Date of Death between 1969-01-01 and 1969-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Judy Garland

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.

She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...

2. 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 ...

3. Boris Karloff

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry ...

4. Jeffrey Hunter

Actor | The Searchers

Jeffrey Hunter was born Henry Herman McKinnies Jr. on November 25, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana, an only child. His parents met at the University of Arkansas, and when he was almost four his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his teens, he acted in productions of the North Shore Children's ...

5. Robert Taylor

Actor | Quo Vadis

Born Spangler Arlington Brugh, Robert Taylor began displaying a diversity of talents in his youth on the plains of Nebraska. At Beatrice High School, he was a standout track athlete, but also showed a talent for using his voice, winning several oratory awards. He was a musician and played the cello...

6. Barbara Bates

Actress | All About Eve

Born in Denver, Co, 6 August, 1925 and originally named Barbara Jane Bates, Barbara was the eldest of 3 daughters born to a postal clerk and RN.

Rather shy, her mother initially sent Barbara to study ballet. By her late teens, the young beauty began to model clothes as a teen out of high school.

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7. Thelma Ritter

Actress | Rear Window

Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short ...

8. Howard McNear

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Although Los Angeles native Howard McNear had a long career on radio and in films, he will forever be remembered for his memorable - and scene-stealing - portrayal of Floyd the Barber in the long-running The Andy Griffith Show (1960) (actor Don Knotts once said that playing Floyd wasn't much of a ...

9. Barbara Pepper

Actress | Foreign Correspondent

Barbara Pepper's signature roles were as worldly "dames" during the Hollywood's 1930s and 1940s Golden Era, fitting snugly alongside other flashy broads of that period such as Iris Adrian, Joan Blondell and Veda Ann Borg. Barbara patented her own unique, hard-boiled style, however, and should have ...

10. John Boles

Actor | Frankenstein

John Boles was an American actor who worked prolifically in both leading and supporting roles for 28 years. He was born in Greenville, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas, where he had studied medicine, in 1917. Boles' parents wanted their son to continue with a career in the medical ...

11. James Anderson

Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

A familiar face to movie audiences in the 1950s, James Anderson's rugged and somewhat sinister good looks made him a natural for westerns, and he appeared in many of them over the years, often as a gunman or hired killer but occasionally as a storekeeper or grizzled frontier scout. He turned in a ...

12. Richard Crane

Actor | Behind Green Lights

Dark haired, athletic American leading man of '40s B-movies. Richard Crane was at his most successful at a time when Hollywood was somewhat denuded of its male stars, most of whom were doing wartime military service. Upon their return to the ranks, Crane's career went into decline. He did, however,...

13. Barton MacLane

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

Barton MacLane graduated from Wesleyan University, where he displayed a notable aptitude for sports, in particular football and basketball. Not surprisingly, his physical prowess led to an early role in The Quarterback (1926) with Richard Dix. MacLane once commented that, as an actor, he needed to ...

14. Leo Gorcey

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Leo Gorcey's parents were actor Bernard Gorcey (born 1888) who stood 4' 10", and Josephine Condon (born 1901), who stood 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds; they worked in vaudeville in New York. In 1915, 14-year-old Josephine gave birth to Fred. In 1917, Leo was born, a large baby at 12 lb. 3 oz.; as an...

15. Rhys Williams

Actor | How Green Was My Valley

Moviegoers can be forgiven if they thought that stocky, jaunty Rhys Williams was a jovial Irishman, as he often played that type of character, but his role as a Welsh miner in John Ford's classic How Green Was My Valley (1941) (his film debut) was much closer to home for him, as he was born and ...

16. Lloyd Corrigan

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Lloyd Corrigan was born on October 16, 1900 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and The Chase (1946). He died on November 5, 1969 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

17. George 'Gabby' Hayes

Actor | Randy Rides Alone

American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of ...

18. Ilse Steppat

Actress | On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Ilse Steppat was born on November 30, 1917 in Barmen, Germany as Ilse Paula Steppat. She was an actress, known for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Marriage in the Shadows (1947) and Cavalry Captain Wronski (1954). She was married to Max Nosseck. She died on December 21, 1969 in West Berlin,...

19. Susanne Cramer

Actress | Get Smart

Susanne apparently had a tumultuous private life. She married actor Hermann Nehlsen in 1956. Apparently that did not go well, as she tried to commit suicide twice in 1957 and was soon divorced. In 1958, she married actor Helmuth Lohner and was divorced five months later. She married Helmut a second...

