Memorial

Gone But Not Forgotten in 2020

We’ve said goodbye to many famous faces, voices & names from radio, movies, television, sports, history, arts and literature so far in 2020. These celebrities and others said their final farewell to us recently.

2020 celebrity deaths, famous died 2020, celebrities who died 2020, famous people deaths 2020, orson bean, jack burns, edd byrnes, mary higgins clark, robert conrad, kevin conway, kirk douglas, marj dusay, (Celebrity Memorial Photo Montage: © A. Hamilton)

Celebrity deaths in 2020 that you may have missed: 

orson bean died 2020, orson bean february 2020 death, american actor, classic movies, anatomy of a murder, tv shows, to tell the truth, dr quinn medicine woman loren bray, desperate housewives roy bender, Orson Bean (nee Dallas Frederick Burrows)

American actor of movies (Anatomy of a Murder), TV (Loren Bray on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; Desperate Housewives; The Match Game; The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson) (born July 22, 1928 – died Feb. 7, 2020; age 91).  Orson Bean was hit and killed by a car. (Orson Bean 1963 To Tell the Truth)

peter beard died 2020, peter beard 2020 deaths, american photographer, african wildlife photographs, photography books, author, the end of the game, zaras tales, celebrity portraitsPeter Beard

American photographer of African wildlife (The End of the Game; Zara’s Tales) and celebrity portraits (Truman Capote; Salvador Dali; Andy Warhol; Andrew Wyeth) (born Jan. 22, 1938 – died Mar-Apr, 2020; age 82). Peter Beard had dementia before his body was found. (Peter Beard 2014 Photo: Peter Beard)

lee phillip bell birthday, born june 10th, american tv talk show hostess, the lee phillip show, the chicagoans, daytime emmy awards, soap opera creator, the young and the restless, the bold and the beautifulLee Phillip Bell (nee Loreley June Phillip)

Daytime Emmy Award-winning American TV host (The Lee Phillip Show), soap opera creator & executive producer (The Young and the Restless; The Bold and the Beautiful) (born June 10, 1928 – died Feb. 26, 2020; age 91). Cause of death for Lee Phillip Bell is unknown. (Lee Phillip Bell 1970 Photo: WBBM-TV)

honor blackman died 2020, honor blackman april 2020 death, british actress, movies, a twist of sand, goldfinger, pussy galore, a night to remember, tv shows, the avengers catherine gale, the upper hand laura westHonor Blackman

English actress of TV (Catherine Gale on The Avengers; The Upper Hand; Doctor Who; Coronation Street) and movies (Goldfinger; A Night to Remember; Jason and the Argonauts) (born Aug. 22, 1925 – died Apr. 5, 2020; age 94). Honor Blackman died of natural causes. (Honor Blackman 1968 A Twist of Sand)

jack burns died 2019, jack burns january 2019 death, american comedian, actor, tv shows, the burns and schreiber comedy hour, the andy griffith show, love american style, screenwriter, the glen campbell goodtime hourJack Burns (nee John Francis Burns)

American TV writer (Dolly; The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), producer, and actor (The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour; The Andy Griffith Show; Love, American Style) (born Nov. 15, 1933 – died Jan. 27, 2020; age 86). Jack Burns died of respiratory failure. (Jack Burns 1972 Getting Together Photo: ABC)

edd byrnes died 2019, edd byrnes january 2019 death, american singer, kookie kookie lend me your comb, actor, 1950s tv shows, 77 sunset strip kookie, movies, darbys rangers, marjorie morningstar, up periscope, yellowstone kelly, Edd Byrnes is 86 (nee Edward Byrne Breitenberger)

American singer-actor of TV (Kookie on 77 Sunset Strip; Murder, She Wrote; Fantasy Island) and movies (Darby’s Rangers; Marjorie Morningstar; Life Begins at 17, Up Periscope, Grease; Troop Beverly Hills) (born July 30, 1933 – died Jan. 8, 2020; age 87). Edd Byrnes died of natural causes. (Edd Byrnes 1973 CBS TV).

John Callahan

American actor of movies & TV (Edmund Grey on All My ChildrenLeo Russell on General Hospital; Eric Stavros on Falcon Crest; Craig Hunt on Santa Barbara; Dr. Baker on Days of Our Lives; Det. Mackenzie Johnson on The Bay; Watch Over Me; Emerald Point N.A.S.; Murder, She Wrote; Desperate Housewives) (born Dec. 23, 1953 – died Mar. 28, 2020; age 66). John Callahan died of a stroke

mary higgins clark died 2020, mary higgins clark january 2020 death, american suspense novelist, mystery author, where are the children, a stranger is watching, the cradle will fall, a cry in the night, while my pretty one sleeps, remember me, pretend you dont see her, daddys little girl,Mary Higgins Clark is 92 (nee Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins)

