Unnatural Death

by spyott | created - 08 Oct 2016 | updated - 06 Mar 2017 | Public

Actors who have died unnaturally

1. Karyn Kupcinet

Actress | The Little Shop of Horrors

Karyn Kupcinet was born on March 6, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Roberta Lynn Kupcinet. She was an actress, known for The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Gertrude Berg Show (1961) and G.E. True (1962). She died on November 28, 1963 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

Strangled in her own apartment. Her death has been linked to the death of John F. Kennedy.

1941-1963 (22 years old)

2. Liliana Lozano

Actress | Pasión de Gavilanes

Liliana Lozano was born on September 28, 1978 in Guatavita, Colombia as Liliana Andrea Lozano Garzon. She was an actress, known for Pasión de Gavilanes (2003), La Dama de Troya (2008) and Amor de mis amores (2004). She died on January 10, 2009 in Pradera, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.

Tortured and shot to death, probably related to drug dealing, together with her boyfriend's brother. Her boyfriend was a major drug lord.

1978-2009 (30 years old)

3. Jenny Maxwell

Actress | Blue Hawaii

Jenny Maxwell was born on September 3, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA as Jennifer Helene Maxwell. She was an actress, known for Blue Hawaii (1961), Hawaiian Eye (1959) and The Wild Wild West (1965). She was married to Ervin "Tip" Roeder and Paul W. Rapp. She died on June 10, 1981 in Los ...

Shot together with her husband at their home, probably by robbers.

1941-1981 (39 years old)

4. Gemma McCluskie

Actress | EastEnders

Gemma McCluskie was born on February 5, 1983 in Shoreditch, London, England as Gemma Rose V. McCluskie. She was an actress, known for EastEnders (1985) and No Sweat (1997). She died on March 1, 2012 in Bethnal Green, London.

Beheaded and dumped in a canal by her brother Tony McCluskie.

1983-2012 (29 years old)

5. Rhea Mitchell

Actress | The Brink

Mitchell began her career in 1909 playing stock in Portland. Working in films, she appeared a number of times with Western star William S. Hart playing a leading role in those films. She then appeared in "Diamond from the Sky" in 1916" which proved to be a disaster for everyone concerned and with ...

Strangled to death with a cord from her gown by tenant in her apartment building, Sonnie Hartford Jr.

1890-1957 (66 years old)

6. Anna Letenská

Actress | Babicka

Anna Letenská was born on August 29, 1904 in Nürschan, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. She was an actress, known for Babicka (1940), Cekanky (1940) and Minulost Jany Kosinové (1940). She died on October 24, 1942 in Mauthausen concentration camp, Austria.

Shot in the head by German executioners at Mauthausen concentation camp.

1904-1942 (38 years old)

7. Phil Hartman

Actor | NewsRadio

Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, ...

Shot to death while sleeping at home, by his wife Brynn Omdahl.

1948-1998 (49 years old)

8. Dick Kallman

Actor | Verboten!

Dick Kallman, an actor in movies and television in the late 50s and 60s, left Hollywood and began doing stage work. He toured in companies of "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" and "Half a Sixpence". He was also an accomplished singer who in 1963 recorded an album of standards for ...

Murdered at his apartment during a robbery.

1933-1980 (46 years old)

9. Victor Kilian

Actor | Dr. Cyclops

American character actor of gruff demeanor who played in dozens of films through the Thirties and Forties. A native of New Jersey, he was a wagon driver for his father's laundry business before joining a vaudeville company. He played in stock and touring companies, then was cast in the Walter Huston...

Beaten to death by burglars in his home.

1891-1979 (88 years old)

10. Robert Knox

Actor | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Son of Colin and Sally Knox. Brother of Jamie Knox.

Stabbed to death in bar brawl in London on 24 May 2008, while protecting his 16-year-old brother, four days after his last scene on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was shot. His attacker was convicted of his murder on 4 March 2009.

Stabbed to death outside a bar by Karl Norman Bishop.

1989-2008 (18 years old)

11. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...

Shot in the back outside his apartment building by fan Mark David Chapman.

1940-1980 (40 years old)

12. Harry Liedtke

Actor | Die Konkurrenz platzt

Harry Liedtke was born on October 12, 1882 in Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany. He was an actor, known for Die Konkurrenz platzt (1929), Der Mann ohne Namen - 1. Der Millionendieb (1921) and Die Liebe einer Königin (1923). He was married to Christa Tordy, Käthe Dorsch, Ernestine Emaline ...

Killed by Soviet Red Army soldiers in his home, together with his wife Christa Tordy.

1882-1945 (62 years old)

13. Dragan Maksimovic

Actor | Meetings with Remarkable Men

Dragan Maksimovic was born on February 7, 1949 in Podujevo, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He was an actor, known for Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979), Smeker (1986) and Sarajevski atentat (1972). He died on February 4, 2001 in Belgrade, Serbia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Beaten by a group of FK Rad football supporters.

