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Jan 14 2021
Celebrated Figures We Have Lost In 2021 — So Far Comments (0)

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Following is a comprehensive list of the celebrated figures we've lost in 2021 ... so far.

Each name is followed by the deceased figure's age at the time of death, birth and death dates, a description and a link to the original obit.

Who did I miss?

Read 'em and weep ...

Lee-aaker-boycultureA boy and his dog (Images via Dell & TV Guide)

Lee Aaker, 77 (September 25, 1943-April 1, 2021) Rusty on TV's The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959) OBIT

GiphyMove over, Babe! (GIF via GIPHY)

Hank Aaron, 86 (February 5, 1934-January 22, 2021) All-time great baseball player who held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years OBITS

Khalid bin Abdullah, 83 (circa 1937-January 11, 2021) Saudi prince, racehorse owner OBIT

Sheldon Adelson, 87 (August 4, 1933-January 11, 2021) One of the Top 10 richest men in the world, a self-made casino magnate who poured money into right-wing causes and politicos, most impactfully Donald Trump (b. 1946) OBIT

Edwin E. Aguilar, 46 (circa 1974-April 10, 2021) Longtime The Simpsons (1998-2021) animator OBIT

Joe Allen, 87 (February 20, 1933-February 7, 2021) Manhattan restaurateur whose Joe Allen and Orso are staples, including with theater stars OBIT

Robert A. Altman, 73 (February 23, 1947-February 3, 2021) Washington insider embroiled in a banking scandal who re-invented himself as a co-founder of the billion-dollar ZeniMax video game corporation; married to Lynda Carter (b. 1951) OBIT

Joan Walsh Anglund, 95 (January 3, 1926-March 9, 2021) Prolific children's book author of such works as A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You (1958) OBIT

Nikolai Antoshkin, 78 (December 19, 1942-January 17, 2021) Russian commander who helped stop the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster OBIT

Michael-apted-boycultureApted pupils (Images via movie stills)

Michael Apted, 79 (February 10, 1941-January 2021) Director of the innovative Up series of documentaries (1977-2019), and of films as varied as Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Nell (1994) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) OBIT

Robina Asti, 99 (April 7, 1921-March 12, 2021) Trans veteran who became the oldest working flight instructor OBIT

Bob Avian, 83 (December 26, 1937-January 21, 2021) Accomplished Broadway choreographer and co-choreographer of such shows as A Chorus Line (1975), Miss Saigon (1991) and Sunset Boulevard (1994) OBIT

Jean-Pierre Bacri, 69 (May 24, 1951-January 18, 2021) French actor and screenwriter who appeared in Subway (1985) OBIT

David Barclay, 86 (October 27, 1934-January 10, 2021) Reclusive British billionaire whose media empire included The Daily Telegraph OBIT

Renie Bardeau, 86 (circa 1934-January 4, 2021) Iconic photographer of all things Disneyland OBIT

Jean Bayless, 88 (circa 1932-February 5, 2021) West End star who was Maria in the original London production of The Sound of Music (1960) OBIT

Elgin Baylor, 86 (September 16, 1934-March 22, 2021) NBA Hall of Famer OBIT

Mary Catherine Bateson, 81 (December 8, 1939-January 2, 2021) Cultural anthropologist who was the daughter — and a subject — of Margaret Mead (1901-1978) OBIT

Anne Beatts, 74 (February 25, 1947-April 7, 2021) Trailblazing writer at SNL (1976-1980) and creator of Square Pegs (1982-19830 OBIT

Sharon Begley, 64 (June 14, 1956-January 16, 2021) Pre-eminent science writer for Newsweek OBIT

Walter Bernstein, 101 (August 20, 1919-January 22, 2021) Blacklisted screenwriter who was Oscar-nominated for writing The Front (1976) OBIT

Florence Birdwell, 96 (September 3, 1924-February 15, 2021) Singing teacher to Broadway stars OBIT

Bruce Blackburn, 82 (June 2, 1938-February 1, 2021) Designer of the NASA logo OBIT

S. Prestley Blake, 106 (November 26, 1914-February 11, 2021) Co-founder, in 1935, of an ice cream shop that would balloon into the Friendly's restaurant chain OBIT

Tim Bogert, 76 (August 27, 1944-January 13, 2021) Member of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and supergroup Beck, Bogert & Appice OBIT

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Duke Booty, 69 (-January 13, 2021) Rapper whose The Message (1982), recorded by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, began rap's migration from escapism to documenting urban life OBIT

Harold Bornstein, 73 (March 3, 1947-January 8, 2021) The personal doc who dubiously proclaimed Donald Trump (b. 1946) the picture of health via a widely derided letter that he later admitted had been dictated by Trump himself OBIT

Perry Botkin Jr., 87 (-January 18, 2021) TV composer of themes for The Young and the Restless (1973-present), Happy Days (1974-1984), Mork and Mindy (1978-1982), and the smash hit “Nadia's Theme” (1977) OBIT

Charles Boyer, 86 (circa 1934-February 8, 2021) Disneyland's most famous on-site artist and master illustrator OBIT

Jerry Brandt, 82 (January 29, 1938-January 16, 2021) Owner of onetime phenomenally popular NYC clubs the Electric Circus and the Ritz OBIT

Harry Brant, 24 (1996-January 17, 2021) Socialite son of model Stephanie Seymour (b. 1968) and billionaire Peter M. Brant (b. 1947) OBIT

Lee Breuer, 83 (February 6, 1937-January 3, 2021) Cofounder of the Mabou Mines theater company, writer of Broadway Pulitzer Prize finalist The Gospel at Colonus (1983) OBIT

Johnny Briggs, 85 (September 5, 1935-February 28, 2021) Coronation Street (1974-2006) actor OBIT

Harry Bring, 77 (circa 1943-February 16, 2021) The X-Files (2000-2002) producer OBIT

Andrew Brooks, 51 (February 10, 1969-January 23, 2021) Helped develop the first COVID-19 spit test OBIT

Billy Brown, 68 (circa 1962-February 7, 2021) Alaskan Bush People (2014-2019) reality actor OBIT

Bobby Brown, 96 (October 25, 1924-March 25, 2021) Yankee infielder who played in four World Series championships then left to become a cardiologist before returning as American League president OBIT

Allan Burns, 85 (May 18, 1935-January 30, 2021) TV producer and screen writer who co-created and wrote for The Munsters (1964-1966), Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977) and Rhoda (1974-1978) OBIT

John “Bud” Cardos, 91 (December 20, 1929-March 4, 2021) Animal wrangler and stuntman in exploitation flicks who directed The Red, White and Black (1970) and Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), among others OBIT

