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A.A. Gill
   was a   
Journalist
D. 2016
Adam West
   was an   
Actor
1928 - 2017 Star of the 1960s TV show Batman. Voiced the character of 'Catman' in the cartoon series The FairlyOdd Parents and 'Mayor Adam West' in Family Guy - both parodies of himself.
Alan Rickman
   was an   
Actor
D. 2016
Alvin Toffler
   was an   
Author
American writer and futurist; co-author of "Future Shock"
André Courrèges
   was a   
Fashion Designer
d. 2016
Andrew Grove
   was an   
Entrepreneur
Co-founder of Intel
Andrew Sachs
   was an   
Actor
German-British actor renowned for his BAFTA-nominated portrayal of the comical Spanish waiter Manuel in "Fawlty Towers"
Anita Brookner
   was an   
Author
D. 2016
Anthony Armstrong Jones, Earl of Snowden
   was a   
Photographer
D.2017
Anthony Bourdain
   was a   
Celebrity Chef
D.2018 Also author, travel documentarian, and television personality
Antonin Scalia
   was an   
American Supreme Court Justice
1936-2016
Arnold Palmer
   was a   
Golfer
D. 2016; nicknamed "The King", winning 62 PGA Tour titles and 7 majors
Arnold Wesker
   was a   
Playwright
D. 2016
Arthur Hiller
   was a   
Film Director
Canadian-American film and television director, best known for the seven Oscar nominated movie "Love Story"
Asa Briggs
   was a   
Historian
D. 2016
Azzedine Alaia
   was a   
Fashion Designer
D.2017.
Babette Cole
   was an   
Author
D.2017
Barbara Bush
   was a   
Political Spouse
D. 2018.
Barry Hines
   was an   
Author
D. 2016 A Kestrel For A Knave
Bernard Fox
   was an   
Actor
Welsh character actor best remembered for roles in the television series "Bewitched", "Hogan's Heroes and "The Andy Griffith Show"
Bill Paxton
   was an   
Actor
American actor and film director
Billy Graham
   was an   
Evangelist
1918 - 2018
Billy Paul
   was a   
Musician
Born Paul Williams; Grammy Award-winning American soul singer, known for his 1972 #1 single "Me and Mrs. Jones"
Boutros Boutros-Ghali
   was a   
Diplomat
Secretary General of the United Nations
Brian Aldiss
   was an   
Author
D. 2017 Science Fiction.
Brian Matthew
   was a   
Broadcaster
2017
Bruce Forsyth
   was an   
Entertainer
D.2017
Butch Trucks
   was a   
Musician
American drummer from The Allman Brothers Band
Caroline Aherne
   was a   
Comedian
D. 2016 Best known for performing as the chat show host Mrs Merton, in the The Fast Show, and as the lead role in the The Royle Family, which she co-wrote.
Carrie Fisher
   was an   
Actor
D. 2016 Princess Leia - Star Wars
Cecil Parkinson
   was a   
Politician
D. 2016
Charles Manson
   was a   
Murderer
D.2017
Chris Cornell
   was a   
Musician
American singer and songwriter; lead vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave
Chuck Barris
   was a   
Game Show Host
2017
Chuck Berry
   was a   
Musician
1926-2017. Singer, songwriter and guitarist. One of the pioneers of rock & roll music and a flamboyant performer famous for his "one legged hop" and "duck walk"
Chuck Blazer
   was a   
Football Administrator
2017. Corrupt official and whistleblower.
Colin Dexter
   was an   
Author
English crime writer known for is "Inspector Morse" series of novels
Colin Meads
   was a   
Rugby Coach and Administrator
D.2017
Colin Meads
   was a   
Rugby Player
D.2017. Rugby Union. NZ All Black. Known as "Pine tree" Meads. KNZM MBE He played 55 test matches (133 games), most frequently as a lock forward , for the All Blacks, from 1957 until 1971.
Curtis Hanson
   was a   
Film Director
D. 2016; American film director, producer and screenwriter; renowned for his work on "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle", "L.A. Confidential", "Wonder Boys", "8 Mile" and "In Her Shows"
Cyrille Regis
   was a   
Footballer
D.2018 aged 59. Capped for England five times, he played top-flight football in the late 1970s and 19080s for WBA and Coventry, at a time when racism was rife in English football, he endured taunts and insults from home and away fans alike. Now seen not only as sports role-model but as an example in the fight against racism. A campaigner for Water Aid in Africa.
