Bruce Kirby, ‘Columbo’ And ‘Crash’ Actor, Dies At 95

‘Barney Miller,’ ‘Sanford And Son’ Actor Gregory Sierra Dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Gregory Sierra, who had memorable roles in the 1970s sitcoms “Barney Miller” and “Sanford and Son,” has died after battling cancer. He was 83. Sierra’s widow, Helene, said Saturday in a phone interview with The Associated Press that the actor died on Jan. 4 in Laguna Woods, California. Sierra’s breakthrough came […]

Larry King, Broadcasting Giant For Half-Century, Dies At 87

A longtime nationally syndicated radio host, from 1985 through 2010 he was a nightly fixture on CNN, where he won many honors, including two Peabody awards. With his celebrity interviews, political debates and topical discussions, King was more than just an enduring on-air personality.

Longtime WAFB Anchor Donna Britt Dies From ALS At 62

Ben Halpern, Longtime Universal Television Publicist, Dies At 99

Mira Furlan, ‘Babylon 5’ And ‘Lost’ Actress, Dies At 65

Longtime Film And TV Publicist Ben Halpern Dies At 99

Jim Tilmon, Retired WMAQ Weatherman, Dies At 86

David Richardson, Writer-Producer Of ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Two and a Half Men,’ Dies At 65

Richard Lindheim, Co-Creator of CBS’s ‘The Equalizer,’ Dies At 81

Joanne Rogers, Widow Of TV’s Famed Mister Rogers, Dies At 92

Joanne Rogers, an an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Mister Rogers, has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit, whose […]

Noted Character Actor Peter Mark Richman Dies At 93

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died. He was 93. Richman died Thursday at his home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Harlan Boll announced. Born […]

Ray Brady, Longtime CBS Business Correspondent, Dies At 94

Jessica Campbell, ‘Freaks And Geeks’ Actor, Dies At 38

Bob Read, ‘Inside Edition’ Managing Editor, Dies Of COVID-19

Patricia Loud, Matriarch Of ‘An American Family,’ Dies At 94

John Reilly, Star Of ‘General Hospital, Dies At 84

Deezer D, ‘ER’ Star And Hip-Hop Performer, Dies At 55

‘Bob’s Burgers’ Lead Character Designer Dave Creek Dies In Skydiving Accident

Tanya Roberts Dead At 65, Following Premature Death Announcement

Actor Tanya Roberts Hospitalized, Not Dead As Earlier Reported

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tanya Roberts, who captivated James Bond in “A View to a Kill” and later played Midge Pinciotti in the sitcom “That ’70s Show,” has been hospitalized after falling at her home. The actor had mistakenly been reported dead by her publicist earlier Monday. Roberts’ publicist Mike Pingel later told The Associated […]

Kerry Vincent, Food Network Judge/Host, Dies At 75

Tanya Roberts, Bond Girl And ‘That ’70s Show’ Star, Dies At 65

Mark Schlefer, Who Helped Write FOIA Legislation, Dies At 98

Disney Lobbyist Richard Bates Dies

Richard M. Bates, longtime senior vice president, U.S. government relations for the Walt Disney Co., has died. Since 2010, Bates oversaw Disney’s interactions with federal and state government entities and trade associations. He was a 29-year Disney veteran. Prior to working for Disney, Bates served as executive director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.


As 2020 Fades To Black, We Say Goodbye

This year, TVNewsCheck reported on the deaths of outstanding men and women who shaped television as actors, lawmakers, producers, business people, journalists and on-air personalities. Here’s a look back at some of those influencers.

Dawn Wells, Mary Ann On ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dies

Dawn Wells, best known for playing the girl-next-door castaway Mary Ann on the iconic TV comedy series Gilligan’s Island, died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles from complications due to COVID-19. She was 82. Wells, who was Miss Nevada in the 1959 Miss America pageant, beat out 350 actresses for the role of Mary Ann.

Marcus D’Amico, ‘Tales Of The City’ Actor, Dies At 55

William Link Dies: Co-Creator Of ‘Columbo’, ‘Murder She Wrote’, ‘Ellery Queen’ Was 87

Wendy Gordon, One Of Portland, Ore.’s First Female Anchors, Dies

Alice Spivak, Actress And Longtime Acting Teacher, Dies At 85

Nick McGlashan, ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star, Dies At 33

‘Amazing Race’ Producer Larry Barron Dies At 55

Tuck Tucker, Veteran Animator, Dies At 59

Rick Squire, Director And Network Marketing Exec, Dies At 68

KIRO Longtime Kids Host Bob Newman Dies At 88

Doug Crane, ‘Beavis And Butt-Head’ Animator, Dies At 85

Peter Alliss, British Sportscaster Known As ‘The Voice Of Golf,’ Dies At 89

Jeannie Morris, Chicago’s First Female Sportscaster, Dies At 85

WNJU Anchor Edgardo del Villar Dies At 51

Edgardo del Villar, news anchor at Telemundo’s WNJU New York, died Dec. 13 following a two-year bout with brain cancer. He was 51 years old. Del Villar joined WNJU in 2017 after serving as a correspondent and a fill-in anchor for Telemundo network programs Un Nuevo Día and Noticias Telemundo in Miami. A native of […]