Actors, Singers, and Famous People Who Died of Cancer

by jonesie12345 | created - 15 Feb 2020 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

10 million people a year die of cancer

CANCER IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH WORLDWIDE

70% of people with cancer are over age 50

The types of cancers most likely to result in death are: 1) lung; 2) colorectal; 3) stomach; 4) liver; and 5) breast

For more information, contact the American Cancer Helpline at 800-227-2345

1. Chadwick Boseman

Actor | Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman was an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of T'Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2016 to 2019, particularly in Black Panther (2018), and for his starring roles as several pioneering Americans, Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on...

Died August 28, 2020, age 43, of colon cancer

Best known for starring in the Academy Award-winning movie "Black Panther," which grossed over $1.3 billion dollars worldwide

Also starred as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in "42," Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in "Marshall," and R&B singer James Brown in "Get On Up"

2. Bud Abbott

Actor | Hold That Ghost

Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Reading, Pennsylvania to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. When Bud was three his family moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, which he...

Died April 24, 1974, age 78, of prostate cancer

One-half of the comic duo Abbott and Costello

3. Don Adams

Actor | Get Smart

Don Adams was born in New York, to a father of Hungarian Jewish descent, and a mother of German and Irish ancestry. He had a sister, Gloria, and a brother, Dick Yarmy. He served in the U.S. Marines in World War II and contracted malaria during the fighting on Guadalcanal island. After the war he ...

Died September 25, 2005, age 82, of lymphoma

Best known for starring in the TV series "Get Smart"

4. Spiro Agnew

Self | Spiro Agnew's Asian Trip

Spiro Agnew was born on November 9, 1918 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Spiro Theodore Agnew. He is known for his work on Spiro Agnew's Asian Trip (1970), The Red Skelton Hour (1951) and America Revisited (1971). He was married to Elinor Isabel Judefind. He died on September 17, 1996 in Berlin, ...

Died September 17, 1996, age 77, of leukemia

Was the 39th vice-president of the U.S.; he and John Calhoun were the only two U.S. vice-presidents to resign from office

5. Edward Albert

Actor | Butterflies Are Free

The only son of Green Acres (1965) star Eddie Albert and Mexican actress/dancer Margo, Edward Laurence Albert managed to come out from under his father's strong shadow and make a gallant showing of his own as a gifted thespian. Born in Los Angeles on February 20, 1951, Edward's multi-cultural ...

Died September 22, 2006, age 55, of lung cancer

Best known for the movie "Butterflies are Free" for which he won a Golden Globe Award; appeared in more than 130 films and TV shows

Was the son of American actor Eddie Albert and Mexican actress Margo

6. Jack Albertson

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

A former song-and-dance man and veteran of vaudeville, burlesque and Broadway, Jack Albertson is best known to audiences as "The Man" in the TV series Chico and the Man (1974), for which he won an Emmy. In 1968 Albertson, the brother of actress Mabel Albertson, won the Oscar for Best Supporting ...

Died November 25, 1981, age 74, of colon cancer

Best known for starring on the TV series "Chico and The Man"

7. Gregg Allman

Soundtrack | Unbreakable

Gregg Allman was born on December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Gregory LeNoir Allman. He was an actor, known for Unbreakable (2000), Jack Reacher (2012) and The Bodyguard (1992). He was married to Shannon Williams, Stacey Fountain, Miranda Stevens, Julie Bindas, Cher, Janice Blair and ...

Died May 27, 2017, age 69, of liver cancer

Was a musician and singer with The Allman Brothers Band

8. Robert Altman

Director | Gosford Park

Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...

Died November 20, 2006, age 81, of leukemia

Movie and TV director nominated for 7 Academy Awards; directed the movies "M*A*SH", "Gosford Park", "The Long Goodbye", and many others

9. Don Ameche

Actor | Cocoon

Don Ameche was a versatile and popular American film actor in the 1930s and '40s, usually as the dapper, mustached leading man. He was also popular as a radio master of ceremonies during this time. As his film popularity waned in the 1950s, he continued working in theater and some TV. His film ...

Died December 6, 1993, age 85, of prostate cancer

Was an actor and comedian who worked on TV and in films; in his later years he was best known for the movie "Cocoon" for which he won an Academy Award

10. René Angélil

Producer | Céline Dion: The Colour of My Love Concert

René Angélil was born on January 16, 1942 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He was an actor and writer, known for Céline Dion: The Colour of My Love Concert (1994), Omertà (2012) and L'apparition (1972). He was married to Céline Dion, Anne Renée and Denyse Duquette. He died on January 14, ...

Died January 14, 2016, age 73, of throat cancer

Was the husband and manager of singer Celine Dion

11. Desi Arnaz

Producer | I Love Lucy

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III was born in Santiago, Cuba on March 2, 1917. His father was the mayor of Santiago. The 1933 revolution led by Fulgencio Batista had landed his father in jail and stripped the family of its wealth, property and power. His father was released because of the ...

Died December 2, 1986, age 69, of lung cancer

Was an actor, comedian, musician, bandleader, and producer best known for the TV show "I Love Lucy;" was married to the star of the show, actress and comedian Lucille Ball for 21 years

12. Bea Arthur

Actress | The Golden Girls

Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9".

