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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 ...
 
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, ...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Carl Mundy (1935 - 2014)
US Marine Corps General. He served as the 30th Commandant of the US Marine Corps and was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from July 1991 until June 1995, and whose statements on race, women and gays in the military provoked widespread criticism. Growing up, his family moved often throughout the...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Rubin Carter (1937 - 2014)
Boxer, Folk Figure. Born into a family of seven children, Carter was sent to a juvenile reform center at age 12 after an assault. He escaped and joined the Army in 1954, experiencing racial segregation and learning to box while in West Germany. After spending four years in various state prisons for ...
 
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)...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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', ...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Joseph McGinniss (1942 - 2014)
Author and investigative reporter. Wrote "Fatal Vision," about the Jeffrey MacDonald slaying; "Blind Faith" (about a contract murder of a New Jersey socialite, carried out by contract killers); and "The Selling of the President 1968."
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Ralph Kiner (1922 - 2014)
Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player, Broadcaster. For ten seasons (1946 to 1955), he played at the outfielder and first-baseman positions with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. From 1962 until 2013, he served as a broadcaster with the New York Mets. Born Ralph McPherr...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
Clarissa Dickson Wright (1947 - 2014)
Television Personality, Chef. Along with Jennifer Paterson, she was one half of the 'Two Fat Ladies' duo. Dickson Wright, whose mother was an Australian heiress and her father a surgeon, grew up in a nine-bedroom house in north London. Initially trained as a lawyer, becoming the country's youngest ...
 
Jerry Corbitt (1942 - 2014)
Musician. A founding member of the music ensemble "The Youngbloods", they will be best remembered for their gold single "Get Together" (also known as "Let's Get Together", 1967). The song since has been covered by scores of artists. Corbitt had already begun his career as a folksinger and guitarist,...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Iola Brubeck (1923 - 2014)
Music Lyricist. The wife of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, she played a significant role in the launching and success of her husband's music career. While attending College of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, she met Dave and the pair married in 1942. Dur...
 
Larry Mann (1922 - 2014)
Actor. A highly-recognizable character performer, he appeared in roughly one-hundred TV programs and films during a 40-year career. He may perhaps be best remembered for providing the voice of the character Yukon Cornelius in the animated holiday TV program "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1964). ...
 
Penny DeHaven (1948 - 2014)
Country Singer. A popular performing and recording artist, she shall be remembered for her numerous hit records, mostly from the 1970s. Raised in Winchester, she began her professional career on WWVA's "Wheeling Jamboree" shortly after finishing high school and in 1967 started cutting records, origi...
 
Robert Ashley (1930 - 2014)
Composer. A pioneer of audio synthesis, he shall be remembered for a series of rather idiosyncratic operas which have little or no plot and which utilize a multiplicity of sonic techniques. Raised in Ann Arbor, he was drawn to Jazz from an early age, taught himself the piano, earned a degree in musi...
 
James Schlesinger (1929 - 2014)
US Presidential Cabinet Secretary. From 1973 until 1974, he served as the 12th United States Secretary of Defense during the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford. From 1977 until 1979, he served as the 1st United States Secretary of Energy during the administration of President Jimmy Carter....
 
Carmen Zapata (1927 - 2014)
American Actress. She made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Oklahoma! in 1946, and appeared around the country in such productions as 'Bells Are Ringing', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Carnival' and 'Stop the World, I Want to Get Off' before appearing on dozens of television shows during her six-decade care...
 
Christopher Jones (1941 - 2014)
Actor. Born William Frank Jones, his father was a grocery clerk, his mother was an artist, young William spent his early youth living in a small apartment with his parents and brother, above his father's grocery store. William's mother was stricken with mental illness that required institutionalizat...
 
Juanita Moore (1914 - 2014)
Actress. She will be best remembered for playing 'Annie Johnson', the self-sacrificing mother and housekeeper in the race-themed motion picture "Imitation of Life" (1959). She received an Academy Award nomination for her effort. Born in Los Angeles, California, she had worked as a chorus girl at the...
 
Roger Lloyd-Pack (1944 - 2014)
Stage and Screen Actor. He was best known for his roles in the television shows Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and The Old Guys, as well as for his appearance in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He was occasionally credited without the hyphen in his surname. On British telev...
 
Lorella De Luca (1940 - 2014)
Actress. She made her film debut at the age of fifteen in the Federico Fellini's film 'Il bidone' (1955). Later, she attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. In 1952, he obtained a role in Dino Risi's film 'Povera ma Bella'. The film's success, made her one of the most popular act...
 
Hal Herring (1924 - 2014)
Professional Football Player, Assistant National Football League Coach. For four seasons (1949 to 1952), he played at the linebacker and center positions in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. Born Harold Moreland Herring, he ...
 
John Pinette (1964 - 2014)
Actor and Stand-up Comedian. He toured the comedy club circuit beginning in the 1980s and appeared in cinema and on television. Besides stand-up, Pinette did impressions of The Chipmunks, Elvis Presley, Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo from Fantasy Island), an Ewok, actor...
 
Oswald Morris (1915 - 2014)
Motion Picture Cinematographer. He received an Academy Award for his work on the film "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971). A fascination with movies at an early age was enhanced, as he took on a position as projectionist when school was out. He abandoned school by the age of sixteen, in order to become an ...
 
Arthur Rankin (1924 - 2014)
Director, Producer, Writer and Animator. With Rankin/Bass Productions, along with his partner Jules Bass, he created stop-motion animation features such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the 1977 cartoon animation of The Hobbit. He is credited on over 1,000 television programs. He began his care...
 
Anja Niedringhaus (1965 - 2014)
Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist. While working for the Associated Press, she shared the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography in 2004 during the Iraq War. She began her association with Journalism during her high school years, as she was a freelance photographer for an area newspaper. ...
 
