Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2007 Obituaries

Here is a list of famous and infamous people who died in 2007. May they rest in peace.

Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan, 54
Michael Kidd, choreographer, 92
Oscar Peterson, jazz pianist, 82
Dan Fogelberg, singer, 56
Ike Turner, musician, 76
Evel Knievel, Daredevil, 69
Sean Taylor, athlete, 24
Kevin DuBrow, Quiet Riot singer, 52
Ira Levin, 'Rosemary's Baby' author, 78
Delbert Mann, 'Marty' director, 87
Dick Wilson, character actor, TV's "Mr. Whipple", 91
Peter Viertel, novelist and screenwriter, 86
Peter Zinner, film editor, 88
Norman Mailer, author, 84
Barbara West Dainton, Titanic survivor, 96
George Osmond, Osmond family patriarch, 90
Lillian Ellison, professional wrestler 'Fabulous Moolah', 84
Friedman Paul Erhardt, TV's "Chef Tell", 63
Robert Goulet, singer, 73
Porter Wagoner, country music legend, 80
Joey Bishop, 'Rat Pack' comedian, 89
Deborah Kerr, actress, 86
Teresa Brewer, singer, 76
Lois Maxwell, actress, 80
Marcel Marceau, mime legend, 84
Brett Somers, 'Match Game' quipster, 83
Alice Ghostley, 'Bewitched' actress, 81
Rex Humbard, televangelist, 88
Madeleine L'Engle, author, 88
Marcia Mae Jones, actress, 83
Jane Wyman, actress, 93
Johnny Hart, cartoonist, 76
Alex, Renowned African Grey Parrot, 31
Luciano Pavarotti, famed opera tenor, 71
Hilly Kristal, rock club founder, 75
Jose Luis de Vilallonga, actor, 87
Michael Jackson, beer critic, 65
Alfred Peet, coffee pioneer, 87
Leona Helmsley, hotelier and 'queen of mean', 87
Max Roach, legendary jazz drummer, 83
Phil Rizzuto, Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop, 89
Merv Griffin, entertainment impresario, 82
Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian filmmaker, 94
Bill Walsh, football coach, 75
Tom Snyder, 'Tomorrow' talk show host, 71
Ingmar Bergman, film director, 89
Tammy Fay Bakker Messner, Televangelist, 65
Charles Lane, actor, 102
Lady Bird Johnson, first lady, 94
Doug Marlette, 'Kudzu' cartoonist, 57
Chris Benoit, pro wrestler, 40
George Melly, jazz singer, 80
Bill Pinkney, Drifters singer, 81
Beverly Sills, opera diva, 78
Joel Siegel, 'Good Morning America' movie critic, 63
Hank Medress, 'Lion Sleeps Tonight' singer, 68
Don Herbert, television's 'Mr. Wizard', 89
Charles Nelson Reilly, actor & 'game-show fixture', 76
Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., 51
Jerry Falwell, television minister & Moral Majority founder, 73
Wally Schirra, astronaut, 84
Tommy Newsom, 'Tonight Show' backup bandleader,78
Tom Poston, comic actor, 85
Bobby 'Boris' Pickett, 'Monster Mash' singer, 69
Jack Valenti, president of the MPAA, 85
Michael Smuin, dancer & choreographer, 68
Kitty Carlisle Hart, 'To Tell the Truth' celebrity panelist, 96
Brant Parker, 'Wizard of Id' cartoonist, 86
David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, 73
Boris Yeltsin, Russian President, 76
Barry Nelson, actor, 89
Don Ho, 'Tiny Bubbles' singer, 76
Roscoe Lee Browne, actor, 81
Kurt Vonnegut, novelist, 84
Stan Daniels, TV writer & producer, 72
Johnny Hart, 'B.C.' cartoonist, 76
Mark St. John, KISS guitarist, 51
Bob Clark, 'A Christmas Story' director, 67
Betty Hutton, actess and singer, 86
Buck Jones, singer, 33
Luther Ingram, singer, 69
Calvert DeForest, Letterman's Larry 'Bud' Melman actor,85
Stuart Rosenberg, 'Cool Hand Luke' director, 79
Gareth Hunt, 'New Avengers' actor, 65
Bowie Kuhn, commissioner of Major League Baseball, 80
Richard Jeni, standup comedian, 45
Walker Edmiston, actor, 81
Herman Brix, Olympian and actor, 100
Brad Delp, musician, 55
John Inman, actor, 71
Ernest Gallo, Billionaire winemaker, 97
Thomas F. Eagleton, United States senator, 77
Clem Labine, athlete, 80
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.,historian and presidential assistant, 89
Ian Wallace, musician, 60
Damien Nash, athlete, 24
Lamar Lundy, athlete, 71
Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, author, 89
Ryan Larkin, animator, 63
Robert Adler, television remote control inventor, 93
Ray Evans, songwriter, 92
Mary Kaye, Singer and guitarist, 83
Janet Blair, actress, 85
Dennis Johnson, athlete and coach, 52
Anna Nicole Smith, Playmate & reality TV star,39
Frankie Laine, 'Rawhide' singer, 93
Gian Carlo Menotti, opera composer, 95
Tige Andrews, actor, 86
Eric von Schmidt, singer, 75
Liz Renay, model, actress, felon and stripper, 80
Joe Hunter, musician, 79
Molly Ivins, author and columnist, 62
Sidney Sheldon, best-selling author, 89
Louis Malcolm Boyd, "Grab Bag" columnist, 79
Emanuele Luzzati, Director, 85
Brent Liles, Social Distortion bassist, 43
E. Howard Hunt, key Watergate figure, 88
Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, professional wrestler, 45
Art Buchwald, columnist, 81
Denny Doherty, singer and songwriter, 66
Ron Carey, actor, 71
Benny Parsons, NASCAR champ, 65
Darlene Conley, soap opera actress, 72
Alice Coltrane, jazz performer and composer, 69
Michael Brecker, saxophonist, 57
Carlo Ponti, film producer, 94
"Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, musician and artist, 72
Yvonne De Carlo, 'Munsters' actress, 84
Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR driver, 49
Iwao Takamoto, animator, 81
Tillie Olsen, Feminist Writer, 94
Garry Betty, CEO, 49
Frank Campanella, character actor, 87
Momofuku Ando, inventor of instant noodles, 96
Gasper, whale, 17
Nikki Bacharach, daughter of songwriter Burt Bacharach, 40

And a special acknowledgment to my uncle, John Lespasio, who passed away in 2007

Primary source, Deathwatch Central

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