Writer and director William Peter Blatty died Jan. 12, 2017 at age 89. Blatty was the author of the novel The Exorcist, which turned into the iconic horror franchise which most recently spawned a TV series on Fox. He won an Oscar in 1974 for adapting his novel into the screenplay for the film version of The Exorcist. He also directed The Exorcist III and wrote numerous other screenplays, as well as fiction and nonfiction books.
Comedian Tony Rosato passed away at the age of 62 on January 10. Born in Naples, Italy in 1954, the actor immigrated to Canada at age 4 and by 1976 had joined the sketch-comedy series SCTV. He acted in the seminal Canadian comedy series for four seasons, originating the character TV Chef Marcello. He later joined Saturday Night Live in 1981, becoming one of three SCTV performers to make the jump (the other two: Martin Short and Robin Duke) and in 1990 became the voice of Luigi in the Super Mario Bros series.
NCIS: LA star Miguel Ferrer died Jan. 19 of cancer at age 61. In addition to playing Owen Granger on NCIS: LA since 2012, Ferrer's other television credits included Twin Peaks and Crossing Jordan. He also starred as villain Bob Morton in RoboCop. Ferrer was scheduled to reprise his Twin Peaks character, Albert Rosenfield, for the upcoming revival scheduled to premiere later this year.
Barbara Hale, who played the affable secretary in CBS' Perry Mason, died Jan. 26 at the age of 94. Hale played Della Street in the courtroom drama, which aired from 1957 to 1966. She won an Emmy Award in 1959 for her performance as the titular lawyer's devoted secretary, and was nominated again in 1961. She would also reprise her role, along with star Raymond Burr, in the 30 Perry Mason made-for-TV movies that aired from 1985 to 1995.
John Hurt, who had one of cinema's most famous and frightening death scenes in Alien, has passed away on January 27. He was 77. On television, Hurt memorably played the War Doctor opposite David Tennant and Matt Smith in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. He also appeared in the critically claimed I, Claudius, in which he played Caligula, and Sky Atlantic and SundanceTV's The Last Panthers.
TV legend Mary Tyler Moore died Jan. 25 at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Conn. at the age of 80. Moore is best remembered for her pioneering work on television as the creator and star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In addition to the six Emmy awards she won over her career, Moore also received three Golden Globes and two Tony Awards. She also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance as a grieving mother in 1980's Ordinary People, and was a recipient of the Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Actor Frank Pellegrino died Jan. 31 of lung cancer. He was 72. Pelligrino was best known for playing FBI New Jersey bureau chief Frank Cubitoso on The Sopranos, though he appeared in many crime shows and movies, including Goodfellas and New York Undercover. He also co-owned a landmark Italian restaurant in New York City called Rao's.
The Grammy-winning jazz musician who created the theme song to Moonlighting died Feb. 12 at 76, days after announcing his retirement and being hospitalized for exhaustion. Known as "The Acrobat of Scat," Jarreau released 16 albums between 1975 and 2014. Two of his nearly two dozen Grammy nominations were for his work on the Moonlighting theme, as he was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1988.
The 7-foot-7 British actor who played Mag the Mighty on Game of Thrones died Feb. 25 at 36 from heart failure. His first credit was a cameo in X-Men: First Class and he later appeared in 47 Ronin, Jupiter Ascending, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fingleton also portrayed Fisher King on Doctor Who in 2015.
The Aliens and Titanic star died Feb. 25 at 61 due to complications from heart surgery. Besides a prolific film career that includes Apollo 13, Twister, Frailty, The Terminator, Predator 2, True Lies, A Simple Plan and Weird Science, Paxton headlined HBO's Big Love for five seasons, earning three Golden Globe nominations, and starred as Randolph McCoy in History's Hatfields & McCoys miniseries, which earned him an Emmy nod. His CBS drama series Training Day had premiered three weeks before his untimely death.
The People's Court judge died Feb. 26 at 97. Wapner's People's Court run marked the beginning of arbitrating small claims on the small screen, as the retired judge hosted the show for a dozen years from 1981 to 1993. Wapner was parodied on Saturday Night Live and memorably referenced in Rain Man by Dustin Hoffman's character, who only had "three minutes to Wapner."In addition to several guest appearances as himself on shows like Muppets Tonight and The Bonnie Hunt Show, Wapner returned to TV in 1998 for Animal Court, a short-lived spin-off series series about legal issues surrounding animals.
