Timeline of celebrity deaths.
Created by aneelley on Aug 12, 2008
Last updated: 04/01/11 at 12:10 PM
March 27, 2011: Farley Granger, 85, US actor best known for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train. He also appeared on Broadway in productions including The Crucible and The King and I.
March 22, 2011: Helen Stenborg, 86, American stage and screen actress.
March 8, 2011: Michael Starr, 44, US musician who was the orignal bass player with rock group Alice in Chains. In 2010, he appeared in the reality TV series Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew.
March 4, 2011: Charles Jarrott, 83, British film and television director of Anne of a Thousand Days fame.
February 28, 2011: Annie Girardot, 79, French actress whose films included Treize à table, Rocco e i suoi fratelli, Docteur Françoise Gailland and The Piano Teacher.
February 28, 2011: Jane Russell, 89, US actress best known for her role alongside Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She also famously had a bra designed for her by reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. In later life, she became an evangelical Christian.
February 21, 2011: Dwayne McDuffie, 49, US comic book writer and animator, of complications after heart surgery. He worked for DC and Marvel and created his own company, Milestone Media.
Links: LA Times
February 16, 2011: Len Lesser, 88, US character actor who played Uncle Leo in Seinfeld. He also had roles in the films Kelly's Hero and The OUtlaw Josey Wales, and appeared on sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.
Linkss: LA Times
September 7, 2010: Clive Donner, 84, British director best known for the 1960s films Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush and What's New Pussycat and for TV adaptations of Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.
September 5, 2010: David Dortort, 93, US television writer executive who created the long-running western series Bonanza and The High Chaparral
Link: TV Guide
August 23, 2010: George David Weiss, 89, US songwriter whose hits included What a Wonderful World, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Can't Help Falling In Love.
August 20, 2010: Charles Haddon, 22, singer with British band Ou Est Le Swim, who dived from a tower at the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium.
August 15, 2010: Robert Wilson, 53, bassist with US funk group The Gap Band. Their hits included Oops Up Side Your Head, Big Fun and Party Lights.
April 14, 2010: Peter Steele, 48, singer, songwriter and bassist for US goth metal rock band Type O Negative. Born Petrus T. Ratajczyk, he died of heart failure.
March 10, 2010: Corey Haim, 38, Canadaina born Hollywood actor, of an apparent drug overdose. Haim starred in hot teen films of the 1980s including The Lost Boys, License to Drive and Lucas, often alongside Corey Feldman with whom he starred in a 2008 reality TV series The Two Coreys.
Links: LA Times
February 28, 2010: Martin Benson, 91, British actor and producer who starred in the films Goldfinger, Exodus and Cleopatra and the television series Dangerman and Last of the Summer Wine.
Febraury 27, 2010: Wendy Toye, 92, British dancer, choreographer and filmmaker.
February 18, 2010: Lionel Jeffries, 83, British actor whose films included St Trinian's. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Nun's Story. He appeared in the TV series Woof!, Inspector Morse and Tom, Dick and Harriet, and directed films including The Railway Children, Wombling Free and The Water Babies.
Link: Herald Scotland
February 20, 2010: Alesander Haig, 85, US Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan.
February 17, 2010: Kathryn Grayson, 88, Hollywood actress known for her beauty and singing voice. She starred in box-offices hits including Show Boat, Anchors Aweigh and Kiss Me Kate.
Link: Washington Post.
February 5, 2008: Ian Carmichael, 89, British actor who starred in the films School for Scoundrels and I'm Alright Jack and on television as the eponymous hero in Lord Peter Wimsey and Bertie Wooster in The World of Wooster.
January 27, 2010: Zelda Rubinstein, 75, US actress best known for playing the psychic in the 1982 film Poltergeist and its two sequels.
January 22, 2010: James Mitchell, 89, American stage and screen actor who was a long-time star of TV soap opera All My Children.
January 19, 2010: Kate McGarrigle , 63, Canadian folk singer who sang in a popular 1970s duo with her sister Anna, and was the mother of singer-songwriters Rufus and Martha Wainwright.
January 19, 2010: Jennifer Lyon, 37, American reality TV contestant, of breast cancer. She came fourth in the Survivor: Palau program.
January 17, 2010: Erich Segal, 72, US Classics professor who became the author of the novel Love Story and the writer of the screenplay for The Beatles' film Yellow Submarine.
January 14, 2009: Bobby Charles, 79, US "swamp pop" songwriter, born Robert Charles Guidry, who penned hits for Fats Domino and Bill Haley and His Comets. His chart-toppers included See You Later Aligator and Walking to New Orleans.
