Deaths in Film & Television in 1985

  • Jan 1 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), dies at 85
  • Jan 5 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • Jan 7 Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
  • Jan 14 Jetta Goudal, French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (Hard Day's Night, Steptoe and Son), dies from cancer at 72
  • Jan 21 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • Jan 30 Ken Mayers, American actor (Little Big Man, Dick Tracey, Space Patrol), dies at 66
  • Feb 6 Charles Briggs, actor (13 Frightened Girls, Capt Newman), dies at 53
  • Feb 6 Dandy Nichols [Daisy Sander], British actress (Till Death Us Do Part, Confessions of a Window Cleaner), dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Marvin Miller [Mueller], American actor (Space Patrol, Dead Reckoning, Millionaire), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Feb 8 Tom Greenway, actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Feb 11 Henry Hathaway, actor and director (Nob Hill), dies of heart attack at 86
  • Feb 12 Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (Cheers, Family Plot, The Counterfeit Killer), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Feb 16 Larry Ward, actor (Frank Ragan-Dakotas), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Wanda Perry, actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67
  • Feb 18 Willy Alberti [Carel Verbrugge], Dutch singer and actor (Riffin in Amsterdam), dies at 58

  • Feb 19 George Holmes, actor (Man in the Trunk), dies at 66
  • Feb 21 Ina Claire, actress/comedienne (3 Bdwy Girls), dies of stroke at 89
  • Feb 21 Louis Hayward, British-American actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Feb 22 Alexander Scourby, American actor (Victory at Sea, Ransom), dies at 71
  • Feb 27 David Huffman, actor (FIST, Jane Doe, Firefox, Onion Field), dies
  • Feb 27 J Pat O'Malley, Irish-British actor (101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book), dies at 80
  • Feb 28 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), dies following long illness at 62
  • Mar 8 Edward Andrews, American actor (Tea & Sympathy, Glass Bottom Boat), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 21 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 77 of Parkinson's Disease
  • Mar 25 Karl Gustav Ahlefeldt, Danish actor (Gertrud, Hooray for the Blue Hussars), dies at 75
  • Mar 30 Harold Peary, actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Apr 5 Arthur Negus, English antiques expert and broadcaster (Antiques Roadshow), dies at 82
  • Apr 14 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads) dies at 65
  • Apr 16 Scott Brady [Gerald Tierney], American actor (Shotgun Slade, China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 60
  • Apr 23 Kent Smith, actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), dies from heart disease at 78
  • Apr 25 Murray Matheson, actor (Felix-Banacek), dies at 72
  • Apr 25 Richard Haydn, British actor (The Sound of Music, Alice in Wonderland), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • May 1 George Pravda, Czech actor, dies at 68
  • May 2 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • May 6 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, dies at 16
  • May 7 Dawn Addams, British actress (A King in New York, Star Maidens) who married the Prince of Roccasecca, dies of cancer at 54
  • May 8 Adolphus "Dolph" Sweet, American actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 8 Redmond "Edmond" O'Brien, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), dies of Alzheimer's at 69
  • May 11 Jorja Curtright, actor (Whistle Stop), dies of a heart attack
  • May 15 Jackie Curtis, actor (Underground USA), dies of a drug overdose at 38

