On This Day

Actors and Actresses Who Died 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 (Friends, Comrades) and director, dies at 68

Shelley Winters

Jan 14 Shelley Winters [Schrift], American Oscar and Emmy Award-winning actress (Lolita; A Place in the Sun; A Patch of Blue; The Poseidon Adventure), dies of heart failure at 85

  • Jan 14 Henri Colpi, French New Wave film editor and director, dies at 84
  • 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 29 Nam June Paik, Korean avant-garde composer, and video artist (Medium is the Medium; hommage à john cage), dies at 73
  • 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 4 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), dies at 97
  • 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, dies at 80
  • Feb 16 Johnny Grunge, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Feb 18 Richard Bright, American actor (Al Neri-Godfather), dies at 68
  • 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 1 Jack Wild, British actor (Oliver!, H.R. Pufnstuf), dies of tongue and throat cancer at 53
  • 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, dies at 50
  • Mar 18 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 23 Desmond Doss, American soldier and 1st conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor who was the subject of the film Hacksaw Ridge. dies at 87
  • 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 (Doctor Dolittle), dies at 89
  • Mar 25 (Alvis) "Buck" Owens, American "Bakersfield Sound" country singer-songwriter ("Under Your Spell Again"), bandleader (The Buckaroos - "Act Naturally"), and TV personality (Hee Haw), dies of an apparent heart attack at 76
  • 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
  • Apr 23 Susan Browning, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Pat"), dies at 65
  • May 5 Naushad Ali, Indian composer, and Hindi film music director, dies at 86
  • May 7 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend, dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • May 10 Val Guest, British film director (b. 1911)
  • May 11 Frankie Thomas, American actor & author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), dies of a stroke at 85
  • May 11 Yossi Banai, Israeli pop and cabaret singer, and actor dies of cancer at 74
  • 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 (Plae Kao), dies at 74
  • 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, dies at 59
  • 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 18 Richard Stahl, American actor (Howard-It's a Living), dies at 74
  • 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, dies at 66
  • 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)
  • Jul 2 Jan Murray, American comedian (b. 1916)
  • Jul 3 Benjamin Hendrickson, American stage and screen actor (As The World Turns, 1985-2006 - "Hal Munson"), dies of a self-inflicted gunshot at 55
  • 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 (The Red Buttons Show), and Academy Award-winning actor (Sayonara; The Poseidon Adventure), 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-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Patrick Allen, British actor (Roman Holiday, Dial "M" for Murder), dies at 79
  • Aug 13 Tony Jay, British-American stage, screen, and voice actor (Twins; The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "Frollo"), dies at 73
  • 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, dies at 74
  • Aug 24 Cristian Nemescu, Romanian film director (b.1979)
  • Aug 27 Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director (b. 1922)
  • Aug 30 Glenn Ford, Canadian-American actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway), dies at 90
  • Sep 2 Charlie Williams MBE, English soccer defender (Doncaster Rovers 151 games) and comedian, dies from Parkinson's disease at 78
  • Sep 3 Annemarie Wendl, German actress (Lindenstraße, Der Seitensprung), dies at 91

Steve Irwin

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

  • 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 Julien Schoenaerts, Flemish actor (Daens/Medea), dies at 81
  • 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, bodybuilder 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 20 Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (Cries and Whispers), dies at 83
  • Sep 22 Edward Albert, American actor (b. 1951)
  • Sep 23 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), dies at 84
  • Sep 26 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), dies at 90
  • Oct 2 Tamara Dobson, American actress (Amazons; Cleopatra Jones), dies of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis, at 59
  • Oct 2 Milly Vitale, Italian actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler), dies at 73
  • 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 James Glennon, American cinematographer, dies at 64
  • Oct 19 Phyllis Kirk [Kirkegaard], American actress (Thin Man, Red Button's Show), dies at 79

Jane Wyatt

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

  • Oct 20 Frank Vicari, American jazz, session, and touring saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson; Woody Herman; Tom Waits; Saturday Night Live), dies at 75
  • 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 of cancer at 61
  • Nov 9 Ed Bradley, American journalist and CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), dies of complications from lymphocytic leukemia at 65
  • 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

Robert Altman

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 24 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), dies at 85 [1]
  • 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 (Stolen Kisses), dies at 58
  • Dec 3 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500, 1962 runner-up), dies from cancer at 81
  • Dec 4 James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)

Peter Boyle

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

  • Dec 12 Annette Strøyberg, Danish actress (Les Liaisons dangereuses (1959)), dies of cancer at 69
  • Dec 13 Keith Larsen, American actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle), dies at 82
  • Dec 14 Mike Evans, American actor, dies at 57
  • 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 17 Timmie Rogers [Ancrum], American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter ("Back to School Again"; "I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya"), dies at 91
  • Dec 17 Esko Nikkari, Finnish actor, dies at 68
  • Dec 22 Phillip Pine, American actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), dies at 86
  • Dec 23 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian, dies at 81
  • Dec 24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet, comedian, and composer, dies of complications from epilepsy at 66
  • Dec 27 Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley and Chairman of the Board of Governors of BBC (1986-96), dies at 83