She earned the title of "Wittiest Girl" in her school, and her ...

Died April 25, 2009, age 86, of lung cancer

Best known for the classic TV shows "Maude" and "The Golden Girls"

13. Rene Auberjonois

Actor | Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

René Murat Auberjonois was born on June 1, 1940 in New York City, to Princess Laure Louise Napoléone Eugénie Caroline (Murat), who was born in Paris, and Fernand Auberjonois, who was Swiss-born. René was born into an already artistic family, which included his grandfather, a well-known Swiss ...

Died December 8, 2019, age 79, of lung cancer

Best known for the TV shows "Benson", "Star Trek: Deep Space 9," and "Boston Legal"

14. Gene Autry

Soundtrack | The Gene Autry Show

After high school Gene Autry worked as a laborer for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad in Oklahoma. Next he was a telegrapher. In 1928 he began singing on a local radio station, and three years later he had his own show and was making his first recordings. Three years after that he made his ...

Died October 2, 1998, age 91, of lymphoma

Was a pioneer of country music known as "The Singing Cowboy;" starred in over 90 films and on TV as the host of "The Gene Autry Show"

15. Tammy Faye Bakker

Soundtrack | The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Tammy Faye Bakker was born on March 7, 1942 in International Falls, Minnesota, USA as Tamara Faye LaValley. She was an actress, known for The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000), Roseanne (1988) and The Drew Carey Show (1995). She was married to Roe Messner and Jim Bakker. She died on July 20, 2007 in Loch ...

Died July 20, 2007, age 65, of lung and colon cancer

Was a Christian singer and televangelist best known for appearing on the TV show "The PTL Club" with first husband, Jim Bakker

A biopic, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" starring Jessica Chastain, was released in 2021

16. James Baldwin

Writer | I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for I Am Not Your Negro (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) and Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984). He died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes,...

Died December 1, 1987, age 63, of stomach cancer

Was an American novelist, playwright, and civil rights activist

17. Kaye Ballard

Actress | Baby Geniuses

Singing funny girl Kaye Ballard was born to perform...and perform she did, in a career spanning eight decades. With a strong comedy background and tunnel mouth to rival Martha Raye, the broad and bouncy trouper drew laughs on the musical stage, in night clubs, in recordings and on TV. As the ...

Died January 21, 2019, age 93, of kidney cancer

American singer, actress, and comedian best known for her Broadway performances and for appearing on the TV shows "The Mothers-in-Law," "The Doris Day Show," and "What a Dummy"

18. Frankie Banali

Soundtrack | Babylon A.D.

Frankie Banali was born on November 14, 1951 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and composer, known for Babylon A.D. (2008), Crank (2006) and Footloose (1984). He was married to Regina Russell Banali and Karen Marie Banali. He died on August 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California...

Died August 21, 2020, age 68, of pancreatic cancer

Was the drummer for the platinum-selling heavy metal band Quiet Riot

19. Anne Bancroft

Actress | The Graduate

Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in The Bronx, NY, the middle daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1907-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952, and over the next five years appeared...

Died June 6, 2005, age 73, of uterine cancer

Best known for her iconic role as Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate;" was married to director and producer Mel Brooks for 41 years, until her death

20. Syd Barrett

Soundtrack | Doctor Strange

Syd Barrett was born on January 6, 1946 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as Roger Keith Barrett. He was a composer and actor, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Mysterious Skin (2004) and The X-Files (1993). He died on July 7, 2006 in Cambridge.

Died July 7, 2006, age 60, of pancreatic cancer

Co-founded the rock group Pink Floyd

21. Count Basie

Soundtrack | Pearl Harbor

The famed composer ("One O'Clock Jump", "Two O'Clock Jump", "Jumpin' at the Woodside"), pianist, songwriter and bandleader began as an accompanist to vaudeville acts. He joined the Bennie Moten orchestra in Kansas City, later organizing his own orchestra and performing on radio. In 1936 he came to ...

Died April 26, 1984, age 79, of pancreatic cancer

Was a jazz musician, composer, and bandleader famous for his Big Band sound

22. Alan Bates

Actor | Gosford Park

Alan Bates decided to be an actor at age 11. After grammar school in Derbyshire, he earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Following two years in the Royal Air Force, he joined the new English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. His West End debut in 1956, at 22...

Died December 27, 2003, age 69, of pancreatic cancer

Was an English actor who starred in several notable films including "The Fixer," "Women in Love," "Georgy Girl,", and "An Unmarried Woman," among others

23. Jack Benny

Actor | The Jack Benny Program

The son of a saloon keeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it, would later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school ...

Died December 26, 1974, age 80, of pancreatic cancer

Comedy and vaudeville star best known for his TV show "The Jack Benny Program," which ran for 15 years

24. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Casablanca

Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...

Died August 29, 1982, age 67, of breast cancer

Swedish actress and three-time Oscar winner best known for the movies "Casablanca," "Murder on the Orient Express," "Anastasia," and "Gaslight," among others

Mother of actress Isabella Rosselini

25. Milton Berle

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Milton Berle is an American comedian and actor.

Berle's career as an entertainer spanned over 80 years, first in silent films and on stage as a child actor, then in radio, movies and television. As the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theatre (1948-55), he was the first major American television star and ...

