In Memoriam 2012 - Movie & TV personalties that passed away this year

by Geroellheimer | created - 26 Dec 2012 | updated - 13 Jan 2013 | Public

I know there will be some missing, but i decided to put in only the ones that were really well known.

1. Bob Anderson

Stunts | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Bob Anderson was born on September 15, 1922 in Gosport, Hampshire, England as Robert James Gilbert Anderson. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Movie 43 (2013). He was married to Pearl Anderson. He...

2. Towje Kleiner

Actor | Der Durchdreher

Towje Kleiner was born on April 4, 1948 in Föhrenwald, Germany. He was an actor and writer, known for Der Durchdreher (1979), Der ganz normale Wahnsinn (1979) and The Odessa File (1974). He died on January 9, 2012 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

3. Jenny Tomasin

Actress | Doctor Who

Jenny Tomasin shot to fame in the UK in the early 1970s when she joined the cast of Upstairs, Downstairs (1971) playing the scullery maid Ruby. She stayed with the series right until the end, appearing in forty one episodes. When the series ended in 1975, plans were drawn up for a spin-off series ...

4. James Farentino

Actor | Bulletproof

James Farentino was born on February 24, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Ferdinand James Ferrantino. He was an actor, known for Bulletproof (1996), The Final Countdown (1980) and Dead & Buried (1981). He was married to Stella Farentino, Debrah Farentino, Michele Lee and Elizabeth Ashley. He ...

5. Vadim Glowna

Actor | Desperado City

Vadim Glowna was born on September 26, 1941 in Eutin, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for Desperado City (1981), Dies rigorose Leben (1983) and Devil's Paradise (1987). He was married to Vera Tschechowa. He died on January 24, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

6. Robert Hegyes

Actor | Welcome Back, Kotter

Robert Hegyes was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to an Hungarian-American father, Stephen, and an Italian-American mother, Marie Dominica (Cocozza). He is the eldest of their children. The others are: Mark Hegyes, MD - Billings, Montana, Ms. Stephanie Hegyes - Princeton, New Jersey, and Ms. ...

7. Eiko Ishioka

Costume_designer | The Cell

Eiko Ishioka was born on July 12, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan. She was a costume designer and director, known for The Cell (2000), Dracula (1992) and The Fall (2006). She was married to Nico Soultanakis. She died on January 21, 2012 in Tokyo.

8. Ian Abercrombie

Actor | Army of Darkness

Ian Abercrombie began his theatrical career as a lad during the Blitz in World War II. After his footwork years during which he earned Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in dance for the stage, he performed in London, Holland, Ireland and Scotland. He made his American stage debut in 1955 in a ...

9. Zalman King

Producer | Nine 1/2 Weeks

Zalman King was born on May 23, 1942 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA as Zalman King Lefkowitz. He was a producer and director, known for 9½ Weeks (1986), In God's Hands (1998) and Wild Orchid (1989). He was married to Patricia Louisianna Knop. He died on February 3, 2012 in Santa Monica, ...

10. Ben Gazzara

Actor | Road House

Ben Gazzara's screen career began with two critically acclaimed roles as heavies in the late 1950s. He turned to television in the 1960s but made a big screen comeback with roles in three John Cassavetes films in the 1970s. The 1980s and 1990s saw Gazzara work more frequently than ever before in ...

11. Edgar Bessen

Actor | Timm Thaler

Edgar Bessen was born on November 11, 1933 in Hamburg, Germany. He was an actor and writer, known for Timm Thaler (1979), Ein Fall für TKKG (1985) and Schwarz Rot Gold (1982). He was married to Heidi. He died on February 2, 2012 in Hamburg.

12. Peter Breck

Actor | Shock Corridor

Primarily remembered as Barbara Stanwyck's rugged middle son, Nick Barkley, the handsome and strapping "loose cannon" on the popular action-driven TV western The Big Valley (1965), actor Peter Breck is a survivor who has gone through the ups and downs of not only his own personal life but also of ...

