Gone But Not Forgotten – Celebrity Deaths 2017

Just when we all thought 2016 was a very bad year for losing our heroes of stage, screen and public life, along came this year. Here is a list of the celebrities who left this mortal coil in 2017

JANUARY

08 – Peter Sarstedt, English Singer/Songwriter – “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?” – age 75

12 – William Peter Blatty, Writer/Filmmaker – wrote both the novel and screenplay for “The Exorcist” – age 89 (multiple myeloma)

13 – Dick Gautier, Actor – Hymie the Robot in TV series “Get Smart” (1965-’70) – age 85

13 – Lord Snowdon, Royal/Photographer – Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The Daily Telegraph magazines – age 86

16 – Steve Wright, Musician/bass guitarist – The Greg Kihn Band

23 – Gorden Kaye, Actor – René Artois in the TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo! – age 75

25 – John Hurt, Actor – John Merrick in “The Elephant Man” (1980) – age 77

25 – Mary Tyler Moore, Actress – Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) and Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Show (1970-1977) age – 80

26 – Barbara Hale, Actress – Della Street on TV show “Perry Mason” (1957-1966) – age 94

28 – Geoff Nicholls, Musician – keyboardist for Black Sabbath (1979-2004) – age 68

30 – Doris Lockness, Pioneering American aviator – she flew in WWII with the Women Air Force Service Pilots – age 107

31 – John Wetton, Musician/bassist – played with Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash – age 67

31 – Frank Pellegrino, Actor – Johnny Dio in movie Goodfellas – age 72

FEBRUARY

07 – Richard Hatch, Actor – Captain Apollo in “Battlestar Galactica” (1978-80) – age 71

12 – Al Jarreau, Jazz Singer – 7 Grammy Awards, “We’re in This Love Together”, “After All” – age 76

16 – George Steele, Professional Wrestler – WWF Wrestler (1967-88) known as “The Animal – age 79

17 – Warren Frost, Actor – Billy Lewis on “Matlock” (1986-1995) – age 91

25 – Bill Paxton, Actor – “Aliens”, “Predator 2”, “True Lies”, “Apollo 13”, “Twister” – age 61

MARCH

03 – Míriam Colón, Actress – Mama Montana in Scarface (1983), Rosa in Sabrina (1995) – age 80

10 – Joni Sledge, Singer – with two sisters founded R&B group Sister Sledge “We Are Family” – age 60

13 – Kim Jong-nam, Older brother of Kim Jong-un, ruler of N.Korea, exiled and assassinated for disagreeing with the government – age 45 (poisonous gas attack)

18 – Chuck Berry Singer/Songwriter – 1950s rock & roll pioneer, “Maybellene” (1955), “Johnny B. Goode” (1958) – age 90

20 – David Rockefeller, Banker – patriarch of the Rockefeller family and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank – age 101

21 – Colin Dexter, Novelist (UK) – Inspector Morse crime novels (1975-1999) and ITV TV show (1987-2000) – age 86

22 – Sib Hashian, Musician – Drummer for “Boston” (1975-83), songs; “More Than a Feeling”, “Rock & Roll Band” – age 67

23 – Lola Albright Actress – Edie Hart (Peter’s girlfriend) in “Peter Gunn” – age 92

24 – Peter Shotton, Musician – played with John Lennon & Paul McCartney in The Quarrymen – age 75

27 – David Storey, Novelist/Screenwriter – wrote both the book and movie screenplay for “This Sporting Life” (1963) – age 83

APRIL

06 – Don Rickles, Comedian/Actor – comedic style was “King of the insults”, starred in C.P.O. Sharkey (1976-78) – age 90 (kidney failure)

11 – J. Geils, Musician – J. Geils Blues Band, “Centerfold”, “Freeze Frame” – age 71 (natural causes)

12 – Charlie Murphy, Actor/Comedian – regular on ‘Chappelle’s Show’, Eddie Murphy’s brother – age 57 (leukemia)

15 – Sylvia Moy, Songwriter – “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”, “My Cherie Amour” for Stevie Wonder – age 78 (complications from pneumonia)

20 – Cuba Gooding Sr., Singer – R&B group The Main Ingredient – “Everybody Plays the Fool” (1972), “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” – age 72 (found in a parked car)

22 – Erin Moran, Actress – Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi” – age 56 (stage 4 cancer)

26 – Jonathan Demme, Filmmaker/director – “Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “Philadelphia” – age 73 (esophageal cancer)

MAY

06 – Beryl Te Wiata, Actress – mainly worked mainly in New Zealand, Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – age 92

06 – Val Jellay, Actress – worked in Australia and the UK, Mabel Morgan in “The Prisoner” – age 89 (pneumonia)

