Though these famous figures have died, their legacies live on and continue to inspire and delight us. Join us as we remember celebrities who died in 2019.
Junior Johnson (1931–2019)
NASCAR legend who won 50 races.
Danny Aiello (1933–2019)
Prolific character actor best known for his role as pizzeria owner Sal Frangione in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.”
Philip McKeon (1964–2019)
Starred as Tommy on the classic hit sitcom “Alice.”
Marie Fredriksson (1958–2019)
Lead singer and keyboardist for Roxette, the Swedish pop duo that had 1980s and ‘90s hits including “The Look” and “It Must Have Been Love.”
Ron Leibman (1937–2019)
Longtime actor known for his acclaimed performances in the play “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and the movie “Norma Rae.”
Juice WRLD (1998–2019)
Chicago rapper best known for the hit song “All Girls Are the Same.”
Rene Auberjonois (1940–2019)
Actor who costarred in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” as Odo and in the popular ‘80s sitcom “Benson” as Clayton.
Caroll Spinney (1933–2019)
Performer who played the beloved Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the children’s public television show “Sesame Street” for half a century since its debut in 1969.
Celebrities who died in November 2019, including Oscar-nominated “Bonnie and Clyde” actor Michael J. Pollard, record-breaking Michigan State football receiver Charles Rogers, and Goo Hara, member of K-pop girl group Kara.
Shelley Morrison (1936–2019)
Best known for her role as the wisecracking maid on the hit sitcom “Will & Grace.”
Michael J. Pollard (1939–2019)
Popular character actor who starred in “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Roxanne.”
Virginia Leith (1925–2019)
Actress known for the cult movie “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” and the film noir “A Kiss Before Dying.”
Charles Rogers (1981–2019)
Superstar wide receiver for the Michigan State Spartans who played for the Detroit Lions.
Celebrities who died in October 2019 include pioneering TV and Broadway actress Diahann Carroll, original Disney Mouseketeer Karen Pendleton, and confetti-tossing comedian Rip Taylor.
Ernest Gaines (1933–2019)
Celebrated Louisiana author who wrote the acclaimed novels “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “A Lesson Before Dying.”
John Witherspoon (1942–2019)
Actor and comedian who was known for his role as Ice Cube’s grouchy father in the series of “Friday” movies.
Robert Evans (1930–2019)
This famously colorful Hollywood producer was behind the movies “Chinatown” and “Urban Cowboy.”
John Conyers (1929–2019)
Conyers was the longest-serving African American member of Congress in U.S. history.
Willie Brown (1940–2019)
Oakland Raiders legend, a top cornerback who had a key interception helping the team win their first Super Bowl.
Elijah Cummings (1951–2019)
Cummings was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a Democrat representing Maryland’s 7th congressional district.
Robert Forster (1941–2019)
Best known for his performances in movies including “Jackie Brown” and “Mulholland Drive” as well as TV shows “Breaking Bad” and “Twin Peaks.”
Karen Pendleton (1946–2019)
Pendelton was one of the original Disney Mouseketeers.
Ginger Baker (1939–2019)
The legendary drummer for the rock power trio Cream.
Rip Taylor (1935–2019)
Outrageous comedian was a hilarious regular on TV game shows and talk shows.
Diahann Carroll (1935–2019)
The groundbreaking actress and singer whose 1968 TV show “Julia” was the first to portray a black woman with a professional career.
Celebrities who died in September 2019, including rock singer Eddie Money, the Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, Grammy-winning songwriter LaShawn Daniels, and ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts.
Kim Shattuck (1963–2019)
The lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the LA based power pop punk band, the Muffs.
Beverly “Guitar” Watkins (1939–2019)
An unsung legendary blues guitarist known for playing like Jimi Hendrix.
Jessye Norman (1945–2019)
A pioneering operatic soprano known for her matchless voice and for her signature roles including Strauss’ Ariadne.
Robert Hunter (1941–2019)
Grateful Dead lyricist who contributed lyrics to many of the band’s classic songs including “Dark Star.”
Suzanne Whang (1962–2019)
The host of HGTV’s “House Hunters” from 1999 until 2007.
Sid Haig (1939–2019)
Haig was a horror movie icon, starring in films including Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects.”
Aron Eisenberg (1969–2019)
Starred as Nog on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
Carl Ruiz (1975–2019)
Celebrity chef known for his appearances on many Food Network shows including “Guy’s Grocery Games.”
Cokie Roberts (1943–2019)
A legendary pioneering TV news journalist known for her work on ABC and NPR.
