We pay tribute to the stars who took their final curtain calls in 2018.
JON PAUL STEUER:
American child actor and musician who played Klingon Alexander Rozhenko in Star Trek before going on to feature in the sitcom Grace Under Fire. Died January 1, aged 33.
JERRY VAN DYKE:
The younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, this American actor was best known for the long-running 90s series Coach. Died January 5, aged 86.
Canadian actor who played hapless escaped convict Dutch Leitner on Soap and Battlestar Galactica’s Doctor Cottle. Died January 8, aged 80.
Australian actress (below) who died after a Boxing Day car crash, which killed her parents and younger sister. Best known for playing Raffy Morgan’s cousin Hope in Home And Away, she also starred in the movie Harmony and appeared posthumously in The Bite Club and Mystery Road. Died January 17, aged 28.
SIMON SHELTON BARNES:
British actor who played Tinky Winky (the purple one) in the 90s children’s series Teletubbies. Died January 17, aged 52.
British actor (left) who found fame in the 60s espionage series Department S and as the title character in its spin-off, Jason King. Wyngarde was in a long-term relationship with actor Alan Bates, but kept it secret while he portrayed the ultimate ladies’ man to the public. Died January 15, aged 90.
Oscar-winning American actress best known for playing Constance Mackenzie in the 1960s drama Peyton Place. Died January 19, aged 93.
American weather expert who starred in the Discovery series Storm Chasers. Died January 23, aged 38.
HOWARD LEW LEWIS:
English comedian and actor who appeared in Blackadder, Maid Marian And Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes. Died January 20, aged 76.
Known as the Clown Princess of Comedy, this American was the oldest working actress in Hollywood. Known for the movies Dumb And Dumber and When Harry Met Sally, she was last seen in Ray Donovan. Died January 21, aged 105.
American actor who starred as Noah Puckerman in the television series Glee. At the time of his death, he was awaiting sentencing
after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. Died January 30, aged 35.
New Zealand actress best known for playing Vicky Denning in the 1990 television drama The New Adventures Of Black Beauty. Died January 30, aged 42.
Blackpool-born actor who became a household name playing Martin Crane in the hit US sitcom Frasier. On hearing of his death, Kelsey Grammar, who played his on-screen son, tweeted: “He was my father. I loved him.” Mahoney was also a voice actor (Antz, The Simpsons) and, after Frasier, went on to appear in many series including In Treatment, Burn Notice and Hot In Cleveland. Died February 4, aged 77.
American actor best known for playing construction worker Pete on the long-running sitcom Home Improvement. Died February 7, aged 76.
DAVID OGDEN STIERS:
His role as the snobbish Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (back right, above) in M*A*S*H made this American actor a star internationally. He went on to voice several characters in animated movies including Beauty And The Beast, Pocahontas and Lilo & Stitch. Died March 3, aged 81.
English comedic actress who was best known for playing ditzy Alice Tinker in The Vicar Of Dibley and the younger sister of Hugh Grant’s character in the movie Notting Hill. Dawn French, who starred in The Vicar Of Dibley alongside Chambers for 13 years, paid tribute to a “very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for”. Died February 21, aged 53.
REG E CATHEY:
American character actor who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Fred Hayes, the owner of a barbecue joint in House Of Cards. Died February 9, aged 59.
American actor who starred as Julius Caesar in the 60s classic Spartacus, followed by the role of Sam Loomis, lover of Janet Leigh’s character Marion Crane, in Psycho. He gave up acting in 1981 when he was appointed the American Ambassador to Mexico. Died February 9, aged 86.
British actress best known as the cat-obsessed Mrs Bond in All Creatures Great And Small. Died February 18, aged 88.
Triple Emmy-award winning American actress (right) who played Grandma Katherine Romano in the sitcom One Day At A Time and Mary’s mother on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Died February 22, aged 97.
JAMES LEO COLBY:
American stage and screen actor, most recently seen as Sergeant Ray Dwyer in Chicago PD and Burleson in Empire. Died February 23, aged 56.
