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Stars we've lost in 2016
We remember some of the great actors, singers and celebs that we have lost.
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Fyvush Finkel

Actor Fyvush Finkel, the plastic-faced character actor whose career in stage and screen started in Yiddish theater and led to memorable roles in "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway and on TV in "Boston Public" and "Picket Fences" died at 93.
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Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker played the lovable droid R2-D2 in the "Star Wars" films, achieving cult status and fans' adulation without showing his face or speaking any lines. The 3-foot 8-inch performer — a word he preferred to actor — died at 81.
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Barry Jenner

Barry Jenner, who appeared regularly on shows such as "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Family Matters," died at 75 of acute myeloid leukemia.
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John Saunders

ESPN sportscaster John Saunders, who hosted "The Sports Reporters" for the last 15 years, died at 61.
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David Huddleston

David Huddleston, a character actor best known for portraying titular roles in "The Big Lebowski" and "Santa Claus: The Movie," died at 85 of advanced heart and kidney disease.
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Gloria DeHaven

Gloria DeHaven, who made her onscreen debut in the Charlie Chaplain "Modern Times," died at 91.
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Dave Schwartz

Longtime Weather Channel meteorologist Dave Schwartz died after a long fight with cancer. He was 63.
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Jerry Doyle

Actor and syndicated radio host Gerard "Jerry" Doyle died in Las Vegas at age 60. As an actor, Doyle was best-known as Michael Garibaldi in the 1990s science-fiction television show "Babylon 5." In recent years, his self-titled radio show aired on Talk Radio Network and, in Las Vegas, weekday afternoons on AM radio station KDWN.
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Miss Cleo

Miss Cleo, the TV psychic who became famous in the late ‘90s for her catchy commercials after a "valiant battle with cancer in Palm Beach, Florida, surrounded by family and close friends." She was 53.
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Garry Marshall

Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley" and the box-office successes "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride," died of complications from pneumonia after having a stroke. He was 81.
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Teddy Rooney

Former child actor and son of Mickey Rooney, Teddy, died at 66 after a long illness. He was one of Rooney's 9 children and was born to his father's third wife Martha Vickers.
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Noel Neill

The first actress to play Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane onscreen died at 95.
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Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died. He was 84.
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Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham, a longtime fashion photographer for The New York Times known for taking pictures of everyday people on the streets of New York, died at 87.
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Bernie Worrell

Bernie Worrell, the ingenious "Wizard of Woo" whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop and other genres, died. Worrell, who announced in early 2016 that he had stage-four lung cancer, died at age 72.
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Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died at 89.
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Anton Yelchin

Actor Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the recent "Star Trek" movies, died after apparently being pinned between his car and a brick mailbox on his property. He was 27.
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Alejandro Fuentes

Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes, a Chicago singer who appeared on the Mexican version of "The Voice" in 2011, died after he was shot in an ambush while celebrating his birthday with friends.
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Ron Lester

Ron Lester, the “Varsity Blues” actor, died in Dallas at the age of 45. Lester was hopitalized for four months due to liver and kidney problems. Lester played the role of Billy Bob in the 1999 football movie “Varsity Blues." The Georiga-born actor also appeared in “Not Another Teen Movie” and “Good Burger.”

 

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Ronnie Claire Edwards

Ronnie Claire Edwards, known for her role as Corabeth Godsey in the 1971 series “The Waltons,” died at the age of 83 in her Dallas home. Edwards portrayed a mousy spinister who hesistantly marries Ike Godsey after his proposal on their “The Waltons” as a mousy spinster who hesitantly marries storekeeper Ike Godsey. Edwards began her career in 1963 starring as Sally in “All the Way Home.”
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Ann Morgan Guilbert

Ann Morgan Guilbert beloved as the next-door neighbor on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and seen recently on CBS' comedy "Life in Pieces," died. Guilbert died of cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 87.
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Christina Grimmie

Grimmie, a 22-year-old pop singer, was killed as she was signing autographs after a performance in Orlando at The Plaza Live. Grimmie was a YouTube star who was widely known from her appearances on NBC's "The Voice" two years ago. She lived in Evesham, a small community about 20 miles from Philadelphia, before moving to Los Angeles in 2012.
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Theresa Saldana

Actress Theresa Saldana, who is best known for her role on “The Commish” as well as being the center of a highly-publicized stalker attack died at the age of 61. The actress founded the Victims for Victims organization after surviving a stabbing attack by a stalker in 1982. She advocated for anti-stalking laws, then starred as herself in the 1984 TV movie “Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story.”
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Peter Shaffer

Playwright Peter Shaffer, whose durable, award-winning hits included "Equus" and "Amadeus," died at the age of 90. For much of his long career Shaffer achieved the often-elusive goal of combining commercial and critical success, writing literate, cleverly crafted plays that became box-office hits in London and New York.
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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion boxer whose electrifying prowess in the ring and controversial outspokenness outside of it made him one of the world’s most recognizable personalities of the 20th Century, died Friday after a battle with a respiratory illness at a Phoenix hospital. He was 74. After defeating Sonny Liston , Ali earned both the condemnation and support of millions in the U.S. and around the world after publicly announcing that he had joined the Nation of Islam. He rose to fame not only for his boxing career, but also for his civil rights activism.
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Jan Crouch

