Deaths in Film & Television in 1961

  • Jan 4 Barry Fitzgerald, Irish actor (Academy Award, Going My Way), dies at 72
  • Jan 14 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Brass Monkey, Ghoul), dies at 81
  • Feb 3 Anna May Wong, American actress, 1st Chinese American movie star (Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), dies at 56
  • Feb 8 William Duncan, Scottish actor (Hopalong Rides Again, Thunder Trail), dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor and director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • Feb 14 Wallis Clark, actress (Easy Money), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 59
  • Feb 17 Nita Naldi, actress (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies of heart attack at 63
  • Mar 6 George Formby, British singer/comedian, dies at 56
  • Mar 6 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright and director (Tivoli), dies at 59
  • Mar 12 Belinda Lee, actress (Joseph & his Brethren), dies in car crash at 25
  • Apr 2 August Defresne, Dutch playwright and director (Anno Christi 969), dies at 67
  • Apr 10 Irene Warfield, silent screen actress (Satan Sanderson), dies at 65
  • Apr 12 Philippine "Pine" Belder, [Mary de Klerk], actress, dies at 93
  • Apr 24 Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72 (b. 1888)
  • Apr 26 Gail Russell, actress (Calcutta, Moonrise, El Paso), dies at 36
  • May 8 James Fairfax, actor (Gale Storm Show), dies at 63

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May 13 Gary Cooper, 2 time Acad award winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60

  • May 18 Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
  • May 22 Joan Davis, actress (I Married Joan), dies of heart attack at 53
  • May 23 Joan Davis, comedic actress (I Married Joan), dies at 53
  • Jun 2 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70
  • Jun 17 Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], American actor (Broken Arrow), dies as a result of medical malpractice at 42
  • Jun 22 Betty Elder, actress (Annie Get Your Gun), dies
  • Jun 27 Paul (II) Guilfoyle, actor (Apache, Final Anaylsis), dies at 58
  • Jul 4 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Jul 9 Alan Marshal, actor (Lydia, Irene, Exile Express), dies at 52
  • Jul 16 [Louise] Sophie M E de Vries, actress (English Prof), dies at 88
  • Jul 18 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jul 23 Esther Dale, actress (Birdie-Ma & Pa Kettle), dies after surgery at 75
  • Aug 5 Eva JC Beck, actress (Elckerlyc, Resurrection), dies at 63
  • Aug 8 Charlie Gemora, actor (who portrayed King Kong), dies at 58
  • Aug 11 Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
  • Aug 13 Adeline De Walt Reynolds, actress (Son of Dracula), dies at 78
  • Aug 30 Charles Coburn, American actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 84
  • Sep 10 Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), dies at 80
  • Sep 22 Marion Davies, actress (Not So Dumb, 5 & 10), dies of cancer at 64
  • Sep 23 Billy House, actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I), dies at 71
  • Sep 25 Frank Fay, American vaudeville comedian and actor (God's Gift to Women), dies at 69
  • Sep 26 Eily Malyon, actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch), dies at 81
  • Sep 26 Juanita Hansen, actress (Fast Company), dies of heart ailment at 67
  • Sep 28 Michael Shepley, actor (Dick & the Duchess), dies at 54
  • Oct 1 Donald Cook, American actor (Too Young To Go Steady), dies at 60
  • Oct 11 Leonard "Chico" Marx, comedian (Marx Brothers), dies at 74
  • Oct 13 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia) American filmmaker dies of a brain hemorrhage aged 44
  • Oct 18 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • Nov 1 Joan McCracken, actress (Claudie The Story of a Marriage), dies at 38
  • Nov 2 James Thurber, humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
  • Nov 13 Fredrik J "Frits" Bakker Jr, Dutch actor (Unknown Woman), dies at 63
  • Nov 13 Wally Brown, American actor (Jed Fame-Cimarron City), dies at 57
  • Nov 15 Douglas Walton, actor (Bad Lands), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Nov 15 Elsie Ferguson, American actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), dies at 78
  • Nov 24 Ruth Chatterton, actress (Female, Dodsworth), dies after illness at 67
  • Dec 3 Mary Charleson, actress (Upstairs & Downstairs), dies at 76
  • Dec 30 Jacobus "Ko" van den Bosch, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned)/dir, dies at 53