Friday, December 28, 2018

We Lost Them All In 2018: Year's Notable Deaths

Robert Indiana, 89: Artist was best known for his 1960s series of LOVE sculptures, May 19

George H.W. Bush, 94; 41st president of the United States; Nov. 30

Mort Walker, 94; Cartoonist of “Beetle Bailey” comic strip and founder of the first museum devoted to the history of cartooning, Jan. 27

Audrey Geisel, 97: Widow of children’s author Dr. Seuss and longtime overseer of his literary estate, Dec. 19

Steven Bochco, 74: Writer and producer known for creating the groundbreaking police drama “Hill Street Blues,” April 1.

Willie McCovey, 80: The longtime San Francisco Giants first baseman was a Baseball Hall of Famer, Oct. 31

Hubert de Givenchy, 91; French designer’s fashions influenced haute couture in the 1950s and ’60s and transformed actress Audrey Hepburn into a style legend, March 10

Dennis Hof, 72: Owner of several legal Nevada brothels who won state legislative seat after his death, Oct. 16

Alan Longmuir, 70: Founding member of the Bay City Rollers, July 2

Douglas Rain, 90: Shakespearean actor from Canada who voiced HAL in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Nov. 11

Ray Emery, 35: Retired NHL goaltender who played for the Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks, July 15

David Ogden Stiers, 75; Actor best known for playing a surgeon on the TV series “M*A*S*H,” March 3

Dan Gurney, 86: First race card driver with victories in each of the Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR Cup series, Jan. 14

Tab Hunter, 86: Actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, July 8

Colin Kroll, 34: Co-founder and chief executive officer of the HQ Trivia quiz app, Dec. 16

John McCain, 81: Navy war hero who went on to serve in the U.S. Senate for three decades and was the GOP presidential nominee in 2008, Aug. 25

Tran Dai Quang, 61: President of Vietnam was one of the three most powerful leaders in the country despite his largely ceremonial role, Sept. 21

Roger Bannister, 88; British runner became the first person to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, March 3

Nancy Sinatra Sr., 101: First of Frank Sinatra’s four wives and the mother of his three children, July 14

Dorothy Malone, 93: Oscar-winning actress for “Written on the Wind” was best known for role as long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place,” Jan. 19

Lazy Lester, 85: Blues music great featured in Geico commecial, Aug. 22

Nikolai Volkoff, 70: Croatian-born professional wrestler, whose real name was Josip Hrvoje Peruzovic, played a villainous communist in matches against Hulk Hogan and other Cold War-era giants of World Wrestling Entertainment, July 29.

Charles Aznavour, 94: French singer and composer wrote or cowrote about 1,000 songs and sold more than 100 million albums, Oct. 1

Jan Maxwell, 61: Broadway star and five-time Tony Award nominee also had several TV roles, Feb. 11

Mark Salling, 35: Actor mostly known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on “Glee,” Jan. 30

Whitey Bulger, 89: Notorious Boston gangster who spent 16 years as one of America’s most wanted men, Oct. 30

Louise Slaughter, 88: Congresswoman from New York championed women’s rights and and who became a top lieutenant for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 16

Anthony Bourdain, 61: Award-winning chef, author and host of “Parts Unknown,” June 8

Barbara Harris, 83: Tony Award-winning actress who also starred in the films “Nashville,” ”Freaky Friday” and “A Thousand Clowns,” Aug. 21

Nanette Fabray, 97: Actress, singer and dancer who became a star in Broadway musicals, on TV and in films, Feb. 22

Christopher Lawford, 63: Kennedy family member and recovery advocate also was an actor known for his role on “All My Children,” Sept. 4

Rusty Staub, 73; fan-favorite baseball star who played for the Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, March 29

Carl Kasell, 84: Longtime NPR personality was first a newsreader on “Morning Edition,” then later as the comic foil and scorekeeper on the silly news quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” April 17

Nancy Wilson, 81: Award-winning singer who also had a prolific career as an actress, activist and commercial spokeswoman, Dec. 13

Bernardo Bertolucci, 77: Oscar-winning director who made “The Last Emperor” and “Last Tango in Paris,” Nov. 26

Audrey Wells, 58: Writer of the screenplay for “The Hate U Give” and director of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” Oct. 4

George Deukmejian, 88: Longtime California politician was an assemblyman, senator and state attorney general befor serving two terms as governor, May 8

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 93: Former Indian prime minister helped make the country a nuclear power, Aug. 16

Kate Spade, 55: Fashion designer known for handbags and accessories, June 5 (pictured above)

Stephen Hawking, 76; British theoretical physicist and best-selling author who overcame a devastating neurological disease to probe the greatest mysteries of the cosmos, March 14

Donald Peterson, 84: Astronaut who served on the initial voyage of the space shuttle Challenger and performed a spacewalk to test the ability of repairing the vehicle while it orbited above the Earth, May 27

Tom Wolfe, 88: Wizard of “New Journalism” who chronicled American culture before writing such novels as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “A Man in Full,” May 14

Jackson Odell, 20: Actor known for his role on “The Goldbergs,” June 11

Chuck McCann, 83: Zany comic who hosted a children’s TV show in the 1960s before branching out as a character actor in films and TV, April 8

Marty Allen, 95: Comedian who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, Feb. 12

