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Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)

A look at all the stars in movies, TV, music, sports and media we lost this year


David SternThe former longtime commissioner of the NBA died Jan. 1 following a brain hemorrhage, according to a statement from current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. He was 77.

Elizabeth Wurtzel  The author of the seminal 1994 memoir “Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America” died in a Manhattan hospital on Jan. 7 at age 52.

Silvio Horta  Silvio Horta, creator of the ABC comedy series “Ugly Betty,” was found dead in a Miami motel room Jan. 7. He was 45.

Neil Peart  The drummer and lyricist for the ’70s and ’80s Canadian rock band Rush, died on Jan. 7, according to the band’s Twitter account. He was 67.

Harry Hains  Harry Hains, an actor and producer who had appeared on “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “The OA,” “Sneaky Pete” and “The Surface,” died on Jan. 7. He was 27.

Buck Henry The actor-screenwriter-director — who co-created “Get Smart,” co-wrote “The Graduate” and co-directed the hit 1978 Warren Beatty film “Heaven Can Wait” — died on Jan. 8 in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Edd ByrnesThe actor, who played Vince Fontaine in “Grease” and also starred on the series “77 Sunset Strip” as the teen idol “Kookie,” died on Jan. 8. He was 87.

Ivan Passer Ivan Passer — a pioneering filmmaker in the Czech New Wave, a frequent collaborator with the late Milos Forman and the director of the 1981 film “Cutter’s Way” — died on Jan. 9. He was 86.

Stan Kirch Stan Kirsch, one of the stars of the syndicated ’90s fantasy drama “Highlander: The Series,” died on Jan. 11. He was 51.

Rocky Johnson Rocky Johnson, a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died on Jan. 15 at the age of 75.

Terry Jones Terry Jones, a beloved member of the Monty Python comedy troupe who directed many of its classic films, died Jan. 21. He was 77.

Tyler Gwozdz  Former “Bachelorette” contestant Tyler Gwozdz, who appeared on the 2019 season of the reality series, died Jan. 22 of a suspected drug overdose at age 29. 

Kobe Bryant Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant was killed Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., that killed four others. He was 41.

Kirk Douglas  Kirk Douglas — the prolific actor and producer whose “Spartacus” is credited with helping to end the Hollywood blacklist, patriarch of a successful entertainment dynasty and one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s golden age — died Feb. 5 at age 103.

F.X. Feeney  F.X. Feeney, a film historian, screenwriter and longtime film critic for LA Weekly, died on Feb. 5 after suffering several strokes over the previous few days. He was 66.

Kevin Conway  Kevin Conway, known for his roles in films like “Gettysburg” and ‘Thirteen Days,” died on Feb. 5 of a heart attack. He was 77.

Orson Bean  Veteran character actor Orson Bean, a regular on shows like “To Tell the Truth” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and star of “Being John Malkovich,” died the night of Feb. 7 at age 91 after he was struck and killed by a car in Los Angeles.

Raphael Coleman  Raphael Coleman, who starred as Eric in the 2005 Emma Thompson movie “Nanny McPhee” and went on to devote himself to environmental activism, died suddenly on Feb. 7 at the age of 25.

Robert Conrad  Robert Conrad, who was the star of the ’60s TV series “Wild Wild West,” died from heart failure on Feb. 8 at the age of 84.

Paula Kelly  Paula Kelly, an Emmy-nominated actress known for TV series like “Night Court” and films like “Sweet Charity” and “The Andromeda Strain,” died on Feb. 8 in Whittier, California. She was 77.

Joseph Vilsmaier  Joseph Vilsmaier, a German director and cinematographer behind the acclaimed 1993 World War II drama “Stalingrad” died “peacefully” at his home in Bavaria on Feb. 11. He was 81.

Daniel Lee Martin  Daniel Lee Martin, country singer and host of “Brotherhood Outdoors,” was found dead in his Pasco County, Florida, home on Feb. 14 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 54.

Caroline Flack  Caroline Flack, former host of “Love Island,” died at the age of 40 on Feb. 15. A lawyer for the family told BBC that Flack died by suicide. 

Nikita Pearl Waligwa  Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the young actress seen in the 2016 Disney film “Queen of Katwe,” died on Feb. 15, according to the Ugandan newspaper The Daily Monitor. Waligwa, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, was 15.

