Notable Showbiz Deaths of 2014by TrekFan1 | created - 07 Feb 2014 | updated - 8 months ago | Public
A list of the notable showbiz personalities who passed away in 2014, ordered by date of death.
Actress | Imitation of Life
African American actress Juanita Moore entered films in the early 1950s, a time in which few black people were given an opportunity to act in major studio films. Fortunately Moore's roles began improving as Hollywood developed a social consciousness toward the end of the decade. In 1959 she ...
Actress best known for her Oscar-nominated performance as Annie Johnson in Douglas Sirk's 'Imitation of Life' (1959)
October 19, 1914 – January 1, 2014
Producer | The Sergeant Was a Lady
Chicago-born Bernard Glasser grew up in what he calls "the movie generation" and fell in love with pictures at the ripe old age of four. In the late 1940s, while working as a teacher at Beverly Hills High School, he got his feet wet in the film industry by working as a production assistant. In 1950...
Producer of sci-fi classics such as 'Return of the Fly' (1959) and 'Crack in the World' (1965)
June 3, 1924 – January 2, 2014
3. Phil Everly
Soundtrack | Bull Durham
Phil Everly was born on January 19, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Phillip Jason Everly. He was married to Patrice Yvonne Arnold, Patricia Mickey and Jacqueline Alice Ertel. He died on January 3, 2014 in Burbank, California, USA.
Singer and musician who was one half of pioneer rock duo The Everly Brothers
January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014
4. Alicia Rhett
Actress | Gone with the Wind
Alicia Rhett was born on February 1, 1915 in Savannah, Georgia, USA as Mary Alicia Rhett. She was an actress, known for Gone with the Wind (1939). She died on January 3, 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
Oldest surviving cast member from 'Gone with the Wind' (1939) -- well, she was.
February 1, 1915 – January 3, 2014
5. Saul Zaentz
Producer | The English Patient
Saul Zaentz learned gambling as a youth in Passaic, New Jersey, playing a card game called briscola. Later, in his twenties, he earned a full-time living as a gambler.
Saul settled in San Francisco after WWII, at first working for a local record distributor and eventually joining the jazz record ...
Oscar-winning producer of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (1975), 'Amadeus' (1984) and 'The English Patient' (1996)
February 28, 1921 – January 3, 2014
6. Alma Muriel
Actress | Luna de sangre
Alma Muriel was born on October 20, 1951 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She was an actress, known for Luna de sangre (1984), La culpa (1996) and Historias violentas (1985). She was married to José María Napoleón. She died on January 5, 2014 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Actress known for her iconic roles in the telenovela 'El extraño Retorno de Diana Salazar,' the stage play 'Falsa crónica de Juana La Loca' and such films as 'National Mechanics' (1972) and 'Amor libre' (1979)
20 October 1951 – 5 January 2014
Actress | Sister Act
In a career spanning six decades plus, the ever-vital and ever-versatile Carmen Zapata stands as one of the most respected and diversified Hispanic-American figures in the performing arts. The much-admired veteran actress has worn many hats over the years: teacher, producer, translator, lecturer ...
Actress known for her work on the TV series 'Santa Barbara' and in the 'Sister Act' films
July 15, 1927 – January 5, 2014
Actor | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Larry D. Mann was born on December 18, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), In the Heat of the Night (1967) and The Sting (1973). He was married to Gloria Kochberg. He died on January 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actor perhaps best known for voicing Yukon Cornelius in the Rankin/Bass TV special 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'
18 December 1922 – 6 January 2014
9. Mónica Spear
Actress | La mujer perfecta
Miss Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and was 4th runner-up in the 2005 Miss Universe Pageant. Prior to competing in beauty pageants, Miss Spear bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Central Florida. Miss Spear went on to become one of the most popular and successful soap ...
Actress who was named Miss Venezuela in 2004 and went on to star in such telenovelas as 'La mujer perfecta,' 'Flor Salvaje' and 'Pasión prohibida' and was named
1 October 1984 – 6 January 2014
10. Run Run Shaw
Run Run Shaw was born in Shanghai, China on October 4, 1907. He went into the filming industry with his brother, Runme Shaw, and established the Shaw Organization in 1926 and the Shaw Studios (formerly South Seas Film studio) in 1930. In 1967, Shaw established the famous Television Broadcasts ...
Pioneering Hong Kong film producer and co-founder of the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio
23 November 1907 – 7 January 2014
11. Amiri Baraka
Actor | Bulworth
Amiri Baraka was born on October 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Everett Leroy Jones. He was a writer and actor, known for Bulworth (1998), Dutchman (1966) and A Fable (1971). He was married to Amina Baraka and Hettie Cohen. He died on January 9, 2014 in Newark.
A.K.A. LeRoi Jones; polarizing poet, playwright, essayist, novelist, music critic and teacher who was one of the major forces in the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and ’70s; known for his acclaimed, controversial play 'Dutchman,' which he adapted into a film directed by Anthony Harvey and released in 1967; other well-known works include the poetry collections 'The Dead Lecturer' and 'Transbluesency: The Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, 1961-1995,' his novels 'The Systems of Dante's Hell' and 'Tales of the Out and the Gone,' his 1966 play 'Black Mass,' and his seminal historical survey 'Blues People: Negro Music in White America;' also played the role of the homeless sage Rastaman in Warren Beatty's film 'Bulworth' (1998)
October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014
12. Lorella De Luca
Actress | Orlando e i Paladini di Francia
Lorella De Luca was born on September 17, 1940 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. She was an actress and assistant director, known for Orlando e i Paladini di Francia (1956), Taras Bulba, il cosacco (1963) and Tough Guys (1974). She was married to Duccio Tessari. She died on January 9, 2014 in Rome, ...
Italian actress and ingenue who made her film debut at the age of 14 in Federico Fellini's 'Il Bidone' (1955) and went on to co-star in Dino Risi's comedy 'Poor But Beautiful' (1957), Mario Monicelli's comedy 'A Tailor's Maid' and 'Doctor and the Healer' (both 1957) and several films for her director husband Duccio Tessari, including spaghetti westerns 'A Pistol for Ringo' and its sequel 'The Return of Ringo' (both 1965) and the 1971 thriller 'The Bloodstained Butterfly'
17 September 1940 – 9 January 2014
13. Keiko Awaji
Actress | Shitamachi
Keiko Awaji was born on July 17, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan. She was an actress, known for Downtown (1957), Kottaisan yori: Nyotai wa kanashiku (1957) and Stray Dog (1949). She was married to Kinnosuke Nakamura and Bimbo Danao. She died on January 11, 2014 in Tokyo.
Actress who co-starred in such films as Akira Kurosawa's 'Stray Dog' (1949), Mark Robson's 'The Bridges of Toko-Ri' (1954) and Mikio Naruse's 'When a Woman Ascends the Stairs' (1960)
17 July 1933 – 11 January 2014
14. Jophery C. Brown
Actor | Jurassic Park
Jophery C. Brown was born on January 22, 1945 in Grambling, Louisiana, USA as Jophrey Clifford Brown. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Wanted (2008) and Cyborg (1989). He died on January 11, 2014 in Newhall, California, USA.
