Monday, July 22, 2024

Recent Celebrity Deaths in 2024

As we navigate through the early months of 2024, the entertainment world has already had to say goodbye to a host of its brightest stars. These individuals have left an indelible mark on the industry, shaping our cultural landscape through their incredible talents across film, television, and music. We will provide monthly updates on the recent celebrity deaths commemorating their lasting impact on the industry.

This page is dedicated to remembering the entertainers and notable figures who have passed away this year, offering a brief look into their contributions and legacy. We intend to update this tribute monthly, ensuring we honor these remarkable lives yearly.

June

Erich Anderson (Died: June 1, Age: 67)

Erich Anderson, an American actor known for his roles in “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter,” “Unfaithful,” and “NCIS,” died on June 1, 2024, in Los Angeles, California. Born on October 24, 1956, in Sagamihara, Japan, Anderson’s performances left a lasting impression on both audiences and the film industry.

Andrzej Kostenko (Died: June 1, Age: 87)

Andrzej Kostenko, a Polish director, cinematographer, and screenwriter known for “Mammals” and “Le Départ,” passed away on June 1, 2024, in Poland. Born on June 24, 1936, in Lódz, Poland, Kostenko’s contributions to cinema were significant and influential.

Ruth-Maria Kubitschek (Died: June 1, Age: 92)

Ruth-Maria Kubitschek, a Czech-born German actress known for her roles in “Das Erbe der Guldenburgs” and “Monaco Franze – Der ewige Stenz,” died on June 1, 2024, in Ascona, Switzerland. Born on August 2, 1931, her extensive career in film and television earned her numerous accolades.

Philippe Leroy (Died: June 1, Age: 93)

Philippe Leroy, a French actor known for “The Night Porter” and “The Hole,” passed away on June 1, 2024, in Rome, Italy. Born on October 15, 1930, Leroy’s contributions to film were widely celebrated.

Jeannette Charles (Died: June 2, Age: 96)

Jeannette Charles, a British actress and Queen Elizabeth II lookalike known for “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” and “The Naked Gun,” died on June 2, 2024, in Great Baddow, England. Born on October 15, 1927, her performances brought joy to many.

Colin Gibb (Died: June 2, Age: 70)

Colin Gibb, an English singer and musician who was the longest-standing original member of the novelty pop group Black Lace, passed away on June 2, 2024. Born on December 8, 1953, Gibb’s contributions to music were notable.

Janis Paige (Died: June 2, Age: 101)

Janis Paige, an American actress known for “Silk Stockings” and “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies,” passed away on June 2, 2024. Born on September 16, 1922, her extensive career in film, television, and Broadway made her a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

Harold Snoad (Died: June 2, Age: 88)

Harold Snoad, a British television director and producer known for “Ever Decreasing Circles” and “Keeping Up Appearances,” died on June 2, 2024. Born on August 28, 1935, Snoad’s contributions to television were widely recognized.

Brother Marquis (Died: June 3, Age: 58)

Mark Ross, better known as Brother Marquis, an American rapper and Miami bass pioneer with the 2 Live Crew, died on June 3, 2024. Born on April 4, 1966, Ross’s influence on the music industry was profound.

William Russell (Died: June 3, Age: 99)

William Russell, an English actor known for his roles in “The Great Escape” and “Doctor Who,” passed away on June 3, 2024. Born on November 19, 1924, Russell’s contributions to film and television were celebrated.

Armando Silvestre (Died: June 3, Age: 98)

Armando Silvestre, an American and Mexican actor known for “Two Mules for Sister Sara” and “Night of the Bloody Apes,” died on June 3, 2024, in San Diego, California. Born on January 28, 1926, Silvestre’s extensive career in film made him a notable figure.

Nicholas Ball (Died: June 4, Age: 78)

Nicholas Ball, an English actor known for “Lifeforce” and “Overlord,” passed away on June 4, 2024. Born on April 11, 1946, Ball’s performances in film and television were widely appreciated.

Hubert Taczanowski (Died: June 4, Age: 63)

Hubert Taczanowski, a Polish cinematographer known for “Dragon Wars: D-War” and “My Little Eye,” died on June 4, 2024, in London, England. Born on October 1, 1960, Taczanowski’s work in cinematography was celebrated.

Michael Mosley (Died: June 5, Age: 67)

Michael Mosley, a British television presenter, producer, and medical journalist known for “The Human Face” and “Leonardo,” passed away on June 5, 2024, in Agia Marina, Greece. Born on March 22, 1957, Mosley’s contributions to television and journalism were significant.

Roberto Cossa (Died: June 6, Age: 89)

Roberto Cossa, an Argentinian playwright, theatre director, and screenwriter known for “Yepeto” and “The Deal,” died on June 6, 2024, in Argentina. Born on November 30, 1934, Cossa’s work in theater and film was influential.

Joseph Hardy (Died: June 6, Age: 95)

Joseph Hardy, an American theatre director and television producer known for “James at 16” and “The Paper Chase,” passed away on June 6, 2024, in Englewood, New Jersey. Born on March 8, 1929, Hardy’s contributions to theater and television were widely respected.

Ramoji Rao (Died: June 8, Age: 87)

Ramoji Rao, an Indian film producer and media proprietor known for “Pratighatana” and “Nuvve Kavali,” died on June 8, 2024, in Hyderabad, India. Born on November 16, 1936, Rao’s influence on the Indian film industry was significant.

Francis Zambon (Died: June 8, Age: 83)

Francis Zambon, an American songwriter known for “Suspicious Minds” and “Always on My Mind,” passed away on June 8, 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee. Born on November 29, 1940, Zambon’s contributions to music were widely celebrated.

Yoshiko Kuga (Died: June 9, Age: 93)

Yoshiko Kuga, a Japanese actress known for “The Idiot” and “Equinox Flower,” died on June 9, 2024, in Japan. Born on January 21, 1931, Kuga’s performances in film were highly regarded.

Alex Riel (Died: June 9, Age: 83)

Alex Riel, a Danish jazz and rock drummer known for his work with Dexter Gordon and The Savage Rose, passed away on June 9, 2024, in Denmark. Born on September 13, 1940, Riel’s contributions to music were celebrated.

Françoise Hardy (Died: June 11, Age: 80)

Françoise Hardy, a French singer, actress, and pop icon known for “Tous les garçons et les filles” and “Grand Prix,” died on June 11, 2024, in France. Born on January 17, 1944, Hardy’s influence on music and fashion was profound.

Tony Lo Bianco (Died: June 11, Age: 87)

Tony Lo Bianco, an American actor known for “The French Connection” and “The Seven-Ups,” passed away on June 11, 2024. Born on October 19, 1936, Lo Bianco’s contributions to film and theater were significant.

Tony Mordente (Died: June 11, Age: 88)

Tony Mordente, an American actor-dancer, choreographer, and television director known for “West Side Story” and “Walker, Texas Ranger,” died on June 11, 2024, in Henderson, Nevada. Born on December 3, 1935, Mordente’s work in film and television was highly regarded.

Ron Simons (Died: June 12, Age: 63)

Ron Simons, an American actor and producer known for “Night Catches Us” and Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud,” passed away on June 12, 2024. Born on November 30, 1960, Simons’ contributions to film and theater were significant.

Erik Canuel (Died: June 15, Age: 63)

Erik Canuel, a Canadian director known for “Bon Cop Bad Cop” and “Barrymore,” died on June 15, 2024, in Montréal, Québec. Born on January 21, 1961, Canuel’s contributions to film were widely celebrated.

Evans Evans (Died: June 16, Age: 91)

Evans Evans, an American actress known for “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Iceman Cometh,” passed away on June 16, 2024, in Sherman Oaks, California. Born on November 26, 1932, Evans’ extensive career in film and theater made her a beloved figure.

Barbara Gladstone (Died: June 16, Age: 89)

Barbara Gladstone, an American film producer and art dealer known for “The Cremaster Cycle,” died on June 16, 2024, in Paris, France. Born on May 21, 1935, Gladstone’s work in film and art was significant and influential.

