Cindy Williams, who starred as Shirley opposite Penny Marshall’s Laverne on “Laverne & Shirley,” has issued a heartfelt statement over the death of her co-star, who died at age 75 on Monday.
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Cindy Williams about the death of Penny Marshall
“What an extraordinary loss. My good friend, Penny Marshall is gone — one in a million,” she told TODAY in the statement, which is one of many from Marshall’s peers and friends. “Utterly unique, a truly great talent. And, oh what fun we had! Can’t describe how I’ll miss her.”
Williams, 71, and Marshall made up a terrific team on the “Happy Days” spinoff sitcom, which ran from 1976-83. She played a more earnest, wide-eyed character, paired with the more cynical Laverne, and the two were comedy gold. For years, we watched them dance down a Milwaukee street singing “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated,” hanging out with their pals Lenny and Squiggy, and getting into all kinds of single gal scrapes.
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Cindy Williams about the death of Penny Marshall
But it wasn’t all laughter; in “Happier Days: Paramount Television’s Classic Sitcoms, 1974-1984,” author Marley Brant wrote that early on Williams felt her character was getting slighted, and walked off the set. She told TV Guide in 1977 that Laverne’s character was getting all the attention. Clearly that got resolved, but ultimately Williams left the show before its run ended, in 1982. She’d become pregnant, and was in the process of signing her latest contract when she learned she’d have to turn up for work on her due date.
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Cindy Williams about the death of Penny Marshall
“I thought I was going to come back and they’d hide (my baby bump) behind benches, couches, pillows, and that wasn’t it,” she told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie in 2015, while promoting her new book, “Shirley, I Jest.”
“And I said, ‘You know, I can’t sign this,'” she continued. “And it went back and forth and back and forth and it just never got worked out.”
Cindy Williams about the death of Penny Marshall
The show went on without her, but ended the following year. And in the ensuing decades, the women became closer. In 2015, she told Entertainment Tonight, “We see each other all the time. We watch TV together. She likes to watch television in the Arctic, so she actually has jackets in her room.”
We’re glad to know they both got to do it their way, in the end.
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Stars we’ve lost in 2018
Penny Marshall, who found ‘70s sitcom success on “Laverne and Shirley” before stepping behind the camera for Hollywood hits like “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” died Dec. 18. She was 75.
Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist”, torch singer and a top concert performer, died Dec.13. She was 81.
Pete Shelley, the lead singer of influential punk rock band Buzzcocks died Dec. 6. He was 63. The band was known for fast and loud hits like “Ever Fallen in Love,” “Orgasm Addict”.
Dolly Parton‘s brother and longtime songwriting partner Floyd Parton died on Dec. 6. He was 61.
Iconic New Zealand film maker, Geoff Murphy, known for “The Quiet Earth” and work on “Dante’s Peak,” died Dec. 3. He was 80.
Philip Bosco, the Tony-winning actor known for his big-screen work in films as “Working Girl” and “The Savages”, died Dec. 3. He was 88.
Ken Berry, the veteran comic actor who starred in such 1960s, ’70s and ’80s sitcoms as “F-Troop,” “Mayberry, RFD” and the “Carol Burnett Show” spinoff “Mama’s Family,” died Dec. 1. He was 85.
Alixe Gordin, award-winning casting director who worked on “Scarface,” “Prizzi’s Honor” and 10 films with director Alan J. Pakula, including “Klute” and “Sophie’s Choice,” died Nov. 28. She was 96.
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the megahit Nickelodeon cartoon series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died Nov. 26. He was 57.
Bernardo Bertolucci, whose epic “The Last Emperor” won nine Oscars and who influenced generations of filmmakers with other groundbreaking works such as “The Conformist” and “Last Tango in Paris,” died Nov. 26. He was 77.
Michele Carey, the attractive actress who starred alongside John Wayne in El Dorado and with Elvis Presley in Live a Little, Love a Little, died Nov. 21. She was 75.
Ricky Jay, the master magician and frequent actor in David Mamet films died Nov. 24. He was 70.
Director and noted cinematographer Nicolas Roeg, whose offbeat films included “Performance,” “Don’t Look Now,” “The Witches” and “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” died Nov. 23. He was 90.
Michele Carey, who starred in films alongside John Wayne in “El Dorado” and with Elvis Presley in “Live a Little, Love a Little,” died Nov. 21. She was 75.
