Deaths in Film & Television in 1966

  • Jan 3 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), dies at 62
  • Jan 22 Herbert Marshall, actor (Dark Angel, Duel in the Sun), dies at 75
  • Jan 31 Elizabeth Patterson, actress (Tall Story), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • Feb 1 Buster Keaton, American actor (Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr, The General), dies at 70
  • Feb 3 June Walker, actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
  • Feb 6 Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Frank Pettingell, actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 Gail Kane, actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)
  • Feb 26 Minerva Urecal, actress (Peter Gunn, Adv of Tugboat Annie), dies at 71
  • Feb 27 Minerva Urecal, actress (Apache Rose, Ghost Crazy), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 William Frawley, American actor (I Love Lucy, My 3 Sons), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • Mar 12 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Golden Stallion, Susanna Pass), dies at 37
  • Mar 23 Johannes W Elsensohn, Dutch actor/writer (Arie), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Colin Campbell, actor (Leather Boys), dies at 83
  • Apr 1 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
  • Apr 6 Julia Faye, actress (10 Commandments. Samson & Delilah), dies at 73
  • Apr 15 Joseph Crehan, American actor (The Roaring Twenties, Meeting at Midnight), dies of stroke at 82
  • Apr 28 Ralph Bunker, actor (Ghost Goes West), dies of a stroke at 77
  • Apr 29 Eugene O'Brien, American actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • May 21 Pat O'Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75
  • May 23 Ruth Gates, Denton TX, actress (Aunt Jenny-Mama), dies at 79
  • May 26 Don Castle, actor (Motor Patrol, Born to Speed), dies at 47
  • May 26 Neal Dodd, actor (Only Women, You Belong to Me), dies at 86
  • Jun 3 Alice Calhoun, actress (Flowing Gold, Between Friends), dies at 65
  • Jun 11 Ethel Clayton, actress (Warning Shadows), dies at 82
  • Jun 11 Wallace Ford [Samuel Jones Grundy], British actor (Freaks, Harvey, Spellbound, Deputy), dies of heart attack at 68
  • Jun 12 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • Jun 19 Ed Wynn [Isaiah Edwin Leopold], American comedian (Ed Wynn Show), dies at 79
  • Jun 29 Isabel Dawn, American screenwriter, dies at 68
  • Jun 29 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), dies at 63
  • Jul 20 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), dies of burns at 68
  • Jul 23 Donald Novis, singer/actor (Pajama Game), dies at 60
  • Jul 23 Douglass Montgomery, actor (Forbidden, Daybreak), dies at 56
  • Jul 23 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Jul 30 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), dies at 94
  • Aug 3 Lenny Bruce, comedian, dies of a morphine overdose at 39
  • Aug 15 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • Aug 15 Seena Owen, actress/writer (Queen Kelly), dies at 71
  • Aug 16 Jack Mather, actor (Cisco Kid), dies of heart attack at 58
  • Aug 23 Francis Xavier Bushman, actor (Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • Aug 23 Francis X Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • Aug 26 Art Baker, TV host (You Asked For It), dies at 67
  • Sep 7 Al Kelly, double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Nestor Paiva, actor (3 Stooges in Orbit), dies of cancer at 61
  • Sep 11 Charlie Cantor, actor (Artie-Ray Bolger Show), dies at 68
  • Sep 14 Gertrude Berg, American actress (Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs), dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), dies at 63
  • Sep 26 Helen Kane, actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), dies of cancer at 62
  • Sep 28 Eric Fleming, actor (Gil-Rawhide), dies at 41
  • Oct 13 Clifton Webb [Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck], American actor (Razor's Edge, Laura), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Oct 16 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), dies at 67
  • Oct 17 Soledad JimĂ©nez, Spanish actress (Kid Galahad, The Phantom of the Range), dies at 92
  • Oct 18 Bill Nestell, American actor (Dangerous Venture, Buckskin Frontier), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Oct 21 Gertrude Hoffman, actress (Mrs Odetts-My Little Margie), dies at 95
  • Oct 23 Claire McDowell, actress (Big Parade), dies after long illness at 88
  • Oct 29 [Louis C] Marcel Berckmans, painter/actor (Manner Kater), dies at 83
  • Nov 3 Eric Spear, British composer for film and TV (Coronation Street theme)
  • Dec 13 Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
  • Dec 14 Emma Dunn, actress (You Can't Fool Your Wife), dies at 91
  • Dec 14 Richard Whorf, actor (Chain Lightning), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 14 Verna Felton, actress (Hilda-December Bride), dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Robert Keith [Rolland Keith Richey], American actor (Guys and Dolls, The Wild One, Battle Circus, Branded, Wild One), dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75