Anouk Aimée (Died: June 18, Age: 92)

Anouk Aimée, a French actress known for “La Dolce Vita” and “8½,” passed away on June 18, 2024. Born on April 27, 1932, Aimée’s contributions to film were widely celebrated.

James Chance (Died: June 18, Age: 71)

James Chance, an American saxophonist, keyboardist, and singer known for “Teenage Jesus and the Jerks” and “James Chance and the Contortions,” died on June 18, 2024. Born on April 20, 1953, Chance’s influence on music was profound.

Anthea Sylbert (Died: June 18, Age: 84)

Anthea Sylbert, an American costume designer and film producer known for “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown,” passed away on June 18, 2024, in Skiathos, Greece. Born on October 6, 1939, Sylbert’s work in film was highly regarded.

James Loughran (Died: June 19, Age: 92)

James Loughran, a Scottish conductor known for his work with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, died on June 19, 2024, in Glasgow, Scotland. Born on June 30, 1931, Loughran’s contributions to music were significant.

Jonathan Morano (Died: June 20, Age: 56)

Jonathan Morano, an English-born American television writer known for “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” passed away on June 20, 2024. Born on December 23, 1967, Morano’s work in television was widely celebrated.

Russell Morash (Died: June 20, Age: 88)

Russell Morash, an American television director, producer, and series creator known for “This Old House” and “The Victory Garden,” died on June 20, 2024, in Concord, Massachusetts. Born on February 11, 1936, Morash’s contributions to television were widely recognized.

Taylor Wily (Died: June 20, Age: 56)

Taylor Wily, an American actor known for “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Hawaii Five-0,” passed away on June 20, 2024. Born on June 14, 1968, Wily’s work in film and television made him a beloved figure.

Busi Cortés (Died: June 21, Age: 73)

Busi Cortés, a Mexican film director and screenwriter known for “El secreto de Romelia” and “Hotel Villa Goerne,” died on June 21, 2024, in Mexico City. Born on June 28, 1950, Cortés’ work in film was highly regarded.

Jamie Kellner (Died: June 21, Age: 77)

Jamie Kellner, an American television executive who helped launch Fox Broadcasting and The WB, passed away on June 21, 2024, in Montecito, California. Born on April 18, 1947, Kellner’s contributions to television were significant.

Bud S. Smith (Died: June 23, Age: 88)

Bud S. Smith, an American film editor and producer known for “Flashdance” and “The Karate Kid,” died on June 23, 2024, in Studio City, California. Born on December 6, 1935, Smith’s work in film editing was widely celebrated.

Seth ‘Shifty Shellshock’ Binzer (Died: June 24, Age: 49)

Seth ‘Shifty Shellshock’ Binzer, an American vocalist and songwriter known for “Butterfly” and “Revolving Door,” passed away on June 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California. Born on August 23, 1974, Binzer’s contributions to music were notable.

Sika Anoai (Died: June 25, Age: 79)

Sika Anoai, a Samoan-American professional wrestler and three-time WWF World Tag Team Champion, died on June 25, 2024. Born on April 5, 1945, Anoai’s influence on professional wrestling was profound.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh (Died: June 25, Age: 93)

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, an Irish Gaelic games commentator known for his work with RTÉ, passed away on June 25, 2024, in Dublin, Ireland. Born on August 20, 1930, Ó Muircheartaigh’s contributions to sports commentary were widely recognized.

Bill Cobbs (Died: June 25, Age: 89)

Bill Cobbs, an American actor known for “The Color of Money” and “Night at the Museum,” died on June 25, 2024. Born on June 16, 1934, Cobbs’ extensive career in film and television made him a beloved figure.

Taiki Matsuno (Died: June 26, Age: 56)

Taiki Matsuno, a Japanese voice actor known for “The File of Young Kindaichi” and “One Piece,” passed away on June 26, 2024. Born on October 16, 1967, Matsuno’s work in voice acting was celebrated.

Kinky Friedman (Died: June 27, Age: 79)

Kinky Friedman, an American satirical country singer-songwriter, actor, novelist, and politician, died on June 27, 2024, in Austin, Texas. Born on October 31, 1944, Friedman’s diverse contributions to music, film, and literature were widely recognized.

Aleksandr Knaifel (Died: June 27, Age: 80)

Aleksandr Knaifel, a Russian composer known for his operas and film scores, died on June 27, 2024, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Born on November 28, 1943, Knaifel’s contributions to music were significant.

Martin Mull (Died: June 27, Age: 80)

Martin Mull, an American comedian and actor known for “Clue” and “Roseanne,” passed away on June 27, 2024. Born on August 18, 1943, Mull’s work in comedy and film was widely celebrated.

May

Ian Gelder (Died: May 6, Age: 74)

Ian Gelder, a British actor celebrated for his roles in “Torchwood” and “Game of Thrones,” died on May 6 at the age of 74. Gelder’s extensive career in theater and television, including his performances in London’s West End and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, left a lasting impact on the acting community.

Wayland Holyfield (Died: May 6, Age: 82)

Wayland Holyfield, an American country music songwriter, passed away on May 6 at the age of 82. Known for hits like “Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer” and “You’re My Best Friend,” Holyfield’s contributions to country music earned him multiple Grammy nominations and widespread respect in the industry.

Steve Albini (Died: May 7, Age: 61)

Steve Albini, an American musician and record producer, died on May 7 at the age of 61. Albini was known for his work with bands like Big Black and Shellac, as well as his production on Nirvana’s “In Utero.” His influence on alternative rock and independent music was profound and far-reaching.

John Barbata (Died: May 8, Age: 79)

John Barbata, an American drummer known for his work with The Turtles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Jefferson Starship, passed away on May 8 at the age of 79. Barbata’s dynamic drumming style contributed to the success of these iconic bands and left a significant legacy in rock music.

Giovanna Marini (Died: May 8, Age: 87)

Giovanna Marini, an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, and guitarist, died on May 8 at the age of 87. Marini’s contributions to Italian folk music and her work as a composer and performer made her a revered figure in the world of music.

Brian Phelan (Died: May 8, Age: 89)

Brian Phelan, an Irish actor and writer, passed away on May 8 at the age of 89. Known for his roles in “A High Wind in Jamaica” and “Accident,” Phelan’s talent as both an actor and a writer made him a respected figure in the entertainment industry.

Sangeeth Sivan (Died: May 8, Age: 65)

Sangeeth Sivan, an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer, died on May 8 at the age of 65. Known for his work on films like “Yoddha” and “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum,” Sivan’s contributions to Indian cinema were significant and influential.

Roger Corman (Died: May 9, Age: 98)

Roger Corman, the prolific American film director, producer, and distributor, passed away on May 9 at the age of 98. Known as “The Pope of Pop Cinema,” Corman’s work in independent film, including “A Bucket of Blood” and “The Little Shop of Horrors,” left an indelible mark on the industry. His mentorship of numerous filmmakers and his Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement highlighted his remarkable career.

Dennis Thompson (Died: May 9, Age: 75)

Dennis Thompson, the American drummer of the influential rock band MC5, died on May 9 at the age of 75. Known for his powerful drumming on hits like “Kick Out the Jams,” Thompson’s contributions to rock music were celebrated with the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2024.

Sam Rubin (Died: May 10, Age: 64)

Sam Rubin, an American entertainment reporter and television host, passed away on May 10 at the age of 64. Known for his work on “KTLA Morning News” and his reports for international networks, Rubin’s engaging style and insightful coverage made him a beloved figure in entertainment journalism.

Susan Backlinie (Died: May 11, Age: 77)

Susan Backlinie, an American actress and stuntwoman best known for her role as the first shark attack victim in “Jaws,” died on May 11 at the age of 77. Backlinie’s memorable performance and her work in films like “1941” and “The Great Muppet Caper” showcased her versatility and talent.

Kevin Brophy (Died: May 11, Age: 70)

Kevin Brophy, an American actor known for his roles in “Lucan” and “Hell Night,” passed away on May 11 at the age of 70. Brophy’s performances in film and television left a lasting impression on audiences and his peers in the industry.

