Deaths in Film & Television in 1998

  • Jan 4 Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 9 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • Jan 16 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 17 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • Jan 20 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, dies at 73
  • Jan 21 Jack Lord, American actor (Hawaii FIVE-O), dies at 77
  • Feb 23 Philip Abbott, American character actor (The FBI, Sweet Bird of Youth), dies at 73
  • Feb 24 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • Feb 26 J T Walsh, actor (Good Morning Vietnam), dies at 54
  • Feb 27 J. T. Walsh, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Feb 28 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Mar 5 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), dies at 91
  • Mar 10 Lloyd Bridges, American comedic actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane!), dies of natural causes at 85
  • Mar 12 Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (The Shop on Main Street), dies at 74
  • Mar 30 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost, Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Apr 1 Eugene "Gene" Evans, American actor (My Friend Flicka, Johnny Ringo, Alamo), dies of heart failure at 75
  • Apr 2 Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • Apr 19 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Apr 21 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), dies at 82
  • Apr 27 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest, Well's Theater), dies at 96
  • May 2 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), dies from pneumonia a 89
  • May 2 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • May 9 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello Frisco, Hello, Fallen Angel, Stowaway), dies of stomach cancer at 83

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • May 21 Douglas Fowley, American actor (Singin' in the Rain, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 86
  • May 22 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), dies at 71

Person of interestPhil Hartman

May 28 Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49

  • Jun 1 Darwin Joston, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jun 2 Sylvester Ritter, American professional wrestler (b. 1952)
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 5 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), dies following a stroke at 86
  • Jun 12 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz, That's My Mama), dies of skin cancer at 75
  • Jun 18 Charles Korvin [Geza Korvin Karpathi], Austrian actor (Berlin Express, Ship of Fools), dies at 90
  • Jun 23 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), dies at 87
  • Jul 6 Roy Rogers, American actor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 20 June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • Jul 21 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
  • Jul 23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • Jul 27 Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • Jul 30 Buffalo Bob Smith [Robert Emil Schmidt], American TV host (Howdy Doody), dies of cancer at 80
  • Aug 1 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), dies at 72
  • Aug 2 Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • Aug 18 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Aug 24 E G Marshall [Everett Eugene Grunz], American actor (12 Angry Men, The Defenders), dies of lung cancer at 88
  • Sep 5 Leo Penn, American film director (b. 1921)

Person of interestAkira Kurosawa

Sep 6 Akira Kurosawa, Japanese director and screenwriter who was posthumously named "Asian of the Century" in the "Arts, Literature, and Culture" category (Rashomon, Drunken Angel, Seven Samurai, Ran), dies of a stroke at 88

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Sep 10 Carl Forgione, British actor (b. 1944)
  • Sep 11 Dane Clark, American actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason), dies at 86
  • Sep 18 Leonid Kinskey, Russian actor (Casablanca, Duck Soup), dies at 95
  • Sep 23 Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1943)
  • Sep 30 Marius Goring, British actor (Stairway to Heaven, The Red Shoes), dies from cancer at 86

  • Oct 2 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), dies at 91
  • Oct 3 Roddy McDowall, British actor (Planet of Apes, Cleopatra, Lord Love a Duck), dies at 70
  • Oct 9 Robert Allen [Irvine Theodore Baehr], American actor (The Awful Truth, Crime and Punishment), dies from cancer and collapsed lung at 92
  • Oct 11 Richard Denning [Louis Denninger Jr.], American actor (An Affair to Remember, The Black Scorpion), dies from cardiac arrest at 84
  • Oct 17 Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
  • Oct 28 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter) dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Nov 2 Vincent Winter, British actor (b. 1957)
  • Nov 3 Bob Kane, comic artist and Batman co-creator (b. 1915)
  • Nov 3 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), dies at 76
  • Nov 6 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (b. 1928)
  • Nov 8 Jean Marais, French actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus), dies of cardio-vascular disease at 84
  • Nov 9 Ursula Reit [Reith], German actress (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), dies from natural causes at 84
  • Nov 10 Mary Millar, English actress (b. 1936)
  • Nov 13 Edwige Feuillère, French actress (b. 1907)
  • Nov 13 Valerie Hobson, British actress (b. 1917)
  • Nov 17 Esther Rolle, Bahamian American actress (Good Times, Maude), dies from complications of diabetes at 78
  • Nov 18 Norma Connolly, American actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital, The Young Marrieds), dies at 71
  • Nov 25 Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (b. 1933)
  • Nov 29 Martin Ruane, English professional wrestler (b. 1947)
  • Nov 29 Frank Latimore, American actor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 14 Norman Fell, American actor (Three's Company, The End, Graduate), dies of bone marrow cancer at 74
  • Dec 20 Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1910)
  • Dec 21 Roger Avon, British actor (Doctor Who, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), dies at 84
  • Dec 22 Michelle Thomas, American actress (b. 1969)
  • Dec 22 Virginia Graham, American TV personality (Girl Talk, Where Was I), dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), dies of hear failure at 78
  • Dec 29 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), dies at 90
  • Dec 30 George Webb, British actor (Keeping Up Appearances), dies of natural causes at 86