If 2016 taught us anything, it’d be that we shouldn’t take our nerdy icons for granted. We’ve lost record numbers of actors and musicians, authors and producers-men and women that have shaped the landscape of television, film and the recording industry. Join TGON in celebrating their iconic performances:
Alan Thicke-beloved TV dad, the star of “Growing Pains” also hosted the National Aerobics Championship in the ‘80s
Ron Glass-known by baby boomers as Ron Harris on “Barney Miller,” he became an iconic part of Gen X and Y’s TV landscape as Shepherd Book on the sci-fi smash, “Firefly”
Gene Wilder-a master physical comedian, Wilder’s starring turn as the manic, overly excitable Willy Wonka is a classic performance
Garry Marshall-the director of such hits as “Pretty Woman” and “A League of Their Own,” Marshall also created the 1970s tv hit “Happy Days”
Anton Yelchin-introducing a rebooted Mr. Chekov to 21st century Trekkies, Yelchin was a tremendous talent in the indie film sector as well as blockbusters
Patty Duke-the child prodigy earned an Oscar at 16 for her portrayal of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.” She was a staunch advocate for mental health awareness
Carrie Fisher – known through out the galaxy as Princess Leia from Star Wars. She was a writer and a huge advocate for mental illness.
Debbie Reynolds – Legendary Actress and mother to Carrie Fisher. Best know for her role in Singing in the Rain, Will & Grace, & Halloweentown.
Gone, but never forgotten, these icons of the stage and screen blessed all of us nerds with gifted performances. RIP to them all.