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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Entertainment

    Mitchell Guist: Born: 1940-01-01 - Died: 2012-05-14
    Guist was an alligator hunter, who was featured on History Channel’s hit television show “Swamp People”, which is shot in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya swamp.
    Patricia Medina: Born: 1919-07-19 - Died: 2012-04-28
    Patricia Medina was a well-known English actress, known for her roles in Stranger At My Door and Mr. Arkadin. Medina’s acting career started in the 1930s by starring in small roles; however, in the 1950s, her acting career flourished as she started in major titles, such as: Fortunes of Captain Blood, Lady in the Iron [...]
    Peter Wragg: Born: 1947 - Died: 2012-04-15
    Peter Wragg was a well-known Visual Affects Designer for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Mostly known for his work on the well-known British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, his work could also be seen in other shows, such as: Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and Doctor Who.
    Robert Sherman: Born: 1925-12-19 - Died: 2012-03-05
    Sherman was a songwriter who specialized in musical films. Working with his brother, their work can be heard in Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose, and the theme song of “It’s a Small World (After All)”.
    Ralph McQuarrie: Born: 1960-06-13 - Died: 2012-03-04
    Ralph McQuarrie was well known for his work as a Conceptual Artist for the Star Wars trilogy. McQuarrie also worked on various other Hollywood blockbuster projects, such as: E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the original TV series of Battlestar Galactica.
    Zalman King: Born: 1942-05-23 - Died: 2012-02-03
    Zalman King was an actor, writer, producer and director, most known for his work on various erotic films and television shows. He produced 9 1/2 Weeks, directed Wild Orchid and created the Red Shoe Diaries series. Fans of horror films may also remember him from the film Blue Sunshine.
    Don Cornelius: Born: 1936-09-27 - Died: 2012-02-01
    Cornelius was a television show host and producer who is best known for creating, and hosting (from 1971 – 1993, the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train. MadVision Entertainment purchased Soul Train in 2008 from Cornelius. The way Soul Train came about was, Cornelius recognized that in the late 1960s there was no television venue [...]
    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 [...]
    Steve Jobs: Born: 1955-02-24 - Died: 2011-10-05
    Jobs was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, California, who named him Steven Paul. During his early years Jobs would often attend after-school lectures at Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California and was later hired there. This is where he met Steve Wozniak, they were both [...]
    Russell Armstrong: Born: 1964-01-01 - Died: 2011-08-15
    Armstrong was probably best known for being the husband of Taylor Armstrong, who was one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Armstrong made his money during the 90s dot com boom and filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2005, claiming less than $50,000 in assets and debt somewhere between $1 to $10 million. Taylor [...]
    Annette Charles: Born: 1948-03-05 - Died: 2011-08-03
    Annette Charles was an actress known best for her performance as Cha Cha DiGregorio in the 1978 hit Grease. She was born in LA in 1948, got her degree from NYU School of Social Work in 2001, and taught speech at California State University, Northridge. While she appeared on numerous TV shows, including: The High [...]
    Amy Winehouse: Born: 1983-09-14 - Died: 2011-07-23
    Amy Winehouse was a singer-songwriter known for such songs as “Rehab” and “Tears Dry on Their Own”. Problems with substance abuse were often highly publicized.
    Sherwood Schwartz: Born: 1916-11-14 - Died: 2011-07-12
    Schwartz was a legendary television producer who is also created for creating the series’ Gilligan’s Island on CBS and The Brady Bunch on ABC. Some of his other work included The Bob Hope Shop, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The ALan Young Show, I Married Joan, The Red Skelton Show, My Favorite Martian, It’s [...]
    Tim Hetherington: Born: 1970-01-01 - Died: 2011-04-20
    Hetherington was a famed photojournalist, who was probably best known for his documentary Restrepo.
    Dino De Laurentiis: Born: 1919-08-08 - Died: 2010-11-10
    Dino De Laurentiis is a renowned producer in both Italy, and America. He is responsible for producing over 160 movies in his career. Many of these movies are considered classic, with a few being cult classics.
    Charlie O’Donnell: Born: 1932-08-12 - Died: 2010-11-01
    Though you might not recognize a picture of him, Charlie O’Donnell’s voice is probably one of the most memorable in all of entertainment. The famous announcer has been a part of some of the most famous game shows in entertainment. From Card Sharks, to Joker’s Wild, and his most famous role as announcer for Wheel [...]
    Eddie Fisher: Born: 1928-08-10 - Died: 2010-09-22
    Eddie Fisher was a singer/performer who received his heyday during the 1950′s. Between 1950 and 1956 he would have seventeen songs break the Top 10 charts, and thirty five in the Top 40.
