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2014 Necrology
What is a necrology? A necrology is a listing of people who have died during a specific time period. Find A Grave necrologies let you browse the names and faces of the 75 most famous people who have died during a selected year, all the way back to 1900. They are listed in order of their Find A Grave 'fame ranking', as voted by Find A Grave contributors. To view a necrology, simply select a year from the pop up list below. You can optionally select a category to restrict the list even further (just actors, just politicians, etc.). To visit the memorial page for any of the names listed on a necrology, click on their name or photo.
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Shirley Temple (1928 - 2014)
Actress, US Ambassador. An icon of American Cinema, she is perhaps the most successful child film star in movie history. Her father was a banker, she started taking dancing lessons at the age of three. Her first experience in pictures happened when she was chosen to appear in a series of films calle...
 
Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)
Actor, Comedian. Born Robin McLaurin Williams in Chicago and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he was the privileged son of a Detroit auto executive. His family later moved to Woodacre, California, where he attended Redwood High School. He studied at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif...
 
Mickey Rooney (1920 - 2014)
Actor. He achieved fame in the 'Andy Hardy' film series of the 1930s and 1940s, before moving on to a wide range of movie roles. Born Joe Yule, Jr., the son of vaudeville performers, he first appeared on stage at the age of fifteen months. He was brought up as a central part of his parent's act and ...
 
James Garner (1928 - 2014)
American Actor. Garner, who had a long and storied career that spanned almost 60 years, first found success playing Bret Maverick in the ABC western 'Maverick' from 1957 to 1960. Born James Scott Bumgarner, he moved to Los Angeles as a teenager with his family, and joined the Merchant Marines, later...
 
Lauren Bacall (1924 - 2014)
American Actress. Born Betty Joan Perske, she took lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York while working as a theatre usher and as a part-time fashion model. In 1942, she made her acting debut on Broadway as a walk-on in 'Johnny 2 X 4'. Howard Hawks' wife Nancy spotted her on a ...
 
Casey Kasem (1932 - 2014)
American Radio Personality, Actor, Producer. Born Kemal Amin Kasem, he grew up in a Lebanese-American household in Detroit and made his radio debut while in high school and studied radio broadcasting while at Wayne State University where he became involved in radio acting. In 1952, he was drafted i...
 
Sid Caesar (1922 - 2014)
Entertainer. He was best known for the highly-popular TV series "Your Show of Shows". Born Isaac Sidney Caesar into a Jewish family, his father was the proprietor of a luncheonette, Sid became a master of dialect as a child and was exceptional in mimicking many languages including Italian, Russian, ...
 
Joan Rivers (1933 - 2014)
Comedienne, Author, Talk Show Host. Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, she was raised in Brooklyn, and later moved to Larchmont, New York. In the early 1950s, she attended Connecticut College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature an...
 
Phil Everly (1939 - 2014)
Musician. Along with his older brother Don Everly, they formed "The Everly Brothers", which became one of the most acclaimed duos in rock music history. The were responsible for such classic hit songs as "Bye Bye Love" (1957), "Wake Up Little Susie" (1957) and "All I Have To Do Is Dream". The sons o...
 
Ralph Waite (1928 - 2014)
Actor. He will be best remembered for playing 'John Walton', patriarch of the family in the TV series "The Waltons" (1972 to 1981). Following high school, he served with the United States Marine Corps shortly after World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bucknell University and later ...
 
Ann Davis (1926 - 2014)
American Actress. Ann Davis achieved prominence for her role in The Bob Cummings Show for which she twice won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, but she is best known for playing the part of Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in The Brady Bunch series.
 
Eli Wallach (1915 - 2014)
American Actor. After graduating from the University of Texas, Wallach returned to New York and studied method acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, where his fellow students included Tony Randall, Gregory Peck and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. After serving as a medic in World War II, he re...
 
Efrem Zimbalist (1918 - 2014)
Actor. He will be best remembered for playing 'Stuart Bailey' in the television series "77 Sunset Strip" (1958 to 1964), as well as for the role of 'Inspector Lewis Erskine' in the TV series "The F.B.I." (1965 to 1974). Born into a Jewish family, he was the son of concert violinist Efrem Zimbalist, ...
 
Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)
American Author and Poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is be...
 
Jeremiah Denton (1924 - 2014)
US Senator, US Navy Admiral. A member of the Republican Party, he served the State of Alabama in the United States Senate from 1981 until 1987. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, he enlisted with the United States Navy in 1946 and during his more-than 30-years of service, he atta...
 
