Notable Historical and Celebrity Deaths of 2020

Actor and comedian Orson Bean, 1928 – 2020

Longtime ‘To Tell the Truth’ panelist was also a regular on ‘The Tonight Show’ where he appeared more than 200 times.

Actress Dawn Wells

Television’s “Mary Ann” on Gilligan’s Island at age 82.

Actor Sean Connery, 1930 – 2020

Sean Connery

Hollywood legend who brought 007 James Bond to life on the silver screen. The best James Bond.

Actress Honor Blackman, 1925 – 2020

Blackman and Connery, Goldfinger.

Longtime actress portrayed Catherine Gale on ‘The Avengers’ and may be best know for playing the James Bond character Pussy Galore in ‘Goldfinger’

Actor Chadwick Boseman, 1976 – 2020

Best known for his blockbuster role as Black Panther, Boseman also portrayed Jackie Robinson in the movie ’42′

Actor Wilford Brimley, 1934 – 2020

Film and TV actor with notable roles in films like ‘The Natural’ may best be remembered for his long-running television commercials.

MLB All-Star Lou Brock, 1939 – 2020

Longtime Cardinals outfield was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1985.

NBA star Kobe Bryant, 1978 – 2020

Kobe Bryant

18-time NBA All Star was also 2008 league MVP and won 5 NBA Championships

Actor Edd Byrnes, 1932 – 2020

Longtime TV actor best known for his role in ’77 Sunset Strip’ and for playing TV host Vince Fontaine in ‘Grease’

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin, 1922 – 2020

Longtime fashion designer was a pioneer in modern and futuristic styles

Author Mary Higgins Clark, 1927 – 2020

Mystery and suspense writer with dozens of novels to her name.

Actor Robert Conrad, 1935 – 2020

Ross Martin, Robert Conrad
Ross Martin, left, and Robert Conrad, right.

Played agent James T. West on the television show ‘Wild Wild West’ and Major Boyington on ‘Black Sheep Squadron

Singer and songwriter Mac Davis, 1942 – 2020

Country music singer who wrote several hits for Elvis Presley including ‘A Little Less Conversation’

Actress Olivia de Havilland, 1916 – 2020

Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland

Golden Age of Hollywood performer who appeared in multiple films opposite Errol Flynn; also appeared in ‘Gone With the Wind’ as Melanie Hamilton

Actor Bryan Dennehy, 1938 – 2020

Longtime television and film actor who appeared in a vide variety of movies like ‘First Blood,’ ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Tommy Boy’

Singer Tommy DeVito, 1928 – 2020

Founding member of The Four Seasons

Actor Kevin Dobson, 1943 – 2020

Soap opera actor best known for his roles on ‘Knots Landing’ and ‘Days of Our Lives’

Actor Kirk Douglas, 1916 – 2020

Longtime actor, father of Michael Douglas and Hollywood royalty, Douglas starred in many blockbusters including ‘Spartacus’ and ’20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

Shortstop Tony Fernandez, 1962 – 2020

Tony Fernández
Sept. 18, 1987, New York Yankees’ Rickey Henderson, bottom, steals second base below Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernández during a baseball game in New York.

Actress Rhonda Fleming, 1923 – 2020

Longtime Hollywood actress was known as ‘The Queen of Technicolor’

Pitcher Whitey Ford, 1928 – 2020

Longtime Yankees starter won the Cy Young Award and was world series MVP in 1961

MLB pitcher Bob Gibson, 1935 – 2020

Bob Gibson
May 17, 2017: Bob Gibson, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1967 World Series championship team, takes part in a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the victory, before a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox in St. Louis. Gibson, the dominating pitcher who won a record seven consecutive World Series starts and set a modern standard for excellence when he finished the 1968 season with a 1.12 ERA, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. He was 84.

A 1981 HoF inductee was among the all-time strikeouts leaders

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933 – 2020

Supreme Court Justice from 1993 – 2020

Musician Peter Green, 1946 – 2020

Guitarist and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Director and writer Buck Henry, 1930 – 2020

Twice nominated for Academy Awards (‘The Graduate’ and ‘Heaven Can Wait’), Henry helped create the series ‘Get Smart’

Magician Roy Horn, 1944 – 2020

Part of the Las Vegas entertainment duo Sigfried & Roy.

Singer Bonnie Pointer

One of the three Pointer Sisters.

Singer Millie Small

Jamaican singer best known for ‘My Bob Lollipop” in the 1960s.

