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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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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, ...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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, ...
 
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.
 
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...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
James Shigeta (1933 - 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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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,...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Joseph Lange (1954 - 2014)
Physician. A a virologist, he will be best remembered for his extensive research and treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS. He was widely regarded as a trailblazer in his field. He attained his medical degree from the University of Amsterdam in 1981 and six-years later, he received his Doctorate. As ...
 
Henry Hartsfield (1933 - 2014)
US Astronaut. During the course of his career at NASA, he logged roughly 483 hours in space and served as commander of the space shuttle Discovery's maiden mission in 1984. Raised in Alabama, he received his bachelors degree in Physics from Auburn University in 1954 and continued his studies at Duke...
 
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...
 
Wilbur Young (1949 - 2014)
Professional Football Player. For twelve seasons (1971 to 1982), he played at the defensive end and defensive tackle positions in the National Football League with the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins. Born Wilbur Eugene Young, Jr., his initial impact on the football fi...
 
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...
 
Jack Brabham (1926 - 2014)
Racing Driver. One of his generation's premier Formula One (F1) competitors, he is remembered for his numerous wins over a long career. Born John Arthur Brabham, he was raised in the Sydney suburbs, took to cars early, quit school at 15 to work in a garage, and during World War II served as an aviat...
 
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)...
 
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...
 
Ola Mize (1931 - 2014)
Medal of Honor Recipient. A career US Army officer, he served a combat tour during the Korean War and three combat tours during the Vietnam War. Born in Marshall County, Alabama, his father was a sharecropper. He dropped out of high school after finishing the 9th grade to help support his family and...
 
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 ...
 
Jane Adams (1918 - 2014)
Actress. A veteran of numerous radio, film, and television productions, she is probably best remembered as Nina, the hunchbacked nurse from the 1945 horror classic "House of Dracula". Born Betty Jean Bierce, she was raised in Los Angeles from around age two and was sufficiently proficient on the vio...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Charles Larson (1936 - 2014)
US Navy Admiral. He served as the Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Command from 1991 until 1994. He served as the 51st and 55th Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. Raised in Omaha, Nebraska, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958. Commissioned in the ...
 
Kevin Sharp (1970 - 2014)
American country music singer, author, and motivational speaker. Sharp made his debut on the country music scene in 1997 with a cover of R&B artist Tony Rich's single "Nobody Knows", a cover which topped the Billboard country charts for four weeks. Sharp's debut album, Measure of a Man, was released...
 
Earl Morrall (1934 - 2014)
Professional Football Player. For twenty-one seasons (1956 to 1976), he played at the quarterback position in the National Football League with the San Fransisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins. He will perhaps be best remembered for his...
 
F. Rogers (1921 - 2014)
US Air Force General. A fighter ace in the European Theater during World War II, he was a highly decorated military officer who went on to become the Commander-in-Chief of Air Force Logistics Command (now Air Force Material Command) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Born Felix Michael Rogers...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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', ...
 
Robert Strauss (1918 - 2014)
American Diplomat and Political Leader. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1941 and became a Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent. After World War II he founded a law firm which became the international firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. He raised funds for D...
 
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...
 
Kenneth Miles (1928 - 2014)
US Air Force General. A highly-decorated officer, he distinguished himself during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Raised in Richmond, Virginia, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma and earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford Univer...
 
Garrick Utley (1939 - 2014)
Television Journalist. A longtime anchor for "NBC News," he covered the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia the 1973 Yom Kippur war, interviewed the Nazi leader Albert Speer in 1976, reported on the Cold War from Berlin and Moscow, interviewed the dissident physicist Andrei D. Sakharov in 1987 as...
 
Ed Gagliardi (1952 - 2014)
Rock Musician. He was best known as the original bassist with the music ensemble "Foreigner". Born Edward John Gagliardi, he was so greatly inspired by Paul McCartney that he learned to play the the bass left-handed even though he was naturally right. He provided both instrumental and vocal contribu...
 
Joseph McGinniss (1942 - 2014)
Journalist, Author. A non-fiction writer and novelist, he is probably best remembered for his overnight best-selling book "The Selling of the President 1968" (1969) that described the marketing of Republican candidate Richard M. Nixon during the 1968 presidential campaign. It landed on The New York ...
 
Cynthia Lynn (1936 - 2014)
Actress. She will be best remembered for playing 'Fraulein Helga', the secretary for Colonel Klink in the TV series "Hogan's Heroes" (1965-1966). Born Zinta Valda Zimilis (some sources state year of birth as 1937) in Latvia, she initiated her television career with a role in an episode of the Troy D...
 
Jim Fregosi (1942 - 2014)
Major League Baseball Player, Manager. For eighteen seasons (1961 to 1978), he played at the shortstop, third baseman and first baseman positions with the Los Angeles/California Angels, New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Born James Louis Fregosi, he attended Serra High School in Ca...
 
Frank Jobe (1925 - 2014)
Medical Figure. A pioneering orthopedic surgeon, he revolutionized the world of sports, when he devised a surgical procedure which enabled Major League pitchers (as well as other professional athletes) to resume their careers following a potential career-ending injury. The procedure became widely re...
 
Eric Hill (1927 - 2014)
Author, Illustrator. He is best remembered for his children's picture books that illustrated his character "Spot the Dog," which have sold more than 60 million copies and have been translated into 60 languages. Born Eric Gordon Hill, he left school at the age of 16 and became an errand boy at an a...
 
Jim Lange (1932 - 2014)
Television and Radio Personality. Lange will best be remembered for hosting 'The Dating Game', which debuted in 1965, for more than a decade. After attending the University of Minnesota and serving in the Marines, he moved to San Francisco, California to make his broadcast debut as 'The All-Night M...
 
Mitch Leigh (1928 - 2014)
Composer. For most of his life the creator of advertising ditties, he is remembered for the 1965 mega-hit "Man of La Mancha". Born Irwin Michnick to Ukrainian immigrants, he was raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, served in the US Army, and used the GI Bill to earn two degrees in music at...
 
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...
 
Mary Anderson (1918 - 2014)
Actress. Originally considered for the role of 'Scarlet' O'Hara', she played 'Maybelle Merriwether' in the classic picture "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Born and raised in the Deep South (some sources state her year of birth as 1920), she attended Howard College (now Samford University) in Alabama. D...
 
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 ...
 
Howard Callaway (1927 - 2014)
US Congressman, Businessman. "Bo" Callaway was a Republican congressman serving Georgia's 3rd district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1967, the 11th Secretary of the Army from 1973 to 1975, manager of Gerald Ford's 1976 presidential campaign, and owner of the Crested Butte Mountai...
 
George Donaldson (1968 - 2014)
Musician, Folk Singer. He was one of the principal singers of the Scottish/Irish Folk Group "Celtic Thunder." A self taught musician on the flute and guitar, he joined the popular singing group in 2007. He appeared in all nine Celtic Thunder concert specials, which were produced and aired on the Pub...
 

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