Date of Death between 1988-01-01 and 1988-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Ella Raines
Actress | Phantom Lady
Ella Raines was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, in 1920. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Washington as a drama student and participated in many plays. Following graduation, she traveled to New York and the lights of Broadway. She was eventually signed by ...
2. Karen Steele
Actress | Marty
Karen Steele was born on March 20, 1931, in Honolulu, Hawaii. A former cover girl and model, she was one of the most strikingly beautiful actresses to ever work in film and television. She went to the University of Hawaii and to Rollins College in Florida before gracing our film screens with her ...
Actress | Village of the Giants
Charla Doherty was born on August 6, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She was an actress, known for Village of the Giants (1965), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Take Her, She's Mine (1963). She was married to Malcolm Black. She died on May 29, 1988 in Calabasas, California, USA.
Actress | Poltergeist
Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry.
Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting ...
5. Anne Ramsey
Actress | The Goonies
American character actress Anne Ramsey was quite busy in the 1980s despite being in her later years. She hadn't pursued an acting career in motion pictures until late in her life.
Ramsey was born Anne Mobley in Omaha, Nebraska to Eleanor (Smith), a national treasurer of the Girl Scouts, and Nathan ...
Actor | Stagecoach
John Carradine, the son of a reporter/artist and a surgeon, grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He attended Christ Church School and Graphic Art School, studying sculpture, and afterward roamed the South selling sketches. He made his acting debut in "Camille" in a New Orleans theatre in 1925. ...
7. 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 ...
Actor | Pink Flamingos
Originally born Harris Glen Milstead just after the end of WWII, Baltimore's most outrageous resident eventually became the international icon of bad taste cinema, as the always shocking and highly entertaining transvestite performer, Divine.
Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John ...
Actor | The Third Man
The son of an insurance underwriter who represented Lloyd's of London in Ceylon, Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith was born in Margate, Kent. He spent his early childhood globetrotting with his mother, frequently left in the care of strangers. After attending private school he went on to study drama at ...
Actor | The Godfather
Bronx born, stocky Italian-American actor who only appeared in a handful of films, yet earned some degree of immortality for his role as the loyal Corleone capo "Peter Clemenza" teaching Al Pacino how to shoot a crooked police captain in the iconic gangster film The Godfather (1972). He was ...
11. Hal Ashby
Director | Harold and Maude
Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household, in Ogden, Utah, to Eileen Ireta (Hetzler) and James Thomas Ashby, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of ...
12. Jeff Donnell
Actress | In a Lonely Place
A reliable featured player and occasional co-star, actress Jeff Donnell was born Jean Marie Donnell in a boy's reformatory in South Windham, Maine in 1921. The younger of two daughters, her father (Howard) was a penologist and mother (Mildred) a schoolteacher. Raised in Maryland, she took piano and...
13. Leonard Frey
Actor | Fiddler on the Roof
Leonard Frey originally wanted to become an artist, but in college he became interested in acting. He made his stage debut in an off-Broadway production of "Little Mary Sunshine" and his film debut as a celebrant in Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (1966), but he first rose to prominence ...
14. Billy Curtis
Actor | High Plains Drifter
Diminutive American actor Billy Curtis avoided the usual onus of freak-show employment as a youth, opting for a mainstream job as a shoe clerk. Encouraged by stock company actress Shirley Booth to take a little person role in a stage production, Curtis soon became a professional actor, with ...
15. Ralph Meeker
Actor | Kiss Me Deadly
Burly American character actor Ralph Meeker first acted on stage at his alma mater, Northwestern University, alongside other budding performers Charlton Heston and Patricia Neal. He graduated as a music major because his dean had discouraged him from pursuing a theatrical career. Ignoring that ...
16. Roy Kinnear
After his schooling in Edinburgh, the British character actor Roy Kinnear attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Following national service, Kinnear appeared on stage, radio, and television in Scotland before becoming a household name in Britain in the early 1960s as one of the ...
17. John Houseman
Actor | Three Days of the Condor
Academy Award-winning actor John Houseman's main contribution to American culture was not his own performances on film but rather, his role as a midwife to one of the greatest actor-directors-cinematic geniuses his adopted country ever produced (Orson Welles) and as a midwife to a whole generation ...
18. Alan Napier
Actor | Marnie
Alan Napier was born on January 7, 1903 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England. Tall, distinguished-looking English character actor with aristocratic bearing and precisely modulated voice. A cousin of the former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, he studied at the Royal Academy of ...