20. Madge Blake

Actress | Batman: The Movie

Spouse: James Lincoln Blake (1 Child)

During World War II, she and her husband, James Lincoln Blake, worked in Utah on construction of the detonator for the atomic bomb and performed such jobs as testing equipment destined for the Manhattan Project. The couple received a citation for their work from...

21. Jay Sebring

Make Up Department | Come Blow Your Horn

Jay Sebring was born on October 10, 1933 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Thomas John Kummer. He is known for his work on Come Blow Your Horn (1963), Operation C.I.A. (1965) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). He was married to Cami Sebring. He died on August 9, 1969 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

22. Eduardo Ciannelli

Actor | Foreign Correspondent

Eduardo Ciannelli was born on the beautiful island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, which is renowned for its thermal baths. His father, a physician, owned a health spa there and Eduardo briefly followed the same career path and studied medicine at the University of Naples, graduating as a fully ...

23. James Lanphier

Actor | The Pink Panther

James Lanphier was born on August 31, 1920 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Pink Panther (1963), The Party (1968) and The Green Hornet (1966). He died on February 11, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

24. Stanley Andrews

Actor | Road to Rio

Stanley Andrews was born on August 28, 1891 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Stanley Andrzejewski. He was an actor, known for Road to Rio (1947), Superman and the Mole-Men (1951) and The Lone Ranger (1938). He died on June 23, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

25. Peter van Eyck

Actor | The Longest Day

With his whitish blond crew-cut, slow, menacing drawl and Germanic manner, Van Eyck was destined to be typecast as stereotypically scowling, arrogant Nazi officers. This was ironic, because being an avowed anti-fascist, he had left Germany in 1931 -- two years before Adolf Hitler came to power. The...

26. Wilton Graff

Actor | Bloodlust!

Wilton Graff was born on August 13, 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Wilton Calvert Radcliffe-Graff. He was an actor, known for Bloodlust! (1961), Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1947) and The Sea Chase (1955). He was married to Elisabeth Lawrence (Whittemore) Strong and Mary Goodwin. He died on ...

27. Karl Freund

Cinematographer | Metropolis

Karl Freund, an innovative director of photography responsible for development of the three-camera system used to shoot television situation comedies, was born on January 16, 1890, in the Bohemian city of Koeniginhof, then part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire (now known as Dvur Kralove in the Czech...

28. Sonja Henie

Actress | Sun Valley Serenade

The daughter of a fur wholesaler in Norway, Sonja Henie received her first pair of ice skates when she was six. At 14 she was the Norwegian Skating Champion. At 15 she would win the Olympic gold medal in Skating, a feat she would repeat in 1932 and 1936. In 1936 she would turn professional and tour...

29. Alan Mowbray

Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Alan Mowbray, the American film actor who was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, was born Ernest Allen on August 18, 1896, in London, England, to a non-theatrical family. He served in the British army during World War I and received the Military Medal and the French Croix De ...

30. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Self | Nazi Concentration Camps

Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on Tuesday, October 14, 1890, as Dwight David Eisenhower, in Denison, Texas. He was the third of seven sons born to David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover. Both of his parents were of German descent. Eisenhower studied at the West Point Military Academy from ...

31. Richard Garland

Actor | Attack of the Crab Monsters

Richard Garland was born on July 7, 1927 in Mineral Wells, Texas, USA as Charles Richard Garland Jr. He was an actor, known for Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), Panic in Year Zero! (1962) and Death Valley Days (1952). He was married to Patricia Elaine Lee and Beverly Garland. He died on May 24, ...

32. Roy Barcroft

Actor | The Purple Monster Strikes

After serving in World War I, Roy Barcroft spent most of the 1920s and early 1930s moving from job to job. It was in the 1930s, after he moved to California with his wife, that he found his calling while acting in amateur theatrical productions. In 1937 he was appearing in bit parts in various ...

33. Leo McCarey

Director | An Affair to Remember

Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Leo McCarey. He was a director and writer, known for An Affair to Remember (1957), Going My Way (1944) and The Awful Truth (1937). He was married to Virginia Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, ...

34. Josef von Sternberg

Director | The Devil Is a Woman

Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...

35. Rex Ingram

Actor | Sahara

A Corsicana native, Rex (Clifford) Ingram was the son of Mack and Mamie Ingram. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in medicine before launching a brilliant acting career which spanned 50 years. Ingram made his screen debut during the silent era in Tarzan of the Apes (1918). He ...

