Date of Death between 1962-01-01 and 1962-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

2. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton ...

3. Louise Beavers

Actress | Imitation of Life

1930s and 1940s film actress Louise Beavers was merely one of a dominant gallery of plus-sized and plus-talented African-American character actresses forced to endure blatant, discouraging and demeaning stereotypes during Depression-era and WWII Hollywood. It wasn't until Louise's triumphant role in...

4. Fred 'Snowflake' Toones

Actor | Daredevils of the Red Circle

Toones is one of the most "colorful" character faces in B-Westerns and cliffhangers. He appeared in over 200 films between 1928 and 1951; and during 1936 and 1947, Toones often worked under contract for Republic Pictures, appearing in about 40 of its films.

Toones often played a bootblack or ...

5. Thomas Mitchell

Actor | Stagecoach

Thomas Mitchell was one of the great American character actors, whose credits read like a list of the greatest films of the 20th century: Lost Horizon (1937); Stagecoach (1939); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); Gone with the Wind (1939); It's a Wonderful Life...

6. Clara Blandick

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Clara Blandick was a character actress who was born aboard an American ship off the coast of Hong Kong on June 4, 1880. Little is known about her early life until she became an actress. Although she appeared in 118 films, she was primarily a stage actress. Clara actually began her film career at a ...

7. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

8. Will Wright

Actor | The Blue Dahlia

One of those familiar character actors who seems to have been born old, Will Wright specialized in playing crusty old codgers, rich skinflints, crooked small-town politicians and the like. A former newspaper reporter in San Francisco, he switched careers and entered vaudeville, then took to the ...

9. Vladimir Sokoloff

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Familiar character actor of Russian heritage who played in scores of films, mostly in the U.S. He studied at the University of Moscow but left there to attend the Moscow Academy of Dramatic Art. He joined the world- renowned Moscow Art Theatre, where he worked for the next decade as an actor and ...

10. Lucile Watson

Actress | Watch on the Rhine

Unsmiling character player Lucile Watson was one of Hollywood's most indomitable mothers of the 1930s and 1940s...and you can take that both ways. The archetypal matriarch who enhanced scores of plush, soapy, Victorian-styled drama, her prickly pears could be insufferable indeed and heaven help ...

11. Ernie Kovacs

Actor | The Ernie Kovacs Show

Author, actor, comedian, composer and producer. He was educated at the New York School of Theatre, and received the Sylvania Television Award. Joining the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1957, he composed a number of songs and themes, a number of which were used in ...

12. Joseph Kearns

Actor | Alice in Wonderland

Joseph Kearns was born on February 12, 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor, known for Alice in Wonderland (1951), Dennis the Menace (1959) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959). He died on February 17, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

13. Victor Moore

Actor | Make Way for Tomorrow

Victor Moore was born on February 24, 1876 in Hammonton, New Jersey, USA as Victor Frederick Moore. He was an actor, known for Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Swing Time (1936) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). He was married to Shirley Paige and Emma Littlefield. He died on July 24, 1962 in East Islip...

14. Louise Fazenda

Actress | The Bat

When top silent screen comedienne Mabel Normand would gripe to Mack Sennett about making classier films, Sennett's retort would always be, "I'll send for Fazenda." This gawky, highly popular slapstick funny girl put in her time first in two-reelers and Universal's Joker Comedies from 1913 on, but ...

15. Frank Lovejoy

Actor | In a Lonely Place

Square-jawed, intense, no-nonsense Frank Lovejoy played a succession of detectives, street cops, reporters, soldiers and such over his career. Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1912, he worked on Wall Street as a teenager, but the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929 cost him his job, and to make ends ...

16. Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams

Actor | Virginia City

The son of a rancher-turned-politician, Guinn Williams was given the nickname "Big Boy" (and he was, too - 6' 2" of mostly solid muscle from years of working on ranches and playing semi-pro and pro baseball) by Will Rogers, with whom he made one of his first films, in 1919. Although his father ...

17. Frank Borzage

Director | 7th Heaven

Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for 7th Heaven (1927), No Greater Glory (1934) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

18. Tod Browning

Director | Dracula

Belonging to a well-situated family, Charles Browning fell in love at the age of 16 with a dancer of a circus. Following her began his itinerary of being clown, jockey and director of a variety theater which ended when he met D.W. Griffith and became an actor. He made his debut in Intolerance: ...

19. Hoot Gibson

Actor | Roaring Ranch

A pioneering cowboy star of silent and early talking Westerns, Hoot Gibson was one of the 1920s' most popular children's matinée heroes. In his real life, however, he had a rather painful rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags career, a problem that seemed to plague a number of big stars who fell victim ...

