Remembering the actors, leaders, icons and more notable people we said goodbye to in 2015, a year that marked the passing of Tony winner Gene Saks, CBS correspondent Bob Simon, "Can't Buy Me Love" actress Amanda Peterson and more.
The Grammy-winning, chart-topping R&B singer died on Dec. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. She was 65.
Wayne Rogers, best know for his portrayal of Trapper John McIntyre in the television series "M*A*S*H," died of complications from pneumonia on Dec. 31, 2015. He was 82.
Anne Meara, 85, Actress: Ben Stiller's mother, the lovable, red-haired actress Anne Meara starred in various films -- "The Out-of-Towners" (1970), ''Awakenings" (1990) and "Reality Bites" (1994) -- and appeared on many TV shows, including "All My Children" (1993-1998), "The King of Queens" (1999-2007) and "Sex and the City" (2002-2004) throughout the course of her lengthy career. Meara also took the stage as a Broadway actress, and comedian, taking her routine on the road with husband Jerry Stiller from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Gene Saks, 93: Won three Tonys and was considered the leading interpreter of Neil Simon comedies, from "California Suite" to the Pulitzer-winning "Lost in Yonkers," as well as the movie, here, "The Odd Couple."
Bob Simon, 73: One of the great network television correspondents and war reporters, and among the legendary "60 Minutes" correspondents, too.
Maureen O'Hara, 95, Actress: Irish-born, red-haired and classically beautiful, O'Hara rose to fame playing idealized versions of womanhood -- usually strong and sensible rather than sultry -- during the Golden Age of Hollywood. She was a faithful wife in "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), a no-nonsense mother in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) and a proud Irish woman in "The Quiet Man" (1952). The inscription on her 2014 honorary Oscar praised "one of Hollywood's brightest stars, whose inspiring performances glowed with passion, warmth and strength."
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22: Daughter of singers Bobbi Brown and the late Whitney Houson, she died months after being found unconscious in a bathtub.
Leonard Nimoy, 83, Actor: In a career that spanned 60-plus years, in dozens of TV roles, it would be but one that would quite literally change everything -- and not just television, but motion pictures and even modern philosophy. His Mr. Spock was not merely a "character," but a representation, an enigma, a symbol and, ultimately, a movement. His indelible phrase, "Live long and prosper," would be a catchphrase for an entire generation, then another. It was, and very much remains, a "Trekkie" benediction.
B.B. King, 89: The legendary singer and virtuoso guitarist brought the Mississippi blues to the world in his classic songs, including "The Thrill Is Gone" and "My Lucille," as well as the chain of clubs that still carry his name. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inspired generations of guitarists, including Eric Clapton.
Sawyer Sweeten, 19: One of three Sweetens to play the children of Ray and Debra Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond."
Lisa Colagrossi, 49: Veteran journalist and reporter for WABC-TV's "Eyewitness News."
Jackie Collins, 77: Best-selling novelist and sister of actress Joan Collins.
Amanda Peterson, 43: American actress known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy "Can't Buy Me Love."
Omar Sharif, 83, Actor: Born in Alexandria, Egypt, he was the rare Middle Eastern actor to become a romantic leading man in Hollywood. His introduction to Western audiences, as the Arab warrior Sherif Ali in David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) earned him an Oscar nomination. A long career followed, highlighted by his starring role as the handsome, self-sacrificing doctor in Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" (1965). At his funeral in July, Sharif's casket was draped in an Egyptian flag.
Suzanne Crough, 52: Child actress known for her role as Tracy Partridge on "The Partridge Family" television series.
Anita Ekberg, 83: Swedish bombshell best known for her role in Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (1960).
Scott Weiland, 48: The frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, best known for his mix of grunge and glam rock in "Plush" and "Vasoline," also led Velvet Revolver and Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts.
Robert Loggia, 85: Rugged New York actor who tangled with Al Pacino in "Scarface" (1983), danced with Tom Hanks in "Big" (1988) and earned an Oscar nod for protecting Glenn Close in "Jagged Edge" (1985).
Uggie, 13: The Jack Russell terrier who stole viewers' hearts in the Oscar-winning silent film "The Artist" (2011). He was euthanized Aug. 12.
Dick Van Patten
Dick Van Patten, 86: Another TV career that spanned the entire history of the medium, though probably best known as Tom Bradford on "Eight Is Enough."
