In Memoriam 2016by Geroellheimer | created - 08 Jan 2016 | updated - 09 Jan 2017 | Public
Cinematographer | Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Along with László Kovács, a fellow student who fled Hungary in 1956, Zsigmond rose to prominence in the 1970s. He is known for his use of natural light and vivid use of color on features such as The Long Goodbye (1973) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
Actor | Subway
Michel Galabru was born on October 27, 1922 in Safi, French Protectorate of Morocco as Michel Louis Edmond Galabru. He was an actor and writer, known for Subway (1985), Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999) and La Cage aux Folles (1978). He was married to Claude and Anne Jacquot. He died on January ...
Soundtrack | Als wir träumten
Achim Mentzel was born on July 15, 1946 in Berlin, Germany as Heinz-Joachim Mentzel. He was an actor and writer, known for Als wir träumten (2015), Feuer unter Deck (1979) and Der Wixxer (2004). He was married to Brigitte, Iris, Barbara and Kathrin Steinhöfel. He died on January 4, 2016 in ...
Actor | One Day at a Time
Pat Harrington Jr. was born on August 13, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as Daniel Patrick Harrington Jr. He was an actor and writer, known for One Day at a Time (1975), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and Move Over, Darling (1963). He was married to Sally Cleaver and Marjorie Ann Gortner. ...
11. Frank Armitage
Animation_department | Sleeping Beauty
Frank Armitage was born on August 5, 1924 in Geelong, Australia as Roblan Frank Armitage. He is known for his work on Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Jungle Book (1967) and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954). He was married to Karen Connolly Armitage. He died on January 4, 2016 in Paso ...
12. Robert Balser
Animation_department | Heavy Metal
Robert Balser was born on March 25, 1927 in Rochester, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Heavy Metal (1981), The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972) and The Brain Eaters (1958). He was married to Cima Balser. He died on January 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
13. Yves Vincent
Actor | Le gendarme se marie
Tall and handsome,both athletic and aristocratic-looking, brown-haired (later in life silver-haired), Yves Vincent had everything to charm dames. And charm them he did, in real life, on the stage, on the big and little screen, for nearly fifty years. Born in France in 1921, he was raised and spent ...
14. Angus Scrimm
Actor | Phantasm
The evil screen villain Angus Scrimm, most famous as "The Tall Man" in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm (1979) and its sequels, grew up in Kansas City, but in his teens moved to California and studied drama at USC under William C. de Mille (brother of Cecil B. DeMille). His film debut came as another "...
Actor | Fletch
Richard Libertini was born in E. Cambridge, Massachusetts, to parents who had come to America from southern Italy. Having grown up in a household where both Italian and English were spoken, he developed an ear for foreign accents. A facility he would later use to advantage on stage and in films.
16. David Bowie
Soundtrack | Labyrinth
David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...
18. Michael Galeota
Actor | Bailey Kipper's P.O.V.
Michael Galeota was born on August 28, 1984 in Smithtown, Long Island, New York, USA as Michael James Galeota. He was an actor, known for Bailey Kipper's P.O.V. (1996), The Jersey (1999) and Clubhouse Detectives (1996). He died on January 10, 2016 in Glendale, California, USA.
19. Ruth Leuwerik
Actress | Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika
Often called the First Lady of German cinema, Ruth Leuwerik was at the peak of her popularity during the 1950's when partnered on screen by the leading male stars of the post-war era: Dieter Borsche, Hannes Messemer, Curd Jürgens and O.W. Fischer. She proved her range by alternating between ...
20. Conrad Phillips
Actor | The Dark Angel
Conrad Phillips was born on 13th April 1925 and, after serving in the Royal Navy (having forged the birth date on his ration book to make himself appear older and thus eligible to enlist) during the Second World War, turned to acting as a career. He 'trod the boards', appearing in films (TV and ...
21. Brian Bedford
Actor | Robin Hood
Brian Bedford was born on February 16, 1935 in Morley, Yorkshire, England. He was an actor, known for Robin Hood (1973), Nixon (1995) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2011). He was married to Tim MacDonald. He died on January 13, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.
