Charles Osgood brings a smile to your face, and maybe a tear to your eye, as we mark the passing this year of so many talented people who helped define our times:
He held up his own funhouse mirror to the rest of us, exploring not only comic possibilities, but deeper truths.
"You don't know about real loss. Because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself," he said in the 1997 film, "Good Will Hunting."
- Robin Williams dead at 63 (CBS News, 08/11/14)
- Young comedian shares Robin Williams' struggle, reflects on actors' death ("Sunday Morning," 08/17/14)
- Robin Williams: The "60 Minutes" interview
- Complete CBSNews.com coverage: Robin Williams
- Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at age 46 (CBS News, 02/02/14)
- Philip Seymour Hoffman: An appreciation ("Sunday Morning," 02/09/14)
- Stars pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman (CBS News, 02/02/14)
- Complete CBSNews.com coverage: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Mike Nichols won every entertainment award there is -- and one, in 1959, that doesn't exist, for Total Mediocrity, presented by his comic partner, Elaine May.
- "Graduate" director Mike Nichols dead at 83 (CBS News, 11/20/14)
- Charlie Rose reflects on Mike Nichols (11/20/14)
- Mike Nichols remembered by Hollywood and more (CBS News, 11/20/14)
- Gallery: Mike Nichols 1931-2014
Goodbye to Geoffrey Holder, the elegant pitchman for 7-UP. He was also singer, dancer, actor, painter, choreographer, director, and costume designer. He gave us Broadway's "The Wiz."
- Geoffrey Holder, award-winning dancer and actor, dies at 84 (CBS News, 10/06/14)
Farewell to Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the female Munchkins, who started Dorothy down that yellow brick road in 1939.
And to Richard Kiel, whose enormous size usually got him cast as the bad guy (Jaws from the James Bond series), or an alien, monster, or the Soviet spy prowling on "Gilligan's Island."
And farewell to Russell Johnson -- he played the brainy Professor on that crazy island of castaways:
Ginger: "You can hold me a little closer, I won't break."
Professor: "Well, I don't want to crush your dress."
A round of snaps for Ken Weatherwax, who played Pugsley on "The Addams Family."
- Pugsley from "The Addams Family" dead at 59 (12/08/14)
And to Ann B. Davis, Alice on "The Brady Bunch."
- Ann B. Davis, "Brady Bunch" housekeeper, dead at 88 (CBS News, 06/02/14)
And to Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., who always got his man.