R.I.P. 2012.

by alirioaguero2 | created - 30 Dec 2012 | updated - 19 Jan 2013 | Public

A memoire to those who left us during 2012.

1. Only people I KNEW (of at least KNEW OF) are inlcuded, really sorry about others too, but I will not include anyone unless I knew them.

2. This is supposed to be sad and dignifying tribute, so please restrain from funny or insulting comments. Thank you:)

May these people forever rest in peace!

1. Frederica Sagor Maas

Writer | The Shocking Miss Pilgrim

Frederica Sagor Maas was born in America, the youngest daughter of Russian immigrants. Feeling no great desire to complete her course in journalism at Columbia University, New York, she found film an exciting new artistic medium, and was hired by Universal Studios as a story editor, and later MGM ...

(6. July 1900 - 5. January 2012)

American screenwriter (Plastic Age, Shocking Miss Pilgrim)

died from natural causes

2. Mae LaBorde

Actress | Pineapple Express

Mae LaBorde was born on May 13, 1909 in Fresno, California, USA as Mae Shamlian. She was an actress, known for Pineapple Express (2008), The Heartbreak Kid (2007) and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005). She was married to Nicholas Laborde. She died on January 9, 2012 in Santa Monica, ...

(13. May 1909 - 9. January 2012)

American actress (Pineapple Express)

died from natural causes

3. Eiko Ishioka

Costume_designer | The Cell

Eiko Ishioka was born on July 12, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan. She was a costume designer and director, known for The Cell (2000), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and The Fall (2006). She was married to Nico Soultanakis. She died on January 21, 2012 in Tokyo.

(12. July 1938 - 21. January 2012)

Japanese costume designer (Immortals, Dracula, Mirror Mirror)

died from pancreatic cancer

4. Ian Abercrombie

Actor | Army of Darkness

Ian Abercrombie began his theatrical career as a lad during the Blitz in World War II. After his footwork years during which he earned Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in dance for the stage, he performed in London, Holland, Ireland and Scotland. He made his American stage debut in 1955 in a ...

(11. September 1934 - 26. January 2012)

British actor and voiceover actor

died from kidney failure

5. Whitney Houston

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.

She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...

(9. August 1963 - 11. February 2012)

American acclaimed singer and actress (Bodyguard)

died from accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use

6. David Kelly

Actor | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Born Dublin, Ireland on July 11 1929. Educated at Synge Street Catholic boys school. Started acting aged 8 in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Playing everything from Beckett to Shakespeare, he has appeared in theatre, TV and film constantly since 1959. Awards include: Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding ...

(11. July 1929 - 12. February 2012)

British actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

died from pneumonia

7. Ralph McQuarrie

Art_department | Cocoon

Ralph McQuarrie was born on June 13, 1929 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Ralph Angus McQuarrie. He is known for his work on Cocoon (1985), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He was married to Joan Benjamin. He died on March 3, 2012 in ...

(13. June 1929 - 3. March 2012)

American conceptual artist (Star Wars)

died from Parkinson's disease

8. Julio Alemán

Actor | El tunco Maclovio

Julio Alemán was born on November 29, 1933 in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. He was an actor and producer, known for El tunco Maclovio (1970), Rocambole contra las mujeres arpías (1967) and The Green Wall (1969). He was married to Esperanza de la Paz Gotes Martínez. He died on April 11, 2012 in...

(19. November 1933 - 11. April 2012)

Mexican actor (Mi Destino Eres Tu, Soy Tu Duena) and singer

died from lung cancer

9. Yolanda Mérida

Actress | Mi hermana la Nena

Yolanda Mérida was born on August 20, 1929 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. She was an actress, known for Mi hermana la Nena (1976), Había una vez una estrella (1989) and El juego de la guitarra (1973). She died on April 11, 2012 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.

(20. August 1929 - 11. April 2012)

Mexican actress (Cuando Me Enamoro, Amor Real)

died from assumed natural causes

10. Kathryn Joosten

Actress | Desperate Housewives

Kathryn is best known for her portrayals of "Karen McCluskey" on Desperate Housewives (2004) on ABC and of "Mrs. Landingham", secretary to the President (Martin Sheen), on the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, The West Wing (1999). She has also recurred on Dharma & Greg (1997), and guest-starred ...

