In Memorian 2015 - TV & movie personalities who passed away this year.

by Geroellheimer | created - 31 Dec 2014 | updated - 27 Jan 2016 | Public

1. Ninón Sevilla

Actress | Aventurera

Ninon Sevilla was a Mexican showgirl born in Cuba and raised by an aunt in the populous Centro Habana sector, Ninón Sevilla was graced with feline features, wonderful legs and exceptional vitality. She successfully danced her way through Havana night clubs and cabarets, and arrived in Mexico in ...

2. Donna Douglas

Actress | The Beverly Hillbillies

An honest-to-goodness Southern Belle, similar to her most famous character role, "Elly May Clampett" on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Donna Douglas grew up in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area, loving "critters". She got married soon after high school, had a son, divorced and won a couple of beauty...

3. René Vautier

Director | Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurès

René Vautier was born on January 15, 1928 in Camaret-sur-Mer, Finistère, France as René André Georges Vautier. He was a director and writer, known for To Be Twenty in the Aures (1972), Anneaux d'or (1956) and The Madwoman of Toujane (1974). He was married to Soazig Chappedelaine. He died on January...

4. Khan Bonfils

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Khan Bonfils was born in 1972 in the UK. He was an actor, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) and Batman Begins (2005). He died on January 7, 2015 in London, England.

5. Rod Taylor

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Suave and handsome Australian actor who came to Hollywood in the 1950s, and built himself up from a supporting actor into taking the lead in several well-remembered movies. Arguably his most fondly remembered role was that as George (Herbert George Wells), the inventor, in George Pal's spectacular ...

6. Georg Einerdinger

Actor | Lindenstraße

Georg Einerdinger was born on April 26, 1941 in Übersee, Bavaria, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for Lindenstraße (1985), Der Geisterwald oder Des Raben Rache (1988) and Tatort (1970). He died on January 5, 2015 in Anger, Bavaria.

7. Lance Percival

Actor | Yellow Submarine

Lance Percival was born on July 26, 1933 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England as John Lancelot Blades Percival. He was an actor and writer, known for Yellow Submarine (1968), Carry On Cruising (1962) and Darling Lili (1970). He died on January 6, 2015 in London, England.

8. Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

Producer | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. was born on September 7, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Samuel John Goldwyn Jr. He was a producer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) and The Young Lovers (1964). He was married to Patricia Strawn, ...

9. Francesco Rosi

Writer | Cadaveri eccellenti

Francesco Rosi was born on November 15, 1922 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Illustrious Corpses (1976), Salvatore Giuliano (1962) and La sfida (1958). He was married to Giancarla Mandelli. He died on January 10, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

10. Taylor Negron

Actor | Alienated

Taylor Negron was born Brad Stephen Negron in Glendale, California, to Lucy (Rosario) and Conrad Negron, who was mayor of Indian Wells, CA. His parents were both of Puerto Rican descent. Negron attended UCLA, studied acting with Lee Strasberg, and studied comedy at a private seminar taught by ...

11. Anita Ekberg

Actress | La dolce vita

Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born on September 29, 1931 in Malmo, Sweden. Growing up with seven brothers and sisters was not an adventure, but Anita's adventure began when she was elected Miss Sweden in 1950. She did not win the Miss Universe contest but she got a modeling contract in the ...

12. Ingeborg Wellmann

Actress | Meine 99 Bräute

Ingeborg Wellmann was born on May 5, 1924 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. She was an actress, known for Meine 99 Bräute (1958), Heldinnen (1960) and Tatort (1970). She was married to Heinz Giese. She died on January 6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

13. Brian Clemens

Writer | The Avengers

Brian Clemens was born on July 30, 1931 in Croydon, Surrey, England as Brian Horace Clemens. He was a writer and producer, known for The Avengers (1961), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and See No Evil (1971). He was married to Janet Elizabeth Clemens and Brenda Prior. He died on January 10, ...

14. Wes Kenney

Producer | Days of Our Lives

Harry Wesley Kenney Jr. was born in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Carnegie Tech (Mellon) and was hired in the 1950s by Dumont TV Network in New York as a director in an era where everything was live and shot with multiple cameras. He directed all genres, including dramas, kids shows, game shows, ...

