Melvin Van Peebles, 89
Iconic filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, known for his films including "Watermelon Man" (1970) and "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" (1971), has died. He was known for paving the way for the blaxploitation film genre. Van Peebles died on Sept. 21. He was 89. <br><br>Van Peebles poses for a portrait during a rehearsal of a musical theatre performance of his acclaimed classic film "Sweet Sweetback" at the BRIC Arts Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 7, 2010.
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Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch on TV's "Sex and the City" and its movie sequels, died on Sept. 21, 2021, his son announced. He was 57.<BR><BR> Garson made hundreds of appearances on TV and in films. He had recurring roles on "Hawaii FIve-O," "NYPD Blue" and "Supergirl" as well playing Mozzie, a con man on "White Collar." He was also an adoption advocate and wrote that the day he adopted his son was the "Best day of my life. Always."<BR><BR>Garson poses for a portrait to promote the film, "The Polka King" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. on Jan. 22, 2017.
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Jane Powell, 92
Jane Powell was born in 1928 and began singing at a local radio station at the age of 5. She had a 2.5 octave vocal range and was considered a singing prodigy. Her movie career began in 1944 when she starred in "Song of the Open Road." She sang at the inauguration of President Harry S. Truman in 1949. She danced with Fred Astaire in the 1951 movie "Royal Wedding" and starred in the movie "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" in 1954. She performed on Broadway and appeared in a variety of television shows. Jane Powell died on Sept. 16 at the age of 92.
Norm MacDonald, 61
Norm MacDonald, known for his darkly sarcastic humor, found some of his earliest successes as a TV writer before joining "SNL" in 1994, where he eventually became a beloved anchor on Weekend Update. After departing "SNL" in 1998, he appeared on "The Larry Sanders Show" and "The Drew Carey Show" before launching his own sitcom, "The Norm Show," which aired for three seasons. He worked extensively as a voice actor, lending his wry wit to animated shows and the "Dr. Dolittle" film series. He died on Sept. 14 at the age of 61.<br><br>Here, MacDonald performs in Pasadena, Calif., Sept. 3, 2003.
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Michael K. Williams, 54
Acclaimed actor Michael K. Williams, best known for his roles as Omar on "The Wire" and Albert "Chalky" White on "Boardwalk Empire," was found dead at his Brooklyn apartment, Sept. 6. He was 54. He most recently appeared in "Lovecraft County" as Montrose Freeman, the father to Jonathan Majors' Atticus Freeman, for which he earned an Emmy nomination.<br><br>Michael K. Williams poses for a portrait on March 31, 2021, in Miami.
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Willard Scott, 87
NBC News' longtime "Today" weatherman Willard Scott was known for his cheerful personality and wishing happy birthday to fans turning 100. Scott began his 65-year career at NBC as an entry-level page at an affiliate station in Washington, D.C., and rose to become the weather forecaster on the network's flagship morning show for more than three decades. He died on Sept. 4 at age 87.<br><br>Scott in a photo circa, 1982.
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Ed Asner, 91
Ed Asner was a prolific character actor whose career spanned decades. He is most known for his role as Lou Grant, a newspaper editor on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which earned him several Emmys and a spinoff show, “Lou Grant.” Originally from Kansas City, Asner had over 300 acting credits and was no stranger to controversy. In 1982, Asner spoke out about U.S. involvement in Latin America and published a book in 2017 called “The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.” Asner’s passing was announced on Twitter by his family.
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Charlie Watts, 80
Charlie Watts was born in London in 1941. He became a jazz fan early in life and started playing drums at 14. He cut his teeth in jazz and blues bands before playing his first show with the Rolling Stones in January 1963. His drumming helped propel the English rock group into the stratosphere of popularity, with multiple albums landing on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of greatest albums of all time. He married Shirley Ann Shepherd in 1964 and continued playing and recording jazz with various groups later in life. He died Aug. 24 at the age of 80.<br><br>Pictured: Watts performs circa 1975.
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Don Everly, 84
Don Everly, of the music duo the Everly Brothers, influenced a generation of rock music from the 1950s to early 1960s with country-infused harmonies. The Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, had 19 top 40 hits in their career, including “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love” and “Let it Be Me.” They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Don Everly died at his home in Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 22, 2021, according to his attorney Linda Edell Howard. He was 84.<br><br>The Everly Brothers, Phil, left, and Don, perform on stage, July 31, 1964.
