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Deaths that shocked us in the 2000s

Updated on September 22, 2013

Deaths that really shocked me!

The following Deaths have occurred from 2000 til date, have really blown me away. Even though some of the following were quite old in age I just never expected to hear the news of their deaths, They were like Legends that would live forever! Some just do not seem to be fair. Why? when they were so young, Why? when they were just starting? Why Why Why....?

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Deaths in 2000

Alec Guiness

April 2 1914 - August 5 2000, Aged 86

Personal Details

Birth Name - Alec Guinness de Cuffe

Place of Birth - Marylebone London, England

Place of Death - Sussex, England

Cause of Death - Liver Cancer

He was Married to Merula Salaman from 1938 til his death in 2000.

Together they had 1 child Mattheew.

Sadly his widow died just 2 months after his death.

Trvia

- His favorite TV Show is Due South

- Known for playing many roles and changing appearance to suit

- He did not like playing the role of Ben 'Obe Wan' Kenobi, As he was only ever recognized as Obi Wan, and not for his previous work.

- He never actually said "May the Force be with you" The closest he said was The Force will be with you"

- He was knighted but did not like being called Sir Alec Guinness

- He was a Seaman in the Royal Navy

- He was also a heavy smoker but wuit in is later years

Known for

Star Wars- 1977, 1980

Lawrence of Arabia - 1962

The Bridge on the River Kwai - 1957

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Christopher Pettiet

February 12 1976 - April 12 2000, Aged 24

Personal Details

Birth Name - Christopher Lee Pettiet

Place of Birth - Dallas, Texas, USA

Place of Death - Los Angels California, USA

Cause of Death - Accidental Drug Overdose

Married to a lady called Angels from 1995 - 1996 when they divorced

Trivia

- Was in the Junior Olympics for snow skiing

- Was friends with Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio.

- Loved surfing and owned 7 surfboards, one for each day of the week

- His Ashes were scatteres at sea at Santa Monica, California, USA

Known for

Point Break - 1991

Don't tell mom the babysitters dead - 1991

YOung Riders 1991-92

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Jim Varney

June 15 1949 - February 10 2000, Aged 50

Person Details

Birth Name - James Albert Varney Jr.

Place of Birth - Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Place of Death - Whitehouse, Tennessee, USA

Cause of Death - Lung Cancer

Married to Jacqueline Drew from 1977-1983, Divorced

Jane Varney for 3 years, 1988-1991, Divorced

Trivia

- Most popular role was Ernest P Worrell

- His IQ level was classed as near Genius

- Friends with Robin Williams

- Often appeared as Ernest for the kids who wished to meet Ernest through the ;Make A Wish' Foundation

- Plays the voice of Slinky in Toy Story 1+2

Known for

Ernest goes to camp - 1987

Toy Story/2 - 1995, 1999

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Walter Mathau

October 1, 1920 - Ju;y 1, 2000 (Aged 79)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Walter John Matthow

Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

Place of Death - Santa Monica, California, USA

Cause of Death - Heart Attack

Was married twice to

Grace Geraldine Johnson 1948 - 1958 divorced they have 2 children Davud and Jenny

Carol Grace 1959 - 2000 til his death they had 1 child Charles

Trivia

- People were never sure if he was joking or saying things seriously, either on-screen or off-screen.

- Served in the US Army Air Force, 8th Air Force, 453rd Bombardment Group in England

- Was hospitalized for double pneumonia after filming Grumpy old Men

Had gambling habit for most of his life, saying he lost up to $5 million

Known for

Dennis the Menance 1993

Grumpy old Men 1995

Charades 1963

Walter at his best

Werner Klemperer

March 22, 1920 - December 6, 2000 (aged 80)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Werner Klemperer

Place of Birth - Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Place of Death - New York City, New York, USA

Cause of Death - Cancer

Was married 3 times

Susan Dempsey (1959 - 1968) (divorced) 2 children

Louise Troy (28 October 1969 - 1975) (divorced)

Kim Hamilton (1997 - 6 December 2000) (his death)

Trivia

Served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945

Most famous for playing a colonel in the German Luftwaffe (air corps), Klemperer's family were German Jews who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Immersed himself into teaching himself English so completely, that he found himself actuially thinking and dreaming in English.

Known For

Hogan's Heroes 1965-1971

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Deaths in 2001

Aaliyah

January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001 (Aged 22)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Aaliyah Dana Haughton

Place of Birth - Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Place of Death - Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas

Cause of Death - Airplane Crash

Was married to R. Kelly from 1994 - 1995 but their marriage was annulled

Trivia

- Had on black nail polish in nearly all of her music videos

- Has 4 tattoos: The letter "A" on the side of her wrist, an Egyptian Unk in her inner wrist, a music symbol on her ankle and a dove on her lower back.

