Deaths in Film & Television in 2015

  • Jan 1 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Jan 4 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jan 6 Lance Percival, English actor and comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88

Person of interestRod Taylor

Jan 7 Rod Taylor, Australian actor (Time Machine, The Birds), dies at 84

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor
  • Jan 8 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), dies at 93
  • Jan 10 Francesco Rosi, Italian film director ("The Mattei Affair" - Palme d'Or 1972), dies at 92
  • Jan 10 Brad Stephen "Taylor" Negron, American actor and writer (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money), dies of liver cancer at 57

Person of interestAnita Ekberg

Jan 11 Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (La Dolce Vita) and Miss Sweden 1950, dies at 83

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
  • Jan 17 Greg Plitt, American fitness model and entrepreneur, dies when hit by a train at 37
  • Jan 19 Anne Kirkbride, English Actress (Deirdre in Coronation Street), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • Jan 21 Pauline Yates, British actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 85
  • Jan 24 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), dies of prostate cancer at 88
  • Jan 29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81
  • Jan 30 Geraldine McEwan, English actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Than Wyenn, American character actor (Being There, Splash, Imitation of Life), dies at 95
  • Jan 31 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Desert Fury, Dark City), dies of heart failure at 92
  • Feb 5 Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), dies at 94

Person of interestEd Sabol

Feb 9 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), dies at 98

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • Feb 12 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Alan Howard, British actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), dies at 77
  • Feb 21 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications

Person of interestLeonard Nimoy

Feb 27 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83

  • Mar 2 Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, Givenchy muse, dies at 89
  • Mar 20 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), dies at 87
  • Mar 21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Gene Saks, American actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), dies at 93
  • Apr 5 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law, The Last Days of Patton), dies at 86
  • Apr 6 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), dies at 88

Person of interestRichie Benaud

Apr 10 Richie Benaud, Australian cricket captain, broadcaster (62 Tests, 248 wickets), dies of skin cancer at 84

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Apr 15 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), dies of a brain hemorrhage, at 48
  • Apr 23 Sawyer Sweeten, American actor (Everyone Loves Raymond), commits suicide at 19
  • Apr 26 Jayne Meadows, American actress (Dark Delusion, David and Bathsheba) and wife of Steve Allen, dies of natural causes at 95
  • Apr 27 Suzanne Crough, American child actress (The Partridge Family), dies at 52
  • May 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • May 9 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), dies at 94
  • May 16 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • May 23 Anne Meara, American comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place, The Other Woman), mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Nash

May 23 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • May 23 John Carter, American actor (Scarface, The Hoax, Badlands, Max-Falcon Crest), dies at 87
  • May 29 Betsy Palmer [Patricia Betsy Hrunek], American actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), dies at 88
  • Jun 5 Richard Johnson, British stage and screen actor and producer (Never So Few, Restless, Beyond the Door), dies at 87
  • Jun 6 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), dies at 86

Person of interestChristopher Lee

Jun 7 Sir Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Dracula), dies at 93

  • Jun 11 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), dies at 91
  • Jun 11 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), dies at 69
  • Jun 12 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • Jun 22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • Jun 22 Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (Wifemistress, Divine Nymph), dies at 73
  • Jun 23 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), dies at 86
  • Jun 23 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, dies at 83

  • Jun 25 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), dies at 93
  • Jun 28 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, dies at 93
  • Jul 3 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), dies at 92
  • Jul 10 Omar Sharif [Michel Dimitri Shalhoub], Egyptian actor (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 83
  • Jul 10 Roger Rees, Welsh Tony winning stage and screen actor (Cheers), dies at 71
  • Jul 18 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), dies at 79
  • Jul 21 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), dies at 91
  • Jul 29 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97
  • Jul 31 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor and director (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), dies at 93
  • Aug 2 Cilla Black, English pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), dies at 92
  • Aug 5 George Cole, English actor (Minder), dies at 90
  • Aug 9 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • Aug 17 Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78
  • Aug 18 Bud Yorkin, American producer and director (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy), dies at 89
  • Aug 20 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop) dies at 66
  • Aug 21 Anna Kashfi [Joan O'Callaghan], Welsh actress and 1st wife of Marlon Barando, dies at 80
  • Aug 23 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), dies at 93
  • Aug 26 P J Kavanagh [Patrick Joeseph], British poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Wes Craven, American filmmaker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), dies at 76
  • Sep 1 Dean Jones, American actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), dies at 84
  • Sep 3 Judy Carne, English comedienne and actress (Laugh-In), dies at 76
  • Sep 5 Setsuko Hara, Japanese Actress (Late Spring, Tokyo Story), dies of pneumonia at 95
  • Sep 6 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66, Adam 12), dies at 83
  • Sep 7 Dickie Moore, American actor (Oliver Twist, Little Men), dies at 89
  • Sep 10 Franco Interlenghi, Italian actor (I Vitelloni, Ulysses, Sciuscià), dies at 83
  • Sep 20 Jack Larson, American playwright and actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman), dies at 87
  • Sep 27 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), dies at 85
  • Sep 27 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), dies at 89
  • Oct 5 Chantal Akerman, Belgium film director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65
  • Oct 6 Kevin Corcoran, American actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), dies at 66
  • Oct 8 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), dies at 72
  • Oct 9 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, dies at 79
  • Oct 12 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90
  • Oct 17 Danièle Delorme [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), dies at 89
  • Oct 21 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), dies at 79
  • Oct 24 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • Oct 27 Betsy Drake, French-born American actress and writer (Every Girl Should be Married), dies at 92
  • Oct 30 Albert "Al" Molinaro, American actor (The Odd Couple, Happy Days), dies from illness at 96
  • Oct 31 Gregg Palmer [Palmer Edvind Lee], American actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), dies at 88
  • Nov 1 Fred Thompson, US senator (R-Tenn)/actor (In the Line of Fire), dies at 73
  • Nov 2 Colin Welland, British screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), dies at 81
  • Nov 4 Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter (E.T.), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 7 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies of cancer at 68
  • Nov 14 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), dies at 89
  • Nov 15 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), dies at 86
  • Nov 16 David Canary, American actor (Bonanza, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 Rex Reason, American actor (This Island Earth, Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s), dies at 86
  • Nov 20 Keith Michell, American actor and theatre director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), dies at 88
  • Nov 20 Jim Perry, American and Canadian tv host ($ale of the Century), dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Germán Robles, Spanish-Mexican film, theater, television, and voice actor (El Vampiro), dies at 86
  • Nov 28 Marjorie Lord [Wollenberg], American actress (Make Room for Daddy, Sherlock Holmes in Washington), dies of natural causes at 97
  • Nov 30 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (Carnival Night), dies at 88
  • Dec 2 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), dies at 76
  • Dec 4 Salvatore "Robert" Loggia, American actor (Jagged Edge, Big, Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 85
  • Dec 5 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress (Better Days Ahead, Pixote), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Dec 6 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69
  • Dec 15 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), dies of cancer at 81
  • Dec 19 Douglas Dick, American actor and psychologist (Rope, Waterfront), dies at 95
  • Dec 20 Patricia Elliott, American actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • Dec 31 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), dies at 82
  • Dec 31 Beth Howland, American actress (Vera - Alice, Company), dies at 74