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 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...
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...
Actor | Porridge
Richard Beckinsale was born on July 6, 1947 in Carlton, Nottingham, England as Richard Arthur Beckinsale. He was an actor, known for Doing Time (1979), Porridge (1974) and The Lovers! (1973). He was married to Judy Loe and Margaret Bradley. He died on March 19, 1979 in Sunningdale, Berkshire, ...
8. 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 ...
9. Merle Oberon
Actress | Wuthering Heights
Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. Merle began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts. She appeared in an uncredited role in Alf's Button (1930), a ...
10. 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 ...
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. 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 ...
13. 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 ...
14. 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. ...
15. Vivian Vance
Actress | I Love Lucy
She was born Vivian Roberta Jones, with a brother and four sisters. After the family moved from Cherryvale to Independence, Kansas, she studied drama under Anna Ingleman and William Inge. Their next move, to Albuquerque, New Mexico brought her to the Albuquerque Little Theatre, which provided her ...
16. John Carroll
Actor | Congo Maisie
John Carroll was born on July 17, 1906 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Julian LaFaye. He was an actor, known for Congo Maisie (1940), Flying Tigers (1942) and Zorro Rides Again (1937). He was married to Lucille Ryman Carroll and Steffi Duna. He died on April 24, 1979 in Hollywood, California, USA.
17. 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 ...
18. Arthur Hunnicutt
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 ...
19. Darla Hood
Actress | The Bat
Darla Hood was born in a small rural Oklahoma town on Sunday, November 8th, 1931, she grew up as dark-banged cute girl, Darla Hood began her association with the motley "Our Gang" group at the tender age of 2 1/2, as she stated on the The Jack Benny Program (1950). Her father, James Claude Hood, Jr...
20. George Brent
Actor | The Rains Came
The favorite leading man of star actress Bette Davis, was born George Brendan Nolan, near Dublin, and became an orphan at the tender age of eleven. For a while, he stayed with an aunt in New York, but returned to Ireland to study at the University of Dublin. After leaving university in 1919, George...
21. 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 ...
22. Celia Lovsky
Actress | Soylent Green
Daughter of Bretislav Lvovsky (1857-1910), a minor Czech opera composer, Celia 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 the Jewish Lorre when he ...
23. 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. ...
24. Jean Renoir
Writer | La grande illusion
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 ...
25. 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.
26. 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 ...
27. 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 ...
28. Dolores Costello
Actress | Old San Francisco
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...
29. Ann Dvorak
Actress | Scarface
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 ...
30. Zeppo Marx
Actor | Duck Soup
The youngest of The Marx Brothers, Zeppo was put into the role of the straight man after his brother Gummo left the act. Zeppo also acted as an understudy to all three of his brothers, and he has been said to have played Grouchos part better than Groucho himself. After playing small parts in the ...
Actress | Seven Keys to Baldpate
This fetching beauty started to attract notice on the Broadway stage before Warner Bros. signed her to a contract in the mid-30s. She played 'second leads' opposite many of the top stars on the lot, including Donald Cook in Ring Around the Moon (1936), Humphrey Bogart in Black Legion (1937) and ...
32. 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.
33. Kurt Kasznar
Actor | Lili
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 ...
34. Richard Ward
Actor | The Jerk
At the age of eleven, Richard Ward started in showbiz, accompanying his two sisters in a vaudeville song and dance act called 'Dot, Flo and Dick'. From a tap-dancing kid, Richard grew into a burly, raspy-voiced young adult, whose physique became a major asset in his first career as a prize-fighter....
35. Laurie Bird
Actress | Annie Hall
Laurie Bird was a cute and charming actress who appeared in only three pictures during her regrettably short-lived career. Bird was born on September 26, 1953 in Long Island, New York. Laurie was working as a model when she was chosen by director Monte Hellman, from nearly 500 women, to portray "...
36. Catherine Lacey
Actress | The Lady Vanishes
Catherine Lacey was born on May 6, 1904 in Paddington, London, England as Catherine Alice Ada Lacey. She was an actress, known for The Lady Vanishes (1938), Whisky Galore (1949) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). She was married to Thomas Anthony S. Wright, Roy Emerton and Geoffrey ...
37. Claire Carleton
Actress | Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Claire Carleton was born on September 28, 1913 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), Too Many Winners (1947) and The Mickey Rooney Show (1954). She was married to Fred E. Sherman. She died on December 11, 1979 in Northridge, California, USA.
38. Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer | The Longest Day
One of the kingpins of Hollywood's studio system, Zanuck was the offspring of the ill-fated marriage of the alcoholic night clerk in Wahoo, Nebraska's only hotel and the hotel owner's daughter. Both parents had abandoned him by the time he was 13. At 15, he joined the U.S. Army, and he fought in ...
39. 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), Znoy (1963) and Ty i ya (1971). She was married to Elem Klimov. She died on July 2, 1979.
40. Billy Bletcher
Actor | The Lost City
Billy Bletcher, standing 5' 2", was known as the little guy with the big voice, who, ironically, started his film career during the silent era.
Billy's show business career began in 1913 at the age of 19 in vaudeville, and within a year, he went to work for Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn where he ...
41. William Gargan
Actor | The Story of Temple Drake
William Gargan was born on July 17, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as William Dennis Gargan. He was an actor, known for The Story of Temple Drake (1933), I Wake Up Screaming (1941) and The Line-Up (1934). He was married to Mary Kenny. He died on February 17, 1979 in San Diego, California, USA.
42. Nino Rota
Composer | The Godfather
Born in Milan in 1911 into a family of musicians, Nino Rota was first a student of Orefice and Pizzetti. Then, still a child, he moved to Rome where he completed his studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in 1929 with Alfredo Casella. In the meantime, he had become an 'enfant prodige', famous...
43. Mary Millington
Actress | Come Play with Me
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 ...
44. 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 ...
46. Robert Karnes
Actor | Inside Detective
Robert Karnes was born on June 19, 1917 in Paducah, Kentucky, 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, USA.
Actor | Carry On... Up the Khyber
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 ...
48. 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), Casino (1995) and Broken Strings (1942). He was married to Irene Ena Kellman, Willabelle Burch West and Ophelia Belle Labertier. He died on October ...
Actress | The Egg and I
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...
50. 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...