1949-2001 (51 years old)

14. Sal Mineo

Actor | Rebel Without a Cause

Salvatore (Sal) Mineo Jr. was born to Josephine and Sal Sr. (a casket maker), who emigrated to the U.S. from Sicily. His siblings were Michael, Victor and Sarina. Sal was thrown out of parochial school and, by age eight, was a member of a street gang in a tough Bronx neighborhood. His mother ...

Stabbed outside his home by pizza delivery man Lionel Ray Williams.

1939-1976 (37 years old)

15. Billy London

Actor | Sex Drive 2020

Billy London was born on July 26, 1965 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA as William Arnold Harriman Newton. He was an actor. He died on October 29, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Dismembered and dumped in a dumpster. The murder remains unsolved.

1965-1990 (25 years old)

16. Georg John

Actor | M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

Georg John was born on July 23, 1879 in Schmiegel, Poland as Georg Jacobsohn. He was an actor, known for M (1931), Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924) and Peer Gynt (1919). He died on November 18, 1941 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland.

Died after being deported to the Lodz Ghetto during WWII.

1879-1941 (62 years old)

17. John Gottowt

Actor | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

John Gottowt was born on June 15, 1881 in Lemberg, Galicia, Austria-Hungary as Isidor Gesang. He was an actor and director, known for Nosferatu (1922), Das schwarze Los (1913) and The Student of Prague (1913). He died on August 27, 1942 in Wieliczka, Malopolskie, Poland.

Murdered by SS officers during WWII.

1881-1942 (61 years old)

18. Fritz Grünbaum

Writer | Die Csikosbaroneß

Fritz Grünbaum was born on April 7, 1880 in Brünn, Moravia, Austria-Hungary as Franz Friedrich Grünbaum. He was an actor and writer, known for Die Csikosbaroneß (1930), Liebeskommando (1931) and Jeder fragt nach Erika (1931). He was married to Lilly Herzl, Mizzi Dressl and Karolina ...

Died in the Dachau concentration camp.

1880-1941 (60 years old)

19. Karel Hasler

Writer | Ircin románek

Karel Hasler was born on October 31, 1879 in Prague, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor and writer, known for Ircin románek (1936), Batalion (1927) and Ta nase písnicka ceská (1967). He died on December 22, 1941 in Mauthausen concentration camp, Upper Danube, Germany [now Upper ...

Tortured to death in the Mauthausen concentration camp.

1879-1941 (62 years old)

20. Coen Hissink

Actor | De zwarte tulp

Coen Hissink was born on October 5, 1878 in Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands as Johan Coenraad Hissink. He was an actor, known for De zwarte tulp (1921), Levensschaduwen (1916) and Alexandra (1922). He died on December 17, 1942 in Neuengamme, Germany.

Died in the Neuengamme concentration camp.

1878-1942 (64 years old)

21. Kurt Lilien

Actor | Was Frauen träumen

Kurt Lilien was born on August 6, 1882 in Berlin, Germany as Kurt Lilienthal. He was an actor, known for Was Frauen träumen (1933), Harry Hill, der Herr der Welt (1923) and Baby (1932). He died on May 28, 1943 in Sobibór Concentration Camp, Lubelskie, Poland.

Died in the Sobibor extermination camp.

1882-1943 (60 years old)

22. Henri Monteux

Actor | Mon curé chez les riches

Henri Monteux is an actor, known for Mon curé chez les riches (1938), La maison du baigneur (1914) and La brigade sauvage (1939).

Died in Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

1874-1943 (69 years old)

23. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

Overdosed on barbiturates at her home.

1926-1962 (36 years old)

24. Dorothy Hale

Actress | The Rise of Catherine the Great

Dorothy Hale was born Dorothy Donovan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of sixteen, She was sent to a convent. Then she attended a drama school. She was a good friend of Claire Booth Luce and even starred in a theatre production called "Abide By Me."

Dorothy was known for her incredible beauty...

Jumped to her death from her apartment, after staging a huge farewell party.

1905-1938 (33 years old)

25. Lois Hamilton

Actress | The Cannonball Run

Lois Hamilton (Areno) personified a new wave of actresses who built careers on both beauty and brains. Lois attend Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennslyvannia, and the University of Florence in Florence, Italy, where she received degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts. As a top Ford model in the ...

Overdosed on sleeping pills, after struggling with depression after a car accident that caused her injuries.

1952-1999 (47 years old)

26. Elizabeth Hartman

Actress | A Patch of Blue

This slender, striking, red-haired, freckle-faced American leading lady, a Carnegie-Tech student in the 60s, made a stunning, sensitive film debut as the blind, abused, uneducated white girl who falls in love with compassionate Sidney Poitier in the racially-charged drama A Patch of Blue (1965). ...

Jumped to her death from her apartment, after suffering from depression most of her life.

1943-1987 (43 years old)

27. Phyllis Haver

Actress | The Midnight Express

Phyllis Haver was born Phyllis O'Haver on January 6, 1899, in Douglas, KS. When she was a child her family moved to California. Young Phyllis got a job playing piano at a local movie theater. Producer Mack Sennett saw her and hired her to be one of his "Sennett Bathing Beauties". Between 1916-20 ...

