Notable Deaths of 2014
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Notable deaths of 2014

Notable Deaths of 2014
Luise Rainer
The luminous 1930s actress won back-to-back Oscars, but her Hollywood film career was shattered when she clashed with studio boss Louis B. Mayer and lost. She was 104. (Clarence Sinclair Bull)
Leonard Beerman
The founding rabbi of the Leo Baeck Temple on Los Angeles’ Westside, Beerman, pictured with Yasser Arafat, left, in 1983, was a pacifist who often angered the Jewish community with his vocal criticism of Israel. He was 93. (family photo)
Joe Cocker
The gravelly voiced rock star was known for hits such as “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Have a Little Faith,” and “You Are So Beautiful.” His performance at Woodstock in 1969 made his careeer. He was 70. (Associated Press)
Luise Rainer
Rainer poses in her central London apartment on July 29, 1999. She died on Dec. 30, 2014.  (Adam Butler / Associated Press)
Harold Schulweis
Considered to be among the most influential rabbis of his generation, Schulweis stressed deed over ritual. He founded Jewish World Watch, which raises about $2 million a year to fight genocide in Africa and improve the lives of survivors. He was 89. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Martin Litton
The legendary Colorado River guide and wilderness advocate was involved in some of the 20th century’s biggest conservation battles. He played a pivotal role in keeping dams out of the Grand Canyon. He was 97. (Los Angeles Times)
Mark Strand
The author of more than a dozen books of poetry and several works of prose, Strand was a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate widely praised for his concentrated, elegiac verse. He was 80. (Chris Felver / Getty Images)
Roberto Gomez Bolanos
Best known by his nickname “Chespirito,” Gomez worked as a screenwriter, playwright, composer, actor and director. He created unforgettable comedic characters that were staples of Latin American television. He was 85. (Associated Press)
Bob Baker
A puppeteer who created whimsical marionettes, Baker operated the oldest puppet theater in the United States. He also ran the Academy of Puppetry and Allied Arts, where high school students could learn the art of puppetry. He was 90. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
P.D. James
A mystery writer who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, James said “the greatest mystery of all is the human heart.” She was 94. (EPA)
Marion Barry
A charismatic character, Barry served as mayor of the District of Columbia for four terms. Though dogged by scandals, he maintained his popularity and was reelected even after an FBI videotape showed him smoking crack. He was 78. (Tim Sloan / AFP / Getty Images)
Mike Nichols
Nichols directed landmark films such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Graduate.” His critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood. He was 83. (Archive Photos / Getty Images)
John Doar
During the 1960s, Doar, a top Justice Department lawyer, was the face of the federal government during some of the most sensitive conflicts of the civil rights era. He was 92. (Associated Press )
Henry Lee Jackson
Jackson, left, who recorded as “Big Bank Hank,” was one of the founders of the pioneering New Jersey rap trio Sugarhill Gang. The group’s 1979 single “Rapper’s Delight” proved that hip-hop could have mass-market appeal. He was 57. (Sugar Hill Records)
Tomas Young
An Army veteran who became an antiwar activist after a paralyzing injury in Iraq, Young was the subject of the scathing documentary “Body of War.” For many, he symbolized the unending cost of battle. He was 34. (Taylor Jones / Getty Images)
Dorian ‘Doc’ Paskowitz
A physician who gave up his medical practice to embark on a surf odyssey with his wife and nine children, Paskowitz also founded a surfing school and is credited with pioneering surfing in Israel. He was 93. (Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
Tom Magliozzi
Tom Magliozzi, left, along with his brother Ray, for more than 35 years dispensed frequently good advice on “Car Talk,” one of NPR’s most popular and least serious programs. Tom Magliozzi was 77. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
