Remembering the celebrities we misplaced in 2020
When we look back on 2020, it is amazing to think about the sheer volume of lives lost. This relentless year was unlike any other because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the endless number of people who lost their battle to the virus. That is in addition to the many people who have lost to other causes.
There were immense losses in every area. There was the sudden death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash that also killed his teenage daughter Gianna. Naya Rivera’s death by drowning shocked everyone when we learned how she protected her son and lost her own life in the process. Chadwick Boseman’s death from colon cancer was the extinguishing of a bright light in Hollywood; A talent that would surely have moved on to bigger and better things after the colossal success of Black Panther. And then Alex Trebek lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer shortly after filming a number of Jeopardy episodes.
The coronavirus hit the entertainment industry hard, including the loss of songwriter and actor Adam Schlesinger, best known for his work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which he wrote many of the show’s 157 original songs with Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna . He was also a co-founder of the Fountains of Wayne and wrote hit pop songs like “Stacy’s Mom”. Broadway actor Nick Cordero also fought a brave fight in the musical field, but could not beat COVID19. The virus also claimed the life of legendary country singer Charley Pride.
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We have also lost real entertainment icons. The talk show host, Regis Philbin, was a man who was welcome in all living rooms, probably because he barely had any time on television early in his career and holds the Guinness World Record for most hours on US television. Another TV pioneer, Carl Reiner, also passed away this year. Reiner was one of the people in charge of sitcoms as we know them. Did you know he created and wrote the first 12 episodes of the Dick Van Dyke Show all by himself, and he also created Alan Brady, the incredibly funny character for himself on the same show. Reiner’s work as a film director was also a comedic hit: check out The Jerk with Steve Martin and All of Me with Martin and Lily Tomlin. Screen icon Sean Connery also passed away that year, and while he will be remembered primarily as the sleek super-spy James Bond, Connery’s filmmaking encompassed far more than just Bond films. His overwhelming presence is also remembered in films such as The Man Who Would Be King, The Rock, and Hunt for Red October.
It is difficult to come to terms with a year like this that is filled with constant grief. Many of us take comfort and find solace in the TV shows and movies we love. Our hearts hurt for those we have lost, but we will always smile when we see or hear their wonderful works.
Click through the TV guides in the Memoriam gallery to remember more stars we lost in 2020.
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