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|Leonard Nimoy (1931 - 2015)|
Actor. He will forever be remembered as Mr. Spock from the 'Star Trek'
franchise. After serving in the Army from 1953-55, he appeared in small
roles in a few films, but mostly found roles in TV series, appearing in
episodes of 'Dragnet', 'Sea Hunt', 'Bonanza', 'Wagon Train', 'Rawhide',
|Maureen O'Hara (1920 - 2015)|
Hollywood’s Queen of Technicolor. She is best known for her classic
beauty, bright red hair, and fiery Irish temper. Maureen O'Hara was
born Maureen Fitzsimons in Ranelagh, Ireland, the second of six children
born to Charles and Marguerita Fitzsimons. Her family had a strong
|Yogi Berra (1925 - 2015)|
of Fame Baseball Player, Manager, and Coach. Elected to the Baseball
Hall of Fame in 1972. He was an all-star for 15 seasons and compiled a
.285 batting average, hit 358 home runs, and drove in 1430 runs. He
played for the N.Y. Yankees from 1946-1963 and the N.Y. Mets in 1965. He
was a 13 time ...
|B.B. King (1925 - 2015)|
Blues Musician. Widely regarded as one of the greatest blues guitarists
in music history, he was influential to a bevy of artists including The
Beatles and Eric Clapton. Born Riley B. King, he was raised on a
Mississippi plantation. He learned to play the guitar during his youth
|Donna Douglas (1932 - 2015)|
Actress. Douglas, who grew up in Baton Rouge, will best be remembered
for her role as Elly May Clampett in the 1960s CBS television series,
'The Beverly Hillbillies'. Born Doris Smith, she attended a Catholic
High School where she was active in sports. In 1957, she was named "Miss
|Christopher Lee (1922 - 2015)|
During a lengthy and distinguished film career, with a wide range of
roles to his credit, he will perhaps be best remembered for his work in
the Horror genre and his association with Hammer Films, where he was
often paired with Peter Cushing. Notably as 'Count Dracula'.
Additionally, he share...
|Ernie Banks (1931 - 2015)|
of Fame Baseball Player. A career .274 right-handed batter, he amassed
512 homeruns and 2,583 hits during his 18-year Major League career,
which was spent entirely with the Chicago Cubs. He was a 14-time
All-Star, a 2-time National League MVP and won a gold glove at shortstop
in 1960. Most of h...
|Meadowlark Lemon (1932 - 2015)|
Basketball Player, Entertainer. Lemon, born Meadow Lemon III, was known
as the "Clown Prince" of the world traveling Harlem Globetrotters
basketball team. He attended Florida A&M University, but was soon
drafted into the United States Army, serving for two years. In 1954
Lemon applied to t...
|Martin Milner (1931 - 2015)|
Film, Stage, Radio and Television Actor. Known for the television shows
Route 66 and Adam-12. He begun acting in movies in his teens and
transitioned into television shows in the 1950s guest starring in "The
Lone Ranger" and "The Stu Erwin" show. After television, he moved on to
host a Sout...
|Fred Thompson (1942 - 2015)|
Senator and Actor. A member of the Republican Party, he represented
Tennessee in the US Senate from December 1994 until January 2003. He is
also fondly remembered for his role as 'District Attorney Arthur Branch'
on NBC's "Law and Order" series from 2002 until 2007. His acting career
|Omar Sharif (1932 - 2015)|
The handsome leading man came to international prominence, when he
co-starred with Peter O'Toole in the classic film "Lawrence of Arabia"
(1962) and three years later, distinguished himself playing the title
role in "Doctor Zhivago" (1965). Born to a wealthy Egyptian-Lebanese
family, he learn...
|Robert Loggia (1930 - 2015)|
Actor. Loggia made his acting debut in 1958 in a series of Walt Disney
television shows. His other TV credits included 'The Untouchables',
'Columbo', 'Gunsmoke', ' Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea', 'The Big
Valley', 'Rawhide', 'Little House on the Prairie', 'Starsky and Hutch',
|Rod Taylor (1930 - 2015)|
A handsome, rugged leading man who played in a wide range of motion
pictures, he may be best remembered by movie audiences for the films
"The Time Machine" (1960), "The Birds" (1963) and "Darker than Amber"
(1970). Born Rodney Sturt Taylor, his father was a construction
contractor, his mother...
|Wes Craven (1939 - 2015)|
Film Director. Craven, born Wesley Earl Craven, was well known for
both the horror film classics "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream".
