RIP 2013

by mjm2273 | created - 15 Dec 2013 | updated - 02 Jan 2014 | Public

entertainment notables who passed on in 2013

1. Peter O'Toole

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. Upon leaving school, he decided to become a ...

2. Paul Walker

Actor | The Fast and the Furious

Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Their parents, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, and Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, a model, separated around September 2004. His grandfather, William ...

3. Esther Williams

Actress | Neptune's Daughter

Esther Jane Williams was born on August 8, 1921 in Inglewood, California. Her youth was spent as a teenage swimming champion and she won three United States National championships. She eventually was spotted by a MGM talent scout while working in a Los Angeles department store. She made her film ...

4. Julie Harris

Actress | The Haunting

One of the finest classical and contemporary leading ladies ever to grace the 20th century American stage, five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris was rather remote and reserved on camera, finding her true glow in front of the theatre lights. The freckled, red-haired actress not only was nominated...

5. Cory Monteith

Actor | Glee

Cory Monteith was born on May 11, 1982 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as Cory Allan Michael Monteith. He was an actor, known for playing the singing jock Finn on the American TV show Glee (2009) and films such as Monte Carlo (2011), and Final Destination 3 (2006). He died on July 13, 2013 in Vancouver...

6. Jean Stapleton

Actress | All in the Family

Jean Stapleton was born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City, to Marie A. (Stapleton), an opera singer, and Joseph Edward Murray, a billboard advertising salesman. Her paternal grandparents were Irish. She was a cousin of actress Betty Jane Watson. Other relatives in show business were her ...

7. Jonathan Winters

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Jonathan Harshman Winters III was born on November 11, 1925 in Dayton, Ohio. His father, Jonathan Harshman Winters II, was a banker who became an alcoholic after being crushed in the Great Depression. His parents divorced in 1932. Jonathan and his mother then moved to Springfield to live with his ...

8. Deanna Durbin

Soundtrack | Mad About Music

The girl who one day would be known as "Winnipeg's Sweetheart" was born at Grace Hospital on December 4, 1921, as Edna Mae Durbin. In her early childhood there were no obvious signs that one day she would be a bigger box office attraction than Shirley Temple. Renamed Deanna Durbin for show business...

9. Charles Durning

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most ...

10. Annette Funicello

Actress | Muscle Beach Party

Annette Joanne Funicello achieved teenage popularity starting in October 1955 after she debuted as a Mouseketeer. Born on October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York, the family had moved to California when she was still young. Walt Disney himself saw her performing the lead role in "Swan Lake" at her ...

11. Karen Black

Actress | Five Easy Pieces

Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Elsie Mary (Reif), who wrote children's books, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. She was of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), German, and Bohemian (Czech) descent. Karen entered Northwestern ...

12. Eileen Brennan

Actress | Clue

A supremely gifted, versatile player who could reach dramatic depths, as exemplified in her weary-eyed, good-hearted waitress in The Last Picture Show (1971), or comedy heights, as in her sadistic drill captain in Private Benjamin (1980), Eileen Brennan managed to transition from lovely Broadway ...

13. Eleanor Parker

Actress | The Sound of Music

Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, the last of three children born to a mathematics teacher and his wife. Eleanor caught the acting bug early and began performing in school plays. She was was so serious about becoming a thespian that she attended the Rice Summer ...

14. Audrey Totter

Actress | Lady in the Lake

One is certainly hard-pressed to think of another true "bad girl" representative so closely identifiable with film noir than hard-looking blonde actress Audrey Totter. While she remained a "B"-tier actress for most her career, she was an "A" quality actress and one of filmdom's most intriguing ...

15. Richard Griffiths

Actor | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal ...

16. Dennis Farina

Actor | Get Shorty

Dennis Farina was one of Hollywood's busiest actors and a familiar face to moviegoers and television viewers alike. Recently, he appeared in the feature films, "The Grand," a comedy about a Vegas poker tournament with Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and Ray Romano; "Bottle Shock," also starring Alan ...

