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December 28, 2005: Richard De Angelis, 73, American actor and comedian whose credits included The Wire, Homicide: The Movie and Cecil B. Demented. CNN story.


December 26, 2005: Bud Blake, 87, US cartoonist who created the Tiger comic strip. Editor and Publisher story.

December 26, 2005: Kerry Packer, 68, Australian businessman. Packer owned the Nine television network, a string of magazines, casinos and rural assets. ABC obituary.

December 26, 2005: Vincent Schiavelli, 57, Italian-American character actor who starred in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Ghost. CNN story.

December 25, 2005: Birgit Nilsson, 87, Swedish opera singer who speciliased in the Wagner repertoire. New York Times story.

December 25, 2005: Derek Bailey, 75, English jazz guitarist, of motor neurone disease. He was regarded as a pioneer of improvised or "free" music. LA Weekly story.

December 20, 2005: Hallam Tennyson , 85, former BBC executive and great-grandson of British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. He was murdered by stabbing in north London. BBC story.

December 20, 2005: Argentina Brunetti, 98, Argentine actress, writer and broadcaster. She made her Hollywood movie debut in the 1946 classic It’s A Wonderful Life, and continued acting well into her 90s. Newkerala.com story.

December 19, 2005: Julio Iglesias, Sr, 90, Spanish gynaecologist and father of singer Julio Iglesias and grandfather of pop star Enrique Iglesias. He fathered a child at age 87. Newkerala.com story.

December 16, 2005: John Spencer, 57, US actor, of a heart attack. Spencer played vice presidential candidate Leo McGarry in TV drama The West Wing. CNN story.

December 14, 2005: Sudhir Joshi, 57, Indian theatre, television and film star, of a massive heart attack. He became well known in the 1980s playing a rich miser in the TV series Bhikaji Karodpati. WebIndia story.

December 10, 2005: Richard Pryor, 65, American standup comic and actor, of a heart attack. Pryor, who suffered from multiple sclerosis in his later years, was one of the most popular acts in the US in the 1970s. He co-wrote the film Blazing Saddles and acted in almost 40 movies, including Superman III, The Toy and Brewster’s Millions. CNN story.

December 9, 2005: Robert Sheckley, 77, US science fiction author who wrote hundreds of stories under his own name and many pseudonyms. Four of his stories became films, including 1965’s The Tenth Victim, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. Official site; Oregonian story.

December 6, 2005: Danny Williams, 63, South African singer whose version of Moon River was a huge hit in the UK in the early 1960s. Telegraph story.

December 6, 2005: \"Big Kev\" McQuay, 55, larger-than-life cleaning-products salesman from the Gold Coast, Australia, whose catchcry was \"I’m excited\". CNN story.

December 5, 2005: Edward Masry, 76, US lawyer involved in a water-contamination legal case in Hinkley, California that was dramatised in the film Erin Brockovich. ABC story.

December 4, 2005: Gregg Hoffman, 42, US producer who helped develop the hit horror films Saw and Saw 2. He died unexpectedly after suffering neck pain. CNN story.

December 4(?), 2005: Gerry Humphreys, 62, singer with Australian band The Loved Ones, of a heart attack in London. The Age story.

December 3, 2005: Lance Dossor, 90, concert pianist and teacher. Dossor played with many of the world’s leading orchestras before and after settling in Australia to teach at the University of Adelaide. ABC story.

December 1, 2005: Jack Colvin, 71, American actor who became best known for playing reporter Jack McGee in the television series The Incredible Hulk. He also had roles in the films Scorpio and Rooster Cogburn and the TV series The Rat Patrol, Kojak and The Rockford Files. CNN story.

November 29, 2005: Wendie Jo Sperber,, 43, US star of television’s Bosom Buddies and the Back to the Future films, of breast cancer. After being diagnosed eight years ago, she formed the weSpark Cancer Support Centre. CNN story.

November 29, 2005: Deon van der Walt, 47, South African operatic tenor; killed by his father, Charles, in a murder-suicide. Deon van der Walt was known internationally for his performances in the Mozart operas The Barber of Seville, The Abduction From the Seraglio, and Cosi fan tutte. Playbill story.

November 28, 2005: Tony Meehan, 62, original drummer with the guitar band The Shadows, following an accident in his London home. ABC story.

November 26, 2005: Stan Berenstain, 82, US writerand illustrator who with his wife, Jan, created the Berenstain Bears children’s characters. For more than 40 years in more than 200 books, the characters taught children to read, entertained them and helped them cope with challenges in their lives. CNN story.

November 24, 2005: George Best, 59, Belfast-born British soccer star, of kidney and lung infections. Once asked what he had done with the fortune he earned in his hey-day in the 1960s, Best said: \"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.\" BBC story.

November 24, 2005: Pat Morita, 73, US actor of Japanese heritage who played Arnold in the television sitcom Happy Days and Kesuke Miyagi in the Karate Kid films. He also had small roles in sitcoms including The Odd Couple and Green Acres and films including Spy Hard and Honeymoon in Vegas. CNN story.

November 24, 2005: Jamuna Baruah, 86, actress known as the "living legend of Bengali cinema" and the wife of Indian cinema pioneer Pramathes Baruah. The Hindu story.

November 23, 2005: Constance Cummings, 95, American actress who was discovered in the 1930s by movie mogul Sam Goldwyn. She later moved to England where she made movies including Blithe Spirit, based on the Noel Coward play. WikiPedia entry.

November 20, 2005: Lou Myers, 90, American cartoonist, illustrator and satirical writer. He is best remembered for his work on The New Yorker magazine. New York Times story.

November 18, 2005: John Timpson, 77, British broadcaster who hosted the Today program on BBC Radio 4 for 16 years. BBC story.

November 18, 2005: Harold J Stone, 92, US character actor who had roles in 30 films, including Spartacus and The Greatest Story Ever Told and in television series including Bridget Loves Bernie and Get Smart. CBS-AP story.

November 16, 2005: Ralph Edwards, 92, US radio and television pioneer whose shows included Truth or Consequences, People’s Court and, most famously, This Is Your Life. Among celebrities Edwards surprised with a book containing their life story were Marilyn Monroe, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bob Hope, Andy Griffith, Buster Keaton, Barbara Eden, Bette Davis and Carol Channing. CNN story.

November 13, 2005: Eduardo Guerrero, 38, Mexican-US professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment, found dead in his hotel room. Globe and Mail story.

November 13, 2005: Vaikoon "Phai First Stage" Boonthanom, 22, Thai pop star, from a massive head injury sustained during a stunt styled on the Fear Factor television program. Bangkok Post story.

November 11, 2005: Keith Andes, 85, US actor who was leading man opposite Marilyn Monroe in the film Clash by Night. He was also in the films Tora\! Tora\! Tora\! and The Farmer’s Daughter All Headline News story.

November 11, 2005: Patrick Anson (Lord Lichfield), 66, British photographer and cousin to Queen Elizabeth II. Lichfield, who inherited an earldom from his grandfather, rose to prominence in the 1960s with his celebrity pictures. BBC story.

November 11, 2005: Peter Drucker, 95, Vienna-born US modern management guru and author of more than 30 books. CNN story.

November 10, 2005: Fernando Bujones, 50, Cuban-American dancer, of melanoma. Regarded as one of the finest male dancers of his generation, he worked alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in the American Ballet Theatre in the 1970s. Bujones was artistic director of the Orlando Ballet at the time of his death. WikiPedia entry.

November 9, 2005: Moustapha Akkad, 75, Syrian-American filmmaker, killed in the bombing of a hotel in Jordan, along with his daughter Rima Akkad Monla and 58 other people. Akkad was best known for producing the Halloween horror films. CNN story.

November 8, 2005: Avril Angers, 87, British comedian, actor and singer. Angers worked over six decades, from stage pantos to radio, films and roles in television shows including Common As Muck. Guardian obituary.

November 7, 2005: Harry Thompson, 45, British comedy writer and producer, of lung cancer. Thompson worked on Have I Got News for You, Harry Enfield and Chums and Da Ali G Show. He wrote biographies of Peter Cook and Tintin creator Herge, as well as a novel, This Thing of Darkness, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize. Media Guardian story.

November 6, 2005: Minako Honda, 38, Japanese pop singer and star of the musicals Miss Saigon and The King and I, of myelocytic leukemia. Born Minako Kudo, her pop hits included One Way Generation. Japan Today story.

November 5, 2005: Link Wray, 76, American guitarist whose work inspired the likes of Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springteen. His music was featured in the films Pulp Fiction and Independence Day. CNN story.

November 5, 2005: John Fowles, 79, British writer of the novels The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Collector and The Magus. CNN story.

November 4, 2005: Sheree North, 72, blonde US actress groomed to cover for the unreliable Marilyn Monroe who went on to find fame in film and television, most recently as the mother of the Kramer character in Seinfeld. She also sang in nightclubs and had a distinguised career on the Broadway stage. CNN story.

November 1, 2005: Michael Piller, 56, American television writer and producer who co-created television’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. WikiPedia entry.

November 1, 2005: Lyle "Skitch" Henderson, 87, US musical conductor who worked with the likes of Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, founded the New York Pops and was the first bandleader on the Tonight Show. CNN story.

October 31, 2005: Mary Wimbush, 81, British actor who played Julia Pargetter-Carmichael, the grande dame of BBC Radio 4’s serial The Archers, for 13 years. Guardian story.

October 31, 2005: John Holohan, 31, drummer with American pop band Bayside, in a van accident on the way to a gig. Holohan was also known as John Beatz. Billboard story.

October 30, 2005: Maurice Rosenfield, 91, US lawyer and theatrical producer who brought Barnum and Singin’ in the Rain to the Broadway stage. As an attorney, he helped Playboy fight censorship complaints and defended comedian Lenny Bruce against obscenity charges. USA Today story.

October 29, 2005: Lloyd Bochner, 81, Canadian actor who played Hamlet and other Shakespeare roles but found fame in America television shows, including Dynasty, The Twilight Zone and Bonanza, and in films ranging from The Detective to Naked Gun 33 1/3. London Free Press story.

October 24, 2005: Rosa Parks, 92, hero of the US civil rights movement. Parks’s refusal in 1955 to give up her bus seat for a white man was a turning point in modern American history. It led to a boycott of the bus system and, eventually, the desegregation of public transport in Alabama. CNN story.

