Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1996

  • Jan 9 Fearless Mary Nadia Wadia, actress, dies at 88
  • Jan 13 Denise Grey [Edouardine Verthuy], actress (Julietta), dies at 99
  • Jan 18 Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor (b. 1923)
  • Jan 19 Donald Simpson, American film producer (Flashdance), dies at 52
  • Jan 27 Patrick Ludlow, British actor (Naughty Husbands, Evergreen and Modesty Blaise), dies at 93
  • Jan 28 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist, dies at 84
  • Jan 30 Guy Doleman, actor (Deadly Bees, Idol, Thunderball), dies at 72

Gene KellyGene Kelly (1912-1996)

Feb 2 American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and film director (An American in Paris; On The Town; Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

  • Feb 2 Shamus Culhane, American animator (Fleischer Studios, Disney Studios), dies at 87
  • Feb 3 Audrey Meadows [Cotter], American actress (The Honeymooners; The Jackie Gleason Show), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Feb 5 Peter Pooley, British broadcaster (Newsreel), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Guy Madison [Robert Moseley], American actor (Wild Bill Hickok), dies of emphysema at 74
  • Feb 6 Ronald Fletcher, British broadcaster (Barbara with Braden, Bomber Harris), dies at 85
  • Feb 9 Gerald Savory, British actor playwright and TV producer (Heart of the Matter), dies at 86
  • Feb 11 Phil Regan, American actor (Las Vegas Night, Dames, Housewife), dies at 88
  • Feb 13 Martin Balsam, American charaacter actor (Psycho, 12 Angry Men, Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22), dies of a stroke at 76
  • Feb 15 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies of cancer at 72
  • Feb 15 McLean Stevenson, American actor (M*A*S*H, 1972-75 - "Col. Henry Blake"; Hello Larry), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Feb 15 Tommy Rettig, American actor (Jeff's Collie, Lassie), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Feb 16 Roger Bowen, American actor (M*A*S*H (film); The Main Event: What About Bob?: Petulia), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Feb 17 Evelyn Laye, English actress and singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • Feb 19 Brenda Bruce, actress (December Bride, Nightmare), dies at 77
  • Feb 20 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer, dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), dies of pneumonia while being treated for bladder cancer at 65
  • Feb 25 Haing S Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), murdered at 55
  • Feb 27 Francois Chaumette, French actor (Le Bossu, They Never Slept, Christine), dies at 72
  • Feb 29 Wes Farrell, American songwriter (The Partridge Family), dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 2 Lyle Talbot [Lysle Henderson], American stage and screen actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - "Joe"), dies of congestive heart failure at 94
  • Mar 2 Yrrah [Harry Lammertink], Dutch cartoonist (Vrij Netherland), dies at 63
  • Mar 5 Whitner "Whit" Bissell, American actor (Time Machine, Soylent Green, The Magnificent Seven), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Simon Cadell, English actor (Enemy at the Door), dies at 45
  • Mar 8 Paul Harrhy, actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • Mar 9 George Burns, American comedian, actor and singer (Burns and Allen), dies at 100
  • Mar 10 Ross Hunter, American film producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), dies at about 75 (date of birth disputed)
  • Mar 11 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 67
  • Mar 13 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman, dies at 48
  • Mar 13 Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film director (The Double Life of Veronique), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Mar 13 Lucio Fulci, Italian film director "Godfather of Gore", dies at 68
  • Mar 16 Charlie Barnett, American actor and comedian, dies of AIDS at 41
  • Mar 17 Rene Clement, French film director (Forbidden Games), dies at 83
  • Mar 25 John Snagge, British newsreader and commentator for the BBC (Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race), dies at 91
  • Mar 28 Barbara McLean, film Editor, dies at 86
  • Mar 28 Ken Dibbs, Lebanese actor (Suddenly, Party Girl, High Society), dies at 78
  • Mar 30 Hugh Falkus, British filmmaker and naturalist, dies at 78
  • Apr 1 Mário Viegas, Portuguese actor (The Jew, Divine Comedy, Funeral of Patrao), dies at 47

Greer GarsonGreer Garson (1904-1996)

Apr 6 British actress (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mrs Miniver), dies at 92

