Stars we lost in 2019
The publishing legend, who served as Knopf’s editor-in-chief for 32 years, died Dec. 30, at 77. Mehta joined the publishing house in 1987 as editor-in-chief, becoming only the third person in history to lead Knopf. In the following decades, he published six recipients of the Nobel Prize (including Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, and Kazuo Ishiguro) and dozens more Pulitzer Prize winners. Under Mehta’s leadership, Knopf acquired bestsellers like E.L. James’ Fifty Shades novels and Stieg Larsson’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, as well as publishing books by celebrities and world leaders like Pope John Paul II, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Sheryl Sandberg.
The British comedian and musician died Dec. 29 at age 75. Innes was known for his many collaborations with legendary comedy troupe Monty Python, and for co-creating the Rutles, a Beatles parody band, with Python member Eric Idle. He was also a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and continued to perform live until shortly before his death.
The controversial radio personality died Dec. 27, at the age of 79. Imus made a name for himself with inflammatory and offensive comments on the air. In 2007, after he was initially served a two-week suspension, CBS fired Imus for racist and sexist remarks against the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Imus in the Morning was canceled as a result. He returned to radio shortly after on a new network, but made waves once again due to racist statements about the suspension of Cowboys player Adam Jones. Throughout his career, he continued to be called out for racist, misogynist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic remarks.
The Tony Award-winning composer behind Hello Dolly! and other popular works died Dec. 26, at age 88. Herman made his Broadway debut in 1960 with the revue From A to Z. One of his biggest hits would come in 1964 with Hello, Dolly! Many of its songs went on to become pop standards. He followed up that show with Mame, which opened in 1966 and starred Angela Lansbury. Herman’s second-biggest musical was 1984’s La Cage aux Folles, which won Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Original Score.
The actress, best known for playing the title role in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, died Dec. 26, at 73. After Lolita, Lyon had TV and film roles in The Night of the Iguana, Tony Rome, Evel Knievel, and more. Her last acting credit was in the 1980 horror film Alligator.
The Grammy-winning songwriter who penned the Friends theme song died Dec. 24, at 72. Willis was best known for her work with the group Earth, Wind & Fire, and wrote their hit song "September." She also co-wrote the Broadway musical The Color Purple and the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, earning Grammy Awards for both. She was responsible for the theme song from The Karate Kid, a.k.a. “You’re the Best,” Patti LaBelle’s “Stir It Up,” and the Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance,” among many others.
The actor, best known as the body double for Alfie Allen's Theon Greyjoy on Game of Thrones, died Dec. 24. In addition to being the body double for Theon, Dunbar appeared portrayed a Stark bannerman and a soldier in the Battle of the Bastards. His other TV credits included Krypton, Line Of Duty, and Derry Girls. Dunbar also worked as a Game of Thrones tour guide and as a DJ.
The former Bond girl died Dec. 19, at the age of 78. She played Domino opposite Sean Connery in 1965’s Thunderball. Before Léa Seydoux, Eva Green, and Carole Bouquet, Auger was the first French actress to star opposite 007, appearing in the Bond series’ fourth entry. Following her international breakthrough, Auger continued to act, appearing in films, mostly French and Italian productions, and on British television as well.
The French fashion designer died in Paris on Dec. 21, at 86. Ungaro once worked for Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga before moving on to a gig with Andre Courrèges, and by 1965 he opened his eponymous fashion house. He was a powerful player in the fashion industry for four decades, designing garments for revered fashion models including Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista, and dressing First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
Cosmo the Dog
Cosmo, the dog who portrayed the Fullers' beloved pup on Fuller House, died Dec. 16 following complications from surgery. He was 4 years old. Cosmo’s acting credits weren't limited to Fuller House — he was a TV pro, having also been on Suits, The Middle, Grey’s Anatomy, and in commercials for brands including Skechers and Chewy.com. Some of his favorite activities included chasing bubbles and playing tug-of-war.
Actor and comedian Chuy Bravo (born Jesus Melgoza) died Dec. 15 from a heart attack while visiting family in Mexico. He was 63. Bravo became a household name after teaming up with comedian Chelsea Handler on her popular E! network series Chelsea Lately, where they collaborated from 2007 to 2014.
Dutch-French actress, writer, and singer Anna Karina (born Hanne Karin Bayer), known for making French New Wave films, died of cancer Dec. 13. She was 79. Karina starred in more than 30 films throuhgout her career, including seven collaborations with former husband Jean-Luc Godard. Karina was also a singer, author, and director.