Singer-Songwriter Tom T. Hall was known as "The Storyteller" for his simple literary lyrical prowess. He was perhaps best known for composing the classic international hit song "Harper Valley P.T.A." recorded by Jeannie C. Riley in 1968, among the hundreds of country songs he penned. He began writing songs at age 9 as he grew up in Kentucky before making Nashville his home. His death at age 85 was announced on Aug. 20, 2021.<br><br> Tom T. Hall performs on the musical television program "Midnight Special" in 1973.
Chuck Close, 81
Chuck Close was a photographer and painter, best known for his outsized portraits. His works have been exhibited around the world in such places as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou and the Tate Modern. In 1998, he suffered a spinal injury that left him confined to a wheelchair. He kept painting by using a special brace on his hand. In 2000, Close received the National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton. In 2005, one of his paintings sold for $4.8 million. Chuck Close died on Aug. 19, 2021, at the age of 81.
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Sonny Chiba, 82
Shinichi Chiba, also known as Sonny Chiba, was a Japanese actor and martial arts star who appeared in over 100 films. He held black belts in many different forms of martial arts. His breakthrough role in the U.S. was in The Street Fighter in 1974. He appeared in such films as "Kill Bill Vol. I" and "The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift." Chiba died in Tokyo on Aug. 19 of complications from COVID-19. He was 82 years old.
Markie Post, 70
Actress Markie Post was best known for role as public defender Christine Sullivan on "Night Court." However, her decades-long career on television saw her in roles on shows from "Cheers" to "Scrubs" and the recent "The Kids are Alright." Post started her lengthy tenure in television working behind the camera as production crew on game shows before landing her first series regular role on "The Fall Guy," alongside Lee Majors. On Aug. 8 Post lost her years-long battle to cancer. She was 70. </br></br>Markie Post, as public defender Christine Sullivan, in a promotional still for "Night Court."
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Dennis "D.T." Thomas, 70
Musician Dennis "D.T." Thomas was a founding member of the long-running soul funk R&B band, Kool and the Gang. Acting as the emcee during the band’s shows, Thomas also played alto saxophone, flute and some percussions on various songs. He is probably best known for his spoken word vocals on the band's hit, "Who's Gonna Take the Weight," and his flashy wardrobe style. His musical talent, however, helped earn the band two Grammy awards and propelled the group to a household name. On Aug. 8, Thomas’s family announced his death overnight. He was 70.
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Richard Trumka, 72
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, spent decades advocating for workers’ rights.
He grew up in Pennsylvania coal country and worked in the mines for several years. He
became the youngest-ever president of the United Mine Workers of America when he
was 33 years old. After serving as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO from 1995 until 2009,
he was elected president of the labor organization. He worked with both Democratic and Republican presidents on policies that would support the labor movement. Trumka died Aug. 5 at the age of 72.
Sen. Carl Levin, 87
Carl Levin, Michigan's longest-serving senator, was first elected into the office in 1978. Over his 36 years in the role, Levin, a Democrat, served on the Armed Services Committee as both the ranking member and the chair and as the chairman of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he played a major role in investigating corporate tax evasion and the financial crisis of the 2000s. He retired from office in 2014 and his death was announced on July 29.<br><br>Here, Sen. Levin questions a witness at a hearing on Wall Street and the financial crisis in 2010.
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Johnny Ventura, 81
Dominican merengue legend Johnny Ventura is credited with catapulting merengue from folk music to international sensation. The "Caballo Mayor," as he was also known, became popular for his husky voice, danceable Afro-Caribbean style, elaborate stage choreography, and musical arrangements. In the early ‘60s, he created the “Johnny Ventura y su Combo Show” group, transforming merengue music by adding rock and roll elements to his arrangements. Ventura died on July 28 in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He was 81. <br><br> Here, Ventura performs at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas in 2010.
Robert Moses, 86
Civil rights activist Robert Moses was a field director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
and a central organizer of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project in which hundreds
of students traveled to the South to register Black voters. He was also the recipient of a
MacArthur "genius" grant in 1982 and used the money to found The Algebra Project to
promote math literacy in underserved communities. Robert Moses died on July 25 at
the age of 86.<br><br>Robert Moses teaches math to students at Lanier High School in Jackson, Miss., May 1, 1999.
