Entertainers who died in 2021

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Year In Review

Christopher Plummer, DMX, Stephen Sondheim, Cicely Tyson and a member of the household that impressed “The Sound of Music” are among the many entertainers who handed in 2021.

From giants of stage, display screen and music to these who labored behind the scenes with their writing, their imaginative and prescient and their artistry and the person who invented the cassette tape, these are the entertainers the world lost in 2021. 

  • Virgil Abloh, 41; A number one clothier and government hailed because the Karl Lagerfeld of his era.
  • Michael Apted, 79; Acclaimed British director of the “Up” documentary sequence and movies as numerous because the Loretta Lynn biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the James Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough.”
  • Ed Asner, 91; Burly and prolific character actor who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later in the drama “Lou Grant.”

  • Bob Avian, 83; Tony Award-winning choreographer who had a task in among the most beloved and influential reveals on Broadway, together with “Dreamgirls,” “A Chorus Line,” “Follies” and “Miss Saigon.”
  • Peter Aykroyd, 66; Emmy-nominated actor and writer on “Saturday Night Live” for the 1979-80 season who later labored with older brother, Dan, on every thing from a TV present concerning the paranormal to such movies as “Dragnet” and “Coneheads.”
  • Eve Babitz, 78; Hollywood bard, muse and reveler who with warmth and candor chronicled the excesses of her native world in the 1960s and 1970s and became a cult figure to generations of readers.
  • Lisa Banes, 65; Appeared in numerous television shows and movies, including “Gone Girl” in 2014 and “Cocktail” with Tom Cruise in 1988.
  • Anne Beatts, 74; Groundbreaking comedy author with a style for sweetness and the macabre who was on the unique employees of “Saturday Night Live” and later created the cult sitcom “Square Pegs.”
  • Ned Beatty, 83; Oscar-nominated character actor who in half a century of American movies, including “Deliverance,” “Network” and “Superman,” was a booming, indelible presence in even the smallest elements.

  • Jean-Paul Belmondo, 88; Star of the long-lasting French New Wave movie “Breathless,” whose crooked boxer’s nostril and rakish grin went on to make him one of many nation’s most recognizable main males.
  • Byron Berline, 77; Renowned fiddler who performed with superstars like Elton John, the Rolling Stones and owned a well-liked Oklahoma instrument store.
  • Walter Bernstein, 101; Screenwriter was among the many final survivors of Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist whose Oscar-nominated script for “The Front” drew upon his years of being unable to work underneath his personal identify.
  • Black Rob, 52; Rapper identified for his hit “Whoa!” and key contributions to Diddy’s dominant Bad Boy Records in the Nineties and early 2000s.
  • Jay Black, 82; Front man for the Nineteen Sixties rock band Jay and the Americans, who crooned the hovering vocals to hits like “This Magic Moment,” “Cara Mia” and “Come a Little Bit Closer.”
  • Lionel Blair, 92; Staple on British stage and television for decades.
  • Robert Bly, 94; One of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic “Iron John.”
  • Claude Bolling, 90; French pianist, composer and arranger who attained a worldwide following through his melodic blend of jazz and classical influences and stayed on the Billboard classical charts for more than a decade with his 1975 album “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano.”
  • Frank Bonner, 79; Played loud-dressing, overconfident radio station sales manager Herb Tarlek on “WKRP in Cincinnati.”
  • Harry Brant, 24; Rising model and son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and publisher Peter M. Brant.
  • Arik Brauer, 92; Austrian artist known for his surreal paintings and murals.
  • Leslie Bricusse, 90; Oscar-winning British songwriter whose work includes James Bond themes and Willy Wonka’s signature tune.
  • Jessica Campbell, 38; Best known for her roles in the 1999 movie “Election” and the TV series “Freaks and Geeks.’
  • Eleonore “Lorli” von Trapp Campbell, 90; Second daughter of Maria von Trapp, whose Austrian household was well-known for being depicted in the musical and beloved film “The Sound of Music.”
  • Eric Carle, 91; Beloved children’s author and illustrator whose classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and different works gave thousands and thousands of children a few of their earliest and most cherished literary recollections.
  • Sonny Chiba, 82; Japanese actor wowed the world along with his martial arts expertise in greater than 100 movies, together with “Kill Bill.”
  • Kevin Clark, 32; Appeared as pupil drummer Freddy Jones in 2003 movie “School of Rock” with Jack Black.
  • Sanford Clark, 85; Rockabilly and nation performer who had a Top 10 hit with “The Fool” in 1956.
  • Beverly Cleary, 104; Celebrated youngsters’s creator whose recollections of her Oregon childhood had been shared with thousands and thousands by way of the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins.
  • Chuck Close, 81; Painter, photographer and printmaker greatest identified for his monumental grid portraits and photo-based work of household and well-known mates.
  • Michael Constantine, 94; Emmy Award-winning character actor who reached worldwide fame taking part in the Windex bottle-toting father of the bride in the 2002 movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
  • Floyd Cooper, 65; Award-winning illustrator and creator of kids’s books whose mission to supply candid and constructive pictures of Black historical past included topics starting from Frederick Douglass and the civil rights motion to Venus and Serena Williams.
  • Chick Corea, 79; Towering jazz pianist with a staggering 23 Grammy Awards who pushed the boundaries of the style and labored alongside Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.

