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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Entertainment

    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 [...]
    Shain Gandee: Born: N/A - Died: 2013-04-01
    Shain Gandee, 21, was a star of the MTV reality show Buckwild. Gandee went by the name of Gandee Candy on the show. He was one of nine cast members that presented the lives of young adults in rural America, specifically West Virginia.
    Reid Flair: Born: 1988-02-26 - Died: 2013-03-29
    Reid Flair, 25, was an American professional wrestler, and the son of legendary wrestler Ric Flair. He began wrestling at the age of nine when he defeated Eric Bischoff in the now defunct WCW. After wrestling all throughout high school, Reid joined the independent wrestling circuit where he remained until his death.
    Don Payne: Born: 1964-05-04 - Died: 2013-03-26
    Don Payne, 48, was a well-known writer for American television and film. He was most well-known for his work on The Simpsons as a writer. He continued to write episodes up until his death, with two episodes scheduled to air posthumously. He was also responsible for the screenplays of five feature films, including the yet [...]
    Paul Bearer: Born: 1954-04-10 - Died: 2013-03-05
    Paul Bearer, 58, was a professional wrestling manager and former wrestler in the WCCW and WWE. His real name was William Alvin Moody, but he had adopted various ring names during his career, including Mr. X, The Embalmer, Dr. Rigor Mortis and Percival Pringle III. Bearer became a household name as the manager for both [...]
    Bonnie Franklin: Born: 1944-01-06 - Died: 2013-03-01
    Bonnie Franklin, 69, was a famous television actress best known for her leading role in One Day At A Time. She got her start in television at the age of 9 in The Colgate Comedy Hour. From there, she worked in television and broadway regularly until her defining role as Ann Romano in One Day [...]
    William Watts Biggers: Born: 1927-06-02 - Died: 2013-02-10
    William Biggers was the co-creator of the cartoon Underdog and a novelist. His studio, Total Television, also produced the cartoons Tooter Turtle, Go Go gophers, Klondike Kat, and King Leonardo and his Short Subjects.
    Huell Howser: Born: 1945-10-18 - Died: 2013-01-06
    Huell Howser was best known as the producer and host of the California’s Gold television program. His unique style of interviewing made him a well-known figure throughout the Los Angeles area.
    Charles Durning: Born: 1923-02-28 - Died: 2012-12-24
    Charles Durning, 89, was known as the “king of character actors” in Hollywood and Broadway. He could play any role which led to him starring in a variety of comedies, drams and musicals. He was nominated for two Oscars, and won a Tony in 1989 for his portrayal of Big Daddy in “Cat on a [...]
    Jack Wishna: Born: 1958 - Died: 2012-11-27
    Jack Wishna was a well-known businessman from New York, NY. Wishna is mostly known for his role as president of CPAmerica, as well as founding Rockrena Inc. Wishna’s recent involvement in the media was when Michael Jackson got backlashed overseas during the child molestation scandal. While at Rockrena Inc., Wishna founded the music-related social network [...]
    Bonita Lynn Fields Elder: Born: - Died: 11-17-2012
    Bonita Lynn Fields Elder was a well-known dancer and actress from Walterboro, South Carolina. Elder is mostly known for starring as a dancer on The Mickey Mouse Show. As well as the The Mickey Mouse Show, Elder also starred in various small roles in movies, such as: Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Sweet Charity (1969), and [...]
    Lucille Bliss: Born: 1916-03-16 - Died: 2012-11-08
    Lucille Bliss was a well-known voice actress from New York, NY. Bliss was well known for performing the voice of Smurfette in the 1980s cartoon The Smurfs as well as Crusader Rabbit in Crusader Rabbit. Apart from her work with The Smurfs, Bliss held a number of minor roles in various television shows and movies, [...]
    Natina Reed: Born: 1979-10-28 - Died: 2012-10-26
    Natina Reed was a well-known singer, songwriter, and actress from New York, NY. Reed is mostly known for her role as Jenelope in the 2000 cheerleading movie Bring It On. Apart from Reed’s success in Bring It On, she also released two songs: “It’s Over” (feating her ex-fiancé Kurupt), and “Now Or Never” with Shamar [...]
    Russell Means: Born: 1939-11-10 - Died: 2012-10-22
    Russell Means was a well-known native American activist from Wanblee, South Dakota. He is mostly known for his involvement with native American rights and the American Indian Movement. Means was also involved within the arts, acting in various movies, such as: Pocahontas, Last of the Mohicans, and the most recent movie of Pathfinder. Means also [...]
