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Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 2005

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January

Shirley Chisholm (politician) -- Dead. Died January 1, 2005. Born November 30, 1924. First black Congresswoman, she ran for president in 1972.  Home Page  Obituary

Cyril Fletcher (comic) -- Dead. Died January 1, 2005. Born June 25, 1913. Co-presenter of That's Life, radio star.  IMDb  Obituary

Frank Kelly Freas (artist) -- Dead. Died January 2, 2005. Born August 27, 1922. Award-winning science fiction artist who also did quite a lot of art for Mad.  Home Page  Home Page  AwardWeb  Obituary

Will Eisner (artist/author) -- Dead. Following heart surgery. Died January 3, 2005. Born March 6, 1917. Created The Spirit, wrote extensively about creating comics in Graphic Storytelling.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Humphrey Carpenter (writer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died January 4, 2005. Born April 29, 1946. Wide-ranging biographer (J. R. R. Tolkien, Benjamin Britten), reviewer and children's writer.  IMDb  Obituary

Jimmy Griffin (singer/songwriter) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 11, 2005. Born August 10, 1943. A founder of Bread, he wrote the Oscar award-winning "For All We Know".  IMDb  Obituary

Thelma White (actress) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died January 11, 2005. Born April 12, 1910. One of the leads in the infamous Reefer Madness.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Amrish Puri (Bollywood star) -- Dead. Brain hemorrhage/myelodysplastic syndrome. Died January 12, 2005. Born June 22, 1932. Probably best-known worldwide as the human-sacrificing high priest in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  IMDb  Obituary

Charlotte MacLeod (writer) -- Dead. Alzheimer's. Died January 14, 2005. Born November 12, 1922. Rest You Merry and many other mysteries.  Home Page  Obituary

Ruth Warrick (actress) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died January 15, 2005. Born June 29, 1915. Starred on All My Children for over 30 years. Make memorial contributions to: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb

H. Bentley Glass (geneticist) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died January 16, 2005. Born January 17, 1906. Pioneering geneticist whose controversial theories spurred many debates on ethical issues; promoted the theory that only the cockroach would survive total nuclear war.  Obituary

Virginia Mayo (actress) -- Dead. Pneumonia/heart failure. Died January 17, 2005. Born November 30, 1920. The Best Years of Our Lives, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Home Page  IMDb

Albert Schatz, Ph.D. (researcher) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died January 17, 2005. Born February 2, 1920. The real discoverer of streptomycin (even though he didn't get the Nobel for it) an early, effective TB antibiotic, and an expert on massage therapy.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  Obituary

Zhao Ziyang (Chinese leader) -- Dead. Died January 17, 2005. Born October 17, 1919. A Chinese leader who tried to bring democratic reforms, outsted from power during the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.  Home Page  Obituary

Lamont Bentley (actor) -- Dead. Car accident. Died January 18, 2005. Born October 25, 1973. Hakeem on Moesha, bit parts in a number of movies.  IMDb  Obituary

Johnny Carson (TV host) -- Dead. Emphysema. Died January 23, 2005. Born October 23, 1925. Longtime host of The Tonight Show (1962-1992), rumored to have done a little joke-writing for David Letterman before his death.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Phil Johnson (architect) -- Dead. Died January 25, 2005. Born July 8, 1906. The first winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, he designed Avery Fisher Hall and the AT&T building in New York City.  Home Page  Obituary

Raymond Peterson (singer/songwriter) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 25, 2005. Born April 23, 1939. "Tell Laura I Love Her", Elvis recorded his "The Wonder of You".  IMDb  Obituary

February

John Vernon (actor) -- Dead. After heart surgery. Died February 1, 2005. Born February 24, 1932. Dean Wormer on Animal House, heard in many recent video games.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Max Schmeling (boxer) -- Dead. Died February 2, 2005. Born September 28, 1905. German world heavyweight champion during the Nazi regime who fought black American boxer Joe Louis, beat him once but Louis later knocked him out in the first round of the rematch.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Ernst Mayr (evolutionary biologist) -- Dead. Died February 3, 2005. Born July 5, 1904. Ornithology curator at the American Museum of Natural History for 20 years, he later went to teach at Harvard University, developed the field of modern evolutionary biology, and founded the journal Evolution.  Home Page  Obituary

Ossie Davis (actor/writer/activist) -- Dead. Died February 4, 2005. Born December 18, 1917. Kennedy in Bubba Ho-tep, the judge in The Stand, married to Ruby Dee for over 50 years, very active in the civil rights movement.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Karl Haas (radio show host) -- Dead. Died February 6, 2005. Born circa 1914. Opened the English version of his international classical music show Adventures in Good Music with his distinctive "Hello everyone...".  Home Page  Obituary

