Notable Showbiz Deaths of 2021by TrekFan1 | created - 01 Jan 2020 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
This is a list of those notable entertainment figures who passed away in 2021. They are in order of date of death, except for the first entry, which will be the most high-profile death to date.
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Actor | Beginners
Legendary actor Christopher Plummer, perhaps Canada's greatest thespian, delivered outstanding performances as Sherlock Holmes in Murder by Decree (1979), the chilling villain in The Silent Partner (1978), the iconoclastic Mike Wallace in The Insider (1999), the empathetic psychiatrist in A ...
December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021
Canadian actor - 'The Sound of Music' (1965), 'Inside Daisy Clover' (1965), 'Waterloo' (1970), 'The Man Who Would Be King' (1975), 'The Silent Partner' (1978), 'Murder by Decree' (1979), 'Somewhere in Time' (1980), 'The Thorn Birds' (1983), 'Dragnet' (1987), 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country' (1991), 'Dolores Clairborne' (1995), 'The Insider' (1999), 'A Beautiful Mind' (2001), 'National Treasure' (2004), 'The New World' (2005), 'Inside Man' (2006), 'The Last Station' (2009), 'Beginners' (2011), 'All the Money in the World' (2017), 'Knives Out' (2019)
Also a voice actor - 'The World of David the Gnome' (1985-86), 'An American Tail' (1986), 'Rock-A-Doodle' (1991), 'Madeline' (1990-95), 'Up' (2009)
Academy Award winner - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, 2011 ('Beginners')
Academy Award nominee - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, 2009 ('The Last Station') and 2017 ('All the Money in the World'); latter made him the oldest Academy Award nominee for acting
BAFTA Film Award winner - Best Supporting Actor, 2011 ('Beginners')
BAFTA Film Award nominee - Best Supporting Actor, 2017 ('All the Money in the World')
Canadian Film Award nominee - Best Performance by a Lead Actor (Feature), 1978 ('The Silent Partner')
Canadian Screen Award winner - Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble), 2012 ('The Tempest')
Canadian Screen Award nominee - Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, 2015 ('Remember')
Canadian Screen Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, 2017
Drama Desk Award winner - Outstanding Performance, 1973 ('Cyrano'); Outstanding Actor in a Play, 1982 ('Othello') and 1997 ('Barrymore')
Drama Desk Award nominee - Outstanding Actor in a Play, 1994 ('No Man's Land'), 2004 ('King Lear') and 2007 ('Inherit the Wind')
Gemini Award nominee - Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, 1992 ('Counterstrike'); Best Performance by an Actor in a [Featured] Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, 1996 ('Harrison Bergeron') and 2010 ('The Summit'); Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series, 2009 ('Caesar and Cleopatra')
Genie Award winner - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, 1979 ('Murder by Decree')
Genie Award nominee - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, 1981 ('The Amateur'), 2002 ('Ararat') and 2008 ('Emotional Arithmetic'); Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, 1992 ('Impolite') and 2003 ('Blizzard')
Golden Globe winner - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, 2012 ('Beginners')
Golden Globe nominee - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, 2000 ('American Tragedy'); Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, 2009 ('The Last Station') and 2017 ('All the Money in the World')
Grammy Award nominee - Best Recording For Children, 1985 ('E.T.A. Hoffman / Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker')
Primetime Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series, 1977 ('Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers'); Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, 1994 ('The New Adventures of Madeline')
Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Best Single Performance by an Actor, 1959 ('Little Moon of Alban'); Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama, 1966 ('Hamlet at Elsinore'); Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special, 1983 ('The Thorn Birds'); Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, 2005 ('Our Father'); Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, 2011 ('Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood ')
Tony Award winner - Best Actor in a Musical, 1974 ('Cyrano'); Best Actor in Play, 1997 ('Barrymore')
Tony Award nominee - Best Actor in Play, 1959 ('J.B.'), 1982 ('Othello'), 1994 ('No Man's Land'), 2004 ('King Lear') and 2007 ('Inherit the Wind')
Soundtrack | Fados
Carlos do Carmo was born on December 21, 1939 in Lisbon, Portugal as Carlos Alberto do Carmo Almeida. He was an actor, known for Fados (2007), Fado Corrido (1964) and Hovering Over the Water (1986). He was married to Maria Judite de Sousa Leal. He died on January 1, 2021 in Lisbon.
December 21, 1939 – January 1, 2021
Portuguese fado singer
3. Mark Eden
Actor | Doctor Zhivago
Mark Eden was born on February 14, 1928 in London, England as Douglas John Malin. He was an actor, known for Doctor Zhivago (1965), London Belongs to Me (1977) and Doctor Who (1963). He was married to Sue Nicholls, Diana Eden and Joan Le Mesurier. He died on January 1, 2021.
February 14, 1928 – January 1, 2021
English actor best known for playing antagonist Alan Bradley on the soap opera 'Coronation Street' from 1986 to 1989 and who also co-starred in films such as 'The L-Shaped Room' (1962), 'Séance on a Wet Afternoon' (1964) and 'Curse of the Crimson Altar' (1968)
Actor | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
George Gerdes was born on February 23, 1948 in Queens, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Rumor Has It... (2005) and Bats (1999). He died on January 1, 2021 in Glendale, California, USA.
February 23, 1948 – January 1, 2020
American actor - 'The Squeeze' (1987), 'Iron Will' (1994), 'Hidalgo' (2004)
5. Oleg Danilov
Writer | Kontrakt so smertyu
Oleg Danilov was born on October 26, 1949 in Leningrad, USSR. He was a writer and production manager, known for Kontrakt so smertyu (1998), Ty u menya odna (1993) and Izydi! (1991). He died on January 2, 2021 in Russia.
October 26, 1949 – January 2, 2021
Russian playwright and screenwriter - 'Get Thee Out' (1991), 'Everything Will Be Fine!' (1995), 'From Hell to Hell' (1997)
6. Wahid Hamed
Writer | Toyour elzalam
Through more than 100 films, TV dramas, radio shows and theatrical productions, Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed carved a place for himself in the Arab world by utilizing all the dramatic tools he could get his hands on since the 1970s and over 50 years. The success of his work was reflected in ...
July 1, 1944 – January 2, 2021
Egyptian screenwriter - 'Terrorism and Kebab' (1992), 'The Yacoubian Building' (2006), 'Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story' (2009)
Actor | Chelovek-Amfibiya
Vladimir Korenev was born on June 20, 1940 in Sevastopol, Krymskaya ASSR, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia] as Vladimir Borisovich Korenev. He was an actor, known for Amphibian Man (1962), Ya - aktrisa (1980) and Svet dalyokoy zvezdy (1965). He was married to Aleftina Konstantinova. He died on January 2, ...
June 20, 1940 – January 2, 2021
Russian and Soviet actor best known for starring in the 1962 sci-fi romance 'Amphibian Man,' and who also had major roles in films such as 'Children of Don Quixote' (1965), 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1973), 'Rudin' (1977), and 'Criminal Talent' (1988)
Named People's Artist of Russian Federation in 1998
Soundtrack | Zodiac
Gerry Marsden was born on September 24, 1942 in Liverpool, England as Gerard Marsden. He was an actor, known for Zodiac (2007), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) and Beast (2017). He was married to Pauline Behan. He died on January 3, 2021 in Arrowe Park, Merseyside, England.