(20. December 1939 - 2. June 2012)

American actress (Karen McCluskey from Desperate Housewives)

died from lung cancer

11. J. Michael Riva

Production_designer | Iron Man

J. Michael Riva was born on June 28, 1948 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as John Michael Riva. He was a production designer and art director, known for Iron Man (2008), Django Unchained (2012) and The Color Purple (1985). He was married to Wendy Riva and Julia Riva. He died on June 7, ...

(28. June 1948 - 7. June 2012)

American production designer (Iron Man films, Spiderman trilogy, Django Unchained), grandson of Marlene Dietrich

died from complications from a stroke

12. Ann Rutherford

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Ann Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The daughter of a former Metropolitan Opera singer, John Rutherford, and her actress mother, Lillian Mansfield, was destined for show business. Not long after her birth, her family moved to California, where she made her stage debut in...

(2. November 1917 - 11. June 2012)

Canadian actress (Gone With the Wind, Andy Hardy series)

died from heart failure

13. Nora Ephron

Writer | Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...

(19. May 1941 - 26. June 2012)

American director and writer (Julie and Julia, You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle)

died from acute myeloid leukaemia

14. Eric Sykes

Actor | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

'Eric Sykes' started as a radio scriptwriter but he soon found he could perform as well as write. The slight handicap of being very hard of hearing doesn't interfere with his wonderful comic timing. The spectacles he wears have no lenses but contain a bone conducting hearing aid.

(4. May 1923 - 4. July 2012)

British actor (Frank Bryce from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Poirot: Halloween Party)

died from natural causes

15. Ernest Borgnine

Actor | Marty

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, ...

(24. January 1917 - 8. July 2012)

American Oscar-winning actor (Poseidon's Adventure, RED)

died from renal failure

16. Sage Stallone

Actor | Rocky V

Sage Stallone was born on May 5, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Sage Moonblood Stallone. He was an actor, known for Rocky V (1990), Daylight (1996) and Vic (2006). He was married to Starlin Wright. He died on July 13, 2012 in Studio City, Los Angeles.

(5. May 1976 - 13. July 2012)

American actor, son of Sylvester Stallone

died from heart attack

17. Richard D. Zanuck

Producer | Driving Miss Daisy

Richard D. Zanuck was born on December 13, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Darryl Zanuck. He was a producer, known for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Deep Impact (1998) and Cocoon (1985). He was married to Lili Fini Zanuck, Linda Harrison and Lili Gentle. He died on July 13, 2012 in ...

(13. December 1934 - 13. July 2012)

American producer (Dark Shadows, Big Fish, Jaws, Sweeney Todd)

died from heart attack

18. Celeste Holm

Actress | All About Eve

Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19. She appeared in many successful plays, including "The ...

(29. April 1917 - 15. July 2012)

American Oscar-winning actress (All About Eve, Gentlemen's Agreement)

died from heart attack

19. Lupe Ontiveros

Actress | As Good as It Gets

Lupe Ontiveros was born on September 17, 1942 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Guadalupe Moreno. She is known for her work on As Good as It Gets (1997), Chuck & Buck (2000) and Real Women Have Curves (2002). She was married to Elias P. Ontiveros. She died on July 26, 2012 in Whittier, California, USA.

(17. September 1942 - 26. July 2012)

American actress (Mama Solis from Desperate Housewives)

died from liver cancer

20. Mary Tamm

Actress | Doctor Who

Mary Tamm was born on March 22, 1950 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England. She was an actress, known for Doctor Who (1963), Doghouse (2009) and The Likely Lads (1976). She was married to Marcus Ringrose. She died on July 26, 2012 in Battersea, London, England.

(22. March 1950 - 26. July 2012)

British actress (Poirot: Dream, Dr. Who)

died from cancer

21. Mel Stuart

Producer | The Making of the President 1960

Mel Stuart was born on September 2, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Stewart Solomon. He was a producer and director, known for The Making of the President 1960 (1963), Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135 (2000) and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He was married to Roberta ...

(2. September 1928 - 9. August 2012)

American director (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1971)

died from cancer

22. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

(21. June 1944 - 19. August 2012)

American director, writer and producer (Top Gun, Man of Fire, Unstoppable), brother of Ridley Scott

died from suicide by jumping from a bridge

23. Phyllis Diller

Actress | A Bug's Life

Diller put out an autobiography in 2005 in her late 80s, and entitled it "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", which pretty much says it all when recalling the misfit life and career of the fabulous, one-of-a-kind Phyllis Diller. It may inspire all those bored, discouraged and/or directionless ...