15. Fiona Cumming

Director | The Omega Factor

Fiona Cumming began her career as an actress. She started out at the Royal Scottish Academy and went on to a variety of theatre and television work, including a spell at Border Television in the dual role of announcer and features interviewer. Then, deciding that she would prefer production work, ...

16. Roger Kitter

Actor | Suzie Gold

Roger Kitter was born on October 20, 1949 in Southsea, Hampshire, England as Roger Daniel Kitter. He was an actor, known for Suzie Gold (2004), Sinderella Live (1995) and 'Allo 'Allo (1982). He was married to Karan David. He died on January 2, 2015 in London, England.

17. Bill Hart

Stunts | Escape from New York

Bill Hart was born on July 28, 1934 in Red Oak, Texas, USA as Billy Gene Welch. He is known for his work on Escape from New York (1981), Raw Deal (1986) and The Jackal (1997). He was married to Rina Solowitz and Charlene Roberson. He died on January 2, 2015 in Northridge, California, USA.

18. Little Jimmy Dickens

Soundtrack | More American Graffiti

Little Jimmy Dickens was born on December 19, 1920 in Bolt, West Virginia, USA as James Cecil Dickens. He was married to Mona Evans, Anne Ernestine Jones and Dorothy (Connie) Chapman. He died on January 2, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

20. Upendra Trivedi

Actor | Zer To Pidhan Jani Jani

Upendra Trivedi was born on July 14, 1936 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India as Upendra Jethalal Trivedi. He was an actor and director, known for Zer To Pidhan Jani Jani (1972), Khel Khilari Ka (1977) and Jesal Toral (1971). He died on January 4, 2015 in Mumbai, India.

21. Patsy Garrett

Actress | Benji

Patsy Garrett was born on May 4, 1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA as Virginia Garrett. She was an actress, known for Benji (1974), Nanny and the Professor (1970) and The Parallax View (1974). She was married to Alexander Kokinacis. She died on January 8, 2015 in Indio, California, USA.

22. Trevor Davies

Actor | Die Drehscheibe

Trevor Davies was born on November 27, 1944 in Enford, Wiltshire, England as Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies. He was an actor, known for Die Drehscheibe (1964), Rendezvous am Rhein (1964) and Ready, Steady, Go! (1963). He was married to Yvonne Skinner. He died on January 13, 2015 in Wiltshire.

23. Georg Lohmeier

Writer | ... und die Tuba bläst der Huber

Georg Lohmeier was born on July 9, 1926 in Loh, Wasentegernbach, Bavaria, Germany. He was a writer and director, known for ... und die Tuba bläst der Huber (1981), Königlich Bayerisches Amtsgericht (1969) and Blut am Boden (1962). He was married to Eleonore. He died on January 20, 2015 in...

24. Darren Shahlavi

Actor | I Spy

Darren Shahlavi was seven years old when he started training in martial arts in an old drama theatre in Manchester, England. Inspired by Bruce Lees films and other action movies such as Star Wars, he dreamed of being a movie actor and would show up to his Judo class at the drama hall early to watch...

25. Guy Gallo

Writer | American Playhouse

Guy Gallo was born on February 16, 1955 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He was a writer, known for American Playhouse (1981), Tales from the Darkside (1983) and Under the Volcano (1984). He was married to Jeannine Dominy and Terri Wagener. He died on January 13, 2015 in New York City, New York, USA.

26. Pauline Yates

Actress | Harriet's Back in Town

Born in St. Helens, Merseyside, Pauline Yates knew she wanted to be an actress from an early age. After leaving school, she went straight into Oldham Rep., making her stage debut at 17 as Grace Poole in Jane Eyre. In the late 1960s she landed her first TV role and became a familiar face on ...

27. Alan Marcus

Stunts | Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Alan Marcus is known for his work on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Rambo III (1988) and Jason Goes to Hell (1993). He died on January 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

28. Barrie Ingham

Actor | The Great Mouse Detective

Barrie Ingham was born on February 10, 1932 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England as Barrie Stanton Ingham. He was an actor, known for The Great Mouse Detective (1986), The Day of the Jackal (1973) and A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967). He was married to Tarne Phillips. He died on January 23, 2015 in Palm...

29. Edgar Froese

Soundtrack | The Squid and the Whale

The pioneering German collective Tangerine Dream has been delivering their distinctive style of ambient music for nearly three decades, laying down a foundation of sound textures and sonic imagery that has influenced many of today's electronic musicians. Founded in 1967 by fine art aficionado Edgar...