September 24, 1942 – January 3, 2021
English singer-songwriter and leader of Gerry and the Pacemakers - "I Like It" (1963), "You'll Never Walk Alone" (1963), "Ferry Cross the Mersey" (1964)
Visual_effects | I, Robot
Toronto-born visual effects wizard of Canadian and Irish ancestry, executive producer and general manager of the Vancouver branch of the Emmy Award winning studio Barnstorm VFX. He had previously been employed at the British visual/digital effects companies MPC and DNEG (formerly known as Double ...
d. January 3, 2021
Visual effects producer ('I, Robot,' 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2,' TV's 'Big Sky'), artist ('Black Panther,' 'Avengers: Infinity War') and recruiter ('Thor: Ragnarok,' 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters')
10. Heung-Kam Lee
Actress | Yu nu shen tou
Heung-Kam Lee was born on January 13, 1932 in Shunde District, Guangdong Province, China. She was an actress and producer, known for Yu nu shen tou (1967), You Are Wonderful (1976) and Can't Buy Me Love (2010). She was married to Chung-Kwan Siu. She died on January 4, 2021 in Hong Kong, China.
January 13, 1932 – January 4, 2021
Cantonese actress - 'Dances with Dragon' (1991), 'All's Well, Ends Well' (1992), 'The Bride with White Hair 2' (1993)
11. Tanya Roberts
Actress | A View to a Kill
Tanya Roberts came from modest beginnings in the Bronx, New York, the younger daughter of a Jewish American pen salesman (Oscar Blum) and an English mother (Dorothy Smith), who divorced before she reached high school. Tanya dropped out of high school, got married and hitchhiked around the country ...
October 15, 1955 – January 4, 2021
American actress - 'Charlie's Angels' (1980-1981), 'The Beastmaster' (1982), 'Sheena' (1984), 'A View to a Kill' (1985), 'The '70s Show' (1998-2004)
12. Barbara Shelley
Actress | Quatermass and the Pit
The sexy Barbara Shelley was born Barbara Kowin on February 13, 1932 in London, England. With her beautiful looks and stature, she worked as a model during her salad days. Her film career began in Italy in the mid-1950s in such tempting fare as New Moon (1955) and Nero's Mistress (1956), but when ...
February 13, 1932 – January 4, 2021
English actress best known for starring in the '60s Hammer horror films 'The Gorgon' (1964), 'Dracula: Prince of Darkness' (1966), 'Rasputin the Mad Monk' (1966) and 'Quatermass and the Pit' (1967), as well as for starring opposite George Sanders in the sci-fi/horror classic 'Village of the Damned' (1960) and for playing Sorasta in the 1984 'Doctor Who' serial 'Planet of Fire'
13. Gregory Sierra
Actor | The Towering Inferno
Lanky, balding, intense American character actor of Puerto Rican ancestry, born in New York's Spanish Harlem. Deserted by his parents, Sierra was brought up by an aunt in a rough, predominantly Irish neighbourhood from the age of six. Though briefly tempted by gang life as a teenager, he took up ...
January 25, 1937 – January 4, 2021
American actor - 'Sanford and Son' (1972-1975), 'Barney Miller' (1975-1976), 'Soap' (1980-1981), 'Deep Cover' (1992), 'John Carpenter's Vampires' (1998)
Actor | Wie ein Blitz
Karl Heinz Vosgerau was born on August 16, 1927 in Kiel, Germany. He was an actor, known for Wie ein Blitz (1970), Die Wächter (1986) and Hotel Paradies (1990). He was married to Sabine. He died on January 4, 2021 in Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony, Germany.
August 16, 1927 – January 4, 2021
German actor - 'World on a Wire' (1973), 'The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum' (1975), 'Patrick Pacard' (1984)
15. Adrien Dorval
Actor | Shanghai Noon
Adrien Dorval was born on March 22, 1963 in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada. He was an actor, known for Shanghai Noon (2000), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). He was married to Angela Cruikshank. He died on January 5, 2021 in Vancouver, British ...
March 22, 1963 – January 5, 2021
Canadian character actor - 'Magic in the Water' (1995), 'Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning' (2004), 'Togo' (2019)
16. James Greene
Actor | Sherlock Holmes
James Greene was born on May 19, 1931 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was an actor and writer, known for Sherlock Holmes (2009), Johnny English (2003) and What a Girl Wants (2003). He died on January 5, 2021 in the UK.
May 19, 1931 – c. January 5, 2021
Northern Irish actor - 'Mapp & Lucia' (1985-1986), 'William and Mary' (2003-2005), 'Albert Nobbs' (2011), 'Big School' (2013-2014), 'Born to Kill' (2017)
17. John Richardson
Classically handsome John Richardson began his career with small roles in British movies at the end of the 1950s. His first role of note was opposite Barbara Steele in the gothic horror classic Black Sunday (1960), directed by Mario Bava. His massive success was Don Chaffey's One Million Years B.C....
January 19, 1934 – January 5, 2021
English actor - 'Black Sunday' (1960), 'One Million Years B.C.' (1966), 'Torso' (1973)
18. Gerald Hiken
Actor | Crossings
Gerald Hiken was born on May 23, 1927 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He was an actor, known for Crossings (1986), The Three Sisters (1966) and Play of the Week (1959). He was married to Barbara Hiken. He died on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California, USA.
May 27, 1927 - January 6, 2021
American actor - 'The Goddess' (1958), 'The Three Sisters' (1966), 'Reds' (1981), 'Blackout' (1985), 'Fat Man and Little Boy' (1989)
Tony Award nominee - Best Actor in Play, 1980 ('Strider')
Drama Desk Award nominee - Outstanding Actor in a Play, 1980 ('Strider')
19. Antonio Sabato
Actor | Grand Prix
Rugged Sicilian-born actor who came to international notice after playing Ferrari racing ace Nino Barlini in John Frankenheimer's high octane blockbuster Grand Prix (1966). His charismatic performance saw Sabato nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Newcomer. During the 1970s, he ...
April 2, 1943 – January 6, 2021
Italian actor - 'Grand Prix' (1966), 'Beyond the Law' (1968), 'Seven Blood-Stained Orchids' (1971)
20. Filip Trifonov
Actor | Momcheto si otiva
The Bulgarian actor Filip Trifonov was born on May 4, 1947. From 1969 to 1973 he studied acting at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Art, Sofia, Bulgaria in the class of Apostol Karamitev. Even before he finished his education in 1971 Filip Trifonov made his cinema debut in the film "The ...
May 4, 1947 – January 6, 2021
Bulgarian actor - 'The Boy Turns Man' (1972), 'A Nameless Band' (1982), 'Monkeys in Winter' (2006)
21. Michael Apted
Director | Rome
Michael Apted was born on February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England as Michael David Apted. He was a director and producer, known for Rome (2005), Enigma (2001) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). He was married to Paige Simpson, Dana Stevens and Jo Apted. He died on January 7, 2021 ...
February 10, 1941 – January 7, 2021
British director ('Up' series, 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' 'The World Is Not Enough') and producer ('Bram Stoker's Dracula,' 'Masters of Sex')
BAFTA TV Award winner - Best Single Play, 1974 ('Kisses at Fifty' for 'Play for Today')
BAFTA TV Award nominee - Best Single Drama, 1983 ('P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang'); Best Factual Series, 2006 ('49 Up')
BAFTA Flaherty Documentary Award winner, 1985 ('28 Up') and 1992 ('35 Up')
BAFTA Flaherty Documentary Award nominee, 1999 ('42 Up')
Grammy Award winner - Best Long Form Music Video, 1986 (Sting's "Bring on the Night")
News & Documentary Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Informational or Cultural Programming - Programs, 2001 ('Me & Isaac Newton'); Outstanding Interview, 2008 ('49 Up') and 2014 ('56 Up')
22. Biserka Cvejic
Actress | Der Zigeunerbaron
Biserka Cvejic was born on November 5, 1923 as Biserka Katusic. She was an actress, known for The Gipsy Baron (1975), Zlatni vek - 100 godina opere (2020) and Das gläserne Wappen (1983). She died on January 7, 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia.