13. S. William Hinzman

Actor | FleshEater

S. William Hinzman was born on October 24, 1936 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, USA as Samuel William Hinzman. He is known for his work on FleshEater (1988), Night of the Living Dead (1968) and The Crazies (1973). He was married to Bonnie Hinzman. He died on February 5, 2012 in South Beaver Township, ...

14. Sam Coppola

Actor | Saturday Night Fever

Sam Coppola was born on July 31, 1935 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Saturday Night Fever (1977), Fatal Attraction (1987) and Jacob's Ladder (1990). He was married to Helen Shinnick. He died on February 5, 2012 in Leonia, New Jersey.

15. Whitney Houston

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.

She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...

16. David Kelly

Actor | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Born Dublin, Ireland on July 11 1929. Educated at Synge Street Catholic boys school. Started acting aged 8 in the Gaiety theatre Dublin. Playing everything from Beckett to Shakespeare, he has appeared in Theatre, TV and film constantly since 1959. Awards include, Helen Hayes for "Moon for the ...

17. Davy Jones

Actor | Head

Davy Jones left home to become a jockey. While he was an apprentice, he was encouraged to go into acting and got a role in a production of "Peter Pan". From there, he played on Coronation Street (1960) and The Pickwick Papers (1952) before landing the role of "The Artful Dodger" in "Oliver!". This ...

18. Hazy Osterwald

Music_department | Mein ganzes Herz ist voll Musik

Hazy Osterwald was born on February 18, 1922 in Berne, Switzerland as Rolf Erich Osterwalder. He was an actor and composer, known for Mein ganzes Herz ist voll Musik (1959), Liebe, Tanz und 1000 Schlager (1955) and Mädchen mit schwachem Gedächtnis (1956). He was married to Eleonore ...

19. Ralph McQuarrie

Art_department | Cocoon

Ralph McQuarrie was born on June 13, 1929 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Ralph Angus McQuarrie. He is known for his work on Cocoon (1985), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He was married to Joan Benjamin. He died on March 3, 2012 in ...

20. Philip Madoc

Actor | The Avengers

Philip Madoc was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and attended Twyn School. He became interested in acting when he was a teenager. He studied at the University of Vienna and pursued a theatrical career by attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. During the 1960s, he became a familiar face on ...

21. Doug Furnas

Self | WrestleMania 13

Doug Furnas was born on December 11, 1959 in Commerce, Oklahoma, USA. He was married to Martha D'Acri and Jody Thompson. He died on March 2, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

22. Robert B. Sherman

Soundtrack | The Jungle Book

Robert B. Sherman was born just before Christmas in 1925 in New York City. Parents, Rosa & Al Sherman didn't know how they would pay the doctor and delivery costs. Fortunately, upon their arrival home from the hospital, Al discovered a large royalty check in the mail. Ironically, it was Al's song, ...

23. Pierre Tornade

Actor | Nestor Burma

Pierre Tornade began his film career playing his first role in Les truands (1957). He then had supporting roles in many famous French films like The Troops in New York (1965) and The Restaurant (1966), both featuring Louis de Funès, I Don't Know Much, But I'll Say Everything (1973) directed by ...

24. Jerome Courtland

Actor | Kiss and Tell

Jerome Courtland was born on December 27, 1926 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA as Courtland Jourolman Jr. He was a director and actor, known for Kiss and Tell (1945), Make Believe Ballroom (1949) and Nancy (1970). He was married to Marlene Juttner, Janet Rose Gumprecht and Polly Bergen. He died on ...

25. Robert Fuest

Director | The Final Programme

Well regarded for his stylish genre work of the 1970s, Robert Fuest may not have a very extensive list of feature film credits, but the quality of his output is what matters, not the quantity.

He certainly came to the business with a real talent for art. Born in London in 1927, he would spend some ...

26. Ulu Grosbard

Director | Georgia

A former diamond cutter in his native Belgium, Ulu Grosbard was educated at the University of Chicago, then attended the Yale Drama School. Becoming a stage director in 1957, Grosbard directed many successful Broadway shows. In the early '60s Grosbard journeyed to Hollywood, where he was hired as ...

