Notable Showbiz Deaths of 2017

by TrekFan1 | created - 12 Jan 2017 | updated - 28 Nov 2018 | Public

A list of the notable entertainment figures who passed away in 2017, ordered by date of death.

Please note that, due to time constraints, I may not be able to write up descriptions for many of this year's entries.

1. William T. Marshall

Producer | The Naked Country

Cofounder in 1976 of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with Henk Van der Kolk and Dusty Cohl. He was also a theater producer.

1939 – January 1, 2017

Film producer and co-founder of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); was producer of the acclaimed, landmark Canadian comedy 'Outrageous!' (1977) and served as executive producer on many films for Australian writer-director Paul Cox, including 'Golden Braid' (1990), 'A Woman's Tale' (1991), 'Lust and Revenge' (1996), 'Innocence' (2000) and 'The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky' (2001); hailed as a pioneer in the Canadian film industry for his role in establishing TIFF and for helping to expand Canadian filmmaking into a major, nationwide artistic and financial enterprise

2. Stuart Hamilton

Actor | Anne of Green Gables

Stuart Hamilton was born on September 28, 1929 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was an actor, known for Anne of Green Gables (1985) and A Scattering of Seeds (1998). He died on January 1, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

September 28, 1929 – January 1, 2017

Toronto-based pianist, operatic vocal coach, radio broadcaster, artistic director and producer perhaps best known as the longtime quiz master for CBC Radio’s 'Saturday Afternoon at the Opera'; also taught opera repertoire and diction at the University of Toronto and was internationally recognized as a panelist for the 'Metropolitan Opera Quiz' broadcast from New York; coached and toured with coached and toured with the acclaimed Canadian vocalists Lois Marshall and Maureen Forrester and also accompanied such celebrated artists as Isabel Bayrakdarian, Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, Stuart Howe and Mary Lou Fallis; was founding director of the annual Opera in Concert and the first music director of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble; was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1984 and received many other honors, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012

3. Fred Harpman

Art_department | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Fred Harpman was born on May 10, 1927. He was an art director and production designer, known for Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Deliverance (1972) and Take the Money and Run (1969). He died on September 21, 2012 in Johnson City, Texas, USA.

died January 1, 2017

4. John Berger

Writer | Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000

John Berger was born on November 5, 1926 in Stoke Newington, London, England as John Peter Berger. He is known for his work on Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976), The Salamander (1971) and The Middle of the World (1974). He was married to Beverly Bancroft, Patricia Marriott and Anya ...

November 5, 1926 – January 2, 2017

5. Richard Machowicz

Actor | Gamer

Richard "Mack" Machowicz is best known as the host/producer of Discovery Channel's FutureWeapons and Weapons that Changed the World. He was also the host of Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior and History Channel's Ultimate Soldier Challenge. Mack offered his military and weapons expertise as a key ...

1965 – January 2, 2017

6. Rodney Bennett

Director | The Legend of King Arthur

Rodney Bennett was born on March 24, 1935. He was a director and writer, known for The Legend of King Arthur (1979), The House of Eliott (1991) and Great Performances (1971). He died on January 3, 2017.

March 24, 1935 – January 3, 2017

May 27, 1936 – January 3, 2017

8. Shigeru Kôyama

Actor | Black Rain

Shigeru Kôyama was born on January 16, 1929 in Hiroshima, Japan. He was an actor, known for Black Rain (1989), Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005) and Bakumatsu (1970). He died on January 3, 2017 in Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan.

January 16, 1929 – January 3, 2017

9. Georges Prêtre

Soundtrack | The Bridges of Madison County

Georges Prêtre was born on August 14, 1924 in Waziers, Nord, France. He was married to Gina Marny and Suzanne Lefort. He died on January 4, 2017 in Navès, Tarn, France.

August 14, 1924 – January 4, 2017

Debonair French conductor (or, as he considered himself, an "interpreter") whose seven-decade career included close associations with Maria Callas and many of the world’s top orchestras

10. Les Lazarowitz

Sound_department | Raging Bull

Member of CAS (Cinema Audio Society).

October 2, 1941 – January 6, 2017

Sound mixer who earned Oscar nominations for his work on Martin Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' (1980) and Sydney Pollack's 'Tootsie' (1982), as well as a BAFTA nomination for John Badham's 'Saturday Night Fever' (1977); received his first credit as a sound recordist on Alan Arkin's 'Little Murders' (1971), which was followed by uncredited work as a boom operator on Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather' (1972); first worked with Scorsese on 'Taxi Driver' (1976) and would do so one last time on 'The King of Comedy' (1983); worked with Woody Allen on 'Hannah and Her Sisters' (1986) and reteamed with the prolific filmmaker for several projects in the '90s, including the TV movie 'Don't Drink the Water' (1994) and the features 'Deconstructing Harry' (1997), 'Celebrity' (1998) and 'Sweet and Lowdown' (1999); collaborated with Brian De Palma on the films 'Wise Guys' (1986), 'Bonfire of the Vanities' (1990) and 'Carlito's Way' (1993) and was Penny Marshall's sound mixer on 'Big' (1988), 'Awakenings' (1990), 'A League of Their Own' (1992), 'Renaissance Man' (1994) and 'The Preacher's Wife' (1996); other sound-mixing credits include John D. Hancock's 'Bang the Drum Slowly' (1973), Michael Winner's 'The Sentinel' (1977), Allan Moyle's 'Times Square' (1980), Arthur Hiller's 'Author! Author!' (1982), Frank Oz's 'The Muppets Take Manhattan' (1984), Robert Mandel's 'F/X' (1986), Jonathan Demme's 'Something Wild' (1986), Adrian Lyne's 'Fatal Attraction' (1987), Mike Nichols' 'Working Girl' (1988) and Harold Ramis' 'Groundhog Day' (1993) and 'Analyze This' (1999)

11. Om Puri

Actor | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Om Puri was an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. He has received an honorary OBE.

Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked on the railways and served in the Indian Army. Puri ...

October 18, 1950 – January 6, 2017

Veteran Indian actor who has appeared in nearly 300 feature and amde-for-TV films, with perhaps his most prominent credits being his leading roles in 'Sadgati' ('Deliverance,' 1981), 'Arohan' ('The Ascent,' 1982), 'Ardh Satya' ('Half Truth,' 1983), 'Tamas' ('Darkness,' 1988), 'Maachis' ('Matches,' 1996), 'East Is East' (1999), 'Malamaal Weekly' (2006) and 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' (2014) and his supporting roles in 'Aakrosh' ('Cry of the Wounded,' 1980), Best Picture Oscar winner 'Gandhi' (1982), 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro' (1983), 'Wolf' (1994), 'The Ghost and the Darkness' (1996), 'Chachi 420' (1997), 'Hera Pheri' (2000), 'Rang De Basanti' ('Color It Saffron,' 2006) and 'Charlie Wilson's War' (2007); won a Filmfare Award for his performance in 'Aakrosh,' won National Film Awards for his performances in 'Arohan' and 'Ardh Satya' and received a BAFTA nomination for his work in 'East Is East'; earned Filmfare nominations for his villainous turn in 'Narasimha' (1991), his comedic work in 'Chachi 420' and his supporting performance in the suspense thriller 'Gupt: The Hidden Truth' (1997); other notable film credits include 'Bhavni Bhavai' ('The Tale of the Life,' 1980), 'Sparsh' ('Touch,' 1980), 'Mandi' ('Market Place,' 1983), 'Mirch Masala' ('Hot Spice,' 1987), 'Ghayal' (1990), 'City of Joy' (1992), 'Dharavi' ('City of Dreams,' 1992), 'Droh Kaal ('Times of Treason,' 1994), 'Ghatak: Lethal' (1996), 'My Son the Fanatic' (1997), 'China Gate' (1998), 'Hey Ram' ('Oh God,' 2000), 'Maqbool' (2003), 'Lakshya' ('Aim,' 2004) 'Don' (2006) and 'Don 2' (2011), 'OMG – Oh My God!' (2012), 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' ('Brother Bajrangi,' 2015) and 'Actor in Law' (2016); was awarded Padma Shri--the fourth highest civilian award of India--in 1990 and was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2004

12. Francine York

Actress | The Family Man

Francine York was born in the small mining town of Aurora, Minnesota to her parents, Frank and Sophie Yerich. When Francine was five, her family (including her younger sister, Deanne) moved to Cleveland, where she began to write short stories and take an interest in acting. At age nine, Francine ...