22. Alan Rickman
Actor | Die Hard
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years ...
24. Dan Haggerty
Actor | Big Stan
Dan Haggerty was born on November 19, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Daniel Francis Haggerty. He was an actor, known for Big Stan (2007), Elves (1989) and Abducted (1986). He was married to Samantha Hilton and Diane Rooker. He died on January 15, 2016 in Burbank, California.
26. Noreen Corcoran
Actress | I Love Melvin
Noreen Corcoran was born on October 20, 1943 in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA as Noreen M. Corcoran. She was an actress, known for I Love Melvin (1953), Bachelor Father (1957) and General Electric Theater (1953). She died on January 15, 2016 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA.
30. Sheila Sim
Actress | A Canterbury Tale
Sheila Sim was born on June 5, 1922 in Liverpool, Lancashire [now in Merseyside], England as Sheila Beryl Grant Sim. She was an actress, known for A Canterbury Tale (1944), West of Zanzibar (1954) and Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951). She was married to Richard Attenborough. She died on ...
31. Abe Vigoda
Actor | The Godfather
Tall, dour-faced and slouch-shouldered character actor Abe Vigoda proved himself in both gritty dramatic roles, and as an actor with wonderful comedic timing.
Vigoda was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the ...
Writer | Shoestring
One of British television's greatest ever writers, Robert Banks Stewart started writing in primary school. He won a Burns essay prize and contributed stories to local newspapers. At age 15, he left school to become an office boy at the Edinburgh Evening Dispatch. He did his National Service with ...
34. Antonella Steni
Actress | Nel sole
Antonella Steni was born on December 3, 1926 in Montefiascone, Lazio, Italy as Antonietta Stefanini. She is known for her work on Nel sole (1967), Le 7 cinesi d'oro (1967) and Peggio per me... meglio per te (1967). She died on January 18, 2016 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
Actress | Musica proibita
Loredana was born on March 19, 1924 in Venice, Veneto, Italy as Loredana Padoan. She was an actress, known for Forbidden Music (1942), La signorina (1942) and Il figlio del corsaro rosso (1943). She was married to Giuseppe Rinaldi. She died on January 18, 2016.
36. Micole Mercurio
Actress | While You Were Sleeping
Micole Diana Mercurio was born in Chicago to Mary and Michael Mercurio on March 10, 1938. The first born of her generation and a beautiful child, she flourished under the attention of her extended Italian-American family. Her father had been a captain in the Italian Army and became a private in the...
37. Bairbre Dowling
Actress | Zardoz
Bairbre Dowling was born on March 27, 1953 in Dublin, Ireland as Barbara Patricia Dowling. She was an actress, known for Zardoz (1974), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and The Dead (1987). She was married to Colm Meaney. She died on January 20, 2016 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
40. Jacques Rivette
Director | La belle noiseuse
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...
41. Frank Finlay
Actor | The Pianist
One of Britain's finest products of the stage, film and TV, actor Frank Finlay, he with the dark and handsomely serious-to-mordant looks, was born on August 6, 1926, in Farnworth, England, the son of Josiah, a butcher, and Margaret Finlay. Of English, Irish and Scottish descent, Frank attended St. ...
42. Mike Minor
Actor | Petticoat Junction
The son of television producer Don Fedderson, Mike Minor was raised in San Francisco and educated at the University High School in Los Angeles and Brown Military Academy in San Diego. At 14, Mike was taking voice lessons when he got his first professional singing gig at the "Ye Little Club in ...
45. Bob Elliott
Actor | Quick Change
Bob Elliott was born on March 26, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Brackett Elliott. He was an actor and writer, known for Quick Change (1990), Cabin Boy (1994) and Get a Life (1990). He was married to Virginia Lee Peppers and Jane Frances Underwood. He died on February 2, 2016 in ...
