Notable Showbiz Deaths of 2015by TrekFan1 | created - 07 Jan 2015 | updated - 25 Feb 2018 | Public
A list of the notable entertainment personalities who passed away in 2015, ordered by date of death.
Actress | The Beverly Hillbillies
An honest-to-goodness Southern Belle, similar to her most famous character role, "Elly May Clampett" on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Donna Douglas grew up in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area, loving "critters". She got married soon after high school, had a son, divorced and won a couple of beauty...
Actress best known for playing Elly May Clampett on TV's 'The Beverly Hillbillies;' also known as the revealed face of Janet Tyler in the classic 'Twilight Zone' episode "Eye of the Beholder" and for starring opposite Elvis Presley in 'Frankie and Johnny' (1966)
September 26, 1932 – January 1, 2015
Actress | Aventurera
Ninon Sevilla was a Mexican showgirl born in Cuba and raised by an aunt in the populous Centro Habana sector, Ninón Sevilla was graced with feline features, wonderful legs and exceptional vitality. She successfully danced her way through Havana night clubs and cabarets, and arrived in Mexico in ...
Actress who was a star of the golden age of Mexican cinema and a principal exponent of the Rumberas film — one of the "Queens of the Tropics;" best known for starring in 'Aventurera' (1950), considered a masterpiece of the Rumberas film genre; also known for starring in such films as 'Victims of Sin' (1951) and 'Cry of the Bewitched' (1957)
November 10, 1921 – January 1, 2015
Soundtrack | More American Graffiti
Little Jimmy Dickens was born on December 19, 1920 in Bolt, West Virginia, USA as James Cecil Dickens. He was married to Mona Evans, Anne Ernestine Jones and Dorothy (Connie) Chapman. He died on January 2, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Country music singer and oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry best known for his short stature and humorous novelty songs, most notably his 1965 hit "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose;" also credited with introducing rhinestone suits into live country music performances
December 19, 1920 – January 2, 2015
4. Bill Hart
Stunts | Escape from New York
Bill Hart was born on July 28, 1934 in Red Oak, Texas, USA as Billy Gene Welch. He is known for his work on Escape from New York (1981), Raw Deal (1986) and The Jackal (1997). He was married to Rina Solowitz and Charlene Roberson. He died on January 2, 2015 in Northridge, California, USA.
Stuntman and actor best known for his work in over 125 Western films and TV shows, including 'The Alamo' (1960), 'The Comancheros' (1961), 'McLintock!' (1963), 'The Wild Bunch' (1969), 'There Was a Crooked Man...' (1970), 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid' (1973), 'Heaven's Gate' (1980), 'Young Guns' (1988), 'Gunsmoke,' 'Bonanza,' 'Rawhide,' 'Have Gun - Will Travel,' 'Wanted: Dead or Alive' and 'Daniel Boone;' was part of the famous exploding bridge scene in 'The Wild Bunch' in which he and other stuntmen, saddled on horses, were blown from the bridge into a river using real dynamite; was also known for being Glenn Ford's primary stunt double for more than 20 years, starting with 1968's 'Day of the Evil Gun' and including the TV series 'Cade's County'
December 11, 1934 – January 2, 2015
Writer | Bara no hyôteki
Yoshio Shirasaka was born in 1932 in Tokyo, Japan as Toshiyoshi Yasumi. He was a writer and actor, known for The Target of Roses (1972), Makkanâ koi no monogatari (1963) and Sebiro no ninja (1963). He died on January 2, 2015 in Setagaya, Tokyo.
Playwright and screenwriter; wrote many of Yasuzô Masumura's most acclaimed films, including 'Giants and Toys' (1958) and 'Blind Beast' (1969), and was a writer on Kon Ichikawa's documentary masterpiece 'Tokyo Olympiad' (1965)
1932 – January 2, 2015
6. Pino Daniele
Soundtrack | Pensavo fosse amore invece era un calesse
Pino Daniele was born on March 19, 1955 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Giuseppe Daniele. He was married to Fabiola Sciabbarasi and Dorina Giangrande. He died on January 4, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Popular singer-songwriter and composer known for his infusion of Italian music with jazz and blues; won multiple awards and nominations for his film scores, including those for Massimo Troisi's 'The Ways of the Lord Are Over' (1987) and 'I Thought It Was Love' (1991)
March 19, 1955 – January 4,2015
7. Stuart Scott
Actor | The Kid
Stuart Scott was born on July 19, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Stuart Orlando Scott. He was an actor, known for The Kid (2000), Drumline (2002) and He Got Game (1998). He was married to Kimberley Alice Emmons. He died on January 4, 2015 in Avon, Connecticut, USA.
Beloved ESPN sportscaster who was a longtime anchor on the network's 'SportsCenter,' known for his unique blending of hip-hop culture with sports and use of catchphrases such as "Boo-yah!," "Holla!," "As cool as the other side of the pillow," and "He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin' him to school."
July 19, 1965 – January 4, 2015
8. René Vautier
Director | Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurès
René Vautier was born on January 15, 1928 in Camaret-sur-Mer, Finistère, France as René André Georges Vautier. He was a director and writer, known for To Be Twenty in the Aures (1972), Anneaux d'or (1956) and The Madwoman of Toujane (1974). He was married to Soazig Chappedelaine. He died on January...
French director who made films which addressed a number of social and cultural issues, many of which were banned or condemned; was sentenced to prison for a year for his first film, 'Afrique 50' (1956), which was banned for 40 years and is hailed as the first anti-colonialist French film; subsequently won the Youth Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival for his 1959 short 'Anneaux d'or' ('Golden Ring'); most famous for his dramatic Algerian War film 'To Be Twenty in the Aures' (1972), for which he received the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival
January 15, 1928 – January 4, 2015
Production_manager | Star Trek: Generations
Bernard Williams was born on May 10, 1942 in Hammersmith, London, England as Bernard Telvin Williams. He was a production manager and producer, known for Star Trek Generations (1994), Manhunter (1986) and Flash Gordon (1980). He was married to Valerie E. Norman. He died on January 4, 2015 in Lake ...
Producer, production manager and assistant director; was associate producer on Stanley Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971) and 'Barry Lyndon' (1975) and collaborated with Frank Oz on six of the latter's films, starting with 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' (1988, as producer and first assistant director) and 'What About Bob?' (1991, as co-producer); subsequently served as both executive producer and unit production manager on Oz's 'HouseSitter' (1992), 'The Indian in the Cupboard' (1995), 'Bowfinger' (1999) and 'The Score' (2001); was also executive producer on such films as 'Flash Gordon' (1980), Milos Forman's 'Ragtime' (1981), Michael Mann's 'Manhunter' (1986), 'War Party' (1988), 'So I Married an Axe Murderer' (1993), 'Star Trek Generations' (1994), 'Blood and Wine' (1996), 'Daredevil' (2003) and 'Charlotte's Web' (2006) and was unit production manager on the last seven films
1942 – January 4, 2015
Hungarian cinematographer and award-winning film director; shot many films for director Péter Bacsó, most notably 'The Witness' (1969) and 'The Agony of Mr. Boroka' (1972); also directed photography on such films as Pál Sándor's 'Clowns on the Wall' (1968) and 'Love, Emelia' (1970) and Rezsö Szörény's 'BUEK!' (1978); as a director, received Grand Jury Prizes for his films 'Tüzikovácsok' (1975) and 'Don't Lean Out the Window' (1978), while his films 'Duty Free Marriage' (1980) and 'Sentence to Death' (1989) were entered into the Chicago International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, respectively; perhaps best known, however, for directing Queen's 1986 concert film 'Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest'
January 30, 1939 – January 4, 2015
11. Lance Percival
Actor | Yellow Submarine
Lance Percival was born on July 26, 1933 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England as John Lancelot Blades Percival. He was an actor and writer, known for Yellow Submarine (1968), Carry On Cruising (1962) and Darling Lili (1970). He died on January 6, 2015 in London, England.
Actor, comedian, writer and singer famed for his work as a cast member on the groundbreaking satirical BBC program 'That Was the Week That Was,' particularly his impersonation and lampooning of prime minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home and his ability to spontaneously improvise comic calypsos based on suggestions from the audience; also known for voicing a cartoon version of Paul McCartney on ABC's animated series 'The Beatles' and for voicing Old Fred in the Beatles' animated film, 'Yellow Submarine' (1968); had supporting roles in many notable live-action films, as well, including 'Carry on Cruising' (1962), 'The Big Job' (1965), Blake Edwards' 'Darling Lili' (1970) and Robert Aldrich's 'Too Late the Hero' (1970); also appeared in the three movies spun off from the TV show 'Up Pompeii!' -- 1971's 'Up Pompeii' and 'Up the Chastity Belt' and 1972's 'Up the Front' -- and had brief roles in Anthony Asquith's films 'The V.I.P.s' (1963) and 'The Yellow Rolls-Royce' (1964)
July 26, 1933 – January 6, 2015
12. Tadeusz Konwicki
Tadeusz Konwicki was born on June 22, 1926 in Nowa Wilejka, Wilenskie, Poland. He was a writer and director, known for Lava (1989), The Last Day of Summer (1958) and Salto (1965). He was married to Danuta Konwicka. He died on January 7, 2015 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.
Polish screenwriter and film director known for such films as 'The Last Day of Summer' (1958), 'Salto' (1965) and 'A Tale of Adam Mickiewicz's 'Forefathers' Eve' (1989), the latter of which earned him the Special Jury Prize from the Polish Film Awards as well as a nomination for a Golden George (then known as the Golden St. George) from the Moscow International Film Festival; also known for collaborating with director Jerzy Kawalerowicz on the screenplays for the latter's films 'Mother Joan of the Angels' (1961), 'Faraon' (1966) and 'Austeria' (1982)
June 22, 1926 – January 7, 2015
13. Rod Taylor
Actor | Inglourious Basterds
Suave and handsome Australian actor who came to Hollywood in the 1950s, and built himself up from a supporting actor into taking the lead in several well-remembered movies. Arguably his most fondly remembered role was that as George (Herbert George Wells), the inventor, in George Pal's spectacular ...