Jean-Claude Carrière, 89 (September 17, 1931-February 8, 2021) Prolific, Oscar-nominated, Oscar-winning screenwriter who was then also awarded an honorary Oscar following a career including such films as Belle de Jour (1967), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) OBIT

Rosalind Cartwright, 98 (December 30 1922-January 15, 2021) Sleep disorder researcher OBIT

Marianne Carus, 92 (June 16, 1928-March 3, 2021) Founder of the children's magazine Cricket (1973-present) OBIT

Steve Carver, 75 (April 5, 1945-January 8, 2021) Director of such action films as The Arena (1974), An Eye for an Eye (1981) and Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) OBIT

Raymond Cauchetier, 101 (January 10, 1920-February 22, 2021) French photographer who captured the making of some of the most important New Wave films of the '60s OBIT

Malcolm Cecil, 84 (January 9, 1937-March 28, 2021) Pioneering synth producer OBIT

Ben Chafin, 60 (May 18, 1960-January 1, 2021) Georgia state senator OBIT

John Chaney, 89 (January 21, 1932-January 29, 2021) Legendary Temple University (1982-2006) basketball coach OBIT

Midwin Charles, 47 (July 17, 1973-April 6, 2021) Legal analyst frequently seen on CNN, MSNBC, HLN and Bloomberg TV OBIT

Roy Christopher, 85 (December 27, 1935-February 2, 2021) TV production designer and art director OBIT

Ramsey Clark, 93 (December 18, 1947-April 9, 2021) AG (1967-1969 following a year as acting AG) in the Johnson Administration OBIT

Beezus-ramona-boycultureSisters just don't understand. (Image via William Morrow & Co.)

Beverly Cleary, 104 (April 12, 1916-March 25, 2021) Beloved author of the children's books Henry Huggins (1950), Beezus and Ramona (1955), Ramona and Her Mother (1979) and many more OBIT

Robert-cohan-shirtless-boycultureTaking flight in the '40s (Image via Library of Congress)

Robert Cohan, 95 (March 26, 1925-January 13, 2021) Dancer and choreographer who established the London Contemporary Dance Group aka London Contemporary Dance Theater in the UK OBIT

Gianluigi Colalucci, 91 (December 24, 1929-March 28, 2021) Restorer of the Sistine Chapel OBIT

Pat Collins, 88 (April 3, 1932-March 21, 2021) Tony-winning lighting designer OBIT

Billy Conigliaro, 73 (August 15, 1947-February 10, 2021) Red Sox star OBIT

Symbols-rajie-cook-boycultureYou are familiar with his work. (Image via Cooper Hewitt/Smithsonian Design Museum/Art Resource NY)

Rajie Cook, 90 (July 6, 1930-February 6, 2021) Co-creator of the pictogram symbols used in public spaces OBIT

Charles Coolidge, 99 (August 4, 1921-April 6, 2021) WWII hero OBIT

Chick Corea, 79 (June 12, 1941-February 9, 2021) Celebrated jazz-rock fusion musician acclaimed as a jazz pianist OBIT

Dave Creek, 42 (circa 1988-January 7, 2021) Lead character designer on Bob's Burgers (2011-2018) OBIT

Sandie Crisp, 61 (January 13, 1960-January 27, 2021) Trans actress and model known as the Goddess Bunny OBIT

Christina Crosby, 67 (September 2, 1953-January 5, 2021) Feminist scholar who wrote the disability memoir A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain (2016) OBIT

Irv Cross, 81 (July 27, 1939-February 28, 2021) First Black network TV sports analyst OBIT

Paul Crutzen, 87 (December 3, 1933-January 28, 2021) Dutch atmospheric chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1995) for his work on the ozone layer/climate change OBIT

Stefan Cush, 60 (circa 1960-February 4, 2021) One of the lead vocalists with the folk-punk outfit The Men They Couldn't Hang OBIT

Henry Darrow, 87 (September 15, 1933-March 14, 2021) Actor on The High Chaparral (1967-1971) and Zorro and Son (1983) OBIT

Deezer D, 55 (March 10, 1965-2021) Longtime ER (1994-2009) actor, rapper OBIT

Bill C. Davis, 69 (August 24, 1951-February 26, 2021) Playwright of Mass Appeal (1980), which was adapted into the 1984 film OBIT

Peter S. Davis, 79 (circa 1941-February 21, 2021) Producer of such films as Highlander (1986) OBIT 

Rennie Davis, 80 (May 23, 1940-February 2, 2021) One of the Chicago 7 anti-war activists OBIT

Ruth Dayan, 103 (March 6, 1917-February 5, 2021) Matriarch of the Maskit fashion brand OBIT

Ronald DeFeo, 69 (September 26, 1951-March 12, 2021) Killer who inspired The Amityville Horror (1977) OBIT

Nathalie Delon, 79 (August 1, 1941-January 21, 2021) French actress in such films as Le Samourai (1967) OBIT

Arturo Di Modica, 80 (January 26, 1941-February 19, 2021) Sculptor behind Manhattan's famous Charging Bull OBIT

Dustin Diamond, 44 (January 7, 1977-February 1, 2021) Screech on Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1988-1989) and Saved by the Bell (1989-1992, plus various incarnations) OBIT

Eric Jerome Dickey, 59 (July 7, 1961-January 3, 2021) Best-selling novelist with dozens of works to his credit, including Milk in My Coffee (1998) OBIT

Aleksander Doba, 74 (September 9, 1946-February 22, 2021) He kayaked across the Atlantic at age 70 OBIT

Ron Dominguez, 85 (August 10, 1935-January 1, 2021) Disney Legend who had been an Executive Vice President of Attractions and at various times supervised Frontierland and Tomorrowland, among other duties OBIT

Boyculture-Tubstrip 2 Casey Donovan copyBard-on material (Image via Mercer Arts Center)

Jerry Douglas, 84 (November 15, 1935-January 9, 2021) Gay-porn director of films from 1973-2007 who also directed the gay play Tubstrip (1973) and the movie Score (1974) OBIT

Patrick Dupond, 61 (March 14, 1959-March 5, 2021) Parisian ballet star OBIT

Dianne Durham, 52 (June 17, 1968-February 4, 2021) First Black gymnast to win U.S. women's title OBIT

Mark Eden, 92 (February 14, 1928-January 1, 2021) Villain on the UK soap Coronation Street (1986-1989) OBIT

Carola Eisenberg, 103 (September 15, 1917-March 11, 2021) Co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights OBIT

Mark Elliott, 81 (September 23, 1939-April 3, 2021) Longtime voice of Disney and other movie trailers OBIT

Nancy Bush Ellis, 94 (February 4, 1926-January 10, 2021) Sister and aunt of presidents OBIT

