Wayne Rogers, the actor best known for playing Army surgeon Capt. John "Trapper John" McIntyre on M*A*S*H* for three seasons, died on Dec. 31 from complications from pneumonia at the age of 82. Rogers left the show after three seasons in 1975, citing contract disputes. He turned down the lead role in the TV spin-off Trapper John, M.D., fearing he'd be typecast as a physician. Later, he received a Golden Globe nomination for playing one on the CBS comedy House Calls. After leaving M*A*S*H*, he continued to guest-star on television, including in the Larry Hagman role in the TV movie I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later and on five episodes of Murder, She Wrote. Later in life, Rogers became a financial consultant and author, who appeared as a guest several times on the Fox Business Network program Cashin' In and wrote an investment guide titled Make Your Own Rules.
The iconic singer and bassist of English hard rock band Motörhead died of cancer on Dec. 28 at the age of 70. Lemmy was born in Staffordshire, England, in 1945. He joined the prog rock band Hawkwind as a bassist in 1972. In 1975, he formed Motörhead, whose throttling hard rock influenced generations of metal and punk bands. Motörhead's most recent album, Bad Magic, was released in August. Perhaps as much as his music, Lemmy was known for his outlaw persona and rampant drug and alcohol intake.
McCarter (far left), who played Paul in the 1987 vampire movie The Lost Boys, died Dec. 22 after a long illness at the age of 52. McCarter, who began his career as a model, continued acting sporadically after The Lost Boys, but never achieved the level of fame of his co-stars, including Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldmanand Corey Haim. He also made regular appearances at horror fan conventions, appeared in the 2010 cult horror film Uh-Oh Show, and guest-starred on The Twilight Zone.
The One Life to Live star and Tony Award-winning actress, pictured on the left with Sondra Gilman, died of cancer on Dec. 20 at the age of 77. Elliott began her career on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. She won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 1973 for her turn as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in the production. She received a second nomination in 1977 for The Shadow Box. Elliott then moved on from the Great White Way to the world of soap operas. She played Renee Divine Buchanan on One Life to Live from 1988 to 2011. Her other TV credits include guest appearances on Kojak and St. Elsewhere.
The actress, who played Legless Suzy on American Horror Story: Freak Show, died Dec. 12 from complications of kidney stone surgery at the age of 43. Siggins had a congenital genetic disorder called sacral agenesis, where the spinal bone called the sacrum doesn't form properly. Her legs were amputated when she was 2 years old. In addition to her AHSrole, Siggins appeared as herself on Ripley's Believe It or Not and Extraordinary People.
Former All New Mickey Mouse Clubstar Marque "Tate" Lynche died on Dec. 6 at the age of 34. According to law enforcement, Lynche's roommate discovered his body in his New York apartment. The medical examiner has yet to determine a cause of death. Lynche appeared as a Mousketeer from 1993 to 1995, alongside Britney Spears,Ryan Gosling, Justin TimberlakeandChristina Aguilera. He also made it to the semi-finals of American Idol's third season.
The transgender actress best known for her work with Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey, died on Dec. 6 at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. Prior to starring in films such as Trash and Women in Revolt in the early '70s, Woodlawn ran away from her Miami home at 15 and hitchhiked to New York City, a story that inspired the first verse of Lou Reed's 1972 hit "Walk on the Wild Side. Besides her work with Warhol and Morrissey, Woodlawn appeared in a handful of independent films in the '90s, including Billy's Big Hollywood Kiss and Night Owl, and recently appeared as Vivian on the first season of Transparent.
The Oscar-nominated actor died on Dec. 4 at age 85 after battling Alzheimer's. Besides earning his Academy Award nod for the film Jagged Edge, he appeared in such films as Scarface, Prizzi's Honor, and Big, in which he played the giant piano with Tom Hanks. On the small screen, he earned Emmy nominations for his titular role on Mancuso FBI and his guest stint on Malcolm in the Middle. He also appeared on such series as The Sopranos, Monk and Men of a Cerain Age.
The lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver was found dead at the age of 48 on Dec. 3 at a tour stop in Bloomington, Minn., with his band The Wildabouts Born in San Jose, Calif., Weiland founded Stone Temple Pilots with Robert and Dean DeLeo in the mid-1980s. The band found mainstream success in the 1990s with hit singles including "Sex Type Thing," "Creep," and "Interstate Love Song." The band officially broke up in 2002, but carried on with other incarnations while Weiland went on to form the supergroup Velvet Revolver with members of Guns N' Roses. Weiland, who struggled with addiction and substance abuse, including heroin use, also released several solo albums as well as the 2011 autobiography, Not Dead & Not for Sale.
The stage and film actress who became a star on the '50s sitcom Make Room for Daddy died on November 28 at the age of 97. Lord appeared in many films and stage productions, but was best known for her role as Kathy "Clancey" Williams on the sitcom Make Room for Daddy, on which she appeared from 1957 to 1964. After retiring from acting in the late '80s, Lord dedicated her time to arts philanthropy. She founded the Scripter Award, which honors authors of books and the screenwriters who adapt them.
Robinson, who co-founded Sly and the Family Stone and was the group's trumpeter, died at the age of 71 on Nov. 23 after battling cancer. Born in Sacramento, Calif., Robinson's first taste of music came through playing in her high school marching band and singing in her church's choir. Robinson first collaborated with Sly Stone, whom she met while she was still in high school, when she joined his group The Stoners in 1966. After they disbanded, she and her cousin Larry Graham became members of The Family Stone, which brought together musicians of various races. Their hits included "Everyday People," "Dance to the Music," "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and "I Want to Take You Higher." In 1993, the group was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
The Indian actor, whose credits includeGandhi,Death on the NileandThe Man Who Would Be King, died on Nov. 15 at the age of 86. Jaffrey worked at All India Radio before immigrating to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship. He studied drama at Catholic University and later toured around the country performing Shakespearean plays. In the 1980s, he had a successful career in Bollywood. Later, he went on to star in internationally successful movies, includingGandhiandA Passage to India, opposite such stars as Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Daniel Day-Lewis. He was the first Indian recipient of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to drama.
