Saturday, December 31, 2016


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 personnel who lost their lives helping and/or protecting others during 2016, we have also lost...

Anthony Addabbo (Guiding Light, Generations, The Bold & the Beautiful)
Max Alexander (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2)
Eddie Applegate (The Patty Duke Show)
Kenny Baker (Star Wars, Flash Gordon, Time Bandits)
Richard Brandford (The original Untouchables, Man in a Suitcase, Cagney & Lacey)
Peter Brown (Lawman, Laredo, Foxy Brown)
Tony Burton (the Rocky movies, The Shining)
Don Calfa (The Return of the Living Dead, Weekend at Bernie's)
William Christopher (M*A*S*H, After MASH)
Jerry Doyle (Babylon 5, The Bold and The Beautiful)
Larry Drake (L.A. Law, Darkman)
Johnny Duncan (1949's Batman and Robin, The Caine Mutiny, Spartacus)
Abel Fernandez (Original The Untouchables, Pork Chop Hill)
Fyvush Finkel (Picket Fences, Boston Public)
Frank Finlay (The Pianist, The Three Musketeers)
Thomas Mikal Ford (Martin, Harlem Nights)
Bernard Fox (Bewitched, Hogan’s Heroes, Titanic, The Mummy)
George Gaynes (The Police Academy franchise, Punky Brewster, Tootsie)
Riccardo Garrone (The Yellow Rolls-Royce, La Dolce Vita)
Ron Glass (Barney Miller, Firefly/Serenity)
Dan Haggerty (The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams)
Ricky Harris (Everybody Hates Chris)
Steven Hill (the original Mission: Impossible, Law and Order)
Mikijirō Hira (13 Assassins)
John Hostetter (Murphy Brown regular and numerous guest starring roles)
Ken Howard (1776, The White Shadow)
David Huddleston (The Big Lebowski, Blazing Saddles, Santa Claus: The Movie)
George S. Irving (Underdog, The Year Without A Santa Claus, Irene)
Barry Jenner (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Dallas)
George Kennedy
Marvin Kaplan (Alice, Top Cat; It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World)
Buck Kartalian (the original Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston, Cool Hand Luke, The Rock)
George Kennedy (Best Supporting Actor: 1968 for Cool Hand Luke, The Naked Gun and Airport
movie franchises)
Burt Kwouk (the original Pink Panther with Peter Sellers, Last of the Summer Wine, JamesBond: Goldfinger)
Dick Latessa (Hairspray, Promises Promises)
Michael Leader (East Enders, Star Wars)
Georg Lhotsky (Moss on the Stones)
Larkin Malloy (Edge of Night, Guiding Light, All My Children)
David Margulies (Ghostbusters 1, The Sopranos)
Don Marshall (Land of the Giants)
John McMartin (a long career between television, movies, and Broadway)
Kevin Meaney (Big, Uncle Buck)
James Noble (Benson, 10, Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again)
Bill Nunn (Spider-man movie franchise, Do the Right Thing, He Got Game, Mo’ Better Blues)
Hugh O'Brian (The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, S.E.A.R.C.H.)
Jimmy Perry (Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum)
Jon Polito (The Rocketeer, Homicide: Life on the Street)
Lee Reherman (American Gladiators, Star Trek Into Darkness, Last Action Hero)
Alan Rickman (the Harry Potter series, Die Hard 1, Love Actually)
Jack Riley (the original Bob Newhart Show, High Anxiety)
Michael Roberds (Elf, Hot Tub Time Machine)
Wayne Rogers (M*A*S*H*, City of Angels, House Calls)
Schallert in Star Trek: TOS
Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers, Coronation Street)
Joe Santos (The Rockford Files, The Last Boy Scout)
David Smyrl (Mr. Handford on Sesame Street)
Peter Sumner (Ned Kelly, Star Wars: A New Hope)
Alan Thicke (Growing Pains)
Gareth Thomas (Blake's 7, Children of the Stones, Star Maidens)
Child Actor Jerry Tucker (Our Gang comedies)
Peter Vaughan (Game of Thrones, Brazil)
Robert Vaughn (the original Man From U.N.C.L.E., the original Magnificent 7)
Abe Vigoda (The Godfather, Barney Miller, Fish)
Gene Wilder (the original Willy Wonka movie, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and a host of others)
Douglas Wilmer (James Bond: Octopussy, Jason and the Argonauts, Cleopatra)
Keo Woolford (current version of Hawaii 5-0)
Anton Yelchin (the J. J. Abrams version of Star Trek, Alpha Dogs, Fright Night)
Alan Young (Mr. Ed, George Pal's version of The Time Machine, the voice of Scrooge McDuck for decades)