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Biz Markie, 57
Marcel Theo Hall, known as Biz Markie, was a rapper, DJ and record producer. He was best known for his single “Just a Friend.” It was released in 1989 and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990. He played a role in the movie "Men In Black II." He also appeared in TV shows such as "Yo Gabba Gabba," "Black-ish" and "Empire." Biz Markie died on July 16, 2021, at the age of 57.<br><br>Biz Markie stands in the DJ booth during an event in Los Angeles, March 30, 2016.
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Suzzanne Douglas, 64
Actress Suzzanne Douglas was a star of stage and screen. She won an NAACP Image award for outstanding supporting actress in 1989 for her role in the movie “Tap.” That same year she performed in "The Threepenny Opera" on Broadway. She starred in the '90s sitcom “The Parent ‘Hood,” and went on to appear in movies such as "When Stella Got Her Groove Back," "School of Rock" and "When They See Us." Douglas died on July 6, at the age of 64.
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Richard Donner, 91
Richard Donner, director of such films as "The Goonies" and "Superman," has died. Donner’s breakthrough movie was "The Omen" in 1976. He followed that two years later with the hit movie "Superman." In 1987 he directed "Lethal Weapon," the first in a very successful four-movie franchise. In 2017, the Academy held a special tribute in his honor. Donner was also an animal rights advocate, rescuing several dogs and fighting against the captivity of killer whales. Richard Donner died on July 5 in Los Angeles at the age of 91.
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Donald Rumsfeld, 88
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld served two presidents and oversaw two wars -- in Iraq and Afghanistan -- during his tenure. He first served under President Gerald Ford (in photo), who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and under George W. Bush, who later fired him. Despite the high-profile controversies of the abuses at Abu Ghraib, the black sites and the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Rumsfeld never expressed regrets for the war in Iraq, insisting that removing Saddam Hussein “created a more stable and secure world.” Rumsfeld died June 29, 2021 from multiple myeloma.
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Ned Beatty, 83
Ned Beatty, a versatile and prolific actor of stage and screen, had countless supporting roles, including his Oscar-nominated appearance in “Network.” Born in Kentucky, his breakthrough role was in the backwoods nightmare film, “Deliverance.” His ability to play a wide range of characters, from Lex Luthor’s bumbling assistant Otis in “Superman” to Florida investigator Martin Dardis in “All the President’s Men,” kept him busy for decades. Beatty, who died on June 13, was also an Emmy-nominated TV actor.
F. Lee Bailey, 87
Famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey is best known as part of the "Dream Team" for his work on the O.J. Simpson trial. His other high-profile cases include representing publishing heiress Patty Hearst and Albert DeSalvo, the man who claimed responsibility for the Boston Strangler murders. Bailey died at a hospital in the Atlanta area on June 3, 2021, his son said. <br><br>Bailey poses in his office in Yarmouth, Maine, May 22, 2014.
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B.J. Thomas, 78
Singer B.J. Thomas was best known for his signature song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” which held the No. 1 spot on the charts for four weeks in 1970 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014. The song was featured in the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, “ and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1970. Thomas went on to win five Grammys throughout his career. He also sang the theme song to the television show “Growing Pains.” B.J. Thomas died in Arlington, Texas, on May 29, at the age of 78.
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Sen. John Warner, 94
Longtime Republican senator from Virginia, John Warner, served in World War II and the Korean War. He later became secretary of the Navy under President Richard Nixon. Warner, a moderate, was known for both his consensus building and independence. An authority on military matters, he served as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, weighing in on the Iraq War. He was also the sixth husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor and was previously married to banking heiress Catherine Mellon. Warner died on May 25 at the age of 94. <br><br> Sen. John Warner on Capitol Hill, Jan. 22, 2007.
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Eric Carle, 91
Eric Carle is best known for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," one of the bestselling children's books of all time. He would illustrate over 70 children's books during his career. He was the recipient of the 2003 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and received eight honorary degrees, including from Williams College and Amherst College. Carle died on May 23. He was 91.<br><br>Carle stands with large cutout of the iconic image from his children's book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass., Sept. 27, 2011.
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Paul Mooney, 79
Comedian and writer Paul Mooney worked closely with comic legend Richard Pryor for years, contributing material to his albums and films, and as head writer for 1977's "The Richard Pryor Show." He was later the head writer for the first season of "In Living Color" and wrote for "The Roseanne Show" and "Chappelle's Show," among others. He produced several standup specials and published a memoir in 2007. His death was reported on May 19 at the age of 79.<br><br>Pictured, Mooney performs onstage at the BET Comedy Icon Awards in 2005, in Pasadena, Calif.
