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TV and Movie Stars Who Died in 2013

by Legacy Staff

As 2013 comes to a close, we look back at some of the people we lost from film and television. Take a moment with us to remember their lives and legacies.

As 2013 comes to a close, we look back at some of the people we lost from film and television. Through their work on big screen and small, these talented men and women entertained, delighted and brought us closer together. Their lives touched ours, and with their deaths, our shared world becomes a little less magical. Take a moment with us to remember the movie and TV stars who died in 2013.


Tony Lip (July 30, 1930 – January 4, 2013), a veteran actor known for playing mob roles on The Sopranos television show and in many major feature films, died at 82. While best known for playing mob kingpin Carmine Lupertazzi in The Sopranos on HBO, Lip has also had roles in movies including The Godfather‘Goodfellas and Donnie BrascoRead more



Huell Howser (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Huell Howser (October 18, 1945 – January 6, 2013), the homespun host of public television’s popular California’s Gold travelogues, died at age 67. Read more




Conrad Bain (AP Photo, file)Conrad Bain (February 4, 1923 – January 14, 2013), a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, has died. Read more





Dale Robertson (July 14, 1923 – February 27, 2013), an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre’s heyday, died at 89. In the 1950s, he moved into television, starring in series such as Tales of Wells Fargo (1957-62), Iron Horse (1966) and Death Valley Days (1968-70). Read more





Bonnie Franklin (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Bonnie Franklin (January 6, 1944 – March 1, 2013), the pert, redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom One Day at a Time, died due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69. Read more




Richard Griffiths (Associated Press/Richard Drew)Richard Griffiths (July 31, 1947 – March 28, 2013), the versatile British actor who played the boy wizard’s unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter movies, died at age 65. Griffiths appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but will be most widely remembered as a pair of contrasting uncles — the hero’s grudging Muggle guardian in the Harry Potter series, and flamboyant Uncle Monty in 1980s cult classic Withnail and IRead more





Shain Gandee (Associated Press Photo)Shain Gandee (November 1, 1991 – April 1, 2013), popular cast member of the MTV reality show BUCKWILD, was found dead along with two others inside a sport utility vehicle in West Virginia. Read more




Jane Henson (Associate Press/ The Jim Henson Company, Del Ankers)Jane Henson (June 16, 1934 – April 2, 2013), died at 78 following a battle with cancer. She and Jim Henson met in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets Read more




Annette Funicello (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)Annette Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013), the most popular Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club, who matured to a successful career in records and ’60s beach party movies but struggled with illness in middle age and after, died  at age 70. Read more




Jonathan Winters (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Jonathan Winters (November 11, 1925 – April 11, 2013), the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, died at age 87. Read more




Allan Arbus (Associated Press)Allan Arbus (February 15, 1918 – April 19, 2013), who played the wise — and wisecracking — psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on TV’s M.A.S.H., died at age 95. Read more




Deanna Durbin (Associated Press)Deanna Durbin (December 4, 1921 – April 20, 2013), a star whose songs and smile made her one of the biggest box office draws of Hollywood’s Golden Age with fans that included Winston Churchill, died at age 91. Read more





Ray Harryhausen (AP Photo / Mike Appleton)Ray Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013), a special effects master whose sword-fighting skeletons, six-tentacled octopus, and other fantastical creations were adored by film lovers and admired by industry heavyweights, died at 92. Read more




Jeanne Cooper  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)Jeanne Cooper (October 25, 1928 – May 8, 2013), the enduring soap opera star who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on The Young and the Restless, died at age 84. Read more




Jean Stapleton (Associated Press/Jeff Taylor)Jean Stapleton (January 19, 1923 – May 31, 2013), the stage-trained character actress who played Archie Bunker’s far better half, the sweetly naive Edith, in TV’s groundbreaking 1970s comedy All in the Family, has died. She was 90. Read more





Esther Williams (AP Photo)Esther Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013), the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, died at 91. Following in the footsteps of Sonja Henie, who went from skating champion to movie star, Williams became one of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers, appearing in spectacular swimsuit numbers that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure. Read more



James Gandolfini (September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013), whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO’s The Sopranos  was the brilliant core of one of TV’s greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died while on holiday in Italy. He was 51. Read more




Cory Monteith (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Cory Monteith (May 11, 1982 – July 1, 2013), the handsome young actor who shot to fame in the hit TV series Glee but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, was found dead in a hotel room at age 31. Read more




Joe Conley  (Photo by Will Mcintyre//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)Joe Conley (March 3, 1928 – July 7, 2013), an actor best known as the small town storekeeper on the TV series The Waltons, has died at age 85. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Conley had bit parts on 1960s series like Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies before he landed the role on CBS’s The Waltons in 1972 that would last nearly a decade. Read more




