While others are compiling lists of the best and the worst covering not only this past year, but the preceding decade as well, The Free Choice E-zine continues its annual tradition of pausing to remember those who will not be welcoming in the new year with us.
Besides our family, friends, and loved ones; as well as those within law enforcement, medical services, and the military who lost their lives helping and/or protecting others; 2009 also suffered the loss of...
Gene Barry (Bat Masterson, the original film version of The War of the Worlds, Burke's Law), David Carradine (Kung Fu, Kill Bill), Karl Malden (The Streets of San Francisco, A Street Car Named Desire), Patrick McGoohan (Secret Agent, The Prisoner), Ricardo Montablan (Khan Noonien Singh on Star Trek, Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island), Ron Silver (Reversal of Fortune, Ali), Patrick Swayze (Ghost, Dirty Dancing), James Whitmore (The Asphalt Jungle, Tora! Tora! Tora!)
Beatrice Arthur (Maude, The Golden Girls), Farrah Fawcett (Charlie's Angels, The Burning Bed), Jennifer Jones (Love Is A Many Splendid Thing, Tender Is The Night), Brittany Murphy (voice of LuAnne on King of the Hill, Sin City), Natasha Richardson (The Handmaid's Tale)
Artist Andrew Wyeth
David Eddings (The Belgariad and other series), Phillip Jose Farmer (World of Tiers and Riverworld series), Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes), John Updike (the Rabbit series)
Director John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles)
Dom DeLuise (comedian, voice actor, chef)
Michael Jackson, Al Martino, Les Paul, Koko Taylor
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics
House of Representatives member Jack Kemp
Legendary Anchorman Walter Cronkite
And Senator Edward Kennedy, amongst others.