Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten
Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart attack (1/19); and actor Anthony Franciosa, 77 (1/19). Country singer Janette Carter, of cuuntry music's founding family, the Carters, 82 (1/22); and actor Chris Penn, 40, brother of actor Sean Penn who starred in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1/24). And Coretta Scott King (76), civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr (1/30).
Al Lewis, 95, best known as Grandpa Munster on The Munsters (2/3); actor Richard Bright, 68, who had small roles in all three Godfather films and also on HBO's The Sopranos (2/18). Billy Cowsill, 58, lead singer of the family band The Cowsills, the group that inspired the television show The Partridge Family (2/18); legendary comedic actor and star of such hits as The Andy Griffith Show, Three's Company, and a slew of Walt Disney filmsDon Knotts, (2/24). He was 81. Gunsmoke and McCloud star Dennis Weaver, 81 (2/24). And star of the cult classic TV movie The Night Stalker and the classic holiday film A Christmas Story, Darren McGavin, 83 (2/25).
Blues bassist Willie Kent, 70, (3/2); Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve (3/6), of lung cancer; she was 44. Legendary Minnesota Twins centerfielder Kirby Puckett, 45 (3/6). African musician Ali Farka Toure, 66 (3/7). Actress Maureen Stapleton, best known for her role as Edith on All In The Family, she was 80 (3/13). Game show host Peter Tomarken, 63, of "Press Your Luck" (3/13). 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea director Richard Fleischer, 89 (3/25); and honky-tonk rocker and host of television's Hee Haw, Buck Owens, (3/25). Owens was 76.
Gene Pitney, 66, American pop singer (4/5). Proof, 32-year-old rapper and part of Eminem's rap collective D-12, of a gunshot wound, (4/11), and Pointer Sisters singer June Pointer, 52 (4/11). The Shield and Hill Street Blues director Scott Brazil, 50 (4/17); and Phil Walden, 66, founder of Capricorn Records, who helped make Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers Band famous (4/23).
Soraya, 37, Colombian singer and breast cancer advocate (5/10). Legendary boxer Floyd Patterson, 71, (5/11); and Freddie and the Dreamers frontman Freddie Garity, 65 (5/19). Country music legend Billy Walker, 77, (5/21). Lew Anderson, 84, a jazz musician who also starred as the Howdy Doody Show's Clarabell the Clown (5/14). Actor Paul Gleason, 67, who infamously starred as the high school principal in The Breakfast Club and as bad guy Clarence Beeks in Trading Places (5/27). Ska legend Desmond Dekker, 64 (5/25). Special effects pioneer Arthur Widmer, 92 (5/28). And actor Robert Sterling, 88, from the 1950s TV series Topper (5/30).
Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick, 55, who also played in The Tubes and, more recently, Missing Man Formation (6/2); prodigous pianist/organist/session musician most known for his work on the Beatles' Let It Be album Billy Preston, 59, (6/6). Puerto Rican jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz, 53, (6/6); Hollywood director Vincent Sherman, 99 (6/18); Actor Richard R. Stahl, 74, known for his appearances on Columbo and Laverne and Shirley (6/18); prolific television creator Aaron Spelling, 83, whose myriad television series included The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed and 7th Heaven (6/23). Grammy-winning music producer Arif Mardin, 74, whose helmed projects from Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, and Norah Jones; to David Bowie, Carly Simon and Phil Collins (6/25). And guitarist Johnny Jenkins, an early influence on Jimi Hendrix. He was 67. (6/26).
Founding member and former Pink Floyd singer, songwriter and guitarist Syd Barrett, 60 (7/7). Acclaimed 40s actress June Allyson, 88, star of stage and screen (7/8); actor/comedian Red Buttons, 87, who took his stage name from the uniform he wore as a singing bellboy in a Bronx, N.Y. tavern (7/13); and actor Jack Warden, 85, a former boxer who starred in such shows & films as Twelve Angry Men, Shampoo and Brian's Song and (7/19). As the World Turns star Benjamin Hendrickson, 55, who committed suicide on July 10. Midnight Cowboy and The Lost Boys actor Barnard Hughes, 90, (7/11). And Japanese-American actor Mako, 72 (7/21).
Soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, 90 (8/3); Singer-songwriter Arthur Lee, 61, of the 1960s psychedelic band Love (8/10); television talk show host Mike Douglas, who died on his 81st birthday (8/11). Actor Bruno Kirby, 57, character actor known for two Billy Crystal comedies: When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers; and for a role in the Robin Williams comedy Good Morning, Vietnam (8/14). And Glenn Ford, 90, Canadian actor notable for his role as Superman's adopted father, Jonathan Kent, in Superman: The Movie, and having the distinction of being voted as 1958's number one male box-office attraction (8/30).
Television icon Steve Irwin, 44, a.k.a. "The Crocodile Hunter," Australian environmentalist and Animal Planet personality (9/4). Blues legend Bennie Smith, 72, a guitarist who played with Chuck Berry (9/10); Blues guitarist Etta Baker, 93, (9/23); actor Pat Corley, 76, who played Phil the bartender on Murphy Brown (9/11); Hungarian born bodybuilder/actor Mickey Hargitay, 80, who was once married to sex-symbol Jayne Mansfield and was the father of Law & Order SVU star Mariska Hargitay (9/14). And cinematographer Sven Nykvist, 83, who often worked with legendary director Ingmar Bergman (9/20).
Actress Tamara Dobson, 59, who played Cleopatra Jones in a couple of "blaxploitation" films (10/2); Hispanic country singer Freddy Fender, 69 (10/14). Phyllis Kirk, 79, star of the 1950s horror film House of Wax (10/19). Actress Jane Wyatt, 96, who spent six years as the matriarch on the show Father Knows Best (10/20); Sandy West, 47, drummer for the 70s female rock band The Runaways, which also featured Joan Jett and Lita Ford (10/21).
Ed Bradley, 65, a journalist from CBS' news magazine show "60 Minutes" (11/9). Prolific actor Jack Palance, 87, who won an Oscar for his role as Curley in City Slickers (11/10). R&B singer Gerald Levert, 40, son of O'Jays singer Eddie Levert, and member of the eponymous R&B trio LeVert (11/10); Ruth Brown, 78, American singer (11/17). Prolific film director Robert Altman, 81, who directed such films as M*A*S*H and Gosford Park (11/20); and Anita O'Day, 87, jazz vocalist (11/23)
Singer Georgia Gibbs, 87, (12/9). Peter Boyle, 71, popularized the role of Frank Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, but remembered mostly for his hilarious turn as the Frankenstein monster in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (12/13). Ahmet Ertegun, 82, Turkish founder of Atlantic Records, who is responsible for signing such acts as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Cream and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (12/14). And animator Joseph Barbera, 95, half of the cartoon duo Hanna-Barbera, whose classic cartoons The Flintstones, The Yogi Bear Show, and the seven-time Academy Award-winning Tom and Jerry have been enjoyed for generations(12/18).
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