Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1984

  • Jan 1 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 11 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), dies at 81

Brooks AtkinsonBrooks Atkinson (1894-1984)

Jan 14 American drama critic (The New York Times), dies at 89

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller (1904-1984)

Jan 20 Romanian-American actor (Tarzan) and swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

  • Jan 27 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • Jan 28 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • Jan 29 Frances Goodrich, American actress and dramatist (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • Feb 7 Brooks West, actor (Richard-My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • Feb 10 David Von Erich, professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • Feb 15 Avon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation;The Sting; Harry and Tonto), dies of cancer at 73

Ethel MermanEthel Merman (1908-1984)

Feb 15 American Tony and Grammy Award-winning stage and screen singer ("There's No Business Like Show Business"), and actress (It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), dies of brain cancer at 76

  • Feb 16 Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Lucille Benson, American actress (Halloween II, 1941, Bosom Buddies), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • Feb 29 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83

Jackie CooganJackie Coogan (1914-1984)

Mar 1 American actor (Addams Family - "Uncle Fester"; The Kid; Oliver Twist), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Mar 2 Louis Basile, actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48
  • Mar 4 Geoffrey Lumsden, British actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 4 Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Mar 5 Michael Sklar, American comedian (Laugh-In; Sha Na Na), dies at 39
  • Mar 5 William Powell, American actor (My Man Godfrey), dies at 91
  • Mar 6 Henry Wilcoxon, British actor (Cleopatra, Jericho, The Ten Commandments), dies from heart failure and cancer at 78
  • Mar 10 June Marlowe, American actress (Pardon US), dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Arnold Ridley, English playwright and actor, dies at 88
  • Mar 21 Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)
  • Mar 24 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Dr Zorba), dies of cancer at 93
  • Apr 10 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776;, Hurricane Smith), dies at 75
  • Apr 12 Ruth Taylor, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor, dies at 71
  • Apr 13 Richard Hurndall, British actor (Doctor Who, The Inheritors, It's Murder But Is It Art), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Apr 14 Dionisis Papagiannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • Apr 15 Tommy Cooper, British comedian & magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • Apr 18 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), dies at 71
  • Apr 18 John Lee Mahin, American screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • Apr 23 Guus Oster, Dutch actor & director (Carrie), dies at 68
  • Apr 25 Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • Apr 26 Barry Gray [John Livesey Eccles], British pianist, ondist, Hammond organ player, film and television composer (Thunderbirds; Space:1999), dies at 75
  • Apr 26 Henry Rowland, American actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • Apr 26 May McAvoy, American actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • May 4 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!; Steaming), dies of cancer at 52
  • May 10 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), dies from AIDS-related pneumonia at 56
  • May 12 Doris May, American silent film actress (Peck's Bad Boy), dies at 81 of heart failure
  • May 16 Andy Kaufman, American comedian and actor (Taxi -"Latka"), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 16 Wessel Couzijn, Dutch sculptor and cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument), dies at 71
  • May 20 Peter Bull, British actor and author (The African Queen, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • May 21 Andrea Leeds, actress (Stage Door, Earthbound), dies of cancer at 70
  • May 21 Ann Little, actress (Roaring Road), dies at 93
  • May 22 John Marley [Mortimer Marlieb], American actor (Cat Ballou; Love Story; The Godfather), dies following unsuccessful open-heart surgery at 76
  • May 24 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • May 28 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Jun 7 George Givot, actor (Versatile Vaudeville), dies at 81
  • Jun 15 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), dies of heat failure at 78
  • Jun 17 Chet Allen, American child actor (Amahl and the Night Visitors), intentionally overdoses at 45
  • Jun 19 Sunny Johnson, American actress (Flashdance), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 30
  • Jun 20 Estelle Winwood [Goodwin], British-American stage and screen character actress (Quality Street; Darby O'Gill and the Little Peoples; The Producers), and oldest member of the Screen Actors Guild, dies at 101
  • Jul 5 Gaston Vandermeulen, Flemish actor (Heilig Experiment, The Arrival of Joachim Stiller), dies at 79
  • Jul 7 Flora Robson, actress (Great Day, Frieda), dies in her sleep at 82
  • Jul 8 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), dies from cancer at 73
  • Jul 14 Kenny Delmar, American comedian (School House), dies at 74
  • Jul 16 Billy Williams, American singer (Your Show of Shows), dies at 73
  • Jul 17 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • Jul 19 Carol Eberts Veazie, actress (Maude Endles-Norby), dies at 89
  • Jul 19 Faina Ranevskaya, Russian actress (b. 1896)
  • Jul 23 Lloyd Gough, American actor (Sunset Boulevard, The Front, The Green Hornet), dies of aortic aneurysm at 76

Ed GeinEd Gein (1906-1984)

Jul 26 American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", dies of lung cancer at 77