  • Apr 8 Ben Johnson, American actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Apr 14 William K. Everson, English American film historian, dies at 67
  • Apr 16 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • Apr 16 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuban filmmaker (Muerte de un burócrata), dies at 67
  • Apr 20 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC), dies at 88
  • Apr 22 David Shipman, English film historian, dies at 63
  • Apr 22 Erma Bombeck, American humorist (The Grass is Greener over the Septic Tank), dies at 69
  • Apr 24 Donald Cammell, film director, dies at 62
  • Apr 24 Preston Lockwood [Reginald], British actor (Time Bandits, Jeeves and Wooster), dies of natural causes at 83
  • Apr 25 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles (Psycho), dies at 75
  • Apr 26 Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter, dies at 78
  • Apr 27 Joan Sterndale-Bennett, British actress (Brighton Rock, Those Fantastic Flying Fools), dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Gilles Grangier, French film director (Archimède le clochard), dies at 84
  • Apr 29 David Davis, British radio broadcaster (BBC Children's Hour), dies at 87
  • Apr 29 David William Eric Davis, broadcaster, dies at 87
  • Apr 30 David Opatoshu [Opatovsky], American actor and writer (Star Trek, Bonino, Secret Empire, Masada), dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Frank Henry Copplestone, TV executive, dies at 71
  • Apr 30 Hélène Cordet, French actress (The Limping Man), dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Jeanne Bal, American actress (Pat-Love & Marriage, Star Trek- The Man Trap), dies at 67
  • May 1 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, dies at 74
  • May 3 Jack Weston [Weinstein], American actor (Dirty Dancing, The Four Seasons, Rad), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • May 7 Howard Smith, British diplomat and Director General of MI5, dies at 76
  • May 17 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), dies at 75
  • May 19 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), dies from pancreatic cancer at 79
  • May 19 Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
  • May 20 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • May 20 Jon Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Doctor Who, Worzel Gummidge), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • May 21 Alfred "Lash" LaRue, American actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp), dies of emphysema at 78
  • May 23 "Cap'n Jack" McCarthy, American television broadcaster (NYC's St. Patrick Day Parade, 1949-89; kiddie show host (Popeye)), dies of cancer at 81
  • May 23 Dorothy Hyson, American actress (Ghoul, Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), dies at 81
  • May 23 Patrick Cargill, British actor (Help!, No Wreath for the General, Hammerhead), dies of a brain tumor at 77
  • May 24 John Abbott, British actor (The Jungle Book, Gigi, Smogasboard), dies from cancer at 90
  • May 29 Jeremy Sinden, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Ascendancy, Harem), dies at 45
  • May 31 Colin Morris, British playwright and documentary filmmaker, dies at 80
  • Jun 1 Michael Fox, American actor (Perry Mason, Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful), dies at 75
  • Jun 1 Ray Combs, American comedian and TV host (Family Feud, 1988-94), commits suicide at 40
  • Jun 2 John Alton, cinematographer, dies at 94
  • Jun 3 Peter Glenville, English actor and director (Hotel Paradiso, Becket), dies at 82
  • Jun 5 Vito Scotti [Scozarri], American actor (The Godfather, Flying Nun, Barefoot in the Park), dies of lung cancer at 78
  • Jun 6 Glyn Worsnip, British radio and television presenter (That's Life!), dies at 57
  • Jun 6 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer, dies at 70
  • Jun 8 Barry Linehan, actor (Bullseye, Dark Places, Witchcraft), dies at 70
  • Jun 10 (Catherine) Jo Van Fleet, American Tony and Academy Award-winning actress (The Trip To Bountiful; East of Eden; Cool Hand Luke), dies at 81 [or 80, birth date disputed]
  • Jun 11 Brigitte Helm [Gisele Eve von Kuenheim], German actress (Gloria, Gold, Metropolis), dies at 90
  • Jun 11 Lonne Elder, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 69
  • Jun 12 Ilona Ference, American actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night), dies at 78
  • Jun 15 Dick Murdoch, professional wrestler (b. 1946)
  • Jun 15 Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, Scottish adventurer, soldier, writer and politician and an inspiration for Ian Flemings James Bond, dies at 85
  • Jun 20 Hellevi Rombin Schine, Miss Universe (1955), dies in plane crash at 64
  • Jun 20 Joseph Green, Polish-American filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Jun 22 Salah Abou Seif, film director, dies at 81
  • Jun 23 Pasqualino de Santis, Italian cinematographer, dies at 69
  • Jun 23 Salah Abou Seif [Salah Abu Saif], Egyptian film director (Bidaya wa Nihaya), dies at 81
  • Jun 27 Albert R. Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond films), sometimes known as "Cubby", dies at 87
  • Jun 27 Peter Adair, American documentary filmmaker (Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives), dies of AIDS at 52
  • Jun 29 Pamela Mason [Ostrer], British actress, author and talk-show host (Lady Possessed), dies of heart failure at 78
  • Jul 1 Alfred Marks, British actor and comedian (Desert Mice; Scream & Scream Again), dies at 75
  • Jul 1 Margaux Hemingway, American fashion model and actress (Lipstick), commits suicide with an overdose of phenobarbital, at 42
  • Jul 1 Steve Tesich, Serbian-American Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Breaking Away; The World According To Garp), and playwright, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • Jul 3 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • Jul 3 Raaj Kumar, Hindi actor (Tiranga, Saudagar), dies at 69
  • Jul 4 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), dies at 72
  • Jul 9 Christopher Casson, Irish-English actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita, The Riordans), dies at 84
  • Jul 12 John Chancellor, American journalist and news anchor (Voice Of America, 1965-67; NBC Nightly News, 1970-82), dies at 68
  • Jul 13 Pandro S. Berman, American film producer, dies at 91
  • Jul 15 Dana Hill, American actress (Vacation), dies at 32
  • Jul 17 Sid Sussman, American beauty pageant organizer (Miss U.S.A.), dies of heart attack
  • Jul 21 Herb Edelman, American actor (Good Guys, Strike Force, 9 to 5), dies of emphysema 62
  • Jul 21 Wolf Morris, actor (Padmasambhava-Dr Who), dies at 71
  • Jul 23 Aliki Vougiouklaki, actress (Madalena), dies at 63
  • Jul 23 Jean Muir, American actress (Fugitive in the Sky, The Aldrich Family) and the 1st performer to be blacklisted for being an alleged communist sympathizer, dies at 85 [1]
  • Jul 24 Howard Vernon, Swiss actor (Love and Death, Delicatessen), dies at 82
  • Jul 24 Virginia Christine [Ricketts], American actress (Mrs Olson, Tales of Wells Fargo), dies of cardiovascular disease at 76

