A list of entertainers who passed this year
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Philip Abbott, 74, 2/23, actor (TV’s The FBI)

Bob ”Tex” Allen, 92, 10/9, star of Western serials

Eric Ambler, 89, 10/22, novelist-screenwriter (A Night to Remember)

A. Sterl Artley, 91, 7/7, creator of Dick and Jane books

Dominique Aury, 90, 4/26, author (The Story of O)

Marshall Barer, 75, 8/25, lyricist (Once Upon a Mattress)

Owen Bradley, 82, 1/7, country-music producer

Lloyd Bridges, 85, 3/10, actor (TV’s Sea Hunt/the Hot Shots! films)

Leo Buscaglia, 74, 6/12, self-help author (Loving)

Harry Caray, 78, 2/18, Hall of Fame sportscaster

Betty Carter, 68, 9/26, jazz singer

Helen Carter, 70, 6/2, country singer

Carlos Castaneda, 72, 4/27, author and mystic (The Teachings of Don Juan)

Joseph Cates, 74, 10/10, TV producer (The $64,000 Question)

Dane Clark, 85, 9/11, actor (Destination Tokyo)

Stanley Cortez, 92, 12/23/97, cinematographer (The Magnificent Ambersons)

Floyd Cramer, 64, 12/31/97, country pianist (”Last Date”)

Richard Denning, 84, 10/11, actor (Some Like It Hot)

John Derek, 71, 5/22, actor and director (Bolero)

Richard Dior, 51, 10/26, film sound mixer (Apollo 13)

Wade Dominguez, 32, 8/26, actor (Dangerous Minds)

Dorothy Donegan, 76, 5/19, jazz pianist

Jimmy Driftwood, 91, 7/12, folksinger (”The Battle of New Orleans”)

Allen Drury, 80, 9/2 author (Advise and Consent)

Gene Evans, 75, 4/1, actor (TV’s My Friend Flicka)

Falco, 40, 2/7, singer (”Der Kommissar”)

Norman Fell, 74, 12/14, actor (TV’s Three’s Company)

Gene Fowler, 80, 5/11, director (I Was a Teen-age Werewolf)

Charlie Foxx, 64, 9/18, songwriter (”Mockingbird”)

Fred Friendly, 82, 3/3, broadcast journalist

Brendan Gill, 83, 1/12, New Yorker writer

James Goldman, 71, 10/28, Oscar-winning screenwriter (The Lion in Winter)

Lew Grade, 91, 12/13, British TV/film producer (The Muppet Movie, TV’s The Saint)

Don Harrison, 61, 5/2, CNN news anchor

Rodney Harvey, 30, 4/10, actor (My Own Private Idaho)

John Hawkes, 72, 5/15, postmodern novelist

Peter Lind Hayes, 82, 4/21, ’50s TV personality

Joan Hickson, 92, 10/17, actress (TV’s Miss Marple)

Lillian Hoban, 73, 7/17, children’s author(the Frances books)

John Holliman, 49, 9/12, CNN correspondent

Ted Hughes, 68, 10/28, British poet laureate

Sandy Hume, 28, 2/22, Fox News reporter

Juzo Itami, 64, 12/20/97, Japanese director (Tampopo)

Louis Marshall Jones, 84, 2/19, banjoist/Hee Haw star

Bob Kane, 83, 11/3, Batman creator

Stubby Kaye, 79, 12/14/97, comic actor (Guys and Dolls)

Alfred Kazin, 83, 6/5, author and literary critic

Timothy Kelly, 34, 2/5, Slaughter guitarist

Persis Khambatta, 49, 8/18, actress (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Leonid Kinskey, 95, 9/8, actor (Sascha in Casablanca)

James Komack, 72, 12/24/97, TV producer (Welcome Back, Kotter)

Nicolette Larson, 45, 12/16/97, singer (”Lotta Love”)

Phil Leeds, 82, 8/23, character actor (TV’s Ally McBeal)

Frederick Lenz, 48, 4/13, New Age author (Surfing the Himalayas)

Shari Lewis, 65, 8/2, TV puppeteer

Jack Lord, 70, 1/21, Hawaii Five-O star

Joseph Maher, 64, 7/17, stage actor (Broadway’s Loot)

Jean Marais, 84, 11/8, actor (Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast)

E.G. Marshall, 88, 8/24, actor (TV’s The Defenders)

Daniel Massey, 64, 3/25, actor (Star!)

