Stars we sadly lost in 2017
Brad Bufanda, best known for his role on Veronica Mars , died Nov. After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. The piece went into detail about her health struggles and doubled as an adoring, informal dating profile for her soon-to-be-widowed husband. Argentino passed away, and though her death was ruled accidental, Snuka lost a wrongful death lawsuit that her family filed against him. Pregnant Zara Tindall wraps her blooming baby bump in a chic coat as she arrives for the third day of the Cheltenham Festival Spec-tactor! Veronica Mars star Brad Bufanda died Nov.
Thousands of Active Singles We have thousands of live users signed up to our agency today. Younger generations may recognize the veteran roaster as the voice of Mr. She can finally be happy. Hall would often go off script and engage in hilarious conversations with the players. Several big television names died in November.
Boykin eventually became a parent and moved out of Dyrdek's house, but he later appeared on several episodes of the follow-up series Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and Dyrdek's clip show Ridiculousness. He also started a clothing line named after his catchphrase, "Do work," in Before he was on TV, Boykin served in the Navy.
MTV released this statement via Variety: He was a long time and beloved member of the MTV family and will be greatly missed. Michael Parks, a veteran character actor who appeared in more than films and TV shows, died May 9 at the age of He played the leading role on the adventure series Then Came Bronson , and recorded the theme song, "Long Lonesome Highway," which hit the Billboard charts, launching a recording career that led to several albums in the late '60s and early '70s.
Smith said he wrote the movies Red State and Tusk specifically for Parks. Richard Hatch, who starred on the original Battlestar Galactica series and the Syfy remake, died Feb.
He got his start in on the soap opera All My Children before being cast as Captain Apollo on the cult favorite sci-fi series, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination in He also appeared on Dynasty from to and Santa Barbara in before playing Tom Zarek in the reboot of Battlestar Galactica from to He also wrote five original Battlestar novels and became a fixture at comic book conventions and sci-fi events.
A writer and a producer, Hatch had completed several projects that will be released posthumously, including Blade of Honor , Asylum of Darkness , and Diminuendo. Landau was a cartoonist before he rose to fame with his portrayal of a homosexual henchman in Alfred Hitchcock's classic North by Northwest. In the '60s, he turned down the role of Spock on Star Trek and played Rollin Hand, the "man of a million faces," on Mission: He later starred as Commander John Koenig on the '70s sci-fi series Space: He was also a respected acting teacher who instructed the likes of Jack Nicholson.
The black and white film about a group of people trapped by a horde of the undead was integral in creating the modern zombie genre. In his later years, he returned to zombie movies with Land of the Dead , Diary of the Dead , and Survival of the Dead. Romero also acted, often in uncredited cameos in his own movies. Vil in the game Zombie Squash. Bennington joined Linkin Park before the release of the band's debut album Hybrid Theory in He served as one of two singers in the band along with guitarist and primary songwriter Mike Shinoda.
Hybrid Theory was a massive commercial success, paving the way for six more studio albums through One More Light , which was released in May In , Bennington formed a side project, Dead by Sunrise, and released the band's debut album, Out of Ashes , in He also served as the singer of Stone Temple Pilots after the band parted ways with original frontman Scott Weiland. Bennington can be heard on the band's EP High Rise.
Bennington also worked as an actor, appearing in Crank , Crank: TMZ reports that Bernecker fell more than 20 feet from a balcony onto concrete and was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where he later died. Bernecker had an extensive resume as a stunt performer. In the '60s and '70s, he served as a judge at the Los Angeles Superior Court before retiring, after which he became a TV star on the groundbreaking The People's Court , which debuted in He became something of a pop culture icon during his tenure on the show, which ended in Wapner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in , and on his 90th birthday, he returned to The People's Court to serve as guest judge.
Fingleton was the U. He retired from basketball in , then turned his attention to acting. Age of Ultron , and X-Men: Michael Mantenuto, an actor and college hockey player who starred in Disney's movie Miracle , died April 24 as the result of an apparent suicide at the age of Mantenuto, who was a former University of Maine hockey player, played real-life defenseman Jack O'Callahan in Miracle , which tells the story of the U.
The victory over the heavily favored Soviet team was dubbed the "Miracle on Ice," and the U. Mantenuto had a limited acting career beyond Miracle , but he did appear in the TV movie Dirtbags and 's Surfer, Dude.
He later joined the military, and in a news release announcing Mantenuto's death, Col. Guillaume Beaurpere wrote, "Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his family and his commitment to the health of the force. She gave a breakthrough performance in the movie, which brought DiCaprio his first Oscar nomination. After her death, DiCaprio tweeted that Cates "was the best acting mom" he ever worked with. According to TMZ , Adler had been shooting guns with friends in the desert the day before when he turned the gun and shot himself in the head.