Died March 27, 2002, age 93, of colon cancer

Comedian and vaudeville actor best known for hosting "The Texaco Star Theatre" and "The Milton Berle Show"

26. Bibi Besch

Actress | Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Bibi Besch was born in Vienna, Austria, to race car driver Gotfrid Köchert and actress Gusti Huber. She was a very busy supporting actress who had worked in television for over twenty years before being nominated for an Emmy Award as a supporting actress for Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992) and ...

Died September 7, 1996, age 54, of breast cancer

Austrian-born actress best known for the movies "Star Trek: Wrath of Khan," "Steel Magnolias," and "Doing Time on Maple Drive"

Mother of actress Samantha Mathis

27. Bill Bixby

Actor | The Incredible Hulk

The son of a sales clerk and a department store owner, Bill Bixby was the sixth-generation Californian born as Wilfred Bailey Bixby, on January 22, 1934, in San Francisco, California. An only child growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, he attended schools in the same area, took ballroom dance lessons,...

Died November 21, 1993, age 59, of prostate cancer

Best known for starring in the TV shows "The Incredible Hulk", "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," and "The Magician"

28. Karen Black

Actress | Five Easy Pieces

Karen entered Northwestern University at 19 and left two years later. She studied under Lee Strasberg in New York and worked in a number of off-Broadway roles. She made a critically acclaimed debut on Broadway in 1965 in "The Playroom". Her first big film role was in You're a Big Boy Now (1966), ...

Died August 8, 2013, age 74, of liver and pancreatic cancer

Best known for the movies "Five Easy Pieces," "Day of the Locust," and "Burnt Offerings"

29. Joan Blondell

Actress | Grease

With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan Blondell was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend.

Joan was born Rose Blondell in Manhattan, New York, the daughter of Katie and Eddie Blondell, who were vaudeville performers. Her father was a Polish ...

Died December 25, 1979, age 73, of leukemia

Vaudeville actress best known for the movies "The Blue Veil," "Opening Night," and "The Cincinnati Kid"

30. Steven Bochco

Writer | Hill Street Blues

Attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie-Mellon University) as a playwriting major. Barbara Bosson (his second wife), Michael Tucker, Bruce Weitz and Charles Haid were classmates; he and Tucker drove cross-country to Hollywood for full-time jobs at Universal, where Bochco would remain for 12 years.

In ...

Died April 1, 2018, age 74, of leukemia

Was a TV producer and writer who created the TV shows "Hill Street Blues", "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "L.A. Law," and "NYPD Blue"

31. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...

Died January 14, 1957, age 57, of esophageal cancer

Was a theater and movie actor who starred in several classic movies including "Casablanca," "The Maltese Falcon," "The Big Sleep," "The African Queen," "Key Largo," and several others

Was married to actress Lauren Bacall for 12 years, until his death

32. Ray Bolger

Actor | The Wizard of Oz

Ray Bolger was born Raymond Wallace Bolger on January 10, 1904 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Anne C. (Wallace) and James Edward Bolger, both Irish-Americans. Ray began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. ...

Died January 15, 1987, age 83, of bladder cancer

Best known for playing the scarecrow in the movie "The Wizard of Oz"

33. Joseph Bologna

Actor | Blame It on Rio

Before signing with director Stanley Donen to play Michael Caine's libidinous best friend in Blame It on Rio (1984), Joe Bologna netted rave reviews for his Sid Caesar send-up in the well-received comedy My Favorite Year (1982) with Peter O'Toole. Well known as both a writer and an actor, Bologna ...

Died August 13, 2017, age 82, of pancreatic cancer

Writer and actor best known for starring in the movies "Blame It on Rio," and "My Favorite Year," and for writing the screenplay "Lovers and Other Strangers," for which he received an Academy Award nomination

34. Sorrell Booke

Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard

Sorrell Booke was born in Buffalo, New York in 1930, the son of a local physician. He found his calling early in life, like most actors, when his family encouraged him to entertain relatives by doing impressions and telling jokes. He went on to study at Yale and Columbia University, and mastered ...

Died February 11, 1994, age 64, of colorectal cancer

Best known as Boss Hogg on the 1970's TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard"

35. Richard Boone

Actor | Have Gun - Will Travel

Richard Allen Boone was born in Los Angeles, California, to Cecile Lillian (Beckerman) and Kirk Etna Boone, a wealthy corporate lawyer. His maternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while his father was descended from a brother of frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Squire Boone.

Richard was a...

Died January 10, 1981, age 63, of esophageal cancer

Best known for the TV shows "Have Gun - Will Travel" and "The Richard Boone Show"

36. Powers Boothe

Actor | The Avengers

Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a ...

Died May 14, 2017, age 64, of pancreatic cancer

Best known for the TV shows "Agents of Shield," "Nashville,", "24", and the TV movie "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" for which he won an Emmy Award

37. Tom Bosley

Actor | Happy Days

Tom Bosley was born on October 1, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Thomas Edward Bosley. He was an actor, known for Happy Days (1974), The Back-up Plan (2010) and Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). He was married to Patricia Carr and Jean Eliot. He died on October 19, 2010 in Rancho Mirage, California, ...