Keith Knudsen (drummer) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died February 8, 2005. Born February 18, 1948. Longtime drummer for the Doobie Brothers. Make memorial contributions to: National Veterans Foundation.  Home Page

Arthur Miller (playwright) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died February 10, 2005. Born October 17, 1915. The Crucible, After the Fall, and Death of a Salesman, briefly married to Marilyn Monroe, father of Rebecca Miller, father-in-law of Daniel Day-Lewis.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Fritz Scholder (artist/teacher) -- Dead. Pneumonia/diabetes. Died February 10, 2005. Born October 6, 1937. Painted modern Indians and many colorful posters.  Home Page  Obituary

Samuel Alderson (engineer) -- Dead. Myelofibrosis, pneumonia. Died February 11, 2005. Born October 21, 1914. Inventor best-known for automotive crash test dummies.  Obituary

Jack Chalker (writer) -- Dead. Heart failure/kidney failure. Died February 11, 2005. Born December 17, 1944. Started Mirage Press, wrote many books, including Midnight at the Well of Souls.  Home Page  Obituary

Brian Kelly (actor) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died February 12, 2005. Born February 14, 1931. The father on Flipper, partially paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, an executive producer of Blade Runner.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Sammi Smith (singer) -- Dead. Died February 12, 2005. Born August 5, 1943. "Help Me Make It Through the Night".  IMDb  Obituary

Sister Lucia de Jesus dos Santos (nun/writer) -- Dead. Old age. Died February 13, 2005. Born March 22, 1907. Long-surviving member of the Portugese children who witnessed a vision at Fatima in 1917, later became a nun.  Home Page  Obituary

Nicole DeHuff (actress) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died February 16, 2005. Born January 6, 1974. Meet the Parents actress who was spiked by Ben Stiller in a game of volleyball.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

F. M. Busby (writer) -- Dead. Following abdominal surgery. Died February 17, 2005. Born March 11, 1921. Rissa Kerguelen.  Home Page

Daniel O'Herlihy (actor) -- Dead. Died February 17, 2005. Born May 1, 1919. Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Robocop.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Sandra Dee (actress) -- Dead. Kidney disease. Died February 20, 2005. Born April 23, 1942. A Summer Place, married to Bobby Darin.  IMDb  Obituary

John Raitt (actor/singer) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died February 20, 2005. Born January 29, 1917. Great singer who originated the role of Billy Bigelow in Carosel on Broadway, played opposite Doris Day in Pajama Game, Bonnie Raitt's father.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Hunter S. Thompson (writer) -- Dead. Suicide. Died February 20, 2005. Born July 18, 1939. The phrase "gonzo journalism" was invented for him, wrote books like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, had his ashes sent up with fireworks over Colorado on 8/30/05.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Harry Simeone (music director/arranger) -- Dead. Died February 22, 2005. Born May 9, 1911. His children's chorale helped to popularize "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?", arranger for Bing Crosby.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Simone Simon (actress) -- Dead. . Died February 22, 2005. Born April 23, 1910. Seventh Heaven, the original The Cat People.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Peter Benenson (activist/lawyer) -- Dead. Died February 25, 2005. Born July 31, 1921. Founded Amnesty International in 1961.  Home Page  Obituary

March

Martin Denny (Hawaiian musicmaker) -- Dead. Died March 2, 2005. Born April 5, 1911. Popularizer of Exotica music, earlier in his career, he led a band for Hildegarde. Make memorial contributions to: Live Music Awareness Martin Denny Fund for Aspiring Musicians, 949 Kapi'olani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Hans Bethe (physicist) -- Dead. Died March 6, 2005. Born July 2, 1906. Another German escapee from the Nazis who went to work for the Manhattan Project and spent most of his career studying stars at Cornell.  Home Page  Obituary

Teresa Wright (actress) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died March 6, 2005. Born October 27, 1918. Long career, including The Rainmaker, won a supporting actress Oscar for Mrs. Miniver, former wife of Robert Anderson, Hans Bethe.  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Debra Hill (producer/writer) -- Dead. Colon cancer. Died March 7, 2005. Born 1950. Produced and/or wrote many John Carpenter movies, including Halloween.  IMDb  Obituary

Chris LeDoux (singer/rodeo star) -- Dead. Liver cancer. Died March 9, 2005. Born October 2, 1948. Popular bareback rodeo rider who migrated to country music after his retirement.  Home Page  Obituary

Dave Allen (comic) -- Dead. . Died March 10, 2005. Born July 6, 1936. Irish comic who spent much of his life commenting on it from British television, briefly had a Broadway show in 1981.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Danny Joe Brown (rocker) -- Dead. Complications of diabetes/stroke. Died March 10, 2005. Born 1951. Singer and a founding member of Molly Hatchet.  Obituary