Devin Lima, the singer behind the ’90s band LFO, died Nov. 21. He was 41.
Pablo Ferro, a legend of Madison Avenue and Hollywood known for crafting the innovative main titles for such films as “Dr. Strangelove,” “Bullitt,” and “Men In Black,” died Nov. 16. He was 83.
Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as “Yesterday When I was Young” and “Honeymoon Feeling,” died Nov. 15. He was 85.
Katherine MacGregor, who portrayed the gossipy Harriet Oleson on the long-running NBC drama “Little House on the Prairie,” died Nov.13. She was 93.
Stan Lee, co-creator of iconic characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men, died Nov. 12. He was 95.
Actress Diana Sowle best known for playing Mrs Helen Bucket, Charlie’s mother in “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” died Oct. 19. She was 88.
Kitty O’Neil, a deaf Hollywood stuntwoman, who doubled for Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman and set a land-speed record as the fastest woman driver ever, died Nov. 2. She was 72.
Raymond Chow, the co-founder of Hong Kong’s Golden Harvest that launched the careers of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, died Nov. 2. He was 91.
One of the most gifted jazz musicians of his generation, Roy Hargrove, died Nov. 2 at age 49 after reportedly suffering cardiac arrest.
Italian actor Carlo Giuffre, star of cinema and theater, died on Nov. 1 in Rome after succumbing to a terminal illness. He was 89.
Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” died Nov. 3. She was 74.
Dave Rowland of country group Dave & Sugar died Nov. 1 after suffering a stroke. He was 74 years old.
Beverly McClellan, a contestant who came in fourth place on The Voice season 1, died October 30, after a long battle with cancer. She was 49.
Louis Cha, better known by his pen name Jin Yong, the Chinese martial arts novel grandmaster said to have sold more books than author J K Rowling, died Oct. 30 after a long illness. He was 94.
Renowned poet and playwright Ntozake Shange died Oct. 28, according to an online post on behalf of her family on Twitter. She was 70.
James Karen, the instantly recognizable character actor who moved the cemetery’s headstones but not the bodies as the developer Mr. Teague in the modern horror classic “Poltergeist”, died Oct. 23. He was 94.
Dennis Hof, the Nevada brothel owner whose business was at the center of the HBO series “Cathouse,” died Oct. 16. He was 72.
Oli Herbert, guitarist and co-founder of Massachusetts metal band All That Remains, died Oct. 16. He was 44.
Emmy-winning actress Peggy McCay, who portrayed Caroline Brady on “Days of Our Lives” for more than three decades, died Oct. 7. She was 90.
Celeste Yarnall, who appeared opposite Elvis Presley in “Live a Little, Love a Little,” had a memorable turn on “Star Trek” and donned a loincloth to play “the original flower child” in the jungle-set cult classic Eve, died Oct. 7. She was 74.
Scott Wilson, the veteran actor who starred as Hershel Greene over three seasons of “The Walking Dead,” died Oct. 6. He was 76.
Hamiet Bluiett, a baritone saxophonist who expanded the possibilities of his instrument while connecting the jazz avant-garde with a broad view of its own history, died Oct. 4. He was 78.
Audrey Wells, who wrote and directed the 2003 romantic comedy “Under the Tuscan Sun” as well as the screenplay for the new film “The Hate U Give,” died Oct. 4. She was 58.
Will Vinton, an Oscar-winning master of Claymation who coined the term, died Oct. 4. He was 70.
Geoff Emerick, the Beatles chief recording engineer who worked on some of the band’s most seminal albums, died Oct. 2. He was 72.
Peggy Sue Gerron
Peggy Sue Gerron, the woman who inspired Buddy Holly’s 1957 hit song “Peggy Sue,” died Oct. 1. She was 78.
Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades and who seduced fans around the world with his versatile tenor, lush lyrics and kinetic stage presence, died Oct. 1. He was 94.
Paul John Vasquez
Actor Paul John Vasquez mostly known for his starring role on “Sons of Anarchy”, died September 25. He was 48.
Gary Kurtz, a producer on “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back,” died September 23. He was 78.
Al Matthews, the real-life military man who portrayed the no-nonsense, cigar-chomping Sgt. Apone in the sci-fi horror classic “Aliens”, died September 22. He was 75.
