2013 celebrity deaths: Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini

paul-walker-in-memoriam-gi.jpgThe year now ending marks another 12-month period of losing talents who have given television viewers entertainment or information ... and some of those passings, even more sadly, came as major and untimely shocks.  Zap2it remembers:

Paul Walker: The actor best-known for the  "Fast & Furious" movies had career roots in such TV shows as  "Who's the Boss?" "Highway to Heaven" and  "Touched by an Angel."

James Gandolfini: He projected so much older as mobster Tony Soprano, many were surprised to learn the three-time Emmy winner only was in his 30s and 40s when he played the part.

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Cory Monteith: As Finn Hudson on  "Glee," the Canadian-born performer touched fans of all ages both in life and afterward.

Jean Stapleton: Forever TV's top "dingbat," the "All in the Family" actress earned three Emmys as lovably daffy Edith Bunker.

Jonathan Winters: The improvisation genius who inspired his later "Mork & Mindy" co-star Robin Williams was one of the first recipients of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Marcia Wallace: Beloved by fans of "The Bob Newhart Show" as receptionist Carol Kester, the comedic actress won a new generation of fans as the voice of Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons."

Bonnie Franklin: The stage veteran was quite symbolic on the home screen, portraying a single mother's challenges on the sitcom "One Day at a Time."

Jeanne Cooper: A queen of daytime television, the mother of actor Corbin Bernsen was legendary as Katherine Chancellor on  "The Young and the Restless."

Eileen Brennan: An actress for all mediums, the smoky-voiced Brennan won an Emmy for reprising her movie role in the series version of  "Private Benjamin."

Peter O'Toole: The legendary actor's career largely was focused on the big screen, but he made TV marks in such ventures as "Masada" and "The Tudors."

Conrad Bain: Another theater alum, this actor had dual series successes as Arthur on  "Maude" and the benevolent Mr. Drummond on  "Diff'rent Strokes."

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Annette Funicello: She would continue to grow up in the public eye in the  "Beach Party" movies, but many fans got their first taste of this charmer as one of the most popular Mouseketeers on  "The Mickey Mouse Club."

Julie Harris: This queen of the American theater made her TV mark as Valene's mother, Lilimae, on  "Knots Landing."

Noel Harrison:
 The son of fellow actor  Rex Harrison has a place in the hearts of spy-show fans as the partner of  "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.," Mark Slate.

Lisa Robin Kelly: As Laurie Forman on " That '70s Show," the actress successfully evoked the physical image of a teen from that decade, right down to the  Farrah Fawcett-style hairdo.

Tony Musante: Known in later years for his work on  "Oz," Musante held to his vow to depart after one season from the detective series  "Toma," which was refitted for  Robert Blake to become  "Baretta."

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Dennis Farina: The former Chicago cop brought his great sense of style to "Law & Order," but earlier, it also informed the shows "Crime Story" and "Buddy Faro."

Dr. Joyce Brothers: The psychologist became nationally famous as an expert on boxing, earning her the title prize on "The $64,000 Question."

Roger Ebert: Together with on-screen partner  Gene Siskel, the veteran critic did much to popularize movie reviewing on TV.

Sir David Frost: The master interviewer gave TV one of its true events via his conversations with then-former  President Richard Nixon, the basis of the play and movie  "Frost/Nixon."

Pat Summerall: The NFL veteran became one of television's premier sportscasters ... and pitchmen, thanks to his hardware store ads.

lee-thompson-young-dead-gi.jpgLee Thompson Young: The upcoming season of  "Rizzoli & Isles" reportedly will begin by dealing with the absence of Detective Frost, the character played by the actor who also had starred as  "The Famous Jett Jackson."

Tom Aspell, Herb Kaplow and Lew Wood: Each of these network newsmen had a distinctive style, plus a shared dedication to making their reporting clear and accurate.

Van Cliburn: The music impresario was a regular television presence at the peak of his career, and the international piano competition he founded became a major TV event.

George Beverly Shea: The gospel singer-composer was an associate of Billy Graham for more than 60 years, frequently performing on the evangelist's televised crusades.

Gary David Goldberg: The writer-producer's smart sensibility informed the series "Family Ties" and "Spin City" - and largely gave Michael J. Fox his career.

Henry Bromell: An executive producer of "Homeland" at the time of his death, this renowned "Homicide: Life on the Street" alum was awarded a posthumous Emmy for his writing.

Richard Matheson: The noted fantasy writer made some big contributions to TV, including many "Twilight Zone" episodes (such as the classic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet") and the Steven Spielberg-directed movie "Duel."

Jack Shea: This home-screen veteran was the resident director of "The Jeffersons," also guiding episodes of such shows as "Sanford and Son" and "Designing Women."

Lou Scheimer: With fellow founders Norm Prescott and Hal Sutherland, Scheimer provided bountiful family entertainment ( "The Archie Show," "Shazam!" and more) through the firm Filmation Associates.

Frank Bank: As Wally Cleaver's hapless pal Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on "Leave It to Beaver," Bank was one of TV's iconic best friends.

Malachi Throne: The actor who played Robert Wagner's boss in most of the run of "It Takes a Thief" also let himself be unidentifiable as the villain Falseface on "Batman."

Mike Road: Though he had many on-camera roles, this actor was most famous for his voice, specifically as Race Bannon in the original version of "Jonny Quest."

Jane Kean: TV's second Trixie Norton, in "Honeymooners" sketches on the 1960s "Jackie Gleason Show," also was the voice of Belle in "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol."
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