-running Cops was his biggest profession success, Langley additionally produced different TV sequence, together with Undercover Stings, and movies like Brooklyn’s Finest.
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Frank Bonner, the actor who performed WKRP In Cincinnati‘s brash, plaid jacket-wearing salesman Herb Tarlek, died from issues of Lewy physique dementia. Although he was finest identified for his function on WKRP, he had subsequent roles on different exhibits together with episodes of The Love Boat, Newhart, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Sidekicks, and extra. Bonner was 79 years previous when he handed away.
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Oscar-nominated character actor Ned Beatty died June 13. He was 83. Beatty made his movie debut with a memorable efficiency in Deliverance (1972); he went on to earn his sole Academy Award nomination for his supporting efficiency in Network (1976), delivering a show-stopping monologue. Beatty’s different noteworthy movie work included roles in Nashville (1975), All the President’s Men (1976), and Superman (1978), in addition to a voice function in Toy Story 3 (2010). On TV, Beatty was finest identified for taking part in Detective Stanley Bolander on the ’90s NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street for 3 seasons. He additionally recurred on Roseanne and appeared in sequence like M*A*S*H, Hawaii Five-0, Law & Order, and CSI. Beatty was nominated for 2 Emmys: one for the 1979 TV film Friendly Fire, reverse Carol Burnett, and one for 1990’s Last Train Home.
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Arlene Golonka, an actress finest identified for her TV function on Mayberry R.F.D., died Could 31. She was 85. Golonka was a well-recognized TV face within the late 1960s by the 1990s, showing on all kinds of exhibits together with The Rookies, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude, One Day At A Time, and extra. Her most memorable function could have been because the daughter of Chuckles the Clown on The Mary Tyler Moore Present within the basic episode “Chuckles Bites the Mud.” Golonka additionally labored as a voice actress with credit together with The New Yogi Bear Show, Capitol Critters, and the Scooby-Doo franchise.
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Eric Carle, creator and illustrator of the beloved youngsters’s image guide The Very Hungry Caterpillar, died on Could 23 at 91 years previous. According to his son, Rolf, the trigger was kidney failure. Carle wrote greater than 70 books all through his profession, together with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse; and The Very Busy Spider.
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Samuel E. Wright
The world misplaced a Disney legend on Monday, Could 24 when Samuel E. Wright died. The actor was the voice of Sebastian the crab in The Little Mermaid animated movie in 1989 and had an illustrious Broadway profession with roles in Jesus Christ Celebrity, Pippin, and The Lion King, by which he performed Mufasa. Wright died after a three-year battle with prostate most cancers, in line with The Hollywood Reporter. He was 74-years previous.
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Comic Paul Mooney died on Could 19. He was 79 years previous. Mooney established himself as a author for Richard Pryor, co-writing a lot of his materials for his comedy albums and later changing into head author on The Richard Pryor Show. He went on to search out success as a stand-up comedian and an actor, showing within the 1978 movie The Buddy Holly Story and in Spike Lee’s 2000 film Bamboozled, and on tv exhibits like Chappelle’s Show and In Living Color. In 2007, he launched a memoir, Black Is the New White.
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Actor Charles Grodin died on Could 18 at 86 years previous. Grodin started his profession within the 1960s, doing principally tv roles in exhibits like The Virginian, however he was finest identified for his scene-stealing performances in movies like The Heartbreak Kid (for which he obtained a Golden Globe nomination), Midnight Run, Heaven Can Wait, Ishtar, the Beethoven movies, Dave, and While We’re Young, amongst others. In 1978, he received an Excellent Writing for a Selection Particular Emmy for his work on The Paul Simon Particular, and was additionally identified for his frequent appearances on each The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman.
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Veteran actor Norman Lloyd died in his sleep on Could 10, in line with Deadline. He was 106. Lloyd’s spectacular resume consists of iconic movies like Alfred Hitchcock‘s Saboteur and Dead Poet’s Society. Lloyd can be identified for his six-season tenure on NBC’s St. Elsewhere. Lloyd was additionally the final surviving member of Orsen Welles’ Mercury Theater. The actor’s profession lasted virtually 80 years.