- Graduated from the Detroit High School of the Performing Arts with a 4.0 GPA

- At the time of her death, Aaliyah and her boyfriend, Roc-A-Fella co-CEO Damon Dash, had plans to wed.

Known For

Queen of the Damned

Romeo Must Die Poster

Plus her amazing singing career

Aaliyah in action

Anthony Quinn

April 21, 1915 - June 3, 2001 (Aged 86)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Anthony Quinn

Place of Birth - Chihuahua, Mexico

Place of Death - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Cause of Death - pneumonia and respiratory failure due to complications from throat cancer

Was married 3 times

Katherine DeMille 1937 - 1965 they had 5 children together Christopher (dec), Christina, Catalina, Duncan and Valentina. They divorced

Jolanda Addolori 1966 -1997 They have 3 children, Francesco (dec), Danny and Lorenzo and also divorced

Kathy Benvin 1997 - 2001 til his death they had 2 children Antonia and Ryan

Sean and Alex with Friedel Dunbar (never Married)

Trivia

- For The Magus (1968) he had to shave his hair. He had an insurance policy against the risk that it might not grow back!

- Underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in February 1990.

- Son of an Irish father and Mexican mother

Known For

Lawrence of Arabia 1962

Zorba the Greek 1964

A walk in the clouds 1995

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David Graf

April 15, 1950 - April 7, 2001 (Aged 50)

Personal Details

Birth Name - David Graf (l)

Place of Birth - Lancaster, Ohio, USA

Place of Death - Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Cause of Death - Heart Attack

Was married to Kathryn Graf 1983 - 2001 until he dies and they had 2 children

Trivia

- He appeared in all seven Police Academy movies.

- His father and grandfather also died of sudden heart attacks at age 51.

- Died of a sudden heart attack at a family wedding

Known For

Ploice Academy Movies

Wactch vidoes on Tackleberry from Police Academy

George Harrison

February 25, 1943 - November 29, 2001 (Aged 58)

Personal Details

Birth Name - George Harrison (l)

Place of Birth - Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

Place of Death - Beverly Hills, California, USA

Cause of Death - Lung Cancer

Was married twice to

Pattie Boyd 1966 - 1977 ending in divorce

Olivia Harrison 1978 - 2001 until his death they had one child, Dhani

Trivia

- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles January 20, 1988.

- Liked jelly babies (a softer version of jelly beans)

- A vegetarian

Known For

being one of 'The Beatles'

George Harrison 'The Beatles'

Jack Lemmon

February 8, 1925 - June 27, 2001, (Aged 76)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Jack Lemmon

Place of Birth - Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - Bladder Cancer

Was married twice to

Cynthia Stone 1950 - 1956 divorced with 1 child Chris

Felicia Farr 1962 - 2001 until his death they also had 1 child, Courtney

Trivia

- Self taught accomplished pianist

- In Harvard, he was in Navy ROTC and graduated with a degree in "War Service Sciences."

- Before any take he would say, "It's magic time."

Known For

Grumpy Old Men 1993

Some like it Hot 1959

The Apartment 1960

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Deaths in 2002

Dudley moore

April 19, 1935 - March 27, 2002 (Aged 66)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Dudley Moore

Place of Birth - Dagenham, Essex, England, UK

Place of Death - Plainfield, New Jersey, USA

Cause of Death - pneumonia

Dudley was married 4 times to

Suzy Kendall 1968 - 1972 (divorced)

Tuesday Weld 1975 - 1980) (divorced) 1 child, Patrick

Brogan Lane 1988 - 1991) (divorced)

Nicole Rothschild 1994 - 1998) (divorced) 1 child, Nicholas

Trivia

- He was born with a clubfoot that was surgically corrected in his youth

- is a Co-owner of the restaurant "72 Market Street" in Venice, Los Angeles

- Was a classically trained pianist.

Known For

Arthur 2981

10 1979

Santa Claus 1985

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Glenn Quinn

May 28, 1970 - December 3, 2002 (Aged 32)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Glenn Quinn (l)

Place of Birth - Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH3tG5t9cN0

Cause of Death - Drug Overdose

Trivia

- Was a co-owner of Goldfingers, a 007 themed nightclub in Hollywood

- Favorite band was U2.

- Had a tattoo "Erin Go Bragh" (Ireland Forever) on his right shoulder, and a Harp on his left.

Known For

Roseanne 1990-97

ANGEL 1999-2003

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James Coburn

August 31, 1928 - November 18, 2002 (Aged 74)

Personal Details

Birth Name - James Coburn

Place of Birth - Laurel, Nebraska, USA

Place of Death - Beverly Hills, California, USA

Cause of Death - Heart Attack

Married twice to

Beverly Kelly 1959 - 1979) (divorced) 1 child

Paula O'Hara 1993 - 2002 until his death

Trivia

- Was a pallbearer at the funeral of his friend (and his martial arts instructor) Bruce Lee on July 31, 1973 in Seattle, Washington.