Bob McAllister, 63, 7/21, host of TV’s Wonderama

Marya McLaughlin, 68, 9/14, CBS News correspondent

Jeffrey Moss, 56, 9/25, Sesame Street co-creator

Bob Merrill, 77, 2/17, songwriter (Funny Girl)

Theresa Merritt, 75, 6/12, actress (TV’s That’s My Mama)

Jay Monahan, 42, 1/24, NBC legal analyst

Corbett Monica, 68, 7/22, comedian/Rat Pack sidekick

Jim Murray, 78, 8/16, Pulitzer-winning sportswriter

Jeanette Nolan, 86, 6/5, actress (TV’s The Virginian)

Dick O’Neill, 70, 11/17, actor (TV’s Cagney & Lacey)

Maureen O’Sullivan, 87, 6/23, actress (Jane in Tarzan series)

Alan J. Pakula, 70, 11/19, director (Klute)

Octavio Paz, 84, 4/19, Nobel Prize-winning novelist

Stephen Pearlman, 63, 9/30, actor (TV’s Law & Order)

Leo Penn, 77, 9/5, TV director (Columbo)

Carl Perkins, 65, 1/19, singer (”Blue Suede Shoes”)

Rob Pilatus, 32, 4/3, formerly of Milli Vanilli

Cozy Powell, 50, 4/5, Black Sabbath drummer

Antonio Prohias, 77, 2/24, MAD magazine cartoonist

Denver Pyle, 77, 12/25/97, actor (The Dukes of Hazzard)

Mae Questel, 89, 1/4, voice of Betty Boop

Eddie Rabbitt, 56, 5/7, singer (”I Love a Rainy Night”)

Gene Raymond, 89, 5/3, actor (Smilin’ Through)

Hugh Reilly, 82, 7/17, actor (TV’s Lassie)

Jerome Robbins, 79, 7/29, choreographer (West Side Story, On the Town)

Jimmy Rogers, 73, 12/19/97, blues guitarist

Esther Rolle, 78, 11/17, actor (TV’s Good Times)

Bob Russell, 90, 1/24, host of Miss America pageant

Dave ”Chico” Ryan, 50, 7/29, member of Sha Na Na

Steve Sanders, 45, 6/10, Oak Ridge Boys guitarist

Buffalo Bob Smith, 80, 7/30, The Howdy Doody Show host

Benjamin Spock, 94, 3/15, child-care expert

Dawn Steel, 51, 12/20/97, former Columbia Pictures president

Dorothy Stickney, 101, 6/2, actress (Life With Father)

Kay Thompson, 95, 7/2, actress and children’s author (the Eloise books)

Bob Trow, 72, 11/2, actor (Bob Dog from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood)

Sylvia Field Truex, 97, 7/31, actress (TV’s Dennis the Menace)

J.T. Walsh, 54, 2/27, actor (Breakdown)

Helen Ward, 82, 4/6, swing-era singer (”These Foolish Things”)

Steve Wasserman, 45, 7/3, TV producer (Beverly Hills 90210)

Junior Wells, 63, 1/15, blues guitarist

Dorothy West, 91, 8/16, author (The Wedding)

Wendy O. Williams, 48, 4/6, lead singer of the Plasmatics

Carl Wilson, 51, 2/6, Beach Boys cofounder and guitarist

Marvin Worth, 72, 4/6, film producer (Malcolm X)

Freddie Young, 96, 12/1, Oscar-winning cinematographer (Lawrence of Arabia)

Robert Young, 91, 7/21, actor (TV’s Father Knows Best)

Henny Youngman, 91, 2/24, comedian

Michael Zaslow, 54, 12/6, soap star (Guiding Light)

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