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Buddy Ebsen & Irene Ryan
You might know him as: "Jed Clampett" in The Beverly Hillbillies and as the title character in Barnaby Jones; He was also the original Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz before becoming alergic to the aluminum face paint he had to wear
Real Name: Christian Rudolph Ebsen, Jr.

Born: April 2, 1908 in Belleville, Illinois

Died: July 6, 2003 in Torrance, CA

Cause of death: Complications from pneumonia


You might know her as: Granny (Daisy Mae Moses) from the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies

Born: October 10, 1902 in El Paso, TX

Died: April 26, 1979 in Santa  Monica, CA

Cause of death: Brain Tumor
You big cold-blooded dummy!
Redd Foxx
You might know him as: "Fred G. Sanford" on Sanford and Son

Real Name: John Sanford

Born: December 9,  1922, St. Louis, MO

Died: October 11, 1991

Cause of death: Heart Attack
Mother, his name is Darrin!!!
Elizabeth Montgomery
You might know her as: the witch, "Samantha Stephens" on Bewitched as well as her cousin, "Serena"

Born: April 15, 1933 in Hollywood, CA

Died: May 18,1995 Los Angeles, CA

Cause of death: Colorectal cancer
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Hugh O'Connor
You might know him as: "Lt. Lonnie Jamison" on In the Heat of the Night, (TV Series) in which he co-starred with his father, Carroll O'Connor

Full name: Hugh Edward Ralph O'Connor

Born: April 7, 1962 in Rome, Italy---Adopted by Carroll and Nancy O'Connor days later

Died: March 28, 1995---exactly 3 years after marrying Angela Clayton

Cause of death: suicide by shooting himself in the head...

He had Hodkin's disease early in his life, and became addicted to prescription drugs that way...

*Hugh was named after Carroll O'Connor's brother, who had died years earlier. When Hugh's son was born in 1993, his was named Sean Carroll O'Connor

Carroll on Hugh's death: "I lost my son, I'll go to my grave with that."


Thanks for the memories
Bob Hope
You might know him as: The entertainer of countless American troups through his USO shows, also did Vaudeville in the 1920s, starred with Bing Crosby in the many""Road" movies, i.e; Road to Bali, Road to Marocco, etc...

Real Name: Leslie Townes Hope

Born: Eltham, England May 29, 1903

Died: July 27, 2003, Toluca Lake, CA

Cause of Death: Pneumonia
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Warren Zevon
Aah-ooh...werewolves of London
You might know him as: The singer/songwiter of the 1978 classic hit "Werewolves of London"

Born: January 24, 1947 in Chicago, Ill

Died: September 7, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA

Cause of death: Lung cancer
Janet! Chrissy! Where are you girls?
John Ritter
You  might know him as: "Jack Tripper" from Three's Company , the voice of "Clifford" on Clifford, the Big Red Dog, and also as "Paul" from 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter

Born: September 17, 1948 in Burbank, CA

Died: September 11, 2003 in Burbank, CA

Cause of death: Undetected tear in his aorta (Aortic Dissection)

Like many others, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of this great actor. John was the very first actor I watched on TV in the early 1980s. I was only 2 when I started watching Three's Company (which was in reruns by that point) I will never forget him. I love you, John!

Henry Winkler on John's passing: It is like there is a big tear in the heart of the world.

Read Joyce DeWitt's, Richard Kline's, Don Knotts' and Suzanne Somers' comments on this page.
Paul Lynde
Yagga-Zusie! Yagga-Zusie! Yagga-Zusie-Zim!!
You might know him as: One of the original middle squares on Hollywood Squares. He was also a very talented character actor known for such roles as: "Uncle Arthur" on Bewitched, "Dr. Dudley" on The Munsters, the voice of "Templeton" the rat in Charlotte's Web and" Mr. Kerr "(the casting director) as well as "Commander Porter" on I Dream of Jeannie. See this page dedicated to him and his wisecracks

Born: June 13, 1926 in Mount Vernon, OH

Died: January 10, 1982 in Beverley Hills, CA

Cause of death: Cardic Arrest from extreme sustance abuse
My name is Sue! How do you do? Now you're gonna die!!!
Johnny Cash
You might know him as: The Man in Black, a cross-over singer between country & rock with such songs as: "I Walk the Line", "Ring of Fire" ,A Boy Named Sue" and "Man in Black."