American novelist (A Stranger is Watching; Pretend You Don’t See Her; Where are the Children?; The Cradle Will Fall; A Cry in the Night; While My Pretty One Sleeps) (born Dec. 24, 1927 – died Jan. 31, 2020; age 92). Cause of death for Mary Higgins Clark is unknown. (Mary Higgins Clark 2012 Photo: Alvintrusty)

forrest compton died 2020, forrest compton april 2020 death, american actor, classic tv, dan august, gomer pyle usmc, soap operas, the edge of night, bright promise, loving, another world, one life to live, as the world turns, the brighter dayForrest Compton

American TV actor (Gomer Pyle: USMC; The Edge of Night; Bright Promise; The Brighter Day; The F.B.I.; Hogan’s Heroes; Another World; Loving; One Life to Live; As the World Turns) (born Sept. 15, 1925 – died Apr. 4, 2020; age 94). Forrest Compton died of COVID-19. (Forrest Compton 1970 Dan August)

robert conrad died 2020, robert conrad february 2020 death, american actor, classic tv shows, hawaaian eye, 77 sunsset strip, black sheep squadron, the wild wild west, Robert Conrad (nee Conrad Robert Falk)

American actor of TV (Tom Lopaka on Hawaiian Eye & 77 Sunset Strip; James T. West on The Wild Wild West; Black Sheep Squadron) & movies (Palm Springs Weekend; Young Dillinger) (born Mar. 1, 1935 – died Feb. 8, 2020; age 84). Robert Conrad died of heart failure. (Robert Conrad 1976 Photo: NBC TV)

kevin conway died 2020, kevin conway february 2020 death, american actor, tv shows, the outer limits control voice, soap operas, one life to live earl brock, movies, one good cop, flashpoint, Kevin Conway

American actor of stage, TV (One Life to Live; The Outer Limits; Oz; The Black Donnellys), and movies (One Good Cop; Flashpoint; Homeboy; F.I.S.T.; Paradise Alley; Rambling Rose) (born May 29, 1942 – died Feb. 5, 2020; age 77). Kevin Conway died of a heart attack. (Kevin Conway Photo: By Permission)

ashley cooper died 2020, ashley cooper may 2020 death, australian tennis pro, amateur tennis player, 1957 world number 1 tennis 1958, 1940s, grand slam winners, wimbledon winners, australian open, french open, Ashley Cooper

International Tennis Hall of Fame 1957-58 Australian World #1 amateur tennis player, 8-time Grand Slam singles or doubles winner (US, French, & Australian Open; Wimbledon) (born Sept. 15, 1936 – died May 22, 2020; age 83). Ashley Cooper died after a long illness. (Ashley Cooper 1962 Photo: Harry Pot)

ben cooper died 2020, ben cooper february 2020 death, american actor, classic tv shows, bonanza, the fall guy, the misadventures of sheriff lobo, movies,  thunderbirds, johnny guitar, the rose tattoo, duel at apache wells, outlaws son, western movies,Ben Cooper

American actor of movies (Arizona Raiders; Thunderbirds; Johnny Guitar; The Rose Tattoo) and TV (The Fall Guy; The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo; Perry Mason; Combat!; Gunsmoke) (born Sept. 30, 1933 – died Feb. 24, 2020; age 86). Ben Cooper had dementia before he died. (Ben Cooper 1960 Bonanza)

clive cussler died 2020, clive cussler february 2020 death, american author, numa founder, adventure novelist, writer, dirk pitt, kurt austins, zero hour, raise the titanic, sahara, deep six, oregon files novels,Clive Cussler

American underwater explorer, NUMA founder, & adventure author of Dirk Pitt & Kurt Austin novels (Raise the Titanic!; Valhalla Rising; Arctic Drift; Zero Hour) (born July 15, 1931 – died Feb. 24, 2020; age 88). Cause of death for Clive Cussler is unknown. (Clive Cussler 2011 Photo: Staff Sgt. Luke Graziani)

brian dennehy died 2020, brian dennehy april 2020 deaths, american actor, television series, dynasty, jack reed films, movies, looking for mr goodbar, semi tough, foul play, first blood, cocoon, silveradoBrian Dennehy

Tony Award-winning American actor of TV (Jack Reed films; Dynasty) and films (Looking for Mr. Goodbar; Semi-Tough; Foul Play; 10; First Blood; Cocoon; Silverado; F/X;) (born July 9, 1938 – died Apr. 15, 2020; age 81). Brian Dennehy died of cardiac arrest. (Brian Dennehy 2009 Photo: Justin Hoch)

kirk douglas died 2020, kirk douglas february 2020 death, american actor, classic movies, spartacus, lust for life, the big trees, the strange love of martha ivers, my dear secretary, a letter to three wives, champion, Kirk Douglas (nee Issur Danielovitch)

American author, filmmaker and actor (Spartacus; Lust for Life; The Strange Love of Martha Ivers; A Letter to Three Wives; The Bad and the Beautiful; Tough Guys; My dear Secretary) (born Dec. 9, 1916 – died Feb. 5, 2020; age 103). Cause of death for Kirk Douglas is unknown. (Kirk Douglas 1952 The Big Trees)

Shirley Douglas

Canadian actress of stage, television (May Bailey on Wind at My Back; Street Legal, Robson Arms) & movies (Lolita; The Wars; Dead Ringers), American Civil Rights activist, daughter of Tommy Douglas, ex-wife of Donald Sutherland, & mother of Kiefer Sutherland (born Apr. 2, 1934 – died Apr. 5, 2020; age 86). Shirley Douglas died of pneumonia complications. 

james drury died 2020, james drury april 2020 death, american actor, classic tv shows, westerns, the virginian, firehouse, movies, the tender trap, love me tender, bernerdine, pollyannaJames Drury (nee James Child Drury Jr.)

