RIP 2017by Nate76 | created - 01 Jan 2017 | updated - 04 Jan 2018 | Public
2017 can't be as bad as 2016, can it?
Actress | The Family Man
Francine York was born in the small mining town of Aurora, Minnesota to her parents, Frank and Sophie Yerich. When Francine was five, her family (including her younger sister, Deanne) moved to Cleveland, where she began to write short stories and take an interest in acting. At age nine, Francine ...
2. Tony Rosato
Actor | Night Heat
Tony Rosato was born on December 26, 1954 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Antonio Rosato. He was an actor and writer, known for Night Heat (1985), Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999) and Seeds of Doubt (1998). He was married to Leah Murray. He died on January 10, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Actor | Traffic
Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...
Actress | Ordinary People
Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...
5. John Hurt
Actor | Nineteen Eighty-Four
This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and ...
6. Barbara Hale
Actress | Perry Mason
Barbara was born on 18 April 1922, as one of two children. As a young girl, Ms. Hale intended to major in art and drawing; she began her professional career as a model for a comic strip called "Ramblin' Bill", during the time she was working her way through The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. She ...
7. Mike Connors
Actor | Mannix
He once jokingly described himself as 'a frustrated song-and-dance man' who wound up typecast as a TV crime fighter. Tall, handsome Armenian-American Mike Connors had a minor career in the movies before becoming a star on the small screen as the impeccably dressed macho sleuth Joe Mannix. Towards ...
Actress | Amour
An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred "Alfredo" Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress ...
9. Irwin Corey
Actor | The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority," was born on July 29, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York. He and his five siblings were wards of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum, and during the Great Depression, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp. Possessing brawn as well as brains, ...
10. Richard Hatch
Born in Santa Monica, California, USA, Richard Hatch was studying classical piano at the age of eight, and knew he wanted to carve out a career as a performer before he reached his teens. After attending Harbor College in San Pedro, he joined a Los Angeles repertory company with which he traveled ...
11. Al Jarreau
Music_department | Moonlighting
Al Jarreau was born on March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Alwyn Lopez Jarreau. He is known for his work on Moonlighting (1985), Dick Tracy (1990) and Out of Africa (1985). He was married to Susan Player and Phyllis Hall. He died on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
12. Bill Paxton
Actor | Aliens
Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World ...
13. Tommy Page
Soundtrack | Dick Tracy
Tommy Page was born on May 24, 1970 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA as Thomas Alden Page. He was married to Charlie. He died on March 4, 2017 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
14. Robert Osborne
Actor | One Step Beyond
Robert Osborne was the host on Turner Classic Movies from its inception in 1994, in large part due to his deep and abiding love and knowledge of film. Osborne got his start working for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The ever-perspicacious Ball suggested that Osborne combine his interest in classic ...
15. Chuck Berry
Soundtrack | Men in Black
Chuck Berry was born on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Charles Edward Anderson Berry. He was married to Themetta "Toddy" Suggs. He died on March 18, 2017 in Wentzville, St. Charles County, Missouri.
16. Chuck Barris
Soundtrack | X: First Class
Chuck Barris was born on June 3, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Hirsch Barris. He was a producer, known for X-Men: First Class (2011), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and The Gong Show (1976). He was married to Mary Clagett Kane, Robin Altman and Lynne ...
17. Lola Albright
Actress | Peter Gunn
Lola Jean Albright was born on July 20, 1924 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of John Paul Albright and Marion Harvey, both of whom were gospel singers. She worked as a model before moving to Hollywood in the mid-1940s, studied piano for 20 years and worked as a receptionist at radio station WAKR in ...
18. Don Rickles
Actor | Kelly's Heroes
Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. Following the Golden Era of Hollywood, he remained active until early 2017. He got his start in night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when he made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep (1958). The movie was a big hit. Afterward, ...
19. Charlie Murphy
Actor | Norbit
Charlie Murphy was born on July 12, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles Quinton Murphy. He was an actor and writer, known for Norbit (2007), Night at the Museum (2006) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy. He died on April 12, 2017 in New York City.
20. Clifton James
Actor | Live and Let Die
Blustery, stocky, loud although often genial character actor who has created a niche for himself playing often frustrated and fast talking Southern characters... most noticeably as Sheriff J.W. Pepper alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond adventures Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the ...
21. Cuba Gooding
Soundtrack | Thank God It's Friday
Cuba Gooding was born on April 27, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as Cuba M. Gooding. He was an actor and producer, known for Thank God It's Friday (1978), The Regiment and Children of the Struggle (1999). He was married to Shirley Sullivan and Gail Barbara Harris. He died on April 20, 2017 ...