The Gong Show host died March 21 at 87 of natural causes. A Philadelphia native, Barris created his first game show, The Dating Game, in 1965, followed by The Newlywed Game a year later. In 1976, Barris was tapped to host the absurd amateur talent contest The Gong Show, earning him the nicknames "The King of Schlock" and "The Baron of Bad Taste." In 1984, Barris published his autobiography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which he says he once worked as a CIA assassin -- a claim the agency has denied. The book was adapted into a 2002 movie by Charlie Kaufman, starring Sam Rockwell as Barris, and marked George Clooney's directorial debut. Barris was also a successful songwriter, penning "Palisades Park," which was recorded by Freddy Cannon and hit No. 3 on Billboard in 1962.
Robert Osbourne, the host of Turner Classic Movies since its beginning in 1994, died Monday March 6. He was 84. Born in Colfax, Wash. Osborne earned a degree from the University of Washington's School of Journalism. He began his career as an actor, working as a contract performer for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Studios. After making a guest appearances on The Beverly Hillbillies and appearing on stage in The Desilu Revue, Osborne became a writer -- joining The Hollywood Reporter and writing its "Rambling Reporter" column from 1983 until 2009. He was considered an encyclopedia of film knowledge, and eventually became the official biographer of the Academy Awards. In 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in honor of his contributions to film.
Legendary comedian Don Rickles died April 6 in his Los Angeles home of kidney failure at the age of 90. Known for perfecting -- if not pioneering -- the art of the insult, Rickles got his start on the comedy club circuit before being discovered by Frank Sinatra, who remained a longtime friend and creative partner. Frequent appearances on The Tonight Show alongside Johnny Carson made Rickles a comedy superstar and he went on to star on dozens of TV shows including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Twilight Zone, I Dream of Jeannie as well as films including Casino and the Toy Story films, in which he voiced Mr. Potato Head. Countless comedians, including Joan Rivers, Louis C.K. andChris Rock came to be inspired by his style.
General Hospital's Peter Hansen died at the age of 95 on April 11. The actor played the character Lee Baldwin on the ABC soap in stretches across five decades, first appearing in 1965 and last appearing in 2004. Hansen won a Daytime Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in 1979. In addition to General Hospital, Hansen appeared on Ben Jerrod, The Golden Girls, Cheers, Growing Pains and L.A. Law.
Dorothy Mengering, David Letterman's mother who became a fan favorite on The Late Show, died at 95 on April 11, one day before her son's 70th birthday. Known as "Dave's Mom," Mengering, who was a church secretary, typically appeared via satellite from her Carmel, Ind., home around Mother's Day and Thanksgiving for her son's "Guess Mom's Pies" segment. She first appeared on the show in 1994 as a "correspondent" for the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, interviewing Nancy Kerrigan and Hillary Clinton, and "covered" the next two Winter Olympics in Nagano and Salt Lake City. In 1996, Mengering published a cookbook, Home Cookin' With Dave's Mom, which contained recipes for her famous pies and several favorite dishes of her children ("Dave's Fried Baloney Sandwich," "Jan's Sauerkraut Balls" and "Gretchen's Salad Dressing").
Comedian Charlie Murphy died April 12 from leukemia. He was 57. Eddie Murphy's older brother was a comic force in his own right, with a successful stand-up career and credits as an actor, voiceover artist and screenwriter. But he will always be remembered for "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories," the uproarious Chappelle's Show sketches where he told stories about hanging out with music legends Rick James and Prince in their 1980s heyday.
Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi star Erin Moran died April 22 of cancer. She was 56. She rose to fame at age 13 as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and starred on that hit show's spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi for two seasons. After Happy Days ended in 1984, she struggled with depression and alcoholism and had trouble landing acting jobs. She also appeared on The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Celebrity Fit Club, among other shows.
Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, star of the MTV reality show Rob & Big, died May 9 after suffering a heart attack. Boykin served as Rob Dyrdek's bodyguard and best friend on the popular MTV reality show, which ran from 2006 to 2008. He also later appeared on Dyrdek's subsequent series Fantasy Factory, as well as Ridiculousness, MTV Guy Code and MTV Snack Off.
