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Celebrities we lost in 2021

Betty White, who capped a career of more than 80 years by becoming America's geriatric sweetheart after Emmy-winning roles on television sitcoms "The Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," has died less than three weeks shy of her 100th birthday, People magazine said on Friday, quoting her agent. The agent, Jeff Witjas, told the magazine: "Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever." No cause was cited. In a youth-driven entertainment industry where an actress over 40 faces career twilight, White was an elderly anomaly who was a star in her 60s and a pop culture phenomenon in her 80s and 90s. Playing on her imminent likability, White was still starring in a TV sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland," at age 92 until it was canceled in late 2014. White said her longevity was a result of good health, good fortune and loving her work.   

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Betty White, who capped a career of more than 80 years by becoming America's geriatric sweetheart after Emmy-wmore

Betty White, who capped a career of more than 80 years by becoming America's geriatric sweetheart after Emmy-winning roles on television sitcoms "The Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," has died less than three weeks shy of her 100th birthday, People magazine said on Friday, quoting her agent. The agent, Jeff Witjas, told the magazine: "Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever." No cause was cited. In a youth-driven entertainment industry where an actress over 40 faces career twilight, White was an elderly anomaly who was a star in her 60s and a pop culture phenomenon in her 80s and 90s. Playing on her imminent likability, White was still starring in a TV sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland," at age 92 until it was canceled in late 2014. White said her longevity was a result of good health, good fortune and loving her work. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas
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Christopher Plummer, who starred as widower Captain von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews in the blockbuster 1965 musical "The Sound Of Music" and in 2012 became the oldest actor to win an Oscar, died February 5 at 91. The accomplished Shakespearean actor, with a career that spanned more than six decades, flourished in a succession of meaty roles after age 70 - a time in life when most actors merely fade away. He claimed a long-awaited Academy Award at age 82 for his supporting performance in "Beginners" as an elderly man who comes out of the closet as gay after his wife's death. "You're only two years older than me, darling," Plummer, who was born in 1929, purred to his golden statuette - first given for films made in 1927 and 1928 - at the 2012 Oscars ceremony. "Where have you been all my life?" Plummer appeared in more than 100 films and also was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Russian author Leo Tolstoy in 2009's "The Last Station." He won two Tony Awards for his Broadway work, two Emmy Awards for TV work and performed for some of the world's top theater companies. But for many fans his career was defined by his performance as an stern widower in "The Sound Of Music" - a role he called "a cardboard figure, humorless and one-dimensional." It took him four decades to change his view of the film and embrace it as a "terrific movie" that made him proud.

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Christopher Plummer, who starred as widower Captain von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews in the blockbuster 1965 musical "The Sound Of Music" and in 2012 became the oldest actor to win an Oscar, died February 5 at 91. The accomplished Shakespearean actor, with a career that spanned more than six decades, flourished in a succession of meaty roles after age 70 - a time in life when most actors merely fade away. He claimed a long-awaited Academy Award at age 82 for his supporting performance in "Beginners" as an elderly man who comes out of the closet as gay after his wife's death. "You're only two years older than me, darling," Plummer, who was born in 1929, purred to his golden statuette - first given for films made in 1927 and 1928 - at the 2012 Oscars ceremony. "Where have you been all my life?" Plummer appeared in more than 100 films and also was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Russian author Leo Tolstoy in 2009's "The Last Station." He won two Tony Awards for his Broadway work, two Emmy Awards for TV work and performed for some of the world's top theater companies. But for many fans his career was defined by his performance as an stern widower in "The Sound Of Music" - a role he called "a cardboard figure, humorless and one-dimensional." It took him four decades to change his view of the film and embrace it as a "terrific movie" that made him proud. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Michael K. Williams, who played the shotgun-toting drug dealer Omar Little in the HBO crime drama "The Wire," was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment in September. 

Williams' colleagues remembered his special talent for humanizing the characters he portrayed, bringing to his roles his own experience as a Black man growing up in New York.

Among the real-life struggles he tapped were bouts with drug addiction, which he brought to his best known role for "The Wire." The TV series was set in Baltimore and told the story of the narcotics trade from the perspective of criminals, police and the people caught between them. 
Critics praised Williams for his portrayal of Little, a homosexual drug dealer at war with his rivals.

Other television roles that won Williams praise included characters he portrayed in "Boardwalk Empire," "Bessie" and "Lovecraft Country."
Williams played the powerful African-American gangster Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire," an HBO series set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era of the 1920's.


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Michael K. Williams, who played the shotgun-toting drug dealer Omar Little in the HBO crime drama "The Wire," more

Michael K. Williams, who played the shotgun-toting drug dealer Omar Little in the HBO crime drama "The Wire," was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment in September. Williams' colleagues remembered his special talent for humanizing the characters he portrayed, bringing to his roles his own experience as a Black man growing up in New York. Among the real-life struggles he tapped were bouts with drug addiction, which he brought to his best known role for "The Wire." The TV series was set in Baltimore and told the story of the narcotics trade from the perspective of criminals, police and the people caught between them. Critics praised Williams for his portrayal of Little, a homosexual drug dealer at war with his rivals. Other television roles that won Williams praise included characters he portrayed in "Boardwalk Empire," "Bessie" and "Lovecraft Country." Williams played the powerful African-American gangster Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire," an HBO series set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era of the 1920's. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Charlie Watts, widely regarded as one of the coolest men in rock during his nearly 60 years as a drummer with the Rolling Stones, died August 24 at the age of 80. A member of one of the first British bands to properly break into the American market and a symbol of 1960s London, Watts and his fellow band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman broke records with multi-million-pound grossing global tours that continue to this day. Watts started playing drums in London's rhythm and blues clubs in the early 1960s, before agreeing to join forces with Jones, Jagger and Richards in their fledgling group, the Rolling Stones, in January 1963. Watts left the hell-raising that defined the band in the 1960s and '70s to the other members. On stage he was also happy to leave the flamboyance to Jagger and others while he anchored the performance with a sense of calm capability.    

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Charlie Watts, widely regarded as one of the coolest men in rock during his nearly 60 years as a drummer with more

Charlie Watts, widely regarded as one of the coolest men in rock during his nearly 60 years as a drummer with the Rolling Stones, died August 24 at the age of 80. A member of one of the first British bands to properly break into the American market and a symbol of 1960s London, Watts and his fellow band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman broke records with multi-million-pound grossing global tours that continue to this day. Watts started playing drums in London's rhythm and blues clubs in the early 1960s, before agreeing to join forces with Jones, Jagger and Richards in their fledgling group, the Rolling Stones, in January 1963. Watts left the hell-raising that defined the band in the 1960s and '70s to the other members. On stage he was also happy to leave the flamboyance to Jagger and others while he anchored the performance with a sense of calm capability. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Norm Macdonald died on September 14, following a nine-year cancer battle. He was 61 years old. Macdonald had reportedly kept his cancer diagnosis private, even from his family. The Canadian native, known for his deadpan delivery, was a stand-up comic and writer on the sitcom "Roseanne" when he was discovered by "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels. Macdonald was on the show from 1993 to 1998, hosting the variety show's "Weekend Update" news segment. 