Joe and Transformers , died after an extended illness on Jan. Gautier served in the Navy, then worked as a stand-up comic before moving into acting and finding early success, earning a Tony nomination for playing Conrad Birdie in the original production of Bye, Bye Birdie.
Gautier appeared on six episodes of Get Smart over four seasons, but his character became one of the show's most popular. In the '80s, Gautier worked often as a voice actor and portrayed the villainous Serpentor on G. Impossible , Kojak , Columbo , and Matlock. According to Variety , he had been diagnosed with leukemia the week before.
Mannix ran for eight seasons between to and Connors won a Golden Globe for his performance as a tough detective who played by his own rules and drove a series of muscle cars, including a Dodge Dart and Chevrolet Camaro.
In , Connors guest-starred on Two and a Half Men. Hale starred as Street, assistant to Raymond Burr's titular lawyer, during nine seasons of the series from to and in 30 television movies. She won an Emmy in and reprised the character when Perry Mason was revived in the '80s. Roger Moore, the British actor who played James Bond in more movies than any other star in the long-running franchise, died May 23 after a short battle with cancer, according to Variety. In , he replaced Sean Connery as , first appearing as the secret agent in 's Live and Let Die , then portrayed Bond in six more movies: He was known for bringing a campy sense of humor to the series.
In his later years, he appeared in the Spice Girls movie Spice World and an episode of Alias in He also lent his voice to the movie adaptation of The Saint and had a role in the TV version starring Eliza Dushku. The Forest Trial , and Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. CNN reports that he died of natural causes in his sleep. In , his leading role in the TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones brought him an Emmy for lead actor in a limited series or special, and he accepted his award in person, unlike many nominees who boycotted the event as part of a Screen Actors Guild strike.
After Presley's death in , West became a full-time actor and earned a role opposite Robert Conrad in the '70s series Black Sheep Squadron. His most famous role was in the Patrick Swayze cult classic Road House , but he didn't land his first starring role until the indie drama Goodbye Solo in John Cygan, who played Lt. His character was fired at the beginning of the second season, but returned in season 4. Smith discovered Spoonauer in a community college acting class and cast her as Caitlin Bree, the high school girlfriend of Dante Brian O'Halloran in his debut feature, Clerks.
She later voiced the role in the animated Clerks series. Smith paid tribute to Spoonauer in an Instagram post. Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room. She didn't sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life. Sallis first rose to fame in the U.
He was the only actor to appear in all episodes of the show, which aired from until The official James Bond Twitter account shared the news. Peters started out as a model before she was discovered by director Terence Young, who cast her as nurse Patricia Fearing opposite Sean Connery in Thunderball. While her screen time in the movie was limited, she made a lasting impression as the first Bond girl to take off her clothes onscreen.
Her subsequent acting career was brief, however, limited to small roles on the '60s television series Armchair Theater and the double feature Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River. After teaching theater at high schools and colleges across the U. He gained notoriety as Mickey Deane on The Comeback , a role that co-creator and star Lisa Kudrow wrote with him specifically in mind. According to The Hollywood Reporter , he suffered from the neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis, which cut his career short when he was in his 30s.
But his most notable role came in as detective Jeff Spencer on the action series 77 Sunset Strip. He acted in episodes alongside Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Smith left the show in after five seasons when doctors discovered a blood clot in his brain. Four years later, he married actress Ann-Margret and went on to become her manager. The character is considered to be the first professional Latina woman working on TV, and Verdugo earned two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination.
An accomplished singer and dancer, she performed in the '40s with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra and sang on the hit "Tico Tico. Adam West, the man who brought Batman to life for a generation, died June 9 after a short battle with leukemia, according to The Hollywood Reporter. West started out as a studio contract player for Warner Bros. He caught the attention of producer William Dozier, who cast him as Batman in the ABC television series that premiered in The show, which put a campy and comical spin on the DC Comics classic, was an instant hit and was nominated for an Emmy in its first year.
A 20th Century Fox movie hit theaters before the second season debuted that fall. The show's popularity was short-lived, however, and Batman was canceled after its third season in West's portrayal of the Caped Crusader was both a blessing and a curse.
Although he would forever remain synonymous with Batman, he struggled to find other roles, appearing in obscure movies like The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker in and The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood in while continuing to make appearances as Batman at carnivals and car shows. Return of the Caped Crusaders. He also became a prolific voice actor outside the role, with credits including a long-running stint as an exaggerated version of himself as the mayor on Family Guy.