Barbara Ess, 76 (April 4, 1944-March 4, 2021) Pinhole-camera artist OBIT

Gerald Feil, 87 (circa 1933-February 9, 2021) Cinematographer of such films as Lord of the Flies (1963) OBIT

Anne Feeney, 69 (July 1, 1951-February 3, 2021) Folk singer OBIT

Richard Feigen, 90 (August 8, 1930-January 29, 2021) Prominent art collector, gallerist OBIT

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 101 (March 24, 1919-February 22, 2021) Owner of the fabled San Francisco bookstore City Lights bookstore, and poet who mentored the Beats OBIT

Benedict J. Fernandez, 84 (April 5, 1936-January 31, 2021) Photojournalist who captured much of the Civil Rights Movement OBIT

Siegfried-roy-program-boycultureThe original Tiger Kings (Image via Frontier)

Siegfried Fischbacher, 81 (June 13, 1939-January 14, 2021) One half of the flamboyant, big cat-taming Vegas duo Siegfried & Roy OBIT

Jerry-falwell-hustler-larry-flyntThe mother of all smack-downs. (Image via Hustler)

Larry Flynt, 78 (November 1, 1942-February 10, 2021) Free-speech activist who became a millionaire many times over publishing the outrageous — but not obscene — Hustler Magazine OBIT

Sonny Fox, 95 (June 17, 1925-January 24, 2021) Host of game show  The $64,000 Challenge (1956) and the children's show Wonderama (1959-1967) OBIT

Fanne Foxe, 84 (February 14, 1936-February 10, 2021) Stripper embroiled in one of the biggest sex scandals in D.C. in the '70s OBIT

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Jahmil French, 29 (July 29, 1992-March 1, 2021) Star of Degrassi: The Next Generation (2009-2013) OBIT

John Frey, 62 (April 30, 1958-January 23, 2021) Actor/director/screenwriter known for the film Cabaret Maxime (2018) OBIT

Mira Furlan, 65 (September 7, 1955-January 20, 2021) Babylon 5 (1993-1998) actress OBIT

Martha Lou Gadsden, 91 (March 20, 1930-April 1, 2021) Charleston, South Carolina, soul-food matriarch behind Martha Lou's Kitchen OBIT

Leon Gast, 85 (circa 1936-March 8, 2021) Oscar-winning When We Were Kings (1996) documentarian OBIT

Charlene Gehm, 69 (December 14, 1951-January 10, 2021) Dancer with the Joffrey Ballet OBIT

George Gerdes, 72 (February 23, 1948-January 1, 2021) Singer-songwriter who became a character actor OBIT

Richard Gilliland, 71 (January 23, 1950-March 18, 2021) Designing Women (1986-1991) actor who was married to Jean Smart (b. 1951) OBIT

Ari-Gold-boycultureAll of his records were Gold records. (Images via video stills)

Ari Gold, 47 (February 11, 1974-February 14, 2021) NYC-based dance-music artist OBIT

Pedro Gomez, 58 (August 20, 1962-February 7, 2021) Longtime ESPN correspondent OBIT

Peter Gotti, 81 (October 15, 1939-February 25, 2021) Brother of Gambino crime boss John Gotti (1940-2002) OBIT

Mary Grady, 96 (circa 1924-January 7, 2021) Longtime talent agent to a slew of the most successful child actors of the past 60 years, and the mother of the late My Three Sons star Don Grady (1944-2012) and Eight Is Enough star Lani O'Grady (1954-2001) OBIT

Nikki Graham, 38 (April 28, 1992-April 9, 2021) Big Brother UK (2006) reality actor who had published books about battling anorexia OBIT

Craig muMs Grant, 52 (December 18, 1968-March 24, 2021) Poet and Oz (1997-2003) actor OBIT

Alberto Grimaldi, 95 (-January 23, 2021) Prolific Italian film producer, whose work included The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) and Gangs of New York (2002) OBIT

Sally Grossman, 81 (August 22, 1939-March 11, 2021) Immortal part of a Bob Dylan (b. 1941) album cover for Bringing It All Back Home (1965) OBIT

Maria Guarnaschelli, 79 (April 18, 1941-February 6, 2021) Book editor remembered for a slew of cookbooks, including — in 1997 — presiding over a major revision of Joy of Cooking OBIT

Gary Gunas, 73 (circa 1947-February 22, 2021) Broadway executive producer of shows from Jekyll & Hyde (1990) to The Who's Tommy (1993) OBIT

Joseph Gwangwa, 83 (October 19, 1937-January 24, 2021) South African trombonist and vocalist who had been a prominent anti-apartheid activist OBIT

Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 66 (May 23, 1954-March 13, 2021) Celebrated middleweight champ who quit when he lost a fight in a decision he found to be unfair OBIT

Cleve Hall, 61 (June 22, 1959-March 31, 2021) Well-known movie makeup artist on such films as Ghoulies (1984), Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) and Troll (1986) OBIT

Kathleen Ham, 73 (April 9, 1947-January 20, 2021) Rape victim whose case — tried twice — helped revolutionize and modernize the handling of sexual-assault cases in New York OBIT

James Hampton, 84 (July 9, 1936-April 7, 2021) Character actor who played clueless and bumbling to a T on F Troop (1965-1967), The Doris Day Show (1968-1971) and the movie Teen Wolf (1985) OBIT

Haya Harareet, 89 (September 20, 1931-February 3, 2021) Israeli actress best known for Ben-Hur (1959) OBIT

Marie Harmon, 97 (October 21, 1923-January 25, 2021) Western actress in Republic Pictures films who was the mother of rocker Cherie Currie (b. 1959) OBIT

Deshayla Harris, 28 (circa 1992-March 26, 2021) Reality-TV actor OBIT

Lee Hart, 85 (February 20, 1936-April 9, 2021) Wife of ex-Sen. Gary Hart (b. 1936) OBIT

Alcee Hastings, 84 (September 5, 1936-April 6, 2021) Longtime (1992-2021) Democratic representative from Florida OBIT

Patricia Healey, 85 (circa 1935-February 4, 2021) Actress in such films as The White Bus (1964) and Wuthering Heights (1968) who was married to Engelbert Humperdinck (b. 1936) for nearly 60 years OBIT

Don Heffington, 70 (December 20, 1950-March 24, 2021) Lone Justice drummer OBITS

Tony Hendra, 79 (July 10, 1941-March 4, 2021) Humorist known for editing gigs at National Lampoon and Spy, and whose spiritual memoir Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul (2004) inspired his daughter to accuse him of having molested her OBIT

Gloria Henry, 98 (April 2, 1923-April 3, 2021) B-movie star remembered as mom Alice Mitchell on TV's Dennis the Menace (1959-1963) OBIT

