For the 21st year running, we present our fondest farewells to the recently departed.

If they were on any lists — or if they mattered at all in the world — you'll find them here.

If you're looking for everybody, then you need to head on over to the Directory.

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Gene Gene the Dancing Machine

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Gene Gene the Dancing Machine · 82

April 25th, 1932 - March 13th, 2015


He closed The Gong Show for years with his crazy, wiggly-footed dancing. Now that, my friends, is a celebrity.

Sam Simon

15

Sam Simon · 59

June 6th, 1955 - March 8th, 2015


D'oh!

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy · 83

March 26th, 1931 - February 27th, 2015


At least he prospered.

Lesley Gore

13

Lesley Gore · 68

May 2nd, 1946 - February 16th, 2015


You would cry too, if it happened to you.

Louis Jourdan

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Louis Jourdan · 93

June 19th, 1921 - February 14th, 2015


He escaped Nazi-occupied Paris and starred in dozens of critically-acclaimed, classic films alongside some of the most famous and beloved actors of all time. But you probably remember him from Octopussy.

Gary Owens

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Gary Owens · 80

May 10th, 1934 - February 12th, 2015


From beautiful downtown Burbank!

Jerry Tarkanian

10

Jerry Tarkanian · 84

August 8th, 1930 - February 11th, 2015


Rebel without...well, anything, really.

Dean Smith

9

Dean Smith · 83

February 28th, 1931 - February 7th, 2015


Ran out the clock.

Charlie Sifford

8

Charlie Sifford · 92

June 2nd, 1922 - February 4th, 2015


Looks like he took one stroke too many.

Rod McKuen

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Rod McKuen · 81

April 29th, 1933 - January 29th, 2015


He tried out ranch hand, surveyor, railroad worker, lumberjack, rodeo cowboy, stuntman, and radio disk jockey before he landed on poetry. We can't figure out if he did it FOR the girls or because he HATED girls.

Joe Franklin

6

Joe Franklin · 88

March 9th, 1926 - January 24th, 2015


He says he interviewed over 300,000 guests in his 42 years on the air. He may have been great on TV, but he sucked at math.

Ernie Banks

5

Ernie Banks · 83

January 31st, 1931 - January 23rd, 2015


He played his entire career for the Cubs, so really he was already dead inside.

King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

4

King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud · 90

August 1st, 1924 - January 22nd, 2015


He had 32 children. Hard to believe it wasn't suicide.

Stuart Scott

3

Stuart Scott · 49

July 19th, 1965 - January 4th, 2015


Much, much cooler than the other side of the pillow.

Little Jimmy Dickens

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Little Jimmy Dickens · 94

December 19th, 1920 - January 2nd, 2015


It's pretty tough to beat "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose".

Mario Cuomo

1

Mario Cuomo · 82

June 15th, 1932 - January 1st, 2015


Hamlet under the Hudson

 
 

 

Guess the Stiff!

Say what you want about American cars, but you have to be impressed with a Ford that runs for 93 years.

(d) July 8th, 2011