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Charles Grodin, 86
Actor and writer Charles Grodin was best known for his comedy work in films such as "Heaven Can Wait," "Midnight Run" and the "Beethoven" movies, where he played opposite a large St. Bernard. He also published several plays and a number of memoirs and collections of humorous observations. In 1978 he won an Emmy Award for his writing on a Paul Simon special and in 1994 he won an American Comedy Award for his supporting role in the Ivan Reitman film "Dave." He died on May 18 at the age of 86.<br><br>Here, Charles Grodin poses for a photo in New York, circa 2006.
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Edgar Harrell, 96
Edgar Harrell was the last surviving Marine of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. The ship was delivering materials for the atom bomb off the coast of Tinian when it was hit with torpedoes from a Japanese submarine. In 2020, Harrell and the seven other surviving members of the USS Indianapolis crew received the Congressional Gold Medal on the 75th anniversary of the ship's sinking. Harrell died on May 8. He was 96.<br><br>Harrell tells his story of survival before he spoke at Spectrum Investment Advisors, May 8, 2019, in Mequon, Wis.
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Olympia Dukakis, 89
Veteran actress Olympia Dukakis won an Oscar in 1988 for her supporting role in the movie "Moonstruck." Beloved for her comedic warmth in films such as "Steel Magnolias" and "Look Who's Talking," Dukakis was also renowned for her support of the LGBTQI community. Her role as transgender character Anna Madrigal was groundbreaking when she originated it in the miniseries "Tale of the City" based on the novels by Armistead Maupin in 1993 and its sequels that continued until 2019. Olympia Dukakis' death was announced on May 1. She was 89.
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Michael Collins, 90
Michael Collins was one of the three-person crew on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, Collins remained in the command module Columbia and piloted the spacecraft in orbit 69 miles above the moon’s surface. He spent almost 28 hours alone in the command module and helped re-dock the lunar lander before returning to Earth. Collins later served on a team that planned the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. Michael Collins died on April 28 at the age of 90.
Jim Steinman, 73
Songwriter Jim Steinman, pictured in 1978, was best known for writing Meat Loaf's 1977 debut, "Bat Out of Hell," considered one of the top-selling albums of all time. Having started his career in musical theater, Steinman wrote the album based on his science-fiction stage musical, which was inspired by elements of "Peter Pan." He later won a Grammy for his collaboration with Celine Dion on her album "Falling into You" and penned Bonnie Tyler’s chart-topping hit, "Total Eclipse of the Heart." He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. He died April 19 at the age of 73.
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Walter Mondale, 93
Walter Mondale, a former Minnesota senator and Jimmy Carter's vice president,
died at his home in Minneapolis on April 19. During his career, he made his own attempt for the White House, selecting Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate and making her the first woman on the ticket. He lost to Ronald Regan by a landslide but, regardless, became a champion of liberal politics.
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Helen McCrory, 52
Acclaimed actress Helen McCrory was known for her roles as the matriarch on “Peaky Blinders” and Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies. Her husband actor Damien Lewis announced her death from cancer on April 16. She was 52. <br><br>McCrory attends the UK premiere of "A Little Chaos," April 13, 2015, in London.
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Ramsey Clark, 93
Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark was a champion for civil rights. Appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967, he was the second youngest ever to hold the office. He defended antiwar activists, fought racism, openly opposed the death penalty and represented foes of the U.S. including Saddam Hussein. He charged the U.S. with militarism and arrogance in the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. He said: “If you don’t insist on your government obeying the law, then what right do you have to demand it of other?” Ramsey Clark died at his Manhattan home on April 9. He was 93.
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Grammy-nominated rapper DMX, pictured in 2016, whose real name is Earl Simmons, released his first album in 1998, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart. His next four albums all topped the U.S. charts, making him one of the best-selling rappers of all time. He has acted in TV shows and films, including 2000's "Romeo Must Die" and 2003's "Cradle 2 the Grave," and he starred in his own reality TV series on BET in 2006. His last album, "Undisputed," was released in 2012. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to tax fraud, for which he served one year in prison. He died on April 9 at the age of 50.
