On This Day

Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1973

  • Jan 11 Isabel Randolph, American actress (Missing Corpse), dies at 83
  • Jan 15 Coleman Francis, American film director (b. 1919)
  • Jan 17 Fred Essler, Austrian actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown, Saratoga Trunk), dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Max Adrian, Irish actor (Boy Friend), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Jan 24 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 73
  • Jan 26 Edward G. Robinson [Goldenberg], Romanian actor (Double Indemnity, The Stranger, The Ten Commandments), dies at 79
  • Jan 28 John Banner, Austrian-born American actor (Hogan's Heroes, Lone Ranger, 36 Hours), dies of a abdominal haemorrhage at 63
  • Jan 29 Ludwig Stössel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera, The Pride of the Yankees), dies at 89
  • Jan 30 Jack MacGowran, Irish actor (King Lear, The Quiet Man, The Exorcist), dies of influenza at 54
  • Feb 9 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (b. 1883)
  • Feb 15 Tim Holt [Charles John Holt III], American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies of bone cancer at 54
  • Feb 15 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Feb 20 Maurice Dallimore, British actor (The Collector, Me and My Girl), dies from Laennec's cirrhosis at 60
  • Feb 22 Katina Paxinou, actress (For Whom the Bell Tolls, Zita), dies at 72
  • Feb 24 Art Smith, actor (Quicksand), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Feb 26 Mary Finney, American actress (Honestly Celeste), dies at 68
  • Feb 28 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), dies at 79
  • Mar 5 Rupert Crosse, American actor, 1st African-American to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (The Reivers), dies of lung cancer at 45
  • Mar 13 Stacy Harris, Canadian born actor (NOPD, Doorway to Danger), dies at 54
  • Mar 16 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), dies at 79
  • Mar 17 Geertruida Magdelena Wilhelmina Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), dies at 82
  • Mar 23 Ken Maynard, American stuntman and actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), dies of stomach cancer at 77

Noël Coward

Mar 26 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever; Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve -1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, dies of heart failure at 73

  • Mar 26 Don Messer, Canadian folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Mar 29 Melville Cooper, English actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Father of the Bride), dies of cancer at 76 [1]
  • Apr 7 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), dies of cancer at 69
  • Apr 11 (Edward) "Ted" de Corsia, American actor (The Naked City; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), dies at 69
  • Apr 13 Balraj Sahni [Yudhishthir], Indian Bollywood actor (Dharti Ke Lal), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Apr 14 Magda Janssens, Flemish actress (Nederlands in 7 Lessons), dies at 88
  • Apr 14 Minna Gombell, American actress dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Robert Armstrong, actor (Fall Guy, Exposed), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Ursula Jeans, British actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon, I Lived With You), dies of cancer at 66

Merian C. Cooper

Apr 21 Merian C. Cooper, American film director and producer (King Kong) and aviator (Kościuszko Squadron, Director-Pan American Airways), dies of cancer at 79

  • Apr 26 Irene Ryan [Noblitt], American actress (Beverly Hillbillies - "Granny"; Pippin), dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 70
  • Apr 28 Pat Henning, American actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 64
  • Apr 30 Josie Sedgwick, American actress (The Best Man, Queen of the Round-Up), dies of stroke at 75
  • May 2 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), dies at 61
  • May 10 Jack E. Leonard, American comedian (Disorderly Orderly), dies at 62
  • May 10 Loren Tindall, American actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost), dies of heart attack at 51
  • May 11 Lex Barker, American actor, dies at 53
  • May 12 Frances Marion, American screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • May 21 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), dies at 53
  • May 23 Athena Lorde, American actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), dies of cancer at 57
  • May 29 Eric Applewhite, American actor (Dial M for Murder,) dies at 76
  • May 29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Jun 1 Mary Kornman, American actress ("Our Gang" shorts; The Desert Trail; Queen of the Jungle; Swing It, Professor), dies at 57
  • Jun 1 Walter Greaza, American actor (Treasury Man; Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 76
  • Jun 3 Dory Funk, professional wrestler (b. 1919)
  • Jun 5 Max Terhune, American actor (Range Justice, Night Riders), dies at 82
  • Jun 7 Lane Bradford, actor (Dead Man's Gold, Gun Hawk), dies at 50
  • Jun 17 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born, American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), dies at 66
  • Jun 18 Roger Delgado, English actor (Doctor Who, Agent 8 3/4, Hot Enough for June), dies in a road accident at 55
  • Jun 23 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77
  • Jun 24 Mary Carr, American actress (Forbidden Trail, 2nd Wife), dies at 99
  • Jun 24 George "Bud" Hamilton Westmore, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), dies after a heart attack at 55
  • Jun 26 Ernest Truex, American actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday, Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), dies at 83
  • Jun 29 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), dies from cancer at 57

Betty Grable

Jul 2 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), dies of lung cancer at 56

  • Jul 2 George Macready, American actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Joe E. Brown, American comedian (Buck Circus Hour), dies after long illness at 80
  • Jul 6 Patrick McVey, actor (Manhunt, Big Town), dies at 63
  • Jul 7 Veronica Lake [Constance Ockleman], American actress (Sullivan's Travels, I Married a Witch), dies from hepatitis and acute kidney injury at 50
  • Jul 11 Isabel Randolph, American actress (Fuller Brush Girl; Our Miss Brooks - "Mrs. Nestor"), dies at 83
  • Jul 11 Robert Ryan, American actor (Billy Budd, The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Day), dies from lung cancer at 63
  • Jul 12 Lon Chaney Jr, American actor (Larry Talbot-The Wolf Man, Lennie Small-Of Mice and Men), dies of heart failure at 67
  • Jul 13 Willy Fritsch, German actor (Spies, Women in the Moon), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jul 18 Jack Hawkins, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur Just Men, Zulu, Malta Story), dies of post-operative complications at 62

