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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Brittany Murphy

65

Brittany Murphy · 32

November 10th, 1977 - December 20th, 2009


Girl, Interrupted.

Dan O'Bannon

64

Dan O'Bannon · 63

September 30th, 1946 - December 17th, 2009


In a casket, nobody can hear you scream.

Jennifer Jones

63

Jennifer Jones · 90

March 2nd, 1919 - December 17th, 2009


Death is a Many-Splendored Thing ...

Chris Henry

62

Chris Henry · 26

May 17th, 1983 - December 17th, 2009


His contract specifically said: No Pickup Games.

Roy Disney

61

Roy Disney · 79

January 10th, 1930 - December 16th, 2009


Walt's Goofy nephew.

Oral Roberts

60

Oral Roberts · 91

January 24th, 1918 - December 15th, 2009


Looks like Jesus is getting himself some Oral.

Gene Barry

59

Gene Barry · 90

June 14th, 1919 - December 9th, 2009


A longtime cabaret and touring stage performer, Mr. Barry played President Richard M. Nixon in a 1982 Atlanta production of "Watergate: A Musical." Can't believe that wasn't a bigger hit.

Tommy Henrich

58

Tommy Henrich · 96

February 20th, 1913 - December 1st, 2009


Really old. Not reliable.

John Mohammed

57

John Mohammed · 48

December 31st, 1960 - November 10th, 2009


Snipe this, scumbag.

Carl Ballantine

56

Carl Ballantine · 92

September 27th, 1917 - November 3rd, 2009


Poof! He's gone!

Claude Levi-Strauss

55

Claude Levi-Strauss · 100

November 28th, 1908 - November 1st, 2009


Actually, he was an anthropologist. But he probably WORE jeans, if that makes you feel less stupid.

Soupy Sales

54

Soupy Sales · 83

January 8th, 1926 - October 22nd, 2009


He was sort of a poor man's Jerry Lewis, if you can fathom such a thing.

Lou Albano

53

Lou Albano · 76

July 29th, 1933 - October 14th, 2009


Down for the count.

Al Martino

52

Al Martino · 82

October 7th, 1927 - October 13th, 2009


Now he doesn't even have ONE heart.

Susan Atkins

51

Susan Atkins · 61

May 7th, 1948 - September 25th, 2009


Parole granted.

Mary Travers

50

Mary Travers · 72

November 9th, 1936 - September 16th, 2009


If she had a hammer, she'd still be dead.

Henry Gibson

49

Henry Gibson · 73

September 21st, 1935 - September 16th, 2009


"The Afterlife" ... by Henry Gibson.

Patrick Swayze

48

Patrick Swayze · 57

August 18th, 1952 - September 14th, 2009


Dirt Dancin' is too simple, and "Somebody sent Swayze to the coroner," is too obscure. Ghost? Fuck! This is when running a dead pool is just plain HARD.

Larry Gelbart

47

Larry Gelbart · 81

February 25th, 1928 - September 12th, 2009


Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen.

Norman Borlaug

46

Norman Borlaug · 95

March 25th, 1914 - September 12th, 2009


They called him "The Father of modern agriculture". That must have got him a TON of chicks.

Jim Carroll

45

Jim Carroll · 59

August 1st, 1950 - September 11th, 2009


4 ups and 1 BIG down.

Army Archerd

44

Army Archerd · 87

January 13th, 1922 - September 8th, 2009


An Army of One. No, make that Zero.

Dominick Dunne

43

Dominick Dunne · 83

October 29th, 1925 - August 26th, 2009


All dunne.

Ted Kennedy

42

Ted Kennedy · 77

February 22nd, 1932 - August 25th, 2009


Another Kennedy? Shouldn't we be out of them by now?

Bob Novak

41

Bob Novak · 78

February 26th, 1931 - August 18th, 2009


Now he gets to meet the real Prince of Darkness.

Les Paul

40

Les Paul · 94

June 9th, 1915 - August 13th, 2009


No Les, no more.

Eunice Shriver

39

Eunice Shriver · 88

July 10th, 1921 - August 11th, 2009


That only leaves 2 more from the Kennedy clan - unless you count the NINETEEN kids they had. Hard to believe they just aren't dying fast enough.

John Hughes

38

John Hughes · 59

February 18th, 1950 - August 6th, 2009


Alone, but not at home.

Budd Schulberg

37

Budd Schulberg · 95

March 27th, 1914 - August 5th, 2009


He coulda been a contender. Without, you know, that whole dying thing.

Corazon Aquino

36

Corazon Aquino · 76

January 25th, 1933 - July 31st, 2009


Aqui? No.

Frank McCourt

35

Frank McCourt · 78

August 19th, 1930 - July 19th, 2009


Mix his ashes up with Angela's.

Walter Cronkite

34

Walter Cronkite · 92

November 4th, 1916 - July 17th, 2009


And that's the way it is, July 17th, 2009.