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Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis died on Could 1. She was 89 years previous. Dukakis started her profession on stage, starring in productions of Man Equals Man, Social Safety, and extra. She finally co-founded the Entire Theater Firm alongside her husband Louis Zorich. In 1987, she starred as Rose Castorini in Moonstruck, and went on to win an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her efficiency. Dukakis later had roles in movies like Steel Magnolias and Mr. Holland’s Opus, in addition to the Netflix sequence Tales of the City. In 2020, a documentary, Olympia, was made about her life.
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Astronaut Michael Collins died of most cancers on April 28 at 90 years previous. Collins, a check pilot and main normal within the U.S. Air Pressure Reserves, was aboard the Apollo 11 mission alongside Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, flying the command module across the moon. After retiring from NASA in 1970, Collins went on to hitch the State Division, and he later served as director of the Smithsonian Nationwide Air and Area Museum. In 1974, he wrote Carrying the Fireplace: An Astronaut’s Journeys, an autobiography of his time in NASA.
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Oscar-winning costume designer Anthony Powell died on April 18. He was 85 years previous. Powell’s work has been seen on display and on stage. He designed the costumes for movies like 101 and 102 Dalmatians, Hook, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He was the recipient of three Academy Awards, his first coming in 1972 for his costumes in Travels with My Aunt, and later for Death on the Nile in 1978 and Tess in 1979. Powell received a Tony Award for his costume designs for the 1963 Broadway manufacturing of The College for Scandal, and was additionally identified for designing the costumes for a number of stage productions of Sundown Boulevard.
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Actress Helen McCrory, finest identified for her roles in Peaky Blinders and the Harry Potter movies, died on April 16. She was 52 years previous. Her husband Damian Lewis confirmed that she had died of most cancers. McCrory started her profession on stage, performing in productions of Uncle Vanya and As You Like It, earlier than transitioning to movie and tv roles. She performed Cherie Blair within the 2006 movie The Queen, a job she later reprised in Peter Morgan‘s 2010 movie The Special Relationship. She appeared as Narcissa Malfoy within the closing three Harry Potter movies, and had roles in Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo and the James Bond movie Skyfall. Her TV credit embody Peaky Blinders, which she starred in as Polly Grey, and Penny Dreadful.
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Costume designer Robert Fletcher died on April 5. He was 98 years previous. Fletcher, a three-time Tony nominee, notably created the costumes for 4 Star Trek movies — Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home. His Broadway credit included designing the costumes for the unique Broadway manufacturing of How one can Achieve Enterprise With out Actually Attempting, and he earned his Tony nominations for his work on Little Me, Excessive Spirits, and Hadrian VII.
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Rapper DMX died April 9, every week after struggling a coronary heart assault. He was 50. DMX, born Earl Simmons, entered the nationwide rap scene along with his 1998 debut album It is Darkish and Hell Is Scorching, adopted a 12 months later by his best-selling album, …And Then There Was X. Each albums went to No. 1. He was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards: as soon as for Finest Rap Album for …And Then There Was X, and twice for Finest Rap Solo Efficiency for the singles “Occasion Up (Up in Right here)” and “Who We Be.” He additionally appeared in movies like Belly and Romeo Must Die, and starred within the 2006 BET actuality sequence DMX: Soul of a Man.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died April 9 at 99 years old. In a press release, Buckingham Palace mentioned, “It’s with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has introduced the demise of her beloved husband.” Born on the Greek island of Corfu in 1921, Philip was educated in France, Germany, and the UK in his formative years after his household was exiled from Greece when he was an toddler. He later joined the British Royal Navy at 18. In 1947, he married Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, previous to her changing into queen in 1952. Collectively, Philip and Elizabeth have 4 youngsters: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. In 2017, he retired from his royal duties after finishing over 22,000 solo engagements and delivering greater than 5,000 speeches. He was the longest-serving partner of a reigning British monarch. Philip has been portrayed by a number of actors, together with Christopher Lee in 1982’s Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story, James Cromwell in 2006’s The Queen, and Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies within the Netflix sequence The Crown.
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Pioneering comedy author Anne Beatts died April 7. She was 74. Beatts was one of many founding writers for Saturday Night Live when it debuted in 1975. She was additionally the primary feminine contributing editor to humor journal Nationwide Lampoon. Within the early 1980s, Beatts created the sitcom Square Pegs, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, which ran for one season on CBS however turned a cult basic. She was nominated for 5 Emmy awards at SNL, successful twice.