Danny Aiello, the actor known for his work in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck, and more, died Dec. 12 after a sudden illness. He was 86. Aiello landed his first movie gig in the 1970s, when he featured in a small role opposite Robert De Niro in Bang the Drum Slowly. Soon after, he appeared as Tony Rosato in The Godfather: Part II. “Michael Corleone says hello” was his famous line from the acclaimed film saga. He continued acting in various films and television shows, notably in Fort Apache the Bronx, opposite Paul Newman; Once Upon a Time in America, opposite De Niro; The Purple Rose of Cairo, opposite Mia Farrow; Moonstruck, opposite Cher; Jacob’s Ladder, opposite Tim Robbins; and Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno and Natalie Portman.
Comedian Chris Cotton, who appeared on Comedy Central’s streaming talk show Every Damn Day, died Dec. 11. He was 32.
Philip McKeon, the former child actor known for playing Tommy Hyatt on the 1970s and ’80s sitcom Alice, died Dec. 10. McKeon, the elder brother of Facts of Life star Nancy McKeon, was 55. He began his career as a model at age 4, followed by roles in stage productions and films. He landed Alice after lead actress Linda Lavin saw him performing on Broadway, and the show ran from 1976 to 1985. McKeon’s other TV credits included CHiPs, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat.
Marie Fredriksson, lead singer of the Swedish band Roxette, died Dec. 17 at 61, after a 17-year battle with cancer. Perhaps best known in the U.S. for their Pretty Woman ballad “Must Have Been Love” (which was ultimately certified gold in six countries, including the U.S., and platinum in Australia), Roxette was formed in 1986 by Fredriksson and Per Gessle. Other hits by the band include 1989’s “The Look” (one of four singles to reach the top of the charts in the U.S), “Listen to Your Heart,” and “Joyride.”
Legendary puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life on Sesame Street, died Dec. 8, at 85. He had been living with the movement disorder dystonia for some time. In addition to Sesame Street, Spinney voiced Big Bird in 1979’s The Muppet Movie, Oscar the Grouch in 1981’s The Great Muppet Caper, and both beloved characters in 1985’s Follow That Bird.
The rapper died Dec. 8 after suffering a seizure. He was 21. Born Jarad Anthony Higgins, he made a big splash in 2018 with his song “Lucid Dreams” from his debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance. In June 2018, Higgins released a two-song EP Too Soon… he dedicated to deceased rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. He collaborate with numerous artists including Travis Scott and The Chainsmokers.
Actor René Auberjonois, known for his roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Boston Legal, died of lung cancer Dec. 8. He was 79. Auberjonois was famous for playing Odo, a changeling and the chief of security for the titular space station in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He played the character for 173 episodes from 1993 to 1999.
The actor known for his roles in Norma Rae, Friends, and Angels in America, died Dec. 6. He was 82. Throughout his lengthy career, Leibman held roles in television, on the stage, and in film. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1979 for his role as Martin “Kaz” Kazinsky in the crime drama series Kaz, which he also co-created. Friends fans will also recognize him as Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) short-tempered father, Dr. Leonard Green. Other notable television roles include work on the series Murder, She Wrote, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Archer, The Sopranos, among many others. Liebman was also a profilic stage actor and made his biggest splash as caustic lawyer Roy Kohn in the original production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, for which he won the 1993 Tony for Best Actor in a Play.
Robert Walker Jr.
The actor known for the memorable Star Trek episode “Charlie X,” died Dec. 5 at the age of 79. In “Charlie X,” the second episode of the original series, which ran from 1966 to 1969, Walker played the lone survivor of a shuttle crash with dangerous powers. In addition to the popular sci-fi show, Walker had roles on series including Dallas (as Harding Devers), Bonanza, Charlie’s Angels, Columbo, CHiPs, Murder, She Wrote, and L.A. Law. He also appeared in numerous films, including 1964’s Ensign Pulver and 1969’s Easy Rider and Young Billy Young. As the son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, he also had significant Hollywood roots.
Cha In-ha, a young Korean actor who was known for his roles in The Banker and Miss Independent Ji Eun 2, died on Dec. 4. He was 27. South Korean police told the local outlet that his manager discovered the young actor’s body at his home. Police are currently investigating details, but no cause of death has been released. Besides starring in The Banker and Miss Independent Ji Eun 2, the actor also appeared in Temperature of Love, Wok of Love, and First, Clean Passionately. Most recently, Cha starred in MBC’s new romantic-comedy series Love With Flaws.
