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2017 Necrology
What is a necrology? A necrology is a listing of people who have died during a specific time period. Find A Grave necrologies let you browse the names and faces of the 75 most famous people who have died during a selected year, all the way back to 1900. They are listed in order of their Find A Grave 'fame ranking', as voted by Find A Grave contributors. To view a necrology, simply select a year from the pop up list below. You can optionally select a category to restrict the list even further (just actors, just politicians, etc.). To visit the memorial page for any of the names listed on a necrology, click on their name or photo.
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Mary Moore (1936 - 2017)
American Actress, Television Icon. She was a vivacious actress best known for her roles on both the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and the 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Originally a dancer, she got her start in television as a dancing elf "Happy Hotpoint" in Hotpoint Appliance com...
 
Chuck Berry (1926 - 2017)
Singer. Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, he was considered one of the pioneers of rock and roll music with such big hits as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958). He grew up in a family proud of its African-American and Native...
 
Robert Osborne (1932 - 2017)
Television Personality. Born Robert Jolin Osborne, he was best known to television viewers as the long time host for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). He graduated from the University of Washington's School of Journalism. After college, he began his career as a contract actor for Desi Arnaz and Luc...
 
Bill Paxton (1955 - 2017)
Actor and Director. Born the son of Mary Lou Gray and John Lane Paxton, in Fort Worth, Texas. At 18, he moved to Los Angeles, where he found work as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his film debut with them in an uncredited role in “Crazy Mama” (1975). He then moved to Ne...
 
Mike Connors (1925 - 2017)
Actor. Best remembered for playing the tall, ruggedly, handsome 'Joe Mannix' in the TV detective series "Mannix" (1967 to 1975). Born Kreker (some sources state spelling is Krekor) Ohanian, to parents of Armenian descent, he served with the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Following...
 
Chuck Barris (1929 - 2017)
Entertainer, Producer, Author. Best known as the host of the zany TV program "The Gong Show" (1976 to 1980). Born Charles Hirsch Barris, into a Jewish family, his father was a dentist, Chuck was educated at Lower Merion High School and later at Drexel University. While attending the later, he had a ...
 
Eugene Cernan (1934 - 2017)
American Astronaut. He, as commander of Apollo 17, was the last person to walk on the Moon. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned in the United States Navy in 1956 and earned his master's degree in aeronau...
 
John Hurt (1940 - 2017)
British Actor. He was a two-time Academy Award-nominated actor of stage and screen whose career spanned six decades. He studied art in his youth and went on to earn an art teacher's diploma. He decided to change careers and moved to London, where he won an acting scholarship at the Royal Academy of ...
 
Joseph Wapner (1919 - 2017)
Superior Court Judge, Television Personality. He was a fixture on the popular TV program “The People’s Court” from 1981 to 1993, appearing in nearly 2,500 episodes. A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Law School, he served in the U.S. Army’s 132nd infantry during the Second Wor...
 
Barbara Hale (1922 - 2017)
American Actress. She will best be remembered for her role as legal secretary Della Street on the long-running television series, 'Perry Mason'. At age twelve, she began taking lessons in ballet and started to participate in local theater plays. After she graduated from high school, she enrolled in ...
 
Alice Ludes (1912 - 2017)
Entertainer. She was best know as a member of Bing Crosby's singing ensemble "The Music Maids". As a member of the group, she appeared in numerous Hollywood musicals during the 1940s. One of eight siblings, she found her interest in performing at an early age and following graduation from high schoo...
 
Colin Dexter (1930 - 2017)
Author. He created the "Inspector Morse" detective novel series. His father was a taxi driver, Colin served with the Royal Corps of Signals and later received his bachelor's degree in Classical Reading from Christ's College at Cambridge. Following his graduation, he served as an assistant classics m...
 
Al Jarreau (1940 - 2017)
Singer. Born Alwin Lopez Jarreau, he was a Grammy-winning tenor who crossed different music genres. He got started in singing at an early age, singing with his family in church concerts and benefits. He continued singing through college and while he worked as a rehabilitation counselor in San Fr...
 
Jimmy Breslin (1928 - 2017)
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Author. While writing for the New York Daily News, he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1986. Additionally, his novel "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" (1969), was made into a 1971 motion picture adaptation. Born James Earl Breslin, he...
 
