Murdered Celebrities

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1. Karyn Kupcinet

Actress | The Little Shop of Horrors

Karyn Kupcinet was born on March 6, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Roberta Lynn Kupcinet. She was an actress, known for The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Gertrude Berg Show (1961) and Hawaiian Eye (1959). She died on November 28, 1963 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

2. Bob Crane

Actor | Hogan's Heroes

Handsome Bob Crane had many careers including working as a disc jockey for a while. He started acting around the age of 33. One of his first acting jobs was in Return to Peyton Place (1961). After a guest appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and a supporting role on The Donna Reed Show (1958)...

3. Barbara Colby

Actress | Mary Tyler Moore

Actress Barbara Colby, at age 36, was on the brink of TV character stardom when the native New Yorker was senselessly shot and killed one evening on the streets of Los Angeles. The tall, toothy, husky-voiced, frizzy-haired actress equipped with a keen, Brooklyn-tough sensibility and dead-on comedy ...

4. Sharon Tate

Actress | Valley of the Dolls

Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break ...

5. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer

Actor | Night 'n' Gales

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA as Carl Dean Switzer. He was an actor, known for Night 'n' Gales (1937), Rushin' Ballet (1937) and Feed 'em and Weep (1938). He was married to Dian Collingwood. He died on January 21, 1959 in Mission Hills, California, USA.

6. Dorothy Stratten

Actress | Galaxina

Dorothy Stratten's story was brief, glorious and tragic. She was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up in a rough neighborhood in Vancouver, but kept out of trouble and went through the motions of school. While not a beauty as a child...

7. Dominique Dunne

Actress | Poltergeist

Dominique Dunne was born to a life of privilege in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne and Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer. Actor Griffin Dunne is her brother. After her parents' divorce, she moved first to New York, and then to a posh home in ...

8. Selena

Soundtrack | Don Juan DeMarco

Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, a city 50 miles southeast of Houston, to Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Quintanilla. Abraham opened a Mexican restaurant, Papagayo, in Lake Jackson. Selena was 9-years-old when her father discovered her talent for singing. He formed a band consisting of...

9. Tara Correa-McMullen

Actress | Rebound

Tara Correa-McMullen was born on May 24, 1989 in Westminster, Vermont, USA as Shalvah McMullen. She was an actress, known for Rebound (2005), Judging Amy (1999) and Zoey 101 (2005). She died on October 21, 2005 in Inglewood, California, USA.

10. Christina Grimmie

Soundtrack | The Matchbreaker

Christina Grimmie was an American actress, singer, song writer, and YouTube sensation. Grimmie is known as 'zeldaxlove64' on YouTube. Grimmie gained recognition after posting covers of popular songs on YouTube. She also placed 2nd Runner up on The Voice. On June 10, 2016, Grimmie was shot three ...

11. Rebecca Schaeffer

Actress | Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills

Rebecca began modeling at the age of 16, going off to New York on her own to begin her career. Four months later, she found herself in Japan, modeling. Eventually, she landed a co-starring role on My Sister Sam (1986), for which she is now best known. In 1989 she also became a spokesperson for ...

12. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

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

13. Judith Barsi

Actress | The Land Before Time

The only child of Jozsef Barsi and Maria Benko, Judith Eva Barsi beat 10,000-to-1 odds when she was discovered at a San Fernando Valley skating rink at age 5 1/2 in 1983 and mistaken for a three-year-old. Her first commercial was for Donald Duck Orange Juice and she went on to appear in anywhere ...

14. Adrienne Shelly

Actress | Waitress

The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where ...

15. Marvin Gaye

Soundtrack | R.I.P.D.

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. He was married to Jan Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye. He died on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

16. Sal Mineo

Actor | Rebel Without a Cause

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

17. David Angell

Writer | Frasier

David Angell was a multiple Emmy Award winner as the creator/executive producer, along with Peter Casey and David Lee, of the hit comedy series Frasier. David was born in West Barrington, RI, and he received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Providence College. He entered the army upon...

