2017 has been a heartbreaking year when it comes to celebrity deaths. Numerous TV and film personalities who touched the world in their own ways have left us — and also left a significant hole in the entertainment industry. This year's Primetime Emmy Awards remembered these stars in a touching "In Memoriam" segment.
Actress #ViolaDavis (Suicide Squad, Fences) took the stage to begin the presentation. During her speech, Davis commended these stars for their pivotal contributions to society:
"Those of us who grew up escaping into the comfort of our favorite television programs considered the performers we watched and the characters they played as members of our extended family. This year we lost some cherished friends from Batman and Carol Brady to Mannix and Mary Richards, from a Rhinestone Cowboy to a king of comedy. We also said goodbye to the people who created the shows we loved, built the companies which made them and foster the networks that aired them."
Davis then introduced Emmy winner Christopher Jackson, who performed a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "As" shortly before the heartwarming presentation started. Here are all the artists who were remembered during the tribute, in case you missed any of them during the broadcast:
1. Glen Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017)
- Best known for: "Gentle On My Mind," "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Try A Little Kindness," "Southern Nights"
2. June Foray (September 18, 1917 – July 26, 2017)
- Best known for: The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Mister Magoo, Horton Hears A Who!, The Adventures Of Curious George, The Smurfs, Garfield And Friends.
3. Ed Greene (1935 – August 9, 2017)
- Best known for: Working as sound mixer on Fail Safe, ER, The West Wing Live, American Idol, Project Runway.
4. John Bernecker (March 2, 1984 – July 12, 2017)
- Best known for: Working as a stuntman on Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, The Walking Dead, The Fate Of The Furious, Logan.
5. Mike Connors (August 15, 1925 – January 26, 2017)
- Best known for: Mannix, Sky Commando, Good Neighbor Sam, Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die, Day The World Ended
6. Zsa Zsa Gabor (February 6, 1917 – December 18, 2016)
- Best known for: The Most Wanted Man, Queen Of Outer Space, Moulin Rouge, Up The Front, Mooch Goes To Hollywood.
7. Chuck Barris (June 3, 1929 – March 21, 2017)
- Best known for: A producer of shows like The Dating Game, The Family Game, The Newlywed Game and The Parent Game.
8. Chris Bearde (June 18, 1936 – April 23, 2017)
- Best known for: Working as a writer and producer on shows like Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Gong Show, Cher Comedy Hour, The Sonny, The Andy Williams Show, The Bobby Vinton Show, The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show.
9. Brad Grey (December 29, 1957 – May 14, 2017)
- Best known for: Overseeing the launch of Mission: Impossible, Iron Man, No Country For Old Men, The Fighter, True Grit and the Transformers and Paranormal Activity franchises.
10. Frank Konigsberg (March 10, 1933 – November 12, 2016)
- Best known for: Producing TV movies and series like William & Kate, The Last Don, The Guyana Tragedy, All Roads Lead To Rome, Of Two Minds, Away And Back.
11. Powers Boothe (June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017)
- Best known for: 24, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nashville, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Red Dawn, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Tombstone.
12. Jeannie Gunn (April 24, 1946 – December 28, 2016)
- Best known for: Working as set decorator on movies and TV series such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Flash, Without A Trace, The Shield, Home Improvement.
13. Adam West (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017)
- Best known for: Batman, Family Guy, The Detectives, The Fairly OddParents.
14. John Heard (March 7, 1945 – July 21, 2017)
- Best known for: Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, Big, Would You Rather, Prison Break.
15. Gary Glasberg (July 9, 1966 – September 28, 2016)
- Best known for: Producing NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans, and writing shows like Bones, The Mentalist, Rugrats, Duckman, Shark.
16. Roger Ailes (May 15, 1940 – May 18, 2017)
Note: Ailes' inclusion in the list drew heavy criticism from audiences due to the numerous sexual harassment accusations against him.
- Best known for: Being at the forefront of Fox News and working as a media consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Donald Trump.
17. Agnes Nixon (December 10, 1922 – September 28, 2016)
- Best known for: Writing and producing shows like All My Children, Search For Tomorrow, One Life To Live, As The World Turns.
18. Robert Osborne (May 3, 1932 – March 6, 2017)
- Best known for: Writing The Hollywood Reporter's Rambling Reporter column for 25 years and being host of Turner Classic Movies.
