Famous People Who Died In 2017

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 2017. This list includes people like Charles Manson, Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Bill Paxton, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, philosophers and directors who died in 2017. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & France and many more countries.
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 1 
Lil Peep
(A Leading Figure of the Mid–late 2010s Emo Rap Scene)
Lil Peep
272
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 15

Hailed as the leading figure of the emo rap scene of the mid-late 2010s, Lil Peep went on to inspire many youth subcultures. Peep achieved tremendous success in less than three years' time. In his personal life though, he struggled with mental health conditions. He died at the age of 21 due to an accidental overdose of drugs.

 2 
Tom Petty
(Rock Singer, Guitarist)
Tom Petty
57
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States
Died: October 2

A rock icon and creator of sprit-lifting songs, Thomas Earl Petty was one of the defining musicians of the 1970s and the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Writing songs and creating music up till his last breath, Petty is noted for positivity and self- liberation themed songs, a rarity in rock music.

 3 
Mary Tyler Moore
(Known for Her Role in TV Sitcoms ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show')
Mary Tyler Moore
16
Birthdate: December 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York, United States
Died: January 25

Actress and producer, Mary Tyler Moore, was well known for appearing in popular sitcoms in the 1960s and 1970s. She also appeared in a few movies and was nominated for an Academy Award. She advocated for animal rights and diabetes prevention and was the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

 4 
Chuck Berry
(One of the Most Influential “Rock 'n' Roll” Performers in Music History)
Chuck Berry
35
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: March 18

Chuck Berry was an American singer-songwriter. Referred to as the Father of Rock and Roll, Berry is credited with pioneering rock and roll music. He is also credited with influencing the attitude with which the rock music lifestyle is usually associated. Also revered for his guitaring skills, Berry is often included in lists like the Greatest Artists of All Time.

 5 
Bill Paxton
(Actor and Filmmaker Best Known for His TV Series 'Big Love')
Bill Paxton
36
Birthdate: May 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: February 25

Versatile actor, Bill Paxton is recognised for his work in the movies, Apollo 13, Twister and Titanic, as well as the television series, Big Love. Before these, he began his career as a set-dresser, learnt acting under Stella Adler, did various minor roles and finally bagged films like The Terminator and Alien. His work as a director are Frailty and Fish Heads.

 6 
Roger Moore
(Famous for His Portrayal as the Fictional British Secret Agent 'James Bond' in Seven Films)
Roger Moore
35
Birthdate: October 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England
Died: May 23

Widely regarded as one of the most popular actors to play the iconic secret agent James Bond in films, Roger Moore was more than just an actor. He was also well-known for his humanitarian work, so much so that he was knighted in 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity.

 7 
Glen Campbell
(Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Actor and TV Host)
Glen Campbell
16
Birthdate: April 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Billstown, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 8

Glen Campbell was an American TV host, actor, singer-songwriter, and guitarist. Regarded as one of the most successful musicians ever, Campbell sold more than 45 million records, which included a double-platinum album, four platinum albums, and 12 gold albums, in a career spanning 50 years. In 2014, he became the subject of a documentary titled Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

 8 
Jerry Lewis
(Comedian, Actor and One of the Most Significant American Cultural Figures of All Time)
Jerry Lewis
26
Birthdate: March 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 20

One half of the popular American comedy duo Martin & Lewis, Jerry Lewis was nicknamed The King of Comedy for his comedic skills. Also a filmmaker, Jerry Lewis helped develop video assist and went on to popularize the system, which is widely used today. Also a humanitarian, Lewis worked closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raising awareness about muscular dystrophy.

 9 
Don Rickles
(Stand-up Comedian Who Was Known for His Insult Comedy)
Don Rickles
21
Birthdate: May 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: April 6

Don Rickles was an American actor, author, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed The Merchant of Venom, Don Rickles specialized in insult comedy. Apart from appearing in several talk and variety shows as a guest, Rickles had his own sitcom titled The Don Rickles Show. After his death, many celebrities including Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, and Robert De Niro paid their tributes.

 10 
Chris Cornell
(Lead vocalist of the Rock Bands 'Soundgarden' & 'Audioslave')
Chris Cornell
41
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: May 18

Singer, songwriter, and musician Chris Cornell rose to fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. One of the key figures of the 1990s grunge movement, he also had a successful solo career. Unfortunately, he suffered from depression and died of suicide at the peak of his career.

