Dead at 73

by ale-dancingbear | created - 13 Mar 2018 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

(work in progress)

1. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...

heart attack

2. David Niven

Actor | Murder by Death

David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the...

complications from ALS.

3. D.W. Griffith

Director | The Birth of a Nation

David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...

cerebral hemorrhage

4. Bela Lugosi

Actor | Dracula

Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker. He was the youngest of four children. During WWI, he volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant, and was wounded ...

heart attack

5. Fred Dalton Thompson

Actor | The Hunt for Red October

Fred Dalton Thompson was born on August 19, 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama, USA as Freddie Dalton Thompson. He was an actor, known for The Hunt for Red October (1990), No Way Out (1987) and Sinister (2012). He was married to Jeri Kehn Thompson and Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey. He died on November 1, 2015 in...


6. Laura Antonelli

Actress | Passione d'amore

Laura Antonelli was born on November 28, 1941 in Pola, Istria, Italy as Laura Antonaz. She was an actress, known for Passion of Love (1981), Malicious (1973) and L'Innocente (1976). She was married to Enrico Piacentini. She died on June 22, 2015 in Ladispoli, Rome, Lazio, Italy.

heart attack

7. Anne Bancroft

Actress | The Graduate

Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of...

uterine cancer

8. Joan Blondell

Actress | Grease

With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Born into vaudeville to a comic named Eddie, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured the circuit with her parents and joined a ...


9. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

10. Jonathan Demme

Director | The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and Philadelphia (1993). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...

complications of esophageal cancer and heart disease

11. Harrison Ford

Actor | The Veiled Adventure

Silent screen leading man in films from 1915-1932. He left films in 1932 due to the arrival of sound. He was hit by a car on September 13, 1951, never fully recovered from his injuries and died on December 2, 1957.

12. Agnes Moorehead

Actress | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Agnes was born of Anglo/Irish ancestry near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera ...

uterine cancer

13. Pat Morita

Actor | The Karate Kid

Abundantly busy and much loved Asian-American actor who became an on-screen hero to millions of adults and kids alike as the wise and wonderful Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984), the sparkling Noriyuki Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy and martial arts lessons for The Karate ...

kidney failure

14. Sydney Pollack

Director | Tootsie

Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.

Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...

stomach cancer

15. Sam Shepard

Actor | August: Osage County

Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, IL, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base ...

complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

16. Charles Hawtrey

Actor | Follow That Camel

Coming from a theatrical family (although not related to the famous Edwardian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, he did "borrow" his last name), Charles Hawtrey made his stage debut at age 11 after having spent several years in a prestigious acting school. A string of stage roles followed, and by 1929 his ...

cardiovascular illness

17. Charles Bukowski

Writer | Barfly

Charles Bukowski, the American poet, short-story writer, and novelist, was born Heinrich Karl Bukowski, Jr. in Andernach, Germany on August 1920. He was the son of Henry Bukowski, a US soldier who was part of the post-World War I occupation force, and Katharina Fett, a German woman. His father, his...


18. William Conrad

Actor | Cannon

William Conrad became a television star relatively late in his career. In fact, the former Army Air Corps World War II fighter pilot began his screen career playing heavies. He was Max, one of The Killers (1946) hired to finish off Burt Lancaster in his dingy lodgings. He was the corrupt state ...

heart failure

19. Noël Coward

Writer | In Which We Serve

Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it. He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool...

heart attack

20. Henry Gibson

Actor | Nashville

Henry Gibson was born on 21 September 1935 in Germantown, Pennsylvnia. Before appearing in films and television series, he was a child star on the stage during the 1940s and during the late 1950s he was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. His screen debut came in 1963 when he was cast in...


21. Rex Ingram

Actor | Sahara

A Corsicana native, Rex (Clifford) Ingram was the son of Mack and Mamie Ingram. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in medicine before launching a brilliant acting career which spanned 50 years. Ingram made his screen debut during the silent era in Tarzan of the Apes (1918). He ...

heart attack

22. Robert E. Collins

Camera_department | Superman

Robert E. Collins was born on September 19, 1935 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Robert Ewing Collins. He is known for his work on Superman (1978), Octopussy (1983) and Miami Vice (1984). He died on December 1, 2008 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.

23. Jack Clayton

Producer | The Innocents

Jack Clayton was born on March 1, 1921 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He was a producer and director, known for The Innocents (1961), Our Mother's House (1967) and The Bespoke Overcoat (1955). He was married to Haya Harareet, Katherine Kath and Christine Norden. He died on February 26, 1995 in ...

24. Michael K. Bucher

Cinematographer | The Radicals

Michael K. Bucher grew up in the little farm community of Astoria, Illinois, USA. At the age of 11 he instantly fell in love with movies. Barely able to see over the back of his theatre seat, he saw the magical and mystical projection beam playing in the air at the Hughes Astoria Colonial Theatre. ...


25. Jan-Michael Vincent

Actor | Bite the Bullet

Virile, handsome and square-jawed youthful star of the 1970s and 1980s who showed early potential at super-stardom, Jan-Michael Vincent originally made a name for himself portraying rebellious young men bucking the system, as in The Tribe (1970), White Line Fever (1975) and Baby Blue Marine (1976) ...

cardiac arrest

26. Donald Brian

Actor | The Man Without a Country

Donald Brian was born on February 17, 1875 in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. He was an actor, known for The Man Without a Country (1937), The Voice in the Fog (1915) and The Smugglers (1916). He was married to Virginia O'Brien (actress, b. 1896). He died on December 22, 1948 in Great Neck, Long ...

heart disease

27. Nicholas Korda

Sound_department | Letters from Iwo Jima

Nicholas V. Korda was a Sound Editor for seventy films during his forty-year career in the entertainment industry. While at Disney Studios, Korda became the assistant to well-known Looping Editor, Norman B. Schwartz. One of his most memorable projects was dubbing the film, Hoffa, starring Danny ...

brain cancer

28. Pat Sandys

Actress | ITV Play of the Week

Pat Sandys was born on July 26, 1926 in Nottingham, England as Patricia Mary Trotter. She was a producer and actress, known for ITV Play of the Week (1955), Celebrity Playhouse (1981) and Seven Dials Mystery (1981). She was married to Philip Bond. She died on May 19, 2000 in London, England.