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Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Norm Macdonald died on September 14, following a nine-year cancer battmore

Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Norm Macdonald died on September 14, following a nine-year cancer battle. He was 61 years old. Macdonald had reportedly kept his cancer diagnosis private, even from his family. The Canadian native, known for his deadpan delivery, was a stand-up comic and writer on the sitcom "Roseanne" when he was discovered by "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels. Macdonald was on the show from 1993 to 1998, hosting the variety show's "Weekend Update" news segment. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
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Famed NFL coach and commentator John Madden died unexpectedly in December at the age of 85, the NFL reported.

Madden led the then-Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings in 1977 and became a fixture as a beloved television analyst after retiring from coaching.

"Nobody loved football more than Coach," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today."

Madden was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He also lent his name to the popular Madden football video games, published by EA Sports since 1988.

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Famed NFL coach and commentator John Madden died unexpectedly in December at the age of 85, the NFL reported. more

Famed NFL coach and commentator John Madden died unexpectedly in December at the age of 85, the NFL reported. Madden led the then-Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings in 1977 and became a fixture as a beloved television analyst after retiring from coaching. "Nobody loved football more than Coach," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today." Madden was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He also lent his name to the popular Madden football video games, published by EA Sports since 1988.   REUTERS/Matt Sullivan
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Larry King, who quizzed thousands of world leaders, politicians and entertainers for CNN and other news outlets in a career spanning more than six decades, died January 23 at age 87. Millions watched King interview world leaders, entertainers and other celebrities on CNN's "Larry King Live," which ran from 1985 to 2010. Hunched over his desk in rolled-up shirt sleeves and owlish glasses, he made his show one of the network's prime attractions with a mix of interviews, political discussions, current event debates and phone calls from viewers. Even in his heyday, critics accused King of doing little pre-interview research and tossing softball questions to guests who were free to give unchallenged, self-promoting answers. He responded by conceding he did not do much research so that he could learn along with his viewers. Besides, King said, he never wanted to be perceived as a journalist. "My duty, as I see it, is I'm a conduit," King told the Hartford Courant in 2007. ""I ask the best questions I can. I listen to the answers. I try to follow up. And hopefully the audience makes a conclusion. I'm not there to make a conclusion. I'm not a soapbox talk-show host... So what I try to do is present someone in the best light."

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Larry King, who quizzed thousands of world leaders, politicians and entertainers for CNN and other news outletmore

Larry King, who quizzed thousands of world leaders, politicians and entertainers for CNN and other news outlets in a career spanning more than six decades, died January 23 at age 87. Millions watched King interview world leaders, entertainers and other celebrities on CNN's "Larry King Live," which ran from 1985 to 2010. Hunched over his desk in rolled-up shirt sleeves and owlish glasses, he made his show one of the network's prime attractions with a mix of interviews, political discussions, current event debates and phone calls from viewers. Even in his heyday, critics accused King of doing little pre-interview research and tossing softball questions to guests who were free to give unchallenged, self-promoting answers. He responded by conceding he did not do much research so that he could learn along with his viewers. Besides, King said, he never wanted to be perceived as a journalist. "My duty, as I see it, is I'm a conduit," King told the Hartford Courant in 2007. ""I ask the best questions I can. I listen to the answers. I try to follow up. And hopefully the audience makes a conclusion. I'm not there to make a conclusion. I'm not a soapbox talk-show host... So what I try to do is present someone in the best light." REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Actress Cicely Tyson, who specialized in portraying strong Black women caught up in life's struggles during a 60-year career that earned her three Emmys and a Tony Award, died January 28 at the age of 96. Tyson said she used her career to take on issues important to her, such as race and gender. "I realized very early on when I was asked certain questions or treated in a certain way that I needed to use my career to address those issues," she said in a People magazine interview in 2015. Tyson told CBS she saw the Hollywood hierarchy as a ladder with white men at the top, followed by white women and Black men. Black women were at the bottom. "And we're holding on to the last rung," she said. "And those fists are being trampled on by all those three above and still we hold on." Tyson's most-lauded performances came in historical works such as the 1972 movie "Sounder" in which she played a Louisiana sharecropper's wife. That film earned Tyson her only Academy Award nomination, but she received an honorary Oscar in 2018. Tyson was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2016. When she was presented with a Kennedy Center Honor in December 2005, filmmaker-writer Tyler Perry said: "She chose to empower us when we didn't even know it was possible to be empowered. Cicely refused to take a role that would not better humanity." REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actress Cicely Tyson, who specialized in portraying strong Black women caught up in life's struggles during a more

Actress Cicely Tyson, who specialized in portraying strong Black women caught up in life's struggles during a 60-year career that earned her three Emmys and a Tony Award, died January 28 at the age of 96. Tyson said she used her career to take on issues important to her, such as race and gender. "I realized very early on when I was asked certain questions or treated in a certain way that I needed to use my career to address those issues," she said in a People magazine interview in 2015. Tyson told CBS she saw the Hollywood hierarchy as a ladder with white men at the top, followed by white women and Black men. Black women were at the bottom. "And we're holding on to the last rung," she said. "And those fists are being trampled on by all those three above and still we hold on." Tyson's most-lauded performances came in historical works such as the 1972 movie "Sounder" in which she played a Louisiana sharecropper's wife. That film earned Tyson her only Academy Award nomination, but she received an honorary Oscar in 2018. Tyson was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2016. When she was presented with a Kennedy Center Honor in December 2005, filmmaker-writer Tyler Perry said: "She chose to empower us when we didn't even know it was possible to be empowered. Cicely refused to take a role that would not better humanity." REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Rapper and actor Earl Simmons, known by the stage name DMX or Dark Man X, died April 9, People magazine said, after suffering a heart attack during what media reports said was a drug overdose. He was 50 years old. The chart-topping artist's songs included "Party Up (Up in Here)" and "X Gon' Give It To Ya." His career had been marked by addiction, legal troubles and prison time. Growing up in Yonkers, New York, DMX took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap songs. When he was 14, an older rapper who had been a mentor tricked him into smoking crack, DMX said in a documentary series broadcast on BET. "He created a monster," he said. "Cocaine almost took my life on a few occasions." His debut album in 1998, "It's Dark and Hell is Hot," was the first of five in a row to top the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. DMX released eight albums and was nominated for three Grammys. He earned more than 40 film and television credits, including "Belly," "Romeo Must Die," and action films "Cradle 2 the Grave" and "Exit Wounds," also contributing music to their soundtracks. The rapper's intense songs told stories of a complex character's "sins of the streets," according to a biography on allmusic.com, which described DMX as a "hip-hop Johnny Cash." In the 1998 song "Slippin'," DMX rapped: "To live is to suffer, but to survive, well, that's to find meaning in the suffering."

