Deaths in Film & Television in 1980

  • Jan 3 Ivan Triesault [Johann Constantin Treisalt], Russian actor (Cry of the Werewolf, Black Parachute), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Sarah Selby, actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • Jan 17 Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • Jan 22 Iris Meredith, actress (Lawless Land, Gambling Terror), dies at 64
  • Jan 24 Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), dies at 92
  • Jan 25 David Newell, American actor (Runaway Bride, White Heat, Dangerous Curves), dies at 75
  • Jan 25 Queenie Watts, English actress (b. 1926)
  • Jan 29 Jimmy Durante, comedian (Palooka, Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Lil Dagover, actress (Destiny, Spiders), dies at 82
  • Feb 1 Jack Bailey, TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Romolo Valli, actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • Feb 7 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
  • Feb 12 Floyd Taliaferro Alderson, actor (Crossing Trails), dies
  • Feb 13 David Janssen, [Meyer], actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • Feb 14 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • Feb 18 Gale Robbins, actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies at 58
  • Feb 21 Chester Lauck, American actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live), dies at 78
  • Feb 22 Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), murdered in his New York apartment at 46
  • Feb 27 George Tobias, American actor (Bewitched), dies at 78
  • Mar 1 Wilhelmina, high-fashion model and owner of model agency (b. 1940)
  • Mar 5 Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger), dies at 67
  • Mar 9 Olga Chekova, actress (Moulin Rouge, Pawns of Possession), dies at 82
  • Mar 28 Dick Haymes, actor (Real Life, Betrayal), dies
  • Apr 3 Luella Gear, American actress (Joe & Mabel), dies at 82
  • Apr 9 Kathleen Burke, American actress (Island of Lost Souls), dies at 66
  • Apr 10 Kay Medford, actress (Dean Martin Show, To Rome With Love), dies at 65
  • Apr 11 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), dies at 75
  • Apr 14 Tom Fadden, actor (Duffeild-Broken Arrow, Cimarron City), dies at 84
  • Apr 15 Marshall Reed, actor (Fred Asher-Lineup), dies at 62
  • Apr 15 Paul Langton, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Raymond Bailey, American actor (Vertigo, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Incredible Shrinking Man), dies at 75
  • Apr 19 Ethel Wilson, actress (Aunt Harriet-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • Apr 19 Tony Beckley, actor (Assault, When a Stranger Calls), dies at 51
  • Apr 25 Katia Mann, German actress and wife of German writer Thomas Mann, dies at 96
  • Apr 26 Cicely Courtneidge, actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • Apr 28 Dee Carroll, [Betty Jean Marsh], actress (Mad Bomber, Split), dies

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Apr 29 Alfred Hitchcock, English director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), dies of renal failure at 80

  • Apr 30 Mary McCarty, actress (French Line), dies
  • May 2 George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
  • May 4 Kay Hammond, British actress (Blithe Spirit, 5 Golden Hours), dies at 71
  • May 12 Lillian Roth, actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies
  • May 14 Hugh Griffith, actor (Passover Plot, Ben Hur, Tom Jones), dies at 67
  • May 21 Ida Kaminska, actress (Shop on Main Street), dies
  • Jun 7 Richard Bonnelli, actor (Enter Madame), dies
  • Jun 8 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • Jun 12 Milburn Stone, American actor (Gunsmoke, Pickup on South Street), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • Jun 18 Terence Fisher, English film director (b. 1904)
  • Jun 23 John Laurie, Scottish actor (Hamet, The 39 Steps, Jericho, Island of Desire), dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Odile Versois, actress (Nude in a White Car, Young Lovers), dies
  • Jun 28 Herbie Faye, comedian (Doc, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 81
  • Jun 30 Virginia Brown Faire, actress (Lonesome Trail, Temptress), dies

  • Jul 6 Gail Patrick, actress (My Man Godfrey), dies of leukemia at 69
  • Jul 7 Reginald Gardiner, British actor (The Flying Deuces, The Great Dictator), dies at 77
  • Jul 11 Peggy Knudson, actress (April-So This is Hollywood), dies at 57
  • Jul 15 Eddie Jackson, comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 17 Donald Barry, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak), dies at 68

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Jul 24 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Pink Panther), dies at 54

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
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Peter Sellers
  • Jul 24 Uttam Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 25 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • Jul 26 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang) dies at 59
  • Jul 30 Charles McGraw, actor (Michael-Falcon, Smith Family), dies at 66
  • Jul 31 Bobby Van, actor/TV host (Make Me Laugh), dies of cancer at 49

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Aug 1 Strother Martin, actor (Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

  • Aug 9 Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Willi Forst, Austrian actor and director (Bel Amis, Operette, Vienna Blood), dies at 77
  • Aug 14 Dorothy Stratten, Playmate, murdered by boyfriend Paul Snider
  • Aug 23 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Yootha Joyce, British actress (b. 1927)
  • Aug 26 Miliza Korjus, actress (Great Waltz), dies at 71
  • Aug 26 Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • Aug 27 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • Aug 27 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (b. 1947)
  • Sep 3 Barbara O'Neil, actress (Tower of London, Stella Dallas)
  • Sep 3 Duncan Renaldo, Spanish actor (Cisco Kid, Guns of Fury), dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Sep 3 Dirch Passer, Danish actor (b. 1926
  • Sep 5 Barbara Loden, actress (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 48
  • Sep 12 Lillian Randolph, actress (Roots, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
  • Sep 20 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • Sep 25 Lewis Milestone, Moldovan film director (b. 1895)
  • Oct 6 Hattie Jacques, actress (Make Mine Mink, Carry On films), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 6 Ray Walker, actor (Baby Take a Bow), dies
  • Oct 10 William "Billie" Thomas, American actor (Our Gang), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Oct 27 Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician, author and broadcaster (b. 1924)
  • Oct 28 Leon Janney, actor (Jim Matthews-Another World, Hawk), dies at 63
  • Nov 2 Edith Bunker, character on "All in the Family", dies
  • Nov 6 Mary Michael, actress (Biridie-Wonderful John Acton), dies at 77

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Nov 7 Steve McQueen, actor (Tom Horn, Bullitt), dies at 50

  • Nov 9 Carmel Myers, actress (Carmel Myers Show), dies at 79
  • Nov 9 Victor Sen Yung, actor (Hop Sing-Bonanza, Bachelor Family), dies at 65
  • Nov 16 Imogen Hassall, English actress (Countess of Cleavage-Carry on Loving), suicide at 37
  • Nov 22 Leonard Barr, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Szysznyk), dies at 77

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Nov 22 Mae West, actress (She Done Him Wrong), dies in Hollywood at 87

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • Nov 24 George Raft, American actor (Scarface, Johnny Angel, Mr Ace), dies at 79
  • Nov 26 Rachael Roberts, actress (This Sporting Life), dies at age 53
  • Dec 1 Sam Levene, American Broadway actor (Purple Heart, Designing Women), dies at 75
  • Dec 24 Siggie Nordstrom, model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer of The Nordstrom Sisters (b. 1893)
  • Dec 25 Fred Emney, British actor (Let the People Sing, Adventures of a Private Eye, Lilac Domino), dies at 80
  • Dec 29 Roy Engle, actor (Police Chief-My Favorite Martian), dies at 67