Deaths in Film & Television in 1987

  • Jan 1 Gustav Knuth, German actor (Sissi, Freddy Unter Fremden), dies at 85
  • Jan 8 Peter Adams [James H Adams II], American actor (Zorro, Kraft Mystery Theater, Alternative), dies of cancer 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 actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), 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 16 Joyce Jameson, American comedienne and actress (Spike Jones Show, The Outlaw Josey Wales), commits suicide at 59
  • Jan 17 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • Jan 27 Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian film animator and director, dies at 72
  • 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, dies at 79
  • Feb 1 Ernest "Ern" Westmore, American 3rd generation make-up artist (Westmore family) and actor, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • Feb 1 Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director (b. 1900)

Person of interestLiberace

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 interestAndy Warhol

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, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Feb 27 Joan Greenwood, British actress and director (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Amorous Mr Prawn), dies of a heart attack 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 [David Daniel Kaminski], American comedian and actor (Danny Kaye Show, White Christmas), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Mar 11 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), dies at 81
  • Mar 16 Scott McKay [Carl Chester Gose], American actor (Stage Door, Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies of kidney failuyre 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 [Meservey], American actor (Music Man, Mame, Last Starfighter), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Mar 22 Joan Shawlee [Fulton], American actress (Some Like It Hot, Prehistoric Women, Abbott & Costello Show), dies of cancer at 61
  • 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 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 [Richard Schulefand], American character actor and comedian (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), dies on stage at 57
  • Apr 19 Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
  • Apr 19 Hugh Brannum, American actor (Make Room for Daddy, The Fred Waring Show), 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, American actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), dies of cancer at 56
  • May 7 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), dies of leukaemia at 56
  • May 14 Rita Hayworth [Margarita Cansino], American actress (Gilda, Cover Girl, The Lady from Shanghai), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68
  • May 15 Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • May 21 Alejandro Rey, Argentine-American actor and director (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies lung cancer at 57
  • May 24 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 28 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and 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 6 Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor and playwright (Porridge), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • 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 interestGeraldine Page

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 interestFred Astaire

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 [Abraham Basalinsky], British actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), dies at 71
  • Jul 17 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 20 Richard Egan, American actor (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna), dies of cancer 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 5 Anatoli Papanov, Russian actor (Cold Summer of 1953) named as a People's Artist of the USSR (1973), dies at 64
  • 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, comedian and Israel's 1st mime (The Policeman, The Delta Force), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Aug 19 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), dies from multiple myeloma at 76
  • Aug 24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • Aug 28 John Huston, US/Irish actor and director (Maltese Falcon), dies at 81

Person of interestLee Marvin

Aug 29 Lee Marvin, American actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou), dies of a heart attack at 63

Actor Lee Marvin
Actor
Lee Marvin
  • Aug 29 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • Sep 1 Philip Friend, British actor (Dick Turpin, Buccaneer's Girl, Vulture, Fur Collar), dies at 72
  • Sep 6 Quinn Martin, American television producer (b. 1922)
  • Sep 11 Lorne Greene [Lyon Chaim Green], Canadian actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), dies of pneumonia following heart surgery at 72
  • Sep 12 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), dies at 87
  • Sep 13 Mervyn LeRoy, American movie producer (Devil at 4 O'Clock), dies at 86
  • Sep 17 Harry Locke, British actor (Passport to Pimlico, Town on Trial), dies at 73
  • 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 interestMary Astor

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

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor
  • Sep 25 George Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (David Copperfield), dies from cancer at 81
  • 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 Angiolino "Lino" Ventura, Italian actor (Happy New Year, Pain in the A--), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Oct 25 Cecil Brown, American war correspondent (worked closely with Edward R. Murrow during WW II), dies at 80
  • Nov 5 Eamonn Andrews, Television Presenter (b. 1922)
  • Nov 17 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • Nov 23 Marcia Henderson, American actress (Kathleen-Aldrich Family, Peter Pan), dies of lupus at 58
  • 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 12 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Dec 14 Paul Clinton Sundberg, actor (Belle of NY, Easter Parade), dies
  • Dec 21 Robert Paige, American actor, TV newscaster and political correspondent (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong, Colgate Comedy Hour), dies 77
  • Dec 22 Alice Terry, [Taaffe], actress (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), dies
  • Dec 27 Priscilla Dean, actress (Outside the Law), dies of injuries at 91