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Chuck’s Chat – SOME FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO DIED IN 2017

 

 

Story by: Chuck Tackett 

SOME FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO DIED IN 2017

January:
5th Jill Seward – Famous British Women’s Rights Activist.
6th. Francine York – Actress who starred in “The Doll Squad.”
7th. Sylvester Potts – Motown singer who was a member of the group, “The Contours.
10th. Clare Hollingsworth – Journalist who had the distinction of being the 1st reporter to report on the start of World War II
11th. Tommy Allison – 1950’s era singer who did not board the plane that crashed killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and “The Big Bopper.”
12th Larry Steinbacheck – One of the original members of the 1980’s group “Bronski Beat.”
12th.William Peter Blatty – Writer most famous for his book, “The Exorcist.”
13th. Dick Gautier – 1960’s era actor famous for playing Hymie the Robot in the 1960’s era TV show”Get Smart.”
15th. Richie Ingui – One of the original members of the R&B group, “The Soul Survivors.”
16th. Eugene Cernan – Nasa astronaut who has the distinction of being the last man on the moon.
17th. Miguel Ferrer – Actor most famous for his role in “Robocop” and “NCIS.”
24th. Ron “Bingo”  – Singer in the group “The Marcels” known for their hit, “Blue Moon.”
25th. John Hurt – Actor best known for his role in the movie “Alien” and as John Merrick in “The Elephant Man.”
25th. Mary Tyler Moore – Actress is best known for her role as Laura Petrie on ” The Dick Van Dyke Show” and as Mary Corey Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
26th. Mike Connors – Actor who is best known for his role as Detective Joe Mannix in the 1960’s era TV show, “Mannix.”
26th. Barbara Hale – Actress who is best known for playing Della Street on the TV show “Perry Mason.”
28th. Ken Hartle – World War II Navy diver who recovered over 1000 soldiers who perished in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
30th. Doris Lackness – Pioneering American Female Aviator in World War 2 who belonged to the Women’s Air Service Pilots.

February:
6th. “Professor” Irwin Corey – Legendary comic/actor who starred in many 1960’s TV game shows and TV specials.
7th. Richard Hatch – Actor who is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the show, “Battlestar Galactica.”
12th. Al Jarreau – Legendary 7 time Grammy Award winning Jazz singer
19th. Larry Coryell – Jazz Musician who is known as “The Godfather of Fusion.”
25th. Neil Fingleton – Actor who had the distinction of being “The Tallest British Born Man.” (7’7)
25th. Bill Paxton – Actor who is best known for the movie “Aliens”, “Titanic”, “Predator 2”, “Twister” and the HBO show, “Big Love.”
26th. Joseph Wapner – Celebrity Judge who is best known for his television show, “The Peoples’ Court.”

Joni Sledge

March:
6th. Robert Osborn – Film Historian on Turner Movie Classic television channel.
.Joni Sledge – Singer who belonged to the R&B/Disco group “Sister Sledge” famous for their hit, “We Are Family” which turned into an LGBTQ anthem.
18th. Chuck Berry – 1950’s Rock n’ Roll singer who was a legendary pioneer of that genre.
20th. David Rockefeller – Banker who was the Patriarch of the Rockefeller Family and CEO of Chase Manhatten Bank.
21st. Chuck Barris – TV game show host who created the shows “The Dating Game” and “The Gong Show.”
26th. Darlene Cates – Actress who played the mother in the film, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”
27th. Chelsea Brown – Actress who was one of the original troupe members of the TV show “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.”
31st. Linda Lee – Legendary Country disc jockey of WYCD of Detroit who was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2017.

April:
6th. Don Rickles – Legendary comic/actor who was known as “The King of Insults.”
10th. Linda Hopkins – Singer who sang with music legends Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr. and others.
11th. J. Geils – Musician who was a member of the 1980’s group, “The J. Geils Band” who was famous for their hits “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame.”
12th. Charlie Murphy – Comic/Actor who starred with Dave Chappelle on his show, and was the brother of popular comic/ actor Eddie Murphy.
20th. Cuba Gooding Sr. – Singer of the 1970’s R&B group, “The Main Ingredient” and the father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
22nd. Erin Moran – Actress who starred as Joanie on the TV shows “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi.”
26th. Johnathon Demme –  Filmmaker and Director who was famous for “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia.”
30th. Clifford Brewer – Physician who operated on over 1000 soldiers on D Day in World War 2.