August 26, 1936 – January 6, 2017

Statuesque actress perhaps best known for playing The Bookworm’s henchwoman Lydia Limpet in two episodes of the 1960s BATMAN television series and for starring in the cult low-budget action film THE DOLL SQUAD

13. Greg Bronson

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

Actor and extra Greg Bronson was born on September 2, 1954 in Tuba City, Arizona. The fifth in a family of twelve children, Bronson grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. He attended the Navity of the Blessed Virgin grade school, Flagstaff Junior High, and Flagstaff High School. Following graduation from ...

September 2, 1954 – January 7, 2017

14. R.D. Floyd

Sound_department | Dark Breed

R.D. Floyd is known for his work on Dark Breed (1996), The Silencers (1996) and Facade (1999).

October 13, 1949 – January 7, 2017

15. Nat Hentoff

Actor | Sweet and Lowdown

Nat Hentoff was born on June 10, 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Nathan Irving Hentoff. He was married to Margot Goodman Wolinski, Gertrude A Bernstein (Trudi Farmilant) and Miriam Fonda Sargent. He died on January 7, 2017 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

June 10, 1925 – January 7, 2017

Longtime music columnist and jazz critic for THE VILLAGE VOICE and an outspoken advocate of free speech

16. Buddy Bregman

Soundtrack | Run Fatboy Run

An internationally recognized producer, director, writer, composer, conductor, arranger and musical director. Since the 1950s, Bregman has worked with many of the biggest names in the business. After high school, Bregman attended the University of California. During his sophomore year, he arranged ...

July 9, 1930 – January 8, 2017

17. Nicolai Gedda

Soundtrack | Deep Impact

Nicolai Harry Gustav Gedda (Nikolaj Ustinov) was born on July 11, 1925, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was adopted by his Russian-Swedish aunt, named Olga Gedda, and her Russian husband, named Mikhail Ustinov; who came to Sweden after the Russian Civil War and sang with an émigré Don Cossac choir and ...

July 11, 1925 – January 8, 2017

Celebrated operatic tenor who, with his strong, attractive voice, masterful tonal control and ability to perform fluently in a spate of languages, became one of the most widely recorded opera singers in history

18. Peter Sarstedt

Soundtrack | The Darjeeling Limited

Peter Sarstedt was born on December 12, 1941 in New Delhi, British India as Peter Eardley Sarstedt. He was married to Jill Hall and Joanna Sarstedt. He died on January 8, 2017 in Sussex, England.

December 10, 1941 – January 8, 2017

Singer-songwriter and musician best known for writing and performing the hit single "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?"

19. Paula Dell

Stunts | Above the Law

Acrobat and stuntwoman Paula Dell was born Paula Adele Unger on November 15, 1926 in Longmont, Colorado. Her sister Rosalie was an expert tumbler. Dell moved with her family to California in 1935. Following graduation from Santa Monica High School, Paula went on to attend both Stephens College and ...

November 15, 1926 – January 9, 2017

20. David Richards

Director | This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper

David Richards was born in 1948 in Hollinwood, Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. He was a director and producer, known for This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (2000), Conviction (2004) and September Song (1993). He was married to Judith Hackett. He died on January 9, 2017 in ...

1948 – January 9, 2017

21. Teresa Ann Savoy

Actress | Caligola

Teresa Ann Savoy was born on July 18, 1955 in London, England. She was an actress, known for Caligula (1979), Salon Kitty (1976) and Bambina (1974). She died on January 9, 2017 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy.

July 18, 1955 – January 9, 2017

22. Buddy Greco

Soundtrack | It Runs in the Family

Singer, composer songwriter, and pianist who conducted his own trio from 1944 to 1949 and thereafter performed with, and arranged for, the Benny Goodman orchestra into 1952. He sang in theatres and night clubs, and made many records. Joining ASCAP in 1957, his popular-song compositions include "...

August 14, 1926 – January 10, 2017

23. Manlio Rocchetti

Make_up_department | Driving Miss Daisy

Manlio Rocchetti was born on November 28, 1943 in Rome, Italy. He is known for his work on Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Shutter Island (2010) and Gangs of New York (2002). He died on January 10, 2017 in Florida, USA.

1943 – January 10, 2017

Makeup artist who won an Oscar for DRIVING MISS DAISY and an Emmy for LONESOME DOVE and whose many other credits include ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, GANGS OF NEW YORK and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

24. Tony Rosato

Actor | Night Heat

Tony Rosato was born on December 26, 1954 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Antonio Rosato. He was an actor and writer, known for Night Heat (1985), Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999) and Seeds of Doubt (1998). He was married to Leah Murray. He died on January 10, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

December 26, 1954 – January 10, 2017

25. Meir Banai

Music_department | Cafe Paris

Meir Banai was born on July 5, 1961 in Be'er Sheva, Israel. He was married to Anat Peri-Builder. He died on January 12, 2017 in Ganot, Israel.

July 5, 1961 – January 12, 2017

26. William Peter Blatty

Writer | The Exorcist

William Peter Blatty was born on January 7, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The Exorcist (1973), The Ninth Configuration (1980) and The Exorcist III (1990). He was married to Julie Alicia Witbrodt, Linda Blatty, Elizabeth Gilman and Mary Margaret Rigard. He died on ...

January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017

Novelist, screenwriter and filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel 'The Exorcist' and for writing the screenplay for its 1973 film adaptation, which won him an Oscar and a Golden Globe; was also the producer of 'The Exorcist' and thus received the film's Oscar nomination for Best Picture; wrote or co-wrote a number of screenplays prior to adapting 'The Exorcist,' including those four with director Blake Edwards: the comedies 'A Shot in the Dark' (1964) and 'What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?' (1966), the detective mystery 'Gunn' (1967) and the musical comedy 'Darling Lili' (1970); went on to write, produce and direct the acclaimed satirical horror film 'The Ninth Configuration' (1980), an adaptation of his 1968 novel 'Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane' that won him a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay; made one last foray into filmmaking to write and direct 'The Exorcist III' (1990), a sequel based on his 1983 'Exorcist' follow-up novel 'Legion'; more recently authored the novels 'Elsewhere' (2009), 'Dimitar' (2010) and 'Crazy' (2010)

27. Martha Swope

American Playhouse

Martha Swope was born on February 22, 1928 in Tyler, Texas, USA as Martha Joan Swope. She is known for her work on American Playhouse (1981), Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse (1996) and The Wiz (1983). She died on January 12, 2017 in New York, New York, USA.

February 22, 1928 – January 12, 2017

28. Ann Brebner

Casting_department | The Right Stuff

ca. 1923 – January 13, 2017

29. Dick Gautier

Actor | Transformers

Dick Gautier was born on October 30, 1931 in Culver City, California, USA as Dick G. Gauthier. He was an actor and writer, known for The Transformers (1984), G.I. Joe (1985) and Get Smart (1965). He was married to Tess Hightower, Barbara Stuart and Beverly J. Gerber. He died on January 13, 2017 in ...

October 30, 1931 – January 13, 2017

Actor, comedian, voice-over performer, singer and caricaturist best known for playing Hymie the Robot on TV's 'Get Smart' and for starring as Robin Hood in Mel Brooks' short-lived comedy series 'When Things Were Rotten'

30. Horacio Guarany

Actor | El grito en la sangre

Horacio Guarany was born on May 15, 1925 in Las Garzas, Santa Fe, Argentina as Eraclio Catalín Rodríguez Cereijo. He was an actor and writer, known for El grito en la sangre (2014), Si se calla el cantor (1973) and The Return of Martin Fierro (1974). He died on January 13, 2017 in Lujan, Buenos ...

