Deaths in Film & Television in 2009

  • Jan 1 Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), dies at 84
  • Jan 2 Jett Travolta, son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, dies of a seizure at 16
  • Jan 3 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), dies of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • Jan 3 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • Jan 8 Don Galloway, American actor (Arrest & Trial, Ironside), dies at 71
  • Jan 12 Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)
  • Jan 12 Russ Conway, Canadian-American character actor (Richard Diamond Private Eye), dies at 95
  • Jan 13 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), dies at 80
  • Jan 14 Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (Fantasy Island, Star Trek II, Naked Gun), dies of congestive heart failure at 88
  • Jan 16 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • Jan 18 Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • Jan 18 Kathleen Byron, British actress (Abdication, Profile, Saving Private Ryan), dies of breast cancer at 88
  • Jan 25 Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
  • Jan 31 Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)
  • Feb 6 James Whitmore, American actor (The Shawshank Redemption, Give 'em Hell Harry), dies of lung cancer at 87
  • Feb 7 Brian Naylor (broadcaster), Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 13 Gianna Maria Canale, Italian actress (Go For Broke), dies at 81
  • Feb 15 Phil Carey, American actor (One Life to Live), dies at 83
  • Feb 17 Gazanfer Özcan, Turkish actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 26 Wendy Richard, English actress (b. 1943)
  • Feb 26 Norm Van Lier, Basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • Feb 26 Johnny Kerr, Basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)
  • Mar 4 Yvon Cormier, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Mar 4 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 Salvatore Samperi, Italian film director (b 1944)
  • Mar 7 Jang Ja-yeon, South Korean actress (b. 1982)
  • Mar 13 Andrew Martin, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1975)
  • Mar 13 Betsy Blair [Elizabeth Boger], American actress (Marty, A Double Life), dies at 85
  • Mar 14 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 15 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 17 Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)

Person of interestNatasha Richardson

Mar 18 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), dies of a traumatic brain injury at 45

  • Mar 22 Jade Goody, English reality TV Star and Entrepreneur, dies of cancer at 27
  • Mar 27 Irving R. Levine, American journalist (NBC News), dies at 86
  • Mar 29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • Apr 15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP, dies at 84
  • Apr 18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (All in the Family, The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Feroz Khan, Indian actor (b. 1939)
  • Apr 27 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress and model (b. 1983)
  • May 4 Dom Deluise, American comedian, actor (b. 1933)
  • May 4 Jane Randolph, American actress (Cat People, Railroaded!), dies of complications after hip surgery at 93
  • May 13 Frank Aletter, American character actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • May 14 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, broadcaster (PGA Championship 1959), dies of head injuries from a fall at 82
  • May 15 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, dies at 86
  • May 17 Jung Seung-hye, South Korean film producer (b. 1965)
  • May 18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)
  • May 20 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • May 21 Joan Alexander [Louise Abrass], American actress (The New Adventures of Superman, The Tales of Hoffmann), dies of an intestinal ailment at 94

  • Jun 3 David Carradine, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Jun 10 Tenniel Evans, British actor and clergyman (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper), dies at 83
  • Jun 13 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Jun 23 Ed McMahon, American television personality (b. 1923)

Person of interestFarrah Fawcett

Jun 25 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Burning Bed), dies of anal cancer at 62

  • Jun 27 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer and actress (My Little Margie, Gale Storm Show), dies at 87
  • Jun 28 Fred Travalena, American comedian and impressionist (b. 1942)
  • Jun 28 A. K. Lohithadas, Indian screenwriter, director, and producer (b. 1955)
  • Jun 29 Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)
  • Jul 1 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco, American Express, A Streetcar Named Desire), dies of natural causes at 97
  • Jul 1 Mollie Sugden, English actress (b. 1922)
  • Jul 4 Brenda Joyce [Betty Graffina Leabo], American actress (Tarzan, The Rains Came), dies of complications from pneumonia at 92
  • Jul 14 Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Polish actor (b. 1934)

Person of interestWalter Cronkite

Jul 17 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
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  • Jul 22 Peter Krieg, German documentary filmmaker, producer and writer (b. 1947)
  • Jul 25 Alexis Cohen, American Idol contestant (unsuccessful), viral phenomenon (b. 1984)
  • Jul 25 Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (b. 1958)
  • Jul 31 Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • Aug 4 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)
  • Aug 5 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (On the Waterfront), dies at 95
  • Aug 6 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Sep 1 Jang Jin-young, South Korean actress (b. 1974)
  • Sep 4 Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82
  • Sep 8 Mike Bongiorno, Italian television host (b. 1924)
  • Sep 13 Paul Burke, American actor (Naked City, Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), dies at 83
  • Sep 14 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (b. 1952)
  • Sep 14 Henry Gibson, American actor and songwriter (b. 1935)
  • Sep 19 Eduard Zimmermann, German broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Sep 20 John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), dies from complications of dementia at 91
  • Sep 27 Ivan Dykhovichnyy, Russian film director and screenwriter (b. 1947)
  • Sep 28 Ulf Larsson, Swedish actor (b. 1956)
  • Sep 29 Sperantza Vrana, Greek actress (b. 1926 or 1932)
  • Oct 6 Douglas Campbell, Scottish born Canadian actor (b. 1922)
  • Oct 11 Veronika Neugebauer, German actress and voice actress (b. 1969)
  • Oct 13 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), dies at 82
  • Oct 14 Captain Lou Albano. American Professional Wrestler and Manager. (b. 1933)
  • Oct 19 Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor (Dr No, Viva Zapata, Les Miserables), dies at 91
  • Oct 22 Don Lane, American-born Australian television personality (b. 1933)
  • Oct 22 Soupy Sales, American comedian and television personality (b. 1926)
  • Nov 2 José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor, director and comedian (La Cabina, Travels With My Aunt), dies of natural causes at 87
  • Nov 6 Ron Sproat, American TV writer and playwright (b. 1932)
  • Nov 10 Gheorghe Dinica, Romanian actor (b. 1934)
  • Nov 16 Edward Woodward, British singer and actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman), dies at 79
  • Nov 20 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author (b. 1915)
  • Nov 24 Chan Hung Lit, Hong Kong actor (b. 1943)
  • Nov 28 Gilles Carle, Canadian screenwriter and film director (b. 1928)
  • Dec 2 Maggie Jones, English actress (b. 1934)
  • Dec 3 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident), dies at 90
  • Dec 4 Eddie Fatu, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1973)
  • Dec 5 Garfield Morgan, British actor (Odessa File, To Catch a Spy), dies at 78
  • Dec 7 Mark Ritts, American actor (b. 1946)
  • Dec 9 Gene Barry [Eugene Klass], American actor (The Atomic City, Bat Masterson), dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • Dec 16 Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)

Person of interestJennifer Jones

Dec 17 Jennifer Jones [Phyllis Isley], American actress (Farewell to Arms), dies of natural causes at 90

  • Dec 17 Dan O'Bannon, Screenwriter, after a short illness (b.1943)
  • Dec 19 Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man (b. 1951)
  • Dec 20 Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977)
  • Dec 20 Arnold Stang, American comic actor (b. 1918)
  • Dec 20 Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954)
  • Dec 29 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, American former professional wrestler and football player (b. 1960)