Date of Death between 1974-01-01 and 1974-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Agnes Moorehead

Actress | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal ...

2. Jack Benny

Actor | The Jack Benny Program

The son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it 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 and joined...

3. Edward Platt

Actor | North by Northwest

Forever and fondly remembered as Don Adams' foil on the popular Mel Brooks/Buck Henry spy series Get Smart (1965), character actor Ed Platt (also billed as Edward C. Platt) had been around for two decades prior to copping that rare comedy role. Born in Staten Island, New York, he inherited an ...

4. Walter Brennan

Actor | To Have and Have Not

In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and ...

5. Richard Long

Actor | The Stranger

Entering films straight out of high school, Richard Long's good looks served him well and got him a contract at Universal Pictures. Making his debut as Claudette Colbert's son in Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Long played juvenile leads in many Universal productions (he was one of the sons in the "Ma ...

6. Frank Sutton

Actor | Gomer Pyle: USMC

As the brash and bruising tough guy with wide, flaring nostrils, compact features and boorish, bullying personality, you could have placed bets that anyone who had the guts to go nose-to-nose against crew cut-wearing badger Frank Sutton had better be one tough order. Nope. Far from it. Sutton's ...

7. Bud Abbott

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He himself worked in carnivals while still a child and dropped out of ...

8. Otto Kruger

Actor | High Noon

The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the ...

9. Johnny Mack Brown

Actor | Trail of Vengeance

An All-American halfback while attending the University of Alabama, Johnny Mack Brown chose the silver screen over the green grass of the football field when he graduated. Signed to a contract with MGM in 1926, Brown debuted in Slide, Kelly, Slide (1927) with William Haines in a film about - ...

10. Arline Judge

Actress | College Scandal

Educated in a Catholic convent, Arline Judge began her career as a dancer in the act of entertainer Jimmy Durante. She met director Wesley Ruggles on a train; he got her started in films and then married her. Her career was spent mostly in low-budget B pictures. However, she did gain a measure of ...

11. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

12. Larry Nunn

Actor | Born to Sing

Larry Nunn was born on August 23, 1925 in Marshfield, Oregon, USA as Richard Larry Nunn. He was an actor, known for Born to Sing (1942), Men of Boys Town (1941) and Strike Up the Band (1940). He died on October 20, 1974 in Venice, California, USA.

13. Donald Crisp

Actor | How Green Was My Valley

Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, ...

14. William Fawcett

Actor | Batman and Robin

"Doc T". as he was known, was a Ph.D., and Professor of Theatre at Michigan State University in the early 1940's, just before World War II. He often spoke about leaving academia and actually trying his hand at the craft he taught. After the war, he got his chance and never looked back.

15. Maxwell Reed

Actor | Blackout

After a short time working as a merchant seaman, followed by a few appearances on stage, Maxwell Reed moved to London and was signed by the Rank Organisation. He made many British films during the 40s and 50s, rotating between leads in B movies and supporting roles in major productions. He also ...

16. Joe Flynn

Actor | The Rescuers

Born on November 8, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio and after attending Northwestern University, Flynn began his entertainment career as a ventriloquist and as a radio performer. During World War II, he served in the Army's Special Services Branch (formerly the Morale Branch) entertaining the troops in ...

17. Chubby Johnson

Actor | Bend of the River

Chubby Johnson was born Charles Rutledge Johnson on August 13, 1903, in Terre Haute, Indiana. He made a living as a journalist and did not become a movie actor until he was in his 40s, making his debut in the Randolph Scott oater Abilene Town (1946) in support of Scott, Ann Dvorak and Edgar Buchanan...

18. Tex Ritter

Soundtrack | High Noon

Tex Ritter was born on January 12, 1905 in Murvaul, Texas, USA as Woodward Maurice Ritter. He was married to Dorothy Fay. He died on January 2, 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

19. Stafford Repp

Actor | Batman: The Movie

Stafford Repp was born on April 26, 1918 in San Francisco, California, USA as Stafford Alois Repp. He was an actor, known for Batman: The Movie (1966), Batman (1966) and Playhouse 90 (1956). He was married to Theresa Valenti Moriarty, Sharon D. Currier and Berta J. Slack. He died on November 5, ...

20. Betty Compson

Actress | Mr. & Mrs. Smith

A mining engineer's daughter, blond, blue-eyed Betty Compson began in show business playing violin in a Salt Lake City vaudeville establishment for $15 a week. Following that, she went on tour, accompanied by her mother, with an act called 'the Vagabond Violinist'. Aged eighteen, she appeared on ...