May 15, 1925 – January 13, 2017

November 3, 1927 – January 13, 2017

32. Jimmy Snuka

Actor | ECW Hardcore TV

Jimmy Snuka is a classic example of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) (formerly known as World Wrestling Federation (WWF)) bad guy who became a baby-face (a good guy) without trying. Originally a "heel", he came into the WWE under the guidance of heel manager Capt. Lou Albano. After receiving...

May 18, 1943 – January 15, 2017

The professional wrestler and (former?) WWE Hall of Famer known as "Superfly" for his high-flying—and high-risk—leaps from the ring's top rope that flattened his opponents

33. Joel Schiller

Art_department | The Graduate

Joel Schiller was born on November 24, 1930 in the USA. He was a production designer and art director, known for The Graduate (1967), Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Muppet Movie (1979). He died on January 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

November 24, 1930 – January 17, 2017

Production designer, art director and painter who brought a fine-arts sensibility to such films as THE GRADUATE, ROSEMARY’S BABY, LENNY, THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH, THE MUPPET MOVIE and MURPHY’S ROMANCE

34. Ion Besoiu

Actor | Bucuresti NonStop

Ion Besoiu was born on March 11, 1931 in Sibiu, Sibiu, Romania. He was an actor, known for Bucharest Non Stop (2015), Omega Rose and Un comisar acuzã (1974). He died on January 18, 2017 in Bucharest, Romania.

March 11, 1931 – January 18, 2017

35. Stephen Lee Davis

Assistant_director | The Hunger Games

Stephen Lee Davis was born on December 15, 1955 in Maryville, Tennessee, USA. He was an assistant director and director, known for The Hunger Games (2012), Marley & Me (2008) and 30 Rock (2006). He died on January 18, 2017 in New York City, New York, USA.

December 15, 1955 – January 18, 2017

36. Roberta Peters

Actress | City Hall

Roberta Peters was born on May 4, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Roberta Peterman. She was an actress, known for City Hall (1996), The Voice of Firestone (1962) and Die Zauberflöte (1964). She was married to Bertram Fields and Robert Merrill. She died on January 18, 2017 in Rye, New ...

May 4, 1930 – January 18, 2017

37. Loalwa Braz

Soundtrack | The Incredible Hulk

Loalwa Braz was born on June 3, 1953 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Loalwa Braz Vieira. She died on January 19, 2017 in Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro.

June 3, 1953 – January 19, 2017

38. Miguel Ferrer

Actor | Traffic

Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...

February 7, 1955 – January 19, 2017

Prolific, beloved character actor best known for his roles as Bob Morton in Paul Verhoeven's 'RoboCop' (1987), FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on David Lynch and Mark Frost's series 'Twin Peaks' (1990-91) and film 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me' (1992), the voice of Shan-Yu in Disney's animated feature 'Mulan' (1998), Eduardo Ruiz in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning 'Traffic' (2000), Dr. Garret Macy on Tim Kring's NBC crime drama 'Crossing Jordan' (2001-07), and Assistant Director Owen Granger on CBS' hit drama 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (2012-17); was still working on the latter series when he passed away and will also be seen reprising his role as Agent Rosenfield in the upcoming series revival of 'Twin Peaks'; shared a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture as part of the ensemble in 'Traffic'; early screen work included roles in films such as 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock' and 'Flashpoint' (both 1984) and appearances on TV shows such as 'Magnum, P.I.,' 'CHiPs' and 'Hill Street Blues'; other film credits include playing the main villain in Disney's live-action 'Blank Check' (1994), the lead role in Stephen King's 'The Night Flier' (1997), the voice of Big Boss in 'Rio 2' (2014) and supporting roles in 'DeepStar Six' (1989), Tony Scott's 'Revenge' (1990), William Friedkin's 'The Guardian' (1990), John Badham's 'Point of No Return' and 'Another Stakeout' (both 1993), 'Hot Shots! Part Deux' (1993), John Sayles' 'Sunshine State' (2003) and 'Silver City' (2004), Jonathan Demme's 'The Manchurian Candidate' (2004) and Marvel's 'Iron Man 3' (2013); was a regular cast member on several short-lived TV series (besides 'Twin Peaks'), including the dramas 'Shannon's Deal' (1990-91), 'Broken Badges' (1990-91) and 'The Protector' (2011), the comedies 'On the Air' (1992 - from 'Twin Peaks' creators David Lynch and Mark Frost) and 'LateLine' (1998-99), and NBC's 2007 reboot of 'Bionic Woman'; also played Lloyd Henreid in Stephen King's miniseries 'The Stand' (1994), played the recurring role of Andre Zeller on ABC's 'Desperate Houeswives' (2011) and supplied the voices of recurring characters on the animated series 'Jackie Chan Adventures' (2003-04), 'Young Justice' (2011-13) and 'Adventure Time' (2011-14); won two Behind the Voice Actors Awards in 2014 for his voice work as Vandal Savage on 'Young Justice' -- one for Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama, and another with his castmates for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Action/Drama

39. Joy Coghill

Actress | Double Jeopardy

Joy Coghill was born on May 13, 1926 in Findlater, Saskatchewan, Canada as Joy Dorothy Coghill. She was an actress, known for Double Jeopardy (1999), Stargate SG-1 (1997) and The Beachcombers (1972). She was married to John Thorne. She died on January 20, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

May 13, 1926 – January 20, 2017

December 27, 1928 – January 20, 2017

Five-time Grammy-winning classical record producer and engineer

41. Hiroki Matsukata

Actor | Jûsan-nin no shikaku

Hiroki Matsukata was born on July 23, 1942 in Tokyo, Japan as Hiroki Meguro. He was an actor and producer, known for 13 Assassins (2010), Kura (1995) and Yagyu Clan Conspiracy (1978). He was married to Akiko Nishina and Natsuko. He died on January 21, 2017 in Tokyo.

July 23, 1942 – January 21, 2017

42. Junie Morrison

Soundtrack | The Green Hornet

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 as part of the Parliament/Funkadelic group.

1954 – January 21, 2017

43. Veljo Tormis

Soundtrack | Sügisball

Veljo Tormis was born on August 7, 1930 in Kuusalu, Estonia. He was a composer, known for Autumn Ball (2007), Libahunt (1968) and Kevade (1969). He was married to Lea Rummo. He died on January 21, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

August 7, 1930 – January 21, 2017

Prolific Estonian composer whose innovative, folk-inflected choral works helped propel his nation’s drive to restore independence in the 1980s and made him one of Estonia’s most important and iconic composers

44. Jaki Liebezeit

Soundtrack | Los abrazos rotos

Jaki Liebezeit was born on May 26, 1938 in Dresden, Saxony, Germany as Hans Liebezeit. He died on January 22, 2017 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

May 26, 1938 – January 22, 2017

Drummer and founding member of the pioneering krautrock group Can

45. Masaya Nakamura

Producer | Tekken

President of Nikkatsu Corporation [jp] since 1996.

December 24, 1925 – January 22, 2017

46. Overend Watts

Self | The Ballad of Mott the Hoople

Overend Watts was born on May 13, 1947 in Yardley, Birmingham, UK as Peter Overend Watts. He died on January 22, 2017 in Herefordshire, England.

May 13, 1947 – January 22, 2017

Bass guitarist and founding member of '70s rock band Mott the Hoople, best known for their David Bowie-penned song "All the Young Dudes"

47. Bimba Bosé

Actress | Julieta

Bimba Bosé was born on October 1, 1975 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Eleonora Salvatore González. She was married to Diego Postigo. She died on January 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

October 1, 1975 – January 23, 2017

48. Bobby Freeman

Soundtrack | American Graffiti

Bobby Freeman was born on June 13, 1940 in San Francisco, California, USA as Robert Thomas Freeman. He died on January 23, 2017 in Anson, Texas, USA.

