Deaths in Film & Television in 1971

  • Jan 2 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • Jan 5 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 7 Dick Kollmar, actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), dies at 60
  • Jan 7 Madame Spivy [LeVoe], actress (All Fall Down), dies at 64
  • Jan 15 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
  • Jan 16 Kermit Maynard, cowboy actor (Saturday Roundup), dies at 68
  • Jan 18 Catherine Calvert, actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • Jan 20 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88
  • Feb 3 Jay C Flippen, actor (Ensign O'Toole), dies at 72
  • Feb 12 George Shelton, actor (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 86
  • Feb 17 Teddy Hart, actor (3 Men on a Horse), dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Barry Macollum, actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 81
  • Feb 22 Matt McHugh, actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast), dies at 77
  • Feb 26 Fernandel, [Contandin], French actor (Death of Champion), dies at 67
  • Feb 26 Joseph Desire Fernandel, comedian, dies of cancer at 67
  • Feb 26 Tullio Carminati, actor (Roman Holiday, Moulin Rouge), dies at 76
  • Mar 5 Winnie Lightner, actress (Gold Dust Gertie, Sit Tight), dies at 71
  • Mar 8 Harold Lloyd, US comic/actor (Why Worry), dies of cancer at 77
  • Mar 16 Bebe Daniels, actress (Silver Dollar, My Past), dies at 70
  • Mar 30 Selmer Jackson, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 82
  • Mar 31 Liselotte Liselot Beekmeyer, Dutch actress (Child Crying), dies at 31
  • Apr 20 Cecil Parker, actor (Court Jester, Operation Snafu), dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), dies at 81
  • May 1 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), dies at 75
  • May 1 Glenda Farrell, actress (Grand Slam, Exposed), dies at 66
  • May 4 Louis de Bree, [Louis C Davids], Dutch actor (Bluejackets), dies at 87
  • May 5 Alice Tissot, actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
  • May 6 Helene Weigel, Austrian/German actress (Metropolis), dies at 70
  • May 21 Dennis King, actor (Devil's Brother), dies of heart ailment at 73
  • May 25 Terence De Marney, actor (Case Thomas-Johnny Ringo), dies at 62
  • May 26 John Longden, actor (Man From Interpol), dies at 70
  • May 27 Chips Rafferty, actor (Kona Coast, Walk into Hell), dies at 62
  • May 28 Audie Murphy, American actor (Whispering Smiths), dies of plane crash at 45
  • May 28 Jean Vilar, French actor (b. 1912)
  • May 30 Audie Murphy, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Sierra), killed in plane crash at 46
  • May 30 Rodd Redwing, actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), dies at 66
  • Jun 9 Harold Lloyd Jr, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 40
  • Jun 10 Michael Rennie, actor (Day the Earth Stood Still), dies at 61
  • Jun 18 Thomas Gomez, American actor (b. 1905)
  • Jun 24 Jack Good, actor (Father Goose), dies
  • Jun 30 Herbert Biberman, Jewish American screenwriter and film director (b. 1900)
  • Jul 3 Renie Riano, English-born American actress dies after long illness at 71
  • Jul 11 Carleton Young, actor (Court of Last Resorts), dies at 64
  • Jul 12 Yvon Robert, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1914)
  • Jul 23 Van Heflin, actor (Great Adventure), dies at 60

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Aug 15 Paul Lukas, actor (Kim, Berlin Express), dies of heart failure at 76

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  • Aug 16 Elsie Baker, actress (Ghosts of Hanley House), dies at 78
  • Aug 17 Horace McMahon, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 64
  • Aug 23 Oliver F McGowan, actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64
  • Sep 3 Veronica Turleigh, actress (Promoter), dies at 68
  • Sep 7 Spring Byington, actress (Lily Ruskin-December Bride), dies at 84
  • Sep 10 Bella Darvi, actress (Racers), commits suicide at 42
  • Sep 10 Pier Angeli, actress (Octaman), dies of barbiturate overdose at 39
  • Sep 11 Percy Helton, actor (Homer-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 77
  • Sep 13 Nelly A "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Silent Waters), dies at 72
  • Sep 20 James Westerfield, actor (Travels of Jaime McPheeters), dies at 59
  • Sep 23 Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), dies at 77
  • Sep 26 Muriel Kirkland, actress (Nana, Fast Workers), dies of emphysema at 68
  • Oct 4 Edit Angold, actor (Suspense, Molly, Blue Angel), dies at 76
  • Oct 8 Christopher Dark, actor (Man Behind the Badge), dies at 51
  • Oct 11 Chester Conklin, actor (Greed, Modern Times), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Betty Bronson, actress (Naked Kiss), dies after brief illness at 64
  • Oct 21 Raymond Hatton, actor (Girls in Prison), dies of heart attack at 84
  • Oct 25 Albertus W "Albert" van Dalsum, actor/director (King Lear), dies at 82
  • Oct 26 Robert Gordon director/writer (Loveless), dies at 76
  • Oct 26 Vincent Coleman, American actor (b. 1901)
  • Nov 2 Martha Vickers, actress (Alimony), dies after long illness at 46
  • Nov 16 Charlie Dell, comedian, dies at 90
  • Nov 16 Edie Sedgwick, American actress (Andy Warhol) and socialite, dies at 28
  • Nov 17 Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
  • Nov 17 Melville Cooper, actor (Diane, Bundle of Joy), dies of cancer at 75
  • Nov 22 Walter Sande, actor (Red Planet Mars), dies of heart attack at 65
  • Nov 25 Hank Mann, actor (Keystone Kops), dies at 84
  • Dec 5 Hugh Wakefield, actress (Blithe Spirit), dies
  • Dec 12 Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), commits suicide at 43
  • Dec 18 Diana Lynn, actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), dies at 45
  • Dec 26 Robert Lowery, actor (Circus Boy, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 57
  • Dec 30 Dorothy Comingore, actress (Citizen Kane), dies after illness at 58
  • Dec 30 Melba Rae, American actress (Search for Tomorrow) (b. 1922)
  • Dec 31 Peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31
  • Dec 31 Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)
  • Dec 31 Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)