Gone but not forgotten...

Celebrity Deaths – B


Richard Boone
Richard Boone
John Belushi - celebrity deaths B
John Belushi
Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
Sonny Bono
Sonny Bono
Jonathan Brandis
Jonathan Brandis
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
Barbara Bel Geddes
Barbara Bel Geddes
Ed Bradley
Ed Bradley
Barbaro died
Joey Bishop died
Joey Bishop
Gene Barry
Gene Barry
Sen. Robert Byrd
Sen. Robert Byrd
Barbara Billingsley
Barbara Billingsley
Tom Bosley
Tom Bosley
Roberts Blossom
Roberts Blossom
Peter Breck
Peter Breck
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
Karen Black
Karen Black
Richard Bull
Richard Bull
Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple Black
David Brenner
David Brenner
Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
James Best
James Best
Martin Brooks
Martin Brooks
David Bowie
David Bowie
Tony Burton
Tony Burton
Peter Brown
Peter Brown
Chuck Berry died 2017
Chuck Berry

Lauren Bacall b. 1924 d, 2014 (stroke)
Actress – “To Have and Have Not”, “Key Largo”, “How to Marry a Millionaire” married to Humphrey Bogart

Jim Backus b. 1913 d. 1989 (pneumonia)
Actor – Thurston Howell, III on Gilligan’s Island

Pearl Bailey b. 1918. d. 1990

Lennie Baker b. 1946 d. 2016 (an infection)
Musician – 1950s music tribute group and TV show Sha-Na-Na (1969-2000)

Conrad Bain b. 1923 d. 2013 (natural causes)
Actor – Phillip Drummond in “Diff’rent Strokes”

George Balanchine b. 1904 d. 1983
Choreographer – New York City Ballet

James Baldwin b. 1924 d. 1987 (cancer)
Writer – Go Tell It On The Mountain

Lucille Ball b. 1911 d. 1989 (ruptured aorta after heart surgery)
Actress – The one and only Lucy

Florence Ballard b. 1943 d. 1976
Singer – The Supremes

Hank Ballard b. 1936 d. March 2, 2003 (throat cancer)
Singer – original artist for The Twist

Martin Balsam b. 1919 d. 1996
Actor – Murray Klein on All in the Family

Howard Baker b. 1925 d. June 26, 2014 (complications of a stroke)
Politician – Senator for Tennessee (1967–1985), Senate Majority Leader (1981–1985), White House Chief of Staff (1987–1988)

Anne Bancroft b. 1931 d. June 6, 2005 (cancer)
Actress – Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate; Anne Sullivan in the Miracle Worker

Frank Bank b. 1942 d. April 13, 2013
Actor – Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford on “Leave It To Beaver” (1957 – ’63)

Barbaro d. January 29, 2007 (euthanized)
Kentucky Derby winner injured at Preakness

Ron Barbour b. 1928 d. August 23, 2011 (lung cancer)
Original member of The Four Freshman

Christiaan Barnard b.1923 d. September 2, 2001
Heart transplant surgeon

Mike Barnett b. 1927 d. 2016 (heart problems)
Singer – co-founder of “The Lettermen” singing group (1959)

Syd Barrett b. 1946 d. July 7, 2006 (complications of diabetes)
Musician – Founder of Pink Floyd

Gene Barry b. 1919 d. 2009 (heart failure)
Actor- had numerous series incl. Bat Masterson and Burkes Law

Jack Barry b. 1918 d. 1984 (heart attack)
Hosted Twenty One

Skye McCole Bartusiak b. 1992 d. July 19, 2014 (epileptic seizure?)
Child Actress – Mel Gibson’s daughter in The Patriot

Richard Basehart b. 1914 d. 1984 (stroke)
Actor – Adm. Harriman Nelson on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

William “Count” Basie b. 1904 d. 1984

Alan Bates b. 1934 d. December 27, 2003 (cancer)
Actor – Zorba the Greek, Gosford Park

Anne Baxter b. 1923 d. 1986 (stroke)
Actress – Eve Harrington in All about Eve

Hugh Beaumont b. 1909 d. 1982 (heart attack)
Actor – Ward Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver

Terry Becker b. 1921 d. 2014 (in his sleep)
Actor – Chief Sharkey in “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Samuel Beckett b. 1906 d. 1989
Novelist/playwright – Waiting for Godot

Geoffrey Beene b. 1927 d. September 28 (complications of pneumonia)
Fashion designer known for sportswear and comfort

Noah L. Beery, Jr. b. 1913 d. 1994 (complications of brain surgery)
Actor – Joseph ‘Rocky’ Rockford on The Rockford Files

Menachem Begin b. 1913 d. 1992
Israeli Prime Minister signed Camp David accord in 1978

Barbara Bel Geddes b. 1922 d. August 8, 2005 (lung cancer)
Actress – Miss Ellie on Dallas

1922 d. William J. Bell b. 1927 d. April 29, 2005
Producer/writer/creator – Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful

Ralph Bellamy b. 1904 d. 1991(respiratory Infection)
Actor – FDR in Winds of War

Saul Bellow b. 1915 d. April 5, 2005
Nobel Prize winning author – Humboldt’s Gift, The Adventures of Augie March

John A. Belushi b. 1949. d. 1982 (drugs)
Actor/comedian – SNL, Blues Brothers

Peter Benchley – b. 1940 d. February 12, 2006 (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
Author – Jaws

Paul Benedict b. 1938 d. 2008 (actor)

Estelle Bennett b. 1941 d. February 11, 2009 (colon cancer)
Singer – the girl group The Ronettes

Jack Benny b. 1894 d. 1974 (pancreatic cancer)
Actor/comedian – The Jack Benny Show

Obie Benson b. 1937 d. July 2, 2005 (lung cancer)
Singer – The Four Tops

Lloyd Bentsen b. 1921 d. May 23, 2006
Secretary of the Treasury (under Clinton) and U.S. Senator from Texas 1971-1993

John Berardino b. May 1, 1917 d. May 19, 1996 (cancer)
Actor – Dr. Steve Hardy on General Hospital

Jan Berenstain b. 1923 d. February 24, 2012 (stroke)
Co-creator of the Berenstain Bears with husband Stan 1962

Stan Berenstain b. 1923 d. November 26, 2005
Co-creator of the Berenstain Bears with wife Jan

Polly Bergen b. 1930 d. Sept. 20, 2014
Actress/singer – Helen Morgan in “The Helen Morgan Story”, Peggy Bowden in “Cape Fear”

Ingmar Bergman b. 1918 d. July 30, 2007
Famed Swedish director – The Seventh Seal

Ingrid Bergman b. 1915 d. 1982 (breast cancer)
Actress – Ilsa Lund Laszlo in Casablanca, mother of Isabella Rosellini

Milton Berle b. 1908 d. March 27, 2002 (colon cancer)
Comedian – Texaco Star Theatre; called Uncle Miltie.

Elmer Bernstein b. 1922 d. August 18, 2004
Film Composer – Magnificent 7, Great Escape, True Grit

Leonard Bernstein b. 1918 d. 1990 (heart attack)
Composer/conductor – West Side Story

Yogi Berra b.1924 d. 2015 (natural)
Baseball player – NY Yankees most of (1946-65)

Chuck Berry b. 1926 d. 2017 (in his sleep)
Singer/Songwriter – 1950s rock & roll pioneer, “Maybellene” (1955), “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)

Fred Berry b. 1951 d. October 21, 2003 (consequences of stroke)
Actor – Fred “Rerun” Stubbs in What’s Happening

Jan Berry b. 1941 d. March 26,2004 (lingering effects of brain damage from a 1966 car crash)
Singer – half of Jan and Dean, Deadman’s Curve

Pierre Berton b. 1920 d. 2004 (heart failure)
Author – The National Dream and The Last Spike

Bibi Besch b. 1940 d. 1996 (cancer)
Actress – Dr. Marcus in Star Trek: Wrath of Khan

Ted Bessell b. 1935 d. 1996 (aortic aneurysm)
Actor – Donald Holinger in That Girl

James Best b. 1926 d. 2015 (complications of pneumonia)
Actor – Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in “The Dukes of Hazard” (1979-1985)

