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Stephen Hawking, scientist
(Jan. 8, 1942 — March 14, 2018) When he spoke, people listened. As a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking changed the way scientists think about the universe. Among his accomplishments: his prediction in the 1970s that black holes can emit energy. Time after time, Hawking beat the odds, including in his personal life. At 21, he was diagnosed with a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which eventually made him use a wheelchair. He was given only a few years to live. But the university professor kept working despite the debilitating disease and wrote many books, including A Brief History of Time. While many people have played him in films and TV shows, Hawking appeared in some himself, including The Big Bang Theory. A film based on his life, The Theory of Everything, was released in 2014. The Oscar-nominated movie starred Eddie Redmayne as Hawking.
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Hubert de Givenchy, designer, 91
(Feb. 21, 1927 — March 10, 2018) His work could be seen around the world. French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy created famous gowns for women such as Queen Elizabeth II, Jackie Kennedy
Audrey Hepburn. Among his biggest designs was the “little black dress” Hepburn wore in the opening scenes of 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The work of the 6-foot-6 designer is still being seen today: Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman wore custom Givenchy designs to this year’s Oscars. and
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David Ogden Stiers, actor, 75
(Oct. 31, 1942 — March 3, 2018) The tall, balding and somewhat snobbish doctor on M*A*S*H, Charles Emerson Winchester III, wasn’t an original part of the hit TV show cast, but David Ogden Stiers made his character fit right in. The actor joined the show in 1977 and left a lasting impression when the show ended six seasons later. From there, he went on to appear in other TV shows, films and on Broadway, but M*A*S*H was his biggest highlight and earned him Emmy nominations. The 75-year-old died after a battle with bladder cancer.
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Roger Bannister, athlete, 88
(March 23, 1929 — March 3, 2018) He was more than the athlete who ran the first sub-4-minute mile in track and field; Roger Bannister became a national inspiration in Britain in the years after World War II. Shortages and a postwar malaise left the empire in need of a lift. Bannister also had a long post-track career as a neurologist, earning a knighthood for his medical work.
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Nanette Fabray, actress and performer, 97
(Oct. 27, 1920 — Feb. 22, 2018) From the stage to TV and the big screen, Nanette Fabray did it all. She started singing and dancing as a child, and then it was off to Broadway. Her big hit came in the late 1940s when she won a Tony for best actress in a musical, for Love Life. In the 1950s, she — and her big smile — gave TV a shot, and she won three Emmy awards for her work in the sketch comedy show Caesar's Hour with Sid Caesar. She also appeared in several films, including 1953's The Band Wagon, with Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse
andJack Buchanan. An advocate for the hearing impaired, Fabray was outspoken about her own disability. After she underwent multiple operations over the decades, doctors were able to restore her hearing in the 1970s.
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Billy Graham, evangelist, 99
(Nov. 7, 1918 — Feb. 21, 2018) One of the world's most famous Christian evangelists, the Southern Baptist preacher known as "America's pastor" began his spiritual journey at 16. From there, Billy Graham broke barriers and took his spiritual message across the world, preaching to an estimated 200 million people in 185 countries during his lifetime. Thanks to his near-constant presence on radio, television and the internet, his message reached countless more. He began holding revival meetings in the 1940s and went on to become an advisor to several U.S. presidents. In recent years, as his health worsened, his son Franklin Graham played an increasingly greater role in managing his international ministry.
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Marty Allen, comedian, 95
(March 23, 1922 — Feb. 12, 2018) Recognized by his wild black hair and for his sense of humor, Marty Allen brought us many laughs. The comedian was a fixture on TV for many years, initially as part of “Allen & Rossi.” He and Steve Rossi appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show 44 times in addition to regular stints on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show. The duo was a nationwide hit but split in 1968. Allen then went on to appear on many other TV shows and was a regular entertainer in Las Vegas, where he died. His wife, and performing partner of 30 years, Karon Kate Blackwell, was by his side.
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Vic Damone, singer, 89
(June 12, 1928 — Feb. 10, 2018) The smooth baritone of Vic Damone won praise from Frank Sinatra as "the best pipes in the business." The crooner's career spanned five decades and included dozens of hits, such as "On the Street Where You Live," "You're Breaking My Heart" and "My Heart Cries for You." Damone and Sinatra dominated the pop music landscape after World War II alongside fellow Italian Americans Dean Martin, Perry Como
andTony Bennett. Damone appeared in several MGM movies and continued to attract large audiences in nightclubs and concerts into his 70s.
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Reg E. Cathey, actor, 59
(Aug. 18, 1958 — Feb. 9, 2018) Best known for his roles as Norman Wilson in The Wire and Freddy Hayes in House of Cards, Reg E. Cathey died after a battle with cancer. The actor was nominated three times for an Emmy for his role on House of Cards, bringing him a win for outstanding guest actor in 2015. Cathey also delighted comic book fans with his roles as Freeze in The Mask and Dr. Franklin Storm in Fantastic Four. The Wire creator David Simon called Cathey not only a fine
actor,but one of the most delightful human beings he'd ever met on set.
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John Gavin, actor, 86
(April 8, 1931 — Feb. 9, 2018) Known as a ruggedly handsome actor in the 1950s and '60s, John Gavin later enjoyed a stint in diplomacy in the 1980s. Although Gavin never achieved superstardom, he played several memorable parts, including Julius Caesar in the Oscar-winning Spartacus, Lana Turner's suitor in the melodrama Imitation of Life and Janet Leigh's boyfriend, Sam Loomis, in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. In the 1970s, he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild before becoming U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan.
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John Mahoney, actor, 77
(June 20, 1940 — Feb. 4, 2018) Funny and lovable on and off the screen, John Mahoney was best known for his role as a sharp-witted and sometimes cranky father on the TV sitcom Frasier, which aired from 1993 to 2004. He played Martin Crane, a dad that was never afraid to voice his opinion when it came to his sons, Frasier and Niles (Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce). His dog, Eddie, also brought added entertainment to his character and the show. Aside from TV and two dozen movie roles — including Moonstruck, Eight Men Out and Say Anything — Mahoney made appearances on the stage, winning a Tony for his 1986 performance in The House of Blue Leaves.
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Dennis Edwards, singer, 74
(Feb. 3, 1943 — Feb. 1, 2018) Grammy-winning singer Dennis Edwards was the voice of the Temptations for two decades, having joined the popular R&B vocal group in the late 1960s. Some of the biggest hits he sang on include “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” "Just My Imagination” and “Cloud Nine.” Before replacing the quintet's original lead singer, David Ruffin, Edwards was a hit in another Motown group called the Contours. Edwards and the Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
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Jerry Van Dyke, actor
(July 21, 1931 — Jan. 5, 2018) A comedian, an actor — and sometimes a mix of both — Jerry Van Dyke worked into his 80s. Highlights of his career include acting alongside his older brother Dick on the classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s. Although he was known for several roles, the younger Van Dyke got his big break in 1989 when he was cast as assistant football coach Luther Van Dam on the TV series Coach, a role that kept him busy throughout much of the 1990s. The part earned him four Emmy nominations for supporting actor. His most recent TV appearance, on ABC’s The Middle in 2015, reunited him once again with his older brother, with the two playing a pair of squabbling siblings.
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