Russell Johnson (1924 - 2014)
Actor. He is best remembered for his role as "Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr." in the 1960s television comedy series "Gilligan's Island." A graduate of Girard College in Pennsylvania, he served in the Second World War as a bombardier in the United States Army Air Forces. He was shot down over the Philipp...
 
Harold Ramis (1944 - 2014)
American Actor, Writer, Director. Ramis, who earned a degree in English literature in 1967 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, worked a number of jobs, including working as a substitute teacher, before landing a position at Playboy magazine as a jokes editor and eventually became an a...
 
Tony Gwynn (1960 - 2014)
Hall of Fame Baseball Player. Played 20 seasons of Major League Baseball, all with the San Diego Padres. A left-handed hitter, he accumulated eight batting titles, which is tied for second most in Major League history. The right fielder was a 15-time all-star, won seven Silver Slugger Awards and fiv...
 
Richard Attenborough (1923 - 2014)
English Actor, Director, Producer, and Academy Award Winner. He is probably best remembered for his roles in the films "Brighton Rock" (1947), "The Great Escape" (1963), "10 Rillington Place" (1971), "Miracle on 34th Street" (1971) and "Jurassic Park" (1993) as well as the Academy Award winning dire...
 
Chuck Noll (1932 - 2014)
Hall of Fame Professional Football Coach, Professional Football Player. For twenty-three seasons (1969 to 1991), he served as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and guided them to four Super Bowl titles (January 1975, January 1976, January 1979, January 1980). Born Charles Henry Noll, he attended...
 
Jerry Vale (1932 - 2014)
Singer. A vocalist best known for his ballads, he successfully yielded a number of singles on the music charts. Among them "Innamorata (Sweetheart)" (1956), "You Don't Know Me" (1956) and "Have You Looked Into Your Heart" (1965). He may perhaps be best remembered for the song "Al Di La" (1962). Born...
 
Richard Kiel (1939 - 2014)
Actor. Born Richard Dawson Kiel in Detroit, Michigan. He worked as a nightclub bouncer and cemetery plot salesman before he began his acting career in 1960 with a bit part in 'Klondike.' At nearly 7 foot 2 inches, he was often cast in menacing roles throughout his 50 year career, including such te...
 
Johnny Winter (1944 - 2014)
American Musician and Producer. Winter released nearly 20 albums and earned seven Grammy nominations in his career as an iconic blues musician. When he was ten years old, he and his younger brother Edgar, who were both born with albinism, appeared on a local children's show, playing ukulele and sing...
 
Ruby Dee (1922 - 2014)
Actress, Civil Rights Activist. She paved the way for African-American women to achieve substantial roles on stage, in film and on television. The wife of actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis, they jointly received the NAACP Image Award (1989), were awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1995 ...
 
Ariel Sharon (1928 - 2014)
Israeli Prime Minister. He served as the eleventh Prime Minister of Israel from 2001 until 2006. He was born in the Kfar Malal area in Pre-State Israel and by his mid teens, he was a member of Haganah. Sharon served as a commander of an infantry unit in the Alexandroni Brigade during the 1948 Israel...
 
Paul Revere (1938 - 2014)
Musician, Keyboard Player. Born Paul Revere Dick, he owned several restaurants in Caldwell, Idaho when he first met singer Mark Lindsay at a bakery where Lindsay worked. In 1958, they formed a band called The Downbeats, but changed their name to Paul Revere & The Raiders in 1960 on the eve of their ...
 
Howard Baker (1925 - 2014)
US Senator, US Ambassador. A member of the Republican Party, he served the State of Tennessee in the United States Senate from 1967 until 1985. He served as the Majority Leader of the Senate from 1981 until 1985. The son of United States Congressman Howard Henry Baker, the younger Howard attained hi...
 
Bob Hoskins (1942 - 2014)
Actor. He will perhaps be best remembered for his Oscar nominated role as 'George' in the picture "Mona Lisa" (1987) and for playing 'Private Detective Eddie Valiant" in the animated-action film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988). Raised in North London, his father was a clerk, his mother was a cook,...
 
Louis Zamperini (1917 - 2014)
World War II Hero and Olympic Distance Runner. Born in New York his family moved to California when he was two years old. He became a distance runner and set an interscholastic record in 1934. This earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern California. He qualified for the 1936 Berlin Ol...
 
