William Christopher was an American actor, best known for playing Private Lester Hummel on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and Father Mulcahy on the television series M*A*S*H and its spinoff AfterMASH from 1983 to 1985. Christopher died on December 31 at the age of 84.
Screen and stage legend Debbie Reynolds died Dec. 28 at age 84 after a possible stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died at age 60.
Actress Carrie Fisher died Dec. 27 after suffering a heart attack on a flight days before. She was 60. Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds (who died the day after Fisher at age 84). Carrie Fisher was best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, and recently chronicled her experience filming those movies in the 2016 memoir The Princess Diaries.
Singer-songwriter George Michael was found dead on Dec. 25 at his home in England. He was 53. As one-half of musical duo Wham! with bandmate Andrew Ridgeley, Michael catapulted up the music charts and into the hearts of teenagers in the early 1980s with hits like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and his shaggy hair and tight jeans. Bit by the solo bug, Michael traded bubblegum pop for a more risqué fare in 1987, declaring “I don’t need no bible” in “I Want Your Sex,” the first single from his first solo album, Faith, which also spawned the rockabilly-soul hit of the same name.