The show, with a catchy -- some might say aggravating -- theme song, earned a cult following. Country music legend Mel Tillis died early on November 19, according to a statement from his publicist. Tillis was a prolific singer-songwriter who penned more than 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums in a career that spanned six decades. In this photo, Tittle squats on the field after being hit hard during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1964.
Sue Grafton, the mystery writer who penned best-selling novels with alphabet-based titles, starting with "A Is for Alibi" and ending with "Y Is for Yesterday," died December 28 after a bout with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark, said in a social media post. More than 50 years after her star turn in "The Sound of Music," actress Heather Menzies Urich died of brain cancer on December 24. Menzies Urich played Louisa von Trapp in the classic 1965 movie. Longtime gossip columnist Liz Smith, who started her column at the New York Daily News in 1976, died on November 12, according to the newspaper. Known affectionately as the "the Grand Dame of Dish," Smith's legendary work included a chronicle of Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce, which made front-page news. This became an iconic photograph that helped cement Tittle's name in football history.
He was the drummer for James Brown in the 1960s and '70s.
He laid down the groove on such Brown hits as "Cold Sweat," "Sex Machine" and "Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud." The drum break in the song "Funky Drummer" has been sampled and used in over 1,000 songs.
Al Jarreau, the jazz-pop musician best known for the hits "Breakin' Away," "We're in This Love Together" and the theme song to the popular 1980's TV show, "Moonlighting," died February 12, according to posts on his verified social-media accounts. Actor Richard Hatch, who was known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" series that ran from 1978-1979, died Tuesday, February 7, according to his manager Michael Kaliski.
Shepard also received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 astronaut drama "The Right Stuff."June Foray, the iconic voice of Rocky and Natasha in the popular and memorable "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," died July 26. Foray also was the voice of Nell in "Dudley Do-Right," Granny in the "Tweety and Sylvester" cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."John Heard, a character actor best known as the father in the "Home Alone" movies, died July 21, according to the medical examiner's office in Santa Clara County, California.
It said the actor was 71, but other reports listed his age as 72.
Author and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, who scared millions with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," died January 12 from a form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma, his widow said. The list of entertaining thugs who played opposite West was long and illustrious: actresses Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriwether (in a movie spinoff) as Catwoman; Cesar Romero as the Joker; Burgess Meredith as the Penguin; and Frank Gorshin and John Astin as the Riddler. He was truly the Bright Knight."He'd been working on films in Europe and returned to the United States to discover the people planning the television show liked his work in a Nestle's Quik commercial, in which he played Captain Quik, "a James Bond spoof," he said in a 2006 interview with the Archive of American Television."Wherever I go in the world, there's such a wonderful rapport with our Batman that it's neat," he said. He had that extra intelligence called wit which allows us to live in this world above things and laugh at it, or at least release our negative feelings about this.""Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend," the show's creator, Seth Mac Farlane, said on Twitter.
"People come up and play entire scenes for me unsolicited, but I got to laugh. How lucky can a person get to be part of something that is a classic? "Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around.