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Year 1981 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 5 "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Jan 12 Soap opera "Dynasty" produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV

Actress Linda Evans
Actress
Linda Evans
  • Jan 15 "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 30 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 31 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Robert De Niro, & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • Feb 6 "Brady Brides" debuts on NBC TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 6 Crime film "Fort Apache: The Bronx" starring Paul Newman released amid protests in the US

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Feb 13 31st Berlin International Film Festival: "Hurry, Hurry!" wins the Golden Bear

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Charles Rocket clearly says "f*ck" on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Mar 7 1st homicide at Disneyland, 18 year old is stabbed to death
  • Mar 9 Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 9 7th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor, Director and Comedian Alan Alda
Actor, Director and Comedian
Alan Alda

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 19 -21] Emmy 8th Daytime Awards - Susan Lucci loses for 2nd time

Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur Susan Lucci
Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur
Susan Lucci
  • Mar 24 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC
  • Mar 30 "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance (Best Picture 1982)

  • Mar 31 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Can't Stop the Music" wins
  • Mar 31 53rd Academy Awards: "Ordinary People", Robert De Niro & Sissy Spacek win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Apr 20 Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs
  • Apr 28 "We’re Fighting Back" premieres on CBS in the US, based on the formation of the Guardian Angels

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 30 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • May 15 SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television, debuts on NBC

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 16 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • May 21 Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA
  • May 27 34th Cannes Film Festival: "Man of Iron" directed by Andrzej Wajda wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 30 "Nightline" extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week (Friday)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 2 Barbara Walters famously asks Katharine Hepburn “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Actress
Katharine Hepburn
Broadcast Journalist Barbara Walters
Broadcast Journalist
Barbara Walters

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 12 "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the first Indiana Jones film directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford premieres

Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
  • Jun 14 No Nukes concert at Hollywood Bowl
  • Jun 23 NYC Mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 24 "For Your Eyes Only", 12th James Bond, starring Roger Moore and 1st drected by John Glen premieres in London

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 10 "Escape from New York" directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell and Donald Pleasence, premieres in the US

Actor Kurt Russell
Actor
Kurt Russell
Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • Jul 20 Irene Sáez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe

  • Jul 23 14th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 1 "Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
Singer Lionel Richie
Singer
Lionel Richie
  • Aug 13 Last broadcast of "The Waltons" on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 2 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC

NBC News Anchor and Journalist David Brinkley
NBC News Anchor and Journalist
David Brinkley
  • Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000
  • Sep 8 British TV comedy "Only Fools and Horses" created by John Sullivan, starring David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lennard Pearce premieres on BBC One
  • Sep 12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

Sep 12 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America

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The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
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  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: "Taxi", "Hill Street Blues", Judd Hirsch and Isabel Sanford win
  • Sep 14 Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • Sep 27 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Sep 28 “Physical” single released by Olivia Newton-John (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Oct 12 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins
  • Oct 31 1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)
  • Nov 12 Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World
  • Nov 21 Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks
  • Dec 4 "Falcon Crest" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Dec 31 CNN Headline News debuts

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 212

  • Jan 1 Jonas Armstrong, Irish-born British actor (Robin Hood), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 1 Eden Riegel, American actress (All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 5 Brooklyn Sudano, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 6 Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 6 Jérémie Renier, Belgian actor, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Jan 13 Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler, bodyguard, and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2020)
  • Jan 17 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], American singer and actor (Everything You Want), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • Jan 17 Scott Mechlowicz, American actor, born in New York
  • Jan 18 Kang Dong-won, South Korean model & actor, born in Busan, South Korea
  • Jan 20 Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress & model, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 21 Izabella Miko, Polish-born actress and model
  • Jan 22 Willa Ford [Amanda Lee Williford], American pop singer, and actress, born in Ruskin, Florida
  • Jan 22 Beverley Mitchell, American actress, born in Arcadia, California

Person of interestElijah Wood

Jan 28 Elijah Wood, American actor (The Good Son, The Lord of the Rings), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Jan 29 Darío Lopilato, Argentine actor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 31 Sergio D. Acosta, American Chicano Filmmaker, born in San Jose, California

Person of interestJustin Timberlake

Jan 31 Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter ("Can't Stop The Feeling!"; "Sexyback"), and actor (Friends With Benefits) born in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake
  • Feb 1 Graeme Smith, South African cricket batsman, captain and broadcaster (117 Tests, 9,265 runs @ 48.25, 27 x 100s; 197 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Feb 3 Alisa Reyes, American actress and singer
  • Feb 5 Nora Zehetner, American actress, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Feb 6 Calum Best, American model, born in San Jose, California
  • Feb 8 Tommy Michaels, actor (Timmy Hutton-All My Children), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Feb 9 Tom Hiddleston, English actor and producer (Loki in Marvel films), born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Holly Willoughby, British TV presenter, born in Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Feb 15 Jenna Morasca, American actress, model, and reality TV contestant, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Person of interestParis Hilton

Feb 17 Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress (The Simple Life), born in NYC, New York

Actress & Heiress Paris Hilton
Actress & Heiress
Paris Hilton
  • Feb 18 Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 19 Ronnie Arniell, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Feb 19 (Mary) Beth Ditto [Patterson], American rock singer (The Gossip), and actress, born in Judsonia, Arkansas,
  • Feb 20 Chris Thile, American folk and progressive bluegrass mandolin player, songwriter (Nickel Creek; Punch Brothers), and broadcaster (Live From Here), born in Oceanside, California
  • Feb 25 Misty Giles, American beauty queen and Survivor contestant
  • Feb 25 Jamie Lynn, American model
  • Feb 25 Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor (Ishq Vishk), born in New Delhi, India
  • Mar 1 Ana Hickmann, Brazilian supermodel
  • Mar 1 Adam LaVorgna, American actor
  • Mar 2 Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress
  • Mar 3 Kim Yoo-Jin (Eugene), South Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 3 Sung Yu Ri, South Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 5 Shugo Oshinari, Japanese actor
  • Mar 6 Ellen Muth, American actress
  • Mar 11 David Anders, American actor
  • Mar 18 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 19 Kim Rae Won, South Korean actor and model
  • Mar 20 BeBe Zahara Benet [Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa], Cameroonian male model and drag queen (S1 winner: America's Next Drag Superstar), born in Cameroon
  • Mar 23 Luciana Carro, Canadian actress

Person of interestCasey Neistat

Mar 25 Casey Neistat, American filmmaker and YouTube star, born in Gales Ferry, Connecticut

YouTube Star and Filmmaker Casey Neistat
YouTube Star and Filmmaker
Casey Neistat

Person of interestJulia Stiles

Mar 28 Julia Stiles, American actress (Bourne series; Save the Last Dance; The Prince And Me), born in New York City

Actress Julia Stiles
Actress
Julia Stiles
  • Mar 28 Gareth David-Lloyd, Welsh actor (Torchwood), born in Bettws, Newport, Wales
  • Mar 28 Lindsay Frimodt, American model
  • Mar 29 Megan Hilty, American actress and singer (Wicked), born in Bellevue, Washington
  • Apr 2 Michael Clarke, Australian cricket batsman and captain (115 Tests, 8,643 runs @ 49.10, 28 x 100s; 245 ODIs) and broadcaster (9 Network, FoxSports), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 2 Bethany Joy Lenz-Galeotti, American actress (One Tree Hill), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • Apr 8 Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model (Friday Night Lights), born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Apr 10 Laura Bell Bundy, American actress (Hairspray), born in Euclid, Ohio
  • Apr 10 Michael Pitt, American actor (The Dreamers), born in West Orange, New Jersey
  • Apr 11 Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazilian model (Victoria's Secret Angel) and actress, born in Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Apr 13 Courtney Peldon, American actress, born in NYC, New York

Person of interestHayden Christensen

Apr 19 Hayden Christensen, Canadian actor (Sam-Life as a House, Star Wars), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Apr 19 Catalina Sandino Moreno, Colombian actress (Maria Full of Grace), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Apr 20 Matus Valent, European male fitness model, born in Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • Apr 21 Stephanie Larimore, American model
  • Apr 23 Joanna Krupa, Polish-American supermodel and actress, born in Warsaw, Poland

Person of interestJessica Alba

Apr 28 Jessica Alba, American actress (Dark Angel, Sin City) and businesswoman (The Honest Company), born in Pomona, California

Actress and Businesswoman Jessica Alba
Actress and Businesswoman
Jessica Alba
  • Apr 29 Alex Vincent, American actor
  • Apr 30 Emma Pierson, British actress
  • Apr 30 Kunal Nayyar, British-Indian actor and writer (Dr. Raj Koothrappali - The Big Bang Theory), born in London
  • May 1 Daniel Letterle, American actor (Camp), and singer, born on Northfield, Ohio
  • May 5 Danielle Christine Fishel, American actress (Topanga-Boy Meets World), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • May 5 Marcelle Bittar, Brazilian-Lebanese supermodel, born in Guarapuava, Paraná, Brazil

Person of interestXie Na

May 6 Xie Na, Chinese television host and actress (Happy Camp), born in Deyang, Sichuan

Television Presenter and Actress Xie Na
Television Presenter and Actress
Xie Na
  • May 8 Stephen Amell, Canadian actor (Arrow), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 11 Austin O'Brien, American actor (Apollo 13, My Girl 2, Lawnmower Man), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • May 12 Lorena Bernal, Spanish model and actress, Miss Spain 1999

Person of interestRami Malek

May 12 Rami Malek, American actor (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Los Angeles, California

Actor Rami Malek
Actor
Rami Malek
  • May 13 Sunny Leone, Canadian born Indian American model and actress, born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • May 13 Jimmy Yang, American wrestler
  • May 13 Rebecka Liljeberg, Swedish actress
  • May 15 Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress
  • May 16 Jim Sturgess, English actor
  • May 17 R. J. Helton, American Idol finalist
  • May 19 Calico Cooper, American actress (Lila Black-Bloomers) and dancer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 22 Bryan Danielson, American professional wrestler
  • May 27 Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor
  • May 30 Blake Bashoff, American actor

Person of interestAmy Schumer

Jun 1 Amy Schumer, American comedian, writer and producer (Inside Amy Schumer), born in New York

Comedian Amy Schumer
Comedian
Amy Schumer
  • Jun 4 T. J. Miller, American actor and comedian
  • Jun 5 Jade Goody, English television personality (Big Brother), born in London (d. 2009)
  • Jun 6 Johnny Pacar, American film actor
  • Jun 7 Larisa Oleynik, American actress
  • Jun 7 Amrita Rao, Indian model and actress
  • Jun 8 Ai Nonaka, Japanese voice actor
  • Jun 8 Jess Weixler, American actress

Person of interestNatalie Portman

Jun 9 Natalie Portman [Neta-Lee Hershlag], Israeli-American actress (V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Star Wars), born in Jerusalem, Israel

  • Jun 9 Vic Zhou, JVKV band member, Taiwanese actor, singer and model.
  • Jun 10 Hoku, American singer and actress
  • Jun 10 Jonathan Bennett, American actor (Mean Girls), born in Rossford, Ohio
  • Jun 12 Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel, born in Salvador, Brazil

Person of interestChris Evans

Jun 13 Chris Evans, American actor (Captain American, Human Torch-Fantastic Four), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Jun 14 Lonneke Engel, Dutch model
  • Jun 14 Chauncey Leopardi, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 25 Actor Bill Murray (30) weds Margaret Kelly on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 11 "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (20) marries rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen (26)

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 27 Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach [Goldbach]

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Actress Barbara Bach
Actress
Barbara Bach

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 13 Television producer Lorne Michaels (36) weds model Susan Forristal

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • Oct 5 "The Hollywood Knights" actress Michelle Pfeiffer (23) weds actor Peter Horton (28) in Santa Monica

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 28 Film director David Lean (73) weds fifth wife Sandra Hotz

