While many people will greet 2018 with parties or other celebrations, New Year is also a time for reflection. Looking back over the course of the year, it’s natural to consider the best things of the year, but it’s also time to remember what we said goodbye to.
To quote Tony Stark from the Avengers: Endgame trailer, part of the journey is the end and in 2018 we came to the end with many familiar faces, bright lights and even some legends, which we will deeply miss even at the beginning of the new year.
From Stan Lee to Margot Kidder to Steve Ditko to Stephen Hawking and many others, here at ComicBook.com we take a moment to remember those we lost in 2018 and whose influence, contributions and creations will continue to shape the world for years to come .
Star Trek actor Jon Paul Steuer died on January 1, 2018 at the age of 33.
Steuer became famous by playing Worf’s son Alexander Rozhenko in a 1990 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation titled “Reunion”. Her most prominent role came a couple of years later when she starred in 73 episodes of Grace Under Fire.
One of the original mouseketeers on Disney Mickey Mouse ClubDoreen Tracey also died in January. He was 74 years old.
Tracey was born in London in 1943 to two American artists and the family returned to the United States shortly after Doreen was born. At the age of 12, in the year 1955, he became one of Disney’s first Mouseketeers Mickey Mouse Club, which aired for the first time on ABC.
The actor appeared on the Mickey Mouse Club for four years, and eventually appeared in Annette Funicello’s spin-off series, Annette. Work with the Mickey Mouse Club eventually got Tracey a role in Disney Westward Ho the Wagons!, released in 1956 and played by Fess Parker. Tracey appeared on various other TV shows before visiting American military bases in Thailand and southern Vietnam.
Battlestar Galactica actor Donnelly Rhodes died in January at the age of 80.
The veteran TV actor, with over 100 acting credits in his name, will be recognized by most viewers as Syfy’s Dr. Sherman Cottle Battlestar Galactica series in 2004. Rhodes appeared in 36 episodes of the series, from 2004 to 2009.
Furthermore Battlestar GalacticaRhodes had a habit of appearing in many different shows that have become an integral part of the geek culture. The actor had small roles in Smallville, The X-Files, The Dead Zone, Pysch is Supernatural. It also appeared in 2010 Tron: Legacy. Her most recent role was in the 2016 Arrowverse crossover event, “Invasion!” where he played Agent Smith in two episodes.
Peter Wyngarde, the actor known for the roles Jason King, Doctor who, is Flash Gordon, who disappeared in January. He was 90 years old.
In addition to his genre work, Wyngarde appeared in that of Robert Rossen Alexander the Great (played by Richard Burton) and Jack Clayton’s horror classic The innocent. Wyngarde (and Jason King) was a partial inspiration for the character of Austin Powers, a pasty of British spies from the 60s and 70s.
Wyngarde has an unexpected comic legacy thanks to the affection of John Byrne for the British TV series The Avengers: The X-Men villain Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind) was partly inspired by Jason King and Peter Wyngarde.
Luke Cage actor Reg E. Gathey died in February. He was 59 years old.
The actor’s final performance as Luke Cage’s father in the second series of the Netflix series has been described as “magical” by Marvel.
“Everyone at Marvel Television is deeply saddened by the loss of Reg E. Cathey,” reads the note. “It has been an honor to work with him and get to know him. Our deepest condolences go to his family and friends. In Marvel Luke Cage season 2, Reg played James Lucas, Luke’s father. We were lucky to experience the magic that Reg was in his final performance. “
Star Trek actor David Ogden Stiers died in March at the age of 75.
Stiers played Dr. Timicin in Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4 episode “Half a Life”, originally aired on May 6, 1991. Timicin was a scientist from Kaelon II. Kaelon’s culture established that, at a certain age, its citizens had to undergo Resolution, a form of ritual suicide that allowed older people to pass by to make room for young people to take charge.
Timicin’s participation in the Resolution was questioned when he boarded the Enterprise-D and fell in love with Deanna Troi’s mother, Lwaxana Troi, played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. “Half a Life” remains a highly appreciated episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation for her powerful emotional story that gave Barrett-Roddenberry an unusually serious material to work with as Lwaxana. He is also remembered for being a rare one Star Trek episode that focuses almost entirely on its guest stars and the brilliant performances of Stiers and Barrett-Roddenberry.
Stiers will remain best known for his role in MIXTURE, but his performance went on Star Trek: The Next Generation and his numerous voice actor roles for the animated productions of DC Comics and Disney will not soon be forgotten.
The famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died in March at the age of 76.
While most of the world remembers Hawking for his work that changed science forever, Hawking was not just a brilliant mind. He was also an icon of pop culture all his own with Hawking appearing as himself in shows like The Big Bang theory, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Simpsons is Futurama. Hawking even fought Ant man star Paul Rudd in an epic quantum chess game in a promotional video for Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, his various appearances give a human face to serious science. Hawking not only brought humor to his appearances, but he also brought science to the common man by simply showing that even the brightest of us could have a sense of humor.
Johnny Valiant passed away in April at the age of 71.