Jean Alexander (Coronation Street, Last of the Summer Wine)
Alexis Arquette (The Wedding Singer, Pulp Fiction)
Coral Atkins (A Family At War, Emmerdale)
Margit Bara (Jakob the Liar)
Patricia Barry (All My Children, The Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives)
Silver Screen legend Gloria DeHaven (credits too numerous to mention)
Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker, The Patty Duke Show, Valley of the Dolls)
Ronnie Claire Edwards (The Waltons, Designing Women)
Carrie Fisher (best known as Princess Leia of Star Wars)
Zsa Zsa Gabor (the original versions of Moulin Rouge and Touch of Evil)
Valerie Gaunt (The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula–1958 version)
Actress/dancer Lisa Gaye (Shake, Rattle, and Roll; Rock Around the Clock)
Vivean Gray (The Sullivans, Neighbours)
Tammy Grimes (The Unsinkable Molly Brown)
Ann Marie Guilbert (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Nanny, Grumpier Old Men)
Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch, Fanny)
Anne Jackson (The Shining, Folks!, Dirty Dingus Magee)
Brenda Dale Knox, better known as The Lady Chablis (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)
Madeleine Lebeau (Casablanca, Hold Back The Dawn)
Noel Neill
Sagan Lewis (Saint Elsewhere, Homicide: Life on the Streets)
Kim McGuire (Cry Baby)
Julia Meade (The Ed Sullivan Show, Pillow Talk)
Noel Neill (various versions of Superman, An American in Paris)
Jacqueline Pagnol (Topaz, Carnaval)
Angela Patton (Groundhog Day, American Wedding)
Louise Plowright (Mamma Mia!, EastEnders, Families)
Angela Raiola, aka "Big Ang" (Mob Wives)
Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ In The Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, numerous others)
Theresa Saldana (Raging Bull, The Commish, I Wanna Hold Your Hand)
Madeleine Sherwood (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Flying Nun)
Yumi Shirakawa (Rodan, The Mysterians, H-Man)
Barbara Tarbuck (General Hospital, Short Circuit)
Janet Waldo (The Jetsons, Wacky Races, Flintstones, etc.)
Betty Jane Watson (Oklahoma!, Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town, The Morey Amsterdam Show)
Victoria Wood (Dinner Ladies)
Janet Wright (The Perfect Storm, McCabe and Mrs. Miller)

Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.
Former Major League Baseball player Ralph Branca (Brooklyn Dodgers, Detroit Tigers)
Ralph “Putsy” Caballero, who played 8 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies starting at age 16 because of World War 2.
Former equestrian Olympic Silver Medalist (1960, 1972) Frank Chapot.
Major League Baseball pitcher José Fernández.
Former Major League Baseball player Dave Ferriss (Boston Red Sox)
Harry Fujiwara, known professionally to wrestling fans as "Mr. Fuji".
Famous professional baseball player and TV personality Joe Garagiola, Senior.
Legendary professional hockey player Gordie Howe.
Tommy Kono, former Olympic weight lifting champion.
Former professional football Dick Logan of the Green Bay Packers.
Former Major League Baseball player and manager Russ Nixon.
Famous professional golfer Arnold Palmer.
Mike Sandlock of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Professional Mixed Martial Artist and actor Kimbo Slice (born Kevin Ferguson)
Pat(ricia Sue) Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball history (1,098 victories)
British explorer Henry Worsley, died attempting to be the first person to cross Antarctica unaided.