  • Johnny Crawford, 75; Played Mark McCain in the ABC sequence “The Rifleman,” incomes an Emmy nomination on the age of 13.
  • Jacques d’Amboise, 86; Combined classical magnificence with all-American verve and athleticism to change into one of many high male dancers at New York City Ballet, then spent greater than 4 many years offering free dance schooling to numerous kids by way of his National Dance Institute.
  • Arlene Dahl, 96; Actor whose appeal and hanging pink hair shone in such Technicolor motion pictures of the Fifties as “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Three Little Words.
  • Sarah Dash, 76; Singer who co-founded the all-female group Labelle — best known for the raucous 1974 hit “Lady Marmalade.”
  • John Davis, 66; One of the real singers behind the lip-synching pop duo Milli Vanilli.
  • Prince Markie Dee, 52; Member of the Fat Boys hip-hop trio who later formed his own band and became a well-known radio host.
  • Dustin Diamond, 44; Best known for playing the quirky, nerdy Samuel “Screech” Powers on the hit ’90s sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”
  • Eric Jerome Dickey, 59; Bestselling novelist who blended crime, romance and eroticism in “Sister, Sister,” “Waking With Enemies” and dozens of different tales about up to date Black life.
  • DMX, 50; Iconic hip-hop artist behind the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” whose distinctively gruff voice and considerate messages in his rhymes made him one in every of rap’s largest stars.
  • Richard Donner, 91; Filmmaker who helped create the fashionable superhero blockbuster with 1978’s “Superman” and mastered the buddy comedy with the “Lethal Weapon” franchise.
  • Anne Douglas, 102; Widow of Kirk Douglas and stepmother of Michael Douglas.
  • Jerry Douglas, 88; Played good-looking household patriarch John Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” for over 30 years.
  • Robert Downey Sr., 85; Accomplished countercultural filmmaker, actor and father of celebrity Robert Downey Jr.
  • Olympia Dukakis, 89; Veteran stage and display screen actor whose aptitude for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher’s mom in the romantic comedy “Moonstruck.”
  • Graeme Edge, 80; Founding member and drummer of The Moody Blues.
  • Lin Emery, 94; New Orleans-based artist whose delicately balanced transferring sculptures may be seen worldwide.
  • Don Everly, 84; One-half of the pioneering Everly Brothers whose harmonizing nation rock hits impacted a era of rock ‘n’ roll music.
  • Sabah Fakhri 88; One of the Arab world’s most well-known singers who entertained generations with conventional songs and preserved practically extinct types of Arabic music.
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 101; Poet, writer, bookseller and activist who helped launch the Beat motion in the Fifties and embody its curious and rebellious spirit properly into the twenty first century.
  • Vicente Fernández, 81; Iconic and beloved singer of regional Mexican music who was awarded three Grammys and 9 Latin Grammys and impressed a brand new era of performers, together with his son Alejandro Fernández.
  • Delia Fiallo, 96; Native of Cuba who was thought of the mom of Latin America’s telenovelas and wrote dozens of the favored tv cleaning soap operas.
  • Siegfried Fischbacher, 81; Namesake associate in the long-lasting leisure duo Siegfried & Roy.