36. Eric Portman

Actor | A Canterbury Tale

With his clipped delivery, aristocratic if somewhat ominous manner and suave, urbane demeanour, Eric Portman was so good at playing German and/or Nazi officers that many believed he actually was German, or at least Austrian. The fact is that he was British to the core, having been born, raised and ...

37. Daisy Hilton

Actress | Freaks

Born to a barmaid, Daisy and her conjoined twin sister Violet Hilton were raised by the midwife who delivered them. This woman, Mary Hilton, saw her meal ticket in the curly-haired babies and trained them to perform. The girls were ill-treated and kept in a state of poverty until they arranged a ...

38. Martita Hunt

Actress | Great Expectations

Popular British character actress known for her rich cluster of queens, dowagers, shrews and evildoers, Martita Hunt was born on a ranch in Argentina to British parents, but moved with her family to England at age 10 for her formal education. On stage at age 21 with the Liverpool Repertory Theatre,...

39. Fred Sherman

Actor | 7 Men from Now

Fred Sherman was born in South Dakota and began his career in tent shows and vaudeville eventually working in films and television. After completing an episode of the Andy Griffith Show in 1962 he suffered a stroke which confined him to hospitals and the Motion Picture Country Home where he died in...

40. Constance Dowling

Actress | Blind Spot

Lovely, exotic-looking, hazel-eyed blonde Constance Dowling was born on July 24, 1920, in New York City, and raised there. One of four children, her younger sister, Doris Dowling, followed her into show business; her two brothers, Richard and Robert did not. Following graduation from Wadleigh High ...

41. Carol Thurston

Actress | China Sky

Carol Thurston was born on September 27, 1920 in Valley City, North Dakota, USA as Betty Lou Thurston. She was an actress, known for China Sky (1945), Rogues' Regiment (1948) and Conquest of Cochise (1953). She was married to Robert Creighton Williams, Barry Russo and David Starr Thayer Jr. She ...

42. Paul Birch

Actor | Queen of Outer Space

Paul Birch, born Paul Lowery Smith in Atmore, Alabama, was a stocky, barrel-chested, and gifted with a resonant baritone speaking voice, Birch was a veteran of 39 movies, 50 stage dramas and an untold number of television shows including the Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951). He entered motion pictures ...

43. Miles Malleson

Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets

Actor, playwright and screenwriter Miles Malleson's list of credits reads like a history of British cinema in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Croydon in Surrey, he attended Brighton College in Sussex before studying at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a schoolmaster. ...

44. Russ Bender

Actor | War of the Colossal Beast

Russ Bender was born on January 1, 1910 in New York City, New York, USA as Russell Richard Bender Jr. He was an actor and writer, known for War of the Colossal Beast (1958), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959). He died on August 16, 1969 in Hollywood, California, USA.

45. Howard Marion-Crawford

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Howard Marion-Crawford was born on January 17, 1914 in London, England as Howard Francis Marion-Crawford. He is known for his work on Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965) and The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969). He was married to Germaine Tighe-Umbers, Mary Wimbush, Junia Crawford and...

46. Mikio Naruse

Director | Ukigumo

Considered a major figure of Japan's 'golden age of cinema', Mikio Naruse was a filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer who directed 89 films in the period 1930 to 1967. Although Naruse's work is lesser known in the twenty-first century than those of his contemporaries Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi...

47. Dave O'Brien

Writer | The Red Skelton Show

Former chorus boy who would become a star in "B" westerns, and later a successful comedy writer (under the name David Barclay) and TV director. O'Brien is notable as one of the relatively few success stories to emerge out of the drek of poverty row, where he blissfully worked for nearly a decade ...

48. Madhubala

Actress | Mughal-E-Azam

Arguably the most beautiful artiste to ever grace the Indian screen, Madhubala rose from humble beginnings to become the most captivating star India has ever produced. Madhubala was born Mumtaz Jehan Begum on Valentine's Day 1933, in a poor, conservative family of Pathan Muslims in Delhi, a part of...

49. Kam Tong

Actor | Flower Drum Song

Kam Tong was born on December 18, 1906 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Flower Drum Song (1961), Mr. Garlund (1960) and Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966). He died on November 8, 1969 in Costa Mesa, California.

50. Martin Miller

Actor | Exodus

Martin Miller was born on September 2, 1899 in Kremsier, Moravia, Austria-Hungary [now Kromeriz, Czech Republic] as Rudolph Muller. He was an actor, known for Exodus (1960), Peeping Tom (1960) and The Pink Panther (1963). He was married to Hannah Norbert. He died on August 26, 1969 in Innsbruck, ...


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