Gone But Not Forgotten in 2021

We’ve said goodbye to many famous faces, voices & names from radio, movies, television, sports, history, arts and literature so far in 2021. These celebrities and others said their final farewell to us recently.

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Celebrity deaths in 2021 that you may have missed: 

hank aaron died 2021, hank aaron january 2021 death, american baseball player, mlb fielder, major league baseball,  pro baseball player, 1958 golden glove winner 1960, milwaukee braves right fielder, 1957 national league mvp, 1957 world series champion, atlanta braves, milwaukee brewers, Hank Aaron (nee Henry Louis Aaron; “Hammer”)

National Baseball Hall of Fame American MLB right fielder (Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves; Milwaukee Brewers), 25-time MLB All-Star, 1958-1960 Golden Glove winner, 1957 NL MVP & World Series Champ (born Feb. 5, 1934 – died Jan. 22, 2021; age 86). (Hank Aaron 1974 Photo: Texas Rangers)

george armstrong died 2021, george armstrong january 2021 death, canadian hockey player, right winger, toronto maple leafs, 1960s, stanley cup champ, nhl players, hockey hall of fame, toronto marlboros coach, 1973 memorial cup champs 1975George Armstrong (“Big Chief Shoot The Puck”)

Hockey Hall of Fame Canadian, Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team captain & right winger (1949-1971: 4-time 1960s Stanley Cups), Toronto Marlboros Coach (2-time Memorial Cups- 1973 & 1975) (born July 6, 1930 – died Jan. 24, 2021; age 90) (George Armstrong 1970 Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs)

ralph backstrom birthday, born september 18th, canadian hockey player, professional hockey, montreal canadiens, stanley cup champ, calder memorial trophy winner, hockey all star, nhl centre, whaRalph Backstrom

Canadian pro hockey player, WHA & NHL centre (Montreal Canadiens – 1959 Calder Memorial Trophy, 6-Time All-Star, 6 Stanley Cups; Los Angeles Kings; Chicago Black Hawks) (born Sept. 18, 1937 – died Feb. 7, 2021; age 83). Ralph Backstrom died after a long illness. (Ralph Backstrom 1969 Photo)

elgin baylor, died 2021, march 2021 death, african american, basketball player, naismith memorial basketball hall of fame, 1959, nba rookie of the year, 1950s los angeles lakers players 1960s, 1970s nba forwards, minnesota lakers, nba coachElgin Baylor

Basketball Hall of Fame American NBA forward (Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers), 1959 NBA Rookie of the Year, 11-time NBA All-Star, and Coach (New Orleans Jazz) (born Sept.16, 1934 – died Mar. 22, 2021; age 86). Elgin Baylor died of natural causes. (Elgin Baylor 1967 Photo: Utah Daily Chronicle)

Beverly Clearybeverly cleary, died 2021, march 2021 death, younger, american writer, childrens author, young adult fiction, books, henry huggins, ellen tebbits, beezus and ramona, the mouse and the motorcycle, ramona the pest, runaway ralph, otis spofford, newbery medal (nee Beverly Atlee Bunn)

Newbery Medal-winning American young adult fiction & children’s books author (Henry Huggins; Ellen Tebbits; Beezus and Ramona; The Mouse and the Motorcycle; Ramona the Pest; Runaway Ralph; Otis Spofford) (born April 12, 1916 – died Mar. 25, 2021; age 104). (Beverly Cleary 1954 Photo)

chick corea birthday, born june 12th, american composer, jazz pianist, grammy awards, hit songs, 500 miles high, spain, windows, miles davis band, bandleader, musician, jazz fusion, contemporary classical musicChick Corea (nee Armando Anthony Corea)

Grammy Award-winning American classical & jazz pianist, bandleader, & composer (500 Miles High; Windows; Spain), performer with Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, and the Miles Davis band (born June 12, 1941 – died Feb. 9, 2021; age 79). Chick Corea died of cancer. (Chick Corea 1976 Photo: Polydor Records)

henry darrow, died 2021, march 2021 death, hispanic american actors, puerto rican character actors, tv shows, the high chaparral, the new dick van dyke show, zorro, don diego de la vega, santa barbara, rafael castillo, movies, the hitcher, harry o lieutenantHenry Darrow (nee Enrique Tomás Delgado Jiménez)