MLB outfielder Al Kaline, 1934 – 2020

Longtime Tigers outfielder went to 18 All Star Games and was a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Benjamin Keough, 1997-2020

Son of Lisa Marie Presley, brother of Riley Keough, grandson of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

TV host Tom Kennedy, 1927 – 2020

Host of many game shows including ‘You Don’t Say!’ and ‘Name That Tune’

Country singer and songwriter Hal Ketchum, 1953-2020

Known for hits like ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ and ‘Hearts Are Gonna Roll’

Actor David Lander, 1947 – 2020

Best known for playing the character Squiggy on ‘Laverne & Shirley’

Pitcher Don Larsen, 1929 – 2020

Pitched the only perfect game in World Series history

Author John le Carré, 1931 – 2020

British spy novelist who penned works including ‘The Spy Who Came In from the Cold’ and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

News anchor Jim Lehrer, 1934 – 2020

Longtime PBS anchorman and presidential debate moderator

MLB player and coach Joe Morgan, 1943 – 2020

Hall of Fame player and former coach who transitioned to broadcasting

Singer and songwriter Johnny Nash, 1940 – 2020

Best known for his hit ‘I Can See Clearly Now’

Fred ‘Curly’ Neal, 1942 – 2020

Longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters

Pitcher Phil Niekro, 1939 – 2020

Hall of Fame pitcher who helped make the knuckleball famous won more than 300 games in his long pro career.

Actor Ken Osmond, 1943 – 2020

Played Eddie Haskell on ‘Leave it to Beaver’

Singer Richard Wayne Penniman (Little Richard), 1932 – 2020

Little Richard

One of the first members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

TV host Regis Philbin, 1931 – 2020

Regis Philbin

Longtime talk show host who also hosted game shows like ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’

Actress Kelly Preston, 1962 – 2020

Kelly Preston

Appeared in dozens of films and TV shows from the ’80s onward; wife of actor John Travolta

Singer Charley Pride, 1934 – 2020

Charley Pride

Former baseball player, Grammy Award winner and 2000 inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Singer and songwriter John Prine, 1946 – 2020

Grammy-winning country and folk singer

Actor and comedian Carl Reiner, 1922 – 2020

Won multiple Emmy Awards for his work on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ among others.

Actress Diana Rigg, 1938 – 2020

Longtime actress played Emma Peel on ‘The Avengers’ and also appeared as the wife of James Bond in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’

Actress Naya Rivera, 1987 – 2020

Naya Rivera
An autopsy report released Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 says “Glee” actor Naya Rivera raised her arm and called for help as she accidentally drowned while boating with her 4-year-old son on a California lake.

Former ‘Glee’ actress

Singer and songwriter Kenny Rogers, 1938 – 2020

Kenny Rogers (by Jack Dennis)

Multiple Grammy winner and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame best known for hits like ‘The Gambler,’ ‘Lucille’ and ‘Lady’

Actor John Saxon, 1936 – 2020

Appeared in multiple westerns and horror films and starred with Bruce Lee in ‘Enter the Dragon’

Running back Gale Sayers, 1943 – 2020

Youngest player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after injuries cut his career for the Bears short.

Coach Don Shula, 1930 – 2020

Winningest coach in NFL history, coached Miami Dolphins to first perfect season in NFL.

Pitcher Tom Seaver, 1944 – 2020

Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, ‘Tom Terrific’ is still among the all-time leaders in strikeouts.

Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller, 1927 – 2020

Father of actor Ben Stiller, Jerry was a longtime Hollywood mainstay in his own right. Enjoyed a resurgence in popularity after appearing on ‘Seinfeld’ as George’s father.

Musician Peter Tork, 1942 – 2020

Peter Tork
Peter Tork, center, of The Monkees rocketed to teen idol fame in 1965 playing the lovably clueless bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, of complications related to cancer. He was 77.

Keyboardist for The Monkees

TV host Alex Trebek, 1940 – 2020

Longtime host of ‘Jeopardy!’ and many other game shows

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, 1955 – 2020

Co-founder and songwriter for Van Halen.

Actor Lyle Waggoner, 1935 – 2020

Longtime actor on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ Waggoner also played Steve Trevor on ‘Wonder Woman’ in the ’70s

Actor Fred Willard, 1933 – 2020

The Ohio native had a string of guest appearances on popular television shows in the ’80s and ’90s while appearing in many Christopher Guest films as well.

Singer Bill Withers, 1938 – 2020

Member of the Rock Hall and Songwriters Hall of Fame, Withers’ hits included ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Just the Two of Us’

Singer Betty Wright, 1953 – 2020

Known for her hits like ‘Tonight is the Night’ and ‘Clean Up Woman.’

Aviator Chuck Yeager, 1923 – 2020

Former military pilot and first man to break the flight sound barrier.

Singer Doug Supernaw, 1960 – 2020

Country Music star.

Musician Spencer Davis

Spencer Davis

Phyllis George, 1950-2020

Sportscaster and Miss America

Singer Joe Diffie

Country Music.

Singer Johnny Bush

Country Music

Singer and fiddler Charlie Daniels

Country Music.

Singer Trini Lopez

“If I had a hammer.”

Singer Helen Reddy, 1947-2020

“I am woman.”

Singer Marty Grebb

The Buckinghams “Kind of a Drag”

Singer Chris Darrow

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Singer Barbara Martin

The Supremes

Norm Crosby

Comedian Norm Crosby

Singer Roy Head

“Treat Her Right.”

Singer Jackie Dennis

Scottish Rock n’ Roller, 1950s. Died at 77.

Singer Len

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Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Music
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Actors
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Space Explorers
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
Notables
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.

As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.

He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.

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