2008

Vyacheslav Nevinny

May 31, 2009: Vyacheslav Nevinny, 74, popular Russian stage and screen actor. He starred in 70 films and voiced many animated characters.
Links: Russia IC

Freddie Hubbard

December 29, 2008: Freddie Hubbard, 70, US jazz musician. The Blue Note trumpeter played with the likes of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane.
Links: Guardian

Eartha Kitt

December 25, 2008: Eartha Kitt, 81, US jazz and blues singer and actress who once played Catwoman in the Batman TV series. Her hits included Santa Baby, I Want to Be Evil and C'est Si Bon.
Links: Washington Post

Harold Pinter

December 24, 2008: Harold Pinter, 78, Nobel Prize winning British playwright, actor and director, of liver cancer. His 29 plays include The Birthday Party, The Homecoming, The Caretaker and No Man's Land, and he wrote the screenplays for 21 films including The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Links: BBC, Guardian

Clint Ballard Jr

December 23, 2008: Clint Ballard Jr, 77, US writer of songs including the Linda Ronstadt hit You're No Good and The Game of Love for Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders.
Links: NY Times

Robert Mulligan

December 20, 2008: Robert Mulligan, 83, US film director whose work included To Kill A Mockingbird, Same Time Next Year and The Summer of '42. He was the brother of the late actor Richard Mulligan.
Links: Bloomberg

Jack Douglas

December 18, 2008: Jack Douglas, 81, British comedian best known for his roles in eight of the Carry On comedy films. He was also a star of the children's show Crackerjack.
Links: The Sun

Mark Felt

December 18, 2008: Mark Felt, 95, White House official, codenamed "Deep Throat", who blew the whistle to reporter Bob Woodward on US president Richard Nixon's dirty tricks in the Watergate affair.
Links: CNN

Majel Barrett Roddenberry

December 18, 2008: Majel Barrett Roddenberry, 76, US actress who played Nurse Christine Chapel on Star Trek and married series creator Gene Roddenberry.
Links: Daily Telegraph

Kathy Staff

December 13, 2008: Kathy Staff, 80, British actress, born Minnie Higginbottom, who played Nora Batty in the long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. She also had roles in Open All Hours, Crossroads and Coronation Street.
Links: Guardian

Van Johnson

December 12, 2008: Van Johnson, 92, US movie star whose films included The Caine Mutiny, Battleground, A Guy Named Joe and Brigadoon.
Links: Washington Post

Horst Tappert

December 13, 2008: Horst Tappert, 85, German actor who starred in the global hit TV series Derrick. The police drama, made in the 1970s and 80s, screened in more than 100 countries.
Links: DW

Bettie Page

December 12, 2008: Bettie Page, 85, US burlesque star who helped spark the sexual revolution. She inspired books, comics and the film The Notorious Bettie Page. She became a born-again Christian but remained convinced that God approves of nudity.
Links: Variety

Oliver Postgate

December 8, 2008: Oliver Postgate, 83, British children's television pioneer who created the popular characters Bagpuss, Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine.
Links: BBC

Robert Prosky

December 8, 2008: Robert Prosky, 77, US actor best known for his role in TV series Hill Street Blues. He also starred in the films Dead Man Walking, The Natural and Mrs Doubtfire, and had a long stage career including major productions of plays by Arthur Miller and David Mamet.
Links: Boston Globe

Kerryn McCann

December 7, 2008: Kerryn McCann, 41, Australian marathon runner, of breast cancer.
Links: Herald Sun

Bob Spiers

December 7, 2008: Bob Spiers, 63, Glasgow-born British director of TV series including Absolutely Fabulous, Fawlty Towers and The Goodies, and of the feature film Spice World.
Links: BBC

Martha von Bulow

December 6, 2008: Martha "Sunny" von Bulow, 76, after 23 years in a coma. The heiress's husband was acquitted on appeal of trying to murder her. Their story was made into a 1990 film starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons.
Links: Times

Richard Marsland

December 6, 2008: Richard Marsland, 32, Australian radio announcer, comic and script writer. A star of the Triple M breakfast show in Melbourne, he was found dead in a car.
Links: news.com.au

Forest Ackerman

December 4, 2008: Forest Ackerman, 92, pioneering US horror film collector, actor, writer and editor who is credited with coining the term "sci-fi". He edited the fanzine Famous Monsters and he was once the literary agent for Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and L. Ron Hubbard.
Links: Time

Odetta

December 2, 2008: Odetta, 77, US folk singer and civil rights activist who inspired a generation of Americans, from Rosa Parks to Bob Dylan, and John F Kennedy to Bill Clinton.
Links: IHT

Joern Utzon

November 29, 2008: Joern Utzon, 90, Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the 1930s and worked for Frank Lloyd Wright.
Links: news.com.au

Richard Hickox

November 23, 2008: Richard Hickox, 60, English conductor who was music director of Opera Australia, of a heart attack.
Links: SMH; Guardian

Reg Varney

November 16, 2008: Reg Varney, 92, British entertainer best known for his role in the popular sitcom On the Buses.

Mitch Mitchell

November 12, 2008: Mitch Mitchell, 61, last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He also played drums for Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Muddy Waters.
Links: CNN

Miriam Makeba

November 10, 2008: Miriam Makeba, 76, South African singer who was banned in her homeland under apartheid. She died after collapsing on stage in Italy.
Links: CNN

Michael Crichton

November 4, 2008: Michael Crichton, 66, American author who wrote Jurassic Park and created the TV series E.R., of cancer.
Links: Times

Yma Sumac

November 1, 2008: Yma Sumac, 86, popular US-based South American 1950s soprano known as "the Peruvian songbird" and "the nightingale of the Andes".
Links: CNN

Studs Terkel

October 31, 2008: Studs Terkel, 96, US broadcaster and author. He won the Plitzer Prize for his 1985 book The Good War.
Links: Chicago Tribune

Estelle Reiner

October 26, 2008: Estelle Reiner, 92, American actress who became famous for the one line - "I'll have what she's having" - in When Harry Met Sally. Also a painter and jazz singer, she was the wife of Carl Reiner and mother of Rob Reiner.
Links: CNN

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