 11 
Adam West
(American Actor Who Portrayed 'Batman' in Several Movies and Television Shows)
Adam West
13
Birthdate: September 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walla Walla, Washington, United States
Died: June 9

Adam West was an actor best known for his portrayal of Batman in the 1960s live-action TV series of the same name. One of the first actors to play Batman, West is considered the most popular actor to play the iconic character. After his death, the Bat-Signal was projected on Los Angeles’ City Hall as a tribute to the actor.

 12 
Sam Shepard
17
Birthdate: November 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, United States
Died: July 27
Ten-time Obie Award-winning playwright, author, director, and actor Samuel Shepard had also won a Pulitzer Prize for the play Buried Child. He was also the drummer of the rock band The Holy Modal Rounders. Fans remember him for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.
 13 
John Hurt
(Actor)
John Hurt
20
Birthdate: January 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Died: January 27
John Hurt is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated performances in Midnight Express and The Elephant Man. His death scene in Alien is considered one of the most memorable in history. He lent his voice to The Lord of The Rings and appeared in the Harry Potter and Hellboy films.
 14 
Miguel Ferrer
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Bob Morton’ in the Film ‘RoboCop’)
Miguel Ferrer
11
Birthdate: February 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: January 19

Miguel Ferrer was an American actor who achieved popularity after portraying Bob Morton in the 1987 cyberpunk superhero film RoboCop. His popularity led him to be featured in a couple of music videos. After his death at the age of 61, Peter David named Spider-Man 2099's alter ego after Miguel Ferrer.

 15 
David Cassidy
(Actor & Singer Best Known for His Role of ‘Keith Partridge’ in the Musical Sitcom, ‘The Partridge Family’')
David Cassidy
16
Birthdate: April 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 21

Actor-singer and teen idol David Cassidy soared to fame with his iconic role of Keith Partridge in the long-running musical sitcom The Partridge Family. Known for hits such as Cherish and Daydreamer, he was often mobbed by girls in his youth. He spent his later life struggling with alcoholism and dementia.

 16 
Charlie Murphy
(Best Known as a Writer & Cast Member of the Sketch-Comedy Series 'Chappelle's Show')
Charlie Murphy
21
Birthdate: July 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 12
Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy, is best remembered for his sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show and for his performance as Vic in Black Jesus. He also voiced Big Kid on the children’s show Thugaboo. He also starred in movies such as CB4 and co-wrote Vampire in Brooklyn.
 17 
Hugh Hefner
(Founder of 'Playboy' Magazine)
Hugh Hefner
67
Birthdate: April 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 27

As the founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner changed the way people viewed nudity. Known for his enviable lifestyle, he resided in luxury mansions along with his Playboy Playmates. Also a well-known philanthropist, Hefner made significant donations to various causes. He also supported freedom of expression and sexual liberation.

 18 
Gregg Allman
(Member of the Rock Band 'The Allman Brothers Band')
Gregg Allman
25
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 27

Gregg Allman was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the rock band The Allman Brothers Band along with his brother Duane Allman. Dubbed the Southern rock pioneer, Allman was recognized for his distinctive, soulful voice; Rolling Stone magazine named him in its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list.

 19 
Erin Moran
(Actress)
Erin Moran
15
Birthdate: October 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Died: April 22
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 20 
Harry Dean Stanton
(Actor, Musician and Singer Known for His Films: ‘Cool Hand Luke’, ‘Kelly's Heroes’ and ‘Dillinger’)
Harry Dean Stanton
27
Birthdate: July 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Irvine, Kentucky, United States
Died: September 15

Harry Dean Stanton was an American musician, singer, and actor. A self-made man, Stanton established himself as an actor by playing supporting roles in popular films, such as The Godfather Part II and Alien. A lovable person, Harry Dean Stanton was celebrated by singer Deborah Harry and the music band Pop Will Eat Itself.

 21 
Fats Domino
(Singer-Songwriter, Pianist)
Fats Domino
22
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: October 24
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 22 
Malcolm Young
(Musician)
Malcolm Young
23
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 18

Malcolm Young was an Australian musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band AC/DC. He is also credited with popularizing the band and was described by many as the leader and the driving force of the band. Widely regarded as one of the best rhythm guitarists ever, Young was a leading exponent of rhythm guitar in rock music.