Jason Davis  Jason Davis, best known as the voice of Mikey Blumberg on Disney Channel’s “Recess,” died on Feb. 16. He was 35.

Ja’net DuboisJa’net Dubois, who starred on the CBS sitcom “Good Times” and wrote and performed the theme song to “The Jeffersons,” passed away on Feb. 18. She was 74.

Katherine JohnsonKatherine Johnson, a pioneering mathematician and NASA employee who was pivotal in America’s space race and was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the film “Hidden Figures,” died on Feb. 24. She was 101.

Dieter Laser  Dieter Laser, the German actor best known for his role as the deranged doctor in “The Human Centipede,” died on Feb. 29. He was 78.

James Lipton“Inside the Actors Studio” host James Lipton passed away on March 2 after a battle with bladder cancer. He was 93.

Max von Sydow“The Exorcist” star Max von Sydow died on March 8 at the age of 90. 

Lorenzo Brino Lorenzo Brino, a former child star in the family drama “7th Heaven,” died in a car accident on March 9, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

Beatrice Beatrice, who played the beloved French bulldog Stella on the last seven seasons of “Modern Family,” died March 9 shortly after the cast shot the series finale.

Stuart Whitman  Stuart Whitman, a star of Westerns like “The Comancheros” and the war movie “The Longest Day,” died in his home March 16, his son told TMZ. Whitman was 92.

Lyle Waggoner  Lyle Waggoner, an actor known for starring on “The Carol Burnett Show” and the ’70s “Wonder Woman” TV series, died March 17 at age 84. 

Maggie Griffin Maggie Griffin, Kathy Griffin’s mother and co-star of her Bravo reality series “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” died March 17 at age 99.

Kenny RogersCountry music legend Kenny Rogers passed away on March 20 at the age of 81. According to a statement, he died of natural causes.

Terrence McNallyTony-winning playwright Terrence McNally died on March 24 of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.

Bill WithersBill Withers, the singer of classics like “Lean On Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” died on March 30 at the age of 81.

Jeff GrossoJeff Grosso, the legendary skateboarder who hosted Vans’ “Loveletters to Skating” video series, died March 31 in Costa Mesa, Calif. He was 51.

Adam SchlesingerAdam Schlesinger, the lead singer-songwriter of the rock band Fountains of Wayne and a music producer and composer on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died on April 1 due to complications from the coronavirus.

Ellis Marsalis Jr.Ellis Marsalis Jr., New Orleans jazz legend and father of Wynton and Branford Marsalis, died from COVID-19 complications on April 1. He was 85.

Ed FarmerEd Farmer, an MLB player-turned-White Sox radio announcer, died April 1. He was 70.

Eddie LargeEddie Large, one-half of the comedy duo Little and Large, died April 2 after contracting coronavirus while hospitalized for heart failure. He was 78.

Patricia BosworthPatricia Bosworth, a stage and screen actress who also penned celebrity biographies, died April 2 from complications of the coronavirus. She was 86.

Honor BlackmanHonor Blackman, the British actress best known for her roles in “Goldfinger” and “The Avengers” series, died at the age of 94, her family announced on April 6.

Chynna RogersRapper and model Chynna Rogers died on April 8. She was 25.

Brian Dennehy  Actor Brian Dennehy, a Tony and Golden Globe-winning actor, passed away on April 15 of natural causes. He was 81.

Irrfan Khan  Irrfan Khan, the Indian actor who bolstered his fame beyond Bollywood with roles in English-language hits like “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Life of Pi,” died April 29 in Mumbai at age 53.

Sam Lloyd  Sam Lloyd, best known for his role as downtrodden lawyer Ted Buckland on “Scrubs,” died on April 30. He was 56.

Don Shula  Legendary NFL coach Don Shula passed away on May 4 at the age of 90.

Brian Howe  Brian Howe, the lead singer for the British rock supergroup Bad Company and a former vocalist for Ted Nugent, died on May 6. He was 66.

Andre Harrell  Longtime music executive Andre Harrell, who founded the hip-hop label Uptown Records and mentored Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, died on May 7 at age 59.

Roy Horn  Magician Roy Horn, best known as half of the legendary Siegfried & Roy magic and animal act in Las Vegas, died on May 8 from complications due to coronavirus.

Little Richard  Little Richard, the singer and pianist who became a rock pioneer with his high-energy musicianship and boundary-pushing personality, died on May 9 at age 87 from unspecified causes.