October 24, 2005: Frank Wilson, 81, Australian film and television actor. The former host of In Melbourne Tonight and New Faces, and star of Summer of the 17th Doll, The Club and a host of TV series, died a day after being named best actor at the New York Film and Video Festival for the short film The Chess Set. News.com.au story.

October 22, 2005: Francisco Alejandro Gutierrez, 43, Cuban-born American former soldier who, as Franky Gee, became leader of the German pop band Captain Jack. He died of a cerebral haemorrhage. WikiPedia entry.

October 20, 2005: Shirley Horn, 71, US jazz vocalist and pianist who worked with Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis. CNN story.

October 20, 2005: Jean-Michel Folon, 71, Belgian sculptor and cartoonist who drew for the New Yorker magazine, designed sets for opera, animated station IDs for a French TV network and created a mural for London’s Waterloo station. Daily Telegraph obituary.

October 18, 2005: Letchemanah Ramasamy, 55, Malaysian strong man known as "Mighty Man" whose stunts included pulling a London double-decker bus and a Boeing 737 jet with his hair. He was the holder of many Guinness Book records. Malaysian Star story.

October 18, 2005: William Allan, 106, Australia’s last surviving World War I veteran. He joined the Royal Australian Nacy at 14 and saw action in the Pacific and Indian oceans. He remained in servicem through to the end of World War II and retired in 1947. ABC story.

October 17, 2005: Kannan, 70, Tamil actor who specialised in playing villains, of a heart attack. The Hindu story.

October 17, 2005: Tom Gill, 92, American comic-book artist who drew The Lone Ranger. Gill grew up in Brooklyn and joined the New York Daily News, where he drew the first newspaper map of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He also taught other artists. ABC story.

October 17, 2005: Ba Jin, 101, Chinese literary icon, regarded as one of the nations’s leading intellectuals of the 20th Century. His novels, written in the 1930s, were critical of fuedal herirarchies and originally hailed by the Communist government. He fell out of favour during the Cultural Revolution but has again been popular in recent years. BBC story.

October 16, 2005: Ursula Howells, 83, British character actor who performed in such television shows as The Forsyte Saga, Father Dear Father and The Many Wives of Patrick, and had a distinguished stage career on London’s West End. Guardian obituary.

October 16, 2005: Gordon Lee, 71, former US child actor, of brain cancer. Lee played Porky in the Our Gang comedies of the 1930s. CNN story.

October 14, 2005: Oleg Leonidovich Lundstrem, 89, composer and conductor known as "the father of Russian jazz". Born in Chita, in Russia’s far east, he lived in China as a child then attended Kazan conservatory in his 30s. His Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra was one of the few officially sanctioned jazz bands in the former Soviet Union. Wikipedia entry. Novosti story.

October 12, 2005: (Thomas) Baker Knight, 72, US songwriter whose works were recorded by Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Paul McCartney, Perry Como, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. His songs included The Wonder of You, Lonesome Town and That Old Time Feelin’. The Independent obituary.

October 11, 2005: Sergio Citti, 72, Italian film writer and director, following a heart attack. His films included 1977’s Casotto, starring American actor Jodie Foster. CNN story.

October 9, 2005: Louis Nye, 92, US comedian and actor who found fame on The Steve Allen Show in the 1950s and more recently on Curb Your Enthusiasm. CNN story.

October 7, 2005: Charles Rocket, 56, American comic, born Charles Claverie. He appeared on Saturday Night Live, Max Headroom and Moonlighting, and in the films Earth Girls are Easy, Dumb and Dumber and Dances With Wolves. CNN story.

October 6, 2005: Ray Bumatai, 52, American actor, comedian and rock musician, who appeared with Hawaii troupe Booga Booga. He also appeared on Baywatch, Magnum PI and Martial Law, and as a voiceover artist for cartoons including The Wild Thornberrys.

October 4, 2005: Shirley Hillard, 70, American children’s book author, screenwriter and playwright. Her works included the film Season of Change.

October 4, 2005: Mike Gibbins, 56, Welsh drummer with band Badfinger. The band was signed to the Beatles’ Apple label in the late 1960s and had hits with Baby Blue and Come And Get It. Bass player Tom Evans and singer Pete Ham both committed suicide.
Daily Record story. Official website.

October 3, 2005: Ronnie Barker, 76, British actor, comic and writer, of heart disease. The larger half of The Two Ronnies, Barker first made a name for himself in The Frost Report along with his future comedy partner Ronnie Corbett and John Cleese. He also starred in the successful sitcoms Porridge and Open All Hours. Barker retired from television in 1986 to run an antiques store, but has made a few appearances in recent years, including a Two Ronnies special and the drama The Gathering Storm. Media Guardian story. BBC obituary.

October 3, 2005: Emilinha Borba, 82, Brazilian singer and radio star. She recorded more than 200 songs between 1939 and 1964, and her death was marked in Rio de Janiero with three days of offical mourning. AP obituary.

October 2, 2005: Hamilton Camp, 71, US actor singer and songwriter whose television appearances ranged from The Andy Griffith Show to Star Trek: Voyager. Personal website.

October 2, 2005: August Wilson, 60, dual Tony-winning American playwright, born Frederick August Kittel, of liver cancer. His works included Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. CNN story.

October 2, 2005: Nipsey Russell, 81, US comedian and actor, of cancer. He began as a standup comic and in the 960s he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, which he guest-hosted, and Car 54, Where Are You?, but was best known in the US as a panelist on games shows To Tell the Truth and Match Game. He played the Tin Man in the film The Wiz. WikiPedia entry.

October 1, 2005: Monique Bourgeois (Sister Jacques Marie), 84, nun, nurse and muse to artist Henri Matisse. She inspired the elderly artist to design what he regarded as his greatest masterpiece, the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence, near Nice. She also sat for his work Monique in Grey Robe. Telegraph obituary.

September 30, 2005: Sig Frohlich, 97, American film actor who specialised in bit parts but will be remembered as the last of the flying monkeys from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. Telegraph obituary.

September 28, 2005: Helen Cresswell, 71, British author of books for children, including Lizzie Dripping, Moondial, The Piemakers and The Night Watchmen and TV adaptations including Five Children and It. BBC obituary.

September 27, 2005: Jerry Juhl, 67, American puppeteer and writer who worked with Jim Henson on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show before creating Fraggle Rock. The State story.

September 27, 2005: Ronald Golias, 76, Brazilian comedian who played the character Bronco on film and television. WikiPedia entry.

September 25, 2005: Don Adams, 82, US standup comedian and actor, born Donald James Yarmy, of a lung infection. Adams became famous as bumbling Agent 86 Maxwell Smart in the 1960s spy spoof Get Smart. His catchphrases, "Would you believe", "Missed by that much" and "Sorry about that Chief" became widely known and imitated. He was later the voice for cartoon character Inspector Gadget. CNN/AP obituary.

September 25, 2005: M. Scott Peck, 69, US author of the bestseller The Road Less Travelled, a self-help book that sold more than six million copies, of cancer. CNN obituary.

September 24, 2005: Thomas Ross Bond, 79, American actor who played Butch the bully in the Our Gang and Little Rascals film comedies in the 1930s. He also played Jimmy Olsen in two Superman movies in the 1940s. CNN obituary.

September 23, 2005: Lord Brabourne, 80, Britsh peer, born John Ulick Knatchbull, who became a television and film producer. His work included the films Death on the Nile, A Passage to India and Murder on the Orient Express. Times obituary.

September 22, 2005: Joop Doderer, 84, Dutch actor best known for his leading role as a tramp in the television series Swiebertje. His work also encompassed radio, stage and screen, where he performed in Dutch and English. WikiPedia entry.

September 20, 2005: Simon Wiesenthal, 96, Austrian Jewish concentration camp survivor and Nazi Hunter, known as "the conscience of the Holocaust". BBC story.

September 19, 2005: William Vacchiano,, 93, trumpeter who was principal player with the New York Philharmonic for 31 years and taught at the Juliard School for 67 years. His students included Wynton Marsalis and Miles Davis. BBC story.

September 18, 2005: Chas Smit, 22, vocalist and lead guitarist in South Affricn duo Plush, after being hit by a car while crossing the road. Citizen story.

September 18, 2005: John Bromfield, 83, US actor best known for his roles in television westerns The Sheriff of Cochise and US Marshal. He later produced sports shows. Indy Star story.

September 15, 2005: Sidney Luft, 89, US film producer, in Californai of a heart attack. Luft made A Star is Born and several other projects featuring his onetime wife Judy Garland, with whom he had two children, Joey and Lorna. WikiPedia entry.

September 14, 2005: Robert Wise, 90, Hollywood film director who helmed the musicals The Sound of Music and West Side Story. He also collaborated with Orson Welles on Citizen Kane and directed The Desert Rats and Star Trek, The Motion Picture. Wise died just days before he was due to be honoured at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. ABC story. CNN story.

September 14, 2005: Vladimir Volkoff, 72, Russian spy novelist who studied at the Sorbonne and served in the French secret service before he began writing in 1962. He came to international attention in 1979 with his novel Le Retournement. BBC story.

September 11, 2005: Al Casey, 89, US jazz guitarist remembered for his work with with Fats Waller’s swing group in the late 1930s and early 1940s. In his last years, he played with the Harlem Jazz and Blues Band, a group of musical veterans. Telegraph obituary.

September 11, 2005: Chris Schenkel, 82, one of the founders of US television sports reporting, of emphysema. Schenkel called the first ever televised American football game. He also called golf, horse racing and boxing. Indianapolis Star story.

September 10, 2005: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, 81, US musician who built a 50-year career playing blues, jazz, country and cajun music. He died in Orange, Texas, after escaping New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. CNN story.

September 8, 2005: Tarzan Taborda, 78, Portuguese wrestler, born Albano Taborda Curto Esteves, of a heart attack. He also appeared in films with Brigitte Bardot, John Wayne and Robert Mitchum.WikiPedia entry.

September 8, 2005: Donald Horne, 83, Australian historian, author of the book The Lucky Country and onetime editor of The Bulletin magazine. A staunch republican, he was recognised as one of Australia’s National Living Treasures. ABC Radio National story. ABC News Online story.

September 7, 2005: Sergio Endrigo, 72, Italian singer and songwriter who won the San Remo Music Festival in 1968 and represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest the same year. WikiPedia entry.

September 2, 2005: Ekkehard Schall, 73, German stage and screen actor/director best known for his work with the Berliner Ensemble. WikiPedia entry.

