Celebrities Who Have Died in 2017
The world has sadly already lost several famous Hollywood names this year. While these celebrities may have passed away, their work and legacy in the entertainment industry will continue to live on. Here, we remember all the stars who we’ve lost in 2017:
1. Adam West
Former superhero Adam West, the actor known for his 1960s series Batman, died in June in Los Angeles. He was 88 at the time of his passing.
Though he may have been most famous for his role as the iconic hero, he later became known to a new generation through his recurring voice role on Fox’s Family Guy as Mayor Adam West. He also did a wide range of voice-over work on shows such as Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and Disney Channel’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates.
2. Chris Cornell
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was just 52 when he died of suicide in May while touring with his band. The singer and guitarist had a massively successful career in music for over three dances, as the lead of Soundgarden (which reunited in 2016) and Audioslave (formed in 2001).
He also released several solo works, with the most recent being 2016’s Higher Truth.
3. Roger Moore
Iconic actor Roger Moore passed away at the age of 89 in May, following a short battle with cancer. The actor was best known for portraying James Bond in seven films of the iconic spy franchise.
He was the third famous name to play 007, making his debut in 1973’s Live and Let Die and wrapping up his run as Bond in 1985’s A View to Kill.
4. Powers Boothe
In May, Powers Boothe died in his sleep from apparent natural causes. The actor made his breakthrough with an Emmy-winning performance in 1980’s Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.
He went on to appear in a variety of movies and TV shows, including HBO’s Deadwood, Fox’s 24, Marvel’s The Avengers and ABC’s Agents of SHIELD. Most recently, he appeared in several seasons of Nashville as the wealthy father to Connie Britton’s Rayna Jaymes.
5. Greg Allman
Singer, songwriter, and musician Greg Allman died at the age of 69 of complications from liver cancer in May. As co-founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, the artist was a pioneer in blues-rock and was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame upon its opening in 1986.
6. Mary Tyler Moore
TV icon Mary Tyler Moore died in January at the age of 80. The actress broke out with her Emmy-winning role on The Dick Van Dyke Show, but reached a new level of stardom with the mold-breaking sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Other notable performances including her Golden Globe-winning turn in 1980’s Ordinary People and her Emmy-winning role in 1993’s Stolen Babies.
7. Roger Smith
Actor Roger Smith, the leading man of the popular ABC series 77 Sunset Strip, passed away in June at the age of 84. The actor portrayed Jeff Spencer, one-half of a detective pair who chased girls and worked cases out of their hip Los Angeles offices, for the entirety of its six-season run from 1958 to 1964. When his acting career was cut short by medical issues, he later spent much of his time serving as a manager for fellow actor and wife, Ann-Margret.
8. William Peter Blatty
Writer William Peter Blatty died in January from cancer. Blatty is best known as the creator of The Exorcist, writing the original novel in 1971 and then, after having spent a few years working as a screenwriter, adapting it into a script that would eventually turn into the William Friedkin-directed 1973 horror classic. He also wrote the autobiography Which Way to Mecca, Jack? and the novel John Goldfarb, Please Come Home, among other works.
9. Miguel Ferrer
Actor Miguel Ferrer died of cancer in January at the age of 61. The star earned some of his earlier credits on ChiPs and Magnum, P.I., but is best known for his roles as Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles and FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks.
10. Erin Moran
Happy Days star Erin Moran passed away of stage four cancer in April. The actor was only a teenager when she landed the role of Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days. She held the role through the entire 10-year run of the sitcom before going on to star in the short-lived spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi. She was 52 at the time of her death.
11. Bill Paxton
Actor Bill Paxton died in February, at the age of 61, due to complications from surgery. The star is known for his parts in iconic movies, like 1995’s Apollo 13, 1996’s Twister, and 1997’s Titanic. He also appeared in a variety of TV shows during the lengthy career, including Big Love, Agents of SHIELD, and Training Day.
