Deaths in Film & Television in 2002

  • Jan 1 Julia Phillips, American film producer (b. 1944)
  • Jan 2 Margaret "Bibi" Osterwald, American actress (As Good as It Gets, Bridget Loves Bernie), dies of lung disease at 83
  • Jan 7 Avery Schreiber, American actor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 11 Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920)
  • Jan 12 Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)
  • Jan 13 Ted Demme, American film director, dies at 38
  • Jan 13 Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)
  • Jan 13 Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (Wayne and Shuster), dies at 85
  • Jan 16 Ron Taylor, American actor (b. 1952)
  • Jan 17 Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
  • Jan 20 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • Jan 22 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • Jan 24 Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • Jan 29 Harold Russell, Canadian actor (Best Years of Our Life, Dogtown), dies from a heart attack at 88
  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • Feb 1 Nellie "Irish" McCalla, American actress and artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), dies at 73
  • Feb 4 George Nader, American actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats), dies at 80
  • Feb 11 Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)

Person of interestKevin Smith

Feb 15 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), dies at 38 after falling from a prop tower

  • Feb 21 John Thaw, English actor (Inspector Morse), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 21 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), dies of a drug overdose at 32
  • Feb 26 Lawrence Tierney, American actor (Abduction, Dillinger, Reservoir Dogs), dies of pneumonia at 82

Person of interestSpike Milligan

Feb 27 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (The Goon Show, 3 Musketeers), dies of kidney failure at 83

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • Feb 28 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), dies at 75
  • Mar 4 Claire Davenport, English actress (The Elephant Man), dies at 68
  • Mar 4 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 17 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (Family Matters, The Brother from Another Planet), dies from diabetes at 90
  • Mar 25 Kenneth Wolstenholme, British BBC football commentator, dies at 81
  • Mar 27 Milton Berle, American actor and comedian, dies at 93

Person of interestDudley Moore

Mar 27 Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), dies at 66

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

Person of interestBilly Wilder

Mar 27 Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American film director (The Lost Weekend, Some Like it Hot), dies at 95

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • Mar 29 Rico Yan, Philippine Young Movie & TV Actor (b. 1975)
  • Mar 31 Barry Took, British comedian (b. 1928)
  • Apr 2 Jack Kruschen, Canadian character actor (The Apartment, Busting Loose), dies at 80
  • Apr 4 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • Apr 7 John Agar, American actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache), dies at 81
  • Apr 8 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), dies at 88
  • Apr 16 Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)
  • Apr 18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Apr 25 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov, Girly), dies at 74
  • Apr 28 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Lor Tok [Sawong Supsamruay], Thai comedian and actor (Ngern, Ngern, Ngern), dies at 88
  • May 2 John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  • May 5 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • May 10 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • May 12 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit)
  • May 13 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), dies at 76
  • May 16 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • May 18 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • May 25 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), dies at 75
  • Jun 5 Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (b. 1912)

  • Jun 26 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), dies at 78
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jun 29 François Périer [Pillu], French actor (Gervaise, Fantasia, Les Mains Sales), dies at 82
  • Jul 5 Katy Jurado, Mexican actress, 1st Latin actress to win a Golden Globe (High Noon, Broken Lance), dies at 78
  • Jul 6 John Frankenheimer, American film director (b. 1930)

Person of interestRod Steiger

Jul 9 Rod Steiger, American actor (Illustrated Man, Pawnbroker), dies of pneumonia at 77

  • Jul 23 Reginald "Leo" McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), dies of health complications at 82
  • Jul 24 Maurice Denham, British actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), dies at 92
  • Aug 3 Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British actress ('Allo 'Allo!), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • Aug 5 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)
  • Aug 16 Jeff Corey [Arthur Zwerling], American actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men), dies at 88
  • Aug 18 Dean Riesner, American film and television writer (b. 1918)
  • Aug 29 Alan MacNaughtan, Scottish actor (To Serve Them All My Days), dies at 82
  • Aug 30 J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)
  • Aug 31 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player and actor, dies at 94
  • Sep 5 John "Jackie" Kelk, American actor and stand-up comedian (The Aldrich Family, The Adventures of Superman), dies of a lung infection at 79
  • Sep 7 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • Sep 11 Kim Hunter [Janet Cole], American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes), dies at 79
  • Sep 14 LaWanda Page [Alberta Peal], American actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Sons), dies of complications from diabetes at 81
  • Sep 16 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), dies at 90
  • Sep 23 Veteran BBC/Radio Ceylon Broadcaster, Vernon Corea died in New Malden, Surrey, UK at 75
  • Oct 3 Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 4 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Oct 4 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 85
  • Oct 8 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), dies at 87
  • Oct 9 Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 11 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 13 Keene Curtis, American character actor (The Rothschilds, Cheers, Amanda's), dies at 79
  • Oct 13 Dennis Patrick, American actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), dies in a house fire at 84
  • Oct 18 Kam Fong [Chun], American actor (Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, P.I.), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • Oct 20 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Oct 20 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • Oct 24 Mary Jeanette "Peggy" Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), dies from injuries at 84

Person of interestRichard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Oct 28 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • Oct 30 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • Oct 31 Raf Vallone, Italian actor (b. 1916)
  • Nov 2 Tonio Selwart [Antonio Selmair-Selwart], German actor (Barefoot Contessa, Naked Maja), dies from natural causes at 106
  • Nov 3 Jonathan Harris, American actor (Dr Zachary Smith-Lost in Space), dies at 87
  • Nov 5 Vinnette Carroll, American actress and 1st African-American woman to direct on Broadway (1972: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope), dies of heart disease and diabetes at 80
  • Nov 7 Margaret "Peg" Phillips, American actress (Northern Exposure, ER, Suddenly Susan), dies of lung disease at 84
  • Nov 9 Merlin Santana, American actor (b. 1976)
  • Nov 10 Michel Boisrond, French film director (b. 1921)
  • Nov 14 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), dies at 87
  • Nov 18 James Coburn, American actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven), dies at 74
  • Nov 22 Adele Jergens, American actress (Dark Past, Fuller Brush Man), dies at 84
  • Nov 29 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of kidney failure at 81
  • Nov 29 George "Two Ton" Harris, American professional wrestler (b. 1927)
  • Nov 30 Tim Woods, American professional wrestler (b. 1934)
  • Dec 3 Glenn Quinn, Irish actor (b. 1970)
  • Dec 12 Brad Dexter [Boris Milanovich], American actor (Macao, The Magnificent Seven), dies of emphysema at 85
  • Dec 14 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), dies at 78
  • Dec 17 James Hazeldine, English actor (b. 1947)
  • Dec 22 Kenneth Tobey, American actor (The Thing from Another World, Innerspace, Whirlybirds), dies of natural causes at 85
  • Dec 25 William T. Orr, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • Dec 27 George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
  • Dec 30 Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)