20. Frank Jenks

Actor | His Girl Friday

Wavy-haired American character actor and musician Frank Jenks was the son of advertising man Frank Jenks and pianist Lillian Sadler. After his family settled in Los Angeles, he attended the University of Southern California. He learned to play trumpet, trombone and clarinet, but eventually dropped ...

21. Willie Best

Actor | High Sierra

One of the hard-working, unappreciated African-American actors of Hollywood's "Golden Era" who produced good work with what he was given. He starred alongside some of film's great comedians including the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, Laurel and Hardy and three films with Shirley Temple. In addition to ...

22. 'Snub' Pollard

Actor | Starlight Over Texas

The slight frame (5' 6"), pale, serious countenance, and dark, droopy mustache are unmistakable, definitive identification badges in recalling silent comedian Harry "Snub" Pollard. Born in Australia as Harry Fraser, he joined a vaudeville troupe, which toured the United States around 1910. The ...

23. William Faulkner

Writer | To Have and Have Not

William Faulkner, one of the 20th century's most gifted novelists, wrote for the movies in part because he could not make enough money from his novels and short stories to support his growing number of dependants. The author of such acclaimed novels as "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom...

24. Syd Saylor

Actor | The Three Mesquiteers

Leo Sailor, a.k.a. Syd Saylor, was born into a very notable family. His father, George Sailor, was a renowned engineer, and was often called out to various locations for consultation and evaluation. In 1906 he was called to San Francisco on a job, and he had no sooner checked into his hotel than ...

25. Robert Burton

Actor | The Big Heat

Robert Burton was born on August 13, 1895 in Eastman, Georgia, USA. He was an actor, known for The Big Heat (1953), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Taza, Son of Cochise (1954). He died on September 29, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. Iván Petrovich

Actor | Alraune

Iván Petrovich was born on January 1, 1896 in Novi Sad, Austria-Hungary as Svetislav Petrovic. He was an actor, known for A Daughter of Destiny (1928), Der Günstling von Schönbrunn (1929) and Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküßt (1934). He was married to Friedel Schuster and Lilian ...

27. Dolly Tree

Costume Department | A Night at the Opera

Dolly Tree (1899-1962) had an international reputation as a designer for stage and screen costumes during the 1920's and 1930's in London, Paris, New York and Hollywood. She was England's leading stage designer during the 1920's and her ingenious costumes proliferated in major revues, musicals, ...

28. Tito Vuolo

Actor | The Killing

Short, squat, voluble and Italian-born, Tito Vuolo could not avoid being typecast as the jolly Italian in office. In the nineteen fifties and sixties, Tito Vuolo portrayed dozens of Italian barbers, pizza makers, vendors, grocers, waiters, hotel or restaurant proprietors. He played them well but he...

29. Myron McCormick

Actor | No Time for Sergeants

American character actor of vast stage experience who appeared infrequently but memorably in films. A native of Albany, Indiana, he attended Princeton University, where he was an honors student and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1929, he joined the University Players in Massachusetts, joining and eventually ...

30. Roscoe Ates

Actor | Freaks

Roscoe Ates was born on January 20, 1895 in Grange, Mississippi, USA as Roscoe Blevel Ates. He was an actor, known for Freaks (1932), Politics (1931) and Inner Sanctum (1948). He was married to Beatrice Heisser, Barbara Ray and Clara Callahan. He died on March 1, 1962 in Hollywood, California, USA.

31. Montgomery Pittman

Writer | The Twilight Zone

Born in Louisiana and raised in Oklahoma, Pittman was a talented writer/director in Hollywood in the 1950s and early 60s before his death, from cancer, at a very young age. He came to Hollywood as an actor from Broadway, but turned to writing and directing soon thereafter. Pittman's career is ...

32. Frank Orth

Actor | His Girl Friday

Orth started his career in vaudeville in 1897. He married Ann Codee who would be his wife for fifty years until her death in 1961. Together they were billed as Codee and Orth. He entered movies by making the first foreign language film shorts in sound for Warner Bros. in 1928. That started him on a...

33. Kenneth MacKenna

Director | Good Sport

Kenneth MacKenna was born on August 19, 1899 in Canterbury, New Hampshire, USA as Leo Mielziner Jr. He was an actor and director, known for Good Sport (1931), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and Men Without Women (1930). He was married to Mary Philips and Kay Francis. He died on January 15, 1962 in ...

34. Wendell Holmes

Actor | Zorro

Wendell Holmes was born on August 17, 1914 in Cheshire, Ohio, USA as Oliver Wendell Holmes. He was an actor, known for Zorro (1957), Leave It to Beaver (1957) and Elmer Gantry (1960). He was married to Adrienne Marden. He died on April 27, 1962 in Paris, France.

