Pop celebrity pop deaths: Gone, but not forgotten
Here is a roll call of some of the pop culture figures who died in 2015. (Cause of death cited, if available.):
■Donna Douglas, 82. Actress, best known as “Ellie May” on the “Beverly Hillbillies” and for appearing with Elvis Presley in “Frankie and Johnny.” Pancreatic cancer.
■Little Jimmy Dickens, 94. Country singer, known for “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.” Cardiac arrest.
■Notables killed in the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris: Cabu, 76, cartoonist. Elsa Cayat, 54, psychoanalyst and columnist. Charb, 47, caricaturist and journalist. Philippe Honoré, 73, cartoonist. Bernard Maris, 68, economist and journalist. Mustapha Ourrad, 60, Algerian-born copy editor. Tignous, 57, cartoonist. Georges Wolinski, 80, cartoonist.
■Rod Taylor, 84, suave Australian-born leading actor who played the lead in “The Time Machine” (1960), Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1963) and “Sunday in New York” (1963) died at his Beverly Hills, Calif. home. Natural causes.
■Andrae Crouch, 72. Gospel singer/songwriter, seven-time Grammy winner. Heart attack.
■Anita Ekberg, Swedish bombshell actress of the late ’50s/early ’60s, 83. Ekberg’s most famous role was in Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” in 1960.
■Gary Owens, 80. Droll, mellifluous-voiced announcer on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”
■Kim Fowley, 75. Record producer, songwriter ( “Alley Oop”). He discovered and managed 1970s girl group The Runaways. Bladder cancer.
■Dallas Taylor, 66. Drummer with Crosby, Stills & Nash. Complications of viral pneumonia and kidney disease.
■Ernie Banks, 83. Hall of Fame baseball player with the Chicago Cubs. Heart attack.
■Joe Franklin, 88. TV and radio talk show host. Prostate cancer.
■Rod McKuen, 81. American poet, singer and songwriter. Respiratory arrest
■Colleen McCullough, 77. Australian author (“The Thorn Birds”). Renal failure.
■Lizabeth Scott, 92. Actress known for her husky voice and sultry good looks in such 1940’s movies as “Dead Reckoning.” Congestive heart failure.
■Bob Simon, 73. TV journalist (“60 Minutes”). Car accident.
■David Carr, 58. Columnist for the New York Times, and author. Lung cancer.
■Louis Jourdan, 93. French actor ( “Gigi,” “Octopussy”).
■Philip Levine, 87. Detroit-born (and raised) Pulitzer prize-winning poet. Pancreatic cancer.
■Lesley Gore, 68. Pop singer, known for 1963’s “It’s My Party.”
■Clark Terry, 94. Jazz trumpet player and flugelhornist.
■Leonard Nimoy, 83. Actor and director, famed for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on “Star Trek.” COPD.
■Sam Simon, 59. Co-creator of “The Simpsons.” Colon cancer.
■Michael Graves, 80. Architect.
■Michael Brown, 65, musician. Keyboard player with “baroque pop” 1960s band The Left Banke; wrote “Walk Away, Renee” and “Pretty Ballerina.”
■Jayne Meadows, 95. Actress and TV personality, married to comic and “Tonight Show” host Steve Allen.
■Jack Ely, 71. Lead singer of The Kingsmen, known for his mumbled vocals on their 1963 hit “Louie, Louie.”
■Calvin Peete, 71. The most successful black player on the PGA circuit, before Tiger Woods.
■Ben E. King, 76. Singer, former member of The Drifters, whom he led on “Save the Last Dance for Me” and as a soloist, known for “Stand By Me.”
■Errol Brown, 71. Lead singer of funk band Hot Chocolate, sang their hit “You Sexy Thing.”
■B.B. King, 89. Blues legend best known for performing with his guitar, Lucille. The 15-time Grammy winner was known for “The Thrill is Gone.” Complications of diabetes.
■Anne Meara, 85. Actress/comedian, part of the Stiller & Meara comedy team with husband Jerry Stiller; mother of actor Ben Stiller.
■Marcus Belgrave, 78. Legendary Detroit trumpeter. Born in Pennsylvania, Belgrave went on the road in the late 1950s with Ray Charles, then landed in Detroit in 1962, after he heard what musicians were making at Motown.
■Dennis Sheehan, 58. U2’s tour manager, died in Los Angeles.
■Vincent Bugliosi, 80. Prosecutor in the infamous Charles Manson murder trial, Bugliosi wrote about it in the book “Helter Skelter.”
■Christopher Lee, 93. Actor, appeared in many horror films and as Count Dooku in the “Star Wars” prequels.
■Ornette Coleman, 85. Jazz saxophonist.
■Dusty Rhodes (real name, Virgil Runnels), 69. Professional wrestler.
■Dick Van Patten, 86. Actor, known as the father in “Eight is Enough.” Complications from diabetes.
■Jack Carter. Actor/comedian. Respiratory failure.
■Chris Squire, 67. Bass player for British rock band Yes. Leukemia.
■Lynn Anderson, 67. Country singer, known for “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” Heart attack.
■Jerry Weintraub, 77. Hollywood producer of such films as “The Karate Kid” and the remake of “Oceans Eleven.”
■Omar Sharif, 83. Actor. The Egyptian-born Sharif made a splash in 1962’s “Lawrence of Arabia,” and then starred in “Doctor Zhivago” in 1965. He was also a top bridge player and wrote a syndicated bridge column for many years.
■Marlene Sanders, 84. TV journalist and news executive. Sanders was the first woman to anchor a primetime network newscast when she substituted for an ailing male anchor on ABC in 1964. Cancer.
