Celebrity Deaths 2018

The Fiftiesweb is grateful to Paula Valenzuela for her very gracious help with compiling Celebrity Deaths 2018!

Gone But Not Forgotten – 2018

 

JANUARY

Jerry VanDyke
Donnelly Rhodes
Doreen Tracey
Dorothy Malone

 


01 – Jon Paul Steuer, Actor – played Alexander Rozhenko in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” – age 33

04 – Ray Thomas, Musician (UK) – founding member of the rock group The Moody Blues “Nights In White Satin” – age 76 (prostate cancer)

05 – Jerry Van Dyke, Actor – played David Crabtree in TV show “My Mother the Car“(1965) and Luther Van Dam on “Coach” (1989-’97) – age 86

05 – John Young, Captain, USN / NASA Astronaut – flew on the first manned Gemini mission (1965) and five more missions including a moon walk (1972) – age 87

08 – Denise LaSalle, Blues Singer – recognized as the “Queen of the Blues”, top hit “Trapped By A Thing Called Love” (1971) – age 78 (complications from a fall)

08 – Donnelly Rhodes, Actor (CAN) – played convict Dutch Leitner on TV show “Soap” (1977-’81) – age 80 (cancer)

10 – Eddie Clarke, Musician (UK) – guitarist for the heavy metal band Motörhead – age 67 (pneumonia)

10 – Doreen Tracey, Actress/Singer – a regular on TV show “Mickey Mouse Club” (1955-’58) – age 74 (cancer)

12 – Keith Jackson, Sportscaster – the voice of ABC Sports’ College football coverage (1966–2006) – age 89

13 – Jean Porter, Actress – contract actress for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who appeared in over 30 movies from 1938-’61 – age 95

14 – Dan Gurney, Race car driver/owner – won races in the Formula One, Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series – age 86 (pneumonia)

15 – Dolores O’Riordan, Singer (IRL) – lead singer for rock band the Cranberries; top hits “Linger” and “Zombie” – age 46 (unknown)

15 – Peter Wyngarde, Actor (UK) – portrayed Jason King in TV shows Department S (1969–70) and Jason King (1971–72) – age 90

16 – Bradford Dillman, Actor – played Luther Sebastian in the film “The Helicopter Spies” which was made from a The Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode – age 87 (pneumonia)

17 – Jessica Falkholt, Actress (AUS) – played Hope Morrison in TV series “Home and Away” – age 29 (car accident killed her entire family)

17 – Simon Shelton, Actor (UK) – played Tinky Winky in the BBC TV show “Teletubbies” (1997-2001) – age 52 (hypothermia)

19 – Dorothy Malone, Actress – played Constance MacKenzie on Peyton Place (1964-’68) – age 92

19 – Allison Shearmur, Film producer – worked on American Pie, Jason Bourne and The Hunger Games franchises – age 54 (lung cancer)

20 – Wendell Castle, Artist/Furniture maker – probably the father of “furniture art” – age 85

20 – John Coleman, TV Meteorologist – original weatherman on ABC’s Good Morning America (1975) and co-founder of The Weather Channel (1982) – age 83

20 – Naomi Parker Fraley, she is credited as the inspiration for the Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” WWII era poster – age 96

20 – Jim Rodford, Musician – played with the Kinks (1978-’96) then played with redo of The Zombies – age 76

22 – Connie Sawyer, Actress – nicknamed “The Clown Princess of Comedy”, appeared in movies and TV from 1955 – 2014 – age 105

26 – Stacey Young, Model (UK) – she appeared in many 1980’s music videos with her singer husband Paul Young – age 52 (brain cancer)

27 – Mort Walker, Cartoonist – wrote the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey (1950) and Hi and Lois (1954) – age 94

30 – Mark Salling, Actor/Musician – portrayed Noah “Puck” Puckerman on TV show “Glee”(2009-’13) – 35 (suicide)

February

Dennis Edwards
John Mahoney
Vic Damone
Billy Graham
Nanette Fabray

 


01 – Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, Scientist – Fidel Castro’s oldest son – age 68 (suicide)

02 – Dennis Edwards, Singer – lead singer for The Temptations (1968-’77) “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” – age 74

02 – Jon Huntsman Sr., Businessman/Philanthropist – Huntsman was known for his philanthropy including Huntsman Cancer Institute – age 80