Jerry Stiller  Jerry Stiller, the Emmy-nominated comedy legend of TV sitcoms “Seinfeld” and “King of Queens,” passed away on May 11. He was 92.

Phyllis George  Phyllis George, a former Miss America winner who went on to become one of the first female broadcasters covering the NFL — and later, the First Lady of Kentucky — died on May 14 at the age of 70.

Fred Willard  Comedic actor Fred Willard, best known for his roles in “Spinal Tap” and “Modern Family,” passed away on May 15 at the age of 86.

Lynn Shelton  Director and producer Lynn Shelton, who helmed independent films like “Humpday” and “Sword of Trust,” died on May 16 from a previously undisclosed blood disorder. She was 54.

Ken Osmond  Ken Osmond, best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on “Leave It to Beaver,” died on May 18 at the age of 76.

Chris TrousdaleChris Trousdale, a former member of the boy band Dream Street, died on June 2. His former bandmate, Jesse McCartney, said he died “due to complications from COVID-19.” He was 34.

Bonnie PointerBonnie Pointer, a member of the iconic R&B group The Pointer Sisters, passed away on June 8. She was 69.

Ian Holm“Lord of the Rings” star Ian Holm passed away on June 19. He was 88.

Joel SchumacherJoel Schumacher, director of films like “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Client” and “A Time to Kill,” died on June 22 after a long battle with cancer. He was 80. 

Carl ReinerLegendary entertainer Carl Reiner, perhaps best known as the creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died on June 29. He was 98.

Danny HicksThe actor, who appeared in several Sam Raimi films including “Evil Dead II,” “Darkman” and “Spider-Man 2,” died on June 30 at the age of 68.

Ronald L. Schwary  Ronald L. Schwary, Oscar-winning producer of Robert Redford’s 1980 drama “Ordinary People,” died on July 2 at age 76, his family announced.

Hugh Downs  Longtime TV news anchor Hugh Downs passed away on July 2 at the age of 99.

Earl CameronEarl Camerson, one of the first Black actors to be cast in major roles in British films, died at the age of 102 on July 3. His first role was in the 1951 film “Pool of London.”

Nick Cordero  Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero died on July 5 due to complications from coronavirus. He was 41.

Mary Kay LetourneauThe Seattle-area middle school teacher — who became infamous in 1997 after raping one of her students, serving a lengthy prison sentence, then marrying the student after her release from prison — died on July 6 following a battle with cancer. She was 58.

Ennio Morricone  Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone died on July 6 at age 91, his lawyer told the New York Times. Morricone became famous for his melodic scores for 1960s Westerns like “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West.” He drew on his work in so-called spaghetti Westerns for Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 Western “The Hateful Eight,” which earned the composer his first Academy Award after five previous nominations and an honorary award in 2007.

Charlie Daniels  Charlie Daniels, a country music and Southern rock legend known for his song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” died on July 6. He was 83.

Lil Marlo  Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo (né Rudolph Johnson), best known for his 2017 hit “2 the Hard Way” with Lil Baby, was shot and killed in his native Atlanta on July 12, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said. He was 30.

Kelly Preston  Actress Kelly Preston, who starred in such films as “Twins” and “Jerry Maguire,” died on July 12 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. The star, who had three children with husband John Travolta, was 57.

Naya Rivera  Former “Glee” star Naya Rivera was found dead on July 13 after going missing the week prior while out on a boat with her son in Ventura County, Calif. She was 33. 

Grant Imahara  Grant Imahara, the engineer and roboticist who helped test some of the world’s most famous rumors on the iconic Discovery Channel series “Mythbusters,” died on July 13 at the age of 49.

Galyn GörgThe dancer and actress, who appeared in classic television shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Twin Peaks,” died on July 14 at the age of 55.

John Lewis  John Lewis, the civil rights icon who played a key role in some of the most important battles of the era, died on July 17 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

Regis Philbin   Longtime morning television host and five-time Emmy-winner Regis Philbin died July 25 of natural causes. He was 88.

Peter GreenThe British guitarist, who co-founded the seminal rock band Fleetwood Mac, died at age 73 on July 25.

Olivia de Havilland  Olivia de Havilland, an Oscar-winning actress best known for her role as the timid but strong Melanie in the 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind,” died July 26 of natural causes. She was 104.