November 5, 1923 – January 7, 2021
Serbian opera singer
August 8, 1950 – January 7, 2021
American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist - The O'Kanes (1986-1990), "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)" (1986), "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You" (1987)
Grammy Award winner - Best Country Song, 1986 ("Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)")
Grammy Award nominee - Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, 1987 ("Can't Stop My Heart From Loving You")
24. Marion Ramsey
Actress | Police Academy
Marion Ramsey was an American actress and singer from Philadelphia. She is primarily known for her role as the soft-spoken policewoman Laverne Hooks in the "Police Academy" film series (1984-1994). Hooks was depicted as a "diminutive, soft-spoken and unassertive woman" with a high-pitched voice. ...
May 10, 1947 – January 7, 2021
American actress - 'Police Academy' movies (1984-1989), 'The Addams Family' animated series (1992-1993), 'Lavalantula' (2015)
25. Deezer D
Deezer D was born in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. He is not only an actor but a popular performer in the Christian and underground hip hop communities. His latest release is titled "Unpredictable". He also briefly hosted a Christian Rap radio show in Los Angeles on station 96.3 KFSG.
Real name: Dearon Thompson; March 10, 1965 – January 7, 2021
American actor and rapper - 'Cool as Ice' (1991), 'CB4' (1993), 'ER' (1994-2009)
26. Ed Bruce
Actor | Public Enemies
Ed Bruce was born on December 29, 1939 in Keiser, Arkansas, USA. He is known for his work on Public Enemies (2009), Country Strong (2010) and American Honey (2016). He was married to Judith Woodlee and Patsy Bruce. He died on January 8, 2021 in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA.
December 29, 1939 – January 8, 2021
American country music songwriter ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys") and singer ("You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had") and actor ('Bret Maverick')
27. Steve Carver
Director | Lone Wolf McQuade
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Steve Carver received his first camera when he was eight years old. At 13 he began his formal education in photography, attending the High School of Music & Arts in Manhattan where he received training in art and music. Fascinated by techniques of creating imagery, he ...
April 5, 1945 – January 8, 2021
American film director - 'Big Bad Mama' (1974), 'An Eye for an Eye' (1981), 'Lone Wolf McQuade' (1983)
28. Tony Curtis
Art_director | Krull
Tony Curtis was born on January 25, 1937. He is known for his work on Krull (1983), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) and Tales from the Crypt (1972). He was married to Yutte Stensgaard. He died on January 8, 2021.
January 25, 1937 – January 8, 2021
British art director (1970's 'Tales from the Crypt,' 1983's 'Krull') and production designer ('The Monster Club,' 1982's 'The Scarlet Pimpernel,' 'Half Moon Street')
Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Art Direction for a Limited Series or a Special, 1983 ('The Scarlet Pimpernel')
29. David Darling
Soundtrack | Heat
David Darling (March 4, 1941 - January 8, 2021) was an American cellist and composer. In 2010, he won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album. He performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Paul Winter Consort, Ralph Towner and Spyro Gyra and released many solo albums. Among these were 15 ...
March 4, 1941 – January 8, 2021
American cellist ('Journal October,' 'Prayer for Compassion,' Ketil Bjørnstad's 'The Sea') and composer ('One Eight Seven,' '12th & Delaware')
Grammy Award winner - Best New Age Album, 2009 ('Prayer for Compassion')
Grammy Award nominee - Best New Age Album, 2001 ('Cello Blue'), 2014 ('In Love and Longing') and 2019 ('Homage to Kindness')
30. Mike Henry
Actor | Smokey and the Bandit
Michael Dennis Henry was born August 15th, 1936. He was an athletic professional football player at the time he entered the movies. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1958-61) and the Los Angeles Rams (1962-64). During part of that time (1961-64) he was under contract with Warner Brothers and ...
August 15, 1936 – January 8, 2021
American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams) and actor ('Tarzan and the Valley of Gold,' 'Soylent Green,' 'Smokey and the Bandit')
31. Neil Mahoney
Editor | Key and Peele
Neil Mahoney was born on March 7, 1977 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. He was an editor and producer, known for Key and Peele (2012), Freak Dance (2010) and Comrade Detective (2017). He died on January 8, 2021 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
March 7, 1977 – January 8, 2021
American editor ('Drunk History,' 'Comrade Detective') and director ('Freak Dance')
Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming, 2016 ('Key and Peele')
32. Diana Millay
Actress | Dark Shadows
Diana became involved in show business at a very early age, tap dancing at seven and winning a beauty contest three years later. This led to modeling sun suits for Sears Department Stores, and, eventually, to becoming a Conover model for the John Robert Powers Agency in New York. She also acquired ...
June 7, 1935 – January 8, 2021
American actress - 'Street of Sinners' (1957), 'Tarzan and the Great River' (1967), 'Dark Shadows' (1966-1969)
33. Ivo Niederle
Actor | xXx
Ivo Niederle was born on December 26, 1929 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He was an actor, known for xXx (2002), The Tigress (1992) and The Ambulance (1984). He was married to Vera Kríbková. He died on January 8, 2021 in Prague, Czech Republic.
December 26, 1929 – January 8, 2021
Czech actor - 'Coach to Vienna' (1966), 'Burning Secret' (1988), 'Close to Heaven' (2005)
Actor | Psychos in Love
Carmine Capobianco was born September 19, 1958 in Waterbury, Ct. He attended St. Mary's School (Alma Mater of Dylan McDermott), Sacred Heart High School and then graduated Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Photography, Film and Television. His film career began upon meeting ...
September 19, 1958 – January 9, 2021
American actor ('Disconnected,' 'Psychos in Love,' 'Galactic Gigolo') and screenwriter
35. Frantisek Filip
Director | Hrdina má strach
Frantisek Filip was born on October 26, 1930 in Písek, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]. He was a director and writer, known for Hrdina má strach (1966), Rozpaky kuchare Svatopluka (1985) and Young Bohácek's Sufferings (1969). He died on January 9, 2021 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
December 26, 1930 – January 9, 2021
Czech director for film ('Utrpení mladého Boháčka') and television ('Chalupáři,' 'Cirkus Humberto')
36. John Reilly
Actor | General Hospital
John Reilly was born on November 11, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Henry Matthew Reilly. He was an actor, known for General Hospital (1963), Iron Man (1994) and Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982). He was married to Lily Beth (Liz) Janred and Donna Reilly . He died on January 9, 2021 in the ...
November 11, 1936 – January 9, 2021
American actor - 'General Hospital' (1984-2013), 'Beverly Hills, 90210' (1996-1998), 'Passions' (2000-2008)
37. Caroly Wilcox
Actress | The Muppet Movie
Caroly Wilcox was born on May 16, 1931 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA as Carolyn Wilcox. She is known for her work on The Muppet Movie (1979), Sesame Street (1969) and The Muppet Show (1976). She died on January 9, 2021.
May 16, 1931 – January 9, 2021
American Muppet designer, builder and performer - 'Sesame Street' (1969-2012), 'The Muppet Show' (1976-1981), 'The Muppet Movie' (1979), 'The Muppets Take Manhattan' (1984), 'Fraggle Rock' (1983-1987)
Daytime Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Any Area of Creative Technical Crafts, 1976 ('Sesame Street'); Special Classification of Outstanding Individual Achievement - Puppet Design, Construction and Costuming, 1981 ('Sesame Street'); Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, 1986 and 1990 (both for 'Sesame Street')
Nominated for five other Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, all for 'Sesame Street'
Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Individual Achievement [in] Creative Technical Crafts, 1980 (two nominations, both for 'The Muppet Show')
38. Owen Marsh
Camera_department | Assault on a Queen
Owen Marsh was born and raised in the Hollywood film industry. His father was Oliver T. Marsh, cinematographer and his mother a studio mood music violinist from the silent days. Aunts included Mildred and Mae Marsh, both actreses. Small acting rolls as a child, the service(1950-52), 7years (1952-59...
