Celebrity Deaths 2005


Johnny Carson
January 23

Ossie Davis
February 1

Sandra Dee
February 20

Johnnie Cochran
March 29

Terri Schiavo
March 31

Pope John Paul II
(Karol Wojtyla)
April 2

Prince Rainier III
April 6

Eddie Albert
May 26

Anne Bancroft
June 6

Luther Vandross
July 1

Hank Stram
July 4

June Haver
July 4

L. Partick Gray
July 5

Gen. William Westmoreland
July 18

James Doohan
July 20

Peter Jennings
August 7

Barbara Bel Geddes
August 8

Bob Denver
September 2

William Rehnquist
September 3

Don Adams
September 25

Rosa Parks
October 24

Richard Pryor
December 10

Eugene McCarthy
December 10

Gone But Not Forgotten – 2005

January 15 – Ruth Warrick, actress, (Phoebe Wallingford on “All My Children”) age 89

January 17 – Virginia Mayo, actress (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) age 84

January 22 – Rose Mary Woods, secretary to Richard Nixon who took blame for 18 ½ minute gap in tapes, age 86

January 23 – Johnny Carson, comedian (“The Tonight Show”) age 79

January 25 – Ray Peterson, singer (“Tell Laura I Love Her”) age 69

February 1 – John Vernon, actor (Dean Wormer in “Animal House”) age 72

February 4 – Ossie Davis, actor (Ponder Blue in “Evening Shade”) husband of Ruby Dee, age 87

February 8 – Keith Knudsen, musician (drummer for the Doobie Brothers) age 57

February 10 – Arthur Miller, playright (“Death of a Salesman”) once married to Marilyn Monroe, age 89

February 12 – Jewel “Sammi” Smith,country singer (” Help Me Make It Through The Night”) age 62

February 14 – Brian Kelly, actor (Porter Ricks on “Flipper”) age 73

February 20 – Sandra Dee, actress (“A Summer Place” and “Gidget”) wife of Bobby Darin, age 62

February 20 – Hunter S. Thompson, writer (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”) age 67

February 20 – John Raitt, Broadway actor (“Pajama Game” and “Carousel” ) father of singer Bonnie Raitt, age 88

March 6 – Teresa Wright, actress (“Mrs. Miniver”, “Shadow of a Doubt”, “The Best Years of Our Lives”), age 86

March 19 – John DeLorean,auto magnate, made time-traveling vehicle for “Back to the Future” films, age 80

March 21 – Bobby Short, pianist, for 35 years at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, age 80

March 29 – Johnnie Cochran, star attorney, age 67

March 30 – Mitch Hedberg, comedian, age 37

March 31 – Terri Schiavo, age 41

April 1 – Frank Perdue, the chicken guy, age 84

April 2 – Pope John Paul II, age 84

April 5 – Dale Messick, cartoonist (“Brenda Starr, Reporter”) age 98

April 5 – Saul Bellow, author (“The Adventures of Augie March”) age 89

April 6 – Prince Rainier III, of Monaco, was married to Grace Kelly, age 81

April 19 – Ruth Hussey, actress (“The Philadelphia Story”) age 93

April 19 – Rick Lewis, pop singer (The Silhouettes) age 71

April 22 – Norman Bird, actor (British) age 80

April 23 – Sir John Mills, actor (“Ryan’s Daughter”) age 93 * Note: Unconfirmed sources report his age as 97

April 26 – Mason Adams, actor (Charlie Hume on “Lou Grant”) age 86

April 29 – William J. Bell, soap opera writer & creator (“The Young and the Restless”) age 78

April 30 – Sherman Loudermilk, host of “Cowboy Slim” TV Show, age 92

May 7 – Peter Rodino, House Judiciary Committee chairman who directed the impeachment investigation of Richard Nixon; age 95

May 17 – Frank Gorshin, actor (Riddler on TV’s “Batman“) age 72

May 20 – J.D. Cannon, actor (NYPD Chief Peter Clifford on “McCloud”) age 83

May 21 – Howard Morris, actor/director (Ernest T. Bass on the “Andy Griffith Show“) age 85

May 22 – Thurl Ravenscroft, actor (voice of Tony the Tiger) age 91

May 25 – Ismail Merchant, producer (“Howards End”, “The Remains of the Day”) age 68

May 26 – Eddie Albert, actor (Oliver Douglas in “Green Acres”) age 97

June 1 – George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers basketball player; age 80

June 3 – Leon Askin, actor (General Burkhalter on Hogan’s Heroes) age 97

June 6 – Anne Bancroft, actor (Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate”) age 73; survived by husband Mel Brooks

June 6 – Dana Elcar, actor (Pete Thornton on “MacGyver”) age 77

June 11 – Lon McCallister, actor (“Winged Victory”) age 82

June 13 – Lane Smith, actor (Perry White in “Lois & Clark:The New Adventures of Superman”) age 69

June 18 – Georgie Woods legendary Philadelphia radio broadcaster (“The Guy With the Goods” on WDAS and WHAT) age 78

June 23 – Shana Alexander, pioneering journalist (“Point-Counterpoint” segments on “60 Minutes”) age 79