Lyn Collins (singer) -- Dead. Cardiac arrhythmia. Died March 13, 2005. Born June 12, 1948. R+B backup singer for James Brown, released Think (About It) and Check Me Out If You Don't Know Me By Now.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Don Durant (actor) -- Dead. Lymphocytic leukemia and lymphoma. Died March 15, 2005. Born November 20, 1932. Johnny Ringo.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Andre Norton (writer) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died March 17, 2005. Born February 17, 1912. Wrote many fantasy and young adult books (Witch World series), mentored hundreds of young writers. Make memorial contributions to: Saint Jude Children's Hospital or Veterinary Services, c/o The Noah Fund, PO Box 10128, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

John DeLorean (entrepreneur) -- Dead. Stroke. Died March 19, 2005. Born January 6, 1925. Created the Pontiac GTO, then the futuristic DeLorean car (with the doors that raise rather than open outward.  FindAGrave

Andrew Toti (inventor) -- Dead. Died March 20, 2005. Born July 24, 1915. Held 550 patents, helped to invent the "Mae West" life vest and breathing tubes. Make memorial contributions to: Community Hospice, Modesto or SPCA of Stanislaus  Home Page  Obituary

Bobby Short (classy pianist/singer) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died March 21, 2005. Born September 15, 1924. New York City institution, played at the Hotel Carlyle for 36 years, played himself in Hannah and Her Sisters.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Barney Martin (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died March 21, 2005. Born March 3, 1923. Jerry's dad on Seinfeld.  IBDB  IMDb

Greg Garrison (director) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died March 25, 2005. Born circa 1923. Directed many old TV shows, particularly The Dean Martin Show.  IMDb  Obituary

Paul Henning (TV producer) -- Dead. Died March 25, 2005. Born September 16, 1911. Created The Beverly Hillbillies, co-wrote Bedtime Story that was later adapted as Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Georgeanna Seegar Jones (obstetrician/fertility specialist) -- Dead. Heart failure/Alzheimer's. Died March 26, 2005. Born July 6, 1912. With her husband Howard, she helped develop in vitro fertilization and they oversaw the first in vitro babies in the US. Make memorial contributions to: Georgeanna Seegar Jones Research Fund  Home Page  Obituary

Johnnie Cochran (lawyer) -- Dead. Brain cancer. Died March 29, 2005. Born October 2, 1937. LA lawyer for OJ in the infamous Simpson/Goldman murder case.  IMDb  Obituary

Mitch Hedberg (comic) -- Dead. Heart failure/(drugs?). Died March 30, 2005. Born February 24, 1968. Frequent David Letterman guest.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Frank Perdue (businessman) -- Dead. Died March 31, 2005. Born May 9, 1920. Popularized his company with many years of TV commercials, he planned to live to 100 by eating chicken...  Home Page  Obituary

April

Saul Bellow (writer) -- Dead. Died April 5, 2005. Born June 10, 1915. Many books and stories, including Humboldt's Gift, Mr. Sammler's Planet, fathered a child when he was 84.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Dale Messick (cartoonist) -- Dead. Strokes. Died April 5, 2005. Born April 11, 1906. One of the first female comic strip writers, she created Brenda Starr and wrote it for over 40 years.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Debralee Scott (redhead) -- Dead. Alcoholism. Died April 6, 2005. Born April 2, 1953. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Welcome Back Kotter and Match Game.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Prince Rainier Grimaldi (prince) -- Dead. Died April 6, 2005. Born May 31, 1923. Ruler of Monaco since 1949, his marriage to Grace Kelly made him a household name.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Andrea Dworkin (writer/activist) -- Dead. Died April 9, 2005. Born September 26, 1946. Anti-porn feminist activist, wrote anumber of books including Pornography - Men Possessing Women.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Maurice Hilleman (microbiologist) -- Dead. Cancer. Died April 11, 2005. Born August 30, 1919. Prolific vaccine developer responsible for vaccines that fought mumps, measles, chickenpox, pneumonia, meningitis, hepatitis and other communicable diseases.  Home Page  Obituary

Marla Ruzicka (humanitarian) -- Dead. Murdered by Iraqi terrorists. Died April 16, 2005. Born circa 1977. Founded CIVIC to raise money for civilians in war zones, killed by a car bomber. Make memorial contributions to: Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.  Home Page  Obituary

Ruth Hussey (actress) -- Dead. Died April 19, 2005. Born October 30, 1911. Oscar-nominated for The Philadelphia Story.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Philip Morrison (physicist/educator) -- Dead. . Died April 22, 2005. Born November 7, 1915. One of the A-bomb developers, he went on to help develop SETI and narrated the famous short subject Powers of 10.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Sir John Mills (actor) -- Dead. Died April 23, 2005. Born February 22, 1908. Won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role of a mute in Ryan's Daughter, husband of Mary Hayley Bell, father of Juliet and Hayley.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Mason Adams (actor) -- Dead. Died April 26, 2005. Born February 26, 1919. Lou Grant and many commercial voiceovers, particularly for Smucker's.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Maria Schell (actress) -- Dead. Died April 26, 2005. Born January 15, 1926. Superman, The Brothers Karamozov and the sister of Maximilian Schell.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