Miguel Ferrer (1955 - 2017)
Actor. Fondly remembered for playing 'Dr. Garret Macy' in the television series "Crossing Jordan" (2001 to 2007) and as 'Owen Granger" in the TV program "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2012 until his death). Born into a family of distinguished, well-known entertainers, his father was Academy Award winner Jose...
 
Lola Albright (1924 - 2017)
Actress. Born Lola Jean Albright, she was best known for playing nightclub singer Edie Hart on the television series "Peter Gunn" from 1958 to 1961. After graduating from high school, she got a job as a receptionist at a local radio station in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. She later left her job ...
 
Miriam Colon (1936 - 2017)
Actress. She was trained at the Actors Studio and made her professional debut in the Broadway production "In the Summer House" (1953 to 1954). During this period, she began her lengthy association with television and created strides for Hispanic performers, as she appeared on such programs as "Peter...
 
Jean Rouverol (1916 - 2017)
Actress, Screenwriter, Author. The daughter of writer Aurania Rouverol, who was best known for creating the character 'Andy Hardy" of which became a movie series starring Mickey Rooney. Jean made her professional debut on the Broadway stage in the play "Growing Pains" (1933), prior to her relocation...
 
Joni Sledge (1956 - 2017)
Singer. She was best known for being a part, along with her sisters Debbie, Kim, and Kathy, of the 1970s disco pop group Sister Sledge. The four sisters were trained in singing by their grandmother Viola Williams, a former lyric soprano opera singer. Under the grandmother's guidance, they sang a...
 
Richard Hatch (1945 - 2017)
American Actor, Writer and Producer. A prolific actor of television, he will best be remembered for his role as Captain Apollo in the original 'Battlestar Galactica' TV series. His career started in 1971 with a stint on the daytime soap-opera 'All My Children' as Philip Brent and would go on to appe...
 
David Rockefeller (1915 - 2017)
Banker, Statesman. He was well known as a leading international figure who was a key player in the drive to integrate economics and politics into a single worldwide system. He was born the youngest son of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. He received a B.S. degree from Har...
 
Dallas Green (1934 - 2017)
Major League Baseball Player, Manager, Executive. As a manager, he guided the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series title in 1980. Born George Dallas Green, he attended Concord High School in Delaware. He played collegiate baseball and basketball at the University of Delaware, prior to b...
 
Michael Tuchner (1932 - 2017)
Motion Picture and Television Director. Born to Jewish parents, his father was a tailor, he fled with his family to England following the Nazi's rise to power. Raised in Manchester, he was educated in Classics at University College of London and began his interest in film during this period. Followi...
 
Gary Doak (1946 - 2017)
Professional Hockey Player. For sixteen seasons (1965 to 1981), he played at the defenseman position in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers. He began his career with the Hamilton Red Wings in 1962 and was promoted to the NHL wi...
 
Christine Kaufmann (1945 - 2017)
Actress. She began her career in films while a child and graduated to leading lady in numerous pictures in West Germany and Italy. For a period, she appeared in Hollywood pictures during her marriage to Tony Curtis (1963 to 1968). Born in Lengdorf, Styria, Austria (then occupied by the Nazis), he ex...
 
Dick Gautier (1931 - 2017)
American Actor, Comedian and Author. Although he appeared in dozens of television shows and films, he will best be remembered for his role as Hymie the robot in he TV series 'Get Smart' from 1966 through 1968. Born Richard Gautier, he began acting in high school and after serving in the navy during ...
 
Ronald Mundy (1940 - 2017)
Singer. He was a vocalist with the famed doo-wop group The Marcels who had a number one song with "Blue Moon" in 1961. The Marcels were formed in Pittsburgh in 1959 and were named after a popular hairstyle during that time. They sent a demo tape to Colpix Records and the company liked it. They si...
 
Tony Terran (1926 - 2017)
Musician. A trumpeter, he began his career during the "big band" era and later encompassed pop music and other genres, as he established himself as one of the most sought after sessions musicians of the 1960s and 1970s. He got his start in radio, while still in high school and acquired valuable expe...
 
Jim Fuller (1947 - 2017)
Rock Musician. Known as "The Godfather of Surf Music". A guitarist, he was a member of the Rock and Surf band "The Surfaris", who are widely credited with introducing the Surf Music sound of the 1960s. They will be remembered for their classic musical hit "Wipe Out" (1963), for which became a part o...
 
Lawrence Montaigne (1931 - 2017)
Actor. Raised in Rome, Italy, he learned to speak several different languages, in addition to studying Classical Dance. Following service with the United States Marine Corps, he returned to his native New York, where he studied at the Dramatic Workshop. He acquired experience on stage in the Broadwa...
 
