Also look at Celebrity Deaths 2011 for last years list as well as dead celebrities 2013 for last year and famous dead celebs 2014 for the current year.
12/24/12: Award winning actor, Charles Durning, died of unknown causes in his home in New York. Durning was known as one of the kings of character acting. He had roles in such films as "The Sting", "Tootsie" and "The Best Little Whore House in Texas". Most recently he starred in the hit TV show "Rescue Me". He was 89.
Age: Died at 89 (1923-2012)
Birthplace: USA, New York, Highland Falls
Profession: Soldier, Actor, Voice acting, Dancer Teacher
Credits: The Sting, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Tootsie Dog Day Afternoon
#370 on The Best Actors in Film History
#471 on The Funniest People of All Time
#746 on People We Wish Were Still Alivesee more on Charles Durning
12/24/12: Television and movie actor, Jack Klugman, passed away from natural causes. Klugman was best known for his roles in "The Odd Couple", "Quincy, ME" and "12 Angry Men". He was 90.
Age: Died at 90 (1922-2012)
Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Profession: Television director, Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
Credits: 12 Angry Men, The Odd Couple, Days of Wine and Roses, Quincy M.E., + more
#445 on People We Wish Were Still Alivesee more on Jack Klugman
12/11/12: Ravi Shankar, the world renowned sitarist, passed away from natural causes. Shankar is best known as the man who brought Indian music to the foreground in the West by being the sitar teacher of former Beatles member George Harrison. Ravi Shankar played throughout the world including his famous set at Woodstock in 1969. He was 92.
Age: Died at 92 (1920-2012)
Birthplace: Varanasi, India
Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer
Credits: Gandhi, The World of Apu, Aparajito, Pather Panchali Charly, + more
#601 on The Greatest Minds of All Time
#287 on The Best World Music Artistssee more on Ravi Shankar
12/9/12: Mexican singer and TV personality, Jenni Rivera, was killed in a plane crash. Rivera, producer of such hit records as "I Love Jenni" and host on shows like "Jenni Rivera Presents:" died after the small jet she was travelling on crashed in Mexico. She was 43.
Age: Died at 43 (1969-2012)
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
Profession: Television producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Actor
Credits: Filly Brown, Al otro lado, El show de Cristina, I Love Jenni Jenni Rivera: En Vivo Desde Hollywood, + more
#806 on People We Wish Were Still Alivesee more on Jenni Rivera
12/5/12: Acclaimed jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck, died of heart failure. Brubeck was best known for his experimental jazz compositions and his work on soundtracks for shows like "This is America, Charlie Brown". He was 92.
Age: Died at 92 (1920-2012)
Birthplace: Concord, California, USA
Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Musician, Bandleader Composer
Credits: Not My Life, Ordeal by Innocence, All Night Long, The Timex All-star Swing Festival Jazz Icons: Dave Brubeck: Live in '64 & '66, + more
#123 on The Greatest Pianists Eversee more on Dave Brubeck
11/28/12: Motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar, passed away from pneumonia. He was 86.
Age: Died at 86 (1926-2012)
Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America
Profession: Author, Writer, Motivational speakersee more on Zig Ziglar
11/23/2012: Actor of TV and film, Larry Hagman, died from complications due to throat cancer. Hagman was best known for his roles as J.R. Ewing on the hit TV Show "Dallas" and Tony Nelson on "I Dream of Jeanie". He was 81.
Age: Died at 81 (1931-2012)
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Voice acting
Credits: Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie, Primary Colors, Nixon
#466 on People We Wish Were Still Alive
#14 on Celebrity Death Pool 2012see more on Larry Hagman
10/14/12: Former U.S. Senator, Arlen Specter, died after a long battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Specter was known for his multiple party switches, changing party lines three times in his career. He also played a large part in the election of many Supreme Court Justices. He was 82.
Age: Died at 82 (1930-2012)
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
Profession: Politician, Lawyer
#40 on The Best Political Nicknamessee more on Arlen Specter