September 2, 2005: Bob Denver, 70, US actor, of cancer. Best remebered as Gilligan in Gilligan’s Island, Denver also played the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillies and the title role in Dusty’s Trail. Although Gilligan’s Island had a relatively short run in the late 1960s, it was repeatedly endlessly around the world and spawned one-off reunion specials and, more recently, a reality TV series. In later life Denver said he enjoyed checking eBay to see how much GI merchandise was fetching. CNN story.

August 31, 2005: R.L. Burnside,78, US bluesman whose formidable talent was discovered relatively late in life. A sharecropper, Burnside wasn’t recorded unti he was in his 40s. He didn’t turn professional until 1991. CNN story.

August 31, 2005: Michael Sheard, 65, British actor, of cancer. Sheard starred as Mr Bronson in the long-running children’s soapie Grange Hill and was Admiral Ozzel in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, in which he was memorably choked to death by Darth Vader, and played many guest roles on Doctor Who. He also played Hitler five times and a double for Goering in the comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo. BBC story. Official website.

August 29, 2005: Margaret Scott, 71, Australian poet, academic and television personality. Born in England, she emigrated to Tasmania in 1959. Her TV career began late in life with appearances in the 1990s programs Good News Week and World Series Debates. She was alwso well known for speaking out against Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. ABC story.

August 26, 2005: Denis "Piggy" D’Amour, 45, guitarist with Quebec, Canada, rock band Voivod, of cancer of the colon. CNN story.

August 26, 2005: "Sailor" Ed White, 56, Canadian wrestler, also known as Big John Strongbo and Moondog King. In later years, he became a born-again Christian, taxi driver and unsuccessful candidate for political office. Slam\! story.

August 24, 2005: Maurice Cowling, 78, British historian and teacher who influenced a generation of conservative thinkers and politicians. He is especially credited with influening former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Telegraph obituary.

August 23, 2005: Brock Peters, 78, US actor best remembered for his role in the film version of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird as the accused but innocent rapist defended by Gregor Peck’s character Atticus Finch. He also provided voices for many cartoons and played an admiral in two Star Trek films.

August 23, 2005: Denis Kevans, 66, Australian writer and political activist, from complications after heart surgery. Kevans, who wrote many political works and was active in Communist sircles, was referred to as the country’s "Poet Lorikeet".

August 22, 2005: David English, 56, Australian journalist who worked in television and newspapers, most recently The Sunday Mail in Brisbane. He is survived by his wife, Lexy Hamilton-Smith, and children from two marriages.

August 21, 2005: Robert Moog, 71, American inventor of the compact musical synthesiser, of an inoperable brain tumor. Moog’s invention opened up a whole new realm of popular music. The Beatles played a Moog synthesizer on the 1969 album Abbey Road, and it was used in the classic 1971 film A Clockwork Orange. NY Daily News story

August 21, 2005: Colin McEwan, 64, Australian actor and comedian, from liver cancer. Remembered for his roles in Kingswood Country, Cop Shop, Day of the Roses, Brass Monkeys and The Naked Vicar Show, McEwan was one of the pioneers of Australian television, having starred in early children’s show The Magic Circle Club. He was also an announcer on Melbourne radio station 3AK for many years. NineMSN story.

August 19, 2005: Dennis Lynds, 81, American writer of mystery novels, of multi-organ failure. His most famous character among his 80 novels was the one-armed detective Dan Fortune. CNN story

August 17, 2005: Tonino Delli Colli, 81, Italian cinematographer who worked with Sergio Leone, Federico Fellini, Roman Polanski and Pier Paolo Pasolini, and edited the Oscar-winning Life is Beautiful. BBC story

August 16, 2005: Stanley DeSantis, 52, US actor who worked in television and film. His most reccent role was as movie mogul Louis B. Mayer in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.

August 16, 2005: Vassar Clements, 77, virtuoso fiddle player, of lung cancer. He played in many different styles and with acts as diverse as Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, The Monkees, The Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Hank Williams Jr, the Byrds, Woody Herman and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. CNN story

August 15, 2005: James Dougherty, 84, retired Los Angeles detective, from complications of leukaemia. Dougherty was the first husband of Norma Jeane Baker, who later became famous as Marilyn Monroe. They married in 1942, when she was 16, and divorced four years later. He went on to marry two more times, and to work with the LA Police Department for 25 years. CNN story

August 14, 2005: Esther Wong, 88, Chinese-American owner of the Madame Wong’s nightclubs who became known as the "godmother of punk", of emphysema and cancer. In the 1970s and 80s she booked a roster of punk and new wave acts, including The Police, The Go-Gos, Oingo Boingo, The Motels, The Knack and Plane English, giving some of them their first big break. She was known for her no-nonsense proprietor, once stopping a performance by the Ramones until the band members left the stage and cleaned up the graffiti they had put on a toilet wall.CNN story

August 13, 2005: David Lange, 63, former New Zealand prime minister, of renal failure. Known for this sharp wit, the onetime lay preacher was the architect of New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy in the 1980s. ABC story

August 12, 2005: Francy Boland, 75, Belgian painist who was co-leader with American drummer Kenny Clarke of the biggest multinational big band in Europe in the 1960s and 70s. Telegraph obituary

August 11, 2005: Karl-Eric \(Charlie\) Norman, 84, Swedish jazz legend. A renowned boogie-woogie pianist, he made his debut in 1941 and in 1947 was playing in Paris with Edith Piaf. The Local story

August 9, 2005: Kay Tremblay, 91, Canadian actor who found fame in later years starring as Great Aunt Eliza in the television series Road to Avonlea. She started her career as a dancer, she entertained the troops during World War II in Ivor Novello’s company, and had a long career in film and television. London Free Press story

August 9, 2005: Matthew McGrory, 32, tall US actor who starred in Big Fish and on Howard Stern’s radio show, of natural causes. He was making a biopic of the wrestler Andre the Giant at the time of his death. McGory’s other films included Bubble Boy and Men in Black II. CNN story

August 9, 2005: Dorris Bowdon, 89, US actor, of natural causes. Best known for her role as Rose-of-Sharon in the film of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, she gave up acting after her first child was born in 1943. She wass the grandmother of actor Jack Johnson. WikiPedia entry

August 9, 2005: Judith Rossner, 70, US author of Looking for Mr Goodbar, a novel based on the murder of a teacher who frequented singles bars. Her book was made into a 1975 film starring Diane Keaton. Rossner wrote 10 books including the bestseller August. CNN story

August 8, 2005: Ilse Werner, 84, actor who was born in Jakarta and moved to Germany at the age of 10. She was renowned for her whistling skills and her films, including Die Schwedische Nachtigall (Swedish Nightingale) and Wir Machen Musik (We’re Making Music). Her last performance was on television in 2000. BBC story

August 8, 2005: Barbara Bel Geddes, 82, US actor who played the matriarch Miss Ellie on the television soap Dallas, of lung cancer. Bel Geddes had a long career in theatre and film, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1947 for I Remember Mama. She also starred in the original Broadway version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. CNN story

August 8, 2005: John H. Johnson, 87, US publisher of Jet and Ebony magazines. A life insurance salesman who worked his way to the top of the company, he began his career in publishing in 1942 as editor and publisher of Negro Digest, later Black World, and launched Ebony in 1945. CNN story

August 7, 2005: Peter Jennings, 67, news anchor for the ABC network in the US since 1983, of lung cancer. The multi Emmy and Peabody award-winning newsreader had a distinguished career in journalism, covering major events in Germany, Cambodia and South Africa. ABC story

August 6, 2005: Ibrahim Ferrer, 78, Cuban singer, of complications from gastroenteritis. He worked in obscurity until the late 1990s, when he was recruited by US musician Ry Cooder for the Buena Vista Social Club. He later featured in a film of the same name by Wim Wenders. BBC story

August 6, 2005: Robin Cook, 59, former UK Minister, after collapsing on a hill walk. Cook famously quit British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Cabinet in a falling-out over the war in Iraq. BBC story

August 4, 2005: "Little" Milton Campbell, 71, US blues guitarist and singer, the son of "Big" Milton Campbell. The Grammy-nominated artist recorded for Sun and Chess Records in the 1950s and 60s, but it was with Stax Records in the 1970s that he scored his biggest hit, Tin Pan Alley. E\! Online story

August 3, 2005: Nick Peritor, 81, US film and television composer and arranger, of lung disease. He worked for three decades with singer Perry Como and was the author of the memoir, I Just Happened To Be There: Making Music With The Stars. SF Gate story

August 1, 2005: Al Aronowitz, 77, US rock writer, described as the man who introduced the Beatles to Bob Dylan, and to marijuana. Aronowitz was a pioneer of rock journalism and a friend of the famous. He was also an early exponent of participatory journalism, the craft later popularised by Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe. ABC story

July 29, 2005: Hildegarde, 99, US cabaret performer. Although born Hildegarde Loretta Sell in Wisconsin, she was known as "The Incomparable Hildegarde" after being dubbed as such by legendary columnist Walter Winchell. Her many admirers included King Gustaf of Sweden and the Duke of Windsor. Her autobography, published in 1960, was titled Over 50 ... So What\!. CNN story

July 29, 2005: Pat McCormick, 78, US comic and comedy writer who worked on The Tonight Show, Get Smart, Candid Camera and The Danny Kaye Show. He also appeared in three Smokey and the Bandit movies. Newsday story

July 27, 2005: Robert Wright, 90, US lyricist of popular stage musicals. With longtime partner George "Chet" Forrest, he created such musicals as Song of Norway, Grand Hotel and the 1954 Tony Award-winning Kismet. They also contributed songs to about 50 films. BBC story

July 27, 2005: Helen Phillips, 93, African American soprano who broke the colour barrier in the opera world. In 1955, she was the first black singer at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story

July 27, 2005: Marten Toonder, 93, Dutch comic book writer, known for introducing new words into the language. His best-known characters were Tom Poes (Tom Puss) and Olivier B. Bommel. WikiPedia entry

July 27, 2005: Betty Astell, 99, British singer and actor. The widow of comedian Cyril Fletcher, Astell was one of the first people to appear on television, starting with the experiments of pioneer John Logie Baird. She also appeared in about 20 British films in the 1930s. BBC story

