As the year 2017 draws to a close, Gold Derby celebrates over 40 celebrities and entertainers who died in the past 12 months. Tour our photo gallery above as we feature tributes to several people below. We also pay tribute to the following people in our gallery: Roger Ailes, Gregg Allman, John G. Avildsen, Chuck Barris, Walter Becker, Powers Boothe, Mike Connors, Barbara Cook, Chris Cornell, Nelsan Ellis, Miguel Ferrer, June Foray, Brad Grey, Robert Guillaume, Barbara Hale, Monty Hall, Richard Hatch, Glenne Headley, John Heard, John Hillerman, John Hurt, Al Jarreau, Anne Jeffreys, Jeanne Moreau, Robert Osborne, Emmanuelle Riva, George A. Romero, Sam Shepard, Harry Dean Stanton, and Jay Thomas.
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.”
Legendary singer and songwriter Glen Campbell died on August 8 at age 81. His country and pop crossover hits included “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “Southern Nights.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Singer and actor David Cassidy died on November 21 at age 67. He played one of the members of the musical “The Partridge Family” for ABC 1970 to 1974. He received an Emmy nomination for his guest role on an episode of “Police Story.”
Director Jonathan Demme died on April 26 in New York at age 93. 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.”
Fats Domino died at age 89 on October 24. The singer and pianist was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Hit songs in his career included “Blueberry Hill,” “I’m Walkin’,” “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Walking to New Orleans.”
Hugh Hefner died at age 91 on September 27. He was the founder and publisher of Playboy magazine and went on to launch TV and film companies based on his success.
Martin Landau died on July 15. The veteran actor won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the film “Ed Wood” (1994). He also received Oscar nominations for “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” (1988) and “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1989). One of his first major film roles was in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” (1959) and he later followed with a three-year run on the TV spy classic “Mission: Impossible.” He was a six-time Emmy nominee with no wins.
Comedy legend Jerry Lewis died at age 91 in Las Vegas on August 20, 2017. He began his stage career with his partner Dean Martin, with whom he made several popular movies. His most successful film as a solo star was “The Nutty Professor.” He received the 2009 Hersholt humanitarian award at the Oscars in 2009 for his lengthy career working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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.
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.
Actor and singer Jim Nabors died at age 87 on November 30. He starred as the title character on the CBS comedy “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” in the 1960s. It was a character that had begun previously on “The Andy Griffith Show.”
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.
Tom Petty died on October 2 at age 66. The rock legend was leader of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Major hits in his career included “Breakdown,” “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Free Fallin’,” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”
Singer and actress Della Reese died on November 19 at age 86. She began her pop, jazz and gospel musical career in 1959. Regular series acting roles included “Chico and the Man,” “The Royal Family” and “Touched by an Angel.”
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.”
Singer and songwriter Mel Tillis died on November 19 at age 85. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the National Medal of Arts in 2012. He was also an actor who appeared in films with Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood.
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.”