Valiant, real name John L. Sullivan, began his wrestling career in a promotion of the Detroit area managed by The Shiek as a fighter and referee. He has worked as a midcard for the World Wide Wrestling Federation since 1969 and has gone on to win to become a tag team wrestler with “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant as Valiant Brothers. He won the WWF Tag Team Championship for the first time in 1974 and held it for over a year, then took home the gold in 1979 together with “Gentleman” Jerry Valiant with captain Lou Alabano as his manager.
Valiant moved on to work as a manager after his second title, first in the AWA and then in the WWF since 1985. His list of managed fighters includes Brutus Beefcake, Hulk Hogan, The Spiler, Greg Valentine, Dino Bravo, Demolition and The Destruction Crew. His managerial career took him to the first WrestleMania in 1985, where he was in the Beefcake corner while his client faced David Sammartino with the legendary Bruno Sammartino in his curve. The game ended in double disqualification in just under 12 minutes.
Powers of Austin star Verne Troyer passed away in April at the age of 49.
Troyer was born with a genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism and was recorded as one of the shortest men in the world at 2 feet-8 inches.
Raised in Michigan, Troyer said that his parents have always treated him like all his mid-sized siblings. He started his career as an actor in 1994 as a stunt double Children’s dayand continued to star in films like Jingle all the way, Men in black, Fear and delirium in Las Vegas, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the second and third installments in Powers of Austin.
Lois Lane actress Margot Kidder passed away in May at the age of 69.
Kidder played Lois Lane in the original Superman: the movie released in 1978, starring Christopher Reeve and his subsequent sequels. He also starred as Kathy Lutz in the hit horror film The horror of Amityville. She also appeared alongside Reeve in Superman’s adaptation for the small screen Smallville like Bridgette Crosby.
Kidder appeared on Broadway in a production of The monologues of the vagina in 2002, and had roles in television series such as The word l is Law and order: special victims units. He also won an Emmy Award in 2015 for Best Performer in Children’s Programming for his role in The disturbing hour of R.L. Stine.
Jerry Maren, who played a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, died in June at the age of 98.
Maren was the only actor who survived to play a Munchkin in the iconic 1939 film at the time of his death. He was a member of the Lollipop Guild in the film and it was in particular the Munchkin who presented Dorothy with a lollipop after her arrival in Oz.
His Wizard of Oz the role was his most famous appearance on the screen. However, he has made both accredited and uncredited appearances in numerous classic shows and films, including Seinfeld, TRON, The Beverly Hillbillies, Planet of the Apes, The Wild Wild West, Bewitched, Bob Hope’s show, Lidsville, The Twlight Zone is Space bales, among others.
Eunice Gayson, the actress who played the first Bond Girl, died in June at the age of 90.
Gayson played Sylvia Trench in two James Bond films – Dr. No is From Russia with love. She was already an established actress when she took on the role, after appearing in Frankenstein’s Revenge a few years earlier. Her portrayal of the mysterious woman set the tone for decades of spy thrillers, and set the pattern by which all future “Bond Girls” would model their characters later.
Legendary comic book creator Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, died in July at the age of 90.
Ditko is responsible for the imagination of Spider-Man’s iconic red and blue costume, as well as his signature webshooters. With Lee, Ditko has written enduring enemies such as the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman and the Vulture, all of which have appeared in numerous Spider-Man films that have earned a total life of nearly $ 5 billion worldwide.
After the couple joined Fantastic Fantasy # 15, Spider-Man’s first appearance, a newly launched Marvel Comics turned the character into his book, The Amazing Spider-Man, which has published over 800 issues since its first issue in 1963.
Lee and Ditko then summoned the psychedelic fighter Doctor Stephen Strange in the pages of Strange Tales # 110. Doctor Strange made his big screen debut live in the 2016 Marvel Studios blockbuster which proved to be a worldwide success, with the character who will reappear in Thor: Ragnarok is Avengers: Infinity War, where Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) collaborated notoriously as they did so many times in the Marvel comics.
Cultural icon Burt Reynolds, who starred in famous films like Liberation, Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run, is Boogie nights, who disappeared in September at the age of 82.
Reynolds began to become one of Hollywood’s best men in the late 1970s, when he became the number one attraction at the box office for five consecutive years. The actor became famous in the audience for his fun loving and good boy roles.
He was nominated for an Oscar in 1997 for his portrayal of the porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson Boogie nights. While Reynolds has lost the prize Good huntingRobin Williams brought home a Golden Globe.
Even in his older years, Reynolds continued his work in both film and television. The actor recently appeared in the independent film The last movie star, who told the story of an aging acting legend. Reynolds was currently shooting the next Quentin Tarantino movie, Once upon a time in Hollywood, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. That movie is slated to be released in 2019.
The walking dead star Scott Wilson passed away in October at the age of 76.
Wilson played the role of Hershel Greene The walking dead. His other recent roles include hostile, The OA, Damien, is Bosch. The 76-year-old actor’s résumé spans dozens of impressive roles, with the first release in 1967 In the heat of the night. However, he has long been known for his role in the 1980s The ninth configuration.