The One Life to Live star died on Nov. 11 t the age of 40 after being involved in a car accident in which he was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from his car during the crash. He had been on life-support after sustaining serious injuries to his neck and back. Marston is best known for playing Michael McBain on One Life to Live and has also appeared on As the World Turns.
The actor who played the mass murderer Leatherface in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre died on Nov. 7 after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 68. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Hansen came to the United States and majored in English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Texas before beginning his acting career. His breakout role was in 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in which he played a psychopath who terrorizes a group of friends. In 2013, Hansen offered an insider's look at the making of the film in his book Chain Saw Confidential. At the time of his death, he was working as a writer and producer on the film Death House, which is about a prison break and is scheduled to be released in 2016.
Mathison, who was nominated for an Oscar for her screenplay of Steven Spielberg's E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, died on Nov. 4 at the age of 65. Mathison recently reunited with Spielberg to work on the screenplay for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's whimsical children's novel The BFG, which hits theaters next year. "Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.," Spielberg said in a statement. Mathison was married to Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004, and they have two children together, Malcolm and Georgia. Mathison also wrote the screenplays for The Indian in the Cupboard, a Twilight Zone movie and Martin Scorsese's Kundun.
The longtime NBA coach died on Oct. 25 at age 60 after a battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. Saunders had coached in the NBA for 35 years, most recently with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Born Philip Daniel Saunders in Cleveland, he went on to play college basketball and began his coaching career in 1977 at Golden Valley Lutheran College in St. Paul, Minn. In 1996, he moved to the NBA as the head coach of the Timberwolves. He subsequently coached the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards, before returning to the Timberwolves in 2013 as president and part-owner, and then coach in 2014.
The actress died on Oct. 24 at the age of 95. O'Hara, who was dubbed the Queen of Technicolor, starred in many Hollywood classics, including The Parent Trap, Miracle on 34th Street, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, How Green Was My Valley and Our Man in Havana. She's also known for starring opposite John Wayne in five films: Rio Grande, McLintock!, Big Jake, The Quiet Man and The Wings of Eagles. Despite her impressive resume, the Irish actress never earned an Oscar nomination throughout her career. However, she received an honorary Academy Award in November 2014.
The comic actor, who rose to fame in the 1960s on such shows as Bewitched and The Dick Van Dyke Show, died at the age of 79 on Oct. 21 after suffering a stroke. Born in Brooklyn, Ingels served in the Army before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. In 1962, he landed the role of Arch Fenster in the ABC comedy I'm Dickens... He's Fenster, opposite John Astin. He also had memorable guest appearances on Bewitched and The Dick Van Dyke Show. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ingels landed a steady stream of voice-over work for commercials and cartoons, including Pac-Man. In later years, he focused more on producing, but also guest-starred on shows including ER, CSI and New Girl. Ingels was married to actress Shirley Jones for nearly 40 years.
The actress, who played Bobbie Jo Bradley on the 1960s sitcom Petticoat Junction, died of cancer on Sept. 29 at the age of 71. Born in Winthrop, Mass., Woodell played the brunette brainiac Bobbie Jo on the first two seasons of Petticoat Junction, which aired on CBS from 1963 to 1970. She left the show because she wanted to focus on her singing, and was replaced by Lori Saunders. Woodell went on to tour with comedian Jack Benny, and performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 with the Ladybugs, a take on The Beatles that featured Woodell and her onscreen sisters, Linda Kaye and Jeannine Riley. She also starred in movies including Twilight People and The Big Doll House, before she retired from acting in the mid-1970s.
Leslie, who appeared in number of movies during Hollywood's first Golden Age died on Oct. 12 at the age of 90. Leslie appeared in such movies as High Sierra, Sergeant York, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and The Sky's the Limit, in which she co-starred with Fred Astaire. Born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel in Michigan in 1925, she began performing with her mother and musically gifted sisters at 2-and-a-half years old. During the Great Depression, she and her two older sisters went into vaudeville to earn money for their family. They toured North America as The Three Brodels. To evade child labor investigators, the then-9-year-old told them she was 16. In addition to her film with Astaire, she appeared on screen with famous actors including James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, and Ronald Reagan.
The actor, who appeared in The Sopranos and Goodfellas, died on Oct. 4 at the age 84 after a battle with prostate cancer. Before pursuing an acting career, Albanese was a heavyweight prizefighter who trained under middleweight champion Rocky Graziano. But after Albanese developed scar tissue on his brain, Graziano helped him get his first film job in The Brotherhood. Albanese went on to appear in Goodfellas, Dead Presidents and As the World Turns. But it was his role as Tony Soprano's uncle Pat Blundetto on The Sopranos for which Albanese is best known.
The celebrity chef died Oct. 8 at the age of 75. Over the course of his career, he elevated the food and recipes of his native Louisiana to a globally recognized form of haute cuisine. In addition to launching multiple restaurants, he created custom spice mixes and hot sauces and wrote cookbooks. Prudhomme was the 13th child of sharecroppers in Opelousas, a city about 20 miles north of Lafayette, La. He opened his first restaurant, a burger drive-in, in 1957. Prudhomme -- who at one point weighed more than 500 pounds, but later slimmed down to 200 -- championed fresh ingredients, authentic spice blends, and recipes he grew up making in the kitchen with his mother. In 1980, France named him a Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of Agricultural Merit for his contributions to Cajun and Creole cuisine. In 1984, the cookbook Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen shot to the top of the bestseller list, becoming one of the first-ever major cookbooks, and turning him into one of America's first "celebrity chefs." Over the course of his career, he launched numerous restaurants, as well as careers: One of his early hires was Emeril Lagasse.
