2016 Geeky Goody-byes

2016 Geeky Good-byes

We regularly write about the passing of celebrities with geek-friendly credits in our Good-byes category. However, we aren’t always able to write a post for everyone, especially near to the time we may hear the report of a death. This page will list them.

Universes affected (see below for individual listings):

  • Aliens: Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Authors: Richard Adams
  • Batman: Abe Vigoda; Prince; Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Bufo’s Weird Word: Albert K. Bender; Trevor Constable
  • DC: Ron Glass; Richard Libertini; Abe Vigoda; Prince; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Carrie Fisher; William Christopher
  • Disney: Ron Glass; Debbie Reynolds; Tyrus Wong
  • Duckman: George Kennedy; Richard Libertini
  • Godzilla: Keo Woolford
  • Harvey Comics: Alan Thicke
  • Highlander: Vanity
  • Ira Levin: Lisa Masters
  • Knight Rider: William Christopher
  • Martial Arts: Vanity
  • Marvel: Ron Glass
  • Nickelodeon: Ron Glass
  • Outer Limits: Alan Thicke
  • Fred Olen Rey: Ron Glass; Robert Vaughn
  • Robots: Alan Thicke
  • Smurfs: William Christopher
  • Star Trek: Ron Glass; Anton Yelchin; David Huddleston; Richard Libertini
  • Star Wars: Kenny Baker; Carrie Fisher
  • Steven Spielberg: Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Superman: Ron Glass; Richard Libertini; Carrie Fisher; William Christopher
  • Tales from the Crypt: Vanity
  • Twilight Zone: Ron Glass; Patricia Barry
  • UFOs: Vilmos Zsigmond
  • U.N.C.L.E.: Patricia Barry
  • Venus: Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Whedonverse: Ron Glass


  • 1950s: Bernard Fox
  • 1960s: Vilmos Zsigmond, Bernard Fox
  • 1970s: Vilmos Zsigmond; Robert Stigwood, Bernard Fox
  • 1980s: Vilmos Zsigmond; Ron Glass, Bernard Fox
  • 1990s: Ron Glass, Bernard Fox
  • 2000s: Vilmos Zsigmond; Ron Glass; Keo Woolford; Lisa Masters, Bernard Fox
  • 2010s: Ron Glass; Keo Woolford

Vilmos Zsigmond

Reportedly died January 1, 2016. Oscar-winning cinematographer (for Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Zsigmond was nominated for three more Oscars, and was nominated for an Emmy for The Mists of Avalon (as well as winning one for Stalin). Geek-friendly credits include: The Time Travelers (1964); Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970); Real Genius (1985); The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Robert Stigwood

Reportedly died January 4, 2016. Geek-friendly works include: Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Michel Galabru

Repotedly died January 4, 2016. Geek-friendly works include Astrix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Robert Balser

Reportedly died January 4, 2016. Geek-friendly works as animator include: Yellow Submarine; Jackson 5ive; The Lion , the Witch & the Wardrobe (TV movie); Heavy Metal; The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

Frank Armitage

Reportedly died January 4, 2016. Geek-friendly works include: The Jungle Book (1967); Sleeping Beauty (1959)

F.A. Miller

Reportedly died January 5, 2016. Geek-friendly works include: House on Haunted Hill (1999); Perversions of Science; Tales from the Crypt

Pat Harrington, Jr.

Reportedly died January 6, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters; Yo Yogi!; The Ray Bradbury Theatre

Richard Libertini

Reportedly died January 7, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Supernatural; The Zeta Project; Static Shock; House of Frankenstein; Duckman; The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Angus Scrimm

Reportedly died January 9, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: The Tall Man in the Phantasm movie series; Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!; Munchie

David Bowie

Reportedly died January 10, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Thomas Jerome Newton in The Man Who Fell to Earth; Jareth in Labyrinth; John Blaylock in The Hunger

Alan Rickman

Reportedly died January 14, 2016

Abe Vigoda

Reportedly died January 26, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Old Man Lisa on Weird Science (TV series); Salvatore Valestra on Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Vanity (Denise Katrina Matthews)

Reportedly died February 15, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Tanya in Tanya’s Island; Angelica on Friday’s Curse (TV guest spot); Kathrine on Tales from the Crypt (TV guest spot); Reno in Neon City; Rebecca on Highlander (TV guest spot); The Last Dragon

