Celebrity Deaths in Television

  • Irwin Keyes, 63 (1952 - 2015)

    Irwin Keyes

    Actor Irwin Keyes, who played roles in horror movies but may be known best for playing George Jefferson's dim-witted bodyguard, Hugo, on the long-running TV sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died, according to multiple news sources. He was 63. The burly actor died Wednesday of complications of acromegaly, a rare pituitary disorder, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Patrick Macnee, 93 (1922 - 2015)

    Patrick Macnee

    Patrick Macnee, who played a stylish secret agent on the 1960s television series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93. Macnee, who died Thursday of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California, played John Steed on the TV program, which debuted in the U.S. in 1966 and ran for eight years in syndication. Macnee's character in the series was partnered with a series of beautiful women. The most...

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  • Dick Van Patten, 86 (1928 - 2015)

    Dick Van Patten

    Actor Dick Van Patten, who played patriarch Tom Bradford on TV's "Eight Is Enough," has died. He was 86.

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  • Michael King (2015)

    Michael King

    By FRAZIER MOORE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Michael King, an innovative TV syndicator who helped make stars of Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw and Rachael Ray, has died.A family member confirms King died Wednesday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. He was 67.With his brother Roger, Michael King inherited King World Productions in 1972 from their father, Charles King, who...

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  • Ann Meara, 85 (1929 - 2015)

    Ann Meara

    By SANDY COHEN and FRAZIER MOORE, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. She was 85. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released...

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