Mike-henry-boycultureJungle cruise (Image via American International Pictures)

Mike Henry, 84 (August 15, 1936-January 8, 2021) Former football star who became known for playing Tarzan in a series of films (1966-1968), and dim-witted Junior in the three Smokey and the Bandit features (1977-1983) OBIT

Robert Hershon, 84 (May 28, 1936-March 20, 2021) Poet who founded Hanging Loose Press OBIT

Fernando Hidalgo, 78 (circa 1942-February 16, 2021) TV host and comic who wrote, directed, produced and starred in the 2019 comedy Ernesto's Manifesto OBIT

Charles Hill, 73 (May 22, 1947-February 20, 2021) Detective who, in the '90s, helped recover the stolen masterpiece The Scream OBIT

Hal-holbrook-dixie-carter-boyculture-With Dixie Carter (1939-2010), his third wife and his co-star (Image by Alan Light)

Hal Holbrook, 95 (February 17, 1925-January 23, 2021) Actor famed for his one-man show Mark Twain Tonight!, performed continuously from 1954-2017, including in a Tony-winning trio of Broadway runs; winner of five Emmys, and known for such TV projects as The Glass Menagerie (1966), The Bold Ones: The Senator (1971), That Certain Summer (1972), Pueblo (1974), Sandburg's Lincoln (1976), Designing Women (1986-1989) and Evening Shade (1990-1994), and for films like The Group (1966), All the President's Men (1976), The Firm (1993) and Into the Wild (2007, Oscar nomination) OBIT

Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, 98 (October 2, 1922-March 6, 2021) Founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts OBIT

John Hora, 80 (February 16, 1940-February 9, 2021) Cinematographer of Gremlins (1984) OBIT

Millie Hughes-Fulford, 75 (December 21, 1945-February 2, 2021) NASA's first female payload specialist OBIT

Ibrahim Idris, 60 (circa 1960-February 10, 2021) One of the original Guantanamo Bay detainees OBIT

Paul Jackson, 73 (March 28, 1947-March 18, 2021) Funk bassist OBIT

Vincent Jackson, 38 (January 14, 1983-February 15, 2021) Former NFL wide receiver with the Chargers and the Buccaneers OBIT

Hugh Newell Jacobsen, 91 (March 11, 1929-March 4, 2021) Modernist architect OBIT

Flory Jagoda, 97 (December 21, 1923-January 29, 2021) Keeper of the Sephardic music tradition OBIT

Angie Jakusz, 40 (March 27, 1980-January 2021) “No Fun Angie” on Season 10 of Survivor (2005) OBIT

Howard Johnson, 79 (August 7, 1941-January 10, 2021) Jazz tuba player OBIT

Amy Johnston, 66 (September 22, 1954-March 17, 2021) Actress in The Buddy Holly Story (1978) OBIT

Reggie Jones, 93 (April 8, 1927-January 30, 2021) Lifeguard whose tenure lasted some 64 years OBIT

Robert C. Jones, 85 (March 30, 1936-February 2, 2021) Oscar-winning Coming Home (1978) screenwriter OBIT

Vernon Jordan, 85 (August 15, 1935-March 1, 2021) Civil rights leader, longtime D.C. power broker OBIT

Rémy Julienne, 90 (April 17, 1930-January 21, 2021) Stunt man in James Bond films OBIT

Norton Juster, 91 (June 2, 1929-March 8, 2021) Author of The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) OBIT

Lubomir Kavalek, 77 (August 9, 1943-January 18, 2021) Chess grandmaster OBIT

Petr Kellner, 56 (May 20, 1964-March 27, 2021) Czech Republic's richest man, with a net worth north of $17B OBIT

Derek Khan, 63 (August 21, 1957-February 15, 2021) Architect of the ghetto fabulous look who fell from grace in a scandal that sent him to prison OBIT

Sibongile Khumalo, 63 (September 24, 1957-January 28, 2021) South Africa's first lady of song OBIT

TenorQuestion-and-answer King (GIF via GIPHY)

Larry King, 87 (November 19, 1933-January 23, 2021) Broadcast legend known for his knack for celebrity interviews OBIT

Bruce Kirby, 95 (April 28, 1925-January 24, 2021) Longtime character actor identified with his role as Sgt. George Kramer on Columbo (1973-1995) OBIT

Lois Kirschenbaum, 88 (November 21, 1932-March 27, 2021) Ultimate opera superfan OBIT

Harry Kooperstein, 79 (April 11, 1941-March 30, 2021) Seventeen-time local Emmy winner for fare like Live from the Hollywood Bowl (1990s) OBIT

Arthur Kopit, 83 (May 10, 1937-April 2, 2021) Theatrical writer known for his avant-garde works like Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1962); a three-time Tony nominee, including for and the book of the musical Nine (1982) OBIT

20th-century-fox-boyculture-Yaphet-Kotto-in-AliensThe original Black superhero (Image via 20th Century Fox)

Yaphet Kotto, 81 (November 15, 1939-March 15, 2021) Trailblazing actor known for Live and Let Die (1973), Alien (1979) and TV's Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-2000) OBIT

Mitchell Krauss, 90 (September 17, 1930-January 27, 2021) Middle East correspondent for CBS News who survived the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadar (1918-1981) OBIT

Otto Dov Kulka, 87 (April 16, 1933-January 29, 2021) Israeli Holocaust historian OBIT

Ray Lambert, 100 (-April 9, 2021) D-Day hero OBIT

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Tommy Lasorda, 93 (September 22, 1927-January 7, 2021) Dodger icon OBIT

Barry Le Va, 79 (December 28, 1941-January 24, 2021) Sculptor whose art resided on the floor OBIT

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Cloris Leachman, 94 (April 30, 1926-January 26, 2021) Oscar-winning and record-setting Emmy-winning actress (22 nominations, 8 wins, 1 honor, 1 Daytime Emmy win) whose career stretched back to 1948, including As You Like It (Broadway, 1950), South Pacific (Broadway, 1951), the films Kiss Me Deadly (1955), The Last Picture Show (1971), Young Frankenstein (1974) and High Anxiety (1977), and TV work including Lassie (1957-1958), The Twilight Zone (“It's a Good Life” episode, 1961), Mary Tyler Moore & Phyllis (1970-1977), The Facts of Life (1986-1988), Malcolm in the Middle (2001-2006), Dancing with the Stars (2008-2009) and Raising Hope (2010-2014) OBIT

Corky Lee, 73 (September 5, 1947-January 27, 2021) Photographer whose life mission was to restore Asian-Americans' contributions to the historical record, and to document daily life OBIT

James Levine, 77 (June 23, 1943-March 9, 2021) Former Metropolitan Opera conductor whose legendary career was ended amid multiple sexual harassment allegations OBIT