Mary Wells (Died: May 11, Age: 95)

Mary Wells, a pioneering American marketing executive, died on May 11 at the age of 95. Known for her work on iconic campaigns like Alka-Seltzer and “I ♥ NY,” Wells was the first woman to own and run a major national advertising agency. Her innovative approach to advertising left a significant legacy in the industry.

Paulo César Peréio (Died: May 12, Age: 83)

Paulo César Peréio, a Brazilian actor and writer, passed away on May 12 at the age of 83. Known for his roles in “The Guns” and “Lucio Flavio,” Peréio’s contributions to Brazilian cinema and theater were profound and influential.

Mark Damon (Died: May 12, Age: 91)

Mark Damon, an American actor and producer, died on May 12 at the age of 91. Known for his roles in “House of Usher” and “Ringo and His Golden Pistol,” as well as his production work on films like “Monster” and “Lone Survivor,” Damon’s multifaceted career left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.

David Sanborn (Died: May 12, Age: 78)

David Sanborn, an American alto saxophonist and composer, passed away on May 12 at the age of 78. Known for his work in jazz, pop, and R&B, Sanborn’s influence on music was profound, earning him multiple Grammy Awards and widespread acclaim for his unique sound.

Tony McFarr (Died: May 13, Age: 47)

Tony McFarr, an American stuntman best known as Chris Pratt’s stunt double, died on May 13 at the age of 47. McFarr’s work on films like “Jurassic World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” showcased his exceptional skills and dedication to his craft.

Samm-Art Williams (Died: May 13, Age: 78)

Samm-Art Williams, an American playwright, actor, and television writer, passed away on May 13 at the age of 78. Known for his play “Home” and his work on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Williams’ contributions to theater and television were significant and influential.

Gudrun Ure (Died: May 14, Age: 98)

Gudrun Ure, a Scottish actress known for her role in “Super Gran,” died on May 14 at the age of 98. Ure’s career in film and television, including her performances in “36 Hours” and “Trouble in the Glen,” left a lasting legacy in the entertainment industry.

Barbra Fuller (Died: May 15, Age: 102)

Barbra Fuller, an American actress known for her roles in radio serials and films like “Alias the Champ” and “Trial Without Jury,” passed away on May 15 at the age of 102. Fuller’s extensive career in radio, film, and television made her a beloved figure in the entertainment world.

John Hawken (Died: May 15, Age: 84)

John Hawken, an English keyboardist known for his work with The Nashville Teens and Renaissance, died on May 15 at the age of 84. Hawken’s contributions to rock and progressive music were celebrated by fans and peers alike.

Elda Peralta (Died: May 15, Age: 91)

Elda Peralta, a Mexican actress and writer, passed away on May 15 at the age of 91. Known for her work in films like “Streetwalker” and “A Woman Without Love,” Peralta’s talent and dedication to her craft left a significant legacy in Mexican cinema.

Dabney Coleman (Died: May 16, Age: 92)

Dabney Coleman, an American actor known for his roles in “9 to 5” and “WarGames,” died on May 16 at the age of 92. Coleman’s extensive career in film and television, including his Emmy-winning performances, made him a respected and beloved figure in the industry.

Randy Fuller (Died: May 16, Age: 80)

Randy Fuller, an American singer and musician best known as a member of The Bobby Fuller Four, passed away on May 16 at the age of 80. Known for hits like “I Fought the Law,” Fuller’s contributions to rock music were celebrated by fans and musicians alike.

Akira Nakao (Died: May 16, Age: 81)

Akira Nakao, a Japanese actor and director known for his roles in “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” and “The Vampire Doll,” died on May 16 at the age of 81. Nakao’s work in Japanese cinema and television made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

Charlie Colin (Died: May 17, Age: 57)

Charlie Colin, an American musician and founding bassist for the band Train, passed away on May 17 at the age of 57. Known for hits like “Drops of Jupiter” and “Calling All Angels,” Colin’s contributions to pop rock music were significant and influential.

Stephen J. Rivele (Died: May 17, Age: 75)

Stephen J. Rivele, an American screenwriter and producer, died on May 17 at the age of 75. Known for his work on “Nixon” and “Ali,” Rivele’s talent for storytelling and his contributions to film were widely respected.

Hideyuki Umezu (Died: May 17, Age: 68)

Hideyuki Umezu, a Japanese actor and voice actor, passed away on May 17 at the age of 68. Known for his roles in “Akira” and “Juken Sentai Gekiranger,” Umezu’s work in animation and live-action brought joy to audiences worldwide.

Frank Ifield (Died: May 18, Age: 86)

Frank Ifield, a British-born Australian singer and guitarist, died on May 18 at the age of 86. Known for his hit song “I Remember You,” Ifield’s contributions to music earned him a place in the hearts of fans and musicians alike.

Fred Roos (Died: May 18, Age: 89)

Fred Roos, an American film producer and casting director, passed away on May 18 at the age of 89. Known for his work on “The Godfather Part II” and “Apocalypse Now,” Roos’ influence on film production and casting was profound and far-reaching.

Jon Wysocki (Died: May 18, Age: 56)

Jon Wysocki, an American musician and founding drummer of the rock band Staind, died on May 18 at the age of 56. Known for hits like “It’s Been Awhile” and “So Far Away,” Wysocki’s contributions to rock music were celebrated by fans and peers.

Richard Foronjy (Died: May 19, Age: 86)

Richard Foronjy, an American actor known for his roles in “Repo Man” and “Midnight Run,” passed away on May 19 at the age of 86. Foronjy’s extensive career in film and television made him a respected and beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

Eiko Masuyama (Died: May 20, Age: 88)

Eiko Masuyama, a Japanese voice actress known for her roles in “Lupin the Third” and “Cutie Honey,” died on May 20 at the age of 88. Masuyama’s work in animation brought joy to fans worldwide and left a lasting legacy in the industry.

Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Died: May 21, Age: 71)

Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, a Polish film composer known for his Oscar-winning score for “Finding Neverland,” passed away on May 21 at the age of 71. Kaczmarek’s contributions to film music were profound and celebrated by audiences and peers alike.

Darryl Hickman (Died: May 22, Age: 92)

Darryl Hickman, an American actor known for his roles in “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Leave Her to Heaven,” died on May 22 at the age of 92. Hickman’s extensive career in film and television made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

Morgan Spurlock (Died: May 23, Age: 53)

Morgan Spurlock, an American documentary filmmaker known for “Super Size Me,” passed away on May 23 at the age of 53. Spurlock’s innovative approach to documentary filmmaking brought important issues to the forefront and earned him widespread acclaim.

Doug Ingle (Died: May 24, Age: 78)

Doug Ingle, an American musician and founding frontman of the rock band Iron Butterfly, died on May 24 at the age of 78. Known for the iconic song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” Ingle’s contributions to rock music were celebrated by fans and musicians alike.

Doug Ingle (Died: May 24, Age: 78)

Doug Ingle, an American musician and founding frontman of the rock band Iron Butterfly, died on May 24 at the age of 78. Known for the iconic song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” Ingle’s contributions to rock music were celebrated by fans and musicians alike.

Jan Kacer (Died: May 24, Age: 87)

Jan Kacer, a Czech actor and director known for his roles in “Death Is Called Engelchen” and “The Valley of the Bees,” passed away on May 24 at the age of 87. Kacer’s work in Czech cinema and theater left a significant legacy in the entertainment world.

Carlo J. Caparas (Died: May 25, Age: 79)

Carlo J. Caparas, a Filipino film director, screenwriter, and producer, died on May 25 at the age of 79. Known for his work on “Kamagong” and “Tirad Pass,” Caparas’ contributions to Filipino cinema were significant and influential.

Albert S. Ruddy (Died: May 25, Age: 94)

Albert S. Ruddy, a Canadian-American film producer known for “The Godfather” and “Million Dollar Baby,” passed away on May 25 at the age of 94. Ruddy’s work in film production earned him multiple Academy Awards and left a lasting impact on the industry.

Richard M. Sherman (Died: May 25, Age: 95)

Richard M. Sherman, an American songwriter and one half of the Sherman Brothers, died on May 25 at the age of 95. Known for his work on “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book,” Sherman’s contributions to music and film were celebrated worldwide.