Wes Craven, 76: Influential horror auter behind "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream."
Percy Sledge, 74: The singer behind the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman" rose from Alabama cotton picker to one of soul's biggest stars of the '60s.
Jean Ritchie, 92: The singer known as "The Mother of Folk" brought Appalachian music around the world and to her longtime home in Port Washington.
A.J. Pero, 55: The Twisted Sister drummer's pounding style was a driving part of the metal band's sound on "We're Not Gonna Take It."
Allen Toussaint, 77: The New Orleans R&B pioneer was best known for his classic "Southern Nights."
Ornette Coleman, 85: The influential jazz saxophonist won the Pulitzer Prize for his "Sound Grammar" album.
Christopher Lee, 93: British actor whose iconic roles include Count Dracula in several Hammer Horror films, the hapless hero of "The Wicker Man," Scaramanga in "The Man With the Golden Gun" and Count Dooku in the "Star Wars" franchise.
Robert Chartoff, 81: Producer of more than 30 movies who, with Irwin Winkler, won the best picture Oscar for "Rocky" (1976).
Brian Friel, 86: Irish playwright whose rich characters and political understanding brought Irish villagers to life in such Broadway productions as "Philadelphia, Here I Come," "Translations" and theTony-winning "Dancing at Lughnasa."
Melissa Mathison, 65: Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind the family-film favorites "The Black Stallion" (1979) and "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" (1982), and ex-wife of Harrison Ford.
Richard Glatzer, 63: Co-directed and co-wrote "Still Alice" while struggling with ALS, the disease that took his life just weeks after the film earned Julianne Moore an Oscar.
James Horner, 61: Composer for more than 100 films and winner of two Oscars for the score and theme song to "Titanic."
Roger Rees, 71: Welsh-born actor, director and author who shot to fame for his Tony winning star-turn in the Royal Shakespeare Company's epic "Nicholas Nickelby," was a life-long force on the New York stage while also creating memorable characters on "Cheers" and "The West Wing."
Rod Taylor, 84: Australian actor who appeared in George Pal's "The Time Machine," Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds".
Albert Maysles, 88: With his brother David created the iconic documentaries "Grey Gardens," "Gimme Shelter" and "Salesman."
Ben E. King
Ben E. King, 76: The soul singer was a '50s star with The Drifters and found even greater success when he went solo with "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me."
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21: The first African-American to play Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" on Broadway, he died in a fall from the fire escape at his mother's home.
Sam Simon, 59: A co-creator of "The Simpsons" whose anarchic humor infuses it to this day.
Patrick Macnee, 93: Dashing, bowler-wearing star of "The Avengers" ("Mrs. Peel, we're needed").
Gary Owens, 80: Longtime Los Angeles DJ, best known as the announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" ("Beautiful downtown Burbank").
Joe Franklin, 88: Wonder of New York late-night TV ("The Joe Franklin Show") who interviewed thousands of guests, setting a Guinness record as longest continuous on-air talk host.
David Canary, 77: A classic heavy in some early Westerns, and a "Bonanza" star, too, he'd go on to create two classic soap characters, twin brothers Adam and Stuart Chandler on "All My Children
Marjorie Lord, 97: She played Danny Thomas' devoted wife on the '50s sitcom "Make Room for Daddy."
James Best, 88: Classic actor of TV Westerns, but you know him best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Richard Dysart, 86: Best known as Leland McKenzie on "L.A. Law," that role was preceded by a magnificent career in film and onstage.
James Salter, 90: The East End author of "A Sport and a Pastime" and "Light Years."
Oliver Sacks, 82: Best-selling author of 1985's "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" and 1973's "Awakenings."
Robert Wacker, 92: Newsday reporter who covered Andrea Doria salvage attempts.
Terry Pratchett, 66: Best-selling author of the Discworld fantasy series.
Bertrice Small, 77: Prolific convent-educated romance novelist from Southold.
Tomas Tranströmer, 83: Swedish poet and Nobel laureate.
Günter Grass, 87: German author of "The Tin Drum" and Nobel laureate.
Ruth Rendell, 85: Award-winning and prolific British mystery writer who also wrote as "Barbara Vine."
David Carr, 58: New York Times media columnist and author of a powerful memoir of his cocaine addiction.