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From legendary film and television producer Norman Lear to “Friends” star Matthew Perry to Suzanne Somers, Jimmy Buffett, Paul Reubens, and Sinead O’Connor, here are the celebrities we’ve lost in 2023.
Lola Mitchell (August 7, 1979 – January 1, 2023)
Mitchell—better known as Gangsta Boo or Lady Boo— was a trailblazer in the hip-hop world, beginning her career as a teenager in Three 6 Mafia. She passed away on Jan. 1, 2023. Mitchell was 43.
Fred White ( January 13, 1955 - January 1, 2023)
White was the drummer of the iconic band Earth, Wind and Fire, a founding member who would be part of six Grammys nods and a total of 13 nominations plus the 2000 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame introduction. Keeping the beat to classic tracks such as 1979’s “Boogie Wonderland” and 1977’s “Runnin’,” White would continue to work in the business, most recently playing on Diana Ross’s 2021 album “Thank You.” White died on Jan. 2, 2023. He was 68.
Frank Galati (November 29, 1943 – January 2, 2023)
Galati was a multiple Tony Award winner — best play and best director — for his adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath” that starred Gary Sinise as Tom Joad. His other notable work included the musical “Ragtime” and “The Accidental Tourist,” the latter earning him an Oscar nomination. Galati passed away on Jan. 2, 2023. He was 79.
Earl Boen (August 8, 1941 - January 5, 2023)
The longtime actor had roles in both television and film, beginning in the 1980s, and would also find success doing voiceover work. However, his most famous role that placed him in pop-culture infamy was as Dr. Peter Silberman in The Terminator franchise. Boen passed away on Jan. 5, 2023. He was 81.New year.
Russell Banks (March 28, 1940 – January 7, 2023)
Banks was a highly acclaimed novelist whose work highlighted the working class, which was a reflection of his own upbringing. Overall, he wrote 21 books, with “Continental Drift” and “Cloudsplitter” both becoming finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and “Affliction” and “The Sweet Hereafter” getting adapted for the big screen. The professor emeritus passed away on Jan. 7, 2023. He was 82.
Charles Simic (May 9, 1938 - January 9, 2023)
Simic was an award-winning poet, most notably receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for “The World Doesn’t End” as well as the Frost Medal. His work was highly regarded in the writing community, and his reputation led him to become the 15th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. The former poetry editor of “The Paris Review” passed away on Jan. 9, 2023. He was 84.
Melinda Dillon (October 13, 1939 – January 9, 2023)
Dillon (pictured second from the left) moved from the Broadway stage in the 1960s (where she was nominated for a Tony award) to television and film, starring in her first feature in 1969 (“April Fools”).
Her big break came a few years later when she played Memphis Sue in the biopic “Bound for Glory,” a role that earned her a Golden Globe nomination. From there, she landed roles in major productions like Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977 and Sydney Pollack’s “Absence of Malice” in 1981.
But it would be the role as Ralphie’s mother in the 1983 holiday film “A Christmas Story” that would be a lasting mark—the identifiable character still reaches new audiences today during the Christmas season. Dillon passed away on Jan. 9, 2023. She was 83.
Jeff Beck (June 24, 1944 – January 10, 2023)
From The Yardbirds to the Jeff Beck Group, his innovative style made Beck a guitar legend, with his influence spanning everything from blues to hard rock and even jazz. He passed away on Jan. 10, 2023. Beck was 78.
Carole Cook (January 14, 1924 – January 11, 2023)
The longtime actress had a remarkable career in theater, television and film. Cook made appearances on TV shows that spanned everything from “The Lucy Show” to “Knight Rider” and “Magnum P.I.”; from the stage, she starred in the national tour of “Steel Magnolias,” and followed Carol Channing in “Hello, Dolly!”; and on the big screen, appeared in films such as “The Incredible Mr. Limpet,” “American Gigolo,” and “Sixteen Candles.” Cook passed away on Jan. 11, 2023. She was 98.
Tatjana Patitz (May 25, 1966 – January 11, 2023)
Patitzk was part of what many coined the “original supermodels,” with the German model appearing in the George Michael video to his songs “Faith,” alongside the others who held the distinction: Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista. She passed away on Jan. 11, 2023. Patitzk was 56.
Lisa Marie Presley (February 1, 1968 - January 12, 2023)
The daughter of Elvis and Priscilla, Lisa Marie was in the public eye before she seemingly took her first steps. She went to carve out an established career as a singer-songwriter, releasing three solo albums, and made admirable impacts as a humanitarian and philanthropist. She passed away on Jan. 12, 2023. Lisa Marie Presley was 54.
Gina Lollobrigida (July 4, 1927 – January 16, 2023)
Lollobrigida rose to international stardom in the 1950s and ’60s, capturing much of the essence of Italian film. She made her English-language big-screen debut in 1953, acting alongside Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones in John Huston’s “Beat the Devil.” Her career shifted to that of a photojournalist throughout the following decades but reappeared in the U.S. entertainment world in “Falcon Crest” in 1984. Lollobrigida passed away on Jan. 16, 2023. She was 95.
David Crosby (August 14, 1941 – January 19, 2023)
A founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (later Crosby, Stills and Nash), David Crosby was a legend in the music industry. He was part of hits that spanned the decades as well as generations of fans, with the singer-songwriter holding the rare achievement of being a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, getting the nod with each group. He passed away on Jan. 19, 2023. Crosby was 81.