Johnny Wactor (Died: May 25, Age: 37)

Johnny Wactor, an American actor known for his role in “General Hospital,” passed away on May 25 at the age of 37. Wactor’s performances in television and film showcased his talent and dedication to his craft.

Talat Hussain (Died: May 26, Age: 83)

Talat Hussain, a Pakistani actor known for his roles in “Traffik” and “Souten Ki Beti,” died on May 26 at the age of 83. Hussain’s contributions to Pakistani cinema and television earned him numerous awards and widespread acclaim.

Elizabeth MacRae (Died: May 27, Age: 88)

Elizabeth MacRae, an American actress known for her roles in “General Hospital” and “Gomer Pyle – USMC,” passed away on May 27 at the age of 88. MacRae’s extensive career in film and television made her a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

Jac Venza (Died: May 28, Age: 97)

Jac Venza, an American public television producer known for “Great Performances” and “American Masters,” died on May 28 at the age of 97. Venza’s work in television production earned him multiple Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, highlighting his significant contributions to the industry.

Margot Benacerraf (Died: May 29, Age: 97)

Margot Benacerraf, a Venezuelan film director and writer known for “Araya” and “Reverón,” passed away on May 29 at the age of 97. Benacerraf’s pioneering work in documentary filmmaking earned her widespread acclaim and recognition in the industry.

Bob Rogers (Died: May 29, Age: 97)

Bob Rogers, an Australian disc jockey and radio broadcaster, died on May 29 at the age of 97. Known for introducing Top 40 programming to Australia, Rogers’ long career in radio made him a beloved figure and a pioneer in the industry.

Anastasiya Zavorotnyuk (Died: May 29, Age: 53)

Anastasiya Zavorotnyuk, a Russian actress known for her role in “My Fair Nanny,” passed away on May 29 at the age of 53. Zavorotnyuk’s performances in television and film made her a celebrated figure in Russian entertainment.

Mitchell Block (Died: May 30, Age: 74)

Mitchell Block, an American filmmaker and producer of documentary films, died on May 30 at the age of 74. Known for his work on “Carrier” and “Big Mama,” Block’s contributions to documentary filmmaking were profound and influential.

Tom Bower (Died: May 30, Age: 86)

Tom Bower, an American actor known for his roles in “The Waltons” and “Die Hard 2,” passed away on May 30 at the age of 86. Bower’s extensive career in film and television made him a respected and beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

Akira Shigino (Died: May 30, Age: 70)

Akira Shigino, a Japanese anime director and storyboard artist, died on May 30 at the age of 70. Known for his work on “Bismark” and “Dino Girl Gauko,” Shigino’s contributions to animation were celebrated by fans worldwide.

Ed Mann (Died: May 31, Age: 69)

Ed Mann, an American musician best known as the longtime percussionist for Frank Zappa, passed away on May 31 at the age of 69. Mann’s work with Zappa and his contributions to music made him a respected and influential figure in the industry.

Martin Starger (Died: May 31, Age: 91)

Martin Starger, an American television executive and film producer, died on May 31 at the age of 91. Known for his work on “Nashville” and “The Muppet Movie,” Starger’s contributions to television and film were significant and widely respected.

April

Joe Flaherty (Died: April 1, Age: 82)

Joe Flaherty, born on June 21, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was an American actor and writer known for his roles in “Happy Gilmore” (1996), “Back to the Future Part II” (1989), and “Detroit Rock City” (1999). He also made significant contributions as a comedian, writer, and producer, particularly for “SCTV.” Flaherty passed away on April 1, 2024, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His career was marked by multiple awards, including a Gemini Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in 1990 for “Looking for Miracles” and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program for “SCTV” in 1982 and 1983.

Michael Ward (Died: April 1, Age: 57)

Michael Ward, known for his work as a lead guitarist for The Wallflowers, died on April 1, 2024, at the age of 57. He contributed to the band’s best-known album, “Bringing Down the Horse,” and was also a founding member of the alt-rock group School of Fish. Ward’s musical talent was recognized with a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1997 for “One Headlight.”

Veljko Bulajic (Died: April 2, Age: 96)

Veljko Bulajic, a Montenegrin-Croatian film director and screenwriter, passed away on April 2, 2024, at the age of 96. Known for films like “Kozara,” “Battle of Neretva,” and “The Man to Destroy,” Bulajic made significant contributions to Yugoslav cinema. His work earned him international acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career.

Christopher Durang (Died: April 2, Age: 75)

Christopher Durang, an American playwright and actor, died on April 2, 2024, at the age of 75. Durang was renowned for his plays such as “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” and “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” He received a Tony Award for Best Play in 2013 and multiple Drama Desk Awards for his contributions to theater.

Türker Inanoglu (Died: April 2, Age: 87)

Türker Inanoglu, a prolific Turkish producer, director, and screenwriter, passed away on April 2, 2024, at the age of 87. He was instrumental in the Turkish film industry, having produced over 126 films and directed 82. Inanoglu was also a pioneer in Turkish television, producing popular programs and founding significant industry associations.

Tatyana Konyukhova (Died: April 2, Age: 92)

Tatyana Konyukhova, a Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, died on April 2, 2024, at the age of 92. Known for her roles in “May Night,” “Over Tissa,” and “The Red and the White,” Konyukhova’s career spanned several decades. She was honored as a People’s Artist of the Republic in 1991.

Albert Tootie Heath (Died: April 3, Age: 88)

Albert Tootie Heath, an American jazz drummer, passed away on April 3, 2024, at the age of 88. A member of the Heath Brothers, he played with jazz legends like Art Farmer and Dexter Gordon. Heath’s influence in jazz music extended over a remarkable career that enriched the genre.

Adrian Schiller (Died: April 3, Age: 60)

Adrian Schiller, an English actor known for his roles in “Beauty and the Beast” (2017), “Suffragette” (2015), and “Bright Star” (2009), died on April 3, 2024, at the age of 60. Schiller’s performances in television series such as “Victoria” and “The Last Kingdom” also garnered him acclaim.

Vera Tschechowa (Died: April 3, Age: 83)

Vera Tschechowa, a German actress, writer, director, and producer, passed away on April 3, 2024, at the age of 83. Known for films like “The Bread of Those Early Years” and “Euridice BA 2037,” Tschechowa’s work earned her the German Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in 1962.

Bruce Kessler (Died: April 4, Age: 88)

Bruce Kessler, an American director known for “The Gay Deceivers,” “Simon, King of the Witches,” and “McCloud,” died on April 4, 2024, at the age of 88. Kessler’s career also included work as a racing driver, demonstrating his diverse talents and interests.

Rubens Francisco Lucchetti (Died: April 4, Age: 94)

Rubens Francisco Lucchetti, a Brazilian screenwriter known for cult horror films like “The Strange World of Coffin Joe” and “Awakening of the Beast,” passed away on April 4, 2024, at the age of 94. His work in horror cinema left a lasting legacy in Brazilian film history.

William Purcell (Died: April 5, Age: 59)

William Purcell, an American special effects artist and coordinator, died on April 5, 2024, at the age of 59. Known for his work on films like “RoboCop,” “The Notebook,” and “The Hunger Games,” Purcell’s contributions to special effects in film were significant.

C.J. Snare (Died: April 5, Age: 64)

C.J. Snare, an American singer, songwriter, and musician, passed away on April 5, 2024, at the age of 64. He was the founding frontman of the hard rock group FireHouse, known for hits like “Love of a Lifetime” and “When I Look into Your Eyes.”

Ernesto Gómez Cruz (Died: April 6, Age: 90)

Ernesto Gómez Cruz, a celebrated Mexican actor, died on April 6, 2024, at the age of 90. Known for films like “Canoa: A Shameful Memory,” “El Norte,” and “Midaq Alley,” Cruz’s illustrious career earned him numerous Ariel Awards and a lasting place in Mexican cinema.

Edgar Burcksen (Died: April 7, Age: 76)

Edgar Burcksen, a Dutch-born American film editor and visual effects editor, passed away on April 7, 2024, at the age of 76. His work on films like “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” earned him multiple awards, including a Primetime Emmy.

Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry (Died: April 7, Age: 87)

Clarence “Frogman” Henry, an American R&B singer and pianist, died on April 7, 2024, at the age of 87. Known for hits like “Ain’t Got No Home” and “But I Do,” Henry’s contributions to R&B music made him a beloved figure in the genre.

Paul Fox (Died: April 8, Age: 98)

Paul Fox, a British television executive and former controller of BBC One, passed away on April 8, 2024, at the age of 98. Fox oversaw the network’s transition to color and commissioned classic series like “Dad’s Army” and “The Two Ronnies,” leaving a lasting impact on British television.

Barbara O (Died: April 8, Age: 82)

Barbara O, an American actress known for films like “Bush Mama” and “Daughters of the Dust,” died on April 8, 2024, at the age of 82. Her work in independent cinema and as an acting coach influenced many in the industry.

Jaime de Armiñán (Died: April 9, Age: 97)

Jaime de Armiñán, a Spanish screenwriter and film director, passed away on April 9, 2024, at the age of 97. Known for films like “My Dearest Senorita” and “The Nest,” Armiñán’s work earned him numerous accolades, including an Honorary Goya Award in 2014.

Patti Astor (Died: April 9, Age: 74)

Patti Astor, an American underground actress and cultural icon, died on April 9, 2024, at the age of 74. Known for films like “Unmade Beds” and “Wild Style,” Astor was also a co-founder of the legendary Fun Gallery in New York.

Eckart Dux (Died: April 9, Age: 97)

Eckart Dux, a German film, TV, and voice actor, passed away on April 9, 2024, at the age of 97. Known for his roles in “The Singing Ringing Tree” and “Hamburg Transit,” Dux was also a prolific voice-over artist for actors like Anthony Perkins and Ian McKellen.

Tarô Akebono (Died: April 10, Age: 54)

Tarô Akebono, an American-born Japanese professional wrestler, sumo wrestler, kickboxer, and mixed martial artist, died on April 10, 2024, at the age of 54. Known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling, Akebono’s career spanned multiple combat sports.

O.J. Simpson (Died: April 10, Age: 76)

O.J. Simpson, an American Hall of Fame football player, broadcaster, actor, and controversial figure, passed away on April 10, 2024, at the age of 76. Simpson’s career included notable roles in films like “The Towering Inferno” and “The Naked Gun” series.

Dan Wallin (Died: April 10, Age: 97)

Dan Wallin, an American sound engineer, died on April 10, 2024, at the age of 97. Known for his work on nearly 500 films, including classics like “Spartacus,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” and “Star Trek,” Wallin’s contributions to film sound were significant and widely recognized.

Meg Bennett (Died: April 11, Age: 75)

Meg Bennett, an American television writer and actress, passed away on April 11, 2024, at the age of 75. Known for her work on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “General Hospital,” Bennett’s career in daytime television was marked by numerous awards, including a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team in 1995.

Park Bo-ram (Died: April 11, Age: 30)

Park Bo-ram, a South Korean singer known for songs like “Beautiful” and “Celepretty,” died on April 11, 2024, at the age of 30. Her career in music and acting, including roles in “Persevere, Goo Hae-Ra” and “Prison Playbook,” made her a beloved figure in Korean entertainment.

Lorena Velázquez (Died: April 11, Age: 86)

Lorena Velázquez, a Mexican actress and former beauty pageant titleholder, passed away on April 11, 2024, at the age of 86. Known for her roles in cult films like “The Ship of Monsters” and “Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro,” Velázquez was a quintessential figure in Mexican cinema.

Roberto Cavalli (Died: April 12, Age: 83)

Roberto Cavalli, an Italian fashion designer, costume designer, and inventor, died on April 12, 2024, at the age of 83. Known for his bold and innovative designs, Cavalli’s work in fashion left a lasting legacy.

Eleanor Coppola (Died: April 12, Age: 87)

Eleanor Coppola, an American documentarian and screenwriter-director, passed away on April 12, 2024, at the age of 87. Known for her documentary “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” and her films “Paris Can Wait” and “Love Is Love Is Love,” Coppola’s work earned her multiple awards, including a Primetime Emmy.

Robert MacNeil (Died: April 12, Age: 93)

Robert MacNeil, a Canadian-American journalist, writer, and television news anchor, died on April 12, 2024, at the age of 93. Co-creator and co-anchor of “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” (now “PBS NewsHour”), MacNeil’s career was marked by numerous accolades, including an Officer of the Order of Canada and induction into the Television Hall of Fame.

Carrie Robbins (Died: April 12, Age: 81)

Carrie Robbins, an American Broadway costume designer, passed away on April 12, 2024, at the age of 81. Known for her work on productions like “Grease” and “Agnes of God,” Robbins received multiple Tony Award nominations and Drama Desk Awards for her contributions to theater.

Richard Horowitz (Died: April 13, Age: 75)

Richard Horowitz, an American composer known for his work on films like “Any Given Sunday,” “Three Seasons,” and “Kandagar,” died on April 13, 2024, at the age of 75. His work earned him a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for “The Sheltering Sky.”

Rochelle Oliver (Died: April 13, Age: 86)

Rochelle Oliver, an American actress of Broadway, television, and film, passed away on April 13, 2024, at the age of 86. Known for her roles in “Scent of a Woman,” “Law & Order,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” Oliver’s career spanned several decades.

Ron Thompson (Died: April 13, Age: 83)

Ron Thompson, an American actor known for his roles in “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” and “American Pop,” died on April 13, 2024, at the age of 83. Thompson’s career included notable performances on stage and screen.

Reita (Died: April 15, Age: 42)

Reita, the founding bassist of the Japanese rock band the Gazette, passed away on April 15, 2024, at the age of 42. Known for his work on albums like “Disorder” and “Nil,” Reita’s contributions to the band’s success were significant.

B.S. Dwarakish (Died: April 16, Age: 81)

B.S. Dwarakish, an Indian actor, producer, and director, died on April 16, 2024, at the age of 81. Known for films like “Bangaarada Manushya” and “Vishnuvardhana,” Dwarakish’s contributions to Kannada cinema were highly regarded.

Dickey Betts (Died: April 18, Age: 80)

Dickey Betts, an American guitarist and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away on April 18, 2024, at the age of 80. Known for hits like “Ramblin’ Man” and “Jessica,” Betts’ work earned him a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

James Laurenson (Died: April 18, Age: 84)

James Laurenson, a New Zealand actor known for his roles in “Boney,” “Pink Floyd – The Wall,” and “The Crown,” died on April 18, 2024, at the age of 84. Laurenson’s career included notable performances in theater, television, and film.

Mandisa (Died: April 18, Age: 47)

Mandisa, an American gospel and contemporary Christian singer, passed away on April 18, 2024, at the age of 47. Known for songs like “Overcomer” and “Stronger,” Mandisa’s work earned her a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2013.

Bob Ellison (Died: April 2024, Age: 91)

Bob Ellison, an American television writer known for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Cheers,” passed away in April 2024 at the age of 91. Ellison’s career included multiple Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

Larry Page (Died: April 19, Age: 87)

Larry Page, an English music talent manager and record producer, died on April 19, 2024, at the age of 87. Known for managing bands like The Kinks and The Troggs, Page’s contributions to the music industry were significant.

Antonio Cantafora (Died: April 20, Age: 80)

Antonio Cantafora, an Italian actor known for films like “And God Said to Cain…” and “Gabriela,” passed away on April 20, 2024, at the age of 80. Cantafora’s career included notable performances in Italian cinema.

Michael Cuscuna (Died: April 20, Age: 75)

Michael Cuscuna, an American record producer and jazz historian, died on April 20, 2024, at the age of 75. Known for his work with Blue Note Records and as co-founder of Mosaic Records, Cuscuna’s contributions to jazz music were widely recognized.

Andrew Davis (Died: April 20, Age: 80)

Andrew Davis, an English conductor, passed away on April 20, 2024, at the age of 80. Known for his work with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra, Davis’s career earned him multiple Grammy Award nominations and appointments as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Sandey Grinn (Died: April 20, Age: 69)

Sandey Grinn, an American puppeteer and actor, died on April 20, 2024, at the age of 69. Known for his work on “Beetlejuice” and “Child’s Play 2,” Grinn’s contributions to puppetry and acting were significant.