30. Demis Roussos

Soundtrack | Wild Child

Demis Roussos was born on June 15, 1946 in Alexandria, Egypt as Artemios Ventouris Roussos. He was married to Marie, Dominique and Monique. He died on January 25, 2015 in Athens, Greece.

31. Colleen McCullough

Writer | Tim

Colleen McCullough was born on June 1, 1937 in Wellington, New South Wales, Australia as Colleen Margaretta McCullough. She was a writer and actress, known for Tim (1979), An Indecent Obsession (1985) and The Thorn Birds (1983). She was married to Cedric Newton (Ric) Ion-Robinson. She died on ...

32. Geraldine McEwan

Actress | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Geraldine McEwan was born in Old Windsor, England and made her theatre debut at the age of 14 at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. By the age of 18 she was starring in London's West End in several long-running popular productions. During the 1950s she acted with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in ...

33. Ben Wettervogel

Actor | Tatort

Ben Wettervogel was born on December 18, 1961 in Klein-Reken, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Benedikt Vogel. He was an actor, known for Tatort (1970), Morgenmagazin (1992) and III nach neun (1974). He died on February 2, 2015 in Berlin-Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany.

34. Udo Lattek

Self | Libero

Udo Lattek was born on January 16, 1935 in Bosemb, East Prussia, Germany. He was married to Hildegard. He died on January 31, 2015 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

35. Lizabeth Scott

Actress | Too Late for Tears

Lizabeth Scott was born Emma Matzo on September 29, 1922 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of six children of Mary (Pennock) and John Matzo, who were Slovak immigrants. Scott attended Marywood Seminary and the Alvienne School of the Theatre in New York City, where she adopted the stage name of ...

36. Roger Hanin

Actor | À bout de souffle

Roger Hanin was born on October 20, 1925 in Algiers, Alger, France as Roger Jacob Lévy. He was an actor and writer, known for Breathless (1960), Navarro (1989) and Hell Train (1985). He was married to Christine Gouze-Rénal and Lisette Barucq. He died on February 11, 2015 in Paris, France.

37. Steve Strange

Soundtrack | Laurence Anyways

Steve Strange was born on May 28, 1959 in Porthcawl, South Wales, UK as Steven John Harrington. He was an actor, known for Laurence Anyways (2012), Urban Cowboy (1980) and Welcome to the 80's (2009). He died on February 12, 2015 in Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital, Sharm el-Sheikh, South ...

38. Gary Owens

Actor | Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron

Gary Owens was born on May 10, 1934 in Mitchell, South Dakota, USA as Gary Bernard Altman. He is known for his work on Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993), Spy Hard (1996) and The Green Hornet (1966). He was married to Arleta Lee Markell. He died on February 12, 2015 in Encino, Los Angeles, ...

39. Louis Jourdan

Actor | Octopussy

Louis Jourdan was born Louis Robert Gendre in Marseille, France, to Yvonne (née Jourdan) and Henry Gendre, a hotel owner. He was educated in France, Britain, and Turkey. He trained as an actor with René Simon at the École Dramatique. He debuted on screen in 1939, going on to play cultivated, ...

40. Lorena Rojas

Actress | Corazones rotos

Lorena Rojas was born on February 10, 1971 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Seydi Lorena Rojas González. She was an actress, known for Broken Hearts (2001), El Cuerpo del Deseo (2005) and Demente Criminal (2015). She was married to Patrick Shaas. She died on February 16, 2015 in Miami, ...

41. Pamela Cundell

Actress | Big Deal

Pamela Cundell was born on January 15, 1920 in Croydon, Surrey, England as Pamela Isabel Cundell. She was an actress, known for TwentyFourSeven (1997), Big Deal (1984) and Dad's Army (1968). She was married to Bill Fraser, Leslie Newport-Gwilt and Robert O'Connor. She died on February 14, 2015 in ...

42. Lesley Gore

Soundtrack | Suicide Squad

Lesley Gore was born Lesley Sue Goldstein in Brooklyn, New York City, to Ronny and Leo Goldstein, a manufacturer of children's clothes and swimwear. Her family was Jewish. She grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey. Gore hit the music scene at 17 years of age in 1963 with the teen anthem "It's My Party". ...