17. Ray Harryhausen

Visual_effects | Clash of the Titans

When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic--Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since.

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18. Roger Ebert

Actor | Siskel & Ebert & the Movies

Roger Joseph Ebert was the all-time best-known, most successful movie critic in cinema history, when one thinks of his establishing a rapport with both serious cineastes and the movie-going public and reaching more movie fans via television and print than any other critic. He became the first and ...

19. Tom Clancy

Writer | The Hunt for Red October

Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October (1990). Born in Baltimore to a U.S. Post Office employee and his wife on April 12, 1947, Clancy graduated from Loyola Blakefield,...

20. Cliff Osmond

Writer | The Streets of San Francisco

Cliff Osmond was born on February 26, 1937 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Clifford Osmond Ebrahim. He was an actor and writer, known for The Streets of San Francisco (1972), The Front Page (1974) and The Penitent (1988). He was married to Gretchen. He died on December 22, 2012 in Pacific ...

21. Bryan Forbes

Actor | The Guns of Navarone

Bryan Forbes was born on July 22, 1926 in Stratford, London, England as John Theobald Clarke. He was an actor and writer, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Whisperers (1967) and Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964). He was married to Nanette Newman and Constance Smith. He died on May 8, 2013 ...

22. Sara Montiel

Actress | La violetera

Sara Montiel was born in the village of Campo de Criptana, province of Ciudad Real, in the region of Castille-La Mancha, Spain. Her parents were Isidoro Abad, a peasant, and Maria Vicenta Fernández, a door-to-door beautician. The future star was christened Maria Antonia Alejandra Abad Fernández. ...

23. Elliott Reid

Actor | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Elliott Reid was born on January 16, 1920 in New York City, New York, USA as Edgeworth Blair Reid. He was an actor and writer, known for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Inherit the Wind (1960) and Vicki (1953). He died on June 21, 2013 in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA.

24. Dale Robertson

Actor | Son of Sinbad

Dale Robertson, the actor who made his name in television Westerns in the 1950s and '60s, was born on July 14, 1923, in Harrah, Oklahoma. After serving in a tank crew and in the combat engineers in North Africa and Europe during World War II, the twice-wounded Robertson started his acting career ...

25. Patti Page

Soundtrack | Die Hard 2

Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler in Oklahoma in 1927. She began her professional singing career at KTUL, a Tulsa radio station. Since the program was sponsored by Page Milk, she adopted the moniker Patti Page, and it stuck. Patti toured the US in the late 1940s with Jimmy Joy, and notably sang ...

26. Jim Kelly

Actor | Enter the Dragon

With his funky Afro hairstyle, super cool attitude and superb karate skills, Jim Kelly was instantly identifiable, and one of the top martial arts film stars of the early 1970s. After appearing in a minor film role, Kelly's second screen effort was as one of the invited guests to the deadly Han's ...

27. Robert Nichols

Actor | The Thing from Another World

A native of Oakland, California, Robert Nichols got his start as an entertainer in the Army during World War II. After his discharge, he attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art while working as a song-and-dance man at the Players Theater (Victorian music hall). Hollywood director Howard ...

28. Marcia Wallace

Actress | The Simpsons

Some might have easily doled out the phrase "laughing on the outside, crying on the inside" to describe funny lady Marcia Wallace and her many uphill battles, in both life and career, over the past three-and-a-half decades, but the carrot-cropped comedienne, with the ever-toothy smile, remains ...

29. James Gandolfini

Actor | The Sopranos

James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival ...

30. Steve Forrest

Actor | Mommie Dearest

A ruggedly handsome action man of the 1960s and '70s, Steve Forrest was born William Forrest Andrews in Huntsville, Texas, the youngest of thirteen children of Annis (Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister. His brother was actor Dana Andrews. Forrest began his screen career as a ...

