In Memoriam: Remembering the stars we lost in 2022

This year we had to say goodbye to favorites from Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes, Full House, Leave It to Beaver, and more.

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As we reach the end of the year, we want to take a moment to reflect upon the beloved television talent that passed away in 2022.

Over the past 12 months, we have had to say goodbye to sci-fi trailblazers, familiar voices, rock legends, and more. Their work and how they touched lives will continue to live on.

Here are some of the losses that hit the TV industry in 2022. Visit our remembrances page to read more obituaries.

Nichelle Nichols, Nyota Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series

 

The Trek legend was a television pioneer, civil rights advocate, dancer, NASA employee and jazz singer.

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Bob Saget, the comedic centerpiece of Full House

 

The stand-up comic and America's Funniest Home Videos host was 65.

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Gilbert Gottfried, comedian and actor known for his iconic voice

 

His wit was as sharp as the squawk he gave the parrot Iago in Aladdin and the Aflac duck.

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Robert Clary, Corporal LeBeau on Hogan's Heroes, familiar face on daytime television

 

The Holocaust survivor spent over two years in a concentration camp before achieving a successful career in Hollywood.

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Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell rocker and familiar movie face

 

The rock legend is best remembered for his Bat Out of Hell trilogy and his roles in Rocky Horror and Fight Club.

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Angela Lansbury, star of Murder, She Wrote, iconic voice of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast

 

Lansbury's illustrious career took home five Tony Awards and six Golden Globes, along with several Emmy nominations. She was even honored by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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Ray Liotta, star of Goodfellas and Field of Dreams

 

He started his career on Eighties TV before jumping to feature films.

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Paul Sorvino, star of Goodfellas and fan-favorite of Law & Order

 

The multifaceted, gangster-portraying actor was 83.

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Kirstie Alley, Rebecca Howe on legendary sitcom Cheers

 

Alley made a name for herself in the early Eighties, but her career took a turn for stardom after landing on Cheers.

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Tony Dow, Wally Cleaver on classic sitcom Leave It to Beaver

 

The former teen idol passed a day after his death was mistakenly reported.

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Olivia Newton-John, Grease star and four-time Grammy-winner

 

The pop star had multiple battles with cancer and was seen as an inspiration to countless people over the last three decades.

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Dwayne Hickman, who played all-American teen Dobie Gillis

 

He went to college with Bob Denver. They would forever be linked together as TV pals. Hickman was 87 years old.

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Howard Hesseman, Dr. Johnny Fever of WKRP in Cincinnati

 

He used his real-life DJ experience to craft one of the great characters in sitcom history.

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Loretta Lynn, groundbreaking country music star in the late '60s and early '70s

 

Several hits led Lynn to become the first-ever female Entertainer of the Year.

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Sidney Poitier, the trailblazing actor of In the Heat of the Night and A Raisin in the Sun

 

The American icon was 94.

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Sally Kellerman, the original Hot Lips in the M*A*S*H film

 

She also played an important role in the second Star Trek pilot. She was 84 years old.

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Clarence Gilyard, James Trivette on Walker, Texas Ranger, Theo in original Die Hard

 

After 15 straight years on network television, Gilyard stepped back from acting to teach theater and screen acting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Maggie Peterson, beloved singer Charlene Darling on The Andy Griffith Show

 

She also appeared on the big screen with both Andy and Don Knotts.

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Jules Bass, one half of the iconic Rankin/Bass team that brought us Rudolph, Frosty, Mad Monster Party? and more

 

Bass will always be remembered for his contributions to some of the best-known holiday movies ever.

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Pat Carroll, staple on classic television and Ursula's voice in The Little Mermaid

 

The Emmy award-winning actress was 95.

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Yvette Mimieux, the first actress to bare her belly button on TV

 

The Where the Boys Are star was 80.

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Ronnie Spector, Sixties icon and leader of The Ronettes

 

Her voice and style influenced generations of artists, including The Beatles. She was 78.