May 29, 1930 – January 10, 2021
American camera operator - 'Ben-Hur' (1959), 'How the West Was Won' (1962), 'The Brady Bunch' (1972-1973), 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore' (1974), 'North & South' (1985 miniseries)
Founding member of the Society of Camera Operators
39. Julie Strain
Actress | Beverly Hills Cop III
Julie Strain was born in Concord, California, USA as Julie Ann Strain. She is an actress, known for Sex Court, (1998), Heavy Metal 2000 (2000) and Double Impact (1991), and Battle Queen 2020. She grew up in Pleasant Hill California and graduated from Diablo Valley College, in that town. Since she ...
February 18, 1962 – January 10, 2021
American actress ('Psycho Cop 2,' 'Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult,' 'Heavy Metal 2000,' 'How to Make a Monster') and model ('Penthouse')
40. Etienne Draber
Actor | Madame Bovary
Etienne Draber was born on March 26, 1939 in Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France. He was an actor, known for Madame Bovary (1991), Le fou du roi (1984) and Plus belle la vie (2004). He died on January 11, 2021 in Paris, France.
March 26, 1939 – January 11, 2021
French actor - 'Profs' (1985), 'Ridicule' (1996), 'J'ai perdu Albert' (2018)
41. Les Fresholtz
Sound_department | Star Wars
Les Fresholtz was born on December 21, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Lester Henry Fresholtz. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), All the President's Men (1976) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He died in March 2021.
December 21, 1931 – January 11, 2021
American re-recording mixer - 'Head' (1968), 'Blazing Saddles' (1974), 'All the President's Men' (1976), 'Star Wars' (1977), 'Altered States' (1980), 'Tootsie' (1982), 'Ghostbusters' (1984), 'Lethal Weapon' (1987), 'Bird' (1988), 'Unforgiven' (1992)
Academy Award winner - Best Sound, 1976 ('All the President's Men') and 1988 ('Bird')
Academy Award nominee - Best Sound, 1969 ('Marooned'), 1973 ('Paper Moon'), 1975 ('Bite the Bullet'), 1979 ('The Electric Horseman'), 1980 ('Altered States'), 1982 ('Tootsie'), 1985 ('Ladyhawke'), 1986 ('Heartbreak Ridge'), 1987 ('Lethal Weapon'), 1992 ('Unforgiven')
BAFTA Film Award winner - Best Sound, 1977 ('Star Wars')
BAFTA Film Award nominee - Best Sound, 1976 ('All the President's Men'), 1988 ('Bird') and 1992 ('Unforgiven')
42. Robert F. Liu
Cinematographer | Lou Grant
Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1984.
May 1, 1926 – January 11, 2021
Chinese-American cinematographer - 'Lou Grant' (1979-1982), 'Family Ties' (1985-1989), 'The Nanny' (1998-1999)
Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Cinematography for a Series, 1982 ('Lou Grant'); Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Comedy Series, 1989 ('Family Ties')
43. Tord Peterson
Actor | Änglagård - Andra sommaren
Tord Peterson was born on April 21, 1926 in Danderyd, Stockholms län, Sweden as Tord Greger Pettersson. He was an actor, known for Änglagård - Andra sommaren (1994), House of Angels (1992) and Änglagård - Tredje gången gillt (2010). He was married to Ulla Blomstrand. He ...
April 21, 1926 – January 11, 2021
Swedish actor - 'Grisjakten: The Pig Hunt' (1970), 'House of Angels' (1992), 'Pettson and Findus' films (1999-2009), 'Dragonsly' (2001), 'Echoes from the Dead' (2013)
Guldbagge Award nominee - Best Actor, 1994 ('House of Angels – The Second Summer')
44. Stacy Title
Director | Let the Devil Wear Black
Stacy Title was born on February 21, 1964 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Stacy Beth Title. She was a director and producer, known for Let the Devil Wear Black (1999), The Last Supper (1995) and Down on the Waterfront (1993). She was married to Jonathan Penner. She died on January 11, ...
February 21, 1964 – January 11, 2021
American film director - 'The Last Supper' (1995), 'Hood of Horror' (2006), 'The Bye Bye Man' (2017)
45. Mona Malm
Actress | Fanny och Alexander
Mona Malm got her breakthrough at the Royal Dramatic Theater in 1957 as "Tintomara" in Almqvist's 'Drottningens juvelsmycke', directed by Alf Sjöberg. She played "Martha" in Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' (1985) and the title role in Hjalmar Bergman's 'Chefen fru Ingeborg' (1993)....
January 24, 1935 – January 12, 2021
Swedish actress - 'Fanny and Alexander' (1982), 'The Best Intentions' (1992), 'After the Wedding' (2006)
46. Tim Bogert
Soundtrack | Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Tim Bogert was born on August 27, 1944 in Ridgefield, New Jersey, USA as John Voorhis Bogert. He died on January 13, 2021 in the USA.
August 27, 1944 – January 13, 2021
American bassist, singer and songwriter - Vanilla Fudge (1966–1970, 1982–1984, 1987–1988, 1999–2002, 2003–2008, 2009–2010), Cactus (1969-1973, 2006-2009), Beck, Bogert & Appice (1972-1974)
Actor | Ocean's Eleven
Siegfried Fischbacher was born on June 13, 1939 in Rosenheim, Germany. He was a producer and actor, known for Ocean's Eleven (2001), Vegas Vacation (1997) and Father of the Pride (2004). He died on January 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
June 13, 1939 – January 13, 2021
German-American illusionist and entertainer - Siegfried & Roy (1990-2003)
48. Sylvain Sylvain
Soundtrack | Kick-Ass
Sylvain Sylvain was born on February 14, 1951 in Cairo, Egypt as Sylvain Sylvain Mizrahi. He was an actor and composer, known for Kick-Ass (2010), The Three Stooges (2012) and Up the Academy (1980). He was married to Wanda O'Kelley . He died on January 13, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
February 14, 1951 – January 13, 2021
American rock guitarist - New York Dolls (1971–1976, 2004–2011)
This durable, granite-faced actor with the matching steel-edged voice was one of the most interesting and recognisable leads in 1950s and 1960s television. He was born Marvin Jack Richman in South Philadelphia to paper and roofing contractor Benjamin Richman and his wife Yetta Dora (née Peck), the ...
April 16, 1927 – January 14, 2021
American actor - 'Friendly Persuasion' (1956), 'Dynasty' (1981-1984), 'Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan' (1989), 'The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear' (1991), 'Poolhall Junkies' (2002)
50. Dale Baer
Animation_department | The Emperor's New Groove
Dale Baer was born on June 15, 1950 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Dale Leonard Baer. He is known for his work on The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Species (1995) and Last Action Hero (1993). He was married to Teddy and Jane Baer. He died on January 15, 2021 in Irvine, California, USA.
June 15, 1950 – January 15, 2021
American animator ('The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,' 'Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!),' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'The Princess and the Frog') and story director ('The Smurfs')
Juan Carlos Copes was born on May 31, 1931 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina. He is known for his work on Happy Together (1997), Tango (1998) and La sonrisa de mamá (1972). He was married to Myriam Albuernez and Maria Nieves. He died on January 16, 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
May 31, 1931 – January 16, 2021
Argentine tango dancer and choreographer
Tony Award nominee - Best Choreography, 1986 ('Tango Argentino')
Actress | The Saint
Londoner Charlotte Elizabeth Cornwell was born on April 26 1949, the younger half-sister of novelist John le Carré -- whose real name was David Cornwell -- and his novel, 'The Little Drummer Girl', had a leading character based on her. Le Carré was disappointed that in the film version the star was...