Died October 19, 2010, age 83, of lung cancer

Best known for playing the father on the TV show "Happy Days"

38. David Bowie

Soundtrack | Labyrinth

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...

Died January 10, 2016, age 69, of liver cancer

English singer-songwriter and actor known who sold over 100 million records worldwide; at age 67 became the oldest person to win a Brit Award; is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; turned down a knighthood in 2003

Starred in the movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth;" also appeared in the movies "The Last Temptation of Christ", "Labyrinth," and "The Prestige," among others

Was a four-time Grammy Award winner; was married to actress and model Iman for nearly 24 years, until his death

39. Peter Boyle

Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond

A bold, blunt instrument of hatred and violence at the onset of his film career, Peter Boyle recoiled from that repugnant, politically incorrect "working class" image to eventually play gruff, gentler bears and even comedy monsters in a career that lasted four decades.

He was born on October 18, ...

Died December 12, 2006, age 71, of multiple myeloma (blood cell cancer)

Best known for the movies "Young Frankenstein", "Monsters Ball," and "Taxi Driver" and for the TV show "Everybody Loves Raymond"

40. Ed Bradley

Self | 60 Minutes

A graduate of Thomas More Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and Cheyney State Teachers College (now Cheyney University), Ed Bradley was teaching sixth grade in the Philadelphia public school system when he accepted a dare to report the news on a local radio station; he fell in love with it...

Died November 9, 2006, age 65, of leukemia

Was an American journalist on the TV news show "60 Minutes;" he won 19 Emmy awards

41. David Brenner

Actor | Worth Winning

David Brenner was born on February 4, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as David Norris Brenner. He was an actor and writer, known for Worth Winning (1989), Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be (2009) and Snip (1976). He was married to Ruth Davey, Elizabeth Slater and Geraldine (Geri) Judith ...

Died March 15, 2014, age 78, of pancreatic cancer

Was a stand-up comedian, actor, director, and award-winning writer; appeared on "The Tonight Show" a record 158 times, more than any other guest

42. Diem Brown

Director | Hollywood Hangover

Diem Brown was a hostess, actress and producer, known for The Challenge (1998), Hollywood Hangover (2008) and E! True Hollywood Story (1996).

Best-known for battling ovarian cancer twice on national television, Diem has become a correspondent for patients on The Doctors (2008), Dr. Drew on Call (...

Died November 14, 2014, age 34, of colon and ovarian cancer

Was an entertainment reporter and philanthropist best known as a recurring cast member on the MTV reality television series "The Challenge"

43. Roscoe Lee Browne

Actor | The Cowboys

He was a master class in cerebral eloquence and audience command...and although his dominant playing card in the realm of acting was quite serious and stately, nobody cut a more delightfully dry edge in sitcoms than this gentleman, whose calm yet blistering put-downs often eluded his lesser victims.

...

Died April 11, 2007, age 84, of stomach cancer

Eloquent actor best known for starring in the movies "The Liberation of L.B.Jones," and "The Cowboys" and for the TV shows "Soap," "Falcon Crest," and "A Different World"

44. Yul Brynner

Actor | The King and I

Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" ...

Died October 10, 1985, age 65, of lung cancer

Best known for his roles in the movies "The King and I" for which he won an Oscar; "The Ten Commandments", "Anastasia," and "The Magnificent Seven"

45. Raymond Burr

Actor | Rear Window

Born Raymond William Stacy Burr on 21 May 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life traveling. As a youngster, his father moved his family to China, where the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents separated. He ...

Died September 12, 1993, age 76, of kidney cancer

Starred in the TV shows "Perry Mason" and "Ironsides"; was the murderous neighbor Jimmy Stewart spies on in the classic movie "Rear Window"

46. Cantinflas

Actor | Around the World in 80 Days

Cantinflas, born Mario Mareno as the son of a Mexican postal employee, was a prolific and productive Mexican comedian/producer/writer/singer who also knew a fair bit about agriculture and medicine. He was married to Valentina Ivanova from 1936 until her death. He appeared in more than 55 films, ...

Died April 20, 1993, age 81, of lung cancer

Was a Mexican actor, comedian, and writer; best known for the movie "Around the World in 80 Days" for which he won a Golden Globe Award

Was a pioneer of Latin American cinema; when he died, his funeral was a national event that lasted for three days

47. Macdonald Carey

Actor | Shadow of a Doubt

American film and television actor MacDonald Carey became famous for his role as Dr. Tom Horton on NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965). For three decades he was the centered cast member of the show.

His film career was from the 1940s-'60s, and he appeared mostly in second-features (aka "B" ...

Died March 21, 1994, age 81, of lung cancer

Starred on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" for nearly 30 years

48. Eric Carr

Composer | Frehley's Comet: Breakout

Eric Carr was born on July 12, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Paul Charles Caravello. He is known for his work on Frehley's Comet: Breakout (1987), Enter the Fox (2021) and Kiss: Lick It Up (1983). He died on November 24, 1991 in New York City, New York.

Died November 25, 1991, age 41, of heart cancer

Was the drummer for the rock band Kiss

49. Diahann Carroll

Actress | Julia

One of television's premier African-American series stars, elegant actress, singer and recording artist Diahann Carroll was born Carol Diann (or Diahann) Johnson on July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, New York. The first child of John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel Faulk Johnson, a nurse; music ...