Lance Kerwin (November 6, 1960 – January 24, 2023)
Kerwin was a child and teen actor whose steady climb in Hollywood began in the 1970s, acting in shows such as “Wonder Woman,” “Little House on the Prairie,” and “The Bionic Woman.” He would gain even more notoriety while acting in the miniseries “Salem’s Lot,” an adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Kerwin passed away on Jan. 24, 2023. He was 62.
Tom Verlaine ( December 13, 1949 - January 28, 2023)
Verlaine was a founding member of the iconic New York punk band Television, which rose to notoriety as a staple at the legendary club CBGB during the 1970s. Considered a brilliant guitarist and songwriter, Verlaine’s legacy helped shape the punk rock scene worldwide. He passed away on Jan. 28, 2023, at age 73.
Cindy Williams (August 22, 1947 – January 25, 2023)
Williams’ acting career spanned some six decades, beginning in the late 1960s. But is was her role on “Happy Days” spinoff “Laverne and Shirley” that place her in pop culture infamy. Alongside Penny Marshall, the show would earn six Golden Globe noms, which included best actress in a comedy nod to Williams. She passed away on Jan. 25, 2023. Williams was 75.
Lisa Loring (February 16, 1958 – January 28, 2023)
Loring played Wednesday on the original “The Addams Family” in the 1960s, and would go to have a reoccurring role on the popular soap opera “As the World Turns.” She died on Jan. 28, 2023. Loring was 64.
Burt Bacharach (May 12, 1928 – February 8, 2023)
Bacharach was an iconic composer, an eight-time Emmy Award winner, three-time Oscar winner, plus a prize-winning nod on Broadway for “Promises, Promises.” He songs such as “Walk on By,” Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” were massive hits, ones that continue to be covered today, and his list of artists he worked with was equally legendary: Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, plus Dionne Warwick, and Tom Jones, to na e few. Bacharach passed away on Feb. 8, 2023. He was 94.
Raquel Welch (September 5, 1940 - February 15, 2023)
The iconic actress rose to fame during the 1960s, starring in the “Fantastic Voyage” and “One Million Years B.C.” From there, her career continued to skyrocket, including a Golden Globe nod for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her 1974 role in “The Three Musketeers.” Welch passed away on Feb. 15, 2023. She was 82.
Stella Stevens (October 1, 1938 – February 18, 2023)
The Golden Globe-winning actress rose to stardom in the late 1950s, beginning with her role in “Say One for Me” (1959), which starred Bing Crosby and Debbie Reynolds. Her work from there included the “Nutty Professor,” plus parts in “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” and “The Silencers” with Dean Martin. Stevens’ career moved from the big screen to television—with some film roles mixed in through the decades—where she appeared on show such as “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Love Boat” and “Magnum P.I.” Stevens passed away on Feb. 18. She was 84.
Barbara Bosson (November 1, 1939 – February 18, 2023)
Bosson’s Hollywood career flourished after landing a part in the crime drama “Hill Street Blues” in 1981. Her role as the ex-wife of Captain Frank Furillo—which Daniel J. Travanti played—was meant to be a one-off, but her character’s reception was so strong that she became a regular, eventually winning five Emmy Awards. Bosson passed away on Feb. 18, 2023. She was 83.
Richard Belzer (August 4, 1944 – February 19, 2023)
Belzer was a comic, actor and author, who rose to fame for multiple generations of fans on the small screen as Detective John Munch. The role would be part of several NBC crime series, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Belzer passed away on Feb. 19, 2023. He was 78.
Tom Sizemore (November 29, 1961 - March 3, 2023)
Sizemore had a successful—though often controversial—Hollywood career, which began flourishing after his role in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryann.” Before that role, he had parts in films such as “Passenger 57,” “True Romance,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Devil in a Blue Dress,” “Heat,” and “Enemy of the State.” But the World War II epic would take Sizemore’s career to another level, one which would not sustain into the following decades. Sizemore passed away on March 3, 2023. He was 61.
Gary Rossington (December 4, 1951 – March 5, 2023)
The legendary guitarist and songwriter was the last surviving member of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd, and his style will be forever remembered along with his classic riffs such as the timeless intro to “Free Bird.” Rossington passed away on March 5, 2023. He was 71.
Robert Blake (September 18, 1933 - March 9, 2023)
Blake was a former child actor whose career began in the 1930s and had the rare Hollywood tale of also finding success during his adult life. He starred in films and television series through the decades, including “Rawhide” in 1965. His breakout role came n 1967 in the Oscar-nominated film “In Cold Blood,” in which he played Perry Smith from the famed Truman Capote novel.
Blake would play his most prominent role shortly after that when in 1975, he began a four-year run as the star of the cop drama “Baretta.” Much of his later life was marred in controversy, as Blake faced murder charges for killing his second wife. Though he was acquitted, the damage to his reputation was arguably not reparable. Blake died on March 9, 2023. He was 89.
Bobby Caldwell (August 15, 1951 – March 14, 2023)
The soulful singer/songwriter made a lasting mark in the industry, with his biggest hit, “What You Won’t Do for Love,” having been covered multiple times since debuting in 1978 and soaring up the Billboard charts. Caldwell passed away on March 14, 2023. He was 71.
Lance Reddick (June 7, 1962 – March 17, 2023)
Reddick had a successful career in Hollywood, landing roles in both TV and film, but it was his work as Lt. Cedric Daniels on the hit show “The Wire,” which escalated his fame. The longtime actor passed away on March 17, 2023. He was 60.