Carl Betz b. 1921 d. 1978 (cancer)
Actor – Dr. Alex Stone on The Donna Reed Show

Beau Biden b. 1969 d. 2015 (brain cancer)
Politician – Attorney General of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden

Richard Biggs b. 1960 d. May 22, 2004 (stroke)
Actor – Dr. Stephen Franlin on Babylon 5

Theodore Bikel b.1924 d. 2015 (natural)
Actor – Sheriff Max Muller in The Defiant Ones

Barbara Billingsley b. 1915 d. 2010
Actress – June Cleaver on “Leave It To Beaver

Whit Bissell b. 1909. d. 1996 (Parkinson’s Disease)
Character Actor

Norman Bird b. 1924 d. April 22, 2005 (cancer)
British character actor

Bill Bixby b. 1934. d. 1993 (cancer)
Actor – Dr. David Banner on the Incredible Hulk

Joey Bishop b. 1918 d. October 17, 2007
Actor, comedian – last surviving member of the Rat Pack

Karen Black b. 1939 d. Aug. 08, 2013
Actress – “Easy Rider” (1969), “Five Easy Pieces” (1970)

Shirley Temple Black b. 1928 d. Feb. 10, 2014
Actress – 1934 film “Bright Eyes” with the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”

Harry A. Blackmun b. 1908 d. 1999
U. S. Supreme Court Justice

Otis Blackwell b. 1932 d. May 6,2002 (heart attack)
Songwriter – Don’t Be Cruel, All Shook Up, Return to Sender, Great Balls of Fire

Richard Blackwell b. 1922 d. Oct. 19, 2008 (unknown causes) fashion critic, famous for his “Worst Dressed” List

Betsy Blair b.1925 d. 2009 (cancer)
Actress – nominated for an Oscar for the movie “Marty”

Amanda Blake b. 1927 d. 1989 (AIDS, infected by husband)
Actress – Miss Kitty in Gunsmoke

Dan Blocker b. 1928 d. 1972 (pulmonary embolisim)
Actor – Hoss on Bonanza

Joan Blondell b. 1906 d. 1979 (leukemia)
Actress – Lottie Hatfield on Here Comes the Brides

Roberts Blossom b. 1924 d. 2011 (natural causes)
Actor – “old man Marley” in Home Alone

Lisa Blount b. 1957 d. 2010 (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura)
Actress – An Officer and a Gentleman

Larry Blyden b. 1925 d. 1975 (car crash)
Host of What’s My Line

Humphrey Bogart b. 1899 d. 1957 (cancer)
Actor – Casablanca, Maltese Falcon

Ray Bolger b. 1904 d. 1987
Actor – Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz

Erma Bombeck b. 1927 d. 1996 (kidney failure)
Newspaper columnist/humorist

Ward Bond b. 1903 d. 1960 (heart attack)
Actor – Major Seth Adams in Wagon Train

Sonny Bono b. 1935 d. 1998 (skiing accident)

Sorrell Booke b. 1930 d. 1994 (colon cancer)
Actor – Boss Hogg in Dukes of Hazzard

Richard Boone b. 1917 d. 1981 (throat cancer)
Actor – Paladin on Have Gun, Will Travel also Hec Ramsey

Billy Booth b. 1949 d. 2006 (liver disease)
Child actor – Tommy Anderson on “Dennis the Menace

Shirley Booth b. 1907 d. 1992
Actress – Hazel

Victor Borge b. 1909 d. December 23, 2000 (heart failure)
Actor/musician – The Clown Prince of Denmark

Ernest Borgnine b. 1917 d. 2012 (renal failure)
Actor – Won Academy Award for “Marty”, also in “McHales Navy” (1962-’68)

Tom Bosley b. 1927 d. 2010 (heart failure)
Actor – Howard Cunningham “Mr. C” on Happy Days

David Bowie b. 1947 d. 2016 (liver cancer)
Musician – influenced music and culture for four decades – “Fame” “Young Americans”

Tommy Boyce b. 1939 d. 1994 (suicide)
Singer / Songwriter – wrote most of the hits for the Monkees (Boyce and Hart)

