Pour One Out: A Look at Those Who’ve Passed in 2012
We’ve lost some pretty influential and prominent people this year, including musicians, artists, writers and athletes. We here at ComicBookTherapy would like to take a moment to recognize some of the folks who’ve left a lasting impression on us, as well as our culture as a whole. So, grab a “40” and take a moment with us to pay your respects to some the of the great ones who are no longer with us.
Bob Anderson- Sword Master, choreographed fights and trained actors for Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, Star Wars and Highlander series.
Etta James- Musician, known for her classic jazz hit “At Last”
Dick Tufeld-Voice Actor, known for his work as voicing the B-9 Robot on Lost in Space. Famous line was “Danger, danger Will Robinbson!”
Robert Hegyes- Actor, known for playing Epstein on Welcome Back Kotter.
Don Cornelius- Producer/TV Host. Creator of the long-running Soul Train.
Nello Ferrara- Candy Company Owner. Inventor of the Lemonhead and the Atomic FireBall candies
Whitney Houston- Singer/Actress. Known for numerous #1 Pop and R&B hits in the 80’s and 90’s. Took on an acting role opposite Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard.
Jan Berebstain- Cartoonist/Writer, co-creator of the beloved Berenstain Bears books.
Davy Jones- Actor/Musician, Singer in the fabricated band The Monkees and starred in the TV series of the same name.
Ralph McQuerrie- Artist, most known for his conceptual art for Star Wars.
Robert B. Sherman- Songwriter, known for co-writing numerous Disney songs, including “It’s a Small World After All” and the score for Mary Poppins.
Thomas Kinkade- Artist, known for turning “painted lights” in art into a multi-million dollar business.
Mike Wallace- News Anchor, known for his work on the long-running 60 Minutes program.
Jonathan Frid- Actor, played Barnabus Collins in the original Dark Shadows series.
Dick Clark- Producer/Host, known for hosting some of TV’s biggest game shows including, $25,000 Pyramid, host of American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
George Lindsey- Actor, known for portraying Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and a Hee-Haw regular.
Maurice Sendak- Writer, known for writing the beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are
Vidal Sassoon- Businessman, first celebrity hairstylist to globally market his products. Gave Mia Farrow her iconic hair style for Rosemary’s Baby.
Donna Summer- Musician,Proclaimed to be The Queen of Disco, known for her 70’s Disco hits “She Works Hard for the Money,” “Hot Stuff,” and “Last Dance”.
Robin Gibb- Musician, part of the famed Disco group, The Bee Gees.
Dick Beals- Voice Actor, known for voicing Speedy (Alka-Seltzer) and Gumby
Richard Dawson- Actor/Host, known for his roles on Laugh-In and Hogan’s Heroes. Also hosted the hit game show Family Fued.
Ray Bradbury- Author, known for his futuristic and scientific novels such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Rodney King- Victim of police brutality. The “Not Guilty” verdict on the case sparked riots in Los Angeles. King appeared on TV asking people to “just get along.”
LeRoy Neiman- Artist, painted for Playboy and numerous Olympic Games.
Andy Griffith- Actor/Musician, most known for the Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.
Earnest Borgnine- Actor, most known for his role on McHale’s Navy and appeared numerous times on ER.
Sally Ride- Astronaut/Physicist, first American woman in space.
Sherman Hemsley- Actor, most known for The Jeffersons and Amen.
Gore Vidal- Writer, blacklisted author of The City and the Pillar.
Marvin Hamlisch- Composer, likely the only person to win an Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize. Wrote music for The Way We Were, A Chorus Line, and The Sting.
Ron Pallilo- Actor, known for portraying Horshack on Welcome Back Kotter.
Phyllis Thaxter- Actor, played Ma Kent in the 1978 Superman film.
Harry Harrison- Writer, known for writing Make Room, Make Room, which was later adapted to film under the name Soylent Green, and the Bill, the Galactic Hero books.
Tony Scott-Director of such films as Top Gun and Crimson Tide.
Phyllis Diller- Comedian, one of the first female stand-up comedians, often performed with Bob Hope.
Jerry Nelson- Puppeteer, the man behind such puppets as The Count and Robin.
Josepha Sherman- Writer and Folklorist known for writing media tie-in books for Star Trek and Buffy.
Neil Armstrong- Astronaut, first man to walk on the moon.
Michael Clarke Duncan- Actor known for many roles, including The Green Mile, Daredevil and Armageddon, as well as voice work on Kung Fu Panda and Green Lantern.
Alex Karras- Actor/Athlete, former Detroit Lion, played Mongo in Blazing Saddles.
Larry Hagman- Actor, portrayed JR Ewing in the fan-favorite Dallas TV series, as well as I Dream of Jeannie.
Dave Brubeck- Musician, helped popularize jazz music in the US with hits like “Take Five.”
Ravi Shankar- Musician, known as The Godfather of World Music, inspired such artists as George Harrison. Father of singer Norah Jones.
Johnny Lewis- Actor, known for his role on the hit series Sons of Anarchy.
Junior Seau- Athlete, famed player for the San Diego Chargers.
Adam Yauch- Musician, known to most ad MCA from the iconic band The Beastie Boys and political activist.
Mitchell Guist- TV Star, he and his brother were featured on the hit TV series Swamp People.
Joe Paterno- Coach,long time famed coach of the elite Penn State football team.
Sarah Burke- Athlete, freestyle skier and X-Game Champion. Pioneer of the “Superpipe” event.
We’d like to send our condolences to the families and friends of these folks and to all of the others that are not mentioned above. Thank you for all of your contributions you’ve made and for the impact you’ve had on generations of fans around the globe. We’d also like to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and families to all of those effected by the various acts of violence that occurred in schools, theaters, temples and other locations throughout the year.
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