The list of celebrities and other Hollywood luminaries who passed away in 2010 includes Oscar winners aplenty, two members of one of the great British acting families and the 100-year-old actress who starred in her signature role at age 87. Moviefone pays tribute to the dearly departed who left the Hollywood skies a little less twinkly this year.
The actress, best known for her role as Debra Winger's plotting pal in 'An Officer and a Gentleman,' also won an Oscar, along with husband Ray McKinnon, for the live-action short 'The Accountant.' She died in her Arkansas home on Oct. 25, after suffering for years with a painful blood disease.
The popular Hollywood publicist, who'd worked on campaigns for movies such as 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Driving Miss Daisy,' and for celebs such as Michael Douglas and Natalie Wood, became well known outside Hollywood when she was shot while driving home from the premiere of 'Burlesque' on Nov. 16. Police believe she was killed in a robbery attempt, and the suspect commited suicide before he could be interviewed by authorities.
Known for roles in 'WarGames,' 'Dances with Wolves' and 'My Cousin Vinny,' Chaykin also played Harvey Weingard, a recurring character meant to spoof Harvey Weinstein, on HBO's 'Entourage.' The actor died in Toronto on July 27, his 61st birthday, from complications caused by a heart valve infection.
Clayburgh was nominated for Best Actress Oscars for 'Starting Over' and 'An Unmarried Woman,' and she played Jake Gyllenhaal's mom in the recent drama 'Love and Other Drugs.' The actress, who had battled leukemia for more than two decades, died of complications from the disease in Connecticut on Nov. 5, a few weeks before the movie's release. Her final film project, the Kristen Wiig/Jon Hamm comedy 'Bridesmaids,' is scheduled to hit theaters next May.
Primarily known for his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated TV career on 'I Spy,' as well as his turn as a cop on 'The Greatest American Hero,' Culp also had big-screen success, most notably with the 1969 dramedy 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.' He died on March 24 after suffering a heart attack while jogging in Los Angeles; 'The Assignment,' which features his final role, will be released next year.
Oscar-nominated for his role in 'The Defiant Ones,' Curtis became best known for his part, alongside Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, in the big-screen Billy Wilder comedy 'Some Like It Hot.' A World War II vet who was born as Bernard Schwartz in the Bronx, the father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis launched a second career as a surrealist painter, with his works fetching as much as $25,000 a pop. Curtis died at age 85 on Sept. 29, in Henderson, Nevada, of cardiac arrest.
Dino de Laurentiis
The Italian film producer, whose career spanned more than six decades, won a Best Foreign Film Oscar for 'La Strada,' and was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the Oscar ceremony in 2001. De Laurentiis also produced 'Serpico,' 'King Kong,' 'Blue Velvet,' 'Hannibal,' and 'Heart of Darkness,' among many others. The producer, who is the grandfather of Food Network chef Giada de Laurentiis, died at age 91 in Los Angeles on Nov. 10.
The director/screenwriter/producer began his career as an actor but quickly turned his attention to the action behind the camera. He received an honorary Oscar in 2004, for a body of work that included six 'Pink Panther' movies with Peter Sellers; the Bo Derek film '10'; 'Operation Petticoat,' which starred Cary Grant and Tony Curtis; and the Audrey Hepburn classic 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' Edwards, who worked with real-life wife Julie Andrews when he wrote, directed and produced 1982's 'Victor Victoria,' died Dec. 15 in Santa Monica from complications from pneumonia.
Best known for his TV roles, including playing Rhoda's dad on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and 'Rhoda,' Gould also appeared in big-screen movies like 'The Sting,' 'Seems Like Old Times,' 'Patch Adams,' 'Stuart Little' and 'Freaky Friday.' The actor, who earned a Ph.D. in theatre and taught drama at Cornell University, died in Woodland Hills, California on Sept. 11, of prostate cancer.
Graves, best known for his Emmy-nominated role on TV's 'Mission: Impossible,' also endeared himself to movie audiences with his role as Captain Clarence Oveur in the 'Airplane' movies. Graves, the brother of 'Gunsmoke' star James Arness, died on March 10 in Pacific Palisades, California, after suffering a heart attack.
After earning rave reviews for early performances in 'Firstborn' and 'Lucas,' Haim became one of the biggest teen stars of all time, along with fellow Corey, Corey Feldman, when the two starred in 1987's 'The Lost Boys.' The Coreys rode their fame through more co-starring efforts, including 'License to Drive' and 'Dream a Little Dream,' though both young actors' well-publicized drug woes curtailed their careers. Tabloid stories, multiple rehab efforts and even homelessness were the results of Haim's continued drug use, and, despite several comeback attempts, he died on March 10, in Burbank, California, of pulmonary edema.
After interning for filmmaker Roger Corman, Hickenlooper's breakout film was the Emmy-winning documentary 'Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse,' about the making of 'Apocalypse Now.' He was also a producer on the short that became Billy Bob Thornton's 'Sling Blade,' and directed the flicks 'Dogtown,' 'Mayor of the Sunset Strip,' 'Factory Girl' and the 2010 Kevin Spacey film 'Casino Jack.' Hickenlooper died in his sleep on Oct. 29, with the coroner ruling accidental painkiller overdose as the cause of death.