18. Berry Berenson

Actress | Cat People

Born Berinthia Berenson in New York in 1948, Berenson was a noted photographer and actress and was the sister of model-turned-actress Marisa Berenson (of "Barry Lyndon" fame). Berenson met her husband, actor and star of Alfred Hitchcock's original version of Psycho (1960), Anthony Perkins on the ...

19. Barbara Olson

Self | Loose Change: Final Cut

Barbara Olson was born on December 27, 1955 in Houston, Texas, USA as Barbara Kay Bracher. She was married to Ted Olson. She died on September 11, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

20. Jill Dando

Self | Crimewatch UK

Jill Dando was born on November 9, 1961 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England as Jill Wendy Dando. She died on April 26, 1999 in Fulham, London, England.

21. David Huffman

Actor | Firefox

Talented American leading and supporting actor, though often underrated, David Huffman was a familiar face in films and on television in the 1970s and 80s. The great success he had achieved, was cut short after he was tragically murdered in 1985.

He had been appearing on Broadway for a number of ...

22. William Desmond Taylor

Director | The Soul of Youth

Born in Carlow, Ireland. Came to USA c. 1890. Worked as stage actor, engineer, antique dealer, gold miner. Entered silent film industry as actor in 1912; most noted film as actor was Captain Alvarez (1914) for Vitagraph. Directed first film for Balboa Films in 1914. Subsequently directed for ...

23. Tupac Shakur

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...

24. Phil Hartman

Actor | NewsRadio

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

25. The Notorious B.I.G.

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was born on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the son of Jamaican parents, Voletta Wallace, a pre-school teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time politician. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. ...

26. Ronni Chasen

Lolita

Ronni Chasen was born Veronica Cohen in Kingston, New York. She always harbored childhood ambitions to be a publicist after Roy Rogers and Dale Evans made a personal appearance in Madison Square Garden. Ronnie shook hands with Evans, and later told everyone she saw that she "shook hands with the ...

27. Nicole Brown Simpson

Self | Absolutely 100% Guilty

Nicole Brown Simpson is a German-American model and the ex-wife of retired professional football player and actor O. J. Simpson, to whom she was married from 1985 to 1992, and the mother of their two children, Sydney and Justin.

Nicole Simpson was murdered at her home in Los Angeles, California, on ...

28. Jam Master Jay

Soundtrack | Die Hard

Jam Master Jay was born on January 21, 1965 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Jason William Mizell. He was married to Terri Corley. He died on October 30, 2002 in Queens.

29. Sam Cooke

Soundtrack | Innerspace

Sam Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was one of eight children of Charles Cook Sr., a Baptist minister. When Sam sang as a little boy in church, everyone made note that his voice had "something special". He sang in church and in local gospel choirs until a group called...

30. Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short was born July 29th, 1924, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Phoebe and Cleo Short. When she was five her father disappeared; his car was later found near a lake, apparently abandoned, which led to the belief that he had committed suicide. However, he later appeared at home and ...

31. Lana Clarkson

Actress | Fast Times at Ridgemont High

This beautiful, long-legged blonde actress was known to be a kind, intelligent and dependable actor with a comedic talent as well. She appeared in many American TV hits of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Three's Company (1976), The Jeffersons (1975), The New Mike Hammer (1984), Riptide (1984), Knight ...

32. Lamont Coleman

Soundtrack | Hak hap

Lamont Coleman was born on May 30, 1974 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. He died on February 15, 1999 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City.

33. Jenny Maxwell

Actress | Blue Hawaii

Jenny Maxwell was born on September 3, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA as Jennifer Helene Maxwell. She was an actress, known for Blue Hawaii (1961), Hawaiian Eye (1959) and Shotgun Wedding (1963). She was married to Ervin "Tip" Roeder and Paul W. Rapp. She died on June 10, 1981 in Los Angeles,...

34. Susan Cabot

Actress | The Wasp Woman

Susan Cabot was born in Boston and raised in a series of eight foster homes. She attended high school in Manhattan, where she took an interest in dramatics and joined the school dramatic club. Later, while trying to decide between a career in music or art, she illustrated children's books during ...

35. Ramon Novarro

Actor | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ramon Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Leonor (Gavilan) and Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego Siqueiros, a prosperous dentist. Ramon and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1913, as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. After stints as a ballet dancer, ...



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