Died October 4, 2019, age 84, of breast cancer

Oscar-nominated actress who was the first Black woman to star in her own TV show, "Julia", which aired from 1968-1971

Also starred in several TV shows including "White Collar," "Dynasty," "The Colby's;" appeared in several movies including "Porgy and Bess," "Paris Blues," and "Claudine" among others

50. Dixie Carter

Actress | Designing Women

Dixie is the middle of three children. Her father owned several small retail stores. Early on, she dreamed of being an opera singer, but a botched tonsillectomy at age 7 spoiled any chances for that dream. Still, she sang regularly and studied classical music. She can play the piano, trumpet, and ...

Died April 10, 2010, age 70, of endometrial cancer

Best known for the TV show "Designing Women"

51. Reg E. Cathey

Actor | Fantastic Four

Born into a military family in Huntsville, Alabama -- his father was an army vet who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, while his mother held a somewhat mysterious job in the Department of Defence -- Reg E. Cathey spent much of his early childhood living on a rural farmhouse in Germany....

Died February 9, 2019, age 59, of lung cancer

Best known for the TV show "House of Cards" for which he won an Emmy award

52. John Cazale

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (...

Died March 12, 1978, age 42, of lung cancer

Best known for the movies "The Godfather" and "Dog Day Afternoon"

53. Lon Chaney

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Although his parents were deaf, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in The ...

Died August 26, 1930, age 47, of lung cancer

Was known for his roles in the silent horror films "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Phantom of the Opera;" his ability to transform himself using makeup techniques he developed earned him the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces"

Was the father of actor Lon Chaney, Jr.

54. Oona Chaplin

Actress | Broken English

Oona O'Neil was born in Warwick Parish, Bermuda, the daughter of famed American playwright Eugene O'Neill and English-born socialite Agnes Boulton. Oona had a fairly happy childhood, although she rarely saw her busy father. During her teens Oona attended boarding school in New York where she met ...

Died September 27, 1991, age 66, of pancreatic cancer

Was the daughter of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill; married actor Charlie Chaplin at age 18; he was 54. They remained married for 34 years until his death in 1977

She and Chaplin had 8 children together, including actress Geraldine Chaplin

55. Beth Chapman

Actress | Corner Gas

Beth Chapman was born on October 29, 1967 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Alice Elizabeth Smith. She was a producer and actress, known for Corner Gas (2004), Dog the Bounty Hunter (2003) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010). She was married to Duane 'Dog' Chapman and Keith A. Barmore. She died on June 26, 2019 in ...

Died June 26, 2019, age 51, of lung cancer

Was an American bounty hunter and reality show star; was married to bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman

56. Jill Clayburgh

Actress | Bridesmaids

It came as no surprise to film aficionados when, in 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Jill Clayburgh on its list of Hollywood's 25 Greatest Actresses. For decades, she delivered stellar performances in a wide variety of roles.

Jill Clayburgh was born in 1944 in New York City, into a wealthy family, ...

Died November 5, 2010, age 66, of leukemia

Best known for the movies "Starting Over," "An Unmarried Woman," and "Bridesmaids"

57. Van Cliburn

Self | Live from Lincoln Center

Van Cliburn was born Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr. on July 12, 1934, in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. His mother, named Rildia Bee O'Bryan, had been taught piano by Arthur Friedheim, a pupil of Franz Liszt. Cliburn began taking piano lessons at the age of three from his mother, who was strict and ...

Died February 27, 2013, age 78, of bone cancer

Was an American pianist who played for every US president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, as well as other heads of state and members of royalty

58. Nat 'King' Cole

Soundtrack | The Nat King Cole Show

Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles (he later dropped the "s" in his surname) in Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father, Edward James Coles, was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and ...

Died February 15, 1965, age 45, of lung cancer

Was an American singer and jazz pianist and the first Black man to host an American TV series; was the father of singer/actress Natalie Cole

59. Jackie Collins

Actress | Danger Man

Jackie Collins was born on October 4, 1937 in London, England as Jacqueline Jill Collins. She was an actress and writer, known for Danger Man (1960), The Saint (1962) and The Stud (1978). She was married to Oscar Lerman and Wallace Austin. She died on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, ...

Died September 19, 2015, age 77, of breast cancer

Novelist whose books sold over 500 million copies; sister of actress Joan Collins

60. Chuck Connors

Actor | Soylent Green

Chuck Connors was born Kevin Joseph Connors in Brooklyn, New York, to Marcella (nee Lundrigan; died 1971) and Alban Francis "Allan" Connors (died 1966), Roman Catholic immigrants of Irish descent from the Dominion of Newfoundland (now part of Canada). Chuck and his two-years-younger sister, Gloria,...

Died November 10, 1992, age 71, of lung cancer

Best known for playing the title role in the TV show "The Rifleman"

61. Mike Connors

Actor | Mannix

He once jokingly described himself as 'a frustrated song-and-dance man' who wound up typecast as a TV crime fighter. Tall, handsome Armenian-American Mike Connors had a minor career in the movies before becoming a star on the small screen as the impeccably dressed macho sleuth Joe Mannix. Towards ...