Lourdes Portillo (Died: April 20, Age: 80)

Lourdes Portillo, a Mexican filmmaker, passed away on April 20, 2024, at the age of 80. Known for documentaries like “The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo” and “The Devil Never Sleeps,” Portillo’s work earned her an Academy Award nomination and multiple festival awards.

Chan Romero (Died: April 21, Age: 82)

Chan Romero, an American singer-songwriter known for “Hippy Hippy Shake,” passed away on April 21, 2024, at the age of 82. Romero’s contributions to rock and roll made him a beloved figure in the music industry.

Hana Brejchová (Died: April 22, Age: 77)

Hana Brejchová, a Czech actress known for films like “Loves of a Blonde” and “Amadeus,” died on April 22, 2024, at the age of 77. Brejchová’s performances in Czech cinema earned her international recognition.

Philippe Laudenbach (Died: April 22, Age: 88)

Philippe Laudenbach, a French actor known for films like “Confidentially Yours” and “Of Gods and Men,” passed away on April 22, 2024, at the age of 88. Laudenbach’s career in French cinema was marked by numerous notable performances.

Michael Verhoeven (Died: April 22, Age: 85)

Michael Verhoeven, a German film director, screenwriter, and producer, died on April 22, 2024, at the age of 85. Known for films like “The White Rose” and “The Nasty Girl,” Verhoeven’s work earned him international acclaim and numerous awards, including a BAFTA for Best Film not in the English Language.

Terry Carter (Died: April 23, Age: 95)

Terry Carter, an American actor and producer, passed away on April 23, 2024, at the age of 95. Known for roles in “The Phil Silvers Show,” “McCloud,” and “Battlestar Galactica,” Carter was also a pioneer as one of the first Black TV news anchors.

Ray Chan (Died: April 23, Age: 56)

Ray Chan, a British art director and production designer known for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died on April 23, 2024, at the age of 56. His contributions to films like “Avengers: Endgame” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” were widely recognized.

Margaret Lee (Died: April 24, Age: 80)

Margaret Lee, an English actress known for films like “The Bloody Judge” and “Dorian Gray,” passed away on April 24, 2024, at the age of 80. Lee’s career in European cinema made her a notable figure in the industry.

Michael Pinder (Died: April 24, Age: 82)

Michael Pinder, an English rock musician and last surviving original member of The Moody Blues, died on April 24, 2024, at the age of 82. Known for songs like “The Best Way to Travel” and “A Simple Game,” Pinder’s work earned him a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2018.

Laurent Cantet (Died: April 25, Age: 63)

Laurent Cantet, a French screenwriter and director, passed away on April 25, 2024, at the age of 63. Known for films like “The Class” and “Human Resources,” Cantet’s work earned him numerous awards, including the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Marla Adams (Died: April 25, Age: 85)

Marla Adams, an American actress known for her roles in “The Young and the Restless” and “Gotcha!,” died on April 25, 2024, at the age of 85. Adams’s career in television earned her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2021.

David Chackler (Died: April 27, Age: 78)

David Chackler, an American music executive and film producer, passed away on April 27, 2024, at the age of 78. Known for his work with artists like Queen and 2 Live Crew and films like “Village of the Damned,” Chackler’s contributions to music and film were significant.

Brian McCardie (Died: April 28, Age: 59)

Brian McCardie, a Scottish actor known for roles in “Rob Roy,” “Filth,” and “The Ghost and the Darkness,” died on April 28, 2024, at the age of 59. McCardie’s performances in film and television made him a well-respected actor.

Zack Norman (Died: April 28, Age: 83)

Zack Norman, also known as Howard Zuker, was an American actor, producer, and comedian who passed away on April 28, 2024, at the age of 83. Known for roles in “Romancing the Stone” and “Cadillac Man,” Norman also produced several notable films.

Alan Scarfe (Died: April 28, Age: 77)

Alan Scarfe, a British-Canadian actor and stage director, died on April 28, 2024, at the age of 77. Known for his roles in “The Bay Boy,” “Double Impact,” and “Seven Days,” Scarfe’s career spanned several decades and included numerous stage performances.

Joe Thomas (Died: April 28, Age: 68)

Joe Thomas, an American producer and director known for “PBS Soundstage,” passed away on April 28, 2024, at the age of 68. Thomas’s work with artists like Stevie Nicks and Brian Wilson left a lasting impact on the music industry.

Duane Eddy (Died: April 30, Age: 86)

Duane Eddy, an American rock and roll guitarist known for hits like “Rebel-‘Rouser” and “Peter Gunn,” died on April 30, 2024, at the age of 86. Eddy’s contributions to music earned him a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

March

Lynn Fainchtein (Died: March 1, Age: 60)

Lynn Fainchtein, a renowned Mexican music supervisor known for her work on films like “Amores Perros,” “Birdman,” and “Roma,” passed away on March 1 at the age of 60. She was instrumental in creating the soundtracks for over two hundred audiovisual works, collaborating with acclaimed directors such as Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón. Her legacy in music supervision and rights clearance has left a lasting impact on the industry.

Janice Burgess (Died: March 2, Age: 72)

Janice Burgess, the creator of “The Backyardigans” and a significant figure in children’s television, died on March 2 at the age of 72. Known for her work as a writer, production manager, and producer, Burgess brought beloved characters like Uniqua to life. Her contributions to Nickelodeon and her influence on young audiences will be remembered fondly.

Mark Dodson (Died: March 2, Age: 64)

Mark Dodson, an American voice actor known for his roles in “Gremlins” and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” passed away on March 2 at the age of 64. His distinctive voice brought to life memorable characters in iconic films. Dodson’s work in the entertainment industry spanned several decades, leaving a mark on fans worldwide.

Jaclyn Jose (Died: March 2, Age: 60)

Jaclyn Jose, an acclaimed Filipino actress known for her roles in “The Flor Contemplacion Story” and “Ma’ Rosa,” died on March 2 at the age of 60. She made history as the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to win the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Jose’s remarkable talent and numerous accolades have cemented her legacy in Philippine cinema.

Edward Bond (Died: March 3, Age: 89)

Edward Bond, an influential English playwright and screenwriter known for works like “Saved” and “Blow-Up,” passed away on March 3 at the age of 89. His provocative and thought-provoking plays challenged societal norms and left a significant impact on modern theatre. Bond’s contributions to literature and drama continue to inspire playwrights and audiences alike.

Eleanor Collins (Died: March 3, Age: 104)

Eleanor Collins, celebrated as Canada’s First Lady of Jazz, died on March 3 at the age of 104. A trailblazing actress and singer, Collins broke barriers in the entertainment industry with her talent and charisma. Her contributions to jazz and television paved the way for future generations of artists.

Oscar Ghiglia (Died: March 3, Age: 85)

Oscar Ghiglia, an Italian classical guitarist renowned for his mastery of the instrument, passed away on March 3 at the age of 85. His performances and recordings have been celebrated worldwide, and his legacy as a musician and educator continues to influence aspiring guitarists.

Jean-Pierre Bourtayre (Died: March 4, Age: 82)

Jean-Pierre Bourtayre, a French composer known for his work on films like “Same Old Song” and “The Game Is Over,” died on March 4 at the age of 82. His musical compositions added depth and emotion to numerous audiovisual projects, earning him recognition and respect in the industry.

Tony Green (Died: March 4, Age: 84)

Tony Green, an English darts commentator and television presenter best known for his work on “Bullseye,” passed away on March 4 at the age of 84. His charismatic commentary and engaging presence made him a beloved figure in the world of darts and television.

Michael Jenkins (Died: March 4, Age: 78)

Michael Jenkins, an Australian director, writer, and producer known for films like “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Careful, He Might Hear You,” died on March 4 at the age of 78. His storytelling and directorial skills have left a lasting legacy in Australian cinema.

Tarako (Died: March 4, Age: 63)

Tarako, a Japanese voice actress known for her roles in “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” and “Chibi Maruko-chan,” passed away on March 4 at the age of 63. Her distinctive voice brought beloved characters to life, making her a cherished figure in the world of anime.

