Dead at 63

by ale-dancingbear | created - 14 Mar 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

(work in progress)

1. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian ancestry.

After her parents' divorce, ...

appendiceal cancer

2. William Holden

Actor | Stalag 17

William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying ...

injuries from a fall

3. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

suicide by hanging

4. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent, respectively. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). ...

gall bladder cancer

5. Louis Malle

Director | Au revoir les enfants

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...


6. Lee Marvin

Actor | The Dirty Dozen

Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City, the son of Courtenay Washington (Davidge), a fashion writer, and Lamont Waltman Marvin, an ...

heart attack

7. Montagu Love

Actor | Gunga Din

Montague Love - certainly an intriguing name - but his own - started his working life as a newspaper man in London. His primary expertise centered on being a field illustrator and cartoonist who covered the Boer War (1899-1902). His realistic battle sketches gained him popularity among readers, but...

8. Nikolay Cherkasov

Actor | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and ...

heart failure

9. Raj Kapoor

Actor | Mera Naam Joker

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 ...

kidney failure, heart failure, asthma

10. Jean Boyer

Soundtrack | Chocolat

Jean Boyer was born on June 26, 1901 in Paris, France as Jean Marie Joseph Boyer. He was a writer and director, known for Chocolat (2000), Un mauvais garçon (1936) and Women of Paris (1953). He was married to Jeanne Dastor. He died on March 10, 1965 in Paris.

complications during an operation

11. Antonio Machado

Writer | La Lola se va a los puertos

Younger brother of Manuel Machado (1874-1947), with whom he co-wrote several collections of poems. One of Spain's most important poets of the first decades of the 20th Century. His most famous collection of poems, Campos de Castilla, contains writings dating between 1907 and 1917, depicting the ...

13. Clyde De Vinna

Cinematographer | White Shadows in the South Seas

Educated at the University of Arkansas, Clyde De Vinna entered the film business almost at its beginnings, and became a cinematographer in 1915. He was behind the camera on dozens of films for many different studios, but did much work for independent producer Thomas H. Ince and MGM. De Vinna didn't...

14. Hanns Matula

Editor | Märchen vom Glück

Hanns Matula was born on December 6, 1923 in Vienna, Austria. He is known for his work on Kiss Me Casanova (1949), ...und ewig knallen die Räuber (1962) and Die ganze Welt ist himmelblau (1964). He died on July 8, 1987 in Vienna.

15. John J. Mescall

Cinematographer | Bride of Frankenstein

Director of photography from 1920. Under contract at Pathe, 1927-1930; Universal, 1934-1936 (where he did his most memorable work on James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein (1935)) and Show Boat (1936)); 20th Century Fox, 1938; Paramount 1941-1942; and United Artists, 1943-1945,1950.

16. Phil Rosen

Director | Double Alibi

Phil started working with Edison in 1912 as cinematographer where he filmed "Miracle Man". He then became a director and worked for Universal, Hodkinson, Paramount, MGM and FBO.

17. Fritz Arno Wagner

Cinematographer | M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

Regarded as one of the foremost exponents of cinematic expressionism in the 1920's, Fritz Arno Wagner was trained at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris and began in the film industry working for Pathé Freres in 1910. Within just two years, he was promoted to head Pathé's offices in Vienna, and, ...


18. Johannes Brahms

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg in 1833 and died in Vienna, Austria in 1897. A perfectionist, he often compared himself unfavorably to composers such as Beethoven and ended up destroying many compositions without their ever being heard. While basically conservative, he ...

complications from a cold

19. Lennie Hayton

Music_department | Singin' in the Rain

Composer, MGM music director (1940-1953), conductor, arranger and pianist in the jazz groups of 'Frankie Trumbauer', Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti and others. He was also with the Paul Whiteman orchestra. He also was music director for Lena Horne, his wife. Joining ASCAP in 1953, his ...

heart ailment

20. Arthur Honegger

Composer | Mademoiselle Docteur

Arthur Honegger was born on March 10, 1892 in Le Havre, Seine-Inférieure [now Seine-Maritime], France. He is known for his work on Street of Shadows (1937), End of the World (1931) and The Kidnapping (1934). He was married to Andrée Vaurabourg. He died on November 27, 1955 in Paris, France.

heart attack

21. Joseph Kosma

Soundtrack | Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Joseph Kosma was born in Budapest. He took an interest in music at a very young age, writing an opera called "Noel dans les Tranchées" as a teenager. One of his greatest loves in Budapest was the music of Bela Bartok. Finding the political atmosphere to be more and more oppressive in Budapest, ...

22. Jack Nitzsche

Soundtrack | An Officer and a Gentleman

Jack Nitzsche was born on April 22, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Bernard Alfred Nitzsche. He was married to Buffy Sainte-Marie and Gracia Ann May. He died on August 25, 2000 in Hollywood, California, USA.

heart attack related to bronchial infection

23. Alfred Schnittke

Soundtrack | The Lobster

Born in Engels, an autonomous region for ethnic Germans on the Volga river, Alfred Schnittke trained as a pianist in Vienna, Austria, where his father served as a correspondent for a Soviet newspaper. In 1953, he moved on to the Moscow Conservatory and served on its faculty from 1962 to 1972. ...


24. Herbert Stothart

Music_department | The Wizard of Oz

Of Scottish and German ancestry, Herbert Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1885. At first, he was slated for a career as a teacher of history. However, he became enamored with music while singing in a school choir, and again, later, while attending the University of Wisconsin. There, he...

spinal cancer

25. Antonio Vivaldi

Soundtrack | Fantastic Four

Being the son of a violinist Vivaldi started playing the violin himself early in his life. In 1703 he became priest and in 1716 the director of a conservatory of the church in Venice. Being a famous violinist he gave concerts all over Europe also composing a lot of violin concerts and other string ...


26. David O. Selznick

Producer | Gone with the Wind

David O. Selznick was a son of the silent movie producer Lewis J. Selznick. David studied at Columbia University until his father lost his fortune in the 1920s. David started work as an MGM script reader, shortly followed by becoming an assistant to Harry Rapf. He left MGM to work at Paramount then...

heart attack

27. Narayana P.L.

Actor | Chettaniki Kallu Levu

Narayana P.L. is an actor, known for Chettaniki Kallu Levu (1981), Gharaana Mogudu (1992) and Gudachari No.1 (1983).

29. Yrjö Aaltonen

Cinematographer | Syksy

Yrjö Aaltonen was born on January 31, 1916 in Rauma, Finland. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Syksy (1946), Sinut minä tahdon (1949) and Heleätä Hämettä (1945). He died on April 19, 1979 in Helsinki, Finland.

30. Inge Aasted

Actress | Andre folks børn

Inge Aasted was born on August 24, 1918 in Farum, Denmark. She was an actress, known for Andre folks børn (1958). She died on November 2, 1981 in Denmark.

31. Kaarlo Aavajoki

Actor | Omena putoaa

Kaarlo Aavajoki was born on December 26, 1907 in Finland. He was an actor, known for The Apple Falls (1952), Kolmastoista koputus (1945) and Valkoisen neilikan velho (1945). He died on February 23, 1971 in Finland.

32. Ezio Marano

Actor | Il delitto Matteotti

Ezio Marano was born on August 6, 1927 in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. He was an actor, known for Il delitto Matteotti (1973), Beast with a Gun (1977) and Amore e morte nel giardino degli dei (1972). He died on March 27, 1991 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

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