    Rue McClanahan: Born: 1934-02-21 - Died: 2010-06-03
    Rue McClanahan is a famous actress most notable for her stint on Golden Girls and performances on Broadway, and Off-Broadway. McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma; the daughter of a beautician and building contractor. She would attend the University of Tulsa, graduating with honors with a degree in German and theater arts.
    Art Linkletter: Born: 1912-07-17 - Died: 2010-05-26
    Art Linkletter, was a famous television personality who brought about many new and fresh ideas to the TV medium. He was most famous for the shows House Party, which ran 25 years and People Are funny, that ran for 19 years. His shows involved a heavy amount of audience participation, gags, and entertaining uncertainty.
    Simon Monjack: Born: 1971-01-01 - Died: 2010-05-23
    Monjack was a British-born screenwriter who had two films on his résumé, Factory Girl and Two Days, Nine Lives. Sadly thought, Monjack is probably best known for being the husband of the late actress Brittany Murphy, who just died five months ago at the age of 32.
    Lena Horne: Born: 1917-06-30 - Died: 2010-05-09
    Lena Horne is known mostly for her career in entertainment, and her role during the Civil Rights movement. She got her start singing, and performing for a variety of nightclubs in New York City. She also appeared in a couple of movies during the 30′s, where her singing was highlighted. Her big break would come [...]
    Lynn Redgrave: Born: 1943-03-08 - Died: 2010-05-02
    Redgrave was from a very well-known British family of actors. She made her theatrical debut in 1962. She won a New York Film Critics Award for her role in the 1966 film Georgy Girl, the role also landed her nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. In 1967 Redgrave left theatrical acting [...]
    Dixie Carter: Born: 1939-05-25 - Died: 2010-04-10
    Carter was an actress who is best-known for her role in the sitcom Designing Women, which ran from 1986 – 1993). She was also nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” for Desperate Housewives in 2007.
    John Forsythe: Born: 1918-01-29 - Died: 2010-04-01
    John Forsythe was an actor who starred in three television series spanning four decades: Bachelor Father, Charlie’s Angels, and Dynasty. His role of Blake Carrington on the 1980s soap opera Dynasty is the role most people remember Forsythe for. Forsythe was also the announcer for Michelob beer commercials from the 1970s through 1985, most notably [...]
    Bob Kane: Born: 1915-10-24 - Died: 1998-11-03
    Bob Kane is a legendary comic book artist who helped to create Batman. His attachment to the character would strengthen throughout the years, as Batman’s popularity would continue to rise. He’s also a large part behind the creation of Robin, and The Joker.
    Robert Culp: Born: 1930-08-16 - Died: 2010-03-24
    Culp was an actor and scriptwriter, most known for his television work. He became internationally famous for his role of Kelly Robinson on I Spy, where he starred along side Bill Cosby. He also appeared in numerous other television shows including: Bonanza, The Golden Girls, The Nanny, The Girls Next Door and Wings. Most recently [...]
    Peter Graves: Born: 1926-03-18 - Died: 2010-03-14
    Peter Graves was an actor who’s generally known for two performances; Jim Phelps on the hit TV show Mission Impossible, and Captain Oveur from the spoof Airplane. Grave’s big break came from a TV show called ‘Fury’. He starred as Jim Newton, and it lasted 116 episodes. His performances in the 60′s would eventually culminate [...]
    Corey Haim: Born: 1971-12-23 - Died: 2010-03-10
    Corey Haim was an actor, most notably being a teen idol during the 1980s. Some of his more popular roles include The Lost Boys, License to Drive, Dream a Little Dream and Lucas. Haim co-starred with Corey Feldman numerous times during his career, the pair even garnered the nickname “The Two Coreys”. Coincidentally this was [...]
    Andrew “Boner” Koenig: Born: 1968-08-17 - Died: 2010-02-25
    Koenig was a character actor, film director, editor and writer. He was the son of Walter Koenig, Pavel Chekov in Star Trek. Between 1985 to 1989 Koenig had a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. On the show he played Kirk Cameron’s character Mike Seaver’s best friend, Richard “Boner” Stabone.
    Dawn Brancheau: Born: 1970-01-01 - Died: 2010-02-24
    Dawn Brancheau was raised far from the ocean in Indiana. On a family vacation to SeaWorld she became infatuated with Orca Whales, saying “I wanna be a Shamu trainer” according to her mother. She graduated from South Carolina with degrees in both psychology and animal behavior, and wasted little time landing her dream job at [...]