Glenn McDuffie (1927 - 2014)
Folk Figure. He is remembered as the sailor whose image was captured by the renowned photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt spontaneously kissing a nurse (later identified as Edith Shain) on Victory over Japan (V-J) Day, August 14, 1945 at Times Square, New York City, New York, in celebration of the end of...
 
William Guarnere (1923 - 2014)
World War II Military Figure. He served as a staff sergeant with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division, and the stories of he and his comrades were featured in the 2001 HBO television mini-series "Band of Brothers," based on the book by Stephe...
 
Gladys Flatt (1915 - 2014)
Wife of Lester Flatt, a member of country/bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs.
 
Philip Hoffman (1967 - 2014)
Actor, Producer, and Director. He is probably best remembered for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in the biographical film "Capote" (2005), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Born in the Rochester suburb of Fairport, New York, his father worked as an executive for Xerox Corpora...
 
Jack Bruce (1943 - 2014)
Musician and Composer. Bruce, whose parents were both musicians, travelled extensively in Canada and the United States in his youth, attending 14 different schools. He finished his formal education at Bellahouston Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, to which he won a scholarship for cel...
 
Richard Bull (1924 - 2014)
Actor. Best remembered for his portrayal of 'Nels Oleson', the kind proprietor of Oleson's Mercantile, on the long running television series "Little House on the Prairie" (1974 to 1983) and his portrayal of 'Doc' in the television show "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964 to 1968). In a career th...
 
Pete Seeger (1919 - 2014)
American Singer, Songwriter and Activist. Seeger's interest in music began early. His father Charles, was a musicologist and his mother Constance, was a violin teacher; both were on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music. He learned banjo, ukulele, and guitar by his teens and became interested...
 
Elaine Stritch (1925 - 2014)
American Actress and Singer. Stritch, the youngest of three girls and the only one to enter show business, spent 12 years at the Sacred Heart Catholic Girls School, and in 1944, when she arrived in New York, lived in a convent while taking drama classes. In 1946, she made her Broadway debut in the c...
 
Polly Bergen (1930 - 2014)
American Actress, Singer. In 1950, Bergen already was an established singer when she starred with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in her first movie, 'At War With the Army' and would go on to appear in two more Martin and Lewis films, 'That's My Boy' (1951) and 'The Stooge' (1952). She received an Emmy ...
 
Bob Crewe (1931 - 2014)
American Songwriter, Singer, Manager and Record Producer. Born Robert Stanley Crewe, he initially attended Parsons School of Design in New York. In the early 1950s, he partnered with songwriter Frank Slay Jr., and in 1957, their song "Silhouettes" performed by The Rays, became a chart-topping doo-wo...
 
James Brady (1940 - 2014)
Former White House Press Secretary, Gun Control Advocate. On March 30, 1981, Brady suffered a serious head wound when he was among four people shot during an assassination attempt on then President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley. Although he survived, the wound left him with slurred speech and parti...
 
Marjorie Stapp (1921 - 2014)
Actress. A pretty blonde, she is remembered for her numerous film and television appearances over a career of more than 40 years. An Arkansas native, she held a variety of jobs after moving to Southern California including a gig as receptionist for alleged mobster Bugsy Siegel and studied briefly at...
 
Bob Hastings (1925 - 2014)
Actor. He will be best remembered for playing 'Captain Binghamton's' bumbling aid "Lieutenant Elroy Carpenter' in the TV series "McHale's Navy" (1962 to 1966). He was also known for his role of saloon proprietor 'Tommy Kelsey' in the TV series "All in the Family" (1971 to 1976). He began his career ...
 
James Hellwig (1959 - 2014)
Hall-of-Fame Professional Wrestler. A typecast villian noted for his ability to ignite a crowd, he is remembered as one of his sport's premier performers of the 1990s. Raised in Central Indiana, he spent one year at Indiana State University, studied at Atlanta's Life Chiropractic College, and was an...
 
Carla Laemmle (1909 - 2014)
American Actress. Laemmle, who was a movie actress in the 1920s and 30s, was the niece of Universal Pictures studio founder Carl Laemmle. She studied ballet and acting and appeared in such films as 'The Phantom of the Opera' (1925), 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1927), 'The Gate Crasher' (1928), 'The Hollywo...
 
Maximilian Schell (1930 - 2014)
Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer and Director. He is best remembered for his role as 'Hans Rolfe' in the 1961 film "Judgment at Nuremburg," for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. His father was a Swiss poet, novelist, playwright and pharmacy owner and his mother was an actress who ran ...
 
