emmys memoriam

by IMDb-Editors | created - 21 Sep 2015 | updated - 21 Sep 2015 | Public

1. Mike Nichols

Director | The Graduate

He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later ...

2. Polly Bergen

Actress | Cry-Baby

In a six-decade-plus career (she started out as a radio performer at age 14), there are very few facets of entertainment that lovely singer/actress Polly Bergen has not conquered or, at the very least, touched upon. A nightclub and Columbia recording artist of the 50s and 60s, she is just as well ...

3. Jerry Weintraub

Producer | The Avengers

Jerry Weintraub was born on September 26, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jerome Charles Weintraub. He was a producer and actor, known for The Avengers (1998), Behind the Candelabra (2013) and The Specialist (1994). He was married to Jane Morgan. He died on July 6, 2015 in Santa ...

4. B.B. King

Actor | Blues Brothers 2000

B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 as Riley B. King. He was married to Sue Carol Hall and Martha Lee Denton. He died on May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

5. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

6. 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, ...

7. Clark Terry

Soundtrack | The Groove Tube

Clark Terry was born on December 14, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is known for his work on The Groove Tube (1974), The Hot Rock (1972) and Satan in High Heels (1962). He was married to Gwen Terry, Pauline Reddon and Mayola Robinson. He died on February 21, 2015 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA.

8. Anne Meara

Actress | Night at the Museum

Comedienne Anna Meara, with her husband Jerry Stiller, were members of the improvisational company, the Compass Players, which later became The Second City Theater. They performed as a duo under the name "Stiller and Meara", and after some time, became regulars on Ed Sullivan's show, The Ed ...

9. 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 ...

10. Jack Rollins

Producer | Match Point

Jack Rollins was born on March 23, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jacob Rabinowitz. He was a producer, known for Match Point (2005), Whatever Works (2009) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). He was married to Pearl (Jane) Rose Levine. He died on June 18, 2015 in Manhattan, New ...

11. Martin Milner

Actor | Sweet Smell of Success

Martin Sam Milner was born December 28, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. His mother, Jerre Martin, originally from Oregon, was a dancer with the Paramount Theater circuit. His father, Sam Gordon Milner, a Polish Jewish immigrant, was a film distributor. The Milners moved to Seattle when Martin was a baby...

12. Bud Yorkin

Producer | Blade Runner 2049

Bud Yorkin was born on February 22, 1926 in Washington, Pennsylvania, USA as Alan David Yorkin. He was a producer and director, known for Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Blade Runner (1982) and An Evening with Fred Astaire (1958). He was married to Cynthia Sikes and Peg Yorkin. He died on August 18, 2015...

13. 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.

14. Brandon Stoddard

Producer | You Know My Name

Brandon Stoddard was born on March 31, 1937 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA as Brandon B. Stoddard. He was a producer, known for You Know My Name (1999), The Wonderful World of Disney (1995) and The 32nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1980). He was married to Mary Ann Dolan and Alexandra Green Johns...

15. Merv Adelson

Producer | Twilight's Last Gleaming

Merv Adelson was born on October 23, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mervyn Lee Adelson. He was a producer, known for Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), Too Many Chefs (1978) and The Choirboys (1977). He was married to Thea Joyce Nesis, Barbara Walters, Gail Melinda Kenaston and Lorraine ...

16. 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.

17. Patrick Macnee

Actor | A View to a Kill

British actor Patrick Macnee was born on February 6, 1922 in London, England into a wealthy and eccentric family. His father, Daniel Macnee, was a race horse trainer, who drank and gambled away the family fortune, leaving young Patrick to be raised by his lesbian mother, Dorothea Mary, and her ...

18. Harris Wittels

Producer | Parks and Recreation

Harris Wittels was born on April 20, 1984 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Harris Lee Wittels. He was a producer and writer, known for Parks and Recreation (2009), Master of None (2015) and Eastbound & Down (2009). He died on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

19. Glen A. Larson

Writer | McCloud

Born on January 3, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, Glen A. Larson was the man behind some of the world's best-known prime-time television series. His highly successful productions (successful both financially and popularly, less often critically) include Knight Rider (1982), The Fall Guy (1981), ...