Legendary actor best known for starring in George Pal's 'The Time Machine' (1960) and Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' (1963); was also the voice of Pongo in Disney's animated classic '101 Dalmatians' (1961); previously had supporting roles in such classic films as 'The Catered Affair' (1956), 'Giant' (1956), 'Raintree County' (1957) and 'Separate Tables' (1958); went on to star or co-star in such films as Anthony Asquith's 'The V.I.P.s' (1963), Peter Tewksbury's 'Sunday in New York' (1963), George Seaton's '36 Hours' (1964), Jack Cardiff's 'Young Cassidy,' 'The Liquidator' (both 1965) and 'Dark of the Sun' (1968), Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Zabriskie Point' (1970) and Burt Kennedy's 'The Train Robbers' (1973) and starred opposite Doris Day in the comedies 'Do Not Disturb' (1965) and 'The Glass Bottom Boat' (1966); also starred in the short lived TV series 'Hong Kong,' 'Bearcats!,' 'The Oregon Trail,' ''Masquerade' and 'Outlaws' and played the recurring roles of Frank Agretti on 'Falcon Crest' and Gordon Cahill on 'Walker, Texas Ranger;' made his final screen appearance as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' (2009)
January 11, 1930 - January 7, 2015
14. Andraé Crouch
Music_department | The Color Purple
Andraé Crouch was born on July 1, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Andraé Edward Crouch. He is known for his work on The Color Purple (1985), Downsizing (2017) and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006). He died on January 8, 2015 in ...
Legendary, seven-time Grammy-winning gospel singer, composer, arranger, choir director and pastor heralded as "the father of modern gospel music" for pioneering a gospel sound with a more contemporary feel; known for his trademark songs "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,' "My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)," "I've Got Confidence," "Jesus Is the Answer" and "Soon and Very Soon;" also known for conducting the choirs which sang on such hits as Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" -- which he also helped arrange -- and Madonna's "Like a Prayer" and for creating original music arrangements for the films 'The Color Purple' (1985) -- for which he shared an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score -- and 'The Lion King' (1994); also composed the theme music for the TV series 'Amen;' known to have influenced such artists as Elvis Presley and Paul Simon, both of whom recorded their own versions of Crouch's songs; recipient of seven Grammys, six GMA Dove Awards, an ASCAP Award, Billboard and NAACP Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
July 1, 1942 – January 8, 2015
15. Patsy Garrett
Actress | Benji
Patsy Garrett was born on May 4, 1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA as Virginia Garrett. She was an actress, known for Benji (1974), Nanny and the Professor (1970) and The Parallax View (1974). She was married to Alexander Kokinacis. She died on January 8, 2015 in Indio, California, USA.
Actress best known for her seven years as a child performer on radio's 'Pleasure Time' in the '40s, for playing the "chow-chow-chow" lady in the popular Purina Cat Chow commercials of the '70s and for her role as the housekeeper Mary Gruber in 'Benji' (1974) and 'For the Love of Benji' (1977); also played the recurring roles of the nosy Mrs. Fowler on 'Nanny and the Professor' and school secretary Miss Hogarth on 'Room 222'
May 4, 1921 – January 8, 2015
Singer and songwriter best known for his classic doo-wop hits "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" and "Under the Moon of Love"
October 28, 1939 – January 8, 2015
17. Popsy Dixon
Actor | Lotto Land
Popsy Dixon was born on July 26, 1942 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA as Willie Dixon. He was an actor, known for Lotto Land (1995). He died on January 9, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.
Longtime drummer and vocalist for The Holmes Brothers
July 26, 1942 – January 9, 2015
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. was born on September 7, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Samuel John Goldwyn Jr. He was a producer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) and The Young Lovers (1964). He was married to Patricia Strawn, ...
Influential film producer and executive who was a pioneer of independent film; son of the legendary, pioneering movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn; founded The Samuel Goldwyn Company and, later, Samuel Goldwyn Films; credited as the inspiration for the founding of Fox Searchlight; gave Julia Roberts her big break as an executive producer on 'Mystic Pizza' (1988), backed the landmark AIDS film 'Longtime Companion' (1989) when no one else would, and supported the early films of such up-and-coming directors as Ang Lee (1993's 'The Wedding Banquet'), Anthony Minghella (1990's 'Truly Madly Deeply') and Kenneth Branagh (1989's 'Henry V'); earned an Oscar nomination as a producer on 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World' (2003)
September 7, 1926 – January 9, 2015
Producer | The Home Shopping Club
Lowell 'Bud' Paxson was born on April 17, 1935 in Rochester, New York, USA as Lowell White Paxson. He was a producer, known for The Home Shopping Club (1985). He was married to Marla Jean Anastasoff, Barbara Ann Chapman and Jean Louise Blauvelt. He died on January 9, 2015 in Kalispell, Montana, USA.
Pioneering media executive who co-founded the Home Shopping Network (now simply HSN) and founded PAX TV (now Ion Television)
April 17, 1935 – January 9, 2015
20. Brian Clemens
Writer | The Avengers
Brian Clemens was born on July 30, 1931 in Croydon, Surrey, England as Brian Horace Clemens. He was a writer and producer, known for The Avengers (1961), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and See No Evil (1971). He was married to Janet Elizabeth Clemens and Brenda Prior. He died on January 10, ...
Iconic writer and producer best known for his work on classic British television shows, particularly as one of the creative forces behind 'The Avengers' and as creator, writer and executive producer of 'The Professionals;' also well-known and admired as a creator, producer and writer of 'The New Avengers,' as the creator and primary writer of the anthology series 'Thriller,' as one of the creators of the BBC series 'Bugs,' for writing the pilots and subsequent episodes of 'The Persuaders!' and 'Danger Man,' and for writing numerous episodes of 'The Protectors;' known for his film work, as well, most notably as writer and director of 'Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter' (1974) and as the writer of 'And Soon the Darkness' (1970), 'See No Evil' (1971; a.k.a. 'Blind Terror'), 'Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde' (1971), 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad' (1973) and 'The Watcher in the Woods' (1980)
July 30, 1931 – January 10, 2015
21. George Dickerson
Actor | Blue Velvet
George Dickerson was born on July 25, 1933 in Topeka, Kansas, USA as George Graf Dickerson Jr. He was an actor, known for Blue Velvet (1986), Death Warrant (1990) and After Dark, My Sweet (1990). He was married to Suzanne Hartman and Victoria Chess. He died on January 10, 2015 in Queens, New York ...
Actor known for his policeman roles in David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' (1986), 'Death Wish 4: The Crackdown' (1987) and the first season of 'Hill Street Blues;' also had roles in such films as 'Cutter's Way' (1981), 'Psycho II' (1983, again portraying law enforcement), 'The Star Chamber' (1983), 'After Dark, My Sweet' (1990), 'Death Warrant' (1990) and the Emmy-winning two-part TV movie 'Son of the Morning Star' (1991)
July 25, 1933 – January 10, 2015
22. Taylor Negron
Actor | Alienated
Taylor Negron was born Brad Stephen Negron in Glendale, California, to Lucy (Rosario) and Conrad Negron, who was mayor of Indian Wells, CA. His parents were both of Puerto Rican descent. Negron attended UCLA, studied acting with Lee Strasberg, and studied comedy at a private seminar taught by ...
Actor, comedian and writer most remembered for his brief appearance as an annoyed pizza delivery guy in 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' (1982), his role as Rodney Dangerfield's son-in-law in 'Easy Money' (1983), his villainous turn in 'The Last Boy Scout' (1991), and his appearances on 'Seinfeld' and 'Friends;' also known for his roles in such films as 'River's Edge' (1986), 'Punchline' (1988), 'Nothing But Trouble' (1991), 'Angels in the Outfield' (1994) and 'Bio-Dome' (1996) and his appearance in 'The Aristocrats' (2005)
August 1, 1957 – January 10, 2015
23. Francesco Rosi
Writer | Cadaveri eccellenti
Francesco Rosi was born on November 15, 1922 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Illustrious Corpses (1976), Salvatore Giuliano (1962) and La sfida (1958). He was married to Giancarla Mandelli. He died on January 10, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Acclaimed Italian neo-realist film director and screenwriter; got his start as an assistant director on such films as Luchino Visconti's 'La Terra Trema' (1948), 'Bellissima' (1952) and 'Senso' (1954) before making his solo feature directorial debut with 'La sfida' (1958), which won him the Special Jury Prize and San Giorgio Prize at the Venice Film Festival; most noted for his films 'Salvatore Giuliano' (1962, for which he won the Berlin International Film Festival's Silver Berlin Bear and an Italian Golden Globe as Best Director in 1962), 'Hands Over the City' (which unanimously won the Golden Lion at 1963's Venice Film Festival), 'The Mattei Affair' (which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972) and 'Christ Stopped at Eboli' (which won Best Film and Best Director at the David di Donatello Awards and the Golden Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1979 and the BAFTA Film Award as Best Foreign Language Film in 1983); made many other acclaimed, award-winning films, including 'The Moment of Truth' (1965), 'Many Wars Ago' (1970), 'Illustrious Corpses' (1976), the Oscar-nominated 'Three Brothers' (1981), 'Carmen' (1984) and 'The Truce' (1997)
November 15, 1922 – January 10, 2015
24. Anita Ekberg
Actress | La dolce vita
Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born on September 29, 1931 in Malmo, Sweden. Growing up with seven brothers and sisters was not an adventure, but Anita's adventure began when she was elected Miss Sweden in 1950. She did not win the Miss Universe contest but she got a modeling contract in the ...
