Celebrities and famous people who died in 2004












Peter Ustinov (actor/writer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died March 28, 2004. Born April 16, 1921. Spartacus, wrote Monsieur Rene, good will ambassador for the UN



Estee Lauder (entrepreneur) -- Dead. Cardiopulmonary failure. Died April 24, 2004. Born July 1, 1906. Created and marketed high quality, expensive cosmetics.
  Joseph James Zimmerman (inventor) -- Dead. Died April 2, 2004. Born 1912. Invented the first electronic telephone answering machine in 1948.



Tony Randall (actor) -- Dead. Died May 17, 2004. Born February 26, 1920. Best-known for the television version of The Odd Couple's Felix, great as many characters in The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, became a first-time father at 77(!), making him older than other famous first-time fathers like Cary Grant at age 62.



Ronald Reagan (actor/president/governor (CA)) -- Dead. Pneumonia/Alzheimer's disease. Died June 5, 2004. Born February 6, 1911. Helped America "to believe in itself again" while ignoring America's flouting of international law during the Iran Contra scandal, an ex-husband of Jane Wyman, helped to bring Alzheimer's out of the closet.

Ray Charles (blues legend) -- Dead. Died June 10, 2004. Born September 23, 1930. Cultural icon, singer, pianist. "Georgia on My Mind" .



Marlon Brando (actor) -- Dead. Died July 1, 2004. Born April 3, 1924. Played iconic characters including the Godfather and Stanley Kowalski, born on the same day as Doris Day.



Rick James (Singer) -- Dead. Unknown. Died August 6, 2004. Born February 1, 1948. Early '80s hit "Super Freak".

Paul "Red" Adair (Oil well fire expert) -- Dead. Died August 7, 2004. Born June 18, 1915. Famous before the Gulf War - John Wayne played him in 1968's Hellfighters.

Julia Child (French Chef) -- Dead. Kidney failure. Died August 13, 2004. Born August 15, 1912. Early PBS star who popularized French cooking in America and lived into her '90s while eating meat, desserts and drinking wine-my kind of woman!

Laura Branigan (singer) -- Dead. Aneurysm. Died August 26, 2004. Born July 3, 1957. "Gloria" and "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?"





Rodney Dangerfield (comic) -- Dead. Heart disease. Died October 5, 2004. Born November 22, 1922. Finally getting respect?

Christopher Reeve (director/actor/advocate) -- Dead. Systemic infection/heart failure. Died October 10, 2004. Born September 25, 1952. Superman, Somewhere in Time, became an activist for paralysis research after his 1995 accident.



Yasser Arafat (Political leader/former terrorist) -- Dead. Blood disorder. Died November 11, 2004. Born August 24, 1929. PLO then Palestinian leader

Arthur Hailey (writer) -- Dead. Stroke. Died November 24, 2004. Born April 5, 1920. He wrote big bestsellers like Hotel and Airport, wrote for TV in the '40s, '50s and '60s.



Reggie White (football player) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died December 26, 2004. Born December 19, 1961. One of the all-time sackers in the NFL.

Jerry Orbach -- (1935-2004) Actor died on 12/29/2004 at age 69 of prostate cancer. Orbach spent years on the New York stage as a song man in hit musicals, but he was perhaps best known for his role as acerbic New York homicide detective Lennie Briscoe in the long-running hit series Law and Order.
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