A role as a bored husband who belatedly realises his biker friend is gay in 1964 film The Leather Boys, earned this English actor recognition. He also played David Ashton in the 70s TV drama A Family At War. Died March 1, aged 81.
DUSHON MONIQUE BROWN:
American actress who was best known for playing Chief Boden’s secretary Connie in Chicago Fire. Died March 23, aged 49.
British comic actor who played loveable rogue Claude Greengrass in 155 episodes of the 90s British police drama Heartbeat and its 2003 spin-off The Royal. Died March 30, aged 89.
As well as being the creator of the multiple Emmy award-winning 80s drama Hill Street Blues, this American screenwriter was also the man behind LA Law and NYPD Blue. Died April 1, aged 74.
American actress best known for her roles in Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again, Sam and Blume In Love. Died April 2, aged 75.
American character actor known for his prolific work in television, including as Dr Elias Huer in Buck Rogers In The 25th Century and Elliot Carson in Peyton Place. Died April 5, aged 90.
American actor, comedian, and magician who starred as Judge Harry Stone on television series Night Court, and later starred in the sitcom Dave’s World. Died April 16, aged 65.
Australian actor who played Colin Burke in Neighbours and also appeared in Rake, Dance Academy, Home And Away and UK productions The Bill and Minder Down Under. Died April 11, aged 76.
British actor who was best known for his role as Barney Lumsden in the BBC comedy series Twenty Twelve and its follow-up W1A. Died April 12, aged 35.
Oscar-winning Czech-born film director who was best known for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus. Died April 13, aged 86.
R LEE ERMEY:
Former US Marine and actor (left) who found fame playing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in 1987’s hit film Full Metal Jacket and went on to appear in a further 60 films. He also hosted the History Channel’s Lock n’ Load. Died April 15, aged 74.
This gifted British physicist (left) didn’t let being wheelchair-bound by motor neurone disease hold him back, presenting ground-breaking scientific documentaries, including Steven Hawking And The Theory Of Everything and Stephen Hawking: Master Of The Universe. He also appeared on The Big Bang Theory and did voice work on The Simpsons and Futurama. Died March 14, aged 76.
American actress and model best known for television roles, including the recurring role of Brigitte Parker in The Pretender and Teri Miller on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Died April 16, aged 52.
American actor, stunt performer, and comedian who played Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series. Died April 21, aged 49.
JOHNNY ‘DANGER’ BENNETT:
New Zealand comedy stuntman best known for the web series MTV Presents: Johnny Danger, in which he performed outrageous stunts, some of which raised the ire of local authorities. Died April 25, aged 28.
This English director’s war film The Dam Busters was the most popular film at the British box office in 1955 and his next one, the epic Around The World In 80 Days, won a best-picture Oscar. He also directed the sci-fi film Logan’s Run (1976) and, in 1984, the New Zealand film Second Time Lucky. Died April 25, aged 98.
Welsh-born actor who became a household name in New Zealand for his role as baker Ken Paget (right) in the 70s drama Close To Home. In 1975, he was voted the second most-famous person in the country, with then Prime Minister Rob Muldoon taking out the top spot. Died May 1, aged 91.
Australian actress best known as Meg Bowman in Home And Away and Deborah Hale Regnery in The Saddle Club. Died May 4, aged 43.
TOM E. LEWIS:
Australian singer and actor who starred in 1978 movie The Chant Of Jimmy Blacksmith and also appeared in TV shows including A Town Like Alice, The Flying Doctors and the film Wolf Creek. Died May 11, aged 59.
Playing Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Superman (above) in 1978 made this Canadian-American internationally famous. However, a decade later her career slowed and, in 1996, she suffered a public breakdown. Kidder later forged a successful TV career with roles in Smallville, Brothers & Sisters and The L Word. In 2015, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on the children’s series R L Stine’s The Haunting Hour. Died May 13, aged 69.
