This is a tribute to some of the stars who shed their mortal coil in exchange for eternal fame.
Sidney Poitier KBE (20 February 1927—6 January 2022) was an American actor, film director, and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first black actor and the first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Michael Lee Aday (27 September 1947—20 January 2022), known professionally as Meat Loaf, was an American rock singer and actor. He was noted for his powerful, wide-ranging voice and theatrical live shows. He is on the list of best-selling music artists. His Bat Out of Hell trilogy — Bat Out of Hell (1977), Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993), and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (2006) — has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
Gary Brooker MBE (29 May 1945—19 February 2022) was an English singer and pianist, and the founder and lead singer of the rock band Procol Harum.
Sally Clare Kellerman (2 June 1937—24 February 2022) was an American actress and singer whose acting career spanned 60 years. Her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman’s film MASH (1970) earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
William Hurt (20 March 1950—13 March 2022) was an American actor. Known for his performances on stage and screen, he received various awards, including an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor.
Madeleine Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová; 15 May 1937— 23 March 2022) was an American diplomat and political scientist who served as the 64th United States secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, Albright was the first woman to hold that post.
June Muriel Brown OBE (16 February 1927—3 April 2022) was an English actress and author. She was best known for her role as Dot Cotton on the BBC soap opera EastEnders (1985–1993; 1997–2020). In 2005, she won Best Actress at the Inside Soap Awards, and she received the Lifetime Achievement award at The British Soap Awards.
Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried (28 February 1955—12 April 2022) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was known for his exaggerated shrill voice, a strong New York accent, and edgy, often controversial, sense of humour. His numerous roles in film and television include voicing Iago in the Aladdin animated films and series, Digit LeBoid in Cyberchase, Kraang Subprime in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Aflac Duck. He was also known for his role as Mr Peabody in the Problem Child film series.
Ray Liotta (18 December 1954—26 May 2022) was an American actor. He was best known for his roles as Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989) and Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas (1990). He was a Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor and received nominations for a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Andrew Fletcher (8 July 1961—26 May 2022), also known as Fletch, was an English keyboard player and founding member of the electronic band Depeche Mode. In 2020, he and the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Philip Baker Hall (10 September 1931—12 June 2022) was an American character actor. He was known for his collaborations with Paul Thomas Anderson, including Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999). He also starred in leading roles in films, such as Secret Honor (1984) and Duck (2005). Hall had supporting roles in many films, including Say Anything… (1989), The Truman Show (1998), The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), The Insider (1999), Lost Souls (2000), The Contender (2000), Bruce Almighty (2003), Dogville (2003), Zodiac (2007), 50/50 (2011) and Argo (2012). He received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead for his role in Hard Eight and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture for Boogie Nights and Magnolia.
Alec John Such (14 November 14 1951—5 June 2022) was an American musician. He was best known as a founding member of the rock band Bon Jovi. As their bass player from 1983 to 1994, he played on their first five albums.Such started his musical career in the New Jersey band Phantom’s Opera, which performed both covers and original songs. In the early 1980s, he also played in the hard rock band Message, which included guitarist Richie Sambora.
James Caan (26 March 26, 1940—6 July 2022) was an American actor. He came to prominence playing Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (1972) — a performance which earned him Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor. He reprised his role in The Godfather Part II (1974). He received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.
Nichelle Nichols (born Grace Dell Nichols; 28 December 1932—30 July 2022) was an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek and its film sequels. Nichols’ portrayal of Uhura was groundbreaking for African American actresses on American television. From 1977 until 2015, Nichols volunteered her time to promote NASA’s programs and recruit diverse astronauts, including some of the first female and ethnic minority astronauts.
Olivia Newton-John AC DBE (26 September 1948—8 August 2022) was a British-Australian singer, actress and activist. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included 15 top-ten singles, including five #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and two number-one albums on the Billboard 200: “If You Love Me, Let Me Know” (1974) and “Have You Never Been Mellow” (1975). Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four 2× platinum) have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). But of course, she is mainly for her role in Grease.
