Dec 29, 2016

Listmania: In Memoriam of 2016

While there have been many great new discoveries and continuations from the past year, it was also a time when we unfortunately lost many of the talents who brought us these works. The following is a list featuring all of the talented artists who have made the world of film, TV, music, and literature a far more interesting place for audiences to indulge in. While they are gone, they are surely not forgotten as long as their work lives on, entertaining generations to come.

Vilmos Zsigmond

Cinematographer best known for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Deer Hunter.

David Bowie

Musician and actor best known for "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars" and constantly reinventing his persona.

Alan Rickman

Actor best known for his roles in Die Hard and the Harry Potter franchise.

Glenn Frey

Musician best known for being one of the founding members of The Eagles.

Abe Vigoda

Actor best known for his role on the TV series Barney Miller and The Godfather films.

Harper Lee

Author best known for her groundbreaking novel "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Douglas Slocombe

Cinematographer best known for his work on the Indiana Jones films and The Lion in Winter.

Tony Burton

Actor best known for his work in The Shining and the Rocky franchise.

George Kennedy

Actor known for his work in the film Cool Hand Luke and The Naked Gun franchise.

Nancy Reagan

Former actress and First Lady of the United States in the 1980's.

George Martin

Producer best known for his work with The Beatles, including the film A Hard Day's Night.

Ken Howard

Actor best known for playing Thomas Jefferson in the movie musical 1776.

Garry Shandling

Actor best known for playing the lead character on The Larry Sanders Show.

Patty Duke

Actress best known for her work in The Miracle Worker, the TV series The Patty Duke Show, and Valley of the Dolls.

Merle Haggard

Musician best known for creating the Bakersfield sound and the song "Okie from Muskogee."

Doris Roberts

Actress best known for her role in the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond.

Guy Hamilton

Director best known for directing films in the James Bond franchise including Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.

Prince

Musician and actor best known for his work on the film Purple Rain.

Muhammad Ali

Boxer and activist best known for being one of the most revered athletes of the 20th century.

Peter Shaffer

Writer and playwright best known for his work on the plays and film adaptations of Equus and Amadeus.

Gordie Howe

Hockey athlete known for having career longevity and scoring prowess during his time with the National Hockey League.

Anton Yelchin

Actor best known for playing Chekov in the Star Trek franchise.

Michael Herr

Journalist and writer best known for his book "Dispatches" and work on the films Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket.

Michael Cimino

Director and writer best known for his work on the film The Deer Hunter.

Elie Wiesel

Writer and activist best known for his autobiographical account of the Holocaust in "Night."

Abbas Kiarostami

Director best known for his films Taste of Cherry and Certified Copy.

Hector Babenco

Director and writer best known for his work on the films Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Ironweed.

Garry Marshall

Director, writer, and producer best known for his work on the TV series Happy Days and the film Pretty Woman.

Marni Nixon

Singer best known for doing voice-overs for other performers in the films The King and I, West Side Story, and My Fair Lady.

David Huddleston

Actor best known for his work in the films Blazing Saddles and The Big Lebowski.

Kenny Baker

Actor best known for playing R2-D2 in the Star Wars franchise.

Fyvush Finkel

Actor best known for his role in the TV series Picket Fences.

Arthur Hiller

Director best known for the film Love Story.

Lou Pearlman

Producer best known for helping to create the 1990's pop music phenomenon with N*SYNC and Backstreet Boys.

Gene Wilder

Actor, writer, and director best known for his work in the films Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles.

Jon Polito

Actor best known for his work in the films Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink.

Hugh O'Brian

Actor best known for his role in the TV series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.

Alexis Arquette

Actress best known for her work in Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer.

Edward Albee

Playwright best known for writing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Charmian Carr

Actress best known for her role in the movie musical The Sound of Music.

Curtis Hanson

Director best known for his work on the films L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys.

Bill Nunn

Actor best known for his work in the film Do the Right Thing and the Spider-Man franchise.

 Arnold Palmer

Athlete best known for being considered one of the best golfers of the 20th century.

Andrzej Wajda

Director best known for the films Ashes and Diamonds and Danton.

Leonard Cohen

Singer best known for the song "Hallelujah."

Janet Reno

Politician who was the first woman to serve as the United States Attorney General, and was the second longest to hold this position.

Robert Vaughn

Actor best known for playing the lead role in the TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

Andrew Sachs

Actor best known for his role on the TV series Fawlty Towers.

Sharon Jones

Musician best known for being the singer of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

Florence Henderson

Actress best known for her role in the TV series The Brady Bunch.

Ron Glass

Actor best known for his role in the TV series Barney Miller.

Sammy Lee

Diver best known for becoming the first American athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics and the first man to receive two medals in the platform event.

Peter Vaughan

Actor best known for his various film roles and his role on the TV series Game of Thrones.

John Glenn

Astronaut best known for being the first man to orbit the Earth.

Alan Thicke

Actor best known for his work on the TV series Growing Pains and composing TV show theme songs.

Henry Heimlich

Surgeon best known for inventing the Heimlich Maneuver.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Actress best known for her appearances on the game show The Hollywood Squares.

Richard Adam

Author best known for writing the book "Watership Down."

George Michael

Singer best known for his work in the band Wham and the solo hit song "Faith."

Carrie Fisher

Actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise.

Debbie Reynolds

Actress best known for her role in the movie musical Singin' in the Rain

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