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Tim Considine, eldest son Mike Douglas on My Three Sons

 

He got his start acting for Disney, on both The Mickey Mouse Club and in The Shaggy Dog.

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Louie Anderson, beloved comedian and Emmy-winning actor

 

He hosted Family Feud and voiced his childhood self in the animated show Life with Louie. He was 68.

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Peter Robbins, the voice of Charlie Brown and Blondie sitcom star

 

Blondie reunited him with the voice of Lucy Van Pelt.

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Gloria McMillan, the principal's daughter of Our Miss Brooks

 

Her TV father gave her away at her wedding. She was 88.

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Donald May, star of Colt .45 and the daytime Perry Mason adaptation The Edge of Night

 

He played Sam Colt Jr. in the Wild West and crusading attorney Adam Drake. He was 91.

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Farrah Forke, best known as Alex the helicopter pilot in Wings

 

In addition to Wings, she appeared in classic Nineties thrillers Heat and Disclosure.

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Johnny Brown, superintendent Nathan Bookman in Good Times

 

A regular on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Brown also worked with Sammy Davis Jr. on film and on Broadway.

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Conrad Janis, Mork & Mindy actor and accomplished musician

 

His career started on Broadway at 13 and continued for the next seven decades.

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Mitchell Ryan, character actor in everything from Dark Shadows to Lethal Weapon

 

He appeared in Clint Eastwood movies and starred in the sitcom Dharma & Greg.

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Philip Baker Hall, beloved character actor of TV and film

 

He was in everything from M*A*S*H to Seinfeld and frequently collaborated with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.

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Roger E. Mosley, helicopter pilot Theodore ‘T.C.’ Calvin in Magnum, P.I.

 

He also fought Muhammad Ali in The Greatest and played folksinger Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter.

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Clu Gulager, familiar face from The Virginian and Return of the Living Dead

 

He was known for playing gunslingers, deputies, and even for fighting zombies.

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Richard Roat, Sixties soap star and frequent sitcom character actor

 

He appeared in Happy Days, Cheers, Seinfeld and over 100 other shows and movies.

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Jack Ging, Gen. Fulbright on The A-Team and recurring character actor

 

Ging left his mark on classic TV with various recurring authoritative roles in the '60s, '70s and '80s.

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Larry Storch, comedian and F-Troop's Corporal Agarn

 

He also voiced animated characters Cool Cat and Koko the Clown.

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L.Q. Jones, classic Western character actor

 

He also made his mark on the big screen, working with some of Hollywood's best directors and acting alongside everyone from Elvis to Robert De Niro.

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David Warner, English character actor in Star Trek movies and Tron

 

His 50-year career included wacky comedies, horror films and two appearances in Perry Mason TV movies.

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Burt Metcalfe, M*A*S*H producer and director

 

He began his career acting on shows like The Twilight Zone and Perry Mason.

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Eileen Ryan, actress from The Twilight Zone, Bonanza and mother to actor Sean Penn

 

Ryan had a rich career, one she got to share with multiple family members in multiple ways.

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Michael Callan, star of Cat Ballou and original West Side Story on Broadway

 

A versatile entertainer, Callan could be seen on the stage and on various forms of the screen.

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Ron Masak, Sheriff on Murder, She Wrote, Sixties and Seventies character actor later dubbed 'The King of Commercials'

 

The actor could be seen in classic television sitcoms, dramas and even game shows.

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Andrew Prine, star of Wide Country, staple in classic Westerns

 

Prine had starring roles, guest appearances and even teamed up with John Wayne in more than one film.

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Gallagher, comedian known for watermelon-smashing act

 

He's known for destroying watermelons, but Gallagher's comedy was much deeper than one famous act.

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John Aniston, star of Days of Our Lives and father of Jennifer Aniston

 

Best known for his three-decade run on Days of Our Lives, John Aniston also appeared in classic television and on Broadway.