12. Chuck Berry
Singer Chuck Berry passed away in March at at the age of 90. The music legend — known for songs like 1955’s “Maybellene,” 1956’s “Roll Over Beethoven,” 1957’s “Rock and Roll Music,” and 1958’s “Johnny B. Goode — was hugely influential in the rock and roll genre, influencing the styles of Elvis, the Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
13. Charlie Murphy
The comedian died in April following a battle with leukemia. Charlie Murphy was best known for writing and appearing Chappelle’s Show, in which he starred in his own sketch, Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories. He also co-wrote the screenplay for 2007’s Norbit alongside brother Eddie Murphy and held roles in Adult Swim’s Black Jesus and 2016’s Meet the Blacks.
14. Don Rickles
Legendary comic Don Rickles passed away from kidney failure in April, at the age of 90. Though he appeared in films (Run Silent, Run Deep, The Rat Race, Casino) and on television (The Don Rickles Show), Rickles was best known for his stand-up work in casinos and clubs around the country, which he continued into his late 80s. He also later voiced the character Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films.
15. Glenne Headly
Star Glenne Headly, best known for starring alongside Warren Beatty in Dick Tracy, was 62 when she passed away in June. The actress got her start in theater and later transitioned to film, delivering her breakout role opposite Steve Martin in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She went on to star in more than two dozen films, including Mortal Thoughts, Mr. Holland’s Opus and Sgt. Bilko.
16. Stephen Furst
Actor Stephen Furst died at 63 from complications from diabetes. His sons announced the tragic news on Facebook in mid-June. Furst is best known for his breakout role as Flounder in the iconic film, National Lampoon’s Animal House. Though that’s his best-known role, he also has a long list of previous credits, including the TV series, St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5 and voice roles on Freakazoid! and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
17. Chester Bennington
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington was found dead on July 20. Per law enforcement sources cited by TMZ, his death is being investigated as a suicide. As noted by TMZ, the singer had a history of drug and alcohol struggles, although it’s not clear if that contributed to his death. Chester Bennington was 41 years old.
18. Robert Hardy
The actor died at age of 91 in August. Though he was perhaps most widely known for playing Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies, he had a long and successful career in theater, television and film over seven decades.
Shortly after his death, his family released a public statement that read: “Gruff, elegant, twinkly and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.”
19. Glen Campbell
After years of struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, the iconic country singer died in Nashville on Aug. 8. The legendary musician, behind hits like “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Galveston,” was 81 years old at the time of his death.
20. Jerry Lewis
The renowned comedian, who appeared in films like The Nutty Professor and Cinderfella, died at his home in Las Vegas on Aug. 20. He had reportedly been struggling with various health issues for many years.
In addition to his movie roles and standup routines, Lewis was an active philanthropist, donating millions to various causes, such as muscular dystrophy research.
21. Troy Gentry
Country singer Troy Gentry, the lead singer of Montgomery Gentry, died in a tragic accident in September. The artist passed away in a New Jersey helicopter crash. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
22. Harry Dean Stanton
Actor Harry Dean Stanton died of natural causes in September. The star’s career spanned several decades, with parts in iconic films like Alien, Repo Man, and Pretty in Pink. He most recently starred in Showtime’s revival of Twin Peaks.
Stanton was 91 at the time of his death.
23. Hugh Hefner
The Playboy founder died at 91 years old on Sept. 27. After his father’s death, his son Cooper Hefner released a statement, which read in part: “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.
24. Tom Petty
The Grammy winner and rock legend passed away at the age of 66 after going into cardiac arrest on Oct. 22. The music industry was left stunned by the loss of the singer, known as the leader of the band of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The band, which was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, is behind classic hits, like “Free Fallin'” and “American Girl.”
25. Fats Domino
The rock n’ roll icon, known for hits like “Ain’t That a Shame,” died on Oct. 24 of natural causes. The artist, who has eight children, was among one of the first to join the names in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was 89 years old at the time of his death.