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2008 Tributes

A list of entertainers who passed this year

Eddy Arnold, 89, country singer, 5/8

Mr. Blackwell (né Richard Selzer), 86, fashion critic, 10/19

Irving Brecher, 94, screenwriter (Bye Bye Birdie), 11/17

Bernie Brillstein, 77, producer (Ghostbusters), 8/7

William F. Buckley Jr., 82, TV host/author, 2/27

Ben Chapman, 79, actor (Creature From the Black Lagoon), 2/21

Arthur C. Clarke, 90, sci-fi novelist, 3/19

Alexander Courage, 88, composer of Star Trek theme, 5/15

Fred Crane, 90, actor (Brent Tarleton in Gone With the Wind), 8/21

John Daly, 71, producer (Platoon, The Terminator, 10/31

Jules Dassin, 96, director (Rififi), 3/31

Don S. Davis, 65, actor (Stargate: SG-1), 6/29

Ivan Dixon, 76, actor (Sgt. Kinchloe in Hogan’s Heroes), 3/16

Danny Federici, 58, E Street Band keyboardist, 4/17

Mel Ferrer, 90, actor-director (Lili), 6/2

George Furth, 75, playwright-actor (Blazing Saddles), 8/11

Steve Gerber, 60, creator of Howard the Duck, 2/10

William Gibson, 94, playwright (The Miracle Worker), 11/25

David Groh, 68, actor (Rhoda), 2/12

Gary Gygax, 69, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, 3/4

Earle Hagen, 88, wrote themes for Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke shows, 5/26

Larry Haines, 89, actor (Search for Tomorrow), 7/17

Larry Harmon, 83, popularized Bozo the Clown, 7/3

John Michael Hayes, 89, screenwriter (Rear Window), 11/19

Jeff Healey, 41, guitarist, 3/2

Charles H. Joffe, 78, Oscar-winning producer (Annie Hall), 7/9

Van Johnson, 92, actor (Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo), 12/12

Ollie Johnston, 95, animator (Snow White, (Pinocchio), 4/14

Stanley Kamel, 65, actor (Dr. Charles Kroger on (Monk), 4/8

Evelyn Keyes, 91, actress (Suellen in (Gone With the Wind), 7/4

Don LaFontaine, 68, voice-over artist, 9/1

John Leonard, 69, culture critic, 11/5

Miriam Makeba, 76, South African singer, 11/10

Abby Mann, 80, scripted (Judgment at Nuremberg, 3/25

Dick Martin, 86, comic ((Laugh-In), 5/24

Gregory Mcdonald, 71, author ((Fletch), 9/7

Bill Melendez, 91, animator of (Peanuts TV specials, 9/2

Allan Melvin, 84, actor (Barney in (All in the Family), 1/17

Buddy Miles, 60, Jimi Hendrix’s drummer who sang in ”California Raisins” ads, 2/26

Mitch Mitchell, 62, Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer, 11/12

LeRoi Moore, 46, Dave Matthews Band saxophonist, 8/19

Barry Morse, 89, actor (Lieut. Gerard in TV’s The Fugitive), 2/2

Odetta, 77, folksinger, 12/2

Bettie Page, 85, pinup legend, 12/11

Kate Phillips, 94, actress-screenwriter (The Blob), 4/18

Robert Prosky, 77, actor (Hill Street Blues), 12/8

Jerry Reed, 71, singer-actor (Smokey and the Bandit), 9/1

Yves Saint Laurent, 71, fashion designer, 6/1

Paul Scofield, 86, Oscar winner for A Man for All Seasons, 3/19

Tony Snow, 53, Fox News host/White House official, 7/12

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 89, novelist, 8/3

Jo Stafford, 90, big-band singer, 7/16

Levi Stubbs, 72, Four Tops lead singer, 10/17

Studs Terkel, 96, radio host/author, 10/31

Jerry Wexler, 91, music producer, 8/15

William Wharton, 82, author (Birdy), 10/29

Norman Whitfield, 68, Motown producer and songwriter, 9/16

Richard Widmark, 93, actor (Kiss of Death), 3/24

Stan Winston, 62, Oscar-winning F/X and makeup artist, 6/15

Richard Wright, 65, Pink Floyd keyboardist, 9/15