American actor and singer who starred in the cowboy drama Cheyenne from 1955 to 1963. Died May 21, aged 90.
Actor who played Hank the security guard in the US version of The Office. Died May 16, aged 75.
American actress whose career spanned nearly 80 years. Her last appearance was in the documentary If You’re Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast, a 2017 television film. Died May 20, aged 103.
ALLYN ANN MCLERIE:
Canadian-born actress and singer who began her career in musicals but went on to television, including WKRP In Cincinnati, Punky Brewster and, finally, Brooklyn Bridge. Died May 21, aged 91.
Chinese-American actress who starred in The Young And The Restless, The Sopranos and Bones as well as the movies Memories Of A Geisha, The Joy Luck Club and Lethal Weapon 4. Died May 22, aged 63.
Considered one of the world’s most influential chefs, Bourdain travelled widely, exploring international culture and cuisine. He was tagged a bad boy for use of profanity and sexual references in his TV show No Reservations and both horrified and delighted viewers with his willingness to consume exotic dishes, including sheep testicles in Morocco, ant eggs in Mexico, a raw seal eyeball as part of a traditional Inuit seal hunt, and an entire cobra – beating heart, blood, bile, and meat – in Vietnam. Bourdain was quoted as saying a chicken McNugget was the most disgusting thing he ever ate. Died June 8, aged 61.
British actor who played barman Dave Harris in 95 episodes of the series Minder. Died May 23, aged 87.
British-born actress who found fame in Australia, initially playing unpleasant characters including The Young Doctors’ villainous Sister Grace Scott. She presented the Australian version of the game show The Weakest Link and went on to become a firm fan favourite for her role as Alf Stewart’s sister Morag Bellingham in Home And Away. Died May 28, aged 77.
Irish actor who played Hugh in Sons Of Anarchy. Died June 6, aged 47.
British actress who played the first Bond girl Sylvia Trench, alongside Sean Connery in Dr No and From Russia With Love. Died June 8, aged 90.
Former American child actor who played Ari Caldwell in The Goldbergs and starred in the 2011 film Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer. Died June 8, aged 20.
It was a 10-year stint in prison for the killing of a West German taxi driver that led to this one-time soldier becoming an actor. He found fame playing ‘Dirty’ Den Watts in the soap EastEnders from 1989-1994 and again from 2003-2005. The character quickly became a national favourite in Britain and gained the nickname ‘Dirty Den’ because of the awful way he treated his wife Angie (Anita Dobson). On Christmas Day, 1986, when Den served his wife with divorce papers, with the famous line “Happy Christmas, Ange”, the episode was watched by a record 30 million viewers – more than half the British population. Died June 15, aged 71.
American businessman and reality television personality who featured in the History Channel series Pawn Stars. Died June 25, aged 71.
British artist and puppet-maker who co-created television favourites Basil Brush, Bagpuss and Ivor The Engine. Died July 1, aged 89.
American actress best known for playing the eccentric Mrs Dubcek in 70 episodes of the 90s comedy 3rd Rock From The Sun. Died July 21, aged 89.
Best known for playing Roger De Bris in the film The Producers, this American actor also voiced the role of Dale in the now infamous banned Family Guy episode Partial Terms Of Endearment. Died July 17, aged 70.
British actor known for playing the Kommandant in the 70s series Colditz and Albert Foiret
in The Secret Army. Other notable performances included playing Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer three times, including in The Six Wives Of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R. Died July 27, aged 92.
American character actress who played Edna Garrett in Diff’rent Strokes and its spin-off, The Facts Of Life. Died August 5, aged 92.
American actress who appeared in such movies as Freaky Friday, Peggy Sue Got Married and Grosse Pointe Blank. Died August 21, aged 83.
English entertainment reporter who hosted the television series Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous from 1984 to 1995. Died August 24, aged 76.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter and author whose play The Odd Couple has been repeatedly adapted for television and film. He also wrote the screenplays for the movies The Out-Of-Towners, Barefoot In The Park and The Goodbye Girl. Died August 26, aged 91.
