In memory of the artists, directors, actors and writers we lost in 2022

Many giants of the arts world have left us in 2022 — here are just a few of the actors, writers, directors, artists and performers who died in the past year, listed in chronological order below by their dates of death.


Sydney Poitiers

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Sydney Poitiers

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Sidney Poitier: Actor, Activist, and Pioneer at Heart
Poitiers first became a movie star in the 1950s. He was an unparalleled actor, committed activist, and beloved family member. It was also, frankly, racy. Read the memory of Karen Grigsby Bates.

Peter Bogdanovich, director of The Last Picture Show
In a prolific career spanning more than 50 years, the writer, director, actor, and independent film historian has touched every aspect of filmmaking–from emerging drama. View the last photo To great comedies like What’s up doc. Read the memory of Elizabeth Blair.

Actor and comedian Bob Saget
Saget was a prominent presence on American television throughout the 1990s as Father Danny Tanner Full house and host America’s Funniest Home Videos. Read the memory of James Dubik.


Andre Leon Talley

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Andre Leon Talley, a giant in the fashion world
Talley grew up in the Jim Crow South and was discovered Vogue magazine Journal as a child in the public library. went to become Vogue magazineCreative Director and one of fashion’s most defining voices for decades. listening to A minute has passed memory.

Lata Mangeshkar, sweetheart of Bollywood
Over the course of nearly 60 years, Mangeshkar has scored songs for over 2,000 Hindi films, giving voice to noble and suave heroines on screen. Read the memory of Anastasia Tsiolkas.

“2001” and “Blade Runner” by visual effects wizard Douglas Trumbull
Trumbull brings impossible landscapes to life 2001, A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner And the Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In the days before digital effects, those scenes had to be physically created, and Trumbull was the kid who figured out how. Read the memory of Bob Mondello.


PJ O’Rourke

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satirist PJ O’Rourke, panelist on NPR’s “Wait…Wait Don’t Tell Me!”
The author, journalist, and political satirist has written more than 20 books on a range of topics, from politics to cars, and has been a longtime panelist on NPR’s weekly news quiz show. Read the memory of Elizabeth Blair.

Photojournalist Somi Sadurni
The 32-year-old Spanish-Mexican freelance photojournalist was based in Kampala, Uganda. She is known for her eye-catching coverage across East Africa portraying the conflict as well as the essence of the region and its people. Read the memory of Grace Widiatmadja.

George Perez, famous comic book artist
In his four-decade career, Perez’s pen has been behind some of comic book’s biggest heroes. he drew The Avengers And participated in its creation new teen titans, And in the mid-1980s, a reboot of Wonder Woman brought the superheroine back to her origins in Greek mythology. Read a memory of Emma Bowman.


Poster depicting Sherine Abu Akle

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Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Sherine Abu Akleh
The highly respected journalist has spent decades covering conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis in service of Arabia, including some of the fiercest battles during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s. Read the story of Daniel Estrin and Belle Chapple.

Influential abstract visual artist Sam Gilliam
Gilliam was one of the leading artists of the Washington School of Color – a movement of the 1950s that focused on large areas of colour. He was interested in freeing his paintings from the confines of paintings and frames. Read the memory of Anastasia Tsiolkas.

James Caan, tough guy on screen and filmmaker
He is best known for his explosive role as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather and as a dying professional soccer player in the made-for-television movie brian song, Kahn has provided a witty, watchable soul to dozens of films and shows. Read the memory of Nada Alabi and Bob Mondello.

Claes Oldenburg, creator of pop art on a grand scale
Oldenburg’s enduring magic was to make cliched objects—a lipstick, for example, a rubber stamp, a hamburger, or a cherry perched on the tip of a spoon—to gigantic scale, and then put that work of art in public. Read the memory of Anastasia Tsiolkas.


Nichelle Nichols

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Nichelle Nichols, Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek
Nichols was one of the first black women to appear in a major television series, and her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the original television series was groundbreaking: an African-American woman whose name came from Uhuru, the Swahili word for “freedom.” Read the memory of Mandalet del Barco.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough
He was a fearless historian and public intellectual whose biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams won Pulitzer Prizes, and his best-selling stories of American achievement were complemented by his work as a television host and narrator of popular films and documentaries. Read the memory of Nada Alabi and Elizabeth Blair.

Bernard Shaw, longtime CNN anchor
The anchor has been a mainstay of CNN for more than 20 years, starting with the network’s launch in 1980. During the years when many viewers began turning to CNN for breaking news, it was often Shaw who they saw on screen. Read the memory of Anastasia Tsiolkas.

Ann Garrels, longtime foreign correspondent for NPR
Prior to his arrival at NPR in 1988, Garrels was ABC’s Moscow and Central America bureau chief. Garrels was known as an avid reporter who was willing to go anywhere in the world at any moment if the story called for it. Read Lynn Neary’s memory.


Jean-Luc Godard

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Film director Jean-Luc Godard of the French New Wave
The director and “terrible kid” of the French New Wave helped revolutionize popular cinema in the 1960s, and he’s spent the rest of his career pushing boundaries and reinventing the cinematic form. Read the memory of Bob Mondello.

Angela Lansbury, beloved star of screen and stage
Lansbury’s acting career has spanned an extraordinary seven decades. Although she is best known for her role in the long-running series, She wrote the murderShe has had a distinguished career in film and on Broadway. Read Jeff Lunden’s memory.

Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel
The British writer has written a trilogy of critically acclaimed historical novels about the life of Thomas Cromwell, one of Henry VIII’s most trusted advisors. Listen to 2012 Fresh air Interview with Mantel.

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