Deaths in Film & Television in 2013

  • Jan 2 Ned Wertimer, American actor (The Jeffersons), dies from complications from a fall at 89
  • Jan 3 Sergiu Nicolaescu, Romanian film director, dies from surgical complications at 82
  • Jan 4 Tony Lip [Frank Anthony Vallelonga], American author and actor (Sopranos, Donnie Brasco, Good Fellas), dies at 82
  • Jan 11 Mariangela Melato, Italian actress (Flash Gordon, Summer Night), dies at 71
  • Jan 14 Conrad Bain, Canadian actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes), dies from natural causes at 89
  • Jan 15 Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director and screen writer, dies at 80
  • Jan 15 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Robert F. Chew, American actor, dies from heart failure at 52
  • Jan 21 Michael Winner, English film director and producer (Death Wish), dies at 77
  • Jan 22 Leslie Frankenheimer, American film set designer, dies from leukaemia at 64
  • Feb 1 Sir Paul Holmes, New Zealand media broadcaster, dies from prostate cancer and heart problems at 62
  • Feb 2 John Kerr, American actor (South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit & Pendulum), dies at 81
  • Feb 10 W. Watts Biggers, American novelist and animator, dies at 85
  • Feb 17 Richard Briers, English actor, dies from emphysema at 79
  • Feb 18 Elspet Gray, Lady Rix, Scottish actress (4 Weddings & a Funeral, Solo, Tokyo), dies at 83
  • Feb 19 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, dies at 88
  • Feb 27 Dale Robertson, American actor (Death Valley Days, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Iron Horse), dies at 89
  • Mar 1 Bonnie Franklin, American actress, dies from pancreatic cancer at 69
  • Mar 13 Malachi Throne, American actor, dies at 84
  • Mar 16 Frank Thornton, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine), dies from natural causes at 92
  • Mar 19 Harry Reems, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 65
  • Mar 26 Don Payne, American television and screen writer, dies from bone cancer at 48
  • Mar 28 Richard Griffiths, British actor, dies from complications from heart surgery at 65
  • Apr 2 Jesús Franco, Spanish film director and writer, dies from complications from a stroke at 82
  • Apr 2 Milo O'Shea, Irish character actor (Barbarella, Staircase and Mass Appeal, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 86
  • Apr 3 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American novelist and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary failure at 85
  • Apr 4 Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), dies of cancer at 70
  • Apr 8 Annette Funicello, American singer and actress (Mickey Mouse Club), dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 70
  • Apr 8 Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer (The Last Torch Song, The Violet Seller), dies at 85
  • Apr 11 Jonathan Winters, American comedian and actor, dies from natural causes at 87
  • Apr 12 Michael France, American screenwriter, dies from complications from diabetes at 51
  • Apr 13 Frank Bank, American actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 71
  • Apr 14 John S Ragin, American actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME), dies at 83
  • Apr 15 Richard LeParmentier, American actor (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), dies at 66
  • Apr 17 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), dies at 91
  • Apr 19 Allan Arbus, American actor, dies from heart failure at 95
  • Apr 19 Alan Arbus, American actor and photographer (M*A*S*H, Greaser's Palace, Curb Your Enthusiasm), dies of congestive heart failure at 95
  • Apr 20 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • Apr 25 Virginia Gibson, American actress, dies at 88
  • Apr 26 Jacqueline Brookes, American actress (Jack & Mike, Another World), dies at 82
  • May 7 Ray Harryhausen, American movie special effect artist (Clash of Titans), dies at 92
  • May 8 Brian Forbes, English director and actor, dies at 86
  • May 8 Jeanne Cooper, American actress (Kay-The Young & Restless), dies at 84
  • May 16 Paul Shane, English comedian and actor, dies at 72
  • May 18 Steve Forrest, American actor (SWAT), dies at 87
  • May 27 Bill Pertwee, British actor (Dad's Army), dies at 86
  • May 29 Françoise Blanchard, French actress, dies at 58
  • May 31 Jean Stapleton, American actress (Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family), dies at 90
  • May 31 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), dies at 85
  • Jun 6 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), dies from natural causes at 91

Person of interestJames Gandolfini

Jun 19 James Gandolfini, American actor (The Sopranos), dies from a heart attack at 51