George Kennedy

Reportedly died February 28, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Crandell on Tarzan (TV series guest spot); Sam Cornelius in Lost Horizon (1973); Admiral Conway in Day of Resurrection; Brakus in The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (TV movie); Spade Chandler in Radioactive Dreams; Ray Spruce in Creepshow 2; Bill Crafton in Demonwarp; Sheriff Hanks in Death Street USA; Hal in The Terror Within; Vance in Brain Dead; Duckman (TV guest spot); General Axton in The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest; L.B. Mammoth in Cats Don’t Dance; Bones Duvalier in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters; Brick Bazooka in Small Soldiers; Dexter Brisbane in Monster Makers; John Tevis in Sands of Oblivion

Garry Shandling

Reportedly died March 24, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Harold Anderson in What Planet Are You From?; Senator Stern in Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Ikki in The Jungle Book (2016); Fox Mulder/Garry Shandling on The X-Files

Albert K. Bender

Reportedly died March 29, 2016. Bufo’s Weird World related works include: Flying Saucers and the Three Men (which largely established the idea of Men in Black); founder International Flying Saucer Bureau

Patty Duke

Reportedly died March 29, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: 4D Man; Drop Dead Diva; Night Gallery

Trevor Constable

Reported died March 31, 2016. Championed a theory that UFO were living creatures, sort of like sky amoebas. Bufo’s Weird World related works include: The Sky Creatures; The Cosmic Pulse of Life; Hidden History, Rain Engineering, and UFO Realiy

Doris Roberts

Reportedly died April 17, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Nana Rose Pearson in Aliens in the Attic


Reportedly died in April 21, 2016. Geek-friendly works include: Batman (album with songs featured in Batman ((1989)))

Ron Lester

Reportedly died June 17, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Anton Yelchin

Reportedly died June 19, 2016. Chekov in Star Trek (reboot movie series)

Garry Marshall

Reportedly died July 19, 2016.  Geek-friendly works include Mork & Mindy

David Huddleston

Reportedly died August 2, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Santa Claus: The Movie; G-Men from H*ll; The Wild Thornberrys; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Capricorn One

Kenny Baker

Reportedly died August 13, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: R2-D2 in Star Wars; Fidgit in Time Bandits

Gene Wilder

Reportedly died on August 19, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Willy Wonka; Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein

Alexis Arquette

Reportedly died September 11, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Caligula on Xena: Warrior Princess

Patricia Barry

Reportedly died October 11, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Lana Barnes on Ghostwriter (TV series); Twilight Zone: The Movie; Princess Rapunzel on The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.; Hazel Schmidt/Vina Rose on The Green Hornet; The Twilight Zone (the original series): two guest spots; Clara in The Beast with Five Fingers

Michael Massee

Reportedly died October 20, 2016 Geek-friendly roles include: Gustav Fiers/The Gentleman in The Amazing Spider-Man 2; Dyson Frost in Flashforward; Doctor Bruce Banner in Ultimate Avengers; Spellbinder in the Batman

Robert Vaughn

Reportedly died November 11, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Napoleon Solo on The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; The Devil in Witch Academy

Lisa Masters

Reportedly died November 15, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Carol Wright in The Stepford Wives (2004)

Florence Henderson

Reportedly died November 24, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Ruby Stone on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated; Mallory Casey/Mallory Mastermind on Loonatics Unleashed; Thelma in Legend of the Candy Cane; Demeter on Hercules; Florence on Out of This World; three episodes of Fantasy Island

Ron Glass

Reportedly died November 25, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Shepherd Book on Firefly/Serenity; Loken on Star Trek: Voyager; Dr. Stretten on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Randy Carmichael on Rugrats; Rod on Teen Angel; News Anchorman on Superman (TV series); Kwanseer on Aladdin (TV series); Jerry Merris in Deep Space; The Devil in The Twilight Zone (1980s TV series)

Fritz Weaver

Reportedly died on November 26, 2016

Keo Woolford

Reportedly died November 28, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Airport Worker in Godzilla (2014); Captain Odate in 5th Passenger

Alice Drummond

Reportedly died November 30, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Librarian in Ghostbusters (1984)

Don Calfa

Reportedly died December 1, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Ernie in The Return of the Living Dead; Ron Willum in Chopper Chicks in Zombietown

Margaret Whitton

Reportedly died December 4, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Little Monsters; Tales from the Darkside

Alan Thicke

Reportedly died December 13, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: The Point; Dr. Jonas Carson in Not Quite Human (and sequels); Real Harold Forndexter in 14 Going on 30; The Hitchhiker (TV series); Matthew Carson/Newman in And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird; The Wolf in The Trial of Red Riding Hood; George Dougherty in Stepmonster; Alan in Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio; Alan in Lamb Chop’s Special Chanukah; Alan in Lamb Chop’s Chanukah and Passover Surprise; Donald Rivers in The Outer Limits (1995); Baseball Announcer in Casper Meets Wendy; Coach Parker in Ice Angel; Dr. Roskin in Robodoc; Alan Thicke in American Dad!; Tad Radwell on Scream Queens