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Rapper and actor Earl Simmons, known by the stage name DMX or Dark Man X, died April 9, People magazine said, more

Rapper and actor Earl Simmons, known by the stage name DMX or Dark Man X, died April 9, People magazine said, after suffering a heart attack during what media reports said was a drug overdose. He was 50 years old. The chart-topping artist's songs included "Party Up (Up in Here)" and "X Gon' Give It To Ya." His career had been marked by addiction, legal troubles and prison time. Growing up in Yonkers, New York, DMX took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap songs. When he was 14, an older rapper who had been a mentor tricked him into smoking crack, DMX said in a documentary series broadcast on BET. "He created a monster," he said. "Cocaine almost took my life on a few occasions." His debut album in 1998, "It's Dark and Hell is Hot," was the first of five in a row to top the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. DMX released eight albums and was nominated for three Grammys. He earned more than 40 film and television credits, including "Belly," "Romeo Must Die," and action films "Cradle 2 the Grave" and "Exit Wounds," also contributing music to their soundtracks. The rapper's intense songs told stories of a complex character's "sins of the streets," according to a biography on allmusic.com, which described DMX as a "hip-hop Johnny Cash." In the 1998 song "Slippin'," DMX rapped: "To live is to suffer, but to survive, well, that's to find meaning in the suffering." REUTERS/Joe Traver
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Provocative and polarizing talk radio luminary Rush Limbaugh, a leading voice on the American political right since the 1980s who boosted, and was honored by, former President Donald Trump, died February 17 at age 70. Limbaugh pioneered the American media phenomenon of conservative talk radio and became an enthusiastic combatant in the U.S. culture wars. Limbaugh espoused an unflinchingly populist brand of conservatism during a daily show broadcast on more than 600 radio stations across the United States. He railed against left-wing causes from global warming to healthcare reform as he helped shape the Republican Party's agenda in the media and mobilize its grass-roots supporters. He ridiculed mainstream news outlets and relished the controversies often sparked by his on-air commentary. His success helped spawn a new class of right-wing pundits on radio, television and the internet, among them Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Alex Jones. Limbaugh called his followers "ditto heads." He coined the term "femi-Nazis" to disparage women's rights activists. Limbaugh in 2012 called a law student who spoke to a congressional hearing about birth control a "slut," causing some sponsors to pull their advertising from his show. More recently, Limbaugh promoted Trump's false claims to have had the 2020 presidential election stolen from him through widespread fraud and irregularities. After Democrat Joe Biden was inaugurated as Trump's successor last month, Limbaugh told listeners the new president had not legitimately won.

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Provocative and polarizing talk radio luminary Rush Limbaugh, a leading voice on the American political right since the 1980s who boosted, and was honored by, former President Donald Trump, died February 17 at age 70. Limbaugh pioneered the American media phenomenon of conservative talk radio and became an enthusiastic combatant in the U.S. culture wars. Limbaugh espoused an unflinchingly populist brand of conservatism during a daily show broadcast on more than 600 radio stations across the United States. He railed against left-wing causes from global warming to healthcare reform as he helped shape the Republican Party's agenda in the media and mobilize its grass-roots supporters. He ridiculed mainstream news outlets and relished the controversies often sparked by his on-air commentary. His success helped spawn a new class of right-wing pundits on radio, television and the internet, among them Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Alex Jones. Limbaugh called his followers "ditto heads." He coined the term "femi-Nazis" to disparage women's rights activists. Limbaugh in 2012 called a law student who spoke to a congressional hearing about birth control a "slut," causing some sponsors to pull their advertising from his show. More recently, Limbaugh promoted Trump's false claims to have had the 2020 presidential election stolen from him through widespread fraud and irregularities. After Democrat Joe Biden was inaugurated as Trump's successor last month, Limbaugh told listeners the new president had not legitimately won. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding passed away after a battle with cancer, her mother announced on the singer's Instagram account on September 5. She was 39. Harding wrote in August 2020 on her social media accounts about her ongoing battle with breast cancer. She revealed she had been diagnosed with the disease earlier that year and had recently received the "devastating news" that the cancer had spread to other parts of her body. Comprising of Harding, Cheryl (then Cheryl Tweedy), Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, the girl band got together on the UK television show "Popstars: The Rivals" in 2002. Their first single "Sound of the Underground" went straight to the top of the British charts when it was released. They enjoyed success both in the UK and worldwide, with twenty two singles and six albums, before announcing their split in March 2013 following their "Ten: The Hits" tour.   REUTERS/Anthony Harvey

Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding passed away after a battle with cancer, her mother announced on the singer's more

Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding passed away after a battle with cancer, her mother announced on the singer's Instagram account on September 5. She was 39. Harding wrote in August 2020 on her social media accounts about her ongoing battle with breast cancer. She revealed she had been diagnosed with the disease earlier that year and had recently received the "devastating news" that the cancer had spread to other parts of her body. Comprising of Harding, Cheryl (then Cheryl Tweedy), Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, the girl band got together on the UK television show "Popstars: The Rivals" in 2002. Their first single "Sound of the Underground" went straight to the top of the British charts when it was released. They enjoyed success both in the UK and worldwide, with twenty two singles and six albums, before announcing their split in March 2013 following their "Ten: The Hits" tour. REUTERS/Anthony Harvey
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Rapper Biz Markie, who was best known for his 1989 hit "Just a Friend," died July 16 at the age of 57. The pioneering beatboxer, also known as Marcel Theo Hall, was born in Harlem and raised in Patchogue, New York.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Rapper Biz Markie, who was best known for his 1989 hit "Just a Friend," died July 16 at the age of 57. The piomore

Rapper Biz Markie, who was best known for his 1989 hit "Just a Friend," died July 16 at the age of 57. The pioneering beatboxer, also known as Marcel Theo Hall, was born in Harlem and raised in Patchogue, New York.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Hal Holbrook, an award-winning actor acclaimed for his one-man portrayal of American literary legend Mark Twain, died January 23 at the age of 95. In 2008, at age 82, Holbrook became the oldest male performer ever nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in "Into the Wild." But it was his recreation of the novelist in "Mark Twain Tonight" that brought Holbrook his greatest fame. It earned him a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in 1966 and the first of his 10 Emmy nominations in 1967. Holbrook was born in Cleveland in 1925, and his mother was a vaudeville dancer. After serving in the Army in Newfoundland during World War Two, Holbrook attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where his senior honors project was on Twain. He toured small towns as Twain, then took the show off-Broadway where it was a hit that launched his career. Holbrook made some 2,000 appearances as the writer. 

