IN MEMORIAM: Playbill Remembers Those We Lost in 2012

By Robert Simonson
27 Dec 2012

Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch, 68, the songwriter and performer who achieved theatre immortality as the composer of the iconic musical A Chorus Line, on Aug. 6 in Los Angeles.

Joan Stein, 59, who produced plays on Broadway and Off-Broadway, on Aug. 3 in Los Angeles.

Gore Vidal, 86, the prolific man of letters who produced dozens of novels, memoirs, plays (including The Best Man), essays and screenplays, and was a voluble and unrestrained cultural commentator, July 31, of complications from pneumonia, at his home in Los Angeles.

R.G. Armstrong, 95, an actor who appeared in the original Broadway productions of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Orpheus Descending, on July 27 in Studio City, CA.

Lupe Ontiveros, 69, an actress who acted on Broadway in the musical Zoot Suit, on July 26 in Whittier, CA.

Sherman Hemsley, 74, who appeared in the original Broadway cast of Purlie, but was best known for his role as George Jefferson on the popular comedy series "The Jeffersons," on July 24 in El Paso, TX.

Simon Ward, 70, the English actor noted for his performance as Winston Churchill in the 1972 film "Young Winston," on July 20 in London.

Celeste Holm, 95, a theatre and film actress who, through a small but select collection of indelible mid-20th century stage and cinema performances — including Oklahoma! and "All About Eve" — achieved the somewhat legendary status in show business circles, on July 15 at her apartment in New York City on July 15.

Ernest Borgnine, 95, the craggy-faced, gravel-voiced actor who made a career out of playing various versions of the Everyman, both good and bad, on July 8 in Los Angeles.