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Celebrity Deaths 2017

The Fiftiesweb is grateful to Paula Valenzuela for her very gracious help with compiling Celebrity Deaths 2017!

Celebrity Deaths 2017 Miquel Ferrer
Miguel Ferrer
Mary Tyler Moore died 2017
Mary Tyler Moore
John Hurt 2017
John Hurt
Mike Connors 2017 celebrity death
Mike Connors
Barbara Hale celebrity died 2017

Barbara Hale
Richard Hatch died

Richard Hatch
Bill Paxton died

Bill Paxton
Chuck Berry died 2017

Chuck Berry
Lola Albright died

Lola Albright
Don Rickles 2017

Don Rickles
Erin Moran died in 2017

Erin Moran

Gone But Not Forgotten – 2017

Celebrity Deaths 2017
JANUARY

01 – Stuart Hamilton, Canadian pianist/opera singing coach – Artistic Director Emeritus of Opera in Concert – age 87

02 – Richard Machowicz, Actor/Navy Seal – host of TV show Future Weapons – age 51

05 – Paul Goble, Children’s Books Writer – “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” – age 83

06 – Francine York, Actress – Sabrina Kincaid in “The Doll Squad” (1973) – age 80

07 – Sylvester Potts, Singer – Motown group The Contours, “Do You Love Me” (1962) – age 79

07 – Eddie Kamae, Singer/Composer – founder of The Sons of Hawaii, Ukulele Hall of Fame Inductee – age 89

08 – Peter Sarstedt, English Singer/Songwriter – “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?” – age 75

08 – Rod Mason, Jazz Musician – founded Hot Five Band and extensively toured in Europe – age 76

10 – Buddy Greco, Jazz Singer – “The Lady Is a Tramp” – age 90

11 – Tommy Allsup, Musician – toured with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson see story – age 85

12 – Larry Steinbachek, Musician – original member of Bronski Beat (1983) – age 56

13 – Dick Gautier, Actor – Hymie the Robot in TV series “Get Smart” (1965-’70) – age 85

15 – Jimmy Snuka, Wrestler – WWF Hall of Fame in 1996 – age 73

15 – Richie Ingui, Musician/singer – original member of Soul Survivors (1965) – age 70

16 – Eugene Cernan, NASA astronaut – Gemini 9A (1966), Apollo 10 (1969), Apollo 17 (1972) last man on the moon – age 82

16 – Steve Wright, Musician/bass guitarist – The Greg Kihn Band

18 – Mike Kellie, Musician – played with Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones – age 69

19 – Miguel Ferrer, Actor – Bob Morton in “Robocop” and Owen Granger in NCIS:LA – age 61

20 – Joey Powers, Singer – “Midnight Mary” (1964) (his only hit) – age 82

21 – Maggie Roche, Singer/Songwriter – three sisters singing group The Roches – age 65

23 – Gorden Kaye, Actor – René Artois in TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo! – age 75

24 – Butch Trucks, Musician/drummer – original member of The Allman Brothers Band (1969) – age 69

24 – Ron ‘Bingo’ Mundy, Musician/singer – with group The Marcels, hit “Blue Moon” – age 76

25 – John Hurt, Actor – John Merrick in “The Elephant Man” (1980) – age 77

25 – Mary Tyler Moore, Actress – Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) and Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Show (1970-1977) age – 80

26 – Mike Connors, Actor – Joe Mannix in TV show “Mannix” (1967-1975) – age 91

26 – Barbara Hale, Actress – Della Street on TV show “Perry Mason” (1957-1966) – age 94

27 – Bob Holiday, Stage Actor – portrayed Superman in “It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman” – age 84

28 – Geoff Nicholls, Musician – keyboardist for Black Sabbath (1979-2004) – age 68

28 – Bobby Freeman, Musician/Singer – top 10 R&B hits: “Do You Want to Dance” (1958), “C’mon and Swim” – age 76

28 – Guitar Gable, Musician/Sonwriter – swamp pop & blues song This Should Go On Forever – age 79

28 – Ken Hartle, WWII Navy Diver – recovered sailors who perished in the attack on Pearl Harbor 1941 (Please read this story) – age 103

31 – John Wetton, Musician/bassist – played with Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash – age 67

31 – Frank Pellegrino, Actor – Johnny Dio in movie Goodfellas – age 72

FEBRUARY

05 – Sonny Geraci, Musician – played with The Outsiders (“Time Won’t Let Me”), and Climax (“Precious and Few”) – age 69

05 – David Axelrod, Jazz musician – released 13 albums between 1968 and 2004 – age 85

06 – Alec McCowen, Actor – ‘Q’ Algy in “Never Say Never Again” (1983) – age 91

06 – “Professor” Irwin Corey, Actor/Comedian – frequent guest on game and talk shows for four decades – age 102

07 – Richard Hatch, Actor – Captain Apollo in “Battlestar Galactica” (1978-80) – age 71