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Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, 99
Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, married Queen Elizabeth in 1947, when she was still a princess, and fulfilled thousands of royal duties over decades of service. Born in Greece, the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, he fled with his family after a coup and settled in Paris, later attending prep school in England and the Royal Naval Academy. He served in World War II and was introduced to Princess Elizabeth by his uncle, Earl Mountbatten. Outspoken, the prince was known for his royal gaffes as well as his devotion to his wife and his support of the royal family.
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Alcee Hastings, 84
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, a progressive Democratic U.S. congressman died April 6. He was 84.<BR><BR>Hastings was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, becoming Florida's first Black federal judge. He was impeached by the House of Representatives over corruption charges in 1988. Five years later, Hastings was elected to Congress, where he served as a senior Democrat on the House Rules Committee.<BR<|><BR>Hastings listens to students speak about their experiences with gun violence on Capitol Hill, May 23, 2018, in Washington.
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Isamu Akasaki, 92
Japanese physicist Isamu Akasaki, known for pioneering energy-efficient LED lighting - a weapon against global warming and poverty - died of pneumonia on April 2, in Nagoya, Japan, according to the staff at Meijo University, where he was a professor. He was 92.<BR><BR>Akasaki shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 2014 for inventing blue light-emitting diodes that could be used for lighting.
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G. Gordon Liddy, 90
G. Gordon Liddy was a former FBI agent who engineered the burglary that led to the Watergate scandal. He was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping for his role in the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. He spent over four years in prison. After prison, Liddy hosted a syndicated radio talk show and wrote several best-selling books. <Br><br> Liddy died at his daughter's home in Mount Vernon, Virginia on March 30. He was 90.
G. Gordon Liddy in a photo dated June 12, 1992.
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Beverly Cleary, 104
Beloved children's book author Beverly Cleary created such characters as Ramona Quimby, Ralph S. Mouse and Henry Huggins. She wrote 42 books and sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President
George W. Bush in 2003. She won the National Book Award in 1981 and she won the John Newbery Medal three times. Cleary died on March 25 at the age of 104.<br><br>In this April 27, 2006, file photo, Beverly Cleary is shown at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif.
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Larry McMurtry, 84
Larry McMurtry was the bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Lonesome Dove.” Many of his books were made into movies, including “The Last Picture Show” and “Terms of Endearment.” He co-wrote the script for the Oscar-winning film “Brokeback Mountain.” In 1987, McMurtry opened a bookstore called “Booked Up”
in Archer City, Texas. McMurtry died on March 25 at the age of 84.<br><br>In this April 30, 2014, file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry poses at his book store in Archer City, Texas.
Jessica Walter, 80
Jessica Walter, an actress with a six-decadelong career, was best known for her performance in the role of Lucille Bluth in the television show “Arrested Development.” She also voiced the character of Malory Archer in “Archer.” Walter earned an Emmy for "Amy Prentiss" in 1975 and starred in Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, "Play Misty for Me."
Jessica Walter died March 24 at the age of 80.<br><br>Jessica Walter arrives at night one of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 9, 2017.
George Segal, 87
George Segal was best known as a comic actor, but his biggest role was in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" His performance earned him an Oscar nomination in 29166. Segal died in Santa Rosa, California due to complications from bypass surgery on March 23, according to his wife Sonia Segal. He was 87.<BR><BR>Segal starred opposite Barbra Steisand in the film "The Owl and the Pussycat" and opposite Glenda Jackson in "A Touch of Class." In his later years, Segal appeared in the TV sitcoms "Just Shoot Me!" and "The Goldbergs."
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Dick Hoyt, 80
Dick Hoyt became an icon at the Boston Marathon for pushing his son, Rick, in a wheelchair, in 32 Boston Marathons. Hoyt first pushed his son, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, in the Boston Marathon in 1980. He passed away on March 17, at his Holland, Mass., home at 80 years old. <br><br>Dick Hoyt and Rick Hoyt, participate in the 118th Boston Marathon, April 21, 2014, Ashland, Mass.
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Yaphet Kotto, 81
Yaphet Kotto had a long and varied acting career. His movie debut was in 1964 in "Nothing But A Man." In 1973 he became the first Black man to star as the villain in a James Bond film in “Live and Let Die.” He played the role of Parker in the movie "Alien" in 1979. He appeared in many television westerns such as "The Big Valley," "Bonanza," "Daniel Boone" and "Gunsmoke." He played Lt. Al Giardello in the series "Homicide: Life On The Streets." He voiced the role of Parker in the video game "Alien: Isolation" in 2014. Yaphet Kotto died in the Philippines on March 15, at the age of 81.
