Notable Showbiz Deaths of 2018by TrekFan1 | created - 05 Jan 2018 | updated - 4 days ago | Public
A list of the notable entertainment figures who passed away in 2018, ordered by date of death.
Please note that, due to time constraints, I may not be able to write up descriptions for many of this year's entries.
1. Tom Heaton
Actor | Reindeer Games
Tom Heaton was born on October 13, 1940 in Bronx, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Reindeer Games (2000), Slither (2006) and Shanghai Noon (2000). He died on January 1, 2018 in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada.
October 13, 1940 – January 1, 2018
Prolific character actor whose many movie credits include 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?' (1967), 'Bandolero!' (1968), 'The Bridge at Remagen' (1969), 'Monte Walsh' (1970), 'The Grey Fox' (1982), 'Bridge to Terabithia' (1985), 'April Fool's Day' (1986), 'A Christmas Romance' (1994), 'Shanghai Noon' (2000), 'Kill Me Later' (2001) and 'Slither' (2006); also appeared on TV shows ranging from three appearances on 'Death Valley Days' in the late 1960s to three episodes of 'Da Vinci's Inquest' in 2003, with the latter earning him a Gemini Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series
Actor | Grace Under Fire
Jon Paul "JP" Steuer began his acting career at age 4, and it was clear even then that here was a natural entertainer. Born and raised in Escondido, California, Jon made his acting debut on the television series Day by Day (1988), on which he played the role of Scotty Gilbert. He appeared on Star ...
March 27, 1984 – January 1, 2018
Musician and former child actor who was the first actor to play Worf's son, Alexander, on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and went on to play Quentin Kelly in the first three seasons of 'Grace Under Fire'; also remembered for his role as Johnny "Viper" Vennaro in the film 'Little Giants' (1994); later became the lead singer for the Portland (originally Denver) band Soda Pop Kids (originally Kill City Thrillers) under the name Jonny P. Jewels
Camera_department | Das Boot
Wolfgang Treu was born on April 12, 1930 in Hamburg, Germany. He is known for his work on Das Boot (1981), The Castle (1968) and The Night of the Askari (1976). He was married to Ellinor Busch. He died on January 1, 2018 in Hamburg.
April 12, 1930 – January 1, 2018
Prolific cinematographer who won a German Film Award for his work on Rudolf Noelte's Maximilian Schell starrer 'The Castle' (1968), was nominated for an American Society of Cinematographers Award for Bernhard Sinkel's 1989 miniseries 'Hemingway' and also shot productions such as the features 'The Flying Classroom' (1973), 'North Sea is Dead Sea' (1976) and 'The Little Drummer Girl' (1984) and the mini-series 'Pig in a Poke' (1965) and 'The Oppermann Siblings' (1983)
4. Frank Buxton
Actor | Overboard
Born in Wellesley, MA, USA, Buxton grew up in Larchmont, NY, USA, graduated from Northwestern University (BS) and Syracuse University (MS). After service in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, he worked in local television as a producer-director in Buffalo, N.Y. and Chicago, IL and then began his ...
February 13, 1930 – January 2, 2018
Writer, director and producer who worked on classic TV shows such as 'The Odd Couple,' 'Happy Days' and 'Mork & Mindy' who also provided the voice of cartoon superhero 'Batfink'
Producer | Speriamo che sia femmina
Was engaged to German actress Sabina Began for 7 years.
1948 – January 2, 2018
6. Emily Dole
Actress | GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Emily Dole was born on September 28, 1957 in Orange, California, USA. She was an actress, known for GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (1986), Son in Law (1993) and Hard Time on Planet Earth (1989). She died on January 3, 2018 in Orange.
September 28, 1957 – January 2, 2018
Legendary professional wrestler with the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) known as Mountain Fiji (Mt. Fiji)
7. Rick Hall
Soundtrack | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Rick Hall was born on January 31, 1932 in Forest Grove, Mississippi, USA as Roe Erister Hall. He was married to Linda Kay Hall. He died on January 2, 2018 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA.
January 31, 1932 – January 2, 2018
Record producer, songwriter, music publisher and musician who as owner and proprietor of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was the architect of the Southern soul style known as the Muscle Shoals sound and is thus known as the "Father of Muscle Shoals Music"
Writer | Crveno i crno
Zeljko Senecic was born on January 18, 1933 in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He was a production designer and art director, known for Crveno i crno (2006), Dubrovacki suton (1999) and Zavaravanje (1998). He was married to Mani Gotovac. He died on January 2, 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.
January 18, 1933 – January 2, 2018
10. Johannes Brost
Actor | Avalon
Spending his youth in Skåne, due to his mother's engagement at the Malmö City Theater, wasn't easy for somebody with a Stockholm accent, but Johannes avoided being bullied by cracking jokes and doing pranks. At 18 he applied to acting school but was rejected. He applied successfully later and has ...
September 25, 1946 – January 4, 2018
11. Ray Thomas
Composer | Journey Into Amazing Caves
Ray Thomas was born on December 29, 1941 in Stourport on Severn, England as Raymond Thomas. He was married to Lee Lightle. He died on January 4, 2018 in Surrey, England.
December 29, 1941 – January 4, 2018
Flautist and vocalist best known as a founding member of English rock group The Moody Blues
12. Carole Hart
Producer | For the Next 7 Generations
Carole Hart was born on April 30, 1943 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA as Carole Ruth Strickler. She was a producer and writer, known for For the Next 7 Generations (2009), Hot Hero Sandwich (1979) and Free to Be... You & Me (1974). She was married to Bruce Hart. She died on January 5, 2018 in ...
April 30, 1943 – January 5, 2018
13. Marián Labuda
Actor | Kral Ubu
Marián Labuda was born on October 28, 1944 in Hontianske Nemce, First Slovak Republic. He was an actor, known for Kral Ubu (1996), Záhrada (1995) and Zebrácká opera (1991). He was married to Viera. He died on January 5, 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
October 28, 1944 – January 5, 2018
Slovak actor who played over a hundred characters on stage and appeared in over 80 films and television series; perhaps most widely known for his roles in Jirí Menzel's award-winning films 'My Sweet Little Village' (1985) and 'I Served the King of England' (2006), for co-starring opposite Glenn Close in István Szabó's 'Meeting Venus' (1991) and for his Czech Lion-winning performance in Martin Sulík's 'The Garden' (1995)
14. Münir Özkul
Actor | Hababam Sinifi Tatilde
He was born and grew up in Istanbul. He started his career at Bakirkoy Community Center Theatre. Later he worked at Ankara State Theatre, Istanbul State Theatre and Istanbul City Theatre. He also worked in small play houses with today's famous actors and actresses. He made his place in the theatre ...
August 15, 1925 – January 5, 2018
Actor who was an iconic figure in Turkish cinema's Yeşilçam era; perhaps best known for his roles in many of the films directed by Ertem Egilmez, including the immensely popular 'Hababam Sinifi' ('Chaos Class') series, 'Mavi Boncuk' ('The Blue Bead') and 'Sev Kardeşim' ('Love, Brother'), the latter of which earned him a Golden Orange Award for Best Actor; also starred in several films for director Orhan Aksoy, including 'Neşeli Günler' ('Happy Days') and 'Aile Şerefi' ('Family Honor')
15. Jerry Van Dyke
Actor | Coach
He has that same genuine likability factor, owns that same trademark lantern jaw and is just as appealing and gifted as his older brother, Dick Van Dyke, but, for decades, Jerry Van Dyke had to bear the brunt of his brother's overwhelming shadow. The comic actor was born six years younger than Dick...
