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T2C Says Good-Bye To Those We Lost in 2016

T2C Says Good-Bye To Those We Lost in 2016
Gene Wilder, Carrie Fischer, Alan Rickman

Gene Wilder, Carrie Fischer, Alan Rickman

We lost some of the brightest stars this year and our hearts were broken. Here’s to those who have gone but will live in our memories and in our hearts.

‘Watership Down’ author Richard Adams

Joe Alaskey, voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck

Legendary playwright Edward Albee

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali
Mother Mary Angelica, nun who built Catholic media network

René Angélil, husband of Céline Dion

Alexis Arquette, actress and transgender activist

‘Tuck Everlasting’ author Natalie Babbitt

Actor Kenny Baker, ‘Star Wars’ R2-D2

Voice of ‘Star Wars’ Adm. Ackbar, Erik Bauersfeld

Brian Bedford, the British-born, Tony Award-winning performer was one of the great stage actors of his generation

David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie, master of reinvention

Dale Bumpers, fmr. U.S. senator, Arkansas governor

Charmian Carr, Liesl in ‘The Sound of Music’

Myra Carter, winner a Drama Desk, Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award for her acclaimed performance in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women

Wrestler, entertainer Chyna

Singer-songwriter Guy Clark

‘Miss Cleo,’ TV psychic network pitchwoman

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen

Pat Conroy, author of ‘Prince of Tides’ and ‘Great Santini’

Comic book artist Darwyn Cooke

Fashion photographer Bill Cunningham

George Curry, champion of black press

Children’s author Anna Dewdney

‘L.A. Law’ actor Larry Drake

Actress Patty Duke

‘Dances with Wolves’ actor Chief David Bald Eagle, Jr.

Umberto Eco, famed author of ‘The Name of the Rose’

Bob Elliott, the surviving member of the long-lived radio, club, and Broadway comedy team of Bob and Ray

Shawn Elliott, an actor and singer with numerous credits in theatre, film, and television

Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Paul Elvstrom, sailing great

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez

Zelda Fichandler, co-founded Arena Stage

Fyvush Finkel,  the last significant living link to New York’s once-thriving Yiddish theatre

Carrie Fisher, ‘Star Wars’ Princess Leia

Actor, playwright and Nobel laureate Dario Fo

Jazz great Pete Fountain

The Eagles’ Glenn Frey

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Conrad Hilton, Natalie Wood

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Conrad Hilton, Natalie Wood

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Juan Gabriel, Mexican music icon

George Gaynes, ‘Punky Brewster’ actor

Seth Gelblum, legal counsel to producers, writers, directors, composers and others involved in theatrical productions. He was given a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 2016.

Former senator, astronaut John Glenn

Tammy Grimes, star of the Broadway musicals, Best known for The Unsinkable Molly Brown

‘Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie

Merle Haggard, country music’s outsider hero

Dan Haggerty, ‘Grizzly Adams’ star

Pat Harrington, Schneider on ‘One Day at a Time’

Actor and comedian Ricky Harris

Jim Harrison, author of ‘Legends of the Fall’

Cecilia Hart, a Drama Desk Award winner for her performance in Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land. Married to Oscar- and Tony-winner James Ear Jones

Fred Hellerman of the Weavers

 

Florence Henderson, TV’s Carol Brady

Jack Hofsiss, who won a Tony and Drama Desk for his direction of The Elephant Man

Robert Horton, was Starbuck in the original Broadway musical 110 in the Shade 

James Houghton, transformed the New York theatre scene and gave birth to the Signature Theater

Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Ken Howard, Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and a basketball coach in the television series The White Shadow.He won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor for Child’s Play, and starred in Broadway musical Seesaw

Actress Beth Howland, waitress on ‘Alice’

Actor David Huddleston, ‘The Big Lebowski’

PBS newscaster Gwen Ifill

Monte Irvin, Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder

George S. Irving, Tony winner for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in Irene opposite Debbie Reynolds