Veteran stuntman and actor perhaps best remembered for playing the ill-fated raptor pen worker in the opening scenes of 'Jurassic Park' (1993); was stunt coordinator for 1983's 'Scarface' and Morgan Freeman's stunt double in 'Kiss the Girls' (1997), 'The Sum of All Fears' (2002), 'The Bucket List' (2007), 'Wanted' (2008), 'Oblivion' (2013) and other films; also performed stunts on such films as 'Papillon' (1973), 'Smokey and the Bandit' (1977), 'The Blues Brothers' (1980), 'Lethal Weapon' (1987), 'Predator' (1987), 'Die Hard' (1988), 'Speed' (1994), 'Get Shorty' (1995), 'Lost Highway' (1997), 'Doctor Dolittle' (1998) and 'The One' (2001)
January 22, 1945 – January 11, 2014
15. Arnoldo Foà
Actor | Lucrèce Borgia
Arnoldo Foà was born on January 24, 1916 in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is known for his work on Lucrèce Borgia (1953), War Gods of Babylon (1962) and L'isola del tesoro (1959). He was married to Annamaria Procaccini. He died on January 11, 2014 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Italian actor who appeared in more than 130 films between 1938 and 2004; dubbed Anthony Quinn's voice in Federico Fellini's 'La Strada' (1952) and later acted alongside Quinn in the films 'Barabbas' (1961) and 'The Shoes of the Fisherman' (1968); also co-starred in such films as Fellini's 'Il Bidone' (1955), Mario Monicelli's 'Totò and Carolina' (1955), Richard Thorpe's 'The Tartars' (1961), Orson Welles' 'The Trial' (1962), Jacques Deray's 'Borsalino' (1970), Giuliano Montaldo's 'A Dangerous Toy' (1979), and 'Tutti gli uomini del deficiente' (1999)
24 January 1916 – 11 January 2014
16. Jerome Willis
Actor | Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Jerome Willis was born on October 23, 1928 in London, England as Jerome Barry Willis. He was an actor, known for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), The Sandbaggers (1978) and Lifeforce (1985). He was married to Dilys Elstone. He died on January 11, 2014 in London.
Actor who co-starred on the British TV dramas 'Within These Walls' and 'The Sandbaggers' and played Stevens in the 'Doctor Who' serial 'The Green Death'
23 October 1928 – 11 January 2014
Actress | Batman Begins
Alexandra Bastedo was born on March 9, 1946 in Hove, East Sussex, England as Alexandra L Bastedo. She was an actress, known for Batman Begins (2005), The Saint (1962) and Casino Royale (1967). She was married to Patrick Garland. She died on January 12, 2014 in West Sussex, England.
Actress best known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the cult British TV series 'The Champions' and for co-starring in Vicente Aranda's cult 1972 horror film 'The Blood Spattered Bride;' also appeared in such films as 'Casino Royale' (1967), 'The Ghoul' (1975) and 'Batman Begins' (2005) and made a memorable appearance on 'Absolutely Fabulous'
9 March 1946 – 12 January 2014
18. John Horsley
John made his acting debut at the Theatre Royal, Bournemouth. After spending a year in various reps. including Hastings, Watford and Eastbourne, he was conscripted into the Devon Yeomanry during the war and served in Italy and Sicily, but contracted hepatitis. He then became a member of the Army ...
English actor best known for his role as Doc Morrissey ("Take two aspirins") on 'The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin' and later on 'The Legacy of Reginald Perrin' and for playing Sir Ralph Shawcross on 'You Rang, M'Lord?'
21 July 1920 – 12 January 2014
19. Frank Marth
Actor | The Six Million Dollar Man
Versatile, diligent character actor Frank Marth was a familiar presence in just about every major American prime-time TV show of the 60's and 70's. The native New Yorker got his big break as a member of Jackie Gleason's stock company, perennially cast as uncredited background characters in ...
Veteran TV actor best known for his many roles on 'The Honeymooners'
July 29, 1922 – January 12, 2014
20. Anjali Devi
Actress | Anarkali
Anjali Devi was born on August 24, 1927 in Peddapuram, East Godavari district, Madras Presidency, British India as Anjanamma. She was an actress and producer, known for Anarkali (1955), Palletoori Pilla (1950) and Kurukshetramu (1977). She was married to Adinarayana Rao P.. She died on January 13, ...
Veteran, award-winning Indian actress who was one of the earliest stars of the black and white era in South India and who defied conventional film industry wisdom that married women could not be leading screen stars as early as the 1940s; famed for such roles as the goddess Sita in the award-winning blockbuster 'Lava Kusa' (1963) and the title characters in 'Anarkali' (1955), 'Suvarna Sundari' (1957) and 'Chenchu Lakshmi' (1958), the latter three of which each won her a Filmfare Best Actress Award, as did her performance in the musical hit 'Jayabheri' (1959); acted in over 350 other films, including 'Keelu Gurram' (1949), 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha' (1957), 'Panduranga Mahatyam' (1957), the Oscar-nominated short 'The Creation of Woman' (1961), 'Bhakta Prahlada' (1967), 'Kurukshetram' (1977), evergreen classic 'Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam' (1986), and 'Brundavanam' (1993); received the prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in 1994 for her lifetime service to the Telugu film industry and was also conferred the Ramineni Award in 2006 and the ANR National Award in 2008
August 24, 1927 – January 13, 2014
21. Ronny Jordan
Soundtrack | Art City 1: Making It in Manhattan
Ronny Jordan was born on November 29, 1962 in London, England. He died on January 13, 2014 in the UK.
Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist who had a cult dance-floor success with his upbeat reworking of Miles Davis' "So What," becoming one of the key figures of the 1990s acid-jazz movement
29 November 1962 – 13 January 2014
22. Richard Shepherd
Producer | Breakfast at Tiffany's
Richard Shepherd was born on June 4, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Richard Allen Silberman. He was a producer, known for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998). He was married to Patricia Shepherd and Judith Mayer Goetz. He died on ...
Producer of such films as 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961), 'The Fugitive Kind' (1960) and 'The Hunger' (1983); served as executive vice president at Warner Bros. in the early-to-mid 1970s and head of production at MGM from the mid-1970s to early 1980s
June 4, 1927 – January 14, 2014
23. Mae Young
Actress | WWF SmackDown!
Mae Young was born on March 12, 1923 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, USA. She was an actress, known for WWE Smackdown! (1999), WWE Raw (1993) and WWE Sunday Night Heat (1998). She died on January 14, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Pioneering female wrestler
March 12, 1923 – January 14, 2014
24. Roger Lloyd Pack
A superbly versatile character actor of lugubrious countenance and strong physical presence, Roger was the son of Charles Lloyd Pack, a small-part supporting player in Hammer horror films of the '50s and '60s. Roger was educated at Bedales, a prestigious co-educational school in Hampshire, noted ...
Actor best known for his roles on the British sitcoms 'Only Fools and Horses,' 'The Vicar of Dibley' and 'The Old Guys'
8 February 1944 – 15 January 2014
Emmy-winning editor of every single episode of 'M*A*S*H'
December 25, 1921 – January 15, 2014
26. Harvey Bernhard
Producer | The Omen
Harvey Bernhard was born on March 5, 1924 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is known for his work on The Omen (1976), Ladyhawke (1985) and Damien: Omen II (1978). He was married to Lillian Leona Kramer and Julie Wilson. He died on January 16, 2014 in Kirkland, Washington.
Producer of such films as 'The Mack' (1973), 'The Omen' (1978) and its sequels, 'The Goonies' (1985), and 'The Lost Boys' (1987)
March 5, 1924 - January 16, 2014
27. Ruth Duccini
Actress | Under the Rainbow
Ruth Duccini was born on July 23, 1918 in Rush City, Minnesota, USA as Ruth Leone Robinson. She was an actress, known for Under the Rainbow (1981), The Daily Show (1996) and The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2013). She was married to Fred Duccini. She died on January 16, 2014 in Las Vegas, ...
Last surviving female "Munchkin" from 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939)
July 23, 1918 – January 16, 2014
28. Russell Johnson
Actor | Gilligan's Island
Long before he was known as "The Professor" in the cult comedy classic Gilligan's Island (1964), Russell Johnson was a well-known character actor, starring in several Westerns and Sci-Fi classics as This Island Earth (1955) and It Came from Outer Space (1953). Johnson grew up in Pennsylvania and ...
