Deaths: January 21

by bcampos862 | created - 22 Jan 2017 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

1. Susan Strasberg

Actress | Picnic

Susan Strasberg was born in New York City on May 22, 1938. From the time of her birth, she was destined to be an actress, as her father was Lee Strasberg, acting coach at the famed Actors Studio in New York. In 1953, Susan made her acting debut in the episode Goodyear Playhouse: Catch a Falling Star...

2. Abraham Sofaer

Actor | The Naked Jungle

Born on October 1, 1896, in Rangoon, Burma, to Burmese-Jewish parents, distinguished veteran character actor Abraham Sofaer was a one-time schoolteacher in both Rangoon and London. He switched gears to acting after a short time and made his stage debut as a walk-on in William Shakespeare's "The ...

3. Allyn Joslyn

Actor | I Wake Up Screaming

Allyn Joslyn, the son of a Pennsylvania mining engineer, made his stage debut at 17. He was soon appearing regularly in Broadway productions, and headed for Hollywood in 1936, making his debut in They Won't Forget (1937). His nervous, at times dyspeptic demeanor and somewhat aristocratic looks fit ...

4. Ann Sheridan

Actress | Kings Row

Ann Sheridan won the "Search for Beauty" contest which carried with it a Paramount screen test. Signed to a contract at 18, she was put into a number of small roles under her real name of Clara Lou Sheridan. As she got better, her name was changed to Ann. In 1936, after two dozen films, she went to...

5. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer

Actor | Pat and Mike

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA as Carl Dean Switzer. He was an actor, known for Pat and Mike (1952), Night 'n' Gales (1937) and The Pinch Singer (1936). He was married to Dian Collingwood. He died on January 21, 1959 in Mission Hills, California, USA.

6. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...

7. Eduardo Morera

Director | Asi Cantaba Carlos Gardel

Eduardo Morera was born on January 9, 1906 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was a director and writer, known for Asi Cantaba Carlos Gardel (1935), Así es el tango (1937) and Un bebé de contrabando (1940). He died on January 21, 1997 in Argentina.

8. Eiko Ishioka

Costume_designer | The Cell

Eiko Ishioka was born on July 12, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan. She was a costume designer and director, known for The Cell (2000), Dracula (1992) and The Fall (2006). She was married to Nico Soultanakis. She died on January 21, 2012 in Tokyo.

9. Gastón Barral

Actor | Sultanes del Sur

Gastón Barral is an actor, known for Sultanes del Sur (2007).

10. George Orwell

Writer | Nineteen Eighty-Four

Born the son of an Opium Agent in Bengal, Eric Blair was educated in England (Eton 1921). The joined the British Imperial Police in Burma, serving until 1927. He then travelled around England and Europe, doing various odd jobs to support his writing. By 1935 he had adopted the 'pen-name' of 'George...

11. Georges Méliès

Director | À la conquête du pôle

Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...

12. Gwyn Savage

Casting_department | Gamer

Returned to New Mexico to undergo cancer treatment, started in the movie business after treatment and has been working in the industry ever since.

13. Humberto Serrano

Actor | Antonella

Humberto Serrano was born on May 21, 1942 in Spain. He was an actor, known for Antonella (1991), Inolvidable (1992) and El pulpo negro (1985). He died on January 20, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

14. Jack Lord

Actor | Dr. No

Jack Lord will probably be best remembered as Steve McGarrett in the long running television series Hawaii Five-O (1968), but he was much more than that however. He starred in several movies, directed several episodes of his show, was in several Broadway productions, and was an accomplished artist....

15. Jackie Wilson

Soundtrack | Ghostbusters II

Jackie "Sonny" Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Highland Park, the only son of Jack and Eliza Mae Wilson from Columbus, Mississippi. His father was an alcoholic and constantly unemployed, and his mother, who had lost two earlier children, doted on Jackie and became a powerful ...

16. Joseph Schildkraut

Actor | The Diary of Anne Frank

An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus ...

17. Marie Prevost

Actress | The Racket

Marie Prevost was born Mary Bickford Dunn in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, on November 8, 1898. She broke into films when she was 18 years old in Unto Those Who Sin (1916). Finding work in films was difficult in the early days, just as it is today. Marie found herself doing odd jobs until 1917, when she...

18. Matt Moore

Actor | Rain

Matt Moore was born on January 8, 1888 in County Meath, Ireland as Matthew Moore. He was an actor and director, known for Rain (1932), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916) and The Unholy Three (1925). He died on January 20, 1960 in Hollywood, California, USA.

19. Michael Winner

Director | Death Wish

Winner was an only child, born in Hampstead, London, England, to Helen (née Zlota) and George Joseph Winner (1910-1975), a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was Polish and his father of Russian extraction. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and sold ...

20. Peggy Lee

Actress | Lady and the Tramp

Peggy Lee was Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1920. At age four her mother died. Peggy's father, a railroad station agent, remarried but later left home, leaving Peggy's care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. Peggy later memorialized this in the ...

21. Pierina Dealessi

Actress | Me llaman Gorrión

Pierina Dealessi was born on December 25, 1894 in Turin, Italy. She was an actress, known for Me llaman Gorrión (1972), Adiós Argentina (1930) and Mosquita muerta (1946). She died on January 21, 1983 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

22. Polly Ann Young

Actress | Port of Hate

Polly Ann Young was born on October 25, 1908 in Denver, Colorado, USA. She was an actress, known for Port of Hate (1939), The Man from Utah (1934) and Turnabout (1940). She was married to Carter Hermann. She died on January 21, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

23. Ricardo Castro Ríos

Actor | Coraje de querer

Ricardo Castro Ríos was born on April 2, 1920 in Vigo, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain as Manuel Francisco Castro Ríos. He was an actor, known for Coraje de querer (1980), Herencia de amor (1981) and Café Cantante (1951). He died on January 21, 2001 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

24. Sandy Baron

Actor | Sid and Nancy

Sandy Baron was born Sanford Beresofsky in Brooklyn, New York on May 5, 1936. Raised in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood, the young Sandy attended public schools and participated in accelerated classes. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he spent his early years working summers in the Catskill ...

25. Steve Susskind

Actor | Monsters, Inc.

Steve Susskind was born on October 3, 1942 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA as Steven R. Susskind. He is known for his work on Monsters, Inc. (2001), Friday the 13th Part III (1982) and Sea of Love (1989). He was married to Ann Patricia Walker. He died on January 21, 2005 in Tujunga, California, ...

26. William Girdler

Director | The Manitou

Born October 22, 1947 in Jefferson County, Kentucky, William Brent Girdler launched his filmmaking career with the 1972 release of Asylum of Satan. He made a total of nine films in six years and provided the music for the Pat Patterson quickie Dr. Gore. Girdler died in a helicopter accident in the ...



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