Playwright Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
Television producer and voice actress Sylvia Anderson (Thunderbirds)
René Angélil, husband/manager of Celine Dion.
Screenwriter Alice Arlen, (Silkwood, The Weight of Water)
Author/illustrator Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting)
Robert Balser, animator on Yellow Submarine and Heavy Metal.
Voice actor Erik Bauersfeld (Star Wars, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence)
International writer/artist Thierry "Ted" Benoit (Heavy Metal)
Writer Howard Berk (Columbo, Mission: Impossible, The Rockford Files)
Novelist E. R. Braithwaite (To Sir, With Love)
Screenwriter/director Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Heaven's Gate)
Cartoonist John Caldwell (Mad!, National Lampoon)
Prima Ballerina Yvette Chauviré.
Folk singer-songwriter Guy Clark ("Desperados Waiting for a Train", "Workbench Songs", "My Favorite Picture of You")
Television music composer Ray Colcord (The Facts of Life, Boy Meets World, Big Brother)
Author Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline)
Comic book writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, Jonah Hex)
Noted voice artist C. Martin Croker (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show)
Television writer Kevin Curran (The Simpsons, Married... with children)
Legendary artist Jack Davis (Mad magazine, various EC Comics)
Director Masanobu Deme (Station to Heaven, Baruto no Gakuen)
Comic book artist Steve Dillion (Preacher, The Punisher)
Author Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Hotel for Dogs)
Prop designer Tony Dyson (R2-D2 of Star Wars)
Author Umberto Eco (The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum)
Artist Wayne England (Magic: The Gathering)
Author Solange Fasquelle.
Novelist Margaret Forster (Georgy Girl, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, etc)
Actress/film maker Rita Gam (Klute, No Exit, The Thief)
TV writer/producer Gary Glasberg (NCIS, Crossing Jordan, Bones)
Author Barbara Goldsmith (The Straw Man, Little Gloria–Happy At Last)
Film producer Gene Gutowski (The Pianist, Cul-de-sac)
Director Guy Hamilton (4 James Bond films, Force 10 From Navarone, Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd)
Famous TV writer/producer Earl Hamner, Junior (The Waltons, Falcon Crest, The Twilight Zone)
Film director/screen writer Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile, Wonder Boys)
Author/screenwriter Michael Herr (Dispatches, Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now)
Movie director Arthur Hiller (Love Story, The In-Laws)
Animation director Gordon Hunt (Super Friends, The Jetsons, etc)
Emmy winning (1992, 1993) visual effects designer Gary Hutzel (Star Trek: Next Generation/Deep Space 9/Voyager, Battlestar Galactica 2004, Spy Kids)
Sir Anthony Jay, co-author of Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.
Television writer Austin Kalish (All in the Family, I Dream of Jeannie, Maude)
Bob Krasnow, a co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Writer/producer Claire Labine (Ryan’s Hope, General Hospital)
Famous sitcom writer Carla Lane (The Liver Birds, Butterflies, Bread)
Cartoonist Mell Lazarus (Miss Peach, Momma)
Author Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman, which was actually Mockingbird's FIRST draft)
Film art director John B. Mansbridge (Tron, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
Director, writer, producer, actor Garry Marshall (Happy Days, Pretty Woman, Murphy Brown, etc)
Eric Medalle, noted graphic artist (Pokemon)
Marvin Minsky, famous scientist in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
Voice actress Yūko Mizutani (Minnie Mouse, Black Jack, Tenchi Muyo!)
Writer/producer Scott Nimerfro (Hannibal, Once Upon A Time, X-men)
Famed soap opera creator/writer Agnes Nixon.
Japanese voice actor Tōru Ōhira (Super Sentai, One Piece)
Art director and production designer Gil Parrondo (Patton, Nicholas and Alexandra, Travels with My Aunt)
Taiwanese chef Peng Chang-kuei, accredited with inventing General Tso’s chicken.
Songwriter Curly Putman ("The Green, Green Grass of Home", "He Stopped Loving Her Today")
Composer (Reilly: Ace of Spies) and conductor (Cats, Chariots of Fire) Harry Rabinowitz.
Author Curtis Roosevelt (Too Close to the Sun, Eyewitness in Israel: 1948)
Artist Christopher Rush (Magic: The Gathering)
Legendary comic book letterer Gaspar Saladino (credits too numerous to mention)
Producer/director Ian Sander (Ghost Whisperer, Profiler, I'll Fly Away)
Author Carolyn See (Golden Days, Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America)
Playwright/screenwriter Sir Peter Shaffer (Amadeus, Equus)
Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe (Indiana Jones, The Lion In Winter)
Jeopardy! champion Cindy Stowell.
Voice artist Kazunari Tanaka (Gundam, InuYasha)
Cartoonist Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac)
Visual effects technician Ron Thornton (Babylon 5, Star Trek Voyager, Spaceballs)
Author Alvin Toffler (Future Shock, The Third Wave)
Fred Tomlinson (Monty Python's Flying Circus extra and composer of "The Lumberjack Song")
Author William Trevor (A Standard of Behavior, Love and Summer)
Famed ballerina Violette Verdy.
Special effects technician/make up artist John Vulich (Babylon 5, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Film director Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Iron, Katyń)
Songwriter/producer Mentor Williams (“Drift Away”)
Folk singer Glenn Yarbrough ("Baby the Rain Must Fall").

