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Celebrities who died in 2014: We’ll miss them all

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46: Widely considered to be one of the best actors of his generation, Hoffman won the Best Actor Academy Award for playing Truman Capote in 2005’s Capote.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46: Widely considered to be one of the best actors of his generation, Hoffman won the Best Actor Academy Award for playing Truman Capote in 2005’s Capote. VICTORIA WILL/INVISION/AP

Here’s a list of the famous, the beloved and the respected icons who died in 2014:

Robin Williams, 63: The Oscar-winning actor and comedian, known for his manic stream-of-consciousness stand-up, parlayed a role in the hit TV sitcom Mork & Mindy into a hugely successful film career.

Lauren Bacall, 89: Although she never won an Oscar, this sultry, husky-voiced beauty, whose marriage to Humphrey Bogart further elevated her star status, was one of Hollywood’s biggest icons.

Casey Kasem, 82: The American Top 40 host became a familiar presence via his syndicated weekend radio show, which ran for nearly four decades.

Juanita Moore, 99: Her performance as a homeless black widow with an 8-year-old daughter in Douglas Sirk’s melodrama 1959 Imitation of Life made her the fifth African-American actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

Maya Angelou, 89: The revered American author rose from poverty to become a world-class poet, director, singer, actress and author of seven autobiographies.

Oscar de la Renta, 82: The legendary fashion designer had a stable of A-list Hollywood clients, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Reese Witherspoon.

Ruby Dee, 91: The Oscar-nominated actress was a fixture of film and television for more than six decades, from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to Do the Right Thing.

Sid Caesar, 91: The lively, playful comedian changed the course of television with his live variety shows and acted in movies such as Grease and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Russell Johnson, 89: As Professor Roy Hinkley, he was often the voice of reason on the 1960s TV smash series Gilligan’s Island.

Paco de Lucia, 66: The Spanish flamenco guitarist, composer and producer crossed over into the jazz and classical genres, helping to popularize his style of music around the world.

Jimmy Ruffin, 78: The soul singer and elder brother of The Temptations’ David Ruffin had several hit records between the 1960s and the 1980s, including What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.

James Rebhorn, 65: With more than 100 films to his credit, the familar-faced American actor had a recurring role in Homeland at the time of his death.

Gabriel García Márquez, 87: The Colombian novelist, screenwriter and journalist (Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundred Years of Solitude) was considered one of the most important authors of the 20th century.

Eileen Ford, 78: The American model agency executive co-founded the world-famous Ford Models with her husband in 1946.

Richard Kiel, 74: At seven-feet-two, the towering actor appeared in 79 movies but was best known as James Bond’s steel-toothed nemesis Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

Mary Ann Mobley, 78: The actress, television personality and 1959 Miss America was a popular fixture on the TV game show Match Game ‘76.

Diem Brown, 34: An entertainment reporter and recurring cast member of the MTV reality series The Challenge, Brown (full name Danielle Michelle Brown) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and created the website MedGift to help cancer victims gain assistance from friends and family.

Mickey Rooney, 94: One of Hollywood’s most popular stalwarts, the five-foot-two actor began his career in the silent film era and went on to star in more than 300 films over an 80-year career.

Maximillian Schell, 83: The Austrian-Swiss actor won the Best Actor Oscar for 1961’s Judgment at Nuremberg and often appeared in films dealing with Nazi Germany (including Julia and The Man in the Glass Booth).

Elaine Stritch, 89: The American actress and singer was best known for her work on Broadway (including 1970’s Company, which featured her signature song The Ladies Who Lunch). She also won three Emmy awards, including one in 2007 for her recurring role on NBC’s 30 Rock.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46: Widely considered to be one of the best actors of his generation, Hoffman won the Best Actor Academy Award for playing Truman Capote in 2005’s Capote.

Ann B. Davis, 88: Best known as always perky housekeeper Alice on TV’s The Brady Bunch.

David Brenner, 78: The stand-up comedian set a record for appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 158 times, more than any other guest, and was known as a pioneer of observational comedy.

Bob Hoskins, 71: The rotund British actor could play practically any role, from tough-guy gangster (Mona Lisa) to a detective solving a crime involving animated characters (Who Framed Roger Rabbit).

Joan Rivers, 81: The sharp-tongued comedienne made inroads for women at a time when stand-up comedy was primarily a boys-only club. Her biting wit and blunt opinions earned her everything from a talk show to a shot at directing a film (the 1978 flop Rabbit Test).

Harold Ramis, 69: The director and sometimes-actor made some of the most enduring comedies of all time, including Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day.

Polly Bergen, 84: The American actress, singer, writer and entrepreneur won an Emmy Award in 1958 for her performance in The Helen Morgan Story.

Sir Richard Attenborough, 90: Although he was best known to a generation of filmmakers as the well-intentioned owner of the theme park in Jurassic Park, the British Oscar-winning director’s biggest achievements were behind the lens, including Gandhi, A Bridge Too Far and Cry Freedom.

Elizabeth Peña, 55: The well-known character actress made her debut in 1979’s El Super and went on to appear in various films and TV shows, including La Bamba, Jacob’s Ladder and Down Out in Beverly Hills.

Meschach Taylor, 67: Nominated for an Emmy for his recurring role on the CBS sitcom Designing Women, the American actor was also known for his portrayal of a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 movie Mannequin.

Eli Wallach, 98: One of the most recognizable character actors of all time, Wallach could play good guys and villains with ease, from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to The Godfather Part III.

James Garner, 86: From Maverick to The Rockford Files, this everyman actor still exuded a cooler-than-you vibe and always managed to be the smartest guy in the room.

Shirley Temple, 85: As a child actress, she was the No. 1 Hollywood draw from 1935 to 1938 and is credited with helping America cope with the Great Depression. She continued to act until 1965, then devoted the rest of her career to public service, including an unsuccessful stint in politics.

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