July 26, 2005: Danny Simon, 86, US comedy writer who worked on Your Show of Shows, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Red Buttons Show and The Phil Silvers Show. He was also the brother of playwright Neil Simon, who said: "Danny made me laugh. He made everyone laugh." CNN story

July 25, 2005: Tungia Baker, 64, Maori actor, television personality and artist known in New Zealand as "Aunt Hollywood". Her films included The Piano. Stuff.co.nz story

July 25, 2005: Albert Mangelsdorff, 76, German jazz trombonist and founder of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble. WikiPedia entry

July 24, 2005: Pavel Dostál, 62, Czech culture minister, of pancreatic cancer. Dostal had been a theatre director, producer and writer but fell foul of the former Communist regime. He was elected to the new Czech Republic government in 1996 and became culture minister two years later. WikiPedia entry

July 23, 2005: Myron Floren, 85, US musician, of cancer. Floren is best remembered as the accordion player and assistant conductor on television’s long-running Lawrence Welk Show. BBC story

July 22, 2005: Eugene Record, 64, founder of US vocal group The Chi-Lites, of cancer. He composed many of their hits, including Have You Seen Her\? and Oh Girl. CNN story

July 21, 2005: William "Long John" Baldry, 64, British blues musician, of a chest infection. A musicians of formidable presence - he was more than 2 metres tall - and talent, he had hits on both sides of the Atlantic and build a second career in his adopted homeland of Canada doing commercial voice-over work. WikiPedia entry

July 20, 2005: James Doohan, 85, Canadian actor famed for playing the engineer Scotty in the original late-1960s Star Trek series and its spin-off films, of pneumonia. Doohan, who suffered Alzheimer’s in recent times, was a solid character actor who specialised in dialects. A veteran of the D-Day landing, he entered acting on a whim. In later years, Doohan became resigned to the typecasting and attended dozens of Star Trek conventions. CNN story

July 19, 2005: Jim Aparo, 72, US comic-book artist who worked extensively on the DC Comics Batman series. Known for inserting celebrities’ faces into crowd scenes, he also worked in the 1960s on the Aquaman and The Phantom titles. He drew the controversial 1988 edition of Batman in which Jason "Robin" Todd died. WikiPedia entry

July 17, 2005: Gavin Lambert, 80, British novelist and biographer who became a Hollywood screenwriter, of pulmonary fibrosis. His screenplayes included I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone and an adaptation of his own novel, Inside Daisy Clover. WikiPedia entry; Telegraph obituary

July 17, 2005: Geraldine Fitzgerald, 91, Dublin-born US actor, after suffering Alzheimer’s disease for many years. She was the star of classic 1930s films including Wuthering Heights (as Isabella Linton) and Dark Victory. In later years, she played character roles in films including Harry and Tonto and Arthur. She also appeared on the New York stage, including an off-Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night. Newsday story

July 14, 2005: Richard Leiterman, 75, Canadian cinematographer, of amyloidosis. Leiterman cofounded London-based news film agency Allan King Associates, and made several acclaimed documentaries and television series. His features included Stephen King’s It and My American Cousin. WikiPedia entry

July 13, 2005: Carla Wood, 50, American operatic mezzo-soprano, of cancer. As well as enjoying a distinguished career, she edited Classical Singer magazine under her maiden name, C. J. Williamson. Playbill story

July 12, 2005: Piero Cappuccilli, 75, Italian opera star known as the "prince of baritones". Best known for his performances in Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto and Macbeth in the 1970s and 80s, he retired from performance in 1992 after a car accident. Playbill story

July 11, 2005: Frances Langford, 91, US singer and actor, of congestive heart failure. The "forces’ sweetheart" who joined comedian Bob Hope on his USO tours to entertain troops during World War II, Langford was best remembered for her steamy rendition of I’m in the Mood for Love. She appeared in 30 movies from the 1930s to the 1950s and on the radio serial The Bickersons. CNN story

July 11, 2005: Derek Hilton, 78, British musician and composer who arranged the theme tune to the television soap opera Coronation Street. Hilton began his own band at age 14 and over his long career worked with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Johnny Mathis, Tom Jones and Tony Bennett. Telegraph obituary

July 11, 2005: Gretchen Franklin, 94, British actor who played Ethel Skinner in the long-running soap opera Eastenders. She had appeared on stage since the 1930s and had roles in many films, but she gained fame in later years through television, including the series Crossroads and George and Mildred. The Stage story

July 9, 2005: Jack Tripp, 83, popular British stage actor once described as "the John Gielgud of pantomime dames". In latter years, he bemoaned the fact that Australian soap-opera stars were being invited to appear in traditional British pantos. "How bloody dare they?" he would say. "I could play at Lord’s if somebody asked me but it wouldn’t do the cricket much good." Telegraph obituary

July 9, 2005: Kevin Hagen, 77, American screen actor of cancer of the oesophagus. Hagen played bad guys in many westerns including Shenandoah and then the kindly Doc Baker in television’s Little House on the Prairie. CNN story

July 6, 2005: Evan Hunter, 78, American author and screenwriter, born Salvatore Lombino, of larynx cancer. Hunter wrote under many names, including Ed McBain and Richard Marsten. His books included The Blackboard Jungle and Come Winter. He also wrote the screenplay of The Birds for Alfred Hitchcock, and many crime novels, including the popular 87th Precinct series. He sonce aid he preferred to write about police because "the last time a private-eye solved a murder was never". WikiPedia entry

July 6, 2005: Claude Simon, 91, Nobel Prize-winning French author. Born in Madagascar, he was the author of 20 books, including The Wind, The Trickster and The Flanders Road, and was a leader in the "new novel" movement which involved stream-of-consciousness writing with little or no punctuation. ABC story

July 4, 2005: June Haver, 79, American actor, and widow of actor Fred MacMurray. Haver was known as the "Pocket Grable" (or the "next Betty Grable") in the 1940s but her acting career was brief. For a time she decided to become a nun, but she later found some success as an interior decorator. WikiPedia entry

July 2, 2005: Ernest Lehman, 89, honorary Academy Award-winning US scriptwriter and author of short stories, after a long illness. His screenplays included Sabrina, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sound of Music, West Side Story and North by Northwest. ABC story. CNN story

July 1, 2005: Marjorie Irving, 98, Adelaide, Australia actor. A star of stage and screen, including the Peter Weir film Gallipoli, she continued to work on radio almost until her death. ABC story

July 1, 2005: Reynaldo "Obie" Benson, 69, singer in US Motown group The Four Tops, of lung cancer. He was performing with the group, which had a string of hits in the 1960s, as recently as April this year. CNN story

July 1, 2005: Luther Vandross, 54, US singer of smooth loves songs, from complications of a stroke suffered in 2003. The R’n’B star, who got his start as a support act for David Bowie, also suffered from hypertension and diabetes. CNN story

June 27, 2005: Owen McCarron, 76, Canadian cartoonist and puzzle creator. He worked on comic books in his homeland, on puzzle books featuring Marvel superhero characters and was an editorial cartoonist. Friend’s tribute

June 26, 2005: Richard Whiteley, 61, British journalist and television presenter, from complications of pneumonia. Whiteley, a fiercly proud Yorkshireman, hosted the Countdown game show on Channel 4 for 23 years. Media Guardian story

June 26, 2005: John Fiedler, 80, US actor who appeared in The Bob Newhart Show and created the voice of Piglet in Winnie the Pooh. Fiedler, who had a naturally squeaky voice, also appeared on Broadway and in the films 12 Angry Men and The Odd Couple. CNN story

June 25, 2005: "Captain" Jim Iliffe, 83, Brisbane, Australia, radio announcer and television pioneer who hosted the Channel Niners program for many years. He chaired the Queensland Steering Committee for the International Year of Older Persons in 1999, and was a mediator with the Queensland Government’s Community Justice Program.

June 24, 2005: Paul Winchell, 82, American actor, voice artist, inventor and ventriloquist best known for creating the voice of Tigger for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh. Winchell, who first came to prominence as a children’s show host in the 1950s with his dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff, was also the voice of Dick Dastardly in Wacky Races. His inventions included an artificial heart, a disposable razor, a flameless cigarette lighter and an "invisible" garter belt. CNN story

June 23, 2005: Shana Alexander, 79, US journalist, of cancer. The first female staff writer employed by Life magazine and the first female editor of McCall’s, she became a familiar face on television’s 60 Minutes. CNN story

June 22, 2005: William Donaldson, 70, British writer best known for his Henry Root books and his eccentric lifestyle. Donaldson won and lost several fortunes over his lifetime but found enduring fame by writing hoax letters to politicians and celebrities, often receiving fascinating replies which he then published. He was also a theatrical producer, music promoter and one-time lover of singer-songwriter Carly Simon. WikiPedia entry

June 19, 2005: Paul Bodington, 44, Queensland, Australia broadcaster. Boddington was a popular figure on Brisbane’s 612ABC, as a "field" reporter and onetime host of the breakfast program. ABC tribute

June 17, 2005: Karl Mueller, 41, bass player with US rock band Soul Asylum, of cancer of the oesaphagus. The band’s hits included Black Gold and Runaway Train. Punk News story

June 17, 2005: Ronald Winans, 48, US gospel singer, in Detroit from heart complications. With brothers Michael, Marvin and Carvin, he formed the Grammy Award-winning group The Winans. Indianapolis Star story

June 16, 2005: James Weinstein, 78, US writer and publisher who founded the social reform magazine In These Times. A leader of the progressive movement, Weinstein referred to himself as a "Groucho Marxist". Personal website. Belleville News Democrat (AP) story

June 15, 2005: Ross Stretton, 53, Australian ballet dancer and administrator, of skin cancer. A leading soloists before his retirement in 1990, Stretton was a director at the Australian Ballet from 1997 to 2001. He became head of the Royal Ballet in London in 2001, but returned to Australia the following year. ABC story

June 15, 2005: Suzanne Flon, 87, French actor, of a stomach ailment. Flon worked in theatre and films in her homeland, and in American movies directed by Orson Welles, John Frankenheimer and John Houston. A statement from French president Jacques Chirac declared her the "grand dame of stage and screen". The Herald (UK) story

June 15, 2005: Percy Arrowsmith, 105, British man who died just two weeks after he and his wife Florence, 100, were entered in the Guinness Book of Records for having the world’s longest marriage - 80 years - and the greatest aggregate age for a married couple. LA Times story

June 13, 2005: Lane Smith, 69, US actor. His films included My Cousin Vinny and The Legend of Bagger Vance and he played Daily Planet editor Perry White in the television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. On stage, he starred in the original production of Glengarry Glen Ross and a revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. CNN story

June 14, 2005: Carlo Maria Giulini, 91, Italian conductor. He performed with some of the great orchestras, including the Chicago and Vienna symphonys and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He declined to conduct music he couldn’t "feel" and usually restricted himself to performances of acknowledged composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi. ABC story

June 11, 2005: Gena Dimitrova, 64, Bulgarian opera singer of an "incurable disease". Dimitrova, who made her debut in 1967, was one of the country’s most famous sopronoas. Sofia News Agency story

June 9, 2005: Richard Eberhart, 101, US poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1966. He once described poems as "spells against deaths". CNN story

June 8, 2005: Ed Bishop, 72, US actor based in Britain. He made his debut in the 1962 Stanley Kubirck film Lolita but was best known for his work with Gerry Anderson on the science-fiction series UFO. He also provided the voice of Captain Blue on Anderson’s marionette series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. WikiPedia entry.