Wayne Swinny (November 1, 1963 - March 22, 2023
Swinny was a founding member of Salvia, a band that rose to fame with a style that mixed hard rock and rap. Swinny was the guitarist for the band, which began in 1997. He passed away on March 22, 2023, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Swinny was 59.
Tom Leadon (September 16, 1952 - March 22, 2023
Leadon was a founding member of Mudcrutch, a band remembered most as Tom Petty’s first group. In 1975, the Eagles—which included his brother, Bernie—recorded an original by Leadon, “Hollywood Waltz.” The musician also played for Linda Ronstadt and the country-rock group Silver during his career, and reunited with Mudcrutch in 2007. Leadon passed away on March 22, 2023. he was 70.
Gunter Nezhoda ( January 1956 - March 21, 2023)
Nezhoda became a familiar face on television during the seven episodes of “Storage Wars” he appeared in from 2015 to 2019. His daughter and star of the reality show, Rene, confirmed that Gunter had lost his battle with cancer on March 21, 2023. He was 67.
Paul O'Grady (June 14, 1955 - March 28, 2023)
The longtime British television host rose to fame in the 1990s with his drag queen alter ego, Lily Savage. His star would only continue to rise through the years, which included accolades such as a TV BAFTA and becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to entertainment. O’Grady passed away on March 28, 202. He was 67.
Seymour Stein (April 18, 1942 – April 2, 2023)
Stein’s career in the music industry began when he was 16 with an after-school job at Billboard, which kicked off a legendary run that ended as one of the icons in the business. To name a few of his lasting successes in music, Stein helped usher in the first wave of punk bands in America, including the Ramones and the Talking Heads, and he will forever be remembered as the man who signed Madonna. The Sire Records founder (1976) passed away on April 2, 2023. He was 80.
Judy Farrell (May 11, 1938 – April 2, 2023)
Farrell’s acting career included bit parts in notable television series such as “The Partridge Family,” “Port Charles,” and “Fame.” But her role as Nurse Able on the comedy series “M*A*S*H”—which starred her then-husband, Mike—supplanted her in pop culture history. Farrell passed away on April 2, 2023. She was 84.
Norman Reynolds (March 26, 1934 – April 6, 2023)
The British production designer and director impacted film history like few others could claim, most notably in his design work on the original “Star Wars” trilogy and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He took home Academy Awards for art direction in both and was nominated for another Oscar for his work on “Empire of the Sun.” In addition to production design, Reynolds also directed, including Richard Donner’s “Superman” in 1978. He passed away on April 6, 2023, at 89.
Paul Cattermole (March 7, 1977 – April 6, 2023)
Cattermole (pictured top-center in 2001) was one of the original members of the U.K. pop group S Club 7, which rose to stardom in the early 2000s after their hit “Never Had a Dream Come True” landed in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. While the success was short-lived worldwide, the group was still beloved in the U.K., where many fans eagerly awaited the 25th-anniversary reunion tour that was announced in February. Cattermole passed away on April 6, 2023. He was 46.
Michael Lerner (June 22, 1941 – April 8, 2023)
Lerner’s acting career consisted of work in film, television and the stage, but his roles on the Silver Screen received the most notoriety. A highly respected character actor, Lerner’s nuanced delivery and tone always played into whatever part he was playing, with his most notable work coming in “Eight Men Out,” and as studio boss Jack Lipnick in “Barton Fink,” which earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. Lerner passed away on April 8, 2023. He was 81.
Anne Perry (October 28, 1938 - April 10, 2023)
Perry, born Juliet Hulme, was a convicted killer turned crime writer whose crime period novels sold some 20-plus million copies worldwide. Her most notable work was the Thomas Pitt and William Monk series of historical detective fiction. When she was 16, Perry was convicted of murder in New Zealand concerning the death of her friend’s mother. The shocking tale would later be the morbid inspiration behind Peter Jackson’s 1994 film “Heavenly Creatures.” Perry died on April 10, 2023. She was 84.
Carol Locatell (December 13, 1940 - April 11, 2023)
The actress had an impressive career both in film and on the stage, which included several roles in Neil Simon’s plays on Broadway—”Broadway Bound” being her first. She acted alongside Burt Reynolds in three films, with credits in “Paternity,” “Sharky’s Machine,” and “Best Friends.” But Locatell would soar to cult-icon status in the mid-1908s and beyond after her memorable part in “Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning” as Ethel “Ma” Hubbard. Locatell passed away on April 11, 2023. She was 82.
Barry Humphries (February 17, 1934 - April 22, 2023)
The Australian comedian, satirist, author and author was a trailblazing talent in the entertainment world, strapped with a quick wit that helped propel his famous characters such as Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Stone and Sir Les Patterson. Humphries passed away on April 22, 2023. He was 89.
Len Goodman (April 25, 1944 – April 22, 2023)
The English dance master rose to massive fame as a judge on the ABC/Disney+ series “Dancing with the Stars,” which was a U.S. version of the U.K. show “Strictly Come Dancing” that Goodman also appeared on. He passed away on April 22, 2023. Goodman was 78.
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Harry Belafonte (March 1, 1927 - April 25, 2023)
Belafonte excelled in the entertainment industry as a singer and an actor, the former with world-renowned hits like “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” and the latter garnering such accolades as a Tony Award for his work in “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac.” However, his most notable legacy came as an activist, where he spent decades championing causes close to his heart. Belafonte passed away on April 25, 2023. He was 96.