April 26, 1949 – January 16, 2021
English actress - 'Rock Follies' (1976-77), 'The Krays' (1990), 'White Hunter Black Heart' (1990)
53. Jim MacGeorge
Actor | Teenagers from Outer Space
Jim MacGeorge was born on October 9, 1928 in Seattle, Washington, USA as James Andrew MacGeorge. He was an actor and writer, known for Teenagers from Outer Space (1959), Get Smart (1965) and Bionic Six (1987). He was married to Victoria Utica Loranger. He died on January 16, 2021 in the USA.
October 15, 1928 – January 16, 2021
American voice actor - 'Laurel and Hardy' (1966-1967), 'Beany and Cecil' (1959-1962, 1988), 'Bionic Six' (1987)
54. Pave Maijanen
Soundtrack | Ajolähtö
Pave Maijanen was born on September 4, 1950 in Lappeenranta, Finland as Pekka Juhani Maijanen. He is known for his work on Gotta Run! (1982), They Have Escaped (2014) and Goodbye, Trainmen (1992). He was married to Liisa Maijasen. He died on January 16, 2021 in Helsinki, Finland.
September 3, 1950 – January 16, 2021
Finnish musician, singer, songwriter and producer - Wigwam (1975, 2018), The Royals (1975-1978), Dingo (1984–1994),
September 27, 1969 – January 16, 2021
American producer - 'The Butterfly Effect' (2004), 'Lucky Number Slevin' (2006), 'The Rum Diary' (2011)
56. Phil Spector
Soundtrack | Top Gun
Phil Spector was born on December 26, 1939 in The Bronx, New York, USA as Harvey Philip Spector. He is known for his work on Top Gun (1986), Mean Streets (1973) and Dirty Dancing (1987). He was married to Rachelle Marie Short , Janis Lynn Zavala, Ronnie Spector and Annette Lee Merar. He died on ...
December 26, 1939 – January 16, 2021
American convicted murderer who first gained fame as a record producer and songwriter; developed the Wall of Sound formula of music production and co-wrote and/or produced iconic singles and albums such as Gene Pitney's "He's a Rebel," the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "Unchained Melody," George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord," and John Lennon's 'Imagine'; regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of pop music and the music industry's first auteur--a legacy he destroyed when he murdered actress Lana Clarkson in 2003, a crime for which he was convicted and sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2009
Grammy Award nominee - Album Of The Year, 1971 ('George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass'); Record Of The Year, 1971 (Harrison's "My Sweet Lord")
Grammy Award winner - Album Of The Year, 1972 (George Harrison's 'The Concert For Bangla Desh')
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 1989
Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, 1997
Grammy National Trustees Award recipient, 2000
Nineteen-year prison sentence recipient, 2009
R.I.P. Lana Clarkson April 5, 1962 – February 3, 2003
57. Sam Nestico
Soundtrack | Little Children
Sam Nestico was born on February 6, 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Samuel Louis Nistico. He is known for his work on Little Children (2006), The Color Purple (1985) and The Wrecking Crew! (2008). He was married to Shirley Frazier and Marge. He died on January 17, 2021 in the USA.
February 6, 1924 – January 17, 2021
American composer and arranger (Count Basie)
Actor | Comme une image
Jean-Pierre Bacri was born on May 24, 1951 in Castiglione, Alger, France [now Bou Ismail, Algeria]. He was an actor and writer, known for Look at Me (2004), Un air de famille (1996) and Same Old Song (1997). He was married to Agnès Jaoui. He died on January 18, 2021 in Paris, France.
May 24, 1951 – January 18, 2021
French actor and screenwriter who co-wrote (with Agnès Jaoui) and starred in such films as 'Same Old Song' (1997), 'The Taste of Others' (2000), and 'Look at Me' (2004); also starred in many notable films written by others, including Diane Kurys's 'Entre Nous' (1983), Luc Besson's 'Subway' (1985), Alain Chabat's 'Didier' (1997), Nicole Garcia's 'Place Vendôme' (1998) and Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano's 'C'est la vie!' (2017)
Cannes Film Festival prize winner - Best Screenplay, 2004 ('Look at Me')
César Award winner - Best Screenplay, 1993 ('Smoking/No Smoking'), 1996 ('Family Resemblances'), 1997 ('Same Old Song') and 2000 ('The Taste of Others'); Best Supporting Actor, 1997 ('Same Old Song')
César Award nominee - Best Supporting Actor, 1985 ('Subway'); Best Actor, 1999 ('Kennedy et moi'), 2000 'The Taste of Others'), 2003 ('Les sentiments'), 2012 ('Looking for Hortense'), 2015 ('The Very Private Life of Mister Sim'), and 2017 ('C'est la vie!'); Best Screenplay, 2004 ('Look at Me')
59. Perry Botkin Jr.
Soundtrack | Baby Driver
Perry Botkin Jr. was born on April 16, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Perry Lafayette Botkin Jr. He is known for his work on Baby Driver (2017), Bless the Beasts & Children (1971) and Honey (2003). He was married to Liza Kevin Hennessey and Sondra J Keyes. He died on January 18, 2021 ...
April 16, 1933 – January 18, 2021
American composer for television ('The Young and the Restless,' 'Mork & Mindy') and film ('Bless the Beasts & Children,' 'Goin' South,' 'Silent Night, Deadly Night'), arranger ("Wichita Lineman," "Rhythm of the Rain") and musician
Academy Award nomination - Best Original Song, 1971 ("Bless the Beasts and the Children")
Grammy Award winner - Best Instrumental Arrangement, 1977 ("Nadia's Theme (The Young And The Restless)")
Grammy Award nominee - Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special, 1971 ('Bless the Beasts & Children')
Director | Guantanamera
Juan Carlos Tabío was born on September 3, 1943 in Havana, Cuba. He was a director and writer, known for Guantanamera (1995), Horn of Plenty (2008) and Strawberry & Chocolate (1993). He died on January 18, 2021 in Havana.
c. 1943 – January 18, 2021
Cuban film director and screenwriter - 'Strawberry and Chocolate' (1993), 'Guantanamera' (1995), 'Waiting List' (2000)
Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear winner - Special Jury Prize, 1994 ('Strawberry and Chocolate')
Berlin International Film Festival Teddy winner - Best Feature Film, 1994 ('Strawberry and Chocolate')
Goya Award nominee - Best Spanish Language Foreign Film, 2000 ('Waiting List')
61. Richard Lindheim
Writer | The Equalizer
Richard Lindheim was born on May 15, 1939 in New York, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for The Equalizer (2014), The Equalizer 2 (2018) and The Equalizer (1985). He died on January 18, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
c. 1940 – January 18, 2021
American TV executive ('Miami Vice,' 'Frasier,' 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'), writer-producer ('B.J. and the Bear') and series creator ('The Equalizer')
December 24, 1955 – January 18, 2021
American TV writer and producer - 'The Simpsons' (1993-1994), 'Two and a Half Men' (2009-2012), 'F Is for Family' (2015-2020)
Humanitas Prize winner - 30 Minute Network or Syndicated Television, 1995 ('The John Larroquette Show')
63. Jimmie Rodgers
Soundtrack | The Iron Giant
With over 40 top ten hits in the late '50s and '60s, smooth, folksy, honey-voiced singer Jimmie Rodgers was one of the early superstars of Rock & Roll. His biggest #1 hits include "Honeycomb", "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine", "It's Over", "Child of Clay", Oh Oh I'm Falling In Love Again" and "The Long ...
September 18, 1933 – January 18, 2021
American singer and musician who achieved crossover chart success with hits such as "Honeycomb" (1957), "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" (1957) and "Secretly" (1958), each of which ranked in the top ten on Billboard's pop, country and R&B charts; also had brief stints as an actor ('Back Door to Hell') and as a TV host ('Carol Burnett Presents the Jimmie Rodgers Show')
64. Mira Furlan
Actress | Babylon 5
A leading actress of theatre, film and TV in the former Yugoslavia, Mira Furlan emigrated to the U.S. with her husband, Goran Gajic, in November 1991, due to the intolerable political circumstances in her homeland. Ms. Furlan starred in the Warner Brothers TV series Babylon 5 (1993) as "Ambassador ...
