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Notable deaths in 2017

Barbara Hale

April 18, 1922 – January 26, 2017

Hale was best known for playing Della Street on "Perry Mason,'" from 1957 to 1966, earning her an Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She reprised the role in 30 Perry Mason movies for television. 

John Hurt

January 22, 1940 – January 25, 2017

Hurt was an English actor whose screen and stage career spanned more than 50 years. The Oscar-nominated actor was best known for his roles in "The Elephant Man,"  "Harry Potter" and "V for Vendetta." Hurt was regarded as one of Britain's finest actors.

Frank Pellegrino

May 19, 1944 – January 31, 2017

Pellegrino has often acted in law and gangster-themed film and television productions. Notable acting roles include Johnny Dio in Goodfellas, assorted appearances on Dick Wolf's Law & Order, and FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on HBO's The Sopranos.


George 'The Animal' Steele

April 16, 1937 – February 16, 2017

A wrestling star for nearly 50 years and a WWE Hall of Famer. Steele was also a school teacher, author and actor. His career lasted from 1967 until 1988, though he made occasional wrestling appearances into the 1990s and 2000s.

Bill Paxton

May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017

Paxton was best known for his roles in "Apollo 13," "Aliens," "Titanic," "Twister," and "The Terminator." Paxton also starred in the HBO drama series "Big Love" and earned three Golden Globe Award nominations during the show's run. 

Neil Fingleton

December 18,1980 – February 25, 2017

UK's tallest man at 7'7" and actor on "Game of Thrones" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Fingleton was the tallest British-born man and the tallest man in the European Union. In the summer of 2007, he was confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records as being the tallest man in the world.

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