Michael Ilitch (1929 - 2017)
Businessman, Sports Magnate. He was well known as the founder and owner of the fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza as well as the owner of both the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings and Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and lat...
 
Darlene Cates (1947 - 2017)
American Actress. Cates will best remembered for playing Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio’s housebound and overweight mother in 1993’s 'What’s Eating Gilbert Grape'. She was offered a role in the film after casting directors saw her on television during a 1992 segment of 'Sally Jessy Raphael', enti...
 
Bob Bruce (1933 - 2017)
Major League Baseball Player. For nine seasons (1959 to 1967), he was a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers, Houston Colt .45s/Astros and Atlanta Braves. Born Robert James Bruce, he attended Highland Park High School and later played collegiate baseball at Alma College in Michigan. Signed as an amateur ...
 
Buddy Greco (1926 - 2017)
Singer, Pianist. Born Armando Greco, he was a best-selling jazz and pop singer and pianist. He started playing the piano at the age of 4 and was performing on the radio and in clubs at an early age. Jazz legend Benny Goodman hired him to sing in his band when he was 16 years old and he toured the wo...
 
Bill Hands (1940 - 2017)
Major League Baseball Player. For eleven seasons (1965 to 1975), he was a pitcher with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers. Born William Alfred Hands, he made his initial mark on the baseball diamond during his years at Rutherford High School in New Jersey. Sign...
 
John Andariese (1938 - 2017)
Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster. Best known for his work with the New York Knicks. He was paired with Marv Albert as the color analyst for New York Knicks' television broadcasts from 1986 until 1998. Prior to this, he worked with Albert on Knicks' radio broadcasts during the 1970s. Additionally, he ...
 
Irwin Corey (1914 - 2017)
American Actor and Comedian. In a career that spanned eight decades, he endeared himself to generations of audiences as "Professor Corey, the World’s Foremost Authority", whose nonsensical monologues were laced with mock-intellectual routines filled with malapropisms and non sequiturs. He debuted on...
 
Clyde Stubblefield (1943 - 2017)
Musician. Drummer, he is best known for his work with James Brown. He recorded and toured with James Brown for six years and was considered to be one of the most influential drummers to a wide spectrum of musicians. He was one of the most sampled artists who has played a key role in Hip Hop. He has...
 
Alberto Zedda (1928 - 2017)
Conductor. A prolific maestro of 19th century Italian Opera, he shall be best remembered for interpreting the works of Gioachino Rossini. Raised in Milan, he was inspired by 1951 meetings with Igor Stravinsky and studied conducting with Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giuliani prior to his 1956 profe...
 
Jerry Krause (1939 - 2017)
Professional Basketball Executive. He was well known as the general manager of the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls during their championship run of the 1990s. He attended Bradley University and after college, went to work as a scout for the NBA's Baltimore Bullets. He would g...
 
Lou Duva (1922 - 2017)
Boxing Trainer, Manager. He was well known to boxing fans as the trainer and manager for many prominent fighters including Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whittaker, and Hector "Macho" Camacho. He joined the Army after the Second World War started. He was at a training base in Mississippi when he got int...
 
Paul Mitchell (1920 - 2017)
Professional Football Player. For six seasons (1946 to 1951), he played at the defensive and offensive tackle positions in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League with the Los Angeles Dons, New York Yankees and New York Yanks. Born Paul Anthony Mitchell, he attended Edison H...
 
Bruce Lansbury (1930 - 2017)
Television Producer, Writer. The younger brother of actress Angela Lansbury. Born William Bruce Mageean Lansbury, his mother was an actress, his father was a politician, he moved with his family initially to New York, followed by Southern California during the mid 1940. By this point, his sister Ang...
 
Bobby Freeman (1940 - 2017)
American Singer and Songwriter. Freeman will best be remembered for his hit single "Do You Want to Dance" which climbed the pop charts in 1958 and endured long afterward in covers by the Beach Boys, the Ramones, Bette Midler and others. He was still a teenager when he wrote and recorded the song tha...
 
Ned Garver (1925 - 2017)
Major League Baseball Player. For fourteen seasons (1948 to 1961), he was a pitcher with the St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics and Los Angeles Angels. Born Ned Franklin Garver, he excelled at baseball and basketball during his years at Ney High School in Ohio. He caught the att...
 
