Famous People Who Died In 2010

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 2010. This list includes people like Alexander McQueen, Corey Haim, Dennis Hopper, J. D. Salinger, Gary Coleman and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, directors, journalists and economists who died in 2010. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Russia and many more countries.
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 1 
Leslie Nielsen
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Films: ‘Forbidden Planet’, ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ and ‘Airplane!’)
Leslie Nielsen
16
Birthdate: February 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Regina, Canada
Died: November 28

Leslie Nielsen was a Canadian actor who played more than 220 characters, appearing in over 150 television programs and 100 films in a career that spanned 60 years. In the latter part of his career, he gained recognition as a comedian and went on to become one of the most popular Canadian comedians of his generation.

 2 
Dennis Hopper
(Actor, Filmmaker and Photographer Best Known for His Films: ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘The Last Movie’)
Dennis Hopper
25
Birthdate: May 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dodge City, Kansas, United States
Died: May 29

Dennis Hopper was an American actor, photographer, and filmmaker. His directorial film debut Easy Rider glorified the counterculture of the 1960s and became the cinematic symbol of counterculture, inspiring several youngsters. Also a photographer, Hopper’s photographs of the 1963 March on Washington were published. Hopper is also credited with influencing actress Amber Tamblyn whose father was one of his friends.

 3 
Gary Coleman
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Role as ‘Arnold Jackson’ in the Sitcom ‘Diff'rent Strokes’)
Gary Coleman
21
Birthdate: February 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zion, Illinois, United States
Died: May 28
Gary Coleman, who topped VHI’s list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars, was best known to fans as Arnold Jackson from the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and for The Gary Coleman Show. A congenital kidney disease and hormonal issues led to his short 4’8” frame. He struggled with financial issues later.
 4 
Rue McClanahan
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Role as Blanche Devereaux on TV Sitcom ‘The Golden Girls’)
Rue McClanahan
32
Birthdate: February 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Healdton, Oklahoma, United States
Died: June 3

Rue McClanahan was an actress and comedian. Apart from being an actress, McClanahan was also an animal welfare advocate and one of the first celebrity patrons of the popular animal rights organization, PETA. She also supported nonprofit organizations, such as Alley Cat Allies. A woman ahead of her time, Rue McClanahan was a supporter of same-sex marriage and gay rights.

 5 
Manute Bol
(Former Professional Basketball Player and the Tallest Player in the History of the NBA)
Manute Bol
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Turalei, South Sudan
Died: June 19

Known for his 7’ 7” frame, Manute Bol made headlines as one of the tallest NBA players ever. Born in Sudan, he was initially a soccer player but quit it because of his height. He later moved to the US to represent basketball teams such as the Golden State Warriors.

 6 
Lena Horne
(Actress and Dancer Known for Her One-Woman Show 'Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music')
Lena Horne
6
Birthdate: June 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States
Died: May 9

Lena Horne was an American singer, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist. Horne's 70-year acting career was embellished with several prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards. Her life and career were depicted in many stage shows, where she was portrayed by actresses like Leslie Uggams, Nikki Crawford, and Ryan Jillian.

 7 
Jean Simmons
(Actress and Singer)
Jean Simmons
3
Birthdate: January 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 22
Jean Simmons is best remembered as Ophelia from the 1948 movie Hamlet, a role that fetched her an Oscar nomination. She won an Emmy for The Thorn Birds and a Golden Globe for Guys and Dolls. She was also known for her association with the anti-drug charity Release.
 8 
Tony Curtis
25
Birthdate: June 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: September 29

Tony Curtis was an American actor who achieved the height of his fame in the 1950s and 1960s in a career spanning six decades. Also a well-known philanthropist, Tony Curtis helped fund the rebuilding of the Great Synagogue in Hungary. In 1998, he founded a non-profit organization called Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture, which works towards the restoration of synagogues.

