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These stars transformed film and television. Click through the gallery to see who has died this year.
These stars transformed film and television. Click through the gallery to see who has died this year.
James Garner burst on the scene with this disarming style in the 1950s TV Western Maverick, which led to a stellar career in TV and films such as The Rockford Files and his Oscar-nominated Murphys Romance. He died July 19, 2014, at 86. (Mark MainzGetty Images)
James Garner burst on the scene with this disarming style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick," which led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance." He died July 19, 2014, at 86. (Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, died July, 17, 2014. She was 89. (AP Images)
Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, died July, 17, 2014. She was 89. (AP Images)
Blues Artist Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and 70s with his energetic performances and recordings that included producing his childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. Hes seen here performing at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 25, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Rick DiamondGetty Images EntertainmentGetty Images)
Blues Artist Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s with his energetic performances and recordings that included producing his childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. He's seen here performing at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 25, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)
Hastings won fans on McHales Navy as Lt. Carpenter, a bumbling yes-man. Other memorable roles were on All in the Family and General Hospital. He died July 2 at the age of 89. (AP Photo)
Hastings won fans on "McHale's Navy" as Lt. Carpenter, a bumbling yes-man. Other memorable roles were on "All in the Family" and "General Hospital." He died July 2 at the age of 89. (AP Photo)
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In this April 14, 2007, file photo, Ann B. Davis arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Emmy-winning actress Davis, who played the housekeeper on The Brady Bunch, has died at a San Antonio hospital on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was 88. (AP PhotoGus Ruelas, File)
In this April 14, 2007, file photo, Ann B. Davis arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Emmy-winning actress Davis, who played the housekeeper on "The Brady Bunch," has died at a San Antonio hospital on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was 88. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
Poet Maya Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, has died, Wake Forest University said in a statement Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She was 86. Maya Angelou walked into a meeting of civil rights leaders discussing affirmative action, looked around, and put them all in their place with a single observation. She came into the room, recalled Al Sharpton, and she said, The first problem is you dont have women in here of equal status. We need to correct you before you can correct the country. Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86, will be forever known for her soaring poetry and her searing memoirs. But her impact transcended her written words. She was the nations wise woman, a poet to presidents, an unapologetic conscience for the civil rights movement. Never hesitant to speak her mind, Angelou passionately defended women, and literature, and the right of younger generations to be heard. Ive seen many things, Ive learned many things, she told The Associated Press in 2013. Ive certainly been exposed to many things and Ive learned something I owe it to you to tell you.(AP PhotoGerald Herbert, File)
Poet Maya Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, has died, Wake Forest University said in a statement Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She was 86. Maya Angelou walked into a meeting of civil rights leaders discussing affirmative action, looked around, and put them all in their place with a single observation. "She came into the room," recalled Al Sharpton, "and she said, ‘The first problem is you don't have women in here of equal status. We need to correct you before you can correct the country.'" Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86, will be forever known for her soaring poetry and her searing memoirs. But her impact transcended her written words. She was the nation's wise woman, a poet to presidents, an unapologetic conscience for the civil rights movement. Never hesitant to speak her mind, Angelou passionately defended women, and literature, and the right of younger generations to be heard. "I've seen many things, I've learned many things," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I've certainly been exposed to many things and I've learned something: I owe it to you to tell you."(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from Mona Lisa to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died at the age of 71 April 30, 2014. A versatile character actor capable of menace, poignancy and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including gangster classic The Long Good Friday.
British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from "Mona Lisa" to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?," died at the age of 71 April 30, 2014.

A versatile character actor capable of menace, poignancy and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including gangster classic "The Long Good Friday."
Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, died April 6, 2014. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.(Photo by Evan AgostiniInvisionAP)
Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, died April 6, 2014. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
In this Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008, file photo, John Pinette arrives to the 2nd annual Stand Up For Heroes A Benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York. Pinette, the stand-up comedian who portrayed a hapless carjacking victim in the final episode of Seinfeld, has died. He was 50. Pinette died of natural causes Saturday, April 5, 2014, at a hotel in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiners office said Sunday evening. Pinettes agent confirmed his death. (AP PhotoStuart Ramson, File)
In this Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008, file photo, John Pinette arrives to the 2nd annual Stand Up For Heroes: A Benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York. Pinette, the stand-up comedian who portrayed a hapless carjacking victim in the final episode of "Seinfeld," has died. He was 50. Pinette died of natural causes Saturday, April 5, 2014, at a hotel in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Sunday evening. Pinette's agent confirmed his death. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File)
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In this Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis walks the Red Carpet as he arrives to celebrate The Second Citys 50th anniversary in Chicago. An attorney for Ramis said the actor died Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2014, from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69. Ramis is best known for his roles in the comedies Ghostbusters and Stripes. (AP PhotoJim Prisching)
In this Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis walks the Red Carpet as he arrives to celebrate The Second City's 50th anniversary in Chicago. An attorney for Ramis said the actor died Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2014, from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69. Ramis is best known for his roles in the comedies "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes." (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
This photo released by CBS shows Ralph Waite, as Jackson Gibbs, in an episode The Namesake from NCIS. Waite, 85, who played the father in TVs hit series The Waltons has died. Waites manager, Alan Mills, says the actor died midday Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in the Palm Springs area. (AP PhotoCBS, Cliff Lipson)
This photo released by CBS shows Ralph Waite, as Jackson Gibbs, in an episode "The Namesake" from "NCIS." Waite, 85, who played the father in TV's hit series "The Waltons" has died. Waite's manager, Alan Mills, says the actor died midday Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in the Palm Springs area. (AP Photo/CBS, Cliff Lipson)
Guest star Sid Caesar portrays his classic professor in an appearance on Sesame Streets 15th anniversary season, which began on Nov. 19, 1985.