09 – Robert Miles, Music composer/DJ – known for his trance and electronica music, biggest hit “Children” – age 47 (stage 4 metastatic cancer)

10 – Geoffrey Bayldo, Actor (UK) – the lead role in the ITV children’s series Catweazle (1970–71) – age 93

17 – Chris Cornell, Singer/Songwriter – frontman for Soundgarden, won two Grammys – age 52 (possible suicide)

23 – Sir Roger Moore, Actor – Simon Templer in “The Saint” (1962-’69), James Bond in seven films (1973-’89) – age 89 (cancer)

27 – Gregg Allman, Musician – The Allman Brothers Band, “Midnight Riders”, “Ramblin Man” – age 69 (liver cancer)

29 – Manuel Noriega, Military dictator – strong man ruler of Panama (1983-89), removed and arrested by a U.S. invasion 1989 – age 83 (complications from brain surgery)

30 – Molly Peters, Actress/Model – Bond girl in “Thunderball” – age 75 (stroke)

JUNE

02 – Jack O’Neill, Entrepreneur – credited with inventing the wetsuit and owner of O’Neil brand surf gear – age 94

08 – Glenne Headly, Actress – Janet Colgate in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, Iris Holland in “Mr. Holland’s Opus” – age 62 (pulmonary embolism)

09 – Adam West, Actor – Bruce Wayne on “Batman” (1966-’68) – age 88 (Leukemia)

12 – Sam Beazley, Actor (UK) – Everard in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” – age 101

13 – Anita Pallenberg, Italian Actress – starred in “Barbarella” (1968), “Candy” (1968) – age 73

16 – Stephen Furst, Actor – Dr. Elliot Axelrod on “St. Elsewhere”, Flounder in “Animal House” – age 63 (type II diabetes complications)

27 – Michael Bond, Writer – the Paddington Bear series of 20 books (1958-2014) – age 91

27 – Michael Nyqvist, Actor (Swedish) – Kurt Hendricks (villian) in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – age 56 (lung cancer)

JULY

04 – Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Actor – Roots miniseries (1977), Mandingo (1975) – age 77

04 – John Blackwell, Drummer – played with Prince’s band The New Power Generation (2000-2012) – age 43 (brain tumor)

13 – Fresh Kid Ice, Hip Hop artist – founding member of 2 Live Crew – age 53 (stroke?)

15 – Martin Landau, Actor – “Mission: Impossible” (1966 -1973), “Space: 1999” (1976-’77) – age 89

16 – George A. Romero, Filmmaker – “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) – age 77 (lung cancer)

16 – Trevor Baxter, Actor/Playwright – Professor George Litefoot on the BBC TV show “Doctor Who” – age 84

20 – Chester Bennington, Musician/Singer – was the front man for Linkin Park (2000-2012), Stone Temple Pilots (2013-’15) – age 41 (suicide by hanging)

21 – John Heard, Actor – Father in “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2” – age 72 (complications from back surgery)

25 – Barbara Sinatra, Performer/model – married Frank Sinatra (1976-1998) – age 90 (natural)

26 – June Foray, Voice Actress – voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel from TV show “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” – age 99

27 – Sam Shepard, Actor/Playwright/Author – Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff” (1983) – age 73 (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

31 – Jeanne Moreau, Actress (French) – “Seven Days… Seven Nights” (1960), “Viva Maria!” (1965) – age 89

AUGUST

03 – Robert Hardy, Actor – played Alec Stewart in BBC show “The Troubleshooters” – age 91

06 – Dick Locher, Cartoonist – editorial cartoonist at Chicago Tribune (1973-2013), won a Pulitzer Prize for “Dick Tracy” – age 88

07 – Haruo Nakajima, Actor – played Godzilla in 12 movies (1954 – 1972) – age 88

08 – Glen Campbell, Singer/Songwriter – “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”; nominated for 21 Grammys and won 10 – age 81 (Alzheimer’s disease)

19 – Brian Aldiss, Sci-Fi Writer – “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” (1969) – age 92

19 – Bea Wain, Singer – sang with Larry Clinton and His Orchestra “Heart and Soul” (1938) – age 100

20 – Sir Colin Meads, Rugby Player (New Zealand) – played for national team, the All Blacks (1957-’71) – age 81

20 – Jerry Lewis, Comedian/Actor/Humanitarian – “The Bellboy” (1960), Nutty Professor (1963), Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (1966-2010) – age 91

22 – Tom Pritchard, Cricketer (New Zealand) – played first-class cricket in England for Wellington – age 100

