Sunday, January 03, 2010

Gone In '09

As I've done in past years, here's a partial list of famous people who left us in 2009. This list comes from Who's Alive and Who's Dead. Visit the website here. Or join the Yahoo! group here. It wasn't a very good year to be famous. We lost a lot of big stars. May they rest in peace.

Previous lists --

Gone In '06
Gone In '07
Gone In '08

January 3 - Pat Hingle, actor (Commisioner Gordon in "Batman"), 84
January 6 - Cheryl Holdridge, TV performer ("The Mickey Mouse Club"), 64
January 8 - Jon Hager, country musician (The Hager Twins), 67
January 12 - Russ Conway, actor (Fenton Hardy in "The Hardy Boys"), 95
January 13 - Patrick McGoohan, actor ("The Prisoner"), 80
January 14 - Ricardo Montalban, actor ("Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"), 88
January 17 - Susanna Foster, actress ("Phantom of the Opera"), 84
January 18 - Bob May, actor (Robot in "Lost In Space"),69
January 20 - Dante "Gluefingers" Lavelli, NFL football player (Cleveland Browns), 85
January 27 - John Updike, novelist ("Rabbit Is Rich"), 76
January 28 - Billy Powell, rock keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynryd), 56
January 30 - Ingemar Johansson, heavyweight boxer, 76
January 31 - Clint Ritchie, actor (Clint Buchanan on "One Life to Live"), 70
February 4 - Lux Interior, punk singer (The Cramps), 60
February 6 - James Whitmore, actor ("The Shawshank Redemption"), 87
February 6 - Phil Carey, actor (Asa Buchanan on "One Life to Live"), 83
February 6 - Shirley Jean Rickert, actress ("Our Gang"), 82
February 7 - Molly Bee, country singer ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"), 69
February 21 - Robert Quarry, actor ("Count Yorga, Vampire"), 83
February 28 - "Uncle Al" Lewis, children's TV host (Cincinnati, OH), 84
March 3 - Sydney Chaplin, stage actor ("Funny Girl"), 82. He was the son of actor Charlie Chaplin
March 7 - Jimmy Boyd, child singer ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"),70
March 8 - Hank Locklin, country singer ("Please Help Me, I'm Falling"), 91
March 13 - Betsy Blair, actress ("Marty"), 85. She was actor/dancer Gene Kelly's first wife
March 14 - Millard Kaufman, screenwriter (Mister Magoo), 92
March 15 - Ron Silver, actor("Reversal of Fortune"), 62
March 18 - Natasha Richardson, actress ("The Handmaid's Tale"), 45. She was the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and wife of actor Liam Neeson
March 24 - George Kell, major leaguer (Detroit Tigers), 86
March 25 - Dan Seals, pop singer (England Dan and John Ford Coley), 61
March 28 - Maurice Jarre, film soundtrack composer ("Dr. Zhivago"), 84
March 29 - Andy Hallett, actor (Lorne on "Angel"), 33
April 7 - Dave Arneson, invented Dungeons & Dragons, 61
April 7 - Jack Wrangler, porn actor, 62
April 12 - Marilyn Chambers, porn actress ("Behind the Green Door"), 57
April 13 - Harry Kalas, baseball announcer (Philadelphia Phillies), 73
April 22 - Ken Annakin, film director ("Swiss Family Robinson"), 94
April 25 - Beatrice Arthur, actress (Dorothy on "The Golden Girls"), 86
April 27 - Vern Gosdin, country singer ("Chiseled in Stone"), 74
May 1 - Danny Gans, Las Vegas entertainer, 52
May 2 - Jack Kemp, U.S. Congressman (R-NY) and pro football player (Buffalo Bills), 73
May 4 - Dom DeLuise, actor ("The Cannonball Run"), 75
May 6 - Donald "Ean" Evans, rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), 48
May 7 - Mickey Carroll, actor ("The Wizard of Oz"), 89
May 15 - Wayman Tisdale, NBA basketball player (Indiana Pacers) and jazz bassist, 44
May 18 - Wayne Allwine, voice actor (Mickey Mouse), 62
May 18 - Carol "Cookie" Cole, actress (Ellie on "Sanford and Son"), 64. She was the sister of Natalie Cole and the adopted daughter of Nat "King" Cole
May 20 - Lucy Gordon, actress ("Spider Man 3"), 29
May 21 - Joan Stanton, radio actress (Lois Lane on "Superman"), 94
May 28 - Mort Abrahams, film and TV producer ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E."),93
June 3 - David Carradine, actor (Caine on "Kung Fu"), 72
June 3 - Koko Taylor, blues singer ("Wang Dang Doodle"), 80
June 4 - Dorothy Taylor, actress (Laurel & Hardy pictures), 96
June 5 - Richard Jacobs, baseball executive (Cleveland Indians), 83
June 6 - Pio Sagapolutele, NFL football player (New England Patriots),39
June 10 - Dave Simons, comic artist (Spider-Man), 54
June 23 - Ed McMahon, TV announcer & pitchman ("The Tonight Show"), 86
June 25 - Farrah Fawcett, actress (Jill Munroe on "Charlie's Angels"), 62
June 25 - Michael Jackson, pop singer ("Thriller"), 50
June 27 - Gale Storm, actress (Margie Albright on "My Little Margie), 87
June 28 - Billy Mays, TV pitchman (OxiClean), 50
June 28 - Fred Travalena, comedian & impersonator, 66
July 1 - Karl Malden, actor (Detective Stone on "The Streets of San Francisco"), 97
July 1 - Mollie Sugden, actress (Mrs. Slocombe on "Are You Being Served?"), 86
July 4 - Steve McNair, NFL football player (Tennessee Titans), 36
July 6 - Robert S. MacNamara, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1961-68), 93
July 13 - Brenda Joyce, actress ("Tarzan and the Amazons"), 92
July 14 - Dallas McKennon, actor (Cincinnatus on "Daniel Boone"), 89
July 16 - Gordon Waller, pop singer (Peter and Gordon), 64
July 17 - Walter Cronkite, TV news anchor (CBS), 92
July 21 - Heinz Edelmann, artist ("Yellow Submarine"), 75
July 21 - Les Lye, actor ("You Can't Do That On Television"), 84
July 23 - "Dirty" Danny McBride, guitarist (Sha Na Na), about 64
August 1 - Corazon Aquino, Philippines president (1986-92), 76
August 6 - Willy DeVille, punk singer (Mink DeVille), 58
August 6 - John Hughes, filmmaker ("Uncle Buck"), 59
August 9 - John Quade, actor ("Every Which Way But Loose"), 71
August 11 - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, advocate for the mentally disabled, 88. She was the sister of Sen. Edward Kennedy and wife of political figure Sargent Shriver
August 12 - Ruth Ford, actress ("Across the Pacific"), 98
August 13 - Les Paul, guitarist and guitar designer, 94
August 15 - Virginia Davis, actress ("Alice's Day at Sea"), 90
August 18 - Robert Novak, political columnist/commentator ("Crossfire"), 78
August 25 - Ted Kennedy, U.S. Senator (D-MA, 1963-2009), 77
August 26 - Dominick Dunne, writer ("Vanity Fair"), 83
August 26 - Ellie Greenwich, pop songwriter ("Chapel of Love"), 68
August 28 - Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, radio broadcaster, 36
September 8 - Army Archerd, entertainment columnist ("Variety"), 87
September 11 - Larry Gelbart, screenwriter & director ("M*A*S*H"), 81
September 14 - Henry Gibson, actor ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"), 73
September 14 - Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer ("Ghost"), 57
September 16 - Mary Travers, folk singer (Peter, Paul and Mary), 72
September 17 - Dick Hoover, professional bowler, 79

