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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Artists

    Skip E. Lowe: Born: 1929-06-05 - Died: 2014-09-22
    Skip E. Lowe, real name Sammy Labella, was an American talk show host. He is best known for hosting the public access show Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood, which first aired in 1978. This show, and his persona, was the inspiration behind Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick character. Lowe also appeared in a over a [...]
    Richard Attenborough: Born: 1923-08-29 - Died: 2014-08-24
    Richard Attenborough was an English actor, director, and producer whose career spanned seven decades. As a director and producer, Attenborough is best known for the 1982 biopic Gandhi – which won Academy Awards for directer, lead acting, and Best Picture. As an actor, Attenborough had a sizable list of credits, but is best known for [...]
    Dick Smith: Born: 1922-06-26 - Died: 2014-07-30
    Dick Smith was a Hollywood makeup artist. His nickname, ‘The Godfather of Makeup’, could have come from the fact that he was responsible for turning Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone for The Godfather – or it could just be a reference to his giant influence in the field. Smith also worked on films such as [...]
    H.R. Giger: Born: 1940-02-05 - Died: 2014-05-12
    H.R. Giger was a Swiss artist known for paintings, sculptures, and furniture. He is probably most well known, however, for his work on films and set design. Giger created the famous alien monster from the film Alien, which won his team an Oscar for Visual Effects in 1980.
    Frankie Knuckles: Born: 1955-01-18 - Died: 2014-03-31
    Frankie Knuckles was known as the “Godfather of House Music.” He brought house music to Chicago in the 1980s and was considered to be the most influential person of the genre. As a DJ, producer, and remixer, Knuckles (born Francis Nicholls) was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
    Morris Turner: Born: 1923-12-11 - Died: 2014-01-25
    Morris Turner, 90, was an African-American cartoonist and creator of Wee Pals. Turner holds the distinction of being the very first syndicated African-American cartoonist. He won numerous awards for his work on the strip.
    Pete Seeger: Born: 1919-05-03 - Died: 2014-01-27
    Pete Seeger was an American folk singer and activist, whose long and illustrious career spanned for over 70 years. Known not only for his songwriting ad folk singing, Seeger became a prominent figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s when he popularized the classic spiritual “We Shall Overcome.” Seeger continued to write and [...]
    Al Plastino: Born: 1921-12-15 - Died: 2013-11-25
    Al Plastino was a well-known comic book artist during the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to art, he also wrote, edited, and lettered comics for DC Comics. Plastino was best known for working on the Superman comics. He is credited with co-creating Supergirl, as well as iconic Superman villain Braniac.
    Bernard Waber: Born: 1924-09-27 - Died: 2013-05-16
    Bernard Waber, 91, was a famous children’s book author. His most famous works are The House On East 88th Street and the Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile series of books. He also wrote a book called Bravery to help children cope with the September 11 attacks.
    Jack Shea: Born: 1928-08-01 - Died: 2013-04-28
    Jack Shea was a TV and film director who also served as the president of the Directors Guild of America from 1997 to 2002. He is best known for his work on shows like The Jeffersons, Silver Spoons, and Growing Pains. As President of the DGA, Shea was an advocate for minority hiring.
    Storm Thorgerson: Born: 1944-02-28 - Died: 2013-04-18
    Storm Thorgerson was a graphic designer, best known for his work with various high-profile rock bands including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Muse, and Scorpions. That Dark Side of the Moon cover? Yeah, that was Storm Thorgerson.
    Pasha P183: Born: unknown - Died: 2013-04-01
    Pasha P183 was a Russian graffiti artist. He had been nicknamed the “Russian Banksy,” comparing him to the famous British graffiti artist.
    Jane Henson: Born: 1934-06-16 - Died: 2013-04-02
    Jane Henson was an American puppeteer and the wife of Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. Jane Henson worked as a creative director with The Muppets and also did some work on Sesame Street.
    Jenni Rivera: Born: 1969-07-02 - Died: 2012-12-09
    Jenni Rivera, 43, was a famous Mexican-American singer. She began recording in 1992 and has producted 13 albums. Her last album, Joyas Prestada, was released in 2011.
    LeRoy Neiman: Born: 1921-06-08 - Died: 2012-06-20
    LeRoy Neiman (born LeRoy Runquist) was a well-known American sports painter. Neiman’s famous works include various public sporting events, such as: The Super Bowl, The World Series, The Kentucky Derby, The Ryder Cup, The World Equestrian Games, and Wimbledon. Prior to Neiman’s painting success, he was a member of the U.S. Army as a cook [...]
    Adrienne Rich: Born: 1929-05-16 - Died: 2012-03-27
    Rich was an essayist, poet, and notable feminist. She has been called “one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century.