22. Erin Moran
Actress | Joanie Loves Chachi
Born in Burbank, California, USA on October 18, 1960, Erin Moran was the youngest daughter of Sharon and Edward Moran, who have five other children. She attended Walter Reed Junior High School for one year and North Hollywood High School for another year. Her first professional acting job was in a ...
23. Jonathan Demme
Director | The Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...
24. Lorna Gray
Actress | Daughter of Don Q
Born Virginia Pound, Lorna Gray was "discovered" by an agent while modeling in a fashion show. She was given a screen test, and Columbia was impressed enough to sign her to a contract (it was at this time that she was given the name "Lorna Gray", which she kept until 1945, when she changed it to "...
25. Michael Parks
Actor | Red State
Michael Parks is known as an actor's actor by his peers with a breadth of astonishing range that has allowed him to portray stunning contrasts--sometimes in the same film, like in Tusk (2014), starring in dual roles as an erudite serial killer opposite Justin Long, and as a feeble rube opposite ...
26. Powers Boothe
Actor | The Avengers
Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a ...
27. Roger Ailes
Producer | The Mike Douglas Show
Roger Eugene Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, the son of Donna Marie and Robert Eugene Ailes, a factory foreman at a local factory. Later in life, Roger Ailes was inducted into the Warren High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
Roger Ailes graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio with a ...
28. Chris Cornell
Soundtrack | Casino Royale
Chris Cornell was a rock icon who thrived on contradictions. An innovator who resisted genre labels, he was nonetheless a chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Frequently ranked as one of the best voices in music history, he successfully maintained his own unique identity over decades as a ...
29. Roger Moore
Actor | Moonraker
Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down.
Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His ...
30. Jared Martin
Actor | War of the Worlds
Born in Manhattan, New York to Charles E. Martin, prolific cover artist and cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, and Florence Taylor, an artist and homemaker; Jared began acting at the age of thirteen when his parents gave him the choice of learning to play the piano or acting in the local ...
31. Gregg Allman
Soundtrack | Jack Reacher
Gregg Allman was born on December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Gregory Lenoir Allman. He was married to Shannon Williams, Stacey Fountain, Miranda Stevens, Julie Lucy Bindas, Cher, Janice Blair and Shelley Kay Winters. He died on May 27, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
32. Elena Verdugo
Actress | Marcus Welby, M.D.
Most baby-boomers remember actress Elena Verdugo from her pleasant, plain but rather dowdy Emmy-nominated role as "Consuelo Lopez", the altruistic assistant and sometime aide-de-camp to Robert Young's general practitioner for several seasons on the popular Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) dramatic series....
33. Peter Sallis
Actor | The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Peter Sallis was born on February 1, 1921 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England as Peter John Sallis. He was an actor, known for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Last of the Summer Wine (1973) and The Wrong Trousers (1993). He was married to Elaine Usher. He died on June 2, ...
34. Roger Smith
Actor | 77 Sunset Strip
Debonair, exceedingly handsome Roger Smith was born in South Gate, California to Dallas and Leone Smith on December 18, 1932. At age 6, his parents enrolled him at a professional school for singing, elocution and dancing lessons. By age 12, the family moved to Nogales, Arizona, a small town on the ...
35. Glenne Headly
Actress | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
For the past fourteen years, she has said that family has been the most important thing to her and she has set most of her time aside to be a "present" mother to her son. Movies, plays and television are chosen, for the most part, when they occur in town or on a school break. She has taken the ...
36. Adam West
Actor | Batman
Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson, a farmer, and his wife Audrey V. (Speer), an opera singer. At age 10, Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man...
37. John G. Avildsen
Director | Rocky
John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), Rocky V (1990) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in ...
38. Stevie Ryan
Actress | The Heavy Show
Actress and writer Stevie Ryan was born and raised in the small town of Victorville, California. She made the move to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue her dreams in the entertainment industry. An innate go-getter equipped with a tenacious work ethic, she hit the ground running, booking and ...
39. Nelsan Ellis
Actor | The Butler
Nelsan Ellis was an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood (2008).
Nelsan was born on November 30, 1977, in Harvey, Illinois, the son of Jackie Ellis and Tommie Lee Thompson. Following his parents' divorce, Ellis ...
40. Martin Landau
Actor | Ed Wood
Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also ...