Actor best known for his role as The Professor on 'Gilligan's Island' during the show's entire three-year run (1964-1967); also known for starring opposite Peter Breck and Anna-Lisa in ABC's fondly-remembered 1959-1960 Western series 'Black Saddle' and for his roles in cult, B-grade sci-fi pictures such as 'It Came from Outer Space' (1953), 'This Island Earth' (1955) and Roger Corman's 'Attack of the Crab Monsters' (1957); appeared in dozens of other films, including 'Rancho Notorious' (1952), 'Law and Order' (1953), 'Demetrius and the Gladiators' (1954), 'Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki' (1955), 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' (1965), 'Three Days of the Condor' (1975) and 'MacArthur' (1977)
November 10, 1924 – January 16, 2014
29. Dave Madden
Actor | The Partridge Family
Dave Madden was born on December 17, 1931 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada as David Joseph Madden. He was an actor, known for The Partridge Family (1970), Charlotte's Web (1973) and Alice (1976). He was married to Sandra Martin and Alvena Louise (Nena) Arnold. He died on January 16, 2014 in Jacksonville,...
Actor best known for playing Reuben Kincaid on 'The Partridge Family'
December 17, 1931 – January 16, 2014
30. Hal Sutherland
Director | The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure
Hal Sutherland was born in 1929 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He is known for his work on The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967), Flash Gordon (1979) and The New Adventures of Superman (1966). He died on January 16, 2014 in Washington, USA.
Animator, director and last surviving founder of Filmation Associates
1929 – January 16, 2014
31. Seizô Katô
Actor | Kyûketsuki hantâ D
Seizô Katô was born on February 14, 1927 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Vampire Hunter D (1985), Ran (1985) and Kamen Raidâ Burakku Aru Ekkusu (1988). He was married to Setsuko. He died on January 17, 2014 in Itabashi, Tokyo.
Veteran voice actor who can be heard in the original Japanese versions of many popular anime and live-action television series and anime films; perhaps best known for voicing Megatron and Galvatron on the first 'Transformers' series; other notable TV voice-over roles include Sôsai Z on 'Gatchaman Fighter' (a.k.a. 'Gatchaman F'), Professor Hamaguchi on 'Chōdenji Machine Voltes V,' Balcom on 'Hokuto no Ken' ('Fist of the North Star'), Star King Bazeu on 'Dengeki Sentai Changeman,' Emperor Zeba on 'Hikari Sentai Maskman,' Dr. Klay on 'Tenchi Muyô! Ryô Ôki,' Chief Kiyonaga Matsumoto on 'Detective Conan,' Kogan Iwamoto on 'Shigurui,' and Cornello on 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood;' also voiced major characters in acclaimed anime films such as 'Vampire Hunter D' (1985), 'Lupin III: The Plot of the Fuma Clan' (1987), 'Slayers Great' (1997), 'Tokyo Godfathers' (2003) and 'Naruto Shippuden the Movie' (2007), and provided the voice for Takeshi Katō's character in Akira Kurosawa's 'Ran' (1985)
February 14, 1927 – January 17, 2014
32. Suchitra Sen
Actress | Saptapadi
Suchitra Sen was born on April 6, 1931 in Pabna, Bengal Presidency, British India as Roma Dasgupta. She was an actress, known for Saptapadi (1961), Devdas (1955) and Mamta (1966). She was married to Dibanath Sen. She died on January 17, 2014 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Iconic Indian actress considered to be the "Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema"
6 April 1931 – 17 January 2014
Music_department | Armed Response
Fergie Frederiksen was born on May 25, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA as Dennis Hardy Frederiksen. He is known for his work on Armed Response (1986) and The 56th Annual Grammy Awards (2014). He died on January 18, 2014 in Mound, Minnesota, USA.
Rock singer and songwriter who was lead vocalist for prog rock band Trillion in 1978-79, glam rock group Angel in 1981, pop/rock band LeRoux from 1982-1984, and, most famously, the iconic rock band Toto for their 'Isolation' album and tour from 1984-1985; also provided backing vocals for Survivor, resulting in his contributing to hit singles in three consecutive years, all with different bands: Survivor's "American Heartbeat" in 1982, LeRoux's "Carrie's Gone" in 1983 and Toto's "Stranger in Town" in 1984; sang two songs used in 'Can't Stop the Music' (1980) as a disco artist named David London; was part of a band called Abandon Shame whose songs appeared in 'The Terminator' (1984) and 'Armed Response' (1985); quit the music industry in 1987 but returned in the mid-1990s by the recording of a collaborative album with bassist Ricky Phillips; musical highlights over the next 20 years included the release of a solo album in 1999 that was critically acclaimed in Europe and Japan and briefly reuniting with Toto on their tour in 2007
May 15, 1951 – January 18, 2014
34. Sarah Marshall
Actress | Dave
Sarah Marshall was born on May 25, 1933 in London, England as Sarah Lynne Marshall. She was an actress, known for Dave (1993), The Long, Hot Summer (1958) and Star Trek (1966). She was married to Karl Held and Mel Bourne. She died on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actress most notable for her work on Broadway, including a Tony-nominated performance in 'Goodbye, Charlie' (1959-1960); also played Janet Wallace in the 'Star Trek' episode "The Deadly Years" and had roles in such films as 'The Long, Hot Summer' (1958), 'Lord Love a Duck' (1966) and 'Dave' (1993)
25 May 1933 – 18 January 2014
35. Gordon Hessler
Producer | The Oblong Box
Gordon Hessler was born in Germany, the son of a Danish mother and an English father. Educated in England, he moved to the US while in his late teens and spent several years working in documentaries. At Universal, "I guess because I had an English accent", Hessler was placed under contract to ...
Director of such films as 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad' (1974), 'Murders in the Rue Morgue' (1971) and the Vincent Price horror films 'The Oblong Box' (1969), 'Cry of the Banshee' (1970) and 'Scream and Scream Again' (1970); also directed the cult TV movie 'KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park' (1978) and was an associate producer (and later producer) on TV's 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents'
12 December 1925 – 19 January 2014
Pianist, composer, arranger and conductor from the big band era who played piano for and was the last surviving member of the original Harry James Orchestra; composed over 200 songs, most notably "So Until I See You," the closing theme for 'The Tonight Show with Jack Paar;' other songs include "Loneliness Ends with Love," which can be heard in the films 'Elegy' (2005) and 'Magic Magic' (2013), and "I'm Tired of the Rain," also featured in 'Magic Mike;' was the pianist for 'A Tribute to Eddie Duchin,' a studiotrack released for the 1956 film 'The Eddy Duchin Story;' worked with some of the greatest artists of the big band era, including Rosemary Clooney, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr and Margaret Whiting
April 7, 1919 – January 19, 2014
37. Michael Sporn
Animation_department | Doctor DeSoto
Michael Sporn was born on April 23, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Doctor DeSoto (1984), Whitewash (1994) and Champagne (1997). He was married to Heidi Stallings. He died on January 19, 2014 in New York, New York.
