Famous faces we lost in 2010

A brief look at some of the key personalities from the worlds of film, television, music and the arts who passed away in 2010.

Tom Bosley

Tom Bosley

Veteran US actor Tom Bosley, most famous for playing all-American father Howard Cunningham in the 1970s TV series Happy Days, died aged 83.

The star, who had been suffering from lung cancer, passed away at his home just outside Palm Springs in October.

Henry Winkler, who played The Fonz in Happy Days, called him "our television father on the sound stage, but a father figure in real life".

Film director Ron Howard, who played Bosley's son in the show, called him a "vital central figure in the Happy Days experience".

'He still inspires me as a dad today'

Tributes to Happy Days dad Bosley

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

In May former Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman passed away at 42.

The star, who coined the catchphrase "What you talking 'bout, Willis?", died of a brain haemorrhage.

No funeral took place to commemorate his life after it was revealed his will had stipulated he did not want a service.

The document stated his request was to have a wake conducted by people who had no financial ties to him and "can look each other in the eyes and say they really cared personally" for him.

No funeral for actor Gary Coleman

Diff'rent Strokes star dies at 42

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis

In September Oscar-nominated star Tony Curtis died of a cardiac arrest at his US home in Nevada, aged 85.

His career spanned six decades and he made more than 120 films including Some Like It Hot, Spartacus and The Vikings.

His actress daughter Jamie Lee Curtis paid tribute to her father, saying he "leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings".

Around 400 fans, celebrities, friends, and family members attended his funeral, which took place in a chapel in Las Vegas.

Obituary: Tony Curtis

Film star Tony Curtis dies at 85

Corey Haim

Corey Haim

The Lost Boys actor Corey Haim died in March aged 38.

A post mortem revealed the star had died of pneumonia.

In recent years Haim starred in reality TV show The Two Coreys with his friend Corey Feldman, which was cancelled after two series.

His long-time friend paid tribute to him, revealing he had wept when he heard the sad news.

Actor Haim died of natural causes

Lost Boys actor Haim dies aged 38

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper

In May Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper died following a battle with prostate cancer.

The star of cult classics such as Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet, was aged 74.

Just three months before his death, the Oscar-nominated actor was honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame during a ceremony which he attended.

Jack Nicholson and Val Kilmer were among the mourners at his funeral, which took place in New Mexico.

Stars turn out for Hopper funeral

Actor Dennis Hopper dies aged 74

Simon MacCorkindale

Simon MacCorkindale

The actor who played Dr Harry Harper in BBC One's Casualty for six years died aged 58 in October.

Simon MacCorkindale, who had been suffering from cancer, died in the arms of his wife, actress Susan George.

He was also known for starring in 1980s series Manimal and Falcon Crest and appearing in the 1978 Agatha Christie film Death on the Nile.

He began his career in theatre, making his West End debut in a production of Pygmalion, before moving to the small screen.

Casualty actor MacCorkindale dies

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

In February one of the UK's most influential fashion designers, Alexander McQueen, was found dead at his London home.

It was later revealed that the 40-year-old had died due to asphyxiation and hanging.

Tributes from his celebrity clients poured in with Victoria Beckham calling him a "master of fashion, creative genius and an inspiration".

Nicknamed "the hooligan of English fashion", McQueen's designs were worn by stars including actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Bullock and Eva Green.

Stars mourn McQueen at memorial

Tributes paid to designer McQueen

Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Redgrave

The Redgrave acting dynasty lost a third member of the family when it was announced Lynn Redgrave had passed away in May.

The 67-year-old film and stage star died of breast cancer.

Redgrave's older brother Corin died the previous month to her and her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries following a skiing accident the year before.

Lynn Redgrave was nominated for two Oscars - once in 1967 for best actress in Georgy Girl and again in 1999 for best supporting actress in Gods and Monsters.

Family pay respects to Redgrave

Actress Lynn Redgrave dies at 67

JD Salinger

JD Salinger

American novelist JD Salinger, author of classic 20th-Century book The Catcher In The Rye, died aged 91 in January.

The reclusive writer died of natural causes at his home in the state of New Hampshire.

Almost immediately after Catcher was published, Salinger became disillusioned with the publishing industry.

In 1953, he bought a house at Cornish, New Hampshire, and retreated into seclusion, giving a rare and final interview in 1980.

Obituary: JD Salinger

Catcher In The Rye novelist dies

Jean Simmons

British film actress Jean Simmons, who played Ophelia in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet and sang with Marlon Brando in Guys and Dolls, died in January.

Jean Simmons

The 80-year-old had been suffering from lung cancer for some time.

The actress, who moved to Hollywood in 1950, first made her name playing Estella in 1946's Great Expectations.

She went on to become one of Hollywood's leading ladies, starring alongside Gregory Peck, Paul Newman and Kirk Douglas.

Obituary: Jean Simmons

British actress Jean Simmons dies

Sir Norman Wisdom

Sir Norman Wisdom

Legendary comic actor Sir Norman Wisdom died aged 95 in October.

His family said he died at a nursing home on the Isle of Man having suffered a series of strokes over the past six months.

He was best known for his slapstick film roles in the 1950s and 1960s, famously playing Norman Pitkin against frustrated boss Mr Grimsdale.

Hundreds of fans turned out to bid farewell to the star at his funeral, which took place on the Isle of Man.

Island salutes Sir Norman Wisdom

Tributes to 'beloved' Sir Norman

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