Date of Death between 1979-01-01 and 1979-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. John Wayne
Actor | True Grit
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.
Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, ...
2. Jean Seberg
Actress | À bout de souffle
Jean Dorothy Seberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Dorothy Arline (Benson), a substitute teacher, and Edward Waldemar Seberg, a pharmacist. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of English and German ancestry.
One month before her eighteenth birthday, Jean landed the title role in ...
3. Ted Cassidy
Ted Cassidy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Philippi, West Virginia. He was a well respected actor who portrayed many different characters during his film and television career. His most notable role was Lurch, the faithful butler on the television series The Addams Family (1964)....
Actress | Grease
With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Born into vaudeville to a comic named Eddie, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured the circuit with her parents and joined a ...
5. Jack Soo
Actor | Barney Miller
A genial, laid back, slumber-eyed character player especially adept at the relaxed wisecrack or dry comment, Japanese-American actor Jack Soo was born in Oakland, California, in 1917, his real name being Goro Suzuki. In the post-WWII years, he entertained as a stand-up performer in nightclubs and ...
6. Merle Oberon
Actress | Wuthering Heights
Estelle Merle Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911 of Welsh and Ceylonese (now Sri Lankan) descent. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. She began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts. She appeared in an ...
7. Jim Hutton
Actor | The Green Berets
Described in the press as the heir apparent to James Stewart and Jack Lemmon, Jim Hutton broke out of the pack with his funny, awkward TV Thompson in Where the Boys Are (1960). Son of Col. Thomas R. Hutton and Helen Ryan, his parents divorced when he was an infant. Jim recalled seeing his father ...
Actor | El Dorado
Lean, tall American character actor Arthur Hunnicutt was known for playing humorously wise rural roles. He attended Arkansas State Teachers College in his native state, but was forced to drop out in his third year due to lack of funds. He joined a theatre company in Massachusetts, then migrated to ...
Actor | Shane
At the age of seven, he and his family moved to Oregon. After studying at the University of Oregon, he followed in his father's footsteps and became a dentist, graduating from North Pacific Dental College. From 1929 to 1937, he practiced oral surgery in Eugene, Oregon. He then moved his practice to...
10. Vivian Vance
Actress | I Love Lucy
Born as Vivian Roberta Jones in Cherryvale, Kansas, she had a brother and four sisters. Her family moved to Independence, Kansas, and later studied drama under Anna Ingleman and William Inge. Their next move, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, brought her to that city's Little Theatre, which provided her ...
11. Mary Pickford
Actress | Coquette
Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...
12. Kathleen Case
Actress | Human Desire
Kathleen Case was born on July 31, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Catherine Walker. She was an actress, known for Human Desire (1954), Last of the Pony Riders (1953) and Running Wild (1955). She died on July 22, 1979 in North Hollywood, California, USA.
13. Hope Summers
Actress | Rosemary's Baby
Hope Summers could portray a friendly neighbor or companion as she did for Frances Bavier's Aunt Bee character on many episodes of The Andy Griffith Show (1960) or a seemingly amiable satanist in Rosemary's Baby (1968).
Born in Mattoon, Illinois, she developed an early interest in the theater. ...
14. Jack Haley
Actor | The Wizard of Oz
Jack Haley was a movie and vaudeville actor who is always remembered as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939). The Tin Man role was originally was going to Buddy Ebsen, but due to allergic reaction from the aluminum powder makeup, Ebsen was taken out of the casting and Haley replaced him. To avoid...
15. Nicholas Ray
Director | Rebel Without a Cause
Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...
16. Jean Renoir
Writer | La règle du jeu
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...
17. Emmaline Henry
Actress | Rosemary's Baby
Emmaline Henry was born on November 1, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for Rosemary's Baby (1968), I Dream of Jeannie (1965) and I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962). She died on October 8, 1979 in Palm Springs, California, USA.
18. Michael Wilding
Actor | Stage Fright
Born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England on July 23, 1912, Wilding became a commercial artist after leaving school. He gained employment in the art department of a film studio in London in 1933, and he was soon approached by producers to become a movie star-in-training due to his dashing good looks. ...
