For the 23rd 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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Oscar Peterson

78

Oscar Peterson · 82

August 15th, 1925 - December 23rd, 2007


Dead AND Canadian.

Ruth Wallis

77

Ruth Wallis · 87

January 5th, 1920 - December 22nd, 2007


Heave Ho, Heave Ho.

Frank Capra, Jr.

76

Frank Capra, Jr. · 73

March 20th, 1934 - December 19th, 2007


Guess what line of work he was in.

Dan Fogelberg

75

Dan Fogelberg · 56

August 13th, 1951 - December 16th, 2007


Longer than there've been fishes in the ocean, we've hated this guy.

Ike Turner

74

Ike Turner · 76

November 5th, 1931 - December 12th, 2007


Looks like he beat Tina to death.

Evel Knievel

73

Evel Knievel · 69

October 17th, 1938 - November 30th, 2007


Finally, he successfully clears the River Styx.

Henry Hyde

72

Henry Hyde · 83

April 18th, 1924 - November 29th, 2007


Dr. Jekyll, however, is doing fine.

Ian Smith

71

Ian Smith · 88

April 8th, 1919 - November 20th, 2007


Politician.

Joe Nuxhall

70

Joe Nuxhall · 79

July 30th, 1928 - November 15th, 2007


The youngest pitcher ever to appear in a Major League game is now just another dead guy.

Norman Mailer

69

Norman Mailer · 84

January 31st, 1923 - November 10th, 2007


Thankfully, the author of The Naked And The Dead has aligned himself with the latter.

Laraine Day

68

Laraine Day · 87

October 13th, 1920 - November 10th, 2007


Call Dr. Kildare. Or don't.

Paul Tibbets

67

Paul Tibbets · 92

February 23rd, 1915 - November 1st, 2007


Paul fall down. Go BOOM.

Robert Goulet

66

Robert Goulet · 73

November 26th, 1933 - October 30th, 2007


There were a lot of high points in his glorious career, but perhaps our favorite is when he sang the Canadian national anthem at WrestleMania VI in Toronto. Look it up.

Joey Bishop

65

Joey Bishop · 89

February 3rd, 1918 - October 17th, 2007


Night takes Bishop.

Deborah Kerr

64

Deborah Kerr · 86

September 30th, 1921 - October 16th, 2007


Pronounced "car," and then scrapped for parts.

Marcel Marceau

63

Marcel Marceau · 84

March 22nd, 1923 - September 22nd, 2007


... ...

Alice Ghostley

62

Alice Ghostley · 83

August 14th, 1924 - September 21st, 2007


Now, how are we supposed to improve on that?

Brett Somers

61

Brett Somers · 83

July 11th, 1924 - September 15th, 2007


Once Charles Nelson Reilly died, there was nobody left who would talk to her.

Bobby Byrd

60

Bobby Byrd · 73

August 15th, 1934 - September 12th, 2007


Get up (get on up)
Get Up! (get on up)
GET UP!! (get on up)

Jane Wyman

59

Jane Wyman · 90

January 5th, 1917 - September 10th, 2007


She married Ronald Reagan after they co-starred in a movie called Brother Rat. There's gotta be something there, but we just can't come up with it.

Luciano Pavarotti

58

Luciano Pavarotti · 71

October 12th, 1935 - September 6th, 2007


Considered by many to be one of the greatest tenors who ever lived, he was known to friends and family as "Big Stinky."

Richard Jewell

57

Richard Jewell · 44

December 17th, 1962 - August 29th, 2007


He was living proof of the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished."
Now, he's not even that.

Butch van Breda Kolff

56

Butch van Breda Kolff · 84

October 28th, 1922 - August 22nd, 2007


He spent almost 50 years coaching basketball, in both college and the pros, and never won a championship. Cool name, though.

Leona Helmsley

55

Leona Helmsley · 87

July 4th, 1920 - August 20th, 2007


She left $12 million to her dog, but not before having his nuts cut off. What a bitch!

Eddie Griffin

54

Eddie Griffin · 25

May 30th, 1982 - August 17th, 2007


He may have been a great power forward, but not up against a moving train.

Brooke Astor

53

Brooke Astor · 105

March 30th, 1902 - August 13th, 2007


And with her final philanthropic act, she makes 531 players a little richer. Nice lady.