Jimmy Boyd b. 1939 d. 2009 (cancer)
Singer/actor – recorded the original “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

Stephen Boyd b. 1928 d. 1977 (heart attack)
Actor – Messala in Ben Hur

William Boyd b. 1895 d. 1972 (heart failure complicated by Parkinsons Disease)
Actor – Hopalong Cassidy

Charles Boyer b. 1899 d. 1978 (suicide – overdosed on seconal)
Actor – Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park

Gregory “Pappy” Boyington b. 1912 d. 1988
WWII Ace – Baa Baa Black Sheep was about him

Peter Boyle b. 1935 d. December 12, 2006. (multiple myeloma and heart disease)
Actor – Frank Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond

Ray Bradbury b. 1920 d. June 6, 2012 (long illness)
Writer – “Martian Chronicles”, “Fahrenhart 451”

Benjamin C. Bradlee b. 1921 d. Oct. 21, 2014 (Alzheimer’s disease)
Executive Editor of The Washington Post (1968-1991), responsible for the uncovering of the Watergate scandal

Ed Bradley b. 1941 d. November 9, 2006 (leukemia)
Journalist – longtime correspondent for 60 Minutes

Omar Bradley b. 1893 d. 1981
5 Star US Army General

Tom Bradley b. 1917 d. 1998 (heart attack)
Mayor of Los Angeles

James Brady b. 1940 d. 2014
Journalist – he was White House Press Secretary and was shot in the head during an assignation attempt on President Ronald Reagan

Pat Brady b. 1914 d. 1972 (car accident)
Actor – Sidekick to Roy Rogers

Sarah Brady b. 1942 d. 2015 (pneumonia)
Crusader for gun control, wife of James Brady, the White House Press Secretary under President Reagan

Neville Brand b. 1920 d. 1992 (emphysema)
Actor and WWII hero – Reese Bennett on Laredo

Jonathan Brandis b. 1976 d. November 12, 2003 (suicide by hanging)
Actor – Lucas Wolenczak on SeaQuest DSV

Christian Brando b. 1958 d. January 26, 2008 (pneumonia)
Son of actor Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando b. 1924 d. July 1, 2004 (pulmonary fibrosis)
Actor – Oscars for On the Waterfront and Godfather

Laura Branigan b. 1952 d. August 26, 2004 (brain aneurysm)
Composer/singer – Gloria, Power of Love, Solitaire

Hugh “Lumpy” Brannum b. 1909 d. 1987
Actor – Mr. Green Jeans on Captain Kangaroo

Scott Brazil b. 1955 d. April 17, 2006 (ALS – Lou Gherig’s Disease)
Producer/director (The Shield and Hill Street Blues)

Rossano Brazzi b. Sep 18, 1919 d. Dec 24, 1994 (infection)
Actor/singer – Emile de Becque in movie South Pacific

Peter Breck b. 1929 d. February 6, 2012
Actor – Nick Barkley on “Big Valley (1965-69)

Eileen Brennan b. 1932 d. July 28, 2013 (bladder cancer)
Actress – Doreen Lewis the mean Captain in Private Benjamin

Walter Brennan b. 1894 d. 1974 (emphysema)
Actor – Grandpa Amos McCoy on The Real McCoys

William Joseph Brennan, Jr. b. 1906 d. 1997
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

David Brenner b. 1936 d. Mar. 15, 2014 (cancer)
Comedian – the most frequent guest on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show”

Teresa Brewer b. d. October 17, 2007 (neuromuscular disease)
Singer – Music! Music! Music!