Claudette ColbertClaudette Colbert (1903-1996)

Jul 30 French-born American actress (It Happened One Night, Texas Lady), dies of a stroke at 93

  • Jul 30 Magda Schneider, actress (Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), dies at 87
  • Aug 2 Humphrey Fisher, English born TV Producer, dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Bruce Howard Lidington, English actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses), dies at 46
  • Aug 7 Anne Kristen, actress (Truth or Dare, Rachel-Dr Finlay), dies at 59
  • Aug 10 Rex Tucker, TV writer/director, dies at 83
  • Aug 13 Tom Mees, American ESPN sports anchor (NHL), drowns at 46
  • Aug 14 Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Matinee Idol), dies at 93
  • Aug 16 Eric Cullen, Scottish actor (Huntington Tower), dies at 31
  • Aug 27 Greg Morris, American actor (Mission: Impossible), dies of a brain tumor at 62
  • Aug 30 Christine Pascal, French actress and director (Smile, Elsa), commits suicide at 43
  • Sep 5 Leonard Katzman, TV producer, dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Ruggero Mastroianni, Italian film editor (Giulietta degli spiriti), dies at 66
  • Sep 11 Guido Aristarco, Italian film critic, dies at 77
  • Sep 11 Joanne Dru [LaCock], American actress (Red River, All the King's Men), dies of lymphedema at 73
  • Sep 13 Jane Baxter, British actress (We Live Again, Blossom Time), dies at 87

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur (1971-1996)

Sep 13 American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), dies of internal bleeding after a drive-by shooting at 25

