2012 Celebrity Deaths

Scott McKenzie
Scott McKenzie
Scott McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim, January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012) was an American singer and songwriter. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"
James "Jim" Paratore
James "Jim" Paratore
James "Jim" Paratore (August 13, 1953 – May 29, 2012) was an American television producer whose credits included The Tyra Banks Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Paratore co-founded the TMZ web site in 2005 and its companion television show, TMZ on TV, in 2007. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Harold Lane "Hal" David
Harold Lane "Hal" David
Harold Lane "Hal" David (R) (May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012) was an American lyricist. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York City. He was best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach and his association with Dionne Warwick. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)
George Stanley McGovern
George Stanley McGovern
George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian, author and U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
Dorthea "Doris" Singleton
Dorthea "Doris" Singleton
Dorthea "Doris" Singleton (September 28, 1919 – June 26, 2012) was an American actress, perhaps best remembered as Lucy Ricardo's nemesis or frenemy, the snobbish Carolyn Appleby, in I Love Lucy. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Jonathan "Johnny" Kendrick Lewis
Jonathan "Johnny" Kendrick Lewis
Jonathan "Johnny" Kendrick Lewis (October 29, 1983 – September 26, 2012), also credited as Johnny K. Lewis, was an American actor, best known for playing Kip "Half-Sack" Epps in the first two seasons of the FX series Sons of Anarchy. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)
Therese Ann Rutherford
Therese Ann Rutherford
Therese Ann Rutherford (November 2, 1917 – June 11, 2012),known as Ann Rutherford, was a Canadian-American actress in film, radio, and television. She had a long career starring and co-starring in films, playing Polly Benedict during the 1930s and 1940s in the Andy Hardy series, and as Scarlett O'Hara's sister in the film Gone With the Wind (1939). (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Charles "Chuck" Louis Brown
Charles "Chuck" Louis Brown
Charles "Chuck" Louis Brown (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012) was an American guitarist and singer who is affectionately called "the Godfather of Go-go". (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Stephen Douglas "Steve" Sabol
Stephen Douglas "Steve" Sabol
Stephen Douglas "Steve" Sabol (October 2, 1942 – September 18, 2012) was an American filmmaker. He was the president and one of the founders of NFL Films, along with his father Ed.(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, winning an Oscar in 1955 for Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962–1966 series McHale's Navy .(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Arlen J. Specter
Arlen J. Specter
Arlen J. Specter (February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter was a Democrat from 1951 to 1965, then a Republican from 1965 until 2009, when he switched back to the Democratic Party. First elected in 1980, he represented his state for 30 years in the Senate. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012) was an American actress and comedienne. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired and eccentrically dressed housewife who made self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named "Fang", while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Anthony David "Tony" Scott
Anthony David "Tony" Scott
Anthony David "Tony" Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012) was a British film director and producer from England. He was the younger brother of film director Ridley Scott. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for AFI)
Alan Goodwin "Dex" Poindexter
Alan Goodwin "Dex" Poindexter
Alan Goodwin "Dex" Poindexter (November 5, 1961 – July 1, 2012) was an American naval officer and a NASA astronaut. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)
Jerry L. Nelson
Jerry L. Nelson
Jerry L. Nelson (July 10, 1934 – August 23, 2012) was an American puppeteer, best known for his work with The Muppets. Renowned for his wide range of characters and singing abilities, he performed Muppet characters on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and various Muppet movies and specials. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for AFTRA)
Maria Hawkins Cole
Maria Hawkins Cole
Maria Hawkins Cole (August 1, 1922 – July 10, 2012) was the widow of singer Nat King Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole. (Photo credit: ERIC SCHWAB/AFP/Getty Images)
LeRoy Neiman
LeRoy Neiman
LeRoy Neiman (June 8, 1921 – June 20, 2012) was an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians, and sporting events.(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USOC)
Doc Watson
Doc Watson
Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) was an American guitarist, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms.(Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Earl Scruggs
Earl Scruggs
Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style (now called "Scruggs style") that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. (Photo by Paul Butterfield/Getty Images)
Ron Paolillo
Ron Paolillo
Ronald Gabriel "Ron" Paolillo (April 2, 1949 – August 14, 2012) was an American television and film actor. He was best known as Arnold Horshack on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-79) (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for TV Land)
Sage Stallone
Sage Stallone
Sage Moonblood Stallone (May 5, 1976 – July 2012) was an American actor, film director, film producer, and screenwriter. Sage Stallone was the elder son of Sasha Czack and Sylvester Stallone. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Tony Martin
Tony Martin
Tony Martin (born Alvin Morris; December 25, 1913 – July 27, 2012) was an American actor and singer who was married to performer Cyd Charisse for 60 years. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/GettyImages).
John Ingle
John Ingle
John Ingle (May 7, 1928 – September 16, 2012) was an American actor best known for his role as scheming patriarch Edward Quartermaine in the ABC soap opera General Hospital. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Helen Gurley Brown
Helen Gurley Brown
Helen Gurley Brown (February 18, 1922 – August 13, 2012) was an American author, publisher, and businesswoman. She was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Elliott Cook Carter, Jr.
Elliott Cook Carter, Jr.