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Hal Holbrook, an award-winning actor acclaimed for his one-man portrayal of American literary legend Mark Twaimore

Hal Holbrook, an award-winning actor acclaimed for his one-man portrayal of American literary legend Mark Twain, died January 23 at the age of 95. In 2008, at age 82, Holbrook became the oldest male performer ever nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in "Into the Wild." But it was his recreation of the novelist in "Mark Twain Tonight" that brought Holbrook his greatest fame. It earned him a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in 1966 and the first of his 10 Emmy nominations in 1967. Holbrook was born in Cleveland in 1925, and his mother was a vaudeville dancer. After serving in the Army in Newfoundland during World War Two, Holbrook attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where his senior honors project was on Twain. He toured small towns as Twain, then took the show off-Broadway where it was a hit that launched his career. Holbrook made some 2,000 appearances as the writer. REUTERS/David McNew
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Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died February 8 at the age of 76. Wilson, a singer as well as best-selling author, helped form female singing group The Primettes in Detroit in 1959, alongside Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Betty McGlown. The latter left the group and was replaced. Wilson, Ross and Ballard went on to enjoy huge success as trio The Supremes. Under the Motown Records label, the group scored 12 no. 1 hits with songs like "Baby Love" and "Stop! In the Name of Love," and still remains influential decades later. Wilson stayed on with The Supremes even after other original members left and new ones joined the line-up. The group split in 1977 and she pursued a solo career. "The Supremes were always known as the 'sweethearts of Motown'," Motown founder Berry Gordy said in a statement. "I was always proud of Mary. She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes ... She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed."

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Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died February 8 at the age of 76. Wilson, a singer as well as more

Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died February 8 at the age of 76. Wilson, a singer as well as best-selling author, helped form female singing group The Primettes in Detroit in 1959, alongside Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Betty McGlown. The latter left the group and was replaced. Wilson, Ross and Ballard went on to enjoy huge success as trio The Supremes. Under the Motown Records label, the group scored 12 no. 1 hits with songs like "Baby Love" and "Stop! In the Name of Love," and still remains influential decades later. Wilson stayed on with The Supremes even after other original members left and new ones joined the line-up. The group split in 1977 and she pursued a solo career. "The Supremes were always known as the 'sweethearts of Motown'," Motown founder Berry Gordy said in a statement. "I was always proud of Mary. She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes ... She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed." REUTERS/Fred Prouser
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Actor Willie Garson, best known for playing Carrie Bradshaw's best male friend Stanford Blatch in the ''Sex and the City'' TV show and movies, died on September 21 at the age of 57. The HBO romcom drama series adapted from Candace Bushnell's 1997 book of the same name is set in New York City and follows the lives of four female friends, played by Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie), Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. Garson is also known for playing Danny in comedy adventure "7 Days to Vegas", as well as Mozzie in FBI drama ''White Collar'' and Gerald Hirsch in ''Hawaii Five-O''.  

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Actor Willie Garson, best known for playing Carrie Bradshaw's best male friend Stanford Blatch in the ''Sex anmore

Actor Willie Garson, best known for playing Carrie Bradshaw's best male friend Stanford Blatch in the ''Sex and the City'' TV show and movies, died on September 21 at the age of 57. The HBO romcom drama series adapted from Candace Bushnell's 1997 book of the same name is set in New York City and follows the lives of four female friends, played by Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie), Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. Garson is also known for playing Danny in comedy adventure "7 Days to Vegas", as well as Mozzie in FBI drama ''White Collar'' and Gerald Hirsch in ''Hawaii Five-O''.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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Legendary Dominican merengue singer Juan de Dios "Johnny" Ventura died July 28 at the age of 81. Ventura, who rose to fame by winning a radio contest in the 1950s, went on to record 105 albums in a career that spanned more than five decades. His hits included "Merenguero Hasta la Tambora" and "Patacon Pisao". He also served a stint as mayor of the Dominican Republic's capital city, Santo Domingo, and was popularly known as "El Caballo Mayor".      REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Legendary Dominican merengue singer Juan de Dios "Johnny" Ventura died July 28 at the age of 81. Ventura, who more

Legendary Dominican merengue singer Juan de Dios "Johnny" Ventura died July 28 at the age of 81. Ventura, who rose to fame by winning a radio contest in the 1950s, went on to record 105 albums in a career that spanned more than five decades. His hits included "Merenguero Hasta la Tambora" and "Patacon Pisao". He also served a stint as mayor of the Dominican Republic's capital city, Santo Domingo, and was popularly known as "El Caballo Mayor".  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Ed Asner, who played a gruff newsman for laughs and for drama in the classic TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spinoff "Lou Grant" in the 1970s and 1980s and was honored with seven Emmy Awards, died August 29 at age 91. Asner was integral to the success of the situation comedy "Mary Tyler Moore," which ran on CBS from 1970 to 1977 and boasted one of the best assemblages of actors and writers in U.S. TV history. He won three Emmys for his work on the show. Asner was known for his liberal politics and his stint as Screen Actors Guild president in the 1980s when he criticized U.S. involvement in Central America during the administration of a previous head of the actors' union, President Ronald Reagan. Asner remained a busy actor into his 90s with appearances in such series as "Dead to Me" and "Cobra Kai."  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Ed Asner, who played a gruff newsman for laughs and for drama in the classic TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Smore

Ed Asner, who played a gruff newsman for laughs and for drama in the classic TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spinoff "Lou Grant" in the 1970s and 1980s and was honored with seven Emmy Awards, died August 29 at age 91. Asner was integral to the success of the situation comedy "Mary Tyler Moore," which ran on CBS from 1970 to 1977 and boasted one of the best assemblages of actors and writers in U.S. TV history. He won three Emmys for his work on the show. Asner was known for his liberal politics and his stint as Screen Actors Guild president in the 1980s when he criticized U.S. involvement in Central America during the administration of a previous head of the actors' union, President Ronald Reagan. Asner remained a busy actor into his 90s with appearances in such series as "Dead to Me" and "Cobra Kai."  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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Actress Jessica Walter, best known for her work as the stalker in Clint Eastwood's "Play Misty for Me," and for her roles in "Arrested Development" and "Archer," died March 24 at the age of 80. Walter received an Emmy nomination in 2005 for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for playing the manipulative alcoholic Lucille Bluth in the critically adored and highly influential comedy "Arrested Development." With husband Ron Leibman, Walter voiced mom Malory Archer in the animated espionage comedy "Archer." When asked about the distinction between Malory Archer and Lucille Bluth, Walter told Indiewire, "With Lucille, one of the main things I thought about was her goal is to stay in the lifestyle she's accustomed to living in, and so what does she have to do to achieve that? Malory, she works for a living and she runs the business -- she makes the money and she doesn't have to rely on people. Well, she has to rely on her agents to do their job, but she's the boss. Lucille secretly is the boss, but her husband doesn't know it. She's the woman behind the man, pushing, grabbing."

