Famous people who died this month - October 2015

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  1. Diem Brown

    Diem Brown


    Danielle Michelle Brown (June 12, 1980 – November 14, 2014), better known as Diem Brown, was a recurring cast member on MTV's reality television series The Challenge and an entertainment reporter. Brown founded MedGift, a website that provides a gift registry for patients and support pages to both people experiencing illnesses and their caregivers. She was a US army brat in Baumholder, Germany before her family settled in the United States. She attended high-school in Roswell, Georgia and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communication from Florida State University.

  2. Gail Zappa

    Gail Zappa


    Gail Zappa (born Adelaide Gail Sloatman; January 1, 1945) is the widow of musician and composer Frank Zappa and the Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. They met in 1966 when she was working at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, and they were married on September 21, 1967, while she was pregnant with her first child, Moon Zappa. The marriage also produced children Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, and Diva Zappa. She is an aunt to model/actress Lala Sloatman.

  3. Mike Nichols

    Mike Nichols


    Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was a German-born American film and theatre director, producer, actor and comedian. He began his career in the 1950s with the improv troupe The Compass Players, predecessor of the Second City in Chicago, and as one half of the comedy duo Nichols and May, along with Elaine May. May was also in the Compass. In 1968 he won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film The Graduate. His other films include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Closer, Charlie Wilson's War (his final picture), and the TV mini-series Angels in America. He also staged the original theatrical productions of The Apple Tree, Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple and Spamalot.

  4. Kevin Corcoran

    Kevin Corcoran


    Kevin Anthony "Moochie" Corcoran (born June 10, 1949) is an American director, producer, and former child actor. He appeared in numerous Disney projects between 1957 and 1963, frequently as an irrepressible character with the nickname Moochie. One of eight children, most of whom did some acting in the late 1950s to early 1960s, Corcoran is the sibling whose work is best remembered. His father, William "Bill" Corcoran, Sr. (1905–1958), was a police officer and then director of maintenance at MGM Studios. Corcoran's mother, the former Kathleen McKenney (1917–1972), was, like her husband, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts.

  5. Carol Ann Susi

    Carol Ann Susi


    Carol Ann Susi (February 2, 1952 – November 11, 2014) was an American actress best known for providing the voice of recurring unseen character Mrs. Wolowitz on the television series The Big Bang Theory.

  6. Nancy O'Connor

    Nancy O'Connor


  7. Wayne Static

    Wayne Static


    Wayne Richard Wells (November 4, 1965 – November 1, 2014), known professionally as Wayne Static, The True King of Evil Disco, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer for metal band Static-X. He released his only solo studio album, Pighammer, on October 4, 2011. Static died on November 1, 2014 after consuming a mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol.

  8. Warren Clarke

    Warren Clarke


    Warren Alan James Clarke (26 April 1947 – 12 November 2014) was an English actor. He was known for his appearances in many films after a significant role as 'Dim' in Stanley Kubrick's Clockwork Orange and for numerous television appearances, including lead roles in the TV series The Manageress, Sleepers and Dalziel and Pascoe as Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel.

  9. Stanislaw Mikulski

    Stanislaw Mikulski


    Stanisław Mikulski (1 May 1929 – 27 November 2014) was a Polish theatre, television and film actor, and host of Koło Fortuny (the Polish version of Wheel of Fortune).

  10. Richard Schaal

    Richard Schaal


    Richard Schaal (/ˈʃɑːl/; May 5, 1928 – November 4, 2014) was an American film and television actor from Chicago, Illinois.

  11. Roberto Gómez Bolaños

    Roberto Gómez Bolaños


    Roberto Gómez Bolaños (21 February 1929 – 28 November 2014), more commonly known by his pseudonym Chespirito, was a Mexican screenwriter, actor, comedian, film director, television director, playwright, songwriter, and author. He is widely regarded as one of the most important Spanish-language humorists of the 20th century.