Arthur Mitchell was an American ballet dancer, choreographer and a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem died September 19. He was 84.
Veteran TV host and comedy writer Denis Norden best known as the frontman for long-running ITV blooper show “It’ll Be Alright On The Night” died September 19. He was 96.
Award-winning trailblazing Japanese actress Kirin Kiki who recently appeared in Shoplifters died Sept. 15. She was 75.
Mac Miller, a rapper and producer who began his rise in the music industry in his late teens, died Sept. 7. He was 26.
Burt Reynolds, star of films “Deliverance”, “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey” died Sept. 6. He was 82.
Actor Bill Daily, best known for his role as Roger Healey in the popular 1960s sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” died Sept. 4. He was 91.
Vanessa Marquez, an actress best known for her role on “ER,” died Aug. 31 after a confrontation with police. She was 49.
Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, died August 26. He was 91.
Ed King, the Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist who joined the band in 1972 to give the Southern rock group its iconic three-guitar sound, died August 22. He was 68.
Barbara Harris, the wildly talented actress, comedian and singer who starred on Broadway and in such films as “Nashville,” “Family Plot” and “Freaky Friday”, before shunning show business, died August 21. She was 83.
Stefan Karl Stefansson
Icelandic actor Stefan Karl Stefansson, best known for playing villain Robbie Rotten in the popular children’s TV show “LazyTown,” died August 21. He was 43.
Eddie Willis, the original Motown Funk Brother whose muted, propulsive guitar style earned him the nickname “Chank,” died August 20. He was 82.
Craig Zadan, the prolific producer known for his touch with stage, TV and film musicals including NBC’s recent return to live event productions and three Academy Awards telecasts, died August 20. He was 69.
Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers in any style, died August 16. She was 76.
Jill Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, died August 14. She was 43.
Robert Dix, actor in Forbidden Planet, Forty Guns and a succession of B-grade horror movies, died August 7. He was 83.
Charlotte Rae, best known as wise and lovable house mother Mrs. Garrett on “The Facts of Life”, died August 5. She was 92.
David Landsberg, an actor, screenwriter and producer who appeared opposite Don Rickles on “CPO Sharkey” and penned and produced episodes of Bill Cosby’s CBS sitcom, died August 5. He was 73.
Model Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, who appeared in Gaga’s “Born This Way” music video died August 2. He was 32.
William Loud, the patriarch of one of the first reality TV families, widely considered the first US reality TV series, died July 26 from natural causes. He was 97.
Nicholas ‘Duffy’ Fudge
Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge, a fisherman who was part of the cast of the reality television show “Wicked Tuna,” died on July 19. He was 28.
Actress Elmarie Wendel, best known for her role as the eccentric Mrs. Dubcek on NBC’s long-running sitcom “3rd Rock From The Sun,” died July 21. She was 78.
Denis Akiyama, who battled Keanu Reeves in “Johnny Mnemonic” and portrayed the real-life creator of Pac-Man in “Pixels,” died June 28. He was 66.
Jon Schnepp, who wrote for and directed the 2000s animated television series “Metalocalypse” died July 19. He was 51.
Annabelle Neilson, a star of Bravo’s reality show “Ladies of London,” died July 12. She was 49.
Robert Wolders, who is known for his role in the Western television series “Laredo” and as the longtime companion of Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, died July 12. He was 81.
Roger Perry, the veteran character actor who guest-starred on a memorable episode of the original “Star Trek” and portrayed Eastland headmaster Charles Parker on “The Facts of Life,” died July 12. He was 85.
Tab Hunter, who rose to fame as a movie star in 1950s Hollywood with his California surfer-boy looks, died July 8. He was 86.
Claude Lanzmann, the French director behind Holocaust documentary “Shoah,” died July 5. He was 92.
Producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter Richard Swift, died July 3. He was 41.
Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg died after being shot in Toronto on June 30. He was 21.
Irish actor Derrick O’Connor, who portrayed the villain in “Lethal Weapon 2” among numerous other credits, died June 29. He was 77.
Matt Cappotelli, the winner of WWE’s reality show “Tough Enough,” died June 29 after fighting two battles with brain cancer. He was 38.
Joe Jackson, the patriarch who launched the musical Jackson family dynasty, died June 27 after a battle with cancer. He was 89.
