Date of Death between 1969-01-01 and 1969-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Actor | Waterloo Bridge
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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. Rex Ingram
Actor | The Thief of Bagdad
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 ...
Actor | Lights of Old Santa Fe
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 ...
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. Barbara Bates
Actress | All About Eve
The lovely Barbara Bates, a demure but very troubled young spirit, began her career at age 19. Groomed in obscure starlet bits, it wasn't until Warner Bros. signed her up in 1947 and perpetuated an appealing girl-next-door image that things started happening for her.
She was born Barbara Jane Bates,...
13. 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 ...
14. 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 Fighting Guardsman (1946). He died on November 5, 1969 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
16. 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...
17. 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...
18. Ian Fleming
Actor | The Sleeping Cardinal
Ian Fleming was born on September 10, 1888 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Ian MacFarlane. He was an actor, known for Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931), The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935) and Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Rembrandt (1932). He died on January 1, 1969 in London, England.
19. 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 ...
20. 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...
21. Colette Jackson
Actress | Teenage Doll
Colette Jackson was born on July 30, 1933 in North Carolina, USA as Lois Colette Jackson. She was an actress, known for Teenage Doll (1957), Peter Gunn (1958) and House of Women (1962). She was married to Solomon Sturges. She died on May 15, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Director | The Docks of New York
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 ...
23. 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...
24. Leo McCarey
Director | Going My Way
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 Going My Way (1944), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.
25. Sonja Henie
Actress | The Countess of Monte Cristo
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...
26. 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 ...
27. Richard Crane
Actor | Behind Green Lights
Dark haired, athletic American leading man of 40's 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,...
28. Raymond Walburn
Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo
Stalwart character Raymond Walburn is one of those actors whose name may have slipped through the memory cracks over time, but whose valued contribution to 30s and 40s comedy films certainly warrants a reminder. Somewhat reminiscent of the "Mr. Monopoly" character, Walburn was the archetypal ...
29. 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 Escape from Devil's Island (1935). He died on June 23, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
30. 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 ...
31. 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 ...
32. 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), Rittmeister Wronski (1954) and The Blue Swords (1949). She was married to Max Nosseck. She died on December 21, 1969 in West Berlin, West ...
33. Eric Portman
Actor | A Canterbury Tale
With his clipped delivery, aristocratic if somewhat ominous manner and suave, urbane demeanor, 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 and raised in...
34. Paul Birch
Actor | Queen of Outer Space
Paul Birch, born Paul Smith in Atmore, Alabama, died on Saturday, May 24, 1969, in St. George, Grenada. 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 ...
Actor | Lawrence of Arabia
Howard Marion-Crawford was born on January 17, 1914 in London, England as Howard Francis Marion-Crawford. He was an actor, known for Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) and The Face of Fu Manchu (1965). He was married to Germaine Tighe-Umbers, Mary Wimbush, Junia ...
36. 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 ...
Actor | Show Boat
Short, chubby-framed, twinkle-eyed, ever-huggable Charles Winninger was a veteran vaudevillian by the time he arrived in talking films. Born in a trunk to show biz folk in Athens, Wisconsin, on May 26, 1884, he was initially christened Karl Winninger. He left school while quite young (age 8) to ...
38. Ben Alexander
Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front
Starting out as a child actor in 1915, Ben Alexander's first roles were in the films of such directors as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith. He later graduated to juvenile leads and supporting parts in sound films, most notably in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). When his acting career ...
39. 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,...
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...
41. Brian Jones
Soundtrack | Mord und Totschlag
Jones was born on 28 February, 1942, to Lewis and Louise Jones. He had two sisters, Pamela and Barbara. Pamela died when Brian was still a child. He fathered his first of several children in high school and was subsequently made to leave. In the early 1960s, Brian formed the legendary group, The ...
42. 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.
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. ...
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 ...
46. Sara Berner
Actress | Rear Window
This accomplished voice actress with an ear for accents, first made her mark on Jack Benny's radio program in the dual role of wisecracking, gum-chewing telephone operator Mabel Flapsaddle and Jack's plumber girlfriend Gladys. Brunette Sara Berner's real name was Lillian Herdan and she was born in ...
48. 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 ...
49. Karl Freund
Cinematographer | Key Largo
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...
50. Donald Foster
Actor | Lord Love a Duck
Donald Foster was born on July 31, 1889 in Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA as Henri Donald Foster. He was an actor, known for Lord Love a Duck (1966), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Lights Out (1946). He was married to Alis Bushey Gray. He died on December 23, 1969 in Hollywood, California, USA.