June 6, 2005: Dana Elcar, 77, US star of films and television series, most notably as the hero’s best friend in MacGyver, from complications of pneumonia. Eclar’s real-life blindness, caused by glaucoma, was written in to the detective series, which ran from 1985 to 1992. CNN story.

June 5, 2005: Anne Bancroft, 73, US actor born Anna Maria Italiano, of uterine cancer. Bancroft is best remembered for the films The Graduate, in which she played an older woman who seduced a young Dustin Hoffman, and The Miracle Worker, in which she played the teacher of Helen Keller. She was married for four decades to comedian-writer Mel Brooks, and she encouraged him to turn his 1960s film The Producers into what became a mega-successful stage musical. BBC story.

June 5, 2005: Clive Hale, 68, Australian newsreader and television host, of cancer. Hale presented the late-night news on ABC TV for many years until 1997, and hosted the antiques program For Love or Money. ABC story.

June 9, 2005: Lorna Thayer, 85, US actor best known for her role as a waitress opoosite Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces. Her career spanned four decades, and she appeared in dozens of films and television shows, mostly in bit parts. CNN story

June 3, 2005: Leon Askin, 97, Austrian actor, born Leo Aschkenasy. Persecuted by the Nazis, he fled to the United States and later served in the US Army during World War II. While serving, he learnt that his parents had died in the Holocaust. After the war, he went to Hollywood where he usually playing heavily accented foreigners. He acted opposite the likes of Richard Burton and Peter Ustinov and with directors Fritz Lang and Billy Wilder, but his most famous role was General Burkhalter in the television sitcom Hogan’s Heroes. He returned to Austria in the 1990s. WikiPedia entry. Jam! story.

May 31, 2005: Eduardo Teixeira Coelho, 86, Portuguese comic-book artist also known as Martin Sievre. His was best known for his adventure series Ragnar le Viking, which appeared in the French magazine Valliant. WikiPedia entry.

May 29, 2005: Oscar Brown Jr, 78, US composer, actor and singer. His theatre shows included Summer in the City, Joy 66 and Great Nitty Gritty, while television appearances included Brewster Place and Roc. Brown’s songs Rags and Old Iron, Work Song and Forbidden Fruit were recorded by Nina Simone. Playbill story.

May 27, 2005: Eddie Albert, 99, US television and movie star, of old age. Born Edward Albert Heimberger, Albert lost his contract with Warner Bros in 1941, apparently because he was having an affair with studio boss Jack Warner’s wife. A war hero, Albert was twice nominated for the Academy Award but is best known as the star of the television sitcom Green Acres opposite Eva Gabor. In later years, he became an advocate of many causes, including the fight to ban the use of the pesticide DDT. WikiPedia entry.

May 25, 2005: Sunil Dutt, 74, Indian actor, filmmakerand parliamentarian, in Mumbai of a heart attack. Most recently Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, he appeared in, directed or produced some of Bollywood’s most memorable films. ABC News.

May 25, 2005: Ismail Merchant, 68, Indian-born film producer, after surgery to treat stomach ulcers. Merchant. With partner James Ivory, he created such acclaimed "art-house" films as Howard’s End, The Remains of the Day and A Room with a View. LA Times story.

May 25, 2005: Graham Kennedy, 71, Australian radio and television personality and character actor known as "The King", from pneumonia. Kennedy was Australia’s first true TV star. After a successful early career on Melbourne radio, he took to the new medium like a breathe of fresh air first with In Melbourne Tonight and later with Blankety Blanks and Australia’s Funniest Home Videos. He was also an accomplished film actor, with memorable roles in The Club, Don’s Party and Travelling North. ABC obituary.

May 25, 2005: Sunil Dutt, 74, Indian actor, filmmakerand parliamentarian, in Mumbai of a heart attack. Most recently Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, he appeared in, directed or produced some of Bollywood’s most memorable films. Hindustan Times story.

May 23, 2005: Billy Smart Jr, 71, British circus legend. The third son in a family of 11 children, Smart joined his father’s circus at a young age, training ponies, then moving up to the big cats. He became a regular in the newspaper gossip columns in the 1950s and 60s. The Guardian story.

May 22, 2005: Thurl Ravenscroft, 91, American voice-over artist who created the voice and "They’re grrrrreeeat" catchcry of Tony the Tiger for Kellogg’s cereals. He once told a newspaper he was the "only man in the world that has made a career with one word: ‘Grrrrreeeat!’" He also created voices for the animated films The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Lady and the Tramp, and for several rides at Disneyland. CNN story.

May 21, 2005: Howard Morris, 85, US television comedian and film director who became best known as Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show. He had his start on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, working alongside the likes of Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Carl Reiner. He directed several films, including the acclaimed Who’s Minding the Mint, and the pilot for the popular sit-com Get Smart. CNN story.

May 21, 2005: Subodh Mukherjee, 84, Indian filmmaker, from blood cancer. His box-office hits in the 1960s and 70s included Junglee, Shagird, Love Marriage and Sharmilee. Sunday Express story.

May 20, 2005: Paul Ricoeur, 92, French philosopher and teacher, in his sleep. Ricoeur taught at the Sorbonne and the University of Chicago, He became world famous in the area of phenomenology, the study of how a person’s reality is shaped by their perception of world events. BBC story.

May 19, 2005: Alastair Forbes, 87, British book reviewer and gossip. Although regarded as a name-dropper, Forbes actually knew many of the greats of the 20th Century. Times obituary.

May 19, 2005: Henry Corden, 85, Canadian actor who for many years provided the voice of Fred Flintstone, of emphysema in Encino, California. An actor in films including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Ten Commandments, Corden had performed voice-over work for Hanna-Barbera studios since the 1960s. He took over the Flintstone role on the death of Allen Reed in 1977. Canada.com story.

May 18, 2005: Shaima Rezayee, 24, Afghani television presenter, shot dead in her home. Rezayee hosted an video-clip program called Hop on the Tolo TV music channel. The content of her program and her western dress style was strongly criticised by conservative clerics. Afghan authorities believe her death may be connected to her work, and said family members were suspected in the case. Wikipedia entry story. USA Today story.

May 18, 2005: Stella Zázvorková, 83, Czech actor, of a heart attack in Prague. She made dozens of movies and television series, including Larks on a Thread, The End of Old Times, Happy End, The Cat that Wore Sunglasses, The Hit and Ninety in the Shade. IMDB entry.

May 17, 2005: Frank Gorshin, 72, US actor, of lung cancer. Best known for playing the Riddler in the 1960s television series Batman, Gorshin was a talented impressionist. His most recent stage role was as comedian George Burns in the one-man Broadway show Say Goodnight Gracie. He also recorded an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before his death. CNN story.

May 14, 2005: Ed Kelleher, 61, US critic and writer of horror movies, from a degenerative brain disease. Kelleher was and admirer of schlockmeister Ed Wood and his films, including Prime Evil and Lurkers, were regarded as being so bad that they became cult favourites. Boston.com story.

May 14, 2005: Jimmy Martin, 77, US bluegrass singer who performed with The Sunny Mountain Boys and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Honour in 1995. Wikipedia entry.

May 12, 2005: George Barron, 91, Scottish television presenter who pioneered gardening programs. With Jim McColl, he presented The Beechgrove Garden from 1978. Daily Record story.

May 12, 2005: Monica Zetterlund, 67, Swedish actor and jazz singer, in an accidental fire in her apartment apparently triggered by smoking in bed. The star of many television shows and movies, including The Emigrants, she represented Sweden in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest, infamously scoring no points at all. The Local story.

May 11, 2005: Michalis Genitsaris , 88, Greek singer and composer in the rebetiko genre. His songs have been performed by major Greek artists including Grigoris Bithikotsis, Stelios Kazantzidis, Giorgos Dalaras and Haris Alexiou. Kathimerini story.

May 10, 2005: Jay Marshall, 85, US magician, of a heart attack. The dean of the Society of American Magicians at the time of his death, Marshall had appeared on stage and small screen with the cream of American celebrities in the 1950s and 60s - including Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, Milton Berle and Liberace - and with a small hand-puppet rabbit called Lefty. Washington Times story.

May 6, 2005: Joe Grant, 96, US artist and animator, of a heart attack while at his drawing boars. Grant designed the wicked witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and many other characters for Walt Disney Studios. He was co-story director on Fantasia, helped write Dumbo, conceived Lady and the Tramp, and continued to work for Disney four days a week until his death. ABC story.

May 6, 2005: Nasrat Parsa, 36, Afghani pop singer, of assault in Vancouver, Canada. Newsday story.

May 6, 2005: Herb Sargent, 81, US television comedy writer. He wrote for such shows as Saturday Night Live and Tonight and worked alongside the likes of Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Perry Como, Sammy Davis Jr, Lily Tomlin and Burt Bacharach. Newsday story.

May 5, 2005: Elizabeth Fraser, 85, US stage, film and television actor, of congestive heart failure. Fraser specialised in brassy blonde roles, and she appeared in many films including 1965’s Patch of Blue with Shelley Winters. She also appeared on TV’s Phil Silvers Show as Sgt Bilko’s long-suffering girlfriend, and in several Broadway plays. Wikipedia entry.

May 5, 2005: Edgar Ponce, 33, Mexican actor, in a motorcycle accident in Mexico City while filming a commercial for his male dancing troupe Solo Para Mujeres (For Women Only). Ponce also appeared in several popular soap operas. Reuters story.

