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Bob Anderson (swordmaster) -- Dead. Died January 1, 2012. Born September 15, 1922. Choreographed sword fights and trained actors for The Princess Bride, The Lord of the Rings and the Star Wars movies as well as the Highlander series.  Wikipedia  IMDb  Obituary

Jenny Tomasin (actress) -- Dead. Hypertensive heart disease. Died January 3, 2012. Born November 30, 1936. Ruby on Upstairs/Downstairs, also appeared on Dr. Who and Emmerdale.  Wikipedia  IMDb  Obituary

Eve Arnold (phtographer) -- Dead. Died January 4, 2012. Born April 21, 1912. Photographer known for shooting the famous (Marilyn Monroe, Marlena Dietrich) and the unknown (starving children).  Wikipedia  IMDb  Obituary

Roger Boisjoly (engineer/ethics lecturer) -- Dead. Cancer Died January 6, 2012. Born April 25, 1938. A Morton Thiokol engineer who argued against launching the Challenger in January 1986 as he believed the O-rings would fail due to the cold. He was overruled. Despite the fact he was right, NASA made it hard for him to work in the industry after he resigned from Morton Thiokol (now ATK Space Systems). Received the AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award in 1988.  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Jerome Rubin (futurist/lawyer) -- Dead. Stroke Died January 9, 2012. Born March 9, 1925. A lawyer who helped develop an early commercial database (Lexis/Nexis) and predicted eBooks.  twitter  Obituary

Mary Raftery (journalist) -- Dead. Died January 10, 2012. Born 1957. Irish journalist who produced documentaries on child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church (States of Fear)  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Richard Threlkeld (journalist) -- Dead. Car accident. Died January 13, 2012. Born November 30, 1937. Journalist who alternated between working at CBS and ABC, one of the last journalists out of Saigon in 1975.  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Etta James (singer) -- Dead.. Leukemia. Died January 20, 2012. Born January 25, 1938. Jazz singer, best known for the classic "At Last."  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Dick Tufeld (voice) -- Dead. Died January 22, 2012. Born December 11, 1926. Famous line: "Danger, danger Will Robinson!" Lost in Space, heard on other Irwin Allen shows, died 3 years after the robot driver Bob May.  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Bingham Ray (movie company manager) -- Dead. Stroke Died January 23, 2012. Born circa 1954. Suffered a stroke while attending the Sundance Film Festival, co-founder of October Films, president of United Artists.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

James Farentino (actor) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died January 24, 2012. Born February 24, 1938. On many TV series since the '60s, including Dynasty and a stint as Doug Ross's father on ER, divorced from Michele Lee.  Wikipedia  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Robert Hegyes (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died January 26, 2012. Born May 7, 1951. Epstein on Welcome Back Kotter, Cagney and Lacey  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

John Rich (TV director) -- Dead. Died January 29, 2012. Born July 6, 1925. Directed many episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and All in the Family (including the famous Sammy Davis, Jr. episode)  Wikipedia  IMDb  Obituary

Damien Bona (writer) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died January 29, 2012. Born March 18, 1955. Co-wrote Inside Oscar.  twitter  Obituary


Don Cornelius (producer/host) -- Dead.Suicide-gunshot. Died February 1, 2012. Born September 27, 1936. The man who brought you Soul Train.  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Nello Ferrara (candy company director/lawyer) -- Dead. Died February 3, 2012. Born circa 1918. Studied law but went to work at his father's company (Ferrara Pan Candy) and invented Lemonhead and Atomic FireBall candies.  twitter  Obituary

Ben Gazzara (actor) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died February 3, 2012. Born August 28, 1930. Run for Your Life and more movies than you'd imagine.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Peter Breck (actor) -- Dead. Dementia Died February 6, 2012. Born March 13, 1929. The TV series Maverick and The Big Valley, loads of '60s and '70s TV guest spots.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Patricia Stephens Due (civil rights leader) -- Dead. Thyroid cancer. Died February 7, 2012. Born December 9, 1939. An organizer for civil rights in the South in the '60s, she later wrote an award-winning book (Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights) on her experiences with her daughter Tananarive Due.  Wikipedia  twitter  Obituary

Jill Kinmont Boothe (educator/skiier) -- Dead. Died February 9, 2012. Born February 16 1936. Skiier on a track for the Olympics before she became paralyzed in an accident; inspired two movies (The Other Side of the Mountain) based on her accident and rehabilitation.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Jeffrey Zaslow (writer) --Dead. Car accident. Died February 10, 2012. Born October 6, 1958. Advice columnist (All That Jazz) and journalist (Wall Street Journal) who became the co-writer of a number of memoirish-books, including Randy Pauch's The Last Lecture and Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly's Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope. Killed while on a book tour for The Magic Room.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  Obituary

Whitney Houston (singer/actress) -- Dead. Died February 11, 2012. Born August 9, 1963. Very talented singer in the '80s and '90s. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me." Too young to be listed here, she was included here for 10 years due to persistant rumors about her health, died at 48.  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

David Kelly (actor) -- Dead. Died February 12, 2012. Born July 11, 1929. The faux-Ned in Waking Ned Devine; not to be confused with the American TV producer.  Wikipedia  IMDb  Obituary

Gregg Jevin (legend) -- Dead. Debatable - either drowned or sat on his pen. Died February 23, 2012. Born circa 1960. An actor of mythic proportions, he was a Zelig-like performer who popped in and out of plays, TV shows and movies on whim.  twitter

Jan Berenstain (cartoonist/writer) -- Dead. Stroke. Died February 24, 2012. Born July 26, 1923. With her husband Stan, she wrote and illustrated over 200 Berenstain Bears books.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Davy Jones (singer/actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died February 29, 2012. Born December 30, 1945. Former Monkee, raised horses.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary


Ralph McQuarrie (artist) -- Dead. Parkinson's disease. Died March 3, 2012. Born June 13, 1929. Propobably best-known for his conceptual art for Star Wars.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb

Joan Taylor (actress/businesswoman) -- Dead. Died March 4, 2012. Born August 18, 1929. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth, wrote the script for Fools Rush In and managed the syndication of Hawaii 5-0 for many years.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Robert B. Sherman (songwriter) -- Dead. Died March 5, 2012. Born December 19, 1925. With his brother Richard, he wrote iconic music for Disney ("It's a Small World After All" and the score for Mary Poppins), one of the liberators of Dachau.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Adrienne Rich (poet/essayist) -- Dead. Complications of rheumatoid arthritis Died March 27, 2012. Born May 16, 1929. Won the National Book Award for Diving into the Wreck.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Warren Stevens (actor) -- Dead. Lung disease. Died March 27, 2012. Born November 2, 1919. Extremely busy TV actor during the '50s, '60s and '70s, he starred in Forbidden Planet as the ship's doctor.  Wikipedia  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Earl Scruggs (country musician) -- Dead. Died March 28, 2012. Born January 6, 1924. Flatt and Scruggs.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary


Thomas Kinkade (painter/businessman) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died April 6, 2012. Born January 19, 1958. Turned "painted lights" in landscapes into a multi-million dollar business.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Mike Wallace (newscaster) -- Dead. Died April 7, 2012. Born May 9, 1918. 60 Minutes, portrayed by Christopher Plummer in The Insider, worked until he was nearly 89.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Dick Clark (host/producer/for a long time "the world's oldest teenager") -- Dead. Heart attack. Died April 18, 2012. Born November 30, 1929. Host of American Bandstand, The $10,000 Pyramid, and New Year's Rockin' Eve, continued working after suffering a severe stroke in 2004.  Home Page  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary