Amid the chaos that was 2018, the show business industry lost some major players. There were icons of the big screen (Burt Reynolds) and TV (Penny Marshall, Billy Graham, Anthony Bourdain), along with such legends as Marvel hero Stan Lee, sportscaster Keith Jackson and singer Aretha Franklin, to name just a few of the year’s high-profile passings.
Hollywood also lost groundbreaking producers (Craig Zadan, Raymond Chow, Arnold Kopelson, Steven Bochco), unforgettable writers (Neil Simon, William Goldman, Shinobu Hashimoto, Harlan Ellison, Tom Wolfe), and executives (Allison Shearmur, Jonathan Barker).
Familiar actors including Joseph Campanella, Sondra Locke, Tab Hunter, John Mahoney, Charlotte Rae, Harry Anderson, Jerry Van Dyke, David Ogden Stiers, Verne Troyer and R. Lee Ermey also left us this year.
We also said goodbye to such influential folks including physicist Stephen Hawking, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, editor Anne V. Coates, Bambi animator Don Lusk, gossip columnist Liz Smith, Blockbuster founder Wayne Huzienga, Schoolhouse Rock creator Bob Donough and Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore.
And with domestic and world affairs on so many minds in 2018, two of the towering figures in American politics passed away: Sen. John McCain and George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. We also lost Barbara Bush, the latter’s first lady – in title and personal import – who was one of only two women in history to be married to and the mother of a POTUS.
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