  • Ricarlo Flanagan; Stand-up comic made it to the semifinals of “Last Comic Standing” and appeared in the Showtime sequence “Shameless.”
  • George Frayne, 77; As chief of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airman, loved a cult following in the Nineteen Seventies with such get together and live performance favorites as “Hot Rod Lincoln” and “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette).”
  • Heath Freeman, 41; Best known for his role as serial killer Howard Epps on “Bones.”
  • Jahmil French, 29; Played Dave Turner on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” from 2009-2013.
  • Mira Furlan, 65; Best known for roles as Danielle Rousseau on “Lost” and Minbari Ambassador Delenn on “Babylon 5.”
  • Shock G, 75; Blended whimsical wordplay with ’70s funk as leader of the off-kilter Bay Area hip-hop group Digital Underground.
  • Willie Garson, 57; Played Stanford Blatch, Carrie Bradshaw’s friend on TV’s “Sex and the City” and its movie sequels.
  • Fuller Goldsmith, 17; Young chef won episode of “Chopped Junior” and competed on “Top Chef Junior.”
  • Nikki Grahame, 38; Star of “Big Brother UK” and other reality shows.
  • Saginaw Grant, 85; Prolific Native American character actor and hereditary chief of the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma.
  • Nanci Griffith, 68; Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter from Texas whose literary songs like “Love at the Five and Dime” celebrated the South.
  • Charles Grodin, 86; Droll, offbeat actor and author who scored as a caddish newlywed in “The Heartbreak Kid” and later had roles starting from Robert De Niro’s counterpart in the comedian thriller “Midnight Run” to the bedeviled father in the “Beethoven” comedies.
  • David Gulpilil, 68; Australia’s most acclaimed Indigenous actor could also be greatest identified to American audiences as Neville Bell in “Crocodile Dundee.”
  • Tom T. Hall, 85; Singer-songwriter who composed “Harper Valley P.T.A.” and sang about life’s easy joys as nation music’s consummate blue collar bard.
  • Connie Hamzy, 66; Rock ‘n’ roll groupie from Arkansas who was immortalized as “sweet, sweet Connie” in the 1973 Grand Funk Railroad hit “We’re an American Band.”
  • Sarah Harding, 39; British pop singer with the group Girls Aloud.
  • Roger Hawkins, 75; Original drummer for the studio band immortalized as “The Swampers” in the rock hit “Sweet Home Alabama.”
  • Dave Hickey, 82; Prominent American art critic whose essays covered topics ranging from Siegfried & Roy to Norman Rockwell.
  • Skilyr Hicks, 23; Singer-songwriter was a former contestant on “America’s Got Talent.”
  • Dusty Hill, 72; Long-bearded bassist for the million-selling Texas blues rock trio ZZ Top, known for such hits as “Legs” and “Gimme All Your Lovin.’”
  • Billy Hinsche, 70; Singer-songwriter and musician in a 1960s pop band with Dino Martin Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. who later recorded and toured for decades with The Beach Boys.
  • Hal Holbrook, 95; Award-winning character actor who toured the world for more than 50 years as Mark Twain in a one-man show and uttered the immortal advice “Follow the money” in the classic political thriller “All the President’s Men.”

  • Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, 62; Grammy winner was bassist for The Roots for 15 years.
  • Halyna Hutchins, 42; Cinematographer was fatally shot on the set of the film “Rust.” Worked on documentaries in Europe earlier than finding out movie in Los Angeles. American Cinematographer named her one in every of 2019’s rising stars.
  • Stonewall Jackson, 89; Country musician who sang on the Grand Ole Opry for greater than 50 years and had No. 1 hits with “Waterloo” and others.
  • Anthony “AJ” Johnson, 55; Actor greatest identified for his position as Ezal in Ice Cube’s comedy “Friday.”
  • Joey Jordison, 46; Founding member of Slipknot who drummed for the influential metallic band in its hottest interval and helped write a lot of its best-known songs.
  • Norton Juster, 91; Celebrated youngsters’s creator who customary a world of journey and punning punditry in the million-selling traditional “The Phantom Tollbooth” and remained true to his wide-eyed self in such favorites as “The Dot and the Line” and “Stark Naked.”
  • Maki Kaji, 69; Creator of the favored numbers puzzle Sudoku whose life’s work was spreading the enjoyment of puzzles.
  • Alan Kalter, 78; Quirky, red-headed announcer for David Letterman for twenty years who steadily appeared in the present’s comedy bits.
  • Kangol Kid, 55; Member of the legendary hip-hop group UTFO.
  • Larry King, 87; Suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, film stars and peculiar Joes helped outline American dialog for a half-century.
  • Tommy Kirk, 79; Child star who performed in Disney movies equivalent to “Old Yeller” and “The Shaggy Dog.”
  • Tawny Kitaen, 59; Sctress appeared in rock music videos during the heyday of MTV and starred opposite Tom Hanks in the 1984 comedy “Bachelor Party.”
  • Yaphet Kotto, 81; Commanding actor who brought tough magnetism and stately gravitas to films including the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die” and “Alien.”
  • Ken Kragen, 85; Top entertainment producer, manager and philanthropist who turned to such clients as Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers in helping to organize the 1985 all-star charity single “We Are the World.”

  • Dilip Kumar, 98; Bollywood icon was hailed because the “Tragedy King” and one in every of Hindi cinema’s best actors.
  • Art LaFleur, 78; Best identified for his position as Babe Ruth in “The Sandlot” and baseball participant Chick Gandil in “Field of Dreams.”
  • John Langley, 78; Creator of the long-running TV sequence “Cops.”
  • Cloris Leachman, 94; Oscar-winner for her portrayal of a lonely housewife in “The Last Picture Show” and a comedic delight because the fearsome Frau Blücher in “Young Frankenstein” and self-absorbed neighbor Phyllis on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

  • Gregg Leakes, 66; Husband of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes.
  • James Levine, 77; Conductor who dominated over the Metropolitan Opera for greater than 4 many years earlier than being eased apart when his well being declined after which was fired for sexual improprieties.
  • Norman Lloyd, 106; Role as kindly Dr. Daniel Auschlander on TV’s “St. Elsewhere” was a single chapter in a distinguished stage and display screen career that put him in the company of Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and different greats.
  • Betty Lynn, 95; Best often called Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show.”
  • Norm Macdonald, 61; Comic and former “Saturday Night Live” author and performer who was “Weekend Update” host through the Nineties.

  • Gavin MacLeod, 90; Veteran supporting actor who achieved fame as sardonic TV information author Murray Slaughter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and stardom taking part in cheerful Capt. Stubing on “The Love Boat.”
  • Kenny Malone, 83; Drummer was a prolific session player who played on hits for Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and many others.
  • Biz Markie, 67; Hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend.”
  • Margaret Maron, 82; Prolific North Carolina-based mystery writer whose book series won her major awards and plaudits in the genre.
  • Gerry Marsden, 78; British singer who was instrumental in turning a song from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel” into the Gerry and the Pacemakers hit “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
  • Jackie Mason, 93; Rabbi-turned-jokester whose feisty model of standup comedy acquired laughs from nightclubs in the Catskills to West Coast discuss reveals and Broadway levels.
  • Jason Matthews, 69; Award-winning spy novelist who drew upon his lengthy career in espionage and his admiration for John le Carre amongst others in crafting his widespread “Red Sparrow” thrillers.
  • Elizabeth Ireland McCann, 90; Tony Award-winning producer who helped mount an astounding array of hits on Broadway and in London, including “The Elephant Man,” “Morning’s at Seven,” “Amadeus,” “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” and “Copenhagen.”
  • Helen McCrory, 52; British actor who starred in the tv present “Peaky Blinders” and the “Harry Potter” motion pictures.
  • Les McKeown, 65; Former lead singer of the Nineteen Seventies Scottish pop sensation Bay City Rollers.
  • Larry McMurtry, 84; Prolific and widespread creator who took readers again to the outdated American West in his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Lonesome Dove” and returned them to modern-day landscapes in works equivalent to his emotional story of a mother-daughter relationship in “Terms of Endearment.”
  • Eddie Mekka, 69; Best known as Carmine Ragusa, Shirley Feeney’s boyfriend, on the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.”
  • Marília Mendonça, 26; One of Brazil’s most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner.
  • Roger Michell, 65; British stage, television and film director whose movies include the indelibly popular romcom “Notting Hill.”
  • Paul Mooney, 79; Boundary-pushing comic who was Richard Pryor’s longtime writing associate and whose daring, incisive musings on racism and American life made him a revered determine in stand-up.
  • Michael Nesmith, 78; Singer-songwriter, creator, actor-director and entrepreneur who will seemingly be greatest remembered because the wool-hatted, guitar-strumming member of the made-for-television rock band The Monkees.