Dorothy Catherine Fontana, a writer on the original Star Trek series, died Dec. 2. She was 80 years old. Fontana, who went professionally by “D.C.,” passed away after fighting a brief illness. The writer is credited with developing the Spock character’s backstory and “expanding Vulcan culture,” SyFy reported of her massive contribution to the beloved sci-fi series. Fontana was the one who came up with Spock’s childhood history revealed in “Yesteryear,” an episode in Star Trek: The Animated Series, on which she was both the story editor and associate producer.
Young ballet star and actor Jack Burns died at age 14. He was found dead at his home in Greenock, Inverclyde, in Scotland on Dec. 1, according to Metro UK. A cause of death has not been disclosed, but police told the UK news outlet that they are not treating it as suspicious. Burns appeared in the British miniseries In Plain Sight and One of Us (the latter released on Netflix with the title Retribution) and studied at the Elite Academy of Dance, a classical ballet school in Greenock.
Shelley Morrison, who played the beloved Rosario on Will & Grace, died Dec. 1 at age 83. She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for heart failure after a brief illness. Morrison starred as Rosario Salazar, Karen Walker’s (Megan Mullally) maid on the first run of Will & Grace. Hailing from El Salvador, Rosario (known as Rosie) had a contentious yet loving relationship with Karen. The popular character appeared in 68 episodes of the comedy but was not featured in the revival, with Morrison declining to return after retiring from acting.
Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model Godfrey Gao died on Nov. 27 after suffering an apparent heart attack while filming Chase Me, a reality show featuring intense physical competition. It remains unclear what caused Gao's death.
K-pop star Goo Hara died at the age of 28. She was found dead at her home in Seoul, Korea on Nov. 24, the Gangnam Police Department confirmed according to multiple media reports. Hara was a member of the popular K-Pop group Kara, who made their big debut in 2007 with the album The First Blooming. In 2015, Hara made the leap to solo artist with the release of her EP “Alohara (Can You Feel It?).” She also had an active career in acting, with a mix of traditional and reality roles for film and television.
Hollywood restauranteur Harry Morton died at his Beverly Hills home on Nov. 23. The 38-year-old was discovered unresponsive by his younger brother Matthew. Harry, who is the son of Hard Rock Cafe co-founder Peter Morton, founded the Mexican food restaurant Pink Taco when he was just 18 years old. The brand later expanded into a chain with locations all over the United States including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston.
Michael J. Pollard
Michael J. Pollard, the actor best known for his Oscar-nominated performance in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde, died on Nov. 20. He was 80. Along with serving as the inspiration for Michael J. Fox's stage name, Pollard starred opposite Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde as C.W. Moss, a character based on W.D. Jones, the accomplice to the infamous outlaws in real life. That role went on to earn him Best Supporting Actor nominations at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes, as well as winning him the BAFTA for most promising newcomer.
Jane Galloway Heitz, an actress and former casting agent who appeared in several films and TV shows, died Nov. 13. She was 78. Heitz was known for her brief but notable appearances on Glee as former glee club director Lillian Adler. Heitz only appeared in person twice on the show, in flashback — in the extended director’s cut of the pilot (which aired on Fox in 2009), and in the 2015 series finale — but her photo was often seen on display in the choir room, including in the show’s very last shot. The actress made her film debut in David Lynch‘s The Straight Story in 1999, opposite Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek. She went on to appear on such series as The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and Shameless.
William Wintersole, who starred on The Young and the Restless from 1986 to 2011, died on Nov. 5. He was 88. Wintersole collected a lengthy TV resume throughout his career. Besides portraying attorney Mitchell Sherman on The Young and the Restless, he also appeared on multiple episodes of Mission: Impossible, Emergency!, General Hospital, Robert Kennedy and His Times, The Secrets of Lake Success, and more. He also appeared on iconic TV series like I Dream of Jeannie, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Star Trek: The Original Series, and The Fugitive.
Broadway actress Laurel Griggs died on Nov. 5 in New York City from a "massive asthma attack," according to Page Six. Griggs made her Broadway debut at age 6 as Polly in Rob Ashford’s musical production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2013, opposite Scarlett Johansson. She is best known for her role as Ivanka in the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE. She performed the role for 17 months between 2013 and 2015. Then in 2016, she appeared in the romantic comedy Café Society alongside Steve Carell, Blake Lively, and Kristen Stewart. She was also featured in several episodes of Saturday Night Live.