Prolific character actor Michael Parks died May 9. He was 77. He was best known for his work in Quentin Tarantino movies, appearing in Kill Bill, Django Unchained and Death Proof. He appeared in dozens of movies over his long career, including Red State, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Argo. On TV, he was best known for playing debonair criminal Jean Renault on the original run of Twin Peaks.
Emmy-winning actor Powers Boothe died May 14 at the age of 68. He was a character actor who had memorable roles on Nashville, Deadwood, 24 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in recent years, as well as in movies including Sin City, Nixon and Tombstone. He won an Emmy in 1980 for playing cult leader Jim Jones in CBS' TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Boothe famously crossed the picket line during an actors' strike that year to accept the award.
Fox News founder and former CEO Roger Ailes died May 18 from complications after falling and hitting his head. He was 77. Ailes founded Fox News in 1996 and grew it into the top-rated cable news network in the country by having it espouse an aggressive conservative viewpoint. He was ousted from the company in 2016 due to scandals around his sexual harassment of female subordinates. He was also a political consultant who worked on the campaigns of Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump.
Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond from 1971 to 1985, died May 23 in Switzerland. He was 89. Moore starred in six Bond films -- Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill. He first came to fame as the star of the '60s action series The Saint. He was made a Knight Commander of the British Empire for his charity work.
The Dallas star died May 24 at 75 of pancreatic cancer. He joined the drama in 1979 as Steven "Dusty" Farlow, a rodeo cowboy who wooed Sue Ellen. Dusty died in a plane crash but was resurrected due to popular demand. Martin's other credits include Murder a la Mod, The Wedding Party, The Partridge Family, Dan August, Night Gallery, The Rookies and The Waltons.
Danny Dias died on June 3 at the age of 34. Dias competed on Road Rules: X-Treme, which took place in Argentina and Chile. After that, he competed on the Road Rules spin-off The Challenge, which at the time was called Real World/Road Rules Challenge, in 2005. After his reality TV stint, he worked in finance, studied acting and co-founded an AIDS research charity called Generation Cure, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The 77 Sunset Strip star died June 4 at 84. Smith played Jeff Spencer, a former secret-agent turned private detective on the series, but was forced to leave his acting career behind after he was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an neuromuscular disease which causes extreme weakness. He moved on to managing the career of his wife, Ann-Margret, best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie and Viva Las Vegas.
Actress Glenne Headly died June 8 at age 63. Headly was a two-time Emmy nominee for her supporting roles in the 1989 Western miniseries Lonesome Dove and the 1996 TV movie Bastard Out of Carolina. Headly's other memorable TV roles include ER, Monk, Parks and Rec and The Night Of. At the time of her death, she was shooting Hulu's sci-fi comedy series Future Man. She is survived by her husband Byron McCulloch and son Stirling.
The Batman star died June 9 at 88 after a brief battle with leukemia. West starred in Geronimo, Robinson Crusoe on Mars and The Three Stooges' The Outlaws Is Coming before being cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman on the ABC series. He voiced Batman in cartoons including The New Adventures of Batman, SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Simpsons. He most recently voiced the mayor of the fictional town of Quahog, R.I., on Family Guy.
Bill Dana died on June 15 at the age of 92. He became one of the biggest comedy stars of the '60s with his Jose Jimenez character, which originated as part of The Steve Allen Show. The character got his own show, The Bill Dana Show, which ran from 1963-1965. He wrote the famous "Sammy's Visit" episode of All in the Family, which featured Sammy Davis Jr. kissing the show's bigoted man character Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on the cheek.
VH1 star and YouTuber Stevie Ryan died Saturday, July 1. She was 33. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office ruled her death a suicide. Ryan rose to fame via YouTube, where she was an early adopter with her web series Little Loca and did celebrity impressions. Her impressions were so good she got her own Vh1 sketch comedy series called Stevie TV, which ran for two seasons from 2012 to 2013. After that she was a co-host on Brody Jenner's short-lived E! talk show Sex with Brody.
True Blood star Nelsan Ellis died July 8 at 39 from complications of heart failure. The Juilliard grad played Lafayette Reynolds, a short order cook at Merlotte's, on True Blood during its entire seven-season run. His other credits include Lee Daniels' The Butler, in which he played played Martin Luther King Jr., and Get On Up, in which he portrayed R&B singer Bobby Byrd. He joined Elementary in 2016 as Shinwell Johnson.