Animator, producer and director known for creating acclaimed animated short films based on children's books; earned an Oscar nomination for his 1984 short-film adaptation of William Steig's 'Doctor DeSoto' and was later nominated for an Emmy for another Steig adaptation, 'Abel's Island' (1989); other acclaimed shorts include 'The Story of the Dancing Frog' (1989), 'The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas' (1992), 'Whitewash' (1994) and 'The Man Who Walked Between the Towers' (2005); also worked on such shows as 'Courage the Cowardly Dog' and 'Between the Lions' and designed the title sequences for Sidney Lumet's films 'Prince of the City' (1981), 'Garbo Talks' (1984), 'Running on Empty' (1988) and 'Family Business' (1989) and for Susan Seidelman's films 'Desperately Seeking Susan' (1985) and 'Making Mr. Right' (1987)
April 23, 1946 – January 19, 2014
38. Ben Starr
Writer | Our Man Flint
Ben Starr was born on October 18, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Benjamin Starr. He was a writer and producer, known for Our Man Flint (1966), Diff'rent Strokes (1978) and Climax! (1954). He was married to Gloria June Kaplan. He died on January 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
TV writer-producer who co-created 'Silver Spoons' and co-developed 'The Facts of Life'
October 18, 1921 – January 19, 2014
39. Claudio Abbado
Soundtrack | Minority Report
Claudio Abbado was born on June 26, 1933 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is known for his work on Minority Report (2002), Shutter Island (2010) and Elle (2016). He was married to Gabriella Cantalupi and Giovanna Cavazzoni. He died on January 20, 2014 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
One of the greatest conductors of the 20th century; served as music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Vienna State Opera, and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra
26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014
40. Victor Izay
Actor | Young Guns
Victor Izay was born on December 23, 1923 in Watertown, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Young Guns (1988), Employee of the Month (2006) and Wild Hogs (2007). He was married to Jo Roybal Izay and Connie Izay. He died on January 20, 2014 in Glendora, California, USA.
Actor who played the doctor in the 'Billy Jack' films (1971's 'Billy Jack,' 1974's 'The Trial of Billy Jack' and 1977's 'Billy Jack Goes to Washington'), Justice of the Peace Wilson in 'Young Guns' (1988) and the recurring roles of Bull on 'Gunsmoke' and Dr. Matthew Vance on 'The Waltons;' also had roles in the cult films 'Girl in Gold Boots' (1968), 'The Astro-Zombies' (1968), and 'Blood Orgy of the She-Devils' (1973), as well as Sam Peckinpah's 'Ride the High Country' (1962) and 'The Ballad of Cable Hogue' (1970) and recent comedies 'Employee of the Month' (2006) and 'Wild Hogs' (2007)
December 23, 1923 – January 20, 2014
41. James Jacks
Producer | The Scorpion King
James Jacks was born on December 29, 1947 in the USA. He was a producer, known for The Scorpion King (2002), Hard Target (1993) and The Jackal (1997). He died on January 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Film producer whose credits include 'Dazed and Confused,' 'Tombstone' and the films in 'The Mummy' franchise; also helped distribute and/or finance the early films of the Coen brothers
December 29, 1947 – January 20, 2014
Veteran animator affectionately known as "Lefty" who worked on theatrical shorts for MGM before spending 30 years at Hanna-Barbera, where he was was an animator (and later an animation director) on dozens of classic TV shows and movies between 1964 and 1993; most notably worked on 'Scooby Doo, Where Are You!' and many subsequent 'Scooby-Doo' cartoons, as well as 'The Smurfs,' on which he was animator from 1981-1985 and animation director from 1986-1988; other Hanna-Barbera credits include 'Jonny Quest,' 'The Secret Squirrel Show,' 'Josie and the Pussycats,' 'Space Ghost,' 'Hong Kong Phooey,' 'The Jetsons,' 'Pound Puppies,' 'The Flintstone Kids,' 'Snorks,' 'The Pirates of Dark Water,' and 'The Tom & Jerry Kids Show,' and movies and specials such as 'Charlotte's Web' (1973), 'A Flintstone Christmas' (1977), 'Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood' (1979), 'Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose' (1987), 'The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones' (1987), ' Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers' (1987), 'Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School' (1988), and 'Jetsons: The Movie' (1990); was also an animator on the 'Peanuts' TV specials 'It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown' (1984) and 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' (1985) for Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez
June 30, 1929 – January 21, 2014
43. Luis Avalos
Actor | The Ringer
Luis Avalos was born on September 2, 1946 in Havana, Cuba as Luis Ávalos. He was an actor and director, known for The Ringer (2005), Hollywood Homicide (2003) and Resurrection Blvd. (2000). He died on January 22, 2014 in Burbank, California, USA.
Veteran character actor best known for his many roles on 'The Electric Company'
September 2, 1946 – January 22, 2014
44. Pierre Jalbert
Actor | Combat!
The son of a newspaperman, Canadian-born Pierre Jalbert graduated from Ouellet College and attended Laval University. A champion skier, he went to study art appreciation at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1949 he visited Hollywood and later that year returned to Paris and joined a French film company as ...
Actor who played Caje on the TV series 'Combat!' and later became an Emmy-nominated sound and dialogue editor
9 January 1925 – 22 January 2014
Writer | La giusta distanza
Carlo Mazzacurati was born on March 3, 1956 in Padua, Veneto, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for La giusta distanza (2007), Un'altra vita (1992) and Il toro (1994). He was married to Marina Zangirolami. He died on January 22, 2014 in Padua.
Italian film director and screenwriter known for such works as 'Il toro' (1994) and 'La giusta distanza' (2007)
2 March 1956 – 22 January 2014
Actor | Laila Majnu
Akkineni Nageshwara Rao was born on September 20, 1923 in Venkataraghavapuram, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India as Akkineni Nageswara Rao. He was an actor and producer, known for Laila Majnu (1949), Seeta Rama Jananam (1944) and Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963). He was married to Annapurna ...
Legendary Telugu film actor
20 September 1923 – 22 January 2014
Music editor whose credits include TV's 'The Bionic Woman,' 'Quincy, M.E.,' 'Doogie Howser, M.D.,' 'Law & Order' and Emmy-winning work on 'Airwolf;' also edited the music for Francis Ford Coppola's musical film 'One from the Heart' (1982)
March 4, 1931 – January 23, 2014
48. Riz Ortolani
Composer | I giorni dell'ira
Riz Ortolani was born on March 25, 1926 in Pesaro, Marche, Italy as Riziero Ortolani. He is known for his work on Day of Anger (1967), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964). He was married to Katina Ranieri. He died on January 23, 2014 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated film composer ('Mondo cane,' 'Cannibal Holocaust')
25 March 1926 – 23 January 2014
49. Michael Filerman
Producer | Four Corners
Michael Filerman was born on May 4, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Four Corners (1998), Sisters (1991) and Knots Landing (1979). He died on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Tony-winning Broadway producer ('The Norman Conquests,' 'American Idiot') who was also an executive producer on 'Falcon Crest' and 'Knots Landing'
May 8, 1938 – January 25, 2014
50. Margery Mason
Actress | The Princess Bride
Margery Mason was born on September 27, 1913 in Hackney, London, England as Margery E. Mason. She was an actress, known for The Princess Bride (1987), Love Actually (2003) and Les Misérables (1998). She was married to Peter Daminoff. She died on January 26, 2014 in Swiss Cottage, Camden, ...
Character actress known for playing Celia Porter in the first two seasons of 'A Family at War,' Alice North on the British drama 'Peak Practice' from 1993 to 2002, and for her brief but memorable roles as the old booing woman in 'The Princess Bride' (1987) and the food trolley witch in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' (2005)
27 September 1913 – 26 January 2014
51. Ann Carter
Actress | The Curse of the Cat People
Ann Carter was born on June 16, 1936 in Syracuse, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Curse of the Cat People (1944), Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949) and The North Star (1943). She was married to Crosby Newton. She died on January 27, 2014 in Tacoma, Washington, USA.
Former child actress best known for starring in 'The Curse of the Cat People' (1944); also played the daughters of the lead characters in such films as 'I Married a Witch' (1942), 'The North Star' (1943), and 'The Two Mrs. Carrolls' (1947) and had a small but important in the classic anti-war fable 'The Boy with Green Hair' (1948)
June 16, 1936 – January 27, 2014
52. Ichirô Nagai
Actor | Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Ichirô Nagai was born on May 10, 1931 in Ikeda, Osaka, Japan. He was an actor, known for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000), Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Ninja Scroll (1993). He was married to Ayako. He died on January 27, 2014 in Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan.
