Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan was among the stars who passed away in 2010.

Jimmy Dean: Besides being legendary as a sausage king, Dean also was a country music star with a mid-'60s ABC variety series (and was a semiregular on the aforementioned "Daniel Boone").

Stephen J. Cannell: "The Rockford Files," "The A-Team," "The Greatest American Hero," "21 Jump Street," "Wiseguy" ... many classic series had this prolific writer-producer's stamp.

Tony Curtis: When his days as an A-list movie star were on the wane, Curtis turned to television, first opposite Roger Moore in "The Persuaders!" and later in "McCoy" and "Vega$."

Dennis Hopper: The relentless rebel of the big screen wrapped up his career in the Starz series spinoff of the Oscar-winning film "Crash."

Patricia Neal: Though she did television only occasionally, this Oscar winner was the original Olivia Walton in "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" and helped dramatize her own recovery from a stroke in "The Patricia Neal Story."

Jill Clayburgh: Another actress whose television work was occasional, Clayburgh had excellent 1970s TV movies in "Hustling" and "Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story"; she spent two seasons on "Dirty Sexy Money" much more recently.

Lynn Redgrave: This member of one of England's great thespian families did much work for the BBC in her homeland, while in the States, she launched the series version of "House Calls" and famously was a spokeswoman for a weight-loss program.

Edwin Newman: A longtime staple of NBC News, Newman served as a voice of reason on the path television news took after his tenure.

Daniel Schorr: Another legendary name in network news, Schorr spent more than two decades at CBS, then continued his career on CNN and National Public Radio.

Harold Dow: The CBS newsmagazine "48 Hours Mystery" lost a distinctive voice with the death of this longtime correspondent.

Frances Reid: A true matriarch in daytime drama, this actress originated the role of Alice Horton on NBC's "Days of our Lives," then continued it for 42 years.

Helen Wagner: Another soap-opera superstar, Wagner was Nancy Hughes on CBS' "As the World Turns" for a whopping 54 years ... and died, somewhat ironically, in the same year the program ended.

Robert B. Parker: The best-selling author of the "Spenser" detective novels gave television another franchise with Tom Selleck's "Jesse Stone" movies for CBS.

Art Clokey: Without this master of stop-motion animation, the world likely would not have had Gumby and Pokey, nor Davey and Goliath.

Charlie O'Donnell: Long the voice of "Wheel of Fortune," the announcer was like part of the family to Pat Sajak, Vanna White and the game show's audience.