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Actor James Hampton died April 7. He was 84. Hampton was finest identified on TV because the bumbling Hannibal Dobbs in 1960s sitcom F Troop, in addition to handyman Leroy B. Simpson on The Doris Day Show. On the massive display, he appeared as the daddy to Michael J. Fox‘s character in Teen Wolf and performed Caretaker within the unique The Longest Yard, a efficiency that landed him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Male Newcomer in 1975. Hampton’s different work included the movies Hawmps! and Sling Blade, as nicely TV exhibits like Mannix, Full House, Days of Our Lives, and the animated Teen Wolf sequence. He additionally directed episodes of quite a lot of sequence, together with Evening Shade, Boston Common, Grace Under Fire, Smart Guy, and Sister, Sister.
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Beloved youngsters’s creator Beverly Cleary died on March 25 at 104 years previous. All through her prolific profession, she created a bunch of iconic characters, together with Henry Huggins, Ribsy, and Ralph S. Mouse, however her finest identified character was Ramona Quimby, Henry’s mischievous neighbor. Cleary was identified for her emotionally simple writing model, and her protagonists have been ones youngsters and their mother and father may relate to. Ramona’s World, Cleary’s final guide, which additionally doubled because the final guide within the Ramona sequence, was printed in 1999.
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Larry McMurtry, the author who received an Oscar for co-adapting the screenplay to Brokeback Mountain, died March 25. He was 84 years previous. Along with his Oscar win, McMurtry additionally earned a Pulitzer for his 1985 novel Lonesome Dove, which he later co-adapted into an Emmy-winning miniseries. His novels Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show additionally turned profitable movies, and he earned an Oscar nomination for co-adapting the latter with director Peter Bogdanovich.
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Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter handed away on March 24 at 80 years previous. Initially of her decades-spanning profession, Walter gained recognition for appearing in movies like Grand Prix (for which she obtained a Golden Globe nomination), The Group, and Play Misty for Me, and in 1971 received an Emmy Award for taking part in the titular function within the miniseries Amy Prentiss. Over the previous few many years, she turned finest identified for portraying acerbic matriarch Lucille Bluth on the sitcom Arrested Development, and for voicing Malory Archer on the long-running animated sequence Archer. Walter was additionally a prolific theater actress, showing on Broadway in exhibits like Rumors and the 2011 revival of Something Goes.
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Actor Richard Gilliland died on March 18 after a short unspecified sickness, in line with Deadline. He was 71. Gilliland’s most notable credit embody iconic sitcoms thirtysomething and Designing Women, however his profession lasted over 50 years and included dozens of TV exhibits. It was on Designing Girls that Gilliland met his future spouse, Jean Smart, and the 2 wed in 1987. His most up-to-date credit have been 2020’s Case 347 and Bravo’s thriller sequence Imposters.
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Beloved comedy actor George Segal handed away on March 23 as a consequence of issues after bypass surgical procedure. He was 87. Segal’s profession spanned greater than 50 years, along with his most up-to-date credit score being Albert “Pops” Solomon on ABC’s The Goldbergs. He additionally starred on NBC’s Just Shoot Me within the late ’90s and early 2000s. Whereas Segal was principally identified for his comedy work, he earned an Oscar nomination in 1967 for Finest Supporting Actor in Mike Nichols‘ movie Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Top Gear presenter Sabine Schmitz died of most cancers on March 16. She was 51 years previous. Along with her time on the British motor sequence High Gear, which she appeared on intermittently as each a visitor and a presenter from 2004 to 2016, Schmitz was additionally a extremely skilled racing driver. She co-founded the motorsport workforce Frikadelli Racing, and she or he stays the one girl to win Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife, a famously tough racing circuit, along with her accomplishments incomes her the nickname “Queen of the Nürburgring.”
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Actor Jahmil French, finest identified for showing on Degrassi: The Next Generation, died on March 1. He was 29 years previous. French performed Dave Turner on the Canadian sequence from 2009 to 2013, and his efficiency earned him a Canadian Display Award nomination. He went on to behave in exhibits together with The Divide, Incorporated, and most lately, the Netflix sequence Soundtrack.