Martha Hyer (1924 - 2014)
Actress. Texan born Martha Hyer had her first film role in "The Locket" in 1946 and made her last movie, "The Day Of The Wolves" in 1971. It was Hyer's performance as schoolteacher Gwen French in "Some Came Running" (1958) that earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She...
 
Stan Goldberg (1932 - 2014)
Comic Book Artist. He was legendary cartoonist best known for his "Archie" comic book character. In 1949, at age 16, he began his career as a staff colorist for Timely Comics and within two years became color department manager for Marvel Comics. With Marvel, he drew the Millie the Model titles, "Ka...
 
Don Pardo (1918 - 2014)
Announcer, Voice Actor. In a career that spanned eight decades, he will best be remembered as the voice of 'Saturday Night Live'. Born Dominick George Pardo, he acted in high school productions and won the Newton Perkins Prize for public speaking in his senior year. He attended Boston’s Emerson Coll...
 
Jimi Jamison (1951 - 2014)
Rock Musician. He will be best remembered as the lead vocalist for the rock music ensemble "Survivor" from 1984 until their disbanding in 1989. Born Jimmy Wayne Jamison in Mississippi, he moved with his mother to Memphis, Tennessee when he was an infant. After performing in a band during his teenage...
 
David Brenner (1936 - 2014)
Entertainer. An influential comedian, he was a model for such performers as Richard Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser. He will be best remembered for his association with the "Tonight Show". Born to Jewish parents who were both vaudeville performers (some sources state his year of birth as 1945)...
 
Mike Nichols (1931 - 2014)
Director, Producer, Writer. Nichols, who was one of a very few to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime, was born Michael Igor Peschkowsky, and came to the United States when he was 7 years old, when his family escaped Nazi Germany. He pursued theater while attending the Univers...
 
Rik Mayall (1958 - 2014)
Actor. Born Richard Michael Mayall, the second of John and Gillian Mayall's four children, in Matching Tye, near Harlow, England. He started performing early, appearing in productions staged by his drama teacher parents. He attended the University of Manchester where he met his future comedic part...
 
Dave Madden (1931 - 2014)
Actor, Author. He will be best remembered for his role as Manager/Agent Reuben Kincaid on the 1970s sitcom, "The Partridge Family." Early during his career, he proudly served in the United States Air Force. It was there he dabbled as an entertainer in camp shows, finding he was a hit with the troops...
 
Theodore Van Kirk (1921 - 2014)
World War II United States Military Figure. Captain Van Kirk was the last surviving crew member of the B-29 Superfortress Bomber, known as the Enola Gay, that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan August 6, 1945. Pilot Colonel Paul Tibetts hand picked Van Kirk to be his navigator on the histor...
 
Sheila MacRae (1921 - 2014)
Actress. She will be best remembered for playing 'Alice Kramden' (made famous by Audrey Meadows in "The Honeymooners") on the TV program "The Jackie Gleason Show" (1966 to 1970). Born Sheila Margaret Stephens, she moved with her family to Long Island prior to the beginning of World War II and in 194...
 
Walter Ehlers (1921 - 2014)
Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the highest military honor for his actions shortly after the Allied Normandy invasion on D-Day, June 6, 1944 and was the last survivor of the 12 US Army soldiers who received the medal for combat in the Normandy campaign )9 were awarded posthumously). Growing up...
 
Oscar de la Renta (1932 - 2014)
Fashion Designer, Icon. At the age of 18, de la Renta left home to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris. After the wife of the U.S. Ambass...
 
Donald Levine ( - 2014)
Inventor. "Father of GI Joe." As head of Hasbro Toys Research and Development team, Mr. Levine took the idea of GI Joe and created the first action figure in the world. The first model was an 11 1/2-inch figure with 21 moving parts. The idea came to him when he decided to honor war veterans, a...
 
James Shigeta (1929 - 2014)
Actor. His father was a contractor who immigrated from Japan, James attended New York University, prior to serving with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. After developing an interest in entertainment, he won a a talent contest on the "Ted Mack Amateur Hour" and embarked upon a si...
 
Marcia Strassman (1948 - 2014)
Actress. She will be best remembered for playing 'Julie Kotter' in the TV series "Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975 to 1979). Raised in New Jersey, she began modeling while a child and by the age of sixteen, she appeared in an episode of "The Patty Duke Show" (1964). This led to her succeeding Liza Minnel...
 
