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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Famous People and Celebrities Who Died in 2009

Oral Roberts: Born: 1918-01-24 - Died: 2009-12-15
Oral Roberts was a renowned televangelist and claimed Jesus had appeared to him numerous times asking him to undertake various tasks. Under the order of Jesus, Roberts opened his own university in 1963.
Michael “Coco” Polakovs: Born: 1923-02-23 - Died: 2009-12-06
Michael “Coco” Polakovs was a third generation Russian clown who obtained his fame through memorable performances with Bertram Mills and Billy Smart Circuses in England. Polakovs would then join the Ringling Bros. circus, and was a part of the event for eight years.
Soupy Sales: Born: 1926-01-08 - Died: 2009-10-22
Sales was a very famous comedian, actor and on air personality. He is probably best known for his children’s television show “Lunch with Soupy Sales”. The show was a series of comedy sketches with almost every skit ending with the classic pie in the face, which became Sales’ trademark.
Lou Albano: Born: 1933-07-29 - Died: 2009-10-14
Albano was a professional wrestler, actor and manager. During his prestigious wrestling career, Albano helped 15 different tag teams, and 4 singles, to championships. After his wrestling success Albano began to transition over to television and film projects. During the 1980’s you could see him featured on Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling, Miami Vice, Wise Guys,
Stephen Gately: Born: 1976-03-17 - Died: 2009-10-10
Gately was a signer / songwriter who is probably best known for being the lead vocalist of the pop group Boyzone. Boyzone had sixteen consecutive singles enter the top five of the UK singles chart. In 1999 Gately became one of the first pop stars to come out as gay.
William Safire: Born: 1929-12-17 - Died: 2009-09-27
Safire was an author, journalist, columnist and presidential speechwriter. He is probably most known for his long running syndicated column for the New York Times. Safire retired from his political column in 2005, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times had the following to say about Safire… “The New York Times without "The New York Times without Bill Safire is all but unimaginable, Bill's provocative and insightful commentary has held our readers captive since he first graced our Op-Ed Page in 1973. Reaching for his column became a critical and enjoyable part of the day for our readers across the country and around the world. Whether you agreed with him or not was never the point, his writing is delightful, informed and engaging."
Bob Stupak: Born: 1942-04-06 - Died: 2009-09-25
Stupak was the owner, founder and developer of the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. More than likely he’ll be remembered for the Stratosphere, but Stupak was very well known for getting his name in the media.
Susan Atkins: Born: 1948-05-07 - Died: 2009-09-24
Atkins was a convicted murderer and member of the notorious “Manson family”, led by Charles Manson. The Manson family committed a series of nine murders over a five week span during the summer of 1969.
Mary Travers: Born: 1936-11-09 - Died: 2009-09-16
Travers was a singer-songwriter who is best known for being the “Mary” out of the folk group “Peter, Paul and Mary. The groups first album came out in 1962 and featured one of their classic songs, If I Had a Hammer and Lemon Tree.
Patrick Swayze: Born: 1952-08-18 - Died: 2009-09-14
Swayze was a dancer, singer-songwriter and an iconic actor with numerous cinematic greats on his resume. Some of his best films include The Outsiders, Red Dawn, Point Break, Ghost, Dirty Dancing and of course Road House. Swayze got his start as a dancer for Disney on parade.
Henry Gibson: Born: 1935-09-21 - Died: 2009-09-14
Gibson was an actor who is probably most remembered for being a cast member of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and his recurring role of Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal. Gibson also had a long theatrical career which included titles such as… The Nutty Professor Innerspace The ‘Burbs Gremlins 2: The New Batch Bio-Dome Wedding Crashers
DJ AM: Born: 1973-03-30 - Died: 2009-08-28
Goldstein was a disc disc jockey who went by the name DJ AM and was a former member of the band Crazy Town. He had also worked with Madonna, Will Smith, and Papa Roach. DJ AM is probably most known for being seriously injured in a Learjet crash, along with Travis Barker from Blink 182.
Dominick Dunne: Born: 1925-10-29 - Died: 2009-08-26
Dunne was an investigative journalist whose focus was generally on the way high society types interact with the judicial system. He had written six novels, two non-fiction books, two collections and produced four movies. At the time of his death he was working on his final book, Too Much Money.
Ted Kennedy: Born: 1932-02-22 - Died: 2009-08-25
Kennedy was a Senator from Massachusetts and a leading member of the Democratic Party. He had been in office since November 1962, serving nine terms in the Senate. Kennedy was the youngest brother to President John F. Kennedy.