  • Denis O’Brien, 80; Served as George Harrison’s supervisor for a lot of the previous Beatle’s solo career and co-founded with Harrison the manufacturing company that backed such hits as “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “Mona Lisa.”
  • Walter Olkewicz, 72; actor whose roles included bartender Jacques Renault on “Twin Peaks,” as oil refinery worker Dougie Boudreau on “Grace Under Fire” and a memorable guest role as Nick the cable guy on a 1996 episode of “Seinfeld.”
  • Sonny Osborne, 84; Bluegrass musician and singer whose fast banjo licks turned “Rocky Top” into a success with The Osborne Brothers.

  • Lou Ottens, 94; Inventor of the cassette tape.
  • Bill Owens, 85; Country songwriter who was a mentor and early songwriting associate to his niece Dolly Parton and helped begin her career in nation music.
  • Johnny Pacheco, 85; Salsa idol was a co-founder of Fania Records, Eddie Palmieri’s bandmate and backer of music stars equivalent to Rubén Bladés, Willie Colón and Celia Cruz.
  • Randy Parton, 67; Brother of Dolly Parton who sang and carried out along with his sister and at her Dollywood theme park.
  • Gary Paulsen, 82; Acclaimed and prolific youngsters’s creator who typically drew upon his rural affinities and wide-ranging adventures for tales that included “Hatchet,” “Brian’s Winter” and “Dogsong.”
  • Sunil Perera, 69; Versatile Sri Lankan singer, musician, composer and entertainer.
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry, 85; Jamaican singer and record producer was considered one of reggae’s founding fathers.
  • Wayne Peterson, 93; Composer, pianist and educator who won a Pulitzer Prize for music.
  • Christopher Plummer, 91; Dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music.” Became the oldest Academy Award performing winner in historical past for his supporting position for “Beginners” in 2012.

