Deaths in Film & Television in 1970

  • Jan 7 Robert [Harriot] Barrat, American actor (Bad Lands, Go West, Distant Drums), dies at 80
  • Jan 19 Hal March [Harold Mendelson], American comedian, actor and TV host ($64,000 Question, Outrage), dies of lung cancer at 49
  • Jan 25 Marie Benavente, actress (Paradise), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Eiji Tsuburaya, Japanese television writer and producer (Ultraman) (b. 1901)
  • Jan 30 Malcolm Keen, British actor ( The Lodger, The Manxman, The Murder Party), dies at 82
  • Feb 2 Lawrence Gray, American actor, dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Roscoe Karns, American actor (Capt Shafer-Hennesey), dies at 78
  • Feb 24 Conrad Nagel, American actor (All That Heaven Allows, Celebrity Time), dies at 72
  • Mar 6 William Hopper, American actor (Perry Mason, The Bad Seed, Rebel Without a Cause), dies of pneumonia following a stroke at 55
  • Mar 10 Vasilis Avlonitis, Greek actor (b. 1904)
  • Mar 13 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), dies of internal hemorrhages at 45
  • Apr 4 Byron Foulger, American actor (Capt Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
  • Apr 9 Gustaf Tenggren, Swedish-American artist and chief illustrator for The Walt Disney Company during the 1930s (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Bambi, Pinocchio), dies at 73
  • Apr 10 Charles Paton, British actor (Freedom of the Seas), dies of a heart attack at 96
  • Apr 11 Cathy O'Donnell [Ann Steely], American film noir actress (Miniver Story, Man from Laramie), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 46
  • Apr 23 Herb Shriner, humorist/TV host (Herb Shriner Show), dies at 51

  • Apr 25 Anita Louise, American actress (The Little Princess, Gorilla, My Friend Flicka), dies from a stroke at 55
  • Apr 26 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • Apr 27 Arthur Shields, Irish actor (River, Enchanted Island), dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Ed Begley, American actor (12 Angry Men, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 69
  • Apr 30 Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), commits suicide at 35
  • May 10 Mari Blanchard, American actress and femme fatale (Kathy-Klondike), dies of cancer at 47
  • May 14 Billie Burke, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 85
  • May 21 Vinton Hayworth, actor (Gen Schaeffer-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 63
  • May 23 Nydia Westman, actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), dies at 68
  • Jun 2 Albert Lamorisse, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • Jun 4 Menasha Skulnik, comedian (Menasha the Magnificent), dies at 78
  • Jun 4 Sonny Tufts [Bowen Charleton Tufts III], American actor (The Seven Year Itch, Variety Girl), dies from pneumonia at 58
  • Jun 11 Frank Silvera, Jamaican-American actor (High Chaparral, Killer's Kiss, Fear and Desire), accidentally electrocutes himself at 55
  • Jul 7 Marjorie Rambeau, actress (Primrose Path, Torch Song), dies at 80
  • Jul 7 Sylvester Wiere, comedian (Wiere Brothers-Ford Festival), dies at 60
  • Jul 14 Preston S Foster, actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger), dies at 69
  • Jul 17 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • Jul 26 Claud Allister, British actor (Kiss Me Kate, Quartet, Bulldog Drummond), dies at 81
  • Aug 1 Frances Farmer, American actress (Son of Fury, Flowing Gold, Among the Living), dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • Aug 17 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (b. 1908)
  • Aug 30 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), dies at 53
  • Sep 11 Chester Morris, American actor (Diagnosis: Unknown), dies at 69
  • Sep 23 Bourvil [AndrĂ© Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), dies of Kahler's syndrome at 53
  • Sep 29 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), dies at 84
  • Sep 30 Patrick Aherne, British actor (Green Dolphin Street, Rocketship X-M, The Court Jester), dies at 69
  • Oct 8 Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
  • Oct 17 Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Oct 20 Patrick Wymark [Cheeseman], British actor (Skull, Tomb of Ligeia), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Nov 17 Naunton Wayne, Welsh actor (Quartet, Hidden Room, Double Confession), dies at 69
  • Dec 23 Charlie Ruggles, American actor (Bringing Up Baby, The Patchwork Girl of Oz), dies at 84
  • Dec 29 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (b. 1909)