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The Entertainers and Inspirations We Lost in October

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


When the people who inspire and entertain us pass away, it's like we've lost a member of our own family. These remarkable people will live on in our hearts and minds as we introduce the new generations to the legacies they left behind.


October 2. 2017 - Tom Petty

Tom Petty's interest in rock and roll started at the age of ten when he had the privilege of meeting the King himself, Elvis Presley. Tom's uncle was working on the set of Presley's 1961 film Follow That Dream and invited Tom to visit the set. Tom became an instant fan of Elvis and even traded his slingshot for a stack of Elvis 45s. It wasn't until Tom saw The Beatles performing on The Ed Sullivan Show that he had found his calling. His mother supported him, as did his brother. Tom's father, however, was not supportive and abused him both physically and verbally for wanting to be a singer.

Tom refused to be stopped and he embraced his musical aspirations. In 1976, he started a band known as The Epics, which later evolved into Mudcrutch. Although they were popular in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida, the rest of the country didn't embrace them and their songs failed to chart.

Mudcrutch split up and Petty pursued a solo career. Former Mudcrutch band member Benmont Tench decided to form his own group. Petty appreciated their sound and collaborated with the group, eventually evolving into the first lineup of The Heartbreakers. Their first album didn't do well in America but had success in Britain. The single "Breakdown" reached the #40 spot on the charts. Their second album marked The Heartbreakers' first Top 40 album. It was their third album, however, that shot them to stardom, earning platinum status.

Over the next few years, the band continued having success and even the departure of bass player Ron Blair didn't slow them down. He was replaced by Howie Epstein, who would stay with the group until 1994. Throughout the late 80s, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers toured with Bob Dylan and also the Grateful Dead.

Petty went solo for a while and also sang with The Traveling Wilburys until 1991 when he rejoined The Heartbreakers. Petty and the Heartbreakers recorded two new songs for their "Greatest Hits" package. Stan Lynch left the band after this. The package went on to sell over ten million copies, giving The Heartbreakers diamond certification.

Petty had secretly signed a deal with Warner Brothers Records while under contract with MCA, but now that the MCA contract had ended, Tom could finally make good on his WB contract. He recorded a solo album and, with the Heartbreakers, released the soundtrack to the film She's the One. They stayed with Warner Brothers for the rest of their career together.

In 2006, Petty began hosting his own show on Sirius XM radio in which he shared selections from his own personal record collection. In the same year, The Heartbreakers headlined the fifth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival as part of their 30th Anniversary Tour.

After a series of tours and reunion specials, the band released a new album in 2010. It reached number two on the Billboard 200 album chart.

In 2012, the band went on a world tour that included their first European dates in 20 years and their first ever concerts in some Canadian provinces.

On October 2, 2017, Tom Petty was found unconscious at his home, not breathing, and in full cardiac arrest. He died at 8:40pm that evening.


October 3, 2004 - Janet Leigh

A grandchild of Denmark immigrants, Janet Leigh grew up in Merced, California and was discovered in 1945 by actress Norma Shearer, whose by-then-dead husband Irving Thalberg had been a senior executive at MGM. Shearer showed talent agent Lew Wasserman a picture she had seen of Leigh while on vacation at the ski resort where Leigh's parents worked. Shearer stated that Leigh's smile made her face the most fascinating she had seen in years.

Janet was enrolled in College of the Pacific, where she was studying Music and Psychology, but left the college after Wasserman secured a contract with MGM. Leigh was tutored by drama coach Lillian Burns.

Before beginning her movie career though, Janet was a guest star on the radio anthology show The Cresta Blanca Hollywood Players. Her first appearance on radio was at age 19. Janet's film debut was in The Romance of Rosy Ridge in 1947. Her name, originally Jeanette Helen Morrison, was changed several times before finally officially becoming Janet Leigh.

Immediately after the film was released, Janet was cast in If Winter Comes. She was originally supposed to appear in two other films but those were given to other people. Either way, she continued getting big-star roles and in 1948 was named the Number One Glamour Girl in Hollywood. Even though she had fame, she kept a down-to-earth attitude and was always kind and friendly.

She enjoyed mostly doing roles that were based on characters from historical literature but later moved on to more complex roles. She co-starred with then-husband Tony Curtis in five films and cameoed together in another.

Her most famous role came in 1960 and was part of film history with the film Psycho. She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Leigh, however, didn't have a pleasant experience doing this film and was so traumatized by the infamous shower scene that she went through great lengths to avoid showers altogether for the rest of her life.