Darcus Howe
   was a   
Civil Rights Activist
2017
Dave Swarbrick
   was a   
Musician
D. 2016
David Bowie
   was a   
Musician
D. 2016 English singer, songwriter and actor
David Cassidy
   was a   
Musician
1950 - 2017 Also songwriter and actor. Starred in TVs The Partridge Family alongside his real-life stepmother Shirley Jones. An extremely popular teen idol in the 1970s.
Debbie Reynolds
   was an   
Actor
D. 2016; American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian and humanitarian
Della Reese
   was a   
Musician
1931 - 2017 Beginning at the age of 6 by singing in church, she sang gospel, jazz and R&B. Later branching out into acting, her best known role was that of 'Tess' in the TV fantasy drama Touched by an Angel.
Derek Walcott
   was a   
Poet
2017. Nobel Laureate.
Desmond "Bill" Leak
   was a   
Cartoonist
D. 2017. An Australian born in 1956, he drew editorial cartoons for a number of Australian newspapers.
Dick Gautier
   was an   
Actor
American; starred in Get Smart, Transformers and When Things Were Wrotten
Dolores O'Riordan
   was a   
Musician
D.2018 aged 46. Lead singer of The Cranberries.
Don Rickles
   was a   
Comedian
1926-2017. Actor and stand-up comedian famous for his "insult comedy". Also known for his role as Crapgame in the movie Kelly's Heroes and as the voice of Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story movie franchise.
Edward Albee
   was a   
Playwright
D. 2016 Known for works such as The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Einojuhani Rautavaara
   was a   
Composer
Finnish composer of classical music; d, 2016
Elie Wiesel
   was an   
Author
D. 2016; Romanian born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor
Elie Wiesel
   was a   
Nobel Laureate
Romania-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist and Holocaust survivor; winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 1986
E.R. Braithwaite
   was an   
Author
D. 2016 To Sir With Love
Erin Moran
   was an   
Actor
1960-2017. Starred in Daktari, Happy Days & Joanie loves Chachi with appearances in several other tv shows.
Fats Domino
   was a   
Musician
1928 - 2017. Pianist, singer/songwriter and pioneer of rock & roll.
Fidel Castro
   was a   
Politician
1926-2016. Cuban revolutionary who led the 26th of July Movement which overthrew President Fulgencio Batista. Governed Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 then as President from 1976 to 2008
Florence Henderson
   was an   
Actor
American actress and singer with a six decade career; renowned for her role in the sitcom "The Brady Bunch"
Garry Marshall
   was a   
Television Producer
American producer, actor, director, writer and voice artist best know for creating "Happy Days" and spin-offs and directing "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride"
Gene Wilder
   was an   
Actor
D. 2016
Gene Wilder
   was a   
Comedian
American actor famous for his roles in Mel Brookes' comedic masterpieces "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles"
George Kennedy
   was an   
Actor
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for portraying "Dragline" in "Cool Hand Luke"
George Michael
   was a   
Musician
George Voinovich
   was a   
Politician
American Senator from 1999 to 2011 and Governor of Ohio from 1991 to 1998
George Young
   was a   
Musician
1946 - 2017 Songwriter and record producer. Foundation member of The Easybeats. Older brother of AC/DC band members Malcolm and Angus Young. With long time friend and collaborator Harry Vanda he formed the songwriting /production duo Vanda & Young.
Glenn Frey
   was a   
Musician
1948-2016. Singer, songwriter and founding member of the American rock band The Eagles.
Gordie Howe
   was an   
Ice Hockey Player
Canadian Hall of Fame player, endearingly referred to as Mr. Hockey; six decade professional career
Greg Lake
   was a   
Musician
D. 2016 Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Guy Hamilton
   was a   
Film Director
D. 2016 4 Bond films
Gwen Ifill
   was a   
Broadcast Journalist
Peabody Award-winning journalist. Died Nov. 14, 2016
Harper Lee
   was an   
Author
D. 2016 To Kill a Mockingbird
Harry Dean Stanton
   was an   
Actor
D.2017 aged 91. American character actor who was working up to a short while before his death, Best known for his lead role in 'Paris, Texas'.