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Actress Jessica Walter, best known for her work as the stalker in Clint Eastwood's "Play Misty for Me," and fomore

Actress Jessica Walter, best known for her work as the stalker in Clint Eastwood's "Play Misty for Me," and for her roles in "Arrested Development" and "Archer," died March 24 at the age of 80. Walter received an Emmy nomination in 2005 for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for playing the manipulative alcoholic Lucille Bluth in the critically adored and highly influential comedy "Arrested Development." With husband Ron Leibman, Walter voiced mom Malory Archer in the animated espionage comedy "Archer." When asked about the distinction between Malory Archer and Lucille Bluth, Walter told Indiewire, "With Lucille, one of the main things I thought about was her goal is to stay in the lifestyle she's accustomed to living in, and so what does she have to do to achieve that? Malory, she works for a living and she runs the business -- she makes the money and she doesn't have to rely on people. Well, she has to rely on her agents to do their job, but she's the boss. Lucille secretly is the boss, but her husband doesn't know it. She's the woman behind the man, pushing, grabbing." REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Joseph "Dusty" Hill, ZZ Top's bassist for more than 50 years, died July 28 at the age of 72. Hill was born in Dallas in 1949 and played cello in high school, which made for an easy transition to electric bass. By the end of the '70s, ZZ Top's potent brand of gutsy, no-frills blues 'n' boogie had made it one of America's top concert attractions. Best known for their hits "Gimme All Your Lovin", "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs", as well as their long beards, ZZ Top has sold around 50 million albums worldwide.

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Joseph "Dusty" Hill, ZZ Top's bassist for more than 50 years, died July 28 at the age of 72. Hill was born in more

Joseph "Dusty" Hill, ZZ Top's bassist for more than 50 years, died July 28 at the age of 72. Hill was born in Dallas in 1949 and played cello in high school, which made for an easy transition to electric bass. By the end of the '70s, ZZ Top's potent brand of gutsy, no-frills blues 'n' boogie had made it one of America's top concert attractions. Best known for their hits "Gimme All Your Lovin", "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs", as well as their long beards, ZZ Top has sold around 50 million albums worldwide.   REUTERS/Robert Sullivan
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Virgil Abloh, fashion's highest profile Black designer and the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton's menswear collections, died on November 28 of cancer, Vuitton's owner LVMH said. The American designer and CEO of Off-White was 41. Trained as an architect, Abloh started designing clothes in 2012. In 2013 he founded his own label, Off-White, and was appointed head of menswear design at Louis Vuitton in 2018. Abloh also worked closely with Kanye West or Ye, designing the album covers for "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" among others. 

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Virgil Abloh, fashion's highest profile Black designer and the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton's menswear collections, died on November 28 of cancer, Vuitton's owner LVMH said. The American designer and CEO of Off-White was 41. Trained as an architect, Abloh started designing clothes in 2012. In 2013 he founded his own label, Off-White, and was appointed head of menswear design at Louis Vuitton in 2018. Abloh also worked closely with Kanye West or Ye, designing the album covers for "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" among others. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who helped American musical theater evolve beyond pure entertainment and reach new artistic heights with such works as "West Side Story," "Into the Woods" and "Sweeney Todd," died in November at the age of 91. 

Sondheim's eight Tony Awards for his lyrics and music surpassed the total of any other composer. In 2008 he also won a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. 

He started early, learning the art of musical theater when he was a teenager from his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II, the legendary lyricist behind "The Sound of Music." 

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was in turn mentored by Sondheim, has called him musical theater's greatest lyricist. 

Sondheim's most successful works included "Into the Woods," which opened on Broadway in 1987 and used children's fairy tales to untangle adult obsessions; the 1979 thriller "Sweeney Todd," about a murderous barber in London whose victims are served as meat pies; and 1962's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," a vaudeville-style comedy set in ancient Rome. 

He also wrote the lyrics to Leonard Bernstein's score for "West Side Story," inspired by William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," and collaborated with fellow composer Jule Styne as lyricist for "Gypsy," loosely based on the memoirs of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. 

Sondheim's songs were celebrated for their sharp wit and insight into modern life and for giving voice to complex characters, but few of them made the pop charts.

He scored a hit, however, and one of three Grammys of his career, with "Send in the Clowns" from his 1973 musical "A Little Night Music."  

Sondheim was born March 22, 1930, in New York City to affluent Jewish parents who worked in fashion. He described his early childhood as a lonely one, with servants as his main company.
After his parents split up when he was 10 years old, Sondheim moved with his mother to rural Pennsylvania, where she bought a farm. He foun

Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who helped American musical theater evolve beyond pure entertmore

Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who helped American musical theater evolve beyond pure entertainment and reach new artistic heights with such works as "West Side Story," "Into the Woods" and "Sweeney Todd," died in November at the age of 91. Sondheim's eight Tony Awards for his lyrics and music surpassed the total of any other composer. In 2008 he also won a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He started early, learning the art of musical theater when he was a teenager from his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II, the legendary lyricist behind "The Sound of Music." "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was in turn mentored by Sondheim, has called him musical theater's greatest lyricist. Sondheim's most successful works included "Into the Woods," which opened on Broadway in 1987 and used children's fairy tales to untangle adult obsessions; the 1979 thriller "Sweeney Todd," about a murderous barber in London whose victims are served as meat pies; and 1962's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," a vaudeville-style comedy set in ancient Rome. He also wrote the lyrics to Leonard Bernstein's score for "West Side Story," inspired by William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," and collaborated with fellow composer Jule Styne as lyricist for "Gypsy," loosely based on the memoirs of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. Sondheim's songs were celebrated for their sharp wit and insight into modern life and for giving voice to complex characters, but few of them made the pop charts. He scored a hit, however, and one of three Grammys of his career, with "Send in the Clowns" from his 1973 musical "A Little Night Music." Sondheim was born March 22, 1930, in New York City to affluent Jewish parents who worked in fashion. He described his early childhood as a lonely one, with servants as his main company. After his parents split up when he was 10 years old, Sondheim moved with his mother to rural Pennsylvania, where she bought a farm. He foun
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Author Joan Didion, whose essays, memoirs, novels and screenplays chronicled contemporary American society, as well as her grief over the deaths of her husband and daughter, died at the age of 87. The cause of death was Parkinson’s disease, her publisher Knopf said in a statement. Didion first emerged as a writer of substance in the late 1960s as an early practitioner of "new journalism," which allowed writers to take a narrative, more personalized perspective. Her 1968 essay collection "Slouching Toward Bethlehem," a title borrowed from poet William Butler Yeats, looked at the culture of her native California. The title essay offered an unsympathetic view of the emerging hippie culture in San Francisco and a New York Times review called the book "some of the finest magazine pieces published by anyone in this country in recent years." Didion had an air of casual glamour and writerly cool and in her heyday frequently was typically photographed in oversized sunglasses or lounging nonchalantly with a cigarette dangling from a hand. She was 80 in 2015 when the French fashion house Celine used her as a model in an ad campaign for its sunglasses. 