January 13, 2010: Jay Reatard, 29, US garage-punk musician, born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, who recorded as a solo artist and with the bands The Reatards and Lost Sounds.
January 10, 2010: Mina Bern, 98, Poland-born, New York-based Yiddish actress known for her cabaret singing and comedy performances.
Link: NY Times
January 8, 2010: Monica Maughan, Australian stage and screen actress best known for her roles in a 1980s touring production of The Importance of Being Earnest and in the TV shows Prisoner and The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh.
January 1, 2010: Jean Carroll, 98, pioneering Paris-born American comedian. Born Celine Zeigman, she began her career in vaudeville and became known as "the female Bob Hope".
December 26, 2009: Yves Rocher, 79, French cosmetics tycoon described by French President Nicolas Sarkozy as "a great French industrialist, inventor of plant-based cosmetics and pioneer of mail order retail".
December 24, 2009: George Michael, 70, popular US television sportscaster with Washington DC station WRC TV whose show The George Michael Sports Machine was syndicated across the US for 27 years.
December 17, 2009: Alaina Reed-Amini, 63, US stage and screen actress who starred in the TV comedy 227 and as Olivia Robinson in Sesame Street. She had breast cancer.
November 15, 2009: Edward Woodward, 79, British stage and screen actor who starred in the TV series Callan and the films The Wicker Man and Breaker Morant.
October 30, 2009: Michelle Triola Marvin, 76, former lover of US actor Lee Marvin who lodged a pioneering "palimony" case. For the past 30 years, she had been the partner of actor Dick Van Dyke.
October 22, 2009: Don Lane, 75, American entertainer, born Morton Donald Isaacson, who became a top-rating and highest-paid television host in Australia in the 1970s and early 180s. He later went on to be a commentator for American sports. In recent years, he has been under care for dementia.
October 19, 2009: Vic Mizzy, 93, US songwriter who composed the theme tunes to the television shows Green Acres and The Addams Family. He joked that he bought his Bel Air mansion with a couple of snaps of his fingers.
October 18, 2009: Ludovic Kennedy, 89, Edinburgh-born British broadcaster, author and journalist. His book Ten Rillington Place led to a posthumous pardon for Timothy Evans, who was executedf for killing his baby daughter, and he later became a respected television reporter and newsreader.
October 14, 2009: "Captain" Lou Albano, 76, US professional wrestler who came to global prominence in the video for Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want to Have Fun. He also appeared in Miami Vice and Body Slam, and ran a charity to help retired wrestlers.
Links: USA Today
October 12, 2009: Richard Alan "Dickie" Peterson, 61, US musician whose 1960s cband Blue Cheer is credited with inventing heavy metal music.
September 10, 2009: Stephen Gately, 33, Irish singer with Boyzone, found dead in Majorca. He had hit singles with the band as a solo artist, also starred on stage in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and in the horror film Credo. The gay singer married Andrew Cowles in a civil union in early 2006.
Links: Sky News
October 4, 2009: Mike Ahern, 67, British radio presenter who worked for Radio Caroline and the BBC in the UK, and in Brisbane, Australia, on Radio 4BC.
Links: Radio Today; 4BC
September 15, 2009: Patrick Swayze, 57, US actor best known for the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost, and the recent TV series The Beast, of cancer.
Links: TMZ, BBC
September 11, 2009: Larry Gelbart, 81, US writer and producer best known for helping create the record-breaking M*A*S*H television series. He also wrote for radio and the stage, including the hit A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He also worked on the films Tootsie, Oh God and And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself.
September 11, 2009: Jim Carroll, 60, US punk rocker, poet and writer, of a heart attack. He was best known for his 1980 album Catholic Boy and his book The Basketball Diaries, which was made into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
September 8, 2009: Ray Barrett, 82, Australian actor who starred on stage in screen at home and in Britain. He starred in the films The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Don's Party, Australia and Brilliant Lies, in the UK TV series The Troubleshooter and the Australian series Something in the Air.
Links: Brisbane Times
September 4, 2009: Keith Waterhouse, 80, British novelist, playwright and journalist who worked as a columnist for the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail. His novel Billy Liar and play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell were known around the world. He also founded the Association for the Abolition of the Aberrant Apostrophe.
August 31: Marie Knight, 84, US gospel singer whose hits with Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the 1940s and 50s included Didn't It Rain, Beams Of Heaven and Up Above My Head.
August 15: Jim Dickinson, 67, US musician who played with some of the rock'n'roll greats.