    Jan Berenstain: Born: 1923-07-26 - Died: 2012-02-24
    Jan Berenstain was the wife of Stan Berenstain, the duo were writers and illustrators, who are best known for creating the children’s book series the Berenstain Bears.
    Joe Simon: Born: 1913-10-11 - Died: 2011-12-14
    Simon was an artist, publisher, editor, and comic book writer who co-created many important characters during the 1930s – 1940s “Golden Age of Comic Books”. He served as the first editor of Timely Comics, which would eventually become Marvel Comics. With his artist pal, Jack Kirby, the two created Captain America, one of the more [...]
    Mario Miranda: Born: 1926-01-01 - Died: 2011-12-11
    Mario João Carlos do Rosario de Brit de Miranda, more commonly known as Mario Miranda, was an Indian cartoonist who was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002, and Padma Shri in 1988. During his career Miranda worked regularly with The Times of India, The Economic Times and The Illustrated Weekly of India. In 1974 he [...]
    Bil Keane: Born: 1922-10-05 - Died: 2011-11-08
    Keane was a cartoonist who is probably best known for his work on the long-running comic The Family Circus. Keane began his career in 1946 when he started working at the Philadelphia Bulletin as a staff cartoonist, a job he held until 1959. His first syndicated cartoon strip, Channel Chuckles, premiered in 1954 and ran [...]
    Mikey Welsh: Born: 1971-04-20 - Died: 2011-10-08
    Welsh was a musician, who is probably best known for his stint as the bassist of Weezer. When Weezer’s original bassist, Matt Sharp, left the group to focus on his other group, Welsh was chosen to take over his duties. Welsh played with the group from 2000 until August 2001, when he suffered a mental [...]
    Alex Anderson: Born: 1920 - Died: 2010-10-22
    Alex Anderson is best known as the man who created Rocky and Bullwinkle, along with Dudley-Do-Right. Though for a long time he wasn’t the one featured as the creator of the characters.
    Dennis Hopper: Born: 1936-05-17 - Died: 2010-05-29
    Hopper was an actor, artist, and filmmaker. He got his start starring opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. He received critical praise for directing and starring in Easy Rider, a film in which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. After Easy Rider, Hopper’s career sort of [...]
    Michael Jackson: Born: 1958-08-29 - Died: 2009-06-25
    Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana to a working class family on August 29, 1958. His father, Joseph, was a steel mill employee and often performed in various R&B groups. His mother was a stay at home mom and a devout Jehovah’s Witness. Michael was the seventh of nine children; his siblings include Rebbie, [...]
    Bill Meléndez: Born: 1916-11-15 - Died: 2008-09-02
    Meléndez was an animator, director, and producer who is known for the Peanuts carton series for Warner Brothers. In later versions of the cartoon, Meléndez provided the voice for both Snoopy and Woodstock. He began animating in 1938 when he was hired by Walt Disney to work on animated films such as Bambi, Fantasia, and [...]
    Jack Kirby: Born: 1917-08-28 - Died: 1994-02-06
    Kirby was one of the most recognizable, prolific, and influential comic artists of all time. He co-created some of the greatest comic book icons such as the Fantastic Four, X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America, and literally hundreds more. Without having any formal training, Kirby got his start in comics in when he met Fox editor [...]
    E.C. Segar: Born: 1894-12-08 - Died: 1938-10-13
    Elzie Crisler Segar was a cartoonist whose claim to fame was being the creator of everybody’s favorite spinach-eating seaman Popeye the Sailor Man. Segar’s Popeye cartoon originally appeared in 1929 in the “Thimble Theatre” comic section of the New York Journal. Interestingly enough, Segar had been contributing cartoons to this publication for a decade prior [...]
    William S. Burroughs: Born: 1914-02-05 - Died: 1997-08-02
    William Seward Burroughs II was a writer of novels and essays as well as a painter and a spoken word performance artist. He also did a little acting including performances in Gus Van Sant films. He graduated from Harvard University after losing his virginity to a female prostitute. He then went to the Army just [...]
    Bob Ross: Born: 1942-10-29 - Died: 1995-07-04
    Ross was a painter who is best known for his television show “The Joy of Paining”, which was shown on public broadcast stations across the United States. During each episode Ross would show viewers the art of oil painting using the quick-study technique that kept colors to a minimum and broke the whole process down [...]
    Charles M. Schulz: Born: 1922-11-26 - Died: 2000-02-12
    Schulz was a beloved cartoonist who is best known for his Peanuts comic strip. He got his start in comics after he submitted one of his drawings to The Saturday Evening Post, they paid him $40 and asked that he send more. Schulz sent in a total of 13 comics before he ended his partnership [...]