Date of Death between 1978-01-01 and 1978-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Robert Shaw
Actor | A Man for All Seasons
Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927, in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while...
Writer | Plan 9 from Outer Space
Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Since the beginning of the film industry at the turn of the 20th century, thousands of untalented people have come to Los Angeles from all over America and abroad to try to make it big (as writers, producers, directors, actors, talent agents, singers, composers, ...
3. John Cazale
Actor | Dog Day Afternoon
John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (...
4. Marie Blake
Actress | The Addams Family
Edith MacDonald was the second daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald; her father was a contractor and politician. Early on, her older sister Elsie, younger sister Jeanette MacDonald, and she were given theatrical training. Blossom and Jeanette played Philadelphia vaudeville houses while still ...
5. Gig Young
Actor | They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Gig Young was born Byron Barr to parents John and Emma Barr in Minnesota, and raised in Washington, DC, where he developed a passion for theatre while appearing in high school plays. After gaining some amateur experience, he applied for and received a scholarship to the acclaimed Southern ...
6. Will Geer
Actor | The Waltons
Will Geer was born William Aughe Ghere in Frankfort, Indiana, to Katherine (Aughe), a teacher, and Roy Aaron Ghere, a postal worker. Will admired his grandfather, a man who said hello to trees by their Latin names and who had used what he brought back to Indiana from the California gold rush to ...
7. Bob Crane
Actor | Hogan's Heroes
Handsome Bob Crane had many careers including working as a disc jockey for a while. He started acting around the age of 33. One of his first acting jobs was in Return to Peyton Place (1961). After a guest appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and a supporting role on The Donna Reed Show (1958)...
8. Carl Betz
Actor | Judd for the Defense
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carl Betz formed a repertory theatre company while still in high school, then worked in summer stock. He served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War, then attended Carnegie Tech. Following graduation, he worked as a radio announcer. He made his Broadway ...
9. Chill Wills
Actor | The Alamo
Colorful character actor of American Westerns. Named "Chill" as an ironic comment on his birth date being the hottest day of 1902. A musician from his youth, he performed from the age of 12 with tent shows, in vaudeville, and with stock companies. While performing in vaudeville in Kansas City, he ...
10. Charles Boyer
Actor | Gaslight
Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large (1920) by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations ...
11. Karl Swenson
Actor | The Sword in the Stone
Of Swedish descent, burly, light-haired character actor Karl Swenson was born in Brooklyn and started his four-decade career on radio. Throughout the late 30s and 40s, his voice could be heard all over the airwaves, appearing in scores of daytime serials ("Lorenzo Jones") and mystery dramas ("Inner...
12. Thayer David
Actor | Rocky
He was David Thayer Hersey from an upper crust Winchester, Massachusetts family. After secondary school he began attending Harvard University. Along with several students he founded the Brattle Theatre Company in 1946. After working closely on Brattle with fellow Harvard graduates and his father,...
13. Jack Oakie
Actor | The Great Dictator
"America's Joyboy," beefy, plump-faced comedian Jack Oakie, was one of the funniest top and second banana jokesters of stage, radio and especially film's "Golden Age." He would accomplish so much despite the fact that he was "functionally deaf" throughout his career and performed primarily with the...
14. Oskar Homolka
Actor | The Seven Year Itch
Because of his heavy generically "European" accent and Slavic-sounding surname (not an uncommon one among Czechs or Slovaks), many people assumed Oscar Homolka was Eastern European or Russian. In fact, he was born in Vienna (then Austria-Hungary), the multicultural capital of a large multi-ethnic ...
15. Michael Bates
Actor | A Clockwork Orange
Michael Bates was born on December 4, 1920 in Jhansi, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India as Michael Hammond Bates. He was an actor, known for A Clockwork Orange (1971), Patton (1970) and Frenzy (1972). He was married to Margaret M. J. Chisholm. He died on January 11, 1978 in Chelsea, ...
16. André Morell
Actor | Ben-Hur
André Morell was born on August 20, 1909 in St. Pancras, London, England as Cecil André Mesritz. He was an actor, known for Ben-Hur (1959), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and The Message (1976). He was married to Joan Greenwood. He died on November 28, 1978 in London.
17. Noble Johnson
Actor | King Kong
African-American movie actor and producer Noble Johnson was born on April 18, 1881, in Marshall, Missouri. His family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, when Noble was very young, and it was there that he met Lon Chaney at school. They became friends as children, and later got re-acquainted when ...