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Mickey Kuhn, child star of the '30s and '40s, Beau Wilkes in Gone With the Wind

 

Kuhn first appeared on the big screen at the age of two.

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Bob McGrath, original cast member of Sesame Street

 

Often seen in scenes with Oscar the Grouch, McGrath was a person ''in the neighborhood'' for over five decades.

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Gary Friedkin, Clarence the cook on Happy Days, actor from Young Doctors in Love

 

''While Gary may have been short of stature, he was a giant amongst his family and friends,'' his family stated.

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Stuart Margolin, Emmy-winner from The Rockford Files, character actor and director

 

A friendship with the legendary James Garner opened several doors for Margolin, who appeared with the star of Maverick multiple times on screen.

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Diane McBain, Pinky Pinkston from Batman, costar in Elvis movie Spinout

 

McBain was signed to her first contract in the television industry as a teenager.

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mcharris 16 months ago
What about Emilio Delgado of Sesame Street. March 2022.
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Mirramanee 17 months ago
Have never been a fan of the Andy Griffith Show, but do occasionally watch it (when nothing else is on that I'm interested in) and so have caught this particular episode where Maggie Peterson sang "There is a Time". I found it truly a haunting and heartfelt rendition and made a point to save it in my music video collection. I am always moved by how she sings it every single time I listen to it (and I do that pretty often).
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ClassicTVViewer 17 months ago
Here is one that you seem to have overlooked

AlanRock18 17 months ago
Hey MeTV,

You forgot Jimmy Caan (who is buried on the slope just below where my Dad rests, Nehemiah Persoff, and Christine McVie.

And now we've lost Ian Tyson and Barbara Walters, all within 24 hours.
geatornez82 17 months ago
Huh. I find it interesting that they mentioned Bob McGrath, but did not mention Emilio Delgado (who played Luis on "Sesame Street" for those of you who don't recognize the name).
Moverfan geatornez82 13 months ago
He was one of the editors on Lou Grant as well. I remember the first time I was watching a scene with all the editors of the different sections of the paper--Mason Adams, who played managing editor [?] Charlie Hume asked for what the financial section [I think] was working on..and Luis from the Fix-It Shop starts telling him! I was NOT prepared for that, let me tell you...
AlanRock18 17 months ago
You forgot to mention the great and wonderful Nehemiah Persoff.
Concrete64 17 months ago
Sad to say goodbye to so many of my friends of movie and television. I forget that they are all getting older too, since they are all immortalized and never get any older as I watch them over and over on my favorite movies and shows. Thanks to all of them for entertaining us over the years. God bless.
jonethree 17 months ago
Gotta remember birth is a terminal disease.
roadtripper 17 months ago
All will be surely missed 😔🌷
Kaydee 17 months ago
I just couldn't imagine Tony Dow gone. Jerry Mathers (Beaver) appears to be the only original cast member still alive.
musicman37 17 months ago
Just points out the inevitable - we're all getting there and will join them one day soon.
madvincent 17 months ago
there is still 3 more days............
JeffPaul76 madvincent 17 months ago
I LOVE CURLY!!
madvincent JeffPaul76 17 months ago
very unique picture of him from disorder in the court, when he is chewing gum on the witness stand and giving the camera the "finger" lol
Danzigsgirl 17 months ago
Dont forget Jerry Lee Lewis, he was one of the greatest rockers we had..
Steve2021 17 months ago
What a classy group of Actors and Actresses. RIP.....
Stardust_Memories 17 months ago
I would have to include Kevin Conroy the iconic voice of the Dark Knight.🦇
Yes! Kevin Conroy had the BEST voice for the Dark Knight!
327053 17 months ago
Christine McVie was also left off 😔
clara732 17 months ago
Here Come the Brides
(Robert Brown) played Jason Bolt
(Susan Tolsky) played Biddie Cloom
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