Heathcote Williams
   was an   
Actor
2017. Prospero in Derek Jarman's The Tempest.
Heathcote Williams
   was an   
Author
2017. Whale Nation, Autogeddan. He was also a member of the Magic Circle, a famously incompetent fire-eater; and a social activist. He was the ambassador to the Court of Saint James of the squatter's declared state of Frestonia in West London during the 1970s.
Henry Hobhouse
   was an   
Author
D. 2016
Hubert De Givenchy
   was a   
Fashion Designer
1927 - 2018.
Hugh Masakela
   was a   
Musician
D. 2018 aged 78. South African jazz musician and composer and anti-apartheid activist.
Ian Brady
   was a   
Child Murderer
2017. The Moors Murders committed with Myra Hindley.
Jake LaMotta
   was a   
Boxer
1922 - 2017 Won the World Middleweight title in 1949 and became the inspiration for the movie Raging Bull. After retiring from the ring he forged a successful career as an actor and stand-up comedian.
James Cotton
   was a   
Musician
American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter supporting many of the great blues artists of our age
Janet Reno
   was a   
Lawyer
American Attorney General from 1993 until 2001
Jeanne Moreau
   was an   
Actor
D. 2017. Jules et Jim, Diary of a Chambermaid.
Jenny Diski
   was an   
Author
D. 2016
Jenny Joseph
   was a   
Poet
D. 2018 -- 'Warning' 1961: "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple,/With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me./And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves ..."
Jerry Lewis
   was an   
Actor
D.2017
Jerry Lewis
   was a   
Comedian
D.2017
Jim Bowen
   was a   
Comedian
1937 - 2018. British stand-up comedian and TV personality, most famous for presenting the ITV game show Bullseye.
Jimmy Armfield
   was a   
Footballer
D.2018. Played for Blackpool and England and managed Leeds United.
Jimmy Young
   was a   
Broadcaster
D. 2016
Jo Cox
   was a   
Politician
D. 2016 British member of Parliament, murdered by a right-wing extremist.
Joe Alaskey
   was a   
Voice Artist
Voice for many Warner Brothers animations including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and multiple others
Johann Cruyff
   was a   
Footballer
D. 2016
John Berger
   was an   
Author
D.2017. Ways of Seeing was his most well-known work of art history and cultural commentary. His novel G won the Booker Prize.
John Clarke
   was a   
Comedian
1948-2017. Also writer and actor. Born in New Zealand, he moved to Australia in the 1970s. Created the character Fred Dagg, a gumboot & singlet-wearing farmer with 7 sons called Trev. Wrote and starred in the Australian mockumentary "The Games" and was the voice of Wal Footrot in the animated movie Footrot Flats - The Dog's Tale
John Glenn
   was an   
Astronaut
1921-2016. U.S. marine corp pilot and engineer . Served in WW II and Korea before becoming one of the Mercury Seven- the first group of astronauts selected by NASA in 1959. First American to orbit the earth and oldest person to fly in space. He served in the U.S. senate from 1974 to 1999.
John Glenn
   was a   
Politician
American aviator and astronaut; 4-term U.S. Senator for Ohio from 1974 through 1994
John Heard
   was an   
Actor
2017. Cutters Way, The Sopranos, Home Alone.
John Jacobs
   was a   
Golfer
English; founder of the PGA European Tour
Johnny Hallyday
   was a   
Musician
D.2017. France's best known rock and roll singer.
John Surtees
   was a   
Motorcycle Racer
1934-2017. Also Formula 1 racing driver. Won three 350cc and four 500cc world championships then went on to Formula 1, winning the 1964 season
Jonathan Demme
   was a   
Film Director
American film director, producer and screenwriter famous for his films "Melvin and Howard", "Married to the Mob" and "The Silence of the Lambs"
Kate Millett
   was an   
Author
D.2017 -- Feminist and activist, known for the book 'Sexual Politics', but also wrote and campaigned on torture mental health issues.
Keith Emerson
   was a   
Musician
D. 2016 Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Ken Dodd
   was a   
Comedian
1927 - 2018.