Herman Cain  Herman Cain, a former GOP presidential candidate and business czar, died on July 30 from complications of the coronavirus. He was 74.

Wilford Brimley  Wilford Brimley, a beloved character actor who starred in such film as “Cocoon” and “The Natural,” died on Aug. 1 at age 85.

Sumner Redstone  Sumner Redstone, a movie theater owner’s son who became one of the most powerful moguls in Hollywood history, died on Aug. 11 at the age of 97.

Trini LopezThe singer and guitarist, who famously covered Pete Seeger and Lee Hays’ song “If I Had a Hammer,” died due to complications from COVID-19 on Aug. 11 at the age of 83. 

Robert Trump  Robert Trump, the younger brother of Donald Trump and a former real estate developer and executive at the Trump Organization, died on Aug. 15. He was 71 years old.

Justin Townes EarleThe Americana singer-songwriter and son of the country artist Steve Earle, known for his 2007 EP “Yuma,” died on Aug. 20 at age 38.

Chadwick Boseman  “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman died on Aug. 28 at the age of 43. He had been battling colon cancer but never publicly disclosed his diagnosis. 

Cliff RobinsonThis NBA All-Star and former contestant on “Survivor” died on Aug. 29 at age 53. His cause of death was lymphoma, according to the New York Times.

Kevin Dobson  Actor Kevin Dobson, a star on beloved CBS dramas “Kojak” and “Knots Landing,” died Sept. 6 of a heart attack. He was 77.

Bruce WilliamsonThe lead singer of The Temptations from 2006-2015 died of COVID-19 on Sept. 6, according to TMZ. He was 49 years old.

Diana Rigg  Diana Rigg, who was best known for her roles as Lady Olenna Tyrell on “Game of Thrones” and Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series “The Avengers,” died Sept. 10 at her home in the U.K. following a battle with cancer. She was 82.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg  Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the celebrated Supreme Court Justice and feminist icon, died due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer on Sept. 18. She was 87.

Michael Lonsdale  Michael Lonsdale, the actor who played the iconic villain Hugo Drax in 1979’s James Bond movie “Moonraker” and starred in 1973’s “The Day of the Jackal,” died on Sept. 21 at age 89.

Jackie StalloneThe celebrity astrologer and mother of “Rocky” actor Sylvester Stallone died on Sept. 21 at the age of 98.

Helen ReddyThe “I am Woman” singer and feminist icon died Sept. 29. She was 78.  

Eddie Van Halen  Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away on Oct. 6 following a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

Whitey FordEdward Charles Ford, better known as Whitey Ford, was a New York Yankees legend and Hall of Fame baseball player. The team announced his death on Oct. 8 at the age of 91.

Rhonda Fleming  Dubbed “The Queen of Technicolor,” Rhonda Fleming — who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” and opposite Bing Crosby in “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” — died in mid-October at the age of 97.

Tom KennedyThe game show host, known for hosting “Name That Tune,” “You Don’t Say” and “Password Plus,” died Oct. 11. He was 93. 

Conchata Ferrell The actress, who appeared in films like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Erin Brockovich” but was best known for playing the housekeeper Berta on “Two and a Half Men,” died on Oct. 12. She was 77.Ferrell died on Monday, Oct. 12, due to complications following a cardiac arrest

Joe MorganMLB Hall of Famer and broadcast commentator Joe Morgan died Oct. 12 after suffering from polyneuropathy. He was 77 years old.

Sid HartmanThe legendary Minneapolis sports columnist and Lakers general manager died at the age of 100 on Oct. 18.

James RandiThe famed magician was known as “The Amazing Randi” and also worked as a scientific investigator who debunked sensational claims of paranormal and occult occurrences. He died on Oct. 20 at age 92.

Tony LewisThe British lead singer and bassist for the band The Outfield passed away Oct. 20. He was 62.

Marge Champion The actress, known for “Show Boat” and “Give a Girl a Break,” was also the model for Walt Disney animators who created the dancing in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” She died on Oct. 21 at age 101.

William BlinnThe creator of “Starsky & Hutch” and the writer of “Purple Rain” died on Oct. 22 at the age of 83.

Tracy SmothersWWE star Tracy Smothers, who competed under the moniker Freddie Joe Floyd, passed away Oct. 28. He was 58. 

