Remembering the Greats: A Tribute to Those we Lost in 2017

We are officially on the eve of a new year, on the precipice of new opportunities. We are busy making resolutions, preparing goals and envisioning dreams. But before we move on from 2017, let’s take a moment to remember the wonderful people we’ve lost this year. Many role models – from astronauts to comedians, from singers to actors, and broadcasters to athletes, 2017 has come and gone, and with it, many talented people.

Remembering the Greats: A Tribute to Those we Lost in 2017

Gene Cernan

Best known for: being the last person to walk on the moon

Photo by NASA / dapd via AP

Mary Tyler Moore

Best known for: The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Photo by Bob Willoughby –

John Hurt

Best known for: Midnight Express and Elephant Man

Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto | Getty Images

Richard Hatch

Best known for: Battlestar Galactica

Photo by Gabe Ginsberg / FilmMagic/Getty Images

Bill Paxton

Best known for: Apollo 13, Twister, and Titanic

Photo by Christopher Polk | Getty Images

Joseph Wapner

Best known for: presiding over The People’s Court


Joni Sledge

Best known for: “We are Family” performed with her sisters

Photo by Andreas Rentz | Getty Images

Chuck Berry

Best known for: being the “father of rock and roll”

Photo by Francois Durand | Getty Images

Chuck Barris

Best known for: being the “King of Daytime TV” and game shows like The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show

Photo by Ron Tom / NBC via Getty Images

Erin Moran

Best known for: playing Joanie Cunningham on  Happy Days

Photo by Kevin Winter | Getty Images

Brad Grey

Best known for: chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures

Photo by Evan Agostini / AP

Roger Moore

Best known for: playing James Bond

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Gregg Allman

Best known for: The Allman Brothers Band

Photo by Rick Diamond | Getty Images

Frank Deford

Best known for: sports reporting in Sports Illustrated and National Public Radio

Jeffery A. Salter/Sports Illustrated — Getty Images

Adam West

Best known for: TV series Batman

Photo by Mike Coppola | Getty Images

Stephen Furst

Best known for: Animal House

Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Martin Landau

Best known for: TV series Mission: Impossible and movie Ed Wood

Photo by Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Chester Bennington

Best known for: Singer for Linkin Park

Photo by Junko Kimura | Getty Images

John Heard

Best known for: playing the father in Home Alone

Photo by Gabriel Olsen | Getty Images

Barbara Sinatra

Best known for: Frank Sinatra’s wife and advocacy for abused children

Photo courtesy of Photofest

June Foray

Best known for: the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel (and Natasha Fatale!) on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show


Glen Campbell

Best known for: Country western singer

Photo by Harrison McClary / Reuters

Dick Gregory

Best known for: Comedian who used humor to advocate for social justice

Photo by Gus Ruelas / Reuters

Jerry Lewis

Best known for: The Nutty Professor and The Bellboy

Photo by Frederick M. Brown | Getty Images

Jay Thomas

Best known for: Cheers and Murphy Brown

Photo by Nick Ut / AP

Walter Becker

Best known for: Co-founder of Steely Dan

Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

Don Williams

Best known for: Country western singer

Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images

Troy Gentry

Best known for: Country western duo Montgomery Gentry

Photo by Ed Rode/AP

Frank Vincent

Best known for: The Sopranos and Goodfellas

Photo by Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images

Jake LaMotta

Best known for: Middleweight champion, whose life was portrayed in Raging Bull

Photo by The Ring Magazine / Getty Images

Hugh Hefner

Best known for: Playboy magazine founder

Photo by Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Monty Hall

Best known for: Let’s Make a Deal

Photo from ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images

Tom Petty

Best known for: the Heartbreakers

Photo by ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images

Y. A. Tittle

Best known for: Hall of Fame Quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player

Photo by AP

Roy Halladay

Best known for: award-winning MLB pitcher

Photo by Drew Hallowell / Getty Images

John Hillerman

Best known for: Higgins on Magnum P.I.

Photo by LIU / AP

Malcolm Young

Best known for: Co-founder of AC/DC

Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Getty Images

Della Reese

Best known for: Touched by an Angel

Photo by Amanda Edwards | Getty Images

Earle Hyman

Best known for: grandfather Russell Huxtable on The Cosby Show

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images

David Cassidy

Best known for: The Partridge Family


Dick Enberg

Best known for: Sports broadcasting for Super Bowls, Olympics, NCAA Final Fours and baseball games

Photo by AP

Heather Menzies-Urich

Best known for: Louisa von Trapp in The Sound of Music

Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Rose Marie

Best known for: Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Photo by NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.


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