Puerto-Rican actor of films (The Hitcher) & TV (The High Chaparral; Santa Barbara; Zorro; The New Dick Van Dyke Show; General Hospital; One Life to Live; The Bold and the Beautiful; Hawaii Five-O) (born Sept. 15, 1933 – died Mar. 14, 2021; age 87). (Henry Darrow 2009 Photo: Harry Cason)

marvin hagler, died 2021, march 2021 death, marvelous marvin, african american, professional boxer, 1980s middleweight boxing champion, international boxing hall of fame, world boxing hall of fame, Marvelous Marvin Hagler (nee Marvin Nathaniel Hagler)

American World & International Boxing Hall of Fame 1980-1987 middleweight champ, Fighter of the Decade (Boxing Illustrated) (born May 23, 1954 – died Mar. 13, 2021; age 66). Cause of death for Marvin Hagler is unknown. (Marvin Hagler 1986 Photo: Reagan White House Photographs)  

kathleen heddle died 2021, kathleen heddle january 2021 death, born november 27th, canadian rower, canadian sports hall of fame, olympic medalists, barcelona olympics, coxless pair, coxless eights, double sculls, atlanta olympic games, quadruple scullsKathleen Heddle

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Olympic rower (1992 Barcelona coxless pair & eights gold; 1996 Atlanta double sculls gold; quadruple sculls bronze), FISA Thomas Keller medalist (born Nov. 27, 1965 – died Jan. 11, 2021; age 55). Kathleen Heddle had cancer before she died. (Rowing Photo: Sean Robertson)

gloria henry died 2021, gloria henry april 2021 death, american actress, tv shows, dennis the menace, alice mitchell, movies, sport of kings, bulldog drummond strikes back, the strawberry roan, triple threat, johnny allegro, miss grant takes richmond, Gloria Henry

American actress of TV (Alice Mitchell on Dennis the Menace) & films (The Strawberry Roan; Sport of Kings; Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back; Triple Threat; Johnny Allegro; Miss Grant Takes Richmond; Kill the Umpire; Rancho Notorious) (born Apr. 2, 1923 – died Apr. 3, 2021; age 98). (Gloria Henry 1959 Photo: CBS)

hal holbrook died 2021, hal holbrook january 2021 death, american actor, tv shows, the brighter day, the bold ones the senator, the west wing, north and south, director, designing women, movies, magnum force, all the presidents men, the great white hope, they only kill their masters, midway, capricorn one,Hal Holbrook (nee Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr.)

Emmy and Tony-winning American actor of stage, TV (The Bold Ones: The Senator; Evan Evans on Evening Shade; The Brighter Day), & movies (All The President’s Men; Magnum Force; The Firm; The Star Chamber) (born Feb. 17, 1925 – died Jan. 23, 2021; age 95) (Hal Holbrook 1989 Photo: Alan Light)

larry king died 2021, larry king january 2021 death, american journalist, interviewer, radio show host, radio broadcaster, tv talk shows, larry  king live, politicking with larry king,Larry King (nee Lawrence Harvey Zeiger)

American journalist, actor & host of radio and TV (Larry King Live; Larry King Now; PoliticKING with Larry King; Miami Undercover; Larry King Show) (born Nov. 19, 1933 – died Jan. 23, 2021; age 87). Larry King had COVID-19 before he died. (Larry King 2006 Photo: P.O. 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

bruce kirby birthday, nee bruno giovanni quidaciolu, bruce kirby 1973, american character actor, 1960s television series, car 54 where are you officer kissel, the defenders guest star, the patty duke show guest star, the mothers in law bill trumbull, hogans heroes guest star, bonanza guest star, 1970s movies, catch 22, how to frame a figg, j w coop, another nice mess, the marcus nelson murders tv movie, the commitment, fyre, the muppet movie, 1970s tv shows, ironside guest star, the courtship of eddies father guest star, room 222, mccloud guest star, medical center guest star, marcus welby md guest star, kojak sgt al vine, holmes and yo yo captain harry sedford, the rockford files guest star, the eddie capra mysteries guest star, turnabout al brennan, barney miller guest star, vegas joe culley, 1980s television shows, shannon detective george schmidt, lou grant guest star, down and out in beverly hills guest star, hunter chief edward stanmore, punky brewster pete the crank frank, anything but love leo miller, la law da bruce rogoff, 1980s films, sweet dreams, armed and dangerous, stand by me, happy new year, the in crowd, throw momma from the train, lady in white, the big picture, 1990s movies, bad jim, joey takes a cab, perry mason the case of the fatal fashion, another time another place, mr wonderful, rave review, the cottonwood, interlocked thrilled to death, autunno, vinnie and angelas beauty salon and funeral parlor, 1990s tv series, in the heat of the night deputy chief harlan cassidy, reasonable doubts guest star, columbo sgt phil brindle sgt george kramer, murder she wrote guest star, 2000s films, crash, alpha mail, 2 22, father of bruno kirby, father of john kirby, 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, april 24th birthdays, born april 24 1928Bruce Kirby (nee Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu)