Christopher Dennis, who entertained tourists for more than 25 years as Hollywood Boulevard’s Superman, was found dead Nov. 2 in the San Fernando Valley at age 52. His cause of death is currently unknown, and Los Angeles County authorities declined to offer any further information.
The character actor died Nov. 2 at the age of 60. Most recently, he starred on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Jackie, the emcee at the Gaslight comedy club where Midge performs. The longtime character actor had many guest-starring roles on shows including Gilmore Girls, The Black Donnellys, The Sopranos, Heroes, Law & Order, and The Good Wife, and appeared in movies such as The Kitchen, Jacob’s Ladder, Donnie Brasco, Uncle Buck, and Summer of Sam.
One of the very first Survivor contestants, Boesch died on Nov. 1 at the age of 91 following complications from Alzheimer's disease. The retired Navy SEAL competed on the first season of CBS reality competition series, Survivor: Borneo, back in 2000. He made it to the finals and finished in third place. When he was on the show, Boesch was 72, making him the oldest Survivor competitor to ever play the game in all 39 seasons. Boesch returned to the franchise to compete once again in 2004 for Survivor: All-Stars where he was the second person voted out.
The creator of the 1970s TV series The Partridge Family died Oct. 30 at the age of 89. In addition to creating the iconic TV series, he also was nominated for an Oscar for adapting his own play Same Time, Next Year. Slade also wrote for Bewitched and developed two Sally Field vehicles: The Flying Nun and The Girl With Something Extra.
The comedian and actor known for the Friday series died Oct. 29 at the age of 77. Witherspoon appeared as Willie Jones, the hilariously crotchety father of Ice Cube’s character in the 1995 classic comedy Friday. He reprised his role in the next two films in the series, 2000’s Next Friday and 2002’s Friday After Next. He was a prolific actor and collaborated with a slew of talented costars, including Eddie Murphy in four films, such as Vampire in Brooklyn and Dr. Dolittle 2, as well as Tracy Morgan on The Tracy Morgan Show and 2006’s Little Man. Witherspoon also appeared on series including The Wayans Bros., The First Family, and the beloved animated show The Boondocks, in which he reunited with his Friday costar Regina King.
The profilic and influential romance writer died Oct. 27, at 67. Lindsey wrote nearly 60 romance novels, beginning with 1977’s Captive Bride. Her novels sold more than 60 million copies worldwide, according to publisher Simon & Schuster, and nearly every single one of her books achieved best-seller status. Her last book was July's Temptation's Darling.
The legendary producer and studio executive died Oct. 26 at the age of 89. The hugely ambitious but terribly inexperienced Evans took over the ailing Paramount in the ’60s and reinvented it as the most profitable studio in town. His remarkable slate at the Gulf+Western company included The Italian Job, Love Story, Harold and Maude, and The Godfather Parts I and II, as well as The Great Gatsby, Rosemary’s Baby, and Chinatown, his final film as head of production at Paramount for which he received his one and only Best Picture Oscar nomination.
The actor, best known for playing Bea Arthur’s on-screen husband in the All in the Family spin-off Maude, died Oct. 17. He was 97. Macy is best known for his role of Walter Findlay on Maude, which ran on CBS from 1972-1978. Arthur’s character, Maude Findlay, was introduced as a cousin of Edith Bunker, played by Jean Stapleton on All in the Family. Over the course of his career, Macy also frequented many shows as a guest star, including Seinfeld, St. Elsewhere, Jack & Jill, L.A. Law, and Nothing in Common. In 2010, he appeared on an episode of TNT’s Hawthorne.
The actor, best known for starring as Mickey Horton on Days of Our Lives, died Oct. 16. He was 88. First debuting on Days in 1965, Clarke acted on the soap for 39 years before leaving in 2004. From 1961-62, he starred in the ABC crime drama The New Breed, and also appeared on The Twilight Zone, Death Valley Days, Maverick, and more. On the film side, Clarke was featured in projects like Judgement at Nuremberg, The Satan Bug, Man Missing, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World.
