August 19, 2012: Tony Scott, 68, British-born Hollywood director whose films included Top Gun and Days of Thunder. He was the brother of director Ridley Scott. Police said he jumped from a bridge in Los Angeles, and a suicide note was later found in his office.
August 19, 2012: Celeste Holm, 95, US stage and screen actress who won an Academy Award for Gentleman's Agreement. She also starred in High Society and All About Eve and played Ado Annie in the Broadway production of Oklahoma!
August 18, 2012: Scott McKenzie, 73, US singer-songwriter who sang San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) in 1967, and co-wrote the Beach Boys' hit Kokomo.
August 15, 2012: Harry Harrison, 87, US sci-fi author and illustrator best known for his Stainless Steel Rat and Deathworld series, and the story Make Room! Make Room!, which became the film Soylent Green. He also worked in the Flash Gordon comic strip, and collaborated with writer Brian Aldiss.
August 14, 2012: Ron Palillo, 63, US actor who played Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter. He also appeared on the stage, starring in productions of Amadeus, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Guys and Dolls.
August 13, 2012: Helen Gurley Brown, 90, US author and journalist who was editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 30 years, and wrote the controversial 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl.
August 12, 2012: Joe Kubert, 85, Polish born US comic-book artist who worked on DC titles including Sgt Rock and Hawkman, and his own characters including Tor, Son of Sinbad. He also taught art at his own Kubert School.
August 11, 2012: Sid Waddell, 72, British sport commentator known as "the voice of darts". He also wrote the children's television series Jossy's Giants and Sloggers.
August 9, 2012: Mel Stuart, 83, US film director and producers whose biggest hits were 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.
August 9, 2012: Al Freeman Jr, 78, US actor and director who starred in the long-running TV soap opera One Life to Live, as well as The Cosby Show, Roots: The Next Generations, and Law and Order, and the films Finian's Rainbow and Malcolm X.
August 7, 2012: Marvin Hamlisch, 68, US composer and musician best known for adapting the music of Scott Joplin for the film The Sting, and composing the musical A Chorus Line.
August 6, 2012: Robert Hughes, 74, Australian art critic, television documentary maker and author whose books included The Shock of the New, The Fatal Shore.
July 31, 2012: Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr, 86, American writer whose prodigious output inclided 25 novels, plays, screenplays and essays. While he was a respected intellectual, he was also well known in the public arena through appearances on television shows ranging from the Tonight Show to Family Guy.
July 30, 2012: Maeve Binchy, 72, Irish journalists and writer whose books, beginning in 1982 with Light A Penny Candle, sold 40 million copies.
July, 2012: Jonathan Hardy, 62, New Zealand-born Australian Jonathan Hardy actor who became known to an international TV audience by voicing the character Rygel XVI in the sci-fi series Farscape. He also appeared in the films Mad Max, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie and Moulin Rogue and was a heart transplant survivor.
July 27, 2012: Tony Martin, 92, US singer and actor, born Alvin Morris. He appeared in the films Follow the Fleet, The Big Store and Lover Come Back, and had his own TV show on NBC in the 1950s. Martin was married to the late Cyd Charisse for 60 years.
July 27, 2012: Geoffrey Hughes, 68, British actor best known for playing Onslow on sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, Vernon Scripps in drama Hearbeat, and Eddie Yates in soap opera Coronation Street.
July 27, 2012: Darryl Cotton, 62, Australian singer who gained fame with the band Zoot and as a solo performer, of cancer. He also wrote songs for Olivia Newton John and Shaun Cassidy, hosted a children's television program and acted in the soap opera The Young Doctors. Right up until his death, he was touring with musicians Russell Morris and Jim Keays.
July 26, 2012: Mary Tamm, 62, British actress who played companion Romana alongside Tom Baker's Doctor in Doctor Who; of cancer. She also had a long stage career and was in the films The Odessa File and The Likely Lads, as well as TV soaps EastEnders and Brookside.
July 25, 2012: Susanne Lothar, 51, German actress known for her roles in the films The Reader, The Piano Teacher and The White Ribbon.
July 24, 2012: Sherman Hemsley, 74, US actor who starred as patriarch George in the 1970s series The Jeffersons, a spinoff from All in the Family.
July 24, 2012: Chad Everett, 76, US actor, born Raymon Lee Cramton, best known for his role as Dr Joe Gannon in the long-running 1970s television drama Medical Center.
July 23, 2012: Sally Ride, 61, US scientist who became the first American woman in space when she flew on the shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. She completed a second mission the following year. She died of pancreatic cancer.
July 22, 2012: Chris Wedes (JP Patches), 84, Emmy award-winning US television performer. Patches the clown was a staple on TV in Seattle for decades.
July 20, 2012: Angharad Rees, 63, Welsh actress best known for her role in the miniseries Poldark. She also had an extensive stage and radio-drama career.
July 20, 2012: Simon Ward, 70, British stage and screen actor. He starred in the films Young Winston, All Creatures Great and Small, and The Three Muskateers, and, more recently, in the TV series The Tudors. He also starred in a touring version of the Alan Bennett play, The Madness of George III.
July 18, 2012: Rajesh Khanna, 79, Indian actor regarded as Bollywood's first superstar. He had a string of hit films, including Aradhana, Do Raaste, Safar and Anand. In later life, he became an MP.