41. John Heard
Actor | Big
John Heard was a very talented actor who established himself as a respected thespian in the late 1970s and early '80s, though he is perhaps better known for his turn as Peter McCallister, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin')s father in the Home Alone (1990) movies.
John was born in Washington, D.C.,...
42. Jeanne Moreau
Actress | Jules et Jim
When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows (1958) immediately followed by The Lovers (1958), he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie ...
43. Robert Hardy
Actor | Sense and Sensibility
One of England's most successful and enduring character actors, with a prolific screen career on television and in films, Robert Hardy was acclaimed for his versatility and the depth of his performances.
Born in Cheltenham in 1925, he studied at Oxford University and, in 1949, he joined the ...
44. Barbara Cook
Actress | Thumbelina
Barbara Cook is best-loved and remembered for her work on the Broadway stage. An amazing singer and refreshingly impulsive actress, she made her debut at age 23 in the musical "Flahooley". Roles in "Plain and Fancy" and, the most famous flop of all time, "Candide" followed. In 1957, she created her...
45. Glen Campbell
Soundtrack | True Grit
Glen Campbell was born on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, USA as Glen Travis Campbell. He was married to Kim Campbell, Sarah Jan Barg Davis, Billie Jean Nunley and Diane Kirk. He died on August 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
46. Joseph Bologna
Actor | Big Daddy
Before signing with director Stanley Donen to play Michael Caine's libidinous best friend in Blame It on Rio (1984), Joe Bologna netted rave reviews for his Sid Caesar send-up in the well-received comedy My Favorite Year (1982) with Peter O'Toole. Well known as both a writer and an actor, Bologna ...
47. Bruce Forsyth
Actor | Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Veteran entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth had a career spanning eight decades, in which he went from struggling variety performer to Saturday night TV stardom. On the way, he became one of the most recognisable entertainers in the business, driven by what appeared to be inexhaustible energy. He became ...
48. Dick Gregory
Actor | The Hot Chick
Dick Gregory was born on October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Richard Claxton Gregory. He was an actor and writer, known for The Hot Chick (2002), ABC Stage 67 (1966) and Reno 911! (2003). He was married to Lillian Gregory. He died on August 19, 2017 in Washington, District of Columbia, ...
49. Jerry Lewis
Actor | The Nutty Professor
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...
50. Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas was born in Kermit, Texas, to Katherine (Guzzino), a tap-dancing South Louisiana belle of Italian descent, and T. Harry Terrell, Sr., an oil man. Reared in New Orleans, he was always active in sports and performing. He won his first award as emcee of the Jesuit High School talent show. ...
51. Shelley Berman
Actor | You Don't Mess with the Zohan
Shelley Berman began studying acting shortly after he was honorably discharged from the US navy. He enrolled as a drama student at Chicago's Goodman Theater, where he met Sarah Herman, another aspiring thespian. They fell in love and were married in 1947. After graduating from the Goodman Theater, ...
52. Don Williams
Soundtrack | The Wendell Baker Story
Don Williams was born on May 27, 1939 in Floydada, Texas, USA as Donald Ray Williams. He was married to Joy Bucher. He died on September 8, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Actor | Alien
Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco farmer. Lived in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Lafayette Senior High School with the class of 1944. Drafted into the Navy, he served as a cook in the U.S. Navy during ...
54. Jake LaMotta
Writer | Raging Bull
Jake LaMotta had one of the best chins in boxing history. In over 110 fights against the greatest middleweights in history, LaMotta was only knocked to the canvas once in his entire 14 year career. Turning pro in the early 1940s, Lamotta ran up an impressive undefeated streak before losing. He was ...
55. Charles Bradley
Soundtrack | Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Charles Bradley was born on November 5, 1948 in Gainesville, Florida, USA as Charles Edward Bradley. He died on September 23, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA.
56. Hugh Hefner
Actor | Hop
Hugh Hefner was born on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Hugh Marston Hefner. He was a producer, known for Hop (2011), Miss March (2009) and The Girls in the Band (2011). He was married to Crystal Hefner, Kimberley Conrad and Mildred Williams. He died on September 27, 2017 in Holmby Hills...
57. Anne Jeffreys
Actress | Riffraff
The ever-lovely, poised and vivacious blonde Anne Jeffreys was born Annie Jeffreys Carmichael in 1923 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Firmly managed by her mother, she trained in voice at a fairly early age and received her first break in the entertainment field after signing with the John Robert ...
