Hollywood & Entertainment Industry Deaths in 2017

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  and  on December 29, 2017.

Another year and another group of Hollywood and media industry icons left us in 2017, from TV legends like Mary Tyler Moore to comedy greats like Jerry Lewis and Don Rickles, and cultural standbys like Hugh Hefner.

There were unexpected losses, like Bill Paxton’s death at age 61 after complications during surgery; Brad Grey, the Paramount chief and co-founder of Hollywood’s powerful Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, dying of cancer at 59; and rocker Tom Petty Petty, who died at age 66 just a week after his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ended their 40th anniversary tour with a three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl. Roger Ailes, the architect of Fox News Channel who exited the cable news juggernaut in 2016 amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment, died from a fall in his home less than a year after he resigned. He was 77.

Other Hollywood passings include on the acting side a James Bond in Roger Moore, Oscar winner Martin Landau, John Hurt, Jeanne Moreau, Glenne Headly, Adam West, Erin Moran, Mike Connors, Miguel Ferrer, Jay Thomas, Stephen Furst, Richard Hatch, Om Puri, Wood Moy, Roy Dotrice, Emmanuelle Riva, June Foray, Jim Nabors, Della Reese, John Hillerman, Bernie Casey, Barbara Cook, Frank Vincent, Mireille Darc, Rose Marie and Harry Dean Stanton. …

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