Celebrity Deaths 2017

November 10, 2017

Celebrity Deaths 2017

We weed out the nonsensical names included in much of the media for our Celebrity Deaths 2017 page. We only include A-list celebrities who have passed away on our Celebrity Deaths 2017 page.

August 26, 2017 – Tobe Hooper, 74, director, natural causes. Tobe Hooper was best known for directing the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), the 1979 TV miniseries, Salem’s Lot. His penultimate achievement was the 1982 classic Poltergeist, (which many people think Steven Spielberg directed. Spielberg only produced the film. Hooper directed).

August 20, 2017 – Jerry Lewis, 91, actor, comedian, humanitarian, old age.

Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday. He was 91.

Lewis first gained fame for his frenzied comedy-and-music act with singer Dean Martin. When that ended in the mid-1950s, Lewis went solo, and by the early ’60s, he had become a top draw in movies such as “The Bellboy,” “The Nutty Professor” and “The Patsy.” Along the way, he pioneered the use of videotape and closed-circuit monitors in moviemaking, a now-standard technique called video assist.
He first helped raise money for muscular dystrophy in a telethon in 1956. He was so successful, and so devoted to the cause, that children affected by the disease became known as “Jerry’s kids.” The telethon, long known as “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon,” began airing on Labor Day weekend in 1966, and Lewis served as host until 2011.

July 21, 2017 – John Heard, 71, actor (Home Alone), heart attack.

July 15, 2017 – Martin Landau, 89, actor (Oscar winner for Ed Wood), old age.

June 16, 2017 – John G. Avildsen, 81, director (Rocky and The Karate Kid), pancreatic cancer.

June 16, 2017 – Stephen Furst, 63, actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere), diabetes.

June 9, 2017 – Adam West, 88, actor (TV’s Batman and Family Guy), lymphoma.

June 8, 2017 – Glenne Headly, 62, actress (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy), suddenly.

Glenne Headly, a native of Connecticut, got her start in theater and went on to star in several productions including “Extremities” alongside Susan Sarandon in 1982. Eventually, she made the transition to film and her breakout role is credited to “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” opposite Steve Martin and Michael Caine. Headly went on to star in more than 25 films, including “Mortal Thoughts,” ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus” and “Sgt. Bilko.” Headly earned two Emmy nominations for “Lonesome Dove” and “Bastard Out of Carolina.” She was in the middle of filming the Hulu series “Future Man” alongside Josh Hutcherson and Ed Begley Jr. before her death. In 1982, she married John Malkovich; they divorced in 1988. She then married McCulloch in 1993 and they had a son.

May 23, 2017 – Dina Merrill, 93, actress, philanthropist, heiress, natural causes.

Dina Merrill, the rebellious heiress who defied her super-rich parents to become a movie star, often portraying stylish wives or “the other woman,” has died at age 93. Merrill, raised in part on the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida now owned by President Donald Trump was heiress to the Post Cereal fortune on her mother’s side. Her father was E.F. Hutton, founder of the stockbroker firm that bore his name. Starting in the 1950s, Merrill appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, her break coming after Katharine Hepburn recommended her for the 1957 Tracy-Hepburn comedy “The Desk Set.” Merrill, who had the poised, aristocratic beauty of fellow blonde Grace Kelly, co-starred with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis in “Operation Petticoat,” Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr in “The Sundowners” and Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8.” More recently, she was part of Robert Altman’s ensemble cast for the Hollywood satire “The Player” and in television programs such as “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Nanny.”

Additional Celebrity Deaths 2017 include:

May 23, 2017 - Roger Moore, 89, actor (James Bond 007), cancer.
Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. In addition to the aforementioned James Bond film, Roger Moore also portrayed 007 in The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View To A Kill.

May 18, 2017 – Roger Ailes, 77, American television executive, Chairman and CEO of Fox News, subdural hematoma.
May 18, 2017 – Chris Cornell, 52, singer and songwriter (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog), suicide by hanging.
May 14, 2017 – Brad Grey, 59, former CEO of Paramount Pictures, cancer.
May 14, 2017 – Powers Booth, 68, character actor best known for Sin City, natural causes.
April 22, 2017 – Erin Moran, 56, Happy Days actress, cancer.
April 6, 2017 – Don Rickles, 90, comedian, kidney failure.
March 21, 2017 – Chuck Barris, 87, The Gong Show, natural causes.
March 18, 2017 – Chuck Berry, 90, singer, natural causes.
March 6, 2017 – Robert Osborne, 84, TCM (Turner Classic Movies) host, alcoholism.

Additional Celebrity Deaths 2017 include:

February 26, 2017 – Judge Wapner, 97, The People’s Court, natural causes.
February 25, 2017 – Bill Paxton, 61, actor (Titanic, Twister, Aliens), stroke following an aortic aneurysm repair and bicuspid aortic valve replacement surgery.
January 25, 2017 – John Hurt, 77, actor (The Elephant Man), pancreatic cancer.
January 25, 2017 – Mary Tyler Moore, 80, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, heart attack.
January 19, 2017 – Miguel Ferrer, 61, actor (Robocop), throat cancer.
January 6, 2017 – Om Puri, 66, actor, heart attack.

Our Celebrity Deaths 2017 page is updated daily.


Celebrity Deaths 2017 Posters and Photos

  • Tobe Hooper
  • Jerry Lewis photo
  • Adam West Batman
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