Deaths in Film & Television in 2000

  • Jan 3 Bernhard Wicki, Austrian director and actor (Morituri, Crime & Passion), dies at 80
  • Jan 7 Gary Albright, American professional wrestler (b. 1963)
  • Jan 11 Helena Carter [Helen Rickerts], American model and actress (Invaders from Mars), dies at 76
  • Jan 15 Frances "Fran" Ryan, American actress (Stripes, The Long Riders), dies of natural causes at 83
  • Jan 18 Jester Hairston, American actor (That's My Mama, Amen), dies at 98
  • Jan 18 Frances Drake [Dean], American actress (Mad Love, The Invisible Ray), dies from natural causes at 87

Person of interestHedy Lamarr

Jan 19 Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress (Ecstasy, Samson & Delilah) and inventor (radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes), dies of heart failure at 86

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
  • Jan 24 Bobby Duncum, Jr., American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • Jan 31 Ralph Manza, American actor (Banacek, Mama Malone, Newhart), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Feb 4 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 5 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), dies at 98
  • Feb 10 Jim Varney, American actor (b. 1949)
  • Feb 16 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress (The Cameraman, The Arm of the Law), dies at 91
  • Feb 16 Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (Zorba the Greek (1964), Sword of the Valiant, The Tenant), dies of congestive heart disease and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Mar 6 John Colicos, Canadian actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Mar 7 Charles Gray, British actor (Clay-Rawhide, Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 71
  • Mar 20 Gene Eugene, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1961)
  • Mar 25 Helen Martin, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 27 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), dies at 74

Person of interestClaire Trevor

Apr 8 Claire Trevor, American actress (Marjorie Morningstar), dies of respiratory failure at 91

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor
  • Apr 10 Peter Jones, British actor (Chariots of Fire, From a Bird's Eye View), dies of natural causes at 79
  • Apr 10 Larry Linville, American actor (b. 1939)
  • Apr 10 Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (The Kingdom, Matador, Een stor familie), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • May 1 Stephen "Steve" Reeves, American professional bodybuilder, actor, and philanthropist (Hercules, Goliath, Sandokan), dies from a blood clot at 74
  • May 7 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor and decorated naval officer (Ghost Story), dies at 90
  • May 11 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (b. 1907)
  • May 13 Paul Bartel, American actor (b. 1938)

Person of interestJohn Gielgud

May 21 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur, Ages of Man), dies at 96

  • May 25 Nicholas Clay, British actor (b. 1946)
  • May 30 Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)
  • Jun 11 Lew Gallo, American character actor and screen writer (Get Smart, Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High), dies at 71
  • Jun 18 Nancy Marchand, American actress (The Sopranos, Beacon Hill, Margaret-Lou Grant), dies at 71
  • Jun 24 David Tomlinson, British actor (Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Helter Skelter), dies from a stroke at 83
  • Jun 26 Logan Ramsey, American actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Jun 28 Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (the Seventh Seal, Dum-Bom), dies of viral complications after several stroke at 92
  • Jun 29 Il Mattatore [Vittorio Gassman], Italian actor, director and screenwriter (Scent of a Woman, War & Peace), dies at 77
  • Jun 29 Coen Flink, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943, Havinck, Honneponnetje), dies at 68
  • Jul 1 Walter Matthau, American actor and comedian (The Odd Couple, Bad News Bears), dies at 79
  • Jul 3 Kemal Sunal, Turkish actor (b. 1944)
  • Jul 9 Doug Fisher, English actor (b. 1941)
  • Jul 10 Justin Pierce, English-American actor and skateboarder (b. 1975)
  • Jul 14 Meredith MacRae, American actress (b. 1944)
  • Jul 22 Eric Christmas, British actor (b. 1916)
  • Jul 22 Claude Sautet, French film director (b. 1924)
  • Jul 27 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
  • Jul 27 Val Dufour, American actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Max Showalter, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), dies of cancer at 83
  • Jul 30 Nan Leslie [Nan Coppage], American actress (Kings Row, The Californians), dies of pneumonia at 74

Person of interestAlec Guinness

Aug 5 Alec Guinness, British actor (The Ladykillers, The Bridge on the River Kwai), dies of liver cancer at 86


  • Aug 9 Nicholas Markowitz-kidnapped and murdered by Jesse James Hollywood (b. 1984)

Person of interestLoretta Young

Aug 12 Loretta Young, American actress (Farmer's Daughter, Stranger), dies of ovarian cancer at 87

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
  • Aug 19 Antonio Pugliese, Italian professional wrestler (b. 1941)
  • Aug 31 Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (b. 1925)
  • Sep 3 Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter (Escape to Athena), dies at 86
  • Sep 14 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Vincent Canby, American movie critic (b. 1924)
  • Sep 17 Paula Yates, English TV personality (The Big Breakfast), dies of a drug overdose at 41
  • Sep 19 Ann Doran, American actress (Longstreet, Shirley, Rebel Without a Cause), dies at 89
  • Sep 22 Rodney Anoa'i (Yokozuna), American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Sep 26 Richard Mulligan, American actor (b. 1932)
  • Oct 6 Richard Farnsworth, American actor (Misery, Havana, Sylvester), dies at 80
  • Oct 9 David Dukes, American actor (Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War), dies at 55
  • Oct 13 Jean Peters, American actress (Viva Zapata!, Apache, Deep Waters), dies at 73
  • Oct 16 Rick Jason [Richard Jacobson], American actor (Day of the Wolves, Eagles Attack at Dawn), dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Oct 18 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), dies at 74
  • Oct 18 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singe and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Rodney Anoa'i aka Yokozuna, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Oct 28 Lída Baarová [Ludmila Babková], Czech actress (Die Fledermaus, Virginity), dies after a long illness at 86

Person of interestSteve Allen

Oct 30 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), dies of a heart attack at 78

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Oct 31 Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • Nov 1 Bernard Erhard, American voice actor (b. 1934)
  • Nov 9 Hugh Paddick, English actor (Round the Horne), dies at 85
  • Nov 22 Christian Marquand, French actor, director and screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • Nov 28 Liane Haid, Austrian actress (Lady Hamilton), dies at 105
  • Dec 6 Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Hogan's Heroes), dies of cancer at 80
  • Dec 10 Marie Windsor [Emily Marie Bertelson], American actress (The Bounty Hunter, Double Deal), dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • Dec 11 David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Dec 12 George Montgomery, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Dec 23 Billy Barty [William John Bertanzetti,], American actor (Under the Rainbow, Foul Play), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Dec 23 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91
  • Dec 23 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela, Chann Way), dies at 74
  • Dec 26 Jason Robards, American actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday), dies at 78
  • Dec 26 Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
  • Dec 26 Leo Gordon, American actor (Maverick, Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), dies of cardiac failure at 78
  • Dec 30 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), dies at 91