Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1968

  • Jan 5 Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Basil Sydney, British actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • Jan 10 Howard Smith, American actor (Kiss of Death, Call Northside 777), dies at 74
  • Jan 15 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle; The Nitwits; Hold 'em Jail;, High Flyers; Rainmakers), dies at 72
  • Jan 18 John Ridgely, American actor (Northern Pursuit; They Died with Their Boots On; Air Force), dies from a heart ailment at 58
  • Jan 25 Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
  • Feb 4 Eddie Baker, American actor (A Man About Town, Collars and Cuffs), dies of emphysema at 70
  • Feb 6 C Montague Shaw, actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85
  • Feb 7 Nick Adams [Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock], American actor (Interns, Pillow Talk, FBI Story), dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • Feb 9 Barbara Everest, actress (Inquest, Madeleine), dies at 77
  • Feb 11 Howard Lindsay, American playwright, actor and director (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • Feb 13 Mae Marsh, actress (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), dies at 72
  • Feb 17 Donald Wolfit, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed), dies of heart ailment at 65
  • Feb 19 Georg Hackenschmidt, Estonian professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • Feb 19 Ralph Dunn, American actor (Mr Rudge-Norby), dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Anthony Asquith, British film director (Court Martial), dies at 65
  • Feb 26 Eric Feldary, Hungarian actor (Hold Back the Dawn, 16 Fathoms Deep), dies of burns at 55
  • Feb 28 Doretta Morrow, American actress (Because You're Mine), dies from cancer at 41
  • Feb 28 Juanita Hall, actress (Capt Billy), dies at 66
  • Mar 10 Helen Walker, American actress (Brewster's Million, Lucky Jordan), dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 16 June Collyer, actress (June-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 60
  • Mar 24 Alice Guy-Blaché, French film director who was the first woman to direct a film (The Fairy of the Cabbages), dies at 94
  • Mar 24 Howard Petrie, American actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Douglas Evans, American actor (At War with the Army, South Pacific Trail), dies at 64
  • Mar 30 Bobby Driscoll, American Academy Juvenile Award-winning actor (Song Of The South; The Window), dies of heart failure at 31 [date reflects discovery of his body in a deserted NYC tenement]
  • Apr 5 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 16 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • Apr 17 Margaret Seddon, American stage and screen actress (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 95
  • Apr 20 Marion Weeks, American silent film actress, and Ziegfield Follies singer and dancer, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 24 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • Apr 24 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), dies of a brain tumor at 46
  • May 5 Albert Van Dekker, American character actor (Dr. Cyclops; Beau Geste; The Wild Bunch), dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • May 9 Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (Quo Vadis, Avengers), dies at 90
  • May 9 Marion Lorne, American actress (Aunt Clara-Bewitched), dies at 81
  • May 9 Phil Arnold, American actor (Errand Boy, Stud Lonigan, Damn Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • May 10 Philippa Bevans, British actress (Notorious Landlady, World of Henry Orient), dies at 55
  • May 10 Scotty Beckett, American actor (Our Gang, Listen Darling, Battleground), dies from either an overdose, or as a result from a beating at 38
  • May 21 Doris Lloyd, English American actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • May 23 James Burke, American actor (Ellery Queen, Army Surgeon), dies at 81
  • Jun 4 Dorothy Gish [de Guiche], actress (Home Sweet Home), dies at 70
  • Jun 7 Dan Duryea, American actor (Pride of the Yankees), dies of cancer at 61

Tony Hancock

Jun 25 Tony Hancock, English comedian and actor (Hancock's Half Hour), commits suicide at 44

  • Jun 29 Kitty Kelly, American actress (Ladies of Jury, Behind Office Doors), dies at 66
  • Jun 30 John Gough, American actor (Smooth as Satin, In the Land of the Tortilla, Circus Kid), dies at 73
  • Jul 1 Virginia Weidler, American child actress (Babes on Broadway, All This & Heaven Too), dies of heart disease at 42
  • Jul 6 John Indrisano, American welterweight boxer, stunt man, and bit-part actor (O.K.. Crackerby!), dies of apparent suicide at 61
  • Jul 27 Lillian Harvey [Pape], British actress (Invitation to the Waltz; Congress Dance), dies of liver failure at 62
  • Jul 31 Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66
  • Aug 19 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born American nuclear physicist and cosmologist (Big Bang Theory, DNA), dies at 64
  • Aug 19 Sara Jane Roberts, child actress (Our Gang), dies after surgery at 44
  • Aug 25 John George [Tufei Fatella], Syrian actor (Black Orchids, Don Juan, Adventures of Fu Manchu), dies from emphysema at 70
  • Aug 26 Kay Francis, American actress (Charley's Aunt, False Madonna), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 29 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), dies at 79
  • Aug 30 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • Aug 31 Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Sep 3 Isabel Withers, American actress, dies at 72
  • Sep 18 Franchot Tone, American actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, Advise & Consent), dies from lung cancer at 63
  • Sep 18 Francis McDonald, American actor (Will-Adv of Champion), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Corry Lievens, Flemish actress/playwright/dir (Blue Bird), dies at 64
  • Oct 10 Wilhelmina Johanna "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress and acting teacher (GoetheJane Eyre), dies at 71
  • Oct 13 Bea Benaderet, American actress (Petticoat Junction), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Oct 15 Bea Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • Oct 18 Lee Tracy, American actor (Dinner at Eight, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies of cancer at 70
  • Oct 20 Bud Flanagan [Chaim Reuben Weintrop], English comedian (duo with Chesney Alley), dies at 72
  • Oct 25 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Pert Kelton, actress (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 61
  • Oct 30 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos], Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), is murdered at 69
  • Nov 5 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Leech Woman, Take a Giant Step), dies at 81
  • Nov 5 Robert Ayres, actor (Battle Beneath the Earth), dies at 54
  • Nov 8 Wendell Corey, American actor (Rear Window, 11th Hour, Peck's Bad Girl), dies from a liver ailment at 54
  • Nov 10 Gerald Mohr, American actor (The Angry Red Planet, The Sniper, Foreign Intrigue), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Nov 20 Cathy Lewis, American actress (Deidre-Hazel), dies of cancer at 50
  • Nov 20 Helen Gardner, American silent film actress (Sandra), dies at 84
  • Nov 25 Phil Lord, actor (Stud's Place), dies at 89
  • Dec 1 Hugo Haas, Czechoslovakian actor and director (Bait, Pick Up, 2 Smart People), dies of asthma at 66
  • Dec 5 Fred Clark, American actor (Zotz, Auntie Mame), dies of liver ailment at 54
  • Dec 10 Patsy Moran, actress (Children of the Wild), dies at 65
  • Dec 11 Nadine Riga, American actress, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59
  • Dec 12 Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted), dies of pneumonia at 65
  • Dec 18 Joan Tabor, American actress (Teenage Millionaire), dies at 36 after accidentally overdosing on influenza medication