American actor of TV (The Virginian; Firehouse; Gunsmoke; Zane Grey Theater) and films (The Tender Trap; Love Me Tender; Bernardine; Pollyanna; The Young Warriors) (born Apr. 18, 1934 – died Apr. 6, 2020; age 85). James Drury died of natural causes. (James Drury 1962-1971 The Virginian Photo: NBC

janet dubois died 2020, janet dubois february 2020 death, african american composer, the jeffersons theme song, singer, songwriter, black actresses, emmy awards, the jeffersons willona woods, love of life, movies, a man called adam, diary of a mad housewifeJa’net Dubois is 74 (nee Jeannette Dubois)

Emmy Award-winning American singer-songwriter (The Jeffersons theme) &  actress of movies and TV (Willona Woods on Good Times; Love of Life; The Wayans Bros.) (born Aug. 5, 1945 – died Feb. 17, 2020; age 74). Ja’net Dubois died of natural causes. ( Ja’net Dubois 1977 Good Times Photo: CBS TV)

marj dusay died 2019, marj dusay january 2019 death, american actress, soap operas, tv series, capitol, santa barbara pamela capwell, days of our lives vivian, all my children vanessa, guiding light alexandra spaulding, Marj Dusay (nee Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney)

Emmy Award-winning American actress of TV (Days of Our Lives; The Facts of Life; Santa Barbara; All My Children; Guiding Light; Capitol) and movies (Clambake; MacArthur) (born Feb. 20, 1936 – died Jan. 28, 2020; age 83). Cause of death for Marj Dusay is unknown. (Marj Dusay 1969 Daniel Boone)

john ericson died 2020, john ericson may 2020 death, german american actor, classic tv, zane grey theater, westerns, honey west, movies, teresa, rhapsody, the student prince, bad day at black rock, pretty boy floydJohn Ericson (nee Joachim Alexander Ottokar Meibes)

German-American actor of TV (Honey West; General Hospital) & films (Pretty Boy Floyd; Teresa; The Student Prince; Rhapsody; Bedknobs and Broomsticks; Bad Day at Black Rock) (born Sept. 23, 1926 – died May 3, 2020; age 93). John Ericson died of pneumonia. (John Ericson 1958 Zane Grey Theater)

tony fernandez died 2020, tony fernandez february 2020 death, dominican republic professional baseball player, major league baseball shortstop, mlb shortstop, toronto blues jays, 1993 world series championship, gold glove winner, mlb all star, san diego padres, new york mets, cincinnati reds, new york yankees, cleveland indians, milawaukee brewersTony Fernández (nee Octavio Antonio Fernández Castro)

Dominican MLB shortstop (Toronto Blue Jays – 1993 World Series Champs), 5x All-Star & 4x Gold Glove winner (born June 30, 1962 – died Feb. 16, 2020; age 57). Tony Fernández died of complications from pneumonia, a stroke, and a coma. (Tony Fernández 1986 Photo: Jack Orton / Sentinel)

harriet frank jr died 2019, harriet frank jr january 2020 death, american screenwriter, movies, the long hot summer, norma rae, hud, hombre, murphys romance, stanley and iris, the cowboys, the carey treatment, the sound and the furyHarriet Frank Jr. (nee Harriet Goldstein)

American movie screenwriter (The Long, Hot Summer; Norma Rae; Hud; Hombre; Murphy’s Romance; Stanley & Iris; The Cowboys; The Carey Treatment) (born Mar. 2, 1923 – died Jan. 28, 2020; age 96). Cause of death for Harried Frank is unknown. (Harriet Frank Amazing Stories 1953: Ziff-Davis Publishing)

allen garfield died 2020, allen garfield april 2020 death, american actor, tv shows, movies, the marcus nelson murders, chicago hope, teachers, the brinks job, gable and lombard, the front page, the candidateAllen Garfield is 80 (nee Allen Goorwitz)

American actor of TV (Chicago Hope) and movies (Teachers; The Brink’s Job; Gable and Lombard; The Front Page; The Candidate; The Majestic; The Black Stallion Returns) (born Nov. 22, 1939 – died Apr. 7, 2020; age 80). Allan Garfield died of COVID-19. (Allen Garfield 1973 The Marcus-Nelson Murders)

phyllis george brown died 2020, phyllis george brown may 2020 deaths, miss america 1971, miss texas 1970, cbs sportscaster, broadcast journalist, nfl today, the 10000 dollar pyramid celebrity contestant, the new candid camera host, Phyllis George (nee Phyllis Ann George; aka Phyllis George Brown)