American actor of TV (L. A. Law; Car 54, Where Are You?; Columbo; Marcus Welby, M.D.; Hogan’s Heroes; Ironside; Bonanza; ; Room 222; Barney Miller; McCloud; Holmes and Yoyo; Kojak) & movies (How to Frame a Figg) (born Apr. 24, 1928 – died Jan. 4, 2021; age 92) (Bruce Kirby Photo: Courtesy John Kirby)

yaphet kotto, died 2021, march 2021 death, black actors, movies, live and let die, blue collar, alien, brubaker, othello, the star chamber, the running man, midnight run, tv shows, homicide life on the street,Yaphet Kotto

American actor of TV (Lt. Al Giardello on Homicide: Life on the Street) & films (Othello; The Running Man; Alien; Midnight Run; The Thomas Crown Affair; Blue Collar; Live and Let Die; Brubaker; The Star Chamber) (born Nov. 15, 1939 – died Mar. 15, 2021; age 81). (Yaphet Kotto 1969 Daniel Boone)

tommy lasorda died 2021, tommy lasorda january 2021 death, american baseball manager, national baseball hall of fame, los angeles dodgers, world series champs, mlb pitcher, brooklyn dodgers, 1950s, 1970s, coachTommy Lasorda (nee Thomas Charles Lasorda)

National Baseball Hall of Fame Major League Baseball manager (Los Angeles Dodgers 1976-1996, 2X World Series Championships), MLB pitcher & coach (born Sept. 22, 1927 – died Jan. 7, 2021; age 93). Tommy Lasorda died of cardiac arrest. (Tommy Lasorda 1981 Photo: Reagan White House)

Cloris Leachmancloris leachman died 2021, cloris leachman january 2021 death, american actress, academy award, movies, the last picture show, young frankenstein, tv shows, lassie ruth martin, sitcoms, the mary tyler moore show, phyllis lindstrom, the facts of life, raising hope, emmy awards

American Emmy & Oscar-winning actress of TV (Lassie; The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Phyllis, The Facts of Life; Raising Hope; Mr. Novak), movies (The Last Picture Show; Young Frankenstein; Spanglish; Prancer) (born Apr. 30, 1926 – died Jan. 27, 2021; age 94. (Cloris Leachman 1960 Thriller)

john lutz birthday, john lutz 2010s, american mystery writer, mystery thriller novelist, author, single white female, buyer beware, alo nudger mystery series, tropical heat, fred carver myster series, darker than night, frank quinn mysteries, final seconds, lazarus man, the havana game, the honorable traitors, 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 11th birthdays, born september 11 1939John Lutz

Edgar Award-winning American mystery author (Single White Female; Buyer Beware / Alo Nudger; Tropical Heat / Fred Carver; Darker Than Night / Frank Quinn) (born Sept.11, 1939- died Jan. 9, 2021; age 81). Cause of death for John Lutz is unknown. (John Lutz Photo: Phil Shoulberg Photography LLC)

margaret maron birthday, born august 25th, american writer, mystery novelist, crime fiction, author, judge deborah knott books, bootleggers daughter, southern discomfort, sigrid harald character, one coffee with, Margaret Maron

Agatha Award-winning American author of Judge Deborah Knott & Sigrid Harald books (Bootlegger’s Daughter; Southern Discomfort; Shooting at Loons) (born Aug. 25, 1938 – died Feb. 23, 2021; age 82). Margaret Maron died of stroke complications. (Margaret Maron 2007 Photo: Margaret Maron)

gerry marsden died 2021, gerry marsden january 2021 death, english singer, british, merseybeat, gerry and the pacemakers, hit songs, ferry cross the mersey, dont let the sun catch you crying, youll never walk alone, ill be there, i like it, how do you do it,Gerry Marsden (nee Gerard Marsden)