Corcoran, who starred in the 1957 classic Old Yeller, died at age 66 on Oct. 6 after battling colorectal cancer Corcoran played Arliss Coates, the youngest brother in both Old Yeller and the 1963 sequel Savage Sam. He reteamed with his co-star Tommy Kirk in The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson and Bon Voyage! After Corcoran retired from acting in the late '60s, he began his producing career on Return from Witch Mountain. He went on to co-produce The Shield and Sons of Anarchy.
Strange, a world record-holding adventurer, died in October after a wingsuiting accident. He was 23. Strange was in Switzerland and something went wrong with his jump. Strange became famous at a young age when he climbed all seven of the world's highest peaks when he was 17. He went on to travel the world doing extreme stunts, including base jumping in the Grand Canyon and skateboarding down a mountain.
The rock 'n' roll and R&B singer died of natural causes on Sept. 28 at the age of 76. Ford is responsible for the 1959 hit "Sea Cruise," which launched him to international stardom at the age of 19, though he had been singing since he was a child. His adopted parents first brought him to New York when he was 5 years old to perform on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.
Roner, a star of MTV's Nitro Circus died Sept. 28 in a tragic skydiving accident. He was 39. The extreme athlete was performing as part of a team at a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif., when he hit a tree and became entangled while attempting to land. Roner was pronounced dead at the scene. Roner was a professional skier and base jumper. He co-starred on the MTV series Nitro Circus, which followed group of athletes performing extreme stunts around the world.
Coulson, better known as the cryptic Log Lady on Twin Peaks died on Sept. 28 at the age of 71. Born in Ashland, Oregon, Coulson landed her first major television role playing The Log Lady in 1990, which she was set to reprise in the upcoming Showtime revival series in 2017. She has also appeared in David Lynch's surrealist classic Eraserhead -- during which she began transcendental meditation the same time as he did -- and his short film The Amputee. Coulson recently appeared in Portlandia and Psych (as the Log Lady in its "Dual Spires" episode), though she has primarily been working in the theater with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra died of natural causes on Sept. 22 at age 90. Born Lawrence Peter Berra in St. Louis, Mo., Berra left school after the eighth grade and went on to play minor league baseball before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After being passed over by the St. Louis Cardinals, he made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1946, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. Throughout his 19-year professional career as a catcher, Berra was a three-time MVP of the American League and a 15-time All Star. He also holds the record for playing in more World Series games than any other major league player. He was also known for his witticisms, many of which became part of modern parlance, including "It ain't over 'til it's over." The cartoon character Yogi Bear was named after him. After he retired in 1963, Berra coached and/or managed the Yankees, the New York Mets and the Houston Astros, winning World Series titles with both New York teams. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, the same year his No. 8 was retired by the Yankees.
Playwright Jack Larson, who is best known for playing Jimmy Olsen on The Adventures of Superman, died on Sept. 20 at the age of 87. Born in Los Angeles, Larson dropped out of high school and had aspirations to become a professional bowler. But he went on to junior college, where he was spotted by a Warner Bros. scout while starring in a play, and signed to a movie contract. Larson landed the role of cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in 1951, when he was just 23. Trying to forge a career on Broadway, he reluctantly took the role only after his agent told him the show would likely never make it to air. Instead, it ran from 1952 to 1958, with Olsen starring alongside George Reeves' Clark Kent. Discussions about a revival were put to rest in 1959, when Reeves committed suicide. At one point, he was romantically involved with actor Montgomery Clift, who advised him to give up acting and focus on being a playwright and librettist. His plays included Chuck and The Candied House, and he also penned the libretto for Virgil Thompson's Lord Byron. In the late 1950s, Larson partnered with Oscar-nominated director James Bridges both personally and professionally. Together, they produced films including 1970's The Baby Maker and 1988's Bright Lights, Big City, and were a couple until Bridges died in 1993. Though Larson ruefully became typecast as an actor after playing Jimmy Olsen, he dutifully embraced the role and made guest appearances in subsequent iterations, including The Adventures of Superboy and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He also had a cameo as a bartender in Superman Returns (2006).
The best-selling author died of breast cancer on Sept. 19 at the age of 77. Collins was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer six-and-a-half years prior, but chose not to disclose her illness to most, excluding her three daughters. Throughout her career, Collins sold more than 500 million copies of her 32 novels, eight of which were adapted for television or film. Perhaps her most famous work was Hollywood Wives, which Aaron Spelling turned into a hugely popular 1985 ABC miniseries.
The REO Speedwagon guitarist died Sept. 13 at 65. Richrath joined REO Speedwagon in 1970 and stayed with the rock group until 1989. He helped write many of the band's biggest hits, including "Take It on the Run," "Ridin' the Storm Out" and "In Your Letter." Richrath reunited with REO Speedwagon for special one-night performance in 2013 to benefit tornado victims in Central Illinois, where the band is from.
The NBA Hall of Famer died Sept. 13 at 60. Malone went pro straight out of high school, signing with the American Basketball Association's Utah Stars in 1974. After the ABA and NBA merged, Malone played for the 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Bullets and Houston Rockets, who retired his No. 24 jersey. Malone was voted the league MVP three times and was a 12-time All-Star. He retired in 1995. Nicknamed "Chairman of the Boards," he is currently No. 5 on the list of the NBA's all-time rebounders, with 16,212.