May

Elisabeth Fraser (actress) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died May 5, 2005. Born April 30, 1920. Bilko's girlfriend on TV, Sadie in A Patch of Blue.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Frank Gorshin (mimic/actor) -- Dead. Pneumonia/lung cancer. Died May 17, 2005. Born April 5, 1934. Played the Riddler in the Batman TV series, toured as George Burns in the one-man show Say Goodnight Gracie.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Henry Corden (voice) -- Dead. Emphysema. Died May 19, 2005. Born January 6, 1920. Voiced Fred Flintstone after Alan Reed.  IMDb  Obituary

J. D. Cannon (actor) -- Dead. Died May 20, 2005. Born April 24, 1922. Clifford on McCloud.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Paul Ricoeur (philosopher/professor) -- Dead. Died May 20, 2005. Born February 27, 1913. Developed phenomenology, wrote many books including Freedom and Nature.  Home Page  Obituary

Stephen Elliott (actor) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died May 21, 2005. Born November 27, 1918. Arthur's potential fiancee's father in Arthur movies, Tony-nominated actor.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Howie Morris (second banana/comic/TV director) -- Dead. Heart ailment. Died May 21, 2005. Born September 4, 1919. Your Show of Shows, Ernest T Bass on the Andy Griffith Show.  IMDb  Obituary

Pat York (writer/teacher) -- Dead. Car accident. Died May 21, 2005. Born circa 1947. "You Wandered Off Like A Foolish Child To Break Your Heart And Mine".  Obituary

Thurl Ravenscroft (voice) -- Dead. Prostate cancer. Died May 22, 2005. Born February 16, 1914. Voice of Tony the Tiger, and memorably sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch".  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Ismail Merchant (classy producer/occassional director) -- Dead. Ulcers. Died May 25, 2005. Born December 25, 1936. The Indian founder of Merchant Ivory Productions, produced Remains of the Day.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Eddie Albert (actor) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died May 26, 2005. Born April 22, 1906. Green Acres.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

June

Leon Askin (actor) -- Dead. Died June 1, 2005. Born September 18, 1907. One of several Jewish refugees from the Nazis who later appeared on Hogan's Heroes, he played Gen. Burkhalter.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Michael Billington (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died June 3, 2005. Born December 24, 1941. Paul Foster in UFO (died five days before his UFO co-star Ed Bishop), Barsov in The Spy Who Loved Me. Make memorial contributions to: Marie Curie Cancer Center.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Anne Bancroft (actress) -- Dead. Uterine cancer. Died June 6, 2005. Born September 17, 1931. Married to Mel Brooks, played Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, won an Oscar for playing Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker.  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Dana Elcar (actor) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died June 6, 2005. Born October 10, 1927. Pete Thornton on McGyver, Agent Polk in The Sting, a founder of the L.A. Actor's Theater.  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Ed Bishop (actor) -- Dead. Hospital virus(?). Died June 8, 2005. Born June 11, 1932. Ed Straker in UFO (died five days after his UFO co-star Michael Billington), various voices on the animated version of Star Trek.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Lane Smith (actor) -- Dead. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Died June 13, 2005. Born April 29, 1936. Played Nixon in The Final Days, Perry White in Lois and Clark.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Jack Kilby (engineer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died June 20, 2005. Born November 8, 1923. Invented the microchip and pocket calculator for Texas Instruments, won a Nobel Prize. Make memorial contributions to: The Jack Kilby Fund in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Illinois Foundation, Harker Hall, 1305 West Green, Urbana, Illinois 61801.  Home Page  Obituary

Shana Alexander (journalist) -- Dead. Cancer. Died June 23, 2005. Born October 6, 1925. Argued on "Point-CounterPoint" on 60 Minutes in the late '70s.  IMDb  Obituary

Paul Winchell (ventriloquist/inventor/acupuncture doctorate) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died June 24, 2005. Born December 21, 1922. Voice of Tigger in many Winnie the Pooh movies, including Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (died the day before the voice of Piglet, John Fiedler), also the master behind Jerry Mahoney.  Home Page  IMDb

John Fiedler (actor) -- Dead. Died June 25, 2005. Born February 3, 1925. Voiced Piglet in the Winnie the Pooh movies (died the day after the voice of Tigger, Paul Winchell), Mr. Peterson on the Bob Newhart Show.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Richard Whiteley (journalist/game show host) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died June 26, 2005. Born December 28, 1943. Countdown host for many years.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Shelby Foote (Civil War historian) -- Dead. Died June 27, 2005. Born November 17, 1916. Wrote a multi-volume history of the Civil War and worked on Ken Burns' seminal PBS documentary on the war.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

