Deaths in Film & Television in 1997

  • Jan 1 Joan Rice, British actress (His Majesty O'Keefe, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men), dies at 66
  • Jan 6 Vince Williams, actor (Hamp-Guiding Light), dies of cancer at 39
  • Jan 6 Catherine Scorsese [Cappa], Italian-American actress (The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • Jan 8 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jan 8 Jesse White, American actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Maytag repairman, Million Dollar Mermaid), dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Duncan Wood, television director and producer, dies at 71
  • Jan 11 Sheldon Leonard, American actor, producer and director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Jill Summers, actress (Agatha Coronation Street), dies at 86
  • Jan 14 King Hu, film director, dies at 64
  • Jan 19 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, dies at 70
  • Jan 22 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • Jan 31 Eve Lister, British film and television actress (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
  • Feb 1 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress and dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • Feb 2 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, dies at 91
  • Feb 9 Barry Evans, actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House), dies at 53
  • Feb 11 Don Porter, actor (Gidget), dies at 84
  • Feb 13 Antonius "Ton" Lensink, Dutch actor (Rituelen), dies at 74
  • Feb 16 Arthur Hewlett, British actor (The Pied Piper), dies at 89
  • Feb 19 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Frank Launder, director/scriptwriter, dies at 91
  • Feb 24 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69
  • Feb 26 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Mar 4 Carey Loftin, American actor (The Deer Hunder, The Goonies), dies at 83
  • Mar 15 Gail Davis, American actress (Annie Oakley), dies at 71
  • Mar 29 Eddie Ryder, American actor (General Hospital, Up Yours), dies at 74
  • Mar 29 Ellen Clara Pollock, actress (Wicked Lady, Fake), dies at 94
  • Apr 2 Anthony Bushell, British actor (Journey's End, A Night to Remember), dies at 92
  • Apr 13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • Apr 16 Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 24 Pat Paulsen, comedian (Smothers Brothers Show), dies at 69
  • Apr 26 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), dies at 87
  • Apr 27 Paul Lambert, American character actor (Executive Suite, Spartacus), dies at 74
  • May 4 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), dies of heart failure at 75
  • May 5 Walter Gotell, German actor (James Bond, From Russia With Love), dies at 73
  • May 9 Marco Ferreri, Italian film director (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Brenda Carlin, TV producer/wife of comedian George Carlin, dies at 57
  • May 18 Bridgette Andersen, American actress (b. 1975)
  • May 24 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • May 29 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), dies at 77
  • Jun 3 Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • Jun 6 Magda Gabor [Magdolna Gábor], Hungarian actress (Mai lányok, People vs Zsa Zsa Gabor), dies of renal failure at 81
  • Jun 9 Reid Shelton, actor (Daddy Warbucks-Annie), dies of stroke at 71
  • Jun 14 Richard Jaeckel, American actor (3:10 to Yuma, Sands of Iwo Jima, Sometimes a Great Notion), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jun 21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), dies at 65
  • Jun 22 Don Henderson, English actor (b. 1932)
  • Jun 24 Brian Keith, American actor (Family Affair, Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap), commits suicide at 75
  • Jun 29 William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor, The Nightmare Before Christmas), dies of emphysema at 69
  • Jun 30 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • Jul 1 Robert Mitchum, American actor (Out of the Past, Winds of War, North & South), dies of lung cancer and emphysema at 79

Person of interestJames Stewart

Jul 2 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (The Philadelphia Story and It's a Wonderful Life), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 89


  • Jul 4 Charles Kuralt, news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • Jul 15 Alan Chaig, paleontologist (Carl Sagan of BBC), dies at 70
  • Jul 20 Linda Stirling, college prof/B movie actress (Pretender), dies at 75
  • Jul 24 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • Jul 25 Dora Maar, Picasso model/companion, dies at 89
  • Jul 27 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier, dies at 99
  • Jul 27 Isabel Dean, English actress (Five Days One Summer Virgin Island, Ransom), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Rosalie Crutchley, British actress (Armchair Theatre: Black Limelight, Four Weddings and a Funeral), dies at 77
  • Aug 10 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • Aug 16 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), dies at 82
  • Aug 21 Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • Aug 25 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker, dies at 70
  • Aug 27 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • Aug 27 Jeep Swenson, actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40
  • Sep 7 Alex Macintosh, broadcaster/actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72

Person of interestBurgess Meredith

Sep 9 Burgess Meredith, American actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), dies at 88

  • Sep 10 Jack Adkisson, professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • Sep 12 "Stikkan" Stig Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Sep 16 Antony Kearey, television producer, dies at 77
  • Sep 17 Red Skelton [Richard], American comedian (Red Skelton Show), dies at 84
  • Sep 21 Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Sep 23 Shirley Clarke, actress (Cool World), dies at 78
  • Sep 25 Sayed Mutawli ad Imam scholar/broadcaster-Darsh, dies at 66
  • Oct 5 Andrew Keir, actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt), dies at 71
  • Oct 5 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Oct 5 Andrew Keir, Scottish character actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt, Catholics), dies at 71
  • Oct 16 Audra Lindley, American actress (Three's Company, The Relic, Ropers), dies of complications from leukemia at 79
  • Oct 16 Adam Kennedy, American actor, screenwriter, novelist ant painter (The Californians, Just Like Humphrey Bogart), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Oct 18 Nancy Dickerson, American pioneering journalist, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • Oct 19 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), dies at 97
  • Oct 19 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), dies at 57
  • Oct 23 Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • Oct 24 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Scooby-Doo, Bamm Bamm Rubble), dies at 62
  • Oct 28 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • Oct 30 Sam Fuller, director/writer (Big Red One), dies at 86
  • Oct 30 Samuel Fuller, American actor and writer (The Steel Helmet, Return to Salem's Lot), dies from natural causes at 85
  • Nov 4 H Richard Hornberger, surgeon (inspired M*A*S*H), dies at 73
  • Nov 4 Wally Bruner, journalist (ABC, What's My Line), dies at 66
  • Nov 5 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter (b. 1946)
  • Nov 10 William Alland, American actor (Citizen Kane), dies at 81
  • Nov 14 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Nov 16 George Petrie, American actor (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Honeymooners), dies from a lymphoma on his 85th birthday
  • Nov 22 Joanna Moore, actress (Bronx, Hindenburg), dies at 63

Person of interestMichael Hutchence

Nov 22 Michael Hutchence, Australiann rocker (INXS) and actor, commits suicide at 37

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • Nov 25 Charles Hallahan, actor (Hunter), dies of heart attack at 54
  • Nov 28 Georges Marchal, French actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way, La mort en ce jardin), dies at 77
  • Dec 2 Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  • Dec 4 Richard Vernon, British actor (Gandhi, Hard Days Night), dies at 72
  • Dec 6 Alan Mouncer, film director and producer, dies at 68
  • Dec 9 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), dies at 71
  • Dec 14 Stubby Kaye [Bernard Solomon Kotzin], American actor (Guys & Dolls, Lil' Abner, Cat Ballou), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Dec 16 Richard Warwick, actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If), dies at 52
  • Dec 18 Chris Farley, comedian (SNL, Tommy Boy), dies at 33
  • Dec 20 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, dies of cancer at 51
  • Dec 21 Juzo Itami, film director/actor (Lord Jim, Yuuguremade), dies at 64
  • Dec 23 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist, dies at 39
  • Dec 24 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67

Person of interestToshiro Mifune

Dec 24 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Dec 25 Denver Pyle, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show), dies of lung cancer at 77
  • Dec 28 Ronald Clive Williams, Welsh actor and comedian (Twin Town), dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), dies at 96