Deaths in Film & Television in 2006

  • Jan 2 Osa Massen [Aase Madsen Iversen], Dutch actress (Jack London, Rocketship X-M), dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Mikk Mikiver, Estonian actor, director (b. 1937)

Person of interestShelley Winters

Jan 14 Shelley Winters [Schrift], American actress (Lolita, A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue & Poseidon Adventure), dies of heart failure at 85

  • Jan 14 Henri Colpi, French film editor and director (b. 1921)
  • Jan 19 Anthony "Tony" Franciosa [Papaleo], American actor (Career, Ben-Hur, Jeff-Name of the Game), dies at 77
  • Jan 24 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), dies of pneumonia and complications from a stroke at 91
  • Jan 24 Chris Penn, American actor (The Wild Life), dies at 40
  • Jan 26 Len Carlson, Canadian actor (b. 1937)
  • Jan 28 Henry McGee, British actor and comedian (No, That's Me Over Here!, The Benny Hill Show), dies at 77
  • Jan 31 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Al Lewis [Alexander Meister], American actor (The Munsters, Used Cars), dies at 82
  • Feb 5 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (La criada malcriada), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Franklin Cover, American actor (Tom-The Jeffersons), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • Feb 9 Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • Feb 11 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Andreas Katsulas, Greek-American actor (b. 1946)
  • Feb 14 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • Feb 14 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 16 Johnny Grunge, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Feb 18 Richard Bright, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Feb 20 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), dies at 86
  • Feb 23 Benno Besson, Swiss actor and director (Der Arzt wider Willen), dies at 83
  • Feb 24 Don Knotts, American actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3's Company), died of lung cancer at 81
  • Feb 24 John Martin, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • Feb 24 Dennis Weaver, American actor (Chester-Gunsmoke, Duel, Battered), dies at 81
  • Feb 25 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), dies of cardiovascular disease at 83
  • Feb 27 Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
  • Mar 2 Jack Wild, British actor (b. 1952)
  • Mar 6 Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve and activist (Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Mar 7 John Junkin, British actor and scriptwriter (A Hard Day's Night), dies at 76
  • Mar 13 Maureen Stapleton, American actress (Lonelyhearts, Airport, Coccoon, Plaza Suite), dies at 80
  • Mar 17 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (b. 1955)
  • Mar 18 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 24 Lynne Perrie, English actress (b. 1931)
  • Mar 25 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • Mar 25 Richard Fleischer, American film director (b. 1916)
  • Mar 25 Buck Owens, American singer and television personality (b. 1929)
  • Mar 27 Dan Curtis, American television producer and director (b. 1928)
  • Apr 9 Vilgot Sjöman, Swedish writer and film director (b. 1924)
  • Apr 12 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, dies at 76
  • Apr 16 Francisco Adam, Portuguese actor and model (b. 1983)
  • Apr 17 Henderson Forsythe, American actor (As the World Turns, Crisis at Central High), dies at 88
  • Apr 22 Alida Valli [Baroness Alida von Marckenstein-Frauenberg], Italian actress (The Paradine Case, The Third Man), dies at 84
  • May 7 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend (b. 1943)
  • May 10 Val Guest, British film director (b. 1911)
  • May 11 Frankie Thomas, American actor and author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), dies of a stroke at 85
  • May 14 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • May 14 Eva Norvind, Norwegian-Mexican actress, dies from drowning at 62
  • May 21 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (b. 1931)

  • May 27 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • May 27 Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (b. 1944)
  • May 30 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (b. 1926)
  • May 30 Robert Sterling, American actor (George Kirby-Adv of Topper), dies at 88
  • Jun 1 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • Jun 7 John Tenta, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1963)
  • Jun 8 Robert Donner, American actor (b. 1931)
  • Jun 14 Monty Berman, British film and television producer (b. 1905)
  • Jun 15 Raymond Devos, Belgian-French humorist, dies at 83
  • Jun 16 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (Lalka, Znachor, Niedaleko Warszawy), dies at 88
  • Jun 17 Cláudio Besserman Vianna, aka "Bussunda", Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)
  • Jun 17 Arthur Franz, American actor (The Caine Mutiny, Invaders From Mars, Young Lions), dies from emphysema and heart disease at 86
  • Jun 18 Vincent Sherman, American film director (Mr. Skeffington), dies at 99
  • Jun 22 Moose (dog actor), dog actor popular for role on Frasier (b. 1990)
  • Jun 23 Aaron Spelling, American television producer (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Luke Graham, American wrestler (b. 1940)
  • Jun 28 George Page, American television host (b. 1935)
  • Jun 28 Lennie "Len" Weinrib, American comedian and actor (H.R. Pufnstuf, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), dies from a stroke at 71
  • Jun 29 Fabián Bielinsky, Argentinean film director (b. 1959)
  • Jun 29 Lloyd Richards, Canadian-American theaterical director (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), dies at 87
  • Jul 2 Jan Murray, American comedian (b. 1916)
  • Jul 3 Benjamin Hendrickson, American actor (b. 1950)
  • Jul 6 Kasey Rogers, American actress (Bewitched), dies at 80
  • Jul 6 Tom Weir, Scottish climber, author and broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • Jul 8 June Allyson, American actress (b. 1917)
  • Jul 8 Peter Hawkins, British actor/voice actor (b. 1924)
  • Jul 11 Barnard Hughes, American actor (Tron, Where's Poppa, Best Friends), dies at 90
  • Jul 13 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian and actor (Sayonara, Five Weeks in a Balloon), dies from cardiovascular disease at 87
  • Jul 16 Bob Orton, Sr., American professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • Jul 19 Jack Warden [John Lebzelter Jr], American character actor (Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Brian's Song), dies of heart and kidney failure at 85
  • Jul 20 Gérard Oury, French filmmaker (b. 1919)
  • Jul 20 Robert Cornthwaite, American actor (Thing, War of the Worlds, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), dies of natural causes at 89
  • Jul 21 Mako, Japanese-born American actor (b. 1933)
  • Jul 28 Patrick Allen, British actor (Roman Holiday, Dial "M" for Murder), dies at 79
  • Aug 13 Tony Jay, English actor (b. 1933)
  • Aug 14 Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • Aug 18 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 20 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • Aug 24 Cristian Nemescu, Romanian film director (b.1979)
  • Aug 27 Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director (b. 1922)
  • Aug 30 Glenn Ford, Canadian-born American actor (b. 1916)
  • Sep 3 Annemarie Wendl, German actress (Lindenstraße, Der Seitensprung), dies at 91