21. Ed Sullivan

Actor | Bye Bye Birdie

The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News. His column focused primarily on Broadway shows and juicy items about its stars. Hired in 1932 by ...

22. Henry Wadsworth

Actor | The Thin Man

Henry Wadsworth was born on June 18, 1897 in Maysville, Kentucky, USA. He was an actor, known for The Thin Man (1934), Applause (1929) and The Show-Off (1934). He died on December 5, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA.

23. Cass Elliot

Soundtrack | Repo Men

Cass Elliot was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in the Washington D.C. environs and in her senior year of high school, performed in a summer stock production of "The Boyfriend" at the Owings Mills Playhouse, where she played the French nurse who ...

24. Billy De Wolfe

Actor | Tea for Two

Most certainly egged on by the dandified antics of an Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and/or Franklin Pangborn, burlesque clown Billy DeWolfe in turn gave obvious inspiration to such effete cutups as Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly. Billy's life was one hundred percent show business from ...

25. Willard Sage

Actor | Star Trek

Willard Sage was born on August 13, 1922 in Canada as James Willard Sage. He was an actor, known for Star Trek (1966), The Butler's Night Off (1951) and Ben Casey (1961). He died on March 17, 1974 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.

26. Pamela Britton

Actress | D.O.A.

Pamela Britton was born Armilda Jane Owen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her mother was Ethel Owen, a prominent stage, radio and early television actress. Pam first used Gloria Jane Owen as her stage name, but not wanting to trade on her mother's reputation, chose Pamela from a British book, and then ...

27. Joseph Moran

The Proud and Profane

Joseph Moran was born on August 17, 1901 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Joseph Anthony Moran. He was an actor, known for The Proud and Profane (1956). He was married to Thelma Ritter. He died on August 30, 1974 in California, USA.

28. Bobby Buntrock

Actor | Hazel

Bobby Buntrock was born on August 4, 1952 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He was an actor, known for Hazel (1961), Burke's Law (1963) and Bus Stop (1961). He died on April 7, 1974 in Keystone, South Dakota, USA.

29. Anna Q. Nilsson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Anna Quirentia Nilsson, popularly known as "Anna Q", who was born on March 30th, 1888, in Ystad, Sweden, emigrated to the United States in 1905. The 5'7" Nilsson used her blonde beauty to become a famous model for well-known fashion photographers and fine artists. In 1907 she was chosen the most ...

30. Douglass Dumbrille

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Distinguished character villain Douglass (R.) Dumbrille, whose distinctive stern features, beady eyes, tidy mustache, prominent hook nose and suave, cultivated presence graced scores of talking films, was born on October 13, 1889, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was first employed as a bank clerk ...

31. Barbara Ruick

Actress | Carousel

A bundle of bright sunshine and unabashed energy, lovely musical actress Barbara Ruick delighted audiences for over two decades. The brown-eyed singer/actress who admittedly came up short in the dancing department nevertheless toyed with top musical stardom in mid-1950s films and almost nabbed it. ...

32. Gene Lyons

Actor | Star Trek

Gene Lyons was born on February 9, 1921 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Matthew Eugene Lyons. He was an actor, known for Star Trek (1966), Ironside (1967) and Profiles in Courage (1964). He died on July 8, 1974 in Hollywood, California, USA.

33. Martha Wentworth

Actress | One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Martha Wentworth was born on June 2, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as Verna Martha Wentworth. She was an actress, known for 101 Dalmatians (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963) and The Stranger (1946). She died on March 8, 1974 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.

34. Frank Wilcox

Actor | The Ten Commandments

American character actor in scores of films after substantial stage experience. He was born in DeSoto, Missouri, but raised in Atchison, Kansas. The son of a railroad worker and law clerk (some publicity material states the father was a physician, but family and census records show otherwise), he ...

35. Anatole Litvak

Director | The Snake Pit

The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 ...

36. Paul Richards

Actor | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Paul Richards was born on November 23, 1924 in Hollywood, California, USA as Paul Richard Levitt. He was an actor, known for Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and Monkey on My Back (1957). He was married to Monica Keating. He died on December 10, 1974 in Culver City, ...

37. Frank Webb

Actor | Hawaii Five-O

Frank Taylor Webb was born in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago immediately north of Evanston. He attended high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, and following graduation moved to California where he attended Los Angeles City College. During this time Frank began to pursue acting roles ...