July 27, 1931 – January 5, 2018
Actor and banjo-playing comedian brother of Dick Van Dyke best known for his four-time Emmy-nominated role as the easily befuddled Luther Van Dam on the TV sitcom 'Coach'; also known for appearing alongside his brother in several episodes of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' (playing the brother of Van Dyke's character, Rob Petrie) and for turning down offers to play Gilligan on 'Gilligan's Island' and to replace Don Knotts on 'The Andy Griffith Show' to instead star in the infamously bad 1965-66 sitcom 'My Mother the Car'; more recently played the recurring roles of Big Jimmy Hughes on 'Yes, Dear' and Tag Spence on 'The Middle'
16. Greta Thyssen
Actress | Three Blondes in His Life
The enticing, voluptuous European beauty Greta Thyssen filled out the pages of movie magazines everywhere during the 1950s. Born on March 30, 1927, she was a freshly-scrubbed brunette when she was crowned Miss Denmark in 1952. The subsequent attention had her packing her bags for Hollywood. At that...
March 30, 1927 – January 6, 2018
Danish-born actress and model who doubled for Marilyn Monroe in 'Bus Stop,' starred in the horror film 'Terror Is a Man' and appeared in three Three Stooges shorts
17. France Gall
Soundtrack | Fist Fight
France Gall was born on October 9, 1947 in Paris, France as Isabelle Geneviève Marie Anne Gall. She was married to Michel Berger. She died on January 7, 2018 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France.
October 9, 1947 – January 7, 2018
French pop icon who achieved international fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and enjoyed continued success over the next five decades
Shri Vallabh Vyas was born as Vallabh Vyas. He was an actor, known for Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), Sarfarosh (1999) and Sardar (1993). He was married to Shobha V. Vyas. He died on January 7, 2018 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
ca. 1957 – January 7, 2018
19. Doug Young
Actor | The Yogi Bear Show
Doug Young was born on December 21, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Douglas Hiram Young. He was an actor, known for The Yogi Bear Show (1961), The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958) and Quick Draw McGraw (1959). He was married to Eileene Mary McKay. He died on January 7, 2018 in Seattle, ...
December 21, 1919 – January 7, 2018
20. Mary Gregory
Actress | Sleeper
d. January 8, 2018
21. Denise LaSalle
Soundtrack | One for the Money
Denise LaSalle was born on July 16, 1939 in Sidon, LeFlore County, Mississippi, USA as Ora Denise Allen. She was married to James E. Wolfe Jr., and Bill Jones. She died on January 8, 2018 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA.
July 16, 1939 – January 8, 2018
22. Donnelly Rhodes
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Donnelly Rhodes trained to be a warden in the National Park Service in Manitoba and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic before finally settling into his long and successful career as an actor. Rhodes studied at the Royal Manitoba Theatre ...
December 4, 1937 – January 8, 2018
Actor best known for his TV roles, particularly those of Dutch Leitner on 'Soap,' "Doc" Roberts on 'Danger Bay,' Detective Leo Shannon on 'Da Vinci's Inquest' and "Doc" Cottle on the reimagined 'Battlestar Galactica'
October 30, 1920 – January 9, 2018
24. Terence Marsh
Art_director | Doctor Zhivago
Terence Marsh was born on November 14, 1931 in London, England. He is known for his work on Doctor Zhivago (1965), The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Oliver! (1968). He was married to Sandra Marsh and Lorna Wrapson. He died on January 9, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
November 14, 1931 – January 9, 2018
Two-time Oscar-winning art director and production designer whose credits range from David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962) and 'Doctor Zhivago' (1965) to Frank Darabont's 'The Shawshank Redemption' (1994) and 'The Green Mile' (1999); worked under production designer John Box as an assistant art director on 'Lawrence of Arabia' and as lead art director on 'Doctor Zhivago,' Fred Zinnemann's 'A Man for All Seasons' (1966) and Carol Reed's 'Oliver!' (1968), winning shared Oscars for both 'Zhivago' and 'Oliver!'; subsequently earned consecutive Oscar nominations as production designer of Ronald Neame's 'Scrooge' (1970) and Charles Jarrott's 'Mary, Queen of Scots' (1971); also earned a BAFTA nomination for 'Scrooge' and later received BAFTA nominations for designing Richard Attenborough's 'A Bridge Too Far' (1977) and John McTiernan's 'The Hunt for Red October' (1990); collaborated with director Richard Lester on three films -- 'Juggernaut' (1974), 'Royal Flash' (1975) and 'Finders Keepers' (1984) -- and was production designer on three of the four films directed by and starring Gene Wilder -- 'The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother' (1975), 'The World's Greatest Lover' (1977) and 'Haunted Honeymoon' (1986) -- as well as Robert Aldrich's 'The Frisco Kid' (1979), in which Wilder starred alongside Harrison Ford; other credits as production designer include Melvin Frank's 'A Touch of Class' (1973), Attenborough's 'Magic' (1978), Sydney Pollack's 'Absence of Malice' (1981) and 'Havana' (1990), Alan Johnson's 'To Be or Not to Be' (1983), Mel Brooks' 'Spaceballs' (1987), Paul Verhoeven's 'Basic Instinct' (1992), Phillip Noyce's 'Clear and Present Danger' (1994), Stuart Baird's 'Executive Decision' (1996), Gregory Hoblit's 'Fallen' (1998), and Brett Ratner's 'Rush Hour 2' (2001); remains most noted, however, as the production designer of the aforementioned Frank Darabont-directed critical darlings 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'The Green Mile'; received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild in 2010
Actor | Heavy Weights
December 18, 1981 – January 9, 2018
Actor who starred as "Salami" Sam in the live-action Disney film 'Heavyweights' (1995)
26. John Thompson
Producer | Brooklyn's Finest
John Thompson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a producer and assistant director, known for Brooklyn's Finest (2009), Criminal (2016) and 16 Blocks (2006). He was married to Tatiana Thompson. He died on January 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
ca. 1946 – January 9, 2018
Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank
Fast Eddie Clarke was born on October 5, 1950 in Twickenham, London, England as Edward Allan Clarke. He died on January 10, 2018 in London.
October 5, 1950 – January 10, 2018
Guitarist for the heavy metal band Motörhead and the last surviving member of the group's classic lineup, which also consisted of Lemmy and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, both of whom died in late 2015; was also lead guitarist of the metal band Fastway, which he formed with UFO bassist Pete Way
28. Novello Novelli
Actor | Una vita in gioco
Novello Novelli was born on March 2, 1930 in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, Italy as Novellantonio Novelli. He was an actor, known for Una vita in gioco (2012), Tutta colpa del paradiso (1985) and Noce di cocco (1995). He died on January 10, 2018 in Poggibonsi.
March 2, 1930 – January 10, 2018
29. Doreen Tracey
Actress | Westward Ho, the Wagons!
Doreen Tracey was born on April 3, 1943 in St Pancras, London, England as Doreen Isabelle Tracey. She was an actress, known for Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956), Annette (1958) and The Donna Reed Show (1958). She was married to Robert A Washburn. She died on January 10, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, ...
April 13, 1943 – January 10, 2018
Child performer who was a Mouseketeers on 'The Mickey Mouse Club' during the entirety of the show's original run from 1955 to 1959 and co-starred in Disney's 1956 live-action Western feature 'Westward Ho the Wagons!'; subsequently entered the music business, forming and touring with her own rock group and later working as a publicist for acts such as Frank Zappa, Tower of Power and the Doobie Brothers
30. Stephane Gauger
Cinematographer | Cú và chim se se
August 30, 1969 – January 11, 2018
Award-winning Vietnamese-American filmmaker and actor best known for his acclaimed Vietnamese-language dramas 'Owl and the Sparrow' (2007) and 'Saigon Electric' (2011), with the former earning him the LA Film Festival's Audience Award and a nomination for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards; also co-starred in the U.S. action-comedy 'Six-String Samurai' (1998) and the Vietnamese martial arts film 'The Rebel' (2007) and worked with writer-director Timothy Linh Bui as a gaffer on the seminal Vietnamese American films 'Three Seasons' (1999) and 'Green Dragon' (2001) and as co-writer on 'Powder Blue' (2009); an integral part of Southern California's indie film community and a pioneer in the Vietnamese film industry
32. Bella Emberg
Actress | History of the World: Part I
Bella Emberg was born on September 16, 1937 in Brighton, East Sussex, England as Sybil Dyke. She was an actress, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), Doctor Who (2005) and Pompidou (2015). She died on January 12, 2018 in Isle of Wight, England.