27. Tonino Guerra

Writer | Amarcord

Legendary Italian screenwriter was born Antonio Guerra on the 16th of March 1920 in Sant'Arcangelo, Italy, south of Ravenna. He wrote several short stories, poetry and novels and in 1956 his first screenplay "Man and Wolves" (co-written by Elio Petri) was directed by Giuseppe De Santis. Three years...

28. Warren Stevens

Actor | Forbidden Planet

Warren Stevens was born in Pennsylvania and joined the Navy at age 17. His interest in acting was piqued while he was attending Annapolis, and this resulted in 12 weeks of summer stock in Virginia. His friends, Gregory Peck and Kenneth Tobey, later arranged interviews for Stevens at the renowned ...

29. Leonardo Cimino

Actor | Dune

Veteran little old man Italian character actor Leonardo Anthony Cimino steadily worked in both movies and TV shows alike from the late 1950's up until 2007. Cimino was born on November 4, 1917 in New York City. He was the son of tailor Andrea Cimino and his wife Leonilda. Leonardo played violin as ...

30. Chief Jay Strongbow

Actor | Spectrum Wrestling

"Chief" Jay Strongbow was arguably the most famous, beloved Native American wrestler of all time, and a consistent box office draw. As both a main event and mid-card performer, Strongbow was one of the most reliable, professional wrestlers of his, or any, day. A man who truly loved the wrestling ...

31. Claude Miller

Writer | Garde à vue

Claude Miller was born on February 20, 1942 in Paris, France. He was a writer and director, known for Garde à vue (1981), The Little Thief (1988) and A Secret (2007). He was married to Annie Miller. He died on April 4, 2012 in Paris.

32. Paul Bogart

Director | CBS Playhouse

Paul Bogart was born on November 13, 1919 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Paul Bogoff. He was a director and producer, known for CBS Playhouse (1967), All in the Family (1971) and Torch Song Trilogy (1988). He was married to Alma Jane Gitnick. He died on April 15, 2012 in ...

33. Dick Clark

Self | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Dick Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York on November 30, 1929 to Julia Fuller and Richard Augustus Clark. He had one older brother, Bradley, who was killed in World War II. At the age of 16, Clark got his first job in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in Utica, New York, which ...

34. Jonathan Frid

Actor | House of Dark Shadows

Jonathan Frid's career in drama began when he first "offered his soul" to the theater as a young boy at a preparatory school in Ontario, Canada. Following his graduation from McMaster University, he attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later earned a Master's Degree in Directing ...

35. Greg Ham

Soundtrack | The Groomsmen

Greg Ham was born on September 27, 1953 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Gregory Norman Ham. He is known for his work on The Groomsmen (2006), Pandemonium (1987) and Backstage (1988). He died on April 19, 2012 in Melbourne.

36. Levon Helm

Actor | Shooter

Levon Helm was in the right place at the right time. He saw the birth of rock and roll and, though he was too much of a gentleman to say it, his role in helping to keep that rebellious child healthy was more than just instrumental.

On May 26, 1940, Mark Lavon Helm was the second of four children born...

37. Peter Carsten

Actor | A Study in Terror

Peter Carsten was born on April 30, 1928 in Weißenburg, Bavaria, Germany as Peter Ramsentaler. He was an actor and producer, known for A Study in Terror (1965), Thirteen Days to Die (1965) and Die nackte Bovary (1969). He was married to Lilijana and Divna. He died on April 20, 2012 in Lucija, ...

38. Richard Carpenter

Writer | Stanley's Dragon

Carpenter began as an actor, trained at the Old Vic Theatre School. After repertory work, he was first seen on screen playing character roles in television shows like Dixon of Dock Green (1955), as well as being regularly featured in Knight Errant Limited (1959) and The Citadel (1960). However, he ...

39. Joel Goldsmith

Music_department | Star Trek: First Contact

One of six children of the legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith, and the oldest son, Joel Goldsmith's own career in film scoring began in 1978, when he collaborated with Richard Band on the score for Laserblast (1978). Joel Goldsmith next worked as sound mixer for another Band project, The Day Time ...