  • Sep 14 Juliet Prowse, English-South African stage and screen actress and dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies of pancreatic cancer. at 59
  • Sep 15 Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), dies at 85
  • Sep 16 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Dorothy Lamour [Mary Kaumeyer], American actress and singer (Road to Bali; My Favorite Brunette), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Sep 24 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (Game of Silence), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Sep 26 Mark Frankel, British actor (Leon the Pig Farmer), dies in a motorcycle accident at 34
  • Sep 29 Leslie Crowther, English comedian and TV host (The pPrice is Right), dies at 63
  • Oct 6 Ted Bessell, American director and actor (Don-That Girl, Gomer Pyle- Frankie), dies of an aneurism at 61
  • Oct 8 Susan Gautier-Smith, British TV producer, dies of heart failure at 33
  • Oct 8 William Prince, American actor (Spies Like Us, The Stepford Wives, City in Fear), dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Harvey Vernon [Chet Smith], American actor (Teen Wolf, Jasper-Carter Country), dies at 69

Walter KerrWalter Kerr (1913-1996)

Oct 9 American actor, writer (Goldilocks) and Broadway theatre critic, dies of congestive heart failure at 83

  • Oct 13 Beryl Reid, British actress (The Killing of Sister George; Smiley's People), dies from pneumonia at 77
  • Oct 14 Laura La Plante, American actress (Show Boat, Scandal) known for her work in the silent film era, dies at 91
  • Oct 16 Jason Bernard, actor (judge-Liar Liar), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 28 (Moritz) "Morey" Amsterdam, American comedian, cellist, and actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Buddy"), dies at 87
  • Oct 29 Patricia Ticia Anne Ingrams, broadcaster, dies at 50
  • Oct 30 John Young, Scottish actor and TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 80
  • Oct 31 Arthur Peterson, American actor (Soap, Mission: Impossible, Crisis), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Nov 8 Gino Marinuzzi, Jr., Italian-American conductor, symphonic and film score composer (Le Carrosse d’or), and electronic music pioneer (Fonosynth), dies at 76
  • Nov 14 Virginia Cherrill, American actress (City Lights; Lake Extra; Brat), dies at 88
  • Nov 17 Johan Fleming Ramsland, British broadcaster, dies at 54
  • Nov 21 Virginia Downing, actress (Gig, Butterfield 8), dies at 92
  • Nov 22 Maria Casares [Pérez], Spanish-French actress (Orpheus, Lectrice), dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Mark Lenard, American actor (Sarek-Star Trek), dies of cancer at 72
  • Nov 23 George Nicholas, cartoon animator, dies at 85
  • Nov 26 Michael Bentine, British author/comedian (Reluctant Jester), dies at 74
  • Dec 4 Willard Parker, American actor (Kiss Me Kate, What A Woman), dies at 84
  • Dec 8 Howard E Rollins Jr, actor (Ed Harding-Another World), dies at 46
  • Dec 10 Faron Young, American country and honky-tonk singer ("Hello Walls"; "It's Four in the Morning"), and actor (Hidden Guns; Daniel Boone, Trailblazer), commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 11 William Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3, Private Eye), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Dec 12 Larry Gates, American actor (Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Body Snatchers), dies of leukemia at 81
  • Dec 13 Edward Blishen, English author (The God Beneath the Sea), dies at 76
  • Dec 14 Norman Hackforth, British musician & radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), dies at 88
  • Dec 19 Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (8½; La Dolce Vita; Dark Eyes; The Pizza Triangle), dies of pancreatic cancer at 72
  • Dec 19 Ronald Howard, British actor (Naked Edge; Come September; Murder She Said), dies at 78
  • Dec 25 Jon Benet Ramsey, Colorado child beauty queen, murdered at 6
  • Dec 30 (Marvin John) "Jack" Nance, American stage & screen actor (Eraserhead; Twin Peaks), dies at 53
  • Dec 30 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front; Holiday; Dr. Kildare (films); Johnny Belinda), dies at 88
  • Dec 31 David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate), dies at 62
  • Dec 31 Wesley Addy, American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Bostonians, Loving), dies at 83