Frank Mankiewicz
As press secretary to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, presidential campaign manager for Sen. George S. McGovern and chief of National Public Radio, Frank Mankiewicz made his mark in the worlds of Democratic politics and broadcast media. He was 90. (Associated Press)
Ben Bradlee
The longtime Washington Post editor led the paper from 1968 to 1991. He became the best-known editor of his generation, directing the groundbreaking coverage of the Watergate scandal. He was 93. (AFP/Getty Images)
Oscar De La Renta
The Dominican-born fashion designer spent more than 50 years dressing royalty, Hollywood celebrities and U.S. first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Hillary Clinton. His gowns were often featured on the cover of Vogue magazine and on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. He was 82. (Brad Barket / Getty Images)
Peter Daland
The former USC coach became one of the most celebrated names in collegiate and Olympic swimming. He coached the 1972 U.S. Olympic men’s swim team to nine gold medals, including the seven won by Mark Spitz. Eight years earlier, he guided the U.S. women’s team to six gold medals. He was 93. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
David Greenglass
The U.S. Army machinist turned Soviet spy was vilified for betraying his country and his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, in a notorious Cold War-era atomic espionage case that ended with the electrocutions of Rosenberg and her husband, Julius. Greenglass was 92. (Archive Photos / Getty Images)
Jean-Claude Duvalier
The former dictator of Haiti helped condemn the country to endemic poverty and violence before he was ousted by a popular uprising. He was 63. (Lee Celano / Getty Images)
Nati Cano
His L.A.-based ensemble, Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano, is widely considered one of the top mariachi ensembles in the United States. The group played top concert venues around the world and won crossover fans with its performances with Linda Ronstadt. He was 81. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Geraldine ‘Jerrie’ Mock
Dubbed “the flying housewife,” Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the globe, in 1964. She was 88. (Mike Ewen / Associated Press)
Martin Perl
The Nobel prize-winning physicist proved the existence of the tau lepton, a particle that exists for trillionths of a second. His discovery helped fill a gap in the standard model of particle physics. He was 87. (Steve Castillo )
Ian Paisley
Known for his fiery rhetoric and thundering speeches, the unionist Protestant preacher helped fan the sectarianism of Northern Ireland but went on to lead a power-sharing government with some of his most bitter Catholic enemies. He was 88. (AFP / Getty Images)
Gerald Wilson
The Grammy-nominated jazz musician was a bandleader, trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator. His multifaceted career reached from the swing era of the 1930s to the diverse jazz sounds of the 21st century. He was 96. (GAB Archive / Redferns)
Joan Rivers
Rivers rose to prominence in the 1960s as one of only a few nationally known female comics. She had a run on late-night television and reinvented herself as fashion commentator on Hollywood’s red carpet. She was 81. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Richard Attenborough
The respected British actor and Academy Award-winning director of “Gandhi,” the multiple-Oscar-winning best picture of 1982, was known as a “socially engaged” filmmaker who often focused on major historical figures. He was 90. (Larry Davis / Los Angeles Times)
B.K.S. Iyengar
The Indian guru was one of the West’s most influential teachers of yoga. He helped lay the foundation for its explosive growth and attained rock-star status with tens of thousands of followers. He was 95. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Robin Williams

An iconic Bay Area tunnel, commonly known as the Waldo Tunnel or Rainbow Tunnel, will be named after the late actor Robin Williams.