The 1930s child star died Sept. 7 at 89. Moore was a member of Hal Roach's Our Gang troupe in the early '30s, and also appeared in Blonde Venus, Million Dollar Legs, Oliver Twist, A Dispatch from Reuter's, Sergeant York, The Story of Louis Pasteur and So Big. Moore even gave Shirley Temple her first onscreen kiss in Miss Annie Rooney in 1942. He went on to become a correspondent for Stars and Stripes during World War II and later established his own public relations firm in New York, Dick Moore & Associates Inc.
The former New York Giants and Iowa Hawkeyes safety died Sept. 8 at 27 after being found unresponsive in his home. Sash played with the Hawkeyes from 2007-2010, and he was drafted by the Giants in 2011. That year, he helped the team win the Super Bowl, but was suspended in 2012 for testing positive for Adderall. Sash was cut from the Giants in 2013 after sustaining a concussion in a preseason game against New England.
The Adam-12 and Route 66 star died Sept. 6 at 83 of heart failure. After making several films in the 1950s, Milner found his greatest success on TV, first with the 1960 CBS series Route 66. Milner played Tod Stiles, who, after the death of his father, goes on a trip across the United States with his friend Buz Murdock. Milner followed that up in 1968 on the cop show Adam-12 as veteran cop Pete Malloy who was partnered with rookie cop Jim Reed. Milner reprised his role on the short-lived The New Adam-12 during the 1990-91 TV season.
The Our Gang star died Sept. 4 at 93 after suffering from a lung infection. At age 4, she was cast in Our Gang as Jean, and went on to star in several Our Gang short subject silent films and "talkies" in the late 1920s. She also starred as the young title character in 1934's Jane Eyre, originated the role of Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel on Broadway in 1945 and hosted her own NBC television show, A Date with Jean Darling.
Carne, best known as the "Sock it to me girl" on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, died Sept. 3 at 76 of pneumonia. In 1968, Carne joined the sketch show Laugh-In, and became known for a recurring bit that ended with her saying "Sock it to me!," either intentionally or by accident, and then getting water dumped on her. She left Laugh-In after its first two seasons but subsequently made guest appearances. In the late 1970s, she struggled with heroin addiction, was arrested several times, and suffered a near-fatal overdose. She outlined her struggles in a 1985 autobiography, Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside: The Bittersweet Saga of the Sock-It-To-Me Girl.
The horror director died Aug. 30 at 76 from brain cancer. Craven made his directorial debut in 1972 with The Last House on the Left. He's best known for 1984's Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream franchise, which debuted in 1996. He also directed non-horror fare, including Meryl Streep's Music of the Heart in 1999, which earned her an Oscar nomination. Craven also had a number of projects in development at the time of his death, including MTV's Scream series and two horror projects for Syfy, one of which was an adaptation of his 1991 film The People Under the Stairs. He was also an executive producer of the film The Girl in the Photographs, which is scheduled to premiere later this year.
The neurologist and Awakenings author died Aug.30 at 82, six months after announcing he had a form of eye cancer that had spread to his liver. Sacks published several books highlighting rare afflictions among his patients and portraying the mentally ill in a compassionate, empathetic way. His best-known work, 1973's Awakenings, was about a group of hospital patients who spent their lives in limbo until Sacks broke through to them with a new treatment. A film adaptation, released in 1990, starred Robin Williams as Sacks and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
The Broadway actor died Aug. 28 at 21 after accidentally falling off his mother's fire escape. Jean-Baptiste made history earlier in the summer when he became the youngest actor and the first black actor to play the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway.
The NBA dunk legend died Aug. 27 at 58 of a heart attack. Dawkins began his NBA career in 1975, when he made history as the first player drafted directly from high school. He spent the majority of his career playing for the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets. Nicknamed the Chocolate Thunder by Stevie Wonder, Dawkins was famous for his dunks. In 1979, he shattered two backboards in separate games.
The prolific producer died Aug. 18 at 89 of natural causes. Yorkin helped change the television landscape when he developed the groundbreaking sitcom All in the Family with his producing partner Norman Lear. Yorkin went on to produce a string of other hits such as The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son and Maude. He also directed many features films, including Arthur 2: On the Rocks, Start the Revolution Without Me and Come Blow Your Horn.
Craig, who originated the role of Batgirl on TV's Batman, died Aug. 17 of breast cancer at 78. A former ballerina, she joined ABC's Batman series in its final season and did all of her own stunts and motorcycle riding during her 26-episode tenure. The actress also starred opposite Elvis Presley, whom she briefly dated, in It Happened at the World's Fair and Kissin' Cousins. Her other television credits include The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, The Wild Wild West and Star Trek, in which she memorably played an Orion Slave Girl who tried to kill Captain Kirk.
The NFL star-turned-Monday Night Football broadcaster died Aug. 9 at 84 of natural causes. An All-American athlete at USC and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Gifford made eight Pro Bowl appearances and led the Giants to victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship in 1956. From 1971 until 1998, he served as both a play-by-play announcer and a commentator on ABC's Monday Night Football alongside such men as Howard Cosell and "Dandy" Don Meredith. He also covered the Olympics, hosted Wide World of Sports programs, and appeared as a guest host on Good Morning America, where he met his third wife, Kathie Lee Gifford. In 1995, he was honored with the Pete Rozelle Award for his contributions to radio and television in pro football.