In the books, the character didn't survive, but because Ellis was so popular, writers for the show decided to change Lafeyette's fate. Nyqvist first gained attention as Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish miniseries Millennium , based on Stieg Larsson's books that follow the character of Lisbeth Salander. The show was expanded into three theatrically released movies in Nyqvist later played the villain opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Ryan rose to fame with her YouTube series Little Loca , and later transitioned into doing celebrity parodies, which helped land her a VH1 sketch series called Stevie TV , which ran from to She later served as co-host of Brody Jenner's E!
Most recently, she co-hosted Mentally Ch ill , which is a "podcast about depression," according to its iTunes description. Ryan revealed that her grandfather had recently died in an episode that was released just two days before her death. The Alabama native's grandmother gave him the name Ji-Tu, which means "giant" and Cumbuka "to remember" in Swahili. Evan Helmuth, the actor who played a priest in the horror movie The Devil Inside , died July 17 of complications from a stroke, according to Deadline.
Comedy legend Jerry Lewis, one of the most recognizable and influential American performers of the 20th century, died Aug. People reports that he succumbed to heart failure after decades of ailing health.
The son of professional entertainers, Lewis started performing when he was five, but he skyrocketed to fame in the '50s when he teamed with crooner Dean Martin for the comedy duo Martin and Lewis. At the height of their popularity, they dominated nightclubs, radio, and the box office; they were the top draw at theaters from to After a bitter split with Martin, Lewis remained a top-grossing movie star through the mid-'60s with classics like The Bellboy and The Nutty Professor Although his success tapered off, he gave a critically acclaimed performance opposite Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy and later appeared in movies like Arizona Dream and Funny Bones SVU and recently appeared in The Trust He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in John Heard, best known as the father in the Home Alone movies, died July TMZ reports that the cause of death was a heart attack.
Point , Othello , and Split. He reprised the role in Home Alone 2: Sonny Landham, known for Predator and 48 Hrs. Variety reports that he passed away from congestive heart failure.
Part Seminole and part Cherokee Native American, Landham began in show business in several X-rated films during the '70s, but he transitioned into more traditional acting roles in movies like The Warriors He gained attention for playing the Native American tracker Billy Sole alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator and appeared in more action movies including Action Jackson and Lock Up He continued to act through the '90s, compiling more than 50 credits to his name.
In , he embarked upon a brief campaign to become governor of Kentucky and also ran for the Kentucky State Senate in He was nominated for the U. Senate by Kentucky's Libertarian party in , but the party withdrew its support after Landham advocated for Muslim genocide.
Sir Bruce Forsyth, the king of British game shows, died Aug. According to the BBC , he had been ill for some time and was hospitalized earlier in the year. The Guardian reports he recently contracted bronchial pneumonia.
He was made a Knight Bachelor in for his services to entertainment and charity, and he holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest career of any male television entertainer. Joe Bologna, an Oscar-nominated actor and writer, died Aug. After serving with the Marines, he made his Broadway debut as the star and co-author of the comedy Lovers and Other Strangers.
He also voiced Dan Turpin in the animated Superman series from to and Mr. Start in Ice Age: According to the BBC , Hardy began his career at age He attended Oxford where he studied under J.
Lewis before joining the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in He portrayed former Winston Churchill six times including in Winston Churchill: The winner of 13 Obie Awards, he won his first six for plays he wrote between and She worked alongside Mel Blanc, Chuck Jones, Stan Freberg, and Jay Ward during her eight-decade career and provided the voices for hundreds of characters. In , she became the oldest performer to win an Emmy for her voice role as Mrs. Cauldron on The Garfield Show.
She also reprised the role of Rocky the Flying Squirrel in a Rocky and Bullwinkle short film released in Cornell founded Soundgarden in and the band became one of the most popular and influential groups in the burgeoning Seattle scene that would come to define grunge, reaching the mainstream with their album Superunknown , which featured the Grammy-winning singles " Black Hole Sun " and " Spoonman.
Soundgarden reunited in Impossible 2 , and 12 Years a Slave. Ralphie May, the comedian who rose to fame after appearing during the first season of Last Comic Standing , died Oct. TMZ reports he had been battling pneumonia for six weeks and died of cardiac arrest. Born in Tennessee, he won a contest to open for Sam Kinison when he was 17, which prompted him to pursue comedy as a career. Low spent four years on active duty as an army major and served with the U. National Guard from to He was also a member of the U.