Miss America, TV sports & news reporter (The NFL Today; CBS Morning), TV host (The New Candid Camera; People; Morning) (born June 25, 1949 – died May 14, 2020; age 70). Phyllis George died of Polycythemia vera complications. (Phyllis George 2019 Photo: John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com)

Mary Pat Gleason (nee Mary Patrick Gleason)

Daytime Emmy Award-winning American screenwriter and character actress of TV (Jane Hogan on Guiding Light; Mom; Desperate Housewives; Highway to Heaven; Night Court; WTF 101; Will & Grace; 1600 Penn) & movies (No Easy Way; The Crucible; 13 Going on 30; A  Cinderella Story;Big Stone Gap) (born Feb. 23, 1950 – died June 2, 2020; age 70). Mary Pat Gleason died of cancer.

buck henry died 2019, buck henry january 2020 death, american producer, director, movies, heaven can wait, the graduate, catch 22, the owl and the pussycat, screenwriter, tv series, get smart creator, whats up doc, Buck Henry (nee Henry Zuckerman)

American director, host, actor & screenwriter of TV (Get SmartSaturday Night Live; Falcon Crest), movies (Heaven Can Wait; The Graduate; The Owl and the Pussycat; What’s Up, Doc?) (born Dec. 9, 1930 – died Jan. 8, 2020; age 89). Buck Henry died of a heart attack. (Buck Henry 1978 Photo: Alan Light)

richard herd died 2020, richard herd may 2020 death, american character actor, classic tv shows, tj hooker, sitcoms, seinfeld, seaquest 2032, dallas, movies, wolf lake, the china syndrome, corporate affairs, all the presidents men,Richard Herd (nee Richard Thomas Herd Jr.)

American actor of TV (T. J. Hooker; Seinfeld; SeaQuest 2032; Simon & Simon; Dallas; Knots Landing) and movies (Wolf Lake; The China Syndrome; Corporate Affairs; Anna Nicole; All the President’s Men) (born Sept. 26, 1932 – died May 26, 2020; age 87). Richard Herd died of cancer. (Richard Herd 2005 Photo: Uga30005)

Ian Holm (aka Sir Ian Holm Cuthbert)

Tony Award-winning English actor of TV & films (Chariots of Fire; Time Bandits; Alien; The Fifth Element; The Hobbit movies; The Lord of the Rings; The Day After Tomorrow; Young Winston) (born Sept. 12, 1931 – died June 19, 2020; age 88). Ian Holm had Parkinson’s disease before he died. 

roy horn birthday, nee uwe ludwig horn, roy horn 2003, german magician, german american illusionist, entertainer, las vegas white lions magic act, las vegas white tigers, partner siegfried fischbacher, siegfried and roy, bitten by white tiger montecore, septuagenarian birthdays, senior citizen birthdays, 60 plus birthdays, 55 plus birthdays, 50 plus birthdays, over age 50 birthdays, age 50 and above birthdays, celebrity birthdays, famous people birthdays, october 3rd birthdays, born october 3 1944Roy Horn (nee Uwe Ludwig Horn)

German-American entertainer, white lions and tigers magician with partner Siegfried Fischbacher (Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino 1990-2003) (born Oct. 3, 1944 – died May 8, 2020; age 75). Roy Horn died of complications from COVID-19. (Roy Horn c. 2003 Photo: Carol M Highsmith)

John Karlen (nee John Adam Karlewicz)

American actor of TV (Willie Loomis on Dark Shadows; Harvey Lacey on Cagney & Lacey; Love is a Many Splendored Thing; The Doctors; Another World; Barnaby Jones; Quincy M.E.; The Streets of San Francisco; Murder, She Wrote) & movies (Daughters of Darkness; Impulse) (born May 28, 1933 – died Jan. 22, 2020; age 86). John Karlen died of heart failure.

paula kelly died 2020, paula kelly february 2020 death, african american actress, classic movies, sweet charity, the andromeda strain, tv shows, santa barbara ginger jones, night court, the streets of san franciscoPaula Kelly

American actress of stage, TV (Ginger Jones on Santa Barbara; Night Court; The Streets of San Francisco), & movies (Sweet Charity; The Andromeda Strain; Top of the Heap; Soylent Green) (born Oct. 21, 1943 – died Feb. 9, 2020; age 76). Cause of death for Paula Kelly is unknown. (Paula Kelly 1977 Photo)

irrfan khan died 2020, irrfan khan april 2020 death, indian film star, actor, movies, slumdog millionaire, inferno, a mighty heart, the amazing spider man, jurassic world, new york i love you, the darjeeling limitedIrrfan Khan (nee Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan)

Indian movie actor (Slumdog Millionaire; Inferno; A Mighty Heart; The Amazing Spider-Man; Jurassic World; New York, I Love You; The Darjeeling Limited; The Namesake; Life of Pi) (born Jan. 7, 1967 – died Apr. 29, 2020; age 53). Irrfan Khan died of a colon infection. (Irrfan Khan 2014 Photo: Bollywood Hungama)

shirley knight died 2020, shirley knight april 2020 death, american actress, emmy awards, tony awards winner, classic tv shows, johnny staccato, hawaiian eye, movies, sweet bird of yout, petulia, the dark at the top the stairsShirley Knight (aka Shirley Knight Hopkins)