The Oscar-nominated star -- for 'Easy Rider' and 'Hoosiers' -- was known primarily for his acting career (which also included 'Apocalypse Now' and playing the villain in 'Speed'), as well as for his prestigious art collection and his skills as a photographer. Hopper notoriously battled drug and alcohol problems, which prevented him from working at various points in his career, though one of his most pivotal roles sparked one of his many career comebacks, when he played the villainous Frank Booth in 'Blue Velvet.' The actor, who was married five times and was going through a bitter divorce at the time of his death, died on May 29 in Venice, from complications from prostate cancer.
Better known for her musical career, Horne was a promising film star when she became one of the first black performers to sign a long-term contract with a major studio when she signed on with MGM in 1943. Roles in 'Stormy Weather' and 'Cabin in the Sky' followed, but the industry's treatment of black performers, along with the fact that her left-leaning political views got her blacklisted in the '50s, essentially ended her movie career. Her focus shifted to her music, stage and TV careers, though she did appear as Glinda the Good Witch in 'The Wiz.' Horne died of heart failure in New York City on May 9.
Best known for his role as the father of Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' Jeffries also starred in 'The Trials of Oscar Wilde' and 'Camelot.' He died on Feb. 10 in England following a long illness.
Kershner became the only director to helm both a 'Star Wars' and a James Bond installment when he took on 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Never Say Never Again' back to back in the early 1980s. A faculty member in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, and a respected photographer, Kershner died in Los Angeles on Nov. 27, after a long battle with lung cancer.
Best known for his role in the sci-fi classic 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' McCarthy earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Biff in the 1951 film version of 'Death of a Salesman' and then became a frequent TV guest star throughout his seven-decade Hollywood career. He died on Sept. 11, at age 96, from pneumonia.
As the editor on all of Quentin Tarantino's films, Menke earned two Oscar nominations, for 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Inglourious Basterds.' Menke, who was also an editor on 'Daddy & Them,' 'All the Pretty Horses' and 'Peacock,' died in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, while hiking during an extreme heatwave.
The Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress won her Best Actress Academy Award for playing housekeeper Alma in 'Hud,' and also earned rave reviews for her role as widow Helen in the original 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' and "2E" in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' The actress, whose tragedy-filled personal life included a public affair with the married Gary Cooper, the death of a child and a divorce from author husband Roald Dahl after she found out he had had an affair with her friend, died Aug. 8 in Massachusetts after a battle with lung cancer.
His early career included serious fare like 'The Poseidon Adventure' and 'Forbidden Planet,' but his signature roles were in comedy fare like 'Airplane!' and 'The Naked Gun' movie series, and, most recently, in spoof flicks like 'Scary Movie 4' and 'Superhero Movie.' Nielsen died in Florida on Nov. 28, after suffering complications from pneumonia.
The Oscar-nominated director of 'Alice's Restaurant,' 'The Miracle Worker' and the seminal 'Bonnie and Clyde,' Penn was also a Tony-winning Broadway producer, a live TV director in the '50s, a producer on 'Law & Order' and had advised John F. Kennedy in his famous TV debate with Richard Nixon in 1960. Penn died on Sept. 28, the day after his 88th birthday, of congestive heart failure in New York City.
Pitt, who gained a cult following after playing a randy vampire in '70s flicks like 'The Vampire Lovers' and 'Countess Dracula,' died on Nov. 23, in London, of heart failure.
The actor and political activist, and brother of fellow thespians Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave, was known for his stage work and movie roles, including 'A Man for All Seasons,' 'In the Name of the Father' and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral,' in which he played Andie MacDowell's fiancé. Redgrave, who had survived prostate cancer and a severe heart attack, died in London, on April 6, after a brief illness.
Less than a month after her older brother, Corin, died, Lynn Redgrave died in Connecticut -- on May 2 -- after a battle with breast cancer. Redgrave earned Oscar nominations for her roles in 'Georgy Girl' and 'Gods and Monsters,' and had won Golden Globe awards for both. Most recently, the famed theater actress had appeared in 'Confessions of a Shopaholic,' and guest starred on 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Ugly Betty.'
The French New Wave director and film critic, who earned an Oscar nomination for penning the script for 'My Night at Maud's,' died on Jan. 11 in Paris, at age 89.
Best known for her role in the 'Poltergeist' movie series and in the TV drama 'Picket Fences,' Rubinstein was a blood bank lab technician when she decided to pursue a Hollywood career, and 'Poltergeist' was her first flick. An outspoken advocate for AIDS research and on behalf of her fellow little people, Rubinstein died in Los Angeles on Jan. 27 after an illness that led to lung and kidney failure.
His breakout role was as Otho Fenlock in 'Beetlejuice,' and he also starred in 'Planet of the Apes' and as the Mayor of Halloween Town in 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.' He also starred in HBO's 'Carnivale' and played Jerry's landlord on 'Seinfeld.' Shadix, who had moved from Los Angeles to his native Alabama in 2007, died in his home state on Sept. 7, after falling and suffering a blunt trauma to his head.
The actress received two Oscar nominations -- for 'Hamlet' and 'The Happy Ending' -- and won an Emmy for her role as Fiona Cleary in the classic TV miniseries 'The Thorn Birds.' She died in Santa Monica on Jan. 22 after a battle with lung cancer.
The actress and political activist worked for nearly 80 years in Hollywood. Her career included roles in 'The Invisible Man' and 'My Favorite Year,' being a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, working as an oil painter, producing handmade books and becoming the oldest Oscar nominee ever (for her role as 100-year-old Rose in 'Titanic'). Stuart died in her sleep on Sept. 26 in Los Angeles -- at age 100 -- after suffering respiratory failure.