Televangelist Jan Crouch, who co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network with her husband more than four decades ago, died at the age of 78 just days after she suffered a stroke, her family said on the network's website. 
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Angela Paton

Angela Paton, an actress best known for appearing with Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day," died at age 86. Paton played Mrs. Lancaster, the kindly, elderly, small-town innkeeper who played host to Murray on his never-ending day in 1993's "Groundhog Day."
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Beth Howland

Beth Howland, the actress best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and '80s CBS sitcom "Alice," died at 74.
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Morley Safer

"60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer died one week after he retired from 52 years at CBS. He was 84.
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Guy Clark

Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Guy Clark, who wrote hits like "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train," died. He was 74.
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Billy Paul

Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and "Philadelphia Soul" classic "Me and Mrs. Jones," died at 80.
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Prince

Seven-time Grammy winner Prince, who was known for megahits like “When Doves Cry” and “Purple Rain,” died at the age of 57. Prince broke through in the late 1970s with the hits "Wanna Be Your Lover" and soared over the following decade with the albums as "1999" and "Purple Rain." The title song from "1999" includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999." The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix.

Guy Hamilton

Movie director Guy Hamilton, who directed four hugely popular James Bond films and raised the profile of the Bond movie brand through his work with actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore died. He was 93.
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Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts, who played the tart-tongued, endlessly meddling Marie Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond," died in her sleep. She was 90.
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David Gest

David Gest, a music producer, reality TV star and former husband of Liza Minnelli, was died at 62.
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Daisy Lewellyn

Daisy Lewellyn, the star of Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” died at the age of 36 of cancer.
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Merle Haggard

Country music legend Merle Haggard who was known for hits like "Okie From Muskogee" and "Mama Tried" died on his 79th birthday.

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Patty Duke

Patty Duke, who won an Oscar as a teen for "The Miracle Worker" and maintained a long and successful career throughout her life, died. She was 69. Duke’s agent confirmed her death to the Associated Press saying she died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

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Garry Shandling

Comedian Garry Shandling, known for “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” died. He was 66.

Phife Dawg

Phife Dawg, a masterful lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died from complications resulting from diabetes. He was 45. Born Malik Isaac Taylor, he was known as the "Five Foot Assassin" because he was 5 feet 3 inches tall.

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Ken Howard

Actor Ken Howard, who starred in the 1970s series "The White Shadow" and served as president of SAG-AFTRA, died at age 71. Howard's career spanned four decades in TV, theater and film. In the CBS series "The White Shadow," which aired from 1978 to 1981, he starred as a white coach to an urban high school basketball team — a part, one of Howard's best known, that drew on the personal history of the 6 feet 6 inch tall actor, who played basketball growing up on Long Island in New York and at Amherst College.

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Rita Gam

Rita Gam, who had a lengthy acting career on film, television and stage, died of respiratory failure. She was 88.

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John Schnabel

John Schnabel, of the Discovery Channel reality series "Gold Rush" who owned the Big Nugget mine in Porcupine Creek, Alaska, died at 96.

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Joe Santos

Joe Santos, who played Lieutenant Dennis Becker on "The Rockford Files," died at 84. Santos' career spanned more than four decades, from a guest shot on "Naked City" in the early 1960s through a recurring role on "The Sopranos." But he was best known as Lieutenant Becker, the pal and grudging helpmate of L.A. private eye Jim Rockford (James Garner) on NBC's "The Rockford Files," which aired from 1974 to 1980 and scored him an Emmy nomination.

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Larry Drake

Larry Drake, who earned back-to-back Emmy Awards for his sensitive portrayal of mentally challenged character Benny Stulwicz in "L.A. Law," died. He was 66.

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Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels, best known for The Paul Daniels Magic Show that regularly attracted 15 million TV viewers in Britain and was sold to 43 countries, died after suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. He was 77.

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Frank Sinatra Jr.

Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career and whose kidnapping as a young man added a bizarre chapter to his father's legendary life, died at 72. The younger Sinatra died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Sir George Martin

Music producer Sir George Martin, best known for his work with the Beatles, died at the age of 90. He had been dubbed "The Fifth Beatle" for his work with the legendary rock band. He signed the Beatles to EMI's Parlophone record label in 1962 and went on to produce some of the most popular and influential albums of modern times -- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Revolver," "Rubber Soul," "Abbey Road". Along the way, Martin and the Beatles elevated rock LPs from ways to cash in on hit singles to art forms, "concepts."

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George Kennedy

George Kennedy, the hulking, tough-guy character actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a savage chain-gang convict in the 1960s classic "Cool Hand Luke," died of old age at 91.

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Tony Burton

Actor Tony Burton died at 78. Burton, originally from Flint, Michigan, was best known for his roles in the "Rocky" movies. He was one of four actors who appeared in the first six films.