Guest star Sid Caesar portrays his classic "professor" in an appearance on Sesame Street's 15th anniversary season, which began on Nov. 19, 1985. Oscar the Grouch teaches the professor between "loud" and "quiet." (AP Photo)
Shirley Temple poses in an undated photo. The iconic child star and Depression-era box office draw died in California on Feb. 11. She was 85. (AP PhotoReed Saxon)
Shirley Temple poses in an undated photo.

The iconic child star and Depression-era box office draw died in California on Feb. 11. She was 85. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
An Oscar winner and multiple nominee, Hoffman could take on any character with almost unnerving authority, whether the religious leader in command of his every word in The Master, a trembling mess in Boogie Nights, or the witty, theatrical Truman Capote in Capote. He died Feb. 2. (AP Images)
An Oscar winner and multiple nominee, Hoffman could take on any character with almost unnerving authority, whether the religious leader in command of his every word in "The Master," a trembling mess in "Boogie Nights," or the witty, theatrical Truman Capote in "Capote." He died Feb. 2. (AP Images)
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This June 2011 photo provided by courtesy of Alison Arngrim shows actor, Richard Bull, left, and the actress Arngrim at a restaurant in Chicago. Bull played Nels Oleson and Arngrim played his daughter, Nellie Oleson, on the TV show, Little House on the Prairie. A Motion Picture Television Fund spokeswoman Jaime Larkin says the 89-year-old actor, Bull, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the funds hospital in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoCourtesy Alison Arngrim)
This June 2011 photo provided by courtesy of Alison Arngrim shows actor, Richard Bull, left, and the actress Arngrim at a restaurant in Chicago. Bull played Nels Oleson and Arngrim played his daughter, Nellie Oleson, on the TV show, "Little House on the Prairie." A Motion Picture & Television Fund spokeswoman Jaime Larkin says the 89-year-old actor, Bull, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the fund's hospital in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Courtesy Alison Arngrim)
Folk singer Pete Seeger, credited with helping to create the modern American folk music movement, died Jan. 27 at the age of 94. (Getty Images)
Folk singer Pete Seeger, credited with helping to create the modern American folk music movement, died Jan. 27 at the age of 94. (Getty Images)
Dave Madden, who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, died in Florida Jan. 16, 2014, at age 82. (AP Images)
Dave Madden, who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family," died in Florida Jan. 16, 2014, at age 82. (AP Images)
Actor Russell Johnson, who became known to generations of TV fans as The Professor, the fix-it man who kept his fellow Gilligans Island castaways supplied with gadgets, died Jan 16. He was 89. (AP Images)
Actor Russell Johnson, who became known to generations of TV fans as "The Professor," the fix-it man who kept his fellow "Gilligan's Island" castaways supplied with gadgets, died Jan 16. He was 89. (AP Images)
Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo Everly Brothers that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock n roll singers for decades, died Jan. 3. He was 74. (AP Images)
Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo Everly Brothers that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, died Jan. 3. He was 74. (AP Images)
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This undated image released by The O and M Company shows lyricist Gerry Goffin with his wife Michelle at the opening night of Beautiful The Carole King Musical, in New York. Goffin, ex-husband of Carole King, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. Goffin, who married King in 1959 while both were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Crying in the Rain by the Everly Brothers, Some King of Wonderful for the Drifters and Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee. The couple divorced in 1968 but Goffin kept writing hits, including Savin All My Love for You for Whitney Houston. (AP PhotoThe O and M Company, Bruce Glikas)
This undated image released by The O and M Company shows lyricist Gerry Goffin with his wife Michelle at the opening night of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," in New York. Goffin, ex-husband of Carole King, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. Goffin, who married King in 1959 while both were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees, "Crying in the Rain" by the Everly Brothers, "Some King of Wonderful" for the Drifters and "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee. The couple divorced in 1968 but Goffin kept writing hits, including "Savin' All My Love for You" for Whitney Houston. (AP Photo/The O and M Company, Bruce Glikas)
Stephanie Kwolek, 83, shown in this June 20, 2007 file photo taken in Brandywine Hundred, Del., she wears regular house gloves made with the Kevlar she invented. Her friend, Rita Vasta, told The Associated Press that Stephanie Kwolek died Wednesday in a Wilmington hospital. at age 90. (AP PhotoThe News Journal, Jennifer Corbett)
Stephanie Kwolek, 83, shown in this June 20, 2007 file photo taken in Brandywine Hundred, Del., she wears regular house gloves made with the Kevlar she invented. Her friend, Rita Vasta, told The Associated Press that Stephanie Kwolek died Wednesday in a Wilmington hospital. at age 90. (AP Photo/The News Journal, Jennifer Corbett)
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