Overdosed on barbiturates.

1899-1960 (61 years old)

28. Margaux Hemingway

Actress | Inner Sanctum

Born in Portland, Oregon, she grew up in on a farm in Ketchum, Idaho. But dad was Jack Hemingway, son of the Nobel prize winning author Ernest Hemingway and, with that heritage, fame was almost foreordained. By the time she was 21, after the lead in the rape melodrama Lipstick (1976), she had a ...

Overdosed on phenobarbital in her own apartment. Her body was badly decomposed when found, suggesting she had been dead for a while.

1954-1996 (42 years old)

29. Evelyn Hoey

Actress | Leave It to Lester

Evelyn Hoey started her career on stage at age 10 in Minneapolis, MN. The height of her prominence on the stage was achieved when she appeared with Leon Errol in "Yours Truly" in 1928. She went to London to appear in "Good News" and in 1929 was singing Cole Porter's songs in a Paris nightclub. It ...

Shot to death at her friend, oil heir Henry H. Rogers III's farm. The death was ruled a suicide.

1910-1935 (24 years old)

30. Libby Holman

Actress | Dreams That Money Can Buy

Libby Holman's life was one of early poverty, extraordinary talent, scandal, fabulous wealth and tragedy. She's the stuff books and movies are ripe for. Born into a once-prosperous Jewish family in Ohio, her family's stock brokerage business collapsed in 1904 when her uncle disappeared after ...

Took her own life by carbon monoxide poisoning in her own home, after suffering depression from numerous things, including the death of John F. Kennedy, the deaths of young men in the Vietnam War and the death of her own son.

1904-1971 (67 years old)

31. Lorraine Huling

Actress | King Lear

Lorraine Huling was born on January 19, 1897 in Whitman County, Washington, USA as Carolyn Lorraine Huling. She was an actress, known for King Lear (1916), The Fall of a Nation (1916) and The Bachelor's Romance (1915). She was married to Richard Field Maynard. She died on November 15, 1971 in ...

Took her own life at home, after getting increasingly dismayed at growing old.

1897-1971 (74 years old)

32. Leona Hutton

Actress | The Secret of the Submarine

Leona Hutton was born in 1892. She was an actress and writer, known for The Secret of the Submarine (1915), The Snarl (1917) and The Man Who Would Not Die (1916). She died on April 1, 1949 in Toledo, Ohio, USA.

Overdosed on codeine, and died in an iron lung eighteen hours after being found by her husband.

1892-1949 (56 years old)

33. Phyllis Hyman

Actress | The Kill Reflex

Deep-voiced and statuesque, Phyllis Hyman sang with a life-affirming energy and emotional intensity found in few other female vocalists. Born in Philadelphia in 1949 (and raised in Pittsburgh), her professional career began in New York City where, during an engagement, she was spotted by producer ...

Overdosed on pentobarbital and secobarbital in her apartment.

1949-1995 (45 years old)

34. Joyce Jameson

Actress | The Outlaw Josey Wales

Well-endowed, attractive Joyce Jameson was typecast as 'broads', 'dames' and dizzy blondes - somewhat in the vein of Barbara Nichols. In real life, she was said to have been the antithesis of her screen personae, a graduate in theatre arts from UCLA, highly intelligent and well-read. Joyce began ...

Overdosed on pills after suffering from depression.

1932-1987 (54 years old)

35. Jiah Khan

Actress | Ghajini

Jiah Khan was born on February 20, 1988 in New York City, New York, USA as Nafisa Khan. She is known for her work on Ghajini (2008), Nishabd (2007) and Housefull (2010). She died on June 3, 2013 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Hanged herself from a ceiling fan in her home, however her death is still being investigated as a murder, with her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi as prime suspect.

1988-2013 (25 years old)

36. Allyn King

Actress | The Fighting Blade

Allyn King was born in 1901. She was an actress, known for The Fighting Blade (1923). She died on March 30, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA.

Jumped from her aunt's apartment. She survived the fall, but died two days later from the injuries. She had long struggled to satisfy the demands to stay abnormally slim.

1899-1930 (31 years old)

37. Carole Landis

Actress | I Wake Up Screaming

Carole Landis was born on New Year's Day in 1919 in Fairchild, Wisconsin, as Frances Lillian Mary Ridste. Her father, a railroad mechanic, was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Polish. Her father walked out, leaving Carole, her mother and an older brother and sister to fend for themselves.


Overdosed on Seconal, after her lover, actor Rex Harrison, refused to divorce his wife for her.

1919-1948 (29 years old)

38. Nora Lane

Actress | The Western Code

Nora Bennett Schilling was born in Chester, Illinois. She grew up and went to school near St. Louis. After modeling for a time, she went to visit a friend in California and was noticed by someone in the film industry. She successfully passed her screen test and began playing small parts in silent ...

Shot herself one month after her husband's death.

