Some of his most famous films include "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles" and "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory."Timothy La Haye, the evangelical minister and co-author of the "Left Behind" book series, died July 26 following a massive stroke. Moore is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he was ranked No.29 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists.The former advertising man got his start in entertainment as a writer for "Sanford and Son." By the early '80s he was a successful standup comedian and a regular on late-night talk shows.
He then became a professional fighter with a natural charisma that endeared him to fans.
Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight boxing champion who called himself "The Greatest," died June 3 at the age of 74.
Its reputation helped establish HBO as a venue for cutting-edge original programming.
Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" franchises, died December 27, according to her daughter's publicist.
Lester had openly talked about his struggle with his illness on Twitter.
Hockey legend Gordie Howe, left, scored 801 goals in his NHL career and won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. Hockey," died June 10 at the age of 88, his son Marty said.
He is on the right along with the other members of his quartet. Garry Marshall, who created popular TV shows such as "Mork and Mindy" and "Happy Days" and directed hit films such as "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries," died July 19 at the age of 81, his publicist said.
Actor Gene Wilder, who brought a wild-eyed desperation to a series of memorable and iconic comedy roles in the 1970s and 1980s, died August 29 at the age of 83. Scotty Moore, a legendary guitarist credited with helping to launch Elvis Presley's career, died at the age of 84 on June 28.
Fans on every continent adored him, and at one point he was the probably the most recognizable man on the planet.
Madeleine Le Beau, known for her role in "Casablanca," died May 1 after breaking her thigh bone, her stepson Carlo Alberto Pinelli told CNN.
Albee died September 16 at his home in Montauk, New York.