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2002 Celebrity TV Deaths

Opinions by Shawn McKenzie 01/06/2003

These are celebrities who died between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2002, and were primarily known for their work in the TV world.

Dave Thomas, founder of the Wendy's hamburger chain, died January 8 at the age of 69.

Kevin Smith, actor best known as Ares on "Xena," died February 15 at the age of 38.

Howard K. Smith, newsman, died February 15 at the age of 87.

Harvey Kirck, newsman, died February 18 at the age of 73.

John Thaw, actor best known as Inspector Morse, died February 21 at the age of 60.

Chuck Jones, animator, died February 22 at the age of 89.

Spike Milligan, comedian and founder of "The Goon Show," died February 27 at the age of 83.

Pat Weaver, network television executive, died March 15 at the age of 93.

Milton Berle, known as Mr. Television, died March 27 at the age of 93.

Robert Urich, star of "Vega$" and "Spenser: For Hire," died April 16 at the age of 55.

Leo McKern, actor best known as the title character in "Rumpole of the Bailey," died July 23 at the age of 82.

LaWanda Page, actress best known as aunt Esther on "Sanford & Son," died September 14 at the age of 81.

James Gregory, best known as inspector Lugar on "Barney Miller," died September 16 at the age of 90.

Teresa Graves, actress best known for the TV series "Get Christie Love," died October 10 at the age of 54.

Jonathan Harris, actor best known as Dr. Smith on the TV show "Lost in Space," died November 3 at the age of 87.

Merlin Santana, played Stanley, one of Rudy's admirers on the hit TV show, "The Cosby Show" along with other TV and movie roles, died November 9 at the age of 26.

Glenn Quinn, actor best known as Mark on "Roseanne" and Doyle on "Angel," died December 3 at the age of 32.

Roone Arledge, TV pioneer, died December 5 at the age of 71.

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