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Lauren Bacall
The smoky-voiced movie legend taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in “To Have and Have Not.” The two became one of Hollywood’s legendary couples on screen and off. She was 89. (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
James Brady
Former White House spokesman James S. “Jim” Brady gave his name to a gun-control law after surviving a devastating gunshot wound to his head during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan. He was 73. (Mandel Agan / AFP/Getty Images)
Dr. Jesse Steinfeld
As U.S. surgeon general under President Nixon, he helped spearhead the fight against tobacco. He strengthened the warning on packages and issued the first ban on smoking in certain government buildings. He was 87. (Los Angeles Times)
Dick Smith
The grandmaster of special-effects makeup, Smith broke ground in the 1970s with his work on films such as “Little Big Man” and “The Exorcist.” He received an Academy Award in 1985 for aging F. Murray Abraham into an elderly composer in the film “Amadeus.” He was 92. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)
Andrea Rich
A dynamic, public-spirited leader, Rich rose to the heights of academic administration at UCLA before serving 10 years as president of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She was 71. (Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times)
Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk
Van Kirk was the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first nuclear bomb in the history of warfare over Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. He was 93.  (Bita Honavar / EPA)
James Garner
A master of light comedy who won an Emmy for “The Rockford Files,” Garner had earlier shot to fame as a charming and dry-witted gambler on the hit TV western “Maverick” (pictured). He was 86. (MGM)
Elaine Stritch
The raspy-voiced actress enlivened the New York stage for more than six decades. Her lengthy theater career included a Tony-winning one-woman show and collaborations with Stephen Sondheim and Edward Albee. She was 89. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Johnny Winter
The rail-thin blues guitarist was known for his scorching riffs, flowing white hair and gravelly, hard-times voice. In 1988, Winter became the first white musician named to the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. He was 70. (AFP / Getty Images)
Alice Coachman
In 1948, Coachman cleared the high jump bar at just over 5 1/2 feet and set an Olympic and U.S. record. She was the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She was believed to be 90. (Associated Press)
Eduard Shevardnadze
The groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister later became the president of an independent Georgia. In the final years of the Soviet Union, he helped topple the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War. He was 86. (AFP / Getty Images)
Nadine Gordimer
The South African writer won fame and a Nobel Prize as a chronicler of apartheid. Her work conveyed the visible and hidden wounds of racial injustice, corruption and abuses of freedom. She was 90. (Pierre Haski / AFP / Getty Images)
Lorin Maazel
The world-renowned conductor held top posts with the Vienna State Opera, the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among others. Over the course of his career, he conducted an average of two concerts a week for more than 70 years. He was 84. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Tommy Ramone
The last surviving original member of the punk rock band the Ramones, he was the drummer for the band from 1974 to 1978, as well as co-producer for the band’s first three albums. He was 65. Above, the Ramones in 1978, from left: Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy and Joey.  (Los Angeles Times)
Eileen Ford
The doyenne of the modeling business, Ford co-founded an agency that set standards for the industry. She launched superstars such as Brooke Shields, Christie Brinkley and Naomi Campbell, and shaped American ideals of beauty in the 1960s and beyond. She was 92. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images)
Louis Zamperini
Mistakenly declared dead during World War II, the former Olympic track star endured more than two years in a Japanese prison camp. His life became the subject of the book and film “Unbroken.” He was 97. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Paul Mazursky
The Oscar-nominated writer-director excelled at mining the urban middle class for laughs as well as tears in such movies as “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” He was 84. (Christina House / For The Times)
Bobby Womack
The legendary soul and gospel singer was mentored by Sam Cooke and played alongside Elvis Presley and Sly Stone. He wrote “It’s All Over Now,” which became a No. 1 hit for the Rolling Stones in 1964. He was 70. (David Corio / Getty Images)