June 13, 1940 – January 23, 2017

49. Gorden Kaye

Actor | 'Allo 'Allo!

Gorden Kaye was born on April 7, 1941 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England as Gordon Irving Kaye. He was an actor, known for 'Allo 'Allo (1982), Brazil (1985) and Born and Bred (1978). He died on January 23, 2017 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire.

April 7, 1941 – January 23, 2017

Comic actor best known for his role as René Artois, the lead character in the classic British TV comedy series ''Allo 'Allo!,' which earned him a BAFTA nomination in 1986

50. Mary Webster

Actress | The Twilight Zone

Mary Webster was born on March 13, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), Master of the World (1961) and Mike Hammer (1958). She died on January 23, 2017 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

March 13, 1935 – January 23, 2017

51. Ann Guenther

Animation_department | The Iron Giant

Ann Guenther was an inspiring artist from Pennsylvania. Coming from a small town, Annie flew all the way to California to follow her dreams of working for Walt Disney. Some her work consists of Sleeping Beauty, The Iron Giant, Robin Hood, and so much more. She inspires so many young artists to ...

May 22, 1937 – January 24, 2017

52. Butch Trucks

Actor | The Allman Brothers Band: 40th Anniversary Live at the Beacon Theatre

Butch Trucks was born on May 11, 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Claude Hudson Trucks. He is known for his work on The Allman Brothers Band: 40th Anniversary Live at the Beacon Theatre (2014), The Allman Brothers Band: Live at the Beacon Theatre (2003) and The Full Moon Show (1990). He was ...

May 11, 1947 – January 24, 2017

Drummer best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band

53. Shunji Fujimura

Actor | Death Note

Shunji Fujimura was born on December 8, 1934 in Kamakura, Japan. He was an actor, known for Death Note (2006), Death Note: The Last Name (2006) and Death Note: L Change the World (2008). He died on January 25, 2017 in Japan.

December 8, 1934 – January 25, 2017

54. Kevin Geer

Actor | The Pelican Brief

Kevin Geer's celebrated acting career includes appearances in feature film, on television, Broadway, Off-Broadway and London's West End. He recently completed one of the lead roles in the independent feature film Bunker Hill, from director Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America). Geer ...

November 7, 1952 – January 25, 2017

55. John Hurt

Actor | Nineteen Eighty-Four

This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and ...

January 22, 1940 – January 25, 2017

Esteemed English actor with a wide variety of memorable roles to his credit, with his Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning portrayal of John Merrick in David Lynch's 'The Elephant Man' (1980) being perhaps his most definitive work; broke through with the role of Richard Rich in Fred Zinnemann's Oscar-winning drama 'A Man for All Seasons' (1966) and over the next three years worked with directors such as Tony Richardson (1967's 'The Sailor from Gibraltar'), John Huston (playing the title role in 1969's 'Sinful Davey') and J. Lee Thompson (1969's 'Before Winter Comes'); received his first BAFTA nomination for his performance as Timothy Evans in Richard Fleischer's true-life chiller '10 Rillington Place' (1971) and then played the title roles in the films 'Mr. Forbush and the Penguins' (1971) and 'Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs' (1974); won acclaim--and his first BAFTA--for his portrayal of Quentin Crisp in the TV movie adaptation of Crisp's autobiography 'The Naked Civil Servant' (1975) and received praise the following year for his performance as Caligula in BBC's landmark historical miniseries 'I, Claudius'; earned a second BAFTA win, his first Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for playing the heroin-addicted prisoner Max in Alan Parker's 1978 prison drama 'Midnight Express' and was heard that same year in two animated films based on classic literary works: as the rabbit Hazel in Martin Rosen's adaptation of Richard Adams' 'Watership Down' and as Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi's take on J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'; would reunite with Rosen for another animated Richard Adams adaptation, 1982's 'The Plague Dogs,' in which Hurt voices Snitter; played the now-iconic role of Kane in Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi horror blockbuster 'Alien' (1979), which earned him yet another BAFTA nomination; would recreate his famous "chest-burster" scene from 'Alien' -- this time for laughs -- in Mel Brooks' sci-fi spoof 'Spaceballs' (1987), having previously played Jesus in Brooks' 'History of the World: Part I' (1981); other notable film roles throughout the 1980s included Billy Irvine in Michael Cimino's 'Heaven's Gate' (1980), Lawrence Fassett in Sam Peckinpah's 'The Osterman Weekend' (1983), hitman Braddock in Stephen Frears' 'The Hit' (1984), Winston Smith in Michael Radford's take on George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' (1984), the voice of The Horned King in Disney's 'The Black Cauldron' (1985), and osteopath Stephen Ward in Michael Caton-Jones' 'Scandal' (1989); received yet another BAFTA nomination for his role in Jim Sheridan's 'The Field' (1990) and then co-starred in films such as David S. Ward's 'King Ralph' (1991), Gus Van Sant's 'Even Cowgirls Get the Blues' (1993) and Chris Menges' 'Second Best' (1994); reunited with Caton-Jones to play Montrose in 'Rob Roy' (1995) and would again work with the director ten years later as star of 'Shooting Dogs' a.k.a. 'Beyond the Gates' (2005); also worked with writer-director Jim Jarmusch on three occasions, starting with 'Dead Man' (1995) and followed years later by 'The Limits of Control' (2009) and 'Only Lovers Left Alive' (2013); may be best known to younger audiences for playing wandmaker Garrick Ollivander in the first 'Harry Potter' film, 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' (2001), and again in the franchise's two-part finale, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' (2010 & 2011); also known for his portrayal of Professor Trevor Bruttenholm ("Broom") in Guillermo del Toro's 'Hellboy' (2004) and 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' (2008), for playing dictator Adam Sutler in James McTeigue's 'V for Vendetta' (2005) and for his role as Professor Oxley in Steven Spielberg's fourth 'Indiana Jones' adventure, 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008); reprised the role of Quentin Crisp over 30 years after 'The Naked Civil Servant' for the feature film 'An Englishman in New York' (2009), for which he received his final BAFTA nomination; also starred or co-starred in such acclaimed films as Robert Zemeckis' 'Contact' (1997), Jeremy Thomas' 'All the Little Animals' (1998), Richard Kwietniowski's 'Love and Death on Long Island' (1997) and 'Owning Mahowny' (2003), John Hillcoat's 'The Proposition' (2005), Tom Tykwer's 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer' (2006), Jay Roach's 'Recount' (2008), Lars von Trier's 'Melancholia' (2011), Tomas Alfredson' 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' (2011), Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' (2013) and, most recently, Pablo Larraín's 'Jackie' (2016); notable recent TV roles included the title role in the series 'The Alan Clark Diaries,' the voice of the Great Dragon Kilgharrah in 'Merlin' and the role of the so-called War Doctor in 'Doctor Who,' all for the BBC; received a special BAFTA Film Award in 2012 for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema; was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004 and was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama

56. Jack Mendelsohn

Writer | Yellow Submarine

Jack Mendelsohn was born on November 8, 1926. He is known for his work on Yellow Submarine (1968), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967). He was married to Carol. He died on January 25, 2017 in the USA.

November 8, 1926 – January 25, 2017

57. Mary Tyler Moore

Actress | Ordinary People

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...

