In Memoriam: Those We Lost In 2017

Remembering the people we lost this year – Gone But Never Forgotten


Monty Hall


Canadian-American game show host, producer, and philanthropist.Hall was widely known as the long-running host of Let’s Make a Deal and for the puzzle named after him, the Monty Hall problem. Hall died on September 30th at age 96.

Elizabeth Baur

The Hollywood Reporter

Elizabeth Baur, who helped Raymond Burr bring the bad guys to justice as Officer Fran Belding on the long-running NBC crime drama Ironside died on September 30th at age 69 following a lengthy illness.


Tom Paley

The New York Times

Born Allan Thomas “Tom” Paley (March 19, 1928 – September 30, 2017) was an American guitarist, banjo and fiddle player. He was best known for his work with the New Lost City Ramblers in the 1950s and 1960s. On September 30, 2017, Paley died in Brighton, England at the age of 89.

Benjamin John Whitrow

The Guardian

Was an English actor. He was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for his role as Mr. Bennet in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and voiced the role of Fowler in the 2000 animated film Chicken Run. His other film appearances include QuadropheniaPersonal Services, and Bomber. Whitrow died on 28 September 2017, aged 80.


Marietta Marich


American actress, singer, writer, stage director, and television host, best known for her role in the 2003 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. She died on September 28, 2017 following complications from an aortic dissection. She was 87.

Hugh Hefner

The New York Times

Hugh Marston Hefner was an American publisher and playboy. He was best known as the editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953, and as chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, the publishing group that operates the magazine. An advocate of sexual liberation and freedom of expression, Hefner was a political activist and philanthropist in several other causes and public issues. Hef died on September 27. He was 91.

CeDell Davis


Born Ellis CeDell Davis was an American blues guitarist and singer. He was most notable for his distinctive style of guitar playing. Davis played guitar using a butter knife in his fretting hand in a manner similar to slide guitar, resulting in what The New York Times critic Robert Palmer called “a welter of metal-stress harmonic transients and a singular tonal plasticity”. Davis died on September 27, 2017, from complications of a heart attack, at the age of 91

Anne Jeffreys

TV Guide

Anne Jeffreys (born Anne Carmichael) was an American actress and singer. From 1984 to 2004, she appeared on the soap opera General Hospital  (as well as its short-lived spinoff, Port Charles) in the recurring role of wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington. Jeffreys died on September 27 at age of 94.

Barry Dennen

Screen Rant

Was an American actor, singer, and writer. He played Pontius Pilate on the original recording and later in the film of Jesus Christ Superstar. In June 2017, Dennen suffered a fall in his home and required hospice care. He never fully recovered and died on September 26.

Tim Quill

American actor who appeared in numerous films and TV shows ranging from Hamburger Hill and NYPD Blue to Scandal and Argo died on September 25th after a battle with cancer. He was 54.


Charles Bradley

Tiny Mix Tapes

Charles Bradley was an American funk, soul, and R&B singer, who called himself “the screaming eagle of soul”. The Daptone soul singer died on September 23 of stomach cancer. He was 68.

Liliane Bettencourt

Women Fitness

Liliane Henriette Charlotte Bettencourt was a French heiress, socialite, and businesswoman. She was one of the principal L’Oréal shareholders. She died September 21 at age 94. At the time of her death, she was the richest woman in the world (and the 14th richest person), with a net worth of US$44.3 billion, according to the 2017 version of “The World’s Billionaires.”

Jake LaMotta


Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta was an American professional boxer, former World middleweight champion, and stand-up comedian. He was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film Raging Bull. LaMotta died on September 19 at age 95.

Bernie Casey


Bernard Terry Casey was an American actor, poet, and professional football player. Casey died in Los Angeles on September 19 at the age of 78.

Chuck Low

The Sun

Charles Lewis Low was an American actor who is best known for playing Morris “Morrie” Kessler in the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas. Low died on September 18 at age 89.

Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Raymond Louis Heenan, better known as Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, was an American professional wrestling manager, wrestler, and color commentator who was frequently described as the greatest professional wrestling manager of all time. Heenan died September 17 at the age of 72 from organ failure due to complications from the throat cancer which had been in remission since 2004

Harry Dean Stanton


Harry Dean Stanton was an American actor, musician, and singer. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Stanton made notable appearances in over 100 films and 50 TV episodes. Stanton died on September 15 at age 91.

Blake Heron

E! Entertainment Television

“‘Shiloh’ actor Blake Heron died at his Los Angeles home on September 8, 2017. He was 35.”

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