Howard Baker
The former Republican senator from Tennessee played many leading roles in his long government career, including White House chief of staff for President Reagan and later U.S. ambassador to Japan. But he was most famous for the penetrating question he asked of witnesses during the 1973 Watergate hearings: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” He was 88. (Los Angeles Times)
Eli Wallach
The veteran stage, screen and television actor was known for his roles in Tennessee Williams’ plays on the New York stage but gained fame in Hollywood for playing bandits in movies including “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” He was 98. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Horace Silver
The prolific jazz pianist and composer cofounded the legendary Jazz Messengers, pioneered the genre known as hard bop and influenced generations of musicians with a style that encompassed all his musical loves: gospel, blues, Latin rhythm. He was 85. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Gerry Goffin
His songwriting partnership in the early 1960s with then-wife Carole King, pictured, yielded some of the most indelible hits of the era. Among the hit songs Goffin wrote with King were "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” sung by Aretha Franklin and “Take Good Care of My Baby,” performed by Bobby Vee. He was 75. (Donna Santisi / Redferns)
Tony Gwynn
Appreciated throughout baseball for his wizardry with a bat and beloved in San Diego for his loyalty to his adopted city, Gwynn, known as “Mr. Padre,” was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, winning election with 97.6% of the vote. He was 54. (Los Angeles Times )
Casey Kasem
The Los Angeles-based disc jockey pioneered the nationally syndicated countdown-style radio show. His warm, distinctively husky tenor became one of the country’s most instantly recognizable voices. He was 82. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Chuck Noll
The Hall of Fame football coach won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He established the “Steel Curtain” defense, and saw a wave of star players in Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert and “Mean” Joe Greene. He was 82. (Associated Press)
Jimmy Scott
Often called “Little Jimmy Scott” for his small stature and memorable, high-pitched voice, Scott was one of the jazz world’s most unique sounds. His voice earned praise from the likes of Ray Charles, Madonna and Lou Reed. He was 88.  (Kevin P. Casey / Los Angeles Times)
Ruby Dee
The actress was known as much for her activism as for her powerful stage and movie roles in productions including “A Raisin in the Sun.” She was 91. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Bob Welch
The Dodgers pitcher memorably struck out New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson in an epic ninth-inning confrontation in Game 2 of the 1978 World Series. He went on to win the American League Cy Young award in 1990. He was 57. (Los Angeles Times)
Chester Nez
During World War II, Nez was part of a top-secret group that became known as the Navajo code talkers. Using the Navajo language, they developed an unbreakable military communications code. He was 93. (Jake Schoellkopf / For The Times)
Don Zimmer
A member of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1955 World Series-winning team, Zimmer played for and coached more than a dozen major league teams during a career that spanned 65 years. He was 83. (Getty Images)
Alexander Shulgin
The biochemist in 1976 synthesized a psychedelic drug that was later called Ecstasy. He was 88. (Bob Carey / Los Angeles Times)
Yuri Kochiyama
Radicalized by her association with Malcolm X, the civil rights activist plunged into campaigns for Puerto Rican independence, nuclear disarmament and reparations for Japanese American internees. She was 93. (Family photo)
Ricky Grigg
The celebrated surfing pioneer became a noted oceanographer in Hawaii. His scientific work confirmed one of Charles Darwin’s theories about the origin of tropical islands. He was 77. (Don James / Surfing Heritage & Culture Center)
Maya Angelou
The acclaimed author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page. She was 86. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Malcolm Glazer
Rising from near-poverty as a teenager, Glazer went on to own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and international soccer powerhouse Manchester United. He was 85. (Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images)
Bunny Yeager
Known as the queen of pinup photographers, Yaeger, left, took famed pictures of Bettie Page, right. A former model, Yaeger took photos that emphasized natural beauty. She was 85. (Rizolli New York )