 23 
Martin Landau
8
Birthdate: June 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 15
Martin Landau is best known for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood and his Golden Globe-winning role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream. He had initially been a cartoonist for the Daily News. Fans also loved him in the series Mission: Impossible and Space:1999.
 24 
Barbara Hale
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Della Street’ in the TV Series ‘Perry Mason’)
Barbara Hale
11
Birthdate: April 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Died: January 26

Barbara Hale was an American actress best remembered for playing Della Street in the popular legal drama TV series, Perry Mason, for which she received an Emmy Award in 1959. In 2001, Hale was honored with a Golden Boot Award for her contributions to Western cinema.

 25 
Kim Jong-hyun
(Singer-songwriter)
Kim Jong-hyun
47
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: yehwa-dong, Seoul
Died: December 18

Kim Jong-hyun was a South Korean record producer, singer-songwriter, author, and radio host. Kim was the principal vocalist of the popular boy band Shinee before he committed suicide at the age of 27. In 2018, his family members established the Shiny Foundation in an attempt to help struggling young artists.

 26 
Powers Boothe
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Miniseries 'Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones')
Powers Boothe
10
Birthdate: June 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Snyder, Texas, United States
Died: May 14
Powers Boothe is best known for his Emmy-winning performance as real-life cult leader Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. He started as a Shakespearean actor and later played significant roles in Deadwood, Tombstone, 24, and Nashville. He has also voiced characters in video games.
 27 
Della Reese
(Known for Her 1959 Hit Single 'Don't You Know?' and Her Role in the TV Series 'Touched by an Angel')
Della Reese
9
Birthdate: July 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Black Bottom, Detroit, United States
Died: November 19
Jazz and gospel singer and actor Della Reese, who was also an ordained minister, gained fame with tracks such as Don't You Know? and Some of her best-known films were Harlem Nights and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. She played Tess in the series Touched by an Angel
 28 
Chuck Barris
(Game Show Host)
Chuck Barris
6
Birthdate: June 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: March 21

Game show creator, producer, and host Chuck Barris began his career at NBC in New York City as a page. Brilliant and creative, he moved up the ranks in the entertainment industry and was soon producing music for TV shows. He then opened his own production company and went ahead to gain fame as a game show creator.

 29 
Roy Halladay
(Baseball Player)
Roy Halladay
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA
Died: November 7
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 30 
Frank Vincent
(American Actor Who Often Portrayed Mobsters)
Frank Vincent
6
Birthdate: April 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 13

Frank Vincent was an American actor, author, and musician best known for appearing in many Martin Scorsese movies, such as Raging Bull, Casino, and Goodfellas. Known for his large frame, Frank Vincent was often cast to play the role of gangsters. In 1999, his service to the entertainment industry was honored with an Italian American Entertainer of the Year Award.

 31 
Robert Guillaume
(Actor)
Robert Guillaume
6
Birthdate: November 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: October 24
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 32 
John Heard
(Known for His Films: ‘Heart Beat’, ‘Cutter's Way’, ‘Cat People’, ‘Beaches’ and ‘Deceived’)
John Heard
10
Birthdate: March 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 21
John Heard is best known for his Emmy-nominated guest role of Detective Vin Makazian in The Sopranos. Audiences also loved him as Peter McCallister, the father of Macaulay Culkin’s character, in Home Alone and its sequel. A talented stage actor, he delivered an award-winning performance in G.R. Point
 33 
George A. Romero
(Film Director Known for His Iconic Horror Films: ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead’)
George A. Romero
7
Birthdate: February 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 16

Legendary horror filmmaker George A. Romero is best known for his Night of the Living Dead series and for popularizing the zombie film genre. He also gained fame for his collaborations with horror novelist Stephen King, the most notable of them being the film version of King’s novel The Dark Half.

 34 
Glenne Headly
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, ‘Dick Tracy’ and ‘Mr. Holland's Opus’)
Glenne Headly
8
Birthdate: March 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New London, Connecticut, States
Died: June 8

Glenne Headly is best remembered for her Emmy-nominated roles in the TV film Bastard Out of Carolina and the series Lonesome Dove. She also won a CFCA Award for the film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She had also delivered award-winning stage performances. She died midway while filming for Future Man.