19. Gert Fröbe
Actor | Goldfinger
Tall, portly built German born actor (and talented violinist) who notched up over 100 film appearances, predominantly in German-language productions. He will forever be remembered by Western audiences as the bombastic megalomaniac "Auric Goldfinger" trying to kill Sean Connery and irradiate the ...
21. Olive Carey
Actress | The Searchers
Olive Carey was born Olive Fuller Golden on January 31, 1896. Olive was 18 when she appeared in her first motion picture, a silent entitled, Tess of the Storm Country (1914). After she made A Knight of the Range (1916), she retired from films. In 1916, she married actor Harry Carey who was eighteen...
22. Bonita Granville
Actress | Now, Voyager
Daughter of Bernard Granville, Bonita Granville was born into an acting family. It's not surprising that she herself became a child actor, first on the stage and, at the age of 9, debuting in movies in Westward Passage (1932). She was regularly cast as a naughty little girl, as in These Three (1936)...
23. Gabriel Dell
Actor | Hard Boiled Mahoney
The son of an Italian immigrant doctor, Gabriel "Gabe" Dell began his career singing in a boys church choir and then on a children's radio show. He made his stage debut in the play "Dead End" and, with the other juvenile members of the cast, was called to Hollywood for the film version. Dell was ...
24. John Loder
Actor | King Solomon's Mines
A tall, debonair, immaculately-groomed British leading man best known for his pipe-smoking chaps, actor John Loder (ne John Muir Lowe), the son of a British general, first served in Gallipoli in WWI and was a German prisoner of war at one point. Upon his release he actually stayed there in order to...
25. Andrew Duggan
Actor | Seven Days in May
Actor. Born in Franklin, Indiana on December 28, 1923, he was raised in Texas and went to college at Indiana University. There, on a speech and drama scholarship, he began to act and perform however this was interrupted by being called into the service. In World War II where he saw action overseas,...
26. Duane Jones
Actor | Night of the Living Dead
Cult figure who will forever be remembered as Ben, the resourceful, yet ill-fated hero of George A. Romero's low-budget zombie film Night of the Living Dead (1968). Jones was a former English professor who directed at the Maguire Theater at the Old Westbury campus of New York State University, and ...
27. Angela Aames
Actress | Scarface
Angela Aames grew up in Pierre, South Dakota. She acted in high school and attended the University of South Dakota before coming to Hollywood in 1978 to begin her acting career. Her first film role was as Little Bo Peep in the film Fairy Tales (1978). She followed that up by playing Linda "...
28. Tucker Smith
Actor | West Side Story
Tucker Smith was born on April 24, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Thomas William Smith. He is known for his work on West Side Story (1961), The Producers (1967) and At Long Last Love (1975). He died on December 22, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actor | Benji
Christopher Connelly was born on September 8, 1941 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Thomas Maume Connelly. He was an actor, known for Benji (1974), Atlantis Interceptors (1983) and Peyton Place (1964). He was married to Cindy Carol. He died on December 7, 1988 in Burbank, California, USA.
31. Raj Kapoor
Actor | Mera Naam Joker
Raj Kapoor was the son of well-known Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who acted both in film and on stage. After apprenticing in the Bollywood production studios of the 1940's, at 24 years of age Raj Kapoor produced, directed and acted in Aag (1948), with his new company, RK Films. His next ...
32. Anne Seymour
Actress | Field of Dreams
The daughter of a copper expert (William Stanley Eckert) and an actress and museum curator (May Davenport), character actress Anne Seymour was born on September 11, 1909 in New York City. She was the seventh generation of a theatrical family that could be tracked back to Ireland in 1740. Her ...
33. Chuck Roberson
Actor | The Alamo
American stuntman who also played minor roles in scores of movies. Son of Allie W. and Jannie Hamm Roberson. Raised on cattle ranches in Shannon, Texas, and Roswell, New Mexico, he left school at 13 to become a cowhand and oilfield roughneck. He married and took his wife and daughter to California,...
34. Alf Kjellin
Actor | Ice Station Zebra
Although trained for the stage in his native Sweden, Alf Kjellin appeared in only a few stage productions before entering films. His work in Torment (1944) resulted in his being noticed by Hollywood, and he made his American film debut in 1949 under the name Christopher Kent. He soon went back to ...