- At the time of his death, he was at home listening to music and playing his flute.

- Was the original choice for the role of Hannibal Smith in "The A-Team"

Known For

The great escape 1965

Snow Dogs 2002

Monsters Inc 2001

Some of James's finest work

Richard Harris

October 1, 1930 - October 25, 2002 (Aged 72)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Richard Harris (I)

Place of Birth - Limerick, Ireland

Place of Death - Bloomsbury, London, England, UK

Cause of Death - Hodgkin's disease

Elizabeth Rees 1957 - 1969 divorced with 3 children Damian, Jared and Jamie

Ann Turkel 1974 - 1982 divorced

Trivia

- A bout with tuberculosis ended his ambition of becoming a professional rugby player.

- He was awarded the 1990 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Henry IV.

- By the time he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in August 2002 it was so advanced that there was no hope of recovery.

Known For

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001

Gladiator 2000

Unforgiven 1992

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Deaths in 2003

David Hemmings

November 18, 1941 - December 3, 2003 (Aged 62)

Personal Details

Birth Name - David Hemmings

Place of Birth - Guildford, Surrey, England, UK

Place of Death - Bucharest, Romania

Cause of Death - heart attack

Was married 4 times to

Genista Ouvry 1960 - 1967 divorced with 1 child,

Gayle Hunnicutt 1968 - 1975 divorced with 1 child, Nolan

Baroness Prudence de Casembroot 1976 - 1997 divorced with 4 children

Lucy Williams 2002 - 2003 until his death

Trivia

- He had just finished filming scenes for the movie, Blessed (2004) (aka Samantha's Child), when he suffered a heart attack and died.

- A professional singer by the age of 9 and exhibited painter by the age of 15.

- Recorded a pop album, in Los Angeles in 1967, titled "David Hemmings Happens"

Known For

Gangs of New York 2002

Gladiator 2000

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003

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Gregory Peck

April 5, 1915 - June12, 2003 (Aged 87)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Eldred Gregory Peck

Place of Birth - La Jolla, California, USA

Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - cardiorespiratory arrest and bronchial pneumonia

Married twice to

Greta Kukkonen 1942 - 1955 divorced with 3 children Jonathan, Carey and Stephen

Veronique Passani 1955 - 2003 til his death they had 2 children Cecilia and Tony

Trivia

- Oldest son, Jon, committed suicide by gunshot in 1975

- Marched with Martin Luther King.

- His favorite singers were Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. He was also a big fan of Elton John.

- Is Irish on his father's side and Amenian on his mother's side.

Known For

To Kill a Mockingbird 1962

Roman Holiday 1952

The Omen 1976

The Guns of Navarone 1961

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John Ritter

September 17, 1948 - September 11, 2003 (Aged 54)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Jonathan Southworth Ritter

Place of Birth - Burbank, California, USA

Place of Death - Burbank, California, USA

Cause of Death - aortic dissection

Married twice to

Nancy Morgan 1977 - 1996 divorced with 3 children

Amy Yasbeck 1999 - 2003 until his death they had 1 child

Trivia

- Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to that of his father.

- Died in the same hospital he was born in, which was the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

- Died on his youngest daughter, Stella's, 5th birthday

Known For

Three's company 1976-1984

Sling Blade 1996

Heart's Afire 1992

John Ritter in action!

Katharine Hepburn

May 12, 1907 - June 29, 2003 (Aged 96)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Katharine Houghton Hepburn

Place of Birth - Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Place of Death - Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA

Cause of Death - natural causes

Married the once to

Ludlow Ogden Smith 1928 - 1934 ending in divorce

Trivia

- Had a relationship with Spencer Tracy from 1943 until his death in 1967.

- Did all her own stunts because the stunt woman never stood up straight enough.

- Suffered from pyrophobia (fear of fire).

Known For

The African Queen 1951

Bringing up Baby 1938

On Golden Pond 1981

Guess who's coming to dinner

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Deaths in 2004

Christopher Reeves

September 25, 1952 - October 10, 2004 (Aged 52)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Christopher Reeves

Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

Place of Death - Mount Kisco, New York, USA

Cause of Death - heart failure

Married to

Dana Reeve 1992 - 2004 til his death they had 1 child, Wll

Fathered 2 Children with Gae Exton: Matthew Reeve and Alexandra Reeve (Never marrie

Trivia

- 5/27/95: Paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident near Charlottesville, VA.

- Was a licensed pilot.

- Gained 30 pounds for the role of Superman.

-Was a fan of "Law & Order" (1990). He claimed that watching it helped him through his physical therapy.