Legendary comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee died in November at the age of 95.
Lee, the most famous figure in the American comics, began his career in the comics in the 1940s and is widely credited with having revolutionized the storytelling of superheroes by co-creating (largely with the late Jack Kirby) the Marvel Comics Universe in the 60s.
Lee has had a hand in creating Spider-Man, The Avengers, The X-Men and hundreds of other characters for Marvel and other publishers throughout his career. As the publisher’s face for decades, Lee has cultivated an image as the godfather of comics, and became the ambassador between comics and the outside world. As a result of his Marvel pedigree, Lee is also one of the best-grossing film producers of all time, having been retained as executive producer for the Marvel Studios and Fox and Sony films featuring Marvel characters.
Ricky Jay, a prolific actor and magician, died in November at the age of 72.
Born of Richard Jay Potash, Jay is believed to be the youngest magician to perform an act of complete magic on television, appearing in the 1950s program. Time for pets at the age of seven. Jay developed a passionate following of magical fans, performing prestige tricks that not even his contemporaries could understand.
Jay is also known for his extraordinary acting career, in which he played roles like Kurt Longjohn Boogie nights, Milton in The prestige, Burt Ramsey / Narrator in Magnoliaand appearances in several David Mamet films. He also worked as a magical consultant on a number of films and co-created a company called “Misleading Practices” which helped develop practical illusions for films such as Forest Gump is Congo.
SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg died in November at the age of 57.
Hillenburg gained notoriety while working as a director Modern Rocko life. When the show’s last season came in 1995, Hillenburg was promoted to creative director.
From there, Hillenburg continued to create SpongeBob SquarePants for Nickelodeon, one of the most popular series in the history of the network. Broadcast for almost a decade, Sea sponge has just ended its eleventh season, with season 12 set for 2019.
William Goldman, author of The princess bride the book and screenplay died in November at the age of 87.
While that of Goldman The princess bride is probably the main work that will see fans mourning his loss, the Oscar-winning screenwriter had a rather prolific body of acclaimed screenplay work. His list of film credits includes Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid (which earned him the Oscar), All the men of the president, The ghost and the darkness, Stepford’s wives, A bridge too far, Maverick (1996), The general’s daughter, Dream Catcher is Misery – to name a few. Needless to say, he was a significant talent in multiple genres of cinematic storytelling, which we will miss.
Movie and television star Ken Berry, known for a variety of projects including Herbie rides again is Mother’s family died in December. He was 85 years old.
Berry has had a long career as a beloved character in some of the classic TV shows, including Captain Wilton Parmenter Troop F, city councilor Sam Jones on The Andy Griffith Show spin-off Mayberry R.F.D.and the clumsy, affable Vinton Harper Mother’s family. He also had a small role in Batman’s new adventures as well as bigger roles in Disney Herbie rides again is The cat from space.
Actress and director Penny Marshall, famous for her role as Laverne on the beloved sitcom Laverne and Shirley, died in December at the age of 75.
Marshall has become famous for its starring performance Laverne and Shirley, where she starred for 178 episodes from 1976 to 1983. Actress Cindy Williams starred in the role of Shirley in 158 episodes of the series. It also appeared several episodes of The strange couple is Happy days.
In addition to his work on sitcoms, Marshall began working as a film director. After directing multiple TV episodes and the protagonist of Whoopi Goldberg Jumpin ‘Jack FlashMarshall led the beloved comedy Great, played by Tom Hanks. Not only was the film a hit with viewers, it also became a substantial financial hit. With GreatMarshall became the first woman to direct a film that grossed over $ 100 million at the box office.
Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke passed away in December at the age of 74.
Born Sandra Louise Smith, Locke entered the world of acting in 1967, when she won a talent search to star alongside Alan Arkin in The heart is a lone hunter. The film eventually garnered an Oscar nomination and a couple of Golden Globe nominations.
Locke has had a rather legendary filmography over the years, which has intertwined with Clint Eastwood since 1975. The couple had a romantic relationship, which led Locke to appear in the films alongside him for just a while. , apart from those of 1977 Shadow of Chikara.
Actor Steve Dash, who played the adult Jason Voorhees Friday the 13th part 2, died in December at the age of 74.
While the audience never saw Dash’s face in the Friday 13 sequel, the film marks the first time we have seen Jason Voorhees as an assassin of the franchise, creating a new path for the future of the series.
The original film depicted a group of female students attempting to revive a closed summer camp, only to be picked up one by one by an unknown assassin. Eventually we learned that it was Ms. Voorhees, the mother of a boy who drowned in the lake, who killed potential advisers so that no future campers could die from negligence on their part.
Ms. Voorhees was killed in the film’s finale, with the sequel depicting an adult Jason chasing the woods with a canvas bag as a mask, likely to keep his facial disfigurements a secret for anyone he has met. It wasn’t until the third film that Jason earned his iconic hockey mask, establishing the character’s face indefinitely.