Recall of influential people who died in 2021
Akis Tsochadzopoulos, 82. A once prominent Greek socialist politician who held nearly a dozen ministerial posts for two decades but then fell out of favor, has been convicted and jailed in one of Greece’s most high-profile corruption trials. August 27.
Ed asner, 91. The burly, prolific actor who rose to stardom in his middle years as gruff but lovable reporter Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later in the drama “Lou Grant”. August 29.
Michel Constantin, 94. An Emmy Award-winning character actor who achieved worldwide fame playing the father of the bride Windex in the 2002 film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. August 31.
Syed Ali Geelani, 91. An icon of Kashmir’s contested resistance against Indian rule and a senior separatist leader who has become the emblem of the region’s mistrust against New Delhi. September 1st.
Mikis Theodorakis, 96. Beloved Greek composer whose catchy music and life of political challenge have been acclaimed abroad and inspired millions of people nationwide. September 2.
George M. Strickler Jr., 80. A civil rights lawyer who fought to desegregate Southern schools in the 1960s and was kicked out of his teaching post at the University of Mississippi amid outcry over his work on behalf of the black clients. September 2.
Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Saeed al-Hakim, 85. One of Iraq’s oldest and most influential Muslim Shia clerics. September 3.
Willard scott, 87. The beloved weather presenter who charmed viewers of NBC’s “Today” show with his self-deprecating humor and playful personality. September 4.
Jean-Paul Belmondo, 88. Star of the iconic French New Wave film “Breathless”, whose crooked boxer’s nose and racy smile have made him one of the most recognizable men in the country. September 6.
Sunil Perera, 68. A singer and musician who has entertained generations of Sri Lankans with captivating songs, but won their minds and hearts with his candid comments against social injustice, corruption, racism and the suppression of democracy. September 6. Complications of COVID-19.
Elizabeth Ireland McCann, 90. A Tony Award winning producer who has helped mount an astonishing array of Broadway and London hits including “The Elephant Man”, “Morning’s at Seven”, “Amadeus”, “Life and Adventures” by Nicholas Nickleby “and” Copenhagen. ” September 9. Cancer.
Abimael Guzman, 86. The leader of the brutal Shining Path insurgency in Peru that was captured in 1992. September 11.
Reverend Cho Yong-gi, 85. His founding of the largest church in South Korea was a symbol of the post-war growth of Christianity in the country before this achievement was marred by corruption and other scandals. September 14.
Norm Macdonald, 61. A comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer who hosted “Weekend Update” when Bill Clinton and OJ Simpson provided comedic fodder in the 1990s. September 14.
Jane powell, 92. The bright-eyed, opera-voiced star of the musicals of Hollywood’s Golden Age who sang with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and danced with Fred Astaire in ” Royal Wedding “. September 16.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 84. A former Algerian president who fought for independence from France, reconciled his conflict-ravaged nation and was later ousted amid pro-democracy protests in 2019 after two decades in power. September 17.
Georges holliday, 61. The Los Angeles plumber who shot a grainy video of four white cops beating black motorist Rodney King in 1991. September 19. Complications of COVID-19.
Hussein Tantaoui, 85. The Egyptian general who took over the country when longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign amid the Arab Spring uprising of 2011. September 21.
Melvin Van Peebles, 89. The revolutionary filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work ushered in the wave of “blaxploitation” of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after. September 21.
Théoneste Bagosora, 80. A former Rwandan army colonel considered to be the architect of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 Tutsis and ethnic Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. September 25.
Georges frayne, 77. As the leader of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, he enjoyed a cult following in the 1970s with party and concert favorites like “Hot Rod Lincoln” and “Smoke!” Smoke! Smoke! (This cigarette). September 26.
Bobby zarem, 84. A tireless and relentless entertainment publicist, with a client list that reads like a Who’s Who of a certain era: Cher, Diana Ross, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Michael Douglas, Ann-Margret, Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and more. September 26.
Michel renzi, 80. During a musical career rich in history, he worked with Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Lena Horne and some of the other biggest names in jazz and pop, and was also for years the Music Director of “Sesame Street”. September 29.