18. James Daly
Actor | Planet of the Apes
Distinguished character player James Firman Daly first appeared on stage in his home town of Wisconsin Rapids in 1928. He was set on acting from an early age. Though strongly encouraged by his parents, neither were in the profession -- his father was in the fuel business and his mother at one time ...
19. Frank Ferguson
American character actor Frank Ferguson appeared in scores of films and television shows, often as self-important types. Prior to his film debut, he was a prominent performer and director with the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he coached numerous up-and-coming young actors such as ...
20. Maggie McNamara
Actress | The Moon Is Blue
Maggie McNamara -- with her brown hair in a ponytail -- arrives in Rome in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) expecting great things to happen. Petite and slender, she looks almost like a schoolgirl in her prim blue suit. She is bright and vivacious and goes for what she wants -- a proposal from "...
21. Edgar Bergen
Actor | Fun & Fancy Free
Edgar Bergen was born on February 16, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Edgar John Berggren. He was an actor, known for Fun and Fancy Free (1947), The Muppet Movie (1979) and Letter of Introduction (1938). He was married to Frances Bergen. He died on September 30, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
22. Louis Prima
Actor | The Jungle Book
Born in New Orleans' French Quarter, Louis Prima longed to play jazz. When he was a child, he studied the violin. His older brother Leon took up trumpet while Louis was still quite young, and he soon followed in his brother's footsteps. He played in clubs like "The Famous Door" in the 1930s, and by...
23. Leo Genn
Actor | Quo Vadis
Leo Genn was the son of a successful jewelry merchant Woolfe (William) Genn and his wife Rachel Asserson. He attended the City of London School as a youth and went on to study law at Cambridge. He received his law degree as a qualified barrister (which in English law tradition is a lawyer who is a ...
25. Mark Robson
Director | Peyton Place
Mark Robson studied political science and economics at the University of California. He then took a law course at Pacific Coast University, and, at one time, also attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Ultimately, his interests led him elsewhere, since he ended up in the movie business as a ...
27. Zara Cully
Actress | The Jeffersons
Zara Cully was born on January 26, 1892 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Zara Frances Cully. She was an actress, known for The Jeffersons (1975), All in the Family (1971) and Darktown Strutters (1975). She was married to James M. Brown. She died on February 28, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, ...
28. Charles Horvath
Actor | His Majesty O'Keefe
Charles Horvath was born on October 27, 1920 in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on His Majesty O'Keefe (1954), The Domino Principle (1977) and Vera Cruz (1954). He was married to Margo and Georgiana W. Horvath. He died on July 23, 1978 in Woodland Hills, Los ...
29. Peggy Wood
Actress | The Sound of Music
Above all else, singer/actress Peggy Wood has endeared herself to both TV and film audiences with one single role in each medium. She made warm, lasting impressions as the benevolent, strong-willed Scandinanvian matriarch Marta Hansen in the series drama Mama (1949), and as the knowing Mother ...
31. Kathryn Givney
Actress | A Place in the Sun
Kathryn Givney was born on October 27, 1896 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA as Kathryn M. Givney. She was an actress, known for A Place in the Sun (1951), My Friend Irma (1949) and Daddy Long Legs (1955). She was married to Francis Alton Connolly and J. George Stutzman. She died on March 16, 1978 in...
32. Sally Eilers
Actress | They Made Her a Spy
Sally Eilers enjoyed lunch with a classmate from drama school, Jane Peters (who would later become known as Carole Lombard), at the Sennett Studios cafeteria. There she was spotted by Mack Sennett and instantly became one of his "discoveries". Having already appeared in several bit parts, beginning...
33. Norris Goff
Actor | The Bashful Bachelor
Norris Goff was born on May 30, 1906 in Cove, Arkansas, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Bashful Bachelor (1942), Lum and Abner Abroad (1956) and Partners in Time (1946). He was married to Martha Elizabeth Bullion. He died on June 7, 1978 in Palm Desert, California, USA.
34. Philip Ahn
Actor | Impact
Korean-American character actor Philip Ahn played hundreds of Chinese and Japanese characters during a long career. He was born in Los Angeles in 1905 (though 1911 is the year usually given, U.S. government records confirm that Ahn was born in 1905), the son of a Korean diplomat. He attended the ...
