Deaths in Film & Television in 1979

  • Jan 11 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), dies of esophageal cancer at 61

Person of interestTed Cassidy

Jan 16 Ted Cassidy, actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46

  • Jan 19 Paul Meurisse, actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle), dies
  • Jan 24 Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • Jan 24 Mabel Taliaferro, actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • Jan 25 J Robertson Hare, actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
  • Feb 1 Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), dies of coronary arrest at 60
  • Feb 3 Jody Gilbert, actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies
  • Feb 12 Jean Renoir, French film director and actor (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
  • Feb 15 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • Feb 16 Louise Allbritton, American actress (The Egg and I, Stage Door, Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 58
  • Feb 17 "Bill" William Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's, You Only Live Once), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Feb 28 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Mar 1 Dolores Costello, actress (Noah's Ark, Expensive Women), dies at 73
  • Mar 2 Edith Craig, actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Charles Wagenheim, actor (Halligan-Gunsmoke), dies at 83
  • Mar 9 Barbara Mullen, American actress (Thunder Rock, Innocent Sinners), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Mar 11 Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
  • Mar 19 Albert "Al" Hodge, American actor (Captain Video, Green Hornet), dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Richard Beckinsale, actor (Doing Time, Porridge, Lovers), dies at 31
  • Mar 22 Ben Lyon, American actor (Hell's Angels, I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Philip Bourneuf, actor (Big Night, Frankenstein), dies at 71
  • Mar 27 Ronald Adam, actor (Phantom Shot), dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Edgar Buchanan, American actor (Petticoat Junction), dies at 76
  • Apr 9 Staats Cotsworth, American actor (Hamlet, Peyton Place), dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Henriette P "Hetty" Beck, actress (Dodendans), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Peter Donald, British-born American actor and radio host dubbed "one of radio's great dialecticians" (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • Apr 24 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), dies from leukaemia at 72
  • May 3 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • May 5 Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
  • May 24 Jan Arvan, actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
  • May 26 George Brent, American actor (Baby Face, Dark Victory, 42nd St), dies at 75

Person of interestMary Pickford

May 29 Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 87

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • May 30 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), dies at 82
  • Jun 1 Jack Mulhall, American actor and producer (The Three Musketeers, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand), dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
  • Jun 4 Herman Shumlin, American Broadway producer, director and actor (Watch on the Rhine), dies at 80

Person of interestJack Haley

Jun 6 Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80

Actor Jack Haley
Actor
Jack Haley
  • Jun 11 August Maes, Flemish actor and director (Farmer that Dies), dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Wayne

Jun 11 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies of stomach cancer at 72

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • Jun 13 Darla Hood, American child actress (Little Rascals, The Bat), dies from acute hepatitis at 47
  • Jun 16 Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
  • Jun 17 Lou Frizzell, American actor and music director (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Julian Orchard, actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
  • Jun 22 Emory Parnell, St Paul Minn, actor (Life of Riley), dies at 85
  • Jul 1 Richard Ward, African American actor (Death of a Salesman, Beacon Hill), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Jul 5 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), dies at 76
  • Jul 8 Michael Wilding, British actor (Stage Fright, Courtney Affair, World of Suzie Wong), dies from a head injury at 66
  • Jul 14 George De Witt, TV host (Name that Tune), dies at 56
  • Jul 22 Hope Summers, actress (Clara - "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 78
  • Jul 22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69

  • Jul 24 Archie Duncan, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Ettore Manni, Italian actor (Street People, Divine Nymph, Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), accidentally shoots himself at 52
  • Jul 27 Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79
  • Jul 29 Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • Jul 30 Beppie Nooij, Dutch actress and director (Red Sien, Zeemansvrouwen), dies at 60
  • Jul 31 Beatrix Lehmann, British actress (Candles at Nine, Staircase), dies at 76
  • Aug 6 Kurt Kasznar, actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants), dies at 65
  • Aug 6 Kurt Kaszner [Serwicher], Austrian actor (Kiss Me Kate, Lili, Casino Royale), dies of cancer at 65
  • Aug 9 Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • Aug 10 John Nicholas "Dick" Foran, American actor (OK Crackerby, Fort Apache, Winners of the West), dies at 69
  • Aug 17 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • Aug 23 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), dies at 71
  • Aug 27 Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Aug 29 Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • Aug 31 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75
  • Sep 1 Doris Kenyon, American silent screen actress (Alexander Hamilton), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • Sep 15 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), dies at 63
  • Sep 21 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yƶ), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • Sep 26 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), dies from mouth cancer at 69
  • Sep 26 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), dies at 91
  • Oct 3 Claudia Jennings, playmate (Nov, 1969), dies in car crash at 29
  • Oct 8 June Nash, actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
  • Oct 12 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • Oct 13 Clarence Muse, American actor, screenwriter and director (Casablanca, Black Stallion), dies at 89
  • Oct 17 John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), dies at 81
  • Oct 17 S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
  • Nov 7 Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (The Nights of Cabiria, Chains, Lure of Sila), dies from cardiac arrest at 71
  • Nov 7 Paolo Carlini, Italian actor (It Started in Naples), dies at 53
  • Nov 8 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • Nov 9 Lewis Charles [Cholost], American actor (Topaz, Feather & Father Gang), dies of cancer at 59
  • Nov 11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), dies from a stroke at 68
  • Nov 26 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), dies at 91
  • Nov 30 Joyce Grenfell (Adventure for Two), actress, dies at 69
  • Nov 30 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), dies at 78
  • Dec 4 Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
  • Dec 9 Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • Dec 10 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • Dec 11 Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
  • Dec 22 Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer and President (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
  • Dec 25 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • Dec 25 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), dies from a heart attack at 64