Tuesday, December 31, 2013


While best and worst of everything lists are compiled by others as another year draws to a close, 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 the innocents who died needlessly at the hands of others; 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 2013, we have also lost...

Michael Ansara (Broken Arrow, various Star Trek appearances and other guest starring roles)
Allan Arbus (M*A*S*H, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Conrad Bain (Different Strokes, Maude)
Frank Bank (Leave It To Beaver)
Dennis Farina (Law and Order, Crime Story, Midnight Run, Get Shorty)
Brian Forbes (The Stepford Wives)
James Gandolfini (The Sopranos)
Richard Griffiths (the Harry Potter franchise)
Larry Hagman (I Dream of Jeanie, Dallas)
Bernard Horsfall (Doctor Who, Braveheart, Gandhi)
Jim Kelly (Enter The Dragon)
Jack Klugman (The Odd Couple; Quincy, M.E.)
Tom Laughlin (The Billy Jack film franchise)
Tony Lip (Goodfellas, The Sopranos)
Paul Mantee (Robinson Crusoe on Mars)
Cory Montieth (Glee)
Lou Myers (A Different World)
Michael O’Hare (Babylon 5)
Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, My Favorite Year)
Harry Reems (Deep Throat)
Dale Robertson (Tales of Wells Fargo, Death Valley Days, Dynasty)
August Schellenberg (Free Willy)
Frank Thornton (Are You Being Served?)
Malachi Throne (versatile guest star of television in 1960s-1970s)
Ned Wertimer (Car 54, Where Are You?; The Jeffersons)
Lee Thompson Young (The Famous Jett Jackson, Rizzoli & Isles)
Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious franchise)

Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider, Nashville)
Eileen Brennan (Private Benjamin)
Jeanne Cooper (long term role on The Young And The Restless)
Bonnie Franklin (One Day At A Time, various Broadway productions)
Annette Funicello (Founding member of the original Mickey Mouse Club and beach movies)
Julie Harris
Marta Helfin (A Perfect Couple)
Lisa Robin Kelly (That 70s Show)
Patsy May (Our Gang/The Little Rascals)
Marlangela Melato (The original Swept Away)
Margaret Pellegrini (Munchkin, 1939’s The Wizard of Oz)
Jean Stapleton (All In The Family, various Broadway productions)
Marcia Wallace (The Bob Newhart Show, The Simpsons)
Esther Williams (Neptune’s Daughter, Dangerous When Wet)

Stan Musial (Major League Baseball great)
Paul Rice (Cricketer)
Bill Roost (European footballer)
Earl Weaver (Manager: Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball)

Tom Clancy (Author, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games)
A. C. Crispin (noted science fiction author)
Ray Cusick (Designed the original Daleks and other aliens for Doctor Who)
Ray Dolby (Sound Pioneer)
Roger Ebert (Famous movie critic)
Richard E. Geis (Science Fiction author)
Ray Harryhausen (Special Effects pioneer)
William Harrison (science fiction author: Rollerball)
Carmine Infantino (noted comic book artist from the 1940s to late 1990s)
Elmore Leonard (Author, Get Shorty)
Richard Matheson (noted science fiction author: I am Legend, episodes of the original Twilight Zone)
Claude Nobs (Founder of the Montreaux Jazz Festival)
Andrew J. Offutt (science fiction/fantasy author)
Pauline Phillips (“Dear Abby”)
Frederik Pohl (noted science fiction author)
Maxine Powell (Motown Records)
Steven Utley (Science Fiction writer)

Patty Andrews (Last surviving member of The Andrew Sisters)
Bobby “Blue” Bland (“Turn On Your Love Light”, “Further On Up The Road”)
Eydie Gorme
Otis Harris (of The Temptations)
Jane Harvey (Jazz vocalist)
Rick Huxley (of The Dave Clark Five)
Bobby Mansfield (of The Wrens)
Patti Page (“The Tennessee Waltz”)
Bobby Rogers (of The Miracles)
Bobby Smith (of The Spinners)
Cleotha Staples (of The Staple Singers)
Jonathan Winters (Legendary comedian; It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Mork and Mindy)

Robert Ashton (Noted historian)
Doctor Joyce Brothers (Psychologist)
Scott Carpenter (Original member of the Mercury space program, second Human to orbit the earth)
Hugo Chavez (President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death)
David Frost (Famous journalist)
Donald Hornig (Member of The Manhattan Project, former President of Brown University)
Ed Koch (Mayor of New York City from 1978-1989)
Doctor C. Everett Koop (United States Surgeon General during President Ronald Reagan's administration)Nelson Mandela (Anti-apartheid leader, peaceful activist)
Sir Patrick Moore (Famous Astronomer, The Sky At Night)
Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1979-1990)
Derek Yalden (Zoologist)

Peter Banks (Guitarist, Yes)
Leroy Bonner (Member of the Ohio Players)
Cedric Brooks (Reggae artist)
Donald Byrd (Jazz musician)
Van Cliburn (Pianist)
Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)
George Duke (jazz musician)
“T-Model Ford” (aka James Lewis Carter, blues artist)
Jack Greene (Country Western artist)
Rick Huxley (of The Dave Clark Five)
Sammy Johns (Singer, “Chevy Van”, “America”)
George Jones (Country Western artist)
Alvin Lee (Guitarist, Ten Years After)
“Magic Slim” (Blues guitarist)
Ray Manzarek (of The Doors)
Marian McPartland (jazz pianist)
Alan Myers (Drummer for Devo)
Reg Presley (of The Troggs “Wild Thing”)
Lou Reed (Musician, Velvet Underground)
Paul Tanner (Trombonist, last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra)
Derek Watkins (Trumpeter, played on EVERY James Bond movie soundtrack <from Doctor No to Skyfall>until his death!)
Slim Whitman (Country western artist)

Anyone who would take another’s life without moral and legal justification.

NOTE: All categories and the names within them are alphabetical, except the last one.

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