July

Renaldo "Obie" Benson (singer) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died July 1, 2005. Born July 14, 1937. An original member of The Four Tops, probably best-known for their song "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'", Benson wrote "What's Goin' On".  Wikipedia  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Luther Vandross (smooth singer) -- Dead. [rumors] Died July 1, 2005. Born April 20, 1951. "Here and Now", lapsed into a coma following a stroke on April 16, 2003, recovered somewhat but died just over two years later.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

June Haver (actress) -- Dead. Respiratory failure. Died July 4, 2005. Born June 10, 1926. Daughter of Rosie O'Grady, married to Fred MacMurray.  IMDb

L. Patrick Gray (FBI director) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died July 5, 2005. Born July 18, 1916. Ran the FBI under Nixon.  Home Page  Obituary

James Stockdale (Naval officer/POW/candidate) -- Dead. Alzheimer's. Died July 5, 2005. Born December 23, 1923. Survived being a POW in Vietnam to being Perot's running mate in 1992.  Obituary

Evan Hunter (wrter) -- Dead. Larynx cancer. Died July 6, 2005. Born October 15, 1926. Born Salvatore Lombino, he changed his name to Hunter (The Blackboard Jungle) and wrote under other pen names like Ed McBain.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Byron Preiss (publisher/writer) -- Dead. Car accident. Died July 9, 2005. Born circa 1953. Published an array of visually-interesting works; helped launch the graphic novel field.  Obituary

Kevin Hagen (actor) -- Dead. Esophageal cancer. Died July 9, 2005. Born April 3, 1928. Many Western roles, probably best-known as Doc Baker in Little House on the Prairie.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Frances Langford (singer) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died July 10, 2005. Born April 4, 1913. Sang "I'm in the Mood for Love", toured with Bob Hope to war zones, appeared in Yankee Doodle Dandy.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Geraldine Fitzgerald (actress) -- Dead. Alzheimer's. Died July 17, 2005. Born November 24, 1913. Isabella in Wuthering Heights.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Sir Edward Heath (prime minister, British politician) -- Dead. Died July 17, 2005. Born July 9, 1916. Prime Minister of England in the early '70s.  Home Page  Obituary

Gerry Thomas (inventor/salesman) -- Dead. Cancer. Died July 18, 2005. Born circa 1922. Invented the TV dinner for Swanson in 1954.  Obituary

General William Westmoreland (Soldier) -- Dead. Died July 18, 2005. Born March 26, 1914. Controversial commander of US troops in South Vietnam during the Vietnamese War.  IMDb  Obituary

James Doohan (Scotty) -- Spaced. Pneumonia/Alzheimer's. Died July 20, 2005. Born March 3, 1920. And was a father again at the age of 80! "Cap'n, I dunna know if we kin hold on much longa!" He attended one last Star Trek convention and received his Hollywood star in 2004.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Hildegarde (singer/labor organizer) -- Dead. Died July 29, 2005. Born February 1, 1906. Billed as "The Incomperable Hildegarde," she performed for audiences for well over 70 years, had a radio show and helped to form unions for performers.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Pat McCormick (writer/comic) -- Dead. Died July 29, 2005. Born June 30, 1927. Acted in Smokey and the Bandit , wrote for Jack Paar and Jonathan Winters, appeared on many Friars' Club Roasts.  IMDb  Obituary

August

Ileen Getz (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died August 4, 2005. Born August 7, 1961. Best-known playing Dr. Allbright's co-worker Judith on Third Rock from the Sun.  IMDb  Obituary

Robin Cook (British politician) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died August 6, 2005. Born February 28, 1946. Foreign Secretary under Tony Blair, he resigned from the government in March 2003 in protest over Britain's involvement in Iraq.  Home Page  Obituary

Peter Jennings (TV news anchor) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died August 7, 2005. Born July 29, 1938. ABC World News Tonight anchor, narrated many documentaries.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Barbara Bel Geddes (actress) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died August 8, 2005. Born October 31, 1922. The first Miss Ellie on Dallas.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

John Johnson (publishing entrepreneur) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died August 8, 2005. Born January 19, 1918. Started Ebony and Jet.  Home Page  FindAGrave

Philip J. Klass (UFO debunker) -- Dead. Cancer. Died August 9, 2005. Born November 8, 1919. Writer for and editor of Aviation Week & Space Technology, he was also a leading UFO debunker.  Home Page  Obituary

Judith Rossner (writer) -- Dead. Died August 9, 2005. Born March 1, 1935. Wrote a number of novels, including Looking for Mr. Goodbar.  IMDb  Obituary

