RIP: Canadians and other notables we lost in 2021

Actor Christopher Plummer, SNL standout Norm Macdonald, theatre titan David Fox and sprinter Angela Bailey are among this year's noteworthy passings

Jean-Marc Vallée, French-Canadian director behind C.R.A.Z.Y., Café de Flore, Dallas Buyers Club, Wild and Big Little Lies.

Betty White, Hollywood star, golden girl and irresistible force.

Michael Apted, British television and film director of Coal Miner’s Daughter and Up documentary series.

Sylvain Sylvain, aka Sylvain Mizrahi, New York Dolls guitarist.

Siegfried Fischbacher, one half of Seigfried & Roy magic show.

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Wayne Roberts, Food policy guru and longtime NOW contributor.

Michael Fonfara, Canadian keyboardist who played with Lou Reed and Rough Trade among others.

Hank Aaron, American baseball player who broke Babe Ruth’s record for home runs.

Larry King, veteran TV and radio host.

From The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Phil Spector.

Phil Spector, music producer to the stars (and convicted murderer).

Sophie, Scottish musician DJ and producer.

Double K, one-half of hip hop duo People Under The Stairs.

George Armstrong, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain (and last one to win the Stanley Cup).

Cloris Leachman, American actor made famous for her role in Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show.

Cicely Tyson, legend and actor.

Courtesy of Tarragon Theatre

David Fox (centre) in No Great Mischief.

David Fox, Dora-award-winning titan of Canadian theatre.

Mel Lastman, audacious longtime mayor of North York and “Bad Boy” of Toronto politics. 

Martha Henry, Stratford festival legend.

Wayne Scott.

Wayne Scott, longtime Toronto cycling and active transportation advocate.

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Christopher Plummer, celebrated and classy Oscar-winning Canadian actor.

Deanne Taylor, VideoCabaret visionary, playwright and producer.

A younger Joan Didion.

Joan Didion, California-born author, magazine writer and explorer of chaos.


bell hooks.

bell hooks, American author, feminist and activist.

Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton designer and artistic director.

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Norm Macdonald.

Norm Macdonald, Canadian-born comedian and Saturday Night Live stand out.

Angela Bailey, Canadian sprinter and Olympic silver medalist.

Rita Letendre, Montreal 1970, photo courtesy of Gallery Gevik.

Rita Letendre, Quebec-born, Toronto-based muralist and artist.

Peter Aykroyd, Saturday Night Live alum and younger brother of Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd.

Dolores Claman, composer of Hockey Night In Canada and Ontario Place theme song A Place To Stand

Jahmil French.

Jahmil French, actor who played David Turner in Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Walter Gretzky, father of hockey great Wayne.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and longtime partner of Queen Elizabeth II.

Stephen Sondheim, Broadway songwriter.

Mick Rock, rock photographer famous for his portraits of Iggy Pop and David Bowie.

Colin Powell, former U.S. defence chief and frontman for the Bush administration’s ill-fated “weapons of mass destruction” campaign against Iraq. 

Willie Garson, Sex In The City alum.

Sarah Dash, part of Pattie Labelle trio.

Michael K. Williams, Boardwalk Empire actor.

Michael Constantine, Big Fat Greek Wedding actor.

Ed Asner, Mary Tyler Moore Show star, political activist and voice of Carl in Up.

Don Everly, Everly Brothers co-founder.

Dee Tee Thomas, Cool & The Gang co-founder.

Saginaw Grant, Lone Ranger actor.

Dusty Hill, ZZ Top co-founder.

Jackie Mason, comedian.

Johnny Solinger, Skid Row singer.

Ned Beatty, Deliverance actor and Toy Story 3 villain.

Clarence William III, Linc on the 70s TV series The Mod Squad.

Gavin Macleod, The Love Boat star.

Kevin Clarke, drummer Freddy Jones in School of Rock.

Charles Grodin, actor and Midnight Run star.

Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker in Cloudburst.

Olympia Dukakis, Moonstruck and Away From Her actor.

Walter Mondale, U.S. vice-president under Jimmy Carter.

Bernie Madoff, U.S. financier serving a 150-year prison sentence for investor fraud.

George Segal, American actor best known for his role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Neville “Bunny Wailer” Stevenson, last surviving founding member of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Rush Limbaugh, far-right American political commentator and shock show host.

Brayden Smith, five-time Jeopardy! champion.

Chick Corea, jazz pianist.

Larry Flynt, Hustler magazine founder immortalized by Woody Harrelson in the film The People Vs. Larry Flynt.

Mary Wilson, Supremes founder.

Leon Spinks, former American heavyweight boxing champ and Montreal Olympics gold medalist.

Hal Holbrook, All the President’s Men and Into The Wild actor.

Dustin Diamond, Saved By The Bell actor.


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