These kinds of lists are all over the place, now that we're getting closer to 2016. All the big names are in them too; Christopher Lee, Leonard Nimoy, and Omar Sharif, to name a few. But what about those lesser-known names? The guys that were pretty darn famous, but didn't quite reach the level of super-stardom as Spock and Saruman...even so, they're the men and women who you instantly recognize when you see their face, and maybe their name.
Sure, some folks know him from Scarface, but if you grew up in the Tom Hanks Era, you remember him from this scene in Big:
He passed away after his struggle with Alzheimer's on December 4.
Anyone who watched Everybody Loves Raymond got a little choked up when they heard the news of his passing. Sawyer, along with his twin brother Sullivan and their older sister Madylin, played Ray and Deb's twins Geoffrey and Michael, and their fictional sister Ally. He committed suicide on April 23, apparently after dealing with money problems, not finding acting work after his run on Raymond, and being bullied over gay rumors. He was almost 20 years old.
Old Yeller might be this former Disney star's biggest hit-
But the movie that I'll never forget him in was none other than Swiss Family Robinson-
Yep, that's a picture of him riding an Ostrich. He died on October 6 after a battle with colorectal cancer, at the age of 60.
Ben E. King
Not so much the face will this world miss, but the voice. If you grew up in the 80s, there's a good chance you know the movie Stand By Me, and the song, by heart.
The singer of one of the best songs that will ever grace our ears died April 30, at 76.
This guy might be a little harder to recognize to anyone outside the Old Western crowd, or Soap Opera Bunch, but as the son of a man who LOVED anything western on TV, he's instantly recognizable to me as Candy Canaday from Bonanza. He died of natural causes on November 16 at the age of 77.
“The Dukes of Hazzard” star, none other than Rosco P. Coltrane himself, passed away on April 6 at the age of 88, after a brief battle with pneumonia.
Had to throw this one in there, simply because, well, baseball! The New York Yankees might be an overpaid bunch of non-world-series-winners now, but they once were filled with legendary players. From his first at-bat, where he got a home run, till his last, he will always be one of the faces of American's pastime. He passed away on September 22, from natural causes, at the ripe old age of 90.
Perhaps best known as the driver of the one and only Love Bug, Dean passed away September 1, from Parkinson's. He was 84.
Daniel von Bargen
This guy was in so many things, including Malcom in the Middle, Super Troopers, and Broken Arrow. He had a military look to him apparently, because the majority of his rolls looked like this:
He sure fit the part, don't you think?
Elly May Clampett...'nuff Said!