September 16, 1937 – January 12, 2018
33. Keith Jackson
Actor | The Fortune Cookie
Keith Jackson was born on October 18, 1928 in Roopville, Georgia, USA as Keith Max Jackson. He was an actor, known for The Fortune Cookie (1966), Munich 1972: Games of the XX Olympiad (1972) and Coach (1989). He was married to Gertrude Ann "Truri Ann" Johnson. He died on January 12, 2018 in Los ...
October 18, 1928 – January 12, 2018
Legendary sports broadcaster who spent the last 40 years of his 54-year career (1952-2006) covering a wide variety of sporting events for ABC Sports, but was most widely known and acclaimed for his coverage of college football, which included calling 16 Sugar Bowls and 15 Rose Bowls; became a sportscasting icon thanks to his distinctively deep voice and the folksy, intelligent, down-to-earth manner with which he called the action, as well as his quirky expressions like "Whoa, Nellie!", "Fum-BLE!" and "Hold the phonnnnne!"; widely regarded by several generations as the definitive voice of college football, having missed only one college-football season in his 54 years when he served as play-by-play announcer during the inaugural season of ABC's 'Monday Night Football' (1970-71); retired after calling the thrilling 2006 Rose Bowl Game between Texas and USC, which was also the final Rose Bowl telecast under the ABC Sports branding and is often considered the greatest college football national championship game of all time
34. Dolores Rubin
Dolores made four films with Frank Sinatra, who was so impressed with her that he employed her as his Executive Assistant. She managed his four households for two years while Sinatra was between wives. Sinatra referred to Dolores as his "irreplaceable right arm" and his "Jewish mother".
June 5, 1923 – January 12, 2018
Script supervisor who worked on a total of 80 films between the mid-1940s to the early 1980s; collaborated with director Arthur Hiller on nine films, including 'The Wheeler Dealers' (1963), 'Penelope' (1966), 'Love Story' (1970), 'The Man in the Glass Booth' (1975) and 'The In-Laws' (1979); also worked with Frank Sinatra on the films 'Robin and the 7 Hoods' (1964), 'Tony Rome' (1967), 'Lady in Cement' (1968) and 'The Detective' (1968) and so impressed the legendary entertainer that he employed her as his Executive Assistant; was also script supervisor on such films as 'Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier' (1955), 'A Kiss Before Dying' (1956), 'No Down Payment' (1957), 'The Last Angry Man' (1959), 'Sergeant Rutledge' (1960), 'Midnight Lace' (1960), 'One-Eyed Jacks' (1961), 'Boys' Night Out' (1962), 'Move Over, Darling' (1963), 'Boeing, Boeing' (1965), 'Play It Again, Sam' (1972) and 'Convoy' (1978)
35. Jean Porter
Actress | Sweet Genevieve
One of MGM's more vivacious secondary stars during the 40s, petite and lovely Jean Porter was born in Texas in 1922 but left the state while young to pursue her dream as an actress. Following some vaudeville experience, she made her uncredited film debut in 1939 (age 17) and slowly graduated to ...
December 8, 1922 – January 13, 2018
Actress who was a petite and vivacious supporting player in classic MGM and RKO pictures such as 'Bathing Beauty' (1944), 'Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble' (1944), 'Abbott and Costello in Hollywood' (1945), 'Till the End of the World' (1946) and 'Cry Danger' (1951)
36. Naomi Stevens
Actress | Valley of the Dolls
Naomi Stevens was born on November 29, 1925 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for Valley of the Dolls (1967), The Apartment (1960) and Hard Times (1975). She was married to Robert (Bob) Burns Jr. She died on January 13, 2018 in Reseda, California, USA.
November 29, 1925 – January 13, 2018
37. Yôsuke Natsuki
Yôsuke Natsuki was born on February 27, 1936 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Yojimbo (1961) and Godzilla 1985 (1984). He was married to Mayba sheta. He died on January 14, 2018 in Tokyo.
February 27, 1936 – January 14, 2018
38. Hugh Wilson
Writer | Blast from the Past
Hugh Wilson was born on August 24, 1943 in Miami, Florida, USA as Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Blast from the Past (1999), WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) and Frank's Place (1987). He was married to Charters Smith. He died on January 14, 2018 in Charlottesville, ...
August 21, 1943 – January 14, 2018
Writer, director and producer best known for creating, executive producing and writing for the classic 1978-1982 sitcom 'WKRP in Cincinnati' and for directing the films 'Police Academy' (1984) and 'The First Wives Club' (1996); shared the three Emmy nominations 'WKRP' received for Outstanding Comedy Series and went on to create the 1987-88 sitcom 'Frank's Place,' which was also nominated as Outstanding Comedy Series and won him an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series; also received the Humanitas Prize for one episode each of 'WKRP' and 'Frank's Place' and later earned Emmy nominations for writing and directing the pilot episode of his 1989-90 sitcom 'The Famous Teddy Z'; made his feature directorial debut with the hit, six-sequel-spawning comedy 'Police Academy,' which he also co-scripted with Neal Israel and Pat Proft; subsequently wrote (or co-wrote) and directed the films 'Rustlers' Rhapsody' (1985), 'Burglar' (1987), 'Guarding Tess' (1994) and the 1999-released Brendan Fraser starrers 'Blast from the Past' and 'Dudley Do-Right'; directed one final film, the 2004 John Grisham-penned family sports drama 'Mickey,' before retiring
39. Edwin Hawkins
Soundtrack | xXx: Return of Xander Cage
The grammy award winning Edwin Hawkins has been coined, The father of contemporary gospel. He rose to fame when the choir he co-founded,The Northern California State Youth Choir, aka, The Edwin Hawkins Singers , performed a new version of the hymn, O Happy Day (1969). Radio stations in the San ...
August 19, 1943 – January 15, 2018
Gospel singer, composer, arranger, musician and choir master who led The Edwin Hawkins Singers and was best known for his arrangement of "Oh Happy Day," which became the first hymn to reach crossover pop success; was one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound, a winner of four Grammy Awards -- three in the 1970s for Best Soul Gospel Performance and one in 1993 for Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album -- and a 2007 inductee into the Christian Music Hall of Fame
Soundtrack | The Devil's Own
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was born in Ballybricken, a town 8 miles outside Limerick on Sept. 6, 1971. Her parents are Eileen and Terrance. Terrance was in a wheelchair due to a motorcycle accident. Dolores was the youngest of seven children, and one of two girls. In the late eighties, Dolores ...
September 6, 1971 – January 15, 2018
Lead singer, co-songwriter and co-guitarist of Irish alternative band The Cranberries whose distinctive lilting mezzo-soprano voice and yodel helped fuel the group's rapid rise to fame in the early 1990s with global hits such as "Dreams," "Linger" and "Zombie" -- all of which she either wrote herself or co-wrote with guitarist Noel hogan -- and helped them to become Ireland's second most successful rock band after U2
41. Peter Wyngarde
Actor | Flash Gordon
Peter Paul Wyngarde was born at the home of an aunt in Marseille, Southern France, and is the son of an English father and French mother. Owing to his father's work as a member of the British Diplomatic Service, Peter spent much of his early childhood moving from one country to another, and was ...
c. 1927 – January 15, 2018
Unique, stylish, mustached actor and international sex symbol best known for his role as novelist turned sleuth Jason King on the cult British spy-fi series 'Department S' (1969-70) and its spin-off, 'Jason King' (1971-72); also remembered for co-starring opposite Deborah Kerr on the big screen in Jack Clayton's gothic horror classic 'The Innocents' (1961), for starring in the cult horror film 'Night of the Eagle' (1962; known as 'Burn, Witch, Burn!' in the U.S.), for his role as Klytus in Mike Hodges' sci-fi cult classic 'Flash Gordon' (1980) and for playing Timanov in the 1984 'Doctor Who' serial "Planet of Fire"
42. Matt Dike
Soundtrack | 11:14
Matt Dike was born on December 2, 1961 in Suffern, New York, USA as Matthew William Dike. He died on January 16, 2018 in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
December 2, 1961 – January 16, 2018
43. Bradford Dillman
Actor | Sudden Impact
Dark-haired, Ivy League-looking Bradford Dillman, whose white-collar career spanned nearly five decades, possessed charm and confident good looks that were slightly tainted by a bent smile, darting glance and edgy countenance that often provoked suspicion. Sure enough, the camera picked up on it ...