Gerry and the Pacemakers & solo British singer-songwriter (Ferry Cross the Mersey; Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying; You’ll Never Walk Alone; I’ll Be There) (born Sept. 24, 1942 – died Jan. 3, 2021; age 78). Gerry Marsden died of a blood infection in his heart. (Gerry Marsden 1964 Photo: Paul Schumach)

biff mcguire birthday, died 2021, 2021 death, american actor,  movies, the werewolf of washington, serpico, midway, tv shows, herb shriner time regular, soap operas, the secret storm bruce edwards,  the thomas crown affair, the heart is a lonely hunter, gibbsville how the west was won, all my children harry flax,  tv soaps, search for tomorrow, santa barbaraBiff McGuire (nee William Joseph McGuire Jr.)

American actor of TV (All My Children; Search for Tomorrow; The Secret Storm; Santa Barbara; Barnaby Jones) & films (Serpico; The Thomas Crown Affair; Midway; Hollywood Seagull; The Heart is a Lonely Hunter) (born Oct. 25, 1926 – died 2021; age 94). (Biff McGuire 1973 The Werewolf of Washington)

larry mcmurtry, died 2021, march 2021 death, american writer, texas novelist, author, academy awards, movie screenwriter, book store, lonesome dove, brokeback mountain, novelist, pulitzer prize, terms of endearment, the evening star, the last picture show, texasvilleLarry McMurtry

Academy Award-winning American screenwriter (Brokeback Mountain; The Evening Star) & Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (Lonesome Dove; The Last Picture Show; Terms of Endearment) (born June 3, 1936 – died Mar. 25, 2021; age 84). (Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up Book Store 2005 Photo: Surgeonsmate

prince philip died, prince philip 2021 death, april 2021 dead, philip mountbatten, prince philip of greece and denmark, duke of edinburgh, prince of the united kingdom, married princess elizabeth, queen elizabeth ii consort, british royalty, Prince Philip [Mountbatten] (nee Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark)

Naturalised British citizen as Philip Mountbatten, Prince of the United Kingdom, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, patron or board member of 800+ organizations, and avid sportsman (born June 10, 1921died April 9, 2021; age 99). (Prince Philip 1992 Photo: Allan warren)

christopher plummer died 2021, christopher plummer february 2021 death, canadian actor, academy award, movies, remember, the sound of music, beginners, the pyx, triple cross, battle of britain, eyewitness, national treasure, stage struckChristopher Plummer (nee Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer)

Emmy, Tony, & Oscar-winning Canadian actor of stage, TV & films (Beginners; The Sound of Music; Remember; Triple Cross; National Treasure; Battle of Britain; Stage Struck) (born Dec. 13, 1929 – died Feb. 5, 2021; age 91). Christopher Plummer died after a fall. (Christopher Plummer 1973 The Pyx)

john reilly birthday, john reilly 1978, american actor, 1970s movies, the great waldo pepper, the main event, 1970s television series, 1970s tv soap operas, as the world turns dr danny stewart, gunsmoke guest star, how the west was won jeremiah taylor, the bionic woman guest star, 1980s films, gorp, deal of the century, doin time, touch and go, 1980s tv shows, heres boomer guest star, hart to hart guest star, silver spools bob danish, dallas roy ralston, newhart guest star, dynasty jj, paper dolls jake larner, 1990s movies, cityscrapes los angeles, spilt milk, fallout, 1990s television shows, empty nest adam blakely, iron man guest star, beverly hills 90210 bill taylor, mortal kombat conquest baron reyland, arliss mike armstrong, 1990s daytime television serials, sunset beach del douglas, 2000s tv series, 2000s tv soaps, days of our lives marquis of la cienega, passions alistair crane, general hospital night shift sean donely, 2010s television series, the bay mortimer, general hospital sean donely, 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, november 11th birthdays, born november 11 1936 John Reilly