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Marvin Hagler, 66
Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who legally changed his name to "Marvelous" in 1982, became one of boxing's greatest middleweight champions with a 62-3-2 record, including 52 knockouts. In the 1980s, he had memorable matchups with Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran, among others. Hagler lost his title to Leonard in 1987 on a controversial split decision. Hagler died March 13. He was 66.<BR><BR>Hagler fights John Mugabi for the WBA, WBC and IBF Middleweight titles on March 10, 1986 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
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James Levine, 77
Conductor James Levine ruled over the Metropolitan Opera in New York for more than four decades until allegations of sexual harassment and abuse ended his career in 2018. He died on March 9, in Palm Springs, California, of natural causes. He was 77.<BR><BR>Before his downfall, Levine was an internationally known and admired conductor. In addition to leading the Metropolitan Opera, he was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic, among other career highlights.<BR><BR>James Levine when he was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2009.
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Bunny Wailer, 73
Grammy-winning artist and reggae visionary Bunny Wailer, born Neville Livingston, was the last surviving member of The Wailers, a group he founded with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. The group rose to international fame and help popularize reggae music and the Rastafarian culture. After suffering a stroke in July 2020, Bunny Wailer died of complications on March 2. He was 73. </br></br>Bunny Wailer performs at The Beacon Theatre, Dec. 14, 1997, in New York City.
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Vernon Jordan, 85
Vernon Jordan was a lawyer, civil rights icon and former adviser to former President Bill Clinton. Jordan died March 1, according to a statement from his daughter, Vickee Jordan Adams. He was 85.<BR><BR>Among his many career highlights, Jordan became the president of the National Urban League in 1971. He received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal in 2001 for a lifetime of social justice activism.
Rush Limbaugh, 70
Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh started his radio career in 1971 and became known for his outspoken opinions on topics including race, immigration and women's rights. "The Rush Limbaugh Show," started in 1988, found a huge conservative audience but received criticism for incidents such as comparing professional football players to gang members and saying white people shouldn't feel guilty for slavery. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump in 2020. His death was announced Feb. 17. He was 70.<br><br>Here, Limbaugh poses for a photo in his studio, circa 1995.
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Jessica McClintock, 90
Fashion designer Jessica McClintock started her clothing line, Gunne Sax, in 1969.
Her lacey dresses in the 1970s and her silk taffeta dresses in the 1980s were hugely popular. She helped make formal wear more affordable. Her brand expanded in the 1990s to include perfumes and accessories. She died at her San Francisco home on Feb. 16, at the age of 90.
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Johnny Pacheco, 85
Johnny Pacheco was a Dominican American musician, composer, bandleader and record producer who helped popularize salsa around the world. In 1964, Pacheco co-founded Fania Records, a powerhouse in Latin music known as the “Motown of salsa” with its numerous hit records from performers like Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades and Hector Lavoe. He was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Pacheco died on February 15. He was 85.
Here, Pacheco is pictured during a performance in Amsterdam in 1988.
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Larry Flynt, 78
Larry Flynt, publisher of the pornographic magazine "Hustler," became a household name because of his willingness to push the boundaries of free speech in ways that outraged many. In 1988, Flynt and "Hustler" won a Supreme Court battle against Rev. Jerry Falwell -- a landmark First Amendment victory for media that established public figures can't recover damages for satire or parody. Flynt, who said, "I think the First Amendment gives me the right to be offensive," died on Feb. 10. He was 78.<br><br>Here, Flynt poses for a portrait in his gold-plated wheelchair, circa 1996.
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Chick Corea, 79
Jazz pianist Chick Corea released his debut album, “Tones For Joan’s Bones,” in 1968. He played with Miles Davis on the groundbreaking work “In A Silent Way.” In 1971, he began his successful solo career. When COVID-19 struck, he started playing and answering questions on Facebook livestreams. An enthusiastic response led him to start an online music school, the Chick Corea Academy, on May 14, 2020. He won 23 Grammy Awards and was nominated 67 times. Corea could posthumously win two more awards at this year’s Grammys. Chick Corea died on Feb. 9, at the age of 79.
