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A roll call of some of the notables who died in 2004

Bob Keeshan, 76. He gently entertained generations of youngsters as TV's walrus-mustachioed Captain Kangaroo. Jan. 23.

Jack Paar, 85. Made the "The Tonight Show" the talk show everybody talked about. Jan. 27.

Former Navy Cmdr. Lloyd "Pete" Bucher, 76. Helped USS Pueblo crew survive brutal captivity in North Korea, then faced criticism back home. Jan. 28.

Marge Schott, 75. Tough-talking owner of Cincinnati Reds; repeatedly suspended for offensive remarks. March 2.

Sir Peter Ustinov, 82. Won two Oscars; acting career ranged from the evil Emperor Nero in "Quo Vadis" to detective Hercule Poirot. March 28.

Alistair Cooke, 95. Urbane host of television's "Masterpiece Theatre." March 30.

Mary McGrory, 85. Washington Post columnist; won Pulitzer for Watergate writings. April 21.

Pat Tillman, 27. NFL player who traded in multimillion-dollar contract to serve as Army Ranger in Afghanistan. April 22. Killed in action.

Estee Lauder, 97. Built multimillion-dollar cosmetics empire. April 24.

Alan King, 76. Witty comedian, known for tirades against everyday suburban life. May 9.

Tony Randall, 84. Comic actor; the fastidious Felix Unger in "The Odd Couple." May 17.

David Dellinger, 88. Peace activist; one of Chicago Seven tried for protests during 1968 Democratic convention. May 25.

Archibald Cox, 92. The special prosecutor fired by President Richard M. Nixon for refusing to curtail his Watergate investigation in the "Saturday Night Massacre." May 29.

William Manchester, 82. Historian who brought a novelist's flair to biographies of such giants as Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy. June 1.

Ronald Reagan, 93. The cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was "morning again in America." June 5.

Ray Charles, 73. Transcendent talent who erased musical boundaries with hits such as "What'd I Say," "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You." June 10.

Marlon Brando, 80. Revolutionized American acting with "A Streetcar Named Desire"; created the iconic character of Vito Corleone in "The Godfather." July 1.

Francis Crick, 88. Nobel Prize-winning scientist who with James Watson discovered the structure of DNA. July 28.

Fay Wray, 96. The damsel held atop the Empire State Building by the ape in "King Kong." Aug. 8.

Julia Child, 91. She brought the intricacies of French cuisine to Americans through her television series and books. Aug. 13.

Richard Avedon, 81. Redefined fashion photography as an art form while achieving acclaim through his stark portraits of the powerful. Oct. 1.

Janet Leigh, 77. Wholesome beauty whose shocking murder in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho" is a landmark of film. Oct. 3.

Gordon Cooper, 77. Youngest of the original seven Mercury astronauts; achieved many key firsts, including first astronaut in space for 24 hours. Oct. 4.

Rodney Dangerfield, 82. The bug-eyed comic whose self-deprecating "I don't get no respect" brought him stardom. Oct. 5.

Christopher Reeve, 52. "Superman" actor who became the nation's most recognizable spokesman for spinal cord research after a paralyzing accident. Oct. 10.

Robert Merrill, 87. Metropolitan Opera superstar, equally at home singing the national anthem at Yankee Stadium. Oct. 23.

Yasser Arafat, 75. Palestinian guerrilla leader turned Nobel Peace Prize winner, but also reviled as a sponsor of terrorism. Nov. 11.

Arthur Hailey, 84. His best seller "Airport" inspired a run of big disaster movies. Nov. 24.

Susan Sontag, 71. Author, intellectual and activist who introduced the concept of "camp" to mainstream culture. Dec. 28.

Jerry Orbach, 69. Versatile actor best-known as the wry Det. Lennie Briscoe of TV's "Law & Order." Dec. 28.