JJ Cale

July 26, 2013: JJ Cale, 74, US singer-songwriter best known for the hits Cocaine, After Midnight and Crazy Mama.
Link: Noise11

Bernadette Lafont

July 25, 2013: Bernadette Lafont, 74, French actress who rose to fame during the new wave of the 1960s. She worked with directors François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol.
Link: Wikipedia

Dennis Farina

July 22, 2013: Dennis Farina, 69, US actor and former cop best known for his role as Detective Joe Fontana in the Law & Order TV franchise. He just completed a comedy titled Lucky Stiff.
Link: Fox

Mel Smith

July 19, 2013: Mel Smith, 60, British comedian, actor and director who starred in Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, alongside Griff Rhys Jones. He also directed the films The Tall Guy and Bean. With Jones he started the production company Talk Back, which made comedies including Smack the Pony, Da Ali G Show, I'm Alan Partridge and Big Train.
Links: Wikipedia; Independent

Cory Monteith

July 13: Cory Monteith, 31, Canadian actor, of a suspected drug overdose. He was best known for his role in the hit US series Glee.
Link: USA Today

Pran Krishan Sikand

July 12, 2013: Pran, 93, Bollywood actor best known for playing villains ins a string of films from the 1950s. His full name was Pran Krishan Sikand, but he was known simply as Pran.
Link: Wikipedia

Alan Whicker

July 12, 2013: Alan Whicker, 87, British journalist and broadcaster best known for his Whicker's World documentary series, and for being sent up in the Monty Python's Flying Circus "Whicker Island" sketch.
Link: Wikipedia

Bernadette Nolan

July 4, 2013: Bernadette "Bernie" Nolan, 52, Irish-born UK television star and lead singer with The Nolans, of cancer.
Link: Wikipedia

Jim Kelly

June 29, 2013: Jim Kelly, 67, US martial arts specialist best known for his film role opposite Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon. In later years, he became a professional tennis player.
Link: CNN

Bert Stern

June 26, 2013: Bert Stern, 83, US celebrity photographer best known for his series of portraits of Marilyn Monroe shortly before she died.
Link: BBC

Richard Matheson

June 23, 2013: Richard Matheson, 87, US science-fiction author whose works included I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, the screenplay for the Steven Spielberg film Duel and the Twilight Zone episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.
Link: Guardian

Mick Aston

June 23, 2013: Mick Aston, 66, British archaeologist who became a popular cast member on the TV program Time Team.
Link: Daily Mail

Gary David Goldberg

June 22, 2013: Gary David Goldberg, US TV producer an writer who created the hit sitcoms Family Ties and Spin City.
Link: Wikipedia

Jeffrey Smart

June 20, 2013: Jeffrey Smart, 91, Australian artist, art critic, teacher and author known for his urban landscapes. He lived in Italy from 1963 until his death.
Link: ABC

James Gandolfini

June 19, 2013: James Gandolfini, 51, US actor best known for playing mafia boss Tony in The Sopranos, of a heart attack.
Link: BBC

Iain Banks

June 9, 2013: Iain Banks, 59 Scottish author, of gall bladder cancer. His works included The Wasp Factory, Player of Games, Complicity, Walking on Glass and The Crow Road.
Link: Guardian

Esther Williams

June 6, 2013: Esther Williams, 91, US actress and swimmer who incorporated underwater ballets into her films. She starred in Bathing Beauty, Neptune's Daughter, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, and even a cartoon with Tom and Jerry, Dangerous When Wet.
Link: Washington Post

Jiah Khan

June 3, 2013: Jiah Khan, 25, New York-born Bollywood actress, who debuted in the controversial 2007 film Nishabd (No Words), about a young girl in love with a much older man. She is believed to have taken her own life.
Link: LA Times


June 3, 2013: Yunupingu, 56, Australian Aboriginal musician best known as lead singer with the band Yothu Yindi, who had a chart-topping single, Treaty.
Links: News.com
In accordance with his family's wishes, and tribal tradition, this post does not include the deceased's given name.

Jean Stapleton

May 31, 2013: Jean Stapleton, 90, US stage and screen actress best known for playing Edith Bunker in the popular sitcom All in the Family.
Link: NPR

Bill Pertwee

May 27, 2013: Bill Pertwee, 86 British actor best known as Warden Hodges in the sitcom Dad's Army. He was also in the radio programs Beyond Our Ken and Round the Horne, and featured in two Carry On films. He was a distant cousin of Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee.
Link: Sky

Eddie Braben

May 22, 2013: Eddie Braben, 82, British comedy writer who worked extensively with double act Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. He also wrote for Ronnie Corbett, Ken Dodd and David Frost, among others, nd collaborated with the authors of The Play What I Wrote, about his relationship with Morecambe and Wise.
Link: Guardian

Ray Manzarek

May 20, 2013: Ray Manzarek, 74, US musicians who cofounded The Doors with Jim Morrison. The band's had hits including The End, Break on Through to the Other Side. Light My Fire, and Riders on the Storm.
Link: BBC

Penne Hackforth-Jones

May 18, 2013: Penne Hackforth-Jones, 64, Australian actress who starred in TV series and films ranging from Bellbird, Riptide and Mother and Son to Muriel's Wedding.
Link: MSH

Steve Forrest

May 13, 2013: Steve Forrest, 87, US stage and screen actor who starred in the mid-1970s television series S.W.A.T.
Link: Wikipedia

Jeanne Cooper

May 8, 2013: Jeanne Cooper, 84, US actress who played Katherine Chancellor on long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Ray Harryhausen

May 7, 2013: Ray Harryhausen, 92, US stop-motion animator and special effects creator, best known for his work on Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years BC, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Clash of the Titans.
Link: NYT

Deanna Durbin

April 2?, 2013: Deanna Durbin, 91, Canadian actress and singer who started performing as a teenager. She was the highest-paid Hollywood star in the late 1940s. Her films included Three Smart Girls, Mad About Music and That Certain Age. In 1949, she quit at the height of her career and moved to rural France.
Link: BBC

George Jones

April 26, 2013: George Jones, 82, US country singer whose hits included Golden Ring, We're Gonna Hold On, and She Thinks I Still care. He was, perhaps, better known for his hard drinking - he once rode a lawnmower 12 miles to get to a liquor store - and his marriage to country superstar Tammy Wynette.
Link: Sabotage Times

Johnny Lockwood

April 25, 2013: Johnny Lockwood, 92, English-born Australian actor best known for his role as deli owner Aldo Godolfusin the 1970s soap opera Number 96. He also appeared in Neighbours and the film Moulin Rouge.
Link: Telegraph

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