July 27, 2021

Remembering the entertainment and arts figures we lost in 2020

As the year draws to a close, it is time to remember the figures from the worlds of arts and entertainment who died in 2020. Here is a look back at some of those to whom we said farewell.JanuaryDerek Fowlds, Terry Jones and Nicholas Parsonsimage copyrightPA Media/BBCThe new decade began with the deaths of Yes Minister actor Derek Fowlds, Monty Python star Terry Jones and long-time Just A Minute host Nicholas Parsons. We also lost:TV medium Derek AcorahScottish entertainer Tom AlexanderAuthor Marion Chesney Gibbons, aka MC BeatonUpstairs, Downstairs actor Christopher BeenyOscar-winning basketball star Kobe BryantCoronation Street actor Neville BuswellBBC Radio Ulster presenter Stephen ClementsThis Life producer Tony GarnettThe Graduate screenwriter Buck HenryUgly Betty creator Silvio HortaRocky Johnson, father of ‘The Rock’Highlander actor Stan KirschUS folk singer David OlneyRush drummer Neil PeartChristopher Tolkien, son of JRR TolkienProzac Nation author Elizabeth WurtzelShort presentational grey lineFebruaryKirk Douglas and Caroline Flackimage copyrightGetty Images/PA MediaThis was the month that Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas left us at the age of 103. It was also the month that TV presenter Caroline Flack died aged 40. We also lost:US actor Orson BeanUS actor Robert ConradTV astronomer Heather CouperFriday Night Dinner star Frances CukaUS novelist Clive CusslerGang Of Four guitarist Andy GillTheatre director Terry HandsWild Geese mercenary ‘Mad Mike’ HoareSuspense novelist Mary Higgins ClarkBristol music scene champion Naoki IijimaHidden Figures inspiration Katherine JohnsonShoestring actor Michael MedwinNigerian trumpeter Victor OlaiyaUS rapper Pop SmokeMash co-creator Gene ReynoldsMazzy Star co-founder David RobackLadysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph ShabalalaBritish actor John ShrapnelQueen of Katwe actress Nikita Pearl WaligwaBBC broadcaster Simon WarrMusic manager Tom WatkinsDJ and producer Andrew WeatherallShort presentational grey lineMarchRoy Hudd, Kenny Rogers and Max Von Sydowimage copyrightPA Media/Getty ImagesThis was the month we said goodbye to comedian Roy Hudd, country singer Kenny Rogers and actor Max Von Sydow, star of The Exorcist and Flash Gordon. We also lost:Desperately Seeking Susan actor Mark BlumCameroonian saxophonist Manu DibangoStar Wars actor Andrew JackBritish artist Paul KarslakeInside the Actors Studio host James LiptonOriginal Supreme singer Barbara MartinUS playwright Terrence McNallyUS songwriter Alan MerrillFormer Radio 2 presenter Pete MitchelllChef and restaurateur Michel RouxFormer BBC journalist John StevensonAsterix co-creator Albert UderzoUS soul singer Bill WithersShort presentational grey lineAprilHonor Blackman, Eddie Large and Tim Brooke-Taylorimage copyrightBBC/Getty ImagesGoldfinger actress Honor Blackman, comedian Eddie Large and Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor were among those who left us during the fourth month of 2020. We also lost:Nigerian drummer Tony AllenDoctor Who writer Pip BakerUK rapper Black The RipperEx-Telegraph editor John BryantUS actor Brian DennehySwedish author Per Olov EnquistFormer Watchdog host Lynn Faulds WoodThe Gentle Touch actress Jill GascoineNorthern Irish actor BJ HoggSomali musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein HudeidiBollywood actor Rishi KapoorSlumdog Millionaire actor Irrfan KhanJazz saxophonist Lee KonitzEx-BBC journalist Paul LambertWelsh language lecturer Dr Tedi MillwardRadio Caroline founder Ronan O’RahillyUS country-folk singer John PrineASAP Mob rapper Chynna RogersLittle Women: Atlanta star Ashley RossSongwriter Adam SchlesingerChilean writer Luis SepúlvedaKenyan author Ken WaliboraShort presentational