Person of interestSteve Irwin

Sep 4 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), attacked and killed by a stingray at 44

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • Sep 4 John Conte, American actor (The Man with the Golden Arm, Lost in a Harem, Mantovani), dies of natural causes at 90
  • Sep 7 Robert Earl Jones, American actor (The Sting, Witness, Sleepaway Camp), dies of natural causes at 96
  • Sep 8 Frank Middlemass, British actor (Heart Beat, As Time Goes By, Oliver Twist), dies at 87
  • Sep 9 Gérard Brach, French screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • Sep 11 Pat Corley, American actor (b. 1930)
  • Sep 14 Miklós "Mickey" Hargitay, Hungarian-American actor, bodybuildern and the 1955 Mr. Universe, dies from multiple myeloma at 80
  • Sep 14 Esme Melville, Australian actress (b. 1918)
  • Sep 15 Raymond Baxter, British television presenter (b. 1922)
  • Sep 15 Pablo Santos, Mexican actor (b. 1987)
  • Sep 19 Elizabeth Allen, American actress (b. 1929)
  • Sep 22 Edward Albert, American actor (b. 1951)
  • Sep 26 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), dies at 90
  • Oct 2 Tamara Dobson, American actress (b. 1947)
  • Oct 4 Tom Bell, English actor on stage, television and film (b. 1933)
  • Oct 5 Jennifer Moss, English Actress (b. 1945)
  • Oct 6 Eduardo Mignogna, Argentinian film director (b. 1940)
  • Oct 12 Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian film director (b. 1919)
  • Oct 15 Derek Bond, British actor (Nicholas Nickelby, Armchair Theatre), dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Ross Davidson, British actor (b. 1949)
  • Oct 16 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (b. 1921)
  • Oct 17 Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
  • Oct 17 Christopher Glenn, American newscaster (b. 1938)
  • Oct 19 Phyllis Kirk [Kirkegaard], American actress (Thin Man, Red Button's Show), dies at 79

Person of interestJane Wyatt

Oct 20 Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best), dies at 96

Actress Jane Wyatt
Actress
Jane Wyatt
  • Oct 22 Arthur Hill, Canadian actor (Owen Marshall, Glitter), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • Oct 22 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), dies of a stroke at 83
  • Nov 1 Adrienne Shelly, American actress and director (The Unbelievable Truth), murdered at 40
  • Nov 1 Bettye Ackerman, American actress (Maggie Graham-Ben Casey), dies at 82
  • Nov 8 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 10 Diana Coupland, British comedy actress (b. 1932)
  • Nov 10 Jack Palance [Vladimir Palahniuk], American actor (City Slickers, Contempt, Batman), dies of natural causes at 87
  • Nov 11 Belinda Emmett, Australian actress (Home and Away), dies at 32
  • Nov 15 Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian model (b. 1985)
  • Nov 17 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), dies at 78
  • Nov 20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville), dies of complications from leukemia at 81
  • Nov 23 Philippe Noiret, French actor (Nuovo cinema Paradiso, Soleil, Les Milles, Il Postino), dies at 76
  • Nov 24 Phyllis Fraser [Helen Brown Nichols], American actress, journalist, and co-founder of Beginner Books, dies following a fall at 90
  • Nov 25 Phyllis Fraser, American actress and children's book publisher (b. 1916)
  • Nov 26 Raúl Velasco, Mexican television host (b. 1933)
  • Nov 28 Lyubov Polishchuk, Russian actress (b. 1949)
  • Dec 1 Claude Jade, French actress (b. 1948)
  • Dec 4 James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)

Person of interestPeter Boyle

Dec 12 Peter Boyle, American actor, dies of multiple myeloma at 71

  • Dec 14 Mike Evans, American actor (b. 1949)
  • Dec 15 Henny Alma [Hendrika den Broek], Dutch actress (Soldier of Orange), dies at 83
  • Dec 16 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1940)
  • Dec 23 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian, dies at 81
  • Dec 24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)