Known For

Superman 1978

YSuperman in Action!

Janet Leigh

July 6, 1927 - October 2, 2004 (Aged 77)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Jeanette Helen Morrison

Kelly

Place of Birth - Merced, California, USA

Place of Death - SA

Cause of Death - vasculitis

She was married 3 times to

John Carlisle Aug 1942 - Dec1942 annulled

Stanley Reames 1945 - 1949 divorced

Tony Curtis 1951 - 1962 divorced with 2 children, Jamie Lee and

Trivia

- Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history #99 in 1995

- Actually made Touch of Evil (1958), with a broken arm

- Graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Known For

Psycho 1960

A Touch of Evil 1958

The Manchurian Candidate 1962

Janet Leigh at work

Jerry Orbach

October 20, 1935 - December 28, 2004 (Aged 69)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Jerome Bernard Orbach

Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

Place of Death - Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Cause of Death - prostate cancer

Married twice to

Marta Curro 1958 - 1975 divorced with 2 children, Chris and Anthony

Elaine Cancilla 1979 - 2004 til his death

Trivia

- Had been battling prostate cancer for 10 years.

- Was an organ donor and upon his death he gave his eyes as a gift of sight.

- Was an animal-rights activist.

Known For

Law and Order 1991 - 2004

Dirty Dancing

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Marlon Brando

Aoril 3, 1924 - July 1, 2004 (Aged 80)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Marlon Brando Jr.

Place of Birth - Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - pulmonary fibrosis

He was married 3 times to

Anna Kashfi 1957 - 1959 divorced with 1 child

Movita 1960 - 1962 divorced with 2 children

Tarita 1962 - 1972 divorced with 2 children

Trivia

- Often improvised his own dialogue

- Owned a private island

- Expelled from high school for riding a motorcycle through the halls.

Known For

The Godfather 1972

Apocalypse Now 1979

On the Waterfront 1954

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Deaths in 2005

Anne Bancroft

September 17, 1931 - June 6 ,2004 (Aged 73}

Personal Details

Birth Name - Anna Maria Louise Italiano

Place of Birth - The Bronx, New York, USA

Place of Death - New York City, New York, USA

Cause of Death - uterine cancer

Martin May 1953 - 1957 - divorced

Mel Brooks 1964 - 2005 til her death they had 1 child, Max.

Trivia

- She and Mel Brooks married at New York City Hall, where a passer-by served as their witness.

- In most of her films, she habitually removes an earring before answering a telephone

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Known For

The Graduate 1967

The elephant Man 1980

The Miracle Worker 1962

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Pat Morita

June 28, 1923 - November 24, 2004 (Aged 73)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Noriyuki Morita

Place of Birth - Isleton, California, USA

Place of Death - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Cause of Death - kidney failure

Was married 3 times to

Kathleen Yamachi 1953 - 1967 divorced with 1 child

Yukiye Kitahara 1970 - 1989 divorced with 2 children

Evelyn Guerrero 1994 - 2005 til his death

Trivia

- Diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis as a child and was told that he would never walk. Spent nine years in hos

- During his funeral procession, his former co-star Ralph Macchio of The Karate Kid quoted, "Forever, my Sensei" towards the mourners.

- His real accent is American, when playing "Mr. Miyagi" in the Karate Kid movies, he used a faux Japanese accent.

Known For

Karate Kid 1984

Happy Days 1978-1983

Karate Kid II & III

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Richard Pryor

December 1, 1940 - December 10, 2004 (Aged 65)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III

Place of Birth - Peoria, Illinois, USA

Place of Death - Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - heart attack

Was married 7 times to

Patricia Price 1960 - 1961 divorced with 1 child

Shelley R. Bonus 1968 - 1969 divorced with 1 child

Deborah McGuire 1977 - 1978 divorced

Jennifer Lee 1981 - 1982 divorced

Flynn Belaine 1986 - 1987 divorced

Flynn Belaine 1990 - 1991 divorced

Jennifer Lee 2001 - 2005 til his death

Trivia

- Chosen as #1 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. (April 2004).

- Suffered from Multiple Sclerosis from 1986 until his death in 2005

- Served with U.S. army, 1958-1960.

Known For

Stand up Comedian

Blazing Saddles 1974

See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989

Richards funniest moments

Vincent Schiavelli

November 11, 1948 - December 26, 2004 (Aged 57)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Vincent Andrew Schiavelli

Place of Birth - Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Place of Death - Polizzi Generosa, Sicily, Italy

Cause of Death - lung cancer

Married twice to

Allyce Beasley 1985 - 1988 divorced with 1 child, Andrea

Carol Mukhalian 1992 - 2005 til his death with 1 child,

Trivia

- Wrote three cookbooks and many food articles for magazines and newspapers

- Owed his distinctive appearance largely to Marfan syndrome, from which he suffered

- Studied at the New York University School of the Arts in 1969 and 1970.