47. Joe Alaskey
Actor | Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Joe Alaskey, among the most talented voice actors in the business, impeccably recreates many of the original characters which the late cartoon pioneer Mel Blanc invented. A natural mimic and gifted actor, his amazing "ear" for voices enables him to imitate almost anything; including some of the ...
48. Maurice White
Soundtrack | Doctor Strange
Maurice was born in Memphis on December 19, 1941, but moved to Chicago as a teenager. His father, Verdine, was a doctor. For many years, they lived in the South Shore section on the South Side. He attended Crane Junior College and the Chicago Conservatory of Music. It was while he was at the ...
49. Brian Knighton
Actor | ECW Hardcore TV
Brian Knighton was born on April 21, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He was an actor, known for Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993), ECW November to Remember (1994) and ECW Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams (1995). He was married to Laura Russell. He died on February 4, 2016 in Baltimore.
50. Mike Sharpe
Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling
Mike Sharpe was born on October 28, 1951 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Michael Sharpe. He was an actor, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), WWF All-Star Wrestling (1972) and Spectrum Wrestling (1977). He died on January 17, 2016 in Hamilton.
51. Roger Willemsen
Writer | Valerie
Roger Willemsen was born on August 15, 1955 in Bonn, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for Valerie (2010), 0137 (1991) and Gipfeltreffen - Hermes Phettberg trifft Helge Schneider (2001). He died on February 7, 2016 in Wentorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
52. Ray Colcord
Soundtrack | The General's Daughter
Ray Colcord is a film and TV composer living in Los Angeles, a past President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and a governor of the Television Academy. He's written the music for more than 700 television shows, feature films, miniseries and specials, garnering Emmy nominations, ASCAP ...
53. Daniel Gerson
Writer | Monsters, Inc.
Daniel Gerson was born on August 1, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA as Daniel R. Gerson. He was a writer, known for Monsters, Inc. (2001), Big Hero 6 (2014) and Monsters University (2013). He was married to Beau Stacom. He died on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
54. Norman Hudis
Writer | Marcus Welby, M.D.
Born in London in 1922, Norman Hudis is now a dual citizen of Britain and the U.S. He began his working life at 16, as a junior reporter, and volunteered for the Royal Air Force in 1940. Rejected for flying duties on medical grounds, he served almost 6 years in WWII, the last two of which on the ...
55. Tommy Kelly
Actor | The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tommy Kelly was born on April 6, 1925 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Thomas Francis Kelly. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (1938) and Irene (1940). He was married to Susie Burch. He died on January 26, 2016 in Greensboro, ...
Actress | Robert Kennedy and His Times
Barbara Allyne Bennet was born on September 7, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She is known for her work on Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985), Flying High (1978) and North Beach and Rawhide (1985). She died on January 9, 2016 in Duarte, California, USA.
Art_director | TRON
John B. Mansbridge was born on March 20, 1917 in Jackson, South Dakota, USA. He was an art director and production designer, known for TRON (1982), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and Beauty and the Beast (1987). He was married to Colleen Cuccia Dent Mansbridge. He died on January 11, 2016 in La ...
59. Meg Mundy
Actress | Fatal Attraction
Meg Mundy was born on January 4, 1915 in London, England as Margaret Ane Mary Mundy. She was an actress, known for Fatal Attraction (1987), The Doctors (1963) and Ordinary People (1980). She was married to Konstantinos "Dino" Yannopoulos and Marc Daniels. She died on January 12, 2016 in The Bronx, ...
60. Alethea McGrath
Alethea McGrath was born on June 1, 1920 in Melbourne, Australia as Alethea Ada McGrath. She was an actress, known for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Knowing (2009) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). She died on February 9, 2016 in Melbourne.
Actress | The Last Dragon
Vanity was a glamorous Canadian model and lead singer of the all-girl group "Vanity 6". She specialized in playing sultry female characters often in trouble with the law.
Vanity was born Denise Katrina Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Helga Senyk and James Levia Matthews. ...
