Notable deaths in 2012: A Timeline

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Adam Yauch – May 4The founder of pioneering hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys (their 1986 debut was the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart) also led film production company Oscilloscope…

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Dick Clark – April 18The genial “American Bandstand” host was also a savvy businessman and powerful producer of television, including the Golden Globe Awards and the American Music Awards, which…

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Mike Wallace – April 7The “60 Minutes” newsman was famous for his take-no-prisoners interviewing style, confronting Vladimir Putin, Yasser Arafat and the Ayatollah Khomeini, among many others. | Read…

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Robert B. Sherman – March 6The songwriter (right) and his brother brought the music to classic Disney films including “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and penned the…

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Whitney Houston – Feb. 11The singer employed her remarkable five-octave range on hits including “I Will Always Love You,” featured on the soundtrack of “The Bodyguard,” in which she starred with…

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Ben Gazzara – Feb. 3The actor was most noted for his starring roles in the films of John Cassavetes, including “Husbands” (1970), “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” (1976) and “Opening Night” (1977)…

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Bingham Ray – Jan. 23The film exec was a prime mover within and champion of indie pics. At October Films, which Ray co-founded, he acquired films including Mike Leigh’s “Secrets and Lies,” Lars von…

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Tony Scott – August 19The director of megahit actioner “Top Gun” was also a producer for film, TV and commercials with brother Ridley through their banner Scott Free. | Read More<< PREVIOUS | HOME |…

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From Oscar winners to pop stars, execs to innovators, the entertainment biz saw the passing of some 500 personalities in 2012. And while all lists are inherently subjective, here’s Variety ‘s roster…

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