Famous animation voice actor Joe Alaskey (too many credits to mention all)
Singer/actor David Bowie (too much to mention)
Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen (“Suzanne”, “Bird on a Wire”)
Singer Natalie Cole, famous daughter of the late Nat King Cole.
Television magician Paul Daniels.
Country singer/songwriter Holly Dunn (“Daddy’s Hands”)
Singer/songwriter Lucille Dumont.
Comedian Bob Elliot of the famous Bob & Ray comedy duo.
Jazz singer and actor Don Francks (Le Femme Nikita, Inspector Gadget)
Singer Christina Grimmie.
Actor (One Day At A Time), comedian (The Jack Paar Show) and voice actor (Inspector Clouseau of animated shorts) Pat Harrington, Junior.
Youree Dell Harris, also known as "Miss Cleo" and other aliases with "psychic powers".
Legendary folk singer Fred Hellerman (The Weavers)
Jazz singer and actor Bill Henderson (Clue, City Slickers, White Men Can't Jump)
Noted Jazz musician Bobby Hutcherson.
Country singer/songwriter Sonny James ("Young Love")
Singer/song writer John D. Loudermilk ("Tobacco Road", "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", "Indian Reservation")
Singer/song writer George Michael, formerly of Wham!
Singer/actress Marni Nixon (The King and I, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, My Fair Lady)
R&B singer Billy Paul ("Me and Mrs. Jones")
Record Producer ("Monster Mash") and singer/songwriter Gary S. Praxton (The Hollywood Argyles)
Songwriter Bonny Mack Rice ("Mustang Sally", "Respect Yourself")
Comedian Garry Shandling.
Country music legend Jean Shepard.
Noted singer/actor Frank Sinatra, Junior.
Rapper Big Skye.
Singer Kay Starr ("Wheel of Fortune", "Rock and Roll Waltz")
Country music performer and Hee Haw regular Gordie Tapp.
Screenwriter (Georgia, Pollock) and actress (Soldier Blue) Barbara Turner.
Singer/actress Vanity ("Nasty Girl", The Last Dragon)
Singer Bobby Vee ("Rubber Ball", "Take Good Care of My Baby", "The Night Has a 1000 Eyes")
Noted Blues, Soul, and Gospel singer Ruby Wilson.