Army Reserve for more than 30 years. He later guest starred on The Sopranos and 1 00 Centre Street. His last screen role was in the drama Kill the Poor. Rock musician Tom Petty died Oct. According to TMZ , the year-old Petty was found unconscious and not breathing the night before and rushed to the hospital.
After his family learned he had no brain activity, they made the decision to remove him from life support. Petty rose to fame in the mid-'70s with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in He sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the top-selling musicians of all time.
Anne Jeffreys, best known for her work on the soap opera General Hospital , died Sept. That led to several appearances as Tess Trueheart in the Dick Tracy series along with performances in the Frank Sinatra musical Step Lively , the horror-comedy Zombies on Broadway , and 's Dillinger.
She moved on to leading roles in Broadway productions, then starred on the CBS sitcom Topper from to From to , she played wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington on General Hospital. She also co-starred as David Hasselhoff's mother on Baywatch and had a recurring role on Falcon Crest.
Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died Sept. Hefner published the first issue of Playboy in when he was 27, and the magazine's circulation reached one million by , peaking at about seven million in the '70s. He was well-known for hosting lavish parties at his Los Angeles-based Playboy Mansion, and became a celebrity in his own right, hosting the television series Playboy's Penthouse from to and Playboy After Dark from to He also appeared on other TV shows and in plenty of movies, mostly as himself.
More recently, he appeared in the comedy House Bunny and the E! TMZ reports he died in a nursing home from complications of pneumonia. Fighting primarily as a middleweight from through , LaMotta started his career with a record before suffering a knockdown. He fought Sugar Ray Robinson six times, winning only one of the matches.
Scorsese based 's Raging Bull on LaMotta, and the gritty, black-and-white film earned eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture. After LaMotta retired from boxing, he also did stand-up comedy and appeared in more than 15 movies, including the Oscar-nominated The Hustler in and New Jack City in He also appeared as different characters in five episodes of the sitcom Car 54, Where Are You?
Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton died on Sept. His first screen appearance came in a episode of the anthology series Inner Sanctum , and Alfred Hitchcock cast him in The Wrong Man two years later. Stanton's first major role came in the Western The Proud Rebel , and he turned in a memorable performance as a singing convict in the classic Cool Hand Luke.
He teamed up with the director again in for Casino , then played mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos from to He also voiced characters in the animated Shark Tale in and the Grand Theft Auto video game series. Variety reports that he had been sick with the flu.
West, who played Batman on the campy, classic TV series and in the feature film version of the show that was released in as well , died on June 9 at age The Emmy-nominated actress died on June 8 at age Holland's Opus , Headly got her start on the stage as an originating member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Legendary rocker Gregg Allman died at 69 on May 27 from complications due to liver cancer. Allman's longtime manager announced the news of the Allman Brothers Band co-founder with a statement: He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard.
His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him. He also featured in films like Westworld and The Lonely Lady. She went on to become a restaurant manager and event planner, according to an obituary posted by a New Jersey funeral home.
Director Kevin Smith, who discovered Spoonauer in a community college acting class, announced the news on his Instagram account on May 23, Thank you for dreaming my dream with me. You changed my life, Lisa. Sir Roger Moore died May 23 after a brief battle with cancer. He was the third actor, following original Bond Sean Connery and one-off George Lazenby, to assume the mantle of the superspy, and was known for his suave, tongue-in-cheek portrayal.
Roger Ailes, the controversial former chairman of Fox News, died May 18 at age As one of the founders of Fox News, Ailes helped build the network into one of the highest-rated in cable media outlets as the founding CEO, beginning in However, his life and career were marred by allegations of sexual harassment. He was the subject of a lawsuit from former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson, and multiple other women came forward afterwards.
Megyn Kelly, another ex Fox veteran, also claimed sexual harassment against Ailes in her memoir, though he denied them. Chris Cornell, the legendary frontman of Soundgarden who was known to possess one of the most powerful voices of the grunge era, died May 17 in Detroit while touring with his band.
Soundgarden split in , after which Cornell began his solo career, releasing Euphoria Morning in Soon after, Cornell joined up with the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine, minus lead singer Zack de la Rocha, to create the band Audioslave. In addition to touring with his most-famous band, Cornell also recently completed a nationwide tour with Temple of the Dog — which is comprised of members of Pearl Jam, including current member and former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron.
Grey stepped down from his position as chairman and CEO at Paramount just three months before his death, after having held the post for 12 years, overseeing such projects for the studio as the There Will Be Blood , the Paranormal Activity franchise, Up In the Air , No Country for Old Men , and the Transformers movies.