Don Hewitt: Born: 1922-12-14 - Died: 2009-08-19
Hewitt was a television executive and producer who is best known for creating the news magazine show 60 Minutes.
Robert Novak: Born: 1931-02-26 - Died: 2009-08-18
Novak was a syndicated columnist, political commentator and journalist for more than 45 years. He was also the author of the longest-running syndicated column in U.S. political history.
Les Paul: Born: 1915-06-09 - Died: 2009-08-13
Paul was a former jazz guitarist and electronic mastermind. He pioneered the development of the solid-body electric guitar, which paved the way for rock-n-roll.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Born: 1921-07-10 - Died: 2009-08-11
Shriver was a member of the prominent Kennedy family, younger sister to John F. Kennedy. She helped found the Special Olympics during the 1960s.
John Hughes: Born: 1950-02-08 - Died: 2009-08-06
Hughes was a writer, director and producer of some of the most popular movies from the 80’s & 90’s. Some of his work includes The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Vacation, among others.
Robert McNamara: Born: 1916-06-09 - Died: 2009-07-06
McNamara was the eighth Secretary of Defense, serving for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson from 1961 to 1968. After his Defense Secretary days were done he served as President of the World Bank from 1968 until 1981. McNamara is credited with the institution of systems analysis in public policy, which developed into [...]
Steve McNair: Born: 1973-02-14 - Died: 2009-07-04
Steve LaTreal McNair, who was often referred to as “Air” McNair played quarterback in the National Football League. After playing for Alcorn State University, he was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1995, and went to the Tennessee Titans when the Oilers relocated to Nashville and changed their name.
Karl Malden: Born: 1912-03-22 - Died: 2009-07-01
Malden was an Academy winning actor that had a career that spanned over 70 years. He is probably best remembered for his roles in classic films such as: A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks.
Fred Travalena: Born: 1942-10-06 - Died: 2009-06-28
Travalena was a comedian who specialized in impersonations and was commonly known as “The Man of a Thousand Faces”. He began his career on “The ABC Comedy Hour” and the “Dean Martin Roasts”. Travalena also lent his voice talents to several cartoons during the 1970s.
Billy Mays: Born: 1958-20-06 - Died: 2009-06-28
Mays was a television direct-response pitchman who is known for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo and dozens of other products. His trademark blue shirt, beard and loud sales pitches make him one of the most recognizable people on television. Mays began his pitchman career on the Atlantic City boardwalk.
Gale Storm: Born: 1922-04-05 - Died: 2009-06-27
Storm was an American actress and singer who is probably best remembered for her stints on “My Little Margie” ad “The Gale Storm Show”. When Storm was 17 two of her teachers urged her to enter the “Gateway to Hollywood” contest, broadcasting on the CBS Radio studios.
Michael Jackson: Born: 1958-08-29 - Died: 2009-06-25
Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana to a working class family on August 29, 1958. His father, Joseph, was a steel mill employee and often performed in various R&B groups. His mother was a stay at home mom and a devout Jehovah’s Witness.
 Farrah Fawcett: Born: 1947-02-02 - Died: 2009-06-25
Fawcett was an actress and a pop culture icon. At the height of her career, she was a sex symbol to millions of young men and a fashion icon for young women… most notably being her famed hairstyle. Fawcett began her career doing commercials in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Wella Balsam Shampoo.
Ed McMahon: Born: 1923-03-06 - Died: 2009-06-23
McMahon was a game show host, comedian, television personality, and probably best known as the announcer on the Tonight Show. McMahon got his start calling various bingo games in Maine when he was just 15 years old. He even put himself through college being a pitchman for vegetable slicers on the Atlantic City boardwalk.
Rajeev Motwani: Born: 1962-03-26 - Died: 2009-06-05
Motwani, an angel investor and Stanford professor, who served as a mentor to the Google co-founders as they were initially developoing Google. Motwani graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1988 with a Ph.D in Computer Science. At Stanford Motwani served as a professor and director of graduate studies for the database group/infolab, and Foundations Group.
David Carradine: Born: 1936-12-08 - Died: 2009-06-03
Carradine was an actor best known for his role of Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. Eventhough he was known as David, he was actually born John Arthur Carradine in Hollywood, California in 1936. He had one brother, Bruce Carradine, and two half-brothers Keith and Robert Carradine.
Wayman Tisdale: Born: 1964-06-09 - Died: 2009-05-19
Tisdale wsa a former professional basketball player with three teams. From 1983 to 1985 Tisdale played collegiate ball for the Oklahoma Sooners. He was a three-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year. He was also the first collegiate player to be named first-team All American in his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons.
