Roger Rees was 71. He was the actor best known for his role as millionaire Robin Colcord on Cheers. He also had a key role in The West Wing and played the Sheriff of Rottingham in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
Omar Sharif was 83. He was the Academy Award nominated actor best known for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl.
Ken Stabler was 69. He threw for 27,938 yards during his 15-year career in the NFL, compiling a 96-49-1 record as a starting quarterback and a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. He played for the Raiders from 1970 to 1979, winning the NFL MVP award in 1974 and earning Pro Bowl honours four times.
James Horner was 61. He composed the score for such films as Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic. He was nominated for 10 Oscars in total, winning twice for Titanic.
Christopher Lee was 93. He was a prolific actor best known for his portrayal of Dracula in a string of films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy, and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
He also served five years in World War II, was a world champion fencer, and became the oldest person to ever record lead vocals on a heavy metal track when, at the age of 88, he wrote, performed on, and released a progressive symphonic power metal EP about the life of Charlemagne.
B.B. King was 89. He was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues." He's best known for such hits as The Thrill is Gone and Every Day I Have the Blues.
You might remember him from When Love Comes to Town, a great ditty from U2's Rattle and Hum.
Ben E. King was 76. He was the soul and R&B singer best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me" which hit the top ten twice, in 1961 and 1986.
Lois Lilianstein was 78. She was a member of the children's musical trio Sharon, Lois & Bram, best known for "Skinnamarink".
If you were born in the 70s, you were likely raised on Sharon, Lois & Bram. They starred in The Elephant Show on CBC and seemed to pop up everywhere, from Sesame Street to Today's Special. And throughout their run, this song was omnipresent.
Percy Sledge was 73. He was the soul singer best known for his classic song "When a Man Loves a Woman."
James Best was 88. He played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard.
I loved The Dukes of Hazzard so much as a kid my bed was adorned with The Dukes of Hazzard sheets and covers. Daisy Duke was my very first crush.
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