    Sammi Kane Kraft: Born: 1992-04-02 - Died: 2012-10-09
    Sammi Kane Kraft was a well-known baseball player and actress from Livingston, New Jersey. She was known for her role as Amanda Whurlitzer in the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears. Apart from her flourishing acting career, Kraft also competed in the Junior Olympics, and also dreamed of competing in the future Olympic Games as [...]
    Beano Cook: Born: 1931-09-10 - Died: 2012-10-10
    Beano Cook (born as Carroll Hoff Cook) was a well-known college football historian and commentator from San Fransisco, California. He is most known for his commentary presence on the well-known sports network of ESPN. In 1986, Carroll “Beano” Cook joined ESPN, and became active in the network’s show The Hot List; however, Cook later became [...]
    Yvonne Mounsey: Born: 1919 - Died: 2012-09-29
    Yvonne Mounsey (born Yvonne Louise Leibbrandt) was a well-known ballet performer from Pretoria, South Africa. Mounsey is most well-known for her performances with the New York City Ballet, and also for helping cofound the Johannesburg City Ballet (South Africa) as well as the Westside School of Ballet (California). While active with the New York City [...]
    Sahara Davenport: Born: 1984-12-17 - Died: 2012-10-01
    Sahara Davenport (born as Antoine Ashley) was a well-known drag queen, dancer, and singer from Dallas, TX. Davenport was known for being part of the season two cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race reality show. Apart from Davenport’s fame on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Davenport also released various singles, such as: “Pump With Me” (2010), and “Go [...]
    Steve Sabol: Born: 1942-10-02 - Died: 2012-09-18
    Steve Sabol was a well-known film producer and cameraman from Moorestown, New Jersey. Sabol is mostly known for his involvement and serving as president for NFL Films. Steve joined his father Ed in NFL Films after graduating college in 1964. Steve served as a cameraman for many years, and then progressed to editor and writer [...]
    Jake Eberts: Born: 1941-07-10 - Died: 2012-09-06
    Jake Eberts (born John Eberts) was a well-known award-winning movie producer from Montreal, Canada. Eberts was most known for his movies of: Driving Miss Daisy, Ghandi, Dances With Wolves, and Chicken Run. Eberts founded two movie companies (Goldcrest Films and Allied Filmmakers), and then later became a part of National Geographic’s Feature Films division, where [...]
    Jerry Nelson: Born: 1934-07-10 - Died: 2012-08-23
    Jerry Nelson was a well-known puppeteer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nelson was most well-known for his involvement and puppeteering skills with Sesame Street, The Muppets, and Fraggle Rock. Nelson was known for many popular puppets within these shows, such as: Count von Count (Sesame Street), Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Lew Zealand, Robin the Frog, [...]
    Tony Scott: Born: 1944-06-21 - Died: 2012-08-19
    Tony Scott was a highly-regarded film director responsible for such movies as “Top Gun”, “True Romance”, and “Crimson Tide”. He has been known for his love of action and was often blasted by critics for sacrificing story for fast-paced imagery, especially when compared to his brother, fellow director Ridley Scott (“Alien”). Scott committed suicide by [...]
    Judith Crist: Born: 1922-05-22 - Died: 2012-08-07
    Judith Crist was a well-known film critic from New York, NY. Crist has been noted as the first full-time female critic for a major American newspaper (The New York Herald Tribune). Crist was a film critic for various other publications and television shows, such as: The New York Magazine, The Today Show, and TV Guide.
    Chris Marker: Born: 1921-07-29 - Died: 2012-07-30
    Chris Marker (born as Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve) was a well-known science fiction film writer and director from Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France. Marker’s most well-known works include: La Jetée (1962), and Sans Soleil (1983). Prior to his involvement in film, Marker studied philsophy prior to the second world war, and also traveled to various places around the world [...]
    Julian Goodman: Born: 1922-05-01 - Died: 2012-07-02
    Julian Goodman (from Glasgow, Kentucky) was well known for his role as president of the syndicated tv network of NBC. Goodman’s tenure at the prestigious network ranged from 1966-1974 after he had joined the news team for the network in 1945. Goodman was the person to give the contract to Johnny Carson to stay on [...]