Olive Dunbar (1925 - 2017)
Actress. She chose to pursue a career as an actress at an early age and studied at the Yale School of Drama. This led to her Broadway debut in the play "She Stoops to Conquer" (1949 to 1950). She has the distinction of originating the part of 'Myfanwy Price' on Broadway in the Dylan Thomas play "Und...
 
Dave Stallworth (1941 - 2017)
Professional Basketball Player. For eight seasons (1965 to 1967 and 1969 to 1975), he played at the small-forward position in the National Basketball Association with the New York Knicks and Baltimore/Capital Bullets. He attended James Madison High School in Dallas and played collegiate basketball a...
 
Sib Hashian (1949 - 2017)
Musician. Hashian was a rock drummer who played on Boston's first two hit albums, including their self-titled debut in 1976 featuring the hit song 'More Than a Feeling' and their second album, 'Don't Look Back'. The original band, which included Hashian, had one of the most successful debut records ...
 
Norma McCorvey (1947 - 2017)
"Jane Roe" of 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision. In 1969, 21 year old Norma Leah McCorvey unsuccessfully sought a legal abortion in the state of Texas, lacking credible evidence of a threat to her health. She was referred to Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, attornies looking for clients to c...
 
William Keeler (1931 - 2017)
Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of a couple of Irish descent, William Henry Keeler was born in San Antonio, Texas, but was raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where he frequented St. Mary's and the Catholic High schools. Receiving a bachelor of arts from St. Charles Seminary, Overbrook, Philadelphia, ...
 
Todd Frohwirth (1962 - 2017)
Major League Baseball Player. Born Todd Gerard Frohwirth, he was mostly a relief pitcher for four different Major League Baseball teams (Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, California Angels) from 1987 to 1996. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 13th Round of...
 
Clem Curtis (1940 - 2017)
Vocalist. Curtis was the former lead vocalist of 1960s soul group The Foundations. He moved to England as a 15-year-old and became a professional boxer, but he preferred music and joined the group that eventually became The Foundations. Between 1966 and 1967, he was the lead vocalist on popular tra...
 
Robert Waller (1939 - 2017)
Author. Known for his bestselling novel "Bridges of Madison County" (1992), which was made into a 1995 motion picture adaptation starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Born in the small Midwestern town of Rockford, Iowa, his father was the proprietor of a produce and dairy business, his mother wa...
 
Butch Trucks (1947 - 2017)
Rock Musician. A drummer, he was a founding member of the American Southern Rock band "The Allman Brothers Band". Born Claude Hudson Thomas into a devout Baptist family, he became acquainted with the drums at roughly the age of fourteen. While attending Florida State University, he formed his first ...
 
William Blatty (1928 - 2017)
Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor. He shall be remembered for his penning of the bestselling, supernaturally-themed work "The Exorcist" (1971), which was made into a popular 1973 motion picture adaptation. He received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Born to parents of Lebanese descent, his father ...
 
George Steele (1937 - 2017)
Hall-of-Fame Professional Wrestler. An eccentric character in his sport whose uncouth appearance belied the cultured gentleman that he was in real life, he was known for his green tongue as well as his trademark 'eating' of the ring turnbuckle. Born William James Myers, he was a star athlete in scho...
 
James Cotton (1935 - 2017)
American Musician and Songwriter. Cotton, a blues harmonica player, made his initial recording, 'Cotton Crop Blues', for Sun Records in 1953 at age 15, before rising to fame as a sideman for Muddy Waters during a 12-year stint into the 1960s. Over the years, he would record and perform with such act...
 
Francine York (1938 - 2017)
Actress. Born Francine Yerich, she spent part of her childhood in Cleveland and developed a love for acting which led to her performance in a theater production while in elementary school. She returned with her family to the place of her birth in Aurora, Minnesota and gained attention as winner of l...
 
Jimmy Snuka (1943 - 2017)
Professional Wrestler. Born James Wiley Smith (later changed to James Reiher Snuka), he was well known to wrestling fans for his high-flying style of wrestling that he brought to the World Wrestling Federation in the early to mid 1980s. He trained to go into professional wrestling in the late 19...
 
Antony Armstrong-Jones (1930 - 2017)
1st Earl of Snowdon, Photographer, Filmmaker. He, also known as Lord Snowden, was the husband of Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, for eighteen years. He also was well known for his photography and film work. He attended Cambridge University and later established himself a...
 