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Author Joan Didion, whose essays, memoirs, novels and screenplays chronicled contemporary American society, as well as her grief over the deaths of her husband and daughter, died at the age of 87. The cause of death was Parkinson’s disease, her publisher Knopf said in a statement. Didion first emerged as a writer of substance in the late 1960s as an early practitioner of "new journalism," which allowed writers to take a narrative, more personalized perspective. Her 1968 essay collection "Slouching Toward Bethlehem," a title borrowed from poet William Butler Yeats, looked at the culture of her native California. The title essay offered an unsympathetic view of the emerging hippie culture in San Francisco and a New York Times review called the book "some of the finest magazine pieces published by anyone in this country in recent years." Didion had an air of casual glamour and writerly cool and in her heyday frequently was typically photographed in oversized sunglasses or lounging nonchalantly with a cigarette dangling from a hand. She was 80 in 2015 when the French fashion house Celine used her as a model in an ad campaign for its sunglasses. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Charles Grodin, known for the neurotic comic wit he demonstrated in such films as "The Heartbreak Kid," "Heaven Can Wait" and "Midnight Run" and for his role in the "Beethoven" movies, died May 18 at the age of 86. After getting his start in television, Grodin graduated to both leading and character roles in films, usually portraying the exasperated urban neurotic. His dry, understated sense of humor also made him a perfect talkshow guest, and later, host of his own cable show. Grodin also wrote plays and books. The wry 1972 comedy "The Heartbreak Kid" highlighted Grodin's trademark neurotic befuddlement, and won him a Golden Globe nomination. But it was one of the few successful films in his career in which he was center stage. In Warren Beatty's 1978 "Heaven Can Wait," Grodin plays the scheming, larcenous lawyer, paired humorously with Dyan Cannon's character in adultery and homicide. His talents were perhaps best utilized in the 1988 adventure comedy "Midnight Run" opposite Robert De Niro. Roger Ebert said: "(He) has never received the recognition he deserves -- maybe because he often plays a quiet, self-effacing everyman. In 'Midnight Run,' where he is literally handcuffed to De Niro at times, he is every bit the master's equal, and in the crucial final scene it is Grodin who finds the emotional truth that defines their relationship."

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Charles Grodin, known for the neurotic comic wit he demonstrated in such films as "The Heartbreak Kid," "Heavemore

Charles Grodin, known for the neurotic comic wit he demonstrated in such films as "The Heartbreak Kid," "Heaven Can Wait" and "Midnight Run" and for his role in the "Beethoven" movies, died May 18 at the age of 86. After getting his start in television, Grodin graduated to both leading and character roles in films, usually portraying the exasperated urban neurotic. His dry, understated sense of humor also made him a perfect talkshow guest, and later, host of his own cable show. Grodin also wrote plays and books. The wry 1972 comedy "The Heartbreak Kid" highlighted Grodin's trademark neurotic befuddlement, and won him a Golden Globe nomination. But it was one of the few successful films in his career in which he was center stage. In Warren Beatty's 1978 "Heaven Can Wait," Grodin plays the scheming, larcenous lawyer, paired humorously with Dyan Cannon's character in adultery and homicide. His talents were perhaps best utilized in the 1988 adventure comedy "Midnight Run" opposite Robert De Niro. Roger Ebert said: "(He) has never received the recognition he deserves -- maybe because he often plays a quiet, self-effacing everyman. In 'Midnight Run,' where he is literally handcuffed to De Niro at times, he is every bit the master's equal, and in the crucial final scene it is Grodin who finds the emotional truth that defines their relationship." REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Helen McCrory, the "beautiful and mighty" British actress known for playing steely female characters on stage and screen, died at the age of 52, her husband, Damian Lewis, said on April 16. On screen she starred as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter films, as the matriarch of a crime family in Peaky Blinders and as the wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, Cherie. On stage she appeared as Medea, Lady Macbeth and Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea. "I'm heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family," the "Homeland" actor Lewis said. "She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we loved her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you." The couple, who had two young children, married in 2007. They had recently raised over one million pounds to give health workers restaurant meals during the pandemic.

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Helen McCrory, the "beautiful and mighty" British actress known for playing steely female characters on stage and screen, died at the age of 52, her husband, Damian Lewis, said on April 16. On screen she starred as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter films, as the matriarch of a crime family in Peaky Blinders and as the wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, Cherie. On stage she appeared as Medea, Lady Macbeth and Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea. "I'm heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family," the "Homeland" actor Lewis said. "She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we loved her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you." The couple, who had two young children, married in 2007. They had recently raised over one million pounds to give health workers restaurant meals during the pandemic. REUTERS/Steve Parsons/Pool
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Fashion designer Alber Elbaz, the former creative director at French fashion house Lanvin, died April 24 from COVID-19 at the age of 59. Elbaz was born in Morocco and raised in Israel from the age of one. He launched his fashion career in 1985, working with designer Geoffrey Beene before stints at Guy Laroche and Yves Saint Laurent's Rive Gauche. In 2001, he joined Lanvin, where he earned critical and commercial success based on his principle of putting women first. During his 14-year tenure, Elbaz was credited with reviving the French couture house's fortunes, with modern takes on silk cocktail dresses and colorful, feminine designs. "It was just about giving ease to women," he said of his dresses with industrial zips and raw edges, two of the hallmarks he established for Lanvin. Since 2019 he had been working on a joint venture with Richemont called AZ Factory, a company aimed at producing smart women's fashion by blending traditional craftsmanship with technology. 

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Fashion designer Alber Elbaz, the former creative director at French fashion house Lanvin, died April 24 from COVID-19 at the age of 59. Elbaz was born in Morocco and raised in Israel from the age of one. He launched his fashion career in 1985, working with designer Geoffrey Beene before stints at Guy Laroche and Yves Saint Laurent's Rive Gauche. In 2001, he joined Lanvin, where he earned critical and commercial success based on his principle of putting women first. During his 14-year tenure, Elbaz was credited with reviving the French couture house's fortunes, with modern takes on silk cocktail dresses and colorful, feminine designs. "It was just about giving ease to women," he said of his dresses with industrial zips and raw edges, two of the hallmarks he established for Lanvin. Since 2019 he had been working on a joint venture with Richemont called AZ Factory, a company aimed at producing smart women's fashion by blending traditional craftsmanship with technology. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Japanese action star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba died from complications related to COVID-19 on August 19 at the age of 82. Chiba, a martial arts artist and imposing actor known for his legendary fight scenes, was best known in the West for his role as swordmaker Hattori Hanzo in the "Kill Bill" series of films and as a Yakuza boss in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift". His career in film and television spanned from the 1960s through the 2010s, and he appeared in countless Japanese titles. In many of his projects, he showcased his expert martial arts skills, and he went on to choreograph fight scenes later in his career.   REUTERS/Lucy Pemoni