Daniel Pilon, a Canadian actor who starred on the TV series “Dallas,” died June 26. He was 77.
Alan Longmuir, a founding member of the Bay City Rollers who played multiple instruments, died June 20. He was 70.
Harlan Ellison, a prolific science-fiction writer, died June 27. He was 84.
Steve Soto, a founding member of the Adolescents and Agent Orange bands, died June 27. He was 54.
Richard Harrison, known as “The Old Man” on “Pawn Stars,” died June 25. He was 77.
Carlos Lopez Jr.
Carlos Lopez Jr., a star of truTV’s “Operation Repo,” died June 24. He was 35.
Deanna Lund, who starred in the late-’60s sci-fi series “Land of the Giants” and went on to appear in dozens of films and TV shows, died June 22. She was 81.
Vinnie Paul, the co-founder and drummer for heavy metal band Pantera, died June 22. He was 54.
Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and intellectual provocateur who championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died June 21 at 68.
Sophie Gradon, a former contestant on the British reality dating show “Love Island,” died June 20. She was 32.
WWE and WCW legend Vader — also known to audiences as Big Van Vader and famous as ‘the best big man in wrestling history’ died June 18. He was 63.
Upcoming US rapper XXXTentacion was killed in a shooting in Florida on June 18. He was 20.
Martin Bregman, the Hollywood producer known for his collaborations with actor Al Pacino, including “Scarface,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” and “Serpico,” died June 16. He was 92.
Matt “Guitar” Murphy, best known as one of the stalwarts of the “Blues Brothers Band” and a renowned sideman with Howlin’ Wolf, died June 15. He was 88.
Former drummer Nick Knox was an American drummer for the psychobilly band “The Cramps”. He died June 15. He was 60.
Leslie Grantham, who played arch-villain “Dirty Den” Watts on long-running British soap opera “EastEnders,” died June 15. He was 71.
Georgann Johnson, the veteran film, television and Broadway actress who portrayed the mother of Jane Seymour’s character on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, died June 4 in Los Angeles. She was 91.
Iconic designer Kate Spade was found dead on June 5 inside her Upper East Side home. She was 55.
Francoise Bonnot, a film editor who won an Oscar for Z and a BAFTA Award for Missing among dozens of credits, died June 2 in Paris. She was 78.
Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and dabbled in Missouri politics, died on June 10. He was 42.
Lorraine Gordon, the longtime owner of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard jazz club, died June 9. She was 95.
Eunice Gayson, the first ever Bond-girl died June 8. She was 90.
Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, died June 8. He was 61.
Danny Kirwan, the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist who played on five of the British band’s albums, died June 8. He was 68.
The musician and actor, best known for his role as Ari Caldwell on ABC’s “The Goldbergs”, from 2013 to 2015 died June 8. He was 20.
Alan O’Neill, who played Hugh on “Sons of Anarchy,” died June 6. He was 47.
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, whose work in the spoken-word group the Last Poets helped earn him the title of the “Grandfather of Rap,” died June 4. He was 74.
Chicago bluesman Eddy Clearwater, lauded for his guitar playing and flamboyant showmanship, died June 1. He was 83.
Blake Painter, a former “Deadliest Catch” captain who was the youngest skipper in the fleet during season 3 of the Discovery reality show, died May 25. He was 38.
Cornelia Frances, veteran Australian actor best-known for her role as Morag Bellingham on the long-running soap “Home and Away,” died May 29. She was 77.
Jerry Maren, the last surviving Munchkin from the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz,” died May 24. He was 98.
Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist of “Portnoy’s Complaint” and “American Pastoral,” died May 22. He was 85.
Allyn Ann McLerie
Allyn Ann McLerie, the actress and dancer who starred in the Broadway and big-screen versions of “Where’s Charley?” and played a freaked-out contestant in “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” died May 21. She was 91.
Elizabeth Sung, the veteran film and TV actress who appeared in the soap “The Young and the Restless,” died May 22. She was 63.
Clint Walker, who starred as a gentle giant cowboy on the ABC Western “Cheyenne,” died May 21. He was 90.
Hugh Dane, the actor best known for playing Hank the security guard on NBC’s “The Office,” died May 16. He was 75.
Joseph Campanella, actor who appeared on scores of TV shows, including “The Bold Ones”, “Mannix”, and “The Colbys”, died May 16. He was 93.
