2012

Earl Scruggs

March 28, 2012: Earl Scruggs, 88, US bluegrass banjo player best remembered for the theme to 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, which he performed with Lester Flatt. His picking style influenced many other musicians, and he performed alongside artists including Sting, Dwight Yoakam and Elton John
Link: LA Times

Garry Walberg

March 27, 2012: Garry Walberg, 90, US character actor best known for playing the homicide detective in the TV series Quincy ME. He also appeared in the first episode of cult classic The Twilight Zone.
Link: Wikipedia

Jocky Wilson

March 24, 2012: John Thomas "Jocky" Wilson, 62, British darts champion.
Link: Wikipedia

George Tupou V

March 18, 2012: George Tupou V, 63, the King of Tonga. Ruler of the Pacific island nation since 2006, he introduced democratic reforms. He died in hospital in Hong Kong.
Link: SMH

Shenouda III

March 17, 2012: Pope Shenouda III, 88, Egyptian Coptic Christian leader. Born Nazeer Gayed Roufail, he became the 117th Pope of Alexandria in November 1971.
Link: HuffPost

Margaret Whitlam

March 17, 2012: Margaret Whitlam, 92, Australian "living treasure", social-justice campaigner, arts patron, journalist, champion swimmer and former First Lady. She married Gough Whitlam in 1942 and was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia in 1983.
Link: Courier-Mail

Michael Hossack

March 12, 2012: Michael Hossack, 65, drummer with US band the Doobie Brothers, of cancer.
Link: Wikipedia

Ian Turpie

March 11, 2012: Ian Turpie, 68, Australian entertainer. Known affectionately as "Turps", he hosted music and game shows in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and continued to perform on stage and screen until his death, often in self-parodying roles.
Link: Official website; Wikipedia

Robert B. Sherman

March 5, 2012: Robert B. Sherman, 86, US songwriter who, with his brother Richard, wrote songs for Disney films including Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and The Aristocats, and for the UA musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Link: LA Times

Philip Madoc

March 5, 2012: Philip Madoc, 77, Welsh actor who appeared in TV shows including Doctor Who, The Life And Times of David Lloyd George, Dad's Army and The Last Of The Mohicans.
Link: Telegraph

Davy Jones

February 29, 2012: Davy Jones, 66, British singer and actor, of a heart attack. After appearing in Coronation Street and Z Cars, and training briefly as a jockey, he gained global fame as lead singer of the "pre-fab four" The Monkees, a US pop group created for a television show. Their hits included Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer and Daydream Believer.
Link: BBC

Jan Berenstain

February 24, 2012: Jan Berenstain, 88, US author and illustrator who, with her husband Stan, created children's characters including the Berenstain Bears.
Link:" Brisbane Times

Frank Carson

February 22, 2012: Frank Carson, 85, Belfast-born comedian who was a popular figure on the stage and small screen in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Link: BBC

Steve Kordek

February 19, 2012: Steve Kordek, 100, US engineer whose designs revolutionised pinball machines. His ideas included the use of two flippers at the bottom of the table, drop targets and multiball play.
Link: LA Times

Elyse Knox

February 16, 2012: Elyse Knox, 94, US B-grade film actress whose best-known film was 1949's The Mummy's Tomb with Lon Chaney Jr.
Link: LA Times

Clive Shakespeare

February 15, 2012: Clive Shakespeare, 62, British-born musician and songwriter with the 1970s chart-topping Australian band Sherbet, of cancer.
Link: Herald Sun

James Whitaker

February 15, 2012: James Whitaker, 71, British journalist known as the doyen of royal reporters.
Link: Guardian

David Kelly

February 12, 2012: David Kelly, 82, Irish actor best known for his roles in the films Waking Ned, Stardust and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and, on television, as O'Reilly the builder in Fawlty Towers and Albert the one-armed dishwasher in Robin's Nest.
Links: BBC; imdb

Whitney Houston

February 11, 2012: Whitney Houston, 48, US singer who had sold more than 170 million albums and won multiple Grammy awards. She also starred in the hit film The Bodyguard.
Link: Wikipdedia

Ben Gazzara

February 3, 2012: Ben Gazzara, 81, US stage and screen actor most famous for his collaborations with film director John Cassavetes. His work included the TV series Run for Your Life, and the films Husbands, If It's Tuesday It Must Be Belgium, and Anatomy of a Murder.
Link: NY Times

Angelo Dundee

February 1, 2012: Angelo Dundee, 90, US professional boxing coach who guided the careers of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Link: NY Times

Diana Bliss

January 28, 2012: Diana Bliss, 57, Australian theatre producer and wife to businessman Alan Bond.
Link: Telegraph

Robert Hegyes

January 26, 2012: Robert Hegyes, 60, US actor best known for playing nerd Epstein in the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter.
Link: Wikipedia

Ian Abercrombie

January 26, 2012: Ian Abercrombie, 77, English stage and screen actor best known for playing Mr Pitt in Seinfeld, and as Alfred Pennyworth in Birds of Prey.
Link: Wikipedia

Colin Tarrant

January 26, 2012: Colin Tarrant, 59, British stage and screen actor. He was best known for playing Inspector Andrew Monroe in the long-running TV police drama The Bill.
Link: Daily Mail

James Farentino

January 24, 2012: James Farentino, 73, American stage and screen actor who appeared in the film Jesus of Nazareth and the TV series Dynasty and ER.
Link: Wikipedia

Theo Angelopoulos

December 24, 2012: Theo Angelopoulos, 76, Greek film director whose works included The Huntsman, The Beekeeper and Ulysses’ Gaze.
Link: Telegraph

Dick Tufeld

January 22, 2012: Dick Tufeld, 85, US actor and announcer best known as the voice of the Lost in Space robot, whose catchcry was "Danger, Will Robinson".
Link: LA Times

Joe Paterno

January 22, 2012: Joe Paterno, 85, American football coach who held the major-colleges all-time wins record, but whose career ended in scandal when it was revealed that he failed to act when one of his staff, Jerry Sandusky, was accused of sexual assaulting boys.
Link: WSJ

Marion Mathie

January 20, 2012: Marion Mathie, 86, British stage and screen actress best known for playing "She Who Must Be Obeyed", wife of the title character in Rumpole of the Bailey.
LinK: Telegraph

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