American actor of TV (Sean Donely on General Hospital; Dr. Danny Stewart on As the World Turns; Passions; Sunset Beach; Beverly Hills, 90210) & movies (The Great Waldo Pepper) (born Nov. 11, 1936 – died Jan. 9, 2021; age 86). Cause of death for John Reilly is unknown. (John Reilly 1978 Lassie: A New Beginning)  

peter mark richman died 2021, peter mark richman january 2021 death, american actor, tv shows, cains hundred, longstreet, santa barbara, dynasty, the fbi, movies, friendly persuasion, the strange one, the black orchid, the murder men, agent for harm, Peter Mark Richman (nee Marvin Jack Richman; aka Mark Richman)

American actor of TV (Cain’s Hundred; Longstreet; Santa Barbara; Dynasty; The F.B.I.; Beverly Hills, 90210; Police Story; The Virginian) & movies (The Black Orchid; The Murder Men; Friendly Persuasion; The Strange One) (born Apr. 16, 1927  – died Jan. 14, 2021; age 93). (Peter Mark Richman 1957: Photoplay)

tanya roberts died 2021, tanya roberts january 2021 death, american model, 1982 playboy cover, actress, movies, the beastmaster, a view to a kill, tv shows, charlies angels, that 70s show,  Tanya Roberts (nee Victoria Leigh Blum)

American model and actress of TV (Julie Rogers on Charlie’s Angels; Midge Pinciotti on That 70’s Show) and movies (The Beastmaster; Sheena; A View to a Kill; Inner Sanctum) (born Oct. 15, 1955 – died Jan. 3, 2021; age 65). Cause of death for Tanya Roberts is unknown. (Tanya Roberts 1983 Photo: CBS)

jimmie f rodgers died 2021, jimmie f rodgers january 2021 death, american singer, pop music, hit songs, honeycomb, kisses sweeter than wine, oh oh im falling in love again, secretly, are you really mine, 1960s movies, the little shepherd of kingdom come, back door to hell,Jimmie Rodgers (nee James Frederick Rodgers)

American singer (Honeycomb; Kisses Sweeter Than Wine; Secretly; Mule Skinner Blues; It’s Over), host & actor of TV (The Folk World of Jimmie Rodgers) and movies (Back Door to Hell) (born Sept. 18, 1933 – died Jan. 18, 2021; age 87). (Jimmie F. Rodgers 1961 The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come)

phil spector died 2021, phil spector january 2021 death, american record producer, wall of sound, the ronettes, songwriter, hit songs, to know him is to love him, my sweet lor, youve lost that lovin feelingPhil Spector (nee Harvey Phillip Spector)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame American songwriter & producer (To Know Him is to Love Him; You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling; My Sweet Lord) (born Dec. 26, 1939 – died Jan. 16, 2021; age 81). Phil Specter died of COVID-19 complications. (Phil Spector 2000 Photo: Kingkongphoto &

leon spinks died 2021, leon spinks february 2021 death, african american boxer, heavyweight champ, 1978, defeated muhammad ali, 1976 montreal olympic games, 1976 olympic light heavyweight, boxing gold medalist, amateur boxer, professional boxer, Leon Spinks

1976 Montreal Olympic Games light heavyweight American gold medalist, 1978 World Heavyweight Champ (defeated Muhammad Ali) (born July 11, 1953 – died Feb. 5, 2021; age 67). Leon Spinks had prostate cancer before he died. (Leon Spinks 1995 Photo: Johnmaxmena at English Wikipedia)

cicely tyson died 2021, cicely tyson january 2021 death, african american actress, black actress, emmy awards, tony awards, carib gold, tv shows, east side west side, king, the autobiography of miss jane pittman, movies, sounder, a man called adamCicely Tyson

Tony & Emmy Award-winning American actress of TV (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman; Roots; East Side, West Side) & movies (Sounder; Bustin’ Loose; A Man Called Adam; The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; The Blue Bird) (born Dec. 19, 1924 – died Jan. 28, 2021; age 96) (Cicely Tyson 1956 Carib Gold)

mary wilson died 2021, mary wilson february 2021 death, african american singer, 1960s, the supremes, rock and roll hall of fame, hit songs, come see about me, where did our love go, baby love, you cant hurry love, stop in the name of love, back in my arms again,Mary Wilson

American singer with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group the Supremes (The Happening; Back in My Arms Again; Where Did Our Love Go; Baby Love; You Can’t Hurry Love), and author (Dreamgirl; Supreme Faith) (born Mar. 6, 1944 – died Feb. 8, 2021; age 76). (Mary Wilson 1965  Photo: Jac. de Nijs)

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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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