  12. Sabah



    Sabah (Arabic: صباح‎; born Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali, 10 November 1927, Bdadoun, Lebanon – 26 November 2014) was a Lebanese singer and actress. Considered a "Diva of Music" in the Arab World, (the same title often given to Oum Kalthoum, Warda Al-Jazairia and Fairuz), she released over 50 albums and acted in 98 movies as well as over 20 stage plays. She had a reported 3,500 songs in her repertoire. She was among the first Arabic singers to perform at the Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Piccadilly Theatre in London and at the Sydney Opera House. She was considered one of the four Lebanese icons along with Fairuz, Wadih El Safi and Samira Tawfiq and was nicknamed "Empress of the Lebanese Song" (Arabic: إمبراطورة الأغنية اللبنانية‎). She is considered the second greatest Arab singer after Oum Kalthoum.

  13. Acker Bilk

    Acker Bilk


    Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk, MBE (28 January 1929 – 2 November 2014) was an English clarinettist and vocalist known for his appearance – goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat – and breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style.

  14. Jimmy Ruffin

    Jimmy Ruffin


    Jimmy Lee Ruffin (May 7, 1936 – November 17, 2014) was an American soul singer, and elder brother of David Ruffin of the Temptations.

  15. Käbi Laretei

    Käbi Laretei


    Alma Käbi Laretei (14 July 1922 – 31 October 2014) was an Estonian and Swedish concert pianist.

  16. Ken Takakura

    Ken Takakura


    Ken Takakura (高倉 健 Takakura Ken), born Goichi Oda (小田 剛一 Oda Gōichi, February 16, 1931 – November 10, 2014), was a Japanese actor best known for his brooding style and the stoic presence he brought to his roles. He won the Japan Academy Prize four times, more than any other actor.

  17. Richard Pasco

    Richard Pasco


    Richard Edward Pasco, CBE (18 July 1926 – 12 November 2014) was a British stage, screen and TV actor.

  18. Katerina Netolicka

    Katerina Netolicka


  19. Mariam Fakhr Eddine

    Mariam Fakhr Eddine


    Mariam Mohamed Fakhr Eddine (8 January 1933 – 3 November 2014) was an Egyptian film and television actress. She was nicknamed the "Beauty of the Screen" (Arabic: حسناء الشاشة‎). Before pursuing a career in acting, she won the title of Most Beautiful Face in a pageant organised by the French-language magazine Image. She was discovered by director Mahmoud Zulficar, her future husband. Mariam Fakhr Eddine's first film appearance was in the 1951 film A Night of Love and she went on to appear in the films The Murderous Suspicion (1953), Devil of the Sahara (1954), The Love Message (1954) and A Window on Paradise (1954).

  20. Chantal Akerman

    Chantal Akerman


    Chantal Anne Akerman (born 6 June 1950) is a Belgian film director, artist, and professor of film at the City College of New York. Her best-known film is Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975). According to film scholar Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Akerman's influence on feminist filmmaking and avant-garde cinema has been substantial.

  21. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba

    Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba


    María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes and a Grandee of Spain (28 March 1926 – 20 November 2014), was head of the House of Alba and the third lady to hold the title in her own right.

  22. P.D. James

    P.D. James


    Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBEFRSAFRSL (3 August 1920 – 27 November 2014), known as P. D. James, was an English crime writer. She rose to fame for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh.

  23. Al Dark

    Al Dark


    Alvin Ralph "Al" Dark (January 7, 1922 – November 13, 2014), nicknamed "Blackie" and "The Swamp Fox", was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop and manager. He played fourteen years for five National League teams from 1946 through 1960. Dark was named the major leagues' 1948 Rookie of the Year after batting .322 for the Boston Braves.

  24. Henning Mankell

    Henning Mankell


    Henning Mankell (born 3 February 1948) is a Swedish crime writer, children's author and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most famous creation, Inspector Kurt Wallander.

  25. Paul Prudhomme

    Paul Prudhomme


    Paul Prudhomme (born July 13, 1940), also known as Lean Gene Autry Prudhomme, is an American celebrity chef whose specialty is Creole cuisine, and has been credited with popularising the cuisine. He is the chef proprietor of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans, and has previously owned and run several other restaurants. He has developed several culinary products, including hot sauce and seasoning mixes, and has written a number of cookbooks.

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