Wednesday, December 31, 2014


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.
Unfortunately we cannot post the whole list; but 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 2014, we have also lost...

James Garner (Maverick, The Rockford Files, numerous movies)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, Scent of a Woman, Doubt)
Edward Herrmann (Lost Boys, Gilmore Girls)
Bob Hoskins (Hook, The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan's Island)
Charles Keating (The Body Guard, Another World, All My Children)
Richard Kiel (Jaws of the James Bond franchise, original Wild, Wild West; Happy Gilmore, the classic Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man”)
Dave Madden (The Partridge Family, Alice)
Rik Mayall (Blackadder, An American Werewolf in London, Young Guns)
James Rebhorn (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Independence Day, Scent of a Woman)
Mickey Rooney (Night at the Museum franchise, Andy Hardy films, Boys Town)
Maximillian Schell (Judgment At Nuremberg, The Young Lions, A Bridge Too Far)
Donald Sinden (Broadway and London stages, Simba and other movies)
Meshach Taylor (Designing Women)
Ralph Waite (The Waltons, NCIS, Bones, Broadway stage)
Eli Wallach (The Magnificent 7; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; Godfather 3)
Ken Weatherwax (Originated role of Pugsley on The Addams Family)
Efrem Zimbalist, Junior (The FBI, 77 Sunset Strip, numerous vocal roles)
Lauren Bacall (To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep)
Polly Bergen (Champion, At War With The Army, Arena)
Christine Cavanaugh (Voice actress; Babe, Rugrats, Dexter's Lab, etc)
Ann B. Davis (The Bob Cummings Show, The Brady Bunch)
Ruby Dee (A Raisin In The Sun, Do The Right Thing)
Ruth Robinson Duccini (A Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz)
Jan Hooks (Saturday Night Live, Designing Women)
Mary Ann Mobley (Miss America 1959, Girl Happy, Harum Scarum, various television appearances)
Kate O'Mara (the original Rani on Doctor Who, Dynasty, The Saint)
Elizabeth Pena (Times Square, Free Willy 2, numerous TV guest appearances)
Elaine Stritch (Bus Stop, 30 Rock)
Carol Ann Susi (The Big Bang Theory, That 70's Show, Death Becomes Her)
Carmen Zapata (Broadway stage, numerous TV shows, Sister Act 1)
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (Famed boxer wrongly accused of murder but exonerated decades later)
Dorothy Cheney, nee Bundy (professional tennis player)
Harley Clark (Accredited with creating the “Hook 'em Horns” hand gesture for the University of Texas sports programs)
Alice Coachman Davis (First African-American woman to win Olympic Gold. High jump in 1948 Olympics)
Tony Gwynn (long time professional baseball player with the San Diego Padres)
Lacey Holsworth (Noted fan of the Michigan State Men's College Basketball team lost her battle with cancer at age 8)
Louis 'Red' Klotz (long time owner/coach of the Washington Generals, often losing to the Harlem Globetrotters)
Chuck Noll (professional football player with Cleveland Browns and coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers)
Dale Schlueter (Inaugural member of Portland Trail Blazers of professional basketball)
Bob Suter (Member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team)
“The Ultimate Warrior” (James Brian Hellwig, WWE wrestler whose every public appearance featured a motivational message)
Don Zimmer (A storied, 66 year career in professional baseball)
Maya Angelou (Author; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, And Still I Rise)
Richard Attenborough (Actor/Director/Producer; A Bridge Too Far, Jurassic Park)
Amiri Baraka (Poet; Hard Facts, The Book of Monk)
Norman Bridwell (Creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog)
Stan Goldberg (Noted artist and colorist between the Marvel and Archie comic book companies)
James Foley (Journalist)
H. R. Giger (Famous painter/designer; Alien and Species franchises, amongst others)
P. D. James (Author; Death of an Expert Witness, Original Sin)
Tom Magliozzi (of National Public Radio's Car Talk)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Author; 100 Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera)
Paul Mazursky (Director; Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman)
Joe McGinnis (Author; The Selling of the President 1968, Fatal Vision)
Mike Nichols (Director; The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Silkwood)
Anja Niedringhaus (Photojournalist)
Harold Ramis (Actor/Director/Writer/Producer; Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, etc.)
Oscar de la Renta (Fashion designer)
Joseph Sargent (Film maker: original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, MacArthur)
Morris Turner (Creator of Wee Pals comic strip)
Roberto Gomez Boloanos (aka Chespirito)
David Brenner (Stand up comedian)
Casey Kasem (Noted radio announcer and voice artist, originated role of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise)
Don Pardo (Inaugural announcer for Jeopardy! and Saturday Night Live, amongst other shows)
Joan Rivers (Comedienne, Red Carpet Expert)
Steve Rossi (Comedian who often teamed up with Marty Allen)
Robin Williams (Mork and Mindy, The Crazy Ones, numerous movies)
Shirley Temple Black (Former child actress and United States Ambassador)
Ben Bradlee (Executive editor of The Washington Post: 1968-1991)
James Brady (shot during an assassination attempt against then President Ronald Reagan, gun control bill named after him)
Michael Brown and Eric Garner (Two whose loss might have serious repercussions in the future)
Sid Caesar (Television pioneer)
Frank Jobe (Pioneered “Tommy John” surgery for professional athletes)
Ralph Kiner (Former professional baseball player, inaugural announcer for the New York Mets from 1962-2013 for a 51 year uninterrupted career, passed away before 2014 season began)
Ariel Sharon (Former Prime Minister of Israel)
Garrick Utley (Journalist)
Walter Walsh (Famed Olympic Gold medal winner and FBI agent)
Jack Bruce (of Cream)
Joe Cocker (I'll Get By With A Little Help From My Friends, You Are So Beautiful, Up Where We Belong)
Kenny Drew (Jazz Pianist)
Phil Everly (of the Everly Brothers)
Al Harewood (noted jazz drummer)
Henry "Big Bank Hank" Johnson (Rapper with The Sugarhill Gang)
Jimi Jamison (original lead singer of Survivor)
Bobby Keys (Saxophonist; The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Eric Clapton)
Johnny Ramone (Drummer for The Ramones)
Paul Revere (of Paul Revere and the Raiders; Kicks, Let Me)
Jimmy Ruffin (Singer; What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?, Hold On To My Love)
Joe Sample (noted pianist)
Pete Seeger (folk musician)
Horace Silver (jazz pianist and composer)
Johnny Winter (noted blues guitarist)
Bobby Womack (Singer/song writer; Lookin' For A Love, If You Think You're Lonely Now...)

Suicide bombers, terrorists, and anyone else 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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