After briefly teaching in the academic world, he entered the film
industry, first in the pornographic area and then turning to feature
|Anne Meara (1929 - 2015)|
Along with her husband Jerry Stiller, she was half of the Stiller and
Meara comedy team. She was the mother of actress Amy Stiller and actor
Ben Stiller. Born to parents of Irish descent, her father was an
attorney, her mother committed suicide when Anne was eleven years old.
|Lesley Gore (1946 - 2015)|
Singer, Songwriter and Actress. Born Lesley Sue Goldstein, she was
discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records.
In 1963 at age 16, she topped the charts with her song about teenage
heartbreak, "It's My Party" which raced to No. 1 on the charts, was
nominated for a...
|Patrick Macnee (1922 - 2015)|
Born Daniel Patrick Macnee in Lambourn, Berkshire, England, to Daniel
Macnee, a race horse trainer, and his wife, Dorothea Henry. He was
educated at Summerfields Preparatory School and Eton, and at the age of
11, he performed in “Henry V” opposite a young Christopher Lee. He
received his trai...
|Lynn Anderson (1947 - 2015)|
Music Singer. Multi-award-winning American country music singer known
for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her
1970 country-pop, worldwide megahit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose
Garden". Anderson's crossover appeal and regular exposure on national
|James Best (1926 - 2015)|
He will be fondly remembered for playing the comical, inept 'Sheriff
Roscoe P. Coltrane' in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979 to
1985). Born Jewel Franklin Guy, his cousins from his mother's family
side were singers Don and Phil Everly, James was placed in an orphanage
following his ...
|James Dickens (1920 - 2015)|
and Western Musician and Singer. He is best remembered for his small
stature (4 feet 11 inches), his rhinestone-studded outfits, and his
humorous novelty songs, including his biggest single hit "May the Bird
of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" (1965), that reached number 1 on the US
Country Chart ...
|Ben King (1938 - 2015)|
R&B Singer and Songwriter. Born Benjamin Earl Nelson, he first
found success as an original member of the Drifters, the doo-wop group
famous for such hits as "Save the Last Dance for Me", "This Magic
Moment" and "There Goes My Baby", before leaving the group in 1960 over a
|Dean Jones (1931 - 2015)|
A handsome leading man, often cast in light comedies, he shall be best
remembered for his association with Disney films. Born Dean Carroll
Jones, his father was a construction worker, young Dean experienced
entertainment at an early age, as a singer on his own radio program in
Alabama. He dro...
|Marjorie Lord (1918 - 2015)|
Actress and Philanthropist. Lord, an actress of stage, film and
television, will best be remembered for co-starring in 'Make Room for
Daddy' with Danny Thomas. She was fifteen when she enrolled in both
acting and ballet classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and
the Chaliff School...
|Jayne Meadows (1919 - 2015)|
Stage, Film and Television Actress. Born Jane Meadows Cotter in China
to missionary parents, she returned back to Connecticut in the early
1930s with her family which included her sister, Audrey Meadows. In
1942, she made her debut on Broadway in the comedy 'Spring Again', and
went on to pe...
|Scott Weiland (1967 - 2015)|
Singer, Songwriter and Musician. Weiland was the Grammy-winning
frontman for a string of prominent rock bands, most notably Stone Temple
Pilots and Velvet Revolver. He formed the band Stone Temple Pilots with
brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo and saw huge commercial success in the
1990s. In 1...
|Gunther Schuller (1925 - 2015)|
Composer. A versatile maestro, he shall be remembered for his massive
body of work in both classical music and Jazz. Raised in New York City
where his father was a violinist with the New York Philharmonic, he
studied in Germany as well as at the St. Thomas Choir School, became a
|Jim Ed Brown (1934 - 2015)|
Singer, Radio and TV Host. Brown was a longtime Grand Ole Opry member
who had hits as a solo artist, as part of a duet and as a member of a
trio, and was also featured prominently on country music television
shows in the 1970s and 1980s. Brown and his two sisters, Bonnie and
|Yvonne Craig (1937 - 2015)|
Actress and Dancer. Craig will best be remembered for her role as
"Batgirl" in the 1960s TV series, 'Batman'. She began her theatrical
career as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and had
toured for three years when she was discovered by John Ford’s son,
Patrick and was ...
|Joan Leslie (1925 - 2015)|
Actress. Leslie was a star of stage and screen in the golden age of
Hollywood who co-starred in films with such actors as Humphrey Bogart,
Gary Cooper and James Cagney. Born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel, she
and her two sisters, Mary and Betty, performed on stage in their
hometown of Det...