04 – John Mahoney, Actor (UK/USA) – played Martin Crane (Frazier’s Dad) on TV show “Frasier” (1993-2004) – age 77 (throat cancer)

07 – Mickey Jones, Musician/Actor – drummer for The First Edition with Kenny Rogers – age 76 (a long illness)

07 – John Perry Barlow, Poet/Cyber Activist – lyricist for the Grateful Dead and founded Electronic Frontier Foundation – age 70

07 – Jill Messick, Producer – “She’s All That and” “Mean Girls” – age 50 (suicide)

09 – Reg E. Cathey, Actor – portrayed Freddy Hayes in “House of Cards” (2013-’17) – age 59 (lung cancer)

09 – John Gavin, Actor/Politician – portrayed Julius Caesar in “Spartacus” (1960); U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (1981-’86) – age 86 (leukemia)

11 – Vic Damone, Singer/Songwriter – “You’re Breaking My Heart” (1949); “On the Street Where You Live (1956) – age 89

12 – Marty Allen, Comedian/Actor – 1/2 of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi, 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show – age 95

12 – Daryle Singletary, C&W Singer – “I Let Her Lie” (1995), “Amen Kind of Love” (1996) – age 46 (blood clot)

15 – Lassie Lou Ahern, Actress – she was a child actress in “Our Gang” films and one of the last surviving cast members – age 97 (flu)

21 – Emma Chambers, Actress (UK) – played Alice Tinker in BBC show “The Vicar of Dibley” (1994-’98) – age 53 (heart attack)

21 – Billy Graham, Baptist Minister and TV Christian evangelist – “Billy Graham Crusades” (1947-2005); spiritual adviser to every U.S. President from Harry Truman to Barack Obama – age 99

22 – Nanette Fabray, Actress/Singer/Dancer – Sid Caesar’s comedy partner on “Caesar’s Hour”1954-’57), played Katherine Romano on the TV show “One Day at a Time” (1979-’84) – age 97

23 – Lewis Gilbert, Producer/Director (UK) – “Alfie” (1966), “Shirley Valentine” (1989), “You Only Live Twice” (1967) – age 97

27 – Peter Miles, Actor (UK) – played Rotane in several episodes of “Blake’s 7” – age 89

March

David Ogden Stiers
Anna-Lisa
Frank Avruch (Bozo)

 


01 – Bill Burkette, Singer – original member of ‘The Vogues’, “You’re the One”, “Five O’Clock World” – age 75

02 – Ronnie Prophet, C&W Musician (CAN) – performed in Canadian TV shows “Grand Old Country” and “The Ronnie Prophet Show” – age 80

03 – David Ogden Stiers, Actor – played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in TV show M*A*S*H (1977-’83) – age 75 (bladder cancer)

10 – Hubert de Givenchy, Fashion designer (FR) – “House of Givenchy” – famously dressed Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy (see 1960s Fashion section) – age 91

11 – Sir Kenneth Dodd, Comedian/Singer-songwriter (UK) – recorded “Tears” the #1 hit in 1965 and #3 for all of 1960s – age 90

12 – Nokie Edwards, Musician – played lead guitar and bass for The Ventures, a Hall of Fame instrumental rock band – age 82 (complications from hip surgery)

14 – Jim Bowen, Comedian (UK) – host of ITV’s game show Bullseye (1981-’95) – age 80

14 – Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist (UK) – Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom – age 76 (ALS)

20 – Frank Avruch, Actor – portrayed Bozo the star of “Bozo the Clown” syndicated TV show (1959-’70) – age 89 (heart disease)

21 – Anna-Lisa, Actress (NO) – played Nora Travers on “Black Saddle” (1959-’60) – age 84

22 – Wayne Huizenga, Entrepreneur/Philanthropist – one time owner of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins and the Florida Panthers – age 80 (cancer)

22 – Charles Lazar, Entrepreneur – founder and CEO of Toy “R” Us toy chain (1957-2018) – age 94

23 – DuShon Monique Brow, Actress – played Connie in TV show “Chicago Fire” (2012-present) – age 49 (heart disease?)

