Actors and Actresses Who Died in 2008

  • Jan 1 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor, dies at 58
  • 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, and "unofficial mayor" of Hollywood, dies at 84
  • Jan 10 Maila Nurmi [Syrjäniemi], Finnish-American actress (The Vampira Show), dies at 85
  • Jan 15 Brad Renfro, American actor (The Client), dies of heroin overdose at 25
  • Jan 17 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), dies of cancer at 84
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Jan 19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)

Heath Ledger

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

  • Jan 22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)
  • Jan 24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • Jan 25 Christopher Allport, American actor (To Live and Die in L.A.), dies at 60
  • 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 Herbert "Barry" Morse, British-Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space: 1999, Winds of War), dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • 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 (Jaws, The French Connection, Marathon Man, Paper Lion), dies at 75
  • Feb 12 David Groh, American actor (Rhoda - "Joe"; Another Day - "Don"), dies of kidney cancer at 68
  • 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 Academy and Emmy Award-winning film and television composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV; Bound for Glory; Sybill), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 4 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • Mar 8 Carol Barnes, British television news journalist (ITN; ITV), dies a few days after suffering a stroke at 63
  • 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 15 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • Mar 16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • 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 16 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, dies at 86
  • Mar 18 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54

Paul Scofield

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

  • Mar 19 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)
  • Mar 20 Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 20 Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • 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 (The Naked City; Night And The City; Rififi), blacklisted during McCarthy era, dies at 96

Charlton Heston

Apr 5 Charlton Heston [John Carter], American actor (The Ten Commandments; Ben-Hur; Planet of Apes)Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • Apr 8 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 14 Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • Apr 14 Ollie Johnston, American animator and the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men, dies at 95
  • Apr 15 Benoît Lamy, Belgian film director, dies at 62
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), dies at 86
  • May 2 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light), dies at 72
  • May 10 Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • May 24 Dick Martin [Thomas Richard], American actor and comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), dies of respiratory complications at 86

Sydney Pollack

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

  • May 28 Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • May 29 Harvey Korman, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show; Blazing Saddles; High Anxiety), 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 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 86
  • Jun 7 Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor (b. 1953)
  • Jun 12 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, dies at 90

Tim Russert

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

  • 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 ("7 dirty words" routine), dies of cardiac failure at 71
  • Jun 25 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), dies at 88
  • Jun 28 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model, dies aged 20 after falling from the ninth-floor balcony of her Manhattan apartment under unexplained circumstances
  • Jun 29 Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)
  • Jul 2 Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929)
  • Jul 3 Clive Hornby, English soap actor (Emmerdale), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jul 3 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (Bozo the Clown), dies at 83
  • 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 Henki Kolstad, Norwegian actor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 14 Hugh Lloyd, British actor (Hugh and I, Punch & Judy Man), dies at 85
  • 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
  • Jul 20 Artie Traum, American folk guitarist, songwriter, producer, and filmmaker, dies of ocular cancer at 65

Estelle Getty

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

  • Jul 27 Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (Studio El Fan), murdered in her apartment in Dubai at 30
  • Aug 6 Jud Taylor, American actor (Dr. Kildare (TV series) - "Dr. Gerson"), and director (Tail Gunner Joe), dies at 76
  • Aug 9 Bernie Mac, American comedian and actor (The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven), dies at 50
  • Aug 11 George Furth, American actor and director (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), dies at 75
  • Aug 11 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), dies at 80
  • Aug 15 Leroy Sievers, American journalist (CBS News, Nightline), dies of cancer at 53
  • Aug 17 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), dies at 87
  • Aug 19 Marguerite Empey [Diane Webber], American model and Playboy playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956), dies at 76
  • Aug 20 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • Aug 29 Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
  • Aug 30 Walter "Killer" Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 81
  • Aug 31 Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (CBS), dies at 75
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer ("When You're Hot, You're Hot") and actor (Bat 21; Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71
  • Sep 1 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (b. 1940)
  • Sep 2 Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)
  • Sep 6 Anita Page, American silent screen actress ((Our Dancing Daughters), dies at 98
  • Sep 7 Ilarion Ciobanu, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
  • Sep 7 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • Sep 14 Ştefan Iordache, Romanian actor (b. 1941)
  • Sep 18 Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer (Lucia), dies at 66
  • Sep 24 Irene Dailey, American actress (Another World, Grissom Gang), dies of colon cancer at 88

Paul Newman

Sep 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), auto racer and team owner (Newman/Haas Racing) and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

  • 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 5 Ken Ogata [Akinobu Ogata], Japanese actor (Okinawan Boys, Taikōki), dies of liver cancer at 71
  • 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 Bob Friend, British newscaster (BBC, 1969-89; Sky News, 1989-2003), dies from a brain tumor at 70
  • Oct 8 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children; The Angel with the Trumpet), dies of complications from pneumonia at 90
  • Oct 11 Neal Hefti, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Woody Herman; Count Basie); band leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer ("Li'l Darlin"; The Odd Couple; Batman theme), dies at 85
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • Oct 15 Jack Narz, American TV game show host (Dotto, Video Village), dies at 85
  • 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

Michael Crichton

Nov 4 Michael Crichton, American novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker) and filmmaker (Jurassic Park, ER), dies at 66

  • 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 17 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), dies of cancer at 74
  • Nov 26 De'Angelo Wilson, American actor (b. 1979)
  • Dec 1 Paul Benedict, American actor (Harry-Jeffersons), dies at 70
  • Dec 5 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), dies at 82
  • Dec 5 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), dies from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 8 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, dies at 83
  • Dec 8 Robert Prosky, Polish-American actor and comedian (Christine, Thief), dies at 77

Bettie Page

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

  • Dec 11 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • Dec 12 (Charles) Van Johnson, American actor (in A Guy Named Joe; 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 Jack Douglas, English actor (Carry On films), dies at 81
  • 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

Harold Pinter

Dec 24 Harold Pinter, British playwright and screenwriter (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

  • 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