April 14, 1930 – January 16, 2018
Veteran stage and screen actor who played Edmund Tyrone in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' in 1958 and had his breakout film role the following year starring opposite Dean Stockwell -- who would play Edmund in the 1962 film adaptation of 'Long Day's Journey' -- in Richard Fleischer's classic crime drama 'Compulsion,' for which Dillman, Stockwell and their co-star Orson Welles all received the award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival; reteamed with both Fleischer and Welles the following year for 'Crack in the Mirror' and then landed the title role in Michael Curtiz's 'Francis of Assisi' (1961); earned an Emmy nomination in 1963 for his performance in the 1962 'Alcoa Theatre' episode "The Voice of Charlie Pont" and would win a Daytime Emmy a decade later for the 1974 'ABC Afternoon Playbreak' drama "Last Bride of Salem"; starred alongside Peter Graves in the 1965-66 drama series 'Court Martial' and in Walter Grauman's 1965 film 'A Rage to Live,' the latter of which also featured Ben Gazzara, with whom Dillman would reunite two years later in John Guillermin's 'The Bridge at Remagen'; played Doctor of Animal Psychology Lewis Dixon in the Don Taylor-directed 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes' (1971), and in 1973 was seen as Willie Oban in John Frankenheimer's filmization of Eugene O'Neill's 'The Iceman Cometh' and as J.J., the best friend of Robert Redford's character in Sydney Pollack's hit romantic drama 'The Way We Were'; went on to play different police captains in two of the 'Dirty Harry' movies -- 'The Enforcer' (1976) and 'Sudden Impact' (1983) -- and to appear in two cult natural horror movies released in 1978: Irwin Allen's 'The Swarm' and Joe Dante's 'Piranha'; additional film credits include Paul Wendkos' 'Fear No Evil' (1969), James Goldstone's 'Brother John' (1971), Frankenheimer's '99 and 44/100% Dead' (1974), Jeannot Szwarc's 'Bug' (1975) and Stuart Rosenberg's 'Love and Bullets' (1979), while other episodic TV credits included recurring roles on 'Dr. Kildare' and 'Falcon Crest' and multiple characters on shows like 'The F.B.I.,' 'Barnaby Jones' and 'Murder, She Wrote'
44. Dave Holland
Dave Holland was born on April 5, 1948 in Northampton, England as David Holland. He was an actor, known for Judas Priest: Living After Midnight (1980), Judas Priest: Freewheel Burning (1983) and Judas Priest: Hot Rockin (1981). He died on January 16, 2018 in Lugo, Galicia, Spain.
April 5, 1948 – January 16, 2018
45. Moya O'Sullivan
Actress | Neighbours
Moya O'Sullivan was born on June 8, 1926 in Australia. She was an actress, known for Neighbours (1985), The Adventures of Skippy (1992) and Midnite Spares (1983). She died on January 16, 2018 in Bondi Junction, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
June 8, 1926 – January 16, 2018
46. Simon Shelton
Actor | Swing Kids
Simon Shelton is known for his work on Swing Kids (1993), Teletubbies (1997) and Incredible Games (1994). He was married to Emma Robbins. He died on January 17, 2018 in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England.
January 13, 1966 – January 17, 2018
Actor and dancer best known for playing the "Dark Knight" on the children's game show 'Incredible Games' from 1994 to 1995 and for playing Tinky Winky, the purple Teletubby, on the immensely popular children's program 'Teletubbies' from 1997 to 2001
47. Anna Campori
Actress | Biblioteca di Studio Uno
Anna Campori was born on September 22, 1917 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She was an actress, known for Biblioteca di Studio Uno (1964), Un turco napoletano (1953) and Suor Maria (1955). She was married to Pietro De Vico. She died on January 19, 2018 in Rome, Italy.
September 22, 1917 – January 19, 2018
48. John Barton
Writer | The Wars of the Roses
John Barton was born on November 26, 1928 in London, England as John Bernard Adie Barton. He was a writer and director, known for The Wars of the Roses (1965), All's Well That Ends Well (1968) and ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969). He was married to Anne Righter. He died on January 18, 2018 in ...
November 26, 1928 – January 18, 2018
Theatre director and playwright who co-founded the Royal Shakespeare Company with the late Peter Hall; was behind the landmark 1963 theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Wars of the Roses' tetralogy that was itself adapted by Barton into a highly successful TV miniseries for the BBC in 1965; later received an Emmy nomination for his 1970 television adaptation of 'Hamlet' for 'ITV Saturday Night Theatre'
March 21, 1941 – January 19, 2018
Trailblazing TV executive and producer who served as vice president of daytime programming at NBC from 1972 to 1976, becoming the first woman to hold such a position at a television network; was responsible for commissioning the long-running game show 'Wheel of Fortune' and is credited with successfully bringing long form narrative to network soap operas by expanding them from half-hour to hour-long formats
50. Olivia Cole
Actress | Roots
Olivia Cole was born on November 26, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She was an actress, known for Roots (1977), Backstairs at the White House (1979) and First Sunday (2008). She was married to Richard Venture. She died on January 19, 2018 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
November 26, 1942 – January 19, 2018
Actress best known for her Emmy-winning role as Mathilda in the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries 'Roots' and her Emmy-nominated portrayal of housemaid Maggie Rogers in the 1979 miniseries 'Backstairs at the White House'
51. Dorothy Malone
Actress | Written on the Wind
The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American film-going audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite ...
January 30, 1924 – January 19, 2018
Legendary, sultry actress best known for her Oscar-winning performance as spoiled, sex-crazed Texas oil heiress Marylee Hadley in Douglas Sirk's 'Written on the Wind' (1956) and for playing overprotective mother Constance MacKenzie on the primetime soap 'Peyton Place' from 1964 to 1968; debuted in Hollywood as a brunette in the 1940s, first gaining attention with her brief but very memorable role as a flirtatious bookstore proprietress who helps out -- and has a drink with -- Humphrey Bogart's Philip Marlowe in Howard Hawks' 'The Big Sleep' (1946); played mostly "nice girl" parts for the first decade of her career -- notably in Raoul Walsh's Western 'Colorado Territory' (1949) and Henry Levin's crime noir 'Convicted' (1950) -- but began to acquire a more glamorous image after dyeing her hair blonde to play Doris Day's sister in the musical 'Young at Heart' (1954); soon started landing meatier, more mature roles, including that of alcoholic nymphomaniac Marylee in 'Written on the Wind,' which earned her a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Oscar; reteamed with 'Written on the Wind' director Douglas Sirk and co-stars Rock Hudson and Robert Stack on 'The Tarnished Angels' (1957) and acted alongside Hudson and Stack separately in Robert Aldrich's 'The Last Sunset' (1961) and Andrew L. Stone's 'The Last Voyage' (1960), respectively; received positive notices for her performances as the unsympathetic, suicidal first wife of Lon Chaney (played by James Cagney) in 'Man of a Thousand Faces' (1957) and the self-destructive daughter of John Barrymore (Errol Flynn) in 'Too Much, Too Soon' (1958); other notable film credits during the 1950s and early '60s included two Westerns with Randolph Scott -- 'The Nevadan' (1950) and 'Tall Man Riding' (1955) -- and two musical comedies with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis -- 'Scared Stiff' (1953) and 'Artists and Models' (1955) -- as well as Richard Quine's film noir 'Pushover' (1954), the Roger Corman-produced B picture 'The Fast and the Furious' (1955), Raoul Walsh's wartime drama 'Battle Cry' (1955), Edward Dmytryk's Western 'Warlock' (1959) and the first 'Beach Party' (1963); eventually turned to television and landed the role of Constance McKenzie on ABC's primetime soap 'Peyton Place' in 1964, remaining with the show for four seasons and receiving two Golden Globe nominations in the process; only worked on screen intermittently after leaving 'Peyton Place,' with perhaps her most notable credits in the years since being two episodes of the 1976 miniseries 'Rich Man, Poor Man' and supporting roles in films such as 'Golden Rendezvous' (1977), 'Winter Kills' (1979) and 'The Being' (1983); made her final screen appearance in a memorable cameo as the aging ex-con murderess friend of Sharon Stone's character in Paul Verhoeven's steamy neo-noir thriller 'Basic Instinct' (1992)
52. Fredo Santana
Producer | Fredo Mafia
Fredo Santana was born on July 4, 1990 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Fredo Mafia, Drake Feat. Majid Jordan: Hold On, We're Going Home (2013) and Ring Bells (2013). He died on January 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
July 4, 1990 – January 19, 2018
53. Allison Shearmur
Producer | Nerve
Allison Shearmur was born on October 23, 1963 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Allison Ivy Brecker. She is known for her work on Nerve (2016), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). She was married to Edward Shearmur. She died on January 19, ...