The Deadliest Catch star died Aug. 8 at 50. Lara, who was seen on the reality show as the captain of the crabbing boat Cornelia Marie, was brought in to help Josh Harris after Captain Phil Harris died. Prior to that, he ran his own freighting business.
The canine star of The Artist was put to sleep on Aug. 7 at 13 after battling a prostate tumor that had worsened in recent weeks. His owner, professional trainer Omar Von Muller, adopted Uggie in 2002 just as he was about to be sent to a dog pound after several owners rejected him for being too wild. After stealing several scenes alongside star Jean Dujardin in the black-and-white silent film, the furry actor became a fixture on the awards circuit in 2012. Uggie, who also starred in Water for Elephants, was given the Palm Dog Award at the Cannes Film Festival and became the first dog to leave his paw prints in the cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. He retired from acting in 2012 and his final performance was a cameo in the 2013 TV movie Holiday Road Trip.
The pro wrestling legend died July 31 at 61 of cardiac arrest. Piper's gimmick was entering the ring with a kilt and bagpipes, a nod to his Scottish heritage, which lead to his nickname "Roddy the Piper." He started with the National Wrestling Association in 1973, working his way up to a full-time gig with the World Wrestling Federation by 1984. Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He did a few guest-star spots on sketch shows and sitcoms and then hit it big, starring in the big-screen 1988 sci-fi flick They Live.
The country singer died July 30 at 67 from cardiac arrest. Anderson began her career in the 1960s, releasing a string of successful singles, including "If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away) and "That's a No-No," along with appearances on The Lawrence Welk Show. However, it wasn't until she released "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" that she became a bonafide star, winning a Grammy and Country Music Award for the song in 1971. She continued to dominate the charts following "Rose Garden," releasing a total of five No. 1 songs in her career.
The only daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died July 26 at 22. Brown had been in a coma since she was found face down in her bathtub on Jan. 31. Doctors had previously told her family members there was no chance of recovery. Her death comes three and a half years after her mother also drowned in a bathtub due to a drug overdose.
The Godfather actor died July 18 at 79. Rocco played casino boss Moe Greene in the classic, which culminated in his character getting shot through the eye while on a massage table. In 1990, he won an Emmy for The Famous Teddy Z. More recently, Rocco had a recurring role on the Starz show Magic City.
The Broadway star died July 10 at 71 after a brief illness. Best known for playing the titular role in Nicholas Nickleby both on stage, in London and on Broadway and on TV, Rees earned a Tony, an Olivier Award and an Emmy nomination for his work in the Charles Dickens' adaption. In addition to his long stage career, Rees recurred as the snobby, condescending Robin Colcord onCheers and Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. He's also appeared on My So-Called Life, Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife and Elementary. His movie credits include Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Scorpion King, Frida, The Prestige and the 2006 Pink Panther remake.
The Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago star died July 10 at 83 after suffering a heart attack. Sharif, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, won Golden Globes for both films and nabbed an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in Lawrence as Sherif Ali. He made one of cinema's best entrances in Lawrence -- a lone, ominous figure galloping toward Lawrence on a camel for nearly two minutes and killing Lawrence's guide Tafas with a musket shot in the process, as the two slowly realized the mirage was actually real. Sharif, who also starred in The Fall of the Roman Empire, Genghis Khan, The Night of the Generals, More Than a Miracle and Funny Girl, later started playing bridge, a card game in which he was once ranked as one of the 50 best players in the world.
Douglas, the mother of Michael Douglas and ex-wife of Kirk Douglas, died July 4 at 92. She made her screen debut alongside Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in Keeper of the Flame in 1942. She later starred opposite Kirk Douglas in 1955's The Indian Fighter and opposite Michael in The Star Chamber (1983) and Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987). Her television credits included small roles on Days of Our Lives, The West Wing, The Cowboys, The Waltons and ER. Most recently, Douglas starred in It Runs in the Family alongside Kirk, Michael and Michael's son Cameron Douglas.
The former Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns player was found dead in his pool on June 29 after tripping and hitting his head. Vroman, 34, was the son of Brett Vroman, also a former NBA player who was a member of the Utah Jazz in the early 1980s. After being drafted by the Bulls, Vroman went on to play for the Suns and the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.
The Avengers star died June 25 at 93 of natural causes. Macnee is best known for playing the umbrella-wielding spy John Steed on The Avengers from 1961 until 1969, and later reprised the role in the '70s. He also appeared in Battlestar Galactica, Frasier, This Is Spinal Tap and A View to Kill.
The Eight Is Enough patriarch died June 23 at 86 of complications from diabetes. In addition to playing Tom Bradford on the long-running ABC series, Van Patten also worked closely with Mel Brooks, appearing in High Anxiety, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights,and When Things Were Rotten. More recently, he was seen on Arrested Development, The Sarah Silverman Program and That 70's Show.
The Oscar winner, who composed scores for Titanic, Braveheart and Apollo 13 and wrote "My Heart Will Go On," died June 22 at 61 in a plane crash. An avid flyer, Horner was piloting a small plane when it crashed approximately 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, Calif. Horner produced more than 150 scores throughout his career, garnering 10 Oscar nominations and two wins for his work on Titanic. He also created the iconic soundtracks for Field of Dreams, A Beautiful Mind, two Star Trek movies and Southpaw, which was released a month after his death and dedicated to his memory.
The 65-year-old country singer was shot to death by a bounty hunter inside his home on June 9. He had faced charges in Marion County, Tenn. for fourth offense, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license. When he didn't appear in court for the DUI change, bounty hunter Jackie Shell arrived at the singer's home to serve a warrant, Howard fired first at Shell, who was injured during the shootout. Howard performed with alongside country music stars Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. In 1983, his album All-American Redneck hit No. 41 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Siegel, whose family starred in the 2012 documentary The Queen of Versailles, was found dead in their Windemere, Fla., home on June 6. The 18-year-old died of an accidental overdose of methadone and sertraline toxicity, toxicology reports later revealed.