May 4, 2005: David Hackworth, 74, highly decorated American veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, in Mexico, of bladder cancer. Hackworth was one of the first in the US military to declare the Vietnam War unwinnable. He later became a writer, restaurateur (in Queensland, Australia) and anti-nuclear campaigner. Wikipedia entry. Home page.

May 2, 2005: Raisa Struchkova 79, Russian dancer with the famed Bolhsoi Ballet. A principal artist in the 1950s and 60s, she was especially known for her athletic duets with her husband, Alexandr Lapauri. In latter years, she founded and edited Ballet magazine. Tass report. Playbill story.

May 2, 2005: Bob Hunter, 63, Canadian journalist and co-founder of the environmental group Greenpeace, of prostate cancer. Named by Time magazine as an "eco hero", Hunter coined the term rainbow warriors. In more recent years, he hosted a television show called Paper Cuts, in which he commented on the day’s news whilst dressed in a bathrobe. BBC story.

May 1, 2005: Rene Rivkin, 60, flamboyant Australian stockbroker, of suicide. Once Australia’s most successful and best-known stockbroker and friend to the famous, Rivkin, who was born in China of Russian Jewish parents, was jailed last year for insider trading. ABC story.

April 29, 2005: William J. Bell, 78, US scriptwriter and television producer, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Bell revived the fortunes of soap opera Days of Our Lives and went on to create The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. Wikipedia entry.

April 29, 2005: Mel Gussow, 71, influential American theatre critic who wrote for the New York Times for 30 years and wrote a biography of playwright Edward Albee. Wikipedia entry.

April 29, 2005: Sara Henderson, 68, Australian author and farmer, of cancer. Henderson was best known for her books, including A Year at Bulloo and From Strength to Strength. She was named Businesswoman of the Year in 1991 after she turned around the fortunes of Bulloo Station in the Northern Territory. In recent years, she has been a spokesperson for BreastScreen Australia, urging women over 50 to have mammograms. ABC story.

April 27, 2005: Maria Schell, 79, Austrian-born US actor. Schell starred alongside many of Hollywood’s most famous leading men - including Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford, Marcello Mastroianni and Marlon Brando - and was the sister of actor Maximilian Schell. CNN story.

April 26, 2005: Mason Adams, 86, US stage and screen actor, of natural causes. Adams was best known for his role in television’s Lou Grant, which won him an Emmy nomination. His career began in the radio serials of the 1940s and 50s, and he continued to do voice-over work throughout his career. In America, he was also known as the voice of Smucker’s jelly. Newsday story.

April 23, 2005: George P. Cosmatos, 64, Italian-born US film director, of lung cancer. Cosmatos, who directed the hits Rambo and Tombstone had a passion for restoring old films. Born in Florence, he could speak six languages. CNN story.

April 23, 2005: Romano Scarpa, 77, Venice-born cartoonist and animator who wrote and drew Disney comics for Italian readers. Wikipedia entry.

April 23, 2005: John Mills, 93, British actor born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills, after a chest infection. Mills, whose daughters Hayley and Juliet followed him into the acting profession, often played stiff-upper-lip characters but won an Oscar for playing the mute village idiot in David Lean’s 1971 classic Ryan’s Daughter. In a long career, he performed alongside luminaries ranging from Noel Coward (in the wartime drama In Which We Serve) and Madonna (in 1987’s Who’s That Girl?). He was knighted in 1976. BBC story.

April 23, 2005: Joh Bjelke-Petersen, 94, New Zealand-born peanut farmer who went on to become Premier of Queensland, Australia, for 19 years from 1968. Regarded by some as a visionary, he took a hard line against labour unions and others who opposed his policies. Due to the weighted electoral system, Bjelke-Petersen once won office with just 19 per cent of the popular vote. He was finally dumped by his own party in 1987 amid moves for reform in the wake of the Fitzgerald inquiry into official corruption. Bjelke-Petersen faced trial for perjury in 1991 but the jury was hung, and prosecutors decided against a retrial because of his age. ABC obituary.

April 23, 2005: Al Grassby, 78, Australian Immigration Minister under the Whitlam Labor government in the early 1970s. Known for his colourful clothes and flamboyance, Grassby was a former journalist who served only two years in the ministry before losing his seat at the 1974 election. In that short time, however, he introduced key reforms to the immigration system that helped shape the cosmopolitan Australian of today. ABC story.

April 22, 2005: Eduardo Paolozzi, 81, artist born in Scotland of Italian parents, after a long illness. His best-known works include mosiacs at Tottenham Court Road Tube station in London and a statue of Isaac Newton in the piazza of the British Library. BBC story.

April 19, 2005: Ruth Hussey, 93, US actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Liz Imbrie in 1940’s The Philadelphia Story. She also appeared in the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby and I, Jane Doe in 1948. Indiana Star story.

April 16, 2005: Laura Canales, 50, Texan singer known as "grand dame of Tejano music", from complications of gall-bladder surgery. Also regarded as "the early Selena", she championed the music that sprang up along the Texas-Mexico border. Her 1990 album No Regrets was on the US charts for 13 weeks. CNN story.

April 13, 2005: Johnnie Johnson, 80, US rock pianist who played with Chuck Berry. Johnson, who died in his home in St Louis, had been on kidney dialysis and had suffered pneumonia. He played with Berry on hits including Roll Over Beethoven and later performed with the likes of Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley. Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. CNN story.

April 7, 2005: John Fred Gourrier, 63, American singer-songwriter, in New Orleans after a long illness. As leader of John Fred and His Playboy Band he had a US No. 1 hit in the late-1960s with the song Judy in Disguise (with Glasses), a parody of The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. CNN story.

April 7, 2005: Grigoris Bithikotsis, 83, Greek singer, after a long illness. Known as "the voice of Greece", he evoked the feeling of many Greeks in the post-World War II era. ABC story.

April 6, 2005: Prince Rainier, 81, ruler of the Mediterranean principate Monaco, of heart, lung and kidney problems. Europe’s longest-reigning monarch became a world celebrity after his 1956 marriage to the American actress Grace Kelly, who died in a car crash in 1982. He will be succeeded by his son, Prince Albert. BBC story.

April 6, 2005: Debralee Scott, 52, US actor of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Police Academy and Welcome Back Kotter fame. She was also a familiar face on TV game shows. The Star story.

April 5, 2005: Dale Messick, 98, creator of the Brenda Starr comic strip. Messick, whose real given name was Dalia, created a female hero in a world dominated by men. CNN story.

April 5, 2005: Saul Bellow, 89, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning US author. His works included Herzog, Hummbold’s Gift and Mr Sammler’s Planet. CNN story.

April 2, 2005: Karol Jozef Wojtyla, 84, Polish priest who became known as the "pop-star pope". As Pope John Paul II he was one of the Catholic Church’s longest-serving pontiffs and certainly its most widely travelled. As well as his official duties, he wrote several best-selling books and even featured in a comic book, but was also known for his conservatism on issues such as contraception, gay rights and women in the clergy. CNN story.

April 1, 2005: Jack Keller, 68, American pop songwriter, of leukaemia. Keller cowrote the theme tunes for the television sitcoms Bewitched and Gidget, and produced The Monkees’ first album. With Howard Greenfield he also wrote the 1960 Connie Francis hits Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool and My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own. CNN story.

March 29, 2005: Johnnie Cochran, 67, US lawyer, of a brain tumor. Cochrane was a celebrity’s lawyer who himself became a celebrity, through his work defending actor-footballer OJ Simpson on a murder charge in 1994-95. New York Times story.

March 28, 2005: Dave Freeman, 82, British comedy writer, following a long illness. Freeman wrote for television comedies including The Benny Hill Show, Bless This House and Robin’s Nest, and for the Carry On films. He also worked with the likes of Tony Hancock, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd, Roy Hudd and Arthur Askey, and wrote the stage farce A Bedful of Foreigners. The Scotsman story.

March 27, 2005: Ahmed Zaki, 55, Egyptian movie star, considered by critics to be the greatest Arab actor of his generation. His films include romantic comedies and biographies of Egyptian presidents Sadat and Nasser. His televised funeral, which saw a great public outpouring of grief, was filmed at his request to form part of a biopic of singer Abdul Halim Hafez in which his son stars. BBC story.

March 26, 2005: Paul Hester, 46, drummer with New Zealand-Australian band Crowded House, took his own life after a battle with depression. Hester, who performed alongside singer-songwriter Neil Finn and bassist Nick Seymour, was found dead in a park near his Melbourne home after taking his dogs for a walk. He also played with Tim Finn’s band Split Enz in 1983 and 1984, and hosted the ABC television program Hessie’s Shed in the late 1990s. More recently, he has been a host with subscripton TV channel MusicMAX. ABC story. CNN story.

March 25, 2005: Paul Henning, 92, US television writer and producer, of natural causes. Henning created the long-running, hit 1960s sitcom The Beverley Hillbillies and its spinoff Petticoat Junction. He also worked as a consultant on Green Acres. ABC story. MSNBC story.

March 25, 2005: Greg Garrison, 81, pioneering US television director. Garrison worked on such early classics as Your Show of Shows, The Mitlon Berle SHow and The Dean Martin Show, and produced and directed the popular Dean Martin celebrity roasts. He directed the likes of Jack Benny, George Burns, Frank Sinatra, Bob Newhart, Orson Welles and Lucille Burns. Mercury-AP story.

March 22, 2005: Rod Price, 57, British born US pop musicians, from a fall down stairs. Price was the guitarist in band Foghat which had several hits in the 1970s. He had played with the likes of had played with Champion Jack Dupree, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon. CNN story.

March 21, 2005: Barney Martin, 82, US actor of cancer. Martin, a former police officer, was best known for playing Jerry’s father Morty in the hit sitcom Seinfeld. He spent 20 years as a detective but began a side career in the 1950s writing for television shows including Name that Tune and The Steve Allen Show. His acting break came in the 1968 Mel Brooks film The Producers and he went on to star on Broadway, creating the role of Amos Hart in Chicago. CNN story.

March 21, 2005: Bobby Short, 80, US singer and pianist of leukemia. A fixture at New York’s swank Carlyle Hotel for 35 years, Short played music from the Great American Songbook, including those by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George and Ira Gershwin. CNN story.

