Date of Death between 1988-01-01 and 1988-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. John Carradine

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. ...

2. 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 ...

3. Heather O'Rourke

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 ...

4. 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 3-year-old. Her first commercial was for Donald Duck Orange Juice and she went on to appear in anywhere ...

5. 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 ...

6. Divine

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 ...

7. 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 ...

8. Bob Steele

Actor | The Big Sleep

Started working with his father on stage when he was two. Later he toured in a comedy act for Fanchon and Marco. His first screen experience was at age 14, in a Pathe production of "Adventures of Bill and Bob".

9. Trinidad Silva

Actor | The Jerk

Trinidad Silva was born on January 30, 1950 in Mission, Texas, USA as Trinidad Silva Jr. He was an actor, known for The Jerk (1979), Colors (1988) and UHF (1989). He was married to Sofia Alvarez. He died on July 31, 1988 in Whittier, California, USA.

10. Roy Kinnear

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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 ...

11. Gabriel Dell

Actor | Earthquake

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 ...

12. 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 ...

13. Charles Smith

Actor | Henry and Dizzy

Charles Smith was born on September 13, 1920 in Flint, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for Henry and Dizzy (1942), Henry Aldrich, Editor (1942) and Henry Aldrich Swings It (1943). He died on December 26, 1988 in Burbank, California, USA.

14. John Houseman

Actor | The Paper Chase

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 ...

15. 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...

16. Trevor Howard

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 subsequently trained at ...

17. 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 ...

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. 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. ...

20. 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...

21. Richard S. Castellano

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 ...

22. Bonita Granville

Actress | These Three

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. 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 "...

24. 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 ...

25. 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 ...

26. Christopher Connelly

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), Airwolf (1984) and Strike Commando (1987). He was married to Cindy Carol. He died on December 7, 1988 in Burbank, California, USA.

27. 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,...

28. Roy Orbison

Soundtrack | Star Trek: First Contact

Roy Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, USA as Roy Kelton Orbison. He was married to Barbara Orbison and Claudette Frady. He died on December 6, 1988 in Madison, Tennessee, USA.

29. Victoria Shaw

Actress | The Crimson Kimono

Victoria Shaw was born on May 25, 1935 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Jeanette Elphick. She was an actress, known for The Crimson Kimono (1959), Westworld (1973) and The Eddy Duchin Story (1956). She was married to Elliott Alexander and Roger Smith. She died on August 17, 1988 in Sydney.

30. 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 ...

31. 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 ...

32. Vivi Janiss

Actress | Lux Video Theatre

Vivi Janiss was born on May 29, 1911 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as Vivian Audrey Jacobsen. She was an actress, known for Lux Video Theatre (1950), TV Reader's Digest (1955) and The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955). She was married to John Larch and Robert Cummings. She died on September 7, 1988 in ...

33. Alma Lloyd

Actress | If I Were King

Alma was one of the myriad of star-struck hopefuls who never quite made the grade in 1930s Hollywood. A strikingly attractive blue-eyed blonde, she began on stage as a six-year old child star in 'Berkeley Square' and 'East Lynne'. Her father was the prominent film director Frank Lloyd (of Mutiny on...

34. 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 ...

35. Charles Hawtrey

Actor | Carry On... Up the Khyber

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 ...

36. 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 ...

37. Raj Kapoor

Actor | Sangam

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 ...

38. 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...

39. Chuck Roberson

Assistant Director | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

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,...

40. Dennis Day

Actor | Buck Benny Rides Again

Always bright and beaming from ear to ear, Irish singer Dennis Day's name and career remains synonymous with that of Jack Benny's, working with the star comedian on radio and TV for the entire duration. It was Jack who gave him his break in 1939 and Jack who kept him employed as a singer and naive ...

41. Abraham Sofaer

Actor | The Naked Jungle

Born on October 1, 1896, in Rangoon, Burma, to Burmese-Jewish parents, distinguished veteran character actor Abraham 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 as a walk-on in William Shakespeare's "The ...

42. 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...

43. 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, ...

44. Henry Koster

Director | Harvey

Henry Koster was born Herman Kosterlitz in Berlin, Germany, on May 1, 1905. His maternal grandfather was a famous operatic tenor Julius Salomon (who died of tuberculosis in the 1880s). His father was a salesman of ladies unmentionables who left the family while Henry was at a young age, leaving him...

45. 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), The Loved One (1965) and Footsteps in the Night (1957). He was married to Janet Marilyn McAuliffe, Fay Devereux Keith (Lee Fayrene Zook) and Libby ...

46. John Sylvester White

Actor | Welcome Back, Kotter

John Sylvester White was born on October 31, 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for Welcome Back, Kotter (1975), Kojak (1973) and Search for Tomorrow (1951). He was married to Joan Alexander. He died on September 11, 1988 in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

47. 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 ...

48. Gregory H. 'Pappy' Boyington

Actor | Baa Baa Black Sheep

Gregory Boyington served as fighter pilot in the Unites States Marine Corps in World War II. He commanded VMF-214, The Black Sheep Squadron. He shot down 28 Japanese aircraft, for which he received the Navy Cross and the Medal of Honor.

He was shot down himself on January 3rd, 1944, over the St. ...

49. Anthony Holland

Actor | All That Jazz

Anthony Holland was born on March 3, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for All That Jazz (1979), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and The Lonely Lady (1983). He died on July 9, 1988 in New York City, New York.

50. Kim Milford

Actor | Laserblast

Richard Kim Milford was an actor-singer-songwriter-composer-dancer who first appeared in SummerStock Theatre in Chicago at age 10. At age 17 he was in the original staging of Hair (he played Woof and Claude). In 1970 he was awarded the Faith and Freedom Award by the Religious Heritage of America ...


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