Robert McNamara

33

Robert McNamara · 93

June 9th, 1916 - July 6th, 2009


Known as the chief architect of the Vietnam war. Thanks, Bob.

Allen Klein

32

Allen Klein · 77

December 18th, 1931 - July 4th, 2009


Sort of a behind-the-scenes Yoko, if you will.

Karl Malden

31

Karl Malden · 97

March 22nd, 1912 - July 1st, 2009


Left home.

Billy Mays

30

Billy Mays · 50

July 20th, 1958 - June 28th, 2009


The next 100 callers will most likely be on hold for a very long time.

Farrah Fawcett

29

Farrah Fawcett · 62

February 2nd, 1947 - June 25th, 2009


Not just Charlie's angel anymore.

Sky Saxon

28

Sky Saxon · 71

August 20th, 1937 - June 25th, 2009


Clearly, he was pushing too hard.

Michael Jackson

27

Michael Jackson · 50

August 29th, 1958 - June 25th, 2009


He touched so many...

Ed McMahon

26

Ed McMahon · 86

March 6th, 1923 - June 23rd, 2009


Heeeeeeeeeeere's Eternity!

Kenny Rankin

25

Kenny Rankin · 69

February 10th, 1940 - June 7th, 2009


Peaceful indeed.

Koko Taylor

24

Koko Taylor · 80

September 28th, 1928 - June 3rd, 2009


This is what happens when you keep wang dang doodling all night long.

David Carradine

23

David Carradine · 72

December 8th, 1936 - June 3rd, 2009


Dead Fu.

Chuck Daly

22

Chuck Daly · 78

July 20th, 1930 - May 9th, 2009


Might as well now.

Dom DiMaggio

21

Dom DiMaggio · 92

February 12th, 1917 - May 8th, 2009


Looks like that 33,597 day breathing streak is over.

Dom DeLuise

20

Dom DeLuise · 75

August 1st, 1933 - May 5th, 2009


Dom Dead. Decomposing delightfully. Deadpoolers delirious.

Danny Gans

19

Danny Gans · 52

October 25th, 1956 - May 1st, 2009


The Las Vegas billboard industry just took a BIG hit.

Bea Arthur

18

Bea Arthur · 86

May 13th, 1922 - April 25th, 2009


And then there's mold.

Doc Blanchard

17

Doc Blanchard · 84

December 11th, 1924 - April 19th, 2009


The doctor is out.

Marilyn Chambers

16

Marilyn Chambers · 56

April 22nd, 1952 - April 12th, 2009


Under the Green Floor ...

Lou Saban

15

Lou Saban · 87

October 13th, 1921 - March 29th, 2009


Football coach - from when the footballs and helmets were made out of the same stuff.

Natasha Richardson

14

Natasha Richardson · 45

May 11th, 1963 - March 19th, 2009


Went downhill fast.

Horton Foote

13

Horton Foote · 92

March 14th, 1916 - March 4th, 2009


One Foote in the grave.

Paul Harvey

12

Paul Harvey · 90

September 4th, 1918 - February 28th, 2009


Good day - you irritating, monotone, over opinionated, one-trick-pony weasel.

Philip Farmer

11

Philip Farmer · 91

January 26th, 1918 - February 25th, 2009


He wrote "A Woman a Day" and "Blown". We might be on to what killed him.

James Whitmore

10

James Whitmore · 87

October 1st, 1921 - February 6th, 2009


Brooks was here.

Lux Interior

9

Lux Interior · 62

October 21st, 1946 - February 4th, 2009


Design flaw.

Ingemar Johansson

8

Ingemar Johansson · 76

September 22nd, 1932 - January 30th, 2009


Down for the count.

John Updike

7

John Updike · 76

March 18th, 1932 - January 27th, 2009


Rabbit make space.

Andrew Wyeth

6

Andrew Wyeth · 91

July 12th, 1917 - January 16th, 2009


Easel come, easel go.

Ricardo Montalban

5

Ricardo Montalban · 88

November 25th, 1920 - January 14th, 2009


Boss...? Boss...?

Patrick McGoohan

4

Patrick McGoohan · 80

March 19th, 1928 - January 13th, 2009


Number Deep 6.

Griffin Bell

3

Griffin Bell · 90

October 31st, 1918 - January 5th, 2009


Rung.

Pat Hingle

2

Pat Hingle · 84

July 19th, 1924 - January 3rd, 2009


Hingle buried.

Claiborne Pell

1

Claiborne Pell · 90

November 22nd, 1918 - January 1st, 2009


And our first stiff of the year is the exciting senator from Rhode Island, creator of the Pell Grant, and apparently the only politician on all of Wikipedia without a "scandals" section. Going to be a big year.

 

 

Guess the Stiff!

Acht ... Neun ... Zehn ... AUS!

(d) February 2nd, 2005