  • Jul 27 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jul 28 Bess Flowers, actress (View from Pompey's Head), dies at 85
  • Jul 29 Woodrow Parfey, actor (Time Express), dies at 61 of a heart attack
  • Jul 31 Bill Raisch, American one armed actor (The Fugitive, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success), dies from lung cancer at 79
  • Aug 4 Edmond Ryan, actor (Human Monster), dies at 79 of a heart attack
  • Aug 4 Howard Culver, actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • Aug 4 Mary Miles Minter, actress (Drums of Fate), die at 82 of heart failure
  • Aug 4 Walter Burke, American actor (Jack the Giant Killer), dies at 75 of emphysema

Richard BurtonRichard Burton (1925-1984)

Aug 5 Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, The Robe), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 58

  • Aug 8 Richard Deacon, American actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Mel Cooley"), dies of cardiovascular disease at 62
  • Aug 13 Clyde Cook, actor (Dawn Patrol, Jazz Heaven), dies in his sleep at 92
  • Aug 26 Julie Stevens, actress (Lorelei-Big Town), dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Bernard Youens [Popley], British actor (Coronation Street, Somewhere in Politics), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Aug 27 Billy Sands, American actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), dies at 73
  • Aug 30 Wesley Lau, American actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), dies at 63
  • Sep 1 Howland Chamberlin, American actor (Force of Evil, Pickup), dies at 73
  • Sep 2 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), dies at 79
  • Sep 6 E J Andre, actor (Eugene Bullock-Dallas), dies at 74
  • Sep 9 Yilmaz Güney, Kurdish film director (Yol; Arkadaş; Baba; Ağit), dies of gastric cancer at 47

Janet GaynorJanet Gaynor (1906-1984)

Sep 14 American actress (Sunrise), dies from a traffic accident at 77

  • Sep 17 Richard Basehart, American actor (Rage), dies following several strokes at 70
  • Sep 19 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms; Strike Up the Band), dies in a car crash at 64
  • Sep 24 Neil Hamilton, American actor (The White Rose; When Strangers Marry;, Batman), dies of asthma at 85
  • Sep 25 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), dies from a stroke at 87
  • Oct 5 Leonard Rossiter, British actor (Rising Damp, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Oct 16 Ken Carpenter, TV announcer (Lux Video Theater), dies at 84
  • Oct 16 Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon), dies of cancer at 53
  • Oct 18 Jon-Erik Hexum, American actor (Voyagers!, Cover-up), dies by a gun loaded with blanks at 26
  • Oct 22 Napoleon Whiting, actor (Silas-Big Valley), dies at 75
  • Oct 23 David Gorcey, actor (Angel's Alley), dies at 63 in a diabetic coma
  • Oct 23 Oskar Werner, Austrian film actor and director (Farenehit 451), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Oct 24 Edith Massey, actress (Polyester, Pink Flamingos), dies at 66
  • Oct 24 Walter Woolf King, American stage and screen baritone, character actor (Golden Dawn; A Night at the Opera; Swiss Miss), and actor's agent, dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Oct 25 Pascale Ogier, actress (Ghost Dance), dies of a heart attack at 24
  • Oct 26 Sue Randall, actress (Miss Landers-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 49
  • Oct 30 June Duprez, actress (Calcutta, Tiger Fang), dies at 66
  • Oct 30 Mario Gallo, actor (Delvecchio), dies at 61
  • Oct 31 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian playwright, director, actor and poet (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84
  • Nov 4 Merie Earle [Ireland], American film and television character actress (The Waltons - "Maude Gormley"), dies of uremic poisoning at 95
  • Nov 7 George Mathews, American stage and screen character actor (The Eve of St. Mark; Glynis - "Chick"), dies of heart disease at 73
  • Nov 10 Sudie Bond, American stage and screen actress (Love Story; Johnny Dangerously), dies of a respiratory ailment at 61
  • Nov 13 Dorothy Arnold, actress (House of Fear, Phantom Creeps), dies at 66
  • Dec 6 Ruth Cummings, actress (Daybreak, Dream of Love), dies at 90
  • Dec 7 Jeanne Cagney, American stage, screen, and radio actress (Lion is in the Streets; Quicksand; Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Dec 8 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), dies at 81
  • Dec 11 George Waggner, American director and writer (The Wolf Man), dies at 90
  • Dec 15 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • Dec 15 Lennard Pearce, British actor (Only Fools and Horses....), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 19 Michel Magne, French experimental music and film score composer (Gigot; Barbarella), and recording studio owner (Château d'Hérouville). takes his own life at 54
  • Dec 24 Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), dies of a stomach haemorrhage at 53
  • Dec 24 Peter Lawford, British actor, producer and socialite (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), dies of cardiac arrest at 61
  • Dec 28 Sam Peckinpah, American film director (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), dies of cardiac arrest at 59