Deaths in Film & Television in 2012

  • Jan 1 Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, dies at 90
  • Jan 4 Harry Fowler, English actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 5 Frederica Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • Jan 6 Robert Dozier, Hollywood screenwriter, dies at 81
  • Jan 6 Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Scottish painter and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Jan 6 Robert Holness, English radio and television presenter, dies at 83
  • Jan 22 Dick Tufeld, American voice actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 24 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • Jan 26 Ian Abercrombie, English actor, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • Jan 30 Frederick Treves, English actor, dies at 86
  • Feb 1 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • Feb 3 Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Feb 3 Zalman King, American actor and director, dies from cancer at 69
  • Feb 5 Sam Coppola, American actor, dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Peter Breck, American actor, dies at 82
  • Feb 7 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer, dies of natural causes at 80

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Feb 11 Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 12 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • Feb 12 David Kelly, Irish actor, dies at 82
  • Feb 16 Elyse Knox, American actress and model (Hit the Ice, Black Gold) dies at 94
  • Feb 21 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, dies at 89
  • Mar 3 Leonardo Cimino, American actor, dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 94
  • Mar 9 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • Mar 14 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screen writer, dies from surgical complications at 83
  • Mar 27 Warren Stevens, American actor, dies from lung disease at 92
  • Mar 28 Harry Crews, American writer/actor, dies from neuropathy at 76
  • Apr 4 Claude Miller, French director and screen writer, dies at 70

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Apr 18 Dick Clark, American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), dies from a heart attack at 82

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • Apr 28 Patricia Medina, English actress, dies from natural causes at 92
  • May 6 George Lindsey, American actor, dies at 83
  • Jun 2 Kathryn Joosten, american actress, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jun 2 Richard Dawson, English-American actor, dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • Jun 8 Frank Cady, American actor, dies at 96
  • Jun 11 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress, dies from heart disease at 94
  • Jun 18 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, dies from prostate cancer at 82
  • Jun 19 Richard Lynch, American actor, dies at 76 (body found on this date)
  • Jun 26 Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71
  • Jun 27 Don Grady [Agrati], American actor, dies from cancer at 68
  • Jul 2 Ben Davidson, American professional footballer and actor, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Jul 3 Andy Griffith, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 86

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Jul 8 Ernest Borgnine, American actor (Ice station Zebra, Marty), dies from renal failure at 95

  • Jul 13 Richard Darryl Zanuck, American Academy Award winning film producer, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Jul 15 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), dies at 95
  • Jul 18 Rajesh Khanna, Indian actor, dies from kidney problems at 69
  • Jul 20 Simon Ward, English actor, dies at 70
  • Jul 24 Chad Everett, American actor, dies from lung cancer at 75
  • Jul 24 Sherman Hemsley, American Actor, dies from natural causes at 74
  • Jul 27 Norman Alden, American actor, dies from natural causes at 87
  • Jul 27 R G Armstrong, American actor and playwright, dies at 95
  • Jul 27 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Aug 10 Al Freeman Jr, American actor, dies at 78
  • Aug 14 Ron Palillo, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Aug 14 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • Aug 16 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88

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Aug 20 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress, dies from natural causes at 95

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • Sep 3 Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (The Green Mile), dies from respiratory failure at 54
  • Sep 6 Jake Eberts, Canadian film producer, dies from cancer at 71
  • Sep 10 Lance LeGault, American actor, dies at 75
  • Sep 16 John Ingle, American actor, dies from cancer at 84

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Sep 18 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker, dies from brain cancer at 69

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • Sep 26 Johnny Lewis, American actor, dies from injuries from a fall at 28
  • Sep 30 Turhan Bey, Austrian born actor, dies from Parkinson's disease at 90
  • Oct 13 Gary Ennis Collins, American film and television actor, dies from natural causes at 74
  • Oct 17 Sylvia Maria Kristel, Dutch actress, dies from throat and liver cancer at 60
  • Oct 21 Dann Cahn, American film editor, dies of natural causes at 89
  • Oct 31 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler, dies at 82
  • Nov 6 Clive Dunn, British actor, dies from complications following an operation at 92
  • Nov 9 Bill Tarmey, English actor, dies at 71
  • Nov 23 Larry Hagman, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas), dies of complications from throat cancer at 81
  • Nov 25 Dinah Sheridan, English actress, dies at 92
  • Dec 24 Charles Durning, American actor, dies from natural causes at 89
  • Dec 24 Jack Klugman, American actor, dies at 90
  • Dec 26 Gerry Anderson, English writer/producer/director, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Dec 27 Harry Carey, Jr., American actor, dies from natural causes at 91
  • Dec 29 Jean Topart, French actor, dies at 90