62. George Gaynes
Actor | Tootsie
George Gaynes was born in Helsinki in May, 1917, which was then the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland. The Grand Duchy was part of the Russian Empire, which was in a state of collapse at the time of Gaynes' birth. The Emperor Nicholas II of Russia had abdicated the throne on March 15, two ...
63. Andrzej Zulawski
Writer | Possession
Born in Lvov, Ukraine; then he moved with his father Miroslaw Zulawski to Czechoslovakia and later to Poland. In the late 1950s, he studied cinema in France. In the 1960s, he was an assistant of the famous Polish film director Andrzej Wajda. His feature debut Trzecia czesc nocy (1971) was an ...
64. Harper Lee
Writer | To Kill a Mockingbird
Nelle Harper Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama in the 1920s. It was a time of hostility between whites and blacks in the United States, especially in Alabama. Her father, a lawyer, also ran a local newspaper. Her mother suffered from mental illness and oftentimes stayed inside from others; she ...
65. Umberto Eco
Writer | Der Name der Rose
He is a professor of semiotics, the study of communication through signs and symbols, at the University of Bologna. Also a philiosopher, a historian, literary critic, and an aesthetician. He is an avid book collector and owns more than 30,000 volumes. The subjects of his scholarly investigations ...
69. Douglas Slocombe
Cinematographer | Raiders of the Lost Ark
London-born Douglas Slocombe has long been regarded as one of the film industry's premiere cinematographers, but he began his career as a photojournalist for Life magazine and the Paris-Match newspaper before World War II. During the war he became a newsreel cameraman, and at war's end he went to ...
70. Margit Geissler
Actress | Marienhof
Margit Geissler was born on October 24, 1958 in Berlin, Germany. She was an actress, known for Marienhof (1992), Zärtliche Chaoten II (1988) and Das kann ja heiter werden (1982). She was married to Sigi Rothemund. She died on February 22, 2016 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
71. Peter Lustig
Actor | Löwenzahn
Peter Lustig was born on October 27, 1937 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany as Peter Fritz Willi Lustig. He was an actor and writer, known for Löwenzahn (1981), Pusteblume (1979) and Mittendrin (1989). He was married to Astrid Berge and Elfie Donnelly. He died on February 23, 2016 in Husum, ...
73. Tony Burton
Actor | Rocky
Tony Burton, who is famous for playing the corner man in six "Rocky" movies, was himself, in real life, a professional heavyweight boxer. Boxing in such avenues as Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California, the 6 feet 200 pound Burton knocked-out among others, Bob Smith and Denny Chaney....
75. George Kennedy
Actor | Cool Hand Luke
George Harris Kennedy, Jr. was born on February 18, 1925 in New York City, to Helen A. (Kieselbach), a ballet dancer, and George Harris Kennedy, an orchestra leader and musician. Following high school graduation, Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 with the hope to become a fighter ...
76. Gilbert R. Hill
Actor | Beverly Hills Cop
Gilbert R. Hill was born on November 6, 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Gilbert Roland Hill. He was an actor, known for Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). He was married to Delores Hooks. He died on February 29, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
78. Alice Arlen
Writer | Silkwood
Alice Albright Patterson was born in November 1940 to the journalist and former aviatrix Josephine Patterson Albright and her husband artist Ivan Albright. Brought up in Chicago and educated at Radcliffe College and the University of Columbia Alice returned to Chicago to work as a journalist and ...
79. Jim Clark
Editor | The Killing Fields
Jim Clark was born on May 24, 1931 in Boston, Lincolnshire, England as James Clark. He was an editor and director, known for The Killing Fields (1984), The Mission (1986) and Marathon Man (1976). He was married to Laurence Méry-Clark and Jessica Andrew. He died on February 25, 2016 in the UK.
81. Pat Conroy
Writer | The Prince of Tides
Pat Conroy was born on October 26, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Donald Patrick Conroy. He was a writer, known for The Prince of Tides (1991), The Lords of Discipline (1983) and Conrack (1974). He was married to Cassandra King, Lenore Fleischer and Barbara Jones. He died on March 4, 2016 in ...