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Sonny James

Country singer Sonny James, who recorded romantic ballads like "Young Love" and turned pop songs into country hits died at 87. The singer born in Hackleburg, Alabama, was known as the "Southern Gentleman" because of his gentle, respectable demeanor. He was also a songwriter as well as a guitarist and fiddler. James was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Cara McCollum

A former Miss America contestant died at 24, a week after her car spun off a New Jersey highway and crashed into trees.

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Harper Lee

Alabama-born author Harper Lee, whose book "To Kill a Mockingbird" became one of the most beloved, widely-read and best-selling novels of the 20th century, died at the age of 89.

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Big Ang

Angela Raiola, known to fans of the VH1 reality show "Mob Wives" as "Big Ang" died of cancer. She was 55.

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George Gaynes

George Gaynes, who starred in all seven “Police Academy” movies and had a lead role in the 1980s sitcom “Punky Brewster,” died. He was 98.

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Vanity

Vanity, a Prince protege who renounced her sexy stage persona to become a Christian minister, died at 57.

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Tommy Kelly

Tommy Kelly, who played the titular boy hero in the 1938 movie "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," has died. He was 90.

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Daniel Gerson

Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including "Monsters, Inc." and "Big Hero 6," died at 49. Gerson's family said in a statement that he died at his Los Angeles home after battling brain cancer. Gerson was a frequent contributor for Pixar Animation, co-writing both 2001's "Monsters, Inc." and its 2013 sequel, "Monsters University."

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Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco's psychedelic sound, died at 74. The singer, songwriter and bandleader who led the musically eclectic band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks died after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer, his wife, CT Hicks, said.

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Dave Mirra

Veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra died at age 41. Mirra's body was found with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Maurice White

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died at 74.

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Joe Alaskey

Joe Alaskey, best known for providing the iconic voices of "Looney Tunes" legends Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester and Marvin the Martian, died after a battle with cancer. He was 63.

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Frank Finlay

British actor Frank Finlay, who was Academy Award-nominated for his work alongside Laurence Olivier in "Othello," died at 89.

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Signe Anderson

Signe Toly Anderson, a vocalist and original member of the Jefferson Airplane who left the band after its first record and was replaced by Grace Slick, died at 74.

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Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit makers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, died at age 74.

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Abe Vigoda

Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather," died at age 94.

Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey, a founding member of the rock band the Eagles, died at 67. Frey succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

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Dan Haggerty

Dan Haggerty, best known for his role in "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams," died at 74. The '70s star died of cancer. Haggerty starred as the loveable mountain man first in the 1974 movie and later in the TV series by the same name. Haggerty's character, James Capen "Grizzly" Adams, was best friends with a grizzly bear in the 1977 show.

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Alan Rickman

British actor Alan Rickman, a classically-trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the "Harry Potter" saga and other films, died at 69 after a battle with cancer. Trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Rickman was often cast as the bad guy; with his rich, languid voice he could invest evil with wicked, irresistible relish. Rickman is survived by his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton, whom he married recently.

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David Margulies

David Margulies, a veteran actor of the stage and screen, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and numerous film roles including the mayor in "Ghostbusters," died at 78.

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Michael Galeota

Michael Galeota, star of Disney Channel’s "The Jersey" and "Clubhouse Detectives," died at 31. "It is with tremendous heartfelt sadness to announce the passing of Michael James Galeota on January 10th. He died peacefully at home," the family wrote on a GoFundMe page.

David Bowie

David Bowie, a rock and roll icon who sustained a chart-topping career for five decades with hits including "Fame", "Heroes" and "Let's Dance", died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle against cancer. Bowie died two days after the release of "Blackstar", his 29th album, which had been timed to coincide with his birthday. The singer had kept a low profile in recent years after reportedly suffering a heart attack in the 2000s, and it had not been widely known that he was struggling with cancer.

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Pat Harrington Jr.

Pat Harrington Jr., who memorably played the superintendent Dwayne Schneider on “One Day at a Time,” died at 86. Harrington was raised in New York City, where his father was a Broadway actor. Following in his dad’s footsteps, he became an actor after college, beginning his career at NBC. In 1975, he landed his role on “One Day at a Time,” a CBS sitcom starring the late Bonnie Franklin as a single mother raising her two children.

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Nicholas Caldwell

Nicholas Caldwell, co-founder and singer with the California R&B group The Whispers died of congestive heart failure at 71.

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Craig Strickland

Country singer Craig Strickland of the group Backroad Anthem died at 29 of hypothermia. Strickland and a friend had been reported missing in late 2015 after going on a hunting trip. His body was recovered several days later.

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Robert Stigwood

Robert Stigwood, who managed the Bee Gees at the peak of their career and produced one of the defining films of the 1970s in "Saturday Night Fever", died of a heart attack at the age of 81.

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Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on "M.A.S.H.," died at 82 of complications from pneumonia. Rogers' army surgeon Trapper John was one of the most beloved characters -- and half of one of the most beloved duos -- in TV history, despite the actor's appearing in only the first three of the show's 11 seasons on CBS.

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