"By writing or reading obituaries, we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others."
Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"

"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'"
John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Laurie Main

Actor -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Frank Braña aka Francisco Braña Perez aka Frank Blank aka Francisco Brana aka Frank Brana aka Frank Branya aka Francisco Braña aka Paco Braña

Actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com. A mainstay of spaghetti Western, horror and action genres, he racked up nearly 170 credits!

Pola Illery aka Paula Illiescu

Actress in silent and sound film -- via fan.tcm.com. She will be best remembered as the female lead in Rene Clair's groundbreaking 1930 early-sound musical, "Under the Roofs of Paris."

Jimmy Sabater

Master of boogaloo -- via the New York Times.

Adam Adamowicz

Concept artist for video games -- via the New York Times.

Kay Davis aka Katherine McDonald Wimp

One of Duke Ellington's great vocalists -- via the New York Times. She can be heard on classic tunes such as "Creole Love Call," "Transbluency," and "Lush Life."


Ronald Fraser

Historian -- via the New York Times. A "people's" historian who specialized in gathering oral histories.

Tristram P. Coffin

Folklorist and writer -- via the New York Times.

Zina Bethune

Actress, dancer and choreographer -- via the New York Times.

Davy Jones

Singer and actor -- via msnbc.com. First gaining notice as th original Artful Dodger in "Oliver!", he will be indelibly linked with The Monkees.

Jan Berenstain

Co-creator, with husband Stan, of the Berenstain Bears series of children's books -- via the New York Times.

Dick Anthony Williams

 Actor on stage ,and in film and television; theatrical producer -- via the New York Times.

Vitka Kovner

Jewish partisan who fought the Nazis - via the Jerusalem Post.

Wislawa Szyborska

Nobel Prize-winning poet, essayist and translator -- via the New York Times.

Charles Anthony aka Calogero Antonio Caruso

Tenor -- via the New York Times. This remarkable singer of comprimario roles holds the record for appearances at the Metropolitan Opera -- 2,928 times between March 6, 1954 and January 28, 2010.

Dorothy Previn aka Dorothy Langdan

Composer, lyricist and performer -- via the New York Times.

Neil Hope

Actor and lost soul -- via the New York Times. Although he died on Nov. 25, 2007, his death was not generally known until recently.

William B. Mills

Founder and director the Masterworks Choir -- via scnow.com.

Latif Ibrahim

Singer and actor -- via the New Traits Times.

Damien Bona

Writer on film -- via the L.A. Times.

Elizabeth Connell

Mezzo-soprano -- via the New York Times.

Clive Shakespeare

Guitarist -- via smh.com.au.

Luis Alberto "Flaco" Spinetta

Rock star -- via the BBC.

Anthony Shadid

Journalist -- via the New York Times.

Christopher Reimer

Guitarist -- via the CBC.

Ric Waite

Cinematographer -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Terry "The Body" Mathews

Former MLB pitcher -- via mlb.com.

Russell Arms

Singer and actor -- via the L.A. Times.

Mike Melvoin

Pianist, composer and arranger; top session man -- via the L.A. Times.

Steve Kordek

Pinball game designer -- via the New York Times.

Theodore Mann aka Theodore Goldman

Theatrical producer and director; co-founder (with Jose Quintero) and artistic director of Circle in the Square Theater and School -- via the New York Times. He championed the plays of Williams, McNally and Shanley; his groundbreaking production of "The Iceman Cometh" persuaded O'Neill's widow to allow him to stage the playwright's late work, most notably "Long Day's Journey Into Night." He also regularly staged classics.

He demanded that American theater have a broad range, depth and versatility -- an approach which strongly influenced my studies as a writer and performer. I am proud to have attended his school and been part of that tradition!

Elyse Knox aka Elsie Kornbrath

Actress -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Xu Bangda

Painter and calligrapher -- via artmarketforum.com.

Lorin Levee

Clarinetist -- via the L.A. Times.

Kenneth Price

Ceramic artist -- via the L.A. Times.

Erland Josephson

 Acting great on stage and in film -- via Newsday. He appeared in 14 Ingmar Bergman films over the course of nearly 60 years, most notably in "Cries and Whispers," "Scenes from a Marriage," and "Fanny and Alexander." He also worked for Tarkovsky ("Nostalghia," "The Scarifice"), and in "Hanussen," "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," and "Montenegro."