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  • Jan 1 Julia Phillips, American film producer (b. 1944)
  • 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 24 Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • Jan 29 Harold Russell, Canadian-born actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, Inside Moves), dies at 88
  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 4 George Nader, American film and television actor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 11 Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)

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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 (b. 1919)

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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 (b. 1933)
  • Mar 4 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 17 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (b. 1911)
  • Mar 27 Milton Berle, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)

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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

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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 4 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • Apr 7 John Agar, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 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 28 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (b. 1914)
  • 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 (b. 1925)
  • May 16 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • May 18 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • May 25 Pat Coombs, English actress (b. 1926)
  • Jun 5 Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (b. 1912)
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)
  • Jun 29 François Périer, French actor, dies at 82
  • Jul 5 Katy Jurado, Mexican actress (b. 1924)
  • Jul 6 John Frankenheimer, American film director (b. 1930)

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

  • Jul 23 Leo McKern, Australian actor (b. 1920)

  • Jul 24 Maurice Denham, British actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), dies at 92
  • Aug 3 Carmen Silvera, British actress (b. 1922)
  • Aug 5 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)
  • Aug 16 Jeff Corey, American actor (b. 1914)
  • Aug 18 Dean Riesner, American film and television writer (b. 1918)
  • Aug 29 Alan MacNaughtan, Scottish actor (b. 1920)
  • Aug 30 J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)
  • Aug 31 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player and actor, dies at 94
  • Sep 7 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • Sep 11 Kim Hunter, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 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 9 Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 11 Dina Pathak, Indian Actress (b. 1922)
  • Oct 20 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Oct 20 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)

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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 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 (b. 1928)
  • Nov 29 Daniel Gélin, French actor (b. 1921)
  • 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, American actor (b. 1917)
  • Dec 17 James Hazeldine, English actor (b. 1947)
  • 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)