Person of interestMargaret Hamilton

May 16 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 82

  • May 17 Hugh Burden, actor (Night of Laughing Dead), dies at 72
  • May 18 Tex Terry, actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • May 20 George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), dies at 46
  • May 27 Kay Campbell, actress (All My Children), dies at 80
  • May 29 Madge West, American actress (McLean Stevenson Show), dies at 93
  • Jun 1 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • Jun 6 Siem Devout, Dutch actor, dies at 54
  • Jun 10 George Chandler, American actor (Fury, Lassie, The Fatal Glass of Beer), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jun 11 Sapfo Notara, Greek actress (b. 1907)
  • Jun 27 Jane Ross [Breslaw], American actress (Star Trek, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Wild Is My Love), dies at 53
  • Jun 28 James Craig [Meador], American actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops), dies of lung cancer at 73
  • Jun 28 Lambros Konstantaras, Greek actor (O blofatzis, Anna of Rhodes), dies at 72
  • Jul 5 Marion Byron, actress (Steamboat Bill Jr), dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Patti McCarty, actress (Gangster of the Frontier), dies at 64
  • Jul 8 Phil Foster, American comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), dies at 72
  • Jul 9 Rafael Campos, actor (Ramon-Rhoda, Sancho-V), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 17 Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
  • Jul 21 Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
  • Jul 21 Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
  • Jul 28 Grant Williams, American actor (Hawaiian Eye, Incredible Shrinking Man), dies of toxic poisoning at 54
  • Jul 29 James F Nolan, actor (Dante), dies of cancer at 69
  • Aug 2 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 7 Grayson Hall [Shirley Grossman], American actress (The Night of the Iguana, Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 62
  • Aug 8 Louise Brooks, actress (Pandora's Box), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Aug 12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • Aug 13 Marion Martin, actress (Dakota Lil, Queen of Burlesque), dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • Aug 25 Samantha Smith, actress (Elizabeth-Lime Street), dies in plane at 13
  • Aug 28 Ruth Gordon, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, The Big Bus), dies of a stroke in her sleep at 88
  • Aug 29 Evelyn Ankers, actress (Black Beauty, Jungle Woman), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Patrick Barr, actor (Black Orchid, On the Run), dies at 77
  • Sep 1 Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • Sep 2 Jay Youngblood, American professional wrestler
  • Sep 4 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Sep 4 Isabel Jeans, actress (Suspicion, Easy Virtue, Tovarich), dies at 93
  • Sep 6 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), dies at 70 of pneumonia
  • Sep 10 Alexa Kenin, actress (Mousie-Coed Fever), dies at 23
  • Sep 11 Masako Natsume [Odate], Japanese actress and model (Tripitaka in "Monkey"), dies of leukaemia at 27
  • Sep 23 Mickey Simpson, actor (Wagonmaster), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Sep 27 Lloyd Nolan American, actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), dies of lung cancer at 83

Person of interestSimone Signoret

Sep 30 Simone Signoret, German/French actress (Room at Top, Gina), dies at 64

  • Oct 2 George Savalas, Greek-American actor (Kojak, Kelly's Heroes), dies of leukaemia at 58
  • Oct 2 Rock Hudson, actor (MacMillian & Wife), dies of AIDS at 59
  • Oct 2 Sidney Clute, actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Charles Collingwood, newscaster (Chronicles), dies at 68
  • Oct 3 Maurice Copeland, actor (Ralph-Those Young Charmings), dies at 74

Person of interestOrson Welles

Oct 10 Orson Welles, American actor and director (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), dies of a heart attack at 70

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles

Person of interestYul Brynner

Oct 10 Yul Brynner, Russian-Swiss actor (The King and I, The Ten Commandments), dies of cancer at 65

  • Oct 12 Johnny Olson, American radio personality and television announcer (The Price is Right), dies at 75
  • Oct 16 Claude Stroud, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ted Knight Show, Duke), dies at 78
  • Oct 29 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), dies at 82
  • Oct 30 Kirby Grant, American actor (Rustlers Round-Up, Yukon Gold, Sky King), dies in an auto accident at 74
  • Oct 31 Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (Soldaten og Jenny, Det gælder os alle), dies at 72
  • Nov 1 Phil Silvers, comedic actor (Sgt Bilko), dies in his sleep at 73
  • Nov 6 Joel Crothers, actor (Edge of Night), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Nov 6 Sanjeev Kumar [Harihar Jariwala], Indian Bollywood actor (Angoor, Dastak, Koshish), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Nov 9 Mary MacLaren, actress (Black Swan), dies at 85 of respiratory probs
  • Nov 17 Jimmy Ritz, American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Blazing Stewardesses), dies of heart failure at 81
  • Nov 19 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, dies of pneumonia 83
  • Nov 20 Bill Scott, cartoon voice (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies at 65
  • Nov 26 Ransom Sherman, comedian (Father of Bride), dies at 87
  • Dec 2 Alex Courtney, actor (Sword of Justice), dies
  • Dec 3 Sam Gillman, actor (Sam-Shane), dies at 70
  • Dec 12 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), dies of a stroke at 62
  • Dec 26 Harold P. Warren, American movie director (d. 1928)
  • Dec 26 Jackie Ormes, African-American cartoonist (Torchy Brown), dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Rick Nelson, singer/actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 45