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Playwright and actor Douglas Turner Ward, who co-founded the Negro Ensemble Firm, died on Feb. 20 at 90 years previous. Ward was a significant determine in theater, creating the NEC in 1967 as a spot that helped carry the work of Black playwrights, actors, and crew members to the stage. He directed and starred in lots of the performs the corporate produced, together with The River Niger in 1974, which received the Tony Award for Finest Play and earned Ward his personal nomination for Finest Actor. Ward was additionally a display actor, showing in exhibits like The Cosby Show, East Facet/West Facet, and The Girls of Brewster Place.
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Actress Martha Stewart, who appeared in a bunch of movies all through the 1940s and ’50s, died on Feb. 17 at 98 years previous. She acquired her begin with the 1945 movie Doll Face, and later appeared on Broadway in Guys and Dolls, however her finest identified roles have been in 1947’s Daisy Kenyon, the place she acted reverse Joan Crawford, and In a Lonely Place with Humphrey Bogart. She additionally acted in motion pictures like Are You With It? and Convicted, and her closing movie function got here in 1964’s Surf Occasion.
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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh died on Feb. 17. He was 70 years previous. Limbaugh introduced in 2020 that he had been identified with superior lung most cancers, and continued internet hosting his present whereas present process remedy. Since 1988, he hosted his massively fashionable speak radio present The Rush Limbaugh Present, which turned him right into a extremely influential voice of conservative political media. All through the years, Limbaugh used his platform to advance many conspiracy theories and unfold hateful commentary. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020 by former President Trump.
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Jeopardy! contestant Brayden Smith died unexpectedly on Feb. 5, in line with an obituary from the Dignity Memorial funeral home. The information was confirmed on Twitter by Smith’s mom. He was 24-years previous. His demise comes solely months after his five-game championship run aired. He was one of many closing contestants to compete in episodes hosted by late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. As a five-time winner, Smith had certified to return to the present for the Match of Champions. Competing on the present had been a life lengthy dream of the Nationwide Benefit Scholar and up to date faculty graduate. Smith is survived by his mother and father and three brothers.
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The music world misplaced an enormous expertise with the passing of Chick Corea, who died on Feb. 9 of a uncommon type of most cancers. He was 79. Born Armando Anthony Corea, he was a 23-time Grammy Award winner and a grasp of jazz piano who helped outline the fusion period. His compositions “Spain,” “500 Miles Excessive,” “Armando’s Rhumba,” “La Fiesta,” and “Home windows” are thought of jazz requirements. Corea was a member of Miles Davis’ band within the late 1960s, taking part in on a number of of Davis’ information. He was famous for his inventive flexibility and expertise throughout a number of musical kinds.
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Mary Wilson, co-founding member of the Supremes, died on Feb. 8. She was 76 years previous. At 15, Wilson began the singing group alongside Florence Ballard, and so they have been quickly joined by Diana Ross, happening to high the ’60s music charts and launch a string of immediately iconic No. 1 hits like “Child Love,” “Cease! Within the Title of Love,” and “You Preserve Me Hangin’ On.” All through the years, there have been many adjustments to the group, with Ballard and Ross each finally departing, however Wilson remained a continuing till their farewell album in 1977. She went on to launch her first solo LP in 1979, wrote the bestselling memoir Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme in 1986, and competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2019.
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The Sound of Music star Christopher Plummer died Feb. 5. He was 91. In accordance with The Hollywood Reporter, the display and stage actor handed away along with his spouse Elaine Taylor by his facet. Plummer received high awards throughout a number of leisure industries, together with two Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards. In 2012, he turned the oldest actor to win an Oscar when he took residence a Finest Supporting Actor trophy on the age of 82 for his function within the comedy Beginners. Six years later, he additionally turned the oldest actor to be nominated for an Oscar when he was acknowledged for his efficiency in All the Money in the World, by which he changed Kevin Spacey on the final minute. Plummer is after all finest identified for his function as Captain Von Trapp, Julie Andrews‘ love curiosity and the patriarch of the Von Trapp household, within the beloved 1965 movie The Sound of Music.
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Actor Hal Holbrook died on Jan. 23 at 95 years previous. Holbrook, a Tony- and Emmy-winning performer, was finest identified for taking part in Mark Twain on stage and on display. For his one-man present Mark Twain Tonight!, which he additionally directed, Holbrook was awarded the 1966 Tony for Finest Actor in a Play. He introduced the present again two extra instances afterwards, in 1977 and 2005, and formally introduced his retirement from taking part in the author in 2017. He received 5 Emmys for his performances in TV productions like The Daring Ones: The Senator, Pueblo, and Sandburg’s Lincoln. Holbrook’s display profession spanned many years. He appeared in episodes of sequence like The Sopranos, The West Wing, and Grey’s Anatomy, in addition to movies like Water for Elephants, Lincoln, and Into the Wild, for which he obtained an Oscar nomination.