Joe Ranft (writer/cartoon voice) -- Dead. Car crash. Died August 16, 2005. Born March 13, 1960. Wrote Toy Story and Lion King, provided the voice of Wheezy the Penguin for Toy Story 2.  IMDb  Obituary

Mo Mowlam (politician) -- Dead. Brain cancer/effects of a fall. Died August 19, 2005. Born September 18, 1949. Northern Ireland Secretary under Blair.  Home Page  Obituary

Robert Moog (inventor/musician) -- Dead. Brain Tumor. Died August 21, 2005. Born May 23, 1934. Experimented with theremins, later developed synthesizers in the '60s, launching a wave of electronic music, met once with Leon Theremin. Make memorial contributions to: Bob Moog Foundation.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Brock Peters (actor) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died August 23, 2005. Born July 2, 1927. Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper (oldest person on Earth) -- Dead. Died August 30, 2005. Born June 29, 1890. Oldest, well-documented person in 2004-2005, Dutch soccer fan, ate herring.  Home Page

Michael Sheard (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died August 31, 2005. Born June 18, 1940. Probably best-known for being the first person Darth Vader kills in The Empire Strikes Back ("You have failed me for the last time, Admiral"), for playing Hitler multiple times and for playing Grange Hill's Mr Bronson.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

September

Barry Cowsill (singer/bass player) -- Dead. Katrina aftermath. Died circa September 2005. Born September 14, 1954. One of the Cowsills, a '60s family rock group that inspired The Partridge Family, he later played for Bridey Murphy.  Home Page

Bob Denver (Little Buddy) -- Dead. Cancer. Died September 2, 2005. Born January 9, 1935. Gilligan on Gilligan's Island, Maynard on Dobie Gillis. Make memorial contributions to: The Denver Foundation (a charity for helping handicapped kids in West Virginia).  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb

William H. Rehnquist (Supreme Court Chief Justice) -- Dead. Thyroid cancer. Died September 3, 2005. Born October 1, 1924. Wrote The Supreme Court.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (guitarist/singer) -- Dead. Lung cancer/heart disease. Died September 10, 2005. Born April 18, 1924. Cajun muscian and New Orleans fixture who died a few days after evacuating from hurricane Katrina.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Robert Wise (director) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died September 14, 2005. Born September 10, 1914. Versatile director who won Oscars for West Side Story and The Sound of Music, also directed The Day the Earth Stood Still and edited Citizen Kane.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Sid Luft (producer/manager) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died September 15, 2005. Born November 2, 1915. Married to Judy Garland in the '50s, he produced A Star Is Born.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Gordon Gould (inventor) -- Dead. Died September 16, 2005. Born July 17, 1920. Another American who independently developed the laser (and invented its name) in 1957, sparking a long legal battle over patents.  Home Page  Obituary

Constance Moore (actress) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died September 16, 2005. Born January 18, 1920. Appeared as Wilma Deering in various versions of Buck Rogers and in the classic You Can't Cheat an Honest Man.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Simon Wiesenthal (Nazi hunter) -- Dead. Died September 20, 2005. Born December 31, 1908. Continued looking and finding Nazis years after WWII was over, recorded The Art of Remembrance. Make memorial contributions to: Simon Wiesenthal Center.  IMDb  Obituary

Molly Yard (activist) -- Dead. Died September 21, 2005. Born July 6, 1912. Civil rights activist and a president of NOW in the '80s.  Home Page  Obituary

Tommy Bond (actor) -- Dead. Heart disease. Died September 24, 2005. Born September 16, 1926. Butch in the Our Gang shorts, Jimmy Olson in the Superman serials in the '40s.  IMDb  Obituary

M. Scott Peck (writer/psychiatrist) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died September 25, 2005. Born May 22, 1936. Wrote The Road Less Traveled and a host of other self-help books.  Home Page  Obituary

Don Adams (actor) -- Dead. Lung infection/bone lymphoma. Died September 25, 2005. Born April 13, 1923. Get Smart, Inspector Gadget, childhood friend of Bill Dana, appeared on the NBC 75th Anniversary Show. Make memorial contributions to: Motion Picture and Television Fund.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Jerry Juhl (writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died September 27, 2005. Born October 12, 1937. Performer with the Muppets who went on to write most of The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock. Make memorial contributions to: Save the Redwoods League  IMDb  Obituary

Leo Sternbach (chemist) -- Dead. Died September 28, 2005. Born May 7, 1908. Another Nazi escapee, he led the development of Librium and Valium.  Home Page  Obituary

October

Hamilton Camp (comic actor/voice/singer) -- Dead. Accidental fall. Died October 2, 2005. Born October 30, 1934. Played Mary's short date on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Leck on several Deep Space Nine episodes, and dozens of cartoon voices.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