  • Jun 21 Edgeworth Blair "Elliott" Reid, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies from heart failure at 93
  • Jun 23 Richard Matheson, American author and screen writer, dies at 87
  • Jun 28 Matt Osborne, American professional wrestler, dies at 55
  • Jul 12 Pran Krishan Sikand, Indian actor often cast as the villain in Hindi cinema (Khandaan, Be-Imaan), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • Jul 12 Alan Whicker, British journalist and TV broadcaster (Whicker's World), dies at 91

Person of interestCory Monteith

Jul 13 Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and musician, dies of heroin and alcohol overdose at 31

Actor & Musician Cory Monteith
Actor & Musician
Cory Monteith
  • Jul 19 Mel Smith, English comedian and author, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Jul 19 Poncie Ponce, American actor (Kazuo Kim-Hawaiian Eye), dies from heart failure at 80
  • Jul 22 Dennis Farina, American actor, dies from a pulmonary embolism at 69
  • Jul 25 Bernadette Lafont, French actress (Perils of Gwendoline), dies from cardiac arrest at 74
  • Jul 28 Eileen Breenan, American actress, dies from bladder cancer at 80
  • Jul 31 Michael Ansara, American actor (Broken Arrow, Centennial), dies at 91
  • Aug 8 Karen Black, American actress, dies from ampullary cancer at 74
  • Aug 14 Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress, dies at 43
  • Aug 24 Julie Harris, American actress (Bell Jar, I Am a Camera, East of Eden), heart failure at 87
  • Aug 31 David Frost, British broadcaster, dies from a heart attack at 74

Person of interestTommy Morrison

Sep 1 Tommy Morrison, American heavyweight boxing champion and actor, dies from multiple organ failure at 44

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Sep 2 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), dies at 87
  • Sep 18 Richard C Sarafian, American actor and director, dies from complications from pneumonia at 83
  • Sep 27 Jay Robinson, American actor (Born Again, Malibu Bikini Shop), dies at 83
  • Oct 7 Patrice Chéreau, French opera director and actor (Danton), dies from lung cancer at 68
  • Oct 10 Kumar Pallana, Indian character actor and vaudevillian (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore), dies at 94
  • Oct 11 Stu Gilliam, American actor and comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Eduard Martsevich, Soviet-Russian actor and People's Artist of the RSFSR, dies at 76
  • Oct 16 Ed Lauter, American actor, dies from mesothelioma at 74
  • Oct 18 Mary Carver [Carvellas], American actress (Simon & Simon, Star Trek: Enterprise), dies at 89
  • Oct 19 Noel Harrison, British singer and actor, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Oct 25 Marcia Wallace, American actress, dies from pneumonia at 70
  • Oct 25 Nigel Davenport, British actor (Without a Clue, Masada), dies at 85
  • Nov 11 George Reinholt, American actor, dies at 73
  • Nov 13 Barbara Lawrence, American model, actress, and real estate agent (Oklahoma!, A Letter to Three Wives), dies of kidney failure at 83
  • Nov 21 Maurice Vachon, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Tony Musante, American actor, dies from complications following surgery at 77
  • Nov 27 Lewis Collins, British actor, dies from cancer at 67

Person of interestPaul Walker

Nov 30 Paul Walker, American actor (The Fast and the Furious), dies in a car accident at 40

  • Nov 30 Jean Kent [Joan Summerfield], British actress (Caravan, Bond Street), dies from complications from a fall at 92
  • Dec 7 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), dies a respiratory insufficiency at 85
  • Dec 8 Don Mitchell, American actor, dies at 70
  • Dec 9 Eleanor Parker, American actress (Caged, Detective Story, Hans Brinker), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Dec 10 Rossana Podestà, Italian actress, dies at 79
  • Dec 12 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), dies from a stroke at 95
  • Dec 14 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor, dies at 81

Person of interestJoan Fontaine

Dec 15 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress, dies of natural causes at 96

Actress Joan Fontaine
Actress
Joan Fontaine
  • Dec 31 John Fortune [John C. Wood], English satirist and comedian (Bremner, Bird and Fortune), dies at 74
  • Dec 31 James Avery, American actor, dies from complications from surgery at 68