May:
7th. Robert Miles – Musician/Composer/ Dee Jay best known for his trance and electronica music. His biggest hit as called “Children.”
14th. Powers Boothe – Actor who was famous for starring in the miniseries as religious cult leader Jim in Jones in the film “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.”
17th. Roxcy Bolton – Legendary Women’s Rights Activist who founded the “Women In Distress” shelters.
18th. Roger Ailes – Former Chairman and CEO of FOX Propaganda.
22nd. Dina Merrill – a Longtime actress who starred in various films and television shows. Heir to the E.F. Hutton Company.
23rd. Sir Roger Moore – a British actor who was best known for playing the character of Simon Templar in the 1960’s era TV show, “The Saint”. Former James Bond during the 1970’s and 80’s.
27th. Greg Allman – Musician who played with the group, “The Allman Brothers.”
29th. Manuel Noriega – Dictator and Strongman ruler of Panama circa 1980’s.

June:
2nd. Jack O’ Neill – The entrepreneur who was credited with the invention of the wetsuit.
4th. Roger Smith – The actor who was famous for playing Detective Jeff Spencer in the 1960’s TV show, “77 Sunset Strip.”
5th. Danny Dias – The actor who starred on the MTV television show, “Road Rules.”
5th. Marilyn Hall – The TV writer/producer who wrote for the TV show, “Love, American Style.”
9th. Adam West – The actor who was famous for playing Bruce Wayne in the campy, fun 1960’s era TV show, “Batman.”
12th. Jim Galton – The publisher who was the former CEO of Marvel Entertainment Group.
15th. Bill Dana – The comic who was famous in the 1960’s/70’s for his character Jose Jiminez.
16th. Stephen Furst – The actor whose was famous for his role as Flounder in “Animal House.”

Sir Nicholas Winton

July:
1st. Sir Nicholas Winton – The World War 2 humanitarian who was famous for saving 669 Jewish children from being imprisoned/executed in Nazi concentration camps.
4th. Ji-Tu Cumbuka – An actor who starred in the original “Roots” miniseries.
8th. Nelsen Ellis – The actor who played the character Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO series, “Tru Blood.”
13th. Fresh Kid Ice – Musician who was a co-founder of the group, “2 Live Crew.”
15th. Martin Landau – The actor whose most famous role was in the 1960’s era TV show, “Mission Impossible.”
16th. George Romero – The legendary filmmaker who created the 1968 original version of “The Night of The Living Dead” and 1978’s “Dawn of The Dead,” creating the present Zombie craze of today.
26th. June Foray – The voice-over actress who was the voice of Rocky The Squirrel on the old school cartoon series, “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
26th. Leonard Landy – The actor who played Percy in the “Our Gang” series shorts.
27th. Sam Shepard – The actor who played Chuck Yeager in the film, “The Right Stuff.”

Dick Gregory

August:
5th. Mark White – The politician who became the 43rd Governor of the state of Texas.
7th. Haroua Nakajima – The Japanese actor who played Godzilla from 1954 – 1972.
8th. Glenn Campbell – The legendary Country singer that was nominated for 12 Grammys and won 10. Crossover Pop artist as well, even though I didn’t think he was trying to do that.
11th. – Yisrael Kristal – The oldest living survivor of The Jewish Holocaust in World War 2. In 2016, he was named “Oldest Living Man.”
13th. Joseph Bologna — The actor who played Nick Foley on the TV show, “Rags to Riches.”
14th. Joi “JJ” Harris – The stunt driver who had the distinction of being the 1st African American professional road racer.
19th. Dick Gregory – The legendary Comic/Civil Rights Activist ho was noted at the 1st African American stand up comic even I thought it was Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley.
20th. Jerry Lewis – The legendary comic/actor who was popular in the 1950’s/60’s who also became a humanitarian when he created “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon” from 1963 to 2010.
24th. Jay Thomas – The actor who played Remo on “Mork and Mindy. He also starred as Eddie on “Cheers.”
28th. Mellissa Bellam – The singer who formed the music groups “Soul II Soul” and “The Soul Explosion.”
31st. Richard Anderson – The actor who played Oscar Goldman in the TV shows, “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman.”

