Deaths in Film & Television in 1978

  • Jan 11 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • Jan 11 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • Jan 14 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 18 Carl Betz, actor (Alex Stone-Donna Reed Show), dies at 56
  • Jan 23 Jack Oakie, American actor (The Great Dictator, 1974 Photoplay Award), dies at 74
  • Jan 26 Leo Genn, British lawyer and actor (Mourning Becomes Electra, Moby Dick, Affair in Monte Carlo), dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Oscar Homolka, Hungarian actor (Sabotage, The Seven Year Itch, Ball of Fire, I Remember Mama), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Tim McCoy, American actor (Arizona Bound) and soldier, dies at 86
  • Feb 2 Wendy Barrie, TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Ilka Chase, American actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 72
  • Feb 18 Charlotte Greenwood, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • Feb 18 Derrick De Marney, British actor (The Girl Was Young, Inheritance), dies at 71
  • Feb 18 Maggie McNamara, actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), dies at 49
  • Feb 22 Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Philip Ahn, American actor (Kung Fu, Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies from pneumonia at 66
  • Mar 12 John Cazale, actor (Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), dies at 41
  • Mar 18 Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • Mar 25 Jack Hulbert, British actor (Into the Blue, Bulldog Jack), dies at 85
  • Mar 27 Wilfred Pickles, British actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog), dies at 73
  • Mar 31 Astrid Allwyn, actress (Love Affair, Girl for Calgary), dies at 68
  • Apr 3 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Paul McGrath, American actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), dies at 76
  • May 6 Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61
  • May 26 Cybele, Greek actress (b. 1887)
  • May 28 Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • Jun 9 Chief Tahachee [Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert], Cherokee stage and film actor, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Jun 17 Cully Richards, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
  • Jun 20 Karel G Bakker, actor (Coffee House), dies at 66
  • Jun 29 Bob Crane, actor (Donna Reed Show, Hogan-Hogan's Heroes), murdered at 49
  • Jul 3 James Daly, actor (Medical Center), dies at 59
  • Jul 17 Thayer David, actor (Rocky, Roots, Savages), dies at 51
  • Jul 31 Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • Aug 5 Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • Aug 26 Charles Boyer, French actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • Aug 27 Robert Shaw, actor (Dan-Buccaneers), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Sep 12 Frank Ferguson, American actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal), dies at 71
  • Sep 12 Frank Fergusson, American character actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place), dies at 78
  • Sep 22 Lina Carstens, actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), dies at 85
  • Sep 23 Jay Adler, actor (Macon County Line, Illegal, Big Combo), dies at 79
  • Sep 25 Claire Adams, actress (Legally Dead, End of the Road), dies at 80
  • Sep 30 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Oct 16 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Governor & JJ), dies of anemia at 62
  • Oct 19 Gig Young, American actor, kills his bride of 3 weeks and commits suicide at 64
  • Nov 5 Denis O'Dea, Irish actor (Niagara, Esther & the King, Treasure Island), dies at 73
  • Nov 6 Flora Campbell, actress (Faraway Hill, Date With Judy), dies at 67
  • Nov 9 Joe Wong, actor (Ken Murray Show), dies at 75
  • Nov 10 Linda Scott, actress (Escape from Hell Island), dies at 28
  • Nov 10 Theo Lingen, German director and actor (M, Charm of La Boheme), dies at 75
  • Nov 16 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), dies at 75
  • Nov 28 AndrĂ© Morell [Cecil AndrĂ© Mesritz], British actor (Ben-Hur, The Message, Hound of the Baskervilles), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • Dec 12 Fay Compton, actress (Othello), dies at 74
  • Dec 15 Chill Wills, American actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Bob de Lange [Jacob Bernard de Lange], Dutch actor and director (Daniel), dies at 62