Mel Smith (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)Mel Smith (December 3, 1952 – July 19, 2013), actor and writer who was a major force in British comedy and whose evening news parody anticipated the hijinks of hits such as The Daily Show, died of a heart attack at age 60. Read more




Dennis Farina (February 29, 1944 – July 22, 2013), a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on Law & Order, has died after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69. For three decades, Farina was a character actor who displayed remarkable dexterity, charm and, when called for, toughness, making effective use of his craggy face, steel-gray hair, ivory smile and ample mustache. Read more



Eileen Brennan (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)Eileen Brennan (September 3, 1932 – July 28, 2013), actor who went from musical comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorable characters in such films as Private Benjamin and Clue, died at 80. Read more




Michael Ansara (Associated Press)Michael Ansara (April 15, 1922 – July 31, 2013), a television and movie actor whose roles included a Klingon on Star Trek, died at 91. Besides Star Trek role, Ansara appeared on dozens of TV shows, including Broken Arrow‘Law of the Plainsman‘I Dream of Jeannie‘Hawaii 5-0 and Murder, She WroteRead more





Karen Black (Associated Press/Marty Lederhandler)Karen Black (July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013), the prolific actress who appeared in more than 100 movies and was featured in such counterculture favorites as Easy Rider‘Five Easy Pieces and Nashville, died in Los Angeles this August.  Read more




Lisa Robin Kelly (March 5, 1970 – August 14, 2013), actress who portrayed Laurie Forman on That ’70s Show, died at age 43 after a struggle with addiction. Read more




August Schellenberg(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)August Schellenberg (July 25, 1936 – August 15, 2013), Canadian actor who starred in the Free Willy films, died at his Dallas home after a fight with lung cancer. He was 77. Read more




Lee Thompson Young (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)Lee Thompson Young (February 1, 1984 – August 19, 2013), who began his acting career as the star of the Disney Channel’s The Famous Jett Jackson and was featured in the film Friday Night Lights and the series Rizzoli & Isles, died at age 29. Read more




Julie Harris (Associated Press)Julie Harris (January 15, 1931 – August 24, 2013), one of Broadway’s most honored performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, died at 87. Read more





Patricia Blair (January 15, 1931 – September 13, 2013), an actress who played leading roles in 1960s television westerns like Daniel Boone and The Rifleman, died at her home in North Wildwood, New Jersey. She was 80. Her first movie was Jump Into Hell (1955), about the battle of Dien Bien Phu in French Indochina. She appeared in the horror film The Black Sleep (1956), which starred Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr., and the 1959 film City of Fear before turning to television. Her last role was in the 1979 Robert Redford-Jane Fonda movie The Electric HorsemanRead more




Ed Lauter (AP Photo)Ed Lauter (October 30, 1938 – October 16, 2013), veteran character whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died at age 74. Read more




Hal Needham (March 6, 1931 – October 25, 2013), a top Hollywood stuntman who turned to directing rousing action films including Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run, died at 82. Read more




Marcia Wallace (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)Marcia Wallace (November 1, 1942 – October 25, 2013), actor who was the voice of scoffing schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons and played wisecracking receptionist Carol on The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s, died at age 70. Read more





Paul Walker (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013), the star of the Fast & Furious movie series, died at 40 in a tragic car crash. Read more





Eleanor Parker  (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)Eleanor Parker (June 26, 1922 – December 9, 2013), who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in The Sound of Music, died at 91. Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965’s The Sound of Music, in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews. Read more



Tom Laughlin (Associated Press)Tom Laughlin (August 10, 1931 – December 12, 2013), actor-writer-director Tom Laughlin, whose production and marketing of Billy Jack set a standard for breaking the rules on and off screen, has died. Billy Jack was released in 1971 after a long struggle by Laughlin to gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for guerrilla filmmaking. Read more




Audrey Totter (Getty Images / Film Favorites / MGM)Audrey Totter (December 20, 1917 – December 12, 2013), the radio actress who became a silver screen star by playing femme fatales in 1940s film noir including Lady in the Lake, died at 95 following a stroke. After landing a small part in The Postman Always Rings Twice, the MGM contract actress went on to a series of roles as tough-talking blondes. Read more



Peter O'Toole c. 1965 (Getty Images / Silver Screen Collection)Peter O’Toole (August 2, 1932 – December 14, 2013), the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, died at the age of 81. Read more




Joan Fontaine (Associated Press)Joan Fontaine (October 22, 1917 – December 15, 2013), Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, who found stardom playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion and Rebecca and also was featured in films by Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray, died  at age 96. Read more




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