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After starring alongside Frank Sinatra in The Manchurian Candidate, she focused on the more lighter side of film by starring in the musical Bye Bye Birdie and a few comedies. She also spent more time working on television shows including Bob Hope Presents and The Red Skelton Hour. She also did a few made-for-TV films and in 1972 returned to the big screen in Night of the Lepus. She also appeared in two horror films with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis The Fog and Halloween H20.

Janet Leigh died at her home in Los Angeles on October 3, 2004 from vasculitis.


October 6, 1989 - Bette Davis

Bette Davis had a rough childhood, mostly because she didn't really have much of one. Her parents separated in 1915 when she was 7 and she and her sister Bobby were shipped off to boarding school. In 1921, mother Ruth moved her daughters Bette and Bobby to New York City. Bette attended Cushing Academy, another boarding school. It was a fortuitous thing though because she actually met her future husband Harmon O. Nelson there.

In 1926, she saw a production of The Wild Duck with Peg Entwistle, a well-known Broadway actress who killed herself by jumping off the Hollywoodland sign. Bette later said that Peg was the reason she wanted to go into show business. Bette graduated from Cushing Academy and enrolled in John Murray Anderson's Dramatic School.

Bette landed her first job as a chorus girl in the play Broadway for George Cukor's stock theater company in Rochester, New York. In 1929, Bette was chosen to play Hedwig in The Wild Duck, a role Bette had seen Peg Entwistle play before. Bette finally made her official Broadway debut in Broken Dishes in 1929 and followed up with Solid South.

In 1930, Bette moved to Hollywood to screen test for Universal Studios. In a later interview, she recounted how she was surprised that a studio representative was not there to meet her and also how she later found out that someone was in fact there but left because he "didn't see anyone that looked like an actress". Bette failed her initial screen test but a second one was setup for her a year later and was given her first film role in Bad Sister. The film was not a success. After one year and six unsuccessful films, Universal decided to fire her.

Bette was getting ready to leave Hollywood when George Arliss chose Bette for the lead role in the Warner Brothers film The Man Who Played God. For the rest of her life, Bette credited and thanked Arliss for helping her reach her big break into Hollywood. The Saturday Evening Post praised her and Warner Brothers then signed her on for a five-year contract. Bette remained with the studio for the next 18 years, becoming a huge success.

Her personal life, however, wasn't exactly happy. She married Harmon Oscar Nelson in 1932 which was scrutinized by the press because of his $100 a week income vs her $1,000 a week income. She defended Nelson but he essentially took the press's side and told Davis not to buy a house until he could afford to pay for it. She found out too late that he was very much a "my way or no way" type man. Bette had several abortions throughout the marriage.

In 1934, after more than 20 film roles, Bette took on the role of Mildred Rogers in Of Human Bondage. Bette approached the film with ferocity, making her performance as real and raw as possible, which garnered huge critical acclaim for her as well as the film. Life Magazine wrote that she probably gave "the best performance ever recorded on screen by a U.S. actress."

Bette hoped that her newfound acclaim would get her cast in more important roles. She was disappointed however to find that she was refused the role in It Happened One Night and was instead given a role in a melodrama titled Housewife. The press had her back, though, when the Academy didn't nominate her for Human Bondage. Norma Shearer, a nominee that year, joined a campaign to have Davis nominated. The Academy president Howard Estabrook said that under the circumstances "any voter may write on the ballot his or her personal choice for the winners". For the first and only time in Academy history, anyone could be considered for the award regardless of nomination. This of course led to an uproar, which led to a change in the voting process the following year. Nominations would from then on be determined by votes from all eligible members rather than by a small committee.

Bette went on to appear in Dangerous in 1935 and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the role. In her acceptance speech, she commented that this was a consolation prize and belated recognition for Of Human Bondage. For the rest of her life, Bette said she gave the statue its name "Oscar" because its posterior reminded her of her husband whose middle name was Oscar. The Academy, however, denies this. Her films over the next few years flunked.

Bette was convinced that her career was being damaged by the mediocre films she was being given. She accepted an offer in 1936 to appear in two films in Britain. She was, however, breaching her contract with Warner Brothers so she fled to Canada to avoid being served legal papers. Eventually, the case found her and she was tried in Britain. Bette described her contract as slavery which caused the British press to call her overpaid and ungrateful. Bette lost her case and returned to Hollywood in debt and without income.