Known For

Ghost 1990

Batman returns 1992

One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975

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Deaths in 2006

Chris Penn

October 10, 1965 - January 24, 2006 (Aged 40)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Christopher Shannon Penn

Place of Birth - Los Angeles, California, USA

Place of Death - Santa Monica, California, USA

Cause of Death - Enlarged Heart

Trivia

- Started acting at age 12 at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles

- Had a black belt in karate.

- In attendance at his funeral were Robin Wright, Sean Penn, Mark Ruffalo, Adrian Pasdar, Jack Nicholson, James Gandolfini, Charlie Sheen, Tim Robbins, Tom Sizemore, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Madsen.

Known For

Reservoir Dogs 1992

Footloose 1984

Rush Hour 1998

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar 1995

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Jack Palance

February 18,1919 - November 10, 2006 (Aged 87)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Vladimir Palahnuik

Place of Birth - Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, USA

Place of Death - Montecito, California, USA

Cause of Death - natural causes

Married twice to

Virginia Baker 1949 - 1968 divorced with 3 children, Brooke, Holly and Cody

Elaine Rochelle Rogers 1987 - 2006 til his death

Trivia

- American actor of Ukrainian ancestry.

- Claimed on at least one occasion that he never watched any of his own movies.

- Spoke six languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Italian, Spanish, French and English.

Known For

Batman 1989

Tango & Cash 1989

City Slickers 1991

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Steve Irwin

February 22, 1962 - September4, 2006(Aged 44)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Stephen Robert Irwin

Place of Birth - Essendon, Victoria, Australia

Place of Death - Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia stingray attack

Cause of Death - stingray attack

Married to

Terri Irwin 1992 - 2006 til his death 2 children, Bindi and Robert

Trivia

- Had a species of turtle named after him - Elseya Irwini

- Happy Feet (2006) and the documentary movie, Ocean's Deadliest (2007) (TV), was dedicated, in memory of Steve Irwin.

- Has had a road named in his honor: Steve Irwin Way in Beerwah, Queensland on Australia's Sunshine Coast.

Known For

The Crocodile Hunter 1996

The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course 2002

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Peter Boyle

October 18, 1935 - December 12, 2006 (Aged 71)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Peter Lawrence Boyle Jr.

Place of Birth - Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

Place of Death - New York City, New York, USA

Cause of Death - multiple myeloma and heart disease

Was married to

Loraine Alterman Boyle 1977 - 2006 til his death with 2 children, Lucy and Amy

Trivia

- John Lennon was best man at his wedding on October 21, 1977. Boyle's wife was friends with Yoko Ono.

- Before deciding to pursue a career in acting, he was a monk in the Christian Brothers order.

- Suffered a stroke in 1990 and couldn't talk for 6 months.

Known For

Everybody Loves Raymond 1996

Taxi Driver 1976

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Deaths in 2007

Anna Nicole Smith

November 28, 1967 - February 8, 2007 (Aged 39)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Vickie Lynn Hogan

Place of Birth - Houston, Texas, USA

Place of Death - Hollywood, Florida, USA

Cause of Death - accidental prescription drug overdose

Married 3 times to

Billy Smith 1985 - 1993 divorced with 1 child

J. Howard Marshall II 1994 - 1995 til his death

Howard K. Stern 2006 - 2007 til her death

Trivia

- Married J. Howard Marshall II when she was 26; he was nearly 90.

- Died 5 months after her 20yo son died of the same cause, accidental prescription drug overdose

Known For

Palybot of the month and year in the 90s

Deborah Kerr

September 30, 1921 - October 16, 2007 (Aged 86)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer

Place of Birth - Helensburgh, Scotland, UK

Place of Death - Botesdale, Suffolk, England, UK

Cause of Death - complications from Parkinson's disease

Married twice to

Anthony C. Bartley 1945 - 1960 divorced with 2 children, Melanie and Francesca

Peter Viertel 1960 - 2007 til her death

Trivia

- Her surname is pronounced "car", not "care".

- Deborah Kerr, her husband Peter Viertel and her biographer Eric Braun all died within the space of five weeks in the fall of 2007. All were aged 86.

- Lived in Switzerland and Spain after retiring from acting, but returned to England to be with her family when her Parkinson's disease worsened.

Known For

The King and I 1956

From Here to Eternity 1953

An Affair to Remember 1957

Deborah Kerr at her best

John Inman

June 28, 1935 - March 8, 2007 (Aged 71)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Frederick John Inman

Place of Birth - Preston, Lancashire, England, UK

Place of Death - Paddington, London, England, UK

Cause of Death - Hepatitis A

Married to

Ron Lynch (23 December 2005 - 8 March 2007) (his death)

Trivia

- He was named BBC TV Personality of the Year in 1976.