June 24 – Paul Winchell, ventriloquist (voice of Tigger in Walt Disney’s “Winnie-the-Pooh”; “The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show”) age 82

June 25 – John Fieldler, actor (voice of Piglet in Walt Disney’s “Winnie-the-Pooh”; Mr. Peterson on “The Bob Newhart Show”) age 80

June 27 –Shelby Foote, novelist and historian ( “The Civil War: A Narrative”) age 88

June 27 – John Walton, Wal-Mart heir, Sam Walton’s son, age 58

July 1 – Luther Vandross, R&B singer (“Never Too Much”) age 54

July 2 – Obie Benson, bass singer, The Four Tops (“Baby, I Need Your Lovin’ “) age 69

July 2 – Ernest Lehman, screenwriter (“North by Northwest,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Sound of Music,”) age 89

July 4 – Hank Stram, innovative coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and Pro Football Hall of Famer, age 82

July 4 – June Haver, actress (“The Dolly Sisters”) known as the “pocket Grable” who was married to Fred MacMurray, age 79

July 5 – L. Patrick Gray, F.B.I. Director (May 3, 1972 – April 27, 1973) known as a Nixon loyalist during the Watergate years, who totally missed the fact that his former deputy, W. Mark Felt, was Deep Throat, age 88

July 5 – Retired Vice Adm. James Stockdale, Medal of Honor recipient for resisting his North Vietnamese captors; Ross Perot’s running mate president in 1992, age 81

July 9 – Kevin Hagen, actor (Doc Baker on “Little House on the Prairie”) age 77

July 11 – Frances Langford, actress (“Broadway Melody”), singer (“I’m in the the Mood for Love”) and frequent entertainer for the USO known as “Sweetheart of the Fighting Fronts,” age 92

July 17 – Geraldine Fitzgerald, actress (“Wuthering Heights”), age 91

July 18 – Ret. Gen. William Westmoreland, soldier with the dubious distinction of having been leader of the U.S. forces in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968, age 91

July 20 – James Doohan, actor (Commander Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on “Star Trek”), age 85

July 31 – King Fahd, Saudi Arabian monarch since 1982, age 82 or 84

August 6 – Ibrahim Ferrer, musician (Buena Vista Social Club), age 78

August 7 – Peter Jennings, journalist, anchor & senior editor ABC World News Tonight, age 67

August 8 – Barbara Bel Geddes, actress (Miss Ellie on “Dallas”) age 82

August 8 – John H. Johnson, publisher of “Ebony” and “Jet” magazines, age 87

August 9 – Judith Rossner, author (“Looking for Mr. Goodbar”) age 70

August 23 – Brock Peters, actor (Tom Robinson in “To Kill a Mockingbird”) age 78.

September 2 – Bob Denver, actor (Maynard G. Krebs on “Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” and Gilligan on “Gilligan’s Island”) age 70

September 3 – William Rehnquist,Chief Justice, United States Supreme Court, age 80

September 11 – Chris Schenkel, sportscaster, age 82

September 14 – Robert Wise, producer/director (“West Side Story” and “Sound of Music”) age 91

September 20 – Simon Wiesenthal, Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to hunting Nazi war criminals, age 96

September 25 – Don Adams, actor (Maxwell Smart on “Get Smart”) age 82

September 25 – M. Scott Peck, author (“The Road Less Traveled”) age 69

October 2 – August Wilson, playwright , Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner (“Fences” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) age 60

October 2 – Nipsey Russell, “poet laureate of television” (“Hollywood Squares,” “The $50,000 Pyramid,” and “Match Game”) age 80

October 24 – Rosa Parks, activist and “the mother of civil rights” in America, age 92

October 31 – Skitch Henderson, composer, conductor, bandleader (“The Tonight Show”) age 87

November 1 – Michael Piller, writer/producer (Star Trek TNG, DS9 and Voyager), age 57

November 13 – Eddie Guerrero, WWE wrestler, age 38
November 13 – Ruth Siems, invented Stove Top Stuffing, age 74
November 16 – Ralph Edwards, early TV pioneer and host (“This Is Your Life”), age 92

November 21 – Hugh Sidey, journalist covered the White House and the American Presidency for “Time”) age 78

November 24 – Pat Morita, actor (Arnold on “Happy Days” and Mr. Miyagi in “The Karate Kid”) age 73

November 26 – Stan Berenstain, Co-creator of the Berenstain Bears, age 82

November 29 – Wendie Jo Sperber, actress (“Bosom Buddies”) age 46

December 10 – Richard Pryor, actor, comedian (“Silver Streak”) age 65

December 10 – Eugene McCarthy, presidential candidate (1968) and U.S. Senator (1959-1971), age 89

December 15 – William Proxmire, U.S. Senator (1957-1989) known for “Golden Fleece” awards, age 90

December 16 – John Spencer, actor ( Leo McGarry on the “West Wing”) age 58

December 17 – Jack Anderson, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, age 83

December 24 – Michael Vale,actor (Dunkin’ Donuts – “Time to make the doughnuts”) age 83

December 26 – Vincent Schiavelli, actor (Subway ghost in “Ghost”) age 57

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