Herb Jeffries
Known for his rich baritone and sensitive phrasing, Jeffries was the first black singing cowboy in the movies. He also sang with Duke Ellington and ran jazz clubs in France. He was 100. (Handout )
Gerald Edelman
Along with British scientist Rodney Porter, Edelman won the 1972 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for discoveries involving the chemical structure of antibodies. He was 84. (Associated Press )
Gordon Willis
The cinematographer whose moody aesthetic earned him the nickname “Prince of Darkness” worked on nearly three dozen films, including"The Godfather” trilogy, “Annie Hall” and “All the President’s Men.” He was 82. (Con Keyes / MCT)
Jeb Stuart Magruder
The Southern California coordinator for Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign spent seven months in federal prison for his role in the Watergate scandal. He became a Presbyterian minister after his release. He was 79. (Margaret Thomas / The Washington Post)
Mel Patton
The Olympic gold medalist and USC sprinter at one time was deemed the fastest human on Earth. He set world records for the 100-yard dash in 1948 and the 220 in 1949. He was 89. (Associated Press)
Bill Dana
The famed test pilot helped usher in the space age in the 1960s by routinely flying rocket planes to new supersonic speeds and stratospheric heights. He was 83. (NASA)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
The elegant actor with the mellifluous baritone voice costarred as suave private eye Stuart Bailey on TV’s “77 Sunset Strip” and later starred as Inspector Lewis Erskine on “The F.B.I.” He was 95. ()
Herbert Hyman
Called the “grandfather of specialty coffee in the U.S.,” the founder of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain was instrumental in fueling America’s rage for gourmet coffee. He was 82. (Christine Marie Photography)
Bob Hoskins
The British actor’s powerful screen presence earned him a reputation as “the Cockney Cagney.” In Hollywood he famously played Eddie Valiant in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” He was 71. (Touchstone Pitcures)
Jack Ramsay
The Hall of Fame coach led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became a broadcaster. He was 89.  (Associated Press)
Earl Morrall
Stepping in for legendary quarterbacks Johnny Unitas, left, and Bob Griese, backup quarterback Morrall turned in a string of masterful performances to keep his teams on track. He was 79. (Associated Press)
Hans Hollein
The Pritzker Prize winner ushered in architecture’s post-modernism movement in the 1970s. He was 80. Full obituary
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Rubin Carter
Convicted with a codefendant of three 1966 New Jersey barroom murders they did not commit, Carter was the subject of a Dylan anthem and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington. He was 76. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” enchanted millions. His influence helped fuel the international popularity of Latin American literature in the years after World War II. He was 87. (Mario Guzman / EPA)
Mickey Rooney
A celebrated child actor, Rooney embodied the All-American boy in the “Andy Hardy” films of the 1930s and ‘40s and became one of the era’s top box-office draws. His career was marked by an often-turbulent personal life. He was 93. (Columbia Pictures / Columbia Pictures)
Peter Matthiessen
The only writer to win the National Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction, Matthiessen was both an elegant novelist and a rugged naturalist. He wrote graceful yet spare descriptions of the wildest places on Earth. He was 86. (Ed Betz / Associated Press)
Charles Keating
Charles Keating, the former owner of Lincoln Savings & Loan, spent 4 1/2 years in prison for looting the thrift. His high-rolling investments cost taxpayers $3.1 billion, then the costliest bank collapse in U.S. history. He was 90. (Los Angeles Times)
Frankie Knuckles
Often called the “godfather” of house music, Frankie Knuckles was instrumental in launching the electronic dance music movement in the late 1970s. He was 59. (Derren Nugent / McClatchy-Tribune)
Hobie Alter
Known as the Henry Ford of surfing, Hobie Alter developed the mass-produced foam surfboard with a partner in 1958. His Dana Point shop became the epicenter of Southland surfing. He was 80.  (File photo )
Jeremiah Denton
A U.S. prisoner during the Vietnam War, Jeremiah Denton let the world know that POWs were being mistreated by blinking out the word “torture” in Morse code during a TV interview. He was 89. (Stephen M. Katz / Associated Press)
Ralph Wilson
In 1959, Wilson founded the Buffalo Bills with a $25,000 investment and turned the team into western New York’s defining institution. He co-founded the American Football League in 1960. He was 95. (Rick Stewart / Getty Images)
Patrice Wymore