Actress, model, former Miss Sweden and sex symbol best known for her iconic role in Federico Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' (1960); also played Princess Hélène Kuragin in King Vidor's big-screen production of 'War and Peace' (1956) and starred in Fellini's segment in the Italian anthology film 'Boccaccio '70' (1962); other film credits include the Martin and Lewis comedies 'Artists and Models' (1955) and 'Hollywood or Bust' (1956), the John Wayne adventure 'Blood Alley' (1955), the lead role in 'Screaming Mimi' (1958), the Bob Hope comedies 'Paris Holiday' (1958) and 'Call Me Bwana' (1963), Robert Aldrich's Western comedy '4 for Texas' (1963), Jerry Lewis' 'Way... Way Out' (1966), Vittorio De Sica's 'Woman Times Seven' (1967) and Giulio Berruti's "nunsploitation" film 'Killer Nun' (1979)
September 29, 1931 – January 11, 2015
25. Chic Littlewood
Actor | King Kong
Chic Littlewood was born on November 17, 1930 in South East London, England as Cecil Littlewood. He was an actor, known for King Kong (2005), 30 Days of Night (2007) and The Basil Brush Show (1980). He died on January 11, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Popular New Zealand entertainer and actor best known for hosting the children's shows 'Chicaboom' and 'Chic Chat' in the '70s and '80s; became the first variety performer to win Entertainer of the Year and also won a Benny Award from Variety Artists Club in 1979; also played policeman Laurie Brasch on the long-running soap 'Shortland Street' from 1993 to 1996 and later appeared in films such as Peter Jackson's 'King Kong' (2005) and David Slade's '30 Days of Night' (2007)
November 17, 1930 – January 11, 2015
26. Germán Cobos
Actor | Agente Z 55 missione disperata
Germán Cobos was born on July 7, 1927 in Seville, Seville, Andalucía, Spain as Germán Sánchez Hernández-Cobos. He is known for his work on Desperate Mission (1965), La revoltosa (1963) and Los libros (1974). He was married to Visitación Peralta. He died on January 12, 2015 in Almuñécar, Granada, ...
Actor known for his supporting roles in the French classic 'Taxi for Tobruk' (1961), Carlos Saura's Spanish masterpiece 'Cría Cuervos' (1976) and Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed Spanish dramedy 'Law of Desire' (1987); also co-starred in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Oscar-nominated short film 'Linked' (1996) and in such award-winning films as Juan Antonio Bardem's 'At Five O'Clock in the Afternoon' (1961), 'The Castilian' (1963), '¡Se armó el belén!' (1970), José Luis Garci's 'Alone in the Dark' (1978), Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi's 'Scent of a Crime' (1988), Paco Periñán's 'Against the Wind' (1990) and Felipe Vega's 'An Umbrella for Three' (1992); other notable credits include the 1984 miniseries 'Proceso a Mariana Pineda' and the films 'Susanna Whipped Cream' (1957), 'Wanted' (1967), 'A Girl Against Napoleon' (1959), 'Hidden Pleasures' (1977) and 'No Big Deal' (2003)
July 7, 1927 – January 12, 2015
Actress | Cavalleria rusticana
Yelena Obraztsova was born on July 7, 1939 in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR as Elena Vasiliyevna Obraztsova. She was an actress, known for Cavalleria rusticana (1982), The Queen of Spades: Bolshoi Opera (1983) and Frenchman (1988). She was married to Algis Martselovich Zhiuraitis and Vyacheslav Petrovich ...
Russian mezzo-soprano widely recognized as one of the greatest opera singers of all time due to her vocal intensity and extraordinary stage presence; a reigning international star during the Cold War and a leading figure in the emergence of Soviet singers into the world
July 7, 1939 – January 12, 2015
28. Wes Kenney
Producer | Days of Our Lives
Harry Wesley Kenney Jr. was born in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Carnegie Tech (Mellon) and was hired in the 1950s by Dumont TV Network in New York as a director in an era where everything was live and shot with multiple cameras. He directed all genres, including dramas, kids shows, game shows, ...
Television producer and director whose career extended from the medium's formative years in the 1950s into the 2000s; perhaps best known for his work on soap operas, specifically his Emmy-winning work on the daytime soaps 'Days of Our Lives' in the 1970s and 'The Young and the Restless' in the 1980s; also known for directing all 24 episodes of the tumultuous fifth season of 'All in the Family,' including "The Jeffersons Move on Up," which set up spinoff series 'The Jeffersons,' and the two episodes that were without star Carroll O'Connor when the actor refused to work out of sympathy with striking electricians; won seven Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career, including three in 1974 alone -- one for his work on 'Days of Our Lives' and two for the Patty Duke-fronted segment of 'The ABC Afternoon Playbreak' titled "Miss Kline, We Love You;" also directed episodes of such shows as 'My Favorite Martian' and 'Flo' and served a stint as producer and director of 'General Hospital,' for which he received Emmy nominations in 1988 and 1989
January 3, 1926 – January 13, 2015
29. Frank Mazzola
Editorial_department | The Party
Frank Mazzola was born on March 7, 1935 in Hollywood, California, USA as Francisco Mazzola. He was an editor and actor, known for The Party (1968), Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Wild Side (1995). He was married to Catherine Hader. He died on January 13, 2015 in Woodland Hills, California.
Actor-turned-film editor perhaps best known for playing gang member Crunch on Nicholas Ray's 'Rebel Without a Cause,' on which he also served as technical consultant, advising Ray on realistic gang speech and gang dress and helping to stage the classic knife fight between James Dean and Corey Allen; as a child, had bit parts in such films as 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (1939), 'Casablanca' (1942) and 'The Boy with Green Hair' (1948) and also appeared with Dean in Elia Kazan's 'East of Eden' (1955); worked as an assistant for Universal Studios on classics such as Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' (1960) and Stanley Kubrick's 'Spartacus' (1960) and later for Fox Studios and Mirisch Corp.; served as assistant editor on films such as George Roy Hill's 'Hawaii' (1966), Delbert Mann's 'Fitzwilly' (1967) and, most notably, Blake Edwards' 'The Party' (1968) before becoming a chief film editor on Bernard L. Kowalski's 'Stiletto' (1969); later co-edited Kowalski's 'Macho Callahan' (1970) and edited Peter Fonda's directorial debut, 'The Hired Hand' (1971); most noted as an editor for his collaborations with director Donald Cammell, namely 'Performance' (1970) and 'Demon Seed' (1977), and for his well-received restoration of Cammell's final film, 1995's 'Wild Side,' as a "director's cut" released in 2000
March 7, 1935 – January 13, 2015
30. José Luis Moro
Animation_department | All Dogs Go to Heaven
José Luis Moro was born on December 22, 1926 in Madrid, Spain. He is known for his work on All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), Cantinflas y la naturaleza (1972) and Cantinflas y los heroes de la historia (1972). He died on January 13, 2015 in Madrid.
Legendary Spanish animator, cartoonist and advertising pioneer; created the iconic 'Family Telerín' cartoons which announced the end of children's programming on Spanish Television; co-founder of Estudios Moro, Spain's leading commercial animation studio during the '50s and '60s, through which he and his brother invented modern advertising in Spain and popularized the Cartoon Modern style and design in that country
December 22, 1926 – January 13, 2015
31. Sid Smith
Director | The Bell Telephone Hour
Director who helmed numerous live television programs of the 1950s, including 'All Star Revue,' 'The Colgate Comedy Hour,' and The Jimmy Durante Show;' later directed and produced 'The Bell Telephone Hour,' for which he earned an Emmy nomination; later still helped guide many of the Miss Universe Pageant telecasts and directed many of the later Christmas specials hosted by Bob Hope
ca. 1921 – January 13, 2015
32. Trevor Davies
Actor | Die Drehscheibe
Trevor Davies was born on November 27, 1944 in Enford, Wiltshire, England as Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies. He was an actor, known for Die Drehscheibe (1964), Rendezvous am Rhein (1964) and Ready, Steady, Go! (1963). He was married to Yvonne Skinner. He died on January 13, 2015 in Wiltshire.
Trevor Ward-Davies, actually; bass guitarist and vocalist who was Dozy in the '60s pop/rock group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, known for such hits as "Hold Tight!," "Zabadak!" and "The Legend of Xanadu"
November 27, 1944 – January 13, 2015
33. Darren Shahlavi
Actor | I Spy
Darren Shahlavi was seven years old when he started training in martial arts in an old drama theatre in Manchester, England. Inspired by Bruce Lees films and other action movies such as Star Wars, he dreamed of being a movie actor and would show up to his Judo class at the drama hall early to watch...
Actor, martial artist and stuntman known for playing Kano in the web series 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy' and boxing champ Taylor "The Twister" Milos in 'Ip Man 2' (2010); also appeared in such films as 'I Spy' (2002), 'The Final Cut' (2004), 'Alone in the Dark' (2005), 'Slither' (2006), 'Watchmen' (2009), 'The Package' (2012), 'The Marine 3: Homefront' (2013) and the upcoming 'Kickboxer: Vengeance' (2015) and performed stunts in 'The Chronicles of Riddick' (2004), 'Blade: Trinity' (2004), '300' (2006), 'Night at the Museum' (2006), 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ' (2009) and 'Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol' (2011)
August 5, 1972 – January 14, 2015
34. Layne Tom Jr.
Actor | Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Layne Tom Jr. was born on June 29, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Layne Tom Jr. He was an actor, known for Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937), The Hurricane (1937) and Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938). He was married to Marilynn Chow. He died on January 14, 2015 in Huntington Beach...
Actor who played three of Charlie Chan's sons (Charlie Chan Jr., Tommy Chan, and Willie Chan) in three different Charlie Chan movies (1937's 'Charlie Chan at the Olympics,' 1938's 'Charlie Chan in Honolulu,' and 1940's 'Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise') and was the only "son" to work with two different Charlie Chans (Warner Oland and Sidney Toler); also appeared in the Oscar-winning classics 'The Good Earth' (1937), 'The Hurricane' (1937), and 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (1939)
June 29, 1927 – January 14, 2015
35. Ervin Drake
Soundtrack | The Matador
Songwriter ("It Was a Very Good Year", "I Believe", "Tico Tico", "Perdido", "Quando Quando Quando"), composer, author and producer, educated at Juilliard, City College of New York, BSS. He edited the college magazine "Mercury". For the Broadway show "What Makes Sammy Run?", he wrote the stage ...