The Voice contestant was found dead June 5 at 28 of an apparent suicide. Riley competed on Season 8 of the show, setting a record by having all four judges turn their chairs around faster than any previous contestant on the show during the blind auditions. He was on Team Pharrell and won his first battle round, but left the show voluntarily, telling producers he needed to deal with substance abuse issues.
Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, died May 31 at 46 after a three-year battle with brain cancer. Biden graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and got his law degree from Syracuse University in 1994. He served as the attorney general of Delaware from 2007 to January 2015 and did not seek reelection because he was planning to run for governor of the state in 2016. "Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware's Attorney General. Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched -- and he lives on in their hearts."
The legendary comedienne, one-half of Stiller & Meara with her husband Jerry Stiller, and mother of Ben Stiller, died May 23 at 85. Stiller & Meara, who started doing improv in the mid-1950s, became regulars onThe Ed Sullivan Show. Meara also had a recurring role on Rhoda and went on to star in her own series,Kate McShane, which debuted in 1975 and was canceled after 10 episodes. Meara's other TV credits includeArchie Bunker's Place(for which she received two Emmy nominations),ALF,Sex and the City,Homicide andThe King of Queens, which co-starred Jerry. She also won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV movieThe Other Woman. In 2010, she and Stiller began starring in a Yahoo! digital series called Stiller & Meara, and taught acting classes up until her death.
The mathematician whose life inspired A Beautiful Mind and his wife, Alicia, were killed in a taxi accident on May 23. John, 86, and Alicia, 82, were thrown from the car after it crashed into a guard rail and another car on the New Jersey Turnpike. Nash revolutionized the field of game theory, winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994, and was a senior research mathematician at Princeton, where he remained until his death. Nash famously struggled with schizophrenia for almost two decades, which was chronicled in the 1998 book A Beautiful Mind. The film won four Oscars, including Best Picture.
The Weight Watchers founder died April 29 at 91. In 1961, after struggling with her weight since early childhood, Nidetch came up with her own diet plan to help herself lose weight. She soon began inviting her overweight friends to join her to discuss their food habits in her living room in Queens, N.Y. Two years later, she officially launched Weight Watchers, and it became an instant hit. She sold the company to Heinz Co. for $71 million in 1978. In her 2009 autobiography The Jean Nidetch Story she revealed she's "not a millionaire anymore." But she always said her greatest legacy was the millions of people her weight-loss plan helped.
Crough, who played the tambourine-wielding daughter Tracy on The Partridge Family, died April 27 at 52. Crough also had small roles on TV shows and movies after the show ended, but quit acting in 1980 and went on to open a bookstore. In 2010, she and some of her Partridge Family co-stars reunited on the Today show, and Crough said she was working as a manager at an Office Max in Arizona.
The 19-year-old Everybody Loves Raymond star died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head on April 23. Sweeten and his twin brother Sullivan first appeared on Raymond when they were 16 months old, playing Ray Romano's twin sons Geoffrey and Michael Barone, respectively. Their real-life sister Madylin played TV big sister Ally. Sweeten stopped acting after the show went off the air in 2005.
The Good Times star died April 6 at 64. Powers attended the Rhode Island School of Design before pursuing a career as an actor and stand-up comedian and landing a role on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. He joined the cast of Good Times in its final season, playing the professional football player Keith, who was married to Thelma. Powers also played Moochie on Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, opposite Stacy Keach, in the mid-1980s, but retired from acting shortly thereafter. His other film and television credits include The New Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley and Cheech and Chong's Next Movie.
The Dukes of Hazzard star died April 6 at 88 of complications from pneumonia. In addition to playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on Dukes, Best appeared in more than 80 movies and hundreds of TV shows, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason and The Andy Griffith Show. Best's last film credit was the 2013 Hallmark movie The Sweeter Side of Life, which was written and produced by his daughter and son-in-law. As recently as 2014, he starred in a community theater production of On Golden Pond in Hickory.
The L.A. Law star died April 5 at 86 after a long illness. Dysart won an Emmy in 1992 for playing Leland McKenzie on L.A. Law. His other film and television credits include Being There, The Thing and Wall Street.
The 65-year-old celebrity dermatologist who counted Madonna among his clients was found hanging in his home on April 5. Brandt authored two skin care books and served as host of SiriusXM radio show Ask Dr. Brandt, which featured beauty discussions with guests including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Ripa and Linda Wells. Brandt was spoofed on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt by Martin Short.
The Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer died April 3 at 64 in a car crash. Burns was a founding member of the rock band in the '60s. He left the group in 1974, only a few years before lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and singer Cassie Gaines were killed in a 1977 plane crash.
The Bad Girls Club alum died April 2 at 22. No details have been released as to the cause of her death. Berardi went by the nickname "Brooklyn Brat" on Season 12 of the show, though she left after a physical altercation with another member.
The first wife of John Lennon and mother of Julian Lennon died April 1 at 75 after a battle with cancer. Born Cynthia Powell in Blackpool, England, Lennon met John Lennon while they attended art school together in Liverpool in the late 1950s. They married in 1962, shortly before the Beatles became international superstars. Cynthia and John Lennon divorced in 1968 and she went on to marry three more times. Her most recent husband, Noel Charles, died in 2013.
The Twisted Sister drummer died March 20 at 55 of an apparent heart attack. Pero joined Twisted Sister in 1982 but left in 1986. He returned in 1997 and performed on every album except Love Is for Suckers.