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Reg Lewis, 85 (January 23, 1936-February 14, 2021) Iconic bodybuilder who held the Mr. America, among many other, titles and in 1957 was Mr. Universe-Tall OBIT

G. Gordon Liddy, 90 (November 30, 1930-March 30, 2021) Watergate mastermind and far-right radio host OBIT

Rush Limbaugh, 70 (January 12, 1951-February 17, 2021) Shameless right-wing radio provocateur who, from behind his giant cigar, had his hate-filled observations lucratively amplified across the country and the world, shaping the GOP for generations in the process OBIT

Gunnel Lindblom, 89 (December 18, 1931-January 24, 2021) Actress in such films as The Seventh Seal (1957) and Wild Strawberries (1957) OBIT

Richard Lindheim, 81 (circa 1939-January 18, 2021) Veteran TV producer who co-created The Equalizer (1985-1989) OBIT

Christopher Little, 79 (October 10, 1941-January 7, 2021) Literary agent who championed the Harry Potter books beginning in 1995 OBIT

Floyd Little, 78 (July 4, 1942-January 1, 2021) Denver Broncos star known as “The Franchise” OBIT

Robert F. Liu, 94 (circa 1926-January 10, 2021) Noted TV cinematographer OBIT

Gerald Locklin, 79 (February 17, 1941-January 17, 2021) One of the defining voices of the West Coast literary movement OBIT

Pat-loud-boyculturePat with her Loud son, Lance (Image via family photo)

Patricia Loud, 94 (October 4, 1926-January 10, 2021) Matriarch on TV's first reality series, An American Family (1973) OBIT

Bernard Lown, 99 (June 7, 1921-February 16, 2021) Inventor of the first effective heart defibrillator, Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work against nuclear war OBIT

Patricia Lynch, 82 (March 5, 1938-February 3, 2021) Investigative reporter who specialized in cults OBIT

Bernie Madoff, 82 (April 29, 1938-April 14, 2021) The mastermind behind the largest Ponzi scheme (nearly $65B) in history OBIT

John Magufuli, 61 (October 29, 1959-March 17, 2021) Tanzanian president who mocked COVID-19 vaccines OBIT

Mona Malm, 85 (January 24, 1935-January 12, 2021) Swedish actress known for such films as Fanny and Alexander (1982) and The Best Intentions (1992) OBIT

Cecilia Mangini, 93 (July 31, 1927-January 21, 2021) Pioneer Italian documentary filmmaker, frequent collaborator with Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) OBIT

Ng Man-tat, 69 (January 2, 1952-February 27, 2021) Hong Kong comic actor in such films as Shaolin Soccer (2001) OBIT

Martin Markinson, 89 (December 23, 1931-January 7, 2021) Theater owner and producer who brought Torch Song Trilogy (1982) and On Your Feet (2015) to Broadway OBIT

Margaret Maron, 82 (August 25, 1938-February 23, 2021) Crime-fiction writer OBIT

Gerry Marsden, 78 (September 24, 1942-January 3, 2021) Lead singer of the British Invasion group Gerry and the Pacemakers, the makers of such hits as the football anthem “You'll Never Walk Alone” (1963 UK) and “Ferry Cross the Mersey” (1964 UK) OBIT

Owen Marsh, 90 (May 29, 1930-January 10, 2021) Noted camera operator on Ben-Hur (1959), How the West Was Won (1962) and The Towering Inferno (1974) OBIT

Eugenio Martinez, 98 (July 7, 1922-January 30, 2021) Last surviving Watergate burglar, the only man other than Nixon (1913-1994) himself to receive a pardon in the crime OBIT

Hara Masato, 89 (1931-March 17, 2021) Leading Japanese film producer known for Ran (1985) and Ringu (1998) OBIT

Jeanette Maus, 39 (circa 1981-January 24, 2021) Actress in My Effortless Brilliance (2008) and Your Sister's Sister (2011) OBIT

David McCabe, 80 (November 14, 1940-February 26, 2021) Photographer who followed Andy Warhol (1928-1987) for a year, starting in 1964, thereby capturing the genesis of the Warhol brand OBIT

Jessica McClintock, 90 (June 19, 1930-February 16, 2021) Designer known for her granny dresses in satin and lace OBIT

Allan McDonald, 83 (July 9, 1937-March 6, 2021) Engineer who tried in vain to abort the disastrous 1985 Challenger launch OBIT

George McDonald, 76 (April 28, 1944-January 26, 2021) Wall Streeter who founded the Doe Fund to help the impoverished OBIT

Biff McGuire, 94 (October 25, 1926-April 1, 2021) Two-time Tony Nominee who appeared in over 20 Broadway productions, beginning in 1944 OBIT

Larry McMurtry, 84 (June 3, 1936-March 25, 2021) Popular novelist known for such works as The Last Picture Show (1966), Terms of Endearment (1975), Lonesome Dove (1985) and Texasville (1987), Oscar winner for co-writing the adapted screenplay for Brokeback Mountain (2005) OBIT

Ved Mehta, 86 (March 21, 1934-January 9, 2021) Celebrated New Yorker writer OBIT

Carlos Menem, 90 (July 2, 1930-February 14, 2021) Flashy, Peronist leader of Argentina from 1989-1999 OBIT

Bhaskar Menon, 86 (May 29, 1934-March 4, 2021) President of Capitol Records who oversaw the release of Pink Floyd's mammoth The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) OBIT

G.W. Mercier, 66 (July 20, 1954-March 11, 2021) Tony-nominated set and costume designer OBIT

Bruce Meyers, 94 (March 12, 1926-February 19, 2021) Inventor of the Meyers Manx dune buggy OBIT

Diana Millay, 85 (June 7, 1935-January 8, 2021) Broadway and TV actress best known for her work on Dark Shadows (1966-1969) and in its 1971 spin-off feature film Night of Dark Shadows, and for the soap Secret Storm (1971) OBIT

David Mintz, 89 (June 8, 1931-February 24, 2021) Creator of tofutti OBIT

Tom Moore, 100 (April 30, 1920-February 2, 2021) WWII vet who, as Captain Tom, inspired (and earned a knighthood in) the UK with his 100 laps to raise money for COVID-19 relief — and who died of the virus OBIT

John Muckler, 86 (April 13, 1934-January 4, 2021) One of the architects of the Edmonton Oilers' five Stanley Cup championships OBIT

Roger Mudd, 93 (February 9, 1928-March 9, 2021) Venerated newsman famous for his 1979 interview with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009), in which he asked, “Why do you want to be president?” OBIT

Alan Robert Murray, 66 (circa 1954-February 24, 2021) Oscar-winning sound editor OBIT