Clay Matthews (1928 - 2017)
Professional Football Player. Born William Clay Matthews, he played the offensive tackle for the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers for four seasons (1950, 1953-1955). He played football collegiately at Georgia Tech and was selected in the 25th round of the 1949 NFL Draft by the Los A...
 
Sylvester Potts (1938 - 2017)
Singer. Member of the legendary Motown musical group The Contours. He joined the group in 1961, a year before the group's signature hit "Do You Love Me", it hit #1 on Billboard's R&B chart and crossed over to #3 on the Hot 100. The group had three other chart hits during 1963 and 1964 with "Shake Sh...
 
Alan Colmes (1950 - 2017)
Television Personality. He was best known to television viewers as the "liberal side" of Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes" from 1996 to 2009. While working toward his bachelors' degree in communications at Hofstra University, he worked at the college's radio station. After graduating in 1971, he s...
 
Tony Russel (1925 - 2017)
Actor. He achieved stardom in the Italian cinema, before returning to the United States during the late 1960s, where he had a busy career in television. Born Antonio Pietro Russo, to Italian immigrants, he served with the United States Army Air Corps and following his return home, he enrolled at the...
 
Charismatic (1996 - 2017)
Champion Race Horse. The thoroughbred distinguished himself as the winner of both the 1999 Kentucky Derby and the 1990 Preakness Stakes winner. He was unsuccessful for his bid at the Belmont Stakes that year. The chestnut colt was the offspring of 1990 Preakness Stakes winner Summer Squall and Bali ...
 
Tomas Milian (1933 - 2017)
Actor. Born Tomas Quintin Rodriguez, he was a versatile actor who was known for bringing intensity to the roles he played in both television and film during a career that spanned seven decades. He left his birthplace of Havana, Cuba and went to the United States to study method acting under Lee Str...
 
Tommy Page (1970 - 2017)
Singer. Born Thomas Alden Page, he was best known for his single "I'll Be Your Everything" that hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in April of 1990. While a cloakroom attendant at a popular New York nightclub, he was given a chance to have the house disc jockey play his demo tape. The dem...
 
Tilikum (1981 - 2017)
Orca. Tilikum became a resident of SeaWorld some 25 years ago. He had been born in the waters off Iceland some ten or twelve years previously. In 1983, when it was estimated that he was two or three years old, he was captured near Iceland, then kept for about a year in a holding tank. He then was i...
 
Tommy Allsup (1931 - 2017)
American Musician and Producer. Allsup, who was a Western swing musician for much of his career, was also the lead guitarist in Buddy Holly and the Crickets. He began his musical career as a member of the Oklahoma Swingbillies in 1949. Over the next few years he played in a variety of bands, includi...
 
Barbara Carroll (1925 - 2017)
Jazz Musician. A pianist, singer, and composer, she is remembered for countless performances and recordings over a long career. Born Barbara Carole Coppersmith, she began piano study at five, at 15 formed her own ensemble, attended the New England Conservatory of music, then in 1947 moved to New Yor...
 
John Wetton (1949 - 2017)
Rock Musician, Songwriter. A bass player, he will be remembered as the lead vocalist for the 1980s super-group "Asia". He began his association with music as a piano player in his family's church. After switching to the bass, he played in several late 1960s bands, among them "Mogul Thrash", before b...
 
Ivan Koloff (1942 - 2017)
Professional Wrestler. Born Oreal Perras, he was well known to wrestling fans as the "The Russian Bear" who ended then World Wide Wrestling Federation champion Bruno Sammartino's seven and two-third years title reign on January 18, 1971. He left high school at the age of 18 and went to Jack Wentwort...
 
Charles Liteky (1931 - 2017)
American Medal of Honor Recipient, Peace Activist. Also known as Angelo J. Liteky, he was an Army chaplain in Vietnam who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing more than 20 wounded men but later gave it back in protest and became a peace activist. After graduating high school, he attended Chip...
 
Yordano Ventura (1991 - 2017)
Major League Baseball Player. For four seasons (2013 until his death), he was a pitcher with the Kansas City Royals. Born Yordano (Hernandez) Ventura, he was signed as an amateur free agent by the Royals in 2008. He made his Major League debut with Kansas City as a late season call up on September 1...
 
Thomas Starzl (1926 - 2017)
Surgeon, Physician. He was considered "the father of modern transplantation". He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he earned a B.S. degree in biology. He then attended Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and earned his Masters, Ph.D., and M.D.. After gra...
 

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