People who died in 2020by lezliegoodwin-143-663289 | created - 4 months ago | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
1. Edd Byrnes
Actor | Grease
Edd Byrnes was born Edward Byrne Breitenberger on July 30, 1932 in New York City, the son of Mary (Byrne) and Augustus "Gus" Breitenberger. Edd shared an impoverished and unhappy childhood with brother Vincent and sister Jo-Ann. Their mother worked hard at various jobs to keep the family together ...
2. Stan Kirsch
Actor | Highlander
Stan Kirsch was born on July 15, 1968 in New York City, New York, USA as Stanley Benjamin Kirsch. He is known for his work on Highlander (1992), Straight Eye: The Movie (2004) and JAG (1995). He was married to Kristyn Green. He died on January 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Self | An Awfully Big Adventure
Christopher Tolkien is the third son of the author J. R. R. Tolkien, and the editor of much of his father's posthumously published work. He drew the original maps for his father's The Lord of the Rings, which he signed C. J. R. T.
After his father's death, Christopher Tolkien, whom his father had ...
4. Terry Jones
Writer | The Meaning of Life
Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, the son of Dilys Louisa (Newnes), a homemaker, and Alick George Parry Jones, a bank clerk. His older brother is production designer Nigel Jones. His grandparents were involved in the entertainment business, having managed the local Amateur Operatic ...
5. Kobe Bryant
Producer | Dear Basketball
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He was a producer and writer, known for Dear Basketball (2017), Daddy's Home (2015) and Detail (2018). He was married to Vanessa Laine Bryant. He died on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California, USA.
6. Marj Dusay
Actress | All My Children
Marj Dusay was born on February 20, 1936 in Hays, Kansas, USA as Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney. She was an actress, known for All My Children (1970), Guiding Light (1952) and Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). She was married to Thomas Perine and John Murray Dusay. She died on January 28, 2020...
Actress | Good Times
Ja'Net is a multi-talented and diverse performer. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and began her career on Broadway. She has appeared in various plays, including "Golden Boy" with Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., and "A Raisin in the Sun".
Ja'Net moved onto TV roles, receiving a Peabody Award for a...
Actor | Flash Gordon
Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He was the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his partial German ancestry.
9. Kenny Rogers
Soundtrack | Faster
Born in Texas, the fourth of eight children, singer Kenny Rogers grew up in a poor area of Houston where his father worked in a shipyard and his mother in a hospital. He became the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He took an interest in singing while quite young and as a ...
10. Mark Blum
Actor | 'Crocodile' Dundee
Mark Blum was born on May 14, 1950 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Mark Jeffrey Blum. He was an actor and producer, known for Crocodile Dundee (1986), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Shattered Glass (2003). He was married to Janet Zarish. He died on March 26, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City, ...
11. Eddie Large
Actor | The Impressionable Jon Culshaw
Eddie Large was born on June 25, 1941 in Glasgow, Scotland as Edward Hugh McGinnis. He was an actor and writer, known for The Impressionable Jon Culshaw (2004), The ITV Play (1968) and Who Do You Do (1972). He was married to Patsy Ann Scott and Sandra Baywood. He died on April 2, 2020 in Bristol, ...
12. Bill Withers
Soundtrack | The Bodyguard
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Withers was born on July 4, 1938 in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia and was raised in the nearby town of Beckley. He was the youngest of six children of Mattie (Galloway), a maid, and William Withers, a miner. His father died when Withers...
13. Dieter Laser
Actor | November
Dieter Laser is a German actor. He is known to English-speaking audiences for his roles: Mantrid in Lexx, Prof. Otto Blaettchen in The Ogre and Dr. Joseph Heiter in The Human Centipede (First Sequence), for which he won Best Actor at the Austin Fantastic Fest. In 1975, he was awarded the German ...
15. Brian Dennehy
Actor | First Blood
Imposing, barrel-chested and often silver-haired Brian Dennehy was a prolific US actor, well respected on both screen and stage over many decades. He was born in July 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship. Brian majored in history, ...
17. Little Richard
Soundtrack | Predator
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a ...
18. Alan Merrill
Soundtrack | The Covenant
Alan Merrill was the singer and songwriter of the original version of the 1975 Arrows version of the classic song "I love rock n roll." The song has since been covered by Joan Jett and Britney Spears. Alan Merrill started his career as a foreign domestic pop-star in the Japanese market, and was ...
19. Hilary Heath
Actress | Wuthering Heights
British 60s leading lady and latterly producer, born Hilary Dwyer in Liverpool, the daughter of an orthopaedic surgeon. She studied ballet and piano as a child and in her teens embarked on an acting career on the repertory stage. On screen from 1965, she became best known for three horror films ...
20. Allen Daviau
Cinematographer | Empire of the Sun
Allen Daviau was born on June 14, 1942 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as John Allen Daviau. He was a cinematographer, known for Empire of the Sun (1987), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Bugsy (1991). He died on April 15, 2020 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.
21. Joel Rogosin
Producer | The Virginian
Joel Rogosin was born on October 30, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for The Virginian (1962), Ironside (1967) and Magnum, P.I. (1980). He was married to Deborah. He died on April 21, 2020 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.