Born: February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas

Died: September 12, 2003

Cause of death: Complications from diabetes
Jeannie
Tony Randall
You might know him as: "Felix Unger" in the TV version of The Odd Couple and as the sidekick in many Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies such as Send Me No Flowers ( "Arnold Nash") and Pillow Talk ("Jonathan Forbes"). He was also "Harvey Weskitt "in the 1952-55 TV show Mr. Peepers as well as "Harold Ventimore" in The Brass Bottle, which co-starred Barbara Eden a year before she started on  I Dream of Jeannie

Born: February 26, 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Died: May 17, 2004 in New York, NY

Cause of death: Complications from a prolonged illness

Jack Klugman said, “A world without Tony Randall is a world that I cannot recognize."

TV Odd Couple's Garry Marshall: “Tony Randall was a great man, a great talent and a great influence on my life...He taught me how to write, he taught my sister, Penny, how to act, and he taught millions of people how to laugh.”

Never assume...
Marlon Brando
I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse!
You might know him as": "Stanley Kowalski" in A Streetcar Named Desire, as "Max "in The Score, as mafia leader "Don Corleone" in The Godfather, and as "Sky Masterson" in Guys and Dolls

Born: April 3, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska

Died: July 1, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA

Cause of Death: First reported as lung failure, but later reported as liver cancer
Paul Lynde
Ronnie Lane
You might know him as: one of the founding members of the band Small Faces, (who later became the Faces). Songs include "Itchycoo Park" and "Stay With Me"

Born: April 1, 1946 in London, England

Died: June 4, 1997 in Trinidad, CO

Cause of death: It was reported that it ended his long battle with MS, (even though multiple sclerosis itself cannot kill someone). Indeed, it is true that MS alone cannot kill, but when someone has MS and other ailments, it can be fatal. Ronnie had the disease since the late 1970s. I guess the reality is that some progressive forms can be deadly. Too bad we had to lose someone like this to make people aware (or even worse, nobody learns or cares that this disease can rob people of their lives. Ronnie's death should have been more widely publicized to raise awareness about MS. This is a good site for Ronnie Lane
Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott
You might know him as: The lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Pantera and also of heavy metal band Damageplan, which he and his brother Vince formed in 2003

Born: August 20, 1966 in Dallas, TX

Died: December 8, 2004 in an Columbus, Ohio fanclub (same day as John Lennon's assassination 24 years earlier)

Cause of death: Like John Lennon exactly 24 years earlier, he, too, was assassinated

*Dimebag  was laid out in and buried in a KISS kasket, as per his wishes*
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Dana Elcar
Hey, Mac! You sure about this?
You might know him as: Peter Thornton from MacGyver. He also had roles on Baretta and Black Sheep Squadron

Born: October 10, 1927 in Ferndale, Michigan

Died: June 6, 2005

Cause of Death: Pneumonia (after suffering with Glaucoma since the early 1990s)


Richard Dean Anderson on Dana: "At a time when I had very little business being called an actor, he made things so easy for me," Anderson said. "It was a learning experience that was very warm and loving for all seven years." Courtesy of foxnews.com
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Bob Denver
You might know him as: "Wiley Gilligan" from Gilligan's Island. He also played beatnik Maynard G. Krebs in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Rufus ''Butterworth" in The Good Guys, and he played the title character in Dusty's Trail. He was also the inept genie "Harold" on I Dream of Jeannie

Born: January 9, 1935 in New Rochelle, New York

Died: September 2, 2005 in Winston-Salem, NC

Cause of Death: Cancer complications (he also was diabetic)

Go to Dawn Wells' site and Russell Johnson's site to read their tributes to Bob

Dwayne Hickman (co-star on MLoDG): "It feels like a part of me died when (Bob) died."

Russell Johnson passed on January 16, 2014 at age 89...Dawn Wells said of him:  "My 2 favorite people are now gone. The professor past away this morning. My heart is broken...Russell was a true gentleman, a good father, a great friend, and 'the rest,'

Tina Louise: "I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Russell Johnson...he will always be in our hearts and remembered as part of American pop culture history as 'Gilligan's Island' lives on through ME TV and TV Land. He will be missed."