March 19, 2005: John DeLorean, 80, US carmaker who designed the failed sportscar that bore his name, from complications of a stroke. Although the business was not successful, the DeLorean gained cult status after it a modified version was used as a time machine in the Back to the Future films in the 1980s. CNN story. BBC story.

March 16, 2005: Eduardo "Lalo" Guerrero Jr, 88, US musician described by President Bill Clinton as the "father of chicano music". Named a national folk treasure by the Smithsonian Institution in 1980, Guerrero created more than 700 songs in his long career, in Spanish and in English, celebrating the Mexican-American experience. CNN story.

March 10, 2005: Dave Allen, 68, Irish comedian born David Tynan O’Mahoney, who became a hit in the UK and Australia with his laconic shaggy dog stories. His routine usually included a dig at the Catholic church, and the skits on his long-running television show often featured the Pope in an unlikely situation. He always signed off with the line, "May your god go with you." BBC story. Tributes.

March 10, 2005: Wills Hall, 75, British playwright best known for his collaborations with Keith Waterhouse, including Billy Liar, England, Our England and Say Who Your Are. The Stage story.

March 10, 2005: Danny Joe Brown, 53, US musician from complications of diabetes. Brown was the lead singer of the rock band Molly Hatchet, named after a southern US prostitute who allegedly beheaded her clients. CNN story.

March 9, 2005: George Scott, 75, US singer who co-founded The Blind Boys of Alabama. Baritone Scott first got together with lead singer Clarence Fountain at Alabama’s Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind in 1937 to form a gospel group initially known as the Happy Land Jubilee Singers. The group has been popular over six decades, recording with some of soul and rock music’s great. Rolling Stone report.

March 9, 2005: Chris LeDoux, 56, US country singer and former bareback riding champion, of complications from liver cancer. Le Doux sold cassettes at rodeos until finding mainstream musical success. By 1992, he had recorded a top-10 duet with Garth Brooks, Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy. By 2003, he had sold more than five million albums.CNN story.

March 7, 2005: Debra Hill, 54, US writer and producer. She created the successful Halloween horror film franchise and produced films including Heartbreak Hotel, The Dead Zone and The Fisher King. CNN story.

March 6, 2005: Teresa Wright, 86, US film actress, of a heart attack. Wright starred in such movies as The Little Foxes, Mrs Miniver and Pride of the Yankees, and acted opposite the greats, including Marlon Brando, David Niven and Gary Cooper. CNN story.

March 6, 2005: Tommy Vance, 63, UK disc jockey, of a stroke. Born Rick West in Oxford, he took his name from that of another DJ who failed to turn up for the job he was consequently given on a US station. Moving back to Britain, Vance worked at pirate station Radio Caroline and the BBC’s Radio 1. He was also a regular presenter on TV’s Top of the Pops. BBC story. The Independent story.

March 6, 2005: James W Tyler Jr, 76, Broadway orchestrator. Tyler worked on many hits, including the multi-Tony-winning 1983 production of La Cage aux Folles. Courier-Journal story.

March 2, 2005: Martin Denny, 93, Hawaiian musician who pioneered what became known as "exotica" music. The sound he created was described as a a fusion of Asian, South Pacific, American jazz, Latin American and classical music. CNN story.

March 2, 2005: Joe Carter, 78, members of musical American family, of pancreatic cancer. Carter’s group, led by his parents AP and Sara, is credited with revolutionising US country music in the 1920s and 30s by changing the emphasis from hillbilly instruments to vocals. Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie were influenced by their work. BBC story. Carter family site.

February 25, 2005: Chris Curtis, 63, British pop drummer, after a long unspecified illness. He found fame with the "Merseybeat" band The Searchers in the 1960s. The band achieved global success with hits including Needles and Pins and Sugar and Spice and briefly rivalled The Beatles for chart supremacy. He left the band in 1966 and had a hit with Let’s Go to San Francisco in 1967 with The Flowerpot Men. He was also briefly a member of Roundabout, the band which eventually became Deep Purple. CNN story.

February 25, 2005: Edward Patten, 65, singer, in a Detroit hospital of complications following a stroke. A member of Gladys Knight and the Pips, one of the great Motown acts, Patten was also a co-founder of Crew Records and recorded back-up vocals for many artists. CNN story.

February 21, 2005: Guillermo Cabrera Infante, 75, Cuban writer, of septicaemia after breaking his hip. Initially a supporter of Fidel Castro, Cabrera became disillusioned with the revolution and moved to London in 1965. He is best known for his 1967 book Three Trapped Tigers, about the nightlife in pre-revolutionary Havana. In 1997, he won the Cervantes award, considered the major prize in Spanish literature. BBC story.

February 20, 2005: Hunter S. Thompson, 67, US journalist, from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Thompson, who began his career as a sports writer and editor, was a central figure of the 1960s "new journalism" \(or "gonzo"\) movement. He was the author of best-selling books including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which became a film starring Johnny Depp. CNN story. BBC story. Guardian opinion.

February 20, 2005: John Raitt, 88, American actor and singer of pneumonia. Raitt created the role of Billy Bigelow in the original New York production of Carousel and starred alongside Doris Day in the movie The Pajama Game. He was also the father of pop singer Bonnie Raitt. CNN story.

February 18, 2005: Dan O’Herlihy, 85, Irish actor who starred on the Dublin stage and in Hollywood films ranging from The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, to Robocop and its sequel. On the US stage, he starred in Orson Welles’s Macbeth. RTE story.

February 16, 2005: Sandra Dee, 63, US actor and singer of complications from kidney disease and pneumonia. Once married to singer Bobby Darrin, Dee was a 1960s teen idol who starred in Gidget and the Tammy the films. Her final movie was 1983’s Lost but her voice was heard in a 1994 episode of the TV sit-com Frasier. CNN story.

; February 16, 2005: Nicole DeHuff, 31, US actor of complications from pneumonia. DeHuff played the sister of Ben Stiller’s fiancee in the 2000 hit Meet the Parents. She also acted in the films Suspect Zero and See Arnold Run, and starred in Unbeatable Harold, directed by her husband Ari Palitz. CNN story.

; February 16, 2005: Marcello Viotti, 50, Swiss conductor, of a stroke. Viotti was musical director of Venice’s La Fenice since 2002, and had been chief conductor of the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra. Washington Post story.

; February 12, 2005: Brian Kelly, 73, US actor of pneumonia. Kelly starred as Porter Ricks in Flipper, the 1960s TV series about a clever dolphin. He was also executive producer on Ridley Scott’s acclaimed sci-fi film Blade Runner. Nashua Telegraph story.

February 12, 2005: Jewel "Sammi" Smith, 61, US country singer of an undisclosed long-term illness. Smith was best known for the balled Help Me Make It Through the Night, for which she won a Grammy in 1971. In the early 1970s she helped found country music’s "Outlaw" movement with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. CNN story.

February 10, 2005: Stan Richards ,74, British actor, in his sleep after suffering lung problems. Richards, who played Seth Armstrong in the series Emmerdale, was Britain’s longest-serving soap opera actor outside of Coronation Street. He played the character for 25 years until 2003, when he spent three months in hospital, and returned briefly to the series in 2004. BBC story.

; February 10, 2005: Arthur Miller, 89, US playwright of cancer. The author of such great plays as Death of a Salesman, All My Sons and The Crucible was also a very public figure, having been married briefly to Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s and, more recently, having a relationship with a much younger woman, artist Agnes Bailey, 34. He also became a hero of the Left for his defiance of the House of Un-American Activities during the era of McCarthyism. ABC story. CNN story. BBC tributes.

February 8, 2005: Jimmy Smith, 79, pioneering US jazz organist. He started playing the Hammond organ in 1951 and recorded with the Blue Note label from 1956 to 1963. His most recent album, Legacy, was recorded with fellow organist Joey DeFrancesco and had just been completed at the time of his death. Seattle Times story.

February 8, 2005: Keith Knudsen, 56, drummer with US band The Doobie Brothers, of pneumonia. Knudsen, who had been with Doobies since 1974, also performed with the country rock group Southern Pacific. BBC story. Doobie Brothers official site.;

February 7, 2005: Grantley Dee, 57, Melbourne, Australia pop singer and DJ. The vision-impaired artist, who was recruited into radio at age 16, became a star of Top 40 radio along with his guide dog Penny. Born Grantley De Zoete, he also had a top 10 hit with a cover of Bobby Rydell’s Wild One. Milesago.com biography.

February 6, 2005: Karl Haas, 91, American radio host and classical-music educator. Haas entertained and informed millions through his program Adventures in Good Music. He stopped creating new programs two years ago, but repeats continue to be aired on about 100 stations in the US and Australia. CNN story.

February 6, 2005: Merle Kilgore, 70, US country music identity, of heart failure related to cancer treatment. Kilgore managed Hank Williams Jr and co-wrote the Johnny Cash hit Ring of Fire. CNN story.

February 4, 2005: Ossie Davis, 87, US actor remembered for stage and screen roles dealing with racial injustice. Davis, who wrote, acted, directed and produced, was married to actress Ruby Dee for more than 50 years. His films included No Way Out and Do the Right Thing, and he starred in the TV mini-series Roots The Next Generation and The Stand. Davis, who was also a prominent civil-rights activist who became caught up in the communist witchhunt in the 1950s, was found dead in a hotel room in Miami Beach, Florida, where he was making a movie called Retirement. CNN story.

February 3, 2005: Max Schmeling, 99, German boxing legend who defeated Joe Louis in 1936 but lost in a rematch two years later. Although Adolf Hitler tried to get Schmeling to join the Nazi party, he quietly defied the fuehrer and helped a Jewish friend escape the death camps. During World War II, Schmeling toured Allied prisoners of war, and in later life he set up a foundation to help boxers who had fallen on hard times. ABC story.

February 3, 2005: John Vernon, 72, Canadian actor, from complications of heart surgery. Vernon worked for directors including Alfred Hitchcock and Clint Eastwood, and is fondly remembered for his role as the dean in the comedy Animal House. He was the voice of Big Brother in the 1956 version of George Orwell’s 1984. Zap2It.com story.

January 31, 2005: Ivan Noble, 37, BBC journalist and web diarist, of a brain tumour. Noble became known to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide when he began writing his Tumour Diary on news.bbc.co.uk after his diagnosis two years ago. In his final column he said the feedback he had received had helped him survive as long as he did. He is survived by his wife and two young children. BBC tribute.

