Deaths in Film & Television in 1969

  • Jan 1 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quaterback, I Dream of Jeannie), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 2 Georges Renevant, actor (Cornered), dies after long illness at 74
  • Jan 2 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), dies at 74
  • Jan 3 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show,Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • Jan 5 Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • Jan 13 Wilton Graff, American actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • Jan 19 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 84
  • Jan 30 Allan Welsh Dulles, US diplomat/director (CIA 1953-61), dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Boris Karloff [William H Pratt], British actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • Feb 5 Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • Feb 9 [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • Feb 11 James Lanphier, American actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • Feb 12 Johanna Tourniaire, Dutch actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Wolfe Barzell, actor (Blue Angel), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Feb 19 Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • Feb 20 Jack Ingram, actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66
  • Feb 24 Kenneth Green, actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61
  • Feb 27 John Boles, American singer and actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • Mar 9 Richard Crane, actor (Surfside 6), dies at 50
  • Mar 13 Felix Locher, Swiss actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • Mar 15 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), dies at 43
  • Mar 22 Ernst Deutsch, [Dorian], Czech actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Alan Mowbray, British actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara, Matchmaker), dies after surgery at 65
  • Apr 5 Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • Apr 18 Piotr F Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor and director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • Apr 25 Margarita Xirgu, actress (Bloody Wedding), dies at 80
  • Apr 27 Dino Terranova, actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
  • May 1 Ella Logan, actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man), dies at 56
  • May 5 Ben Alexander, actor (Frank Smith-Dragnet), dies at 57
  • May 14 Enid Bennett, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), dies at 75
  • May 18 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • May 20 Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • May 20 Royal Beal, American actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer at 69
  • May 23 Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • May 24 Mitzi Green, actress (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer), dies at 48
  • May 27 Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43
  • May 28 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), dies at 71
  • Jun 2 Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • Jun 8 Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Jun 10 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), dies at 64
  • Jun 13 Martita Hunt, Argentine-born English actress (Great Expectations), dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 22 Judy Garland, American singer and actress (The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at 47 of an overdose

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Jun 23 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 77
  • Jun 24 Ted Hecht, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 5 Leo McCarey, American film director (b. 1898)
  • Jul 7 Erskine Sanford, American actor (Citizen Kane, Angel on My Shoulder), dies at 83

  • Jul 9 Rob de Vries, actor and director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • Jul 18 Barbara Pepper, actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 57
  • Jul 26 Raymond Walburn, American actor (Christmas in July), dies after illness at 81
  • Aug 9 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 9 Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Aug 12 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), dies after long illness at 72
  • Aug 14 Sigrid Gurie, actor (3 Faces West, Algiers), dies at 58
  • Aug 16 Russ Bender, actor/writer (Air Patrol, Strangler), dies at 59
  • Aug 18 Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • Aug 27 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • Aug 28 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), dies at 74
  • Sep 1 Drew Pearson, newscaster (Drew Pearson), dies at 71
  • Sep 5 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
  • Sep 9 Katherine Singleton, actress/Miss Universe (1926), dies at 65
  • Sep 14 James Anderson, actor (Connection, Five), dies at 48
  • Sep 19 Rex Ingram, American actor (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, The ten Commandments), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Sep 27 Violet Farebrother, English actress (Downhill, Easy Virtue), dies at 81
  • Oct 8 Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor (Foreign Correspondent, Gunga Din), dies at 80
  • Oct 15 Rod La Rocque, American actor (Mystery Woman), dies at 70
  • Oct 28 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • Nov 5 Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (Papa Dodger, The Manchurian Candidate), dies at 69
  • Nov 8 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), dies at 62
  • Nov 11 Frank Newburg, American actor (Homemaker), dies at 83
  • Nov 15 Roy D'Arcy [Roy Giusti}, American actor (Warning Shadows, Revolt of Zombies), dies at 75
  • Nov 28 Roy Barcroft [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!, Freckles), dies at 67
  • Dec 3 Ruth White, actress (Fugitive), dies of cancer at 55
  • Dec 3 Mathias Wieman, German actor (The Blue Light, Fear), dies at 67
  • Dec 7 Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
  • Dec 7 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), dies after surgery at 65
  • Dec 13 Spencer Williams, American director, writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies at 76
  • Dec 22 Ilse Steppat, actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
  • Dec 23 Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), dies after long illness at 80
  • Dec 28 Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
  • Dec 31 Salvatore Baccaloni,Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69