Deaths in Film & Television in 1988

  • Jan 1 Marcel Hillaire, German actor (Take the Money and Run, Seven Thieves), dies from surgery complications at 79
  • Jan 3 William Cagney, actor (Torrid Zone), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 6 Brent Collins, soap actor (Another World), dies of heart attack at 46
  • Jan 7 Trevor Howard, British actor (Brief Encounter, Superman, The Third Man), dies of bronchitis at 71
  • Jan 7 Michel Auclair [Vladimir Vujović], German actor (Funny Face, Day of the Jackal), dies at 65
  • Jan 16 Ballard Berkeley [Blascheck], British actor (Fawlty Towers, East meets West, The BFG), dies at 83
  • Jan 21 Abraham Sofaer, actor (Naked Jungle, Elephant Walk), dies
  • Jan 22 Parker Fennelly, actor (Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm), dies at 96
  • Jan 25 Colleen Moore, actress (These Girls Won't Talk), dies at 87
  • Jan 27 Edward Pawley, American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces), dies t 86
  • Feb 1 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), dies at 59
  • Feb 6 Lee Goodman, actor (Imitation of Life), dies of TB at 64
  • Feb 8 Allan Cuthbertson, actor (Running Man, 7th Dawn), dies at 67
  • Feb 25 Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
  • Mar 1 Jean Le Poulain, French actor (Divine), dies at 63
  • Mar 1 Joe Besser, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges, Let's Make Love, Africa Screams), dies from heart failure at 80

  • Mar 3 Lois Wilson, actress (Crash, Deluge, Bright Eyes), dies
  • Mar 3 Sewall Wright, US geneticist (evolution model), dies at 98
  • Mar 5 Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian (b. 1933)
  • Mar 7 Robert Livingston, American actor (Three Mesquiteers, The Lone Ranger and Zorro), dies at 83 of emphysema
  • Mar 7 Divine [Harris Glenn Milstead], American actress, drag queen, and international icon of bad taste cinema (Pink Flamingos), dies of natural causes at 42
  • Mar 12 Billie Rhodes, American silent film actress, dies at 93
  • Mar 13 Olive Carey, actress (Affairs With a Stranger), dies at 92
  • Mar 16 Dorothy Adams Foulger, actress (Laura, Devil Commands), dies at 88
  • Apr 1 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), dies from a blod clot at 91
  • Apr 5 Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor and director (Juggler), dies
  • Apr 11 Jean "Jeff" Donnell, American actress (Gidget Goes to Rome, Hoedown, 9 Girls), dies at 66 of a heart attack
  • Apr 15 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), dies of an overdose at 61
  • Apr 17 Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • Apr 18 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • Apr 21 I. A. L. Diamond, Hollywood screenwriter (1960 Acad Award-Apartment), dies at 67
  • Apr 22 Irene Rich, US actress (Beau Brumell, Champ), dies at 96
  • Apr 27 David Scarboro, British actor (b. 1968)
  • Apr 29 Andrew Cruickshank, actor (Body in Library, Murder Most Foul), dies
  • May 1 Paolo Stoppa, actor (Garibaldi, Visit, Freedom Fighters), dies
  • May 5 George Rose, British actor and singer (Beacon Hill, Holocaust), dies at 68
  • May 15 Andrew Duggan, American character actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 15 Greta Nissen, actress (Ambassador Bill), dies
  • May 18 Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • May 19 Virginia Farmer, actresss (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
  • May 22 Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71