31. Mickey Knox

Actor | The Godfather Part III

Mickey Knox was born on December 24, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Abraham Knox. He is known for his work on The Godfather: Part III (1990), I Walk Alone (1947) and Cemetery Man (1994). He died on November 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

32. Graham Stark

Actor | Superman III

Graham Stark was born on January 20, 1922 in Wallasey, Cheshire, England as Graham William Stark. He was an actor and director, known for Superman III (1983), A Shot in the Dark (1964) and The Return of the Pink Panther (1975). He was married to Audrey Nicholson. He died on October 29, 2013 in ...

33. Michael Ansara

Actor | The Message

Born in a small village in Syria, Michael Ansara came to the United States with his American parents at the age of two, living in New England, until the family's relocation to California ten years later. He entered Los Angeles City College with the intention of becoming a doctor, but got ...

34. Nigel Davenport

Actor | Chariots of Fire

Nigel Davenport was born on May 23, 1928 in Shelford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as Arthur Nigel Davenport. He was an actor and assistant director, known for Chariots of Fire (1981), A Man for All Seasons (1966) and Phase IV (1974). He was married to Maria Aitken and Helena Margaret White. ...

35. Haji

Actress | Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Haji was a Cando-American actress renowned for starring in Russ Meyer's sexploitation classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), in which she made her theatrical film debut. Barbarella Catton was born in Quebec City, Quebec on January 24, 1946, and at the age of 14, began dancing topless. The ...

36. Ed Lauter

Actor | Cujo

Edward Matthew Lauter II was born on October 30, 1938 in Long Beach, New York. In a film career that extended for over four decades, Lauter starred in a plethora of film and television productions since making his big screen debut in the western Dirty Little Billy (1972). He portrayed an eclectic ...

37. Matt Mattox

Actor | Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Matt Mattox was born on August 18, 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Harold Henry Mattox. He is known for his work on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), The United States Steel Hour (1953) and The Glory Brigade (1953). He was married to Martine Limeul and Jean Marie Caples. He died on February ...

38. Patty Andrews

Actress | Her Lucky Night

She was born in Mound, Minnesota on 16 February 1918, the daughter of Peter Andreos (changed to 'Andrews' upon arriving in the US) and Olga Sollie. Her real name was Patricia Marie (Patty nickname). Her father was a Greek Catholic immigrant and her mother a Lutheran from Norway who ran the pure ...

39. Mindy McCready

Soundtrack | Switchback

Mindy McCready was born on November 30, 1975 in Fort Meyers, Florida, USA as Malinda Gayle McCready. She died on February 17, 2013 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, USA.

40. Bonnie Franklin

Actress | One Day at a Time

Bonnie Franklin, of the freckled, fair-skinned, hazel-eyed, rosy-cheeked, carrot-haired variety, could light up a room with her buoyant, folksy personality, but she could be quite serious in a take-charge manner when it came to purposeful acting work. It took Norman Lear and a highly popular TV ...

41. Phil Ramone

Music_department | Flashdance

Phil Ramone was born on January 5, 1934 in South Africa as Philip Ramone. He is known for his work on Flashdance (1983), Ghostbusters (1984) and Sleeper (1973). He was married to Karen Ichiuji-Ramone and Karen. He died on March 30, 2013 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

42. George Jones

Soundtrack | Tin Cup

George Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas, USA as George Glenn Jones. He was married to Nancy Sepulveda, Tammy Wynette, Shirley Ann Corley and Dorothy Bonvillion. He died on April 26, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

43. Ray Manzarek

Soundtrack | Strange Days

Ray Manzarek was born on February 12, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr. He was married to Dorothy Manzarek. He died on May 20, 2013 in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany.

44. Slim Whitman

Soundtrack | Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Slim Whitman was born on January 20, 1923 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr. He was married to Geraldine "Jerry" Christ. He died on June 19, 2013 in Orange Park, Florida.