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Mary Wilson, 76
Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died Feb. 8, at her home in Las Vegas. She was 76 years old.<BR><BR>Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, were the original members of The Supremes. The group hit the charts with five consecutive No. 1 songs, including "Baby Love," and "Stop, In the Name of Love" in the 1960s. They helped Motown Records play an influential role in the music industry.
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George P. Shultz, 100
George P. Shultz helped to build and improve U.S. relationships across the globe. Starting his career in public service under President Nixon, he later served more than six years as secretary of state for President Reagan, helping to end the tensions after the Cold War and build the beginnings of friendships in the Middle East. Shultz was the oldest surviving former Cabinet member of any administration and the longest serving since World War II. Schultz died at 100 on Feb. 6, at his home on the Stanford University campus where he was a professor emeritus.
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Leon Spinks, 67
Boxer Leon Spinks, a former Marine, was a 1976 Olympic gold medalist and world heavyweight champion. He died Feb. 5, at age 67.<BR><BR>Spinks beat Muhammad Ali to claim the heavyweight title in what was only his eighth professional fight in 1978. The championship bout was a stunning victory for the unranked boxer. After the win, Spinks declared, "I'm not The Greatest. Just the latest." He lost the title to Ali in a rematch seven months later.<BR><BR>In this photo, Leon Spinks wraps his hands in the gym ahead of his second fight with Muhammad Ali, Sept 16, 1978.
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Christopher Plummer, 91
Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, known for roles including Captain von Trapp in the "Sound of Music" and Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station," also was a premier Shakespearean actor. The classically trained Canadian won Tony Awards for "Cyrano" and "Barrymore." Despite a long and accomplished career, Plummer didn't win his first Oscar until he was 82. Accepting the statue, he looked at it and said, "You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all of my life?" Plummer died on Feb. 5 at his home in Connecticut. He was 91.
<br><br> Plummer poses for a photo in 1980.
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Sir Thomas Moore, "Captain Tom," 100
World War II veteran and retired Army officer, Capt. Thomas Moore, was catapulted to fame as he attempted to raise funds in support of NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II after he raised tens of millions for front-line health workers in the U.K. "Captain Tom" inspired others and became a beacon of positivity during challenging times with his words, "Tomorrow will be a good day." Moore eventually contracted the virus himself and his death was announced Feb. 2.<br><br> Captain Thomas Moore at Winsor Castle in London, July 17, 2020.
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Dustin Diamond, 44
Dustin Diamond was best known for playing the role of Samuel Powers (Screech) in the hit television show “Saved By The Bell.” For 13 years, he acted in the franchise, including four seasons of the original show and several spin-offs. Diamond also appeared in such films as “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” and “American Pie Presents: The Book of Love.” He died at the age of 44 on Feb. 1.
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Cicely Tyson, 96
Groundbreaking actress Cicely Tyson began her career in the early 1970s when Black women were finally beginning to get starring roles. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1976 film "Sounder," and received an Honorary Oscar in 2018. Tyson won two Emmys for playing the 110-year-old former slave in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” She also won a Tony Award in 2013 for "The Trip to Bountiful." Tyson died on Jan, 28. She was 96.
Tyson poses for a portrait for BET's 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards, Feb. 17, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Cloris Leachman, 94
Revered actress Cloris Leachman displayed incredible versatility in her decades-long career, with roles on stage, on television and in films. Leachman's iconic turns in "Young Frankenstein" and "The Last Picture Show" on the big screen, as well as roles on the groundbreaking series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spin-off "Phyllis."Her roles garnered her eight Emmy Awards -- tied for the most all-time with Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- and a Daytime Emmy Award. She died at age 94 in her Encinitas, California, home on Jan. 27.
<br><br>Cloris Leachman in Los Angeles, June 18, 1970.
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Hal Holbrook, 95
Actor Hal Holbrook had a long career in movies, TV and onstage, playing a variety of characters including Deep Throat in the movie adaptation of "All the President's Men." But it was his portrayal of Mark Twain that earned him a Tony and became his signature role, playing the writer in one-man shows for decades. He earned five Emmys and 12 nominations for his television work and was nominated for an Oscar at age 82 for "Into the Wild." Holbrook died on Jan. 23, at the age of 95.<br><br> Hal Holbrook poses for a portrait, Feb. 14, 1967.