Elliott Cook Carter, Jr. (December 11, 1908 – November 5, 2012) was an American composer who was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize. (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Ellen Muriel Deason
Ellen Muriel Deason
Ellen Muriel Deason (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), known professionally as Kitty Wells, was an American country music singer. Her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
Chad Everett
Chad Everett
Raymon Lee Cramton (June 11, 1936 – July 24, 2012), known professionally as Chad Everett, was an American actor who appeared in more than 40 films and television series but probably was best known for his role as Dr. Joe Gannon in the television drama Medical Center which aired on CBS from 1969 to 1976. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Don Grady
Don Grady
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 2: Stanley Livingston (L), Barry Livingston (C), and Don Grady of "My Three Sons" pose backstage at the TV Land Awards 2003 at the Hollywood Palladium on March 2, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Sun Myung Moon (25 February 1920 – 3 September 2012) was a Korean religious leader best known as the founder of the Unification Church,(Photo by Alex Wong/Newsmakers)
Maurice Bernard Sendak
Maurice Bernard Sendak
Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He was best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Don Cornelius
Don Cornelius
Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 until 1993. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Dick Clark
Dick Clark
Dick Clark (born Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark, Jr.; November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio personality and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American television's longest-running variety show, American Bandstand, from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, which transmitted Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations worldwide. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Larry Hagman
Larry Hagman
Larry Martin Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012) was an American film and television actor best known for playing ruthless oil baron J. R. Ewing in the 1980s prime time television soap opera Dallas, and befuddled astronaut Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson in the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Adam Yauch AKA MCA
Adam Yauch AKA MCA
Rapper Adam Yauch, AKA MCA, of the Beastie Boys died May 4, 2012 after battling cancer. He was 47. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Rodney King
Rodney King
Rodney Glen King (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012) was an African-American construction worker who while on parole for robbery became nationally known after being beaten with excessive force by Los Angeles police officers following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991. (Photo credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)
Jenni Rivera
Jenni Rivera
Dolores Janney Rivera (July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012), better known as Jenni Rivera, was an American singer-songwriter, actress, television producer, and entrepreneur of Mexican heritage. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images)
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He was also recognized for his appearances in motion pictures such as Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, The Scorpion King and Daredevil, as well as voice acting roles in works such as Brother Bear and Kung Fu Panda. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model (Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Donna Summer
Donna Summer
Donna Summer (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012) as an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Neil Armstrong
Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Davy Jones
Davy Jones
David Thomas "Davy" Jones (30 December 1945 – 29 February 2012) was an English recording artist, actor and businessman, best known as a member of the musical group the Monkees and star of the TV series of the same name. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Senator Daniel Inouye
Senator Daniel Inouye
Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) (September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012). A senator since 1963, Inouye was the most senior U.S. senator at the time of his death. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Andy Williams
Andy Williams
Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American popular music singer. He recorded seventeen Gold and three Platinum-certified albums. He hosted The Andy Williams Show, a TV variety show, from 1962 to 1971, as well as numerous television specials. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)
Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon, CBE (17 January 1928 - 9 May 2012) was a British hairdresser, credited with creating a simple geometric, "Bauhaus-inspired" hair style, also called the wedge bob. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Sally Ride
Sally Ride
Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman to enter into low Earth orbit in 1983. (Photo credit -/AFP/Getty Images)
Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb
Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012) was a singer and songwriter, best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Levon Helm
Levon Helm
Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American rock musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and frequent lead and backing vocalist for The Band. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith
Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, and gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960–1968 situation comedy The Andy Griffith Show and in the 1986–1995 legal drama Matlock. (Photo by Douglas A. Sonders/Getty Images)
Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of progressive jazz. His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece, "Take Five". (Photo by The California Museum via Getty Images)
Charles Durning
Charles Durning
Charles Durning (February 28, 1923 – December 24, 2012) was an American actor, with appearances in over 200 movies, television shows and plays. Durning's memorable roles included the Oscar-winning The Sting (1973) and crime drama Dog Day Afternoon (1975), along with the comedies Tootsie, To Be or Not to Be and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, (Photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace (May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012) was an American journalist, game show host, actor and media personality. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his sixty-year career. He was one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes which debuted in 1968. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar (7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012) , was an Indian musician and composer who played the sitar, a plucked string instrument. He has been described as the best-known contemporary Indian musician. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Jon Lord
John Douglas "Jon" Lord (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012) was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
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Hector Camacho
Hector Camacho
Héctor Luís Camacho Matías (May 24, 1962 – November 24, 2012), nicknamed Macho Camacho, was a Puerto Rican professional boxer. Known for his quickness in the ring and flamboyant style. (Photo MARK LEFFINGWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
Jacob Joachim "Jack" Klugman (April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012) was an American stage, film and television actor. In 1970, Klugman reprised his Broadway role of Oscar Madison in the television adaptation of The Odd Couple, opposite Tony Randall. The series aired from 1970 to 1975. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Sherman Hemsley
Sherman Hemsley
Sherman Alexander Hemsley (February 1, 1938 – July 24, 2012) was an American actor, best known for his role as George Jefferson on the CBS television series All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and as Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series Amen. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Fontella Bass
Fontella Bass
Fontella Bass (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012) was an American R&B soul singer best known for her 1965 hit, "Rescue Me".photo by Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
Etta James
Etta James
Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "Roll With Me, Henry", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" . (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf
Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf
Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, KCB (August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012) was a United States Army general who, while he served as Commander of U.S. Central Command, was commander of coalition forces in the Gulf War. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson (born Colin Lionel Emm; November 20, 1932 – June 2, 2012) was an English-born American actor and comedian, and a game show host and panelist in the United States. Dawson was well known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes, being the original host of the Family Feud game show from 1976–1985 and 1994–1995, and a regular panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game on CBS from 1973 to 1978. Richard Dawson. (photo by Newsmakers)
Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno
Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno (December 21, 1926 – January 22, 2012), sometimes referred to as "JoePa," was an American college football coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. His career ended with his dismissal from the team for his role in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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