Kenny Baker
   was an   
Actor
English actor and musician; best remembered for portraying R2-D2 in the "Star Wars" movie franchise
Kevin Starr
   was a   
Historian
D.2017
Leonard Cohen
   was a   
Musician
D. 2016; Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, novelist and painter; inducted into the Rock and Role Hall of Fame; winner of the Order of Canada
Leonard Cohen
   was a   
Poet
Canadian singer, songwriter, museum, novelist and painter
Leon Russell
   was a   
Musician
Born Claude Russell Bridges; singer/songwriter with a 60 year career; awarded six gold records
Lewis Gilbert
   was a   
Film Director
1920 - 2018. Directed three Bond films, but also known for three films depicting the British working-class, Alfie, Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. Noted for using the technique of 'breaking the fourth wall' for comic effect.
Malcolm Young
   was a   
Musician
1953 - 2017 A rhythm guitarist and songwriter, he and his younger brother Angus founded the rock group AC/DC.
Margaret Forster
   was an   
Author
D. 2016
Margot Kidder
   was an   
Actor
D.2018. Played Lois Lane in the Superman film series, alongside Christopher Reeve
Maria Bueno
   was a   
Tennis Player
D. 2018. She won 19 Grand Slam titles, the most successful South American female tennis player in history, & the only to win Wimbledon
Mark E. Smith
   was a   
Musician
Died 2018 aged 60. Lead singer of the Fall.
Martin Landau
   was an   
Actor
D 2017. Won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Ed Wood (1994) playing Bela Lugosi. Also starred in Mission:Impossible and Space 1999.
Maryam Mirzakhani
   was a   
Mathematician
2017. First woman and first Iranian to win the Fields Medal.
Mary Tyler Moore
   was an   
Actor
American actress renowned for her role in "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The Mary Tyler Moor Show", and "Ordinary People"
Mary Wilson
   was a   
Poet
D.2018. Founding and longest member of the Supremes.
Mary Wilson
   was a   
Political Spouse
D.2018 aged 102. Wife of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, she notably publically disagreed with some Labour Party policies, being generally to the left of her husband, She published some volumes of poetry and was involved in British literary life.
Maurice White
   was a   
Musician
Founder of the band Earth, Wind and Fire
Merle Haggard
   was a   
Musician
D. 2016; American country singer
Michael Cimino
   was a   
Film Director
D. 2016
Mike Connors
   was an   
Actor
American; principal in the CBS television series "Mannix", earning a Golden Glob Award in 1970
Milos Forman
   was a   
Film Director
D.2018. Won best Director Oscars for two of his films, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984)
Milt Schmidt
   was an   
Ice Hockey Player
Canadian Hall of Fame player, coach and general manager
Morley Safer
   was a   
Broadcast Journalist
1931-2016. Reporter and correspondent for CBS news. Longest serving reporter on "60 Minutes"
Mose Allison
   was a   
Musician
D. 2016 American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter.
Muhammad Ali
   was a   
Boxer
D. 2016 Born Cassius Clay. 'The Greatest'
Murray Ball
   was a   
Cartoonist
1939 - 2017. Born in Feilding, New Zealand Ball created the Footrot Flats comic strip series which ran from 1976 to 1994 and was made into a feature length movie 'Footroot Flats: A Dog's Tale'. He was also known for his cartoons of Stanley the Palaeolithic Hero (the longest running cartoon in Punch magazine), Bruce the Barbarian and All the King's Comrades (also in Punch). He became an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services as a cartoonist in 2002.
Nancy Reagan
   was an   
American First Lady
D. 2016
Neville Marriner
   was a   
Musician
Founder of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. With them became the most recorded classical orchestra and conductor.
Pat Conroy
   was an   
Author
D. 2016
Pat Summitt
   was a   
Basketball Coach
American; most successful coach accruing 1,096 career wins the most in NCAA basketball history
Patty Duke
   was an   
Actor
D. 2016; Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role as Helen Keller in the 1962 movie "The Miracle Worker"
Pete Fountain
   was a   
Musician
American jazz clarinetist. Age 86
Peter Maxwell Davies
   was a   
Musician
D. 2016 Composer
Peter Shaffer
   was a   
Playwright
D. 2016
Peter Vaughan
   was an   
Actor
D. 2016
Peter Wyngarde
   was an   
Actor
D. 2018 possibly aged 90. He is remembered most for the part of Jason King on British television. Mike Myers based the style of Austin Powers on Jason King. Wyngarde's accounts of his early life are vague and contradictory, possibly to hide a mixed race background and to appear younger in his profession.