 9 
Jimmy Dean
(Singer and Actor Best Known for His 1960s Hit ‘Big Bad John')
Jimmy Dean
5
Birthdate: August 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plainview, Texas, United States
Died: June 13
Jimmy Dean was an American television host, country music singer, businessman, and actor. He is credited with creating and popularizing a food company named Jimmy Dean Foods. He was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, although he was still alive when he was nominated for the honor in 2010.
 10 
J. D. Salinger
(American Author Best Known for His Novel 'The Catcher in the Rye')
J. D. Salinger
24
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 1, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: January 27
J. D. Salinger is best remembered for his controversial novel The Catcher in the Rye, which was banned in many school libraries due to its sexual content. His other notable works include the anthology Nine Stories and the novella Hapworth. He spent much of his life in seclusion. 
 11 
Peter Graves
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Jim Phelps’ in the TV Series ‘Mission: Impossible’)
Peter Graves
18
Birthdate: March 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: March 14
Peter Graves won a Golden Globe for playing Jim Phelps in the series Mission: Impossible and its revival. Fans also loved him as Captain Clarence Oveur in the movie Airplane! and its sequel. He won an Emmy for hosting the show Biography and also narrated the interactive video-game film Darkstar.
 12 
Pernell Roberts
(Actor, Activist, and Singer Best Known for His Roles as ‘Adam Cartwright’ in the TV Series ‘Bonanza’)
Pernell Roberts
16
Birthdate: May 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Waycross, Georgia, United States
Died: January 24
Pernell Roberts is best known as Adam Cartwright from the Western series Bonanza and Dr. John McIntyre from Trapper John, MD. He was also a prominent social activist and had participated in protests such as the Selma to Montgomery marches. He also narrated documentaries and experimented as a singer.
 13 
Ronnie James Dio
(Former heavy metal singer, songwriter and composer)
Ronnie James Dio
13
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Died: May 16
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 14 
Teddy Pendergrass
(Singer)
Teddy Pendergrass
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingstree, South Carolina, USA
Died: January 13
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 15 
James MacArthur
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Danny Williams’ in the TV Series ‘Hawaii Five-O’)
James MacArthur
7
Birthdate: December 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 28
James MacArthur is best remembered as Danno from Hawaii Five-O. He had also been part of popular Disney movies such as Swiss Family Robinson and Kidnapped. He earned a Theatre World Award for his Broadway appearance in Invitation to a March and a BAFTA nomination for The Young Stranger.
 16 
Barbara Billingsley
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘June Cleaver’ in the TV Series ‘Leave It to Beaver’)
Barbara Billingsley
4
Birthdate: December 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 16
Barbara Billingsley gained recognition with TV series such as The Brothers and then soared to fame with the role of June Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver and its sequel, The New Leave It to Beaver. She also voiced Nanny in the animated series Muppet Babies.
 17 
Martin D. Ginsburg
(Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Husband)
Martin D. Ginsburg
17
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City
Died: June 27

Martin D. Ginsburg was one of the most successful tax attorneys and the husband of U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Apart from serving as a lawyer, Martin also taught at several prestigious law schools, such as New York University Law School, Columbia Law School, and Harvard Law School. After representing business magnate Ross Perot in a case, the two became good friends.

 18 
Tom Bosley
(Actor)
Tom Bosley
3
Birthdate: October 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 19
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 19 
Robert Culp
(Known for His Role as 'Kelly Robinson' in TV series 'I Spy')
Robert Culp
6
Birthdate: August 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: March 24
Robert Culp is best remembered as Kelly Robinson from the series I Spy and as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from Trackdown. Fans also loved him as Bill Maxwell in The Greatest American Hero and as Warren Whelan in Everybody Loves Raymond. He had also appeared in films and written scripts.
 20 
John Wooden
(Basketball coach)
John Wooden
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hall, Indiana, United States
Died: June 4
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 21 
Patricia Neal
(A major star of the 1950s and 60s, she was the recipient of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and two British Academy Film Awards)
Patricia Neal
11
Birthdate: January 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Packard, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 8
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 22 
Blake Edwards
(American Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter)
Blake Edwards
12
Birthdate: July 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died: December 15
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 23 
Merlin Olsen
(American Football Player)
Merlin Olsen
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Logan, Utah, USA
Died: March 11
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 24 
John Forsythe
5
Birthdate: January 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey
Died: April 1

Actor, producer, narrator, and drama teacher, John Forsythe, began his six-decade-long career in the entertainment industry in the 1940s. Initially a small-time actor, he built a strong reputation as a character actor over the years and branched out into teaching and production as well. He also appeared as a panelist on numerous game shows.

 25 
Corey Haim
(Actor)
Corey Haim
29
Birthdate: December 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: March 10

Corey Haim was one half of the popular duo The Two Coreys. He became an icon during the 1980s, thanks to his success as an actor. Despite achieving success early in his life, he was troubled by financial issues and drug addiction problems throughout his career. He eventually died of pneumonia at the age of 38.