Eddie Money (1949–2019)
Known for hit songs, “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Shakin’.”
Ric Ocasek (1944–2019)
The frontman and principal songwriter for the influential rock band the Cars.
T. Boone Pickens (1928–2019)
This legendary, colorful oil tycoon was a generous philanthropist.
Carol Lynley (1942–2019)
Actress who starred in films including “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Blue Denim,” and “Bunny Lake Is Missing.”
LaShawn Daniels (1977–2019)
A prolific songwriter wrote hits for Destiny’s Child, Tamar Braxton, Brandy and Monica.
We look back on some of the celebrities who died in August 2019, including Valerie Harper, star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda;” 1960s counterculture icon and star of “Easy Rider,” Peter Fonda; and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.
Valerie Harper (1939–2019)
The Emmy-winning actress who starred in TV’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda.”
Jessi Combs (1983–2019)
Racer and TV host was known as the “fastest woman on four wheels.”
Peter Fonda (1940–2019)
Hollywood legend who became the face of the counterculture in “Easy Rider.”
Cliff Branch (1948–2019)
Legendary Raiders receiver who was known for his speed, helping the Raiders win three Super Bowls.
Harley Race (1943–2019)
This wrestling legend was known as “handsome” and “The King.” He was an 8 time NWA champ and had rivalries with Ric Flair and the Junkyard Dog.
We look back on some of the lives of celebrities who died in July 2019, including billionaire and independent presidential candidate Ross Perot; Cameron Boyce, star of Disney’s Descendants; and “Blade Runner” star Rutger Hauer.
Hal Prince (1928–2019)
A giant of Broadway, winning 21 Tony Awards as producer and director of “Phantom of the Opera,” “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and more classics.
Nick Buoniconti (1940–2019)
A Hall of Fame linebacker for the Miami Dolphins who won 2 Super Bowls and later became a leading advocate for football safety.
Grant Thompson (1980–2019)
YouTube star known as the King of Random, whose science experiment videos attracted millions of viewers.
Russi Taylor (1944–2019)
The voice of Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years, along with characters on “The Simpsons.”
Rutger Hauer (1944–2019)
Dutch actor had a memorable role in the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.”
David Hedison (1927–2019)
Starred as Captain Lee Crane in “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and CIA agent Felix Leiter in two James Bond films.
Pernell Whitaker (1964–2019)
Boxing legend was world champion in four different weight divisions.
Jim Bouton (1939–2019)
A Yankee Pitcher who wrote the best-selling baseball tell-all book “Ball Four.”
Rip Torn (1931–2019)
Character actor was known for his roles in “Larry Sanders” and “Men in Black.”
Ross Perot (1930–2019)
Texas billionaire who ran for President as an independent candidate twice in the 1990s.
Joao Gilberto (1931–2019)
A Brazilian guitarist who was the “Father of Bossa Nova.”
Arte Johnson (1929–2019)
A comedy star on the hip TV series “Laugh-In,” he was known for his outrageous characters.
Cameron Boyce (1999–2019)
Starred on the Disney Channel series “Jessie” and the network’s movie franchise “Descendants.”
Beth Chapman (1967–2019)
Starred on the popular reality TV series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” with her husband Duane.
Celebrities who died in June 2019, including fashion designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, star of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Beth Chapman, and New Orleans musical icon Dr. John.
Judith Krantz (1928–2019)
Romance novelist whose books were extremely popular with many of them being turned into TV miniseries including “Scruples.”
Gloria Vanderbilt (1924–2019)
Socialite turned designer, artist, and author as well as the mother of CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Sylvia Miles (1924–2019)
Eccentric actress had a memorable role in the movie “Midnight Cowboy.”
Bushwick Bill (1966–2019)
Rapper with the legendary Geto Boys.
Dr. John (1941–2019)
A New Orleans music legend known for the song, “Right Place, Wrong Time.”
Leah Chase (1923–2019)
The “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” was the owner of the landmark New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase which hosted Presidents and civil rights leaders.
Celebrities who died in May 2019, including beloved actress and singer Doris Day, “The Carol Burnett Show” star Tim Conway, and legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr.
Roky Erickson (1947–2019)
The pioneering psychedelic rocker who was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators.
Leon Redbone (1949–2019)
A popular singer-guitarist known for his take on Tin Pan Alley songs.
Bart Starr (1934–2019)
The legendary quarterback led the Packers dynasty to victory in the first two Super Bowls.