In 1937, Bette began work on Marked Woman which she was awarded the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her performance. Her next film was Jezebel. She entered into a relationship with the film's director William Wyler. She described him as the love of her life. Jezebel earned Bette a second Academy Award.The next few years of her life would prove to be the most film at least.

Bette's husband Harmon Nelson found evidence that she was involved in sexual relationships with both William Wyler and Howard Hughes and filed for divorce, citing "cruel and inhuman manner".

Bette was emotional while filming Dark Victory because of the divorce and considered abandoning the project but producer Hal Wallis convinced her to channel her despair into her acting. Dark Victory became one if the highest-grossing films of the year and Bette was then nominated for an Academy Award.

She appeared in three more box-office hits in 1939, one of which being her first film to be in color, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. By this point, Bette was WB's most profitable star and she was finally being given the most important roles.

In 1941, Bette became the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but her antagonizing brash manner and radical proposals created resistance from the committee. Bette resigned and was succeeded by Walter Wanger.

Following the Pearl Harbor attacks, Bette spent the first few months of 1942 selling war bonds. She sold $2 million worth of bonds in two days' time. She also performed for black regiments as the only white member of an acting troupe. Bette continued making films until the 80s.

In 1983, Bette was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Within two weeks of her surgery, she suffered four strokes which caused paralysis in the left side of her face and in her left arm and caused her to have slurred speech. She underwent lengthy physical therapy and gained partial recovery. Throughout her life, even after her diagnosis and surgery, she smoked 100 cigarettes a day. She died in early October 1989 after her cancer had returned.


October 10, 1991 - Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx, born John Elroy Sanford in St. Louis, Missouri, was born into a broken family. His father Fred was an electrician and auto mechanic and left his family when Redd was four years old. He was raised by his half-Seminole Indian mother Mary Hughes, his grandmother, and his minister. Redd had an older brother named Fred G. Sanford Jr, who would be the inspiration for his character on Sanford and Son.

On July 27, 1939, Redd performed on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour Radio Show. In the 1940s, he was an associate of Malcolm Little aka Malcolm X. Malcolm referred to Redd as "the funniest dishwasher on earth". Redd's name came from his reddish hair and baseball star Jimmie Foxx. During World War II, Redd dodged the draft by eating half of a bar of soap before his physical. The trick resulted heart palpitations.

Redd started gaining some attention when he began performing a raunchy act at nightclubs throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s. His big break came after singer Dinah Washington persuaded him to come to Los Angeles. Dootsie Williams of Dootsie Records caught his act and signed Redd to a long-term contract. His comedy albums became cult favorites. Redd was also one of the first black comedians to perform to white audiences on the Las Vegas Strip. He would often use his starring role on Sanford and Son to get jobs for his acquaintances.

Redd was married to Evelyn Killebrew in 1948 but it ended in divorce in 1951. His second marriage was in 1956 to Betty Jean Harris who was a showgirl and dancer and a colleague of LaWanda Page (Esther on Sanford and Son). Redd adopted Betty's 9 year old daughter and she even assumed the surname Foxx. The marriage ended in divorce in 1975.

Probably his biggest call to fame was the television sitcom Sanford and Son, an American adaptation of the BBC show Steptoe and Son. Many of the jokes stemmed from Redd's past. For example Fred's signature fake heart attacks was a running gag based on Redd giving himself heart palpitations to get out of WWII.

Redd married a third time in 1976 to Korean-American Yun Chi Chung but once again his marriage ended in divorce.

In 1977, Redd left Sanford and Son after six seasons which resulted in the show's cancellation. He reprised his role of Fred Sanford in the revival Sanford which only lasted two short seasons.

Redd filed for bankruptcy in 1983. The IRS filed tax liens against Redd's estate for income taxes owed totaling $755,166.21. In 1989, the IRS seized his home and seven vehicles to pay the taxes which by then had grown to $996,630. Agents also seized $12,769 in cash and a dozen guns including a semiautomatic pistol among some 300 total items. The only thing they didn't seize was his bed. In an interview, Redd stated that the IRS "took my necklace and the ID bracelet off of my wrist and the money out of my pocket. I was treated like I wasn't human at all."