The K-pop star died Oct. 14 at the age of 25. Sulli was best known as a founding member of the girl group f(x) and as the star of popular TV dramas and films. Sulli (real name Choi Jin-ri) began her career in 2009 as one of the original members of the pop group f(x), assisting the group’s rise to fame via four No. 1 albums and four No. 1 singles in their home country. She later left the group in 2015 to pursue a solo career, and released her debut single “Goblin” earlier this year. In addition to singing, Sulli led the popular TV drama To the Beautiful You before appearing in major Korean movies like The Pirates (2014), Fashion King (2014), and Real (2017).
The charismatic pimp who largely serviced classic Hollywood’s closeted LGBTQ community died Oct. 13 at the age of 96. As outlined in his 2012 memoir (and director Matt Tyrnauer's nonfiction film Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood), Bowers claimed he helped arrange same-sex liaisons for iconic stars like Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Rock Hudson, and more from the 1940s through the 1980s.
The actor, best known for his role in Jackie Brown and most recently in Last Man Standing and the Breaking Bad movie El Camino, died Oct. 11. He was 78. After working in theater, he made the move to Los Angeles and nabbed parts in films like Reflections in a Golden Eye, Medium Cool, and Justine. He played cops on TV in shows like Police Story and Nakia and nabbed action roles in flicks like The Delta Force opposite Chuck Norris. Quentin Tarantino revived his career with a role in Jackie Brown, which earned Forster an Oscar nomination. He went on to appear in Mulholland Drive, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Firewall, and The Descendants. He also kept busy in TV series including Karen Sisco, Heroes, Alcatraz, and Twin Peaks, where he had a recurring role as Sheriff Frank Truman.
The the creator of NBC’s popular teen sitcom Saved by the Bell and writer of dozens of stage plays died Oct. 11 at 87. In addition to creating the hit Saved by the Bell, Bobrick wrote on Captain Kangaroo, The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, The Flintstones, and Get Smart. He was also a prolific playwright, writing titles like The Psychic, No Hard Feelings, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Norman, Is That You?, and Wally's Cafe.
The founding member of Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd and longtime bassist for the band .38 Special died Oct. 7. He was 70. Junstrom began his musical career in the mid-’60s playing in early versions of Lynyrd Skynyrd. He departed the group before they recorded their debut album, Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd, in 1973. n 1977, Donnie Van Zandt — younger brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer, Ronnie — invited Junstrom to join his band, .38 Special, to replace bassist Ken Lyons. He held the gig for nearly four decades, playing on hits including “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” and “Rockin’ into the Night.”
One of the original Mouseketeers on Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club died Oct. 6 at the age of 73. Pendleton joined the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club at age 8, becoming one of the show’s youngest cast members. She remained on the show for the entirety of its original 1955-1959 run on ABC, one of only nine kids, including Annette Funicello, to do so. Pendleton was known for her blond curls and for her frequent song pairings with fellow Mouseketeer Cubby O’Brien, including in the show’s closing sequence.
The actress and singer, who broke many barriers on stage and screen in projects like Julia, Dynasty, and Grey’s Anatomy, died Oct. 4, at 84. Carroll was the first black woman to win the Tony Award for Best Actress for a musical, for No Strings in 1962. In 1968, she was given the starring role of the network drama Julia, and it marked the first time audiences saw a black actress as something other than a domestic worker. The series earned Carroll a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series in 1968 and an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy in 1969. Carroll cemented her status as a legend on Dynasty, portraying Dominique Deveraux. The jet-setting rival half-sister to Blake Carrington faced off with Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington Colby. It marked the first time a prime-time soap featured a black lead.
The legendary drummer, who shot to fame in the 1960s as a member of the pioneering British rock trio Cream, died Oct. 6 at age 80. Baker was best known for his work with Cream, which he co-founded with Eric Clapton in London in 1966. The third member of the band, bassist Jack Bruce, died in 2014. Cream, widely cited as the original supergroup since all three members came from accomplished bands, sold 35 million albums in just over two years. The band was awarded the world’s first-ever platinum disc for their double album Wheels of Fire, and produced psychedelic hits like “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine of Your Love.”
The lead singer and bassist of the Muffs died Oct. 2 at the age of 56. The Muffs are best known for their cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America,” which appeared on the 1995 soundtrack of Clueless.
The Muffs released four albums with Shattuck as their lead singer: 1995’s Blonder and Blonder, 1997’s Happy Birthday to Me, 1999’s Alert Today Alive Tomorrow, and 2004’s Really Really Happy. They went on hiatus for several years before returning with 2014’s Whoop Dee Doo and were on the verge of releasing their next album when Shattuck died. She collaborated with numerous bands over the years, including NOFX and the Dollyrots.