A film and television actress who appeared opposite Frank Sinatra in the original “Ocean’s Eleven,” Wymore earned wider notice for her real-life role as the third and last wife of matinee idol Errol Flynn. She was 87. (File photo / Associated Press)
Fred Phelps
A disbarred lawyer, Phelps led a small Kansas church that picketed military and celebrity funerals, preaching a doctrine of divine retribution against gays. He was 84. (The Washington Post / Getty Images)
Robert Strauss
A onetime chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Strauss was the surprise pick by a Republican president to be the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union as it was about to collapse. He was 95. (Associated Press)
Rachel Mellon
Mellon, pictured with stepdaughter Eliza Lloyd and husband Paul Mellon, was a passionate gardener who redesigned the White House Rose Garden for the Kennedys. She was 103. (Associated Press)
Oswald Morris
A renowned British cinematographer, Morris won an Academy Award for the 1971 musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” John Huston, Sidney Lumet and Stanley Kubrick were among the directors he worked with. He was 98. (Richard Blanshard )
Joe McGinniss
The adventurous and news-making author and reporter is best known for two works that became touchstones in their respective genres -- campaign books (“The Selling of the President”) and true crime (“Fatal Vision”). He was 71. (Dan Joling / Associated Press)
A. Richard Grossman
The renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon pioneered the comprehensive care of burn patients in Sherman Oaks. He established what became the nation’s largest private burn-treatment center. He was 81. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Bob Thomas
In more than six decades covering entertainment, Thomas, pictured here in 1946 with Judy Garland, wrote prolifically and compellingly about Hollywood’s personalities, glamour and flaws and penned several biographies. He was 92. (Associated Press)
Frank Jobe
In 1974, the orthopedic surgeon saved Dodgers pitcher Tommy John’s arm in what many consider the most extraordinary medical advance in baseball history. Jobe saved hundreds of pitching careers with his transplant procedure. He was 88. (Los Angeles Times)
Wu Tianming
A film director made a name for himself in the ‘80s as head of China’s most progressive film production units. He won recognition for his own pictures and as the “godfather” of now-legendary filmmakers including Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige. He was 74. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Stanley Grinstein
The head of a forklift business, Grinstein became an arts patron who played a pivotal role in the art scene in Los Angeles as it was evolving in the 1960s and ‘70s. He was 86. (Los Angeles Times)
Jack Stephan
Founder of two of the region’s most heavily advertised plumbing companies, Stephan never appeared in the campy commercials for his company, but the slogans got stuck in the public mind for years. He was 96. (Family photo )
Harold Ramis
Ramis had writing credits on such enduring movie comedies as “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Stripes” and “Ghostbusters,” in which he co-starred as a doctor of parapsychology. He was 69. (E. Jason Wambsgans / MCT)
Alice Herz-Sommer
Widely thought to be the oldest survivor of the Holocaust, Herz-Sommer played piano while imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. She is the subject of “The Lady in Number 6,” a 38-minute documentary. She was 110.  (Bunbury Films / EPA)
Bill Thomas
An editor who led The Times during an extraordinary period of expansion in the 1970s and 1980s, Thomas helped the paper reap 11 Pulitzer Prizes. He was 89. (Los Angeles Times)
Walter Ehlers
In the D-day invasion, Walter Ehlers singlehandedly took on enemy soldiers and gun nests and exposed himself to fire to save his men. He was awarded Medal of Honor for his heroism. He was 92. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Jim Fregosi
The first star player in Angels franchise history, Fregosi was also the manager who guided them to their first American League West championship in 1979, above. He later managed the White Sox, Phillies and Blue Jays. He was 71. (Los Angeles Times)
Shirley Temple Black
The curly-haired child star lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression with her singing and dancing. She later returned to the spotlight as a diplomat. She was 85. (AFP / Getty Images)
Sid Caesar
Hailed as a genius of live TV sketch comedy, Caesar won two Emmys for “Your Show of Shows” in the ‘50s. “He was without a doubt the greatest monologuist, pantomimist and sketch artist that ever worked on TV,” Carl Reiner said. He was 91. (Los Angeles Times)
Maxine Kumin