The pregnant 38-year-old Food Network Star Season 8 alum and her husband, Joseph J.T. Codd, 45, were found murdered on March 17. Their neighbor, Robert Jason Owens, 36, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of murder of an unborn child, breaking and entering, and larceny.
The Still Alice co-writer and co-director died March 10 at 63 from complications of ALS. Glatzer, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, was able to finish production on the film by tapping his toe on a special iPad to communicate. Just two weeks before his death, Glatzer and his husband and co-director Wash Westmoreland watched Julianne Moore win an Oscar for her performance the film from his hospital room. His other films include Quinceanera, The Last of Robin Hood and The Fluffer.
The Simpsons co-creator and executive producer died March 8 at 59 complications from terminal colon cancer.. Simon wrote for animated shows like Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids before getting hired to write for Taxi. He served as the showrunner for the series' fifth and final season and moved on as a writer-producer for the first three seasons of Cheers. His other TV credits included Barney Miller, It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Tracey Ullman Show. After leaving The Simpsons in 1993 when his relationship with Matt Groening became estranged, Simon co-created The George Carlin Show in 1994. The show was canceled a year later, at which point he moved into TV directing for shows like Friends, The Drew Carey Show and, most recently, Anger Management. He won nine Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Writers Guild of America Award Animation Writers Caucus lifetime achievement award in 2013.
The Grey Gardens documentary filmmaker died March 5 at 88 after battling cancer. With his brother David, who died in 1987, the two rose to prominence in the '60s with What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA, Salesman, which chronicled the lives of four door-to-door Bible salesman, and Gimme Shelter, their Rolling Stones doc. They earned an Oscar nomination for their 1974 short Christo's Valley Curtain (1974) and won two Emmys together, with Albert winning a third.
The Facts of Life and Mama's Family co-creator died March 2 at 89 of heart failure. Together with the late Dick Clair, McMahon was one of the top comedy writing teams of the '70s and '80s. In addition to The Facts of Life, they made appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show before graduating to writing for The Bob Newhart Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Carol Burnett eventually brought them on as writers for her variety series, where they worked from 1973-78.
The Star Trek icon died Feb. 27 at 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy got his acting break with the 1952 film Kid Monk Baroni. He went on to have bit parts in Dragnet, Perry Mason and the film Get Smart before being cast as the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock, the role that launched him into stardom and earned him three Emmy nominations. Star Trek ran from 1966 to 1969. Nimoy also had a prolific career as a voice actor and narrator, and he also directed a handful of films, including Three Men and a Baby. More recently, Nimoy had a recurring role on the Fox series Fringe, which ended in 2013, and was heard as the voice of Spock on an episode of The Big Bang Theory. He also became a writer, publishing two autobiographies and books of poetry.
The 19-year-old America's Next Top Model contestant was killed in a triple homicide in her boyfriend's home on Feb. 24. Puhar was a contestant on ANTM's 21st cycle, which aired in 2014, and she was eliminated in the 10th episode. During her time on the show, Puhar had a relationship with winner Keith Carlos. Emmanual Jesus Rangel, 19, was arrested and charged with the murders of Puhar, her boyfriend Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, and Alvarado's roommate Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21.
Woolf, who played the diminutive Meep on American Horror Story: Freak Show, died Feb. 23 at 33 from a stroke. The 4-foot-4 actor had been in critical condition after he was struck in the head by the side mirror of an SUV while crossing a street in Hollywood the week before. The driver of the vehicle was not ticketed or charged because Woolf was jaywalking.
The Real Chance of Love star, better known as Real, died Feb. 21 at 33 after a battle with colon cancer. Real was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013. He underwent surgery, but the tumors later spread to his liver, lungs and the left side of his brain, leaving him partially paralyzed.Real and his brother Chance were both contestants on I Love New York in 2007. The following year, the brothers began their own reality dating show Real Chance of Love, which ran for two seasons.
The 30-year-old Parks and Recreation co-executive producer was found dead at his home on Feb. 19 of a possible drug overdose. Prior to Parks and Rec, Wittels, who spoke candidly about his drug addiction and recovery, worked on The Sarah Silverman Program and Eastbound & Down. He had been with Parks and Rec since the critical darling's 2009 debut, moving up from story editor to co-executive producer, and wrote 12 episodes of the series. Wittels also coined the term "humblebrag" and released a book, Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, in 2012.
The singer, best known for her hit "It's My Party," died Feb. 16 at 68 from lung cancer. Gore signed to Mercury Records as a teenager after being discovered by Quincy Jones. She had a No. 1 song at age 16 with "It's My Party," and subsequent songs included "You Don't Own Me," "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows." She was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1980 for "Out Here on My Own," which she co-wrote with her brother Michael for the movie Fame.Gore also dabbled in acting, playing Catwoman's sidekick in TV's Batman, and also starring in Smokey Joe's Café on Broadway in the late 1990s.
The French actor died Feb. 14 at 93. Jourdan played the lead opposite Leslie Caron in the 1958 romantic comedy Gigi, which won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He also starred as the villain Kamal Khan in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy. Jourdan's other film credits include The Swan, Can-Can, The Paradine Case, Letter from an Unknown Woman and The Best of Everything.On the small screen, Jourdan was the title character in the BBC's 1977 series Count Dracula, and played the antagonist Dr. Anton Arcane in Swamp Thing.
The Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In announcer died Feb. 12 at 80. An accomplished voiceover artist, Owens lent his voice to a number of cartoons, including Space Ghost, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Garfield and Friends, Eek! The Cat, and more. He was also the long-time announcer for Sesame Street. For more than 30 years, Owens also hosted a national radio show on the Music of Your Life Network, and was a radio personality on various California stations, including KMPC, KFWB, KFI, and KIIS.
