Friday, December 31, 2010


As another year draws to a close, while best and worst of everything lists are compiled by others, The Free Choice E-zine continues it annual tradition of pausing to briefly look back and remember those that are sadly no longer with us.
While unfortunately we cannot post the whole list; amongst our family, friends, and loved ones; as well as those within law enforcement, medical/emergency services, and the military who lost their lives helping and/or protecting others during 2010, we have also lost...

Tom Bosley: Happy Days, The Father Dowling Mysteries
Maury Chaykin: Dances With Wolves, My Cousin Vinny
Gary Coleman, Different Strokes
Robert Culp: Demon With A Glass Hand; I, Spy; Greatest American Hero
Tony Curtis: Some Like It Hot, Spartacus
John Forsythe: Bachelor Father, Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty
David Froman: The Edge Of Night, Mattlock
Buddy Gorman: Bowery Boys/Dead End Kids
Peter Graves, Mission: Impossible, Airplane! Biography narrator
Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider, Speed
Andrew Koeing, Growing Pains
Steve Landesberg: Barney Miller, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Art Linkletter, Kids Say The Darnest Things
James MacArthur: original Hawaii 5-0, Swiss Family Robinson
Kevin McCarthy: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Twilight Zone: The Movie
Leslie Nielsen: Forbidden Planet, Airplane! Police Squad/The Naked Gun movie series
Fess Parker, Davey Crocket
Meinhardt Raab, The Munchkin Coroner in The Wizard Of Oz
Pernell Roberts: Bonanza, Trapper John MD
Virgilio Teixeria: Return of the Seven, Fall of the Roman Empire
James Wall: Stage Manager, Mr. Baxter on Captain Kangaroo

Barbara Billingsley, Leave It To Beaver
Dixie Carter, Designing Women
Ina Clare, EastEnders
Jill Clayburgh: Silver Streak, Semi-Tough, Bridesmaids
Lena Horne: Stormy Weather, The Wiz
Rue McClanahan, The Golden Girls
Shirley Mills, The Grapes Of Wrath
Patricia Neal, Hud
Ingrid Pitt: Vampire Lovers, Countess Dracula
Denise Borino-Quinn, The Sopranos
Lynne Redgrave: Tom Jones, Of God and Monsters
Zelda Rubenstein, Poltergeist
Gloria Stuart: The Invisible Man, Titanic
Helen Wagner, As The World Turns
Gloria Winters: The Life of Riley, Sky King
Lorene Yarnell of Shields and Yarnell

Sparky Anderson, American baseball player/manager
Bennie Briscoe, boxer
Walt Dropo, American baseball
Eric Hill, cricket
Bill Jones, International football/soccer
Ken Lehman, American baseball
George Steinbrenner, owner of New York Yankees American baseball team
Artie Wilson, American baseball

Aron Abrams, producer: Everybody Hates Chris, King of the Hill
Alex Anderson, animator who did character designs for most of Jay Ward’s characters (Rocky and Bullwinkle, etc.)
Peter Andry, record producer
Douglas Argent, TV producer (Fawlty Towers)
Stephen J. Cannell: The Rockford Files, A-Team, Greatest American Hero
Art Clokey, creator of Gumby and Davey and Goliath
Leo Cullum, cartoonist for The New Yorker
Jimmy Dean: country music singer, actor, business man
Blake Edwards, movies including The Pink Panther series and Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Mike Esposito, comic book artist/inker
Frank Frazetta, artist/painter
Dick Giordano, comic book artist/inker
Dino De Laurentiis, film producer: Barbarella, Scorpio, Red Dragon/Hannibal Rising
Irvin Kershner, director: The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again
Carl Macek, anime adaptor/producer: Robotech, Captain Harlock for America
Jim Marshall, noted photographer
Peter O’Donnell, creator/writer: Modesty Blaise
Robert B. Parker, author: Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, Virgil Cole
Harvey Pekar, American Splendor
Arthur Penn, director: Bonnie and Clyde
Aaron Ruben, TV producer: The Andy Griffith Show, Sanford and Son
J. D. Salinger, author: The Catcher In The Rye
Furio Scarpelli, screenwriter: Casanova 70, Il Postino
Erich Segal, author: Love Story, Yellow Submarine screenplay
William Self, TV producer: Batman, Lost In Space, Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea
Takeshi Shudo, creator of Pokemon
Joseph Stein, playwright: Fiddler On The Roof, Zorba
Allen Swift, voice actor: Simon Bar Sinister, Riff Raff, Diver Dan
Janine Pommy Vega, poet
Al Williamson, comic book artist
David L. Wolper, producer: North and South, Roots, The Thornbirds

Fred Foy, radio and television announcer (The Lone Ranger)
Mitch Miller, bandleader
Charlie O’Donnell, radio and television announcer (Wheel of Fortune)
Charles Reynolds, magician
Agathe Von Trapp, of the Von Trapp family, whose life story was the basis for The Sound of Music

Geraldine Doyle, inspiration for Rosie the Riveter from World War II
Walter Hauessermann, rocket scientist
Nestor Kirchner, President of Argentina 2003-2007
James F. Neal, Watergate prosecutor
Paul the Octopus, accurate results predictor of 2010 World Cup
Thomas C. Peebles, isolated and identified measles virus
Kermit Tyler, a pilot who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor

Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) rocker
Slim Bryant, country singer/songwriter
Bus Byok, fiddler
Larry Dale, blues singer/guitarist
Doug Fieder of The Knack
Eddie Fisher, crooner
Marvin Isley of The Isley Brothers
Ted Kowalski of The Diamonds
Billy Maddox, drummer
Jack Parnell, drummer
Trudy Pitts: jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist
John Sekula, guitarist
Mississippi Slim (Walter Horn, Junior) blues singer
Carl Smith, country singer/songwriter
Billy Taylor, jazz pianist and composer
Bernard Wilson, singer with Harry Melvin and the Blue Notes
Tom Winslow, folk artist
Ali 'Ollie' Woodson of The Temptations

NOTE: All categories and the names within them are alphabetical.

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