1905-1948 (43 years old)

39. Pepi Lederer

Actress | The Cardboard Lover

Pepi Lederer was born on March 18, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Josephine Rose Lederer. She was an actress, known for The Cardboard Lover (1928). She died on June 11, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Jumped to her death out of the window in a mental hospital, after struggling with drug addiction.

1910-1935 (25 years old)

40. Jeanette Loff

Actress | Flirtation

Jeanette Loff was born Janette Lov in Orofino, Idaho, on October 9, 1906. Her father Maurice was a successful violinist from Denmark who moved their family to Canada when Jeanette was a child. She loved to sing and she studied music at the Ellison-White Conservatory in Portland, Oregon. At age ...

Died of ammonia poisoning, though it is not known if it was accidentally or intentionally.

1906-1942 (35 years old)

41. Kitty McHugh

Actress | The Grapes of Wrath

Kitty McHugh was born on October 3, 1902 in Harmony, Pennsylvania, USA as Katherine McHugh. She was an actress, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Blonde Trouble (1937) and Wife Insurance (1937). She was married to Ned Glass. She died on September 3, 1954 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

Committed suicide.

1902-1954 (51 years old)

42. Maggie McNamara

Actress | The Moon Is Blue

Maggie McNamara -- with her brown hair in a ponytail -- arrives in Rome in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) expecting great things to happen. Petite and slender, she looks almost like a schoolgirl in her prim blue suit. She is bright and vivacious and goes for what she wants -- a proposal from "...

Overdosed on sleeping pills and tranquilizers, after struggling with mental illness and depression.

1928-1978 (49 years old)

43. Eve Miller

Actress | There's No Business Like Show Business

Eve Miller was born on August 8, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Eve Turner. She was an actress, known for There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), The Big Trees (1952) and Buckaroo from Powder River (1947). She died on August 17, 1973 in Van Nuys, California.

Committed suicide, after earlier attempts.

1923-1973 (50 years old)

44. Kelly Van Dyke

Actress | My Mother the Car

Kelly Van Dyke was born on June 5, 1958 in Illinois, USA as Kelly Jean Van Dyke. She was an actress, known for My Mother the Car (1965). She was married to Jack Nance and Jeffrey Archer. She died on November 17, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Hanged herself in her apartment.

1958-1991 (33 years old)

45. Maruja Montes

Actress | Estrellas de Buenos Aires

Maruja Montes was born on March 24, 1930 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was an actress, known for Estrellas de Buenos Aires (1956), La potranca (1960) and Los hermanos corsos (1955). She was married to Césari, Mario. She died on June 11, 1993 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Committed suicide.

1930-1993 (63 years old)

46. Mary Hardy

Actress | Good Morning, Mr. Doubleday

Mary Hardy was born on October 14, 1931 in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia as Mary Veronica Hardy. She was an actress, known for Good Morning, Mr. Doubleday (1969), Bellbird (1967) and Once Upon a Twilight (1975). She died in January 1985 in Middle Park, Melbourne, Victoria.

Committed suicide.

1931-1985 (53 years old)

47. Nora Gregor

Actress | -But the Flesh Is Weak

Nora Gregor was an operetta diva, stage and film actress. She made her debut in Graz, Austria, and from there went to the Volksbühne an das Raimund-Theater in Vienna. She also worked at the Reinhardt Bühne in Berlin. From 1930 to 1933 she lived in Hollywood and also in Berlin. She made her first ...

Probably took her own life, despressed due to her South American exile. Her biographer, however, notes that her death was probably from natural causes.

1901-1949 (47 years old)

48. Eva May

Actress | Die Fledermaus

Eva May was born on May 29, 1902 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. She was an actress, known for Die Fledermaus (1923), Fridericus Rex - 3. Teil: Sanssouci (1923) and Alt Heidelberg (1923). She died on September 10, 1924 in Baden, Lower Austria, Austria.

Shot herself.

1902-1924 (22 years old)

49. Leila Lopes

Actress | O Rei do Gado

Leila Lopes was born on November 19, 1959 in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil as Leila Gomes Lopes. She was an actress, known for O Rei do Gado (1996), Renascer (1993) and Você Decide (1992). She died on December 3, 2009 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Took her own life with rat poison.

1959-2009 (50 years old)

50. Lucy Gordon

Actress | Spider-Man 3

Lucy Gordon was born on May 22, 1980 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. She was an actress, known for Spider-Man 3 (2007), Serendipity (2001) and The Four Feathers (2002). She died on May 20, 2009 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.

Hanged herself in her apartment, which she shared with cinematographer Jérôme Alméras.

1980-2009 (28 years old)

51. Lillian Hall-Davis

Actress | The Ring

Lilian Hall Davis was born June 23, 1898, in Mile End, London, England, the daughter of a London cab driver. For publicity purposes, she changed the spelling of her name to to the tonier Lillian Hall-Davis and reported her birthplace as the more fashionable Hampstead, London. She began acting in ...

Cut her throat and poisoned herself with gas at her home, after a sharp career decline and poor health.