Legendary songwriter best known for his Great American Songbook standards "It Was a Very Good Year" and "I Believe" and as the lyricist of the jazz standard "Good Morning Heartache"
April 3, 1919 – January 15, 2015
36. Kim Fowley
Soundtrack | American Graffiti
Kim Fowley was born on July 21, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Kim Vincent Fowley. He was married to Kara Wright and Cynthia (Cindy) Helen Wheelon. He died on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Iconic, eccentric music producer, impresario, singer and songwriter known for his role behind a string of cult novelty and pop rock singles in the '60s and for creating and managing the all-female rock band The Runaways in the 1970s
July 21, 1939 – January 15, 2015
37. Chikao Ohtsuka
Actor | Sonic X
Chikao Ohtsuka was born on July 5, 1929 in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Sonic X (2003), Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) and Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War (2004). He died on January 15, 2015 in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Japanese veteran voice actor known for his work as Gold D. Roger (or Gold Roger) on 'One Piece,' Nezumi-Otoko (a.k.a. Rat-Man) on 'GeGeHe no Kitarō,' Mercenary Tao on 'Dragon Ball,' Captain Hook on 'The Adventures of Peter Pan,' Dr. Eggman in the Sonic video games, and many other TV anime roles; was also the Japanese voice dub of Hanna-Barbera's Dick Dastardly and the official Japanese dubbing artist of Charles Bronson and Richard Widmark
July 5, 1929 - January 15, 2015
38. Gene Lasko
Producer | Little Big Man
Gene Lasko was born on November 28, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Eugene Victor Lasko. He was a producer and director, known for Little Big Man (1970), American Masters (1985) and Night Moves (1975). He died on January 19, 2015.
Producer and Emmy-winning director best known for his frequent collaborations with filmmaker Arthur Penn; served as Penn's direction aide on 'The Miracle Worker' (1962), his assistant on 'Mickey One' (1965) and his production associate on 'Alice's Restaurant' (1969) before becoming casting director and associate producer on Penn's 'Little Big Man' (1970); later worked with Penn as associate producer on 'Night Moves' (1975), creative consultant on 'The Missouri Breaks' (1976), producer and second unit director on 'Four Friends' (1981) and casting director, second unit director and consultant on 'Target' (1985); was also casting director for Phil Karlson's 'The Young Doctors' (1961) and co-producer of Stuart Millar's 'When the Legends Die' (1972); won an Emmy and received a DGA Award nomination for directing PBS' 'American Masters' documentary 'W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult'
birth and death dates not yet known; death occurred on or prior to January 16, 2015
39. Walt Peregoy
Animation_department | Sleeping Beauty
Walt Peregoy was born on November 17, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Alwyn Walter Peregoy. He is known for his work on Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Sword in the Stone (1963) and 101 Dalmatians (1961). He was married to Madeleine Arneau. He died on January 16, 2015 in Encino, California.
Background artist, color stylist and Disney Legend known for his avant-garde style; did backgrounds on such animated Disney films and shorts as as 'Paul Bunyan' (1958), 'Sleeping Beauty' (1959), '101 Dalmatians' (1961), 'The Sword in the Stone' (1963), 'Mary Poppins' (1964) and 'The Jungle Book' (1967); previously served as animator and designer on Disney's 'Peter Pan' (1953) and 'Lady and the Tramp' (1955); later worked at Hanna-Barbera, providing background art for such shows as 'Wacky Races,' 'Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines,' and 'Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?'
1925 – January 16, 2015
40. Faten Hamamah
Actress | Orid hallan
Faten Hamama (known as "The Lady of the Arabic Screen") has become an icon and the most important actress of Egyptian and Arabic cinema. She is also the most honored actress in the Middle East. Every decade of her life represents a new era of acting and witnessed the reshaping and progression of ...
Iconic Egyptian actress widely known as the First Lady of Arab cinema; starred in some of the most acclaimed Egyptian films of all time, including 'Immortal Music' (1952; a.k.a. 'Immortal Song'), 'Struggle in the Valley' (1954), 'I Don't Sleep' (1957), 'The Nightingale's Prayer' (1959; a.k.a. 'The Curlew's Cry'), 'The Open Door' (1964), 'Last Night' (1964), 'The Sin' (1965), 'I Want a Solution' (1975), 'Bitter Day... Sweet Day' (1988) and 'Land of Dreams' (1993)
May 27, 1931 – January 17, 2015
41. Donald Harron
Actor | The Time Tunnel
Donald Harron was born on September 19, 1924 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Donald Hugh Harron. He was an actor and writer, known for The Time Tunnel (1966), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and Producers' Showcase (1954). He was married to Claudette Gareau, Catherine McKinnon, Virginia Leith and ...
Comedian, actor, writer and director best known for his iconic alter ego Charlie Farquharson, a Canadian country bumpkin he introduced on 'The Big Revue' in 1952 and later portrayed for 18 years as a radio news anchor on TV's 'Hee Haw,' on which he was also a writer; hosted a real radio show, CBC Radio's 'Morningside,' from 1977 to 1982; also known as the author and co-lyricist of the musical adaptation of 'Anne of Green Gables,' which, having been performed annually since its debut in 1965, is Canada's longest-running musical and holds the Guinness record as longest running annual musical theatre production in the world; had supporting roles in such films as Jean Nugelesco's 'The Best of Everything' (1959) and Arthur Hiller's 'The Hospital' (1971) and memorably appeared on such shows as 'The Outer Limits,' 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' and 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'
September 19, 1924 – January 17, 2015
42. Greg Plitt
Actor | Terminator Salvation
Greg Plitt was born on November 3, 1977 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as George Gregory Plitt Jr. He was an actor, known for Terminator Salvation (2009), The Good Shepherd (2006) and Grudge Match (2013). He died on January 17, 2015 in Burbank, California, USA.
Fitness model, instructor and actor best known for starring in the Bravo reality series 'Work Out' and for having his body digitized to create Dr. Manhattan's physique in 'Watchmen' (2009)
November 3, 1977 – January 17, 2015
A.K.A. Ol'ga Vital'evna Yakovleva; singer best known for performing the theme songs for the anime series 'Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex'
October 12, 1970 – January 17, 2015
Production_manager | Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Began his movie industry career at Columbia Studios as a messenger boy in 1933.
Prolific assistant director and later production manager and producer who worked on dozens of classic films from the '30s through the '70s; was second assistant director to Frank Capra on 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (1939), an AD for Cecil B. Demille on 'Unconquered' (1947) and 'Samson and Delilah' (1949) and served as assistant director on numerous Hal B. Wallis productions, including Kirk Douglas' film debut, 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' (1947) and Douglas' first movie with Burt Lancaster, 'I Walk Alone' (1948), as well as the Lancaster vehicles 'Sorry, Wrong Number' (1948), 'Rope of Sand' (1949), 'Come Back, Little Sheba' (1952) and 'The Rose Tattoo' (1955); also assisted William Dieterle on several films, including 'Dark City' and 'September Affair' (both 1950), 'Love Letters' (1945) and the aforementioned 'Rope of Sand;' was Lancaster's assistant on 'Trapeze' (1956) and served as production manager on Lancaster's 'Sweet Smell of Success' (1957); later worked as production manager on such films as Delmer Daves' 'Kings Go Forth' (1958), King Vidor's 'Solomon and Sheba' (1959), the Elvis Presley movie 'G.I. Blues' (1961) and Don Siegel's 'Charley Varrick' (1973); was also production manager and executive producer on Franco Zeffirelli's 'The Taming of the Shrew' (1967), associate producer on 'Anne of the Thousand Days' (1969) and unit production manager and associate producer on Carl Reiner's 'Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid' (1982)
June 6, 1914 – January 18, 2015
45. June Randall
June Randall was born on June 26, 1927 in London, England. She is known for her work on Outland (1981), GoldenEye (1995) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). She was married to Walter Golding. She died on January 18, 2015 in London.
Legendary script supervisor/continuity girl best known for working on Stanley Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971), 'Barry Lyndon' (1975) and 'The Shining' (1980) and the James Bond films 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977), 'A View to a Kill' (1985), 'The Living Daylights' (1987), 'License to Kill' (1989) and 'GoldenEye' (1995); also worked on 'X: The Unknown' (1956), 'Enemy from Space' (1957), Tony Richardson's 'Look Back in Anger' (1959), 'Circus of Horrors' (1960), 'The Long and the Short and the Tall' (1961), TV's 'The Saint' (1963-1967) and 'The Avengers' (1965-1969), Roy Ward Baker's 'The Anniversary' (1968), Terence Fisher's 'The Devil Rides Out ' (1968), 'Vampire Circus' (1972), 'Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter' (1974), 'The Wild Geese' (1978), 'Flash Gordon' (1980), Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi' (1982), Michael Mann's 'Manhunter' (1986), David Fincher's 'Alien³' (1992), 'First Knight' (1995), and 'Fierce Creatures' (1997), among other productions
June 26, 1927 – January 18, 2015
46. Dallas Taylor
Self | Supershow
Dallas Taylor was born on April 7, 1948 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr. He was married to Patti McGovern. He died on January 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Drummer best known for playing on Crosby, Stills & Nash's 1969 debut album and their 1970 follow-up with Neil Young, 'Déjà Vu;' played at Woodstock and appeared on a total of seven top-selling albums; later became an addiction counselor specializing in interventions and in reuniting alcoholics and addicts with their families
April 7, 1948 – January 18, 2015
47. Tony Verna
Director | The Triple Crown of Racing
Tony Verna was born on November 26, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Anthony Frederich Verna. He was a director, known for The Triple Crown of Racing (1973), Greatest Sports Legends (1972) and Celebrity Daredevils (1983). He was married to Carol and Joanna Hayes. He died on January 18, ...
TV producer and director credited with inventing the instant replay during CBS Sports' coverage of the Army-Navy game on December 7, 1963; other broadcasting hallmarks include Pope John Paul II's TV special 'A Prayer for World Peace' and the historic 1985 concert event 'Live Aid'
November 26, 1933 – January 18, 2015
48. Anne Kirkbride
Actress | Coronation Street
Anne Kirkbride was born on June 21, 1954 in Oldham, Lancashire, England. She was an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969) and ITV Lunchtime News (1988). She was married to David Beckett. She died on January 19, 2015 in Manchester, England.
