Notable deaths in the entertainment world in 2021

  • Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, appears during a portrait session at Capitol Records in Los Angeles on June 12, 2014. Wilson, the longest-reigning original Supreme, died Feb. 8 at 76 years old.

    Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, appears during a portrait session at Capitol Records in Los Angeles on June 12, 2014. Wilson, the longest-reigning original Supreme, died Feb. 8 at 76 years old. Associated Press

  • Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones poses for a portrait on Nov. 14, 2016, in New York. Watts' publicist, Bernard Doherty, said Watts passed away peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by his family on Aug. 24. He was 80.

    Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones poses for a portrait on Nov. 14, 2016, in New York. Watts' publicist, Bernard Doherty, said Watts passed away peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by his family on Aug. 24. He was 80. Associated Press

  • Actress Olympia Dukakis is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her stage work in front of the Pantages Theatre  in Los Angeles in 2013. Dukakis died May 1.

    Actress Olympia Dukakis is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her stage work in front of the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles in 2013. Dukakis died May 1. Associated Prss

  • Beverly Cleary signs books at the Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif., in 1998. The beloved children's author died March 26 at 104.

    Beverly Cleary signs books at the Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif., in 1998. The beloved children's author died March 26 at 104. Associated Press

  • Ed Asner died Aug. 29 at 91.

    Ed Asner died Aug. 29 at 91.

  • Allison Payne

    Allison Payne

  • Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar, right, died July 7.

    Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar, right, died July 7. Associated Pres, 2008

  • actor Ned Beatty arrives at the premiere of the movie "Shooter" in Los Angeles. Beatty died June 13. He was 83. (

    actor Ned Beatty arrives at the premiere of the movie "Shooter" in Los Angeles. Beatty died June 13. He was 83. ( Associated Press, 2007

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry poses at his bookstore in Archer City, Texa, in 2014. McMurtry died this yaer at the age of 84.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry poses at his bookstore in Archer City, Texa, in 2014. McMurtry died this yaer at the age of 84. Associated Press

  • Actor Gavin MacLeod died May 29.

    Actor Gavin MacLeod died May 29. Associated Press/July 31, 2018

  • Peter Scolari died in October after a two-year cancer fight. He was 66.

    Peter Scolari died in October after a two-year cancer fight. He was 66. Associated Press, 2016

  • Singer Vicente Fernandez died Dec. 12. He was 81 years old.

    Singer Vicente Fernandez died Dec. 12. He was 81 years old. Associated Press/April 16, 2016

  • Dusty Hill of ZZ Top performs during the Stagecoach Festival on April 25, 2015, in Indio, Calif. Hill died in July.

    Dusty Hill of ZZ Top performs during the Stagecoach Festival on April 25, 2015, in Indio, Calif. Hill died in July. Associated Press

  • Actress Jane Powell died Sept. 16 at 92.

    Actress Jane Powell died Sept. 16 at 92. Associated Press,2007

  • Singer Marília Mendonça performs in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. A Latin Grammy winner, Mendonca died on Nov. 5 in an airplane crash on her way to a concert. Mendonça was 26.

    Singer Marília Mendonça performs in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. A Latin Grammy winner, Mendonca died on Nov. 5 in an airplane crash on her way to a concert. Mendonça was 26. Associated Press

  • Billie Hayes, as the Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo character she made famous on H.R. Pufnstuf. The character outlived Pufnstuf. Witchiepoo "flew" on a jet-propelled broom that really ran back and forth over tracks while the scenery moved behind it to give the illusion of flight.

    Billie Hayes, as the Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo character she made famous on H.R. Pufnstuf. The character outlived Pufnstuf. Witchiepoo "flew" on a jet-propelled broom that really ran back and forth over tracks while the scenery moved behind it to give the illusion of flight. File photo

  • Actor Michael K. Williams died in September at age 54.

    Actor Michael K. Williams died in September at age 54. Associated Press/2018

  • Norm Macdonald appears at KAABOO 2017 in San Diego on Sept. 16, 2017. Macdonald, a comedian and former cast member on "Saturday Night Live," died Sept. 14.

    Norm Macdonald appears at KAABOO 2017 in San Diego on Sept. 16, 2017. Macdonald, a comedian and former cast member on "Saturday Night Live," died Sept. 14. Associated Press

  • Ccomic Jackie Mason died July 24.