Japanese voice actor; provided the original Japanese voices of such characters as Namihei in the long-running 'Sazae-san,' Happousai in 'Ranma ½,' Karin-sama (a.k.a. Korin) and Tsuru Sen'nin (Master Shen) in the various 'Dragon Ball' cartoons and movies, the narrator of the first 'Mobile Suit Gundam' series and movies, Konaki Jiji in the '80s version of 'GeGeGe no Kitarō' and Mito in Hayao Miyazaki's 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind' (1984)
May 10, 1931 – January 27, 2014
53. Pete Seeger
Soundtrack | Forrest Gump
Sixteen-year-old Pete Seeger enrolled at the Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut and then decided to become a hermit. His life since then has been one social cause after another, buoyed by an almost indefatigable career as a self-described "sing-along leader."
During the 1930s he attended Harvard, ...
Iconic folk singer, songwriter and musician ("If I Had a Hammer," "Turn! Turn! Turn!," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"); a key figure in the American folk music revival and protest music scene of the 1960s
May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014
54. John Cacavas
Soundtrack | X-Men: Days of Future Past
Composer, songwriter ("Autumn Once Again"), conductor and arranger, educated at Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music degree) and through music studies with Robert Delaney. He served in the U.S. Army and while there, arranged for the Army Band in Washington, DC. He served as an assistant to ...
Emmy-nominated composer ('Kojak,' 'Hawaii Five-O,' 'Columbo,' 'Airport 1975,' 'Airport '77')
August 13, 1930 – January 28, 2014
55. Tom Sherak
Producer | The One
Tom Sherak was born on June 22, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Thomas Mitchell Sherak. He was married to Madeleine. He died on January 28, 2014 in Calabasas, California, USA.
Former studio marketing and distribution executive, producer and president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; a highly respected and influential force in Hollywood
June 22, 1945 – January 28, 2014
R&B pianist and arranger who shared a Grammy with Isaac Hayes for his arrangement of the iconic theme song from 'Shaft' (1973), which also won the Oscar for Best Original Song; also collaborated with Hayes as an orchestrator on the 1974 blaxploitation classics 'Truck Turner' and 'Tough Guys' and as arranger of such soul classics as "Hot Buttered Soul" and "Black Moses;" arranged many other notable songs, including the classic funk-R&B hits "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself" for the Staple Sisters; was among the last direct links to the heyday of Paradise Valley, the vibrant historic center of African-American cultural and commercial life in Detroit in the mid-20th Century
September 20, 1917 – January 29, 2014
57. Carl Fortina
Music_department | Star Trek: Generations
Carl Fortina was born on May 2, 1929 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is known for his work on Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He died on January 30, 2014 in Thousand Oaks, California.
Accordionist and orchestra contractor who played accordion on some 500 film and television soundtracks but is best known for his parts in Nino Rota's iconic score for Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather' (1972), the Beach Boys' hit 1966 songs "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows," and "Moon River," Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning tune for 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961); can also be heard on the soundtracks of such classic films as 'Giant' (1956), 'Love Me Tender' (1956), 'Witness for the Prosecution' (1957), 'How the West Was Won' (1962), 'Charade' (1963), 'The Flight of the Phoenix' (1965), 'Grand Prix' (1966), 'THX 1138' (1971), 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid' (1973), and 'The Parallax View' (1974), and TV shows such as 'Bonanza,' 'Gunsmoke,' 'Peter Gunn,' 'Star Trek,' and 'The Brady Bunch;' later served as orchestra contractor or manager on numerous soundtracks (primarily for Paramount), including those for the films 'Grease' (1978), 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' (1979), 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981), 'Police Academy' (1984), 'Little Shop of Horrors' (1986), 'Hunt for the Red October' (1990), 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country' (1991), 'Star Trek Generations' (1994), 'Clueless' (1995), and 'John Carpenter's Vampires' (1998), as well as the first three 'Star Trek' TV spinoffs ('Star Trek: The Next Generation,' 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' and 'Star Trek: Voyager')
May 2, 1929 – January 30, 2014
Composer, conductor, orchestrator and arranger best known for the award-winning film and television scores and pop album arrangements he wrote in Australia; scored a number of projects for Australian writer-director Phillip Noyce, including the classic 1978 film 'Newsfront' and the 1989 film 'Echoes of Paradise,' both of which earned Motzing Australian Film Institute Award (AFI) nominations for Best Original Music Score; also nominated by the AFI for scoring Sophia Turkiewicz's 'Silver City' (1984) and Dusan Makavejev's popular 'The Coca-Cola Kid' (1987) and won the AFI Award for scoring Yahoo Serious' 'Young Einstein' (1988); other notable works include music scores for the first two seasons of the beloved sitcom 'Mother and Son' and the entirety of the acclaimed 1987 miniseries 'Vietnam,' conducting music for the long-running soap opera 'Prisoner' (a.k.a. 'Prisoner: Cell Block H'), Simon Wincer's war drama 'The Lighthorsemen' (1987) and the popular American film 'Soul Food' (1997), and orchestrating the music for the infamous critical and commercial failure 'Battlefield Earth' (2000)
August 19, 1937 – January 30, 2014
Producer | Willy McBean and His Magic Machine
Arthur Rankin Jr. was born on July 19, 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Arthur Gardner Rankin Jr. He was a producer and director, known for Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (1965), The Hobbit (1977) and The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976). He was married to Olga Karlatos. He died on January ...
Animation legend who, alongside Jules Bass, produced (and usually co-directed) many classic holiday TV specials including 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' 'Frost the Snowman,' 'The Little Drummer Boy,' 'The Year Without a Santa Claus' and 'Rudolph's Shiny New Year'
July 19, 1924 – January 30, 2014
60. Anna Gordy Gaye
Soundtrack | The Negotiator
Anna Gordy Gaye was born on December 12, 1921 in Georgia, USA as Anna Ruby Gordy. She was married to Marvin Gaye. She died on January 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Composer and songwriter ("Baby, I'm for Real")
January 28, 1922 – January 31, 2014
61. Miklós Jancsó
Director | Csillagosok, katonák
Miklos Jancsó was born in 1921 in Vac, Hungary. His mother Angela Poparada was Romanian and his father Sandor Jancsó Hungarian. Jancsó received a degree in Law from the University of Cluj-Napoca in 1944. After fighting in WWII and a brief period as a POW, he chose to join the Film and Theater ...
Film director best known for 'The Round-Up' (1966), 'The Red and the White' (1967) and 'Red Psalm' (1972)
27 September 1921 – 31 January 2014
Actor | Ryan's Daughter
Christopher Jones was a brief cult star of the late '60s counterculture era and a would-be successor to James Dean had he wanted it. Born William Franklin Jones amid rather impoverished surroundings to a grocery clerk in Jackson, Tennessee, in 1941, his artist mother had to be institutionalized ...
Actor known for his roles in the films 'Wild in the Streets' (1968) and 'Ryan's Daughter' (1970) and for starring in ABC's 1965-66 series 'The Legend of Jesse James'
August 18, 1941 – January 31, 2014
Actor | Judgment at Nuremberg
Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and ...