Tom Wolfe, the author and journalist known for pioneering New Journalism, died May 14. He was 88.
Margot Kidder best known for her role as “Lois Lane” in Superman, died on May 13. She was 69.
Italian director Ermanno Olmi, known for humanist dramas in which he explored spirituality and social themes such as “The Tree of Wooden Clogs,” which won the 1978 Cannes Palme d’Or, died May 7.
Pierre Rissient, a French producer, publicist and formerly an influential festival selector, died May 6. He was 81.
Robert Mandan, the veteran television actor who starred as the wealthy, womanizing Chester Tate in the ’70s sitcom “Soap,” died April 29. He was 86.
Paul Junger Witt
Paul Junger Witt, producer of TV comedies as “The Golden Girls,” “Benson,” “Soap”, died April 27 in Los Angeles. He was 77.
New Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville, who once backed up B.B. King and later gained fame with the Neville Brothers band and their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues, died April 26. He was 79.
Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who was instrumental in the 1970s educational cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock!” died April 23. He was 94.
Verne Troyer, the actor best-known for portraying Mini Me in the “Austin Powers” trilogy died April 21. He was 49.
Swedish musician and DJ Tim Bergling, known by the stage name Avicii, died suddenly on April 20. He was 28.
Multi-award-winning guitarist, producer, songwriter and studio owner Randy Scruggs died April 17, following a brief illness. He was 64.
Actress Pamela Gidley who starred in the “Twin Peaks” prequel, “Fire Walk With Me,” died April 16th. She was 52.
Harry Anderson, the magician turned actor who presided over the NBC comedy “Night Court” for nine seasons, died on April 16. He was 65.
Hailed as the “legendary godmother” of comedy and “den mother” to four decades of stand-up comedians, Mitzi Shore, owner of the famed Comedy Store in Los Angeles, died April 11. She was 87.
Yvonne Staples, the baritone voice behind the soul group Staples Singers, died in her hometown of Chicago on April 10. She was 80.
Beloved children’s TV show host, comedian, puppeteer, actor, and voiceover artist Chuck McCann died on April 8 from congestive heart failure. He was 83.
Larry Harvey, one of the founders of the Burning Man festival, died in San Francisco on April 4 after suffering from a stroke. He was 70.
Tim O’Connor, the actor who portrayed Elliot Carson, Mia Farrow’s father on more than 400 episodes of the 1960s ABC primetime soap “Peyton Place,” died on April 5. He was 90.
Isao Takahata, the Oscar-nominated anime visionary who co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki and wrote, director and/or produced many acclaimed films, died April 5. He was 82.
Cecil Taylor, the visionary pianist who revolutionized jazz by launching the free-jazz movement in the late ’50s, died April 5. He was 89.
Susan Anspach, who graced the silver screen in the 1970s in titles like “Five Easy Pieces” and “Blume in Love,” died in her Los Angeles home on April 2. She was 75.
Steven Bochco, a producer whose boundary-pushing series such as “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue” helped define the modern TV drama, died April 1. He was 74.
Bill Maynard, the British actor best known as playing eccentric poacher Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the British police series “Heartbeat,” died March 30. He was 89.
Anita Shreve, who explored themes of love, loss and betrayal in best-selling works of fiction, and whose 1998 novel, “The Pilot’s Wife,” sold millions of copies after Oprah Winfrey chose it for her television book club, died March 29. She was 71.
Stéphane Audran, the coolly elegant and craftily enigmatic French actress who drew acclaim for performances in the Oscar-winning films “Babette’s Feast” and “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” as well as many dramas by her husband, director Claude Chabrol, died March 27. She was 85.
Deborah Carrington, an actress and stuntwoman who appeared in “Men in Black” and “Total Recall,” died March 23. She was 58.
Delores Taylor, who co-starred with her husband Tom Laughlin in his productions of the “Billy Jack” series of films, died March 23. She was 85.
DuShon Monique Brown
DuShon Monique Brown, known for her role as Connie, Assistant to Chief Boden, on NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” died March 23. She was 49.
Morgana King, the acclaimed jazz stylist who released dozens of albums but is perhaps best known for portraying the wife of Marlon Brando’s Don Vito Corleone in the first two “Godfather” films, died March 22. She was 87.
