Actors and Actresses Who Died in 2019

  • Jan 2 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • Jan 2 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), dies of leukemia at 76
  • Jan 15 Carol Channing, American comic actress, and singer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Hello Dolly), dies at 97
  • Jan 17 Windsor Davies, British actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 88
  • Jan 20 Muriel Pavlow, British actress (Murder, She Said, Reach for the Sky), dies at 97
  • Jan 21 Kaye Ballard, American stage and screen actress, comedienne, and singer (Mothers-in-Law - "Kaye"), dies at 93
  • Jan 21 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times), dies at 93
  • Jan 23 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, dies at 96
  • Jan 26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film score arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42; "Windmills of Your Mind"), dies at 86

Albert FinneyAlbert Finney (1936-2019)

Feb 7 English actor (The Dresser, Under the Volcano), dies at 82

  • Feb 10 Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), dies of cardiac arrest at 74
  • Feb 21 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American rock and folk musician and actor (The Monkees), dies from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma at 77
  • Feb 21 Stanley Donen, American film director and producer (Singin' in the Rain, Bedazzled, Damn Yankees), dies at 94
  • Feb 23 Katherine Helmond, American actress and director (Soap, Mona-Who's the Boss), dies at 89
  • Feb 27 Nathaniel Taylor, American actor (Rollo-Sanford & Sons), dies at 80
  • Feb 28 André Previn [Andreas Priwin], German-American conductor (London Symphony, 1968-79; Pittsburgh Symphony, 1975-85), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, dies at 89-ish
  • Mar 1 Mike Willesee, Australian television presenter (This Day Tonight), dies at 76
  • Mar 4 King Kong Bundy [Christopher Pallies], American pro wrestler (WWF), dies at 61

Luke PerryLuke Perry (1966-2019)

Mar 4 American actor (Beverly Hills 90210, Riverdale), dies after a stroke at 52

  • Mar 16 Richard Erdman, American actor (Stalag 17, Anything Goes), dies at 93
  • Mar 25 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), dies of cardiac arrest at 81
  • Apr 7 Seymour Cassel, American actor (Faces, Plain Clothes, Valentino), dies at 84
  • Apr 11 Monkey Punch [Kazuhiko Kato], Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • Apr 12 Georgia Engel, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1972-77 - "Georgette"; Hot In Cleveland, 2011-15 -"Mamie-Sue"), dies at 70
  • Apr 14 Birgitta "Bibi" Andersson, Swedish actress (Persona, Wild Strawberries), dies at 83
  • Apr 16 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), dies at 101
  • Apr 18 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), dies at 79
  • Apr 24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, dies from cancer on his 74th birthday
  • Apr 29 John Singleton, American director and screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood), dies of a stroke at 51
  • Apr 30 Peter Mayhew, British American actor (Chewbacca in Star Wars), dies at 74
  • May 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • May 11 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge & analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79

Doris DayDoris Day (1922-2019)

May 13 American singer ("Sentimental Journey; "Que Sera, Sera"), actress known as the "girl next door" (Pillow Talk; The Man Who Knew Too Much), and animal rights activist, dies of pneumonia at 97

  • May 14 (Thomas) "Tim" Conway, American Emmy Award-winning comic actor and screenwriter (McHale's Navy; The Carol Burnett Show, 1975-78; The Apple Dumpling Gang), dies from complications of normal pressure hydrocephalus at 85
  • May 30 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), dies at 88
  • Jun 3 Ruma Guha Thakurta, Indian singer, actress, and founder of Calcutta Youth Choir, dies at 84
  • Jun 5 Robert Earle, American TV host (GE College Bowl), dies at 93
  • Jun 10 Girish Karnad, Indian playwright and filmmaker (Tuglaq), dies at 81
  • Jun 10 Sven-David Sandström, Swedish composer (Jeppe: The Cruel Comedy), dies of cancer at 76
  • Jun 12 Sylvia Miles, American actress (Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely), dies at 94
  • Jun 24 Billy Drago, American character actor, specializing in roles as a villain (Pale Rider; The Untouchables), dies from stroke complications at 73
  • Jun 26 Max Wright, American character actor (Buffalo Bill; Alf; Misfits of Science), dies of lymphoma at 75
  • Jul 2 Pat Crawford Brown, American actress (Desperate Housewives - "Ida"; General Hospital), dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Arte Johnson, American comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 90
  • Jul 5 John McCririck, English horse racing broadcaster, dies at 79
  • Jul 6 Cameron Boyce, American actor (Mirrors, Jessie), dies from an epileptic seizure at 20
  • Jul 9 Rip Torn [Elmore Rual Torn Jr], American actor, voice artist and comedian (Cross Creek, The Larry Sanders Show), dies at 88