19. Jay Thomas (July 12, 1948 – August 24, 2017)
Best known for: Mork & Mindy, Married People, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, and his yearly explanation of his "Lone Ranger" anecdote.
20. Nelsan Ellis (November 30, 1977 – July 8, 2017)
- Best known for: True Blood, The Butler, The Inside, The Help, Elementary.
21. Mark Schlegel (1960 – August 2017)
- Best known for: Representing actors such as Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why), Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland).
22. Norman Brokaw (April 21, 1927 – October 29, 2016)
- Best known for: Being the CEO of the William Morris Agency and representing actors like Marylin Monroe, Clint Eastwood, Bill Cosby, Donna Summer and Natalie Wood.
23. Marsh McCall (1964 – May 22, 2017)
- Best known for: Writing on shows like Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Fuller House, Last Man Standing, Just Shoot Me!, Men At Work, The Naked Truth.
24. Don Ohlmeyer (February 3, 1945 – September 10, 2017)
- Best known for: Leading NBC to success as producer with hit shows like Seinfeld, ER, Will & Grace, Just Shoot Me!
25. Robert Vaughn (November 22, 1932 – November 11, 2016)
- Best known for: The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The A-Team, The Protectors, Julius Caesar, Superman III.
26. Bill Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017)
- Best known for: Titanic, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nightcrawler, Aliens, Edge of Tomorrow, Big Love, Training Day, Predator 2.
27. Roger Moore (October 14, 1927 – May 23, 2017)
- Best known for: Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, A View To Kill, The Saint.
28. Carrie Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016)
- Best known for: The Star Wars franchise, The Blues Brothers, Loverboy, When Harry Met Sally, Hannah And Her Sisters, Postcards from the Edge.
29. Debbie Reynolds (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016)
- Best known for: Singin' in the Rain, The Debbie Reynolds Show, Will & Grace, How the West was Won.
30. John Hurt (January 22, 1940 – January 25, 2017)
- Best known for: The Harry Potter franchise, Alien, Merlin, Doctor Who, Snowpiercer, V for Vendetta, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
31. Gwen Ifill (September29, 1955 – November 14, 2016)
- Best known for: Being co-anchor for NewsHour, covering Congress and White House campaigns for three decades.
32. Grant Tinker (January 11, 1926 – November 28, 2016)
- Best known for: Creating MTM Enterprises and producing shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, St. Elsewhere, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy.
33. Stanley Kallis (1938 – January 28, 2017)
- Best known for: Producing TV series such as Mission: Impossible, Police Story, Hawaii 5-0, Washington: Behind Closed Doors, and the film Amber Waves.
34. Sandy Gallin (May 27, 1940 – April 21, 2017)
- Best Known for: Being the agent of stars like Michael Jackson, Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, Mariah Carrey, Barbara Streisand, Joan Rivers, Dolly Parton and Richard Pryor.
35. Miguel Ferrer (February 7, 1955 – January 19, 2017)
- Best known for: The Man, The Manchurian Candidate, Mulan, Bionic Woman, Twin Peaks, The Protector.
36. Martin Landau (June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017)
- Best known for: Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Cleopatra, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Ed Wood, Entourage.
37. Richard Hatch (May 21, 1945 – February 7, 2017)
- Best known for: The Streets of San Francisco, Marty Hartman, Battlestar Galactica.
38. Alan Thicke (March 1, 1947 – December 13, 2016)
- Best known for: Growing Pains, Not Quite Human, The Alan Thicke Show.
39. Florence Henderson (February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016)
- Best known for: The Florence Henderson Show, Richie Rich, The Brady Bunch Hour, The Surreal Life, Fifty Shades of Black.
40. Jerry Lewis (March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017)
- Best known for: The Family Jewels, The Delicate Delinquent, The Nutty Professor, One More Time, Cracking Up.
41. Don Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017)
- Best known for: The Toy Story franchise, The Don Rickles Show, The Rat Race, C.P.O. Sharkey, Daddy Dearest.
42. Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017)
- Best known for: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Thoroughly Modern Life, Change of Habit, Ordinary People.
There are plenty of names in there that are still heartbreaking to see. It's just really impactful to realize that so many important voices in the entertainment industry have left us in such a short period of time. Fortunately though, even though they're gone, we have their work with us to remind us of their impressive legacies.