10 – Mike Ilitch, Entrepreneur – founder of Little Caesars Pizza, owned Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers – age 87

10 – LTG Hal Moore, United States Army lieutenant general – commanded actual battle in Vietnam memorialized in movie “We Were Soldiers” – age 94

12 – Al Jarreau, Jazz Singer – 7 Grammy Awards, “We’re in This Love Together”, “After All” – age 76

16 – George Steele, Professional Wrestler – WWF Wrestler (1967-88) known as “The Animal – age 79

19 – Larry Coryell, Jazz Musician – “Godfather of Fusion” – age 73

21 – Joy Hruby, Australian Actress – Joy’s World TV show – age 90

25 – Ron Savage, News Correspondent – Fox Ch.2 Detroit, Mich; also a firefighter in Milford – age 62

25 – Neil Fingleton, Actor – tallest British-born man 7’7″; “47 Ronin”, “Jupiter Ascending” – age 36

25 – Bill Paxton, Actor – “Aliens”, “Predator 2”, “True Lies”, “Apollo 13”, “Twister” – age 61

26 – Joseph Wapner, Judge – L.A. County Superior Court and TV show “The Peoples Court” (1981-93) – age 97

MARCH

03 – Míriam Colón, Actress – Mama Montana in Scarface (1983), Rosa in Sabrina (1995) – age 80

06 – Robert Osborn, Film historian – host of Turner Classic Movies and The Movie Channel – age 84

09 – Robert James Waller, Author – The Bridges of Madison County (1993) – age 77

10 – Tony Haygarth, Actor – PC Wilmot in “Rosie” (1977-81) – age 72

10 – John Forgeham, Actor – Frank Laslett in ITV series Footballers’ Wives – age 75

10 – Joni Sledge, Singer – with two sisters founded R&B group Sister Sledge “We Are Family” – age 60

17 – Lawrence Montaigne, Actor – “The Great Escape” (1963), “Escape to Witch Mountain” (1975) – age 86

18 – Chuck Berry Singer/Songwriter – 1950s rock & roll pioneer, “Maybellene” (1955), “Johnny B. Goode” (1958) – age 90

20 – David Rockefeller, Banker – patriarch of the Rockefeller family and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank – age 101

21 – Chuck Barris, Game Show Host/Creator – “The Gong Show” (1977-80), the “Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game” – age 87

22 – Tomas Milian Actor – Raphael in “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (1965) – age 84

22 – Sib Hashian, Musician – Drummer for “Boston” (1975-83), songs; “More Than a Feeling”, “Rock & Roll Band” – age 67

23 – Lola Albright Actress – Edie Hart (Peter’s girlfriend) in “Peter Gunn” – age 92

24 – Peter Shotton, Musician – played with John Lennon & Paul McCartney in The Quarrymen – age 75

27 – David Storey, Novelist/Screenwriter – wrote both the book and movie screenplay for “This Sporting Life” (1963) – age 83

30 – Rosie Hamlin, Singer/Songwriter – fronted for Rosie and the Originals, she wrote “Angel Baby” – age 71

31 – Linda Lee, Disc Jockey – C&W station WYCD/Detroit, 2017 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductee – age 55

APRIL

05 – Paul O’Neill, Music Producer/Songwriter – creative force behind the Trans-Siberian Orchestra – age 61 (chronic illness)

05 – Chelsea Brown, Actress – one of the regular troupe on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In – age 69 (dementia)

06 – Don Rickles, Comedian/Actor – comedic style was “King of the insults”, starred in C.P.O. Sharkey (1976-78) – age 90 (kidney failure)

07 – Tim Pigott-Smith, Actor – Ronald Merrick in English TV series “The Jewel in the Crown” – age 70

10 – Linda Hopkins, Blues Singer – performed with Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis and others – age 92

11 – J. Geils, Muscian – J. Geils Blues Band, “Centerfold”, “Freeze Frame” – age 71 (natural causes)

12 – Charlie Murphy, Actor/Comedian – regular on ‘Chappelle’s Show’, Eddie Murphy’s brother – age 57 (leukemia)

14 – Bruce Langhorne, Folk Muscian – he was the inspiration for Bob Dylan’s song “Mr. Tambourine Man” – age 79 (stroke)

15 – Clifton James, Actor – Sheriff J.W. Pepper in Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – age 96 (complications of diabetes)

15 – Sylvia Moy, Songwriter – “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”, “My Cherie Amour” for Stevie Wonder – age 78 (complications from pneumonia)

20 – Cuba Gooding Sr., Singer – R&B group The Main Ingredient – “Everybody Plays the Fool” (1972), “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” – age 72 (found in a parked car)

22 – Erin Moran, Actress – Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi” – age 56 (stage 4 cancer)

23 – Chris Bearde, Writer/Producer – wrote for “Laugh In“, developed “The Gong Show” – age 80 (heart attack)

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