Longtime Boston television personality Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children’s TV program “Bozo the Clown,” died March 20. He was 89.
Mike MacDonald, a veteran Canadian stand-up comedian died on March 17. He was 63.
Sammy Williams, who won a Tony Award in the original Broadway production of “A Chorus Line,” died March 17. He was 69.
Veteran punk drummer Charlie Quintana died on March 15, he was 56. The musician performed with over his three-decade-plus career.
Nokie Edwards, lead guitarist for surf rock band The Ventures and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died March 12. He was 82.
Ken Dodd, a veteran British comedy actor known for his marathon stand-up shows, died March 11. He was 90.
Siegried Rauch, a German actor who starred opposite Steve McQueen in “Le Mans,” and also appeared in “Patton” and “The Eagle Has Landed,” died March 11. He was 85.
Hubert de Givenchy
Legendary French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” died March 10. He was 91.
Child actress Donna Butterworth, who lit up the screen in the ’60s alongside icons like Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis, died March 6 after a long illness. She was 62.
Legendary singer Vic Damone who also starred in several television series, including “The Vic Damone Show,” passed away on Feb.11. He was 89.
Russ Solomon, who grew Tower Records into one of the world’s largest record and video retailing chains and was the subject of a well-received documentary on his life, died March 4. He was 92.
David Ogden Stiers
Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on the hit TV show “MASH,” died March 3. He was 75.
Country music legend Ronnie Prophet, who had 26 hit singles in Canada, five charting in the U.S. on Billboard and hosted several television shows, died March 2. He was 80.
Sridevi Kapoor, best known by her mononym Sridevi and a major Bollywood star, died Feb. 24. She was 54.
Lewis Gilbert death
Lewis Gilbert, the Oscar-nominated British film director behind more than 40 films, including “Alfie” and three James Bond titles, died Feb. 23. He was 97.
Nanette Fabray, the effervescent comedienne who won three Emmy Awards for playing opposite Sid Caesar on “Caesar’s Hour,” died Feb. 22. She was 97.
British actress Emma Chambers, who starred alongside Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in the 1999 movie “Notting Hill,” died Feb. 21. She was 53.
Burkina Faso’s Idrissa Ouedraogo, a towering figure of African cinema, died Feb. 18. He was 64.
French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, whose eclectic career spanned more than four decades and saw him perform at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls died Feb. 17. He was 62
Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning film editor Edward Abroms died on Feb. 13 of heart failure in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 82.
Nini Theilade, a ballet dancer who appeared with Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland and James Cagney in the 1935 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” died Feb. 13. She was 102.
Comedian Marty Allen, who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died Feb. 12. He was 95.
Country singer Daryle Singletary, best known for his hit songs “I Let Her Lie” and “Too Much Fun,” died Feb. 12. He was 46.
Jan Maxwell, known for her patrician elegance, crisp command and dry humor, died Feb. 11 of complications from cancer. She was 61.
Tina Louise Bomberry
Tina Louise Bomberry, who played the memorable role of Rosie Deela in the 1990s Canadian drama “North of 60,” died Feb. 10. She was 52.
Reg E. Cathey
Reg E. Cathey, best known for his roles in Netflix’s “House of Cards” and HBO’s “The Wire,” died on Feb. 9. He was 59.
Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Oscar-nominated composer of such films as “Arrival,” “Sicario” and “The Theory of Everything,” died Feb. 9. He was 48.
John Gavin, who memorably appeared in the films “Imitation of Life,” “Psycho” and “Spartacus,” died on Feb. 9. He was 86.
Mickey Jones, the character actor best known for his recurring roles in “Justified” and “Home Improvement,” died Feb. 7. He was 76.
John Perry Barlow
John Perry Barlow, Grateful Dead lyricist and internet pioneer, died Feb. 7. He was 70.
Ann Gillis, the former child star who portrayed Tom Sawyer’s love interest in David O. Selznick’s 1938 adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel, died Feb. 7. She was 90.
John Mahoney, whose TV and movie roles ranged from the cantankerous dad on ‘Frasier’ to the flirty college professor in ‘Moonstruck,’ died Feb. 4 after a short illness. He was 77.
Dennis Edwards, who joined the Temptations in 1968 and sang on a string of the group’s hits including “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Ball of Confusion,” died on Feb.1st. He was 74.