  • Ron Popeil, 86; Quintessential TV pitchman and inventor identified to generations of viewers for hawking merchandise together with the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ.
  • Markie Post, 70; Played the general public defender in the Nineteen Eighties sitcom “Night Court” and was a daily presence on tv for 4 many years.
  • Jane Powell, 92; Bright-eyed, operatic-voiced star of Hollywood’s golden age musicals who sang with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and danced with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding.”
  • Lloyd Price, 88; Early rock ’n roll star and enduring maverick whose hits included such up-tempo favorites as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Personality” and the semi-forbidden “Stagger Lee.”
  • Puneeth Rajkumar, 46; Leading star of southern Indian regional cinema.
  • Marion Ramsey, 73; Best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in the “Police Academy” films.
  • John Reilly, 86; Veteran soap opera actor who starred on “General Hospital.”
  • Michael Renzi, 80; During a storied musical career worked with Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Lena Horne and some of the other biggest names in jazz and pop, and who for years was also the musical director of “Sesame Street.”
  • Anne Rice, 80; Novelist whose lush, best-selling gothic tales, including “Interview With the Vampire,” reinvented the blood-drinking immortals as tragic antiheroes.
  • Peter Mark Richman, 93; Character actor who appeared greater than 500 tv episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”
  • Robert Ringwald, 80; Pianist who played and promoted jazz in California for more than half a century. Father of actor Molly Ringwald.
  • Paul Ritter, 54; Versatile British actor whose roles ranged from a hapless suburban patriarch in sitcom “Friday Night Dinner” to a Soviet engineer who helps cause a nuclear disaster in “Chernobyl.”
  • Mick Rock, 72; Photographer whose iconic portraits of rock stars together with David Bowie, Lou Reed and Debbie Harry noticed him dubbed “the person who shot the 70s.”
  • Tanya Roberts, 65; Captivated James Bond in “A View to a Kill” and appeared in the sitcom “That ’70s Show.” 
  • Charlie Robinson, 75; Versatile and prolific actor whose many credit ranged from stage productions of “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Fences” to such movies as “Secret Santa” and “Miss Lettie and Me” to his long-running position because the courtroom clerk Mac Robinson in the sitcom “Night Court.”
  • Jimmie Rodgers, 87; Singer of the 1957 hits “Honeycomb” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” whose career in music and movies was disrupted by a severe head injury a decade later.
  • Joanne Rogers, 92; An accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Fred “Mister” Rogers.
  • Carmen Salinas, 82; Mexican actor identified for motion pictures like “Danzón,” “Man on Fire” and “Bellas de Noche” and telenovelas and sequence together with “María la del Barrio” and “Mujeres Asesinas.”
  • Al Schmitt, 91; Twenty-time Grammy winner whose extraordinary career as a recording engineer and producer included albums by Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and many other of the top performers of the past 60 years.
  • Peter Scolari, 66; Appeared on the TV series “Newhart,” “Girls,” was involved with numerous projects with friend Tom Hanks including “Bosom Buddies” and had a successful Broadway career.
  • Willard Scott, 87; Beloved weatherman who charmed viewers of NBC’s “Today” present along with his self-deprecating humor and cheerful character.
  • George Segal, 87; Banjo participant turned actor who was nominated for an Oscar for 1966’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and labored into his late 80s on the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs.”
  • Umar Sharif, 66; One of Pakistan’s most beloved comedians, known for his satire, stand-up and live performances.
  • Joanne Shenandoah, 63; Celebrated Native American singer-songwriter who performed before world leaders and on high-profile stages, has died. She was 63.
  • Antony Sher, 72; One of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors of his generation.
  • Gregory Sierra, 83; Had memorable roles in the 1970s sitcoms “Barney Miller” and “Sanford and Son.”
  • Felix Silla, 84; Starred as the hairy Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family,” the robotic Twiki on “Buck Rogers in the twenty fifth Century” and a hang gliding Ewok in “Return of the Jedi.”
  • Joseph Siravo, 64; played Tony Soprano’s father Johnny in HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
  • Dorah Sitole, 65; South Africa’s trailblazing Black meals author. Her newest cookbook was extensively hailed as a transferring chronicle of her journey from humble township prepare dinner to well-known, well-traveled creator.
  • Wilbur Smith, 88; Bestselling creator who wrote dozens of journey novels.
  • Stephen Sondheim, 91; Songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the twentieth century along with his clever, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to sort out uncommon topics.
  • Sophie, 34; Grammy-nominated Scottish disc jockey, producer and recording artist who had labored with the likes of Madonna and Charli XCX.
  • Phil Spector, 81; Eccentric and revolutionary music producer who reworked rock music along with his “Wall of Sound” methodology and who later was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson.