1898-1933 (35 years old)

52. Imogen Hassall

Actress | Carry on Loving

Imogen Hassall is sometimes referred to as "The Countess of Cleavage" as she was better known for her glamorous celebrity than her acting talent. Imogen was born on August 25 1942, in Woking, Surrey, England and rose to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s as an international B-movie ...

Overdosed on Tuinal barbiturate tablets at her home, after getting depressed due to failed relationships, career decline and inability to have children.

1942-1980 (38 years old)

53. Margaret Leahy

Actress | Three Ages

At 18 years of age, Margaret Leahy set up a costume shop in England designing women's clothing and modeling her designs for interested buyers. In 1922, Constance and Norma Talmadge, Joseph Schenck and film director Edward Jose held a contest in England to find a new leading lady. The contestants ...

Committed suicide.

1902-1967 (64 years old)

54. Virginia Maskell

Actress | Interlude

This ill-fated British actress was born in the Shepherd's Bush area of London, England, on February 27, 1936. After the outbreak of World War II, young Virginia and her family were evacuated to South Africa. She eventually returned to London and entered a convent school where the pretty, grey-eyed ...

Overdosed on barbiturates and walked for hours through the woods, after a nervous breakdown and post-natal depression.

1936-1968 (31 years old)

55. Briony McRoberts

Actress | The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Briony McRoberts was born in Hertfordshire in February 1957. One of her earliest acting roles was in The Pink Panther Strikes Again at the age of 19. She has appeared in numerous theatrical and film roles, though the majority of her work has been in television. She has appeared in over 15 series, ...

Threw herself in front of a train at a subway station, after struggling with anorexia and severe depression.

1957-2013 (56 years old)

56. Pauline Julien

Actress | La mort d'un bûcheron

Pauline Julien was born on May 23, 1928 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. She was an actress, known for La mort d'un bûcheron (1973), La terre à boire (1964) and Bulldozer (1974). She was married to Gérald Godin. She died on September 30, 1998 in Montréal, Québec.

Took her own life after getting a brain disease.

1928-1998 (70 years old)

57. Xia Ai

Actress | Feng nian

Xia Ai was born on November 29, 1912 in Tianjin, China as Yinan Yan. She was an actress, known for Feng nian (1933), Chun can (1933) and Zhifen shichang (1933). She died on February 15, 1934 in Shanghai, China.

Took her own life by eating raw opium.

1912-1934 (21 years old)

58. Qing Jiang

Actress | Lian hua jiao xiang qu

Born to a family Li in Shandong province of China, Chiang Ching became a stage and film actress (stage name as Lanping) in Shanghai in left-wing groups and film companies in the 1930s. Her careers with the left-wing / pro-communist groups paved her way to become wife to Mao Tse-tung, leader of the ...

Hanged herself in the bathroom of a hospital, after being diagnosed with throat cancer while serving a lifetime imprisonment sentence. She was first given a death sentence due to her marriage with chairman Mao Zedong and her involvement in the nation's politics.

1914-1991 (77 years old)

59. Dai Lin

Actress | Qian jiao bai mei

Dai Lin was born on December 26, 1934 in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China as Yueru Cheng. She is known for her work on Qian jiao bai mei (1961), Bu liao qing (1961) and Diao Chan (1958). She was married to Shun-shing Lung. She died on July 17, 1964 in Hong Kong.

Overdosed on sleeping pills and inhaled methane gas, due to problems within the family.

1934-1964 (29 years old)

60. Zorka Janu

Actress | Cekanky

Zorka Janu was born on July 9, 1921 in Prague, Czechoslovakia as Zora Babková. She was an actress, known for Cekanky (1940), Minulost Jany Kosinové (1940) and Ohnivé léto (1939). She died on March 24, 1946 in Prague, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic].

Jumped to her death after being expelled from work, due to her family's activities during WW2.

1921-1946 (24 years old)

61. Miroslava

Actress | La muerte enamorada

Born in the pre-war Prague, young Miroslava Sternova (or simply Miroslava, as she was known in her film career) was brought to Mexico by her parents in the late 30s, leaving her childhood, her native Czechoslovakia and her beloved grandma. After winning a beauty contest in Mexico City, Miroslava ...

Overdosed on sleeping pills at her home, with a picture of bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín in her hand.

1925-1955 (30 years old)

62. Soad Hosny

Actress | Hekayat Howa wa Heya

Souad Muhammad Kamal Hosny Al Baba was born on January 26th, 1942 in Ataba, Cairo, Egypt. She was the 10th sibling of 17 brothers and sisters. Husni was known as the "Cinderella" of Arab cinema and one of the most influential actresses in the Arabic art world. She ascended to stardom in the end of ...

Fell from the balcony at her home in Stuart Tower in London.

1942-2001 (59 years old)

63. Simone Mareuil

Actress | Le Juif polonais

Simone Mareuil was born on August 25, 1903 in Périgueux, Dordogne, France as Marie Louise Simone Vacher. She was an actress, known for Polish Jew (1931), Un Chien Andalou (1929) and Genêt d'Espagne (1927). She was married to Philippe Hersent. She died on October 24, 1954 in Périgueux.