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Legendary American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds American "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby (divorced, 1989)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 8 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • Jan 10 Richard Boone, American actor (The Richard Boone Show, Have Gun Will Travel), dies of throat cancer at 63
  • Jan 11 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 88
  • Jan 12 Isobel Elsom, actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • Jan 21 Allyn Joslyn, American actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), dies at 79
  • Jan 25 Richard Talmadge, actor (Speed Reporter), dies
  • Feb 1 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • Feb 2 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • Feb 5 Barend Barendse, Dutch sports reporter and actor (Zeskamp, Oebele), dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 12 Jean Dixon, actress (Joy of Living, You Only Live Once), dies
  • Mar 2 Janear Hines, actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
  • Mar 4 Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), dies of cancer at 76
  • Mar 5 Brenda De Banzie, actress (39 Steps, Hobson's Choice), dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Paul Horbiger, actor (3rd Man), dies at 86
  • Mar 15 René Clair, French film director (I Married a Witch, It Happened Tomorrow), dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Brad Johnson, actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56
  • Apr 8 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Jim Davis, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • May 8 Margaret Lindsay, actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies at 70
  • May 18 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • May 21 Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies
  • May 24 Jack Warner [Waters], British actor (Dixon of Dock Green, Christmas Carol), dies from pneumonia at 85
  • Jun 5 Philo McCullough, actor (Branded, Ridin' Thru), dies
  • Jun 9 Russell "Lucky" Hayden [Pate Lucid], American actor (Judge Roy Bean, Three Men from Texas), dies from pneumonia at 68
  • Jun 9 Allen Ludden [Ellsworth], American TV personality and gameshow host (Password), husband of Betty White, dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • Jun 18 Richard Goolden, British actor (Two Days to Live, School for Husbands), dies at 86
  • Jun 22 Lola Lane, actress (Zanzibar, Mystery Ship, Big Fight), dies
  • Jun 23 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • Jun 28 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 1 George Voskovec [Jirí Wachsmann], Czech actor (12 Angry Men, Somewhere in Time), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Jul 2 Robert Emmett Keane, actor (Rookie Cop, Red Dragon), dies
  • Jul 3 Ross Martin [Martin Rosenblatt], Polish-American actor (Mr Lucky, The Wild Wild West), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Jul 7 Keefe Brasselle [John Brasselli], American actor (The Eddie Cantor Story, Be Our Guest), dies of liver disease at 58
  • Jul 8 Loring Smith, actor (Hartmans), dies at 86
  • Jul 25 Ian Martin, actor (Uncle Bill-O'Neills), dies at 69

Person of interestWilliam Wyler

Jul 27 William Wyler, American film director (Ben-Hur, Mrs Miniver), dies at 79

Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler
  • Aug 1 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 4 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
  • Aug 18 Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright, dies at 88
  • Aug 19 Jessie Matthews, English actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Eddie Byrne, British actor (Star Wars, Island of Terror), dies from a stroke at 70
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, American newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling, NY at 89

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Aug 30 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (White Christmas; Big Leaguer; On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • Sep 1 Ann Harding, actress (When Ladies Meet, Devotion), dies
  • Sep 4 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • Sep 6 Maria Palmer, actress (Days of Glory, Web), dies
  • Sep 11 Frank McHugh, american actor (Going My Way, Front Page, Gold Diggers 1935, Mighty Joe Young), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • Sep 21 Nigel Patrick, actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Sep 23 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • Sep 24 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), dies at 71
  • Sep 27 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), dies at 77
  • Oct 5 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Crossfire, Sudden Fear, Rich Man Poor Man), dies of peritonitis and breast cancer at 55
  • Oct 5 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), dies in a plane crash at 48
  • Oct 13 Nils Asther, actor (Son of Lassie, Wild Orchids), dies at 84
  • Oct 15 Frank DeKova, actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • Oct 16 Stanley Clements, actor (Boys' Prison, Army Bound, Hot News), dies
  • Oct 22 Michael Granger, actor (Creature with Atom Brain, Pier 5 Havana), dies
  • Oct 24 Deborah Baltzell, actress (Karen-I'm a Big Girl Now), dies at 25
  • Oct 27 John Warburton, British actor (Saratoga Trunk, King Rat, Cavalcade), dies at 82
  • Oct 30 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies
  • Nov 10 Abel Gance, French movie director (J'accuse), dies at 92

Person of interestWilliam Holden

Nov 12 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), slips on a rug and bleeds to death at 63

  • Nov 15 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Morgan Conway, American actor (Dick Tracy, Brother Orchid), dies at 78
  • Nov 21 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
  • Nov 22 Andreina Pagnani, actress (Il Commandante), dies at 74
  • Nov 25 Jack Albertson, American actor (Chico and the Man, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), dies from colon cancerr at 74
  • Nov 27 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • Nov 29 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • Nov 30 Robert H Harris, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 72
  • Dec 10 John Kieran, American columnist and author (Natural History of NYC), dies at 89
  • Dec 11 I. D. du Plessis, South African writer and director (3rd World), dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Pigmeat [Dewey] Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75
  • Dec 20 Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899)
  • Dec 21 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • Dec 26 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • Dec 27 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), dies at 82
  • Dec 28 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)