■Theodore Bikel, 91. Actor/folk singer. First appeared as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” in a stage production in Israel, and was in the original stage production of “The Sound of Music.”
■Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22. The daughter of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina had been placed into a medically induced coma after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Atlanta home in January. She never awoke from the coma.
■Cilla Black, 72. British singer with a big, brassy voice (“Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “You’re My World,”), friend of the Beatles and British TV host. Stroke following a fall.
■Mel Farr, 70. Football player with the Detroit Lions. After retiring from football, Farr acquired several Ford dealerships and became a familiar sight on Detroit TV with his “Mel Farr Superstar” commercials.
■Billy Sherrill, 78. Record producer and songwriter, known for his work in Nashville for such stars as Tammy Wynette, George Jones and Charlie Rich.
■Uggie the dog, 13. Star of 2011 Academy Award winning film “The Artist.”
■Frank Gifford, 84. Pro Football Hall of Famer, led New York Giants to the 1956 NFL title. Co-anchored “Monday Night Football” with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith.
■Julian Bond, 75. Civil rights activist, chairman of the NAACP. Bond helped found SNCC (the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) in the 1960s, an influential group in the civil rights movement.
■Yvonne Craig, 78. Actress, appeared in “Batman” and “Star Trek.” Breast cancer.
■Louis Stokes, 90. Politician. Former U.S. Rep. from Ohio; father of WXYZ-TV editorial/public affairs director. Lung and brain cancer.
■Wayne Dyer, 75. Detroit-born and raised self-help guru, motivational speaker and author of many books. . Leukemia.
■Wes Craven, 76. Film director, writer and producer ( “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Scream,” etc.). Brain cancer.
■Dean Jones, 84, Actor who appeared in Disney films such as “The Love Bug,” but also Broadway (“Company”). Parkinson’s disease.
■Martin Milner, 83. The actor was cast as Tod in “Route 66.” He later starred in Adam-12. Heart failure.
■Ben Cauley, 67. Trumpeter and member of the Stax Records group the Bar-Kays and the only survivor of the 1967 plane crash that killed most of his bandmates and Stax star Otis Redding.
■Yogi Berra, 90. Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees, also known for his “Yogisms.”
■Grace Lee Boggs, 100, Detroit civil rights activist and author.
■Billy Joe Royal, 73, American pop and country singer (“Down in the Boondocks,” “Cherry Hill Park.”
■Gail Zappa, 70. Widow of musician Frank Zappa, businesswoman, former member of the GTOs. lung cancer.
■Paul Prudhomme, 75, American chef, cookbook writer and restaurateur, recipient of the Order of Agricultural Merit (1980).
■9: Bruce Nazarian, 66, musician (Brownsville Station) and producer.
■Smokin’ Joe Kubek, 58, blues guitarist. Heart attack.
■Jackie Collins, 77. Author of many pop novels about Hollywood, movie and rock stars and romance (and sister of actress Joan Collins). Breast cancer.
■Cory Wells, 74. Vocalist and funding member of Three Dog Night, sang lead on “Mama Told Me (Not to Come).”
■Marty Ingels, 79, American actor (“I’m Dicken s, He’s Fenster,” “Pac-Man”), husband of Shirley Jones. Stroke.
■Maureen O’Hara, 95, Irish-American actress (“How Green Was My Valley,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Quiet Man”).
■Al Molinaro, 96. Lovable character actor with the hangdog face who was known to millions of TV viewers for playing Murray the cop on “The Odd Couple” and malt shop owner Al Delvecchio on “Happy Days.”
■Fred Thompson, 73. Actor (“Law and Order”) and former senator from Tennessee.
■Melissa Mathison, 65. Movie writer, (“E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, “The Black Stallion”), and ex-wife of Harrison Ford. Neuroendocrine cancer.
■Carol Doda, 78. Legendary San Francisco stripper. Kidney disease.
■Helmut Schmidt, 96. Former Chancellor of Germany (1974-’82).
■Allen Toussaint, 77. New Orleans songwriter/producer/pianist, wrote “Lady Marmalade,” “Southern Nights,” “Workin’ in a Coal Mine,” among many others. Heart attack.
■Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, 61. Drummer with Motorhead.
■P.F. Sloan, singer/songwriter. He wrote ’60s classics “Eve of Destruction” and “Secret Agent Man.” Pancreatic cancer.
■David Canary, 77. American actor; he was a regular on “Bonanza.”
■Adele Morales Mailer, 90. The former wife of the late Norman Mailer, she was stabbed by Mailer after a party at their Manhattan apartment. Pneumonia.
■Marjorie Lord, 97. Actress, performed in 1940s films, and played Danny Thomas’ wife starting in 1953 in “Make Room For Daddy,” known later as “The Danny Thomas Show.”
■Scott Weiland, 48. Singer/frontman in Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Died in his sleep while on a tour stop in Minneapolis.
■Robert Loggia, 85. American actor who danced on the giant piano keys in “Big” with Tom Hanks. Alzheimer’s disease.
■William McIlvanney, 79. Scottish author, known for “tartan noir” books such as “Laidlaw.”
■Holly Woodlawn, 69, transgender actress, appeared in Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey films of the 1970s including “Trash” and “Women in Revolt.” Cancer.
■John Trudell, 69. Poet and actor. Spokesman for American Indian protesters during the 1969 Alcatraz Island occupation, and head of the American Indian Movement. Cancer.
■Douglas Tompkins, 72. Co-founder of The North Face and Esprit. Hypothermia.
■Lillian Vernon, 88. Launched one of the country’s most successful mail order catalogs.