Deaths in Film & Television in 1969

  • Jan 1 Barton Maclane, actor (Gen Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 68
  • Jan 2 Georges Renevant, actor (Cornered), dies after long illness at 74
  • Jan 3 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show,Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • Jan 5 Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • Jan 13 Wilton Graff, actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • Jan 19 Charles Winninger, actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island), dies at 84
  • Jan 27 Charles Winninger, actor (Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Allan Welsh Dulles, US diplomat/director (CIA 1953-61), dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Boris Karloff, [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • Feb 5 Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • Feb 9 [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • Feb 11 James Lanphier, American actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • Feb 12 Johanna EFG Tourniaire, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Wolfe Barzell, actor (Blue Angel), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Feb 19 Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • Feb 20 Jack Ingram, actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66
  • Feb 24 Kenneth Green, actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61
  • Feb 27 John Boles, actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • Mar 9 Richard Crane, actor (Surfside 6), dies at 50
  • Mar 13 Felix Locher, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • Mar 15 Miles Malleson, actor/writer (Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), dies at 43
  • Mar 22 Ernst Deutsch, [Dorian], Czech actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Alan Mowbray, actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Rex Evans, actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara), dies at 65
  • Apr 5 Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • Apr 18 Piotr F Scharoff, Russ/Italian actor/director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • Apr 25 Margarita Xirgu, actress (Bloody Wedding), dies at 80
  • Apr 27 Dino Terranova, actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
  • May 1 Ella Logan, actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man), dies at 56
  • May 5 Ben Alexander, actor (Frank Smith-Dragnet), dies at 57
  • May 14 Enid Bennett, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), dies at 75
  • May 18 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • May 20 Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • May 20 Royal Beal, actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer, at 69
  • May 23 Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • May 24 Mitzi Green, actress (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer), dies at 48
  • May 27 Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43
  • May 28 Rhys Williams, actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Corn is Green), dies at 71
  • Jun 2 Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • Jun 8 Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Jun 10 Frank Lawton, actor (David Copperfield, Skin Game), dies at 64
  • Jun 13 Martita Hunt, Argentine-born English actress (Great Expectations), dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 22 Judy Garland, American singer and actress (The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at 47 of an overdose

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Jun 23 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 77
  • Jun 24 Ted Hecht, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 5 Leo McCarey, American film director (b. 1898)
  • Jul 9 Rob de Vries, actor/director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • Jul 18 Barbara Pepper, actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 57
  • Jul 26 Raymond Walburn, actor (Spoilers, Dixie), dies after illness at 81
  • Aug 9 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 9 Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Aug 12 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), dies after long illness at 72
  • Aug 14 Sigrid Gurie, actor (3 Faces West, Algiers), dies at 58
  • Aug 16 Russ Bender, actor/writer (Air Patrol, Strangler), dies at 59
  • Aug 18 Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • Aug 27 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • Aug 28 Clarence R Hennecke, actor (Keystone Kops), dies at 74
  • Sep 1 Drew Pearson, newscaster (Drew Pearson), dies at 71
  • Sep 5 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
  • Sep 9 Katherine Singleton, actress/Miss Universe (1926), dies at 65
  • Sep 14 James Anderson, actor (Connection, Five), dies at 48
  • Sep 19 Rex Ingram, actor/director (Elmer Gantry), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Sep 27 Violet Farebrother, English actress (Downhill, Easy Virtue), dies at 81
  • Oct 8 Eduardo Ciannelli, actor (Waldo-Johnny Staccato), dies at 81
  • Oct 15 Rod La Rocque, American actor (Mystery Woman), dies at 70
  • Oct 25 Rudolf Forster, actor (Threepenny Opera, Tonio Kroeger), dies at 84
  • Oct 28 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • Nov 5 Lloyd Corrigan, actor (Prof McKillup-Hank), dies at 69
  • Nov 8 Kam Tong, actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Mr Garlund), dies at 62
  • Nov 11 Frank Newburg, actor (Homemaker), dies at 83
  • Nov 15 Roy D'Arcy, actor (Lovers, Actress), dies at 75
  • Nov 28 Roy Barcroft, actor (Eyes of Texas, Son of Zorro), dies at 67
  • Dec 3 Ruth White, actress (Fugitive), dies of cancer at 55
  • Dec 3 Mathias Wieman, German actor (b. 1902)
  • Dec 7 Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
  • Dec 7 Hugh Williams, actor (Human Monster), dies after surgery at 65
  • Dec 13 Spencer Williams, Jr., American actor (b. 1893)
  • Dec 22 Ilse Steppat, actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
  • Dec 23 Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), dies after long illness at 80
  • Dec 28 Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
  • Dec 31 Salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69