Louis Zorich, a veteran actor and the husband of Olympia Dukakis, died Jan. 30 at 93. He was best known as the father of Paul Reiser’s character on the NBC sitcom “Mad About You.”
Mark Salling, who played Puck on Fox’s long-running Glee, has died of an apparent suicide on Jan.30. He was 35.
Addison Morton “Mort” Walker was an comic strip writer, known for creating the comic strips “Beetle Bailey” in 1950, died Jan. 27. He was 94.
Mark E. Smith
Mark E. Smith, the post-punk visionary who fronted the Fall for four decades, died Jan.24 at the age of 60.
Warren Miller, an adventure filmmaker who made more than 500 films focused largely on skiing, died Jan. 24. He was 93.
Horror author Dallas Mayr, best known by his pen name ‘Jack Ketchum,’ died Jan. 24 at the age of 71. Ketchum’s books included 1980’s Off Season, 1989’s The Girl Next Door, and 1995’s Red, the latter two of which were adapted for the big screen.
Robert Dowdell, the versatile actor who had supporting roles on “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and “Stoney Burke”, two ABC series of the 1960s, died Jan. 23. He was 85.
Lari White, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, producer and actress, died on Jan.23. She was 52. As a country artist, White scored six Top 20 country hits, including the Top 10 single “That’s My Baby.”
Legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela died on Jan. 23 at the age of 78 after a decade-long fight with cancer.
Actress Connie Sawyer died Jan. 22 at the age of 105. With more than 140 TV and film credits to her name, Sawyer was known as Hollywood’s oldest working actress. She continued to perform through late 2017.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular and influential author known for books such as “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died Jan.22 She was 88.
Bob Smith, the first openly gay comedian to score an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno, died Jan. 20 at age 59 after a long struggle with ALS.
Dorothy Malone, star of the big and small screen with “Written on the Wind,” “Basic Instinct” and “Peyton Place,” died Jan. 19 of natural causes. She was 92.
Olivia Cole, the Emmy-winning actress best known for her performances in the miniseries “Roots” and “The Women of Brewster Place,” died Jan. 19. She was 75.
Bobby Zarin, the husband of “Real Housewives of New York” star Jill Zarin, died on Jan. 13 after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.
Actor Bradford Dillman, who starred as Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ and had an impressive film and TV career, died on January 16 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 87.
Chicago rapper Fredo Santana — born Derrick Coleman — died on Jan. 19 as the result of a seizure. He was 27.
Micki Varro, an actress and jazz singer whose credits include “The Champ”, “Hart to Hart” and “The New Howdy Doody Show”, died Jan. 16 of cardiac arrest. She was 75.
Dolores O’Riordan, the driving force behind the Irish band The Cranberries, died on Jan. 15 at 46.
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” died Jan. 15. He was 90.
Doreen Tracey, who was one of the original Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” died Jan. 10 after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 74.
Gospel singer Edwin Hawkins, best known for the crossover hit “Oh Happy Day,” died Jan. 15 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. He was 74.
Singer and songwriter Denise LaSalle, whose hit “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” topped the R&B charts in 1971, died Jan. 8. She was 78.
Donnelly Rhodes, the Canadian TV actor best known for his roles in ABC comedy “Soap” and cult hit “Battlestar Galactica,” died Jan. 8. He was 80
French pop singer France Gall, who won the Eurovision Song Contest and sold millions of albums over a four-decade career, died Jan. 7 near Paris. She was 70.
Greta Thyssen, the Danish beauty who doubled for Marilyn Monroe, dated Cary Grant and starred opposite the Three Stooges, died Jan. 6. She was 90.
Jerry Van Dyke
Jerry Van Dyke, who emerged from the shadow of his older brother Dick to forge a successful comedy and acting career, most memorably on the sitcom “Coach,” died January 5. He was 86.
Ray Thomas, a founding member of British rock group the Moody Blues, died Jan. 4. He was 76.
Legendary record producer and Fame studio owner Rick Hall, the man regarded as the “Father of Muscle Shoals Music,” died Jan. 2. He was 85.
Frank Buxton, writer and director for “The Odd Couple” and “Happy Days,” died as a result of heart issues on Jan. 2. He was 87.
Jon Paul Steuer, musician and former child star best known for his work on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Grace Under Fire,” died on Jan. 1. He was 33.