Deaths in Film & Television in 1987

  • Jan 1 Gustav Knuth, German actor (Sissi, Freddy Unter Fremden), dies at 85
  • Jan 8 Peter Adams, actor (Alternative, Blowing Hot & Cold), dies at 69
  • Jan 9 Arthur Lake [Arthur William Silverlake], American actor (Blondie, Topper), dies from a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 10 Marion Hutton, American singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra) and actress, dies at 67
  • Jan 14 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), dies at 86
  • Jan 15 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • Jan 30 Angelo Rutherford, actor (Willie-Gentle Ben), dies at 32
  • Jan 30 Ken Drake, actor (Crime & Punishment USA), dies
  • Jan 31 Yves All├ęgret, French film director (b. 1907)
  • Feb 1 Erin Westmore, makeup artist (Hollywood Backstage), dies at 82
  • Feb 1 Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director (b. 1900)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 4 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • Feb 8 Harriet MacGibbon, American actress, dies of a pulmonary & cardiac failure at 81
  • Feb 12 Lang Jeffries, Canadian actor (Skip-Rescue 8), dies at 55
  • Feb 17 Hal K Dawson, actor (Another Language, Wells Fargo), dies
  • Feb 17 Verree Teasdale, actress (Skyscraper Souls), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 22 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), dies of a heart attack at 58

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • Feb 22 David Susskind, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 23 Esmond Knight, British actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Feb 25 James Coco, actor (Joe-Dumplings), dies at 58
  • Feb 27 Joan Greenwood, English actress (Gentle Sex, Bad Sister), dies at 65
  • Feb 28 Anny Ondra, actress (Blackmail), dies at 83
  • Mar 2 Randolph Scott, American actor (Ride the High Country, Last of the Mohicans, Western Union), dies at 89
  • Mar 3 Danny Kaye, comedian (Danny Kaye Show), dies at 74
  • Mar 16 Scott McKay, actor (Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies at 71
  • Mar 19 Emile Meyer, actor (Young Jesse James, Lineup), dies
  • Mar 21 Dean Paul Martin, American actor (Misfits of Science), dies in a plane crash at 35
  • Mar 21 Robert Preston, actor (Harold Hill-Music Man), dies at 68
  • Mar 22 Joan Shawlee, actress (Abbott & Costello Show), dies at 58
  • Mar 26 Walter Abel, American actor (Fury, Suspicion, Dream Girl), dies at 88
  • Mar 28 Patrick Troughton, English actor (second Doctor in Doctor Who), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Apr 7 Maxine Sullivan, [Williams], US actress (Going Places), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 Kent Taylor [Louis Weiss], American actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders), dies at 79
  • Apr 12 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • Apr 17 Dick Shawn, comedian (Producers), dies on stage at 57
  • Apr 19 Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
  • Apr 26 Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)
  • Apr 30 Hugh Dempster, actor (Anna Karenina, Candles at Nine), dies
  • May 4 Cathryn Damon, actress (Mary Campbell-Soap), dies at 56
  • May 14 Rita Hayworth, actress (Gilda), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68
  • May 15 Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • May 21 Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies at 57
  • May 24 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 28 Charles Ludlam, actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • May 31 Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies
  • Jun 3 Will Sampson, actor (From Here to Eternity, Yellow Rose), dies at 54
  • Jun 9 Grandon Rhodes, actor (Gentleman From Nowhere), dies
  • Jun 9 Madge Kennedy, actress (Marrying Kind, 3 Bad Sisters), dies
  • Jun 10 Elizabeth Hartman, actress (Fixer, Patch of Blue), dies at 45

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 13 Geraldine Page, American actress (Blue & Gray, Trip to Bountiful), dies at 62


  • Jun 21 Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 22 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), dies at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • Jun 24 Jackie Gleason, comedian (Honeymooners), dies of colon cancer at 71
  • Jun 30 King Donovan, actor and director (Enforcer, Perfect Furlough), dies
  • Jul 3 Viola Dana, actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), dies at 90
  • Jul 15 Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), dies at 66
  • Jul 17 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 20 Richard Egan, actor (Big Cube, Amsterdam Kill), dies at 63
  • Jul 30 Mary Spinell, actress (Last Horror Film), dies
  • Aug 1 Benson Fong, American actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies at 70
  • Aug 1 Pola Negri, actress (Forbidden Paradise), dies at 92
  • Aug 4 Kenny Price, comedian (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw), dies at 56
  • Aug 6 Sherwood Bailey, actor (Spud-Our Gang), dies
  • Aug 10 Calvin Culver, actor (Score), dies
  • Aug 10 Clara Peller, actress (Where's the Beef), dies at 86
  • Aug 10 Raquel Torres, actress (Duck Soup, Sea Bat), dies
  • Aug 17 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor (b. 1929)
  • Aug 19 Hayden Rorke, Brooklyn, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Night Walker), dies
  • Aug 24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • Aug 28 John Huston, US/Irish actor and director (Maltese Falcon), dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 29 Lee Marvin, actor (Cat Ballou, Gorky Park), dies in Tucson Ariz at 63

Actor Lee Marvin
Actor
Lee Marvin
  • Aug 29 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • Sep 6 Quinn Martin, American television producer (b. 1922)
  • Sep 11 Lorne Greene, actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), dies at 72
  • Sep 12 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), dies at 87
  • Sep 13 Mervyn Leroy, actor/screenwriter/director (Quo Vadis), dies at 86
  • Sep 17 Harry Locke, British character actor (b. 1913)
  • Sep 21 Ruth Attaway, actress (Porgy & Bess, Conrack, Being There), dies
  • Sep 22 Dan Rowan [Daniel Hale Rowan], American comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), dies at 65
  • Sep 25 Emlyn Williams, actor and director (I Accuse, Ivanhoe, Scarf), dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 25 Mary Astor, actress (Cynthia, Meet Me in St Louis, Fiesta), dies at 81

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor
  • Oct 2 Madeleine Carroll, actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), dies at 81
  • Oct 13 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, dies at 58
  • Oct 17 Ruby Dandridge [Ruby Jean Butler], American actress (Father of the Bride), dies at 87
  • Oct 22 Lino Ventura, Italian/French actor (Medusa touch), dies at 68
  • Oct 25 Cecil Brown, news correspondent (CBS), dies at 80
  • Nov 5 Eamonn Andrews, Television Presenter (b. 1922)
  • Nov 17 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • Nov 29 Irene Handl, actress (Riding High, Morgan), dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Rouben Mamoulian, American movie director and author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause), dies at 90
  • Dec 6 James Dobson, actor (Impulse, Jet Attack, Okinawa), dies
  • Dec 14 Paul Clinton Sundberg, actor (Belle of NY, Easter Parade), dies
  • Dec 21 Robert Paige, actor (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong), dies
  • Dec 22 Alice Terry, [Taaffe], actress (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), dies
  • Dec 27 Priscilla Dean, actress (Outside the Law), dies of injuries at 91