In Memoriam 2015 (Notable Celebs)

by raisleygordon | created - 22 Jun 2015 | updated - 27 Jan 2016 | Public

1. Alex Rocco

Actor | The Godfather

Tough and volatile-looking Italianate character actor Alex Rocco was born in Boston and spent time training with such notable teachers as Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Corey to curb his thick Boston accent. In Hollywood from 1963, he worked as a bartender during the lean years and began his TV career in ...

2. Anne Meara

Actress | Night at the Museum

Comedienne Anna Meara, with her husband Jerry Stiller, were members of the improvisational company, the Compass Players, which later became The Second City Theater. They performed as a duo under the name "Stiller and Meara", and after some time, became regulars on Ed Sullivan's show, Toast of the ...

3. B.B. King

Actor | Blues Brothers 2000

B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 as Riley B. King. He was married to Sue Carol Hall and Martha Lee Denton. He died on May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

4. Ben E. King

Soundtrack | Stand by Me

Ben E. King was born on September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina, USA as Benjamin Earl Nelson. He was married to Betty Nelson. He died on April 30, 2015 in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.

5. Ben Powers

Actor | Mike Hammer

Ben Powers was born on July 5, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Alton Adelbert Powers. He was an actor, known for Mike Hammer (1984), Good Times (1974) and Things Are Tough All Over (1982). He died on April 6, 2015 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.

6. Betsy Palmer

Actress | Friday the 13th

Betsy Palmer was probably best known for playing Jason Voorhees' mother in the horror film Friday the 13th (1980), but her career as an actress began many years before.

Palmer was born Patricia Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Indiana, to Marie (née Love), who launched the Chicago Business College, and...

7. Bob Simon

Self | 60 Minutes

Bob Simon was born on May 29, 1941 in Bronx, New York, USA as Robert David Simon. He was a producer, known for 60 Minutes (1968), CSI: NY (2004) and 60 Minutes II (1999). He was married to Françoise. He died on February 11, 2015 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

8. Christopher Lee

Actor | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it ...

9. Daniel von Bargen

Actor | RoboCop 3

A character actor who seems to pop up everywhere as the stereotypical cop, military officer and/or tough guy, Von Bargen can turn in performances of stunning complexity when given the chance.

Daniel von Bargen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 5, 1950, to Juanita (Bustle) and Donald L. von ...

10. Dean Jones

Actor | The Love Bug

Dean Jones was born on Sunday, January 25th, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama, USA as Dean Carroll Jones. He is an actor, best known for Beethoven (1992) , The Love Bug (1968), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and especially St. John in Exile (1986). He has two daughters from his first marriage to Mae ...

11. Dick Van Patten

Actor | Spaceballs

Dick Van Patten began acting as a child. He made his first of 27 Broadway appearances, at age seven, in "Tapestry in Grey". After, he appeared in many films, including Dolle dwaze vrijdag (1976), with Jodie Foster; Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) and Spaceballs (1987). His TV credits include his ...

12. Frank Gifford

Actor | Jerry Maguire

Frank Gifford was born on August 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Frank Newton Gifford. He is known for his work on Jerry Maguire (1996), Spin City (1996) and Two-Minute Warning (1976). He was married to Kathie Lee Gifford, Astrid Gifford and Maxine Avis Ewart. He died on August 9, 2015...

13. Geoffrey Lewis

Actor | The Way of the Gun

Talented and highly capable character actor Geoffrey Lewis, with rustic (sometimes sour-faced) looks, grew up in Rhode Island but was moved out to California at the age of ten. Lewis was very keen on the dramatic arts at high school, but often preferred to put on his own one-man shows rather than ...

14. George Coe

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

George Coe was born on May 10, 1929 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as George Julian Cohen. He was an actor and producer, known for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), The Stepford Wives (1975) and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985). He was married to Susan Allsopp ...

15. Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Actor | The Rookies

Short, dark, rough-looking and-tough-talking American character actor Gerald S. O'Loughlin received his start on the stage after debating on a law career. After a stint with the US Marine Corps, he used the GI bill instead to train in New York at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Throughout the early ...