October 23, 1963 – January 19, 2018
Film executive and producer who served as vice president of production at Walt Disney Pictures from 1994 to 1997, as executive vice president of production at Universal from 1997 to 2005, as co-president of production at Paramount from 2005 to 2007, and as president of production at Lionsgate from 2008 to January 2012 before becoming an independent producer; played a pivotal role in the launching of three billion-dollar film franchises: the 'Bourne' and 'American Pie' movies at Universal, and 'The Hunger Games' at Lionsgate; developed and supervised 'George of the Jungle' (1997) and other movies while at Disney and oversaw the development and production of films such as 'Erin Brockovich' (2000) and 'Along Came Polly' (2004) as well as 'The Bourne Identity' (2002) and 'The Bourne Supremacy' (2004) and the first three 'American Pie' movies (1999-2003) during her time at Universal; at Paramount oversaw such projects as 'Mission: Impossible III' (2006) for J.J. Abrams, 'Dreamgirls' (2006) for Bill Condon, 'Zodiac' (2007) and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' (2008) for David Fincher, 'Beowulf' (2007) for Robert Zemeckis, and 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' (2008) for Mark Waters; at Lionsgate oversaw the purchasing of the rights to the 'Hunger Games' books and the development and production of the first 'Hunger Games' movie (2012), then executive produced the following installments in the franchise: 'Catching Fire' (2013), 'Mockingjay - Part I' (2014) and 'Mockingjay - Part 2' (2015); formed her own production company in 2014, through which she produced Disney's Kenneth Branagh-directed live-action remake of 'Cinderella' (2015), Burr Steers' film adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' (2016), Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman's techno-thriller 'Nerve' (2016), and Disney and Lucasfilm's first two films in the 'Star Wars Anthology Series': 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' (2016) and the upcoming 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' (2018); was also an executive producer on Lionsgate's 'Power Rangers' movie and ABC's made-for-TV remake of 'Dirty Dancing' that aired that same year; was working with Disney on adaptations of 'The One and Only Ivan' and 'The Paper Magician' and a reboot of the 'Sister Act' movies when she died from lung cancer at the age of 54
54. Howard Lew Lewis
Actor | Brazil
Howard Lew Lewis was born on August 21, 1941 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Brazil (1985), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Brush Strokes (1986). He was married to Anna Goodall. He died on January 20, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
August 21, 1941 – January 20, 2018
55. Jim Rodford
Music_department | Return to Waterloo
Jim Rodford was born on July 7, 1941 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England as James Walter Rodford. He is known for his work on Return to Waterloo (1984), The Kinks: Come Dancing (1983) and The Kinks: Don't Forget to Dance (1983). He was married to Jean. He died on January 20, 2018 in St Albans, ...
July 7, 1941 – January 20, 2018
56. Bob Smith
Writer | Side by Side by Susan Blackwell
Bob Smith was born on December 24, 1958 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for Side by Side by Susan Blackwell (2009), CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (2002) and Outlaugh! (2006). He died on January 20, 2018 in New York City, New York.
December 24, 1958 – January 20, 2018
The first openly gay comedian to appear on 'The Tonight Show' and the first to have his own half-hour comedy special on HBO
57. Yves Afonso
Actor | Frank Riva
Yves Afonso was born on February 13, 1944 in Saulieu, Côte-d'Or, France. He was an actor, known for Frank Riva (2003), France société anonyme (1974) and Les Charlots en délire (1979). He died on January 21, 2018 in Paris, France.
February 13, 1944 – January 21, 2018
58. Joel Freeman
Producer | Shaft
From the original Shaft to Love at First Bite, from Camelot to Soapdish, from top-grossing films to television to the Internet, Joel Freeman has built a reputation that spans over half a century of entertainment history.
He was born on June 12, 1922 in Irvington, New Jersey, USA. The son of Louis ...
June 12, 1922 – January 21, 2018
Assistant director ('The Paradine Case,' 'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House,' 'The Set-Up,' 'Neptune's Daughter,' 'Adam's Rib,' 'Summer Stock,' 'The Tall Target,' 'The Long, Long Trailer,' 'Above and Beyond,' 'Bad Day at Black Rock,' 'Blackboard Jungle,' 'Tea and Sympathy,' 'Sunrise at Campobello,' 'The Mating Game') and producer ('The Music Man,' 'A Big Hand for the Little Lady,' 'Camelot,' 'The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,' 'Finian's Rainbow,' 'Shaft,' 'Trouble Man,' 'Love at First Bite,' 'The Kindred,' 'Soapdish')
59. Jens Okking
Actor | Strømer
Jens Okking was born on December 18, 1939 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Jens Dyhr Okking. He was an actor and writer, known for Strømer (1976), At klappe med een hånd (2001) and Nitten røde roser (1974). He was married to Anette Walther. He died on January 21, 2018 in Copenhagen.
December 18, 1939 – January 21, 2018
60. Connie Sawyer
Actress | Dumb and Dumber
Connie Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Rosie Cohen. She was an actress, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Pineapple Express (2008) and Out of Sight (1998). She was married to Marshall Schacker. She died on January 21, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.
November 27, 1912 – January 21, 2018
Hollywood's oldest working actress; began her performing career in the 1930s and amassed over 170 film and television credits since the 1950s but was best known for her appearances in the modern comedies 'When Harry Met Sally...' (1989), 'Dumb and Dumber' (1994) and 'Pineapple Express' (2008); made her film debut in Frank Capra's 'A Hole in the Head' (1959), reprising the role she originated in the 1957 Broadway production of the same name; went on to have roles in classic films such as Daniel Mann's 'Ada' (1961), Henry Hathaway's 'True Grit' (1969), Arthur Hiller's 'The Man in the Glass Booth' (1975) and Norman Jewison's '...And Justice for All' (1979); appeared as the wife of the first documentary couple seen in Rob Reiner's 'When Harry Met Sally...,' was the cart-riding little old lady who robs Jim Carrey's character in the Farrelly brothers' 'Dumb and Dumber,' played the grandmother of James Franco's character in David Gordon Green's 'Pineapple Express,' and was also seen in such films as Steven Soderbergh's 'Out of Sight' (1998), Bruno Barreto's 'View from the Top' (2003) and Luke Matheny's 'Lovesick' (2014); appeared on nearly 100 different TV series over the past 60 years, ranging from classics such as 'Mary Tyler Moore' 'The Andy Griffith Show,' 'The Fugitive,' 'Good Times,' 'The Rockford Files,' 'Kojak,' 'Starsky and Hutch' and 'All in the Family' to more recent hits including 'Seinfeld,' 'Will & Grace,' 'Boy Meets World,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'The Office,' 'ER,' 'CSI,' 'Ray Donovan' and '2 Broke Girls'
61. Robert Dowdell
Actor | Stoney Burke
Robert Dowdell was born on March 10, 1932 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Stoney Burke (1962), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) and Assassination (1987). He was married to Sheila Connolly. He died on January 23, 2018 in Coldwater, Michigan, USA.