August Wilson (playwright) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 2, 2005. Born April 27, 1945. Wrote many plays including The Piano Lession, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fences, had a Broadway theater named in his honor just before his death.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Nipsey Russell (comedian) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 3, 2005. Born October 13, 1923. A semi-regular on The Match Game, in the movie The Wiz - A comic, a poet, and he surely did know it!  IMDb  Obituary

Charles Rocket (actor) -- Dead. Suicide. Died October 7, 2005. Born August 24, 1949. Former SNL comic who may have been the first to say "f*ck" on network TV, co-starred as Geena Davis' fiance Ted in Earth Girls Are Easy.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Louis Nye (comic) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died October 9, 2005. Born May 1, 1913. Played many con men in comedies, came up with the greeting "Hi, ho, Steverino!" for Steve Allen.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Shirley Horn (singer/pianist) -- Dead. Diabetes. Died October 20, 2005. Born May 1, 1934. Jazz legend who worked with Quincy Jones and Miles Davis.  IMDb  Obituary

Tara Correa-McMullen (actress) -- Dead. Murder by gun. Died October 20, 2005. Born May 24, 1989. Had a reoccuring role in Judging Amy as a gang member. She then wound up being killed in a gang-related shooting.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Rosa Parks (long-time civil rights activist) -- Dead. Died October 24, 2005. Born February 4, 1913. Woman who defied the segregation laws in Montgomery Alabama by refusing to sit in the back of the bus, the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol rotunda.  Home Page

Enid Haupt (philanthropist/publisher) -- Dead. Died October 25, 2005. Born May 13, 1906. Publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer who donated huge sums of money to the New York Botanical Garden, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Obituary

Lloyd Bochner (actor) -- Dead. . Died October 29, 2005. Born July 29, 1924. Starred in the famous Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man," extremely busy TV actor, Cecil Colby in Dynasty.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

November

Skitch Henderson (musician) -- Dead. Died November 1, 2005. Born January 27, 1918. Early leader of the Tonight Show band, a founder of the New York Pops.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Michael Piller (writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died November 1, 2005. Born May 30, 1948. Writer for the newer Star Trek series (particularly Deep Space Nine and Voyager), executive producer of The Dead Zone series.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Jean Carson (actress) -- Dead. Complications of a stroke. Died November 2, 2005. Born February 28, 1923. I Married a Monster from Outer Space, bit parts on TV shows, particularly The Andy Griffith Show.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Sheree North (actress) -- Dead. Surgical complications. Died November 4, 2005. Born January 17, 1933. A glamour girl and comic actress in the '50s and '60s, she went on to play Kramer's mother in Seinfeld.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

John Fowles (author) -- Dead. Died November 5, 2005. Born March 31, 1926. The French Lieutenent's Woman.  IMDb  Obituary

Link Wray (guitarist/songwriter) -- Dead. Died November 5, 2005. Born May 2, 1929. Early guitarist who played with Tex Ritter and influenced everyone from Elvis to Bruce Springsteen.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Vine DeLoria, Jr. (educator/writer) -- Dead. Aortic aneurysm. Died November 6, 2005. Born March 26, 1933. American indian educator who wrote Custer Died for Your Sins.  Home Page  Obituary

Moustapha Akkad (producer) -- Dead. Murdered by terrorists (Jordan 2005). Died November 11, 2005. Born July 1, 1933. Produced all of the Halloween movies, his daughter also died in the terrorist blast.  IMDb  Obituary

Peter Drucker (writer/management theorist) -- Dead. Died November 11, 2005. Born November 19, 1909. Wrote Practice of Management, taught at Claremont College for over 30 years.  Home Page  Obituary

Ralph Edwards (TV host) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died November 16, 2005. Born June 13, 1913. This Is Your Life and the first show on commercial TV, Truth or Consequences.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Harold Stone (actor) -- Dead. Died November 18, 2005. Born March 13, 1913. Spartacus, bit parts in many movies and TV shows between the mid-50s and mid-80s.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Nora Denney (actress) -- Dead. Died November 20, 2005. Born May 5, 1928. Mrs. Teevee in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Constance Cummings (actress) -- Dead. Died November 23, 2005. Born May 15, 1910. The ghost in Blithe Spirit, won a Tony for Wings.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Pat Morita (actor) -- Dead. Died November 24, 2005. Born August 28, 1932. Arnold on Happy Days, teacher in The Karate Kid movies.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Stan Berenstain (cartoonist/writer) -- Dead. Died November 26, 2005. Born September 29, 1923. With his wife Jan, he wrote and illustrated over 200 Berenstain Bears books.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Wendie Jo Sperber (actress/philanthropist) -- Dead. Cancer. Died November 29, 2005. Born September 15, 1958. Amy in Bosom Buddies, Linda in the Back to the Future movies. Make memorial contributions to: weSpark Cancer Support Center, the foundation she started.  Home Page  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