September 7, 1955 – January 20, 2021
Croatian actress - 'When Father Was Away on Business' (1985), 'The Beauty of Vice' (1986), 'Babylon 5' (1993-1998), 'Lost' (2004-2010), 'The Abandoned' (2010)
65. Bob Avian
Bob Avian was born on December 26, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Avedisian. He is known for his work on A Chorus Line (2016), Putting It Together (2000) and Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh (1998). He was married to Peter Pileski. He died on ...
December 26, 1937 - January 21, 2021
American theatre choreographer ('A Chorus Line,' 'Miss Saigon') and producer ('Dreamgirls')
Drama Desk Award winner - Outstanding Choreography, 1976 ('A Chorus Line') and 1979 ('Ballroom')
Drama Desk Award nominee - Outstanding Musical, 1982 ('Dreamgirls')
Laurence Olivier Award winner - Best Choreography, 1997 ('Martin Guerre')
Tony Award winner - Best Choreography, 1976 ('A Chorus Line') and 1979 ('Ballroom')
Tony Award nominee - Best Musical, 1979 ('Ballroom') and 1982 ('Dreamgirls'); Best Cinematography, 1991 ('Miss Saigon') and 1995 ('Sunset Boulevard')
66. Nathalie Delon
Actress | Le samouraï
Nathalie Delon was born on August 1, 1941 in Oujda, French Protectorate Morocco [now Morocco] as Francine Canovas. She was an actress and writer, known for Le Samouraï (1967), They Call It an Accident (1982) and Frantic (1988). She was married to Alain Delon and Guy Barthelemy. She died on ...
August 1, 1941 – January 21, 2021
French actress - 'Le Samouraï' (1967), 'When Eight Bells Toll' (1971), 'The Romantic Englishwoman' (1975)
67. Rémy Julienne
Stunts | GoldenEye
Rémy Julienne was born on April 17, 1930 in Cepoy, Loiret, France. He is known for his work on GoldenEye (1995), Double Team (1997) and A View to a Kill (1985). He was married to Antonie Pedrocchi. He died on January 21, 2021 in Amilly, Loiret.
April 17, 1930 – January 21, 2021
French stunt driver and coordinator - 'The Italian Job' (1969), 'Watch Out, We're Mad!' (1974), 'The Professional' (1981), James Bond (1981-1995), 'The Da Vinci Code' (2006)
68. Cecilia Mangini
Writer | All'armi siam fascisti!
Cecilia Mangini was born on July 31, 1927 in Mola di Bari, Apulia, Italy. She was a writer and director, known for All'armi siam fascisti! (1962), Antonio Gramsci: The Days of Prison (1977) and Klon (1992). She was married to Lino Del Fra. She died on January 21, 2021 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
July 31, 1927 – January 21, 2021
Italian director ('Unknown To The City') and writer ('Black Holiday,' 'Antonio Gramsci: The Days of Prison'); considered to be Italy's first female documentary filmmaker
December 26, 1939 – January 22, 2021
Australian-born animation director ('The Beatles'), story director ('The Smurfs') and storyboard artist ('Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,' 'Rugrats')
Daytime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Achievement in Animation, 1995 ('Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,')
Director | Mujer de madera
José Ángel García was born on October 30, 1950 in Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico as José Ángel García Huerta. He was a director and assistant director, known for Wooden Woman (2004), La verdad oculta (2006) and Two Women, One Road (1993). He was married to Patricia Bernal. He died on January 22, 2021 ...
October 30, 1950 – January 22, 2021
Mexican telenovela actor ('El premio mayor,' 'Tú y yo') and director ('Amigas y rivales,' 'La fuerza del destino,' 'La rosa de Guadalupe')
71. Walter Bernstein
Writer | The Front
Blacklisted writer in the 1950s, a victim of the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee), he still continued to write under pseudonyms as did many other blacklisted writers such as Ring Lardner Jr. and Dalton Trumbo, and his biggest contribution during that time was probably his writing work ...
August 20, 1919 – January 23, 2021
American screenwriter ('Fail Safe,' 'The Front,' 'Miss Evers' Boys'), producer ('The Molly Maguires'), director ('Little Miss Marker')
Academy Award nominee - Best Original Screenplay, 1976 ('The Front')
BAFTA Award nominee - Best Screenplay, 1979 ('Yanks')
Humanitas Prize winner - PBS/Cable Category, 1997 ('Miss Evers' Boys')
Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special, 1997 ('Miss Evers' Boys')
72. Tony Ferrer
Actor | Sabotage
Tony Ferrer was born on June 12, 1934 in Macabebe, Pampanga, Philippines as Antonio D. Laxa. He was an actor and director, known for Sabotage (1966), Legs Katawan Babae (1981) and G-2 (1965). He was married to Imelda Ilanan. He died on January 23, 2021 in the Philippines.
June 12, 1934 – January 23, 2021
Filipino actor - Agent X-44 film series (1965-1980), 'The Vengeance of Fu Manchu' (1967), 'Blind Rage' (1978)
FAMAS Award nominee - Best Actor, 1966 ('Sabotage') and 1971 ('I Love Mama, I Love Papa')
73. John Frey
Actor | The Lovebirds
John Frey has worked internationally as an actor, screenwriter, and teacher in theater, film, and television for over 25 years. John's screenwriting credits include Cabaret Maxime, opening in February 2020 at the Metrograph Theater in NYC (Best Film Award and Best Screenplay Nominee - Society of ...
April 30, 1958 – January 23, 2021
American actor ('On the Run') and screenwriter ('The Lovebirds,' 'Operation Autumn')
74. Alberto Grimaldi
Producer | Gangs of New York
Alberto Grimaldi was born on March 28, 1925 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is known for his work on Gangs of New York (2002), Burn! (1969) and Illustrious Corpses (1976). He was married to Melanie Vaughan-Hughes and Maria Rosaria Buongiorno. He died on January 23, 2021 in Miami, Florida, USA.
March 28, 1925 – January 23, 2021
Italian film producer - 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' (1966), 'Last Tango in Paris' (1972), 'Gangs of New York' (2002)
Academy Award nominee - Best Picture, 2002 ('Gangs of New York')
BAFTA Film Award nominee - Best Foreign Language Film, 1986 ('Ginger and Fred'); Best Film, 2002 ('Gangs of New York')
David di Donatello Award nominee - Best Producer, 1986 ('Ginger and Fred')
75. Larry King
Actor | Ghostbusters
Larry King was born on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Harvey Zeiger. He was a producer and actor, known for Ghostbusters (1984), Bee Movie (2007) and Enemy of the State (1998). He was married to Shawn Ora Engemann, Julie Alexander, Sharon Lepore, Mickey ...
November 19, 1933 – January 23, 2021
Legendary radio and television host, interviewer and producer - 'Larry King Show' (1978-1994), 'Larry King Live' (1985-2010), 'Larry King Now' (2012-2020)
News & Documentary Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Interview/Interviewer, 1999 ('Larry King Live' with Karla Faye Tucker)
Nominated for three other News & Documentary Emmy Award as well as four Daytime Emmy Awards
News & Documentary Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award recipient, 2011
Winner of four CableACE Awards out seven total nominations, all for 'Larry King Live'
Peabody Award winner for both his radio program (1982) and his television show (1992)
Also provided the voice of Doris the ugly stepsister in each of the three 'Shrek' sequels (2004-2010) and appeared (most often as himself) in dozens of films and television shows, including 'Ghostbusters' (1984), 'Murphy Brown' (1990, 1996), 'Dave' (1993), 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' (1996), 'Contact' (1997), 'The Practice' (2002), 'Boston Legal' (2005) and 'American Crime Story' (2016)
76. Hal Holbrook
Actor | Into the Wild
Hal Holbrook was an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who was one of the great craftsmen of stage and screen. He was best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily ...