40. George Murdock

Actor | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

George Murdock was born on June 25, 1930 in Salina, Kansas, USA as George Risk Sawaya Jr. He was an actor, known for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Orange County (2002) and Man in the Chair (2007). He was married to Catherine A. Miller. He died on April 30, 2012 in Burbank, California, USA.

41. Patricia Medina

Actress | The Three Musketeers

Patricia Paz Maria Medina was born on July 19, 1919 in Liverpool, England to a Spanish father and an English mother. She began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s and worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s, where she left for Hollywood. Medina teamed up with British actor Louis ...

42. George Lindsey

Actor | Robin Hood

George Lindsey graduated from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. He has been promoting the George Lindsey Film Festival there since 1998.

43. Günther Kaufmann

Actor | Wickie und die starken Männer

Günther Kaufmann was born on June 16, 1947 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He was an actor, known for Wickie und die starken Männer (2009), Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) and Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (1972). He was married to Patrizia, Alexandra von Herrendorf and Gabriele. He died on May...

44. Donna Summer

Soundtrack | Thank God It's Friday

Donna Summer rocketed to international super-stardom in the mid-1970s when her groundbreaking merger of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica catapulted underground dance music out of the clubs of Europe to the pinnacles of sales and radio charts around the world. ...

45. Kurt Felix

Writer | Mit Dampf und Volksmusik - Im Amor-Expreß rund um den Bodensee

Kurt Felix was born on March 27, 1941 in Wil, canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He was a writer and director, known for Mit Dampf und Volksmusik - Im Amor-Expreß rund um den Bodensee (1970). He was married to Paola Del Medico and Sonja Köstli. He died on May 16, 2012 in St. Gallen, ...

46. Robin Gibb

Soundtrack | Saturday Night Fever

Robin Gibb was born in 1949 on the Isle of Man, about half an hour before his twin brother Maurice. His parents, Barbara and Hugh, were both musical. Barbara sang and Hugh was a drummer and bandleader. Robin had four siblings - an older sister and brother, Lesley and Barry, twin Maurice and younger...

47. Heinz Eckner

Actor | Rudi, benimm dich!

Heinz Eckner was born on May 4, 1925 in Dresden, Germany. He was an actor, known for Rudi, benimm dich! (1971), Ein Wort aus Musik (1983) and Kompanie der Knallköppe (1971). He died on May 30, 2012 in Achim, Lower Saxony, Germany.

48. Richard Dawson

Actor | The Running Man

Richard Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marines and served for three years. During that time, he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age and remain tough so the older guys would not hassle him. In ...

49. Ray Bradbury

Writer | Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury was an American science fiction writer whose works were translated in more than 40 languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Although he created a world of new technical and intellectual ideas, he never obtained a driver's license and had never driven a car.

He was born ...

50. Nolan Miller

Costume_designer | Dynasty

Nolan Miller was born on January 8, 1933 in Burkburnett, Texas, USA as Nolan Bertrandoff Miller. He is known for his work on Dynasty (1981), The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987) and Skin Deep (1989). He was married to Sandra Stream. He died on June 6, 2012 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

51. Richard Lynch

Actor | Halloween

Richard Hugh Lynch was born on February 12, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Irish immigrant parents. He was one of seven children. Before starting a career as an actor, he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1958. He served for four years where he made Corporal, and did a tour of the ...

52. George Leech

Stunts | For Your Eyes Only

George Leech was born on December 6, 1921 in London, England. He is known for his work on For Your Eyes Only (1981), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and ffolkes (1980). He died on June 17, 2012 in England.

53. Nora Ephron

Writer | Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...

54. Andy Griffith

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986). Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and ...

55. Ernest Borgnine

Actor | Marty

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, ...

56. Ruth Hausmeister

Actress | Sechs Personen suchen einen Autor

Ruth Hausmeister was born on June 5, 1912 in Stuttgart, Germany. She was an actress, known for Sechs Personen suchen einen Autor (1964), Die Wildente (1961) and Der Revisor (1967). She was married to Carl-Heinz Schroth. She died on February 1, 2012 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

57. Luke Askew

Actor | Cool Hand Luke

Tall and rangy, usually sporting long mangy hair, and frequently projecting a strong and intense on-screen presence, character actor Luke Askew made a potent and lasting impression playing a substantial volume of mean and fearsome villains in both motion pictures and television shows alike in a ...