16. Jack Carter

Actor | History of the World: Part I

Jack Carter was born on June 24, 1922 in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jack Chakrin. He was an actor and director, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), McCloud (1970) and Alligator (1980). He was married to Roxanne Wander, Paula Stewart and Joan Mann. He died ...

17. James Last

Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

James Last was born on April 17, 1929 in Bremen, Germany as Hans Last. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Shallow Grave (1994) and Mary and Max (2009). He was married to Christine Grundner and Waltraut. He died on June 9, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

18. Leonard Nimoy

Actor | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit ...

19. Lesley Gore

Soundtrack | Suicide Squad

Lesley Gore was born Lesley Sue Goldstein in Brooklyn, New York City, to Ronny and Leo Goldstein, a manufacturer of children's clothes and swimwear. Her family was Jewish. She grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey. Gore hit the music scene at 17 years of age in 1963 with the teen anthem "It's My Party". ...

20. Maureen O'Hara

Actress | The Quiet Man

In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made...

21. Richard Corliss

Self | Life Itself

Richard Corliss was born on March 6, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Richard Nelson Corliss. He was married to Mary Corliss. He died on April 23, 2015 in New York City, New York, USA.

22. Richard Dysart

Actor | The Thing

Richard Dysart served for four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and a Emmy Award in 1992. He was good friends with Diana Muldaur, who played Rosalind Shays on L.A. Law.

23. Rick Ducommun

Actor | Spaceballs

Once an overweight comic from Canada, Rick Ducommun slimmed down in the late 1980s and went on to tackle solid co-starring roles in feature films and TV, as well as headline several HBO and other pay-cable specials. Ducommun grew up on a farm, the son of an entrepreneur father with whom he did not ...

24. Robert Loggia

Actor | Big

Born and raised in New York City, Robert Loggia studied journalism at the University of Missouri before moving back to New York to pursue acting. He trained at the Actors Studio while doing stage work. From the late 1950s he was a familiar face on TV, usually as authoritative figures. Loggia also ...

25. Robert Z'Dar

Actor | Tango & Cash

Robert Z'Dar was born Robert James Zdarsky on June 3, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He caught the acting bug while attending Proviso West High School in Hillside. He received a BFA from Arizona State University. Prior to acting Z'Dar was a singer/keyboardist/guitar player for the Chicago-based rock ...

26. Ron Moody

Actor | Oliver!

Equipped with a crooked, leering smirk and devilish gleam in his eye, the homely, yet beautifully expressive mug of actor Ron Moody will be most assuredly remembered for one signature role, despite the fact that the talented comedian had much, much more to offer. Carol Channing may have had her ...

27. Sawyer Sweeten

Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond

Sawyer Sweeten was born on May 12, 1995 in Brownwood, Texas, USA as Sawyer Storm Sweeten. He was an actor, known for Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002) and Even Stevens (2000). He died on April 23, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

28. Stuart Scott

Actor | The Kid

Stuart Scott was born on July 19, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Stuart Orlando Scott. He was an actor, known for The Kid (2000), Drumline (2002) and He Got Game (1998). He was married to Kimberley Alice Emmons. He died on January 4, 2015 in Avon, Connecticut, USA.

29. Suzanne Crough

Actress | The Partridge Family

Suzanne, born in Fullerton, California and best known as "Tracy" on The Partridge Family (1970), had a short career which included 5 different roles and 3 voice roles (two of them as Tracy Partridge in cartoons). She was a Pierce College alumnae and a bookstore owner until 1993. At one time, ...

30. Taylor Negron

Actor | The Last Boy Scout

Taylor Negron was born Brad Stephen Negron in Glendale, California, to Lucy (Rosario) and Conrad Negron, who was mayor of Indian Wells, CA. His parents were both of Puerto Rican descent. Negron attended UCLA, studied acting with Lee Strasberg, and studied comedy at a private seminar taught by ...

31. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...



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