Burned herself to death in a public square in Perigueux, having suffered from severe depression.

1903-1954 (51 years old)

64. Mitsouko

Actress | Nick Carter va tout casser

Mitsouko was born in 1943 as Maryse Guy. She was an actress, known for License to Kill (1964), Bob Morane (1964) and Z7 Operation Rembrandt (1966). She died in March 1995 in Paris, France.

Committed suicide.

1943-1995 (52 years old)

65. Jola Jobst

Actress | Die Fledermaus

Jola Jobst was born on November 25, 1915. She was an actress, known for Die Fledermaus (1937), Model Husband (1937) and The Fight with the Dragon (1935). She was married to Wolfgang Kieling. She died in October 1952.

Committed suicide.

1915-1952 (36 years old)

66. Jayalakshmi

Actress | Nyayam Kavali

Jayalakshmi is an actress, known for Nyayam Kavali (1981), Kumkumam Kadhai Solgiradhu (1978) and Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai (1979).

Committed suicide.

1958-1980 (22 years old)

67. Nafisa Joseph

Actress | C.A.T.S

Nafisa Joseph was born March 28, 1978 Bangalore, Karnataka, India to Nirmal Joseph, a Keralite Syrian Christian and Usha Joseph, a Bengali, who was a descendant of Tagore and first cousin of Sharmila Tagore. Nafisa studied at Bishop Cotton Girls' School and St. Joseph's College, both at Bangalore. ...

Hanged herself in her apartment in Mumbai, after her upcoming marriage to businessman Gautam Khanduja was called off.

1978-2004 (26 years old)

68. Shikha Joshi

Actress | Agneepath

Shikha Joshi was an actress, known for Agneepath (2012), Devon Mein Dev Shanidev (2007) and B.A. Pass (2012). She was married to Riyaz Pathan. She died on May 16, 2015 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Bled to death after slitting her throat with a kitchen knife in the bathroom of her apartment in Mumbai.

1975-2015 (40 years old)

69. Mayoori

Actress | Puthukkottaielerenthu Saravanan

Mayoori is an actress, known for Puthukkottaielerenthu Saravanan (2004), Aakasha Ganga (1999) and Prem Poojari (1999).

Committed suicide.

1983-2005 (22 years old)

70. Monal

Actress | Maa Tujhhe Salaam

Monal is an actress, known for Maa Tujhhe Salaam (2002), Badri (2001) and Premika (1980).

Hanged herself in her room in Chennai, after breaking off with her boyfriend, choreographer Prasanna Sujit.

1981-2002 (21 years old)

71. Dorian Gray

Actress | Le notti di Cabiria

Dorian Gray was born on February 2, 1928 in Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy as Maria Luisa Mangini. She was an actress, known for The Nights of Cabiria (1957), Totò, Peppino e la... malafemmina (1956) and Mogli pericolose (1958). She died on February 16, 2011 in Torcegno, Trentino-Alto ...

Shot herself in her home in Torcegno.

1928-2011 (83 years old)

72. Daisy Lumini

Music_department | La bugiarda

She and her husband, actor Tino Schirinzi, committed suicide by jumping together from a bridge under construction near Barberino di Mugello. Tino Schirinzi was seriously ill with a cancer of the oesophagus.

Jumped to her death together with her husband, actor Tino Schirinzi, from a viaduct near Barberino di Mugello.

1936-1993 (57 years old)

73. Kazumi Kawai

Actress | Sayonara konnichiwa

Kazumi Kawai was born on July 9, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan as Tomoko Kuga. She was an actress, known for Sayonara konnichiwa (1990), Sêrâ-fuku shikijô shiiku (1982) and Bokyo (1993). She died on May 9, 1997 in Tokyo.

Jumped to her death from an apartment building in Tokyo.

1964-1997 (32 years old)

74. Sumako Matsui

Actress | Katyusha no uta

Sumako Matsui was born on November 1, 1886 in Nagano, Nagano, Japan. She was an actress, known for Katyusha no uta (1914). She died on January 5, 1919 in Japan.

Hanged herself after her lover, director Hogetsu Shimamura, had died of the Spanish flu.

1886-1919 (32 years old)

75. Inna Gulaya

Actress | Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn

Inna Gulaya was born on May 9, 1940 in Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Inna Yossifovna Gulaya. She was an actress, known for Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (1967), When the Trees Were Tall (1962) and Shumnyy den (1961). She was married to Gennady Shpalikov. She died on May 27, 1990 in Moscow, USSR.

Overdosed on sleeping pills 16 years after her husband, poet Gennady Shpalikov, killed himself.

1940-1990 (50 years old)

76. Marlia Hardi

Actress | Tuan tanah Kedawung

Marlia Hardi is an actress, known for Tuan tanah Kedawung (1971), Tenang menanti (1952) and Aladin dan lampu wasiat (1982).

Hanged herself in her home in Jakarta, after being unable to pay her debts.