Jerry Springer (February 13, 1944 - April 27, 2023)
The longtime talk show host was a trailblazing—albeit controversial—figure in the industry whose influence would be felt over the 27 years the “The Jerry Springer Show” ran. From the on-stage fighting with the show’s guests (and the topics they were there to discuss) to the rowdy audience, Springer had set the tone for daytime television talk shows, which few could match. He passed away on April 27, 2023. Springer was 79.
Tim Bachman (August 1, 1951 – April 28, 2023)
One of the founders of Bachman-Turner Overdrive—a popular Canadian rock band that produced top-25 hits in the U.S. like “Let It Ride”—Bachman passed away on April 28, 2023. He was 71.
Gordon Lightfoot (November 17, 1938 - May 1, 2023)
The Canadian singer-songwriter was a four-time Grammy nominee, with hits such as “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” and “If You Could Read My Mind,” which landed in the U.S. pop charts in 1970. His folk ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”—a track that detailed the sinking of the Great Lakes cargo ship—would be his most successful song, landing at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. Lightfoot passed away on May 1, 2023. He was 84.
Eileen Saki (November 18, 1943 – May 1, 2023)
Saki—born Minako Borgen—held the pop-culture distinction as the actress who longest held the role of Rosie, proprietor of Rosie’s Bar, in the television series “M*A*S*H.” She infamously landed the role after sneaking onto the lot and meeting producer Burt Metcalfe. Her other work included parts alongside Tom Hanks in “Splash,” and Mel Brooks’ “History of the World: Part I.” Sakie passed away on May 1, 2023. She was 79.
Sonia Pizarro (January 31, 1963 - May 3, 2023)
Pizarro rose to fame as a big personality on “Operation Repo,” which was created by her brother and ran for 11 seasons. She passed away on May 3, 2022. Pizarro was 60.
Jacklyn Zeman (March 6, 1953 – May 10, 2023)
Zeman rose to fame as Bobbie Spencer on the ABC daytime soap opera “General Hospital,” a role she played for over four decades. The Emmy-nominated actress passed away on May 10, 2022. Zeman was 70.
Barry Newman (November 7, 1930 – May 11, 2023)
Newman began his career on Broadway before making a move to television and film in the 1970s, where he landed multiple roles, including in “The Lawyer” and “Vanishing Point.” His work as lawyer Tony Petrocelli in the drama series “Petrocelli” earned him his most acclaimed praise, with the actor receiving Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his work. Newmans passed away on May 11, 2023. He was 92.
Ray Stevenson (May 25, 1964 – May 21, 2023)
Stevenson’s acting career included over 60 credits through the years, with his big break coming in 2005 when he played Titus Pullo in the BBC/HBO series “Rome.” He would appear in film and television, including the 2022 Oscar-winning film “RRR” (Best Song), as well as multiple roles in several of the “Star Wars” television series. Stevenson passed away on May 21, 2023. He was 58.
Ed Ames (July 9, 1927 – May 21, 2023)
Ames was a singer and actor who first stepped onto the national stage alongside his siblings in the 1950s as the group Ames Brothers. However, he rose to fame in the 1960s with a string of No. 1 solo hits—”My Cup Runneth Over”, “Time, Time”, and “When the Snow is on the Roses”—while also playing the role of Mingo on the television series “Daniel Boone.” The latter placed Ames in pop cultural history thanks to his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” where he infamously displayed his ax-throwing skills (that didn’t quite hit the target where intended). Ames passed away on May 21, 2023. He was 95.
Tina Turner (November 26, 1939 - May 24, 2023)
Tina Turner, the iconic rock and soul singer whose vocals were as recognizable as any in music history, was one of the most popular entertainers of all time. From her early beginnings in the 1950s to the megastardom in the 19070s and ’80s, her unmatched talent and stage presence attracted a massive fan base, with her “Twenty Four Seven” tour in 2000 selling more than $100 million in tickets. Her library of work earned her multiple Billboard Awards, Grammies, and even the Kennedy Center Honors in 2005. The “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” passed away on May 24, 2023. Turner was 83.
George Maharis (September 1, 1928 – May 24, 2023)
Maharis was an actor and a singer, best known for his role as Buz Murdock on the 1960 CBS hit “Route 66.” He left the show for health reasons after 82 episodes but would continue to find success in Hollywood —in both film and television—after his departure. Maharis passed away on May 24, 2023. He was 94.
Milt Larsen (April 9, 1931 – May 28, 2023)
Larsen was a familiar face in Hollywood for decades, first as the original host of the television show “Truth or Consequences,” which followed work in radio as a writer. His biggest claim to fame, however, came as the co-founder of the legendary The Magic Castle in the 1960s, an iconic spot above the heart of Hollywood that features magic shows and serves as the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts.
A native of Los Angeles, he also wrote songs with Richard Sherman, who would go on to write music for musicals such as “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Larsen passed away on May 28, 2023. The Mayfair Music Hall creator was 92.
John Beasley (June 26, 1943 – May 30, 2023)
Although Beasley didn’t start his acting career until his 40s, the talented performer would carve out an impressive resume in film and television. His notable roles on the silver screen included General Lasseter in “The Sum of All Fears,” Mr. Hall—Jesse and Terry Hall’s father—in “The Mighty Ducks,” Reverend C. Charles Blackwell in “The Apostle,” and Coach Warren in “Rudy.” His television work included playing Irv Harper on the WB series “Everwood.” Beasley passed away on May 30, 2023. He was 79.