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Dustin Diamond, finest identified for his function as Samuel “Screech” Powers on the unique Saved by the Bell sequence, died on Feb. 1 at 44 years old. He had lately been identified with stage four lung most cancers. Diamond performed Screech for all the four-season run of Saved by the Bell. After his work on the sitcom, he turned a actuality TV fixture, showing on Celebrity Fit Club, Celebrity Big Brother, and Celebrity Boxing 2. He additionally returned as Screech for the spin-off sequence Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Saved by the Bell: The College Years, and wrote the 2009 memoir Behind the Bell about his time on the present, although he didn’t reprise his function in the recent Peacock revival. He was later plagued with authorized troubles, serving 4 months in jail in 2015 as a consequence of a stabbing incident, and returned to jail the next 12 months for violating parole.
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Allan Burns, co-creator of basic sitcoms like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Munsters, and Rhoda, died on Jan. 30. He was 85 years previous. Burns, who acquired his begin engaged on animated sequence like The Rocky and Bullwinkle Present and George of the Jungle, had an extended profession in tv, with credit together with The Duck Factory, Get Smart, and He & She, which earned him an Emmy Award for comedy writing. His profession as a screenwriter prolonged to the world of movie as nicely, and he went on to win the Finest Tailored Screenplay Oscar for A Little Romance. He additionally wrote the screenplays for Butch and Sundance: The Early Days and Just the Way You Are, and wrote and directed Just Between Friends.
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Hollywood legend Cicely Tyson died on Jan. 28 on the age of 96. Tyson was nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy Awards over the course of her 70-year profession, successful twice. 5 of these nominations have been for her guest-starring arc as Viola Davis‘ mom on How to Get Away with Murder. Davis had requested Tyson to play the function after the long-lasting actress impressed Davis to pursue her personal profession in Hollywood when Davis noticed Tyson in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Tyson additionally obtained an honorary Oscar in 2019 and was a Kennedy Heart Honorary in addition to a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Tyson’s memoir, Simply As I Am, was launched on Jan. 26, simply days earlier than her demise.
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L.A. Law actor Bruce Kirby handed away in late January. He was 95. Kirby’s Hollywood profession spanned greater than 5 many years. His most notable roles included Sgt. Kramer on Columbo and District Legal professional Bruce Rogoff on NBC’s L.A. Regulation. He additionally appeared within the 2006 Oscar-winning movie Crash as Pop Ryan, the daddy to Matt Dillon‘s John Ryan. Kirby was survived by his son John and his spouse Roz.
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Larry King, the long-lasting tv host and interviewer, died on Jan. 23. He was 87 years previous. King rose to prominence internet hosting his nightly speak radio present, The Larry King Present, from 1978 to 1994, and finally went on to host his CNN present Larry King Live for 25 years, the place he interviewed presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, authors, and extra distinguished public figures. In 2010, he retired and stepped away from the present after taping over 6,000 episodes. Not lengthy after, he got here out of retirement to host Larry King Now on Ora TV. The recipient of many broadcasting awards, together with two Peabodys and an Emmy, King turned an leisure world staple over the course of his decades-spanning profession, making cameos on a bunch of tv exhibits together with 30 Rock, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Gravity Falls, and showing in movies reminiscent of Ghostbusters, Bee Movie, and the Shrek movie sequence.
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Mira Furlan, the Croatian actress identified for her work on Babylon 5 and Lost, died Jan. 20. She was 65. Furlan performed Babylon 5‘s Delenn, the house station’s Minbari ambassador, for all 5 seasons of the ’90s house opera earlier than happening to play a significant recurring function on Misplaced as shipwrecked scientist Danielle Rousseau. On the massive display, her credit included motion pictures like When Father Was Away on Enterprise and The Deserted.