In 1986, he started The Redd Foxx Show but it was cancelled after 12 episodes. He eventually made a comeback with the series The Royal Family. On October 11, 1991 during a break from rehearsals, he suffered a heart attack on set. Castmates briefly thought Redd was pulling a prank but realized he was serious when he started saying "Get my wife" repeatedly (he was married to Ka Ho Cho at the time). He was rushed to Queen of Angels Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center where he died that evening.


October 10, 2004 - Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve was born into a family of almost entirely English ancestry, his ancestors being in America since the 1600s. His grandfather Colonel Richard Reeve had been the CEO of Prudential Financial for over 25 years and his great grandfather Franklin D'Olier was a veteran of World War I and the first national commander of the American Legion. Christopher's mother was the granddaughter of US Supreme Court Justice Mahlon Pitney and a descendant of William Bradford, a Mayflower passenger.

Christopher's parents divorced in 1956 so he moved with his mother and brother to Princeton, New Jersey. Both of his parents remarried. Stepfather Tristan Johnson enrolled Christopher and brother Benjamin in Princeton Country Day School. Christopher excelled academically, athletically, and onstage. He was on the honor roll and played all manner of sports. The sportsmanship award at Princeton Day School's invitational hockey tournament was actually named after Christopher Reeve. He later admitted that he put pressure on himself to act older than he actually was to gain his father's approval.

In 1962, Christopher was cast on an amateur version of the operetta The Yeoman of the Guard which was the first of many school plays. In mid-1968, at age 15, he was accepted as an apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The next summer, Christopher was hired at the Harvard Summer Repertory Theater Company for $44 a week.

After graduating in 1970, Christopher planned to go to New York City to pursue a career in theater but his mother insisted he apply for college. He received acceptance letters from Brown, Carnegie, Mellon, Colombia, Cornell, Northwestern, and Princeton. He chose Cornell primarily because it was a three and a half hour drive from New York City. where he planned to start his career ad an actor. He joined the theater department in Cornell and acted in several of the college's plays. Stark Hesseltine, a high-powered agent who discovered Robert Redford, sent Christopher a letter asking if he could represent him. The two met and decided that instead of dropping out of school, Christopher would come to New York once a month to meet casting agents and producers to find work for summer vacation. He did indeed find work, touring in a production of Forty Carats with Eleanor Parker.

The next year, Christopher received a full-season contract with the San Diego Shakespeare Festival, taking on roles in difficult plays such as Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Love's Labour's Lost.

Before beginning his third year in college, he took a three-month leave of absence and flew to Glasgow, seeing theatrical productions throughout the United Kingdom. He would often converse with the actors after the plays and helped them with their American accents by reading a newspaper aloud for them. He then flew to Paris where he spoke fluent French for his entire stay.

He returned to America and had a meeting with theater director Jim Clause and the dean of the College of the Arts and Sciences. He convinced them that as a theater major he would achieve more at Juilliard than at Cornell. They agreed that Christopher's first year at Juilliard would count as his senior year at Cornell.

In 1973, 2000 students auditioned for 20 places in the freshman class at Juilliard. Christopher Reeves and Robin Williams were the only two accepted for the Advanced Program. After Juilliard he broke into Broadway before making his Hollywood debut in 1978 in Gray Lady Down.

Christopher Reeve met with director Richard Donner and producer Ilya Salkind. The next morning, he was sent a 300-page script titled Superman. He was thrilled that the script took the character seriously as opposed to being parodical like Adam West's Batman TV series. Christopher immediately flew to London for a screen test and, upon fining out that Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman would both be in the film, he felt like he would not have much of a chance of being hired. After his screen test, his driver let it slip that Christopher had gotten the part.

He went through an intensive two-month training program in order to avoid wearing fake muscles. The program was supervised by weightlifting champion David Prowse, who wore the Darth Vader suit in the Star Wars films.

Christopher was admittedly never a Superman or comic book fan, though he had seen Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves. The film grossed 300 million worldwide, which was major back then, and Reeve received positive reviews and he even won a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading FIlm Roles. The film had three sequels which also starred Reeve and one sequel which starred Brandon Routh.

His next film, Somewhere in Time, was his favorite film ever to shoot. It was filmed on Mackinac Island, which is in the middle of Michigan, between "the glove" and "the dog". The film was critically hated, citing the film as overly sentimental and melodramatic. 10 years later it would become a cult favorite.

After a series of historical and classic films, Christopher picked up his cape once again for Superman III. He raced his sailplane during his free time and joined The Tiger Club, which was a group of aviators who had served in the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain. They allowed him to participate in mock dogfights in vintage WWI warplanes. The producers of the film The Aviator approached him without knowing that Christopher was a pilot and that he knew how to fly a Stearman. He accepted the role and did all of his own stunts.