The New York Times columnist died Feb. 12 at 58 after collapsing at the office. Only hours earlier, Carr had moderated a panel discussing Citizenfour with Edward Snowden, director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald at the New School. Carr contributed to multiple publications, including New York Magazine and The Atlantic Monthly, before joining The New York Times in 2002. There he wrote a weekly column, The Media Equation, covering media and culture. He also published a 2008 memoir The Night of the Gun, which chronicled his recovery from a drug addiction and cancer.
The 60 Minutes correspondent died in a car crash in New York City on Feb. 11. Simon, who was 73, worked for CBS News for several years as the organization's Chief Middle Eastern correspondent. During his tenure, he spent time in an Iraq prison after his team was captured in 1991 during the Gulf War, an experience he chronicled in the book Forty Days. Simon joined 60 Minutes in 1996. He won 27 Emmys, four Peabodys, and a long list of other awards to his name.
The TV and radio personality died Jan. 24 at 88. Franklin launched his broadcast career in the 1950s and, as the host of The Joe Franklin Show, and was a pioneer in creating what is now the common TV talk show format (sitting behind a desk conducting interviews). Franklin is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running continuous on-air TV talk show host.
The two-time MVP slugger for the Chicago Cubs died Jan. 24 at 83. Known as Mr. Cub, Banks, who spent his entire 19-year career with the Cubs, was a trailblazing baseball star. In 1953, he became the Cubs' first black player. Five years later, he became the first player from a losing team to win the MVP award. One year after that, he became the first to win the award two years in a row. Banks hit 512 home runs in his career before retiring in 1971. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, the first year he was eligible.
The former Crosby, Stills & Nash drummer died Jan. 18 at 66. Taylor played on Crosby, Stills & Nash's 1969 eponymous debut album and their follow-up with Neil Young, Deja-Vu, which was released in 1970. He also played on Stephen Stills' first solo album in 1970 and for Stills' group Manassas in 1972 and 1973. After a liver transplant in 1990, five years after he'd gotten sober, Taylor went on to become an addiction counselor who specialized in interventions.
The La Dolce Vita star died Jan. 11 at 83 after a series of illnesses. A former Miss Sweden, Ekberg won the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Golden Globes in 1956. Four years later, she landed her signature role in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, in which she memorably walks in the Fountain of Trevi wearing a black dress and calling out to co-star Marcello Mastroianni's character. Ekberg also starred alongside Bob Hope in Paris Holiday and opposite Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in 4 for Texas.Her final film credit was 1996's Bambola.
The actor and comedian died Jan. 10 at 57 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Negron memorably played the pizza delivery man in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. His TV credits include guest spots on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Friends, Seinfeld, Reno 911 and The Hughleys. Negron was also a playwright and continued to perform in the alternative comedy scene. In 2008, he wrote a show called The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron -- A Fusion of Story and Song that was performed at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival and the Best of New York Solo Festival the following year.
The producer died Jan. 9 at 88 of congestive heart failure. The Hollywood scion of Paramount Pictures co-founded Samuel Goldwyn and father of Scandal star Tony Goldwyn, Goldwyn Jr. established the independent film studios The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn films, earning a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. He also produced The Preacher's Wife, Tortilla Soup, Mystic Pizza, Sid and Nancy and the 2013 remake of his father's 1947 hit, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
The Birds star died of natural causes at 84 on Jan. 7. The Australian landed his first starring role in the 1960's sci-fi adventure film The Time Machine, based on the book by H.G. Wells. He lent his voice to Disney's 101 Dalmatians the following year, and then starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds in 1963. Other films roles included The V.I.P.s, The Liquidator and Young Cassidy. He starred on several short-lived shows before finding success as Frank Agretti on Falcon Crest. He most recently made a cameo as Winston Churchill in 2009's Inglourious Basterds.
The longtime ESPN anchor died Jan. 4 at 49 after a seven-year battle with cancer. Scott, who joined ESPN2 in 1993, infused sports broadcasting with hip-hop vernacular and a loose style, coining such catchphrases as "Booyah!" and "as cool as the other side of the pillow." He hosted a number of shows across the ESPN networks, most notably SportsCenter with Rich Eisen. He received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverence at the ESPYs in July 2014, telling the audience: "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live."
The country star died Jan. 2 at 94 from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day. Dickens released his first single "Take an Old Cold Tater (and Wait)" in 1949, which started his career in novelty hits. He went on to release "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed," "Hillbilly Fever" and his only No. 1 hit, 1965's "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose." Dickens joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and was its oldest and longest-tenured member. He gave his final performance on the iconic stage Dec. 20, 2014, the day after his birthday, singing "Out Behind The Barn."
The three-time governor of New York died Jan. 1 at 82, just hours after his son Andrew was sworn into his second term as New York governor. In office from 1983-1994, Cuomo was the longest-serving Democratic governor in state history. He became a liberal icon after his 1984 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, where he took then-President Reagan to task for painting America as a "shining city on a hill." Cuomo flirted with the idea of running for president in 1988 and 1992, but opted out of the race both times. Shortly after, he also removed himself from the short list for Supreme Court Justice, resulting in the nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Beverly Hillbillies star died Jan. 1 at 81 from pancreatic cancer. A former Miss Baton Rouge and Miss New Orleans, Douglas starred opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 film Frankie and Johnny and appeared as the woman in bandages in one of the most memorable Twilight Zone episodes, "Eye of the Beholder." She then beat out 500 other actresses for the role of the bombshell tomboy Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, which ran on CBS from 1962 to 1971.