(17. July 1917 - 20. August 2012)

American actress and commedienne

died from natural causes

24. Neil Armstrong

Actor | Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA as Neil Alden Armstrong. He is known for his work on Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention (2003), Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010) and Footprints on the Moon: Apollo 11 (1969). He was married to Carol ...

(5. August 1930 - 25. August 2012)

American astronaut, first man on the Moon

died from complications following cardiovascular surgery

25. Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor | The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let ...

(10. December 1957 - 3. September 2012)

American actor (Green Mile, Finder, Sin City)

died from respiratory failure

26. Johnny Lewis

Actor | Sons of Anarchy

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the middle of three siblings, Johnny began performing from the age of 5 at a small performing arts school, making his debut as a Chanukah candle.

Pursuing the acting profession, he appeared with success in many TV and film projects, handling both drama and...

(29. October 1983 - 26. September 2012)

American tv actor (Sons of Anarchy, Bones, CSI)

died from either a suicide or an accident by falling from a roof

27. Herbert Lom

Actor | The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Herbert Lom was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich Schluderpacheru on September 11, 1917. He made his film debut in the Czech film Woman Below the Cross (1937) and played supporting and, occasionally, lead roles. His career picked up in the 1940s and he played, among other roles, Napoleon ...

(11. September 1917 - 27. September 2012)

Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther series, Marple: Murder at a Vicarage)

died from natural causes

28. Sylvia Kristel

Actress | The Concorde... Airport '79

Sylvia Kristel was born on September 28, 1952 in Utrecht, Netherlands. She first came to international attention in the early 1970s with Emmanuelle (1974) for director Just Jaeckin. Then two more sequels followed in which she also starred. Included in her credits are a long list of European films ...

(28. September 1952 - 18. October 2012)

Dutch actress (Emmanuelle serial)

died from cancer

29. Russell Means

Actor | The Last of the Mohicans

Russell Means was born an Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian. He was the first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in which role he became prominent during the 1973 standoff with the U.S. government at Wounded Knee. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Libertarian Party and announced his ...

(10. November 1939 - 22. October 2012)

American actor (Last of the Mochicans, Pocahontas, Natural Born Killers)

died from esophageal cancer

30. Lucille Bliss

Actress | Cinderella

Lucille Bliss was born on March 31, 1916 in New York City, New York, USA as Lucille Theresa Bliss. She was an actress, known for Cinderella (1950), The Secret of NIMH (1982) and Robots (2005). She died on November 8, 2012 in Costa Mesa, California, USA.

(11. March 1916 - 8. November 2012)

American voiceover actress (Smurfette in Smurfs, Anastasia in Cinderella)

died from natural causes

31. Roger Hammond

Actor | The King's Speech

Roger Hammond (21 March 1936 - 8 November 2012) was an English character actor who appeared in many films and television series.

Hammond's father was a chartered accountant and managing director of a cotton mill. He attended Stockport Grammar School for two years followed by Bryanston School in ...

(21. March 1936 - 8. November 2012)

British actor (King's Speach, Bedazzled, Around the World in 80 Days)

died from cancer

32. Oscar Niemeyer

Production_designer | Pedro Mico

Oscar Niemeyer was born on December 15, 1907 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho. He is known for his work on Pedro Mico (1985), Tricheurs (1984) and Do Not Enter: The Visa War Against Ideas (1986). He was married to Vera Lúcia Cabreira and ...

(15. December 1907 - 5. December 2012)

Brazilian achitect and production designer

died from respiratory infection

33. Danny Steinmann

Director | Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Writer/director/producer Danny Steinmann was the son of noted East Coast art collector Herbert R. Steinmann. Danny made his debut as both writer and director with the funky hardcore porno picture High Rise (1973), on which he used the alias Danny Stone. Steinmann was a production associate on ...

(7. January 1942 - 18. December 2012)

American director and writer (Friday the 13'th: A New Beginning)

died from undisclosed reasons

34. Charles Durning

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most ...

(28. February 1923 - 24. December 2012)

American actor (The Sting, Rescue Me, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou)

died from natural causes

35. Rita Levi-Montalcini

Self | Death by Design: Where Parallel Worlds Meet

Rita Levi-Montalcini was born on April 22, 1909 in Turin, Italy. She died on December 30, 2012 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

(22. April 1909 - 30. December 2012)

Italian Nobel-prize winning neurologist and lifetime senator

died from natural causes



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