December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017

Iconic, trailblazing actress and producer best known for her roles as dancer-turned-homemaker Laura Petrie on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and as single local news producer Mary Richards in 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' the latter of which she also produced with her then-husband Grant Tinker through their company, MTM Enterprises; won two Emmy Awards out of three nominations for her work in 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and won four more Emmys out of eight nominations for 'Mary Tyler Moore'; went on to receive Emmy nominations for her performances as Betty Rollin in the MTM-produced CBS telepic 'First, You Cry' (1978), as Martha Weinman Lear in ABC's TV movie 'Heartsounds' (1984) and as Mary Todd Lincoln in NBC's 1988 miniseries 'Lincoln' before winning one last last time for playing child trafficker Georgia Tann in the Lifetime movie 'Stolen Babies' (1993); also won one Golden Globe each for 'Dick Van Dyke' and 'Mary Tyler Moore' and six additional Globe nominations for the latter; reprised her role as Mary Richards in episodes of the 'Mary Tyler Moore' spin-offs 'Phyllis' and 'Rhoda' -- both of which she also produced -- and starred in several less-successful TV shows, including 'The Mary Tyler Moore Hour' (1979), 'Mary' (1985-86) and 'New York News' (1995); produced many other classic shows through MTM, including 'The Bob Newhart Show,' 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' 'Hill Street Blues,' 'Remington Steele,' 'St. Elsewhere,' and another 'Mary Tyler Moore' spin-off, 'Lou Grant'; notable theatrical film roles include Miss Dorothy Brown in George Roy Hill's musical romantic comedy 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' (1967) and the resentful, emotionally cold mother Beth in Robert Redford's Best Picture Oscar-winning drama 'Ordinary People' (1980), which earned Moore an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role; also had a supporting role in Richard Donner's feature directorial debut 'X-15' (1961), starred opposite Elvis Presley in 'Change of Habit' (1969), starred in '80s dramas 'Six Weeks' (1982) and 'Just Between Friends' (1986) and co-starred in David O. Russell's sophomore feature 'Flirting with Disaster' (1996); appeared on Broadway in 'Who's Life Is It Anyway?' in 1980, for which she received a Special Tony Award, and went on to win a Tony for Best Reproduction as producer (again, through MTM Enterprises) of the 1985 revival of 'Joe Egg' in addition to earning Tony nominations for the original productions of 'Noises Off' (1983-85) and 'Benefactors' (1985-86); continued making film and television appearances into the 21st century, which included reuniting with Dick Van Dyke in the PBS adaptation of 'The Gin Game' (2003) and starring in network TV movies such as 'Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes' (2001) and 'Blessings' (2003); more recently made two appearances as high-strung TV host Christine St. George on 'That '70s Show' and reunited with her 'Mary Tyler Moore' castmates Betty White, Chloris Leachman and Valerie Harper for two episodes of 'Hot in Cleveland'; received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Comedy Awards in 1987 and from the Screen Actors Guild in 2012

58. Mike Connors

Actor | Mannix

He once jokingly described himself as 'a frustrated song-and-dance man' who wound up typecast as a TV crime fighter. Tall, handsome Armenian-American Mike Connors had a minor career in the movies before becoming a star on the small screen as the impeccably dressed macho sleuth Joe Mannix. Towards ...

August 15, 1925 – January 26, 2017

Actor best known for playing private detective Joe Mannix in the CBS series 'Mannix' from 1967 to 1975; won a Golden Globe for his work on 'Mannix,' which also garnered him four Emmy nominations; had previously starred in the network's 1959-60 crime drama series 'Tightrope' and would later star in ABC's 1981-82 crime drama 'Today's FBI'; played Mannix for laughs in a 1971 episode of 'Here's Lucy' and reprised the role straight in a 1997 episode of 'Diagnosis Murder' that served as a sequel to a 1973 episode of 'Mannix'; other notable TV roles included Col. Harrison 'Hack' Peters on the 1989 miniseries 'War and Remembrance' and the voice of Chipacles in Disney's animated 'Hercules' series; made his screen debut (credited as "Touch Conners") in David Miller's acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film noir 'Sudden Fear' (1952), which was followed with roles in such films as William A. Wellman's 'Island in the Sky' (1953), Cecil B. DeMille's 'The Ten Commandments' (1956), Edward Dmytryk's 'Where Love Has Gone' (1964), David Swift's 'Good Neighbor Sam' (1964), Gordon Douglas' 'Harlow' (1965) and 'Stagecoach' (1966), and several films for Roger Corman (including 1955's 'Day the World Ended' and 1956's 'Swamp Women') and Edward L. Cahn (including 1956's 'Shake, Rattle & Rock!' and 1957's 'Voodoo Woman'); more recent film credits include Claudia Hoover's romantic tragicomedy 'Gideon' (1998), Peter MacDonald's direct-to-video comedy 'The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave' (2000) and William Tannen's comedy 'Nobody Knows Anything' (2003), in which he made a cameo appearance as Joe Mannix

59. Hal Geer

Producer | How Bugs Bunny Won the West

Hal Geer was born on September 13, 1916 in Oronogo, Missouri, USA as Harold Eugene Geer. He was an editor and producer, known for How Bugs Bunny Won the West (1978), Bugs Bunny's Valentine (1979) and Bugs Bunny: All American Hero (1981). He was married to Carol Jones and Nancy Walker. He died on ...

September 13, 1916 – January 26, 2017

60. Barbara Hale

Actress | Perry Mason

Barbara was born on 18 April 1922, as one of two children. As a young girl, Ms. Hale intended to major in art and drawing; she began her professional career as a model for a comic strip called "Ramblin' Bill", during the time she was working her way through The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. She ...

April 18, 1922 – January 26, 2017

Actress best known for her Emmy-winning role as long-suffering but loyal legal secretary Della Street on TV's 'Perry Mason' and in thirty 'Perry Mason' TV movies; had been a leading lady in films of the 1940s and '50s, perhaps most notably in Ted Tetzlaff's noir classic 'The Window' (1949); made her credited screen debut in Tim Whelan's musical 'Higher and Higher' (1943) and appeared the following year in two of the Falcon detective films starring Tom Conway, 'The Falcon Out West' and 'The Falcon in Hollywood'; starred opposite a young Robert Mitchum in the Western film 'West of the Pecos' (1945) and would go on to star in several more Westerns in the '50s, including 'The Lone Hand' (1953) and 'The Oklahoman' (1957) with Joel McCrea, 'Seminole' (1953) with Rock Hudson, and '7th Calvary' (1956) with Randolph Scott; also co-starred opposite James Stewart in Walter Lang's comedy 'The Jackpot' (1950) and James Cagney in Raoul Walsh's 'A Lion Is in the Streets' (1953); other notable film credits include playing the teacher Miss Brand in Joseph Losey's classic anti-war fable 'The Boy with Green Hair (1948), nurse Ellen Clark in Henry Levin's 'Jolson Sings Again' (1949), the title role in Phil Karlson's 'Lorna Doone' (1951) and Washington socialite Julia Hancock--the object of both Lewis and Clark's affections--in Rudolph Maté historical adventure 'The Far Horizons' (1955); played Della Street on 'Perry Mason' from 1957 to 1966, appearing in all 271 episodes of the series and winning an Emmy for the role in 1959; followed 'Perry Mason' with supporting roles in films such as George Seaton's disaster drama 'Airport' (1970), Bill Rebane's cult sci-fi horror feature 'The Giant Spider Invasion' (1975) and John Milius' coming-of-age surfing drama 'Big Wednesday' (1978); returned to the role of Della Street for the TV movie 'Perry Mason Returns' in 1985 and went on to play the part in 29 more telefilms over the next ten years, concluding with 1995's 'A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester'; made her final onscreen appearance in the 'Biography' episode on her 'Perry Mason' co-star Raymond Burr in 2000

61. David Rose

Producer | Scotland Yard

David Rose was born on November 22, 1924 in Swanage, Dorset, England as David Edward Rose. He was a producer and director, known for Scotland Yard (1960), The First Lady (1968) and Walk a Crooked Mile (1961). He was married to Karin Bamborough, Sarah Reid and Valerie Edwards. He died on January 26,...

