2012 saw many pioneers from the world of television some that acted their way into our hearts and other that provided an outlet for a younger generation to express themselves in a positive manner. They may be gone, but they will never be forgotten.
Andy Griffith was an American icon and actor famous for being the lead actor in “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock.” He was born on July 1, 1926 and left us on July 3, 2012 he was 86 and won’t be forgotten.
The incomparable Phyllis Diller known for her take no prisoners comedy and a list a mile long of voice-over work left us on August, 20 and after 95 years she left us with plenty of smiles and lots of laughter. She was certainly a one of a kind comedian and actress.
The close of 2012 is right around the corner and for the first time in a very long time we will not be ringing in the new year with Dick Clark. The legendary icon was the host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” “American Bandstand,” and the game show and its many versions ” 10,000 Pyramid.” This year will certainly be interesting without this icon who provide American audiences with over 50 years of entertainment. Dick Clark was 82.
Don Cornelius passed on Febuary, 1 after providing an entire culture with a positive platform for expression mostly through song and dance. Cornelius changed the landscape of television with a small show out of Chicago known as “Soul Train.” Cornelius may be gone with the Soul Train Line will live on forever.
Sherman Hemsley left us on July 24 and despite being typecasted Hemsley gave audiences a lot to smile about and a strut that cannot be matched. Hemsley was 74 and joins “Weezy” in a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Ernest Borgnine provides television audiences with over 50 years of entertainment from his work on “Mchale’s Navy,” “ER,” and his voice-over work on “Spongebob Squarepants” Borgnine was known for being a loveable pudgy man who lived to be 95 and always had a smile to share with the world.
“Who Shot J.R.?” was a question that changed night time soap operas forever, Larry Hagman became an icon for his role as J.R. Ewing in the drama “Dallas” after being behind the scenes for years Hagman would return to the reincarnation of “Dallas” in 2011. He passes on Novermber 23 of Cancer he was 81.
Many men have hosted “Family Feud,” but perhaps none were more memorable than Richard Dawson who was the first host of the show that is continued to this day. Dawson was known for being an affectionate man who kissed the cheek of female contestants as a sign of good luck. Dawson was 79.
Ron Palillo was famous for his role on the hit 70s show “Welcome Back Kotter” where he played the iconic character Horshack. Palillo lived a quiet lived in Florida before his passing on August 14 he was 63.
Finally, Davey Jone lead singer and star of the 60s comedy of the same name as the band he sang in “The Monkees” passed on Febuary 29. Known for being the cute heartthrob Jones would make appearances on the “Brady Bunch” “The Monkees was only on for a few years, but Davey Jones certainly made his mark he was 66.
To all of the families who lost these great entertainers and pioneers thank you for years of entertainment they may be lost, but won’t be forgotten.
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