Actress best known for her 42-year-long role as Deirdre Barlow on ITV's 'Coronation Street'
June 21, 1954 – January 19, 2015
Singer and musician who founded legendary, five-time Grammy-winning vocal group The Swingle Singers
September 21, 1927 – January 19, 2015
50. Edgar Froese
Soundtrack | The Squid and the Whale
The pioneering German collective Tangerine Dream has been delivering their distinctive style of ambient music for nearly three decades, laying down a foundation of sound textures and sonic imagery that has influenced many of today's electronic musicians. Founded in 1967 by fine art aficionado Edgar...
Musician best known as the founder and leader of the pioneering electronic music group Tangerine Dream
June 6, 1944 – January 20, 2015
Actress | Of Human Hearts
Leatrice Joy Gilbert was born on September 6, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Of Human Hearts (1938), Garbo (2005) and Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema (2007). She was married to John Caldwell Fountain, Ernest Gebler, Henry Hart, George ...
Actress and author who was the daughter of Hollywood legends John Gilbert and Leatrice Joy; played Ann Rutherford's character as a child in Clarence Brown's 'Of Human Hearts' (1938) and made uncredited appearances in such films as Mervyn LeRoy's 'Random Harvest' (1942) and 'Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo' (1944), Jules Dassin's 'Reunion in France' (1942), Victor Fleming's 'A Guy Named Joe' (1943), and William Dieterle's 'Kismet' (1944); was author of her father's biography, 'Dark Star: The Untold Story of the Meteoric Rise and Fall of Legendary Silent Screen Star John Gilbert,' and president of the John Gilbert Appreciation Society
September 6, 1924 – January 20, 2015
Prolific and influential songwriter whose 800-plus songs include the hits "Gabbin' Blues" for Big Maybelle, "Don't Be Angry" for Nappy Brown (later a hit for The Crew-Cuts), "It Hurts Me to My Heart" for Faye Adams, "I Beg of You" for Elvis Presley, "Tryin' to Get to You" for The Eagles (later recorded numerous times by Elvis Presley) and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" for Ike & Tina Turner (who earned their first Grammy nomination for their vocals), as well as tunes for Nat King Cole, Maxine Brown, Jerry Butler, Eartha Kitt, Aretha Franklin, Eddy Arnold, Louis Jordan, Ruth Brown, and many, many others
April 19, 1922 – January 20, 2015
53. Richard L. Duran
Actor | Back to the Future
Richard L. Duran was born on July 26, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Lawrence Duran. He is known for his work on Back to the Future (1985), Tango & Cash (1989) and They Live (1988). He died on January 21, 2015 in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA.
Stuntman and actor who performed in such films as 'Fletch' (1985), 'Back to the Future' (1985), 'Commando' (1986), John Carpenter's 'They Live' (1988), 'Tango & Cash' (1989), 'Young Guns II' (1990), 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1992), 'Demolition Man' (1993), 'Tombstone' (1993), 'Bad Boys' (1995), 'Mars Attacks!' (1996), 'Con Air' (1997), 'Amistad' (1997) and 'The Mask of Zorro' (1998)
July 26, 1948 – January 21, 2015
54. Marshall Schlom
Marshall Schlom was born on March 3, 1928 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Marshall Ivan Schlom. He is known for his work on Romancing the Stone (1984), The Golden Child (1986) and 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984). He was married to Dorothy Schlom. He died on January 21, 2015 in Woodland ...
Veteran Hollywood script supervisor whose career spanned four decades and included collaborations with such legendary directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kramer, Arthur Penn, John Huston, Mike Nichols and Mel Brooks; worked with Hitchcock on 'Psycho' (1960) and with Kramer on several films, including 'Judgment at Nuremberg' (1961), 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' (1963), 'Ship of Fools' (1965), 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' (1967) and 'The Secret of Santa Vittoria' (1969); was recruited by Penn for 'The Chase' (1966) and 'Night Moves' (1975), by Huston for 'Fat City' (1972) and 'Annie' (1982), by Nichols for 'Silkwood' (1983) and 'Postcards from the Edge' (1990) and by Brooks for 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights' (1993) and 'Dracula: Dead and Loving It' (1995); also worked on such classic films as William Wyler's 'Funny Girl' (1968), Peter Bogdanovich's 'The Last Picture Show' (1971), Franklin J. Schaffner's 'Papillon' (1973) and 'Island in the Streams' (1977), Herbert Ross' 'Funny Lady' and 'The Sunshine Boys' (both 1975), Michael Ritchie's 'The Bad News Bears' (1976) and 'Fletch' (1985), Elaine May's 'Mikey and Nicky' (1976), James Bridges' 'The China Syndrome' (1979), Mark Rydell's 'On Golden Pond' (1981), Barry Levinson's 'Rain Man' (1988) and John Hughes' 'Uncle Buck' (1989)
March 3, 1928 – January 21, 2015
55. Pauline Yates
Actress | Harriet's Back in Town
Born in St. Helens, Merseyside, Pauline Yates knew she wanted to be an actress from an early age. After leaving school, she went straight into Oldham Rep., making her stage debut at 17 as Grace Poole in Jane Eyre. In the late 1960s she landed her first TV role and became a familiar face on ...
Actress best known for her role as Elizabeth Perrin on the BBC series 'The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin;' also known for co-starring on ITV's comedy series 'Keep It in the Family' and her role in the Oscar-winning film 'Darling' (1965)
June 16, 1929 – January 21, 2015
56. René Jodoin
Animation_department | Notes on a Triangle
He became head, in 1966, of the animation studio of the French section of the NFB and produced many important films. In 1985, he left the NFB and continued to be an artist. He was awarded by the Québec government the Albert-Tessier prize in 2001.
Founder of the animation studio of the National Film Board of Canada, for which he made numerous acclaimed animated short films; most notable for writing, producing, directing and animating 1966's 'Notes on a Triangle,' for which he won a BAFTA Film Award, and for producing and earning an Oscar nomination for 1974's 'Hunger,' one of the first computer-animated films ever made; other notable credits include producing, co-directing and animating 'Spheres' (1969), producing Bretislav Pojar's 'Balablok' (1972r) and Robert Awad & André Leduc's 'L'affaire Bronswik' (1978), directing and animating 'Rectangle & Rectangles' (1984), and directing 'A Matter of Form' (1984), for which he was nominated for the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival
30 December 1920 – 22 January 2015
57. Barrie Ingham
Actor | The Great Mouse Detective
Barrie Ingham was born on February 10, 1932 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England as Barrie Stanton Ingham. He was an actor, known for The Great Mouse Detective (1986), The Day of the Jackal (1973) and A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967). He was married to Tarne Phillips. He died on January 23, 2015 in Palm...
Distinguished Shakespearean actor who was a veteran of West End and Broadway but was perhaps best known for voicing the title character in Disney's 'The Great Mouse Detective' (1986); also remembered for his roles on British TV series 'The Caesars' and 'The Power Game' and in films such as 'Dr. Who and the Daleks' (1965) and 'The Day of the Jackal' (1973)
February 10, 1932 - January 23, 2015
58. M.S. Narayana
Actor | Dookudu
M.S. Narayana was born on April 16, 1951 in Nidamarru, Andhra Pradesh, India as Mailavarapu Surya Narayana. He was an actor and director, known for Dookudu (2011), Anjaneyulu (2009) and Koduku (2004). He was married to M.V. Kala Prapoorna. He died on January 23, 2015 in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Veteran actor and comedian who appeared in over 750 Telugu films, notably 'Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam' (1994), 'Pedarayudu' (1995), 'Rayudu' (1998), 'Yamajaathakudu' (1999), 'Nuvvu Naaku Nachchav' (2001), 'Indra' (2002), 'Tagore' (2003), 'Shankar Dada MBBS ' (2004), 'Athadu' (2005), 'Gamyam' (2008), 'Darling' (2010), 'Dookudu' (2011), 'Atharintiki Daaredi' (2013) and 'Manam' (2014)
April 16, 1951 – January 23, 2015
Actress | Caminhos do Sul
Maria Della Costa was born on January 1, 1926 in Flores da Cunha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil as Gentile Maria Marchioro Della Costa. She was an actress, known for Caminhos do Sul (1949), Inocência (1949) and O Malandro e a grã-fina (1947). She was married to Sandro Polônio and Fernando ...
Renowned Brazilian theater actress and producer known for her eponymous theater house in São Paulo, where she brought many classic (and then-controversial) plays to a Brazilian audience
January 1, 1926 – January 24, 2015
60. Joe Franklin
Actor | Ghostbusters
Joe Franklin was born on March 9, 1926 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Fortgang. He was an actor, known for Ghostbusters (1984), Broadway Danny Rose (1984) and The Mercy Man (2009). He was married to Lois Meridan. He died on January 24, 2015 in Manhattan, New York City.
Radio and TV host who pioneered the modern TV talk show format with 'The Joe Franklin Show,' which aired from 1950 to 1993, earning him the Guinness World Record for Longest Running Continuous On-Air TV Talk Show Host; affectionately known as “The Wizard of Was” and “The King of Nostalgia” for his encyclopedic knowledge of old-time show business; gave emerging talents such as Liza Minnelli and Dustin Hoffman their first talk-show experience; a TV legend if there ever was one
March 9, 1926 – January 24, 2015
61. Demis Roussos
Soundtrack | Wild Child
Demis Roussos was born on June 15, 1946 in Alexandria, Egypt as Artemios Ventouris Roussos. He was married to Marie, Dominique and Monique. He died on January 25, 2015 in Athens, Greece.
