Emmys 2023 In Memoriam Snubs: Richard Moll, Ryan O’Neal, Joyce Randolph & More

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The In Memoriam was gorgeously sung and conceived. However, unless I am wrong — and there is no full video for me to check yet — I believe these 23 people were left out, and some are real shockers. (I'm ignoring daytime stars, and I guess Joyce Randolph, having JUST died, could appear next year.)


Barbara Bosson: She died at 83 in February of last year. Bosson received FIVE Emmy nominations for her work on Hill Street Blues (1981-1985), on which she appeared over 100 times. She also had over 40 episodes of Hooperman (1987-1989) and Murder One (1995-1997).

Dick Butkus: Though primarily an athlete, Butkus — who died in October at 80 — had dozens of TV credits, including My Two Dads (1987-1989) and over 50 episodes of Hang Time (1998-2000).

Robert Clary: The Hogan's Heroes (1965-1971) veteran — and concentration camp survivor — died in November 2022 at 96.

Carole Cook: This sassy lady died at 98 one year ago this week. She had many early-TV credits, and appeared on The Lucy Show 18 times from 1963-1968.

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Mark Goddard: The handsome star of Lost in Space (1965-1968 — over 80 episodes) died at 87 in October.

Shecky Greene: Though Greene was mostly known for his stand-up in Vegas and in the Catskills, he was a staple of TV talk shows and variety shows. He died on New Year's Eve at 97.

Lance Kerwin: Aw, how could they forget James at 15/16 (1977-1978) star Lance Kerwin? He also ably anchored the unforgettable first adaptation of Salem's Lot in 1979. He died a year ago at 62.

Charles Kimbrough: It was particularly galling of the Emmys to forget one of the stars of Murphy Brown (1988-1998; 2018), Kimbrough, because the Emmys also snubbed the death of his wife Beth Howland in 2016 ... and she was a star of Alice (1976-1985)! He died one year ago at 86.

Marty Krofft: Krofft, along with surviving older brother Sid, produced countless beloved children's series, including H.R. Pufnstuf (1969) and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973). He died in November at 86.

Piper Laurie: This Oscar nominee died at 91 in October. She was far more known for her movies, but she had many TV roles.

Lisa Loring: It's just weird that Lisa was snubbed when her iconic character, Wednesday, is the subject of a current series ... one whose star Jenna Ortega was an Emmys presenter on Monday. She died a year ago at 64. (Perhaps the Emmys decided they would not honor anyone who died so early in the run-up to this year's show?)

George Maharis: I loved George, and he was a bona fide TV star, thanks to Route 66 (1960-1963). He died in May at 94.

Bob McGrath: The Sesame Street icon — he was on as Bob Johnson from 1969-2016 — died at 90 in December of 2022.

Richard Moll: Perhaps the most talked-about omission was of Night Court's (1984-1992). Nearly 200 episodes! He died at 80 in October.

Ryan O'Neal: Mr. O'Neal was, of course, more noted as a movie star. However, that should not have precluded his appearance in the In Memoriam, considering he first became a star thanks to his performance on Peyton Place (1964-1969). He was on more than 500 episodes! He just died in December at 82.

Joyce Randolph: I have to excuse the absence of this star of The Honeymooners (1955-1956) because Trixie just died two days before the ceremony.

Adam Rich: The ill-fated former kid star of Eight Is Enough (1977-1981) died in January 2023 at 54.

David Soul: If I had to pick one person on this list whose absence most surprises me, it would be Soul. Starsky & Hutch (1975-1979 — nearly 100 episodes) is such a well-remembered series by many of today's actors, who are the right age for it. He just died earlier this month at 80.

Jerry Springer: Sure, Springer's daytime show (1991-2018) was a nasty piece of work, but what a TV institution. Perhaps he should be a Daytime Emmys acknowledgment. He died at 79 in April.

Stella Stevens: Stevens was more a movie star, but had many, many TV roles. The mom of TV star and producer Andrew Stevens, she died in February of last year at 84.

Ray Stevenson: The most "recent" star on this list is Stevenson, who was a mere 58 when he died last May. He was a Star Wars TV cast member, including voicing for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Inga Swenson: She vas Kraus on Benson (1979-1986), yah? The lovely lady died in July at 90.

Raquel Welch: One of the biggest sex symbols of all time, Welch — a movie star first — also contributed to TV history some fabulous specials, plus worked extensively in the medium as she aged. Plus, how can they have forgotten her on Seinfeld (1997)?! She was 82 when she died last February.

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