January 29, 2005: Johnny Morris, 72, Brisbane, Australia-based cabaret singer who once topped the bill at a gig that included up-and-coming band The Bee Gees. Morris ran DB’s nightclub in the Brisbane CBD from 1963 to 1981, and was later the star attraction at the late-night venue Leo’s.

January 27, 2005: Nicole duFresne, 28, US actor and playwright, shot on the Lower East Side of New York after a confrontation with a mugger. She was a founder of Present Tense Theater Project and her works included the plays Burning Cage and Matter.

January 28, 2005: Jim Capaldi, 60, Anglo-Italian rock drummer, from stomach cancer. After acheiving fame with the band Traffic in the 1960s and 70s, Capaldi had a measure of solo success. Former Traffic bandmate Steve Windwood said he and Capaldi were planning to record and tour together again. CNN story.

January 25, 2005: Ray Peterson, 65, US singer of the 1960 hit Tell Laura I Love Her, from cancer. Peterson also had chart success in 1959 with The Wonder of You, which was later a hit for Elvis Presley. CNN story.

; January 24, 2005: June Bronhill, 75, Australian opera star, born June Gough, who took her stage name from the town of Broken Hill whose citizens helped end her to London to study and perform. She first gained critical attention for her performance in The Marriage of Figaro at Covent Garden in 1959. After retiring from singing she continued to perform as a stage actor in comedies including Arsenic and Old Lace. ABC story.

January 23, 2005: Johhny Carson, 79, legendary US talk show host, of emphysema. Carson hosted NBC’s The Tonight Show for 30 years until his retirement in 1992. He was married four times, divorced three times, and in 1991 his 39-year-old son Ricky died in a car accident. BBC story. MSNBC tribute.

January 22, 2005: Patsy Rowlands, 71, star of nine installments of the British Carry On movie series and of television’s Bless This House. More recently, she appeared in BBC mini-series The Cazalets, played Mrs Potts in the London stage version of Beauty and the Beast and was Mrs Pearce in the National Theatre’s production of My Fair Lady. BBC story.

January 21, 2005: Robert Dwan, 84, US television director who helmed the popular Groucho Marx game show You Bet Your Life in the 1950s and early 1960s. CNN story.

January 20, 2005: Solomon King, 73, US singer of cancer. King was a vocalist with Elvis Presley’s back-up group, The Jordanaires, and was the first white singer to tour with Billie Holiday. He also had chart success on his own with the song She Wears My Ring. The tall singer, born Allen Levy in Lexington, Kentucky, spent many years living in Manchester, England, with his Canadian first wife Henny Lowy. The Scotsman story.

January 18, 2005: Lamont Bentley, 31, US actor, in a single-vehicle car accident. Bentley played Hakeem Campbell in the 1990s sit-com Moesha, which starred the pop star Brandy. He also featured in the films Tales from the Hood and Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story, in which he played rap star Tupac Shakur. MSN story.

January 17, 2005: Virginia Mayo, 84, US actress who made a string of hit movies in the 1940s and 50s with such co-stars as Bob Hope, James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Danny Kaye and Ronald Reagan. Bron Virginia Clara Jones on November 30, 1920 in St Louis, Missouri, her films included The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Princess and the Pirate and The Girl from Jones Beach. IMDB bio.

January 16, 2005: Yoshito Matsushige, 92, Japanese photojournalist and peace campaigner, of acute kidney failure. Matsushige was famous for his photographs of Hiroshima shortly after the atomic bombing that helped end World War II. The horror of the experience convinced him to devote his life to the peace campaign. Japan Today story.

January 15, 2005: Dan Lee, 35, Canadian animator, of lung cancer. Lee created the title character of the Pixar-Disney hit Finding Nemo and worked on other animated films including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. Jam obituary.

January 15, 2005: Ruth Warrick, 88, the star of television soap opera All My Children who began her career in Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane. She made a string of films in the 1940s and 1950s but its best remembered for her soap roles, including Guiding Light, As the World Turns and the telemovie Peyton Place: The Next Generation. Since 1970, she played Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the meddlesome grande dame of All My Children’s Pine Valley. CNN story.

January 14, 2005: Charlotte MacLeod, 82, US mystery writer who sold more than a million copies of her 30 novels in her native country and also had a strong following in Japan and Canada. Her "cozY" stories avoided the use of graphic violence, sex and strong language. CNN story.

; January 15, 2005: Victoria de los Angeles, 81, celebrated Spanish soprano who made her debut in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in her native Barcelona in 1944. She enjoyed at 35-year career as one of the world’s leading operatic stars and continued to give recitals into her seventies. ABC story. BBC story.

January 12, 2005: Amrish Puri, 72, Indian actor who starred in about 200 Bollywood films, often playing the villain, from a brain hemorrhage. His best known roles included Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Mogambo in Mr India. Mumbai Newsline obit.

; January 11, 2005: Thelma White, 94, Hollywood actress best known for her role in the 1936 cult classic Reefer Madness. The over-the-top docudrama written by a religious group was a flop, but gained a wide audience after a pro-marijuana group in 1972. White, who began her career as a comic, also starred in such 1930s and 1940s films as A Man’s World, Hey Nanny Nanny, Sixteeen Sweeties and Spy Train. She suffered a debilitating disease in the early 1940s, keeping her bedridden for five years, and after an unsuccessful comeback she retired in 1948. White reemerged in the 1960s as a film agent for stars including James Coburn and Debbie Reynolds. She was married three times and had several notable affairs, including one with Marlene Deitrich.

January 11, 2005: Jimmy Griffin, 61, founding member of US soft rock group Bread, from complications of cancer. Griffin played guitar and sang harmony for the group whose hits included Make It With You and Everything I Own. He also won an Academy Award for co-writing For All We Know for the movie Lovers and Other Strangers. USA Today story.

January 11, 2005: Miriam Hyde, 91, Australian pianist and composer who studied on a scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London and performed with all the major Australian orchestras. She was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1991.

January 10, 2005: Spencer Dryden, 66, drummer with US band Jefferson Airplane, of cancer. Dryden, who began his career as a strip-club musician, was the son of British actor Wheeler Dryden, who was a half brother of Charlie Chaplin. Spencer Dryden was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. CNN story.

January 8, 2005: Campbell McComas, 52, comedian from Melbourne, Australia, who created 1822 characters in his career as a corporate hoaxer. He pioneered the ouvre in Australia in 1976 when he bluffed an entire Melbourne University auditorium audience into believing he was a visitng British law professor.

January 5, 2005: Danny Sugerman, 50, rock fan who became the manager of The Doors. Sugerman who co-wrote the biography No One Here Gets Out Alive and acted as an adviser on the Oliver Stone film The Doors. He succumbed to cancer in West Hollywood. CNN story.

January 3, 2005: Will Eisner, 87, American artist who revolutionised comic books with his newspaper supplement Ths Spirit. He also created the Joe Dope series that taught World War II US servicemen how to use their equipment. The creator of many graphic novels, he was regarded as a great innovator in the comic-book industry which named its awards after him. CNN story.

January 2, 2005: Kelly Freas, 82, American science-fiction and fantasy magazine illlustrator who also helped create the look of Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Newman character. CNN story.

January 2, 2005: Cyril Fletcher, 91, British comic and broadcaster who was a regular on television’s That’s Life. He was a panel member for BBC radio’s Does The Team Think\? from the 1950s to the 1970s, and in latter years hosted a popular gardening program for Channel TV in Guernsey, where he lived. BBC obit.

December 30, 2004: Artie Shaw, 94, much-married American big band leader. A musical perfectionists whose 1938 recording of Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine topped the charts for six weeks, he is also remembered as the husband to Hollywood beauties Ava Gardner and Lana Turner. E Online story.

December 28, 2004: Jerry Orbach, 69, American actor who played Detective Lennie Briscoe in the television series Law and Order, of prostate cancer. He was also an accomplished film and theatre actor who played Billy Flynn in the original Broadway production of Chicago. CNN story. E Online fact sheet.

December 28, 2004: Susan Sontag, 71, American author and intellectual who called herself as an "obsessed moralist". Her 17 books included The Volcano Lover and In America. BBC story. CNN story.

December 25, 2004: Dolly Dyer, 82, pioneering Australian television personality who co-hosted quiz show Pick-a-Box with her American-born husband Bob. The former showgirl who was born Dolly Mack died of a stroke in a nursing home in Gympie, north of Brisbane, and was privately buried on December 30. News of her death was not released until January 7, 2005. Bob Dyer died in 1984.

December 20, 2004: Son Seals, 62, US blues singer-guitarist and co-founder of Chicago’s Alligator Records, from complications of diabetes. CNN story.

December 19, 2004: Renata Tebaldi, 82, Italian opera star. The soprano was a favourite with audiences and a great rival to diva Maria Callas. She made her debut in 1944, sang at La Scala for the first time in 1946 and retired in the 1970s. BBC tribute.

December 16, 2004: Athena Starwoman, International astrologer who had homes on the Gold Coast in Australia, in New York and on The World ocean liner. Personal website.

December 16: Freddie Perren, 61, Grammy Award-winning US record producer who worked on the Saturday Night Fever album and with the Jackson 5. CNN story.

December 14, 2004: Fernando Poe Jr, 65, Philippines film star and politician known as "Da King" or FPJ, from a stroke. The popular actor stood against President Gloria Arroyo in this year’s election. BBC profile.

December 9, 2004: Jerry Scoggins, 93, US country music artist who sang the theme tune of the popular 1960s TV sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Ballad of Jed Clampett. BBC report

December 8, 2004: "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, 38, US heavy metal guitarist with bands Pantera and Damageplan. Gunned down by a crazed fan at a nightclub in Colombus, Ohio. BBC report. Home page.

December 7, 2004: Rita Mills, 69, Torres Strait Island singer who was one of the Mills Sisters vocal group. ABC report. Australia Council tribute.

December 2, 2004: Alicia Markova, 94, famous and popular mid-20th century dancer, and co-founder of the English National Ballet. Guardian obituary. ENB tribute.

December 2, 2004: Larry Buchanan, 81, US filmmaker born Marcus Larry Seale Jr. He was the director and producer of such low-budget movies as Mars Needs Women, Zontar the Thing from Venus, Naughty Dallas, Curse of the Swamp Creature and the speculative drama The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald. His last film was The Copper Scroll of Mary Magdalene. His 1996 autiobiography was titled It Came from Hunger: Tales of a Cinema Schlockmeister.


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