September:
1st. Shelly Berman – The actor/comic who was popular in the 1960’s to his last film “Meet The Fockers” in 2010.
3rd. Walter Becker – The musician who was the founding member of the group, “Steely Dan.”
5th. Rick Stevins – The musician who was the frontman of the R&B group, “The Tower of Power.”
6th. Kate Mullett – The author/teacher who wrote on feminist subjects, “Sexual Politics.”
10th. Len Wein – The comic book writer who co-created DC Comics “Swamp Thing” and Marvel Comics, “Wolverine.”
19th. Bernie Casey – The former pro football player turned actor who is famous for his role in “Sharky’s Machine” and “The Revenge of the Nerds.”
21st. Lilliane Bettencourt – The heiress who inherited majority stock in L’Oreal Cosmetics making her be the richest woman in the world with a net worth of $44.3 Billion dollars.
27th. Hugh Hefner – The Publishing Editor of Playboy magazine from, 1953 to 2017.
27th. Anne Jeffreys – The actress who was best known as playing Marion in the 1950’s TV series, “Topper.” She also starred as the character Amanda on “General Hospital” from 1984 to 2004.
30th  Monty Hall – The legendary Game Show Host of “Let’s Make A Deal.” His famous wife who wrote “Love American Style” died earlier this year.

October:
2nd. Tom Petty – Lead singer of the group, “Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.” The group was inducted in 2002 in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
6th. Ralphie May – The comic who made 7 comedy albums and starred on several Comedy Central specials.
10th. RogerSchiller – The TV screenwriter who wrote on the “I Love Lucy ” and “All In The Family TV shows.
17th. Brent Brisco – The actor who was famous for his character JJ in “Parks and Recreation.”
24th. Fats Domino – The Legendary singer who was famous for his hits, “Ain’t That A Shame” and “Blueberry Hill.”
24th. Robert Guillaume – The actor who was famous for his role as the butler Benson on the TV shows “Soap” and “Benson.”
24th. Patricia Llewellyn –  A television producer who created the TV cooking shows, “Two Fat Ladies”, “The Naked Chef” and “Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares.”
25th. Jack Bannon – The actor who played the character of Art on the TV show “Lou Grant” that co-starred Mary Tyler Moore who died earlier this year.

Della Reese

November:
5th. Nancy Friday – The Feminist Author who wrote the books, “My Secret Garden” and “Forbidden Flowers”
9th. John Hillerman – The actor who played Johnathon Higgins II on “Magnum P.I.” He as also a Golden Globe and Emmy award winner.
16th. Earl Hyman – The actor that was best known for playing Cliff Huxtable’s father on “The Cosby Show.”
18th. Malcolm Young – The musician that co-founded the group, “AC/DC.”
19th. Della Reese – The actress/singer most famous for her 1950’s hit, “Don’t You Know.” Della also played a Madam who Richard Pryor shot off her pinky toe in the film, “Harlem Nights.” She also played Tess in the TV show, “Touched By An Angel.”
19th. Warren Moore – A singer who was an original member of the R&B group, “The Miracles.”
19th. Mel Tillis – Famous country singer who won 1976’s CMA’s Entertainer of The Year.”
19th. Charles Manson – Famous American gangster/cult leader who in 1969 coerced his followers to murder several White people including 1960’s rising movie actress Sharon Tate and Folger’s coffee heiress Abagail Folgers, in hope of starting Helter Skelter: a race war.
20th. David Cassidy – Actor/Singer who was famous for playing Keith Partridge in the TV show, “The Partridge Family.”
22nd. Jon Hendricks –  The musician and singer who was famous for his scat singing style and vocalese.
30th. Jim Nabors – The actor/singer who was most famous for playing Gomer Pyle on the TV shows, “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gomer Pyle USMC.” Nabors came out publicly as Gay later in his life when he married his longtime lover.

December:
5th. Vera Schlickman = A former college professor from Queens College. In 1952, she refused to testify whether she was a Communist or not.
6th. Conrad Brooks – The actor who was best known as Patrolman Jaime in the 1950’s cult classic film, “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”
12th. Edwin Mah Lee – A politician who had the distinction of being the 1st Asian American elected as the mayor of San Francisco.
16th. Kieth Smith – A singer famous for his songs, “That Ol’ Black Magic” and “I Got You Under My Skin.”
21st. Bruce McCandless II – A NASA astronaut who had the distinction of being the youngest astronaut that made the 1st untethered spacewalk in 1984.
24th. Heather Mentes – The actress who played Louisa von Trapp in the movie, “The Sound of Music.”
28th. Rose Marie – The actress/singer who played Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
29th. Danny Breen – The actor/producer who wrote and produced “The Wayne Brady Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres.Show.”

 

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