In the late 1980s, Christopher became more active, taking horse-riding lessons, building a sailboat, and sailing from Chesapeake Bay to Nova Scotia. He was involved in many fundraisers and charities and even flew to Chile to help a protest march. If he could help, he was there.

In 1992, he married Dana Reeve, who would stay his wife for the rest of his life. Dana gave birth to William Elliot Reeve in the same year.

In 1994, Christopher was elected co-president of the Creative Coalition. He was asked by the Democratic Party to run for Congress but he refused to do so. He went on to portray a paralyzed police officer in Above Suspicion. He did research at the rehab hospital in Van Nuys, learning how to use a wheelchair and how to get in and out of cars. The research would pay off in the long run because, sadly, Reeve was injured in a competition. He didn't properly train for the third fence jump and, of course, his horse refused to do the jump because it scared him. Christopher fell forward off the horse and landed head first on the side of the fence, shattering his first and second vertebrae. This cervical spine injury paralyzed him from the neck down and halted his breathing. Paramedics arrived three minutes later and did all they could. They got air into his lungs and flew him by helicopter to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

For the first few days after the accident, Christopher was delirious. He woke up sporadically and would alert Dana, mouthing words such as "Get the gun" and "They're after us". After five days, he finally regained full consciousness. The doctor explained to him that his first and second cervical vertebrae were destroyed which essentially meant his skull was no longer attached to his spine. His lungs would fill with fluid and would have to be suctioned by entry through the throat. After this discussion, Christopher considered suicide. Dana told him that she would support whatever decision he made but to never forget that she would be by his side no matter what. Christopher never considered suicide again.

Robin Williams put on a scrub hat, yellow surgical gown and glasses and rushed into the room proclaiming that he was a Russian proctologist and needed to immediately perform a rectal exam. It was the first time Christopher had laughed since the accident.

Dr. John Jane performed surgery on Christopher, attempting to repair his neck vertebrae. The surgery was a success but the paralyzation was sadly permanent. Christopher became active in supporting stem cell research and continued charity work for the rest of his life. Christopher died after suffering cardiac arrest after attending his son's hockey game. He fell into a coma, and died within 18 hours.

Widow Dana Reeve started the Christopher Reeve Foundation. She was diagnosed with lung cancer a year after Christopher's death and died the following year.

Other Notable Deaths

October 1

  • 1955 - Charles Christie
  • 1956 - Stan Ockers
  • 1961 - Donald Cook
  • 1965 - Edward E "Doc" Smith
  • 1965 - Gareth Hughes
  • 1975 - Al Jackson
  • 1985 - E.B. White
  • 1990 - Christine Forrest
  • 1992 - Harry Milton Ray
  • 1993 - Joseph Warren
  • 1997 - Gul Mohammed
  • 1997 - Jerome H. Lamelson
  • 2013 - Tom Clancy

October 2

  • 1804 - Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot
  • 1846 - Benjamin Waterhouse
  • 1973 - Paul Hartman
  • 1975 - Wade Crosby
  • 1985 - George Savalas
  • 1985 - Rock Hudson
  • 1985 - Sidney Clute
  • 1987 - Madeline Carroll
  • 1989 - Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier
  • 1993 - Henry Ringling North
  • 1998 - Gene Autry

October 3

  • 1967 - Pinto Colvig
  • 1971 - Leah Baird
  • 1994 - Harriet Nelson
  • 2002 - Bruce Paltrow

October 4

  • 1669 - Rembrandt van Rijn
  • 1904 - Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
  • 1970 - Janis Joplin
  • 1989 - Graham Chapman
  • 1989 - Secretariat

October 5

  • 1813 - Tecumseh
  • 1940 - Ballington Booth
  • 1990 - Meir Kahane
  • 1992 - Eddie Kendricks
  • 1993 - Jane Nigh
  • 1996 - Seymour Cray
  • 1997 - Andrew Keir
  • 2004 - Rodney Dangerfield
  • 2011 - Steve Jobs

October 6

  • 1841 - George CHildress
  • 1960 - Douglas Spencer
  • 1973 - Sidney Blackmer
  • 1975 - Henry Calvin
  • 1980 - Ray Walker

October 7

  • 1792 - George Mason
  • 1849 - Edgar Allan Poe
  • 1950 - Willis Carrier
  • 1963 - Grace Darmond