Bill Buckner (1949–2019)
Buckner had an outstanding career but may be remembered by many for an infamous World Series error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
Niki Lauda (1949–2019)
A formula one driving legend, winning the championship three times. He came back to win it twice after suffering a serious crash at the German Grand Prix in 1976. His story was brought to life in the Ron Howard movie “Rush.”
Herman Wouk (1915–2019)
Wouk wrote the novels “The Caine Mutiny” and “The Winds of War.”
I.M. Pei (1917–2019)
Pei designed many iconic buildings including the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris.
Tim Conway (1933–2019)
Conway cracked us up on the sitcom “McHale’s Navy” and as a performer on the legendary “The Carol Burnett Show.”
Peggy Lipton (1946–2019)
Lipton became a star on TV’s “The Mod Squad,” and later starred on “Twin Peaks.”
Doris Day (1922–2019)
“America’s Sweetheart,” one of the most popular singers and actresses of the last century.
Jim Fowler (1932–2019)
Longtime host of the popular wildlife TV series, “Wild Kingdom.”
Norma Miller (1919–2019)
The “Queen of Swing,” one of the famous Lindy Hoppers who made swing dancing and the Lindy Hop famous in the 1930s and 40s.
Peter Mayhew (1944–2019)
Mayhew played the beloved Wookiee, “Chewbacca,” in the “Star Wars” movie franchise through 2015’s “The Force Awakens.”
Gino Marchetti (1927–2019)
Marchetti was a Baltimore Colts legend was one of the greatest pass rushers in the history of the NFL.
Celebrities who died in April 2019, including “Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton, country music legend Earl Thomas Conley, and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” actress Georgia Engel.
John Singleton (1968–2019)
Singleton was the groundbreaking director of the urban drama “Boyz n the Hood,” in which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
John “Hondo” Havlicek (1940–2019)
This Boston Celtics legend led the NBA team to 8 championships in 15 years. He is still the team’s all time leading scorer.
Ken Kercheval (1935–2019)
The actor was best known for playing J.R. Ewing’s rival, Cliff Barnes, on the primetime soap “Dallas.”
Jerrie Cobb (1931–2019)
Cobb was the first woman to pass NASA’s astronaut testing as one of the Mercury 13 in 1961.
Georgia Engel (1948–2019)
Engel was best-known for playing Georgette Franklin Baxter on the ground-breaking sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Earl Thomas Conley (1941–2019)
Country music legend was a longtime character actor who starred in many films of indie directors John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson including “Rushmore.”
Charles Van Doren (1926–2019)
Van Doren was the charismatic professor who became a big celebrity from being a champion on the 1950s quiz show “Twenty-One,” only to be disgraced when it was revealed he was given answers by the producers.
Seymour Cassel (1935–2019)
Cassel was a longtime character actor who starred in many films of indie directors John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson including “Rushmore.”
Joe Bellino (1938–2019)
Bellino was Navy’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1960. He later played for the Boston Patriots in the AFL.
Nipsey Hussle (1985–2019)
Nipsey Hussle was a Grammy-nominated West Coast rapper known for his mixtapes and his 2018 debut studio album, “Victory Lap.”
Celebrities who died in March 2019, including “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Riverdale” star Luke Perry, “Airwolf” star Jan-Michael Vincent, and U.S. Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin.
Tania Mallet (1941–2019)
Mallet was a successful model whose major movie role was playing Bond girl Tilly Masterson in 1964’s “Goldfinger.”
Ranking Roger (1963–2019)
Roger was a vocalist with the popular college rock bands the English Beat and General Public.
Scott Walker (1943–2019)
Walker was a pop star with The Walker Brothers in the 1960s who went on to become an influential avant-garde musician.
Dick Dale (1937–2019)
Dick Dale was the “King of the Surf Guitar.”
Jed Allan (1935–2019)
Allan was known for his roles on soap operas including “Santa Barbara” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
Kelly Catlin (1995–2019)
Catlin was a world class cyclist who won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.
Elly Mayday (1988–2019)
Mayday was a Canadian plus model that was an activist for body positivity and women’s health. She died from ovarian cancer at the age of 30.
Jan-Michael Vincent (1945–2019)
Vincent was a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1970s and 80s, starring in movies and on the TV series “Airwolf.”
King Kong Bundy (1959–2019)
Bundy was one of the WWE’s most legendary villains, battling Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 2.
Celebrities who died in February 2019, including “The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John, Peter Tork of The Monkees, and “Who’s the Boss?” and “Soap” star Katherine Helmond.