43. June Fairchild

Actress | Up in Smoke

June Fairchild was born on September 3, 1946 in Manhattan Beach, California, USA as June Edna Wilson. She was an actress, known for Up in Smoke (1978), Head (1968) and The Student Body (1976). She was married to Tommy Lee Mull. She died on February 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

44. Harris Wittels

Producer | Parks and Recreation

Harris Wittels was born on April 20, 1984 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Harris Lee Wittels. He was a producer and writer, known for Parks and Recreation (2009), Master of None (2015) and Eastbound & Down (2009). He died on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

45. Gérard Calvi

Composer | La tulipe noire

Gérard Calvi was born on July 26, 1922 in Paris, France as Grégoire Élie Krettly. He was a composer, known for The Black Tulip (1964), Shut Up, Gulli (1974) and Peek-a-boo (1954). He was married to Françoise Couleau and Yvette Dolvia. He died on February 20, 2015 in Paris.

46. Konrad Toenz

Self | Aktenzeichen XY... ungelöst!

Konrad Toenz was born on May 23, 1939 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was married to Elsbeth. He died on February 22, 2015 in Zürich, Switzerland.

47. Paul Napier

Actor | Diplomatic Immunity

Paul Napier was born on March 10, 1930 in Rochester, New York, USA as Paul Vincent Napier. He was an actor and producer, known for Diplomatic Immunity (1991), Knots Landing (1979) and Getting Even (1986). He was married to Marie Louise Bonadi. He died on February 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California...

48. Terry Gill

Actor | Crocodile Dundee

Terry Gill was born on October 25, 1939 in England. He was an actor, known for Crocodile Dundee (1986), The Flying Doctors (1985) and Blue Heelers (1994). He was married to Carole-Ann Aylett. He died on February 25, 2015 in Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

49. Maurice Hurley

Producer | Star Trek: The Next Generation

Maurice Hurley was born on August 16, 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Maurice Edward Hurley. He was a producer and writer, known for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Baywatch Nights (1995) and The Equalizer (1985). He was married to Geraldine Garret and Adrienne St.John Geer. He died on...

50. Leonard Nimoy

Actor | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit ...

51. Richard Bakalyan

Actor | Chinatown

Richard Bakalyan was born on January 29, 1931 in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Chinatown (1974), The Fox and the Hound (1981) and Von Ryan's Express (1965). He was married to Elizabeth Lena (Betty Lee) Baumann. He died on February 27, 2015 in Elmira, New York,...

52. Daniel von Bargen

Actor | RoboCop 3

A character actor who seems to pop up everywhere as the stereotypical cop, military officer and/or tough guy, Von Bargen can turn in performances of stunning complexity when given the chance.

Daniel von Bargen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 5, 1950, to Juanita (Bustle) and Donald L. von ...

53. Harve Bennett

Producer | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Harve Bennett was born on August 17, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Harve Bennett Fischman. He was a producer and writer, known for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). He was married to Jani and Carole Patricia ...

54. Lynn Borden

Actress | Frogs

Most famous for her role in the 1972 low-budget shocker Frogs (1972), this talented actress has rarely received any large roles. She was originally going to play the lead in 1964's Roustabout (1964). She had a memorable role in the action film Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974), though small, and has ...

55. Sam Simon

Producer | The Simpsons

Sam Simon was born on June 6, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Samuel Michael Simon. He was a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) and Shanghai Noon (2000). He was married to Jami Ferrell and Jennifer Tilly. He died on March 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

56. Karina Kraushaar

Actress | Hallo Robbie!

Karina Kraushaar was born on April 9, 1971 in Eilenburg, German Democratic Republic. She was an actress, known for Hallo Robbie! (2001), Our Charly (1995) and The Air Rescue Team (1997). She died on March 5, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.

57. Windell Middlebrooks

Actor | Body of Proof

Windell Middlebrooks was born on January 8, 1979 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Windell Dwain Middlebrooks Jr. He was an actor and writer, known for Body of Proof (2011), Scrubs (2001) and The Suite Life on Deck (2008). He died on March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

58. Terry Pratchett

Writer | Mort

Terry Pratchett was born on April 28, 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England as Terence David John Pratchett. He was a writer and actor, known for Mort, Good Omens (2019) and The Wee Free Men. He was married to Lyn Marian Purves. He died on March 12, 2015 in Broadchalke, Salisbury, ...