Cynthia Weil (October 18, 1940 - June 1, 2023)
Weil was a Hall of Fame songwriter—part of the iconic “Brill Building”— whose work helped shape the music industry. The Grammy-winning talent wrote such hits as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “On Broadway,” “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” “Walking in the Rain,” “You’re My Soul and Inspiration,” “Uptown,” “He’s So Shy,” “Kicks,” “Here You Come Again,” “Through the Fire,” and “Somewhere Out There.” She passed away on June 1, 2023. Weil was 82.
Mike Batayeh (c.1971 - June 1, 2023)
Batayeh was an actor who appeared in both film and on television, including “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Shield,” and, most notably, on “Breaking Bad” as laundromat manager Dennis Markowski. On the big screen, he was in films such as “American Dreams,” “Gas,” and the Adam Sandler film, “Don’t Mess with rhe Zohan.” Batayeh died on June 1, 2023. He was 52.
Robert Hanssen (April 18, 1944 – June 5, 2023)
Hanssen’s fame came after the former FBI agent was caught and tried for spying for the Russians. His espionage was some of the most damaging in U.S. history, costing millions and millions of dollars and, worse, the lives of operatives. The details of his eventual capture were depicted in the movie starring Ryan Phillippe and Chris Cooper. Hanssen died n June 4, 2023. He was 79.
Anna Shay (December 31, 1960 - June 5, 2023)
Shay was the matriarch figure of the popular Netflix show, “Bling Empire,” which became a fan favorite after airing in 2021. She passed away on June 5, 2023. Shay was 62.
Astrud Gilberto (March 29, 1940 – June 5, 2023
Gilberto was a Brazilian singer-songwriter whose classic sound earned her worldwide recognition, most notably for the iconic song “The Girl from Ipanema.”. She passed away on June 5, 2023, at the age of 83.
Pat Cooper (July 31, 1929 – June 6, 2023)
Cooper was a longtime comedian and actor whose career dated back to the 1950s. His big break came in 1963 on “The Jackie Gleason Show,” which opened up a career path that would include performing alongside big names like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., and more. A new generation was introduced to Copper in the films “Analyze This” and the sequel “Analyze That,” where he played mobster Salvatore Masiello. Copper passed away on June 6, 2023. He was 93.
Pat Robertson (March 22, 1930 – June 8, 2023)
Robertson was a pioneering televangelist who first appeared as a TV host back in the 1960s on the network he founded, the Christian Broadcasting Network. From there, he would embark on a career that saw the line between church and state become increasingly thin, eventually giving way to more of a merger that spawned the power of the Conservative right. Robertson took his political prowess to new levels in 1988 when he ran for —and lost—the Republican presidential nomination. Controversy followed his time in the spotlight each step of the way, much of it tied to ideological affirmations. He passed away on June 8, 2023. Robertson was 93.
Ted Kaczynski (May 22, 1942 – June 10, 2023)
Kaczynski, known as the “Unabomber,” was an anti-technology terrorist whose two-decade mail bombing campaign killed three people and injured 23 others. He was found dead in his jail cell on June 10, 2023. Kaczynski was 81
Treat Williams (December 1, 1951 – June 12, 2023)
Williams’ Hollywood career took shape in the 1970s, first with roles in films like “Deadly Hero” and “The Eagle Has Landed. He rose to another level of fame in 1979 when he played George Berger in the adaptation of the Broadway hit “Hair.” He would continue success in the business in the decades following that role, which included starring in the television series “Everwood.” Williams died in a motorcycle accident on June 12, 2023. He was 71.
Cormac McCarthy (July 20, 1933 – June 13, 2023)
The famed writer, whose prose was as unique as it was unmatched, authored 12 novels—plus five screenplays, two plays, and three short stories—during his career. A private man who disliked interviews and the public eye, McCarthys’ style captivated readers in ways few could. His most iconic work included “Blood Meridian,” “All the Pretty Horses,” and the “Road,” which earned him a Pulitzer Prize. McCarthy passed away on June 13, 2023. He was 89.
Glenda Jackson (May 9, 1936 – June 15, 2023)
Jackson’s acting career began in the 1960s, receiving accolades as well as critical praise for her work on the stage. But it was on the silver screen where she gained the most worldwide notoriety, winning two Oscars for her roles in “Women in Love” in 1969 and the 1973 rom-com “Touch of Class.” She earned two more Oscar noms for her work in “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Hedda.” In 1992, she left her acting career behind for one in politics, having won a Labor seat in the UK’s House of Commons. Coming full circle, she left politics in 2015 and returned to the stage. Jackson passed away on June 15, 2023. She was 87.
Frederic Forrest (December 23, 1936 – June 23, 2023)
Forrest was an Oscar-nominated actor who appeared in over 80 films, including Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and “The Rose,” which starred Bette Midler. Forrest passed away on June 23, 2023. He was 86.
Nicolas Coster (December 3, 1933 – June 26, 2023)
The Emmy Award-winning actor appeared in several television shows throughout his career, from “Who’s the Boss?” to “Charlie’s Angels” and more. His most notable work came on television hits like “Another World,” “Santa Barbara,” and “All My Children.”All My Children.” Coster passed away on June 26, 2023. He was 89.