September 17 - Dick Durock, actor ("Swamp Thing"), 72
September 19 - Arthur Ferrante, pianist, 88
September 27 - William Safire, political columnist (New York Times), 79
October 13 - Al Martino, crooner ("Here In My Heart"), 82
October 13 - William Wayne Justice, U.S. judge (Texas), 89
October 14 - "Captain" Lou Albano, pro wrestler (featured in a Cyndi Lauper music video), 76
October 16 - George Tuska, comic artist ("Iron Man"), 93
October 17 - Vic Mizzy, TV theme songwriter ("Addams Family"), 93
October 19 - Joseph Wiseman, actor ("Dr. No"), 91
October 22 - Soupy Sales, entertainer, 83
October 23 - Lou Jacobi, actor ("Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex"), 95
October 30 - Claude Levi-Strauss, anthropologist ("The Savage Mind"), 100
November 3 - Carl Ballantine, actor (Lester Gruber on "McHale's Navy"), 92
November 10 - David Lloyd, TV comedy writer ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show"), 75. He was the father of "Frasier" writer Christopher Lloyd and was unrelated to "Taxi" and "Back to the Future" actor Christopher Lloyd
November 15 - Ken Ober, TV host ("Remote Control"), 52
November 16 - Edward Woodward, actor (Robert McCall in "The Equalizer"), 79
November 23 - Robert Degen, songwriter ("Hokey Pokey"), 104
November 27 - Al Alberts, crooner (The Four Aces) and Philadelphia TV host, 87
November 27 - Irving "Bud" Tripp, comic book artist ("Little Lulu"), 88
December 3 - Liam Clancy, Irish folk singer (Clancy Brothers), 74
December 3 - Richard Todd, actor ("The Longest Day"), 90
December 7 - Mark Ritts, actor (Lester on "Beakman's World"), 63
December 9 - Gene Barry, actor ("Bat Masterson"), 90
December 15 - Oral Roberts, Pentecostal evangelist, 91
December 16 - Roy E. Disney, entertainment executive (The Walt Disney Co.). He was the nephew of Walt Disney
December 17 - Alaina Reed Hall, actress (Olivia on "Sesame Street"), 63
December 17 - Jennifer Jones, actress ("Love is a Many-Splendored Thing"), 90
December 17 - Dan O'Bannon, screenwriter ("Alien"), 63
December 18 - Connie Hines, actress (Carol Post on "Mister Ed"), 79
December 20 - Brittany Murphy, actress ("Clueless"), 32
December 20 - Arnold Stang, actor ("It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"), 91
December 25 - Vic Chesnutt, singer/songwriter, 45
December 26 - Knut Haugland, explorer (Kon-Tiki), 92
December 27 - Erik Gates, rocketry expert ("Mythbusters"), 47
December 29 - Steve Williams, aka "Dr. Death", pro wrestler, 49

7 comments:

Wings said...

Wow. This was quite a year for losses! So many, it is incredible!

Wings said...

Thanks for putting this together, BTW.

Drake said...

Always a sad list.

wiec? said...

wow! thanks for putting in the work.

depressing business but a very nice tip of the cap to those lost in that foul year 2009.

glows said...

It feels like so many people were lost this year, but you don't realize this until you see it as a list. Some where tragic and I know some of them impacted me.

Thanks for sharing...

Evilmonster said...

sad year, many great ones gone... at least we have things to remember them all...

thanks, moment of silence! 2009

evilmonster

Ape Hangers said...

Great, keep it up