Iconic, internationally renowned Greek singer known for his recordings as both a solo performer and as frontman for the progressive rock band Aphrodite's Child; sold over 60 million albums worldwide in a career spanning nearly 50 years; biggest hits included "Rain and Tears" (recorded with Aphrodite's Child during the student protests of May 1968) and the solo ballad "Forever and Ever;" also remembered for his flamboyant dress, being dubbed "the Kaftan King" for his fondness for that particular garment
June 15, 1946 – January 25, 2015
Director of Peter Gabriel's music videos "Big Time," "Stream" and "Sledgehammer," the latter of which won an still-unsurpassed nine MTV Video Music Awards; also directed the entire first season of 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'
July 12, 1952 – January 26, 2015
63. Neil Levang
Actor | Rio Grande
Neil Levang was born on January 28, 1932 in Adams, North Dakota, USA as Neil Kenneth LeVang. He was married to Nancy Reynoso and Marian Irene Elder. He died on January 26, 2015 in Canyon Country, California, USA.
Musician best known for his 23-year stint as guitarist in the orchestra on 'The Lawrence Welk Show;' also played guitar on the iconic theme songs for the '60s TV shows 'Batman' and 'Green Acres' and performed on dozens of film soundtracks, including 'Rosemary's Baby' (1968), 'The Godfather' (1972), 'All the President's Men' (1976), 'Sophie's Choice' (1982), 'Good Morning, Vietnam' (1987) and 'Dick Tracy' (1990)
January 3, 1932 – January 26, 2015
Legendary make-up artist who was the head of make-up at the BBC from the late '50s to the early '60s, during which time she worked on numerous dramas, including 'An Age of Kings,' 'A for Andromeda' and the 1963 adaptation of 'Hedda Gabler' starring Ingrid Bergman; also famed for preparing the Queen of England for the first televised Royal Christmas Message in 1957; later supervised the makeup in such films as Ridley Scott's 'Alien' (1979), Bill Forsyth's 'Local Hero' (1983), Roland Joffé's 'The Killing Fields' (1984) and 'The Mission' (1986), Euzhan Palcy's 'A Dry White Season' (1989), and Jim Sheridan's 'The Field' (1990); also did make-up for John Cassavetes' 'Husbands' (1970), Alan Parker's 'Bugsy Malone' (1976), James Ivory's 'Quartet' (1981) and Ron Howard's 'Willow' (1988), among other films; earned BAFTA nominations for her work on 'The Killing Fields' and the 1987 miniseries 'Porterhouse Blue' and received a Special Achievement Award from the London Critics Circle Film Awards in 1988
September 13, 1912 – January 28, 2015
65. Phil Robinson
Art_department | Hubert's Brain
Animator, director and co-founder of the studios Wild Brain and Special Agent Productions; at Wild Brain, he directed the direct-to-video release 'FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue' (1998) and the award-winning short film 'Hubert's Brain' (2001) and created animated advertising characters such as Erin Esurance and Lamisil’s toenail fungus monster Digger; previously worked as an animator on films such as 'The Twelve Tasks of Asterix' (1976), 'Heavy Metal' (1981) and 'The Plague Dogs' (1982) and was storyboard artist or animation supervisor on such '80s cartoons as 'Snorks,' 'Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats,' 'The Flintstone Kid,' 'Fantastic Max' and 'Alvin & the Chipmunks;' was selected by Hanna-Barbera in the late '80s to launch and manage the studio's principle overseas studio, Fil-Cartoons; was senior animation director on the 'Back to the Future' series and worked as animation director at Colossal Pictures from 1991 to 1995, directing commercials for such clients as Cap’n Crunch, Apple and Cinnamon Cheerios and Carl’s Jr.; also had brief stints at ILM, working first on 'Howard the Duck' (1986) and later on 'Casper' (1995)
died January 28, 2015
66. Amparo Baró
Actress | 7 vidas
Amparo Baró was born on September 21, 1937 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Amparo Baró San Martín. She was an actress, known for 7 vidas (1999), The Boarding School (2007) and Siete mesas de billar francés (2007). She died on January 29, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.
Spanish actress best known for starring as Soledad "Sole" Huete in the sitcom '7 vidas,' for which she earned multiple awards, and for her role as Jacinta in the mystery-drama series 'El Internado;' also earned acclaim and accolades for her performances in the films 'Seven Billiard Tables' (2007) and 'Maktub' (2011) and co-starred in such films as 'November' (2003), 'Mouth to Mouth' (1995), 'The Things of Love' (1989), 'The Enchanted Forest' (1987) and the Oscar-nominated 'The Nest' (1980)
September 21, 1937 – January 29, 2015
67. Riichirô Manabe
Composer | Gojira tai Megaro
Riichirô Manabe was born on November 9, 1924 in Tokyo, Japan. He was a composer, known for Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Taiyô no hakaba (1960) and Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971). He died on January 29, 2015 in Tokyo.
Composer who scored several films for director Nagisa Oshima, including 'A Town of Love and Hope ' (1959) and the 1960 releases 'Cruel Story of Youth,' 'The Sun's Burial' and 'Night and Fog in Japan;' also composed the music score for such films as Yasuzô Masumura's 'A Wife Confesses' (1961), Kirirô Urayama's 'Taro the Dragon Boy' (1979) and two 'Godzilla' movies: 'Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster' (1971) and 'Godzilla vs. Megalon ' (1973)
November 9, 1924 – January 29, 2015
68. Rod McKuen
Soundtrack | Zodiac
Rod McKuen was born on April 29, 1933 in Oakland, California, USA as Rodney Marvin McKuen. He died on January 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.
Immensely successful, husky-voiced singer-songwriter, musician and poet whose sentimental verses earned him the moniker "King of Kitsch" from critics, yet he was one of the best-selling poets in history and at his peak was America's most popular poet; won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording in 1968 for his poetry album "Lonesome Cities;" earned an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for his song "Jean," which he wrote and recorded for the 1969 film adaptation of 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' for which he also scored the music; also received Oscar and Grammy nominations for co-writing the songs for 'A Boy Named Charlie Brown' (1969); other well-known works include the lyrics for the pop hits "Seasons in the Sun" and "If You Go Away," both adapted from works by singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, and his composition 'The City: A Suite for Narrator & Orchestra,' for which he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music
April 29, 1933 – January 29, 2015
69. Johnny Goodman
Production_manager | The Saint
Johnny Goodman was born on December 15, 1927. He was a production manager and producer, known for The Saint (1962), The Champions (1968) and Vendetta for the Saint (1969). He died on January 30, 2015 in the UK.
Producer and production executive who was behind a string of classic '60s British spy shows; was production supervisor of 'The Saint,' associate producer on 'The Champions,' executive producer of 'Reilly: Ace of Spies,' and executive in charge of production on 'The Persuaders!' and 'Minder;' served as chairman of BAFTA from 1987 to 1989
December 15, 1927 – January 30, 2015
70. Geraldine McEwan
Actress | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Geraldine McEwan was born in Old Windsor, England and made her theatre debut at the age of 14 at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. By the age of 18 she was starring in London's West End in several long-running popular productions. During the 1950s she acted with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in ...
Stage and screen actress best known for playing Miss Marple on 'Agatha Christie's Marple' for ITV from 2004 to 2009; also remembered for playing the title role in Scottish Television's 1978 series adaptation of 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' and Lucia in Channel 4's 'Mapp & Lucia' series that aired in 1985 and 1986; won London Evening Standard Theatre Awards as Best Actress for her performances in 'The Rivals' (1983) and 'The Way of the World' (1995); also won a BAFTA for her work in BBC's 1990 TV serial 'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit' and earned a Tony nomination for her performance in 'The Chairs' in 1998; film roles include Katherine's lady-in-waiting, Alice, in Kenneth Branagh's 'Henry V' (1989), the witch Mortianna in 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' (1991), the nurse in Julie Taymor's 'Titus' (1999), Sister Bridget in 'The Magdalene Sisters' (2002) and the voice of Miss Thripp in 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' (2005)
May 9, 1932 – January 30, 2015
71. Than Wyenn
Actor | Splash
Than Wyenn was an actor born on May 2, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA. He had a long career and was especially known for Being There (1979), Splash (1984), and Imitation of Life (1959). He died on January 29, 2015 in Woodland Hills, Los Angles, CA, USA at the age of 95.
Character actor known for his villainous role in the first-season 'Twilight Zone' episode "Execution" and his appearances in such films as 'Imitation of Life' (1959), 'Being There' (1979) and 'Splash' (1984); also co-starred in the cult sci-fi film 'Beginning of the End' (1957)
May 2, 1919 – January 30, 2015
72. Robert Blees
Writer | The Black Scorpion
Robert Blees was born on June 9, 1918 in Lathrop, Missouri, USA as Robert Sherwood Blees. He was a writer and producer, known for The Black Scorpion (1957), The Fighting Chance (1955) and Frogs (1972). He was married to Dorothy Robinson. He died on January 31, 2015 in Menlo Park, California, USA.
Screenwriter and producer best known for writing Douglas Sirk's 'Magnificent Obsession' (1954); also wrote Sirk's 'All I Desire' (1953), Allan Dwan's 'Cattle Queen of Montana ' (1954) and 'Slightly Scarlet' (1956), Robert Aldrich's 'Autumn Leaves' (1956), the Byron Haskin-directed 'From the Earth to the Moon' (1958) and later co-wrote the 1972 horror films 'Frogs,' 'Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?' and 'Dr. Phibes Rises Again;' served as writer and producer of the TV series 'Project U.F.O.' and also had brief stints producing such shows as 'Cannon,' 'Combat!' and 'Bonanza'
June 9, 1918 – January 31, 2015
73. Don Covay
Soundtrack | Frequency
Don Covay was born on March 24, 1938 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA as Donald James Randolph. He was married to Yvonne Darby. He died on January 31, 2015 in Franklin Square, New York, USA.
Singer-songwriter who wrote or co-wrote and originally performed such classic tunes as "Pony Time," "See Saw," "Sookie Sookie," "It's Better to Have (And Don't Need)," and the pioneering "Mercy, Mercy," but is best known for writing Aretha Franklin's hit "Chain of Fools"
March 24, 1936 – January 31, 2015
74. Lizabeth Scott
Actress | Too Late for Tears
Lizabeth Scott was born Emma Matzo on September 29, 1922 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of six children of Mary (Pennock) and John Matzo, who were Slovak immigrants. Scott attended Marywood Seminary and the Alvienne School of the Theatre in New York City, where she adopted the stage name of ...
