American broadcasting legend Larry King died aged 87 on January 23, after spending a month in the hospital with COVID-19. While he recovered from the virus, he died from sepsis as a complication.
King was involved in television and radio for decades, with his shows of Larry King Live and Larry King Now. In the months prior to his death, King lost two children. One died from a heart attack and the other from lung cancer. King had been married seven times. He is survived by sons Larry Jr., Chance, and Cannon.
Rolling Stones legendary drummer, Charlie Watts, died on August 24, 2021, at the age of 80. He had also already elected to sit out the band’s North American tour dates following his heart surgery. I was fortunate to see the Stones in concert although without Watts.
Elton John referred to Watts as "the ultimate drummer, the most stylish of men, and such brilliant company." Since 1963, Watts performed with the Stones.
Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer died at the age of 91 on February 5, 2021, a couple of weeks after having had a fall striking his head.
Plummer acted both on stage and screen. He was best known and remembered by me when he played Captain Georg Von Trapp in The Sound of Music alongside Julie Andrews. He was also in films Knives Out, A Beautiful Mind, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, all of which were great movies.
In 2018, Plummer was the oldest nominee for the best supporting actor at the Oscars, after reshooting scenes as J. Paul Getty in eight days for All The Money In The World, after Kevin Spacey was dropped from the film.
Ed Asner was 91 when he died at his home on August 29, 2021.
Asner had a wonderful career in television. He was the most honored male performer in Primetime Emmy history when he played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off show of Lou Grant. Who didn't love The Mary Tyler Moore Show?
Asner's voice also was used as very grumpy old man Carl Fredricksen in the movie Up, which I saw with my daughter and granddaughter. Who knew the movie was going to make me cry? Asner was also the president of the Screen Actors Guild.
On September 14, 2021, comedian Norm Macdonald died. For almost a decade, he had been fighting leukemia.
Macdonald was best known for being the former anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, and being a writer on Roseanne.
His friend Adam Sandler tweeted:
Every one of us loved Norm. Some of the hardest laughs of my life with this man. Most fearless funny original guy we knew. An incredible dad. A great friend. A legend. Love u pal. (Source.)
On January 27, 2021, legendary actress and comedian Cloris Leachman died at age 94 after she had a stroke. Leachman and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus are the most awarded performers in Emmys history, and most nominated. Leachman won an Oscar for her role in The Last Picture Show, a movie that was thought of to be one of the best films ever made.
Leachman also starred in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She was in Mel Brooks' film, Young Frankenstein, and the television show, Malcolm In The Middle.
Director Mel Brooks said:
Such sad news – Cloris was insanely talented. She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat.[She was] always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blucher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed. (Source.)
On March 24, 2021, actress Jessica Walter died in her sleep at age 80. Walter was known for her role as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development. She received an Emmy nomination for her performance. I remember her mostly from her role in Play Misty For Me for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. That movie was popular for its time. She lost her husband, actor Ron Leibman, aged 82 a little over a year prior to her passing away.