Takahata, who directed "Grave of the Fireflies," a tragic tale about wartime childhood, died Thursday, April 5,of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a studio statement. After World War II depleted Hollywood of its old idea of what it was to be a dashing leading man, Willson saw the opportunity to turn real life sailors and workers into movie stars with a rougher edge. Renowned poet and playwright Ntozake Shange died Oct. Pete Shelley, the lead singer of influential punk rock band Buzzcocks died Dec. Joe Jackson Joe Jackson, the patriarch who launched the musical Jackson family dynasty, died June 27 after a battle with cancer. He was 41 years old.
Tab Hunter, who rose to fame as a movie star in s Hollywood with his California surfer-boy looks, died July 8.
Jerry Van Dyke, who emerged from the shadow of his older brother Dick to forge a successful comedy and acting career, most memorably on the sitcom "Coach," died January 5. Craig Ruttle, AP. Jag Gundu, Getty Images.
Robert Mandan, the veteran television actor who starred as the wealthy, womanizing Chester Tate in the '70s sitcom "Soap," died April