Philip Roth
   was an   
Author
D.2018.
Pierre Boulez
   was a   
Musician
D. 2016 Composer and conductor
Prince
   was a   
Musician
American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
Rachel Heyhoe Flint
   was a   
Cricketer
D.2017. She was captain of the England team that won the first women's World Cup. Later a member of the House of Lords she was always a powerful advocate for all women's sports.
Rick Parfitt
   was a   
Musician
1948-2016. Singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist. Founding member of the English rock band Status Quo
Robert Vaughn
   was an   
Actor
American actor famous for his role as the sauve spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s television series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
Robert Waller
   was an   
Author
2017. The Bridges of Madison County.
Rob Ford
   was a   
Politician
Controversial Canadian mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014
Roger Bannister
   was an   
Athlete
D.2018. Ran the first sub-4 minute mile in 1954.
Roger Bannister
   was a   
Doctor
D. 2018. A neurologist who always said that he was prouder of his medical achievements than his athletic prowess, he was the first man to run the mile in under 4 minutes. He published many papers and several text books on conditions of the nervous system.
Roger Moore
   was an   
Actor
Bond, James Bond. 007. D. 2017
Ronnie Corbett
   was a   
Comedian
D. 2016. Half of the Two Ronnies (the smaller half).
Roy Barraclough
   was an   
Actor
2017. Coronation Street. Comedian known for his Cissie and Ada act with Les Dawson.
Sam Shepard
   was an   
Actor
D. 2017. Days of Heaven, The Right Stuff.
Sam Shepard
   was a   
Playwright
D. 2017. True West, Fool For Love.
Scotty Moore
   was a   
Musician
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, guitarist on Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock"
Sean Hughes
   was a   
Comedian
1965 - 2017 Appeared as a team captain on the BBC quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks from 1996 to 2002.
Shimon Peres
   was a   
Nobel Laureate
Israeli President and Prime Minister; winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yazzer Arafat
Shimon Peres
   was a   
Politician
D. 2016; Israeli President and Prime Minister; Nobel Laureate
Sir John Hurt
   was an   
Actor
British; renowned for roles in "The Elephant Man", "Alien"; "Nineteen Eighty Four", and Harry Potter movies; BAFTA winner in 1979 and 1981
Stephen Hawking
   was a   
Cosmologist
1942 - 2018. Died at the age of 76 - 55 years after being diagnosed with the motor neurone disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and given a life expectancy of 2 years
Stephen Hawking
   was a   
Theoretical Physicist
1942 - 2018 "Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."
Steven Hawking
   was an   
Author
A Brief History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, others
Sue Grafton
   was an   
Author
D.2017. Alphabet series, 'A is For Alibi' etc.
Timo Mäkinen
   was a   
Rally Driver
2017
Tim Piggott-Smith
   was an   
Actor
2017
Tobe Hooper
   was a   
Film Director
D.2017. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist.
Tom Petty
   was a   
Musician
1950 - 2017 Guitarist and vocalist. A member of the British/American supergroup The Travelling Wilburys.
Tom Wolfe
   was an   
Author
D.2018. Author of The Right Stuff.
Trevor Baylis
   was an   
Inventor
1937- 2018. Best known for the wind-up radio.
Umberto Eco
   was an   
Author
D. 2016; Italian writer and philosopher
Ursula K. Le Guin
   was an   
Author
D. 2018. Science fiction, fantasy and children's author. Earthsea, The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness.
Vera Rubin
   was an   
Astronomer
Vic Damone
   was a   
Singer
1928 - 2018.
Victoria Wood
   was a   
Comedian
D. 2016
Victor Lownes
   was an   
Entrepreneur
D.2017
Vilmos Zsigmond
   was a   
Cinematographer
D. 2016
William Peter Blatty
   was an   
Author
Writer of "The Exorcist" and "A Shot in the Dark"; Oscar winner
Yves Bonnefoy
   was an   
Author
Poet, art historian and translator
Yves Bonnefoy
   was a   
Poet
1923-2016, poet art historian and translator into French of the works of William Shakespeare
Zsa Zsa Gabor
   was an   
Actor
Hugarian-American actress and socialite; best known for her 9 marriages


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