October 8

  • 1793 - John Hancock
  • 1945 - Felix Salten

October 9

  • 1806 - Benjamin Banneker
  • 1974 - Oskar Schindler

October 10

  • 1659 - Abel Tasman
  • 1939 - Eleanor Rigby
  • 1983 - Sir Ralph Richardson
  • 1985 - Orson Welles
  • 1985 - Yul Brynner

October 11

  • 1809 - Meriweather Lewis
  • 1961 - Leonard "Chico" Marx

October 12

  • 1985 - Johnny Olsen
  • 1989 - Jay Ward
  • 1997 - John Denver
  • 2015 - John Leslie

October 13

  • 1945 - Milton S. Hershey
  • 1953 - Millard Mitchell
  • 1968 - Bea Benaderet
  • 1979 - Clarence Muse
  • 1993 - Leon Ames

October 14

  • 1977 - Bing Crosby
  • 2014 - Elizabeth Pena

October 15

  • 1930 - Herbert Henry Dow

October 16

  • 1793 - Marie Antoinette
  • 1992 - Shirley Booth
  • 2005 - Eugene "Porky" Lee
  • 2007 - Deborah Kerr
  • 2010 - Barbara Billingsley

October 17

  • 1849 - Frederic Chopin
  • 1990 - Ralph Abernathy
  • 2016 - Eddie Applegate

October 18

  • 1931 - Thomas Edison
  • 1968 - Lee Tracy

October 19

  • 1745 - Jonathan Swift

October 20

  • 1890 - Richard Burton
  • 1964 - President Herbert Hoover
  • 1977 - Cassie Gaines
  • 1977 - Ronnie Van Zant
  • 1977 - Steve Gaines
  • 1983 - Merle Travis
  • 1989 - Anthony Quayle
  • 1994 - Burt Lancaster
  • 2006 - Jane Wyatt
  • 2016 - Junko Tabel

October 21

  • 1969 - Jack Kerouac

October 22

  • 2016 - Steve Dillon

October 23

  • 1978 - Maybelle Carter

October 24

  • 1972 - Jackie Robinson
  • 2005 - Rosa Parks
  • 2017 - Antione "Fats" Domino

October 25

  • 1995 - David Healy
  • 2002 - Richard Harris

October 26

  • 1902 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 1952 - Hattie McDaniel
  • 1972 - Igor Sikorsky
  • 1992 - Laurel Cronin
  • 2008 - Delmar Watson

October 27

  • 1973 - Allan "Rocky" Lane
  • 1977 - James M. Cain
  • 1999 - Frank de Vol

October 28

  • 1704 - John Locke
  • 1818 - Abigail Adams
  • 1939 - Alice Brady
  • 1969 - Constance Downing
  • 1980 - Leon Janney
  • 1996 - Morey Amsterdam
  • 1998 - Ted Hughes
  • 1998 - James Goldman

October 29

  • 1618 - Walter Raleigh
  • 1991 - Maria Monica
  • 1993 - Raymond Lockhart
  • 2003 - Hal Clement
  • 2004 - Vaughn Meader
  • 2015 - Murphy Anderson

October 30

  • 1984 - June Duprez
  • 1984 - Mario Gallo
  • 1985 - Kirby Grant
  • 1988 - John Houseman
  • 1990 - Henry Lauter
  • 2000 - Steve Allan
  • 2002 - Jam Master Jay
  • 2007 - Robert Goulet
  • 2015 - Al Molinaro

October 31

  • 1926 - Harry Houdini
  • 1950 - Carel T Scharten
  • 1963 - Henry Daniell
  • 1965 - Rita Johnson
  • 1968 - Ramon Navarro
  • 1988 - John Houseman
  • 1991 - Bert Bertram
  • 1993 - Federico Fellini
  • 1993 - River Phoenix
  • 2011 - Liz Anderson
  • 2016 - Tammy Grimes
  • 2016 - Natalie Babbitt


Such extraordinary people enter and leave our lives in a moment's notice. It's difficult to deal with the passings but the important thing is that their memory lives on in our hearts. They may entertain, they may inspire, but one way or another, they all leave a mark on our minds and hearts that remains through our own lifetimes.

© 2017 Nathan Jasper


Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on November 10, 2017:

That was really interesting to read. I loved Christopher Reeve as an actor. The acting world lost a legend when he died. =(

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