Jack Fleck (1921 - 2014)
Professional Golfer. He will be remembered for besting Ben Hogan in a playoff to capture the 1955 US Open Tournament. He began his association with golf as a caddy while in high school and became an assistant pro during 1939, in his native Iowa. Fleck served with the United States Navy during World ...
 
Charles Love ( - 2014)
Musician. A guitarist, he was a founding member and lead vocalist of the soul ensemble "Bloodstone". They will be best remembered for their platinum single "Natural High" (1973). Formed in 1962, as a doo-wop group called "The Sinceres", they made a name for themselves in their hometown of Kansas Cit...
 
Bob Casale (1952 - 2014)
Musician. Known as "Bob 2", he will be best remembered as a founding member and guitarist with the new wave music ensemble "Devo". The group scored a gold single with their hit "Whip It" in late 1980. Born Robert Edward Casale, Jr., in Ohio, he was initially pursing a career in the medical field as ...
 
Mae Young (1923 - 2014)
Hall-of-Fame Professional Wrestler. One of the earliest female superstars, she holds the unique distinction of having fought matches in nine different decades. Born Johnnie Mae Young, she was raised in the Tulsa suburbs, learned her sport from her brothers, and in her early teens joined the boys' wr...
 
John McGinty (1940 - 2014)
Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient. A US Marine Corps officer, he received the Medal of Honor for his heroics during July 1966 while serving in the Vietnam War. His family moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he attended high school prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in Februa...
 
Nelson Frazier (1971 - 2014)
American Professional Wrestler, Actor. Known by his ring names Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V, and King V., he is best known for his work with the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/E), which he joined as Mabel, one of the tag team members of 'Men on a Mission'. Later, he won the 1995 King o...
 
Jerry Coleman (1924 - 2014)
Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster, Major League Baseball Player, Manager. For nine seasons (1949 to 1957), he played at the second base, shortstop and third base positions with the New York Yankees. From 1972 to 1979 and 1981 until 2013, he served as a broadcaster with the San Diego Padres. In 26 Worl...
 
Charles Spragins (1923 - 2014)
US Army General. An Airborne Ranger and veteran of two wars, he is remembered for introducing the black beret to the Army. The child of a distinguished military family, he was raised in the itinerant lifestyle of an 'Army brat' and was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the December 7, 1941 Japanese att...
 
Kate O'Mara (1939 - 2014)
Actress. She will perhaps be best remembered for playing 'Cassandra 'Caress' Morrell', the sister of Joan Collins, in the TV series "Dynasty" (1986). Born Frances M. Carroll, her father was a flying instructor with the Royal Air Force, her mother was actress Hazel Bainbridge, Kate attended boarding ...
 
Ann Carter (1936 - 2014)
Child Actress. Carter was discovered at the age of four while she and her mother were riding on a bus in Los Angeles, by a 20th Century-Fox employee who introduced her to producer-director Herbert Brenon, who she auditioned for and landed a role in 1941's 'The Last of the Duanes'. Although she will ...
 
Alicia Rhett (1915 - 2014)
Actress. A respected painter and stage performer, she is remembered for her one and only movie role, that of India Wilkes in the 1939 Oscar-winning classic "Gone With the Wind" (GWTW). The child of an aristocratic Southern family (her great-grandfather was Senator Robert Barnwell Rhett, called the...
 
Anna Gaye (1921 - 2014)
Songwriter, Composer. Born Anna Ruby Gordy, she was co-founder of the record label Anna Records (1958), which became a subsidiary for Motown Records. The label was the distributor of Tamla's first national hit record, "Money (That's What I Want)". Artists such as David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye and Joe T...
 
Patrice Wymore (1926 - 2014)
Actress. Her mother was a pianist and singer, her father was an executive with a trucking company, Patrice became acquainted with the entertainment industry during her early childhood, as performed in song-and-dance routines on the vaudeville circuit, also at county fairs. As a teenager, she modeled...
 
Frank Marth (1922 - 2014)
Actor. A recognizable and versatile character performer, he totaled roughly one-hundred TV credits during a more than forty-year career. After appearing in local stage productions, he experienced his break in the industry with a role in a 1949 episode of the TV series "Mama". This was followed by re...
 
Larry Scott (1938 - 2014)
Champion Bodybuilder. At age 16, Scott found a bodybuilding magazine at a city dump, took it home and started exercising in his back yard using a tractor axle as his first barbell for doing curls and presses. Four years later, he won the Mr. Idaho contest and moved to California where he continued l...
 
Reubin Askew (1928 - 2014)
Governor of Florida. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 37th Governor of the State of Florida from 1971 until 1979. He made history as the first governor from Florida to serve two consecutive four-year terms. Born in Oklahoma, his father suffered from alcoholism and following his par...
 
Gregory Smith (1951 - 2014)
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author. Along with Steven Naifeh, Smith shared the Pulitzer Prize for Best Biography (1991) with "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga". His parents operated a chain of hotels, Gregory was raised in Columbus, Ohio and developed an interest for writing at an early age. He served a...
 
Renato Cioni (1929 - 2014)
Opera Singer. A lyric tenor who had a noted career on both sides of the Atlantic, he shall probably be best remembered for two complete opera recordings in which he partnered with a then-young Dame Joan Sutherland. The son of a fisherman, he was raised in the village of Portoferraio, trained at Flor...
 
Justin Kaplan (1925 - 2014)
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author. Best known for his biographies of historic figures, he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for his work "Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain". Additionally, he earned the National Book Award for Arts and Letters. Born to a Jewish family, his father was a shirt manufacturer, Jus...
 

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