With a clear-eyed vision of the natural world, relationships, mortality and the inner lives of women, she became one of the country’s most honored poets, whose fourth book, “Up Country,” brought her the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. She was 88. (Melanie Stetson Freeman / Christian Science Monitor / Getty)
Ralph Kiner
Kiner, right, who hit 369 home runs in his career, later became the New York Mets’ longtime announcer. His broadcasts, often marked by goofy slips, earned him an Emmy. He was 91. (Associated Press)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The actor whose work garnered an Academy Award, three Tony nominations and an Emmy nod was one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation. He was found dead of an apparent overdose in his New York apartment, police said. He was 46. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Maximilian Schell
The celebrated actor won the Academy Award in 1962 for his role in “Judgment at Nuremberg.” He also directed films, plays and opera. He was 83. (Alfred Assmann / EPA)
Tom Sherak
A studio executive who headed the motion picture academy, Sherak brought changes to the Academy Awards, expanding the best picture nominations from five to as many as 10. He was 68. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Tom Gola
The Philadelphia-born athlete was once described by the late UCLA coach John Wooden as “the greatest all-around basketball player” he had ever seen. He was a five-time NBA all-star, retiring as a New York Knick in 1966. He was 81.  (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Pete Seeger
An advocate for peace and civil rights, the singer-songwriter helped spark the folk music revival with his five-string banjo and songs calling for justice. He was 94. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / MCT)
Claudio Abbado
A former music director of opera houses in Milan and Vienna and symphonies in London and Berlin, the Italian conductor was known for attention to detail and respect for players. He was 80. (AFP / Getty Images)
Hiroo Onoda
The former Japanese imperial army soldier hid in the Philippines jungle for 29 years after World War II ended, then gave up in 1974 after his former commander reversed his orders that he stay behind and spy on U.S. troops. He was 91. (Jiji Press / AFP / Getty Images)
Dave Madden
The actor and comedian played the curmudgeonly band manager on the popular 1970s TV series “The Partridge Family.” He was 82. (ABC)
Russell Johnson
The veteran actor of TV and movie westerns achieved enduring fame as the Professor on the 1960s show “Gilligan’s Island.” He was 89. (Wally Fong / Associated Press)
Ariel Sharon
Israel’s former prime minister was an iron-willed army general. He spearheaded Jewish settlement of Palestinian territories, then years later presided over Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. He was 85. (Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty Images)
Franklin McCain
Franklin McCain, second from left, and three friends, later called the “Greensboro Four,"staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in North Carolina. Their action was soon emulated by thousands of activists across the South. He was 73. (John G. Moebes / Corbis)
Amiri Baraka
The provocative African American poet rose to fame as an impassioned voice in the Beat Generation but later embraced black nationalism and Marxism. He expressed his often-controversial ideas through a range of literary works. He was 79. (Mick Gold / Redferns / Getty Images)
Thomas V. Jones
One of the last great titans of the U.S. arms business, the aerospace executive led Northrop to the top ranks of the defense industry during the Cold War. He was 93. (Los Angeles Times)
Run Run Shaw
The filmmaker churned out more than 1,000 movies over 50 years from his sprawling “Hollywood East” studios in Hong Kong. His empire grew to include theaters, amusement parks and TV. He was 106. (Central Press / Getty Images)
The Portuguese soccer star, a two-time winner of Europe’s Golden Boot, was named one of soccer’s top 10 players of all time. He was 71. (AFP / Getty Images)
Saul Zaentz
After a successful run in the music business, Zaentz, right, was a credited producer on nine films. Three of those films, including the first, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” won best picture Academy Awards. He was 92. ( Los Angeles Times)
Phil Everly
Phil Everly, left, shown with his brother, Don, made up a vocal duo that profoundly influenced the Beatles and the Beach Boys among others. Their hits included “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love” and “When Will I Be Loved.” He was 74. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images)
Juanita Moore
Juanita Moore became only the third African American nominated for a supporting-actress Oscar, for 1959’s “Imitation of Life.” She was 99. (File photo / Associated Press)