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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Entertainment

    Mickey Rooney: Born: 1920-09-23 - Died: 2014-04-06
    Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.) was an American actor and funnyman, with a career that spanned an incredible nine decades. Rooney’s time in the spotlight began in the early 1920s, and Rooney was one of the last remaining actors with ties to the silent film era. Apart from being one of the most prolific [...]
    Dave Brockie: Born: 1963-08-1963 - Died: 2014-03-23
    Dave Brockie, known by many as Oderus Urungus, was the lead singer of the band GWAR. The band was formed back in 1984, and plays an odd brand of satirical metal. They are known for their elaborate costuming and graphic performances.
    Clarissa Dickson Wright: Born: 1947-06-24 - Died: 2014-03-15
    Clarissa Dickson Wright was a famous celebrity chef and television personality best known for her show Two Fat Ladies, which ran on the BBC from 1996 to 1999. That show, in which Wright starred alongside Jennifer Paterson, was known for its use of publicly-deemed “unhealthy” ingredients with a focus on taste for taste’s sake.
    Hal Douglas: Born: 01-09-1924 - Died: 07-03-2014
    Hal Douglas was a well-known voice actor who did thousands of movie trailers for films like “Lethal Weapon” and “Forrest Gump”. He died from complications of pancreatic cancer, but had worked steadily up until 2012. He was born Harold Cone and trained as a pilot during WWII.
    Gerard Mortier: Born: 1943-11-25 - Died: 2014-03-08
    Gerard Mortier was an Opera director famous for leading opera companies such as the Opera National de Paris and the Teatro Real. He was known for both his outspokenness and for taking on risky projects.
    John Henson: Born: 1965-04-25 - Died: 2014-02-14
    John Henson was a famous puppeteer and son of legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. He’s best known for performing the character “Sweetums” during the 90s.
    Nelson Frazier, Jr.: Born: 1971-02-14 - Died: 2014-02-18
    Nelson Frazier, Jr. was a professional wrestler best known for his appearances in the WWE. Frazier was known by several different personas during his WWE career, including King Mabel, Viscera, and Big Daddy V. Frazier also appeared on TNA and various independent wrestling leagues between his time in the WWE.
    Roy Garber: Born: Unkonwn - Died: 2014-01-17
    Roy Garber was an independent trucker best known for appearing on the A&E reality show Shipping Wars. Garber appeared on the show’s first five seasons before his death.
    James Avery: Born: 1945-11-27 - Died: 2013-12-31
    James Avery, 68, was an American actor best known for his role as Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Outside of his work on the classic 90s sitcom, he also had roles in television series like The Jeffersons, The Dukes of Hazzard, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sparks. His last role was in [...]
    Tony Musante: Born: 1936-06-30 - Died: 2013-11-26
    Tony Musante, 77, was a famous actor most well-known for his role in the 1970s ABC TV series Toma. During his career, he starred in a number of high-profile films and TV series as either a cop or criminal. His last film was 2007′s We Own The Night.
    Paul F. Crouch: Born: 30-03-1934 - Died: 30-11-2013
    Paul Crouch was the founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian network. Crouch and TBN won several awards over the years as the network was built up from one station to thousands, but he was not without controversy; in 2000, he was sued by the author of “The Omega Code” for plagiarism, and [...]
    Sylvia Browne: Born: 1936-10-19 - Died: 2013-11-20
    Sylvia Browne, 77, was an American author who claimed to be psychic. Beginning in 1974, Browne began giving psychic readings that soon catapulted her to fame and fortune. From there, she began a career in books and television that lasted several decades despite many of her predictions coming up false.
    Shirley Mitchell: Born: 1919-11-4 - Died: 2013-11-11
    Shirley Mitchell, 94, was an American actress best known for her role as Marion Strong in I Love Lucy. Throughout her career, she also had prominent roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction.
    Stanley Kauffmann: Born: 1916-04-24 - Died: 2013-10-09
    Stanley Kauffmann was a well-known movie critic for The New Republic. Starting in 1958, Kauffmann wrote movie reviews for The New Republic over 50 years. During his career he was also an editor, author, stage manager, and actor.
    Philip Chevron: Born: 1957-06-17 - Died: 2013-10-8
    Philip Chevron, 56, was the guitarist for The Pogues from 1984 to 1994. He may be most well know for his work with the aforementioned band, but he also played with a number of other bands and musicians, including The Radiators and Elvis Costello. Chevron rejoined The Pogues in 2001 and played with the band [...]
