RIP 2012by jdbarnes2006 | created - 07 May 2012 | updated - 15 Jul 2012 | Public
1. Levon Helm
Actor | Shooter
Levon Helm was in the right place at the right time. He saw the birth of rock and roll and, though he was too much of a gentleman to say it, his role in helping to keep that rebellious child healthy was more than just instrumental.
On May 26, 1940, Mark Lavon Helm was the second of four children born...
Actor | The AristoCats
George Lindsey quickly became an icon on television in the 1960's playing the part of 'Goober Pyle" on the The Andy Griffith Show (1960). He replaced Jim Nabors who portrayed "Gomer Pyle" who ran the "fillin station" on "The Andy Griffith Show". As Jim Nabors was tapped for his own show Gomer Pyle:...
3. Adam Yauch
Soundtrack | Star Trek Beyond
Adam Yauch, an only child, was born on August 5, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Frances and Noel Yauch, who is a painter and architect. His father was Catholic (of Irish, German, and French descent) and his mother was Jewish. Adam attended Edward R. Murrow High School in the Midwood ...
4. Davy Jones
Actor | The Monkees
Davy Jones left home to become a jockey. While he was an apprentice, he was encouraged to go into acting and got a role in a production of "Peter Pan". From there, he played on Coronation Street (1960) and The Pickwick Papers (1952) before landing the role of "The Artful Dodger" in "Oliver!". This ...
5. Gary Carter
Editor | More Than You
Gary Carter was born on April 8, 1954 in Culver City, California, USA as Gary Edmund Carter. He was an actor and editor, known for More Than You (2006), Arli$$ (1996) and The Last Home Run (1996). He was married to Sandra Lahm. He died on February 16, 2012 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA.
6. Earl Scruggs
Soundtrack | Bonnie and Clyde
Earl Scruggs was born on January 6, 1924 as Earl Eugene Scruggs. He is known for his work on Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Love Guru (2008) and Penguins of Madagascar (2014). He was married to Louise Scruggs. He died on March 28, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
7. Greg Ham
Soundtrack | The Groomsmen
Greg Ham was born on September 27, 1953 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Gregory Norman Ham. He was an actor, known for The Groomsmen (2006), Pandemonium (1987) and Backstage (1988). He died on April 19, 2012 in Melbourne.
Multi-Instrumentalist for Men at Work
8. Dick Clark
Producer | Bandstand
Dick Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York on November 30, 1929 to Julia Fuller and Richard Augustus Clark. He had one older brother, Bradley, who was killed in World War II. At the age of 16, Clark got his first job in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in Utica, New York, which ...
Actor | Welcome Back, Kotter
Robert Hegyes was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to an Hungarian-American father, Stephen, and an Italian-American mother, Marie Dominica (Cocozza). He is the eldest of their children. The others are: Mark Hegyes, MD - Billings, Montana, Ms. Stephanie Hegyes - Princeton, New Jersey, and Ms. ...
12. Maurice Sendak
Writer | Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Maurice Bernard Sendak. He was a writer and producer, known for Where the Wild Things Are (2009), Little Bear (1995) and Where the Wild Things Are (1975). He died on May 8, 2012 in Danbury, Connecticut, USA.
14. Jonathan Frid
Actor | House of Dark Shadows
Jonathan Frid's career in drama began when he first "offered his soul" to the theater as a young boy at a preparatory school in Ontario, Canada. Following his graduation from McMaster University, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in the UK and later earned a Master's Degree in ...
15. Robin Gibb
Soundtrack | Saturday Night Fever
Robin Gibb was born in 1949 on the Isle of Man, about half an hour before his twin brother Maurice. His parents, Barbara and Hugh, were both musical. Barbara sang and Hugh was a drummer and bandleader. Robin had four siblings - an older sister and brother, Lesley and Barry, twin Maurice and younger...
16. Vidal Sassoon
Make_up_department | Rosemary's Baby
Vidal Sassoon was born on January 17, 1928 in London, England. He is known for his work on Rosemary's Baby (1968), Be My Guest (1965) and The Wild Affair (1965). He was married to Rhonda Carper Holbrook, Jeanette Hartford-Davis, Beverly Adams and Elaine Wood. He died on May 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, ...
17. Carroll Shelby
Carroll Shelby was born on January 11, 1923 in Leesburg, Texas, USA as Carroll Hall Shelby. He is known for his work on Grand Prix (1966), Formula 1 (1950) and Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project (2014). He was married to Cleo, Helena Dahl, Jan Harrison and Jeanne Fields. He died on ...
19. Johnny Tapia
Self | Resurrection Blvd.
Tapia won belts at featherweight, junior and world bantamweight. He held a record of 59 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws, with 30 wins by knockout. Tapia had many tattoos done around his body, and his tattoos are prominent when he is fighting. One of them says Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life), the nickname ...
20. Doc Watson
Soundtrack | Convoy
Doc was blind from infancy due to an eye infection before his first birthday. He grew up playing harmonica and a homemade banjo but learned guitar after his father bought him a $12 Stella acoustic when he was 13. He attended North Carolina's school for the visually impaired. He was born Arthel Lane...
21. Richard Dawson
Actor | The Running Man
Richard Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marines and served for three years. During that time, he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age and remain tough so the older guys would not hassle him. In ...
22. Ray Bradbury
Writer | Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury was an American science fiction writer whose works were translated in more than 40 languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Although he created a world of new technical and intellectual ideas, he never obtained a driver's license and had never driven a car.
He was born ...
23. Andy Griffith
Actor | The Andy Griffith Show
Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986). Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and ...