58. Garry Walberg

Actor | King Kong

Garry Walberg was born on June 10, 1921 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Gerrit Christian Walberg Jr. He was an actor, known for King Kong (1976), Quincy M.E. (1976) and MacArthur (1977). He was married to Florence M Apostol, Patsy Collett and Betty. He died on March 27, 2012 in Northridge, California,...

59. Silvana Gallardo

Actress | Centennial

Silvana Gallardo was born on January 13, 1953 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for Centennial (1978), Death Wish II (1982) and Tex Murphy: Overseer (1998). She was married to Billy Drago. She died on January 2, 2012 in Paris, Kentucky, USA.

60. Rainer Penkert

Actor | The Winds of War

Rainer Penkert was born on June 23, 1921 in Berlin, Germany. He was an actor, known for The Winds of War (1983), Morituri (1965) and What Have You Done to Solange? (1972). He died on April 11, 2012 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

61. Walter Roderer

Actor | Der 42. Himmel

Walter Roderer was born on July 3, 1920 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He was an actor and writer, known for Der 42. Himmel (1962), Ein Schweizer namens Nötzli (1988) and Model Husband (1959). He was married to Anina Stancu, Ruth Jecklin and Lenke Mekkey. He died on May 8, 2012 in Illnau, Kanton ...

62. Walo Lüönd

Actor | Feuer und Schwert - Die Legende von Tristan und Isolde

Walo Lüönd was born on April 13, 1927 in Zug, Switzerland. He was an actor, known for Tristan and Isolde (1981), Tatort (1970) and Auf Achse (1980). He was married to Eva-Maria Bendig. He died on June 17, 2012 in Locarno, Switzerland.

63. Richard D. Zanuck

Producer | Deep Impact

Richard D. Zanuck was born on December 13, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Darryl Zanuck. He was a producer, known for Deep Impact (1998), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Jaws (1975). He was married to Lili Fini Zanuck, Linda Harrison and Lili Gentle. He died on July 13, 2012 in ...

64. Sage Stallone

Actor | Rocky V

Sage Stallone was born on May 5, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Sage Moonblood Stallone. He was an actor, known for Rocky V (1990), Daylight (1996) and Vic (2006). He was married to Starlin Wright. He died on July 13, 2012 in Studio City, Los Angeles.

65. Celeste Holm

Actress | All About Eve

Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19. She appeared in many successful plays, including "The ...

66. William Asher

Director | Bewitched

William Asher was born on August 8, 1921 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as William Milton Asher. He was a director and producer, known for Bewitched (1964), Fireball 500 (1966) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). He was married to Meredith Coffin, Joyce Bulifant, Elizabeth Montgomery and ...

67. Norbert Berger

Actor | Schlagerrevue 1962

Norbert Berger was born on September 12, 1945 in Völklingen, Saarland, Germany as Norbert Maria Berger. He was married to Cindy Berger. He died on July 14, 2012 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

68. Birger Heymann

Composer | Linie 1

Birger Heymann was born on May 7, 1943 in Berlin, Germany. He is known for his work on Linie 1 (1988), Bangkok Story (1989) and Die Hallo-Sisters (1990). He died on July 18, 2012 in Berlin.

69. Simon Ward

Actor | Young Winston

The son of a car dealer, the British actor Simon Ward was born in London, England, in 1941, and educated there at Alleyn's School, the home of the National Youth Theatre, which he joined at age 13 and stayed with for eight years. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he worked in ...

70. Angharad Rees

Actress | Poldark

Angharad Rees was born on July 16, 1944 in Edgware, Middlesex, England as Angharad Mary Rees. She was an actress, known for Poldark (1975), The Avengers (1961) and Under Milk Wood (1972). She was married to David McAlpine and Christopher Cazenove. She died on July 21, 2012 in Knightsbridge, London,...