|Al Molinaro (1919 - 2015)|
Actor. Born Albert Francis Molinaro, he was an actor whose most famous
roles were of Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold's drive-in on the late
1970s television series "Happy Days" and Murray the Cop on the early
1970s series "The Odd Couple". His family was well known in the Kenosha,
|John Nash (1928 - 2015)|
Prize Winning Mathematician. The recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize for
Economics Sciences and the subject of Sylvia Nasar's 1998 biography "A
Beautiful Mind" as well as the 2001 the Academy Award winning movie of
the same name in which he was portrayed by Russell Crowe, he shall be
|Frank Gifford (1930 - 2015)|
NFL Player and Broadcaster. Gifford was a former New York Giants star
who successfully transitioned to a long career as a sportscaster on
television and radio. He attended the University of Southern California
on a football scholarship and went pro after being selected 11th overall
in the ...
|Jack Larson (1928 - 2015)|
Actor, Writer and Producer. Larson, an accomplished playwright and
producer, will best be remembered for his portrayal of Jimmy Olsen on
the 1950s television series, 'Adventures of Superman'. Raised in the
east Los Angeles suburb of Montebello, at age 14 he became a California
|George Sakato (1921 - 2015)|
War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. After graduation from
Redlands High School, his family moved to Arizona to avoid being placed
in a Japanese Internment Camp. Sakato enlisted with the United States
Army and was assigned to the 100th infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental
|Vincent Bugliosi (1934 - 2015)|
Attorney, Prosecutor and Author. Bugliosi will best be remembered for
successfully prosecuting Charles Manson and his accomplices for the
seven Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969. Bugliosi graduated from the
University of Miami, which he attended on a tennis scholarship. In 1964,
he received his...
|Cory Wells (1942 - 2015)|
Musician. Born Emil Lewandowski, he will best be remembered as one of
the three lead vocalists for the America rock band, Three Dog Night. In
the early 1960s, Wells played in a few local bands in his hometown
before joining the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school.
Upon his disc...
|John Galvin (1929 - 2015)|
Army General, Author. A four-star general, he served as Commander in
Chief of the United States Southern Command in Panama from 1985 until
1987 and Commander in Chief of the United States European Command from
1987 until 1992. Additionally, he held the position of NATO's Supreme
|Gene Scherer (1937 - 2015)|
Actor. Scherer was used primarily in roles that called for a character
with a heavy Russian or foreign accent. He appeared in such films as
'Stripes' (1981), 'Red Dawn' (1984), 'Re-Animator' (1985), 'Hollywood
Cop' and 'Russkies' (both 1987). Among television shows he appeared in
|Cilla Black (1943 - 2015)|
Singer, Actress, Entertainer. Black, who was born Priscilla Maria
Veronica White, was a British entertainer who achieved popularity in
various areas of entertainment. She began her career, being influenced
by the Beatles, in singing. Black had two number one hits in "Anyone
Who Had A Heart"...
|James Last (1929 - 2015)|
Composer. The developer of the "happy party sounds", he and his band
toured world wide, and became one of the most successful touring
orchestras. Over the course of a 50 year career he played in Europe and
the United States, the former Soviet Union, China, Australia and New
Zealand. He ...
|P.F. Sloan (1945 - 2015)|
Singer and Songwriter. Born Philip Schlein, he wrote songs for the
Turtles, Jan & Dean, Herman's Hermits and more. He signed his first
record deal when he was 13 and went on to write such classic songs as
Johnny Rivers’ "Secret Agent Man", Barry McGuire’s "Eve of Destruction",
the Grass Roo...
|Dick Van Patten (1928 - 2015)|
He will be fondly remembered for playing 'Tom Bradford', the family
patriarch in the TV series "Eight is Enough" (1977 to 1981). Born
Richard Vincent Van Patten, his father was a furniture salesman, his
mother was a Physical Education teacher, Dick developed a fondness for
the theater and beg...
|Nicholas Winton (1909 - 2015)|
Responsible for the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children via the
so-called "Kindertransport" from the Nazis before World War II. He was
dubbed by the English press as "Britain's Schindler", a title which he
hated. He was born Chaim Wertheimer into a German-Jewish family in
London that ...
|Jackie Collins (1937 - 2015)|
and Actress. Collins wrote more than 30 best sellers, which sold more
than 500 million copies worldwide, with several of her books being
adapted into movies or television miniseries. Her first novel, 'The
World Is Full of Married Men', published in 1968, was banned in
Australia and South Afri...
|Gary Owens (1934 - 2015)|
He will be best remembered as the announcer for the TV series "Rowan
and Martin's Laugh-In" (1968 to 1973). Born Gary Altman, his father was a
county treasurer and sheriff, his mother was an educator. Gary suffered
from diabetes from the time he was eight years old. At the age of
|Percy Sledge (1941 - 2015)|
R&B and Soul Singer. Born Percy Tyrone Sledge, he is best known for
the song "When a Man Loves a Woman", a No. 1 pop and soul hit in 1966.
