2016

by Gran2

January

  • Maria Teresa de Filippis, 89 (11 November 1926 – 8 January 2016) – Italian racing driver, the first women to compete in Formula One.
  • Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart
  • David Bowie – Legendary British singer, actor and icon who was one of the biggest selling artists of all time and influenced a generation with songs such as “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars”, “Changes”, “Starman” and “Heroes”, covering a range of musical styles and physical appearances. Had a number of acting roles, including as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. Released his final album, Blackstar, just two days before his death from liver cancer.
  • David Margulies – American actor who played the mayor in Ghostbusters.
  • Alan Rickman – British actor with dozens of iconic film roles including acerbic villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard (his first ever film role), enigmatic Professor Severus Snape in all eight of the Harry Potter films, sarcastically type-cast actor Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest and the honourable Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility amongst many, many more. A wondeful actor who stole the show in basically everything he did, his death from pancreatic cancer was very unexpected.
    Rene Angelili
    Sheila Sim
    Cecil Parkinson
    Abe Vigoda
    Frank Finley
    Sir Terry Wogan Irish broadcaster, probably the best presenter Britain has ever had. Presented Wake Up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2 for xx to a huge audience, noted for his relaxed broadcasting style and ease of making you feel you were the only one listening. Also presented popular chat show Wogan, game show Blankety Blank and the driving force in the annual Children in Need fundraiser. Was also the legendarily piss taking commentator of the BBC’s Eurovision coverage for decades. Worked right up until a few months before his unexpected death from cancer.
    Joe Alaskey
    Ray Colcord
    Phil Gartside
    Antonin Scalia
    George Gaynes
    Boutros Boutros-Ghali
    Bob Elliott
    Umberto Eco
    Harper Lee
    Tom Mullica
    Douglas Slocombe
    Frank Kelly
    George Kennedy
    Louise Rennison
    Tony Warren
    Louise Plowright
    Martin Crowe
    Sara Tait
    Joey Feek
    Pat Conroy
    Nancy Reagan
    George Martin
    Adrienne Corri
    Ken Adam
    Drewe Henley
    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
    Syvlia Anderson
    Cliff Michelmore
    Daryl Coley
    Paul Daniels
    Barry Hines
    Rob Ford
    Anker Jorgensen
    Johan Cruyff
    Garry Shandling
    Patty Duke
    Ronnie Corbett (4 December 1930 – 31 March 2016) – British actor and entertainer. Participant in The Frost Report (including the legendary ‘Class sketch’) before joining forces with Ronnie Barker for sketch show The Two Ronnies. One of the all-time great comedy shows, with sketches such as ‘Four Candles’, ‘Mastermind’ and ‘Opticians’, it ran from 1971 to 1987, with Corbett performing an intentionally rambling monologue in each episode, while sitting in a chair designed to highlight his small stature. He also starred as hen-pecked son Timothy Lumsden in Sorry! from 1981-1988. Corbett remained active till shortly before his death, appearing in Extras (as himself, snorting crack at the BAFTAs) and various panel shows and revival specials, including covering for Bruce Forsyth as host on an episode of Strictly Come Dancing. He had been in ill health for a while but his death aged 85 was still a surprise and led to a wave of tributes as one of the most celebrated figures in British comedy.
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