Ted Lindsay (1925–2019)
Lindsay was a Detroit Red Wings legend called “Terrible Ted” for his hard nosed play that led the team to four Stanley Cup wins.
Luke Perry (1966–2019)
Perry starred as teen heartthrob Dylan on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and as Fred Andrews on “Riverdale.”
Keith Flint (1969–2019)
Flint was the frontman for the British electronic dance band Prodigy.
Katherine Helmond (1929–2019)
Helmon starred on the TV series “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?”
Lisa Sheridan (1974–2019)
Sheridan starred on the ABC science fiction series “Invasion” and also appeared on “Halt and Catch Fire.”
Andre Previn (1929–2019)
Previn was the acclaimed master of many music genres including classical, film scores, and jazz.
Mark Hollis (1955–2019)
Hollis was the frontman for the 1980s synth-pop hit-makers Talk Talk.
Beverly Owen (1937–2019)
Owen was the original Marilyn in the classic 1960s sitcom, “The Munsters.”
Morgan Woodward (1925–2019)
The character actor played the sunglass wearing field boss in “Cool Hand Luke” and appeared on “Gunsmoke” a record 19 times.
Jackie Shane (1940–2019)
Shane was a pioneering transgender soul singer who became famous in Canada in the 1960s.
Mac Wiseman (1925–2019)
Wiseman was a bluegrass legend known as “The Voice with a Heart.”
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Clark Gable III (1988–2019)
Gable was the grandson of Hollywood legend Clark Gable and he was the host of the reality show “Cheaters.”
Stanley Donen (1924–2019)
Donen was the director and choreographer whose legendary films include “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Charade.”
Peter Tork (1942–2019)
Tork was the beloved wise cracking bass player for the Monkees.
Don Newcombe (1926–2019)
This blazing fastball pitcher was the first black pitcher to start a World Series game. He won the NL MVP in 1956.
Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019)
Lagerfeld was a fashion icon who had been creative director at Chanel since 1983. He was known for his unique look of wearing dark sunglasses and white high collared shirts.
Lee Radziwill (1933–2019)
Radziwill was the stylish younger sister of Jackie Kennedy, known for her passion and support for the arts.
Heidi Toffler (1929–2019)
Toffler was an unheralded collaborator on pioneering futurist books with her husband Alvin Toffler. Their classic 1970 book “Future Shock” predicted technology advances including the internet.
Joe Sirola (1929–2019)
Sirola was an actor known as “The King of the Voice-Overs.” His voice was heard on thousands of commercials and he played bandleader Freddy Fleet on a memorable episode of “The Andy Griffith Show.”
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Albert Finney (1936–2019)
Finney was an Oscar-nominated star of movies including “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974), “Annie” (1982), and “Erin Brockovich.”
Frank Robinson (1935–2019)
Robinson was a Hall of Fame outfielder and the first black manager in Major League Baseball.
Kristoff St. John (1966–2019)
St. John was a star of TV’s “The Young and the Restless,” portraying Neil Winters from 1991 to 2019.
James Ingram (1952–2019)
Ingram was the smooth voice behind the hit songs “Baby, Come to Me,” a duet with Patti Austin, along with “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways.”
Fatima Ali (1989–2019)
Ali was a fan favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” and the first Pakistani woman to win on the Food Network show “Chopped.”
Kaye Ballard (1925–2019)
Ballard starred on the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was also a popular Broadway and nightclub performer.
Maxine Brown Russell (1931–2019)
She was a member of the country music trio The Browns with her two siblings, Jim Ed and Bonnie.
Tony Mendez (1940–2019)
The Ex-CIA spy was behind the daring rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1980, his story inspired the movie “Argo.”
Carol Channing (1921–2019)
Channing was a Broadway legend was best known for her Tony Award-winning performance in “Hello, Dolly!”
Bernice Sandlers (1928–2019)
Sandler was the “Godmother of Title IX.” The advocate was the driving force behind the landmark civil rights act which prohibits discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding.
Herb Kelleher (1931–2019)
Kelleher was the colorful co-founder of Southwest Airlines.
Daryl Dragon (1942–2019)
Dragon was one half of the 1970s soft rock hit-making duo Captain and Tenille with his then wife Toni Tennille. The pair had a number one hit song in 1975 with “Love Will Keep Us Together.”
Bob Einstein (1942–2019)
The comic actor was known for playing the constantly failing stunt man on “Super Dave.” He was recently known for his role as Marty Funkhouser on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
“Mean” Gene Okerlund (1942–2019)
Okerlund was the face of professional wrestling as the announcer for the WWE and WCW.