The actor, known to fans as Tommy from The Karate Kid movies and YouTube’s sequel series Cobra Kai, died Sept. 27, at 59. The actor secured a place for himself in pop culture history with his role in the 1984 hit Karate Kid. After appearing in that film and The Karate Kid Part II, Garrison went on to appear in shows including Columbo, Coach, and Homefront. In 2019, he reunited with Zabka for a season 2 episode of Cobra Kai, in which Johnny and his old Cobra Kai buddies (Ron Thomas and Tony O’Dell) spring Tommy from the hospital, where he is being treated for cancer.
The Superstore scene-stealer died Sept. 27, at 86. The character actor is best known for her recurring role on NBC’s comedy as Myrtle, one of Cloud 9’s oldest employees, who was laid off but continued to appear on the series, most recently in season 4’s finale. In addition to Superstore, Porter’s extensive resume boasts many guest appearance roles on shows like Gilmore Girls, Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival, American Horror Story, The Mindy Project, 2 Broke Girls, Childrens Hospital, Togetherness, Bunheads, How I Met Your Mother, Disney Channel shows like Phil of the Future, and films like The House, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, and Dude, Where’s My Car?
The legend of the horror genre from films like House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects died Sept. 21, at age 80. Haig got his start in horror with 1967’s Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told. He was later cast in Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses and its sequel The Devil’s Rejects.
Haig also appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and would later re-team with the filmmaker on Kill Bill, Vol. 2. Other credits to Haig’s name include Night of the Living Dead 3D, 2007’s Halloween, The Lords of Salem, and Bone Tamahawk.
The pioneering journalist and longtime political commentator died of complications from breast cancer on Sept. 17. She was 75. Roberts was best known for her routine appearance on This Week With George Stephanopoulos. She was also a regular commentator for ABC News and contributed to National Public Radio.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and lead singer of the Cars died Sept. 15, at age 75. Emerging from the New Wave scene, the Cars were one of the most recognizable bands in the 1970s and 1980s, known for their infusion of pop elements — like the synthesizer — into guitar-heavy rock. The band had 13 top-40 singles, including “Shake It Up,” “You Might Think,” “Tonight She Comes,” and its highest-charting track, “Drive.” The band released seven studio albums, the most recent being 2011’s Move Like This. Ocasek and his bandmates were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
The singer behind hits like “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” and “Baby Hold On,” died on Sept. 13 at the age of 70. The singer’s eponymous first album dropped in 1977, with hits “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On.” Songs “Think I’m in Love,” “Shakin,” his Ronnie Spector duet on “Take Me Home Tonight,” and “I Wanna Go Back” would follow.
The screenwriter and frequent collaborator of Martin Scorsese on films like Raging Bull and Mean Streets died Sept. 11, at 82. Martin co-wrote many of Scorsese’s most famous films, including 1973’s Mean Streets, which he penned with the director, and 1977’s New York, New York, which he wrote with Earl Mac Rauch. Martin spent a year and a half researching boxer Jake LaMotta’s life for 1980’s Raging Bull, starring Robert De Niro. He and co-writer Paul Schrader earned a Golden Globe nomination for the movie’s screenplay.
The actor, who voiced the characters Lord Zedd and Finster on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, died Sept. 7 at age 70. Axelrod also had voice roles in the Spider-Man TV series, Digimon Adventure, and Cowboy Bebop, and one of his most recent appearances was in the comedy film The Clapper, starring Ed Helms.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor died Sept. 8 at the age of 72. While well known for his role as Dr. Hoover on Fresh Prince, Wesley appeared in many other TV shows, as well as in movies and on stage in theatrical productions. Other notable credits of his include Mr. Jim on Martin and appearances on Medium, NCIS, Moving, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot and the short film, Second Acts.
March, a veteran of Bravo's Project Runway and Mad Fashion, died Sept. 5, at 56. March appeared in season 4 of Project Runway, on which he famously featured human hair in his couture pieces. Following the reality competition show, he designed looks for Madonna, Prince, Cirque du Soleil, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and Meryl Streep. In 2011, he developed and starred in Mad Fashion, which followed his design work with celebrity clientele, including Jennifer Coolidge and Chrissy Teigen. The show ran for 10 episodes. March later appeared on season 4 of Project Runway All-Stars in 2015.