Actress best known for starring in classic films noir such as 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' (1947), 'Dead Reckoning' (1947), 'I Walk Alone' (1948), 'Pitfall' (1948), 'Too Late for Tears' (1949), 'Dark City' (1950), 'Two of a Kind' (1951) and 'The Racket' (1951); later co-starred in the noirish Western 'Silver Lode' (1954), the Elvis Presley vehicle 'Loving You' (1957) and Mike Hodges' 'Pulp' (1972) before retiring from the screen
September 29, 1922 – January 31, 2015
75. Aldo Ciccolini
Soundtrack | About Schmidt
Aldo Ciccolini was born on August 15, 1925 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He died on February 1, 2015 in Asnières-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France.
Italian pianist who was a champion of underrepresented French composers, particularly Erik Satie, and whose 50+ albums consisted mostly of neglected, little-known French compositions
August 15, 1925 – February 1, 2015
76. Monty Oum
Writer | RWBY
Monyreak "Monty" Oum was an Asian American web-based animator and writer. A self-taught animator, he scripted and produced several crossover fighting video series, drawing the attention of internet production company Rooster Teeth, who hired him. He was also the original creator, director, writer, ...
Award-winning animator, writer and director for Rooster Teeth Productions; praised for his work on Rooster Teeth's popular online animated series 'Red vs. Blue' and 'RWBY,' the latter of which he created
June 22, 1981 – February 1, 2015
77. Tibor Bitskey
Actor | Fürkész történetei
Tibor Bitskey was born on September 20, 1929 in Rákoskeresztúr, Hungary. He was an actor, known for Fürkész történetei (1983), Rákóczi hadnagya (1954) and A képzelt beteg (1972). He was married to Maria Laszlo. He died on February 2, 2015 in Budapest, ...
Famous Hungarian actor who was awarded the title of Nemzet Színésze (National Actor) just months before his death and has had several other honors bestowed upon him by his home country; known for acting in numerous films for director Zoltán Várkonyi, notably 'Kárpáthy Zoltán' (1966), 'Men and Banners' (1966), 'A Hungarian Nabob' (1967) and 'Stars of Eger' (1968); also appeared in Károly Makk's Cannes award-winning drama 'Love' (1971) and was the Hungarian voice of such legendary actors as Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Gary Cooper, Brian Cox and Kirk Douglas, but is perhaps most fondly remembered, at least by younger audiences, for being the narrator of the beloved animated film 'The Little Fox' a.k.a. 'Vuk' (1981)
September 20, 1929 – February 2, 2015
78. Stewart Stern
Writer | The Ugly American
Stewart Stern was born on March 22, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA as Stewart Henry Stern. He is known for his work on The Ugly American (1963), Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Rachel, Rachel (1968). He was married to Marilee Stiles Stern. He died on February 2, 2015 in Seattle, Washington, ...
Screenwriter best known for scripting Nicholas Ray's 'Rebel Without a Cause' (1955) and for writing the seminal 1976 TV movie 'Sybil,' for which he won an Emmy; earned Oscar nominations for co-writing Fred Zinnemann's 'Teresa' (1951) and for writing Paul Newman's 'Rachel, Rachel' (1968) and also wrote or co-wrote such films as 'The Rack' (1956), 'The James Dean Story' (1957), 'The Outsider' (1961), 'The Ugly American' (1963) and Dennis Hopper's 'The Last Movie' (1971)
March 22, 1922 – February 2, 2015
79. Mary Healy
Actress | The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
Mary Healy was born on April 14, 1918 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was an actress, known for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953), Lookin' to Get Out (1982) and 20,000 Men a Year (1939). She was married to Peter Lind Hayes. She died on February 3, 2015 in Calabasas, California, USA.
Actress, singer and entertainer who for over 50 years performed almost exclusively alongside her husband, Peter Lind Hayes; perhaps best known for starring opposite Hayes in Dr. Seuss' 'The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. ' (1953) and for guest-hosting 'The Tonight Show' with Hayes between Jack Paar's departure and Johnny Carson's arrival in 1962; also starred with Hayes in the short-lived comedy series 'Peter Loves Mary,' made frequent appearances (with Hayes) on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and was a frequent guest panelist (again, with Hayes) on 'What's My Line?;' had supporting roles in a few films prior to her union with Hayes, most notably 'Second Fiddle' (1939) and 'Star Dust' (1940)
April 14, 1918 – February 3, 2015
80. Richard Bonehill
Actor | Rob Roy
Richard Bonehill was born in 1949 in the UK. He is known for his work on Rob Roy (1995), Top Secret! (1984) and George and the Dragon (2004). He was married to Lynne Gillian Bradshaw. He died on January 29, 2015 in Truro, Cornwall, England.
Sword master and actor best known for his many roles in the 'Star Wars' movies 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980) and 'Return of the Jedi' (1983), including Sullustan smuggler Nien Nunb on the latter; also played the Scarecrow in 'Top Secret!' (1984), performed as a fight double in 'Highlander' (1986) and 'The Man in the Iron Mask' (1998) and appeared in 'Rob Roy' (1995) and several episodes of 'Doctor Who'
March 30, 1949 – February 4, 2015
81. Rune Ericson
Director | Olle Olson Hagalund
Rune Ericson was born on May 29, 1924 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is known for his work on Olle Olson Hagalund (1963), Farligt löfte (1955) and Festivitetssalongen (1965). He died on February 6, 2015 in Thailand.
Award-winning Swedish cinematographer who invented the Super 16 film format, for which he received an Academy Award of Commendation, and championed the 3-perf 35mm format; shot over 60 films, including Mai Zetterling's 'Night Games' (1966) and 'The Girls' (1968), Jerry Lewis' infamous, unreleased drama 'The Day the Clown Cried' (1972) and such audience favorites as 'The Brothers Lionheart' (1977), 'Rasmus på Luffen' (1981) and 'Ronia, the Robber's Daughter' (1984)
May 29, 1924 – February 4, 2015
82. Odete Lara
Actress | O Jogo da Vida e da Morte
Odete Lara was born on April 17, 1929 in São Paulo, Brazil as Odete Righi Bertoluzzi. She was an actress and writer, known for O Jogo da Vida e da Morte (1972), Otto Lara Rezende ou... Bonitinha, Mas Ordinária (1963) and Lúcia McCartney, Uma Garota de Programa (1971). She was married ...
Legendary Brazilian actress, singer, sex symbol and muse of Cinema Novo; known for starring in such films as 'Absolutely Right' (1957), 'Uma Certa Lucrécia' (1957), 'The Golden Mouth' (1963), 'Cute, but Ordinary' (1963), Walter Hugo Khouri 's 'Men and Women' (1964), da Fontoura's 'Copacabana Fools Me' (1968) and 'The Devil Queen' (1974), Glauber Rocha's 'Antonio das Mortes' (1969) and 'Câncer' (1972), and Hugo Carvana's 'Go to Work, Vagabond' (1973)
April 17, 1929 – February 4, 2015
83. Norman Yemm
Actor | Moby Dick
Norman Yemm was born on March 23, 1932 in Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was an actor, known for Moby Dick (1998), Homicide (1964) and The Way Back (2003). He was married to Amanda. He died on February 3, 2015 in Rosebud, Victoria.
Australian actor and opera singer best known for his long-running roles as Norm Baker on 'The Sullivans' and Senior Detective Jim Patterson on 'Homicide;' also known for playing Harry Collins on TV's 'Number 96' and for his many years as as a chief baritone with the Australian Opera
March 23, 1933 – February 4, 2015
84. Micha Shagrir
Producer | Just Like the Queen of England
Micha Shagrir was born on November 1, 1937 in Linz, Austria. He was a producer and writer, known for Just Like the Queen of England (2010), Kinneret's Secrets (1998) and Scouting Patrol (1967). He was married to Aliza. He died on February 4, 2015 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Influential film and television producer considered a pillar of the Israeli film industry; was executive producer of Rafi Bukai's classic 1986 film 'Avanti Popolo,' a producer of the award-winning 2003 drama 'The Barbecue People,' and a co-producer on the acclaimed 2009 comedy 'A Matter of Size;' head of Kastel Productions, co-founder and first chairman of the Sam Spiegel School for Film & Television, Jerusalem, and also served as chairman of the Israel Film Fund; recipient of Life Achievement Awards from the Jerusalem Film Festival and the Israeli Film Academy
November 1, 1937 – February 4, 2015
Producer, writer and TV executive who oversaw production on 'The Wonder Years' for New World Television and shepherded hit CBS shows such as 'Murphy Brown,' 'The Nanny' and 'Designing Women,' helping to push the network to the top of the ratings; later noted for his breakthrough product-placement deals and promotional innovations such as the creation of the first-ever watch-and-chat event for fans of 'Young Americans,' a show he executive-produced
June 25, 1963 – February 7, 2015
86. Joe B. Mauldin
Soundtrack | Rock Concert
Joe B. Mauldin was born on July 8, 1940 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Joe Benson Mauldin Jr. He was married to Jane. He died on February 7, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Double-bassist for legendary rock and roll group The Crickets
July 8, 1940 – February 7, 2015
87. Tamás Banovich
Production_designer | Az életbe táncoltatott leány
Tamás Banovich was born on September 21, 1925 in Budapest, Hungary. He was a production designer and director, known for Az életbe táncoltatott leány (1964), Szép magyar komédia (1970) and Az eltüsszentett birodalom (1956). He died on February 8, 2015.
Production designer on numerous films for director Miklós Jancsó between 1966 and 2010, most notably 'The Round-Up' (1966), 'Silence and Cry' (1968), 'Red Psalm' (1972), 'Electra, My Love' (1974) and 'Hungarian Rhapsody' (1979); also a filmmaker in his own right, having won the Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his 1964 musical 'Az Életbe táncoltatott leány'
September 21, 1925 – February 8, 2015
88. Ed Sabol
Producer | NFL Monday Night Matchup
Ed Sabol was born on September 11, 1916 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA as Edwin Milton Sabol. He was a producer, known for NFL Monday Night Matchup (1985), NFL's Greatest Hits (1988) and The Football Follies (1968). He was married to Audrey Sabol. He died on February 9, 2015 in Scottsdale, ...