Phil Rizzuto

52

Phil Rizzuto · 89

September 25th, 1917 - August 13th, 2007


Holy cow, it's a hit!

Merv Griffin

51

Merv Griffin · 82

July 6th, 1925 - August 12th, 2007


What a twerp this guy was. Richer than shit, but, man, what a twerp.

Lee Hazlewood

50

Lee Hazlewood · 78

July 9th, 1929 - August 4th, 2007


These days, boots are walking all over him.

Tommy Makem

49

Tommy Makem · 74

November 4th, 1932 - August 1st, 2007


Not anymore, he don't.

Ingmar Bergman

48

Ingmar Bergman · 89

July 14th, 1918 - July 30th, 2007


And the Reaper wins another chess match.

Michelangelo Antonioni

47

Michelangelo Antonioni · 94

September 29th, 1912 - July 30th, 2007


Hmmm. Must've been International Film Dude Day.

Bill Walsh

46

Bill Walsh · 75

November 30th, 1931 - July 30th, 2007


He was the football coach who popularized the "West Coast Offense". Maybe a little D would have been better.

Tom Snyder

45

Tom Snyder · 71

May 12th, 1936 - July 29th, 2007


Fire up the simultinis and watch the pictures as they fly through the air, whatever the fuck that means.

Tammy Messner

44

Tammy Messner · 65

March 7th, 1942 - July 20th, 2007


Two different eye makeup companies just went out of business.

Lady Bird Johnson

43

Lady Bird Johnson · 94

December 22nd, 1912 - July 11th, 2007


Doing her part to beautify America.

Beverly Sills

42

Beverly Sills · 78

May 25th, 1929 - July 2nd, 2007


Beverly's still.

Joel Siegel

41

Joel Siegel · 63

July 7th, 1943 - June 29th, 2007


He was a movie critic. Who gives a shit?

Kurt Waldheim

40

Kurt Waldheim · 88

December 21st, 1918 - June 14th, 2007


While it's true that he had many harsh critics, we understand that Kurt was a wonderful dancer.

Don Herbert

39

Don Herbert · 90

June 1st, 1917 - June 12th, 2007


Suck on that, Mr. Wizard.

Charles Nelson Reilly

38

Charles Nelson Reilly · 76

January 13th, 1931 - May 25th, 2007


Charles, however, is a different story altogether.

Jerry Falwell

37

Jerry Falwell · 73

August 11th, 1933 - May 15th, 2007


Can't say we're gonna miss this guy too much.

Wally Schirra

36

Wally Schirra · 84

March 12th, 1923 - May 3rd, 2007


Que Schirra, Schirra.

Tom Poston

35

Tom Poston · 85

October 17th, 1921 - April 30th, 2007


Ever seen Tom Poston? Do they really expect us to believe that he would be married to someone as hot as Suzanne Pleshette? Yeah, right.

Jack Valenti

34

Jack Valenti · 85

September 5th, 1921 - April 26th, 2007


This guy, however, was a total stuffed shirt.

Boris Yeltsin

33

Boris Yeltsin · 76

February 1st, 1931 - April 23rd, 2007


Say what you want about the Russkies — this guy knew how to party.

Kitty Carlisle

32

Kitty Carlisle · 96

September 3rd, 1910 - April 17th, 2007


You'd think with a name like Kitty, she'd be pretty attractive. You'd think.

Don Ho

31

Don Ho · 76

August 13th, 1930 - April 14th, 2007


Not of the nappy-headed variety, but a Ho just the same.

Kurt Vonnegut

30

Kurt Vonnegut · 84

November 11th, 1922 - April 11th, 2007


Breakfast Of Champions? No, dinner of worms.

Roscoe Browne

29

Roscoe Browne · 81

May 2nd, 1925 - April 11th, 2007


Wasn't that a Jim Croce song?

Eddie Robinson

28

Eddie Robinson · 88

February 13th, 1919 - April 3rd, 2007


He had 408 career wins, all of them offset by one significant loss.

Luther Ingram

27

Luther Ingram · 69

November 30th, 1937 - March 19th, 2007


If dying was wrong, he didn't want to be right.

Larry 'Bud' Melman

26

Larry 'Bud' Melman · 85

July 23rd, 1921 - March 19th, 2007


His real name was Calvert DeForest, but by this time next year, will anyone even remember that?

