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Notable deaths of 2012: Classic television

Larry Hagman, who became a television star in the 1960s starring in the sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” died Friday at a Dallas hospital, said a spokesman for actress Linda Gray, his longtime co-star on “Dallas.” He was 81.

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Ron Palillo, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack (above, third from left), a teenager with an infectious laugh in the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died Aug. 14, 2012. He was 63.
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Sherman Hemsley, known for his portrayal of George Jefferson on the sitcom “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” above, with costar Isabel Sanford, died July 24, 2012. He was 74.
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Andy Griffith, whose folksy portrayal of the wise and good-humored sheriff of Mayberry in the classic 1960s sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show” made him one of television’s most beloved stars, died July 3. He was 86.
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Doris Singleton, an actress who played one of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbors on “I Love Lucy,” died June 26. She was 92. (Valerie Macon / Getty Images)

Dick Clark, the youthful-looking television personality who introduced rock ‘n’ roll to much of the nation on “American Bandstand” and for four decades was the first and last voice many Americans heard each year with his New Year’s Eve countdowns, died on April 19. He was 82.

Clark died after suffering a heart attack following an outpatient procedure at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.

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In a 60-year career that began on stage, the gravel-voiced Ben Gazzara appeared in more than 100 films and TV movies. He also starred in the 1960s series “Run for Your Life,” enjoyed a renaissance in the ‘90s and won an Emmy in 2002. He was 81. Full obituary | Photos

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Don Cornelius created “Soul Train,” a groundbreaking show that helped bring black music, dance, fashion and style to mainstream America. In the process of presenting the soul, funk and R&B of the day, the Afro-haired, dapper Cornelius became a TV icon, his sonorous baritone welcoming viewers to “the hippest trip in America.” He was 75. Full obituary | Photos

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Robert Hegyes, Jewish-Puerto Rican character Juan Epstein was one of the Sweathogs on the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Above, Hegyes as Juan Epstein in 1978 and in 2011. He was 60. Full obituary

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The director of landmark sitcoms followed his acclaimed work on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” with “All in the Family.” His credits over an almost 50-year career also included “Gunsmoke,” “The Twilight Zone” and “MacGyver.” Above, Rich, right, with Norman Lear in 1973 when they won an Emmy for outstanding series for “All in the Family.” He was 86. Full obituary

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James Farentino was best known for his TV work, with nearly 100 credits, including recurring appearances in such series as “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers,” “Dynasty,” “Blue Thunder” and “Police Story.” His private life was sometimes as dramatic as his roles. He was 73. Full obituary | Photos (File photo)