November 22, 1924 – January 26, 2017

62. Eléonore Hirt

Actress | Un amour de sorcière

Eléonore Hirt was born on December 19, 1919 in Basel, Switzerland. She was an actress, known for Un amour de sorcière (1997), Comédie (1966) and La caméra explore le temps (1957). She was married to André Rouyer and Michel Piccoli. She died on January 27, 2017 in Paris, France.

December 19, 1919 – January 27, 2017

63. Bob Holiday

Self | I've Got a Secret

Bob Holiday was born on November 12, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He died on January 27, 2017 in Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA.

November 12, 1932 – January 27, 2017

Actor best known for playing Superman in the 1966 Broadway musical 'It's A Bird... It's A Plane... It's Superman,' which allowed him to play the Man of Steel more often than any other actor; at the time of his death was the oldest surviving person to have portrayed Superman on screen or stage

64. Robert Ellis Miller

Director | The Buttercup Chain

Robert Ellis Miller was born on July 18, 1927 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and actor, known for The Buttercup Chain (1970), Breaking Point (1963) and Alcoa Premiere (1961). He was married to Pola Miller. He died on January 27, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

July 18, 1932 – January 27, 2017

Film and television director who helmed the Oscar-nominated movies THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER and REUBEN, REUBEN

65. Emmanuelle Riva

Actress | Amour

An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred "Alfredo" Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress ...

February 24, 1927 – January 27, 2017

Iconic French actress best known for starring in Alain Resnais' landmark film 'Hiroshima mon amour' (1959) -- for which she received a BAFTA nomination -- and for her Oscar-nominated and BAFTA and César Award-winning performance in Michael Haneke's acclaimed romantic drama 'Amour' (2012); also won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for playing the title role in the Georges Franju-directed adaptation of 'Thérèse Desqueyroux' (1962); starred or co-starred in several other acclaimed films, including Gillo Pontecorvo's 'Kapò' (1960), Antonio Pietrangeli's 'Adua and Friends' a.k.a. 'Hungry for Love' (1960), Jean-Pierre Melville's 'Léon Morin, Priest' (1961), Franju's 'Thomas the Impostor' (1965), André Cayatte's Risky Business' (1967), Fernando Arrabal's 'I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse' (1973), Philippe Garrel's 'Liberté, la nuit' (1984), Jean Delannoy's 'The Passion of Bernadette' (1989) and Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Three Colors: Blue' (1993), in which she played the Alzheimer's-stricken mother of the lead character played by Juliette Binoche; more recent films include Tonie Marshall's 'Venus Beauty Institute' (1999), Jean-Pierre Améris's 'C'est la vie' (2001), Martial Fougeron's 'My Son' (2006), Julie Delpy's 'Skylab' (2011) and Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon's 'Lost in Paris' (2016)

66. Frank Tidy

Cinematographer | Chain Reaction

Frank Tidy was born on May 17, 1932 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. He was a cinematographer and actor, known for Chain Reaction (1996), Under Siege (1992) and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992). He was married to Maureen Catherine Corcoran. He died on January 27, 2017 in Kent, England.

ca. 1932 – January 27, 2017

Cinematographer best known for shooting Ridley Scott's acclaimed debut feature 'The Duellists' (1977), for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award and the British Society of Cinematographers' Best Cinematography Award; went on to shoot 'The Grey Fox' (1982), 'The Mean Season' (1985) and 'One Magic Christmas' (1985) for director Phillip Borsos and to shoot several films for director Andrew Davis, including 'Code of Silence' (1985), 'The Package' (1989), 'Under Siege' (1992) and 'Chain Reaction' (1996); other cinematography credits include Lamont Johnson's 'Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone' (1983), Alan Alda's 'Sweet Liberty' (1986), Bob Hoskins' 'The Raggedy Rawney' (1988), Roger Spottiswoode's 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot' (1992), Peter Markle's 'Wagons East!' (1994), Harvey Miller's 'Getting Away with Murder' (1996) and Bill Duke's 'Hoddlum' (1997)

67. Gisella Sofio

Actress | Biblioteca di Studio Uno

Gisella Sofio was born on February 19, 1931 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. She was an actress, known for Biblioteca di Studio Uno (1964), La cura del gorilla (2006) and Il microfono è vostro (1951). She died on January 27, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

February 19, 1931 – January 27, 2017

68. Stanley Kallis

Producer | Police Story

Stanley Kallis was born on September 5, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for Police Story (1973), The Glitter Dome (1984) and Roadracers (1959). He was married to Lucetta. He died on January 28, 2017 in Laguna Beach, California, USA.

ca. 1928 – January 28, 2017

69. Geoff Nicholls

Music_department | Taking Liberties

A look at Black Sabbath's photo shoots and live concerts would easily lead one to believe that the band consists of only four members. But make no mistake, they do in fact have a 5th member: their behind-the-stage keyboard player Geoff Nicholls. Before joining Black Sabbath in 1979, Nicholls played...

February 29, 1944 – January 28, 2017

Musician who spent 25 years as the keyboardist for legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath

70. Richard Portman

Sound_department | Star Wars

Portman entered the film industry in 1957, as a trainee at Columbia Pictures. In 1959 he joined the Samuel Goldwyn Studio as a junior engineer, rising to the position of Assistant Supervising Sound Recording Engineer. In 1970 he joined Robert Altman at the Lion's Gate facility, serving as Sound ...

April 2, 1934 – January 28, 2017

Sound engineer who worked in the entertainment industry for nearly 50 years -- from 1957 to 2004 -- and was re-recording mixer on over 150 feature films, including George Lucas' 'Star Wars' (1977) and Michael Cimino's 'The Deer Hunter' (1978), the latter of which won him an Oscar for Best Sound; also received Oscar nominations in that category for his work on Jack Lemmon's 'Kotch' (1971), Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather' (1972), Michael Ritchie's 'The Candidate' (1972), Peter Bogdanovich's 'Paper Moon' (1973), Mike Nichols' 'The Day of the Dolphin' (1973), Mel Brooks' 'Young Frankenstein' (1974), Herbert Ross' 'Funny Lady' (1975), Michael Apted's 'Coal Miner's Daughter' (1980) and Mark Rydell's 'On Golden Pond' (1981) and 'The River' (1984); also won BAFTA Awards for his sound work in 'Star Wars' and Robert Altman's 'Nashville' (1975) and was nominated for BAFTAs for 'The Deer Hunter,' 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and Martin Scorsese's 'New York, New York' (1977); worked on many other classics and audience favorites, including Hal Ashby's 'The Landlord' (1970), 'Harold and Maude' (1971) and 'The Last Detail' (1973), Arthur Penn's 'Little Big Man' (1970), Mel Stuart's 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' (1971), Sam Peckinpah's 'The Getaway' (1972), Sydney Pollack's 'The Way We Were' (1973), Franklin J. Schaffner's 'Papillon' (1973), Cimino's 'Thunderbolt and Lightfoot' (1974) and 'Heaven's Gate' (1980), Altman's '3 Women' (1977) and 'A Wedding' (1978), Ulu Grosbard's 'Straight Time (1978), Lawrence Kasdan's 'Body Heat' (1981), Ron Howard's 'Splash' (1984), Ritchie's 'Fletch' (1985), Fred Dekker's 'The Monster Squad' (1987) Arthur Hiller's 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' (1989), Alan J. Pakula's 'Presumed Innocent' (1990) and 'The Pelican Brief' (1993), Mick Jackson's 'L.A. Story' (1991), Curtis Hanson's 'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle' (1992) and Taylor Hackford's 'Dolores Claiborne' (1995); also worked on several acclaimed, high-profile made-for-TV movies, including 'The Morning After' (1974), 'Queen of the Stardust Ballroom' (1975), 'Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) and 'Citizen Cohn' (1992), the last two of which earned him Emmy nominations

71. Paloma Chamorro

Actress | Gatos en el tejado

Paloma Chamorro was born on January 11, 1949 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain. She was a director and actress, known for Gatos en el tejado (1988), La estación de Perpignán (1987) and La realidad inventada (1988). She died on January 29, 2017 in Madrid.