Julian Sands (January 4, 1958 - c.Jan 2023)
The longtime actor had over 150 credits on his impressive resume, which included roles in “Warlock,” “A Room with a View,” and “Arachnophobia,” to name a few. The actor was reported missing in January 2023 after going on a hike on Mount Baldy just outside Los Angeles. Remains were discovered in June, which were identified by the coroner to be the actor’s. Sands was 65.
Alan Arkin (March 26, 1934 – June 29, 2023)
Arkin’s acting career spanned decades, from television to film and the stage. He earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a Tony Award along the way, plus his Oscar nod and British Academy Film Award for his role as the grandfather in “Little Miss Sunshine.” Arkin passed away on June 29, 2023. He was 89.
Coco Lee (January 17, 1975 – July 5, 2023)
The Asian pop singer rose to fame in the 1990s after voicing the main character in the Mandarin version of Disney’s 1998 animated film “Mulan.” Lee also sang the movie’s theme song, “Reflection.” Just a few years later, her fame soared as she appeared at the Oscars and sang her nominated song in the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Lee died on July 5, 2023. She was 48.
Peter Nero (May 22, 1934 – July 6, 2023)
Born Bernard Nierow, Nero was an Emmy Award-winning pianist whose recreation of pop songs through classical and jazz forms helped bring his career to prominence. He served as the Philly Pops’ conductor for more than 30 years, beginning in 1979. Nero passed away on July 6, 2023. He was 89.
Jeffrey Carlson (June 23, 1975 – July 8, 2023)
Carlson made history with his groundbreaking role as trans character Zoe on the soap “All My Children,” the first ever on daytime TV. Born in Long Beach, California, his work included an impress stage career, which included stops on Broadway. Carlson died on July 8, 2023.
Andrea Evans (June 18, 1957 – July 9, 2023)
Evans’ career began back in the late 1970s with a role on the NBC miniseries “The Awakening Land.” One year later, she would land the part of Tina Clayton—which later be Tina Lord—on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,” which would take her on a decades-long arc as one of the most recognizable characters on daytime TV. She also had roles in “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Passions.” Evans lost her battle with breast cancer on July 9, 2023. She was 66.
'Dakota' Fred Hurt (July 10, 1943 - July 11, 2023)
Hurt became a familiar face on the Discovery reality show “Gold Rush” and later rose to even greater prominence on the spin-off with his son, Dustin, called “Gold Rush: White Water.” Hurt lost his battle with brain cancer on July 11, 2023. He was 80.
Tony Bennett (August 3, 1926 - July 21, 2023)
The 19-time Grammy winner was a true legend in the music industry, a career that spanned eight decades and captivated fans from multiple generations. From his work with Lady Gaga to his iconic song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” Bennett was considered one of the greatest singers by his peers, including Frank Sinatra. He passed away on July 21, 2023, at 96.
Sinead O'Connor (December 8, 1966 - July 26, 2023)
The Irish singer rose to international prominence after the release of her 1990 hit “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which reached No. 1 on the charts. O’Connor’s career would be best described as arduous following that, however, with much of the attention coming due to her passion for social issues. She was outspoken and dedicated to several issues and was open about her mental health struggles. But her 1991 “SNL” appearance—when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II—would create a lasting mark. O’Connor died on July 26, 2023. She was 56.
Paul Reubens (August 27, 1952 - July 30, 2023)
Reubens was best known for his iconic character Pee-Wee Herman, which he created while a member of The Groundlings, the highly respected Los Angeles improv group. His fame skyrocketed from there, an arc that went from 1981 to the present day. The “Pee-Wee Herman Show” attracted both young and old audiences, with the popularity leading to feature films—”Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “Big Top Pee-Wee” and “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday”—plus his CBS show “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” which earned 22 Emmy nominations. Reubens also had roles in films such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Blow” and “Mystery Men.” The comedian and actor died on July 30, 2023. He was 70.
Angus Cloud (July 10, 1998 - July 31, 2023)
Cloud’s portrayal of the multi-layered character Fezco “Fez” O’Neill on the HBO hit series “Euphoria” took the young talent’s career to a new level — a rare feat as the role was his first. His other credits since then include films such as “North Hollywood” and “The Line,” as well as several music videos. He was also cast alongside Melissa Berrera in a horror movie titled”Scream 6.” Cloud died on July 31, 2023. He was 25.
Mark Margolis (November 26, 1939 – August 3, 2023)
The longtime actor was best known for his role as Hector Salamanca on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” the former of which earned him an Emmy nomination in 20212. He appeared on the big screen as well, from “Scarface” to “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” and Noah in 2014. Margolis died on August 3, 2023. He was 83.
William Friedkin (August 29, 1935 – August 7, 2023)
Friedkin was one of the most exemplary directors in Hollywood, with the 1970s films “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist” standing out as two films that helped guide generations of filmmakers afterward. Both movies earned him Oscar nominations, with the former taking home the award for Best Director. He would continue to direct into the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, with notable films such as Al Pacino’s “Cruising” and “To Live and Die in L.A.” in 1985. Friedkin died on August 7, 2023. he was 87.
DJ Casper (May 31, 1965 – August 7, 2023)
Born William Perry Jr., DJ Casper became a worldwide sensation as the creator of the wildly popular Cha Cha Slide. Also known as the Casper Slide, the song still holds a top spot in pop culture, with the familiar jingle—slide to the left…now slide to the right…—featured in commercials and even an “SNL” sketch. Casper passed away on August 7, 2023. He was 58.
