2010

Per Oscarsson

December 30, 2010: Per Oscarsson, Swedish actor, in a huse fire. He was best known for his award-winning role in 1966's Hunger (Sult). His most recent role was in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.
Link: Wikipedia

Grant McCune

December 30, 2010: Grant McCune, 67, US special effects wizard who helped create Star Wars droid R2-D2, of pancreatic cancer. He also worked on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Speed, Batman Forever and Spider-Man.
LinK: E!

Bobby Farrell

December 30, 2010: Bobby Farrell, 61, performer with disco group Boney M who was born in Aruba, but grew up in The Netherlands and Germany. The group's hits included Rasputin, Daddy Cool and Ma Baker, although Farrell's vocal contribution to the recordings was said to be limited.
Link: Wikipedia

Bill Erwin

December 29, 2010: Bill Erwin, 96, American actor who had a long career on the stage and screen, including an appearance on Seinfeld as the grumpy old man, Sid Fields. He was also a regular on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Link: LA Times

Agathe von Trapp

December 28, 2010: Agathe von Trapp, 97, Austrian-American entertainer and member of the family on which the musical The Sound of Music was based. She disowned the musical, saying it was not her family's true story.
Link: SMH

Hideko Takamine

December 28, 2010: Hideko Takamine, 86, Japanese actress who went from a child star to become an enduring cinematic icon.
Link: Wikipedia

Billy Taylor

December 28, 2010: Billy Taylor, 89, US jazz musician, composer and academic.
Link: Wikipedia

Teena Marie

December 25, 2010: Teena Maree, US singer known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul". She had hits with Lovergirl, Square Biz, and Fire and Desire.
Link: freep.com

Bud Greenspan

December 25, 2010: Bud Greenspan, 85, US filmmaker, writer and broadcaster who specialised in documenting the Olympic Games.
Link: SI

Bernie Wilson

December 26, 2010: Bernie Wilson, 64, US baritone withR&B group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Their biggest hit was 1972's If You Don't Know Me by Now.
Link: Billboard

Aron Abrams

December 25, 2010: Aron Abrams, 50, US television producer whose credits included £rd Rock from the Sun and Everybody Hates Chris, of an apparent heart attack.
Link: E!

Elisabeth Beresford,

December 24, 2010: Elisabeth Beresford, 84, British writer who created the popular children's characters The Wombles, who appeared in print and in a well-loved TV series.
Links: Guardian

Roy Neuberger

December 24, 2010: Roy Rothschild Neuberger, 107, US money manager and modern art collector.
Link: Wikipedia

Brian Hanrahan

December 20, 2010: Brian Hanrahan, 61, British Broadcasting Corporation journalist and foreign correspondent who covered the Falklands War, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tianamen Square protests, of cancer.
Link: BBC

Captain Beefheart

December 17, 2010: Captain Beefheart, 69, US avant-garde musician and painter, born Don Van Vliet. A friend and collaborator of Frank Zappa, he fronted The Magic Band and released 12 albums before retiring from the music business to take up art.
Link: Wikipedia

Steve Landesberg

December 17, 2010: Steve Landesberg, 65, US actor and voice artist, of cancer. He rose to fame in the 1970s sitcom Barney Miller as the deadpan detective Dietrich.
Link: Wikipedia

Lina Romany

December 17, 2010: Lina Romay, 91, US singer and actor who sang in the 1940s with the Xavier Cugat orchestra before a brief career as a film and TV actress. She later became a horse-race announcer.
Link: NPR

Blake Edwards

December 16, 2010: Blake Edwards, 88, US film director best remembered for his Pink Panther comedies starring Peter Sellers, the classic Breakfast At Tiffany's and for his long-time marriage to Julie Andrews.
Link: Sun Times

Neva Patterson

December 14, 2010: Neva Patterson, 90, US stage and screen actress who starred in 1957's An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. She also starred in the Broadway version of The Seven Year Itch.
Link: NY Times

Tom Walkinshaw

December 12, 2010: Tom Walkinshaw, 64, Scottish motor racing and rugby star who was also credited with discovering the band Simple Minds.
Link: Wikipedia

James Dibble

December 13, 2010: James Dibble, 87, longtime newsreader for ABC television in Sydney, Australia. He presented the first ABC TV news bulletin on November 5, 1956, and continued in the role for 27 years.
Link: ABC

Ruth Park

December 14, 2010: Ruth Park, 93, New Zealand-born Australian author of The Harp in the South, The Muddle-Headed Wombat and Playing Beatie Bow.
Link: Wikipedia

James Moody

December 9, 2010: James Moody, 85, US jazz saxophonist, flautist and vocalist best known for the hit Moody's Mood for Love.
Link: Wikipedia

Gus Mercurio

December 7, 2010: Gus Mercurio, 82, US actor and professional boxer who became a star of Australian TV dramas and films - including Cash and Company, Tandarra, The Man from Snowy River, Power Without Glory and Crocodile Dundee II - and father of dancer-actor Paul Mercurio.
Link: ABC; SMH

Norman Hetherington

December 6, 2010: Norman Hetherington, 89, Australian cartoonist and puppeteer who created the popular and enduring ABC children's television character Mr Squiggle.
Link: Courier-Mail

Don Meredith

December 5, 2010: Joseph Don Meredith, 72, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and longtime on-air foil to NFL broadcasting legend Howard Cosell on ABC's Monday Night Football.
Link: NY Times

Ron Santo

December 3, 2010: Ron Santo, 70, Chicago Cubs baseball legend and radio announcer for news station WGN.
Link: Freep

Mario Monicelli

November 29, 2010: Mario Monicelli, 95, Italian screenwriter and director of comedy films, including Amicic miei, Brancaleone and La Grande Guerra. He died after throwing himself from a hopsital window.
Link: Wikipedia

Leslie Nielsen

November 28, 2010: Leslie Nielsen, 84, veteran Canadian actor who revived his career in later years through spoof films including Airplane! (Flying HIgh!) and The Naked Gun series. His film included Forbidden Planet, Spy Hard, Superhero Movie, Dracula: Dead and Loving It and The Poseidon Adventure.
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Irvin Kershner

November 27, 2010: Irvin Kershner, 87, US film director who helmed Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and the independent James Bond film Never Say Never Again.
Link: LA Times

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