January 11, 1949 – January 29, 2017

Journalist and TV personality best known for hosting the cult 1983-85 Spanish musical program 'La edad de oro' ('The Golden Age'), which is considered to be the audiovisual epitome of the artistic, cultural and musical counterculture movement known as La Movida Madrileña (The Madrilenian scene)

72. Frank Pellegrino

Actor | Goodfellas

Frank Pellegrino was born on May 19, 1944 in East Harlem, New York City, New York, USA as Frank Joseph Pellegrino. He was an actor and producer, known for Goodfellas (1990), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and Cop Land (1997). He was married to Josephine Nicita. He died on January 31, 2017 in Manhattan, ...

c. 1944 – January 31, 2017

Actor who played racketeer Johnny Dio in GOODFELLAS but was perhaps best known for his role as FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso in THE SOPRANOS

73. David Shepard

Actor | Lone Survivor

David Shepard was born in 1940 in New York City, New York, USA. He died on January 31, 2017 in Medford, Oregon, USA.

1940 – January 31, 2017

Film preservationist and historian who restored hundreds of silent films by such master as Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and F.W. Murnau and brought them to the general public

74. Rob Stewart

Director | Sharkwater

Rob Stewart is an award-winning biologist, photographer, conservationist and filmmaker. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Stewart began photographing underwater when he was 13. By the age of 18 he became a scuba instructor and then moved on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, ...

December 28, 1979 – January 31, 2017

75. John Wetton

Soundtrack | The 40 Year Old Virgin

John Wetton was born on June 12, 1949 in Derby, Derbyshire, England as John Kenneth Wetton. He was married to Lisa Nojaim. He died on January 31, 2017 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England.

June 2, 1949 – January 31, 2017

Bassist, singer and progressive rock figurehead who played in bands such as King Crimson and Roxy Music before co-founding and leading the supergroup Asia

76. Lars-Erik Berenett

Actor | Hassel/Förgörarna

Lars-Erik Berenett was born on December 23, 1942 in Skellefteå, Västerbottens län, Sweden. He was an actor and writer, known for Hassel: There Is No Mercy! (2000), Roland Hassel (2012) and Nya Dagbladet (1985). He was married to Maria Kulle and Evabritt Strandberg. He died on February 1, 2017 in ...

December 23, 1942 – February 1, 2017

77. Desmond Carrington

Actor | Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School

Desmond Carrington was born on May 23, 1926 in Bromley, Kent, England as Desmond Herbert Carrington. He was an actor, known for Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (1952), Softly Softly (1966) and Emergency-Ward 10 (1957). He died on February 1, 2017 in Perth, Scotland.

May 23, 1926 – February 1, 2017

78. Stig Grybe

Actor | 91:an Karlsson muckar (tror han)

Stig Grybe was born on July 18, 1928 in Stockholm, Sweden as Stig Rudolf Grybe. He was an actor, known for 91:an Karlsson muckar (tror han) (1959), Femte generationen (1986) and Idag röd (1987). He was married to Marie-Louise Engstrand. He died on February 1, 2017 in Sweden.

July 18, 1928 – February 1, 2017

79. Emilija Kovacevic

Costume_designer | Zaboravljeni

August 14, 1955 – February 2, 2017

80. Antonio Casale

Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Antonio Casale was born on May 17, 1932 in Italy. He was an actor and assistant director, known for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Duck, You Sucker (1971) and Loveplay (1972). He died on February 4, 2017.

1936 – February 4, 2017

81. John Gay

Writer | Separate Tables

John Gay was born on April 1, 1924 in Whittier, California, USA as John Thomas Gay. He is known for his work on Separate Tables (1958), Around the World in 80 Days (1989) and Lux Video Theatre (1950). He was married to Barbara (Bobbie) Elizabeth Meyer. He died on February 4, 2017 in Santa Monica, ...

April 1, 1924 – February 4, 2017


82. David Phillips

Cinematographer | The Basketball Diaries

David Phillips was born in 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is known for his work on The Basketball Diaries (1995), To a Random (1986) and Curse (2011). He died on February 4, 2017 in New York City, New York, USA.

March 6, 1956 – February 4, 2017

83. Georgiy Taratorkin

Actor | Prestuplenie i nakazanie

Georgiy Taratorkin was born on January 11, 1945 in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR as Georgiy Georgievich Taratorkin. He was an actor, known for Crime and Punishment (1970), Samaya dlinnaya solominka (1982) and Lyubov imperatora (2002). He was married to Ekaterina Markova. He died on February 4, 2017 in ...

January 11, 1945 – February 4, 2017

84. David Axlerod

Writer | Nova

National Lampoon alumni.

April 17, 1931 – February 5, 2017

Actual name: David Axelrod; influential composer, arranger and music producer who was one of the first recording artists to fuse elements of jazz, rock and R&B and whose work has been sampled by dozens of hip-hop artists, including Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Shadow, Wu-Tang Clan, Lil' Wayne and Eminem; not to be confused with the TV writer-producer David Axlerod

85. Sonny Geraci

Soundtrack | Women and Bloody Terror

Sonny Geraci was born on November 22, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He died on February 5, 2017 in Cleveland.

November 22, 1947 – February 5, 2017

86. Björn Granath

Actor | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Björn Granath was born on April 5, 1946 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Björn Gösta Tryggve Granath. He was an actor, known for Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Evil (2003) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). He was married to Annmargret Fyregård. He died on February 5, ...

April 5, 1946 – February 5, 2017

87. Irwin Corey

Actor | The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority," was born on July 29, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York. He and his five siblings were wards of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum, and during the Great Depression, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp. Possessing brawn as well as brains, ...

Doublespeaking comic genius and actor known as "Professor" Irwin Corey and often billed as "The World's Foremost Authority"

July 29, 1914 – February 6, 2017

88. Inge Keller

Actress | Lola + Bilidikid

Inge Keller was born on December 15, 1923 in Berlin, Germany. She is known for her work on Lola and Billy the Kid (1999), Woman Doctors (1984) and 3 (2010). She was married to Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler. She died on February 6, 2017 in Berlin.

December 15, 1923 – February 6, 2017

Actress who was a theater legend in her native Germany and one of the most prominent performers of the former German Democratic Republic

89. Alec McCowen

Actor | Never Say Never Again

Alec McCowen was born Alexander Duncan McCowan on May 26, 1925 in Tunbridge Wells, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1942. He established his reputation in classical stage roles, appearing in the ensemble of Laurence Olivier's famed ...