March 10, 1932 – January 23, 2018
Actor who played Lt. Cmdr. Chip Morton on TV's 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' and co-starred opposite Jack Lord on the Western series 'Stoney Burke'
63. Hugh Masekela
Soundtrack | The Jewel of the Nile
Hugh Masekela was born on April 4, 1939 in Wilbank, South Africa as Hugh Ramapolo Masekela. He was married to Elinam Cofie, Jabu Mbatha, Chris Calloway and Miriam Makeba. He died on January 23, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
April 4, 1939 – January 23, 2018
Trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer who was a pioneer of jazz in South Africa and whose music became an international symbol of his country's fight against apartheid; had an unlikely No. 1 hit in the U.S. in 1968 with the instrumental "Grazing in the Grass" and was also well known for his protest songs "Soweto Blues" (1977) and "Bring Him Back Home" (1987), the latter of which became an unofficial anthem of the anti-apartheid movement; earned a Tony nomination for his work on the stage musical 'Sarafina!' and was nominated for a Grammy Award three times: the first in 1968 for "Grazing in the Grass," the second in 1989 for the 'Sarafina!' cast album, and the third in 2012 for his studio album 'Jabulani'
64. Ezra Swerdlow
Producer | Zombieland
Ezra Swerdlow was born on March 2, 1953 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, USA as Ezra N. Swerdlow. He was a producer and production manager, known for Zombieland (2009), Spaceballs (1987) and The Equalizer (2014). He was married to Lindsey Hicks. He died on January 23, 2018 in Boston, ...
ca. 1954 – January 23, 2018
Producer on such films as 'Spaceballs' (1987), 'Waiting to Exhale' (1995), 'Cop Land' (1997), 'Enchanted' (2007), 'Zombieland' (2009) and '21 Jump Street' (2012); started out as Unit Production Manager (UPM) on Woody Allen's 'Stardust Memories' (1980) and would hold the same position on Allen's 'Zelig' (1983), 'Broadway Danny Rose' (1984) and 'Hannah and Her Sisters' (1986); was also location manager on Sydney Pollack's 'Tootsie' (1982) and UPM on Martin Scorsese's 'The King of Comedy' (1983), Frank Oz's 'The Muppets Take Manhattan' (1984) and Mike Nichols' 'Heartburn' (1986); earned his first producer credit as associate producer on Allen's 'Radio Days' (1987), on which he was also first assistant director; was co-producer on Mel Brooks' 'Spaceballs' and Karel Reisz's 'Everybody Wins' (1990) and producer of Pat O'Connor's 'The January Man' (1989) and reteamed with Brooks as executive producer of 'Life Stinks' (1991); subsequent credits as executive producer include David Fincher's 'Alien³' (1992), Joseph Ruben's 'The Good Son' (1993) and Barry Levinson's 'Wag the Dog' (1997) and was both executive producer and UPM on Hugh Wilson's 'The First Wives Club' (1996) and Ruben's 'Return to Paradise' (1998); was a producer of Forest Whitaker's 'Waiting to Exhale,' James Mangold's 'Cop Land' and Mark Levin's films 'Whiteboyz' (1999), 'Twilight: Los Angeles' (2000) and 'Brooklyn Babylon' (2001) and then executive produced such films as Chris Rock's 'Head of State' (2003), David Koepp's 'Secret Window' (2004) and 'Ghost Town' (2008), Ericson Core's 'Invincible' (2006) and Kevin Lima's 'Enchanted,' the latter two of which were for Disney; reteamed with Mark Levin to serve as executive producer and UPM on 'Little Manhattan' (2005) and also held both positions on Ruben Fleischer's horror-action-comedy hit 'Zombieland'; shared an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie as an executive producer on Curtis Hanson's HBO film 'Too Big To Fail' (2011); subsequently executive produced 'The Smurfs' (2011) and 'The Smurfs 2' (2013) for Raja Gosnell, '21 Jump Street' for Phil Lord and Chris Miller and 'The Equalizer' (2014) and 'Southpaw' (2015) for Antoine Fuqua
65. Lari White
Actress | Cast Away
Lari White was born on May 13, 1965 in Dunedin, Florida, USA as Lari Michele White. She was an actress, known for Cast Away (2000), Big Eden (2000) and No Regrets (2004). She was married to Chuck Cannon. She died on January 23, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
May 13, 1965 – January 23, 2018
67. Warren Miller
Writer | The Way We Live Now
Warren Miller was born on October 15, 1924 in Hollywood, California, USA. He was a writer and director, known for The Way We Live Now (1970), Extreme Surfing (1992) and The Killy Style (1969). He was married to Laurie Penketh Kaufmann, Dorothy Roberts and Jean. He died on January 24, 2018 in Orcas ...
October 15, 1924 – January 24, 2018
Producer | Powder
Dennis Stuart Murphy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He was a producer and production manager, known for Powder (1995), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and Re-Animator (1985). He was married to Cynthia Gates Fujikawa. He died on January 24, 2018 in Los Angeles California, USA.
1945 – January 24, 2018
69. Mark E. Smith
Soundtrack | The Silence of the Lambs
Lead singer and lyricist of British punk/new wave band The Fall. A former office worker, Smith formed The Fall in 1977, although their commercial peak came in the late '80s and early '90s. They have influenced many bands, most notably Pavement, and are famous for being Radio 1 DJ John Peel's ...
March 5, 1957 – January 24, 2018
Short-tempered singer, songwriter and musician who was the frontman, lyricist and only constant member of the iconic English post-punk group The Fall
70. John Morris
Music_department | The Elephant Man
John Morris was born on October 18, 1926 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA as John Leonard Morris. He is known for his work on The Elephant Man (1980), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Coach (1989). He was married to Francesca Bosetti. He died on January 25, 2018 in Red Hook, New York, USA.
October 18, 1926 – January 25, 2018
Composer, orchestrator and conductor best known for writing the music for all but two of Mel Brooks' films, for his Oscar- and Grammy-nominated score for David Lynch's 'The Elephant Man' (1980) and for composing the theme music for the TV sitcom 'Coach'; scored the first nine of the eleven films directed by Brooks -- 'The Producers' (1968), 'The Twelve Chairs' (1970), 'Blazing Saddles' (1974), 'Young Frankenstein' (1974), 'Silent Movie' (1976), 'High Anxiety' (1977), 'History of the World: Part 1' (1980), 'Spaceballs' (1987) and 'Life Stinks' (1991) -- and received his first Oscar nomination for the title song from 'Blazing Saddles'; was also recruited by 'The Producers,' 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein' star Gene Wilder to score all four of the actor's directorial efforts: 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother' (1975), 'The World's Greatest Lover' (1977), 'The Woman in Red' (1984) and 'Haunted Honeymoon' (1986); composed the scores for many other comedy favorites, including the Arthur Hiller-directed classic 'The In-Laws' (1979), Alan Johnson's Mel Brooks starrer 'To Be or Not to Be' (1983), Amy Heckerling's underrated 'Johnny Dangerously' (1984) and Jonathan Lynn's riotous 'Clue' (1985); other credits include Noel Black's sci-fi family telefilm 'The Electric Grandmother' (1983), the cultural phenomenon 'Dirty Dancing' (1987), Hector Babenco's Oscar-winning drama 'Ironweed' (1987), and numerous productions for director John Erman, including the feature 'Stella' (1990), the miniseries 'Scarlett' (1994) and the TV movies 'Our sons' (1991), 'Ellen Foster' (1997), 'Only Love' (1998) and 'The Blackwater Lightship' (2004); in addition to two Oscar nominations, won a Daytime Emmy in 1978 for his score for the 'NBC Special Treat' story 'The Tap Dance Kid' and won five ASCAP Awards for 'Coach'
71. Cyrus Yavneh
Producer | 24
Cyrus Yavneh was born on October 14, 1942. He was a producer and production manager, known for 24 (2001), The Arrival (1996) and Baby (2000). He died on January 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
October 14, 1942 – January 25, 2018
Actress | Debdas
Supriya Choudhury was born on January 8, 1935 in Michkina, British Burma as Krishna Banerjee. She was an actress, known for Debdas (1979), Sanyasi Raja (1975) and The Cloud-Capped Star (1960). She was married to Bishwanath Choudhury. She died on January 26, 2018 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
January 8, 1933 – January 26, 2018
Director | Magnifico
Maryo J. de los Reyes was born on October 17, 1952 in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines as Mario Margarito Jorolan de los Reyes. He was a director, known for Magnifico (2003), A Love Story (2007) and Laman (2002). He died on January 27, 2018 in Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte, Philippines.
