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  • Jan 2 Doralyn "Lynn" Cartwright, American character actress (A League of Their Own), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Brian Gibson (director), English film director (b. 1944)
  • Jan 7 Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (Cries & Whispers, Damned), dies at 77

Person of interestSpalding Gray

Jan 10 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), commits suicide at 62

  • Jan 14 Uta Hagen, German-American actress and theatre practitioner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies at 84
  • Jan 14 Ron O'Neal, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jan 17 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer, dies at 88
  • Jan 17 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • Jan 22 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (On the Town), dies at 80
  • Jan 23 Bob Keeshan, American actor (Captain Kangaroo), dies at 76
  • Jan 28 Don Stansauk, American professional wrestler (b. 1936)
  • Jan 28 Joe Viterelli, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jan 29 Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (Helden, Ich suche dich), dies of kidney disease at 88
  • Feb 2 Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • Feb 3 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • Feb 5 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)

  • Feb 10 Guy Provost, Quebec actor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 15 Jan Miner, American actress (Crime Photographer), dies at 86
  • Feb 18 Jean Rouch, French filmmaker and ethnologist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Vijay Anand, Indian film director (b. 1934)
  • Feb 24 John Randolph [Emanuel Hirsch Cohen], American actor (King Kong, Lucan, Lucas Tanner, Angie), dies at 88
  • Mar 2 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), dies at 87
  • Mar 3 Cecily Adams, American actress and casting director (b. 1958)
  • Mar 5 Walter "Walt" Gorney, American character actor (Friday the 13th, Trading Places), dies from natural causes at 91
  • Mar 6 Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, dies at 47
  • Mar 7 Paul Winfield, American actor (b. 1941)
  • Mar 8 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • Mar 9 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (Kant aan m'n broek!), dies at 87
  • Mar 17 J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • Mar 17 Michael Mellinger, German actor (Goldfinger, The Bourne Identity),dies at 74
  • Mar 21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), dies at 79
  • Mar 26 Jan Sterling [Jane Adriance], American actress (Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty), dies of diabetes and a stroke at 82
  • Mar 28 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), dies of heart failure at 82
  • Mar 30 Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • Apr 1 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), dies at 58
  • Apr 7 Victor Argo, American actor (b. 1934)
  • Apr 13 Caron Keating, British television presenter (b. 1962)
  • Apr 14 Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 17 Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • Apr 18 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81

  • Apr 25 Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors' Hospital), dies at 78
  • May 3 Anthony Ainley, British actor (b. 1932)
  • May 9 Alan King [Irwin Kniberg], American comedian and actor (Anderson Tapes, Memories of Me), dies at 76
  • May 14 Anna Lee [Joan Boniface Winnifrith], British actress (General Hospital, How Green Was My Valley), dies of pneumonia at 91
  • May 18 Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader (b. 1946)
  • May 19 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (The Odd Couple) dies aged 84
  • May 19 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (b. 1907)
  • May 22 Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • May 24 Captain Stubby [Tom Fouts], American author and comedian (Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers), dies of a stroke at 85
  • May 31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, dies at 62
  • Jun 4 Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi, Italian actor (Between Miracles), dies at 83

Person of interestRonald Reagan

Jun 5 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), dies at 93

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jun 6 Judy Campbell [Judith Mary Gamble], British actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie), dies at 88
  • Jun 26 Yash Johar, Indian film producer (b. 1929)

Person of interestMarlon Brando

Jul 1 Marlon Brando, American actor (The Godfather, A Street Cart Named Desire and On the Waterfront), dies at 80

  • Jul 8 Jean Lefebvre, French actor (Diabolical, Now Where Did the Seventh Company Get to?), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Isabel Sanford, American actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), dies at 86 (b. 1917)
  • Jul 17 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • Jul 23 Mehmood, Indian actor (b. 1932)
  • Jul 23 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • Jul 28 Sam Edwards, American actor (Captain Midnight, Twelve O'Clock High), dies at 89
  • Jul 28 Eugene Roche, American actor (Foul Play, Slaughterhouse Five), dies at 75
  • Jul 29 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 30 Andre Noble, Canadian actor (b. 1979)
  • Jul 31 Virginia Grey, American actress (b. 1917)
  • Jul 31 Laura Betti, Italian actress (b. 1927)
  • Aug 8 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), dies at 96
  • Aug 8 Dimitris Papamichael, Greek actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 9 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • Aug 12 Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Aug 13 Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality (The French Chef), dies at 91
  • Aug 16 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), dies at 83
  • Aug 18 Elmer Bernstein, American movie music composer (The Magnificent Seven, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Age Of innocence, Thoroughly Modern Mille), dies at 82
  • Aug 22 Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director, dies at 83
  • Aug 31 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • Sep 2 Eleni Zafeiriou, Greek actress (b. 1916)
  • Sep 8 Frank Thomas, American animator, dies at 92
  • Sep 9 Caitlin Clarke, American actress (Dragonslayer), dies at 52
  • Sep 18 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 82
  • Sep 21 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • Sep 22 Big Boss Man [Ray Washington Traylor Jr.], American professional wrestler, dies at 41
  • Sep 26 Marianna Komlos, professional wrestling valet (b. 1969)
  • Sep 30 Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • Sep 30 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)

Person of interestJanet Leigh

Oct 3 Janet Leigh [Jeanetta Morrison], American actress (Psycho), dies at 77

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • Oct 4 Rio Diaz, Filipino actress & TV hosts (b. 1959)

Person of interestRodney Dangerfield

Oct 5 Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian (Caddyshack), dies at 82

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • Oct 7 Hildy Park, American actress and writer (To Tell the Truth), dies of a stroke at 78

Person of interestChristopher Reeve

Oct 10 Christopher Reeve, American actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), dies of an adverse reaction to an antibiotic at 52

  • Oct 14 Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek singer, actor and entertainer (b. 1949)
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • Oct 25 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster dies of a heart attack aged 65

Person of interestVaughn Meader

Oct 29 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Oct 30 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), dies at 80
  • Nov 2 Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (Submission), dies at 47
  • Nov 6 Fred Dibnah, English television personality (b. 1938)
  • Nov 6 Robert Lang, English actor (Night Watch), dies at 70
  • Nov 7 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), dies of cancer at 87
  • Nov 9 Edward "Ed" Kemmer, American actor (Space Patrol, Lux Video Theatre), dies at 83
  • Nov 11 Richard Dembo, French director and screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • Nov 11 Dayton Allen, American comedian (Steve Allen Show, The Cotton Club), dies from a stroke at 85
  • Nov 15 John Morgan, Canadian comedian (b. 1930)
  • Nov 17 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)
  • Nov 19 Helmut Griem, German actor (b. 1932)

Person of interestPhilippe de Broca

Nov 26 Philippe de Broca, French film director (Le Bossu) dies aged 71

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • Nov 29 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), dies from cancer at 72
  • Dec 4 Carl Esmond, Austrian actor (Ministry of Fear, Smash-Up), dies of natural causes at 102
  • Dec 9 Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
  • Dec 14 Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and presidential candidate (b. 1939)
  • Dec 28 Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)
  • Dec 29 Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
  • Dec 30 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), dies at 94