Throughout 2021, we have been updating our “In Memoriam” photo gallery (view above). Scroll through to remember 33 entertainers from film, television, theater and music. Many were winners at the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and/or Tonys. Here is a closer look at just a few of those we celebrate in our gallery:
Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim died on November 26 at age 91. He was a seven-time Tony Award winner for “Company,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Into the Woods” and “Passion.” He received a lifetime achievement Tony in 2008. He was an Oscar winner for “Dick Tracy” and a seven-time Grammy winner. Other well-known shows were “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Pacific Overtures,” Merrily We Roll Along,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Assassins” plus “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” as a lyricist. He was also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Kennedy Center Honors.
Actor Michael K. Williams died at age 54 on September 6. He was a four-time acting nominee at the Emmys for “Bessie,” “The Night Of,” “When They See Us” and “Lovecraft Country,” plus a producing nominee for “Vice.” He was well known for his TV role in “The Wire” and had film success in “Inherent Vice,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Road.”
Actor Ed Asner died on August 29 at age 91. He was a seven-time Emmy Award winner (the most acting wins of any male performer) for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Lou Grant,” “Roots” and “Rich Man, Poor Man.” He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1996 and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2001.
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died on August 24 at age 80. Along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, he was the only member of the band to perform on all studio albums. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Actor Gavin MacLeod died at age 90 on May 29. He was best known for his long-running roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Love Boat.” He co-starred early for “McHale’s Navy” and had many guest star appearances on “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Murder, She Wrote” and more.
Actress Olympia Dukakis died on May 1 at age 89. She was an Oscar winner for “Moonstruck” and also starred in films “Steel Magnolias,” “Working Girl,” “Look Who’s Talking” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” She received Emmy nominations for “Joan of Arc,” “More Tales of the City” and “Lucky Day.”
Actress Jessica Walter died on March 24 at age 80. She was an Emmy winner for “Amy Prentiss” and a nominee for “Arrested Development,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and “Trapper John, M.D.” She was well known for her work on the animated series “Archer,” plus such films as “Play Misty for Me” and “The Flamingo Kid.”
Singer Mary Wilson died on February 8 at age 76. She was one of the founders of The Supremes along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
Stage, screen and TV actor Christopher Plummer died on February 5 at age 91. He was an Oscar winner as Best Supporting Actor for “Beginners” and also received nominations for “The Last Station” and “All the Money in the World.” He was also a two-time Tony winner and won twice at the Primetime Emmys.
Groundbreaking actress Cicely Tyson died on January 28 at age 96. She was an Oscar nominee for Best Actress in “Sounder” and received an Honorary Oscar in 2018. She was a 16-time Emmy nominee and three-time winner for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.” She was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2020. She won a Tony Award for “The Trip to Bountiful” in 2013 and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015.
Actress Cloris Leachman died on January 26 at age 94. She was an Oscar winner for “The Last Picture Show” and also co-starred in such films as “Young Frankenstein,” “High Anxiety” and “Spanglish.” She is tied for the acting record of eight Primetime Emmy wins with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, including trophies for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” She was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011.
Make your predictions at Gold Derby now. Download our free and easy app for Apple/iPhone devices or Android (Google Play) to compete against legions of other fans plus our experts and editors for best prediction accuracy scores. See our latest prediction champs. Can you top our esteemed leaderboards next? Always remember to keep your predictions updated because they impact our latest racetrack odds, which terrify Hollywood chiefs and stars. Don’t miss the fun. Speak up and share your huffy opinions in our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders lurk every day to track latest awards buzz. Everybody wants to know: What do you think? Who do you predict and why?