December 12, 1952 – January 27, 2018
74. Hilton McConnico
Production_designer | Diva
Hilton McConnico was born on May 13, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Joseph Hilton McConnico. He was a production designer and costume designer, known for Diva (1981), This Sweet Sickness (1977) and The Moon in the Gutter (1983). He died on January 29, 2018 in Paris, France.
May 13, 1943 – January 29, 2018
75. Mark Salling
Actor | Glee
Known for starring as musically-inclined football player Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the show Glee (2009), Mark Wayne Salling was born in Dallas, Texas. He was the younger of two children of Condy Sue (Wherry), a school secretary, and John Robert Salling, Jr., an accountant. He was home-schooled at an...
August 17, 1982 – January 30, 2018
76. Louis Zorich
Actor | Fiddler on the Roof
Louis Zorich was born on February 12, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Detachment (2011) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). He was married to Olympia Dukakis. He died on January 30, 2018 in New York City, New York, USA.
February 12, 1924 – January 30, 2018
Veteran stage and screen actor who earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Cardinal Ragna in 'Hadrian VII' in 1969 but was best known for playing the father of Paul Reiser's character on the sitcom 'Mad About You' (1993-1999); also remembered for playing Jules Berger on the 1991-93 drama series 'Brooklyn Bridge,' for playing Ben Loman in the 1985 made-for-TV adaptation of 'Death of a Salesman' opposite Dustin Hoffman's Willy Loman, and for his role as diner owner Pete in 'The Muppets Take Manhattan' (1984); also appeared in such films as 'Coogan's Bluff' (1968), 'Fiddler on the Roof' (1971), 'For Pete's Sake' (1974), 'The Changeling' (1980), 'Club Paradise' (1986), 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' (1988), 'City of Hope' (1991), 'Joe the King' (1999) and 'Detachment' (2011)
77. Ann Gillis
Actress | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Ann Gillis was born Alma Mabel Conner on February 12, 1927, in Little Rock, Arkansas. At age seven, she appeared in her first film, Men in White (1934), as an extra. During the next two years, she had uncredited appearances in six more films until she received her first major role in King of Hockey...
February 12, 1927 – January 31, 2018
Actress who was a child star during Hollywood's Golden Age, with her best known roles being Becky Thatcher, the love interest of the title character in the 1938 film adaptation of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,' and the voice of the adult Faline, the title character's love interest in Disney's 'Bambi' (1942)
78. Alf Humphreys
Actor | X2
Alf Humphreys was born on April 3, 1953 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Alfred E. Humphreys. He was an actor and writer, known for X2 (2003), First Blood (1982) and My Bloody Valentine (1981). He was married to Elizabeth Moss. He died on January 31, 2018 in Stratford, Ontario.
April 3, 1953 – January 31, 2018
July 4, 1948 – January 31, 2018
81. Reyes Abades
Special_effects | El laberinto del fauno
Reyes Abades was born on July 25, 1949 in Castilblanco, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain as Reyes Abades Tejedor. He is known for his work on Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Open Your Eyes (1997) and La piel que habito (2011). He died on February 1, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.
July 25, 1949 – February 1, 2018
Special effects specialist who won nine Goya Awards and received another 33 Goya nominations for his work in Spanish cinema; won Goyas for Carlos Saura's '¡Ay, Carmela!' (1990) and 'Bunuel and King Solomon's Table' (2001), Pilar Miró's 'Prince of Shadows' (1991), Imanol Uribe's 'Running Out of Time' (1994), Álex de la Iglesia's 'The Day of the Beast' (1995) and 'The Last Circus' (2010), Julio Medem's 'Earth' (1996), Miguel Courtois's 'The Wolf' (2004) and Guillermo del Toro's 'Pan's Labyrinth' (2006); also worked with del Toro on -- and earned a Goya nomination for -- 'The Devil's Backbone' (2001) and teamed with filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar on ten films, including 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' (1988), 'The Skin I Live In' (2011) and 'Julieta' (2016), all of which garnered Goya nominations for Abades; also earned Goya nominations for José Luis Cuerda's 'Dawn Breaks, Which Is No Small Thing' (1989), Medem's 'Cows' (1992), Vicente Aranda's 'Libertarias' (1996), Alejandro Amenábar's 'Open Your Eyes' (1997), Saura's 'Goya in Bordeaux' (1999), Milos Forman's 'Goya's Ghosts' (2006) and Pablo Berger's 'Blancanieves' (2012), among other films; further credits include Paul Verhoeven's 'Flesh + Blood' (1985), Amenábar's 'Tesis' (1996), Gilles Mimouni,'s 'The Apartment' (1996), Jonathan Glazer's 'Sexy Beast' (2000), Susanne Bier's 'Brothers' (2004) and Almodóvar's 'Volver' (2006) and 'Broken Embraces' (2009)
82. Dennis Edwards
Soundtrack | Bringing Down the House
Dennis Edwards was born on February 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. He was married to Brenda Edwards and Ruth Pointer. He died on February 1, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
February 3, 1943 – February 2, 2018
Singer who replaced David Ruffin as lead vocalist of The Temptations and sang on many of the group's enduring hits, including "Cloud Nine" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
83. Ole Thestrup
Actor | Blinkende lygter
Ole Thestrup was born on March 12, 1948 in Nibe, Denmark. He is known for his work on Blinkende lygter (2000), Adam's Apples (2005) and De grønne slagtere (2003). He was married to Hanne Marie Knudsen. He died on February 2, 2018 in Tuse Næs, Denmark.
March 12, 1948 – February 2, 2018
84. Ndugu Chancler
Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank
Ndugu Chancler was born on July 1, 1952 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA as Leon Chancler. He was married to Brenda Curry. He died on February 3, 2018 in Los Angeles California, USA.
July 1, 1952 – February 3, 2018
85. Jerzy Rutowicz
Production_manager | Pociag
Jerzy Rutowicz was born on June 7, 1928 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He was a production manager and producer, known for Pociag (1959), Karakter (1997) and Zapach psiej siersci (1982). He died on February 3, 2018 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.
June 7, 1928 – February 3, 2018
86. Rolf Zacher
Actor | Endstation Freiheit
Rolf Zacher was born on March 28, 1941 in Berlin, Germany as Rolf-Dieter Zacher. He was an actor, known for Slow Attack (1980), Der Ochsenkrieg (1987) and We Free Kings (1996). He was married to Gisela Getty. He died on February 3, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.
March 28, 1941 – February 3, 2018
87. Kenneth Haigh
Actor | Cleopatra
Kenneth Haigh is an English actor who made history originating the character of Jimmy Porter, the original "Angry Young Man", in John Osborne's 1956 play Look Back in Anger (1959), a work that revolutionized the English theater. The following year, Haigh took the performance to Broadway, but movie ...
