Deaths in Film & Television in 1981

  • Jan 8 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • Jan 10 Richard Boone, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), dies at 63
  • Jan 11 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 88
  • Jan 12 Isobel Elsom, actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Bernard Lee, English actor (Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • Jan 21 Allyn Joslyn, American actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), dies at 79
  • Jan 25 Richard Talmadge, actor (Speed Reporter), dies
  • Feb 1 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • Feb 2 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • Feb 5 Barend Barendse, Dutch sports reporter and actor (Zeskamp, Oebele), dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 12 Jean Dixon, actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once), dies
  • Mar 2 Janear Hines, actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
  • Mar 4 Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), dies of cancer at 76
  • Mar 5 Brenda De Banzie, actress (39 Steps, Hobson's Choice), dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Paul Horbiger, actor (3rd Man), dies at 86
  • Mar 15 René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • Apr 4 Brad Johnson, actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56
  • Apr 8 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Jim Davis, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • May 8 Margaret Lindsay, actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies at 70
  • May 18 Arthur O'Connell, actor (Mr Peepers, 2nd Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • May 21 Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies
  • May 24 George Jessel, actor (Diary of a Young Comic), dies at 83
  • May 24 Jack Warner [Waters], British actor (Dixon of Dock Green, Christmas Carol), dies from pneumonia at 85
  • Jun 5 Philo McCullough, actor (Branded, Ridin' Thru), dies
  • Jun 9 Russell Hayden, actor (Hidden Gold, Apache Chief, Justice), dies
  • Jun 10 Russell "Lucky" Hayden, actor (Judge Roy Bean), dies at 68
  • Jun 18 Richard Goolden, British actor (Two Days to Live, School for Husbands), dies at 86
  • Jun 22 Lola Lane, actress (Zanzibar, Mystery Ship, Big Fight), dies
  • Jun 23 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • Jul 1 George Voskovec [Jirí Wachsmann], Czech actor (12 Angry Men, Somewhere in Time), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Jul 2 Robert Emmett Keane, actor (Rookie Cop, Red Dragon), dies
  • Jul 3 Ross Martin, actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West), dies at 61
  • Jul 7 Keefe Brasselle, actor (Be Our Guest), dies at 58
  • Jul 8 Loring Smith, actor (Hartmans), dies at 86
  • Jul 25 Ian Martin, actor (Uncle Bill-O'Neills), dies at 69
  • Aug 1 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 4 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg, American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Jessie Matthews, actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY at 89

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Aug 30 Vera-Ellen, actress (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

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  • Sep 1 Ann Harding, actress (When Ladies Meet, Devotion), dies
  • Sep 4 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • Sep 6 Maria Palmer, actress (Days of Glory, Web), dies
  • Sep 11 Frank McHugh, american actor (Going My Way, Front Page, Gold Diggers 1935, Mighty Joe Young), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • Sep 21 Nigel Patrick, actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies at 68
  • Sep 23 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • Sep 24 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), dies at 71

  • Sep 27 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), dies at 77
  • Oct 5 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Sue-Rich Man Poor Man), dies at 55
  • Oct 5 Jud Strunk, singer/comedian (Laugh-In), dies at 48
  • Oct 13 Nils Asther, actor (Son of Lassie, Wild Orchids), dies at 84
  • Oct 15 Frank DeKova, actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • Oct 15 Justin Jud Strunk Jr, comedian (Laugh In), dies at 48
  • Oct 16 Stanley Clements, actor (Boys' Prison, Army Bound, Hot News), dies
  • Oct 22 Michael Granger, actor (Creature with Atom Brain, Pier 5 Havana), dies
  • Oct 24 Deborah Baltzell, actress (Karen-I'm a Big Girl Now), dies at 25
  • Oct 27 John Warburton, British actor (Saratoga Trunk, King Rat, Cavalcade), dies at 82
  • Oct 30 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies
  • Nov 10 Abel Gance, French movie director (J'accuse), dies at 92

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Nov 12 William Holden, American actor (Network, The Wild Bunch, Breezy), slips on a rug and bleeds to death at 63

  • Nov 15 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Morgan Conway, American actor (Dick Tracy, Brother Orchid), dies at 78
  • Nov 21 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
  • Nov 22 Andreina Pagnani, actress (Il Commandante), dies at 74
  • Nov 25 Jack Albertson, actor (Chico & the Man), dies at 74
  • Nov 27 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • Nov 29 Natalie Wood, American actress (West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • Nov 30 Robert H Harris, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 72
  • Dec 10 John Kieran, TV host (Information Please), dies at 89
  • Dec 13 Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75
  • Dec 20 Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899)
  • Dec 21 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • Dec 26 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • Dec 27 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), dies at 82
  • Dec 28 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)