February 17, 1925 – January 23, 2021
American actor of film ('All the President's Men,' 'Into the Wild'), television ('North & South,' 'Evening Shade') and stage ('Mark Twain Tonight!')
Academy Award nominee - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, 2008 ('Into the Wild')
Drama Desk Vernon Rice Award recipient, 1959 (for 'Mark Twain Tonight!')
Grammy Award nominee - Best Performance - Documentary Or Spoken Word (Other Than Comedy), 1959 ('Mark Twain Tonight!'); Best Documentary Or Spoken Word Recording (Other Than Comedy), 1961 ('More Of Hal Holbrook In Mark Twain Tonight!'); Best Spoken Word, Documentary Or Drama Recording, 1967 ('Mark Twain Tonight!, Vol. 3')
Primetime Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, 1971 ('The Bold Ones: The Senator'); Best Lead Actor in a Drama and Actor of the Year, 1974 (both for 'Pueblo'); Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series, 1976 ('Lincoln); Outstanding Performance in Informational Programming, 1989 ('Portrait of America')
Nominated for another seven Primetime Emmy Awards
Tony Award winner - Best Actor in Play, 1966 ('Mark Twain Tonight!')
National Humanities Medal recipient, 2003
77. Trisha Noble
Patricia Ann Ruth Noble was born on February 3, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales to a popular Australian theater family. Her father, Buster Noble, was a well-known comedian, singer and dancer, and her mother, Helen de Paul, was a noted choreographer and producer. At the age of six, Patsy Ann, as she...
February 3, 1944 – January 23, 2021; a.k.a. Patsy Ann Noble
Australian singer ("Good Looking Boy," "Accidents Will Happen") and actress ('The Private Eyes,' 'Strike Force,' 'Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith')
78. Sumiko Sakamoto
Actress | Erogotoshi-tachi yori: Jinruigaku nyûmon
Sumiko Sakamoto was born on November 25, 1936 in Osaka, Japan. She was an actress, known for The Pornographers (1966), The Ballad of Narayama (1983) and Watashi wa makenai (1966). She was married to Keijiro Ishii. She died on January 23, 2021 in Kumamoto City, Japan.
November 26, 1936 – January 23, 2021
Japanese actress - 'The Pornographers' (1966), 'The Ballad of Narayama' (1983), 'Warm Water Under a Red Bridge' (2001)
79. Arik Brauer
Writer | Sieben auf einen Streich
Arik Brauer was born on January 4, 1929 in Vienna, Austria as Erich Brauer. He was a writer and composer, known for Sieben auf einen Streich (1978), Weltberühmt in Österreich - 50 Jahre Austropop (2006) and Hundertwassers Regentag (1971). He was married to Naomi Dahabani. He died on ...
January 4, 1929 – January 24, 2021
Austrian artist, poet, dancer, singer-songwriter, stage designer, architect and academic
80. Bruce Kirby
Actor | The Muppet Movie
One of those hard-working supporting actors whose face you know but whose name might not ring any bells. Italian-American Bruce Kirby (real name Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu) was steadily employed--primarily on the small screen--to play a gallery of often likeable, mainly unimposing characters in a ...
April 28, 1925 – January 24, 2021
American character actor - 'Columbo' (1973-1995), 'Throw Momma from the Train' (1987), 'Stand by Me' (1988)
Father of actor Bruno Kirby
81. Gunnel Lindblom
Actress | Det sjunde inseglet
After acting studies at the Gothenburg City Theatre from 1950-52, she made her breakthrough debut in Gustaf Molander's Kärlek (1952). When Ingmar Bergman became head of the Malmö City Theatre he asked her to join him there and with him as a director she played the role of Margareta in Goethe's...
December 18, 1931 – January 24, 2021
Swedish actress - 'The Seventh Seal' (1957), 'The Virgin Spring' (1960), 'Winter Light' (1963), 'Hunger' (1966), 'The Girls' (1968)
Honorary Guldbagge Award recipient, 2002
82. Tseng Chang
Actor | 2012
May 18, 1930 – January 25, 2021
Chinese-American actor - 'Bullet in the Head' (1990), 'Shanghai Noon' (2000), 'They Wait' (2007), '2012' (2009), 'Final Recipe' (2013)
83. Hana Maciuchová
Actress | Nemocnice na kraji mesta - nove osudy
Hana Maciuchová was born on November 29, 1945 in Sternberk, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]. She was an actress, known for Hospital at the End of the City - The New Generation (2008), Hospital at the End of the City (1977) and The Three Musketeers (1983). She was married to Jirí Adamíra. She ...
November 25, 1945 – January 26, 2021
Czech actress - 'Hospital at the End of the City' (1978-1981), 'Loners' (2000), 'Ulice' (2002-2015)
84. Lars Norén
Writer | Ett sorts Hades
Before his breakthrough as a playwright in the early 1980s, one of the most innovative and productive poets in Swedish letters. Debut book at 19: Syrener, snö ("Lilacs, snow", 1963). Norén was one of the first authors in Sweden to describe and portray drug addicts and the experience of tripping, or...
May 9, 1944 – January 26, 2021
Swedish playwright - 'Natten är dagens mor' ('The Night Is the Mother of the Day,' 1982), '7: 3' (1999), 'Detaljer' ('Details,' 2001)
85. Peter Vere-Jones
Actor | Braindead
Peter Vere-Jones was born on October 21, 1939 in Cheshire, England. He was an actor, known for Dead Alive (1992), Bad Taste (1987) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013). He died on January 26, 2021 in New Zealand.
c. 1938 – c. January 26, 2021
New Zealand actor - 'Children of Fire Mountain' (1979), 'Bad Taste' (1987), 'Meet the Feebles' (1989)
86. Cloris Leachman
Actress | The Last Picture Show
The legendary actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005). Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She ...
April 30, 1926 – January 27, 2021
American actress - 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' (1970-1975, 1977), 'The Last Picture Show' (1971), 'Young Frankenstein' (1974), 'Phyllis' (1975-1977), 'The Beverly Hillbillies' (1993), 'Malcolm in the Middle' (2001-2006)
Academy Award winner - Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 1971 ('The Last Picture Show')
BAFTA Film Award winner - Best Supporting Actress, 1972 ('The Last Picture Show')
Daytime Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming, 1983 ('ABC Afterschool Specials' episode "The Woman Who Willed a Miracle")
Gemini Award nominee - Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series, 2001 ('Twice in a Lifetime')
Golden Globe winner - Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Television Series, 1976 ('Phyllis')
Nominated for three other Golden Globes
Primetime Emmy Awards - Winner of eight Emmy Awards out of 22 total nominations; the most Emmy-nominated actress of all time and tied with with Julia Louis-Dreyfus for most Emmy wins by an actress
Sibongile Khumalo was born on September 24, 1957 in Soweto, South Africa. She is known for her work on Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002), Rewind (2009) and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Opening Ceremony (2013). She died on January 28, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
September 24, 1957 – January 28, 2021
Legendary South African singer
88. Ryszard Kotys
Actor | Wodzirej
Ryszard Kotys was born on March 20, 1932 in Mniów, Swietokrzyskie, Poland as Ryszard Kotas. He was an actor, known for Top Dog (1978), Bohater roku (1987) and A Generation (1955). He was married to Kamila Sammler and Barbara Wojtkowska. He died on January 28, 2021.
March 20, 1932 – January 28, 2021
Polish actor - 'A Generation' (1955), 'A Lonely Woman' (1981), 'Świat według Kiepskich' (1999-2017)
89. Vasiliy Lanovoy
Actor | Anna Karenina
Vasili Lanovoy was a notable Russian actor best known as Captain Grey in Alye parusa (1961) and as Anatol Kuragin in War and Peace (1965).
