Famous for acting of a different kind was Jamie Gillis.
He died three days ago of melanoma, at age 66. One of the most recognizable faces of 70s and 80s erotica, he appeared in over 470 movies. But of course, I wouldn't know anything about that. I don't watch those kind of movies. Honest.
Before him was fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who had been in charge of Givenchy's design department before launching his own label, and was awarded the CBE in 2003 for his services to the fashion industry. He died aged 40 just a few days after the death of his mother.
Dick Francis, novelist and ex-jockey recently passed away also. He was jockey to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother from 1953 to 1957, when a serious fall forced him to retire from racing. He started to write crime novels centered around the sport and wrote over 40 international bestsellers.
More recent notables who are no longer with us:
- Pernell Roberts - Bonanza's Adam Cartwright
- J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher In The Rye
- Jean Simmons, actress
- Teddy Pendergrass
- Kate McGarrigle, folk singer and sister of Anna
- Erich Segal, author of Love Story
- Juliet Anderson, aka Aunt Peg, another actress from the golden age of erotica
- Bob Blackburn, voice of the Seattle SuperSonics for many years
- Art Clokey, pioneer stop-motion animator responsible for Gumby
- Thomas Sam Davis, better known as Eric Shark, singer with legendary art-rock band Deaf School
- Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack
- Jennifer Lyon, Survivor:Palau contestant and breast cancer awareness advocate
- Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser detective novels
- Kathryn Grayson, actress (Show Boat, Kiss Me Kate)
- Justin Mentell, actor, Boston Legal
- Charlie Wilson, inspiration for the movie Charlie Wilson's War