20. Stan Freberg

Actor | Lady and the Tramp

Stan Freberg grew up in Los Angeles, California. From an early age he was a big fan of radio and sound. He was blessed with the double abilities of being an amazing mimic and possessing a razor-sharp satirical mind. In the early 1940s he began to do voice work for both the Warner Brothers' cartoons...

21. James Best

Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard

American character actor and teacher. Born Jewel Guy in Powderly, Kentucky, on July 26, 1926, he was orphaned at three and adopted by Armen and Essa Best, who re-named him James K. Best and raised him in Corydon, Indiana. Following high school he worked briefly as a metalworker before joining the ...

22. Jenna McMahon

Writer | The Carol Burnett Show

Jenna McMahon was born on May 24, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Mary Virginia Skinner. She was a writer and producer, known for The Carol Burnett Show (1967), Soap (1977) and The Twilight Zone (1959). She was married to James Holden. She died on March 2, 2015 in Monterey, California, USA.

23. Harve Bennett

Producer | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Harve Bennett was born on August 17, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Harve Bennett Fischman. He was a producer and writer, known for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). He was married to Jani and Carole Patricia ...

24. 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, ...

25. Ann Marcus

Writer | Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

After graduating from Western College in Ohio, Ann Marcus got a job on the New York Daily News - one of the first young women to become a copy "boy". In a matter of weeks she was promoted to reporter, and parlayed her first byline story to a job on Life Magazine where she worked with famed ...

26. Joan Rivers

Actress | Spaceballs

Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She was a writer and actress, known for Spaceballs (1987), Iron Man 3 (2013) and Rabbit Test (1978). She was married to Edgar Rosenberg and James Bennat Sanger. She died on September 4, 2014 ...

27. Ernest Kinoy

Writer | The Defenders

Ernest Kinoy was born on April 1, 1925 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The Defenders (1961), Naked City (1958) and Roots (1977). He was married to Barbara Powers. He died on November 10, 2014 in Townshend, Vermont, USA.

28. Marty Pasetta

Director | Burnett Discovers Domingo

Marty Pasetta was born on June 16, 1932 in San Jose, California, USA as Martin Allen Pasetta. He was a director and producer, known for Burnett Discovers Domingo (1984), The 19th Annual Grammy Awards (1977) and Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra (1973). He was married to Elise Mildred King. He died on...

29. Gilbert Lewis

Actor | Candyman

Gilbert Lewis was born on April 6, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for Candyman (1992), Don Juan DeMarco (1994) and Touched (1983). He died on May 7, 2015 in Philadelphia.

30. Albert Maysles

Cinematographer | Grey Gardens

Albert Maysles was born on November 26, 1926 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Albert Harry Maysles. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Grey Gardens (1975), Salesman (1969) and Gimme Shelter (1970). He was married to Gillian Walker. He died on March 5, 2015 in Manhattan, ...

31. Sam Simon

Producer | The Simpsons

Sam Simon was born on June 6, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Samuel Michael Simon. He was a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) and Shanghai Noon (2000). He was married to Jami Ferrell and Jennifer Tilly. He died on March 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

32. Jack Carter

Actor | History of the World: Part I

Jack Carter was born on June 24, 1922 in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jack Chakrin. He was an actor and director, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), Amazing Stories (1985) and McCloud (1970). He was married to Roxanne Wander, Paula Stewart and Joan Mann. He ...

33. Dick Van Patten

Actor | Spaceballs

Dick Van Patten began acting as a child. He made his first of 27 Broadway appearances, at age seven, in "Tapestry in Grey". After, he appeared in many films, including Freaky Friday (1976), with Jodie Foster; Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) and Spaceballs (1987). His TV credits include his ...