Lloyd Bridges b 1913 d. 1998
Actor – Mike Nelson on Sea Hunt, father of Beau, Jeff and Cindy

Richard Bright b. 1937 d. February 18, 2006 (run over by a bus)
Actor – Al Neri in the The Godfather films

Paul Brinegar b.1917 d. 1995
Actor – Wishbone on Rawhide

David Brinkley b. 1920 d. June 11, 2003 (complications from a fall)
Journalist – At NBC, the Huntley Brinkley Report and at ABC, This Week with David Brinkley

Albert “Cubby” Broccoli b. 1909 d. 1996
Producer – James Bond Films

Charles Bronson b. 1921 d. August 30, 2003 (pneumonia)
Actor – Magnificent Seven, Dirty Dozen and the Great Escape

Foster Brooks b.1912 d. 2001 (heart failure)
Comedian – fairly regular on The Dean Martin Show

Martin E. Brooks b. 1925 d. 2015 (natural)
Actor – Dr. Rudy Wells in “The Six Million Dollar Man

Dr Joyce Brothers b. 1927 d. 2013
Psychologist – syndicated advice columnist (1960-2013), radio and television personality

Bobbi Kristina Brown b. 1993 d. 2015 (od in a bathtub exactly like her mother)
Singer – only child of Whitney Houston

Edmund G. “Pat” Brown b. 1905 d. 1996 (heart attack)
Former Governor of California, and the father of Jerry Brown

Helen Gurley Brown b. 1922 d. August 13, 2012
Author, Publisher – Editor of Cosompolitan Magazine (1965 -’97)

James Brown b. 1933 d. December 25, 2006 (congestive heart failure)
Godfather of Soul – “I Got You (I Feel Good)”

James Brown b. 1920 d. 1992 (lung cancer)
Actor – Lt. Rip Masters on Rin Tin Tin

Jim Ed Brown b. 1934 d. 2015 (lung cancer)
C&W Performer – “Looking Back To See”, “Pop a Top”

Peter Brown b. 1935 d. 2016 (Parkinson’s disease)
Actor – Deputy Johnny McKay in “Lawman” (1958-62) and Chad Cooper in “Laredo” (1965-67)

Lenny Bruce b. 1925 d. 1966 (drugs)

Les Brown b. 1912 d. January 4, 2001 (lung cancer)

Jack Bruce b. 1943 d. 2014 (liver disease)
Musician – bass guitarist, for the group Cream (1966-68)

Yul Brynner b. 1920 d. 1985 (lung cancer)
Actor – The King and I

Edgar Buchanan b. 1903 d. 1979
Actor – Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction

Navy Cmdr. Lloyd “Pete” Bucher b. 1927 d. January 28, 2004
Commander of spy ship USS Pueblo

Art Buchwald b. 1925 d. January 17, 2007 (kidney failure)
Columnist for the Washington Post

William F. Buckley b. 1925 d. February 27, 2008
Author and conservative commentator

Richard Bull b. 1924 d. Feb. 3, 2014
Actor – Mr. Oleson on “Little House on the Prairie”

William Bundy b. 1917 d. 2000 (heart failure)
Advisor to JFK and LBJ – big supporter of war in Vietnam

Warren Earl Burger b. 1907 d. 1995 (heart failure)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Billie Burke b. 1884 d. 1970
Actress – The Good Witch in Wizard of Oz

Paul Burke b. 1926 d. 2009 (lukemia)
Actor – Twelve O’Clock High and Naked City

George Burns b. January 20, 1896 d. March 9, 1996
Actor/Comedian – Straight man to wife Gracie Allen

Raymond Burr b. 1917 d. 1993 (liver cancer)
Actor – Perry Mason, Ironside

Richard Burton b. 1925 d. 1984 (brain hemorrhage)
Actor – King Arthur of Camelot

Tony Burton b. 1935 d. 2016 (pneumonia)
Actor – boxing trainer to Apollo Creed and later Rocky in six “Rocky” movies

Jerry Buss b. 1933 d. 2013 (cancer)
Owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team

Pat Buttram b. 1915 d. 1994 (kidney failure)
Actor/comedian – Mister Eustace Charleton Haney on Green Acres

Spring Byington b. 1893 d. 1971(cancer)
Actress – Lily Ruskin on December Bride

Sen. Robert Byrd b. 1933 d. 2010 (natural causes)
Democratic Senator from W Virginia, was the longest serving U.S. Senator (1948-1965)

Sen. Harry F. Byrd, Jr. b. 1914 d. 2013 (natural)
Politician – U.S. Senator from Virginia (1965-1983), took over his Father’s seat