  • May 23 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • May 27 Florida Friebus, American actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79
  • May 27 Renato Salvatori, actor (Burn, Luna, 2 Women), dies
  • May 30 Ella Raines, American actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact, Brute Force), dies of throat cancer at 67
  • Jun 1 Leon Belasco [Leonid Simeonovich Berladsky], Russian actor (Lucky Partners, My Sister Eileen), dies at 85
  • Jun 2 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), dies of complications related to asthma at 63
  • Jun 7 Vernon Washington, American actor (Roots, The Last Starfighter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning), dies at 60
  • Jun 8 Eli Mintz, actor (Boardwalk), dies
  • Jun 8 Russell Harty, broadcaster, dies
  • Jun 11 Nathan Cook, actor (White Night), dies of an allergic reaction at 38
  • Jun 16 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • Jun 22 Bramwell Fletcher, British actor (White Cargo, Random Harvest, The Mummy), dies at 84
  • Jun 22 Dennis Day, actor/tenor (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 71
  • Jun 22 Ross Ford, actor (Reform School Girl, Jungle Patrol), dies
  • Jun 23 Dayton Lummis, actor (Moonfire, Flight that Disappeared), dies
  • Jun 28 Kurt Raab, writer/actor (Boarding School, Stationmaster's Wife), dies
  • Jul 3 Gabriel Dell, American actor (The Bowery Boys, Steve Allen Show), dies of leukemia at 68
  • Jul 4 Adrian Adonis [Keith A. Franke Jr.], American professional wrestler, killed in auto accident at 34
  • Jul 7 Jimmy Edwards, British comedy writer and actor (Take It From Here, Whack-O!), dies from pneumonia at 68
  • Jul 10 Errol John, Trinidadian actor and playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), dies at 63
  • Jul 11 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), dies at 84
  • Jul 17 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler, stabbed to death at 42
  • Jul 18 Nico, US model/pop singer (Velvet Underground), dies at 43
  • Jul 25 Judith Barsi, American child actress (The Land Before Time), shot dead with mother by her father at 11
  • Jul 27 Brigitte Horney, German actress (Das Erbe der Guldenburgs), dies at 77
  • Aug 1 Florence Eldridge, Broadway actress (The Swan), dies at 86
  • Aug 1 Trindad Silva, actor (Hill St Blues), dies at 38 in an auto accident
  • Aug 8 Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), dies at 85
  • Aug 8 Ramón Valdés, Mexican actor (b. 1923)
  • Aug 11 Anne Ramsey, American actress (Throw Mama from the Train), dies of cancer at 59
  • Aug 17 Victoria Shaw, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies
  • Aug 24 Leonard Frey, actor (Tattoo, Magic Christian), dies of AIDS at 49
  • Aug 27 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (The Rites of May), dies at 60
  • Aug 28 Hazel Dawn, US singer/actress (Under Clover, Margie), dies at 98
  • Sep 5 Gert Fröbe [Karl Gerhart Fröbe], German actor (Goldfinger, Lover's Wood, Upper Hand), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • Sep 6 Leroy Brown, professional wrestler (b. 1950)
  • Sep 11 John Sylvester White, American actor (b. 1919)
  • Sep 14 Louis Quinn, actor (Unholy Rollers), dies at 73 of cancer
  • Sep 20 Roy Kinnear, actor (Casanova, Pirates, Scrooge, Help!), dies at 54
  • Sep 21 Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), dies from pneumonia at 63
  • Sep 28 Ethel Grandin, silent screen actress (Deserter), dies at 94
  • Sep 28 Marjorie Bonner Lowry, actress (Reno, Poor Girls), dies at 83
  • Sep 30 Chick Chandler [Fehmer Chandler], American actor (Seven Doors to Death, One Happy Family), dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Edward Chodorov, Broadway playwright and director (Story of Louis Pasteur), dies at 84
  • Oct 11 Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (These Three, Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Oct 11 Morgan Farley, actor (Open Secret), dies of natural causes at 90
  • Oct 11 Wayland Flowers, ventriloquist (Madame), dies of AIDS at 48
  • Oct 12 Ken Murray, actor (Bill & Coo, Crooner, Half-Marriage), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Mary Morris, actress (Agitator, Double Door), dies
  • Oct 25 Bill Cody, actor (Blazing Justice, Ghost City), dies at 75
  • Oct 27 Charles Hawtrey, English actor (Carry On), dies near London at 73
  • Oct 29 Ben Aerden [John Mikkelsen], Dutch actor (Hamlet, Uilenspiegel), dies at 78
  • Oct 30 Sugar Geise, actress (Rhythm Parade), dies after brief illness at 71
  • Oct 30 T. Hee, American animator (b. 1911)
  • Oct 31 John Houseman, Romanian actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), dies of spinal cancer at 86
  • Nov 6 John Hubbard, American actor (Don't Call Me Charlie, The Tall T, One Million B.C.), dies of kidney failure at 74
  • Nov 9 Billy Curtis, 4'2" actor (Terror of Tiny Town), dies at 79
  • Nov 15 Mona Washbourne, actress (Blue Bird, Games), dies at 84
  • Nov 27 Angela Aames, actress (Lost Empire, Basic Training), dies
  • Nov 27 John Carradine, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Howling), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • Dec 7 Christopher Connelly, actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
  • Dec 8 Anne Seymour, actress (Misty, Chevy Mystery Show), dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Dick Clair, comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS

Person of interestMax Robinson

Dec 20 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of aids at 49

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • Dec 20 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer and president of the CBC, dies at 80
  • Dec 21 Bob Steele [Robert Adrian Bradbury], American actor (Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany), dies of Emphysema at 60
  • Dec 26 Cynthia Stone, American actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers), dies at 62
  • Dec 26 John Loder, actor (Sabotage, Java Head), dies at 90
  • Dec 27 Fox Harris, actor (Alienator, Warlords, Sid & Nancy), dies