Actors and Actresses Who Died in 2012

  • Jan 1 Bob Anderson, English fencer & film fight choreographer (Lord of the Rings, Die Another Day), dies at 90
  • Jan 4 Harry Fowler, British actor (Great: Isambard Kingdom Brunel), dies at 85
  • Jan 5 Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • Jan 6 Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Scottish painter and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Jan 6 Robert Dozier, Hollywood screenwriter, dies at 81
  • Jan 6 Robert Holness, South African English radio and television presenter (Blockbusters), dies at 83
  • Jan 12 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • Jan 22 Richard "Dick" Tufeld, American voice actor (Lost in Space - "Robot"), dies at 85'
  • Jan 24 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • Jan 24 Theo Angelopoulos, Greek film director (The Travelling Players, Eternity and a Day), dies at 76
  • Jan 26 Dimitra Arliss [Arlys], American actress (Rich Man Poor Man II, The Sting), dies at 79
  • Jan 26 Ian Abercrombie, English actor (Birds of Prey, Desperate Housewives), 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, American 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 - "George Shumway"), dies of natural causes at 80

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston (1963-2012)

Feb 11 American singer ("I Will Always Love You"; "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"), actress (The Bodyguard), and film producer (The Princess Diaries), dies from an accidental bathtub drowning at 48

  • Feb 12 David Kelly, Irish actor (Grandpa Joe-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Fawlty Towers), dies of pneumonia and lung cancer at 82
  • Feb 12 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • 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 23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer (Dirty Harry, Lenny), dies at 74
  • Feb 25 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

Davy JonesDavy Jones (1945-2012)

Feb 29 British singer and actor (The Monkees - "Daydream Believer"), dies from heart attack at 66

  • Mar 1 Jerome Courtland, American actor (Tonka, Tharus), dies at 85
  • Mar 1 Phillip R. Allen, American stage and screen actor (Hardy Boys Mysteries - "Harry"; Star Trek III - "Captain Esteban"), dies at 72
  • 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 3 Ralph McQuarrie, American conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), dies at 82
  • Mar 5 Philip Madoc, Welsh actor (The Life and Times of David Lloyd George), dies of cancer at 77
  • Mar 9 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • Mar 10 Erico Menczer, Italian cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda), dies at 85
  • Mar 14 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter (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 20 Mel Parnell, American MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1947-56), coach, and broadcaster, dies from cancer at 89
  • 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 screenwriter, dies at 70

Mike WallaceMike Wallace (1918-2012)

Apr 7 American journalist and media personality (Biography, 60 Minutes), dies of natural causes at 93

  • Apr 14 John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), dies of pneumonia at 87

Dick ClarkDick Clark (1929-2012)

Apr 18 American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), dies from a heart attack at 82

  • Apr 18 Robert O. Ragland, American film score composer (The Thing With Two Heads), dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - "Up On Cripple Creek"; "The Weight"), and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter; The Right Stuff), dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 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 (Andy Griffith Show -"Goober"), dies at 83
  • May 16 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards, Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark) and actor (Clem-Popeye), dies of a lung infection caused by a collapsed lung at 75
  • May 29 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 2 Kathryn Joosten, american actress, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jun 2 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • Jun 8 Frank Cady, American actor (The Beverly Hillbillies; Petticoat Junction; Green Acres - all as "Sam Drucker"), dies at 96
  • Jun 11 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone With The Wind; Whistling in the Dark), dies from heart disease at 94
  • Jun 14 Dumitru Capoianu, Romanian conductor and classical and film composer (The Little Man), dies at 82
  • Jun 18 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor (A Hard Day's Night, Help!), dies from prostate cancer at 82 [1]
  • 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

Nora EphronNora Ephron (1941-2012)

Jun 26 American novelist (Heartburn), screenwriter (Silkwood; When Harry Met Sally), and director (Sleepless In Seattle), dies from pneumonia, as a complication of leukemia, at 71

  • Jun 27 Don Grady [Agrati], American actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), dies from cancer at 68
  • Jul 2 Ben Davidson, American actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R) and football player, 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, British radio, stage and television comedy writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89

Ernest BorgnineErnest Borgnine (1917-2012)

Jul 8 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 of 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 22 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), dies at 92
  • 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 (All in the Family; The Jeffersons; Amen), dies from natural causes at 74
  • Jul 27 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 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
  • Aug 7 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Al Freeman Jr, American actor, dies at 78
  • Aug 11 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Granada, BBC, Sky Sports), dies from bowel cancer at 72
  • Aug 13 Johnny Pesky [Paveskovich], American MLB baseball infielder, 1942 & 1946-54 (Boston Red Sox, and 2 other teams), coach, manager, and broadcaster, dies at 92
  • Aug 14 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • Aug 14 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Aug 16 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88
  • Aug 19 Tony Scott, British film director and producer (Top Gun; Revenge; Days of Thunder), commits suicide at 68
  • 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 (Chariots of Fire, Dances with Wolves), dies from cancer at 71
  • Sep 9 Ron Taylor, Australian shark expert and cinematographer, dies from myeloid leukemia at 78
  • 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

Steve SabolSteve Sabol (1942-2012)

Sep 18 American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), dies from brain cancer at 69

Andy WilliamsAndy Williams (1927-2012)

Sep 25 American pop singer ("Moon River"; "Days of Wine and Roses"), dies from bladder cancer at 84

  • 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 9 Harris Savides, American cinematographer., dies from brain cancer at 55
  • Oct 13 Gary Collins, American actor (6th Sense, Home Show), dies from natural causes at 74

Norodom SihanoukNorodom Sihanouk (1922-2012)

Oct 15 King of Cambodia (1941-55 and 1993-2004), Chief of State (1960-70), independence campaigner and film producer, dies from a heart attack at 89

  • 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 Björk, Swedish actress (Miss Julie, Loving Couples, Night People), dies at 89
  • 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

Larry HagmanLarry Hagman (1931-2012)

Nov 23 American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-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 7 Russ "Rusty" Thacker, American stage actor and singer, dies of cancer at 66
  • Dec 14 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88
  • Dec 16 Laurier LaPierre, Canadian journalist, broadcaster and senator, dies at 83
  • 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 24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical and film score composer (Four Weddings And A Funeral), dies at 76
  • 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