Deaths in Film & Television in 2012

  • Jan 1 Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, dies at 90
  • Jan 4 Harry Fowler, British actor (Great: Isambard Kingdom Brunel), dies at 85
  • Jan 5 Frederica Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • Jan 6 Robert Dozier, Hollywood screenwriter, dies at 81
  • Jan 6 Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Scottish painter and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Jan 6 Robert Holness, English radio and television presenter, dies at 83
  • Jan 22 Dick Tufeld, American voice actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 22 Richard "Dick" Tufeld, American voice actor (Lost in Space), dies at 85
  • Jan 24 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • Jan 26 Ian Abercrombie, English actor, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • Jan 30 Frederick Treves, English actor, dies at 86
  • Feb 1 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • Feb 3 Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Feb 3 Zalman King, American actor and director, dies from cancer at 69
  • Feb 5 Sam Coppola, US actor (Saturday Night Fever), dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Peter Breck, American actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), dies at 82
  • Feb 7 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), dies of natural causes at 80

Person of interestWhitney Houston

Feb 11 Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 12 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • Feb 12 David Kelly, Irish actor (Grandpa Joe-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fawlty Towers), dies of pneumonia and lung cancer at 82
  • Feb 15 Lina Romay, Spanish actress (Conan the Barbarian), dies at 57
  • Feb 16 Elyse Knox, American actress and model (Hit the Ice, Black Gold) dies at 94
  • Feb 21 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, dies at 89
  • Feb 25 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Mar 1 Jerome Courtland, American actor (Tonka, Tharus), dies at 85
  • Mar 2 Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Leonardo Cimino, Italian-American actor (The Monster Squad, V, Dune, Waterworld, Hudson Hawk), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 94
  • Mar 9 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • Mar 14 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screen writer (The Anderson Platoon), dies from surgical complications at 83
  • Mar 19 Israel "Ulu" Grosbard, Belgian-born American actor and director (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), dies from lung disease at 92
  • Mar 28 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), dies from neuropathy at 76
  • Apr 4 Claude Miller, French director and screen writer, dies at 70

Person of interestDick Clark

Apr 18 Dick Clark [Richard Wagstaff Clark], American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), dies from a heart attack at 82

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • Apr 20 Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Patricia Medina, British actress (The Three Musketeers, High-Low), dies from natural causes at 92
  • Apr 30 George Murdock, American actor, dies at 81
  • May 6 George Lindsey, American actor, dies at 83
  • Jun 2 Kathryn Joosten, american actress, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jun 2 Richard Dawson, English-American actor, dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • Jun 8 Frank Cady, American actor (Rear Window, Green Acres), dies at 96
  • Jun 11 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone with the Wind, Whistling in the Dark), dies from heart disease at 94
  • Jun 18 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, dies from prostate cancer at 82
  • Jun 19 Richard Lynch, American actor, dies at 76 (body found on this date)
  • Jun 20 Andrew Sarris, American movie critic (Village Voice), dies at 83
  • Jun 26 Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71
  • Jun 27 Don Grady [Agrati], American actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), dies from cancer at 68
  • Jul 2 Ben Davidson, American professional footballer and actor, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Jul 3 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • Jul 4 Eric Sykes, English writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89

Person of interestErnest Borgnine

Jul 8 Ernest Borgnine, American actor (Ice station Zebra, Marty), dies from renal failure at 95


  • Jul 13 Richard Darryl Zanuck, American Academy Award winning film producer, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Jul 15 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), dies at 95
  • Jul 18 Rajesh Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor officially titled "The First Superstar of Indian cinema," dies from kidney problems at 69
  • Jul 20 Simon Ward, English actor, dies at 70
  • Jul 20 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), dies at 84
  • Jul 24 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), dies from lung cancer at 75
  • Jul 24 Sherman Hemsley, American Actor, dies from natural causes at 74
  • Jul 27 Norman Alden, American character actor (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden), dies from natural causes at 87
  • Jul 27 R G Armstrong [Robert Golden], American actor (Predator, Dick Tracey, T.H.E. Cat), dies of natural causes at 95
  • Jul 27 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Aug 7 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Al Freeman Jr, American actor, dies at 78
  • Aug 14 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Aug 14 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • Aug 14 John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • Aug 16 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88
  • Aug 19 Tony Scott, English film director and producer (Top Gun, Revenge, Days of Thunder), commits suicide at 68

Person of interestPhyllis Diller

Aug 20 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress, dies from natural causes at 95

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • Aug 26 A K Hangal, Indian freedom fighter and Bollywood character actor (Aaina, Sholay), dies of respiratory disease at 98
  • Aug 31 Max Bygraves [Walter William Bygraves], British actor (Charley Moon, Spare the Rod, Tom Brown's School Days), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Sep 3 Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (The Green Mile), dies from respiratory failure at 54
  • Sep 6 Jake Eberts, Canadian film producer, dies from cancer at 71
  • Sep 10 Lance LeGault, American actor (The A-Team), dies at 75
  • Sep 16 John Ingle, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), dies from cancer at 84

Person of interestSteve Sabol

Sep 18 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker, dies from brain cancer at 69

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • Sep 26 Johnny Lewis, American actor, dies from injuries from a fall at 28
  • Sep 27 Herbert Lom, Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther, Dorian Gray), dies at 95
  • Sep 30 Turhan Bey [Sahultavy], Austrian-born actor dubbed "The Turkish Delight" (Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves), dies from Parkinson's disease at 90
  • Oct 13 Gary Ennis Collins, American film and television actor, dies from natural causes at 74
  • Oct 17 Sylvia Maria Kristel, Dutch actress, dies from throat and liver cancer at 60
  • Oct 21 Dann Cahn, American film editor, dies of natural causes at 89
  • Oct 24 Anita Bj√∂rk, Swedish actress (Miss Julie, Loving Couples, Night People), dies at 89
  • Oct 31 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler, dies at 82
  • Oct 31 Brian Cobby, British actor (Evita, The Nudist Story) and the first male voice of the British speaking clock, dies from health complications at 83
  • Nov 6 Clive Dunn, British actor (Dad's Army, The Avengers), dies from complications following an operation at 92
  • Nov 8 Lucille Bliss, American voice actress (Cinderella, The Secret of NIMH), dies from natural causes at 96
  • Nov 9 Bill Tarmey, English actor (Coronation Street), dies at 71
  • Nov 23 Larry Hagman, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas), dies of complications from throat cancer at 81
  • Nov 25 Dinah Sheridan, British actress (Genevieve, The Railway Children, Don't Wait Up), dies at 92
  • Dec 14 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88
  • Dec 24 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), dies from natural causes at 89
  • Dec 24 Jack Klugman, American actor (Oscar-Odd Couple, Quincy, Goodbye Columbus), dies at 90
  • Dec 26 Gerry Anderson, English writer/producer/director, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Dec 27 Harry Carey Jr, American actor (Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins), dies from natural causes at 91
  • Dec 29 Jean Topart, French voice and film actor regarded as "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema" (Fantastic Planet), dies at 90