Jim BoutonJim Bouton (1939-2019)

Jul 10 American Baseball Pitcher, author and broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), dies of cerebral amyloid angiopathy at 80

  • Jul 19 Jeremy Kemp, British actor (The Winds of War; The Blue Max), dies at 84 [1]
  • Jul 19 Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor (Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Osterman Weekend), dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Russi Taylor, American voice actress (6th Minnie Mouse, 1986-2019), dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), dies at 78
  • Aug 1 [Donn Alan] DA Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker (Don't Look Back), dies at 94
  • Aug 16 Anna Quayle, British actress (A Hard Day's Night, Stop the World - I want to Get Off), dies at 86
  • Aug 16 Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Ulee's Gold), dies at 79
  • Aug 18 Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), dies of natural causes at 95
  • Aug 23 Sheila Steafel, South African British actress (The Frost Report), dies at 84
  • Aug 27 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), dies in jet-powered high-speed race car crash at 39
  • Aug 30 Franco Columbu, Italian bodybuilder, powerlifter, actor and author (Mr. Olympia 1976, 81), dies at 78
  • Aug 30 Valerie Harper, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Rhoda), dies of cancer at 80
  • Sep 9 Robert Frank, Swiss-American photographer (The Americans), and filmmaker (Pull My Daisy; Candy Mountain), dies at 94
  • Sep 17 Corrine "Cokie" Roberts, American journalist, pioneering newscaster (ABC; NPR; PBS), and author, dies of with metastatic breast cancer at 75
  • Sep 28 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, dies at 71
  • Oct 1 Peter Sissons, British newsreader (BBC, ITV, Question Time), dies at 77
  • Oct 4 Diahann Carroll, American actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty), dies at 84

Rip TaylorRip Taylor (1931-2019)

Oct 6 American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), dies at 88

  • Oct 11 Robert Forster [Foster], American actor (Medium Cool, Jackie Brown), dies of cancer at 78
  • Oct 14 Sulli [Choi Jin-ri], South Korean K-pop singer (f(x)) and actress (Fashion King), takes her own life at 25
  • Oct 16 John Clarke, American actor (Days of Our Lives -"Mickey"), dies at 88

Robert EvansRobert Evans (1930-2019)

Oct 26 American producer and actor (Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown), dies at 89

  • Oct 29 Barry Frank, American television sports impresario (CBS, ABC and IMG), dies of pulmonary problems at 87
  • Oct 29 John Witherspoon, American actor (Friday), dies at 77
  • Oct 30 Bernard Slade [Newbound], Canadian screenwriter (The Flying Nun; The Partridge Family), and playwright (Same Time, Next Year; Romantic Comedy), dies of Lewy body dementia at 89
  • Oct 30 Ron Fairly, American baseball utility and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1973, 77; LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos; Seattle Mariners), dies from cancer at 81
  • Oct 31 (Elizabeth) Ann Crumb, American stage and screen actress and singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 69
  • Nov 2 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, dies at about 87
  • Nov 6 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), dies of pneumonia at 82 [1]
  • Nov 20 Michael J Pollard [Pollack], American character actor (Bonnie & Clyde; Roxanne), dies from cardiac arrest at 80
  • Nov 21 Gahan Wilson, American author and cartoonist known as the "Michelangelo of the Macabre", dies at 89 [1]
  • Nov 24 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet and critic, dies at 80
  • Dec 1 Shelley Morrison, American actress (General Hospital, Will & Grace), dies at 83
  • Dec 8 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), dies at 85
  • Dec 8 Rene Auberjonois, American actor and voice artist (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, God of War), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Dec 11 David Bellamy, English botanist and TV presenter, dies at 86
  • Dec 12 Danny Aiello, American stage and screen actor (Moonstruck; Do The Right Thing; Broadway Danny Rose), and singer dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), dies of kidney failure at 74
  • Dec 14 Anna Karina, Danish French 'New Wave' actress (Alphaville), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Randy Colley (Moondog Rex), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), dies after undergoing amputation of his right leg at 69
  • Dec 22 Tony Britton, English actor (The Day of the Jackal), dies at 95
  • Dec 27 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), dies at 88
  • Dec 27 Don Imus, American radio talk show host (WNBC), dies from complications of lung disease at 79
  • Dec 28 Fred Graham, American newscaster and journalist (CBS News, Court TV), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88