As we approach the halfway point of 2017, let’s take a moment to reflect on all of the celebrities we’ve lost this year. Hollywood said goodbye to legends like Mary Tyler Moore and Don Rickles, who forever changed the industry. And relatively young stars like Bill Paxton and Glenne Headly also passed away this calendar year. Click through our In Memoriam photo gallery list above that features all of the major 2017 celebrity deaths so far.
Actor Miguel Ferrer died on January 19, 2017. He was the oldest son of Oscar winner Jose Ferrer and Grammy winner Rosemary Clooney. Major film roles included “RoboCop” and “Iron Man 3.” He also had regular roles on the TV series “Twin Peaks,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” He was part of the SAG Award-winning ensemble of the film “Traffic.”
Television legend Mary Tyler Moore died at age 80 in Connecticut on January 25, 2017. She starred in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” winning 7 Emmy Awards in her career. She was inducted by the TV academy in their hall of fame in 1986 and received the SAG life achievement award in 2012. In addition to being an accomplished actress, she was also one of the co-founders of the industry’s powerful production company MTM in the 1970s. Moore was an Oscar nominee for Best Actress in “Ordinary People” (1980) and won the Golden Globe for that role.
Actor Mike Connors died in California on January 27, 2017, at age 91. He was best known for playing the title character of “Mannix” on the long-running CBS private detective series from 1968 to 1975. He won a Golden Globe for the role in 1970 and had four Emmy nominations.
Actress Barbara Hale died in California on January 26, 2017, at age 94. She is best remembered for playing secretary Della Street on the law show “Perry Mason” in the 1950s and 1960s plus in the TV movies of the 1980s and 1990s. She won an Emmy Award for the role in 1959 and was nominated again in 1961.
Actor John Hurt died on January 27, 2017, at age 77. The British actor was a two-time Oscar nominee for “Midnight Express” and “The Elephant Man” and won two BAFTA Awards in seven nominations. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2015.
Actress Emmanuelle Riva died at age 80 in Paris on January 27, 2017. She was the oldest nominee ever for Best Actress at the Oscars for the 2012 film “Amour.” She won the BAFTA Award for the same role.
Actor Richard Hatch died on February 7, 2017, in Santa Monica, California. He was best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original ABC sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica” (1978-79).
Singer Al Jarreau died on February 12 in Los Angeles at age 76. He was the only artist to win Grammy Awards in the jazz, pop and R&B categories. Songs included “We’re in This Love Together,” “Boogie Down,” and the theme from the TV series “Moonlighting.”
Actor Bill Paxton died at age 61 on February 26, 2017. Paxton is best known for his roles in the films “Aliens,” “Titanic,” “Twister,” “The Terminator,” “A Simple Plan,” “Apollo 13,” and “True Lies.” He also starred in the HBO drama series “Big Love,” which brought him three Golden Globe nominations for Best TV Drama Actor in 2007, 2008 and 2010. His television work in “Hatfields and McCoys” (2012) reaped a Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor nomination at the Emmys and SAG Awards but a loss to co-star Kevin Costner. He won a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the Best Film Ensemble of “Apollo 13” and another nomination with the cast of “Titanic.”
Robert Osborne died on March 6, 2017. He was a host on Turner Classic Movies since it began in 1994. His love of movies led to him writing books about the Oscars and to interviewing many movie legends.
Rock legend Chuck Berry died on March 18, 2017. The singer, songwriter and guitarist was one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. His hit songs included “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybelline,” and “Roll Over Beethoven.”
Chuck Barris died on March 21, 2017. The veteran game show producer was the creator of “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game,” and “The Gong Show,” a program he also hosted. His autobiography “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” was made into a 2002 film directed by George Clooney.
Don Rickles died on April 6, 2017. The comedian was famous for his insults in his nightclub act, with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” and on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. He became a voiceover favorite in the “Toy Story” films as Mr. Potato Head. He won an Emmy Award for his 2007 variety special “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.”
Director Jonathan Demme on April 26 in New York at age 73. His greatest triumph was at the Oscars as Best Director of the 1991 film “The Silence of The Lambs,” Best Picture winner. Other films in his career included “Melvin and Howard,” “Swing Shift,” “Something Wild,” “Married to the Mob,” “Philadelphia,” and “Rachel Getting Married.”
Powers Boothe died on May 14, 2017. He was an Emmy winner for playing a cult leader in “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones” (1980). His other famous TV roles were in “Deadwood,” “Hatfields and McCoys,” and “Nashville.”
Brad Grey died on May 14 in Los Angeles. He was chairman and CEO of Paramount from 2005 until shortly before his death in 2017. He founded the Brillstein-Grey agency, and he was a producer for his company on “The Sopranos,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “NewsRadio,” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Chris Cornell died on May 17 in Detroit. The singer-songwriter was best known as the lead vocalist for both Soundgarden and Audioslave. His work is considered part of the framework of the grunge music movement in the early 1990s.
Roger Ailes died on May 18 in Florida. He was founder and president of Fox News since its inception until his ouster in 2016. He was a Republican adviser to Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush.
Roger Moore died on May 23 in Switzerland. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003, the actor was best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985. He also starred in “Maverick” and “The Saint” on television.
Gregg Allman died on May 27 in Georgia. He co-founded the Southern rock group Allman Brothers Band in 1969. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Actress Glenne Headly died on June 8. She had roles in such films as “Dick Tracy,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” She was a two-time Emmy nominee for “Lonesome Dove” and “Bastard Out of Carolina.”
Adam West died on June 9 in Los Angeles. His acting career was defined by the 1960s campy role of “Batman” on ABC. After many guest parts on TV, he became known again to new audiences with his voice-over work on “Family Guy” and “Robot Chicken.”
Director John G. Avildsen died on June 16 in Los Angeles. He won an Oscar for helming Rocky, the Best Picture winner of 1976. He also directed all three original “Karate Kid” movies, “Save the Tiger,” “Neighbors,” and “Lean on Me.”