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Famous Deaths in 2020

Information on famous deaths in 2020 to set your quizzes.

January, 2020

  • Derek Acorah: Self-styled spiritual medium and television personality with Most Haunted, and Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns.
  • Christopher Beeny: Actor. Footman Edward Barnes in Upstairs, Downstairs, Billy Henshaw in the sitcom In Loving Memory and Morton Beamish in Last of the Summer Wine.
  • Derek Fowlds: "Mr. Derek" in The Basil Brush Show, also Yes Minister and Sgt. Oscar Blaketon in Heartbeat.
  • Kobe Bryant: Nickname "Black Mamba". Won 2008 and 2012 Olympics gold medals. Fateful helicopter left John Wayne airport. Played his entire 20-season professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Nicholas Parsons: Host of Sale of the Century, radio presenter of Just a Minute. Born and grew up in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

February, 2020

  • Terry Jones: Member of the Monty Python comedy team.
  • Kirk Douglas: Dies aged 103. Real name, Issur Danielovitch. Three time Oscar nominated.
  • Caroline Flack: Dies aged 40. Won Strictly Come Dancing in 2014; former presenter of The X Factor (2015) and Love Island.
  • Pearl Carr: With husband Teddy Johnson, formed famous English husband-and-wife team of entertainers during the 1950s and early 1960s.
  • Harry Gregg: Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United). Munich air disaster survivor.

March, 2020

  • Kenny Rogers: UK number one's with Lucille and Coward of the County.
  • Roy Hudd: Actor. Played undertaker Archie Shuttleworth in Coronation Street.

April, 2020

  • Eddie Large: Real name Edward Hugh McGinnis. Best known as one half of the double act Little and Large, with Syd Little (real name, Cyril Mead).
  • Honor Blackman: Played Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964).
  • Brian Dennehy: Films roles included Gorky Park, Cocoon, and Presumed Innocent.
  • Peter Bonetti, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Sir Stirling Moss all died on April 12th, 2020.
  • Peter Bonetti: Played nearly 500 games for Chelsea. Member of England's successful 1966 FIFA World Cup squad. Nicknamed "The Cat".
  • Tim Brooke-Taylor: Comedian with The Goodies and panelist on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.
  • Sir Stirling Moss: Described as "the greatest driver never to win the World Championship".
  • Jill Gascoine: Played Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s television series The Gentle Touch.
  • Norman Hunter: Nicknamed "Bites Yer Legs" Hunter. Played 540 games for Leed United. Member of England's 1966 FIFA World Cup squad.
  • Lynn Faulds Wood: Presented Watchdog with her husband and co-presenter John Stapleton.

May, 2020

  • June Bernicoff: Known for being on Gogglebox with her late husband Leon, who died in December 2017.
  • Little Richard: Real name Richard Wayne Penniman. He presided over the marriage of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore in Las Vegas in 1987.
  • Michael Angelis: Best known as Chrissie Todd in Boys from the Black Stuff.

June, 2020

  • Willie Thorne: Snooker player, nicknamed "Mr Maximum".
  • Dame Vera Lynn: Aged 103. Songs most associated with her are "We'll Meet Again", "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "There'll Always Be an England".
  • Sir Ian Holm: English actor, films include Alien, Chariots of Fire, and The Lord of The Rings.