Johnny Hardwick (September 21, 1958 – August 8, 2023)
The voiceover actor, writer and comedian was best known as the voice of Dale Gribble in the animated show “King of the Hill.” Hardwick died on August 8, 2023. He was 64.
Darren Kent (March 30, 1987 - August 11, 2023)
The actor had several theatrical and television appearances during his career, including a “Game of Thrones” episode in 2014 and a role in “EastEnders.” Other appearances included films such as “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Les Miserables,” The Frankenstein Chronicles,” and recently, the 2023 release of “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.” Kent passed away on August 11, 2023. He was 36.
Jerry Moss (May 8, 1935 – August 16, 2023)
Moss was a true icon in the music industry, having co-founded A&M Records with Herb Alpert. From humble beginnings to the dynamic rise, Moss’ place in music history is highlighted among solo artists and groups such as the Police, the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Soundgarden, Janet Jackson, Joe Cocker, the Go-Go’s, Sheryl Crow, and more. Moss died on August 16, 2023. The 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was 88.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006
Ron Cephas Jones (January 8, 1957 – August 19, 2023)
Jones carved out a career on the stage, in film and on television, the latter gaining him the most notoriety after his role as William Hill on the NBC series “This Is Us” earned him two Emmy Awards. The actor died on August 19, 2023. He was 66.
David Jacobs (August 12, 1939 – August 20, 2023)
Jacobs was a Hollywood producer, writer and director who rose to pop culture infamy as the creator of the hit 1980s series “Dallas” and, later, “Knots Landing.” Jacobs passed away on August 20, 2023. He was 84.
Bernie Marsden (May 7, 1951 – August 24, 2023)
Marsden was part of the original Whitesnake lineup, playing guitar with the group for four years and producing five platinum-selling albums. He co-wrote the band’s most commercially successful song, “Here I Go Again,” and would later go on to play with several bands and launch a solo career. Marsden died on August 24, 2023. He was 72.
Bob Barker (December 12, 1923 – August 26, 2023)
Barker was an iconic gameshow host and activist, one of the most recognizable figures in television history. He hosted CBS’ “Price is Right” for 35 years, the longest-running game show of all time, and before that, he was the man on the mic for “Truth or Consequences.” Outside of his television career, Barker was a strong advocate for animal rights, a passion to which he would donate millions. He reached a new level of fandom after his cameo in the 1996 Adam Sandler film “Happy Gilmore,” which showed Barker’s comedic abilities. Barker passed away on August 26, 2023. He was 99.
Jimmy Buffett (December 25, 1946 – September 1, 2023)
Jimmy Buffett, the legendary man behind the laid-back songs and catchy melodies, created a unique music style that brought about a massive amount of devoted fans (known as “Parrotheads). His first hit, “Come Monday,” would set the tone for others that included “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano” and “Why Don’t We Get Drunk.” But his 1977 release of “Margaritaville” would become his most famous song, an anthem for the relaxed beach-dweller. Buffett died on September 1, 2023. He was 76
Steve Harwell (January 9, 1967 - September 4, 2023)
Harwell was a founding member of Smash Mouth, a band that would release hits such as “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “All Star” and be a notable part of the mid-to-late ’90s sound. The former lead singer died on September 4, 2023. He was 56.
Gary Wright (April 26, 1943 – September 4, 2023)
Wright’s career path is one that began as a child actor appearing on Broadway and took turns that included a move to become a doctor and study medicine in Berlin, which would help spark his musical career. Wright would play in several bands—even while studying medicine—and lend his talents to both George Harrison’s and Ringo Starr’s solo album efforts. However, his 1975 hit “Dream Weaver” would provide the biggest commercial success and see a resurgence when it was used in “Wayne’s World” in 1992. Wright died on September 4, 2023. He was 80.
David McCallum (September 19, 1933 – September 25, 2023)
The longtime actor had a career that spanned decades, first making a splash in the 1960s in American television as agent Illya Kuryakin in “The Man From U. N.C.L.E.” He would continue a steady path in Hollywood after that Emmy-nominated work, and his fame would reach new levels in the long-running C.B.S. hit “N.C.I.S.” for his work as examiner Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard. McCallum passed away on Sept. 25, 2023. He was 90.
Michael Gambon (October 19, 1940 - September 28, 2023)
The British actor’s career took off in the 1980s for his work as Philip Marlow in the 1986 mini-series “The Singing Detective.” From there, he would appear in numerous television shows as well as the silver screen, earning Emmy nominations and winning multiple BAFTAs. However it was his role as Hogwarts’ headmaster Albus Dumbledore that took Gambon’s fame to a worldwide level. He passed away on Sept. 28, 2023. He was 82.
Burt Young (April 30, 1940 – October 8, 2023)
The former boxer turned character actor was best known for his role as Paulie in the “Rocky” movies, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Young had over 160 acting credits on his resume, though, from roles on television hits like “M*A*S*H” to highly acclaimed films such as “Chinatown.” He passed away on Oct. 8, 2023. Young was 83.
Rudolph Isley (April 1, 1939 – October 11, 2023)
Rudolph (middle) was a founding member of the Isley Brothers, a group that achieved monumental across across multiple decades with hits like “Shout,” “It’s Your Thing,” “That Lady” and “Fight The Power.” He passed away on Oct. 11, 2023. Isley was 84.