59. Buddy Elias

Actor | Mit Leib und Seele

Buddy Elias was born 1925 in Frankfurt am Main. He took acting lessons at the conservatory in Basel and completed his training with Ernst Ginsberg in Zürich. At the beginning of his career he played at various stages in Switzerland. He was the star comedian in 'Holiday on Ice' from 1947 until 1961....

60. Walter Grauman

Director | Blue Light

Walter Grauman was born on March 17, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Walter Eliott Grauman. He was a director and producer, known for Blue Light (1966), The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970) and The New Breed (1961). He was married to Margaret (Peggy) Buckley Parker, Joan Taylor and Suzanne Carla ...

61. Alberta Watson

Actress | Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Alberta Watson, well known to television audiences for her Gemini award-nominated role as Madeline on La Femme Nikita (1997), enjoys a long and diverse career in television and film.

A native of Toronto, Watson began performing with a local theater group as a teenager. She received a Genie ...

62. Gian Vittorio Baldi

Director | Fuoco!

Gian Vittorio Baldi was born on October 30, 1930 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Fire! (1968), Night of the Flowers (1972) and La casa delle vedove (1960). He was married to Macha Méril. He died on March 23, 2015 in Faenza, Emilia-Romagna.

63. John Litvack

Producer | Smallville

John Litvack was born in 1946 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA as John Alan Litvack. He was a producer and writer, known for Smallville (2001), Hill Street Blues (1981) and Fringe (2008). He was married to Murphy Litvack. He died on March 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

64. Karl Moik

Soundtrack | Superstau

Karl Moik was born on June 19, 1938 in Linz, Austria. He was an actor and writer, known for Superstau (1991), Tatort (1970) and Geschichten aus den Bergen (2010). He was married to Edith. He died on March 26, 2015 in Salzburg, Austria.

65. Ivo Garrani

Actor | Waterloo

Ivo Garrani was born on February 6, 1924 in Introdacqua, Abruzzo, Italy. He is known for his work on Waterloo (1970), The Slave (1962) and Roland the Mighty (1956). He was married to Lidia Gheducci. He died on March 25, 2015 in Rome, Italy.

66. Gene Saks

Actor | Deconstructing Harry

Gene Saks was born on November 8, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Jean Michael Saks. He was an actor and director, known for Deconstructing Harry (1997), The Odd Couple (1968) and I.Q. (1994). He was married to Keren Victoria Ettlinger and Bea Arthur. He died on March 28, 2015 in East ...

67. Gerd Fitz

Actor | Löwengrube

Gerd Fitz was born on March 23, 1930 in Pähl, Bavaria, Germany as Friedrich Sebastian Fitz. He was an actor, known for Löwengrube (1989), Königlich Bayerisches Amtsgericht (1969) and Der Bergdoktor (1992). He was married to Christel Schmitt. He died on March 24, 2015 in Heigenkam, Warngau...

68. Miroslav Ondrícek

Cinematographer | Amadeus

Miroslav Ondrícek was born on November 4, 1934 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is known for his work on Amadeus (1984), Hair (1979) and A League of Their Own (1992). He was married to Eva. He died on March 28, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

69. Rik Battaglia

Actor | Orlando e i Paladini di Francia

Rik Battaglia was born on February 18, 1927 in Corbola, Veneto, Italy as Caterino Bertaglia. He was an actor, known for Roland the Mighty (1956), Esther and the King (1960) and Caesar the Conqueror (1962). He died on March 27, 2015 in Corbola.

70. Helmut Dietl

Writer | Schtonk

Helmut Dietl was born on June 22, 1944 in Bad Wiessee, Bavaria, Germany. He was a writer and director, known for Schtonk (1992), Rossini (1997) and Monaco Franze - Der ewige Stenz (1983). He was married to Tamara Dietl, Barbara Valentin and Karin Dietl-Wichmann. He died on March 30, 2015 in Munich,...

71. Robert Z'Dar

Actor | Tango & Cash

Robert Z'Dar was born Robert James Zdarsky on June 3, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He caught the acting bug while attending Proviso West High School in Hillside. He received a BFA from Arizona State University. Prior to acting Z'Dar was a singer/keyboardist/guitar player for the Chicago-based rock ...