45. Bobby Bland

Soundtrack | The Fugitive

Bobby Bland was born on January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee, USA as Robert Calvin Brooks. He was married to Willie Mae Bland. He died on June 23, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee.

46. J.J. Cale

Soundtrack | Watchmen

John Weldon Cale was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he graduated in 1956 from Tulsa Central High School. In the early 1960s he moved to Los Angeles, along with a number of other Tulsa musicians (known for their "Tulsa Sound"), where he worked as a studio ...

47. George Duke

Soundtrack | Spaceballs

George Duke was born on January 12, 1946 in San Rafael, California, USA as George Mac Duke. He is known for his work on Spaceballs (1987), Footloose (2011) and Bulletproof (1996). He was married to Corine Salanga. He died on August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

48. Eydie Gormé

Actress | Ocean's Eleven

Eydie Gorme was born in New York on August 16, 1928 to Sephardic Jewish parents. Her father, Nessim Garmezano, was a tailor, from Sicily, who changed his last name when he arrived in the United States. Gorme began singing straight out of high school, with various big bands. But her big break came ...

49. Marian McPartland

Soundtrack | The Human Stain

Marian McPartland was born on March 20, 1918 in Slough, Berkshire, England as Margaret Marian Turner. She was married to Jimmy McPartland. She died on August 20, 2013 in Port Washington, New York, USA.

50. Sid Bernstein

Actor | Good to Go

Sid Bernstein was born on August 12, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA as Sidney Bernstein. He is known for his work on Good to Go (1986), Hullabaloo (1965) and The Rodnees: We Mod Like Dat! (2005). He was married to Geraldine Bernstein. He died on August 21, 2013 in New York City.

51. Ramblin' Tommy Scott

Actor | The Hawk

Ramblin' "Doc" Tommy Scott's Last Real Old Time Medicine Show In 1936, Scott joined "Doc" Chamberlain's Medicine Show, founded in 1890, when it rolled through Toccoa, Ga. When Chamberlain retired, he gave Scott the medicine and the show. As one of country music's first generation of stars, he began...

52. Kim Hamilton

Actress | The Guiding Light

Kim Hamilton was born on September 12, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Dorothy May Aiken. She was an actress, known for Guiding Light (1952), Body and Soul (1981) and Checkmate (1960). She was married to Werner Klemperer and Robert Henry Hamilton. She died on September 16, 2013 in Los ...

53. Lou Reed

Soundtrack | V for Vendetta

He formed the group The Velvet Underground with Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, second guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker in New York in 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene, which housed a great number of the most freaked and experimental ...

54. Tom Laughlin

Actor | Billy Jack

Tom Laughlin was born on August 10, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Thomas Robert Laughlin. He was an actor and director, known for Billy Jack (1971), The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) and The Born Losers (1967). He was married to Delores Taylor. He died on December 12, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, ...

55. Joan Fontaine

Actress | Rebecca

Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to ...

56. Ray Price

Soundtrack | The Guilt Trip

Ray Price was born on January 12, 1926 in Perryville, Texas, USA as Noble Ray Price. He was married to Janie Mae and Betty Berthena Greb (Linda Powers). He died on December 16, 2013 in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

57. Conrad Bain

Actor | Maude

Usually sized up as an erudite gent, advice-spouting father or uptight, pompous neighbor, the acting talents of Conrad Bain were best utilized on stage and on TV. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on February 4, 1923, Conrad Stafford Bain was a twin son (the other was named Bonar) born to Stafford ...

58. John Kerr

Actor | Tea and Sympathy

His father Geoffrey Kerr (b. 25 Jan 1895, London; d. 1971) and mother June Walker (b. 14 June 1904, New York City; d. 1966) were successful Broadway and, occasionally, film actors. He went into theatre as soon as he graduated from Harvard. He had an important role in the stage play "Bernadine" in ...

