Deaths: May 24

by bcampos862 | created - 24 May 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

1. Jerry Maren

Actor | At the Circus

He took dancing lessons when he was young and aspired to be an actor. In November 1938, standing just three foot four, he met up with the Oz-bound group of little people in New York and went by bus to California. There he was chosen to be the Munchkin who hands Dorothy a welcoming lollipop.

2. Amado Nervo

Writer | Ileana, la mujer

Amado Nervo was born on August 27, 1870 in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico as Juan Crisóstomo Ruiz de Nervo y Ordaz. He was a writer, known for Ileana, la mujer (1966), La cruz y la espada (1934) and Un padre a toda máquina (1964). He was married to Ana Cecilia Luisa Dailliez. He died on August 24, ...

3. Asta Nielsen

Actress | Hamlet

Danish leading woman of German films who became one of the greatest stars of the silent era. A native of the Copenhagen suburb of Vesterbro, Nielsen was the daughter of a coppersmith and a washerwoman, both of whom died before Nielsen was fifteen. Her stage debut came as a child in the chorus of ...

4. Barry Atwater

Actor | Star Trek

Barry Atwater was born on May 16, 1918 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Garrett Atwater. He is known for his work on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), One Step Beyond (1959) and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964). He died on May 24, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

5. Bert Kish

Editor | Cypher

Son of documentary filmmaker Albert Kish.

6. Bobby Barber

Actor | Adventures of Superman

Bobby Barber was born on December 18, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Adventures of Superman (1952), The Abbott and Costello Show (1952) and Time to Expire (1929). He was married to Maxine. He died on May 24, 1976 in Seal Beach, California, USA.

7. Buck Kartalian

Actor | Planet of the Apes

Buck Kartalian was born on August 13, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Vahe Kartalian. He was an actor, known for Planet of the Apes (1968), The Rock (1996) and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). He was married to Margaret Poloshjian and Mary E. Bannister. He died on May 24, 2016 in ...

8. Burt Kwouk

Actor | You Only Live Twice

Burt Kwouk was a British actor, he was best known for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films, and for play Mr Ling in the third James Bond film Goldfinger.

Kwouk was born in Warrington, but was brought up in Shanghai. He made his film debut in the 1957 film Windom's Way. In Goldfinger (1964) he ...

9. Claudia Hellmann

Actress | Tosca

Claudia Hellmann was born on November 25, 1923 in Berlin, Germany. She was an actress, known for Tosca (1961) and Ariadne auf Naxos (1965). She died on May 24, 2017 in Bad Feilnbach, Bavaria, Germany.

10. Denis Johnson

Writer | Hit Me

Denis Johnson, the acclaimed novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright, was born in Munich in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949 and raised in Tokyo, Manila, and Washington, D.C., the son of a U.S. State Department employee. A chronicler of substance abusers living at the margins of ...

11. Dick Martin

Producer | Laugh-In

Dick Martin, the comedian and television director who achieved TV immortality as the co-host of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) as the comic foil to straight man Dan Rowan, was born on January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan. The young Martin was a writer for the popular radio sit-com "...

12. Duke Ellington

Composer | Anatomy of a Murder

Composer ("It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", "Solitude", "In a Mellotone", "Satin Doll"), pianist and conductor, holder of an honorary music degree from Wilberforce University and an LHD from Milton College, Duke Ellington led his own orchestra ...

13. Ed Shaughnessy

Music_department | Heartbeeps

Ed Shaughnessy was born on January 29, 1929 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Edwin Thomas Shaughnessy. He is known for his work on Heartbeeps (1981), Satan in High Heels (1962) and Savages (1972). He was married to Ilene Woods. He died on May 24, 2013 in Calabasas, California, USA.

14. Edward Mulhare

Actor | Knight Rider

Suave Irish-born actor with resonant voice and a commanding presence, who made his theatrical debut in 'The First of Mrs.Fraser' (1942) at the age of 19 at the Cork Opera House. Nine years later, after spells with the Gate Theatre in Dublin and the Liverpool Repertory Company, Mulhare appeared in a ...