35. Barbara Laage
Actress | La p... respectueuse
Barbara Laage was born on July 30, 1920 in Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Haute Savoie, France as Claire Colombat. She was an actress, known for The Respectful Whore (1952), Act of Love (1953) and Ce soir on tue (1959). She died on May 21, 1988 in Deauville, France.
37. Victoria Shaw
Actress | Westworld
Victoria Shaw was born on May 25, 1935 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Jeanette Anne Elphick. She was an actress, known for Westworld (1973), The Crimson Kimono (1959) and The Eddy Duchin Story (1956). She was married to Elliott Alexander and Roger Smith. She died on August 17, 1988 in ...
38. Charles Hawtrey
Actor | Don't Lose Your Head
Coming from a theatrical family (although not related to the famous Edwardian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, he did "borrow" his last name), Charles Hawtrey made his stage debut at age 11 after having spent several years in a prestigious acting school. A string of stage roles followed, and by 1929 his ...
39. Scott Walker
Actor | The Muppet Movie
Scott Walker was born on April 6, 1922 in Alameda, California, USA as Charles Scott Walker. He was an actor, known for The Muppet Movie (1979), High Plains Drifter (1973) and Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973). He was married to Ruth Maitland. He died on April 28, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
41. Charles Smith
Actor | The Shop Around the Corner
Charles Smith was born on September 13, 1920 in Flint, Michigan, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Henry and Dizzy (1942) and Highway Patrol (1955). He died on December 26, 1988 in Burbank, California, USA.
42. Kenneth Williams
Actor | Follow That Camel
The acting bug bit Kenneth Williams when, as a student, his English teacher suggested he try out for a school play. He found that he enjoyed it tremendously, but when he raised the possibility at home of becoming an actor, his father forbade it. Williams was eventually sent to art school in London ...
43. Dorothy Adams
Actress | The Best Years of Our Lives
Dorothy Adams was born on January 8, 1900 in Hannah, North Dakota, USA. She was an actress, known for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), The Killing (1956) and The Ten Commandments (1956). She was married to Byron Foulger. She died on March 16, 1988 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actor | The Guns of Navarone
Cuthbertson arrived in Britain in 1947, and appeared shortly thereafter as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Boltons. In London's West End, he appeared as Laertes in Hamlet, Aimwell in The Beaux Stratagem, and Octavius Robinson in Man & Superman, among many other roles.
45. Abraham Sofaer
Actor | The Naked Jungle
Born on October 1, 1896, in Rangoon, Burma, to Burmese-Jewish parents, and the son of a well-to-do merchant, distinguished veteran character actor Abraham Isaac Sofaer was a one-time schoolteacher in both Rangoon and London. He switched gears to acting after a short time and made his stage debut in...
46. Joe Besser
Actor | The Desert Hawk
Joe Besser was born on August 12, 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. Short, chubby, balding, childish character actor who began his career on the vaudeville circuit before breaking into films in the early 1930s. He was a frequent foil of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in their films and played Stinky on ...
47. Alice Nunn
Actress | Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Very little is known about Alice Elizabeth Nunn with the exception that she appeared in one of the 1980s most famous films, Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), as the infamous truck driver, 'Large Marge'.
She was born on October 10, 1927 in Jacksonville, Florida to parents N.G. Nunn and Alice Bush. ...
48. Daws Butler
Actor | Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
Daws Butler spent the greater part of his career as one of the premier voice-over actors in Hollywood- providing the voices for such well- known characters as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick-Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, Jinks the cat, Dixie the mouse, Augie Doggie, Peter Potamus, Wally Gator, ...
49. Andy Gibb
Soundtrack | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
A blessing or a curse? Every silver lining has a cloud, yet sadly Andrew Roy Gibb had to find that out the hard way. Born the fifth and final child to parents Barbara (17 November 1920-12 August 2016) and Hugh Gibb (15 January 1916-6 March 1992) Andy grew up with his three older siblings dominating...
50. Don Haggerty
Actor | Cause for Alarm!
Don Haggerty was born on July 3, 1914 in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA as Donald Francis Haggerty. He is known for his work on Cause for Alarm! (1951), Footsteps in the Night (1957) and Denver and Rio Grande (1952). He was married to Janet Marilyn McAuliffe, Fay Devereux Keith (Lee Fayrene Zook) and ...