As 2011 comes to a close it’s important to take a moment and remember all of the TV stars we lost over the past year. Although we are going to miss seeing these actors and personalities gracing our television screens we can at least take comfort in the fact that they provided us with so many great TV memories.
Actor John Dye was best known for his role as Andrew, the Angel of Death, on the CBS series “Touched by an Angel.” He died on January 10th due to heart complications.
David Nelson played son to his real-life parents in the long-running “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” Nelson lost his battle with colon cancer on January 11th.
Fitness Guru Jack Lalanne helped pioneer fitness television and hosted the longest running fitness TV show. Lalanne died of pneumonia on January 23rd.
Character actor Len Lesser guest starred in several TV shows, but is best known as Uncle Leo on “Seinfeld.” Lesser died from cancer related pneumonia on February 16th.
British actress Elisabeth Sladen is best known for her role as the Doctor’s companion Sarah Jane Smith in “Doctor Who” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures.” Sladen died on April 19th after suffering from cancer.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage exploded onto television screens as a professional wrestler and later as a spokesman for Slim Jim. Savage suffered a heart attack while driving his car on May 20th.
Actor Jeff Conaway was known for his roles as Bobby on “Taxi” and Sergeant Zack Allan on “Babylon 5.” Conaway died from pneumonia and drug related complications on May 11th.
Actress Clarice Taylor portrayed Anna Huxtable, the mother of Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” Taylor passed away from congestive heart failure on May 30th.
Television personality and daredevil Ryan Dunn is best remembered as a member of the “Jackass” crew and the host of “Proving Ground.” Dunn was killed in a car accident on June 20th.
Actor Peter Falk won five Emmy awards for his portrayal of police detective Columbo in the television series of the same name. Falk died from pneumonia on June 23rd.
Welsh actor Andy Whitfield played the lead role of Spartacus in the Starz original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.” Whitfield passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma on September 11th.
Television personality Andy Rooney hosted “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney” on the television news magazine “60 Minutes” for 33 years. Rooney died on November 4th following complications from a surgery.
Comedian Patrice O’Neal was known for his reoccurring roles on “Chappelle’s Show” and “The Office.” O’Neal died on November 29th of complications from a recent stroke.
Actor Harry Morgan is best known as Office Gannon on “Dragnet” and Colonel Potter on “M*A*S*H.” Morgan died in his sleep on December 7th.