1927-1984 (57 years old)

77. Da-bin Jeong

Actress | Danjeogbiyeonsu

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Jeong Da-bin, whose real name is Jung Hye-sun, was mostly known for playing ever cheerful and effervescent every girl roles. Known primarily for playing schoolgirl types, she gained quite a popular following in Taiwan as well particularly for her roles in ...

Hanged herself in the bathroom of her boyfriend's house in Seoul, having been depressed about lack of work, the imprisonment of her former manager and personal attacks on the internet.

1980-2007 (26 years old)

78. Eun-ju Lee

Actress | Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo

Born in Gunsan, North Jeolla, Lee made her debut in 1997. She was a popular actress, starring in the hit movie Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo in 2004.

On the night of February 22, 2005, only a few days after her graduation from Dankook University, Lee suddenly committed suicide at her apartment room in ...

Slit her wrists and handed herself in her apartment in Seongnam, having struggled with depression and mental illness.

1980-2005 (24 years old)

79. Elena Mayorova

Actress | Neustanovlennoe litso

Elena Mayorova was born on May 30, 1958 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR as Elena Vladimirovna Mayorova. She was an actress, known for Neustanovlennoe litso (1990), Odin i bez oruzhiya (1984) and Strannaya istoriya doktora Dzhekila i mistera Khayda (1986). She was married ...

Unknown whether accidentally or intentionally, she set fire to the dress she was wearing while at her house in Moscow. She died later that day at a hospital.

1958-1997 (39 years old)

80. Tom Graeff

Director | Teenagers from Outer Space

Tom Graeff was born on September 12, 1929 in Ray, Arizona, USA as Thomas Lockyear Graeff. He was an editor and director, known for Teenagers from Outer Space (1959), The Noble Experiment (1955) and Toast to Our Brother (1951). He died on December 19, 1970 in San Diego, California, USA.

Took his own life by carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage in La Mesa. Graeff had been unable to find work after a somewhat erratic behavior, including placing an add in the paper insisting on being called Jesus Christ II.

1929-1970 (41 years old)

81. Frank Graham

Actor | Cosmo Jones in the Crime Smasher

Frank Graham was born on November 22, 1914 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Cosmo Jones in the Crime Smasher (1943), The Three Caballeros (1944) and Northwest Hounded Police (1946). He died on September 2, 1950 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Took his own life by carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage in Los Angeles.

1914-1950 (35 years old)

82. Spalding Gray

Writer | Swimming to Cambodia

Spalding Gray was born on June 5, 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Spalding Rockwell Gray. He was an actor and writer, known for Swimming to Cambodia (1987), Kate & Leopold (2001) and The Killing Fields (1984). He was married to Kathleen Russo and Renée Shafransky. He died on January 10...

Probably killed himself after jumping off the Staten Island Ferry. Gray went missing in January 2004, and was found two months later in the East River. He had attempted suicide in 2002, after suffering serious injuries in a 2001 car crash.

1941-2004 (62 years old)

83. Jon Hall

Actor | Invisible Agent

Handsome, athletic leading man Jon Hall was the son of actor Felix Locher and a Tahitian princess. Hall was married three times, two of which were to entertainers: singer Frances Langford and actress Raquel Torres. His third wife was a psychiatrist. They married in 1969 and lived in Los Angeles ...

Shot himself in his sister's home in North Hollywood, while undergoing painful chemotherapy treatments for bladder cancer.

1915-1979 (64 years old)

84. Rusty Hamer

Actor | Make Room for Daddy

A deadpan, freckle-faced, curly-haired child actor of the late 50s, Rusty Hamer entered films at age 5 and became a precocious TV celebrity the very next year, trading quips with top comedian Danny Thomas as his lippy, obnoxious son, on the hit sitcom, Make Room for Daddy (1953), in 1953. Playing '...

Shot himself in his trailer home in DeRidder, after struggling with depression due to his inability to transition into adult acting, and chronic back pain.

1947-1990 (42 years old)

85. Roland Harrah III

Actor | Airwolf

Roland Harrah III was born on January 20, 1973 in Colorado, USA as Roland Edward Harrah III. He was an actor, known for Airwolf (1984), Magnum, P.I. (1980) and Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988). He died on January 3, 1995 in Riverside County, California, USA.

Committed suicide.

1973-1995 (21 years old)

86. William Haze

Actor | The Punisher

With his genial demeanor and strong presence, Will Haze managed to move quickly from featured to leading player. On one of his very first auditions for a small role in a feature film, he was asked to read for the leading role and booked it. Since then, he has appeared in over 30 films and ...

Committed suicide.

1966-2016 (50 years old)

87. Benjamin Hendrickson

Actor | As the World Turns

Benjamin Hendrickson was born on August 26, 1950 in Huntington, Long Island, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for As the World Turns (1956), Manhunter (1986) and Regarding Henry (1991). He died on July 3, 2006 in Huntington.

Shot himself in his home in Huntington, after suffering from depression since the death of his mother in 2003.