Mark Goddard (July 24, 1936 – October 10, 2023)
Goddard’s acting career included television, Broadway (with Liza Minnelli), and film, with his most notable role being Major Don West on the CBS series “Lost in Space.” He passed away on Oct. 10, 2023. Goddard was 87.
Piper Laurie (January 22, 1932 – October 14, 2023)
Laurie (born Rosetta Jacobs) carved out a long career in Hollywood, one that began in 1949. Her most notable films included “The Hustler,” “Carrie,” and “Children of a Lesser God.” A three-time Academy Award nom, she received multiple accolades, including a Primetime Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA award. Laurie passed away on Oct. 14, 2023. She was 91.
Suzanne Somers (October 16, 1946 - October 15, 2023)
The longtime actress, television personality, author, and business mogul was part of the entertainment industry for multiple decades, beginning with her television work in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Her breakout role came in 1977 when she took over the part of Chrissy Snow on the ABC series “Three’s Company.” Though her time on the show ended under less than cordial circumstances, Somers’ popularity rose—while controversy was never far behind. Her career included different stops into the new millennium, from talk shows to game shows and even a short stint on Broadway. In 200, she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer and went into remission until the summer 0f 2023, when she said it had returned. Somers died on Oct. 15, 2023, one day before her birthday She was 76.
Richard Roundtree (July 9, 1942 – October 24, 2023)
The legendary actor rose to fame for his role as the suave private eye John Shaft in the 1971 film “Shaft” and four of the sequels. A pioneer who helped pave the way for many Black artists, Roundtree also gained praise for portraying the character Sam Bennett in the ABC miniseries “Roots” in 1977. He would continue acting into the 1980s and the decades that followed, but his pop-cultural mark would forever be associated with the Ernest Tidyman character. He passed away on Oct. 24, 2023. Roundtree was 81.
Richard Moll (January 13, 1943 – October 26, 2023)
The actor and voiceover artist rose to fame for his role as bailiff “Bull” Shannon on the NBC sitcom “Night Court,” which he worked on for nine seasons. Moll also had a successful career doing voiceover work, with notable characters that included playing Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the “Batman” cartoons and Norman on “Mighty Max.” Moll died on Oct. 26, 2023. He was 80.
Matthew Perry (August 19, 1969 - October 28, 2023)
The actor became a global part of pop culture as Chandler Bing on the NBC sitcom “Friends,” which ran for 10 seasons. Perry had a consistent resume outside the hit show, however, with roles on everything from “Beverly Hills 90210” to “The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and “The Odd Couple.” He had crossover success in film as well, receiving praise for his work in “The Whole Nine Yards” and “Fools Rush In.” Perry died on Oct. 28, 2023. He was 54.
Evan Ellingson (July 1, 1988 - November 5, 2023)
The former child actor gained recognition for his work in the 2009 film “My Sister’s Keeper,” starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Patric and Alec Baldwin. He also had television credits during his time in Hollywood, including “CSI: Miami” and “24”. Ellingson died on Nov. 5, 2023. He was 35.
Kevin Turen (August 16, 1979 – November 12, 2023)
Turen made his way through the Hollywood ranks to become a respected producer, with his most notable work coming recently with HBO’s “Euphoria” and “The Idol” as well as the slasher films “X’ and “Pearl” with Ti West. He passed away on Nov. 12, 2023. Turen was 44.
Frances Sternhagen (January 13, 1930 – November 27, 2023)
The Tony-winning actor became one of the more recognizable faces on television during her impressive career, playing parts in hit series such as “Cheers,” “Sex and the City” and “ER.”. Her work on the stage, though, was of critical acclaim, winning Tony nods for her roles in Neil Simon”s “The Good Doctor” and the adaptation of Henry James’ novel “Washington Square” — “The Heiress.” Sternhagen died on Nov. 27, 2023. She was 93.
Henry Kissinger (May 27, 1923 – November 29, 2023)
Kissinger was an icon in the political world, though controversial as well. He served as secretary of state and national security advisor during two presidential administrations— Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating a ceasefire in the Vietnam War. A Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany in 1938, Kissinger’s role in U.S. foreign policy during much of the 1970s was unmatched and would be a lasting legacy, which often has been discussed in the same breath as the war crimes he ignored. He died on Nov. 29, 2023. Kissinger was 100.
John Nichols (July 23, 1940 – November 27, 2023)
The author and photographer earned critical acclaim for his “New Mexico trilogy,” which comprised “The Milagro Beanfield War,” “The Magic Journey,” and “The Nirvana Blues,” with the former getting adapted for the big screen in the 1988 film directed by Robert Redford. A New Mexico native, his final work was published in 2022, a non-fiction book titled “I Got Mine: Confessions of a Midlist Writer.” Nichols passed away on Nov. 27, 2023. He was 83.
Norman Lear (July 27, 1922 – December 5, 2023)
Lear’s contributions to film and television were pioneering. His talent for taking social commentary of the time and mixing it with comedy led to iconic shows like “All in the Family” and “Jeffersons” as well as the spinoffs such as “Good Times” and “Sanford and Son.” His involvement on the big screen was equally memorable, having executive produced the “The Princess Bride” and Fried Green Tomatoes,” to name a few, as well as getting an Oscar nom for Academy Award for best screenplay for “Divorce American Style.” Lear passed away on Dec. 5, 2023. He was 101.