Died January 26, 2017, age 91, of leukemia

Best known for starring in the TV show "Mannix" and the movies "The Ten Commandments" and "Stagecoach"

62. Bert Convy

Actor | The Cannonball Run

Bert Convy was born on July 23, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Bernard Whalen Patrick Convy. He was an actor and producer, known for The Cannonball Run (1981), Weekend Warriors (1986) and The Snoop Sisters (1972). He was married to Catherine Hall and Anne Anderson. He died on July 15, 1991 in ...

Died July 15, 1991, age 57, of a brain tumor

Was an American actor, singer, and game show host who appeared on several TV shows including "Love, American Style," "The Snoop Sisters," "Fantasy Island," "The Love Boat," and many others

Hosted the TV game show "Super Password" and "Tattletales" for which he won an Emmy Award

63. Gary Cooper

Actor | High Noon

Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper. Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa (then called Iowa College). His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a ...

Died May 13, 1961, age 60, of prostate cancer

Two-time Oscar winner who starred in "High Noon," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," "Pride of the Yankees," "Sergeant York," and many more

64. Glenn Corbett

Actor | Chisum

An American lead actor and supporting actor, rugged and commanding Glenn Corbett's background didn't seem like it would lead to Hollywood stardom. The son of a garage mechanic, Corbett served a hitch in the navy and later met Judy, the woman who would become his wife, while she was working at a ...

Died January 16, 1993, age 59, of lung cancer

Best known for the TV shows "Route 66," "The Doctors," and "The Road West"

65. Chick Corea

Soundtrack | The Two Popes

Chick Corea was born Armando Anthony Corea on June 12, 1941, in Chelsea, Massachussetts, USA. He began studying piano at the age of four. He started professional career with Cab Calloway, then continued with the bands of Mongo Santamaria, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, flutist Herbie Mann and saxophonist ...

Died February 9, 2021, age 79, of what was described as "a rare form of cancer"

Was a jazz pianist and bandleader who won 23 Grammy Awards

66. Joan Crawford

Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1904, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; ...

Died May 10, 1977, age 71, of pancreatic cancer and a heart attack

She had refused all medical treatment for her cancer due to her religious beliefs

Was an Academy Award-winning actress best known for the movies "Mildred Pierce," "Daisy Kenyon," "Flamingo Road," "Mommie Dearest," and "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"

67. Richard Crenna

Actor | Rambo III

Richard Donald Crenna was born in Los Angeles, California, into a modest-income family, the only child of Edith J. (Pollette) and Domenick Anthony Crenna, a pharmacist. His parents were both of Italian descent. His mother managed a small hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where Richard and his family ...

Died January 17, 2003, age 76, of pancreatic cancer

Best known for the TV shows "Our Miss Brooks," "The Real McCoys," and "Judging Amy," as well as the "Rambo" movies

68. Michael Crichton

Writer | Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he ...

Died November 4, 2008, age 66, of throat cancer

Prolific author, screenwriter, producer, and director who wrote "Jurassic Park", "The Andromeda Strain," "The Great Train Robbery," and "Twister," among others

69. Hume Cronyn

Actor | Cocoon

Hume Cronyn was a Canadian actor with a lengthy career. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "The Seventh Cross" (1944).

Cronyn was born to a prominent family. His father was politician Hume Blake Cronyn (1864-1933), Member of Parliament for London, ...

Died June 15, 2003, age 91, of prostate cancer

Tony Award-winning actor best known for the Broadway play "Hamlet," and the movies "Cocoon," "Marvin's Room," and "The Seventh Cross," for which he received an Academy Award nomination

Was married to actress Jessica Tandy for 52 years, with whom he appeared in several film, stage, and TV roles; was the father of actress Tandy Cronyn

70. Ben Cross

Actor | Star Trek

Ben Cross was born Harry Bernard Cross on December 16, 1947, in London, England. He was the son of Catherine (O'Donovan), a cleaning woman, from Keelraheen, Dunmanway, Ireland, and Harry Cross, an English doorman and nurse. He began acting at a very young age and participated in grammar school ...

Died August 18, 2020, age 72; type of cancer not publicly disclosed

Best known for starring in the Oscar-winning movie "Chariots of Fire"

71. Scatman Crothers

Actor | The Shining

Scatman Crothers was born Benjamin Sherman Crothers on May 23, 1910 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Songwriter ("Dearest One"), actor, composer, singer, comedian and guitarist who, after high school, appeared in nightclubs, hotels, films and on television. He made many records, including his own ...

Died November 22, 1986, age 76, of lung cancer

Was an actor and musician best known for the movies "The Shining," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Hello, Dolly!," and "The Great White Hope"

72. Celia Cruz

Soundtrack | Carlito's Way

Celia Cruz was born on October 21, 1925 in Havana, Cuba as Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. She was an actress and composer, known for Carlito's Way (1993), Amores perros (2000) and Tower Heist (2011). She was married to Pedro Knight. She died on July 16, 2003 in Fort Lee, New ...

Died July 16, 2003, age 77, of brain cancer

Cuban singer known as "The Queen of Salsa Music;" won three Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards

Also appeared in the films "The Mambo Kings," and "The Perez Family"

73. Peter Cushing

Actor | Star Wars

Peter Wilton Cushing was born on May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England, to Nellie Maria (King) and George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor. He and his older brother David were raised first in Dulwich Village, a south London suburb, and then later back in Surrey. At an early age, Cushing was ...

