2016 was bookended by the deaths of two music greats, David Bowie and George Michael, and, sadly, this year has also seen the passing of some much-loved stars of culture, entertainment and the arts. We look back at those we lost in 2017


John Hurt

8 – Peter Sarstedt, English singer/songwriter who had a global hit with Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? Age 75

12 – William Peter Blatty, writer/filmmaker famous for The Exorcist. Age 89

19 – Miguel Ferrer, actor who starred in Robocop and NCIS:LA. Age 61

23 – Gorden Kaye, actor who played René Artois in sitcom Allo ‘Allo! Age 75

25 – John Hurt, actor who starred in many films including 1984 and The Elephant Man. Age 77

25 – Mary Tyler Moore, actress famous for The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Show. Age 80


Bill Paxton

5 – David Axelrod, Jazz musician. Age 85

8 - Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, "It Girl" and socialite. Age 45.

12 – Al Jarreau, Jazz Singer famous for We’re in This Love Together and After All. Age 76

17 - Peter Skellern, singer/songwriter best-known for You're A Lady. Age 69.

25 – Bill Paxton, actor who starred in Aliens, Predator 2 and Apollo 13. Age 61


Chuck Berry

18 – Chuck Berry singer/songwriter and rock `n’ roll pioneer. Age 90

21 – Colin Dexter, novelist who wrote the Inspector Morse crime novels and TV show. Age 86


Don Rickles

6 – Don Rickles, comedian/actor and "King of the insults". Age 90

7 – Tim Pigott-Smith, actor who starred in English TV series The Jewel in the Crown. Age 70

11 – J. Geils, Musician of J. Geils Blues Band, who had a US No 1 hit with Centerfold. Age 71

19 - Pat "Fitzy" Fitzpatrick, keyboardist who playdd with Aslan, the Blades and Van Morrison. Age 60.

22 – Erin Moran, actress who played Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. Age 56

26 – Jonathan Demme, filmmaker/director who made Stop Making Sense, Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. Age 73


Roger Moore

9 – Robert Miles, composer and DJ best-known for his 1995 hit Children. Age 47

14 – Powers Boothe, actor who played Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Age 68

17 – Chris Cornell, singer/songwriter and front man with Soundgarden. Age 52

23 – Sir Roger Moore, actor famous for The Saint and James Bond. Age 89

27 – Gregg Allman, musician in The Allman Brothers Band. Age 69

28 – John Noakes, TV host and presenter of BBC children’s TV show Blue Peterr. Age 83


Barry Norman

1 – Roy Barraclough, actor who played  Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street– age 81

2 – Peter Sallis, actor who played Norman "Cleggy" Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine. Age 96

8 – Glenne Headly, actress who starred in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mr. Holland’s Opus. Age 62

9 – Adam West, actor who played Bruce Wayne in Batman and voiced Mayor West in Family Guy. Age 88

13 – Anita Pallenberg, actress who starred in Barbarella and Candy. Age 73

19 – Brian Cant, actor and presenter of Play School. Age 83

27 – Michael Bond, writer of Paddington Bear. Age 91

30 - Barry Norman, journalist, film critic and TV host. Age 83.


Chester Bennington

15 – Martin Landau, actor who appeared North by Northwest, the TV series of Mission: Impossible, Crimes and Misdemeanors and Space: 1999. Age 89

16 – George A. Romero, filmmaker who made Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Age 77

20 – Chester Bennington, musician/singer and front man for Linkin Park. Age 41

21 – John Heard, actor who played the father in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. Age 72

27 – Sam Shepard, actor/playwright/author who played Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff. Age 73

31 – Jeanne Moreau, actress who starred in Seven Days… Seven Nights and Viva Maria! Age 89


Bruce Forsyth

3 – Robert Hardy, actor who starred in the Harry Potter movies and All Creatures Great and Small.  Age 91

8 – Glen Campbell, singer/songwriter who had hit with By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman. Age 81 (

18 – Sir Bruce Forsyth, TV game show host of The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing. Age 89

20 – Jerry Lewis, comedian/actor who starred in The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor and King of Comedy. Age 91


Jimmy Magee

1 - Peadar Lamb, Abbey and TV actor who starred in The Hostage, The Shadow of a Gunman, and Philadelphia Here I Come. Age 87

3 – Walter Becker, musician/songwriter and co-founder of Steely Dan. Age 67

8 – Don Williams, singer/songwriter. Age 78

15 – Harry Dean Stanton, actor who starred in Cool Hand Luke, Kelly’s Heroes and Paris Texas. Age 91

20 – Jimmy Magee, sports broadcaster and "Memory Man". Age 82

21 – William G. Stewart, game show host who hosted and produced Fifteen to One. Age 82

25 - Liz Dawn, actress who played Vera Duckworth on Coronation Street. Age 77

25 – Tony Booth, Actor who played Mike Rawlins in the BBC show Till Death Us Do Part. Age 85

27 – Hugh Hefner, Publisher – editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine. Age 91


Sean Hughes

02 – Tom Petty, singer/songwriter with Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers. Age 66

15 - Sean Hughes, actor/stand-up comedian who created and starred in the TV show Sean’s Show. Age 51

18 - Eamonn Campbell, musician with The Dubliners. Age 70

24 - Fats Domino, singer/songwriter who has hits with Ain’t That a Shame and Blueberry Hill. Age 89

24 - Robert Guillaume, actor best-known for playing Benson on the TV-series Soap and spin-off show Benson. Age 89


Malcolm Young

15 – Keith Barron, actor who starred in Upstairs, Downstairs and Duty Free. Age 83

15 – Little Peep, US rapper. Age 21

18 – Malcolm Young, musician/guitarist and co-founder of rock group AC/DC. Age 64

21 – Rodney Bewes, actor who played Bob Ferris in BBC TV series The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? Age 79

21 – David Cassidy, actor/singer who played Keith Partridge in TV series The Partridge Family. Age 67

26 – Biddy White Lennon, actress and food writer who played Maggie in the RTÉ drama series The Riordans


Keith Chegwin

4 - Christine Keeler, model and socialite who was embroiled in the Profumo Affair in 1963. Age 75

6 – Johnny Hallyday - French rock star. Age 74

11 – Keith Chegwin, TV host of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop. Age 60

12 – Pat DiNizio, singer/songwriter and founding member of The Smithereens. Age 62