Don Adams
You might know him as: "Maxwell Smart "(Agent 86) on Get Smart and as the voice of 1980s cartoon hero Inspector Gadget

Birth Name: Donald James Yarmy

Born: April 13, 1923 in New York, NY

Died: September 25, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA

Cause of Death: Lung Infection

Barbara Feldon (Agent 99) on Don Adams: "(He was) the perfect person to inhabit (his character)...He was very intelligent and sentimental in real life."
"Go-go gadget..."
Richard Pryor
You might know him as: The blind man in See No Evil, Hear No Evil, as the host of his show, The Richard Pryor Show, and as a stand-up comedian whose acts were often rated "R". He had MS for almost 20 years before the final heart attack which claimed his life.

Born: December 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois

Died: December 10, 2005 in Encino, CA

Cause of Death: Heart Attack


Steve Martin on Richard: "By expressing his heart, anger and joy, Richard Pryor took comedy to its highest form."

Bob Newhart on Richard: "(He was) the single most seminal comedic influence in the last 50 years."
Don Knotts
You might know him as: Deputy "Barney Fife" on The Andy Griffith Show, as "Ralph Furley" on Three's Company, or as a regular on The Steve Allen Show. He was also on Hollywood Squares a number of times. He also had a reoccurring role as "Les Calhoun" in Griffith's later series Matlock

Real Name: Jesse Donald Knotts

Born: July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, WV

Died: February 24, 2006

Cause of death: pulmonary and respiratory complications

Andy Griffith on Don:"Don was a small man ... but everything else about him was large: his mind,his expressions...Don was special. There's nobody like him."

Ron Howard on Don: "He was just one of those truly kind people, very unassuming and very respectful."

Tim Conway on Don: He was Barney Fife, there's no question about it. He had the front of being a very secure guy until things started to crumble around him. He's the confident guy who has no business being confident. ... He left us with a wonderful, gentle character who can never be duplicated."

(All courtesy of People/AOL Celebrity)
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Al  Lewis
You might know him as:" Grandpa Munster" from The Munsters, "Officer Leo Schnauser" from Car 54, Where Are You? or as "Uncle Joe Russo" in 1988's Married to the Mob

Born: April 30, 1923 in New York, New York

Died: February 3, 2006

Cause of death: natural causes


From TKS: Personally, I found it  very interesting that Al Lewis once attended Thomas Jefferson High School, which is very close to where I graduated from college.


Fred Gwynne
Lily, yout pussycat is home...
You might know him as: "Herman Munster" from The Munsters, "Officer Francis Muldoon" from Car 54, Where Are You? or as "Judge Chamberlain Haller" from 1992's  My Cousin Vinny

Full name: Frederick Hubbard Gwynne

Born: July 10, 1926 in New York. New York

Died: July 2, 1993 in Taneytown, MD

Cause of death: pancreatic cancer
Yvonne DeCarlo
Oh, Herman!
You might know her as: "Lily Munster" from The Munsters, "Sephora" from  The Ten Commandments, or as the "Slave Owner's Wife" in the TV-mini-series, Roots

Full name: Peggy Yvonne Middleton

Born: September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Died: January 8, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA

Cause of death: natural causes
Gene Pitney
Only love can break a heart...Only love can mend it again...
You might know him as: The singer of such songs as "It Hurts to be in Love," "Town Without Pity", and "Only Love Can Break a Heart."

Born: February 17, 1940 in Hartford, CT

Died: April 5, 2006 in Cardiff, Wales<--The 3rd one on that day! (April 5th--KC & LS are the other 2...)

Cause of death: natural causes (I wish they would be more specific! He was only 66!)
Billy Preston
You might know him as: The "fifth" Beatle; also a singer/songwriter in his own right. He contributed with bands such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and even co-wrote Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful". His own chart-toppers include "Nothing from Nothing" and "Will It Go Round In Circles?"

