On This Day

Actors and Actresses Who Died in 2014

  • Jan 1 Juanita Moore, American actress (Imitation Of Life), dies at 99 [1]
  • Jan 3 Tom Rosenthal, British publisher & broadcaster, dies at 78
  • Jan 5 Carmen Zapata, American actress (Hagen, Viva Valdez, Man & the City), dies at 86
  • Jan 6 Larry D Mann, Canadian actor and broadcaster (Accidental Family, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), dies at 91
  • Jan 14 Mae Young, American professional wrestler and one of the pioneers in women's wrestling (National Wrestling Alliance, WWF), dies at 90
  • Jan 16 Russell Johnson, American television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, dies of kidney failure at 89
  • Jan 16 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor (Charlotte's Web, Alice, The Partridge Family), dies from heart and kidney failure at 82
  • Jan 31 Christopher Jones, American actor, dies from cancer at 72

Maximilian Schell

Feb 1 Maximilian Schell, Swiss-Austrian actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, The Pedestrian), dies at 83

Shirley Temple

Feb 10 Shirley Temple, American actress and diplomat, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi), dies of natural causes at 85

  • Feb 11 Alice Babs [Nilson], Swedish jazz singer (The Swe-Danes; Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts), and actress (Swing It, Teacher!), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 90
  • Feb 12 Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer (Your Show of Shows), dies at 91
  • Feb 13 Ralph Waite, American actor, director and political candidate (Cool Hand Luke; The Waltons), dies at 85
  • Feb 18 Big Daddy V, [Nelson Frazier Jr.] American professional wrestler, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • Feb 24 Harold Ramis, American actor & director, dies from vasculitis at 69
  • Mar 6 Sheila MacRae, British-born actress (Jackie Gleason Show), dies at 92
  • Mar 15 David Brenner, American stand-up comedian and TV talk show host (Nightlife) known as a pioneer of observational comedy, dies from cancer at 78
  • Mar 17 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, dies at 91
  • Mar 23 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, dies at 86
  • Mar 30 Kate O'Mara, English actress (Dynasty) and writer, dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Margo MacDonald, Scottish national broadcaster and politician (MP for Glasgow Govan 1973-74), dies at 70
  • Apr 5 John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
  • Apr 6 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), dies at 93
  • Apr 8 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54

Gabriel García Márquez

Apr 17 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87

  • Apr 28 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster, dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, dies at 75
  • May 1 Assaf Dayan, Israeli actor (He Walked Through the Fields), dies at 68
  • May 12 Cornell Borchers, German actress (The Big Lift, Floodtide, Istanbul), dies at 89
  • May 25 Herb Jeffries [Umberto Alejandro Ballentino], American actor and director (The Bronze Buckaroo, Mundo depravados), dies of heart failure at 100
  • Jun 9 Rik Mayall, English actor & comedian, dies from cardiac arrest at 56
  • Jun 11 Ruby Dee, American actress (A Raisin in the Sun; American Gangster), dies at 91
  • Jun 14 Sam Kelly [Roger Michael Kelly], English actor ('Allo 'Allo!, Porridge), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jun 14 Francis Matthews, British actor (Paul Temple, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons), dies at 86

Casey Kasem

Jun 15 Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40) and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, dies from Lewy body dementia at 82

  • Jun 15 Jacques Bergerac, French actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun) and business executive (Revlon), dies at 87
  • Jun 30 Paul Mazursky, American film director and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary cardiac arrest at 84
  • Jul 2 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", dies at 97

Eileen Ford

Jul 9 Eileen Ford, American modelling agency executive and co-founder (Ford Modelling Agency), dies from complications of meningioma and osteoporosis at 92

  • Aug 4 Walter Massey, Canadian stage and screen actor (Shoestring Theatre; Arthur), dies at 85

Robin Williams

Aug 11 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suicide by hanging himself at 63

  • Aug 12 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
  • Aug 18 Don Pardo, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live), dies at 96
  • Aug 28 Bill Kerr, South African-born Australian actor (Hancock's Half Hour), dies at 92

Joan Rivers

Sep 4 Joan Rivers, American comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq), dies at 81 after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords

  • Sep 4 Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor (Solaris, Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment), dies at 90
  • Sep 17 China Zorrilla, Uruguayan actress, filmmaker and writer, dies at 92
  • Sep 20 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Winds of War - "Rhoda"; The Helen Morgan Story), dies of natural causes at 84
  • Oct 1 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 5 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie; The Wiz), dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Jan Hooks, American comedienne and actress (SNL, Designing Women), dies of throat cancer at 57
  • Oct 18 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer, dies of cancer at 32
  • Oct 20 Lili Carati, Miss Italy 1975 and actress (Alcove), dies at 58
  • Oct 24 Marcia Strassman, American actress (M*A*S*H; Welcome Back, Kotter - "Julie Kotter"), dies from breast cancer at 66
  • Nov 6 Carole Mathews [Jean Deifel], American actress (The Californians, Swamp Women), dies at 94
  • Nov 12 Richard Pasco, British actor (Gorgon, Arch of Triumph), dies at 88
  • Nov 12 Warren Clark, British actor, dies at 67
  • Nov 14 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer, dies from esophageal cancer at 77
  • Nov 19 Mike Nichols [Mikhail Peschkowsky], German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies from cardiac arrest at 83
  • Nov 25 Joanna Dunham, English actress (Possession, House the Dripped Blood), dies at 78
  • Dec 5 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Dec 7 Ken Weatherwax, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • Dec 7 John Bartholomew Tucker, American TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island), dies at 84
  • Dec 9 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress, dies from breast cancer at 77
  • Dec 12 Norman Bridwell, American author and cartoonist (Clifford the Big Red Dog), dies at 86
  • Dec 14 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), dies at 90
  • Dec 18 Virna Lisi, Italian actress (Assault on a Queen, Bluebeard), dies at 78
  • Dec 20 John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host, dies at 99
  • Dec 21 Billie Whitelaw, British actress (Omen, Adding Machine), dies at 82
  • Dec 30 Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), dies at 94

Luise Rainer

Dec 30 Luise Rainer, German-American actress and 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (The Great Ziegfeld 1936, The Good Earth 1937), dies at 104

  • Dec 30 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), dies at 78