May 26, 1925 – February 6, 2017

Actor perhaps most well-known for his starring roles in the 1972 films 'Frenzy' (directed by Alfred Hitchcock) and 'Travels with My Aunt' (directed by George Cukor) and for his celebrated one-man stage performance of 'St. Mark's Gospel' (1978), which he brought from Riverside Studios in Hammersmith to two West End theaters and then to Broadway, where he received a Tony nomination for Best Actor in Play; had previously received a Tony nomination and won an Evening Standard award (the first of three) and a Drama Desk Award (the first of two) for his portrayal of Fr. William Rolfe in 'Hadrian the Seventh' (1967-69); also earned a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for playing the title role in Christopher Hampton's 'The Philanthropist' (1970-71); won his second Evening Standard award for Best Actor for his work in Molière's 'The Misanthrope' (1973-75), for which he was also nominated for another Drama Desk Award; won a third Evening Standard Best Actor award -- a record equaled only by Laurence Olivier and Paul Scofield -- for Hampton's stage adaptation of George Steiner's novel 'The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H' in 1982; other notable stage works include originating the role of psychiatrist Martin Dysart in the world premiere of Peter Shaffer’s 'Equus' in 1973 and starring as poet Rudyard Kipling in Brian Clark's one-man play 'Kipling' in 1984, which earned him one last Drama Desk nomination; made his screen debut in 1953, appearing that year in both the feature film 'The Cruel Sea' and the television movie 'Escapade'; subsequently appeared in such films as 'A Divided Heart' (1954), 'The Deep Blue Sea' (1955), 'The Third Key' (1956), 'Time Without Pity' (1957) and, for director Roy Ward Baker, 'The One That Got Away' (1957) and 'A Night to Remember' (1958); played House Master Brown in Tony Richardson's classic drama 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' (1962), co-starred opposite Joan Crawford and Kay Walsh in Cyril Frankel's 'The Witches' (1966) and appeared in Tom Gries' historical drama 'The Hawaiians' (1970) before landing his most famous film roles as Chief Inspector Oxford in Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate thriller 'Frenzy' and as Henry Pulling opposite Maggie Smith's Aunt Augusta in George Cukor's 'Travels with My Aunt,' both released in 1972; received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in 'Travels with My Aunt' and also placed fourth for the National Society of Film Critics' Best Actor award for that film; subsequent screen credits include BBC adaptations of Noël Coward's 'Private Lives' (1976), Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' (1980) and Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (1986), the title role in the 1984-85 drama series 'Mr Palfrey of Westminster,' and roles in theatrical films such as 'Stevie' (1978), 'Hanover Street' (1979), the unofficial James Bond adventure 'Never Say Never Again' (1983), Richard Attenborough's 'Cry Freedom' (1987) and Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of 'Henry V' (1989); played Sillerton Jackson in Martin Scorsese's big-screen take on Edith Wharton's 'The Age of Innocence' (1993) and co-starred in made-for-TV adaptations of Charles Dickens' 'David Copperfield' and Dava Sobel's 'Longitude' (both 2000) before concluding his acting career by reteaming with Scorsese to play Reverend Raleigh in 'Gangs of New York' (2002); was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1972 and was promoted to Commander within the Order in 1986

90. Roy Forge Smith

Production_designer | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Roy Forge Smith was born in 1929. He trained as a fine artist and an architect in London before working in the art department of BBC television in the early 1960s. His first film credit was as an assistant art director on 'The Wrong Box' and throughout the 1960s and 1970s worked on a number of ...

1929 – February 6, 2017

Production designer/art director whose credits include 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (1967), 'The Amazing Mr. Blunden' (1972), 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' (1975), 'Jabberwocky' (1977), 'Mrs. Soffel' (1984), 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' (1989), 'Warlock' (1989), the three original live-action 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movies (1990-1993), Mel Brooks' 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights' (1993) and 'Dracula: Dead and Loving It' (1995), 'The Pagemaster' (1994), 'Crossfire Trail' (2001) and 'The Lost Batallion' (2001); also collaborated on several projects with director John Gray, including the film 'Born to Be Wild' (1995), TV movies 'The Lost Capone' (1990), 'The Day Lincoln Was Shot' (1998), 'The Hunley' (1999), 'The Seventh Stream' (2001), 'Martin and Lewis' (2002) and 'Helter Skelter' (2004), and 44 episodes of the TV drama series 'Ghost Whisperer' (2005-07), which Gray created; earned Art Directors Guild Award nominations for his work on 'The Hunley' and 'Martin and Lewis'

91. Svend Asmussen

Soundtrack | Flammen & Citronen

Svend Asmussen was born on February 28, 1916 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Svend Harald Christian Asmussen. He was an actor, known for Flame & Citron (2008), Kungen av Dalarna (1953) and Spöke på semester (1951). He was married to Ellen Bick Meier and Annegrete Thomassen. He died on ...

February 28, 1916 – February 7, 2017

92. Richard Hatch

Actor | Diminuendo

Born in Santa Monica, California, USA, Richard Hatch was studying classical piano at the age of eight, and knew he wanted to carve out a career as a performer before he reached his teens. After attending Harbor College in San Pedro, he joined a Los Angeles repertory company with which he traveled ...

May 21, 1945 – February 7, 2017

Actor best known for starring Captain Apollo in the original 'Battlestar Galactica' series during the 1978-79 television season, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 1979; years later would recur as Tom Zarek in Ronald D. Moore's re-imagined 'Battlestar Galactica' that ran from 2004 to 2009; also remembered for playing Inspector Dan Robbins in 'The Streets of San Francisco' (1976-77) and Dean Caldwell in 'Dynasty' (1984-85)

January 10, 1941 – February 7, 2017

94. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Actress | An Ideal Husband

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, or TP-T as she had become widely recognised by the nation, first rose to fame in the Nineties when she was a budding writer and fashion enthusiast eager to share her views with the world by entering into a newly-found London lifestyle - a big change from her quintessentially ...

December 23, 1971 – February 8, 2017

95. Alan Simpson

Writer | Sanford and Son

Alan Simpson was born on November 27, 1929 in Brixton, London, England as Alan Francis Simpson. He was a writer and actor, known for Sanford and Son (1972), Steptoe & Son (1972) and Steptoe and Son (1962). He was married to Kathleen (Kate) Phillips. He died on February 8, 2017 in the UK.

November 27, 1929 – February 8, 2017

TV comedy scriptwriter who along with writing partner Ray Galton conceived and wrote the classic BBC sitcoms HANCOCK’S HALF HOUR and STEPTOE AND SON (the basis for U.S. series SANFORD AND SON)

96. Yoshio Tsuchiya

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Yoshio Tsuchiya grew up in his ancestral home in the countryside of Japan--the very grounds where Akira Kurosawa would later film KAGEMUSHA (1980). Tsuchiya's father was a professor of literature at the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo, and Tsuchiya grew up hearing as bedtime stories the ...

May 18, 1927 – February 8, 2017

Actor whose 100+ film and television credits include the landmark drama FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES and Akira Kurosawa classics such as SEVEN SAMURAI, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, YOJIMBO, HIGH AND LOW and RED BEARD

97. Radu Gabrea

Director | Romania! Romania!

Radu Gabrea was born on June 20, 1937 in Bucharest, Romania as Radu Bartholomeu Gabrea. He was a director and writer, known for Romania! Romania! (2006), Too Little for Such a Big War (1969) and The Beheaded Rooster (2007). He was married to Victoria Cocias. He died on February 9, 2017 in Romania.

June 20, 1937 – February 9, 2017

98. Chavo Guerrero Sr.

Actor | Streets of Rage

Chavo Guerrero Sr. was born on January 7, 1949 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Salvador Guerrero Llanes. He is known for his work on Streets of Rage (1994), WWE Velocity (2002) and The One and Only (1978). He was married to Nancy Vasquez. He died on February 11, 2017 in El Paso.

January 7, 1949 – February 11, 2017

Legendary professional wrestler known to WWE fans as Chavo Classic and who remains the oldest WWE Cruiserweight Champion in history

99. Howard Leeds

Writer | Diff'rent Strokes

Howard Leeds, the sitcom veteran who developed The Facts of Life and produced and wrote for The Brady Bunch, Diff'rent Strokes and Silver Spoons,

In the late 1970s, Leeds was a producer on the hit Diff'rent Strokes, starring Conrad Bain and child star Gary Coleman, when he was asked by NBC head Fred...

June 27, 1919 – February 11, 2017

TV writer and producer who worked on DIFF’RENT STROKES for most of its eight-year run and co-created the sitcoms THE FACTS OF LIFE and SILVER SPOONS

100. Al Jarreau

Music_department | Moonlighting

Al Jarreau was born on March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Alwyn Lopez Jarreau. He is known for his work on Moonlighting (1985), Dick Tracy (1990) and Out of Africa (1985). He was married to Susan Player and Phyllis Hall. He died on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017

Seven-time Grammy-winning singer whose music spanned jazz, pop and R&B; perhaps best known for his 1981 landmark album 'Breakin' Away' and for performing the theme song for the 1985-89 TV series 'Moonlighting'; was also one of the performers in the 1985 charity song "We Are the World" and is the third soloist from that single to pass away following the deaths of Ray Charles in 2004 and Michael Jackson in 2009

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