Died August 11, 1994, age 81, of prostate cancer

English actor who appeared in over 100 films, as well as several theater productions and TV roles

Best known for starring in classic horror films including "Dracula," "The Curse of Frankenstein," "The Abominable Snowman," "The Mummy," "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and many others; also starred in the original "Star Wars" movie

Frequently co-starred with actor Christopher Lee, who was a close friend

74. Candy Darling

Actress | Women in Revolt

Candy Darling was born on November 24, 1944 in Long Island, New York, USA as James Lawrence Slattery. She was an actress, known for Women in Revolt (1971), Flesh (1968) and Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972). She died on March 21, 1974 in New York City, New York.

Died March 21, 1974, age 29, of lymphoma

Was a transgender actress and protege of artist and film director Andy Warhol

75. Bette Davis

Actress | All About Eve

Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but...

Died October 6, 1989, age 81, of breast cancer

Best known for the movies "All About Eve," "Now, Voyager," "Dark Victory," "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane," and many others

Won 2 Academy Awards, and was nominated an additional 9 times

76. Jim Davis

Actor | Big Jake

Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, unlike...

Died April 26, 1981, age 71, of multiple myeloma (blood cell cancer)

Best known as the patriarch on the TV show "Dallas"

77. Sammy Davis Jr.

Actor | The Cannonball Run

Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world".

He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis (née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.. His father was African-American and his mother was of Cuban and African-American ancestry. Davis Jr....

Died May 16, 1990, age 64, of laryngeal cancer

Multi-talented singer, dancer, actor, and comedian who began in vaudeville as a member of The Will Mastin Trio

Starred on Broadway in "Mr. Wonderful" and "Golden Boy," and in the Rat Pack film "Oceans 11;" also had his own TV variety show, and a Billboard Hot 100 hit, "The Candy Man"

78. Richard Dawson

Actor | The Running Man

Richard Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marine and served for three years. During that time, he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age and remain tough so the older guys would not hassle him. In the...

Died June 12, 2012, age 79, of esophageal cancer

Best known as the original host of the TV game show "Family Feud" and the TV show "Hogan's Heroes"

79. F.W. de Klerk

Self | Nobody's Died Laughing

F.W. de Klerk was born on March 18, 1936 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Frederick Willem de Klerk. He is known for his work on Nobody's Died Laughing (2016), Countdown to Zero (2010) and Miracle Rising: South Africa (2013). He was married to Elita Georgiades and Marike de Klerk. He died on ...

Died November 11, 2021, age 85, of mesothelioma (cancer of the tissue that lines the lungs, stomach, heart and other organs)

Former President of South Africa who dismantled apartheid; joint winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela

80. 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 ...

Died January 21, 2021, age 79, of pancreatic cancer

French actress and director; ex-wife of French actor Alain Delon

81. Dom DeLuise

Actor | All Dogs Go to Heaven

As might be said for the late and great comedians Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn, it seems that Mel Brooks was the only director on the planet who knew how to best utilize this funnyman's talents on film. Brooks once quipped that, whenever he hired Dom DeLuise for one of his films, he would ...

Died May 4, 2009, age 75, of prostate cancer

Actor, comedian, and chef who appeared in several films and TV shows; father of actors Peter, Michael, and David DeLuise

82. Jonathan Demme

Director | The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...

Died April 26, 2017, age 73, of esophageal cancer

Academy Award-winning film director, producer, and screen writer best known for the movies "Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia," and "Married to the Mob"

83. Sandy Dennis

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came ...

Died March 2, 1992, age 54, of ovarian cancer

Oscar-winning actress best known for the movies "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Up the Down Staircase", and "The-Out-of- Towners"

84. Bob Denver

Actor | Gilligan's Island

Bob Denver was attending college at Loyola-Marymount University, in Los Angeles, when he got into acting. At first, Denver wasn't sure he wanted to be an actor, but gradually gave in, deciding that's what he was going to do for a career. Before he became established, he worked as a mailman and ...

Died September 2, 2005, age 70, of throat cancer

Best known for starring in the TV show "Gilligan's Island"

85. Colleen Dewhurst

Actress | Anne of Green Gables

Tall, luminous and leonine, the legendary Colleen Dewhurst must go down as one of the theater's finest contemporary tragediennes of the late 1900s. With trademark dusky tones and a majestically careworn appearance, she possessed an inimitable down-to-earth fierceness that not only earned her the ...

Died August 22, 1991, age 67, of cervical cancer

Canadian-American actress who won 2 Tony Awards and 4 Emmy Awards

86. 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 ...

Died February 1, 2021, age 44, of small-cell carcinoma

Best known for playing Screech on the TV show "Saved By the Bell"

87. Eric Dickey

Writer | One Night

Eric Dickey was born on July 7, 1961 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Eric Jerome Dickey. He was an actor and writer, known for One Night, Cappuccino (1998) and Friends and Lovers (2005). He died on January 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died January 3, 2021, age 59; type of cancer not publicly disclosed

Was a New York Times bestselling author whose 29 novels about African-American life sold over 7 million copies and have been translated into three languages

88. Joe DiMaggio

Actor | Manhattan Merry-Go-Round

Joe DiMaggio was simply the greatest all-around baseball player of his era. As a New York baseball legend, "The Yankee Clipper" succeeded superstars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and preceded Mickey Mantle. In his 13 year career from 1936 to 1951 (which was interrupted by three years spent in the Army ...

