Deaths in Film & Television in 2003

  • Jan 1 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), dies at 79
  • Jan 5 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Jan 11 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Jan 11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • Jan 13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • Jan 17 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), dies at 76
  • Jan 18 Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Jan 20 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 23 Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
  • Feb 3 Lana Clarkson, American actress (b. 1962)
  • Feb 9 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83
  • Feb 10 Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler, dies at 44
  • Feb 13 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (Pretty Woman, The Parallax View), dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • Feb 25 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY, Me and Caterina), dies of cancer at 82

Person of interestFred Rogers

Feb 27 Fred Rogers, host of TV's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" dies at age 74

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • Mar 3 Horst Buchholz, German actor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 4 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • Mar 8 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • Mar 8 Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 9 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (b. 1933)
  • Mar 12 Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)
  • Mar 15 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), dies at 91
  • Mar 19 Émile Genest, French-Canadian actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Les Plouffe), dies at 81
  • Mar 20 Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Mar 27 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board), dies at 75
  • Mar 30 Michael Jeter, American actor (The Fisher King), dies at 52
  • Mar 31 Anne Gwynne [Marguerite Gwynne Trice], American model and actress (Ride 'em Cowboy, House of Frankenstein), dies following a stroke at 84
  • Apr 1 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • Apr 4 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Apr 4 Resortes, Mexican comedian (b. 1916)
  • Apr 15 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress (b. 1941)
  • Apr 16 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Misery), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • Apr 20 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • May 1 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • May 3 Suzy Parker, American model and actress, dies at 69
  • May 14 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), dies at 90
  • May 14 Robert Stack, American actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries, Written on the Wind), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • May 18 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer (b. 1914)
  • May 23 Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • May 24 Rachel Kempson, English actress (b. 1910)
  • May 28 Martha Scott, American actress (The Ten Commandments, Our Town, Ben-Hur), dies of natural causes at 90
  • Jun 2 Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (b. 1918)
  • Jun 7 Trevor Goddard, English actor (b. 1962)
  • Jun 11 David Brinkley, American NBC news anchor (Huntley-Brinkley), dies at 82
  • Jun 11 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78

Person of interestGregory Peck

Jun 12 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), dies of bronchopneumonia at 87

  • Jun 15 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (World According to Garp, Cocoon), dies at 91
  • Jun 19 Laura Sadler, English actress (b. 1980)
  • Jun 24 Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (b. 1987)
  • Jun 27 David Newman, American filmmaker (b. 1937)

Person of interestKatharine Hepburn

Jun 29 Katharine Hepburn, American actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), dies of natural causes at 96

  • Jul 1 N!xau, Namibian actor (b. 1944)
  • Jul 6 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Breakfast at Tiffany's), dies of complications from pneumonia at 95
  • Jul 22 Wahome Muthahi, Kenyan humourist (b. 1954)
  • Jul 25 John Schlesinger, British film director (b. 1926)

Person of interestBob Hope

Jul 27 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, dies at 100

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • Jul 29 Johnny Walker [Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi], Indian actor (Madhumati, Chachi 420), dies at 82
  • Aug 1 Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962)
  • Aug 2 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 70
  • Aug 2 Mike Levey, American television personality (b. 1948)
  • Aug 9 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer, dies of liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 9 Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)
  • Aug 22 Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • Aug 27 Jinx Falkenburg [Eugenia], American actress and well-known US cover-girl model throughout 1930s-40s, dies at 84
  • Aug 29 Michel Constantin, French film actor (b. 1924)

Person of interestCharles Bronson

Aug 30 Charles Bronson, American actor (The Dirty Dozen, Death Wish), dies at 81

  • Sep 1 Rand Brooks [Arlington Rand Brooks Jr.], American actor (Gone with the Wind, Rin Tin Tin), dies of cancer at 84
  • Sep 5 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 76
  • Sep 6 Harry Goz, American actor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 8 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian voice actress (b. 1986)

Person of interestLeni Riefenstahl

Sep 8 Leni Riefenstahl [Helene Bertha Amalie], German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), dies in her sleep at 101

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl
  • Sep 9 Larry Hovis, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Sep 11 John Ritter, American actor (b. 1948)
  • Sep 16 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), dies at 82
  • Sep 17 Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)
  • Sep 20 Gordon Mitchell [Charles Allen Pendleton], American actor and bodybuilder (Sinbad), dies a 80
  • Sep 22 Gordon Jump, American television actor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 24 Lyle Bettger, American actor (b. 1915)
  • Sep 24 Lyle Betther, American actor (The Greatest Show on Earth, Lone Ranger), dies at 88
  • Sep 25 George Plimpton, American writer and actor (b. 1927)
  • Sep 27 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • Sep 28 Elia Kazan, Greek-born American film director (b. 1909)
  • Oct 3 Florence Stanley, American actress (b. 1924)
  • Oct 5 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes, The Lady's Not For Burning, Masada), dies from liver cancer at 75
  • Oct 14 Patrick Dalzel-Job, English soldier and inspiration for James Bond (b. 1913)
  • Oct 16 Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler and trainer, dies at 88
  • Oct 17 Janice Rule, American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife), dies at 72
  • Oct 19 Michael Hegstrand, American professional wrestler (b. 1960)
  • Oct 20 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), dies at 82
  • Oct 20 Čkalja [Miodrag Petrović], Serbian actor and one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia, dies at 79
  • Oct 21 Fred Berry, African-American actor (Rerun-What's Happening), dies at 52
  • Oct 23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • Oct 27 Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937)
  • Nov 4 Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • Nov 6 Crash Holly, American professional wrestler (b. 1971)
  • Nov 6 Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (b. 1962)
  • Nov 8 Bob Grant, English actor (b. 1932)

Person of interestArt Carney

Nov 9 Art Carney, American actor (Ed Norton-Honeymooners), dies of natural causes at 85

Actor Art Carney
Actor
Art Carney
  • Nov 10 Irv "Kup" Kupcinet, American columnist and television personality (b. 1912)
  • Nov 12 Kay E. Kuter, American actor (Green Acres), dies at 78
  • Nov 12 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), dies at 95

Person of interestJonathan Brandis

Nov 12 Jonathan Brandis, American actor (Lucas Wolenczak-seaQuest DSV), commits suicide at 27

  • Nov 13 Kellie Waymire, American actress (b. 1967)
  • Nov 14 Gene Anthony Ray, American actor (b. 1962)
  • Nov 15 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
  • Nov 20 Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  • Nov 20 James "Jim" Siedow, American actor (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies from emphysema at 83
  • Nov 20 Kerem Yilmazer, Turkish actor (b. 1945)
  • Nov 29 Moondog Spot, American professional wrestler (b. 1952)
  • Dec 2 Suzanne Cloutier, Canadian film actress (Othello), dies at 80
  • Dec 3 David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)
  • Dec 3 Ellen Drew [Esther Loretta Ray], American actress (Isle of Dead, Christmas in July), dies at 88
  • Dec 6 Jerry Tuite, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Dec 10 Sean McClory, Irish actor (The Californians, My Chauffeur), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Jeanne Crain, American actress (Man Without a Star, Pinky), dies at 78
  • Dec 17 Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 19 Hope Lange, American actress (Peyton Place, The Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies at 70
  • Dec 19 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), dies of heart failure at 90
  • Dec 22 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), dies at 89
  • Dec 27 Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)
  • Dec 29 Earl Hindman, American actor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 29 Dinsdale Landen, English actor (b. 1932)
  • Dec 29 Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • Dec 30 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", dies of cancer at 40
  • Dec 31 Paula Raymond, American actress and model (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), dies at 79