Deaths in Film & Television in 2008

  • Jan 1 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949)
  • Jan 3 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • Jan 3 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • Jan 9 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • Jan 10 Maila Nurmi [Syrjäniemi], Finnish-American actress (The Vampira Show), dies at 85
  • Jan 15 Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)
  • Jan 17 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), dies of cancer at 84
  • Jan 19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)

Person of interestHeath Ledger

Jan 22 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), dies of a drug overdose at 28

  • Jan 24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • Jan 25 Christopher Allport, American actor (b. 1947)
  • Jan 26 Christian Brando, American actor and son of Marlon Brando, dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Jan 29 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Beadle, British television host (Beadle's About), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • Jan 30 Roland Selmeczi, Hungarian actor (b. 1969)
  • Feb 1 Shell Kepler [Michelle Alaine Kepler], American actress (General Hospital), dies from renal failure at 49
  • Feb 2 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 2 Herbert "Barry" Morse, British-Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space: 1999, Winds of War), dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Tamara Desni [Brodsky], German-born British actress (The Green Finger, Hell's Cargo), dies from natural causes at 97
  • Feb 8 Eva Dahlbeck, Swedish actress (Brink of Life, Dreams, A Lesson in Love), dies of infection and Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • Feb 10 Roy Scheider, American Actor (b. 1932)
  • Feb 12 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • Feb 14 Perry Lopez, American actor (Chinatown, Death Wish 4), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • Feb 18 Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
  • Feb 19 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • Feb 20 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
  • Feb 21 Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Elena Nathanael, Greek film actress (b. 1941)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • Mar 8 Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • Mar 12 Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)
  • Mar 14 Melville "Mel" Brandt, American actor and NBC staff announcer (Faraway Hill), dies at 88
  • Mar 16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • Mar 16 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, dies at 86
  • Mar 16 Ivan Dixon, American actor, director and civil rights activist (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes,The Final War of Olly Winter), dies of renal failure at 76
  • Mar 18 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54
  • Mar 19 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)

Person of interestPaul Scofield

Mar 19 Paul Scofield, English actor (A Man for All Seasons and Quiz Show), dies from leukemia at 86

  • Mar 20 Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 20 Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 24 Richard Widmark, American actor (Madigan, Murder on the Orient Express, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies complications following a fall at 93
  • Mar 25 Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Mar 30 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • Mar 31 Jules Dassin, American film director (b .1911)

Person of interestCharlton Heston

Apr 5 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • Apr 8 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 14 Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)

  • Apr 15 Benoît Lamy, Belgian Movie Director (b. 1945)
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), dies at 86
  • May 2 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
  • May 10 Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, composer of original Star Trek theme (b. 1919)
  • May 24 Dick Martin [Thomas Richard], American actor and comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), dies of respiratory complications at 86

Person of interestSydney Pollack

May 26 Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Out of Africa, Tootsie) dies at 73

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
  • May 28 Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • May 29 Harvey Korman, American actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), dies at 81
  • Jun 2 Mel Ferrer, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor), dies at 90
  • Jun 4 Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
  • Jun 7 Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor (b. 1953)

Person of interestTim Russert

Jun 13 Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • Jun 15 Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • Jun 17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • Jun 18 Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
  • Jun 18 Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
  • Jun 22 George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)
  • Jun 25 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), dies at 88
  • Jun 28 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (b.1987)
  • Jun 29 Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)
  • Jul 2 Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929)
  • Jul 3 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 3 Clive Hornby, English soap actor - Emmerdale (b. 1944)
  • Jul 4 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 91
  • Jul 7 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel and icon of the fashion industry, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • Jul 14 Hugh Lloyd, British actor (Hugh and I, Punch & Judy Man), dies at 85
  • Jul 14 Henki Kolstad, Norwegian actor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 17 Larry Haines [Hecht], American actor (The Odd Couple, Search for Tomorrow), dies at 89
  • Jul 18 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (Hamoun), dies at 64

Person of interestEstelle Getty

Jul 22 Estelle Getty, American actress (The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace), dies of Lewy body disease at 84

Actress Estelle Getty
Actress
Estelle Getty
  • Jul 27 Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress, murdered (b. 1977)
  • Aug 9 Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 11 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), dies at 80
  • Aug 17 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), dies at 87
  • Aug 27 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • Aug 29 Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
  • Aug 30 Killer Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • Sep 1 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (b. 1940)
  • Sep 6 Anita Page, American silent screen actress ((Our Dancing Daughters), dies at 98
  • Sep 7 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • Sep 7 Ilarion Ciobanu, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
  • Sep 14 Ştefan Iordache, Romanian actor (b. 1941)
  • Sep 24 Irene Dailey, American actress (Another World, Grissom Gang), dies of colon cancer at 88

Person of interestPaul Newman

Sep 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Oct 1 House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), dies at 92
  • Oct 2 Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)
  • Oct 6 Kim Ji-hoo, South Korean actor and model (b. 1985)
  • Oct 7 Peter Copley, British actor (Victim, Kingdom of Heaven, King & Country), dies at 93
  • Oct 8 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children, The Angel with the Trumpet), dies of complications from pneumonia at 90
  • Oct 8 Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • Oct 15 Nathan Davis, American actor ( Dunston Checks In, Holes, Code of Silence), dies from emphysema and pneumonia at 91
  • Oct 19 Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (Dolemite) (b. 1937)
  • Oct 26 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), dies at 82
  • Nov 5 Michael Higgins, American actor (Angel Heart, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), dies of heart failure at 88
  • Nov 16 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
  • Nov 26 De'Angelo Wilson, American actor (b. 1979)
  • Dec 1 Paul Benedict, American actor (b. 1938)
  • Dec 5 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), dies from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • Dec 5 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 8 Robert Prosky, Polish-American actor and comedian (Christine, Thief), dies at 77

Person of interestBettie Page

Dec 11 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • Dec 11 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • Dec 12 Van Johnson, American actor (Brigadoon) always wore red socks, dies at 92
  • Dec 13 Horst Tappert, German director, actor and former SS member (Derrick), dies of diabetes at 85
  • Dec 13 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), dies from a brain tumour at 80
  • Dec 18 Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (Star Trek), and the widow of Gene Roddenberry, dies at 76
  • Dec 20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • Dec 25 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Gösta Krantz, Swedish actor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 30 Dick Green, Canadian actor