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2020 Passings

Film actors, producers, directors and others who died in 2020

Kirk Douglas (age 103) - Spartacus - Obit BBC News

Max von Sydow (age 90) - The Seventh Seal - Obit Northern Echo UK

Dawn Wells (age 82) - Gilligan's Island TV Show - Obit Los Angeles Times

Ennio Morricone (age 91) - film composer (for example, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) - Obit BBC News

Brian Dennehy (age 81) - The Belly of an Architect - Obit Herald Scotland

Carl Reiner (age 98) - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Obit Fox News

Diana Serra Cary - "Baby Peggy" (age 101) - silent film star - Obit Fox News

Olivia de Havilland (age 104) - Gone with the Wind - Obit Variety

Wilford Brimley (age 85) - The Thing (John Carpenter version) - Obit Sacramento CBS

Chadwick Boseman (age 42) - Marvel Comics' The Black Panther movie - UK Guardian

Rhonda Fleming (age 97) - Cry Danger - Obit WFTV

Fred Willard (age 86) - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - Obit Northern Echo

Honor Blackman (age 94) - James Bond films - Obit BBC News

Kelly Preston (age 57) - Jerry Maguire - Obit Scotsman

Sean Connery (age 90) - James Bond films - Obit Variety

Terry Jones (age 77) - Monty Python - Obit NY Times

Orson Bean (age 91) - Anatomy of a Murder - Obit LA Times

Buck Henry (age 89) - comedy writer - Obit CBS News Los Angeles

Stuart Whitman (age 92) - Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines - Obit Fox News

Shirley Knight (age 83) - As Good as it Gets, Sweet Bird of Youth - Obit Dallas News

Jerry Stiller (age 92) - Zoolander - Obit Washington Post

Diana Rigg (age 82) - The Avengers TV show - Obit BBC News

Lyle Waggoner (age 84) - Wonder Woman TV Show - Obit Pittsburgh Gazette

A shorter list of some of these actors and their accomplishments is at Turner Classic Movies - In Memoriam

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From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.

This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories (Turner Classic Movies)

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