American Tony & Emmy-winning actress of TV (Hawaiian Eye; Desperate Housewives; Surfside 6) & films (Sweet Bird of Youth; As Good As It Gets; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs), born July 5, 1936. – died Apr. 22, 2020; age 83). Shirley Knight died of natural causes. (Shirley Knight 1959 Johnny Staccato)

tom lester birthday, nee thomas william lester, tom lester 1976, american character actor, 1960s television series, 1960s tv sitcoms, petticoat junction eb dawson, the beverly hillbillies eb dawson, green acres eb dawson, 1970s tv shows, 1970s movies, benji, 1980s films, intruder, 1990s movies, the pistol the birth of a legend, gordy, 2010s films, campin buddies, friends lurene tuttle, friends eddie albert, septuagenarian birthdays, senior citizen birthdays, 60 plus birthdays, 55 plus birthdays, 50 plus birthdays, over age 50 birthdays, age 50 and above birthdays, celebrity birthdays, famous people birthdays, september 23rd birthdays, born september 23 1938Tom Lester (nee Thomas William Lester)

American actor of TV (Eb Dawson on Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, & The Beverly Hillbillies) and films (Benji; The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend) (born Sept. 23, 1938 – died Apr. 20, 2020; age 81). Tom Lester died of Parkinson’s Disease complications. (Tom Lester 1976 Charo and the Sergeant Photo: ABC)

james lipton birthday, james lipton 2007, american tv show host, 1990s television series, 2000s tv shows, inside the actors studio host, actor, 1950s television shows, guiding light dr dick grant, 2000s tv series, arrested development warden stefan gentles, screenwriter television shows, soap opera screenwriter, the edge of night, another world, the doctors, return to peyton place, capitol, the best of everything, actor, 1950s movies, the big break, 2000s films, bewitched, married nina foch 1954, divorced nina foch 959, father of lawrence lipton, nonagenarian birthdays, senior citizen birthdays, 60 plus birthdays, 55 plus birthdays, 50 plus birthdays, over age 50 birthdays, age 50 and above birthdays, celebrity birthdays, famous people birthdays, september 19th birthdays, born september 19 1926James Lipton

American TV producer, screenwriter, actor & host (Inside the Actors Studio; Guiding Light; The Edge of Night; Another World; Return to Peyton Place; Capitol) (born Sept. 19, 1926 – died Mar. 2, 2020; age 93).  James Lipton died of bladder cancer.  (James Lipton 2007 Photo: David Shankbone)

jean little died 2020, jean little april 2020 death, canadian writer, childrens book author, orphan at my door, mine for keeps, from anna, if i die before i wake, one to grow onJean Little

Legally blind Taiwanese-Canadian children’s author of stories about children with disabilities (Orphan at My Door; Mine for Keeps; From Anna; If I Die Before I Wake; One to Grow On) (born Jan. 2, 1932 – died Apr. 6, 2020; age 88). Cause of death for Jean Little is unknown. (Jean Little 2016 Photo: Kaparica)

vera lynn died 2020, vera lynn june 2020 death, the forces sweetheart, english songwriter, british singer, world war ii singer, 1940s hit songs, white cliffs of dover, you cant be true dear, again, auf wiedersehn sweetheart, 1950s hit singles, forget me not, the homing waltz, yours quireme mucho, the windsor waltz, well meet again, if you love me really love me, my son my son, who are we, such a day, a house with love in it, the faithful hussar dont cry my love, travellin home, 1960s song hits, it hurts to say goodbye, actress, movie musicals, well meet again, rhythm serenade, one exciting night, Vera Lynn (nee Vera Margaret Welch; “The Forces’ Sweetheart“)

English singer (We’ll Meet Again; The White Cliffs of Dover; My Son, My Son; I Love This Land; Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart), and actress (Rhythm Serenade) (born Mar. 20, 1917 – died June 18, 2020; age 103). Cause of death for Vera Lynn is unknown. (Vera Lynn 1962 Photo: Eric Koch / Dutch National Archives)

michael medwin died 2020, michael medwin february 2020 death, british actor, classic movies, the duke wore jeans, someone at the door, the lady craved excitement, shadow of the past, curtain up, the caretakers daughter, doctor at sea, hell in korea, carry on nurse, the longest day, a countess from hong kong, Michael Medwin

English TV & movie (Someone at the Door; The Lady Craved Excitement; Shadow of the Past; Hell in Korea; Curtain Up; Doctor at Sea; The Longest Day; The Jigsaw Man) (born July 18, 1923 – died Feb. 26, 2020; age 96). Cause of death for Michael Medwin is unknown. (Micheal Medwin 1958 The Duke Wore Jeans)

bobby joe morrow died 2020, bobby joe morrow may 2020 death, american sprinter, national track and field hall of fame, athlete, 1956 melbourne olympics, melbourne olympic games gold medal winners, Bobby Joe Morrow