16. Enrique Álvarez Félix

Actor | Corazón salvaje

Enrique Álvarez Félix was born on April 6, 1934 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He was an actor, known for Wild Heart (1966), Marisol (1996) and El retrato de Dorian Gray (1969). He died on May 24, 1996 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.

17. Enrique Muiño

Actor | Su mejor alumno

Enrique Muiño was born on July 5, 1881 in Galicia, Spain. He is known for his work on Su mejor alumno (1944), Such Is Life (1939) and El abuelo (1954). He died on May 24, 1956 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

18. Eugenia Paul

Actress | Zorro

American actress and dancer, born one of four siblings in Dearborn, Michigan, and christened after Tchaikovsky's opera 'Eugene Onegin'. Her ancestry was Russian and her surname at birth (depending on which source you read) has been variously given as Popoff, Popov, Popova or Popoffon. In the mid-...

19. Gavin Muir

Actor | Night Tide

Hailing from Chicago (his birth has also been noted as late as 1907 which to the purpose would be too late), Gavin Muir had that sort of lean and hungry John Carradine face and slight build that begged for character villain parts. Indeed he was bit by the acting bug and started in regional theater ...

20. Guy Kibbee

Actor | Captain January

Beginning his show business career at age 13 as an entertainer on Mississippi riverboats, Guy Kibbee graduated to the legitimate stage and spent many years in the theater. In the 1930s he was signed by Warner Brothers, and became part of what was known as "the Warner Brothers Stock Company", a ...

21. Hermione Gingold

Actress | Gigi

One of stage, screen, radio and TV's most delightful, inimitable eccentrics, Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold was born the daughter of an upscale Austrian financier and English homemaker. She made her stage debut in 1908, thus beginning a long, commanding presence in London playing everything from ...

22. Jack Warner

Actor | Scrooge

Jack Warner started acting with the Sutton Amateur Dramatics Club after the end of World War I. From 1935, performed in cabaret at the London West End as half of the double act of Warner & Darnell. In addition to starring as Dixon of Dock Green (1955), which ran for over 20 years, he achieved ...

23. Jared Martin

Actor | War of the Worlds

Born in Manhattan, New York to Charles E. Martin, prolific cover artist and cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, and Florence Taylor, an artist and homemaker; Jared began acting at the age of thirteen when his parents gave him the choice of learning to play the piano or acting in the local ...

24. Joan Sanderson

Actress | The Great Muppet Caper

Joan Sanderson was a well known British television and stage actress. During several seasons at Stratford Upon Avon, she played the roles of Goneril in King Lear, Constance in King John, and Queen Margaret in Richard III. In a single season at the Old Vic she appeared in The Mousetrap, and in 1981 ...

25. John Abbott

Actor | The Jungle Book

John Abbott was born on June 5, 1905 in London, England as John Albert Chamberlain Kefford. He was an actor, known for The Jungle Book (1967), Gigi (1958) and London Blackout Murders (1943). He died on May 24, 1996 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. Lee Rich

Producer | Passenger 57

Lee Rich was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a banker and his wife. He graduated from the University of Athens with a marketing degree. During World War II Mr. Rich served in the United States Navy reaching the rank of Lieutenant.

Mr. Rich began his career in advertising as an office boy at Lord & ...

27. Miguel Caló

Composer | La vuelta de Rocha

Miguel Caló was born on October 28, 1907. He was a composer and actor, known for La vuelta de Rocha (1937), El astro del tango (1940) and Affluent People (1939). He died on May 24, 1972.

28. Mitzi Green

Actress | The Marriage Playground

Mitzi Green, also known as Mitze Green, was born Elizabeth Keno in The Bronx on October 22, 1920. At age 3, she began appearing in her parents' vaudeville act. In the early 1930s, she starred in several popular films with Paramount Pictures, including Tom Sawyer (1930) and Huckleberry Finn (1931). ...

29. Myriam de Urquijo

Actress | Mujeres perdidas

Myriam de Urquijo was an actress, known for Mujeres perdidas (1964), El teatro de Myriam de Urquijo (1973) and The Games Men Play (1963). She died on May 24, 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

30. 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 ...