Linda Balgord (Died: March 5, Age: 64)

Linda Balgord, an American stage actress known for her roles in Broadway productions like “Cats” and “The Pirate Queen,” died on March 5 at the age of 64. Her powerful performances and vocal talent earned her acclaim in the theatre community.

Debra Byrd (Died: March 5, Age: 72)

Debra Byrd, an American singer and vocal coach known for her work on “American Idol” and “Canadian Idol,” passed away on March 5 at the age of 72. Her guidance and mentorship helped shape the careers of many aspiring singers, leaving a lasting impact on the music industry.

Roberto Leoni (Died: March 5, Age: 83)

Roberto Leoni, an Italian screenwriter and director known for cult classics like “Santa Sangre,” died on March 5 at the age of 83. His creative storytelling and unique cinematic vision have influenced filmmakers and captivated audiences.

Misha Suslov (Died: March 5, Age: 84)

Misha Suslov, a Russian cinematographer known for films like “Life and Fate” and “And Quiet Flows the Don,” passed away on March 5 at the age of 84. His work behind the camera contributed to the visual storytelling of numerous acclaimed films.

António-Pedro Vasconcelos (Died: March 5, Age: 85)

António-Pedro Vasconcelos, a Portuguese film director and screenwriter known for films like “Jaime” and “Cats Don’t Have Vertigo,” died on March 5 at the age of 85. His contributions to Portuguese cinema have been celebrated both nationally and internationally.

Rimas Tuminas (Died: March 6, Age: 72)

Rimas Tuminas, a Lithuanian theatre director known for his work with Théâtre Vakhtangov, passed away on March 6 at the age of 72. His innovative productions and artistic vision have left a profound impact on the world of theatre.

Steve Lawrence (Died: March 7, Age: 88)

Steve Lawrence, an American singer and actor known for hits like “Go Away Little Girl” and his role in “The Blues Brothers,” died on March 7 at the age of 88. His musical talent and contributions to entertainment have earned him a lasting legacy.

Angelo Nicotra (Died: March 8, Age: 75)

Angelo Nicotra, an Italian voice dubbing artist known for his work on films like “Once Upon a Time in America,” passed away on March 8 at the age of 75. His voice brought international characters to Italian audiences, making him a significant figure in voice acting.

Percy Adlon (Died: March 10, Age: 88)

Percy Adlon, a German director and screenwriter known for films like “Bagdad Cafe” and “Sugar Baby,” died on March 10 at the age of 88. His unique storytelling and cinematic style have left a mark on international cinema.

Jerry Foley (Died: March 10, Age: 69)

Jerry Foley, an American television director and producer known for his work on “Late Show with David Letterman,” passed away on March 10 at the age of 69. His contributions to late-night television and memorable broadcasts have made him a respected figure in the industry.

Mutsumi Inomata (Died: March 10, Age: 63)

Mutsumi Inomata, a Japanese animator and character designer known for works like “Future GPX Cyber Formula” and “Tekken 6,” died on March 10 at the age of 63. Her artistic talent and character designs have been celebrated in the world of animation and video games.

Gigio Morra (Died: March 10, Age: 78)

Gigio Morra, an Italian actor known for his roles in “Gomorrah” and “Detective Montalbano,” passed away on March 10 at the age of 78. His performances in film and television have earned him recognition and admiration in the Italian entertainment industry.

Paul Nelson (Died: March 10)

Paul Nelson, an American blues and rock guitarist and record producer known for his work with Johnny Winter, died on March 10. His contributions to music and his Grammy-winning work have left a lasting impact on the blues and rock genres.

February

Charles Dierkop (Died: Feb. 25, Age: 87)

Known for his roles in iconic films and television series, Charles Dierkop passed away on February 25 at 87. His notable performance as George “Flat Nose” Curry in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and a subsequent collaboration with the film’s director in “The Sting” marked significant points in his career.

Dierkop’s versatile acting was also seen in “The Hustler,” “The Pawnbroker,” and “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” among others. His television credits include a significant role in “Police Woman” and appearances in classic shows like “Star Trek,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” and “ER,” showcasing his broad range in the acting world.

Kenneth Mitchell (Died: Feb. 24, Age: 49)

On February 24, Kenneth Mitchell, known for his varied roles in “Star Trek: Discovery” and as Carol Danvers’ father in “Captain Marvel,” succumbed to ALS at 49.

His portrayal of multiple Klingon characters in “Discovery” and his voice work in “Star Trek: Lower Decks” highlighted his talent and versatility. Mitchell’s career also spanned roles in “Jericho,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and “The Astronaut Wives Club,” making him a beloved figure in both film and television.

Chris Gauthier (Died: Feb. 23, Age: 48)

Chris Gauthier, a familiar face from “Once Upon a Time” and “Smallville,” died on February 23 after a brief illness at 48. His memorable portrayals include the owner of Café Diem in “Eureka” and the infamous Toyman in “Smallville.”

Gauthier’s talent was also featured in “Freddy vs. Jason,” “Watchmen,” and “Supernatural,” leaving behind a legacy of diverse characters.

Pamela Salem (Died: Feb. 21, Age: 80)

Pamela Salem, esteemed for her contributions to the “James Bond” and “Doctor Who” series, passed away on February 21 at 80. Her performances in “The Robots of Death” and “Remembrance of the Daleks” for “Doctor Who,” as well as her role as Miss Moneypenny in “Never Say Never Again,” showcased her dynamic acting skills. Salem’s career also included appearances in “Blake’s 7,” “Eastenders,” and “The West Wing.”

Tony Ganios (Died: Feb. 18, Age: 64)

Tony Ganios, widely recognized for his role as Meat in the “Porky’s” film series, died on February 18 at 64. His acting debut in “The Wanderers” led to a fruitful career, including roles in “Wiseguy,” “Die Hard 2,” and “Rising Sun.” His distinctive presence and talent marked his contributions to television and film.

E. Duke Vincent (Died: Feb. 10, Age: 91)

E. Duke Vincent, the acclaimed TV producer behind hits like “Dynasty” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” passed away on February 10 at 91.

His career transition from a Naval aviator to a television pioneer, alongside Aaron Spelling, resulted in some of the most iconic shows of the 20th century. Vincent’s legacy also includes his work as an author, contributing novels to the literary world.

Henry Fambrough (Died: Feb. 7, Age: 85)

Henry Fambrough, the legendary baritone of the R&B group the Spinners, died of natural causes on February 7 at 85. His contributions to hits like “I’ll Be Around” and “Ghetto Child” solidified the group’s place in music history. Fambrough’s voice and dedication to music left an indelible mark on the industry.

Cecilia Gentili (Died: Feb. 6, Age: 52)

Cecilia Gentili, an actress and advocate known for her role in “Pose” and her activism for LGBTQIA+ rights, passed away in February. Her performance as Miss Orlando and her efforts to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and transgender equity highlighted her commitment to making a difference. Gentili’s work, including her book “Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn’t My Rapist,” and her planned one-woman show, “Red Ink,” will remain a testament to her impactful life.

Toby Keith (Died: Feb. 5, Age: 62)

Country music icon Toby Keith left us after a courageous two-year battle with stomach cancer. Keith catapulted to fame with his debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and continued to dominate the country music scene with hits like “Red Solo Cup” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).”

His music, often reflecting his patriotic spirit, resonated with fans worldwide, making him a beloved figure in country music.

Don Murray (Died: Feb. 2, Age: 94)

Don Murray’s illustrious acting career was highlighted by his Oscar-nominated role opposite Marilyn Monroe in “Bus Stop.” A versatile actor, Murray graced the screen in “A Hatful of Rain,” “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,” and “Peggy Sue Got Married,” among others.

His role in the TV series “Knots Landing” and his appearance in the 2017 “Twin Peaks” reboot further showcased his enduring talent.

Wayne Kramer (Died: Feb. 2, Age: 75)

Wayne Kramer, the revolutionary guitarist and co-founder of the proto-punk band MC5, passed away from pancreatic cancer. His music with MC5, especially in albums like “Kick Out the Jams,” played a pivotal role in developing punk rock.