Legendary Austrian-Swiss actor, writer, director and producer best known for his Oscar-winning portrayal of defense attorney Hans Rolfe in Stanley Kramer's 'Judgment at Nuremberg' (1961); also earned Oscar nominations for his performances in Arthur Hiller's 'The Man in the Glass Booth' (1975) and Fred Zinnemann's 'Julia' (1977) and received an Emmy nomination as well as a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Vladimir Lenin in HBO's 1992 film 'Stalin;' even achieved acclaim and accolades for directing, writing and producing his own films, including 'First Love' (1970), 'End of the Game' (1975), 'Tales from the Vienna Woods' (1979), 'Marlene' (1984) and 'My Sister Maria' (2002, about his sister, actress Maria Schell); also starred or co-starred in such films as Edward Dmytryk's 'The Young Lions' (1958, his first Hollywood film) and 'The Reluctant Saint' (1962), Jules Dassin's 'Topkapi' (1964), Sidney Lumet's 'The Deadly Affair' (1968), Ronald Neame's 'The Odessa File' (1974), Richard Attenborough's 'A Bridge Too Far' and Sam Peckinpah's 'The Cross of Iron' (both 1977), Disney's 'The Black Hole' (1979), Jeremy Paul Kagan's 'The Chosen' (1981), James Gray's 'Little Odessa' (1994), John Carpenter's 'Vampires' and Mimi Leder's 'Deep Impact' (both 1998), and Rian Johnson's 'The Brothers Bloom' (2008)
8 December 1930 – 1 February 2014
Original lead singer of Jamaican reggae group Inner Circle (1969-1971) before becoming lead singer of Third World from 1976 until just before his death
6 February 1948 – 2 February 2014
65. Eduardo Coutinho
Director | Edifício Master
Eduardo Coutinho was born on May 11, 1933 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil as Eduardo de Oliveira Coutinho. He was a director and writer, known for Edifício Master (2002), Santo Forte (1999) and Babilônia 2000 (1999). He was married to Maria das Dores de Oliveira. He died on February 2,...
Multiple award-winning Brazilian filmmaker best known for documentaries such as 'Twenty Years Later' (1985), 'Edifício Master' (2002) and 'Playing' (2007)
May 11, 1933 – February 2, 2014
66. Craig Lahiff
Director | Fever
Craig Lahiff was born on April 23, 1947 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia as Craig Ronald Lahiff. He was a director and producer, known for Fever (1988), Swerve (2011) and Heaven's Burning (1997). He died on February 2, 2014 in Adelaide.
Respected Australian director best known for his films 'Fever' (1988), 'Heaven's Burning' (1997), 'Black and White' (2002), and 'Swerve' (2011)
23 April 1947 – 2 February 2014
Actor | The Master
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ...
Actor known for his Oscar-winning portrayal of Truman Capote in 'Capote' (2005), his Oscar-nominated performances in 'Charlie Wilson's War' (2007), 'Doubt' (2008) and 'The Master' (2012), his roles in such films as 'Boogie Nights' (1997), 'Happiness' (1998), 'Almost Famous' (2000), 'Owning Mahowney' (2003), 'The Savages' (2007), 'Synecdoche, New York' (2008) and 'Moneyball' (2011) and his stage work as both actor (including three Tony-nominated performances) and director; one of the most prolific, admired and acclaimed actors of his generation
July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014
68. Richard Bull
Actor | Little House on the Prairie
Richard Bull was born on June 26, 1924 in Zion, Illinois, USA as Richard William Bull. He was an actor, known for Little House on the Prairie (1974), The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Sugar (2008). He was married to Barbara Collentine. He died on February 3, 2014 in Calabasas, California, USA.
Actor known for his roles as Doc on 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' and Nels Oleson on 'Little House on the Prairie'
June 26, 1924 – February 3, 2014
Production_designer | Le pacte des loups
Guy-Claude François was born on November 9, 1940 in Berck-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France. He was a production designer and actor, known for Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), Captain Conan (1996) and Molière (1978). He died on February 4, 2014 in Paris, France.
Innovative theatrical set designer and film production designer most noted for his more than 40 years working with Le Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, France, and for his film collaborations with writer-director Bertrand Tavernier; won the César Award for Best Production Design for the first film he worked on, 'Molière' (1978), which was directed by Théâtre du Soleil founder Ariane Mnouchkine; later earned César nominations for his work on Tavernier's 'Beatrice' (1987), 'Captain Conan' (1996) and 'The Princess of Montpensier' (2010), as well as Christophe Gans' 'Brotherhood of the Wolf' (2001); other film credits include Tavernier's 'Life and Nothing But' (1989) and 'L.627' (1992), Philip Kaufman's 'Henry & June (1990), Coline Serreau's 'La Crise' (1992) and 'La Belle Verte' (1996), James Ivory's 'Jefferson in Paris' (1995), Maria de Medeiros' 'April Captains' (2000), and Chris Nahon's 'Empire of the Wolves' (2005)
November 9, 1940 – 4 February 2014
70. Wu Ma
Actor | Sien nui yau wan
Wu Ma was born on August 18, 1942 in Tianjin, China as Hung-Yuan Feng. He was an actor and director, known for Sien nui yau wan (1987), Above the Law (1986) and Gui jiao qi (1993). He was married to Ma Yan. He died on February 4, 2014 in China.
Chinese actor, director, producer and writer perhaps best known for his role in 'A Chinese Ghost Story' (1987) and his appearances in numerous films starring Jackie Chan and/or Sammo Hung
22 September 1942 – 4 February 2014
71. Richard Hayman
Soundtrack | Girl, Interrupted
Composer, conductor, songwriter ("Dansero"), arranger and harmonica player, educated at Winthrop High School and a member of (and writer for) the Borrah Minevitch Harmonica Rascals. He was a soloist and arranger for the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, and arranged and directed for Bobby Wayne. He has made...
Arranger, conductor, composer, songwriter and harmonica player most famous for having been the principal arranger of the Boston Pops Orchestra for over 30 years, with his award-winning arrangements still being today; also known for his three-decade affiliation with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s pops concerts, which he founded and conducted, and for his sequinned jackets and harmonica solos; had earlier been an arranger for MGM studios, where he worked on classic movie musicals such as 'Girl Crazy' (1943), 'Thousands Cheer' (1943) and 'Meet Me in St. Louis' (1944); had his biggest hit as a songwriter with the theme song for the film 'Ruby Gentry' (1953), "Ruby," which was a hit all over the world and brought about a renewed interest in the harmonica
March 27, 1920 – February 5, 2014
Music supervisor for TV shows such as 'Starsky & Hutch', 'Vega$,' 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Hart to Hart,' 'The Love Boat,' 'Hotel' and 'Dynasty,' as well as TV movies such as 'Satan's School for Girls' (1973) and 'The Boy in the Plastic Bubble' (1976); also served as a music editor on several film and TV productions, including the series 'That Girl' and 'Beverly Hills, 90210,' TV movies 'Crowhaven Farm' (1970) and 'The Amazing Howard Hughes' (1977), and theatrical releases 'Harper Valley P.T.A.' (1978), 'The Aviator' (1985) and 'Memoirs of an Invisible Man' (1992)
November 5, 1927 – February 5, 2014
Director | Nanny
Christopher Barry was born on September 20, 1925 in London. He was a director and producer, known for Nanny (1981), Moonbase 3 (1973) and The Tripods (1984). He died on February 7, 2014 in Oxfordshire, England.
British veteran TV director best known for directing ten 'Doctor Who' serials, including "Robot" and "The Brain of Morbius"
20 September 1925 – 7 February 2014
74. Claire Duhamel
Actress | Je t'aime, je t'aime
Claire Duhamel was born on June 6, 1925 in Vineuil-Saint-Firmin, Oise, France as Claire Virant. She was an actress, known for Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968), Stolen Kisses (1968) and Bed & Board (1970). She died on February 7, 2014 in France.