Roger E. Mosley (18 December 1938—7 August 2022) was an American actor, director, and writer best known for his role as the helicopter pilot Theodore “T.C.” Calvin in the CBS television series Magnum, P.I., which, originally aired from 1980 until 1988.
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 21 April 1926—8 September 2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until she died in 2022. She was queen regnant of 32 sovereign states during her lifetime and was head of state of 15 realms at the time of her death. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days was the longest of any British monarch and the longest verified reign of any female monarch in history.
Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother). Her father acceded to the throne in 1936 upon the abdication of his brother Edward VIII, making the ten-year-old Princess Elizabeth the heir presumptive. She was educated privately at home and began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In November 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, and their marriage lasted 73 years until he died in 2021. They had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.
Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (August 1, 1963 – September 28, 2022), known professionally as Coolio, was an American rapper. First rising to fame as a member of the gangsta rap group WC and the Maad Circle, Coolio achieved mainstream success as a solo artist in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums, “It Takes a Thief” (1994), “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995), and “My Soul” (1997).
Anthony Robert McMillan OBE (30 March 1950 – 14 October 2022), known professionally as Robbie Coltrane, was a Scottish actor and comedian. He gained worldwide recognition in the 2000s for playing Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series. He was appointed an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama. In 1990, Coltrane received the Evening Standard British Film Award—Peter Sellers Award for Comedy. In 2011, he was honoured for his “outstanding contribution” to film at the British Academy Scotland Awards.
Jerry Lee Lewis (29 September 1935—28 October 2022) was an American pianist, singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “The Killer,” he was described as “rock ‘n‘ roll’s first great wild man.” A pioneer of rock ‘n‘ roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in 1952 at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana, and early recordings in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. “Crazy Arms” sold 300,000 copies in the Southern United States, but it was his 1957 hit “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” that shot Lewis to worldwide fame. He followed this with the major hits “Great Balls of Fire”, “Breathless,” and “High School Confidential.” His rock ‘n‘ roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin once removed.
Christine McVie (née Perfect; 12 July 1943—30 November 2022) was an English musician and songwriter. She was best known as a keyboardist and one of the vocalists of Fleetwood Mac.
McVie was a member of several bands, notably Chicken Shack, in the mid-1960s British Blues scene. She began working with Fleetwood Mac in 1968, initially as a session player, before joining the band in 1970. Her first compositions with Fleetwood Mac appeared on their fifth album, Future Games. She remained with the band through many changes of line-up, writing songs and performing lead vocals, before partially retiring in 1998. She was described as “the prime mover behind some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits”. Eight songs written or co-written by McVie, including “Don’t Stop,” “Everywhere,” and “Little Lies,” appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s 1988 “Greatest Hits” album. She appeared as a session musician on the band’s last studio album, “Say You Will.” She also released three solo studio albums.
Irene Cara (18 March 1959—25 November 2022) was an American singer, songwriter and actress of Black, Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. Cara rose to prominence for her role as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical film Fame, and for recording the film’s title song “Fame,” which reached No. 1 in several countries.
In 1983, Cara co-wrote and sang the song “Flashdance… What a Feeling” (from the film Flashdance), for which she shared an Academy Award for Best Original Song and won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984. Before her success with Fame, Cara portrayed the title character Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 musical drama film Sparkle.
Maxwell Fraser (14 June 1957—23 December 2022), better known by his stage name Maxi Jazz, was a British musician, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ. He was the lead vocalist of the British electronic band Faithless from 1995 to 2011 and from 2015 to 2016.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento (23 October 1940—29 December 2022), known by his nickname Pelé, was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and labelled “the greatest” by FIFA, he was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. In 2000, Pelé was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century. His 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, which includes friendlies, are recognised as a Guinness World Record.