Before joining Paramount, he started out as an assistant to Harvey Weinstein, then worked as a talent manager, mostly for stand-up comics. Powers Boothe died May 14 in his sleep from apparent natural causes. The actor made his breakthrough in starring as a true-life cult-leader in the CBS docudrama Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.
Released just two years after the real incident, Boothe won an Emmy for his portrayal. There was still no shortage of roles for Boothe: Actor Michael Parks died May 10 at the age of So that created a lot of that tension between me and him. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme died April 26 as a result of complications from esophageal cancer.
She played Joanie in more than episodes over the course of 10 years on the beloved sitcom, as well as in the short-lived spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi , which ran for two seasons from — Character actor Clifton James died April 15 due to complications from diabetes.
Though he collected dozens of film, TV, and stage credits over the course of his long career, James was best known for his comedic role as a Louisiana Sheriff, J. James got into acting after serving in the U. Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. The father of actors Cuba Gooding Jr. Following his death, a GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of his funeral raised almost six times as much as its goal, with contributions from over 2, people.
Comedian Charlie Murphy died April 12 after a battle with leukemia. He will also appear in the upcoming season of the Starz drama Power. Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus died April 11 at the age of The German DP began his career working with the legendary filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, for whom he shot over a dozen films.
Guitarist John Warren Geils Jr. Geils, died April 11 at the age of Geils founded the J. Legendary comedian Don Rickles died April 6 from kidney failure. Potato Head in the Toy Story films. He is best known, however, for his comedy. Singer and actress Lola Albright died of natural causes on March TV host and producer Chuck Barris died of natural causes on March George Clooney directed a film adaptation of the book, which starred Sam Rockwell as Barris.
Novelist Colin Dexter died March 21 at the age of Inspector Morse ran for 13 years, and Dexter himself appeared in most of its episodes. Comic book artist and illustrator Bernie Wrightson died March 19 after a long battle with brain cancer. As a conceptual artist for films, Wrightson worked on Galaxy Quest and the original Ghostbusters , among others.
Music legend Chuck Berry died March 18 at the age of His impact on rock and roll cannot be overstated; artists from Elvis to the Beatles to the Beach Boys to the Rolling Stones were enormously influenced by his sound and style.
Poet and playwright Derek Walcott died March 17 at the age of Walcott, whose first poem was published in a newspaper when he was only 14, broke out with his collection In a Green Night , then was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in , following the publication of his epic Omeros.
Eliot Prize in for White Egrets. Writer Amy Krouse Rosenthal died March 13 after a battle with ovarian cancer. She made waves in early March, just 10 days before her death, with the publication of an emotional Modern Love column for the New York Times , which went viral. The piece went into detail about her health struggles and doubled as an adoring, informal dating profile for her soon-to-be-widowed husband.
He got the gig that he was best known for when TCM launched in , and also served as the host of the TCM Classic Film Festival in its first five years, from to Musician Tommy Page died March 3 at the age of The track peaked at No. Following his successful career as a solo artist, Page focused more of his efforts on the business side of the industry, working at Warner Bros. Actor Bill Paxton died Feb. Twin Peaks actor Warren Frost died Feb.
Though best known for playing Dr. Known for sticking out his tongue, which was always dyed green from eating mints, and tearing up turnbuckles with his teeth, Steele developed a wild-man image, and often played antagonistic roles in the ring. He was a professional wrestler from to , and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in Jazz legend Al Jarreau died Feb.
Actor Richard Hatch died Feb. He also wrote Battlestar Galactica novels and campaigned for a long time to revive the franchise in the form of a sequel rather than the remake that eventually happened and of which he became a part. Documentary filmmaker and marine biologist Rob Stewart was found dead after going missing while deep-sea scuba diving on Jan.
Stewart was best known for his documentary Sharkwater , which exposed the shark-hunting industry and called for greater protection of sharks; he followed up the acclaimed film with the environmental doc Revolution in , and was working on a Sharkwater sequel at the time of his death.
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Just before his death, he reprised his role as Bob Morton in the Twin Peaks reboot.
Rob Stewart Documentary filmmaker and marine biologist Rob Stewart was found dead after going missing while deep-sea scuba diving on Jan.
Romero passed away on July 16,at 77 years old, Variety reported. She lost stars dating a fixture on game shows, serving as the upper center square on Hollywood Squares for lost stars dating years. Jonghyun's music and passion, and all of the exceptional sides that he showed as an artist, will be in our hearts forever. Francine York Getty Images. Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on scene, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. He died peacefully at 8: Her last project was the film Not Another B Movie.
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