82. Nancy Reagan
Actress | Hellcats of the Navy
Nancy Reagan was born on July 6, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Anne Frances Robbins. She was an actress, known for Hellcats of the Navy (1957), East Side, West Side (1949) and Night Into Morning (1951). She was married to Ronald Reagan. She died on March 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California...
83. Richard Davalos
Actor | East of Eden
Richard Davalos was born on November 5, 1930 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Richard Norman Davalos. He was an actor, known for East of Eden (1955), Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Kelly's Heroes (1970). He was married to Ellen Davalos. He died on March 8, 2016 in Burbank, California, USA.
84. Ken Adam
Production_designer | Barry Lyndon
Ken Adam was a British movie production designer, best known for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for Dr. Strangelove (1964).
His first major screen credit was as production designer on the British thriller Soho Incident (1956). In 1961 he was hired for the...
86. Sylvia Anderson
Writer | Thunderbirds Are GO
Sylvia Anderson is the co-creator of a string of hit TV shows through the late 1950s, 1960s and 70s. Her most memorable contribution as an actress is the voice of Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds - one of many series she co-created with former husband Gerry Anderson. Sylvia's talents are evident in ...
Actor | Hollywood Homicide
Frank Sinatra Jr. was born on January 10, 1944 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Francis Wayne Sinatra. He was an actor, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Aru heishi no kake (1970) and Dream for an Insomniac (1996). He was married to Cynthia Sinatra. He died on March 16, 2016 in Daytona Beach, ...
91. Larry Drake
Actor | Darkman
Larry Drake was born on February 21, 1949 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Lawrence Richard Drake. He was an actor and director, known for Darkman (1990), The Karate Kid (1984) and L.A. Law (1986). He was married to Ruth de Sosa. He died on March 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actor | Big Brother
Guido Westerwelle was born on December 27, 1961 in Bad Honnef, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He was an actor, known for Big Brother (2000), Neues aus der Anstalt (2007) and Rent-a-Pocher (2003). He was married to Michael Mronz. He died on March 18, 2016 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia.
94. Joe Santos
Actor | The Rockford Files
Brooklyn-born actor of Italian descent, Joe Santos started out a football jock at Fordham University and turned semi-pro before finding a new avenue in acting. Success was long in coming, and he paid his dues for years in a number of blue-collar jobs including railroad worker, tree trimmer, cabbie ...
95. Gary Hutzel
Visual_effects | Battlestar Galactica
Gary Hutzel was born on November 4, 1955 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA as Gary Dean Hutzel. He is known for his work on Battlestar Galactica (2004), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). He was married to Catherine Hutzel. He died on March 3, 2016 in Vancouver, ...
96. Peter Brown
Actor | The Wedding Planner
Peter Brown got into acting when he was in the army by organizing a theater group on base to occupy his spare time while stationed in Alaska. After his discharge he enrolled in the acting program at UCLA, and starting in the mid-1950s found employment in many of the western films and series being ...
97. Rita Gam
Actress | The Thief
Rita Gam was born on April 2, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Rita Eleanore MacKay. She was an actress and producer, known for The Thief (1952), King of Kings (1961) and Klute (1971). She was married to Thomas Henry Guinzburg and Sidney Lumet. She died on March 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, ...
98. Ken Howard
Actor | Michael Clayton
Ken Howard was elected the National President of The Screen Actors Guild on September 24, 2009. He has been a working member of SAG for over forty years. The Tony and two-time Emmy Award-winning actor, most recently received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie ...
99. Garry Shandling
Writer | The Larry Sanders Show
Garry Shandling was born on November 29, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Garry Emmanuel Shandling. He was a writer and actor, known for The Larry Sanders Show (1992), It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). He died on March 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, ...
100. Earl Hamner Jr.
Writer | The Waltons
He was also the Creator and Executive Producer for the show "FALCON CREST'' 1981 thru 1988. The show starred Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Robert Foxworth, and Susan Sullivan. The show was set in the Napa Valley of California. And centered on the power and intrigues of the families involved in the ...