A one-time ER star, this American actress died after being shot during a confrontation with police. Died August 30, aged 49.
American actress best known for her roles on day-time soaps including General Hospital, The Young And The Restless and Return To Peyton Place. Died August 31, aged 86.
English actress who forged her acting career in America where she played Gwendolyn in The Odd Couple movie and television series. More recently, she played Aunt Clara in the movie Bewitched. Died August 31, aged 79.
English actress who played the villainous Supreme Commander Servalan in the sci-fi series Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who’s bloodthirsty alien Chessene. Died September 3, aged 74.
American comedic actor best known for playing astronaut Roger Healey in the sitcom I Dream Of Jeannie and Howard Borden in The Bob Newhart Show. Died September 4, aged 91.
Television gave this Hollywood great his start, with roles on the western Gunsmoke and in Dan August. His break-out big-screen role was in 1972’s Deliverance. A long run of box-office hits followed, including Smokey And The Bandit, The Cannonball Run, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and Boogie Nights. He turned down an opportunity to play James Bond, claiming an American just couldn’t play the role, and found notoriety when he posed naked for the April 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Reynolds returned to TV in the 90s, winning an Emmy for Evening Shade. His personal life was nearly as colourful as his career. He married twice, to actresses Judy Carne and Loni Anderson and had a long-running relationship with Sally Field. Died September 6, aged 82.
Famous for playing provocative dumb blondes, this British actress was a regular in British films in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, including a number of Carry On films. Died September 6, aged 88.
Canadian-American actor who appeared extensively on television and film, including as Bill Mulder father of The X-Files’ Agent Mulder. Died September 10, aged 90.
Popular in the 50s and 60s, Fielding (left, pictured with Tony Curtis) was considered England’s first lady of the double entendre. Known for her husky voice, she appeared in several Carry On films and was a regular on stage. Died September 11, aged 90.
British actor best known for playing Tinker Dill in the 80s series Lovejoy. Died September 15, aged 85.
American actor best known for playing Grandpa Shawn Brady on Days Of Our Lives from 1983 to 2008. Died September 16, aged 79.
Australian actor and filmmaker who starred in the film Pawno as well as appearing on Neighbours,
The Leftovers, The Broken Shore and McLeod’s Daughters. Died September 22, aged 42. PAUL VASQUEZ:
Known for Sons Of Anarchy, this American actor also had roles in Justified and CSI: NY. Died September 24, aged 48. GEOFFREY HAYES:
This British actor presented the children’s show Rainbow from 1974 to 1992. Earlier, SCOTT WILSON: American actor who played Hershel Greene (left) in The Walking Dead. Died October 6, aged 76. he had a recurring role on the police drama Z Cars. Died September 30, aged 76.
In a career spanning nearly 60 years, this American actress was best known for playing Caroline Brady on Days Of Our Lives from 1983 to 2016. Died October 7, aged 90. BRIAN PRIESTLEY: PEGGY MCCAY:
British paratrooper turned journalist, he presented the media television show News Stand (later Fourth Estate) for 12 years. Died November 10, aged 92. KATHERINE MACGREGOR:
American actress best known for playing Harriet Oleson in Little House On The Prairie. Died November 13, aged 93. JOHN BLUTHAL:
He was best known as Frank Pickle in The Vicar Of Dibley but this Polish-born Australian actor’s career spanned six decades and three continents. He played Jewish tailor Manny Cohen in the British comedy Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width, appeared in Australian shows Blue Heelers and Home Sweet Home and, in 2016, had a part in the US movie Hail Caesar!. Died November 15, aged 89. NICOLAS ROEG:
English director known for movies including Walkabout and David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell To Earth. Died November 23, aged 90. RICKY JAY:
American magician and actor once described as “perhaps the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive”. His acting credits included the films Boogie Nights and Tomorrow Never Dies and the TV series Deadwood. Died November 24, aged 72.