 35 
Rose Marie
(Actress)
Rose Marie
2
Birthdate: August 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 28
 36 
John Hillerman
(Best Known for His Role of 'Jonathan Quayle Higgins III' in the Series 'Magnum, P.I.')
John Hillerman
4
Birthdate: December 20, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States
Died: November 9

After studying journalism, John Hillerman spent some time working as of the Air Force and then spent 15 years as a minor stage actor. Starting his Hollywood journey with small supporting roles, he later soared to fame as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III in the crime drama series Magnum, P.I.

 37 
Hal Moore
(Former lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965, during the American War in Vietnam)
Hal Moore
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bardstown, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 10
 38 
Michael I of Romania
(The Last King of Romania (1927 - 1930))
Michael I of Romania
6
Birthdate: October 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: December 5

Michael I, the last King of Romania, ruled the country twice, of which the first-tenure was as a minor. During his second tenure, he removed Ion Antonescu’s government that aligned Romania with Nazi Germany. He declared alliance with Allies but was eventually forced to abdicate by Petru Groza’s government on December 30, 1947, as Romania officially became a People's Republic.

 39 
Mike Connors
(Actor)
Mike Connors
4
Birthdate: August 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: January 26
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 40 
Don Williams
(Singer-Songwriter)
Don Williams
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Floydada, Texas, United States
Died: September 8
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 41 
Al Jarreau
(Musician)
Al Jarreau
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 12
 42 
Bruce Forsyth
(Television presenter, Actor, Comedian, Singer)
Bruce Forsyth
6
Birthdate: February 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edmonton
Died: August 18
Bruce Forsyth soared to fame with the show Sunday Night at the London Palladium and later hosted shows such as The Price Is Right and The Generation Game. He also co-hosted Strictly Come Dancing. Forsyth holds a Guinness record for being the longest-tenured male entertainer on TV. 
 43 
Jake LaMotta
(American Professional Boxer Who Was World Middleweight Champion Between 1949 and 1951)
Jake LaMotta
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: September 19
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 44 
Jonathan Demme
(American film director)
Jonathan Demme
1
Birthdate: February 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baldwin, New York
Died: April 26
 45 
Dina Merrill
(Actress, Socialite, Philanthropist)
Dina Merrill
11
Birthdate: December 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: May 22
Socialite/actor Dina Merrill was the only child of Post Cereals owner Marjorie Merriweather Post and stockbroker and financier Edward Francis Hutton. Dina served RKO Pictures as their vice chairperson. She also appeared in movies such as The Sundowners and Butterfield 8, and was on the boards of various charitable trusts.
 46 
Ralphie May
(Comedian)
Ralphie May
13
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Died: October 6
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 47 
Michael Nyqvist
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Kurt Hendricks’ in the Film ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’)
Michael Nyqvist
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 27
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist is best remembered as Daniel Daréus from the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film-nominated movie As It Is in Heaven. He also played significant roles in the series Beck and Millennium, and the film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He died of lung cancer at 56.
 48 
Angry Grandpa
(American YouTuber and Prankster)
Angry Grandpa
19
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: October 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chatham County, Georgia
Died: December 10

Charles Marvin Green Jr., better known as Angry Grandpa, was a popular American YouTube celebrity who soared to fame with his pranks on the channels TheAngryGrandpaShow and Grandpa's Corner. Initially a firefighter and a small business owner, he later appeared on shows such as TruTV's Most Shocking and MTV's Pranked.

 49 
Rance Howard
(Actor)
Rance Howard
8
Birthdate: November 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Died: November 25
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 50 
Monty Hall
(Canadian Television Host Best Known as the Game Show Host and Producer of 'Let’s Make a Deal')
Monty Hall
5
Birthdate: August 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: September 30

Although best remembered as the cheerful and friendly host of Let's Make a Deal, Molly Hall was also the co-creator and producer of this popular show. Born in Canada, he eventually moved to the USA, where he began producing and hosting number of television and radio shows, eventually being associated with a synonymous brain teaser called the Monty Hall Problem.