Gone but not forgotten, 2009: Recalling celebrities we've lost

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In entertainment as in life, for all the good things that happen each year, there can also be reasons for sorrow. Inevitably, the television industry and its fans lose beloved figures. Some of those who have passed in recent years have been particularly iconic, and in 2009, they ranged from an "Angel" who launched a hairstyle craze to "the most trusted man in America."

Here is a remembrance of some of those who left their marks -- and are already greatly missed.

Walter Cronkite: Though a generation grew up not knowing him as an evening news anchor, the CBS icon was a major influence on virtually everyone who has that role today.

Farrah Fawcett: An overnight sex-symbol sensation as one of "Charlie's Angels," Fawcett would redefine herself professionally ("The Burning Bed") and personally with her fight against cancer.

Ed McMahon: As second bananas go, it's hard to top the jovial sidekick to Johnny Carson over three decades of "The Tonight Show."

Beatrice Arthur: A rare stage star who crossed over to the home screen successfully, Arthur followed the edginess of "Maude" with the enduring comfort of "The Golden Girls."

Michael Jackson: His immediate-classic "Billie Jean" moonwalk on a Motown 25th anniversary special was enough to ensure the King of Pop a lasting place in television history.

Karl Malden: Authoritative work as a police lieutenant on "The Streets of San Francisco" made Malden the perfect person to advise users of a certain credit card, "Don't leave home without it."

Ricardo Montalban: The villainous Khan in the annals of "Star Trek," the suave Montalban also was the ideal host to visitors to "Fantasy Island."

David Carradine: In the role that pretty much shadowed him for the rest of his career, Carradine became -- and remained -- a cult hero as fleet-of-foot wanderer Caine in "Kung Fu."

Patrick Swayze: With "The Beast," the "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" star cycled back to television at the end of his career, having started there in part in the "North and South" miniseries and a memorable "M*A*S*H" role.
 

HecticArt

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This was a rough year to be a celebrity for sure. I know there were more for that list too.

This is the first year in the last 5 that I haven't been to a funeral for either a family member or a friend. I really don't mind not wearing that suit again.
 

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Don't forget Brittny Murphy. She's no Kahn, but she was a cute chick who died way too young.
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Um, it's not "Kahn", it's


KHAN!
 

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Marilyn Chambers: probably the world's first ever true porn star

John Hughes: the man whose films chronicled 1980's teenagerdom

Andrew "Test" Martin and Umaga: two WWE legends gone too soon

Lou Albano: another WWE legend who was a close bud to Cyndi Lauper

Soupy Sales: the man who made pie throwing cool; just ask Alice Cooper

Ted Kennedy: America's senator

Billy Powell and Ean Evans: two more dead members of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Blue Iris: the woman who made granny porn more, well, funny

Paul Harvey: the man who told the news the way he wanted to

Colleen Howe, Mark Fidrych, Chuck Daly, George Kell and Bill Davidson: two more chunks of Detroit lost

Nick Adenhart: a great, young athletic talent whose life was cut short thanks to a drunk driver

Virginia Davis: Walt Disney's first star, and it wasn't Mickey

Jim Carroll: the man who told us "People Who Died" ironically

Ken Ober: the man who made game shows cool

Veatrice Rice: one of Jimmy Kimmel's security dream team

Arnold Stang and Dal McKennon: Top Cat and Archie's voices silenced for good

Claborne Pell: the man who helped America go to college

Lux Interior: one of rock's most-underrated artists

Molly Sugden and Wendy Richard: two stars of "Are You Being Served?" no longer serving

Jade Goody: another young talent gone too soon thanks to cancer

Les Paul: the man who made the electric guitar a standard
 

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Marilyn Chambers: probably the world's first ever true porn star

John Hughes: the man whose films chronicled 1980's teenagerdom

Andrew "Test" Martin and Umaga: two WWE legends gone too soon

Lou Albano: another WWE legend who was a close bud to Cyndi Lauper

Soupy Sales: the man who made pie throwing cool; just ask Alice Cooper

Ted Kennedy: America's senator

Billy Powell and Ean Evans: two more dead members of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Blue Iris: the woman who made granny porn more, well, funny

Paul Harvey: the man who told the news the way he wanted to

Colleen Howe, Mark Fidrych, Chuck Daly, George Kell and Bill Davidson: two more chunks of Detroit lost

Nick Adenhart: a great, young athletic talent whose life was cut short thanks to a drunk driver

Virginia Davis: Walt Disney's first star, and it wasn't Mickey

Jim Carroll: the man who told us "People Who Died" ironically

Ken Ober: the man who made game shows cool

Veatrice Rice: one of Jimmy Kimmel's security dream team

Arnold Stang and Dal McKennon: Top Cat and Archie's voices silenced for good

Claborne Pell: the man who helped America go to college

Lux Interior: one of rock's most-underrated artists

Molly Sugden and Wendy Richard: two stars of "Are You Being Served?" no longer serving

Jade Goody: another young talent gone too soon thanks to cancer

Les Paul: the man who made the electric guitar a standard

There you go! Those were the folks I was thinking of. I only had a couple of minutes to look , but hadn't found that list.

thanks for the find.
 

limegrass69

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Don't forget Brittny Murphy. She's no Kahn, but she was a cute chick who died way too young.

Meh...Too much of a big deal being made about her.
She's sorta cute in an odd way...and she made a few movies...
But so did Toto. :D

Celebrity is a name that gets thrown around way too much these days.
 

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Veatrice Rice: one of Jimmy Kimmel's security dream team

I think Uncle Frank isn't doing so well either. He hasn't been on the show in a while. He came back for a week, but he looked like he was going through early stages of dementia from a stroke. It was weird.