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In memoriam

More late greats, including Nate Dogg, Ryan Dunn, James Arness, Sylvia Robinson, and more

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Anne Francis, 80, actress (Forbidden Planet), 1/2
Peter Yates, 81, director (Bullitt, Breaking Away), 1/9
John Dye, 47, actor (Touched by an Angel), 1/10
David Nelson, 74, star of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, 1/11
Susannah York, 72, actress (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?), 1/15
Don Kirshner, 76, music producer known as ”the man with the golden ear,” 1/17
John Barry, 77, Oscar-winning composer (Out of Africa, Born Free), 1/30
Maria Schneider, 58, actress (Last Tango in Paris), 2/3
Tura Satana, 72, actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), 2/4
Betty Garrett, 91, played landlady Edna Babish on Laverne & Shirley, 2/12
Kenneth Mars, 75, played Nazi Franz Liebkind in The Producers, 2/12
Len Lesser, 88, played Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, 2/16
Gary Winick, 49, director (Tadpole, 13 Going on 30), 2/27
Nate Dogg (né Nathaniel Dwayne Hale), 41, hip-hop singer, 3/15
Michael Gough, 94, played butler Alfred in four Batman movies, 3/17
Loleatta Holloway, 64, disco diva (”Hit and Run,” ”Love Sensation”), 3/21
Lanford Wilson, 73, Pulitzer-winning playwright (Talley’s Folly, Fifth of July), 3/24
Farley Granger, 85, actor (Rope, Strangers on a Train), 3/27
Manning Marable, 60, biographer of Malcolm X, 4/1
Sol Saks, 100, creator of Bewitched, 4/16
Michael Sarrazin, 70, actor (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?), 4/17
Tim Hetherington, 40, documentarian (Restrepo), 4/20
Poly Styrene (née Marianne Joan Elliott-Said), 53, singer in punk band X-Ray Spex, 4/25
Phoebe Snow, 60, singer-songwriter (”Poetry Man”), 4/26
Yvette Vickers, 82, actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), body discovered 4/27
Jackie Cooper, 88, Oscar-nominated actor (Skippy, Superman), 5/3
Sada Thompson, 83, Emmy-winning actress (Family), 5/4
Arthur Laurents, 93, director and playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy), 5/5
Randy Savage (né Randall Mario Poffo), 58, wrestler/ actor (Spider-Man), 5/20
Bill Hunter, 71, actor (Muriel’s Wedding), 5/21
Joseph Brooks, 73, Oscar-winning songwriter (”You Light Up My Life”), 5/22
Clarice Taylor, 93, played Bill Cosby’s mom on The Cosby Show, 5/30
James Arness, 88, played Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, 6/3
Leonard Stern, 87, TV writer and creator of Mad Libs, 6/7
Laura Ziskin, 61, movie producer (Pretty Woman, Spider-Man), 6/12
Ryan Dunn, 34, performer (Jackass), 6/20
Gene Colan, 84, comic-book artist known for his work on Daredevil and Iron Man, 6/23
Sherwood Schwartz, 94, creator of Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch, 7/12
Charles ”Bubba” Smith, 66, pro football player-turned-actor (Police Academy), 8/3
Nickolas Ashford, 70, singer, songwriter, and producer (”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” ”Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”), 8/22
Jerry Leiber, 78, rock producer and songwriter (”Hound Dog,” ”Jailhouse Rock,” ”Stand by Me”), 8/22
Michael Showers, 45, played Capt. John Guidry on Treme, 8/24
John Calley, 81, studio exec and producer (The Exorcist, Superman), 9/13
Frances Bay, 92, played Adam Sandler’s grandmother in Happy Gilmore, 9/15
Vesta Williams, 53, R&B singer (”Congratulations”), 9/22
Sylvia Robinson, 75, R&B singer (”Pillow Talk”) who produced early hip-hop hits like ”Rapper’s Delight” and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s ”The Message,” 9/29
Diane Cilento, 78, Oscar-nominated actress (Tom Jones), 10/6
Sue Mengers, 79, pioneering talent agent who repped Burt Reynolds, Barbra Streisand, and Steve McQueen, 10/15
Gil Cates, 77, 14-time Oscar-show producer, 10/31
Leonard Stone, 87, played Violet’s dad in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 11/2
Bil Keane, 89, cartoonist (Family Circus), 11/8
John Neville, 86, played Baron Munchausen and The X-Files‘ Well-Manicured Man, 11/19
Ken Russell, 84, director (Women in Love, Altered States), 11/27
Alan Sues, 85, comic actor (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In), 12/1
Jerry Robinson, 89, comic-book artist who co-created the Joker and Robin, 12/7

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