Deaths in Film & Television in 1962

  • Jan 12 Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), killed in auto crash at 42
  • Jan 13 Ernie Kovacs, comedian, dies in a car crash in West LA, at 42
  • Jan 15 Kenneth MacKenna, American actor and director (Judgment at Nuremberg, Those We Love), dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 19 Harry "Snub" Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 24 Tom Shirley, actor/TV announcer (They're Off), dies at 62
  • Feb 15 Vladimir Sokoloff, Russian actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
  • Feb 17 Joseph Kearns, actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • Feb 20 Halliwell Hobbes, British actor (Gaslight, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies at 84
  • Feb 27 Willie Best, actor (Charlie-My Little Margie), dies at 45
  • Feb 28 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Mar 1 Roscoe Ates, American actor (Freaks, Cimarron, Marshal of Gunsight Pass), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Mar 15 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), dies at 65
  • Mar 17 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), dies at 82
  • Mar 22 Aura Abranches, Port actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio), dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Val Paul, American actor and director (Suspense, The Phantom Thief), dies at 75
  • Apr 22 Vera Reynolds, actress (Dragnet Patrol, Lawless Woman), dies at 62
  • May 7 Jimmy Conlin, American actor (Sin of Harold Diddlebock), dies at 77
  • May 13 Frank Jenks, American actor (Colonel Flack, Zombies on Broadway), dies of cancer at 60
  • May 14 Florence Auer, American actress (b. 1880)
  • Jun 6 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), dies of poisoning at 63
  • Jun 9 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • Jun 19 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 24 Lucile Watson, actress (Great Lie, Model Wife, Florian), dies at 83
  • Jul 4 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Jul 24 Victor Moore, comedian, dies of heart attack at 86
  • Jul 30 Myron McCormick, actor (China Girl, Jigsaw), dies of cancer at 54

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Aug 5 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), found dead of an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose at 36

  • Aug 18 Cleo Ridgely, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), dies at 68
  • Aug 23 Edmund "Hoot" Gibson, American rodeo champion, western actor, director, and producer (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw), dies from cancer at 70
  • Sep 2 William Wilkerson, Founder of the Hollywood Reporter, The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and nightclubs such as Ciro's (b. 1890)
  • Oct 2 Frank Lovejoy, actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies at 48
  • Oct 6 Tod Browning, American film director (b. 1880)
  • Oct 26 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), dies at 60
  • Oct 27 Fatso Marco, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • Nov 11 Joseph Allen Jr, actor (All Women Have Secrets), dies at 44
  • Nov 12 Sid Tomack, actor (Gillis-Life of Riley, My Friend Irma), dies at 55
  • Nov 23 Gloria Gordon, actress (My Friend Irma), dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 67

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Dec 15 Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

  • Dec 17 Thomas Mitchell, American academy award winning actor (Gone with the Wind, High Noon), dies of bone cancer at 70
  • Dec 23 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)