Dolla: Born: 1987-11-25 - Died: 2009-05-18
Dolla was an up-and-coming rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. When Dolla was 12 years old he caught the attention of R&B singer Akon while performing in various showcases around Atlanta. Akon and T-Pain contributed to Dolla’s first single, “Who the Fuck Is That?”
Chuck Daly: Born: 1930-07-20 - Died: 2009-05-09
Daly was a head basketball coach who is probably best remembered for his consecutive NBA Championships (1989 and 1990) with the Detroit Pistons. He also coached the Dream Team to a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Mickey Carroll: Born: 1919-07-08 - Died: 2009-05-07
Carroll was an actor and one of the last surviving munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. He began taking dance lessons at the age of 7 at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sam Cohn: Born: 1929-05-11 - Died: 2009-05-06
Cohn was a talent agent at International Creative Management, an agency he helped create. He was described by Time magazine as “the first superagent of the modern age”.
Ean Evans: Born: 1961-00-00 - Died: 2009-05-06
Evans was the bassist for legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 2001 until his untimely death. Evans began playing the guitar around age 15, and soon there after he was playing with various cover bands.
Dom DeLuise: Born: 1933-08-01 - Died: 2009-05-04
DeLuise was an actor, comedian, director, producer and chef. He began his career as a regular performer on the television show The Entertainers in 1964. Later, he was hired by TV producer Greg Garrison to appear periodically on the Dean Martin Show.
Adam Cook: Born: 1973-00-00 - Died: 2009-05-03
Cook was the older brother of David Cook, winner of American Idol 2008. Cook, who was a Terre Haute, Indiana lawyer, flew to L.A. during the American Idol taping to see his brother perform… even though he was in the middle of extensive chemotherapy.
Jack Kemp: Born: 1935-07-13 - Died: 2009-05-02
Kemp was a former professional football player turned politician who was the Vice President nominee, in 1996, alongside Bob Dole. As a U.S. Congressman he was the primary driver of President Ronald Reagan’s supply-side economics agenda which led to large tax cuts.
Vernon King: Born: 1961-00-00 - Died: 2009-05-02
King was the nephew of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a senior paster at St. James Baptist Chruch in Greensboro. He was a board member for both the King Center and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King was the youngest son of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s only brother, A.D. King Sr. 
Danny Gans: Born: 1956-10-25 - Died: 2009-05-01
Gans was a singer, comedian and impressionist who found success with his Las Vegas Strip performances. He had even been named Entertainer of the Year, and his show had been awarded Show of the Year. Before Gans made his way to Las Vegas, he was a professional baseball player.
Jack Lohrke: Born: 1924-02-25 - Died: 2009-04-29
Lohrke was a third basemen in Major League Baseball (MLB) spending his playing days with two separate teams, the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. Lohrke was given the nickname “Lucky” because 1.) it resembled his last name, and 2.) he had averted two potentially fatal transit accidents.
Nahum Sharfman: Born: 0000-00-00 - Died: 2009-04-29
Sharfman was an entrepreneur who founded and successfully took it public in 2004. was later acquired by eBay for $650 million. Before he founded Sharfman toiled away at National Semiconductor.
Nora O’Brien: Born: 1965-00-00 - Died: 2009-04-29
O’Brien was a television executive in charge of drama programming for NBC Universal. Prior to her work in drama programming, O’Brien had spent six years at the Sci Fi Channel. Even though O’Brien resided in Santa Monica, California, she was a native of West Hartford, Connecticut.
Steinar Lem: Born: 1951-05-09 - Died: 2009-04-28
Lem was a Norwegian environmental activist, author and spokesperson for The Future In Our Hands, and anti-consumerism activist. Some of Lem’s work includes… - Signaler – compilation - Utenfor bymuren – short stories - Motlys – novel - Grenseovergang – novel - Bjørneboes menneskesyn i Frihetens øyeblikk – thesis - Den tause krigen - Det lille livet
Buddy Rose: Born: 1953-01-01 - Died: 2009-04-28
Rose was a professional wrestler who went by the ring-name “Playboy” Buddy Rose. He spent the better part of his career wrestling for the AWA and the WWF.
Greg Page: Born: 1958-10-25 - Died: 2009-04-27
Page was a former World Boxing Association Heavyweight champion from 1984 to 1985. His professional record, at the time of his retirement, was 58 – 17 – 1 with 48 knockouts. Early in his career Page started out 13 – 0 and captured the USBA Heavyweight title from Stan Ward on February 11, 1980.