Pioneering filmmaker and founder of NFL Films who revolutionized sports broadcasting and re-imagined pro football as riveting, must-watch cinema; introduced a number of innovative techniques (multiple cameras, slow-motion replays, putting microphones on coaches and players, reverse-angle shots, etc.) which helped turn pro football into America's #1 spectator sport
September 11, 1916 – February 9, 2015
89. Boba Stefanovic
Actor | Muzika moje mladosti
Boba Stefanovic was born on May 21, 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia as Slobodan Stefanovic. He was an actor, known for Muzika moje mladosti (1977), The Beauty of Vice (1986) and Srecni ljudi (1993). He died on February 9, 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Legendary Serbian singer and composer; was one of the most famous names in the Yugoslav pop scene
May 21, 1946 – February 9, 2015
90. Roger Hanin
Actor | À bout de souffle
Roger Hanin was born on October 20, 1925 in Algiers, Alger, France as Roger Jacob Lévy. He was an actor and writer, known for Breathless (1960), Navarro (1989) and Hell Train (1985). He was married to Christine Gouze-Rénal and Lisette Barucq. He died on February 11, 2015 in Paris, France.
Popular French actor, writer and director who had roles in Jean-Luc Godard's 'Breathless' and Visconti's 'Rocco and His Brothers' (both 1960) but is best known for playing the title role in the long-running crime series 'Navarro;' also played the title role in Claude Chabrol's 'Code Name: Tiger' (1964) and 'Our Agent Tiger' (1966), had the lead role in Alexandre Arcady's 'Le Grand Pardon' (1982) and 'Le Grand Pardon II' (1992) and appeared in such films as Chabrol's 'Blue Panther' (1955), Jules Dassin's 'He Who Must Die' (1957), 'The Brides of Fu Manchu' (1966), Delbert Mann's 'The Revengers' (1972), 'Tony Arzenta' (1973; a.k.a. 'Big Guns' and 'No Way Out') and Robert Hossein's acclaimed screen version of 'Les Misérables' (1982); credits as writer and director include 'Hell Train' (1985), which won the Special Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival, and 'Soleil' (1997), starring Sophia Loren and Philippe Noiret (both films featured Hanin in a supporting role)
October 20, 1925 – February 11, 2015
Prolific TV writer and producer who co-created 'Quincy, M.E.' with the late Glen A. Larson; also wrote for such shows as 'Have Gun - Will Travel,' 'Wagon Train,' 'Mission: Impossible,' 'McCloud,' 'Columbo,' and 'The Fall Guy'
April 29, 1926 – February 11, 2015
92. Bob Simon
Self | 60 Minutes
Bob Simon was born on May 29, 1941 in Bronx, New York, USA as Robert David Simon. He was a producer, known for 60 Minutes (1968), CSI: NY (2004) and 60 Minutes Wednesday (1999). He was married to Françoise. He died on February 11, 2015 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Legendary, award-winning journalist and correspondent for CBS News; covered crises, war, and unrest in 67 countries, including the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the student protests in China's Tiananmen Square in 1989 and the Persian Gulf War in 1991, during which he and four members of his TV crew were taken captured and imprisoned by Iraqi forces for 40 days; served as a regular correspondent for CBS' '60 Minutes' from 1996 to 2015 and was the show's senior foreign correspondent at the time of his death; recipient of 27 Emmy Awards for journalism, four Overseas Press Club awards and three Peabody Awards, among several other accolades
May 29, 1941 – February 11, 2015
93. Sam Andrew
Soundtrack | The Dreamers
Sam Andrew was born on December 18, 1941 in Taft, California, USA as Sam Houston Andrew III. He was married to Elise Wainani Piliwale and Suzanne Thorson. He died on February 12, 2015 in San Francisco, California.
Musician and singer-songwriter best known as a founding member and guitarist of pioneering psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company
December 18, 1941 – February 12, 2015
94. David Carr
Writer | The Night of the Gun
David Carr was born on September 8, 1956 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as David Michael Carr. He was a writer, known for The Night of the Gun, Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) and War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013). He was married to Jill Rooney and ...
Influential, highly respected and beloved media columnist for 'The New York Times,' where he was best known for initiating the awards-season blog "The Carpetbaggers" and for his column "The Media Equation;" was featured prominently in the 2011 documentary 'Page One: Inside the New York Times'
September 8, 1956 – February 12, 2015
Actress | Girl from Rio
Movita Castaneda was an American actress best known for having been the second wife of actor Marlon Brando. She was eight years older than Brando. In films, she played exotic women/singers, such as in Flying Down to Rio (1933) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), of which she was the last surviving ...
A.k.a. Movita Castaneda; actress known for her roles as Tehanni in Frank Lloyd's 'Mutiny on the Bounty' (1935) and Guadalupe in John Ford's 'Fort Apache' (1948) and who was the last surviving cast member of both of those films; also appeared in Ford's 'The Hurricane' (1937), of which she was the last surviving credited cast member, and 'Wagon Train' (1950); had lead roles in films for Monogram Pictures in the late '30s (1937's 'Paradise Isle;' 1939's 'Girl from Rio'), supporting roles in films such as Anthony Mann's 'The Furies' (1950) and Sidney Sheldon's 'Dream Wife' (1953), uncredited performances in 'Flying Down to Rio' (1933) and 'Kim' (1950) and later a recurring role on 'Knots Landing;' also noted for being the second wife of legendary actor Marlon Brando
April 12, 1916 – February 12, 2015
96. Rhonda Glenn
Producer | Heroes of the Game: Bobby Jones
Rhonda Glenn was a producer, known for Heroes of the Game: Bobby Jones (1994), Heroes of the Game: Arnold Palmer (1994) and Heroes of the Game: Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1994). She died on May 26, 2010 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Pioneering female sportscaster; became the first woman to serve as a full-time sportscaster for a national TV network when she began broadcasting on ESPN on February 6, 1981; was also golf commentator for ABC from 1978 to 1994
May 6, 1946 – February 12, 2015
(not to be confused with '100 Huntley Street' host Rhonda Glenn, who died in May 2010)
97. Gary Owens
Actor | Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron
Gary Owens was born on May 10, 1934 in Mitchell, South Dakota, USA as Gary Bernard Altman. He is known for his work on Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993), Spy Hard (1996) and The Green Hornet (1966). He was married to Arleta Lee Markell. He died on February 12, 2015 in Encino, Los Angeles, ...
Iconic radio disc jockey, announcer and voice actor best known as the announcer on 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In' and for voicing the title characters in the cartoons 'Space Ghost' and 'Rocket Ramjet;' lent his voice to many other TV shows, including 'Batman,' 'Garfield and Friends,' 'Ren & Stimpy' and 'Bobby's World,' as well as countless commercials; hosted thousands of radio programs and was a staple of Los Angeles radio, where he coined the phrase "beautiful downtown Burbank," later used on 'Laugh-In' and by Johnny Carson on 'The Tonight Show;' inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995 and the National Television Hall of Fame in 2001
May 10, 1934 – February 12, 2015
98. Steve Strange
Soundtrack | Laurence Anyways
Steve Strange was born on May 28, 1959 in Porthcawl, South Wales, UK as Steven John Harrington. He was an actor, known for Laurence Anyways (2012), Urban Cowboy (1980) and Welcome to the 80's (2009). He died on February 12, 2015 in Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital, Sharm el-Sheikh, South ...
Lead singer of British pop group Visage
May 28, 1959 – February 12, 2015
99. Stan Chambers
Stan Chambers was born on August 11, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Stanley Holroyd Chambers. He was an actor, known for Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991), Zarkorr! The Invader (1996) and War of the Colossal Beast (1958). He was married to Gege Elder and Beverly Jane McLoughlin. ...
Pioneering TV news reporter who worked for station KTLA from shortly after its inception as the first commercially licensed TV station in the western United States in 1947 until his retirement on his 87th birthday in 2010; reported live on the attempted rescue of three-year-old Kathy Fiscus in 1949, which has been recognized as the first live TV coverage of a breaking news story; was also involved in the first live telecast of an atomic bomb test at the Nevada Test Site in 1952 and covered many other landmark events, including the 1961 Bel-Air fire, the 1965 Watts riots, Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in 1968 and the 1971 Sylmar earthquake; later broke the story on the beating of Rodney King by LAPD officers and covered the the 1992 Los Angeles riots which resulted from the acquittal of those officers; recipient of several local Emmys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among many other honors and accolades for his six decades of journalistic service
August 11, 1923 – February 13, 2015
100. John McCabe
Composer | Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense
John McCabe was born on April 21, 1939 in Huyton, Liverpool, England. He was a composer, known for Fox Mystery Theater (1984), Fear in the Night (1972) and Volavérunt (1999). He was married to Monica Christine Smith and Hilary Tann. He died on February 13, 2015 in London, England.
Prolific, internationally renowned composer and pianist; had composed 13 symphonies by the age of 11 but was first recognized as a pianist, with his mid-1970s recordings of Joseph Haydn's piano sonatas being considered definitive; achieved international recognition as a composer for his 'Concerto for Orchestra' (1982) and later for his massive piano work 'Tenebrae' (1992-93), his Fourth Symphony, 'Of Time and the River' (1993-94), and his award-winning ballet 'Edward II' (1995); worked in almost every genre, flirted with serialism and later minimalism, and even drew inspiration from rock and jazz; wrote the score for the cult Hammer horror film 'Fear in the Night' (1972), which was the last film produced and directed by screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, and also scored the popular ITV drama series 'Sam,' which ran from 1973 to 1975; also noted for being the director of the London College of Music from 1983 to 1990; appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in for his services to music in 1985 and won the Classical Music Award at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards in 2014
April 21, 1939 – February 13, 2015