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, aka Vampira, Finnish-born American actress (b. 1921)
  • Jan 15 Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)
  • Jan 17 Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 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)

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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, actor and son of Marlon Brando (b 1958)
  • 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 7 Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • Feb 10 Roy Scheider, American Actor (b. 1932)
  • Feb 12 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 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 16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • Mar 16 John Hewer, Actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials. (b. 1922)
  • 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)

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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 (b. 1914)
  • 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)

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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, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • 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 American comedian (b. 1922)

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

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
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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)

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

Television Journalist Tim Russert
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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 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 Henki Kolstad, Norwegian actor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 17 Larry Haines, American actor (b. 1918)
  • Jul 18 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (b. 1944)

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

Actress Estelle Getty
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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 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)

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

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
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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 8 Eileen Herlie, American actress (b. 1918)
  • Oct 8 Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams, American singer and Broadway actress (b. 1927)
  • 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 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-born American actress (b. 1924)
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 8 Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930)

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Dec 11 Bettie Page, American Playboy pin-up model, 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 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 actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Gösta Krantz, Swedish actor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 30 Dick Green, Canadian actor