Martin Landau, the iconic actor best known for Mission: Impossible and Ed Wood, died on July 15. He was 89. He earned six Emmy nominations throughout his career, most notably three consecutive Lead Actor nominations from 1967 to 1969 for playing villainous master of disguise Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible. He experienced a career decline in the late '70s through most of the '80s before making a comeback in movies, earning Oscar nominations for Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors. He finally won an Oscar in 1994 for his unforgettable performance as past-his-prime horror movie star Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood.
The Cagney & Lacey star died July 17 at 74 after a battle with cancer. Atkin's breakout role was in the 1979 comedy Meatballs, Atkin appeared in 95 episodes of Cagney & Lacey as Sgt. Ronald Coleman. He later recurred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Judge Alan Ridenour.
The Home Alone star died on July 21 at 72, a few days after undergoing back surgery. Heard received an Emmy nomination for playing corrupt cop Vin Makazian on The Sopranos. His other credits include Cutter's Way, C.H.U.D., Prison Break: Resurrection, Entourage and Sharknado.
June Foray, the "first lady of voice acting" who lent her voice to hundreds of shows, movies, video games and radio programs over her nearly 80-year career, died Wednesday, July 26. She was 99. Foray's credits include Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale on The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Granny in the Looney Tunes cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, for which she earned a Grammy in 1968. She won her only Emmy at age 94, making her the oldest nominee and winner in Emmy history, and also received a lifetime achievement Emmy in 2013. The Annie Awards, which honors excellence in the field of animation, named its lifetime achievement award after her.
Sam Shepard, the acclaimed playwright and actor, died at age 73 on July 30, 2017. Best known as a playwright, his play Buried Child won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 and earned him his legendary status. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1999 for playing the crime novelist Dashiell Hammett in the TV movie Dash and Lilly. His final and only TV series role was as Rayburn family patriarch Robert Rayburn on the Netflix thriller Bloodline. He had been battling Lou Gehrig's disease.
Comedian and activist Dick Gregory died Saturday, August 19 at age 84. A native of St. Louis, Gregory got his start in comedy after being drafted into the Army, where others recognized his talent for making people laugh. After years performing in segregated clubs, Gregory got discovered by none other than Hugh Hefner, who hired him to play at the Playboy Club in Chicago in 1961. That jumpstarted his career/ He later broke down barriers by appearing on TV shows, including The Merv Griffin Show, as well as others that, before him, didn't allow black performers. Known for integrating social commentary about racism as well as feminist causes, anti-war rhetoric and other topical subjects into his work, he influenced artists including Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and more. His activism -- which included fasting for months at a time for various causes, as well as books, marches and advocating for healthy living -- took a priority over comedy throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, but Gregory continued to make appearances on shows well into his late age, including spots on Wonder Showzen and Reno 911! in the 2000s.
Comedic actor Jerry Lewis, known best for his work in The Nutty Professor and collaborations with Dean Martin, died August 20, 2017 at the age of 91. His career, defined by his groundbreaking slapstick and in later years, his telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association that ran every Labor Day for 44 years, spanned over seven decades. With Martin, Lewis created a troupe and appeared alongside his pal in numerous pictures, including Scared Stiff, Road to Bali, Artists and Models, and Jumping Jacks. Nominated for a Golden Globe in 1966 for his work in Boeing, Boeing, he shared a 1952 Emmy nomination with Lewis too. But his impact was much more far-ranging than awards: hailed as a genius, Lewis laid much of the foundation for contemporary comedy. Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Carrey and Jon Cryer are among the many A-listers who've said they were influenced by him.
Emmy award-winning Jay Thomas of Cheers and Ray Donovan passed away August 24, 2017 at the age of 69 after battling cancer. He was most popularly known for his time on Cheers as Eddie LeBec, the husband of Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman). Thomas had recently moved to radio with The Jay Thomas Show on Sirius XM. He is survived by wife Sally, and sons Sam, Max and J.T., who were at his side when he died.
Tobe Hooper passed away on Aug. 26 at the age of 74. The director was best known for his work on 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. He returned to direct the first sequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and served as a producer on the recent reboots and sequels, including the forthcoming Leatherface. His TV credits included the 1979 adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot, Dark Skies, Tales from the Crypt and Masters of Horror.
