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The pen that gave line and life to Charlie Brown is stilled.

So are the rich voices of two of England's most fabled actors, and the wit of a comedian who had Tonight Show audiences chuckling when Jay Leno was a boy.

Charles Schulz, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guinness and Steve Allen left us in 2000.

Icons of glamor and grit departed _ Hedy Lamarr, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and "Rocket" Richard, Bob Lemon and Lee Petty.

Here, a roll call of some of those who died.


Retired Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr., 79. Top Navy official who ordered the spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Jan. 2.

Don Martin, 68. Mad magazine cartoonist. Jan. 6.

Bob Lemon, 79. A Hall of Fame pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. Jan. 11.

Ivan DeBlois Combe, 88. Inventor of Clearasil. Jan. 11.

Robert Rathbun Wilson, 85. Nuclear physicist who led the Manhattan Project. Jan. 16.

Bettino Craxi, 65. Italy's longest-serving premier during the postwar years. Jan. 19.

Hedy Lamarr, 86. Film star during 1930s and 1940s. Jan. 19.

Craig Claiborne, 79. Food writer. Jan. 22.

Jean MacArthur, 101. The widow of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Jan. 22.

Don Budge, 84. Tennis great. Jan. 26.


Richard Kleindienst, 76. U.S. attorney general during the Nixon administration who resigned during Watergate. Feb. 3.

Doug Henning, 52. Magician. Feb. 7.

Roger Vadim, 72, French film director. Feb. 11.

Tom Landry, 75. Dallas Cowboys football coach. Feb. 12.

Charles M. Schulz, 77. Creator of the much-loved Peanuts comic strip, Feb. 12.


Thomas Wilson Ferebee, 81. Bombardier who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. March 16.


Lee Petty, 86. Winner of the first Daytona 500. April 5.

Edward Gorey, 75. Illustrator. April 15.

David Merrick, 88. Broadway producer. April 25.


Cardinal John O'Connor, 80. May 3.

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 90. Actor, producer, author. May 7.

Jean-Pierre Rampal, 78. Flutist. May 20.

Dame Barbara Cartland, 98. Author. May 21.

Sir John Gielgud, 96. Actor. May 21.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard, 78. Hockey superstar. May 27.

John Coolidge, 93. Son of Calvin Coolidge. May 31.

Tito Puente, 77. Exuberant percussionist and bandleader. May 31.


William Simon, 72. Secretary of the treasury during the Nixon and Ford administrations. June 3.

Jeff MacNelly, 52. Three-time Pulitzer winner for his editorial cartoons and creator of the comic strip Shoe. June 8.

George Segal, 75. American pop art icon of the 1960s. June 9.

Hafez Assad, 69. Syria's skillful but ruthless leader. June 10.

Empress Dowager Nagako, 97. Widow of Japan's emperor. June 16.

Lucien Laurin, 88. Hall of Fame horse trainer who saddled Secretariat. June 26.


Walter Matthau, 79. Actor. July 1.

Paul G. Hatfield, 72. Former Montana senator. July 3.

Mark Oliphant, 98. Physicist who helped pioneer the first nuclear bomb. July 14.

Sen. Paul Coverdell, 61. Georgia Republican who served as Peace Corps director, then became a Senate workhorse. July 18.


Sir Alec Guinness, 86. British actor. Aug. 5.

Loretta Young, 87. Actor in silent film and in the early years of television.


Carl T. Rowan, 75. Commentator called America's "most visible black journalist." Sept. 23.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 80. Former prime minister of Canada. Sept. 28.


Sirimavo Bandaranaike, 84. Sri Lankan who in 1960 became the world's first female prime minister. Oct. 10.

Gus Hall, 90. Boss of the Communist Party-USA. Oct. 13.

Mel Carnahan, 66. Missouri governor killed in a plane crash. Oct. 16.

Steve Allen, 78. Pioneer of late-night television. Oct. 30.


Leah Rabin, 72. Wife of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Nov. 12.

Hosea Williams, 74. Lieutenant to Martin Luther King Jr. Nov. 16.

Emil Zatopek, 78. Four-time Olympic track champion Nov. 21.

Former Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, 84. Nov. 28.


Gwendolyn Brooks, 83. The first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize. Dec. 3.

Jason Robards, 78. Veteran actor whose greatest accomplishments came in Eugene O'Neill plays. Dec. 26.