  • Michael Stanley, 72; Cleveland-based rocker who along with his namesake band reached the Top 40 in the Nineteen Eighties with the hits “He Can’t Love You” and “My Town” earlier than occurring to a protracted career as a radio disc jockey.
  • Pervis Staples, 85; Tenor voice complimented his father’s and sisters’ in the legendary gospel group The Staple Singers.
  • Robert E. “Robby” Steinhardt, 71; Violinist and vocalist with the progressive rock band Kansas.
  • Jim Steinman, 73; Grammy-winning composer who wrote Meat Loaf’s best-selling “Bat Out Of Hell” debut album as well as hits for Celine Dion, Air Supply and Bonnie Tyler.
  • Dean Stockwell, 85; Top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age, garnering an Oscar nomination for “Married to the Mob” and Emmy nominations for “Quantum Leap.”
  • Ralph Tavares, 79; Eldest of the 5 brothers in the Grammy-winning R&B singing group Tavares, whose hits included “It Only Takes a Minute” and “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel.”
  • B.J. Thomas, 78; Grammy-winning singer 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.”
  • Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, 70; Founding member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool & the Gang identified for such hits as “Celebration” and “Get Down On It.”
  • Houston Tumlin, 28; Played Walker Bobby, son of Will Ferrell’s Ricky Bobby, in “Talladega Nights.”
  • Ronnie Tutt, 83; Legendary drummer who spent years playing alongside Elvis Presley and teamed up with other superstars ranging from Johnny Cash to Stevie Nicks.
  • James Michael Tyler, 59; Actor known widely for his recurring role as Gunther on “Friends.”
  • Cicely Tyson, 96; Pioneering Black actor who gained an Oscar nomination for her role as the sharecropper’s wife in “Sounder,” a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88 and touched TV viewers’ hearts in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”
  • Masayuki Uemura, 78; Japanese residence computer recreation pioneer whose Nintendo consoles offered thousands and thousands of items worldwide.
  • Hilton Valentine, 77; Founding guitarist of the English rock and roll band The Animals. He was credited with arising with one of the crucial well-known opening riffs of the Nineteen Sixties with “The House of the Rising Sun.”
  • Melvin Van Peebles, 89; Groundbreaking playwright, musician and movie director whose work ushered in the “Blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after.
  • Emi Wada, 84; Japanese costume designer who won an Oscar for her work in Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran.”
  • Alma Wahlberg, 78; Mother of entertainers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and a daily on their actuality sequence “Wahlburgers.”
  • Bunny Wailer, 73; Reggae luminary who was the last surviving member of the legendary group The Wailers.
  • Carla Wallenda, 85; Member of “The Flying Wallendas” high-wire act and the last surviving child of the famed troupe’s founder.
  • Jessica Walter, 80; Roles as a scheming matriarch in TV’s “Arrested Development” and a stalker in “Play Misty for Me” were in line with a career that drew on her astringent screen presence more than her good looks.
  • Charlie Watts, 80; Self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz.
  • Jim Weatherly, 77; Hall of Fame songwriter who wrote “Midnight Train to Georgia” and different hits for Gladys Knight, Glen Campbell and Ray Price.
  • George Wein, 95; Impresario of twentieth century music who helped discovered the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals and set the template for gatherings in every single place from Woodstock to the south of France.
  • Lina Wertmueller, 93; Italy’s provocative filmmaker whose potent mixture of intercourse and politics in “Swept Away” and “Seven Beauties” made her the primary lady nominated for an Academy Award for steering and a cult determine on the New York movie scene.
  • Tommy West, 78; Music producer, singer and songwriter who performed a task in the short-lived career of musician Jim Croce.
  • Clarence Williams III, 81; Played the cool undercover cop Linc Hayes on the counterculture sequence “The Mod Squad” and Prince’s father in “Purple Rain.”
  • Michael K. Williams, 54; Played the beloved character Omar Little on “The Wire.”
  • Mary Wilson, 76; One of the unique members of the Supremes, the Nineteen Sixties group that helped set up the Motown sound and propelled Diana Ross to superstardom.
  • Ronnie Wilson, 73; Multi-instrumentalist and founding father of the R&B and funk group The Gap Band.
  • Winter, 16; Prosthetic-tailed feminine bottlenose dolphin starred in the “Dolphin Tale” motion pictures.
  • Jane Withers, 95; Former little one actor who bedeviled Shirley Temple on the display screen and went on to star in a sequence of B motion pictures that made her a box-office champion.
  • Samuel E. Wright, 74; Actor was the voice of Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid” and was the primary Mufasa in the Broadway model of “The Lion King.”
  • Mark York, 55; Actor appeared in a number of seasons of “The Office” as Billy Merchant.
  • Young Dolph, 36; Rapper had three albums attain the highest 10 on the Billboard 200, with 2020’s “Rich Slave” peaking at No. 4.

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