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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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.