August 2020 Celebrity Death Recap
Posted by: Jason Truesdell in Notable Deaths | September 24

Chadwick Boseman


Actor

November 29, 1976 – August 28, 2020


Chadwick Boseman was an accomplished American actor. During his career, he portrayed historical figures like Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall in different films. He was best known for his portrayal of the Marvel character Black Panther in four different films.


Boseman grew up in South Carolina before attending Howard University and then eventually moving to New York. While in New York, Boseman began his career acting, directing, playwriting, and teaching classes. Initially, he wanted to focus on writing and directing. He studied acting so that he could better relate with the actors he worked with on projects. Finally, in 2008, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue bigger acting roles in Hollywood.


Boseman’s early work included small roles on television shows like Law & Order, CSI: NY, and ER. During this time, he continued to write and direct plays for the stage. In 2013, he got his first leading role as Jackie Robinson in the film 42. At the time, Boseman had been considering leaving acting so that he could focus his efforts on directing and writing full time. After the success of 42, Boseman would star in several other films including Draft Day, Get on Up, 21 Bridges, Black Panther, and three additional Marvel films.


During the final four years of his life, Boseman continued to work and star in projects while secretly battling colon cancer. Despite multiple surgeries and chemotherapy, Boseman continued to be active in the community and working on different projects. Following his death, many actors, athletes, and celebrities spoke out about his passing honoring him with tributes and commenting on the impact he made on others through his films.


Boseman appeared in more than 30 film and television projects during his career. He won several awards for his roles in Black Panther and Marshall.


Dale Hawerchuk


Professional Hockey Player

April 4, 1963 – August 18, 2020


Dale Hawerchuk was a Canadian professional hockey player who spent 16 seasons in the NHL. Hawerchuk played for four teams during his career: the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, and Philadelphia Flyers.


Hawerchuk was talented from an early age and began playing competitive hockey at the age of four. By the age of 12 he was shattering records at international tournaments. By the age of 15 he was offered a tryout with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. Though he didn’t make the Generals, Hawerchuk was drafted by the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL in 1979. During his junior career, Hawerchuk scored 286 points and won two consecutive Memorial Cups among other accomplishments.


He was drafted first overall by the Winnipeg Jets during the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. Hawerchuk made an impact immediately recording 103 points in his rookie season along with being named “Rookie of the Year.” Hawerchuk recorded more than 100 points during six of his first seven seasons. The 1984-85 season he recorded a career best 53 goals and 130 points.


Hawerchuk was eventually traded to the Buffalo Sabres in 1990 before playing for two other NHL teams during his career. Hawerchuk retired from the game at 34 due to a degenerative left hip. In his post playing career, he started coaching after being hired by the Barrie Colts of the OHL in 2010.


Although he never won a Stanley Cup during his NHL career, Hawerchuk accomplished many other milestones. He finished his career with 518 goals, 891 assists, and 1,409 points, ranking him 18th all-time for NHL scoring leaders. He also won international championships, made five NHL all-star teams, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.


Robert Trump


Real Estate Developer

August 26, 1948 – August 15, 2020


Robert Trump was an American businessman and brother of President Donald Trump. Robert was the youngest of five siblings. Trump attended Boston University where he majored in economics. After completing his education, he joined his father’s real estate business.


Trump started by managing the Trump Organization’s real estate holdings outside of Manhattan. During this time, he had various responsibilities within the company. In 1990, Robert was placed in charge of the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. Outside of his business with the Trump Organization, Robert Trump also served on the board of directors for ZeniMax Media from 1999 until his death.


Joe Ruby


Animator

March 30, 1933 – August 26, 2020


Joe Ruby was an American animator, writer, and television producer. He is best known as a co-creator of the longtime children’s cartoon Scooby-Doo.


After graduating from high school, Ruby joined the U.S. Navy. During this period of his life, he worked as a sonar operator onboard a destroyer ship and served in the Korean War. After his service ended, Ruby began to study art. His first work in the entertainment industry was as a music editor at Walt Disney Productions. Ruby’s goal was to be a full-time animator, so he pursued this passion with freelance work as a comic book artist and writer. Ruby went on to spend some time working in live-action television before joining Hanna-Barbera Productions.


While at Hanna-Barbera, Ruby met Ken Spears. Together the pair teamed up to write several animated and live-action television programs. This included the shows Scooby-Doo, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and Jabberjaw.


After having success at Hanna-Barbera, Ruby and Spears were hired by CBS in the early 1970s. They would serve as supervisors for the production of CBS’ Saturday morning cartoon lineup. After some time at CBS, the pair moved on to ABC for similar roles. In 1977, ABC helped set up Ruby and Spears' own production company. Ruby-Spears Productions would go on to produce several animated Saturday morning cartoons like Thundarr the Barbarian, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Superman, among others.


Ruby is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carole, as well as four children.

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