23 – Debbie Lee Carrington, Actress – played Little Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons (1987) – age 58

25 – Linda Brown, Civil Rights figure – was the subject of a Supreme Court case which outlawed school segregation (Brown v. Board of Education – 1954) – age 76

30 – Bill Maynard, Actor/Comedian – lead role in “Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt! (1976–78)” – age 89 (complications from a fall)

April

R Lee Ermey
Harry Anderson
Barbara Bush
Verne Troyer

 


01 – Steven Bochco, TV Writer/Producer – “Hill Street Blues” (1981-’87), ” L.A. Law” (1986-’94) – age 74 (leukemia)

02 – Winnie Mandela, Politician (ZA) – anti-apartheid activist, married to Nelson Mandela – age 81

05 0 Tim O’Connor, Actor – played Dr. Elias Huer in “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” – age 90 (cancer)

08 – Chuck McCann Actor/Comedian – hosted childrens TV show “The Chuck McCann Show” – age 83 (congestive heart failure)

10 – Yvonne Staples Gospel/R&B Singer – Family gospel group The Staple Singers #1 hit “Let’s Do It Again” – age 80

12 – Alex Beckett, Actor (UK) – played Barney Lumsden in BBC TV show “Twenty Twelve” (2012) – age 35

15 – R. Lee Ermey, Actor – (Sgt. USMC retired) played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” (1967) – age 74 (complications from pneumonia)

16 – Harry Anderson, Actor – played Judge Harry Stone on TV show “Night Court” (1984-’92) – age 65

16 – Pamela Gidley, Actress – starred in “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” – age 52 (cause not released)

17 – Barbara Bush, First Lady wife of Pres. George H. W. Bush 1989-’93) and mother of Pres. George W. Bush (2001-’09), founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy – age 92 (congestive heart failure)

18 – Bruno Sammartino, WWF Professional Wrestler – “The Living Legend” held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship longer than anyone else – age 82 (heart failure)

18 – Dale Winton, TV Host (UK) – “Dale’s Supermarket Sweep” (1993-’07) “In It to Win It” (2002-’16) – age 62

19 – Ronald Blasket, Comedian/Ventriloquist (AUS) – Gerry Gee’s Jamboree (1959) his doll was named Gerry Gee – age 96

20 – Avicii (Tim Bergling), Electronic music producer (SWE) – “Sunshine”, “I Could Be the One” he was nominated for 2 Grammy’s – age 28 (suffered from acute pancreatitis)

21 – Verne Troyer, Actor – played Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies (1997,’99,&’02) at 2′ 8″ tall he was the worlds shortest actor – age 49 (possible alcohol poisoning)

23 – Bob Dorough, Musician/Songwriter – composed and performed the “Schoolhouse Rock!” series of educational cartoons – age 94

27 – Kristin Nelson, Actress – married to Rick nelson and appeared regularly on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” – age 72 (sudden heart attack)

27 – Paul Junger Witt, Producer – TV shows “The Partridge Family”, “Golden Girls” and movies “Dead Poets Society’ – age 77 (cancer)

May

Margot Kidder
Joseph Campanella
Clint Walker

 


04 – Steve Coy, Musician (UK) – played drums and keyboard for the rock group “Dead or Alive” (1982-2016) – age 56

04 – Catherine Godbold, Actress (AU) – played Deborah Hale Regnery on “The Saddle Club” (2007-’09) – age 43 (brain cancer)

07 – Gayle Shepherd, Singer – one of four sisters who formed “The Shepherd Sisters” Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and American Bandstand – age 81 (dementia)

13 – Margot Kidder, Actress – played Lois Lane in three Superman movies (1978,’80,’83) – age 69

14 – Tom Wolfe, Author/Journalist – wrote the novel “The Right Stuff” (1979) – age 88 (infection)

16 – Joseph Campanella, Actor – played Lew Wickersham in “Mannix” and Joe Turino on “The Guiding Light” – age 93

20 – Patricia Morison, Actress – played Maid Marian in “The Prince of Thieves” (1947) – age 103

21 – Philip Roth, Novelist – wrote “Portnoy’s Complaint” (1968), received a Pulitzer Prize for “American Pastoral” – age 85 (congestive heart failure)

21 – Clint Walker, Actor – played Cheyenne Bodie in the TV western “Cheyenne” (1955-’63) – age 90 (congestive heart failure)

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