Richard Anderson passed away at the age of 91. Anderson played Oscar Goldman, in The Six Million Dollar Man, the director of the OSI, a secret government agency. He also spoke the show's opening voice over and popular catchphrase "We can rebuild him; we have the technology." Anderson also played the same character in The Bionic Woman, a spin-off of The Six Million Dollar Man. Anderson started his career as a messenger for MGM and worked his way up to over 180 film and television roles in his 60 years in the business.
Emmy-nominated comedian Shelley Berman passed away Sept. 1 at the age of 92 from Alzheimer's disease. During his career, he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show 20 times and became known for his "sit-down" brand of comedy in the '60s, which featured him sitting on a barstool pretending to have long phone conversations. Eventually pivoting to acting, he appeared in a number of projects including Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy and Lizzie McGuire. In his most recent years, he starred as Larry David's father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, which earned Berman his first and only Emmy nomination.
Frank Vincent, best known for portraying the ruthless mob boss Phil Leotard on The Sopranos and Billy Batts in Goodfellas, died at the age of 78. After suffering a heart attack, Vincent was hospitalized and later died due to complications from open-heart surgery. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Harry Dean Stanton was most recently seen in Showtime's Twin Peaks revival, reprising his role as Carl Rodd. He also starred in HBO's Big Love as a polygamist leader over the show's run. His film work includes Alien, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink and Cool Hand Luke. He was 91.
Hugh Hefner, the iconic founder of Playboy Enterprises, died Sept. 27 at 91. He launched Playboy Magazine in 1953 and grew it into a global media and entertainment brand, of which he was the face. He was a pajama-clad champion of free speech and sexual revolution, though critics called him a misogynist. On TV, he hosted two Playboy talk shows in the '60s, Playboy's Penthouse and Playboy After Dark, founded the Playboy TV channel and created and starred on the reality series The Girls Next Door about life in the Playboy Mansion.
General Hospital star Anne Jeffreys passed away on Sept. 28. She was 94. From 1984 to 2004, Jeffreys played socialite Amanda Barrington on General Hospital. Before becoming a soap star, Jeffreys starred on the CBS sitcom Topper opposite her husband Robert Sterling. She went on to appear in L.A. Law and Murder, She Wrote, but it was her role in 1972's The Delphie Bureau that earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Her most recent credit was a 2013 episode of HBO's Getting On.
The Let's Make a Deal host and co-creator died Sept. 30 at 96 of heart failure. A Canada native, Hall hosted various shows before coming up with the idea for Deal, which premiered in 1963 on NBC before moving to ABC and CBS. Hall hosted more than 5,000 episodes and his name became so synonymous with the show that it spawned the Monty Hall Problem, a probability puzzle that involves one prize and two goats behind three doors. Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973 and was named to the Order of Canada in 1988.
One of the top-selling musicians of all time, Tom Petty passed away on Oct. 2 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 66. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer penned some of classic rock's greatest hits, including "American Girl," "Free Fallin'" and "Won't Back Down." Petty also performed the halftime show at 2008's Super Bowl, was a memorable guest star on The Larry Sanders Show and lent his voice to Fox's King of the Hill.
Comedian Ralphie May passed away on Oct. 6 from cardiac rest after a recent battle with pneumonia. The stand-up comic rocketed to mainstream fame in 2002 after coming in second place on the first season of Last Comic Standing. He was in the middle of a residency at Harrah's in Las Vegas with dozens of tour dates scheduled throughout 2017 when he passed. He is survived by his wife Lahna Turner and their two children April June and August James.
Actor Roy Dotrice died on Oct. 16 at the age of 94. He was known for his involvement in the Game of Thrones universe, in which he played Hallyne the Pyromancer in Season 2 of the HBO series and read the audiobooks for the Song of Ice and Fire series on which Game of Thrones is based. He also appeared in Beauty and the Beast, Picket Fences, and Batman: The Animated Series, among other shows. His greatest success came on the stage, winning a Tony in 2000 and setting a world record for most performances of a one-person show for Brief Lives, which he performed 1782 times.
Mychael Knight was a Project Runway All-Star who placed fourth during Season 3 of the flagship show. He went on to start two fashion lines, Mychael Knight and Kitty & Dick, along with the unisex fragrance Majk. He died in an Atlanta hospital on Oct. 17 shortly after being checked in for intestinal issues. He was 39 years old.