grey lineMayLittle Richard, Florian Schneider and Betty Wrightimage copyrightGetty ImagesThis was the month the music world bid farewell to rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard, Kraftwerk founder Florian Schneider and R&B singer Betty Wright. We also lost:Boys from the Blackstuff actor Michael AngelisWas (Not Was) vocalist Hillard ‘Sweet Pea’ AtkinsonGogglebox star June BernicoffTwilight actor Gregory Tyree BoyceAlgerian singer Hamid Cheriet, aka IdirBulgarian-born artist ChristoMagician and entertainer Roy HornWest African singer Mory KantéWrestler and reality TV star Hana KimuraBeatles photographer Astrid KirchherrPlaywright and activist Larry KramerPretty Things frontman Phil MayMonty Don’s golden retriever NigelFrench actor Michel PiccoliThe Bill actor Tony ScannellMy Boy Lollipop singer Millie SmallComedian and Seinfeld star Jerry StillerMercury-nominated UK rapper TyUS actor and comedian Fred WillardShort presentational grey lineJuneSir Ian Holm, Dame Vera Lynn and Carl Reinerimage copyrightReuters/BBC/Getty ImagesThis was the month three beloved veterans – actor Sir Ian Holm, Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn and comedy legend Carl Reiner – left us. We also lost:Beatles photographer Fiona AdamsHollywood producer Steve BingAuthor James Bowen’s ‘Street Cat’ BobActor and activist Louis MahoneyMash composer Johnny MandelFormer Pointer Sisters singer Bonnie PointerCuban singer Margarita PracatanThe Sweet bassist Steve PriestBollywood actor Sushant Singh RajputLost Boys director Joel SchumacherWelsh singer Ricky ValanceSpanish novelist Carlos Ruiz ZafónShort presentational grey lineJulyOlivia de Havilland, Ennio Morricone and Alan Parkerimage copyrightGetty Images/Reuters/PA MediaThis was the month we said a sad goodbye to Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland, composer Ennio Morricone and film director Alan Parker. We also lost:Scottish entertainer Johnny BeattieFilm and TV actor Earl CameronMagic School Bus author Joanna ColeBroadway and TV actor Nick CorderoBritish novelist Josephine CoxCountry singer Charlie DanielsFairport Convention singer Judy DybleTime Out founder Tony ElliottFleetwood Mac co-founder Peter GreenMythbusters host Grant ImaharaPrimal Scream singer Denise JohnsonLisa Marie Presley’s son Benjamin KeoughBollywood choreographer Saroj KhanPorridge director Sydney LotterbyOrlando Bloom’s labradoodle MightyBBC Radio Wales broadcaster Chris NeedsUS TV host Regis PhilbinUS actress Kelly PrestonVideo games streamer ReckfulGlee cast member Naya RiveraScottish actor Maurice RoevesJazz singer and actress Annie RossTeenage actor Lewis SewellCardiacs singer Tim SmithSocial media star Nicole TheaWelsh broadcaster Andrew ‘Tommo’ ThomasShort presentational grey lineAugustChadwick Boseman and Ben Cross as he appeared in The Citadelimage copyrightReuters/BBCThis month saw the unexpected death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman as well as the demise of Chariots of Fire actor Ben Cross. We also lost:Music producer Martin BirchClassical guitarist Julian BreamCocoon actor Wilford BrimleyNetflix documentary subject Daisy ColemanRuPaul’s Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayneAmerican pianist Leon Fleisher1960s pop star Wayne FontanaWrestler James ‘Kamala’ HarrisSinger and actor Trini LopezCapital FM producer Joe LyonsGranada Reports presenter Tony MorrisChildren’s author James NashUS media mogul Sumner RedstoneScooby-Doo co-creator Joe RubyRed Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack ShermanRupert Young, twin brother of singer WillShort presentational grey lineSeptemberSir Terence Conran and Dame Diana Riggimage copyrightEPA/BBCThis was the month we said goodbye to a pair of British icons – designer Sir Terence Conran and Dame Diana Rigg, star of The