19. Kurt Kasznar
Actor | Casino Royale
As a young man, Kurt Kasznar enrolled in Max Reinhardt's seminars. He came to the US in the mid-30s in "The Eternal Road," in which he played at least 12 roles. In 1941, he produced the New York show, "Crazy with the Heat." That same year, he was drafted into the army, where he was trained as a ...
20. Claudia Jennings
Actress | The Unholy Rollers
Born Mary Eileen "Mimi" Chesterton (nicknamed Mimi by her friends and family) in St. Paul, Minnesota, titian beauty Claudia Jennings was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1966, she moved to Evanston, Illinois, the first suburb north of Chicago just south of the Wisconsin state line, where she ...
21. Darla Hood
Actress | The Bat
Darla Hood was born in the small town of Leedey, Oklahoma on November 8, 1931. Hood began her association with "Our Gang" at the tender age of 2 1/2, as she stated on the The Jack Benny Program (1950). Her father, James Claude Hood Jr., a banker, and especially her mother, Elizabeth Davner Hood, ...
23. Dick Foran
Actor | Fort Apache
Dick Foran was the matinée idol of the B movies. He started as a band singer and then sang on the radio. He was hired by Warner Brothers as a supporting actor who could croon a tune when called upon. His good looks and good natured personality made him a natural choice for the supporting cast. His ...
24. Jon Hall
Actor | Invisible Agent
Handsome, athletic leading man Jon Hall was the son of actor Felix Locher and a Tahitian princess. Hall was married three times, two of which were to entertainers: singer Frances Langford and actress Raquel Torres. His third wife was a psychiatrist. They married in 1969 and lived in Los Angeles ...
25. Barbara Luddy
Actress | Sleeping Beauty
Barbara Luddy was born on May 25, 1908 in Great Falls, Montana, USA. She was an actress, known for Sleeping Beauty (1959), Lady and the Tramp (1955) and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). She died on April 1, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
26. Celia Lovsky
Actress | Soylent Green
The daughter of Bretislav Lvovsky, a.k.a. Emil Pick (1857-1910), a minor Czech opera composer, Lovsky was born in Vienna, where she trained at the Royal Academy of Arts and Music. She was a rising stage star in Vienna and Berlin in 1929, when she met future husband Peter Lorre. Celia accompanied ...
Actor | Porridge
Richard Beckinsale was an English actor, primarily known for his roles in sitcoms. His best known characters were prison inmate Leonard Arthur "Lennie" Godber in "Porridge" (1974-1977) and its sequel series "Going Straight" (1978), and medical student Alan Moore in "Rising Damp" (1974-1978).
28. Larisa Shepitko
Director | Voskhozhdenie
Larisa Shepitko was born on January 6, 1938 in Artyomovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Larisa Yefimovna Shepitko. She was a director and writer, known for The Ascent (1977), Heat (1963) and You and Me (1971). She was married to Elem Klimov. She died on July 2, 1979.
29. Robert Karnes
Actor | Inside Detective
Robert Karnes was born on June 19, 1917 in Watsonville, California, USA as Robert Anthony Karnes. He was an actor, known for Rocky King, Detective (1950), Police Story (1973) and Road House (1948). He was married to Doris Karnes. He died on December 4, 1979 in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California.
30. George Brent
Actor | The Rains Came
The favorite leading man of star Bette Davis was born George Brendan Nolan, near Dublin. An orphan from the tender age of eleven, he briefly stayed with an aunt in New York. Once old enough to earn money he moved back to the other side of the Atlantic making ends meet herding sheep and (at one time...
31. Jesse Pearson
Writer | The Legend of Lady Blue
Born as Bobby Wayne Pearson in Seminole, Oklahoma, on August 18, 1930, singer and comedian Jesse Pearson broke into films in 1963 with a hit, but his success was too ephemeral. After recording two singles on Decca Records that had little airplay, Pearson joined the national company of the stage ...
Actress | The Doolins of Oklahoma
An alumnus of the Pasadena Playhouse, Louise Allbritton's beauty and talent quickly got her jobs in the film industry, and she spent several years at Universal, where she played leads in mainly second features. She married CBS news reporter Charles Collingwood in 1946, and retired from the screen a...
33. Ann Dvorak
Actress | Scarface: The Shame of the Nation
Ann Dvorak was the daughter of silent film star Anna Lehr and silents director Edwin McKim. She entered films at the start of sound, as a dance instructor for the lavish MGM musicals. She came to international prominence in Scarface (1932) with Paul Muni, but often complained about the lack of ...