Japanese action star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba died from complications related to COVID-19 on August 19 at the agmore

Japanese action star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba died from complications related to COVID-19 on August 19 at the age of 82. Chiba, a martial arts artist and imposing actor known for his legendary fight scenes, was best known in the West for his role as swordmaker Hattori Hanzo in the "Kill Bill" series of films and as a Yakuza boss in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift". His career in film and television spanned from the 1960s through the 2010s, and he appeared in countless Japanese titles. In many of his projects, he showcased his expert martial arts skills, and he went on to choreograph fight scenes later in his career. REUTERS/Lucy Pemoni
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Actress Cloris Leachman, who won eight Emmys for her work on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and other television programs as well as an Academy Award for "The Last Picture Show," died January 27 at the age of 94. "There was no one like Cloris. With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic," her manager Juliet Green said in a statement. Leachman, who appeared in three of Mel Brooks' comic movies, kept acting regularly well into her 90s. She was a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars" at age 82.

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Actress Cloris Leachman, who won eight Emmys for her work on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and other television programs as well as an Academy Award for "The Last Picture Show," died January 27 at the age of 94. "There was no one like Cloris. With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic," her manager Juliet Green said in a statement. Leachman, who appeared in three of Mel Brooks' comic movies, kept acting regularly well into her 90s. She was a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars" at age 82. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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American actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, whose career of more than 80 years included collaborations with legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles, died May 11 at the age of 106. Lloyd had a long run as cancer-stricken Dr. Auschlander on the television hospital drama "St. Elsewhere" in the 1980s. His last movie appearance as an actor was in the 2015 raunchy comedy "Trainwreck". Lloyd's movie work also included Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence" in 1993 and playing the headmaster opposite Robin Williams in the 1989 film "Dead Poets Society." In the 2007 documentary "Who Is Norman Lloyd," television producer Tom Fontana, who worked with him on "St. Elsewhere," described Lloyd as a combination of Peter Pan and Father Time. He was a walking history of entertainment. With his erudite manner, he loved to entertain audiences with stories of his regular tennis matches with Chaplin, his friendships with Gregory Peck and Alfred Hitchcock, working with French director Jean Renoir and actress Ingrid Bergman and giving Stanley Kubrick one of his first film jobs. Lloyd went so far back that he appears in the earliest surviving footage of American television - a segment of "The Streets of New York" from 1939. It was his first screen credit.

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American actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, whose career of more than 80 years included collaborations with legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles, died May 11 at the age of 106. Lloyd had a long run as cancer-stricken Dr. Auschlander on the television hospital drama "St. Elsewhere" in the 1980s. His last movie appearance as an actor was in the 2015 raunchy comedy "Trainwreck". Lloyd's movie work also included Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence" in 1993 and playing the headmaster opposite Robin Williams in the 1989 film "Dead Poets Society." In the 2007 documentary "Who Is Norman Lloyd," television producer Tom Fontana, who worked with him on "St. Elsewhere," described Lloyd as a combination of Peter Pan and Father Time. He was a walking history of entertainment. With his erudite manner, he loved to entertain audiences with stories of his regular tennis matches with Chaplin, his friendships with Gregory Peck and Alfred Hitchcock, working with French director Jean Renoir and actress Ingrid Bergman and giving Stanley Kubrick one of his first film jobs. Lloyd went so far back that he appears in the earliest surviving footage of American television - a segment of "The Streets of New York" from 1939. It was his first screen credit. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
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Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her performance as a sardonic, middle-aged mother who advises her headstrong daughter on matters of love in the 1987 romantic film comedy "Moonstruck," died May 1 at age 89. Dukakis - a cousin of unsuccessful 1988 Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Michael Dukakis - was the daughter of Greek immigrants. She worked for decades as a stage, TV and film actor before rocketing to fame at age 56 playing the mother of Cher's character in "Moonstruck." Dukakis built on that with roles in films including "Look Who's Talking" and its sequels, "Steel Magnolias", "Mighty Aphrodite" and "Mr. Holland's Opus". Dukakis, a master of deadpan humor, also was nominated for Emmy awards for TV roles in 1991, 1998 and 1999. She said she enjoyed her fame after "Moonstruck." "The fun part is that people pass me on the street and yell lines from my movies," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1991. "For 'Moonstruck' they say, 'You're life is going down the toilet.'"

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Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her performance as a sardonic, middle-aged mother who advises her headstrong daughter on matters of love in the 1987 romantic film comedy "Moonstruck," died May 1 at age 89. Dukakis - a cousin of unsuccessful 1988 Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Michael Dukakis - was the daughter of Greek immigrants. She worked for decades as a stage, TV and film actor before rocketing to fame at age 56 playing the mother of Cher's character in "Moonstruck." Dukakis built on that with roles in films including "Look Who's Talking" and its sequels, "Steel Magnolias", "Mighty Aphrodite" and "Mr. Holland's Opus". Dukakis, a master of deadpan humor, also was nominated for Emmy awards for TV roles in 1991, 1998 and 1999. She said she enjoyed her fame after "Moonstruck." "The fun part is that people pass me on the street and yell lines from my movies," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1991. "For 'Moonstruck' they say, 'You're life is going down the toilet.'" REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Melvin Van Peebles, the influential filmmaker behind film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song", died on September 22, aged 89. In the 1971 film, which Van Peebles wrote, directed and starred in, the actor plays Sweetback who becomes an accidental revolutionary. Independent filmmaker Van Peebles' work was often a political and social commentary on experiences of Black Americans. In 2003, son Mario Van Peebles released his half-documentary, half-homage to his father's 1971 film called "How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass", or "Baadassss!" for short. Based on Melvin's book about the making of the film, it also stars Mario as Melvin. Melvin Van Peebles is also known for his acting roles in iconic 1980 horror "The Shining", "Boomerang" (1992), "Last Action Hero" (1993), "Terminal Velocity" (1994), "The Hebrew Hammer" (2003) and 2013 romantic comedy "Peeples". Multi-award-winning Van Peeble, who also wrote four Broadway shows, won an Emmy in 1987 for outstanding writing in a children's special for his episode in CBS television series "CBS Schoolbreak Special".    REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Melvin Van Peebles, the influential filmmaker behind film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song", died on Septembemore

