Deaths in Film & Television in 1973

  • Jan 11 Isabel Randolph, US 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, 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, actor (Too Late Blues), dies of cancer at 45
  • 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, 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 M W "Truus" Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Lauritz L H Melchior, Danish baritone/actor (Luxury Liner), dies at 82
  • Mar 23 Ken Maynard, American stuntman and actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), dies of stomach cancer at 77
  • Apr 7 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), dies of cancer at 69
  • Apr 11 Ted Decorsia, American actor (The Killing, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), dies at 67
  • 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 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
  • Apr 26 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • Apr 28 Pat Henning, actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 62
  • 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 (b. 1919)
  • May 12 Frances Marion, screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • May 21 George Breakstone, actor and director (Great Expectations), dies at 53
  • 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 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • Jun 1 Mary Kornman, American actress (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, 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, 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
  • Jul 2 Elizabeth "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, actress (Mrs Nester-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 83
  • Jul 11 Robert Ryan, American actor (Billy Budd, Dirty Dozen, Longest Day), dies from lung cancer at 63
  • Jul 12 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of the Opera), dies after long illness 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

Person of interestBruce Lee

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

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 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, 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, short actor (Justine, Boom, Madigan), dies at 38
  • Aug 29 Stringer Davis, actress (Mouse on the Moon, Miranda), dies at about 77

Person of interestJohn Ford

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

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

Person of interestJ. R. R. Tolkien

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

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 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

Person of interestAnna Magnani

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

Actress Anna Magnani
Actress
Anna Magnani
  • 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, actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), dies at 74
  • 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 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, country singer/comedian/banjoist (Hee Haw), dies at 58
  • Nov 11 Stringbean, [David Akeman], banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw), dies 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, Los Angeles California, actor (Outlaws), dies at 35
  • 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 22 Irna Phillips, creator of 5 TV soap operas, dies at 72
  • Dec 26 Steven Geray, American actor (French Line), dies at 69
  • Dec 26 William Haines, US actor (Little Annie Rooney), dies of cancer at 73