    Ccomic Jackie Mason died July 24. Associated Press/Aug 28, 2002

  • Music artist B.J. Thomas, who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with such hits as "I Just Can't Help Believing," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "Hooked On a Feeling," died May 29. He was 78.

    Music artist B.J. Thomas, who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with such hits as "I Just Can't Help Believing," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "Hooked On a Feeling," died May 29. He was 78. Associated Press/2007

  • Chick Corea performs with Eddie Gomez and Brian Blade perform during their concert in Moscow, Russia, on May 15, 2017. Corea died Feb. 9 at age 79.

    Chick Corea performs with Eddie Gomez and Brian Blade perform during their concert in Moscow, Russia, on May 15, 2017. Corea died Feb. 9 at age 79. Associated Press

  • Actress Cicely Tyson died Jan 28. at 96.

    Actress Cicely Tyson died Jan 28. at 96. Associated Press, 2008

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 12/27/2021 9:19 PM

January

Jan. 4: actress Tanya Roberts, "Charlie's Angels," "That '70s Show," age 65; actor Gregory Sierra, "Barney Miller," age 83

 

Jan. 7: filmmaker Michael Apted, "Up," "Coal Miner's Daughter," age 79; rapper Deezer D, 55;

Jan. 8: soap opera actress Diana Millay, 85

Jan. 9: soap opera actor John Reilly, 86

Jan. 11: jazz musician Howard Johnson, 79

Jan. 16: music producer and convicted killer Phil Spector, 81

Jan. 18: singer Jimmie Rogers, "Honeycomb," "Kisses Sweeter than Wine," 87

Jan. 21: character actor Anthony Dawes, 92

Jan. 23: actor Hal Holbrook, 95; talk show host Larry King, 87

Jan. 27: actress Cloris Leachman, 94

Jan. 28: actress Cicely Tyson, 96

Jan. 30: rapper Double K, 43

February

Feb. 1: actor Dustin Diamond, played Screech on "Saved by the Bell," age 44

Feb. 3: Jim Weatherly, wrote "Midnight Train to Georgia," age 77

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Feb. 5: actor Christopher Plummer, age 91

Feb. 8: singer Mary Wilson, original member of Supremes, 76

Feb. 9: jazz musician Chick Corea, 79

Feb. 10: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, 78

Feb. 14: singer-songwriter Ari Gold, 47

Feb. 16: fashion designer Jessica McClintock, 90

Feb. 18: rapper Prince Markie Dee, 52

Feb. 27: actress Erica Watson, 48

March

March 2: reggae singer Bunny Wailer, 73

March 9: opera director James Levine, 77

March 14: actor Henry Darrow, 87

March 15: actor Yaphet Kotto, 81

March 18: actor Richard Gilliland, 71

March 23: actor George Segal, 87

March 24: actress Jessica Walter, 80

March 25: actor muMs da Schemer, 52; author Larry McMurtry, 84

March 26: author Beverly Cleary, 104

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

April

April 1: actor Biff McGuire, 94

April 2: R&B singer Quindon Tarver, 38

April 3: actress Gloria Henry, 98

April 5: actor Paul Ritter, 54

April 7: actor James Hampton, 84; former "Saturday Night Live" writer Anne Beatts, 74

April 9: rapper DMX, 50

April 16: actress Helen McCrory, 52

April 17: rapper Black Rob, 52

April 19: songwriter Jim Steinman, 73

April 20: Les McKeown, former lead singer of Bay City Rollers, 65

April 22: rapper Shock G, 57

April 24: opera singer Christa Ludwig, 93

April 28: spy novelist Jason Matthews, 69

April 29: actress Billie Hayes, 96

May

May 1: Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, 89

May 2: dancer Jacques d'Amboise, 86

May 3: Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame singer Lloyd Price, 88

May 6: Pervis Staples, member of the Staple Singers, 85

May 7: model/actress Tawny Kitaen, 59

May 11: actor Norman Lloyd, 106

May 18: actor Charles Grodin, 86

May 19: comedian Paul Mooney, 79; folk singer and activist Alix Dobkin, 80; "The Office" actor Mark York, 55