34. Ian Fraser

Music_department | Zorro: The Gay Blade

Ian Fraser was born on August 23, 1933 in Hove, East Sussex, England. He is known for his work on Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981), Scrooge (1970) and America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music (1976). He was married to Judee Morton. He died on October 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, ...

35. Jan Hooks

Actress | Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Jan Hooks is better remembered for her five-year run on Saturday Night Live (1975) (1986-91) on the series she impersonated actress ranging from Bette Davis, to Ann-Margret, to Sally Kellerman, to Jodie Foster. After she left the show, she was proposed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason to replace Jean ...

36. Elizabeth Peña

Actress | Rush Hour

Elizabeth's love for the arts came naturally, as her father was a well-known playwright, actor, director and novelist, so it is not hard to understand that by the time she was eight, Cuban-American Elizabeth Pena already had designs to become an actress. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and raised in...

37. Howard Lipstone

Producer | Jaws 3-D

Howard Lipstone was born on April 28, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was a production manager and producer, known for Jaws 3-D (1983), Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) and Burned at the Stake (1982). He was married to Jane Lipstone. He died on August 24, 2015 in Westwood, California, USA.

38. Frank Gifford

Actor | Jerry Maguire

Frank Gifford was born on August 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Frank Newton Gifford. He is known for his work on Jerry Maguire (1996), Coach (1989) and Two-Minute Warning (1976). He was married to Kathie Lee Gifford, Astrid Gifford and Maxine Avis Ewart. He died on August 9, 2015 in ...

39. Judy Carne

Actress | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Trained in music and dance, tiny-framed, pixie-like Judy Carne was born Joyce Botterill in Northampton, England in 1939, the daughter of a grocer. Trained in dance, she appeared in music revues as a teenager and changed her name at the advice of a dance teacher. Slowly building up a career on ...

40. Ray Charles

Composer | The First Nine Months Are the Hardest

Ray Charles was born on September 13, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Charles Ray Offenberg. He is known for his work on The First Nine Months Are the Hardest (1971), Perry Como's Christmas in the Holy Land (1980) and The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team (1984). He was married to Bernice P ...

41. 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 ...

42. Donna Douglas

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...

43. Richard Dysart

Actor | The Thing

Richard Dysart served for four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and a Emmy Award in 1992. He was good friends with Diana Muldaur, who played Rosalind Shays on L.A. Law.

44. Joseph Sargent

Director | Jaws: The Revenge

Joseph Sargent was born on July 22, 1925 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Giuseppe Daniele Sorgente. He was a director and actor, known for Jaws: The Revenge (1987), Nightmares (1983) and Star Trek (1966). He was married to Carolyn Nelson and Mary Carver. He died on December 22, 2014 in Malibu, ...

45. Edward Herrmann

Actor | Overboard

Edward Herrmann was born on July 21, 1943 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Edward Kirk Herrmann. He was an actor, known for Overboard (1987), The Lost Boys (1987) and Annie (1982). He was married to Star Herrmann and Leigh Curran. He died on December 31, 2014 in New York City, New York, ...

46. Jayne Meadows

Actress | City Slickers

One of four children born to missionaries from the United States, Jayne Meadows (nee Cotter) and her family returned to the US in the early 1930s wherein Jayne was forced to learn the English language, then speaking Chinese and other foreign languages only. She developed an early interest in acting...

47. Alex Rocco

Actor | The Godfather

Tough and volatile-looking Italianate character actor Alex Rocco was born in Boston and spent time training with such notable teachers as Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Corey to curb his thick Boston accent. In Hollywood from 1963, he worked as a bartender during the lean years and began his TV career in ...

48. Dean Jones

Actor | The Love Bug

Dean Jones was born on Sunday, January 25th, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama, USA as Dean Carroll Jones. He is an actor, best known for Beethoven (1992) , The Love Bug (1968), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and especially St. John in Exile (1986). He has two daughters from his first marriage to Mae ...

49. Leonard Nimoy

Actor | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit ...



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