25 – Jeannie Rousseau, Intelligence agent – worked as a translator in occupied France during World War II feeding valuable intel to the Allies – age 98

26 – Tobe Hooper, Horror Films Writer/Director – “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974) and “Poltergeist” (1982) – age 74

28 – Melissa Bell, Singer (UK) – fronted the groups, Soul II Soul and Soul Explosion – age 53 (complications from kidney failure)

31 – Richard Anderson, Actor – Oscar Goldman on TV shows The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman – age 91

SEPTEMBER

01 – Shelley Berman, Actor/Comedian – his movies include: “Divorce American Style” (1967), “Meet the Fockers” (2004) – age 92 (Alzheimer’s disease)

06 – Peter Luck, TV journalist (AU) – “This Fabulous Century” a 37 episode documentary series – age 73 (cancer)

06 – Kate Millett, Author/Teacher – wrote on feminist subjects “Sexual Politics” (1970) – age 82 (cardiac arrest)

13 – Frank Vincent, Actor – Salvy in “Raging Bull” (1980), as himself in “The making of the Mob” – age 80 (heart attack)

15 – Harry Dean Stanton, Actor – Tramp in “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), Private Willard in “Kelly’s Heroes” – age 91

19 – Jake LaMotta, Professional Boxer – World Middleweight Champion and inspitation for the film “Raging Bull” (1980) – age 95

21 – Liliane Bettencourt, Heiress – inherited a majority stake in L’Oréal Cosmetics making her the richest woman in the world ($44.3 billion) – age 94

27 – Hugh Hefner, Publisher – editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine (1953 – present) – age 91

OCTOBER

02 – Tom Petty, Singer/Songwriter – Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers: “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin”, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (2002) – age 66 (sudden heart attack)

06 – Hervé L Leroux, Fashion Designer (FR) – founder of Hervé Leger making dramatic draped and gauze dresses – age 60

10 – Robert Schiller, Television Screenwriter – “I Love Lucy” (1955–1957), “All in the Family” (1977–1979) – age 98

15 – Sean Hughes, Actor/ stand-up comedian (Irish) – created and starred in the TV show “Sean’s Show” (1992-’93) – age 51 (cirrhosis of the liver)

17 – Gord Downie, Musician (CAN) – lead singer for the band The Tragically Hip (1984-his death) – age 53 (glioblastoma brain cancer)

20 – Judith McGrath, Actress (AUS) – Colleen Powell in soap opera “Prisoner” (1979–1984), Von Ryan in “All Saints” (1998–2009) – age 70

22 – George Young,, Musician (AUS) – played with the Easybeats, charted with “Friday on My Mind” and “Love Is in the Air” – age 70

24 – Fats Domino, Singer/Songwriter – “Ain’t That a Shame” (1955), “Blueberry Hill” (1956), he sold over 65 million records – age 89

24 – Robert Guillaume, Actor – Benson on the TV-series “Soap” (1977-’81) and “Benson” (1979-’86) – age 89 (prostate cancer)

NOVEMBER

05 – Nancy Friday, Author – wrote feminist erotic books; “My Secret Garden” (1973), “Forbidden Flowers” – age 84 (Alzheimer’s disease)

05 – Robert Knight, Singer – “Everlasting Love” (1967), “Free Me” (1961) – age 72

09 – John Hillerman, Actor – played Jonathan Higgins II on Magnum, P.I. (1980-88), won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award – age 84

15 – Gustav Åhr, Rapper – known as”Lil Peep”, songs “White Wine”, “Benz Truck” released on You Tube – age 21 (drug overdose)

18 – Malcolm Young, Musician/Guitarist (AUS) – co-founder of rock group ACDC; “Back In Black”, “Highway to Hell” – age 64 (early onset Alzheimer)

19 – Della Reese, Singer (multi genre)/Actress – Tess in TV show “Touched by an Angel” (1994-2003); as a singer “Don’t You Know?” (1959) – age 86

21 – David Cassidy, Actor/Singer – portrayed Keith Partridge in TV series “The Partridge Family” (1970-74) – age 67 (early onset dementia)

30 – Jim Nabors, Actor/Singer – Gomer Pyle on TV shows; “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gomer Pyle USMC” – age 87

DECEMBER

04 – Christine Keeler, Model/Socialite (UK) – married yet notorious for her affairs, with a Russian diplomat which led to the discrediting of Harold Macmillan’s party (1963) – age 75

10 – Bruce Brown, Filmmaker – surf movie “The Endless Summer” (1966), “The Endless Summer II” (1994) – age 80

  1. Lady Florence Bjelke Petersen – Senator (1981-1993) and wife of Queensland’s longest-serving Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen – age 97