Actor Robert Guillaume died Oct. 24. He was 89. He was best known for playing butler-turned-lieutenant governor Benson DuBois the sitcoms Soap and Benson. He won Emmys for both shows, first for supporting comedy actor on Soap in 1979 and then for lead comedy actor for Benson in 1985. He was the first black actor to win Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. After Benson, he voiced Rafiki in The Lion King and played Isaac Jaffe on Aaron Sorkin's classic sitcom Sports Night.
Brad Bufanda died on Nov. 1. He was 34. Bufanda appeared in the first two seasons of Veronica Mars as Felix Toombs, a member of the PCH biker gang. More recently, the actor starred in Cinemax's Co-Ed Confidential.
Wendy Pepper passed away at the age of 53 on Nov. 12. Pepper was famous for appearing on the first season of Project Runway, where she came in third place. She later appeared on the second season of Project Runway: All-Stars.
Ann Wedgeworth died on Nov. 16 after a long illness at the age of 83. Wedgeworth was best known for playing Lana in the ABC sitcom Three's Company. She also did extensive theater work, winning a Tony Award for her work in the play "Chapter Two."
Earl Hyman, best known for his role on the The Cosby Show as Heathcliff Huxtable's (Bill Cosby) dad Russell, died November 17, 2017 at the age of 91. Born in North Carolina, Hyman was of African-American and Native American ancestry, and moved to Brooklyn as a child. He started his career in theater, eventually earning a Tony nomination in 1980 for playing Oscar in The Lady From Dubuque. Hyman guest-starred on many TV shows in the 1950s and '60s, including Camera Three and The Defenders, but it was his Cosby Show role that propelled him into pop culture consciousness. He portrayed Russell in 40 episodes from 1984-92, earning an Outstanding Guest Performer Emmy nomination1986. Hyman, once a well-regarded jazz trombonist who divided his time between the U.S. and Norway later in life, also voiced Panthero on the cartoon series Thundercats for 125 episodes.
Actor and musician David Cassidy died Nov. 18 from organ failure. He was 67. Cassidy was the star of the '70s musical sitcom The Partridge Family, a role that made him one of the biggest teen idols of the '70s. He sold millions of albums and packed arenas worldwide as a member of the Partridge Family and as a solo artist. After "Cassidymania" declined, he continued to act, record, tour and appear as himself on TV and in movies. He is survived by his daughter, actress Katie Cassidy.
Emmy Award-winning director Peter Baldwin passed away on Nov. 19. The prolific TV director started his career in acting before getting his big break in directing with The Dick Van Dyke Show. His credits include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch. He won an Emmy in 1989 for his work on The Wonder Years. Later in his career, he directed episodes of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; Sister, Sister; and Even Stevens. Baldwin is survived by his wife Terry; children Drew, Eleonora and Amy; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Actress and singer Della Reese died Nov. 19. She was 86. Reese was best known for her role as the no-nonsense angel Tess on the faith-based drama series Touched by an Angel. Reese was on Touched by an Angel for nine years and earned two Emmy nominations. In 1969, Reese became the first black woman to host a talk show, with her eponymous series Della. She began her showbiz career as an R&B singer, and had a #1 hit in 1959 with "Don't You Know?" She was also the founding pastor of her own church, called Understanding Principles for Better Living.
Actor Jim Nabors died Nov. 30 at 87. He was best known for playing good-hearted yokel Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. His catchphrase "Golll-ly!" is one of the most iconic TV quotes of the '60s. He was also an accomplished singer who recorded 28 albums and sang "Back Home Again in Indiana" before every Indy 500 from 1973 to 2014.
Legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg died Dec. 21 at 82. Engberg, known for his catchphrases "oh my!" and "touch 'em all" (the latter said when a baseball player was rounding the bases after a home run), was the voice of the Indiana Hoosiers, the UCLA Bruins, the California Angels and the San Diego Padres throughout his 60-year career. He was an endlessly versatile play-by-play announcer, and called Super Bowls, Final Fours, Olympics and World Series. He was a 13-time Emmy winner and had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Show business icon Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, died Thursday, Dec. 28 at the age of 94. The actress, whose career spanned nine decades, got her start at the age of 5. She went on to become a vaudeville sensation and nightclub singer before turning to TV roles in the late 1950s. More recently, she could be found making regular appearances on Hollywood Squares in the 1980s and '90s, and taking one-off TV roles through the early 2000s. Late in life she developed a love for social media, which she used to communicate with fans.