It was another difficult year in 2022, and the sadness extended to many beloved and groundbreaking people in the show business and media worlds who died during the past 12 months.
The acting world lost giants including Sidney Poitier and Angela Lansbury, along with such big names as James Caan, Anne Heche, Bob Saget, Kirstie Alley, Ray Liotta, Nichelle Nichols, William Hurt, Louise Fletcher, Robert Clary, Emilio Delgado, Sally Kellerman, Robbie Coltrane, Monica Vitti, Leslie Jordan, John Aniston, Tony Sirico, Charlbi Dean, Tony Dow, Irene Papas, Howard Hesseman and Seinfeld moms Estelle Harris and Liz Sheridan.
Musicians who left us this past year include Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Olivia Newton-John, Meat Loaf, Ronnie Spector, Naomi Judd, Ramsey Lewis, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Coolio. Many key players from popular bands also were lost in 2022, including Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, The Ventures’ Don Wilson, Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher, Yes’ Alan White, Alabama’s Jeff Cook, Foreigner’s Ian MacDonald, The Specials’ Terry Hall, Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker, Nazareth’s Dan McCafferty and Manny Charlton, Public Image Ltd.’s Keith Levene, The Tubes’ Rick Anderson, Faithless’ Maxi Jazz and The Wrecking Crew’s session guitarist extraordinaire Bill Pittman.
And we at Deadline lost our founder and inspiration, Nikki Finke.
A toast to all of the legends and behind-the-scenes people who passed in 2022.