34. John Cromwell
Director | The Prisoner of Zenda
Actor / director John Cromwell was born December 23, 1887, in Toledo, OH. He made his Broadway debut on October 14, 1912, in Marian De Forest's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" at the Playhouse Theatre. The show was a hit, running for a total of 184 performances. Cromwell appeared ...
35. Mary Millington
Actress | The Playbirds
Mary Millington had trained to become a veterinary nurse, but a chance meeting with infamous London photographer John Lindsay changed her life. Under Lindsay's influence, Mary started to pose nude in dozens of photo spreads in British glamor magazines. From this she progressed into illegally made ...
36. Barbara Mullen
Actress | A Place of One's Own
Barbara Mullen was born on June 9, 1914 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Barbara Eleanor Mullen. She was an actress, known for A Place of One's Own (1945), Four Desperate Men (1959) and The Gentle Gunman (1952). She was married to John Taylor. She died on March 9, 1979 in Hammersmith, London, ...
37. Dolores Costello
Actress | Little Lord Fauntleroy
Dolores Costello was once known as the Goddess of the Silent Screen but is probably best remembered today as Drew Barrymore's grandmother. She was born in 1905 to actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Her father began his film career in 1908. He would soon become the most popular matinée idol of...
38. Claire Carleton
Actress | The Mickey Rooney Show
Claire Carleton was born on September 28, 1913 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Mickey Rooney Show (1954), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and Too Many Winners (1947). She was married to Fred E. Sherman. She died on December 11, 1979 in Northridge, California, USA.
39. Doris Packer
Actress | Leave It to Beaver
Prime character veteran Doris Packer has one of those placid, glowering veteran faces you know you've seen over and over again but just can't seem to place. Close your eyes, however, and that bosom-heavy voice of hers is absolutely unmistakable. Found quite comfortably amid plush settings, she ...
Actor | Carry On Screaming!
Peter Butterworth's promising career in the British Navy Fleet Air Arm ended when the plane which he was flying was shot down by the Germans in WW II and he was placed in a POW camp. There he became close friends with Talbot Rothwell (later a writer on the "Carry On" series, on which Butterworth ...
41. Minnie Riperton
Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Minnie Riperton was born November 8, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thelma Inez (Matthews) and Daniel Webster Riperton, a Pullman porter. At a young age, Riperton, the youngest of eight children, began taking dancing and ballet. Once she reached high school, she began singing in the Hyde Park A ...
43. Clarence Muse
Actor | Shadow of a Doubt
Clarence Muse was born on October 14, 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Clarence Edouard Muse. He was an actor, known for Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and The Black Stallion (1979). He was married to Irene Ena Kellman, Willabelle Burch West and Ophelia Belle Labertier. He died on October 13, 1979 in ...
44. Joan Chandler
Actress | Rope
Brunette, delicately featured leading lady who briefly made an impact through memorable back-to-back appearances in the films Humoresque (1946) and Rope (1948). Joan grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, where her family had a car dealership. Her mother was a musician. Joan studied dancing at the ...
45. John Carroll
Actor | Zorro Rides Again
John Carroll was born on July 17, 1906 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Julian LaFaye. He was an actor, known for Zorro Rides Again (1937), Congo Maisie (1940) and Flying Tigers (1942). He was married to Lucille Ryman Carroll and Steffi Duna. He died on April 24, 1979 in Hollywood, California, USA.
46. Felix Aylmer
Actor | Hamlet
British character actor Felix Aylmer was educated at Oxford and later studied drama, making his stage debut at the London Coliseum in 1911. During World War I he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and resumed his stage career after the war ended. He entered films in 1930 and stayed in them...
49. Charles Thompson
Actor | The Andy Griffith Show
Charles Thompson was born on January 2, 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Philip Thompson. He was an actor, known for The Andy Griffith Show (1960), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Hot Rods to Hell (1967). He died on October 26, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
50. Fred Graham
Actor | The Giant Gila Monster
Baseball gave burly Fred Graham his start in motion pictures. In 1928 he was working for the MGM sound department and also playing semi-pro baseball on the side. The studio was making a murder mystery called Death on the Diamond (1934), starring Robert Young and Nat Pendleton. Graham was hired to ...