Mick Norcross, 57 (circa 1963-January 21, 2021) Appeared on the UK reality series The Only Way Is Essex (2011-2013; 2014) OBIT

Pete Noyes, 90 (circa 1930-February 1, 2021) Peabody-winning TV news anchor who inspired the Lou Grant character OBIT

Walter-olkewicz-seinfeld-boycultureCable ace (Image via video still)

Walter Olkewicz, 72 (May 14, 1948-April 6, 2021) Veteran character actor memorable on Grace Under Fire (1993-1996), Twin Peaks (1990; movie in 1992; and 2017) and on Seinfeld (1996) OBIT

Sarah Onyango Obama, 99 (circa 1920-March 29, 2021) Kenyan stepgrandmother of Barack Obama (b. 1961) OBIT

Dianna Ortiz, 62 (September 2, 1958-February 19, 2021) American nun tortured in Guatemala OBIT

Lou Ottens, 94 (June 21, 1926-March 6, 2021) Co-creator of the audio cassette and co-developer of the compact disc OBIT

Johnny Pacheco, 85 (March 25, 1935-February 15, 2021) Bandleader who co-founded Fania Records, which popularized salsa music internationally OBIT

Nicola Pagett, 75 (June 15, 1945-March 3, 2021) Actress from Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-1973) OBIT

Luis Palau, 86 (November 27, 1934-March 11, 2021) The so-called Billy Graham of Latin America OBIT

Jack Palladino, 76 (July 9, 1944-February 1, 2021) Infamous P.I. for scorched-earth A-listers OBIT

Mike Pearl, 77 (July 8, 1943-March 1, 2021) Innovate TV sports producer, multiple Emmy winner OBIT

Sharon Kay Penman, 75 (August 13, 1945-January 22, 2021) Novelist of medieval epics OBIT

Christopher Pennock, 76 (June 7, 1944-February 12, 2021) Actor known as Gabriel Collins on Dark Shadows (1970-1971) OBIT

Elsa Peretti, 80 (May 1, 1940-March 18, 2021) Model and iconic jewelry designer OBIT

Prince Philip, 99 (June 10, 1921-April 9, 2021) Husband of Queen Elizabeth for more than 70 years OBIT

Ronald Pickup, 80 (June 7 1940-February 24, 2021) British stage actor also renowned for TV and film roles, including in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and its 2016 sequel OBIT

Christopher Plummer, 91 (December 13, 1929-February 5, 2021) Iconic stage actor with two Tonys under his belt who became a silver-screen legend for The Sound of Music (1965), also appearing in such films as The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Beginners (2010, Oscar), All the Money in the World (2017) and Knives Out (2019) OBIT

Ricky Powell, 59 (November 20, 1961-February 1, 2021) Hip-hop and downtown photographer OBIT

Prince Markie Dee, 52 (February 19, 1968-February 18, 2021) Founding member of rap group the Fat Boys OBIT

Carmel Quinn, 95 (July 31, 1925-March 6, 2021) Irish singer-storyteller popular on TV and at venues including Carnegie Hall OBIT

Marion Ramsey, 73 (May 10, 1947-January 7, 2021) Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy movies (1984-1989) OBIT

Benita Raphan, 58 (November 5, 1962-January 10, 2021) Experimental short-filmmaker OBIT

Danny Ray, 85 (circa 1935-February 3, 2021) Legendary performer James Brown's (1933-2006) capeman OBIT

Freddie Redd, 92 (May 29, 1928-March 17, 2021) Jazz pianist and composer OBIT

John Reilly, 84 (November 11, 1936-January 9, 2021) Longtime soap star, known for General Hospital (1984-1995; 2013), Passions (2000-2008) and Beverly Hills, 90210 (1996-1998) OBIT

Winfred Rembert, 75 (November 22, 1945-March 31, 2021) Lynching survivor who became a renowned artist, working with leather as his medium OBIT

Paige Rense, 90 (May 4, 1929-January 1, 2021) Editor of Architectural Digest OBIT

Deborah Rhode, 68 (January 29, 1952-January 8, 2021) Stanford professor who pushed for an overhaul of the legal profession OBIT

Anthony Rhulen, 51 (September 27, 1969-January 15, 2021) Producer of The Butterfly Effect (2004) OBIT

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John Richardson, 86 (January 19, 1934-January 5, 2021) British actor who appeared in One Million Years B.C. (1966) OBIT

Peter Mark Richman, 93 (April 16, 1927-January 14, 2021) Longtime TV, movie and stage actor with Three's Company (1978-1979) and Dynasty (1981-1984) among his most popular credits, as well as the classic Twilight Zone episode “The Fear” (1964) OBIT

Barbara Rickles, 84 (circa 1936-March 14, 2021) Widow of Don Rickles (1926-2017) and frequent target of his humor OBIT

James Ridgeway, 84 (November 1, 1936-February 13, 2021) Investigative reporter with a string of high-profile exposés under his belt OBIT

Paul Ritter, 54 (December 20, 1966-April 5, 2021) Actor known for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Chernobyl (2019) OBIT

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Tanya Roberts, 65 (October 15, 1955-January 4, 2021) Star of the films Tourist Trap (1979), The Beastmaster (1982), Sheena (1984) and A View to a Kill (1985) also known as Julie Rogers on Charlie's Angels (1980-1981) and as Midge Pinciotti on That '70s Show (1998-2004) OBIT

Leslie Robertson, 92 (February 12, 1928-February 11, 2021) Structural engineer of the World Trade Center OBIT

Larry Robins, 75 (circa 1945-January 23, 2021) Music manager, producer of Netflix's Sex/Life (2021) OBIT

Robert Rodan, 83 (January 30, 1938-March 25, 2021) Adam the monster on Dark Shadows (1968) OBIT

Jimmie Rodgers, 87 (September 18, 1933-January 18, 2021) Smooth pop and country singer of the #1 hit “Honeycomb” (1957) OBIT

Joanne Rogers, 92 (March 9 1928-January 14, 2021) Widow of Fred “Mr. Rogers” Rogers (1928-2003) OBIT

Brian Rohan, 84 (July 24, 1936-March 30, 2021) San Francisco's so-called “dope lawyer ”to the stars in the '60s OBIT

Aaron Rose, 84 (March 22, 1936-February 7, 2021) Photographer who worked in secret, creating singular prints using unique materials and paper, and whose work was finally discovered and exhibited in the '90s OBIT

Naomi Rosenblum, 96 (January 16, 1925-February 19, 2021) Photography historian OBIT

Giuseppe Rotunno, 97 (March 19, 1923-February 7, 2021) Oscar-nominated cinematographer renowned for his work with Federico Fellini (1920-1993) on such films as Fellini Satyricon (1969), and who also counted All That Jazz (1979) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) among his successes OBIT