- Trade mark catch phrase "I'm free!!!"

Known For

Are you being served? 1972

Grace and Favour 1992

John funniest moments

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Bernie Mac

October 5, 1957 - August 9, 2008 (Aged 50)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Bernard Jeffrey McCollough

Place of Birth - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Place of Death - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Cause of Death - complications from pneumonia

Married to

Rhonda McCullough 1977 - 2008 til his death with 1 child, Je'Niece

Trivia

- Is seen getting a pedicure in both Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Bad Santa (2003)

- Started his career in stand-up c

- Wears a hat at least once in almost all of his films

Known For

The Bernie Mac Show 2001-2006

Ocean's Eleven 2001

Guess Who 2005

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Paul Newman

January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008 (Aged 83)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Paul Leonard Newman

Place of Birth - Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Place of Death - Westport, Connecticut, USA

Cause of Death - lung cancer

Married twice to

Witte, Jackie 1949 - 1958 divorced with 3 children, Stephanie, Susan and ScottHas donated between $150 million-$175 million to charity since the 1980s.

Joanne Woodward 1958 - 2008 til his death with 3 children, Melissa, Nell and Claire

Trivia

- Says the sound he loves most is that of a V-8 engine.

- He is a vocal supporter of gay marriage.

- Has donated between $150 million-$175 million to charity since the 1980s.

Known For

Cool Hand Luke 1967

Road to Perdition 2002

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969

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Estelle Getty

July 25, 1923 - July 22, 2008 (Aged 84)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Estelle Scher

Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

Place of Death - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - Lewy body disease

Married to

Arthur Gettleman 1947 - 2004 til his death with 2 children, Carl and Barry

Trivia

- Was a strong supporter of gay rights

- During a brief reunion in November 2004 with "The Golden Girls" (1985)'s Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Bea Arthur, it was reported on TV by the ladies that Estelle was suffering from severe dementia

- Was nicknamed "Slats" by her Golden Girls costars because of her short height and light weight.

Known For

The Golden Girls 1985-1982

Stop! or my mum will shoot

Estelle at her best!

Heath Ledger

April 4, 1979 - January 22, 2008 (Aged 28)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Heath Andrew Ledger

Place of Birth - Heath Andrew Ledger

Place of Death - Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Cause of Death - accidental overdose of prescription drugs

Trivia

- Known for completely immersing himself in his roles

- Has a daughter Matilda Rose

- Was painfully shy

Known For

The Dark Knight 2008

The Patriot 2000

10 Thing I Hate About You 1999

Brokeb ack Mountain 2005

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Deaths in 2009

Bea Arthur

May 13, 1922 - April 25, 2009 (Aged 86)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Bernice Frankel

Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

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Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - Lung Cancer

Married twice to

Robert Alan Aurthur ? divorced

Gene Saks 1950 - 1978 divorced with 2 children, Matthew and Daniel both adopted

Trivia

- Was a qualified medical technician.

- Served in the United States Marine Corps

- She was one of the first women to become an active-duty United States Marine. She volunteered and served during World War II.

Known For

The Golden Girls 1985-1982

Maude 1972-1978

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Brittany Murphy

November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009 (Aged 32)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Brittany Anne Bertolotti

Place of Birth - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - pneumonia, anemia and drug intoxication

Was married to

Simon Monjack 2007 - 2009 til her death)

Trivia

- She visited the US troops in Baghdad and Kuwait

- She had trouble gaining weight, due to her high metabolism.

- She broke her nose three times and reset it herself.

Known For

8 Milr 2002

Love and Other Disasters 2006

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Farrah Fawcett

February 2, 1947 - June 25, 2009 (Aged 62)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Farrah Leni Fawcett

Place of Birth - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Place of Death -

Cause of Death - Anal Cancer

Married to

Lee Majors 1973 - 1982 divorced

Trivia

- Has a son Redmond to partner of 17 years Ryan P'neal

- Was originally a Microbiology major in college until changing her major to Art in her sophomore year.

- She died on the same day as Michael Jackson

Known For

The Apostle 1997

The Cannonball Run 1981

Charlie's Angels 1976-1980

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Michael Jackson

April 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009 (Aged 50)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Michael Joseph Jackson

Place of Birth - Gary, Indiana, USA

Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - Homicide

Married twice to

Lisa Marie Presley 1994 - 1996 divorced

Debbie Rowe 1996 - 1999 divorced with 2 children, Michael and Paris

Michael also has another son Micheal ll

Trivia

- Only artist in history to generate five #1 hits (USA) from one album with "Bad."

