The number of deaths among celebrities in 2016 has seemed quite high and the #SciFi & #Fantasy genres haven’t been immune as the year began with 2 significant deaths, continued from there and is ending with even more significant deaths. The affected franchises include #StarWars, #HarryPotter, #StarTrek, #Babylon5, #Thunderbirds, #Bewitched & more. Listed below are some of the beloved celebrities that have been lost in 2016. May they all rest in peace.
David Bowie (Jan. 8, 1947 – Jan. 10, 2016)
A very gifted musician, singer & composer, David Bowie also acted and played the character Jareth in #Labyrinth among others.
Alan Rickman (Feb. 21, 1946 – Jan. 14, 2016)
The very gifted actor Alan Rickman will forever be remembered for playing the character Sevurus Snape in #HarryPotter. He also played Alexander Dane / Dr. Lazarus in #GalaxyQuest & much, much more. “By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged!” His untimely passing earlier this year remains a source of sadness for many. He will never be forgotten.
Alethea McGrath (Jun. 1, 1920 – Feb. 9, 2016)
The Australian actress will likely be best remembered as the Jedi Temple librarian Jocasta Nu in “#StarWars: #AttackOfTheClones”, but did other works.
Drew Henley (1940 – Feb. 14, 2016)
Drew Henley is likely best known for portraying the X-Wing pilot known only as “Red Leader” in “#StarWars: #ANewHope”. Unused footage of him from this film was used in “#RogueOne: A Star Wars Story”, which opened in theaters on Dec. 16, 2016. He also appeared in #Space1999, Gerry Anderson’s #UFO & more.
Lee Reherman (Jul. 4, 1966 – Feb. 29, 2016)
Among his various works. Lee Reherman played the uniformed mercenary in “#StarTrek Into Darkness” who gets sucked into space when Scotty blows open the airlock.
Sylvia Anderson (Mar. 25, 1927 – Mar. 15, 2016)
Sylvia Anderson co-created many works with her former deceased husband Gerry Anderson, including #Thunderbirds, #CaptainScarletVsTheMysterons, #UFO, #Space1999, #Stingray, #Joe90 & more! She was the voice for Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds.
Erik Bauersfeld (Jun. 28, 1922 – Apr. 3, 2016)
Erik Bauersfeld voiced Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in #StarWars & more. His most famous line was, “It’s a trap!”
Buck Kartalian (Aug. 13, 1922 – May 24, 2016)
Buck Kartalian portrayed the ape Julius in #PlanetOfTheApes and was also in “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes”, as well as the #Batman TV series, #TheMunsters, #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea & more.
Janet Waldo (Feb. 4, 1920 – Jun. 12, 2016)
Among her many works, Janet Waldo voiced the character of Judy Jetson in #TheJetsons, as well as Princess Susan in #BattleOfThePlanets.
Anton Yelchin (Mar. 11, 1989 – Jun. 19, 2016)
The tragic accidental death of Anton Yelchin cut short what would’ve likely been a very long & brilliant acting career. He will forever be remembered for his portrayal of the character Chekov in the #StarTrek reboot.
Jerry Doyle (Jul. 16, 1956 – Jul. 27, 2016)
Among his many works, Jerry Doyle played the character Michael Garibaldi in #Babylon5.
Barry Jenner (Jan. 14, 1941 – Aug. 9, 2016)
Barry Jenner played the character Admiral Ross in “#StarTrek #DS9” and more.
Kenny Baker (Aug. 24, 1934 – Aug. 13, 2016)
Kenny Baker will always be remembered for playing the droid character R2-D2 in #StarWars. He also played the character Paploo in “Star Wars”, as well as Fidget in #TimeBandits, a dwarf in #FlashGordon & much more!
Gene Wilder (Jun. 11, 1933 – Aug. 29, 2016)
Gene Wilder was a brilliant actor. He played Willy Wonka in #WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, Dr. Frankenstein in #YoungFrankenstein & was in many other films, including #BlazingSaddles, #SilverStreak, #TheWorldsGreatestLover, #StirCrazy & much more!
Hazel Douglas (Nov. 2, 1923 – Sept. 8, 2016)
Among her many works that began in 1947, Hazel Douglas portrayed Bathilda Bagshot in “#HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”.
Tony Swartz (Sept. 24, 1943 – Sept. 27, 2016)
Tony Swartz played Flight Sergeant Jolly in the original #BattlestarGalactica TV, & more.
Bernard Fox (May 11, 1927 – Dec. 14, 2016)
Bernard Fox may be best well known for his portrayal of Doctor Bombay in the TV series Bewitched, but he had many other roles.
Liz Smith (Dec. 11, 1921 – Dec. 24, 2016)
Among her many works, Liz Smith played Grandma Georgina in #CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory (2005). She was also in the 1999 TV movie #AChristmasCarol, which starred Patrick Stewart as Ebeneezer Scrooge. She’ll also be remembered as the bizarre cook Letitia Cropley in the British comedy #TheVicarOfDibley and for many other works.
George Michael (Jun. 25, 1963 – Dec. 25, 2016)
The world-renowned singer George Michael is included here because his music was a favorite of the character Deadpool & used in the #Deadpool movie.
Carrie Fisher (Oct. 21, 1956 – Dec. 27, 2016)
The legendary actress Carrie Fisher portrayed the pivotal #StarWars character Princess Leia Organa in the original trilogy, then reprised the role in “#StarWarsVII: #TheForceAwakens”. She had completed filming for the next installment, #StarWarsVIII, which won’t be released in theaters until Dec., 2017.
Debbie Reynolds (Apr. 1, 1932 – Dec. 28, 2016)
The mother of Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds was a well-known actress who was too overcome with grief over the death of her daughter the day before.