Actress best known for playing Madame Darbon in François Truffaut's 'Stolen Kisses' (1968) and 'Bed & Board' (1970); also appeared in such classic French films as Max Ophüls' 'The Earrings of Madame de..." (1953) and Alain Resnais' 'The War Is Over' (1966) and 'Je t'aime, je t'aime' (1968)
September 6, 1925 – February 7, 2014
75. Gabriel Axel
Director | Babettes gæstebud
Gabriel Axel was born on April 18, 1918 in Århus, Denmark as Gabriel Axel Mørch. He was a director, known for Babette's Feast (1987), Hagbard and Signe (1967) and Christian (1989). He was married to Lucie Axel Moerch. He died on February 9, 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Writer-director best known for 'Babette's Feast,' the first Danish film to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
18 April 1918 – 9 February 2014
Writer-producer best known for his Emmy-winning work on the 'Shogun' miniseries, for writing multiple episodes of the original 'Hawaii Five-O' and for co-scripting the 1968 film 'Hell in the Pacific'
February 27, 1933 – February 9, 2014
77. Joyce Herlihy
Producer | The Last Emperor
Joyce Herlihy was born in 1921. She is known for her work on The Last Emperor (1987), The Remains of the Day (1993) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). She died on February 10, 2014 in New York City, New York, USA.
Production manager on such films as Jerzy Skolimowski's Cannes prize-winning horror drama 'The Shout' (1978), Michael Apted's 'Stardust' (1974) and 'Agatha' (1979), Merchant Ivory's 'The Europeans' (1979), Hugh Hudson's Oscar-winning historical drama 'Chariots of Fire' (1981), and John Landis' beloved horror comedy 'An American Werewolf in London' (1981); was also production supervisor on Terry Gilliam's 'Jabberwocky' (1977), Julien Temple's 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle' (1980), and the Oscar-nominated Merchant Ivory drama 'The Remains of the Day' (1993), and production executive on Gilliam's 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen' (1988); was associate producer on several highly-acclaimed films, including Nagisa Ôshima's 'Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence' (1983), Stephen Frears' 'The Hit' (1984), and Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning biographical drama 'The Last Emperor' (1987), and was one of the producers of Philip Haas' Palme d'Or-nominated romance 'Angels & Insects' (1995)
1921 – February 10, 2014
Self | The Adventure Game
Ian McNaught-Davis was born on August 30, 1929 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. He was married to Loreto Herman and Mary Alderman. He died on February 10, 2014 in the UK.
Mountain climber-turned-TV presenter best known for hosting BBC's influential '80s series 'The Computer Programme,' 'Making the Most of the Micro' and 'Micro Live'
30 August 1929 – 10 February 2014
79. Shirley Temple
Actress | Captain January
Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in ...
The greatest, most famous former child star in the world; the biggest movie star on the planet between 1935 and 1938, from age 7 to 10; lifted America's spirits during the Great Depression and single-handedly saved Fox Studios from bankruptcy; youngest person to ever receive an Oscar statuette; her greatest successes include 'Bright Eyes' (1934), 'The Little Colonel' (1935), 'Curly Top' (1935), 'Heidi' (1937) and 'The Little Princess' (1939); continued acting into her teens and early adulthood with roles in such films as 'Since You Went Away' (1944), 'The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer' (1947) and 'Fort Apache' (1948); left Hollywood for politics, eventually serving as U.S. ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, as the first female U.S. Chief of Protocol from 1976 to 1977 and as U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992
April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014
80. Alice Babs
Actress | En trallande jänta
Her parents sang and played in amateur theatre. Growing up, she sang with her mother. Her father took her to Stockholm when she was 13 and got an offer to sing at a nightclub but had to reject the offer. But on the train back home she met a voice coach who promised to give her singing lessons. The ...
Swedish actress and jazz singer who broke through with her lead role in the 1940 film 'Swing it, magistern!' ('Swing It, Teacher!'); perhaps best known for her lengthy, productive period of collaboration with the great Duke Ellington, which included widely acclaimed performances in Ellington's second and third Sacred Concerts; first artist to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest and the first non-opera singer to be named Sweden’s royal court singer
26 January 1924 – 11 February 2014
81. Sean Potts
Soundtrack | Barry Lyndon
Sean Potts was born on October 5, 1930 in Dublin, Ireland. He was married to Bernie. He died on February 11, 2014 in Dublin.
Musician best known as the original tin whistle player for The Chieftains from 1962 to 1979
5 October 1930 – 11 February 2014
82. Sid Caesar
Actor | Grease
Comedian, saxophonist, composer, actor and musician, he performed within the orchestras of Charlie Spivak, Shep Fields and Claude Thornhill as saxophonist. Later, as super-hip jazz musician "Cool Cees" in television skits, he played tenor saxophone, and sang with the satirical trio "The Hair Cuts" ...
Legendary, extremely influential comedy master who pioneered TV sketch comedy and the variety show format as star of 'Your Show of Shows' and 'Caesar's Hour;' earned one Emmy Award each for both shows out of nine total nominations, with two more nominations coming nearly 40 years later for guest appearances on the comedy series 'Love & War' and 'Mad About You;' also received a Tony nomination for his multiple roles in the musical comedy 'Little Me' (1962-1963); also recognized for his roles as Melville Crump in the classic madcap comedy film 'It's s Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' (1963) and as Coach Calhoun in the musicals 'Grease' (1978) and 'Grease 2' (1982), as well as his appearances in Mel Brooks' 'Silent Movie' (1976) and 'History of the World: Part I' (1981); helped launch the careers of several notable comedians and comedy writers -- including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, and Woody Allen -- and influenced countless others
September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014
83. Ken Jones
Actor | Porridge
Ken Jones was born on February 20, 1930 in Liverpool, England as Kenneth J Jones. He was an actor, known for Doing Time (1979), Melody (1971) and BBC Play of the Month (1965). He was married to Sheila Fay. He died on February 13, 2014 in Prescot, Merseyside, England.
English actor perhaps best known for his roles in the British sitcoms 'The Squirrels' and 'Porridge'
20 February 1930 – 13 February 2014
84. Balu Mahendra
Director | Moondram Pirai
Balu Mahendra was born on May 20, 1939 in Sri Lanka as Benjamin Mahendra. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Moondram Pirai (1982), Veedu (1988) and Sandhya Raagam (1989). He died on February 13, 2014 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Legendary filmmaker who worked in various Indian film industries, primarily in Tamil cinema; began as a cinematographer in 1971 and made his directorial debut with 1977's 'Kokila;' most acclaimed and best-known works include 'Moodu Pani' (1980, a loose remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') 'Moondram Pirai' (1982) and its Hindi remake, 'Sadma' (1983), 'Sandhya Raagam' (1989), 'Sathi Leelavathi' (1995) and 'Thalaimuraigal' (2013)
20 May 1939 – 13 February 2014
Actor | A zori zdes tikhie
Georgiy Martynyuk was born on March 3, 1940 in Chkalov, Russian SFSR, USSR as Georgiy Yakovlevitch Martynyuk. He was an actor, known for A zori zdes tikhie (1972), Sledstvie vedut znatoki (1971) and Pozhar (1985). He was married to Valentina Markova and Valentina. He died on February 13, 2014 in ...
Actor and People's Artist of Russia best known for playing Znamensky in the 'Experts Are Investigating' movie series
3 March 1940 – 13 February 2014
86. Ralph Waite
Actor | The Waltons
Ralph Waite was born in White Plains, New York on June 22, 1928. Educated at Bucknell University where he graduated with a BA degree, Waite existed rather aimlessly as a young adult while trying to find his way in the world. Occupations came and went, including social worker, religious editor for ...