It was awarded a million-selling, Gold-certified disc from the RIAA.
Having previously worked as a hospital nurse in the early 1960s, he
achieved his st...
|Luigi Creatore (1921 - 2015)|
Record Producer, Author. Along with his cousin Hugo Peretti, he formed
the record production team of Hugo and Luigi. They were responsible for
many popular hits for such artists as Elvis Presley and Sam Cooke. Born
to an immigrated Italian family, his father Giuseppe was a noted
|Marty Ingels (1936 - 2015)|
Actor. Born Martin Ingerman, he was an actor and comedian who was both
famous for his role in the 1960s television series "I'm Dickens, He's
Fenster" and being the voice of many cartoon and commercial characters.
His acting career began first with an appearance on the series "The Phil
|Billy Joe Royal (1942 - 2015)|
Pop and Country Singer. Royal gained a huge following at the Bamboo
Ranch in Savannah, Georgia, where close to 2,500 people each night would
flock to the club to see him and others perform. It was there that
Royal would become friends with Roy Orbison who gave him encouragement
to pursue hi...
|Jack Carter (1923 - 2015)|
Comedian, Actor and Host. Carter was one of television’s first stars in
the late 1940s whose career spanned well into the 21st century. Born
Jack Chakrin to Jewish immigrant parents from Russia, they owned a
restaurant on Coney Island where he was dancing on the tables
|George Barris (1925 - 2015)|
Car Customizer and Designer. Known as the "King of the Kustomizers",
Barris created some of the most iconic automobiles for film and
television, among them the Batmobile and the Munster Koach. He and his
brother, Sam, began fixing up cars in their teen years, opening the
Barris Brothers Cus...
|Gary Richrath (1949 - 2015)|
Musician. Richrath will best be remembered as lead guitarist and
songwriter for the band REO Speedwagon from 1970 until 1989. During his
time with the band, they had 12 Top 40 hits including 'Keep On Loving
You', 'Take It On The Run' and 'Can't Fight This Feeling'. Among the
albums they rec...
|Cecil Lion (2002 - 2015)|
African Lion. Cecil was a male African lion who primarily lived in the
Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. He was a major
attraction at the park and was being studied and tracked by Oxford
University as part of a larger study. He was described by The Guardian
as "one of ...
|Betsy Palmer (1926 - 2015)|
She shall be remembered for her participation as a regular panelist on
the TV gameshow "I've Got a Secret" (1955 to 1967). Additionally, she
will be known to movie audiences for playing 'Mrs. Voorhees', the
psychopathic killer in the film "Friday the 13th" (1980) and "Friday the
13th: Part ...
|Ken Stabler (1945 - 2015)|
Professional Football Player. Born Kenneth Michael Stabler, he was a
multi-sport athlete at Foley High School, but it was football that he
excelled at the most, earning the nickname "The Snake" for his ability
to maneuver and weave through opposing defenses. In 1964, he was
recruited to the...
|Robert Conquest (1917 - 2015)|
Historian, Poet. He will be remembered for his extensive coverage of
20th Century Russian history, which resulted in his penning of numerous
books on the subject. Notably "The Great Terror" (1969), which detailed
Joseph Stalin's reign. Born George Robert Acworth Conquest, his father
was a we...
|Geoffrey Lewis (1935 - 2015)|
Actor. Lewis, who was a versatile character actor who appeared on
dozens of films and TV shows in a career that spanned five decades, will
most likely be remembered for the roles he played alongside Clint
Eastwood. Born in San Diego and raised in Rhode Island, he studied
dramatic arts in hi...
|James Horner (1953 - 2015)|
Composer. Horner was a two-time Academy Award winner who was primarily
known for composing film scores. In all, he earned 10 Oscar nominations
for such films as 'Aliens' (1986), 'Field of Dreams' (1989),
'Braveheart' (1995), 'A Beautiful Mind' (2001), 'House of Sand and Fog'
(2003) and 'Ava...
|Theodore Bikel (1924 - 2015)|
Highly-versatile, he played a wide range of parts and may perhaps be
best remembered for his stage performances, notably as 'Tevye' in
"Fiddler on the Roof". Born to a Austrian-Jewish family, he learned
Hebrew and Yiddish at home, while being taught German in school. After
the Nazi occupation...
|Al Markim (1927 - 2015)|
Actor, Producer and Video Executive. Markim will best be remembered for
portraying Astro, a young engineer from Venus, on the popular 1950s
sci-fi TV serial 'Tom Corbett, Space Cadet', which aired from 1950-55.