Richard Rush, 91 (April 15, 1929-April 8, 2021) Writer-director of the Oscar-nominated The Stunt Man (1980) OBIT

Antonio Sabàto Sr., 77 (April 2, 1943-January 6, 2021) Grand Prix (1966) and One Dollar Too Many (1968) actor, father of the model and actor Antonio Sabàto Jr. (b. 1972) OBIT

Margo St. James, 83 (September 12, 1937-January 11, 2021) Founder of COYOTE, an advocacy group for sex workers OBIT

Paul Scheidler, 93 (September 7, 1927-January 18, 2021) So-called Godfather of the Anti-Abortion Movement OBIT

Sabine Schmitz, 51 (May 14, 1969-March 16, 2021) Racing driver, TV personality OBIT

Pilar Schneider, 91 (circa 1929-January 10, 2021) Mother of Rob Schneider (b. 1963) who appeared in many of his films OBIT

Howard Schnellenberger, 87 (March 16, 1934-March 27, 2021) Legendary college coach OBIT

Chris Schultz, 61 (February 16, 1960-March 4, 2021) Former Dallas Cowboys lineman and TV sports analyst OBIT

Geoffrey-scott-shirtless-boycultureHis Dynasty tennis pro was a love. (Image via video still)

Geoffrey Scott, 79 (February 22, 1942-February 23, 2021) Actor on Dark Shadows (1970) and Dynasty (1982-1984) who was also in over 100 commercials OBIT

Marty Scottenheimer, 77 (September 23, 2943-February 8, 2021) Eighth-winningest NFL coach in history OBIT

Fred Segal, 87 (May 5, 1925-February 26, 2021) L.A. retailer synonymous with the city's fashion OBIT

Frank Shankwitz, 77 (March 8, 1943-January 24, 2021) Motorcycle cop who co-founded Make-A-Wish OBIT

Carl Shapiro, 108 (February 15, 1913-March 7, 2021) One of the biggest Bernie Madoff (b. 1938) investors OBIT

Cheyann Shaw, 27 (January 14, 1993-January 4, 2021) Fitness influencer who documented a long battle with ovarian cancer OBIT

Ryan Shea, 30s (circa 1990-February 19, 2021) NYC-based entertainment and bear-culture journalist OBIT

Neil Sheehan, 84 (October 27, 1935-January 7, 2021) Author of the National Book Award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Bright Shining Lie (1988) who obtained the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times OBIT

Barbara-shelley-hammer-gr8erdaysBite me! (Image via Hammer)

Barbara Shelley, 88 (February 13, 1932-2021) Hammer horror queen who starred in their cult films The Gorgon (1964), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) and Quartermass and the Pit (1967), as well as in the horror classic Village of the Damned (1960) OBIT

Norm Sherry, 89 (July 16, 1931-March 8, 2021) Hall of Fame pitcher remembered for his advice to Sandy Koufax (b. 1935) that led to his sensational career OBIT

Toko Shinoda, 107 (March 28, 1913-March 1, 2021) One of the most important Japanese artists of the last century, she combined calligraphy with abstract expressionism OBIT

George P. Shultz, 100 (December 13, 1920-February 6, 2021) Longtime GOP operative who served under every Republican president since Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), and who served as Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) OBIT

Cliff Simon, 58 (September 7, 1962-March 9, 2021) Actor from Stargate SG-1 (2001-2007) OBIT

Joseph Siravo, 66 (February 12, 1957 -April 11, 2021) The Sopranos (1999-2007) actor who played Tony's father, Johnny Boy, in flashbacks OBIT

Brayden Smith, 24 (circa 1996-February 5, 2021) Jeopardy! champ OBIT

Philip J. Smith, 89 (July 29, 1931-January 15, 2021) Longtime CEO of the Shubert Organization OBIT

Sekou Smith, 48 (May 15, 1972-January 26, 2021) NBA reporter OBIT

Michael Somare, 84 (April 9, 1936-February 19, 2021) Papua New Guinea's first PM (1975-1980; 1982-1985; 2002-2011) OBIT

Joseph Sonnabend, 88 (January 6, 1933-January 24, 2021) One of the first doctors to recognize what would come to be called AIDS as it tore through the gay community, one of three co-founders of the AIDS Medical Foundation in 1983 OBIT

SOPHIE, 34 (September 17, 1986-January 30, 2021) Trailblazing electronic-music artist, co-writer of Madonna's (b. 1958) “Bitch I'm Madonna” (2015) OBIT

Arne Sorenson, 62 (October 13, 1958-February 15, 2021) Marriott CEO OBIT

Gr8erdays-phil-spector-boycultureCan Spector's (seen in 2019) musical genius be appreciated in spite of his personal evil? (Images via CDCR & London)

Phil Spector, 81 (December 26, 1939-January 16, 2021) Auteur songwriter and producer whose “Wall of Sound” changed pop history, and whose work with the Crystals, the Ronettes, Ike & Tina Turner, the Beatles (group and solo) and many others became some of music's most famous hits; legendarily volatile and abusive, he was convicted of murder in 2009 OBIT

Leon Spinks, 67 (July 11, 1953-February 5, 2021) Former heavyweight boxing champ OBIT

Lynn Stalmaster, 93 (November 17, 1927-2021) Casting director who was given an honorary Oscar for his career, which lasted from 1955-2017 OBIT

Michael Stanley, 72 (March 25, 1948-March 4, 2021) Cleveland rocker and radio star OBIT

Gordon Stewart, 79 (July 6, 1941-January 4, 2021) Found of Sandals Resorts International OBIT

Martha Stewart, 98 (October 7, 1922-February 17, 2021) Actress from such films as Daisy Kenyon (1947) and In a Lonely Place (1951) OBIT

Don Sutton, 75 (April 2, 1945-January 18, 2021) Hall-of-Fame pitcher OBIT

John J. Sweeney, 86 (May 5, 1934-February 2, 2021) New York union researcher who became a force in the AFL-CIO OBIT

Joe Tait, 83 (May 15, 1937-March 10, 2021) Broadcaster known as the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers OBIT

Jamie Tarses, 56 (March 16, 1964-February 1, 2021) Boundary-shattering female exec who at 32 became the first woman president of a major network's entertainment division (ABC) before flaming out after an unflattering story belittled her abilities OBIT

Quindon Tarver, 38 (August 4, 1982-April 1, 2021) Former child performer seen and heard in Romeo + Juliet (1996) OBIT

Bertrand Tavernier, 79 (April 25, 1941-March 25, 2021) French filmmaker OBIT

Ashley Gerren Taylor, 30 (July 6, 1990-April 11, 2021) Baldwin Hills (2007-2009) reality actor OBIT