Sean ConneryThe legendary actor known for “James Bond,” “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” and “The Hunt for Red October” passed away on Oct. 31 at age 90.

Eddie HassellThe “Devious Maids” and “The Kids Are Alright” actor was shot and killed in Texas on Nov. 1. He was 30.

Nikki McKibbinThe “American Idol” finalist and native Texan died Nov. 1. She was 42. 

Alex TrebekAlex Trebek, longtime “Jeopardy!” host and beloved TV personality, died on Nov. 8 after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

Bobby Brown Jr. Bobby Brown Jr., son of Bobby Brown and Kim Ward, died in Encino, Calif. on Nov. 19. He was 28.

David DinkinsDinkins, the first Black mayor of New York City, passed away Nov. 23. He was 93.

Ed MurrayEd, the brother of Bill Murray, inspired the hit film “Caddyshack” by introducing his family to the game of golf. Ed Murray died Nov. 25 at age 67.

David ProwseThe actor behind Darth Vader’s mask died Nov. 29. He was 85.

David LanderDavid Lander, the actor who played Squiggy on the “Happy Days” spin-off “Laverne & Shirley,” died on Dec. 4 due to complications from multiple sclerosis. He was 73.

Tommy ‘Tiny’ ListerFormer wrestler and actor Tommy “Tiny” Lister, best known for his role in the “Friday” movies, died on Dec. 10. He was 62.

John le CarréFamed British author John le Carré, whose books include “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” died on Dec. 13 after battling pneumonia. He was 89.

Ann ReinkingThe Tony-winning actor and dancer most known for directing choreography in the 1996 “Chicago” musical and as protégée of Bob Fosse, died Dec. 14 in Washington state. She was 71. 

Robert WerdenWerden was a Hollywood publicist for 35 years and the Oscars’ publicity lead from 1975 to 1993. He also was a unit publicist on over 40 movies, including “Pennies From Heaven” and the original “Superman” films. He died at his home in Los Angeles on Dec. 15. He was 94 years old. 

Marcus D’AmicoThis London-based actor was best known for appearing in the original “Tales of the City” miniseries in 1993. He died on Dec. 16 at the age of 55.

Tuck TuckerThis prolific animator, writer, artist and songwriter whose work included “Spongebob,” “The Simpsons,” “Hey Arnold” and “The Fairly OddParents,” died on Dec. 22 from undisclosed causes. He was 59.

Rebecca LukerThe Tony Award-nominated Broadway actress and singer died on Dec. 23 at age 59, following a battle with ALS.

Jonathan HuberThe professional wrestler with both WWE and All Elite Wrestling was best known under his ring names Brodie Lee and Luke Harper. He died on Dec. 26 from undisclosed causes at the age of 41.

Phil NiekroThe Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher best known for playing 20 seasons with the Atlanta Braves died on Dec. 26 after a battle with cancer. He was 81.

Nick McGlashanThis seventh-generation fisherman was a regular on Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” series, appearing as a deck boss on 78 episodes over seven seasons. He died on Dec. 27 at age 33, though no cause of death was given, according to TMZ.

William LinkThe co-creator of classic TV series including “Columbo” and “Murder, She Wrote” died on Dec. 27 at the age of 87. His cause of death was congestive heart failure, his widow told Deadline.

Joe ClarkThis New Jersey high school principal was the subject of the 1989 biopic “Lean on Me,” starring Morgan Freeman. Clark died on Dec. 29 at the age of 82.

Pierre CardinThe legendary fashion designer and entrepreneur died on Dec. 29 at age 98. He was known for futuristic designs like the bubble dress.

Howard RubensteinThis public relations heavyweight died on Dec. 29 at the age of 88. Over his career, his clients have included Donald Trump, George Steinbrenner and the Yankees, Columbia University, and the Metropolitan Opera. His cause of death was not immediately released.

Phyllis McGuireThe last surviving member of the 1950s singing trio The McGuire Sisters died on Dec. 29 at the age of 89. No cause of death was immediately given.

Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” QuinonesThis pioneering hip-hop dancer and one of the stars of the film “Breakin'” died on Dec. 30 at the age of 65. His cause of death was not immediately released.

Dawn WellsThe “Gilligan’s Island” star, who played Mary Ann on the classic 1960s sitcom, died of complications due to COVID-19 on Dec. 30. She was 82.
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