Frank Gansz: Born: 1938-11-22 - Died: 2009-04-27
Gansz was a football coach whose career spanned nearly 40 years. Early in his career Gansz held several assistant coaching positions at Oklahoma State, Colgate University, Southern Methodist University, Army, UCLA, United States Air Force Academy and this alma mater, the United States Naval Academy.
Bea Arthur: Born: 1922-05-13 - Died: 2009-04-25
Arthur was a comedian, singer and actress who is probably best known for her roles in the widely popular television shows Maude and The Golden Girls. In 1972 Arthur was cast as the title character in the series entitled Maude.
David Kellermann: Born: Unknown - Died: 2009-04-22
Kellermann was the chief financial officer (CFO) for Freddie Mac, a position he had only held since September 2008.
Marilyn Chambers: Born: 1952-04-22 - Died: 2009-04-12
Chambers was a pornographic actress who is best known for her 1972 hardcore film “Behind the Green Door”. Chambers was trying to find work as an actress, when she answered an advertisement for a casting call. Upon her arrival, she found out that it wasn’t for a normal gig… it was for a porno film.
Nick Adenhart: Born: 1986-08-24 - Died: 2009-04-09
Adenhart was a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was drafted in the 14th round (413th overall) in the 2004 MLB Draft. In four short years he became the Angels’ best overall prospect. His last appearance took place on April 8, 2009, the night before his death. It was a no-decision contest.
Natasha Richardson: Born: 1963-05-11 - Died: 2009-03-18
Richardson was a fairly well known stage & cinema actress and wife of Liam Neeson. Richardson began her career at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, England.
Ron Silver: Born: 1946-07-02 - Died: 2009-03-15
Silver was an actor, director, producer and political activist. He made his acting debut in 1976 with the film Tunnel Vision. Silver had a very diverse career, some of his work consisted of Timecop, Mr. Saturday Night, Ali, and the recurring role as political adviser Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing.
James Purdy: Born: 1923-07-17 - Died: 2009-03-13
Purdy was a short story writer, poet, playwright, and novelist who published numerous novels and collections of short stories and poetry. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages.
Alan Livingston: Born: 1917-10-15 - Died: 2009-03-13
Livingston was a businessman, songwriter, producer, and probably best known for creating Bozo the Clown. While working at Capitol Records, Livingston was given the task of creating a children’s record. After some deliberation he came up with “Bozo the Clown”.
Leonore Annenberg: Born: 1918-02-20 - Died: 2009-03-12
Annenberg was the chairman and president of the Annenberg Foundation, and served as Chief of Protocol of the United States (1981 - 1982) under Ronald Reagan. Annenberg was a prominent philanthropist and the widow of Walter Annenberg, the Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Charles “Mask” Lewis, Jr.: Born: 1964-??-?? - Died: 2009-03-11
Lewis, who is probably better known as “Mask” for the lines he would paint on his face, co-founded the clothing line TapouT, which quickly became a multi-million dollar company.
Braden Keil: Born: 1956-01-01 - Died: 2009-03-10
Keil was an infamous “scoop artist” in the real-estate industry for the New York Post. Keil wrote a weekly column entitled Gimme Shelter. He also worked as a gossip reporter for The Washington Times and even ran for congress in the late 80’s.
Jimmy Boyd: Born: 1939-01-09 - Died: 2009-03-07
Boyd was a singer, songwriter, musician and actor who is probably best known for his Holiday classic “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, which he recorded at the age of 12. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus became an instant sensation, selling over two and a half million copies in its first week of release. 
Jim Bellows: Born: 1923-01-01 - Died: 2009-03-06
Bellows was the famed editor of L.A. Herald Examiner and well known for rescuing underdog big-city newspapers from L.A. to New York. During his prestigious career Bellows worked at the New York Herald Tribume, Los Angeles Times, Washington Star, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC News: World News Tonight… to name a few.
Horton Foote: Born: 1916-03-14 - Died: 2009-03-04
Foote was an award winning playwright and screenwriter, who is probably best known for his screenplay for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird which starred Gregory Peck.
Corey Smith: Born: 1979-10-02 - Died: 2009-03-01
Smith was an NFL defensive end who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and most recently the Detroit Lions. Smith played his college football at North Carolina State. In 2002, Smith was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent.
Marquis Cooper: Born: 1982-03-11 - Died: 2009-03-01
Cooper was a former NFL football player, playing linebacker with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, and most recently the Oakland Raiders. Cooper played his college football at the University of Washington and was honorable mention All-Pac 10 in 2002.