38. Reed Hadley

Actor | I Take This Woman

Tall, dark, and handsome, Reed Hadley appeared most frequently as either a villain or as an officer of the law during a film career of 35 years. His rich, bass voice was also frequently heard as narrator for movies and documentaries. He may be best remembered for his work in television, where he ...

39. Judith Rawlins

Actress | 77 Sunset Strip

Judith Rawlins was born on June 24, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Judith Ellen Riedel. She was an actress, known for 77 Sunset Strip (1958), 20,000 Eyes (1961) and The Real McCoys (1957). She was married to Vic Damone and David Rawlins. She died on March 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, ...

40. Patricia Collinge

Actress | Shadow of a Doubt

Irish-born stage actress, in London from 1904, on Broadway from 1908. After appearing as a flower girl in 'The Queen of the Moulin Rouge', she became a celebrated theatrical star of many classic plays by George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, J.M. Barrie and others. From 1947 to 1948, she starred as ...

41. Konstantin Shayne

Actor | The Stranger

The brother of actress Tamara Shayne, he was to join the Moscow Arts Theatre, but World War I intervened, and then he fought with General Wrangell and the White Armies. Although he received few significant roles, he was outstanding in None But the Lonely Heart (1944) as Ike Weber and in The Stranger...

42. Rodolfo Acosta

Actor | Hondo

Mexican character actor Rodolfo Acosta (born Rodolfo Acosta Pérez) achieved his greatest success in the US, primarily as a villain in westerns. He was born in Chamizal, a section of land disputed by Mexico and Texas due to changes in the Rio Grande river which forms the border. At the time of ...

43. Danny Mummert

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Danny Mummert was born on February 20, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Dan Easton Mummert. He was an actor, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Blondie Goes to College (1942) and Blondie in the Dough (1947). He was married to Linda Louise Earl Moreno, Mae Louise Horwitz Helms, Helene L Harnett ...

44. Rufe Davis

Actor | Saddlemates

Rufe Davis was born on December 2, 1908 in Vinson, Oklahoma, USA as Rufus Davidson. He was an actor, known for Saddlemates (1941), Raiders of the Range (1942) and Westward Ho! (1942). He was married to Hermione Davidson. He died on December 13, 1974 in Torrance, California, USA.

45. Cliff Arquette

Actor | Hobby Lobby

Comedian, actor, pianist, composer and songwriter. He was a night club pianist, later joining the Henry Halstead orchestra in 1923. He created the character of 'Charlie Weaver' for The Jack Paar Show, and portrayed 'Mrs. Butterworth' in television commercials. He joined ASCAP in 1959, and his chief...

46. Clotilde Joano

Actress | Les bonnes femmes

Clotilde Joano was born on January 3, 1932 in Geneva, Switzerland as Clotilde Rabinovitch. She was an actress, known for Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), Le théâtre de la jeunesse (1960) and Le dernier matin de Percy Shelley (1965). She was married to François Martin. She died on March 23, ...

47. Mary Forbes

Actress | The Awful Truth

Mary Forbes was born on January 1, 1883 in Hornsey, Middlesex [now in Haringey, London], England as Ethel Louise Young. She was an actress, known for The Awful Truth (1937), You Can't Take It with You (1938) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). She was married to Wesley Wall, Charles Quatermaine ...

48. Bill Finger

Writer | Batman: The Killing Joke

Bill Finger was a comic book writer. His father Louis Finger was born in Austria and emigrated to the United States in 1907, while still a teenager. Louis worked as a tailor. Tessie, Bill's mother, was born and raised in New York City. Both parents were in their early 20s at the time of Finger's ...

49. Edward G. Robinson Jr.

Actor | Some Like It Hot

Edward G. Robinson Jr. was born on March 19, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Some Like It Hot (1959), Get Smart (1965) and Invasion, U.S.A. (1952). He was married to Nan Elizabeth Morris, Ruth Elaine Menold Conte and Frances Chisholm. He died on February 26, 1974 ...

50. Barbara Jo Allen

Actress | Sleeping Beauty

Comedienne/writer Barbara Jo Allen induced laughs nationwide after originating and literally becoming synonymous with the talky, shrill-voiced, man-hungry spinster "Vera Vague," a WWII creation in the late 1930s. She kept the name throughout much of her career and was often billed as such. The ...


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