Actors and Actresses Who Died in 2003

  • Jan 1 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, dies at 76
  • 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 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 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 actress (Gimme A Break; Lobo), dies at 54
  • Feb 3 Lana Clarkson, American actress, shot and killed by Phil Spector at 40
  • 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 24 Walter Scharf, American film composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 25 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor and film maker (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY, Me and Caterina), dies of lung cancer at 82

Fred RogersFred Rogers (1928-2003)

Feb 27 American children's TV host (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), dies at age 74

  • Mar 3 Horst Buchholz, German actor (Magnificent 7; Raid on Entebbe), dies at 69
  • Mar 4 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • Mar 5 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, dies at 72
  • 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 Howard Fast, American novelist and TV screenwriter (Rachel & the Stranger, Spartacus), dies at 88
  • 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 23 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-British classical flautist, broadcaster, composer, and wit, dies at 77
  • 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 2 Michael Wayne, American film producer (Green Berets, McLintock), son of John Wayne, dies at 68
  • Apr 4 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Apr 4 Resortes, Mexican comedian (b. 1916)
  • Apr 15 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress, dies at 61
  • Apr 16 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Charlie"; Misery; 7th Heaven), 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 (Chamber of Horrors), dies at 70
  • May 14 Robert Stack, American actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries, Written on the Wind), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • May 14 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), dies at 90

June Carter CashJune Carter Cash (1929-2003)

May 15 American Grammy Award-winning country singer (The Carter Family; Johnny Cash Show), songwriter ("Ring Of Fire"), and actress, dies from complications after heart valve replacement surgery at 73

  • May 18 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer, dies at 89
  • 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)

David BrinkleyDavid Brinkley (1920-2003)

Jun 11 American NBC news anchor (The Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 82

  • Jun 11 William Marshall, American stage and screen actor, director, and operatic singer (Frederick Douglass: Slave and Statesman; Blacula; Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78

Gregory PeckGregory Peck (1916-2003)

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

  • Jun 15 Hume Cronyn, Canadian stage and screen Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor (Lifeboat; Cocoon; To Dance with the White Dog), and screenwriter, dies of prostate cancer 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)

Katharine HepburnKatharine Hepburn (1907-2003)

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

  • Jun 30 Buddy Hackett [Leonard Hacker], American comedian and actor (God's Little Acre; The Music Man; The Love Bug), dies of heart disease at 78
  • 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)

Bob HopeBob Hope (1903-2003)

Jul 27 English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, dies at 100

  • 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 TV infomercials host, dies of cancer at 55
  • Aug 9 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights; Taps), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 9 Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)
  • Aug 22 Imperio Argentina [María Magdalena Nile], Argentinian-Spanish singer and actress, dies at 92
  • 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, dies at 79

Charles BronsonCharles Bronson (1921-2003)

Aug 30 American actor (Magnificent Seven, Death Wish, The Dirty Dozen), dies at 81 [1]

  • Sep 1 (Arlington) Rand Brooks, 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 musical theatre actor and voice actor, dies at 71
  • Sep 8 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress (Caillou; 15/Love), dies in a car crash at 17

Leni RiefenstahlLeni Riefenstahl (1902-2003)

Sep 8 German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), dies in her sleep at 101

  • Sep 9 Larry Hovis, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Sep 11 John Ritter, American actor and comedian (Three's Company, It, 8 Simple Rules), dies of an aortic dissection at 54
  • 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 actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains), dies at 71
  • Sep 24 Lyle Bettger, American actor (The Greatest Show on Earth, Lone Ranger), dies at 88
  • Sep 25 Anthony Durante, American professional wrestler, dies at 36
  • 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-American film director (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 94
  • Oct 1 (Greig) "Chubby" Jackson, American big band jazz double-bassist, bandleader, and TV host, dies at 84
  • 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 Hawk [Michael Hegstrand], American professional wrestler (ECW/WCW/WWF/AWA, Legion of Doom), dies at 46
  • Oct 20 Čkalja [Miodrag Petrović], Serbian actor and one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia, dies at 79
  • Oct 20 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), dies at 82
  • Oct 21 Fred Berry, African-American actor (Rerun-What's Happening), dies at 52
  • Oct 23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician. dies of an aneurysm at 59
  • Oct 27 Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937)
  • Nov 4 Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • Nov 6 Crash Holly [Michael Lockwood], American professional wrestler, dies at 32
  • Nov 6 Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor, dies of a heart attack at 41
  • Nov 8 Bob Grant [Robert St Clair Grant], British actor, comedian and writer (on the Buses), dies at 71

Art CarneyArt Carney (1918-2003)

Nov 9 American Emmy and Oscar winner actor (The Honeymooners - "Ed Norton"; Harry and Tonto -"Harry"), dies of natural causes at 85

  • Nov 10 Irv "Kup" Kupcinet, American columnist and television personality (b. 1912)

Jonathan BrandisJonathan Brandis (1976-2003)

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

  • 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
  • Nov 13 Kellie Waymire, American actress (Six Feet Under), dies at 36
  • Nov 14 Gene Anthony Ray, American dancer and actor (Fame - "Leroy"), dies from complications of a stroke at 41
  • Nov 15 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
  • Nov 15 Laurence Tisch, American businessman (CEO of CBS Television, 1985-96; co-founder of Loews Corp), dies of gastroesophageal cancer, at 80
  • Nov 18 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 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 20 Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  • Nov 22 Dick Thomas, American singing cowboy and TV host (Village Barn), dies at 88
  • Nov 29 Larry Booker (Moondog Spot), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 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 Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • Dec 29 Dinsdale Landen, British actor (The Mask of Janus), dies at 71
  • Dec 29 Earl Hindman, American actor (b. 1942)
  • 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