- "Thriller" is the biggest selling album of all time "Dangerous" is second to "Thriller" "BAD" is third to "Thriller"

- Holds 10 different Guinness World Records

Known For

His Musical Talents

Michael in action

Natasha Richardson

May 11, 1963 - March 18, 2009 (Aged 45)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Natasha Jane Richardson

Place of Birth - London, England, UK

Place of Death - New York City, New York, USA

Cause of Death - epidural hematoma

Married twice to

Robert Fox 1990 - 1992 divorced

Liam Neeson 1994 - 2009 til her death with 2 children, Michael and Daniel

Trivia

- Trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama

- she was accomplished cook, holding lavish meals with her husband for people like Ralph Fiennes and Meryl Streep

- she received a serious head injury during a private beginner's skiing lesson, which resulted in her death

Known For

The Parent Trap 1998

Maid in Manhattan 2002

Nell 1994

Natasha at work

Patrick Swayze

August 18 1952 - September 14, 2009 (Aged 57)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Patrick Wayne Swayze

Place of Birth - Houston, Texas, USA

Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - pancreatic cancer

Married to

Lisa Niemi 1975 - 2009 til his death

Trivia

- In an interview Swayze acknowledged that his history as a recovering alcoholic and heavy cigarette smoker may have contributed to his illness.

- Was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008 after falling ill in the previous month.

- Appeared in Toto's video "Rosanna", as a dancer in a red letterman's jacket,

Known For

Dirty Dancing 1987

Ghost 1990

Point Break 1991

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995

Black Dog 1998

The Beast 2009

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Deaths in 2010

Corey Haim

December 23, 1971 - March 10, 2010 (Aged 38)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Corey Ian Haim

Place of Birth - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Place of Death - Burbank, California, USA

Cause of Death - pulmonary edema

Trivia

- He and Corey Feldman were known as the Two Coreys at the peak of their careers in the 1980

- Favorite actress: Cybill Shepherd. Favorite Actor: James Dean.

- Ranked #26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars.

Known For

The Lost Boys 1987

License to Drive 1988

Lucas 1986

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Leslie Nielson

February 11, 1926 - November 28, 2010 (Aged 84)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Leslie William Nielsen

Place of Birth - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Place of Death - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Cause of Death - complications from pneumonia

Married 4 times to

Monica Boyer 1950 - 1957 divorced

Alisande Ullman 1958 - 1974 divorced with 2 children, Maura and Thea

Bobbye Brooks Oliver 1981 - 1984 divorced

Barbaree Earl Nielsen 2001 - 2010 til his death

Trivia

- Avid motorcylist.

- His father was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officerAt age 17, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as an aerial gunner.

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Known For

The Naked Gun Movies 1988, 1991 and 1994

Due South 1994-1996, 1999

Flying High 1980

Mr Magoo 1997

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Rue McClanahan

February 21, 1934 - June 3, 2010 (Aged 76)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Eddi-Rue McClanahan

Place of Birth - Healdton, Oklahoma, USA

Place of Death - New York, New York, USA

Cause of Death - Stroke

Married 6 times

Tom Bish 1958 - 1959 divorced with 1 child, Mark

Norman Hartweg 1959 - 1961 divorced

Peter DeMaio 1964 - 1971 divorced

Gus Fisher 1976 - 1981 divorced

Tom Keel 1985 - 1986 divorced

Morrow Wilson 1997 - 2010 til her death

Trivia

- Played the same character, Blanche Devereaux, on four different TV series:

- Was a vegan and dedicated animal rights activist.

- Was of Scot-Irish and Choctaw Indian ancestry.

Known For

The Golden Girls 1985-1992

starship Troopers 1997

Maude 1972-1978

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Tom Bosley

October 1, 1927 - October 19, 2010 (Aged 83)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Thomas Edward Bosley

Place of Birth - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Place of Death - Rancho Mirage, California, USA

Cause of Death - Lung Cancer

Married twice to

Jean Eliot 1962 - 1978 til her death with 1 child, Amy

Patricia Carr 1980 - 2010 til his death

Trivia

- Along with Henry Winkler and Marion Ross, he is one of only three actors to appear in every episode of "Happy Days"

- Served in the United States Navy.

- Howard Cunningham, Bosley's character on "Happy Days" (1974), was ranked #9 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].

Known For

Happy Days 1974-1984

Father Dowling mysteries 1987-1991

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Andy Whitfield

July 17, 1971 - September 11, 2001 (Aged 40)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Andy Whitfield

Place of Birth - Amlwch, Anglesey, North Wales, UK

Place of Death - Sydney, Australia

Cause of Death - non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Married twice to

Terrica Smith-Whitfield 1999 - 2003 divorced

Vashti Whitfield ? - 2011 til his death with 2 children,

Trivia

- Andy attended Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors in Sydney, Australia

- Started acting and modeling while working as an engineer and building inspector for a consulting agency.