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Larry King, 87
The death of iconic interviewer and host Larry King was announced on Jan. 23. The award-winning newsman, who famously sat down with presidents, celebrities, and foreign dignitaries, was known for his gravel baritone, signature suspenders and straight-forward questions, a style honed over the course of tens of thousands of interviews on the radio and television.<br><br>
Larry King poses in an undated portrait.
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Hank Aaron, 86
Baseball’s home run king Hank Aaron held 23 major league records including 755 home runs during his long career for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, Aaron played in 25 All-Star games and won MVP in 1957 and the National League batting title in 1956. Despite racist hate mail and death threats, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974, was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers and then broke Ruth’s RBI record. Aaron died on Jan. 22, at the age of 86.
<br><br>Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron poses for a portrait, circa 1968.
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Joanne Rogers, 92
Joanne Rogers, wife to TV icon Fred Rogers, died on Jan. 14 at the age of 92, according to Fred Rogers Productions. Joanne, who grew up playing piano in Jacksonville, Fla., shared a love of music with her husband. The couple was married from 1968 to 2001.<br><br> Joanne Rogers stands in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp in Pittsburgh, March 23, 2018.
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Siegfried Fischbacher, 81
Siegfried Fischbacher, of the famed entertainment duo, Siegfried and Roy, changed the face of the Las Vegas Strip with impressive illusions and tiger-taming acts during his 50-year career with partner Roy Horn. Born in Germany, Fischbacher met Horn in 1957 and they began performing in Las Vegas in 1967. Their show came to a sudden close in 2003 after an incident involving Horn and one of their tigers. Fischbacher died at age 81 on Jan. 14 from pancreatic cancer, less than a year after Horn’s death in May 2020 from complications from COVID-19.
Siegfried Fischbacher, left, and Roy Horn in 1997.
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Sheldon Adelson, 87
Republican kingmaker and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson was a self-made multi-billionaire who used his wealth to influence politics, backing conservative politicians in the U.S. and Israel. Early in the personal computing era, he bought a computer trade show called Comdex and later the Sands Hotel and Casino, eventually transforming Las Vegas into a conventions hot spot. He donated hundreds of millions to Republicans, including Donald Trump in 2016, and advocated moving the U.S Embassy to Jerusalem. Adelson died on Jan. 11 after battling cancer.<br><br> Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas in 2008.
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Tommy Lasorda, 93
Legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, pictured in 1983, had a short career as a major league pitcher for the team before switching gears to work as a scout and coach in the minors. He returned to the Dodgers in 1973 and became manager in 1976. Over the next 20 years, he led the team to four National League titles and World Series wins in 1981 and 1988. Along the way he became known as one of baseball's biggest characters and would become a lifelong ambassador for the team. Retiring as manager in 1996, he was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame one year later. He died on Jan. 8 at 93.
Michael Apted, 79
British director Michael Apted worked on a variety of projects, from Hollywood feature films to the groundbreaking television documentary "Up" series, which chronicles the lives of 14 British people in seven-year increments. Some of his most well-known feature films include "Coal Miner's Daughter,""Gorillas in the Mist," the James Bond film, "The World is not Enough," and the code-breaking drama, "Enigma." Apted served as the president of the Directors Guild of America and was honored by Queen Elizabeth II. Apted died on Jan. 7 at the age of 79. <br><br> Michael Apted on set in 1994.
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Neil Sheehan, 84
Journalist Neil Sheehan, pictured at home in 2009, worked as a Vietnam war correspondent in the early 1960s before moving to cover the Pentagon and White House for the New York Times in 1966. In 1971, he received thousands of pages of classified documents about the war, dubbed the Pentagon Papers, that revealed the Kennedy and Johnson administrations' early knowledge that the U.S. was likely to lose. The Times' coverage of the papers earned a Pulitzer in 1972 and Sheehan's book, "A Bright and Shining Lie," won a Pulitzer in 1989. The Times reported that he died on Jan. 7 at the age of 84.
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Tanya Roberts, 65
Actress Tanya Roberts is best known for playing a Bond girl in "A View to a Kill" and Midge Pinciotti on "That '70's Show." She landed her first big TV role in 1980 on ABC's "Charlie's Angels," playing Julie Rogers for the show's fifth and final season. <br><br>
Roberts died on Jan. 3, in Los Angeles. She was 65.
<br><br>Roberts poses as Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film "A View To A Kill,"1984.
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