Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order” (pictured, left, with Jesse L. Martin) and elsewhere, died July 22 in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.
Julie Harris, one of Broadway’s most honored performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in “I Am a Camera” to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst”, died Aug. 24. She was 87.
Annette Funicello, who first gained fame as a 12-year-old Mousekeeter on Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s and then starred opposite Frankie Avalon in a series of musical beach party films of the early 1960s, died April 8. She was 70.
Film critic Roger Ebert was not only the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, but one of the only critics known to the general public, thanks to his long-running movie review shows such as “Sneak Previews” and his thumbs-up or down movie reviews. He died April 4 in Chicago of complications from cancer, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was 70.
(with Carroll O’Connor in “All in the Family” actress
actor, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”
British broadcaster David Frost, who was best known for a series of interviews with former President Richard Nixon (pictured), died Aug. 31 while on board the Queen Elizabeth sailing to the Mediterranean. During his career, he interviewed six U.S. presidents, eight British prime ministers, several members of the British royal family and a host of celebrities.
Emmy-winning and Oscar- and Tony-nominated writer Fay Kanin, who was the first full-term female president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, an advocate for film preservation and a mainstay on the Hollywood circuit for decades, died March 27. She was 95.
Henry Bromell, a respected writer and showrunner with a long list of credits on prestigious TV dramas including most recently “Homeland,” died March 18 of heart-related complications at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. He was 65.