FAMOUS CELEBRITIES WE’VE LOST IN 2018

Written by on January 4, 2019

Story by: Chuck Tackett

FAMOUS CELEBRITIES WE’VE LOST IN 2018

January:
01 – Jon Paul Steur, actor – played Rozhenko in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
04 – Ray Thomas, musician – a member of the rock group, “The Moody Blues.”
05 – Jerry Van Dyke, actor – the brother of famous actor Dick Van Dyke.
08 – Denise LaSalle, singer – known as “The Queen of The Blues.”
08 – Donnelly Rhodes, actor – most famous for playing Mr. Chancellor on the TV soap opera, “The Young and The Restless.”
10 – Eddie Clark, musician – a member of the rock group, “MotorHead.”
10 – Doreen Tracy, singer/actress – a member of the original 1950’s era Mickey Mouse Club.
15 – Delores O’ Riordan – singer, a member of the rock group, “The Cranberries.”
19 – Olivia Cole, actress – She played Matilda in the original TV series “Roots.”
19 – Dorothy Malone, actress – She played the role of Constance in the 1960’s TV series “Peyton Place.”
20 – Naomi Parker Finley – She was credited for the inspiration of the World War 2 poster, “Rosie the Riveter.”

February:
O2 – Dennis Edwards, singer – former lead singer of the R&B group, “The Temptations.”
04 – John Mahoney, actor – He played Frazier’s dad in the TV series “Frazier.”
07 – Mickey Jones, musician – a member of the 1960’s era rock group “The First Edition.”
09 – Ray E. Cathy, actor – He played the role of Freddy Haye in the Netflix series “House of Cards.”
09 – John Gavin, actor/politician – 1950’s/60’s era sex symbol best known for his role in the original “Psycho.” The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in the 1980’s.
11 – Vic Damone, singer – famous 1950’s crooner.
12 – Marty Allen – comic/actor – famous entertainer in the 1960’s era frequently appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
15 – Lassie Lou Ahern, actress – last surviving member of the 1930’s era “Our Gang” series.
21 – Billy Graham, TV evangelist – Spiritual advisor to the Presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.
22. Nanette Fabray, actress – played Katherine Romano in the 1970’s era TV series, “One Day at a Time.”

March:
01 – Bill Burkette, singer – a member of the 1960’s rock group, “The Vogues.”
03 – David Ogden Stiers, actor – most famous for playing Major Charles Emerson Winchester in the 1970’s era TV show, M*A*S*H.
20 – FrankAyrach, actor – He played “Bozo the Clown” from 1959 to 1970.
23 – DuShon Monique Brown, actress – She played the role of Connie on the TV show “Chicago Fire.”
25 – Linda Brown, civil rights activist – famous for the Supreme Court decision of Brown v The Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas.

April:
02 – Winnie Mandela – anti-apartheid activist. wife of Nelson Mandela
10 – Yvonne Staples, singer- A member of the Gospel/R&B group, “The Staple Singers.
16 – Harry Henderson, actor – He played Judge Harry Stone in the 1980s TV series, “Night Court.”
16 – Pamela Gidley, actress – She starred on the TV show “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.”
17 – Barbara Bush, former First Lady – married to the 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush
20 – Avicii, famous electronic music producer – Grammy award-winning electronic music deejay
21 – Verne Troyer, actor – most famous for playing “Mini-Me” in the Austin Powers movies.
27 – Paul Junger Witt. TV producer – produced “The Partridge Family” and “The Golden Girls.”
29 – Robert Mandan, actor – famous for playing the role of Chester Tate in the TV show “Soap.”

May:
04 – Steven Coy, musician – a member of the rock group, “Dead or Alive.”
13 – Margot Kidder, actress – most known for playing Lois Lane in the 1970’s/80’s era Superman movies.
16 – Joseph Campanella, actor – Character actor of various TV shows and movies in the 1970’s and 1980’s
21 – Clint Walker, actor – best known for his TV western role of “Cheyenne.” in the 1950’s/60’s.

June:
06 – Jerry Maren, actor – The last living munchkin from the original “The Wizard of Oz” movie.
08 – Anthony Bourdain, TV personality – Celebrity Chef who was known for starring in the show “No Reservations.”
08 – Jackson Odell, actor – He starred as Ari Caldwell on the TV show, “The Goldbergs.”
18 – XXXTenTacion, musician – won American Music Award for the favorite album entitled “17”.
22. Deanna Lund, actor – She played the role of Valerie in the 1960’s era TV series, “The Land of the Giants”
27 – Joe Jackson, manager – The Patriarch of the Jacksons music dynasty.

July:
O8 – Tab Hunter, actor – 1950’s/60’s sex symbol who enjoyed renewed success because of LGBTQ film director John Waters. He came out as LGBTQ late in his career.

August :
05 – Charlotte Rae, actress – She played Edna Garrett on the TV show “Different Strokes” and “The Facts of Life.”
16 – Aretha Franklin, singer – Lovingly referred to as “The Queen of Soul.”
22 – Ed King, musician – A member of the rock band, “Lynard Skynard.”
24 – Robin Leach, entertainment reporter – Best known for his TV series. “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
25 – John McCain, Vietnam War hero/politician – Senator from the State of Arizona known as “The Maverick ” who ran against Barack Obama unsuccessfully in 2007.
31 – Vanessa Marquez, actress – She played the role of WendyGoldman on the TV show “ER.”

September:
04 – Bill Dailey, actor – Most known for playing the role of Astronaut Roger Healy on the TV show, “I Dream of Jeannie.”
06 – Burt Reynolds, actor – played on various TV shows and movies from the 1970’s to the 2000s.
07 – Mac Miller, musician – debut album “Blue Slide Park” debut as #1.
27 – Marty Balin, musician – Founding member of the rock groups “Jefferson Airplane” and “Jefferson Starship.”

October:
01 – Peggy Sue Gerron – She was the inspiration for Buddy Holly’s song “Peggy Sue.”
01 – Juan Romero – Foodworker who stayed and comforted Presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968.
05 – Bernadette Caroll, musician-singer best known for the song “My Boyfriend’s Back.”
06 – Scott Wilson, the actor most famous for his role as Herschel in the TV series, “The Walking Dead.”
24 – Tony Joe White, singer – Best known for his hit, “Polk Salad Annie.”
29 – Jimmy Ferrar, singer – the lead singer for the rock group, “Molly Hatchet.”

November:
12 – Stan Lee, comic book writer – The creator and business head of Marvel Comics.
15 – Roy Clark, co-host of the country music variety show “Hee Haw” and country music singer.
26 – Stephen Hillenburg, cartoonist – creator and writer of “SpongeBob Squarepants.”
30 – George H.W. Bush, politician – 41st President of The United States.

December:
01 – Ken Berry, actor, singer, dancer – He starred in “F Troop”, “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Mama’s Family.”
06 – Pete Shelley, singer – A member of the band “The Buzzcocks.”
13 – Nancy Wilson, singer – famous jazz/R&B singer
17. Penny Marshall, actress, director, producer – Best remembered for playing the role of Laverne on the popular TV show “Laverne and Shirley”.


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