35. Roy Atwell

Writer | Here Comes the Bride

Actor, comedian, and composer, educated at the Sargent School of Acting. His Broadway stage appearances included "The Little Missus", "The Mimic World", "The Firefly", and "How's Your Health?". He was a member of the Fortune Gallo Opera Company, and joined ASCAP in 1957. He composed the popular ...

36. Blackie Whiteford

Actor | The Man from New Mexico

Blackie Whiteford was born on April 27, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as John Penman Whiteford. He is known for his work on The Man from New Mexico (1932), Mark of the Spur (1932) and The Fighting Coward (1935). He was married to Alma Bennett. He died on March 21, 1962 in Hollywood, Los ...

37. Cactus Mack

Soundtrack | The Phantom Rider

A cousin of cowboy actors Rex Allen and Glenn Strange, Taylor Curtis McPeters was the oldest son born to John and Leona Byrd McPeters in Weed (Otero County), New Mexico, USA on August 8, 1899. He was the second of eleven children. Glenn Strange's mother was Leona's sister. Rex Allen was 21 years ...

38. Willis H. O'Brien

King Kong

In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the...

39. Halliwell Hobbes

Actor | You Can't Take It with You

Born at Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon, Halliwell Hobbes could perhaps not aspire to anything else but to be an actor. He made his stage debut in 1898 playing Shakespearean repertory with the famous acting company of Sir Frank Benson throughout England. Among others he played opposite ...

40. Sam McDaniel

Actor | I Was Framed

Sam McDaniel was born on January 28, 1886 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Samuel Rufus McDaniel. He was an actor, known for I Was Framed (1942), All Through the Night (1942) and The Great Lie (1941). He died on September 24, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

41. Harry Barris

Soundtrack | Wild Wild West

Songwriter ("Highways Are Happy Ways"), composer and author, educated at the Jewish Training School. He wrote special material for Joe E. Lewis, Sophie Tucker, Ted Lewis and Jimmy Durante. Joining ASCAP in 1928, his chief musical collaborators included Lew Pollack, Larry Shay, Jule Styne and Joe ...

42. John 'Uh huh' Collum

Actor | Mush and Milk

John 'Uh huh' Collum was born on June 29, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Keith Collum. He was an actor, known for Mush and Milk (1933), The Pinch Singer (1936) and Reunion in Rhythm (1937). He died on August 28, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

43. Rex Bell

Actor | Law and Lead

Rex Bell was born on October 16, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as George Francis Beldam. He was an actor, known for Law and Lead (1936), Broadway to Cheyenne (1932) and Too Much Beef (1936). He was married to Clara Bow. He died on July 4, 1962 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

45. Esther Minciotti

Actress | Marty

Esther Minciotti was born on May 20, 1888 in Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy as Esther Cunico. She was an actress, known for Marty (1955), The Wrong Man (1956) and Playhouse 90 (1956). She was married to Silvio Minciotti. She died on April 15, 1962 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, ...

46. Tom Gilson

Actor | The Crowded Sky

Tom Gilson was born on January 6, 1934 in New York City, New York, USA as Thomas Peter Gilson. He was an actor, known for The Crowded Sky (1960), Young and Wild (1958) and The Threat (1960). He was married to Saundra Edwards. He died on October 6, 1962 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

47. Richard Hylton

Actor | Halls of Montezuma

Richard Hylton was born on December 11, 1920 in Collinsville, Oklahoma, USA as Richard Hendrick Hylton. He was an actor, known for Halls of Montezuma (1951), The Secret of Convict Lake (1951) and Fixed Bayonets! (1951). He died on May 12, 1962 in San Francisco, California, USA.

48. Jack Montgomery

Actor | Pursued

Jack Montgomery was born on November 14, 1891 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as John Travers Montgomery. He is known for his work on Pursued (1947), Border Wolves (1938) and Courage of the West (1937). He was married to Marian Baxter. He died on January 21, 1962 in Hollywood, California, USA.

49. Glen Cavender

Actor | The General

Glen Cavender was born on September 19, 1883 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The General (1926), A Scrap of Paper (1918) and A Scoundrel's Toll (1916). He was married to Hazel Chene. He died on February 9, 1962 in Hollywood, California, USA.

50. James Barton

Actor | The Shepherd of the Hills

James Barton was born on November 1, 1890 in Gloucester City, New Jersey, USA as James Edward Barton. He was an actor, known for The Shepherd of the Hills (1941), His Family Tree (1935) and The Time of Your Life (1948). He was married to Kathryn Penman (Follies girl) and Ottilie Regina Kleinert. He...


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