Paul Harvey: Born: 1918-09-04 - Died: 2009-02-28
Harvey was a radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He is probably best known for his News and Comment broadcasts, and his The Rest of the Story segments. His voice was unmistakable, with his dramatic pauses and undeniable quirks.
Sydney Yallen: Born: 1924-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-17
Yallen was the founder of Inter/Media Advertising, which later became the Inter/Media Group of Companies, a $450 million media organization. Some of Inter/Media group’s clients included Sanyo, Discover Card, Clorox Brands, Black & Decker, Glad and numerous other companies. Yallen’s company is credited with being at the forefront of the direct-response advertising industry.
Andrew Bourland: Born: 1955-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-16
Bourland was the co-founder of ClickZ, an online publication with more than 40 online marketing professionals writing various columns. After ClickZ was acquired by INT Media Group in Septemeber 2000, Bourland launched his own blog, which covered and discussed new business models.
Lux Interior: Born: 1946-10-21 - Died: 2009-02-04
Interior was a singer and a founding member of the legendary punk band The Cramps. In 1972, Interior met his future wife Kristy Wallace (Poison Ivy) in California while she was hitchhiking.
Michael Homer: Born: 1960-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-01
Homer was a Silicon Valley executive who aided in the development of the PC (personal computer), the Internet and various “hand-held” items. He also was a key figure at Netscape Communications Corporations in the mid 90’s, which would go on to commercialize the web browser.
John Updike: Born: 1932-03-18 - Died: 2009-01-27
John Updike was an American writer of novels, poems, and other forms of writing. He is best known for his novel “The Witches of Eastwick,” which would later become a major motion picture, and his Rabbit series ((Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered).
Kay Yow: Born: 1942-03-14 - Died: 2009-01-24
Yow was the head coach of the North Carolina State female basketball team, a job she had held since 1975. When she became the head coach at NC State she also coach women’s volleyball and softball, she eventually gave those up to focus all her coaching time on basketball.
Ricardo Montalbán: Born: 1920-11-25 - Died: 2009-01-14
Montalbán was a theatre, film, and television actor. He is probably best remembered for his roles on Fantasy Island and as Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Many of his early roles were Westerns that saw him playing “Indians” or a “Latin Lover”.
Claude Berri: Born: 1934-07-01 - Died: 2009-01-12
Berri was a French screenwriter, producer, and director. He won the Best Film BAFTA for Jean de Florette in 1986. He’s also been nominated around 12 for César Awards, but never won. In 1966 he won the Best Short Film Academy Award for Le Poulet.
Rob Gauntlett: Born: 1987-05-10 - Died: 2009-01-10
Gauntlett was the youngest Briton to scale Mount Everest. In 2003, he and a friend decided to tackle the climb with no real experience. The two trained for the climb in Pakistan, Ama Dablam in Nepal, Scotland, and the French Alps. On May 17, 2006 they reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Dave Dee: Born: 1941-12-17 - Died: 2009-01-09
Dee was a songwriter and singer, who was the frontman for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. The group, whose name is an amalgam of their nicknames, spent more weeks in the UK Singles Chart than The Beatles between 1965 and 1969.
Roland Piquepaille: Born: 1943-01-01 - Died: 2009-01-06
Piquepaille was the Emerging Technologies blogger with ZDNet. Below is a quote from Larry Dignan on the Emerging Tech blog… “Roland was one of our most passionate bloggers and his ability to explain complex science well was something to behold.
Ron Asheton: Born: 1948-07-17 - Died: 2009-01-06
Asheton was the guitarist and co-songwriter with Iggy Pop for the band The Stooges. He held that role for their first two albums, and later appeared as the bassist for their third, Raw Power.
Carl Pohlad: Born: 1915-08-23 - Died: 2009-01-05
Pohlad was a successful financier and owner of the Minnesota Twins. He bought the team back in 1984, and just three years later (1987) the Twins won the World Series and proceeded to win it again in 1991. Pohlad claims that he came close to selling the team in 1997, which would’ve seen the team move to  North Carolina, but the deal fell through with lack of interest from the area.
Pat Hingle: Born: 1924-07-19 - Died: 2009-01-03
Hingle was a veteran actor for more than fifty years in film, theater, and television. He is probably most known for this role of Commissioner James Gordon in the 1989 film Batman and it’s three sequels. Recently he appeared in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, as the original owner of Dennit Racing.
Jett Travolta: Born: 1992-04-13 - Died: 2009-01-02
Jett, born on April 13, 1992, was the only son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Early in childhood Jett suffered from Kawasaki disease that caused seizures at random times.


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