29. Sepp Allgeier

Cinematographer | Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü

Sepp Allgeier was born on February 6, 1895 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He was a cinematographer and director, known for White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929), Helden der Landstraße (1950) and Heimat, die uns blieb (1950). He died on March 11, 1968 in Ebnet, Freiburg im ...

30. Norbert Brodine

Cinematographer | Letter to Loretta

Wife Catherine Ferguson was sister of actress Helen Ferguson.

31. Merritt B. Gerstad

Cinematographer | A Night at the Opera

Member of ASC (American Society of Cinematographers).

32. Otto Heller

Cinematographer | The Ipcress File

Pioneering Czech cinematographer Ota (later anglicised to 'Otto') Heller started as a cinema usher and then worked as a projectionist at a cinema in Prague. He first came to prominence as a military reporter and cameraman on the Italian Front during World War I and was subsequently involved in ...

33. Winton C. Hoch

Cinematographer | The Quiet Man

Winton C. Hoch was born on July 31, 1905 in Storm Lake, Iowa, USA. He is known for his work on The Quiet Man (1952), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) and The Searchers (1956). He died on March 20, 1979 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

34. Ernst W. Kalinke

Director | Die liebestollen Lederhosen

Ernst W. Kalinke was born on September 23, 1918 in Berlin, Germany as Ernst-Wilhelm Kalinke. He is known for his work on Die liebestollen Lederhosen (1982), Victoria and Her Hussar (1954) and Lass mich am Sonntag nicht allein (1959). He died on January 14, 1992 in Munich, Germany.

36. Richard Addinsell

Soundtrack | My Week with Marilyn

English composer Richard Addinsell was born in 1904. After finishing his law studies at Oxford, he took a short course in music at the Royal College of Music in London and studied from 1929 to 1932 in Berlin and Vienna. From 1933 to 1935 he lived in the USA writing scores for the Hollywood studios.


37. Les Baxter

Soundtrack | Hitman: Agent 47

Born March 14, 1922, at Mexia, Texas. He learned to play the piano at five years of age and studied at the Detroit Conservatory and at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California (his uncle was the college's first president). He began his career as a concert pianist but later joined Mel Tormé's "...

heart and kidney problems

38. Douglas Gamley

Music_department | TRON

Australian film composer, arranger and orchestrator, who worked mainly in Britain on low budget horror films and thrillers. He also composed stock music for the BBC during the 1950's and 60's. On the classical music scene, he wrote vocal arrangements for Dame Joan Sutherland and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa...

39. Franz Grothe

Composer | Immer wenn ich glücklich bin..!

Franz Grothe was born on September 17, 1908 in Berlin, Germany as Franz Johannes August Grothe. He is known for his work on Waltz Melodies (1938), Waltz War (1933) and Das Schloß in Flandern (1936). He was married to Kirsten Heiberg and Gerda Eckert. He died on September 12, 1982 in Cologne, ...

40. Emil Newman

Music_department | Laura

Uncle of composers Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, Maria Newman, David Newman and Producer Carroll Newman

41. Cole Porter

Soundtrack | At Long Last Love

Cole Porter was born June 9, 1891, at Peru, Indiana, the son of pharmacist Samuel Fenwick Porter and Kate Cole. Cole was raised on a 750-acre fruit ranch. Kate Cole married Samuel Porter in 1884 and had two children, Louis and Rachel, who both died in infancy. Porter's grandfather, J.G. Cole, was a...

kidney failure

42. Johann Strauss

Soundtrack | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Johann Strauss (or Johann Strauss son), one of Austrian music's most famous names who studied music secretly against his father's will, later became the leader of his father's band and the indisputable "waltz king"; his waltz 'On the Beautiful Blue Danube', is the main theme in Stanley Kubrick's ...


43. Silvio Francesco

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Swiss Schlagersinger and film actor Silvio Francesco (1927-2000) is, despite his many talents, best known as the brother of Caterina Valente, with whom he sang many duets, danced, and played the clarinet in the shadow of his famous sister.

Silvio Francesco Valente was born in 1927, in Paris, France....


44. Lance Peters

Writer | Seven Days

Prolific writer of screenplays, television comedy, drama and public affairs, stage plays and novels. Also television director and feature film producer. Has 7 published novels (1980s 1990s.) with 5 more in the works.

45. Maurice Costello

Actor | The Man Who Couldn't Beat God

Maurice Costello was born on February 22, 1877 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Man Who Couldn't Beat God (1915), The Golden Pathway (1913) and Iron and Steel (1914). He was married to Ruth Reeves and Mae Costello. He died on October 28, 1950 in ...

heart ailment

46. Benjamin 2X

Self | Seven Songs for Malcolm X

Benjamin 2X was born on July 14, 1932 in Suffolk, Virginia, USA as Benjamin Goodman Karim. He was married to Linda. He died on August 5, 2005 in Richmond, Virginia.

complications from a fall

47. William Abbey

Actor | Hawaii Calls

William Abbey was born on October 8, 1911 in Alameda, California, USA as William Herbert Abbey Jr. He was an actor, known for Hawaii Calls (1938). He died in January 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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