Kramer’s later solo career and collaborations with artists across various genres underscored his significant influence on music history.

Carl Weathers (Died: Feb. 1, Age: 76)

Carl Weathers, known for his iconic role as Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” series, was a former professional football player turned actor. His performances in “Predator,” “Happy Gilmore,” “Arrested Development,” and “The Mandalorian” displayed his range and charisma. Weathers’ portrayal of Creed remains a defining moment in sports cinema.

Mark Gustafson (Died: Feb. 1, Age: 64)

Mark Gustafson, the Oscar-winning animator and co-director of “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” was celebrated for his contributions to the art of stop-motion animation. His work on “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and various television specials, like “Meet the Raisins,” showcased his creativity and innovation in bringing characters to life.

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Chita Rivera (Died: Jan. 30, Age: 91)

Broadway legend Chita Rivera dazzled audiences with her performances in “West Side Story,” “Chicago,” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” among others. Rivera’s dynamic presence on stage earned her numerous Tony nominations and awards, cementing her status as a theatrical icon. Her passion and talent for dance and musical theater inspired generations.

Hinton Battle (Died: Jan. 29, Age: 67)

Hinton Battle, a three-time Tony Award winner, was celebrated for his roles in “The Wiz,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “The Tap Dance Kid,” and “Miss Saigon.” Battle’s extraordinary talent as a dancer and actor shone brightly on Broadway and beyond, including his memorable appearance in the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Sandra Milo (Died: Jan. 29, Age: 90)

Italian actress Sandra Milo, renowned for her roles in Federico Fellini’s masterpieces “8 ½” and “Juliet of the Spirits,” was a significant figure in cinema. Her collaborations with other legendary directors and her later work as a talk show host demonstrated her versatile talent and enduring charm.

Melanie Safka (Died: Jan. 23, Age: 76)

Folk-pop singer Melanie Safka, known as Melanie, captured hearts with “Brand New Key” and “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain).” Her performance at Woodstock and her advocacy for peace and social justice were integral to her musical identity. Melanie’s distinctive voice and heartfelt songwriting left a lasting legacy.

Charles Osgood (Died: Jan. 23, Age: 91)

Charles Osgood, the esteemed CBS news anchor and voice of “The Osgood File,” was renowned for his journalistic excellence and poetic charm. His tenure on “Sunday Morning” brought insightful stories and a touch of serenity to viewers, earning him accolades and a special place in broadcast journalism.

Gary Graham (Died: Jan. 22, Age: 73)

Gary Graham, best known for his lead role in “Alien Nation” and appearances in “Star Trek” projects, was a versatile actor whose career spanned various genres. His portrayal of Detective Matthew Sikes and the Vulcan Ambassador Soval showcased his ability to bring depth and nuance to science fiction characters.

Mary Weiss (Died: Jan. 19, Age: 75)

As the lead singer of the ’60s girl group The Shangri-Las, Mary Weiss became an emblem of the era with hits like “Leader of the Pack.” Weiss’s dynamic voice and the group’s dramatic storytelling in song left an indelible mark on the music industry, influencing countless artists and fans alike.

Norman Jewison (Died: Jan. 20, Age: 97)

Norman Jewison, a Canadian director, left an indelible mark on cinema with classics like “In the Heat of the Night” and “Moonstruck.” His diverse portfolio, including “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Thomas Crown Affair,” showcased his versatility. Jewison’s work received numerous Oscars, reflecting his pivotal role in film history. His legacy includes the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, celebrating his cinematic contributions.

David Emge (Died: Jan. 20, Age: 77)

David Emge, known for his role as Stephen in “Dawn of the Dead,” captivated horror fans with his portrayal of a zombified helicopter pilot. His acting journey began post-Vietnam War, leading him to New York and into the hands of director George Romero. Emge’s performance inspired many, including Simon Pegg, influencing the horror genre significantly.

David Gail (Died: Jan. 20, Age: 58)

David Gail, recognized for his roles on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Port Charles,” passed away, leaving a legacy on both prime time and daytime TV. Gail’s career started with “Growing Pains,” leading to significant roles showcasing his versatility and charm on screen.

Marlena Shaw (Died: Jan. 19, Age: 81)

Marlena Shaw, the voice behind “California Soul,” was a pioneering jazz and soul singer. Beginning her career at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Shaw’s unique voice and style led her to sign with Chess Records. Her music, especially “California Soul,” remains iconic, influencing artists across genres.

Nerene Virgin (Died: Jan. 15, Age: 77)

Nerene Virgin was a cherished Canadian journalist and actress, beloved as Jodie on “Today’s Special.” Her career spanned broadcasting and acting, significantly impacting Canadian television. Virgin’s advocacy for education and anti-racism marked her as a notable figure beyond her on-screen roles.

Joyce Randolph (Died: Jan. 13, Age: 99)

Joyce Randolph, best known as Trixie Norton on “The Honeymooners,” was the last surviving member of the original cast. Her performance contributed to the show’s legacy as a classic sitcom. Randolph’s portrayal of Trixie left a lasting impression on television comedy.

Alec Musser (Died: Jan. 12, Age: 50)

Alec Musser, remembered for his role in “All My Children,” tragically passed away. Starting as a model, Musser transitioned to acting, winning a reality TV contest that launched his career in soap operas. Fans fondly remember his talent and presence on screen.

Bill Hayes (Died: Jan. 12, Age: 98)

Bill Hayes, an icon on “Days of Our Lives,” portrayed Doug Williams for over five decades. His contributions to daytime TV were celebrated with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys. Hayes’ legacy is intertwined with the history of soap operas.

Lynne Marta (Died: Jan. 11, Age: 78)

Lynne Marta, known for her roles in “Footloose” and on TV series like “Kojak,” passed away after a cancer battle. Her diverse career included significant film roles and numerous TV appearances, showcasing her talent across multiple genres.

Roy Battersby (Died: Jan. 10, Age: 87)

British director Roy Battersby left a significant mark on television and film. His work on crime dramas like “Inspector Morse” and movies such as “Red Mercury” showcased his directorial skills. Battersby’s contributions to British media were profound and enduring.

Peter Crombie (Died: Jan. 10, Age: 71)

Peter Crombie, best known for his role as “Crazy” Joe Davola on “Seinfeld,” made a lasting impact by portraying the menacing character. His extensive career included roles in “Se7en” and “The Doors,” showcasing his range as an actor.

Adan Canto (Died: Jan. 8, Age: 42)

Adan Canto, celebrated for his roles in “Designated Survivor” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” died from appendiceal cancer. His performances, spanning TV and film, demonstrated his versatility and commitment to his craft.

Christian Oliver (Died: Jan. 4, Age: 51)

Christian Oliver, an actor known for “Speed Racer” and “The Good German,” tragically died in a plane crash. Oliver’s career included diverse roles showcasing his talent, making him a beloved figure in American and German cinema.

Glynis Johns (Died: Jan. 4, Age: 100)

Glynis Johns, celebrated for her role as Winifred Banks in “Mary Poppins,” was a versatile actress whose career spanned stage and screen. Her performances, including in “A Little Night Music,” earned her critical acclaim and a Tony Award.

David Soul (Died: Jan. 4, Age: 80)

David Soul, famed for his role as Hutch in “Starsky & Hutch,” was a multifaceted talent known for his successful music career. Soul’s impact on 1970s television and music remains significant, with “Don’t Give Up on Us” reaching number one in the charts.

Harry Johnson (Died: Jan. 2, Age: 81)

Harry Johnson, a veteran actor with roles in “Battlestar Galactica” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” was known for his diverse performances. His career, spanning several decades, included memorable appearances in various beloved television series.

As we continue to update this tribute in the coming months, we aim to not only remember the stars for the joy and artistry they brought into our lives but also to celebrate the diverse range of talents and contributions they made to the entertainment world. We will add those who have sadly left us each month, ensuring their legacies are honored and remembered as we celebrate their feats and life gossip on our site from time to time.

In closing, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and fans of those we’ve lost. Their contributions to the arts have left an indelible mark on the industry.