Melvin Van Peebles, the influential filmmaker behind film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song", died on September 22, aged 89. In the 1971 film, which Van Peebles wrote, directed and starred in, the actor plays Sweetback who becomes an accidental revolutionary. Independent filmmaker Van Peebles' work was often a political and social commentary on experiences of Black Americans. In 2003, son Mario Van Peebles released his half-documentary, half-homage to his father's 1971 film called "How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass", or "Baadassss!" for short. Based on Melvin's book about the making of the film, it also stars Mario as Melvin. Melvin Van Peebles is also known for his acting roles in iconic 1980 horror "The Shining", "Boomerang" (1992), "Last Action Hero" (1993), "Terminal Velocity" (1994), "The Hebrew Hammer" (2003) and 2013 romantic comedy "Peeples". Multi-award-winning Van Peeble, who also wrote four Broadway shows, won an Emmy in 1987 for outstanding writing in a children's special for his episode in CBS television series "CBS Schoolbreak Special". REUTERS/Fred Prouser
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Peter Scolari, best known for his roles as Michael Harris on "Newhart" and Henry Desmond on "Bosom Buddies", died age 66 on October 22 of leukemia. The American actor won an outstanding guest actor Emmy in 2016 for his part as Tad Horvath in comedy series "Girls". He was also nominated for an Emmy for "Newhart" three years in a row from 1987. Scolari voiced the part of Billy, the lonely little boy, in Robert Zemeckis's festive animated movie "The Polar Express", co-starring Tom Hanks.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Peter Scolari, best known for his roles as Michael Harris on "Newhart" and Henry Desmond on "Bosom Buddies", dmore

Peter Scolari, best known for his roles as Michael Harris on "Newhart" and Henry Desmond on "Bosom Buddies", died age 66 on October 22 of leukemia. The American actor won an outstanding guest actor Emmy in 2016 for his part as Tad Horvath in comedy series "Girls". He was also nominated for an Emmy for "Newhart" three years in a row from 1987. Scolari voiced the part of Billy, the lonely little boy, in Robert Zemeckis's festive animated movie "The Polar Express", co-starring Tom Hanks.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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James Michael Tyler, an actor best known for playing Gunther on NBC's sitcom "Friends," died of prostate cancer on October 24, his manager confirmed to Variety. He died peacefully in his Los Angeles home, aged 59. Tyler received his prostate cancer diagnosis in September 2018 and became a campaigner for men to get a first test as early as 40 years old. Tyler was most recognised for his performance as Gunther, a worker at the Central Perk cafe, known for his deadpan delivery and his unrequited love for Jennifer Aniston's Rachel.    
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James Michael Tyler, an actor best known for playing Gunther on NBC's sitcom "Friends," died of prostate cancemore

James Michael Tyler, an actor best known for playing Gunther on NBC's sitcom "Friends," died of prostate cancer on October 24, his manager confirmed to Variety. He died peacefully in his Los Angeles home, aged 59. Tyler received his prostate cancer diagnosis in September 2018 and became a campaigner for men to get a first test as early as 40 years old. Tyler was most recognised for his performance as Gunther, a worker at the Central Perk cafe, known for his deadpan delivery and his unrequited love for Jennifer Aniston's Rachel. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Jean-Paul Belmondo, an undisputed star of France's New Wave cinema after his breakthrough performance in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" in 1959, died age 88 on September 6. Known affectionately to the French as 'Bebel', Belmondo's mixture of sensitivity, warmth and unselfconscious ease created a new romanticism and landed him roles in the films of French New Wave directors including Francois Truffaut, Alain Resnais and Louis Malle. The charismatic actor, who often performed his own daring stunts, switched to mainstream films in the 1960s and became one of France's leading comedy and action men. Covered in the French tricolour flag, pallbearers carried Belmondo's coffin on Sept. 9 into the courtyard of Les Invalides military museum in Paris, where Napoleon is buried, for an official tribute. 
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Jean-Paul Belmondo, an undisputed star of France's New Wave cinema after his breakthrough performance in Jean-more

Jean-Paul Belmondo, an undisputed star of France's New Wave cinema after his breakthrough performance in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" in 1959, died age 88 on September 6. Known affectionately to the French as 'Bebel', Belmondo's mixture of sensitivity, warmth and unselfconscious ease created a new romanticism and landed him roles in the films of French New Wave directors including Francois Truffaut, Alain Resnais and Louis Malle. The charismatic actor, who often performed his own daring stunts, switched to mainstream films in the 1960s and became one of France's leading comedy and action men. Covered in the French tricolour flag, pallbearers carried Belmondo's coffin on Sept. 9 into the courtyard of Les Invalides military museum in Paris, where Napoleon is buried, for an official tribute.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Siegfried Fischbacher, who worked with Roy Horn to create the famous animal training and magic duo of Siegfried & Roy, died January 13 at age 81. His death came eight months after Horn died due to COVID-19 in May 2020 at age 75. Siegfried & Roy were among Las Vegas' most famous performers, incorporating more than 55 white lions, white tigers, leopards, jaguars and an elephant in their astounding acts. They started performing in Las Vegas in 1967 at revues like Hallelujah Hollywood and Lido de Paris. The pair started performing at the Mirage hotel in 1989, selling out almost nightly in what was formerly the largest hotel in Las Vegas. Fischbacher and Horn first met on a cruise ship, where Horn was working as a steward and Fischbacher as an entertainer. Horn smuggled his pet cheetah aboard the ship and asked Fischbacher if he knew how to make one disappear. Fischbacher replied, "In magic, anything is possible," though they were then reportedly fired from the ship. Siegfried & Roy's big cat performances continued until a 2003 accident at the Mirage in which a white tiger attacked Horn during a show. Horn's spine was severed and he sustained severe injuries. He later said he thought the tiger was trying to save him after he suffered a stroke onstage, and he had to relearn how to talk and walk. Horn eventually recovered and the pair was able to continue traveling and appearing at events. They retired in 2010.

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Siegfried Fischbacher, who worked with Roy Horn to create the famous animal training and magic duo of Siegfriemore

Siegfried Fischbacher, who worked with Roy Horn to create the famous animal training and magic duo of Siegfried & Roy, died January 13 at age 81. His death came eight months after Horn died due to COVID-19 in May 2020 at age 75. Siegfried & Roy were among Las Vegas' most famous performers, incorporating more than 55 white lions, white tigers, leopards, jaguars and an elephant in their astounding acts. They started performing in Las Vegas in 1967 at revues like Hallelujah Hollywood and Lido de Paris. The pair started performing at the Mirage hotel in 1989, selling out almost nightly in what was formerly the largest hotel in Las Vegas. Fischbacher and Horn first met on a cruise ship, where Horn was working as a steward and Fischbacher as an entertainer. Horn smuggled his pet cheetah aboard the ship and asked Fischbacher if he knew how to make one disappear. Fischbacher replied, "In magic, anything is possible," though they were then reportedly fired from the ship. Siegfried & Roy's big cat performances continued until a 2003 accident at the Mirage in which a white tiger attacked Horn during a show. Horn's spine was severed and he sustained severe injuries. He later said he thought the tiger was trying to save him after he suffered a stroke onstage, and he had to relearn how to talk and walk. Horn eventually recovered and the pair was able to continue traveling and appearing at events. They retired in 2010. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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