Bruce Lee

Jul 20 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Hong Kong and American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at 32

  • Jul 21 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), dies after long illness at 69
  • Jul 24 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • Jul 28 Royal Butler [Edwin Richey], American actor (Zenobia), dies at 80
  • Jul 29 Eileen Percy, Irish silent film actress (Wicked, Backstage), dies at 72
  • Jul 30 Guy Middleton, British actor (Oh! What a Lovely War, Laughter in Paradise), dies following a heart attack at 66
  • Aug 3 Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje/It Hippie), dies at 84
  • Aug 6 James Beck, British actor (Dad's Army), dies from pancreatitis at 44
  • Aug 10 Douglas Kennedy, American actor (Dark Passage, The Lone Ranger & the Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer at 57
  • Aug 11 Peggy Castle, American actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), dies of cirrhosis at 46
  • Aug 16 Veda Ann Borg, American model and actress (Kid Galahad, Avalanche, Accomplice), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 22 Louise Huff, American actress (Sea Waif, Caprice, Disraeli), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Billy Greene, American actor (Single Room Furnished, One Man's Family), dies at 76
  • Aug 29 Michael Dunn, American short actor (Justine, Boom, Madigan), dies at 38
  • Aug 29 Stringer Davis, English actress (Mouse on the Moon; Miranda), dies at about 77

John Ford

Aug 31 John Ford, American director (Stagecoach, The Searchers), dies at 78

  • Aug 31 Raymond Keane, American actor (Midnight Sun, Love Eagle), dies at 66

J. R. R. Tolkien

Sep 2 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings), dies of an ulcer at 81

  • Sep 2 Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)
  • Sep 9 Samuel N Behrman, US stage/screenwriter (Quo Vardis), dies at 80
  • Sep 13 Betty Field, American actress (Of Mice and Men, Kings Row, Bus Stop), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • Sep 16 Frederic Meyer, actor (Faraway Hill), dies at 63
  • Sep 18 Nora Nicholson, British actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow), dies at 80
  • Sep 19 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot, The Rebel Set), dies of hepatitis at 75
  • Sep 20 Glenn Strange, American actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • Sep 21 Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39

Anna Magnani

Sep 26 Anna Magnani, Italian actress (The Rose Tattoo; Miracle; Wild is the Wind), dies of pancreatic cancer at 65

  • Sep 28 Mantan Moreland, comedian (Watermelon Man), dies at 71
  • Sep 28 Norma Crane, American actress (Tea & Sympathy, Fiddler on the Roof, They Call Me Mister Tibbs!), dies of cancer at 44
  • Oct 1 Joe Devlin, American actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), dies at 77
  • Oct 2 Paul Hartman, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Inherit the Wind), dies at 69
  • Oct 6 Dennis Price, English actor (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Separate Tables), dies at 58 (b. 1915)
  • Oct 6 Sidney Blackmer, American actor (played Ted Roosevelt in 7 movies, Rosemary's Baby), dies of cancer at 78
  • Oct 14 Edmund A. Chester, American broadcaster and journalist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 18 Frank Knight, TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79
  • Oct 18 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), dies at 60
  • Oct 27 Allan "Rocky" Lane, American western cowboy actor (voice of Mr Ed, Red Ryder), dies from cancer at 64
  • Oct 28 Sergio Tofano, Italian actor (b. 1883)
  • Nov 3 Arturo de Córdova [Arturo García Rodríguez], Mexican actor (Medal for Benny), dies from a stroke at 66
  • Nov 3 Marc Allégret, French director and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • Nov 10 Stringbean [David Akeman], American country singer, comedian, and banjo player (Hee Haw), murdered by burglars at his home at 58
  • Nov 13 Lila Lee, American actress (Midnight Girl, Blood & Sand), dies of stroke at 68
  • Nov 23 Claire Dodd, actress (Ex-Lady, In the Navy), dies after illness at 64
  • Nov 23 Paul Newlan, actor (Capt Grey-M Squad), dies
  • Nov 23 Robert Ellis, actor (Curse of King Tut's Tomb), dies at 40
  • Nov 23 Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Tokyo Joe), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 83
  • Nov 25 Laurence Harvey [Larushka Skine], Lithuanian-born South African actor (Alamo, Romeo & Juliet), dies of cancer at 45
  • Nov 30 Bruce Yarnell, American actor (Outlaws) and singer, dies at 35 when the single‐engine plane he was piloting crashes on a mountain slope in northern Los Angeles County [1]
  • Dec 4 Michael O'Shea, American actor (Smart Woman), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Dec 10 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies at 81
  • Dec 20 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer ("Mack the Knife"; "Splish-Splash"; "Beyond the Sea"), and actor, dies of a heart attack at 37
  • Dec 23 Irna Phillips, American scriptwriter who created 6 soap operas (Guiding Light), dies at 72
  • Dec 26 Steven Geray, American actor (French Line), dies at 69
  • Dec 26 William Haines, American actor (Little Annie Rooney), dies of cancer at 73