Anne Jackson, a theatre actor whose decades-long career was highlighted by frequent onstage teamings with her husband, Eli Wallach

Country music legend Sonny James

Bill Johnson, Former Olympic gold medal skier

Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane guitarist

WWII Navajo code talker Joe Hosteen Kellwood

Actor George Kennedy

CNN’s Will King

W.P. Kinsella, whose book inspired ‘Field of Dreams’

Former Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird

Dick Latessa, who won a Tony for “Hairspray

Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author

Rapper Shawty Lo

Warren Manzi, author of the whodunit phenomenon Perfect Crime, the longest-running straight play in New York theatre

David Margulies, ‘Ghostbusters’ actor

Garry Marshall, TV and movie legend

Sir George Martin, Beatles producer

‘Days of Our Lives’ star Joseph Mascolo

PBS’ John McLaughlin

John McMartin originated roles in Follies and Sweet Charity

Cabaret writer Andrew Martin

Denise Matthews, Prince protege Vanity

‘ALF’ actor Michu Meszaros

Those we lost in 2016

80s pop star George Michael

Frankie Michaels, youngest actor ever to win a Tony Award when he took home the prize at age 11 for playing Patrick Dennis in the original production of Mame

Marvin Minsky, Pioneer of artificial intelligence

Edgar Mitchell, Astronaut who walked on moon

Patrice Munsel, a coloratura soprano who often performed at the Metropolitan Opera

Author Gloria Naylor

James M. Nederlander, the longtime patriarch of the Nederlander theatre-owning dynasty

Noel Neill, Lois Lane on ‘Superman’ TV show

Marni Nixon, a singer and actress who gained fame by dubbing the singing voices of other actresses in famous movie musicals, The King and I, West Side Story, My Fair Lady. 

James Noble, Actor known as ‘Benson’ governor

Former Rep. Mike Oxley

Golfing great Arnold Palmer

Israeli leader and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres

Ezio Petersen, a longtime member of the circle of New York theatre journalists

Lawrence Phillips, imprisoned ex-NFL rusher

Singer Prince

Former first lady Nancy Reagan

‘American Gladiator’ Lee Reherman, ‘The Hawk’

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Alan Rickman

in Die Hard

Actor Alan Rickman, Harry Potter’s Professor Snape

Dylan Rieder, pro skateboarder and model

Doris Roberts, mom on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’

Vera Rubin, dark matter pioneer

Rock ‘n’ roll star Leon Russell

Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam

Morely Safer, ’60 Minutes’ legend

Actor Joe Santos of ‘The Rockford Files’

ESPN’s John Saunders

Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice

William Schallert, dad on ‘The Patty Duke Show’

Phyllis Schlafly, towering social conservative figure

Garry Shandling, inventive TV comedian

‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe, WWE Superstar

Madeleine Sherwood, best known for her roles in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof and Sound of Music

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Andrew Smith, former Butler basketball player

Ralph Stanley, bluegrass music legend

Robert Stigwood, force behind ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Elizabeth Swados, whose experimental musical theatre was a mainstay of 1970s and ’80s theatre

Rep. Mark Takai of Hawaii

‘Growing Pains’ dad Alan Thicke

Ray Tomlinson, creator of email

choreographer Robert Tucker

Vanity, Singer, reformed nasty girl, Prince protégé.

 

‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ actor Robert Vaughn

Abe Vigoda, ‘Godfather’ and ‘Barney Miller’ actor

Janet Watson, the choreographer of Broadway’s Big River and the currently running production of The Fantasticks

Fritz Weaver,  won a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play for Child‘s Play

Maurice White, leader and founder of Earth, Wind & Fire

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate

Gilda Radner , Gene Wilder

With Gilda Radner in Haunted Honeymoon

Actor Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka’

Suzanne Wright, autism advocate

‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin

Alan Young, Wilbur on ‘Mister Ed’

 

 

Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

Music legend Buckwheat Zydeco

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Obituaries

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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