Robin Leach, 76: British-born TV personality best known for “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” Aug. 23

Joe Jackson, 89: Patriarch of the musical Jackson family, June 27

Edwin Hawkins, 74: Grammy-winner gospel star best known for crossover hit “Oh Happy Day,” Jan. 15

Vic Damone, 89; Pop crooner who also starred in several musicals in the 1950s, Feb. 11

Penny Marshall, 75: Star of “Laverne and Shirley” and director of “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” Dec. 17

Keith Jackson, 89: Voice of college football for more than five decades, Jan. 12

Stan Lee, 95: Legendary comic book dynamo who created such memorable characters as Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men, Nov. 12

T. Berry Brazelton, 99: Pediatrician whose best-selling guides to child-rearing soothed generations of parents, March 13

Margot Kidder, 69: Actress was best known for a string of movies in the 1970s, including “Superman,” in which she played Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s superhero, May 12

H. Wayne Huizenga, 80; business behind three Fortune 500 companies – Waste Management, Blockbuster Entertainment and AutoNation – who also owned the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers, March 22

Ted Dabney, 81: Video game pioneer who who co-founded Atari and played a crucial role in creating Pong, May 26

Charles Lazarus, 94: Transformed his father’s bicycle business into Toys R Us, March 22

V.S. Naipaul, 85: Nobel laureate whose novels include “A Bend in the River” and “A House for Mr. Biswas,” Aug. 11

Milos Forman, 86: Oscar-winning director whose movies included “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” April 14

Ed King, 68: Guitarist with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aug. 22

Aretha Franklin, 76: Award-winning gospel, R&B, blues, pop and rock singer known as the “Queen of Soul,” Aug. 16

Juan Romero, 68: Hotel busboy who aided Robert Kennedy after he was shot, Oct. 1

William Coors, 102: Former chairman of Adolph Coors Co. and grandson of the brewing company’s founder, Oct. 13

Will Vinton, 70: Oscar-winning filmmaker who coined the term Claymation and created the raisins used in the popular California Raisins advertising campaign, Oct. 4

Joachim Ronneberg, 99: Norwegian resistance fighter in World War II landed a crippling blow against Nazi Germany’s atomic ambitions, Oct. 21

Roy Clark, 85: Country music legend who gained household fame as a co-host of “Hee Haw,” Nov. 15

Jonathan Gold, 57: Restaurant critic for the L.A. Times was the first restaurant critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, July 21

Doreen Tracey, 74: Former child star was one of the original Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, Jan. 10

Sondra Locke, 74: Oscar-nominated actress for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood,  Nov. 3

Morgana King, 87: Jazz singer who was perhaps better known for portraying Marlon Brando’s wife in the first two “Godfather” movies, March 22

Burt Reynolds, 82: Actor and sex symbol famed for “Deliverance” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” Sept. 6

John Mahoney, 77; Actor best known for his role in the blue-collar dad on “Frasier” also was a Tony winner for “The House of Blue Leaves,” Feb. 4

Ntozake Shange, 70: Poet, author and playwright of the Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” Oct. 27

Kofi Annan, 80: Celebrated diplomat who became the first black African secretary-general of the United Nations, Aug. 18

Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, 68; Eldest son of the late Cuban leader’s eldest son — a bookish, Russian-educated scientist — was once publicly fired by his father, Feb. 1

Alan Bean, 86: Apollo 12 astronaut who walked on the moon, May 26

John Tunney, 83: Former U.S. senator from California whose successful campaign for the senate reportedly became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film “The Candidate,” Jan. 12

Daniel Akaka, Longtime U.S. senator from Hawaii was the first Native Hawaiian elected to Congress; April 6

Harry Anderson, 65: Actor best known for playing a judge on “Night Court,” April 16

Verne Troyer, 49: Actor best known for his role as Mini Me in two of the “Austin Powers” films, April 21

Richard Benjamin Harrison, 77: “Pawn Stars” patriarch was known as “the Old Man,” June 25

Katherine MacGregor, 93: Actress best known for playing Mrs. Oleson on “The Little House on the Prairie,” Nov. 13

Barbara Bush, 92: Matriarch of political dynasty was wife to one president (George H.W. Bush) and mother to another president (George W. Bush), April 17

Hugh Masekela, 78: South African musician who mixed American jazz with African folk and a standard-bearer of his country’s anti-apartheid movement, Jan. 23

Charlotte Rae, 92: Stage and film actress best known for role as Mrs. Garrett on “The Facts of Life,” Aug. 5

Neil Simon, 91: Playwright whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” ”Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, Aug. 26

Philip Roth, 85: Prize-winning novelist known for “Portnoy’s Complaint” and “American Pastoral,” May 22

Paul Allen, 65: Co-founder of Microsoft who also owned the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks, Oct. 15

Bill Daily, 91: Actor best known as the comic sidekick to leading men on the sitcoms “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show,” Sept. 8

Adrian Cronauer, 76: Former DJ who inspired Robin Williams’ performance in “Good Morning, Vietnam,” July 18

Charles Krauthammer, 68: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, June 21

Billy Graham, 99; Evangelist who attracted a worldwide following and was of the most influential and best-known religious figures of his time, Feb. 21.

Stephen Hillenburg, 57: Creator of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Nov. 26.

H/T: Various news sources

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