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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Entertainment

    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 […]
    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-fiancĂ© 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 […]