71. Sherman Hemsley

Actor | The Jeffersons

Sherman Hemsley played characters known to be wise-cracking, "Weezy" loving, boisterous fools which America and the entire world laughed with kindheartedly. Sherman Alexander Hemsley, Air Force veteran and actor, was born on Feb. 1, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, William Hemsley, ...

72. Chad Everett

Actor | Mulholland Dr.

Both a leading and a supporting actor in movies and on television, name a role - lawyer, airline pilot, rig foreman, doctor, gunslinger, real-life person, good guy, bad guy - and Chad Everett has probably played it. He was born Raymon Lee Cramton on June 11, 1937 in South Bend, Indiana. In high ...

73. Susanne Lothar

Actress | Funny Games

Susanne Lothar was born on November 15, 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. She was an actress, known for Funny Games (1997), The White Ribbon (2009) and The Reader (2008). She was married to Ulrich Mühe. She died on July 21, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

74. Lupe Ontiveros

Actress | Chuck & Buck

Lupe Ontiveros was born on September 17, 1942 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Guadalupe Moreno. She is known for her work on Chuck & Buck (2000), Real Women Have Curves (2002) and The Goonies (1985). She was married to Elias P. Ontiveros. She died on July 26, 2012 in Whittier, California, USA.

75. Norman Alden

Actor | Back to the Future

Born Norman Adelberg in 1924, he served in the Army during World War II. At the end of the conflict he had the opportunity to benefit from the GI Bill program meant to help returning soldiers to start or resume studying. That is how, while attending Texas Christian University, he discovered on the ...

76. R.G. Armstrong

Actor | Predator

A golden career was reflected in his name. Robert Golden Armstrong ("Bob" to his friends) was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 7, 1917. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he was frequently performing on stage with the Carolina Playmakers. After graduating,...

77. Russ Mayberry

Director | Baa Baa Black Sheep

Attended Northwestern University, Chicago. First worked as a stage hand for WBKB television in Chicago. Came to California, via sojourns in Memphis and New York. Prolific director of television episodes and made-for-TV movies.

78. John Finnegan

Actor | Vegas Vacation

John Finnegan, or sometimes known as J.P. Finnegan, is an American film actor, mostly known for his roles on the American crime fiction series, Columbo (1971), which aired regularly from 1971 to 1978. Another role included voicing the character, "Warren T. Rat", who was the main villain in the 1986 ...

79. Silvia Seidel

Actress | Anna

Silvia Seidel was born on September 23, 1969 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. She was an actress, known for Anna (1987), Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left (1993) and Sturm der Liebe (2005). She died on July 31, 2012 in Munich, Germany.

80. Wilfried Blasberg

Actor | Der Fan

Wilfried Blasberg was born in 1938. He was an actor, known for The Fan (1982), Kreisbrandmeister Felix Martin (1982) and Der Zauberberg (1982). He died in February 2012 in Germany.

81. Eric Sykes

Actor | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

'Eric Sykes' started as a radio scriptwriter but he soon found he could perform as well as write. The slight handicap of being very hard of hearing doesn't interfere with his wonderful comic timing. The spectacles he wears have no lenses but contain a bone conducting hearing aid.

82. Rolf Castell

Actor | Tatort

Rolf Castell was born on May 28, 1921 in Munich, Germany. He was an actor, known for Tatort (1970), La Gondola (1955) and Interpol (1963). He was married to Ingeborg. He died on August 3, 2012 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

83. Marvin Hamlisch

Soundtrack | The Spy Who Loved Me

Musical talent ran in Marvin Hamlisch's family - his father was an accordionist, and at seven Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted by Manhattan's Julliard School of Music. Hamlich furthered his education by taking night classes at Queens College and working during the day as a rehearsal ...

84. Al Freeman Jr.

Actor | Malcolm X

Al Freeman, Jr. was an actor and director who was the first African American to win a Daytime Emmy Award for acting. His most famous role was that of Police Captain Ed Hall in the soap opera One Life to Live (1968), which brought him the Emmy in 1979. He was a regular on the soap from 1972 through ...