National Track and Field Hall of Fame American athlete, 3x Olympic gold-medal sprinter (1956 Melbourne – 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay), 1956 Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” (born Oct. 15, 1935 – died May 30, 2020; age 84. Bobby Joe Morrow died of natural causes. (Bobby Joe Morrow 1956 Photo: Associated Press)

stirling moss died 2020, stirling moss april 2020 death, british racing car driver, english race car driver, international motorsports hall of fame, formula one races, 1955 british grand prix winner, 1955 mille miglia road race winner, italian thousand mile road race winner, Stirling Moss

International Motorsports Hall of Fame English Formula One race car driver (16 Grand Prix wins), 1955 Aintree British Grand Prix & Italy’s Mille Miglia 1000 mile road race winner (born Sept. 17, 1929 – died Apr. 12, 2020; age 90). Stirling Moss died after a long illness. (Stirling Moss 1958 What’s My Line?)

curly neal died 2020, curly neal march 2020 death, african american basketball player, point guard, harlem globetrotters ball handler, Curly Neal (nee Frederick Neal)

American professional basketball player, point guard and ball handler with the Harlem Globetrotters, wearing #22 for 22 years, from 1963-1986 (born May 19, 1942 – died Mar. 26, 2020; age 77). Curly Neal’s cause of death is unknown. (Curly Neal 1972 Photo: The Harlem Globetrotters)

ken osmond died 2020, ken osmond may 2020 death, american actor, classic tv shows, leave it to beaver, eddie haskel, 1960s movies, with six you get eggroll, cmon lets live a little, Ken Osmond (nee Kenneth Charles Osmond)

American actor of TV (Eddie Haskell on Leave it to Beaver & The New Leave it to Beaver; Lassie; Fury; The Loretta Young Show; Wagon Train) & films (C’Mon, Let’s Live a Little) (born June 7, 1943 – died May 18, 2020; age 76). Ken Osmond died of COPD complications & PAD. (Ken Osmond 2014 Photo: Louise Palanker)

neil peart died 2020, neal peart january 2020 death, canadian american musican, drummer hall of fame, rush songwriter, juno awards, canadian rock, hit songs, not fade away, in the mood, fly by night, closer to the heart,Neil Peart

Drummer & Rock & Roll Halls of Fame Canadian-American musician and songwriter for Rush (Closer to the Heart; The Spirit of Radio; New World Man; Tom Sawyer) (born Sept. 12, 1952 – died Jan. 7, 2020; age 67. Neil Peart died of brain cancer. (Neil Peart 2004 Milan Concert Photo: Enrico Frangi)

Bonnie Pointer (nee Patricia Eva Pointer)

Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, singer (Heaven Must Have Sent You; I Can’t Help Myself [Sugar Pie Honey Bunch]), with The Pointer Sisters (Yes We Can Can; Fairytale; How Long [Betcha’ Got a Chick on the Side]) (born July 11, 1950 – died June 8, 2020; age 69). Bonnie Pointer died of cardiac arrest. 

carl reiner died 2020, carl reiner june 2020 death, american comedian, screenwriter, actor, classic tv shows, sitcoms, the dick van dyke show, caesars hour, movies, gidget goes hawaiian, the russians are coming the russians are coming, the thrill of it all, Carl Reiner

American filmmaker & actor of TV (The Dick Van Dyke Show; Caesar’s Hour) and films (The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!; Gidget Goes Hawaiian; The Thrill of it All) (born March 20, 1922 – died June 29, 2020; age 98). Cause of death for Carl Reiner is unknown. (Carl Reiner 1964 Photo: CBS Television)

little richard died 2020, little richard may 2020 death, american songwriter, songwriters hall of fame, rock musician, rock and holl hall of fame, singer, hit songs, tutti frutti, long tall sally, the girl cant help it, lucille, keep a knockin, good golly miss molly,Little Richard (nee Richard Wayne Penniman)

Grammy, Songwriters, and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame American songwriter & singer (Tutti Frutti; Long Tall Sally; Lucille; Keep A Knockin’; Good Golly Miss Molly; The Girl Can’t Help It; Jenny, Jenny; Miss Ann) (born Dec. 5, 1932 – died May 9, 2020; age 87). Little Richard died of bone cancer. (Little Richard 2007 Photo: Anna Bleker)

mike resnick died 2019, mike resnick january 2019 death, american science fiction writer, novelist, hugo awards, short stories, kirinyaga, the manamouki, seven views of olduvai gorge, the 43 antarean dynastiesMike Resnick (nee Michael Diamond Resnick)

Hugo Award-winning American sci-fi editor & writer (Kirinyaga; The Manamouki; Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge; The 43 Antarean Dynasties; Travels with My Cats) (born Mar. 5, 1942 – died Jan. 9, 2020; age 77). Mike Resnick died of cancer. (Mike Resnick 2016 Photo: Damdamdidilolo)

gene reynolds died 2020, gene reynolds february 2020 death, american actor, 1940s movies, gallant sons, classic tv series, the lone ranger, screenwriter, director, tv producer, mash, lou grantGene Reynolds (nee Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal)