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Lynn Redgrave
(Best Known for Her Films: ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘Georgy Girl’)
Lynn Redgrave
6
Birthdate: March 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: May 2

Lynn Redgrave was a British-American actress whose career, which spanned over 40 years, is embellished with two Golden Globe Awards and nominations for prestigious awards, such as Academy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards. In 2009, Redgrave was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. In 2013, the Bleecker Street Theater was renamed Lynn Redgrave Theater in her honor.

 27 
Bobby Farrell
(Member of the 1970s pop and disco group Boney M)
Bobby Farrell
8
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Nicolas, Aruba
Died: December 30
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 28 
Dixie Carter
(Film Actress)
Dixie Carter
9
Birthdate: May 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: McLemoresville, Tennessee, United States
Died: April 10
 29 
Fess Parker
(Actor)
Fess Parker
6
Birthdate: August 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Died: March 18
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 30 
George Blanda
(American Professional Football Player Who Played as a Quarterback and Kicker)
George Blanda
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Youngwood, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 27

Famous for the age-defying longevity of his American football career, George Blanda set several records before retiring at the age of 48. The quarterback and placekicker who played mainly for Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders teams, retired with 943 extra points from 26 seasons. He scored a record-setting 42 interceptions thrown in a single season in 1962.

 31 
Jill Clayburgh
(Actress)
Jill Clayburgh
5
Birthdate: April 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 5
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 32 
Lorenzen Wright
(Basketball player)
Lorenzen Wright
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 19
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
 33 
Jaime Escalante
(Bolivian-American Math Instructor)
Jaime Escalante
27
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Paz, Bolivia
Died: March 20

Jaime Escalante  was a Bolivian-American educator. He is best remembered for teaching calculus to students at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles from 1974 to 1991. He had an illustrious career and was a much-respected figure in teaching.  The film Stand and Deliver is based on his life. He received Presidential Medal for Excellence in Education in 1988. 

 34 
Captain Beefheart
(Singer)
Captain Beefheart
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glendale, California, U.S.
Died: December 17
 35 
Gloria Stuart
(Actress)
Gloria Stuart
4
Birthdate: July 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: September 26
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 36 
Teena Marie
(Singer-songwriter, Record producer)
Teena Marie
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: December 26
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 37 
Alexander Haig
(United States Secretary of State (1981-82))
Alexander Haig
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 20
 38 
Dino De Laurentiis
(Film producer)
Dino De Laurentiis
2
Birthdate: August 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Torre Annunziata, Italy
Died: November 10
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 39 
Norman Wisdom
6
Birthdate: February 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: October 4
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 40 
Steve Landesberg
2
Birthdate: November 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: December 20
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 41 
Harold Gould
(Actor)
Harold Gould
3
Birthdate: December 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: September 11
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 42 
Malcolm McLaren
(Singer, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Talent agent, Record producer, Talent manager)
Malcolm McLaren
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stoke Newington
Died: April 8
 43 
Don Meredith
(American Football Player)
Don Meredith
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Texas, USA
Died: December 5
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 44 
Zelda Rubinstein
(Actress)
Zelda Rubinstein
6
Birthdate: May 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: January 27
Height: 4'3" (130 cm)
 45 
George Steinbrenner
(Businessperson)
George Steinbrenner
8
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rocky River
Died: July 13
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 46 
Bob Probert
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Player)
Bob Probert
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
Died: July 5

Bob Probert was a Canadian ice hockey player who played as a forward throughout his career. Most of his achievements as a player were overshadowed by his reputation of being a fighter inside the rink as well as his off-ice antics and brushes with the law. He also supported aspiring hockey players and often bought match tickets for underprivileged children.

 47 
Simon MacCorkindale
(British Actor, Director and Producer)
Simon MacCorkindale
4
Birthdate: February 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
Died: October 14

Simon MacCorkindale was a British actor, writer, and filmmaker. Although he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father to become an officer with the Royal Air Force, MacCorkindale had to pursue a theatre career due to poor eyesight. As it turned out, poor eyesight was a blessing in disguise as he became a prominent film and TV personality.  

 48 
Art Linkletter
(Genial host of TV's House Party from 1943 to 1967)
Art Linkletter
1
Birthdate: July 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada
Died: May 26
 49 
Bob Feller
(Baseball player)
Bob Feller
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Van Meter, Iowa, United States
Died: December 15
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 50 
Caroline McWilliams
(Actress)
Caroline McWilliams
3
Birthdate: April 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: February 11
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)