72. Gregory Walcott

Actor | Plan 9 from Outer Space

Gregory Walcott grew up in North Carolina and went into the Army just after the end of World War II. After leaving the service, he grew restless on the East Coast and, with $100 in his pocket, thumbed his way west to pursue an acting career. An agent who spotted him in a little theater play helped ...

73. Jenna McMahon

Writer | The Carol Burnett Show

Jenna McMahon was born on May 24, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Mary Virginia Skinner. She was a writer and producer, known for The Carol Burnett Show (1967), Soap (1977) and The Twilight Zone (1959). She was married to James Holden. She died on March 2, 2015 in Monterey, California, USA.

74. Emory Bass

Actor | 1776

Emory Bass was born on August 12, 1925 in Valdosta, Georgia, USA as Emory P. Bass. He was an actor, known for 1776 (1972), Dark Shadows (1966) and Kojak (1973). He died on March 4, 2015 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

76. Ralph Taeger

Actor | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The name may not be familiar but for one brief shining moment in the 1960s, this handsome, firm-jawed, sober-looking actor had his "15 minutes--plus" on TV and film. Ralph Taeger was born of German-speaking parents on July 30, 1936 in Richmond Hill, New York. Very shy as a youngster, he took public...

77. Matt Landers

Actor | Die Hard

Matt Landers, a graduate of Notre Dame High School, worked his first professional season as an actor at the Surflight Summer Theater in Beach Haven, New Jersey, in 1969. He studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music and appeared as Jesus in "Godspell" in his first Equity performance at the Wilbur ...

78. Sally Forrest

Actress | While the City Sleeps

Sally's parents were both amateur ballroom dancers, so it was no surprise when Sally developed an interest in dancing. She entered dance classes by the first grade and was signed by MGM upon her graduation from high school. In 1945, she moved with her parents to Hollywood, where Sally worked on the...

79. J. Karen Thomas

Actress | The Tempest

J. Karen Thomas was born in 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She is known for her work on The Tempest (2001), Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007) and Nashville (2012). She died on March 26, 2015 in Nashville.

80. Robert H. Schuller

Self | Bettie Page Reveals All

Robert H. Schuller was born on September 16, 1926 in Alton, Iowa, USA as Robert Harold Schuller. He was an actor, known for Bettie Page Reveals All (2012), CBS News Sunday Morning (1979) and Henry Ford's America (1977). He was married to Arvella DeHaan. He died on April 2, 2015 in Artesia, ...

81. Mathias Gnädinger

Actor | Der Untergang

Mathias Gnädinger was born on March 25, 1941 in Ramsen, Kanton Schaffhausen, Switzerland. He was an actor, known for Downfall (2004), Der grosse Sommer (2016) and Ricordare Anna (2004). He was married to Ursula Zarotti. He died on April 3, 2015 in Zürich, Switzerland.

82. Tom Towles

Actor | Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

A character player, often playing scumbags or obnoxious men, who worked for more than a decade in Chicago theatre before establishing himself in films and TV beginning in the late 80s, often in lower-budget fare. Tom Towles drifted into acting after serving in the Marine Corps. Although he made an ...

83. James Best

Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard

American character actor and teacher. Born Jewel Guy in Powderly, Kentucky, on July 26, 1926, he was orphaned at three and adopted by Armen and Essa Best, who re-named him James K. Best and raised him in Corydon, Indiana. Following high school he worked briefly as a metalworker before joining the ...

84. Geoffrey Lewis

Actor | The Devil's Rejects

Talented and highly capable character actor Geoffrey Lewis, with rustic (sometimes sour-faced) looks, grew up in Rhode Island but was moved out to California at the age of ten. Lewis was very keen on the dramatic arts at high school, but often preferred to put on his own one-man shows rather than ...

85. Stan Freberg

Actor | Lady and the Tramp

Stan Freberg grew up in Los Angeles, California. From an early age he was a big fan of radio and sound. He was blessed with the double abilities of being an amazing mimic and possessing a razor-sharp satirical mind. In the early 1940s he began to do voice work for both the Warner Brothers' cartoons...

86. Richard Dysart

Actor | The Thing

Richard Dysart served for four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and a Emmy Award in 1992. He was good friends with Diana Muldaur, who played Rosalind Shays on L.A. Law.