58. Monty Hall
Producer | Let's Make a Deal
Monty Hall was born Maurice Halperin on August 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba in 1945. He's the father of Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason, television writer/director Sharon Hall, and Emmy Award winner ...
59. Tom Petty
Actor | The Postman
Tom Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, USA as Thomas Earl Petty. He was married to Dana York and Jane Ann Benyo. He died on October 2, 2017 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
60. Jean Rochefort
Actor | L'homme du train
French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the...
61. Roy Dotrice
Actor | Amadeus
The ever-impressive, chameleon-like British character actor Roy Dotrice was born on the Island of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of France, which is part of the United Kingdom. He was the first-born child of Louis and Neva Dotrice who prospered as bakers. The Germans occupied ...
Actress | 8 femmes
Danielle Darrieux was born in 1917 in Bordeaux, France, to Marie-Louise (Witkowski) and Germain Jean Darrieux, a physician. She was raised in Paris. She was only fourteen when she auditioned for a secondary role in Le bal (1931): she got the part, and the producer offered her a five-year contract. ...
63. Fats Domino
Soundtrack | Twelve Monkeys
Fats Domino was born on February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Antoine Domino Jr. He was married to Rosemary Hall. He died on October 24, 2017 in New Orleans.
64. Robert Guillaume
Actor | The Lion King
Robert Guillaume was born on November 30, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Robert Peter Williams. He was an actor, known for The Lion King (1994), Sports Night (1998) and Big Fish (2003). He was married to Donna Brown Guillaume and Marlene Patricia Scott. He died on October 24, 2017 in Los ...
65. John Hillerman
Actor | Magnum, P.I.
The impeccably urbane Englishman Jonathan Quayle Higgins III (VC !) -- Tom Selleck's sophisticated majordomo in Magnum, P.I. (1980) -- was of French, German and Austrian descent, raised in a small Texas town and educated at a Catholic high school. He majored in journalism from the University of ...
66. Lil Peep
Music_department | Lil Peep: Life Is Beautiful
Lil Peep, was an American rapper and singer. He was cited as one of the primary artists responsible for the post-emo revival with his style of hip hop, which came to be known as emo trap. He was born on November 1, 1996 in Pennsylvania and grew up in Long Island, New York. His parents were both ...
67. Earle Hyman
Actor | The Cosby Show
Earle Hyman is a distinguished African American actor who had a 46-year-long career on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award. Hyman also was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for his appearance on The Cosby Show (1984) playing Bill Cosby's ...
68. Malcolm Young
Soundtrack | Last Action Hero
Malcolm Young was born on January 6, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland as Malcolm Mitchell Young. He was married to Linda. He died on November 18, 2017.
69. Charles Manson
Soundtrack | The Manson Family
Charles Manson is one of the most notorious convicted murderers in American history, though ironically, there is no evidence that he ever killed anyone himself. In 1971, Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi used his "Helter Skelter" theory to successfully convict Manson and several of his female...
70. David Cassidy
Actor | The Partridge Family
David Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950 in Manhattan, to Jack Cassidy, a very skilled actor and singer, and Evelyn Ward, an actress. By the time he was five, his parents were divorced and Jack had married actress Shirley Jones, an actress who in 1955 had just made Oklahoma! (1955). When David was ...
71. Rance Howard
Actor | Nebraska
Rance Howard was born on November 17, 1928 in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA as Harold Engle Beckenholdt. He was an actor and writer, known for Nebraska (2013), Universal Soldier (1992) and Small Soldiers (1998). He was married to Judy Howard and Jean Speegle Howard. He died on November 25, 2017 in Los ...
72. Jim Nabors
Actor | Gomer Pyle: USMC
Tall, spade-jawed, hopelessly genial balladeer/actor Jim Nabors was born in 1930 in Alabama and raised there, graduating from the University of Alabama. A typing clerk at the UN in his salad days, he eventually moved to Los Angeles due to his asthmatic condition and became a film cutter for NBC. ...
73. King Michael
Self | En kongelig familie
King Michael was born on October 25, 1921 in Sinaia, Prahova, Romania as Michael of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. He was married to Former Queen Anne of Romania. He died on December 5, 2017 in Aubonne, Vaud, Switzerland.
74. Rose Marie
Actress | The Dick Van Dyke Show
Rose Marie was a legend of show business, with a career stretching 90 years, since her debut as her self in a Vitaphone musical short that appeared on the bill with The Jazz Singer (1927) at its premiere in 1927. According to Rose Marie, when she approached Al Jolson at The Wintergarden Theater in ...