59. Van Cliburn

Self | Live From Lincoln Center

Van Cliburn was born Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr. on July 12, 1934, in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. His mother, named Rildia Bee O'Bryan, had been taught piano by Arthur Friedheim, a pupil of Franz Liszt. Cliburn began taking piano lessons at the age of three from his mother, who was strict and ...

60. Frank Thornton

Actor | Gosford Park

Frank Thornton was born on January 15, 1921 in Dulwich, London, England as Frank Thornton Ball. He was an actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Are You Being Served? (1972) and The Bed Sitting Room (1969). He was married to Beryl Jane Margaret Evans. He died on March 16, 2013 in Barnes, London.

61. Frank Bank

Actor | Leave It to Beaver

Frank Bank was born on April 12, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Leave It to Beaver (1957), The New Leave It to Beaver (1983) and Life with Archie (1962). He was married to Rebecca Fink, Jeri Lynn Handelman and Marlene Kay Blau. He died on April 13, 2013 in Los ...

62. Richard LeParmentier

Actor | Star Wars

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was Richard LeParmentier's third film after moving to Britain from the United States in 1974. Richard has appeared in over fifty films and TV shows. He used to reside in Bath, UK, and worked as a screenwriter. He also developed a comedy-drama series for the...

63. Allan Arbus

Actor | M*A*S*H

Allan Arbus was born on February 15, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA as Allan Franklin Arbus. He was an actor, known for M*A*S*H (1972), Coffy (1973) and Working Stiffs (1979). He was married to Mariclare Costello and Diane Nemerov. He died on April 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

64. Richie Havens

Soundtrack | Green Lantern

Richie Havens was born on January 21, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Richard Pierce Havens. He was married to Nancy. He died on April 22, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.

65. Jeanne Cooper

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Jeanne Cooper was born on October 25, 1928 in Taft, California, USA as Wilma Jeanne Cooper. She was an actress, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), Ben Casey (1961) and The Redhead from Wyoming (1953). She was married to Harry Bernsen. She died on May 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

66. Joe Conley

Actor | Cast Away

Joe Conley was born on March 3, 1928 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Joseph H. Conley Jr. He was an actor, known for Cast Away (2000), The Waltons (1971) and Impure Thoughts (1986). He was married to Louise A. Teecher and Jacqueline Y. Stakes. He died on July 7, 2013 in Newbury Park, California, USA.

67. Margaret Pellegrini

Self | I Married a Munchkin

Margaret Pellegrini was born on September 23, 1923 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA as Margaret Williams. She was an actress, known for I Married a Munchkin (1994), Entertainment Tonight (1981) and The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond (2009). She was married to Willie Pellegrini. She died on August 7, 2013 ...

68. David Frost

Producer | Retreat

David Frost was born on April 7, 1939 in Tenterden, Kent, England as David Paradine Frost. He was a producer and writer, known for Retreat (2011), The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella (1976) and The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970). He was married to Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard ...

69. Noel Harrison

Actor | The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

Noel Harrison was born on January 29, 1934 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and Take a Girl Like You (1970). He was married to Lori Chapman, Margaret Benson and Sara Lee Eberts Tufnell. He died on October 19, 2013 in ...

70. Don Mitchell

Actor | Ironside

Born March 17, 1943 in Houston, Texas, USA, Don left home to go to college at UCLA-Fine Arts to become an actor. Producer Collier Young spotted him and cast him in the TV series,Ironside (1967) as Mark Sanger. He enjoys music and also likes to go deep sea fishing and horse back riding. Don did not ...

71. James Avery

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Although known as the uncle/patriarch and judge "Philip Banks" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), James Avery was a classically trained actor and scholar. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, he joined the US Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon...

72. Joseph Ruskin

Actor | Smokin' Aces

Joseph Ruskin was born on April 14, 1924 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA as Joseph Richard Schlafman. He was an actor and producer, known for Smokin' Aces (2006), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and The Scorpion King (2002). He was married to Barbara Greene and Patricia Herd. He died on December 28...



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