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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Entertainment

    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 […]
    Richard Dawson: Born: 1932-11-20 - Died: 2012-06-02
    Dawson was a actor, comedian, panelist, and game show host. He’s probably best remembered for his role of Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes, and for being the original host of the Family Feud. Dawson was also a regular panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game on CBS.
    Jim Paratore: Born: 1954-01-01 - Died: 2012-05-29
    Paratore was the founder of TMZ, and executive producer of “TMZ on TV”. He also produced other shows such as: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, “The Bonnie Hunt Show” and “Lopez Tonight”.
    Eugene Polley: Born: 1915 - Died: 2012-05-22
    Eugene Polley, a Chicago-born enginner, was well-known for his invention called the “Flash-Matic,” which we now call the remote control in today’s society. The invention of the “Flash-Matic” became popular while he was working for the Zenith Television Company. Polley began his engineering career in 1935 and worked for Zenith for 47 years.
    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.