He was born Vasili Semenovich Lanovoy on January 16, 1934, in Moscow, Russia, USSR. His parents were Ukrainian peasants from Odessa region. They escaped from ...
January 16, 1934 – January 28, 2021
Soviet and Russian actor - 'Scarlet Sails' (1961), 'War and Peace' (1965), 'Officers' (1971)
Named People's Artist of the Republic in 1978 and People's Artist of the USSR in 1985
90. Cicely Tyson
Actress | The Help
Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and...
December 19, 1924 – January 28, 2021
American actress - 'Sounder' (1972), 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman' (1974), 'Bustin' Loose' (1981), 'Fried Green Tomatoes' (1991), 'The Help' (2011), 'How to Get Away with Murder' (2015-2020)
Academy Award nominee - Best Actress in a Leading Role, 1972 ('Sounder')
Honorary Academy Award recipient, 2019; the first Black woman to receive this honor
BAFTA TV Award nominee - Best Actress, 1975 ('The Autobiography of Miss Jean Pittman')
Daytime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming, 1982 ('The Human Body: Becoming a Woman')
Drama Desk Award winner - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, 2013 ('The Trip to Bountiful')
Drama Desk Vernon Rice Award recipient, 1962 (Performance, "Moon on a Rainbow Shawl")
Kennedy Center honoree, 2015
Peabody Career Achievement Award recipient, 2020
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, 2016
Primetime Emmy Award winner - Best Lead Actress in a Drama and Actress of the Year, 1974 ('The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman'); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special, 1994 ('Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All')
First Black winner of the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama
Nominated for another 13 Primetime Emmy Awards
Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2020
Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2018
Tony Award winner - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, 2013 ('The Trip to Bountiful')
91. Jeremy Lubbock
Soundtrack | The Color Purple
Jeremy Lubbock was born on June 4, 1931 in Kensington, London, England as Jeremy Michael Lubbock. He is known for his work on The Color Purple (1985), Twister (1996) and Dick Tracy (1990). He died on January 29, 2021 in Oxfordshire, England.
June 4, 1931 – January 29, 2021
English pianist, conductor, orchestrator, music producer, arranger, composer, and songwriter
Academy Award nominee - Best Original Score, 1985 ('The Color Purple')
Grammy Award winner - Best Arrangement On An Instrumental, 1984 ("Grace"); Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s), 1984 ("Hard Habit to Break") and 1993 ("When I Fall in Love")
Nominated for another 13 Grammy Awards
92. Hilton Valentine
Hilton Valentine was born on May 21, 1943 in North Shields, England as Hilton Stewart Paterson Valentine. He was an actor, known for The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood (1965), Ready, Steady, Go! (1963) and The Animals: The House of the Rising Sun (1965). He was married to Germaine. He died ...
May 21, 1943 – January 29, 2021
English musician; original guitarist for The Animals (1965-66, 1968, 1975-76, 1983, 1992-2001)
Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1994
93. Allan Burns
Writer | Mary Tyler Moore
Allan Burns was born on May 18, 1935 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Allan Pennington Burns. He was a writer and producer, known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970), Lou Grant (1977) and Rhoda (1974). He was married to Joan Irene Bailey. He died on January 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
May 18, 1935 – January 30, 2021
American screenwriter ('A Little Romance'), TV writer ('The Bullwinkle Show,' 'Get Smart'), producer ('Room 222'), director ('Just Between Friends'), and series creator ('The Munsters,' 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'Lou Grant')
Academy Award nominee - Best Adapted Screenplay, 1979 ('A Little Romance')
Primetime Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy/a Comedy Series, 1968 ('He & She'), 1971 ('The Mary Tyler Moore Show') and 1977 ('The Mary Tyler Moore Show'); Outstanding Comedy Series, 1975, 1976 and 1977 (all for 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show')
Nominated for another 10 Primetime Emmy Awards -- six for 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' two for 'Rhoda' and two for 'Lou Grant'
94. Marc Wilmore
Producer | The Simpsons
Marc Wilmore was born on May 4, 1963 in Fontana, California, USA as Marc Edward Wilmore. He was a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), In Living Color (1990) and The PJs (1999). He was married to Soumaya Wilmore. He died on January 30, 2021 in Pomona, California.
May 4, 1963 – January 30, 2021
American TV writer ('In Living Color,' 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,' 'The Simpsons'), producer ('F Is for Family') and voice actor ('The PJs')
Primetime Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour), 2008 ('The Simpsons')
Nominated for nine other Primetime Emmy Awards
Director | Sophie: It's Okay to Cry
Sophie was an experimental pop artist and producer and trans rights activist. Sophie's debut 2018 debut album "Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides" earned the musician a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album. She worked with Madonna in 2015 to co-produce the single "Bitch, I'm Madonna" and ...
Full name: Sophie Xeon; September 17, 1986 – January 30, 2021
Scottish music producer, DJ and recording artist - "Bipp" (2013), "Lemonade" (2014), 'Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides' (2018)
Groundbreaking producer who molded electronic music into an original form of avant-garde pop that came to be called hyperpop
Grammy Award nominee - Best Dance/Electronic Album, 2018 ( 'Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides')
96. Dustin Diamond
Actor | Saved by the Bell
Attended Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. While in fifth grade, he portrayed 8th-grader Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television series Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987), which evolved into Saved by the Bell (1989) and its various television movies and spin-offs. Also appeared in the ...
January 7, 1977 – February 1, 2021
American actor - 'Saved by the Bell' (1988-1992), 'Saved by the Bell: The New Class' (1994-2000), 'A Dog for Christmas' (2015)
March 16, 1964 – February 1, 2021
American TV executive (NBC, ABC Entertainment) and producer ('My Boys,' 'Happy Endings,' 'Franklin & Bash')
As president of ABC Entertainment from 1996 to 1999, was the first woman and one of the youngest people to hold such a post in an American broadcast network
98. Robert C. Jones
Editor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Robert C. Jones was born on March 30, 1936 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Clifford Jones. He was an editor and writer, known for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), Coming Home (1978) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). He was married to Sylvia Lee Hirsch . He died on February 1, ...
March 30, 1936 – February 2, 2021
American film editor ('Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,' 'Love Story,' 'The Last Detail,' 'Bulworth') and screenwriter ('Coming Home')
Academy Award winner - Best Original Screenplay, 1978 ('Coming Home')
Academy Award nominee - Best Film Editing, 1963 ('It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'), 1967 ('Guess Who's Coming to Dinner') and 1976 ('Bound for Glory')
99. Haya Harareet
Actress | Ben-Hur
Born in Palestine before the inception of the Israeli state in the city of Haifa, she first distinguished herself by winning one of the first beauty contests in the nascent Israel. Haya Harareet (also spelled Hararit) made her debut in Thorold Dickinson's film Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955) ("Hill ...
September 20, 1931 – February 3, 2021
Israeli actress - 'Ben-Hur' (1959), 'The Secret Partner' (1961), 'The Interns' (1962)
Also starred in 'Hill 24 Doesn't Answer' (1955), the very first feature film produced in Israel, and co-wrote the screenplay for the Jack Clayton-directed 'Our Mother's House' (1967)
100. Margreth Weivers
Actress | Lotta på Bråkmakargatan
Margreth Weivers was born on July 24, 1926 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. She was an actress, known for Lotta på Bråkmakargatan (1995), Lotta på Bråkmakargatan (1992) and Lotta 2 - Lotta flyttar hemifrån (1993). She was married to Bertil Norström. She died on ...
July 24, 1926 – February 3, 2021
Swedish actress - 'A Swedish Love Story' (1970), 'Lotta på Bråkmakargatan' (1992), 'Jönssonligan spelar högt' (2000)