Bobby Womack (1944 - 2014)
Singer, Songwriter, Musician. He was born Robert Dwayne Womack. He began his career as lead singer with his family musical group The Valentinos (Friendly Womack, Jr., Curtis Womack, Harry Womack and Cecil Womack). In the 1960's the group was discovered by Sam Cooke, who later signed the group to h...
 
James Rebhorn (1948 - 2014)
Actor. Prolific character actor whose career spanned five decades. He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he studied political science. After graduating in 1970, he moved to New York City, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in acting from Columbia University's School of th...
 
George Hamilton (1937 - 2014)
Country Singer and Musician. He is best remembered for his biggest Country hit "Abilene" (1963) that spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart. Born George Hege Hamilton IV, he began performing in the late 1950s as a teen idol and while a student at the University of North Carol...
 
Mona Freeman (1926 - 2014)
Actress. A glamorous model in her teens, she went on to a significant film and television career. Born Monica Elizabeth Freeman, she started modeling early and became known as the face of the New York Subway system after being selected as Miss Subways 1941. Signed for RKO by Howard Hughes, she saw h...
 
Dick Jones (1927 - 2014)
Actor. Born Richard Percy Jones, his acting career started when he was 6 years old when cowboy film legend Hoot Gibson discovered him while appearing in a rodeo performing riding and lariat tricks. Jones first appeared as a bit player in several of Hal Roach's Our Gang (Little Rascals) shorts befor...
 
Jon Cavaiani (1943 - 2014)
Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Ireland, he came to England as an infant and in 1947 he emigrated to the US with his parents, In 1953 he moved to Ballico, California to be with his stepfather and became a naturalized US citizen in 1968. That same year he joined the US Army and was sent...
 
Samuel Cathy (1921 - 2014)
Founder, chairman, and CEO of Chick-fil-A. Cathy began the chain in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville in 1946 with a restaurant called the Dwarf Grill, named because of its small size. It was there that he, along with his brother and business partner, Ben, created the chicken sandwich that later becam...
 
Meshach Taylor (1947 - 2014)
American Actor. Taylor, who took an early interest in acting while in high school and first studied drama at Ohio's Wilmington College before transferring to Florida A&M in Tallahassee, will best be remembered for his Emmy-nominated role as Anthony Bouvier on the CBS hit sitcom 'Designing Women'. Ga...
 
Jan Hooks (1957 - 2014)
Actress and Comedienne. Hooks, who began her career as a member of the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Groundlings, first appeared on television playing various characters on 'The Bill Tush Show' in 1978 and in the early 1980s, she landed a role on the HBO comedy series 'Not Necessarily the News...
 
Don Zimmer (1931 - 2014)
Major League Baseball Player, Coach, Manager. His career in Major League Baseball encompassed more than sixty-years. He was considered by many as being one of the most colorful personalities in the sport's history. For twelve seasons (1954 to 1965), he played at the third base, second base and short...
 
Tommy Ramone (1952 - 2014)
Musician, Songwriter, Record Producer. He was the drummer of the influential punk rock band the Ramones. Tommy and guitarist John Cummings (later to be dubbed "Johnny Ramone") performed together in a mid-60's four-piece garage band called the Tangerine Puppets while in high school. In 1970, Erdelyi ...
 
Gerry Goffin (1939 - 2014)
Songwriter, Lyricist. He is best remembered for his international pop hits of the 1960s, including the US No.1 hits "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "The Loco-Motion," and "Go Away Little Girl," which he co-wrote with his wife Carole King. After graduating from Brooklyn Tech...
 
Joan Lorring (1926 - 2014)
Actress. She may perhaps be best remembered for playing 'Bessie Watty' in the picture "The Corn Is Green" (1945). She received an Academy Award nomination for her effort. Born Mary Magdalene Ellis into a family of Anglo-Russian descent in Hong Kong, she fled with her mother to San Francisco as a res...
 
Mary Canfield (1924 - 2014)
Actress. She was well-known for her role as Ralph Monroe who, with her brother Alf, was forever working remodeling the Douglas bedroom on the television series "Green Acres." She appeared in over 40 episodes from 1965 until 1971. She also appeared on "General Hospital," "Bewitched," and an episode ...
 
Geoff Edwards (1931 - 2014)
Actor, Game Show Host. Edwards, who attended Duke University, worked regularly as an actor in the 1960s. He appeared as a late-night movie host in the Dick Van Dyke film 'The Comic' (1969), and appeared with Paul Newman in 'WUSA' (1970). On television he acted on such shows as 'Petticoat Junction', ...
 

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