May 23: children's book writer/illustrator Eric Carle, 91

May 25: children's book writer/illustrator Lois Ehlert, 86

May 27: prima ballerina Carla Fracci, 84

May 29: actor Gavin MacLeod, 90; singer B.J. Thomas, 78

June

June 4: actor Clarence Williams III, 81

June 13: actor Ned Beatty, 83

June 15: actress Lisa Barnes, 65

June 16: actor Frank Bonner, 79

June 26: "Cops" creator John Langley, 78

June 29: actor Stuart Damon, 84; hard rock singer John Lawton, 74

July

July 5: film director Richard Donner, 91; actor William Smith, 88

July 6: actress Suzzanne Douglas, 64

July 7: film director Robert Downey Sr., 85; actor Dilip Kumar, 98; actor Chick Vennera, 74

July 9: drummer Andy Williams, 49

July 10: fiddler Byron Berline, 77

July 11: actor Charlie Robinson, 75

July 16: rapper Biz Markie, 57; children's book author and illustrator Floyd Cooper, 65

July 17: Robert Steinhardt, former member of band Kansas, 71

July 24: comedian Jackie Mason, 93

July 26: Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, 46

July 28: ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, 72; infomercial king Ron Popeil, 86; meringue icon Johnny Ventura, 81; actor Saginaw Grant, 85

July 31: actor Alvin Ing, 89

August

Aug. 3: jazz pianist Robert Ringwald, 80

Aug. 7: actress Markie Post, 70; actress Jane Withers, 95; Dennis Thomas, founding member of Kool & the Gang, 70

Aug. 12: actress Una Stubbs, 88

Aug. 13: folk singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith, 68

Aug. 19: grid portrait artist Chuck Close, 81

Aug. 20: country singer/songwriter Tom T. Hall, 85

Aug. 21: singer/musician Don Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, 84

Aug. 24: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, 80

Aug. 29: actor Ed Asner, 91

Aug. 31: actor Michael Constantine, 94

September

Sept. 4: "Today" show weatherman Willard Scott, 78

Sept. 5: singer Sarah Harding, 39

Sept. 6: actor Michael K. Williams, 54; actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, 88; comedian Anthony Johnson, 55

Sept. 13: jazz impresario George Wein, 95

Sept. 14: comedian Norm McDonald, 61

Sept. 16: actress Jane Powell, 92

Sept. 20: singer Sarah Dash, co-founder of Labelle, 76

Sept. 21: actor Willie Garson, 57; filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, 89

October

Oct. 4: "Late Show with David Letterman" announcer Alan Kalter, 98

Oct. 5: "Chopped Jr." competitor Fuller Goldsmith, 17

Oct. 13: writer Gary Paulsen, 82

Oct. 16: actress Betty Lynn, 95

Oct. 17: Lorli Von Trapp Campbell, second daughter of Maria von Trapp, 90

Oct. 21: cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42; former CSO conductor Bernard Haitink, 92

Oct. 22: actor Peter Scolari, 66

Oct. 24: actor James Michael Tyler, 59

Oct. 26: comedian Mort Sahl, 94

November

Nov. 2: Ronnie Wilson, founding member of the GAP Band, 73

Nov. 4: actor Lionel Blair, 92

Nov. 5: singer Marília Mendonça, 22

Nov. 6: Peter Aykroyd, Emmy-nominated actor/writer and brother of Dan Aykroyd, 66

Nov. 7: actor Dean Stockwell, 85

Nov. 9: actor Jerry Douglas, 88

Nov. 11: drummer and Moody Blues co-founder Graeme Edge, 80

Nov. 17: rapper Young Dolph, 36

Nov. 22: Joanne Shenandoah, Native American singer-songwriter, 63

Nov. 26: Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, 91

Nov. 27: actor Eddie Mekka, 69

Nov. 28: fashion designer Virgil Abloh, 41

Nov. 29: actress Arlene Dahl, 96; actor David Gulpilil, 68

December

Dec. 4: Grand Ole Opry singer Stonewall Jackson, 89

Dec. 9: Mexican TV actress Carmen Salinas

Dec. 10: The Monkees' Mike Nesmith, 78; Lina Wertmueller, first woman to receive an Oscar nomination for directing, 93

Dec. 11: best-selling novelist Anne Rice, 80

Dec. 12: Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez, 81

Dec. 14: producer Ken Kragen, who helped organize "We are the World," 85

Dec. 18: hip-hop artist Kangol Kid, 55

Dec. 19: Il Divo member Carlos Marin, 53; actress Sally Ann Howes, 91

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