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Noted Chess Grandmaster Ashot Anastasian.
Former United Nations' Secretary General Boutros-Boutros-Ghali.
The 80+ victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France.
Those killed during the terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany.
André Brahic, the French astrophysicist who discovered the planet Neptune has rings.
Former President of Cuba Fidel Castro.
Delligatti's creation
Yolande Fox (Miss America 1951)
British Parliament member Jo Cox.
Jim Delligatti, creator of the “Big Mac”.
Former Astronaut and Ohioan Senator John Glenn.
Valerie Hunter Gordon, the inventor of the disposable diaper.
Tom Hayden, a major opponent to the Vietnam War.
Doctor Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich maneuver.
Northern Mariana Islands Governor Eloy Inos.
Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov.
Former Rwandan King Kigeli V.
Former Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala.
Chess Grandmaster Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi.
1996 Nobel Chemistry Prize co-winner (for discovering fullerenes) Harry Kroto.
Melvin Laird, Secretary of Defense under President Richard Nixon.
The victims of LaMia Airlines Flight 2933.
Former attorney/author Mark Lane (The Warren Commission: Rush to Judgment)
The victims of the Munich, Germany shopping mall massacre.
Former Singapore President S. R. Nathan.
Noted Humanitarian Rupert Neudeck.
Ecologist/zoologist Robert T. Paine, who coined the phrase "keynote species".
Former Israel statesman, President, and Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
The 49 victims of the tragic massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Florida.
Michael Ratner, lawyer who won Guantanamo Bay detainees the right of habeas corpus. Former United States Attorney General Janet Reno.
Journalist Morley Safer (60 Minutes)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Journalist Sydney Schanberg (portrayed by Sam Waterston in The Killing Fields)
Concert pianist and Chess Grandmaster Mark Taimanov.
Vietnamese radio personality Trịnh Thị Ngọ, better known as Hanoi Hannah (the Vietnam War's version of Tokyo Rose)
The 92 victims of the Tupolev Tu-154 crash.
Elie Wiesel, World War 2 Holocaust survivor, author, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Edgar Whitcomb, astronaut aboard Apollo 14.
Former South Korean Prime Minister Kang Young-hoon.

Lee Andrews, lead singer of The Hearts do-wop group.
Lenny Baker of the 1950's homage group Sha Na Na
Victor Bailey, guitarist for both Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Ray Columbus of the Invaders.
Rapper Phife Dawg (aka Malik Izaak Taylor) from A Tribe Called Quest.
Band leader Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Junior (Buckwheat Zydeco)
Legendary clarinetist Pete Fountain (credits too numerous to mention)
Jazz musician Shirley Bunnie Foy.
Glenn Frey, founding member of The Eagles.
Country singer/songwriter Merle Haggard ("Okie from Muskogee", "The Fighting Side of Me")
Noted San Franciscan musician Dan Hicks.
Paul Kantner, co-founder of Jefferson Airplane.
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
Guitarist Henry McCullough (Wings, Joe Cocker)
Scotty Moore, long time guitarist for Elvis Presley.
Jazz guitarist Doug Raney.
3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts.
Leon Russell of The Wrecking Crew.
Lewie Steinberg, bassist for Booker T. and the Mgs.
Dallas Taylor, drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
Preeminent jazz harmonica player Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron "Toots" Thielemans.
Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire.
Keyboardist James Woolley (Nine Inch Nails)
Country singer/songwriter Steve Young ("Seven Bridges Road")

Suicide bombers, terrorists, and anyone else who would take another’s life without moral and/or legal justification.

NOTE: All categories and the names within them are alphabetical to the best of our human ability, except the last one.

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