Kent Taylor, 65 (September 27, 1955-March 18, 2021) Founder and CEO of Texas Roadhouse restaurants OBIT

Wayne Terwilliger, 95 (June 27, 1925-February 3, 2021) Longtime minor and major-league player and coach OBIT

Marie Tippit, 92 (circa 1928-March 2, 2021) Widow of the Dallas cop killed by Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963) shortly after he assassinated JFK (1917-1963) OBIT

Stacy Title, 56 (February 21, 1964-January 11, 2021) Film producer nominated for an Oscar for the short Down on the Waterfront (1994) and who directed The Last Supper (1995) and The Bye Bye Man (2017) OBIT

Linda Torres, 67 (June 29, 1953-April 1, 2021) Reality actor known for Big Ang (2012) OBIT

Tony Trabert, 90 (August 30, 1930-February 3, 2021) Two-time #1 in men's tennis OBIT

Kim Tschang-Yeul, 91 (December 24, 1929-January 5, 2021) South Korean painter of luminous water droplets OBIT

Houston Tumlin, 28 (December 27, 1992-March 23, 2021) Former child actor who appeared in Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby (2006) OBIT

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Cicely Tyson, 96 (December 19, 1924-January 28, 2021) Stereotype-shattering icon and woman of many firsts, 17 Cicely Tyson Timeshe studied at the Actors Studio in the '40s; modeled for Ebony and Jet in the '50s and '60s, helping to popularize Black hairstyles and fashions; was in the original company of off-Broadway smash The Blacks (1961-1962) and won the Tony at 88 for The Trip to Bountiful (2013); first Black actor to star on a dramatic series with TV's East Side/West Side (1963-1964), three-time Emmy winner whose other TV highlights include The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), Roots (1977), King (1978) and How to Get Away with Murder (2015-2020); Oscar nomination for Sounder (1972) and other film successes with Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Help (2011) and others; honorary Oscar recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient OBIT

Brian Urquhart, 101 (February 28, 1919-January 1, 2021) Creator and director of UN peacekeeping operations OBIT

Hilton Valentine, 77 (May 21, 1943-January 29, 2021) Guitarist for the Animals OBIT

Carmen Vázquez, 72 (January 13, 1949-January 27, 2021) LGBTQ rights activist OBIT

Martinus J.G. Veltman, 89 (June 27, 1931-January 4, 2021) Dutch theoretical physicist OBIT

Kerry Vincent, 75 (circa 1945-January 2, 2021) Celebrated cake artist, judge on the Food Network's Food Network Challenge (2006-2012) OBIT

Bunny Wailer, 73 (April 10, 1947-March 2, 2021) Last surviving member of the Wailers OBIT

Judy Wald, 96 (August 21, 1924-February 12, 2021) Madison Avenue headhunter during its '50s and '60s golden era OBIT

Yuval Waldman, 74 (December 21, 1946-February 1, 2021) Violinist and conductor OBIT

Lance Waldroup, 30 (November 3, 1990-February 25, 2021) Moonshiners (2012-2018) reality actor OBIT

Murray Walker, 97 (October 10, 1923-March 13, 2021) Formula One broadcaster OBIT

Carla Wallenda, 85 (February 13, 1936-March 6, 2021) Last of her generation of Flying Wallendas OBIT

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Jessica Walter, 80 (January 31, 1941-March 24, 2021) An Emmy winner, this prolific stage, film and especially TV actress was best known for her Golden Globe-nominated turn as a stalker in the thriller Play Misty for Me (1971) and as Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development (2003-2006; 2013; 2018-2019) OBIT

Douglas Turner Ward, 90 (May 5, 1930-February 20, 2021) Pioneer in Black theater OBIT

Sheila Washington, 61 (January 27, 1960-January 29, 2021) Woman whose work helped exonerate the Scottsboro Boys, nine young Black men falsely accused of raping two white women in 1931 OBIT

Jim Weatherly, 77 (March 17, 1943-February 3, 2021) Songwriter behind “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973) OBIT

Howard Weitzman, 81 (September 21, 1939-April 7, 2021) Heavy-duty lawyer who repped Michael Jackson (1958-2009), O.J. Simpson (b. 1947), Marlon Brando (1924-2004) and more OBIT

Joan Weldon, 90 (August 5, 1930-February 11, 2021) Singer and actress who appeared in the sci-fi classic Them! (1954) OBIT

Eleanor Torrey West, 108 (January 17, 1913-January 17, 2021) Pioneer conservationist OBIT

Paul Westphal, 70 (November 30, 1950-January 2, 2021) Basketball Hall of Famer who was both a Celtics player and coach OBIT

George Whitmore, 89 (1931-January 1, 2021) Famed El Capitan mountain climber OBIT

Stan Williams, 84 (September 14, 1936-February 20, 2021) All-Star Dodgers pitcher OBIT

Marc Wilmore, 57 (May 4, 1963-January 30, 2021) TV writer known for In Living Color (1992-1993) OBIT

Mark Wilson, 91 (April 11, 1929-January 19, 2021) Influential magician known for the show The Magic Land of Allakazam (1960-1964) OBIT

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Mary Wilson, 76 (March 6, 1944-February 8, 2021) The only Supreme who was with the group from day one (1961) through the bitter end (1977) OBIT

S. Clay Wilson, 79 (July 25, 1941-February 7, 2021) Underground cartoonist OBIT

Zachary Wohlman aka Kid Yamaka, 32 (May 23, 1988-February 14, 2021) Boxer who was the subject of the ESPN+ documentary Why We Fight OBIT

Daniel Wolf, 65 (March 29, 1955-January 25, 2021) Via the J. Paul Getty Museum, he jump-started interest in the collecting of photography when he helped the institution acquire some 25,000 of the rarest photos ever taken OBIT

Bill Wright, 84 (April 4,1 936-February 19, 2021) First Black golfer to win a U.S. Golf Association event OBIT

Ron Wright, 67 (April 8, 1953-February 7, 2021) Texas Republican congresman who had railed against COVID-19 efforts before dying of the virus OBIT

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, 90 (June 30, 1930-February 22, 2021) Former Saudi Arabian oil minister OBIT

Song Yoo-jung, 26 (June 8, 1994-January 23, 2021) South Korean TV actress OBIT

Adam Zagajewski, 75 (June 21, 1945-March 21, 2021) Dissident Polish poet who became a renowned teacher OBIT

Marsha Zazula, 68 (April 21, 1958-January 10, 2021) Co-founder of Megaforce Records, which released the first Metallica album (1983) OBIT

Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, 72 (July 14, 1948-March 12, 2021) King of the Zulu nation OBIT

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