Avengers and Game of Thrones. We also lost:Kool & The Gang founder Ronald BellSynth pioneer Simeon CoxeCountry songwriter Mac DavisFour Seasons singer Tommy DeVitoNewspaper editor Sir Harold EvansSinger and campaigner Patti FlynnFrench singer Juliette GrecoForrest Gump author Winston GroomPlaywright Sir Ronald HarwoodReggae pioneer ‘Toots’ HibbertWelsh author and dramatist Emyr HumphreysThe Emotions singer Pamela HutchinsonClassical actress Barbara JeffordOzzy Osbourne drummer Lee KerslakeJackass star and wrestler Stevie LeeEarly Doors actor Rodney LitchfieldMoonraker star Michael LonsdaleSo Awkward actor Archie LyndhurstChildren’s author Sam McBratneyCzech film director Jiri MenzelBay City Rollers member Ian MitchellColombian-American DJ Erick MorilloBeauty blogger Ethan Peters, aka Ethan Is SupremeAustralian singer and actress Helen ReddyJackie Stallone, mother to actor SylvesterZ Cars actor Frank WindsorShort presentational grey lineOctoberBobby Ball as he appeared in Last of the Summer Wine, Frank Bough and Sir Sean Conneryimage copyrightBBC/PA MediaThis was the month we said farewell to comedian Bobby Ball, long-time BBC presenter Frank Bough and film star Sir Sean Connery, the first big-screen Bond. We also lost:Costume designer Bhanu AthaiyaActor Thomas Jefferson ByrdDancer Marge ChampionWelsh guitarist Spencer DavisDeondra Dixon, Jamie Foxx’s sisterUS actress Conchata FerrellBritish journalist Robert FiskHollywood actress Rhonda FlemingSinger and guitarist Gordon HaskellIsle of Man-born photographer Chris KillipLes Miserables lyricist Herbert KretzmerFormer Emmerdale actor Johnny LeezeTony Lewis of 1980s band The OutfieldBelfast-born poet Derek MahonReggae singer Johnny NashBond actress Margaret NolanBritish novelist Jill Paton WalshActivist and filmmaker James RedfordParalympics dancer Dave TooleRapper Brian Trotter, aka Kent Won’t StopGreat British Bake Off finalist Luis TroyanoRock guitarist Eddie Van HalenShort presentational grey lineNovemberDes O’Connor, Geoffrey Palmer and John Sessionsimage copyrightPA MediaThis was the month we paid our respects to entertainer Des O’Connor, TV and film actor Geoffrey Palmer and the actor and comedian John Sessions. We also lost:Bobby Brown Jr, son of singer BobbyIndian actor Soumitra ChatterjeeBritish journalist Robert FiskScottish entertainer William ‘Buff’ HardieUS actor Eddie HassellUriah Heep keyboardist Ken HensleyUK music agent Ben KouijzerAmerican Idol finalist Nikki McKibbinTravel writer and journalist Jan MorrisDarth Vader actor Dave ProwseBack to the Future actress Elsa RavenScooby-Doo co-creator Ken SpearsRecording engineer Bruce SwedienJeopardy! host Alex TrebekMasterChef Junior star Ben WatkinsShort presentational grey lineDecemberJohn le Carré and Dame Barbara Windsorimage copyrightPA MediaAs this most challenging of years drew to a close we said goodbye to best-selling author John le Carré and much-loved actress Dame Barbara Windsor. We also lost:BBC golf commentator Peter AllissConductor Kenneth AlwynStar Wars actor Jeremy BullochFrench designer Pierre CardinFormer BBC sports reporter Kevin GeareyIsraeli virtuoso violinist Ivry GitlisMad Max actor Hugh Keays-ByrneSouth Korean director Kim Ki-dukFriday Night Dinner actress Rosalind KnightTV ident designer Martin Lambie-NairnBond production designer Peter LamontMexican singer-songwriter Armando ManzaneroBread actress Eileen PollockCountry music star Charley PrideTracey Beaker Returns actress Kay PurcellBroadway actress Ann ReinkingByker Grove creator Adele RoseChad Stuart of pop duo Chad & JeremySteel Magnolias actress Carol SuttonBritish fashion model Stella TennantChinese pianist Fou Ts’ongPiano teacher Dame Fanny WatermanGilligan’s Island actress Dawn WellsThe Right Stuff inspiration Chuck Yeager

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