March 25, 1931 – February 4, 2018
88. Wojciech Pokora
Director | Rozrywka po staropolsku
Wojciech Pokora was born on October 2, 1934 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He was an actor and director, known for Rozrywka po staropolsku (1985), Lalka (1978) and Rejs (1970). He was married to Hanna Pokora. He died on February 4, 2018 in Warsaw.
October 2, 1934 – February 4, 2018
89. John Mahoney
Actor | Frasier
John Mahoney was an award-winning American actor. He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, the seventh of eight children of Margaret and Reg, a baker. His family was evacuated to the sea-side resort to avoid the Nazi bombing of their native Manchester. The Mancunian Mahoneys eventually ...
June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018
Tony-winning actor and member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company who was most widely known for his two-time Emmy-nominated role as Martin Crane on the hit TV sitcom 'Frasier' (1993-2004); made his stage debut in Chicago in 1977 and was then persuaded by fellow actor John Malkovich to join the Steppenwolf ensemble; went on to win the Clarence Derwent Award and the Theatre World Award for his work with Steppenwolf, and earned a Tony Award for his performance in the 1986 Broadway revival of John Guare's 'The House of Blue Leaves'; made his screen debut in the early 1980s and had supporting roles in many popular films prior to being cast in 'Frasier,' including Norman Jewison's 'Moonstruck' (1987), John Sayles' 'Eight Men Out' (1988), Cameron Crowe's 'Say Anything...' (1989), the Coen brothers' 'Barton Fink' (1991) and 'The Hudsucker Proxy' (1994), and Wolfgang Petersen's 'In the Line of Fire' (1993); played Martin Crane on 'Frasier' for the show's entire 11-season run, earning Emmy nominations for the role in 1999 and 2003 and Golden Globe nominations in 1994 and 2001, in addition to sharing a 2000 SAG Award and nine SAG nominations for Outstanding Ensemble; continued doing film work while 'Frasier' was in production, lending support in Rob Reiner's 'The American President' (1995), Gregory Hoblit's 'Primal Fear' (1996), Edward Burns' 'She's the One' (1996) and Greg Berlanti's 'The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy' (2000), providing voice-over work in 'The Iron Giant' (1998), 'Antz' (1998) and 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' (2001), and playing the lead role in Terry Green's 'Almost Salinas' (2001); made only occasional screen appearances after 'Frasier' ended in 2004, most notably playing the title character's father in Peter Hedges' film 'Dan in Real Life' (2007), reteaming with Rob Reiner for the romantic comedy 'Flipped' (2010) and taking on the recurring roles of CEO Walter Burnett on the HBO drama 'In Treatment' and as waiter Roy in the TV Land comedy 'Hot in Cleveland'; made his final on-screen appearance in a 2015 episode of the British detective drama 'Foyle's War'
Actor | Endangered Species
John Perry Barlow was born on October 3, 1947 in Pinedale, Wyoming, USA. He was an actor, known for Endangered Species (1982), Conceiving Ada (1997) and Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead (1981). He was married to Elaine Parker Barlow. He died on February 7, 2018 in San Francisco, California, USA.
October 3, 1947 – February 6, 2018
Poet, essayist, internet pioneer, cyber-libertarian political activist, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation, retired cattle rancher, occasional actor, and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead
91. Heinz Petters
Actor | Trautmann
Heinz Petters was born on July 9, 1932 in Graz, Austria. He was an actor, known for Trautmann (2000), Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk (1972) and Wiener Totentanz (1971). He was married to Meieli. He died on February 6, 2018 in Austria.
July 9, 1932 – February 6, 2018
92. Mickey Jones
Actor | Starman
Mickey Jones was born on June 10, 1941 in Houston, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for Starman (1984), Total Recall (1990) and Sling Blade (1996). He was married to Phyllis Jean Starr and Sandra Joel Davis. He died on February 7, 2018.
June 10, 1941 – February 7, 2018
Musician and character actor who was drummer for acts such as Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, Bob Dylan, Trini Lopez and Johnny Rivers, and whoappeared in over 130 films and television shows, notably recurring as Pete Bilker on the sitcom 'Home Improvement' and as Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham on the FX drama 'Justified'; also recurred as Chester on the sitcom 'Flo,' played Chris Farber in 'V' and 'V: The Final Battle,' and appeared on TV shows such as 'Charlie's Angels,' 'The Incredible Hulk,' 'M*A*S*H,' 'T.J. Hooker,' 'The A-Team,' 'In the Heat of the Night,' 'Baywatch,' 'Step by Step,' 'Married with Children,' 'Northern Exposure,' 'Boy Meets World,' 'Entourage,' 'Workaholics' and 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'; film credits include 'Stir Crazy' (1980), 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' (1982), 'National Lampoon's Vacation' (1983), 'Starman' (1984), 'Extreme Prejudice' (1987), 'The Couch Trip' (1988), 'Total Recall' (1990), 'Drop Zone' (1994), 'Sling Blade' (1996), 'The Fighting Temptations' (2003) and 'Penny Dreadful' (2006)
July 27, 1967 – February 7, 2018
94. Pat Torpey
Music_department | Armed Response
December 13, 1953 – February 7, 2018
95. Marie Gruber
Actress | Das Leben der Anderen
Marie Gruber was born on June 11, 1955 in Wuppertal, Germany. She was an actress, known for The Lives of Others (2006), The Reader (2008) and Frantz (2016). She died on February 8, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
June 11, 1955 – February 8, 2018
96. Lovebug Starski
Soundtrack | Rappin'
Lovebug Starski, born Kevin Smith in New York City, was a well-known DJ and rapper in the South Bronx in the 1970s and 1980s. He is regarded as having coined the term "hip-hop" with a member of the rap collective the Furious Five. He died on Feb. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas.
May 16, 1960 – February 8, 2018
97. Reg E. Cathey
Actor | Fantastic Four
Born into a military family in Huntsville, Alabama -- his father was an army vet who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, while his mother held a somewhat mysterious job in the Department of Defence -- Reg E. Cathey spent much of his early childhood living on a rural farmhouse in Germany....
August 18, 1958 – February 9, 2018
Baritone-voiced actor known for his Emmy-winning role as Freddy Hayes on the Netflix drama 'House of Cards' and for his roles on the HBO dramas 'The Wire' and 'Oz' as Norman Wilson and Martin Querns, respectively
98. John Gavin
Actor | Psycho
John Gavin, the American film and TV actor, businessman and diplomat who was Ronald Reagan's first Ambassador to Mexico, was born Juan Vincent Apablasa in Los Angeles, California.
The future "Jack" Gavin was a fifth-generation Angeleno, the son of Delia Diana Pablos and Juan Vincent Apablasa, and ...
April 8, 1931 – February 9, 2018
Handsome actor best known for his roles as Steve Archer in Douglas Sirk's 'Imitation of Life' (1959), Julius Caesar in Stanley Kubrick's 'Spartacus' (1960) and Sam Loomis in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' (1960)
99. Nebojsa Glogovac
Actor | Klopka
Nebojsa Glogovac was born on August 30, 1969 in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. He was an actor and producer, known for Klopka (2007), Zena sa slomljenim nosem (2010) and Ustav Republike Hrvatske (2016). He was married to Milica Scepanovic and Mina Glogovac. He died on February 9, ...
August 30, 1969 – February 9, 2018
100. Jóhann Jóhannsson
Composer | Sicario
Jóhann Jóhannsson was born on September 19, 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a composer, known for Sicario (2015), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Prisoners (2013). He died on February 9, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
September 19, 1969 – February 2018 (body found on February 9, 2018)
Innovative, Oscar-nominated composer who scored such films as Denis Villeneuve's 'Prisoners' (2013), 'Sicario' (2015) and 'Arrival' (2016) and James Marsh's 'The Theory of Everything' (2014)