Bowie Kuhn

25

Bowie Kuhn · 80

October 28th, 1926 - March 15th, 2007


Curt Flood is probably kicking his ass right now.

Betty Hutton

24

Betty Hutton · 86

February 26th, 1921 - March 11th, 2007


Nice rack.

Brad Delp

23

Brad Delp · 55

June 12th, 1951 - March 9th, 2007


Less than a feeling.

Ernest Gallo

22

Ernest Gallo · 97

March 18th, 1909 - March 6th, 2007


Say goodbye to that little wino.

Thomas Eagleton

21

Thomas Eagleton · 77

September 4th, 1929 - March 4th, 2007


There's a shocker.

Arthur Schlesinger

20

Arthur Schlesinger · 89

October 15th, 1917 - February 28th, 2007


Bo-o-O-O-O-o-R-i-i-i-ing!

Lamar Lundy

19

Lamar Lundy · 71

April 17th, 1935 - February 24th, 2007


Not quite as fearsome as he once was.

Maurice Papon

18

Maurice Papon · 96

September 3rd, 1910 - February 17th, 2007


A French Nazi, the very worst kind.

Charles Walgreen

17

Charles Walgreen · 100

March 4th, 1906 - February 10th, 2007


He was 100 years old. You know that thing on the front page where we talk about the rich and feeble? This is who we mean.

Anna Nicole Smith

16

Anna Nicole Smith · 39

November 28th, 1967 - February 8th, 2007


But, she seemed so together ....

Lew Burdette

15

Lew Burdette · 80

November 22nd, 1926 - February 6th, 2007


He pitched 158 complete games, and had 203 wins in his 18-year career. He was voted Most Valuable Player of the 1957 World Series with three complete game victories, two of them shutouts. He had outstanding control, averaging just 1.84 walks per nine innings pitched, and he pitched over 3,000 of them. Anyway, he's dead.

Frankie Laine

14

Frankie Laine · 93

March 30th, 1913 - February 6th, 2007


Cross him off, add 'em up,
Add 'em up, cross him off,
Count him out, he's a stiff,
Goodbye!

Molly Ivins

13

Molly Ivins · 62

August 30th, 1944 - January 31st, 2007


She was raised and educated in Texas, but refused to let that hold her back.

Sidney Sheldon

12

Sidney Sheldon · 89

February 11th, 1917 - January 30th, 2007


Naturally, we find ourselves inclined to take it easy on the guy who almost single-handedly gave the world I Dream Of Jeannie.

Tige Andrews

11

Tige Andrews · 86

March 19th, 1920 - January 27th, 2007


Now Captain of the Sod Squad.

Howard Hunt

10

Howard Hunt · 88

October 9th, 1918 - January 23rd, 2007


Not to be confused with E. Howard Hunt, which is a small suburb immediately adjacent to Howard Hunt.

Art Buchwald

9

Art Buchwald · 81

October 20th, 1925 - January 17th, 2007


Art no longer imitates life.

Benny Parsons

8

Benny Parsons · 65

July 12th, 1941 - January 16th, 2007


Threw a rod.

Barzan Hassan al-Tikriti

7

Barzan Hassan al-Tikriti · 55

February 17th, 1951 - January 15th, 2007


Which is Arabic for "Heavier than you think, and not a very strong neck, either."

Michael Brecker

6

Michael Brecker · 57

March 29th, 1949 - January 13th, 2007


He was a true pioneer of "light jazz," and without him, there could be no David Sanborn or Kenny G. Thanks a billion, Mike.

Alice Coltrane

5

Alice Coltrane · 69

August 27th, 1937 - January 12th, 2007


Through the looking glass.

Carlo Ponti

4

Carlo Ponti · 94

December 11th, 1912 - January 9th, 2007


Does this mean Sophia's available ...?

Yvonne De Carlo

3

Yvonne De Carlo · 84

September 1st, 1922 - January 8th, 2007


She was 130-something when The Munsters was on, and that was in the '60s!

Sneaky Pete Kleinow

2

Sneaky Pete Kleinow · 72

August 20th, 1934 - January 6th, 2007


Well, he wasn't on anybody's list, so, that's kinda sneaky.

Teddy Kollek

1

Teddy Kollek · 95

May 27th, 1911 - January 2nd, 2007


Really? That's what we start the year with, Teddy Kollek?

 

 

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