12 9 / 2014

Actor Richard Kiel, known for his role as the steel-toothed James Bond villain ‘Jaws,’ died on September 10th.

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Towering in stature, the 7-foot-2 actor played any number of comedic to menacing characters in his nearly 50 year acting career. Kiel was 74.

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04 9 / 2014

Joan Rivers, legendary comedian and “colorful” host of E!’s
Fashion Police, died tragically on September 4th following
complications from throat surgery. She was 81.

Rivers paved the way for funny ladies since the ’60s,
overcoming professional adversity, gender-barriers, and
personal tragedy, and never relenting in her quest to
entertain in an industry that was predominantly all male.

To borrow from CNN, “Joan Rivers gave misfit girls permission
to dream.” She will long be remembered for her fearlessness,
tenacity, generosity, and especially for her swift, stinging, and
brilliant one-liners. 

We’ll miss that wit. It feels far too soon.

31 8 / 2014

Air-conditioned greetings and big apologies to all our loyal fans and participants from the CDP staffers. We’ve had a busy summer and have racked up a whole new pile of stiffs. Here’s who we lost in the last few months, may they all rest in peace. And don’t forget to check out the updated leaderboard at the bottom of the post. We’ve got a tight race as we go into the fall!

Sir Richard Attenborough, acclaimed actor-director best known for directing 1982’s Ghandi and his performance in Jurassic Park, died on August 24th at the age of 90.

Legendary announcer for Saturday Night Live, Don Pardo, died on August 18th at the age of 96.

Lauren Bacall, classic-Hollywood sultry-voiced star, died on August 12th after suffering a stroke. She was 89. 

Academy Award-winning actor and comedian, Robin Williams, died on August 11th. Williams battled substance abuse and depression for decades, and tragically took his own life at the age of 63. 

James Brady, gun control advocate and former White House press secretary wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died on August 4th at the age of 73.

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James Garner, longtime American television and movie actor, died of natural causes on July 19th at the age of 86.

Broadway legend and longtime entertainer, Elaine Stritch, died on July 17th at the age of 89. For a glimpse of her brilliance, watch Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a documentary released earlier this spring.

Blues guitarist and singer, Johnny Winter, died on July 16th in a hotel room in Switzerland. He was 70.

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Tommy Ramone, drummer and the last living original member of punk band The Ramones, died on July 11th. Ramone had reportedly been battling cancer. He was 62.

Oscar nominated director and writer, Paul Mazursky, died on July 1st at the age of 84. Some of Mazursky’s best known films include Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Down and Out in Beverly Hills.

Meshach Taylor, American actor best known for his role on TV’s Designing Women, died on June 28th at the age of 67.

Eli Wallach, longtime character actor seen in The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, died on June 24th at the age of 98. 

Casey Kasem, iconic radio personality for nearly four decades, lost his battle with dementia after Alzheimer’s disease on June 15th. He was 82.

Ruby Dee, award-winning actress with a seven-decade stage and screen career, died peacefully on June 12th at the age of 91. 

Longtime Yankees bench coach and lifetime baseball player, 
Don Zimmer, died on June 4th at the age of 83.

Ann B. Davis, American television legend responsible for shepherding
The Brady Bunch family in her role as housekeeper Alice Nelson, died
on June 1st after complications from a fall. She was 88.

Dr. Maya Angelou, legendary author, world-renowned poet, and influential civil rights activist, died on May 28th at the age of 86.

 

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, died on April 17th from congestive heart failure. He was 87.

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11 4 / 2014

Hello gamers! Now that we’ve finally had a proper springtime thaw, the CDP staffers were able to assess the rest of the winter deaths and get the leaderboard up to date. Here’s who we lost the last 2 months…

Peaches Geldof, English model and television presenter, and daughter of singer Bob Geldof, died suddenly on April 7th at age 25.

Mickey Rooney, legendary American actor, died at age 93 on April 6th.

James Rebhorn, longtime American actor, died at 65 on March 21st following a long battle with skin cancer.

L’Wren Scott, American fashion designer and model, and longtime lover of Mick Jagger, died at age 49 on March 17th after taking her own life.

David Brenner, comedian and regular on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, died at age 78 on March 15th after a battle with cancer.

Harold Ramis, American actor, writer and director, died at age 69 on February 24th of complications from vasculitis.

Garrick Utley, reporter and former news anchor for NBC News, died at age 74 on February 20th of prostate cancer.

Maria von Trapp, last of the singing children of The Sound of Music, died at age 99 on February 18th from natural causes.

Sid Caesar, Emmy-winning comedian and actor, died at age 91 on February 12th.

Shirley Temple Black, child actress and grown-up diplomat, died at age 85 on February 10th of natural causes.

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02 2 / 2014

Oscar-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on February 2nd of a suspected heroin overdose. The revered actor had an immense body of work crossing all platforms—film, television, stage—and touching many genres, and was drawn to deep, dense characters in which he could immerse himself whole-heartedly.

A lifelong New Yorker, Hoffman was a private person who rarely discussed his family, but was the proud father of three children, and long-time partner of costume designer Mimi O’Donnell.

The heartbreakingly talented actor—and director and producer—will be sorely missed, and will always be remembered for his enduring performances in Capote, The Master, A Late Quartet, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights, and The Big Lebowski (to name a mere few).

Hoffman was 46.

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01 2 / 2014

Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell died on February 1st at the age
of 83. Schell, one of
Hollywood’s best-loved foreign stars, won the1961 Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in Judgement at Nuremberg. He was one of the most successful German-speaking actors in English-language films, and received much acclaim as a director as well, with Oscar nominations for his 1984 documentary on Marlene Dietrich, Marlene

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27 1 / 2014

Legendary folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger died from natural causes on January 27th at the age of 94. A singer, songwriter, and member of the folk band the Weavers, Seeger brought traditional and political songs to the mainstream over his 7-decade career, writing hits like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song),” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” 

Though he never scored a Top 40 hit of his own, Seeger’s impact over the musical landscape was overwhelming, influencing artists from Bob Dylan, to Joan Baez, to Dave Matthews, to Bruce Springsteen. He used folk music as a platform to invite people to hear his thoughts, and sing with him, while lobbying supporting labor activists, environmentalists, and peace advocates for generations. To use the words of President Obama, “For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger.”

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16 1 / 2014

Russell Johnson, American actor and World War II Air Force veteran, died on January 16th from kidney failure at the age of 89. Johnson was best known as Professor in the 1960s TV sitcom Gilligan’s Island, who could make a barometer out of a coconut but couldn’t repair a hole in a boat to sail the castaways back to the safety of their homeland. Did you know Professor’s name was Roy Hinkley? 

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16 1 / 2014

Actor and comedian Dave Madden, best remembered for his portrayal of band manager Reuben Kincaid on 1970s TV’s The Partridge Family died on January 16th from congestive heart and kidney failure. Madden began his show business career as a magician and nightclub comic, and later went on to regularly appear on Laugh In and Alice. He was 82.

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11 1 / 2014

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died on January 11th.  Sharon, a retired Major-General, shaped much of Israel as we know it today. To borrow from media who, frankly, know more than I on the subject, “he was a farmer-turned-soldier, soldier-turned-politician, politician-turned-statesman—a hard-charging Israeli who built Jewish settlements on war-won land, but didn’t shy away from destroying them when deemed them no longer useful.”

A war hero to Israelis, and a war criminal to his enemies, Sharon suffered a stroke in January 2006 and fell into a coma, which would keep him incapacitated until his death this year. President Barack Obama remembered Sharon as “a leader who dedicated his life to the state of Israel.” He was 85.

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