December

Mary Hayley Bell (writer/actress) -- Dead. Died December 1, 2005. Born January 22, 1911. Wrote Whistle Down the Wind (later adapted as a movie starring her daughter, Hayley), wife of Sir John Mills, mother of Juliet and Hayley.  IMDb  Obituary

Gregg Hoffman (producer) -- Dead. Unknown - suspected anuerysm. Died December 4, 2005. Born 1963. Produced the splatter flicks Saw, but, earlier in his career, worked on movies like George of the Jungle and Inspector Gadget. Make memorial contributions to: Habitat for Humanity, Greater LA  IMDb  Obituary

Ed Masry (lawyer) -- Dead. Complications of diabetes. Died December 5, 2005. Born July 29, 1932. Led the law firm that Erin Brockovich worked for, helped to win $300 million for people whose water was contaminated by Pacific Gas and Electric, played by Albert Finney in the Oscar-winning movie.  Home Page  Obituary

Robert Sheckley (writer) -- Dead. Brain aneurysm/heart disease. Died December 9, 2005. Born July 16, 1928. Mostly wrote humorous SF, probably best-known for Immortality, Inc., later made into the movie Freejack.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Mary Jackson (actress) -- Dead. Parkinsons. Died December 10, 2005. Born November 22, 1910. Miss Emily Baldwin on The Waltons.  IMDb  Obituary

Eugene McCarthy (senator) -- Dead. Died December 10, 2005. Born March 29, 1916. Minnesota senator and twice a presidential candidate.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Richard Pryor (comedian) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died December 10, 2005. Born December 1, 1940. Great stand-up comic and writer, starred in Uptown Saturday Night and many TV specials, struggled with addictions and multiple sclerosis. Make memorial contributions to: Pryor's Planet.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Robert Newmyer (producer) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died December 12, 2005. Born circa 1956. Produced award-winning movies like Sex, Lies and Videotape and Training Day and Lost Boys of the Sudan. Make memorial contributions to: the Bobby Newmyer Memorial Fund (used to further his work with Sudanese refugees), c/o Outlaw Productions, 3599 Beverly Glen Terr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.  IMDb  Obituary

William Proxmire (senator) -- Dead. Alzheimer's disease. Died December 15, 2005. Born November 15, 1911. Longtime senator famous for creating the Golden Fleece award.  Home Page  Obituary

Kenneth Bulmer (writer) -- Dead. Died December 16, 2005. Born January 14, 1921. A writer with many pseudonums (including Alan Burt Akers and Dray Prescot) who wrote books in many different genres.  Home Page

John Spencer (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died December 16, 2005. Born December 20, 1946. Leo McGarry on The West Wing, Tommy Mullaney on LA Law, gardening enthusiast, wonderful actor.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Jack Anderson (columnist) -- Dead. Parkinson's disease. Died December 17, 2005. Born October 19, 1922. Wrote the "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column for many years, helped expose scandals around Nixon and Reagan.  IMDb  Obituary

Marjorie Kellogg (writer/social worker) -- Dead. Alzheimer's. Died December 19, 2005. Born circa 1922. Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Norman Vaughan (adventurer) -- Dead. Died December 23, 2005. Born December 19, 1905. Went to the South Pole with Admiral Byrd, participated in many Iditarods in his 70s and 80s, climbed a mountain in Antarctica when he was 88.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Michael Vale (commercial baker) -- Dead. Diabetes. Died December 24, 2005. Born June 28, 1922. Stage actor best-known for the "Time to Make the Doughnuts" slogan in Dunkin Donuts ads.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Birgit Nilsson (opera singer) -- Dead. . Died December 25, 2005. Born May 17, 1918. Known for many soprano roles, particularly Isolde.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Kerry Packer (media tycoon) -- Dead. Kidney failure. Died December 26, 2005. Born December 17, 1937. Owned a publishing empire in Australia and started a cricket league.  Home Page  Obituary

Vincent Schiavelli (actor/cookbook writer) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died December 26, 2005. Born November 10, 1948. Long-faced character actor in famous movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and Ghost (where he played the ghost who haunted subway cars), he lived in Italy and wrote books on Italian cooking.  IMDb  Obituary

Patrick Cranshaw (actor) -- Dead. Died December 28, 2005. Born June 17, 1919. The oldest "brother" in Old School.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Rona Jaffe (writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died December 30, 2005. Born June 12, 1932. The Best of Everything, Class Reunion.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Neil Strawser (journalist) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died December 31, 2005. Born circa 1927. Anchored CBS radio's coverage of John Kennedy's funeral, NASA missions and Watergate.  Obituary

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