    Patsy Swayze: Born: unknown - Died: 16-09-2013
    Patsy Swayze was a choreographer and dance instructor who counted several famous actors among her students, including Debbie Allen and Randy Quaid. She had five children, including Don and Patrick Swayze, and taught Patrick about dance at a young age. She passed away at the age of 86.
    Hiroshi Yamauchi: Born: 1927-11-07 - Died: 2013-09-19
    Hiroshi Yamauchi was the third president of Nintendo, helming the company from 1949 to 2002. He is credited with turning the card-making company to the gaming giant that we know today. Yamauchi stepped down in 2002, handing the company over to Satoru Iwata. Yamauchi was also the majority owner in the Seattle Mariners and on [...]
    William Bart Colantuono: Born: unknown - Died: 17-09-2013
    William Colantuono was a helicopter pilot who flew for a logging company in the Pacific Northwest and was featured on the show “Ax Men” on the History Channel. Colantuono was reportedly hauling logs out of a forest in Oregon when the rotor separated from the helicopter, causing a crash.
    Mark Sutton: Born: ????-??-?? - Died: 2013-08-14
    Mark Sutton was a stuntman best known for playing James Bond’s stunt-double in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
    Sean Sasser: Born: 1968-10-25 - Died: 2013-08
    Sean Sasser, 44, was a reality TV personality that appeared on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco. Sasser became involved with The Real World when Pedro Zamora, a cast member, moved into the show’s loft in San Francisco. The two began dating and even exchanged vows on the show. After the show and Zamora’s death, [...]
    Margaret Pellegrini: Born: 1923-09-23 - Died: 2013-08-07
    Margaret Pellegrini was an actress best known for her role in The Wizard of Oz as the “flowerpot munchkin”. She also played the “Sleepyhead” character in the film, and had a role in Johnny Got His Gun. She was uncredited in both films.
    Doink The Clown: Born: 1957-07-27 - Died: 2013-06-28
    Doink the Clown, real name Matt Osborne, 55, was a famous wrestler most known for his colorful clown antics in the ring. He participated in the WWF/WWE and smaller independent leagues. Doink as a character has been played by many wrestlers, but Osborne was the first and remains the most beloved.
    Jane Wicker: Born: Unknown - Died: 2013-06-23
    Jane Wicker was a pilot and stunt show performer. She was best known as a “wing walker” who climbed over and under airplanes during her Jane Wicker Airshows, a company that she owned and operated.
    Gary David Goldberg: Born: 1944-06-25 - Died: 2013-06-23
    Gary David Goldberg, 68, was most well know for creating Family Ties. The popular 1980s sitcom is remembered for many things, but one of the standouts is that it launched Michael J. Fox’ career. After Family Ties, Goldberg went on to create Spin City, Brooklyn Bridge, Dad, Bye Bye Love and Must Love Dogs.
    Lothar Schmid: Born: 1928-05-10 - Died: 2013-05-18
    Lothar Schmid was a chess grandmaster and chess referee. His most well-known for being the referee during the 1972 World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.
    Ron Weaver: Born: 1937-06-09 - Died: 2013-05-09
    Ron Weaver was a long-time daytime TV producer. He produced The Bold and the Beautiful for 27 years.
    Margaret Groening: Born: 1919-03-23 - Died: 2013-04-22
    Margaret Groening was best known as the mother of Simpsons creator Matt Groening. She also served as the inspiration for the character Marge Simpson.
    Ray Harryhausen: Born: 1920-06-29 - Died: 2013-05-07
    Ray Harryhausen, 92, was an American filmmaker best known for his special effects work in films like Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts. Harryhausen was first inspired to get into special effects after seeing King Kong for the first time in 1933. After that, he was involved in [...]
    Maria Tallchief: Born: 1925-01-24 - Died: 2013-04-11
    Maria Tallchief was a ballerina who danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the New York City Ballet. She became prima ballerina of the New York City Ballet in 1947.
    Jonathan Winters: Born: 1925-11-11 - Died: 2013-04-11
    Jonathan Winters, 87, was an American comedian and actor. Winters got his start as a local radio DJ in Ohio, but he soon moved to New York City to make it as a comedian. He soon struck success by starring in a number of comedy shorts, and even had the distinction of starring in the [...]