Emmy Award-winning American director & actor of movies & TV (M*A*S*H; Hogan’s Heroes; My Three Sons; Room 222; The Ghost and Mrs. Muir; Leave it to Beaver; My Three Sons) (born Apr. 4, 1923 – died Feb. 3, 2020; age 96) Gene Reynolds died of heart failure. (Gene Reynolds 1950 The Lone Ranger)

henri richard birthday, nee joseph henri richard, nickname the pocket rocket, henri richard 1963, canadian hockey player, montreal canadiens centre, national hockey league player, nhl player, hockey hall of fame, brother maurice richard, montreal canadiens captain 1970s, teammate maurice richard, octogenarian birthdays, senior citizen birthdays, 60 plus birthdays, 55 plus birthdays, 50 plus birthdays, over age 50 birthdays, age 50 and above birthdays, celebrity birthdays, famous people birthdays, february 29th birthday, born february 29 1928Henri Richard (nee Joseph Henri Richard; “The Pocket Rocket“)

Hockey Hall of Fame Canadian NHL centre & captain for the Montreal Canadiens (1971-1975), winner of 11 Stanley Cups between 1956-1973 (born Feb. 29, 1936 – died Mar. 6, 2020; age 84). Henri Richard had Alzheimer’s Disease before he died. (Henri Richard 1940s Photo: JonnyThunnder)

kenny rogers died 2020, kenny rogers march 2020 death, american actor, singer, songwriter, the gambler, hit songs, ruby dont take your love to town, lucille, she believes in me, lady, islands in the stream, grammy awards, country music hall of fameKenny Rogers (nee Kenneth Ray Rogers)

Country Music Hall of Fame Grammy winning American singer-songwriter (Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town; Lucille; She Believes in Me; Lady) (born Aug. 21, 1938 – died Mar. 20, 2020; age 81). Kenny Rogers died at home. (Kenny Rogers 1996 Photo: John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com)

bob shane died 2019, bob shane january 2019 death, american folk singer, kingston trio, hit songs, tom dooley, the wreck of the john b, wimoweh, all my sorrows, grammy awardsBob Shane (nee Robert Castle Schoen)

Grammy Award-winning American singer with the Kingston Trio folk-rock group (Tom Dooley; [The Wreck of the] ‘John B’; Wimoweh; All My Sorrows; Tijuana Jail; Oh Cindy) (born Feb. 1, 1934 – died Jan. 26, 2020; age 85). Cause of death for Bob Shane is unknown. (Bob Shane 2007 Photo: Sensei8)

don shula died 2020, don shula may 2020 deaths, american football coach, nfl coach, miami dolphins, superbowl championships, baltimore colts, nfl champions,Don Shula (nee Donald Francis Shula)

Pro Football Hall of Fame American football player & winningest NFL coach (Miami Dolphins – 1972 & 1973 Super Bowl Champs; Baltimore Colts – 1968 NFL Champs) (born Jan. 4, 1930 – died May 4, 2020; age 90). Cause of death for Don Shula is unknown. (Don Shula 1974 Photo: The Mike Douglas Show)

fred silverman died 2020, fred silverman january 2020 death, american tv producer, matlock, diagnosis murder, jake and the fatman, in the heat of the night, father dowling mysteries, perry mason tv movies, Fred Silverman

American producer for ABC, CBS, and NBC TV (Matlock; Diagnosis Murder; Jake and the Fatman; In the Heat of the Night; Father Dowling Mysteries; Perry Mason TV movies; The Mighty Orbots) (born Sept. 13, 1937 – died Jan. 30, 2020; age 82). Fred Silverman died of cancer. (Fred Silverman 1977 Photo: UPI)

maj sjowall birthday, born september 25th, swedish writer, author, per wahloo partner, martin beck mysteries, crime fiction novels, roseanna, the laughing policeman, murder at the savoy, the man who went up in smoke, Maj Sjöwall

Swedish translator and author, co-creator with Per Wahlöö, of Police Detective Martin Beck mystery novels (The Laughing Policeman; Murder at the Savoy; Roseanna) (born Sept. 25, 1935 – died Apr. 29, 2020; age 84). Maj Sjöwall died after a long illness. (Maj Sjöwall 2005 Photo: Anneli Salo)

millie small birthday, nee millicent dolly may small, millie small 1964, jamaican singer, 1960s hit singles, 1960s hit pop songs, my boy lollipop, sweet william, bloodshot eyes, my street, what am i living for, chilly kisses, see you later alligator, songwriter, bluebeat singer, reggae music, ska, peter asher relationship, septuagenarian birthdays, senior citizen birthdays, 60 plus birthdays, 55 plus birthdays, 50 plus birthdays, over age 50 birthdays, age 50 and above birthdays, baby boomer birthdays, zoomer birthdays, celebrity birthdays, famous people birthdays, october 6th birthdays, born october 6 1946Millie Small (nee Millicent Dolly May Small)