Known For

Gabriel 2007

Sparticus: Blood and Sand 2010

The Clinic 2010

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Elizabeth Taylor

February 27, 1932 - March 23, 2011 (Aged 79)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor

Place of Birth - Hampstead, London, England, UK

Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - congestive heart failure

Married 8 times to

Conrad Hilton Jr. 1950 - 1951 divorced

Michae Wilding 1952 - 1957 divorced with 2 children, Christopher and Michael

Michael Todd 1957 - 1958 til his death with 1 child, Liza

Eddie Fisher 1959 - 1964 divorced

Richard Burton 1964 - 1974 divorced with 1 child

Richard Burton 1975 - 1976 remarried and divorced

John Warner 976 - 1982 divorced

Larry Fortensky 1991 - 1996 divorced

Trivia

- First actress to earn $1,000,000 for a movie role (in Cleopatra (1963)).

- Along with Julie Andrews, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve, 1999

- She was voted the 11th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Known For

Giant 1956

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958

A place in the sun 1951

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John Dye

January 31, 1963 - January 10, 2011 (Aged 47)

Personal Details

Birth Name - John Carroll Dye

Place of Birth - Amory, Mississippi, USA

Place of Death - San Francisco, California, USA

Cause of Death - heart failure

Trivia

- In his spare time he liked to play tennis and pool.

- He wore a ring on his right hand that was a gift to him from his maternal grandfather

- His favorite TV show as a child was "Johnny Quest" and his favorite movie was "The Wizard of Oz."

Known For

Touched by an Angel 1994-2003

The Perfect Weapon 1991

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Pete Postletwaite

February 7, 1946 - January 2, 2011 (Aged 64)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Peter William Postlethwaite

Place of Birth - Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK

Place of Death - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK

Cause of Death - pancreatic cancer

Married to

Jacqueline Morrish 1987 - 2011 til his death with 2 children, William and Lily

Trivia

- He formerly taught at a Catholic girl's convent school

- Steven Spielberg called him "The best actor in the world".

- He is the only actor in Romeo + Juliet who speaks in iambic pentameter

Known For

Inception 2010

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997

The Town 2010

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Robert Hegyes

May 7, 1951 - January 26, 2012 (Aged 60)

Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA

Personal Details

Birth Name - Robert Hegyes

Place of Birth - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA

Place of Death - Metuchen, New Jersey, USA

Cause of Death - heart attack

Married 3 times to

Mary Kunes 1973 - 1978 divorced

Kyle Drummer 1979 - 1984 divorced

Lynn O Hare' 1987 - 1993 divorced with 2 children,

Trivia

- Cousin of Jon Bon Jovi

- Has four children from his relationship with Cynthia Wylie 1994-2007

- He taught for several years at Venice High School in Venice, California.

Known For

Welcome Back Kotter 1975-1979

Just tell me you love me 1978

Robert at work

Whitney Houston

August 9, 1963 - Fruary 11, 2012 (Aged 48)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Whitney Elizabeth Houston

Place of Birth - Newark, New Jersey, USA

Place of Death - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Cause of Death - accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use

Married to

Bobby Brown 1992 - 2007 divorced with 1 child Bobbi

Trivia-

- Her 1987 album "Whitney" became the first female album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts.

- Holds the record for winning the most American Music Awards, twenty-six in total.

- The world's biggest selling soundtrack is The Bodyguard (1992) with over thirty-seven million units sold. It also ranks as the best-selling female album of all time.

Known For

The Bodyguard 1992

Waiting to Exhale 1995

Her fantastic singing voice and career

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Davy Jomes

December 30, 1945 - February 29, 2012 (Aged 66)

Personal Details

Birth Name - David Thomas Jones

Place of Birth - Manchester, England, UK

Place of Death - Stuart, Florida, USA

Cause of Death - Heart Attack

Married 3 times

Linda Haines 1968 - 1975 divorced with 2 children, Talia and Sarah

Anita Pollinger 1981 - 1996 divorced with 2 children, Jessica and Annabel

Jessica Pacheco 2009 - 2012 til his death

Trivia

- Because of his popularity with The Monkees, another singer named David Jones was forced to change his name to David Bowie

- Shared a birthday with fellow Monkee Michael Nesmith.

- Ranked #9 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).

Known For

The Monkees 1966-1968

Music Career

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I was shocked by some of these deaths, On the list I didn't know a few that had died

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      I was shocked by some of the deaths, and some, not so surprised. A number of them, I was not aware of. Splendid research, and presentation.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite a lot of work you put into this lens - wonderful work on this tribute. Blessed by a SquidAngel.