31. Paul Gray

Soundtrack | Resident Evil

Paul Gray was born on April 8, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Paul Dedrick Gray. He was married to Brenna. He died on May 24, 2010 in Urbandale, Iowa, USA.

32. Pepita Serrador

Actress | El camino de las llamas

Pepita Serrador was born on May 12, 1913 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Josefina Serrador Marí. She was an actress, known for The Road of the Llamas (1944), Women Who Work (1938) and A Woman from the Street (1939). She was married to Narciso Ibáñez Menta. She died on May 24, 1964 in Madrid, Spain.

33. Rachel Kempson

Actress | Out of Africa

Rachel Kempson, the matriarch of one of theatre and film's most famous acting dynasties, took rather a back seat to the attention placed on several of the others.

Rachel Kempson was born on 28 May, 1910, in Dartmouth, Devon, England, to Beatrice Hamilton (Ashwell) and Eric William Edward Kempson, a ...

34. Raúl Padilla

Actor | El Pantera

Raul Padilla, better known as Raul Padilla "Choforo" is a first class Mexican actor and son of Mexican comedian Raul "Chato" Padilla and the actress supreme Lili Inclan. Has a sister named Aurelia "Maye" Padilla who is a writer, teacher, director and head of production for stage plays and ...

35. Renee Godfrey

Actress | Inherit the Wind

Sultry-eyed, dark-haired and exquisite-looking, New York City native Renee Godfrey certainly had the earnestness and requisite beauty to catapult herself to the top of the film industry but, in the end, fell short of her initial potential. She later put her career on the back burner to raise a ...

36. Richard Garland

Actor | Attack of the Crab Monsters

Richard Garland was born on July 7, 1927 in Mineral Wells, Texas, USA as Charles Richard Garland Jr. He was an actor, known for Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), Panic in Year Zero (1962) and Death Valley Days (1952). He was married to Patricia Elaine Lee and Beverly Garland. He died on May 24, ...

37. Robert Knox

Actor | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Son of Colin and Sally Knox. Brother of Jamie Knox.

Stabbed to death in bar brawl in London on 24 May 2008, while protecting his 16-year-old brother, four days after his last scene on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was shot. His attacker was convicted of his murder on 4 March 2009.

38. Rona Newton-John

Actress | UFO

Rona Newton-John is an Australian actress who was born in Cambridge, England. She was a model in her early years and had many small acting roles - notably on The Benny Hill Show (1969), the British television series UFO (1970) and the film "The Same Skin" (UK) (also known as Brotherly Love (1970))....

39. Del 'Sonny' West

Actor | Stay Away, Joe

Del 'Sonny' West was born on July 5, 1937 in Tennessee, USA. He is known for his work on Stay Away, Joe (1968), Bigfoot (1970) and E.S.P. (1983). He was married to Judy Jordan. He died on May 24, 2017 in Tennessee.

40. Susie Garrett

Actress | Punky Brewster

Susie Garrett was born on December 29, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She was an actress, known for Punky Brewster (1984), Wicked Stepmother (1989) and The Jeffersons (1975). She died on May 24, 2002 in Southfield, Michigan.

42. Tom Gilbey

Self | Going to Work

Tom Gilbey was born on May 19, 1938 in London, England. He was married to Sally Riley. He died on May 24, 2017 in the UK.

43. John Bain

Writer | TotalBiscuit and Jesse Cox Play Terraria

John Bain was born on July 8, 1984 in Spennymoor, Durham, England as John Peter Bain. He was a writer and director, known for TotalBiscuit and Jesse Cox Play Terraria (2011), Pacific Rim: Training Day (2013) and Broken Quest (2013). He was married to Genna Bain. He died on May 24, 2018 in Charlotte...


44. Yakima Canutt

Assistant_director | Ben-Hur

Starting out as a rodeo cowboy and then becoming a stuntman in silent westerns, Yakima Canutt later doubled for such stars as Clark Gable and John Wayne, among others, in such dangerous activities as jumping off the top of a cliff on horseback, leaping from a stagecoach onto its runaway team, being...

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