He served in the Army during World War II and witnessed the Nuremberg
|Rowdy Roddy Piper (1954 - 2015)|
Wrestler, Actor. Roderick George Toombs, known by his ring name "Rowdy"
Roddy Piper, was a Canadian professional wrestler, film actor and
podcast host. In professional wrestling, he was best known for his work
with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). Although he was
|Dickie Moore (1925 - 2015)|
Actor. Born John Richard Moore, Jr., he began his long career in show
business when he was only 11 months old, playing John Barrymore as an
infant in the 1927 silent film 'The Beloved Rogue', and would go on to
appear in more than 100 films during the next 30 years. He started
|Anita Ekberg (1931 - 2015)|
Born Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg, she will be best remembered for her
performance in the film "La Dolce Vita" (1960) by Federico Fellini.
During her career she starred in over 70 films including "Abbott and
Costello Go to Mars" by Charles Lamont (1953), "Blood Alley" by William
|Bob Simon (1941 - 2015)|
News Television Correspondent. Covering the national and international
news since the 1960's, Simon, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis
University, is most noted for his correspondent spot on the CBS news
magazine "60 Minutes" since 1996. He joined CBS in 1967 and was
recognized with the...
|Dewitt Lowrey (1922 - 2015)|
World War II Military Figure. A corporal, he served as an original
member of the Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry
Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division known as the "Band of
Brothers", which was featured in an award-winning HBO mini-series
(2001). In addition, Lowrey was h...
|Dusty Rhodes (1945 - 2015)|
Wrestler. Rhodes, better known as "The American Dream", was an American
former professional wrestler and trainer who worked for the World
Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Born Virgil Runnels, the son of a
plumber, he was billed as "a common man and a working-class hero" who
fought many in...
|Robert Schuller (1926 - 2015)|
Leader, Televangelist and Author. Schuller created the weekly 'Hour of
Power' television show that at its peak popularity attracted an
international audience of millions, wrote dozens of books and built a
40-acre church campus with buildings designed by some of the world's
|David Canary (1938 - 2015)|
He is best remembered for his portrayal of 'Adam Chandler' and 'Stuart
Chandler' on the ABC daytime television soap opera "All My Children"
from 1984 to 2011 and in 2013, and also as 'Candy Canaday' on the NBC
television western series "Bonanza" from 1967 to 1970 and again from
1972 to 1973. ...
|Calvin Spann (1924 - 2015)|
World War II Military Figure. A lieutenant in the United States Army
Air Corps, he was a member of the elite group known as the "Tuskegee
Airmen". With the then-segregated United States Armed Forces, Spann made
history with a highly-skilled combat force of African-Americans, who
played a major ro...
|Louis Jourdan (1921 - 2015)|
A handsome leading man, he was capable of playing a wide range of roles
including romantic, comedic and villainous characters. His film career
began in his native France during the late 1930s and he would gradually
advance to international pictures. Born Louis Gendre, his father was
|Ann Rule (1931 - 2015)|
Author. A former Seattle Policewoman, Rule was raised in a
law-enforcement family and was regarded by many as one America's
foremost true crime writers. Both her grandfather and her uncle were
Michigan sheriffs, her cousin was a Prosecuting Attorney and another
uncle was the Medical Examine...
|Nicholas Smith (1934 - 2015)|
He will be best remembered for playing department store manager 'Mr.
Cuthbert Rumbold' in the British comedy series "Are You Being Served?"
(1972 to 1985). His father was a chartered surveyor, Nicholas was
educated at a preparatory school and took an interest to music, as he
studied singing, ...
|Gunnar Hansen (1947 - 2015)|
and Writer. Hansen will best be remembered for originating the role of
Leatherface in the 1974 horror film, 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre'. Born in
Iceland, he moved to Maine with his family at the age of 5, and then to
Texas, where he studied at the University of Texas, majoring in English
|Malvin Whitfield (1924 - 2015)|
Olympic Gold Medalist. Whitfield, a middle-distance runner who was
widely compared to the greatness of Jesse Owens, earned three gold
medals during the course of his Olympic experience. By the time he
reached the age of twelve, he was orphaned and awarded guardianship to
his older sister which re...
|Judy Carne (1939 - 2015)|
Actress. Born Joyce Audrey Botterill, she will best be remembered as
the original "Sock it to me" girl from the American comedy television
show, 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In'. She received training at the
Pitt-Draffen Academy of Dance, before being accepted into the
prestigious Bush-Davis Thea...