Born: September 2, 1946 in Houston, TX

Died: June 6, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Cause of death: kidney failure

Hear Gene Pitney's "Town Without Pity" as many times as you want!
Mike Evans
You might know him as" Lionel Jefferson" from All in the Family (and then spun-off into The Jeffersons)
He also guest-starred as "Ray" on Walker, Texas Ranger with Chuck Norris. He also guested on Richard Pryor's show

Born: November 3, 1949 in Salisbury, NC

Died: December 14, 2006 in Twentynine Palms, CA

Cause of death: Throat cancer
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Peter Boyle
Holy Crap!
You might know him as: "Frank Barone" from Everybody Loves Raymond; he  was also the monster in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein; he was also John Lennon's Best Man (In real-life)

Born: October 18, 1935 in Norristown, PA

Died: December 12, 2006

Cause of death: multiple myeloma and heart disease

Patricia Heaton (Debra)on his passing: “Peter was an incredible man who made all of us who had the privilege of working with him aspire to be better actors. ... he was loved by everyone that knew him and loved by his many fans who cherished his talent.”

Doris Roberts (Marie):, "It's like losing a spouse," said who played Frank's wife, Marie, on the show. "I'm going to miss my dear friend, so unlike the character he played on television. He's a brilliant actor, a gentleman, incredibly intelligent, wonderfully well-read and a loving friend."

Brad Garrett (Robert): "I think of Peter and I smile. I laugh and I think about what I learned from him as an actor and a human being. He was a compassionate man and a great dad. I knew that he was ill but he was strong and he fought it. He's in a better place where he won't be suffering."

Ray Romano (Raymond): "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Peter Boyle,"  said, adding that Boyle was a mentor to him from the early days of "Everybody Loves Raymond."
Levi Stubbs
You might know him as: The lead singer of  the 1960s group The Four Tops (org called The Four Aims); with songs like "Reach Out (I'll be There", ""Bernadette" and "Baby I Need Your Living."

Born:  June 6, 1936 in Detroit, MI

Died: October 17, 2008 at his home

Cause of death: Died in his sleep

Fact: Jackie  Wilson was his cousin

Smokey Robinson: Levi Stubbs was one of the great voices of all times; He was very near and dear to my heart. He was my friend and my brother, I miss him. God bless his family and comfort them."

Gladys Knight: "We were family, have you ever heard a voice that sounded like his? It was emotional. It was crisp, with energy and an edge...he was amazing, very unassuming,very humble. So many artists don't like to share. He would hand you the mike in a minute."

Audley Smith (chief operating officer of the Motown Historical Museum): "(He) fits right up there with all the icons of Motown...His voice was as unique as Marvin's (Gaye) or as Smokey's (Robinson)or as Stevie (Wonder’s).
Bernadette!
Allan Melvin
You might know him as: "Barney Hefner" on All in the Family (later Archie Bunker's Place); the voice of Magilla Gorilla  in the Hanna-Barbara cartoon of the same name; as well as the voice of "Bluto" on the Popeye cartoons; also had recurring roles on The Andy Griffith Show`and Mayberry, RFD

*He was "Al the Plumber" in a Liquid Plumr ad in the 1970s, which ran for 15 years

Born: Febuary 18, 1922 in Kansas City, MO

Died: January 17, 2008 in Los Angeles

Cause of death: cancer

Like his pal, Carroll O'Connor, Allan also died in Los Angeles
Hey, Arch! What gives?
You  might know her as: "Maude Finley" on Maude, which was a spin-off of the FDR-fanatic character from All in the Family, playing Edith Bunker's cousin, whom Archie clashed with; she also played Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls

Birth Name: Bernice Frankel

Born: May 13, 1922 in New York City

Died: April 25, 2009 in Los Angeles

Golden Girls co-star Rue McClanahan:
"37 years ago, she showed me how to be brave in playing comedy. I'll miss that courage, and I'll miss that voice."

All in the Family craetor Norman Lear
"I owe Bea Arthur about 16 years. That's how much she added to my life...Bea was glorious and utterly unique."

Bea Arthur
*For tribute to Larry Hagman and Michael Ansara, go to this page; for Ron Pallilo and Robert Hegyes, go to this page; Jean Stapleton, click here*