RICHARD HELMS, 89 Helms was "the man who kept the secrets," as his biographer Thomas Powers memorably called the former CIA director (1966-73). Urbane, handsome and shrewd, Helms was a great favorite of the old boys at the CIA, in part because of his tight-lipped professionalism and because he almost became a martyr. Charged in 1977 with lying to Congress about CIA covert operations, Helms pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and got off with a $2,000 fine, which former CIA officers paid off by passing the hat. Helms called his conviction "a badge of honor." He may finally tell some of his secrets posthumously. His memoirs, "A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the CIA," come out next spring.

-Evan Thomas

ADOLPH GREEN, 87 Half of one of Broadway's most successful writing teams, Green and his partner, Betty Comden, wrote the words for hit musicals like "On the Town" and "Bells Are Ringing," as well as the screenplays for such Hollywood classics as "The Band Wagon" and "Singin' in the Rain."

RICHARD HARRIS, 72 The Oscar-nominated Irish actor's career spanned from King Arthur in "Camelot" to Professor Dumbledore in "Harry Potter." Besides his reputation as a hard-drinking bad boy, Harris was perhaps best known for his commanding voice, which he lent to the 1968 hit song "MacArthur Park."