87. Judith Malina

Actress | The Addams Family

Judith Malina was born on June 4, 1926 in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She was an actress and director, known for The Addams Family (1991), The Secret of My Success (1987) and When in Rome (2010). She was married to Hanon Reznikov and Julian Beck. She died on April 10, 2015 in Englewood, New ...

88. Nina Companeez

Writer | L'allée du roi

Nina Companeez was born on August 26, 1937 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Nina Helene Kompaneitzeff. She was a writer and director, known for L'allée du roi (1996), Un pique-nique chez Osiris (2001) and Faustine et le bel été (1972). She died on April 9, ...

89. Paul Almond

Director | Isabel

Paul Almond's television and movie productions have won numerous awards, including: 12 Canadian Film Awards (Genies), 3 Ohio State Awards and other international awards

In 2001, Paul Almond was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for having "demonstrated an outstanding level of talent and ...

90. Günter Grass

Writer | Die Blechtrommel

Günter Grass was born on October 16, 1927 in Free City of Danzig as Günter Wilhelm Grass. He was a writer, known for The Tin Drum (1979), The Call of the Toad (2005) and Cat and Mouse (1967). He was married to Ute Grunert and Anna Margareta Schwartz. He died on April 13, 2015 in Lübeck, ...

91. Percy Sledge

Soundtrack | Adventures in Babysitting

Alabama-born Percy Sledge had a somewhat unusual introduction to the music business. Working as an orderly in a local hospital, he was touring with a local band called the Esquires Combo on weekends and working at the hospital during the week. A former patient at the hospital who knew both Sledge ...

92. Ben Powers

Actor | Mike Hammer

Ben Powers was born on July 5, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Alton Adelbert Powers. He was an actor, known for The New Mike Hammer (1984), Good Times (1974) and Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980). He died on April 6, 2015 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.

93. Jonathan Crombie

Actor | Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel

Jonathan Crombie was born on Wednesday, October 12th, 1966, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was the baby of the family (he had two older sisters). His parents are David and Shirley Ann. Jonathan never intended on becoming an actor but he was spotted in a high school production of "The Wizard of Oz"...

94. Robert Rietty

Actor | Hannibal

Born of Italian heritage Lucio Rietti was "discovered" at the tender age of 8 by his father Vittorio (Victor Rietti veteran actor of the stage and screen) who had noticed the boy had completely memorized a copy of a script he had given Lucio having wanted help from his son while rehearsing his ...

95. Werner Zimmer

Actor | Fußballtrainer Wulff

Werner Zimmer was born on October 19, 1936 in Schaffhausen, Saarlautern, Germany. He was an actor, known for Fußballtrainer Wulff (1972), Eins plus Eins gegen Zwei (1971) and Sicher ist sicher (1978). He died on April 20, 2015 in Sankt Ingbert, Saarland, Germany.

96. Peter Howell

Actor | Scum

Peter Howell was born to Owen, a solicitor, and his wife Nora, nee Mally, on 25 October 1919. He attended Winchester College and Christ Church college, Oxford but left his study course when he was called up in 1939. Invalided out of the service in 1943 he became interested in acting through his ...

97. Don Mankiewicz

Writer | Rosetti and Ryan

Donald Mankiewicz was born in Berlin into an illustrious creative family, his father being the screen-writer Herman Mankiewicz and his uncle film director Joseph Mankiewicz, whilst his brother Frank would also distinguish himself as a journalist. Brought up in Beverly Hills - where his parents' ...

98. Jayne Meadows

Actress | City Slickers

One of four children born to missionaries from the United States, Jayne Meadows (nee Cotter) and her family returned to the US in the early 1930s wherein Jayne was forced to learn the English language, then speaking Chinese and other foreign languages only. She developed an early interest in acting...

99. Andrew Lesnie

Cinematographer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Andrew Lesnie was born on January 1, 1956 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), King Kong (2005) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He died on April 27, 2015 in Sydney.

100. Verne Gagne

Producer | The Wrestler

An amateur and professional wrestling legend, Verne Gagne's career covers the entire period of wrestling from the "real" to "fake" to "entertainment" eras. Gagne won two NCAA wrestling championships while at the University of Minnesota, and was a member of the 1948 Olympic Wrestling team for the ...

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