Bernard Fox

Reportedly died December 14, 2016. 1960s TV wouldn’t have been the same without Bernard Fox. For geeky TV, he had a recurring role as Dr. Bombay on Bewitched (doctor to witches) and which he would reprise on the 1970s Tabitha series (and, for that matter, on Passions). Others knew him at the time as Colonel Crittenden on Hogan’s Heroes. However, he had roles in five decades, including roles in 1999’s The Mummy and Titanic. Geek-friendly roles include: Eppy Brianstone on The Flintstones (voice guest spot, inspired by Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles…he manages Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm when they become pop stars in a fantasy…just don’t make me listen to “Let the Sunshine In”) 😉 ; Arnie on I Dream of Jeannie; Squire Lester Moresby in Munster, Go Home!; Rodney Babcock on The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.; Jordin and Brutus Thor on The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Twiggly on The Monkees; Ephram in The Bamboo Saucer; Dr. Horatio Occularis on The Wild Wild West; Car Salesman in The Million Dollar Duck; Mr. Canby-Ghost on Night Gallery; Dr. Watson to Stewart Granger’s Sherlock Holmes in a 1972 TV movie of The Hound of the Baskervilles; Dr. Bombay on Bewitched, Tabitha, and Passions; The Chairman in The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under; Max in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo; Brian Lipscomb on Fantasy Island; Additional Voices on Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo; Commander Smythe on Knight Rider; Dr. Jinga-Janga on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse; guest voice on Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers; Captain Winston Havlock in The Mummy

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Reportedly died December 18, 2016. Geek-friendly roles include: Talleah in Queen of Outer Space; “Zsa Zsa” on Mister Ed (TV guest spot); The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland or What’s a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1966 all-star animated TV movie); Jessica Flagmore Shelley in Picture Mommy Dead; Minerva in Batman (Adam West TV series); Mrs. Moore on Night Gallery; Audrey on Supertrain; Clara in Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie; “Zsa Zsa Gabor” in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors; Princess Zsa Zsa in Christmas at Pee-Wee’s House; Blossom in Happily Ever After

Richard Adams

Reportedly died December 27, 2016: Geek-friendly works include: Watership Down (and Tales from Watership Down); Shardik; The Plague Dogs

Carrie Fisher

Reportedly died December 27, 2016: Geek-friendly roles include: Princess (also Senator and eventually General) Leia Organa in Star Wars (and Robot Chicken); a leprechaun on Saturday Night Live; Annie Clark in Under the Rainbow; Thumbelina on Faerie Tale Theatre; Elizabeth in the David Warner TV version of Frankenstein; Alice Conway in Happily Ever After; Laurie McNamara in Amazing Stories; Mary Brown in Amazon Women on the Moon; Petra in the Time Guardian; Janie in Drop Dead Fred; “Woman Kissing on Bridge” (with George Lucas) in Hook; Therapist in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery; Roz Katz on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist; Bianca in Scream 3; Nun in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; Mia’s Mom in a Midsummer Night’s Rave; Mother Superior in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle; Pauline Kahn on Smallville

Debbie Reynolds

Reportedly died December 28, 2016. Debbie Reynolds was certainly a superstar in her own right, and the mother of Carrie Fisher who had died one day earlier. Geek-friendly roles include: Charlie Sorel/Virginia Mason in Goodbye Charlie; Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web (voice); Alice Farrell in Jennifer Slept Here (TV guest spot); Madame in Kiki’s Delivery Service (voice); Mrs. Claus/Mrs. Prancer/Mitzi/School teacher in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (1998) (voices); Aggie Cromwell in Halloweentown TV movies; Gwen in Virtual Mom; Lulu Johnson-Pickles in The Rugrats (and the Rugrats movies) (voice); Betty Poplovich in Touched by an Angel (TV guest spot); Nana Possible in Kim Possible; Mrs. Wilson in Family Guy; Granny Squirrel in The Penguins of Madagascar; Great-Great-Grandmommers Whimsical on The 7D

Tyrus Wong

Reportedly December 30, 2016. Geek-friendly works include Bambi. Documentary about him is called Tyrus (2015).

William Christopher

Reportedly died December 31, 2016. Best known as Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H. Geek-friendly works include: Bjorn in The Little Troll Prince (voice); Angel Smurf (and other voices) on The Smurfs (1981 TV series); Priest in Heaven Sent; Andrus in Lois &Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV guest spot); Professor Roykirk on Team Knight Rider (TV guest spot)

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This page by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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