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Baseball legend Hank Aaron, who held the MLB document for profession residence runs for 33 years, died on Jan. 22. He was 86. Aaron’s profession within the main leagues spanned from 1954 to 1976, together with 21 seasons with the Braves, who moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta throughout his time as a participant. He nonetheless holds quite a lot of main league information however is finest identified for his 755 residence runs, a document that would not be damaged till 2007. Aaron was named a member of the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 1982. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.
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Phil Spector, the convicted assassin who got here to fame as a music producer, died Jan. 16. He was 81. Spector formed pop music by his influential “wall of sound” recording approach, working with acts just like the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, the Ronettes, Ike & Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ramones. He was convicted in 2009 for the 2003 homicide of actress Lana Clarkson at his residence in Alhambra, California, and sentenced to 19 years to life in jail. He would have been eligible for parole in 2024.
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Survivor: Palau contestant Angie Jakusz died Jan. Eight of most cancers, People reports. She was 40. Jakusz, whose tattoos and piercings made her stand out from the present’s traditional contestants on the time, was a bartender and artist in New Orleans when she competed on Survivor‘s 10th season, which aired in 2005. After narrowly escaping elimination within the first episode, she went on to show herself and endear herself to each teammates and followers. Jakusz was finally voted off in 13th place.
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Siegfried Fischbacher, one half of the magic duo Siegfried & Roy, died on Jan. 13. He was 81 years previous. Siegfried & Roy, who first began performing collectively in 1957, have been a Las Vegas staple for years earlier than retiring in 2010. They have been identified for incorporating animals into their act, together with white tigers, lions, and elephants. Collectively, the duo appeared in movies like Ocean’s Eleven and Showboy, and their act was the inspiration behind the 2004 animated sequence Father of the Delight. Roy Horn, Fischbacher’s present enterprise companion, died in 2020 of COVID-19.
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Beloved director Michael Apted died in early January 2021 on the age of 73. The British filmmaker is accountable for movies like The Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorillas in the Mist, and the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Apted achieved worldwide popularity of his work on the 7 Up documentaries, which adopted 14 British youngsters and checked in with them each seven years from age 7 to 63. Apted took over the second installment of the documentary sequence and helmed each installment thereafter. He received three BAFTAs and a number of DGA Awards, together with two of the guild’s profession achievement awards.
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Tommy Lasorda, Corridor of Fame supervisor of the Los Angeles Dodgers, died Jan. 7. He was 93. Recognized for his fiery persona, Lasorda managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, successful two World Collection titles, 4 Nationwide League pennants, and eight division crowns in that point. He was named Nationwide League Supervisor of the Yr twice. In his taking part in profession, Lasorda performed Main League Baseball for the Dodgers in 1954 and 1955 and for the Kansas Metropolis Athletics in 1956. He went on to educate for the Dodgers earlier than changing into their supervisor. He famously said, “I bleed Dodger blue, and once I die, I’ll the massive Dodger within the sky.”
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Actress and singer Marion Ramsey, finest identified for her function within the Police Academy franchise, died Jan. 7 at age 73. Ramsey performed soft-spoken officer, and later sergeant, Laverne Hooks within the Police Academy movies all through the 1980s. She was additionally a Broadway veteran who acquired her begin on the stage, performing in productions like Hey, Dolly!, Miss Moffat (reverse Bette Davis), and the hit present Eubie! On TV, she was a daily on the 1976 sketch present Cos, appeared in exhibits like The Jeffersons, and voiced a job within the animated sequence The Addams Family.
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Actress Tanya Roberts died on Jan. four at age 65. Her companion, Lance O’Brien, confirmed her demise on Jan. 5 after multiple conflicting reports relating to her well being. Roberts’ declare to fame arrived in 1980, when she changed Shelley Hack on the fifth season of Charlie’s Angels. One among her most memorable roles of all time got here in 1985, when she starred as Bond lady Stacey Sutton reverse Roger Moore in A View to Kill. She later turned identified to a brand new era when she starred as Midge Pinciotti, Donna’s (Laura Prepon) kooky mom, on That ’70s Show. Her final look on display was in an episode of Showtime’s 2005 comedy Barbershop.
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Kerry Vincent, Meals Community choose and host, died on Jan. 3. She was 75 years previous. A Meals Community staple, Vincent appeared as a choose on Food Network Challenge and hosted the community’s Save My Bakery. She additionally judged on The Nice Australian Bake Off. Along with her work on TV, Vincent co-founded the Oklahoma State Sugar Artwork Present.