35. Richard Kelton
Actor | Quark
Richard Duane Kelton was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was the only child of Fred and Glenna Kelton. While growing up in Miami, Oklahoma, he remembered watching James Dean and cites him as his main influence on becoming an actor. After studying drama at The University of Kansas, he made his way to...
36. Keith Moon
Actor | Tommy
Keith John Moon was born to working class parents in Wembley, London, England, on the 23rd August, 1946. At the age of 12, he had joined the Sea Cadet Corp and was given his first musical instrument, the bugle. He left school by 15 and was in his first band, The Beachcombers; this was around the ...
37. Dan Dailey
Actor | You're My Everything
Born in New York City, Dan Dailey started his career in vaudeville, later making his Broadway debut in the stage version of "Babes in Arms".
When signed to MGM, the studio initially casted him as a Nazi in The Mortal Storm (1940). The studio realized their mistake and cast him in musical films, ...
Actor | The Crimson Ghost
Perennial film western heavy I. Stanford Jolley could be spotted anywhere and everywhere in dusty "B" fare from 1935 on. Often mustachioed, this freelancing, wideset-eyed, black-hatted villain, who showed up in Hollywood following vaudeville and Broadway experience, could be counted on to give the ...
39. Arthur Brough
Actor | Are You Being Served?
The English actor Arthur Brough, who achieved fame as senior clothing salesman Mr. Grainger on the BBC-TV comedy series Are You Being Served? (1972) in the 1970s, after almost half-a-century on the stage, was born Frederick Arthur Baker on February 26, 1905 in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. After ...
40. Duncan Lamont
Actor | Quatermass and the Pit
Duncan Lamont was born on June 17, 1918 in Lisbon, Portugal as Duncan William Ferguson Lamont. He was an actor, known for Quatermass and the Pit (1967), The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955) and The Quatermass Experiment (1953). He was married to Patricia Driscoll. He died on December 19, 1978 ...
41. Angela Greene
Actress | King of the Bandits
Angela Greene was born on February 24, 1921 in Dublin, Ireland as Angela Katherine Greene. She was an actress, known for King of the Bandits (1947), Night of the Blood Beast (1958) and The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946). She was married to Stuart Warren Martin. She died on February 9, 1978 in ...
42. Queenie Smith
Actress | Show Boat
Queenie Smith was born in New York City in 1898. She is described as 5 feet 1 inch with blue eyes and blonde hair and weighing 108 pounds. Her father was English and mother, German. She was educated at public schools, including the Horace Mann School, and matriculated at age 13 with the Ballet ...
Actress | Oklahoma!
Charlotte Greenwood was born Frances Charlotte Greenwood on June 25, 1890, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a sickly child and her father left the family when she was very young. Charlotte grew into a healthy, six foot tall woman. She started her career dancing in vaudeville where she became ...
44. Pat Paterson
Actress | Charlie Chan in Egypt
Pat Paterson was born on April 10, 1910 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England as Patricia Elizabeth Paterson. She was an actress, known for Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935), Idiot's Delight (1939) and Call It Luck (1934). She was married to Charles Boyer. She died on August 24, 1978 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
45. Gloria Castillo
Actress | The Night of the Hunter
Gloria Castillo was born on July 2, 1933 in New Mexico, USA. She was an actress, known for The Night of the Hunter (1955), Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957) and Reform School Girl (1957). She was married to Ellis Kadison. She died on October 24, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
47. Ian MacDonald
Actor | High Noon
Ian MacDonald was born on June 28, 1914 in Great Falls, Montana, USA as Ulva Williams Pippy. He was an actor and producer, known for High Noon (1952), The Texas Rangers (1951) and The Silver Star (1955). He was married to Shirley Ray Kannegaard and Julia Edith King. He died on April 11, 1978 in ...
48. Helen Travolta
Actress | Saturday Night Fever
Helen Travolta was born on January 18, 1912 in New Jersey, USA as Helen Cecilia Burke. She was an actress, known for Saturday Night Fever (1977). She was married to Salvatore Joseph Travolta Jr. She died on December 3, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
50. Susan Shaw
Actress | The Diplomatic Corpse
The lovely blonde actress, Susan Shaw, was groomed by the Rank Organisation in England for a career in film in the 40s and 50s. She was born on August 29, 1929 in West Norwood, England. Susan was at her best when cast in a role as a pretty young slip of a girl with her nose in the air. After a ...