Jamaican songwriter, reggae, ska, & bluebeat singer (My Boy Lollipop; Sweet William; Bloodshot Eyes; What Am I Living For; My Street; Chilly Kisses; See You Later, Alligator) (born Oct. 6, 1946 – died May 6, 2020; age 73). Millie Small died of a stroke. (Millie Small 1964 Photo: Harry Pot / Nationaal Archief)

jerry stiller died 2020, jerry stiller death february 2020, american comedian, comedy duos, stiller and meara, tv shows, king of queens, seinfeld, character actor, classic movies, the taking of pelham one two three, nadine, hairspray,Jerry Stiller (nee Gerald Isaac Stiller)

American comedian & actor of TV (Arthur Spooner on The King of Queens; Frank Costanza on Seinfeld; Stiller & Meara; Tattinger’s), and movies (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three; Nadine; Zoolander) (born June 8, 1927 – died Feb 8, 2020; age 92). Jerry Stiller died of natural causes. (Jerry Stiller 1965 Photo)

max von sydow died 2019, max von sydow march 2020 death, swedish actor, movies, remember, three days of the condor, voyage of the damned, the greatest story ever told, pelle the conqueror, hawaii, never say never againMax von Sydow

Swedish actor of TV (Game of Thrones) & films (Remember; Three Days of the Condor; Voyage of the Damned; The Exorcist; Hawaii; Never Say Never Again) (born Apr.10, 1929 – died Mar. 8, 2020; age 90). Max von Sydow’s cause of death is unknown. (Max von Sydow 1965 The Reward Photo: 20th Century Fox)

lyle waggoner died 2020, lyle waggoner march 2020 death, american comedian, actor, classic tv shows, the carol burnett show, wonder woman col steve trevor, once upon a mattress, movies, love me deadlyLyle Waggoner

American actor of TV (The Carol Burnett Show; Col. Steve Trevor on Wonder Woman), movies (Love Me Deadly), producer (Consumer America) (born Apr.13, 1935 – died Mar. 17, 2020; age 84). Lyle Waggoner died after a short illness. (Lyle Waggoner 1976 Photo: ABC Studios)

stuart whitman died 2020, stuart whitman march 2020 death, american actor, classic movies, the comancheros, the sound and the fury, francis of assisi, those magnificent men in their flying machines, tv shows, cimarron stripStuart Whitman

American actor of movies (The Comancheros; The Sound and the Fury; Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; The Mark) and TV (Cimarron Strip; Superboy) (born Feb. 1, 1928 – died Mar. 16, 2020; age 92). Stuart Whitman died of skin cancer. (Stuart Whitman 1972 The Woman Hunter)

fred willard died 2020, fred willard may 2020 death, american comedian, actor, television series, tv sitcoms, fernwood tonight jerry hubbard, america 2-night, real people, everybody loves raymond, modern familyl, movies, silver streakFred Willard (nee Frederick Charles Willard)

American comedic actor of TV (Jerry Hubbard on Fernwood Tonight & America 2-Night; Everybody Loves Raymond; Modern Family; Mad About You), movies (Silver Streak; This is Spinal Tap; Best in Show) (born Sept. 18, 1939 – died May 18, 2020; age 86). Fred Willard died of natural causes. (Fred Willard 2011 Photo: Bridget Laudien)

bill withers died 2020, bill withers march 2020 deaths, african american musician, black singer, songwriter, rock and roll hall of fame, grammy awards, hit songs, aint no sunshine, lean on me, use me,  just the two of use, grover washington jr duet, Bill Withers (nee William Harrison Withers Jr.)

Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American songwriter & singer (Lean on Me; Ain’t No Sunshine; In the Name of Love; Use Me; Just the Two of Us) (born July 4, 1938 – died Mar. 30, 2020; age 81). Bill Withers died of heart problem complications. (Bill Withers 1976 Photo: Columbia Records)

mickey wright died 2020, mickey wright february 2020 death, american ladies golfer, world golf hall of fame, lpga tour golfer, 1960s lpga vare trophy winner, 1963 associated press female athlete of the year 1964, 2010 bob jones award, Mickey Wright (nee Mary Kathryn Wright)

World Golf Hall of Fame LPGA Tour American golfer, 5-time Vare Trophy (1960-1964) winner, 2X AP Female Athlete of the Year (1963 & 1964), 2010 Bob Jones Award (born Feb. 14, 1935 – died Feb. 17, 2020; age 85). Mickey Wright died of a heart attack. (Mickey Wright 1966 Photo: Associated Press)

dana zatopkova died 2020, dana zatopkova march 2020 death, emil zatopek widow, czechoslovakian javelin thrower, 1952 helsinki olympics gold medal, 1960 rome olympics silver medal, european championDana Zátopková (nee Dana Ingrova)

Czechoslovakian javelin thrower, European champ (1954 Bern & 1958 Stockholm) and Olympic medalist (1952 Helsinki gold; 1960 Rome silver) (born Sept. 19, 1922 – died Mar. 13, 2020; age 97). cause of death for Dana Zátopková is unknown. (Dana Zátopková 2007 Photo: Petr Novák, Wikipedia)

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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