We either love or hate celebrities, but we cannot deny the influence they have in our lives. A celebrity life in Hollywood, no matter how long or short it is, can be memorable. We loved the characters they portrayed and the things they did that will be forever in our memories. Here we have a list of the celebrities that died in the first half of this year that we will truly miss.
A film historian and a world class host, Robert Osborne died on March 6 at age of 84. Robert Jolin Osborne Jr. was born in May 3, 1932 in Colfax, Washington. He studied Journalism at University of Washington and started acting after graduation. He joined the military and acted in some plays when he was stationed in Seattle. Osborne was a long time writer for The Hollywood Reporter, an official biographer for the Oscars and a TCM host.
The actor who appeared on the shows “NCIS: Los Angeles” as Owen Granger and with films like “Iron Man 3” and “RoboCop” died on January 19 from throat cancer at age 61. He was the son of actor Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, and actor George Clooney’s first cousin. He is survive by his wife Lori and sons Luke and Rafi and his brothers and sisters.
William Peter Blatty
The author who wrote “The Exorcist” and directed the third franchise of the movie with the same name, died last January 12. He was 89. William Peter Blatty was famous for his 1971 horror story about the possession of a demon to a 12 year old girl. But Blatty was a leading comedy writer first before he shifted to horror genre in 1971. He is survived by his wife, Julie Alicia Witbrodt.
The tallest man in the UK and the actor who played Mag the Mighty in the hit series Game of Thrones, died of heart failure on February 25 at an early age of 36. Neil Fingleton was born in Durham, in northeast England. He played basketball in an American minor league before he started acting.
Sir John Hurt
This British icon and the Hollywood legend, Sir John Hurt died age 77 last January 25 at his Norfolk home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He won Oscar nominations for the Elephant Man and for his roles in Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. In 2012 he received a BAFTA Award for outstanding British contribution to cinema. He is survived by wife Anwen Rees-Myers, and sons, Alexander and Nick.
Mary Tyler Moore
The woman who portrayed the role of a modern woman on TV and influenced a lot of female characters after her portrayal of Mary Richards died on January 25 caused by cardiopulmonary arrest at Greenwich Hospital. She was 80. Her “The Mary Tyler Moore” changed the game in the television when it comes on how to view woman in America.
The former IT girl and a socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died on February 8 caused by peritonitis and perforated ulcer. She passed away at age 45. She has a close relationship with the British Royal Family, especially to Prince Charles. Palmer-Tomkinson was known as a London party girl and also had regular columns in The Spectator, The Mail on Sunday and GQ.
The Battlestar Galactica star died at 71 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Richard Hatch was died in his home in Santa Clarita, California with his son Paul by his side last February 7. He was known for playing the role of Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica series.
He was known for his role in HBO’s The Sopranos as FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso. He died at age 71 last January 31 after battling with lung cancer. Frank Pellegrino was also a well known restaurateur owning an Italian restaurant Rao’s in East Harlem.
Big Love actor Bill Paxton died last February 25 from a stroke caused by complications from a surgery. He was 61. Eleven days before he died, the actor had a surgery to replace a heart valve and to repair a damage from his aorta. He was survived by his wife Louise Newbury and children James and Lydia. Paxton is also best known for his roles in the movies Titanic, Alien and True Lies.