Actor best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on 'The Waltons' and for his more recent roles as Reverend Norman Balthus on 'Carnivàle,' Jackson Gibbs on 'NCIS' and Father Matt on 'Days of Our Lives;' earned Emmy nominations for 'The Waltons' and for his performance as third mate Slater on the epic, groundbreaking 1977 miniseries 'Roots;' also had supporting roles in the classic films 'Cool Hand Luke' (1967) and 'Five Easy Pieces' (1970) and in a trio of films for director Michael Winner: 'Lawman' (1971), 'Chato's Land' (1972) and 'The Stone Killer' (1973); earned acclaim for writing, directing and starring in the 1980 film 'On the Nickel' and later appeared in such films as 'The Bodyguard' (1992), 'Cliffhanger' (1993) and John Sayles' 'Sunshine State' (2002) and 'Silver City' (2004)
June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014
Music editor whose credits include the TV shows 'Gunsmoke,' 'Have Gun - Will Travel,' 'Perry Mason,' 'Rawhide,' 'Hawaii Five-O,' 'Eight Is Enough,' 'T.J. Hooker' and 'Designing Women' and the films 'The Reivers' (1969), 'A Man Called Horse' (1970), 'Rio Lobo' (1970), 'Le Mans' (1971), 'The Big Red One' (1980) and 'Silverado' (1985)
September 22, 1921 – February 14, 2014
88. Robert M. Fresco
Writer | Czechoslovakia 1968
Taught courses in film, television and communications at Columbia University and Hofstra University.
Co-writer of the cult '50s sci-fi films 'Tarantula' (1955) and 'The Monolith Monsters' (1957) and co-writer, co-producer and co-director of the Oscar-winning documentary short 'Czechoslovakia 1918-1968' (1969)
October 18, 1930 – February 14, 2014
89. John Henson
Actor | Muppet Treasure Island
John Henson was born on April 25, 1965 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA as John Paul Henson. He was an actor, known for Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Muppets from Space (1999) and Muppet*vision 3-D (1991). He was married to Gyongyi Henson. He died on February 14, 2014 in Saugerties, New York, USA.
Puppeteer son of Jim Henson; performed as Sweetums in various Muppet productions
April 25, 1965 – February 14, 2014
90. Cliff Bole
Director | The Six Million Dollar Man
Cliff Bole was born on November 9, 1937 in San Francisco, California, USA as Clifford John Bole. He was a director and producer, known for The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), V (1984) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). He was married to Brenda. He died on February 15, 2014 in Palm Desert, ...
Veteran TV director perhaps best known for helming numerous episodes of various 'Star Trek' shows, including the classic 'Next Generation' two-parter "The Best of Both Worlds"
November 9, 1937 – February 15, 2014
Actress | Green Acres
Mary Grace Canfield was born on September 3, 1924 in Rochester, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Green Acres (1965), Pollyanna (1960) and The Best of Broadway (1954). She was married to John Theodore Bischof and Charles Orlebar Carey, Jr. She died on February 15, 2014 in Santa Barbara, ...
Actress best known for her role as Ralph Monroe on 'Green Acres'
September 3, 1924 – February 15, 2014
Actor | Highlander
Christopher Malcolm was born on August 19, 1946 in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was an actor, known for Highlander (1986), Ragtime (1981) and Labyrinth (1986). He was married to Judith Lloyd. He died on February 15, 2014 in London, England.
Actor known for his roles as Brad Majors in the original stag production of 'The Rocky Horror Show,' Zev Senesca in 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980), Kirk Matunas in the original 'Highlander' (1986), the father in 'Labyrinth' (1986) and Justin on 'Absolutely Fabulous'
19 August 1946 – 15 February 2014
Soundtrack | Private School
Gert 'Kralle' Krawinkel was born on April 21, 1947 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany as Gert Franz Alexander Krawinkel. He was married to Monika Kölling. He died on February 16, 2014 in Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany.
Guitarist and songwriter who was a member of the German band Trio, best known for their worldwide 1982 hit "Da Da Da," which he co-wrote
21 April 1947 – 16 February 2014
Director | Breath
Jimmy T. Murakami was born on June 5, 1933 in San Jose, California, USA as Teruaki Murakami. He is known for his work on Breath (1967), Heavy Metal (1981) and When the Wind Blows (1986). He was married to Ethna Murakami. He died on February 16, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.
Animator and director best known for his animated adaptations of Raymond Briggs' works 'When the Wind Blows' and 'The Snowman;' an Oscar nominee as producer of the animated short 'The Magic Pear Tree'
June 5, 1933 – February 16, 2014
95. Bob Casale
Music_department | Drop Dead Gorgeous
Robert Edward Casale Jr. was born on July 14, 1952 in Kent, Ohio. The younger brother of Gerald V. Casale, Robert grew up in Akron, Ohio and was trained as a medical radiation technologist, but eventually left that job to become a key founding member of the New Wave band Devo. Casale not only ...
Guitarist and founding member of the new wave band DEVO ("Whip It"); a.k.a. Bob 2
July 14, 1952 – February 17, 2014
96. Per Källberg
Cinematographer | Agnes Cecilia - En sällsam historia
Per Källberg was born on March 14, 1947 in Stockholm, Sweden. He is known for his work on Agnes Cecilia - En sällsam historia (1991), Stockholm Östra (2011) and Jag är din krigare (1997). He died on February 17, 2014.
Cinematographer behind such acclaimed Swedish films as Bo Widerberg's 'Man on the Roof' (1975) and Anders Grönros' 'Agnes Cecilia – en sällsam historia' (1991), the latter of which won him a Guldbagge Award for Best Cinematography; later earned a Guldbagge nomination for his work on Stefan Jarl's family drama 'Nature's Warrior' (1997) and shot many other films for Jarl, including the award-winning documentaries 'A Respectable Life' (1979), 'The Soul is Greater Than the World' (1985) and 'Det sociala arvet' (1993)
14 March 1947 – 17 February 2014
Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW
Nelson Frazier Jr. was born on February 14, 1971 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA as Nelson Lee Frazier Jr. He was an actor, known for WWE Raw (1993), WWE A.M. Raw (2005) and WWE Smackdown! (1999). He was married to Cassandra. He died on February 18, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Professional wrestler who went under such ring names as Mabel, King Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy, Big Daddy V and Big Daddy Voodoo
February 14, 1971 – February 18, 2014
98. Malcolm Tierney
Actor | Braveheart
Malcolm Tierney was born on February 25, 1938 in Manchester, England. He was an actor, known for Braveheart (1995), The Saint (1997) and In the Name of the Father (1993). He was married to Andrea Schinko. He died on February 18, 2014 in the UK.
Actor known for his appearance as Lt. Shann Childsen in 'Star Wars' (1977), for playing Doland in the 'Doctor Who' serial "The Trial of a Time Lord" and Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe on the sitcom 'A Bit of a Do,' and for his recurring role as Charlie Gimbert, the nemesis of the title character in the British comedy-drama series 'Lovejoy;' also noted for co-starring in the original UK drama series 'House of Cards,' for his recurring roles on 'Brookside' and 'Dalziel and Pascoe,' and for playing the English sheriff who executes William Wallace's wife in Mel Gibson's 'Braveheart' (1995)
25 February 1938 – 18 February 201
99. Joy Todd
Casting_director | Demolition Man
Casting director for such films as 'Prince of the City' (1981), 'Once Upon a Time in America' (1984), 'Moscow on the Hudson' (1984), 'Demolition Man' (1993) and 'Gettysburg' (1993)
???? – February 18, 2014
100. Maria von Trapp
Self | Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Maria von Trapp was born on September 28, 1914 in Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria-Hungary as Maria Franziska von Trapp. She died on February 18, 2014 in Stowe, Vermont, USA.
Last surviving member of the famed Trapp Family Singers depicted in 'The Sound of Music' (1963)
28 September 1914 – 18 February 2014