85. David Cameron

Actor | Robot Jox

David Cameron was born on January 21, 1933 in Camberwell, Surrey, England as David Antonio Palastanga. He was an actor and director, known for Robot Jox (1989), Five Clues to Fortune (1957) and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). He was married to Gerlinde Bernhard, Dorothea 'Pumpi' Gräfin v. Lamberg, ...

86. Mel Stuart

Producer | The Making of the President 1960

Mel Stuart was born on September 2, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Stewart Solomon. He was a producer and director, known for The Making of the President 1960 (1963), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135 (2000). He was married to Roberta ...

87. Ron Palillo

Actor | Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI

At 14, Ron Palillo started his own summer theater in Cheshire, Connecticut. His parents,Gabriel and Carmel Palillo,were surprised when the summer theater actually made money. After graduating from high school, Ron went to the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he majored in drama. He ...

88. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

89. Phyllis Diller

Actress | A Bug's Life

The indefatigable nonagenarian finally put out an autobiography in 2005 and entitled it "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", which pretty much says it all when recalling the misfit life and career of the fabulous, one-of-a-kind Phyllis Diller. It may inspire all those bored, discouraged and/or ...

90. William Windom

Actor | Escape from the Planet of the Apes

A man of all mediums, this veteran, Manhattan-born character actor was named after his great-grandfather, Lincolnesque Congressman William Windom. Born in 1923, the son of Paul Windom, an architect, and the former Isobel Wells Peckham, Bill attended Williams College and the University of Kentucky, ...

91. Phyllis Thaxter

Actress | Superman

This warm and winning, very non-theatrical brunette was born Phyllis St. Felix Thaxter in Portland, Maine, on November 20, 1919. The daughter of Maine Supreme Court Justice Sidney Thaxter, her acting talent came from her mother's side, who was a one-time Shakespearean actress. Phyllis was educated ...

92. Jerry Nelson

Actor | Fraggle Rock

Puppeteer, actor, musician, and master of voices, Jerry Nelson originally joined Henson & Company as a temporary replacement for Frank Oz, who had been drafted into the armed services in the 60's. He later re-joined the crew as a full-time performer in the 70's, and has since been heavily involved ...

93. Neil Armstrong

Actor | Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA as Neil Alden Armstrong. He is known for his work on Footprints on the Moon: Apollo 11 (1969), Encounter and Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010). He was married to Carol Held Knight and Janet Armstrong. He died on August ...

94. Hans Jürgen Diedrich

Actor | Tausendundeine Nacht

Hans Jürgen Diedrich was born on April 30, 1923 in Stralsund, Germany. He was an actor and writer, known for Tausendundeine Nacht (1969), Was wissen Sie von Titipu? (1972) and Das Messer (1971). He died on August 29, 2012 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

95. Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor | The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let ...

96. Christian Marin

Actor | Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez

Christian Marin was born on February 8, 1929 in Lyon, Rhône, France. He was an actor, known for The Troops of St. Tropez (1964), The Aeronauts (1967) and The Troops on Vacation (1970). He died on September 5, 2012 in Paris, France.

97. Horst Breiter

Actor | Neues vom Süderhof

Horst Breiter was born in 1935. He was an actor, known for Neues vom Süderhof (1991), Die Kriminalnovelle (1970) and Marinemeuterei 1917 (1969). He died in 2012.

98. Lance LeGault

Actor | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Lance LeGault was born as William Lance Legault on May 2, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. LeGault grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois and graduated from Chillicothe Township High School in 1955. Lance began his acting career as a stunt double for Elvis Presley; he appears in the 1960s Presley vehicles ...

99. Pierre Mondy

Actor | Le comte de Monte Cristo

Pierre Mondy was born on February 10, 1925 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Pierre Cuq. He is known for his work on The Story of the Count of Monte Cristo (1961), Les mystères de Paris (1962) and Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie (1973)...

100. Edith Schneider

Actress | The Quiller Memorandum

Edith Schneider was born on July 16, 1919 in Bochum, Germany. She was an actress, known for The Quiller Memorandum (1966), Venus im Licht (1960) and Odysseus auf Ogygia (1968). She was married to Peter Mosbacher. She died on August 11, 2012 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.