1950-2006 (55 years old)

88. Judd Holdren

Actor | Zombies of the Stratosphere

In the role of Commando Cody, Judd Holdren patrolled America's threatened skies after actors Tristram Coffin and George Wallace hung up their flying suits. (Coffin was Rocket Man in "King of the Rocket Man" and Wallace was Commando Cody in "Radar Men from the Moon.") Holdren played the airborne ...

Shot himself.

1915-1974 (58 years old)

89. Anthony Holland

Actor | All That Jazz

Anthony Holland was born on March 3, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for All That Jazz (1979), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and The Lonely Lady (1983). He died on July 9, 1988 in New York City, New York.

Took his own life at his apartment in Manhattan. Holland had AIDS.

1928-1988 (60 years old)

90. Russell Hopton

Actor | Once in a Lifetime

Russell Hopton was born on February 18, 1900 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Once in a Lifetime (1932), The Little Giant (1933) and Song of the Trail (1936). He died on April 7, 1945 in North Hollywood, California, USA.

Overdosed on sleeping pills.

1900-1945 (45 years old)

91. Tim Hovey

Actor | Queen Bee

Tim Hovey was born on June 19, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Timothy James Hovey. He was an actor, known for Queen Bee (1955), The Private War of Major Benson (1955) and Man Afraid (1957). He was married to Helen G Cassimos. He died on September 9, 1989 in Watsonville, California.

Died of an intentional drug overdose in his home in Watsonville.

1945-1989 (44 years old)

92. Paul Hurst

Actor | Gone with the Wind

American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films, Paul Hurst spent much of his early work in low-budget western. A native of Traver, California (in the San Joaquin Valley), Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the ...

Committed suicide after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

1888-1953 (64 years old)

93. John Indrisano

Actor | Live Wires

Born in East Boston, Johnny Indrisano was from a poverty stricken family. As a youth he vowed to "have money" some day. He boxed 155 amateur fights. He turned professional and went on to fight 83 main events in which he won 80. He defeated 5 world champions. His career lasted from 1924 to 1934. He ...

Hanged himself in his home in Los Angeles, having long struggled with depression. However, his death has been described as mysterious.

1905-1968 (62 years old)

94. Rick Jason

Actor | Combat!

The only child of a stockbroker and well-to-do mother, Richard Jason described himself as "second-generation nouveau riche" and a born romantic. Friends say he was affable, charming, driven and a real Renaissance man. A good student, popular with classmates and teachers, Jason's hellish behavior ...

Shot himself in his home in Moorpark, having been depressed.

1923-2000 (77 years old)

95. Richard Jeni

Actor | The Mask

Richard Jeni was born on April 14, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Richard John Colangelo. He was an actor and writer, known for The Mask (1994), Richard Jeni: Platypus Man (1992) and Platypus Man (1995). He died on March 10, 2007 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

Shot himself in his home, having been diagnosed with severe clinical depression, psychotic paranoia and schizophrenia. His girlfriend had heard him talk to himself a week earlier, saying "Just squeeze the trigger."

1957-2007 (49 years old)

96. Brian Keith

Actor | The Parent Trap

Son of character actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman. He grew up on the road with his parents while they toured in plays. First appeared at age 3 in film Pied Piper Malone (1924) with his father. Began acting in radio programs and on stage before World War II. Joined the Marines and ...

Shot himself in his home in Malibu, two months after his daughter Daisy committed suicide. He was also in financial troubles.

1921-1997 (75 years old)

97. Wyatt Knight

Actor | Porky's

Wyatt Knight was born on January 20, 1955 in the USA. He is known for his work on Porky's (1981), Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) and Stages (2002). He was married to Silvina Knight and Harriet Birnholz. He died on October 25, 2011 in Maui, Hawaii, USA.

Shot himself while staying at a house on Maui. Painful cancer treatment had left him in physical and emotional pain.

1955-2011 (56 years old)

98. Andrew Koenig

Actor | InAlienable

Andrew Koenig was born on August 17, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joshua Andrew Koenig. He was an actor and editor, known for InAlienable (2007), Batman: Dead End (2003) and Growing Pains (1985). He died on February 14, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Hanged himself from a tree in Stanley Park in Vancouver. He had last been seen alive on February 14, and was found eleven days later. Koenig had previously gone missing, having struggled with depression.

1968-2010 (41 years old)

99. Ben Lackland

Actor | Captain Video and His Video Rangers

Ben Lackland came to New York in 1925 to study at the Theater Guild School and lived in Manhattan until 1958. During his career, he appeared in many plays with such figures as Josephine Hull, Walter Hampden, Ruth Gordon, Otis Skinner and Ethel Barrymore. He met his future wife, stage actress ...

Overdosed on sleeping pills.

1901-1959 (58 years old)

100. Alan Lake

Actor | Freelance

Alan Lake was born on November 24, 1940 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He was an actor, known for Freelance (1971), The Growing Summer (1968) and Department S (1969). He was married to Diana Dors. He died on October 10, 1984 in Sunningdale, Berkshire, England.

Shot himself in his son's bedroom in their home, five months after his wife, actress Diana Dors, had died from cancer. Lake fell into depression, and had also for years struggled with alcoholism.

1940-1984 (43 years old)

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