In 2016 the world has lost some of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. See who we lost this year:
5. Anton Yelchin
Born in Leningrad the young American actor died in an akward car accident. He got pinned between his Jeep and a pillar right in front of his house in Sudio City (California). Apparently the car rolled back because he forgot to pull the parking brake. He was only 27 years old and will be remembered for his role as Checov in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Other notable works include “Terminator Salvation” (2009), “Freight Night” (2011) opposit Colin Farrel and “The Smurfs” (2011).
4. Alan Rickman
The British actor, whose career spanned almost 40 years, died of pancreatic cancer at age 69. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has played some of the most notable villains in movie history. From Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” (1988) opposite Bruce Willis to the Sheriff of Nottingham opposite Kevin Costner in “Robin Hood The prince of Thieves” (1991). The younger generation will remember his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter’s movies. He had no children and leaves his wife, whom he met in 1977, Rima Horton.
3. Gene Wilder
Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee Gene Wilder will be remembered as one of the most popular comedians of all times. He owes his succes to a longtime friendship with director/screenwriter Mel Brooks. Together they have starred in movies as “The producers”, which earned Wilder an Academy Awards Nomination for best supporting actor and the cult “Young Frankestein”. In 1971 he starred as the weird owner of a chocolate factory in the cult movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. The 80’s saw him teaming up with Richard Prior in all time comedy classics like “See no evil, hear no evil”(1989) or “Another you”(1991). He won an Emmy Award for his role a creepy lawyer in the sit-com Will & Grace in 2003. He partially retired form show business in the early 2000s and died at the age of 83 from complications of Alzheimer’s diseases.
2. David Bowie
2016 started with a very bad news. David Bowie died on January 10th in New York City after an 18 months battle with cancer, he was 69 years old. The legendary singer and actor’s career saw him taking the stage for almost 50 years. There is not a single person in the whole world who does not know who The White Duke was. His androgynus personality and his ambiguous sexuality were the external form of an impressive talent the definitely marked the music industry. His movie credits include “The last temptation of Christ” (1988) by Martin Scorsese and “Labyrinth” (1986) opposite a young Jennifer Connely, in which he played King Goblin and also produced the original soundtrack. The leged is survived by his wife, the Somali-American model Iman and their daughter Alexandria.
In 2004 Rolling Stones magazine featured Prince Rogers Nelson as one of the best 100 artists of all times. Born in Minneapolis in 1958. Throughout his career he has inspired numerous musicians and cultural figures. He has won an Academy Awards with his hit single “Purple Rain”in 1985 which was part of the original soundtrack of the movie with the same title and that saw Prince as one of the main cast members. The musician, composer and actor’s death shocked the whole world. He was found dead in the elevator of his mansion in Paisley Park in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen. The cause of death is still unclear and probably will be forever so since the body was cremated. This is the way a legend dies.