Died March 8, 1999, age 84, of lung cancer

Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees widely considered to be one of the best baseball players of all time; was the second husband of iconic actress Marilyn Monroe

89. Ronnie James Dio

Soundtrack | Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

How many rock stars can brag about recording and touring consistently in six different decades? That's just one of the many claims to fame enjoyed by Ronnie James Dio. Born on July 10, 1942, this Cortland, New York native began his recording career back in 1958. Even back then, the seeds of Ronnie ...

Died May 16, 2010, age 67, of stomach cancer

Singer who replaced Ozzy Osbourne as leader of the rock group Black Sabbath

90. Walt Disney

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney (née Call) and Elias Disney, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of ...

Died December 15, 1966, age 65, of lung cancer

American animator, film producer, and entrepreneur who co-founded the Walt Disney Company with his brother

As a film producer, he holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars. Built Disneyland theme park and Walt Disney World

91. Diana Dors

Actress | The Long Haul

Diana Dors was born Diana Mary Fluck on October 23, 1931 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. She and her mother both nearly died from the traumatic birth. Because of the trauma, her mother lavished on Diana anything and everything she wanted--clothes, toys and dance lessons were the order of the day. ...

Died May 4, 1984, age 52, of ovarian cancer

English actress and singer who was one of the "blonde bombshells" of the 1950's and 1960's

92. 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...

Died January 1, 2015, age 82, of pancreatic cancer

Played Elly May Clampett on the TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies"

93. Suzzanne Douglas

Actress | Tap

Suzzanne Douglas is an award winning actress of both screen and stage, whose work has lead her through all walks of creative life. Driven by her desire to constantly grow as an artist, Suzzanne has developed a canon of enigmatic and complex roles, and hopes to encourage younger artists to do the ...

Died July 6, 2021, age 64, of pancreatic cancer

Was an actress best known for the movies "Jason's Lyric" and "The Inkwell" and the TV sitcom "The Parent 'Hood"

94. George Duke

Soundtrack | Spaceballs

George Duke was born on January 12, 1946 in San Rafael, California, USA as George Mac Duke. He is known for his work on Spaceballs (1987), Footloose (2011) and Footloose (1984). He was married to Corine Salanga. He died on August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Died August 5, 2013, age 66, of leukemia

Grammy Award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, and composer

95. Dominick Dunne

Producer | Playhouse 90

Dominick Dunne was born on October 29, 1925 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA as Dominick John Dunne. He was a producer and assistant director, known for Playhouse 90 (1956), Addicted to Love (1997) and The Panic in Needle Park (1971). He was married to Ellen Beatriz Griffin Dunne. He died on August 26...

Died August 26, 2009, age 83, of bladder cancer

Was an American best-selling author, investigative journalist, and TV producer. He hosted the popular true-crime TV show "Power, Privilege, and Justice"

Father of actors Griffin Dunne and Dominique Dunne; brother of novelist and screenwriter John Gregory Dunne

96. Roger Ebert

Cinematographer | Siskel & Ebert & the Movies

Roger Joseph Ebert was the all-time best-known, most successful movie critic in cinema history, when one thinks of his establishing a rapport with both serious cineastes and the movie-going public and reaching more movie fans via television and print than any other critic. He became the first and ...

Died April 4, 2013, age 70, of cancer of the salivary glands

Movie critic for The Chicago Sun Times who co-hosted the TV show "Siskel and Ebert"; was a Pulitzer Prize winner

97. Vince Edwards

Actor | The Killing

Born in Brooklyn, the son of Italian immigrant parents, Vince Edwards early aspired to the theater. He was a swimming champion in high school, attended Ohio State University on an athletic scholarship, and was on their National Championship swimming team. Olympics were on the horizon, but an ...

Died March 11, 1996, age 67, of pancreatic cancer

Best known for starring in the TV show "Ben Casey"

98. Bob Einstein

Writer | Super Dave

Bob Einstein was born on November 20, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Stewart Robert Einstein. He was a writer and actor, known for Super Dave (1987), Bizarre (1979) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000). He was married to Roberta Marie Smith and Cathy Maureen Kilpatrick. He died on January 2, ...

Died January 2, 2019, age 76, of leukemia

Was an actor, comedian, and writer best known for the character Super Dave and as Marty Funkhouser on the TV show "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

99. Duke Ellington

Composer | Anatomy of a Murder

Composer ("It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", "Solitude", "In a Mellotone", "Satin Doll"), pianist and conductor, holder of an honorary music degree from Wilberforce University and an LHD from Milton College, Duke Ellington led his own orchestra ...

Died May 24, 1974, age 75, of lung cancer

Was a jazz composer, pianist, and Big Band leader whose career spanned over 50 years, from the 1920's- 1970's

100. Nora Ephron

Writer | Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...

Died June 26, 2012, age 71, of leukemia

Was a journalist, writer, and director best known for penning the screenplays "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "Silkwood," all three of which were nominated for Academy Awards



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